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Your Monthly Horoscope for August 2015
 by Victoria Fugit 

Two events occur in August which could lead to reassessing values, greater understanding of what creates happiness, releasing unworkable relationships, simplifying life-styles, slowing down and rethinking future plans, new starts or the launch of a new project. Basically August is a time to chill out and go within.

The first event, and the one which will affect many of us on a more personal level, is Venus retrograde, the second is Jupiter moving into a square with Saturn. Venus went retrograde on July 25th and will not turn direct until September 6th. Venus goes retrograde every 18 months, for 40-43 days, unlike Mercury which retrogrades three times a year for around 21 days. Mercury retrograde can create confusion, sometimes chaos, in communications, travel, contracts (having to go back and redo) – all things mercurial. Venus retrograde can do the same to those areas of life which she rules --- beauty, art, social relationships, partnerships, romance, love, values, money, and financial security.

I planned a trip to Europe with Mercury retrograde. Five of us started out, only I made it to New York. The plane was 11 hours late taking off. I arrived in Glasgow at midnight, discovered that the airline had lost my pack and sat on the steps of the youth hostel in a cold drizzle all night, -- (no one allowed in after hours). In the morning, the plan to go to London changed to hitch-hiking through Scotland. True to Mercury retrograde, the entire the trip (planned for 6 weeks) lasted for 6 months and was THE perfect illustration of Mercury retrograde. When I arrived back in the States, Venus was retrograde and I started a new, bad relationship, and ended an old, good one – disaster! (Does anyone wonder why I took up the study of Astrology?)

So – be advised not to start a love affair or buy luxury goods, have cosmetic surgery, become engaged, make wedding plans or make new investments at this time, because you might end up in any of those situations paying more than you bargained for. Old loves or friendships may come back into your life, especially around the 20th when Venus trines Uranus. August is best for self-reflection, being in Nature and not moving forward too fast.

Jupiter in Leo will square Saturn in Scorpio the first 10 days of August and will slow plans and create delays in attempts at expansion Jupiter wants to go big, especially in the sign of Leo, Saturn blocks it through restraining the energy and bringing restrictions and limiting circumstances. This is just the warm-up for next year when Jupiter in Virgo squares Saturn in Sagittarius. The square next year will be more challenging and will occur three times between March and June. The major impact of the Jupiter Saturn square will be in the areas of love, relationships and finances since Venus (although not retrograde next year) will feature prominently in the configuration.

Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries – Give yourself a break this month. Let plans gel, enjoy partners, children and the pleasures and comforts of home. You can’t be “on” all the time. Think about how far you’ve come in the past year and the possible new creative paths you would like to take. Solidify your intensions internally before trying to make them happen externally.

Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus – The discovery and clearing of many old detrimental beliefs and patterns of behavior has created great open space in your psyche. Don’t fill it with the same old stuff. Start dreaming and painting your future with broad and beautiful strokes. Acknowledge how great you are, even if that’s not what you were taught in childhood.
Gemini Astrological Sy
Gemini – Pay attention to expenditures – don’t get carried away with feel good optimism and start spending on items you don’t really need. Mars in your second house may give unexpected expenses. Enjoy the “best things in life…” They’re free. Early Gemini may be feeling hazy, confused and indecisive right now. It’s just Neptune, taking off the layers of who you thought you were so the real you can emerge in a few years.

Cancer Astrological Symbol
Cancer – Middle and late Cancers may feel as if they’ve been stirred, shaken and poured through a strainer. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it’s not a train. Rather it’s a new you, if you will let it emerge. Let yourself feel fully the changes you’ve experienced and then focus only on what makes you feel good about yourself. Keep the focus on that part of your life and watch what happens.
Leo Astrological Sign
Leo – Forgiveness, compassion and understanding are the themes this month. While Leo is the ruler of the heart and love, sometimes that royal “we” comes through a bit much. Look for the little ways to be of service to others and make the world a better place through that big heart of yours. Jupiter leaves Leo mid-month, but Venus is still in Leo – create more love and beauty in your life.
Virgo Astrological Symbol
Virgo – Home and family have been transformed radically in the past few months. Your foundations are no longer as solid. This is part of a long term transition in life which allows necessary change to take place on deep levels. You may become a sunnier, more open individual. Experiment with different personas in the next two years. Inside, there may be a magic genie lurking, just waiting for you to pop your cork.
libra Astrological Symbol
Libra – Finances may be stressed and mid-Librans are still dealing with changes in the most unexpected ways. Social activities with friends and organizations could cheer you and bring new energies and ideas into your life. You may feel a bit of depression – turn it into ingression and find your heart’s desires. You may not have had time in the past few years to discover and nurture those desires. Now is a good time to do so.

Scorpio Astrological Sign
Scorpio – Prepare for Saturn to move into your second house of finances and material manifestation for the next two years. It will restructure your values, priorities and in the end leave you on more solid financial ground, if you work with the energies rather than trying to keep the status quo. Intuition is your ally. Use it in conjunction with that unerring sense you have about societal undercurrents.
Sagittarius Astrological Sign
Sagittarius – Your ruler, Jupiter squaring Saturn (next month in your own sign), could mean delays and possible setbacks in finances OR a new structure, making you more stable financially Neptune is opposite your Sun, could be fuzzy thinking, too much spent out in the ozone OR greater inspiration both spiritually and artistically. Uranus in your solar 6th could be sudden change in work or health for the better. Pluto in your 2nd has initially decimated your finances and is now rebuilding them in a better way. Create it the way you want it.
Capricorn Astrological Symbol
Capricorn – Unexpected changes in children, love, romance – possible new children or grandchildren. An old flame may return, in person or thought. It may be time to bury it once and for all. Saturn will move into your 12th house and help to uncover self-sabotaging beliefs and patterns. The Universe is unrelenting in moving you toward a better and happier self. Keep letting go of the old and let the new take shape.

Aquarius Astrological Symbol
Aquarius – August may be good for short journeys either inner or outer. Self-reflection and inner work are important to you right now. The old phrase “Let go and let God” is appropriate. The less you do the more will happen. Check your intentions – are they clear and full or hazy and ragged? Are you nurturing your desires or ignoring them, pretending they don’t or shouldn’t exist?

Pisces Astrological Symbol
Pisces – Deeper spiritual understanding and following the truth of your own being are your themes this month. Let your feelings guide you to your next level and explore ways to serve others without losing yourself. You may feel pressure from others to “do something” right now, but you are good at side-stepping that pressure gracefully. Pluto is making changes within you through the work you do – take advantage of the opportunity to learn all you can so you are better prepared for the next stage of life.

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. You can get in touch with Victoria at 435-259-9417 or

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