Saturday starts with the Moon in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces. Both are mutable signs, well-versed in adaptability and transformation. This opposition may challenge us to articulate and execute the practical steps that are necessary to facilitate more expansive and lasting spiritual change—in our own lives and in the world around us. This process takes on even more gravity as the Moon applies a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto asks us to face what is hidden, buried, repressed, or unconscious in order to transform our shadows and the shadows of our world. Whatever change gets set into motion between the Moon and Neptune has the potential to bring up challenging or difficult issues, but facing it and moving into the challenge is in our best interests. As the Moon ingresses into Libra in the evening, we may find ourselves drawn back out from our personal processes of transformation, looking for social connection and orienting ourselves within a world of others. However, with Venus—the ruler of Libra—in Virgo, the Moon’s hostess is in aversion to Libra, unable to witness the Moon and unavailable to provide its resources. The opportunity for connecting with others may be there, but don’t judge too harshly if you find that you all feel preoccupied with the details of what is out of sight.
The New Moon at 7º Virgo happens Friday morning at 6:36am eastern, with the Sun and Moon trine Uranus in Taurus. This lunar cycle may begin with a flash of the unexpected or an eruption of revolutionary impulses that can no longer be contained. The New Moon is like the seeds of the lunar cycle, and Uranus is breaking up the soil in order for these seeds to be planted. The processes that begin around this New Moon have the capacity to overturn established orders and break through into innovative potentialities. Virgo and Taurus are both earth signs, and as I write this, the Amazon rainforests are burning at an unprecedented rate. Iceland just held a funeral for its first glacier lost to climate collapse. Flooding is occurring in communities around the world where flooding has never been a concern. We are in dire need for new physical processes and cycles that will break from the crumbling world as we know it and demand different relationships to the Earth. If you are someone who practices divination during the dark phase of the Moon—a good time for divination—I invite you to seek inspiration for new ways of being in kinship with this planet.
We can also look for these themes at the scale of our own lives: what are the physical processes that are no longer sustainable, that are depleting or exhausting your resources? Virgo is a mutable earth sign, and with support of innovative Uranus, this New Moon can be a time to refine, edit, and optimize your physical systems, how you care for your body, and how you relate to the material world.
By the afternoon, the Moon will make conjunctions to Mars and Venus, nourishing the seeds of this cycle with the calls to action and to love, the drive to take charge and the embrace of joining together. May we come into new, loving relationships with the Earth, and may that love propel us into action. In mutable Virgo, the start of this lunar cycle may require thoughtful adaptability, the results of which may not be clear until the Full Moon in Pisces on September 13 or beyond. On a personal level, look to the place that Virgo occupies in your chart for new growth that might be beginning, and look to the place that Pisces occupies in your chart for where you might see results of growth in the weeks ahead.
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Mercury enters Virgo, one of the signs of its domicile, in the morning, and is joined by the Moon later tonight. Mercury is strong in Virgo, adept at meticulous precision and managing the details of material matters. With the Sun, Mars, and Venus already in Virgo, joined by Mercury and the Moon, this shift is good news for all of these planets. In its domicile, Mercury is capable of being a generous hostess, sharing its resources with the other planets residing in its abode. Being in Virgo, Mercury is also said to be in its chariot, protected from the depleting rays of the Sun. Today you may experience the sudden arrival of clear thinking, articulate communications, the words and ideas you need to express in order to facilitate meaningful change. In these final hours of this lunar phase, the Moon’s conjunction to Mercury draws on its resources and skills. Whatever tasks or correspondences from this lunar cycle have yet to be completed, this practical conjunction offers a boost for finishing unfinished business and clearing off the to-do list. Projects and processes that began at the New Moon in Leo at the end of July may be coming to a close, and the Moon conjunct Mercury are lending the focus and clarity that we need to bring things to their completion.
