Thursday, August 20

Transits Effective August 22, 2015 (GMT August 23, 2015)

Mercury conjunct Pluto at 0°25 arcseconds*

Possessing a strong opinion, you may be compelled to speak-and forced to listen. Communicating your thoughts and feelings in whatever way is appropriate can provide a needed release. This often is an intense day for mental activity. With concerted effort, you can diminish the power of certain thoughts over you while increasing your power to think for yourself. Personal issues benefit from probing self-analysis and fearlessness of what you will uncover.

Mars conjunct Ascendant at 0°27 arcseconds

Your personal interactions will be highly charged during this time and you’re extremely direct and intense in your approach to other people. If you’re involved in work that demands your full attention you can focus this great passion into your project, but otherwise, you’ll be easily distracted by personal difficulties with other people. You have to watch being more defensive and sensitive to their opinions but if the situation calls for battle, you’re more than ready. You’re very competitive and have a need to win, be first and be the best in whatever you’re doing, but should avoid knocking other people over on your way to the finish line. Actually, physical work or competitive activities may be the best outlet for this energy, as you’ll be too tired to fight with other people. Be more careful of accidents and injuries during this time, as your body is moving very fast and your reactions are more impulsive.

Mars square Saturn at 0°29 arcseconds

Issues surface with those in authority, with parents, or as a parent. You are effective dealing with important matters when driven by a reasonable goal. Because immediate problems tend to hold your attention now, the big picture recedes into the background. Past obligations get reenergized, and greater responsibilities can press upon you-though you would like to dispense with them quickly. When moving too rapidly, you likely encounter obstacles. Take one step at a time to accomplish specific objectives.

Sun trine Midheaven at 0°34 arcseconds

You’re confident when dealing with authority figures today, and your ideas are compatible with their goals. You’ll find it easier to be noticed or recognized by those in power and encourage support for your projects or your own advancement. Creative or artistic endeavors will have a positive impact on the public and you can gain more respect from your peers. This is a good day to put your best foot forward and make a good impression in the business world.

Moon trine Mercury at 0°42 arcseconds

You attract the right information now, and you communicate with a clear idea of what is needed. Conversing with others or reading a good book makes time unwind. Short trips provide a learning experience-you connect well with all that is around you. You tend to listen sympathetically to those who seek a friend, and others are more receptive to what you have to offer.

Neptune sextile Saturn at 0°46 arcseconds

Opening whatever is closed is possible now as circumstances promote a more relaxed attitude to those areas that are unyielding. If you like to maintain a firm grip on certain aspects of your life, you can ease up a bit now and probably accomplish more. Wherever you exercise your authority, you likely are more effective during this cycle when you are less concerned with the literal facts and more attentive to the implied intent. Those whom you answer to are often more receptive at this time and may be willing to overlook missteps while allowing you greater latitude.

Being easier on yourself and others can actually bring you closer to your goals. Learning how to stay focused while not becoming locked in on a target can allow you to recognize possibilities that you otherwise might miss when your vision is narrow. Although the objectives that you seek should drive you now, you likely are more aware of their subtleties, and small adjustments that you implement now can have a large and helpful impact. By appreciating other sides to an issue or other ways to accomplish the same task, you likely access answers that before you might not have considered, and problems that seem intractable and are stuck can loosen.

Sometimes this cycle has a positive mental impact where you are able to reason with imagination. Greater pliability in your thinking can permit you to structure more openly, and you may recognize the value of incorporating creativity into any decision. Letting go of concerns rather than holding onto them can dissipate repetitive thought patterns that typically are negative. Although you can get things done during this period, you generally are more productive when you take time out for rest and contemplation. Disengaging from the strain of work not only offers relief, but it also can give you pause to realize how to function more efficiently.

This period may have little noticeable impact since it involves an influence that is difficult to detect. Responsibilities, however, may lose some of their weight now without any effort on your part. An attitude of acceptance can emerge that dissolves burdensome obligations while imperceptibly shifting your priorities. Whatever is out of place tends to find its right position more readily now when you don?t force it. If you sense that you are off course in any way, you may become more attuned to the right direction. All that may be required is one small step to get you back on track.

*Note: An arcsecond = 13,600 of 1°

Moon conjunct Sun 0°15s

Your personal New Moon is a time of new beginnings. Your needs are aligned with your wants right now, and it's an opportune time to make a few resolutions. Things seem to play in your style, so you don't have to stress or strain. The inner harmony you experience now is reflected in your outer experience and contributes to your personal success. You could experience some change or undergo inner changes that stimulate a new undertaking, relationship, or attitude change. You act with more confidence than usual. Without even trying, you are likely to draw attention to yourself or to receive support. This is an ideal time to establish inner peace and balance.

Mars conjunct Ascendant 0°15s

You have just emerged from a period in which you were less forthright or in which you were considering new plans but not quite ready to take action. Now, you are ready to go forward, push personal plans, or go after what you want. You are more direct, courageous, and initiating. If you are too hasty, this can be a time of a minor accident or some other slip-up. You are fired up, energetic, and in need of physical or competitive outlets.

Sun square Neptune 0°38s

This may be a discouraging day when things don't quite seem to go your way, or when you feel a bit drained. Take a break and don't start any serious new project today. Minor disappointments or just plain fatigue might hit you like a ton of bricks today. Lay low for more energizing times to come. Don't ask for anything, such as help, as it is unlikely to be forthcoming. Instead, find time to help someone. It could lift your spirits, and you won't fall into the easy tendency to feel sorry for yourself that this aspect often brings. Concentrating on artistic or spiritual pursuits is better than focusing on things that require straightforward, factual thinking today. It can be difficult knowing where or how to direct your willpower under this influence. It's also a challenge knowing where you stand with others. Avoid such things as scheduling surgery, important appointments, job interviews, or launches of new projects at this time.

Sun square Sun 0°39s

You might find you have to push a little harder during this transit than you normally would. Obstacles in your path tend to arrive now, although you are capable of turning them into positive energy. Challenges you face now are actually quite revealing if you look at them as learning experiences.

Mars square Saturn 0°48a

This is a time in which you are especially sensitive to the limitations or blocks in your path, which can point to frustration or stress. You may be especially impatient with protocol, red tape, traditional methods, superiors, and rules that seem oppressive. The trick is to realize that pushing matters right now simply won't do you any good. Try to think about the long term instead of pushing for immediate results.

Mercury sextile Mercury 0°59s

This is a time when you are bound to discover information that you need at just the right time. It's a strong period for objective observation and discussion.

Neptune sextile Saturn 0°49a

The problems and responsibilities of life may be seen in a new light, as part of a larger drama you are living (almost like a dream). You are able to handle difficulties more easily, seeing them as part of a larger story.