- The Moon is in Scorpio.
- The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Crescent phase.
- We are in between a New Moon/Solar Eclipse which occurred on the 11th, and a First Quarter Moon which will happen tomorrow.
- Mercury is retrograde for two more days (Mercury is retrograde from July 26-August 19).
- Mars is retrograde (Mars is retrograde from June 26th to August 27th)—there are less than two weeks left of the Mars retrograde cycle.
- Also retrograde: Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto, and Chiron.
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
There is powerful energy for finding creative ways to satisfy a variety of needs this week, dear Aries. You may come to an understanding with a partner or significant person in your life due to a sense of shared values or respect for differing ones. There is acceptance in the energy of the day that becomes you. This is a strong time generally for personal appeal and solutions to relating problems that are much more than just cosmetic. Keeping in mind that there is probably more to the story than what meets the eye now, you can nevertheless enjoy the smooth flow of optimism and cooperation now. With Mercury retrograde for two more days, there can be some problems with miscommunications. Even so, you are working things in such a way that you’re coming out ahead. You are assuaging tension in your relations quite successfully.
You’ll find others especially amenable today, dear Taurus, and health or work matters particularly pleasing. You can relax sufficiently to let your guard down. You’re finding much to enjoy in your personal life and perhaps with work, too, and seeing your life through this happy lens is pleasant! You’re in an excellent position to beautify your surroundings or boost your relationships. Restoring balance to working relationships can be in focus. You may find ways to make life a little more comfortable in and around the home and with your business. A Mercury-Venus connection may bring an old friend back around through a message or surprise meeting. For others, memories are powerful, and you may remember something that helps you rewrite a troubling story.
While you’re inclined to go all in when it comes to your work or routines today, dear Gemini, today’s energies favor pleasant conversations and cooperation elsewhere. We are approaching a Mercury station, with Mercury soon to turn direct, and such stations can bring some challenges when it comes to being understood. However, we’re easing into this transition with a Mercury-Venus sextile active today and tomorrow, and the general intent is positive and cooperative, so it’s important to pay more attention to gestures than specific words chosen to express ourselves. There can be a pleasant feeling of devotion to a person, fantasy, or the idea of love today, and this can inspire creative works or ideas. You’re inclined to analyze or discuss past relationships now.
You’re in perfect shape for all things romantic or cooperative today, dear Cancer. There’s divine energy for warm, affectionate conversations and overtures, and this is especially the case for combining friends and family or home life in pleasing ways. You may have an especially positive faith in the people you care about and domestic matters in general. You are more idealistic than usual, and fortunately, people around you tend to cooperate. Happiness is natural and easy, as it’s coming from within. We’re heading towards a Mercury station, and while stations can sometimes be tricky and you should watch for some miscommunications today and the next few days, we have some pleasant, protective influences that make it easy to roll with the punches now.
While you’re inclined to dig right into any domestic or work task in front of you today, dear Leo, interactions with others tend to be light and informative. Your mood is peaceful at heart now so that you are especially tolerant of problems. A warm communication might occur now that boosts your spirits and makes you feel understood or cared for. Your sensitivities are heightened today, and you can be especially creative in your work or projects. Artistic achievement is favored. Mercury is approaching a direct station in your sign so that it’s important to take extra time to digest events and ideas in the coming few days. Fortunately, while mistakes and miscommunications are likely, you’re finding it easy to rise above problems and enjoy yourself in spite of them.
There can be surprising support or memory and intuition that boosts your business or money situation today, dear Virgo. While ideas can be inspired, it’s better not to begin a brand new project today with Mercury still retrograde for another two days and Mars retrograde until the 27th, as it will likely get off to a slow start or you may reconsider it later on. Even so, this is a good time for feeling positive and sharing valuable ideas. Let life inspire you today, but be a little more mindful in your communications and directions while taking note of new ideas. You can find very creative ways to satisfy a desire for safety and comfort. There is good energy for making, spending, or sorting out money, taking care of valuables, as well as for a feeling of abundance.
You’re inclined to enjoy and benefit from friendly interactions today, dear Libra, but you’re craving a little more from your projects and pursuits. You may come to peace with someone or a situation, and by extension, with yourself today and in the next few days. In fact, you can find creative ways to express your feelings and to connect with others. There may be compliments or other shows of appreciation coming your way, or you can attract an admirer. Today’s Mercury-Venus influence further promotes your interests and is good for connecting with others, but because Mercury remains retrograde for another two days, it can be a little tricky in some areas. More specifically, you may want to watch for speaking about matters of the heart without your heart entirely in the equation.
