A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent on arriving.
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for your context. It’s akin to bringing an umbrella with you when rain is expected, but it also helps us to not take the weather personally. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us. Choose to be con(with)-siderate(the stars).
August looks like another strange month in that it’s not terribly ruthless on paper, but it doesn’t mean that any of the long-term astrological insaneness has really stopped, just that we are between exams at this point; so we had still better keep up. It shouldn’t toss too many new issues out, but it will keep pushing and pushing the ones that have been floating around for the last two months and beyond. For some, it will be awesome and nice, while for others, with planets closer to the chopping blocks, it will be more of the same old ruthlessly eternal newness.
Venus sextiles mars on the 2nd at 1:35 pm (Pacific), pulling some tough issues up for review. Have we been taking adequate care of ourselves? Taking simple steps to improve our self-care habits would be wise. Don’t get distracted by reacting to things beyond our control. Instead, make adjustments where necessary and don’t sweat the small stuff.
The Sun trines Uranus on the 4th at 8:05 am (Pacific), fostering some restless and bored vibrations. Self-entertainment is recommended, for this could get a little dangerous and rambunctious without enough release. Stay active and strive for humor wherever you find it.
The New Moon is on the 6th at 2:51 pm (Pacific) in 14 degrees Leo. This could be rather enjoyable for those who have not been on the planetary chopping block lately: relaxation, refreshment and enjoyment. But for many, recovery is the name of the game, along with re-encouragement. This is a chance to take a step back from ourselves and let go of some of the attachment to outcomes.
Jupiter opposes Pluto on the 7th at 4:34 pm (Pacific), frothing up all sorts of funkiness from below. It’s time to change or release all the belief systems, expectations, visions and supposed needs. We could re-evaluate what we actually like from this point on instead of using an outdated shopping list we’ve cobbled together over the years. It’s impossible to escape the momentum of the past. However, we can reframe the narratives.
Mercury moves into Leo on the 8th at 5:13 am (Pacific) where he will stay until the 23rd. We must find humor where we can; it’s as simple as that. The astrology of late has sponsored a lot of tenderness and this is where we can have a good perspective-rich chuckle at our frailties and worries. Play with the tough stuff and it will soften to our eyes.
Mercury squares Saturn on the 11th at 11:05 am (Pacific), kicking our butts if we think too hard about things. It supports making plans, trimming down ideas or possessions, and having difficult conversations. The key is to maintain respect and patience, while avoiding blame dramas, especially with oneself. Determination to keep going could be the prize.
Mercury trines Uranus on the 14th at 7:11 pm (Pacific), making us want to rebel and say ‘screw it’ to something. Hopefully, we could use that rebellion to get over our own crazy ideas and self-limitations. Don’t hold back, but do stay cautious and careful. It could get wild.
Venus moves into Libra on the 16th at 8:37 am (Pacific), where she will stay until September 10th. This is a time to renew all of our relationships and bring more harmony into our environments as a whole. Times have been trying and now we have a chance to re-establish our connections and take them a few levels deeper. It’s not exactly a walk in the park, but at least we are not alone–despite inner feelings to the contrary. Look for the accord.
The Full Moon is on the 20th at 6:45 pm (Pacific) in 28 degrees Aquarius. This lunation also looks relatively nice, but it won’t necessarily seem that way for those who feel like they’re hanging on by a few threads. Getting back out into the world and reconnecting with groups seems to be the thing. We may still be exhausted, but surrounding ourselves with different viewpoints and ideas will provide needed stimulation. Let us have some fun with it.
Jupiter squares Uranus on the 21st at 12:14 am (Pacific), tossing us into a bizarre frying pan of sorts. There have been too many changes to know what’s really going on: so we could either freak out and latch on to small glimpses, or step back, allow, and find glory in the excitement of the unknown. New vistas can only be viewed once we allow ourselves the time to figure out where we are. Let it be.
The Sun moves into Virgo on the 22nd at 4:02 pm (Pacific), tempting us into distraction by detail or setting us in motion towards gradual improvement. The energy levels may be too low to be conquering the mundane as we would like, so maybe it’s wiser just to focus on ourselves and the consistency of nurture that we need. Ritual beneficence is the ideal.
