A FIRST QUARTER MOON occurs on Saturday, August 22, 2015, at 3:31 PM EDT.
On Saturday afternoon, a First Quarter Moon occurs when the Sun in late Leo forms a square with the Scorpio Moon. There is a crisis theme surrounding any quarter Moon phase, as we feel compelled to take action. Shortly after, we are made aware of how our actions affect those close to us, perhaps through trial and error. Whatever project or initiative we began around the New Moon is now off the ground, and it may face its first obstacles.
This phase of the Moon occurs at 29 degrees and 23 minutes of Scorpio square the Sun at 29 degrees and 23 minutes of Leo, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 27 to 30 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) and 0 to 1 degree of the Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces) most significantly.
Moon phase cycle: Bigger picture:
Aug 14, 2015 10:53 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Aug 22, 2015 3:31 PM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Aug 29, 2015 2:35 PM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Sep 5, 2015 5:54 AM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Sep 13, 2015 2:41 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern)
The Sun is in Leo; Mercury is in Virgo; Venus is in Leo; Mars is in Leo.
The Sun is in Leo from July 22-August 23. In Leo, the Sun is proud, outgoing, and playful. The Leo Sun is intensely individual—not content with simply being just one of the team. It’s time to shine, add a touch of color and drama to our lives, and perform. Like the flowers and fruit of the season–blossoming and ripened–this is a time when we want to enjoy ourselves and express ourselves. We are more generous and grand in our gestures and attitudes. On the shadow side, we can also be self-centered and vain.
Mercury is in Virgo from August 7-27. When Mercury is in Virgo, precision in speech, thought, and process is now important to us. This is a time when we analyze and decide what is useful and what we deem to be impractical. Mercury feels right at home in Virgo, one of the signs that it rules. Dealing with details is natural and easy now. We need to be careful that we don’t lose perspective if we find ourselves lost in details. We should also be aware of the possibility of expressing ourselves in a too factual manner, so much so that we come across as dry, critical, or unimaginative.
Venus is in Leo from July 31-October 8. Venus is retrograde from July 25th to September 6th, and will move through its post-retrograde shadow until October 9th. Love is magnificent and grand while Venus is in Leo. We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game–a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgement, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. The negative expression of this placement is overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.
Mars in Leo from August 8-September 24. In Leo, Mars is proud, self-confident, and grand. We are spirited and have grand goals. We go after what we want in a direct, self-assured manner, desiring dramatic results. We prefer not to worry about details, and take the least complicated route to our goals. The sex drive is strong, and passion for life is high.
Saturn transits Sagittarius from December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, and then from September 17, 2015 to December 20, 2017.Saturn re-entered Scorpio on June 14 and continues to transit Scorpio until September 17, 2015. Read about Saturn’s transit through Sagittarius here. Read about Saturn’s transit through Scorpio here.
Jupiter entered Virgo last week, on August 11th, and will transit Virgo until September 9, 2016. Read about Jupiter in Virgo here.
Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong with Uranus in Aries.
Venus is retrograde from July 25 to September 6, 2015.
21 Jun 2015 11:53 am 14 Leo 23′ Venus Enters Rx Zone
25 Jul 2015 05:27 am 00 Virgo 46’Rx Venus Stationary Retrograde
06 Sep 2015 04:27 am 14 Leo 23′ Venus Stationary Direct
09 Oct 2015 11:58 am 00 Virgo 46′ Venus Leaves Rx Zone
Where is Venus Retrograde transiting by house in your natal chart? Does it conjunct a natal planet, your Ascendant, or Midheaven? Readinterpretations of Venus Retrograde in Transit for a more personalized meaning of this transit cycle.
As the planet of love and values, Venus retrograde periods are times when we re-assess what—and who—we value. It is a period that many astrologers consider inopportune for getting married or starting a major new relationship. Major financial undertakings are generally not advised during this period as well. Venus retrograde cycles are good times for creating budgets and financial plans, and for re-thinking our personal relationships.
