Star Signs for August 2015

Posted on: 4th August, 2015

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for the last 10 years, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance classes.email startalk@eircom.net. www.katearbon.com.

Astrologically August starts out with a few busy days. The last week of July has set the pace, when Venus turned to retrograde motion on July 25 and Uranus followed suit on July 26. We now have five planets in retrograde, which includes all the slower heavyweights, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. This is a clean-up operation. Whilst going ‘backwards’, a planet is re-treading past territory and this gives us the call to attend any loose ends, details or unfinished business with the issues that each planet represents. The slower – farther from earth – the planet is, the more thorough that process has to be. That’s quite a workload right now!

The second Full Moon of the month on July 31 in Aquarius put the focus on our relative position within the greater scheme of things. It may well have highlighted our role in the community or made us consider what we bring as an individual to contribute to the bigger picture as a whole. Where we aren’t satisfied, or remain unclear or just not matching up to our own ideals, will all be given an overhaul in the coming weeks and months.

As August gets under way, Saturn, known to some as the ‘Lord of Karma’ reaches the point where he turns to go forward once more, having been retrograde since March. He has travelled back into Scorpio as far as his position last December, so there have likely been some harsh lessons and thwarted plans during this time. Saturn’s role is to constrain or provide structure, discipline and substance to our lives. It is through learning from experience, over time, that we really get the chance to develop our endurance and resilience and also we’re frequently compelled to yield to forces of time and the limits of physical reality whenever Saturn in involved. These experiences can be frustrating, but also potentially enlightening and ultimately liberating gifts to our lives. By November, Saturn will reach the point he had progressed to before turning back. We can then start to really move away from the lessons of the last two to three years into a new phase with Saturn staying in Sagittarius during the next couple of years.

The main planetary activity is around 28 degrees of the fixed signs for the first week of August as this is where all the action takes place. Whilst Saturn is changing direction he is in a challenging aspect with both the ‘feel good’ planets — Venus and Jupiter. Anyone born between January 20 – 23, April, July or October will be strongly affected, as will anyone with a late degree ascendant or personal planet in late Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius.

As Venus goes backwards she links up with Jupiter for the second time this summer on August 4. This puts the focus on love, relationships and money but this time round with Saturn involved, it shows up where we feel things are less than satisfactory. This is the time to make adjustments, re-negotiate the contracts and ask how we are making boundaries or limitations that don’t do us any favours. It’s not all bad though. This is our opportunity to firm up where we let things slide or were a bit unclear to begin with. We can set out something more solid and reliable now. Maybe less exciting, romantic or adventurous but certainly more likely to withstand the test of time and serve us well in to the future.

The August New Moon is at 22° Leo on the August 14 at 3:55pm with the following Full Moon at 7° Pisces on August 29 at 7:36pm.

Aries: Your position within your community is highlighted this month. What you have to offer is appreciated and you can reap the rewards of your past contributions. Crank up your social life now and meet the right people; benefits will soon follow. The phrase “what you put in is what you get out” is the key. The astral weather is perfect for creativity and you'll find that your imagination flows faster and easier than usual after 14th. In fact, anything you do for enjoyment will seem twice as good right now. Break out the inner child, drop your self-consciousness and just have fun.

Taurus: Getting recognition for what you do well, takes on extra significance during August. Self-acknowledgment only takes you so far and now you need some approval from those you respect. It may seem like constant hard work recently but the New Moon phase mid month will bring a much-needed chance to relax with loved ones. If things on the home front aren’t quite to your liking you will have a tendency to fight for your right to peace and harmony. It's a good time to start new home-related projects as a way to utilise any extra energy in a constructive manner.

Gemini: Travel, higher learning, study and spiritual matters are on your mind during early August. You've had enough of the ‘everyday’ in life and you want freedom to explore or invite new experiences into your life. Be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and lifestyles. You'll likely find your attention and energy go into taking care of details and side issues later in the month. Whatever happens, it will be nothing but action by mid month with plenty of options. Don’t be too impulsive but just be sure you get your ideas out there in some form whatever it takes.

