Today we are going to take a look at the astrology of August. It's a big month with lots of transits, and I'm excited to have my friend, colleague, and former alumni of Nightlight Astrology, Alex Amorosi, here to help me break down the weather.
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Hey everyone, this is Acyuta-bhava from Nightlight Astrology. And today we are going to take a look at the astrology of August. It is a really big month, lots of transits going on. And maybe one of the biggest transits of the month is the entrance of Mars into Gemini, which we will not be focusing on a ton today. But it's really important because Mars is going to spend a whole load of time there and later in October will turn retrograde. So we're just going to, we're going to actually late this month of August, we're going to start to see what Mars in Gemini is all about. And there's lots more as well, a lot of aspects this month to go through. So that is what we are going to do today.
And I'm really excited to have my friend and colleague, and former alumni of one of my programs, Alex Amorosi. Here to help me break down the weather. One of the things I'm going to be doing going forward is trying to occasionally invite a guest who is practicing astrology, having come out of my programs, onto the show in order to break down the astrology of the month ahead. I think it's fun to talk about astrology the month ahead in conversation; I find that my wheels start turning, and I think of things that I couldn't have thought of otherwise when I'm bouncing things off from another smart astrologer. So and it's a way of hopefully building up some of my alumni who are out there, you know, grinding and building their practice. And so yeah, anyway, Alex will be joining us in just a second. Well, with that being said, I'm going to welcome Alex onto the show. Alex, thanks for being here again.
Yeah, by popular demand, I got so many good emails after the episode we did on the becoming a professional astrologer series will work; please have Alex back sometime. And I was like, You know what? I've been thinking of doing this for a while of having someone like, you know, like, let's look at the transits together for the month. And so, by popular demand, you're back, man.
Alex Amorosi 2:20
Oh, that's lovely to hear. More Star Wars. Haha
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 2:24
Okay, screw it. Let's just talk Empire Strikes Back. If you guys want to learn more about Alex, today, we're going to be talking about the transits for August; you can learn more about Alex at alexamorosiyoga.com. But if you want to follow his astrological posting and content, you really want to check out alexamorosihealing on Instagram, where you can see him doing a lot of reels and live streams and things like that. And you can also contact him there if you want to book a reading. So should we get into it?
Alex Amorosi 2:58
Yeah, let's do it. There's lots to talk about.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 3:00
Yeah, there is August is a big month, I'm going to go ahead and share my screen so that we can do some get the highlighter out. You know, it's serious business when the highlighter is coming out. Exactly, exactly. I don't know how many people have been like, could you tell me the program that you're using? And I'm like, It's honestly you can download it for free. It's called Epic pen. And it's a free program. It just pops up and it gives you like a circle, a line, a square and an arrow. You can just draw with it.
Alex Amorosi 3:35
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 3:37
Okay, so the month starts off with arguably one of the most dynamic and potentially volatile transits of 2022. Honest to God, this was top five in terms of the ones that have me going like Woo when I did my 2022 overview. It is Mars conjoining Uranus in Taurus. Now, I'm gonna start off by saying a few things. I'm going to invite Alex to say things, and then we're going to bounce around back and forth as we go through the rest of the transits. We did a video about this already. I've already made content on this topic. But the reason that it's worth mentioning again is because, first of all, synoptic conjunctions when two planets come together. In conjunction, it means the start of a new cycle between the energies or archetypes of those two planets. You think of Mars; you think of strength, will, assertiveness and courage on maybe the bright side; on the downside, you think of anger, violence, explosiveness, conflict, cutting accidents, and things like that frustration. I have a little bit of sunburn on my face today. I got that yesterday as I fell asleep in the Sun, and the Moon and Mars were conjoining in my first house, so there you go. But Mars and Uranus, when you put Mars together with Uranus, the God of revolution, the God that loves to shake things up that will not be held back by tradition, or habits that are worn out patterns that are established, but maybe boring. So Uranus is always a, whether it's breaking the speed of sound or setting a Guinness Book, you know, a world record of some kind. Or if it's like flipping your teacher off in Catholic school, you know, and being told you're going to hell or something, that's Uranus.
So Mars and Uranus, you put them together. And the reason this is such a big deal to tone the month of August is because you're talking about the seeding of a very volatile but potentially very revolutionary moment. You could see people starting a new chapter of life because of something that happens that is not planned for is very surprising and maybe not entirely easy. And it starts a whole new cycle. On the other hand, you could see someone experiencing a major breakthrough, getting the courage to do something, pushing something forward. So it's a lot of different ways of thinking about it, but it is toning the month ahead. It is a little volatile, erratic, unpredictable; it's not the kind of time to get into it with someone on the highway, who has cut you off, you know, it's like it's volatile. Those are just my initial few thoughts. What do you think about this one? Alex, what kind of notes do you have on this?
Alex Amorosi 6:19
You know, I was thinking it this is dynamic is like one of the words you can easily use for this transit. But I was also you know, you know, the North Node is involved to the moon, and that always tends to me to be a volume up button on any sort of aspects of transit. And so I think that all of those things, I think that this is an aspect that on his positive aspects, if you feel sort of stuck or entrenched in a routine, particularly with the fixed earth of Taurus, like this can be a really good aspect for you know, Uranus gives you a different perspective suddenly, like, oh, I never thought of that before, why don't I try this and Mars sort of gives you the energy to do it. I think that you have to be mindful in this aspect too on a personal level of not trying to just be free for the sake of being free. And I think that Rahu the North Node with Uranus in this transit the in the Vedic understanding of it have this sort of like, craving quality to it, like I must be fair, I must be free or I must be new. And I think differentiating between like, Is this something I really need to do differently or establish some sense of freedom around or am I just feeling that way? You know, because this is one of those transits that I think all of us there are some transits you know, we're coming in you're like, Okay, I kind of know the energies going on. I can kind of breathe my way through this or that, but I think this is one that is so sudden and can feel so erratic that it kind of grabs it grabs all of us in some way.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 7:46
Yeah, yeah. I sometimes think of this as there's a fine line between a breakthrough and the burning of a bridge. Yeah, you can, you can easily sabotage yourself or a relationship or, you know, in differentiating, or individuating There's a fine line between bulldozing someone else or, like rejecting something so hard in the name of independence or personal growth or evolution, that you end up looking like a jerk, or you end up hurting someone else. And then on the other hand, you know, not everyone's gonna be happy when you do something with Mars and Uranus conjoining. Like, there's, there's going to be a sense of like, putting your flag in the ground or something.
