Astrology by Demian Allan

Major Planetary Influences – July/August 2016

Summer is a time of celebration and from an astrological perspective family and social engagements take centre stage as the Sun transits through the zodiac signs of Cancer, Leo and Virgo. The New Moon on 4 July in Cancer is a timely reminder of connecting with others and listening to their needs. On the 19th the Full Moon in Capricorn signals a testing time since the moon’s energies do not bode well in the constellation of the goat. However August is a month when we could all feel that we are moving forward as Saturn which has been retrograde since March goes direct on the 13th. On the 23rd and 24th, Mars and Saturn make a conjunction in Sagittarius, a powerful indicator of rash political decisions being made regarding overseas issues. This could lead to a change in policies that could have a major impact on all of us and the way we communicate spiritually, especially in regard to environmental factors in the West.

ARIES

July
The month of July brings to mind one word and that is ‘directness’. There is a need for you to be true to your opinions with others during the next four weeks. Your planetary ruler Mars has been flitting here are there between the zodiac signs of Scorpio and Sagittarius which has made you indecisive and unsure of yourself. Now you have the chance to break that cycle and step into the unknown with renewed vigour.

August
There is a real sense of optimism about August for the rams; they are no longer in a position of compromise. On the 23rd and 24th Mars makes a conjunction with Saturn contributing to some rather harsh words been spoken; be careful not to let your emotions get the better of you. There is a distinct aspect of deep spirituality over the next four weeks, leading to new insights into how to change your perspective and go with the flow.

TAURUS

July
The main news this month is that Mars, which has been dancing in and out of your opposite sign since January is in its last waltz in Scorpio. This culminates in a general feeling of fewer struggles and more harmony, something every Taurus appreciates in life. On the 12th Venus enters the royal sign of Leo activating the home sector of your chart, and an excellent time to celebrate with family and friends and enjoy the finer things in life.

August
Mercury travelling in the earth sign of Virgo allows you to communicate your needs to others in a highly effective way. It also has quite an impact on your social life. Be aware around the 7th as Mercury opposes Neptune causing confusion around friendship and love – the boundaries are quite blurred at this time. On the 22nd and 23rd Mercury and Jupiter join together in your 5th solar house, an opportunity to really connect with another.

GEMINI

July
The Gemini is one sign that is feeling the main effects of Jupiter and Saturn in square aspect with each other in fellow mutable signs. The summer period for the twins is a time of self-examination and soul searching. Saturn in your opposite sign is going retrograde causing all sorts of self-doubt, but this is a chance to reconsider your past decisions and embrace new endeavours.

August
August is a much easier month than the previous; your ruler Mercury is travelling in Virgo and, although on the 7th it opposes Neptune which can cloud boundary issues in communication, the omens are good. This manifests in a renewed vigour and new self-belief as Saturn turns direct on the 13th in Sagittarius, the mantra for the month ‘to infinity and beyond’.

CANCER

July
You start off with a New Moon in your own sign on the 4th at 12 degrees, a powerful symbol of new beginnings and adventures. From the 1st – 13th Mercury, the great messenger of the Gods. travels in your own sign and opposes Pluto on the 7th, a combination that likes to penetrate the surface of other people’s motivations leading to a new insight in particular with relationships. The Full Moon on the 19th in your opposite sign Capricorn allows illumination in partnerships.

August
There is a different tempo to the month of August for the crabs. For a start, you are no longer under the influence of the Moon cycle. This allows you to be much more practical than you were in July concentrating on how you value yourself and your relationship with money in general. On the 18th the Full Moon travels in the depths of your solar 8th house – dealing with other people’s emotions and expectations will demand that you be understanding in your own needs instead of thinking of another.

LEO

July
It takes a brave person sometimes to allow others to make mistakes, even if you know that they are about to. These next four weeks are about you letting go of any control that you perceive that you have. Saturn and Uranus are travelling in fellow fire signs signalling intense demand for change. On the 12th Mercury moves into your own sign and trines Uranus on the 24th – a potent aspect of creative drives being explored.

August
You kick start August with a New Moon in your own sign at 10 degrees with Venus also joining in the party until the 6th. On the 3rd, Mars moves into another fire sign – Sagittarius, sparking into action your social life and creative self-expression. On the 18th there is a Full Moon in your opposite sign of Aquarius unleashing new aspects and developments in the partnership area of your chart. Sometimes Leos need to know when to give space to others close to them and to trust in that process.

VIRGO

July
Mercury, your ruler, dances between the signs of Cancer and Leo this month, connecting with the more spiritual elements of your inner life. There is no need to analyse too much because that is something that comes naturally to you. These next four weeks are about you understanding that your higher self needs some nurturing which could take the form of a spiritual discipline like Yoga or Meditation becoming stronger in your everyday life.

