Posted on August 17 2020

by Karen McInerney
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Pets have helped us weather the pandemic, but how can they be so calm while the world is falling apart? Regardless, their calmness in turns calms us, delivering emotional support: Think of them as full-time furry mental-health practitioners, if you will.

If, in the past, you thought your pet was craving too much attention… well, now the shoe’s on the other paw. Maybe we are getting a taste of what millions of pets experience: the profound distress of being alone when they don’t want to be. When we come out the other side of this crisis, let’s remember with gratitude that our four-legged friends went through it with us.

The rare and potent Saturn Pluto conjunction that started 2020 was followed by several retrogrades and powerful eclipses. This month, however, we get a chance to catch our breath and enjoy a welcome break from the transformative energies the year has brought thus far. That said, if we pay attention, we might notice that it is setting the stage for what is to unfold in the final four months of the year.

Early in the month the Aquarius full Moon was a cleansing event, encouraging us to shed attachments that no longer serve us. Mars, the planet of action and energy, is an active player this month and will be through the end of the year. The Sun shifts from being in Leo to Virgo, which has a soft and flowy nature but is also strong and fierce. This is a reflective month that reminds us to monitor our inner compass.


ARIES  Mar 21 – Apr 19 Fire 

Me first! Me first! Your Aries pet will tend to push their way to be top of the heap. Your furry one is a cheerful action hero with lots of enthusiastic courage. Relationships are very important this month. Have clarity about your interactions with your pet, because they want to be considered a family member. If you’d like to make your Aries happy, plan an adventure that you can participate in together. Playing, running, and trying to stay out of trouble are this month’s highlights. 


TAURUS  Apr 20 – May 20 Earth

Your “bull” has a very difficult time with change, and this month that will be especially challenging. If your schedule has shifted, don’t expect your pet to have a smooth transition. Stubbornness could be his middle name, and once your furry one make up his mind to do something, consider it done. So, if your pet insists on jumping in the car to go for a ride when not invited, it’s likely you will drive around the block. Think of it as your opportunity to express gratitude and make him happy. Outdoor activities are very important this month.

 GEMINI  May 21 – June 20 Air

The “twins” will feel more anxious than usual this month, which could show itself in constant licking of their paws or nail-biting. The best way to distract your Gemini is by having a conversation. Your four-legged charmer is not boring and does not like to be bored: They thrive on new environments and would love a sleepover at a friend’s house. Your Gemini loves to show off and amuse, knowing that large, expressive eyes work best (you can charge admission). This month, the tendency to go from calm to crazy at a drop of a biscuit will be pronounced. Go with the flow, and teach your playful partner how to give belly kisses on your belly.  


CANCER  June 21 – July 22 Water

Your water-sign pet is motivated by emotion rather than logic, which makes them compassionate, sensitive, and intuitive. Speaking in a soft and comforting voice as frequently as possible will be reassuring. They possess a quiet but intrinsic power and move at their own speed. Your devoted furry one likes to take life easy―drama is a complete waste of time. This month, the preference to invest her time in chilling will be quite noticeable. Of all the signs, Cancer is most affected by the Moon. The full Moon in Aquarius may initiate more howling than usual. Perhaps join in with some human howling: It may be a healthy release. So howl together―preferably out of neighbors’ earshot.


LEO  July 23 – Aug 22 Fire

Happy birthday, Leo! Welcome to your new year. This courageous and mischievous ruler is always protective over his kingdom and will not run off to the circus as long as he feels secure. A great home lover, affectionate and carefree—no routines, please. Your furry one has so much enthusiasm they can barely restrain themselves from licking every dinner plate pre-dishwasher. August may bring out more daydreaming than expected. Your Leo will hide somewhere to be alone or take a walk by himself. These moments won’t last long, though, and they’ll quickly return to being their affectionate, lovable selves.


