A Note from Susan Miller
I am so happy to send you the August forecast, for it brims with happy surprises. July was an intense month for many readers, for we all were subject to two eclipses and Mercury retrograde. In comparison, August will be a breath of fresh air. Mercury is now direct, and we have one of the most beautiful new moons of 2019 on August 30 in Virgo. It will offer you an array of opportunities and many happy surprises in the last week.
Your Horoscope by Susan Miller
This is a month just made for you, and it’s cut in two. The first part is likely to be your favorite. Friends will seek you out and want to be with you, and the ideas they will bring of things to do will thrill you. Life can’t just be about work and keeping up with a steady stream of tasks, a thought that has recently crossed your mind. August will break that chain and give you an enchanting time to have fun.
If you want to travel, you will be able to thanks to golden beams being sent to you from Jupiter, the good fortune planet. Friends will be begging you to come along with them—they say you make everything better and it’s true, you do. You will have plenty of time to have lunches and dinners with friends, visit art museums, shop for new clothes for the next season, and buy tickets to concerts, the ballet, or a Broadway show. Life has not been this carefree for you in a long time, and now that it is, drink it in.
You are lucky to have Mars in your friendship house—the eleventh house—for you will be energetic, optimistic, and somewhat unencumbered by the usual demands of life, and you’ll be ready to kick back and connect. Venus is in the same house, so the activities you will be invited to, or that you suggest to others, will have a touch of luxury and beauty. Your ruler is Venus, and with Venus being part of the little joyous crowd of planets in your eleventh house shows me how much you will enjoy this trend and benefit from it. Your friends will be so good for you now that one might even bring you a career tip that you can act on immediately. All these planets will be in fire-sign Leo, which blends so well with your air sign element.
I am enthusiastic about the new moon that will set your social life in motion on July 31 or August 1 (depending on your time zone). Jupiter will be beautifully oriented toward the partying planets in Leo, suggesting you may be invited to friends’ houses to visit and to stay a few days. This would be a superb month to take a quick trip to a sunny place within a day’s drive from your home base. Your third house is lit up, and that rules your siblings, so your sister or brother may also be a big bright spot of the month with news you can celebrate.
All this will be in sharp contrast to what you endured in July. Mercury was retrograde nearly all month making plans go haywire. Everybody of every sign had their hair on fire with Mercury, so you had plenty of sympathy. By now, Mercury has gone direct on July 31, but you need to allow a space of days from the date he turned direct and when you take your biggest actions.
Mercury retrograde would have been enough to keep you on edge, but there were two eclipses in July, which often require adjustments. The first one, July 2, might have brought up an interesting career opportunity, and if you are interested in it, you can settle that in early August.
The centerpiece of the month will be the full moon August 15 in the divine-for-Libra sign of Aquarius. This will be a tender full moon lighting your house of truelove and likely to bring a glorious romantic episode to you within four days of this date.
A more difficult question might have come up on the July 16 eclipse regarding how you’d like to live, and if you think you need to move, where you would go. Not every Libra will need to move of course—you might want to give your living room a coat of paint, buy a new couch, or remodel the kitchen. Or you may be musing about renting or buying a vacation cottage. If you are concerned about the well-being of a parent, you may be thinking about how best to help, and that may have taken precedence over everything else. If that was you, the look and feel of your home did not matter nearly as much as the care of your beloved parent or other relative.
If you did not make a decision about a home or family matter, you will soon have one of the best opportunities to settle things, possibly at the time that one of the best set of aspects that you will ever see arrives—between December 25 and January 15. You might make plans earlier and take your final action during that period. When it comes to home and family, that period will be dipped in gold for you.
As you see, you have high contrast from last month with so much social activity going on. If you were mulling over the idea of joining a club, either personal or professional in nature, this would be the best month of 2019 to do it. Send in your application early in August.
The centerpiece of the month will be the full moon August 15 in the divine-for-Libra sign of Aquarius. This will be a tender full moon lighting your house of truelove and likely to bring a glorious romantic episode to you within four days of this date. This is such a darling full moon that if you are single you must circulate—you will be glad you did. All full moons have a plus or minus four days of influence, bringing you straight through the weekend spanning Friday night August 16 through Sunday evening August 18.
The only little thorn? Watch spending, especially on August 16, when your over-the-top socializing may put a dent in your credit card, and later when you get the bill, you may have sticker shock over what you owe.
