Major Aspects

Dates and Times for New York, NY (EST)

Mars in Aquarius square Uranus in Taurus: July 7 - Aug. 13

Exact Aug. 1

Mars at 2 Aquarius sextile Chiron at 2 Aries: July 19 - Aug. 12

Exact Aug. 1

Sun in Leo square Jupiter in Scorpio: July 30 - Aug. 14

Exact Aug. 6

Venus enters Libra: Aug. 6

Uranus retrograde from 2.34 Taurus to 28.36 Aries: Aug. 7 - Jan. 6, 2019

Venus in Libra trine Mars in Aquarius: Aug. 6 - 12

Exact Aug. 7

Venus in Libra opposite Chiron in Aries: Aug. 6 - 15

Exact Aug. 8

Sun conjunct Mercury in Leo: Aug. 4 - 13

Exact Aug. 8

Venus in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn: Aug. 6 - 16

Exact Aug. 9

Mercury in Leo square Jupiter in Scorpio: Aug. 3 - Sep. 2

Exact Aug. 11 & Aug. 28

Venus in Libra sextile North Node in Leo: Aug. 8 - 15
Exact Aug. 11

Partial Solar Eclipse at 18.41 Leo: Aug. 11 at 5:57 am

Mars Rx enters Capricorn: Aug. 12

Mercury in Leo sextile Venus in Libra: Aug. 15 - Sep. 5

Exact Aug. 18 & Sep. 3

Mercury stations direct at 11.32 Leo: Aug. 19

Jupiter in Scorpio trine Neptune in Pisces: Apr. 5 - Oct. 1

Exact Aug. 19

Sun enters Virgo: Aug. 23

Grand Earth Trine - Sun in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus and Saturn in Capricorn: Aug. 23 - 31

Exact Aug. 25

Full Moon at 3.12 Pisces: Aug. 26 at 7:56 am

Venus in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn: Aug. 19 - Sep. 3

Exact Aug. 26

Mars stations direct at 28.36 Capricorn: Aug. 27

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.
— Kurt Vonnegut

Aries, you are the most likely sign to be rounding up a ragtag group of wild things to follow you on your latest quest. Loneliness is not your style. You love yourself too much to deprive yourself of good company. And other people benefit from this trait of yours because you boldly lead them into new territories, creating stable communities of like-minded others through your leadership. Venus enters your complementary sign of Libra on the 6th, making a friendly trine to her lover Mars (still retrograde in Aquarius) and softening his edges a bit. Venus here sets you up nicely to scheme with a partner over how you might find or create the community you want to see. With Chiron in Aries now, this will require you to be absolutely authentic, so any part of you that is hiding will have to come out. On the 12th, one day after a Leo eclipse on the 11th that has you resetting your creativity/fun, Mars retrogrades into Capricorn. This puts the emphasis on your public image and vocation: what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind and how does it relate to the community aspect of your life? The end of the month features multiple aspects to balance your mundane life with the spiritual, including a gorgeous moon in Pisces on the 26th that is full of hidden insights. Then Mars stations direct on the 27th, signaling that you can (finally!) start taking action on your desires.

Real magic can never be made by offering someone else’s liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.
— Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

Taurus, your ruling planet Venus enters Libra on the 6th, making herself at home in your house of ritual. Libra is a harmonious sign, but that harmony is reached through reciprocity: a gift for a gift. Paving the way for change in your life will require commitment and sacrifice this month. Look to spiritual sources for insights about what it will take. Mercury retrograde through August 19th has you reflecting on something at home, perhaps cycling back through old family issues and having the same conversations again. A message about your past helps you to reset at the Leo solar eclipse on the 11th. When Mars retrogrades into Capricorn on the 12th, you begin using the retrograde breakthroughs to find your way again. Jupiter trine Neptune all month (exact on the 19th) has the potential to bring wishes to life, especially where love and friendship are concerned. At the end of the month, you finally get a breather from all of the challenges you’ve faced lately. Your self-expression is supported and grounded in loving energy through the grand earth trine on the 25th, and on the 26th a Pisces full moon brings your community together in celebration. Once Mars stations direct on the 27th, you face fewer obstacles, having already analyzed some inner conflict that was holding you back from your real desires.

‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ Fesgao remarked, his dark eyes unreadable.

Aly rolled her eyes. Why did everyone say that to her? ‘People always forget the rest of the saying,’ she complained. ‘And satisfaction brought it back.’
— Tamora Pierce, Trickster's Choice

Gemini, following your curiosity is inherently satisfying for you at all times. This month it’s a source of pure joy. It’s time for some reading / talking / writing that gets at the questions you really want to ask. A message arrives in the second week of August, when the sun meets Mercury retrograde in Leo and the solar eclipse happens next to Mercury as well. Whatever you are learning and communicating, it ought to be fun for you. Venus enters Libra on the 6th, amping up your house of creativity and play. Romance is fun as long as you’re being careful with your communication during the retrograde, which affects you more intensely than other signs. On the 12th, when Mars retrogrades into Capricorn, you encounter fewer blocks from others and start to realize how your own unconscious patterns play into a situation. Mercury stations direct on the 19th, the same day that Jupiter trines Neptune exactly, boding well for day job/vocational developments. The end of the month brings stability. A full moon in Pisces at the top of your chart on the 26th nudges you into the limelight, showing others the fruits of your curiosity and creative labors. When Mars stations direct on the 27th, you can harvest the insights from your retrograde frustrations and start doing something about it.

I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.
— Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

Cancer, Venus enters Libra on the 6th, bringing beauty and harmony to your home, but also challenging you to make yourself more authentic. It’s so often that when we go home on vacation we find ourselves re-enacting past roles, coming back to the shadows and fears, and realizing that maybe we never left. Let Venus be your guide to balance this month, showing you the way to fair relationships with family members. Mercury retrograde is bringing you insights about money, especially at the partial solar eclipse in Leo on the 11th. And Mars retrograde has uncovered at least one pattern of desire that you didn’t even know was there. On the 12th, Mars retrogrades into Capricorn to show you what needs unblocking in a friendship or partnership. Jupiter trine Neptune is in play all month, available to help you reach creative dreams and expand your influence. At the end of the month, this fairytale aspect is combined with Mercury stationing direct in your money house and a grand earth trine that brings your friends together. Expect good things! The full moon in Pisces on the 26th makes a gorgeous aspect to your sign and invites you on a memorable journey. Your transformation is in process. When Mars stations direct on the 27th, it’s time to move forward with your plans.

If you celebrate your differentness, the world will, too. It believes exactly what you tell it—through the words you use to describe yourself, the actions you take to care for yourself, and the choices you make to express yourself. Tell the world you are one-of-a-kind creation who came here to experience wonder and spread joy. Expect to be accommodated.
— Victoria Moran, Lit From Within: Tending Your Soul For Lifelong Beauty

Leo, with Mercury still retrograde in your sign this month and Mars retrograde in your complementary sign of Aquarius, you’re bound to feel more introverted than usual. Continue to celebrate yourself with self-care. Expect some insight about yourself in the second week of August. The sun meets Mercury on August 8th, and a partial solar eclipse next to Mercury on the 11th really gets you thinking about how you want to express yourself. Do the choices you used to make still suit you? Are you embracing all of your differentness? Mars moves into Capricorn on the 12th, taking some of the pressure off of your relationships, but also potentially aggravating a work/health situation. Take it easy this month. You may need extra alone time. Things start to pick up when Mercury stations direct on the 19th, the same day that Jupiter trine Neptune brings some fairytale magic to your private life. Virgo season is profitable: think 9 of pentacles abundance. With a grand earth trine supporting career and money innovation, a full moon in your house of resources, and Mars stationing direct in your work sector, you have the planets on your side for creating true prosperity (health + wealth + happiness) this fall.

Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.
— Vladimir Nabokov

Virgo, in keeping with the ending-and-healing theme of July, August is a month for solitary flights of the imagination. Your ruler Mercury is retrograde in your most private, solitary house of hidden thoughts and emotions now. This is a time for looking inward. Find your own guidance. Open up to your creative capacities. If Mars retrograde feels like a restriction on your real, daily life, you can retreat to the unlimited imagination. The second week of August will illuminate something important about your secret self, with Mercury meeting the sun on August 8th and then playing a starring role in the Leo solar eclipse on the 11th. What are your secret thoughts? What’s the drama playing out behind the scenes? The beginning of the month is a time to release old fears and let go of self-doubts that may no longer serve. Venus moving into Libra on the 6th helps you to see how lovely you are. When Mercury stations direct on August 19th, with a celebrated Jupiter-Neptune trine the same day, you may start to feel like coming out of your shell a bit more. Imaginative flights continue with added support from others. Your season starts August 23rd, with the sun’s move into your sign, and a full moon in Pisces (Aug. 26th) shines a wonderful light on your friendships and partnerships. Enjoy the last weekend of August. You’ll have a better handle on what you want by the time Mars stations direct on the 27th. Then you’re free to go after it.

He was bookish, she was not; he was theoretical, she political. She called a rose a rose. He called it an accumulation of cultural and biological constructions circulating around the mutually attracting binary poles of nature/artifice.
— Zadie Smith, On Beauty

Libra, you are the most relationship-oriented of the signs, and your ruler Venus enters your sign on August 6th, reminding you of your love for love. It’s not just about relating to people who already get you, but marrying two seemingly opposing ideas, sides, or personalities that makes you truly happy. You make symmetry from jagged lines. Remember this when Venus opposes Chiron in Aries on the 8th and squares Saturn in Capricorn on the 9th, calling you to practice your relationship skills on people with whom you don’t see eye-to-eye. This requires that you be super authentic, not chameleon into whatever the other person wants you to be. The Leo solar eclipse on Mercury retrograde August 11th starts a new-old cycle in your friendships/community. Who do you want in your posse? Reviving old, but relevant, associations and quietly sneaking out of dead-end groups is a good strategy for this Mercury retrograde. Tiptoe off while they’re engaged in some toxic gossip and don’t look back. On the 12th, Mars retrogrades into Capricorn and you start to reconsider what you want at home. Where do the foundations of your life need an upgrade? You can start working on it at the end of the month. Mercury stations retrograde on the 19th, while Jupiter trine Neptune gives an income/health situation a boost. Virgo season, beginning August 23rd, features a beautiful full moon in Pisces (Aug. 26th) that supports your total healing after so much aggro-Mars-vibe. Venus square Pluto prompts you to pull the strings on your own transformation. Once Mars stations direct on the 27th, clear the blocks and start the upgrade.

You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.
— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

Scorpio, this is a time to think about taking ownership of the things that have happened for you. Consider how you want to tell your story. With twin retrogrades prompting a review of your career and home life, and Uranus throwing surprises into your relationship sector, you certainly have a lot to talk about. Mars retrograde decrescendos after the major eclipse moment of July 27th. The next phase of this cycle is about biding your time and defending your territory from people who underestimate you just because you’re being quiet. The eclipse on the 11th is a time to reset and potentially let go of something that’s no longer fun -- an outdated image, an old piece of art that doesn’t represent your style anymore, a career task ripe for delegation. Mars retrogrades into Capricorn on the 12th, taking some pressure off the home front, but making you feel perhaps that your speech is restricted. You may need to wait to say what you want to say, even though you’ve figured out what needs to change. Luckily, Jupiter in your sign trines Neptune on the 19th, the day that Mercury stations direct, and all of it bodes well for your self-expression. The last ten days of the month are a good time for you to have some fun and express your joy. Mars finally stations direct on the 27th, at which point you can start implementing strategy/ talking more openly about your super-secret plans.