August
Mercury powers through your own sign till the 31st. This is the month to launch yourself forward with planning and new ideas; apart from the 7th when Mercury opposes Neptune, as fuzzy thinking could take place on that day. On the 6th Venus enters your own sign till the 29th. Venus brings a sense of harmony and beauty that becomes your new mantra during its transit. On the 28th a powerful conjunction between Mercury and Venus helps finalise plans.

LIBRA

July
The cardinal signs (including your own) dominate the astrological weather this month, meaning anything can happen over the next four weeks. The trick is not to let yourself get carried away with plans that have been submerged in nebulous chaos over the last fourteen months. The words for you are clarity and persistence which will bring you success. Venus, your ruler, is in Cancer until the 12th when it moves into Leo allowing a certain amount of charm to help you through career matters and changes that have been a dominating factor in your life since October of last year.

August
The main astrological event this month is your ruler Venus travelling in Virgo and opposing Neptune on the 14th and 15th – an aspect that can show up illusions in partnerships that cause you to be naïve when it comes to another. The best response is to realise that sometimes in life we can be too idealistic and realise that this can bring out an imbalance in relating. Remember, you don’t need to compromise all of the time in order to get along with those close to us.

SCORPIO

July
The planet Mars is in its last journey which began on January 4th through your own sign this month. What you have accomplished over these last seven months will stand you in good stead for the rest of the year. There is a strong emphasis on the water element this month which brings about a lot of empathy when dealing with others. The trick to releasing this emotional energy is how you relate to others and what you get back from them – don’t allow it to be one sided.

August
Mars moves into Sagittarius creating space in your life to look at the more practical aspects of your finances and how you make money. Pluto continues to go retrograde in Capricorn in the house of communication, and promises that you have made in the recent past might have to be revised in August. On the 18th the Full Moon in Aquarius focuses on the home sector of your chart – emotional needs can be met during the end of the month.

SAGITTARIUS

July
Jupiter strides forward in Virgo supporting new career opportunities that were first ignited in autumn last year. The planet Saturn is still going retrograde in your own sign (the art of patience should by now have been well and truly learnt) and combining with Jupiter could bring about some unexpected events. On the 19th the Full Moon travels in your 2nd solar house asking the question, are these new ideas in your career going to bring real rewards?

August
The answer to the above question could be answered in August as Mars re-enters your own sign on the 3rd and makes a conjunction on the 23rd with Saturn. That’s right; the archers are getting all practical and grounded in their approach to the near future. This is something that the other eleven signs of the zodiac might feel a bit uncomfortable with, but these next six weeks could set you up for the next twelve years.

CAPRICORN

July
The powerful cycle of the Moon is the main astrological theme for you Capricorn’s this month between the axis of self and partnerships. Your ruler Saturn is retrograde in the sign of the archer causing minor delays and strange dreams. For many Capricorns it will feel like the soul is changing or at least your relationship with your inner core. What is actually happening is that you are going through an extremely transformational period that currently does not have an end result. It is transitory and therefore hidden, let go of preconceptions.

August
After the dramatic energy of July the more subdued planetary movements allow you to enjoy the summer season in all its glory. Mercury transits in another earth sign like you (Virgo), bringing with it a real sense of saying the right thing at the right time. This new found freedom can lift others as well as yourself to new heights in their personal life. On the 15th Venus and Pluto aspect each other, bringing forth the possibility of a new attraction in your life.

AQUARIUS

July
Aquarius has the movement of Venus in their opposite sign of Leo from the 12th helping you to see another who is close to you and their point of view. This is a great period to step into the warmth of those close to you. Aquarians can be a little detached and objective, they have a need to see things from the outside looking in. However, there are times when we all need a little support and Venus is trying to teach just that lesson.

August
This is a month when the transit of the Moon becomes important in terms of your astrological development. On the 2nd we have a New Moon in your opposite sign of Leo and on the 18th a Full Moon in the same sign. The two weeks in-between the moons cycle will encourage you to look at how you relate with others in an intimate way, and if you are getting enough emotional security from those close to you. Step into the unknown, you might just enjoy it.

PISCES

July
There is a watery theme in July as the Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Neptune are all transiting in water signs. The Piscean can get carried away by the emotions of themselves and others especially around the 7th when Venus squares Uranus and causes you to be a bit too adventurous. Check the details in any projects or work incentives you are launching on that day. The Full Moon on the 19th lightens up the social aspects of your life – time to embark on something new that connects with others.

August
Your opposite sign Virgo dominates the astrological skies this month placing a strong emphasis on the relationship area of your life. This is a period that can be inspiring and rather grounding in terms of learning simple lessons from another. On the 14th Venus opposes Neptune in your own sign, a delightfully playful combination as long as you maintain a sense of being in the present moment rather than being obsessed with the past or indeed what others have done to you in relationships in your history.

Demian Allan is an astrologer working in London. He does face to face readings every Friday at Watkins Books. To book a reading email service@watkinsbooks.com

 

You may also like...