August 17: Burning Away Illusions

August 17: Burning Away Illusions

Mercury is conjunct the sun at 8:07 a.m.

The week begins with a Mercury/sun conjunction in radiant Leo—a powerful merging of communications and perceptions that is cleansing and purifying. The planet of information and ideas enters the fiery heart of the sun, which burns away falsehoods and illusions so that the way forward is more precise.

The house that Leo is on the cusp of in our birth chart shows the area of life where a spark of ingenuity ignites today, helping us express the needs of this house with inspired authenticity. Those with prominent Leo placements, in particular—like sun, moon, or Leo rising—may experience an empowering mental reset today.


The moon is trine Chiron at 1:55 p.m.

In the early afternoon, the balsamic moon in Leo forms a fire trine with Chiron in individualistic Aries, bringing bold, emotional awareness into supportive harmony with our ongoing wounds. The courage to face a part of ourselves that needs continuing care and tending arrives from deep within.

Chiron in Aries symbolizes the wound of the self and the fear of rejection. The moon in self-expressive Leo illuminates how we can be more comfortable in our skin, harnessing lunar energies to help ourselves feel brave, whole, and worthy of the love we deserve. Consequently, this fire trine inspires us to accept others’ admiration to heal and affirm who we truly are.

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The moon is square Uranus at 5:01 p.m.

The late afternoon/early evening holds an edgy and electric square connection between the moon in demonstrative Leo and Uranus in dependable Taurus. Leo is the sign of individual expression, and Uranus the planet of revolution, so this square is sure to kick up rebellious feelings and impulsive reactions. Sudden outbursts, radical breakthroughs, and a restless urge to break from our routines may take hold tonight. This erratic mood may help stimulate much-needed changes, and may also stir up some emotional discord in the process.


All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location