Discovery is the ability to be puzzled by simple things.
Tips for almanac use: All the aspects can be felt in advance of the date of occurrence. It is good policy to view these as due dates for various energies and prepare accordingly for one’s context. Some slower interactions can be felt a month in advance, so it’s wise to read ahead and ritual up. When we proactively manifest these symbols then the world doesn’t have to do it for us.
Well, I hope everybody enjoyed the latter half of July, because August is more nose-to-the-grindstone. This month definitely has some tension building until the middle of the month and then it slowly subsides. Somehow, though, we should be calmly applying ourselves or we may end up too tense and unable to keep up. Pay close attention to health and habits because our vehicles must be well maintained during this period; and they are probably already a little fatigued if you’ve been keeping up. Anyway, August should be informative.
The Sun squares Jupiter on the 1st, stimulating some long-range visions of where we’d like to take our self-development. Focus on practical ways to increase enjoyment—
Which means infusing more joy into the most mundane.
Mercury goes retrograde on the 2nd, until the 26th. This retrograde centers around deconstructing our intellectual critic and getting back more fully into our hearts. Critical awareness can be very productive, especially when kept in close contact with our feelings, body and heart.
Mars moves into Cancer on the 3rd, where he will stay until September 18th. This is a challenging placement that asks us to qualify our personal desires against the needs of our close circles and larger communities. We do need to establish what we want, but should concentrate on that which is appropriate and needed in the circumstances. And be sure not to squander too much energy on worry.
Mars trines Neptune on the 3rd, giving us a last chance (for now) to cut through illusions that keep us disconnected. Relax the survivalist instinct and get more in a steady flow. Slow down and meditate on things before acting.
Mercury sextiles Mars on the 4th, stirring up the intellectual angst for further review. Mental editing is strongly supported; this is also known as slapping the mind back to its center. Any lingering anger issues might also usefully be broken down into bits and hopefully repurposed towards something more productive than reacting.
Neptune regresses into Aquarius on the 4th, where he will stay until moving back into Pisces for good on February 3rd of next year. This will be a not-necessarily-too-subtle sea change that plunges us back into the last 14 years for a final cleanse. It’s time to get more realistic and less disappointed with modern culture and society; release the utopian and dystopian fantasies at the same time and work on easing into the middle ground with fascination (and maybe even delight) for what exists.
Venus squares Jupiter on the 4th, sponsoring some indulgent tendencies and financial envisioning. The simple message is: don’t start partying until the work is over; don’t over-extend. But do reward yourself for the effort.
The Sun sextiles Saturn on the 5th, opening the door to self-doubt or feeling some recently-increased stability. We can make strides to stabilize our energy levels and a focus on steady growth rather than to indulge in another gas-brake-gas cycle. And it would be wise to extend this steadiness to our expression levels in relationships as well.
Venus sextiles Saturn on the 7th, prompting some financial planning and/or concern. Patience will be required because there is much that we desire to actualize, but which must nonetheless await the proper season. Focus on what is growing now.
Mercury moves back into Leo on the 8th, digging into our ego issues for reassessment. As per usual, the middle ground is the goal: express your truth, but without domination or a need for a rapt audience. Have independent fun with it and bring the rest back to center.
Mercury opposes Neptune, also on the 8th, dealing a blow to a mind not open to inspiration and paradox. Don’t struggle to figure things out; just let the deeper parts of your consciousness offer its quiet truths and be attentive to hearing them.
Mars squares Uranus on the 9th, stoking the fires of crazy for us all. Anxious and rambunctious energy is at a peak: We should be getting bold with ourselves, but still treading cautiously. Do some personal breakthrough work and get active, but definitely be aware that some people will be powder kegs right now.
Mars opposes Pluto on the 10th, dredging up some darker elements of ourselves and the ego’s impatience. We must persist with what we resist if we are to come into our wholeness: There’s always a lesson and a chance to go deeper into our truths, however unpleasant.