Disruption and expansion are the themes of the day. The Moon in Leo squares Uranus in Taurus just as Mars in Virgo perfects a trine to Uranus. Uranus trine Mars brings the charge of innovation to the work of the day, electrifying what might otherwise feel like mundane tasks. Things may not go as planned, but allowing things to unfold in a new way could bring unexpected success. But disruption isn’t always easy; the Moon’s square to Uranus could bring a restless anxiety as this lunar phase doesn’t resolve in the ways we may have wanted. If we can push through the discomfort, ground the excess energy or put it to good use, the Moon’s trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius in the evening promises relief and ease as we surrender into the support of expansive possibilities we could not have previously imagined.
The Moon is in its balsamic phase, the final days of letting go of the lessons of this lunar cycle and preparing for the start of the next. Early in the day, the Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto in Capricorn. We may feel the instinctual charge of fight or flight in the face of power or intense circumstances. Pluto demands transformation, and it could be easy to feel overwhelmed or buried by this demand. But the Moon in Cancer is strong, connected to the wellspring of life and the deep intuition and wisdom of the body. Soothe your system and allow your body to show you both the places that are indeed in need of transformation as well as those places where meaningful change is already taking place. Tonight, the Moon moves into Leo where it is ruled by the Sun in Virgo. As the Moon moves through its final phase, what do you need to surrender? Offer it to the fire and the earth.
The biggest aspect of the day is Venus in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus. Venus rules Taurus, a fixed earth sign through which Uranus is transiting until 2025. Uranus is the planet of revolutionary upheaval, disruption, and radical change. As Venus perfects its trine to Uranus, we may experience sudden or unexpected shifts in our relationships, partnerships, and unions, as well as to our own experiences of pleasure and indulgence. Venus is in its fall in Virgo, with the primary focus being the detailed work of planning, refining, and perfecting the tasks at hand. This trine from Uranus offers a supportive break from the established agenda to invest in love and pleasure. A few hours later, the Moon in Cancer opposed Saturn in Capricorn. Both in their domiciles, we may find ourselves pulled between discipline and care, the felt sensation of memories and the authority of official histories. Alongside Uranus’ encouragement toward innovation, this Moon/Saturn opposition calls us back to tradition, to carrying forward from the past what might be useful in shaping the future. As the Moon makes a trine to Neptune in Pisces, this is a perfect night for dream work, for seeking the guidance of ancestors beyond your waking hours.
Today, the Moon in Gemini makes a helpful sextile to its domicile ruler Mercury in Leo. The opportunity for inspiration will be high. Who are the bright lights and shining stars who have connected you to new ways of thinking? Today is a good day to revisit those sources of inspiration. Later in the day, the Moon moves into its own domicile of Cancer, the cardinal water sign. The Moon in Cancer encourages us to return to formative experiences of safety and security, to feel our ways back to that which nurtured and nourished our younger selves. What does home feel like to you, and how can you cultivate an experience of home for yourself and for those around you? The Moon in Cancer is extremely sensitive and receptive but also protective, and as it moves through sextiles to the Sun, Venus, and Mars in Virgo in rapid succession, we may need to consider how to let down our guard in order to give and receive help and care.
24 August 2019: Venus conjunct Mars in Virgo, Moon opposing Jupiter and squaring Neptune
Today Venus and Mars conjoin one another in the early degrees of Virgo. The planet of love, union, beauty, and attraction merges with the planet of action, separation, courage, and desire. This could be a day to fight for what you love, to act on your desires, or to reconnect places that have felt separated. In Virgo, there could be a refining quality to this conjunction: what are the steps you need to take in order to be living more in alignment with your values? Just as this Venus/Mars conjunction perfects, the Moon in Gemini opposes Jupiter in Sagittarius. We may feel the opposition between big, expansive visions and the detailed precision required to articulate them, a feeling that could become even more diffuse as the Moon applies a square to Neptune in Pisces. Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces are all mutable signs, and with the Sun, Venus, and Mars in Virgo—the fourth mutable sign—the need for adaptability and accepting change will be high.
