Welcome to August! I thought it was going to be a quiet month, but having looked at the charts, it seems we’re in for a bit of a busy time.
In fact, the month of August is influenced greatly by the New Moon of July 30th, as New Moons carry a broad prediction of weather for the coming 28 day lunar cycle. Of course August will be hot on Ibiza – it always is with the Sun is in Leo, which it rules, – a bit like the King being on his throne. But don’t expect an absolute scorcher this year because there will be lot of warm and wet influence by Venus and the Moon, with odd days of Saturnian cool.
The 30th brought not only a New Moon, but another earthquake deep under the ocean floor just off the east coast of Japan. Not as devastating as the previous one, but 6.3 which is a good shaking for anyone. I looked at the chart for this latest quake, and interestingly, to the minute it struck, Saturn, planet of earth and underground workings was passing over the IC. The IC is the point directly opposite the point of Mid Heaven at that moment. Of course cynics will dismiss it as pure co-incidence….. Amazing co-incidence though!
The New Moon saw the beginning of some powerful Solar Flare activity, which sounds rather ominous…. Just be extra careful for the next week or so! The weather will suffer uncertainty too. To add fuel to that hot spot, Mars is ‘Out of Bounds’ until the 22nd. Out of Bounds means it has moved outside the Earth’s boundary of tilt (the ‘ecliptic’) which is just about 23.5 degrees. When planets move outside this, they are regarded as becoming somewhat maverick in their influence, so Mars out of control for a few weeks should be exciting.
Of course revolutionary Pluto in establishment Capricorn is still continuing with its upheavals. I note the latest revelations in the on-going News International saga. Since Mars went OoB on July 24th it has been revealed that the NoW fully financed mobile phone so kindly given to the mother of Sarah Payne by then editor Rebekah Brooks had been hacked. Moreover, the reporter/investigator who was jailed for the prior NoW phone tapping has now stated openly via his solicitor that he ‘was instructed’ to hack phones. Mrs Brooks is reported as declaring Mrs Payne as a ‘very dear and great friend’. Yet more corrupt establishments crumbling? The recalling of James Murdoch to answer further questions will also be revealing.
As a partial aside from astrology, I confess that last month, I took the love of my life to Amante Beach Club, for dinner at the evening of the Full Moon. The setting there is fabulous with stunning views of the Moon rising romantically out of the sea, shimmering across the water with the big ferries lit up in its beams. The Amante food and service were impeccable, so a big thank you to everyone there who made our evening so special. The next Full Moon is on Saturday the 13th at 20.57, which means that you can sit at your table and countdown the minutes to the precise moment of the Full Moon. Wow! Romantic moments don’t come much better than that! I do know those special menu-evenings get booked well ahead, so don’t miss out, book today.
I think that’s enough ramblings; time now for the transits forecast. These describe what’s happening as the planets orbit the Earth, some fast, some slow just like a Grand Prix. Some bring elation, some bring disaster. The dates give the effective period of the influence. No Moon aspects remember – it just moves too fast…. Blink and both the aspect and its effect has gone. Remember too that whereever you read this, it was created by IbizaAstrologer, part of Astroibiza.com.
31 Jul 2011 to 02 Aug 2011
Venus Trine Uranus: A broad scope of varied and original experiences are open for exploration, and it’s easy to lose your fear of risk and embrace the new. What might have seemed a bit over the top before now looks like your cup of tea, with others jumping in to try out the most exotic tastes. There’s nothing like a hands-on education.
31 Jul 2011 to 02 Aug 2011
Sun Square Jupiter: Overblown, repetitious plans could use a little trimming and when you see that time-wasting windbag headed your way, make tracks. A tendency to overdo with diminishing returns colors actions, and if brevity is the soul of wit, you’d never know it now. Buck the tide, simplify, and don’t commit until that’s done.
03 Aug 2011 to 26 Aug 2011
Mercury Stationary Retrograde: The strongest moment in the retrograde period. Grinding to a halt, Mercury looks around for weaknesses in technology and communication systems. Moving backwards, then forwards again eventually it tests to destruction those things it finds wanting.
03 Aug 2011 to 19 Sep 2011
Mars Enters Cancer: People will be exerting themselves with some amount of caution for some time to come, as the inclination is to put all your energy into one, cherished effort and nurture it through, ignoring other prospects or demands. That doesn’t make for good team play, but it favours solo artists who know what they’re up to.
02 Aug 2011 to 04 Aug 2011
Mars Trine Neptune: Ideal thrusts and parries are easy to make and the show is entertaining enough to make progress without getting bored. Putting energy into dream-building is just the thing and the more you put your shoulder into it, the more help you’ll get from others you convince to follow your star. Belief and deeds go hand in hand.