Alex Amorosi 8:33
Yeah, yeah. And I think like, it's that, um, the will that Mars brings to this to be like, you know, sometimes I think Uranus is the will Mars brings to this, it's like, yeah, this is the will to do this thing. Like, what the hell type thing? Or if I can't, you know, in a positive sense, and when you have that is the right thing to do be like, you know, what, I never thought I could move to Alaska and, you know, weave baskets or whatever. All respect for everybody does that. I mean, I thought of it several times myself, but like I'm a card-carrying introvert here, but um, you know, like, it could be that or is it like, I'm really frustrated with something going on right now that I need to address that I might feel I need to be trying to get away from? Or is there something going on that I need to like, kind of stick with and maybe find a different way of looking at so I think that there's I just feel like that North Node present with this is a very, very powerful aspect.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 9:32
You know, it's funny, if you think about the Vedic point of view, Rahu is sort of like stirring. It's like a hungry ghost, you know, and it's whatever you try to feed, it might temporarily satiate it, but ultimately, it's not ever satiated. So if you think of someone with Mars in the North Node together, natively think of Lance Armstrong. Here's someone who wanted to win, but at what cost? He took steroids; doping scandal eventually is stripped and loses all of his money. And so, you know, be aware of the voice that says, You deserve this, you know, you ought to just, and the funny thing is that not that I, I think that modern evolutionary astrology is just across the board invalid I don't I think it's a totally valid practice. But the North Node in evolutionary point of view is thought of as something you ought to go out and do in order to grow and learn and so forth. How different an opinion, the Vedic view is, you know, it's like, the Vedic view would tell you that that same impulse that you should be very careful about it, because it's actually sort of the impulse of, you know, an ambition that sort of like, on steroids, you know, so. So there is there is some, you know, there's just being very careful about what constitutes growth, at what cost? What is healthy ambition, what isn't, I think those things are going to be you know, what, certainly, we'll see. We're going to see examples of this in the news, for sure. For sure, or, like, this kind of a transit, you just you can't miss it in the news?
Alex Amorosi 11:11
No, I mean, Uranus has already conjunct the North Node now. Yeah, and will be by the time you know, people are watching this. And so you know, Mars is just gonna be getting into the mix by August 1. So I think we're starting to get a little bit of a preview of this into the news. And this will come up during the month too, as we get into.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 11:27
If people want to go deeper into Mars, Uranus, I highly recommend going back and listen to the video I did earlier this week on it because you will, you know, you'll get a double dose of this topic if it's one that's like really clicking for you. We're gonna keep moving because we have lots of transits to talk about, and actually, I, I forgot as we were going, so that's August 1, Mars conjoining Uranus.
Well, the very next day, there's a little bit of a buffer built in because the next day, we're going to see Venus, making a sextile with Uranus. So there's Venus making a sextile. With Uranus. There's some reception if you want to look at reception with the outer planets up to you. But Uranus is in Venus sign. Venus has a sextile with Uranus is moving into a sextile with Mars at the exact same time. So, you know, this, this would seem to me, to at the very least add a kind of diplomatic Venusian presence. It says, though, I'm trying to; this is just my example, please. But I'm trying to do something that I really need to do. But thank God, my wife, who's cancer rising, is in the room being like, Honey, just ctfo Because you know, you could, you're acting a little crazy. I feel like the goddess just brings that concern, for is this enjoyable, though? You know, like, is this beautiful? Is it? Is it pleased? Really does it feel good? And are we getting along? Or you know, there's a concern with harmony and, or for harmony? To me, this feels like a moment that could be really, maybe even veering toward, like, destructive. But because Venus is there, I'm feeling a little bit more positive about it. What do you think, Alex?
Alex Amorosi 13:37
I think it's exactly like the chain here we have so we have the moon actually, in Libra hosting Venus Venus in Cancer hosting this whole lineup in Taurus. So I love that for the quality of brings, like what the phrase that was coming to mind as you were saying that was like, Uranus, I think oftentimes is a sort of rebellious, like, I'm just gonna say it, I'm just gonna tell them like with Mars there too. That could just that could be a very strong impulse in some way to express something and Venus being like, but is it kind? Is it nurturing? Is it caring, especially Venus in cancer, right? Is is this going to nurture this situation? Is this going to be a kind thing? Is it going to be effective? But I think that there's a lot of cooling that happens from that, especially because Venus is hosting the moon moons a nice diplomatic Libra, you know, they're just, you know, nice and balanced. Like yeah, this this could really offset a balance and maybe that needs to happen, but it gives you the evaluation skill from a cooler place.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 14:35
Yeah, there's, there's if you look at it, too, I'm just considering the even the moon phase. It's in this early, you know, waxing crescent, sort of between waxing crescent and first quarter and it's harmonizing with the Sun in a sextile you've got harmony between the lights on that day. So it feels like even August 1 or the very end of July is a little bit intense. By the second you have have a real cooling energy coming through I think so. Or if we've gone too far, in some ways we might get a little correction or pacifying energy from Venus.