23 August 2019: Sun enters Virgo, Moon enters Gemini, squaring Sun, Venus, and Mars
Just as the Sun enters Virgo, the Moon enters Gemini, forming a square to one another—the waning quarter of the moon phase. Hours after squaring the Sun, the Moon moves through squares to Venus and Mars in the early degrees of Virgo. As the Sun lights up the parts of our charts and lives occupied by Virgo, today the Moon—the luminary associated with the body, our daily rhythms, and the flux of feelings—has a bit of a bumpy ride moving through these squares to the Sun, Venus, and Mars. There could be incongruities between what we think and what we see, what people are saying to us and the material reality we’re witnessing. It might feel challenging to put words to what we value or to describe what we think needs to be done. With all these planets ruled by Mercury in Leo, there could be a simmering heat beneath the surface, so remember to take a breath, drop your weight, and feel into patience as we move through these squares. By nightfall, the Moon will be separating from these aspects, and things will begin to become clear again.
22 August 2019: Moon in Taurus sextile Neptune in Pisces, square Mercury in Leo
As the Moon moves through Taurus, the sign of its exaltation, it passes through an easy sextile to Neptune in Pisces, inviting space for dreams, fantasy, or meditation into the day. The Moon then comes to square Mercury in Leo. We may experience friction between the desires and pleasures of the body and fiery activation of the mind, between what your body is telling you and the messages you are receiving. With both the Moon and Mercury in fixed signs, there may be a feeling that multiple perspectives or directions are equally committed to staying the course, even if they are seemingly at odds with one another. Let your body be your guide, feeling your way through the day, even if that means sitting with experiences of potential conflict.
Mercury in Leo perfects its trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius. This aspect is the perfect timing for expressing gratitude. Reach out to your loved ones, your friends, your kin, your colleagues, your teachers, and even the earth itself to say thank you. Being in practices of gratitude invites joy into our own lives and the lives of those around us. Venus enters Virgo, the sign of its fall. Responsibility, practicality, and attention to detail can sometimes belabor what Venus does best: connection, attraction, pleasure, and union. As Venus moves through Virgo, we might ask: what would it take for even the most mundane tasks to feel good? How can I use the work at hand to get more in touch with my values? As Venus enters Virgo, the Moon moves into its exaltation in Taurus, with a jolt as it conjoins Uranus. The Moon in Taurus invites us back to pleasures of the body—which could be the perfect medicine as Venus begins its journey through Virgo.
The Moon, still in its disseminating phase approaching the waning square, makes a trine to the Sun in Leo. Whatever this moon phase is teaching you, now could be a time to share it. The Sun illuminates and enlivens these lessons, kindling the fires of Aries with its own light and warmth from Leo. For some time-zones, the day will end with the Moon applying a trine to Venus in the final degree of Leo; for others this will take place in the early morning of the 21st. Whether late Tuesday or early Wednesday, this is an aspect that supports union and connection, drawing us into the arms of our loved ones or setting aside time to re-connect with what we value most.
Today the Moon continues its journey through fiery Aries, making a superior trine to Mercury in Leo midday eastern, followed by an inferior trine to Jupiter in Sagittarius in the early evening. These fire trines bring bold, courageous voice and vision into the subtle rhythms of daily life. As the Moon moves between aspects to Mercury and Jupiter, it may give us a preview of Mercury’s trine to Jupiter later in the week. Listen for messages that affirm your truest sense of self and reconnect you to optimism and hope amidst all the troubles of our world. And remember that it might also be your role to deliver these messages.
At 1:19am eastern, Mars enters Virgo, a mutuable earth sign that encourages precise, meticulous action, cutting away what is no longer necessary in order to encourage new growth. This more patient and tempered Mars invites us to take account of the resources available to us, decide what we no longer need, and create space for the movement and momentum that Mars craves. Later in the day, the Moon moves into Aries, the cardinal fire sign ruled by Mars. While this is a more fiery sign for the Moon after the last few days in Pisces, the impulsive qualities of Aries will be more grounded and practical with the Moon’s ruler now in Virgo. The Moon completes the day with a conjunction to Chiron, which may light up old wounds and call us back to practices of healing.
As the Moon spends its day moving through the waters of Pisces, our sensitivities may feel especially open and porous. We may find ourselves called into more expansive experiences of empathy and compassion. The Moon moves through a square to its host Jupiter and a sextile to Saturn, into a conjunction with Neptune, and finally into a sextile with Pluto. This series of aspects may push us toward feeling into the structures that support us in experiencing abundance that is already available to us, allowing ourselves to dwell in the wisdom of fantasy without getting lost in its fog, and finding gentle ways to approach buried feelings, internal struggles, and conflicts that are in need of transformation.