The Moon in your sign is very comfortable with the planets, dear Scorpio, and you may find it easier than usual to find satisfying outlets for your feelings. Excellent energy is with you for finding creative ways to satisfy your various needs and spend time with others. You can be exceptionally gracious, and a partner or special person in your life can be especially comforting and accepting. Today can have its generous share of feel-good moments. Mercury’s retrograde continues for another two days, and you may want to be mindful of what and how you communicate. Otherwise, there is a subtle sense that you’re getting over a hump, and possibly understanding a career matter better as you’re reminded of something relevant from the past. Conversations tend to steer towards the past, but you’re inclined to see these matters with more warmth and understanding.
While you can be quite absorbed in your private affairs today, dear Sagittarius, and you can be a little more retiring than usual, there is wonderfully friendly energy with you. You’re more inclined to see opportunities that you overlooked in the past. There can be nice energy for personal appeal and friendships. Conversations about the past can be meandering but useful, perhaps shedding some new light on a situation. If you’re looking for clear facts or discussions, though, you won’t be in luck with Mercury approaching a direct station. However, today is lovely for imagination, and if you pay close attention to the intentions of the messages you’re receiving, you’ll find people are quite cooperative. Avoid premature decisions, but enjoy the opportunities of the day, as you’re likely to get quite close to a friend or associate.
Today and in the next few days, dear Capricorn, it’s wise to give in to the idea that you won’t get the whole picture and resolve to enjoy yourself in spite of this. Helping you through the Mercury station transitions is a Mercury-Venus influence that encourages friendly cooperation. Matters will reveal themselves to you soon, and you don’t have to push anything, and this can be a genuine relief. Dig deep, research, and keep an open mind, saving your conclusions for later. Discoveries can be breakthrough, even if you don’t know all the answers yet. You may be in the position to mediate or counsel someone today. Although Mercury remains retrograde for another two days, your communications are likely to come through quite well as people are responding to your intentions more than your words today.
Your desire for more variety and diversity in your life is strong these days, dear Aquarius, and your interests may often stray quite a bit from your usual ones. Today, sharing your personal philosophy with someone special can bring a relationship to a new level. You’re likely to enjoy chatting with others and exchanging ideas or talking through problems. A Mercury-Venus aspect influencing today and tomorrow can bring an old friend back into the picture, or strong memories and discussions of one. You’re in a good position to find comfortable solutions to problems today, and a nice message can arrive, or conversation can take place that puts you right at ease.
You’re finding creative ways to tend to a variety of needs by combining them or adjusting your expectations of each today, dear Pisces. There can be a very lovely, accepting, and healing conversation or discovery of an intimate or personal nature that gets you thinking. You may not know the full story on a matter yet, but you’re optimistic. Mercury is nearing the end of its retrograde cycle with just two days to go, and while its transition from retrograde to direct can be tricky and miscommunications plenty, you’re in such a good mood that you’re barely noticing. A Mercury-Venus aspect happening now can bring a message from someone from your past or another clue to look behind you before moving forward. You’re also in a good position to take a second look at a project or job.
* Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign. If you don’t know your Ascendant sign (and you know your birth time), you can look it up here.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
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):
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Scorpio
Description: The Moon in Scorpio
Contemplate the deeper things in life. Avoid unnecessary conflict, but if it’s going to improve your life, go ahead and make waves. Tune in to your intuition. This is a good time for investigations, looking into a matter further, doing research, connecting to others with a shared passion, solving a mystery, and devising a strategy. When the Moon in Scorpio is strained, we may take our passions too far.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 2:18 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Mer
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Mercury
We may not be communicating with sensitivity. What we communicate could misrepresent what we truly feel. There could be troubles with mechanics, computers, transportation, and miscommunications. We may not be understanding one another. We can be a little fickle and not especially objective. Think before you speak. Otherwise, misunderstandings are likely to occur. Count to ten if you’re feeling annoyed.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 4:14 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Cer
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 9:05 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Jupiter
We want to do good and to honor our inner code. We are generous with our energy, time, and money. Our feelings expand or are magnified, for better or for worse. It’s generally a good time to teach, learn, write, express ourselves, reach out, travel, publish, and promote. We may go over the top.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 9:32 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Neptune
This is a feel-good time if we allow ourselves to relax and tune into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We absorb things easily, our senses are in good form, and we more naturally accept things and people as they are. There is no need to look for definite answers right now.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 11:18 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Ura
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Uranus
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 11:23 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Chi
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Chiron
Hurt feelings may be opportunities for healing. Now is the time for building bridges, not burning them.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 1:39 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Sat
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Saturn
We could feel burdened, restricted, or limited during this brief influence. We could be feeling a little down on ourselves, excluded, or lonely. There can be some awkwardness or stiffness and difficulty showing affection and feelings. Patience is a virtue right now; otherwise, we might succumb to feelings of frustration and sadness. All good things come to those who wait.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 4:11 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile 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: Aug 17 2018 4:37 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Juno
Something can be revealed or learned about our relationships. There can be hypersensitivity and moodiness. Temptations to manipulate or control others if we are driven by fear.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 6:58 pm
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: Aug 17 2018 8:09 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Sun
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Sun
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 8:21 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Cer
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Ceres
We can be feeling pleasantly attached to, or supported by, our loved ones or family. We are seeking out security, nurturing, and warmth, and we are more likely to express these things towards others.
