The Moon transits from Aries through the personal signs through to Cancer this week. The Moon is shows our way of engaging with the community around us. While all the planets in a chart have significance, the Moon and the personal signs stand out for issues concerning personal welfare. The planets in Virgo, Mercury, Mars and the Sun, are in opposition aspects to Neptune retro in Pisces this week. There is a sense that we are being pulled into an abyss. The evacuation from Afghanistan pulls the US reputation and that of the Biden administration to deeper levels of uncertainty. The surge of the virus Covid-19 could further impact the economy and personal psychological health. The health of people with planets in Pisces in their natal charts could be negatively impacted. Consciousness raising techniques are useful now.
Summary of major aspects of the week
Wednesday August 25th — The Moon in Aries often opens a new chapter in affairs, a new beginning and a shift in awareness. Mercury in Virgo makes a trine aspect to Pluto retro in Capricorn, while the opposition aspect to Neptune in Pisces continues, as awareness of a changed power structure permeates the atmosphere. The status of the US is in question, with a unilateral withdrawal from the conflict in Afghanistan and the Taliban taking control of that nation, wielding its image worldwide. Not until October 12 will Pluto turn direct, retracing territory covered this year. The Moon in Aries makes an opposition aspect to Venus in Libra by mid-day, US time zones, overnight in the eastern hemisphere, and then makes a conjunction aspect with Chiron n Aries. Caring for others is highlighted by Venus, challenged by events, applying consciousness raising techniques could be effective.
Thursday August 26th — The Moon in Aries makes a square aspect with Pluto in Capricorn today, an indication of open conflict with powerful overwhelming or unconscious forces. Individuals now feel overwhelmed, and ready to strike out at perceived enemies. Venus in Libra makes the opposition aspect to Chrion in Aries, challenging personal convictions. The Moon in a sextile aspect to Jupiter retro in Aquarius indicates that group actions are taken by those with shared ideals. The Moon ingress to Taurus early morning in the eastern hemisphere, overnight in the American continents.
Friday August 27th — The Moon in Taurus is trine aspect to the Sun in Virgo (earth signs) with a more practical approach to problem solving. Mercury in Virgo is now in a quincunx aspect to Jupiter retro in Aquarius, while Venus in Libra is quincunx aspect to Uranus in Taurus. Creative thinking is needed at this juncture. The same policies and solutions no longer work. A community of interests, sharing ideas can bring about innovative solutions. The Moon makes a square aspect to Saturn retro in Aquarius, as personal welfare may conflict with structure of welfare institutions.
Saturday August 28th — As the Moon conjunction aspect with Uranus and quincunx to Venus in Libra, occurring at 5:30 AM in the US EDT, however at 2:15 pm the Moon is partile the conjunction aspect with Uranus. However, the influence of the conjunction could extend for two or three hours before or after this time. It indicates a general upheaval (ongoing), possibly a change of direction as a deadline for withdrawal of US citizens and allies nears. Venus in a quincunx aspect in Libra could indicate an appeal through diplomacy. It could indicate humanitarian aid for children with the 5th House placement. A resurgence of diplomatic efforts may fail, or possibly there is a chance for success in turning the tide, reversing stance of insurgents, although false claims might also play a role here. The Moon makes a trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn and a square aspect to Jupiter retro in Aquarius late in the day or morning hours on the 29th in the eastern hemisphere. This could be a capitulation to controlling powers, rejecting humanitarian concerns.
Sunday August 29th — The Moon in Taurus is in a trine aspect to Mercury at 29 deg Virgo, before ingress to Gemini. The critical anaretic deg of Virgo, a mutable earth sign and the Moon in the fixed earth sign of Taurus may force agreement, as Mercury ingress to Libra, where balance is desired. Balancing accounts may now be crucial to personal economy. The Moon in Gemini thrives on changing attitudes. The Moon reaches the 3rd quarter phase on at 7:14 UT on Monday, or 3:14 EDT. A crisis in action has occurred. Now for the preparations to dissolve and re-create the new cycle.
Monday August 30th — In the 3rd quarter Moon chart for Kabul Afghanistan, the Moon in Gemini is conjunct Ceres and Rahu (north lunar node) before dawn in the American continents, the time in Kabul is about 10 in the morning. Evacuating children and youth is a major concern. The future of the nation, of the middle-east even, could rest on actions taken today. Mercury ingress to Libra while the Moon in Gemini is trine aspect to Saturn in Aquarius indicates serious and lengthy negotiations. The Taliban, as a quasi-terrorist organization, was given some legitimacy in 2018 when signing agreement for a gradual withdrawal of US troops. Language and the importance attached to abiding by commitments that may be interpreted differently by the local culture presents obstacles to reaching a satisfactory agreement. The Sun is in a quincunx aspect to Saturn, creating a system of relationship. The Sun-Moon square aspect adds pressure to the negotiations. Mars in Virgo is doubly approaching the opposition aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Showing difficulty in getting a firm agreement understood. (Note: Except for the conjunction aspects, I do not read the nodes Rahu and Ketu as having significance by aspect).
Tuesday August 31st — By afternoon in Kabul, the Moon in Gemini is the focal point of a T-square configuration, square aspects to Mars and Neptune, the opposition drawing closer. With the implementation of agreed actions, each side assumes flexibility within the understanding. The goal to extract eligible citizens and personnel from being pulled into the abyss increases the frantic nature of the search and rescue operation in Haiti as well as the hope to extend the deadline from getting all citizens out of Afghanistan.
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August 24, 2021
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