Libra (23 September – 23 October)
Your planet, Venus, is in the thick of the action this month and plays a significant role in two New Moons – 1st and 30th – and the Full Moon – 15th. Therefore, pay close attention to your feelings, your emotions, your intuition. Be in tune with the Moon cycle.
August is a month when you can step out of a challenging period. You may have learned a lot about yourself over the last few weeks or be more appreciative of the people you love and the life you live. Early August brings turning points your way, enabling you to turn a fresh page as a new month begins.
The first turning point involves Mercury, the planet of communication. On the 1st (July 31st in America), Mercury turns direct after three weeks retrograde, i.e. on go slow. Mercury turns direct in Cancer, the star sign at the peak of your horoscope.
Cancer represents your career and vocation, your status and reputation, your future path and your place in the public eye. Mercury turns direct at the same degree in the zodiac as the Lunar Eclipse on July 16th. Therefore these two events/dates may be linked.
Mercury’s change of direction could bring new information to light or it restores clarity and focus. You can make key decisions with confidence and believe what you hear. Sort out any muddles or misunderstandings early on in the month so you have a clear picture of where you’re heading and why.
New Moon Leo
On the same day as Mercury turns direct, there’s a New Moon in Leo. New Moons are a symbol of new beginnings. And, like Mercury’s change of direction, they often bring what’s hidden to light. They are powerful beacons for change and progress.
Set your intentions on the New Moon, especially when it comes to friends and group projects, your role within society and your goals out in the world. Leo is about networking for you, your wider social circle, politics, the environment, any area of life where you come together with other people.
Fire Sign Energy
It’s here, in the star sign Leo, where there’s strong planetary activity for the first two weeks of August. Action planet, Mars, is in Leo until the 18th which it’s great for being pro-active, getting out and about and teaming up with other people. Together you’re bigger and better.
Also, key planets in Leo team up with Jupiter in Sagittarius. This is strong, dynamic fire sign energy and for you, it’s all about connections. Jupiter’s the biggest and best planet and currently in your communication sector.
Jupiter turns direct in Sagittarius on the 11th so it’s time to put your ideas into action and get things moving. You may want to express yourself in the spoken or written word, you might be brainstorming or sharing ideas with others. If you’re involved in sales or marketing, it’s an ideal time to spread the word and see your ideas go viral.
Teaching and studying come under Sagittarius’ umbrella and you could be learning lots this month. Perhaps, a new language or finding out about different cultures and backgrounds. Ensure you get out and about as this will stimulate your curiosity and bring new opportunities your way. The key dates when Jupiter is strong are the 7th, 8th and 21st, plus the 11th, the day Jupiter turns direct.
The one word of caution during this period is to be careful when it comes to money. Don’t throw your money away or spend recklessly. This is because you currently have Uranus, the planet of unexpected, in Taurus and your joint finance sector.
Uranus clashes with your planet, Venus, on the 2nd and talk planet, Mercury, on the 16th. Plus, Uranus turns retrograde on the 12th and this is often a time when you feel its energy intensely.
Money matters are well-starred for you later in the month. But, up until mid-month, take less risks financially. You might find yourself in a situation where you have to spend more or give out more money. Yet, at the same time don’t do so through guilt and don’t allow money to become an emotional factor in close ties.
Love and romance could be an important part of this month’s activity. Venus, your planet, represents love and is strong in sociable Leo until the 21st. Love and friendship are linked throughout the first three weeks of August.
Plus, the Sun and Venus unite in Leo on the 14th, the day before a glorious Full Moon on the 15th. This would be a great time to celebrate, enjoy love, fall in love. Be around people who make you happy and say Yes to life.
A Slower Pace
There’s a slower pace after the 18th. This is the date when the inner planets begin to move into Virgo and the most hidden sector of your horoscope. Mars enters Virgo on the 18th followed by your ruler, Venus, on the 21st, the Sun on the 23rd and talk planet, Mercury, on the 29th. Plus, there’s a New Moon in Virgo on the 30th.
You might need a rest from socialising or a hectic schedule. Virgo represents retreat in your life, coming back down to earth, focusing on order and structure. Slow things down yourself, otherwise life could slow things down for you.
You might need a rest from spending too or to put your mind to money-making activities. Focus on money in the last week of August and take advantage of any new opportunities that come your way.
Venus, your ruler, teams up with Mars, your partner planet in Virgo on the 24th. This is the only time this year these two planets come together. This could take you back to the past, you might fall in love with yourself or recognise that you and someone close have a secret or hidden bond. It’s intriguing astrology.