- The Moon is in Leo all day (until Wednesday, August 31st, at 11:21 AM).
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Crescent phase.
- A Last Quarter Moon occurred on the 24th, and a New Moon (solar eclipse) will occur on September 1st.
- Mercury stations retrograde this morning (Mercury is retrograde from August 30-September 22).
Times are EDT
The Mercury retrograde cycle that begins today and lasts until September 22nd occurs in your work and health sector, dear Aries. Redoing work that you previously thought was completed may be required now. It’s not the ideal time for finding new work, but it’s good for attention to work in progress and for renewing old projects. Be as clear as possible with co-workers or employees now, as misunderstandings, and delays that can result from them, are more likely to occur now. It’s a fine time for researching health and nutrition programs, as well as job skills and opportunities. You might find that the refinements you make now will be very valuable later.
Mercury turns retrograde today and will stay so until September 22nd, dear Taurus. Occurring in your romance and creativity sector, delays or apparent backtracking are possible in these areas of your life. Rethinking matters may be appropriate. There may be the need to revisit old issues with your children or lover, or there could be some communication problems with the same. People from the past tend to come back or become a mental/emotional focus. It’s probably not the best time to launch a new creative project, but it’s a good time for reworking an existing one. Same goes for romance! Even so, a Solar Eclipse occurring in just two days can encourage a fresh start or perspective on these matters, even if you have unfinished business to attend to before pressing forward. Slow down and tend to those things you’ve passed over in haste. You are thinking and expressing yourself in different ways.
Mercury turns retrograde today, and will continue to move in this apparent backward motion until September 22nd, dear Gemini. This can serve to sway your thinking and change your mind about past decisions. Think in terms of review rather than pushing something entirely new. Mercury is your ruler, and during this cycle, you may have some problems with clarity and decision making. You may want to put off major decision-making regarding new endeavors in home improvement, moving, and family matters just for the time being. However, this is a good cycle in which to re-organize your home. This cycle can help you see your life from an entirely different perspective, particularly your emotional life and matters related to family and home.
Mercury’s retrograde cycle starts today and lasts until September 22nd, dear Cancer, and occurs in your communications sector. This can point to some delays due to misunderstood communications, transportation problems or car repairs, and possibly computer-related difficulties. It would be wise to double-check your work and communications before submitting or sending them off, and to allow extra time to make it to appointments, as some forgetfulness is possible now. However, it’s a good time for journaling and reworking mental projects. You might enjoy renewing or recycling old ideas and interests. Through delays and backtracking, you might discover new ways of connecting, moving around in the world, and expressing yourself – ways that wouldn’t have come to mind otherwise.
Mercury stations retrograde today, dear Leo, and will be retrograde until September 22nd. Use this cycle for reviewing financial matters and budgets rather than committing to major new financial agreements and outlays, as these may eventually lose their glamor. There can be a change of mind or interest, possibly even a bit of regret when it comes to those things said or begun right now and recently. There may be the need to review your finances or budget, or you could be dealing with lost or misplaced possessions. Take the time to re-think your sources of income and how you spend your cash during this period. Some money-making ideas or ventures may go on hold due to circumstances beyond your control. Come at old problems from a new direction or perspective. A Solar Eclipse will occur in the same area of your solar chart in just two days, urging you to look forward and start fresh. As enthusiastic as you are to push projects, take extra time to get take care of unfinished business and to get things right.
Mercury turns retrograde today, and for all signs, there can be some confusion now regarding communications and transportation, dear Virgo. However, this retrograde period, lasting until September 22nd, occurs in your sign, not to mention Mercury is your sign’s ruler, making it considerably more personal for you. You may feel misunderstood at times during this period, and you should take a little extra time making sure you’re clear in your communications. Decision making turns inward during this cycle, and intuition tends to reign over pure logic. You are looking at the world through different filters and can come up with some compelling inner revelations. It may be difficult to communicate them under this influence, but not everything needs to be rationalized. This is a time of heightened spiritual awareness that favors meditation, reworking old plans, and reviewing past work. A Solar Eclipse in your sign is just two days away, and while this will encourage you to look forward, you need to take care of some unfinished business and tie up some loose ends.
Mercury turns retrograde today, and for all signs, there can be some delays, more red tape than usual, misunderstandings, and lack of clear messages coming through, in general, dear Libra. For you, trusting your instincts may not be as straightforward during this cycle that lasts until September 22nd. Your thinking is more spiritual and less factual which can be a clear asset if applied to the right things. You can quite easily put your foot in your mouth, however, or reveal something that you’d prefer to remain hidden. It’s a good cycle for redoing and refining work that is already underway, for journaling, and for backtracking over the past to find answers. Minor breaks in the mechanical aspects of communication can reconnect you to other perfectly valid means of communication.
Mercury turns retrograde today and will continue to move in this apparent backward motion until September 22nd, dear Scorpio. Friendships may involve some backtracking or slow-downs during this time. There can be the need to review debts and obligations or to reassess a relationship. This comes just before a Solar Eclipse affects the same area of your solar chart, so while you need to start fresh in a friendship, you may need to look back before moving ahead. You are required to be more alert than usual when it comes to dealings with friends and groups, as well as business income and dealings with business associates. Some of you could meet an old friend during this cycle. Some of the seeds you recently planted regarding long-term goals are likely to need review or revision.
The retrograde Mercury cycle that commences today and runs until September 22nd occurs in your career and reputation sector, dear Sagittarius. You may experience more than usual delays or confusion regarding goals, career choices, and projects. Matters from your past might be rehashed or recycled and circulated. There can be some cooling off or slow developments in a close relationship. While it’s a positive time for refining long-term goals and career projects, there can be some confusion surrounding business plans or communications. Extra care should be exercised when communicating with the public, superiors, associates, and partners. Keep in mind that information received or perceived today may be emotionally biased or incomplete. Overall, however, retrograde Mercury cycle are not inherently negative. In fact, they are strong for refining projects that are already underway.
Mercury turns retrograde today and remains so until September 22nd, dear Capricorn. While retrograde Mercury phenomena apply to all zodiac signs, this particular cycle shouldn’t be especially hard on you. Even so, there can be issues with delayed travel or travel plans, publishing delays or redos, or confusing issues surrounding higher education. Work projects may need some review, and health matters might require some backtracking before pushing ahead. Take care when it comes to presenting ideas, writing letters and emails, and any detail work. You may not be seeing the whole picture, but you might also find new ways of looking at a matter that bring about creative results. Jupiter’s quintile to Saturn today boosts your creative power as well.
Mercury turns retrograde today and will move in this apparent backward motion until September 22nd, dear Aquarius. For you, this is a time of introspection and review. Decision making is not as straightforward as it typically is, as you search within for answers and need more time to draw conclusions. There may be some delays or backtracking with matters related to creative projects, romance, intimacy, and financial affairs. This period is especially strong, however, for reviewing joint finances and debts. Rather than taking out new loans, focus on working with what you have. This energy can also play out on an intimate level, and you may find yourself frequently turning to the past to understand the present better.
Mercury turns retrograde today, and will remain so until September 22nd, dear Pisces. This cycle impacts your close personal relationships as it occurs in your opposite sign (Virgo) and your partnership sector. There may be a turning to the past now, whether it’s a past partner or simply past matters with a current one. Try not to focus on the words chosen to express ideas now, and rather on the intention behind the words. There may be some backtracking or delays related to your domestic life during this cycle. Some of the things you’ve started or communicated recently might need some touching up. Communications can be muddled for the time being, but delays can also help you to better understand your situation as you see details you may have missed.
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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 30 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 30 2016 3:33 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Jup
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Jupiter
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 30 2016 3:50 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: Aug 30 2016 5:47 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Mer
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Mercury
What feels right clashes with logic today. What people are saying may be a misrepresentation of their true feelings/emotions. It’s better to think before we speak, or misunderstandings can follow.
Date & Time: Aug 30 2016 7:41 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 30 2016 8:27 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Ven
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Venus
Relationships may be subtly strained or unsettled. Try to relax and not obsess. Restlessness can lead to poor choices or overindulgence. Show restraint and reap the rewards.
Date & Time: Aug 30 2016 11:25 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 30 2016 6:24 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Pll Ura
Description: Transiting Sun Parallel Transiting Uranus
Date & Time: Aug 30 2016 9:03 am
Event: Tr Mer R
Description: Transiting Mercury Stationary
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 are especially in touch with the physical world. We consider what we’ve learned and experienced in the past in order to make the most of the present. We can be cautious, practical, and possibly unimaginative. We are deliberate and can pace ourselves well. We need hands-on experience and are not impressed with theory as much as we are with results. Routines are tolerable and comforting.
We may have a difficult time being objective or detached. We may not be especially communicative.
There may be some insensitivity or lack of empathy now. We may be out of touch with what we’re feeling or with our emotional needs. We may be tougher than usual now, and more inclined to follow mental or practical considerations than we are to listen to our intuition.
BALANCE OF MODES
We are flexible, adaptable, willing, open to change, and possibly flighty or nervous.
Current Lunar Phase
LUNAR PHASE: BALSAMIC
Moon less than 45 degrees behind the Sun.
Time to tie up loose ends, review, reflect, let go, and edit.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on August 30th:
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 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
TRINE MARS Orb 4°14′ Separating
Feelings and desires seem to be in sync, making this a good time to take purposeful action. Healthy competition, resourcefulness, courage.
TRINE URANUS Orb 6°39′ 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.
THE SUN IN VIRGO
You are an analytical and critical individual. You are also practical and discriminating, and may be fussy.
8TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Abdominal cavity
Sabian Symbol: A girl takes her first dancing instruction.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
SQUARE MARS Orb 5°30′ Applying
You love to take risks and can be accident prone. You have difficulty discerning the difference between assertion and aggression. You may believe that you are simply stating your own case clearly, while others claim that you are being pushy. You need to find a healthy outlet for your enthusiasm and energy.
SQUARE SATURN Orb 2°19′ Applying
We can feel temporarily blocked or thwarted, and possibly less than confident. We might want to delay important decision making until a more enlightened, positive time.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 3°00′ Applying
This a time for dreaming rather than important decision-making. It’s a good time to pay special attention to dreams and inspiration. Clarity may not be with us, but we probably don’t need it right now. It’s difficult to know for certain what we want, as we may be wavering. Confusion about a relationship or idealizing a person could figure strongly now.
TRINE PLUTO Orb 7°24′ Applying
You are a powerful person with strong leadership abilities. You know when to be assertive and when to compromise. You are able to apply yourself to the job at hand.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 5°01′ Applying
We might come to realizations of personal or professional truths, and these can propel us forward on a new path, or advance our current goals. People tend to support and assist us now. We might recognize our need for others. This is a good time for setting goals.
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.
30TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Hepatic duct
Sabian Symbol: Having an urgent task to complete, a man doesn’t look to any Distractions.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
CONJUNCTION VENUS Orb 1°37′ Separating
We are more agreeable, sociable, and focused on balance and harmony. Conversations flow nicely.
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 1°08′ Applying
You are talkative and have a thirst for knowledge. You have big ideas and plans. Education will feature largely in your life.
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 5°26′ 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 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.
1ST DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Renal pelvis
Sabian Symbol: A butterfly made perfect by a dart through it.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 2°46′ Separating
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.
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.
14TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Cutaneous vessles of the thighs
Sabian Symbol: The pyramids and the sphinx.
ASPECTS OF MARS
CONJUNCTION SATURN Orb 3°10′ Separating
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°29′ Separating
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.
28TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Hepatic plexus
Sabian Symbol: A bald-headed man dominates gathering of national figures.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 4°17′ 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)
11TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Adductor muscles
Sabian Symbol: The lamp of physical enlightenment at the left temple.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
SQUARE NEPTUNE Orb 0°41′ 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 2°00′ 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).
24TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right distal tibio-fibular joint
Sabian Symbol: An inhabited island.
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.
15TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Gastric nerves
Sabian Symbol: A group of people who have overeaten and enjoyed it.
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.
26TH DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right fibula
Sabian Symbol: A hydrometer.
JUNO IN SCORPIO
You want an intense and sexual relationship. You want your partner’s total attention and demand a high degree of sensuality.
10TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Corpus cavernosum of penis
Sabian Symbol: A fellowship supper reawakens unforgettable inner ties.
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 Aug 30 2016 – Event Chart
Aspects to Sun 07°Vi41 +08°40′
Cnj 07°Vi40 THUBAN To protect or make a treasure.
Aspects to Sat 10°Sg01 -20°25′
Cnj 09°Sg59 ANTARES *** Success which can be obsessive
Aspects to Plu 15°Cp06 -21°19′
Cnj 15°Cp33 VEGA Charismatic, magical, lucky
Aspects to Ves 14°Cn03 +20°46′
Cnj 14°Cn18 SIRIUS*** The mundane becoming sacred.
Aspects to BMo 11°Sc16 -11°01′
Cnj 12°Sc05 ACRUX Focused on the physical world.