What you see on the box when you move into the new month is not what you will ultimately get, making this the most deceptive month of the year but also ultimately the most exciting. To begin with, it is business as usual and if anything, a little low key or even flat. While your birthday month ended in June, it wasn’t until Venus left on 18th July that your heart finally had its say in what you want from this new solar year. With Venus gone and this new solar year underway, it has become more about the journey, with every reason to assume that your intentions and resolutions are now baked in. Venus has moved on and until leaving your income sector on 12th August will be working to make her final days as lucrative as possible while working with forces on the job and career fronts to leave them with a lucrative sense of direction. It is then that Venus will follow the Sun into your communication sector and this is when she will stay even after the solar spotlight shifts onto home, family and/or property matters on 23rd August. Mercury’s return on 4th August will shift the focus onto home and family matters earlier but this is still fairly ordinary for this time of year. Adding to a sense this is an ordinary if not flat month is the fact that you have come to the final leg of your current Mars cycle, with the warrior planet of the cosmos in a nostalgic and reflective part of your chart until 20th August. However, this is when everything will change, with Mars not only returning to Gemini to begin a new Mars cycle but to begin his longest visit in eight decades. Normally here for just six weeks, you will have the warrior planet of the cosmos fuelling your warrior and competitive spirit for the next seven months. During that time Mars will work closely with Saturn in an adventurous part of your chart but also with the planets in a fun, playful, romantic and creatively charged part of your chart, starting with Mercury’s return on 26th August. Life is set to become a lot more exciting.
With no planetary activity in your romantic sector since the Sun left last September and no planetary activity on the relationship front since Mars left in January, it has been the Moon that has kept you connected on both fronts. It was also Venus, the planet of love’s late return to Gemini this year that means she only left last month, with her romantic and relationship desires and expectations for the coming year still fresh. The Moon will make the first of two visits that it will make to your romantic sector this month from 2nd August to 4th August and while there is nothing different about these romantically charged lunar vibes there will be a hint of change in the air. It is when the Moon comes full circle on 29th August, where it will see out the month that everything will have changed. While the Sun won’t return to your romantic sector until later next month, which is when the solar spotlight will always shift onto matters of the heart each year, Mercury’s return on 26th August will have already kicked things off. Mercury returns so far ahead of the Sun that he will be forced to wait, with a retrograde turn next month making this an especially long visit, with plenty of time to give your heart a voice and to put heart and mind on the same page. With Venus, the planet of love not returning until the end of next month, this is just the start of something special. Meanwhile, while it will be several months before there is any planetary activity on the relationship front, it is the amount of planetary activity on the communication front that will make up for that. This is something that the Moon will take advantage of as it moves through your relationship sector from 7th August to 9th August. Your relationships will get a further boost when Venus, the planet of love returns to your communication sector on 12th August to begin a mission to give your heart and your relationships a voice.
While the Sun left your income sector on 23rd July, it is not unusual to still have either Venus or Mercury here as you move into August. However, by this time last year both had been and gone and there has been no planetary activity on the income side of the financial fence since the dwarf planet Ceres returned in June. This was Ceres’ first deep dive into your income needs and priorities in four years and as she had been here for over a month before the Sun and Mercury returned, this gave you a mandate and priorities from the start. Held back by a retrograde phase, Venus was late returning to your income sector this year and while the Sun, Mercury and Ceres have already been and gone, the planet of money is still here as you move into the new month. Knowing that her departure on 12th August will end all planetary activity in your income sector until Mars returns in March 2023, Venus will be working to make her final weeks as lucrative as possible but also to plant seeds for ongoing potential. That means Venus will be working with both planets in your career sector and with the South Node in your work sector. When the Moon returns to your income sector from 22nd August to 25th August, 10 days after Venus leaves it will connect with those same forces on the job and career fronts, keeping a lucrative sense of direction alive. It is a different story on the other side of the financial fence, with Pluto keeping the focus on money matters year after year since his return in 2008. Though in retrograde motion since the end of April, spurred on by a friendly partnership with Mars in an intuitive and imaginative part of your chart, the planets of war and revolution are working together to fuel your financial confidence, instincts and imagination and even a sense of rebellion. This is Pluto’s last full year in your financial sector, with Mars’ warrior spirit egging the planet of change and revolution on.