The astrological themes I see coming up for the month of August all revolve around the process of taking action to free yourself from internal or external restrictions on your individual expression and allowing yourself to be more fully open and seen as authentically who you are. As you turn a corner with this opening, long-held restrictions can be turned into something constructive in your life that will help further you along on your life path.
Please know - this August blog is offered to help you work with the difficult energies that are coming up right now. In 2020, we are sharing new challenges in some way or another…please continue to hold all the beauty, light, and creatively coming through our collective as it is here for us simultaneously and will carry us through these next passages, as both Uranus and Neptune are making positive and stimulating aspects with Venus the second half of the month.
…on to the action…
August 1st - 8th ~ Sun square Uranus
In this first week of August, you might feel internal tensions becoming more activated around not wanting to hold back on new levels of self-expression. It’s a good time to do some dedicated, inner exploration by asking yourself, “how well am I showing up for myself in alignment with my actual being?” This question may be present within you already. What’s unique about the evolution of the internal question in early August is that it will feel more intensely challenging on the inside to remain aware that there are areas where you are not showing up for yourself, or taking the actions that your soul is asking you to initiate.
This energy is brought to the surface inside you by the Sun square Uranus aspect happening over the first week of August, highlighting this aforementioned internal conflict …. and offering you an opportunity to free yourself of some type of restriction you formerly thought you couldn’t get out from under.
Square aspects, at first, can feel difficult to experience as they challenge you to grow in some way that seems almost impossible. However, when you’re able to open yourself to what the square’s energy is trying to show you, you’re able to resolve an old standing pattern of restriction that on some level was unconsciously holding you down.
Squares represent internal conflicts between two aspects of yourself. With the Sun and Uranus, this is about you coming in contact with your own unique expression (Your Solar Radiance), feeling any limitations there, and suddenly taking action to break free (Uranian liberation) of the restriction.
It reminds me of Anais Nin’s words:
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”.
August 16th - October 17th ~ Saturn Square Mars
In my July astrology blog, I spoke of Mars entering Aries - amplifying aggression, potentially magnifying contentiousness personally and/or collectively. Mars will go retrograde this fall and therefore have a particularly long, extended stay in Aries until January. In the second half of August the Square on Mars by Saturn brings more of a restrictive quality to Mars’s energy. At face value, the Saturn Square stirs up a struggle against authority as you might be feeling more confined in your movement by some greater power. However, there’s a constructive way to work with this that will help you focus your energy productively. Saturn energy can curb the wildly and aggressive energy in Mars, and it also helps point you towards becoming more clear on what’s worth fighting for and what will just keep you endlessly spinning your wheels for the sake of being right. The hard aspect by Saturn asks our personal Martian willful energy to be more intentional and grounded - even as it heats up with a push from Aries.
If in later August you start feeling like something is blocking you from taking the actions you want to take, the best approach is to not focus so much on where you feel restricted, but look for where the openness is and the things you can work on and build from there. Mars is full of energy, and Saturn directs the energy towards what will be most useful for you to focus on during this 2 month period of time. If you find yourself focusing too much on restrictions, then you might feel more frustration and tension, in your mind and body, regarding matters of your life. Move yourself away from things that aren’t working out and go towards the things that are - this is my best advice for handling this Saturn square Mars period. Find the openings and work where you can be effective. Trust the process of where Saturn’s placement of limitations become present. Accepting some limits is part of the energy of growth.
We will certainly be seeing this played out on our collective stage, but notice how it hits you personally and work from that place.
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Laura Allmacher RN, LAc, has been practicing in the field of medicine for 20 years, dedicating most of this time to the healing arts and natural medicine. Along with a current acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice, Laura also provides professional astrology readings as a form of a guide to help bring timing, meaning and perspective to deeper life patterns and situations so one can make the most out of their incarnation.