Mercury is not retrograde. There will be times when it will feel as if it is. It won’t last long. The New Moon on August 8 brings with it chaotic energies. Some will be reacting to the chaos as this energy will connect to their personal charts. The energy of the New Moon lasts until the next New Moon on September 6.

August 1 – 2 The Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Leo and are opposite Saturn in Aquarius. Speaking your mind is not comfortable. Others will brand you or analyze you because of your opinion. Be careful of what you say and to whom. Criticism is harsh. It may feel like Mercury is retrograde. There will be delays and blocks to accomplishing your goals. Communications require absolute integrity with attention to details. Life seems to be harder.

August 1 – 3 Mercury is in a challenging aspect with Uranus. Think before you speak. Words that surprise you may come out of your mouth which could attract a dispute that lacks clarity. Your nervous system is sped up. Venus is in a superfine aspect with Uranus nudging you to get out and have adventures. You’re attracted to people who think differently. You may find that you are romantically drawn to someone from another country which makes the attraction even stronger for you.

August 5 – 7 Mercury is causing confusion as it awkwardly aspects Neptune. Your mind feels like it’s in a cloud. You could be misinterpreted.

August 3 – 6  The Sun in Leo is in an awkward aspect with Uranus in Taurus. There’s tension in the air. Try not to react. Change comes about suddenly. You don’t feel prepared. You have plans and deadlines. This disruptive energy could find you feeling irritated. You have no patience with someone trying to tell you what to do and how to do it.

August 6 – 9  Venus in Virgo is opposite Neptune in Pisces. Venus in Virgo wants perfection and to know what’s going to happen next. The approach is to make the material world better. This is in direct opposition to what Neptune expresses. Neptune says to surrender your wishes and desires on the altar of your Inner Guru. Trust and relax. All experiences manifest to lift consciousness. Saying thank you to all situations is Neptune’s suggestion. Why worry? Neptune promises nothing and insists that you trust the process you’re in. This aspect brings an idealistic thought of how someone ought to behave towards you. You’re then set up (by your own thinking) for a disappointment if the person does not behave the way you imagined they should. It’s the expectations you hold unconsciously that have caused your disillusionment and disappointment. If you release expectations and join with the Divine Unfolding Mystery of Life, everything will change. You already know this.

August 8 The Sun in its awkward aspect with Uranus got carried over to impact this particular New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 7:50 a.m. The New Moon takes place at 16 degrees of Leo. In 1923, a clairvoyant medium named Elsie Wheeler gave words to a vision she experienced for each of the 360 degrees of the zodiac. Here’s what Astrologer/philosopher Dane Rudhyar interpreted from her vision of 16 degrees of Leo referring to this New Moon: “The storm ended, all nature rejoices in brilliant sunshine.”  Rudhyar’s keynote is this: “The surge of life and love after a major crisis.” Disruptive energies ultimately intend to unite us. The intention is for us to let go of the past and the unconscious guilt that has plagued us. There is value in allowing ourselves to feel the inner discomfort and recognize its importance. Old beliefs and patterns that have held us back collectively can be seen and placed into an emotional compost bucket. The collective mind can be free from imagining it knows what is what. This could be a major turning point. What comes to mind is a thoughtful realization by Meister Eckhart German mystic 1260 -1328: “A seed of God grows into God let yourself go let God be God in you.”  When we are free collectively, we will move forward to create something lovely for all of us.

August 8 – 10 Mercury is aspecting Jupiter and Pluto. By dredging up answers, the way forward becomes clear. This process requires deep thinking and clearing of the mind so receive insights. There is too much going on to trust what you hear from the friendly rumor mill.