Welcome to Pandora’s monthly astrology forecast. Here you’ll find news for the year, for the month and for dates this month when important changes are happening in our skies. You’ll also find words and videos explaining what they mean, how to handle them and how to know if they affect your chart specifically.
August 2022 In A Nutshell
August’s celestial weather will be full of internal conflicts and frustrating, frenetic energy. However, there is room to see a common theme between apparent opposites. In our video about the August Full Moon in Aquarius, “Crossroads of Change–Consolidate vs Innovate,” we will be dealing with the age-old conflict between traditional Saturn and revolutionary Uranus. Watch the video to discover a solution in Saturn’s ancient rulership of Aquarius. In “Perfectionism, With Scattered Actions,” we discuss the interruptive dynamic of the New Moon in Virgo squaring Mars in Gemini—so it’s a good thing these signs share a common ruler, Mercury. In “The Dreamer and Visionary,” we unpack Neptune in Pisces, and what that means for us now as well as for the generation being born now with it in their natal charts. Finally, in “Be the Beauty, Not the Beast,” we discuss the North Node in Libra, and what is pro-evolutionary for anyone born with this aspect in their charts.
Long-Term Shifts in 2022
This year promises to be blessedly low-drama, in stark contrast to the last 2 years. This is because in the last 2 years there have been dramatic aspects formed between outer planets that have brought up a lot of emotions and triggered much reactive behavior among humanity here on Earth. The worst of it was during 2020, when Saturn and Pluto formed a conjunction we called the “Pandemic Hot Degree.” During 2020 that hot degree was transited by Jupiter and also Mars with devastating effects, arousing a lot of fear among humans worldwide and impacting the responses of governments and populaces to covid. Some countries have had an easier time handling the pandemic than others, and if you’re still trying to make sense of or process the pandemic’s impact on your life, this playlist will help: The Astrology of Pandemic Year 2020
We Pandora astrologers thought at the time that things would be winding down as 2020 came to a close, but at this point, I believe the reason why the USA’s response was so poor has to do with our impending Pluto Return in the chart of the USA, which is a topic for a video we’ll make this year.
As 2021 came on, I did say that things would get smoother and easier, which in general they have. The reason for this is that the Pandemic Hot Degree expired in December of 2020 and in 2021 a new theme emerged, which was based in the square between Uranus and Saturn. It was the only aspect in the sky that contributed to the tone of the year and it was not at all triggered or intensified by Mars, Jupiter or any other planet. This has meant that the overarching themes of 2021 have been caught up in the battle between traditional and progressive, authoritarian vs democratic and centrist vs fringe. But these themes haven’t been saturated through and through with the level of fear and oppression we suffered under during 2020’s Saturn/Pluto conjunction.
In 2022, it gets better still because absolutely NONE of the outer planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto) form aspects to each other. Things should be calmer this year in general in much of the world. Except in the United States, where our nation’s Pluto Return hits its peak of precision this year–this will no doubt be rough. I’ll let you know our thoughts about it when the video is ready.
Is love coming your way in 2022? Due for a career break? Find out the details of the changes coming and their very specific timing– so you can prepare to turn the cosmic tides in your favor!
During 2022, Pluto is in Capricorn, Uranus is in Taurus, Neptune is in Pisces and Chiron is in Aries–exactly as they were in 2020 and 2021. This video explains what it means when a planet spends many years traveling through a sign (we call them “planetary eras”) and for these 4 planets, it still applies: Planetary Eras: Outer Planets In Signs In 2020. As of 2022, Saturn and Jupiter are no longer in Capricorn, so that part of the video no longer applies, but our videos about Saturn in Aquarius and Jupiter in Pisces and Jupiter in Aries will bring you current. This month, Juno begins her retrograde cycle, and you can see our video below about that too.
Neptune In Pisces, 2011-2026:
The Dreamer and Visionary
Neptune’s orbit is massive, spending about 14 years passing through a single sign: Neptune’s journey through Pisces began in 2011 and finishes in January of 2026. The sign that Neptune is in is less a transit and more an era, yielding a dream shared by a whole generation of people. Neptune is the artist, visionary, and rules our imaginative, compassionate, empathetic, spiritual and otherworldly instinct. Neptune is particularly strong in its own sign of Pisces, the last sign in zodiac. Neptune in glamorous (but also escapist) Pisces has seen a rise in streaming services, the mainstream acceptance of mind-altering substances, as well as increased openness to alternate modes of thought and spirituality such as astrology and tarot. The lower side of Pisces can spawn martyrdom, victimhood, and preciousness. Watch our video to learn more about Neptune in Pisces and the impact it will have on the generation born with this placement in their charts.
What is your destiny? Your natal North Node tells you. Here’s this month’s video in our ongoing series about the Nodes in the signs….
