August 2019 – Understand Your Expectations

Important astrological energies for the month of August:

  • Jupiter in Sagittarius turns direct on August 11, 2019. It went retrograde on April 10, 2019.
  • Full Moon with Sun in Leo and Moon in Aquarius occurs on August 15, 2019.
  • New Moon with Sun and Moon in Virgo occurs on August 30, 2019.

Understand Your Expectations

By Misty Kuceris ©2019

The month of August starts with Venus forming a trine to Chiron retrograde on August 1st. When Venus forms a trine to Chiron retrograde, you realize how important it is for you to take care of your needs. You come first so you can help others next. That may sound counter-intuitive, but it’s not. The more you love yourself, the more you can express love to others. For this reason, it’s also a great day to enjoy the company of others. You’ll find their companionship very healing.

Don’t be at all surprised if you run into some old friends or meet people who remind you of others you’ve known from your past as Venus forms a square to Uranus on August 2nd. Unexpected meetings always bring up past experiences. You may find that you’ve changed quite a bit. Or, you may realize that you haven’t changed quite as much as you thought.

The one thing to be cautious with today is your financial situation. When Venus forms a square to Uranus, you may need to spend money on some form of repair that you didn’t expect. Or, you may decide that it’s time to go out and make that major purchase only to find out later that you spent a little too much.

When Mars forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde on August 4th, you understand just how important it is to maintain your own sense of power. Other people may want to “help” you by promoting their opinions, not your ideas. While you may take the time to listen to their opinions, realize that it’s important for you to stay on track with your own goals.

Today is a day where you can receive rewards for all the hard work that you’ve done in the past as Venus forms a trine to Jupiter retrograde on August 8th. You feel lucky and in a lot of ways you are. Your financial outlook looks good. You’re able to come up with plans for the future. You feel that people are giving you all the support you need. Your charisma is very high today.

You may want to re-evaluate some of your rules and boundaries on August 9th when Venus forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde. Old rules don’t seem to apply. When you think that something will work because it did in the past, you discover that it just doesn’t. You need to find new ways to do things. Don’t get so stuck with old habits that they prevent you from moving into the future.

On August 11th Jupiter turns stationary direct; Venus forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde; Mercury re-enters the sign of Leo; and Uranus turns retrograde.

Jupiter in Sagittarius turned stationary retrograde on April 10th. During the time period that Jupiter was retrograde, you needed to pull back and review your spiritual values. You also needed to understand what rules and regulations you created in your life and whether they supported your needs or got in the way. Now with Jupiter turning direct, you understand how to create that balance between spiritual and material values.

Not only did you need to review your spiritual values when Jupiter was retrograde, but goals were difficult to determine. You may have started some projects, but realized that you needed to make some changes to the projects as you tried to implement them. Perhaps you thought you had all the answers before you started the new projects, but you realized that there were still questions. And, when Jupiter was retrograde you were in a learning mode. Now that Jupiter is direct, you have the knowledge you need and can move forward with the projects successfully.

Relationships with other people may have been difficult when Jupiter was retrograde because you couldn’t always support other people’s spiritual values. You may even have attempted to push your values on them and alienated them in some way. Now however, with Jupiter direct, you’re able to explain your intentions without alienating others.

The Jupiter retrograde time period is not always easy for business owners. Marketing plans need to be conceived but not implemented. Hidden costs are involved with various projects. IPOs don’t always get the value the companies thought they had. With Jupiter now direct it’s easier to develop sound marketing plans. Any hidden costs are revealed and a better accounting of expenses can be made.

The difficulty that you experience in relationships may not be totally resolved today even though Jupiter is now direct. The reason is that Venus is also forming a quincunx to Neptune retrograde today. You’re still trying to understand other people. They aren’t quite giving you the information you need. And, they may not be keeping up their end of the bargain. For this reason, don’t sign any agreements or contracts at this time.

As Mercury re-enters the sign of Leo you do feel more optimistic even if you realize that you want to hold off in signing any contracts. It’s as if you’re willing to just let people be who they are. You don’t let them rattle you. Instead, you want to go out into the world and play. With your newfound sense of optimism you realize that if you can’t take care of the problem today, there’s always tomorrow to solve the situation.

