Let’s start with the happiest influence of the month, the continuing presence of Jupiter in Gemini. Jupiter spends August moving briskly through your job sector, showering you with opportunities to learn on the job or to master new job-related skills. Gemini highlights the use of reason, a tactic that Capricorn is generally comfortable with. That’s because your sign, more than any others, is attuned to the necessity of paying attention to reality rather than fantasy or emotion.
Jupiter also helps you get along with co-workers and employees, which is important. It will be nice for you to have a good old-fashioned rational environment at work for about 10 more months! One caveat: Jupiter in Gemini is an influence that encourages being too much in your head. Get out of yours occasionally.
Since we’re talking job, let’s also talk career. During August, Mars in your career sign indicates that you’ll need to pay attention to getting things right. Saturn is also in your career sign, getting ready to leave after more than 2 long years, which theoretically means that your hard work or hard times in recent years will finally pay off.
Saturn will leave your career sign in early October and turn his attention to your relationships with friends and colleagues. Networking is likely to become more important in your life in the next couple of years, and that trend starts on August 23, when Mars moves into Scorpio, paving the way for Saturn.
At the same time, Uranus in your family sector squares off with Pluto in your own sign again, as the two planets move toward an exact square in September. The traditional explanation for this influence would be a rock (Pluto) and a hard place (Uranus). Your escape from family and personal tensions comes through hanging out with acquaintances and other pleasant people that can take your mind off whatever conflicts are brewing in your life.
The point of the conflict itself is to get you to look very closely at the realities of your life, to self-observe, and bring yourself into alignment with the truth. You may find that some family members are easier to get along with than others–and that this is just a reality that you’ll have to accept and honor.
On a more practical level, you may want to use August to do a bit of realistic financial forecasting and planning. Look at your investments, debts, expenses, taxes, joint finances, and anything else you can control to make sure your systems are up to date. It may be time to make some changes in your investment strategies, for example. You may also want to invest a bit of time and/or money in financial education to make sure your decisions are adequately informed. Your annual new moon for dealing with these kinds of financial matters is on the 17th.