Let's go to August 4. On August 4, Mercury is going to enter the sign of Virgo. Now planetary ingresses on their own are not necessarily the world's biggest deal. They make a splash when they enter a new whole sign house in your birth chart, which I think alone could be worth looking at. But it's really the dignity Mercury's entering its own domicile and its own exultation, which means that you have and it's just having appeared as an evening star. Like now, it's a very diplomatic Mercury because it's in that feminine evening star position. It really knows how to communicate socially, send an Earth sign. So it's also starting to harmonize. It's providing testimony toward the Mars Uranus separation, which I think again, it feels feels to me like okay, there's some real diplomatic energy coming in, as soon as the Mars Uranus dynamic is over. But Mercury having such good dignity alone just points to especially if you look at the whole sign house of Virgo in your birth chart and just think, I've got some weeks here where things in that house just might be a little bit easier more effective. That will be looking different for everyone based on the birth chart, but it's nice to have a nice evening star; very well-dignified Mercury around cooler heads can prevail. When Mercury's there to sort of think through things and offer its, you know, its help and it's, it's constructive. Concern over everything. Those are some thoughts that come to my mind. What about you, Alex?
Alex Amorosi 16:53
Yeah, I think that I impeccable, is a word I often use for Virgo that it gives you like this impeccable sense in this analytical sense to take things that might have it seemed irrationally vault volatile at first in the month. Mercury and Virgo gives you the ability to look at something from a highly analytical, highly precise, organized lens to sort of take things like Wait Wait a second, let me just put these things in order in a way that will provide me a sense of growing stability for anything that I might be doing. You know, I think with Virgo just having a lot of Virgo in my chart, one thing you even though well dignified Mercury is watching out for getting obsessive or worried or for the sake of obsession or worry. But I think with Mercury's dignity since exultation is rulership, it's newly reborn Mercury, so just been reborn in the heart of the Sun coming out of Eveningstar. So I think it's a great, it's a great signature. I love Mercury's transits through Virgo. They're just, they're so calming in the sense of like, this is giving me time to get everything in order. This has given me time to like step back, take a break organized and then feel like I have a good platform of stability going forward.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 18:05
Yeah, yeah, that's a really great point. One of the things that I've been looking at is if we consider what's happening around August 20, which we'll get to later, but Mars is entering Gemini, which is Mercury sign. Mercury is at the moment in now in a constructive whole sign trine; trines over the nature of Jupiter, so it's starting to communicate through a whole sign trine to Mars, and by later in the month, then it has reception with Mars. It says though Mercury and Mars let's call it the analytical function and the executive function that those two are getting onto the same page about something and then when Mars enters Gemini it's as if boom then it's something's being implemented. So I almost think about this as a time of like strategically analyzing, breaking things apart starting to think about things that are going to be implemented later in the month when Mars then pops into Mark Mercury sign and Mercury is exalted in its own sign and they're now they're in a square together a Mars type of dynamic Which to me would suggest action that the two are like planning and then acting.
Alex Amorosi 19:20
Yeah, for sure. And that there's the ability to I think what is really good about Mars and Mercury together is not the only they're both separating principles they're both principles of being able to separate out okay organize over here the mercury principle but Mars sort of just being able to cut through things or pierce through things and to look you know, we still got a nice watery Venus in cancer you know, there's there's Neptune is retrograde in Pisces, it kind of cuts through some of the if there were any fog, or there was still any residuals from this sort of this like what might feel like an upheaval, it's like, okay, I can I can cut through that a little bit to see clear. Yeah, and I'm really excited for Mars's entrance. Since a Gemini long ingress, but I mean, stay there.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 20:03
Yeah, yeah. I think that's going to be super interesting, especially when you look I mean, when we get closer to the retrograde I'll be talking about some of the historical events under previous Mars Retrogrades in Gemini, they're fascinating. Yeah, a lot of big technological developments seem to happen. Anyway. We'll get to that in a second. All right, so August 7. This to me, if I'm building a story, I have some thoughts. I also have some thoughts about this transit on its own, but August 7, Venus will Trine Neptune. There it is, again. Did it again. Alright, let's see if I can.
Alex Amorosi 20:41
It's like a very RuPaul arrow.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 20:46
I don't know if I can change the color or not. I like it. I'm gonna keep it that way. That's great. So okay, so Venus trines Neptune. What you start us off with this one. What do you think about Venus in Cancer trining Neptune in Pisces?
Alex Amorosi 21:00
I wrote the holy compassion of care and love. Transcendence and nostalgia through beauty. I tend to find in the water signs, but particularly Cancer and Pisces, there's a sense of nostalgia that often comes up or thinking of things that were beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, that come from a sense of like, Wasn't that wonderful? Or wasn't that beautiful? That I think it's one of those aspects. I love Venus and Neptune together. It's one of those aspects that just brings a lot of grace, and a lot of softness and the loveliness of the water energy between two very sensitive, exquisitely sensitive and like sort of caring, compassionate signs. Um, one thing I noticed sometimes with Venus and Neptune, I've noticed and practices of being mindful of sometimes romancing disappointment, or romancing, like hope, eternal hopes, so to speak. And sometimes, I've seen this happen to like, what I call the exit decks comes out, like, you know, going back, like, wasn't that a beautiful relationship? Or wasn't that great? Text them like, you know, just kind of scrolling through. So like, you know, that may or may not be, you know, some something that comes up or is a good idea. But those are things that I think of with Venus and Neptune. But really like this idea of just sort of expanding into that Neptunian sense of more transcendent or universal sense of love out of Venus a sort of sense of I think Venus can feel very personal in a way like we're, I'm, I love my friends or I love my animals or I love my relationship or I love that but we're Neptune sort of expands you out to that more sense of like, open oneness and love, that sort of thing, right?
