By Bernadette Evans
This month, we do have some movement. Mercury stationed direct the middle of last month, but there are still delays with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto all retrograde. Four of the five are in Earth signs and one in Water. Earth and Water both move slower than Air or Fire. I’ve heard from many people who’ve said that during this time they’ve started taking a class or started painting—something they feel they wouldn’t have been able to find the time to do before. So, that’s a positive takeaway. Then at other times, you might be reminiscing about life before COVID-19 and wishing for things to return to the way they were. A new movement, a new way of life is in its gestation period—not quite ready to be born. I know it can be scary to let go of what you’ve come to know—what’s comfortable—but trust that the Universe has your back.
The Moon takes about 28 days to complete its orbit through the 12 signs, staying 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 before it leaves the sign it’s in. At these times, it can be difficult to get focused and accomplish a task. You may want to relax, meditate or do something where your focus is turned inward. Don’t try and get a new project off the ground when the Moon is Void. If you want to find out more about the Void of Course Moon, check out www.moontracks.com.
The times below are listed in Central Daylight Time (CDT).
Saturday, August 1
There could be an opportunity for you to dig deep into your inner well when Mercury opposes Pluto. You may experience some breakthroughs if you decide to go see a counselor. Being alone with your thoughts is never a bad idea. You’re eager to get to the bottom of your issues to see what you can discover. The Mercury-Pluto opposition could be shining a light on all your hard work. You’ve been putting in time working on a creative project, one where you followed your intuition and did your research, and it’s about to pay off. The Moon is in Capricorn.
Sunday, August 2
When the Sun squares Uranus, you may feel the need to defend your position about a certain subject. A part of you could be rebellious and ready to do battle with whoever opposes you. Instead of preparing to go to war, put your sword down. Your restlessness would be better fed using this energy to be an explorer in your own backyard. Have fun, do something out of the ordinary. Just don’t do anything dangerous. Moon VoC at 8:59 a.m. until 1:11 p.m. when it enters the sign of Aquarius.
Monday, August 3
The focus for the Full Moon in Aquarius is finding the balance between doing what works for you and you alone or doing something that supports a relationship or the collective. The Full Moon is always about releasing something, maybe an old belief, a relationship or a job that’s been holding you back that you are ready to let go of. It’s time to come out of the shadows and let your light shine for all to see. You’re wise and have a lot to contribute to the planet. The Full Moon in Aquarius at 10:59 a.m.
Tuesday, August 4
When Mars squares Jupiter, the air is electric and you could feel like you can take on the world. You have energy galore and may feel quite exuberant. Enjoy, have fun, but be careful that you don’t do something too quickly and hurt yourself. With all this energy, you could feel like you can do it all, but I just want to caution you about promising others more than you can deliver. You mean well and think you can do everything, but you might just run out of steam. Mercury enters the sign of Leo at 10:32 p.m. Moon VoC at 4:45 p.m. until 9:28 p.m. when it enters the sign of Pisces.
Wednesday, August 5
Being open to the Universe and having faith in the process is paramount. When the Moon sextiles Uranus, you have the opportunity to crack open the egg and see what emerges. Creation is beautiful and messy. You never know what to expect when the Moon and Uranus get together and that can be half of the fun.
Thursday, August 6
There’s the possibility of a misunderstanding (on your part or someone else’s) which could create friction. The Moon-Neptune conjunction can make everything about as clear as mud. So, get clarity from others and be super clear when speaking, so everyone knows where they stand. A great use of this energy—if you feel like it—is to create something. You don’t have to be a Picasso, just create for the sheer joy of it.
Friday, August 7
You may be assessing your relationships and what you value when the Moon squares Venus. You know what your beliefs are and what you desire in a relationship, as well as what you can put up with and what you just can’t do anymore. Wishing and hoping that it’s different doesn’t change the way it is. It may be time to act on your feelings. Venus enters the sign of Cancer at 10:21 a.m. Moon VoC at 7:53 a.m. until 8:05 a.m. when it enters the sign of Aries.
Saturday, August 8
The Moon-Sun trine may bring with it feelings of easy confidence and self-assurance. There’s a sense that you’re happy and at peace with who you are and what you’ve accomplished. You can breathe a sigh of relief; it feels like things are coming together.
Sunday, August 9
It may feel like the walls are closing in around you when the Moon squares Saturn. You could feel depressed and not sure how to escape your circumstances. What if you look at things from a different perspective? By dealing with one thought at a time, you’ll be able to manage the day and your emotions. Remember this too shall pass and more importantly, you’re not alone. Moon VoC at 2:50 p.m. until 8:28 p.m. when it enters the sign of Taurus.
