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Astrological Forecast for August 2018

by Lou Valentino

August is our last hot month in New England and also a time most students think about going back to school.

Venus will move into the sign of Libra on August 6th. This is one of the signs where Venus feels comfortable expressing itself. All forms of beauty, harmony, artistic expression and social interactions. If you have Sun, Moon or rising in Libra, you are ready to attract more abundance and beauty in your life.

Venus will remain in Libra till September 9th and then its Scorpio’s turn. Libra can manifest relationships that can benefit them from August 6th tillSeptember 9th. Lots of couples getting married during this time.

Uranus turns retrograde in Taurus on the 7th at two and a half degrees. Uranus entered Taurus in May of 2018 and we have seen financial ups and downs since the beginning of 2018. Uranus is in its fall in Taurus. We can expect sudden ups and downs in the financial markets and in retrograde motion it spells caution.

Uranus will turn direct on January 6, 2019. This is a great time to look at your financial investments in a more conservative way to see where investors all around the world will be at in the beginning of 2019. Taurus wants stability while Uranus wants something new.

We have another partial new Moon solar eclipse on August 11th in the sign of Leo at 18 degrees. 5:58AM EDT. Mercury continues its retrograde motion till the 19th and at the time of the new Moon Mercury is at 14 degrees conjunct this new Moon solar eclipse.

Those with Sun, Moon or rising in Leo are thinking deeply (Mercury Retrograde) about the areas of life that are ruled by Leo in your natal chart. I personally have Moon conjunct Uranus in Leo in the 2nd house of money earned daily and self-worth. This would be a new start (New Moon) to invent (Uranus) new ways of earning money and could also be a time for me to affirm more self-confidence and money affirmations. This energy lasts for six months.

A Yod (finger of God) is created when this new Moon solar eclipse inconjuncts both Neptune and Pluto with a sextile between Neptune and Pluto. Opportunities for spiritual advancement for the signs of Leo, Pisces and Capricorn. A conflict between how to proceed or lead others in the work place. How does someone manage others in a way that will advance their goals while maintaining integrity in the work environment?

If you have the energy of Leo running in your chart, you may want to consider not taking the easy way out for financial gains but take a steadier path over the next six months that leads to business integrity. Otherwise, the quick way out could back fire with losses instead of gains.

With 6 planets in fixed signs in this new Moon chart, you have the steady attention to keep on the path of your desires and complete long-term goals by the beginning of 2019.

Mars moves into Capricorn on the 12th where it is exalted and feels great power to manifest and build things up. Capricorn’s are hard workers and sometimes too serious and this combination can drive them crazy. Why? Mars is still in retrograde motion.

It started to retrograde in Aquarius on June 26th. It will station direct on August 27th. This is a good time for Capricorn’s to move forward after feeling frustrated from the 12th till the 27th.

Just in time for students to get all of their physical motion and energy moving forward. This will be one of the worst times for students to want to go back to the academic environment but they will quickly except it when Mars turns direct in its sign of exaltation.

Mercury turns direct on the 19th at 11 degrees of Leo. Now it's time to communicate what you learned over the last few weeks or so. Leo the Lion may have been a little quiet but now it's time to roar again. To move forward with all of the plans they made as the sign of Leo has been the most active in 2018. Why? We had a Total full Moon eclipse in Leo at 11 degrees on January 31st, 2018. Mercury turns direct at 11 degrees of Leo.

This new Moon solar eclipse is in Leo at 18 degrees. If you have Sun, Moon or rising in Leo you have been pulled in a few directions up to this point. Look for the steam to settle down in all areas of your life when Mercury turns direct on the 19th. Now it's time to walk a narrower and straighter path rather than be scattered all over the place.

The Sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd at 12:09AM EDT. Happy Birthday to the sign of Virgo.

The full Moon on August 26th is in Pisces at 3 degrees. (7:56AM EDT). Pisces adds an element of unconditional love and compassion that most signs lack. However, the need to escape from reality is also the downfall of this highly sensitive sign.

This full Moon chart is loaded with energy. A yod, T-square and a grand trine in Earth signs. It’s time to buckle down and realize that summer does not last forever near the beach. Water is the element that rules Pisces but this full Moon chart has 5 planets in Earth and four planets in the cardinal quality making this a Capricorn signature.

Back to work and focus. The party is not completely over but Labor Day is just around the corner.

The Sun is in Virgo so it adds some practicality to the Pisces dream on this full Moon. The Sun is in a grand trine with Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn. What a nice flowing energy for the sign of Virgo, Taurus and Capricorn. They feel like the wind is at their back till the new Moon on September 9th.

Virgo is the healer and the health fields are loaded with this Zodiac sign. Neptune is opposing Virgo rising form the 6th house both square to the MC (Gemini). Inner conversations about how to approach life are needed. Listening to that small still voice within when making any diagnosis about life in general can be heard in the hearts and mind of Virgo, Pisces and Gemini’s.

Gemini at 17 degrees (MC) is right on top of President Trumps Uranus in Gemini conjunct his North Node in Gemini at 20 degrees. Virgo and Pisces offer a spiritual insight to his role as a leader. With his Moon filling in this t square at 21 degrees of Sagittarius, this is a time that he completes international affairs in the things he implemented over the last few months.

Tensions are there in the world and in America but he uses his past life gifts (South Node at 20 degrees of Sagittarius), to bring world leaders together. Just when you think the tensions have built, he manages to bring things into focus and order. The yod points to the MC of this full Moon chart. In Gemini communications are clear with huge opportunities... Jupiter sextile to Pluto, that brings more power to America in its role around the world.

Mars turning direct on the 27th helps to manifest the full Moon energy so it can have lasting effects. The signs of Gemini, Scorpio and Capricorn have great opportunities to advance in life if they handle the adjustments/challenges they will deal with till the new Moon on September 9th.

Wishing everyone a wonderful month.


Lou Valentino has been giving astrological readings in both Western and Vedic for over 25 years. Visit his website www.yogavisionaries.com  to read client testimonials. Call 978-582-6192 to schedule an appointment.

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