The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 11th

August 5th ~ 12th

“The Turn of the Road” by John Atkinson Grimshaw

We can’t be afraid of change. You may feel very secure in the pond that you are in, but if you never venture out of it, you will never know that there is such a thing as an ocean, a sea. Holding on to something that is good for you now, may be the very reason why you don’t have something better. ~ C. JoyBell C.

The last of the season’s Supermoons, the Full Moon Sturgeon Moon rises on the evening of August 11th next week. What makes this Moon so significant astrologically is not just that this is another Supermoon, but is because of its proximity to Saturn and its close square to Uranus and the Nodes of the Moon. At 19º Aquarius 21’, the Full Moon is just 3º from retrograde Saturn at 22º of Aquarius, and within a degree of Uranus and the North Node at 18º of Taurus. And coming just 1 week after the triple conjunction of Mars/Uranus and the North Node at 18º of Taurus, we can see a number of themes coming into play within the aegis of next week’s Full Moon.

One of the most notable themes is the Saturn/Uranus square which dominated the astrological weather of 2021. Now that Saturn is retrograde and retreating back through the sign of Aquarius, and Uranus is slowing for its own station on August 24th, they are now within range of forming a square angle once again. And they are doing so within the bounds of the Lunar Nodes in Taurus and Scorpio forming a dynamic Cross in the fixed signs. Therefore anyone who has planets within range of 16-22º of the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius) will feel the earth move, just a bit. Though I suspect we will all be aware of a sea change shifting in the air.

Squares imply conflict. This is not necessarily a bad thing. Without conflict there would be no growth or change. There would be no incentive to do anything. It is discomfort that motivates us to create changes. The conflict is further enhanced by the archetypal qualities of the planets involved, in particular the ringed giants, Saturn and Uranus.

Saturn wants things to stay as they were, and to maintain the status quo. Saturn is conservative, cautious and resists change. This can be a good thing when we are wanting to conserve something that we consider to be time-honored and of deep value; and have invested so much time, resources and energy building up. If we are that invested in something we will want to protect it from forces that could appear to threaten its very existence. Saturn is a planet of promises, and keeps its oaths. It is a planet of responsibility and honors its obligations. If we identify with Saturn, a Uranus square could feel like anarchy and chaos is descending upon us, threatening to destroy all that we hold so dear.

Uranus by contrast will not be constrained. It needs room and freedom to grow and evolve; and will rebel against anyone or anything that tries to limit or define it. If we are feeling oppressed, limited, or stuck in a rut, and we are identifying with the Uranus energy, we will see the Saturn square as stifling and oppressive. And we will do all we can to release ourselves from the chains that bind us.

We could find that in some areas of our lives we will want to maintain the status quo even in the face of what feels like radical and chaotic change. While in others we could be feeling stuck in a rut, and are ready to take some risks, or push for change. This is also when we ask ourselves: Should I stay or should I go? What is worth saving and holding on to? And what is limiting me and preventing me from growing? 

Generally speaking, most people are creatures of habit. We do things a certain way, because that’s the way we have always done them. We create routines around our habits and set up patterns. This can create an element of comfort and stability, but it can also get us stuck in ruts from which we find it difficult to emerge. At these junctures, such as we are having now, we can become aware of the idea that there might be better ways of doing things, and that we don’t always have to keep doing things the way we always have in the past. What might have been relevant 15 years ago could very well no longer be valid for who you are now. What a profound idea! Yet we get stuck in these habits and patterns and ways of being, and do not let go. The Full Moon is trying to make us aware of these patterns.

Now that we are getting these transits, like the Mars/Uranus/North Node conjunction, or this illuminating Super Full Moon on August 11th, shining a light on the patterns of our lives. Ask yourself within the light of the Full Moon this coming week:

  • What are the patterns or habits that you might want to change in your life?

  • What obligations are you committed to that are beginning to feel overly oppressive and limiting?

  • What changes or adjustments can you make that will allow you greater freedom to live your life according to your own terms?

  • What would it mean for you to live a freer, more authentic life and lifestyle?

  • Are you living your own best life, or are you living the life that others tell you you are supposed to be living?

And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to bloom. ~ Anais Nin

Kentucky Rain Keeps Pouring Down

Torrential rains drenching eastern Kentucky in late July led to massive flooding on July 28, 2022, particularly of isolated rural communities in the poorest areas of Appalachia, where rivers and creeks swelled to overflow their banks by as much as 20 feet, filling the hollows and washing away some homes and businesses, inundating others in feet of standing water.  Hardest-hit areas received 8-10 inches of rainfall within 48 hours.  As of this writing (July 31) 26 are dead and dozens more still missing, while continued rain forecasts imperil search efforts and threaten to exacerbate an already tragic situation.  Among the dead are four young siblings from Montgomery, Kentucky:  Maddison, Riley, Nevaeh and Chance Noble, aged 2 to 8, torn from their parent’s arms by the current’s grip as the family’s mobile home was swept away.


The devastation in Kentucky follows similar flooding in the St. Louis, Missouri region two days prior, where 11 inches of rain fell within 8 hours, breaking a record set by the remnants of the Galveston hurricane in 1915; two were killed.   Even a small amount of water, in the wrong place at the wrong time, can lead to disaster, as desert clime Las Vegas experienced, also on July 28, when up to three-quarters of an inch of rain fell within two hours; the resultant flash flooding swamped several casinos.

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A mobile home in Kentucky is capsized and washed clear of its foundation by the flooding; with Jupiter and asteroid Flood both at station, in a Grand Trine with the Sun, excessive rain was an issue in several US regions in late July

A glance at the skies for the Kentucky flooding reveals the intensity and multiplicity of these events.  Late July 2022 saw the stations of two bodies significant to the story – the planet Jupiter, noted for excess and increase, made its retrograde station on July 28, the very day of the Kentucky and Las Vegas floods.  Jupiter, known as the “Greater Benefic” and noted for providing positive outcomes, nevertheless inflates any situation, for good or ill, blowing it up out of proportion.  Stations lend themselves to a similar overemphasis of the associated energies, and the second stationary point involved was asteroid Flood, which turned direct on July 31st.  Talk about literal!

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Sudden rising flood waters made boats a more practical means of transport and rescue on St Louis streets; with Uranus opposed TNO Typhon (named for a Titan reputed to engender violent storms), the unexpected, sudden quality of the storm disaster is depicted

Worse, at 8 Aries and 8 Sagittarius respectively, Jupiter and Flood were bound in an exact trine, increasing the likelihood of their interaction creating excessive (Jupiter) water conditions (Flood).  Once the Sun joined the fray, completing a Grand Trine from 5 Leo on July 28th, the focus (Sun) became extreme flooding.  And with the Sun forming a Kite pattern with its opposition to asteroid Lachesis at 9 Aquarius, named for the mythic Greek Fate who determines the span of life, the flooding turned deadly.  Also bound up in the pattern was a third stationary point, asteroid Nemesis at 0 Aries, representing ruin and destruction, which turns retrograde August 3rd; the property damage from these incidents has not been fully assessed, but will doubtless run to the tens, perhaps hundreds, of millions.  St. Louis’ proximity to the action is noted in asteroid Lewis at 3 Aries, conjoined Jupiter.

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St Louis broke a century-old record for rainfall in a 24-hour period; asteroid Lewis conjoined asteroid Nemesis, representing ruin and destruction, joined the Grand Trine by conjunction to Jupiter, known for excesses

The theme of sudden devastation and death from flooding is reinforced by an opposition from TNO Typhon at 16 Scorpio, named for a Titan known as the god of storms, to a Mars/Uranus combination at 15 and 18 Uranus, with Mars ruling violent death and Uranus ruling surprise and sudden change, much like the flash flooding.  This polarity becomes a Grand Cross when an opposition from Mercury and asteroid Rip, at 18 and 20 Leo, to Saturn at 23 Aquarius is factored into the equation.  Saturn is the ancient lord of death, while Rip also functions as a death indicator, in the form of the acronym “RIP”, “Rest In Peace”, a common tombstone inscription.  Mercury alludes to the loss of children or young people, at least six of whom perished in Kentucky (including the four Noble family children).

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An aerial view of the flooding in Jackson, Kentucky, where the Kentucky River crested at 43.2 feet – asteroid Jackson in square to Jupiter/Nemesis put this city in the hot seat for devastating flooding

Another pointer toward a watery death comes from Neptune, planetary ruler of flooding, which at 25 Pisces opposes a pairing of asteroids Requiem and Anubis at 19 and 25 Virgo.  Requiem is named for the funeral mass for the dead; Anubis is named for an ancient Egyptian deity governing funerary rites.  A T-Square is formed with asteroid Montgomery at 20 Sagittarius, representing the home town of the Noble family; also at station, Montgomery is exactly sesquiquadrate the Sun, and turns direct on August 6th, already at its station degree.  Asteroid Las Vegas at 27 Pisces conjoins Neptune, providing another geographic indicator of where unusual flooding would occur.

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We don’t normally think of desert Las Vegas as a flood risk, but just a small amount of rain over a short period can yield that result; several casinos were inundated on July 28th, with asteroid Las Vegas conjunct Neptune, planetary ruler of flooding

The most specific marker of deadly storms claiming the lives of youths comes from Pluto, modern lord of death, which at 27 Capricorn opposes a remarkable grouping of asteroids Child, Nobel, Storm and Osiris, at 20, 21, 24 and 27 Cancer respectively.  Osiris is named for the Egyptian god of the dead, and with Nobel standing in for Noble, we have here a quite literal statement of the flooding (Storm) deaths (Osiris, Pluto) of the children (Child) in the Noble (Nobel) family.

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The Noble family of Montgomery, KY lost all four of its young children to the flooding. Multiple indicators of the tragedy include a T-Square of Neptune (floods) opposed death indicator asteroids Requiem and Anubis, with asteroid Montgomery at the fulcrum; Saturn (ancient lord of death) opposed Mercury (ruling children and siblings); and, most remarkably, an opposition from Pluto (modern lord of death) to a cluster of asteroids Child, Storm, Osiris and Nobel

The Kentucky River smashed an 83-year-old record for flooding, when it crested at 43.2 feet in Jackson, Kentucky on the morning after the rains.  The locale may be reflected in a square from exacerbating, over-the-top Jupiter at 8 Aries to asteroid Jackson at 5 Cancer.

With Jupiter and Flood maintaining their close trine through August 18th, we may be seeing more such incidents, at least until the Sun ages out of the Grand Trine Kite on August 11th.

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Astrological news this week


Astrological update for the week of August 1-8, 2022

Mars/Uranus/North Node.  This week will begin with the climactic conjunction of Mars to Uranus and the North Node, an event which was building last week and peaks on Monday. Mars is fiery action and Uranus is the rebellious departure from the norm, so together they make quite a team. Meanwhile the North Node calls to us from the future, asking that we make the correct choices to lead us down the road to where our destiny awaits.  We may feel somewhat scattered and anxious, especially on Monday but also as the week winds down along with the planetary energies, but within that anxiety there are clues to the path towards a more enlightened future.

Mercury enters Virgo August 4. Mercury is quite happy in Virgo, one of its rulership signs, where it can put its analytic skills to work. Over the next few weeks our problem-solving skills will get a nice boost and if there’s any area of your life that needs more organization, this is the time to get out the spreadsheets and notebooks.

Venus is active, harmonizing with Mars, Uranus and Neptune throughout the week. Harmonious Venus aspects help to bring greater personal equanimity and peaceful relations with others so this is a good thing.

Mars square Saturn. The challenging square from Saturn (rules and order) to Uranus (rebellion and revolution) which was the hallmark of 2021 is mostly finished, but this aspect will tighten through the rest of the summer and early fall. Even though the aspect won’t again be exact, it will be close enough to be felt and transits of Mars and Mercury will activate the square. These could be times of social upheaval, and the square of Mars to Saturn on Sunday is one of those times. This will likely begin to build on Friday, but with the Moon in optimistic Sagittarius that day, and a lovely creative trine from Venus to Neptune helping us to see the best in all situations, I don’t anticipate that this will give us too much trouble.

Heads up for Venus square Pluto next Monday. Venus aspects are fleeting and last only for a day or two, but on Sunday we will begin to see the effects of the challenging opposition from Venus to Pluto. This is a difficult aspect for interpersonal relationships and has the potential to bring up any latent power struggles. The Moon will be in Cancer at that time which opens up the heart for feelings to fly out, so this could be a highly emotional time.

Lunar ingresses next week:

  • The week begins with the Moon in analytical Virgo as reported above.
  • The Moon enters Libra just after midnight (EDT) on August 2nd. Libra is ruled by Venus, and there are some beautiful Venus aspects that day (Venus sextile Uranus and Mars) to help lubricate social situations and our own sense of equilibrium.
  • The Moon enters Scorpio at 2:57 am EDT on August 4. Scorpio is fiery and passionate, and  this could cause some problems on August 5th when the Scorpio Moon goes into battle with Mars, Uranus and Saturn. Don’t try to tamp down your feelings, but find constructive ways to express them – through journaling perhaps, or going out into the woods and screaming into the night. 😃
  • By August 6th things will have settled down, and the Moon will make the shift into Sagittarius at 12:38 pm EDT. Sagittarius seeks the broader view and tends to dislike getting bogged down into the darkness of emotions, and this will help when Mars begins to square Saturn (to culminate on Sunday, see above) and frustration can emerge if we encounter obstacles in our way.

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