If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.
-Frank A. Clark
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, it looks like a tough month, Saturn this, Saturn that. So expect lots of hard work, challenges towards maintaining integrity, and delays in general. Stay patient and stay flexible and definitely don’t slack. It mellows out a bit towards the end of the month, but not really. It mostly just demands that we take enough time and space to recover our energies and relax. Anyway, it should be interesting, one way or another. Hopefully, we’ll all make the most of it.
Saturn stations direct on the 1st at 10:53 pm (pacific), gearing us up for a month and half of resolving any lingering issues around fear and emotional buildups. This may require some serious soul searching in order to release unwanted concerns and painful memories. So dive on in and seek to come to terms with what has transpired while making room for nicer and more fulfilling feelings. Be patient with yourself and others and let the drama go.
Mercury trines Uranus on the 2nd at 7:50 am (pacific), frothing up a mental tumult. This would be a great opportunity to envision newer vistas and fresh projects; the key is that they have to be fun and at least somewhat inspiring. Pay extra attention on the road though and try to avoid flippancy. Shake it up.
Jupiter squares Saturn on the 3rd at 3:37 am (pacific), bringing up all sorts of issues concerning our current and future trajectories. The idea is to develop a more thorough outline of what we our doing with ourselves. Try to balance personal enrichment and joyfulness with nose-to-the-grindstone realities. If we can somehow squish the two together, that would be ideal. Take pride in what has been accomplished and look forward to what’s to come.
Venus conjoins Jupiter on the 4th at 2:47 pm (pacific), demanding a reassessment of our priority list. It’s time to reconsider what we’re aiming for and also to undo whatever is holding us back from enjoying the ride. The challenge is to focus on the simple pleasures instead of dreaming about big pies in the sky. Mix practicality with buoyancy and optimism.
Venus squares Saturn on the 5th at 8:08 am (pacific), tempting us to be an overly harsh judge of our progress and other situations. Being realistic is recommended, but harshness should be avoided. It’s all a process and we should make sure our measuring sticks are appropriately adjusted for our current struggles. Acknowledge progress where you can.
Mars trines Saturn on the 6th at 1:29 am (pacific), offering us a chance to revitalize our motivation. Determination is the key, so avoid bemoaning the lack of completion. Develop plans of action that will help maintain focus and consistent application of effort. Look at the big picture.
Mercury conjoins Venus and squares Saturn on the 6th at 7:25 am and 1:19 pm (pacific). This is about thinking and talking out all sorts of goals and projects with trusted consultants. Focus on tackling the challenges while also supporting and confirming the growth and improvements. Avoid defeatism and take it task by task.
Mercury conjoins Jupiter on the 7th at 12:09 am (pacific), shifting the gears towards the bigger picture of how we are developing and expressing ourselves. The key here is having fun and enjoyment, because without those everything pales. Try to undo any ideas and belief systems that are holding back the good stuff. Refresh your vision.
Mercury moves into Virgo on the 7th at 12:15 pm (pacific), where he will be until the 27th. This period is ideal for streamlining anything and everything: cleanse the clutter, catch up on communications, get back to some healthy habits, et cetera. Put the mind to task instead of over-thinking.
Mars moves into Leo on the 8th at 4:33 pm (pacific), where he will be until September 24th. This emphasizes the need for physical activity on the cardio end of things, so get that heart pumping. Any creative endeavors are also supported. But pretty much anything that makes the heart sing would be wise. Fun is a must.
Jupiter moves into Virgo on the 11th at 4:13 am (pacific), where he will be until September 9th of 2016. This is a challenging placement as it can get us stuck in the details at the cost of the grand vision. A ceremony to set the momentum towards fusing the minutia with the grandiose would be wise. The general idea is to establish bite-size tasks that will ultimately lead us towards our larger goals. Step by step.
Mercury opposes Neptune on the 12th at 6:12 pm (pacific), throwing some mental blurriness around and about. The idea is to not try to have solid ideas lest they turn out to be rather confused. Take a break from the mind and work on relaxing, meditating, swimming, rocking out, or something of that manner. Avoid big decisions and treacherous conversations. Take deep breaths.
