I wakened this morning with a sinking feeling of premonition about the November election, and a vague memory of a dream of GW Bush personally reversing and "fixing up" something.
I did a quick scan of the autumn influences just to check conditions. Indeed, they do promise change, much of it unpredictable and some of it violent, indicated by both Solar and Lunar Eclipses, a strong Marsthe warrior energythroughout the season, disruptive Uranus in a key spot during August, and powerful Pluto dominant during the remainder of the season.
All of the moon phases feature the more difficult outer planet energies. During November we have three planetary occultations (eclipses)Mars, Jupiter, and Mercury. These highlight military matters, important people, and movement. There are also many planetary stations, which are trigger points. The U.S. chart is particularly stimulated now by Saturn and Juno, both of which can induce fear and terror. There are prominent Black Holes, and more.
There will be turmoil in the world during this autumn season. Whether or not it means cancellation of the Presidential elections, I cant say. Well look at these energies of change in detail each month. It is certain that these times provide good opportunities for each of us to make internal shifts, to release those things we no longer use or need in our lives, and to open to new energies.
The featured sun signs during the next four months are Leo, Virgo, Libra, and Scorpio. These are what astrologers call the social signs. Relating to others takes top billing. Many people who have a work niche where they relate to others or to the public have suns in those signs. In Leo we express ourselves to an audience, in Virgo we serve others, in Libra we want one-to-one connections, and in Scorpio we blend resources with others to create a new entity.
Autumn is a season when we highlight interpersonal connections. Conflict, which accompanies relationships, is often heightened now.
August is Leos month. We want to be in charge of ourselves, and we want our assets to be on display. Leo is the suns sign, and Leo people are king or queen of all they survey.
Leo now is, however, an insecure and protective Leo. Until mid-month, we are in the Cancer Moon cycle, and security and self-defense issues take precedence over Leos normal spontaneity and self-expression. Furthermore, Mercury is retrograde for most of the month. This is an inward-facing position.
The conflict in Leo comes because Leo wants to direct its own show, and co-operation for that show may not be forthcoming in the way that Leo wants. But collaboration now is necessary in order to create the security for which Cancer, the underlying influence, is yearning. During August, conflict is heightened by a plethora of oppositions in the heavens.
Oppositions, Augusts very dominant aspect, mean increased awareness. We see the "other" because they are right in our face. Often this is helpful, because it can push us into understanding, and thus resolution of differences, and increased teamwork. However, often we resist what is confronting us, and there is trouble. Leo can get into struggles to see whos on top, who dominates. GW Bush has Leo rising, with Pluto, the planet of power, on his Ascendant. (Pluto encourages extremes.) He is an example of this manifestation of Leo.
Uranus is the main planet involved in oppositions now. Sometimes Uranus is called the "eccentric" of the zodiac. It moves us through the boundaries of convention. It wakes us up to something new, often suddenly and shockingly, usually unpredictably. August, then, will be full of surprises.
During this month, Uranus is moving retrograde, from 7 to 5 degrees of Pisces. It moves opposite Black Hole Tiamat at 6-7 Virgo. Tiamat was the Babylonian Goddess of Chaos who birthed the Gods. Ultimately she created order, but was swallowed in the process. Alex Miller-Mignone says that Tiamat is a powerful ally in healing the physical body. Service is her watchword, and she especially favors sacrifices of energies expended in aiding others. Altruism can be high in August.
Uranus in Pisces has been and is connected to the Iraqi insurgency. There is a good match here. Ive often thought of Chaos as representing Uranus. In addition, at this degree Uranus is conjoining the Royal Star, Fomalhaut, Watcher of the Southern Sky. (I saw it brightly overhead in Cape Town, and that lovely sight is imprinted on my inner vision.) Royal Stars have special challenges, and Fomalhauts challenge is to continue struggling against odds in pursuit of ones ideals, meanwhile maintaining a purity of those ideals. This influence, too, can encourage altruism. Many people in the world can identify with that challenge, including the Iraqis.
