Astrological Overview for August 2023

August kicks off with a Super Full Moon in Aquarius. (You can read all about it HERE.)
Since the moon takes less than 31 days to complete its cycle, there will be a second Full Moon at the very end of the month, a ‘blue moon’ in Pisces.

August 1-9, 2023

The dominant feature of this super full moon horoscope is a trine between Mars in Virgo and Jupiter in Taurus. But Mercury’s opposition to Saturn (exact on the following day) also exerts a powerful influence.

This creates a twofold action: a tremendous push to move forward, yet feeling reluctant and held back by oppressive perfectionism. Try not to indulge in it. Feeling apprehensive when launching into something is normal. But don’t let it paralyse you. Mars energy can backfire if it is not used.

Venus has now gone retrograde, urging us to look closely at our relationships. Venus is in Leo, and the dual issue of pride and self-esteem might surface. There is a difference. Excessive pride can be a symptom of low self-esteem.

Mercury’s opposition to Saturn becomes exact on August 2. Do you feel inadequate yet under pressure to perform? Are you secretly convinced that others will find you out? You may be experiencing impostor syndrome, a common issue, especially among creatives. The only way to beat it is to keep going. Experience boosts confidence. Don’t be hard on yourself. Embrace your mistakes and learn from them. Nobody is perfect.

These themes dominate the beginning of August. On August 7, the Sun squares Jupiter. Misguided pride might backfire when Venus squares Uranus on August 9.


August 10 – 16, 2023

Mercury trines Jupiter on August 10, creating an opportunity to show generosity of spirit. The Sun’s conjunction with Venus on August 13 is benevolent and balm for the soul. But beware: a square between the Sun, Moon and Uranus is coming up on the New Moon on August 16, and Mars trines Uranus on the same day. If you have been thinking of making a change, this would be a good time. It might even be unavoidable.


August 17 – 23, 2023

On August 22, Venus squares Jupiter while Mars opposes Neptune. This could signal a sense of regret. Alas, the Sun enters Virgo on August 23, a practical, less emotional sign. Focus on mundane tasks and be sure to cross all the t’s. Taking practical steps will keep things grounded and move the ball forward. Just be aware that Mercury turns retrograde on August 23. Retrograde Mercury is good for going over old stuff and can be enlightening. You never know what you might come across when you revisit old ground.


August 24 – 31, 2023

Mars trines Pluto and Venus semi-squares Mars on August 25. There is lingering anger or tension, which may insist on getting AirPlay. On August 27, the Sun opposes Saturn, making things feel glum. Mars’ sesquiquadrate with Jupiter on August 28 does not make things easier. But perhaps we need to apply a different perspective and be willing to change, at least a little. The month ends with a Full Moon in Pisces, conjunct Saturn, on August 31. It has a ‘no-nonsense’-feel, but the most sensible path may not be immediately apparent.