August 2020 Astrological Forecast
August opens with a challenging, mixed group of planets – Mercury (announcements) opposing Pluto (pandemic) on the 1st and 2nd, followed by the Sun (energy) clashing with Uranus (acute), and Mars (aggressive) bombarding Jupiter (massive), and Mercury (directions) crunching Saturn (limitation) on the 3rd and 4th. These planetary combinations are provoking disarray up to the full Moon (crescendo) in the zodiac signs of Leo (grandeur) and Aquarius (self-expression) by the 4th at 1:59 am AEST. This assorted combination will also be followed by a critical display of other planetary disruptions during the days of 8th -13th and 29th-31st.
Well, you may ask, what does all this astrological terminology mean? Do not be alarmed, matters are not disastrous. However the “cosmos” predictions for the global population throughout August are, unfortunately, a continued escalation and struggle with Covid-19, further economic disruption, increased financial debt through government assistance and stimulus packages, rising unemployment, restrictive travel movement, unrest, instability, public resentment, disorder, complacency, demonstrations, anti-establishment riots, vandalism, intensified crime rate, family abuse, increased poverty, and homelessness. That is what it means, and we will get through this drama eventually, so keep your chin up! Global news services will be full of major crime stories, explosions, major accidents, sporting injuries, unusual weather disruptions, and economic stress for many.
Seriously, do not blame governments (apart from China) for this continuing escapade of increased health chaos, fear, restriction, unsettledness, violence, and debt. Blame those who are not complying with the recommended government demands and medical guidelines. The increased spike of Covid-19 health issues during August (Mars clashing with Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto) will present further economic confusion and rising joblessness due also to Neptune, planet of illusion, complacency, selfishness and stupidity, clashing with the Moon’s nodes in the global sectors of population, restriction, health, social gatherings and personal movement.
Remember, if you do not have to venture out for good reason such as work, medical, essential food shopping or front-line services and assistance, then stay at home and restrict your movements. If you are feeling off-colour, then do not go to work, get yourself tested and stay in isolation. When people gather in large groups socially, due to boredom, loneliness, impatience, restlessness, and lack of self-discipline, the greater the risk of attracting new health problems. This in turn will escalate to further restrictions, close-downs, financial disaster – especially for small business operators, creating many closures and bankruptcies, hence restricting future employment opportunities for those desperately seeking work.
With Uranus (crisis) presently in transit through the financial building sign of Taurus, it's important the world population gets back to work as soon as possible and kick-starts the global economy, otherwise this extended devastating recession will continue. However, we have a long way to go before this pandemic is completely over and, fortunately, the distribution of a Covid-19 vaccine is not far away, so be patient. When Venus (balance) enters the therapeutic and medical sign of Virgo from October 2, 2020 the world should see a slow improvement towards health recovery with the commencement of a Covid-19 vaccine distribution program throughout October to December 2020. From the lunar eclipse on November 30, 2020 at 7:30 pm AEST in the zodiac travel, negotiations, connections and communications signs of Sagittarius and Gemini, this will be the key that slowly opens the door to normality. Patience, discipline and endurance are the recommended solutions from August to November 2020. Stay positive.
The confident solar eclipse in Sagittarius (movement and commercialism) December 15, 2020, 2:15 am, AEST, should influence a slow constructive turning point that will power the global economy forward, so from the week of January 18, 2021 look forward to the start of an encouraging, hard working economic growth year ahead. The world will overcome this Covid-19 plague and, from 2021 onward, the global population will witness the beginning of a gradual positive economic recovery, improved international trade, rising employment opportunities, and an increased standard of living over the next seven building years. The good news is, a slight upswing in personal security and spending will be seen when Jupiter (fortunate) transits Pisces (unforeseen) and winks positively at Uranus (change) in the financial zodiac sign of Taurus, between May 13 and July 28, 2021. This period should slightly ease emotional tension and uncertainty for many.
