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Astrology for August 2023

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SUN, MOON & PLANETS THIS MONTH

note: all dates and times in this article are based on Universal Time Zone (UT)

YOUR ZODIAC SIGN THIS MONTH

Generally speaking, the strongest influences will come from:

  1. the current position of your Ruling Planet and the aspects, patterns or connections it creates (see the list of ruling planets at the end of this post)
  2. your Ruling Planet moving retrograde or direct
  3. planets passing through your Zodiac Sign
  4. New and Full Moons affecting your section of the Zodiac

PLANETARY PLACEMENTS & PATTERNS

This article looks at highlights in August’s astrological cycles. Invite them to guide and empower your manifestation projects and ask for their assistance when you struggle to cope with the harsher aspects of life on Planet Earth.

MOVEMENT OF THE MOON

The Moon passes through your Zodiac Sign 1-2 times per month. Because La Luna affects your moods and emotions you may find that your feelings are more sensitive when she is in your sector of the zodiac. Your instincts are intensified at this time, and you are at your most intuitive and imaginative.

Strong reactions can be triggered by planetary contacts and patterns made by the Moon while in your sign, which can throw you off guard. It is important to protect yourself from unwanted energies and influences and to channel your Moon magic into manifesting benevolent outcomes for yourself and your loved ones. Read more about the Movement of the Moon

MOON VOID OF COURSE phases

When the Moon makes no more astrological connections to any planet before it moves into the next zodiac sign. Traditional astrology believes that anything important which is initiated during these times is unlikely to come to full fruition or reap the results that are anticipated, or hoped for.

THIS MONTH’S ASTROLOGY EVENTS

Leo Season began on 23rd July and ends on 23rd of this month when the Sun moves into second earth sign Virgo. August’s solar blend of fire and earth elements helps us to create a constructive combination of chutzpah and common sense which enables us to engage effectively with most situations, however intense and dramatic. The challenge is to trust implicitly in our own ability to cope without denying the degree of difficulty involved.

30 July-01 August Moon in Capricorn trine Mercury & Mars in Virgo, square Ceres in Libra, trine Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus, square Chiron, Eris & North Node in Aries, conjunct Pluto in Capricorn.

Positive Potential – you have a marvellous array of raw materials to work with, as well as the natural skills and talents you need to make the most of these valuable resources.
Possible Pitfalls – do not allow a lack of trust in your natural instincts to unsettle your equilibrium by creating an atmosphere of urgency which leads you to act prematurely, aggressively or impatiently.

1 August UT 02:11 Moon goes void of course until UT 03:57 when Moon moves into Aquarius.

1-3 August Moon in Aquarius opposing Sun in Leo (Full Moon), trine Ceres & South Node in Libra, square Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus, opposing Venus in Leo.

Positive Potential – you carry all the creative potential contributed to your gene pool by your ancestors. All you need to do is offer yourself as a channel through which this fertile energy may be manifested in material form.
Possible Pitfalls – try not to allow a lack of appreciation for your unique talents and abilities to prevent you from stepping into the spotlight and wowing the world with your special gifts.

2 August UT 21:13 Moon goes void of course until 3 August UT 03:05 when Moon moves into Pisces

1 August FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS

It is possible that things are turning out rather differently from how you were expecting them to. For this reason, you could be making radical changes or updates to your designs so they can be completed. This full moon emphasises the importance of innovation as well as the role played by kindred spirits, groups and teams in bringing your plans to fruition. It is important that you feel free to express all that is original about you. Embrace the qualities which make you different, do not try to normalise or regulate them.

1 August Mars in Virgo trine Jupiter in Taurus. Your goal of applying a perfect blend of precision and patience to your working practices could be achieved today. The sense of satisfaction you gain is confirmation that your trust in your own talents and skills is capable of reaping rich rewards.

2 August Mercury in Virgo opposing Saturn in Pisces. A certain amount of self-criticism can be useful so long as it is not allowed to morph into a morbid form of obsessive control disorder which overwhelms you with doubt and prevents you from thinking clearly.

3-5 August Moon in Pisces conjuncts Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, opposing Mercury & Mars in Virgo.

