August 2018 — Find Your Way Through the Confusion!
By Gwynne Mayer
6 major planets Retrograde – YIKES! – Tune in to your inner life because the outer life will not make sense and drive you to distraction. This is a time when your health and spiritual growth can take either a nose dive or can be enhanced, depending on your meditation practice, your ability to withdraw from the chaos around you, and your willingness to see beyond to the ‘bigger picture.’ We are all going through these changes, some of us are not doing so well health wise and that is because we either have turned to ‘self-calming addictions’ or we have co-joined our energy to the chaos around us and distractions become the attention getters, taking us away from our ‘essence.’
The dates to look at this month are important as they relate to change and the dynamics of change that occur in the outer world and the inner world.
Upcoming Astrological Events for August 2018
…July 26 – August 19 Mercury continues Rx from July 26-August 19
…August 7 – 5 months— Uranus Rx from early Taurus back to late Aries.
…August 11 – Leo New Moon-Partial Solar Eclipse
…August 12 – Continued Mars Retrograde back into its second tour of Capricorn, last seen March 12-18 in case you want to check what was going on then. (I hope you keep a private journal.)
…August 26 – Pisces Full Moon
…August 27 – End of Mars Retrograde YEA!!!! Now put into effect, new plans that were trying to move forward ….Go!!!
Remember to read your Ascendant (ego/physical body), Sun (Spiritual/mind) and Moon (emotional/feeling/nurturing) signs in that order when reading these monthly updates.
So let’s get started on your Sun, Ascendant and Moon for August:
Aries — Always in change mode, but moving much too fast for one’s own good. You were born this time to make these changes necessary for your Soul growth. Learn to relax and take some time to yourself to do so. Meditate more, sleep peacefully, stay in touch with your dreams and you might learn what is going on in that head of yours. Big changes in your career life and mostly the changes are you trying to keep up a good face in the financial department. This might be a good month for you to meet people who will walk with you in ‘partnership’ for the rest of your life. Remember that these ‘soul friends’ are dependable because they have taken the time to refresh their spiritual life. You now need to follow that path yourself. Changes are still happening but you can start following some disciplines that help you stay ‘centered.’
Taurus — You were born with the Taurus lifetime to focus on self-sufficiency and self-reliance. You are always in that mode no matter what. Keep yourself in your home as much as you can through this chaotic time. You have created a wonderful setting for yourself and you need to enjoy it. You might even want to use your homelife to help you create other projects that will help you in the near future, especially if you have run out of things to keep your creative juices flowing. Travel has not proved so fruitful for you lately as there have been many disturbances that interfere with your plans. Make sure your health is taken into account and you are not overdoing something that will set you back in any way. Start working on organizing our private life so that it enriches you rather than causes you to have even more stress due to duties which need attention. Stay grounded and keep your homelife meaningful.
Gemini — One of your lifetime Soul goals is to make use of the evolutionary necessity to plunge yourself into the physical environment and make sense of the collected information, facts and data that surround you. You will process these issues depending on how you have developed your mind and intellect. Stay focused as the chaos around you is causing you to question your own judgement. Above all do not ‘judge yourself.’ You can only do what you can ‘process’ and nothing more. You are not super-human. Talk things out during this month even if it seems that the world around you is coming apart. Plan on some changes that will come at the end of the month and future planning all of September. This is a big time for you to experience ‘living fully.’ Traveling might help, but remember you always return to your ‘soul home.’
Cancer — Your emotional security is being tested in every way. You have relied on family, career and material wealth to see you through as you are a great survivor, however all of these issues may have to move to the ‘inner life’ as you seek emotional maturity from inside out. Many issues are presenting themselves and demanding immediate attention. You are always there to save the day, but now it is time to save the day for YOU. Please do not succumb to over eating, over drinking, over spending because these things will not help you survive these issues. Meditate more, find safer places to ‘hide out.’ Relax around family and let them serve you rather than you always being there to pick up their pieces. Emotional traumas cause tantrums and childish behavior if your needs are not met. Firstly, people need to know what those needs are and I doubt that, even you do not know your own emotional needs. Talk to someone close to you and try to have others support you on this!
Leo — Leos are feeling the need to get away by themselves. They have a creative urge that seems to be blocked by others needing something or family members who are pulling at their strings. Leos are a unique group of souls and need to always follow ‘spirit’ and how it moves them, especially at a creative level. It is time to move to their inner sanctums through meditation and quietude so that more focus can be given to the quality of the soul life. Lower back problems and aches and pains that stem from back issues may need to be checked. This is a time when physical needs take priority over emotional needs. Dieting and fasting with the help of a practitioner is highly suggested. Taking care of the body/temple you were given is now taking priority. Reorganize your time and energy so that you are taking ‘inner notice.’
