*Any times indicated are for the Pacific Time Zone.
*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.
*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.
08/01/16 – 10:49 am – Sun trine retrograde Saturn
This is the waning or closing trine in the annual Sun Saturn cycle. As such it may be the ideal time to “get real,” with others and with yourself. Saturn is the archetypal Lord of Time and will usually want to make one aware that time is passing. Whatever it may be that you want to accomplish in life; if you haven’t started yet, you better get serious about it and get cracking.
08/01/16 – 5:44 pm – Mars goes Void-of-Course
Following an easy flowing waning trine both the Moon and Mars go void-of-course. The Moon’s will only be for 28 minutes but Mars will be void-of-course for the next 17 hours. While it is not a good time to start something new, it may be the ideal time to discard things that aren’t working or working on finishing things that are working or have promise. Be more aware of your surroundings, particularly other people, as this can be a time when one is more prone to accidents.
08/02/16 – 10:49 am – Mars re-enters Sagittarius
The Mars void-of-course is over. Sagittarius is mutable fire energy so it may be a challenge to focus the energy of Mars. If you are having difficulty focusing on one task, try multitasking, just don’t go overboard.
08/02/16 – 1:44 pm – New Moon conjunct Sun
This new Moon is at 10 Leo 57. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “Children on a swing in a huge oak tree.” No matter how daunting a task lies ahead or how much you think you have to do, you should always make time for yourself and to have some fun, even if it is only for a few minutes.
08/03/16 – 9:13 pm – Moon conjunct Venus
Following this, both go void-of-course; the Moon for a bit over three hours and Venus for just over 35 hours. When Venus is void-of-course it is best to focus on existing relationships or what it is that you desire in life. Wait until the Venus void-of-course is over before starting a new relationship or committing yourself to that “I just have to have it” purchase that you might not be able to afford or even need.
08/04/16 – 12:34 am – Moon enters Virgo
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s Thursday and should be a good day to tackle any new projects or tasks at work.
08/04/16 – 2:44 pm – Moon occults Mercury
This is like a super conjunction as the Moon will briefly block Mercury from sight for those people living in Northern New Zealand, Pacific Islands and the southern tip of South America. While it won’t be visible in North America, the potential effect may still be felt here. Will the Moon be blocking any messages Mercury is carrying or will She enhance and focus that message? Be in awareness of all that is around you for any messages intended for you may come from anywhere and be in any form, auditory, visual or intuitive.
08/05/16 – 8:27 am – Venus enters Virgo
The Venus void-of-course is over. Venus in Virgo may not be the most romantic placement but it should be good for doing a critical analysis of your relationships or your approach to relationships. If you are looking for a relationship, what is it you seek in a relationship? What is it you have to offer to another that they would want to be in a relationship with you?
08/05/16 – 8:20 pm – Moon occults Jupiter
It is very rare that the Moon will occult two planets in two days. This occultation will only be visible to those living in the eastern part of southeastern Asia, Indonesia, northernmost Australia and the Pacific Islands. While Jupiter is known for wanting to expand things and create more perhaps the Moon will serve to focus that expansive energy on one important thing. Or will it serve to block attempts to make more out of something? Will it help to keep us from “making a mountain out of a molehill;” or perhaps turn that penny into a dollar or will the focus cause some otherwise minor detail to suddenly take on great importance? Only time will tell.
With two occultations in two days; both visible in the same part of the world, you may want to keep an eye on any news coming out of that area.
Following this the Moon will go void-of-course for over thirteen hours. It’s Friday night so avoid committing yourself to any new projects or tasks at this time.
08/06/16 – 6:18 am – Mercury square retrograde Saturn
Saturn is at 9 Sagittarius, the degree at which He will station direct on August 13. Saturn entered 9 Sagittarius on July 27 and will appear stationary that is not moving against the background stars while spending over four weeks at 9 Sagittarius. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A stage symbolization of the ‘Goddess of Opportunity’.” While normally when opportunity knocks, you need to answer the door or it will pass you by this time may provide you with a second chance as an opportunity thought missed might come up again. Be ready to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to you.
