Forecast for August 2015

Long-Term Shifts in 2015

The Uranus-Pluto square has come to a close this year (finally! Has it really been 4 years?) but stay alert—you may find it ended in March with a bang that reverberates for the rest of the year. Changes have come on both the personal and the political levels and if you haven’t experienced a big shift, yours may be due.

Jupiter begins the year in the Fiery sign of Leo, in a fantastic trine with Uranus. This eases the chaos and disruption by suggesting ways we can use our situation for growth and personal development. Later in the year, Jupiter moves into Virgo, where it proceeds to trine Pluto and oppose Chiron. This should smooth out the highs and lows of the Uranus-Pluto square, hopefully leaving us all quite a bit wiser and more whole.

Other than these things, I’m happy to say that 2015 is a more peaceful and less chaotic year than 2014.

More about “planetary meetups” now in progress:
High Five! Jupiter Trine Uranus in Fire Signs
Uranus and Pluto Topple the Great Edifice (Part 1), which links to parts 2, 3, 4 and 5. This momentous transit may be over, but we’re still reverberating with it through the rest of 2015.

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 2015.

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?

Mercury Watch

Mercury proceeds forward (not retrograde, i.e. backward) at a good clip, helping human projects and plans progress smoothly and sassily. This is a great time for making swift, easy progress on projects of all kinds that involve paperwork and communications. Set deadlines this month with confidence. To make good use of mercury Direct, look at This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.


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 it consistency. All Fixed signs are prone to being a little suborn (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 21º Leo:  Friday, August 14, 2015
The yearly Full Moon in Capricorn brings a hard-working mood, but this year it includes Mars in Cancer, the Whiny Warrior. “I don’t feeeeel like it!” whines Mars. This Moon is about finding the flow and getting into it, so you can be effective while still honoring your inner truth. Hit the sweet spot on this one and you’ll get more done faster than you thought possible. But if you miss that spot, you’ll generate huge drama for the rest of the month.

New Moon in 23º Cancer:  Wednesday, July 15, 2015
What a night for romance! The evening of August 13th, as this New Moon is waning to its darkest, is a great night for secret assignations. Romeo and Juliet might well have met under a Moon like this one, saturated with the heat of Venus (conjunct) and the unexpected thrill of Uranus (trined). Those who feel they must express their love at all costs would be well to lock themselves indoors to avoid bad behavior!

Full Moon in 6º Pisces:  Saturday, August 29, 2015
August’s Full Moon has a deeply spiritual, mystical, or even religious feel. The sensitive Pisces Moon is aligned with Pisces’ ruler Neptune, while fiery Jupiter, having just entered Virgo, aligns with the equally fiery Sun. It’s a mood of religious fervor and compassion meets generosity in an explosion of spiritual goodwill. Beware of being taken advantage of.

August’s Full Moon was sometimes called the Grain Moon.

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8/1/2015, Saturn turns direct: There is more clarity now about the steps you must take to accomplish whatever work you need to do. Go for it!

8/2/2015, Mercury trines Uranus: Divine inspiration is here today to flood you with great ideas! This is the time to brainstorm.

8/3/2015, Jupiter squares Saturn: Feeling conflicted between what you do for work and what you do for fun? Make sure to give yourself time for both today.

8/4/2015, Venus conjuncts Jupiter: Whether you are in a mall or just surfing the web, the urge to go on a shopping spree may grip you today.

8/5/2015, Venus square Saturn: Got a case of the relationship BLAHS? Or are you single and feeling a bit lonesome? Saturn is testing us in the love department today.

8/6/2015, Mars trines Saturn: What is your life’s plan? You may feel energized today to apply yourself to long-term ambitions.

8/6/2015, Mercury conjuncts Venus retrograde: Relationships are on everyone’s mind today. This is a good time to open up to your significant other.

8/6/2015, Mercury squares Saturn: Are you dealing with writer’s block, or any other kind of block for that matter? Try not to be so rigid in your thinking.

8/7/2015, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter: Have you been reading more about astrology or self-help topics lately? Your mind is more open to expansive thinking.

8/7/2015, Mercury enters Virgo: Virgo brings out the most analytical and critical faculties of mental Mercury.

8/8/2015, Mars enters Leo: Need to recharge your energy NOW? Get creative and express yourself somehow! Or if you don’t want to be centerstage, attend a show!

8/11/2015, Jupiter enters Virgo: Time to expand your personal organization! This is a year to get all of your ducks in a row so you can move forward.

8/12/2015, Mercury opposes Neptune: It’s easy to get distracted today with all of your daydreaming lately. Make sure to focus your attention on practical matters as well.

8/13/2015, Sun trines Uranus: Bust out and be inspired today! This is a good time to apply your forward-thinking vision.

8/14/2015, Venus casts an air of romance on August’s New Moon in Leo, while Uranus adds a jolt of electricity and the unexpected.

8/15/2015, Sun conjuncts Venus Retrograde/Relationship Clarity Day: What do your past relationships teach you about your future ones?

8/15/2015, Mercury trines Pluto: Find something you think is interesting and learn more about it. Watch a TED Talk or browse your local bookstore.

8/19/2015, Venus trines Uranus: Want to dye your hair a wacky color? Or put together a bizarre outfit for Burning Man? Express your look in an unusual way.

8/21/2015, Saturn squares Sun: Is your list of to-dos piling up? It’s days like this when being an adult with endless responsibilities makes you want to run for the hills.

8/23/2015, Sun enters Virgo: Under this Virgo sun, people get out of summer mode and start focusing on what they need to improve for the rest of the year.

8/26/2015, Mercury sextiles Saturn: This aspect brings a great deal of focus today. Finish that tome you are halfway through, or organize your garage.

8/26/2015, Sun conjuncts Jupiter: Whatever you place your faith in-whether it’s a cause, religion, or ideology-has been renewed lately.

8/27/2015, Mercury enters the very inclusive sign of Libra. Fair-mindedness, and yes, indecision, are hallmarks of this combo.

8/29/2015, This ultra-expansive Full Moon in Pisces gets an extra hit of compassion from Neptune and generosity of spirit from Jupiter.

8/31/2015, Sun opposes Neptune: Do you really know who you are, and what your place is in the overall universe? Some days it’s easier to answer this than others.

8/31/2015, Venus conjuncts Mars: Don’t choose the granny panties today. Smolderingly sexy energy happens when the planets of love and sex meet!

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