When Uranus turns retrograde at the end of the day (EDT), you may not totally notice. But, on a subconscious level you feel a sense of relief. Uranus will be retrograde until January 10, 2020. The sense of relief you’re feeling is that the world is slowing down a bit. You’re not getting as much information as you normally do. You have a better opportunity to process information.

Over the next few months, with Uranus retrograde in Taurus, review your financial situation. Make certain that it’s in order. Perhaps create a new and more realistic budget. Also, review your value systems to determine if they still support your life style and your spiritual goals.

On August 13th, Mercury forms the last trine to Ceres in this triad sequence. The first time this trine occurred was on June 29th when Mercury was direct and Ceres was retrograde. The second time this trine occurred was on July 18th when Mercury was retrograde and Ceres was direct. Now both planets are direct.

Between June 29th and August 13th, you may have felt that you needed to constantly make compromises in your life. Or, you may have felt that you needed to work with other people in order to achieve your goals. Today you understand how maintaining a positive attitude and working with others enabled you to take care of situations in your life. You were able to approach problems knowing that you could resolve them. You were also able to discover new ways to solve problems because of this level of optimism. You knew when you needed to compromise and when you needed to stand your ground.

You may feel power struggles with others on August 14th when Venus forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde. You thought you understood their needs, but now they’re telling you that what you thought you knew isn’t correct. And, it’s very important not to get into any arguments with others because they’ll keep changing their story. You won’t be able to get at any of the facts. Instead, you feel as if people are trying to take something important away from you. Perhaps it’s your dignity.

After the full Moon occurs on August 15th, Mercury forms a trine to Chiron retrograde. This energy will be experienced in the full Moon even though it doesn’t technically occur until after the full Moon.

With the Sun in Leo and the Moon in Aquarius at the time of the full Moon, you feel optimistic about what you can accomplish in life. While the Moon in Aquarius forms an opposition to Venus, the Sun in Leo forms a conjunction to Venus. This means that you understand how valuable you are. You’re willing to take risks which don’t put you into jeopardy. You’re also willing to let go of people and circumstances which don’t support your needs. This is a day where you move forward with your life and not look back.

When Mercury forms a trine to Chiron retrograde, you realize that you can resolve any communication problems with others. You’re both able to hear not only what each other is saying, but what each other means behind those words. This is a good day to open any lines of communication which involve creating a plan of action with others. You’ll find that people are trying to find a common ground.

Be very careful with your communications on August 16th when Mercury forms the square to Uranus retrograde. Your mind is moving so fast that you could end up saying the wrong thing without thinking. Also, be careful with any new information you’re getting today. It could cause you to pause too long and miss some important deadlines. The key to success when Mercury forms a square to Uranus retrograde is to consider your options knowing that you need to be flexible as changes occur with the information you receive.

Mars enters the sign of Virgo on August 18th. When Mars is in Virgo, you have more energy to achieve your goals. You know how to pay attention to those important details. You’re so willing to get the work done that you finish projects more quickly and with energy to spare.

On August 21st Mercury forms a quincunx to Saturn retrograde; Venus enters the sign of Virgo; and Mercury forms a trine to Jupiter.

Initially, with Mercury forming the quincunx to Saturn, you feel as if no one wants to listen to you. Or, if they do, they only seem to respond in a negative manner. But the truth is that you’re being too harsh on yourself. You may even be censoring your words because you fear the criticism that isn’t coming.

As Venus enters the sign of Virgo, you continue to censor your actions because of fear that other people won’t agree with you. But, that fear is the shadow side of Venus in Virgo. The positive nature of Venus in Virgo is the desire you feel to help other people and do the best you can. Hold on to that desire to help and you’ll be able to release the fear.

As the day continues and Mercury forms a trine to Jupiter, you realize that all your fears of criticism were over exaggerated. People did want to hear what you have to say. Now you realize that you can communicate in a way that people are listening. You see the positive outcomes of your ideas to the point that you are able to motivate others as well.

It’s very difficult to focus when Mercury forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde on August 22nd. If possible, try not to do anything which requires the use of your logical mind. If you have to meet with other people, discuss their aspirations, not their goals. Use your creative ability to work through problems, rather than your logical mind. This is a good day to reflect and meditate. If you’re an artist, you’ll find this a great day for creative ventures. Just don’t sign any contracts because you won’t have all the facts.