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 22:41
I love everyone. So Venus is also going to go off two days later. On August 9, Venus goes right ahead and opposes Pluto. To me, if I look, I feel like I have to look at these together as well. And I'm sure you're going to have some things to add to Venus Pluto, considering its tight sequence Venus Neptune, Venus Pluto. To me, there's a feeling of something happening around love relationships, family. Right and a sense of one's horizons or heart being expanded, one's perspective being opened somehow more vulnerable. It's something that's very personal, but suddenly it could become very transpersonal; it could become an experience that changes your life or your perception somehow. But then immediately it's like as a result there's purgation, or there's release or catharsis, or you have to face something almost immediately as a result are closely linked to it. Let me think of a good example; like let's say, for example, that you're in a relationship with someone and you have a very heart-changing experience; you know your heart or mind or change some of a personal experience that you have you realize right away as a result of it that there's some really there's some stuff in your personal relationship that you know, hey, look, my partner is not necessarily going to understand this or see eye to eye. I saw this all the time as a yoga studio owner; you've probably seen it two people take a yoga teacher training suddenly, their hearts open. But that brings up some butting of heads in their marriage or their partnership. So I could see whatever Venus and Neptune are opening as immediately creating like a test or something like that.
Alex Amorosi 24:51
Yeah, I agree. It is funny. You say that because every teacher training I've ever taught the second or third weekend, someone will ask the question like I'm really into this and I'm growing and so and so in my life, my partner, my husband might, wherever. And there's that tension immediately because there's a starting to shift in the way one sees the world. And I think Pluto often brings a feeling to have everything feeling kind of existential like there's, there's a, there's an intensity around like, this is the only thing we're the only way are there and becoming that sort of obsessiveness that can come from feeling like if I don't have this, I won't exist type of feeling. And there's a real intensity that comes from it. And if you can sit with it and notice it, it can bring up something that has needed to leave for a long time. Yeah, that's a real blessing of a Pluto transit. But I think one of the things I've noticed with Pluto with definitely with myself and a lot of Pluto transits and definitely with clients is there can be with Pluto Venus, like this sense of like existential love, like this is this is so intense, or it's so this, or it has to be this person or this thing. And whatever is generating that feeling is usually what needs to be seen. What is generating feelings, and what needs to be seen and brought to the surface. That's Pluto's big, big blessing that we're bringing up.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 26:12
Yeah, that's a great point. I love the way you put that. I also think about Venus trining Neptune as let's just say make an analogy and let's say that you go to a waterpark. Oh my god, this is paradise. It's summer. It's the waterpark, you know, it's, it's like a kid's dream to go and go to the, you know, go to Six Flags or something like that. And, you know, but when you drop off the waterslide into the pool, there's a big turd floating in it, you know, like, and so there's also like, what we desire, what we want, what we wish for, our fantasy, and then something that we might have to like, Hmm, is that healthy? Is that good for me? Venus, Neptune can be the delusion of going to the shopping mall and spending a ton of money on a dress you really like or a pair of shades that you think are going to, you know, make or break you; only to realize that you've gone over your budget and now you don't have you know, money to go out to dinner with your significant other or something like that. And all of a sudden, you're screwed. I'm not trying to make it too dark, but just the dreaminess of Venus Neptune followed by what could also be like, oh, there's a shadow to that with Pluto, something like that.
Alex Amorosi 27:33
Yeah, totally. Like, I've gone to the waterpark, and I have to be in that waterslide; that's it has to be only that one. It's just like, girl, do you really need to be, you know, like, I totally agree. Totally agree with that; to like the Venus Neptune is almost, to me, sometimes hyper-romantic, right? There can be that sense of that ultra romance, ultra beauty. And Pluto can intensify that to think like, oh, I don't again, don't want to get too dark. But there can be sort of a Gollum feeling with Venus Pluto. Like, this is my precious, this is my ring sort of feeling. Yes.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 28:12
We're staying out of Star Wars but Lord of the Rings.
Alex Amorosi 28:15
Anyway, so you know, I actually yeah, that's what I have to say about that. I think that it's I think it's a interesting transit and interesting lineup of the train.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 28:24
Yeah, well, the 11th is packed. Let's go forward to the 11th. Now on the 11th There's a bunch of things happening. One is that Venus will enter Leo, I have to mention it because that's my natal Venus placement. So started with Venus return for me. Whoo. But let's see here, the Sun. More importantly, the Sun will be squared to Uranus. At the same time that there is a full moon in Aquarius, and at the same time that Mars is sextiling Neptune. So that's a lot. Let's put it all in.
You can see Mars sextiling Neptune; you can see the Sun, finishing its square right here to Uranus. And the moon is starting to oppose the Sun, which is the full moon. So that's a lot especially given that the Sun is just pulling into an opposition with Saturn, which is going to perfect by the 14th. So the full moon is basically conjoined with Saturn. It is a very powerful time, like the middle of the month in August is potent. Given where everything's been in the month, you know, but for me, it becomes increasingly difficult to see the big picture like what is that? What does this mean? So the more aspects there are, the harder it is for my system to like compute. So I'll just say a few general things.
