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Welcome to those who are subscribers as well as those who are reading my newsletter for the first time. If you missed the August 2023 newsletter. Part One about August super moons you can read that here conta.cc/3rSfPQ2 and if you missed the July 2023 News & Views. Part One about Venus retrograde, you can read that here conta.cc/46DF7kJ. Please excuse me if there are any typos or mistakes below. Feel free to notify me if you find any.

This month we are getting used to some of the astrological events of the last month, like the North and South Nodes changing signs according to the tropical zodiac into Aries and Libra, and Venus retrograde. Now that you are used to the retrograde it is important to take note of the Sun-Venus interior or inferior conjunction which takes place on August 13 at Tropical 20 Leo 28 and Sidereal 26 Cancer 22 when Venus is on the near side of the Sun in between the Sun and the Earth. This is an important conjunction since Venus has now begun its journey into the heart of the Sun and will arise as a morning star after its conjunction. Scroll down to read more about this year's conjunction. I have lectured about this journey for years and am working on a video that I will post to my website so that everyone can view it if you have not seen any of the talks I have given over the years about the importance of the Venus cycle. (In Part Three of August 2023 News & Views, which I will send out within the next week, I will talk about Mercury Retrograde, which takes place from August 23 through September 15.)

As many of you know my book Venus: The Evolution of the Goddess and her Planet was published in 1993 and while it has been out of print for a while, it is still available on used book sites. The book, which was published by HarperCollins, was very well-received and went into a second printing, but a book will only stay in print with a major publisher for a certain period of time. I have wanted to revise the book and bring it up to date for a while, and finally I have begun that process. I am working hard to finish those revisions within the next six months and publish it again. Of course it might take longer than that and I have already received grants from the New York NCGR and the Urania Trust to help the project along. So watch out for my Kickstarter campaign which I will let you all know about as soon as I get it up and running, and I hope you will support it with a small donation.

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This month we have three lunations that occur with the Full Moon on Tuesday August 1, 2023, 06:27 PM GMT, Tropical. 09° Aquarius 15’; Sidereal. 15° Capricorn 10’ śravaṇā; the New Moon on Wednesday Aug 16 2023 09:37 AM GMT Tropical. 23° Leo 17’; Sidereal. 29° Cancer 11’ aśleṣā, and the Full Moon on Thursday Aug 31, 2023, 01:35 AM GMT, Tropical. 07° Pisces 25’. Sidereal. 13° Aquarius 19’ śātabhiṣaj.

If you have any planets, points, or angles around those degrees (I would take a one degree orb) then whatever is represented by that planet, point or angle, will be prominent and important until the next lunation, meaning that if something in your chart is conjunct this month's Full Moon on August 1, 2023, it will be prominent until the next Full Moon on August 31, 2023, if something in your chart is conjunct this month's New Moon on August 16, 2023, it will be prominent until the next New Moon on September 15, 2023. Finally, if something in your chart is conjunct this month's second Full Moon on August 31, 2023, it will be prominent until the next Full Moon on September 29, 2023, The New Moon represents beginnings and can help you to institute a change you have been thinking about while the Full Moon is an accomplishment or culmination and gives the push to continue on that path. If your birthday is between July 31-August 2 or between August 30-September 1, then the Full Moon is in your solar return (varṣaphala) or close enough that it will be important for the year ahead until your next birthday, meaning that it may be year when things you have been working on will manifest, or feel like they are moving in the right direction, so continue with whatever is fulfilling you. If your birthday is between August 15-17, then the New Moon is in your solar return (varṣaphala) or close enough that it will be important for the year ahead until your next birthday, meaning a change is bound to happen, so work on that change. It could be a physical move, job change, relationship change, or simply working on yourself to integrate new patterns and habits into your life. Expect a great deal of transformative experiences that will make you want to change or take a step in a different direction. Take your time but do head in that direction, since otherwise it will happen to you whether you initiate it or not. (Scroll down for more Celestial Events.)

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Sun-Venus Conjunction. August 13, 2023.
Diagrams and article on
www.earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/inferior-conjunction-venus-between-sun-and-earth

Venus enters Retrograde Arc or Shadow. June 19, 2023. Tropical. 12°Leo 12'. Sidereal. 18°Cancer 06'. āśleṣā
Venus conjoins conjunction degree. June 30, 2023. Tropical. 20°Leo 28’. Sidereal 26° Cancer 22’. āśleṣā   
Venus Stations Retrograde. July 23, 2023. Tropical 28°Leo 36'. Sidereal. 04°Leo 30 maghā
Sun-Venus Inferior Conjunction. August 13, 2023. 7:15 AM EDT. Tropical. 20°Leo 28’. Sidereal 26°Cancer 22’. āśleṣā  (The
conjunction is midway through the retrograde cycle, and when Venus rises as a Morning Star a few days after the
conjunction.)
Venus Stations Direct. September 4, 2023. Tropical. 12°Leo 12' Sidereal. 18°Cancer 06'. āśleṣā
Venus conjoins conjunction degree. September 26, 2023. Tropical. 20°Leo 28’. Sidereal 26° Cancer 22’. āśleṣā  
Venus leaves Retrograde Arc or Shadow. October 7, 2023. Tropical 28°Leo 36'. Sidereal. 04°Leo 30' maghā

