NorthPoint Astrology Journal
Your weekly guide to planetary influences
August 3 to 9, 2020
by Pam Younghans
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THE FIRST week of August has a Full Moon as its centerpiece – and it could be a wild one. The lunation occurs at 8:58 a.m. PDT on Monday, August 3, with the Moon at 11°45′ Aquarius and the Sun at the same degree of Leo.
A Full Moon is the climax of the lunar cycle. It symbolizes something coming into our awareness, something that we may not have been consciously aware of before. A Full Moon is also known for heightened emotional reactivity, as feelings that have been hidden come to the surface.
Our current lunar cycle began with the Cancer New Moon on July 20. Since that date, certain themes have been unfolding, and are now ready to be brought more fully to light.
BY NATURE, a Full Moon in Aquarius is electrical – surprising and at times even shocking. The sign is independent, unconventional, and rebellious, often socially aware and progressive.
But, at the same time, Aquarius is a fixed sign, which means it can be strongly opinionated and resistant to input from others, preferring to live according to its own unique perspective on reality. Aquarius lives by the adage, “march to the beat of your own drum.”
Our Full Moon on Monday emphasizes all of these qualities, bringing them forward for us to work with.
THE LUNATION powerfully activates the planet Uranus, located at 10°38′ Taurus. Being square both the Sun and the Moon, Uranus sits at the apex of a fixed-sign “T-square” with the two lights.
A T-square is a configuration of tension. This fixed T-square challenges us through revealing our attachments, showing us how we resist change, and requiring us to become more objective. It can manifest as a battle of wills, where people refuse to be flexible or to respect the other’s perspective. With rebel planet Uranus at the apex of the T-square, we may see more individuals acting as mavericks, stubbornly ignoring any rules that do not agree with their own view of reality.
URANUS’ influence is very strong for the next few weeks, not only because of its involvement in the Full Moon, but also because the planet is moving forward quite slowly right now. Uranus will come to a standstill on August 15, shift gears into reverse, and then gradually begin to go retrograde (appear to move backwards).
When a planet “stations” in this way, we feel its effects even more strongly than usual. In truth, the entire month of August 2020 is likely to be a very “Uranian,” so let’s explore what that could mean.
THE PLANET URANUS is known by many names. As the god of Chaos, Uranus brings seemingly random change into our lives, earthquakes both literal and symbolic. We feel restless and impatient under its influence, and can be more accident prone because we’re too much in a hurry. Our thinking can be more erratic, making it hard to focus on a specific subject or to engage in a lengthy conversation.
Uranus is also called The Awakener. Under its influence, new ideas come into our awareness, information that disrupts the status quo or requires us to change course. Uranus opens our eyes to possibilities we may not have considered before.
And, in its role as a transpersonal planet, Uranus is the god of the Starry Skies, representing access to Higher Mind and unlimited potentials. We are more open to intuitive insights when Uranus is strong, and psychic impressions are heightened. This last is especially true when Uranus is in aspect to the Moon, as it is for Monday’s Full Moon.
WE ARE AWAKENING on many levels, and the month of August is playing a pivotal role in this process. Circumstances for many months have compelled us to spend more time with ourselves, and have removed many of the distractions that we might usually use to avoid introspection. If we allow ourselves to see higher purposes to the COVID-19 crisis, this is certainly one of them.
Over these next weeks, with Uranus’ energy enhanced, it will be interesting to watch what unfolds, and what new ideas and directions emerge. We are likely to see all three faces of the planet represented strongly: the god of Chaos, the Awakener, and the Higher Mind.
IN ADDITION to the Full Moon, here’s a play-by-play of the most significant aspects for the coming week:
Uranus sextile Ceres: Able to adjust our emotional needs to the inspiration of the moment. New ideas related to caring for the Earth and for our global family. Focus on human rights, children’s welfare.
Mercury opposite Saturn: Pessimistic attitude, or feeling that we are not being heard. A realistic appraisal of plans is possible, but be careful of being too critical or demanding. Remember that all is in process.
Mars square Jupiter: Other than the Full Moon, this is the strongest aspect of the week. We will start to feel this energy on Monday, if not before. Reactivity and anger are heightened. Tension between individuals and authorities, each seeing the other as an obstacle. Legal battles.
Venus quincunx Saturn: A need to adjust priorities, finding that certain ideas and values that brought us this far cannot take us the entire way. Partnerships and alliances being tested.
Venus conjunct South Node in Gemini: Relationships from the past come to mind, especially in terms of communication issues. An opportunity to do a “relationship autopsy,” to clear the way for healthier manifestations in this area of life.
Mercury sesquiquadrate Neptune: A possible lack of clarity in our thinking and communications. Imaginings or the need to escape reality can interfere with our ability to perceive truth. A day to dream, but not to implement.
Mercury trine Chiron: Learning to trust our own creative thinking. Healing the need to live up to anyone else’s criteria, or to gain others’ approval for our ideas.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: About eight months from now, you will be embarking on a year of significant change, when you reinvent your self-concept and also a certain area of your life experience. You are already feeling some of this energy, but it will be a stronger force starting in spring of 2021. In preparation for that shift in your life, you will be addressing issues related to personal relationships and your financial situation this year. This is the time to consolidate and to get clear on your values, so that you know what you want to take with you going forward. Throughout this year, you will also have opportunities to heal a lack of self-confidence, and to appreciate yourself instead of being overly focused on gaining the approval of others. (Solar Return Sun semisquare Venus, trine Chiron, square Uranus)
In Gratitude and Light,
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