Life in general opens up in August, with June and July the toughest months 2019. In addition, with the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August in your romantic sector, no matter what life has thrown at you over recent months, subconsciously there would have been a spark of anticipation. There is always a danger that August might disappoint your expectations but I am pleased to say that this month exceeds expectations to a ridiculous degree. This is not just a turnaround or a return to normal, but a fundamental shift that changes everything and it is apparent from the get go. For you not only begin the month with the Sun in your romantic sector but with Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion here as well.
If that isn't enough, you not only start the month with the Moon in your romantic sector and romantically charged lunar vibes in play from the get go but with a New Moon playing out. This is a New Moon that perfectly straddles the final hours of July and the early hours of August, with the love gods making it clear that as you move into the new month that they are very much in charge. When you add in the fact that tensions in general are easing back, even without the romantic avalanche building, this would be a real turnaround. By the time Mercury returns to your romantic sector on 12th August, returning for a double dip visit after retrograding back out last month, the stars will literally be aligned.
From Mercury's return on 12th August to Mars' departure on 18th August the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars, otherwise known collectively as the 'personal planets' will all be in the same sign at the same time. The last time that happened was in October 2017. To have that happen anywhere is an advantage but even more so when it is happening your romantic sector. Yet this comes with a degree of urgency, for with Mars leaving on 18th August, Venus on 21st August, the Sun on 23rd August and Mercury on 29th August, by the end of the month there will be no more planets here. This is exciting but also urgent, with no time for rain checks.
To start with there is nothing to suggest the romantic time bomb waiting to explode this month. Explode with opportunity that is. You might get your first inkling when the Moon moves through your romantic sector from 3rd August to 5th August. With no planetary activity in your romantic sector since 2018, these monthly visits have been your only chance to connect to anything romantic, apart from Venus, the planet of love's return to Taurus earlier in the year. These romantically charged lunar vibes are a chance to tap into the spirit of romance, but also to connect with the love gods and pick up on any messages they might have for you.
This is what makes this visit different, for the love gods will have a lot to say and a lot of important messages, the most important being that there is a romantic tsunami on the way. For it is just 13 days after the Moon leaves that Mars becomes the first planet to reach your romantic sector this year, with the planet of passion able to give things a passionate start from the get go. This will be followed just days later by Venus, the planet of love's return to your romantic sector on 21st August, followed by the Sun's return on 23rd August, Juno's return on 24th August, Mercury's return on 29th August and a New Moon on 30th August. See what I mean by a romantic tsunami?
You will end the month with more planets in your romantic sector than you have had at any one time in years and also more planets than any other area of your chart. With Mars spending the rest of August, the whole of September and into the early days of October here, what begins in the second half of this month will spill over into next month and beyond. This means that the second half of August will give birth to the most romantically charged weeks of 2019 and from the Moon's return on 3rd August preparation begins.
Life in general becomes a lot easier this month with a collective sigh as we leave the two most challenging months of 2019 behind. A period of general angst and pressure between the planets, not to mention the intensity from a pair of eclipses, has made for a tense few months. Yet from the get go August has a very different energy, like walking out of a noisy and chaotic room and into a bright, sunny and tranquil garden. While every aspect of your life will benefit from this, it is your relationships that will benefit the most. While you have had lucky Jupiter in your relationship sector since last November, in retrograde motion since April he wisely went into the hibernation during the most challenging months of 2019.
Now it is not only safe for your relationships to move out from where they have been sheltering, there is a chance to make up for lost time. Ceres, the dwarf planet spending the majority of the year with Jupiter here in your relationship sector, also turned retrograde in April but turned direct last month. With Jupiter still in retrograde motion, this has allowed you to look to the future before you have been ready to move on. That changes with Jupiter's direct turn on 12th August, when the planet of luck and expansion begins what is the final run through your relationship sector before leaving in early December.
It is the conditions at the time when Jupiter turns direct that makes this more significant than it would otherwise be. Yes, this is the point where things start to move forward, you are able to put the past behind you and Jupiter is able to invest all that he can into your relationships, had this happens a month earlier this would be a very different story. Jupiter turns retrograde while you not only have the Sun, Mars, Venus and Juno, goddess of relationships in your communication sector but at a friendly aspect. That communication support is only there until the end of the month, but it is there when you need it.
