August 2021 – Time for Adjustments

Important astrological energies for the month of August:

  • New Moon with Sun and Moon in Leo occurs on August 8, 2021.
  • Full Moon with Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius occurs on August 22, 2021.

Time for Adjustments

By Misty Kuceris ©2021

Often when you see a lot of outer planets making aspects or planets turning retrograde or direct you think that a lot is happening that month. And, when you see that the list of important astrological energies for the month are simply the new and full Moon occurrences you don’t think that much is going to happen. But in reality, the month of August is a very active month as the personal planets, Mercury, Venus, and Mars form many aspects throughout the month, especially quincunxes and trines. What this means is that this is a month where you are going to experience many adjustments on a personal level which cause you to re-evaluate your values, your relationships, and how you want to approach your daily life.

As the month of August begins, Venus forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde and Mercury forms an opposition to Saturn retrograde a few hours later on August 1st.

When Venus forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde, you want to take other people into consideration but you’re not quite sure how to do this. You don’t want to hurt them, but at the same time you don’t want to put yourself in any danger as well. You’re very protective of your actions.

It’s actually a good idea to be very protective of your actions, especially since Mercury will form an opposition to Saturn retrograde a few hours later. You want to think before you act. You don’t want others to be critical of you. You also don’t want to say the wrong things. And, it could become too easy for you to take things personally because you’re so serious about things.

You feel you can communicate better on August 2nd when Mercury forms the trine to Chiron retrograde. You feel as if words are healing. You also realize that other people are willing to listen to what you have to say. You don’t feel so isolated today.

The planet Uranus is very important on August 3rd as Venus forms a trine to Uranus while Mercury forms a square to Uranus. With Uranus in Taurus you realize that value systems are changing. Because of this, you’re trying to understand how to do things that benefit you and bring value in your life.

When Venus forms the trine to Uranus you feel as if you may be getting it right. With Venus in Virgo, you realize that what you do on a daily basis can bring you a sense of stability. It can also bring value into your life. And, since Uranus represents unexpected information, you may also view your relationships differently. You realize that others are also going through the process of making changes in their lives.

When Mercury forms the square to Uranus later in the day, you wonder if you got it right. You’re still processing any new information that you received. You’re still realizing that other people are also going through changes in their lives.

Because this aspect between Mercury and Uranus is a square, you may feel anxious. You may actually be over thinking things. The reality is that while you’re processing this new information and reviewing how values are changing in your life, you don’t have all the answers today. It’s going to take a while until you finally understand.

And this confusion can continue as Mercury forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde on August 7th. Whenever Neptune and Mercury form an aspect it’s difficult for you to get all the information you need. Something is being hidden from you. Either people are withholding information or you’re only seeing what you want to see and not what’s really there. Continue to take time to reflect on changes in your life without making any major commitments. And don’t sign any contracts today that involve a major financial investment.

When the new Moon occurs on August 8th, you feel optimistic. You feel as if you can achieve quite a bit. But, the new Moon, with Sun and Moon in Leo, is forming a square to Uranus indicating that you’re still re-evaluating how changing values fit into your life. Perhaps it’s time to evaluate your friendships and see just where you want to go with them. Or, it may be time to consider your financial commitments and make changes in that area of your life.

You do want to go out and have fun with the new Moon in Leo. You’re tired of staying home. And you are missing contact with various friends in your life. This is because one of the values that you’re considering is how to increase your external activities with other people and also maintain your safety.

This question on how to maintain your safety continues on August 9th as Mercury forms a quincunx to Pluto and Venus forms an opposition to Neptune retrograde later in the day. Pluto represents one of the planets you need to consider when you try to understand the mental health of an individual. Mercury forming a quincunx to Pluto indicates that you may be concerned about your emotional well-being and whether it’s safe to enter the world or better to still pull back and watch from the sidelines. Pluto is also a planet of passion and you may feel passionately that other people are telling you what to do and you don’t like it. Finally, as a planet of mental health, Pluto represents the need to dig deeply into your subconscious mind for understand. So, when Mercury forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde you may be replaying some old situations or pain to the detriment of your health. Basically it’s time to let go.

