Mars is the planet of energy and drive, pushing us to take action and go for what we want, when we want it. We can take initiative with Mars, and feel excited about what's possible. We can feel pioneering and enthusiastic, and ready to take action. In love, Mars brings with it that same energy and drive, helping us to take chances in love and relationships.
Mars can help be a catalyst when you first meet someone under positive Mars aspects (conjunctions, sextiles, and trines) to the natal or progressed 5th or 7th house cusps or rulers, or natal Venus. You can feel more willing to take a chance, to take the first step, to take initiative, and you don't necessarily have to wait for them to act. You can make the first move with Mars. These aspects don't last very long though, so you've only got a few days to make your move. Transit Mars in the 5th house can bring extra desire for love and romance, and you can be more open to meeting someone new and exciting, or breathing fresh air into an existing romantic relationship; Mars in the 7th house can bring extra focus on commitment, and you may only be interested in something that can become serious quickly, and can become more committed or take the next step in an existing love relationship; and transit Mars in the 8th house can bring a strong desire for intimacy (or at least a strong sex drive!). Transit Mars is in a house for about 2-3 months, so you get a longer period to take advantage of Mars energy.
Hard Mars aspects (squares and oppositions) can bring out anger and irritation, and you can feel easily frustrated, so it's usually not the best time to try and work on love! Instead, it's better to keep yourself busy, especially physically. All hard Mars aspects require you to keep busy to use up the extra energy that the hard aspects stir up. If you don't, that's when lots of fighting can occur, and you can get in some hot water with someone! It can be good for sex though, since that can be a good outlet for the extra energy (though adds to frustration if you're single!).
When you have a Mars connection with someone in synastry, this can show you stir each other to take action. This most likely isn't a connection where you're meant to just kick back together! You can do lots of activities together, and have extra passion together. But you may also fight more with one another than with others, and get under each other's skin sometimes. If everything else is good, then this can be managed, and the fights can be brief and not create any lasting scars.
If you have really good Venus to go with Mars, this can create a super romantic connection between you. Venus and Mars go hand-in-hand, playing the astro tango together, and balance each other out nicely. In transit, Mars alone won't really give you a lasting connection though, so you do want to see some positive Saturn or Pluto in the mix as well. Otherwise, it may just be a passing fun time!
Don't forget to check out the articles on Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in love too!
The full moon for September comes on the 14th (12:33AM ET) in watery Pisces. Full moons tend to be pretty emotional, and water signs are the emotional signs. So when there's a full moon in a water sign, that can reeeally increase emotions! Pisces full moons can make us extra sensitive emotionally, and we need to be sweet and gentle with one another. Avoid mean words, or you might make someone cry! (even yourself!)
We can be super compassionate, and want to help others as much as possible. Pisces can be very sacrificing, so we may feel like we need to sacrifice something in order to help. That can create some boundary problems though, so we need to make sure we have healthy boundaries and aren't giving away *too* much.
Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, and full moons are tied to endings, so some sort of important ending may come with this full moon. Everything comes to an end at some point, and we may feel now is the time for something to end, to be let go of and moved on from.
Pisces rules the subconscious mind, so we may have an easier time tapping into our subconscious selves and understanding ourselves better. We can focus on issues from the past and work to move on. And intuition can be much stronger, so we can listen to the subtle energies all around us for guidance.
The full moon is sextile (positive aspect, 2 signs away) Pluto in Capricorn, so we can share, be intimate, and make use of passionate energy. The full moon is widely (about 4 degrees) conjunct (aligned with) ruler Neptune in Pisces, which can amplify the Pisces impact, and perhaps reveal something hidden, or make us more vulnerable.
This full moon occurs at 21 degrees 5 minutes Pisces. The major aspects made to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Pisces
Sextile: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Opposition: 19 degrees 5 minutes - 23 degrees 5 minutes Virgo
September's new moon comes toward the end on the 28th (2:27PM ET) in air sign Libra. This comes with the Sun, Mercury, and Venus in Libra, so we can be extra Libra-y! This can help us to focus on the people in our lives, our relationships, and our commitments. We can think more of others, and give more attention to others than ourselves (with the full moon too, so we're really about others!).
We may want more time with others, and can be open to meeting new people, entering into new partnerships, and negotiating, and mediating. We can find more opportunities through others, and we can be supportive of others when they're presented with opportunities.
Libra rules balance, so we may focus on the areas of life we haven't had as much time for lately, and work to restore some balance in our lives. As we feel more balanced, we can become more decisive and confident, so it helps in many ways.
We can be more compromising and diplomatic to keep the peace and get everyone on the same page. We don't want too much strife and arguing. Let's just all work together and everyone gets a small win. Play fair!
