Yes, Mars will be in your sign in August, and yes it will be periodically skirmishing with Pluto and Uranus and Saturn this month. But let’s not dwell on that too much. After all, it’s summer! Uranus in your career house is retrograding relatively peaceably.
And Jupiter in your sociable solar 11th house thinks you’d be a fool to labor too hard when you could be enjoying fun times with your friends. Even Mercury is retrograde and disinclined to exert himself. None of the planets really wants to get anything done this month or they’d be getting out of each other’s way so that they could bustle ahead with their agendas. And that’s not what they’re doing in August.
I may be exaggerating slightly, but still it’s the last month of summer when the living is easy, and the skies do seem to reflect the general torpor of a humid day in the heat. Not that there’s nothing useful about the energy of August. There’s a whole boatload of planets in Leo that you can use to plump up your self-confidence. You can set goals, refine strategies.
You can prioritize your financial life by going through your records and deciding what principles will guide your spending. You can calculate your assets and liabilities. In fact, the first thing you should probably do in August is take stock of your resources. Neptune slides back into your sector of joint financial affairs and debt and may very well try to confuse the financial issues at hand. Don’t let it. Strive for comprehension and realism regarding your finances. Once you understand your money situation, you should be able to decide how much you have to spend on the fun stuff! That’s the whole point of budgeting anyway–to figure out how you’re going to get what you want.
During the last third of the month, the sun and Venus move into your solar 3rd house of information and communication. Mercury, the communication planet, will still be retrograde. So you may find that there’s a bit of time during which you are going back to conversations that previously took place and following up on them or clarifying what’s been said and agreed to. When it comes to communication, it’s a revision-heavy month.