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This Week in Astrology

 

August 17 to 23, 2014


 

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This week's Moon phase
Planets in signs and in aspect
Retrogrades
This week's astrology calendar
Timing with the Moon
Romance & Relationship Report
Daily Trends


A Last Quarter Moon occurs on Sunday, August 17th, 2014, at 8:26 AM EDT.

On Sunday morning, the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Leo squares the Moon in Taurus. The Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of last week's Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us--and what doesn't--in preparation for next week's New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It's time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon on July 26th. What revelations did you have last week? What did they mean for you? What can be done now?

This phase of the Moon occurs at 24 degrees and 31 minutes of Taurus square the Sun at 24 degrees and 31 minutes of Leo, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 23 to 27 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) most significantly.

Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Jul 26, 2014     6:42 PM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Aug  3, 2014     8:50 PM   Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Aug 10, 2014     2:09 PM  Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Aug 17, 2014     8:26 AM  Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Aug 25, 2014    10:13 AM  Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)

(Times are Eastern)


The Sun is in Leo until August 23rd when it enters Virgo; Mercury is in Virgo; Venus is in Leo; Mars is in Scorpio.

The Sun is in Leo from July 22-August 23. In Leo, the Sun is proud, outgoing, and playful. The Leo Sun is intensely individual—not content with simply being just one of the team. It's time to shine, add a touch of color and drama to our lives, and perform. Like the flowers and fruit of the season--blossoming and ripened--this is a time when we want to enjoy ourselves and express ourselves. We are more generous and grand in our gestures and attitudes. On the shadow side, we can also be self-centered and vain.

The Sun is in Virgo from August 23-September 22. Our focus shifts to the pieces of the puzzle--the little details of our lives. It is now time to take care of practical concerns. Tending to the details of everyday life may not sound like loads of fun, but it can certainly free us from unnecessary stress that results from "collecting" odds and ends of unfinished business. This is an ideal time to get organized, to do detail work, and to improve communications on the job.

Mercury is in Virgo from August 15-September 2. When Mercury is in Virgo, precision in speech, thought, and process is now important to us. This is a time when we analyze and decide what is useful and what we deem to be impractical. Mercury feels right at home in Virgo, one of the signs that it rules. Dealing with details is natural and easy now. We need to be careful that we don't lose perspective if we find ourselves lost in details. We should also be aware of the possibility of expressing ourselves in a too factual manner, so much so that we come across as dry, critical, or unimaginative.

Venus is in Leo August 12-September 5. Love is magnificent and grand. We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game--a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgement, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. The negative expression of this placement is overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.

Mars is in Scorpio from July 25-September 13. In Scorpio, Mars is driven and focused on getting what it wants. We are persevering, single-minded, and strong. The desire to experience our emotional depths, as well as the urge to penetrate the surface of life in order to explore deeper levels of existence, is powerful. We are fascinated with what others tend to repress, and are drawn to experiencing and understanding these things. We are less inclined to avoid important issues now. In some ways, we are attracted to crisis, as we see crisis as transformative and emotionally exciting. We would rather feel extreme emotions than nothing at all, as mediocrity or the "middle road" is felt to be unsatisfying.

Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5, 2012 and will transit the sign until 2015. Read about Saturn's transit through Scorpio here.

Jupiter entered Leo on July 16th, where it will transit until August 11th, 2015. Read about Jupiter's transit through Leo here.

Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.


Romance & Relationships


Venus
is in Leo from August 12-September 5. We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game--a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgement, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. Negative expressions of this placement are overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.
 

This week: Venus aligning with Jupiter on Sunday and early Monday brings good energy for optimism, hope, and generosity in our relationships. Our appetites for love, affection, and adoration are large. The same energy carries forward with a parallel between Venus and Jupiter until Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday are tricky, however, as others may seem to be making big demands on us. Fear of loss can be at the root of overbearing or difficult behavior at this time.

Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:

Venus in Leo August 12-September 5. Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity, and self-expression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired - needed, even. A flashy, flirty, stylish splash of color and warmth.
Venus quincunx Neptune August 17. Idealism and disappointments in love. Avoid becoming blinded by what you want to see, rather than what really is. Doubts about love.
Venus conjunct Jupiter August 17-18. We have large appetites for love and pleasure, and generosity of spirit as well. An excellent time (all things considered) to begin a new relationship, or renew an old/existing one.
Venus parallel Jupiter August 18-19. We are charitable with others and have a stronger desire than usual to find meaning in our relationships. There may be some overstating or overindulgence now, however.
Venus quincunx Pluto August 20-21. This is a time of adjustments and re-assessments in our close personal relationships and/or with regards to our social lives. Issues of power and control can arise. Unreasonable or irrational fears of loss, or jealousy, could also emerge.
Venus contraparallel Mars August 21-22. Passions are stimulated and intense. Fine line between love and hate. Competitiveness.
Venus trine Uranus August 24-25. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, and we happily embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements. We are ready to experiment, but not necessarily ready to commit.
Venus quincunx Chiron August 24-25. There may be vague feelings of discontent in relationships; or a choice that needs to be made regarding personal relationships, money, or possessions. Insecurity involving others might make it awkward for us to express our affections naturally or flowingly.
Venus square Saturn August 26. Feeling unsatisfied, isolated, and unloved. Personal relationships are likely to be strained as we express our affections cautiously and sparingly. If we believe we are not getting what we want in love, we attract negative situations and challenges in our relationships. This is not a good time to begin a new relationship--new ones begun now are likely to be stamped with themes of duty and restriction.
Venus square Mars August 26-27. Passions run high under this influence. Sexual tensions and competitiveness are possible, and there can be conflicts that arise from distinct differences between romantic and sexual needs. There is an air of competitiveness under this influence, which need not be difficult. It can be stimulating, creative, passionate, and invigorating.


The Moon & Timing

The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here, and is indicative of the "outcome" of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period, or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology). Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology. 
 

The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:

Void-of-course Moon on Sunday, August 17th, from 8:27 AM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a square to the Sun), until the Moon enters Gemini at 6:42 PM EDT.

VOC Moon on Tuesday, August 19th, from 10:54 PM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Cancer the next day, Wednesday, August 20th, at 4:46 AM EDT.

VOC Moon on Thursday, August 21st, from 3:35 PM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Saturn), until the Moon enters Leo the next day, Friday, August 22nd, at 4:50 PM EDT.

Void of Course Moon Table for August 2014:


 

Timing with the Moon - Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives

The Moon is waning this week - a period that is generally considered unfavorable for new beginnings, with exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).

According to principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs from Monday, August 18th, at approx. 8 AM EDT, until Tuesday, August 19th, at approx. 10:50 PM EDT, while the Moon is in Gemini. This period is better from midnight on August 19th until 10:50 PM (Mercury opposing Neptune is then separating).

Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:

 
Jul 21st:     10:53 PM                Uranus Retrograde
Jul 22nd:     5:41 PM               Sun enters Leo
Jul 25th:     10:25 PM               Mars enters Scorpio
Jul 31st:     6:46 PM               Mercury enters Leo
Aug 12th:     3:24 AM               Venus enters Leo
Aug 15th:    12:44 PM               Mercury enters Virgo
Aug 23rd:    12:46 AM               Sun enters Virgo
Sep  2nd:     1:38 AM               Mercury enters Libra
Sep  5th:     1:07 PM               Venus enters Virgo
Sep 13th:     5:57 PM               Mars enters Sagittarius
Sep 22nd:     8:36 PM                Pluto Direct
Sep 22nd:    10:29 PM               Sun enters Libra
Sep 27th:     6:39 PM               Mercury enters Scorpio
Sep 29th:     4:52 PM               Venus enters Libra
Oct  4th:     1:02 PM                Mercury Rx
Oct 10th:     1:27 PM               Mercury Rx enters Libra
Oct 23rd:     7:57 AM               Sun enters Scorpio
Oct 23rd:     4:52 PM               Venus enters Scorpio
Oct 25th:     3:17 PM                Mercury Direct
Oct 26th:     6:43 AM               Mars enters Capricorn


See also: The Astrology of 2014 - Overview.

Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).

This Week's Calendar

 

 

This Week's Aspects

Venus quincunx Neptune. Under this influence, we are apt to see what we want to see, rather than what actually is, when it comes to both financial affairs and affairs of the heart. Still, we tend to doubt our perceptions of perfection. The end result is a feeling of insecurity on romantic and social levels. Avoid making large purchases and commitments at this time.

VenusconjunctJupiter Venus conjunct Jupiter. A potentially magical transit when we are especially generous and giving, optimistic, and kind towards others. We might also be quite indulgent under this influence. We might be tempted to overspend or overstate our feelings now. We are sociable, fun-loving, and desirous of sharing our happiness with others. We have large appetites for love and pleasure, and generosity of spirit as well. This can be an excellent influence for beginning a new relationship or financial undertaking, or for renewing and refreshing existing ties with others.

MercuryOppositionNeptune Mercury opposition Neptune. We are mentally lazy, finding that our minds wander when presented with technical facts. It's hard to get solid answers from others, and we can too easily misrepresent ourselves. Avoid signing contracts or formalizing agreements. There can be misunderstandings, misinformation, wishful thinking, confusion, some depression, carelessness, and deception. Our thinking may be self-defeating.

SunsesquiquadratePluto Sun sesquiquadrate Pluto. A tendency to want to control our lives through some form of manipulation is strong during this influence. Meeting with obstacles in our paths, however, can force us into the position of using all of our resources to fight back, and we can discover resources we never knew we had in the process.

