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August Stargazer 2016

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Return of the light

All traditional cultures celebrate the changes of season and for those of us in the cooler southern climes, the beginning of August heralds the end of winter and gradual return of the light after the winter solstice. Although the nights are still long, we can sense that spring is just around the corner. A beautiful folk custom, still practised in many countries, is to place a lighted candle in each window of your house at sunset or to carry a burning white candle through your home to celebrate the growing strength of the sun. Physical energy also starts to increase at this time of year; so plan a spring clean and decluttering session or head off to the sauna and spa.

Saturn-Neptune – new forms from old structures

Throughout 2016 the planets Saturn (reality/tradition) and Neptune (idealism/possibility) will clash in the heavens. The gift of the Saturn-Neptune battle is to create new forms out of old structures, though the birthing process is not always smooth. Saturn rules dry earth and Neptune deep water. When you mix water with earth you get mud, but that mud can be sculpted into amazing new forms. When these two planetary giants last met in 1989 in Capricorn, a series of surprising events changed the course of history and there are distinct parallels with the events of today.

First, the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska reminded us of the fragility of our environment – this year climate change has killed 25% of the coral on the Barrier Reef and scientists all over the world are fighting to raise awareness and reverse the damage. Secondly, in 1989 the Berlin Wall, a seemingly impenetrable structure, was knocked down, reuniting East and West Germany and paving the way for the breakdown of the Soviet Union. This year we’ve seen the clash of idealism vs reality in the UK with the Brexit vote, which could eventually lead to the breakdown of the European Union. Thirdly, in China in 1989 the communist government attacked the pro-democracy student demonstrators in Tiananmen Square while in 2016 Muslim extremists are launching attacks on pro-democracy civilians from all parts of the world.

Perhaps the most significant event of 1989, the one that will be remembered long after we’ve forgotten about ISIS, was the invention of the World Wide Web, a technology which has revolutionised the lives of billions of people all over the world. At the time, Timothy Berners-Lee was working as a software engineer at a particle physics lab in Geneva. He noticed that visiting scientists were having difficulty sharing information and remarked: “There was different information on different computers, but you had to log onto different computers to get at it. Also, sometimes you had to learn a different program on each computer. Often it was just easier to go and ask people when they were having coffee…”  To solve this problem Timothy invented HTTP (web language), HTML (the linking of web resources) and the URL (the website address). He also created the first web page editor/browser and the first web server. Under that Saturn-Neptune influence of 1989, not only did he create a new structure out of an old form, but he and his colleagues advocated to ensure that the World Wide Web would be available on a royalty-free basis forever, to ensure diversity and equality of access.

As we navigate these times of change under the current Saturn-Neptune square, ask yourself: “How can I create a new form out of an old structure? How can I make the world a better place? Where is my World Wide Web?”

Leo the Lion – strength, supremacy, glory and brilliance

From 22nd July to 23rd August, the sun travels through fire sign Leo, symbolised by the majestic lion, king of the beasts. Lions in art and mythology are symbols of strength, supremacy, glory and brilliance, and most Leos are extremely creative and love to show off their talents. Often attracted to the performing arts or any role where they can shine and lead others, Leos at their best are loving, loyal, affectionate and sincere, displaying willpower, courage, dignity and leadership and radiating confidence.

Leo rules the heart, circulatory system and spine. When Leos are out of balance they can suffer from back pain, nervous palpitations, high blood pressure, fever, stroke and heart disease. The Leo colours are gold and orange. Leo is ruled by the sun; so those with a prominent sun in their chart often display Leo qualities. Leo’s greatest lesson is to learn that the true leader is the servant of all. Happy birthday to all Leos – here’s wishing you a fantastic year ahead!

August new moon 

The August new moon falls in fire sign Leo on the 3rd. New moons signify new beginnings and, with Leo being a brilliant, creative and courageous energy, now is the time to banish shyness and show off your talents to the world, whatever they may be. The new moon aligns with serious Saturn, offering the discipline and determination to carry any project to fruition. The theme for this new moon is ‘cosmic timing’.

August full moon

The August full moon falls in Aquarius on 18th August. Aquarius is a quirky energy at the best of times and this full moon links in with Uranus, making the whole full moon period even more unpredictable, with a tense, electrical pulse. Be flexible, keep your sense of humour and expect the unexpected!


August stars


Aries Adventure, travel, romance, creativity – seriously, the choice is yours Aries. With ruling planet Mars and the sun both in fire signs in August, you should be feeling ‘fired up’ and ready for anything. Time to take a few risks perhaps!
Taurus The focus is on home, family and children this month Taurus. If you’re looking to renovate, decorate, buy or build a new home, make plans after the new moon on the 3rd but don’t rush into anything too quickly.
Gemini Enjoy time with close friends and family this month Gemini, but don’t stray too far from home – there will be many opportunities for socialising and networking. And with feisty Mars in your partnership sector, keep your cool in all personal and business negotiations.
Cancer August is a great month for spending money on things you’ll treasure and use for years to come Cancer. And as your mind will be particularly clear and focussed, you’ll be able to tackle knotty problems and make intelligent decisions.
Leo Happy birthday Leo – be sure to celebrate in style! A beautiful new moon in Leo on the 3rd promises love, joy, creativity and pleasure and is a great time to set intentions not only for this month, but for the whole year ahead.
Virgo Blessed with one of the best minds in the zodiac, your mind will be slicing and dicing information even faster than usual with ruling planet Mercury in Virgo all month. Brainstorm, plot, plan, analyse and dissect to your heart’s content.
Libra Life is about to get seriously exciting Libra with new opportunities and good fortune coming your way thick and fast. In the meantime tie up any loose ends and prepare yourself for lucky Jupiter entering your sign on 9th September.
Scorpio Finances should take a turn for the better with dynamic Mars in your money house all month. Work and career also look very positive – you’ll be able to impress those who count; so show others what you’re capable of.
Sagittarius Warrior god Mars heads into Sagittarius on the 3rd giving you the power, courage and determination to push forward and achieve your goals. August is also a great time for travel, study and expanding your horizons; so dream big!
Capricorn August is a month for tying up loose ends in readiness for September when your professional life will take a turn for the better as Jupiter enters your career sector for a year-long stay. Lay the groundwork now so you’ll be ready for all the new opportunities.
Aquarius Enjoy and celebrate your friendships this month – all good things will come via others. And mark your diary for 18th August, the Aquarian full moon, an event which happens just once a year. Expect clarity and closure plus a few surprises!
Pisces Take care of your health this month Pisces. You’re particularly susceptible to taking on the emotional baggage of others, and this can run you down. Spend time with those you love and get plenty of quality rest.

August moon calendar

Launch projects at the new moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the full moon to the third quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next new moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the full moon or when the moon is in the same sign as your sun (or star) sign.





Moon phase

1st – 2nd







New moon 3rd










First quarter










Full moon 18th













Third quarter




29th – 1st





Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant.

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