In the Stars August 5-12, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

The day after the recent Total Lunar Eclipse, this was the headlining post in The Quartz Daily Brief (qz.com) on Saturday, July 28th:

The world is suffering from extreme weather. Heatwaves have killed 50 in Canada and 80 in Japan, caused drought in Germany and Scandinavia, set record temperatures in Algeria, Morocco, and Oman, and left the UK looking brown from space. The heat has spurred wildfires that have claimed at least 80 lives in Greece, melted electrical wires in California, and forced Sweden to call for international help. This is not normal. (qz.com)

These examples of extreme weather are not surprising, given the extremely hot, combust energy of the current eclipse storm of two solar and one lunar eclipse, and the fiery, combust planetary alignments with them.

This was the headlining post in The Quartz Daily Brief (qz.com) on Saturday, July 28th, the day after the total lunar eclipse:

The world is suffering from extreme weather. Heatwaves have killed 50 in Canada and 80 in Japan, caused drought in Germany and Scandinavia, set record temperatures in Algeria, Morocco, and Oman, and left the UK looking brown from space. The heat has spurred wildfires that have claimed at least 80 lives in Greece, melted electrical wires in California, and forced Sweden to call for international help. This is not normal. (qz.com)

These examples of extreme weather are not surprising, given the extremely hot, combust energy of the recent total lunar eclipse. Retrograde out-of-bounds Mars was conjunct the South Node in Aquarius of the lunar eclipse, and the Sun was conjunct the North Node in Leo. There are now 19 wildfires in California! Events resulting from eclipses may occur up to three months before or after the actual eclipse. Ahead of us this next week is the third of the three eclipses, another solar eclipse on Saturday, August 11.

The Sun is now in Leo, the fixed fire sign that symbolizes children, recreation, and all things creative. The next three weeks call us to family vacations and play. If you have been thinking about expressing your artistic self, take some time out from your work routine, light your creative spark, and express yourself with music, dance, or a visual art project.

Mercury is still retrograde until August 18. This period is a time to reflect, review, reconsider, and revise. 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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Sunday offers a generative day, sporting a Grand Earth Trine (Moon in Taurus, Pluto in Capricorn, and Venus in Virgo). We can attend to practical matters with ease and grace, and get a lot accomplished. The Moon shifts into the chatty, mutable air sign Gemini at 6:32 p.m. After a solid, nourishing, productive day, make it a social evening. Catch up on the news, and read a good book before you turn out the lights.

On Monday Venus moves into Libra for the next month until September 8. Relationships are highlighted, and love is in the air. (See 10 Things to Do with Venus in Libra at the end of this post.) With the Moon in curious Gemini, the Sun in creative Leo, and Venus in connecting Libra, the day is social—perfect energy for the meeting of one of my social groups of women friends. You will want to connect with others, and do something fun and stimulating.

Tuesday the Moon is void of course all day and evening until 9:01 p.m. PDT. Uranus turns retrograde and joins five other planets in retrograde: Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune, and Pluto, making six planets in retrograde motion. This is a lot of retrograde, inward energy for re-thinking and re-working plans and ideas. This is not a time for clear outer expression and moving things forward. When planets are stationary, and turning direction, their symbolic energy is amplified. Thus, the day may be full of unexpected twists and turns, and perhaps a breakthrough. Mercury will be the first of the retrograde planets to go direct on August 19, so for the next two weeks we are definitely in a re-thinking, re-working, re-vising mode. Venus trines Mars, making for a positive exchange of ideas, especially of the masculine/feminine. I am meeting a friend for dinner that evening, and I’ll have to remind her that when we are trying to meet with a void Moon, as well as Mercury retrograde, we may have to contend with traffic delays or unusual circumstances that make it difficult to meet at the appointed time. The planetary energy does not support easy meetings, so when you do something in spite of the energy you have to be more mindful, and open to things not working as crisply and clearly as usual.

Against the backdrop of an emotional, familial Cancer Moon, Wednesday is a productive, demanding, expansive day. The Cancer Moon forms a Grand Water Trine with Jupiter and Neptune in the evening, which may soften rough edges. It is an active day, full of potential, and the vision of life’s best offerings.

You will be challenged on Thursday by the day’s difficult aspects, starting with Pluto’s opposition to the Moon in the morning, an edgy Venus-Saturn square, and a Moon-Mars opposition. Don’t be surprised if you meet a few tests and challenges. One bright aspect is Mercury conjunct Pallas Athena, so let’s focus on the creativity and artistry of that alignment to handle the rest of the day’s frustrating energy. Shine your light on some of the best expressions of the Cancer Moon: nurturing, cooking, and gardening. The Moon is dark, so we want to draw inward, especially with the looming Solar Eclipse. Settle into your nest for the evening.

The Leo Moon conjuncts the North Node on Friday, just before it aligns with the Sun in the third and last eclipse of this series early Saturday morning. The day’s alignments are again testy, though not as strong as yesterday’s. You will likely feel overextended, and tempers may flare. Keep your day as simple and easy as possible.

Saturday’s early morning Solar Eclipse begins an 18-hour period when the Moon is void of course. This last eclipse of the year in sunny Leo invites us to bring more play and delight into our lives. Set new intentions wherever Leo is in your horoscope; if you don’t know, set some intentions around lightening up and embracing your creative self.

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. This is not a leisurely Sunday. 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 make it so!

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

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Contact Cathy for astrological readings/consultations at: ccoleman829@gmail.com

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Sunday: Grand Earth Trine supports a productive day to tend to practical matters.

Monday: Energetic, fun, social day.

Tuesday: Moon VoC all day and evening, and Uranus turns retrograde. Expect the unexpected, and focus your energy on insignificant, routine tasks.

Wednesday: Active day of mixed energy, but full of potential.

Thursday: Challenging planetary alignments combined with the dark Moon in Cancer. Draw inward and settle into your nest.

Friday: The Moon aligns with the North Node, just before tomorrow’s Solar Eclipse. Take it easy and enjoy a sweet and simple evening at home.

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 accoplished.

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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:

Sunday, August 5: 4:46 p.m.-6:32 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, August 7: 0: 55 a.m. – 9:01 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, August 9: 4:20 a.m. – 9:18 p.m. (Moon into Leo)

Saturday, August 11: 2:58 a.m. – 8:59 p.m. (Moon into Virgo)

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

Thursday, August 15: 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)

GMT:

Monday, August 6: 0:46 – 2:32 (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, August 7 at 8:55 through Wednesday, August 8 at 5:01 (Moon into Cancer)

Thursday, August 9 at 12:20 through Friday, August 10 at 1:18 (Moon into Leo)

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 15: 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)

 

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One Response to In the Stars August 5-12, 2018…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. AM says:

    “Thursday, August 15: 0:56 a.m. – 1:54 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)”
    August 15 is a Wednesday. Do you mean Wednesday the 15th or Thursday the 16th? Confusing to readers who utilize your site for VOCs.

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