VenusquincunxPluto Venus quincunx Pluto. This is a time of adjustments and re-assessments in our close personal relationships and/or with regards to our social lives. Issues of power and control can arise. Unreasonable or irrational fears of loss, or jealousy, could also emerge.

MercurytrinePluto Mercury trine Pluto. Our mental faculties are attuned to otherworldly impressions, offering us increased insight, psychological understanding and awareness, and focused attention.

quincunx  Mars quincunx Uranus. Making adjustments to our goals may be necessary now, and this can temporarily drain our energy or make us feel restless and impatient.

MarstrineChiron Mars trine Chiron. We may have the opportunity to take the lead, or to take action, regarding matters that lead to healing, cleansing, or teaching now. We can feel a sense of mission now. There is likely to be a feeling of fearlessness when it comes to addressing problem areas, and self-confidence as well. There is a drive to take positive action, usually to defend or help others (or ourselves). It's a strong period for cooperation and purposeful activity.

 

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Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).

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What's In Store By the Stars - Daily Astrology Trends

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AUGUST 17
The Last Quarter Moon is exact early into the day when the Sun in Leo squares the Taurus Moon. The Last Quarter Moon phase points to some sort of crisis of consciousness. After basking in the awareness symbolized by the full light of the Moon at the time of last week's Full Moon, we disperse our knowledge and come to a point when we need to sort out what works for us - and what doesn't - in preparation for next week's New Moon, when something new is born once again. This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It's time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon on July 26th. Venus quincunx Neptune late morning can stimulate a dilemma as we swing from seeing others through the lens of wishful thinking and doubting whether we're seeing things clearly. It's best to avoid making large purchases and commitments at this time, as our perception of value can be quite off. The Moon continues its transit of Taurus until 6:42 PM EDT, when it enters curious, adaptable Gemini.

A void of course Moon occurs from 8:27 AM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a square to the Sun), until the Moon enters Gemini at 6:42 PM EDT.

AUGUST 18
The Moon is in communicative Gemini all day. Shortly into the day, Venus aligns with Jupiter, and our hearts open. We can be more adventurous in our relationships and with others now. Our tastes are big and possibly on the exotic side now. We are generous and giving, optimistic, and kind towards others. We might also be quite indulgent under this influence. We might be tempted to overspend or overstate our feelings now, largely because we are feeling very good and forget that when moods regulate, we may not feel the same way. Tonight, Mercury opposes Neptune, and there can be difficulty seeing or facing facts. There can be misunderstandings, misinformation, wishful thinking, confusion, some depression, carelessness, or deception. Our thinking may swing from unrealistic to self-defeating. However, gentle loosening of the grip of reality on our thought processes can be helpful on a creative level, and could allow us to see things in a new, more interesting, and ultimately insightful light.

AUGUST 19
This morning, the Sun is sesquiquadrate Pluto, and there can be frustration with obstacles in our paths, whether these are people or circumstances, and a desire to control things through manipulation can be experienced now. However, as the day progresses, energy is lighter. The Moon is in Gemini all day, harmonizing with the Leo Sun tonight. We adapt easily to change, and in fact we crave surprise, novelty, and intelligent responses in others. We are more cooperative than usual, craving harmony in our relationships.

A void of course Moon occurs from 10:54 PM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Cancer the next day, Wednesday, August 20th, at 4:46 AM EDT.

AUGUST 20
The Moon is in Gemini until 4:46 AM EDT, when it enters Cancer. Restlessness gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. A feeling of belonging and safety are motivators now. Our feelings are insular and deep, and our attachments are emphasized now. More attention to our personal lives, family, or close loved ones is likely now. Mercury contraparallel Neptune today reinforcing the strong influence of subjective impressions today. We are more understanding, or at least we try to be, and can more easily access imagination and intuition today.

The Moon ends its void period at 4:46 AM EDT, when the Moon enters Cancer.

AUGUST 21
The Moon is in Cancer all day, and we are both protective of others and self-protective. This morning, Venus quincunx Pluto can stimulate latent insecurities in our connections to others or regarding money and assets. Irrational fears can emerge, and we may discover that it's time to make adjustments or reassessments in order to balance things out. Later today, however, Mercury trines Pluto, and we are quite willing to face facts, uncover the truth, or put in extra effort to understand and learn. Our mental faculties are attuned to otherworldly impressions, offering us increased insight, psychological understanding and awareness, and focused attention.

A void of course Moon occurs from 3:35 PM EDT, with the Moon's last aspect before changing signs (a trine to Saturn), until the Moon enters Leo tomorrow, Friday, August 22nd, at 4:50 PM EDT.

