Planetary Trends for August 2019

Belinda Dunn

What’s Up! by Belinda C. Dunn

Aquarius/Leo Full Moon – August 15 @ 8:29 am

Virgo New Moon – August 30 @ 6:37 am

August begins with a green light go ahead as Mercury is now direct, and a Leo New Moon sets the stage for new possibilities. Exact just before midnight on July 31, both of these significant trends ensure that August gets off to a good start with a sense of putting the past to rest. Even though there is still clean-up from the messy eclipses of July, along with Mercury retrograde, much has been revealed, and the way forward is a combination of “enough is enough,” and it’s time to move on.

The eclipses during July were especially powerful as they activated the on-going Saturn/Pluto conjunction, a rare configuration that occurs every 35 years. While these tumultuous trends serve to excavate and expose weakness in social structures, they serve to really get the ball rolling in terms of fundamental and profound change. Even though it appears that humanity is running into a brick wall with few solutions available, this is exactly the type of planetary energy needed to breakup stagnation and propel progress forward.

August begins with Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars transiting through Leo skies. On August 11, Mercury returns to Leo, completing its retrograde cycle that week. Leo is warm, vivacious, commanding and creative. This take-charge energy can actively surmount the vacillating and uncertain trends of recent months.

At the same time, Jupiter in Sagittarius begins its annual direct phase. This gives an enthusiastic boost of optimism. With Jupiter in its home sign of Sagittarius for most of the year, the impetus has been to keep an open mind and explore options, especially in terms of ideology and belief. Based on this exploration, a new narrative is emerging, and humanity will begin to actualize and manifest expanded vision over the autumn months.

In the United States astrology chart, the zodiac sign of Sagittarius is prominent, ascending on the eastern horizon. Thus, Jupiter’s current trend has the potential to upgrade and define the nation’s identity. Ideals, motives and aspirations are receiving a face lift. For the most part, Americans are freethinkers, and do not like to be told what to believe or what to do. Over the coming weeks and months, it will be interesting to see how the Mueller investigation and testimony sits with the majority of voters now that foreign interference in the election process is public knowledge.

This very important process has the potential to offset, counter and balance other planetary influences, namely Saturn’s transit through Capricorn. In this case, Saturn is in its home sign of Capricorn (2018-2020). Weighty, serious and consequential, this transit is the backdrop for many long-standing karmic conditions coming to a crisis point. Personally and collectively, it is time to address pervasive dysfunction, and take a stand for truth and justice, ethics and morality.

Another interesting vantage point in astrological delineation is elemental balance. Infinite Source manifests in this dimension as the elements, and each zodiac sign is associated with an element: fire, air, water, earth. Contemplating the elements can be very revealing and healing.

August begins with an emphasis on the fire elemental. Fire is illuminating, hot, passionate, enthusiastic and inspiring. Fire burns away dead wood, but fire can easily get out of control, and its destructive capacity needs to be monitored and respected. Some key dates to watch for the positive activation of fire traits are August 5 – 11.

By mid-month, the elemental balance shifts to earth, signifying a practical, sensible, feet on the ground, get the job done approach. Some key dates to enhance positive earth traits begin on August 23 as the Sun enters Virgo and continue quite strongly through the remainder of the month. In balance, fire and earth work together to breakthrough stagnation and manifest goals. Look for this energetic shift as the month unfolds.

A Full Moon on August 15 illuminates the way forward with a radical edge and tends to stir up controversy and dissent. Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars are all in Leo, the zodiac sign of the leader, while the Moon is in Aquarius, the zodiac sign of the community. Additionally, the voice of the public, Mercury, is in close aspect with Uranus. A veritable flood of information that has been held back will be released. Thus, sudden and radical departures from thinking inside the box of consensus reality are possible as pieces of the puzzle fall into place.

Tension builds throughout the week of August 11, and conditions come to a critical head on the 16th. Uranus, the planet of revolutionary change, appears to be moving very slowly through the sky, due to a stationary/retrograde phase beginning on the 11th. Individuals and groups of people may be acting out of desperation, going out on a limb to advance their cause. On a positive note, look for creative and extraordinary solutions emerging for complex problems. However, be prepared for what needs to be released and put to rest.

As summer vacations begin to wind down, a Virgo New Moon sets the stage for return to work and school. On the Friday leading into Labor Day weekend, the astrology chart shows Sun, Moon, Mercury, Juno, Mars and Venus all aligned in Virgo. Clearly, this is a preponderance of Virgo, and there are eight astrological factors in earth.

August is a transitional month in numerous ways, astrologically, socially and seasonally. There are the obvious transitions, but underneath social convention, there is a deep rumbling, a profound unrest that can only lead to major change as the decade draws to a close.

This is the month to discover your fire. What moves you? What gets you up in the morning? Tap into the freedom to create and innovate your unique life expression. By mid-month, between a Full Moon, and Mercury activating Uranus, embrace the courage and clarity to break away from limiting mindsets, habits, relationships and environments.

On August 24, Venus joins Mars in Virgo, the zodiac sign of service and stewardship. Together, the planet of love meets the planet of action. By the New Moon on August 30, it’s time to plant seeds of intention that have been nurtured and held deep within. The beautiful and inspiring qualities of purpose, commitment and dedication lead the way. Love in action . . . gets the job done.

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