Daily Sun and Moon Sign/Phase: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

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Read  my recent post on the July 28 Aquarius Lunar Eclipse HERE

And my recent post on the August 11 Leo Solar Eclipse HERE

And a general post on the July-August 2018 Eclipse Season HERE

 Sun SymbolOn Sunday, July 22, at , at 7 am, the Sun entered the Fixed Fire Sign of Leo
The Sun will transit Leo until August 23, 2.08 pm, with the ingress into Virgo

Libra Moon

Libra Moon

Crescent to First Quarter Moon

Crescent to First Quarter Moon

The WANING MOON TRANSITS LIBRA from Tuesday, August 14, 2.56 pm, to Thursday, August 16, 6.54 pm, with the ingress into SCORPIO.

The LIBRA CRESCENT MOON PHASE starts on Wednesday, August 15, 2.28 am, and ends on Saturday, August 18, 5.48 pm, with the SCORPIO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE.

 

Latest cosmic news

MARS will re-enters CAPRICORN on August 13, and again AQUARIUS, in direct motion, on September 11.
VENUS entered LIBRA on Tuesday, August 7, at 9.27 am. VENUS will transit LIBRA until September 9, to enter SCORPIO. Due to Retrogradation (from October 6 to November 16) VENUS will return to Libra on November 1 and December 3 2018. Please click HERE to read a post on this Venus in Libra transit: ‘Peacemaker to the rescue…’.
URANUS will briefly return to Aries on November 7, and will re-enter Taurus, for good, only on March 6 2019. After that the Uranus-Taurus’ transit will last until 2025.
MERCURY turns RETROGRADE in LEO from Wednesday, July 25.
MERCURY will turn DIRECT again on August 19.
MERCURY entered the FIXED FIRE SIGN of LEO on Friday, June 29, at 3.16 pm.
MERCURY will transit LEO until September 6, 12.38 pm.
MARS STATIONARY RETROGRADE in AQUARIUS, since June 27.
The Retro motion of MARS will last until August 28 and cover the degrees between 9th AQUARIUS and 28th CAPRICORN.

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More cosmic timelines

  • NEPTUNE turned Retrograde on Tuesday, June 19. NEPTUNE will turn Direct on November 25 2018.
  • URANUS entered the FIXED AIR SIGN of AQUARIUS on May 16, 1.16 am.
  • SATURN turns STATIONARY RETROGRADE on Wednesday, 18 April. SATURN will turn DIRECT again on September 7, 2018
  • CHIRON entered ARIES on Sunday, April 15.  CHIRON will return, in Retro motion, into PISCES on September 26 2018, to step into ARIES again, for good, in February 18 2019.
    CHIRON will then transit ARIES until 2027!
  • JUPITER entered SCORPIO on October 11 at twenty minutes past midnight.The Giant Planet will transit this Fixed Water Sign until November 8 2018.

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The Waxing Moon transits Virgo from Sunday, August 12, to Tuesday, August 14, between the Leo New Moon and Solar Eclipse and the Libra Crescent Moon Phase

'Pandora' by Nicolas Gyzis

‘Psyche’ by Greek painter Nikolaos Gyzis (1842-1901)

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VIRGO, Moon of humility and craftsmanship
Purifying and healing

The WANING MOON TRANSITS VIRGO from Sunday, August 12, 1.58 pm,
to Tuesday, August 14, 2.56 pm, with the ingress into LIBRA

Suitable energy for general and menial work, in particular jobs that require attention to details and great patience, crafts, knitting, sewing, cooking, mending, cleaning, nursing, volunteering, accounting, studying, researching, testing, purifying, collecting, classifying, putting order into chaos. Purchase of craft materials and tools, collectibles, pets. Action motivated by practical needs, daily routine, taking care of the body learning to discriminate and to perfect. Timid expression of feeling, sometimes prickly, always helpful at the practical level. Beware of hyper-criticism, a calculating attitude, lack of grace, inhibitions, phobias, hypochondria, feelings of unworthiness.