My Mercury conjoins this potent area of Pisces, and Ill keep you updated on events.
The U.S. Uranus at 9 Gemini is also now coming into Uranus line of sight. The U.S. Uranus is historically associated with war. E.g., the Civil War began on the first U.S. Uranus return. The second U.S. Uranus return occurred in 1943-44, when the U.S. was engaged in winning WWII. We are still in that cycle (which finishes in 2028). We are now three-fourths of the way through that WWII cycle, and we are at a turning point. This turning point, which is just beginning now, will be completed by 2008.
The first turning point in the present U.S. Uranus cycle was in 1964, when Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which threw the U.S. wholeheartedly into the Vietnam War. The next turning point was in 1983, when the U.S. invaded the nation of Grenada, and when Pres. Reagan started his Star Wars program, which has been revived by Bush and friends.
It appears that these cycles are about military dominance of the world by the U.S.
Uranus is also an energy of reform and progressive movement. If that takes revolution or war, so be it, says Uranus. The obvious conclusion is that those of us who want to reform the whole idea of war as a means of solving problems can work at it very constructively for the next two years.
Uranus in Pisces opposes a parade of planets in Virgo as the month goes by, culminating with an action-packed Full Moon in Pisces on August 29. Pisces transmits the inspiration, and Virgo is the grounder, making spirit practical. This is a great combination.
And during this August, the planets give us a great opportunity to get a jump-start with that process. Dennis Kucinich, the peace candidate, has managed to get his oar in with the Democratic Platform Committee, and he will speak at the Convention. Although he was outvoted at the Platform meeting, the word is that the Party will move more and more towards getting out of Iraq between now and the electionbecause polls show that is what people favor.
August has another very helpful aspect, one which holds through the entire month. This relates to our work, our social roles, and how we meet the world. Jupiter and Saturn are the big planets which run the ordinary workings of society, and they are now in a very productive aspect. Projects will go very well now, but they should be repair or redoing kinds of projects, for Mercury is retrograde for most of the month. It is not a good time to start new endeavors.
Both the Iraq-U.S. and the Palestine-Israel struggles have been highlighted by this aspect when it occurred before, in last November and again this May. They will surely be featured now. U.S. torture and the Israeli Wall were in strong focus.
Around August 3 we have a big signal to transform our use of aggressive energy. Mercury turns retrograde on August 9, and we will have three weeks to think about how we do that. Perhaps the anniversary of Hiroshima will jog our consciousness.
On the night of August 15, we experience a New Moon in the expressive sign of Leo. Now we open to some major shifts. August 18 will be particularly active. There are apt to be upheavals around the turn of the month, the cusp between August and September, when Pluto turns direct. On September 2, Mercury turns direct and we are off and running in new directions.
The major degrees for the month are 5 to 7 degrees of the mutable signsPisces, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Gemini. Those born from 1962-1964 are especially receptive to unpredictable Uranian energies now.
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SUNDAY AUGUST 1
The party continues. Following on the heels of yesterdays Full Moon in Aquarius, today we have today an aspect of truth and enlightenment, Mercury opposed to Uranus. Because of retrogradation, this truth-exposing aspect will be repeated twice moreAugust 18 and September 15. Most likely the review process of Mercury retrograde will center on a subject which comes up today. Pay attention to the news (but dont forget your grain of salt). Also notice new things which come into your life today. Harmony and friendship prevail.
Moon is in sensitive Pisces for the next two days, and we are receptive to the world and its people, and to nature as well. Our need to be alone, with our own muse, is heightened. The arts flow during Pisces moontime. We are still reverberating from yesterdays revelations, and today our feelings may simply absorb its meaning. This afternoon we may prefer to daydream.
We may awaken feeling irritable, and find ourselves in a conflicting or challenging situation early this morning. But its resolved in an hour. With Moon in Pisces, our imaginations are stimulated, and we can think out of the box. Some kind of entertainment is featured tonightperhaps music or movies. Love can flow.
