Welcome to August!
You have no idea how much I have been looking forward to saying those three words, with August not just another month but a complete turnaround. June and July were the toughest months of 2019 and what you would want or expect is a gradual turnaround or improvement in the conditions. Instead, what we get is a rapid swing in the other direction, with August and into the first two weeks of September, some of the best months of 2019.
There is not just a gradual improvement in the conditions this month but a dramatic and drastic turnaround. Over the last two months and especially during a five week period from mid June to 21st July we had 14 oppositions between planets in Cancer and Capricorn and both a lunar eclipse and solar eclipse adding to the intensity. With the lunar eclipse in Capricorn and the total solar eclipse in Cancer, this added to the intensity between these two axis points.
This was one of those periods where things were already intense so I can almost picture the gods saying why not just throw everything into the pot? If things are already challenging, what’s one, two or three more things? As intense as it was at the time, it means that by the time we move into August this is already behind us.
We begin August with the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars in Leo and with a New Moon underway, making it clear from the get go that Leo energy is now in charge. While Mercury is still wrapping up his double dip visit to Cancer, turning direct on 1st August is him turning his back on the tensions of the last two months and beginning the trek back to Leo.
Yet as exciting and different as this new month will feel from the get go there is also likely to be a sense that something is about to fall into place. Call it a sense of anticipation or expectation but we have reached a point where things are set to fall into place in a stunning way and it is centred on the planetary activity in Leo and Virgo and the wider implications.
For the first time since October 2017 all of the faster or personal planets – the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars – are all going to be in the same sign at the same time and it happens not once but twice. First in Leo and then in Virgo and in both cases, the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with 12th August significant in both cases.
Three separate events on 12th August are going to collectively flip the switch, allowing exciting developments to unfold. As good as things are at the start of the month and especially when both the Sun and Venus move into a friendly aspect to Jupiter between 7th August and 9th August, 12th August is the date that changes everything.
It starts in the early hours of the morning New Zealand time, 1.38 am to be exact, so in every other country in the world including Australia this will be on 11th August. That first event is Jupiter’s direct turn in Sagittarius and wherever you are in the world you will wake with the largest, most powerful and opportune planet in the solar system no longer in retrograde motion and ready to move things forward.
This is followed just a few hours later by a small move by a small planet that will have multiple implications. Six hours after Jupiter’s direct turn Mercury leaves Cancer, removing the last remnant of intensity between the Cancer and Capricorn ruled areas of your life and returns to Leo. This is the moment that all the faster or personal planets will be in the same sign at the same time, for the first time since October 2017, with all the planets focused on making things happening now all coming together with a common purpose.
That this happens just hours after Jupiter’s direct turn in fellow Fire sign Sagittarius is beyond auspicious timing. This comes just as the pack of planets coming together in Leo are starting to move into a positive aspect to Eris, in her first full month in retrograde motion in Aries. Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are the three Fire signs and they are all being activated by this coming together of planetary activity in Leo and with Jupiter now in his final months in Sagittarius and ready to bring things home, this cosmic giant has all the faster planets supporting him.
I will us Cancer and Aquarius as an example of what this coming together of Fire energy means but your Monthly Horoscopes and Monthly Horoscope Reports will give you more information on where all this month’s events are playing out, with the Monthly Reports getting right down into the details.
For Cancer, all those planets coming together in Leo are coming together in your income sector, just as Jupiter turns direct on the job front and as Eris is spending her first full month in retrograde motion in your career sector, where she is able to anchor everything. For Aquarius, all those planets coming together in Leo are coming together in your relationship sector, while Jupiter turns direct in your communication sector and Eris is offering support from her position in your friendship sector.
For the Water signs, this Fire triad is impacting what is known as the ‘success’ houses, which are your income, work and career sectors. For the Air signs, this is playing out in your ‘social’ houses, with the focus on relationships, friendship and communication. For the Fire signs, this will have a stronger and more personal impact, while good for matters of the heart, all things adventurous, fun, playful, romantic and creative. For the Earth signs, this is more introspective, but then the gods have something very and I mean very special waiting for you in the second half of the month.
As their very name suggests the faster moving planets don’t stick around and while they will all come together in Leo from 12th August, by the end of the month they will all be gone. The first to leave is Mars on 18th August, followed by Venus on 21st August, the Sun on 23rd August and Mercury on 29th August. Normally this would be a case of ‘they came, they saw and they conquered’, except for Jupiter.
