Welcome to August, my friends!
There is a lot going on astrologically this month. Mercury is currently retrograde, and as always this can signal more technological and communication snafus. Mars is still retrograde and if you have not yet learned to balance out the low energy of this transit, try some techniques to boost your energy. Some things I find helpful are kundalini yoga (particularly the breath of fire), meditating on the root chakra, or using ruby or carnelian crystals. Cinnamon and ginger in your tea (or incense) can also boost energy levels.
It is still eclipse season and there is another eclipse coming up on the 8th at 18 degrees of the sign of Leo. If your sun sign is Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio, it is a good time to practice transmuting frustrating energies into patience and flexibility. The crystal aquamarine is useful for this, held or worn on the body. You can also meditate on the tarot card of Temperance. Anyone with the Sun, Moon or other significant planet in the birth chart around 18 degrees may also notice effects. I see a kind of “push me pull me” effect with Jupiter square retrograde Mercury on the eclipse. This may show in bursts of activity followed by slowdowns, or blurting out things you have to recant later.
Snuggling with a loved one or spending time with friends is improved by Venus moving into Libra (its sign of rulership) on the 6th, followed by the Venus/Mars trine around August 7. However, it squares Saturn on the 9th followed by the eclipse, which creates a more serious tone. Mercury goes direct on the 19th and Neptune trines Jupiter, beginning an almost magical time for creative manifestation from the 19th through the Pisces full moon on the 26th. This month’s full moon energy is good for declarations of love, creative imagination, magical rituals, divination and spiritual exploration.
I wish everyone a lovely month, and as always, remember that being in alignment with spirit will help you transmute all energies around you into love, peace and joy.