August 1-15 2016 Astrology Forecast: Saturn-Neptune Rekindled
A Saturn-Neptune square is one of 2016’s most impactful events. Its power is rekindled in the first half of August by T-squares with Mercury and Venus.
We also have peaking asteroid goddess Kites, a Leo New Moon, Saturn turning direct, Jupiter tangling with Chiron and Uranus, and more!
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August gets a powerful kick-off as two aspect patterns featuring the four asteroid goddesses climax.
The longer-lasting pattern, a Kite that includes Pallas Athena, Vesta, Juno and Ceres, started on 7/18, peaks today (8/1) and ends on 8/13. For your convenience, I am including the (slightly edited) interpretation of this Kite that appears in my 7/18 forecast.
No matter what gender (or shade thereof) you consider your physical body to be, you currently have a rare opportunity to more easily integrate your feminine archetypes. This Kite aspect pattern is a Grand Trine (equilateral triangle) with a fourth point that makes it look like an old-fashioned kite.
Each asteroid goddess represents a different facet of the feminine archetype. In brief:
- Pallas Athena, the warrior goddess, can kick butt and take names when she needs to. Characters who participate in her feminine assertiveness include Wonder Woman, Black Widow, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She also invites you to cultivate strategy and practical creativity.
- Vesta strives to cultivate purity, discipline and focus. She is happiest when using her finely honed skills to serve a higher cause. She can supercharge her work by focusing her orgasmic power with sex magic.
- Juno is the devoted partner who places great value upon her committed relationships. The trick in this day and age is to nurture her beloved while also ensuring that her own needs and desires are fulfilled.
- Ceres, a/k/a Demeter, can represent abundance as the harvest goddess. Because of what she went through when Pluto abducted her daughter Persephone, she can also represent the themes of sorrow, mother-daughter relationships, and release and return.
Integrating the Goddesses
With one exception, this Kite harmoniously connects all four asteroid goddesses. This allows you to integrate all these archetypes more comfortably.
This doesn’t mean you have to manifest all these qualities simultaneously! It suggests you could have them all available to arise as needed, rather than being limited to certain ones.
The only hard aspect in this Kite is an opposition between Juno and Ceres. Are you reaping a bountiful harvest from your key partnerships? If so, there may be good reason to continue. If not, would it be better to fertilize this field or let it lay fallow?
If you’re not sure which of these archetypal energies to cultivate first, consider starting with Ceres. As the Kite point, she is this aspect pattern’s focal point.
The Kite featuring all four asteroid goddesses is currently augmented by a fifth member, Mercury. The Double-Pointed Kite made possible by the winged messenger began on 7/29, peaks today (8/1) and ends on 8/5.
The meaning of the original Kite remains the same. But the addition of Mercury can energize you to learn more about how you’re embodying the energy of these asteroid goddesses. It could also inspire you to share information about them, or the effects you’re experiencing from them.
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Venus and Mars are the classic relationship pairing, while Pallas Athena excels at strategy. With all three planets in mutable signs – and possibly triggering unhealthy relationship patterns — it’s a great time to discuss changes in the status quo with your partner. Strategize together on how these changes can help your relationship and both of you as individuals come out winners!
In addition to “squaring off” with Mars and Pallas Athena, Venus also makes two exact aspects today. Synchronistically, these reinforce the meaning of the Venus-Mars-Pallas Athena T-square.
A Venus-Uranus trine (24°30′ Leo-Aries) smooths the way for relational paradigm shifts, while a Venus-Chiron quincunx (24°43′ Leo-Pisces) can catalyze relationship challenges that show where the two of you need to make adjustments. These Venus aspects also support innovative creativity and artistic mentoring.
A Sun-Saturn trine (9°53′ Leo-Sagittarius) can make it easier to be mature, responsible and businesslike when things need to get done. With the Sun in Leo, this aspect can also help you be more commanding and entertaining.
The August New Moon happens at 4:44 pm EDT (have fun with that, numerologists!), with the Sun and Moon at 10°57′ Leo. Any Leo New Moon can get you rolling in leadership, being the entertainer, taking appropriate risk, hanging out with kids (or connecting with your inner child) and taking some R&R.
This New Moon’s main aspects are a trine from Saturn and a quincunx from Neptune. Both aspects are tight, and activate the potentials of the square Saturn and Neptune are making to each other. These include Law of Attraction manifestation, embodied awakening and conscious dissolution of whatever doesn’t serve you. Read my in-depth interpretation of the Saturn-Neptune square to learn more about these potent opportunities!
The New Moon is also receiving a 135° sesquare from Chiron. If this triggers wounding for you, my Healing Invocation could help you clear any emotional pain quickly and easily.
This New Moon’s Sabian Symbol is, “Children play on a swing hanging from the branches of a huge oak tree.” It’s much easier to relax and have fun when you feel supported! I see the oak tree as a metaphor for the unsurpassable foundation of spiritual support. (The Tree of Life, a common image in many spiritual paths, shows how you can “branch out” from the physical world into the heights of spiritual awareness.)
With a solid foundation in spiritual consciousness, you realize that death is a transition in awareness, not an ultimate ending. With the fear of death dispatched, you can relax and enjoy your human experience so much more. You can let your inner child out to play, swing way up high, and even dare that jumping dismount!
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The Saturn-Neptune square gets double-billing today. I mention it in today’s New Moon forecast, and it’s also the heart of the Mercury-Saturn-Neptune T-Square that starts today, peaks on 8/7 and ends on 8/10.
I mainly see this T-square as another power-up of the basic Saturn-Neptune effects I mentioned in the New Moon forecast: Law of Attraction manifestation, embodied awakening and conscious dissolution of that which doesn’t serve you. As before, I refer you to my deep-dive discussion of the Saturn-Neptune square – one of 2016’s most powerful astrological events – to learn more.
Mercury’s connection with Saturn and Neptune especially supports Law of Attraction work, since mental focus and visualization are so central to that process. Recently, I’ve gained another important insight into manifestation: calling forth what you want from your heart, not just your head, is much more powerful! Since the heart connects to your divine wisdom, holding your desire there can create a better, more harmonious outcome!
Mars transits Sagittarius today thru 9/27. This can amplify Mars’ basic impulse to lead, strive for a worthy cause, enjoy sex and blaze a new trail. Mars can also fire up the Sagittarian urge to make sense of life, experience the new and strange, and enjoy the rewards of a master-disciple relationship.
Is the urge to overdo intoxicating substances or escapism getting strong as the Sun quincunxes Neptune (11°24′ Leo-Pisces)? If so, adjust your focus onto spiritual awakening practices or expressing your inspired creativity. When you keep an astrological energy busy on its high side, it has less energy to bother you on the low side!
The Asteroid Goddesses Kite that started on 7/18 receives another kick-start as Venus joins the configuration. Her presence adds a measure of grace and flow to the integration of these diverse feminine energies. Learn more about this Asteroid Goddesses Kite.
Venus transits Virgo today thru 8/20. This placement can help you fine-tune relationships, perfect your creative masterpieces and analyze your finances.
T-square Peaks: Venus-Mars-Pallas Athena
The Venus-Mars-Pallas Athena T-square that started on 8/1 peaks today (8/6) and ends on 8/10. Click here to learn more about how to be bold in getting what you want in your relationships!
Today’s Venus-Mars square is part of the Venus-Mars-Pallas Athena T-square peaking today. Learn more about the T-square.
You have choices with a Mercury-Saturn square. You can allow others to control your thinking and self-expression. Or you can stand in your own authority, thinking and expressing yourself as you please. Mercury in Virgo loves to help others. I recommend serving in the ways that bring you the greatest joy and satisfaction!
T-square Peaks: Mercury-Saturn-Neptune
The Mercury-Saturn-Neptune T-square that started on 8/2 peaks today (8/7) and ends on 8/10. Today’s Mercury-Neptune opposition (11°18′ Virgo-Pisces) is part of that T-square, and also stimulates your ability to receive a strong flow of intuitive knowledge.
How you use power is a dominant theme of a Sun-Pluto quincunx (15°29′ Leo-Capricorn). I don’t recommend the “power over others” route, which is a very limited expression of these energies. For the greatest possible power download, try surrendering to your inner guidance. The more deeply you offer yourself as an instrument to be used by the divine, the more powerful you’ll become!
Manifesting financial abundance and optimal relationships gets extra juice as a Venus-Saturn-Neptune T-square begins. It peaks on 8/14 and wraps up on 8/17. Artistic manifestation is also empowered.
Venus also serves as a general catalyzer for the core meanings of the Saturn-Neptune square. I know I’ve mentioned these already in this August 1-15 forecast, but here they are again: Law of Attraction manifestation, embodied awakening and conscious dissolution of that which doesn’t serve you. Learn more about the Saturn-Neptune square.
Asteroid Goddesses Double Kite Peaks
The Asteroid Goddesses Double Kite that includes Venus, which started on 8/4, peaks today (8/9) and ends on 8/10.
Meticulous research and investigation work is smoothly energized by a Mercury-Pluto trine (15°25′ Virgo-Capricorn). This trine also supports occult practice, service to others and health-focused activities.
No major astrology events.
All of Chiron’s meanings – wounding, healing, mentoring, shamanism and awakening – are amplified during a Jupiter-Chiron opposition (24°20′ Virgo-Pisces). You have over a month to capitalize on these energies, since this opposition stays in orb thru 9/17. If your path to healing or mentoring leads you to modalities from other cultures – or has you traveling to other countries – that’s supported too!
Saturn, retrograde since 3/25, turns direct today at 9°46′ Sagittarius. This is a good time to get serious about taking your maturity, responsibility, and time management to the next level.
Sensitive points in your natal chart between 7° and 13° in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) may feel extra challenge. If so, step more fully into your authority and take care of whatever needs your attention!
Jupiter Quincunx Uranus
Anything that Jupiter represents is potentially up for adjustment with Jupiter quincunx Uranus (24°25′ Virgo-Aries). This can include what you believe in, what you think life means and your religious faith. If anything in these areas no longer works for you, is it time to reconfigure it or try something different? This Jupiter-Uranus quincunx can also serve your awakening with exposure to foreign cultures.
Jupiter also expands Uranus’ energy, juicing up the urge to individuate authentically, follow your intuitive flashes and joyfully serve the collective with your special abilities.
A Venus-Saturn square (9°46′ Virgo-Sagittarius) can be a serious relationship stressor. If you’re facing challenge with your significant other, Venus’ placement in Virgo supports you in meticulously analyzing the situation so that you can heal it. This is also a good time to reality-check your finances and creative direction.
T-square Peaks: Venus-Saturn-Neptune
The Venus-Saturn-Neptune T-square that started on 8/8 peaks today and ends on 8/17.
A Venus-Neptune opposition is part of today’s peaking Venus-Saturn-Neptune T-square. In addition, this aspect is great for inspired creativity or its refinement, and experiencing the divinity in yourself and others.
No major astrology events.
It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during void-of-course Moons. “Business as usual” is the optimal strategy. Void-of-course Moons occur when the Moon has made her last major Ptolemaic aspect, but has not yet moved into her next sign.
8/1, 8:44 pm – 9:12 pm, Leo
8/4, 12:13 am – 3:34 am, Virgo
8/5, 11:20 pm – 8/6 12:57 pm, Libra
8/8, 1:41 pm – 8/9 12:51 am, Scorpio
8/11, 1:22 am – 1:24 pm, Sagittarius
8/13, 1:37 pm – 8/14 12:11 am, Capricorn
8/15, 10:45 pm – 8/16 7:52 am, Aquarius
Whatever your Sun Sign, AstroShaman’s forecasts can help you make the best use of the current astrological energies.
All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.
Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you’ll be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.
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