Star Wisdom | August 2011


Mercury, the planet of thought and communication, is retrograde from August 2-26, bringing an appropriate slowness to the deepest part of summer while Mars in Cancer keeps the waters of transformation on a slow boil.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Someone from the past comes back into your life, bringing a much-needed shot of fun. Even though you’re a little preoccupied with an intense emotional or family drama, remember that activating your creativity is one of the easiest ways to release the pent-up emotions of the past.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…This is a month for hanging out at home, recharging your batteries and enjoying your family or domestic life. Although a part of you wants to continue to charge ahead, do try to slow down and flow with this energy. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to shine in the fall, so rest, relax and gather your energy now.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…This is a bit of a weird month for you. Your ruling planet Mercury retrogrades in your 3rd House of thoughts and communication, making you much more interested in looking inside to learn how your mind works than in your normal outer-directed effervescence. Mars in your money house pushes you to get clear on exactly what and how much you need to move ahead.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Your happiness this month depends squarely on how in touch you can be with your anger and assertiveness. Mars in your sign gives you the energy and willpower to move forward, but only if you’re able to admit how much you need the success or status you’re seeking. This is not a month to play the victim. It’s a time to pull on your armor and charge into the fray.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…Just remember that slow and steady usually does win the race. You’re chomping at the bit because you’re feeling who you are and what you want on a whole new level and you want to share it with the world. But Mercury retrograde is telling you that minding the details and learning to convey your vision with precision is what will take you over the top.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…You spend the first three weeks of the month getting clear on why you’re here. If you’ve felt stuck trying to “name and claim” your goal, use the Mercury retrograde to get clear on what you don’t want in your life anymore. When the Sun moves into your sign on the 23rd you’ll be free to move ahead with power and clarity.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…This new career, job or life path you’re on is not without its frustrations, but my goodness aren’t you a sight to behold? You’re so motivated right now you could move mountains. So do it. Even if this position isn’t the perfect fit, your assertive action this month will move you closer to the one that is.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…You’ve been questioning for some time (a) if you’re doing the work you’re meant to do or (b) what you need to do in order to do the right work and get paid for it. Mercury retrograde in your career house this month urges you to stop mooning around and make a detailed investigation. Start with an honest assessment of what you like and don’t like about your current position.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Amazingly enough, you’re reformulating your metaphysical system and questioning your whole outlook on life. A key relationship seems to be the impetus for this inner work – which will be even more liberating than you hope. Don’t take for granted the apparent fact you need support from a certain someone; consider that you might be better off creating it on your own.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…If you’re not careful you could end up turning your most important relationship into a replay of your childhood. You have a strong tendency to project a mother or father image from the past onto your current relationship this month. Recognize this fact and you can liberate yourself from the emotional ghosts of the past. Ignore it and you’ll be doomed to repeat that family drama.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…You’re rethinking a key relationship this month, as Mercury retrogrades in your partnership house and a Full Moon in your sign sheds new light on the person you’ve become. Ask yourself what the creative response is. Rather than doing the easy thing and distancing yourself emotionally, dig in and find out what action you can take to make things better.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…You have a powerful drive to create, create, create this month. You are so passionate in August, the people around you might not recognize you! It’s important to have an artistic outlet for all this energy; otherwise you’re likely to act out the shadow side of your inner child. So find your bliss, or the closest thing to it, and give it all you’ve got this month.

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D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website:


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