August starts off with a bang when warriors Mars aligns with wild card planet Uranus, suggesting sudden, unexpected developments, surprises or disruptions. The ongoing Uranus-Pluto square is once again activated by contact with other planets during their journey in the sky. Collectively, we are all in this time of rapid transformation. Uranus-Pluto wants change, even if it’s difficult and challenging.
The New Moon in Leo on August 6, 2013 at 5:52 PM EDT is a wonderful time to be bold, creative or take a risk. Leo is a fire sign planet and brings enthusiasm and playfulness to the planetary mix.
Mercury is in square (challenge) aspect to Saturn in Scorpio on August 11, 2013, suggesting serious communications, discussions and methodical thinking.
Jupiter, the planet of growth and expansion, is also dynamically aligning with the Uranus-Pluto square all month, encouraging us all to release what we do no longer need, as well as expand our innovation and drive for reform in exciting new areas. This alignment will be very strong through early 2014 with its first exact contacts on August 7 and August 20, 2013. Jupiter expands, Pluto lets go and transforms and Uranus brings revolutionary new approaches. Those individuals with planets in cardinal signs: Aries, Libra, Cancer and Capricorn will feel these energies amplify their life for quite some time, impacting identity, career, relationships and home life. This is because a cardinal grand cross pattern in these signs is forming throughout next spring. A cardinal grand cross aspect promotes tension for change in the above mentioned areas of life. It will of course also play out on the world stage as the collective experiences growth and change.
Also on August 20, 2013, we have a Full Moon in Aquarius at 9:46 PM EDT. Aquarius is an air sign which encourages us all to think outside the box and encourages ingenuity and social progress.
Next, the planet Venus aligns with the Uranus-Pluto square on August 24, 2103. It squares the Planet Pluto. In other words, relationships and values are challenged with the call to let go and embrace some kind of change. The Sun and Mercury join in earth sign Virgo today, emphasizing practical considerations, service, health matters and attention to detail.
We end the month with Sun-Mercury in challenge aspect to ethereal Neptune in Pisces on August 25-27, 2013. This is a very imaginative and intuitive combination, a right brain focus rather than linear thinking. Things may not be as they seem. If something is confusing or eluding you, surrender and let go for a few days until the fog clears.
With Mars entering fiery Leo on August 27, 2013, the planet that rules assertiveness, action and willpower, will express itself in a more extroverted and dramatic manner. In addition, with Venus square Jupiter at this time, many things become exaggerated or made larger than life, all qualities affiliated with Leo.
All in all, these alignments greatly accelerate shifts on both a personal and collective level. We must ask ourselves what the universe is asking us in any given moment, and then reflect how we can best navigate through these patterns or energies with conscious awareness and mindfulness. This is the highest expression of Astrology in today’s world.