August 2019 Astrological Newsletter
Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time). For Rocky Mountain Time (except AZ which is on PDT in the summer) add 1 hour. For Central Time, add 2 hours. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Alaskan Time, subtract 1 hour. For Hawaii-Aleutian Time, subtract 2 hours. For Greenwich, add 8 hours. For Central European time (CET) add 9 hours, for Eastern European Time (EET), add 10 hours.
RUNE OF THE MONTH: Ehwaz “movement, progress”. If we have felt stagnant, this a great month to break the routine and actively go forward. A good time to move, change jobs, create a new career, engage in self-improvement activities and embellish our home. Outgrown patterns or relationships are likely to be shaken up, opening new horizons that help us breathe more freely. As we shine our light with generosity, we are able to face the future with confidence.
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Jupiter turns direct on August 11 at 14º30’ Sagittarius. Its shadow period extends until November 6th. This degree is represented in the Sabian Symbols by: “The ground hog looking for its shadow on Ground-Hog Day, February 2nd”. For the past 4 months, we reflected on our life, asked ourselves profound questions, sought more knowledge. We are now ready to enter a new chapter in our journey marked by deeper wisdom, more clarity, renewed faith and heightened self-confidence.
Uranus turns retrograde on August 11 and will remain so until January 11, 2020. Its shadow period will last until April 27, 2020. The degree covered in August (6º37’ – 6º28’ Taurus) is represented by: “The woman of Samaria at the ancestral well”. This retrogration helps us free ourselves from the past, prejudices and self-imposed limitations so that we may express our own uniqueness. Our values are changing, as is our relationship to money. Learning about the laws of abundance, helps us create what we need. Our renewed and purified relationship to Mother Nature feeds our soul in magical ways.
Saturn remains retrograde this whole month until September 18 between 15º36’ and 14º10’ Capricorn. Its shadow period lasts until December 24. The images associated with these degrees are: “School grounds filled with boys and girls in gymnasium suits” and “In a hospital, the children’s ward is filled with toys”. No matter the restrictions that are imposed upon us, the challenges we experience, the duties or obligations we have, if we intend on doing the best with what we have, focus on happiness and remain light, wonderful opportunities will arise from what looked like obstacles. A month to find inner wisdom and in the face of adversity, remain philosophical.
Neptune remains retrograde this whole month until November 27. Its shadow period will last until March 17, 2020. The images representing the degrees covered in August (18º18’ -17º35’ Pisces) are: “A master instructing his disciple” and “In a gigantic tent, villagers witness a spectacular performance”. As the veil between dimensions thins, the clarity of our connection to our higher self develops. We are able to access purer states of consciousness, develop our psychic abilities further and remember more of our inner truth.
Pluto remains retrograde this whole month until October 3. Its shadow period continues until January 24, 2020. The degrees traveled in August (21º28’ – 20º53’ Capricorn) are represented by the following images: “By accepting defeat gracefully, a General reveals nobility of character” and “A relay race”. Cooperation with others, surrendering our ego and our pride, standing in our power with humility, help us understand and live more deeply the oneness of all that is.
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The Moon will be Void of Course (V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):
· From Thursday 8/1 at 1:48 PM till Friday 8/2 at 6:20 AM: when the Moon enters Virgo
· From Saturday 8/3 at 9:27 PM till Sunday 8/4 at 6:30 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
· On Tuesday 8/6 between 0:36 Am and 8:31 AM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
· On Thursday 8/8 between 7:58 AM and 1:35 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
· On Saturday 8/10 between 12:50 PM and 9:50 PM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
· From Monday 8/12 at 3:11 PM till Tuesday 8/13 at 8:35 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
· On Thursday 8/15 between 6:02 PM and 8:49 PM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
· From Saturday 8/17 at 3:34 PM till Sunday 8/18 at 9:33 AM: when the Moon enters Aries.
· On Tuesday 8/20 between 9:06 PM and 9:37 PM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
· From Thursday 8/22 at 2:32 PM till Friday 8/23 at 7:34 AM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
· From Saturday 8/24 at 11:58 PM till Sunday 8/25 at 2:05 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
· On Tuesday 8/27 between 1:55 AM till 4:53 PM: when the Moon enters Leo.
· From Wednesday 8/28 at 5:07 PM till Thursday 8/29 at 4:57 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
· On Saturday 8/31 between 1:46 AM and 4:08 PM: when the Moon enters Libra.
Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… NO thing!
