2016 August Astrology News

    In the Northern Hemisphere, we are in the thick of summer. This means that the Leo Sun is shining bright.  Leo is The Sun Sign of the zodiac. This means that “Lion” personas are known for authentic self-expression. Letting your proverbial “sun” sign shine speaks to this particular radiant solar child of the zodiac.  Whether you were born in the time of Leo or not, you might need to reference a Leo’s grand and dramatic production to know that all of us do well when we come from a clear knowledge of our authenticity.  Along with knowing one’s true self, the Leo Sun person seems to be fueled by the motivation to create. As astrologer Caroline Casey has described: Leo’s job is to produce, direct, present, and stage life’s richness. I say “Bravo” to the bravery and courage of this sign.  Happy Birthday, dear Leos!

   The beginning of this month starts out with a burst of fire with many aspects of the zodiac dealing with fire energy and thus instilling in us the desire to express, to create, and make things happen.  With the Leo New Moon happening on August 2, we are compelled to ask ourselves how does creativity come into our lives at this time?  How are we at play with Leo in our lives? The new moon provides an excellent opportunity to launch new beginnings in our individual areas of creativity.  For example, if someone has Leo in their fourth house of home, family, and legacies, we might find this person creating a new environment in their home, or creating a new fresh start with their interactions with their family, or even considering building something that offers a lasting legacy. 

    Even if you are not a Leo Sun, Moon, or Rising, you have a “house” that is ruled by Leo.  This placement gives you an idea where these new creative ideas and forms could originate.  The key with this particular New Moon in Leo is to know your truth and be true to your life path and purpose.  This is the powerful message of LeoBe Authentic and express this in all that you do!

    As I have said above, there is a great deal of fire energy at the beginning of this month. Saturn has been in Sagittarius, a fire sign that is at a positive angle to the Leo Sun and Moon.  Saturn has been retrograde since March and has been going over one’s karmic issues in the area of one’s chart where there is the sign of Sagittarius.  When Saturn is retrograde it focuses our attention on that area of our lives needing a karmic review or overhaul.  The questions for each of us during this Saturn transit are:  What negative patterns in my life need to be changed? What parts or areas of my life are not working well and how can I improve, change, and restore my integrity?  How can I own my authentic authority without compromising my values?

    Saturn is still retrograde for a few more weeks, but Mars going forward returns to Sagittarius on August 2nd.  Mars helps us to take the creative power of Leo and move forward with our ideas and plans. Also, more fire to add to the mix is Venus in Leo. As Stephanie Austin, astrologer, advises us: With Venus in this sign, it accentuates the connection between light, love, and creation. Love expands; fear contracts. Creativity flourishes in love and shrivels in trepidation. To create, we must be courageous and willing to face the unknown where it is a blank age, an empty canvas, or a new stage in life.

    This last sentence above provides the key theme to this month’s astrology news. While there are other events that will be followed up with an additional newsletter, the parting concepts and actions are summarized for your consideration:

  • Stay true to your authentic path. The beginning of the month gives support for this!
  • You can create something new and unique in your life right now. There is a potential for a new beginning in some aspect of your life, allowing you to be creative and to co-create with cosmic forces.
  • Your karmic lessons are coming up for you to review and to bring into alignment with your soul. It is time to reside in the truth of your being. “Know thyself”. 

Taking away from the seriousness of this message, please have fun this month and do not take yourself so seriously. Learn to dance with the cosmos, even if you have two left feet.

Cathy Basen

For most of my adult life, I have worked as an educator. Now, semi-retired from public school administration, I work part time as an education consultant.  However, my passion for decades has been my work as a professional astrologer and intuitive advisor.  My love for dialoguing soul-to-soul with people has rewarded me with amazing conversations and discourse.  I feel I have supported countless persons over the years by interpreting their astrology natal chart and also, reading Tarot cards as both serve as tools and methods to provide deep insights into the soul.