August 2014 – Think of Your Needs

Important energies for the month of August 2014

  • Full Moon with Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius occurs on August 10, 2014.
  • Jupiter in Leo forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde in Pisces on August 15, 2014.
  • New Moon with Sun and Moon in Virgo occurs on August 25, 2014.

Think of Your Needs

Misty Kuceris ©2014

As the month of August begins, you’re actually dealing with energies that started when July was ending. On July 28th, Venus formed an opposition to Pluto retrograde and started the energy of the cardinal T-square which culminates today, August 1st, as Venus forms a square to Uranus retrograde. Over the last few days you needed to understand what was valuable to you and how to maintain your personal power without giving it away to other people. Normally with Venus forming a square to Uranus retrograde you just want to break free from all relationships and move forward with your life. However, this cardinal T-square is a bit different because Venus will also form a grand water trine with Saturn and Chiron retrograde today. So, rather than just breaking away from relationships that bother you, you’ll also find ways to feel good about yourself and really know who you are. Your charisma will be enhanced. You’ll feel more compassion for others. And you’ll understand what you need to do to bring good relationships into your life which is learn to have fun and enjoy life.

Mars will also form a square to Jupiter on August 1st after Venus has completed its aspects. Now you may feel like you just want to rush into life and take charge. You’ll have more energy to complete tasks and get things done. Just don’t overdo things. You’ll need to calm down and relax. If you don’t, you may make too many commitments that you regret later.

This desire to rush into things continues on August 2nd as Mercury forms a conjunction to Jupiter. But you need to be very careful once again. This time you may get yourself in trouble with your words. You think that you can do anything and you try to tell other people. But they may not want to hear it. On the other hand, you do have an optimistic approach to life. You have a great “can-do” attitude. So, you may be able to get by on the old adage: “Fake it ‘til you make it.”

Of course if you faked it too much on August 2nd, you’ll get caught with the truth on August 4th when Mercury forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. Or, you may find yourself getting deeper and deeper into the lie. You need to be careful today. You don’t want to say things that you’ll regret later. You also don’t want to oversell your skills or abilities. You won’t be able to live up to anyone’s expectations if you don’t stay with the truth.

And, as always with Mercury and Neptune aspects, be very careful with any contracts. Only sign them if you have no other choice. And, if you have to sign them, have someone else review each area of the contract line-by-line. There’s still a chance that you both may miss something, but at least that chance decreases with two people looking things over.

Whenever Venus forms a square to the Moon’s Nodal Axis, as it does on August 5th, you need to think about what you value from the past and how you can bring that value into your present and future life. You need to determine what’s important when it comes to relationships in your life and how you incorporate those relationships to support your values, just as you support their values.

On August 6th, Mercury forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde while Ceres enters the sign of Scorpio. There’s a desire to help other people solve their problems and understand their inner needs. But you need to be very careful. With Mercury forming a quincunx to Pluto retrograde other people may feel as if you’re just pushing your agenda and not listening to their needs. They may feel as if you aren’t willing to understanding their point of view. But you really want to. So, the best way to utilize the energy of the Mercury/Pluto retrograde aspect and Ceres entering Scorpio is to let other people talk while you listen. Let them know that you hear what they’re saying even if you don’t necessarily agree with them. This is not a day to start any conflicts because no one will win.

With Mars forming a trine to Neptune retrograde on August 7th you could lapse into magical thinking if you’re not too careful. Magical thinking is where you believe things will happen just because you want them to. However, you forget to put any effort into actually doing something. You could end up just floating through the day and missing some important cues that can help you succeed.

On the positive side, this is a good day to relax and take care of your personal needs. It’s also a good day to think about your dreams and see if you can create goals to achieve those dreams. Success begins with inspiration and desire. You’ll find that you have both today.

On August 8th, Mercury is very active. It forms a trine to Uranus retrograde, a quincunx to Chiron retrograde, and a square to Saturn. When Mercury forms a trine to Uranus retrograde you find that your mind is so active it’s working overtime. It is easy to come up with new concepts. But, it’s also easy to see where other people’s ideas might create problems rather than solutions.