VIRGO  Aug 23 – Sept 22 Earth

Mercury, the ruling planet, moves into Virgo on August 20th, intensifying its influences. Your pet will be more communicative than usual, with barking, meowing, gestures, and heightened looks. Seize the opportunity by having long, meaningful conversations—yes, your Virgo is that smart. This romantic and playful furry one prefers to bestow all their love and affection on one human. This month feelings of abundance and goodness and a sense of well-being are pronounced. Vivid dreams will spark your pet’s imagination. It would not be far-fetched if a dream inspires a song—something even bigger than “Who Let the Dogs Out” by the Baha Men! Time for a pet record label.


LIBRA  Sept 23 – Oct 22 Air

Venus-ruled pets have the most appealing personalities of the zodiac and are deeply attached to other pets and humans. Following you around brings comfort. Stop and “paws” to snuggle with your furry one. They value peace and quiet over action. August is a low-key month, so it will be no surprise that your four-legged companion will feel more harmonic and tranquil. This is a great time for you both to go for walks in nature. Your Libra understands the value of their relationship with you, and pleasing you brings them great joy. Show your gratitude by daily grooming and belly rubbing.


SCORPIO  Oct 23 – Nov 21 Water

There are no planets in Scorpio this month, which means peace and tranquility. Of course there will always be influences, but no major astrological ones. Your furry companion never forgets—both the wrongs and the treats. If you are kind and attentive to your pet and build (and earn their) trust, they will come out of their shell and be yours till the end. They take their job to protect you seriously—let neither man nor beast come between you. The best way of saying thank you is to lavish them with approval and affection (and a little grooming with Lather + Bathe Shampoo). Activity and adventure are highlighted this month.


SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22 – Dec 21 Fire

It’s been a bit challenging for our dear archer with Jupiter, the ruling planet in Capricorn (the sign of efficiency, productivity and minutia), because your furry one prefers the big picture. Restless and impatient, your Sag will act before considering the consequences—hey, consequences can be dealt with later…or not at all. Your four-legged friend has the spirit of adventure deep in their bones and loves exploring. Take day trips, enjoying beaches, forests, and playgrounds. Natural-born hunters, Sags will stalk anything that moves: ants, butterflies, and old newspapers. Your beloved is blessed with a passionate personality and is sensitive and sympathetic to human moods. Sagittarius is also one of the funniest zodiac signs. Express your pleasure and appreciation with some petting and belly rubs. Good mischief and merriment are at the forefront this month.


CAPRICORN  Dec 22 – Jan 19 Earth

The stars point to the Capricorn pet wanting to relax, but in fact she is trying to let you know about something that’s bothering her. Pay close attention and look for clues. Your furry friend has good judgment and exceptional insight, especially where people are concerned. The Cap pet will have a tendency to be grumpy at times this month. The antidote? Alone time with you, learning a new trick. Capricorns are ruled by Saturn, and tenacity and patience are their predominant traits. With the Leo new Moon on August 18th, your mountain goat’s natural invulnerable nature will show more emotion. Respond with sensitivity, hugs, compliments, and treats until you receive generous tail wagging.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20 – Feb 18 Air

Relationships are important to the Aquarian this month. Highly intelligent, your furry one has her own communication system (and a mind of her own), and she may sometimes seem more human than pet. Neptune, Pluto, Saturn, and Jupiter will have a major impact on the Aquarian in August. Naturally having a detached and disengaged personality, interacting with others and some satisfying scratching on her favorite spot will recharge her. While she may seem uninterested in what is going on around her, a little fussing will bring huge delight. The Aquarian pet loves freedom and lending a helping paw. Create surprises and social interactions to entertain your friend this month.


PISCES  Feb 19 – March 20 Water

Pisces are known for their loving and sweet dispositions, and they want to be with humans at all times―and better yet, touching you. You have a shadow with a Piscean. Enough cannot be said about their intuition. They know when you are coming home and when you are going to take them for a walk before you say anything or get the leash. If your pet shrinks away from an apparently friendly person, trust their instincts and know that something isn’t right. Being alone causes them distress, and since we all now know what being alone feels like, try to bring them with you whenever possible. This month your Piscean will be energized and supported by Uranus, the Sun, and Mars.

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