For Sky-watchers: You
are in for a huge treat of a spectacular planetary display in sky for the entire
month of August. You can see all
the visible planets (with naked eye) soon
after the sunset
(about half an hour or less). These
include Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, and Moon during two week period after
the New-Moon (August 13-27). Mercury,
being getting closer to Sun, may not be so easy to spot.
Because planets are closer to
earth compared to stars, they pop up first in the sky before the stars do.
And planets do not twinkle while stars do.
Venus: Big, bright and beautiful
Venus will be shining in the southwestern sky (northwestern sky for those who
live in the Southern hemisphere) half way across the sky.
It will be visible for at least next 5-6 weeks.
Jupiter: Not as big as Venus but bright and beautiful almost right above in the
Southern sky (Northern sky for southern hemisphere habitants).
Saturn: Saturn being retrograde is
closer to earth, and is easily visible with the naked eye in the southeastern sky
(northeastern sky for southern hemisphere residents) approximately halfway
across towards east.
Mars: Being retrograde and closest to the earth
you won’t miss this bright-red planet rising in the east (probably about
10-20 degree angle from the horizon).
Enjoy this spectacular imagery, a wonderful gift from nature!
Retrograde Mercury (July 26 - Aug 19)
26, the planet Mercury turned retrograde in
It will stay retrograde in Cancer until August
19. Typically retrograde
Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays,
frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in
daily chores. Retrograde Mercury in Cancer means
more frustrating periods for nursing mothers, psychologists, reformers and people who work in
hospitals. This is the time not to start
a new project or venture, but rather reflect on what's been done so far.
Also, this is the best time to cleanup that closet and do other chores that you
have been postponing due to lack of time.
It's also very emotional
time that may turn into a very depressing
period for those who have Mercury in Cancer and currently as an operating
In addition, if you have dominating Mercury in your birth chart and if Mercury
is currently your operating planet, then you are more
likely to experience the pronounced effects of retrograde Mercury during this
period with respect to matters signified by the house it's currently transiting through in your
About President Donald Trump and his challenges......
operating planets (the planets that presently influence
him most) for August continue to be Saturn and Venus.
In addition, Mercury will be his operating planet till November 25,
the retrograde Saturn will be in sidereal Sagittarius, the seventh
house of his progressive chart, and it will be in the 1st house of his ninefold
progressive chart for the month. Venus will be in sidereal Virgo (the 4th
house of his progressive chart), and Cancer Mercury will be in the 2nd house of his
From Dasa standpoint, Saturn
is unfavorable (being in the seventh house of his progressive chart and in the first house of his ninefold progressive chart) for him. Therefore, Mr. trump will likely to continue to cause a lot of stir by exhibiting immature and
senseless behavior in dealing with his friends and adversaries alike. He might
even get involved in direct
confrontations with people that include not only his adversaries but also his
family members and friends.
The manifestation of the
resident transiting Venus will be reflected in a favorable period for him from his
Mercury in the 2nd house of his progressive charge is good for him from his
financial gains point of view, but it can become responsible for (especially till
August 19 due to its retrograde motion) possible
humiliation, delays and disappointments and political insecurity.
Thus, during August,
both the transit of Saturn and the ninefold Saturn are unfavorable, especially
the ninefold Saturn ( being in the first house of his progressive chart). While Venus
is favorable for him from his showmanship standpoint, the transiting Saturn spells
a troubling period from legality and insecurity standpoint, resulting in for yet another extremely challenging,
trying and eventful month for him to deal with
the ongoing Russia probe, immigration, women, suspicious and insecure people around him and
his political agenda.
of Mars in sidereal Capricorn.......
of the important astrological events of 2018 is the transit of Mars in the sidereal
Capricorn. Mars enters the
sidereal Capricorn on May 2, 2018 and it stays in Capricorn for more
than six months till November 6, 2018. During that stay in
Capricorn, Mars turns retrograde on June 27 and then it becomes direct on
is the planet of action, energy and strength, and it becomes exalted in
Capricorn. Capricorn being the earth and cardinal sign, it's the
perfect sign for Mars to explode (cardinal being the lead sign) with a
tremendous strength. And the manifestation of that energy will be
reflected in the material world (earth sign) with tremendous ups and
downs (ups during its direct motion and downs during its retrograde
motion) that will be intensely experienced by the entire world,
especially by the military personnel (Mars being the fire sign with
tremendous energy and strength), sportsmen, warriors, fighters,
commanders, leaders and people in power in almost every field
(especially in politics and business). Also, Capricorn being the earth
sign, the sign of accumulation of material wealth, the transit of Mars
through Capricorn means volatility in the financial markets.
May 2 - June 27, we are likely to enjoy the positive energy of Mars as it
begins its journey through Capricorn. But then during June 27
through August 28, we are likely to feel the negative energy of the
retrograde Mars as the ride starts becoming painful and
frustrating. Thus, during June 27-August 28, a possibility of
war, violence, destruction of material wealth due to natural as well as
man-made calamities, social and political uproars, financial markets
coming under tremendous pressure, political leaders and business
executives feeling the pains are very real. After August 28 till
November 6, we are
likely to go through a slow period of recovery for at least few weeks
before we regain the full speed of positive energy of Mars.
intensity of negative energy of Capricorn Mars will be more apparent
during its close square (with in three degrees) with Uranus (May 12-17;
July 28 - Aug 4; Sept 15-20) and
opposition with the lunar north node, Rahu (June 9-18; July 12-22; Sept
for those who have well placed Mars in their natal charts are likely to
do well during this transit of Mars, the others will feel unbearable
pain and perhaps emotional breakdowns depending on the Mar's placement
in their natal charts.
Retrograde Saturn (April 18 -
Saturn became retrograde on April 11 in sidereal Sagittarius, and is going to stay retrograde till
September 6, 2018. For those who have a well placed Saturn in their birth charts and
if Saturn's period is currently in operation, then they are likely to continue
to experience their positive period but at
slower rate. Usually a better way to deal with retrograde Saturn is
either put more energy in
to whatever you do to work towards your goal or use this time to take pause in
your outward activity and divert your energy more inward, such as reflecting
on what you have been doing.
If Saturn is not placed in your natal chart, and it is
currently active as an operating planet, then it's better to lay low and not
take any risk in starting a new activity or venture. In stead, focus on
things that you have postponing due to lack of time, such as cleaning that
closet, work around house or read a book you always wanted to read.
the world scene, generally, the projects that deal with expansion are likely to
either stay on hold or experience sluggish progress. In religious world,
things are likely to move at frustratingly slow rate. In the political arena what may seem like progress
will turn out to be a disaster.