As Mercury moves into the quincunx to Chiron retrograde, you need choose your words carefully. Other people may misunderstand and feel hurt because you aren’t listening to their needs. This same situation can continue as Mercury forms the square to Saturn. People may feel as if you’re criticizing them or withholding important information from them. On the other hand, you may feel as if people aren’t listening to your concerns and are criticizing you. The best thing to do today is to take any new ideas that you have, jot them down in a journal, and look at them during the time of the full Moon which is occurring in a couple of days to see if those concepts are still realistic.

One thing: Be careful today. When Mercury is overly active, as it is today, you may not be able to focus on smaller details in your life. And, when you don’t focus on those small details, you may find yourself in an accident. Do the best you can to maintain your focus so you don’t miss those little details.

This full Moon, with Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius, which occurs on August 10th, is one where you need to find balance in your life between pleasure and responsibility. If you jotted any new ideas in your journal on August 8th, this is a good time to review what you wrote. Perhaps some of your new ideas include ways to have fun in life. Or, perhaps you were thinking about ways to be more efficient with your responsibilities. You may feel inspired to save the world and join a volunteer organization that supports your goals. If that’s the case, just make certain that any commitments you make are balanced with having fun in life.

You may actually find that is easy to discuss your goals and feelings with other people because the Sun in the full Moon chart forms a conjunction to Mercury while the Moon forms an opposition to Mercury and both Sun and Moon form a square to Saturn. You’ll get a better sense of your responsibilities. You’ll also hear what other people have to say about their sense of responsibilities.

When Venus enters the sign of Leo on August 12th, you realize that fun is important in your life. But you may question whether having fun creates problems with your responsibilities on August 13th as Venus forms a square to Ceres. You may feel conflicted between being the romantic individual and the practical person. You may feel that you have to be responsible for other people in your life when you would rather just play and have fun. It really is a time to learn that you can’t be responsible for others if they don’t want to help themselves. You can’t be the universal mother. You can only take care of people in your immediate, loving, circle. And, you need to let them take care of you as well.

Decisions between pleasure and responsibility continue on August 15th as Jupiter forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde, Mars a sextile to Pluto retrograde, and Mercury enters the sign of Virgo.

As Jupiter forms the quincunx to Neptune retrograde, you want to move forward and take risks in your life. Yet, very important matters are being hidden from you. So now is not the time to take action. You need to be very cautious with your finances, especially if you are self-employed or own your own company. You need to be very careful with your investments. You also need to be very careful with your health. You don’t want to push yourself too much physically. Caution is the operative word here.

Yet, with Mars forming a sextile to Pluto retrograde, you feel as if you have more energy than usual. And, with Mercury entering the sign of Virgo, you feel as if you have more mental clarity. Basically, these two energies seem to conflict with the energy you feel from the Jupiter/Neptune retrograde quincunx. However, you can use these energies to your advantage by focusing on routine matters in your daily life without getting caught in those pesky details which interfere with your ability to move forward.

When Mercury forms a sextile to Ceres and Venus forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde on August 17th, you feel as if you’re reliving aspects of August 15th. You want to take care of details, but you don’t have all the facts. You feel as if you need to help someone special in your life overcome a personal problem. But, you’re not really certain that’s such a good idea. If someone asks for your help and it’s reasonable, you’ll know what to do. However, if a person expects you to bail them out financially, there could be a problem. Loans given out today won’t be repaid. And, this is not a good day to sign any major contracts since there are hidden costs.

August 18th is another day where you want to help others, but you don’t have all the facts. Venus forms a conjunction to Jupiter while Mercury forms an opposition to Neptune retrograde. You feel very generous and optimistic today. You feel as if you can achieve a lot and help motivate other people to live their lives in a positive way. But, communicating that can be difficult. Other people may see your generosity as a way of taking advantage of you. They may feel that they can manipulate you to do what they want rather than what’s best. It’s not an easy day to deal with practical matters.

