ASTRO-PLANNER FOR AUGUST 2018
August 7: Uranus moves retrograde at 2 degrees of Taurus as it squares slow-moving Mars; plan a technology-free day to avoid frustration directed at your computer/smartphone/printer. In fact, make that a techno-limited week if you can! Messages can reach you the old-fashioned way.
Venus also moves into Libra on this day. While Venus is at her diplomatic best here, she squares Saturn August 7-13 so you could use this period to overcome obstacles surrounding commitments. After August 14, there’s a less serious attitude but more intensity as Pluto joins the party
August 11: New Moon solar eclipse at 18 degrees of Leo. As always, look to your chart and see which house the eclipse will take place in and take special note if you have a planet or angle between 17 and 19 degrees of Leo there. When this special new moon contacts a planet in your chart, its effects can be strong; there are usually endings and beginnings in the area of life where it falls. For example, if you have Leo rising, you might undergo a physical image overhaul (such as a new diet) after serious assessment of your life. The decisions made during this week can have implications for about six months or until the next eclipse
August 14: Mars dips back into Capricorn as it continues its retrograde journey. For the week of August 14 refer back to events in your life from May 14-16
August 19: Mercury moves direct at 11 degrees of Leo; watch out for echoes of the January 31 total lunar eclipse theme from your own life – any parallels between now and then?
August 24: Sun moves into Virgo – Happy Birthday, Virgo!
August 26: Full Moon at 3 degrees of Pisces. Usually a sensitive time – make time for some quiet space
August 28-31: You could get a lot done on these days so don’t procrastinate – plan energetic activities and go for it!
May the Sun shine upon you,
Welcome to Astrology Update for July 2018!
While going through the ephemeris to write the astro-planner for July and August, I was reminded of Plato’s words, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle”. In other words, none of us has it easy; everyone is dealing with some challenge or other, and appearances can be deceiving.
The planetary aspects during this time may feel like we are driving in a fast car on a road with lots of sharp twists, turns and tolls. It’s not possible to take a break while behind the wheel as all our attention is needed to stay the course. But can we find the common sense to slow down and enjoy a picnic off the beaten track? Perhaps the hard battle you’ve been fighting is really only inside your own head.
I’ll be travelling in July and will send out the astro-planner for August in a simplified form. I’m taking appointments now for September/October.
Wishing you a truly relaxing and happy summer!
May the Sun shine upon you,
ASTRO-PLANNER FOR JULY 2018
July 9: Jupiter moves direct at 13 degrees of Scorpio. For those of you born November 3 to 7, the area of your life which has felt so emphasized lately will start to feel “normal” once again. This is a good day to swim, steam or sauna. It’s also a good week to plan ahead so that current writing projects and/or legal concerns can be wrapped up by November 10
July 11: Venus leaves party-loving Leo and moves into Virgo, where she has to work harder to socialize and let go. As Venus will be dancing together with asteroid goddess Ceres, use this time until August 7 to focus on nurturing yourself and others
July 12: Partial solar eclipse at 20 degrees of Cancer at the New Moon. Set your intentions for the month while you make your peace with everyone and everything – it’s time to begin again. Pluto’s connection with this eclipse suggests that something may come up to be released, especially in the areas where you hold on to fear or try to control events. Much help will be offered (by two grand trines in earth and water signs) so meet any difficult events with the faith that everything will be alright in the long run. This is a golden opportunity to put something traumatic from your past behind you
July 22: Sun moves into Leo – Happy Birthday Leo!
July 26: Mercury stations retrograde at 23 degrees of Leo. You have 24 days in which to refrain from making computer or appliance purchases. More importantly, use these 3 weeks to reorder filing cabinets, reorganize cupboards, and remove obsolete apps. Disregard rumors and think twice before passing on “news”
July 27: Full Moon at 4 degrees of Aquarius, a total lunar eclipse. Red light from the Sun will be reflected onto the Moon as it passes through the earth’s atmosphere, hence the name Blood Moon. This will be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. What does this mean for us? With Mars retrograde and Uranus strongly in the mix at this special full moon, emotions can run high and you may act rashly before you have time to think. The call is to use this time as an emotional reset period, a time of reflection, rather than one of high activity. However, if intense feelings overwhelm you, channel them into non-violent activities which can bring satisfying results. Avoid mind-altering substances or checking out of reality at this time