The first thing I would say is that this is a time where the revolutionary impulse of Mars Uranus that started this cycle off. And the exploration of desires and dreams, maybe with Venus and so forth, is going through some kind of gauntlet. Mars Sun and Uranus is very much like Mars and Uranus except for it's a little bit more tempered. It's like the revolution that a wise, stable leader is leading as opposed to, you know, Maverick in Top Gun with Mars, Uranus, who's taking off on his own. So you have the feeling of like, let me implement with this kind of solar stability, this revolutionary change with Uranus that's just been seated at the beginning of the month with Mars, Uranus. But you're getting a major kickback from the full moon with Saturn being like, No, you can't, you shouldn't, you shouldn't, or have you considered this? Or are you really seeing the big picture or, you know, so it's a revolutionary moment, but it's really being checked and challenged by Saturn, which is also foreshadowing the Uranus Saturn square that's coming back in the fall. So that's the best I can do with this series. One thing I like Mars sextile Neptune at the same time that energy strikes me as Mars Neptune in a sextile was very sacrificial. How can my will be aligned with something bigger than myself? We were talking about Venus Neptune as a compassion or a love that's larger than just the personal and the familiar might take us to the universal when the will is paired with Neptune; it gets a little bit more universal as well in Mars; it's very harmonious sextile. So the I think really redeeming factor about the intensity of this Full Moon time around August 11. Is that the will of Mars and Neptune are able to somehow see the bigger picture? And maybe there's something about that that helps us through the tension between Sun Uranus and Sun Saturn.
Alex Amorosi 31:55
Yeah, agreed, and I think that it actually very strikes me as somewhat similar to the Venus aspect to the other planets at the beginning of the month where it just like Neptune and Pisces get brings a little water to the situation, something that could feel like you are really like you are grinding up against a wall or if the drill hits bedrock or something like that. There's some way of softening through it. Probably by as you were saying Acyuta, you know, probably by with Neptune in that with Mars, like sacrificing or softening the drive or the sort of the horn of the bull that I always think of Mars you know, is like the fixed star and Taurus like the horn of the bull like that needs to drive through the wall and Neptune being like, hey, you know what, why don't we just like go, go get some tea and like, you know, just span. Think about a different way of approaching this because I think one of the things with Mars and Saturn here to square the Sun is that it can really feel like in fixed signs like they're just jamming up against each other, and neither one's willing to budge. Saturn is provided the wall, and Mars is just, you know, trying to trudge through the wall. So I love that, um, I think for sure, we're going to start getting a preview of what's coming up at the end of September and October when Uranus and Saturn come back for their final matchup. Yeah, you have Aquarius and Taurus. Which I'll be really excited to see what that is because I'm really excited for Saturn to move into Pisces.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 33:27
Yeah, yeah. Yeah, that's gonna be it'll be great to have Saturn out of its own signs and just to feel what it's almost just to feel what Saturn is like when it's not just on steroids, you know, it has been for a while now. But I think also of you know, the Mars Sun or the Sun Saturn dynamic as another critical moment for you know, I tell I talked about this all the time, but solar figures father's the karma around father's leaders, men, or anyone that holds that kind of like executive function or their CEO, an executive a leader of some kind. You could see authority and challenges to authority within ourselves, you know, around us as a real theme. And that fits with the iranian nature of the, you know, the beginning of the month too, so well moving on.
I feel like this next transit on the same day is also promising on the same day that, you know, the Sun and Saturn are opposing just after the full moon. Mars is hitting a trine to Pluto both in earth signs to me, given that, you know, Mars has gone through a square to Saturn Mars has conjoined Uranus earlier in the month. I don't know if we hit on the Mars square to Saturn or not, but it's kind of been mixed into everything. And we've said that there's this kind of tension between Uranus and Saturn throughout the month anyway, but Mars hitting the trine to Pluto again. This part of the month is interesting because pretty close after that, you're going to also see a Venus trine to Jupiter, which we'll get to in just a second, but it feels harmonious. So there's this big jam as there was at the beginning of the month with Mars, Uranus, and then right afterward, you have a few things that make it feel like the clouds part a little better that there's that Mars Pluto trines are very effective in terms of getting things done moving through obstacles facing challenges, but moving through them effectively removing obstacles, gaining support from people or finding resources to help you accomplish something. So I really like that energy hanging around right as Sun and Saturn are separating. It's almost like you know there's gonna be these ten spots, but then right afterward, the resources and the smoothness are there in the sky as well.
Alex Amorosi 36:03
And that you can really, you know, there's a lot of I don't know if I'd say ease is the right word between a Mars Pluto trine, but there's a sense of like, whatever it gets stirred up with that big mix around the new around the full moon whatever it might feel especially with Saturn in the next that it feels like it's just being kind of like held or that you can't there's that Mars Pluto you couldn't ask for better aspects of sort of be like okay, well this is we can go through this even if it's difficult we can move through it. Pluto, I find Pluto brings immense resources, you get the whole resource of the underworld at your disposal, and I think that that is a the trines are always really interesting because they have they can move through really intense stuff.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 36:45
Yeah. And then we have Venus coming into a trine with Jupiter on August 18. Just a few days later, Venus Jupiter trines that also here, here's the benefics there, they're always trying to lend support resources, good fortune, harmony, things that are enjoyable things that are supportive. And the two of them coming together in fire sign signs that are all about action about you to Mars ruled sign Jupiter and a Mars ruled sign. It feels to me again, like, Ah, this is there's something about this that is action oriented and supportive. And that coming in around some of the log jam of the full moon time and the Sun opposite Saturn just generally gives me the feeling like there's, there's, it's so cliche, but it's like, the obstacle, what is the what is the phrase? Necessity is the mother of invention. Yeah, that feels like this month, it's you know, Uranian month, Mars is about we're going about talking about Mars moving into Gemini, which is a very good transit for problem solving. So I feel like you know, this is a transit where there's the one thing to be watching out for would be almost like the you know, some kind of super demonstrative theatrical display of ego like, I'm going to just I'm, I'm so buff, I'm just gonna go to, you know, target in a loincloth or something like, you know, Venus, not me. Venus Trine, Venus Trine Jupiter could can give that almost like false sense of how great you are. So maybe there's a little bit of the bravado of Venus Jupiter in a fire sign. But you know, I think you also I think also from time to time, exaggeration is necessary. There's something about always walking the middle path in itself becomes extreme. And sometimes you just need to put the peacock tail up and strut your stuff. And that's, that's I think that's Venus. Jupiter is very good for that kind of thing.