The most important thing to say about this month is that this isn't June or July and that is everything. June and July have been the most challenging months of 2019, with last month's solar eclipse in Cancer and lunar eclipse in your relationship sector the epicentre of a period of tension between the two. While you start the month with Mercury still in Cancer, as the planet of communication and having retrograded back in for a double dip visit, his focus is more on damage control and on working to ensure the communication lines are open. Mercury will turn direct in the early hours of the month, without retrograding back far enough to oppose either planet in your relationship sector.
This makes all the difference, for Mercury was able to return after two months of planetary oppositions, without creating any more problems but able to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. By the time Mercury leaves Cancer on 12th August there will be no more planets there and therefore nothing to put pressure on the planets in your relationship sector. As Saturn and Pluto are spending their last full month in retrograde motion in your relationship sector, this is a valuable chance to regroup and reflect. Especially when it comes to appreciating what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
During the first half of the month, on the relationship front you might feel a bit shell shocked, with even the relationship gods wanting you to almost do nothing and focus more on simply reflecting and understanding the developments over the last two months. However, from 18th August something wondrous starts to happen. It begins with Mars' return to your communication sector and continues with Venus, the planet of love's return on 21st August, the Sun's return on 23rd August, Juno the goddess of relationships' return on 24th August and Mercury, the planet of communication's return on 29th August. The same planets that put pressure on your relationships over the last two months return to support the rebuilding and it is all about communication.
August is always an exciting month for you and even more so this year, with the planetary activity in Leo this month leading us all out the darkest months of 2019. The Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August in Leo and whether you are a late July or an August born Leo, this is your month and as the Sun is your ruling planet, this is when you start to regain your power and your confidence. This year this is an added bonus and it has exciting romantic implications. And it is all because of what the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars found when they returned to Leo. What each planet returning discovered is that for the first time in 12 years, you have lucky Jupiter in your romantic sector.
Jupiter has been here since last November, so what makes the planets' return to Leo significant? It partly comes down to timing but mainly comes down to that this is what Jupiter has been waiting for. In retrograde motion since April, Jupiter has been in hibernation, staying clear of some challenging conditions over the last two months. As each planet returns to Leo and especially during the first three weeks of August each planet will move into a friendly aspect to both Jupiter and Ceres, who turned direct in your romantic sector last month. When Jupiter turns direct on 12th August it will be with the support of the Sun, Venus and Mars, the planets of love and passion in Leo.
With Jupiter leaving in early December, his direct turn was always going to mark the beginning of the final chapter, the point where the planet of luck and expansion was able to begin bringing everything together and revealing just what your luckiest year for love in over a decade can accomplish. For Jupiter to turn direct during the friendliest days of the year seems more than a coincidence and it could be that he has been waiting for the right conditions. I can't imagine better conditions than having the Sun, Mars and Venus at a friendly aspect. A Full Moon in your relationship sector on 16th August might push some buttons on the relationship front but with Mercury, the planet of communication returning to Leo on 12th August, he will be on hand to give your emotional responses and relationships a voice.
As much as a romantically charged lunar eclipse last month was an important event for matters of the heart and all things romantic, it came at a time when there was a lot of pressure and even challenges. Fortunately, unlike an ordinary Full Moon, what is triggered on an eclipsing Full Moon has an extraordinarily long shelf life and only fully reveals itself weeks or even months later. With a solar eclipse here over Christmas and lucky Jupiter in his early weeks in your romantic sector by then, it could be that this lunar eclipse had implications you're not aware of and won't be until later in the year.
As Saturn and Pluto spend their last full month in retrograde motion in your romantic sector they may be feeling a bit battered and bruised. For during the period from mid June to the latter part of July, one by one the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Mars all moved into opposition. This wasn't as challenging as it has been for some of your cosmic mates, but there is a chance that your romantic confidence took a hit, in which case the first half of August is a chance to lick your wounds and reflect. If you knew how short this period actually was you wouldn't be so afraid to wallow a little, with something wondrous set to happen. However, with Venus in a nostalgic part of your chart until 21st August, this is also a chance to take a nostalgic trip down love's memory lane.
The turnaround begins with Mars' return to Virgo on 18th August, followed by Venus, the planet of love's return on 21st August, the Sun's return on 23rd August and Mercury's return on 29th August. Apart from getting your birthday month and new solar year off to an empowered start, this has huge romantic implications. For these are the same planets that moved into opposition with both Saturn and Pluto in your romantic sector over the course of June and July. With Saturn turning direct in your romantic sector next month and Pluto in early October, as each planet returns to Virgo they will eventually move into a friendly aspect to both, kicking off a powerful rebuilding.
While this isn't a big month for either romantic or relationship matters in that these are not dominant themes this month, what is happening on each front is exciting. Both Eris and Chiron turned retrograde in your relationship sector last month and with Chiron, the planet of healing in retrograde motion until December and Eris until January, the rest of this year will be spent with all or most of your relationship focus on the past. For Chiron, this is the planet of healing's first full retrograde phase here in four decades, so is a valuable chance for healing. What makes the difference in their first full month in retrograde motion is the support.
There has been support from Jupiter in your communication sector all year and in retrograde motion since April and not turning direct until 12th August, this has been especially important in the later weeks of July. This meant that as the doors opened to the past on the relationship front and in a way that offers an opportunity for healing that hasn't been available in the past, there was support to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice. Even after Jupiter turns direct that support is still there and will remain there until he leaves in December. Yet this isn't the only support.
You begin the month with the Sun, Mars and Venus in your friendship sector and at a friendly aspect to the planets in your communication and relationship sectors. You even have Mercury, the planet of communication returning on 12th August, just hours after Jupiter's direct turn in your communication sector. This makes this a stunning month across the communication, friendship and relationship building fronts. Yet the cherry on this month's cake is a special gift from the love gods, in the form of a romantically charged Full Moon on 16th August. The Moon is in your romantic sector from 14th August to 16th August, with the Full Moon falling in its final hours.
For the most part, both romantic and relationship matters are laying low. Neptune has been in retrograde motion in your romantic sector since June and won't turn direct until November, while Uranus is turning retrograde in your relationship sector on 12th August and won't turn direct again until January 2020. When you have the planets that are literally in an area of your chart for years, which is the case here, they will spend half of the year pushing their agenda forward and the other half of the year in review mode. The faster moving planets will always move through while these slower planets are in direct motion, which for both romantic and relationship matters is during the first half of each year.
Neptune has been in your romantic sector since 2012, but this is his first full retrograde phase on his own without Chiron, the planet of healing here. Chiron had left by the time Neptune turned retrograde here last year but retrograded back in to spend part of that retrograde phase here. This time Chiron is gone and won't be back for another four decades, giving dreamy Neptune a chance to define the parameters for this nostalgic trip down love's memory lane. Neptune got a boost from the planets moving through an adventurous part of your chart during June and July, creating a mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia that this dreamy planet will hold onto.
Uranus, on the other hand, has only fully been in your relationship sector since March. Uranus did return last May but retrograded back out a few months later, having spent just enough time to get a feel for the relationship conditions. Having returned in March Uranus is now in your relationship sector until 2026, which is how long Neptune is in your romantic sector. Uranus' retrograde turn on 12th August will begin his first full trip back into the past in eight decades but it comes with a lot of support. With Saturn in his last full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector and Pluto in retrograde motion there until October, that support comes with a chance to give your relationships, the past and unsaid words a voice.
When Venus left your relationship sector early last month, this brought her own 25 day visit to an end but this also brought four months of planetary activity to a close. In that time you not only had the Sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus move through but Juno, goddess of relationships made her first visit in four years. This has given your relationships all the attention they need and as this put the planets there in opposition with Jupiter and Ceres in Sagittarius, this put an end to any recurring bouts of relationship tension. Yet in the process, this has left you with a more authentic sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you.
This month the focus is firmly on the romantic side of the fence, where there is a special mix of nostalgia, romance, passion and adventure. There is always a sense of romance, adventure and nostalgia in the air at this time of year with Eris, in your romantic sector since 1926 and always spending the second half of each year in retrograde motion. With the Sun always spending the first three weeks of August and in an adventurous part of your chart and at a friendly aspect to planets in your romantic sector, this creates the mix of romance, adventure and nostalgia. This year, with Mars in an adventurous part of your chart until 18th August, there is passion in the mix as well.
It is while Venus, the planet of love is in an adventurous part of your chart, which she is until 21st August that this will be especially potent. This year there is a different feel to the romantic nostalgia in the air, with Uranus gone from your romantic sector and Chiron, the planet of healing here in his place. Both Eris and Chiron only turned direct last month but the timing couldn't be better. In a month when it is more about romance, adventure and nostalgia, a Full Moon in your communication sector on 16th August is a chance to ensure the communication lines are open on the relationship front.