08/06/16 – 9:57 am – Moon enters Libra
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s Saturday so have at it. Go ahead and start a new self-help or health routine or begin your fall cleaning early.
08/06/16 – 5:20 pm – Venus square Mars
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square. With Venus in mutable earth Virgo and Mars in mutable fire Sagittarius this can be an opportune time to sit down and get “critical” with yourself and your role in any relationship problems or issues you’ve had. Relationships involve at least two people and each must share some of the responsibility for all the successes and any problems in the relationship.
08/07/16 – 9:25 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Neptune
It’s Sunday morning. Take time to write or record any and all dreams from last night. No detail is too small. Note colors, people, animals, plants, locations, time; what you felt, sounds, sights and smells. Save the analysis for after you’ve recorded as many details as you can. Don’t stop here. Be alert to any and all insights and “aha’s” during the day as they may add details to your dreams.
08/08/16 – 9:32 am – Mars goes Out-of-Bounds
When a planet goes out-of-bounds they no longer feel as if they have to follow the rules.
What is out-of-bounds?
There are three primary imaginary lines that run around the Earth. The equator, which marks the middle of the Earth, neither north nor south; the Tropic of Cancer marking the northern boundary of the Sun and the Tropic of Capricorn marking the southern boundary of the Sun. The equator is the line the Sun appears to cross at the spring and fall equinoxes, the two days when there is 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of night. In the days before the spring equinox and continuing after, as the Sum moves into Aries it will appear to cross higher and higher in the sky (in the Northern hemisphere). At the Summer Solstice the Sun will appear to cross the sky as high (above the southern horizon) as it will get. This day brings the longest time of daylight and the shortest time of night. This line is known as the “Tropic of Cancer” as the Summer Solstice also marks the Sun’s entrance into the sign of Cancer. Planets can appear to go beyond this line, the Tropic of Cancer. When a planet does it is said to be out-of-bounds north. The fall equinox is when the Sun crosses the equator going south, that is appearing to rise lower or closer to the southern horizon. On this day, the Sun enters the sign of Libra and we have our second day of 12 hours daylight and 12 hours night. The Winter Solstice marks the day when the Sun crosses the sky as low or as close to the southern horizon as it will get. This line is known as the “Tropic of Capricorn” as the Sun enters that sign. When a planet crosses this line and appears to move across the night sky even lower or closer to the southern horizon it is said to be out-of-bounds south.
Mars is the “God of War” and represents our energy, our temper, our drive to do and get things done. When Mars is in-bounds, traveling between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn as the Sun always does, it is generally easier to pace ourselves, to keep our temper in check, to accomplish tasks successfully. When Mars goes out-of-bounds all that can go out the window. People may suddenly “throw themselves” into a new project expending much energy to get it started only to “run out of gas” and be unable to or have great difficulty in finishing it. People may seem to be more “short-tempered,” quick to anger or yell at others. This may manifest as more accidents or more severe accidents. This is a time to “count to 10,” to “walk away,” to “pace yourself,” to not “bite off more than you can chew,” to be more aware and cautious. The good news, as with all transits this too shall pass; however, not for a while as Mars will be out-of-bounds south for about 12 weeks.
08/08/16 – 10:41 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Monday and following an opposition to retrograde Uranus the Moon will be void-of-course for the next eleven hours. Focus on existing projects or tasks, things already started or that have been well planned and pre-scheduled. Now is not the time to schedule or start something new, something that just comes up but be prepared for the unexpected. If you can, put it off until tonight after the Moon enters Scorpio or better yet until tomorrow.
08/08/16 – 9:51 pm – Moon enters Scorpio
The void-of-course is over. You can start on that new project or idea now if you like or sleep on it until tomorrow.
08/10/16 – 3:47 am – Moon sextile Mercury
This is the first of five exact aspects today all involving either the Moon or Mercury. When discussing the facts, be sure you have them right. It may be a fact that you believe something, but that doesn’t make what you believe to be a fact. It is almost always better to admit that you were wrong about something rather than to have someone else point it out to you or your family or friends.
