Astrology August 2018 and Healing Newsletter

Astrology August 2018 and Healing Magazine

MAGGIE BEST JUNE 16Upping your Game – how to play like a champion – Sports Success Healing from Maggie Pashley: 

It takes great discipline and many hours of training and practice to become an excellent sportsperson so that’s why it can be soul-destroying to know you have all the abilities but fail to deliver on the day. Why is that?

  1. Nerves and anxiety. On the big day, there is more at stake. There may be the chance of promotion or relegation, cups, prize money, fame and fortune as well as the thrill of being on top of that leader board. For many that can increase anxiety and stress
  2. Internal dialogue which reminds you of the last time you missed a shot, past humiliations, expectations of losing, conclusions you’ve made about yourself ‘I’ve got a weak backhand/I miss goals when it really counts’ and so on. It may be other people’s discouraging remarks that you’ve absorbed and come to belief.
  3. Fear of standing out, fear of the pressure of future expectations of you to consistently win, fear of jealousy and attack (the tall poppy syndrome), or of losing friendships
  4. Maybe needing to embrace a different side of yourself, a side you don’t naturally use such as perseverance, stamina, a more aggressive streak if it’s a competitive tough sport, or conversely be a team-player if it’s a team sport, the ability to keep going despite knockbacks and so on

These are just a few reasons and there can be many other underlying reasons why it can feel unsafe, impossible or just plain wrong to excel at something you, at least at a conscious level want to achieve. Of course you may not be at all interested in competitive sport. You may simply wish to enjoy doing some activity and wish to get better at it to increase that enjoyment and feel frustrated that you can’t make any progress.

So let me give you some tips:

Tap out your blocks

Close your eyes and imagine yourself playing that sport or doing that activity. Start from the time you go about getting ready for that playing, packing your kit, travelling to the match or sports centre, getting changed and so on until you feel any particular anxiety or negativity.

Stop at that point and tune into your body. Is there butterflies in your stomach, racing heart, tightness or restriction, a negative voice nagging you that you are a loser, do you get a flash of your last defeat. Note that and give the intensity it creates for you a number between 0-10 – your personal score of discomfort. Describe it in some way eg fluttering in my chest. Or you may have a memory or image come to mind – the last time you lost a race and felt dejected or somebody’s harsh words or jeering in your head.

Tap on the side of your hand with the fingers of the other hand and say ‘Even though… and then your description of your particular discomfort eg Even though I have this fluttering in my chest I accept myself/I’m still a great tennis player/golfer etc (whatever feels good for you). Then take a reminder phrase eg fluttering in my chest as you tap lightly on the following points: top of the head, edge of the eyebrow, side of the eye, under the eye, upper lip, lower lip, collarbone and under your arm (4 inches from your armpit). Then check back in to your body. Has that feeling changed? It may have lessened, it may have changed in some way so adjust the statement to reflect that. When you feel ok with that particular aspect move on and see other parts of that activity and repeat the process until you can feel more comfortable with the entire scene you are imagining. Go through it again for good measure.

See yourself winning a match, a race and note whether there is any discomfort or disbelief associated with that and repeat the above process until you feel ok. Imagine a vivid scenario of you winning or achieving what is important for you. Put your right hand out and imagine projecting a picture of you achieving your goal on to that hand. Experience it with as many of your senses as possible. Then bring your hand up and raise your eyes to look at that image. Breathe life into your image and then bring your hand down to your heart, breathe in and imagine taking all the energy of that image into your heart.

Bring in some extra resources:

One very common scenario is being able to perform really well except when it counts on the Big Day. Close your eyes and imagine yourself performing well as vividly as you can. If possible give a name to that feeling. Make that imagined experience as strong as you can, breathe into it and then bring a thumb and index finger together as you say the name you gave it. This is creating a positive anchor for you. Reinforce it but releasing your finger and thumb, taking three breaths and bringing them back together again with the name of that resourceful feeling. Repeat that a few times, suggesting to yourself that it will get stronger each time. When it feels like a strong powerful anchor use it by once more imagining the scenario which was challenging for you previously and re-imagining it with this new helpful energy as you hold your thumb and index finger together. Practice that a few times until it feels like you have integrated this new resourceful state so that you feel able to go beyond your previous limitations.

