- The Moon is in Leo all day (until Thursday, August 4th, at 3:33 AM).
- The Moon is waxing and in its New Moon phase.
- A New Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Leo, and a First Quarter Moon will occur on August 10th.
- Mars is direct and in its post-retrograde shadow until August 22nd.
- Mars spends its first full day in Sagittarius (Mars transits Sagittarius from August 2-September 27).
Times are EDT
The first half of the day inclines towards pie in the sky thinking, dear Aries, and while musing definitely has its place and even its merits, avoid too-high expectations now. If you are expecting something to materialize and it doesn’t, you’ll end up wrestling with disappointment. There may be some doubts that need clearing up, but it won’t be long before you’re feeling more positive and confident. Be sure that you really own what you’re doing instead of taking shortcuts. Authenticity is always important to you in the long run. Love may not be faring very well today, as you could be doubting someone or keeping a distance. Try to tame a desire to control things, as it can get you into hot water!
New ideas and promises today may not have much permanency, dear Taurus, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun dreaming things up. Your focus can be diffused, making it a less than ideal time to make serious decisions or to do important fact-based work. You might have a hard time doing what you want because people who need help or support are taking priority. Be patient with others and avoid resorting to roundabout ways to get your way. Alternatively, you may be frustrated with people doing the same thing to you. Later today, while jealousies or resentments can be operating close to the surface, you can choose whether to accept and understand them or to let them control you.
The first half of the day requires some detachment, dear Gemini, as plans are unlikely to run smoothly. You can feel up and down – sometimes confident, other times unsure. Slow your approach just enough to see where you might be making errors or overlooking important needs. Listen carefully to what your intuition is saying to you, but wait for clarity. Your defenses may not be up to par, leaving you somewhat vulnerable to others’ judgments or comments. Be gentle with yourself and avoid setting too high expectations. As the day advances, your conviction increases, perhaps to the point that you become completely absorbed in your personal interests or even a relationship.
If you find that you’re more sensitive than usual to slights or criticisms today, dear Cancer, consider that you’re in need of some rest or special attention to overlooked needs. This is not the best day for feeling reinforced and appreciated. You might even see problems where they don’t exist if you’re not feeling self-confident. If emotions and reactions seem to be over the top and thus inappropriate for the situation, it’s time to look within. Someone is hitting a nerve, and you’ll do well for yourself if you take a deeper look at trigger areas. Try not to let sentiments and whims blur your judgment today. It can be difficult to state your needs directly, and you might resort to passive ways of asserting yourself, but that won’t leave you feeling better or satisfied. Do what you can to get extra time for yourself.
You’re in a good position with personal plans these days, dear Leo. However, you will need to get over a few hurdles and make some refinements before moving forward. You could be feeling a little vulnerable or low and temporarily demotivated in the first half of the day. Tomorrow’s energies are more stabilizing, but for now, consider those things you’ve overlooked. While today can bring you forward in some ways, you may be second-guessing something. If you are feeling off or confused, look for objective feedback. Build up your health and resistance with rest, then move forward. Later today, watch for latching onto an idea and pushing it without budging. It may temporarily feel that you’re protecting or gaining something as you do so, but you’ll be in a better position if you aim to grow through your conversations.
The Moon is in your privacy sector again today, dear Virgo, and it’s an important time to catch your breath. There can be some minor confusion or doubt hanging in the air early today. You are more impressionable, vulnerable, sensitive, and inclined to daydream. You may give in to others or withdraw and escape something you’d rather not do simply because you don’t have the energy. Watch for confusion or vagueness in close relationships. Put aside matters that require factual thinking for a clearer day. Focus instead on big ideas and fill in the details when you are in a better frame of mind to do so. There can be some tension later today revolving around memories or reminders of a frustrating past matter. Put resentment behind you – tomorrow you begin a new lunar cycle and start fresh.
You may not be feeling very directed in the morning, dear Libra. Try to go with the flow rather than insisting on a solid plan. You might not feel that you’re in step with those around you. However, if you just go with the flow instead of worrying too much about the details, you should be fine. Take a break from the routine, but consider that the temptation to get out of a responsibility may be too costly in the long run. Save critical decision making for later. If you do something to help someone out, do only what you believe to be fair instead of doing more and feeling resentful. Later today, there may be some tension or power plays in your interactions, but it’s a temporary disruption only. Look for ways to release tension through networking or pressure-free relationships.
