Mercury is parallel retrograde Venus today, and we tend to think or talk about our relationships and the past, perhaps intellectualizing or analyzing feelings. Today is good for seeing details we don’t normally see.
- The Moon is in Virgo all day (until Monday, August 17th, at 4:22 PM).
- The Moon is waxing and in its New Moon phase.
- A New Moon occurred on the 14th and a First Quarter Moon will occur on the 22nd.
- Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6).
Times are EDT
People in your life are more likely to take the initiative today and speak up or speak out, dear Aries. You may learn where you stand, but do be aware that underlying matters can complicate what seem to be positive communications. There’s a tendency now to live in the mind and not necessarily speak from the heart. Keep a happy frame of mind. Attention is drawn today to work and health habits. You can resolve many problems through brainstorming and analysis, by looking back or reviewing past endeavors, or reviving old projects.
Conversations today tend to revolve around love, the past, and emotions, dear Taurus, although the general approach is detached and not necessarily sensitive. With Venus retrograde, the past is sure to be a big topic now. Love energy is good, just avoid getting too caught up in past behaviors when you are interacting with familiar people. If it didn’t work in the past, it’s certainly not going to work now! Connecting to your inner muse will be especially rewarding now. If you have the chance, create something fun or fabulous, even if it’s simply a creative dinner.
Your thoughts can be centered around family and personal matters today, dear Gemini, or your attention is turned to home life due to circumstances. This continues to be an important time for looking at old problems in a new way, and this is especially so this week. A problem may very well unravel now, and previously challenging problems seem to be easier to manage with your new and improved mindset. Relationship matters discussed now tend to be light but could stay with you beyond today for more analysis. This is largely due to a sense that relationship problems, even if they seem alright on the surface, are not completely resolved. You are personally magnetic today, even if you are slightly withdrawn.
Conversations and communications in general can be in strong focus today, dear Cancer, and for many of you, complicated or past relationships can be a topic. It’s a good day for solving problems that are mechanical or intellectual in nature, and fine for analyzing more emotional issues, but perhaps only on the surface. It’s not a day that favors deep connections and understanding. Thoughts and conversations seem to often revolve around sorting out past relationships or past relationship problems. There can also be a need or desire for more movement and activity in your life today, particularly of the mental variety, as you are curious and given to wonder and muse about recent events.
You are filled with energy today, dear Leo, with both a New Moon and Sun-Venus alignment in your sign just behind you, and Mars in Leo as well. You are becoming a little more focused on manifesting and bringing plans into being now with the Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter in your solar second house. This theme will not only continue beyond today, it will develop and increase going forward. People may not be able to touch deep matters with you today, as you may be a little hesitant about digging down deeply or opening up about personal matters just for now. You love, however, to share your ideas and opinions on broader issues, but the bigger focus is on getting results. Personal finances or personal possessions and questions of ownership can become a topic today. It’s time for review, not for making important decisions about your assets.
The Moon is in your sign all day, dear Virgo, meeting with Mercury and Juno. You are coming across well, attracting others’ interest and respect. You can be filled with memories these days and especially today, or others and circumstances seem to be recalling the past. Even so, conversations seem to revolve around you or frequently turn to you today. Others are taking special interest in you. You are a little more open about expressing your ideas, but someone else, while communicative and interested, could be holding something back. Personal magnetism runs high, and you can be feeling fresh and revived, particularly on an emotional level.
There can be a real tendency to go over or analyze past matters today, dear Libra, so as to better understand them. This is particularly the case when it comes to love, friendship, and relating patterns in general. More information could surface about the past or about a private matter. You could be discovering things about emotions, but you are inclined to do so in a rather analytical or detached manner now, which can in fact be quite useful from time to time, although you should prepare yourself for when you do process everything you learn.
Energy is lively and creative around you, dear Scorpio, and you are anxious to get your responsibilities out of the way in order to enjoy it. A conversation with a friend can easily turn to the past today. Nostalgia is good, but dredging up old issues may feel a little uncomfortable now if it’s taken out of context. However, conversations are animated and mostly lighthearted, as we’re more inclined to live in the mind today than we are to dig deeper. In passing, new information about old matters can come to light now anyhow. It can take a few days to really settle in.
