August 2019 Forecast

We made it to August! Mercury is direct, and we don’t have eclipses this month. Welcome. Take a minute to catch your breath.

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August is, on the whole, drier and somewhat easier than July. The elemental vibe is overwhelmingly earth and fire. The spaceweather has the potential to get a little spicy, but it’s got a fun, playful feel to it. By the time we move into Virgo season at the end of the month, the energy is grounded but not static: as we head into “school season,” it’s an organized, innovative, future-focused kind of earthiness.

Right now it’s Leo season though, so it’s still very much summer – enjoy! Venus in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus on the 2nd. This is one of the spicier aspects, as relationships are potentially shaken up, but it can also mean a welcome change of pace. (Mercury repeats the same square from Leo on the 11th). The sun and Venus in Leo make lovely aspects to Jupiter in Sagittarius on the 7th, 8th, and 14th, making these days wonderful for fun in the sun. Mercury follows suit, echoing this sense of joy, on the 21st.

Jupiter stations direct in Sagittarius on the 11th – and though outer planet retrogrades are not as significant as those of inner planets like Mercury, it will be good to have our major benefic fully functioning! It’s worth noting that Mercury moves back into Leo on the 11th, where they will be creative, performative, optimistic, and authoritative—in a more positive way then they were during last month’s retrograde.

Uranus stations retrograde on the 11th, which is not a big deal, but if you have natal planets or points between 2-6 degrees of Taurus or other fixed signs (Leo, Aquarius, or Scorpio) – your exciting Uranus transit is coming back around for another go.

Venus and Mars are traveling together starting mid-month in Leo and then continuing into Virgo where they’ll meet. These are the cosmic lovers, and their conjunction fuses the energy of the masculine and feminine into the whole. This is a passionate alignment. On the 15th, we have our full moon at 23 degrees of Aquarius, opposing Venus and Mars in Leo. Passion is in tension with intellect. We will have to reason our way through something here.

Mars begins the shift from fiery Leo season into focused Virgo season, moving into the sign of the maiden on the 18th. In this sign, Mars is discerning and hyper-organized. Venus follows on the 21st, and meets Mars here exactly on the 24th. Venus is in her fall in this sign, where Virgo’s characteristic focus on health and improvement is always in conflict with her love of luxury. However, Venus and Mars together here are sexy! The sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd. A series of trines from Venus, Mars, and the sun to Uranus in Taurus on the 26th -29th gives us hippie-era vibes for the end of August: earth, peace and free love.

On the 29th, Mercury joins the rest of the planets in Virgo. This is the sign of Mercury’s rulership and exaltation, so it’s a strong placement for them. In Virgo, Mercury is especially intelligent, curious, discerning, analytical, and can be witty (if cutting). We end the month with a dark moon in Virgo, conjunct Mercury, Venus, and Mars, and trine Uranus in Taurus. This is a Big Earth Mood. There is a lot of potential for healing in this lunation. Healing of the earth, healing our bodies, and healing any earthy parts of life (like money, food, or sex) are all possibilities with this one.

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Venus at 5.42 Leo trine Chiron Rx at 5.42 Aries: Aug. 1 at 12:57 pm

