August heralds the start of the Olympics in Rio, but you could say this month is as much carnivore as carnival, with Leo, the Sign of the big cat leading the procession. Along with plenty of street-food for thought from cerebral Planets in earthy Virgo too, meaning this August there appears to be much at stake or should I say ‘steak’? Along with a few mistakes in need of remedying this month, though, it is not a t-bone, but a planetary t-square giving us something to chew on this August!
For although ‘school’s out for summer’, there is definitely a sense that there is still some outstanding projects to complete as August opens, especially with a retrograding heavyweight Saturn combining with all Outer Planets, picking the bones over past matters in need of correction or erasing. So you could say the start of August finds us left not quite doing lines, but ‘lions’ with a large ruler, in more of a jungle book than an exercise one. As Leo, the Sign of the jungle ‘V.I.P’ takes charge from the beginning of August with the Sun, Venus and a New Moon in Leo on the 2nd too.
On the bright side, the Sun ruled Sign of Leo is not only naturally suited to being in command, but positively revels in being centre-stage, as its mighty roar lets everyone know who is king of the jungle. However, Leos may rule the kingdom, literally shaking the ground beneath them, as recent earthquakes demonstrate, but deep-down these lion-hearts seek stability. As this jungle ‘V.I.P’ is no ‘king of the swingers’ but a Fixed Sign instead. So you could say, this month quite literally we move from a state of flux to continuous ‘lux’, as the Moon ruled variable Sign of Cancer influenced the majority of July’s events, but it is the Sun’s constant glow providing the central heating throughout August. As until the 22nd the Sun is in its palatial abode, at home in the luxurious Sign of Leo, which brings with it some sweltering weather conditions and a plethora of pleasurable pursuits. For the Sign of Leo is schooled in the art of enjoyment, favouring the playground over the classroom time after time.
Though, Leos are associated with royalty especially kings, but really their love of the limelight makes them more of a drama queen. So there are no surprises that August arrives with a dramatic entrance, as the 1st sees the Leo Sun at a critical degree in aspect to retrograde Saturn in Sagittarius, as simultaneously an exiting Scorpio Mars at a difficult degree clashes with Venus in Leo. Whilst, further pressure builds with the Leo New Moon the following day coinciding with Virgo Mercury at a crucial degree. This activity generally putting this fiery lion in ‘the line of fire’ even figuratively with gunfire or arson likely, along with clashes among foreign heads of State to ferocious flames, fevers and weather conditions or high spirited and even criminal elements. With Leo’s presence meaning youngsters or pastimes which tap into the child at heart instinct are targeted, as we may witness sexual exploitation of children hitting the headlines once again.
So it may not be over easy this August, but Leo knows how to see the sunny-side up, even over the Euro brexit, as steps are put in place to ‘break-fast like a king’! However, this month’s New Moon highlights frustrations over allocating shared monies with the UK, along with changes and restrictions in health and work sectors in France. Meanwhile, this New Moon stirs up fury over secrets concerning Rome and the Vatican, partnerships in China, shocks in Iraq and restorative measures in Russia. As well as, changes in North Korea, Israel and within the United Nations, alongside illuminating positive advancements for the U.S. This further supported by the 18th’s Full Moon in Aquarius, highlighting changing financial partnerships in the U.S and profits in Japan, but challenges in Mexico. However, this finalising Moon does bring some closure to humanitarian and brexit concerns. Whilst Egypt feels both ends of the Moon’s activity this month, particularly influencing the younger generation, as this month’s lunar visits swing between state and government vying against the will of the people.
Well, Leo’s lion is renowned for its recognisable mane, but astrologically it fails to remain the main influence throughout August. This ‘perm’ Sign giving a ‘semi-wave’ goodbye, as from the 6th Venus progresses into Virgo alongside Mercury, Jupiter, the North Node and the 23rd’s Sun, meaning we move from the lion to the which? However, we may be wishing that some matters stayed locked away in that wardrobe, as the questioning Sign of Virgo combs through finer details. For attention will once again focus on treatment to rectify services for society’s needy and vulnerable, highlighting health and this sector. Although, any efforts may cause split ends, as Planets promote a ‘short, back and sides’ attitude. For tempers are short; a back up of past issues exists from retrograde Planets combined with Virgo’s North Node and planetary aspects arouse taking sides.
In sum, an overall ‘intensive condition’, with Mutable Planets creating a ‘three-way’ mirror, but no free way, as the reflection is not a pretty sight, as Virgo Planets jar against a retrograde Pisces Neptune and Sagittarius Saturn worsened by the 3rd seeing a malefic combination as Mars returns to Sagittarius. So emphasis once again shifts to uncontrollable elements from illness and weather to terrorist attacks and immigration, as nebulous Neptune obscures facts and solutions, especially around the 12th, due to critical degrees.
In conclusion then, August combines high and lowlights, but akin to a salon visit, the outcome may not be the picture we desire, needing some readjustment. As adapting and negotiating to benefit all are key this month, as a retrograde Capricorn Pluto and Aries Uranus at odds instigates unexpected problems, requiring flexibility. While, this month Portugal, Switzerland, Cyprus, Chad and Singapore are starred, along with Malaya, Armenia, the Ivory Coast, Belarus, Costa Rica and Guinea. Denmark meanwhile may experience shocks, as further violence is likely in France, Poland and Guatemala. Therefore, last month may have played out like Julius Caesar surrounded by enemies, but even though July has ceased, some themes persist. As with August’s Leo presence, there is an emphasis to be something of an Augustus, in charge of our own domain. However, with worrying Mutable Planets, this month it is advisable to be less of an emperor of ‘roam’, but one who thinks and waits, as this month is not all of a ‘roaming holiday’!