This is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square so if you are going to act on some fact, best to double check it to make sure it is correct before acting.
Following this the Moon will sextile retrograde Pluto for the second exact aspect of the day. Don’t stick to some “fact” that you know to be incorrect. Time to “re-ctify” the situation. Remember, re-trogrades are times for “re” words, particularly if you are looking for a re-ward.
08/10/16 – 11:21 am – Moon square Sun
With the Moon in Scorpio and the Sun in Leo, this is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square. Both are fixed signs so don’t be surprised if you meet with resistance for any action you want to take. This is a “be sure you’re right, and then go ahead” kind of day, but just because you are right doesn’t mean that you know best or that your plan is the best one.
08/10/16 – 4:23 pm – Mercury trine retrograde Pluto
Words spoken or perhaps unspoken thoughts may come back to you at this time. Did you promise to do something and now just realize that you didn’t? If it’s not too late then you best get to it.
08/10/16 – 10:22 pm – Moon goes void-of-course
The fifth and final exact aspect of the day is an opening or waxing sextile to Jupiter by the Moon. Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for the next twelve hours. Plan on starting your day tomorrow by working on existing projects or your in-box. If you can, wait until after the Moon enters Sagittarius before tackling any new projects.
08/11/16 – 10:24 am – Moon enters Sagittarius
The void-of-course is over. It’s Thursday so go ahead and attack that new project or idea.
08/13/16 – 2:51 am – Saturn stations Direct
Finally, after 20 weeks retrograde Saturn is ready to move forward again. While Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are still retrograde, with all visible planets in direct forward motion most remaining obstacles to progress should start to fall away. This could be a good time to get out that one project or idea you’ve had that has been meeting so much resistance and see if a new approach will open doors or remove objections and allow you to get going on it.
08/13/16 – 7:31 am – Mercury square Saturn
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual cycle of these two. Mercury isn’t particularly concerned about the accuracy of its “facts.” It uses them more for dramatic effect. Saturn won’t allow that at this time. The truth will come out so now is not the time to play “fast and loose” with any “facts.” If you are following the upcoming election, pay attention to the “fact-checkers.”
08/14/16 – 10:04 am – Venus opposite retrograde Neptune
When Venus Goddess of Love and Beauty gets into a tug-of-war with dreaming, foggy, mystical Neptune, things can often go awry. Don’t “rush to judgment” in matters of the heart, relationships or dreams and desires. Allow yourself time to reflect and properly judge a situation and get the “facts” right. Allow the fog to dissipate so you can see more clearly before committing.
08/15/16 – 7:45 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a friendly trine to expansive Jupiter, the Moon goes void-of-course for just over nine hours. It’s Monday evening, still a good idea to not start any new projects. Instead, work on any existing projects or just take the evening off.
08/16/16 – 4:52 am – Moon enters Aquarius
The void-of-course is over so you should be good to “hit the ground running” when your day starts and tackle any new projects that come your way, just be ready to expect the unexpected so be flexible.
08/16/16 – 1:23 pm – Sun trine retrograde Uranus
This should actually be a pretty easy week as there are no hard aspects (squares or oppositions) between the Sun or any of the eight transiting planets. That said when the Sun makes a waxing (expanding) trine to unpredictable Uranus while it’s retrograde, most anything can happen. Sagittarians or anyone with planets or sensitive points at 20-26 degrees of Sagittarius should be extra alert as your point will make a Grand Fire Trine with the Sun in Leo and Uranus in Aries. Things could get heated or “turn on a dime” as the unexpected takes center stage.
08/17/16 – 7:15 pm – Venus trine retrograde Pluto
This earthy trine probably won’t play out like yesterday’s Sun trine Uranus but it could bring some “old love” back into your life. With Venus in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn any Taurus or anyone with planets or sensitive points 12-18 degrees Taurus are more likely to “feel” it as your point completes the Grand Earth Trine. Grand trines can create an easy flow of energy but the downside is that it may flow so easily that one will think they don’t need to put any effort into the task. That would be a mistake. You can’t grab the brass ring if you don’t reach for it.
