It’s another busy month for all of us.
By Lilly Roddy
It’s another busy month for all of us. The primary thing to watch out for is Mercury going retrograde at the end of August. Get your projects under way before that retrograde period, which is in effect is from August 24 through September 26. Mercury retrograde is good for going back to the past or completing projects, but it’s never a good time for purchasing cars, electronic equipment, or taking on a brand-new client or project. The end of the month could be very sluggish.
We also have a lunar eclipse in the morning of August 18. This is the first of three eclipses—one this month and two next month. This first one stimulates our social consciousness. We are encouraged by the moon to seek equality over social injustice by connecting personally with others’ experiences. Open your heart at 4:26 a.m. on the 18th.
Good days this month are the 1st, 10th, 16th, and 22nd. Days to wear your hip waders are the 6th, 7th, 13th, 14th, 24th, 26th, and 30th.
ARIES (March 21–April 19). You are feeling more playful and creative as the month begins. You may want to take a class or get away for a vacation, even if that means doing some work online to accommodate that. By midmonth you are ready to get back into your routines, but you may feel blocked. Interaction with co-workers could be stressful, especially toward the end of the month. This is a good month to get back to the gym or a Pilates class and find a way to channel some of the frustration.
TAURUS (April 20–May 20). You have your energies focused on two fronts. One is connecting with your family and working on making your home a more comfy place. The other concerns the struggle you have had with your romantic relationships and close friends. The rough spots are smoothing out, but you are not backing down. By the middle of the month, you are looking for some relaxation and peace. Indulge yourself! You may connect with old friends by the end of the month. Keep an eye on your finances, especially at the end of the month.
GEMINI (May 21–June 21). Your focus this month is on home and relationships. In the relationship area of your life, you are reviewing your commitments and determining which ones to renew. Decisions about your future in those relationships happen in August. You are more loquacious than usual this month as you share your views with everyone. Toward the middle of the month, you begin to pay attention to your family and the responsibilities there. Mercury retrograde at the end of the month, in your area of home and family, will bring up some issues from the past. Work on cleaning and organizing!
CANCER (June 22–July 22). You are paying a lot more attention to your money and your resource base this month. You do have a lot of projects you want done. You are already acting on those energies by lining up the proper people to fix what is broken. Communication and getting your life organized are more the center of attention after midmonth. The latter part of the month is better for writing, changing bad habits, and putting some of your creative ideas into action. Don’t overload your schedule!
LEO (July 23–August 22). Happy Birthday to the Lionesses and Lions! This is your personal yearly cycle when you get to review last year’s events and establish new directions for your individual new year. Many opportunities remain open for you, as long you are willing to make the commitment. You are operating from a stable and practical point of view. Toward the middle of the month, you shift your attention to managing your money. You may feel like asking for a raise or expanding your services to make more money. Children and people under your care are bucking for more independence. Establish boundaries you can live with.
VIRGO (August 23–September 22). You start the month in a rest-and-retreat mode. You definitely need some time to yourself, so get away from your routines and give yourself a break. By midmonth, you are ready to get back into action. You may feel some sluggishness on the 12th, 13th, and 14th. At the end of the month, your ruler, Mercury, goes retrograde in your sign. This Mercury retrograde is for you! Take the time to enjoy this retrograde cycle and focus on the projects you need to finish. Put your new projects on hold until early October.
LIBRA (September 23–October 23). Friends and community associations are being stimulated this month in your chart. You may want to seek out community organizations that give you a chance to give back. That should also be a way to form supportive friendships. By the middle of the month, you are ready for a retreat. You are more sensitive to your environment and will need more time to yourself or with particular friends. Take some time to improve your health with a trip out to nature, or to a relaxing spa or spiritual retreat. It will do wonders for you.
SCORPIO (October 24–November 21). You are in a leadership role this month. This is the perfect time for you to step forward and put yourself out there. Your positive energies are enhanced if you are working with a group or organization. This is also a very good time for self-promotion, either at work or within an association. You also focus more and more on getting your finances in order. This will be especially strong through August and September. You may also tap into a resource you had not considered previously. Keep your mind open and don’t overthink everything.
SAGITTARIUS (November 22–December 21). As this month opens, you are definitely moving out of that sluggish period you had during June and July. You will be much more active, and even get up earlier. You might have some sluggishness on the 6th and 7th, and the 24th through the 26th, but that should be temporary. By midmonth, you are especially focused on your career and long-term security goals. At the end of the month, it’s time to step back and rethink your overall plan for work and career.
CAPRICORN (December 22–January 19). You have a mixed bag of tricks in early August as you focus on clearing up any sort of relationship problems, both business and personal. You are making sure that both of you are working from the same set of rules and boundaries. Toward midmonth, you are ready to take a break from your work routines. This can be a good time to get away and do some travel, especially if you are going to a spot you have been to previously. You may also want to take classes that feed into your creativity. Enjoy the last part of the month!
AQUARIUS (January 20–February 18). Relationships are strong for you this month—you are really ready to work on making your relationship even stronger and closer by finding common goals to pull the two of you together. This is a good time to discuss finances, intimacy issues, or just letting go of some fears that both of you have kept hidden. Friends are hard to come by, and making new ones is never a good time for Aquarians. You will feel like putting some new energy into that part of your life for the next couple of months, but you will be very cautious about who you let in.
PISCES (February 19–March 20). You are finally beginning to move out of that state of permanent retreat you had wondered into during late May. You may have some brief recesses back to the ranch on the 5th, 6th, 14th, and the 24th through the 26th, but overall you are back to making long-term plans about your future direction, including career and security choices. As the month draws to a close, get ready to take a break from pushing forward to make sure you are on the right track.
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