Forecast for August 2016

Long-Term Shifts in 2016

In 2016, a gathering of four planets in Mutable signs—Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune—assures that the world’s Virgos, Pisceans, Geminis and Sagittarians will not be allowed to sit still for long (as if they ever could!). Natives of these signs will be going through a lot of changes over a 3-year period, in which we are presently in year 2.

Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius this year. Thank goodness it’s done with Scorpio! Fixed natives (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) can finally relax their vigilance—Saturn won’t be bothering you for another 5 years. Now Mutable natives come under the gun because while in Sagittarius, Saturn squares Neptune—see  this: Fear Turns Dreams Into Nightmares.

This year Jupiter travels back and forth in Virgo, bringing luck and fortune to Mutable signs everywhere (Virgos, Geminis, Pisceans, Sagittarians). While in Virgo, Jupiter will trine Pluto, oppose Chiron and square Saturn.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2016.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

Jupiter exits his 2015-2016 span of Virgo this month, so if you’ve been flooded with confidence in the last several months, this will begin to fade (if it hasn’t already). The confidence is fading, but the opportunities may still be there to be grabbed. Now is the time to take the benefits that you’ve received from this Jupiter transit and lock them in, because Jupiter will not transit in this way for another 3 years. You particularly will feel this if you were born on September 5-15, December 4-15, March 3-13 or June 3-14.

Saturn has been retrograde since March and now goes direct on August 13, finishing out this year’s span from 9 to 16º of Sagittarius. In Sagittarius, Saturn is delivering harsh lessons about tolerance and bigotry (you have only to look at the news for many examples). Are you learning and growing despite the discomfort? Is your mind expanding? On August 13, when Saturn turns direct, epiphanies are likely. People born November 30-December 1, February 27-28, May 30, and September 1 are especially affected.

Uranus has just turned retrograde as of July 9 (at 24º Aries). If you are having a Uranus transit, then you will feel that the itch to break out is getting stronger and that your attention is drawn inside yourself to discover why. People born on October 17, January 14, April 13-14 and July 16-17 will feel this particularly strongly.

Mercury slows down mid-month, turning retrograde on August 30. Don’t be caught short during this usually messy time! See Mercury Watch below.

Moon Sign Teleclass Series Coming In October

Your Moon sign is the key to contentment, happiness and the ability to rest deeply. When you engage in the self-care suggested by your Moon sign, you feel deeply secure because the Moon describes how you like to be mothered.

This year I’ll be doing a free teleclass series about the Moon signs. Each Moon sign’s teleclass will fall on a Thursday inside that sign’s month, beginning with Libra in October. Watch for more news about this in my August and September newsletters. And in the meanwhile, if you don’t know what sign your Moon is in, this page will help you find out:  How to use to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

Mercury begins August moving in a forward direction and still at a good clip, but you’ll want to aim to finish bigger projects within August’s first two weeks because Mercury will turn retrograde at the end of the month. What to do? Plan how you’ll use this Mercury retrograde period before it hits, so you won’t be caught unawares. Where in your life could you use a retrospective view and perhaps a little cleanup? Begin winding things down by August 23 while Mercury slows, preparing to turn retrograde on August 30. Mercury in Virgo suggests that your closets could use some reorganization. Here’s more about Mercury Retrograde.


August begins with the heat of Leo, ruled by the steadily burning Sun.  This year Leo runs from July 22 through August 23.  Leo is both a Fire sign and a Fixed sign.  From Fire, Leo gets its heat and from Fixity Leo gets its consistency.  All Fixed signs are prone to being a little stubborn (or sometimes more than a little) and Leo is no exception.  But this same stubbornness is the flip side of a powerful persistence which keeps Leo’s creative fires burning once they’ve begun.

Late August brings the Mutable Earth sign Virgo, running from August 23 through September 23.  Virgo is the season of the first harvest, which is appropriate because analytical, detail-oriented Virgo is all about separating the wheat from the chaff, both literally and metaphorically.  Virgo is the organizer, focusing on purging and cleansing, sifting through every detail.  This late summer harvest-time begins to set a tone of hard work for the winter by reminding us that the sunlight is now waning.


