Sagittarius/Capricorn Gibbous Moon
—August 8

This morning may present obstacles or delays, or otherwise prevent you in some way—however dramatically or subtly—from your Monday morning demands…

Just before noon, here on the west coast—though just before 3pm on the east coast—the moon moves into Capricorn, more fully realizing all personal goals—and particularly: values—dutifully defining exactly just what needs done or initiated within very rigidly outlined time lines with very intentional standards of quality.

Then, you’ll also be more motivated to hold yourself accountable.

The moon then moves on to apply both Mercury and Jupiter, to be exact tomorrow, and through these lunarly efforts—what you learn, whatever you’re told, or whatever you hear or think you hear may be somewhat off or otherwise inharmonious in some regard…

★Meanwhile—Venus opposes Pluto, which I’ll regard in a separate post, as this would be an ‘additional post’ shared only with subscribers, come January… read this post here

You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.❞

——Henri Frédéric Amiel

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Sagittarius Gibbous Moon

—August 7

The focus today falls upon the potentials toward “losing sight of alternative possibilities…” as well as “issues of dependence, and issues of social security”, as well as “diminishing one’s essential worth while trying to please a specific need…”

Quite literally, as the moon illuminates the sun upon this degree… illuminating the focal radiance toward the notion that those who ask for very little receive precisely that.

Today is a day to proclaim personal need and to demand more if you’re not receiving the nourishment you require.

Speaking of ‘less than’ or need—the moon moves to connect with Chiron as well, through a degree illuminating ‘reverence, respect, resurrections, rebirths, and revivals…’ wherever Chiron is within the chart, either natally or transiting, is where we need to tend to what isn’t working, the vulnerable, or that which isn’t fully or completely healed. Further, this degree speaks of needing to “move past the more difficult issues or the problems of our histories, particularly issues where someone felt a sense of failure, loss, betrayal, or unfaithfulness… forgetting past hurts and insults in favor of enjoying the reality of life in the here and now will lift everyone’s spirits.”

This degree associates itself to the present “needing to be seen in the light of a new era…”

Meanwhile, the sun then moves into application with the moving grand cross connecting with the stellium between Mars, Uranus, and the NN, with Saturn, and to the SN… and this, depending upon your personal circumstances, highlights something of a well-rounded confliction between this, that, the other, and another Other entirely…

This grand cross is working through elemental fixity—suggesting that what would otherwise be a very action-oriented, movement-inspired energy is tensely redirected as a very innerly-motivated, change-inspired energy turned seemingly resistant, in that all that you might want or like to change, needed or not, could present something of an obstacle for you to push through… these energies beckon something of a taunting message of question: how badly do you want these changes to produce new results?

Today is an ideal day to ask yourself: how badly do I need something to change within my reality?—and what do I need to do differently to provoke these changes?—and should what I need changed resist… how will I respond?

When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such a moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not yet ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.

——Paulo Coelho

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Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.


Scorpio/Sagittarius Gibbous Moon


Still not out of the depths yet…

Our monsters and our darkness still have things to tell us.

And, happily, tell us they will.

Now it’s up to you—not only to honestly and openly listen to your monsters and your darkness, but—to take whatever messages you receive that penetrate down into the core of you… to take these messages, the essence of the message, and apply these to your everyday… from here on out.

Sure. You’ll likely hear a lot of messages—and also, likely, a bit of noise, too—how are you to decipher between these? You’ll know what the noise is because it won’t come close to your core… it won’t be able to trespass your inner instincts of discrimination. When you receive a message that penetrates your core—you feel it.

It’s that simple. It embeds its energy—you feel it.

Meanwhile, we’re all still processing yesterday’s crossroads…

However metaphorical, figurative, symbolic, or actual these crossroads are for you—there is a leveling layer of emotionality involved.

The moon moves into the bounds of Jupiter midmorning on the west coast, offering a huge reprieve in the weightedness of recent days heavier depths… though, despite the heaviness, something personal and maybe even a smidge painful but more-or-less on some residual level continues to linger…

Perhaps these are messages, too, upon a different layer altogether…

These, however, may need to percolate a bit longer.

Further, as the messages percolate (and possibly perturb)… you may need to sound some of it out—particularly with an/Other—to say things however haphazardly, out loud, simply to feel through how these words attached with your energy feel when they reverberate back to you through the interaction with someone beyond you… as there is a real opportunity to embody both roles of the Teacher and the Student, simultaneously.

Upon the degree through which today’s moon connects with Jupiter, it’s essential to remember that “mistakes are easily made when we’re approaching something that we’re unfamiliar with—something that we, or others, haven’t yet learned the steps of…”

There’s a real sense of self-reflection today… embrace it.

