Today is Monday, Aug. 14, 2017
Hebrew date is 22 Av 5777
Islamic date is 22 Zul-Qi’dah 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 11 kab’an
Mayan Long Count is 184.108.40.206.18
Julian Day is 2457980
Today’s Birthdays: Ernest Thayer (1863-1940), John Galsworthy (1867-1933), Francis Ford (1881-1953), Willy Ronis (1910-2009), Frank and John Craighead (1916-2001, 2016 respectively), Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (1924-2009), Richard R. Ernst (1933), David Crosby (1941), Steve Martin (1945), Wim Wenders (1945), Antonio Fargas (1946), Maddy Prior (1947), Gary Larson (1950), Sharon Bryant (1956), Magic Johnson (1959), Sarah Brightman (1960), Halle Berry (1966), Ed Harcourt (1977), Mila Kunis (1983).
“It isn’t enough to love people because they’re good to you, or because in some way or other you’re going to get something by it. We have to love because we love loving.”
— John Galsworthy
What Makes You Think You Can’t Drive Your Life?
Given all that’s happened in recent days, many people are feeling as if there’s no future. You might be wondering whether there’s any point in trying to strive for the kind of growth, personal fulfillment or community involvement we often encourage in these pages. I’d like to start this week by saying firmly that there is a future, there is a point, and there is plenty of room for you on this beautiful planet. I strongly suggest you refuse to allow fear or apathy to prevail; and that you instead redouble your efforts to infuse your life, and those of the people you love, with joy and meaning.
So, you might want to ask yourself: what are you doing with your life? Have you identified any goals, or tried to firm up your vision for the future? Do you feel like you’re in a constant defensive state of just trying to react to what comes flying at you? Are you afraid to make any big steps, lest you get it ‘wrong’?
Plenty of people are feeling a lot of pressure with the current astrology. Particularly if you tend to take a passive approach to life — seeing what the universe plops into your lap and then responding, but rarely trying to steer things preemptively — it’s easy to get panicky around eclipses. Knowing that retrograde Mercury could be scrambling things tends not to boost confidence; but it need not obliterate it, either.
Remember, the idea is not to make the ‘perfect’ choice. Yes, what you do during the two weeks between eclipses tends to set a tone or trajectory for many months to follow. But ‘many months’ is not the same as ‘forever’. In any case, so-called ‘mistakes’ often teach us more than getting things ‘right’ the first time ever could. Sometimes what seems like a mistake at first turns out to be a stroke of great luck.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Disseminating (waning gibbous) phase and enters Last Quarter phase today at 6:15 pm PDT / 9:15 pm EDT (01:14:59 Aug. 15 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Leo on Aug. 21 at 11:30 am PDT / 2:30 pm EDT (18:30:06 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Pisces on Sep. 6 at 12:03 am PDT / 3:03 am EDT (07:02:43 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Taurus and enters Gemini on Aug. 15 at 7:06 am PDT / 10:06 am EDT (14:05:58 UTC).
Sun Degree: 22-23 Leo.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
No changes today.
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Mars conjunct Praamzius at 9:58 pm Aug. 13 PDT / 12:58 am EDT (04:58:23 UTC).
— Psyche opposite Chiron at 11:16 am PDT / 2:16 pm EDT (18:16:02 UTC).
— Mars square Deucalion at 6:11 pm PDT / 9:11 pm EDT (01:11:22 Aug. 15 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Aug. 14
(The Day of the Mortal Mirror) | Leo Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
You are the source of your own motivation. Remember that, all the time. Once you stop looking to others for approval, your mind will clear up and you’ll recognize that you’re doing the right thing. What is truly right for you will, in the end, serve the people you care about the most, so you are free to make honest decisions that are in accord with your deepest values.
Written in the Planets
Tonight’s last quarter Moon marks the last major phase before the total solar eclipse next week. If you have plans for that date, now would be a good time to go over the details and firm up any commitments. If you don’t have anything specific in mind, consider your options and work toward a decision. We’ve all just received a clear reminder about the importance of doing what you love, using your time well, and standing in your full integrity. Note that these are useful precepts to implement, no matter your circumstances. Let love rule, not fear.
To the Leo Eclipse and Beyond!
On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse in Leo signals the second stage of whatever life-shifting process you’re engaged with.
This is a unique year for you, Leo. In addition to the current eclipses (and the double New Moons in your sign), your birthday reading will cover such astrological heavyweights as Chiron finishing up its journey through your 8th house; ever-surprising Uranus; and Saturn leaving your fellow fire sign, Sagittarius — plus more.
Are you navigating changes in your relationships or family paradigm? Do you find yourself at a career crossroads? Are you seeking clarity, encouragement and new perspectives on your creativity, self-esteem, sexuality or healing process? You’ll find ideas and reassurance in this reading.
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– Pauline Jones
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