This is a month of reconsideration of stated objectives, Cancer, taking place in the wake of July’s deep reflections on where you stand. The station of Mercury to direct motion as the month begins leads to two weeks of recovery for the planetary messenger, conveying to you mostly about what is in your own depths. Your values, your resources, and in particular your finances are one focus, as you attempt to discern what it is that you hold deep inside, and how you can best act on that knowledge moving forward. Relationship dynamics are also on your mind and in your heart, as they have been all year; you continue to strive for transformation in this significant area. Your openness to new life directions has never been higher. You are exploring your bottom line values now, what it is that “you cannot not do,” and beginning to act strictly from these. Inner guidance, independent of external pressure or consensus thought, is your only truly valid pilot.
The following was written by our resident monthly columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
August begins right on the heels of a New Moon in Leo in your second house of income and expenditures, and just as Sun, Moon, and Venus in Leo in your second house are making a square to Uranus in Taurus in your eleventh house of friends and allies. You can thus count on some unexpected, but potentially liberating or inspiring, influences coming through this month, perhaps specifically related to new friends or colleagues you meet, who may help you to create new business or professional sources of income or revenue. At the same time, be careful of the tendency for erratic shifts in business partnerships or at work, which may be somewhat destabilizing – at least temporarily.
Late on July 31st, also, or early Thursday, August 1st, Mercury in Cancer in your first house will turn direct after several weeks of being retrograde. This should prompt an eventual personal turnaround, especially if you have been dealing with a heavier period emotionally, physically, or in relation to close relationships or family members.
Between August 5th and the 8th, the Sun and Venus in Leo in your second house will make trines to Jupiter in your sixth house, which may indicate that you are hiring someone or finding a helper of some kind. On the other hand, this transit could indicate a time of hard work that pays huge dividends.
On August 11th, Mercury will then enter Leo in your second house, just as Uranus is turning retrograde in your eleventh house of friends, allies, and groups, and just as Jupiter is turning direct in your sixth house of work, sickness, and service. It’s a moment of great forward movement, where you should be gaining momentum and moving forward, especially within your professional life. At the same time, you may have some serious reevaluating to do regarding your future, thanks to your participation in new spiritual or social groups, or thanks to some eye-opening revelations you are having about your friends, co-workers, or in relation to the greater communities you serve or participate in.
On August 15th, the Full Moon will land in Aquarius in your eighth house, emphasizing a moment of tension and fullness in relation to your fears and anxieties about the future, or perhaps even in relation to the topics of death and mortality. On the other hand, don’t be surprised if things are peaking right now in connection to a spouse or partner’s finances, or if there are powerful changes and innovations happening for you financially, thanks in part to some degree of help or benefit you are receiving from someone else in your life.
On August 18th, Mars will enter Virgo and move into your third house of siblings, the mind, communication, and your immediate environment, perhaps calling you to speak your mind more actively in your day to day life. This is also a good time to attack organizational or detail-oriented projects but be careful of the tendency to be a perfectionist or to become mentally inflexible or rigid during this time.
Between August 23rd and 25th, Venus and Mars will conjoin in Virgo in your third house, and then on August 29th, Mercury will enter Virgo, followed by a New Moon in Virgo on the 30th. With an incredible concentration of energy in your third house, the topics of siblings, short travel, the mind, communication, technology or media, and the importance of reorganizing or getting a new handle on your immediate environment and the flow of your daily life will all be emphasized for the month to come. In the month ahead, you are going to be purifying your mind by getting a better handle on your day to day life and schedule. Given the loose T-square being created with Neptune in Pisces in your ninth house of the higher mind and Jupiter in Sagittarius in your sixth house of work and service, you are likely to be thinking of revamping your entire way of thinking and operating in the world due to the influence of inspiring teachers and a renewed sense of faith in the future.
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