Bring in some resources from other areas of your life:

Close your eyes and tune into your inner wisdom and ask what resourceful energies you would need to achieve the results you desire – that could be strength, confidence, endurance, conviction, self-belief, breakthrough etc. Then contact an area of your life where that quality is present, no matter how unrelated it might feel. Connect to that state, amplify it as before, create an anchor as before. You may find it more powerful to choose a number of these inner resources and anchor one after the other and then combine them to give yourself a ‘power cocktail’ that you can then integrate to give you a much more empowered response to the area which previously challenged you.

Studies have shown that our imagination is extremely powerful so that if we imagine playing a sport the same muscle will fire off. So imagining yourself playing with confidence, strength determination, flare, accuracy or whatever your sport requires, combined with physical training will let you get the most out of your game.

Please try these tips for yourself and see how they work for you and if you feel like some extra non-physical coaching then please get in touch with me either through my website: or email me at

Here’s my video on this subject:

Next: August 2018 Astrology Summary from Michael Conneely:

IN AUGUST 2018, We are still in Eclipse mode. Depending on how the three eclipses of the present cycle impact your chart and how they impact on you individually, our energies are low. Our emotions are over-sensitive. The Shadow looms bigger. The hidden areas of our psyches direct our thinking and action demanding recognition and change. Deep secrets and unconscious patterns arise to be purged.

But our Ego digs in. It squirms from and it blocks the divine aim which is to dislodge our unhelpful scripts and find inspiration and healing.

Our body and energetic sheathes cry out at eclipse earthquake/tsunami times for healing and growth, rather than being easily able to perceive their true nature and embrace the opportunities for growth.

Yes, we are here to create continuity and strategy. But we must also embrace healing energy to become that special spark we incarnated to become this time. The British newspaper were calling the Lunar Eclipse of July 27th the ‘End of Days Eclipse’ because it’s the longest in the 21st Century. It isn’t the End of Days.

But think what release and empowerment it will be if we embrace its weird gamut of energies at all levels of our consciousness and life, develop our clear awareness of these scripts – and HEAL!

So, in summary, August 2018 has the third eclipse in the present Eclipse Cycle: The Solar Eclipse on August 11th. There’s a very difficult Mars. Augusts lunations are in rather tense Nakshatras, with the third Eclipse in the present cycle. All the planets are retrograde except for Venus and Jupiter. Though Mercury turns Direct on August 18th and Mars turns Direct on August 27th.

Also, there is intense Kal Sarpa Yoga is in the Heavens. Venus is debilitated in Vedic Virgo. So we look to the Great Benefic Jupiter for blessing and purpose since he resumed direct motion on July 10th. Sun enters Vedic Leo on 17th August, and Sun is in the Cancer – Leo Gandanta zone from 13th to 20th August. Gandanta effect is extreme August 15th to 18th.  The dangerous days for August are: 18th to 23rd – see my note on ‘dangerous days’, below.

This all means that August 2018 is a time for needed looking within and noting and assessing our patterns, and seeking to heal situations.

So, August 2018 is a month for sustaining calm and stability, for being reflective and consistent and careful. And do note that in addition to that, there’s strong inspiration and transformation possibilities, and the Chiron-Saturn square offers a very special healing energy that needs to be understood to be embraced. What I have written below on the Chiron-Saturn transit square, below, is very important.

The transiting aspects in the heavens include:
Ketu conjunct Mars
Uranus square Mars
Jupiter Trine Neptune
The Grand Trine of Sun with Uranus and Saturn.
These aspects are are listed and explained towards the end of this Forecast and they make very valuable contributions to our consciousness and our lives.  