The Full Moon is in 20 degrees Aquarius at 11:57 a.m. (Pacific) on the 13th. The lunations of late have been working us pretty hard, but this one is more about sharing in mutual enjoyment and joy, and maybe dancing. We should remind loved ones how much we appreciate their being and we could also benefit from some mental mantras of self-love. Whatever it is that you struggle with most internally, repeat words of love towards those issues and feel the shift in energy, or at least the brain chemistry.
Mercury conjoins Venus as they both conjoin the Sun throughout the 16th. This continues with the full Moon’s theme: enhancing positive connections with demonstrations of love and gratitude. Getting the body moving on some figurative dance floor would be a wise choice. Make the work into a game; minds like that.
Mars sextiles Jupiter on the 18th, revving up our drive to keep (or get) this show on the road. This would be good for home-based projects or taking a fresh perspective towards ongoing family patterns that could use some undoing. Don’t indulge in reactionary tendencies; stay on your path.
Venus opposes Neptune on the 21st, inducing yearnings for more connection and greater flow. We could bemoan the supposed deficiencies or use that same energy to anticipate more harmonious outcomes. The key is relinquishing attachment and owning the light within.
Venus moves into Virgo on the 21st, where she will stay until September 14th. This is a tough place for Venus because the demands of chopping wood and carrying water must be attended to or there will be a price. Still, the idea is to find pleasure no matter the task, for this is a sure improvement on the path to enlightenment.
The Sun opposes Neptune on the 22nd, pushing us to stay centered and avoid unnecessary confusions. Visibility is very challenged, so we must rely on intuition for personal guidance and detachment where others are concerned. Don’t fight it.
The Sun moves into Virgo on the 23rd, bringing yet more emphasis to working with Earthly needs. Tending to the gardens and maintaining cleanliness are very crucial aspects of our lives that could generally use reaffirmation in this era of disconnection from the natural cycles. Don’t over-think, and try to work on things as if there were no obligation to do so.
Mars squares Saturn on the 25th, highlighting our resistances like a brick wall in the road. Don’t try to ram through it impatiently or injury will result. Seek to take it apart, piece by piece, with the knowledge that it’s there to teach us something about ourselves. Don’t push it; disassemble it.
Venus trines Pluto, also on the 25th, giving us space to replace our fears with cathartic growth. There’s a lot of heaviness going around and this is reminding us to trust in the worthiness of the tribulations. It’s all we can do.
Mercury stations direct on the 26th, gearing up for some difficult integration to come. Sure, we come to understand things in new lights, but what the heck to do with the revelations is a very different issue. This is asking us to remember to constantly qualify the mind’s decisions with the heart. Keep the mind off the throne.
The Sun trines Pluto on the 28th, dredging up some of our obsessive tendencies and asking us to get over ourselves in those regards. Readjust the measuring stick if it helps, because nothing stays perpetually optimal in this realm. And maybe it shouldn’t.
The New Moon is in 5 degrees of Virgo at 8:04 pm on the 28th. This is a kind of sneaky lunation because it’s not yelling as loudly as those of the last months. It’s a big one though, asking us to forgive people, primarily ourselves, and to integrate the learning without swinging towards the regret side of the ego. For all we know, things have been going perfectly because (and not in spite) of the haphazard wackiness.
Venus trines Jupiter on the 29th, lightening the weather with a call to celebration; not of a job done, but of a process well in motion. The planetary weather is very different and every stretch that widens our perspectives is helping us prepare for the future.
Jupiter goes retrograde on the 30th, not stationing direct until December 25th. This revision period wants to get us grounded and loving it. Easily said, but not as easily applied while so much is in flux. Work on appreciating the present crop instead of rushing into the future. To each its season; patience for now.
So, it’s not as tough as it sounds, if you join with the forces that be and make the requisite adjustments. The strange thing about this month is that it seems to emphasize happiness, enjoyment and appreciation while on the other side it’s pestering us with more and more issues to work through. Clearly, we should be squishing these together, the shoulds and the enjoyment. This requires substantial changes of mind, so that each new development can be welcomed with open arms as a teacher and, ultimately, a loved one. Respect the stress that rises but promptly put it to the side and proceed with a clear mind. And may we all find loving help for our efforts.