04 Aug 2011 to 04 Aug 2011
Moon Sextile Sun: Taking it easy and letting things happen will let opportunities continue to grow that are already underway. Situations beginning now will be cooperative and helpful to you as they progress. A general atmosphere of getting along together prevails and will continue to if you just go with the flow.
03 Aug 2011 to 06 Aug 2011
Mercury Sextile Mars: Making the most of previous arrangements causes seemingly ordinary procedures to become prime producers. When things are in order, all runs so smoothly that you hardly notice how well it’s going. It might be a time to take a second look at what it takes to get it right so you can better maintain your trajectory.
05 Aug 2011 to 03 Feb 2012
Neptune retrogrades into Aquarius: The coming fourteen-year period will likely see the idealization of the common folk, even to the level of thinking they’re essentially a lot better off than they are, even superior, and thus subject to all sorts of scams. The blessing is the discoveries involved in recovery from that. Epidemics are a hallmark of this period, so expect at least one significant one.
04 Aug 2011 to 06 Aug 2011
Venus Square Jupiter: An inclination to overdo beyond diminishing returns is fueled by the desire to get things just right. One more added touch, just another taste, try it once again, until satisfaction goes out the window. Sometimes less really is more, even if it doesn’t seem like it, so backing off may save you both time and money.
04 Aug 2011 to 06 Aug 2011
Sun Sextile Saturn: Small investments are the safest, and small returns mount up. Conservative thinking can pay off if you don’t make a big deal out of it. Any boat you launch now will be hard to rock, even in a storm, so it’s a good time to ease her away from the dock and put gradually to sea. The world awaits, but don’t rush.
07 Aug 2011 to 09 Aug 2011
Venus Sextile Saturn: The little things in life can be the most satisfying, and, when closely viewed, often loom larger than they really are. Simple desires, simply satisfied, have a way of sustaining life that allows both joy and unhindered progress. Today’s endeavours will share that quality as they develop, quenching your thirst, banking your fires.
08 Aug 2011 to 09 Sep 2011
Mercury retrogrades into Leo: There’s a sense of fun in just chatting over the next few weeks, and the details of what’s said are less important than originality and creative spirit. It’s a time for birthing ideas, not putting them through school, so join in with the general creative urge to talk things out. For once, for the moment, it’s the feeling that counts.
05 Aug 2011 to 10 Aug 2011
Mercury Opposition Neptune: Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered was written for this moment – maybe befuddled, as well. Just when you’ve got your head on it, it vanishes, a Chimera in broad daylight. And it’s happening to everyone else, too, a regular blind man’s bluff. Don’t press it, just marvel as it comes and goes, then passes altogether.
08 Aug 2011 to 11 Aug 2011
Mars Square Uranus: Sparks fly as honing in on issues gets problematical and irritation makes for rough handling. Mistakes born of haste are not easily corrected and repeated efforts are best marked off to experience. Itchy and edgy, the mood is unsettled and it’s not the best time for laying down foundations where steadiness is required.
09 Aug 2011 to 12 Aug 2011
Mars Opposition Pluto: There may be some disarray about as head-on collisions, encounters with walls and trees, and total engine failure both literally and figuratively litter the landscape. When opposing sides meet, it’s the immovable object that wins, since irresistible forces have taken the day off. So don’t strain yourself, and when in doubt just back off.
13 Aug 2011 to 13 Aug 2011
Moon Opposition Sun: Full Moon brings fruition, but also high emotional tides; what you do now may turn out to have been overdone when you look back on it. Deals sealed now may swing erratically later on, but if kept under control will be fat and fruitful. This is the time for plucking the fruit from the tree, not planting one.
Well Astrobloggers, that’s the weekend’s fabulous Full Moon; remember it’s at 20.57 for military types, or three minutes to nine in the evening. Watch and enjoy it somewhere special!
12 Aug 2011 to 20 Aug 2011
Venus Conjunction Sun: Ego compounding desire can make this moment hot but near-sighted at the same time. In the passion of the moment all are more likely looking out for number one than for the general good, and the possibility of missing the long-range win is real. Seek what you want, but remember you’ll still have needs tomorrow.
16 Aug 2011 to 17 Aug 2011
Mercury Conjunction Venus: This is an ideal time for achievement in arts and letters — whether it’s redecorating, taking great pictures and movies, or doing a makeover. A keen eye for the beautiful is in sharp focus and a strong sense of shape and proportion makes for good judgment in all aspect of design, now and for posterity.