My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery—always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What’s this passion for?
——Virginia Woolf

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Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.

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Scorpio 1st Quarter Moon at 13°02′
—August 5

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Just so you know… I will always write these daily Moon Moods for free…

But there is so much more to share. The moon is but a sliver of the sky…

Knowing only what the moon is doing from day to day is much like only understanding why you feel how you feel everyday, and that’s it.

Quite literally, really.

But regarding which influences, or reasons, or circumstances…?

Which is to say, rather bluntly really, not knowing anything regarding what the overall focus of each day is, or what the overall rhythm or perspective or background noise is, or the ultimate motivation, or where or how to experience an ease amidst it all… not to even mention what the outer planets are trying to communicate…

Which would regard current themes within the collective, time itself and its overall weight upon us, as well as responsibilities and personal duty, our shifting ideals, our need for freedom and liberation, and all those heavier opportunities for transformational experiences…

I would like to share the larger energy field with you—for $8/month.

The newsletter will be but a snippet of it all, for those of you on the go… but for $8/month I will also offer additional posts throughout the month regarding all of these celestial phenomena and current planetary placements, as well as posts going more in depth toward particular transits—though I’m sure within a could of months I’ll have established more of a timely order of theme…

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Now—the Scorpio 1st quarter moon… you might be at a crossroads.

Hecate governs today’s moon, overall, if not merely essentially… shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera states that “crossroads are her sacred places and used to bear her triple visage… Hecate oversaw all spells that have to do with controlling others, something that anyone with Scorpio dominant in their chart will secretly long for—people are fascinating to a Scorpio moon: what makes them tick?; how can I influence them?; how can I keep them from influencing me?”

Continued, “the moon likes growth, and Scorpio likes to throw things away, so there may be a lot of inner conflict about whether one should be expanding or contacting one’s personality in the social space…”

Self protection. This is key. Also, an urge to transform… anything.

Of course, either of the quarter moons are moons of crisis, and when in Scorpio, this crisis/crossroads point is quite intense… this moon, even, as Kaldera explains it, is a moon that represents “a betrayal of self…”

Through this moon we are tempted to “focus on the internal rage and pain…” and this may be “impossible to ignore…”

On this moon, Kaldera writes, “we remember all the times we have done things to ‘get back at’ someone… perhaps we feel that our actions were justified; perhaps they taught a good lesson; perhaps they were simply wasteful hatred… in retrospect, how might we have handled the situation differently?—what actions might have brought us further along our own evolutionary path?—these are hard questions to answer, and they require us to look at the anger and hurt that lie behind our actions…”

What is the hard thing that needs to be done right now?

Where is forgiveness required to move on?

The ‘calculated risk’, then, may be in the level of communication you have access to at this time… “or in the communications coming to you…”

Further, “you may feel that there has been a failure in communicating your thoughts, ideas, or emotions lately… something is being (or needs to be) done or laid down, in order to solve, repair or patch up the situation—there is nothing to be achieved by worrying about any recent connection failures, however something should be done to set about making or repairing the necessary lines of communication…”

Sometimes we need to open to others… to be vulnerable—these inner rages and angers need to be shared… but how!?

A Scorpio moon must self-protect.

And this is the crossroad.

The degree through which this first quarter moon occurs associates with ‘keeping sight of one’s mission in life versus getting distracted; setting up attainable goals; getting from point A to B; leaving behind a scene that is irremediably wrecked versus hanging tough come hell or high water; channeling one’s energy to escape a dire situation; putting survival first, but also knowing how to enjoy life; and/or communicating one’s truth in condensed form…’

The 6 of cups in the tarot is associated with the second decan of Scorpio… a card that is capable of taking one back to one’s past—a type of transportation, a transformation of sorts…

Astrologer Austin Coppock expresses of this face, that “no matter the context, such exchanges require deep trust… for they involve intimacy, and therefore vulnerability…” and this is implicitly defined here.

The 6 of cups is particularly touchy and self-protective—and remembers past pains as though they are occurring presently…

Though, the essence of this card, underneath it all, regards the potential of all things… the potential, particularly, within that which we refer to as our inner child—specifically stemming from our childhood—our inner ideals.

