August Sun Signs

This month we have a true Blue Moon. It’s the second Full Moon in the sign of Aquarius. The first was on July 24. This keeps the Aquarius theme, which has been prominent since late 2020, on the front burner. We also have further activation of the tense square between Saturn and Uranus, which is the ongoing backdrop to 2021.  

It’s a big month for people with personal planets in the middles degrees of the fixed signs  (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) as the intensity is heightened here. The mood in August is towards thinking differently and being creative with your ideas and self-expression. There may be a re-working of the terms and conditions that you accept or reject in life. What is set down now will last into the future. It’s a month for committing to a lifestyle plan or teasing out the finer points and details before the next phase is established.  

The first days of the month sees Mercury very active as it passes by the Sun and starts its new cycle. The little messenger planet is travelling at high speed, connecting the dots between the Sun, which gives life and inspiration, Saturn, planet of structure, limitations and tradition, and Uranus planet of innovation deviation and change. This dynamic combination can create nervous tension and anticipation when so much has to be considered. It’s hard to pin things down during this first week. The sense of potential is there but things keep changing. You probably have a sense of shifts that still need to take place and which areas of life you experience a resistant to new patterns. Holding on and hoping for stability or continuity is going to create stress. Being open to new information and possibilities can allow for growth and exciting developments. 

The New Moon on August 8 brings a breakthrough. It could be an unexpected new beginning or a flash of comprehension that offers some liberation. The effects can be slow to materialise but the seed has been sown now and the following weeks will eventually provide the rewards. 

Mercury is still the celestial body of interest around August 10, as it opposes Jupiter the planet of expansion, opportunity and ideals. This is followed up by a conjunction with Mars, the action planet on August 19. This week may see some kind of super hyped-up news story or exaggerated commentary followed by some serious analysis and pragmatic responses being put forward. This mid month time frame is perfect for problem solving and resolving complex scenarios.  

With Venus in Virgo for the first half of August it may be difficult to feel compassion, as it can seem like you are the only one making the right kind of effort. Social connections can be strained and criticism of others is rife. This is the prevailing theme until after August 16 when Venus moves into her own sign, Libra.  The next three to four weeks is the time to build bridges make social connections and enjoy life. A dose of shared leisure and pleasure is the best remedy to recent ailments. 

Uranus, one of our big players this year and representative for freedom of expression, will start an annual retrograde on August 20 and this continues through the remainder of 2021. This takes the energy of rebellion and assertion of individuality inwards for a more personal expression. Over the next six months, as the square to Saturn persists, the ongoing tension between oppression and autonomy will become an issue for each one of us to address in our unique way. Making a statement by embodying what is most true for you will be the way of the future. This is a time when resistance is private and flexibility is powerful.

The last weeks of the month bring some positive energy patterns even with its challenges.  The Full Moon on August 20 is the second one in Aquarius and it strengthens the indications that we are reaching some kind of culmination in the current Aquarius theme.  It’s all about the bigger picture with its idealism for the new improved future. The Full Moon is joined with Jupiter. This expansive, optimistic planet represents faith, beliefs and ideology and it just moved back into Aquarius at the end of July. We may see a return to the altruistic thinking and propositions from late 2020 with a heightened focus on the social reset and ‘building back better’ for the greater good.   

With both Mercury and Mars making a positive connection to Uranus this can spark new thoughts and sudden insights as the rational, logical mind gets exposed to something radical or unexpected. Venus connects to Saturn; Mercury connects to Neptune and Pluto in this last week. Intuitive knowing, spiritual attunement and a sense of connection to a higher source of power are all possible under these conditions. This could be a fast paced few days and the positive effects will become apparent in the coming months. 

August has a New Moon at 17° Leo on August 8 at 2.50pm and a Full Moon at 30° Aquarius on August 22 at 1.01pm.

Aries: You’re energised and inspired, creatively and emotionally approaching this New Moon time. You want to bring forth all that’s deep within you. You express yourself more freely, playfully, and spontaneously and are more willing to take chances. Lady Luck is in your corner so be sure to look for good deals. Social activities, travel and attending different cultural events will all lead to meeting people who can help further your goals. The dramatic and performing arts, sports and games, or other forms of self-expression and entertainment appeal strongly to you now. You can accomplish much if you set your mind to it. 

Taurus: From the beginning of this month you will have been enjoying the success that you worked hard to achieve. Don’t be too quick to put your energy into new projects, as you approach the New Moon, wait until the end of the month. All kinds of creative work are favoured and you might find yourself more closely involved with children at this time. There is likely to be some conflict between your personal enjoyment and what others think you should be doing for fun. Those things that need to be discussed and settled with the family can be dealt with in the next few weeks.