Mercury moves into Virgo on the 23rd at 3:37 pm (Pacific), where he will stay until September 9th. This could get our minds revisiting some well-worn paths. Hopefully, this will happen with new insights and gradually bring more smoothness. Otherwise, we could get stuck on resistance and technicalities. Take care of your perspectives.
Venus squares Pluto on the 24th at 2:59 am (Pacific), dredging the depths for some relationship and general enjoyment issues. It would be normal to not feel the happiest with this astrology theater going on, but projecting the blame for this on others could create some nasty downward spirals. Own your fears and projections and recycle them, or at least honor them, as best you can. Let us further compost.
Mercury conjoins the Sun on the 24th at 1:56 pm (Pacific), launching us into a new phase of self-study and more rounds of deciding where to take ourselves. It can be confusing if we are trying to rush ahead, because this would tend to be more of a training and preparation period. Do what you can and spare yourself the measuring stick for now.
Mercury opposes Neptune on the 25th at 4:13 pm (Pacific), tossing us into a fog of wonderment or confusion, depending on how hard we are trying to grab at the clouds. The simple advice is to not try to figure anything out. That’s a bit cruel, because the urge to understand, to “get it,” has been growing for a couple of months, or possibly the whole calendar year. But whatever, if it comes up from below, inspired-ish, then fine; don’t go looking for answers, just ask more questions.
Venus opposes Uranus on the 26th at 10:56 am (Pacific), making all of us a little whacky, or at least exposed to it. The strategy is the usual one: own the craziness within and we are less likely to confront it unpleasantly outside of ourselves. Do anything creative, musical, sing, dance, laugh, revel; don’t believe the hype unless it’s for fun.
The Sun opposes Neptune on the 26th 6:43 pm (Pacific), asking us to take some time and space for ourselves, for reflection, for silence. Let’s try and get out of our heads and into a more relaxed and nuanced space where we can hopefully find some rejuvenation. Whatever can be acquired now will need time to gestate anyway, so let it drift.
Mercury sextiles Saturn on the 27th at 2:45 am (Pacific), gently prodding us to keep actualizing our plans, however small those steps may be. Playing catch up is also supported; de-cluttering our living and working spaces, our minds, our fears. Let us tidy it up, so we can reflect that within.
Venus squares Jupiter on the 27th at 2:53 pm (Pacific), pushing us to have some fun, maybe too much of a good thing even. This is definitely a time for reward and release; just don’t run too far with it. Quality over quantity.
Mars moves into Leo on the 27th at 7:05 pm (Pacific), where he will stay until October 15th. Now we should start having more fun and energy, well, at least after we have processed Mars’ emotionally heavy journey through Cancer. The easier-said-than-done for this one: do your own thing, be yourself, enjoy it, love it however you can. This doesn’t mean stepping on anybody else’s toes, but it is imperative that we stay self-true amidst these times.
Mercury trines Pluto on the 28th at 7:50 am (Pacific), bringing some old thought patterns up for improvement, but only if we really seize the day. More likely, we’ll just think too hard about some minor this or that. Don’t get stuck in thought swirls, let them drain down.
The Sun sextiles Saturn on the 29th at 10:18 pm (Pacific), asking us to keep moving and doing what we can. A lot of this will still be about digesting, processing and catching up with last couple of months. Don’t get bogged down; just keep pushing through, while supporting this with enough recovery and rest time
Mercury sextiles Jupiter on the 30th at 8:10 pm (Pacific), asking where we would like to be heading. Not that we should necessarily know any ‘final answers’ to this, but it’s a good time for another course-correction. We often notice what we look for, so let us tune our antennae to awesome.
So, yeah. By the end of August, many of us should be breathing a sigh of relief and patting ourselves on the back, but it’s kind of fast and very contradictory. Maintaining balance within ourselves will be hard enough, as it has been in recent months, but this will bring it more to the external. How do we maintain harmony and equanimity whilst so much is in flux? I guess we’ll find out.