The Full Moon of Lammas (cross-quarters) occurs on August 3rd with a very tense chart, especially in Washington, DC. With the Sun in royal Leo and Moon in aloof Aquarius, the tribal togetherness and earthiness of last month’s Cancer lunations are now being overshadowed by attitudes of arrogance and privilege among the elite who expect “the servant class” to get back to work creating wealth for the 1% – those who need not expose themselves or their children to the virus, nor suffer any loss of life or health. Be aware that their motives are laced with greed! But the less-privileged need to work to eat, so the working class will continue to get sick and die. Remember that if you lose your health, all is lost! Be careful with the decisions you make!
However, Chiron shows positive aspects to the Full Moon and Sun which suggests that there may be some positive developments on the COVID front this month. However, this lunation forms a T-square to Uranus which will maintain its square to the Sun for a full week of potentially disruptive upheavals, so “expect the unexpected” in early August. If sheltering-in-place has been mandated for your state, restrictions may be hard to tolerate, triggering revolt against the authorities who make all the decisions. Mars in Aries doesn’t respond well to edicts.
In general, it is safest to stay home as much as possible and wear those pesky masks to protect yourself and others when in public, even if you think you know better. But the issue of opening our schools amidst a raging pandemic is suspect.
Mercury in Cancer exactly opposes Saturn in Capricorn during this Full Moon, which suggests many schools will delay openings and some families will choose cautiously to home-school their kids amid this chaos of uncertainty. Whatever your decision, anticipate push-back.
This aspect is, however, excellent for investigative work (including self-scrutiny) so new political scandals are likely to erupt and some personal revelations may surface at home too. Intuition is favored over logic at this time so listen to your heart.
During this Leo/Aquarius Full Moon the Nodes are afflicted by a sesqui-square parallelogram and a sesqui-square Kite, plus ominously harsh aspects from the Sun and Uranus to the Nodes, suggesting new shocks and setbacks on our collective path forward. COVID statistics may reach record highs in late July into August.
[NOTE: April and July were months when Jupiter’s extreme conjunction with Pluto were EXACT. But there’s one more pass of the Jupiter/Pluto conjunction, becoming exact on November 13th, which intimates that there may be another COVID wave to peak in late November. Therefore you are being forewarned to order your mail-in ballot early, just to be prepared and safe.]
A quick comment on the elections: Mercury will station on November 3rd (stand still), marking the end of its final retrograde period of 2020, but this is worrisome for the election. More on that later…
Venus exactly conjoins the North Node at the top of this Kite, sesqui-square the Full Moon, semi-square the Sun, and inconjunct Saturn (green dashes on the Full Moon chart above). These are tough aspects that could mean setbacks on abortion rights or other female-sensitive matters. Women will be motivated to speak out and act out, perhaps even in the streets, like the “Wall of Moms” did during the Portland protests. However, their actions may arouse the ire of the misogynist Chief Executive in the White House – with BACKLASH.
With an afflicted Venus, softened as it moves into Cancer, relationships and social situations may be challenging this month, but with Venus exact the North Node of fate, it’s important to work out your issues, rather than running away from them. Stand up for yourself AND your rights! Financial markets are likely to become volatile as well during early August.
Mars Square Jupiter
An aggressive Mars in Aries spills its belligerent impulsiveness throughout August with 3 potent squares to the stellium-of-power in Capricorn. On August 4th Mars squares Jupiter, the best of the three. Squares to Jupiter can be successful when applied carefully and intelligently, or they can be disastrous if in your haste you go overboard (a tendency of both Jupiter and Mars). Restrain the desire to push ahead before you are ready. Over-spending or over-indulgence can also create problems. Avoid excessive risk which can lead to physical accidents. Expand your inner vision instead.
Mars trine Sun
While Mars squares the powerful stellium in Capricorn, it also is forming a Grand Fire Trine to the Sun and South Node from August 12th to 24th giving us the incentive to apply old skills and talents in new ways. On the 24th a Grand Water Trine is formed by Venus in Cancer trine Moon in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces, enhancing our creativity as we re-imagine our careers and re-structure our lives resourcefully.
Mars Square Pluto
Mars will square Pluto on August 14th. This explosive combo can spark revolution, threats of war, and more protests. Energy is high, arousing our ambitions, but fierce disagreements can cause confrontations to erupt between egos. Deception may backfire because Pluto demands integrity! Pluto’s focus is “deconstruction of the old order” while Mars accelerates matters, so changes can happen quickly. Mid-month seems significantly prime for more disruptions!
Leo New Moon
The New Moon on August 18th brings momentary relief as Mars trines the Sun, Moon and Mercury, all in proud Leo, while aspecting the Nodes favorably to form an auspicious Grand Trine and Kite. Saturn’s month-long inconjunct to the North Node, now at the peak of a yod, encourages us to envision, experiment and innovate, making adjustments until we get it right – as in school openings and business safety. Relax and breathe out your woes.
We WILL get through this!
Mars square Saturn
On August 25th Mars squares Saturn, creating “stalemate energy”, but accidents can also happen as Mars presses on the accelerator pedal while Saturn applies the brakes. Planets in the signs-they-rule stand their ground and refuse to be pushed around. This applies to Saturn in Capricorn, Mars in Aries, Neptune in Pisces, Sun in Leo until the 22nd, and Mercury in Virgo after August 20th. That’s a lot of obstinacy impelling a mighty clash of wills! Saturn, being meticulously detailed, is normally slow and steady, but being retrograde, it resists even more rigorously, Mars’ attempts to push ahead with foolish haste. Expect little of substance to be accomplished at this time, yet we will be motivated to move forward the planning for the future as you innovate a “new you,” more aligned to your true self.
Finally, it is Venus in Cancer (the homemaker) who opposes the Power Stellium in Capricorn from the 23rd on. Women and minorities are being challenged to stand up to the patriarchal powers that have oppressed and marginalized us but in Mom-like ways. We are awakening to our spiritual power to challenge the vulgar banality that has used and abused us for eons. Rise up, My Sisters in feminine and gentle ways!
On the softer side, Venus trines dreamy Neptune into September, nurturing our romantic imaginations and creativity. Dream your future into existence and open your heart to receive Venus’ gentle blessings.