August begins with Lammas, one of eight traditional Celtic festivals. Lammas is a cross-quarter festival, falling halfway between Summer Solstice and Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s a celebration of the first harvest and last days of summer. Harvest is the culmination of the growing season and will sustain life throughout the dark and dormant months. We aren’t so connected with the crops and nature these days, but we all experience cycles of growth. This is a wonderful time to celebrate all the ways you create and receive abundance. Lammas is a powerful energetic doorway as it falls at 15 degrees Leo. The 15th degree of any fixed sign (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius) is said to be a “Gate of the Avatars,” bestowing superhuman powers and unique gifts and talents. When we believe we can cross the threshold into new experiences and opportunities and that magic is something we create all the time, we make it so.
Astrology reveals the nature of your personal wiring and energy. It also reminds you of your deepest desires and intentions for growth. It’s an amazing tool to bring about awareness, raise consciousness and increase empathy and compassion. Check your natal chart out at www.astro.com.
The Moon takes about 28 days to complete her orbit through the 12 signs, spending approximately two and a half days in each sign. When we say the Moon is void-of-course (VoC), it means the Moon makes no more major aspects to other planets until it leaves the sign it’s in. We sometimes say the Moon is floating between signs during these times, and it creates a sense of timelessness. You can embrace these events by slowing down and tuning into your inner guidance. It’s not the best time to start new things, but it’s the perfect opportunity to make room for what’s to come. If you want to know more, check out www.moontracks.com.
Wednesday, August 1
With Aries Moon cozied up with Chiron, you might want to get something started but find it hard to summon the courage. We’re all working with the theme of identity crisis which is an opportunity to be and show more of who we are–it’s time to take off the old costume and follow your own lead! Pisces Moon VoC ends 5:54 a.m. when the Moon enters Aries.
Thursday, August 2
Tension builds throughout the day, especially between your desire for independence and the pressure to conform to rules and demands. It doesn’t have to be one or the other, but Moon/Pluto square can sure seem like it! Let go of emotional power struggles and use your energy for what’s worth the effort. Aries Moon VoC begins at 9:52 p.m. and lasts until tomorrow.
Friday, August 3
Be patient with each other—none of us is at our best when our most childish needs and fears are triggered. Taurus Moon brings steady grounding which will help balance the emotional instability this evening. Aries Moon VoC ends at 2:51 p.m. when the Moon enters Taurus.
Saturday, August 4
This is a good day to open to receiving more fun, joy and passion; Sun and Jupiter contacting Moon don’t want you to stay small. If you’ve always done things a certain way, take a different route or approach. Open the curtains and let some light in. There is a much grander stage if you will just step out and look up.
Sunday, August 5
Sun receives an infusion of the wise champion with Pallas Athena conjunction. These two are a pair of mythological heroes. They remind us to courageously use our intelligence and vibrant life force to follow our heart’s calling. Taurus Moon VoC begins at 6:46 p.m. and lasts until 8:31 p.m. when the Moon enters Gemini.
Monday, August 6
Communication and conversation are not in short supply today. Gemini Moon just loves to talk, but when Venus enters Libra this evening the need to be heard will increase. Venus in Libra expects reciprocity, cooperation, and fairness…and wants everything to be beautiful. Practice the art of active listening and watch your relationships flourish.
Tuesday, August 7
Uranus turns retrograde for the next five months reflecting our need to pause and reexamine our brand of originality and whether we are giving ourselves the freedom to express and liberate in ways genuine to us. Use this time to redefine what it means to be free and assess if there are ways you need to let yourself out of the cage. The Uranus archetype in us wants to fly with no strings attached! Gemini Moon VoC begins at 2:54 a.m. and lasts until 11:01 p.m. when the Moon enters Cancer.
Wednesday, August 8
Each month, when Moon transits Cancer, we are reminded to take care of ourselves and create a safe and nurturing home, even when things seem to be falling apart around us. Our planet is undergoing a major shift and we know radical change is necessary. Create emotional stability within yourself and support others so we have a chance to rebuild on a strong foundation.
Thursday, August 9
If you feel like something or someone is trying to control you, you’re responding to the Moon/Pluto opposition. Cancer Moon is emotional and sensitive and we’re likely to react without fully understanding the big picture. If something external seems to smother or drag you down, look in the mirror and own how you do this to yourself. You are the one with the power! Cancer Moon VoC begins at 6:20 a.m. and lasts until 11:17 p.m. when the Moon enters Leo.
Friday, August 10
All planets are retrograde, except Venus and Jupiter both traditionally considered benefic. Take a moment to focus on Venus, to whom things naturally flow and expansive Jupiter, with his inspiring confidence. Their domains—relationships, love, ease, beauty, art, pleasure, money, optimism, wisdom, good fortune, adventure, fun, truth and meaning—are not under collective redefinition. Almost everything else is. Let your Venus and Jupiter flow. Be love. Be beautiful. Be true. Be the best you.
Saturday, August 11
Leo New Moon inspires us to access our light within and let it shine out! If you’ve been thinking about starting a creative project or following your heart in a new direction, this is a great time to set intentions to make it happen. Leo Moon VoC begins at 4:57 a.m. and lasts until 10:59 p.m. when the Moon enters Virgo.
Sunday, August 12
You are ready to get something done today with the strength to see it through and innovation to bend the rules to work in your favor. Virgo Moon trine Saturn and Uranus is a gift for any of us needing to get down to work, even if it’s simply reorganizing the closet.
Monday, August 13
Last night, retrograde Mars moved from Aquarius into Capricorn pushing us to reconsider our limits, especially in how we use our energy. Your body might respond to this shift, letting you know it’s tired of the pressure and weight it bears. If your actions aren’t supporting you on all levels, take the time to come up with a new plan. Virgo Moon VoC begins at 11:37 p.m. and lasts until 11:57 p.m. when the Moon enters Libra.
