August 2016
Saturn is DIRECT August 13
Mercury retrogrades August 30 - Septemper 22

New Moon: August 2nd in LEO at 10 degrees 58 minutes
Full Moon: August 18th in AQUARIUS at 25 degrees 52 minutes

In August... SATURN returns to full strength bringing focus and energy to all things associated with government, banking/financial institutions, foreign policies and world leaders. Although this will begin moving things forward, there is a caution flag. During AUG, there will be a harsh aspect that will not be exact until in SEP that effects these areas. This aspect involves restriction or limiting activities or energy or disciplining/censoring it in some way, as well as idealism vs. reality. This energy supports another market adjustment and it could take place as early as late AUG but mainly in SEP. So be alert, take off the rose colored glasses and use common sense in all matters involving money. The full moon (almost an eclipse) on the 18th could create an emotional reaction that rolls into SEP and with Solar and Lunar eclipses in SEP, you can see why AUG is important.

A positive event is the joining hands of the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter making mid month a really great time especially for VIRGO. Use the time to make good things happen.

This is a month for the world to focus on critical decision making and all forms of money – investing, spending, banks, financial arrangements, credit cards, etc . All of these matters will be under review this month in order to bring order and discipline to them in SEP. This may include changes as to how business is conducted in many sectors of the world.

NEPTUNE rules liquids of all kinds and with Saturn pushing it hard now, severe storms, flooding, gas/oil leaks etc may increase or somehow be in the news. Keep an eye on the weather alerts. Neptune also clouds the truth leading to deception. However, it is weak now allowing us which is good as it allows clearer vision.

MERCURY will retrograde AUG 30th until SEP 22nd. This means the week prior to Aug 30th could be filled with delays, incorrect information, mis-sent emails/texts, and conversation confusion. Businesses find an increase in cancelled appointments, mis-sent memos, emails and texts and sometimes even a slowdown in business. There are usually more flight delays as well. Mercury retrograde is the perfect time to take care of repairs that are long overdue. I find it is a great time to pull out that dusty “to-do list” and get busy clicking things off.


Aug 01 – The moon is still in CANCER until 8:44pmET when it enters VOID for several minutes before entering the spotlight stealing sign of LEO at 9:12pmET. Even with a bit of emotional drama today there is a certain sweetness in the air. A lot can be accomplished if you focus.

Aug 02 – NEW MOON in LEO at 4:44pmET and MARS moves into SAGITTARIUS. There is extra energy for entertainers and actors today along with a tinge of romance  Our world leaders may be grabbing headlines. Legal issues, military activities are highlighted. There is a rumbling of energy during the first part of the day but settles down once we are in late afternoon.

Aug 03 – The moon continues in LEO. It is a wonderful day for writers of all kinds. The creative ideas will flow. The imagination is active and enhances abilities in film and video game industries. It also lights a fire in the romance department! It is a good day to try a new hairstyle.

Aug 04 – The moon moved into VOID overnight for a brief period and at 3:34amET it moved into VIRGO. The intellect sparkles with details about how to finish off projects, eliminate verbosity, and underscore the important parts of a contract. Be thoughful and kind in all critiqueing to avoid seeming too critical.

Aug 05 – VENUS enters VIRGO. The moon still in VIRGO will allow the finalization of on going projects. This is a good day for taking care of personal things, i.e. haircuts, mani/pedis, laundry, autos and even yard care. With a nice flow of energy between VENUS and MERCURY today, your ideas will be met with enthusiasm and support.

Aug 06 – The moon entered VOID last night before midnightET and opens today still VOID. At 12:57pmET, however, it moves into LIBRA and sheds a compromising light on the mornings yucky energy. This will allow for peaceful negotiations. Be aware the energy is bumpy again early evening. I would say today is for quiet things – no debates or strong converations. Let’s call it a “zip it” day!

Aug 07 – With the moon still in LIBRA, the mind is very active especially where love and money are concerned. Deception in these areas is higher than usual which means be careful as what you see may not be what you get today. Research, research if you are buying something. If it is about love, check and double check your information before saying anything.