You can read about the current Venus retrograde cycle in the July 2023 News and Views. Part One here conta.cc/46DF7kJ. (The terms inferior and superior conjunction have been used for many years but recently many astrologers have renamed them interior and exterior conjunction so that there is no implication of one being better or more superior than the other. I just use the terms inferior and superior out of habit, but I did want to make it clear that inferior is interchangeable with interior and superior is interchangeable with exterior.)

As I have said many times the Sun-Venus inferior conjunction occurs midway through the Venus Retrograde cycle, when Venus is closest to the earth. Starting on August 8th, Venus is what many ancients consider to be combust, meaning the planet cannot be seen due to the Sun obstructing its view, and the power of Venus to induce love, beauty, and peace is obliterated. You can no longer see it in the evening sky as an evening star, since it has risen and set after the Sun. When Venus exactly conjoins the Sun on August 13, it is considered in some traditions to be cazimi meaning that Venus and the Sun are within 15 minutes of arc and in the heart of the Sun adding strength to Venus. That does occur on that one day when Venus and Sun are completely conjunct.

However, in classical first millennium CE Indian astrology I have not seen this concept used. Instead I have only seen it viewed as combust (obliterated from view due to the brightness of the Sun). That means that when Venus is retrograde, as it is now, Venus is considered to be combust the Sun when it conjoins within 8 degrees, so that from about August 8-19, Venus is combust and means it will require effort on all our parts to maintain love and diplomacy in the world, and in our personal lives.

After the exact conjunction on August 13, we will not be able to see Venus and then around the 21st, Venus will have its heliacal rising (first time it can be seen) as the Morning Star, which means it will then rise and set before the Sun so it will be viewed quickly early in the morning until the Sun rises and is too bright for Venus to be seen. In September when Sun and Venus are further apart you will be able to see it more easily but still only early in the morning before the Sun rises. It will be a morning star until it forms its next superior conjunction on June 4, 2024, when Venus is on the far side of the Sun in its farthest point from Earth in its orbit, and the Sun is between the Earth and Venus and then has its heliacal rising as an evening star. Of course there is so much more to say about the Venus cycle, since I have noticed as have other astrologers like Bruce Scofield and Nick Dagan Best, that major events, not always pleasant, happen around the time of the heliacal rising. The ancient Sumerians for instance thought the Morning Star was a time of war and discord, while the Evening Star was a time of negotiation and peace. Due to Venus darting out into the sky with a white light that looks like a bolt of lightning at the time of its heliacal rise, many ancient cultures stayed indoors at that time. We will see then if anything occurs around August 19-23, let us say that brings discord. It is important to remember that when Venus is unable to be viewed, meaning now through the 19th, you need to work harder at maintaining love, diplomacy, and financial health.

Once the heliacal rise takes place there may be some anger and even violent moods because now Venus will be in a new morning star phase, which the ancients likened to a more aggressive period of time. There could be anger, invasions, standstills in peace talks or negotiations, violence, crashes, aggressive events, and things coming out of the woodwork. Events in the world that people will notice take place, and even though the heliacal rising indicates events often on a worldly scale, it could occur in your personal lives so do take deep breaths around those days because the short tempers, and quick to get angry moods, may be palpable in the people around you. On a less forceful note, the morning star phase of Venus is also more assertive, and may be a time when you focus on your own needs and build confidence, and while you do not want to be insensitive to others, you may think of yourself first rather than always worry about how your actions affect others. Mostly moving from a phase of conciliation to assertion, which can be positive if utilized correctly.

In addition to the degrees of the Venus retrograde and direct stations being powerful (as I indicated in the July 2023 News and Views), the Sun-Venus conjunction which occurs at Tropical. 20°Leo 28’. Sidereal 26° Cancer 22’. āśleṣā is a potent degree so look at what it conjoins in your chart (I like using a one degree orb). If you are familiar with the 8-year cycle of Venus, you know that the conjunction was around that degree (though 2 degrees difference) in 2015, 2007, 1999, 1991, etc., so if it conjoins something in your chart you can think back to those times. Evey four years the conjunction will actually be around that degree as well, though it will alternate, so that means that in 2019, 2011, 2003, 1995, etc. the superior conjunction was at that degree but due to Venus being direct it crosses more quickly rather than three times and that is why the inferior conjunction is considered to be much more powerful. If you view the table above you can see that Venus will be at the same degree of the conjunction, when it was direct, on June 30, when it is actually conjunct and retrograde on August 13, and will be at that degree again when Venus is direct on September 26. So in addition to the retrograde and direct station degrees, look at what is in your chart that may be conjunct Tropical. 20°Leo 28’. Sidereal 26° Cancer 22’ depending on which zodiac you use. These are the last two times Venus was around this degree.