Cancer: Your attention maybe drawn to the patterns that create life’s ups and downs but you may just be focused on the negative side of a cycle at the expense of the positive. Pause to consider what is truly worth keeping and what you can dispense with. Smooth out what doesn’t flow well in your life in preparation for a more constructive phase after the New Moon on August 14. Take time to consider how you’re shaping up financially. This slow growth moment is likely not as productive as you hoped but don’t worry yourself into a frenzy about things that only time can remedy.

Leo: With the Sun in your sign take this favourable opportunity to deal with any relationship issues. You're aware of how much you have to give but experience more freedom when you get the ‘give and take’ into a healthy balance. Interesting and stimulating people may come into your life so find time for intimate encounters or shared experiences. It's a time of personal beginnings, when you find yourself in the limelight and all eyes turn to see what you're going to do next. This may be somewhat startling, but it's the boost you need right now. Just enjoy the generosity of others.

Virgo: During the next weeks you'll focus your attention on the practical demands of life. Feeling you must do more than you really need to can create some stress but any self-improvement effort pays rewards. If you invest in yourself now then you can put your best foot forward with confidence later in the month. Regardless of how extrovert and outgoing you might usually feel, the New Moon on August 14 is a time to withdraw and spend some time alone. You will benefit by taking a few days to rest and recuperate, mentally, emotionally and physically as you revitalise your spirit.

Libra: Your creative powers are at a peak. Don't take yourself too seriously and you will reap the rewards. Don't be too surprised at what you come up with by just playing around with ideas or projects. Your romantic feelings are more intense now so try to wear your heart on your sleeve without worrying about the outcome. It can be worth risking upset to get at what you really feel and share it with those that matter the most later this month. You instinctively relate to your friends and very much want them to accept you as you are.

Scorpio: Home and family matters occupy your life during the next two weeks. Concentrate your energy into ventures that give you a sense of security and wellbeing. Sticking with familiar surroundings and intimate company gives the freedom to nurture what’s really important to you. Expect a phase of new developments in career matters and a welcome reward with a sense of fulfillment to emerge by mid month. The pressure to produce can be a bit intense but take time to plan ahead before you take on any new commitments. It is as important to listen now, as it is to act.

Sagittarius: You may find yourself called on by neighbours or asked to get involved with community ventures or projects now. You could feel restless if you don’t find activities that stimulate your mind. Seek out alternatives to what you already know. There are more opportunities becoming available to build on during the next few weeks. Try to keep both feet on the ground around mid month as heightened emotions may run away with you. The impulse for new experiences is very strong but avoid hasty commitments. It's a great time for planning or rearranging the way you look at things.

Capricorn: August finds you concerned with your material and financial security. It's time to consider if you are making the best of your natural skills and abilities. Once latent talents are recognised you will aim higher and you'll want to expand your horizons very soon. The New Moon phase on August 14 is a good time to re-evaluate what it is that you pursue, follow or find meaningful. It may turn out that you’ve changed since you last acted so instinctively. If what you seek now is simply out of an old habit, it may prove extremely dissatisfying in a very short time.

Aquarius: Your need for unique self-expression and communicating your personal vitality are priority. Relationships are meant to be a two-way flow but now you want the ball firmly back in your court. Your current mood doesn't make for sharing and you may find a flood of emotional intensity directed your way during the next few weeks. How you respond could largely shape the direction of an important relationship. If you achieve a new closeness enjoy it now as it’s hard to keep that level of intensity going all month but the message underneath is sincere and needs to be taken seriously.

Pisces: You can be very productive this month by just quietly working away behind-the-scenes. Reconnecting with your inner world is important for your sense of equilibrium. Valuable insights and breakthroughs are possible. Enjoy the quiet ‘alone time’ whilst you can, as the demands of your outer world will encroach again soon enough. It can be easy to get worried about health matters or everyday responsibilities especially during the New Moon phase mid month. Moderation is the key. Make sure you're not expecting too much of yourself. You don't want to run out of steam because you can't keep up with yourself.

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