North Node in Libra:
Be the Beauty, Not the Beast
This is the seventh in Jamie and Julia’s series about the meaning of the Moon’s Nodes through the signs. If you have the South Node in Aries, you’ve got a past life familiarity and comfort with doing everything yourself without having to consult anyone else. You may be great at surviving things, but with that can come an ingrown coarseness or directness to your personality. A North Node in Libra, however, suggests that this life is about leaning into the beautiful, civilized and relational. You are here to conquer selfish and heedless impulses, and to instead relate, find harmony, be a partner, and be friendly, personable, kind, and fair. While the area of the North Node feels less relatable, strange, and unfamiliar, trying to incorporate its energy into your life opens doors and aligns you with your path. Watch our video to learn more about this placement and to take a look at the charts of famous Libra North Node natives Alex Haley and Michelangelo.
Mercury is moving forward and fast this month, but will start slowing down again near the end of the month in preparation for the next retrograde. Use the brilliant insights reaped during last month’s Greater Epiphany Day to fuel your projects, writings and communications. Mercury transitions from playful Leo into exacting Virgo on August 3rd. Mercury is exalted in analytical Virgo, making this a great time for any work that requires a detailed eye, heightened efficiency, and a pure sense of practice. Another way to take advantage of Virgo’s mental acuity is to reflect on this pastMercury Retrograde and how it played out for you.
The beginning ofLeo season came on July 22 and will continue until August 22. Throughout the month of Leo, the sun will shine bright and even if the weather cools down briefly for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, we can rest assured that the heat will return with a vengeance. Such is the nature of the Fixed sign of Leo: the Sun lights up the sky unrelentingly and persistently. We persist too—we tend the plants, we beat back the heat. Wish your Leo friends a happy birthday by inviting them along on fun adventures, or simply by lavishing them with your attention. Leo loves to feel seen, appreciated and adored, and that kind of consideration can be the best birthday present of all. Fixed Leo is generous and passionate—while the Sun is in this sign, use the energies as an opportunity to delve into your creativity. The medium doesn’t matter as much as the intentional cultivation of deep joy that artistry (of any kind) can evoke.
Virgo ushers us into the slow but steady transition between summer and fall. This year Virgo runs from August 22 through September 22. Virgo is the season of the first harvest, which is appropriate because analytical, detail-oriented Virgo is all about separating the wheat from the chaff, both literally and metaphorically. Virgo is the organizer, focusing on purging and cleansing, sifting through every detail. This late summer harvest-time begins to set a tone of hard work for the winter by reminding us that the sunlight is now waning. Ruled by Mercury, Virgo is a Mutable Earth sign and therefore adaptive and responsive to environmental changes (like seasonal ones). You can avail yourself of your own Mutable strengths during this time by shifting out of fast-paced summer routines and preparing to slow down.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.
Here is your monthly horoscope for August:
“Career as a Bumpy Ride”
Juno is traveling retrograde in Pisces in your 8th House until October, prompting deep reflection about your relationships and your spiritual value system. Uranus continues in your 10th house, bringing change and innovation to your career. When Uranus stations retrograde late this month, you may find yourself faced with a pivotal decision regarding your career. Venus starts the month in your 12th House, marking a time where you might enjoy isolating with your partner, being there for someone in need, or spending time by yourself in creative flow. When she moves into your 1st House, Venus will imbue your persona with beauty, ease and grace— use this time to your advantage! Watch our video to learn more about how Mars could further disrupt your career, what Mercury is up to, and about this month’s lunations.
August’s Horoscopes Have Arrived
If you want to know how the sky news of August 2022 affects your sign, check your horoscope here Be sure to check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign.
This Month’s Lunations
Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.
“Crossroads of Change– Consolidate vs Innovate”
Full Moon in 19º Aquarius on August 11, 2022
This Moon is all about the dilemma between Saturn— the conservative, the rule-bound, the traditional—and Uranus— the groundbreaking, the revolutionary, the avant-garde. Uranus on the North Node suggests that change is not only desired, but evolutionarily required. Interestingly, Saturn is the ancient ruler of Aquarius—an association that highlights his social qualities, and represents the building of something far beyond the individual scale—the higher expression of a group effort. The nodes in Taurus and Scorpio continue urging us to release toxic, controlling behavior, in favor of peace, stability, and harmony with our environment. Watch our video to learn what planetary support is available during this process. If you have a planet in your chart placed between 14º and 24º of a Fixed sign, you’ll feel this Moon.
“Perfectionism, With Scattered Actions”
New Moon in 4º Virgo on August 27, 2022
The New Moon is a time of rebirth, and in meticulous Virgo, she is driven forward by a process of constant improvement, criticism, correction, crafting. The precise square to Mars in Gemini, however, creates tension. Mars’ drive to channel his energy without interference is challenged in Gemini, whose detached curiosity, seeking of novelty and lack of prioritization interrupts Mars’ natural directness. Virgo and Gemini are both Mercury-ruled, making this an emotionally and energetically restless time. Gemini is the thinker and wordsmith, cerebral and theoretical. Virgo is the sign of the Artisan, desiring actualization and the hands-on beginning of many fine projects, but this impulse can be interrupted by an excess of possible ideas and avenues. Watch our video to learn how to reconcile these scattered energies. If you have a planet in your chart between 0º and 9º of a Mutable sign, you’ll feel this Moon.
Your Augusthoroscope video will tell you more about these Full and New Moons. When checking your horoscope, always check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. Your Rising sign’s horoscope will generally work better.
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