It is with a sigh of relief that you move into August and while we are collectively catching our breath, for you this is especially important. June and July have been the toughest months of 2019, due to multiple oppositions between any planet moving through your relationship sector and both Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. When you threw in last month's total solar eclipse in your relationship sector and a lunar eclipse in Capricorn two weeks later and the fact there was a lot of planetary activity and you had the recipe for a lot of personal and/or relationship tension.
The Sun, Mercury and Venus will always move through your relationship sector in June and July and this is the bare minimum of planetary activity and therefore the bare minimum of push back you could expect. This year you also have Mars, making his first visit to your relationship sector in two years and the asteroid Juno, queen of commitment and especially commitment to your relationships making her first visit in four years. Every available planet that could move through and into opposition with both planets in Capricorn this year not only did but in the space of just a five week period, right when the eclipses were falling.
As you move into August the only planet left in your relationship sector is Mercury and while he retrograded back in for a double dip visit, he won't retreat far enough to cause a problem. Instead, as the planet of communication, he is in damage control. Mercury will turn direct in the early hours of the month but won't leave until 12th August, with a chance to ensure the communication lines are open. Things are already settling back but the benefit from the last two months will only slowly reveal themselves. What you're left with is a better sense of what you want from your relationships and what they need from you. This month there is a lot more focus on matters of the heart and all things romantic.
The focus will always be on your relationships at this time of year, due to the fact that the Sun will always spend the first three weeks of August in your relationship sector. This year three things set this apart from other years and all of them for the better. The first is not just the sheer amount of planets you have moving through your relationship sector, but how close they are to each other, working as a team. As well as the Sun, Mercury and Venus, who return to your relationship sector at this time each year, you have Mars making his first visit in two years and Juno, queen of commitment and especially commitment to your relationships making her first visit in four years.
This is a short window, with Mars only here until 18th August, Venus leaving on 21st August, the Sun on 23rd August, Juno on 24th August and Mercury, who returns after retrograding back out last month only here from 12th August to 29th August. Once Mercury leaves there will be no more planetary activity on the relationship front until next year and minus two of the planets here this year. The second thing that sets this apart is a lack of pressure. Apart from a Full Moon in Aquarius on 16th August, there are no planets on the other side of the sky, as was the case last year and will be the case next year.
The third thing that sets this year apart is the level of support. There is always going to be support from the communication gods with Eris and Chiron, the planet of healing both spending their first full month in retrograde motion in your communication sector. Any planet moving through your relationship sector will move into a friendly aspect to both, as well as a friendly aspect to Ceres and Jupiter in your friendship sector. This creates some auspicious conditions across the communication, friendship and relationship building fronts for the entire time that there is planetary activity here. After months of planetary activity on the romantic front in the first half of the year, it is now your relationships turn but it has to be seized now.
From Mercury's departure from your romantic sector on 12th
August to Mars' return to your relationship sector on 18th August there is just a six day period between one chapter and the next. It is the same planets that have been moving through your romantic sector over recent months that reach your relationship sector this month, though with less spectacular results. Every planet that moved through your romantic sector over recent months contributed to giving a total solar eclipse last month as much momentum as possible. They also found themselves in opposition with both Saturn and Pluto, creating a mixed bag.
With the North Node in your romantic sector until May 2020 romantic matters won't go off the boil anytime soon and if anything, are likely to be running more smoothly. Unlike romantic matters, where the North Node has been having an influence since November 2018 and you had a solar eclipse to help things along, there has been no planetary activity on the relationship front. This makes the planets return to your relationship sector this month exciting. This will eventually mean they each make an opposition to Neptune in Pisces but this won't be until next month and even then, this has been the natural pattern since the planet of dreams return to your sign in 2012.
The first planet to reach your relationship sector is Mars, returning for his first visit since 2017 on 18th August. This will be followed by Venus, the planet of love's return on 21st August, the Sun's return on 23rd August and by Juno, the queen of commitment and especially commitment to your relationships' who returns on 24th August, for the first time in four years. By the time Mercury, the planet of communication returns on 29th August, just a day before a New Moon, your relationships will have more support than they have seen in years.