Mercury retrograde

Mercury retrograde begins August 2. As usual with Mercury retrograde, caution lights are flashing around communications, machines, electricity, connectivity, transportation, detailed plans and schedules. In Virgo, trouble happens when folks are so focused on their little corner of the world, the details under their control, that they don’t understand the larger reasons for what they are doing. Mercury retrograde is a fantastic time to review, revise, rework, revisit, rewrite. As Mercury goes backward, so does our attention. Focus on strengthening your knowledge and working on your plan for a push forward in the future, when Mercury is direct.

Neptune re-enters Aquarius

Neptune moves from the early degrees of Pisces back into Aquarius, beginning a period of several months when we are drawn back into unfinished business or an unconscious pattern that needs to be resolved before we move into a new phase of our spiritual and creative evolution. Pay attention to what comes up in dreams, meditative or creative states of mind.

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August 8-10, a touchy Mars in Cancer squares Uranus and opposes Pluto. This combo is headstrong and volatile. Emotional outbursts, hypersensitivity, outspokenness. Some folks will express outright resentment of authority, in a negative Mars in Cancer fashion— moody, withdrawn, passive, undermining. With this combo in the sky, you need to be careful which fuses you light. For example, this would not be the best time to fire that angry postal worker.

A stressed out Mars inclines toward flare-ups of existing health conditions, especially headaches and inflammatory conditions. If you are prone to any of these, take especially good care of yourself, get plenty of exercise— but not too much, and not too hard. This is a potential accident or injury setup, so we all need to be a little extra careful. Not freaked out and fearful, but aware and respectful of the energy.

August 10-18, Mars opposes Pluto and sextiles Jupiter, redirecting the Mars energy to a more positive and useful path. Folks are less defensive, more optimistic, and more willing to cooperate. Solutions appear. Talk it out.

August 23-24, Mars squares Saturn. Slow down and be patient and sensitive to your own fears and anxieties, as well as others’. Step away from hurt feelings, and let the moment pass.

Mark your calendar!

The best days to make your mark are August 1, 2, 4, 7, 15-18, 20, 25, 28, 29.
Take it easy August 8-10, 22-24.

Molly Cliborne