From the 5th, Mercury, planet of planning and negotiations, will enter the zodiac sign of Leo (sovereignty) and clash with Uranus (sudden and unexpected), creating a flashpoint between Chinese manufacturing holdings, business interests, economics, and that of the rest of the world's objection to China’s domination of their telecommunications technology and hardline business attitude. With Venus (peace) also in transit through the zodiac home and security sign of Cancer, expect an increased diplomatic attempt to avoid a serious cold war showdown between Western alliances and China over the South China Sea, Hong Kong, India border, Taiwan, and Pacific countries. According to China’s horoscope, Xi Jinping and his CCP will begin to show impatience over sovereignty and trade negotiations, due to their confined economy and Covid-19 situation.
Throughout August, China’s diplomatic and business affairs will not be proceeding the way they want, and the CCP will demand a change in play to get their own way. Expect increased international political debate, uncompromising dialogue over sovereignty, sanctions, tariffs, and human rights. China is predicted to expand military operations and applications, together with threatening military muscle in the South China Sea area. Planned joint Russian/China military exercises, intelligence gathering and foreign cybercrime will also show increased signs of activity globally and interference from August onward, especially toward the USA elections less than 95 days away.
According to China’s horoscope, with the slow transits of outer planets forming adversely with China’s natal planets over the next three years, expect to witness similar influences and reminders of the regimented Nazi regime of 1939-1945, enticing military power, authority, and possible conflict. During August 2020 to January 2022, the extremely powerful combinations of Saturn/Uranus/Pluto connections in China’s horoscope represent dominant internal Chinese forces driving for future transformation, colliding with compelling resistance from the Western world. Expect to also observe sudden actions by China that have not been anticipated. China has been simmering and building protective arsenal fictitiously behind the scenes in the South China Sea over that past ten years. They are not there for display purposes only and will be a future threat to the western alliance.
President Xi Jinping (Gemini), according to his horoscope, appeared to have been under pressure with internal dialogue and negotiations whilst attending the recent powerful Communist Party’s Central Committee meeting in late July. Much attention would have been perceived behind closed doors, selecting vacancies for the elite, and attending to China’s challenging economic affairs and military budget. Astrologically, there would have been serious behind the scene tension amongst certain members of the Politburo Standing Committee headed by Xi’s close friend and current Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, Li Zhanshu (Virgo), who will certainly be a person of interest with western intelligence and news media during 2021-2023. According to Li’s horoscope, from January 2021 he can expect a continuous display of intense ego conflict with a few zealous members of the Politburo Standing Committee, military hierarchy, territory governors and business administrators, over state departmental policies and budgets. Also, much hard-line political debate with selective CCP members over western countries who intrinsically oppose China’s $900 billion Belt and Road initiative. Li Zhanshu is not a person to be taken for granted. He is direct, honest, and loyal to Xi Jinping, forceful and extremely aggressive in pursuing his and the CCP’s goals. Li is impatient and has a volatile side to his nature when placed in a corner. He is an extremely progressive person with considerable creative talent and driving ambition, who will never accept no for an answer and should not be taken for granted.
Mars (aggression), presently in transit through Aries (impatient), will whip up China’s hard-liners in the CCP and nationalists in retaliation over the non-acceptance by the west of the Chinese tech giant Huawei's 5G program and the recent consulate closures in Houston, Texas. Venus (balance) in the zodiac sign of Cancer (security) is predicted to tone down any future heavy rhetoric, otherwise China will shoot themselves in the foot and endanger their fragile economy and provoke global segregation. During August, expect to observe much diplomatic tit-for-tat, with China eventually backing down in a more compromising manner by September. President Xi Jinping (Gemini), according to his horoscope, has no intentions of a major international skirmish. He would prefer a compromising dialog with Trump, the US Government and world leaders.
The battle between the Republicans and Democrats, Trump (Gemini) and Biden (Scorpio), is predicted to escalate throughout August with Biden continuing to lead in the polls. Unfortunately for Trump, the Covid-19 pandemic disruption is the major obstacle preventing him from rapidly building the US economy and settling many of his future economic goals. However, the US horoscope does appear to show a positive turn from August 7 through to September 6. During this cycle expect increased tariffs on Sino-American trade, and further debate and action over Trump’s ending of Hong Kong’s special status. Hong Kong banks and subsidiaries could be subject to new laws or policies by both China and America that could affect the value of the US dollar and Chinese Yuan, especially during September 28 – October 28. Difficulties between the US, China and the World Trade Organization may also threaten economic uncertainty for countries like Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaya, India, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. Trump will use this uncertainty during his electoral campaign, together with law and order in his debates with Biden, to Trump’s advantage.