However, if you’re an artist, this could be an excellent day for you. Feelings of creativity are very high. You’ll feel connected with spirit. And, any artwork that you do, no matter what the form, will seem as if it were channeled from another part of your soul.

“Choose your friends wisely” is a good motto on August 21st when Venus forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde and Mercury forms a trine to Pluto retrograde. People may try to take advantage of your good nature. They may try to abdicate their responsibilities hoping that you’ll take those on. But, that’s only a form of manipulation. If that starts occurring, you need to pull back and dig deep into your psyche to understand what’s really important to you. If a problem needs to be resolved, you need to stay quiet and let the other person recommend a solution. This is a great day to learn what leadership is really about: Motivating others to accept their own responsibilities in life.

Even though the Sun enters the sign of Virgo on August 23rd, the day is “all about me.” (Actually, the day is “all about you.”) In addition to the Sun entering Virgo, Mars will form a quincunx to Uranus retrograde and a trine to Chiron retrograde. You may want to be responsible and take care of other people, but you don’t want to do that if they aren’t willing to be responsible for their own lives.

Rather, with Mars forming the quincunx to Uranus retrograde, you want to go out into the world and do things that seem fun for you. You want to experience life and take risks. It’s good that Mars is also forming a trine to Chiron because that will temper the extravagant energy of the quincunx. You may start rushing forward, but you’ll also look to see if any accidents could occur as a result. And, where you normally would rather go out on your own, you’ll actually invite some of your friends to join you. As long as they can keep up. Plus, if other people are trying to get you to do things for them, you won’t waste your time. You realize they need to be responsible for their own lives.

When Mercury forms an opposition to Chiron retrograde and a quincunx to Uranus retrograde on August 24th, you need to be very careful with your words. You might say things without thinking that could be hurtful to other people. Perhaps you may be tired of other people trying to get you to take care of their problems and you let them know enough is enough. Or, perhaps you feel that other people are not giving you enough personal space. In some ways, this is also another day all about you. If people are trying to convince you to do things for them; you won’t. Just don’t be so harsh with your words that you regret it later and feel guilty about it which can happen when Mercury is in Virgo.

The new Moon occurs on August 25th. But before it occurs, Venus forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde and a trine to Uranus retrograde while Mercury forms a sextile to Saturn. After the new Moon occurs, Mars forms a conjunction to Saturn. All of these energies will be evident in the new Moon.

With Venus forming the quincunx to Chiron retrograde and trine to Uranus, you don’t want people to hold you back from forming those relationships which support your need to be an individual. You don’t want to be told what to do. And, you’re tired of always being the person who takes care of situations.

As Mercury forms the sextile to Saturn, you may find it easier to explain to others that you just can’t do it all. You can’t always be the person who takes care of them. You want to have fun in life just as much as they do.

As the new Moon, with both Sun and Moon in Virgo, occurs you realize that you need to be realistic about your life and responsibilities. This new Moon is forming a sextile to Ceres and also an opposition to Neptune retrograde. The sextile this new Moon is making with Ceres indicates that you need to consider which individuals may need your help and which individuals can do things on their own. The opposition this new Moon is making to Neptune retrograde indicates that you can’t always do things for other people, especially if doing those things takes important time away from your life. Somehow you need to find the balance between doing things for yourself while supporting people in your life who really need your help.

Understanding the balance will become easier as Mars forms a conjunction to Saturn on August 25th after the new Moon occurs. With both planets in Scorpio, you may feel as if the energy is too intense and you need to retreat from the world. But, that’s all right because by pulling inward, you’ll be able to meditate on the important aspects of your relationship with other people. So, reward yourself and take time to relax. Perhaps take a spa day.

As the month draws to a close, Ceres forms a trine to Neptune retrograde and Venus forms a square to Saturn on August 26th. You may feel that people are still expecting you to solve their problems. And, you may even feel a little guilty because you really are tired of being responsible while other people are having fun. Use the energy of today to meditate on how wonderful you are and release any guilt. This is a day where you can learn that it’s all right to play and have fun.