We need the tonic of wildness...At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

Sagittarius, Mercury retrograde this month is calling you to find renewal through nature. Wildness, travel, and leaving life open to the spontaneous are true joys right now. If you have some time off, head to the woods and see if your time there reframes your philosophy. The partial solar eclipse in Leo on the 11th is a good time to escape urban/over-teched environments and let go of outdated modes of thought. Listen for spiritual messages. Jupiter trine Neptune all month (exact on the 19th) is a big deal for you because Jupiter is your ruling planet. He’s currently removing hidden obstacles for you and expanding your spiritual life. Things have probably seemed foggy lately, but this aspect is very lucky for you. Meditate on the dream and it may start to come true later this year. Mars retrograding into Capricorn on the 12th will shift your focus to money a bit - stalling it, maybe, but not for long, since Mars stations direct on the 27th. At the end of the month, a grand earth trine gives you a boost of luck in your career and money houses, and a beautiful full moon in Pisces on the 26th softens any hard edges from the Mars Rx summer. All in all this is a good month for chilling outside and grokking the wild insights, with a little road opening at the end for your sense of direction. It wouldn’t be any fun if every corner of your life was already explored. Patiently await the realization about where you want to go.

I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.
— Annie Dillard

Capricorn, one of your sign’s strengths is the ability to strip down to the pure essentials. You can survive on the highest mountains in the thinnest air with only your wits to preserve you. This month, use your talent for minimalism to strip your situation down to the one necessity you must grasp. What is your highest ambition; your absolute number one priority? Survival skills just get you to the top. They’re a means to an end, not the end itself. Venus moving into Libra at the top of your chart on August 6th reminds you of how beautiful life can be when you grasp that necessity and go wherever it takes you. She is going to challenge you first though, so be ready to overcome some fears of vulnerability for the sake of your true ambition. You will be having some private realizations around the partial solar eclipse in Leo on the 11th, and on the 12th, Mars retrogrades into your sign. “Dangle from it limp” isn’t a phrase that accurately describes your course of action, most of the time, but it may be your best strategy for the rest of Mars retrograde. If you feel enervated, frustrated, or blocked, try letting it be. You may find that your necessity moves you forward, without you having to propel everything through sheer work ethic. After Mercury stations direct on the 19th, things start getting a bit easier. You have a beautiful grand earth trine involving Saturn coupled with a full moon in Pisces to encourage your true self-expression, and then Mars stations direct on the 27th, signaling that you can take action where you were once waiting.

I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.
— Lisa Kleypas, Blue-Eyed Devil

Aquarius, nobody is perfect, but perhaps this month you will be spending time with someone whose flaws are arranged in just the right way, and learning how to hinge together just a bit better. It’s another challenging month for relationships, with potential rewards for your efforts to understand each other throughout this retrograde Aqua-Leo eclipse cycle. The second week of August gives you a glimpse into past patterns with partners and friends. Conversations and developments in partnership are also likely to have something to do with your vocation or public image. Jupiter trine Neptune is helping you to make your ideals visible to the wider world all month. Even with this emphasis on other people throughout August, you will probably need some time alone to process, as Mars retrogrades into Capricorn on the 12th. Mars has been retrograding through your sign since June 26th, so having him in a different sign should feel a bit better. A grand earth trine involving both your traditional ruling planet (Saturn) and your modern ruling planet (Uranus) supports getting in touch with your emotional body towards the end of August. The Pisces full moon on the 26th helps you with those watery feelings, and Mars stations direct (yay!) on the 27th. Communicate well and you will know more about what you want in relationships by the end of August.

A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.
— Joseph Campbell

Pisces, we all have a role in the mystery play. Mercury retrograde is reminding you of the importance of ritual, and of your importance as part of a greater cosmic whole. Your sign’s wisdom is depth wisdom; that which comes from somewhere unknown and cannot be explained, only understood. Make daily rituals meaningful this month. Attend a ceremony or create one for yourself so you can be put in accord with wisdom. Jupiter trine Neptune all month is showing you the way down a spiritual path. With Mars retrograding into Capricorn on the 12th, you may find some hidden blocks easier to remove. You would also be wise to wait on some goals until after Mars stations direct on the 27th, at which point you can take action. Other people come together to guide you towards the end of the month. The grand earth trine on the 25th is a grounding and supportive energy for friendship, community, and communication, and the full moon in your sign on the 26th is all about you.