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

New Moon in 10º Leo:  Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August’s New Moon in Leo is enjoying a trine to Saturn in Sagittarius but dealing with a quincunx to Neptune. This Moon has a self-organizing feel, but is easily thrown off by chaos that seems to come from left field. There’s a tendency to embrace rigid ideas and philosophies that bring comfort and stave off the need for change, but these philosophies don’t account for everything. When someone crosses a line, the whole structure comes tumbling down. Do you adhere to the philosophy or respond with compassion to the person? The question really is, what do you habitually do with guilt?

Full Moon in 25º Aquarius: Thursday, August 18, 2016

During August’s Full Moon, the Sun is aligned with impulsive, reactive Uranus in Aries while the Moon confabs with cool, strategic Pallas Athene in Aquarius. There’s a duality here between thought and action, between fear of pulling the trigger and leaping before you look. One side may be hot-headed and self-absorbed, grandstanding for attention—while the other takes a more objective view, arguing that a wider, more social agenda must be honored. It is the classical argument between the needs of one and the needs of many. But why go to extremes? Balance the two in considered, self-aware action with solid reason behind it, taking the needs of all into account—the results will be much better.

August’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Red Moon for its ruddy color on the horizon in this season.

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8/1/2016, Sun trines Saturn: This is a great day to take on any disciplines you’ve been avoiding. Just do it—you’ll get a hit of self-esteem.

8/2/2016, Mars enters Sagittarius today, bringing a desire for adventure and wide open spaces. Lasts till September 27.

8/5/2016, Venus enters Virgo today, bringing a cooler social mood and a pragmatic attitude toward romance. Lasts till August 29.

8/6/2016, Mercury squares Saturn: It may be hard to communicate what you are thinking and feeling today. Try not to censure yourself too much.

8/6/2016, Venus squares Mars: Today it’s all too easy to pick fights for no good reason. Try turning the passion into something positive!

8/7/2016, Mercury opposes Neptune: Dreams and logic are pulling you in opposite directions. Is there any way to radically integrate both?

8/10/2016, Mercury trines Pluto: This is a good time to speak your truth. Under this aspect, honesty is the best policy.

8/12/2016, Jupiter opposes Chiron: Did your beliefs get damaged at some point in your life? What needs to be healed to restore your faith?

8/13/2016, Saturn turns direct: You know what you have to do. You may not like it, but you do know. It’s time for the right move.

8/13/2016, Venus squares Saturn: Are your relationships with others starting to feel like a bit of a drag? Balance them with time to yourself.

8/14/2016, Venus opposes Neptune: Who in your life are you idealizing? Remember, it’s not fair to hold someone up to your unrealistic fantasy.

8/16/2016, Sun trines Uranus: It’s cool to let your Freak Flag Fly. This is a good aspect for trying something unexpected and new!

8/17/2016, Venus trines Pluto: How can you be totally vulnerable to another human being? Bare your soul, it might bring you closer.

8/19/2016, Mercury opposes Chiron: Today, you may doubt your intelligence and ways of communicating. We all have our own insecurities.

8/22/2016, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter: Communications are amped today. You could spend hours on chat, phone, or social media.

8/22/2016, Sun enters Virgo, bringing the season of the first harvest. Reap the rewards of this year’s efforts thus far. Lasts till September 22.

8/24/2016, Mars conjuncts Saturn: The ‘oomph’ you need is lacking. You may have a case of the blahs or feel like you just don’t have the energy.

8/24/2016, Venus opposes Chiron: Love vs. Pain is the dilemma today. Kind of like Eddie Izzard’s “cake or death!” Which do you choose?

8/25/2016, Mars square Neptune: Directing your energy in a focused way is hard today. You may end up resting, napping or just spacing out.

8/27/2016, Venus conjuncts Jupiter: Great aspect for a Saturday night!! It’s party time—take a trip down to BevMo and call up all your friends.

8/28/2016, Mercury conjuncts Venus: Choosing your words diplomatically is easy today, but watch out for indecision.

8/29/2016, Venus enters Libra: Happy in her own sign, the Golden Goddess brings lovely events and great styles. Lasts till Sept 23.

8/30/2016, Mercury goes retrograde: That rascally planet is up to his old tricks! Fortunately, Mercury LOVES being in Virgo. 

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