08/18/16 – 2:26 am – Full Moon opposite Sun
It’s hump day and this full Moon is also a lunar eclipse and the first of our three late summer eclipses. This full Moon is at 25 Aquarius 51. The Sabian symbol for this degree is a hydrometer. A hydrometer is an instrument for measuring the specific gravity, that is relative density of a liquid. Aquarius is the fixed air sign. How dense are you? Are you holding on to some “truth” that really isn’t true? This could be a good time to re-evaluate your priorities and beliefs.
This eclipse is a penumbral eclipse meaning the Moon won’t pass through the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow but rather the lighter side of the dark. While it may not be as spectacular as a full blood Moon eclipse, it should be worth giving it a look, if you don’t mind the 2:26 am time. Anyone with a planet or sensitive point around 23-29 degrees of Aquarius or one of the other fixed signs, Taurus, Leo or Scorpio or one of the other air signs, Gemini or Libra are more likely to be affected. How might you be affected, consider the house that the eclipse falls in and the house that your planet or sensitive point is in.
This full Moon lunar eclipse will be followed by a new Moon solar eclipse at 9 Virgo on September 1 and then a second full Moon lunar eclipse at 24 Pisces on September 16.
Not enough for you? Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for the next seven hours. Plan on starting your day by tackling on-going projects or perhaps just stay in bed and finish that book you started, just don’t start a new one.
08/18/16 – 9:34 am – Moon enters Pisces
The void-of-course is over. It’s Thursday and you should have a green light to start any new projects or tasks that you need to get going on before the week is over.
08/19/16 – 4:22 am – Moon occults retrograde Neptune
Occultations are like a conjunction on steroids; that is amped up a few notches. While you will need a telescope and be living in eastern Asia, Alaska or northwestern Canada to see it, that won’t minimize any effect it might have. Have a journal and fresh pen handy to record any dreams, insights, feelings, colors, sounds or whatever may come to you during the night or day. Just write them down. Don’t try to analyze them or make sense of them as you do. Save the analysis for after you have recorded all that you can recall.
08/20/16 – 5:21 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Saturday morning and the Moon will be void-of-course for about seven hours. Take a break or do some easy tasks around the home. Any new projects, tasks or errands should be set aside until after the Moon enters Aries.
08/20/16 – 12:18 pm – Moon enters Aries
The void-of-course is over. Want to make some new plans or try out a new restaurant, movie or club? This should be an OK day for doing so; however, that doesn’t mean you will have a good time or that things will turn out the way you expect. Uranus is also in Aries so have a plan B just in case.
08/22/16 – 2:05 am – Mercury conjunct Jupiter
This could be a good time to remind all of what Abraham Lincoln is supposed to have said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.” Virgo is known for being analytical and at times critical. When Mercury and Jupiter get together one may withdraw and become more pensive or one may decide to share their thoughts with others; unfortunately without regard for accuracy or validity of the facts or conclusions or who they may offend. This is not the time to take a leap. Beware, this can be an aspect of exaggeration and the use of “big words” to try and impress others. Engage your listening skills. Consider what others have to say or not say carefully before speaking.
08/22/16 – 4:48 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
An early Moon void-of-course is not the best way to start a Monday. This void-of-course will only last a bit over nine hours and even though it is Monday, avoid taking on any new projects until after the Moon enters Taurus. The energy of Moon in Aries can be somewhat impetuous; however, with Mercury in its shadow, it is best to focus on any on-going projects or tasks.
08/22/16 – 9:39 am – Sun enters Virgo
The Sun’s void-of-course is over. Can you feel the shift from fixed fire look at me Leo into mutable earth let me help you with that Virgo? Virgo’s do like to be of service whether working with others or alone. In mutable earth it can seem a bit like trying to walk up a sand dune. It’s not easy as you feel that it’s two steps forward and one step back or is it one step forward and two steps back. Be persistent. Mercury rules Virgo so be sure of any facts you use or conclusions you reach before expressing them. This can be a good time to “run it by” another expert (chances are you already consider yourself to be an expert). Still, at this time, two heads should be better than one.
