August Sun Signs

August starts with a bang. This may even be a literal expression of the current energies in some cases. This month’s significant astrological events could become the initiating spark for changes coming into play during the remainder of 2022. It is a time of high energy and radical action.

The final few days of July gave us a powerful New Moon, which coincided with Jupiter turning retrograde and Mercury challenging the current Uranus/North Node combination. This energy has set the scene for one of this year’s major dynamics and is a point of initiation for the next era.

Mars joins the North node and Uranus on August 1 and 2. This combination of planets is a very rare condition.

The North Node represents a collective direction for our evolution, as well as a personal goal or sense of purpose. It revisits this position only once in about 19 years. Uranus is a planet that brings change and new potential. Often seeming to appear as a bolt from the blue or seismic shift and the effect can be sudden as it frequently comes when we are least expecting it. This may sound alarming but it can also be beneficial and exciting, allowing new possibilities to emerge. Ultimately any redirection is here to elevate and enhance our experience by taking us beyond what we thought was possible. It makes us consider options that hadn’t appeared possible before. A sudden windfall or job opportunity, chance encounter or spontaneous choice can catapult us into an exciting new chapter of our life.

With Mars activating this already electric energy it can act like a switch or spark that ignites hidden potentials. It can bring innovation, new technological advances and divine inspiration. When this strong trigger combines with the North Node there is likely to be something new and unplanned that shifts our collective or personal focus towards a future we had not yet imagined for ourselves. 

This is all happening in the fixed earth sign of Taurus. The last time Uranus was in Taurus was during the mid-1930s and early 1940s. This sign is one of stability and steadfastness and represents all things to do with our basic material resources. It is a sign that focuses on the needs of the body and everyday practical matters. This current energy of upheaval and innovation can mean a shift in how we deal with the everyday necessities of food, finances, fuel and family security. There may be disruption to the way we access all these basic requirements, things which we usually take for granted. The events around early August may alert us to situations and conditions that show us we really need to take a new approach or respond differently now. This could be a sudden wake-up call to alert us to what is really of fundamental importance. Uranus wants us to have our freedom. It can reveal to us the stark truth and makes us question if we have the freedom to make appropriate choices about how to provide for our needs. Do we really have autonomy when it comes to food, fuel or the local economy?

Events that follow this early part of August will bring all these issues to our attention over the coming months and will likely trigger the need to address matters that have been just background concerns until now. Expect a sudden U-turn or the need to take decisive action. Discontinuity is the theme along with taking pioneering and radical options in the face of necessity. It is at times like these that we can make the most profound shifts and choices. Sometimes it takes a shake-up to stir up the creative thinking required to solve the biggest and most pressing problems.

Our potentially harsh reality check is supported by a positive and beneficial aspect from Venus in Cancer. This is a very nurturing and caring placement and brings a sense of community and family to the current theme. We will want to take care of those who are closest to us and this can help us form stronger bonds with the people we choose to share our lives with. There is a resourceful and compassionate element that will bring some heart-warming connections and a sense of security even in chaotic times. The choices we make now about the structure of our lives and our communities are setting the scene for the coming months and years ahead.

Mars moves into Gemini on August 20 and will be in this sign for an exceptionally long stay, until March 2023. This brings tension and will insist we confront the issues of everyday connections, differences of opinions and how we communicate our ideas. There is an urge to unify opposing forces, attitudes or lifestyles. Gemini energy wants to have both sides included rather than one or the other. Gemini understands how two opposites are part of the same whole. These next few months hold massive potential for systemic shifts in our understanding and consciousness. We can reinvent how we go about our everyday and basic business on our planet and within our communities. This is a time of bringing it all back down to earth and taking care of the important and simple things in life.

 August has a Full Moon at 20 degrees Aquarius on August 12 at 2.35am and a New Moon at five degrees Virgo on August 27 at 9.17am 

Aries: You want to fully realise your dreams and this Full Moon starts you on a new journey. Any attempt to put into practice your hopes and ambitions will pay dividends. Your tendency to compromise and settle for less than you are capable of can be a problem. Tension results when you ignore your own desires for achievement or acknowledgement. This is a very creative phase so allow yourself time to be playful with any new ideas and inspiration you experience. You’ll find that despite everything you are actually on course, and making the right moves for getting to where you want to be.

Taurus: The Full Moon shines on your home and private life, which can be very satisfying right now. Your feelings and need for security may find you seeking seclusion for a while or losing yourself in past memories. Events make it difficult to reach clear decisions concerning career and life direction. This month you’ll begin to gather your resources around you so you can reach new levels. Circumstances may urge you on to make a greater effort. But don’t overdo things or try to go too far too fast. Despite appearances things are working with, rather than against you so don’t get overwhelmed. Let things take their natural course.