Moon is in martial Aries, and the firebrand in us comes alive. Aggression is a major subject today, and it may be in the context of changing its form, perhaps re-charging it. A new cycle of action begins, illuminated by Leos light. Somebody energetic takes charge of the show.
That "somebody" may be mysterious and hard to pin down, for Sun opposes Neptune, the great befogger, today. The mandate is to take time out from our busy lives to tune into higher guidance, which tends to come through visualizations and intuitions. And then act on that intuition. With Neptune traveling through Aquarius, and Uranus through Pisces, we are experiencing several years of heightening our intuitive faculties, and this week, and today, are some of its peak moments.
Moon is VOC in Aries from 9:59 a.m. EDT until 11:26 a.m., when it enters earthy and possessive Taurus. Todays big event in the heavens (and thus on earth) is Jupiter squaring Pluto. Pluto represents deep and ruthless transformative power, and Jupiter is associated with expansion. There can be an ambitious drive for power, most likely overambitious. There can be an explosion of power, there can be magic, there can be great losses and there can be great gains. GW is in line for loss, for we see his South Node and progressed IC being affected. Action is apt to be sudden, for Bushs Uranus is also part of the picture.
Last Quarter Moon at 16 Taurus occurs at 6:01 p.m. EDT. Both Leo and Taurus are stubborn signs. Now they are at odds with one another, and this is perhaps the most difficult last quarter moon of the year. In addition, this is the moon phase when we begin to release, and that is very hard for Taurus. In other words, there will be a great deal of inner turmoil now. Often release is forced on us, regardless of our desires.
SUNDAY AUGUST 8
Moon continues in sensual Taurus, with active and practical aspects. Taurus is a food and garden sign, and Venus has just entered the sign of Cancer to support those interests. This can be a sensual day, filled with pleasure, beauty, and good food.
Moon is in Gemini, which ordinarily makes for a lively, fast-moving day, with lots of connections. Mercury is associated with Gemini, and Mercury is the messenger. However, the messenger will be slowed down today, for Mercury is turning retrograde at 9 Virgo. Virgo is Mercurys other sign. What do all these connections mean? As usual, this is a new planetary circumstance, but Ill guess that it means a more difficult Mercury retrograde than usual, with more glitches. I say this because neither Gemini nor Virgo can be very happy with a retrograde Mercury. Moon, in fact, squares a reluctant Mercury, pushing it into unwanted action. It will be noticeable with GW, because Mercury now conjoins his Mars and his progressed Sun. He probably wants to move ahead on something, but feels constrained.
Mars enters Virgo to give our new analysis and review project more energy and depth. In the meantime, Moon continues in communicative Gemini, and our minds may be racing. Take some time out. Moon goes VOC at 3:59 p.m. EDT.
Moon is VOC this morning, and Gemini has calmed down. At 11:20 a.m. Moon enters Cancer, and we open to our sensitive side. We can bring home to our emotions all the facts that have been running through our heads these last few days. How do we FEEL about what is happening now? Sun trines Pluto to bring power and transformation to the fore. It may be that a powerful healing process is now in motion.
Moon is in Leo, and the shows the thing. We radiate love and light and good fellowship. At the same time we are in the dark of the moon period. These are the few days around the new moon when we can let all striving fall away, and when we often have a clear vision of the future. Energy is especially good today for clear visualizing.
New Moon at 24 Leo occurs tonight, at 9:24 p.m. EDT. New Moon in Leo is about taking charge of ourselves, doing our thing. This Moon has really excellent energy to begin important new projects. The caveat is that, with Mercury retrograde, those projects should be repair or redo projects. The other thing is that they should come from a place of compassion, and serve the wider world. With Mercury retrograde, best to plan and prepare now, and move into action after Mercury turns direct.