Venus at 6.34 Leo square Uranus at 6.34 Taurus: Aug. 2 at 6:00 am

Sun at 14.31 Leo trine Jupiter Rx at 14.31 Sagittarius: Aug. 7 at 3:31 am

Venus at 14.30 Leo trine Jupiter at 14.30 Sagittarius: Aug. 8 at 4:27 pm

Jupiter stations direct at 14.30 Sagittarius: Aug. 11 at 9:37 am

Mercury enters Leo: Aug. 11 at 3:45 pm

Uranus stations retrograde at 6.36 Taurus: Aug. 11 at 10:26 pm

Sun conjunct Venus at 21.11 Leo: Aug. 14 at 2:07 am

Full Moon at 22.24 Aquarius: Aug. 15 at 8:29 am

Mercury at 5.20 Leo trine Chiron Rx at 5.20 Aries: Aug. 15 at 5:14 pm

Mercury at 6.36 Leo square Uranus Rx at 6.36 Taurus: Aug. 16 at 1:07 pm

Mars enters Virgo: Aug. 18 at 1:18 am

Venus enters Virgo: Aug. 23 at 6:02 am

Mercury at 14.39 Leo trine Jupiter at 14.39 Sagittarius: Aug. 21 at 6:04 am

Sun enters Virgo: Aug. 23 at 6:02 am

Venus conjunct Mars at 4.07 Virgo: Aug. 24 at 1:04 pm

Venus at 6.31 Virgo trine Uranus Rx at 6.31 Taurus: Aug. 26 at 11:38 am

Mars at 6.30 Virgo trine Uranus Rx at 6.30 Taurus: Aug. 28 at 6:52 am

Mercury enters Virgo: Aug. 29 at 3:47 am

Sun at 6.28 Virgo trine Uranus Rx at 6.28 Taurus: Aug.29 at 11:14 pm

Dark Moon at 6.46 Virgo: Aug. 30 at 6:37 am


Correction: an earlier version of this post said that Venus moves into Virgo on the 23rd. The ingress is on the 21st.

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Aries Full Moon: Harvesting Healing

This moon is full at 1.59 Aries on Monday, September 24 at 10:52 pm (EST)

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I went apple picking last weekend with my husband and our friends to celebrate the Fall Equinox. It’s my favorite season and one of my favorite activities. The sun was out, but the air was just cool and crisp enough to make it a perfect apple picking day. We walked through the rows of trees, eating juicy apples and talking about what we would make with them.

The Fall Equinox is a time of harvest, so apple picking (the apple harvest) is a traditional activity. If my food sources were more dependent on the elements, apples would get me through the winter. They last a long time, in basements and pantries. They can be made into applesauce, baked into breads, and dried. In times of resource shortages, a store of apples could save someone’s life. Symbolically, apples are complicated, representing knowledge (often forbidden), sex (hence the sin), fertility, love, happiness, magic, and immortality (big no-no for mortals). The Norse gods sustained their health by eating apples from the gardens of Asgard. Apples show up to play roles both good and evil in the mythologies of many different cultures. Both light and dark, the symbolism of apples is a symbolism of polarity.

This full moon falls within three days of the Equinox, a time of balance. People live lives of such imbalance now that we hardly recognize what equilibrium looks like. Most of us are overworked, don’t sleep enough, and deprive ourselves of healthy food and exercise. Then, when we seek rest and self-care, we end up spending that time checking social media or binge-watching shows. I can easily fall into these traps — for the past few months, I’ve been working on the weekends, giving myself a six-day week. Of course, when you like your work and your business is a part of your creative output, the idea of balance between work and play gets a little muddier. That’s why it was healing for me to spend a Saturday in the orchard instead of staying home. If I’m not working, it’s still easy for me to get sucked into never-ending television shows when I could be outside, re-energizing myself with some real rest and time in nature.

But I am lucky in that I work for myself. My efforts to reclaim balance in my life have led me to sleep more, commute less, eat better, take longer walks, and re-evaluate projects when they get out of hand. This is a huge leap. It’s a radical shift: from working full-time in a Manhattan office to self-employment as an astrologer and writer. And, even though I wobble sometimes, it’s brought a lot more balance into my life. The idea of creating “balance” is a constant process that involves teeter-tottering as you move back and forth between polarities. Ultimately, the process has been healing.

This full moon is right on Chiron in Aries and square Saturn in Capricorn. It’s also ruled by Mars in Aquarius, which is still going back over that shadow zone from the summer’s retrograde. That means this lunation is all about facing the wounds of Chiron in Aries: our anger, the culture’s toxic masculinity (which leads to imbalance), and authenticity. These things go together. It’s hard to be vulnerable and true to yourself if you’re working 24/7 and feeling like you need to take on toxic, hypermasculine attitudes to get ahead. If you feel you can’t be authentically yourself, wearing a mask inevitably leads you to feel angry. These are the kinds of thorny, painful wounds that Chiron brings up at the full moon. Saturn in Capricorn presents a challenge to test us, pushing us to fight for ourselves. This full moon coincides with a fight for the survival of your truth. It’s a time to heal a wound with medicine that may have been forbidden (like the apple of knowledge) by authorities who would prefer you to stay ignorant.

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My business is called Rebel Astrology for a reason. I’m all about the healing process of developing our authentic selves, dropping toxic cultural attitudes, respecting other ways of knowing, and creating a more peaceful world. Apples are a literally healing food—good for your teeth, heart, bones, lungs, gut, brain, skin, and eyes. It’s also a symbolically healing food, good for revealing hidden knowledge, initiating you into magic, and experiencing the forbidden realms of sex and power. At this Harvest Moon, we rebels are called to harvest our own medicine. Look honestly at the wound and harvest what you need to heal it. And remember that the fruits you’re looking for may be the exact same ones you were told not to take.

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