Confrontations heat up with the summer temperatures as we come face to face with our shadow for healing and major change.
On July 1 Saturn rejoined Jupiter and Pluto in Capricorn. These big three planets last moved through Capricorn at the same time during the Reformation and Renaissance.
Fast forward to 2020 and we are experiencing a tidal wave of change in our personal lives and on the world stage.
As of June 29 Mars is moving though its home sign Aries until the first week of January 2021. Aries and Capricorn are cardinal signs and cardinal signs push us to have new experiences beyond the boundaries of what we know up to this point.
Capricorn is authorities and rules. Mars in Aries will be squaring Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto over the next several months. More violence will be happening as Mars pushes up agains the rule makers of Capricorn.
The intensity became really heated from an astrological perspective during the last few days of July. More troops were sent to cities to quell the constitutional rights of protesters. The different factions will push back in months ahead.
Whether you are in the streets or working to put food on the table we are being pushed into circumstances that we have never experienced individually and collectively.
Mercury is opposite Pluto August 1 and opposite Saturn August 3. This brings manipulation and power struggles. August 1. Lines in the sand will be drawn.
The Full Moon
At the same time the full Moon August 3 is in Leo at eleven degrees at 10:59 am CDT. This full Moon is square Uranus. Upsets and surprises are sure to shake us to our core right around this full Moon. This goes double for anyone born during the first week of any month. Prepare for life changes that you most likely have not expected. Sides will be taken whether you are in the streets or at your desk trying to do business.
Mars Mars and More Mars
At the same time, Mars is square Jupiter August 4. This astrologer loves Jupiter and this transit is no exception because it will bring an abundance of enthusiasm. The problem is that at the same time Mars is beginning to square Pluto( exact August 10) which infers a challenge from youth to power such as David and Goliath. Even in our personal lives we will all have a mountain to climb. We will feel the effects of Mars square Pluto up to August 24. The new guard will certainly be confronting the old guard and the old guard within and without will not go down without a struggle. We all will be forced to make changes whether it is wearing a mask or staying inside because we have to study at home and not abroad. There will be violence.
At the same time, though, Mars is square Saturn ( exact August 25). We will feel this affect until October 11. This as a stalemate between exuberance and the need to keep the rules. It all about whose rules will rule and that is the where the desire for change comes into play in the months to come. Mars in Aries is strong but so is Saturn in Capricorn. Stalemate, stronghold, status quo will all struggle to emerge as the leader.
Mercury In Leo
Mercury moves into Leo August 5 and squares Uranus, about to turn retrograde August 15. Mercury square Uranus adds tension to the environment but quick thinking can deter a disaster. Again, expect the unexpected. People will shock us with their actions and words. Economic data could be disturbing at this time. Many of us will struggle financially.
Mercury moves through Leo August 5 - 19. During these days Mercury will form inconjuncts to Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn. Inconjuncts are adjustments. We will see new posturing and our youth will press their authorities. Education issues and student loans will be back in the news. Investments and economic data will demand action on the part of authorities. This includes junior’s weekly allowance all the way up to the world economy.
The Sun and Mercury in Leo will harmoniously trine Mars in Aries August 16 and 17. This will bring some sane voices to our lives. New leaders can emerge to help us make adjustments in our individual lives and on the world stage.
Venus In Cancer
Venus moves through Cancer August 7 to September 6. This is generally a good transit because we feel like nurturing and being nurtured but it can bring some emotional ups and downs. August 18 brings an easy time to be social and safe as Venus is sextile Uranus. Scrolling and buying will not be a bad thing at that time. Venus is opposite Jupiter August 25 trine Neptune August 27 and opposite Pluto August 30. This should provide a plethora of emotions that have us over doing one activity or another. At the same time many of us will experience a bonding through like mindedness. This will be a good time to put on a life jacket and hang onto the rail while the boat rocks.
The New Moon
The new Moon occurs August 18 at 9:42 pm CDT in Leo at twenty-six degrees. This new Moon is inconjunct Saturn in Capricorn and creates a grand trine in fire with the North node of the Moon in Sagittarius and Mars in Aries. This means that we can expect some adjustments to the stalemate that has been taking place. Again, new leaders will begin to emerge and new ideas will push a new agenda in our lives. The structures that Saturn holds in place will have to adjust. There is a light at the end of the tunnel especially for Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Hopefully, the actions we take over the lunar cycle that begins now can be less more constructive and less destructive. However, there has to be a death before a rebirth can take place and we are only at the beginning of that process.
Mercury In Virgo
Mercury moves into Virgo August 19 followed by the Sun August 22. Just what we need is a bit of Virgo to balance out all the Capricorn structure and rules. Virgo is mutable Earth meaning that we can see a bit of flexibility in the current lines that have been drawn in the sand.
August 25 Mercury is trine Uranus now retrograde in Taurus. Mercury and Uranus can bring viable solutions that are forward thinking and acceptable at the same time. Mercury is trine Jupiter in Capricorn August 29 and opposite Neptune in Pisces August 30. These transits can give a broad and idealistic view of what we need to do in our lives so that we can thrive in the challenging times.
We are sure to experience loads of stress and strains this month. We will be shocked on more than one occasion, but this shock and stress and violence is what is compelling humanity to step out of cultural divides that no longer serve us or contribute to our well being.
I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.
Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.
Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.
Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.
Robert E Brown
As a part of helping readers live with astrology I have added a year long astrology calendar on the MOON VOID page. You can see all the voids month by month. Note the new Moons and the full Moons. The lunar quarters are listed and the aspects are noted on each day. If you are not astrology savvy you can at least have the Moon void information for the year. It's a pdf so you can download it.
2020 is a bit of a challenge due to all the retrogrades.
In addition to Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto doing their usual retrogrades, we will have Venus and Mars retrograde.
Venus retrograde in Gemini May 13 to June 25 - Money and love are sketchy and ding dongs from the past are sure to cycle back through our lives.
Mars retrograde in Aries September 9 to November 14 - Hold off on new projects. Let others start the fight. They are sure to lose.
New projects need to get off the ground if possible before the first Mercury retrograde February 16.
2020 Mercury Retrograde
Feb 16 to March 9
June 17 to July 12
Oct 13 to Nov 3
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Aug 18 after 9:42 pm CDT,
Aug 23 after 5:16 am CDT,
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Due to timezone differences always look at the Moon Void Chart in your timezone to make sure the Moon is not void. That is on the Moon Void page of the site.