Because Venus rules beauty and aesthetics, Venus Retrograde is a less than ideal time for beautification processes (new hairdos, enhancements, purchasing a new wardrobe, cosmetic surgery, and so forth), renovations, re-decorating, and the like. Because Venus is associated with social events, parties may not go as planned.
On the subject of love, past lovers may re-appear and some relationships may end. With Venus in Leo for much of its retrograde cycle, our needs for attention may be especially strong. We may question the romance factor in our current relationships. With Venus in Virgo for some of this retrograde cycle, the tendency to focus on flaws (and to criticize) may be strong.
Old friends and lovers may re-appear, perhaps complicating current relationships. We are called upon to deal with relationship issues from the past. Events occur that seem fated or pre-destined. It can be a real challenge getting close to a lover during this period of time. Unorthodox, experimental, and non-intimate relationships may be favored.
Affection is difficult to express in a natural or spontaneous manner. We might find others are lacking in sincerity or genuineness in their expressions of social niceties. (We may be inclined to do the same!).
Some of the more negative associations of Venus in Leo may be particularly prominent and/or hard to take, and these include egoism, buying affection, or haughtiness. Those who have Leo strong in their charts may be more introspective, distant, or hard to reach during this cycle. They may not be in as favorable light just for the time being.
Relationships that have been especially challenging may come to an end during this cycle. However, strong relationships will survive it, even if there are a few bumps and bruises along the way. For singles, this is a good time for “eyes wide open” or experimental dating. It is not a time when people recognize the need for another person to “complete” them, and some people may be questioning whether they are with partners who actually fulfill them. This period is good for re-evaluating our relationship needs; but major love decisions are best saved for after the cycle ends beyond September 6th, and perhaps beyond the shadow phase as well (after October 9th). Our perceptions may be skewed and we can come out of the retrograde cycle with regret if we have acted hastily, as the tendency to change our minds later is strong.
On the subject of money, finances, and possessions, do try to hold off on major purchases or financial decisions during this Venus retrograde cycle. For example, the purchase of a new house, car, or other big-ticket item could backfire in some manner later on. They may become money pits or cause problems for you; or you may change your mind later and regret your purchase.
At the time that Venus forms an inferior conjunction with the Sun (August 15th), relationship issues are magnified. Fateful events can occur now. This is equivalent in feel to a New Moon but marks the beginning of a new Venus cycle. We are symbolically in the dark during the retrograde, but starting fresh and re-energized from this date forward. There is impulsiveness and lack of preparation now. More on Venus Retrograde here.
Romance & Relationships
Venus is in Leo from July 31-October 8. Venus is retrograde from July 25th to September 6th, and will move through its post-retrograde shadow until October 9th. Love is magnificent and grand! We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game–a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgement, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. The negative expression of this placement is overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.
This week: We are now in a new Venus cycle that began on August 15th and lasts eighteen months. This is a time of new beginnings in relationships. On the 15-16, we may be analyzing our feelings, and while we can be polite to one another, we may not be digging deeply. The Venus-Uranus trine on the 18-19 is a liberating influence, as we open ourselves up to new ideas, ways of relating, and different people or experiences. Hopefully the Venus-Chiron quincunx doesn’t hold us back by stimulating our insecurities. Thursday and Friday are also strong for embracing new ideas and methods of connecting and experiencing one another.
Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:
Venus in Leo July 31-October 8. Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity, and self-expression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired – needed, even. A flashy, flirty, stylish splash of color and warmth.
Venus parallel Mercury August 15-16. A congenial time when we appreciate diplomacy and socialize more readily.
Venus trine Uranus August 18-19. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, and we happily embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements. We are ready to experiment, but not necessarily ready to commit.
Venus quincunx Chiron August 18-19. There may be vague feelings of discontent in relationships; or a choice that needs to be made regarding personal relationships, money, or possessions. Insecurity involving others might make it awkward for us to express our affections naturally or flowingly.
