August 2020 – Take Care of Your Needs

Important astrological energies for the month of August:

  • Full Moon with Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius occurs on August 3, 2020.
  • Uranus turns retrograde on August 15, 2020. When this occurs, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all retrograde. In addition Ceres and Chiron are also retrograde. NOTE: Jupiter will go direct on September 12, 2020.
  • New Moon with Sun and Moon in Leo occurs on August 18, 2020

Take Care of Your Needs

Misty Kuceris ©2020

As the month of August begins, Saturn retrograde, Pluto retrograde, and Jupiter retrograde are all in the sign of Capricorn creating an energy which indicates that before you can make plans for the future, you need to determine your boundaries and the foundations you want to build, as well as find ways to regain your sense of personal power. This feeling will be especially strong on August 1st when Mercury forms an opposition to Pluto retrograde.

This indicates that you’ll hear the power of words used in many different forms of interactions. It’s possible that with the heat-up of the presidential election in the United States there are more words of exchange than ever before especially with both the Democratic and Republican conventions occurring in August. The Democratic National Convention is scheduled between August 17th and August 20th while the Republican National Convention is scheduled between August 24th and August 27th. This can also indicate that more people feel the need to move on with their lives because they’re tired of all the restrictions. Everyone has a desire to return to a normal life style.

The reality is that when Mercury forms an opposition to Pluto, especially with Pluto retrograde, you don’t like what other people are telling you. You don’t want to be controlled by others. You’re willing to fight for what you believe in.

At the same time, this could also indicate a crisis of faith. Perhaps thoughts are surfacing from your subconscious mind that you’ve been trying to avoid. You might find that now you have to deal with problems you didn’t want to even consider. This is definitely a day to throw out the garbage in your mind that is preventing you from moving on with your life.

Before the full Moon occurs on August 3rd, Ceres retrograde forms a sextile to Uranus. After the full Moon occurs, Mercury will form an opposition to Saturn retrograde.

With Ceres in Pisces, especially in retrograde motion, you want to help other people out. You don’t want to see people suffering. At the same time, you also need to learn to let other people make their own decisions, perhaps even their own mistakes.

When Ceres forms the sextile to Uranus, unexpected information enters your life that makes you take a look at how you’re helping people. Perhaps someone you helped is now coming back to thank you. Or, perhaps you’re realizing that other people do have to make their own mistakes in order to move on. What you don’t want to do today is make any commitments because the information you receive is changing.

As the full Moon occurs, you continue to receive unexpected information. Not only because Ceres retrograde just formed a sextile to Uranus but because this full Moon, with the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius forms a square to Uranus.

Usually when there is a full Moon with Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius, you want to find that balance between helping others and getting recognition for your efforts. You want the spotlight. But, with the full Moon forming the square to Uranus, it’s important that you don’t expect too much of other people. They won’t be willing to give you the support you need. As a matter of fact, they won’t appreciate it if you come across too grandiose.

Also, because Cere retrograde is forming a sextile to Uranus, the Sun in this full Moon is forming a quincunx to Ceres retrograde. While you may not feel as if you’re getting a lot of support from other people, you may feel as if you need to take care of them. Again, this is the time to learn that other people need to take care of themselves in order to grow.

This could also be a day of disruption as things occur which you don’t expect. Be careful if you have to go out into the world so you don’t put yourself in danger.

After the full Moon occurs, Mercury forms an opposition to Saturn retrograde. You now realize that you need to get rid of structures that are standing in your way.

You may find it very frustrating because other people aren’t willing to hear what you have to say. Or, they may be very critical of your words, thoughts, or even actions. With Mercury in Cancer you may become overly sensitive and take everything personally. On the other hand, you may find that there are people in your life who aren’t worth keeping just because they are unwilling to support your needs.

Before Mercury enters the sign of Leo on August 4th, Mars forms a square to Jupiter retrograde and Venus forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde. Keep an eye on the stock market which can show some volatility, especially in the areas of what others call blue chip stocks.

With Mars forming a square to Jupiter retrograde, you’re going to have to re-evaluate some of the plans you made for your future. You need to consider whether those plans are letting you move on with your life. Or, perhaps those plans were developed before the pandemic hit and now you need to change them in light of the pandemic.

