15th-21st: Gilded Tempest

15th-21st: Gilded Tempest

After a harrowing pair of weeks, this one sees golden light creep through the storm clouds, though it does not disperse them.  We have entered a phase of this August’s process which can be likened to a centrifuge- the storms spinning off the inessential in order to clarify our view of the heart of affairs.  This week sees the storm-centrifuge spin, though it is unlikely to spin out the same level of chaos as in past weeks.

Monday and Tuesday’s Pisces Moon is relatively mellow, but the Moon’s run through Aries midweek touches off another Cross yet looks simultaneously over the rare and kind-of-wonderful triple conjunction of Mercury RX, Venus and the Sun in Leo.  This packs the middle of the week with both action and revelation, while the Moon’s transition into Taurus on Friday bring things back down to earth for the weekend.

Storm System

    The Cardinal Cross of previous weeks loosens a bit this week, but the chaos engine will still fire intermittently for the rest of the month.  This week, it is the Moon’s movement through the first half of Aries on Tuesday night and Wednesday that keeps the blades spinning.  We can look forward to the final installment on the 25th when the Moon traverses Cancer.

Grand Crosses like this one set too many things spinning at once.  It is often not that any one thing is that terrible or overwhelming, but that the coincidence of several simultaneous issues creates chaos, pushing things temporarily beyond the limits of control.   This cross set events into motion over the first two weeks of August, and over the next few, we’ll work out the issues that have emerged,  slowly bringing things back into a manageable state.

 Smells Like The Future

Despite the market chaos, Middle Eastern death tolls and cold island riots, August’s grand cross has done us at least one favor.  It has, by means of hyperbole, made the effect of Uranus in Aries’ pending square with Pluto in Capricorn quite clear.  Uranus and Pluto are edging toward the dance floor for a multi-year tango.  The two bodies will square each other over and over again from now until 2015, sowing the next several year’s big conflicts.

This dance will be reflected through the prism of culture as the “Pissed Off People vs. The Evil Empire.”  The next several years hold a series of intense clashes that will play out between an angry populace and desperate systems of control.  It’ll look like more revolutions in the Middle East, and perhaps elsewhere.  It’ll look like riots, protests and disorder in the house-broken West.  It’ll look like rogue hackers attacking big corporations.  It’ll also look like regimes cracking down on the populace, States passing more draconian decrees in response to public disorder, and governments and corporations pushing to police the internet in response to hacker action.  It’s aggressively idealistic chaos vs. brutally realistic order.   Welcome to the next several years.

Triple Crown

 The Sun, Mercury and Venus in Leo all conjoin within a degree of each other this Tuesday and Wednesday, a secret meeting shrouded by the blast furnace of the Sun’s rays.  This rare triple conjunction aligns and fuses the mind, passions and spirit for a brief series of moments, bringing an intense, if autistic, clarity to questions of who we are and how we represent ourselves.  This conjunction is a major point in processes of personal redefinition.  It is the molten gold discovered here that we will soon impress with a new image, minting the Self we are becoming.

This series of conjunctions is of psychologically relevant for everyone, but it is especially important for those whose livelihoods depend upon public relations and public perception- it is the beginning point of a new strategy of self representation, a new public identity.  This will no doubt be important for both Barack Obama, whose golden boy persona has sustained a number of unsightly dents, as well as for the Republican hopefuls, whose relative roles have yet to be established.


Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. However, they are fun and can be reasonably accurate. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read your from Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out. I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.

Oh, and if you’re still concerned that your sign has changed, get a little clarity here.

Aries: The Ram

The Moon’s pass through your sign in the middle of the week keeps the wheels in motion, emphasizing who and what exactly you’re mutating into.  As your mutant powers continue to unfold amidst the chaos, remember that with great power usually comes annoying megalomania.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week sees you become aware of the wealth of creative energy you’re sitting on.  This store of gold is ready to be forged into any number of gilded forms.  What  will you cast this liquid store into?