Today, complications in your love life may come into stronger focus, dear Sagittarius, but you tend to be keeping a safe distance emotionally for the time being, and it’s best to take your time before drawing conclusions. It’s a strong day for finishing up work that was left unfinished. Socially, it’s better to keep things as light as possible, even if the day’s pace can get a little hectic at times. While you’re giving a lot of thought to your career and the path it’s taking, today is about looking back and analyzing, but not to the point of stressing yourself out.
There is a strong tendency to go over, think about, and talk about past matters today, dear Capricorn, but also another theme of looking to the future. The year ahead of you is a strong one for seeing the world in a happier, more hopeful way, and this helps you across the board. Today, the Moon aligns with Mercury and Juno in your adventure sector, and you’re inclined to enjoy sharing your opinion and listening to different perspectives on matters. While freedom interests you more than usual, you are especially companionable. Sharing knowledge with someone can be especially rewarding.
Breakthroughs or discoveries today are likely to be of an emotional, private nature, dear Aquarius. You are quite open about talking about, or analyzing, very personal matters, although you can be a little detached about it all. A conversation with a person from your past can be sparked up today. Relationships are a big theme today, and it’s very focused on past relating patterns. Even if things get nowhere or seem to go backwards, it’s a necessary process for illuminating where you stand and what you will take forward into the future. You’re in the position to play detective. Look for clues that give you a new perspective on an old issue.
This is an important time for looking at past patterns of relating in a critical light so that you can learn from the mistakes of the past, dear Pisces, going forward with new ideas of approaching relationships. Do your best to be forward-looking and open to new and improved ways of connecting. Others can find you quite attractive now. Negotiations can figure strongly today, and it’s a time for showing how fair you can be. You could be seeking out someone for company and conversation, or others tend to have a lot to communicate with you with the Moon coming together with Mercury and then Juno in your partnership sector today.
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If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Virgo
Description: The Moon in Virgo
We crave organization and order, and are quickly disturbed by anything standing in the way of these things. This is a good time for chores, organizing, and tidying. It’s also a time for scheduling health appointments and checkups, starting new routines, and generally tending to details.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 0:59 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Juno
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 4:13 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pallas
Our judgment may be temporarily impaired by excessive emotions, or emotional bias. We may be experiencing a conundrum. Someone’s belief or idea can make us feel insecure or out of sorts, or otherwise rub us the wrong way. There can be sensitivity to others’ opinions experienced now.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 5:08 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Cer
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Ceres
There may be difficulties giving or receiving affection, care, concern, and nurturing.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 6:33 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Vesta
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 6:33 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Pluto
This can be a good time for getting loans, for taking care of business, and for dealing with money matters. It’s also good for getting in touch with feelings and managing them effectively. There can be a boost to our intimate life, creative impulses, and self-understanding. Events occurring now might involve some kind of karmic repayment or benefit. We could discover new information, hidden information, or a lost item. This is a time for recycling – seeing new uses for old items. True feelings come to the surface.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 8:47 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Mer
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Mercury
Ideas flow freely and surface spontaneously. We express feelings and thoughts with clarity. We are busy, alert, curious, and communicative. This can be an excellent time for cooperative projects.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 1:50 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Ves
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Vesta
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 3:31 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Juno
The desire or need to connect with someone is strong now. We are sensitive to what others are thinking, needing, and feeling.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 8:25 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Mar
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Mars
We can overreact and exhibit impatience. However, this can also be a time of self-motivation.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 8:40 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Ura
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Uranus
There can be vague insecurity stimulated now, as we feel a little out of control faced with unpredictable events or feelings. There may be a conflict between a desire for familiarity and comfort, and the need for a change or excitement.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 8:47 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Chi
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Chiron
Hurt feelings are opportunities for healing. Now is the time to build bridges rather than burning them.
Date & Time: 16 Aug 2015 4:50 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Pll Ven
Description: Transiting Mercury Parallel Transiting Venus
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
Meticulous, discriminating, pure, practical, health conscious, hard working. Can be hyper-critical, petty and perfectionistic.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
Fire is enthusiastic, dynamic, and spontaneous, but lacks reflection. We are more courageous and adventurous now, with a tendency to act before thinking. There is little concern about what happened in the past. We are competitive and possibly impatient or bored easily.