16 Aug 2011 to 17 Aug 2011
Mercury Conjunction Sun: High mental energy burns hot, a real brain boiler. The trick is to keep up with everyone without missing a stitch or dropping the ball. Great ideas abound, but don’t buy everything you see until you give it a second, cooler look. Everyone can be too close to the subject to realize that what recommends it is only the heat of the moment.
17 Aug 2011 to 20 Aug 2011
Mars Sextile Jupiter: Cruise control is the key to forward motion, so don’t waste time pumping the pedal, just set it for the speed limit and keep your hands on the wheel – the rest will take care of itself. When operations are well-tuned, you can afford to be on automatic along with the rest of the world, driving without distraction.
20 Aug 2011 to 22 Aug 2011
Venus Opposition Neptune: Difficulty in focusing in on just what it is you want is universal, so don’t try to pin down other people’s orders (or your own) too tightly as no one has as firm a grip as usual. Where you can put off decision, do so, as whatever you initiate will partake of this uncertainty down the line and this moment could stick with you longer than you might like.
21 Aug 2011 to 15 Sep 2011
Venus Enters Virgo: Finicky taste abounds for the next few weeks, and you’ll find people turning up their noses at situations they would have gratefully embraced only weeks earlier. Competition will, of course, change all that soon enough, so if you’re wise you can pick up the neglected seconds now and they’ll be worth double in no time. In fact, you may want to keep them.
22 Aug 2011 to 24 Aug 2011
Sun Opposition Neptune: Attempts at self-assertion can be met with sporadic confusion and uncertainty caused by misinformation, or even disinformation. You’re not the only one making your way through the mists, however, so sound a fog horn if you want to avoid collisions. A good time for introspection and revisiting your dreams.
23 Aug 2011 to 23 Sep 2011
Sun Enters Virgo: You don’t know how abundant your harvest is until you count all the sheaves in your granary, and that kind of attitude abounds in general for the next month or so. Life is grand in all its little details, but only if the details don’t belittle it. Seeing the forest for the trees may be a challenge now, but enjoy each tree as you pass.
23 Aug 2011 to 27 Aug 2011
Mars Square Saturn: Trying to push on too hard in the face of incremental resistance puts a strain on everyone, with some accompanying lessons to be learned. To wit, don’t pursue energy-wasters once you’ve spotted what’s happening. If you’re not getting anywhere, move on to the next and return another day to finish up.
25 Aug 2011 to 26 Aug 2011
Venus Trine Pluto: When you’re sure you’re going to get what you want, you probably will, and that kind of attitude all around makes for a general win-win situation. Cross-purposes are at a minimum and a fundamental agreement on mutual goals and desires means one hand washes the other and vice versa for joint pleasures.
26 Aug 2011 to 28 Aug 2011
Moon Enters Leo: Creative and uncensored feelings can make for an almost party atmosphere if you follow the flow and avoid the usual impediments for the next couple of days. The world is looking for a lover, and you can put yourself into that picture however you choose. Make a breakout, or just let the rising tide carry you along.
26 Aug 2011 to 24 Nov 2011
Mercury Stationary Direct: At last! Mercury stands still from its backward journey, the searchlight is again remains fixed on communication and technology today, before Mercury sets off again covering the same ground, endeavouring to ‘get it right’ this time.
27 Aug 2011 to 29 Aug 2011
Sun Trine Pluto: A strong sense of self-assurance can enable everyone to pull together now, based on the faith that it will come out all right in the end, whatever happens. Endeavors begun with that in mind will be virtually bulletproof and a firm foundation is there for you if you choose to take a chance.
29 Aug 2011 to 29 Aug 2011
Moon Conjunction Sun: New Moon is the very time for giving up the old and ringing in the new, re-bundling your energies into another package. Commitments made now are intense, all-eggs-in-one-basket, but give them time to develop and to get their bearings. Time for laying cornerstones, the walls and rafters come later.
29 Aug 2011 to 31 Aug 2011
Venus Trine Jupiter: Bounty and generosity go hand in hand and snowball when everyone is willing to tap assets without holding back. To live is to give, and get back accordingly. Launch it now and there will always be plenty to go around, a veritable birthday for the golden goose. The operant idea is growth through good feeding in all respects.
30 Aug 2011 to 25 Dec 2011
Jupiter Stationary Retrograde: It seems we’ve missed an opportunity somewhere along the line! Jupiter is planet of expansion and growth, and today it’s looking hard at them. It moves backwards until Christmas Day when it starts over in a renewed attempt to get things moving.
Until next month, best wishes from,
Your Ibiza Astrologer