by Maya White
It’s always interesting to look at the month ahead, and August delivers some powerful planetary commentary. One of the first events is that Mars leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius on Tuesday, August 2nd.
The planets provide cosmic weather reports; Mars is intense in any sign, but Scorpio is where Mars has a stronger warrior urge.
Mars in Scorpio is a ‘take no prisoners’ placement – or –act first and ask questions later. Self-discipline is the high path of Mars in Scorpio, and during his retrograde phase, many digressions came to Light – for the world to see.
Mars in Sagittarius is tempered by the underlying good nature of Jupiter. Here, he is boisterous, even argumentative; but like a shooting star, he lacks staying power.
However, on August 24th, Mars is empowered through a conjunction with his ‘brother in arms’, Saturn at 10 degrees Sagittarius.
The Sabian Symbols
Each degree of the zodiac has an oracle, or channeled message and the message for 10 degrees Sag is: ‘A Theatrical Golden Haired god/goddess of Opportunity. The interpretation by astrologer Marc Edmund Jones is about the ‘expectations and promises of rewards; irresistible confidence that can lead to worthless ends’.
The oracle message for this meeting of Saturn and Mars also addresses ambition and greed in the pursuit of progress. There is an aura of theatre, but also a caution to not be deceived. The Oracle speaks. . . . . are you listening?
And, after spending seven months in Scorpio, Mars travels swiftly through Sagittarius and enters Capricorn on September 27th.
On Election Day in the US, November 8th, Mars will be in the critical, last 29th degree of Saturn ruled Capricorn. This adds an exclamation point to the lasting nature of the decision that voters will be making on that day.
What Time Was Hillary Born?
I’ll give my insights on the candidates in a future blog post. So far, I have been unable to find an accurate time of birth for Hillary Clinton! There are many ‘opinions’ out there, and even one of the most reliable sources for birth data, Astro.com, is uncertain about her time of birth.
Hillary’s midnight birth chart is so neat and clean; a perfect fighter for the underdog with her powerful Saturn/Mars/Pluto Leo stellium traipsing from house 12 to 1 – if only it were correct.
Using a birth time of 8:02 am (rated DD – dirty and doubtful in AstroDataBank) puts her power broker stellium in the 9th house which is good for a law professor at Harvard. The chart could pass as a chief lawmaker for the USA; maybe, but not sure it’s quite right.
Regardless of birth time, she does have some powerful square transits around Election Day, but, I have not yet seen a successful person with an ‘easy’ chart.
It’s understood that a challenging chart breeds success, so do not count her out because Saturn squares or oppositions.
The Rest of Respected and Impressive August
Like a well-timed clock, the Leo new moon is also on August 2nd, so Mars the month begins with a trine to Mars also in a fire sign of Sagittarius. With the still active Saturn and Neptune square, we need some nice fire trine to remind the collective consciousness of what is important!
On August 27th the two benefactor planets, Venus and Jupiter form a healing conjunction in the late degrees of Virgo. The hidden value of this connection is that it grants power to your words, especially because Mercury joins Venus the very next day, on the 28th.
With the moon growing smaller each night, finally closing into a new moon solar eclipse on September 1st , think of late August as a time for rich endings.
Another notable date for the month are the 18th when there is a full moon lunar eclipse. This is being described as the ‘almost lunar eclipse’ because it’s not visible from any place on the earth, and is not even listed in the Saros Cycles, which is an 18 + year cycle that predicts the repeating cycles of eclipses.
Perhaps it is a commentary on people making empty promises, or even accusations that have no merit; i.e., a lot of talk but no real action. It can also signal a near miss on disaster.
This is a ‘shadowed eclipse’ and I want to leave you with a hopeful interpretation that this shadow triggers a positive turning point for the earth; that there is hope for the environment, that people will really communicate and find a common ground, and a unifying core of truth and benefit for the good of all will emerge from the darkness.
With love and wishing you
Peace One Earth