China has stated in the past their country is committed to resolving territorial and jurisdictional disputes, directly with all countries. Trump believes otherwise and may pressure Biden to explain and debate his Democratic policies regarding China and Hong Kong because of China’s new national security laws and American retirement investments in Chinese companies. Biden’s reply could result in a vote for Trump. Answers to the present US economy, Covid-19 and future Democratic directional strategies and solutions will also be difficult subjects for Biden to sell to the electorate.
Trump's Republican popularity will show an increase during September and October through his strong electoral debates with Biden. Unfortunately for Biden, he is presently sitting on the fence, running with the favourable polls, hoping Trump will fall from grace on his own doing. With Mars (debate) favouring Trump rather than Biden, this could be Biden’s biggest mistake. The tables will turn from September 7, putting pressure on Biden to perform, and this may be difficult for him to achieve, especially with the American black population, hence poll popularity changes. Biden, whilst Vice President during the Obama reign, did nothing of substantial influence for the American black population, whereas Trump has allocated education budgets, equality, and legal benefits to the black community. Biden's past remark, "If you don’t vote for me, you are not black”. Not the best statement Biden has made during an election campaign.
Viewing and comparing both Trump and Biden’s horoscopes, November 3, 2020, Election Day, Trump’s planetary aspects in his horoscope appears to be more favoured by the Electoral College vote than Biden's, and the US electorate could see Trump achieve a second term, much to the pleasure of China and Russia.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison (Taurus) can thank his “lucky stars”, for August will be a positive popularity polls month for him. His approval with the Australian electorate will be high. Morrison has been working extremely hard and long, in conjunction with his Treasurer and State premiers, keeping the Australian economy in play through various stimuli and a deficit balance to help/save businesses, working and unemployed families through the Covid-19 pandemic. With Venus in transit through Cancer from the 8th, and linking positively with Morrison's natal Sun in Taurus, Morrison’s cabinet team, in conjunction with state premiers, should see a more controlling influence of the Covid-19 pandemic and the recession effects in Australia throughout August. Although the state of Victoria is continuing to experience a high rate of Covid-19 cases, when Uranus (sudden and unexpected) begins to retrograde (slow down movement) from the 15th, greater control and a further settling of the pandemic situation will begin to show.
According to Australia’s horoscope, during the 16th to 29th, the Sun (energy), Mercury (announcements), Mars (action) and Jupiter (benefits) will enhance the control of the virus and economic problems until a vaccination becomes available from October onward. Australia has always been known as "The Lucky Country" and will survive any adverse situation. The years ahead will be costly, and it may take until August 2029, when Uranus moves out of Australia’s horoscope financial sector, before the Australian government shows a more federally balanced budget.
Astrologically, Australia’s future looks financially sound over the next decade, compared to many other countries. Don't be concerned with debt and deficit, don't become negative and paranoid about your children and their children having to pay back monies owed. It is all about supply and demand. During the next ten years, according to Australia’s horoscope, the global demand for commodities such as energy, metals, livestock, and agriculture from Australia to overseas countries will be exceptionally high and so will the Australian increased cash price profits rise for those commodities. Australian high-tech industries and future defence projects have yet to really get off the ground in Australia to satisfy global markets and what a bonus that will be in the future. An $850 billion debt on today’s low interest rates is not a lot of money, compared to Australia’s overall future opportunities and wealth. Income from factors such as overseas student education, land or foreign shares should also be taken into consideration and Australia has plenty of educational institutions on offer to teach and plenty of land to lease. Not foreign ownership.
