The Sun enters Virgo, where it will stay until September 23rd, and is parallel Jupiter, encouraging us to be our best. We can have a taste of what Jupiter in Virgo feels like today and on the 26th, when the Sun aligns with Jupiter.
- The Moon is in Sagittarius all day (until Tuesday, August 25th, at 12:21 AM).
- The Moon is waxing and in its First Quarter phase.
- A First Quarter Moon occurred yesterday and a Full Moon will occur on the 29th (in Pisces).
- Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6).
- The Sun enters Virgo this morning (the Sun transits Virgo from August 23-September 23).
Times are EDT
Wherever the Sun transits in your solar chart, dear Aries, you have take-charge energy and focus at your disposal for the areas of life ruled by that sector. Today and until September 23rd, the Sun spotlights your work, service, health, daily habits, and routines. Focus can be on improving your self-care habits, organization, and work commitments. You take more pride in, and are more equipped to take charge of, your health and wellness. You’re going to be putting a lot of effort into these things in the upcoming year with Jupiter spending time in this sector, and you’re likely to get some lucky boosts along the way.
On the 11th, Jupiter entered your romance and creativity sector for a thirteen month stay, dear Taurus. Today, the Sun begins its month-long visit to this area of your chart, and this stimulates your attention, pride, and sense of being in charge. Any latent needs to perform, entertain, have fun, attract love, and express yourself creatively come to the fore now. You could be feeling more romantic or affectionate now. You might begin creative projects or hobbies, or you could be renewing or putting more energy into these things now. You are looking for feedback and perhaps some ego strokes, but most importantly, you are recognizing your natural need for some “play” time. This cycle lasts until September 23rd and helps to kick off your lucky Jupiter cycle in a fun way.
The Sun moves to the lowermost place in your chart today, dear Gemini, and as it moves through your home and family sector over the coming month, you’ll be most concerned with domestic and personal matters. The outside world will still need your attention, of course, but your strongest focus now is becoming more comfortable and secure in your home, and in your own skin as well. Soothe yourself with the familiar, and step into your comfort zone. We all need to do this from time to time. The needs of family and the home environment may not necessarily increase, but you’ll hear them loud and clear. Jupiter has just recently entered this sector of your chart, bringing more joy and benefits to home and family life. The Sun here brings your pride into the equation. It’s a strong time for making improvements.
The Sun moves into your communications sector today, dear Cancer, where it illuminates your mind as well as the connections you have and make to others. Your daily life may become especially busy, and possibly scattered at times. There can be a lot of comings and goings. You might increase your contact and communication with others, and/or throw yourself into learning exciting new things. Some of you could discover fun new interests. Because demands on you, and your own interests, can be very diverse during this cycle, it can be difficult to work on any one project with exclusive focus. Even so, this cycle is more about discovery and branching out than specializing. Jupiter has just recently moved into this area of your chart for a longer stay, until September 2016, and this can create quite a nice, positive buzz around your communications.
The Sun leaves your sign today, and begins its month-long transit of your sector of values and resources, dear Leo. This puts a lot of emphasis on your levels of comfort and security. You’re especially interested in finding ways to settle in, but also to build upon recent ideas in order to get some results. This can involve finances, of course, but it’s also a cycle in which you get into greater touch with what it is you have, both material and spiritual resources. Whether these things help you to feel secure or if they are attempts to replace more important things that are missing from your life might be explored now, and in many ways, through the coming year with Jupiter now transiting this area of your chart until September 2016. This is a time to appreciate what you already have, and if something is truly missing, to make plans to build what you need. Taking charge of your financial affairs can also be appropriate at this time in your life. Today is strong for personal appeal and creative expression. The Moon stimulates your playful side now, but also sensitivity to whether others are paying attention and giving you the feedback you desire.
Jupiter just recently moved into your sign, dear Virgo, and today, the Sun begins its yearly, month-long visit, bringing more oomph to the table. You are at a personal peak of sorts, and this will continue in many ways for the year to come, when you feel more in charge of your life than you normally do. You might play with a new look, style, or image. You are more inclined to take mindful action rather than simply react to what is going on around you. This begins a new “birthday year”, and when your birthday does occur, remind yourself that you have more power than usual to make resolutions and to make changes that truly improve your life. As more attention comes to you, you quite naturally want to get your act together. You are more readily attracting what you need into your life now. Even so, today’s Moon visit to your home and family sector can bring out the homebody in you.
Today, the Sun begins its transit of the most private, tucked away sector of your chart, dear Libra, and will continue to transit this sector of your chart until September 23rd. This begins a natural cycle that emphasizes the need to look back, reflect, and reconsider before you move forward with personal plans. Goals may not be clear, or could need some refinement. You may be bringing some matters to a closure. Decision making in general is a slower process now, as you are not as impulsive, confident, or sure about what you’re ready, able, and willing to do. This is a period for a tidy-up on an emotional, spiritual, or mental level. Jupiter recently entered this same sector of your chart and will visit here for over a year. This gives you a support system as the Sun transits this sector for the coming month.
Today the Sun enters your sector of connections, friendships, wishes, and hopes, dear Scorpio, and will continue to visit this house of your solar chart until September 23rd. It’s a friendly, idealistic cycle that stimulates your need to connect with people who share common ideals and aspirations. It also brings out your desire to seek happiness. Being part of a team or group effort can be especially satisfying now. It’s a time when making a contribution to your community can be satisfying, and when putting ego needs to the side in favor of group efforts can be helpful. Bringing even greater oomph to all of these things is Jupiter, having just recently begun a thirteen month visit to this same sector of your chart. You’re in the position to benefit from friendships and new goals.
Jupiter just recently began a thirteen month visit of your career and reputation sector, kicking off a cycle of improved opportunities, professional presence, and influence, dear Sagittarius. Today, the Sun begins its month-long transit of this same sector, bringing more power, focus, and conscious, directed energy along with it. It’s a take-charge time for professional and public efforts, as well as duties and responsibilities. You quite naturally take the lead, and the spotlight. You are in greater demand, and there can be more attention to your performance and accomplishments now. Today, the Moon is in your sign, and you are seeing things from a rather emotional perspective. The Sun and your ruler, Jupiter, are in parallel aspect, and this serves to boost your personal and professional appeal all day.
The Sun begins its yearly, month-long transit of your adventure sector today, dear Capricorn, encouraging you to reach beyond your usual limits, boundaries, and routines in order to experience and learn new things. Jupiter, the planet of expansion and increase, has just recently entered this sector of your chart, and now with the Sun here, there is more directed, take-charge energy available to you, although after the Solar Eclipse mid-September will be even more powerful. You are feeling in form and more confident now. The routine or mundane elements of your life appear less interesting and more black-and-white as you seek out more colorful life experiences. Even so, the Moon continues to transit the background of your chart today, and you may very well enjoy some quiet time just for now.
The Sun begins highlighting your solar eighth house today, dear Aquarius, shining light on sharing in intimate and financial ways. This is a time for recognizing debts to and dependencies on others, and taking charge in some manner. In fact, you can gain a real feeling of self-empowerment during this cycle that lasts until September 23rd. Debt and support in question can be either emotional or material, and if you can come to terms with it, you can feel more in control of your life. Getting to a healthier balance is important now. You are more interested in what’s going on behind the scenes and below the surface than the more superficial interactions in your life, and while investigating, playing detective, and analyzing are all favored now, taken too far, they could lead to unnecessary suspicion and a negative headspace. Sidestep your way around power games in order to focus instead on getting closer with someone important in your life and with yourself. Be as honest with yourself as possible for the best results. Jupiter is helping you out all month and beyond, as this planet of plenty recently entered this same sector of your chart, bringing joy and benefits to your intimate world.
You are beginning a relationship-focused month-long cycle today, dear Pisces, with the Sun’s move into Virgo. Jupiter has just recently entered this sector of your chart and will spend over a year here, bringing benefits to and from your relationships. You take more pride in how you get along with others, and how well you find harmony and balance in your personal environment. Many of you are more companionable, sociable, and compromising than usual, as your awareness of the needs of, and needs for, others becomes very obvious. Your own personal agenda may need to wait. At times, it may seem that others are directing your life in some way. Of course, in order to relate well with other people, a strong sense of self is vital. You need to know what you want and what you’re prepared to give. Today, you are more noticeable and accountable than usual, and duties call to you!
*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: 23 Aug 2015 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Sagittarius
Description: The Moon in Sagittarius
This is a time for expanding our mind and experience, exploring new pathways, aiming high, and broadening our horizons. It’s not as strong for detail or routine work. There can be restlessness, courage, and spontaneity now.
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 2:37 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Ura
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Uranus
We can easily find ourselves all wound up and nervous. Unpredictable responses from others (and ourselves). Emotional eruptions are possible. Not a good time to make permanent decisions, particularly about relationships and family/domestic matters.
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 9:08 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Neptune
There can be confusion, misunderstanding, or some level of chaos and uncertainty. Avoid money transactions or new business initiatives – it can be difficult to think clearly. There may be deception or self-deception to deal with. We might have an emotional urge to escape. Feeling out of sorts and don’t know why? Relax and listen to some inspirational music. Honor your need to feed your more refined or spiritual side, and the difficult feelings will soon fade away.
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 10:37 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: 23 Aug 2015 2:36 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Cer
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Ceres
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 5:06 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Ves
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Vesta
We can derive a nice feeling of satisfaction and fulfillment from tending to our responsibilities, work, or other commitment. We are more able to make sacrifices or put our emotions aside in order to get something important done. Alternatively, we can bring more sensitivity to our practical affairs. This can be a good time to commit fully to something – especially health and healing matters. It’s also a strong time for taking care of domestic matters.
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 5:15 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Pallas
This is a time of imagination and intuition, when we can draw upon our internal wisdom. There is a good ability to successfully combine logic and intuition, and to understand problems taking into account the human element. There is sensitivity to people’s issues now. Cooperation. Effective, sensitive decision making.
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 6:37 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Cnj Vir
Description: Transiting Sun Entering Virgo
Time for logic and focus on details. Be discriminating but not critical.
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 4:45 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Sun Pll Jup
Description: Transiting Sun Parallel Transiting Jupiter
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 0:29 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mer SSq Mar
Description: Transiting Mercury SemiSquare Transiting Mars
Questions are raised, discussions can become heated, and there can be nervous excitement now. Enthusiasm is likely, but may go a little too far. Impulsive speech or other communications. Mechanical breakdowns are possible.
Date & Time: 23 Aug 2015 7:46 am
Event: Tr-Tr Ves Tri Pal
Description: Transiting Vesta Trine Transiting Pallas
There is a good balance between learning from tradition and seeing things progressively now. Timing is good, and we might be making strong decisions related to work or long-term projects.
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
Scores: Fire 8; Earth 7; Air 0; Water 2
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
Scores: Cardinal 2; Fixed 5; Mutable 10
This is not a time that we tend to naturally initiate actions. We may be stronger at following up than starting anew. Survival mechanisms may be weaker now.
We are flexible, adaptable, willing, open to change, and possibly flighty or nervous.
LUNAR PHASE: FIRST QUARTER
Moon from 90 to 135 degrees ahead of the Sun.
We are motivated to take action, perhaps due to a clash, conflict, or stress, as we are more aware of problems and differences now. Plans are beginning to take off or turn a corner. We should watch for pushing too hard.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on August 23rd:
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 life time).
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.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
SQUARE THE SUN Orb 1°40′ Applying
There can be a conflict between our intentions and our emotions now. We can feel tense and unsatisfied until we take care of problems. We can be unsure about whether we want support or to do things independently.
SQUARE JUPITER Orb 4°51′ Applying
We may not be very realistic right now, which can lead to moodiness, as we are more invested in our dreams and expectations.
CONJUNCTION SATURN Orb 1°02′ Applying
There can be stronger awareness of our responsibilities, or new responsibilities fall into our laps. Emotions may be cooled, and we can appear to be unsympathetic.
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
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 3°10′ Applying
We are feeling especially vital, confident, generous, and enthusiastic. This is a good time to take steps to grow something–our business, our significant relationships, and so forth.
SQUARE SATURN Orb 0°38′ Separating
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.
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.
24TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Capsule and ligaments of liver
Sabian Symbol: Mary and her white lamb.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 3°17′ 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.
CONJUNCTION THE NORTH NODE Orb 7°59′ Applying
You are being urged to develop your communication skills. Your destiny in this life may be linked to some form of teaching or communication. This may also be linked with groups.
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.
19TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Ventricular septum
Sabian Symbol: A houseboat party.
ASPECTS OF VENUS
TRINE URANUS Orb 1°37′ 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 LEO
You have a strong need to express your personal creativity. You may display dramatic and confident behaviour, and like to make an impact on your surroundings. You may also be arrogant.
9TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Superior vena cava
Sabian Symbol: Glass blowers shape with their breath glowing forms.
ASPECTS OF MARS
QUINCUNX NEPTUNE Orb 0°09′ Separating
We can feel vaguely discontented and without direction under this influence. The tendency to be careless is also strong now. Poor judgment or laziness can prevent us from realizing our plans.
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.
3RD DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Appendix, caecum
Sabian Symbol: Two angels bringing protection.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
SQUARE SATURN Orb 3°48′ Separating
We are faced with the need to temper our enthusiasm or to slow down to avoid overextending ourselves. This is a time for clarifying and editing projects and goals. We may need to cut back on something in order to grow in another area. Patience is required now.
OPPOSITION NEPTUNE Orb 6°14′ Applying
We may be misled easily under this influence–by others, or by our own unrealistic or inflated expectations. Routine seems to be particularly unsatisfying now, as we are inclined to want to find more meaning in what we’re doing.
SATURN IN SCORPIO
A strong period for dissecting and studying the unconscious/subconscious, for seeing how deep-rooted fears and patterns control our lives, and for dealing with and eventually mastering our addictions. Restrictions we experience through our debts to others can be magnified, and these can be material, moral, or emotional debts. This transit can help us to structure, organize, and make sense out of these debts. Dealing with fears of dependency and helplessness. Resourcefulness. (October 5, 2012 to December 23, 2014; then June 14, 2015 to September 17, 2015)
29TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Vomer
Sabian Symbol: A woman pleading for the lives of her children.
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).
21ST DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Eye muscles
Sabian Symbol: A pugilist entering the ring.
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).
9TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Right metatarsals
Sabian Symbol: The race begins: a jockey spurs his horse to great speed.
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).
14TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Right knee cartilage
Sabian Symbol: An ancient bas-relief carved in granite.
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).
21ST DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Left fibula muscle
Sabian Symbol: A little white lamb, a child, and a servant.
VESTA IN ARIES
This can be a time for grabbing the reins and working solo. There can be strong energy for new enterprises but not necessarily for routine work.
13TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Ventricles of brain
Sabian Symbol: A bomb which failed to explode is now safely concealed.
PALLAS IN SAGITTARIUS
This is an idealistic position. We love to learn and share our ideas and beliefs with others, and will go to great lengths to defend our principles and to reveal our truths.
13TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Long saphenous veins
Sabian Symbol: A widow’s past brought to light.
JUNO IN VIRGO
Partnership and service are tied together in some significant manner with this position. There may be some resistance to merging fully with a partner, as there is a need to remain independent, separate, and distinct even in a partnership.
21ST DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Cystic duct
Sabian Symbol: A girl’s basketball team.
CERES IN CAPRICORN
You tend to look after yourself and others rather than seek nurturing. You feel nurtured when you achieve your ambitions. You teach others self-discipline and how to achieve their goals.
27TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Deep nerves
Sabian Symbol: A mountain pilgrimage.
HYGEIA IN LEO
You take pride in your health. You may have hobbies and pastimes linked with health.
20TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Mitral valve
Sabian Symbol: Performing a majestic ritual to the sun.
ASTRAEA IN CANCER
You have an inability to let go of your family. You prefer the comfort of your own home to the excitement of an open environment.
15TH DEGREE OF CANCER
Part of Body: Gastric nerves
Sabian Symbol: A group of people who have overeaten and enjoyed it.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LIBRA
This is a quest to learn co-operation. You have a tendency to want your own way and to force your opinions onto others. You need to develop selflessness, the ability to share and a sensitivity to the needs of other people.
2ND DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Renal cortex
Sabian Symbol: The light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN ARIES
This is a quest to learn co-operation. You have a tendency to want your own way and to force your opinions onto others. You need to develop selflessness, the ability to share and a sensitivity to the needs of other people.
2ND DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Midbrain
Sabian Symbol: A comedian entertaining the group.
*** ASPECTS TO FIXED STARS ***
Transits 22 Aug 2015 – Event Chart
Aspects to Sun 29°Le15 +11°43′
Cnj 00°Vi02 REGULUS*** Majestic, success, (revenge)
Pll +11°53′ REGULUS*** Majestic, success, (revenge)
Aspects to Ast 14°Cn26 +19°09′
Cnj 14°Cn17 SIRIUS*** The mundane becoming sacred.
Cnj 15°Cn09 CANOPUS** The Path Finder