Alex Amorosi 38:54
Yeah, this is funny. So just the peacock feather I was thinking of, there could be the bravado or display of ego but also like big displays of love like that. I kept thinking of that movie. I can't remember from the 80s where the guy shows up in the ER with a boombox over his head.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 39:08
Say anything? Yeah. Yeah, you
Alex Amorosi 39:11
That sort of thing like this impulsive, big, brash, you know, display, you know, and Leo the Venus and Leo of love or something like that. So it's an interesting sort of, I think it adds actually a little bit of sort of like, healthy drama and expansion to the month where it might feel otherwise a little bit like, erratic. I love this. I'm a fire sign too.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 39:34
Yeah, I like that one too. I think it's going to be really effective. Well, here to me is like one of the most exciting transits of the month, really of the year, which is going to last for a long time. So it's not like this is the day on which something all of something will happen. Mars is going to enter Gemini on August 20. Mars will stay in Gemini because it's going to retrograde right around Halloween. Into January, and then it moves forward again. So it's there from late August to about March. And that's, first of all, a really long period of time. So the first thing we could tell you is to look at the whole sign house of Gemini in your birth chart; there's going to be a lot of activity, change, learning, and focus on that area of life. But aside from that, again, I will go back to the fact for me that, you know, Mars, Mercury was trining, moving to trine Mars, and is now Mars is now disposed of by a very highly exalted Mercury is bright, getting heavy as an evening star. Feels like implementing something Mars is naturally inclined to start things it's doing and starting things on behalf of the mind, speech communication technology. I think it's really interesting that major developments in the internet happened the last time Mars was in the 90s when Mars was retrograde. In Gemini. There are often big leaps in technology associated with Mars Retrograde periods of Gemini. But, you know, when I look back at Mars, in Gemini, one of the things that I thought was really interesting was I started getting involved in reading competitions. When I was a little kid, they were called the MS readathons. And you had to see how much money you could get people to sponsor you to read a certain number of books within a certain amount of time. And it all went to supporting research and development of treatment for multiple sclerosis. And so, as a kid, that transit coincided with me getting into reading competitions. Isn't that funny?
Alex Amorosi 41:43
How couldn't you get a more perfect signature for that? Yeah, it's like processing information but competing to process information. It's just like, wow,
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 41:56
like how many encyclopedia Brown Books Can I read as quickly as I can read them? What else? I don't know motorcycle mouse. You know, it was like that. That was about that age.
Alex Amorosi 42:07
Nikola was my thing. That was my book. I remember at that time measure.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 42:12
Nikola, I can't remember it. Yes. The vampire bunny, right? Uh, yeah.
Yeah, that's classic. I can't wait to my daughter's old enough for me to read her or she can read Tales of a fourth grade. Nothing to remember that. Oh, I don't think he was Judy Blume. There was also like, I think Ramona Quimby, how to eat fried worms. Did you ever read that one?
Alex Amorosi 42:36
All the Ramona books? I remember reading all the Ramona books. Yeah.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 42:40
Well, at any rate, Mars is entering Gemini. Do you have anything else you want to add to this one?
Alex Amorosi 42:45
No, no, I think that was perfect. What you said is, people I've had in practice with Mars in Gemini tend to be extremely quick and good at sorting information, going through a lot of information and sorting it out very quickly, and sort of like making a decision this way or that way. There's sometimes getting caught between the two Castor and Pollux between the twins of Gemini; between should I do this? Should I do that, but I think it's gonna be incredibly, really big technological stuff is going to come out. Yeah.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 43:16
As far as in Gemini native, I can also confirm that, for example, my wife, she is pretty good. She's got Mars or Mercury in Aries, which is sort of similar Mercury and Mars ruled sign. And I have Mars and Mercury-ruled signs. She will be like, let me look this up. Type, type, and I'm like, Give me that. And then I'm like; it's right here. Just what's your problem? And she's like, not everyone's on speed. Like you'd God, you know, like, I'm like, and part of the reason I think that people are like, Jeez, you're, you make so much content on YouTube. People always tell me that, and I'm like, you know, to me, it's pretty speedy. Like, I'm able to do it, I think, fairly effectively. I attribute that to be like Mars and Gemini, that energy. Regardless, scientists talk myself up here. Mars in Gemini can also talk too much. So I'll just shut up. And we'll go on to Mercury opposite Neptune, August. This is interesting here, just as Mars enters Mercury's sign and says, Alright, let's do it. Let's do the most intelligent thing ever. Mercury's like, let's go. Let's take some LSD.