Tarot writer Jessica Dore writes of this card, “the tenderness in the image of the 6 of cups tells a secret: what if—instead of beating ourselves up for the things we do over and over again that we wish we didn’t—we saw these behaviors as highly intelligent?—as the creation of rituals that would mark, preserve, and facilitate a return to emotional experiences that are sacred to us… if we could validate that, in a terrifying world, to feel safe is sacred; to be soothed is sacred… this way, maybe we could understand—like water running beneath earth stands under an aboveground later that is more than what it appears—why we do what we do before we start in with the judgements… and then maybe, if necessary, we could begin to explore new ways to recall those same feelings, new rituals for feeling safe and soothed.”

Perhaps it’s safe to communicate rage and anger more metaphorically?—through ritual, through symbolism…

To bring it back around, full circle—Hecate was/is the goddess of ritual, particularly, “Hecate oversaw all spells that has to do with controlling others, something that anyone with Scorpio dominant in their chart will secretly long for—people are fascinating to a Scorpio moon: what makes them tick?; how can I influence them?; how can I keep them from influencing me?”

Even when attempting to gain control over ourselves and our passions—and our darknesses, we are regarding the most tender, most vulnerable, most deep and jagged, and darkened depths of Scorpio… and anytime we work to ‘right’ a ‘wrong’ or work with the shadows—we are working directly with the potentials of transformation.

And transformations require rituals to process…

Finally, this first quarter moon is but a highlight upon a larger overall light, a point within a grand fixed cross—squaring Saturn no less—and so all of these inner conflictions, inner struggles, inner vulnerabilities, inner pains, and inner emotions… these crossroads, either inner or outer… these are all possibly resisting ultimately—or very rigidly easing into necessary changes, however begrudgingly.

New rituals are likely necessary… though what these rituals mean for you will likely be quite private—and immensely precious.

This is what rituals are for. We do spiritual ceremonies as human beings in order to create a safe resting place for our most complicated feelings of joy or trauma, so that we don’t have to haul those feelings around with us forever, weighing us down. We all need such places of ritual safekeeping. And I do believe that if your culture or tradition doesn’t have the specific ritual you are craving, then you are absolutely permitted to make up a ceremony of your own devising, fixing your own broken-down emotional systems with all the do-it-yourself resourcefulness of a generous plumber/poet.❞
——Elizabeth Gilbert

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Coppock, A. ‘36 Faces.’ Three Hands Press; ©2014.
Dore, J. ‘Tarot for Change.’ Penguin Life; ©2021.
Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Kaldera, R. ‘Myth Astrology.’ Llewellyn Publications; ©2004.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.


Scorpio Crescent Moon
—August 4

Shamanic astrologer Raven Kaldera writes of today’s moon, “we study darkness…”

Yea, no—Scorpio energies aren’t heavy at all…


Continued, Kaldera explains that on what he refers to as the Blood Moon “we search inside our minds and hearts for the fears and pain that we bear… but, more important, we compare them to the fears and pain of other people, and of the collective society… we study the blood rites of the people—any people—and how they work to make dysfunction functional…”

Nope. No heaviness here…

Oh, and tomorrow’s moon is a moon Kaldera has titled ‘the Executioners Moon’.

Nope. Kittens and butterflies all the way…

I get that it’s probably trending right now with the woo woo clan that Scorpionic or plutonian energies aren’t dark or heavy but ‘transformational’ and ‘deep’, or ‘cathartic’—but exactly how does one become transformed and deep?—how does one navigate a cathartic experience, one of which only a handful of humans have ever actually endured…

Through some really dark and heavy shit, absolutely literally.*

Moving on…

There is Power within the Underworld, within the darkness, and perhaps most importantly—there is impenetrable power within our own darknesses… and today is a day to simply sit with this, and observe. When we’re able to understand our darknesses and love them, ultimately, they begin—however cryptically—to morph into something else entirely, into something we can feel more comfortable with.

This is not to undermine the raw reality that in this physical realm we call reality—there aren’t thousands of things to be fearful of, and that if we just learn to love them all, they go away, woo woo woo woo la lee la lee la…

No. Not at all. That’s not how that works.

But for now… for today—this moon, most deeply and heavily, is about ethics, specifically, and “so long as the study of darkness is undertaken with the sole purpose of empowerment of oneself, all is well, but as soon as it edges over into gaining power over others, it becomes messier… however, of nothing else, it is helpful to gain better control over oneself and one’s more destructive passions…” and so—for today, it may ‘simply’ and ‘ever so lightly’ be about acknowledging your own darknesses…

The real heavy comes tomorrow.

Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.❞
——Stephen King

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Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.


Libra Crescent Moon
—August 3

Today’s a heavier day…

Despite whatever balancing act you think you can pull off—keep in mind that tomorrow the moon moves into Scorpio, and Friday is the first quarter moon, in Scorpio—this balancing act is one of necessary endurance, indeed…

Also, please keep in mind that Scorpio energies, these days, directly ping-pong off of the ever-moving Taurean stellium, as well as Saturn Rx in Aquarius—it’s absolutely a fixed game of pinball.

