August is the eighth month of the calendar year. Eight is the number of authority and power. Scorpio is the eighth sign of the zodiac and is ruled by the planet Pluto. Pluto is the planet of transformation, regeneration and rebirth. Our goal during this month is to grow in consciousness with respect to the expression of our personal power and authority.
Uranus going retrograde on August 2 in Aries suggests a period of internal awakening to the nature of our true self. Uranus will continue to be retrograde until January 2, 2018. This theme of awakening is further enhanced by the Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on Monday, August 7. This eclipse symbolizes the awareness of a change in the way we experience ourselves emotionally for the next six months.
The planet Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Virgo on August 12. Mercury will go direct on September 5 in the sign of Leo. During the time while Mercury is retrograde we are cautioned to evaluate all of our decisions very carefully.
The Last Quarter Phase of the Moon in Taurus occurs on Monday, August 14. This Moon phase encourages us to take action on our personal and professional goals.
The New Moon/Solar Eclipse occurs in the sign of Leo on Monday August 21. This eclipse has not occurred in totality across the entire United States in 99 years. The significance of this eclipse can be found personally by locating its position in your individual birth chart. The collective or social significance is a new beginning in the authentic self expression of people, groups and organizations which are now demanding recognition and acceptance. It should be noted that this eclipse is located very close to Donald Trump’s Rising sign and Mars. This proximity is likely to portend significant theatrical actions that bring him more attention and notoriety. Even though this is not new it could exacerbate social unrest and civil disobedience.
The Sun enters the sign of Virgo on Tuesday, August 22. Virgo is an earth sign and symbolizes a return to regular routine with school and work.
The planet Saturn will go direct in the sign of Sagittarius on Friday, Aug st 25. Saturn symbolizes our goals and direction. Sagittarius symbolizes knowledge and opportunity. Saturn’s return to direct motion may indicate that we now have more knowledge in how to progress toward personal and professional goals that can expand our business and bring new opportunities.
Venus also enters the sign of Leo on Friday, August 25. Venus in Leo opens the heart to new ways of loving and expressing joy and creativity with others. New romantic interests and creative projects can begin at this time.
The First Quarter Phase of the Moon in Sagittarius on Tuesday, August 29 encourages new perspective and vision and brings additional optimism regarding our possibilities and potentials for the future.
The month ends on August 31 with the planet Mercury retrograding in the sign of Leo. This activation represents a return to a better quality of communication and authentic self-expression that continues as Mercury goes direct on September 5.