August is generally lazy and laid back. This is the season for picnics and summer porches, camp fires, fire flies and falling stars. Yet, like July, this month is filled with cha-cha-cha-cha changes. Mercury turns retrograde August 12th (through September 5th) and Mercury retrograde periods actually give us permission to go over familiar territory and review, rethink and revise.
Saturn turns direct August 25th, plus there are two major eclipses. There’s a full moon (lunar) eclipse on August 7th and a new moon (solar) eclipse on August 21st, a total eclipse of the sun in late Leo. Eclipses are dramatic and chaotic and they bring life’s big events: marriages, divorces, births or big moves. They wake us up, shake us up and exert a powerful influence when located in a prominent place in the chart. We all feel the energy, but if your birthday falls on an eclipse, then this will an eventful year.
If you’re feeling the energy of the eclipses, then Kitty is feeling it even more. Cats are highly sensitive and pick up every little nuance, which is why you need to give Kitty extra attention, cat treats and healing energy. Petting is always good, but using your soothing voice can be deeply reassuring.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Your ruler, Mars, in passionate Leo visits your zone of romance, creativity and children. Single? Not for long. The August 21st eclipse in Leo activates that area; you could sell some art, get a job working with kids or even have one. Lovely lady Venus in cozy Cancer visits your domestic zone all month; you may finally get the chance to buy your own home or renovate your current one.
Did you know that animals can suffer from anxiety? They could be predisposed to it or it may be a learned behavior (perhaps from a shelter or being the runt of the litter). Loud noises, a disruption in routine or thunderstorms can create stress. If Kitty seems anxious this month, speak to your vet or get professional help.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Bulls love the familiar and abhor the unknown and August has more twists and turns than a season of “Game of Thrones.” Your mission this month is to have faith and be flexible. With Mercury retrograde in your creative zone, a writing or art project may stall. Relax, it will actually work to your advantage. On August 27th, lucky Jupiter and serious Saturn align and magic happens at work and in love.
Are you at work all day while Kitty’s alone at home? Consider adopting another cat. Of course, introducing a new pet is a sensitive issue and must be done with care and compassion.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
Someone may challenge your beliefs at the August 7th full moon eclipse. Stay open and you’ll learn something new. The August 21st solar eclipse in your communication area brings opportunities via the internet to expand your brand or get your unique voice heard. Mercury (your ruler) goes retrograde on August 12th in your domestic zone; pay attention to the mundane details at home such as plumbing, wiring and especially computers.
Geminis also love to read. Need a good summer book? Check out “The Cat Who Went to Paris” by Peter Gethers. You will fall in love with Norton, a charming Scottish Fold kitten and his human (once a confirmed cat-hater) and their many adventures.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Magnetic Venus in Cancer (through August 24th) puts you in the spotlight, treat yourself to a makeover or some fabulous new clothes. Both eclipses activate your financial houses. On August 7th there could be some drama around your partner’s income. Luckily, the August 21st eclipse brings sudden financial perks or a promotion. Saturn turning direct on the 25th helps resolve things at work. It’s the perfect time for a weekend get-away.
Cancers are great gardeners. If you live in the country and have a garden, consider growing some fresh catnip for your kitty.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
The sun in your sign plus two eclipses makes this month a powerhouse. Energy-planet Mars, also in Leo, turns up the volume on your ambition and nothing can stand in your way (not even Mercury retrograde). Both eclipses activate your relationship axis; you may suddenly decide to get married or end a relationship, or a job offer could appear out of nowhere. On August 25th, Venus enters Leo and your confidence and love life soar.
“In ancient times cats were worshiped as gods; they have not forgotten this.” – Terry Pratchett
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
Virgos love order but, with Mercury retrograde in your sign and two eclipses, trying to control everything is utterly useless. Sometimes it’s healthy to let things go. Pay attention to your dreams at the August 21st eclipse; you may receive a vison for your next big thing. Feeling reluctant to take risks early August? Once the sun enters Virgo on August 23rd, your power time begins and there’s no holding you back.
If you’re heading out of town this month, make sure to keep Kitty comfortable in the warm weather. Give her plenty of fresh, cool water and keep the curtains closed.
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
The new moon eclipse on August 21 falls in your zone of friends and organizations. Don’t be surprised if you’re suddenly invited to head a group or cause that you feel deeply about. Consider it; you have a lot to offer. Someone you meet at one of these gatherings could become romantic. Saturn moves forward in your communication zone August 25; you find your voice and aren’t afraid to speak your truth.
Kitty isn’t afraid to speak her truth this month, either. Spend quality time together helping to build her trust and strengthen your bond.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)
The two eclipses activate your area of home and career. An urgent situation may force you to jungle both family and work. You’re a Scorpio; you eat crisis for breakfast. The good news is that you will come out a hero. Frugal Saturn moves forward in your financial area August 25th, money, loans and investments that have been stalled can move forward now.
Keep Kitty comfortable as you play crisis manager. Give her attention in the mornings and evenings before work (and before it becomes too warm) and consider placing a fan on your floor for her to stretch out in front of during the hottest days of the month.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
With the August 21st eclipse in your zone of higher education, you may suddenly be invited to teach or pursue an advanced degree. And with generous Venus in your wealth zone, you could score a grant. Demanding Saturn (in Sagittarius for two years) goes direct August 25th and leaves your sign in December. All the work you’ve done and the skills you’ve learned will finally come together.
Going away for vacation? Don’t leave updating your instruction list for the cat sitter until the last moment. Make sure it’s up to date with your vet’s information, Kitty’s daily schedule and your contact information.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Capricorns are famous for their work ethic and self-discipline but your angels will give you a standing ovation if you take a long weekend off with your sweetie (circle August 4). The August 21st eclipse brings lucky financial breaks—you might sell a screenplay, receive an inheritance, or find a treasure at a yard sale. Buy a lotto ticket; the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn on August 27th favors good timing.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Paradigm shift! The August 21st eclipse in your opposite sign of Leo means that you no longer have to do it all on your own. New partnerships, both personally and professionally, will appear as if by magic along with opportunities to expand your business. Seductive Venus enters Leo and your love zone August 24th, followed by Mercury on the 31st. Your ability to make friends and influence people gets stronger.
Aquarians are independent creatures, and many of you work from home or freelance. If your schedule varies from week to week or have to travel for work, be sure to consider Kitty’s needs. Constant change can be a cause of stress. Make sure you have special routines with Kitty that he can depend on and enough toys to keep him occupied when you’re busy.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
The new moon eclipse on August 21st falls in your zone of day-to-day work. You could get a promotion, a bigger office, or if you’re self-employed, land a fabulous new client. Saturn has been retrograde in your professional zone since April; it moves forward August 25 and so does your career. Mercury goes retrograde (August 12th) in your partnership zone—old friends and lovers reappear.
Do you think having a cat extends your life? People who own pets are less likely to visit doctors or suffer from depression. Pets also help lower heart rate and blood pressure levels, not to mention bring more joy into your life!
Virginia Bell is an astrologer and writer based in New York City. She writes a horoscope column for CBS, is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and has written astrology columns for brands including Refinery29, TV Guide and US Weekly.