I was watching Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth on Neflix last month. These are the interviews of Joseph Campbell by Bill Moyers that were broadcast on PBS back in the 80’s. It was great to watch it again. At one point Campbell was talking about initiation rituals that took place when young men were abandoned in a deep, dark cave, suffering a simulation of death and then experiencing a rebirth when they came out. At the same time that I was watching the program, the Thai soccer team members were going through the exact same ritual. Also at this time, we had the Solar Eclipse on the 12 of July opposing Pluto, god of the underworld and of death and rebirth. Read the article I wrote on my blog about the rescue and the power of intention here.
We are still under the influence of the July 27 Total Lunar Eclipse. It was a powerful eclipse and was on Mars retrograde. This may have us looking back at our past actions and how we can rectify them.
Mercury turned retrograde on July 26 and will stay retrograde until Aug 19. This also has to do with the past. It means going over the decisions we made and revising them.
Dates to Watch:
Note to my Astrology Clients. Use the Planetary Placement and ascendant sheet to find out if the following aspects will have a major impact on you
Aug 1 – Mars Square Uranus at 2 Aquarius/Taurus. The commonality between Taurus and Aquarius is that they are fixed signs and won’t budge in an argument and Mars rules arguments and Uranus is a loose cannon. What to do? If you have any Personal Planets (Sun, Mercury, Moon, Venus, and Mars) or the ascendant at 0 to 4 degrees of Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius, just stay away from other Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius people.
Aug 6 – Venus enters Libra until Sep 9. A woman with Venus in Libra in her birth chart wants to be idle wives, eating chocolates and watching the hallmark channel all day. During this period we may all want to do that. But wait, I don’t want to leave out the guys. Men with Venus in Libra have fantasies about being a toy boy for a wealthy widow–or two.
Sun Square Jupiter at 14 Leo/Scorpio. The way to get through this aspect is to practice self-control. But asking either Leo or Scorpio to restrain themselves is impossible. So if you have personal planets or the ascendant at 12 to 15 Leo or Scorpio go ahead, spend money fulfill your desires, see what happens.
Aug 7 – Uranus turns retrograde at 2 degrees of Taurus. Uranus has stopped in the sky to change direction. That means that 2 degrees of Taurus is supercharged. Uranus is rebellious, ornery, and is just waiting for the next protest or revolution to join. It doesn’t really matter the cause. Uranus is also a brilliant out-of-the-box thinker. Take advantage of this period to be creative. This period from Aug. 4 to Aug. 9 has a major impact if you have 0 to 2 degrees of Taurus or Scorpio.
Venus Trine Mars at 1 Libra/Aquarius. Since these are both air signs and Mars and Venus rules Men and Women and the trine is about harmony, this is a obviously a good day for relationships. BUT Libra and Aquarius love to talk. They could end up talking themselves right out of the important stuff.
Aug 8 – Sun Conjunct Mercury at 15 Leo. Leo is a warm, extroverted and generous sign. This is a good day to make new friends and enjoy yourself, especially if you have personal planets or the ascendant at 13 to 27 Leo or Aquarius.
Aug 9 – Venus Square Saturn at 2 Libra/Saturn. Don’t look in your checkbook. You may find that you have been having too much fun and are broke. Saturn is the Cosmic Cop, the Reality Principle and he is asking you to go on a budget.
Aug 11 – Solar Eclipse at 18 Leo. This is the third and final eclipse of the summer. Check out my eclipse report for this eclipse and the two in July.
Mercury Square Jupiter at 14 Leo/Scorpio. Don’t make long-distance travel plans on this one. And please don’t talk so much. Leo does like to blab, but Scorpio keeps secrets. So trust the Scorpio to keep quiet about what you tell them today, but the Leo? Not so much. Important If you have personal planets or the ascendant at 12 to 14 Leo or Scorpio.
Aug 12 – Mars backs up into Capricorn Sep 10. Mars is exalted in Capricorn which means it can operate in a grounded manner especially in career. Mars wants to move ahead as far as building structures, buying land, and moving up in the Corporate world. But he is still retrograde so there may be some hurdles to overcome first.