August 15, 2015. Inferior Conjunction.  Tropical. 22 Leo 39. Sidereal. 28 Cancer 40 
August 14, 2019. Superior Conjunction. Tropical. 21 Leo 11. Sidereal. 27 Cancer 9 
August 13, 2023. Inferior Conjunction. Tropical. 20 Leo 28. Sidereal. 26 Cancer 22.

You might want to look to these past dates to see if you remember the last time the conjunction hit these degrees especially if they conjoin something in your chart. If not, you can still look at the house that it is in, since whenever Venus is retrograde it stays in one or two signs longer than usual. This year Venus will be in tropical Leo from June 5-October 9, 2023 and in sidereal Cancer and Leo as follows.
Venus enters sidereal Cancer May 30, 2023.
Venus enters Leo July 6, 2023.
Venus retrograde re-enters Cancer August 7, 2023.
Venus direct re-enters Leo October 1, 2023. 
Venus enters Virgo. November 2, 2023.
If you use Indian astrology. If you have a planet, point or angle in your chart between Sidereal. 25-27 Cancer, then the Sun-Venus inferior conjunction will conjoin them three times on June 30, August 13, and September 26, and the following is what may be accentuated, examined, and transformed by Venus. The Sun-Venus conjunction will bring out qualities of these planets, since this is when Venus moves from the peaceful Evening Star to the assertive Morning Star. (If you use the angles, Uranus, Neptune, or Pluto just read below the tropical astrology meanings.)

Sun.  power, vigor; Moon. maternal, mind; Mars. strength, courage; Mercury. speech, learning; Jupiter.  knowledge, wealth; Venus. love, happiness; Saturn. sorrow, fear; Rahu. intensity, compulsion; Ketu. extremes, spirituality; Lagna. destiny, vitality.

If you do not know which house sidereal Cancer and Leo occupy, look at your ascendant, or Moon, or even your Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for bhavas (houses) are as follows:  

1. appearance, destiny, temperament, personality, constitution; 2. Money, family life, food, speech, early childhood; 3. Siblings, Fine arts, courage, desires; 4. Mother, happiness, real estate, vehicles; 5. Children, romance, investments, speculation; 6. Open enemies, work, competition, obstacles, illness; 7. Marriage, partners, contracts, passion; 8. Life and death cycle, research, accidents, other's money, inheritance; 9. Father, teacher (guru), religion, higher learning, opportunity; 10. Career, status, public recognition, reputation; 11. Profits, rewards, gains from work, awards, older siblings; 12. spiritual practice, secret enemies, foreign travel, debt, confinement.

If you use tropical Western astrology.  If you have a planet, point or angle in your chart between tropical 19-21 Leo, then the Sun-Venus inferior conjunction will conjoin them three times on June 30, August 13, and September 26, and the following is what may be accentuated, examined, and transformed by Venus. The Sun-Venus conjunction will bring out qualities of these planets, since this is when Venus moves from the peaceful Evening Star to the assertive Morning Star.

Sun.  vitality, individuality, ego; Moon.  emotions, habits, conditioning; Mercury.  communication, intelligence; Venus.  love, beauty, creativity; Mars.  physical energy, aggression, courage; Jupiter.  expansion, abundance; Saturn.  limitation, disciplined, fear; Uranus.  originality, independent, rebellious; Neptune.  spiritual, immaterial, imagination; Pluto.  intensity, power; North Node. power, place where you must strive; South Node. place where it is easy, habits; Ascendant. personality, destiny; IC. home, family, mother; Descendant. partnerships, contracts; Midheaven. career, father

If you do not know which house tropical Leo occupies, look at your ascendant, or Sun, and just count from there. General descriptions for houses are as follows:  

1. personality, body, appearance; 2. finances, possessions, values. 3. communication, siblings, short journeys, learning; 4. family, mother, home; 5. children, recreation, entertainment; 6. health, service, pets; 7. marriage, contracts, partnership; 8. business transactions, sexuality, life and death matters; 9. higher education, travel abroad, publishing, law; 10. profession, status, father; 11. gains, friendships, hopes, dreams; 12. compassion, spirituality, limitations, solitude

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