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August 2021 Astrological Forecast: Move Forward Into Action


Early in the month, Mercury goes “cazimi,” an astrological term meaning “into the heart of the Sun.” When this aspect occurs, Mercury is infused with light, allowing previously scattered thoughts to become clear.

On August 11, Mercury enters the sign of logical and rational Virgo. Use this opportunity to analyze with discernment (svadhyaya, or self-study) and be more inwardly reflective instead of chasing perfection. Focus on appreciating the process rather than fixating on the result. On August 16, connection-loving Venus enters its ruling sign of Libra, symbolized by scales. This movement asks: How are you creating balance in your relationships and emotional life?

On the 22nd, the full moon in Aquarius echoes the full moon in July—when two consecutive full moons happen in one solar month, a rare blue moon occurs. It’s fitting that the blue moon is in this sign, as we are still collectively transitioning into the idealistic, forward-thinking Age of Aquarius. Embrace the practice of sakshi (witness) to strengthen your inner observer in this time of growth. Ask yourself: “What do I want to work toward? How can I use my gifts to authentically benefit my community?” This could mean sharing your resources, offering donations, or volunteering your time. Use your newfound knowledge to move forward into action.

See also: The Full Moon in Aquarius Is the Perfect Time to Manifest Abundance

Key planetary dates

August 1: Mercury goes “cazimi,” meaning “into the heart of the Sun.” Mercury is the planet that represents thought and the Sun represents the heart. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and at times it forgets it is not the sun. This is a lesson in finding remembrance in the allowance of the heart rather than letting our thoughts to be the center of our lives.

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