Aug 19 – Mercury turns direct at 11 Leo. I find Mercury retrograde refreshing. My mind takes a rest. Of course, sometimes it totally shuts down. But today we can start making plans again.
Jupiter Trine Neptune 15 Scorpio/Pisces. This is the big aspect of the year. Jupiter and Neptune are both dreamers and so is Pisces so try to keep your feet on the ground. This is great for an ideal vacation, somewhere near the water.
Aug 23 – Sun enters Virgo until Sep 22. Virgo means back to school, the summer vacation is over. Time to clean up the mess we made in the summer and to get ready for fall and winter.
Aug 25 – Sun Trine Uranus at 2 Virgo/Taurus. Virgo is the Virgin and Taurus can be pretty darn bawdy. But today they are working together.
Sun Trine Saturn at 2 Virgo/Capricorn. This is a good aspect for dealing with elders. Or it could mean a growth in maturity.
This is a triple trine, Sun Trine Uranus, Trine Saturn all in earth signs. This is a good time to make positive changes in your life. Let go of what is no longer useful, go toward self-expression. The three earth signs, Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn have problems with change. On this one, they may find that the change is easy.
Aug 26 - Full Moon at 3 Pisces. Full Moons bring in a culmination of events and matters started on the New Moon Eclipse of August 11.
Venus square Pluto at 19 Libra/Capricorn. You see psychopaths everywhere. You are judging your loved one too harshly. Back off.
Aug 27 - Mars turns direct at 28 Capricorn. If you have personal planets or the ascendant at 26 to 29 Capricorn, this is the time to move forward with your plans.
Aug 28 - Mercury Square Jupiter at 15 Leo/Scorpio. The verbal jousting can turn into real arguments today. Especially if you have personal planets or the ascendant at 13 to 17 Leo or Scorpio or even Taurus and Aquarius.
OUTER PLANET TRANSITS:
JUPITER is now in Scorpio. This month Jupiter moves from 14 to 17 degrees of Scorpio. Jupiter is about growth and expansion especially in travel and education and also in the area of your life ruled by the house in your natal chart that holds 14 to 17 degrees of Scorpio. Scorpio types are into growth, they are always looking at ways that they could better themselves, especially emotionally and psychologically. Jupiter in Scorpio will help you with that. But in Scorpio, he can also bring excess in all the things that are not good for you.
SATURN is in Capricorn until 2020. This month Saturn is retrograde and will back up from 3 to 2 degrees. If you have the ascendant or any personal planets at 2 to 3 degrees of Capricorn or Cancer, you may be in store for some hard lessons around the issues ruled by the planet and the house the planet is in or rules. While Saturn is in Capricorn he is asking about your ambitions, your career, and your work ethic. In Capricorn he is right at home and wants to build something, make plans and succeed in the outer world.
URANUS is in Taurus until Apr 2026. He will retrograde back into Aries this Nov until March 2019. While in Aries he will cover 28 to 29 degrees. This month he will stay at 2 degrees of Taurus. He will turn retrograde on Aug 7, If you have personal planets or the ascendant at 0 to 3 Taurus or Scorpio, you feel a need for freedom and you want to make some radical changes in your life. I believe in “cooperating with the inevitable”. If you have Uranus in a challenging aspect to your ascendant or personal planets, go on a long vacation, move or make some major changes in your life.
NEPTUNE (creativity, sensitivity, escapism, dreams) is in Pisces until 2026. He is retrograde and moves from 16 to 15 degrees of Pisces all month. A lack of focus, a sense of drifting or an inability to see a betrayal or disappointment until it's too late can be experienced by those of you with the Sun or Personal Planets at 15 to 16 degrees of Pisces or Virgo. For the enlightened out there, Neptune can also bring artistic, musical, creative expression, increased dreams and spiritual insights. Watch for some really inspired films to come out during the time Neptune is in Pisces.
PLUTO is in Capricorn until 2023. This month Pluto is retrograde and stays at 19 degrees this month. Profound changes will be felt especially by those with the ascendant or personal planets at 17 to 21 degrees of Capricorn or Cancer. What needs to die in order to be reborn?
Have a good month.