Aug 08 – The is moon in LiBRA until 1:41pmET. There is rough energy around this time so maybe brown bag your lunch today. It would be wise to avoid emotional converations as they could get out of hand. You could even find you quit a job unexpectedly or break up a relationship.. so a word to the wise is to keep your emotions in check and stay away from crowds.

Aug 09 – The moon was VOID until early AM when it moved into SCORPIO. The day seems quieter, more pensive. Dig deep into your subject matters today. This is a great day for researchers, analysts and surgeons. A good day for reading and studying. Intuition is increased.

Aug 10 – The moon still in SCORPIO with strong energy building to a peak midday. Toward Evening there is a nice energy for deep thinking, getting to the bottom of something, making a change in habits or maybe having a deep conversation with special someone.

Aug 11 – The moon was in SCORPIO until 1:22amET when it moved into VOID. It will be VOID until 1:24pmET when it runs forward into truth loving SAGITTARIUS. Schools, mainly higher educations, foreign people and officials, spiritual gurus all will play a role in today’s news. This is a day for an adventurous trip. If you can take a hike, do it.

Aug 12 – The moon is still in SAGITTARIUS and has challenges early and late morning but mostly emotional energy that needs to be expressed. Be careful as you might hurt someone’s feelings if you are too blunt. There is a bumpy wave of energy throughout the day that highlights responsibilities.

Aug 13 – The planet SATURN GOES DIRECT. This is good news for Capricorn sun signs and Capricorn Ascendants. If you have had a heavy feeling lately, as though your responsibilities have been too much to handle, you will now feel like this burden has been lifted! It is time to move forward. The moon is in SAGITTARIUS until 1:37pmET when it enters VOID for the rest of the day. Expect the unexpected in the afternoon and evening.. at the least, expect delays or cancellations.

Aug 14 – The moon is now in CAPRICORN and with SATURN now direct, we have a more realistic view of what is going on in love and with money. This is a good time to assess your financial situation and make positive changes if needed. Make commitments in love if that is an option.

Aug 15 – The moon is still in CAPRICORN giving us another day to set up a solid budget and take care of responsibilities. It is a stern energy at times but can really give you the reality check you need to keep you within your budget. Affections may seem cooled off but return to normal in a day or two.

Aug 16 – The moon moves into AQUARIUS at 7:52amET after being VOID since around midnight. Today is a good day to have lunch with friends, volunteer your services, check out new technologies or maybe visit an usual place. This energy is great for humanitarian causes.

Aug 17 – The moon continues in the friendly and visionary sign of AQUARIUS. Did you dream overnight? If so, pay attention to the dream. There could be a predictive message hidden within your dream. Tonight is a bit nostalgic, but sweet. The energy is high, building for the Full Moon tomorrow.

Aug 18 – FULL MOON in AQUARIUS at 25 degrees. Although this is not labeled an eclispse, the alignment of the planets is soooo tight, it does make this more than just an average full moon. I would call it a sub-Lunar Eclipse  The moon eneters VOID early at 5:26amET and remains VOID ALL DAY until 12:34pmET when it enters the sign of PISCES. Expect the unexpected in the AM and especially since this has more energy than the average moon brings. There could be electrical or electronic problems/breakdowns, Radio/tv glitches, airline challenges, etc.

Aug 19 – The moon is in shy PISCES and today has rather odd and sometimes yucky energy all day. Take some soup to work for lunch today and avoid all the crowds and gossip. Listen to calming music or maybe get a massage. Be good to yourself today! Keep an eye on weather reports for storms/flooding. Children and pets are in the news.

Aug 20 – The moon enters VOID at 8:21amET until mid-afternoon at 3:18pmET when it enters the aggressive sign of ARIES. There is a bumpy start to the day but by noon everything falls into place. Be alert for head injuries. If you have a bike of any kind, be sure you have your helmet on. Construction workers be extra careful at work. Firemen, law enforcement officers, surgeons, anyone who handles or is involve with sharp instruments, weapons, explosives or fire should exercise extreme caution today AND tomorrow. Check your ego at the door today. Be kind and PATIENT.

