Planetary Trends for August 2022 by Belinda Dunn

WHAT’S UP – August 2022
Belinda C. Dunn

Aquarius/Leo Full Moon
August 11 @ 9:36 pm

Virgo New Moon
August 27 @ 4:17 am

Summer sun is summer fun! Blazing from the center of our solar system, our Sun emanates pure life force, radiating, animating, illuminating. The Sun is in Leo now, reigning supreme as majestic lions guard their pride. Intensely loyal and loving, the lion archetype is a source of inspiration, strength and survival, but like fire, this strength can wield great power to enliven and enlighten or burn and destroy. This is the energy of August.

To review, on July 31 there was a rare joining of Uranus and the North Lunar Node. On August 1st, Mars joins these giants, all in Taurus. Typically, Taurus prefers comfort, and works for stability, but these days are anything but stable. Uranus turns just about everything on its head, suddenly unsettling the apple cart, and in many cases, 180 degree turns of fate. Admittedly, life on Earth is not going very smoothly now, and this planetary combination can move mountains, and shake up the status qua.

Every year, in late July and early August, our Sun rises and aligns with Sirius, the brightest star. Known as the Lion’s Gate, a portal opens, streaming powerful frequency upgrades upon each and all. In astrology, the Sun has affinity with the third eye, the seat of awareness, the part consciousness that is eternal, going in and out of bodies and dimensions.

Against this backdrop of metaphysical potency, let’s take an in-depth look at the Full Moon on August 11. The astrology chart shows complexity with many opposing factors vying for attention, vying for power. Taken all together, the luminaries (Sun & Moon), planets Mars, Saturn and Uranus, and the lunar nodes all align in unique combination, a fixed Grand Cross.

From our vantage point on Earth, a Grand Cross literally forms a cross, spanning the sky with four points, all in 90-degree angle of each other. The cross is a potent mystical symbol of spirit in matter, surrender and release. Astrologically, at this time, these four energetic points are in the fixed signs of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

On this Full Moon, Sun is in Leo, opposed by Moon and Saturn in Aquarius. This highlights the juxtaposition between leadership and the public. There are dynamic, honest and capable leaders, and there are crooked, selfish and power-hungry leaders. Authority can go two ways, it can be used to exemplify, empower and protect or, as is so often the case, authority can be used and abused to deceive and mislead for personal gain. Stunning in scope, all these options will be on full display, altering public opinion, and the trajectory for years to come.

Additionally, the combination of Moon with Saturn speaks to the heavy burdens imposed upon individuals and the collective body. Heavy handed restrictions and regulations are up for review. The public is no longer willing to labor under false pretenses as all is exposed. There is a rumbling, a deep unearthing of the collective conscience as more voices speak up, and rise up, to meet the challenges of a new world being birthed, the Age of Aquarius.

The next piece of the Grand Cross puzzle involves transiting South Lunar Node in Scorpio. Dark and hidden, repressed and habitual, driven by desire and power, Scorpio holds the secrets to life’s mysteries. Daily news presents one story after another of depravity, crime, thoughtless cruelty, sexual exploits, and more, in the free for all exposure of the super-rich and powerful.

Additionally, Scorpio is the zodiac sign of death and rebirth. Not only is this process occurring in the public arena, but within the consciousness of humanity. As people struggle to make sense of senselessness, there is a natural introspection, personally and collectively. As difficult and trying as this appears, a profound purification is taking place on very deep levels.

The zodiac sign opposite Scorpio is Taurus. The key phrase for Scorpio is, “I desire,” and the key phrase for Taurus, is “I have.” Both signs relate to money, possessions, resources, inheritance and power. Currently the lunar nodes are activating these signs (January 2022 – July 2023). Here is an opportunity to redefine value in the marketplace as well as personal values. But, in the meantime, inflation continues demanding adjustments in buying/selling and lifestyle.

