- The Moon is in Aquarius all day (until Thursday, August 18th, at 12:34 PM).
- The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
- A First Quarter Moon occurred on the 10th, and a Full Moon will occur tomorrow.
- Mars is direct and in its post-retrograde shadow until August 22nd.
- Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will be retrograde from August 30-September 22).
Times are EDT
While you’re doing some work detaching yourself from those things that keep you from growing these days, dear Aries, your affections are deepening, and your commitment to your work is increasing and evolving. There is empowering energy for work matters and one-on-one relationships today. Make important purchases, work on a budget, and research options now. Harmony between Venus and Pluto in Earth signs can bring opportunities, but the trick is to tune into the energy by focusing on essentials in your life and on grounding yourself. Improving your health and daily routines goes a long way towards getting you closer to your goals. Think in terms of long-term security rather than quick results. In partnerships, be fearless when it comes to addressing tricky issues. Aim for more understanding. Strengthen your future by taking care of the present. Pay close attention to commitments you have made and do what you can to honor them.
Connections, or re-connections, can be made now, dear Taurus, and can be quite rewarding, and in some cases, profitable. This is a time for demonstrating your commitment, making plans or firming up existing ones, and showing confidence in both yourself and the people around you. Others, especially love interests or partners, are receptive to your advances. People are magnetically drawn to you today, and you might find that you’re reaching meaningful and mutually beneficial agreements. Sharing ideas and beliefs can be powerful now, and may even strengthen a bond. This is a good time for meeting others who introduce you to deeper levels of your own personality, or to new ideas, beliefs, lifestyles, and perspectives. The day favors creative work and publishing or promotional efforts. You have excellent ability to convince and persuade right now.
You may have been feeling a stronger desire for freedom and movement, dear Gemini, but today, you are interested in building, transforming, and recycling what you already have. Intensity and closeness in your relationships may be realized today even in the smallest of ways. Knowing what to let go of or cut from your life is a real skill, and doesn’t always come naturally, but today, you seem to “just know.” You can tackle problems fearlessly, particularly sticky family matters. Circumstances are such that you see more clearly those things that are most important and essential. You can benefit greatly from some introspection now. You may feel closer to yourself and your innermost needs, and for some, an intimate relationship grows and strengthens now. This is a decent time for seeking out support, financial or otherwise, and for making purchases for the home.
While this is a good week for moving forward and embracing new ideas and experiences, dear Cancer, it’s also powerful for transforming and developing current relationships and projects. Emphasis is on communication, teaming or partnering up, and negotiating. You are warm and engaged, commitment-ready, and willing to go the extra mile for people you care about. A friendship or partnership can move forward in subtle but significant ways. Conversations can run deep if you take the time, and in a very positive way. You might decide to open up a discussion about more sensitive topics, and this can strengthen or develop a bond. Good energy is with you for breaking new ground in a relationship and even in a project or learning endeavor. This is a time for ironing out kinks and focusing on improvement.
Problem-solving skills are above par today, dear Leo. A financial boost is possible, and you may choose today to deal with financial planners, get business advice if necessary, or send out your resume. If you need to do editing work or revamp something, such as a budget or creative plan, this is a strong time for doing so. You can feel especially passionate about your job, business, personal possessions, or something that you’re building. Your heart is engaged, and feelings are intense but steady. This is a time for building and encouraging a sense of purpose by setting goals and drawing up plans to meet them. If you need to pare down, this is a good time to truly “see” which areas of life could use some reinvention. Today is about attachment, so make an effort to attach yourself to those people and projects that enhance your life.
This is a time for following your heart, pouring energy and love into a creative project, or pursuing a romantic notion, dear Virgo, with Venus in your sign connecting harmoniously with Pluto. A creative pursuit can capture your interest, and you can be passionately involved with taking it to a new level. Understanding something or someone can be especially engaging now. There is strength in the way you carry and express yourself right now. Communications are more effective than usual, and your ability to focus excellent. This can also be a day in which others are drawn to you magnetically, or you may be experiencing a new level of desire for someone or something. It’s a time for enjoying your passions!