Positive Potential – inspirational visions could be easier to manifest in material form thanks to an awareness of how the process is likely to unfold.
Possible Pitfalls – the effort you put into trying to avoid making any kind of mistake will weigh on your workload and remove any pleasure you might derive from completing your to do list. 

5 August UT 01:19 Moon goes void of course until UT 03:19 when Moon moves into Aries.

5-7 August Venus in Leo trine Eris in Aries. Sun in Leo square Jupiter in Taurus. A strong sense of esteem for your own feisty independence encourages you to be more self confident. Be careful not to take things too far as there is a danger of tipping over into uncharted territory where assertiveness accelerates into arrogance and bravery becomes boasting.

5-7 August Moon in Aries trine Sun & Venus in Leo, opposing Ceres in Libra, conjunct Chiron, Eris & North Node in Aries, square Pluto in Capricorn.

Positive Potential – prioritising your ability to radiate confidence, happiness and joy brings a powerful sense of healing to your own energy field, motivating others to follow your example.
Possible Pitfalls – do not let negative judgements drag you down, especially those that accuse you of attention seeking, being big headed or showing off.

7 August UT 04:11 Moon goes void of course until UT 06:24 when Moon moves into Taurus

7-9 August Moon in Taurus trine Mercury & Mars in Virgo, conjunct Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus, square Sun & Venus in Leo, trine Pluto in Capricorn.

Positive Potential –  embrace the opportunity to work on yourself in order to make constructive changes that will evolve and empower you.
Possible Pitfalls – try not to let self-conscious concerns about losing the admiration of adoring fans who might reject your urge to evolve prevent you from doing so.

9 August UT 10:36 Moon goes void of course until UT 13:04 Moon moves into Gemini.

9-11 August Moon in Gemini square Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, square Mercury & Mars in Virgo, trine Ceres & South Node in Libra.

Positive Potential –  this is a good time to take another look at ideas you have had before for projects which allow you to fulfil your creative potential.
Possible Pitfalls – anxiety about whether you are using the correct materials and methods and if your technique and timing are right could undermine your effort to express your ideas.

11 August UT 17:25 Moon goes void of course until UT 22:51 when Moon moves into Cancer.

9-12 August Venus in Leo square Uranus in Taurus. Mercury in Virgo trine Jupiter in Taurus. True self esteem has an enduring quality which comes from within. It cannot be upset by passing trends or events. It is sustained by your ability to understand and work with any opportunities that come your way to utilise, expand and evolve the talents you were born with.

11-14 August Moon in Cancer trine Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, square Ceres & South Node in Libra, square Chiron, Eris & North Node in Aries, opposing Pluto in Capricorn.

Positive Potential –  you are surrounded by wise, highly experienced Guides who will never let you down. Their support is constant and unconditional.
Possible Pitfalls – your lack of trust prevents you from connecting to high vibrational entities who are eagerly waiting to offer you advice, help and healing. All they need is your permission to do so.

14 August UT 07:44 Moon goes void of course until UT 10:35 when Moon moves into Leo

12-13 August Sun & Venus in Leo trine Chiron in Aries. Self acceptance, self approval, self esteem are the key ingredients to self healing. The courageous, confident wounded healer is an excellent role model for others.

“Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu

14-16 August Moon in Leo square Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus, trine Chiron, Eris & North Node in Aries, conjunct Venus & Sun in Leo (New Moon).

Positive Potential –  the confidence you feel in your ability to shine your Light in the most challenging of circumstances enables you to triumph over whatever life throws at you.
Possible Pitfalls – unexpected events should not be allowed to shake your confidence and self esteem. Turn them in your favour by embracing them as opportunities to heal and evolve.

16 August UT 09:37 Moon goes void of course until UT 23:13 when Moon moves into Virgo.

16 August NEW MOON IN LEO square Uranus in Taurus & semi-sextile Mars in Virgo

At the end of the day, everything begins with you. You are the Captain of your own enterprise and it is up to you to make a success of your life. This is the right time to set your intentions to create plans for showcasing your Star Quality, for that is the special gift you have to offer the world. The magic ingredient which will attract the rewards you deserve is your confidence in your own potential. The stronger your sense of self-respect, the more brightly you will shine. You are celebrating your presence here on Planet Earth, proudly displaying the joy you feel in being alive.