  • In the garden Despite the earthy nature and the symbolic ear of corn in the Maiden’s left hand* Virgo is considered barren. Plants will supposedly grow spindly, tough and woody if planted on the Virgo Moon. The Sign is great however for tidying up the garden, work bee days, and fertilizing.
  • Healing Herbs: Blackberry, Fennel, Flax.
A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

The New Moon

The LEO NEW MOON PHASE, also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 18° LEO starts on Saturday, August 11, 7.57 pm,
and ends on Wednesday, August 15, 2.28 am, with the LIBRA CRESCENT MOON PHASE

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

  • In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

Crescent Moon

The LIBRA CRESCENT MOON PHASE starts on  Wednesday, August 15, 2.28 am,
and ends on August 15, 5.4 with the SCORPIO FIRST QUARTER MOON PHASE

The Crescent Moon occurs half way through the first week of the Waxing cycle, when the Moon is transiting 45 degrees ahead of the Sun and looks like a beautiful crescent in the western sky after sunset. Psychologically this is an enthusiastic time, in which lots of ideas crowd our mind and we may feel that the sky is the limit. It is a slightly naïve Moon time, but also one full of hopes and dreams (the bright crescent shows now the shadowy sphere of the future Full Moon. The energy of the Moon however needs maturing at this stage and grounding. The first difficulties may appear, the first chinks in the armour; but the challenge is not strong enough yet for us to build up on it.

  • In the garden this is an excellent growing time: everything can go in now, but in particular leafy vegetables and all plants that we grow for their above the ground parts, but only when the Moon is transiting through the very fertile Water Signs or the productive Signs Taurus, Libra and Capricorn.

Difficult endings and uncertain beginnings: the last Solar Eclipse of 2018, August 11, Leo 18°

14th-century fresco by Taddeo Gaddi, Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence - Angel announcing the birth of Jesus to shepherds during an eclipse

14th-century fresco by Taddeo Gaddi, Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence – Angel announcing the birth of Jesus to shepherds during an eclipse

The last Eclipse season for 2018 ends here, with a New Moon in Leo. Time in Eastern Australia will be 7.57 pm and therefore the event will be observable exclusively from locations in the Northern Hemisphere.

The New Moon nature of a Solar Eclipse signifies that this ending is then also a beginning. It promises significant turning points and great insights from the heart, for many people. These developments may seem slow to manifest, due to the present multiple Retrogradations and also the slow acting nature of Eclipses, but they are guaranteed in their profound effect on our collective psyche.

Look, for instance, at this fresco by the old Florentine master Taddeo Gaddi (1290-1366) in which he associated a Solar Eclipse to the greatest event he, in his faith, could imagine: the birth of the Christian Savior. Many other artists, past and present, have linked Eclipses instead to the death of Christ, or other exceptional events, believing that Eclipses somehow contribute to alter the consciousness of our planet.

The Eclipse effect is not only a valid symbol of transformation in Art, or just an old religious superstition, but it has been corroborated by many historical events and personal experiences. Eclipses are important for the world collectively and for many people personally.

Please scroll to the bottom of the page to check the Horoscope of this Solar Eclipse.

If, in your Birth Horoscope, the 17th, 18th or 19th degree of any Sign is tenanted by a planet or any of the four Angles this Eclipse will be close and personal to you. The Signs more directly affected will be Leo, of course, with Aquarius, Taurus and Scorpio.

The Solar Eclipse is in Leo, Sign of fire, passion and the heart of things. Time to reawaken those in our lives, beginning a new phase of creativity, of loving what we do, loving more warmly whom we love, giving more of ourselves, being more generous with our time and energy, expressing more spontaneously all that we are, coming from the heart and not the head.

As I’ve often remarked, Eclipses are not isolated phenomena. Like all other Transits they occur in unison with other cosmic configurations and it is often these that contribute to the character of the Eclipse itself. In this instance, as in the recent Aquarius Lunar Eclipse of July 28, Uranus is prominent, being in fairly close 90 degrees angle to the Lunar Nodes. At the same time two other Trans-Saturn Planets, Neptune and Pluto, are linked to both Sun and Moon, during the Solar Eclipse, by a 150° aspect (Quincunx or Inconjunct), in a configuration known to astrologers as ‘Finger of Fate’ or ‘Finger of God’.

Something the outer Planets have in common is their power to change us and the world in profound and irreversible ways. They represent the evolutionary drive urging us toward a more conscious living.