Alex Amorosi 44:35
On Netflix, which is on changed your mind about psychedelics, he does this whole thing on like, different types of psychedelics and the research around it, and that's exactly what I was thinking of. For this transit. It's um, you know, I think I actually like Neptune in a sense for Mercury in Virgo because Mercury is now getting to the tail end of Virgo, and you can get so into the weeds with Virgo in the analyzation Neptune is a little bit more like you know, Hey, man, you know Know what, it's all gonna be good. There's a little quality to it. I think that, you know, it can feel like what was at first very clear at the beginning of Mercury's ingress starts to become a little bit muddier, it's harder to think through it, or it feels I always feel Neptune's trans it's almost like sometimes I'm clarity gets like sucked out of you. It's just like, I can't even really process thought very well. But I think with Mercury is so well dignified, it actually might soften up some of the impeccableness that Virgo often needs to feel and let there feel like a sense of like, one thing I think I yeah, I wrote this down was like, Mercury in Virgo, I think sometimes needs to learn how to have faith in some area of life, like have faith that things work out like you can only work into something as much as you can with your rational mind. And then, eventually, you have to give it over to the bigger mind. You have to give it up something bigger. And I think that Neptune really helps in that regard.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 45:58
Yeah, yeah, absolutely. I think that I'm glad I was just reflecting on the fact that I'm giving a couple of talks at ISAR. This astrology conference is taking place in Colorado. And I'm glad it's the following weekend because I think it would be tough to give, like clear, like my tendency to go off into some tricky, you know, stream of consciousness. Thoughts about my subject would probably take over if Venus was opposite or Mercury's opposite Neptune that weekend, so that's good. I was just looking at him. I was like, looking at my calendar is like, wait, wait a second. Is that the weekend? Okay, good. It's next weekend. Yeah, I think the other thing that's interesting here is that Mercury can think it knows what's best. And Mars entering Gemini is like, Oh, we've had this plan, we're ready to go, right? And all of a sudden, Mercury hits Neptune. And it's like, yeah, but did you consider this other perspective that was, is some a little bit alien to the way that Mercury thinks or processes? Not to say that Mercury is just the analytical mind; Mercury, Hermes, was associated with philosophy and logos. And, you know, the whole study of astrology was really considered a hermetic science. So I don't think that Mercury is like anti-mysticism or something. But I would say that Mercury in Virgo, in an earth sign, tends to be, like you said, sort of impeccable and diligent and a little bit more earthy and practical. And I think that, at the very least, Neptune is going to be more impressionistic or imaginative in asking Mercury to incorporate some of that, which, I mean, let's, let's face it, there is, you know, the logos aren't as like a way of thinking isn't always good at incorporating that, for example, Many people criticize traditional astrologers for not incorporating enough of the archetypal mythic poetic dimension of astrology in the way that they teach astrology. So there, I think that Hermes mercury can be like, the most brilliant, sort of Pythagorean philosopher that sees the interlocking you know that the symmetry of the whole system of astrology, for example, but Neptune is like, Yeah, but can you sing beautifully, you know? Yeah, it's more sensual. It's Venus as an exultation in Pisces, you know?
Alex Amorosi 48:28
Yeah. Can you walk outside and look up at the sky and not have to put angles between all the planets and just appreciate it as a whole? That would be?
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 48:36
Yeah, it's interesting that right after this happens, Mercury will ingress into Libra. Venus sign. Almost as though there's some prompting of Venus to start Mercury to start thinking in a way that is Venusian. And then, of course, going into September, Mercury is going to turn retrograde in Libra. So, you know that that's interesting to consider that there's this kind of transition point that Mercury will move back into it. A trine with Mars, you know, going into September is going to be retrograde in Libra. And in a sense that it's like there is some kind of Venusian consideration that Mercury is going to be implementing with Mars. So that's something to, I guess, pay attention to. Let's go to August 27. One of my personal favorite aspects because it's one that I'm living through right now. Here we go. Here's August 27. When Venus in Leo will, you can just pass on the clock at this moment, but Venus in Leo will be moving through the square to Uranus and Taurus by August 27. It's that 19-degree mark that happens to be my natal degree. So I'm literally this is like a doubling up of. He's like a venous return for me at the same time. It's really interesting. And that will be the weekend at ISAR. So I'm hoping that bodes well and that I am not too rebellious in the way I deliver whatever talk I have, but I don't get into much trouble with whatever comes out of my mouth.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 50:20
Yeah. What do you think of Venus square Uranus?
Alex Amorosi 50:23
I love Venus squares. Honestly, I think I think it's one of those. I think that there's a lot of inventiveness and pasta, I mean, the square. Alright, let me temper this by saying it's a square. So you have to be mindful again of that sort of like revolutionary impulse just for the sake of revolution. But I think it's one of those aspects that help you see through the Venus topics of beauty and adornments and relationships and sensuality and eroticism in a different way, a way you may not have considered that liberates you in some way that liberates those aspects of your life. Uranus, in its best sense to me, is when it really does break you free of some sort of shackle you didn't even know is there some habit you didn't know is there. With the square, I think you just have to be mindful of taking Mars-like action so quick, willful, rebellious action, you know, to just for the sake of doing it or to prove a point in that way.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 51:19
Yeah. Yeah, I like Venus Uranus. To me, I've always compared to the first time that I watched the Rocky Horror Picture Show with a group of people who all knew the rituals around it when I was in graduate school, and I was like, embarrassed and scared. And then I was like, enjoying it. And then I was like; I was overcome by the reverie. It was like very Dionysian. It was like, getting you to know, just being taken out and forced to go into an experience that was sort of irreverent and provocative but ultimately fun. You know, like I and Venus Uranus can also be sometimes you'll see people like new technology and the beauty industry or you know, the sudden need for freedom and a relationship that leads to a breakup it could be so many different things.
Alex Amorosi 52:17
It's awesome; it's a really interesting aspect and especially now that all these planets are kind of going through Uranus, Saturn, Uranus, Saturn, Uranus, Saturn, and that sort of thing. That's really interesting.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 52:27
What do we think about the fact that we've got a new moon coming through at the same time? There it is again there. Let's just do it. Just do it.
Alex Amorosi 52:36
Don't try to dim your light.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 52:39
Let's just let the big arrow speak. Does it want to speak who can be heard? Venus Uranus, as we're saying, Venus Uranus? Well, here's a New Moon in Virgo square to Mars in Gemini. So you've got two Mercury-ruled signs there square to one another and tend to be more harmonious because they have like a likened girding with the cooperative rulership of Mercury. Mercury is in Venus in a Venus-ruled sign. I think that bodes well for this square. It's interesting, though, that this is happening at the same time that Venus is squaring Uranus; what do you make of the concurrent New Moon square Mars?