By the end of the month, having had to come to a standstill in order to turn direct, Jupiter will be starting to move forward and leaving in early December will be ready to bring things home. Having benefited from the support from the faster moving planets as they moved through Leo, once Jupiter is back on his feet he will be able to take it from there and ready to return the favour, will continue to support the Leo ruled area of your chart.
The faster moving planets are able to get things moving in the Leo ruled area of your chart and Jupiter can take it from there.
Now I said three events happen on 12th August that are significant and so far I have only mentioned two. I think it is telling that this third event is almost lost because the attention is on Mercury and Jupiter, because in reality, this is how it will be felt. That third event is Uranus’ retrograde turn in Taurus on 12th August. This is the third and final event that day and chances are it won’t rate a mention, will have no immediate impact and from this perspective no wider implications.
Uranus is still in the early degrees of Taurus in what are the early months of a seven year visit and while he is loosely able to support Saturn and Pluto in fellow Earth sign Capricorn, they are too far apart to ever connect directly. To begin with, the most significant impact from Uranus’ retrograde turn is a sense of solidarity this will have with the Capricorn ruled area of your chart, putting all planets on both fronts in retrograde motion, on the same day that Mercury’s departure from Cancer removes any remaining tension.
Compared to the fiery, dynamic and ‘look at me’ energy unfolding in the Leo and Sagittarius ruled area of your chart, Uranus is almost saying ‘don’t look at me’. Yet what Uranus’ retrograde turn is, is a ‘sleeper’ and something that is set to have profound significance later in the month.
For as exciting as the developments in Leo are this month, wait till you hear what is happening in Virgo.
It begins with Mars’ return to Virgo on 18th August, followed by Venus’ return on 21st August, Sun’s on 23rd August, Mercury’s on 29th August and the Moon’s on 30th August, as a New Moon. Yes, from 12th August to 18th August we had all the faster moving planets in Leo at the same time but they were spread out. Here, you have the faster moving planets all returning to Virgo within days of each other.
By the time the Moon returns to Virgo on 30th August and aligns with the Sun just hours later to create a New Moon, Mars has only been here for 12 days and as the first to leave, Mercury won’t leave until 14th September, this is even more concentrated than what is happening in Leo earlier in the month.
To have all the faster planets in the same area of your chart at the same time is rare, to have them so tightly aligned is even rarer. Below is the chart for the New Moon on 30th August and the stunning picture it reveals.
Down at the bottom right hand side, you will see five symbols in a row. From left to right what you are looking at are Mercury, the Moon, Sun, Mars and Venus and they are all within just 09 degrees of each other. Coming out from these planets you will see two separate strands of blue lines. These are positive ‘trine’ aspects and you have one branch going out towards Uranus (he looks like a TV aerial at what would be the 9 o’clock position on a clock) and another going up to near the top of the chart, where you have Pluto, the South Node and Saturn lined up in Capricorn.
We will never again in our lifetime have a New Moon in Virgo with all the personal planets here but what this snapshot above shows you, is the wider implications. The New Moon on 30th August falls at 06 degrees – you can see the Sun and Moon with ‘06 above them’. When you look over to Uranus he is also at 06 degrees – this is an exact trine and this is something Mars and Venus have just made by that point and Mercury is about to make. Mercury is just 04 degrees apart from this New Moon/Uranus trine and Venus just 05 degrees, both in orb and therefore part of this.
The wheel above is a snapshot, but in real life, the planets will continue to move, with Venus just 03 degrees away from moving into a positive trine aspect to Saturn. As the planets continue to move through Virgo and especially in the first two weeks of September, support between the planets in Virgo and Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn will increase.
In the first half of the month, we have a triad of energy coming together in Leo, Sagittarius and Aries and we end the month with a similar and even more powerful triad of energy coming together in Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus.
By moving out of July and into August we are literally putting the most challenging two months of 2019 behind us as we walk into the two most exciting months of 2019. Where there was tension there is now cooperation and where there were challenges there is now opportunity.
By far, the biggest news this month is the coming together of the planets in Leo and Virgo, but the wider context is the implications this will have on Uranus in Taurus, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn, Eris in Aries and Jupiter in Sagittarius.
What I find special is the New Moon that is underway as the month begins. After two eclipses last month this is an ordinary New Moon and to me, this is the Moon putting a full stop on July.
I will continue to keep you informed of the journey this month will take you on through the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes. A reminder that the General, Love, Money, Business, Chinese, Pet and Fashion Horoscopes are all available on the website but also that you do have the option of having not just the General Daily Horoscopes emailed out, but the Daily Love, Money and Business Horoscopes as well – click here for details.
All the very best for the coming month