Most important of all is Uranus’ role in all of this. This Planet represents the drive to individuation, the democratic, open minded, unbiased spirit helping us search for greater equality and justice, embracing reforms that ultimately will improve life for everyone. Since Uranus’ discovery, at the end of the 18th century, these concepts became integral to our modern democracies, and, through leaps and bounds, we have been struggling to make them a reality. A solar Eclipse with a prominent Uranus should bring these ideals to the fore, but we will indeed struggle to uphold them in the present world situation where reactionary forces are on the raise. The Squares of Uranus to the Lunar Nodes are symbols of these difficulties, due to the Fixed Signs’ natural resistance to change coupled with the opposite Uranus’ unsettling tendency to accelerate changes, bringing the new in sudden spurts of energy.

If the Eclipse degree (18° of the Fixed Signs) or the degrees of Uranus and the Nodes (between the second and sixth degrees also of the Fixed Signs) are aligned to Sun/Moon/Planets/Angles of your Birth Horoscope there will be a personal struggle in your life between the forces of progress and the forces of reaction and stagnation. Hopefully the struggle will make you stronger and more determined to overcome whatever is keeping you from advancing on your evolutionary path.

The configuration of the Eclipse degree (18 Leo) with Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn is another proof that this cosmic event will have important repercussions on the collective psyche for a long time to come, sowing the seeds for some evolutionary quantum leaps for our world. First however we will have, as a collective, to abandon some cherished illusions about our civilization and humanity, looking honestly into the dark underbelly of our technological progress which we have gained at such grave cost to the natural world.

The Asteroid Pallas Athena is also aligned to this Solar Eclipse. She is a symbol of feminine strength, creativity, resourcefulness and wisdom, badly needed qualities in our war scarred world.

Leo Solar Eclipse Chart August 11 2018

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The Waning/Waxing Moon transits Leo from Friday, August 10, to Sunday, August 12, between the Cancer Balsamic and the Leo New Moon Phase, also a Partial Solar Eclipse on 18° Leo

Durga

Durga

LEO, Moon of creativity and passion
Warm and fun loving

The WANING/WAXING MOON TRANSITS LEO from Friday, August 10, 2.17 pm,
to Sunday, August 12, 1.58 pm, with the ingress into VIRGO

Suitable energy for creative work, especially of the visual type, display, fun, joy, drama, theatre, inspiration, organization, leisure, pleasure, vacation, spending fun times with the children, being a child again, love making, romance, passion. Purchase of jewellery, gold, precious objects, luxury items, cats. Action motivated by spontaneous need for self expression. Dramatic display of generous feelings, warm hearted, loyal, passionate, but somewhat egotistic. Beware of domineering and controlling attitudes, ego inflation, extremes of passion, exaggeration, arrogance, pride.

  • In the garden Leo, like all the other Fire Signs, is traditionally considered too hot, dry and barren for growing anything. Its energy is very suitable instead for cultivating, general maintenance, pruning, pest control, weeding, and harvesting. Great Moon time for designing the garden, introducing ornamental objects and features, and, of course, Garden Parties.
  • Healing Herbs: Borage, Hawthorn, Motherwort.
A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Balsamic Moon GifBalsamic Moon

The CANCER BALSAMIC MOON PHASE starts on Wednesday, August 8, 3.01 pm,
and ends on Saturday, August 11, 7.57 pm, with the LEO NEW MOON PHASE,
also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 18° LEO

The Moon is 45 degrees behind the Sun, only three and half days to New Moon. The Moon light is decreasing rapidly and the lunar energy is now being stored as nutrients in the seeds of future plants. It is also the calm before the storm of activities of the New Moon. Time for contemplation, self reflection and healing. The title Balsamic Moon is derived from the word ‘balsam’, unguent which helps to relieve pain and cure ills. During this time we could distill the essence of our past experience, from the last New Moon up to this point, reflect upon what we have experienced and learnt, getting psychologically ready for the cycle which is about to open. This is a spiritual phase, more suitable for meditation and relaxation than action.

  • In the garden it is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal for cultivation, soil conditioning, eradicating pests and unwanted plants and to prune in order to retard growth.

The New Moon1 New Moon Crescent fast

The New Moon is the beginning of the Waxing cycle, the sacred marriage of Moon and Sun, Yin and Yang, Night and Day. For three days the Moon becomes invisible. Astrologically we say that the Moon is now conjunct the Sun (on the same degree of Longitude along the Ecliptic). Every month the New Moon occurs in a different Sign. So the Aries New Moon in March/April is always followed by the Taurus New Moon in April/May and so on. New Moons are symbols of new beginning and represent a great time to start something or make important changes in our lives. The energy is right for everything new you would like to try.

