Happy Birthday, Leo! August continues to be a good month for your chart in terms of career, as Jupiter in your career sign of Taurus is quite strong. Taurus is a nature-loving sign, so if your work happens to be connected with the natural in some way, you get an extra boost. Toward the end of the month, you also get help from the sun and Venus in Virgo, your cash-flow sign.
By the 23rd, there will be four planets in earth signs, all of which relate in some way to your income, job situation, and career. Furthermore, the new moon in Virgo on the 28th is also on board with the whole career/income thing. It takes place just after the sun in Virgo and Pluto in your job sector make a nice helpful trine. By the way, all this happy energy doesn’t mean that something will magically drop into your lap around these dates. What it means is that this is a good time to embark upon a plan or project related to these areas.
My suggestion is that you make writing down your financial desires a top priority in August, along with a wish/intention ritual to be done just before the new moon on the 28th. Of course, I realize that for some of you what Venus in Virgo will signal is a desire to go shopping with someone. Okay, that’s fine, as long as you write down your financial intentions first!
Now a word about Mercury. It starts the month in Virgo, but begins retrograding as soon as it can, which pushes it back into your own sign by the 8th. The Virgo portion of this is like a weird suspended animation, but the Leo portion is actually rather supportive for your sign as it gives you a dose of extra planetary attention. Mercury goes direct in your sign on the 26th.
Of course, you have other planetary support too in August. The sun’s in your sign until the 23rd. Venus is in your sign until the 21st. For most of you, now is a good time to make progress in your relationships, to take them in the direction you want to go.
For those of you with planets at the very last degrees of your sign (e.g., those born around the 21st of August), it’s a slightly different story when it comes to relationships. Neptune is making its last gasp in the sign opposite yours, Aquarius. Simplifying a bit, Aquarius is the sign that represents the other people in your life, and Neptune has been putting relationships into odd stuck places, holding patterns, and mysterious pauses for Leos over the last 14 years. Not all Leos all the time, just bit by bit.
These weirdnesses have been intended to increase your empathy levels. Hopefully, they did and you’re more mellow for it. In August, the very last set of Leos is getting the final peculiar Neptune tutorial so your relationships with other people may get a bit unusual for the time being. Neptune will permanently leave Aquarius in February 2012 for Pisces, where it will stay for about 14 years.
As for your year ahead, well, as mentioned, Neptune will move back into Pisces where it will bring a certain spongy softness to your intimate life and your joint finances. That could be delightful or alarming, and will probably be a bit of both. Pluto and Uranus will move into full-on squaring each other mode in 2012, battling each other in the areas of your chart that relate to travel vs. work. This will not necessarily affect you unless you have planets near 8 degrees in Aries, Cancer, Libra, or Capricorn. If you do, you’ll need to batten down the hatches and get help. If you don’t, the battle may affect you only in terms of your work environment as co-workers struggle with their demons and in terms of your sense of ethics, as you become an unwilling witness to bad behavior.
Saturn will continue to attempt to bring ripeness and maturity to your communication style during the next 12 months, something you may be able to capitalize on. Eclipses may affect your love life, children, or friendships. Jupiter will continue to aid your career. Most of the dramatic stuff doesn’t kick into gear until summer of next year and in the meantime, you may find this a rather fruitful year in Leo-land.
P.S. Your annual birthday wish new moon takes place on July 30th this year. Ask the universe for what you want in the year ahead.