Mercury is moving forward and fast this month—hooray! The swift-moving little guy quickly catches up with the Sun for Greater Epiphany Day on August 17th. This is the peak of a wave of intellectual clarity and speed, so plan to use the rest of September for the inevitable follow-through. And if August 17th is your birthday, you face a year of mental acuity. Here’s more good stuff about Mercury Retrogrades and how it works.
The beginning of Leo season came on July 22 and will carry on until August 22. Throughout the month of Leo, the sun will shine bright and even if the weather cools down briefly for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we can rest assured that the heat will return with a vengeance. Such is the nature of the fixed sign of Leo; we are dead in the middle of the season and so we persist. We tend the plants, we beat the heat. Wish your Leo friends a happy birthday by inviting them along on fun adventures, or simply by lavishing them with your attention. Leo loves to feel seen, appreciated and adored, and that kind of consideration can be the best birthday present of all. Fixed Leo is generous and passionate—while the Sun is in this sign, use the energies as an opportunity to delve into your creativity. The medium doesn’t matter as much as the intentional cultivation of deep joy that artistry (of any kind) can evoke in us.
Virgo ushers us into the slow but steady transition between summer and fall. This year Virgo runs from August 22 through September 22. Virgo is the season of the first harvest, which is appropriate because analytical, detail-oriented Virgo is all about separating the wheat from the chaff, both literally and metaphorically. Virgo is the organizer, focusing on purging and cleansing, sifting through every detail. This late summer harvest-time begins to set a tone of hard work for the winter by reminding us that the sunlight is now waning. Ruled by Mercury, Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign and this makes sense as Mutable signs are adaptive and responsive to environmental changes (like seasonal ones!). You can avail yourself of your own Mutable strengths during this time by shifting out of fast-paced summer routines and preparing to slow down.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.