The Sun trines Uranus on the 13th at 3:27 am (pacific), prompting us to feel a little extra feisty and rebellious. It would be wise to do something unusual today to channel this energy safely. Play some games, dance to some weird music, do something odd with your hair, and experiment in general. Don’t believe the hype, be the hype.
The New Moon is on the 14th at 7:53 am (pacific) in 21 degrees of Leo. This lunation is pushing us to renew our self-love and self-appreciation. So let’s make up some personalized mantras that reinforce our self-worth and keep us motivated to strive and thrive. If it’s not serving us, try to jettison it and pay more attention to what brings us happiness and contentment. Physician, renew thyself.
Venus conjoins the Sun on the 15th at 12:22 pm (pacific), calling on us take the new Moon advice many steps further. This is about being truly connected to ourselves and letting that reflect itself outward. Now, this may require some readjustments about how we see ourselves and how much credit we give ourselves. None of us is perfect, but we should all be practicing more self-love.
Mercury trines Pluto on the 15th at 12:54 pm (pacific), opening the door for some mental or literal purging. Don’t resist the urge to purge around the house, in the car and within your inner monologue. If it’s not helpful, change it up, compost it, or throw it away. Put essentialism into practice.
Venus trines Uranus on the 19th at 9:44 am (pacific), bringing random visitations and lots up for review. The safest way to deal with this is to dance it out. But for normal life, be careful with money and relations and don’t get suckered into unnecessary drama. The energy is very frenetic, so don’t believe the hype. Play along.
The Sun squares Saturn on the 21st at 4:40 pm (pacific), getting us, once again, to measure our progress, potentially harshly. The idea is to allocate enough room for error and growth and keep working on respecting what progress has been made. Support yourself.
The Sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd at 3:38 am (pacific), starting us on another season of gradual improvements and general streamlining. Organizing, cleaning up, health regimens, herbal remedies, and more are recommended. Focus on self-improvement over self-criticism.
Mercury sextiles Saturn on the 26th at 9:08 am (pacific), tempting us towards some mental doubt and hesitation. It’s better to choose and choose again to keep going and keep working through it all. The rewards will come in time.
The Sun conjoins Jupiter on the 26th at 3:02 pm (pacific), giving us a jolt of optimism amidst clouds of challenge. Bold plans are much supported now, as long as they’re practical and realistic. Look forward to future improvements with buoyancy.
Mercury moves into Libra on the 27th at 8:45 am (pacific), where he will be until November 1st, extra long because of the coming retrograde. This will be a rather social period, well suited for gatherings and good times, or smaller groups having deep conversations. Pay close attention to surroundings and how people are communicating, because there may be more hidden beneath the surface than is easily apparent. Stay politely vigilant.
The Full Moon is on the 29th at 11:35 am (pacific) in 6 degrees of Pisces. This should be a strange and amorphous lunation, but also somewhat refreshing. Trying to find more peace and inner calm is the name of the game. So try to relax the tensions and get more in the flow with things. Refresh yourself.
The Sun opposes Neptune on the 31st at 8:39 pm (pacific), whisking us away into a confused or mystic space. The idea is to let go and let go some more. Whatever self-images remain that no longer serve us should be allowed to float downstream. Look within for clarity when it is not forthcoming from the outside.
Venus conjoins Mars on the 31st at 10:04 pm (pacific), firing up the danger meter but also possibly stoking the fires of creative inspiration. It’s wise to be most careful regarding any and all relationships at this time. Preempt this by planning something romantic. This could also revamp our creative juices, so be open to inspiration wherever it comes. Most of all, have fun.
So, yeah. I suppose I could have made the month sound way scarier with good reason, but it won’t necessarily be that bad, at least not for most. The idea is definitely gauging our progress and trying to remove obstacles towards more growth and progress. But these are so much easier said than done when we are challenged with temptations towards fear and doubt. Either way, stay self-supportive and keep plowing through the buildup. Make space for more grace.