August Astro-Highlights - Virgo Season Brings Practical ChangeJul 30, 2021
This month is relatively calm in respect to the remainder of 2021 and this Virgo season is looking especially positive for putting in the work and implementing practical changes in all of our lives! Prior to that time, we do kick off the month of August with a rather tense New Moon in Leo, forming a fixed T-Square to activate the ever-present conflict between Saturn, planet of rules, hierarchy and restriction and Uranus, the planet who’s main job is to liberate us from all things binding and oppressive. New Beginnings will be born out of frustration with being told what to do, (or what not to do), at the time of this New Moon.
Even though there is likely to be at least some tension in the second half of the month due to Uranus in Taurus stationing retrograde while still in a wide square with Saturn in Aquarius—a period that brings greater prominence to the disruptive and uncomfortable changes brought about by the “Great Awakener” Uranus, the square is not nearly as strong as it has been throughout the start of this year AND we’ll have some mitigating influences from the inner planets moving through the skies throughout the later half of this month. That’s wonderful news as we can expect many of the pressures born out of the dark of the Moon to begin to dissipate.
Energy most positive for Sun/Moon/Rising in: Aries, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Capricorn, Pisces
Energy most challenging for Sun/Moon/Rising in: Leo, Scorpio
Mixed energy for Sun/Moon/Rising in: Taurus, Gemini, Sagittarius, Aquarius
Maximum intensity for Sun/Moon/ Rising in: Taurus, Leo, Aquarius
MERCURY CAZIMI IN LEO
EXACT ON AUGUST 1ST, 2021 AT 8:07AM MDT
ACTIVE AUGUST 1ST, 2021 FROM 5:37AM THROUGH 10:37AM MDT
When Mercury goes Cazimi, it’s considered to be elevated in its expression at the heart of the Sun. This only occurs for a few hours while Mercury is in an exact conjunction within 16 minutes of the Sun. This is called its ‘Superior Conjunction’ which marks Mercury’s “evening-star phase” and second half of its synodic cycle with the Sun.
When Mercury Cazimi occurs while the planet of communication is moving direct, the focus is on outward in expression, rather than internal reflection. During this time you may notice that your mental faculties and speech are more clear and concise and that divine inspirations and insights come flowing in almost as if you’re connecting to the heavens and with Hermes himself! This is an excellent time for journaling, quiet introspection and contemplation. This transit helps you deepen awareness of your surroundings and get clarity about issues that have been weighing on your mind.
This Mercury Cazimi is; however, opposing Saturn in Aquarius which will be shining light and bringing awareness to where we may be limited and restricted in some way, where our fears may be taking us over, and where we aren’t allowing ourselves to step into our truest and fullest expression. Stay aware and alert at this time to any ‘down-loads’ you may receive!
NEW MOON IN LEO
EXACT ON AUGUST 8TH, 2021 AT 7:50AM MDT
MOST ACTIVE AUGUST 5TH THROUGH 11TH, 2021
The New Moon in Leo is in a conjunction with Mercury, which means Mercury is technically combust, AND it’s forming a tight square with Uranus in Taurus and activating the ongoing Saturn-Uranus square.
So… what does this all mean?
It means we’ll likely be seeing an increase in anxiety, mental agitation, restlessness, frustration AND a diminished psychological ability to deal with unnecessary burdens, limitations and restrictions in our lives. This energy is nothing new, we’ve been dealing with it literally all year, but the dark of the Moon this month will cause deep introspection and reflection on the blockages and restraints preventing us from living our most liberated life that comes from WITHIN, not from without. How is fear preventing me from breaking free from the bondage of limiting life circum-stances? What’s causing me to procrastinate when it comes to making the changes I so desperately need to make? Are there mental blockages or rigid beliefs holding me back? How can I break free? These are among the questions we should all be asking ourselves during this New Moon.
MERCURY ENTERS VIRGO
EXACT ON AUGUST 11TH, 2021 AT 3:56PM MDT
ACTIVE AUGUST 11TH THROUGH AUGUST 29TH, 2021
Mercury made a swift exit from the potentially turbulent New Moon energies and enters its home spot, Virgo. In Virgo, Mercury is most comfortable using the mind and make decisions in a more rational, logical, analytical way. With this energy we can zoom in and pay extra close attention to the details of our lives, organizing whatever it is that’s necessary to make forward progress. This is an excellent time to determine what is helpful versus what is impractical and standing in your way of real growth and improvement. With the power of a sharp and concise mind combined with discerning decision making and communication that gets to the heart of the matter—use this quick, but powerful transit wisely!