We are especially in touch with the physical world. We consider what we’ve learned and experienced in the past in order to make the most of the present. We can be cautious, practical, and possibly unimaginative. We are deliberate and can pace ourselves well. We need hands-on experience and are not impressed with theory as much as we are with results. Routines are tolerable and comforting.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.
BALANCE OF MODES
This is not a time that we tend to naturally initiate actions. We may be stronger at following up than starting anew. Survival mechanisms may be weaker now.
LUNAR PHASE: NEW MOON
Moon 0 to 45 degrees ahead of the Sun.
This is an energetic, impulsive, and subjective period of time. We are looking for new projects and opportunities.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on August 16th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected, or will perfect, in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours, so that if an aspect involving is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a life time).
THE MOON IN VIRGO
We have an emotional need for order with the Moon in Virgo. Diet, nutrition, health matters, work, and routines are in stronger focus. If we’re feeling out of sorts emotionally, we might also experience symptoms on a physical level now.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
CONJUNCTION MERCURY Orb 1°22′ Separating
We are speaking with feeling or intellectualizing our feelings. We express feelings and thoughts with clarity. We are busy, alert, curious, and communicative. This can be an excellent time for cooperative projects. Ideas flow freely and surface spontaneously.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 2°41′ Separating
We can be quite focused now, driven by our goals and ambitions and motivated to put problems behind us. We might happily pour ourselves into a current passion or interest, and could find it easy to get to the bottom of things.
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 4°21′ Applying
We may be projecting our own issues onto others now, and could be defensive or feel that others are insensitive to our feelings and needs. We might experience a conflict between wanting to be close to others and desiring to prove our independence, making intimacy a challenge right now.
THE SUN IN LEO
You are good-hearted, have a sunny personality, and a strong need for attention. You have a generous nature, but can be arrogant.
24TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Papillary muscles
Sabian Symbol: A yogi with transcendent powers yet untidy & unkempt.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 1°21′ Separating
We take pride in our ability to relate well with others or to smooth over differences now. Graciousness, diplomacy, charm, and some superficiality are themes. This is a good period for social affairs, pleasure, amusement, and romance, all things considered.
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 7°38′ Applying
We are feeling especially vital, confident, generous, and enthusiastic. This is a good time to take steps to grow something–our business, our significant relationships, and so forth.
SQUARE SATURN Orb 4°58′ Applying
We can feel temporarily blocked or thwarted, and possibly less than confident. We might want to delay important decision making until a more enlightened, positive time.
TRINE URANUS Orb 3°09′ Separating
We are looking forward, happy and confident about making changes and improvements. We are willing to experiment and explore.
MERCURY IN VIRGO
You have a discriminating mind, and can be critical and analytical. You can also become obsessed with detailed knowledge. This may be to your detriment in daily life, although it is very beneficial for doing any kind of research. You like to be precise in your communications with others.
15TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: ‘Bare area’ of liver
Sabian Symbol: An ornamental handkerchief.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 5°49′ Separating
Our minds open to many different possibilities and options. We can feel inspired or we might be thinking in imaginative or possibly impractical ways. We see beyond physical or material concerns and solutions. There is extra sensitivity now. We may be dealing with deceptions or self-deceptions, and it can be difficult to be discriminating. We may not be seeing the obvious, and instead are imagining more complicated scenarios.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 1°18′ Separating
This is a good time for serious and determined study and investigation. We are drawn to looking for truths and to unexplored topics and ideas.
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 5°44′ Applying
There can be insecurity about our own ideas or decisions, or we may not know who/what to believe. Words, or lack of, can hurt right now. There is greater sensitivity to what is being said, choice of words, and syntax.
VENUS IN LEO
We take more pride in our tastes, relationships, and personal possessions. We are more affectionate, expressive, and generous, and we tend to crave admiration and appreciation.
23RD DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Left auricle
Sabian Symbol: A bareback rider in a circus thrills excited crowds.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
TRINE URANUS Orb 1°47′ Applying
We are open to new or unusual experiences. Our intuition for making changes serves us well now, and there can be good business sense, particularly for tapping into current or future trends. There is a healthy level of detachment experienced now that opens us up to new ideas, methods, art forms, and ways of relating.
QUINCUNX CHIRON Orb 1°43′ Applying
We may be undervaluing or overvaluing things, people, and situations. Fear of hurting someone’s feelings or disapproval can leave us in an awkward position.
MARS IN LEO
You have a strong need to express your personal creativity. You may display dramatic and confident behaviour, and like to make an impact on your surroundings. You may also be arrogant.
5TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Right carotid artery
Sabian Symbol: Rock formations at the edge of a precipice.
JUPITER IN VIRGO
You have a strong desire to be of service, and high religious or spiritual ideals. You may also have an obsession with detailed perfection.
2ND DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Small intestine
Sabian Symbol: A large white cross stands alone on top of a high hill.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE SATURN Orb 2°40′ Separating
We are faced with the need to temper our enthusiasm or to slow down to avoid overextending ourselves. This is a time for clarifying and editing projects and goals. We may need to cut back on something in order to grow in another area. Patience is required now.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 7°42′ Applying
We may be misled easily under this influence–by others, or by our own unrealistic or inflated expectations. Routine seems to be particularly unsatisfying now, as we are inclined to want to find more meaning in what we’re doing.
SATURN IN SCORPIO
A strong period for dissecting and studying the unconscious/subconscious, for seeing how deep-rooted fears and patterns control our lives, and for dealing with and eventually mastering our addictions. Restrictions we experience through our debts to others can be magnified, and these can be material, moral, or emotional debts. This transit can help us to structure, organize, and make sense out of these debts. Dealing with fears of dependency and helplessness. Resourcefulness. (October 5, 2012 to December 23, 2014; then June 14, 2015 to September 17, 2015)
29TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Vomer
Sabian Symbol: An indian woman pleading to the chief for the lives of her Children.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010 to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011 to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018 to March 6, 2019).
21ST DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Eye muscles
Sabian Symbol: A pugilist entering the ring.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011 to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012 to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025 to January 26, 2026).
9TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right metatarsals
Sabian Symbol: The race begins: a jockey spurs his horse to great speed.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008 to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008 to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023 to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024 to November 19, 2024).
14TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Right knee cartilage
Sabian Symbol: An ancient bas-relief carved in granite.
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011 to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018 to February 18, 2019).
21ST DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left fibula muscle
Sabian Symbol: A little white lamb, a child and a chinese servant.
VESTA IN ARIES
This can be a time for grabbing the reins and working solo. There can be strong energy for new enterprises but not necessarily for routine work.
14TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Frontal lobes of brain
Sabian Symbol: A serpent coiling near a man and a woman.
PALLAS IN SAGITTARIUS
This is an idealistic position. We love to learn and share our ideas and beliefs with others, and will go to great lengths to defend our principles and to reveal our truths.
13TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Long saphenous veins
Sabian Symbol: A widow’s past brought to light.
JUNO IN VIRGO
Partnership and service are tied together in some significant manner with this position. There may be some resistance to merging fully with a partner, as there is a need to remain independent, separate, and distinct even in a partnership.
18TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Obliquus abdominis muscles
Sabian Symbol: Two girls playing with a ouija board.
CERES IN CAPRICORN
You tend to look after yourself and others rather than seek nurturing. You feel nurtured when you achieve your ambitions. You teach others self-discipline and how to achieve their goals.
28TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Right genicular arteries
Sabian Symbol: A large aviary.
HYGEIA IN LEO
You take pride in your health. You may have hobbies and pastimes linked with health.
18TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Right cardiac cavity
Sabian Symbol: A chemist conducts an experiment before his students.
ASTRAEA IN CANCER
You have an inability to let go of your family. You prefer the comfort of your own home to the excitement of an open environment.
12TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Greater curvature of stomach
Sabian Symbol: A chinese woman nursing a baby with a message.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LIBRA
This is a quest to learn co-operation. You have a tendency to want your own way and to force your opinions onto others. You need to develop selflessness, the ability to share and a sensitivity to the needs of other people.
2ND DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Renal cortex
Sabian Symbol: The light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN ARIES
This is a quest to learn co-operation. You have a tendency to want your own way and to force your opinions onto others. You need to develop selflessness, the ability to share and a sensitivity to the needs of other people.
2ND DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Midbrain
Sabian Symbol: A comedian entertaining the group.
*** ASPECTS TO FIXED STARS ***
Transits 16 Aug 2015 – Event Chart