August 2019: The first day of the month is auspicious for a few signs as Mercury turns direct again, bringing relief for many. July had us all endure Mercury retrograde, a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse. Some signs felt these more than others but this month is a lot more peaceful overall.

Uranus begins a retrograde on the 11th, on the same day that Jupiter returns to direct motion, heralding sudden changes or rewards for some lucky people. For the next several months, Uranus will challenge us to seek changes that bring us more up to date with the rest of the world, and also us to find balance between mother Earth and technology. Some people may suffer unexpected financial hardships, and globally we are likely to hear of more security breaches on the internet, especially pertaining to leaked financial information.

Jupiter is a bit more kind since opportunities and rewards that had been delayed will now be green lighted and move forward. Many will enjoy sudden windfalls or an increase in pleasurable activities. Some will suffer the fate of previous excessive spending or squandering of other resources and feel the pain.

Make the most of this last full month of summer!

Here are monthly horoscope forecasts for your entertainment. Click on your sign below.

Aries the Ram – March 21 to April 20

Taurus the Bull – April 21 to May 21

Gemini the Twins – May 22 to June 21

Cancer the Crab – June 22 to July 22

Leo the Lion – July 23 to August 22

Virgo the Virgin – August 23 to September 23

Libra the Scales – September 24 to October 23

Scorpio the Scorpion – October 24 to November 22

Sagittarius the Archer – November 23 to December 21

Capricorn the Goat-Fish – December 22 to January 20

Aquarius the Water-Bearer – January 21 to February 19

Pisces the Fishes – February 20 to March 20

Astrology has been popular off and on for over 5000 years and has evolved over 5 millennia to become 3 separate primary branches. Ayurvedic (or Vedic) astrology, perhaps the progenitor of all modern astrological systems, is one of the oldest forms and is generally practiced and followed in India and Hindu cultures around the world. Chinese astrology is derived from Ayurvedic astrology and is widely followed in countries with large Asian populations, originating in China. Western astrology was developed through Persian and Greco-Roman influences over the last 2500 years, with these ancient cultures applying their own names and interpretations of the signs and planets now so familiar.

Historically, most every indigenous culture worldwide developed their own unique form of astrology, often independently from other cultures, such as Celtic astrology, North American First Nations animal medicine astrology, Egyptian, Mayan and Aztec astrology.

Although all 3 primary systems of astrology are quite different from one another, it’s interesting to note that they correspond with the 3 primary branches of medicine; Ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and modern allopathic (Western) medicine. In the Americas, Europe and parts of Oceania, Western astrology is most widely followed.