The new moon occurs at 5 degrees 20 minutes Libra. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Libra
Sextile: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Leo or Sagittarius
Square: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Cancer or Capricorn
Trine: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Gemini or Aquarius
Opposition: 3 degrees 20 minutes - 7 degrees 20 minutes Aries
Pluto is the planet of passion, power and control, and has depth and intensity. This can go to extremes, and can become obsession, rage, and make it difficult to see the forest from the trees. When Pluto is healthy, we're passionate, focused on our purpose, and have strong wills to get through anything. In love, Pluto brings the intensity and passion, the depth and power, but also sometimes the unhealthy obsession and rage.
Pluto can help you to come together with someone in a strong, intense connection under positive Pluto aspects (sextiles and trines) to the natal or progressed 5th or 7th house cusps or rulers, or natal Venus, and this can be handled with greater ease. Intimacy can feel easier, and you can explore new depths together. You can take the connection seriously, and feel more devoted. Transit Pluto in the 5th house can make you take love more seriously, and you won't settle for anything superficial; transit Pluto in the 7th house can make you take commitment more seriously, and you can give your all in relationships; and transit Pluto in the 8th house brings Pluto home, helping you feel more intimate and open.
Hard Pluto aspects (conjunctions, squares, and oppositions) can bring out obsessive energy, and you can become quite enthralled with someone, or attract someone enthralled with you. This can bring out intense connections, and sometimes this is very unhealthy or even dangerous. Pluto is the stalker, the jealous ex, the abusive spouse when not manifesting properly. It can be difficult to let go, and you can latch on irrationally to someone that you shouldn't, or experience someone latching on to you that you want to get away from but can't. At its core, Pluto is the planet of transformation, and this is most apparent under hard aspects. This becomes crucial for you to navigate the difficult energy. A major transformation in your approach to love, sex, dating, and commitment, to what you give and take in your connections with others, to how and what you share, may need to be undertaken. Any love and relationship issues need to be addressed, especially the heavier stuff relating to abuse and neglect. Pluto wants you to emerge from the cocoon a beautiful butterfly, but it'll be a jarring process in the meantime!
When you have a Pluto connection with someone in synastry, this can create a very intense connection between you. You can be quite passionate with one another, but this can also mean that you're more aggressive, fight over power and control, and bring out some of the darker sides of one another. The intense connection can help with commitment, but it needs to be healthy, otherwise it can turn toward the bad quickly.
To counter the intensity of Pluto, you usually need some positive Jupiter in the mix. Jupiter is optimistic, light, happy, and this can help to balance some of the intensity and seriousness of Pluto. Having positive Jupiter transits with Pluto can be a great indicator of a solid relationship that can stick around for a while, and not get sucked into the hard stuff. But without Jupiter, Pluto can be very tricky to manage, especially hard Pluto. When that's the case, you may want to hide on an island!
Make sure to check out the articles about Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune in love too!
Jupiter is the planet of expansion, opportunity, and fun. Jupiter doesn't want to take too much too seriously, and wants to get out and explore, experience life, and open up to the world. Jupiter wants to goof off and be playful. In love, this means Jupiter is the planet that helps us be romantic, find new people to date, and have fun flings. With Jupiter, love is fun and light and not too scary or serious. That's the job of other planets. Jupiter's job is to help us enjoy each other.
Meeting someone and dating someone new and exciting can come with Jupiter aspects (conjunctions, sextiles, and trines) to the natal or progressed 5th or 7th house cusps or rulers, or natal Venus. When transit Jupiter is touring the natal 5th house of love, this is often a period where you can meet lots of potential love interests and be more open to love; when transit Jupiter is touring the 7th house of relationships, this is often a period where you can be lighter about commitment, more open to it, but desire some space within it; and when transit Jupiter is touring the 8th house of intimacy, this is often a period where you're more open to intimacy (and sex!). But note that Jupiter is the planet of expansion, so if you're having problems in love (5th house), relationships (7th house), or intimacy (8th house), Jupiter touring these houses can make them worse!
Hard Jupiter transits (squares and oppositions) can make it so you don't really want any strings attached since Jupiter loves freedom, or can make it so you're lazy about any new connections and don't pursue them, or lazy about issues in existing relationships and don't work on them. Jupiter needs a push under the hard transits, otherwise things can get stale and nothing moves.
When you have a Jupiter connection with someone in synastry, this is one of the best indicators of compatibility. We often get along very well with the people who are of the same sign as our natal Jupiter, and it can generate a genuine like between you. It's not usually unrealistic, rose-colored glasses kind of like (like Neptune); we usually see the flaws in one another, but don't mind them so much. We still like ya anyway!