Mars is in the spotlight in August 2018, and needs to be understood. He’s very powerful. He’s conjunct Ketu/South Node and he’s square Uranus. So, he’s irritable and driven and demanding.
Let’s hope there haven’t been temper tantrums with family members!

Mars was conjunct Ketu the South Node of the Moon at the great Lunar Eclipse of 27th July, and so this Mars square Uranus is continuing and carrying on the intense, dissatisfied, demanding and turbulent energies of the Eclipse. On 22nd September Mars becomes conjunct Ketu/South node again for the third and final time.

If you can stand the irritation through all this time, you could be inspired!

Also, Mars is at his closest to Earth since 2003. He won’t be this close again until 2035. Being so close Mars’ implacable fiery spear burns us bright and hot.

Mars is Retrograde from June 26th through to much of August. If you look at the Vedic Ephemeris, below, you see that Mars started August retrograde at 8 deg Vedic Capricorn. For full astrological details of 2018 see my 2018 Astrology Pages:

Retrograde Mars: Note that Mars turns direct on 27th August at 4 deg Vedic Capricorn, and he ends August at that same degree. So, in other words, Mars does not even regain his pre-retrogradation position during August. And note that when a planet is retrograde in the heavens, it’s difficult and frustrating to get his energies right. We can be seething and repressed, driven to express ourself (and of course, over-do it all!).

Feelings of past failures, distortions and sublimations of our mars energy can drive us mad at this time. We can feel humiliated, infuriated and discontented.

But note that once Mars does resume direct motion, his energy will be a lot more positive, and add to that that Mars is actually Exalted in Vedic Capricorn. But still we must be careful how we handle Mars energies. Mars is a malefic. We have to be careful how we handle Malefics’ energies when it comes to relationships issues.

Mars in Uttarashadha Nakshatra: Note that all this month of August 2018, Mars is transiting UttaraAshadha Nakshatra. UttaraAshadha is ruled by the Sun, and its power animal is the mongoose, so people with UttaraAshadha emphasis in their chart should be careful not to be dominating or aggressive to others. See my Videos and blogs on all the Nakshatras.

Actually, I also have a planet video series which seeks to present how each plant is in its divine nature, and then how each planet manifest in our consciousness and our life through the filters of sign, house and aspect in our natal chart. And for those on my courses, there’s also a journey video where we seek to meet and heal the refracted or distorted planet of our own particular life.

And in my Vedic astrology course, I teach Avasthas, and I use these in all my astrology Readings. This system shows the standing of each planet in your birth chart, and how your planets treat each other. For example, if you have Mars conjunct Saturn in your birth chart, you may want to go, go, go, but Saturn will block, block, block!

Mars has very slow velocity in the Heavens at this time. So, take care: when a planet has very slow apparent velocity in the heavens, he engraves his effect so much more powerfully and strongly in our lives.

And as if this were all not enough, Mars is in the ‘Out of Bounds’ state from July 4th until end September. Out of Bounds occurs when a planet exceeds 23.27 degrees north or south of the equator. So, this will make for some very Martian children born these two months: bold, iconoclastic and charismatic. This is because Mars is also in Vedic Capricorn at this time where he is Exalted, and he’s conjunct Ketu/South node as well!!!

Mars in Capricorn means pain and problems in knees, joints and muscles – and I have certainly found this. I am building an extension to our AirBnB, and the walls have now reached six feet. You try lifting breeze blocks higher than your head and cementing them in!!!

When Mars turns direct on 27th August, he will deliver the full power of his Exaltation in Capricorn. There have already been three exact conjunctions with Ketu, so we may have learned good things about how to handle that. And Mars is therefore delivering full exalted Martian energy to Vedic Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn through Ruchaka Mahapurusha Yoga. Powerful yes: but take care to be discriminating at the power of Mars!

So in the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac, Mars moves from 8 to 4 deg Capricorn.
This is 2 Aquarius to 28 Capricorn in the Western Tropical Zodiac.