Today Mercury in Leo makes a square to Uranus in Taurus. You may find yourself saying things or receiving messages that disrupt you and your world in ways you could not have anticipated. If there are established patterns in your life from which you know it’s time to break away, now could be the time to speak up and say what needs to be said. With the Moon just past full and co-present with Neptune in Pisces, allow yourself to feel deeply not only into your own needs but into what is best for the collective as well. Dreaming into other potential realities could make the practical details of the day feel diffuse, but could also bring you in touch with resources for imagining a more compassionate world.
Full Moon in Aquarius
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This Thursday, August 15, we will move through the Full Moon in Aquarius. The Full Moon is a time of climax, things coming into full visibility or prominence, shining a light into different areas of our lives with new clarity and illumination. Aquarius, a fixed air sign ruled by Saturn, is associated with innovative thinking, zooming out for a broad view of the world and the future, and holding firmly to ideas and perspectives that may not yet be widely held but which will shape the foundations and structures of worlds to come. With Saturn, the ruler of the Full Moon, in Capricorn, this phase of the lunar cycle might be clarifying some part of a larger process of breaking from traditions, establishments, and old ways of doing things in order to lift off into the perspectives we will need in the futures we are shaping together.
This Full Moon in Aquarius is catching and reflecting the light of the Sun in Leo. The Sun rules Leo, and Leo loves to be seen and celebrated and loved for its brilliance and uniqueness. The Sun in Leo is no doubt teaching us about showing up more fully as who we know ourselves to be, allowing ourselves to radiate and shine, bringing into the world those gifts that only we can bring. We might be finding the places where we are really in our own elements, where we have the capacity and resources to sustain our own fires, nurturing those around us with our light and warmth. The Full Moon asks us to take this light, the radiance and brilliance of our unique gifts, and find how they fit within larger, more expansive perspectives of our collective world. How do you hold to the shining integrity of your truest experience of self, and also maintain that devotion to who you are within a world of others?
This reminds me of Brené Brown’s description of “true belonging”: “True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.”
This Full Moon asks us to not only come to more clarity and loyalty to who we know ourselves to be, but also to find how doing so allows us to contribute more effectively to future worlds capable of embracing our differences as a fundamental organizing principle.
Just as the Moon moves into its Full Moon phase, Mercury is clearing its retrograde shadow. Mercury stationed retrograde at 4º Leo on July 8. Even though Mercury has been direct since July 31, it’s now finally moving beyond the path that it reviewed and retraced throughout its retrograde. We're finally able to integrate and put into action what we learned through Mercury's retrograde. It may feel as if you're finally putting words to realizations that have been forming over the last five weeks. It may be that you finally feel the boldness and assertiveness to speak truth that so far you've been holding inside. It may be that you're finally feeling ready to have important conversations that have been a long time coming. If you know your natal chart, this shift in communication will likely take place in the areas of life occupied by Cancer and Leo—the parts of the sky through which Mercury moved retrograde—with implication for the areas of life occupied by Gemini and Virgo—the signs that Mercury rules.
Lastly, Jupiter stationed direct this week, on Sunday, August 11. Jupiter has been retrograde since April 10. Jupiter retrograde doesn’t tend to bring the same kinds of disruptions we associate with something like Mercury’s retrograde, but this may have been a period of delay or preparation. Jupiter is in Sagittarius, one of the signs that it rules, for a few more months—until December 2. Jupiter is one of the most supportive planets in the sky, signifying abundance, expansion, and growth. Wherever you have Sagittarius in your chart, that area of your life might feel like it’s being unleashed or released to flow, expand, and grow in new ways. The question is: how can you harness and channel this forward momentum and potential to create experiences of abundance in your life over the next several months? This will particularly be in the areas of your chart/life occupied by Sagittarius and Pisces.
As with all astrology, how this Full Moon and Mercury and Jupiter’s direct motion will show up will be particular to your chart and your life.
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Michael J. Morris is a witch, an astrologer, a tarot reader, an artist, a writer, and a teacher.