MONDAY AUGUST 16
We start an ambitious Monday with Moon in conscientious Virgo, and picking up energy from the other planets in Virgo. Even with Mercury retrograde, this is an exciting day. Its also tops for problem-solving. We can figure out answers now to things that have long been puzzling us. Interpersonal conflicts which may come up today can be resolved tonight.
Moon is VOC in Virgo until 6:09 p.m. EDT, when it enters Libra. However, this is not a restful VOC time. In the first place, Virgo Moon never rests, VOC or not. In the second place, we have a plethora of other planetary aspects to keep us on course. What kind of course? we ask. This is a day of awarenesses, turning points, and seed planting.
Justice is a very big issue today. Moon in Libra has a strong sense of fairness, and today we get emotional about abuse and mistreatment, perhaps in our own families. Compassion is strong.
Moon is in the intense sign of Scorpio, and we may want to probe the deepest, darkest secrets of life and death. The macabre appeals to us. Maybe we have a conflict or struggle in which to engage, or a change to resist. This morning we can waken early and work hard. Tonight is playtime, perhaps music, a movie, and fulfilling sex.
Moon continues in Scorpio, with pleasant, productive aspects. In the meantime, Sun enters Virgo to enliven the Virgo energy field of service and improvement. Virgo and Scorpio are both serious, tend to business energies, and they are quite compatible. Moon goes VOC at 4:53 p.m. EDT.
First Quarter Moon at 1 Sagittarius occurs at 6:12 a.m. EDT. Here we are at First Quarter of the Leo Moon cycle, and we have Sun in Virgo and Moon in Sagittarius. In fact, there is very little now traveling through Leo; Leo has not gotten much of a play during its special month. Cancer and Virgo are dominating the summer's energies. They can both be very involved with security issues. Neither one takes the risks that Leo does. It has been and is a time to get our houses in order.
TUESDAY AUGUST 24
Moon continues traveling in the philosophical sign of Sagittarius. Insight can be strong, and perhaps a bit of magic is possible. Tonight Mercury backs up in Leo, needing to create a new story. Leo and Sag together can do just that. Pay attention to your dreams tonight.
Moon travels in business-oriented Capricorn, and our demeanor becomes more professional. We feel we need to be in control of things now. We are ambitious, and willing to work for our goals. On Thursday we may find obstacles in our way, but after 9:30 p.m. EDT they will resolve. This is Womens Equality Day.
Moon is in Aquarius, promising a friendly weekend. And there are plenty of oppositions in the sky, promising us an aware one. Topping the agenda is Aquarius planet, Uranus, is in our faces again, stirring things up. Undoubtedly, much of this is public discussion and on-site preparation for the Republican Convention, which starts in a couple of days.
Yesterdays energy continues and builds up, for we are approaching Full Moon on Sunday night. Emotions peak at full moons, as hospital, mental health, and police workers can attest. Uranus, in the meantime, dominates the skies, producing unexpected events, eruptions, and disruptions. People like to gather and talk during Aquarius moon times, and this is a fine weekend for that. There will be plenty to talk about.
Full Moon at 8 Pisces occurs at 10:22 p.m. EDT. This is the season when the full moons rise low and huge and golden. Check this one out. If you have both horizons visible, tomorrow morning you can watch the Sun rise and the Moon set. This is awesome, and it reflects the displays of two sides which are now in public consciousness.
MONDAY AUGUST 30
Will there be a letdown from yesterdays Full Moon excitement? Not likely, for Moon in Pisces keeps the pot stirred, and powerful Pluto turns direct today, unleashing its transformative energy.
And we in turn will have a chance to begin to consolidate it today. Venus conjoins Saturn at 24 Cancer, during a VOC Moon (outcome unknown) in Pisces. Now we begin a new one-year cycle in taking responsibility for our values. Evaluating is emotional, deep, and very transformative. This conjunction conjoins the U.S. Mercury, giving it great impact throughout the United States. Its vital to have our priorities straight now. I havent said much about Neptune, but it has also been prominent. Neptune plays many roles, but in Aquarius, as it is now, it can be very inspiring and idealistic.
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