General predictions for August 2018

Affirmations of the month for all 4 Elements:

For Aries, Leo and Sagittarius: I take my time planning for the future as I honor my inner child!

For Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn: I am blessed with true abundance!

For Gemini, Libra and Aquarius: I acquire knowledge to overcome my insecurities!

For Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces: I embrace surprises from the Universe and shift my perspective!

August is a curious month that starts with a heck of a bang, moves into the last eclipse cycle of 2018 and then, almost miraculously, improves our fortunes when Mercury and Mars station Direct!

The first week, in fact the very first day begs for extreme focus when a disruptive square between Mars RX squares the trouble maker, Uranus. This aspect is now exact, but will linger until October. We should all watch our tempers, avoid conflicts, pay attention to the weather in terms of storms and stop watching the news! (I expect major shakeups in the political arena as well.) The collective conscious is clearly disturbed: meaning prayer, patience and small acts of kindness are the only way to use this particular planetary jolt in a positive manner. Be careful with electricity, cuts and burns, etc. The Aries Moon doesn’t exactly help either, but staying cool and calm, long walks at the water or swimming does. Interestingly enough, on the very same day, the Moon makes a usually harmonious trine to the Sun, except that it’s a fiery trine, meaning we think we are justified in acting up, which is never a good thing.

If you have personal planets in the following degrees, please be advised: a few degrees, either side of 9 Tropical (Western) degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Taurus and Aquarius.

The rest of the week should be more peaceful, except during the Last Quarter Moon weekend when the Taurus Moon squares the Leo Sun, meaning we need to balance our emotions with the needs of our over inflated or “wounded” egos.

The week of August 6-12 is busy with aspects. Tropical Venus leaves Virgo and moves into its second home, the lovely, airy Libra just as the Sun squares Jupiter, luckily moving Direct. The Fixed signs may overdo, overspend, overpromise or over eat, especially sweets. That’s ok: I’ll take the square since Jupiter is still Jupiter; just practice moderation.

I’m loving Tuesday when Uranus stations Retrograde (that’s a good thing), gorgeous Venus trines sexy Mars and the ultimate mother Moon sextiles Mercury RX. Incidentally, this Uranus Retrograde will back Uranus into Aries for the last time, but not until November 7th.

Wednesday is a productive day in terms of communications and commerce, moving projects forward and in some cases, just getting back to work. Cancer and Capricorn may feel a bit down, mostly due to family responsibilities, perceived as burdens. Libra and Aries will join in the very next day when pleasure seeking Venus will square off with somber Saturn. Interpersonal conflicts involving old resentments may come to a head. I say look after yourself, do what you must; but don’t look back.
Here we go with the last eclipse of 2018 taking place on the 11th at 2:58 am in the West Coast. This is a powerful New Super Moon in Tropical Leo during a Partial Solar eclipse. It signals fresh starts, an upsurge in creativity, exploring our authentic needs and desires or finally, becoming aware of your heart center. This cycle is not strong in the Americas. Still I recommend taking a break, resting, eating lightly; and above all, not initiating anything important just for the next few days. The 14-22 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus are affected. Since Mercury and Jupiter are involved, I would question the validity of anything you hear today. I think much will be exaggerated, if not downright over inflated. Don’t sign anything for sure and don’t promise what you can’t deliver.

Overall, this is a pretty benign event. The area where the Eclipse is the strongest lies all the way in eastern Siberia. Other areas where we can see a partial eclipse are in the North: Greenland, Scotland, Iceland, the Scandinavian countries, most of Russia, China and the Koreas.

Sunday is both pleasant and productive for Virgo, Taurus, Capricorn and Scorpio. Mars Retrogrades back into Tropical Capricorn.

Yeah! The planetary shake-ups are finally coming down starting right on Monday when the Moon brings stability for Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn. The very next day, the Air signs of Libra, Aquarius and Gemini join in. Communications and business interests improve. There’s a tiny hiccup on Wednesday the 15th for the Cardinal signs, especially Libra and Capricorn involving emotional power struggles; otherwise, keep calm, do what you can to prepare and wait until the 19th when Mercury stations Direct. As always, wait a few days to sign anything important. 

The First Quarter Moon in true Scorpio can signal a beginning of a significant new romantic connection or business partnership. Sagittarius: go out and enjoy!

Confidence soars and it’s about time; just pay attention to the bottom line and stay grounded when a most benefic Jupiter, now moving fully direct, makes a gorgeous trine with dreamy Neptune. What a gift from the stars for the Water and Earth signs!

Life continues to stabilize during the week of August 20-26th. The aspects are gentle thanks to several peaceful trines. Think creativity, harmony and balance. Monday is a stellar day for just about anything you wish to accomplish. As the Sun moves into Tropical Virgo, it’s time to get back to work school or simply focus on practical matters.

Pay attention to your hygiene and imitate positive dietary changes. Financial and real estate matters are featured in a most positive way during the weekend when a Grand Earth Trine (the only one in 2018) almost assures success. The entire aspect is further supported by the Full Moon in Pisces. Early degrees of Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Pisces, Cancer and Scorpio are highlighted and it’s all good news!

Libra and Capricorn may have to deal with a Venus/Pluto square later the same day in terms of slight conflicts regarding money or sex.

The last week of August is mixed. The first few days involve a major shift when Mars stations Direct on August 27th. Let’s move forward! You can initiate projects, plans and shift directions in your work or career as long as you pay attention to sloppy thinking, over-optimistic Mercury/Jupiter square. Focus and avoid making poor decisions.

August ends on a bright note as an exalted Taurus Moon trines the practical Virgo Sun and sextiles a dreamy, romantic Neptune. All’s well, that ends well for the summer of 2018!

Aug 6    7:27 PM    Venus enters Libra  
Aug 7   12:50 PM     Uranus Retrograde 2° 34' 
Aug 115:58 AM       New Moon Partial SOLAR Eclipse                                 18 Leo 42 18° 42'
Aug 1210:14 PM   Mars Retrograde enters Capricorn  
Aug 1912:25 AM  Mercury Direct 11° 32'D
Aug 193:44 AM   Jupiter trine Neptune 15° 36’ 
                               15° 36’Rx
Aug 2312:08 AMSun enters Virgo  
Aug 251:54 PM   Jupiter sesquiquadrate Chiron 16°                                 21 
Aug 267:56 AMFull Moon 3 Pisces 12 3° 12'
Aug 27 10:05 AMMars Direct 28° 37'D

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