This can be a nice time for discovering deeper feelings and desires, dear Libra. You might thoroughly enjoy investigating something further today, and you may get closer to understanding something or someone, particularly related to the past and your family or childhood. Good energy is with you for eliminating or weeding efforts today, such as getting rid of bad habits, attitudes, or unnecessary material things and possessions. You might prefer to keep a matter to yourself today, and this can be a strong strategic move. Observation skills are good, and money matters can improve, or you might take steps that put you in a better position. It’s a time for discovering truths, and this can lead to important changes and a sense of personal empowerment, but there is no rush to jump to conclusions or to share your observations prematurely. This can also be a time when you offer support to someone and feel better about yourself as you do.
This can be a wonderful day for discovering people and projects you love, dear Scorpio, or for moving a relationship or endeavor to a new level. Good energy is with you for getting closer to someone, negotiating, and connecting. Your powers of attraction run high today with the goddess of love, Venus, in harmony with your intense, magnetic ruler, Pluto, in your friendship and communications sectors. This is a time for drawing people and things to you. You and a partner might come to an understanding, and ties can be strengthened as a result. It can be a strong time for personal influence, particularly with friends and associates, as well as for agreements or negotiations with a partner. Promotional and networking or marketing efforts can be particularly fruitful now. You seem to know what to say and when to say it. News coming in now can change your perspective on a relationship or person.
The day’s energies are strong for pouring energy and love into your work, business, making money, or something you’re building, dear Sagittarius. Good energy is with you for financial and business planning. You can be stimulated to start taking steps to fulfill a dream or goal. You can very effectively hone in on those things that matter the most to you deep down inside, and focus or concentration is strong. You have a special way with people these days, and this is particularly the case with people in authority or related to business and work. This ability is augmented today as Venus forms a trine to Pluto. You might connect with individuals who help you advance your goals, or you may help someone else out in a similar manner. There is persuasive ability now. Reinventing a project can figure strongly now. You are loving what you’re doing, and it shows!
This is a potentially powerful day for personal influence and recognition, dear Capricorn, and this is less about your work or performance and more about your personality. Your ideas are also very much appreciated right now. You might enjoy leading, guiding, teaching, and sharing your expertise and knowledge. Making connections is more important than usual for you right now, and your open mind makes others feel comfortable and draws people to you. There can be new channels for self-expression opening to you, or you may be using the current channels available to you in more effective and powerful ways. Self-promotional efforts can thrive. You might offer or receive some good advice, or something you hear about turns your attention in a positive direction. This is a time for reaching out beyond your usual bounds, and possibly meeting people who introduce you to new cultures and perspectives. Fascination with different ideas and people can figure strongly now. Personal magnetism is very strong right now.
You may be putting more energy and love into your private life today, dear Aquarius, or into an intimate relationship, research, or investigation. Good energy is with you for private conversations, understanding, and connections today. You may be sharing an emotional burden with someone, and this can be a relief, or you may thoroughly enjoy delving into a personal project or interest on your own. This is a strong day for sorting out feelings and emotions. You might benefit from power behind the scenes, or you have an ace up your sleeves now. Whatever this is, you can draw upon enormous energy from within and discover deep desires and feelings today. There can be magnetic attractions experienced that are unexpected and intense. You might feel better about yourself if you choose to put something negative behind you today.
There is pleasing and transforming Earth sign energy with you today, dear Pisces, and this can help stabilize and ground you, but also keep you moving forward, slowly but surely. It can be a successful time for quitting a bad habit, especially with support. A team effort works, but so does a partnership. The key is to include trusted others in your plans. Brainstorming, particularly one-on-one, will yield best – possibly even profitable – results. You can derive much pleasure from a relationship right now, and others respond well to your emotional engagement and passion. Some of you could be working towards a cherished goal or important cause with increased motivation and confidence. Contributions to and from a group can be wonderful now, and networking efforts have rich rewards.
*Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign.
