August Astrology

A true blue Moon, a culmination of the current Aquarius theme

This month we have a true Blue Moon. It’s the second Full Moon in the sign of Aquarius. The first was on 24th July. 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 it’s 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 the 8th 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 the 10th as it opposes Jupiter the planet of expansion, opportunity and ideals. This is followed up by a conjunction with Mars, the action planet on the 19th. 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 the 16th when Venus moves into her own sign, Libra. The next 3-4 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 20th August 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 6 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 it’s challenges. The Full Moon on 22nd 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 it’s 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 the 8th at 2.50pm and a Full Moon at 30° Aquarius on the 22nd at 1.01pm.