The North Lunar Node in Taurus shows the direction of positive potential, and open doors of opportunity. Here there are two major planetary activators, Uranus and Mars. Throughout July and August, anything goes. Closing doors and opening doors, catapulting consciousness to a new level, the themes are resilience, adaptation, acceptance, and gratitude for the simple pleasures of life.

The planetary ruler of Taurus is Venus, the planet of love and beauty. In contrast, the planetary ruler of Scorpio is Pluto, the planet of pollution, toxicity, fanaticism, criminality, breakdowns/breakthroughs, death and transformation. As a species, we are living through very Pluto times, but the direction is clear, especially as Venus enters Leo on August 11, and that evening a Full Moon illuminates the darkness.

Over the past several years, starting in March 2020, Saturn and Uranus have been intense and stressful aspect. However, from now to the end of 2022, this aspect is peaking, reaching a culmination point this autumn. To review, Saturn is the planet of responsibility, and Uranus is the planet of freedom. The tug of war between these archetypal energies is apparent in many arenas across society in a continual play of opposites.

Interestingly, both these planets have affinity with the root chakra at the base of the spinal column. Realizing how to maintain balance with each polarity is key to grounded functioning in this world of form. One is not possible without the other. For example, true freedom is based on taking responsibility for ethical conduct generated from within, rather
than falling back on externally imposed restrictions/laws/regulations.

We don’t have to look far to see the effects of Saturn/Uranus. Widespread alienation, disregard for authority, rage against the system, rebellion, unfair laws and business practices, attempts to control and restrict personal freedoms . . . the list goes on. Across the globe, society is attempting to function in the midst of financial uncertainty, climate change, hopelessness and homelessness, dread and fear of the future.

For two years, Saturn has had the upper hand. In other words, consequences of short-sighted vision, irresponsible actions, and poor decisions have been holding humanity hostage. All the while making it virtually impossible to get enough traction to pull out of a dysfunctional past.

However, now through November, Uranus rises to the occasion as the stronger planetary influence. In addition to its conjunction with the North Lunar Node, Uranus holds tight at 18 degrees Taurus for weeks on end. Beginning a retrograde phase on August 24, the energy of Uranus can be likened to a long-awaited thunderstorm. Lightening on the horizon,
pressure building, the action of Uranus is electrifying, sudden and inexplicable.

On the 3-D level, Uranus tends to bring sudden shifts in perception as though consciousness is thrust into new territory. Like a stranger in a strange land, many people may experience alienation, abrupt turnarounds, and change in circumstances. Although not necessarily easy, this can bring improvements in the long run. Typically, a sense of clarity and
knowing, release and relief, accompanies Uranus.

Another very significant planetary transit is Mars entering Gemini on August 20, and due to a lengthy retrograde phase from late October to early January 2023, this monthly article will return to the importance of this trend over coming months. In general, Mars in Gemini is friendly, curious and informed, but restless, vacillating and on-the-go. For now, suffice it to note the palpable energy shift late August.

Wrapping up the month is a Virgo New Moon on August 27. In the early degrees of Virgo, attention returns to school, work, and routine in general. As in any New Moon, orbiting Moon joins Sun in setting the stage, anchoring and energizing the next level of Earth school curriculum. In stressful aspect to Mars in the early degrees of Gemini, there can be pressure to multitask, make quick decisions, gather information and plan for months to come. This is an excellent time to set intentions for the next lunar cycle with particular emphasis on health, productivity, harvest and other practical matters.

Finally, how to prepare for August when planetary trends appear to be anything but calming, grounding, soothing and restorative? How to surf the turbulent waves, a breaking tsunami of change?

First, there is a great cleansing taking place, and it is time. Momentum has been building for decades. Secondly, in a hurry to prosper and reign supreme, humans have lost touch with universal laws, repeatedly violating and ignoring nature’s intelligence. It’s really very simple. At the heart of the matter is a loss of aliveness, a loss of conscience, a denial and turning away from reality. It is a very long ancient story with many twists and turns along the corridor of time. But in this moment, solutions are more present than many realize, the garden is calling.

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 40 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation.;

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