Date & Time: Aug 17 2018 2:01 am
Event: Tr-Tr Plu Tri Jun
Description: Transiting Pluto Trine Transiting Juno
This is a strong time for sharing power effectively in our relationships, as well as for more commitment and intensity or passion.
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Today’s Emphasized Signs of the Zodiac
Self-confident, generous, warm-hearted, powerful leader, dramatic. Can be overly proud, vain, extravagant, arrogant.
Intense, magnetic, penetrating perception, power to confront. Can be destructive, vengeful, jealous, overly dramatic.
Disciplined, responsible, reliable, industrious, conscientious, practical, achieving. Can be pessimistic, overly conventional, rigid, materialistic, callous.
Today’s Elemental Balance
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
Today’s Modal Balance
The Fixed signs are: Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius. We are thinking about the long view, seeking out security and stability rather than change. We may be committed, focused, resistant to making changes, and stubborn.
We can have a hard time adapting to changes and to others’ agendas.
Today’s Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: CRESCENT
Moon 45 to 90 degrees ahead of the Sun.
This is an eager, impulsive, and progressive time. We are motivated and ready to take on challenges.
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 the Moon 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 SCORPIO
You have an emotional intensity, and a strong need for drama. Under stress you will create drama and intensity in your life. You may have been born at a time when your mother experienced a crisis, or your birth may have been traumatic. Your mother may have been possessive and intense.
17TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Testicular lobes, left ovary
Sabian Symbol: A woman the father of her own child.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
SQUARE MERCURY Orb 5°17′ Separating
It’s difficult to make decisions now as emotional needs and wants seem to conflict with what we feel are the most logical choices. Judgment may be skewed by emotions or personal bias.
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 1°32′ Separating
We want to honor our inner code. We are generous with our energy, time, and money. Our feelings expand or are magnified, for better or for worse. It’s generally a good time to teach, learn, write, express ourselves, reach out, travel, publish, and promote. We may go over the top, however.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 1°19′ Separating
We are turning into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We more naturally accept situations and people as they are. Sensitivity, compassion.
SEXTILE PLUTO Orb 2°14′ Applying
This is a good time for feeling emotionally certain and motivated. We are more resourceful and insightful. The ability to keep the emotions on the inside today may be a strategy that turns out to be most successful.
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.
25TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Pericardium
Sabian Symbol: A large camel crossing the desert.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
TRINE URANUS Orb 7°49′ Applying
We are looking forward, happy and confident about making changes and improvements. We are willing to experiment and explore.
MERCURY IN LEO
You are enthusiastic in your quest for knowledge. You are proud of your learning abilities, and believe in the saying that learning is fun. You may have a tendency to be a know-it-all.
12TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Vertebral column
Sabian Symbol: An evening lawn party.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
SEXTILE VENUS Orb 1°03′ Applying
We are sociable, making connections, dipllomatic, and ready to negotiate. Expressions of affection or clarifications of feelings.
SQUARE JUPITER Orb 3°45′ Separating
You have many so many ideas and plans that you are not sure which ones to follow. You make promises you can’t keep, although your intentions are good.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 5°55′ Applying
Important contacts can be made with people who share our intellectual interests or who introduce us to new ideas that help us to grow, improve, and expand. Projects prove successful right now, particularly those involving teamwork. Learning, teaching, communicating, and making contact figure strongly now, or we meet with situations that encourage us to improve our skills in these areas.
VENUS IN LIBRA
You have a strong need for relationships. You will also require your relationships to be harmonious, peaceful, and creative. You enjoy having beautiful possessions.
11TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Nerve supply to kidney and renal pelvis
Sabian Symbol: A professor peering over his glasses.
MARS IN CAPRICORN
This is a time for adopting a methodical, responsible, and structured approach to reaching our goals. We can be rigid and calculating under this influence, but also determined, focused, studied, deliberate, ambitious, smart, and realistic.
30TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Adductor muscle
Sabian Symbol: Directors of a large firm meet in secret conference.
ASPECTS OF MARS
SQUARE URANUS Orb 3°14′ Separating
The desire to assert independence and to dominate can be strong. Impulsiveness can be a problem. We can be rebellious and willful, ignoring others’ needs in the process.
SEXTILE CHIRON Orb 2°22′ Separating
You have the opportunity to be an empathetic and powerful leader of the downtrodden people of the world.