Monday, August 10
You may feel easily distracted when Mercury squares Uranus. The Moon, Uranus and Mercury are all playing together today, bringing with them a need to change up your routine and maybe how you view things, as well as how you express yourself. You have a lot going on in your head and you may not say things exactly how you mean. This could lead to possible misunderstandings, and that’s what they are, misunderstandings. Just explain yourself more clearly, or if it’s the other person, get them to clarify what they mean.
Tuesday, August 11
You may feel irritable when the Moon squares the Sun. Things just aren’t coming together in the way you’d like. And if you haven’t been paying attention, or giving enough time to your relationships, there could be a mini-explosion today. So, make your apologies and you’ll be back on track.
Wednesday, August 12
It may feel as if you’re trapped inside one of those carnival funhouses with all the mirrors and tilted floors. Everything looks distorted when the Sun quincunx’s Neptune. It’s just an illusion, so don’t despair. You just need to make a few adjustments to whatever’s not working and the floor will become stable and the mirrors will disappear. Moon VoC at 2:55 a.m. until 8:46 a.m. when it enters the sign of Gemini.
Thursday, August 13
You could feel like you’re fighting against the system when Mars squares Pluto. How can you take charge of your life? Can you create structures that will support you? Examine what’s happening in your world and make the appropriate changes that will support you and not stifle you or anyone else.
Friday, August 14
The Moon is Void in Gemini for a good portion of the day before it moves into Cancer. Take the time to listen to what other people have to say, instead of going full-steam ahead with your ideas or plans without their input. Everything will run a lot smoother when you’re all on the same page. Moon VoC at 6:19 a.m. until 6:35 p.m. when it enters the sign of Cancer.
Saturday, August 15
You may feel like spending time with your loved ones when the Moon conjuncts Venus. It’s easy to be warm, nurturing and generous when you feel this good. Remember to take the time to pamper yourself today, just as you do for everyone else. Uranus Stations Retrograde at 9:25 a.m.
Sunday, August 16
The Sun-Mars trine could give you the boost you need to get a new project off the ground or to finish up work on something that’s been on the back burner for a while. When you have this much gas in the tank, you should put it to good use. When you need a break, get some exercise. It’s good to do something physical that moves the energy through the body/mind. Moon VoC at 6:59 p.m.
Monday, August 17
You’re excited to share your ideas with others when the Sun conjuncts Mercury. Others may not be able to get a word in edgewise until you stop to take a breath! So, enjoy this energy and your boundless enthusiasm to connect and bounce ideas off of friends. Remember a real conversation involves two people; give others the space to share their thoughts as well. Moon enters the sign of Leo at 12:38 a.m.
Tuesday, August 18
This month’s New Moon is in Leo. With the Sun, Moon and Mercury all conjunct you could find yourself being blunt in all your dealings. Time is precious and you don’t have time to beat around the bush. Be open and honest in your communications to build a foundation of trust and respect. There’s also a huge focus on building relationships, whether they’re romantic ones or platonic. Tap into your inner child and rediscover the joy you used to have when you played. Take some time to have fun and be creative, and in whatever you choose to do, be passionate and go all in! New Moon at 9:42 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19
You’re anxious to begin a new venture when the Moon’s in Virgo. You have all the details mapped out as to how to proceed. Whatever you focus on, your determination and bravado can carry you a long way. So, roll up your sleeves and get started, it’s going to be exciting. Mercury enters the sign of Virgo at 8:30 p.m. Moon VoC at 12:38 a.m. until 3:20 a.m. when it enters the sign of Virgo.
Thursday, August 20
When the Moon opposes Neptune, you may not be seeing situations or other people clearly. You’re sensitive and could be seeing things that aren’t really there. All this does is amplify feelings of fear and suspicion. Everything just feels a little off. Don’t take the energy too seriously or do anything drastic. Instead, use this energy to get lost in a creative project, or binge a series on Netflix. It will be over before you know it. Moon VoC at 10:37 pm.
Friday, August 21
The Moon in Libra encourages being social and hanging out with friends. It may take some ingenuity when gathering with your friends, but even with social distancing, you can still do it. You may also want to spruce up your home with some new decorations or go out to a park and admire the beauty in nature. Moon enters the sign of Libra at 4:16 a.m.
