Context

Context

The notes of chaos and instability that have characterized the summer continue for the first part of the week, but subside as we trundle into the second half, which holds some unexpected inspirations.

Things begin with the Moon traversing the rocky hinterlands of Capricorn, where she  has a pow-wow with Pluto.  Meanwhile, the Sun in Leo trines Uranus, touching off the Uranus-Pluto square and another round of instability.  Wednesday, however, hosts an inspring Full Moon in Aquarius and Thursday sees the Sun complete a sextile with Jupiter in Gemini. Meanwhile Venus finally crosses out of the degrees of her Spring retrograde, tackling new territory for the first time in months.

Further Friction

The Moon’s pass through Capricorn on the Monday the 30th and Tuesday the 31st sees it trigger the Uranus-Pluto square again.  Meanwhile, the royal Sun in Leo completes his trine to a retrograde Uranus in Aries, kindling enthusiasm for change and strengthening revolutionary programs.

Here we see both sides of the Uranus-Pluto square activated, the Sun harmonizing with revolutionary Uranus and the Moon on pragmatic Pluto’s turf.  Expect another round of idealistic fervor and pragmatic retrenchment, and further renegotiation between the center and the periphery, the collective and the individuals comprising it.

Though the early week does ping the square that’s roughed up this season, it should be less intense than the clashes of the last two weeks.  This is less about unleashing chaos than dealing with what’s already on the march.

Threads

This week Venus hits the same degree that she turned retrograde in, way back in May.  Not only that, but she makes the same trine to Saturn which she made then.  By celestial coincidence, Venus and Saturn have returned to exactly the same degrees they occupied at the very beginning of Venus’ retrograde.

You may have been feeling this coming.  What’s between people is coming to another critical point, a border.  Like most borders, this is one has a checkpoint.  Here you and the ones you’ve brought with you will need to take a look in the mirror and acknowledge what can be seen.  On a certain level these connections are flesh and blood, a shared umbilicus.  These bridges come under question, the nutrients and toxins they convey measured, scrutinized.

Yet no man and no relationship is an island.  If you look a little closer, you’ll see a webwork of cords reaching out toward an extended spiderweb of people.  If Venus in Gemini taught nothing else, she taught us to remember the full array of relationships that make us human.  Like a spiderweb, these cords allow us to be supported across many a personal abyss.  Yet we can get tangled in them, bound by the very patterns we’ve spun.

Venus and Saturn’s return to their starting positions is a call to untangle the threads issuing from you.  Unwind, sort, prioritize and in some cases snip.  The heart’s living, blood bearing silk is your own to weave, so take responsibility for the status of your tapestry.

Full Moon

The first night of August sees the Full Moon in Aquarius opposite the strong Sun in Leo.  This lunation beams a variety of lessons down on sliver rays.

Here we must learn to embody the ideals whose torches we carry.  It also asks our finest performances to be something more than a matter of pride.  It asks that we expand the personal til it touches something bigger.

The Full Moon in Aquarius places the Sun in Leo’s personal focus in a larger field, revealing not one star at the center of everything, but a vast number of stellar furnaces,  each independent and interdependent.  It asks us to recognize that our individual light only extends so far, and that the fundamental architecture of our universe is crowd of radiant points.

This Full Moon is amplified by strong aspects from both Uranus in Aries and Jupiter in Gemini.  The imperative to make radical changes, to begin anew is strengthened here.  The personal is not extinguishes in this vision of the collective, but instead renewed, drawing strength from context, empowered by not being alone.

There is both spirit and idea here, the necessary machinery to launch phoenixes skyward.  This inspiring lunation should provide a fine contrast to the last month’s forced calcinations and deep nigredos.  Launch your heart into the soul’s dark night, finally revealed amidst silvery beams.  Soar above the Summer’s hard terrain, survey it from above and see it anew with the spirit’s penetrating eyes.  The story unfolding beneath you may be different than the one you’ve been telling yourself.

HOROSCOPES

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your 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.
Aries: The Ram

The first few days of the week see a bit of clusterfuck between opposing currents in your life.  A push in new, empowering  and independent directions gets checked by a heavy wave of resistance, likely issuing from professional obligations.

However, the first night of August holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, spotlighting the relationship between what you’re doing with your creative energy and who you’re doing it with.  Who are you creating for?   The question of the audience is always important, as is invisibly shapes the process.

Taurus: The Bull

The first few days of the week hold another of this summer’s clusterfucks.  Revelations about who you’re becoming, as well as who you’ve always been, contrast with the heavy requirements of the road ahead.

Fortunately, the first night of August holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, which spotlights the relationship between your living situation and professional aspirations.  This is a bit Full Moon for you, highlighting the harmonies and discrepencies between the most private and most public parts of your life.

Gemini: The Twins

The first few days of the week highlight existing tensions.  New social developments may conflict with existing obligations.

Wednesday, however, holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, spotlighting the connection (or lack thereof) between your short and long term goals.  Find a way to funnel new opportunities toward the achievement of your long term goals.

Cancer: The Crab

The week begins with conflicted aethyrs, tugging your attention between obligations to others and recent professional developments.

The first night of August holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, spotlighting the relationship between what you have to offer and what others can offer you.  There is opportunity here, the possibility of a good result for all involved.  Consider placing some deals on the table, though hold off on commitment until next week.

Leo: The Lion

The first part of the week lends a hearty boost to your mutating worldview, yet also highlights practical pressures, leaving you to reconcile the two.

On Wednesday night comes the Full Moon in Aquarius, spotlighting the impact of your personal situation on your relationships.  Let whatever good has come to you recently shine upon those close to you, and take responsibility for the damage you’ve let leak.

Virgo: The Virgin

The first few days of the week light up the Uranus-Pluto square, energizing the projects you share with people, yet also adding emphasis to the chains you’ve placed your creative energy within.

The first night of August holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, revealing the impact of your subconscious patterns on visible fabric of your life.  Trace concrete problems back to their invisible sources and you’ll have figured something out.

Libra: The Scales

The week begins with a bit of tension.  The weight of obligations, particularly familial ones, and the stress of chaotic humans characterizes the first few days.

The first night of August, however, holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, which illuminates the manner in which you appear to others, as we well revealing ways to creatively rewrite that role.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Things get started with a little peripheral tension, the grind of the day to day emphasized while the need for liberation from the ordinary amplified.

Then, on Wednesday night comes the Full Moon in Aquarius, which spotlighting the impact of your professional trajectory on your living situation and personal obligations.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The week begins with another round of tensions, with creative energies and financial pressures mounting simultaneously.

Then the first night of August comes, holding within it the Full Moon in Aquarius, which spotlights the relationship between your short and long term goals.  Make sure what you’re occupying yourself with is leading somewhere you want to go.

Capricorn: The Goat

The week begins with a fair amount of pressure on you, all the while need to make neccesary changes to your living situation mounts.

The first night of August holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, spotlighting the relationship between what you provide and what you receive.  Remember what you owe, as well as what you offer.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Things get moving early with a number of small tasks demanding your attention.  At the same time there is a great pressure at the back of your head, the pain of your obligation to the world hurting you all the more.

The first night of August holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, wreathing your relationships in a silver light.  This is an especially important point for romantic partnerships.  Take a strong look at your partner, and ask yourself if the words you’ve been using to describe them is really accurate.

Pisces: The Fish

The first few days of the week are a bit tense, highlighting your obligations to groups as well as your changing financial reserves.

The first night of August holds the Full Moon in Aquarius, spotlighting the connection between the concrete problems in your life and the hidden mechanics of your psyche.  Connect the visible patterns with invisible ones.

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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