The Eclipse Cycle.
See my videos and Blogs on the three Eclipses of the current cycle:

13th July 2018 Eclipse

27th July 2018 Eclipse

11th August 2018 Eclipse

Depending on how each eclipse falls on one of your natal planets (or not), these three eclipses will have great effect in your life for good or ill, so they need to be identified and understood in your life; book a reading with me.

The Lunar Eclipse of 27th July is the longest in 21st Century, and it will have raised matters and stress levels for you to deal with. And the Mars-Uranus square carries this on. And of course, Mars will turn direct and then go over the Eclipse point on the dates around 25th September, so embrace positive energy rather than have hissy fits!!!

So, make that special effort to release yourself from something that has held you in its clutches! But do this constructively and in a measured way if you can. End the struggle and anguish: positively! Read This Post as well

The August 11th Solar Eclipse is in Ashlesha Nakshatra, and this is the third and last in the present cycle. Ashlesha has very deep hurts and retaliations: deep, hurt serpent energy. Dominated by unconscious material. The eclipse could be a lightening bolt of freedom, as was the January Eclipse for those Ashleshas willing to open up!

Also, note that this eclipse is conjunct Mercury Retrograde, so be very careful of communications, travel and IT.
So, with Moon and Mercury in difficulties, we must all be careful to remember to be aware and gentle, and also caring in the managing our mind and emotions during and around this eclipse.

The August Solar Eclipse is Sun conjunct Moon at 24 deg Vedic Cancer, which is 18 deg Western Leo. See my Video and Blog for this Eclipse.


The New Moon is on 11th August

Moon is at 24 deg Vedic Cancer, or 19 deg western Leo. And this is of course the third and final Eclipse of the current Cycle.
This eclipse is in Ashlesha Nakshatra: 24 Cancer is in Ashlesha Nakshatra. This is hurt Sarpa/Serpent energy, and can be very hurtful in speech. It’s a difficult Nakshatra where the person has to do a lot of work on healing themselves. See my Nakshatras Video and Blog series, visit this page
And also see my Video and Blog for this Eclipse.

The Full moon is on 26th August

This is at 9 deg Vedic Aquarius or 3 deg Western Pisces.

Shatabishak Nakshatra: 9 deg Vedic Aquarius is in Shatabishak Nakshatra. I think this is a difficult Nakshatra in many ways. Its symbol is a circle, so it tends to create a world of its own and be quite authoritarian within that. It is ruled by Rahu. Its Deity is mystical Varuna. But when/if Shatabishaks heal themselves, they can become the healer of others, and for this reason it is called the Healer’s Sign or the One Hundred Healers. See my Nakshatras Video and Blog series.

Here is the Chart for the Full Moon August 26th:














Dangerous Days – August 2018:

I wrote in our June 2018 Newsletter of the Challenge to the Stability and Calm of your Mind (and the healing opportunity, of course) that is created in that the Moon currently has to take six days passing through three malefic-energy signs in a row each month. Will this be tantrums, hissy-fits and walk-outs, or being aware of the need to avoid these?

These three difficult signs are Vedic Scorpio (always difficult for the Moon), Vedic Sagittarius (occupied by Retrograde Saturn) and Vedic Capricorn (occupied by malefic Mars and Ketu).

The dangerous days for August are: 18th to 23rd.

For September, they are: 14th to 20th

And for October: 11th to 18th.

You might like to note these in your diary, just in case…..   …..


Venus is in Vedic Virgo from August 1st to September 1st. Venus is Fallen or has Debilitation status in Vedic Virgo, and generally speaking this can create a destiny where the person may have to learn to understand and heal blocks to expressing love easily and fully. These blocks are often mentalistic. But basically, Venus in Vedic Virgo can’t flower! But you can heal blocks to love!
While Venus is in Virgo in August 2018, Venus receives a 10th house aspect from Saturn in Vedic Sagittarius. So, Venus will be very challenges to bring us love, comfort, sexuality and beauty in August.
And matters are made worse for Venus because Virgo’s Ruler: Mercury is retrograde and in a water sign and struggling in this month.
N.B. Be very careful and compassionate in communications with others.
So, in August 2018, Venus moves from 0 to 30 Vedic Virgo, which is 23 Western Virgo to 22 Western Libra.
And Venus will be in Vedic Libra from September 1st, 2018 to January 1st, 2019.
Venus will be retrograde from October 5th to December 16th, 2018.
Venus will turn retrograde at 16 deg Vedic Libra. This is 10 deg Western Scorpio.