Saturday, August 22
Happy Birthday my dear Virgos! The Moon-Jupiter square heralds a time of generosity and wellbeing. Your emotions may be exaggerated, but you’re feeling quite positive about the day and why shouldn’t you! Everyone needs a little sunshine and focusing on the positive lifts your vibration and brings in more of the same. Enjoy this time for what it is. The Sun enters the sign of Virgo at 10:45 a.m. Moon VoC at 11:20 p.m.
Sunday, August 23
Guidance could be coming in loud and clear when the Moon sextiles Mercury. You know what you need to do and aren’t afraid of rolling up your sleeves and doing the hard work. You know it will pay off in spades. Not to mention, it feels good when you put your mind to something and accomplish your goals. Tuning into your feelings comes easier today allowing you an opportunity to express yourself. You could also be called on to be there for a good friend who needs a shoulder to cry on. Moon enters the sign of Scorpio at 5:16 a.m.
Monday, August 24
When Mars squares Saturn, any insecurities you have may rear their ugly heads. There’s the possibility that you’re paralyzed by fear. You’re so worried about how well you can do something, that if it isn’t up to your standards, you don’t do it at all. There’s also the chance of an outburst if someone points out that your work isn’t up to par. Careful of stomping your feet and raising your voice to be noticed. That is not the kind of attention you want.
Tuesday, August 25
You could be bursting with energy, passion and enthusiasm about future possibilities. Ideas are coming in fast and furious. When Mercury trines Uranus, your curiosity propels you forward. You could be exploring new ways of communicating. Maybe you’re thinking of doing some writing or starting a podcast. Do whatever excites you, just make sure the idea isn’t just that an idea…run with it. Then to top it off, Venus opposes Jupiter. This combination could be tempting you to ignore work and just have fun. Try for some balance…work for part of the day and then enjoy the evening with friends. Moon VoC at 1:27 a.m. until 7:49 a.m. when it enters the sign of Sagittarius.
Wednesday, August 26
Emotions run deep when the Moon’s in Sagittarius’ domain. You feel affectionate and benevolent towards those you care about and are not afraid to show it. The other side of a Sagittarius Moon is that you or someone else might say something that causes hurt feelings. Sagittarius can be blunt. Is it necessary to say what you’re going to say? Is it better to just let something go? It’s up to you.
Thursday, August 27
Both connecting with others and being of service are highlighted when Venus trines Neptune. Your empathy and compassion are shining through and you want to be of service and give back to the community. This is also a great time to kick back and relax with your partner or a friend and watch a movie. Romance could also play a part. So, light the candles, have a nice meal and see where it takes you. Venus trines Neptune is lovely, and you may want to bring more beauty into your environment. Go buy some flowers or decorate, it’ll spruce up the place and make you happy. Moon VoC at 7:00 a.m. until 12:37 p.m. when it enters the sign of Capricorn.
Friday, August 28
When the Moon trines Mercury, your emotions and your rational mind are working in tandem. You could find your intuition is guiding you and has given you a roadmap as to the best route to take. This is also a great time to write. Whether it’s for your job or your own pleasure, the words flow a lot easier.
Saturday, August 29
This is a great day to get some work done. There are a few energies that can assist you, but the Mercury-Jupiter trine (if put to good use) will help you put your plans into motion. There’s a feeling of hope and positivity in the air, but you still need to work. It won’t just happen magically. Have fun putting the pieces together. Moon VoC at 2:31 p.m. until 7:37 p.m. when it enters the sign of Aquarius.
Sunday, August 30
When Mercury opposes Neptune, your antennae pick up so many signals that the good messages are garbled and mixed in with the junk. Take a break from all the noise, the sound of your mind, the outside world, and other’s opinions, and just sit quietly for no reason but to just be. A word of caution; confusion and misunderstandings may abound, so be careful and don’t make any permanent decisions until you have more clarity. Venus and Pluto are also in opposition, reiterating that relations with others could be intense. There may be a power struggle, as someone is trying to get the upper hand. If you can, have a conversation where you both walk away feeling the agreement was fair and just.
Monday, August 31
You may feel like you’re walking a tightrope as you try and find solid ground when the Moon quincunx’s Venus. There’s a possibility that you’re making compromises in your relationships that aren’t sitting well. As long as the compromise doesn’t make you forgo your core values and beliefs, see if you can come to an understanding that works for both of you.
Bernadette Evans is a counseling astrologer, hypnotherapist, Registered Professional Counselor and writer. She can be reached at 780-289-7398 or Bbevans001@gmail.com to schedule a consultation. Visit mindshiftcounselling.com.