When the Sun enters the Sun of Virgo on August 23rd, there are now three planets in the sign of Virgo: Mars, Venus, and the Sun. There are several ways that this energy could play out. You may realize that you need to take care of some small details in order to feel comfortable with life. Or, your expectations may be too high and you find it difficult to achieve anything.

The key to understanding the sign of Virgo is that this is a time to simplify your life. You don’t want to get bogged down by the details. You want to approach one step at a time. This is a good time to look at your health and see what you can do to improve it.

Before Mercury forms the quincunx to Pluto retrograde and Venus forms a square to Ceres on August 24th, Venus forms a conjunction to Mars. You may not notice this aspect today quite as much as you will tomorrow, August 25th when other planetary energies make aspects to both of these planets. On the other hand, you may feel clarity between what you want to do and how you want to achieve your results.

When Mercury forms the quincunx to Pluto retrograde, you’ll find it difficult to communicate with others about either their needs or your needs. They want to keep secrets. They feel that if they give you too much information, you’ll use it against them. In honesty, you may feel the same way. It’s just better to listen but not probe so you can maintain that clarity you feel from the Venus/Mars conjunction.

When Venus forms the square to Ceres you feel as if you’re censoring your passion. You want to move slowly. You want to calculate every step. You don’t want to give away too much information. Don’t even try to nurture other people because they are feeling the same way and may misinterpret your “nurturing” as probing.

On August 25th, Venus forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde; Mars forms a square to Ceres and a quincunx to Chiron retrograde.

When Venus forms the quincunx to Chiron retrograde, you feel as if other people are out to get you. Or, you start utilizing self-defeating behaviors which stand in the way of your success. Self-defeating behaviors are tools that you learned when you were young that may have helped you cope with some problems at that time but now, as an adult, they stand in your way. Rather than helping you, they can cause you emotional stress.

When Mars forms a square to Ceres and the quincunx to Chiron retrograde, you feel as if you need to fight for your rights. You feel as if other people are trying to take things away from you. But instead of helping you, the fights may actually put you in harm’s way. Arguing is not worth it. Instead, try to harness your frustration and find a way to release it safely. Exercise is a good way; chanting is another way. Use your energy in a positive manner.

You feel as if you can achieve a lot more on August 26th when Venus forms a trine to Uranus retrograde. You’re open to new ideas. You’re willing to take risks. You may even find yourself involved in a new relationship that is different from other relationships you’ve had in the past. Just don’t be so enthralled with this new relationship that you lose your sense of individuality and start following that other person. In a few days you may decide this new individual is too different and not worth the involvement.

You find yourself in a state of harmony when Ceres forms a trine to Chiron retrograde on August 27th. You’re willing to compromise to maintain the peace. You’re willing to approach situations gently. You don’t want to cause injury to either other people or yourself.

You have a lot of energy on August 28th when Mars forms a trine to Uranus retrograde. You’re willing to take risks. You want to experience life in a way that brings you new adventures. You’re open to new ideas. Just don’t rush into situations so quickly that you forget to pay attention to your environment. That could lead to an accident. Try to be gentle with yourself as you move forward with new plans in life.

On August 29th, Mercury enters the sign of Virgo and there are now four planets in the sign of Virgo: Venus, Mars, the Sun, and Mercury. With this energy in Virgo you need to make certain that you are taking care of the details. Perhaps you avoided completing some projects: Now is the time to do that. Or, perhaps you put off interacting with some friends: Now is the time to contact them. If you’ve had any health problems you need to follow through and put yourself on a healing regiment.

Once again the Virgo energy is very critical on August 30th when the New Moon occurs. The Sun and Moon are both in the sign of Virgo. This is a day to take care of those details so you can move on with your life. You want to go back and resolve any loose ends. If you don’t they could create problems later on because the New Moon forms a square to Ceres and also a trine to Uranus retrograde. The good news about the trine to Uranus retrograde is that you’ll get some unexpected help from other people.

As the month of August ends, Mercury forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde on August 31st. Be careful of your words. Don’t put yourself into a position where you can get injured or hurt others. This is a day where you need to pay attention to what other people are saying. At the same time, don’t be so critical of yourself that you censor your words when you need to express them. Basically, be aware of your intent and understand your expectations.

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