By Lilly Roddy
We start the month with Venus, planet of love and money, retrograde until September 25. With Venus retrograde, even relationships that are working well will need reviewing and renewing. If your relationship is experiencing problems, this is the ideal time to address that. For some relationships that are doing poorly, this could be the time to think about ending them. This Venus retrograde has all of us thinking about previous personal and business relationships. This is not the time to start a new partnership, but it is a time for reviewing your old patterns and looking at how you create relationships.
Saturn, planet of planned action and discipline, goes direct on August 2. This will help get us back in gear and moving forward on our long-term goals associated with financial and career security.
Jupiter enters the sign of Virgo (the worker bee) on August 11. Jupiter is usually associated with positive outcomes, travel, and increased social activity. With Jupiter in Virgo for the next 12 months, it should be a very good year for the Virgoans!
We have another Mercury retrograde coming up from mid-September until mid-October. That means most of the plans we make for the next couple of months won’t be able to be implemented until mid October.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). August should be a much more playful month for you. This is a good month to focus on yourself and do the things that really make you happy. Toward mid month, you are feeling the need to get back into your routines. This is an excellent time for any type of health or fitness classes! Continue to take action on renewing your career goals, or possibly think about a whole new career. At the end of the month, you’ll be focusing more on your relationships.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). Home and family take the lead in August. This is a very good month to invite family and close friends into your home to spend time with them. You may also feel the need to make your nest more comfortable and attractive—which might even indicate that it’s time to relocate. By mid month, you are ready for some relaxation and fun. Be sure to take some time to get away from your routines, since you’ll be back into them by the end of the month. Friends become very important toward the end of August.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). You are focused this month on the activities that surround your daily life—things you have been putting off and are just now getting around to. Communication is very important this month, and you may end up taking some classes or doing some writing. By mid month, your attention turns to home and family issues, and your sense of emotional comfort. You may be considering relocation and purchasing a new home. Career issues may get fuzzy toward the end of the month.
CANCER (June 22–July 22). Your financial future and stability are in the spotlight for August. You continue to have a lot of energy to get your agendas pushed through this month. Use some of this energy for getting debts taken care of. This is also a good time to review any investments you have, but it won’t be time to change them until mid-October. By mid month, getting your message out is important as you become more logical and practical! Old family issues begin to show up at the end of August.
LEO (July 23–August 22). Happy birthday to the Leos! This is your yearly cycle when you take the time to look back on last year’s accomplishments and consider what lofty new heights you will climb to this year. With Venus retrograde in your sign, it’s an excellent time to review the past—especially past relationships. By mid month, you shift your focus to your finances. You may want to wait until after mid-October before you make any real changes, but this is a good time to re-examine your finances. Keep working on getting your foundations more stable!
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). As the month opens, you are in a holding pattern as you take some rest-and-retreat time for yourself. You are really having a lot of creative urges, but you are not sure which ones to commit to. You will be much clearer about this after mid-October. Use this time to explore, but don’t push yourself in a new direction. By the end of the month, you are feeling much more positive as Jupiter, planet of travel and education, enters your sign for the next 12 months. This should really bring on lots of positive opportunities for you during that time.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Old friends and groups are active in your horoscope this month. This is a very good time for you to get out there and let people see you! Social factors are very good, and this will help to increase your options. You are still very plugged in to your work, ready to take on a leadership role or expecting your bosses to become more proactive. If you meet with a lot of resistance at work, you may be looking elsewhere for a more satisfying job. By the end of the month, you will need some time to yourself.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). There is a lot of career focus in your horoscope this month—and with Venus retrograde, you are reexamining your commitment to your job. After August 8, you will want to move into a leadership position or even consider going off to do your own thing. Groups and community organizations are more active by mid month. This would be a good time for you to get involved in a community organization as a leader. With Venus retrograde, you may find old partners looking to reconnect, especially around the middle of the month.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). With Saturn (planet of future security and long-term planning) going direct on August 2—and heading toward reentering Sagittarius—you are feeling the urge to get your act together. Saturn makes us feel older and more mature, so you’ll want to think about making decisions and plans for your future. To assure a greater level of success, it would be best to wait until after mid-October to set plans into action. Be sure to take some time to travel and relax this month—things will only get busier in September!
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). Relationships continue to be on your menu this month. You are looking for deeper connections with the people you’re involved with, both socially and professionally. You want the people closest to you to open up about their deeper feelings. For some of you, this could be about a debt your partner has incurred and is trying to figure out how to handle. By mid month, you are looking for a somewhat easier schedule. This would be a good time for a vacation, or just a day trip to get away from it all. The end of the month has you back at work and focused on your career.
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). You are rethinking and reconsidering the validity of all your relationships this month as Venus, planet of partnerships, impacts your sign. You will renew some relationships, fix some others, and even end a few. You will also feel more energized after mid month, so that could be a good time to start a new health and exercise regimen. Toward the end of the month, you are looking at long-term financial plans. Freedom is an important topic for Aquarians, and keeping your options open will mean looking at better ways to use what you have.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You’ll be busy in August with cleaning up and organizing your life, your fitness activities, and your work routines. You are beginning to develop long-term plans and set priorities. Coworkers could be tense after mid month, so try to be encouraging and less demanding. Relationship energies improve quite a bit after the 11th. There are a lot of new opportunities opening up for you that will persist for the next 12 months. Get ready to get busy!
Read Lilly Roddy’s 2015 forecast at OutSmartMagazine.com. More astro-insight at lillyroddy.com.