Don’t expect a lightness of mood until late morning Saturday through Sunday.

Then, almost all too quickly, Monday’s moon ‘goes back to work’, in Capricorn, into Aquarius… maybe let’s just take in one week at a time this month.

I get ahead of myself—it’s what astrologers do…

For today, however, to keep focused—it may not be a balancing act you’re necessarily after, but rather a sturdy sense of objectivity, which, in its own way, is indeed a balancing act…

A lunarly opposition to Chiron has the potential to hit you if you’re down, though, if you’re navigating with objectivity, this may be but a ‘ping’ into a new perspective—one of calm reassurance that whatever it is you’re struggling with, or through, that you can overcome one day at a time… particularly if you’re charming an appropriate outlook.

The Chironic sting, then, if you will, may be in the admittance of previously charming more inappropriate outlooks upon matters both within or beyond your control… because wisdom is only offered to those who honestly acknowledge alternatives of being—ultimately, alternatives to that which one’s own instincts instruct.

Depending upon your personal circumstances—this could feel a bit heavy to hold…

Then, a square to Venus. In Cancer. Ugh.

The degree this particularly squishy alignment occurs through only further exaggerates (or exploits) the innards of wisdom, though these wisdoms are given through only the most rigid behaviors…

Rudhyar even describes these energies by writing “this implies limitations and the possibility of sclerosis or inertia when confronted with new situations, yet there is beauty and wisdom in such a ritualization of behavior and of thinking…”

Ultimately, what Rudhyar referred to as ‘inherited wisdom’ can be “focused through one who accepts one’s own limitations…” and through the likes of the moon and Venus, within the context of cardinality, this would suggest a confrontation between what you actually need and what you strongly desire and think you need immediately—try to find the inherent limitation within this… using objectivity.

Is the confliction within or without?

Is the confliction regarding something toward which you know better?

And then the moon moves to connect with Saturn, adding that much more toward wisdoms, limitations, and the potentials of what is possible and… what simply isn’t. This connection illuminates the pinball strategy of it all: that it is through the cycles and limitations of our everydayness that creations emerge…

Rudhyar says of this degree something rather poetic, that “to create is only to reveal what essentially is… it is the vivid recognition of the as-yet-unknown in the known.”

The day ends, however, upon the heaviest ‘ping’, through applying a square to Pluto, to be exact tomorrow… and if these assurances abound, today, didn’t flip the script for you in weightier ways—you may be without a proper balance from which to operate through.

And either way, tomorrow’s Scorpio moon drops us straight into the depths and darknesses of the Underworld and moves without aspect all day… regardless of whatever balancing act we thought we could pull off—there is no need for a compass in the Underworld… it all just simply is.

There are no whole truths; all truths are half-truths. It is trying to treat them as whole truths that plays the devil.❞
——Alfred North Whitehead

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Libra Crescent Moon
—August 2

This weekend’s celestial events between the Taurean stellium and everything else—let’s face it—this will likely take through midmonth to fade out enough until it’s possibly subtle enough to maybe finally talk about.

So if through the Leo moon we throw the party and make a real mess, or make a mess otherwise, in general… and through the Virgo moon we clean the mess up, reorganize, sanitize, and otherwise put order toward it all… then it is through the Libra moon that we redecorate and otherwise rebalance the overall aesthetics.

So, unsurprisingly, just before the peak of the stellium conjunctions—the moon was in Leo, and messes were truly made…

Luckily, the moon was in rationally sturdy Virgo through the peak exactness, and its separating.

And now we come to the Libra moon, and the redecorating through this crescent phasing needs to target going deeper into the reasons why the mess was made or created… “go deeper into your situation—find solutions as different parts of your personality and your psyche give you clues or tell you what you should be doing or where you should be.”

As astrologer Dane Rudhyar transcribed the degree through which the moon connects to Jupiter by opposition described, “the need to return to source during a confused search for new value in a chaotic society…”

Continued, Rudhyar expressed, by this degree, “an attempt to re-identify oneself with one’s archetypal essence of being, which is triune in manifestation, and now, after confused but challenging wanderings, to identify oneself consciously with this ‘essence’… the great moments of the collective past become an inspiration for new, yet sound, beginnings—the seed of tomorrow salutes the seed of yesteryear.”

Perhaps today’s energies and consequential redecorating are centering toward notions of transfiguration?