Alex Amorosi 53:22
The new moon square, I think it's a really good beginning to this. I like the beginning of the cycle. And I think that if I had to put Virgo and Gemini together just as archetypes, I would think of the ability to organize or pare down or sort of sort out information and sort of Gemini can sometimes I think I always think of like Gemini is like light quanta that are just kind of floating all over. There's a lot of light in Gemini that can feel like a lot of information that Virgo takes in and says, Guess what, we're going to have this filing cabinet and put A here and B here and C here. So I actually think it not only is a new moon that helps sort of initiate action and get things done, but it helps you sort of categorizing a vast amount of information. Yeah. Yeah, it's,
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 54:13
You know this is another little example of like a bit of a log jam because, on the 28th, this is the final transit of the month, Venus will oppose Saturn, and you can see that forming in the sky at the same time. Here is Venus in Leo's opposing Saturn, so we'll just move it forward about a day. I think it's interesting because here you've got a new moon with a square to Mars. Venus has gone through the square to Uranus, but now it's hitting the roadblock of Saturn. This is exactly what we saw at the full moon in August. It's like a repeat of that. But now with Venusian things. That's interesting to me that the need to To express the flair and personality of Venus and Leo is so demonstrative theatrical and more self-centered, and I don't necessarily mean that in an egotistical way. But the need to display one selfhood vividly and beautifully. And probably verbally or mentally with the new moon square Mars in Gemini. And then there's getting this check from Saturn, who either doesn't like it or is trying to tone it down if it's become too egotistical. And that seems to be like another; it's a reiteration of the Saturn Uranus Square that's starting to grow in intensity coming into the fall.
Alex Amorosi 55:39
Yeah, absolutely. I think Saturn is one of the best qualities of Saturn is in Buddhism will be called healthy doubt, which is just healthy skeptic because skepticism where you know, Venus is coming off of this, the square to Uranus and the trine to Jupiter and is in Leo. And now you've got the Sun. So Venus is hosted in Virgo a little bit more toned down at a sign you have Saturn coming and just being like, let's just double check that. Yeah, let's just double-check all of that thing you feel hopped up about; maybe great, but let's just double-check it out. On the other side of that, you might feel like something runs into a wall, or you might feel like, I think particularly with the Leo Aquarius axis, there can often be questions of like, like you said, like self-focus versus what is best for all the ideal for humanity, ideal for the community, the ideal for where, you know, the what is around me. And that might be something that comes up with this too is Saturn, so you know, retrograde but still empowered in its own sign.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 56:36
Yeah, yeah. There's a revisiting of old hurts potentially or old inhibitions. I guess you have Venus, and Leo is like, I'm going to express myself. But oh, wait, I've always been scared to do so. Or I'm overcoming some form of inhibition or, you know, something that's a little too self-centered in a negative way is getting some kind of healthy check. Well, these are our transits for the month of August; I think we did a pretty good job. Is there anything else you want to end with overall that you feel is worth saying about August?
Alex Amorosi 57:13
You know, no, it just begins on the rocket ship. And we'll see where it goes from there.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 57:18
Yeah, yeah, that's so true, man. I mean, it's, it's such a Wow, it's so powerful. And I'm like; it's in my first house. So I've been as a Taurus rising. I've been like; it's the weirdest thing. Whenever Mars goes through Taurus in my first house, I feel like a bull in a china shop. I feel like last night; I was teaching my daughter to play chess. And I found myself starting to get irate over the fact that she kept wanting to move a pawn in the incorrect way. I was like, No, that's not the way we do it. We go like this. And she's like, well, what if I just want to move at six spaces? And I was like, you know, and then instead of me just being like, Yeah, cuz you're kidding. Who cares? Do you know? Instead, I was like, that's not the way, But that's not how chess is played. And I started up. I was like, like, like a cheetah. You're starting to stress out about a stupid thing. But it was like the whole was a bull in me was like, it doesn't matter. It's, it's just like, Oh my god. So I feel like the Mars Uranus thing. I'm just buckling in. I'm like, God, I have to. I've just; I'm just hoping that I'm like, Look at my sunburned face. Like I. I'm just hoping that I don't have like steam coming out of my ears when that thing happens.
Alex Amorosi 58:25
Me too. I've been. I've been saying to my meditations in the morning, like, guide my thinking, because it's getting crazy real fast. Like, yeah, because it feels like it's like, you've gone from zero to 60. And you don't know how it happened. And just like that, I've had similar things, but it's in my 10th house. So I've been thinking of, like, I need to move to Alaska and like, start weaving or whatever.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 58:50
You're funny. Yeah. I mean, this is a great time to remind people that if you have stories that come up for you, we would love to hear them. So share them by using the hashtag grabbed or grabbed at nightlight astrology.com. The ancient name for the planets Indian astrologers gave them was Grahas, which means grabber. It also means to grasp and understand. And so we share our stories about the way in which the planets show up and see us so that we can understand and grow and learn and laugh. So thank you, Alex, for being here. Don't forget, if you want to follow Alex, get a reading from him. The best way to do so would be Instagram at alexamorosihealing. And if you want to check out his website, he's got yoga classes that he teaches and stuff like that. But for the astrology content Instagram is better, right?
Alex Amorosi 59:49
Yeah, for sure. It's easier to find right now. It's easier to contact me there too.
Acyuta-bhava Dasa 59:53
Yeah, sounds good. Well, thank you, everybody, so much for listening. Alex, thank you so much for being here, and we will see you guys. Have a great month of August, everyone.
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