Aug 21 – The moon still in ARIES has us alert to impatient and assertive energy from others. Be careful in driving. Plans can change suddenly. There is a ramped up amount of energy mid to late afternoon eastern time so be careful in your activities. Moderation in all things is key now.

Aug 22 – The SUN enters VIRGO midday. The moon is in ARIES until 7:48amET when it goes VOID for all day until 5:19pmET when it enters the solid and pragmatic sign of TAURUS. Be careful of crazy drivers in the early morning. Once the moon is VOID, expect delays, unusual events etc. You may feel like you are walking thru mud during most of the day. The evening will pick things up!

Aug 23 – The moon continues in sensual TAURUS. It is important today to keep ALL things in moderation, especially where eating and drinking are concerned. Also, be wise in purchases as you may pay more today than you should. Be careful when eating- make sure your bites are smaller than usual. Today is a day to be good to your throat! If you sing for a living, perhaps today or tomorrow, you could simply be quiet! Intuition is right on target so pay attention.

Aug 24 – The moon continues in TAURUS until 3:36pmET when it will enter VOID for a few hours enter GEMINI at 7:40pmET. Early morning will be a great time for commiting to deals that will last -- as long as you did your homework on the financial part.. including if you commit to a work out program! Enjoy the morning and be prepared for delays during late afternoon.

Aug 25 – With the moon in GEMINI, we always see an increase in the amount of communication – emails, texts, twitter, phone calls, etc. This is a sign for getting in touch, for sharing information, but it can also be a bit gossipy. Make sure your conversations have substance! Stay away from gossip. Double check all addresses for your communications as within 5 days the communication giant MERCURY will retrograde. The approaching energy, to me, is always when crazy stuff happens!

Aug 26 – The moon is still in the youthful sign of GEMINI until 8:30pm when it enters VOID until 11:06pmET. Allow your imagination to go wild today, especially if you are a cartoonist, film maker, etc. There is positive energy for ficition writers. The negative side of this energy is too much of a good thing can be dangerous as in too much rain, too much ice, etc. Be alert to anything water/liquid connected as there could be a challenge.

Aug 27 – The moon is in sensitive CANCER making the mood about home and family and the security of same. With emotions sensitive, it is easy for tempers to flare, so be extra patient with others today. Call those you love or send a Happy Card to someone you care about. The afternoon has harsh energy that could spoil an otherwise great time with loved ones.

Aug 28 – The emotonal issues are still evident as the moon is still in CANCER. There is a calming down of energy throughout the day. Late afternoon, there could be a burst of yucky energy but it passes quickly. This is a homebody day. Enjoy watching recorded shows, prepare a pot pie or maybeorder a pizza and just relax. Otherwise there may be a lot of miscommunications and hurt feelings.

Aug 29 – The moon moved out of CANCER at 2:23amET and into LEO at 4:11amET. VENUS moves into LIBRA. This is a day for the strong in spirit! With Mercury ready to retrograde tomorrow, Venus moving into Libra today, it will require a great deal of tact and patience to make this day the success it can be! Double check reservations and appointments. Keep things simple.

Aug 30 – MERCURY STATIONS RETROGRADE at 9:08amET – READ more under Retrograde planets. The moon is still in the romantic sign of LEO. Entertainers across the board will be in the news. Leaders are included. Music is strongly featured. Remember when Mercury is retrograde it is best to hold off on starting new relationships – now and until Sep 22nd, finish up OLD projects, revisit old relationships and clients. Contract signing should be delayed if possible until after Mercury goes Direct in SEP.

Aug 31 – The moon moved into VOID overnight and remains VOID until 11:22amET when it shifts gladly into VIRGO joining Jupiter, Venus, the Sun, and crazy Mercury! This is a great day to tackle that TO-DO list!!

