In the Stars August 12-19, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

This week’s highlight is the perfecting Jupiter-Neptune trine (Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces), exact on Sunday, August 19. This is an uplifting, visionary, artistic aspect that can lift our spirits. This is the last week that the Sun is in playful Leo. Family vacations are almost over, and we are preparing for a new school year that will correspond with the Sun moving into Virgo tropically on August 22.

Mercury is still retrograde until Saturday, August 18. This period is a time to reflect, review, reconsider, revise—and reboot. It is also a time when things break down and need repair. Communication is prone to confusion. So, check plans and arrangements twice, and be patient with mix-ups.

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Retrograde Mars crosses back into Capricorn on Sunday where it is exalted, grounded, and strong. The Virgo Moon makes benefic aspects to Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter, and Neptune. Not a leisurely Sunday, rather this is a day to get moving and get your life in order. The wind is at your back for a productive day. Harness this energy and produce results!

Monday is a clear and productive work day with the Moon continuing to shine in efficient and effective Virgo. Get organized, and tackle your lingering “to do” list. You can make a lot of headway with the Moon in benefic trine aspect to determined planets Pluto and Mars. It is easy to power through your task list.

The Moon is in Libra Tuesday and Wednesday, aligning with Libra’s ruler, Venus, to sweeten the day with graciousness and beauty. Tuesday is nice and easy. The alignments support sorting out relationship issues cooperatively and tactfully.

Wednesday’s planetary alignments are more caustic, perhaps presenting some challenging interpersonal situations. Yet, these edgy aspects push us toward action, and promote creative expression.

An early morning Moon-Uranus opposition Thursday may take us out of our usual routine and present something unexpected. Emotions run strong on Thursday and Friday, fueled by a Scorpio Moon. Thursday, Jueves, Jupiter’s Day, generally is one of the fortunate, positive days of the week. The planets align to deal honestly with relationship issues (Juno trine Pluto).

Friday is buoyed by an early morning conjunction of the Moon with Jupiter, quickly followed by the Moon’s benefic trine to Neptune. The Moon ignites this powerful, positive, visionary, creative Jupiter-Neptune trine that perfects on Sunday. Friday, Viernes, is Venus’ day. Allow yourself to be inspired through meditation, a walk in nature, dance, or by some music you love. Then, express that inspiration in your work, with people you meet, and with a creative offering.

Bounce out of bed early and seize this sunny Saturday, colored by a Sagittarius Moon. Answer the call to adventure. Mercury turns direct; communication will begin to clear and improve over the next few days.

Sunday’s big cosmic event is the exact trine of Jupiter and Neptune. This other-worldly, creative energy is amplified by benefic lunar aspects to Mercury and Venus. Think big and colorful, and imagine how you could realize some of your big dreams.

We are lucky to be gifted with a third day warmed by the sunny Sagittarius Moon on Monday, which is in a flowing trine to the Sun in fixed fire Leo. Color the beginning of your work week with the glow of this warm, brilliant, luminous energy.


Last week I reported that I was meeting a friend for dinner Tuesday when the Moon was void of course, along with Mercury being retrograde. Normally I don’t make appointments when the Moon is void. My friend, Pat, is a reader of this column, so we both knew the diffuse energy of the evening. Pat called me at 4:30 to say that she had the time confused and had arrived more than an hour early. I then missed my ferry connection by less than a minute, and had to wait for the next ferry. Pat had wandered off to do some shopping while waiting for me, taking advantage of arriving early, and then time got away from her while shopping. We then did meet up for dinner together, and had a delightful evening. Knowing the planetary alignments might not foster a firm and timely connection allowed us both to ease into the flow of missteps in the evening’s plans, and afforded us a wonderful evening in spite of the wobbly start.

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Saturday: Solar Eclipse in Leo conjunct Mercury and Pallas Athena. Set intentions for more play and creativity in your life.

Sunday: Get to work and put your life in order.

Monday: Efficiency and productivity come easy; seize the day to get a lot accomplished.

Tuesday: The day is blessed with ease and grace.

Wednesday: Interpersonal matters may need to be addressed. Edgy energy that provokes action.

Thursday: Emotions run deep with an unexpected start to the day.

Friday: Be inspired, and share your inspiration with others.

Saturday: Answer the call to adventure.

Sunday: Jupiter trine Neptune is the big cosmic event. Imagine how you will realize your dreams.

Monday: Warm, sunny, glowing day.


Ten Things to Do with Venus in Libra (August 6-September 9)

  1. Set a beautiful table.
  2. Spruce up your wardrobe. Let go of any clothing that you don’t like or that does not enhance your beauty.
  3. If you have a mate or partner, make special dates for quality time together.
  4. If you don’t have a mate or partner, amp up your social life with close friends.
  5. Venus in Libra wants to relate, so share your sparkle and enthusiasm with everyone you meet.
  6. Be kind and gracious.
  7. Mediate or negotiate your differences if you have something that is discordant in your life.
  8. Accept social invitations.
  9. Host a party yourself, and beautify your home for the occasion.
  10. Bring your life into better balance.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, August 13: 9: 37 p.m.-9:57 p.m. (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, August 16: 0:56 a.m. – 1:54 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)

Saturday, August 18: 8:07 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)

Monday, August 20: 4:47 p.m. – 8:59 p.m. (Moon in Capricorn)

Thursday, August 23: 7:19 a.m. – 9:56 a.m. (Moon into Aquarius)

Friday, August 24 at 9:39 p.m. through Saturday, August 25 at 10:32 p.m. (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, August 28: 6:54 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. (Moon into Aries)

Thursday, August 30: 4:04 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)

Saturday, September 1 at 10:56 p.m. through Sunday, September 2 at 1:02 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Monday, September 3 at 11:37 p.m. through Tuesday, September 4 at 5:04 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, September 6: 5:43 a.m.-6:54 a.m. (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, September 8: 6:31 a.m. – 7:29 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)


Saturday, August 11 at 10:58 through Sunday, August 12 at 4:59 (Moon into Virgo)

Monday, August 13: 17: 37 – 17:57 (Moon into Libra)

Thursday, August 16: 8:56 – 9:54 (Moon into Scorpio)

Saturday, August 18: 16:07 – 17:45 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Tuesday, August 21: 0:47 – 4:59 (Moon in Capricorn)

Thursday, August 23: 15:19 – 17:56 (Moon into Aquarius)

Saturday, August 25 at 5:39 through Sunday, August 26 at 6:32 (Moon into Pisces)

Tuesday, August 28: 14:54 – 17:35 (Moon into Aries)

Friday, August 30: 0:04 – 2:30 (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 2: 6:56 – 9:02 (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 4: 7:37 – 13:04 (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, September 6: 13:43 – 14:54 (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, September 8: 14:31 – 15:29 (Moon into Virgo)

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One Response to In the Stars August 12-19, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    My God, it is a relief to be leaving the exactness of those eclipses. My experiences from them will take quite some time to remedy. I was so beaten down that I could not even go online for a long time. Now it’s tests and doctors and hospitals and such. All Neptunian stuff, not the la-la “let’s dance” version of Neptune.

    The eclipses even seemed to stir up the weather in Phoenix. Hideous lightning and dust storms and also flooding from huge downpours. Night after night.

    Well, I don’t know how often so many eclipses pile up as these three did.

    Yesterday, Sunday, a priest from the Traditionalist church I go to was sent by some friends to give me special rites and blessings (in Latin and all). He even came to my home. I felt renewed with these.

    But what a rough ride!

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