Today is Friday, Aug. 4, 2017
Hebrew date is 12 Av 5777
Islamic date is 12 Zul-Qi’dah 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 1 Manik’
Mayan Long Count is 18.104.22.168.7
Julian Day is 2457970
Today’s Birthdays: Jan van den Hoecke (1611-1651), Thomas Blackwell (1701-1757), Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), John Venn (1834-1923), Knut Hamsun (1859-1952), Louis Armstrong (1901-1971), Helen Kane (1904-1966), Anita Page (1910-2008), Hedda Sterne (1910-2011), Herb Ellis (1921-2010), George Irving Bell (1926-2000), Liang Congjie (1932-2010), Moya Brennan (1952), Billy Bob Thornton (1955), Barack Obama (1961), Greta Gerwig (1983).
“Twilight, ascending slowly from the east,
Entwined in duskier wreaths her braided locks
O’er the fair front and radiant eyes of day,
Night followed, clad with stars.”
— Percy Bysshe Shelley, “Alastor, or The Spirit of Solitude”
Entering the Eclipse Room
Dear Friend and Reader:
Here we are, on the doorstep of this summer’s eclipse season: on Monday, Aug. 7, at 2:10 pm EDT, we have an Aquarius Full Moon and partial lunar eclipse; then on Aug. 21, there’s the total solar eclipse and second Leo New Moon. You might be wondering how best to step into this metaphorical room once the door opens, and the chart for Monday’s lunar eclipse offers some ideas.
Anytime you enter a room full of people, you encounter a specific dynamic: one in which you are aware of yourself as an individual and the impact you may have on the group, and are simultaneously aware of the group as an entity with its own presence and impact on you. At least, that’s the ideal.
Many people walk around completely oblivious to both sides of that equation, or else so over-focused on one side of the dynamic that they have no sense of the balancing half.
For example, someone who’s very egocentric might only be concerned about their own presence and making sure others respond to them. Someone with very low self-esteem might feel completely at the mercy of a group’s expectations and perceived pecking order, and think they have no impact on the other people at all.
It’s also possible not to give any of it much conscious thought. Yet here we are, just four days from an eclipse involving two very social zodiac signs: Leo (where the Sun is) and Aquarius (where the Moon will be). The Sun in Leo speaks to that idea of being aware of one’s own presence, and the influence or impact you can have on others. The Moon in Aquarius, on the other hand, relates to how group structures, customs and expectations affect you, particularly at the unconscious or emotional level.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Waxing Gibbous phase and enters Full phase on Aug. 7 at 11:10 am PDT / 2:10 pm EDT (18:10:33 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Aquarius on Aug. 7 at 11:10 am PDT / 2:10 pm EDT (18:10:33 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Leo on Aug. 21 at 11:30 am PDT / 2:30 pm EDT (18:30:06 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Capricorn and enters Aquarius on Aug. 6 at 5:15 am PDT / 8:15 am EDT (12:15:25 UTC).
Sun Degree: 12-13 Leo.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Orius enters Sagittarius (retrograde) at 7:49 pm PDT / 10:49 pm EDT (02:49:21 Aug. 5 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Vesta conjunct Orcus at 11:04 pm Aug. 3 PDT / 2:04 am EDT (06:03:55 UTC).
— Venus opposite Juno at 12:17 am PDT / 3:17 am EDT (07:17:37 UTC).
— Jupiter square Pluto at 11:48 am PDT / 2:48 pm EDT (18:48:02 UTC).
— Venus opposite Hylonome at 6:57 pm PDT / 9:57 pm EDT (01:57:21 Aug. 5 UTC).
— Mars square Pallas at 7:31 pm PDT / 10:31 pm EDT (02:31:27 Aug. 5 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Aug. 4
(The Day of the Guiding Light) | Leo Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
Your idea of success must involve some form of advocacy or social justice. And it must omit any form of jealousy about anyone else’s success; envy has no place in one’s true life-purpose. Then you will be free to do your thing your way, and to work with your bold, creative ideas. Remember that you’re not here to play the game. You’re here to rewrite the rules.
Written in the Planets
We’re closing in on Monday’s partial lunar eclipse, and the sky is offering you a little boost to meet it. Today Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. This is a symbol of motivation to achieve something. Wherever you’re feeling that urge, remember that whenever one carries a big stick (or vision, goal or impulse), walking softly is often integral to getting things done with minimal kickback from others. Keeping practical details in mind could help you avoid pushing too hard, yet still enable you to move toward the big picture in satisfying (and meaningful) ways.
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— Pauline Jones
The reverberations from these two eclipses will keep rippling out and developing through the next six to twelve months — and Eric’s upcoming 2017-18 Leo Birthday Reading will be designed to guide you through it all.
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