We are moving into SEP with Mercury – the great communiation/transportation/electronic champion in a weak state – complicating or slowing business and causing snafus. We also have 2 eclipses in SEP setting the stage for the Presidential debates and election. In late SEP the planet Pluto will regain it’s strength and move forward! Enjoy August!!

Noon Cycles including Void of Course Moons (VOC or VOID)

New Moon: A new moon initiates energy that is very strong for four weeks or one lunar cycle but influences the year until another new moon occurs in that same sign - usually a year later. What that energy involves is indicated by the sign in which the new moon occurs and personally, which house/aspects etc are activated in your astrological chart. If the new moon is an eclipse the energy is tripled.

Full Moon: The full moon that follows two weeks after the new moon brings the energy of the new moon out into the open, or to a peak. It continues to unfold energy for two more weeks until the next new moon when the cycle begins all over again highlighting a different area of our lives. Those emotional influences can last a year.

Void Moon: When the transiting moon makes no aspect to a transiting planet, it is considered to be VOID. During these void periods - which can last a few minutes or a few days - it is best to avoid signing sign contracts, interviewing for jobs, or setting important appointments. Why? Because appointments are usually delayed or rescheduled altogether or they do not turn out as expected. Contracts have delays or have to be re-negotiated, etc. Job interviews turn out to be non-productive or empty promises are made. If, for instance, a first interview does occur and appears positive, you may be asked to start ASAP or have to interview with additional people. Individually, if you are under excellent aspects from transiting planets, this will then be a good time to proceed even though the moon is void.

I find that during void moon energy, solutions to problems can be found. Therefore, it is an excellent time for lawyers to find loopholes in cases or uncover evidence that will turn a case in their favor. Lost items are found or returned during this energy at a higher percentage than when the moon is not void. Any computer glitches that have evaded solution can suddenly be resolved. You can be lucky and win a lottery or raffle. Keep in mind that during a VOID MOON, any activities undertaken usually take TWICE as long to accomplish!!! There is an element of LUCK associated with VOID energy. Use it wisely! :-)

One thing is for certain -- always expect the unexpected during the time of a VOID of COURSE MOON -- good and bad -- and be prepared for delays or cancellations.

Eclipses in 2016

Sep 1st SOLAR eclipse: in Virgo at 9 deg 21 min
Sep 16th LUNAR eclipse: in Pisces at 24 deg 20 min

Retrograde Planets in 2016

When a planet is retrograde, its energy is weakened, misunderstood or projected in an unclear manner. The sun signs, industries, activities and so forth ruled by the retrograde planet, will feel held back, restricted, misunderstood or weakened. This is also a time when you are given an opportunity to re-do, re-evaluate these areas. Many times it brings about a better solution or happier direction.

Mercury: August 30th - September 22nd; December 19th 2016 - January 8th 2017 when Mercury retrogrades

When Mercury is retrograde communications, electronics, transportation all hit a snag. Satellites go down, electronics breakdown, emails/texts etc are erroneously sent, weak relationships break up (business and personal), trains/airplanes are challenged or in the news and… the flow of money stalls or slows down. That means that “check in the mail” probably will not arrive until after Mercury goes direct! Watch the stock markets. Be cautious in all money dealings. If you have electronic equipment that has been showing signs of needing to be replaced, it will probably break down during the retrograde. This is NOT the time to initiate anything new, especially personal relationships. The retrograde period should focus on OLD business/relationships or projects already in motion before the retrograde cycle began. Many times the Mercury retrograde period allows for resolution of problems. Agreements can be finalized, etc. Just be careful with any of the “numbers” in the paperwork. If possible delay the signing of a contract until after Mercury is direct to avoid complications. Never make a major purchase under Mercury retrograde unless you have overwhelmingly good aspects!

I believe the week prior to Mercury stationing retrograde is when all the crazy stuff seems to happen! Be watchful!