In terms of the Nakshatras, the wonderful and surely declarative 27-sign Lunar Zodiac of Vedic Astrology (which depicts our emotional consciousness, warts and all, including our Redemption possibility) Venus enters PurvaPhalguni Nakshatra on July 16th. Venus rules PurvaPhalguni, and so the energy is very sexual, though not necessarily always easy, especially in Pada 2, the Virgo pada of PurvaPhalguni. (each of the 27 Nakshatras has four padas or quarters, each with a somewhat different energy). Venus is so creative in Purva Phalguni.


Saturn is retrograde in Vedic Sagittarius from April 17th to September 6th. Saturn starts August at 9 deg Vedic Sagittarius and ends August at 8 deg Vedic Sagittarius. Saturn is now transiting Mula Nakshatra, presided over by Niritti the confrontational Dark Goddess of Death and Destruction and Rebirth. When Saturn is Retrograde, he’s insisting that we learn his hard lessons of patience, hard work, dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.

It feels like things are slowing down and coming to standstill in our lives. His terms are exacting and uncompromising: we will be made to do better in some are of our life. Please don’t argue with him when he tells you it’s character-building! He is very non-negotiable. So, what we need to do is to scrutinise our life purpose here and apply this to trying to work out what to do about Lord Shani’s demands and pressures, and always remember that we also need to think ‘out fo the box’.

Saturn to natal Sun transits: If you have Sun in Vedic Sagittarius, the Saturn to Sun transit is famed for bringing to us either professional downfall or golden reaping, depending upon how we pass Saturn’s tests.

Saturn to natal Moon transits: Are you in Sade SateIf you have Moon in Vedic Scorpio you will be entering the last third of Sade Sate, the once every 28yr period, where Saturn passes through the Vedic sign before your natal Moon, the sign of your natal Moon and the sign after your natal Moon. Do get a reading from me because you need to understand Sade Sate. It’s like going down into a pit. You are at the bottom of the pit when Saturn actually conjucnts your natal Moon, then you rise up out of the pit. The whole process takes seven and a half years. During Sade Sate we are cut off from God’s grace with the Divine Intention that we see ourselves as we are without the supporting grace of God, and so we may make huge moves. Our life may fall apart in some way (because it needed to). We can feel depressed (because we can not embrace the new life that the collapse meant to open us to.
If you have moon in Vedic Sagittarius, then you are in the mid phase of Sade Sate.
If you have moon in Vedic Capricorn, then you are in the start phase of Sade Sate.

When measured by Saturn’s passage through Sade Sate using the Nakshatras (the 27-sign Lunar Zodiac) then it’s more accurate as to timing and as to the declaration of events. Watch out because some parts of Saturn’s transit are ‘fools paradise’ Nakshatras, while others are very hard learning. Get a reading from me.

So, in August 2018, Saturn transits from at 9 to 8 deg Vedic Sagittarius, which is 3 to 2 deg Western Capricorn.


Jupiter turned Direct on July 12th so please embrace his expansion and purpose amid all the contractionary retrogradation demand of Saturn. Jupiter starts the month of August in Swati Nakshatra, which is ruled by Rahu, but Jupiter is in Vishakha Nakshatra from August 2nd to October 22nd, and Jupiter rules Vishakha, so this should give steadier and solider enlargement and purpose. Vishakha Nakshatra spans end Vedic Libra and early Scorpio, and Jupiter enters Vedic Scorpio on 11th, remaining in Vedic Scorpio until March/April 2019.