08/22/16 – 2:19 pm – Moon enters Taurus
The Moon void-of-course is over. Pick up that new project you were asked to look at. It should be easier now to proceed with caution as Taurus is the fixed earth sign. If you find yourself feeling stuck, keep your cool, this too shall pass.
08/24/16 – 4:27 am – Mars conjunct Saturn
This conjunction occurs while Saturn is still at 9 Sagittarius, the degree at which He stationed direct eleven days ago. Both Saturn and Mars are exerting extra energy at this time as they are moving slow but accelerating. Saturn expects us to not only do things right but to do the right thing. With the conjunction by Mars one should now have the energy to make that happen.
This is also the first of five exact aspects and a Moon void-of-course today. Following this the Moon will trine Venus and then trine Jupiter which should provide an easy flow of more positive energy and feelings.
08/24/16 – 12:38 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a trine to Mercury; Her third trine of the day and the fourth exact aspect, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next four hours. Not very long but it is Hump Day afternoon. If you don’t want to or can’t take the afternoon off, at least try not to start any new projects until after the Moon enters Gemini.
08/24/16 – 4:40 pm – Moon enters Gemini
The void-of-course is over. With Mercury in its shadow in one sign it rules (Virgo) and the Moon now in Gemini, the other sign ruled by Mercury, one may want to consider a “vow of silence,” at least for the rest of the day. Speak if you must but choose your words carefully and always, always listen to what others have to say first. Be sure you understand the question before responding.
08/24/16 – 8:41 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. This is the third quarter crisis of consciousness square. Time to prepare for the coming new Moon which is also a solar eclipse and just eight days away. Begin making your preparations for any new Moon ritual you will perform or attend. What is it you want to bring into your life over the next month or even six to eighteen months?
Here’s a heads up for you. The new Moon Solar eclipse will be in the early morning hours of September1 and will be at 9 Virgo 21. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “Two heads looking out and beyond the shadows.” Consider seeking advice or opinions from close friends or family or including or joining others in a ritual. Sounds like it might have something to do with the Mercury retrograde. Choose your words carefully for this ritual. In what house is 9 Virgo in your chart? That house should be emphasized by the coming eclipse. That should get you started. More about this as we approach September.
08/2516 – 11:57 pm – Mars square retrograde Neptune
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the planetary cycle for these two. The cycle began with their conjunction January 19, 2015 at 6 Pisces. Mars can provide needed energy to help manifest the dreams of Neptune. What dreams did you want to manifest then? Did you give up on them or have you continued to pursue them? What dreams have you had lately? What about tonight? This cycle will end and their new cycle will begin with their next conjunction December 31, 2016 at 10 Pisces. This may be a good opportunity to clear away any obstacles and manifest them before you will have to start over again.
08/27/16 – 3:29 pm – Venus conjunct Jupiter
This marks the end of the current annual Venus Jupiter cycle. This conjunction is at 27 Virgo 21 and has Mercury within two degrees adding a Mercurial or mental or communication note to it. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A bald headed man dominates a gathering of national figures.” Do you have an important meeting coming up around that date? Are you a bald headed man? The bald head may also symbolize a “clean slate” or the absence of obstructions or the lack of a filter. Virgoan love may seem less romantic and more practical or analytical but it can also be deep, loyal and committed. While we tend to think of Venus as representing love and desire, She also rules money and many other things. This is a Saturday and it is a Jupiter hour. Are you feeling lucky? Do you have planets or sensitive points near 27 Virgo or 27 degrees of one of the other earth signs, Taurus or Capricorn? Whatever it may be, Jupiter should be there to support a favorable outcome.
08/28/16 – 2:41 pm – Moon square retrograde Uranus
It may seem like a quiet Sunday so far but things may kick up a notch now. This is the first of five exact aspects occurring during the rest of today. With the Moon making a square emotions may run high or there may be a sense of anxiety or increased tension. With Uranus expect the unexpected, surprises may abound, and being retrograde, it may involve something or someone from the past coming up again.
Following this, for aspects two, three and four, the Moon will sextile Jupiter then sextile Mercury and finally sextile Venus creating an easy; though not necessarily comfortable flow involving communications, love or something being blown out of proportion. There could be a sense of being caught or being unable to break free, to get away and having no choice but to deal with it now. Perhaps a nice long quiet safe walk; with emphasis on safety, is in order.
08/28/16 – 11:32 pm – Venus conjunct Mercury
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. Both planets are in direct motion and on the same side of the Sun. Mercury is slowing down and getting ready to go retrograde while Venus now appears to be moving faster. This conjunction is at 29 Virgo, the last degree of Virgo and the degree at which Mercury will station retrograde in two days. They are just over 22 degrees from the Sun and their conjunction should be visible low in the west just after sunset. Mercury will station retrograde in about 30 hours and then spend another 30 hours going back over 29 Virgo, a total of 60 hours at 29 Virgo. Mercury typically spends less than 24 hours crossing through each degree of the zodiac. What might spending this long at this degree symbolize? The Sabian symbol for this degree is “Having an urgent task to complete, a man doesn’t look to any distractions.” This may symbolize a reluctance to leave Virgo as there may seem to be unfinished Virgo type business. Focus! Don’t allow distractions to divert you from the tasks at hand. Don’t let yourself give in to any temptation to just get it done. If you don’t do it right you will pay the price and need to do it over, and perhaps over again and again. Have you not looked at something critically enough? Have you ignored someone who asked for your assistance? What have you left unsaid, unconsidered or unwritten? Make sure you have a “written” record of everything, a list even so you don’t forget something, … again.
Be particularly cognizant in matters of the heart or relationships as following this Venus goes void-of-course for over nineteen hours. Avoid starting a new romantic relationship or making any expensive purchases of long term financial commitments during this time, as in tomorrow. Wait until Venus is in Libra.
08/29/16 – 7:07pm – Venus enters Libra
It’s Monday evening and the Venus void-of-course is now over. Venus is now in Libra, sign of the other and the other sign that She rules. Take time to reflect on any decisions or With Mercury basically stationary, that is not appearing to move, the mind should be better able to focus on details and sort the real from the imagined or unreal. Now is the time to be cool, don’t be “un-cool.”
08/30/16 – 6:04 am – Mercury stations Retrograde
This is it, Mercury changing from direct or forward motion to apparent retrograde or backward motion. Time to dust off your “re” word list. Re-flect, re-consider, re-view, re-generate, re-new, re-imagine, re-evaluate, re-direct; all of these and other “re” words can be appropriate during a Mercury retrograde. This should be a good time to be more reflective, to go within and work on yourself. Be sure to proof-read all communications before sending and perhaps, ask someone else to proof-read it too. Choose your words carefully. Be sure your message is clear. How might you react if you were on the receiving end of your communication? Be a good listener. Don’t be afraid to ask questions so you are clear in what others are saying or asking.
08/30/16 – 9:20 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a waxing or opening trine to retrograde Uranus the Moon goes void-of-course for eleven hours. When combined with Mercury being retrograde, be re-flective, be very reflective. Set aside any new tasks, projects or communications until tomorrow morning after the Moon enters analytical and critical Virgo.
08/31/16 – 8:22 am – Moon enters Virgo
The void-of-course is over. There are no exact aspects today by the planets in the sky to each other so it may seem to be a quieter day. Looks like we may get a short break today to allow us to prepare for what tomorrow and September may bring. However, just because the planets aren’t making exact aspects to each other today doesn’t mean they won’t be making aspects to your natal planets or sensitive points. It may seem like an easier day for some but not necessarily everyone.
Looking ahead to September we start the month with Mercury retrograde and a new Moon Solar eclipse which is also the first of six exact aspects of the day. Also coming in September we have the Sun Mercury inferior conjunction (the beginning of a new Mercury cycle) a second full Moon Lunar eclipse, the end of the Mercury retrograde, Mars will spend the entire month out-of-bounds, reaching its maximum on the 25th and Pluto will station direct.