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Cosmic Concerns: August 2017

For all the cosmic witches out there, or just witches and pagans who are interested in what’s going on in the cosmos, here is a list of August 2017’s important astrological events. All times listed are in EST (Eastern Standard) and should be adjusted for your own time zone. Please note that this list is not even close to being exhaustive, but compiled by me to list events that would be of magickal importance. This information is great to copy into your Book of Shadows if you maintain one; if you are looking for something more extensive my guide to lunar trackers is on the site here. I hope that you find it helpful, blessed be!

Planetary Movement, August 2017

3rd: Uranus Retrograde 1:31 AM
12th: Mercury Retrograde 9:00 PM
21st: Total Solar Eclipse 2:25 PM
22nd: Sun enters Virgo 6:20 PM
25th: Saturn Direct 8:08 AM
26th: Venus enters Leo 12:30 AM
31st: Mercury enters Leo 11:28 AM

Moon Cycle, August 2017

6th: Moon void-of-course 5:22 AM, enters Aquarius 8:15 AM
7th: Full Moon in Aquarius 2:11 PM
8th: Moon void-of-course 3:07 PM, enters Pisces 5:56 PM
19th: Moon void-of-course 11:17 AM; Moon enters Leo 1:55 PM
21st: New Moon in Leo 2:30 PM; Moon void-of-course 2:30 PM, Moon enters Virgo 4:25 PM

How to Use This Information

Planetary Movement

Planetary movement information can be helpful when performing magick, as well as looking at your own mood, or when getting into the deeper aspects of astrology.

The Sun entering Leo is the start of Leo season, the beginning of that zodiac sign’s time of the year, which of course means a Leo New Moon.

Moon Cycle

Information on the moon cycle can be helpful when planning rituals for either the new or full moon. I will cover this information in my monthly full and new moon posts as well, but I thought it would be helpful to have it all in one place nice and early for planning purposes. For more detail in the moon’s sign changes throughout the month and void-of-course times I highly recommend Llewellyn’s 2017 Witches’ Datebook or Witches’ Calendar, both of which have all of that information in detail. Here I only noted the times surrounding the full and new moons that witches might find relevant.

Sources

Llewellyn’s 2017 Witches’ Datebook

Image Credit

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