Not only does Rudhyar further identify the apostolic detail of this, the dictionary, too, defines this term as ‘the supernatural and glorified change (in the appearance of Jesus on the mountain… Matthew 17:1-9)’, though most essentially here, this word describes a ‘change of shape’…

It is important, here, through a lunarly opposition to Jupiter—a planet very much associated with apostolic/messiah ego… ugh—it’s important to keep your balance and bearings today lol… you’ll most likely have the potential and opportunity to experience a changing of shape in terms of attitude or perspective, however, keeping this realistic is key—Libran energies are particularly subtle.

We also, naturally, look at what Venus is up to so that we may better appropriate the redecorating and rebalancing, more precisely…

Venus is still moving through Cancer and connecting to the Taurean stellium by sextile, as is Juno, now in Pisces… Venus is moving through a degree associated with ‘an ease of communication’, but also ‘floating on the emotions’… this degree “encourages the breaking away from any restrictions or expectations and letting yourself float… although this is not a time for seriousness, and you may need to develop trust in those around you to be able to surrender to your feelings spontaneously…”


Libran subtlety would suggest that you still keep your balance, specifically—in reading between all the lines, regardless of what is actually said, spoken, or, perhaps most significantly, what is not said.

If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you.❞
——Sue Monk Kidd

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★Are you feeling it too?! If anyone would like astrological guidance toward the upcoming celestial phenomenon upon your own charts, I am available, and because I feel these energies are going to be particularly volatile—I am offering my time for only $90 for previous clients, and $125 for new clients (typically $185)

Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.


Virgo/Libra Crescent Moon
—August 1

And August comes in with a ROAR!!!

So today’s lunarly approach may be somewhat protected—and I say ‘somewhat’ somewhat dramatically (and hopefully), as in lingually, extending the verbosity of inflection, as in ‘sooooomewhaaaaaaaat’, if you can read it this way for yourselves…

Protected, as in, a Virgo moon informs boundaries, always. Almost inherently, and nearly unrecognizably—these energies seem to do this without even noticing.

These boundaries may be essential. Give yourself some space.

Try to keep your balance.

Again, like yesterday, today is a really ideal day to willingly change something, or begin something new, or release something that’s become dull, routine, or vacant…

However. Unlike yesterday… today’s energies are technically separating from yesterday’s Taurean stellium—in fact, the peak of exactitude occured between 10:30pm PDT and 11:30pm PDT last night—and so maintaining a focus more upon the overall goal, instead of the squish and the noise, is much more likely…

Regardless, “be cautious of feeling that what you are doing is inconsequential… sometimes there’s the need to wait things out until one is more mature, practiced or prepared to be in charge…”

Further, “give reverence and respect to your everyday routines, not matter how insignificant they seem and you will find your sense of hope renewed… however, watch out for any feelings of jealousy—that someone is bigger, better, or more experienced, or more respected than the other—measuring [your]self by the successes of others can be useful, except when it degrades your belief in yourself, or in others….”

Ultimately, today may represent a seizure of personal power.

A seizing of personal power potential—if anything…

The moon leaves the day symbolically “taking action or control…” and so, then, may you.

Situations are becoming illuminated. Insights are being received, and shared. The larger reality is being recognized, and personally acknowledged. Confidence is becoming embodied.

Ultimately, convictions and personal authorities need not be pushed or defended—when one’s true light if it’s radiating one’s motivations.

You have the power to heal your life, and you need to know that. We think so often that we are helpless, but we’re not. We always have the power of our minds… claim and consciously use your power.❞
——Louise L. Hay

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Goldsmith, M. ‘The Zodiac by Degrees.’ Weiser Books; ©2004.
Hill, L. ‘360 Degrees of Wisdom.’ A Plume Book; ©2004.
Kaldera, R. ‘Moon Phase Astrology.’ Destiny Books; ©2011.
Rudhyar, D. ‘An Astrological Mandala.’ Vintage Books; ©1973.

Are you feeling it too?! If anyone would like astrological guidance toward the upcoming celestial phenomenon upon your own charts, I am available, and because I feel these energies are going to be particularly volatile—I am offering my time for only $90 for previous clients, and $125 for new clients (typically $185)

INTRODUCING-the Planetary Planner


There is no thunder, no relieving pain. These are strange and breathless days, the dog days, when people are led to do things they are sure to be sorry for after...

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Solar Spotlights

Dog Days of Summer

Annual Leo/Virgo Vibrations

It’s going to be a very heated summer.

This August/Leo season looks to be hot and heated in many of the unlikely and unwelcome ways, leaving us to navigate through high temps and humidity, fires-both literally and figuratively-and emotions of uproar with nothing but our own instincts and personal authority. May these instincts be responsive rather than reactive.

