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August Astrological Forecast

"There is no controlling life.Try corralling a lightning bolt, containing a tornado. Dam a stream and it will create a new channel.  Resist, and the tide will sweep you off your feet.  Allow, and grace will carry you to higher ground." – Danna Faulds

It seems like everyone whom I speak to recently is experiencing a summer full of lessons, full of challenges, full of transformation.  Each day is truly a transformative experience, yet some days we can feel the transformation more acutely than others.  This is one of those times when we are collectively feeling the transformation more acutely.

I recall the concept of growing pains.  As a child, I grew tall rather quickly.  I remember feeling occasional pain in my knees and legs randomly that my mother would attribute to my growing spurts.  I became familiar with the term and understanding of physical growing pains, and whenever I felt that discomfort, I recognized it as a sign that I was growing taller.  I was excited to grow taller, so the pain did not hurt so much.

What most of us are experiencing are growing pains as adults.  It does not mean we are growing physically taller, but we are growing and expanding in our consciousness and our Self.  What if you could allow the transformation and allow the pain that comes with the growth?  What if as you accepted the growth, you began to notice that the suffering softened?

As we move into the month of August, the final full month of the summer season, we will undoubtably be in for another growth spurt.  The Sun is in Leo.  Leo is the sign of the Zodiac that represents creation.  Creation is growth.  Creation requires that we grow, and to grow means to release.  To grow means to change.  Creation requires change, and being receptive to change.  Leo also rules expression.  Leo asks us to express our highest Self.  As we express ourself as our most truthful identity, creativity naturally flows.

During August, the planet Mercury will retrograde through the sign of Virgo an then back into Leo.  This retrograde is a perfect time for all to re-evaluate their current health conditions and make the changes that reflect what they need to nourish their most truthful identity.  This is also a time to pay attention to the details and be as clear as possible about any agreements and plans that you are making.

Aries:  This is a great time to take a look at your health and reflect on your health from a holistic perspective.  What are you feeding your mind, body and spirit?  Each thought, thing, or experience you intake affects all 3 of these parts of you.  Are you willing to sacrifice your growth and natural state of joy for the things you are intaking?

Taurus: This is a month to be playful.  You may have felt like the past months have been pretty heavy and have required a serious element from you.  Now it is time to incorporate some play and romance.  Even if you are single, romance yourself!  Take yourself out, wear pretty clothes, soak in sea salts baths and massage your feet!  

Gemini: You may be pondering your home situation right now.  You may be tempted to move, break your lease, or do something that would change up your domestic life.  Remember that as we are in Mercury retrograde to be patient.  And if things don't work out as you "want" them to, trust that it is for the highest good.

Cancer: You are feeling a need for more inspiration this month.  This could be a good time to enroll for a class in a hobby that interests you or buy a membership to a museum, dance or yoga studio or something else that will rev you up.  Your finances are in good condition, so allow yourself to invest in yourself.

Leo: Mercury is retrograding through your house of self worth and personal income.  This is a time to reflect on how those 2 concepts work together.  For your birthday gift to yourself, do what makes you feel good about yourself!  Be in the state of feeling good by surrounding yourself with those conditions that incite self love.

Virgo: This month asks you to release some ideas about yourself that are no longer healing you or helping you.  Being hard on yourself and over analytical may no longer be serving you or allowing others to serve you.  Be gentle with yourself this month, and accept help.

Libra: Your dreams may reveal lots to you this month; both light and shadow. Remember that you are not your mind nor your thoughts, but your mind and thoughts are a reflection of you!  What are your daydreams and night dreams reflecting?  The parts that are being reflected are often the parts that need more attention.  Nourish those areas.

Scorpio: This is a powerful time to begin to plan out and get clear about the work that you want to do.  It has been a theme for the past couple of months perhaps, but with the new moon at the end of the month falling into your career area, take the time to think about what YOU want from your work!  Be patient with friends.

Sagittarius: Your career is at the center of this retrograde.  You may be reconsidering the work you are doing or perhaps how you are doing it.  This is a great time to make changes and try out new ways and models of your career and passion.  

Capricorn: If you have been thinking about returning to school, this would be a great time to start researching what you would like to study or areas of interest to you.  You are looking for a deeper and higher awareness.  It is within you already, you just have to find the settings to allow it to be out in the open.

Aquarius: This is a powerful month to create or begin to get clear what you want in a romantic partner.  As you do this, make sure you are bringing that same clarity into your idea of yours self.  Pay attention to your instincts and feelings, trust your gut about situations.

Pisces: Relationships from the past are revisiting you.  Perhaps there is a romantic partner from the past or an ex partner or fiance who has re-entered into your life.  It may not be to necessarily re-kindle the past, but it is to bring closure to the past.  Go with it, state your needs, be clear.

*For the month of August I am offering 45 minute long Spiritual Astrology Counseling sessions over the phone for $50. In this 45 minute journey, you will learn about your astrological chart and we will discuss hidden talents and ways to to unravel patterns that are holding you from your dreams. Email me at to schedule your appointment*

Kali Shirley Johnson, native New Yorker and Los Angeles-based, is a student of metaphysics. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga.  For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to