If August had a theme it would be a battle between work and play and it is one that will see both sides up the ante as the month progresses. On one side of the fence you have a month that rightfully feels put out by the fact that with lucky Jupiter in his last full month in your work sector there is a need to have your work hat on from the get go. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, it is no wonder playful forces are up in arms. However, they have plenty of support and not only from within their own ranks, with Mars' return to an adventurous part of your chart on the 3rd August adding fuel to a passion for adventure and a hunger for life's richer experiences that may have been waning. Together playful and adventurous forces are ready to take the professional gods on, actively confronting any moves to let life become all work and no play. What will inspire them further is that the Sun knows that by the end of the month he too will be in your career sector and Mars knows that by the end of next month he'll be in your career sector, both fighting with rather than against the professional gods. On the other side of this battle the professional gods are already well supported, with Jupiter spending a year getting to this point and finally having the support to begin the more tactical game of bringing things home, with support from the influences in play on the income and career fronts. The one saving grace, one that turns this from a battle to a joint effort to see balance as a priority, is that Mercury will spend the whole of August in your work sector, allowing you to work smarter.
The focus is always going to be on home and family matters at this time of year or at least to begin with, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your home and family sector, giving you a home field advantage. This is when the solar spotlight is on home and family matters and in the early days of the month in particular home will be where the heart is. With the Sun leaving on the 23rd August and no more planetary activity here after that until mid 2017, the biggest danger is not appreciating just how important it is to make home and family life and matters a priority. Apart from around the time of a Full Moon in your career sector on the 8th August there will be little, if any work/life balance tension, yet with your busiest, most potentially successful and expansive year for work growth starting early next month and running through to October 2017, it has never been more important to have the right work/life balance. With what is happening at home affecting your ability to remain on top of your game on the work front and what is happening at work affecting your home and family life, having things running smoothly on the home front is more important this year than it is in most. However, while Jupiter's return to your work sector next month will bring a need to have your work hat on and keep it on for the next 13 months, his last full month in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart is all about doing what you can to create a balance between work and play. In the meantime, with Mars leaving your relationship sector on the 3rd August your relationships need to be a priority in the early part of the month. With a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you, there is a need to take responsibility for ensuring the communication lines are open.
August is always going to be the most important month of any year for communication, with the communication gods coming out in numbers to do whatever they can to help you get the communication lines open, but it has rarely been as important as it is this year. With Saturn in your relationship sector from December 2014 to December 2017 and the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your communication sector, the bar had already been raised. With Saturn in retrograde motion in your relationship sector until the 13th August there will be a real effort to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice, with a New Moon in your communication sector on the 3rd August when the real push begins. With Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships leaving your communication sector on the 6th August, this was always going to be something she would jump on, but it is Mars' return to your relationship sector on the same day that raises the bar. That 10 day period, from Mars' return to your relationship sector on the 3rd August to Saturn's direct turn on the 13th August could create frustrations, with Saturn pulling back but Mars wanting to take your relationships forward. As these will be some of the most important and well supported communication days of the year, this creates the potential for a breakthrough. In the meantime, while the month will begin with the frenetic pace on the work front or from life's demands in general and last month's busyness will follow you through, that will drop off within the early days, revealing a month that is a lot more manageable. As the month progresses home and family matters will become a lot more important, as the gods work to make your life as love and user friendly as possible ahead of next month's major romantic and creative surge.
One look at what the gods have on this month's menu and it is clear from the get go that smart time management will be required. Looking down the menu you can see the money and professional gods have come together to create a smorgasbord of possibilities and potential across the income, work and career fronts, including new opportunities, comebacks and the potential for second chances and untapped potential across the work and career fronts. In fact, so much is developing across the income, work and career fronts this month that as far as your professional year goes, this is the month that everything until now has lead up to and everything from now will lead on from. Yet moving into the month with Mars in his final days in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart and with your relationships getting a major boost from the huge amount of support they're getting from the communication gods, this is also an important month for both matters of the heart and your relationships, with neither the love or relationship gods letting you get away with letting life become all work and no play. Having the communication lines open is a major priority this month, but so too is making your life as love and user friendly as possible. While it is unlikely for there to be too much work/life balance tension or issues this month, as home and family matters become a lot more important over the coming months, there is the potential for it to become a problem. Yet what you have now is the support, resources and time to already start working smarter.
