By Admin on behalf of Mahala, on August 2nd, 2011

By Dorene Carrel

August is a very dynamic month, with the potential for volatility. It features an active cardinal grand cross with , Pluto, Uranus and Saturn, along with Mercury and retrograde stations.  An point is triggered and Neptune travels back into Aquarius.   

The Mercury retrograde cycle occurs from August 2-26, beginning at 1 12 and ending at 18 Leo 42. Be prepared for more delays, misunderstandings, computer and car problems during this , which is not suitable for signing contracts or making major decisions. Most of this cycle occurs in Leo, which reinforces our July New theme. We will be re-evaluating how we use creative , take risks and gain recognition. When Mars in Cancer hits the World Point (0 Cancer) on August 3, we may see some major world events. 

Mars in Cancer (until mid-September) brings out our more sensitive side and need for security, but may also result in passive-aggressive behavior. Unresolved family issues can emerge now. On August 3, Mars favorably aspects Neptune, which can be used to awaken our healing impulses to bring us back into balance.  On August 4, Neptune retreats back into Aquarius until next February. Since Aquarius is an air sign, this will help us to communicate our needs and get in touch with our ideals. 

The period of August 8-12 shows a great potential for earth changes and general volatility in terms of accidents, explosions, etc.  On August 9, Mars in Cancer squares Uranus in Aries and opposes Pluto in Capricorn on August 10.  Saturn in Libra completes the grand cardinal cross. Individuals having personal planets at these degrees are advised to be cautious this week and not take any undue risks. It is favorable to prepare for this period by taking care of one’s personal needs, fixing vehicles, computers, etc. and having extra supplies on hand. 

The Full Moon occurs on August 13 at 21 Aquarius and is aligned with Venus. Both lunations this month are aligned with Venus, which reminds us to stay heart-centered and be willing to share, assist and work with others.  A favorable trine from Saturn will help us to stay constructive and grounded. Aquarius themes include being inclusive, tolerant, idealistic and progressive, while the shadow side is being unpredictable, aloof and eccentric. This period favors gaining a new perspective about individual and group relationships and finances.  The Sabian symbols for these degrees remind us that perseverance, strength of character and personal integrity will help us maintain balance in challenging times. 

On August 17, Mars aligns with the July 1 Eclipse point at 9 Cancer, which can trigger further events from that period revolving around domestic and security issues.  An alignment of the Sun, Venus and Mercury during this same period is favorable for harmony in communications, while a Mars/Jupiter sextile on August 18 brings new opportunities for advancement and progress.

Another challenging period occurs August 22-25 that could bring some setbacks or disappointments. The Sun opposes Neptune on August 22, followed by a challenging aspect between Saturn and Neptune on August 24.  We can have any illusions knocked down with a hard dose of reality at this time.  This theme is also emphasized by a harsh Mars/Saturn square on August 25.  This is an intractable type of energy that can create stalemate situations and repressed anger.  However, Mercury turning direct the next day, at 18 Leo 42, allows us to slowly move forward with more ease and confidence.  It is best to wait until a few days after before beginning any new projects.            

The New Moon occurs on August 28 at 5 Virgo, and forms a grand earth trine with both Venus and Pluto. Virgo themes include being pragmatic, detail-oriented, efficient and industrious, while the shadow side is critical of self and others.  

This month will be favorable for releasing obstacles to love and experiencing more depth and commitment in relationships.  Power and control situations can be more effectively resolved at this time, along with financial issues.  The Sabian symbol for this degree is a “merry-go-round,” which reminds us of the cyclic nature of life and the possibility of stepping back to see the larger view. 

On August 29 Venus makes a trine to Jupiter, which is very favorable for prosperity and all social events.  Promising new relationships can form at this time. This is supported by a Jupiter station in Taurus on August 30. Jupiter turns retrograde for the next four months, until December 24, giving us time to re-evaluate our beliefs and re-examine our priorities.  

In September, Pluto turns direct on another Eclipse point – stay tuned!

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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings.  She is certified in Astrocartography.  For more information, contact Dorene at dorenea5@yahoo.com.  Paypal accepted.

All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar. 

Check out my astrology blog at www.astroconnections.blogspot.com for ongoing astrological observations on current events, people, trends, etc. 

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