VENUS ENTERS LIBRA
EXACT ON AUGUST 15TH, 2021 AT 10:26PM MTD
ACTIVE AUGUST 15TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021
Venus exits Virgo, the sign of her fall, and enters her home sign of Libra where she feels most comfortable in her own skin. This combination of harmony and balance in our interpersonal relationships will be accented with a desire to socialize and spruce up our look and appeal. Relationship dynamics will carry with them a sense of ease if it is diplomacy and tact that you prefer. Connections will be centered around fairness and equality which naturally makes negotiations between partners or friends much more harmonious. Just be aware of indecision and over-consideration of others without consulting what YOU truly want.
URANUS STATIONS RETROGRADE
EXACT ON AUGUST 19TH, 2021 AT 7:40PM MDT
MOST ACTIVE AUGUST 5TH THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2021
Uranus stations retrograde in the sign of its fall, Taurus, where it will be slowly re-approaching the ongoing square with Saturn in Aquarius (FYI—the retrograde begins at 14 degrees and will regress back to 10 degrees in Taurus by the time it moves direct on January 18, 2022). We’ve all been faced with obstacles and stressors showing us
where changes MUST be made in our lives, however certain roadblocks triggered by this challenging communication with Saturn may have delayed or restricted us from making them in one way or another. Uranus will be working with all of us on an internal level to shake us up, electrify us, and inspire us to awaken and shift which will ultimately compel us to make the changes that are necessary in our external lives when the time is ripe. Take this time to get really clear on the areas in which you feel stuck, stagnant, anxious, and oppressed so that you may work with this energy to break free once and for all from this ‘oh so familiar’ energy signature this year. Where are you desiring more personal freedom?
FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS
EXACT ON AUGUST 22ND, 2021 AT 6:01AM MDT
MOST ACTIVE AUGUST 19TH THROUGH AUGUST 25TH, 2021
This Full Moon in Aquarius is looking absolutely magical—highlighting the “Great Benefic” Jupiter all the while a grand trine is forming in the Earth signs, imbuing blessings and the ability to take clear, decisive action on Uranus, which is the modern disposer of this Full Moon. Even Saturn, the traditional ruler of Aquarius, is nicely aspected by a trine from the “Lesser Benefic,” Venus, which is strong in its influence in its home sign of Libra—good vibes all around! So… what does this all mean? It means that we can expect opportunities for changed, adventure, freedom, and in-creased physical stability and support to all be highlighted during this Full Moon in Aquarius—which is the second in a series that began last month with the Full Moon at 1 degree in this enigmatic, humanitarian Zodiac sign.
Where are the biggest opportunities for change coming up in your life? Which opportunities are new, and which are you revisiting from the past? Is there a decisive action you need to take that’s becoming very apparent at this time?
These are among the questions we should all be asking ourselves during this super powerful, super liberating Full Moon in Aquarius!
SUN ENTERS VIRGO
EXACT ON AUGUST 22ND, 2021 AT 3:34PM MDT
ACTIVE AUGUST 22ND THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22ND, 2021
Today the Sun continues its journey into the last sign of the Summer season here in the Northern Hemisphere. There isn’t a better time to improve your health through fitness,
nutrition, and exploration of alternative medicine! Now is a time to focus on how you can be of service to others by helping them in a practical way. Many of us will feel compelled to clean up and organize everything in our lives, and wrap up the details of projects we may have put on the back burner. The Virgo energy is all about intellectualizing and putting into motion ways in which we can improve and perfect all of the things in our physical life in a detail-oriented manner.
MERCURY ENTERS LIBRA
EXACT ON AUGUST 29TH, 2021 AT 11:09PM MDT
ACTIVE AUGUST 29TH THROUGH NOVEMBER 5TH, 2021
We’re reaching that point once again where Mercury enters a sign in which it will have an extended stay due to its retrograde cycle. When Mercury moves through Libra it in-fluences us in a way that is much more social where we value bouncing intellectual ideas back and forth off of others in an effort to reach decisions - that may take a bit longer than usual to make nonetheless. With that said, watch out for ‘analysis paralysis’. The ways in which we communicate with others during this time will be tactful and charming with an ability to rationally see both sides of all situations that may present themselves. This energy will be very supportive in our ability to weigh out all of our options before moving forward into anything.
On September 27, Mercury reaches what’s called its ‘maximum elongation’ which is the furthest it can travel away from the Sun—it then Stations Retrograde at 25 degrees Li-bra making almost an exact square with Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn and a trine with Jupiter Retrograde in Aquarius. This combination of energies will bring communications colored by penetrating focus and intensity combined with a sense of optimism and growth! Mercury’s entire retrograde cycle in Libra is giving us an ability to dive into internal matters pertaining to the structures of the relationships and promises internal growth and cathartic transformation!