Venus parallel Uranus August 20-21. We embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time. We are ready to experiment, but not necessarily ready to commit. Peculiar, sudden, or avant garde attractions. This is an exciting but unstable energy. Friendship in love relationships becomes more important.
Venus semi-square Mercury August 28. Communications between lovers are superficial and unsatisfying, and perhaps awkward. Superficiality in romantic expression may exist now.
The Moon & Timing
The Void of Course Moon is the period of time after the Moon has made its last aspect in one sign until the Moon enters a new sign. During Void of Course Moon periods, it is generally wise to stick to routine rather than to begin new projects. The last aspect the Moon makes before changing signs is indicated here, and is indicative of the “outcome” of the matter (whether that is a new project begun before the void period, or the answer to a question in Horary Astrology). Void of Course in Horary Astrology: If you were asking a question and making a chart for the answer, as you do in Horary astrology, it is said that since the Moon is not looking forward to any more aspects in this sign, you would have to say that the answer is not forthcoming; any questions asked at this time would not come to pass. The Moon being Void is one of the Strictures against Judgment in Horary Astrology.
The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:
Void-of-course Moon on Monday, August 17th, from 1:17 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Saturn), until the Moon enters Libra at 4:24 PM EDT.
VOC Moon on Wednesday, August 19th, from 10:57 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Scorpio the next day, Thursday, August 20th, at 5:25 AM EDT.
VOC Moon on Saturday, August 22nd, from 3:32 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to the Sun), until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 4:42 PM EDT.
Void of Course Moon for August 2015:
Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives
The Moon is waxing this week – a period that is generally consideredfavorable for new beginnings, with exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).
According to principles of timing with the Moon, a window of opportunity occurs from Saturday, August 15th, at approximately 10:30 PM EDT, until Monday, August 17th, at approximately 1:15 PM EDT, while the Moon is in Virgo. Another window occurs on Wednesday, August 19th from approximately 9:50 AM to 10:55 PM EDT, while the Moon is in Libra. Keep in mind that Venus is retrograde during these windows.
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:
Jun 5, 2015 11:33 AM Venus enters Leo
Jun 11, 2015 6:33 PM Mercury Direct
Jun 12, 2015 5:08 AM Neptune Retrograde
Jun 14, 2015 8:36 PM Saturn Retrograde enters Scorpio
Jun 21, 2015 12:38 PM Sun enters Cancer
Jun 24, 2015 7:37 AM Chiron Retrograde
Jun 24, 2015 9:33 AM Mars enters Cancer
Jul 8, 2015 2:52 PM Mercury enters Cancer
Jul 18, 2015 6:38 PM Venus enters Virgo
Jul 22, 2015 11:30 PM Sun enters Leo
Jul 23, 2015 8:14 AM Mercury enters Leo
Jul 25, 2015 5:29 AM Venus Retrograde
Jul 26, 2015 6:38 AM Uranus Retrograde
Jul 31, 2015 11:27 AM Venus Retrograde enters Leo
Aug 2, 2015 1:53 AM Saturn Direct
Aug 7, 2015 3:15 PM Mercury enters Virgo
Aug 8, 2015 7:32 PM Mars enters Leo
Aug 11, 2015 7:11 AM Jupiter enters Virgo
Aug 23, 2015 6:37 AM Sun enters Virgo
Aug 27, 2015 11:44 AM Mercury enters Libra
Sep 6, 2015 4:29 AM Venus Direct
Sep 17, 2015 2:10 PM Mercury Retrograde
Sep 17, 2015 10:49 PM Saturn enters Sagittarius
Sep 23, 2015 4:20 AM Sun enters Libra
Sep 24, 2015 10:18 PM Mar enters Virgo
Sep 25, 2015 2:58 AM Plu Direct
Oct 8, 2015 1:29 PM Venus enters Virgo
Oct 9, 2015 10:57 AM Mercury Direct
Oct 23, 2015 1:47 PM Sun enters Scorpio
*** Daylight Saving Time ends ***
Nov 2, 2015 2:06 AM Mercury enters Scorpio
Nov 8, 2015 10:31 AM Venus enters Libra
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Note: Times given Eastern Time (ET).
