The Astrology of August features Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Saturn and Neptune, opposite each other throughout August, ask us to consider the mystical implications of the everyday physical world all around us from which we draw sustenance, and conversely to accept it that our high ideals may suffer a dose of realistic disappointment from time to time, without allowing that simple, understandable and commonplace occurrence to bring us down. "Tomorrow I begin again" could be our attitude. The constant interpenetration of the real and the supernaturally unreal form an important polarity of life here below that keeps the heart of it beating. We constantly go back and forth between dwelling in the multiplicity and dwelling in the One, but it is all wonder. As the poet says, from wonder into wonder, existence opens.
Saturn and Neptune, opposed in the skies right now, are triggered most dramatically at the time of the Leo – AquariusFull Moon on August 9th. This Full Moon takes place at 16+ degrees of the sign, within two degrees of each opposing planet, themselves within four degrees of each other across the Zodiac. Saturn and Neptune continue to get closer to an exact opposition as the month unwinds. Uranus is also implicated in this month's grand scheme, since Jupitertrines it from Scorpio, along with Venus at the very beginning of the month, while at the Full Moon, Mars opposes Uranus and the Sun aspects it along with Saturn. Interestingly, the VirgoNew Moon in the last week of the month exactly opposes the Uranus / Neptune midpoint. August is therefore a most magical month.
With trickster Uranus in the mix of this month's energies, anything can happen. We should be prepared for the unexpected, and the moment of epiphany that can change our lives suddenly and completely. Mercury is also just now pulling out of its retrograde shadow, recovering lost ground from the previous three weeks of the retrograde period, and re-entering Leo on the 10th. Hopefully we can take what we have gathered during this reflective period of time, now ending, and discover the roots of our salvation in the new understanding that it brings us. As far as our group process goes, the media are a most important factor, although often a massive disappointment lately. As long as we as a collective know the actual truth of the matter, then that truth really can set us collectively free of our mental bondage to consensus thinking.
Transits to the U.S. Chart
The most difficult time of the previous month came after July 12th, when the Israeli bombardment of Lebanon began, with dire consequences for its civilian population. The world press spoke of over-reaction, and the U.S. was held at least partly responsible, for supplying arms and tacit approval, and for blocking diplomatic attempts at a cease-fire. Of course the attacks have continued through the remainder of the month, with severe casualties on both sides, although disproportionate. Looking at the transits, the U.S. chart was impacted on July 12th by transiting Chiron since the Neptune / Chiron midpoint and the Moon was inconjunct U.S. Sun exactly on that day, while the Sun in the sky squared U.S. Chiron at the same time. Our compassion as a people was thus engaged by the plight of the Lebanese people, whose government was not responsible for the original attack on Israel, and we as a nation felt the poignant responsibility, whether openly acknowledged or not, over what our ally in the region has wrought. With transiting Pluto still aspecting U.S. Mercury, further changes are possible in the way that the U.S. public regards its own government's activities.
In August, we might expect a sudden breakthrough event of one kind or another sometime during the month, since Uranus is closely aspecting U.S. Sun and Ascendant during this period. The Saturn – Neptune opposition that is so strongly constellated at the time of the Leo-AquariusFull Moon of August 9th takes place on the 2nd and 8th house of this chart, so representing values and finances, including the stock market, and the issue of foreign investment. We may see some signs of confusion in these areas. With Pluto nearing its September station in close aspect with U.S. Mercury, we might also see further erosion of confidence in U.S. public opinion regarding the Middle East situation, and also perhaps challenges to media complicity in government activity, a complicity that amounts almost to propaganda in some cases, which might begin to be further exposed and better understood. It is certainly one of the most important tenets of 21st century thinking that the truth will eventually come out, and that when it does, it will have a powerful freeing effect on mass consciousness. As times get harder, the truth becomes more difficult to conceal, and that may in the end turn out to be a blessing.