Taurus: The Bull

The middle of the week holds another cross, triggering an issue or two as well s stirring up a few key insights.  It’s time to get really honest about what you’re really capable of, both positive and negative.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week shines on the ground beneath you. The floor beneath your feet is tiled in gold, a store of wealth that can be melted down and recast as your needs dictate.  Are you happy with your investment in you current living situation, or is there a more fitting place for your wealth?

Gemini: The Twins

The middle of the week’s cross holds a series of unexpected moments concerning friends, peers and contacts, asking you to exercise your capacity for social engineering.

The triple conjunction in Leo illuminates your golden tongue and gilded grill.  The words dripping from your brain box into your stammering mouth are your store of gold.  Swish it around and taste the value.  Yet this oral hoard is finite- what words will you invest in?

Cancer: The Crab

The middle of the week’s cross keeps everything spinning, pulling your attention particularly toward the professional matters you need to make progress on.

This week’s triple conjunction in Leo points toward your golden touch.  Like King Midas, you’ve got a talent for adding value to things.  But you have to do more than touch them.  You have to wrap your awkward claws around them and hug.  It’s a questionable gift, but its yours.  Consider what you embrace and the value it adds.

Leo: The Lion

The middle of the week’s cross keeps everything in motion, particularly highlighting your mutating long term plans.

The triple conjunction in your sign this week reveals what you’ve always secretly assumed: you’re made of pure, 24 carat gold.  However, there’s only so much you to go around, and its come time to consider the form in which you’ve cast yourself.  That gleaming icon in the mirror may need to get melted down in order to take new shape.  The glowing furnace and new master mold awaits.

Virgo: The Virgin

The middle of the week’s cross keeps everything spinning, in particular spotlighting changes in what you exchange with people.  Try sharing some of the strange golden treasure that’s washed up in the back of your mind.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week finds you sitting on the sunset beaches of your subconscious, watching the molten tide wash slowly up and down the sand.  This gleaming reservoir lies just beyond the reach of your conscious mind, though if you spend enough time here you’ll treasure wash up, gilded deep sea abominations and forgotten treasure.

Libra: The Scales

The middle of the week’s cross keeps everything spinning, in particular highlighting ongoing changes in your significant relationships.  Experiences here contribute to your understanding of how and who to invest your time in.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week reveals a store of social currency, a pile of coinage you may have forgotten about.   It is a wealth of influence you can spend as you please, though it may currently be locked up in unprofitable investments.  Consider your social portfolio.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

The middle of the week’s cross keeps the tiltawhirl spinning, with a particular emphasis on taking care of nagging financial and physical issues.  Pay your bills and remember to brush your teeth.

The triple conjunction in  Leo this week points towards the value of your professional skills.  Consider how you might cast yourself into the mold of the career you truly desire.

Sagittarius: The Archer

The middle of the week’s cross keeps everything with motion, with a surge of creative energy accompanying the rest of the swirl.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week illuminates that tiny golden statue you keep with you at all times.  You know the one I’m talking about.  It’s cast in the shape of an imaginary future-you, and like a sorcerous magnet, it draws you inevitably closer to becoming that.  Its come time to look at that future self you’ve been carrying around, and consider whether the precious metal may need to be recast.

Capricorn: The Goat

The middle of the week’s cross hits your living situation, stirring up latent issues and bringing up important questions about the little mountain you call home.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week shines upon the wealth of energy, time and money that flows between yourself and other people.  It may have come time to reconsider your understanding of the nature and value of these relationships.

Aquarius: The Water Bearer

The middle of the week’s cross keeps things spinning, catching you in the midst of a series of busy moments.  Take the time to breath and clear what frenzies erupt in your mind.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week illuminates the value of your significant relationships, and what you have invested in them to make them shine.  This week holds a few moments to consider which partnerships most deserve this gilding.

Pisces: The Fish

The middle of the week’s cross keeps the level of chaos consistent, pushing you in particular to make some smart changes to your monetary policy.

The triple conjunction in Leo this week illuminates the value of your capacity for problem solving as well as your ability to create and destroy habits as they suit you.  This helpful hoard of golden tools is your birthright, and its come time to reconsider the problems you take on.


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Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


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