Jupiter: June 13 - November 19th

Jupiter is a great example of optimistic energy. It highlights legal activities, foreign policies, foreign countries, higher education, military activities, and the higher mind. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius. When it is retrograde, it pulls back some of its energy. It is still powerful but the retrograde makes if feel weaker.

Pluto: April 18th - September 26th

Considered to no longer be a planet, it still is one to me! Pluto takes many, many years to transit a sign. The transit of it through a sign will create an impact that could affect generations. It is considered to be a heavy weight when it comes to banking or financial institutions. Having Pluto retrograde also pulls back some of its great influence from Scorpio sun signs as it is the ruler of Scorpio. Pluto gets along really well with Jupiter. By the end of April, both planets will be retrograde. This could create challenges with foreign interests or countries, money, executive/legislative branches, banks, educational institutions and even pipelines! Scorpio sun signs and Scorpio ascendants may not have the gusto you crave, but you can still get a lot accomplished.

Saturn: March 25th - August 13th

Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn. It also rules the activities involved with government, authority figures, responsibilities and the elderly. Now is the time to think about your budget, commitments, etc that started back in Sep 2015. Are there any changes you want to make? Double check all credit card balances, bank accounts, and any legal papers you may have signed. This is a really positive time review your budget for beneficial changes. Now is not the time for committing to a relationship or additional responsibilities. Slow down. Review. If you are having any major dental surgery done during this retrograde, it would be wise to find the best energy day possible before you do it. Remember when a planet if retrograde, it is weak. Saturn rules the teeth!

Uranus: July 29 - December 29th

Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius, electricity, automobiles, assassination attempts, earthquakes, radio and TV, astrology, Bohemian, and Russia to name a few. When it is retrograde, Uranus gives the topics and also countries that it rules, time for review, reconsideration. It also holds back some of its strength in order to allow for this. It’s like slowing down as you approach an intersection to give you time to make sure you know in which direction you want to go. With Uranus in Aries (unexpected, impulsive), this is actually a good thing as it pulls the energy back to a more manageable level.

Transiting Planets in 2016

If a slower moving planet connects with one of your personal planets such as your Sun, Venus, Mercury or Mars, it will initiate a reaction or event regarding the planet that is touched. Example: transiting Jupiter connects with your Venus. You could simply have a wonderful couple of "feeling good" days while this is active or maybe win a lottery, fall in love with someone or something, have a face-lift, settle a legal case, or set up a new banking account. It is helpful to know if this will be happening so you can plan better and be prepared to make it a good "connection". Here are the slower moving planets and the signs they will be travelling through in 2016:

Jupiter in VIRGO until September 9 when it enters the sign of LIBRA. Jupiter is the fastest moving of the slower planets, staying approximately one year in each sign. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to travel through all 12 signs. Virgo sun signs can enjoy Jupiter in their sign until it leave and moves into LIBRA in September. This transit of Jupiter is a helpful energy for VIRGO sun signs. Keep your critical eye in check, though or you could be a little too much for people around you!! Keeping in mind the legal influence, you can also attract a legal situation if you use this energy in a negative way. For instance, receiving a speeding ticket, filing a lawsuit or being involved in one, or perhaps an inheritance/will etc. While Jupiter transits the sign of VIRGO there will be a focus worldwide on things ruled by VIRGO: Iraq, Army, chemists, dairy farmers, the Congo, Jerusalem, Los Angeles CA, chickens, doctors in general, Switzerland... to name just a few things influenced by this transit.

In September when it enters LIBRA, the Libra sun signs will have this “guardian angel” with them until October 2017. The last few months of 2016 will find Jupiter giving positive energy to the arts, music, relationships, agreements, and even make-overs. Because LIBRA is a cardinal sign, those born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries and Cancer or who have planets in these signs, will experience the effects of this transit at some point as Jupiter contacts your sun sign.