This Week’s Calendar
This Week’s Aspects
Mars sesquiquadrature Chiron. We can be easily offended under the influence of this transit. Touchiness. Difficulties expressing our anger or desires in a direct manner.
Venus trine Uranus. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, and we happily embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements as well as financial undertakings. We are ready to experiment, but not ready to commit. Creative inspiration can be had. We have an offbeat, pleasant attitude and people are more willing to socialize. A good time for financial undertakings involving electronics, technology, the internet, metaphysics, and the arts, as well as group activities.
Venus quincunx Chiron. There may be vague feelings of discontent in relationships; or a choice that needs to be made regarding personal relationships, money, or possessions. Insecurity involving others might make it awkward for us to express our affections naturally or flowingly.
Mercury opposition Chiron. Misunderstandings in communications that occur now stem from taking things too personally. It can be hard to read the intention behind the words used to communicate now. Doubting our ability to make a clear cut decision comes from a feeling that opposing viewpoints hold the same weight, and thus an inability to choose sides. There can be a sense of shooting ourselves in the foot when we present our ideas or opinions, and a feeling of misrepresenting ourselves when we communicate can figure strongly now.
Mercury quincunx Uranus. It is difficult to get a point across without rubbing people the wrong way or misrepresenting ourselves. Uncertainty reigns today. Avoid making hasty decisions that you will later regret. Impulsiveness, disorganization, unreceptive to practical advice and/or your ideas are not well-received.
Sun sesquiquadrate Pluto. A tendency to want to control our lives through some form of manipulation is strong during this influence. Meeting with obstacles in our paths, however, can force us into the position of using all of our resources to fight back, and we can discover resources we never knew we had in the process.
Sun square Saturn. As we face obstacles to our goals, we begin to see the tools with which we have to overcome them. A heavy dose of realism seems forced upon us under this influence, but our efforts to measure up to expectations can ultimately increase our confidence in our ability to be responsible for ourselves. This influence is a somber one.
Mars quincunx Neptune. We can feel vaguely discontented and without direction under this influence. The tendency to be careless is also strong now. Poor judgment or laziness can prevent us from realizing our plans.
Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).
Daily Trends Calendar
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The Moon is in Virgo all day, putting communications, organizing, and producing in the forefront. Taking care of business is a developing theme now. Health and work take on greater importance. Keeping busy and making headway satisfies us more than usual, for we want to see tangible results for our efforts. Virgo’s ruler, Mercury, is parallel retrograde Venus today, and we are inclined to analyze or discuss relationships and feelings. Some tension between Mars and Chiron later today can point to some touchiness or difficulties asserting ourselves confidently or naturally.
The Moon continues to transit earthy Virgo until 4:24 PM EDT, making it a good time to clear up the clutter in our lives. We can be especially productive under the influence of a Virgo Moon, as long as we avoid the potential pitfalls of this position–nervousness and anxiety. The Moon’s sextile to Saturn early afternoon helps us to prioritize. We are inclined to become more analytical, critical, and technical now. Our emotional orientation shifts when the Moon enters Libra at 4:24 PM. We are still very much interested in creating order, but now we tend to do so through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment.
A void of course Moon occurs from 1:17 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Saturn), until the Moon enters Libra at 4:24 PM EDT.
With the Moon in charming Libra all day, we reach the most emotional satisfaction when our interactions and environment are felt to be balanced and harmonious. Pleasing others is a theme now, making it a good time for negotiations and peace-making. Conflicts tend to be avoided or averted now, or resolved in a diplomatic and fair way. We are especially aware of the points of view of others and the opposite side of the coin, which can lead to indecision. However, this evening’s Moon-Pluto square can stimulate feelings that we must manipulate in order to get our way. Venus and Uranus are heading towards an empowering trine aspect, exact midday tomorrow, and tonight, we may be feeling some of its mind-opening energy.