It’s also a cosmic joke that Venus forms an opposition to Neptune retrograde later in the day. Oppositions represent the need to let go. Yet, with Neptune retrograde being involved, you may not know what to let go of. The key is to look at relationships: Whether those relationships are with others or even with yourself. With Venus in Virgo, you need to re-evaluate your daily routine. Are you taking care of your needs? Also, with Venus in Virgo, you need to treat yourself with respect. Are you doing enough to make certain that you approach life in a healthy manner?

Sometimes Neptune actually opens up the veil of deceit so you can see what’s really behind that curtain. There’s a good chance that could happen today. Rather than letting other people deceive you, you may finally be able to get rid of them and their deceit. And, where people are gaslighting you, you can finally stand up to them and tell them that who you are is real. (By the way, if you don’t know where the term gaslighting came from, here’s the history. This term came from the 1938 play, Gas Light, although many people are more familiar with the 1944 movie starring Charles Boyer and Ingrid Bergman as the married couple Paula and Gregory. In the play, as well as the movie, Paula believes, due to Gregory’s manipulation, that she’s going mad. He’s able to manipulate her into believing certain things to the point that she questions her reality. So the term gaslight now means being fed false information so you no longer see the truth.)

Usually when Mercury forms an aspect, any aspect, to Jupiter you feel good about situations. You feel optimistic. But August 10th is different. During the last few days you didn’t know if you could trust other people. People may have discounted your information. So as Mercury forms the opposition to Jupiter retrograde you may even start thinking about those people, perhaps too much. You keep playing those same situations over and over in your head. But with this aspect being an opposition, it also means that the best thing to do is to let go of their comments and move on with your life.

It’s fascinating that before Mercury enters the sign of Virgo and Venus forms a trine to Pluto retrograde on August 11th, Mars forms a square to the Moon’s Nodal Axis. Over the last several days you’ve been re-evaluating information, especially as it relates to your value system. You’ve also been dealing with understanding what’s the truth. With the Moon’s North Node in Gemini, you do start thinking about the information that you are receiving. And, with the Moon’s South Node in Sagittarius, you’re finding ways to use this information so you can make future plans.

When Mercury enters the sign of Virgo, the sign that it rules, it becomes easier to figure things out. You’re able to organize your thoughts. You know how you want to move forward with life. You can analyze situations to come up with solutions. You even know how things may come out so you can stop problems before they occur.

Also, you feel better about yourself when Venus forms a trine to Pluto. You’re passionate about what you can accomplish. You know where you want to go in life. You’ve figured things out and you can develop plans. You may even attract an incredibly supportive relationship.

As Mars forms a quincunx to Saturn and Mercury forms a square to Ceres on August 13th, it’s important that you continue taking care of your needs, especially as they relate to your home.

A lot of people either don’t know this or forget about this, but Saturn rules cultivation and agriculture. Or, another way of wording this is that Saturn rules cultivated agriculture. This means that when Mars forms the quincunx to Saturn, you want to take a look at how your garden grows. That can be metaphorically or physically. You want to take care of your body. Perhaps you need to make adjustments in your daily routine since Mars is in Virgo. Or, perhaps you want to put up some boundaries in your life where other people don’t interfere with your needs. Or, you may decide that it’s time to make some changes in your landscape and even beautify your home.

Ceres also represents the environment. So, when Mercury forms the square to Ceres later in the day, it’s important to think about your home and how you want it to look. Mercury is also in the sign of Virgo which indicates that now is a good time to simplify matters in your home. And, it’s a good thing to continue re-evaluating your daily routine to see if it continues to serve you. With Ceres involved, especially in the sign of Gemini, you may need to let other people know what’s important to you when it comes to your needs, especially those relating to your health. You may also realize that the boundaries you establish in your life will help you create better relationships with others.