With Uranus (abnormal) turning retrograde (critical slowdown) from August 15, 2020, to January 14, 2021, some good news for August. With Venus (money) entering the home and security sign of Cancer during August 8 – September 6, expect during this period to see a slight boost in advanced new job growth, especially in the following industries: building and trades, real estate, land developers, hospitality, retail, bakers, butchers, cooks, hair dressers, homecare, age care, teaching, farming, agriculture, mining, fishing, abattoirs, microbiologist, laboratory assistance, medical, nursing, healthcare, osteopaths, psychologists, defence forces, police and security, accountants, grave diggers, funeral directors, monumental makers, stevedores, shipping, courier services, deliveries, engineers, mechanics, and welders. Unfortunately, Mars (work) and Jupiter (travel-communications) will clash during August and this will continue to affect the airline and media industries, who will experience transformations and rescheduling with some internal flight services, business closures, television re-programming, continued volunteer staff redundancies or cuts driven by travel restriction and depleted advertising revenue. Many magazines, local and rural newspapers and services will go digital.
With Venus (glamour) meeting positively with Neptune (showbiz), the government stimulus packages for arts, film and theatre production will assist actors, musicians, writers, producers, directors, artists, assistants, teachers, and trainee performers. However, patience will be required as the full force of the entertainment industry will not be seen until Jupiter transits Aquarius (expression) and Pisces (arts) during 2021-2022. This cycle indicates remarkable opportunities for many. The travel and entertainment industries are predicted to advance at a prompt pace with the assistance of Jupiter (enlargement) and Saturn (stability) influencing the travel industry, tourism and performing arts during these years. Be patient, good times are coming.
Overall, unsettled weather conditions can be expected throughout August, especially during 8th – 13th and 21st – 27th. The Southern Hemisphere can expect overcast, moderate to heavy rain falls, windy conditions on the west coast, with heavy rain and snow falls on the south-eastern region. Some minor flooding in low lying areas, high seas, and electrical storms could be seen. Farmers should be pleased with winter soaking rains during late August and into September, an advantageous planting cycle for crops. The Northern Hemisphere can expect hot, humid weather, high temperatures, wind gusts, fires, and heavy rainfall in eastern areas, storms in the mid-west. With Venus in the zodiac sign of Cancer, farmers in the northern hemisphere should be pleased with vegetable, corn, soya and wheat crop production yields. Cattle and pork prices should also yield high prices throughout August. Both hemispheres can expect sudden changes in weather patterns from the New Moon in Leo (sun) on August 19, 12:42 pm AEST, warm one day, cold the next. During the first quarter Moon 26th to 31st, expect some road closures, flooding, mud slides and traffic hazards. Emergency services could be busy.
ASX: With Mars clashing with Jupiter/Saturn/Pluto this month, markets will encounter volatility. With Mercury (announcements) in the gold sign of Leo, expect industrial stocks to be under pressure, including NASDAQ. With China/USA relations in question, gold and precious metal prices could continue to climb from 1st - 4th. During the 6th - 20th, care should be taken with stock speculation, but watch gold prices change the week of 10th -14th – prices this month could near the $2000 mark. However September, when Venus (money) transits Leo (gold), there could be a rush to buy during Monday 7th September through to Friday 2, October. That is where gold could reach the maximum for 2020.
Bitcoin investors could also see a rush throughout August. Popular profit days, 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 23, 26.
With the markets changing hour by hour at present due to spot announcements, it is difficult to predict the final bell + or - for the day as the planets are influenced by the Moon in transit. The following ASX trading days may assist investors, using the plus and minus method overall for the trading days. Care should be taken with minus days as they will fluctuate hourly, then by the end of trading for the day the ASX could end up plus at closing or vice versa.
August: 3+, 4+, 5+, 6+, 7-, 10+, 11+, 12-, 13+, 14-, 17+, 18+, 19-, 20-, 21-, 24+, 25-, 26+, 27-, 28+, 31+.
Agriculture: 6, 7, 11, 12, 17, 24, 28.
Biotech: 3, 4, 5, 13, 26, 27, 31.
Energy: 3, 10, 11, 25, 26.
Oil: 6, 7, 17, 24, 25.
Metals: 3, 10, 18, 19, 26, 27.
Financials: 10, 11, 12, 24, 25, 26.
Gold: 17, 18, 19.
Silver: 17, 24, 28, 31.
Best days: 5, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 28, 29, 31.
Cautious days: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 30.
Stay safe and healthy.