Gemini: Take a trip back into your past and you will find the answers you are looking for. Now it’s time to make changes instead of doing a repeat performance. Taking time to talk with neighbours and folks you cross paths with daily may result in more positive and smoother-running relationships generally. You’ll want to fritter away your time on fun and social events over the New Moon, but this may not be at all bad, things have been serious enough for you to want to take a break now. This is a good time to participate in or contribute to any community events in your area.

Cancer: Money, possessions, financial security, and practical matters are a focus for you now. You can make some very interesting professional or business moves this month. Be ready to put your money on the table in order to get ahead. If you have tended to be generous or extravagant with your resources, you may begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel. At the least, it should become clear to you what your next steps should be regarding your finances. Your astute vision will enable you to correctly assess the right investment, job or any other money matters that arise after the New Moon phase.

Leo: With this New Moon in your sign you can make an impression on others by making a strong statement to the world about who you are. People recognise you and are likely to follow your lead, or at the least they stay out of your way. You are likely to feel more confident and vital now. However, you may be so preoccupied with yourself and your own desires that you unintentionally ignore other people and their needs. Include the ones you love in your plans and things will get progressively better. You should be able to strengthen the bond with someone who has been an influence in your life.

Virgo: You’ll be torn between what you want to do and what you have to do. Retreating from the world for a while and spending some quiet time alone to relax and rejuvenate appeals strongly to you now. You may feel like you are at low ebb and as if nothing is happening or you may simply not want to be ‘where the action is’. Don’t overreact, overdo or over-indulge to compensate for things not going according to your plans. Sometimes it’s best to do what you must, get it out of the way now. You’ll get your turn to please yourself. Competitive ambitions and ego drives are on hold now.

Libra: Get involved in community events or social action groups that interest you and you will make headway in many different areas of your life through the people you meet and the information you discover. You may be asked to take responsibility or even a leadership role or to contribute and participate more fully than you have in the past. You will enjoy being part of a team or group effort now. Being part of a community or circle of friends and building your social network is important to you at this time. Benefits from past efforts come home to roost.

Scorpio: Over the New Moon don’t mix business with pleasure if you want to avoid trouble. Not everyone will be on your side over the next few weeks so you may want to choose your friends carefully and keep your personal thoughts and opinions to yourself. With your career and reputation very important to you at this time, you can make significant gains regarding your ambitions. Recognition for your efforts and receiving credit for your accomplishments are likely now, but only if you’ve ‘done your homework’. This is an excellent time to look for promotion, or to engage the support of those in positions of authority. 

Sagittarius: This is a time to lift yourself out of your usual mundane concerns in order to get a larger perspective on your life. Although it may all seem overwhelming for a while remember that as long as you keep plugging away you will make gains. You really can get things up and running if you try. A chance to do things a little differently will make all the difference in the world. Don’t slow down because someone can’t keep up with you. You have to maintain the momentum. A teacher or mentor who appears this New Moon may be particularly important to you later.

Capricorn: Don’t push your luck now. Joint financial affairs and investments are likely to be an issue at this time, and it is a good time to clarify each person’s expectations and to take care of any legal business, insurance, wills, and so on. On a personal level, there is a desire to intensify the level of intimacy and honesty in your closest relationships and to clear away anything in yourself, which is impeding that deeper union you seek. Any temptation to make abrupt decisions and changes could lead to additional problems that you can do without. Stick to what’s clear and avoid taking on other peoples responsibilities. 

Aquarius: Partnerships, marriage, and one-to-one relationships get your attention now. You’ll be called upon to co-operate and perhaps to relinquish some of your own personal interests for the sake of harmony and mutual benefit. You may end up questioning yourself as well as the motives of the people around you. Get to the bottom of things before it’s too late. Once you have all the facts you will be in a much better position to make a decision. Don’t let anyone pull you in a direction you don’t want to go and do what’s best for you but the emphasis is on ‘we’ rather than ‘me’.

Pisces: Doing your best work and taking pride in it are a focus for you now. You should be able to make some worthwhile career moves or at least secure your current position so that you don’t have to worry about your financial future. This is a good time to examine how you use your time and energy, with an eye to improving your efficiency and productivity. Watch out for health matters as you are concerned with your body now, and you may be inspired to begin a self-improvement program, create better habits, or begin a new diet or fitness plan.

Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is a professional Astrologer based in West Cork.

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