- The Moon is in Aries all day.
- The Moon is waning and in its Full Moon phase until 2:54 PM, after which the Moon is in its Waning Gibbous phase.
- A Full Moon occurred on the 18th, and a Last Quarter Moon will occur on August 24th.
- Mars is direct and in its post-retrograde shadow until tomorrow.
- Mercury is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will be retrograde from August 30-September 22).
Times are EDT
The Moon is in your sign and personal plans are in strong focus, dear Aries, but you’re also drawn to making plans surrounding work or health matters today. You might have good reason to reconsider a health or work goal with more positivity, or to aim for something a little higher. You can resolve many problems through brainstorming and analysis right now. Big plans on the job will need some refinement later on before taking off, but the important thing is that you are entertaining new possibilities. A pleasant or helpful connection may be made on the job or while fulfilling your health goals and daily routines.
Your ideas are bigger and more creative than usual right now, dear Taurus. Communications of all kinds are emphasized, but especially those involving creative contacts, children, and romantic interests. You could come across as an “open book” now, as you tend to say what you think. You are full of enthusiasm for projects, and romantic prospects look good, indeed! Be open to making contacts, whether these are new or renewed. It’s also a good time for self-promotion efforts, particularly through your intelligence, playfulness, and bright ideas. Talking through a tricky matter can be easier than usual. There can be good financial news.
You have big ideas revolving around home and family right now, dear Gemini. Your own enthusiasm and positive attitude help you to drum up support from the people around you. Making long-range plans for domestic matters is favored today, but the details will need to be filled in on a day when more practical energies are with you. It’s also a strong time for coming to a helpful, happy agreement, as well as a meeting of minds. Negotiations can be successful. A partner might totally support your ideas and plans right now.
Wonderful opportunities on learning levels can emerge today, dear Cancer. However, skipping over important details can be a problem, so aim to think up the broader terms now and make refinements before finalizing things. There is high energy available to you on a mental level today. You’re thinking in colossal ways and you can be pumped up about your ideas. Watch for exaggeration, even with yourself. Keeping excess in check will help you greatly as this is a powerful period for communications, new interests, and making connections. Look for opportunities in the form of new interests, relationships, work, and health improvements.
Moderation and patience are key at this time, dear Leo, but not necessarily easy to practice. Even so, stretching your mind and imagination can get you to places you might not travel on a regular day, so exercise your thinking, but aim to make refinements later on. Business or finance-related ideas can be in focus now. There can be reason to believe that a business or monetary matter is set to improve. This is a time for feeling especially optimistic about your practical pursuits. It’s a strong day for connecting with someone special, and also for communicating your feelings. Some of you could receive a bonus or special gift.
This can be a fortuitous day for family-related matters, communications, and career news, dear Virgo. Mercury, your ruler, aligns with lucky Jupiter in your sign today. Soon, Venus will follow suit. You are attracting both people and positive circumstances into your life with an enthusiastic approach. It’s a good time to make a presentation or to push your ideas. Practical matters might suffer now if you’re not careful, but do take advantage of increased magnetism and popularity. You can also be filled with fabulous ideas. A household matter may start out as a problem but evolve into something that opens your life up in critical ways.
This can be an exciting day for personal reflection, dear Libra, as you are inclined to see matters of the past more clearly, or at least more positively than usual, and forgiveness comes readily. You may be opening up about something private today. You could have a meeting or event that occurs behind the scenes that means a lot to you. You might come to a good understanding with someone now. Sharing a burden can be a sweet release. Expressing yourself comes more easily than usual.
You can come up with a pretty fabulous idea for a long-term plan, dear Scorpio, and you can be focused quite squarely on important “happiness” goals – dreams and plans that inspire you and that concern personal freedom and enjoyment. This is a good day for thinking in broad terms. While the details may not get as much attention today, you can always refine your plans when you’re in a more practical headspace. For now, it’s about inspiration and ideas that motivate you. This can be a good time to discuss finances or to open up about a matter that has previously been a burden or puzzle.
You can be making significant connections today, dear Sagittarius. Good energy is with you today and tomorrow for recognition and career advancement. Be on the watch for openings and opportunities, particularly involving career, business, and reputation. Who you know may be more important than usual right now. This can be a good day for communicating with someone in a position of authority who can help you to further your goals. Others may very well recognize you for your accomplishments right now. You have the ability to create a pleasing balance between fun and work. There can be events that promote a sense that everything will work out well. Your ability to communicate or your intelligence can gain some recognition.
This can be a day in which your communications or news you hear opens your mind, expands your hopefulness, or leads to exciting opportunities, dear Capricorn. Spontaneity and creativity are in good supply today. You might be considering taking up an activity that you previously felt was not possible. Your ideas are truly big today, and while they may need some refinement, the important thing is that you’re entertaining ideas you might not consider on a regular day, feeling inspired, and allowing new ideas to flow. Your approach to life’s little problems is easygoing today and tomorrow.
There can be good fortune today when it comes to discovering new meaning to an important matter in your life, dear Aquarius, insight into a relationship or your own inner workings, or research that brings up excellent results. Talking about your feelings or intimate matters can be fun and rewarding. You’re exceptionally open and accepting. You might share some important, intimate moments today through healthy and frank discussions or unearth previously hidden or classified information today. Communications are in focus and very positive now.
Communications with others are significant and in focus today, dear Pisces, and you are especially enthusiastic about sharing your ideas. There is some tendency for others to exaggerate or overstate today, however, so try to leave room for this possibility, but aim to enjoy yourself. Interchanges can be inspiring. People are particularly open to listening to what you have to say, and you’re feeling excited about exchanging information and learning new things. Negotiations and socializing should run wonderfully. You achieve the most success today with an easygoing, accepting, and undemanding manner.