Virgo — This is a time that Virgo will find more people around them need more help and service and that is what they are very good at doing. This is also a time that Virgo needs to take care of ‘self’ and instead of sacrificing time and energy for the sake of family and intimate connections, use this time to take care of nutrition, cleansing and purifying. These things might call on you to engage more in your hobbies which are like a meditation for you. It will quieten you mind and heart and cause you much less worry. In your career try not to take on all the responsibility for others, just tending to your own responsibilities. You are a ‘teacher by showing and doing’, by living the experience rather than judging and critiquing others. Again, this is a time to focus on your health, both mental and physical.
Libra — Relationships are suffering in the lives of the Librans. You might want to ask why this is so? Your ego has become too involved in the outcome of situations and you are not allowing your partner and equal vote and participation. You may feel out of balance and during this time, you really are. So balancing yourself has much to do with pulling into your own world and figuring it out for yourself rather than waiting for someone to guide you or considering your partner to have all the answers. Decisions are going to be very important in the near future as many areas of your life go through transformation. You need to balance your receiving and giving with ‘wisdom,’ not always looking for the answer outside, but rather looking into your inner wisdom. Decisions, decisions, decisions! YOU need to make some.
Scorpio — Scorpios are feeling as if they are metamorphosing their limitations and personal growth, finding new answers to age old problems. This can be a confusing time if you are not going through some inner searching to find answers. Look at your past behaviors and feel the push and desire from those past longings and mistakes…take heed of what has caused you great concern and somewhat stopping you in your ‘tracks.’ You have the power to totally transform your life and you are in the middle of this paradox/duality right now, so honor your own experience and don’t look to others to have the same experience. You chose this life to do what you are called on to do right now! It is very difficult for a Scorpio to see and honor his/her own limitations, but the mirror is getting cleaned up so take a close look! If not, get ready for the body to take the hits of what you ignore!
Sagittarius — Sag has been overwhelmed with his/her own thinking processes and basically needs to ‘stop and smell the roses.’ Sag has the tendency to want to understand it all, but not experience it all. Now is the time when experience is more important than understanding which will be tests of your emotional strengths of purpose and intent. Your soul is calling to you to teach from your experience and not just from your intellectual knowledge. ‘Knowing’ is a form of ‘gnosis’ that is not intellectually bound and now is the time for you to trust instinct and intuition and ‘not’ depending always on intellectual, linear knowledge. There is a big difference and I am sure if you are confused right now, that the dilemma lies in your inability to see the difference. Your soul is calling to you through this instinct and intuition. Listen up!
Capricorn — Everything is ‘up in the air’ in the lives of the Capricorns. It is almost like the ‘mountain goat’ cannot find a stable rock to climb the mountain of ideas and proposals presented to him/her at this juncture in the life. Owning your own authority at this point may seem impossible as you have given your authority away at times to inappropriate decisions makers. They cannot and will not help you, in any way, climb that mountain. You are going to have to do it yourself, following your own guidance. Because this has caused such stress in your relationships and homelife, you might want to take a step back this month and honor the lessons you have learned in the last six months. You will move forward, but you have to rest and contemplate what is in front of you! You an always climb the bigger mountain later; it is the small hills that need tending!
Aquarius — Aquarius has their own unique essence, however this has been challenged recently by Mars retrograde and will be looking better for you the month of September. You are having to look at things you don’t want to see, such as your earlier conditioning in your childhood and issues that have destabilized you connected to that conditioning. The thing that Aquarians hate more than anything is to be challenged by ‘things from the past.’ The Aquarian moves forward and detaches with great haste, usually to their advantage. However, right now the past is brought up close and personal and you have to take notice and handle these issues in a way that will solve, not only your questions, but also those within the family DNA. You have this ability, so use it! This might be seen through either children, husband or others rather than you, but it is happening right now!
Pisces — You are undergoing great transformation that you are not aware of and these can bring on great transcendent moments. This is not a good time to try to deal with details as they will only overwhelm you and confuse you more than ever. September brings on more realistic time frames for dealing with reality. This is mostly noticed in your inability to grasp what is happening with money, health and organization of your daily activities. You will have to set up your discipline to set ‘aims’ in the morning and meditate so that you can receive guidance from your higher power, to lead the way and help you get a grip! Sometimes just having an animal/pet around helps to ground you in finding your path at this time. Don’t try to push to the razors edge when you need to contemplate what that edge might bring you.