August 18: A Journey of Self-Discovery
Venus is sextile Uranus at 12:28 p.m.
The moon is trine Mars at 4:51 p.m.
At midday, Venus in empathetic Cancer forms a collaborative sextile aspect with Uranus in pleasure-loving Taurus, stimulating a romantic and creative mood. Though Uranus’ energies are typically volatile, and unpredictable, this connection involving loving Venus is supportive and stabilizing.
This sextile channels Uranus’ lightning-flashes of inspiration and revelation into our relationships, giving these a refreshing reboot of excitement and thrill. Today, many people may suddenly realize that they are in love, or may even have an unexpected romantic encounter. Watch out for an intriguing stranger that pops in and out of your life in Uranian fashion. Some connections in life are brief but no less meaningful.
A few hours later, the moon in dramatic Leo forms a spicy fire trine with Mars in impulsive Aries. This trine may add fire to the sparks that Venus and Uranus ignite today by amplifying courage and bravery. We may feel the confidence to act on impulse, both romantically and creativity, to catch the rare cosmic waves that are active today.
A new moon in Leo at 7:42 p.m.
By the evening arrives, the moon and sun form a conjunction, giving us this month’s new moon in magnanimous Leo. The new moon is the ending of a lunar cycle, and the beginning of the next, providing an opportunity to rest, reflect, and recharge. We can go deep within ourselves in meditative stillness and envision the next cycle of unfolding for the upcoming month. Leo is the sign of courageous self-expression, which is nourished by admiration when we shine our unique light in the world. We have an opportunity to ask ourselves: Who are we, in our authentic core, and how can we serve this authenticity moving forward? The next six months will take us on a lunar journey of self-discovery, which will bear fruit at the next Leo full moon.
The moon is conjunct Mercury at 10:38 p.m., and moon void of course begins
Late night, the dark moon in Leo forms a conjunction with swift Mercury, and the moon void of course begins. This void of course will not be a hindrance to our usual activity, as it will end before dawn. This conjunction symbolizes the moment our new moon reflections take root, when the seed of an idea is born.
All the aspects mentioned are calculated in Standard Pacific Time, for greater accuracy please adjust to your own location