All the unexpected events and upheavals that cross your path are there to be worked with. Their purpose is to reinforce the trust you have in your ability to thrive through challenging times, thanks to the strength of your own resourcefulness, skill and ingenuity.

16-19 August Moon in Virgo opposing Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, trine Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus, conjunct Mercury & Mars in Virgo, trine Pluto in Capricorn.

Positive Potential –  your mental faculties are expanded, providing them with razor sharp clarity and precision which empowers your thought processes and communication skills.
Possible Pitfalls – doubt, fear and confusion could prevent you from trusting the high level intelligence that is enveloping your field of awareness.

19 August UT 08:49 Moon goes void of course until UT 11:53 when Moon moves into Libra.

18-19 August Sun in Leo trine Eris & North Node in Aries. Once you start to celebrate your own star quality, strength and resilience, you become aware of the inner Warrior Spirit who stands at your shoulder encouraging you to explore and enjoy the adventure of your journey along your life path.

19-21 August Moon in Libra opposing Chiron & Eris in Aries, conjunct Ceres & South Node in Libra, square Pluto in Capricorn.

Positive Potential –  do not hesitate to seek support with your self-healing process. It is important to recognise that help is always at hand, you only have to ask for it.
Possible Pitfalls – the impression that you are forced to battle on entirely by yourself because you are denied the support you need is sabotaging your self-healing process.

21 August UT 20:29 Moon goes void of course until UT 23:21 when Moon moves into Scorpio

20 August Chiron in Aries opposing Ceres in Libra. You are perfectly entitled to expect support for your quest to resolve painful problems. There is no need to feel isolated or alone. While it is true that only you can heal your wounds, the loving care you receive from others complements your curing process.

21-24 August Moon in Scorpio trine Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, square Venus in Leo, opposing Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus.

Positive Potential –  finding the true source of what it is that makes you feel contented and fulfilled adds real and lasting value to your earthly existence.
Possible Pitfalls – material success, however abundant, cannot satisfy your soul. It craves a less definable but far more sustainable sense of happiness.

24 August UT 05:08 Moon goes void of course until UT 08:07 when Moon moves into Sagittarius.

22 August Venus in Leo square Jupiter in Taurus. Mars in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. We are being respectful to ourselves by curbing any tendency to over-indulge our hunger for material comfort and enjoyment while demanding that someone else does all the hard work involved in fulfilling our lust for luxury.

“Lust is our way of life … Even in our relationships we consume each other, each of us looking for what we can get out of the other. Our appetites are often satisfied at the expense of those around us.” Jon Foreman

23 August SUN MOVES INTO VIRGO

The Sun has slipped into Virgo, the second Earth sign which is an industrious blend of practicality and workmanship. This could be a busy time of year in one way or another. Perhaps you are clearing up after one stage of your life plan, or maybe you are preparing for the next – or both! Either way, it is a good idea to concentrate on making your daily schedule run as smoothly as possible so that your health and wellbeing are better served. Virgo season is great for modifying behind the scenes routines and fine tuning them to function at optimum efficiency. You may need to sharpen your delegation skills so you can make it easier for helpmates and colleagues to take some of the strain off you.

23 August MERCURY MOVES RETROGRADE IN VIRGO

It is always sensible to check and edit your work, especially if you had to hurry through it in the first place. Sifting through detailed data looking for mistakes can be an irksome task, but one which is worth doing as it could serve you well and save you time later on down the line. This is also a processing period, during which you will fully digest information that can enhance the effective use of your current skillset.

24-26 August Moon in Sagittarius square Sun, Mercury & Mars in Virgo, square Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, trine Venus in Leo, trine Chiron, Eris & North Node in Aries.

Positive Potential –  your ability to create and sustain healthy levels of self esteem and assertiveness ensures that you continue to move in the right direction towards the fulfilment of your soul plan for this lifetime.
Possible Pitfalls – an undeserving attitude turns you into a martyr who believes that nothing in life comes easily because everything has to be earned through a gruelling combination of hard work and endless effort.  

