Astrological Report for August 2021

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Astrology is a tool of time and space.  As the Solar System runs through its cycles, astrologers follow the patterns the same way a meteorologist follows the weather.  Each month different points in the sky form important relationships, which we call aspects, that indicate emerging, changing, and enduring patterns.

This monthly blog will look at the month ahead and discuss the most prominent and powerful aspects and how they impact life on earth.  These impacts will be connected to both personal and current events to show how the astrological weather report can help you “weather” your life and navigate each month successfully.

What is Ongoing?  Transits, Ingresses, and Retrogrades

Transits

Transits occur when two Points form a certain type of angular relationship with one another.  The most powerful among the transits are the conjunction, square, and opposition.  Points that conjunct merge together by sharing the same sign and degree.  Points that square align by the degree in signs that are 90 degrees (or four signs) apart. Take the sequence Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn – Libra and Capricorn are four signs apart and square one another.  Points oppose one another when they are 180 degrees apart.

Conjunct Points merge energy.  Points squaring challenge one another.  And Points opposing one another try to harmonize and attain balance.

Ingress

Ingress occurs when a Point changes signs, causing the Point to change its tone. If a Point is in Aries, the tone is active, aggressive, and ready for action.  But when the Point ingresses into Taurus, the tone becomes slow, steady, and settling.

Retrograde

The term retrograde describes forward motion that “appears” as backward motion.  Since astrology views the Solar System from an earth-centric rather than a sun-centric point of reference, there are times of the year when Points in the sky “look” like they are going backward.  The effect is known as retrograde motion, which occurs when a faster-moving body passes a slower-moving body and the observer is on the faster-moving body watching the slower-moving body “go backward” as they pass each other.

Ingresses

The Sun

The Sun will leave Leo and enter Virgo on August 22nd. In Virgo, the Sun shines a light on health, service, day-to-day life, skills, and work. The keynote becomes, “the power of individuality manifests through the attention to the details of daily life”. The tone shifts from Leo, and concerns about your ability to perform and be recognized to Virgo, and concerns about your health and mundane aspects of your life.

Mercury

Mercury will ingress from Leo into Virgo on August 11th, changing the tone of thinking and communicating from performance and entertaining to problem-solving and concerns about what is necessary to survive and thrive.  In Virgo, the keynote becomes, “knowledge and understanding focus on details, habits, and patterns for care and maintenance”. On August 30th, Mercury will ingress from Virgo into Libra, changing the tone from problem-solving and concerns about what is necessary to survive and thrive to relationships, legal matters, and how to find balance in life.

Venus

Venus will ingress from Leo to Virgo on August 16th, changing the tone of relating to others from service and care of the body to the function of relationships, legal matters, and how to find balance in life.  In Libra, the keynote becomes “relationships need evaluation; worthy ones should be celebrated and worthless ones should be discarded”.  Give and take should be balanced!

Mars

Mars will remain in Libra for the entire month of August, keeping the tone on martialing energy to take care of the necessities of life.  In Virgo, the keynote is “passion needs to pay attention to the necessary rules and instructions needed for success”.

Retrogrades

Pluto

Pluto remains retrograde in Capricorn, which started on April 27th and will continue throughout this month. Achieving goals will slow down and take more effort. Patience and persistence regarding changes will be important skills during this entire retrograde.

Saturn

Saturn remains retrograde in Aquarius, which started on May 23rd. This will likely bring some stabilizing energy to the social chaos generated by the pandemic. While it does not signal an end to the pandemic, the new normal is likely to take more and more shape over the course of this retrograde, which will last several months. Saturn prefers patterns, and when it is retrograde, it really wants to get patterns “nailed down”.

Jupiter

Jupiter remains retrograde in Aquarius. While retrograde, it will be a good time to question your beliefs and review your understanding of your purpose. At a global level, people will face some kind of crisis of faith or deepening of faith, depending on how their lives are going during this retrograde phase.

Neptune

Neptune remains retrograde in Pisces, which started on June 25th. The retrograde phase will cause all of us to look inward regarding our purpose, our spirituality, and our dreams. Confusion will increase, especially as the vaccinate/not vaccinate positions begin to flow into the reopening economies and up against COVID variants.  It will be harder to “know what to believe”, which will be amplified by Jupiter also being retrograde during this time.

Chiron

Chiron remains retrograde in Aries, which started on July 15th.  In the first quarter of the year, all outer points were direct.  In the third quarter of the year, they will all be retrograde. It is very likely that we will experience a 4th wave or many difficulties trying to get economies back online, leading to wounds caused by Aries behavior … maverick, selfish, and independent choices.