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 6°28′ Separating
You may experience difficulty being assertive and finding the drive to succeed, or alternatively you may have a tendency to misdirect your energies. Your current life lesson to express your energy positively and assertively. Your talent for independent action needs to be developed.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO
You are on an intense search for the truth. You have strong desires for sexual union and joint enterprises. You could be a transformative teacher.
16TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Right ovary, cochlea of inner ear
Sabian Symbol: A girl’s face breaking into a smile.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 0°13′ Applying
You are artistic and may also be religious. You have a need to help others and may feel you have a calling. You have the ability to inspire other people’s talents as well.
SATURN IN CAPRICORN
Conservation, moderation, definition, structure, simplicity, and realism are themes now. We might also be striving for more authority in a particular area of our lives now. This is a time for making clear choices and decisions, for weeding out what isn’t working for us, and for letting go of lost causes, particularly related to our life path choices, careers, and long-term goals. (from December 19, 2017, to March 21, 2020; and then from July 1 to December 17, 2020).
3RD DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Cutaneous nerves of thigh
Sabian Symbol: The human soul receptive to growth and understanding.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
TRINE URANUS Orb 0°20′ Applying
You have a talent for investigation. You look at new ideas and are able then to put them into action. In business you achieve much in your own independent way.
SQUARE CHIRON Orb 1°12′ Separating
There can be fears now of not being competent or effective enough to meet our responsibilities, or we could find it hard to strike out on a unique path, again due to fears or insecurities. The desire to break from the status quo is strong, but we may not have the necessary confidence to do so. We may have difficulties empathizing with others and understanding ourselves.
URANUS IN TAURUS
(1934 – 1942) We approach money and personal possessions in new ways and learn how to free ourselves from certain material constraints. Innovative ways to make ourselves comfortable emerge. We’re less inhibited about expressing sensuality, self-love, body love, and pampering. We’re challenging what we previously valued. There can be abrupt changes with money, valuables, possessions, and income that lead to a reshuffling of priorities or values. Income might come from non-traditional sources or ventures. We’re bringing progressive ideas to the world of business. New ways of doing business, as well as making, viewing, and handling money are likely. Income and the energy we put into making money can be variable. (May 15, 2018, to November 6, 2018, then March 6, 2019, to July 7, 2025, and then November 7, 2025, to April 25, 2026).
3RD DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Pharynx – oral part
Sabian Symbol: Steps up to a lawn blooming with clover.
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)
16TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Cruciate ligaments of the right foot
Sabian Symbol: In a quiet moment, the flow of inspiration.
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).
20TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Tendons of right knee
Sabian Symbol: A hidden choir singing.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and by Degree
CHIRON IN ARIES
Your sense of being has been violated in some way and you may fear asserting yourself. You may also over-compensate by attempting to be the first at everything. Physically you may suffer head wounds. You may become a pioneer in a way which will be of service to humanity.
2ND DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Midbrain
Sabian Symbol: A comedian entertaining the group.
VESTA IN SAGITTARIUS
You have the ability to work relentlessly for a cause in which you believe. You need to make sure you do not exclude other people’s points of view. You have visions and enjoy the adventure of discovery in your work.
24TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Popliteal fossa
Sabian Symbol: A bluebird standing at the door of the house.
PALLAS IN LEO
You have a creative mind, which you enjoy using. You like to play with words. You may write or be involved in a creative project in the world of the arts.
21ST DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Left atrium
Sabian Symbol: Intoxicated domestic birds fly around in dizzy attempts.
JUNO IN TAURUS
You need to feel safe and secure in your relationships. You want your partner to be reliable and stable and are likely to want a traditional marriage.
20TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Occiput
Sabian Symbol: Wisps of clouds, like wings, are streaming across the sky.
CERES IN VIRGO
You feel cared for when other people help you perfect your skills. You like to be of service to other people.
22ND DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Gall-bladder
Sabian Symbol: A royal coat of arms.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LEO
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
6TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Entrance of pulmonary artery
Sabian Symbol: An old-fashioned woman and an up-to-date woman.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
6TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Nerve of left fibula
Sabian Symbol: A performer of a mystery play.
**Conjunctions to Select Fixed Stars on August 17, 2018.**
Aspects to Jup 15°Sc25 -15°35′
Cnj 15°Sc20 ZUBEN ELGENUBI Positive social reform
Aspects to Nep 15°Pi38 -06°34′
Cnj 15°Pi34 ACHERNAR Risk of rapid endings.
Aspects to Ves 23°Sg09 -23°50′
Cnj 22°Sg42 RAS ALHAGUE The desire to heal a wound.
Aspects to Cer 21°Vi15 +10°37′
Cnj 21°Vi52 DENEBOLA To go against society
Aspects to BMo 01°Aq15 -19°34′
Cnj 02°Aq02 ALTAIR To explore, to be bold.