Tuesday, August 14
If you see something beautiful in someone else today, tell them. Moon/Venus conjunction is the art of peaceful and enjoyable emotional connection. It is also an invitation to appreciate the beauty around you and contribute in ways that help others feel good.
Wednesday, August 15
This morning could start with some stress in your relationships, so take a few minutes to remember that everything happening outside of you reflects something inside of you. If you can accept the challenge as an opportunity to learn something new about yourself, you’ll diffuse most of the tension before anything escalates.
Thursday, August 16
Moon/Uranus opposition this morning can show up as physical and emotional unpredictability. It’s wise to expect the unexpected, especially as you commute and are tempted to succumb to the seduction of your smartphone when the best life choice is to fully pay attention in the moment. Libra Moon VoC begins at 3:04 a.m. and lasts until 3:54 a.m. when the Moon enters Scorpio.
Friday, August 17
Feelings are intensified today and once triggered can take some time to calm down. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when a big rush of emotion washes over, but you know how to ride that wave. Let go of any defensiveness and use your intuition to sense the deeper issue at hand. With a new understanding of what you really need and why, you can begin to heal old wounds.
Saturday, August 18
If you’re in the mood for fun, Sagittarius Moon is your companion! Following your passion feels good. Do the things you
love and that fill you with more vitality. Scorpio Moon VoC begins at 10:07 a.m. and lasts until 11:45 a.m. when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
Sunday, August 19
Mercury turned direct late last night and we’re back in forward motion according to our usual perspective. Today is the third exact Jupiter/Neptune trine since December 2017. If you are reading this, you can feel that we are undergoing a major shift in consciousness. This transit’s energy reflects the need to move beyond personal beliefs that divide us into universal understanding and connectedness. We need to believe—not just in something greater, but in ourselves. We have access to unlimited power, but it slips through our fingers in the absence of love. We’re closer than we think to something so much better.
Monday, August 20
Today there is natural harmony between experiences we hold in our memory and our desire to journey forward. It’s all working together, we just need to integrate. When you realize that everything is happening right now (past, present, and future,) you are free to change anything you want. Sagittarius Moon VoC begins at 6:46 p.m. and lasts until 11:00 p.m. when the Moon enters Capricorn.
Tuesday, August 21
Moon/Saturn conjunction in Capricorn can feel like a pair of way too tight pants, but it serves to help us realize we can get a new pair or an entirely different outfit. Saturn is the part of us that not only learns to work within the rules, it can create and change the rules. You’re worth the best-tailored suit in town.
Wednesday, August 22
It’s an active day for Moon as she aspects four planets, so be ready for the emotional rollercoaster by staying calm and grounded. Late tonight, Sun enters Virgo and passionate fire gives way to practical earth. We’re entering the last month of summer, a natural time of transition. Take time to enjoy the shade along with the sunshine and spend your energy doing things worth the effort.
Thursday, August 23
We can make good use of a power boost this morning with Moon/Mars conjunction if we engage it as an ally versus an opponent. Mars likes a fight and Moon takes it personally, but there is an air of liberation available if you are willing to feel things from a new perspective. Capricorn Moon VoC begins at 9:19 a.m. and lasts until 11:55 a.m. when the Moon enters Aquarius.
Friday, August 24
As collective humanity, what is our identity? Most of us are not happy with the current state of our country and how we’re seen around the world. Chiron/Astraea conjunction in Aries reflects this self-image wounding and it also suggests we’ve spent too much time fighting about the wrong things. It’s time to give up what can’t be won and champion what can. Aquarius Moon VoC begins 11:38 p.m. until Sunday.
Saturday, August 25
Sun, Uranus and Saturn form a grand earth trine, enhancing the flow of manifestation. Work will be easier today, so take advantage and accelerate the progress of your to-do list. What normally takes you three hours can be accomplished in one.
Sunday, August 26
Happy Pisces Full Moon! The Sabian Symbol for this lunation is “Heavy car traffic on a narrow isthmus linking two seashore resorts.” Luna shines light on the need for interconnectivity and sharing between all things. In Pisces consciousness, we are all One and we have an inherent responsibility to the well-being of the Whole, which includes all its people and parts. Aquarius Moon VoC ends at 12:32 a.m. when the Moon enters Pisces.
Monday, August 27
Mars turns direct and our energy is released from its temporary state of reevaluation. If you’ve been reconsidering what you really want and how to act, it’s time to take responsibility for implementing your course corrections and go for it!
Tuesday, August 28
Moon cycles into Aries this morning which can get things moving. With Mars direct, the path to victory is clear. Make sure you really want it—Aries is hard to stop once she gets going! Pisces Moon VoC begins at 8:54 a.m. and lasts until 11:35 a.m. when the Moon enters Aries.
Wednesday, August 29
We have cosmic breathing room today which sets you up perfectly to follow your instincts and give yourself space to feel and listen to you, without so much external influence.
Thursday, August 30
Moon/Venus opposition might bring you face-to-face with the force of your personal desires compared to what you think is required to keep your relationships happy. This is a chance to balance the “I” and the “We” in ways that make everyone feel good. Aries Moon VoC begins at 6:03 p.m. and lasts until 8:30 p.m. when the Moon enters Taurus.
Friday, August 31
Take it easy on yourself and others today. Choosing forgiveness will really simplify a situation and bring things into balance, especially your own feelings. Taurus Moon lends a steady hand and grounded spirit you can use to build the best life on earth.
Tara Aal is a practicing astrologer, writer and teacher. She studied Evolutionary Astrology with Laura Nalbandian and is a certified Soulsign Astrologer through Adam Gainsburg. Visit www.TaraAal.com.