  • In the garden this is traditionally a time to begin sowing and planting because the increasing Moon light will help plants to emerge and flourish. Moisture becomes more and more available as the light of the Moon intensifies, up to the Full Moon. Traditionally however no sowing or planting are recommended within twelve hours of the phase itself.

A peacemaker to the rescue: Venus in Libra, August 7 to September 9, and beyond

'Le Tre Grazie' (The Three Graces)' by Sandro Botticelli

‘Le Tre Grazie’ (The Three Graces)’ by Sandro Botticelli

Venus is entering Libra on August 7, transiting this Cardinal Air Sign until September 9, a transit that could help us deal with the intensity, possible frustration and stress of the ongoing Mars-Uranus-Eclipses-Multiple Retrogrades’ mix.

Together with the upcoming harmonious Trine (120°) between Jupiter in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces (exact August 19, but already active and extending its influence to early September) this transit of Venus could show us peaceful ways of facing the difficulties obstructing our path.

Hopefully Venus in Libra will play the role of peacemaker, restoring some of the harmony and cooperation that many conflicting transits are threatening at present. Traditionally the Sign of Libra is the home of Venus, meaning that in this Sign the Goddess is able to express the more pure and unbiased traits of the Sign, its ability to see two sides of any stories, two facets to every opinion etc.
The more poetical aspects of life come into focus under this transit, enhancing the beauty and love all around us. Attuning ourselves to this new vibration doesn’t mean just putting a pink veneer on a dark and stark reality, but actually becoming more aware of the essential beauty and perfection in everything, the potentially happy outcome of every situation, the silver lining in the storm clouds that have gathered on the world.  Ideals of Love and Beauty may shine more brightly in our consciousness, finding expression into a more loving and cooperative attitude toward others, as well as a keener sensitivity to loving feelings and beauty in art and all forms of creativity.

Here is a timeline of the major transits formed by Venus in Libra, in August and early September 2018.

Venus in Libra Timeline

  • August 7 to September 9: Venus in Libra.
  • August 9 (active from August 8 to 10): Venus in Libra opposes Chiron Retro in Aries.
    These few days would be ideal for gentle healing sessions: Venus, with her feminine empathy and grace, can now be put to the service of healing, working as a gentle balm on old physical and psychological wounds. Because the aspect is an opposition we are given the chance to see two sides of any issue, providing greater objectivity on the situation or symptoms we need to address. Being gentle is the key here; acknowledging your emotional needs before you tackle your physical problems; not rushing into anything.
  • August 10 (active from August 9 to 11): Venus in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn.
    Graceful acceptance of duties and responsibilities would be the key to put this potentially challenging transit to good use. We could enjoy being productive and work a bit harder if we give ourselves a chance. Trying to avoid stuff we need to do would instead cause more frustration and unhappiness. Emotionally this could be an isolating transiting leading to few depressing days, of feeling unloved or just over-burdened by family and work expectations. Our close relationships may suffer, competing with business or professional duties. Financial difficulties could bother us more than usual because of a generally negative take on things. Concentrating on the practical the best thing.
  • August 23 (active from August 22 to 24): Venus in Libra In-conjunct Neptune in Pisces and Semi-Sextile Jupiter in Scorpio.
    Here Venus becomes entangled with both Jupiter and Neptune, at the moment in harmonious aspect to each other, a chance to open our psyche to a more inclusive view of life and love, stepping out of our ego needs and desires to feel a more unconditional and non judgemental type of love. Ideal would be to enjoy close connection with nature especially near water where this configuration of aspect could help us to release tension, in body, mind, soul. Going with the flow.
  • August 27 (active from August 26 to 28): Venus in Libra Square Pluto in Capricorn.
    With the previous angle to Saturn in Capricorn (exact August 10) this is the most difficult aspect for Venus this month. Also, potentially, the most fruitful. Pluto has often to do with the unveiling of hidden stuff. When Venus is involved with Pluto relationships go through a reality check when honesty the only way to restore trust and real intimacy. Negatively we may feel like we have done or said enough and all we want now is to cut hurtful ties. Dumping our own darkness onto others could be easy now, blaming them for our unhappiness. Let’s not forget that these are just passing moods unless some other significant transit points in the same direction for you.
  • September 9 (active from September 8 to 10): as Venus hits the last degree of Libra she will be at 90 degrees angle to Mars on the last degree of Capricorn, an aspect that will repeat on October 11, due to Venus’ upcoming Retrogradation.
    Here the feminine and masculine find themselves at odd with each other. The desire to cooperate (Venus) is stuck against the desire to do one own thing irrespective of other people’s wishes. Are we going to yield a bit in order to include other people in our lives, or are we going to put ourselves first and resent all forms of compromise?