Uranus

Uranus will go retrograde in Taurus on August 19th, joining Jupiter, Chiron, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto. At this time all outer points will be retrograde. Shocks to the system will not be obvious but will continue to unfold while Uranus is in Taurus until 2026. Attempts to make “leaps forward” will slow or be hindered, and there will be many attempts to “go back to the way things were”, with limited or mixed success.

Week to Week Transits

August 1 to August 7

Saturn in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus (1st to 31st)

This square carries over from last month. Saturn in Aquarius, which wants “structures to support the common good”, will conflict with Uranus in Taurus, which wants “breakthroughs in traditions”. Once again energy is striving to make progress and bring about change, but it is attempting to do so in signs that resist change or act with caution. On the plus side, anything that does get established under these energies will be able to persist for years, even decades, to come.

Venus in Virgo trines (mutually supports) Uranus in Taurus (1st to 3rd)

This trine starts the month out on a positive note. Venus in Virgo, which wants “good health through proper diet and exercise”, will support Uranus in Taurus, which wants “breakthroughs in traditions”. A positive energy regarding health care will flow during this time, making it a good period to improve your diet or start a new exercise routine.

Venus in Virgo opposes (seeks balance with) retrograde Neptune in Pisces (7th to 11th)

This opposition will try to help us find balance in our relationships, especially where beliefs diverge. Venus in Virgo, which wants “good health through proper diet and exercise”, will seek balance with retrograde Neptune in Pisces, which wants “surrender to divine inspiration and wisdom”. What we believe will have a profound effect on our health, for good or ill, showing up in distinct ways according to whether our bodies remain healthy or we take on illness.

August 8 to August 14

Saturn in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus continues

Venus in Virgo trines (mutually supports) retrograde Pluto in Capricorn (9th to 13th)

This trine also provides some more positive energy to the beginning of the month. Venus in Virgo, which wants “good health through proper diet and exercise”, will support retrograde Pluto in Capricorn, which wants “to transform and regenerate corrupt institutions”. A positive energy regarding health care will work to see changes in the health care industry towards more honest and positive outcomes for people in good and ill health. The changes will not be readily apparent thanks to the retrograde, but they will start taking shape.

August 15 to August 21

Saturn in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus continues

Mars in Virgo trines (mutually supports) direct/stationary/retrograde Uranus in Taurus (17th to 24th)

This trine adds more flowing energy to the month. Mars in Virgo, which wants to “use its drive to resolve problems and improve practical matters”, will support Uranus in Taurus, which wants “breakthroughs in traditions”. There is a chance that some of the “gridlock” in our lives will finally release, even if moving forward is slow (thanks to Uranus going retrograde during this transit).

Venus in Libra trines (mutually supports) retrograde Saturn in Aquarius (20th to 24th)

This trine will coincide with the Mars/Uranus trine, giving even more positive energy to the days between the 20th and 24th. Venus in Libra, which wants “harmony in relationships”, will mutually support Saturn in Aquarius, which wants “idealized solutions for the improvement of society”. This time could start a new dialogue among various groups who recognize that the future needs to be something very different than the recent past regarding how society and civilization construct themselves.

August 22 to August 31

Saturn in Aquarius squares (conflicts with) Uranus in Taurus continues

Venus in Libra opposes (seeks balance with) retrograde Chiron in Aries (23rd to 27th)

This opposition will attempt to provide some healing energy to polarized relationships. Venus in Libra, which wants “harmony in relationships”, will seek balance with Chiron in Aries, which wants to “heal the wounds of selfishness and fears regarding survival”. There is a chance the energy can help everyone begin to see, “we are all in this together”. With Chiron retrograde, it will be a subtle shift that may take some time to become apparent.

Mars in Virgo opposes (seeks balance with) retrograde Neptune in Pisces (29th to September 4th)

This opposition will attempt to provide some practical solutions to disparities in beliefs. Mars in Virgo, which wants to “use its drive to resolve problems and improve practical matters”, will seek balance with Neptune in Pisces, which wants “surrender to divine inspiration and wisdom”. How do we really find a way to “get along” and recognize our total and comprehensive spiritual roles together in the drama of life?

In many ways, this month will offer a shift towards positivity, even if it is not readily apparent, thanks to all the outer points being retrograde by the end of the month. Aside from the ongoing Saturn and Uranus square, the energy is very supportive, through the many trines, giving humanity, and each of us, some “breathing room”. Hopefully, we can use this time to make positive and beneficial strides, both personally and as a species.

Philip Young, PhD

I am a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. I earned my PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 and had a career in academics until 2007, when I retired to become a stay-at-home father. In 2013 I “hung out my shingle” starting my business Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC. I provide spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing). With a home office, Zoom, WeChat, and WhatsApp, I work with local clients in person and distance clients from around the world. You can read about my practice and contact me through my website: https://www.blackunykorn.com. Philip Young, PhD Website