A void of course Moon occurs from 10:57 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to the Sun), until the Moon enters Scorpio tomorrow, Thursday, August 20th, at 5:25 AM EDT.
The Moon ends its void period when it enters Scorpio today at 5:25 AM EDT.
A void of course Moon occurs from 3:32 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to the Sun), until the Moon enters Sagittarius at 4:42 PM EDT.
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Moon Signs This Week:
When the Moon is in Virgo
We instinctually gravitate towards practical activities under the influence of a Virgo Moon. In an urge to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others. Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead.
The Moon in Virgo generally favors the following activities: Mental pursuits, work activities, services, and routines. Activities that would benefit from tending to details.
When the Moon is in Libra
Creating order is the focus, not necessarily through tidying or organizing as was the case while the Moon was in Virgo, but rather through pleasing interactions with others and aesthetics in our environment. We tend to solve problems through diplomacy, and we are more able to put aside our own emotions in order to achieve the peace we crave. The tendency now is to avoid direct confrontations. Decisions do not come easily. Seeing both sides to any given situation is the main reason for hesitation. Fear of losing others’ approval is another.
The Moon in Libra generally favors the following activities: Relationship and partnership issues, activities involving teamwork and cooperation, activities that involve self-examination, activities related to beauty.
When the Moon is in Scorpio
Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it’s passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won’t work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it’s an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspiciousness.
The Moon in Scorpio generally favors the following activities: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.
When the Moon is in Sagittarius
The Moon is at her most optimistic and upbeat in Sagittarius. We are motivated by a need to seek the truth, and we are ready to pursue a new vision. We are not interested in details just now. Instead, we focus on the big picture. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. Spontaneity is the key. We may also be inclined toward overdoing and overstating. We don’t want to plan ahead, and prefer to “wing it”.
The Moon in Sagittarius generally favors the following activities: Adventurous activities that involve “winging it”, travel, higher education, starting publishing projects, advertising, sports, physical activity.
When the Moon is in…Transits of the Moon through the Signs.
This Week’s Planetary Positions By Sign (General Trends):
Sun in Leo “This I do for me” is your motto at a time like this. This is your time to shine, like a swirl of starstuff that has finally reached critical mass and suddenly starts to give off more light than it receives. Issues of pride, mastery, and appreciation become more and more central to your lifestream as this cycle progresses, as does a very important lesson: it’s not what you do so much as how you do it, not who you are so much as how you make others feel about themselves. If it doesn’t come from the heart, it shouldn’t matter now.
Mercury in Virgo Mental discipline and patience are keynoted as you enter into a new cycle. Thinking things through, accounting for all the details, making careful measurements: these and similar experiences keep your mind active and involved. An interest in health and work may come to the fore.
Venus in Leo Romance becomes an end in itself as a new cycle begins for you. It marks a time when love, creativity, and self-expression satisfy a deep yearning to be appreciated and admired – needed, even. A flashy, flirty, stylish splash of color and warmth.
Mars in Leo The thrill of the chase, the smell of the greasepaint, the roar of the crowd: that’s what gets your juices flowing now that you’ve entered a new cycle. To be appreciated, to be admired (adored, even) – that’s what you crave. It’s a time of creativity, drama, and passion; a time when grabbing the spotlight and stealing the scene gives you a thrill. Is winning everything? No – but it’s way ahead of whatever comes in second!
Jupiter in Virgo “To serve and protect” is the motto that best fits the cycle that now dawns in your life. Taking better care of such material concerns as work and health becomes an article of faith. You see the big picture where these things are concerned and realize that it can only come together when all the details are in place. Sometimes, in trying to get these details all lined up, you might lose sight of your objective. Remember: Look beyond the trees to see the forest.
Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.
Uranus in Aries A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.
Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver’s seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?
Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable – and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you’d think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place…
The interpretations in this box are from the Day Watch software.