Ah, those dog days…

The Dog Days of Summer this August may have much to roar about, given the particularly pernicious planetary alignments this Leo season…

This intensely tense and volatile energy needs to express inner tensions-regardless of the weather-regardless of what they may be, for better or worse… on the other hand, these more spirited energies could be a real opportunity for self-assertion in more constructive ways, as well as leadership roles, such as becoming more independent, or tapping into that precious place within that we romantically refer to as courage.

A likely scenario of how these energies might manifest-you’ll feel a strong inner need to express yourself, in new and creatively genuine ways, but, for whatever reason, you’ll be unable or unwilling to do so-highly likely scenario being that you’ll fail to trust in expressing your own vulnerability. Or these new expressions of selfhood, should you conjure the courage to express them, will not be taken well, or easily, or could be misunderstood entirely.

Not until roughly a week after the sun moves into Virgo (September 10th) will we receive any real meaning or reasoning or rational understanding toward what these overheated dog days represented for us personally.

The Monthly Moon

Moon Phase Planning

The Moon Through August

Beginning on August 5th the first quarter moon in Scorpio at 13*02′ represents ‘the need to establish new lines of communication’ (Rudhyar)… though these new lines may feel a smidge firm, aggressive, or even unforgiving to others, as what you may need to be communicating to others describes past pain, underlying motivations, and/or anger gone repressed-either way: you will be heard, and it will be remembered.

August 11th will offer the full moon in Aquarius at 19*21′, and with it: messages-though it is likely that the ‘message’ could have everything to do with progressive directionality through very mature measures of determined ideals… whatever that means lol, but most definitely-the message will be received patiently, or possibly not at all. It will also depend upon whether you’ve ‘stepped up’ through the tensions abound… and whether you’ve responded-or reacted.

The last quarter moon on August 18th is in Taurus at 26*12′ and will likely quite firmly confront you upon all the ways in which you may be underestimating yourself or your talents…

And August 27th is the new moon in Virgo at 4*04′-a moon which could influence a much-needed need for retreat or solitude… this lunarly event is exactly square Mars in Gemini, and so this might suggest an emphasis toward personal mentalities, such as perspectives, mindsets, opinions, beliefs, philosophies, or frequencies through which you are (in)directly experiencing your personal reality.

There will be much to think on by the end of the month, as the month’s introduction toward emerging change and chaos will provide plenty of inspiration for even more eventual pondering…

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Occurring August 1st, 2022

Time to Make Changes, Among All the Change…

Mars/Uranus/North Node in Exact Conjunction Through 19* Taurus

Astrologer Dane Rudhyar gave the nineteenth degree of Taurus the headliner of ‘A New Continent Rising Out of the Ocean’, keynoting the “surge of new potentiality after the crises”, with spontaneity being the word of mantra… what was intended within this transcription?

Newness. Emergence. Rising to the occasion. Birth. Rebirth. New blooms. But also, naturally, unfamiliarity, strangeness, discomfort, and potential fear. And I would argue that, with all of these descriptions-a smidge of pain is inevitably experienced; that crisis is inherently essential to the overall process.

When Mars and Uranus collide in conjunction, this pairing typically speaks to impulsivity and highly likely disruptions, sudden mishaps or accidents, and/or out of nowhere insights toward innovative (re)constructions, be they personal or practical. Speaking of which, when these two planets collide in conjunction within Taurus, these mishaps and massively mammoth machinations tend to be just that-most practical (though it may very well not feel as such at the time). Despite whichever house Taurus rules in your chart, as you will absolutely be feeling any manifestations of this collision within this sector of your life-perhaps it’s also worth considering: where in your life are you being too practical, routine, or dull?-because Uranus will want to shake this up.

Whatever volatility you experience is to awaken you from a mundanity that has gone unchecked or overlooked, ignored or denied for too long and is now considered to be out of control, regardless of however controlled it may very well be. Truly, depending upon your personal circumstances, both realistically and celestially, these manifestations may be incredibly upsetting, infuriating even… as change sometimes entails the uncomfortable-and sometimes this means upheaval, or risk.

And as these two planets collide in tandem with a conjunction to the North Node… this suggests rather loudly (though in Taurus, it wouldn’t be so much loudly as it would be firmly) that these manifestations have the innate power to reposition your reality as you know it. Because the North Node is currently moving through Taurus, this would further rather firmly suggest to you that your response to any manifestations should consider most practically your needs, particularly toward that which enhances or supports your sense of security and well-being, your self-worth, and essentially, your overall personal values-these are likely more important to you now than ever, as it’s the beckoning of an entirely new consciousness upgrade, if you’re willing…

Still. (Be still.) All this volatility and potential upending-don’t expect these new needs to come easily. All these new-cycle changes will be yours alone to make. For yourself.