As Venus forms a quincunx to Jupiter retrograde on August 14th, you continue to re-evaluate and determine what’s important in your life. You understand that others could take advantage of you if you don’t maintain your boundaries. And, maintaining boundaries is not the easiest thing to do when Jupiter is in Aquarius, especially Jupiter retrograde in Aquarius. But, situations are in flux right now. You may realize some of the commitments you made required too much energy on your part. Or, you may be asked to make more commitments. But, this is not the time to make more commitments because you’ll find it difficult to follow through with them.

When Mercury forms the square to the Moon’s Nodal Axis on August 15th, this is a good time for you to think about past events and determine how to use that knowledge to move on with your life. Since the Moon’s North Node is in the sign of Gemini, it helps if you can talk to other people, perhaps either a friend or therapist. Through conversation you’ll find a way to balance the need to let go and move on while still finding value in some of the past events in your life.

On August 16th, Venus enters the sign of Libra and Mercury forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde later in the day.

Often you think of Venus as a sign of passion. And, when Venus is in the sign of Taurus, an earth sign, it does represent the passionate side of your nature. But, Venus also rules Libra, an air sign. So, when Venus is in Libra, you are more concerned about life being fair. You want to see that everyone is being treated with respect. You don’t want to see anyone hurt. Yet, if you do view unfair things occurring to either yourself or others, you become very angry and are willing to take action to either avenge that unfairness or stop it from occurring.

With Mercury forming the quincunx to Saturn retrograde later in the day, you’ll find that if other people aren’t willing to hear what you have to say about unfair treatment, you will continue to try and communicate with them until they do hear you or just walk away. Just be a little cautious when you communicate with others. There’s a tendency when Mercury forms any aspect to Saturn to be a bit too judgmental. So, it’s important not to become too critical but rather more judicial in your communication style.

The quincunxes continue on August 18th as both Mars and Mercury form quincunxes to Chiron retrograde before they also form a conjunction to each other.

Chiron can represent self-healing and it can also represent self-inflicted pain. In addition, Chiron can indicate the need to learn and grow from painful situations so you can heal and move on with your life.

As Mars forms the quincunx to Chiron retrograde, you may feel frustrated that the pain is still there. Or, you may feel motivated to take action and let go of the pain. But, you need to move slowly so you can ensure that your footing is on solid ground and you’re taking positive action.

As Mercury moves into the quincunx with Chiron retrograde, you find that you need to talk about your pain so that you can release it. You need to understand what you went through and how you can move on with your life. You may even need to shift your perspective a bit.

When Mercury and Mars do form that conjunction, you realize that by considering possibilities in your life and even discussing these possibilities with people you trust, you can move on. You don’t need to be stuck in any of the pain. And, you don’t need to set yourself up for failure. Instead, you’re able to set yourself up for success.

You don’t always notice when Uranus turns retrograde as it does on August 19th. On one hand you feel the world slowing down a bit. On the other hand you still see unexpected circumstances occurring around you. Perhaps the biggest thing is that certain events seem to repeat and you don’t quite know how to interpret that. So, until Uranus turns direct on January 18, 2022, pay attention to situations which seem to repeat in your life creating a sense of déjà vu. You may be experiencing echoes of situations from the past which can help you understand your life a lot better next year.

On August 20th, not long after Uranus goes retrograde, Mercury forms a trine to Uranus retrograde and Venus will form a trine to Ceres later in the day.

As Mercury forms the trine to Uranus retrograde, you start receiving a lot of information you didn’t expect to hear. Normally this is new information. But with Uranus being retrograde a lot of this information involves events or people from your past. For this reason, you’re able to resolve some old issues. You’re also able to make changes in how you approach situations. And, you may even find some old paperwork you were looking for and that you still need.

When Venus forms the trine to Ceres, home is very important to you as are people in your life. It’s not uncommon to run into people from your past. And you’re happy to welcome them into your home. Also, you want to make sure that your home is comfortable. You may decide it’s time to redecorate. Or, you may finally find that time to implement some past design ideas.

