There is so much variety this month that learning from last month’s work/life balance reminders couldn’t be more important. This is something that came to a head during last month’s Full Moon but also when the Sun and Mercury, in their final days in your home and family sector clashed with Pluto in your career sector. Yet while those work/life balance reminders and any tension that came with them were brief, this sets you up to enjoy all that August has to offer and especially when it comes to a balance between work and play. You can have it all but only with the right work/life balance. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart and as Mercury only kicked off the first planet here for the year on 20th July, this is something you are still adjusting to. This is something that while Mercury will leave on 4th August and the Sun on 23rd August, Venus’ return on 12th August will continue, keeping the playful side of life’s fence active all month. However, this is also a month when things are also coming alive across the income, work and career fronts. It began last month when Mars not only returned to your income sector but just as a Full Moon in your career sector was energising things professionally. Piggybacking off this will be Mercury’s early return to your work sector on 4th August, beginning the first planetary activity on the job front for the year. Mercury will slot right in and with Mars active on the income and Pluto on the career fronts, his intellectually savvy edge will be the perfect balance to keep the planets of war and revolution in check. Meanwhile, it is Mercury’s return to your relationship sector on 26th August that will begin the first planetary activity on the relationship front for the year.
While it may appear to have been a long time coming, the love gods have not only shown up, but August will always be one of the most romantically charged months of any year for you. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your romantic sector, this is when the solar spotlight will always fall onto matters of the heart and all things romantic. Things were a little late to start this year because Venus and Mercury, who will often return ahead of the Sun have both been held back by retrograde phases. Mercury only returned three days ahead of the Sun and until leaving on 4th August is on a mission to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. As it is Venus, the planet of love who will kick off the most romantically charged weeks of any year, the fact that she has yet to return as you move into the new month means the best is still to come. Venus will finally return on 12th August and with the Sun not leaving until 23rd August, she will work her magic while the solar spotlight is still on matters of the heart. It is after the Sun leaves that the Moon will join Venus from 25th August to 27th August, joining up with the planet of love to create some of the most romantically charged days of the month. Meanwhile, while the Sun won’t return to your relationship sector until later next month, as if to make up for lost time Mercury is racing through the heavens and will return on 26th August. Mercury will be here when the Moon returns on 29th August, where it will see out the month with the planet of communication. With Mercury turning retrograde here next month, this is the start of the most important months of the year on the relationship front.
This should be a fairly quiet time on both sides of the financial fence and while that is the case for money matters, not to the degree that is normally the case at this time of year. With Uranus in your income sector from 2019 to 2026 and the North Node here from January 2022 to July 2023, the income side of the financial fence was always going to remain active but in a low key way that is more about keeping the wheels turning. At the same time, while there is rarely any planetary activity in your financial sector at this time of year, having the South Node here is helping to give money matters a presence while working with the North Node to maintain a balance between money coming in and money going out. Had things remained the same, this would be a balanced but low key month on both sides of the financial fence but instead, Mars’ return to your income sector early last month changed everything and with perfect timing. This is Mars’ first visit in two years and already slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn later in the year, instead of spending six weeks here as he normally would, he will have been here for nearly seven weeks by the time he finally leaves on 20th July. That extra time might not sound significant but every day that you have the warrior planet of the cosmos helping you fight for what you deserve is an advantage. While Mars will be gone by the time the Sun returns to your work sector on 23rd August, Mercury’s early return on 4th August and growing support from Pluto in your career sector means Mars’ final weeks will be full of potential across the income, work and career fronts. Mars’ partnership with Pluto is especially important. Since Pluto’s return to your career sector in 2008 Mars’ return to your income sector every two years has brought the planets of war and revolution together. With Pluto leaving next year this is the last time they will come together here so will be working to make it count.