The first half of the day requires patience and letting go of a need for a solid plan, dear Scorpio. It’s not the time to pin anyone down – few people around you truly know what they want at the moment. It’s not the time for definite answers, but rather for exchanging information and enjoying the flow rather than worrying about the actual outcome. Be extra vigilant in communications, as misunderstandings are likely. Because you are more idealistic and inclined to wishful thinking right now, it’s a little easier for you to be deceived – by others, and by yourself! Strive for objectivity, even if you need to find it through someone else, before making any substantial commitments. As the day advances, you can fill with conviction, but you should still be more mindful of how you’re communicating.
You may start the day feeling that you can do pretty much anything, dear Sagittarius, but plans may not come together just yet. Slow down until your heart and mind are in agreement. Dreams and ideas today may not take on real substance down the road, but you might enjoy a fantasy or two anyhow. If you feel tired or unable to get going today, you may very well need a bit of a break from routine or some rest. Attempting to push to find a resolution to a problem is unlikely to work out, but pulling back from it might. There’s sure to be a bit of a gap between your wishes and ideals and reality, but don’t waste time on discouragement – just give yourself a time out.
You can benefit from looking back at old relationship matters and emotional issues these days, dear Capricorn, particularly regarding how they may be affecting you in the present. However, it can be tricky to broach taboo or complicated topics honestly today without ending up feeling awkward or out of the loop. If you don’t feel especially motivated right now, energy levels can drop. Be selective with where you direct your energies this morning. Consider waiting until you are totally onboard before going forward. As the day advances, watch for some insecurity in your self-expression. If others seem to want you to prove yourself, you may get better results if you quietly refuse to stoop to that level. Try to let go of a desire to control the smallest details.
You can have plenty of ideas today, dear Aquarius, but may lack the energy to get anywhere with them early today. This may be a sign that you need a break or time-out. Many ideas, commitments, promises, and plans emerging today can go by the wayside. Consider whether the easy road is the best choice right now, but if you’re not totally onboard about something, it’s important to put things on hold until you figure them out before committing. Tensions with a partner can surface over unresolved matters from the past, although these may be hard to quantify today. Remind yourself of your needs for compassion, sensitivity, romance, spirituality, and magic now. With all that’s going on in your life, you may be overlooking these things. As the day advances, your creativity increases.
There can be a real desire to accomplish things these days, dear Pisces, and you have a lot more energy to take better care of your daily life. However, in the first half of today, you may not know where to begin. You could be feeling a little out of sync with people around you. You may need to make adjustments for others now, as stepping to the side could be the better choice than to confront or challenge. You might also feel unnoticed or less than appreciated. Be content to be out of step or anonymous, just for now, as this can help you in the long run – it gives you the opportunity to observe and redirect plans. As the day advances, you may be less concerned about others’ expectations and more focused on what needs doing.
*Remember to read horoscopes for your Ascendant sign and Sun sign.
Daily Horoscope page for Aries here, Daily Horoscope page for Taurus here, Daily Horoscope page for Gemini here, Daily Horoscope page for Cancer here, Daily Horoscope page for Leo here, Daily Horoscope page for Virgo here, Daily Horoscope page for Libra here, Daily Horoscope page for Scorpio here, Daily Horoscope page for Sagittarius here, Daily Horoscope page for Capricorn here, Daily Horoscope page for Aquarius here, Daily Horoscope page for Pisces here.
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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 3 2016 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Leo
Description: The Moon in Leo
We have a stronger need for appreciation, shows of affection and warmth, and excitement. We are proud and conduct ourselves accordingly. This is a time for having some fun, being creative and childlike, and enjoying life. It’s also a good time for organizing and managing.
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 0:47 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Ven
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Venus
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 1:05 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Plu
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Pluto
We may not be aware of our more demanding or controlling tendencies. We may feel vaguely frustrated, powerless, or tense. There can be undermining going on in our interactions and relationships. Wait for the tension to subside before taking action.
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 6:20 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Ves
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare 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: Aug 3 2016 12:23 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Pallas
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 5:22 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Ura
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Uranus
We are open to new ideas. A break in the routine is pleasing now. We could be experimenting with new ideas or feelings. There can be chance meetings, events that occur that open our minds or our awareness.
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 5:39 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Qnx Chi
Description: Transiting Moon Quincunx Transiting Chiron
Hurt feelings may be opportunities for healing. Now is the time for building bridges, not burning them.