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Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:
Moon in Leo until Friday 8/2 at 6:19 AM + between Tuesday 8/27 at 4:53 PM and Thursday 8/29 at 4:56 PM: Excellent for anything glamorous, dramatic performances, being in the public’s eye, throwing or attending an elegant party, playing with children, romance and creativity in general…
Moon in Virgo between Friday 8/2 at 6:20 AM till Sunday 8/4 at 6:29 AM + between Thursday 8/29 at 4:57 PM and Saturday 8/31 at 4:07 PM: Excellent for starting a new fitness program, learning, healthy nutrition, fasting, clearing our closets, cleaning our home, reorganizing our drawers…. Perfect also for detailed work, the focused use of our intelligence, and taking care of small pets….
Moon in Libra between Sunday 8/4 at 6:30 AM and Tuesday 8/6 at 8:30 AM + between Saturday 8/31 at 4:08 PM and Monday 9/2 at 4:34 PM: Great for relationships, associations, diplomatic exchanges with others, anything related to beauty (a haircut, buying new clothes, a make-over…), art (especially painting and decorating…), a pleasant social event (concert, art exhibition…).
Moon in Scorpio between Tuesday 8/6 at 8:31 AM and Thursday 8/8 at 1:34 PM: Perfect for scientific research, esoteric studies, self-transformation, shamanism, dealing with the mysteries of life, death, and sexuality, as well as insurances and issues involving personal power.
Moon in Sagittarius between Thursday 8/8 at 1:35 PM and Saturday 8/10 at 9:49 PM: Perfect for traveling, religious and/or philosophical activities or matters related to higher education and the law. Excellent for lecturing, learning, perfecting a foreign language, exploring other cultures… Perfect also for athletic training and tending to large animals (horses….).
Moon in Capricorn between Saturday 8/10 at 9:50 PM and Tuesday 8/13 at 8:34 AM: Good for furthering our ambitions, asking for a promotion, enlisting the support of people in positions of authority, making a good impression, re-structuring our business and redefining our long-term goals…
Moon in Aquarius between Tuesday 8/13 at 8:35 AM and Thursday 8/15 at 8:48 PM: Perfect for philanthropic activities, charitable organizations, meeting with friends, making new acquaintances. Good also for inventions, far out, progressive ideas, inter-dimensional and time travel, anything related to UFOs, computers and technology in general….
Moon in Pisces between Thursday 8/15 at 8:49 PM and Sunday 8/18 at 9:32 AM: Great for meditating, sitting by the ocean, anything related to the sacred, dancing, painting, swimming, dreaming, music, photography, film, sleeping, channeling, connecting with the mystical, the magic and the oneness of all that is…
Moon in Aries between Sunday 8/18 at 9:33 AM and Tuesday 8/20 at 9:36 PM: Perfect for intense physical activities, anything requiring forceful, direct action and self-assertion. Good also for leadership, spontaneity, good will, being a way shower, initiating new projects or bringing our car to the mechanic….
Moon in Taurus between Tuesday 8/20 at 9:37 PM and Friday 8/23 at 7:33 AM: Perfect for any financial matter: paying our bills/debts, asking for the money that is owed to us, investing in real estate, buying and selling. Perfect also for a stroll in the park, going to the countryside, connecting with our Mother the Earth… Good also for gardening, pottery, sculpting, as well as bodywork…
Moon in Gemini between Friday 8/23 at 7:34 AM and Sunday 8/25 at 2:04 PM: Excellent for multi-tasking, curiosity, any form of communication, exchanging information, sending e-mails, calling friends and acquaintances. Great also for social activities, attending conferences, reading a book, watching a documentary, gathering data on various topics, connecting with new people….
Moon in Cancer between Sunday 8/25 at 2:05 PM and Tuesday 8/27 at 4:52 PM : Perfect for family activities, especially those involving children. Good for spending more time at home, cooking, nurturing ourselves and those we love, inviting the people we cherish over for dinner. Excellent also for drawing, creative writing, humor and anything requiring imagination and a touch of craziness….
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This month’s intentional meditation starts on Thursday 8/15. Take out as many blank sheets of paper as you will have intentions and placed them near a window, on a balcony or in a garden so that they will bask in the light of the Full Moon in Aquarius at exactly 5:29 AM. Once that moment had passed, gather your Full Moon charged blank sheets and place them in a folder.
On Friday 8/30 on the New Moon in Virgo, take out your blank full moon charged papers and write on each a concise, positive intention. Place them on a balcony, in a garden or near a window so that they are out by exactly 3:37 AM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…
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Friday 8/2: Venus Square Uranus (2:59 AM)
A socially exciting day if we don’t become too erratic or crazy. Engaging in any impulsive behavior could cut us off from the people we love the most. If we are able to exercise self-control, this can be a very stimulating day with unexpected, positive surprises.
