With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in Leo, whether you are a late July or an August born Leo this is your birthday month and the start of a new solar year. Until Mercury returned to Leo on 20th July there had been no planetary activity in your sign since the Sun left last August, with his return three days ahead of the Sun a chance to get your head in the game and around your options before your birthday month and new solar year began. For Mercury this is a flying visit, spending just 15 days in your sign before leaving on 4th August. Mercury will be gone by the time Venus returns on 12th August, but with your head already engaged by the time she returns to give your heart a voice. Meanwhile, Mercury’s early departure is set to have exciting implications across the income, work and career fronts and all because of the timing. While the Sun’s return to your income sector on 23rd August will always turn the solar spotlight onto your income situation and matters at this time of year, Mercury’s return on 4th August will begin the first planetary activity on the income front nearly three weeks earlier. What makes the timing auspicious is this will open the doors to new income potential while Mars is still in your career sector. Along with Pluto in your career sector, Mars is already firing things up professionally, with Mercury’s return more than just a chance to benefit from this financially. Mercury returns just as Mars and Pluto are drawing closer to a friendly aspect midmonth that is energising both. With the planets of war and revolution egging each other on, Mercury’s smart head for money is an important addition to the team, making it easier to work smarter and control some very excited and potentially impulsive forces in play professionally.
While nothing has changed on the romantic or relationship fronts in that Saturn is still in retrograde motion in your relationship sector and there is still no planetary activity in your romantic sector, your experiences on both fronts will be impacted by external developments this month. Mainly this is to do with the planetary activity in Leo but also Mercury, the planet of communication’s early return to your communication sector on 26th August. To start with, this is not impacting romantic matters and just your relationships, with the Sun and Mercury’s return to Leo late last month putting them in opposition with Saturn. The month begins with Mercury and Saturn at odds and for the first time this year, this is putting a balance between your personal and relationship needs to the test. While this might create some personal and/or relationship tension, as the planet of communication, Mercury will be using this as a chance to get the communication lines open. This is less that there are relationship challenges and more that the first planetary activity in Leo this year is finally waking you up to your own needs. While Mercury will leave Leo on 4th August, his return to your communication sector on 26th August means that he will end the month here. This time, Mercury will be at a more friendly aspect to Saturn but in both cases, this will make the early and the latter days of the month the most important for communication. Also putting a balance between your personal and relationship needs to the test will be a Full Moon in your relationship sector on 12th August. This is the same day that Venus returns to Leo, with the planet of love on hand to use this to better understand what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. In a month where it is more about communication and your relationships, romantically charged lunar vibes from 7th August to 9th August will give the spirit of romance a boost.
While it is business as usual on both sides of the financial fence as you move into the new month, that is about to change. For now, business as usual means that there is no planetary activity in your income sector and hasn’t been since the Sun left last September and Neptune is not only still in retrograde motion in your financial sector, but the asteroid Juno also turned retrograde there last month. While this wasn’t a significant event at the time this is set to have big implications on both sides of the financial fence. On the financial front, while Neptune has spent from June to November of each year in retrograde motion since his return in 2012, as the queen of commitment, Juno will give you the resolve to turn old financial dreams into reality that you haven’t experienced before. This also means that with both planets in your financial sector in retrograde motion, when it comes to money matters as a whole all the focus is on the past and that leaves a gap for new income potential and you won’t have to wait long. The Sun’s return to your income sector on 23rd August will always turn the solar spotlight onto your income situation, matters and options at this time each year but it is Mercury’s return on 4th August that will get things off to an early start. Normally here for just 15 days, the fact that Mercury is still here and won’t leave until 26th August, 22 days after returning, means this smart and intellectually savvy planet is slowing down. Mercury is slowing down ahead of a retrograde turn that will see him return for a double dip visit, something that will allow him to spend time with Venus, the planet of money when she returns next month. Mercury’s early return also means that he will be here throughout Mars’ final weeks in your career sector, giving you a smart head for money as things come together across the income, work and career fronts.