Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac

It’s going to be a busy autumn so let’s use August to refill and review to be ready to act. Six planets retrograde (appear to move backwards) through most of August and slow us down, sending us back to reconsider our position, finish unfinished business, and tend to important side agendas; perfect for the vacation time. Only Venus, Sun and Moon stay direct, which encourages us to follow our heart and be true to ourselves — whatever happens.

If we struggle to push ahead and try to make things happen this month, snafus pile up. Even if we feel industrious in the summer heat, environmental and technical snags, minor accidents or old interpersonal issues can complicate. Misunderstandings worsen if we push, but soften if we keep our ears and hearts open.

Retrogrades are good for manifesting what should have been done a long time ago, so it furthers to repair the past and do what we’ve always wanted to do. But for future projects, gather wisdom and imagination now and wait to initiate until September begins.

Prioritize grace and safety as Mars squares Uranus August 1 and begins the month with a bang. A solar eclipse at 18° Leo on August 11 can precipitate a dénouement; we’ll need to express ourselves but remember, the stories of each person around us matters as much as our own, no more nor less. We may feel turbulence as Mercury turns direct August 19 and Mars turns direct August 27, but momentum picks up soon afterwards.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Put gentleness and safety first in early August. You may need to step into moments of leadership at work, but otherwise prioritize your creative and emotional life now. Focus on children and tender family issues from the past. Be ready to roll after August 27.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…Garden your fields nicely; look for abundance as crops of all types come in after August 6 as Venus enters Libra. Then tend foundational issues, both in your home and symbolically in your life, around the August 11. Stand by people who need you after August 25.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Express yourself but don’t hog the limelight. Your light touch and easy sociability can be a healing balm and open doors for yourself and others. Tend to siblings and sibling-like friends. Watch for misunderstandings until August 19, make overtures after August 28.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Tend to material resources this month. Take care of home repairs, mend relationships, finish rather than start home-improvement projects, but don’t overspend. Practice openhearted self-sufficiency; counting on other peoples’ resources creates tension. Reweave connections after August 27.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Notice how other people perceive you and see if you need to make changes so you come across as you intend. Listen to a wake-up call on August 11. Assess now, communicate and implement changes to appearance, resume, PR material, after August 19.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…Deal judiciously with Mercury retrograde snafus the first three weeks. Practical life may be complicated but the inner life can be rich; clear the clutter out of your psyche and be ready to release outdated concepts. Prepare now for a busy September.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Your lovely graciousness will be so appreciated; new romance and connections shimmer around the edges, but members of your community may argue amongst themselves. Be understanding and avoid taking sides; support but don’t get caught in the dogfight.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Pay attention in the work environment as doors open and close. Move forward steadily even though a swirl of activity obfuscates where the changes are heading until September. Collaborate, and guard against a tendency to project blame on people in authority.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…You learn from the unexpected twists of life, so let travel of the mind and body be a journey rather than a rush; slow and meandering brings safety. Brainstorm the future around August 19 as Jupiter trines Neptune and bring in fresh collaboration after August 28.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…There’s a lot going on behind the scenes this month, with potential difficulty around other peoples’ funding and resources. Hold your ground gently and firmly in the group and put your ambition into a personal project. If decisions press, save them for after August 20.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…If snafus threatened to bring a breakdown or breakthrough in relationships, look for opportunity to clear the air and create more intimacy by handling problems together. Don’t push, just be there. An old problem may return; hang in there and resolve it one more time.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Tend to health. If troubles tax your nerves, it may help to see them as karmic clearing rather than opposition and assess what support you need to thrive. Release busy agenda and attend the work you walk into. Some liberation August 11- 19 creates room for the next chapter.

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