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Your Monthly Horoscope for August 2014
 by Victoria Fugit 

The new moon influencing August actually occurs on July 26th. The Sun, Moon and Jupiter are conjunct (that’s good), Venus opposes Pluto (not so good) and Mercury squares the Nodes (can be both) — yes, astrology can be frustratingly complex and seldom black and white. It’s basically a prediction of how ENERGY will, can or may be used. Electricity can be used to save a life or set off a bomb. Translation --- This can be a fortunate time to take something started 12 years ago to the next level, spiritually, mentally, physically. If it’s no longer working for you, however, it may be time to let go of the project, direction, relationship, career, job, etc. This can also signal the beginning of a new 12 year cycle for many, but be cautious in investing resources until you are certain that the direction you choose is right for you and not what someone or something (belief systems or consensus reality) chooses for you.

There are some delusional actions being taken now that will have very real consequences. The outer planets of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are all retrograde this month, so old issues from the past come back to be reconsidered and resolved. Jumping from the frying pan into the fire without due consideration of all the facts and repercussions of action taken will have long term effects. – this is the way it SHOULD BE in my world”.

Mars is in Scorpio all month, accenting the human need to engage in conflict with each other in the belief that their survival is at stake. Basic needs come under scrutiny this month and bring awareness that our fears are partly fuelled by false advertising and political propaganda, creating polarization in society on all levels, from families to governments. The Full Moon on the 10th is at 18 degrees Aquarius, the degree of isolation with the symbol ‘an old woman seated on a stool with a hooded cloak wrapped closely round her’. Polarization contributes to society becoming more individual in temperament at a time when environmental and societal factors are becoming more challenging. Eventually as the immense transformative energies of Uranus/Pluto move forward we will come to the realization that we are all travelling on spaceship Earth.

On the individual front things are a bit rosier for everyone this month, since some of the profound pressures of April and May have let up for the time being.

Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries – Early Aries are finding things go easier now. Jupiter in Leo brings romance, creativity and self-expression this month, get in touch with your passions. Saturn will be testing the health of mid-Aries and since you also have Uranus conjunct your sun, watch for sudden, unexpected events and health issues around August 25th-27th when your ruling planet Mars aligns with Saturn.
Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus – It’s not comfortable to take care of everyone except yourself, any more. You’re exhausted and tired! Let July be a month of acknowledging what you can and can’t do. Good things are on the way by September.
Gemini Astrological Sy
Gemini – You may find yourself to be a bit wonky and confused this month. Or perhaps those rose colored glasses are telling you that all is well, but a warning bell keeps going off – listen to it. You also, need to pay attention to your health and be aware of everything around you, since you may get caught up in all the innovative plans and excitement of summer and tend to be just slightly accident prone.
Cancer Astrological Symbol Cancer–Sun and Jupiter bring unexpected good fortune this month. You’ll feel more stable and more idealistic, even though there are times when you look at yourself in the mirror and wonder just who you are becoming. Relax. A brand new Crab shell is being built for you from the inside out, and it has a lovely interior with great views of the outside world. It might just take a bit longer than you’d like.
Leo Astrological Sign Leo –Jupiter moved into your sign in late July. It will be there for about a year, expanding your sense of self and allowing your playful side to shine. August however is still rehearsal time. Saturn and Mars are in a square aspect to your sun so you feel expanded and constricted at the same time. You’re rebuilding structure and that takes time and energy. Slow down and smell the sagebrush.
Virgo Astrological Symbol Virgo – In late-July benevolent Jupiter moved into your house of spirituality and the Unconscious, bringing amazing opportunities in the next year for spiritual growth and expansion. The key to accessing all that is available to you is time away from the fray to meditate, reflect, introspect and retreat. Stop doing so much and just BE. You may have some major aha moments that rock your everyday world- so be sure to stay open to your ideas and beliefs being challenged.
libra Astrological Symbol Libra – In August money matters may put you to the test. There may be unexpected out-go which catches you short. Saturn, the Taskmaster, in your house of money has been working on restructuring and balance in this area. You’ve had a rough go in the last year with Uranus making you erratic and Pluto eroding all you thought you were, pulling and twisting you into someone new. Look with a grateful eye at any loss you may have experienced and know that this time can be seen as the worst in your life or the time when opportunities you couldn’t have even dreamed of begin to emerge. Look for them.
Scorpio Astrological Sign Scorpio – Don’t fight the fatigue you may feel – recognize it as a deepening of you understanding of yourself. Focus on your creative mind and that which brings you pleasure – children, romance, music, the arts in general. Pay attention to the new beliefs presenting themselves to you. They can resurrect or rejuvenate something in you which has been lost.
Sagittarius Astrological Sign Sagittarius – Innovative projects, which have long lain dormant, take on new energy this month. Uranus brings sudden insights into the technologies required to bring plans to fruition. Jupiter brings greater optimism and louder guidance from your higher-self. Friendships may become problematic. Old patterns need to be let go of and new ones established.
Capricorn Astrological Symbol
Capricorn – You are in the midst of some profound changes and transformations in your life and the focus is on your relationships and the evolution or dissolution of one-to-one connections. Getting clear on who or what supports your growth and who or what doesn’t is key right now. You are in a process of weeding out relationships that no longer serve, while at the same time staying open to meeting kindred spirits who are more aligned with who you are and where you are going.
Aquarius Astrological Symbol
Aquarius – Challenges may arise in work or professional arenas. You need to balance being hard-working with being playful and having some fun. Towards the end of August new, unexpected ideas pop up and you can seed new cycles in your career path. Watch any self-deception around finances for the next year. Neptune falls in your house of money and can create problems down the road if you are not seeing reality clearly.
Pisces Astrological Symbol
Pisces – Jupiter moves into your house of work, service and health- making the coming year a wonderful time to find more fulfilling work, deepen what you are already doing and/or get your health and vitality back on track! Old family patterns show themselves clearly and allow you to shift your beliefs and perceptions of the world around you so that your work or health can expand and benefit. What fears hold you back from doing or being more? Where do you hold back your light or fire at the expense of yourself? You have an opportunity to align more with your Higher Self and let that part of you be in the driver’s seat!

About Victoria: The passion I have for Astrology began when I was twenty-four. I had been traveling in Europe for months and was becoming more and more curious about the letters my mom was sending me. They were waiting for me in each city or town I went to and it was as if she had a spy following me. She seemed to know my every move. Then she started to give me advice about what was coming up and what to watch out for. Coming home, I was horrified to learn that both she and my dad (LT. Colonel in the Air Force) were involved in Astrology. I asked them how two well-educated and intelligent people could possibly believe a superstitious myth that was so lacking in any proof of its claims. My dad said he had no belief in it. It worked, so he used it, much like electricity – we don’t believe in it, don’t know exactly how it works, but are happy to turn on the lights with it.

So I set out to prove that they were deluded. After three years of study in San Francisco and taking a correspondence course from a school in England, I apologized.
Astrology has been part of my life ever since and has led to my involvement with researchers and teachers in the human potential movement, such as Jean Houston (Institute for Mind Research), Werner Erhardt (EST), Elmer Green (Duke University), Joe Kamiya (early researcher in bio-feedback), Swami Rama (Himalayan Institute) and others.

Sun sign astrology obviously doesn’t give the depth of knowledge available in a full reading. Each chart is unique, like snowflakes. But it’s fun and entertaining. Hope you get both from this column.

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