The Final Inexact Square

An Indomitability of Spirit…

Between Saturn & Uranus, Through September

The final, though inexact, square aspect between Saturn and Uranus this year occurs through a one-two degree difference of separation beginning through the last week of August. However, though inexact, this duo will cohabitate within the nineteenth degree through October before fading out via stationing…

The several-year ongoing Saturn/Uranus square is finally tempering out… but not before making one more very strategic move toward an ultimately personal goal.

This degree of Aquarius regards indomitability, as well as the ‘skill and courage necessary to bring under control the destructive potentials of carelessness…’ and is thereby in potentiality of crisis. In many ways, we are being given one last chance to ‘right any wrongs’, and to ultimately rise to the occasion of our lives, for our own future growth.

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The Planetary Personals

Mars in Taurus-Despite Resistances

Mars will move through Taurus, continuing to button-push and plug-pull, until August 20th, wreaking potential havoc or highly charged sparks of insight. Expect hot irate heat, and primal anger or passions, frustrations, tensions, emotional resistances, and even the most spirited of motivations to become more forceful than preferred, or loudly/aggressively protested.

Try your best to be flexible. Beware of your own ego/pride.

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Virgoan Vibrations

The Mindset of August

Mercury in Virgo

So, what’re we thinking about through August?

How are we able to make sense of what may feel like a seemingly endless experience of changes and changing-all of it occurring so quickly, too quickly to fully process appropriately…?

In what ways can we keep a reasonable outlook upon what may feel like an emotional overload?

Fortunately, Mercury moving through Virgo can inspire and conjure rational thinking overall, particularly overriding any more emotionally-charged emotional thinking, and focusing more upon those more useful thoughts which are very much ensconced within those new personal goals toward a much-needed revival regarding our sense of security and well-being, a renewed acknowledgement and demand of self-worth, as well as those personally genuine values now being held toward a new, more illuminated, light.

With the impersonal protections of reason and rationality supporting your thinking and mindfulness, you are much more inclined to remain cool, calm, and collected-particularly when the inevitable heat gets turned up this month. If you’re able to rise above and embrace the chaos that is with flexibility, it will allow you to shift and bend and you’ll be that much more focused toward your next moves-moves that you aren’t as likely to regret. You’ll also be more appropriately aligned to remain unattached by ego toward whatever it is attempting to bring you down or charge you up in deconstructive ways.

Like your own personal algorithm, Mercury in Virgo works like a sort of spell-check of sorts between all left-brain and right-brain automations, allowing for a clearer awareness toward what to take personally-and what to leave alone because it has nothing to do with you.

Keep your wits about you and make good choices-and try your best not to navigate your moves through your mood!-that’s always a risky way to navigate anything.

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Juncture of Jupiter

Personal Philosophies, In Review

Jupiter Now Rx in Aries; through degrees 9-7*

Where Jupiter moves is where we are most inspired toward where it is we feel less than, undervalued, or without credit… so where in your life are you living beneath your potential or ability?

When Jupiter moves through Aries, this focus is shamelessly put upon our own shoulders-and upon our own volition for personal growth and change… since January you have likely been striving quite willfully toward/for something that allows you to feel that much more capable, that much more qualified, that much more powerful-that much… more.

Jupiter retrograde in Aries offers the opportunity to look forward and backward to acknowledge how far we’ve come, and to reflect upon how our philosophies have changed, or how they may still require some changes, or how some may not have changed at all… taking this pause to consider next moves should be taken with trust-that where we’re going is new and unknown, and in knowing that we’ll need to prepare for such moves through our inner compasses and personal values alone…

With Jupiter now stationing to retrograde, we are given the opportunity to take a pause to reflect upon these changes and personal upgrades, and realize a new or renewed meaning toward these changes and philosophizer our next moves.

This pause, should you be able to tame yourself from animating this month’s reactionary potentials, and find a way to be still… this could offer many flashes of inspiration, illumination, and even something of an inner clairvoyance, as well as a much more empowered stance toward adapting to a more flexible response. Further, this retrogradation could bless our triggers of impatience, through any attempts to balance-reorienting toward a more authentic or appropriate goal, and/or taking time to look inward and within for insights, guidance, and deeper meaning. We are ever-more creating our tomorrow within our todays.

