Sunday, August 11. The Moon completes a Cardinal Grand Cross aspect pattern today. What this means is that planets are occupying a narrow range of degrees in every Cardinal sign. These planets are either opposite (asking for integration) or square (presenting challenge) to each other. Uranus, Pluto, Jupiter, and the Moon are the challengers and teachers. The Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) represent turning points and major areas of life. If you have planets in your natal chart between 9 and 12 degrees of a Cardinal sign, you’ve been feeling these turning points for months now. Today, another insight or phase of the journey may occur. For all of us, we could notice being pulled in many directions, shorter fuses, or a crossroads decision needing to be made. Overall, we desire harmony and we desire justice. It is wonderful when both can be achieved at the same time.
Monday, August 12. We may want to retreat into moodiness today. This is a perfect opportunity to practice audacious self-love. How hard is it to share joy? How much do you want to pity or blame yourself for missing the mark? Compassion is the key to getting out of any funk we may be in. We are connected and we matter to each other.
Tuesday, August 13. I mentioned earlier that Mercury was taking center stage this week. More unexpected exchanges, courtesy of the Trickster, could happen over the next two days. Relationships may be confusing, yet we really want to solve the puzzle. Mercury is at the apex of a Yod aspect pattern. The other planets are Pluto and Chiron. The tension may be felt between simple joy and complex emotion, which could include grief or fear. Yods ask us to stretch into bigger truths. You may have a hard time deciding if you want to be around people or all by yourself.
August 14—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. The last few days of Scorpio Moon demonstrates ways we can be thrown off the goal of finding that sweet spot of self-love. The Leo cycle encourages us to embrace the light, and I don’t mean this in a New Agey way. What I mean is that the Sun of mid-Summer shows us how to be generous with our gifts—our light. Sometimes it feels really good to open wide to embrace our inherent worth. But that emphasis on light can lead us to think that ONLY the light is valuable. We need the dark just as much. If you are caught in either/or thinking about light and dark, I invite you to adopt a both/and approach. The First Quarter Moon phase is about a core challenge to manifesting intention. What comes up for you when you notice you can’t always be positive, can’t always feel joyful, can’t always recognize that you are valuable?
Thursday, August 15. Take last night’s inspiration and run with it. A Grand Fire Trine aspect pattern speeds things up quite a bit. Moon, Mercury, and Uranus are creating the sparks. All fire signs have an innate mission to understand and express identity. Through self-knowledge we are able to be authentic to truth of the moment. If we can couple that authenticity with compassion, we are able to express that truth in the best way.
Friday, August 16. What do you believe? You may be feeling philosophical, or eager to plan a trip, or are suddenly interested in going back to school. The idea is that we want to know what it all means and can’t wait to learn more about it. This feeling too, helps us to know our inherent light. What inspires you? Venus enters Libra—one of the signs she rules—for only two weeks. Although the Fall Equinox is still over a month away, we may notice that fallish feeling as perhaps a desire to partner up for the dark part of the year. The shift is coming. Venus asks us to find the connections with significant others who make our lives more comfortable and more meaningful.
August 17—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. After a few days of the Moon in a fire sign, we notice the shift of the Moon into earth. Again, the contrast may bring up self-doubts concerning our essential worth. This is the work of this lunar cycle, encountering these obstacles and returning to wholeheartedness in spite of them. This phase of the Moon is about what we are willing to do to keep pursuing our hearts’ desires. And it is about noticing what really fuels this commitment. On the quest to improvement it is easy to take a detour into self-hating. The Moon in Capricorn makes us especially sensitive to feelings of not being good enough. However, the gift of Capricorn is the expectation that our dreams are worthy of our commitments to them.