Gemini: This Full Moon is the perfect time to act on any impulse to improve yourself and your status. The next weeks may find you making plans to take up some study or make a journey. Even just mixing with people who are culturally different to you or exploring new ideas will prove worthwhile. A career opportunity or the chance to impress someone of importance is likely during this phase. Giving extra attention to details and keeping up with everyday business could be time-consuming but you can make the small things add up to contribute to the larger plan. Feeling good about yourself and what you are doing with your time enhances your sense of wellbeing.

Cancer: The August Full Moon is a time for getting on with important business. It’s a good time to put the past behind you, as you’re likely to be less sentimental during the next weeks. Keep moving onwards, concentrating on the things that matter. Strip away and discard non-essential items, memories and old habits. The drive to improve your finances and material security is strong. The desire for autonomy makes you reconsider areas where dependence on others may no longer serve the original purpose. You could find some welcome inspiration for a new direction or opportunity you hadn’t previously considered.

Leo: A strong desire to express your unique personality becomes a priority. Relationships are meant to be a two-way flow but this Full Moon will find you wanting the ball firmly back in your court. Your basic energy and drive are strong so if you can avoid being directly confrontational you will soon manage to charm even the most obstinate. How you respond now could largely shape the direction of an important relationship. If you achieve a new intimacy or understanding, enjoy it. It’s hard to keep that level of focus going but the message underneath is sincere and needs to be taken seriously.

Virgo: You’re sifting through the experiences of the last several months, in preparation for making a new start in some area of your life as you move forwards after this Full Moon. Discrimination and self-examination show you that living an ordinary life is not the whole story for you now. You want to contribute something worthwhile and you’re happy to take on extra responsibilities. Additional support will be offered by friends or your community if they see your true intention is sincere. Taking care of your needs both spiritually and physically is a balancing act that you strive to achieve now.

Libra: You can always bring an unexpected twist or insight to anything you set your mind to. This Full Moon brings the opportunity to improve or make the best out of a current situation. Your recent creativity and increased sense of enjoyment is enhanced by a sincere appreciation coming from others. You can reap the rewards from past efforts whilst there’s strong support for your ambitions and goals. Remember though that not everyone is ready to make those moves at exactly the same time as you. Your vision is probably far-reaching and others may not see the bigger picture exactly as you do.

Scorpio: Your inward focus and quiet time since the last New Moon is paying off now. New energy directs you towards achieving something of value and puts you back in the full flow of life events. The Full Moon marks the end of an anxious time. Now you can see what was holding you back. You’re able to secure your position, know what the limits are, and move forward. You’ve created a firm foundation to build on so now decide how you can make it work to your benefit. Any injured pride or misunderstandings is a result of someone taking themselves too seriously and it’s up to you to avoid being one of them.

Sagittarius: This month’s Full Moon is the culmination of energies from the past two weeks so now you can push on toward whatever goals you have in mind. Whilst you have this current mood compelling you, it’s a good time to reach for something different and exciting. You want to improve your position and are willing to take advice or seek extra knowledge. There may be additional details, communications or travelling to attend to but keep your focus on the bigger picture. Backed up by so much strong energy you are likely to feel an incredible drive to accomplish and achieve in life.

Capricorn: During this month you’ll have the impulse to do something quite liberating. Having considered what’s worth keeping and what’s just a drain on your resources you’ll want to make some space in your life. This Full Moon gets you thinking about your own needs in all your relationships. New thoughts inspire you and send you off in a different direction. Consider how much your physical needs and personal assets are tied up with others. Ensure there is a balance so no one feels overly indebted. This burst of freedom will do you good and make it easier to keep things in perspective.

Aquarius: With the Full Moon focus on your house of relationships and the Sun in your sign, it’s no surprise that you want to take a close look at your personal associations. You’re tempted to let go of anything you believe to be holding you back or simply uninspiring. You may also be torn between your individual or personal concerns in favour of a more active social life. Doubts fade into the background as a new sense of self, a more assertive personal style and a more dynamic approach to life emerges now. Your relationships need to reflect this energy and those that don’t may suffer.

Pisces: The August Full Moon will prompt you to focus your attention on the everyday demands of life. Dealing with the mundane aspects of your daily routine will be fully rewarded later. You’ll have an increased ability to make your dreams a reality if you put the work in over the next few weeks. Any effort on your part to improve your health, diet, and physical condition will pay off. Your practical sense is enhanced and you can now make difficult decisions affecting your material welfare. Being of service to others or taking on extra responsibilities will prove to have been an investment in your own future in the long run.

Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is a professional Astrologer based in West Cork.

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