Mercury in Virgo opposes Neptune Rx on August 7th, and crosses the North Node on August 8th. Neptune releases limiting ideas/truths, allowing the future potential of the North Node to be activated. A key message, messenger or thought will point the way forward. Neptune’s opposition can raise more questions than answers. If you’re confused, wait and watch for a moment of clarity on August 8th: there may be an unanticipated answer that pulls it all together. Mercury’s trine to Pluto Rx in Capricorn on August 10th adds power and determination to new ideas. Mercury/Pluto is also a manifestation aspect - words have impact in the physical world.
Saturn in Sagittarius stations direct on August 13th, and squares Venus in Virgo. This suggests a crucial move forward involving plans, commitments, goals and responsibilities. What was delayed back in March (when Saturn stationed Rx) is now ready for your renewed effort and attention. The square to Venus will be an immediate pinch, as wants/desires are restricted. But Venus opposes Neptune on August 14th, so this restriction will be followed by release. Here's a crucial shift in understanding about relationships, finances or self-esteem. The first order of business with Saturn direct will be as follows: adjust your approach to what you want. More focus, or focus in a different direction. These influences are part of the Saturn/Neptune square, discussed here.
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Aspects to Mercury in your sector of routine can reveal something about work or health. You may feel like letting it slide/ignoring it, but it will be in your best interests to pay attention, follow instructions or take your medicine. Attention to details or co-worker issues can position you nicely with those in authority.
Saturn direct in your sector of opportunities signals progress in the areas of long distance travel, education, legal matters or publishing. Long-term plans can fall into place, but aspects to Venus suggest progress may involve a health or work-related reality check. Before you can move forward, you’ll have to make corrections, become more disciplined, honour obligations or deal with on-the-job tensions. Challenges will involve sorting the necessities from the distractions. Too, you may find that a pressure dissolves because it’s no longer a priority.
Aspects to Mercury in your sector of self-expression encourage romantic or creative ideas. Making contact, communicating your desires or going public with your words are encouraged. Watch for a key moment/message that opens up new possibilities or a new audience.
Saturn direct in your sector of shared resources can give you some traction on money (debts, taxes, your partner’s finances) as delays are lifted and restrictions become easier to handle. There’s still work to do, but now it should feel manageable. Boundary issues around physical/emotional intimacy can become less intense. Aspects to Venus can temporarily put the squeeze on what you want (romantically or financially) but it will be a matter of adjusting expectations and resources. Be prepared to spend a bit less, or wait a bit longer for what you want. Too, you may be asked to prove your intentions, loyalty or talent.
Aspects to Mercury in your domestic sector suggesting shifting plans and discussions with family or a domestic partner. There may be a conflict between future ideals versus current obligations, but there’s also potential to make progress/find solutions on a financial or emotional issue. Career matters can be slippery - don’t let temporary disillusionment distract you.
Saturn direct in your partnership sector keeps a relationship moving in the right direction, even if the progress is incremental. Too, this could involve an ending or separation. Either way, you’ll have a sense that you can finally draw a line under something that’s been dragged out. Aspects to Venus can pinpoint a domestic or career issue that falls below expectations. If something’s missing/disappointing, it’s time to clean things up at home, while trusting that you’re making progress. A physical or emotional organization of your domestic environment can get rid of distractions while helping you focus on the changes that need to happen.
Aspects to Mercury in your communication sector can pinpoint an issue/conversation while broadening your scope and ideas. Your concept of what’s possible (and who’s on your side) can expand. Watch for key people/messages of support. However, there’s also a risk of confusion or missed details, so don’t assume - get the facts, and make sure others are really hearing what you’re saying.
Saturn direct in your sector of routine puts you on a better health or work track. If you attended to your responsibilities, Saturn can see you moving forward with a better sense of organization and discipline. You can also get a grip on medical/diet/exercise issues. For some, this can be a realization about necessary changes/departures at work. Aspects to Venus can put a dream into perspective while clarifying your priorities. There may be shifting information or announcements.
Aspects to Mercury in your sector of personal resources suggest an opportunity for new income, or a better way to earn income. Spending/saving habits can be part of the focus, with a reminder to define your boundaries and baseline needs. Avoid the temptation to go with the easy solution or overlook something unpleasant.
Saturn direct in your sector of self-expression can put you back on track regarding a creative project, or issue involving children/pregnancy. It may be appropriate to draw a line, finish up or focus on the next step of what must happen. Aspects to Venus can hi-light a financial or emotional pinch: you won’t get everything you want, and if you’ve been careless with your resources, you’ll be confronted by limits. However, these influences are excellent for sharpening your sense of what’s most essential (what you can’t live without) and pushing you to develop appropriate strategies.
Aspects to Mercury in your sign can open up relationship possibilities, or help you release anxieties, criticisms or illusions. Whether you’re moving forward with someone or moving away from someone, you’re perfectly aligned with the best possibilities for you. Also excellent for giving your words/ideas public impact.