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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: Aug 17 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Aquarius
Description: The Moon in Aquarius
This is generally a good time for social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group, and networking. A change of pace refreshes. Hobbies, clubs, and groups may demand attention now. It is time to build networks and cooperate. Humanitarian pursuits are highlighted.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2016 0:17 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Chi
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Chiron
Hurt feelings may be opportunities for healing. Now is the time for building bridges, not burning them.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2016 1:21 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Saturn
An auspicious time for any project demanding endurance or tolerance. Also good for establishing new habits and rituals.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2016 2:03 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Jup
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Jupiter
Time to show some restraint. Grandiosity is not appealing. Neither is excess. Practice self-control. Self-indulgence is more likely now. We’re not as inclined to consider the consequences of over-eating, over-drinking, or overdoing in general. We may be acting in a haughty manner.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2016 6:34 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Nod
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting North Node
There may be the need to pause to adjust things before moving plans forward. We could feel at odds with others on an emotional level. Public relations are not as favorable now.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2016 9:56 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Venus
Love relationships or feelings can be unsettled. There can be a conflict experienced between family and friends/lovers, or between comfort and the pursuit of pleasure. Try to relax and not obsess, and show restraint.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2016 5:57 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Sun
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Sun
Date & Time: Aug 17 2016 10:17 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Tri Plu
Description: Transiting Venus Trine Transiting Pluto
We’re a better judge of value right now – who and what are important to us. We might see one another, and our relationships, in a different light. We could reconnect with someone or improve an existing bond.
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
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.
Inspiring, broad vision, enthusiastic, goal seeking, truthful, adventurous. Can be reckless, unrestrained, tactless.
Humanitarian, innovative, group conscious, progressive, serving others. Can be rebellious, eccentric, aloof, emotionally superficial, overly extroverted.
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.
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.
We are flexible, adaptable, willing, open to change, and possibly flighty or nervous.
Current Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: GIBBOUS
Moon 135 to 180 degrees ahead of the Sun.
We are looking to attach value and meaning to our goals. This is a time for analyzing, questioning, perfecting, and improving.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on August 17th:
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 lifetime).
THE MOON IN AQUARIUS
You feel secure with intellect rather than emotions. You may be aloof from emotions, or distrust emotions as irrational and unpredictable. You may have viewed your mother as emotionally erratic.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
QUINCUNX VENUS Orb 1°04′ Separating
You attempt to cater for everyone around you. You need to be true to yourself and gently leave others to look after themselves.
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.
26TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Myocardium
Sabian Symbol: As light breaks through the clouds, a perfect rainbow forms.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
TRINE URANUS Orb 0°47′ Separating
We are looking forward, happy and confident about making changes and improvements. We are willing to experiment and explore.
QUINCUNX CHIRON Orb 0°59′ Separating
We could misjudge our capabilities now and might end up pushing ourselves or others to a point where we feel hurt, rejected, or crticized. Or, we might struggle with a situation where we may need to humble ourselves. People or circumstances may seem to be exposing or playing on our vulnerabilities.
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.
23RD DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Capsule and ligaments of liver
Sabian Symbol: A lion-tamer rushes fearlessly into the circus arena.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 7°44′ Applying
We are more agreeable, sociable, and focused on balance and harmony. Conversations flow nicely.
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 2°45′ Applying
You are talkative and have a thirst for knowledge. You have big ideas and plans. Education will feature largely in your life.
QUINCUNX URANUS Orb 1°51′ Applying
Things may not be running smoothly, and we may need to make adjustments to accommodate others’ input or changes of plans or opinions.
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 1°39′ 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 VIRGO
This is a time when we express our love through practical means and gestures – running errands, doing detail work, or just being there. What we love, what we decide to buy and the types of entertainment we enjoy during this cycle are ruled by whether or not things make sense.
15TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: ‘Bare area’ of liver
Sabian Symbol: An ornamental handkerchief.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
SQUARE SATURN Orb 4°58′ Separating
Lack of spontaneity when it comes to expressions of affection and the pursuit of pleasure, likely due to insecurities or fear. We may be reserved, withdrawn, cautious, and tight with money and/or feelings. Feelings of being alone and not getting what we want/need can be experienced now.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 3°42′ Separating
We are easily seduced, impressionable, and ready to believe what we want to see. Wait for a better time to make important decisions, but pay attention to feelings that emerge now. This is a time for acknowledging imperfections in relationships.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 0°32′ Applying
We’re a better judge of value right now — who and what are important to us. We might see one another, and our relationships, in a different light. We could reconnect with someone or improve an existing bond. We could be up for a challenge now. Increased insight in relationships, with money, and in business.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 2°01′ Separating
Your destiny is linked with the need to develop harmonious and balanced relationships. Relationships will play an important role in your accomplishments. You need to make sure that your need to keep the peace does not hinder decisive action.