Jupiter started August 2018 at 19 Vedic Libra, and ends the month at 23 Vedic Libra, and in the Western Tropical Zodiac, this is 14 deg Western Scorpio to 17 deg Western Scorpio. Venus and Jupiter are together in Vedic Libra from 1st September which is good energy for Librans: loving, creative and expansive.

Mercury starts the month Retrograde at 24 Vedic Cancer.

He turns direct on 19th August at 17 deg Vedic Cancer. And Mercury Retrograde ends August at 27 deg Vedic Cancer. This means that in early September we will again feel the effect of Mercury transiting in the Gandanta Zone (26 Cancer to 4 Leo, with Gandanta effect stronger the neared the planet is to the actual transition point from water sign to fire sign). Planets in Gandanta are immaterial and unconfident, but the difficulties of this can make us more perceptive or inspired, because we know that this world is not actually solid and supportive, and this opens us to the possibility of connecting to the God-realm, the realm of divine meaning that lies beyond this material realm.

Obviously, when Mercury is retrograde, we are forced to take more care of posts and communication, IT and banking issues, etc, etc. To have Moon and Mercury affected by Retrograde and Gandanta will mean that we must be aware that our minds could be unsettled at this time, and we must take action accordingly.
Mercury will cross the Eclipse degree on August 5th, so this could be unsettling to the mind, and could entail things coming out into the open.
So, Mercury transits from 27 to 28 deg Vedic Cancer in August 2018.
In the Western Astrology Tropical Zodiac, this is from 22 Western Leo to 20 Western Leo, with his turn direct being on 20th August at 11 deg Western Leo.

Kal Sarpa Yoga is in the heavens all month of August.

Kal Sarpa Yoga is where all the Vedic planets are inside and to one side of the Nodal Axis. In other words, the other planets are either conjunct the Nodes or all to one side of the nodal axis.

This creates intense divisive energy, making the person usually over-assertive and divisive and arbitrary, though can alternatively be a case of the person left unconfident in the face of the divisive energies.
Donald Trump has Kal Sarpa Yoga Energies in his birth chart, and he was elected at a time when Kal Sarpa Yoga was present in the Heavens.
Dealing with Kal Sarpa Yoga, one must avoid political extremes and sloganizing Face Book, press and media frenzies, and ungrounded flamboyant if ungrounded compulsive talker personalities.

And it is very important to note that the fact is that even when one planet is outside the nodal axis, this does not mean that Kal Sarpa Yoga does not exist. What it actually means is that that planet is alone and unsupported. And of course, this applies to the Moon half of every month. If we have an unsupported Moon in our birth chart, the issue of stability of the Mind becomes problematic (Kemadruma Moon).

Rahu North Node moves from 11 to 9 deg Vedic Cancer in August. This is 5 to 4 deg Western Leo
Ketu South Node moves from 11 to 9 Vedic Capricorn in August. This is 5 to 4 Western Leo.

Rahu Transits Vedic Cancer: Rahu’s transit through Vedic Cancer can have an effect on the Mind’s ambitions, as Cancer is ruled by the Moon. So, watch out for driven turbulence if your Moon in your birth chart is weak or unsupported. This Rahu through Cancer energy is irrational. Try to find some way of calming the mind. If this transit results in obsessive or compulsive repetitive thoughts (mousetrap thinking) you could try a conscious positive focus of the mind onto something else (like the price of tea, or whatever, maybe some simple phrase that has some sort of substance or meaning or humour for you).

Ketu transits from Shravana Nakshatra into Uttara Ashadha Nakshatra on 30th August, at 9 deg Vedic Capricorn.