The key is to reconsider your actions, rather than taking on new actions. Review your commitments and see if they are still good for you. Perhaps you may even need to release some of those commitments because you’re actually doing too much.

As Venus forms the quincunx to Saturn retrograde, you may feel as if people are using you. They are demanding too much of you. It may be one of those days where no matter how hard you try, you just can’t please anyone. Also, be very cautious with your finances at this time. Your investments may not be doing as well as you think they should.

When Mercury enters the sign of Leo you want people to know that you’re not going to put up with any disrespect. You are willing to look at things from an optimistic point of view. But you’re not willing to put up with people who aren’t there to support you. You expect loyalty. You also believe in yourself to the point that you believe other people are wrong if they don’t support you.

When Venus forms a conjunction to the Moon’s North Node on August 5th, you feel as if you know where you want to go in life. You don’t feel as confused. You also feel, because Venus is in Gemini, that you can express yourself and other people understand you. Perhaps this is the first time in a long time that you feel other people are willing to support your goals.

You settle down a bit on August 7th as Venus enters the sign of Cancer. You want to move slowly. You don’t want to take risks. You value your family and friends. You’re willing to pull back and listen to other people. At the same time, you don’t want to reveal too much of your own needs. You’d rather take care of them yourself.

On August 9th, Mercury forms a trine to Chiron retrograde and a few hours later a quincunx to Ceres retrograde.

When Mercury forms the trine to Chiron retrograde it’s important that you choose your words carefully. You don’t want to say anything that will be harmful. You don’t want your words used against you later.

As Mercury moves into the quincunx to Ceres retrograde, you’re glad that you chose your words carefully. You realize that other people may not be willing to give you the support you need. They want you to help them, but they may not necessarily reciprocate. This is a time where you need to move with caution and not take other people at their word.

Things could be very difficult on August 10th as Mercury forms the square to Uranus. This could be a day of accidents if you’re not careful. You need to pay attention to your surroundings, but it may be difficult. Too much information is coming into your life. You find it difficult to concentrate.

At the same time, whatever you do, don’t give away too much information because you’ll find that it may be used against you later. Choose your words carefully. It’s too easy today to be stuck in your own belief system that you’re not willing to listen to what other people have to say. Or, you may find that other people aren’t willing to listen to you because they are stuck in their belief systems.

August 13th is another day where you may feel frustrated as Mars forms a square to Pluto retrograde. You may feel that other people are trying to control your life. You may also feel that you can’t get anything done because there’s too much tension under the surface that you don’t understand. This is not the time for getting into arguments because everyone will lose.

Before Uranus turns retrograde on August 15th, Mercury forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. With Mercury forming a quincunx to Neptune retrograde, you may find it difficult to communicate with others. It’s as if a person says one thing and when you comment on that, the person says they never said anything.

This is also a day not to sign any contracts. Information is being withheld from you. Or, the information on the potential contract is incorrect and needs to be corrected.

Normally when Uranus turns retrograde, you emit a sigh of relief. You feel as if things are slowing down. But this retrograde period may be a bit different. When Uranus goes retrograde all of the planets from Jupiter on out will be retrograde. That means: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto (considered generational planets) as well as Ceres and Chiron. All of these planets will be retrograde until September 12, 2020 when Jupiter turns direct.

When all the generational planets are retrograde it means that situations from the past could be coming back. It’s time for you to think about these situations and how they affected you before.

When Uranus is retrograde, situations slow down. It’s as if you need to catch up on all the disruptions that Uranus brought into your life. Because Uranus retrograde is in Taurus, you need to think about your finances. You need to think about what you value. Once you think about those things, turn your thoughts to your place in society and how you need to rebuild foundations in your life. You won’t get all the answers quite yet, but you need to start thinking about plans. Include your family in your plans. Don’t try to do it alone. And, with Ceres and Chiron involved as well, consider how you want to make changes in your daily life that bring healing into your world as well as safety into your environment.

On August 16th, Venus forms a trine to Ceres retrograde, Mercury forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde, and Venus forms a square to Chiron retrograde. With Venus and Mercury forming aspects to retrograde planets, this is another day to think about the past and decide if you need to make some changes.

As Venus forms the trine to Cere retrograde, you want to take a look at your relationships with others. Ask yourself: Are you getting the support you need? Or, are you so busy taking care of others that you aren’t taking care of yourself?

