- The Moon is in Taurus until 9:45 AM, after which the Moon is in Gemini.
- A void Moon period occurs today from 3:54 AM to 9:45 AM.
- The Moon is waning and in its Last Quarter phase.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurred yesterday, and the New Moon will occur on August 18th.
- Mars is direct and in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mars will retrograde from September 9th to November 13th).
- Current retrogrades: Jupiter Rx, Saturn Rx, Chiron Rx, Neptune Rx, Pluto Rx.
**Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
AriesCompetitive feelings may be stirred today by a Mars-Pluto square, dear Aries. It’s an especially personal transit with Mars currently transiting your sign. It will recur again later due to an upcoming retrograde of Mars, pointing to some tension that requires sensitive handling in the coming months. Your desire to assert your independence or simply to go your own way and do your own thing is stronger than usual now. However, the pressures to keep cool or stick to the rules are also in place, causing a dilemma. Ideally, you reach a compromise, but you might consider dialing down your ambitions just a little to reduce excess stress. It may very well be that you can do so without loss. You have all sorts of exciting ideas and plans these days, but putting too much energy into new efforts can get you behind on current responsibilities and projects. The Moon’s move into your communications sector for a couple of days helps lighten things up. There can be plenty of stimulation on a mental level.
TaurusMars in your solar twelfth house animates your private life these days, dear Taurus. Mars will stick around in this area of your chart until January–longer than usual due to its upcoming retrograde. Today, it’s moving to a square to Pluto, and this transit can act to pull up fear that you’re not ready or prepared for a situation. It might have you especially concerned that something from your past will surface and interfere with your current position. Instead, this aspect might relate to a disagreement on intellectual matters that you’re taking to heart more seriously. Jealousies or resentments can be an issue. You might find yourself fixating on an unresolved, frustrating matter from the past since this area since Mars is an instigator, and this sector of your solar chart rules your subconscious mind. The key to easing pressures is to identify areas where you’re micromanaging or attempting to control and then consciously ease off them a bit. The chances are high that you can do so without consequences. Fears can magnify to bigger than life proportions where Pluto is concerned, and dealing with their origins can be useful to manage tensions. You may need to get some perspective or check in with someone who’s not as close to the situation.
GeminiWhile the day’s energies can be complicated, dear Gemini, reactions can be highly revealing. Pluto, as a long-term influence in your solar eighth house, is useful for exposing tense areas where you may have been micromanaging to the point of doing yourself a disservice. Pluto’s hard aspect to Mars tends to aggravate these hotspots. Reactions may be tense or resentful, and they can surprise you with their strength. Mars is currently encouraging your active involvement with friends or networks, but your intimate life remains a strong focus, and competing urges or drives can clash now. You can’t control the course of a relationship, or how you’ll feel with a person. Releasing your grip can release the truth of a matter, ultimately. While this can be hard to digest, it’s something that empowers you. Don’t allow fear to keep you from enjoying your life. Instead, take firm steps towards improving your current financial position or learning more about a relationship, all with an eye on the future. The Moon heads into your sign today, bringing more color to your feelings for a couple of days. You’re quicker to react and respond today.
CancerMars is calling on your ambitions as it transits your solar tenth house these days, dear Cancer. This transit will continue until January, and it’s one of the more goal-oriented periods of the year. Mars clashes with Pluto, and this can pull up a conflict between a relationship and your duties, responsibilities, or worldly or strategic goals. Watch for taking on too much or overemphasizing one to the detriment of another. You should have room for both in your life, and if one drive is taking over, then it’s a sign to ease some pressure. People close to you can seem quite demanding or even pushy right now, or you may feel caught in the middle of a power struggle or a challenging decision. Interactions now might put you in touch with your fears of change in your relationships. Your first reaction may be to scramble to find ways to regain or maintain control, but attempts to do so can bring about undesirable results. Aim to rise above your fears. This aspect will recur in the coming months, and can point to an ongoing struggle between attention to your ambitions and relationships. The Moon moves into your privacy sector today for a couple of days, encouraging you to wind down and reflect or restore your energy.
LeoTension can result from overattachment to a particular method, idea, belief, or point of view today, dear Leo. A Mars-Pluto square can push a matter to a head where you’ve been turning on the pressure too hard. It can aggravate tension since your desire to advance your work or health feels at odds with your need to expand, learn, and experience life firsthand. It can be challenging to ease off in either area. However, with Pluto transiting your solar sixth house, a long-term influence, work and health are areas you’re more likely to overdo and micromanage or where you’re so ambitious that other areas of your life sometimes suffer. If these things keep you from venturing out and experiencing more of life, then it’s time to find ways to strike a balance. Aim to recognize that you’re not superhuman and can only do so much. The chances are high that fears are magnifying problem areas, and everything is overblown temporarily. You tend to automatically shoulder work responsibilities, and while this can work in your favor sometimes, you occasionally feel far too much pressure, and this can be one of those times. Think about ways to share the load or divide your time more efficiently so that you can catch a break. This aspect will recur in the coming months, suggesting an ongoing problem that needs your attention.
VirgoThe Moon heads to the top of your solar chart for a couple of days, dear Virgo, encouraging a stronger focus on your ambitions, goals, and responsibilities. This transit tends to stimulate a stronger concern for how you’re performing. Mars in your intimacy sector until January is stirring up all sorts of previously buried matter. It’s now heading into conflict with Pluto, possibly aggravating tensions in relationships or on an emotional level. Resentments can surface if someone isn’t taking you seriously. Your excitement may not be mirrored, which can be frustrating, or there can be questions about how involved you want to be with a project. So much is riding on a relationship or project that it’s losing its fun factor, or it could even be taking over your life in destructive ways. If so, it may be time to take steps to even things out. This transit helps show you where you’ve been overdoing, micromanaging, or unnecessarily fearful. Aim to recognize the need to let go of something just a little if your grip is too tight.
LibraFrustrations with others could run high today, dear Libra, and resentful feelings can emerge, particularly if you’ve felt that someone is putting their agendas over yours. Mars, currently transiting your partnership sector, is heading into a square aspect with Pluto. You can feel a little torn between the wants and needs of others and your own feelings and fears. If you’ve been holding onto something too tightly or nursing some resentment, you’ll feel the pressure now. Fortunately, this gives you the chance to resolve things. The goal would be to ease off just a little to release some pressure. Certainly, the temptation to hold onto something that needs or wants to change can be strong, but won’t do you any good in the long term. This aspect will recur in October and December, pointing to an ongoing theme that requires special attention. Your goal might be to make changes that help you live more authentically and less fearfully, and ego wars and power games won’t lead you to this place. The Moon heads into your spirit sector for a couple of days, boosting your desire to improve, grow, and thrive.
ScorpioToday’s energies are on the more intense side, dear Scorpio. The Moon heads into your intimacy sector for a couple of days, encouraging a desire to go within. Mars is heading into a tense aspect with Pluto today, and this transit will recur in October and December. Mars is currently transiting your work and health sector, fueling your ambition for making improvements to your daily routines, and sometimes stimulating some frustration if things are not moving swiftly or straightforwardly. It’s an excellent time for upping your game, particularly with nutrition, health, fitness, and work. Competition is good for you in moderation, but this Mars-Pluto square tends to disrupt things. Fortunately, it helps you see areas of your life that have become too pressured for your own good. Current drives can clash, especially if you’re putting so much effort into a project that’s consuming way too much of your attention. Your desire to do something about an intolerable situation rises today, making it hard to walk away from conflict. Changes in communications or approaches might help. This transit is about letting go of projects, ideas, or attitudes that keep you from thriving and growing. If the need to be right, correct, and in control is wreaking havoc and causing unhealthy tension, it’s time to ease some of the unnecessary pressure.
SagittariusThe Moon heads into your partnership sector for a couple of days, dear Sagittarius, stimulating your need for others. There can be some tensions or disagreements related to core values, money, or questions of ownership now and this week. A Mars-Pluto square points to concerns and worries that put pressure on you. Alternatively, you may be feeling conflicted on an emotional level about your feelings towards someone. You have a somewhat cautious and conservative streak when it comes to your money and possessions these days with Pluto’s long-term transit of your resources sector. Mars is now aggravating this tendency, magnifying insecurities and fears along these lines. Through these feelings, you can learn a lot about yourself and your situation. You might recognize areas where you’ve been holding on too tightly to specific ideas and ideals, or possibly even personal possessions or business methods. As a result, you may not be taking many creative risks or relaxing enough to express or enjoy yourself fully. Tensions can keep you from following your heart, and the emotional complexities underlying this issue need to be acknowledged and managed.
CapricornMars and Pluto are heading toward a square aspect, dear Capricorn, and this transit can produce a bit of tension. You might find that you’re a bit on edge. Mars is currently transiting your solar fourth house, stirring up buried matter on an emotional level and/or energizing your home and personal life. In a challenging aspect with Pluto, Mars can serve to highlight the ways these things conflict with your plans and needs for independence. It may be that you need to loosen your grip on a matter that keeps you on high alert or under too much stress for your own good, so that you can breathe. Something might feel exaggerated, and if so, it’s good to recognize the need to relax and detox. Your strong sense of pride and privacy may trip you up at times, as you tend to shoulder many responsibilities without sharing the load. Be careful that you don’t alienate others because even if it doesn’t seem the case right now, you’ll need them later. The Moon’s move into your work and health sector for a couple of days also activates your desire to improve and fix problems.
AquariusThe Moon’s move into your sector of joy today can put you in the mood to share, dear Aquarius. While it’s a lighthearted transit, a Mars-Pluto aspect in play can ramp up tensions. This influence can aggravate lingering control issues. You may feel tense about deadlines or impatient with matters that aren’t accelerating at the pace you’d like. There can be uneasy feelings, words, or thoughts, but it’s a good time to recognize anger if it’s hanging around so that you can deal with it. Consider that guardedness of your privacy and unwillingness to explore the deeper issues may aggravate tensions. Something you’ve swept under the carpet may be better dealt with than avoided since it can emerge in disruptive ways. The tendency to fixate on a certain topic or idea can be positive if applied to a project requiring extra attention. However, you may be pushing things too hard. Watch for a tendency to react too quickly to frustrations.
PiscesThe Moon heads into your home and family sector for a couple of days, dear Pisces, and you’re connecting with your needs for comfort, safety, and familiarity. A Mars-Pluto aspect about to form can point to emerging resentments related to differing values, issues of respect, and the like. There can be a buildup of pressure in a friendship or a project today. If you’ve kept too much to yourself, the stress can get to you now. Areas of tension may have to do with belongings, ownership, money, boundaries, possessiveness, or respect on an emotional level. You want to hold your own with Mars currently transiting your solar second house, and if you are in the position to depend on others, it can frustrate you. Keep in mind that if fears of losing someone or something prevent you from enjoying your life and finding the right work or path for you, you’d be wise to confront the problem. This aspect will recur in October and December, and you’ll get the chance to work through these matters.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts:
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.