The Sun

The Sun is in Vedic Leo from August 17th to September 16th. The Sun rules Leo and the energy here is strong and showy.
The first Nakshatra within Vedic Leo is Magha. Magha arises out of the Gandanta Zone (the Nakshatra of ancestral scripts). Magha spans 00°00′ to 13°20′ Leo. It is ruled by Ketu and its symbol is the Throne. Its Deity is the Pitris, the Divine Forefathers. Its profile is noble, eminent and ambitious, generous. Maghas are usually leaders. They are usually strong and traditional, with a drive for power and wealth, proud of family and loyal, but elitist and arrogant.
The Sun will then pass through Purva Phalguni, the next Nakshatra spans 13°20′ to 26°40′ Leo, and UttaraPhalguni spans 26°40′ Leo to 10°00′ Virgo

Sun enters Vedic Leo on 17th August, and this means that Sun is in the Cancer – Leo Gandanta zone from 13th to 20th August. The Gandanta effect is extreme August 15th to 18th.  (This Gandanta zone is one of the three Gandanta transition points, from water to fire signs in the Vedic Sidereal Zodiac, that are marked by immateriality and unconfidence, but can be open to inspiration. Gandanta effect is +/- 4 deg either side of the sign transition point, but is vast when the planet is very close to the sign transition point).

Uranus turns Retrograde on August 7th:

So, Uranus entered Vedic Aries on April 7th 2017 (with a short but utterly decisive lighting strike burst in Aries before that in July 2017), and he really has brought me, personally, driven opportunity for major needed revolution. This electric gift applies especially to Aries and Libra people, but it’s also thrown out to all through his square with Mars in Capricorn.

What does it mean when Uranus turns Retrograde? Well, now that Uranus is turning Retrograde, this is a necessary time to take stock. Identify what revolution opportunities Uranus brought into your life, and consciously identify how to work with this. Make the revolution impact more personalised to you! Be prepared to improvise! Fear of change must not be allowed to stifle you.
We can be lost due to terror rather than seeking ways of acceptance, opportunities for healing – and moving on!
Don’t let the issue of ‘what others think’ dumb you down and destroy your chance of embracing the light.

Using the western astrology Tropical Zodiac, Uranus entered Western Taurus on May 15th, 2018, and he retrogrades back into Western Aries on November 6th this year, for four months. Uranus returns to Western Taurus on March 6, 2019, to be established in Taurus, until he enters Western Gemini on April 25, 2026.

The Tropical Zodiac, being rooted in the Sun’s position on the day of each year’s Vernal Equinox (rather than the orientation to the stars of Vedic Astrology’s sidereal zodiac) essentially depicts our psychological reality, our egoic self, with the call to Individuation. So, Uranus’ transit in western Taurus will affect financial structures and our sense of stability, beauty and worth. Taureans get stuck, so Uranus in Taurus means Earthquake and they will have to face the fact that it predicts the unpredictable! Uranus essentially is genius and lightning bolt. It is so needed. But beware its inhuman capacity: Uranus rejected the children he sired on Gaia! He fathered the dangerous to name Furies, The Erinyes, as well as Aphrodite.


Neptune is Retrograde at 21 deg Vedic Aquarius during August. This is 16 Pisces in the western tropical zodiac.
Neptune is key to the development of our intuition and vision, but can, of course, offer us illusion or denial instead. Note any planets that transiting Neptune is conjuncting or opposing now. The effect will be totally major. Do not underestimate the effect of Neptune in your life!!!!


Pluto retrogrades from 25 to 24 deg Vedic Sagittarius in August 2018. This is 19 Capricorn in the western tropical zodiac.
Pluto is key to our power and buried issues around that. He can offer deep knowing intuition. He is intense and driven. If one of the current three eclipse activates your Neptune, do seek to understand the opportunities this offers you for you COMING INTO YOUR POWER.


Chiron starts August, Retrograde, at 8 deg Vedic Pisces. That’s 2 deg Western Tropical Aries.
Chiron is square to Saturn Retrograde at 3 deg western Capricorn. This transiting square aspect lasts from 3rd July 2018 to end September 2018. It offers challenge but also hope.
I do believe that the impetus of this important square will be to force us to face our individual wound.