Whether you are a July or an August born Leo this is your month and until the Sun leaves on the 23rd August your birthday month is playing out and until the very end you have a chance to return to your native energy and reclaim your power. You were born under a Leo Sun and for the month that the Sun will spend back here each year you have a chance to return to the energy you were born into, with a chance to get back to your own personal truth and work to ensure your new solar year begins with an authentic sense of direction and purpose. While a New Moon on the 3rd August is the point for drawing a line in the sand and committing to your new solar year, the future and the journey ahead and with Venus leaving on the 6th August this comes with a sense of urgency, your birthday month has almost three weeks to play out, with a need to keep exploring your options to the very end. If the conditions this month give you a snap shot on what to expect for the coming year, then you have something to get excited about. While lucky Jupiter will leave your income sector early next month, the money and professional gods will continue to work together to see income, work and career options unfold over the coming months. With communication becoming both important and well supported from next month and Venus' return to your communication sector on the 30th August will get the ball rolling, the communication gods won't get here in time to support you during a Full Moon in your relationship sector on the 18th August. There is something fateful about this Full Moon that might not seem significant at the time, but it has links to what is developing on the relationship front next year and could see the relationship god's work with the element of fate. A full 12 days before the planet of love and guardian of your relationships returns to give your relationships a voice, it will be up to you to ensure the communication lines are open.
You're in a unique situation in the first three weeks of the month where you could even feel like you're in limbo, caught between the past, present and future in a sort of twilight zone where you're in neither, yet vising all three from time to time. That will end when the Sun returns to Virgo on the 23rd August to begin your birthday month and new solar year, but it's the fact that major new doors are already opening that has you feeling like you should be ready to embrace the future, at a time when for the first three weeks of the month your old solar year is still running its course. In order to wind down your old solar year the Sun moves through a nostalgic part of your chart, taking you on a trip down memory lane and brings a chance to close old doors. There will be times when you'll be torn between looking back through the rear view mirror and wanting to already close the doors to the past and move on, something you'll be ready to do from the 23rd August, yet as far as heart and mind are concerned you'll reach that point in the early days of the month. Already there is a chance to start looking ahead and this year it is the money gods that are bringing a sense of anticipation ahead of lucky Jupiter's return to your income sector on the 9th September. Venus' return on the 30th August will kick things off, but it is a Full Moon in your work sector on the 18th August that could bring the element of fate into play. With no planetary activity in either of your two professional houses but your luckiest and most potentially lucrative income year in over a decade beginning early next month, the Full Moon in your work sector on the 18th August is likely to punch above its weight, giving the professional gods the only means to line things up that they have.
There is a social influence in play for the first three weeks of the month or until the Sun leaves your sector of friendship, teamwork and networking on the 23rd August and from the get go part of you will be holding something back. As important a month as this is for personal and professional friendship and relationship building, the call for time to hear yourself think will become strong as the month progresses, needing and wanting time to hear yourself think long before the month long wind down of your old solar year begins on the 23rd August. For this month you move into a major watershed, for while your new birthday month and new solar year will always begin on or around the 23rd September each year, on the 9th September so too will a massive new 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion. While it only takes a month to wind down a 12 month solar year, it takes just over a year to wind down a 12 year Jupiter cycle of expansion, something that began in August 2015 and is now in its final phase. As Jupiter spends his last full month in a nostalgic part of your chart he's preparing for a return to Libra early next month that will open some major new doors, throwing the doors to your future wide open. While Venus' return to Libra on the 30th August will begin that process, your greatest desires and needs this month aren't to open old doors, but pull back and close old doors, something you're ready to do long before the wind down of your old solar year begins. While life is unlikely to allow much time for navel gazing, the time you can beg, borrow or steal for yourself needs to be treated like gold.
The professional and money gods have come together to make August one of the best months of your professional year, over and above what is normally the case. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your career sector the spotlight is always going to be on your career situation, matters and options at this time of year, but with the professional gods holding the doors open to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the work front and the potential for both a breakthrough and a turnaround on the income front, this year comes with the boost you wouldn't normally expect. You'll have an intellectually savvy edge from the get go, with a clear sense of what you want to achieve going into a New Moon in your career sector on the 3rd August. This is the same day that Mars returns to your income sector, taking up a mission he had put on hold to take a sledgehammer to any glass ceilings. Yet as important as that makes it to have your professional, work and money hats on from the get go, as the month progresses you'll appreciate what an important month this is for both personal and professional friendship and relationship building, so much so that there could be some unexpected and serendipitous developments, with the right people crossing your path at the right time. While having the communication lines open is important it is well supported, with any real urgency falling on a need to keep the passions and fighting spirit you'll move into the month with alive.
While you may still feel under powered in the early days of the month, with the wind still out of your sails and lacking the motivation to seize the opportunities you sense opening up, especially professionally, that will change dramatically on the 3rd August. While a New Moon in an adventurous part of your chart won't help, especially as it is likely to evoke a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure, the real boost comes from Mars' return to Sagittarius on the same day. The warrior planet of the cosmos had returned to Mars in early March to fire up your passions and fighting spirit and to kick off a new Mars cycle, but in late May he retrograded back out, putting things on hold. It is Mars' return that will not only see your energy, passions and fighting spirit kick back in, but this will give the green light to the things that excite you. With lucky Jupiter spending his last full month in your career sector the professional gods will be eager to channel this into your professional game, where with support from the professional and money gods there is a chance for some real progress across the income, work and career fronts. Yet things become busier and progressively more professionally focused as the month progresses, working from the get go to ensure life doesn't become all work and no play. While there is likely to be a sense of urgency in the air, the reality is that the professional and money gods will remain on the job 24/7 through to mid October.
With the solar spotlight always on your financial situation and money matters at this time of year and with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your financial sector, there is a need to have your money hat on from the get go. While Mercury left your financial sector on the 31st July, having left just 24 hours before moving into the month this leaves you with the smart head for money needed to get on top of financial and money matters. With Venus leaving on the 6th August she'll still be here, fuelling your financial confidence, desires and expectations during a New Moon on the 3rd August, one that will give you a chance to draw a line in the sand, ready to seize new financial opportunities but more importantly a chance to take your power back. With the Sun's departure on the 23rd August bringing all the planetary activity in your financial sector for the year to a close and the money gods then shifting their focus onto income matters, the first three weeks of the month are all about taking care of any financial housekeeping. A Full Moon in your income sector on the 18th August might bring financial tensions to a head, but just weeks before major new professional developments this is when glass ceilings will get their first hit. In the meantime, a sense of wanderlust, curiosity and adventure is likely to grow more potent as the month progresses, but more importantly as you draw close to lucky Jupiter's return to your career sector next month. The closer you get to the start of your biggest professional year in over a decade, the greater the effort between playful and adventurous forces to find and maintain a balance between work and play.
While the focus is always going to be on your relationships at this time of year, even the relationship gods are almost rushing through this, giving you no more time than is needed for your annual relationship review. Mercury, planet of communication left your relationship sector on the 31st July, but fortunately there are other communication gods in play, with an accent on giving your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. With Uranus spending his first full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector, he will remain committed to giving your relationships a voice long after the Sun leaves your relationship sector on the 23rd August, bringing your annual relationship review to an end. Before then and with the help of Venus, planet of love and guardian of your relationships, the relationship gods will be working with you to get a clear sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. Long before the Sun wraps up all this year's relationship focus, the focus is shifting more and more to financial and money matters, long before your annual financial review begins on the 23rd August. With a smart head for money from the get go and lucky Jupiter spending his last full month in your financial sector, this is a month for taking back your power, choosing to become the master of your financial destiny. You'll also find a sense of professional urgency, especially in the early days of the week and especially when it comes to throwing yourself into the things that excite you, your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit.
That this would be a busy and work focused time of year is a given, for with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your work sector this is a given. Having your work hat on at this time of year, whether on the job or with all the unpaid work you do in your daily life, is non negotiable, whether you like it or not it's there. However, as far as years go you have the perfect storm in that this is a short update, so things won't be busy for an excessively long time, but while you are there is some stunning support from the money and professional gods that makes this a game changing month across the income, work and career fronts. In fact, there is a 14 day period from the 30th July to the 13th August that is likely to see income, work and career matters come together in such a way that these are the two weeks that everything until now has lead up to and everything from now will lead on from. If you can keep your head in the game, remain focused and invest what you can into working smarter and putting your time and energy into the things that excite you, your professional passions, fighting and competitive spirit, then you'll continue to benefit from this for the rest of the year. In the meantime, the focus is also shifting to your relationships, where the communication and relationship gods are coming together to make Jupiter's last full month in your relationship sector count. Don't be alarmed if personal and/or relationship tensions start to rise, for with Ceres spending her first full month back in your communication sector you've got the support to turn this into an opportunity for a breakthrough. While the money gods will open the doors to the past, second chances and untapped potential on the income front this month, with collaboration from the professional gods, by the end of the month there will be signs that financial and money matters as a whole are set to become a lot more important and best of all, better supported by the money gods.