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Tarot of the Month



The Sun card of the tarot would seem to be a given come Leo season, as the sun, when in Leo, seems to shine so boldly through the months of July and August in the Northern Hemisphere… these dog days of summer keeping us quite hot, definitely heated, and sometimes even bothered. The Sun card reminds us to be optimistic throughout whatever we come up against-however, it is the Strength card that is traditionally associated with Leo.

The Strength card, naturally, represents strength-strength of character, strength of will, strength of determination… all within an overall context of spirit.

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A Monthly Overview Review

Your Astrologically No-Nonsense Inspired Take-Away for August

Jean-Jacques Rousseau said in his autobiography, ‘Confessions’, that “there are times when I am so unlike myself that I might be taken for someone else of an entirely opposite character…” and perhaps you will soon empathize with this sentiment…

Changes are upon you, upon us all, and it’ll likely take one hell of a roar to get many of us to willingly make the necessary changes needed to be made to be living in our best light… and it might just take a thorn in the paw for those refusing to change. Truly, what creates an even further frustration through these heavily heated hot dog days of extraordinarily Leo summer is that not much clarity will be achieved until well into September… that through all the tensions and aggravations, potential upsets-however constructive, obstacles, and upheavals, and all the balancing between the inner and outer influences of heated feelings-we must continue to wait in a patient pause before knowing precisely why it all mattered. Well, Leo energies aren’t too keen on all that… as we’ll see.

Should you be kind enough-and working within a higher mind of consciousness-you will rise above all the anger and upset, into the realm of true breakthrough and enlightened fortitude… these dog days, then, for you, will represent something much more constructive-much more empowering-these dog days of August will become your crucible for real alchemical gold!

Much like how diamonds are created through friction and pressure, it is known that melting gold is the oldest way to purify it… though, it is not as widely known that to melt gold is to take on the highest risk for severe burns. And so it is this August…

Essentially, August is providing for us, albeit confrontationally, a direct route to personally authentic gold, should we choose to take it-though, depending upon the route you choose-you either melt the gold or burn your skin… though, through Leonine influence, it would be your pride that gets burned. And perhaps this is where our tempers need tamed this month-learning not to allow our ego/pride to motivate our moves, but rather-to allow our true light, our inner guidance, which is always impersonal to a fault yet always without flaw.

Perhaps such empowered mercurial influence will inspire this month-inspire those of us who are not as adept toward flexibility to ease a bit in such firmly rooted stances, be it a position, a belief, a personal motivation, or an ideal… the manner in which we address, avoid, embrace, or resist change is directly tied to our character, and our character-when shining-is directly associated with our sense of inner confidence… and with our confidence fortified-we create metaphorical gold simply by believing it possible, by trusting that we can.

Make good choices, friends-and remember that sometimes strength yields…

Also, I have high hopes of pulling this newsletter idea off monthly through December, upon which, beginning January of 2023, will be offered only to subscribers (for $8/month), in addition to additional posts regarding weekly and monthly planetary placements, transits, aspecting, asteroids, and maybe even quarterly horoscopes!-if you can sweet talk me into it… wink wink

Be well, XO JJ

The measure of intelligence is the ability to change…

Albert Einstein

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Virgo Crescent Moon
—July 31

Today’s moon is very much ensconced within potential… particularly—the potential toward new possibilities, possibilities available only through a personally determined discipline.

In other words—today is a wonderfully ideal day to surrender yourself, willingly, toward a new way of being… to begin a new routine (or release an unhealthy routine), to begin a new habit of health (or release an unhealthy habit), to begin a new lifestyle—one which supports health and wellbeing for mind, body, and spirit.

Further, the all-month building of tension between Mars and Uranus moving toward the North Node—today and tomorrow all meet in conjunction—and bam!—the idea of change (as it will be inevitable) will either be embraced willingly—welcoming breakthroughs—or destructively resisted, taunting breakdown.

Today’s moon will illuminate this Taurean stellium phenomena, and this lunarly connection promotes the earthy qualities of potentials… and, despite whatever changes or chaos are either on offer or becoming problematic—keeping a cool, impersonal perspective toward whatever it is, with an ‘uninhibited approach to life…’

Embracing change with a personal willingness, now, would be much better advised than resisting it… though, as always, the choice is forevermore yours.

❝Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.
——Leo Tolstoy

★If anyone would like astrological guidance toward the upcoming celestial phenomenon upon your own charts, I am available, and because I feel these energies are going to be particularly volatile—I am offering my time for only $90 for previous clients, and $125 for new clients (as opposed to my typical $185 fee)

🖋️ by Jamie James; 📷 by julianmajin