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 4:02 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Qnx Nep
Description: Transiting Sun Quincunx Transiting Neptune
Dreaming, creating, and imagining have better results than hard decision making right now. There can be a temporary loss/lack of clarity. We can be questioning whether what we are doing or pursuing feeds our spiritual needs. Make adjustments if there is a discrepancy.
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 5:09 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Chi Cpl Jun
Description: Transiting Chiron ContraParallel Transiting Juno
Date & Time: Aug 3 2016 2:20 am
Event: Tr-Tr Ves Tri Jun
Description: Transiting Vesta Trine Transiting Juno
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.
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
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.
Current Lunar Phase
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 3rd:
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 through Pluto: Signs, Aspect, & Degree
THE MOON IN LEO
You have an emotional need for praise and attention. Under stress you may show off in order to gain attention, or become arrogant. You may be proud of your mother, or she may be very proud of you.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 4°49′ Applying
We are less inhibited and more willing to indulge ourselves. Decorating, beauty treatments, the arts, creative pursuits, parties, dates, and recreation are generally favored now. There is increased sensitivity, affection, and warmth.
TRINE URANUS Orb 1°37′ Applying
We are open to new ideas, ways of expressing ourselves and our feelings. A break in the routine is pleasing now. We could be experimenting with new ideas or feelings. There can be chance meetings, events that occur that open our hearts or our emotional awareness.
QUINCUNX CHIRON Orb 1°47′ Applying
We could be misjudging our sensitivity levels and making poor choices as a result. Decisions made now may not reflect our hearts, and can be regrettable later on.
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.
12TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Vertebral column
Sabian Symbol: An evening lawn party.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
TRINE SATURN Orb 1°58′ Separating
We are taking pride in our responsibilities or performance. This can be a time of steady progress and increased self-discipline. We are more inclined to humble ourselves to authority or good advice, and tend to employ traditional methods.
QUINCUNX NEPTUNE Orb 0°25′ Separating
Dreaming, creating, and imagining have better results than hard decision making right now. There can be a temporary loss/lack of clarity. We can be questoning whether what we are doing or pursuing feeds our spiritual needs. Make adjustments if there is a discrepancy.
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.
6TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Descending colon
Sabian Symbol: A merry-go-round.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
SQUARE SATURN Orb 3°53′ Applying
Critical thinking that can skew to overly negative, rigid, nit-picky, or narrow. Communications are guarded and unnatural, not flowing. There can be delays or frustrations getting from point A to point B, and getting our message across. A time for editing.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 5°26′ Applying
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.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 6°57′ 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 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.
28TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Chordae tendinae
Sabian Symbol: Many little birds on the limb of a large tree.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
SQUARE MARS Orb 2°41′ Applying
You may have some difficulty being patient with loved ones. You can be aggressive and irritable when others fail to keep up with your activities. You can be equally impatient with yourself.
TRINE URANUS Orb 3°11′ Separating
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.
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.
1ST DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Pelvic bone
Sabian Symbol: A grand army of the republic campfire.
ASPECTS OF MARS
TRINE CHIRON Orb 5°43′ Separating
There is more courage to face problems. Fighting for the underdog. Physical healing can help inner healing, and vice versa.
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.
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 JUPITER
QUINCUNX URANUS Orb 1°54′ Applying
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 2°04′ Applying
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°32′ 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°30′ 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.
4TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Ninth rib
Sabian Symbol: A cat arguing with a mouse.
PALLAS IN PISCES
You have a meditative mind, the ability to merge in your mind with the universe. You desire to heal the world through words, and may be involved in some form of artistic expression.
3RD DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Nerves of right foot
Sabian Symbol: A petrified forest.
JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.
4TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Testicles, right side of uterus
Sabian Symbol: A youth holding a lighted candle.
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.
4TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Uvula
Sabian Symbol: The rainbow’s pot of gold.
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 3 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Mar 00°Sg23 -23°01′
Cnj 29°Sc41 TOLIMAN Learning, the lessons of life.
Aspects to Jup 22°Vi34 +03°58′
Cnj 21°Vi50 DENEBOLA To go against society
Aspects to Sat 09°Sg51 -20°18′
Cnj 09°Sg59 ANTARES *** Success which can be obsessive
Aspects to Plu 15°Cp34 -21°12′
Cnj 15°Cp33 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky