We spend the month with Venus retrograde until Sept. 3rd and is combust and not visible in the night sky from August 8-18th. Venus does not negatively get impacted when it is both retrograde and combust at the same time.   It retrogrades back into Cancer on August 7-8 and visits the knotted emotional Gandanta area at 29  Cancer on those days.  Venus retrograde causes us to reevaluate relationships and work on making them work.  Saturn’s pesky aspect is out of the way in the sign of Cancer and Mars is also out of the way and Venus can meditate and figure it out more easily with less anger and anxiety.   

For Aries and Scorpio rising we have the full aspect of Jupiter trining Mars from Aries to Leo on August 1st at 19 Leo.  After the heavy hand of Saturn hit Mars on July 20th, it’s nice to get a glance from Jupiter and feel Divine grace and good luck and the call of the Guru.  Cancer and Leos will also enjoy this aspect the most.

Virgos will suffer the most this month with Mercury doing a 12th house transit and with Mercury, the lord of Virgo being hit by an opposition from Saturn into August 1st also.  At best this can create slow and careful writing projects that allow depth to emerge. More troubling it can lead to delays in communication and misunderstandings and will feel like a Mercury retrograde.  Mercury moves quickly so it will be quickly out of range by August 5th but remember to communicate clearly to prevent misunderstandings.  Mars is not far from Mercury for much of August and this can lead to arguments and applications of being right.  Remember that it does not matter. Avoid poking at people on social media or spending hours proving your point as you will be exhausted in the process and lose your friends.

Mercury goes retrograde on August 23rd at 27 Leo and if you are Virgo rising, the unexpected expenses and delays may continue for a while until Oct 1st  so be patient and do your time to charity and humanitarian endeavors to bypass the problems of the 12th houses. Geminis can use the time to write and take speech classes or get into debate club.

Mars moves into Virgo on August 18-Oct 3rd.  This is an enemy’s sign and rekindles those arguments.  Virgo is the natural 6th house of the zodiac and is the place for healing and health concerns to arise for Aries rising and Scorpio.  Stay on top of diet, exercise, and meditation to get through the transit.

We have two full moons this month on August 1 and a blue moon on August 30th.   Blue moons are very predictable and happen every 2.5 years so they are not uncommon although historically the term was meant to be uncommon and originated in the early 1800s in London.   The moon will rarely look blue but once in a while a volcanic eruption or forest fire can produce the right combinations of sulfur dioxide and ash to create that appearance.

The Capricorn/Cancer axis  full moon on August 1st is auspicious because the moon is connected to sign creating a full heart and full nurturing energies.  Full moons in August are Sturgeon moons cause that occur when larger Sturgeon fish appear in the Great Lakes and this was noted by the Algonquin tribe.  The second full moon could be considered the Full Green Corn Moon because it is before corn can be harvested as it was fully grown but not dry enough. This was also known by Native American people.

Saturn stays retrograde until Nov 4th and teaches us to be patient with delays, endure our suffering with perseverance and work harder for our goals.  Saturn is never fun but it ultimately does bear the fruits of hard work.


The nodes are going to get weird as we move into September.  In the True Node system, they are at 1 degree to 29 degrees Sept 15-Dec. 13th.  When they are on the edge, they can peer into an alternate universe.  Psychology gets eerie and weird and distorted.    Rahu when afflicted by being sandhi or on the edge can be more anxious or paranoid, feels constrained by forces beyond his control, victimized by overpowering forces, may have more nightmares or difficult dreams, or be a bit manic-depressive.  If you have your Sun or Moon 29-1  degree of the water signs/air sign juncture in your natal chart or if you are Aquarius rising which is co-ruled by Rahu or if you are in a Rahu period or a Dasha period where Rahu is the nakshatra lord. It could also lead to emptiness leading toward addictive patterns, frustration, sorrow, dejection, psychological intensity, and mental anguish.

Ketu on the edge 1.30  degree Scorpio to 28.30  can have a strong desire to change directions in life, wants to give up material attachment, feels disillusioned, has difficult emotional knots to unravel, feels unsettled and his emotional distortions may tend toward self-isolation. may feel stuck in the past with regrets. This one may start to be felt by Sept. 1st and last into late December.



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