MARS IN SAGITTARIUS
You are an inspirational leader, and have a strong desire for exploration and adventure. You may be one-pointed in your desires.
7TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right superior femoral artery
Sabian Symbol: Cupid knocking at the door.
ASPECTS OF MARS
CONJUNCTION SATURN Orb 3°20′ Applying
You sometimes feel that it is hard to express your energy fully, that something always holds you back. There is a feeling of “bashing your head against a brick wall” and this is frustrating. You are ambitious, and have the ability to slowly but surely reach your goals. You also have the ability to organise yourself and others, and good self discipline.
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 4°36′ Applying
This is a time for resting, escaping, or taking a break as we reconsider our needs. We might temporarily lose focus or direction.
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.
26TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Abdominal veins
Sabian Symbol: A boy with a censer serves near the priest.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
QUINCUNX URANUS Orb 0°54′ Separating
You need to learn how to put all your enthusiasm to good use. You lack self discipline and leave the details of your grand schemes to others to sort out. Learn to manage yourself better and you will achieve much.
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 1°05′ Separating
This can be a time when we are hungry for meaning and understanding, but it can be difficult to align ourselves with a personal philosophy or belief system that truly reflects our core. We might be led astray by beliefs and ideas now, or we might experience some form of crisis of faith.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles, and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves. (December 23, 2014 to June 14, 2015, then September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017)
10TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Left lymphatic vessels
Sabian Symbol: A stage symbolization of the “goddess of opportunity”.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 1°16′ Applying
Some feelings of disillusionment can come now as our dreams and ideals can be put to the test. Questioning our faith in our dreams can lead to lack of follow-through or wasteful activities and avoidance of responsibilities. Ideally, this crisis leads to a realignment of material goals and spiritual ideals as we assess what is truly meaningful to us.
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).
25TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Sternocleidomastoid muscle
Sabian Symbol: A double promise reveals its inner and outer meanings.
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)
12TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar artery of right foot
Sabian Symbol: An examination of initiates.
ASPECTS OF NEPTUNE
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 1°40′ Applying
You have a tendency to daydream and live in a fantasy world, possibly even escaping into the world of drugs and depression. Your quest in this life is to put your creative talents to positive use.
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).
16TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Condyle of right tibia
Sabian Symbol: Boys and girls in gymnasium suits.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and in Aspect
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).
25TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left distal tibio-fibular joint
Sabian Symbol: The purging of the priesthood.
VESTA IN CANCER
You are committed to your family and loved ones, especially when they need you. However, you may withdraw like a crab into your shell if you feel hurt by those closest to you. You enjoy working with those close to you.
10TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Fundus of stomach
Sabian Symbol: A large diamond not completely cut.
PALLAS IN AQUARIUS
Your mind can be brilliant, original and insightful. You are able to quickly grasp new ideas and apply them to the future. You fight for your ideals, and humanitarian or political causes.
29TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Left tibia
Sabian Symbol: Butterfly emerging from a chrysalis.
JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.
7TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Left epididymus, right Fallopian tube
Sabian Symbol: Deep-sea divers.
CERES IN TAURUS
You feel cared for when loved ones give you a sense of stability and security. You like to be touched and stroked, and nurtured in practical ways. You also like to show others you care through practical means.
5TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Pharyngeal cavity
Sabian Symbol: A widow at an open grave.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN VIRGO
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
13TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Hepatic arteries
Sabian Symbol: A powerful statesman wins to his cause a hysterical mob.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN PISCES
This is a quest to become dedicated to the service of others. You will need to overcome the tendency to daydream and feel overwhelmed and to put your compassion and wisdom to practical use for humanity.
13TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar artery of left foot
Sabian Symbol: A sword in a museum.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits Aug 17 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Mer 22°Vi30 +01°04′
Cnj 21°Vi50 DENEBOLA To go against society
Aspects to Sat 09°Sg47 -20°20′
Cnj 09°Sg59 ANTARES *** Success which can be obsessive
Aspects to Plu 15°Cp17 -21°16′
Cnj 15°Cp33 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky
Aspects to Ves 09°Cn06 +21°00′
Cnj 09°Cn19 ALHENA To have a mission.