After a long period of intensity with Mars (aggression, motivation) in Scorpio, retrograding back and forth and generally bringing up hidden rage and drama, Mars will move into happy Sagittarius on August 2nd. This should lighten the mood significantly and help us to broaden our vision and make it easier to become unstuck.
Saturn and Neptune are very close to an exact square formation, an alliance which is fraught with conflict. Saturn demands structure and boundaries, and Neptune dissolves that structure and instead asks that we look beyond the material world to find our reality. These two gods are uneasy allies, and under the influence of this square we need to find a way to integrate our sense of reality (Saturn) with our love of magic and dreams (Neptune).
Mercury (mind, communication) has just moved into its own sign of Virgo which helps to clarify our experiences on the mental realm and facilitates communication. Mercury will turn retrograde on August 30th for three weeks. This can be a period of challenging communication and equipment breakdown so it's good to be prepared! Mercury retrograde periods are excellent for looking back to the past and making changes to help with a more successful future. They are not ideal for beginning new endeavours and if you have to make a major decision try to ensure that you have considered all possible details.
The energy of our lives flows pretty freely during the first few days of the month. A Leo New Moon seeks to open the heart into full self expression and joy, and a harmonious trine from Saturn helps to make our dreams a reality. With five planets in fire signs now there is a great deal of manifestation energy which we can harness if we put our mind to it. A harmonious Venus/Uranus trine brings new and unusual experiences and people into our lives, if only for a day or two.
Venus (relating) enters modest Virgo on the 5th where she will remain until August 29th; in Virgo Venus becomes more modest and less emotional - more concerned with the details and with helping others than engaging in the realm of passion and drama.
From August 6-8 there are a few days of potential confusion as Mercury forms challenging alliances with both Saturn (limitation) and Neptune (imagination). To one degree or another, part of us feels drawn to the stars, filled with creativity and a yearning for the divine; part of us feels bogged down by hard work and the fear of failure. At the same time there is conflict between our own needs (Mars) and the needs of our relationships (Venus), but just for a day or two. By the 8th these influences have settled down.
An interaction between Jupiter and Chiron (opposition) on August 12th can open up a buried wound (Chiron) in order to facilitate its healing. Still, the emergence of a hidden painful place can be a surprise if you're not ready for it. This influence will last between August 5th and 17th or so.
Venus is quite active between the 13th and the 17th which will affect all of our interpersonal interactions. We may find ourselves experiencing some conflict between our need for soul contact and our need for separation, yet still we are drawn towards a transformational connection during this time. A fortunate solar aspect to Uranus helps us to open the doorway of intuition and rise above petty reactions so that we can easily experience these interpersonal reactions in their highest form.
The Aquarius Full Moon on August 18th is a partial eclipse so it will be a bit stronger than your typical Full Moon. The Aquarius influence continues to enhance our intuition and raise our vibration so that we may more easily move through the small events of our life without becoming stuck in detours that take us off the path. This Full Moon is full of creativity and the potential to open our hearts with Venus aspecting the Lunar Nodes.
The mind takes centre stage immediately after the Full Moon. We are able to use the enhance intuition we've received to cut through old wounds on the 19th and to formulate big dreams on the 22nd just as the Sun enters Virgo.
The 24th brings a day or two of confusion as Mars attempts to make peace with both Saturn and Neptune. This can bring on irritation and frustration as our efforts to exert our will (Mars) are thwarted, so its best now to find a flow and honor the rhythms that are at work over these few days. There could be a flare up of anger which causes hurt feelings but this can easily be wiped away on the 27th with a harmonious meeting of Venus and Jupiter, the two "benefics."
The last few days of the month are more harmonious and easier on our partnerships and dealing with others. Venus moves into equanamous Libra on the 29th which helps us to achieve greater interpersonal balance over the next few weeks.
I hope you find this information useful!