Guest article by Dorene Carrel.
August is a moderately active month, highlighted by dynamic Jupiter aspects that can bring courage, confidence and a sense of adventure. Another Full Moon will occur in Aquarius that enhances community and collaboration, while Venus enters its own sign of Libra to bring more harmony and peace to our relationships. This theme is further activated by the Sun trine to Uranus on August 4, which encourages intuitive awareness and creative expression.
The New Moon occurs on August 6 at 14 Leo 35. It is in harmonious trine aspect to innovative Uranus (see above) and closely conjunct the asteroid Vesta. The focus for Leo is on individual and creative self-expression, along with recreation, generosity, risk-taking and children. This is a good month to nurture our own inner child. We can also discover where we feel the most dedicated, which is represented by Vesta. A square to the Moon’s nodes in Taurus and Scorpio can indicate a need for more balance with resources and values. The Sabian symbol for this degree, “A pageant with its spectacular floats, moves along a street crowded with cheering people,” suggests discovering our own unique areas where we can shine and be recognized.
On August 7, Jupiter opposes Pluto at 9 Cancer/Capricorn. This is the first of two oppositions that will repeat on January 31 and April 20, 2014. Since Pluto is in an ongoing square to Uranus, this now forms a cardinal t-square that will create dynamic changes in our lives, affecting issues connected with inner/outer security, our feelings, home, family and food. Jupiter in Cancer enhances more of the female expression, which is sensitive and compassionate. As an example, bringing reforming changes to our social safety net has recently become a stronger issue in the US and there are now bills before Congress that aim to strengthen Social Security. Jupiter will align with the US Sun in Cancer on August 24.
August 8-13 contains challenging aspects from Mercury/Mars to the outer planets. As energies tend to be lower or blocked, this is not a favorable period for communication or to move forward with special plans. However, Mercury in harmonious trine to Uranus on August 14 brings inspiration and new ideas. On August 16, Venus enters Libra, increasing our capacity to bring equality, balance and harmony to relationships.
On August 20, the Full Moon occurs at 28 Aquarius. Since another Full Moon in Aquarius occurred in July, there is a continuation of the themes of independence, innovation and collaboration with others. Any projects begun last month can now be completed. This lunation opposes Mercury and widely aligns with Neptune, which can increase our capacity for visionary thinking and guidance from dreams. It also aligns with Ceres and Vesta, reminding us how we can be dedicated in supporting each other’s visions and goals. The Sabian symbols for these degrees, “A mermaid emerges from the ocean waves ready for rebirth in human form,” and “A butterfly emerging from a chrysalis,” suggest that much personal growth can occur at this time.
On August 21, Jupiter makes a challenging square aspect to Uranus at 12 Cancer/Aries. This is the first of three square aspects, with the others occurring on February 26 and April 20, 2014. This is an aspect of quickening change that can bring increased breakdowns or breakthroughs, with Jupiter providing growth and perspective along the way. Jupiter is also trine to Chiron, which increases our capacity for compassion and healing.
A Mercury/Sun aspect on August 24 will assist us with clear thinking and communicating. From August 24-27, Venus forms a grand cross with Jupiter, Uranus and Pluto, which can bring up obstacles that are blocking harmony and progress in our relationships and finances. On August 25, a rare quintile aspect forms between Mars and Venus that can bring events or inner changes that lead to creating more closeness in our relationships. A Venus/Jupiter square on August 27 can bring a conflict between the need for stability and the urge for extravagance and adventure. On August 28-30, beneficial Mercury aspects to Pluto and Jupiter create a deepening awareness of one’s true priorities.
September brings the Autumn Equinox and Pluto turns direct. Blessings and Joy to All!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Paypal accepted.
All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.
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