26 August UT 11:54 Moon goes void of course until UT 13:05 when Moon moves into Capricorn.

25-27 August Mars in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. Sun in Virgo opposing Saturn in Pisces.

Focus is the magic ingredient which renders the results you are aiming for. There is no need to slog away all day from dawn to dusk so long as you factor key periods of concentrated effort into your timetable. This way, you will be able to achieve outcomes to satisfy your expectations without exhausting yourself in the process.

The fear that you might fall short of the impossible standards you are striving to reach is the only thing which will prevent you from fulfilling the tasks and tests you have set yourself. Trying your best is all that is required of you, so please do not be disappointed by achievements that seems less than perfect.

26-28 August Moon in Capricorn trine Sun & Mercury in Virgo, trine Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus, square Chiron, Eris & North Node in Aries, square Ceres & South Node in Libra, conjunct Pluto in Capricorn.

Positive Potential –  trust that your unwavering commitment to outcomes which deliver results that can be sustained far into the future will be rewarded.
Possible Pitfalls – the impulse to act out of impatience and indecision is fuelled by frustration from the past which is why it should be ignored.

28 August UT 11:47 Moon goes void of course until UT 14:31 when Moon moves into Aquarius.

27 August MARS MOVES INTO LIBRA

You can not expect to have your own way all the time with this placement. At least, not unless you are prepared to negotiate and persuade rather than push people into doing things for you. Recognise the value of charm when it comes to rallying support for your cause. If you appear interested in the aspirations of others, they are likely to return the favour by backing the items on your wish list. This placement of Mars is not the best for making yes or no choices, but it is great for brokering and achieving win/win deals. Focus your effort on weighing up the pros and cons of all the decisions which are at your disposal until you feel you have hit upon a solution that has the best chance of providing some level of satisfaction to everyone concerned.

28-30 August Moon in Aquarius trine Mars, Ceres & South Node in Libra, opposing Venus in Leo, square Jupiter & Uranus in Taurus.

Positive Potential –  your ability to generate creative designs of a dynamic, innovative nature is riding high right now.
Possible Pitfalls – try not to let unreasonably high standards ramp up the initial cost of getting your project off the ground.

30 August UT 03:02 Moon goes void of course until UT 13:56 when Moon moves into Pisces

29 August URANUS MOVES RETROGRADE IN TAURUS

While Uranus travels through Taurus, there is a tendency to ignore the importance of firm foundations. Whether you are building an abstract concept or a bridge across the Amazon river, you still need to structure the process of your project. Major modifications that are forced through before the trouble-shooting process is complete can cause significant and lasting damage. The fall out from a series of wild-card, spur of the moment improvisations which lack the most basic level of preparation could be a source of major turmoil in future.

30 August-01 September Moon conjunct Saturn & Neptune in Pisces, opposing Sun (Full Moon) & Mercury in Virgo.

Positive Potential –  this is an excellent time for manifesting dreams and visions in 3D reality.
Possible Pitfalls – do not be disappointed if something you perceived with your mind’s eye does not work out exactly as you imagined it would.

1 September UT 10:34 Moon goes void of course until UT 13:24 when Moon moves into Aries

31 August FULL MOON IN PISCES

There could be a sense that your vision has become reality, even if not quite in the way you imagined it would. All the same, you have proved to yourself that you are capable of making dreams come true. There is no room for feelings of regret or doubts about whether specific stages of your manifestation could have or should have been carried out in other ways. This is not the time to look back through rose-coloured glasses. Nostalgia is not the name of the game. Your creative project is a magical process which must ebb and flow to its own rhythm and dance to its own tune, nourished by your faith that it will come to fruition exactly when and how it is meant to.

Planetary Rulers of Zodiac Signs

Planet Mars rules Aries, Planet Venus rules Taurus & Libra, Planet Mercury rules Gemini & Virgo, The Moon rules Cancer, The Sun rules Leo, Planet Pluto rules Scorpio, Planet Jupiter rules Sagittarius, Planet Saturn rules Capricorn, Planet Uranus rules Aquarius and Planet Neptune is ruler of Pisces. More about ZODIAC SIGNS and their Rulers.

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