 A look at Venus beyond September 2018

In October Venus will slow her pace considerably, preparing for her cyclical Retro period, beginning on October 6, Scorpio 10°50′, and ending on November 16, Libra 25°14′. Due to this, Venus will re-enter and transit Libra again between November 1 and December 3 2018 (only Libra’s last five degrees).

Like all Retrogradation this event will serve the purpose of reviewing our attitude and re-living past experiences, not only of love and relationships, but also in the area of finance, affecting our feelings of comfort, pleasure, security, creativity. It could manifest as a rediscovering or rekindling of past relationships or unraveling old patterns in new relationships, when perhaps we will be given the chance to finish unfinished business or begin again with greater awareness and less unrealistic expectations.

From the time of the Scorpio Sun-Venus Inferior Conjunction, on October 27, this Retro period of Venus will mark the end of her evening appearances and the beginning of her Morning Star incarnation, the start of a whole new Venus-Sun’ 584 days long synodic cycle.

The Waning Moon transits Cancer from Wednesday, August 8, to Friday, August 10, during the Cancer Balsamic Moon Phase

'Moon Dream' by Amanda Jane Clark

‘Moon Dream’ by Amanda Jane Clark

CANCER, Moon of nurture and imagination
Caring and home maker

The WANING MOON TRANSITS CANCER from Wednesday, August 8, 2 am,
to Friday, August 10, 2.17 pm, with the ingress into LEO

Suitable energy for home making, looking after the children, nursing the sick, care taking, budgeting, op. shopping, feeding the hungry, cleaning, doing the laundry, recycling, storytelling, creative writing, fantasy or history reading, teaching, psychic insight, intuition. Purchase of children’s clothes, house hold items, blankets, antiques, houses and real estate. Action motivated by sympathetic response and the need to stick to what is familiar and safe. Self protective, reserved in display of feelings, caring. Beware of excessive mothering, dependency, personal bias, emotional manipulation, fear.

  • In the garden Cancer is one of the most, if not the most fertile of all Signs. Everything should do well when planted in Cancer, if the Moon is in the right phase. Plants particularly associated with Cancer are those with a high water content, such as Cucumbers, Lettuce, Melons. Cancer is also suitable for propagating cuttings, grafting and deep irrigation.
  • Healing Herbs: Papaya leaf, Peppermint, Spearmint.
A note: the garden activities associated with the Moon Sign depend also on the cycle the Moon is in. The Moon transiting through a fertile or productive Sign will no be so favorable if the Phase is not a productive one, and vice-versa. For best results the Sign and Phase of the Moon have to be considered together.

Balsamic MoonBalsamic Moon Gif

The CANCER BALSAMIC MOON PHASE starts on Wednesday, August 8, 3.01 pm,
and ends on Saturday, August 11, 7.57 pm, with the LEO NEW MOON PHASE,
also a PARTIAL SOLAR ECLIPSE on 18° LEO

The Moon is 45 degrees behind the Sun, only three and half days to New Moon. The Moon light is decreasing rapidly and the lunar energy is now being stored as nutrients in the seeds of future plants. It is also the calm before the storm of activities of the New Moon. Time for contemplation, self reflection and healing. The title Balsamic Moon is derived from the word ‘balsam’, unguent which helps to relieve pain and cure ills. During this time we could distill the essence of our past experience, from the last New Moon up to this point, reflect upon what we have experienced and learnt, getting psychologically ready for the cycle which is about to open. This is a spiritual phase, more suitable for meditation and relaxation than action.

  • In the garden it is certainly no time for planting or sowing, but it is ideal for cultivation, soil conditioning, eradicating pests and unwanted plants and to prune in order to retard growth.