Chiron is of course the Wounded Healer. But square aspects are remorseless. Saturn is remorseless. So, I do believe that to the extent that this square interrelated with the planet in your individual birth chart, that this square will also create a remorseless, joy-lacking drive through July and August 2018, of overwork and feeling the impact of our (existential) wound. So, ideally this should impel you to healing: healing using whatever healing modality is right for you. We are each being called to become adult. We are each being called to beat the endurance test through the energy intervention of healing.

With this weird energy combination, we are given the possibility of stepping out of our life-trajectory around assumptions and denials and evasions as to our individual existential woundedness. Unavoidable events at this time can be perceived correctly so that we can reshape our future. We need to perceive correctly the battlefields in our life if we are to become the spiritual warrior and die to our egoic self – and this is actually the crucial task of our life. We can note the consequences of past actions, perceive them correctly and so seek to reshape our destiny.

Aspects between the Planets in August 2018:

Ketu conjunct Mars:

Disputes, anger range. Technical skill. Inspiration, the activity of the astral body. A disturbance of the great life rhythms. Precociousness. association of people working for a common end, attainment of great shared success. Courage for spiritual salvation.
On the earth plane, there have been forest fires and earthquakes.

Uranus Square Mars:

This energy will disrupt our status quo and we might feel fear. We might dread loss of ‘security’. But we need to embrace its revolutionary inspiration offering. Is it progress or is it threat? Don’t give in to fear. The energy of this square is irritation, impatience, violence. argument. Inspiration. Sudden application of effort. Intervention in the body (an operation). Extraordinary amount of energy suddenly made available. The urge for freedom. Unyieldingness. Quick determination. Courage. The urge for freedom. Tension. Stress. Fighting spirit. Violence. Proneness to injury or accidents. The cutting of the skin for the purpose of an operation. violent people. Fighters for freedom. Revolutionaries. People who argue for the sake of it. Unusual achievement through extraordinary power of effort. Inclination to act too hastily. a test of nerves. A struggle for survival. An accident or injury. An operation. Birth.

Jupiter trine Neptune:

Exact on August 19th there’s a gentle influence of compassion, mysticism, artisticness, speculation, deception, hypocrisy. Gain without effort. Active and intense imagination. Idealism. art, music. Interest in the metaphysical and religious. Great love of humanity. The ability to give love to those who need it. Stability in material things. Generosity overdone. impressionability. Seducability. Dreaminess. A conflict between vision and ‘reality’. The inclination to revel or idealize. Constantly misunderstood. The inclination to speculate. Wastefulness. wrong diagnosis.

Chiron Square Saturn lasts from 3rd July 2018 to end September 2018. we are given the possibility of stepping out of our life-trajectory around assumptions and denials and evasions as to our individual existential woundedness. See above.

A Grand Trine exists between Sun, Saturn and Uranus.

This Grand Trine is formed on August 23rd and will last some days: a harmonious offering of balancing restriction and form with revolution and needed change.
In Western Tropical Zodiac Astrology, Sun is at 0 deg Virgo, Saturn is at 2 deg Capricorn and Uranus is at 2 deg Taurus.
In Vedic Astrology this is Sun at 6 Leo, Saturn is at 8 Sagittarius and Uranus is at 8 Aries.

Retrograde Planets in August 2018:

Mercury, Mars, Saturn, Neptune and Pluto have Retrograde Motion in August 2018. Uranus joins these from August 7th, 2018 to January 6th, 2019, so in August, only Venus and Jupiter are Direct.

Charts and Ephemeris for August 2018:

There now follow the Western and Vedic Astrology Charts for the first and last day of August 2018.
And after the Charts, come the Western and Vedic Ephemeris for August 2018:

Vedic Astrology Chart for 1st August 2018:

The Western Astrology Chart for 1st August 2018:








The Vedic Chart for August 31st 2018:












The Western Chart for August 31st, 2018:



















Vedic Ephemeris August 2018: Sidereal Zodiac:




Western Astrology Ephemeris August 2018: Tropical Zodiac:



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