*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: 21 Aug 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Aries
Description: The Moon in Aries
We are itching to take action and to pioneer something. All things equal, this is a time to begin new projects. Exercise patience and selflessness where possible, but embrace Aries’ courage and directness. Look out for new opportunities.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 2:25 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Mer
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Mercury
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 3:12 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Juno
There can be some inclination to manipulate others to further our own goals, which should be avoided. There may be indecision regarding feelings about a relationship. Alternatively, there can be a conundrum regarding family and a relationship.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 5:09 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Mar
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Mars
We are more courageous and able to take the lead. We are in tune with our natural desires and instincts. We express our feelings honestly. We are independent, resourceful, and brave.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 7:36 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Chi
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Chiron
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 7:43 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Sat
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Saturn
An auspicious time for any project demanding endurance or tolerance. Also good for establishing new habits and rituals.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 9:00 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Vesta
We can be a little stiff with our emotions, and we can be distracted from our work or focus. There can be difficulty expressing tenderness, concern, or care.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 9:45 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Cer
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 12:20 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Pal
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Pallas
We may be concerned about what others are thinking of us now, and can be sensitive to negativity and criticism, or what we perceive as such. We might not understand one another, and can be at odds with one another on a mental or intellectual level. Someone’s belief or idea can make us feel insecure or out of sorts, or otherwise rub us the wrong way.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 12:26 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Jupiter
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 12:33 pm
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: 21 Aug 2016 2:52 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Sun
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Sun
What we feel and what we think we should do can be at odds with one another temporarily. There can be discontent or indecisiveness. We could be feeling out of sorts. Tensions will pass.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 4:42 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Pluto
Deeper feelings emerge suddenly, and possibly in a disruptive way. We may be over-reacting or going to extremes. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 5:55 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Jun
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Juno
Date & Time: 21 Aug 2016 9:08 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Sqq Cer
Description: Transiting Venus SesquiSquare Transiting Ceres
We could be feeling possessive, dependent, or overly attached. This can be a needy time, but also one in which we become aware of our insecurities and dependencies.
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
Initiating, pioneering energy. Independent, bold, courageous, assertive, fiery, inspirational, direct, decisive. Can be egotistical, impulsive, impatient, aggressive, lacking subtlety.
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.
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 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
We are flexible, adaptable, willing, open to change, and possibly flighty or nervous.
Current Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: FULL MOON
Moon 180 to 135 degrees behind the Sun.
We are concerned mainly with the nature of relationships and are made aware of recent imbalances. Something can come to fruition. Our concern is not limited to personal relationships, but relationships of all kinds. Our cards are on the table.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on August 21st:
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 ARIES
We are itching to take action and to pioneer something. All things equal, this is a time to begin new projects. Exercise patience and selflessness where possible, but embrace Aries’ courage and directness. Look for new opportunities.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
TRINE MARS Orb 3°57′ Separating
Feelings and desires seem to be in sync, making this a good time to take purposeful action. Healthy competition, resourcefulness, courage.
TRINE SATURN Orb 2°33′ Separating
We are more able to find a balance between our own emotional needs and our responsibilities. This is a strong time for establishing good habits. We are more tolerant, deliberate, and resolute.
SQUARE PLUTO Orb 2°49′ Applying
Unacknowledged feelings can emerge in possibly disruptive ways. We may be acting in compulsive or possessive ways 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.
30TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Back
Sabian Symbol: An unsealed letter.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
TRINE URANUS Orb 4°42′ 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.
26TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Abdominal veins
Sabian Symbol: A boy with a censer serves near the priest.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 6°04′ Applying
We are more agreeable, sociable, and focused on balance and harmony. Conversations flow nicely.
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 0°20′ 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°26′ Separating
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°43′ Separating
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.
20TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Bile duct
Sabian Symbol: An automobile caravan.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 6°24′ Applying
We are looking for more meaning or color to our lives and especially to our relationships. We seek to make others happy and tend to give others the benefit of the doubt. Our feelings and tastes are grand, and we may be especially extravagant or indulgent.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 4°26′ Separating
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.
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 4°20′ Applying
You tend to suffer emotional pain in your personal relationships. You are so busy caring for your loved ones that you neglect your own needs. This imbalance can lead to you resenting your partners . You also tend to become the peacemaker as you are so sensitive to disharmony. You need to learn to nurture yourself and trust your own wisdom.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 6°56′ 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.
9TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Right lymphatic vessels
Sabian Symbol: A mother with her children on stairs.
ASPECTS OF MARS
CONJUNCTION SATURN Orb 1°23′ 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 2°31′ 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.
27TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Iliac nerve
Sabian Symbol: Elderly ladies drinking afternoon tea in a wealthy home.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 2°03′ 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°07′ 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)
11TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Lymph vessels of foot
Sabian Symbol: Men seeking illumination.
ASPECTS OF NEPTUNE
CONJUNCTION THE SOUTH NODE Orb 1°46′ Separating
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.
11TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Gastric veins
Sabian Symbol: A clown making grimaces.
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.
28TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right tibia
Sabian Symbol: A tree felled and sawed.
JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.
8TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Scrotum, left Fallopian tube
Sabian Symbol: The moon shining across a lake.
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.
6TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Larynx
Sabian Symbol: A bridge being built across a gorge.
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 21 Aug 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Sat 09°Sg50 -20°21′
Cnj 09°Sg59 ANTARES *** Success which can be obsessive
Aspects to Plu 15°Cp13 -21°17′
Cnj 15°Cp33 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky