Living in Vacationland in August

I realize that living in ‘Vacationland’ makes focusing on work a different kind of challenge. After all, there was only so much that I was missing out on in that tiny town in Northern Vermont!

Now as I work the temperature is an ideal 75 degrees, the sun is sparkling on the water, and the sailboats glimmer in the near distance. This, along with the sun passing through my sign of Leo, definitely makes it a challenge to work. I love my work but different types of pleasures call when the sun is in Leo.

Before we know it (August 22nd) the sun will pass into Virgo and staying in my tiny apartment writing will be the more natural thing to do. At that point, for all of us, our attention will turn to new studies, self-improvement, and tidying up our lives. At the end of Leo season, we often have made a bit of a mess as play took so much of our attention.

With your kids or grandchildren heading back to school so soon, you already feel the pull toward those Virgo considerations. Don’t give in to them yet. You still have a bit more time to enjoy the carefree warmth and generosity of Leo.

You still have time! Go to the beach, soak in the sun, and play with the open heart of a child. Seriousness will come soon enough.

Have you noticed that I am using my own pictures in the past few weeks? Next week I’ll explain the pictures of cemeteries toward the end of this post.



Monday, August 15, 2022

With no major planetary activity today, rely on the Moon to understand your feelings and general sense of emotional well-being. If your experience is wildly different, look to your personal transits for more understanding. Regardless of what sign your Natal Moon is in, we all feel the Moon’s passage through all the signs over the course of each month.

The Moon begins the week in Aries suggesting the need to develop courage and take action on something that is very personal to you. Consider the challenge that is staring you in the face this morning. If you feel constrained by others, you may feel frustrated or even angry.

The Moon in Aries needs personal challenges that it can manage and complete on its own without outside input. Don’t try to be polite or deferential, remember there are times we need to be true only to ourselves. Do not hold back out of fear or too much caution.

I assume it goes without saying that you can be direct without being cruel and you can focus on your own needs without hurting others. With that understanding, it is appropriate to make yourself the priority.

Enjoy direct action and high energy. Think about how children go after what they want. They don’t pull punches, they believe it is their right to have their needs met. Go ahead, do that!



Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The day begins with the Moon still in the cardinal Fire sign of Aries. Your emotions feel hot and you are itching to take assertive direct action in one way or another.

At 1:46 PM ET Mercury forms a lovely trine aspect to Uranus. Mercury’s impact as a transiting planet is relatively brief. You can expect the influence to last for approximately 24 hours.

The best way to engage this transit is to explore new ideas, take a road trip, allow your mind to open, and watch for unexpected insights! You may receive welcome surprises, find yourself in unusual conversations, or meet folks who change your perspective in astonishing ways.

If you are invited to meet someone, go on a trip, or take a class, say yes, without hesitation.

At 10:22 PM ET the Moon enters Taurus helping you calm down for a sensual connection and the pleasure of a good night’s rest.



Wednesday, August 17, 2022

With the Moon in Taurus, we are asked to slow down and deliberately set aside all rush and hurry. One foot in front of the other, one step at a time. We all know that in a race between the tortoise and the hare, the slow plodding nature of the tortoise wins every time.

Taurus is a very physical sign that can be as immovable as the earth itself. Allow your attention to turn to the security that comes with stability and beauty. Taurus is the fixed Earth sign. With the Moon here the day is for pleasure, sensuality, simplicity, and creature comforts.

Folks are likely to have more patience than usual and are more interested in comfort, kindness, and pleasure. Relax and enjoy connection, beauty, gratification, and contentment. Approach life with reverence.

The Bull is the perfect symbol of Taurus. Taurus understands power and strength and has no need to engage it when it is not necessary. Taurus is far more interested in sitting under the tree, enjoying the sunshine, and smelling the flowers.

Remember that Taurus is ruled by Venus. In Taurus, we see the sensual side of Venus, the side that connects us to reverence, the earth, sensuality, and tangible resources. Go for pleasure.



Thursday, August 18, 2022

The Moon continues through the loyal sensual sign of Taurus throughout the day. Pleasure, contentment, and stability are the focus. The Moon makes difficult transits to Saturn and Uranus, adding a few bumps to the road but with the trine from Venus to the Sun, you may not notice.

At 4:02 AM ET Venus, the planet of love and beauty forms a lovely trine aspect to Jupiter, the planet of expansion. Venus’ impact as a transiting planet is relatively brief. You can expect the influence to last for approximately 24 – 48 hours.

This is one of the best aspects we get! With Venus in Leo and Jupiter in Aries, this is a firey and expressive expansion of love and connection. You will notice a sense of being appreciative of others and feeling appreciated in return. This suggests a time of unadulterated pleasure in who you are, where you are, and who is by your side.

This is the perfect time for social gatherings. You will easily connect with others, express yourself, and feel seen, admired, valued, and respected. If possible, gather with your friends, get creative, sing, dance, and play!

One caution, too much of a good thing could leave you with an alcohol or sugar hangover, or married to someone you met last week! Consider yourself forewarned, and then get back to the fun.



Friday, August 19, 2022

Still in the pleasure-seeking and sensual sign of Taurus, in the wee hours of the morning, we came to the Last Quarter Phase of the Moon.

During both the First and the Last Quarter phases of the Moon, the Moon forms a challenging 90-degree square aspect to the Sun. These times in the cycle imply difficulties, challenges, and opportunities. At these times we make choices and take action. The future is determined by the choices made and actions taken during the First and Quarter phases of cycles.

At this Last Quarter phase, we are at the midpoint between the last week’s Full Moon and next week’s New Moon. The cycle is closing down. The tension asks that you release something you no longer need as you prepare for the new cycle to come at the Virgo New Moon on August 27th.

At 8:06 AM ET, the Moon enters Gemini bringing your attention to the activity in your mind and how you express your quick and dynamic thoughts. You want to explore and share ideas and conversations with others. Look for opportunities to cover a variety of topics with a rather light hand. The Gemini Moon is light-hearted and is not interested in deep, profound, or difficult topics.



Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Moon in Gemini today suggests a pull toward social gatherings. You are drawn to interesting conversations of curious and youthful concerns.

Stimulating conversations keep your emotions stable while the Moon is in this quick-thinking mutable Air sign. Without mental stimulation, it is easy to become irritable or anxious. Keep your mind occupied with a variety of light-hearted conversations.

At 3:56 AM ET, Mars the planet of dynamic action, assertiveness, and force enters the mutable Air sign of Gemini. We will have a very long time to consider and adjust to Mars in this curious active sign. Due to its upcoming retrograde (October 30 – January 12, 2023), Mars will remain in Gemini until March 25, 2023.

Mars has been in slow-moving Taurus since July 5, 2022. The transition from Taurus to Gemini will be very noticeable. As Mars enters fast-moving Gemini words of anger and manipulation will surely pick up speed and energy. Mars is about what fires us up and propels us forward. It relates to how we fight against others and how we defend ourselves and our loved ones. Our words are going to become more passionate and embittered. The messages we send and receive will have more of a cutting edge.

Pay attention to this over the coming weeks. When Mars goes retrograde at the end of October many of us will be rethinking our positions and possibly ‘eating our words. Mars may become so scattered here that it loses its efficiency. The danger there is the tendency to use manipulative tactics to push things in the direction of your desire. Watch this. Watch your words.



Sunday, August 21, 2022

The Moon continues through Gemini for the bulk of the day. The core of Gemini is communication and with Mars also in Gemini, this is an important consideration today.

In general, the Gemini Moon offers a time of good humor and quick-moving social energy that would prefer to keep things light and easy. The mood of the day could be somewhat flighty and even fickle.

However, the most important thing today is Mercury (which rules Gemini) opposing Neptune in the early morning hours while we slept. Mercury’s impact as a transiting planet is relatively brief. You can expect the influence to last for approximately 24 hours.

Your thoughts and communications may feel uncertain and without clarity of purpose. It is easy to pay attention to the wrong information and discount what is real. In any communications that you have, make sure you are clear in your intent. If you can not be sure wait until this transit passes before having the conversation.

It may be difficult to distinguish between what is true and what simply sounds true. Don’t trust your instincts at this time. Wait a few days before taking action on anything you hear now.

Rather than grappling with the question of what is true and what this not, focus on your imagination. Creative imagination is far more reliable than logical thinking. Spend the energy of your mind on creative issues and daydreams. Allow your mind to drift, listen to music, read poetry, go to the nearest body of water and meditate or dream.

At 8:29 PM ET the Moon enters Cancer. The weekend comes to a close with a need for emotional comfort after the activity of Gemini. Sit on the couch with loved ones and a bowl of popcorn and ice cream. Another week is at hand.


In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. The aspects under consideration are conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions. The planets I work with are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.

Weekly Astrology Forecast