AUGUST 22
The Moon is in Cancer until 4:50 PM EDT, and we tend to respond to challenges or stress by retreating or withdrawing. We are especially concerned with family and close loved ones. The Moon then moves into Leo, and the desire for something more glamorous than our regular routine takes hold. Satisfaction comes from positive feedback from others. Venus is contraparallel Mars today, and romantic imagery can color our perceptions of our interactions, and there can be more passion and drama in our relationships today as a result. Mars is approaching a quincunx to Uranus and a trine to Chiron, exact early tomorrow, and while our efforts to satisfy our desires can miss the mark, we are also ready to learn from our experiences and to make the necessary adjustments.

The Moon ends its void period at 4:50 PM EDT, when the Moon enters Leo.

AUGUST 23
 

 

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Moon Signs This Week:
 

When the Moon is in Taurus

MoonTaurusWe are motivated by the desire for serenity, security, peace, and comfort. The Moon is at her most sensual and constant in Taurus. Our basic impulses are to relax, resist change, and "stop to smell the roses". Life slows down a little, and we get comfortable. We may also be inclined to stubbornness and materialism under this influence.

The Moon in Taurus generally favors the following activities: Substantial and material actions that yield solid results. Financial activities, and those involving personal possessions, applying for a loan, beginning a potentially long-term relationship, music, home decor.

When the Moon is in Gemini

MoonGeminiOur basic instinct is to communicate, think, and learn under the influence of Moon in Gemini. We are motivated by a desire for variety and by an instinctive curiosity. The Moon in Gemini is light-hearted, breezy, and curious, but it can also be restless and fickle.

The Moon in Gemini generally favors the following activities: Mental and communicative actions, and more than one activity at once. Reading, learning, letters and emails, errands, writing, teaching, making connections, short trips.

When the Moon is in Cancer

MoonCancerThe restlessness of the Gemini Moon gives way to an instinctive need for peace and quiet. A feeling of belonging and safety is what motivates us under this influence. The Moon feels right at home in the sign of Cancer, as it rules the sign. This Moon position has much healing potential. Although insular by nature, our feelings run deep, making it an ideal time to get in touch with what motivates us.

The Moon in Cancer generally favors the following activities: Domestic activities, those that involve awareness of personal needs. Home decor, family get-togethers.

When the Moon is in Leo

MoonLeoThe Moon in Leo speaks to our "inner child". It's a warm, generous, whole-heartedly loving position. Pride keeps us from pettiness, but it can also prevent us from opening up and revealing how we are truly feeling. We are on stage, our feelings are grand, and we appreciate some drama in our lives. We are easily threatened by anything that seems to be impersonal. This is a time when we seek attention--when we want to stand out for our special qualities. It's a strong time for romance and any creative activity as well.

The Moon in Leo generally favors the following activities: Creative activities, activities involving children, generous undertakings, undertakings in which personal recognition is desired, and risk-taking.

 

When the Moon is in...Transits of the Moon through the Signs.

This Week's Planetary Positions By Sign (General Trends):

Sun in Leo "This I do for me" is your motto at a time like this. This is your time to shine, like a swirl of starstuff that has finally reached critical mass and suddenly starts to give off more light than it receives. Issues of pride, mastery, and appreciation become more and more central to your lifestream as this cycle progresses, as does a very important lesson: it's not what you do so much as how you do it, not who you are so much as how you make others feel about themselves. If it doesn't come from the heart, it shouldn't matter now.

Sun in Virgo You're coming into a new cycle centered on taking what you know and what you've got and then making the most of it in the real world. Assimilating information and experience, learning lessons and putting them into practice - that's the focus as this cycle unfolds. It's a time for prudence and stewardship, a time to tend to the details. You probably already have the grand ideals and visions: now you must get your hands dirty with the bricks and mortar and your mind busy with putting it all together.

Mercury in Virgo Mental discipline and patience are keynoted as you enter into a new cycle. Thinking things through, accounting for all the details, making careful measurements: these and similar experiences keep your mind active and involved. An interest in health and work may come to the fore.

Venus in Leo Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity, and self-expression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired - needed, even. A flashy, flirty, stylish splash of color and warmth.

Mars in Scorpio Tear it down and build it up again, reach in and pluck out the offending element: that's what the new cycle you have entered is like. Power becomes a compelling idea, perhaps even an aphrodisiac - and you've got a stronger than usual supply of it now. Use it, don't abuse it - or you might find that it's a two-edged sword!

Jupiter in Leo High drama, big romance, a creative bonanza: this is the stuff dreams are made of now. The world is your stage, the spotlight is your goal, and the love and appreciation of others is the air you breathe. Children, lovers, admirers: these are the people who figure large in your life as this cycle progresses. A willingness to gamble on the future.

Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.

Uranus in Aries
A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.

Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver's seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?

Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable - and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you'd think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place...

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