Saturn in Sagittarius until December 2017. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was late 1985 into early 1988. It takes about 2.5 years to transit one sign. Scorpio sun signs are quite relieved as it finally exited Scorpio. It WILL return once again to Scorpio but only for very brief stay this summer and only effects 28 and 29 degrees of Scorpio. It is now Sagittarius' turn to feel the structuring, disciplining and in some cases restricting energy of this transit. Saturn's energy helps us better manage our talents and urges. It can bring unexpected responsibilities or even a health issue that requires discipline and focus to overcome. Commitments made during a transit of Saturn to a personal planet have endurance energy/longevity. Negatively, they can feel like heavy responsibilities! But it is not a bad energy for a good marriage or business partnership if all other aspects are supportive. This is the time to stay current with your medical exams especially if you are born under the sign of Sagittarius, OR have a personal planet in Sagittarius, OR have Sagittarius rising OR have Sagittarius on your house of health (6th house). If you have planets in the sign of Gemini, Saturn will, at some point, create an opposing energy. This can bring limitations (including medical conditions) or simply push you to organize and discipline your activities. It CAN feel really burdensome - even depressing - having Saturn in your sun sign (or opposing it), but you do not have to feel that way. With the ability to focus and accomplish, use Saturn's positive side to finish up projects or goals that have been set aside. Take on any added responsibilities as a learning experience that will benefit you. Hard work is usually required when Saturn is in your sign so be prepared to work hard and be rewarded accordingly. Remember, work smarter not harder.

Uranus, in Aries until 2018, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 16 degrees to 24 degrees Aries but retrogrades back to 20 degrees by the end of 2016. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 16-24 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2016. Libra sun signs born Oct 9 -19 will feel this energy as an opposing force. It is challenging but not as aggressively challenging as those born in the sign of Aries will feel. You could suddenly want to quit a job, seek a divorce, change your hair style, or even relocate when this happens. The energy of freedom loving Uranus is not predictable except to say it is unpredictable. Sudden changes, accidents, changes in beliefs, strong desire to be free, etc can all be part of this energy. Be careful in your desire to feel free, to break the rules, to make radical changes, especially if you are aged 41-43. Remember, once the transit completes, you will be living with the consequences of your actions and decisions! Uranus is sending kind vibes to Aquarius and Gemini but challenges Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces until 2025, will move from 7 degrees to 12 degrees Pisces but during the year it retrogrades ending 2016 direct at 9 degrees. It is very slow moving. Be cautious in business dealings and LOVE as Neptune energy can be evasive and deceiving you before you know it. Neptune has a strong spiritual side and connects to the higher realms. It also rules all liquids and the oceans, water, floods, drugs, hospitals, jails, bodily fluids including perspiration! Perhaps if your planets are contacted by this transiting Neptune, you will find yourself returning to church, restoring your faith, being drawn to the beach, or finding that true love! Watch out, though! Make sure you remove your rose colored glasses before making major decisions. Virgo sun signs may find themselves working with Pisces sun signs or changing careers to work in a Pisces industry i.e., oil, ink, ocean liners, entertainment, singing, children, any music or acting, etc. Virgo sun signs will feel the opposing energy creating feelings of vagueness and mystery. Enjoy this opportunity to not only dream but to also see your dreams come true.

Pluto, in Capricorn, will transit 14, 15, 16 and 17 degrees of Capricorn in 2016. Those born Jan 4-9, Apr 3-8, Jul 5-9 and Oct 6-11 will most likely feel this transit more directly. In an astrological chart if you have personal planets at 14-17 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra, you will feel the transformative power of Pluto as it interacts with that planet. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, deaths, and big business to name a few. Pluto in Capricorn helps define economic changes that will be beneficial and strong. Capricorn rules big business and government and government officials. In 2016, Pluto in Capricorn will provide the impetus to release or destroy anything that has served its purpose in our lives. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious, practical and very responsible. A positive use of the energy would be to take the initiate and change areas of your life that need improvement – before it is done for you! Emotionally you could embark on a new way of looking at life. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Virgo and Taurus – fellow earth signs of Capricorn – should find the transformations and changes, very positive and easier to integrate than other sun signs.

May the force be with you... always. ~ General Dodonna