Astro-Weather: Monthly overview—August 2010

By Guy Spiro

August continues the trends from July. There will continue to be noise about the big, bad T-square, discussed and disposed of last month.

Things will be very intense, and at times seem to be going badly. At those times, taking a big-picture approach will be helpful as, once again, things really are rapidly moving back to the prevailing direction toward greater liberality and enlightenment.

Don’t let seeming counter indications affect you too much, as they will be fleeting and prove in the end to be blessings in disguise.

As noted last month, all five outer planets are now interacting, some in so-called negative configuration, while other more positive energies counteract and ensure the right outcome. For the last few days of July and the first few of August, even inner planet Mars gets into the act, conjunct Saturn, and seems once again to energize conservatism. This is also a period when bad things are more likely to happen, but this will all be short-lived and illusory.

Any seeming success by mischief-makers of any variety will be counterproductive, and only push populations away from their positions. Positive change continues.

As the month progresses, the final exact Saturn square Pluto for this go-around will form and begin to separate. This energy, if seen as isolated from the larger complex, can be viewed as dark, dangerous and supporting plutocratic conservatism. But it cannot be seen as separate from the other outer planets at this time, and the positive Jupiter-Uranus-Neptune part of the complex actually grows stronger.

It is also instructive, as I noted in January, that a look back at the last Saturn square Pluto in 1974 reveals that Watergate—resulting in President Richard M. Nixon’s resignation—was in full swing and the U.S. was leaving Vietnam in less-than-dignified form. Through this period, the abuses and offenses of the last administration, and movement conservatism itself, will continue to be exposed, pushing the middle of U.S. society further into the emerging ascendancy of liberality. By now, I would hope, liberality will have gained the confidence to firmly seize the reins of power and get some things done.

On more personal levels, this will be an unusual and high-energy month. The first 10 days are a roller coaster of relationship, social and other kinds of energy that run to the extremes, both positive and cautionary. This period runs right up to and a bit beyond the new moon on the ninth, and you’ll sow seeds that will bear fruit, sweet or bitter, through a very intense and longer-than-usual full-moon period. Read ahead, and plan for dealing with all of this.

Be aware of some very cautionary and dangerous energy on the third and fourth, and it will be a good idea to extend your vigilance a day or two on either side. As if all of this isn’t enough, Mercury turns retrograde on the 20th, and backs up in our sky until Sept. 12. See the retrograde pages at the beginning of the book (Guy Spiro’s Astro-Weather book, visit for details) for more about these periods.

The only long daytime Moon void of course period is on the 11th well into the 12th. Work around a few half-day voids, and the others are all short.

The moon is said to be void of course between the time it makes its last major aspect in a sign and its entry into the next sign. During these times, plans that are made, ideas that are had, projects that are started and major purchases almost always fall through or go wrong. This energy can be overcome, but it takes two or three times the normal amount of effort, and most people most of the time will not put out that much. Please watch these times and verify this for yourself.

Guy Spiro, editor of the Monthly Aspectarian magazine and Astro-Weather (, has been a professional astrologer, astrology teacher and Tarot reader for 30 years. Visit for more information.

From the July 28-Aug. 3, 2010, issue

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