Mars will move into Virgo, the most private, solitary part of your chart, on August 17, and step by step the other little partying planets will drag their little feathers and follow suit. Venus will slip into Virgo on August 21, the Sun will follow Mars and Venus on August 23, and finally Mercury will arrive on August 29, and when all these little heavenly bodies are in their places in your twelfth house, the majestic new moon will make her dazzling appearance in Virgo on August 30 in her chic ball gown and take the arm of the Sun who has been respectfully awaiting her arrival.
I love the way this elegant new moon can open a path by flinging open the doors and shutters to reveal a new path ahead. This new moon of August 30 in Virgo will first and foremost urge you to get rest and privacy. If you are creative, this is one of the most important and encouraging places in the chart for work done in solitude. Work alone and screen out the world, dear Libra, and you will have so much to show for your time.
Astrology shows us that there is balance in the universe. There is yin and yang, the universe breathes in and out. It is simply staggering to look at your chart and see five out of ten heavenly bodies in your twelfth house. It appears you may feel this in a variety of ways. First, you might have very vivid dreams during this period, as your subconscious will be working overtime. In fact, you might feel that you are unusually prescient, picking up bits of information unconsciously as you go through your rounds and knowing for sure what you must do, simply by listening to that small voice within.
Another way you might react, you may want to retreat with your sweetheart/spouse to a cottage in a beautiful forest area, content you can rest. You seem to need time to think about the next chapter coming up in a few weeks, namely when Mars enters Libra, October 4 to November 19. You are soon to enter that whirlwind time, as action-oriented Mars has not been in Libra for two years, and it surely will be busy as you start a new vital chapter concerning a matter important to you (and only you would know what that might be). It’s vital that you be strong and ready for the activity. Rest now while you can.
With such a packed twelfth house, you may interact with medical personnel during the last third or end of August. This may be because you finally decide to have an operation you need and can have done while the office is not too busy. Or it may be that a friend or relative will go in for a procedure and you will want to visit to bring your wonderful brand of cheer, for as the rest of us know, you are sunshine in a bottle.
The new moon of August 30 that will urge you to drop out and treat yourself to rest and privacy or for time to do artistic work while away from the usual cacophony of voices and options, will extend its influence into September and early October. You will have the luxury of time, dear Libra, and for that you may be grateful.
August will be made for fun with friends. Your social schedule is about to explode with activity, much to your delight thanks to a new moon over July 31-August 1, which will have a strong effect on your schedule during the first ten days of August. Jupiter will send glittering rays to the Sun, new moon, your ruler Venus, and Mars, indicating that you will benefit from a partner in marriage or a collaborator in business, as well as from the assistance or kindness of a friend.
Uranus will be acting up in your financial house, so you may find your socializing could cause mounting costs on your credit card. It may be that you will be a member of a wedding and find the cost of participation is more than you initially assumed. Or you may have a party at your home, only to realize later how costly it turned out to be. Indeed, it will be easy to let charges get away from you, so keep an eye on spending if you are concerned about costs this month. It is alternatively possible that your spending will stay in normal ranges but that you will have an expense related to another part of your life that will come up and push you temporarily, so you’ll have a little shock when you get the bill.
One of your happiest days of the month will be Thursday, August 8, when your guardian planet Venus will receive pixie dust from Jupiter, the planet of gifts and luck, a time when you may take a few days off to visit a friend at his or her country house. Venus will be in Leo, the sign of luxury, making this a good time to go.
The beginning of August will be about friendship, but the full moon in Aquarius on August 15 will likely bring a magical and memorable romantic episode. Your career might bring good news too, at the very same time.
If you are seeking venture capital or other funding, Uranus will turn retrograde on August 11 causing your sponsor to possibly delay or back out from sending the money you counted on receiving. Uranus brings surprises, and sometimes they are not upbeat. Keep the faith, for on August 28, Mars in perfect angle to Uranus could bring exciting financial news just when you were hoping a lump of cash would show up.
The end of the month brings peace and joy in being alone. You are a social creature, but with Mercury, the Sun, new moon, Mars, and Venus, your ruler, all squeezed into your twelfth house of privacy, you will have had enough moving about town and will welcome time free from social engagements—from August 30 until approximately September 12.
The August 30 new moon will bring you to peak levels of creativity, so if you have an artistic pastime you enjoy, plan to go off by yourself to daydream, experiment, and play. Bring along your camera, your paint brush, journal, laptop, musical instrument, or other tools of creativity. Enjoy your peaceful time alone—your output could be very impressive. If you are working on a home décor project, you will find beautiful design and color options for your interior.