The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Full Moon in Aquarius, July 23, 2021

Chart for the Full Moon in Aquarius
Chart for the Full Moon in Aquarius ~ 23 July 2021

Full Moon in Aquarius
The Twisted Yellow Brick Road

Life is warped. I'm just in sync.
~ Margaret Atwood, MaddAddam

July 23 ~ NEW MOON IN AQUARIUS (01:26 Aquarius)

This is the first of two Full Moons in a row in Aquarius – July 23rd at 1:26 of Aquarius, and August 22nd at 29:37 of Aquarius.

The sign of Aquarius would like you to think it's being very unusual, original, eccentric and innovative by splitting its energy across two Full Moons. And I suppose it is—but the truth is it's not a terribly rare occurrence. Having 2 Full Moons in the same sign happens pretty regularly, about every 2½-3 years (sorry Aquarius).

Is the 2nd Aquarius Full Moon a Blue Moon? YES!! ...and No. Well actually, it all depends on how you define it, and there are several definitions to choose from. In the traditional, original definition—the 3rd Full Moon in a season that has 4 Full Moons—it is definitely a Blue Moon. If you use the "popular" (and incorrect) definition—the 2nd Full Moon in a calendar month—then no, it's not.

But then, the popular definition is based on a mistake and has no real meaning in any context, astrological or otherwise. Even the traditional Blue Moon was calculated not for astrological purposes but for religious ones. (Read more about the Blue Moon in my article, Blue Moon Lunacy.)

So, what (if anything) is significant about having two Full Moons in a row in the same sign? Basically, it just means we get a double dose of Aquarian energy (in this case). Working with that energy is a longer-term process than it usually is, done in two stages.

Any Full Moon in Aquarius is about bringing fruition to the impetus that's about individuation, our vision of the future, and our membership within groups of all kinds (friends, clubs, communities, collectives).

For example, it may indicate that friendships become important—finding new ones, renewing lost ones, revising old ones, or letting go of the ones that aren't working very well. It could be about assessing who is important in your life right now and who has slipped into the background.

You might find you're drawn to become more involved in an organization, club or society of like-minded people who share a common vision or goal. Or, you might feel you're not as fulfilled by a group you're connected to, and you need to strike out on your own path and discover what your own priorities are, perhaps by standing up and opposing the group or by simply walking away.

You have two chances to work with Aquarian energy through these two Full Moons. The charts of each Full Moon will tell the story of what kind of journey you may have through the Aquarian territory. And it is a vast landscape to discover, so pack up your priorities, visions, ideals, dreams, and lots of "food for thought" to bring with you on the trip.

A good idea is a network. A specific constellation of neurons—thousands of them—fire in sync with
each other for the first time in your brain,
and an idea pops into your consciousness.
~ Steven Johnson, Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

This first Full Moon in Aquarius is all about becoming aware of the ways you may feel out of sync with the world around you and what that might mean. For some, this could mean that a shift in how you interact with the world is becoming necessary. For others, it may simply require that you listen more closely to the energy flow between what's inside of you and what's outside of you.

The fact that the Moon is Out of Bounds (declination) doesn't help to normalize this contrary energy. In fact, it may emphasize a feeling of being on the outside looking in, or amplify the irritation from feeling like a square peg in the proverbial round hole. On the other hand, it could enhance your ability to look at what's going on in your life from a place of emotional detachment and objectivity, which could help to slow down your impulsive reactions long enough to choose your best response more wisely.

Quincunxes in the Full Moon chart

The chart of the Full Moon has enough quincunx aspects (150°) to fill your yearly quota: Sun-Jupiter, Moon-Venus, Mars-Pluto, Mars-Neptune.

Similar to the quincunx, there are also a few semisextiles (30°): Sun-Venus, Moon-Jupiter, Chiron-Uranus.

Oppositions in the Full Moon chart

There's also a plethora of opposition aspects (180°): Sun-Moon, Sun-Pluto, Mercury-Pluto, Mars-Jupiter, Venus-Jupiter.

Mercury and Neptune share ownership of the one trine aspect between solid planets (120°), although there is also the trine between Saturn and the North Lunar Node.

The perpetual Saturn-Uranus square is the only square aspect (90°) in the bunch, unless you want to count a wide square between Venus and the Nodes.

Be out of sync with your times for just one day, and you will see how much eternity you contain within you.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

Quincunx aspects are an "interesting" energy by comparison to these other 30-degree-based aspects. Aspects in general describe how two planets interact. They may be friendly and harmonious like the trine, based on sharing the same element (Fire, Earth, Air, Water). They could be conflicted like the square, based on sharing the same modality (Cardinal, Fixed, Mutable). They can have creative potential like the sextile, based on different but compatible elements (Fire-Air or Earth-Water), sometimes referred to as having the same gender.

The planets might be tense and polarizing like the opposition, based on having the same modality but with compatible elements but from opposing signs (e.g. Leo-Aquarius). Or they could be bursting with yet-to-be-developed, creative possibilities like the conjunction, based on being in the same sign and therefore sharing the same element, same modality and same gender.

Quincunxes break all the rules. They join planets in signs that have nothing in common – different elements, incompatible elements, different modalities, and different genders. And yet, when they are within a certain, usually small orb (I use up to 4°), there is a cosmic mandate that they must learn to get along and find some kind of commonality, despite their inconsistencies. It's like putting two people in a room who speak totally different languages, from a culture that uses totally different body language, and then tell them, "Okay, now you have to solve this problem together." Good luck, right!?

Planets in a quincunx aspect struggle to find any kind of common ground. People with quincunxes in their natal chart, especially more than two of them, can have difficulty seeing things clearly and concisely. Quincunxes must be resolved by "thinking outside the box" and by working with "shades of grey" instead of just "black-and-white" facts and conclusions.

This is an energy that is about learning to tolerate, appreciate, and co-exist with paradox. To those whose natal chart is full of trines, sextiles, squares and oppositions, a paradox is a contradiction to be solved, tamed, and brought to fit into a conventional structure. But people who live with quincunx energy all the time through their natal chart (ideally) come to view the quincunx paradox is an oddity to be explored, an enigma deserving of wonder, or just part of the mystery of life.

The semisextile aspect is similar to the quincunx. (Together the quincunx and semisextile aspects are sometimes referred to as inconjuncts.) The signs involved in a semisextile have totally different elements, modalities and gender. The only thing they share is "the neighbourhood" since signs in semisextile are adjacent to each other, and as such the discordance between the planets is usually softened somewhat, depending on how easily the planets involved usually get along. In the Full Moon chart, the Moon-Jupiter and Sun-Venus pairs aren't mortal enemies, and would find it easier to work together than, say, Mars and Saturn.

In both cases, the experience can be one of frustration and exasperation, requiring you to cultivate flexibility and a tolerance of imperfection.

The Irritation Rectangle requires that inner tension
be used as the impetus for personal development,
not that other people are overloaded by forcing one's knowledge on them.
This figure wants to transfer the pressure of the red [opposition] aspects to the breadth, tolerance and flexibility of the green [quincunx and semisextile] aspects, which is a hard task with this figure.
~ Bruno and Louise Huber and Michael Alexander Huber, Aspect Pattern Astrology

So, what does it all mean? Having an inordinate amount of paradoxical energy, as the glue holding the Full Moon in Aquarius together, suggests that your experience of Aquarius themes over the next 2 weeks is likely to be a bit confused, mystifying, frustrating, eye-opening, mind-blowing, and/or hard to get a solid handle on.

In other words: Weird. And yet, weird isn't all bad. It contains unexpected and unique gifts if you follow its twisted Yellow Brick Road (like in the Wizard of Oz but even weirder...).

Huber Astrology considers inconjuncts to indicate a need to expand awareness and develop one's conscious thoughts. And how else should it be, when trying to get two mismatching energies to fit together, but to aspire to an atypical, transcendent understanding through awareness, thought and reason?

Since Aquarius is often experienced as being at odds with the world around you and feeling like you don't really fit in, the 6,000-or-so quincunxes may sharply amplify that feeling. As an example, you might find one or two friends just keep getting on your nerves; or people you usually see eye-to-eye with may leave you feeling a bit cross-eyed.

Groups you normally find camaraderie with could mysteriously begin to chafe against your need to be amongst like-minded people – perhaps they're changing, or you are, or maybe you're feeling out-of-sorts for other reasons that are putting you in a frame of mind that doesn't fit well with that group right now.

For instance, you might be emerging from months-long COVID lockdown, and despite being thrilled, the now-unfamiliar world feels like it might as well be another planet. Or, you have to go back into lockdown because of a spike in COVID cases in your area, making the world seem "so near and yet so far."

Irritation Rectangle

Most of the quincunxes and semisextiles in the chart come together to form a somewhat-rare aspect pattern that Huber Astrology calls an Irritation Rectangle. It consists of two oppositions that cross each other, held together by semisextiles at the narrow end and by quincunxes on the long sides. There is often a rigidity inherent in the oppositions, yet this figure must navigate using flexibility and open-mindedness.

This figure in the Full Moon chart starts with the Full Moon – Sun in Leo opposite Moon in Aquarius, or an axis of "Me versus We" or individuality versus collective consciousness. The Sun is very strong in its own sign of Leo, so the need to preserve and validate the Me/individuality side of the axis is likely to be especially strong. As a result, the Moon in collective-oriented Aquarius might feel like a distraction or a (necessary) disruption in your sunny autonomy.

There is also Venus in Virgo opposite Jupiter in Pisces – the two benefics (beneficial planetary energies) are at odds with each other. Jupiter is the strong one, being in its own sign of Pisces, while Venus is in fall in Virgo and therefore at a disadvantage – it's not as easy for her to bring out her sweet, easy-going disposition. You may find you see-saw back and forth a bit between "don't worry, be happy" versus "how can you be happy when things aren't perfect yet?"

The two quincunx sides of the rectangle are Venus-Moon and Sun-Jupiter. The Venus-Moon quincunx could complicate any feelings of discontent and disconnection from the world. Your ability to be compromising, independent and tolerant are likely to be your best resources to minimize the irritation and keep the energy from getting stuck.

The Sun-Jupiter quincunx could feel like a game of "yes-but" between confidence that's based on your demonstrated ability versus belief in your potential. In other words, there might be an inner (or outer) dialogue like: "I know I can do this, I've done it before." "Yes but maybe you should aim higher – is it really helping you fulfill your life path?" "Yes but I feel I'm being true to myself." "Yes but are you being true to your ego or your Higher Self?"

The two semisextiles can indicate great sensitivity to contradiction and therefore the urge to react in order to smooth out the complication and inconsistency. Sun-Venus ultimately wants everyone to just get along; to make room for enjoyment, appreciation and fulfillment. Moon-Jupiter wants to feel connected to the ideal world that reflects and completes the Big Picture. And yet, in both cases these goals may seem just out of reach, so increasing your awareness of how sensitive you are to these issues can help you avoid reacting unconsciously in a way that brings more confusion to the situation.

Together, the individual components of the Irritation Rectangle aspire to generate a smooth flow of self-confidence, beauty through excellence, faith in something greater than oneself, and the certainty that we each are a Child of the Universe—but it helps to be aware that these aren't likely to happen in a straight line but more like a twisted Yellow Brick Road.

One by one she slew her fears, and then planted a flower garden over their graves.
~ John Mark Green

There are a few stray but important thoughts to weave into this saga.

Pluto aspects at the Full Moon

Pluto is conjunct the Moon and opposite the Sun – these aspects are out-of-sign (not in opposing signs but still within orb) and are also separating (moving away from being exact). So, they're not as front-and-centre as they might be, but one ignores Pluto at one's peril. ;-) The Pluto factor speaks of intensity, urgency and perhaps compulsion from the past (like at the New Moon in Cancer on July 9th) that involved a power struggle or the need to develop self-empowerment. You may have felt an intense need for belonging, which in turn has led you to ask the bigger question of: What do I truly want to belong to or with?

Pluto is also quincunx Mars, which brings two heavy energies together in an awkward, contentious relationship. Mars is the traditional ruler of Scorpio and Pluto is the Scorpio ruler in modern Western astrology, so we have two different sides of Scorpio in disconnect from each other.

Mars is the prickly, reactive, aggressive energy that ultimately serves to protect Scorpio's sensitive inner sanctum (being a Water sign). Pluto, on the other hand, is more about the profound depth of feeling, empathy and intimacy that Scorpio is capable of, and yet that energy can be used to either wound or heal so it needs to be wielded with care.

Mars is in Leo right now, and with its complicated relationship to Pluto, you may find it's not easy to embrace a sense of self-confidence without fear of a backlash (from the outside world or from your inner self-talk) that questions if you're being authentic or deserving.

On the other hand, when Mars and Pluto march hand-in-hand they can potentially do a lot of damage when they feel called upon to defend the vulnerable. So, having a disconnect between them sometimes isn't necessarily a bad thing. It can inject a pause to check if your reaction is in everyone's best interest and if it's likely to bring the results you want. The trick is not to assume that an interruption in your automatic reactions means you have been disempowered. Use it instead to consider if your gut instinct needs to be tempered by more forethought and sensitivity (toward whoever will be on the receiving end).

Wedge aspect pattern

Mercury is trine Neptune, which is bound to make it easier to be open to the unlimited possibilities around you now, if you will allow yourself to be open to them. With all those quincunxes, it might feel like what you need is always just a whisper out of reach, but Neptune tells us that you could still benefit just be allowing yourself to be open, even if you can't always grasp those resources with certainty.

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Mercury is also opposite Pluto (although not out-of-sign), which brings the potential for deep thought and awareness but what is observed and recognized might not be welcome or easy to bear. Neptune's trine to Mercury and sextile to Pluto forms a Wedge aspect pattern, and can help soften Pluto's rough edges and Mercury's tender sensitivity.

Overall, this Full Moon in Aquarius is a good time to be aware of the ways in which what you want may elude your grasp, and to contemplate what that means. It might mean you need to find some new friends or allies or resources – that you're not getting what you need from the ones in your life right now. Or, it might mean you need to walk your own path for a little while – to leave the familiar circle of life you've become accustomed to and face any fears you might have of aloneness, loneliness or relying on your own self-confidence.

The trick is to listen to your instincts, your intuition, your feelings, and your thoughts. The most valuable insights may lie not in the obvious logic or known information, but in your creative imagination that can explore beyond the obvious. This is a time best used for meditation, deep thought, journaling your observations, writing poetry, or finding other ways to express the parts of yourself and your life that aren't lining up like obedient ducks in a row. There's a valuable lesson to be found in your disorderly ducks. ;-)

Inconsistency indicates something more, something hidden, something subtle, something else besides what you expect. By exploring the contradictions in yourself and your life, instead of urgently trying to force them to conform, you broaden your sphere of awareness and expand who you are further out into the Universe. This is part of the archetype of Aquarius. And you get to experiment with this twice, in two different ways.

The next update will be for the New Moon in Leo (16:14) on August 8th, and then the second Full Moon in Aquarius (29:37) on August 22nd. The second Aquarius Full Moon is quite dramatically different from this first one (a lot more trines and sextiles), so stay tuned!

In the meantime, stay safe. Stay sane. Stay awesome. The world still needs you.

The hero in each of us is required to answer the call of individuation. We must turn away
from the cacophony of the outer world to hear the inner voice. When we can dare to live
its promptings, then we achieve personhood. We may become strangers to those
who thought they knew us, but at least we are no longer strangers to ourselves.
~ James Hollis, The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife

Day to Day Transits for the Next 2 Weeks

Jul. 24 ~ Moon comes In-Bounds (03:14 Aquarius)  (Jul. 23 in HAST, AKDT, PDT, MDT)

The Moon comes back In-Bounds (In-B) today. When the Moon is Out of Bounds (OOB) your emotional state may be a bit erratic, detached or isolated. This could be either a welcome change or a difficult energy for you to deal with. When the Moon comes In-Bounds, you typically return to whatever your "normal" is. If your OOB journey was stressful or intense, you may find some relief now that the Moon is back In-B and/or you are in a position to integrate into your life whatever you learned from your experience. If your OOB journey felt like a welcome reprieve from the everyday stress or "noise" of the world around you, coming back In-B will hopefully give you a fresh start, like coming back from a brief vacation. The Moon will go OOB next in about 2 weeks, give or take a couple/few days.

Jul. 24 ~ Mercury trine Neptune (22:58 Cancer/Pisces)  (Jul. 25 in AEST)

Your mind is very open to imagination, dreams and compassion under this transit. This can be a very creative time, when ideas flow like a magical river. It can also be easy to get caught up in yearning and fantasizing about your hidden wishes, although it is possible to channel this into creative expression. (e.g., writing poetry, dancing, wistful music, singing in the shower, whatever!) Listening sympathetically to others' problems may come easily now, and you are more likely to get a compassionate response from others about your own problems. However, it may also be difficult to draw clear and firm boundaries with others, since you are more susceptible to the emotional gravity of others. It is ultimately a time for optimism, hope, creativity and intuition, although it's wise to keep at least one foot on the ground.

Jul. 25 ~ Mercury opposite Pluto (25:22 Cancer/Capricorn)  (Jul. 26 in AEST)

This transit brings powerful words and ideas! They require you to strike a balance between personal perceptions and trans-personal implications. Your communication can be more penetrating, forceful or persistent than usual now, and a little will go a long way, so use this ability sparingly and carefully. In the same way, the words and perceptions of others may have a deeper and stronger impact on you than they normally do. This could be a mixed blessing – you may discover some profound insight and psychological truth in what others say to you, but you might also be receiving their unconscious projections too (meaning their perceptions and feedback might say more about them than about you). Deep self-honesty can help you decide what is true and what is being distorted. Avoid reacting on "automatic pilot" and give yourself some mental and psychological breathing room to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

Jul. 27 ~ Mercury enters Leo (until 11-Aug-2021)  (Jul. 28 in BST, AEST)

While Mercury struts through Leo, your creativity and self-expression are flying high! Your communication strives to express more than just facts or information – it wants to convey the dramatic energy that tells a story in larger-than-life proportions! How you perceive and experience life right now can be vivid, dramatic and fun, as you pick up more easily on the expressive and "feel-good" elements of what's happening around you. You may become very creative, inspired and motivated during this time. The downside is that it may also easier to indulge in a mindset that is self-serving, egotistical or overconfident. Your motives are likely to be noble, heroic and full of good intentions, but you could also become so in love with your vision of what's possible that you miss valid criticism or drawbacks. This is a time to enjoy the playful delights of sports, games, humor, fun and children.

Jul. 28 ~ Jupiter enters Aquarius (until 28-Dec-2021)

Envision the future! It's time to imagine your best potential and open your heart to something new. This is a very inspiring energy that can bring hope, excitement and fellowship. Friends can become important, with new people possibly coming into your life. Old friends might fall away if you have grown in different directions. Your involvement with groups and organisations could increase or change. You might feel drawn to humanitarian causes, whether that is through a religious or spiritual focus or a more secular one. This is a time when the greater Collective of society—indeed, of the world—can become a greater concern to its members. Both globally and individually, new ideas for change could be born which bequeath to future generations the best of our current wisdom and the most honest acknowledgement of our shortcomings.

The down side is that it's also easier to react in self-righteous fervor about things that would benefit better from a more cautious, measured response. "Group-think" could mushroom, whereby groups of people become caught up in the excitement of what look like positive ideals—except they might not be so positive for the people who are on the other end. Jupiter can be very judgmental and blaming in its quest for truth, power and certainty. Combined with rebellious Aquarius, this can manifest in something like a protest march against injustice—but it could just as easily produce a mob looking for a scapegoat to blame for their problems. And in the idealized worlds of Jupiter and Aquarius, it might not always be easy to tell which is which.

Much will depend on the wisdom and perspective of both Jupiter and Aquarius. The trick is to find detachment that doesn't lose connection to human compassion, and to find a common ground with others that doesn't require everyone to share the same beliefs, cultural traditions or even the same physical land. Look to a higher level of humanity to discover a more universal commonality.

Jupiter is in Aquarius during these times:

Jul. 29 ~ Venus square North Lunar Node (08:56 Virgo/Gemini)

Perhaps you're finding that the people in your life are not being as supportive, encouraging or cooperative as you thought they would be, in terms of helping you fulfil your life purpose. Someone might suddenly withdraw their support, or maybe they contradict or interfere with what you're trying to do with your life. Perhaps an argument or disagreement happens and the upset, stress or hard feelings that result seem to cast a shadow on how you feel about your life. If this happens, it's possible that what you disagree about is something you should look at more closely. Are you responding to this situation in a way that truly reflects your values? Or perhaps your values need to be reconsidered. The agreement or balance of priorities between you might need to be renegotiated. This transit might also manifest as problems around finances or possessions, which requires some adjustment on your part. Since this transit usually lasts only a few days, in most cases its effects will not be major. If it does bring up some significant issues, it is probably hinting at a deeper issue, and you would be wise to look at the problem beyond the current circumstances. Other transits (especially to your natal chart) can give you more information about the nature of the situation.

Jul. 29 ~ Mars opposite Jupiter (29:52 Leo/Aquarius)  (Jul. 30 in AEST)

Both inspired action and brash overconfidence characterise this transit. For up to a week before and after this date, you may find that your energy, anger, libido and ability to take action are amplified – so much so, that you may be pushing yourself beyond what is realistic or unable to deal with reasonable boundaries to prevent them from getting out of control. What is needed is to find that fine line of balance between ego-based desire and spiritual inspiration; between will power and focused faith; and between righteous anger and arrogant pride. Strive to bring both your ego's desires and your spiritual aspirations into what you do, for each has its own validity and won't operate well without the other.

Jul. 29 ~ Mars enters Virgo (until 14-Sep-2021)  (Jul. 30 in AEST)

You are likely to have a lot of energy for working in practical ways under this transit. This can be a good time to respond to projects, challenges and obstacles with some analytical problem-solving. It may be easier now to take action in ways that are adaptable and flexible to match the situation at hand. However, it is also possible for your actions to become fragmented or bogged down in detail, so try to approach what you do with a purpose and an easily reachable goal in mind. Health issues may be a focus now, either out of necessity (health problems may flare up) or out of motivation (determination to improve your health). If you are looking for a new job, this could be a good time to get focused and go after what you want. It is also a good time to devote your energy to service of some kind. For example, you could help a friend move, or volunteer at the local food bank, or just perform some "acts of random kindness."

Jul. 31 ~ Sun sextile North Lunar Node (08:53 Leo/Gemini)  (Aug. 1 in AEST)

This can be a feel-good time when you feel like you're on your game. Your sense of purpose and direction feel like they're flowing just right. Opportunities may present themselves and you are in a good position to recognize them and know how to make them work to your advantage. Even if you encounter difficulties, you are likely to be more confident in approaching them and therefore better able to find effective solutions. Pay attention to people who cross your path for 2-3 days around this time, since they could offer resources, support or connections that could be helpful. Just be careful that you don't resort to manipulation to make things happy your way. If you have to force something to work then maybe there's a better solution.

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Aug. 1 ~ Mercury sextile North Lunar Node (08:53 Leo/Gemini)  (Jul. 31 in HAST, AKDT, PDT)

You may be more perceptive and observant than usual during this transit. You could find the right words to communicate a little easier, or you might simply find that things make a little more sense. It can be a good time to write that letter, ask that question, make that call, when you feel you are in focus to move forward. The only caution is to be careful not to focus on what you want so strongly that you can't see what's really there, or to try to force the situation to be what you want it to be.

Aug. 1 ~ Sun conjunct Mercury (09:32 Leo)  (Aug. 2 in AEST)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act.

The peak of Mercury conjunct the Sun is when it is Cazimi, which means being exact within 17 minutes of arc. For the few hours that this takes place, a Cazimi planet is said to be very strong. In the case of Mercury, your perceptions, awareness, thoughts and ability to put your thoughts into words may be unusually clear, focused or direct – even more-so since this happens in Mercury's sign of Gemini. You are still cautioned that an extra sharp wit might still be used with negative consequences, intentionally or not.

Aug. 1 ~ Mercury opposite Saturn (10:12 Leo/Aquarius)  (Aug. 2 in AEST)

The time has come to face facts. There may be a reality in your life that you've been avoiding, and you need to accept and deal with it. Or, you might have to conform to the expectations of others because there's no other way around it. Or, you could find that your ability to communicate, say what you want to say, or get your point across is harder for a few days. This will pass, but there may be concrete reasons why this might not be the best time to communicate whatever is on your mind. You might feel a bit as if you're being tested, and in some way this could be true. This transit may bring an opportunity to see how much you really know and how skilled you are at using that knowledge. On the other hand, this could be a time when hard work and preparation that you've done for several months could pay off. You may be able to progress to the next step in a project, or to make plans in an organised, concrete and responsible way. For a few days, taking a structured, methodical or factual approach to whatever you're doing may produce the best results.

Aug. 2 ~ Sun opposite Saturn (10:11 Leo/Aquarius)  (Aug. 1 in HAST, AKDT, PDT)

You may be obligated to fulfil the expectations of others or of society under this transit. A situation or project (which may have begun around 6 months ago) might require that you start to implement the plans and preparation you've been building. Or you might find that problems you've been putting off must now be dealt with. Although you could experience this as stressful or heavy, it can also be a time when you are finally able to move ahead with a project or goal. All commitment requires some degree of limitation and pruning back, since we must choose one path and leave other options behind. This may therefore feel like a time when you are pressured by obligation, necessity or restraint...or it could feel like the rehearsals are finally over and it's time to launch the rocket. If it seems like you're only seeing blocks or obstacles in your way, this might be a reflection of not having done enough preparation (in which case you will need to draw on your experience to solve the problems or deal with the reality in front of you). This can be a time when you reap whatever you have sown in the past (especially the last 6 months), so if your current situation seems negative or punitive, it might be a time when you need to look back over your actions that lead to this and be accountable for past actions and decisions. Whether you are taking the final step to implement your plans or are facing the results of poor past judgment, this can be a time when you are called upon to move forward in your personal growth and maturation. Use it to strengthen your responsibility (response-ability), and don't let fears of inadequacy erode your self-esteem.

Aug. 2 ~ Mercury trine Chiron (12:47 Leo/Aries)  (Aug. 3 in ADT, NDT, BST, AEST)

Your mental focus and communication now get an injection of healing energy. Cynicism and depression may soften now, as you become more receptive to a more optimistic viewpoint. If you have been caught up in escapism or "stinkin' thinkin'" (thinking you're more in control of your impulses than you really are), you may now find some relief and healing. Mental argument and critical "self-talk" can now find some reconciliation and acceptance that brings some peace of mind. You have increased ability to find the right words and understanding to help others with their problems. Compassion and empathy may be more accessible because you can identify your own experiences with what you see in others. You might also find someone who can give you good advice or support about your own problems – possibly a teacher or mentor – or you could become this to someone else.

Aug. 3 ~ Venus trine Uranus (14:40 Virgo/Taurus)  (Aug. 2 in HAST, AKDT, PDT)

Spontaneity and liberation burst into your relationships, finances, resources and pleasures. You might feel compelled to try something completely different that shakes up the "same-old-same-old" routines you're used to. The upside is that you have the opportunity to break free of some old habits and breathe some fresh air into your life. But the downside could come in the form of impulse spending beyond your budget, or recklessness in your interactions and relationships. Strive to break free of what holds you back from being your true self, without destroying the structure of order in your life.

Aug. 3 ~ Moon goes Out of Bounds (16:33 Gemini)  (Aug. 4 in AEST)

The Moon goes Out of Bounds (OOB) by Declination, during which time your feelings and emotions may move in a different kind of rhythm. One possible effect is that you might feel more disconnected from the world around you; perhaps a bit alone, lonely or isolated. Or, this could be a welcome change where you can let the stresses of the world roll off your back more easily. Or, your emotions could be a bit erratic, extreme or harder to contain. The common thread through these diverse experiences is that your feeling state may reach beyond your usual range of feelings. If you're an artist, musician, writer or other creative person, this can be a very inspiring time as your creativity and imagination could more easily flow into unusual ideas, whims and impulses.

A planet goes OOB when its declination is greater than 23:26 (23 degrees and 26 minutes), which is the maximum declination of the Sun, and the Sun defines the "Bounds." The Moon goes OOB twice a month for about 8-9 years at a time (and remains In-Bounds for about 8-9 years in between). Currently the Moon's declination is able to go beyond 23:26 from March 2020 to January 2030, peaking at a maximum declination of 28:42 in September 2025 (called the Maximum Lunar Standstill).

So for now, as the maximum declination of the Moon increases from month to month, so will the strength of the OOB effects. Watch to see how you respond to these times. You can work on finding ways to channel this energy into positive, productive, creative experiences, or use it as an opportunity to take another step in your emotional healing.

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Aug. 3 ~ Mercury square Uranus (14:41 Leo/Taurus)  (Aug. 4 in BST, AEST)

Flashes of insight can show you new clarity but you might not like the answers you get, since they could disturb your logical perception of what's what. You might get some news or learn come information that shakes you up in some way. This isn't necessarily bad, since this may be necessary to open your mind to something you've been resisting. There's a Higher Truth here that wants to be told (by you or to you), but the way it's phrased can make a big difference in the reaction. There is a risk of "shooting off your mouth before your brains are loaded," as the saying goes, and impulsive or reckless communication and ideas could create more problems than they solve. It will probably help to listen inside yourself first to discover what you really need to say, and then figure out how to say it in a way that doesn't cause unnecessary damage. Strive to shine a light of truth without blinding anyone with it.

Aug. 4 ~ Sun trine Chiron (12:45 Leo/Aries)  (Aug. 5 in AEST)

This is a time when you may find that your recent efforts to mend and heal the chronic struggles in your life start to come together. You likely have the confidence now to try new solutions, or at least to approach problems from a different angle that sheds new light on the situation. Some of this progress may come from daring to walk your own path, or from finding the courage to face the hidden shadow of your worries and weaknesses (the hidden benefit that those worries give you). There may be a variety of different struggles and wounds in your life that could benefit from this kind of healing, although it can be tempting to let this transit pass by without taking advantage of it. Strive to reach a midpoint between merely dipping your toe in troubled waters and thinking that is enough, versus jumping in the deep end and marinating in it.

Aug. 6 ~ Sun square Uranus (14:43 Leo/Taurus)  (Aug. 7 in BST, AEST)

Your world may experience a bit of a shake-up right now, as the Universe decides it's time to make things "interesting." This is a wake-up call, designed to loosen you up from the ways you have become too habitual, stuck or inhibited. The "radical rascal" in you may be itching to come out and stir up trouble, which on one hand might be necessary but also very disruptive and possibly even destructive. Be alert to new insights and opportunities disguised as accidents or crises. Your usual sense of self and purpose may become somewhat unsettled right now, but a space is likely being cleared to make room for new growth and possibilities. If you're looking to break old habits or break free of old restrictions, this may be the time – but it could create a mess that you'll have to clean up later. Resist the urge to rebel just for the sake of doing something different, and aim instead to break free of old forms of self-expression and ideals that don’t work for you anymore. Expect the unexpected and then surf the shock-wave.

Aug. 7 ~ Moon comes In-Bounds (03:15 Leo)

The Moon comes back In-Bounds (In-B) today. When the Moon is Out of Bounds (OOB) your emotional state may be a bit erratic, detached or isolated. This could be either a welcome change or a difficult energy for you to deal with. When the Moon comes In-Bounds, you typically return to whatever your "normal" is. If your OOB journey was stressful or intense, you may find some relief now that the Moon is back In-B and/or you are in a position to integrate into your life whatever you learned from your experience. If your OOB journey felt like a welcome reprieve from the everyday stress or "noise" of the world around you, coming back In-B will hopefully give you a fresh start, like coming back from a brief vacation. The Moon will go OOB next in about 2 weeks, give or take a couple/few days.

NEXT UPDATE:
NEW MOON IN LEO
Available by August 8, 2021.

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