‘What Planet Can I Blame for This?’ Your Guide to Astrology & the Vibes for August 2023

August is the last official full month of summer, and it begins with the sizzling high drama season of Leo
before we head into the organized discipline that Virgo season offers – which is the perfect way to end
summer and to kick off the school year. But before we get into all of that, can we take a deep breath for
all the cosmic shifts that July brought? If you’re feeling like change is afoot, you’re definitely not alone.
And if August’s astro forecast is any indication, the wild ride isn’t over yet. According to Narayana
Montúfar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com, we have a few major transits this month, including Mars
entering Libra, Uranus going retrograde, and the ever-annoying Mercury retrograde (doesn’t it feel like
we just got over Mercury retrograde?).

For more on the cosmos next month, read below on what we can expect and how we can make the
most out of this super powerful time.

How can you help out in your community?

On August 1, there is a Full Moon in Aquarius, which Montúfar says will be a good opportunity to
donate your time or energy to a cause that speaks to you. 

“As the luminaries oppose each other in the skies of Leo and Aquarius now, we are being asked to look
at the energy we invest in yourselves (Leo) and the efforts we invest in our community (Aquarius),” she
says. “If there is an unbalance now, external events in our environment will ask us to make adjustments.
Since Aquarius is the sign of humanitarian influence, there are themes of social justice. Now, more than ever, we will become aware that our contributions are necessary if there will ever be real change.”

On a personal level, Montúfar says this full moon will have us notice if we need to scale back our efforts.
“The luminaries are forming a square with Jupiter, so if we’ve grown in the wrong direction in the past
few months, what we must course-correct will become obvious now,” she explains.

How do you want to transform your relationships?

A few weeks later, we have a New Moon in Leo, and, according to Montúfar, this is a “fiery” one that
will feel super intense especially when it comes to our relationships.

“[This new moon is] getting sandwiched between retrograde Venus and Black Moon Lilith, so it is a crucial moment along our Venus retrograde journey,” she says. “Since July 22, our relationships have been experiencing a deep transformation, with some of them ending and others changing. Luckily, we are now receiving messages about how to move forward not only in the specific relationships that are coming up for review. We are now getting a better idea of the changes we need and what we need to seek to, once again, feel inspired.”

Due to the Black Moon Lilith influence, Montúfar says we will be feeling rebellious, “so while we need to
make room for it, we must also move with care.”

As a new moon ritual, she recommends organizing an outside fire ceremony in which everyone gets to
share what they are experiencing in their closest relationships and support each other. “The intention-etting comes afterward, and should be focused on making space for healthier connections down the
road,” she says.

Time to tackle forgotten projects

On August 23rd, the third Mercury retrograde of 2023 takes place in Virgo, and before you freak out,
Montúfar says this retrograde is actually trying to help us fix whatever needs attention in our lives.

“Virgo is Mercury’s favorite sign to be in, so it can be one of the most positive retrogrades of 2023, if we
make use of it,” she explains. “As it always does, this retrograde will bring setbacks and technology
snafus, so it will be crucial to cultivate patience. As you should always do during Mercury retrogrades,
think before hitting ‘send,’ triple-check important emails, and pick up the phone instead of texting for
important conversations.” 

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