With Mercury forming the quincunx to Pluto retrograde, you may want to consider if other people are trying to control your life. Are you able to communicate with them? Or, are fears getting in the way of your ability to communicate with others?

When Venus forms the square to Chiron retrograde, you may understand just what it is you need in life to feel better. But, don’t judge yourself or others too harshly right now. If you don’t feel as if you’re getting the support you need it may be because other people are going through difficulties themselves and don’t have any other energy to give.

Before the new Moon occurs on August 18th, Mercury forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde while Venus forms a sextile to Uranus retrograde.

With Mercury forming the quincunx to Saturn retrograde, you may be judging yourself too harshly. Or, you may take what other people are saying as criticism and feel that you’re being judged. There’s a sense that you’re all alone in the world and you have to do everything yourself.

But the good news is that you get some new information when Venus forms the sextile to Uranus retrograde that helps you overcome this sense of isolation. You may be contacted by someone you haven’t seen in a while. Or, you may realize that people are trying to help you out.

When the new Moon occurs, the Sun and Moon, both in Leo, form a quincunx to Saturn retrograde. This means that you need to focus on changes that are going on in your life. You need to think about how to move forward and how these changes have impacted you. With Jupiter retrograde and Pluto retrograde forming a conjunction to Saturn retrograde, it’s important that you feel empowered as you consider your future. Do the best that you can. Don’t let any negative energies in the world impact your emotions. It won’t be easy, but there is some help.

While the new Moon forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde, Pluto retrograde, and Jupiter retrograde, it also forms a trine to Mars. This trine will help you feel energized to take action. You’ll be able to focus on your needs. And, because the new Moon also forms a conjunction to Mercury, you’ll be able to discuss these needs with people you love. Also because Mercury formed the quincunx to Saturn retrograde and Venus formed a sextile to Uranus retrograde earlier in the day, you’ll find that you can view things from a different perspective.

When Mercury enters the sign of Virgo on August 19th, Mercury finds itself in the sign that it rules. If you’ve been searching for facts, it’ll be easier to obtain them. As you analyze information, you’ll know what you’re looking for.

With the Sun entering Virgo on August 22nd, you’re able to continuing processing information and understanding what that means in your life. You’ll be able to discern fact from fiction. You’ll understand what people are saying. You’ll maintain a healthy skepticism which helps you stay on track for what’s important.

When Mercury forms the opposition to Ceres retrograde on August 23rd, you want to get rid of things that don’t work in your life. You don’t want small details to trip you up. You’re willing to clean out all that old paperwork that you no longer need.

August 24th is a day where you need to pull back and take a look at your life. Mercury will form a quincunx to Chiron retrograde and Mars will form a square to Saturn retrograde later in the day.

When Mercury forms the quincunx to Chiron retrograde you need to make adjustments in your life. You want to release any pain that you feel. You want to move into a healing space.

But as Mars forms the square to Saturn retrograde, it’s important that you don’t take things to seriously. You want to move slowly which may not be that difficult because you also don’t have a lot of energy to do too much. This is a good time to organize your life. You may even decide that you don’t need to have as much as you thought and you can clean out your home.

August 25th could be a day of high energy as Mercury forms a trine to Uranus retrograde and Venus forms an opposition to Jupiter retrograde.

When Mercury forms the trine to Uranus retrograde your mind is moving fast. You feel like you can accomplish anything. But, you need to be careful because with your mind moving so quickly you may not be paying attention to your environment. You don’t want to be in an accident because you’re moving too quickly.

On the other hand, you may gain some new and important insight that helps you see things from a different perspective. This could help you solve some problems that were baffling you before.

When Venus forms the opposition to Jupiter retrograde, you actually feel very optimistic. You feel as if you don’t have any constraints that are getting in your way. Again, be cautious. Don’t move too quickly. You want to slow down enough to see what’s actually there in your world.

You continue to feel optimistic on August 29th, when Mercury forms the trine to Jupiter retrograde. Suddenly things from your past make sense to you. You also understand that all the changes in your life mean that you can move forward. Perhaps you had to change your goals, but that’s all right.

As the month ends, Venus forms an opposition to Pluto retrograde on August 30th. You feel passionately about any decisions that you made this month. You realize that you need to throw out any garbage that stands in your way. You don’t need to let other people control you. You are ready to make your decisions and move on with your life.

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