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Your Monthly Horoscope for August 2016
 by Victoria Fugit 

August starts off with a new Moon on the 2nd and the aspects which accompany it set the tone for the rest of the month. For astrology buffs, the chart for the new Moon shows the Sun, Moon conjunction in a quincunx (150º) aspect with Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune conjunct the North Node in Pisces. This forms what astrologers call a Yod or “Finger of God”. The energy of a Yod is unstable, dynamic and intense, as it works to transform the inherent agitation of unresolvable tensions into something resembling productivity. Following this we have an eclipse on the 18th.

The resolution of a Yod requires coming from the higher manifestations of the planets involved, starting with the fulcrum point, which in this case, are the Sun and the New Moon. The Sun and the Moon represent male and female – heart and soul, reason and emotional understanding. Pluto manifests as transformation, rising from the ashes, regaining what has been lost; Neptune manifests in seeking to anchor higher ideals and spiritual values into daily life. Working with these energies in our own individual ways is the best possible choice for all of us on a personal level when dealing with the challenges of this month.

However, on a larger scale, masses of people generally have a less productive manner of responding. They often respond through the shadow side of the energies involved.

The shadow side of Pluto in Capricorn is “power mongering gone wild, willing to sacrifice everything in order to maintain total supremacy and authority.” The shadow side of Neptune in Pisces is self-delusion, deception, addiction, living in fantasy or not able to recognize reality. This is particularly true in this chart as Neptune is conjunct the South Node representing the past and the desire to return to “the way things were”. The shadow of Sun and Moon in Leo is ego, my way or the highway-- and emotionality without reason or moderation. There seems to be plenty of all this in the world lately, on many levels.

The energies of the masses, reported by the media, through much of August and September will likely be similar to those of July-- escalating violence, storms, heat and craziness.

We may feel like our world is falling apart and we are powerless to change the impossible. However, what this aspect asks is that we take action and Venus in Leo trine Uranus in Aries this month offer a way to resolve this Yod and harness its dynamic energies and its highest potential by using the feminine power of deeper, compassionate understanding -- coming from a heart space in unique and unexpected ways.

Get busy! Be excited and enthusiastic about creating more joy and happiness in your own life and those around you. These aspects require you to take action and to allow yourself to be happily obsessed with creating a new life, a new way of being and a new world. As the poet said “if you can keep your head while those around you are losing theirs and blaming it on you…” The dynamic energies of August are there for you. How you choose to use them is up to you.

You cannot prevent the birds of sorrow from flying over your head, but you can prevent them from building nests in your hair. Chinese Proverb.

Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries – The New Moon falls in your 5th house of love, children, creativity and romance this month and is a good aspect to Mars and Saturn in the 9th house of travel, education and spiritual pursuits/intuition, foreigners. Uranus is still in the last third of your sign. So using a little flight of fancy -- you might have an unexpected fling with a visitor, alien or professor—be caught up on a treasure hunt for the DaVinci Code in Italy -- or any other madcap, romantic adventure. On the other hand you might just impulsively go to Yellowstone with your kids.
Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus – Property, inheritance, legal matters of all sorts with emphasis on home and foundations require your attention this month. The full Moon may bring separations and confusion and a feeling of being out of control. A friendship or significant other may make confusing or ambiguous demands. Stay away from heated arguments. Being “right” isn’t worth the chaos. Stay focused on creative projects or service to others and you can have a productive month.
Gemini Astrological Sy
Gemini – Communication, clarity, siblings and childhood foundational beliefs take center stage. Your partner or spouse may be coolly distant or combative in a way that pushes you to retreat inwardly. Your basic concept of what “home” means to you is unclear and being challenged. Look inside to find the causes of the turmoil you may be projecting and spend more time with friends who know how to be light hearted, which is a big part of who you are.

Cancer Astrological Symbol
Cancer – Sudden, unexpected changes in work could open new opportunities. Lower back problems may be unexpressed or bottled up words or feelings. If you say exactly what you want people will usually give it to you. Sudden flashes of insight about patterns of behavior formed in childhood can be liberating and lead to better communication with others especially siblings. Although water, summer and Cancer all go together, be somewhat cautious around water this month.
Leo Astrological Sign
Leo – The eclipse falls on your Sun if you were born on the 18th of August and will have an enlightening effect on your life over the next year. For Leos in general the new Moon falls in your 1st house and you can truly shine. Money comes easily, but keep your integrity and values at all costs. If you are in a romantic relationship, have children (or an artistic project) your “sweetie pie” may more resemble “grouchy bear”. By the 18th you may want to give up romance, children or creative projects altogether, when Mars and Saturn team up in your house of love, children and creativity. Take a break and by September things will have become more even.
Virgo Astrological Symbol
Virgo – Both the New Moon and the Full Moon are in your 12th house this month, illuminating secrets, the past and childhood beliefs. With Venus, Mercury, Jupiter and the North Node in your first house of identity this could open up whole new worlds for you that have been closed most of your adult life. Open up, listen, accept and make some liberating changes. Staying home is not as comfortable as usual. Getting out and meeting new people or friends not seen in a while can bring opportunity.

libra Astrological Symbol
Libra – Squabbling siblings or more serious issues involving them or neighbors may come up, particularly after the full Moon. Communications and short trips are delayed or encounter setbacks. The good news is that the New Moon is in your house of friendships and social activities. This is a good time to get out and meet new people, especially those in the arts. Keep your sense of humor and realize that after September much of the trauma, drama dissolves and can be recognized as the illusion we are all prone to right now thanks to the Saturn and Neptune square.
Scorpio Astrological Sign
Scorpio – Friendships are solid this month and are a strong support system. The point of the Yod and therefore the New and Full Moon, fall in your 10th house of career and public persona. You may be required to do a fast dance with the Universe and ad lib with some fancy footwork. Keep to the high ground, don’t compromise principles and the intense dynamic energy of this aspect could lead you into some surprisingly powerful opportunities.
Sagittarius Astrological Sign
Sagittarius – Saturn and Mars join one another in your 1st house and are trine to Venus and Sun, Moon in your 9th of travel, education and higher mind or guidance. Take advantage of any possible travel as it may perk up your career and led to long overdue recognition of your talents. Keep a lid on your temper and self-righteousness. Use the energy instead to create momentum in marketing yourself. An unexpected romance or boost to the creative artist may pop up out of nowhere – expect the unexpected in this department and go with the flow.
Capricorn Astrological Symbol
Capricorn – The lunar eclipse of the 18th falls across your 2nd house of money and values and your 8th of partnership money, dreams and intimacy. This speaks to your self-worth and the value that you place on yourself, your talents, abilities and heart. Early childhood patterns emphasized how hard you had to work to be successful. These aspects suggest being less hard on yourself and more open to love, intimacy and vulnerability. Playfulness wouldn’t hurt, either.

Aquarius Astrological Symbol
Aquarius – New Moon in the house of partnerships and relationships and lunar eclipse in the 1st focuses on your journey of personal development and how you see yourself. All relationship flourishes on attention and time given. It may be the season to give your Self and your relationships more time and attention. Listen to your guidance and let your guard down a little. It may be time to trust again.

Pisces Astrological Symbol
Pisces – Your house of employment and health gets the light of the New Moon and your 10th house of career and how you are seen in the world, holds Mars and Saturn. There is a possibility of advancement or promotion along with greater work load and responsibility. The home front will run more smoothly with Mercury (communication), Venus (love and pleasure) and Jupiter (expansion and good will) in your 7th house of marriage and partnership. Don’t let the past intrude on the pleasant present.

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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