Implementing some of your old ideas works out well on August 22nd as Mars forms a trine to Uranus retrograde before the full Moon occurs. And, the Sun enters the sign of Virgo later in the day after the full Moon occurs.

With Mars forming that trine to Uranus retrograde, you have a lot of energy. You’re willing to take risks and even try new things. And, if there’s anything from your past that was important, you know how to make changes that can incorporate those old things as well. With Mars in Virgo, you want to simplify your life. You’re also willing to clean out the closet and throw out items that are no longer important. And the full Moon supports this willingness to clean out the garbage since the Moon goes void-of-course and the Sun prepares to enter a new sign soon after the full Moon occurs.

During this full Moon, the Sun is in Leo and the Moon is in Aquarius. You feel optimistic about circumstances in life because the Moon is forming a conjunction to Jupiter. But you also feel that perhaps you’d rather retreat for a while because the Sun is in Leo at 29 degrees and, as already written, the Moon will go void-of-course after this full Moon occurs. So, take the optimism you feel and channel that energy into your new goals and what you want to do on a routine basis as you prepare for the Sun to enter the sign of Virgo.

When the Sun does enter the sign of Virgo you feel that you need to be more responsible. You want to establish a routine that makes life a little easier and enables you to accomplish more than you expected.

As Venus forms a trine to Saturn retrograde on August 23rd, you feel you can achieve a lot. And, you can. You know what you want. You know you deserve what you want. And, you have the discipline to act on any plan. As a matter of fact, if you don’t have any plans, today is a good day to start making them. You understand the risks and what you can do to either avoid or minimize those risks.

Avoiding risks is also important on August 24th when Ceres forms a conjunction to the Moon’s North Node. But you’ll also need to be very cautious because Mercury forms an opposition to Neptune later in the day.

The Moon’s North Node represents where you want to go. With this Node in the sign of Gemini, you want to understand the world around you. And, with Ceres forming a conjunction to this North Node you don’t want anyone to talk you out of the direction you know you need to take.

As Mercury forms the opposition to Neptune retrograde you realize that you need to be very careful with what others are saying. Neptune often clouds matters, so you’re not going to get the information you need to make decisions. Instead, you’ll find that a lot of people are either outright lying or they are intentionally withholding information you need. Or worse, you may be hearing what you want to hear and not what is actually being said. The best thing to do, if you can, is to listen to what others are saying without making any decisions or commitments.

When Venus forms an opposition to Chiron retrograde on August 26th, you want to move on with your life. You don’t want to get stuck in the pain. And, it does become easier to move on as Mercury will form a trine to Pluto retrograde one hour later.

With Venus forming that opposition to Chiron retrograde you don’t want to create problems with other people. At the same time it’s important to realize that you can’t avoid problems if you keep trying to please people to the point that you’re not meeting your own needs. As a matter of fact, if you try to please other people too much, you may find yourself getting frustrated. Basically, it’s your body’s way of telling you that you’re not taking care of yourself.

As Mercury forms the trine to Pluto retrograde you understand just what you need to say in order to make certain that you’re not pleasing others. You’re willing to stand your ground. You aren’t taking anything, including yourself, for granted. And, while other people may think that you’re being stubborn, the truth is that you are passionate about what you need to do and how you want to communicate your needs.

It’s a good time to re-evaluate some of your goals on August 27th, as Mercury forms a quincunx to Jupiter retrograde. Review the commitments you made. See if they are taking up too much of your time. Perhaps you’re doing too much. Or, perhaps you need to find ways to delegate to other people. Just be careful with any information you give out. You don’t want to give away too much.

Finances could be a problem on August 28th when Venus forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde. Some unexpected expenses could occur, especially when dealing with home situations. You could also experience some difficulties with relationships as they don’t work out quite the way you expected.

As Mercury enters the sign of Libra on August 30th, you think about people in your life. You wonder about the relationships that you have. You feel as if you need to contact people you haven’t spoken to in a while. You realize how important relationships are in your life as you continue to make adjustments in your life which cause you to re-evaluate your values and how you approach your daily life.

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