Saturn direct in your domestic sector suggests progress with family plans, discussions with a domestic partner, relocation/renovation or the development of a home business. Aspects to Venus in your sign can adjust a reality, involving a partnership or your personal development. Your plans may need some fine-tuning, but you could also be pleasantly surprised by someone’s reactions. Despite any frustrations, your attraction factor is at an all time high. These influences can also help you make effective adjustments to personal appearance/beauty regimes.
Aspects to Mercury in your hidden sector can reveal a truth, sharpen your instincts or pull back the curtain on an ultimate potential. There’s more to understand and develop. However, there is also a risk of wishful thinking or missing crucial details. Look carefully at the facts, with the understanding that this is still the early stages of development.
Saturn direct in your communication sector can make it easier to get your point across, receive an answer, or access information. A relationship with a sibling can also see some progress. Aspects to Venus suggest a reality check may be part of the above developments: watch for a confirmation that involves a restriction, or an added sense of urgency. It may be time to confront something you’ve been avoiding, but the push will be necessary to get you to the next level. You may be pleasantly surprised when you turn that corner and discover a new solution or workaround. Too, what you thought was a huge deal may simply dissolve, once confronted.
Aspects to Mercury in your social sector can bring a significant person (strategic ally, friend) into your life, or increase the social impact of your words. Your powers of communication and observation are enhanced, so this is excellent for public speaking, a launch or announcement. However, mixed messages are also a risk, so take a moment to clarify your message, or confirm what you think you’re hearing.
Saturn direct in your sector of personal resources can help you move forward with saving, ongoing financial restructuring, or firming up your personal boundaries. Saturn has pushed you to work harder for what you need, but now you should find it easier to get with the program of enhanced discipline. Aspects to Venus in your social sector can pinpoint a relationship or facet of your public image that needs adjustment. Some things you were hoping for may not be possible, for financial or emotional reasons. But new creative or romantic potentials can also be revealed. Too, you may discover the upside of enhancing your social boundaries.
Aspects to Mercury in your career sector can point you towards the future, regarding a new business, professional ambition or position at work. Discussions with management can be beneficial, and you may discover a key concept/solution about moving towards something you really want to do. Too, there can be clarity about your professional image, or the dream versus reality of what you need to do to support yourself.
Saturn direct in your sign can release a block or make it easier to put long-standing plans in motion. Too, it may be time to deal with a responsibility or restriction. Aspects to Venus can clarify exactly what is and isn’t possible, regarding professional dreams or nice-to-haves. This doesn’t mean you have to give up on what you want, but the adjustments you have to make will help you sort the time wasters from the solid potentials. It may also be time to sharpen up your professional image. Now you know exactly what you have to do, what are you waiting for? For some, the boundaries of a professional relationship may shift.
Aspects to Mercury in your sector of opportunities can open a door in the areas of long distance travel, education, legal matters or publishing. Watch for a message, key person or important piece of information that leads you to something bigger and better. If you’re overwhelmed, know that big changes are best tackled piece by piece.
Saturn direct in your hidden sector suggests the next piece may fall into place, regarding a big picture transition or ending. If you were at a standstill, now there will be a background shift as the wheel slowly starts to turn again. Aspects to Venus in your sector of opportunities can clarify an unknown potential (including long distance romance) while expanding your concept of what’s next/what’s possible.
Aspects to Mercury in your sector of shared resources can open up a deeper conversation/connection between you and someone special. Trust expands and secrets emerge. Financially, you can make a significant shift in your attitude towards debts, taxes, loans or your partner’s finances. There may be a key piece of information or a realization about what has value and what you need to let go of. In general, Mercury can gift you with moments of profound clarity.
Saturn direct in your social sector suggests progress involving a friendship, personal goal or group association. Now that you’ve redefined your boundaries/goals, you can take the new you out in public. Aspects to Venus may present moments of doubt/frustration, as insecurities about public image or social belonging flare up. There could also be a brief financial shortfall, or a reminder that there’s something you can’t quite have. But this tension can also help you reevaluate where you’re spending your money, or directing your energy. Who’s getting what you have to share?
Mercury in your relationship sector can trigger an important conversation with a partner, or bring a key person (new attraction) into your life. Discussions may be brief, but pay attention: there’s an important clue about how you can raise your standards and improve your approach to relationships. A new attraction may or may not be long- lasting, but it will be a catalyst that pushes you to be more selective.
Saturn direct in your career sector indicates the end of stalled progress regarding a job hunt, new job responsibilities or dealings with management. There’s still much more work to do, but you’re done covering the same ground. Aspects to Venus can hi-light brief moments of tension in a relationship (personal or professional) as well as a reality check about the true nature of that relationship. Too, issues around your professional image could hit a snag. If there’s something you need to tighten up, know that the extra effort can heighten your ability to attract favourable attention. If you learn something unpleasant about a relationship, know that your next step simply consists of letting go - release expectations and see what happens.