August 2018 Astrology: The longest Lunar Eclipse of the century, multiple retrogrades and the ongoing risky dance of Mars-Uranus

Eclipse ancient artA slightly shorter version of this post was published in early August 2918 in the Uki Village News.

Last Eclipse Season for 2018

Spanning the months of July and August 2018 the Eclipse season will be intensified in its effect and extended in its duration by the fact that many planets are going retrograde, including our closest brothers, Mercury and Mars, with Saturn, Chiron, Neptune, Pluto and, from August 7, Uranus also. Mercury’s retro period in Leo will go from July 25 to August 19, while Mars’ current retrogradation, between Aquarius and Capricorn, will last until August 27. On top of this Mars has been closest to our planet for a number of years, fact that tends to make his war-like nature more evident; while, between July 7 and September 24, Mars will also be ‘out of bounds’ (beyond the usual 23° declination), another factor that could make the martial energy more erratic and unpredictable .

The Cancer Solar Eclipse of July 13 began the cycle and the August 11 Leo Solar Eclipse will end it. The July 28 Total Lunar Eclipse represents the culmination of the whole period, right in the middle of it, and it is indeed a very special event, not only to astrologers but astronomers as well, because of its length, a whopping one hour and 42 minutes, the longest lasting of the whole 21st century.

Many Retrogrades

In August and September the July 28 Total Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius will still dominate. The reason for this is that during the eclipse Mars is closely conjunct the Moon and thus the difficult ongoing 90° between Mars and Uranus (active at least until October) will also involve the Moon, the Sun and the Lunar Nodes (T Square). This is a combination of energies that could sorely try our collective patience.

This transit acquires strength due to the Lunar Eclipse, thus extending its influence beyond the month of August, but it started having an effect already in May 2018, when the first pass of the Mars-Uranus’ Square took place, just as both planets were entering Aquarius and Taurus respectively (exact on May 16).

The fact is that while Mars, in backward motion, implies that we are required to soften our stance, looking inward rather than outward for the causes of conflicts and misunderstanding, the strong involvement of Uranus could make it a lot more difficult to find the patience and calm needed to review the way we usually deal with conflicts. And retro Mercury will not help by aggravating any difficulty in communication.

Mars retro always represents an opportunity to avoid arguments by maintaining a calm and detached attitude, remaining centered in the eye of any storm that may come our way, avoiding unfruitful retaliation. The angle with Uranus, especially coinciding with such a full on eclipse, could make this task ever more difficult, because we are, at the same time, pulled toward a more antagonistic and rebellious way of dealing with confrontations, while our reactions could be exaggerated and compulsive. Uranus is in fact the least diplomatic, more radical and uncompromising planetary energy there is!

Again the Fixed Signs of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio are the ones that could be more directly affected by these events, especially if the 4th, 5th or 6th degrees (Lunar Eclipse) or the 17th, 18th or 19th degrees (Solar Eclipse) of these Signs are highlighted in your Birth Horoscope. Because the nature of these Signs is wilful and focussed there is here a need for everyone to be more flexible and tolerant.

The Lunar Node involved in the Lunar Eclipse is the South, indicating that whatever we need to face now, individually and collectively, has to do with negative patterns established long ago, and that this could be an ideal time to recognize and release them.

Positive Transits

To help dealing with the emotional extremes and frustration of the Mars-Uranus’ aspect, Jupiter in Scorpio, is forming a harmonious angle (120°) with Neptune in Pisces, exact on August 19, and active until early September. Here perhaps is one cosmic key to survive and thrive through this challenging and intense period: the cultivation of compassion, closeness to nature and any activities that can help you relax and unwind, thus reconnect to your emotional/spiritual source.

Another helpful transit, active between August 7 and September 9, is the passage of Venus through Libra, the Sign of cooperation and justice, showing us a way of reconciling differences and finding a middle ground from which to work out these differences in creative rather than disruptive ways.

September 2018

Past August the month of September looks mild in comparison, with a stronger accent on the Earth Signs, implying a more practical and realistic outlook that will help all of us to stay more grounded.

Mars will then be direct in motion too, encouraging the start or re-start of any enterprise and project we may have had to put on halt during retrogradation. The effect of all the aspects I discussed before will be still lingering though, if not as intense.