Jupiter isn't really terrible in love astrology at all, BUT without other planets to ground the energy, it can cause new relationships to be fleeting flings. Saturn is usually needed to counter Jupiter since Saturn is super committed and grounding. Pluto can also be of help since Pluto is also a serious planet, and wants strong connections. Having positive Jupiter transits combined with Saturn and/or Pluto can be one of the best indicators of a new relationship that will last or of advancing an existing relationship. But without Saturn or Pluto? Enjoy the ride - it probably won't last!
P.S. Check out the articles on Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto in love!
Saturn is the planet of responsibility, maturity, and reality. Saturn is not fun and play, romance and romps in the hay. Saturn takes everything seriously, especially commitment. Saturn is the late bloomer, so it may not commit early in life. But once Saturn commits, Saturn is in it for life, and does not take that responsibility lightly. In love, this means Saturn is one of the planets that can show taking the next step and committing to someone.
Deciding to commit to someone often comes under a positive Saturn transit (sextiles and trines) to the natal or progressed 5th or 7th house cusps or rulers or natal Venus. When transit Saturn is touring the natal 5th house of love, 7th house of relationships, or 8th house of intimacy, this is often a period when people decide to get really serious about their relationships. No more just goofing off and no strings attached. It's time to settle down and bring some stability to your love life. Hard Saturn transits (squares and oppositions) can actually show periods that are really hard on your relationships, and you may question your loyalty (or theirs), and feel restricted, stifled, suffocating in relationships that aren't really good for you. When that's the case, you have to either work on the problems to make it better, or walk away. Saturn conjunctions can make it imperative for you to abide by Saturn and act completely responsibly in relationships, fully committed, and with healthy connections. Lacking that, your relationships can act to hold you back, and make you feel overwhelmed.
When you have a Saturn connection with someone in synastry, this can be tricky. On the one hand, this can show that you take the relationship seriously and can commit more easily to one another. On the other hand, it can show that this connection has a tendency to make you feel overwhelmed, insecure, or limited. The latter tends to be less of an issue if you're both in a good place in your lives, know who you are, and come together as complete individuals. Without that, this connection can be extremely difficult.
To counter Saturn, you usually need to focus on a little bit of Jupiter. Saturn restricts while Jupiter expands, and Jupiter helps bring some lightness, some brevity, some air that's often needed with Saturn. Having strong Jupiter in your natal chart can help you to avoid being overcome by the weight of Saturn; having positive Jupiter transits while undergoing hard Saturn transits can help as well (but hard Jupiter transits or conjunctions can make it worse!); and having a strong Jupiter (or Venus) in the composite chart can help you both to focus on more of the positives. If there’s no Jupiter energy? This might be a relationship that crushes you!
You might also want to check out Mars in love, Jupiter in love, Uranus in love, Neptune in love, and Pluto in love!
We'll have a full moon on August 15th (8:29AM ET) in air sign Aquarius, and this full moon may have us focused on the future and what we hope for. We may think more about ways we can do things differently, or see the results of changes we've already made. We may be more concerned with how what we do impacts the world at large, and can feel more charitable.
We may want to come together with those who share our views, but also to focus on a cause. We can work to look at emotional situations more objectively, without being taken in by the emotions of it, though we may need to make sure we're not being too clinical or cold. Some emotion is good.
The full moon is opposite transit (moving) Venus in Leo, so when we are upset, we may get extra indulgent, extra stubborn, and extra stuck. We need to make sure we don't dig in our heels and end up putting ourselves in a bad position. And exercise a little moderation!
The full moon occurs at 22 degrees 24 minutes Aquarius. The major aspects made to this full moon are:
Conjunction: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Aquarius
Sextile: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Aries or Sagittarius
Square: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Taurus or Scorpio
Trine: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Gemini or Libra
Opposition: 20 degrees 24 minutes - 26 degrees 24 minutes Leo
August's new moon comes on the 30th (6:37AM ET) in earthy Virgo. Virgo likes to get things done, get organized, and get practical, and that's energy we'll likely need desperately after this midyear wonkiness! So we can focus on trying to make lists, bring in some structure and order, and tend to the little tasks and chores that have piled up. We can be more hard-working, focused, and detailed.
It's likely that a lot has piled up over the last few months (thanks Mercury retrograde!), and we've got a lot to do. We can tend to daily life, to our schedules and routines, and try to get things moving forward st a steady pace. Onward!
This new moon is conjunct (aligned with) Mars in Virgo, and trine (positive aspect, 4 signs away) Uranus in Taurus. This brings great energy and drive to get things done and start new projects and plans, and we can work on doing things in new ways and feel independent. This new moon wants things to happen!
This new moon occurs at 6 degrees 46 minutes Virgo. The major aspects to this new moon are:
Conjunction: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 4 degrees 46 minutes - 8 degrees 46 minutes Pisces
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August 2019 New & Full Moons
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Jupiter in Sagittarius: November 2018 - December 2019
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