Once upon a time Astrology was viewed as a Science and even though Astrology and Science have since parted company, you could say they are on friendly terms! For both still often refer to certain terms, regarding the vocabulary of elements and symbols. So with this in mind, it is not surprising that in the Periodic Table, Au and Ag symbolise the precious, shiny metals of gold and silver. While, Aug generally symbolises the precious period of the year when the Sun is shining most, the month of August!
However, this August it is worth remembering that all that glistens is not always gold. For this month may open with the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter all in the sunny Sign of Leo, keeping spirits high and temperatures too. However, it seems it may just be a speck of gold-dust, as this August changes are afoot.
So the Fixed Sign of Leo, the lion may have thought it had found its place in the sun, with temperatures soaring, but it may find itself more likely moving on and roaring. As this month sees amiable Venus retrograde all month and an angry Mars entering Leo from the 9th, along with challenging aspects from Saturn, meaning August maybe less all gold and more a case of clouds with a silver ‘lion in’!
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For this August promises to be something of a changeable month, especially weather-wise, with Mercury, Jupiter and the Sun progressing from the fixed mode of Leo to Mutable Virgo. Thus, the golden rule to utilising planetary energies this month is to be adaptable, as the saying goes ‘a leopard may never change his spots’, but this Leo, lion will need to. This is particularly evident in the UK by this month’s Moon activity, with the 14th’s New Moon in Leo offering youngsters a new start, but emphasising new restrictions and responsibilities. As people’s hopes and dreams are affected; the group consensus and large organisations overall. While, the 29th’s Full Moon in Pisces only reinforces this, bringing to light changes impacting upon individuals’ pleasure and leisure time, along with their children.
Subsequently, this seems to be the message as this August progresses, as Leo’s prosperity is exchanged for Virgo’s austerity, as from the 8th everyday Mercury transits into the penny conscious Sign of Virgo, shortly followed by lucky Jupiter on the 11th and by the 23rd the Sun too. Therefore, this month begins with attention focussed on playing trivial pursuits, but swiftly advances into Mastermind, with analytical, cerebral Virgo assessing general conditions. As work ethics, health matters and people’s entire needs are considered, setting the way for the North Node’s arrival in October. However, with Neptune still in Pisces, now opposing, there will be difficulty in achieving clear-cut solutions, especially regarding those neglected and it may seem those suffering are left to their own devices, forgotten or simply unseen. This particularly coming to attention with the revealing Pisces Full Moon, as the threat of closure of many essential services for those with added needs appears probable, while those wealthier seem to benefit.
This spilling over into a broad feeling of frustration this month, as the generational Planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto remain in retrograde motion throughout August, stalling widespread advancement. This being particularly felt by the younger age bracket as the month commences, due to an abundance of Leo Planets. So demonstrations concerning possible tuition fees and childcare costs are possible, especially as a clashing Saturn turns direct from the 2nd. For Saturn’s last fling in stinging Scorpio stirs up many questions about shared finances, particularly the lack of them and apparent broken government promises given to the public. This is only further heightened as August begins with Mars in home orientated Cancer challenging stationary Uranus in Aries and Capricorn Pluto at a critical degree, as an unexpected backfiring of budget policies occur. Perhaps with an unemployment rise, as people give up work due to unsustainable expenses and disharmony at home.
So this August may not be a penny dreadful, but there is definitely a sense of being pennywise and putting away for a rainy day. Furthermore, this seems literally to be the case this month, as Mutable Planets make for some unpredictable global weather conditions, as well as social and economical states. While Greece will continue to feel cold winds this month from Mutable planetary movements, after EU resolutions were reached. However, within Europe, so too will Portugal, be experiencing upheaval, along with Germany which looks set to undergo some unexpected shocks. Meanwhile, further afar turmoil is starred in Morocco, Armenia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone and Papua New Guinea.
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Also hitting the headlines is Tajikistan and surrounding areas, as well as Oman, Malaya, the Marshall Islands and St Kitts. With South America starred too this month, as Brazil, Costa Rica and El Salvador are of interest. Whilst the Leo New Moon initiates hostile activity amongst youngsters daily life in Mexico and changing fortunes in Japan and in the U.S as well as appearances, along with new serious partnerships and legal responsibilities. Whereas this month, the Full Moon provides finalising changes particularly regarding Egypt’s status and pleasurable pursuits in Canada. Therefore, in total, with many Planets stationed or moving into more cautious territory, August allows us a period of adjustment before the evaluation phase, when Planets move into Libra, Sign of the Scales, next month. So you could say this month is about ‘waits and measures’ and taken advantage of, August will be ‘worth its wait in gold!’