It’s all going on as the month begins and for many of you August is your birthday month as the Sun remains in your sign until the 22nd.
The planet which represents love and money, Venus, is in Leo too until the 5th and on the 2nd, there’s a New Moon in your sign.
This is gorgeous and celebratory and a wonderful time to plan a party, have fun, take centre stage. New Moons are a symbol of new beginnings so be pro-active in life, start afresh, make some personal goals and aims to bring happiness your way.
The 1st of August could also be memorable for love and relationships because key planets in Leo team up with both planets linked to partnership in your chart, Saturn and Uranus.
There’s an easy flow between the planets early in the month as they are in residence in the three fire signs, Aries, Leo, Sagittarius. This is the time to be spontaneous in love, to follow your heart and to enjoy a relationship to the full.
Another key date for love is the 16th when the Sun and Uranus connect in the heavens. Again this promises spontaneity, excitement and change. Uranus is not only linked to your 1-to-1 relationships but also lights up your travel and study sectors. Look out for a last-minute invitation, book a holiday or course and make the most of life.
It is especially important now to be grateful for what you have and enjoy any lucky or fun opportunities which come your way. There is some more challenging astrology building which indicates change and some obstacles in your path.
The most important date for you in this respect is the 18th when there’s a lunar eclipse cutting across the Leo/Aquarius axis of the zodiac and lighting up your relationship sector. Eclipses can bring what’s hidden to light and they often pinpoint change or dramatic events.
Relationships can begin or end during an eclipse period which lights up your relationship sector and although it’s best not to make any big decisions on the eclipse itself, events moving forward can change the course of your life.
This eclipse is also significant because it’s the start of a new eclipse cycle lighting up the signs of Leo and Aquarius until January 2019. The people you meet now could play an important role in your life as Aquarius rules all your 1-to-1’s, both personal and professional.
Eclipses often indicate endings and new beginnings so apply this to your own life and consider what you’re building and what you’re moving away from.
The other major planetary activity this month takes place in the sign of Sagittarius. Saturn is here, the planet of commitment and discipline, where it’s been for most of the time since December 2014 and where it remains until December 2017.
Sagittarius rules your creative sector so this can be helpful if you’re learning something new, an instrument, a hobby, an activity, anything which requires you to put in regular practise. Yet Saturn is a double-edged sword and it’s not a planet you have a lot in common with.
Being a fire sign, you want instant results and you sometimes find it hard to knuckle down and work steadily towards your goals. You’re also best in front of an audience or performing and working away in the shadows to perfect your skills can be lonely or soul-destroying. Balance is all important now – focus on your goals but don’t devote yourself to them and miss out on other aspects of life.
Saturn in Sagittarius can also prove tricky for other areas of your life ruled by Sagittarius and these are romance and love affairs, children and pregnancy. This month, Saturn is joined by Mars in Sagittarius on the 2nd and Mars remains here until September 27th.
So there’s a sense of urgency now, a desire to fight for what you want in life. Yet Mars has to deal with Saturn’s fear or limitations. Mars wants to move forward but Saturn tries to slam on the brakes. Saturn is strong on the 13th when it turns direct and on the 24th when Mars and Saturn team up in the heavens.
Apply this symbolism to your own life, e.g. is it time to knock a love affair on the head or are you fighting over children. It’s a difficult planetary combination which suggests you’re up against tough opposition. A decision needs to be reached however and it’s important to be honest with yourself whether you can push through the opposition or whether it’s best to give in.
Money is another key factor in this month’s astrology as the planets are beginning to line up in your personal money sector. Communication planet Mercury is in Virgo and this sector of your chart throughout the month and is joined by Venus from the 5th to the 30th.
Your ruler the Sun enters Virgo on the 19th and most importantly, the planet of opportunity and growth, Jupiter is in this same sector of your chart. Jupiter has been influencing your money sector since August 2015 and next month it moves on into Libra on September 9th.
So this is the final hoorah and Jupiter is especially strong on the 22nd and 27th when it connects with Mercury and Venus respectively. This feels abundant and prosperous and it’s an important time to make money moves which either free you from financial ties or help you secure your financial future.
This is important because on the 30th Mercury turns retrograde in the heavens and remains on go slow until September 22nd. Plus eclipses next month light up your money sectors. So now’s the time to benefit from Jupiter’s bounty and make the moves which matter, in readiness for next month’s more complex picture.