Wednesday 8/7: Sun Trine Jupiter (0:31 AM)
A very pleasant day. We exude self-confidence, are poised and dignified and have faith in life. Our positive energy and elegance are most attractive to others. Positive opportunities abound today. Leisure time spent with loved ones is most beneficial.
Thursday 8/8: Venus Trine Jupiter (1:27 PM)
A very good day for social activities, artistic projects and feeling the warmth, approval and support of loved ones. Very good also for making money. As long as we don’t behave as if our funds were unlimited and are generous with those less favored than ourselves, our abundance has every chance of expanding.
Sunday 8/11: Jupiter turns direct (6:38 AM), Mercury enters Leo (12:45 PM till August 29), Uranus turns retrograde (7:26 PM)
Regarding Jupiter turning direct and Uranus turning retrograde, kindly refer to the opening paragraphs. During the next 3 weeks, our need to express ourselves more glamorously, to be more self-expressive and creative is enhanced. We seek the limelight and are more exuberant and warmer than usual in our interactions with others. Wonderful for planning an elegant event or attending an artistic performance.
Tuesday 8/13: Sun Conjunct Venus (11:07 PM)
A very pleasant day. Our social life is smooth and peaceful. We are interested in beautifying our home and are focused on happiness. Excellent for any artistic project and mutually beneficial interactions with others.
Friday 8/16: Mercury Square Uranus (10:06 AM)
A day of unexpected and somewhat disturbing changes. People could be eccentric, erratic, cutting and cold. Words are likely to be hurtful. Plans are wrecked by strange circumstances. On the positive side, we could receive unusual information, be swept away by exciting news that free us from our daily routine and feel more independent than normal.
Saturday 8/17: Mars enters Virgo (10:19 PM till October 3)
During the next month and a half, Virgo natives are favored. A wonderful time to start a fast or a fitness program that is designed quite logically and requires persistence as well as attention to details. Perfect also for a good “spring” cleaning. Getting rid of all that no longer serves us is a positive use of this transit.
Wednesday 8/21: Venus enters Virgo (2:07 AM till September 14), Mercury Trine Jupiter (3:05 AM)
During the next 3 weeks, we are more concerned with our intellectual connection with another than by just his/her good looks. In our relationships, we could feel more critical than usual. Works of art are precise and detailed. Social contacts are entered for the purpose of learning. Today, more specifically, we feel particularly confident, trusting and optimistic. Our positive energy opens many valuable doors. We should however beware of not promising more than we can deliver and be somewhat cautious of those who come with grandiose projects that seem too good to be true. A great day to start an exciting long-distance trip that will open our minds and hearts to another culture.
Friday 8/23: The Sun enters Virgo (3:02 AM till September 23rd)
During the next month, we are very concerned with health, exercise and nutrition as well as developing our mind with intelligence. We could be more grounded, discriminative and hard-working than usual. Wonderful for work requiring attention to details and/or for starting a new area of study.
Saturday 8/24: Venus Conjunct Mars (10:04 AM)
A day of balance between the masculine and the feminine. We are more likely to make efforts to keep our relationships harmonious and peaceful. Extra care could go into dressing nicely. Keeping things light prevents impulsive fights.
Monday 8/26: Venus Trine Uranus (8:37 AM)
We feel particularly sociable today. A relationship begun today is exciting and freeing but may not be very long lasting unless we leave each other a lot of space and freedom and remain very independent from each other. Our esthetic tastes could be eclectic and unusual. We are drawn to unique individuals who walk to the sound of their own drummer.
Wednesday 8/28: Mars Trine Uranus (3:51 AM)
If we had been looking for change, today is the day! Unusual activities are exciting and freeing. We feel particularly active and dynamic. We welcome unexpected occurrences with delight and embrace newness with a daring and constructive spirit.
Thursday 8/29: Mercury enters Virgo (0:48 AM till October 3rd), Sun Trine Uranus (8:13 PM)
During the next month, our mind is attentive to details, very organized and structured. We are not afraid of the hard work necessary to learn what will enable us to do our job well. We seek the company of people we admire the intelligence of. Great for clearing our desk of backlogged work and reorganizing our office. Today, more specifically, we should expect the unexpected. Plans may be disrupted, unusual events may take place, interesting new, highly individualistic and independent people could show up in our lives. The more we remain open, present to the present and flexible, the more valuable this day will be for our future.
Wishing you a wonderful month of August!
In Loving Light.
Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.
Astrologer, shaman, international conference speaker
Author of Astrology for Enlightenment (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster)
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