Horoscopes for August/September 2019

Read your sidereal horoscope for August/September 2019. Always sidereal; never tropical. Use this guide to cast your sidereal birth chart. Read for your Ascendant and Moon sign first, then for your Sun.

On August 8, 2019, Mars begins an amassing of planets in Leo. This Leo stellium culminates on August 30 at the New Moon: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars all in Leo! This moment is a consequence of:

  • Eclipses in Leo/Aquarius, 2015-2017
  • Events that transpired August/September 2017

Planets in Leo answer to your entitlement to accept that the way you see yourself is the way that you are, and the way you see the world is the way that it is.

CANCER

  • How has your experience of your father and relationships with other men shaped your perceptions of how you earn and spend your money?
  • What is your relationship with food or your material possessions/expenses, and how does it impact changes that have taken hold in your life as a consequence of August/September 2017? 

LEO

  • How do power dynamics with the men/man in your life shape your self-perception?
  • How have changes in your body or personality caused you to change certain lifestyle habits as a consequence of August/Septembre 2017? 

VIRGO

  • How are you reckoning with the authority of those whose judgments are impervious to logic? Have those people changed at all since August/September 2017?
  • How can you learn from them by considering the possibility that some things are the way they are because you say so, not because you have the evidence/data to back it up or even the wherewithal to convince others?

LIBRA

  • What role do mentors, benefactors, and other helpful people (that you may or may not know yet!) play in the realization of your ambitions? And how have those ambitions evolved since August/September 2017?
  • What circumstances particularly pertaining to men (or a man singularly) become the center of your political, social, or professional focus?

SCORPIO

  • What can you learn about trusting your own perceptions and judgments from your mother? 
  • What are your ambitions and who (managers/supervisors/bosses) or what stands between the promotion, prominence, or visibility you seek? What did August/September 2017 teach about how to deal with this now?

SAGITTARIUS

  • What systems or institutions (or clergy, teachers, or politicians) reinforce the convictions you’ve been working so hard to embody and conform your life to?
  • Where can you go (travel/church/temple/university) in order to see yourself in a new light, to illuminate the next level of the self you’ve been stepping into since August/September 2017?

CAPRICORN

  • What boundaries are you implementing as a means to trusting your own judgment with regard to your finances (debt/loans/taxes/credit)?
  • How are you reckoning with dynamics of control and authority as you surrender to the inevitable ending of some important part of your life? If there are no present endings, what ended in August/September 2017 that is especially relevant at present?

AQUARIUS

  • How do you embody your calling to conceive of a self not defined in reference to others, especially partners and male father/authority figures who see your identity as an extension of their own?
  • What relational dynamics from August/September 2017 provide useful context for How you engage in partnership and conflict or establish agreements at present?

PISCES

  • What resistance do you encounter as you embody the courage to trust your own perceptions and judgments in your work/workplace?
  • How is your present work environment similar to or different from what it was in August/September 2017? What lessons from that time period inspire you to step into your authority in new ways at present?

ARIES

  • What power dynamics emerge as you take new risks in your love life/with your sexuality?
  • How do children/creative pursuits/physical fitness serve as the venue for reckoning with men and their (or your) role in shaping your self-perception?

TAURUS

  • What is the legacy of your parents that you encounter in this present work of defining home and solidifying your roots in this world?
  • What lessons from August/September 2017 are relevant to dealing with men in or in reference to your home at present?

GEMINI

  • What is the legacy of male family members that you must reckon with as you step into leadership positions in your immediate family circle?
  • How did August/September 2017 change your family dynamic and how is this present moment a consequence of those changes?

A Self-Determined Nation

Aquarius is rising in the 2019 – 2020 Aries Ingress for the USA. As a fixed sign, this indicates the US will be dealing with old stuff. Continuing to reckon with things from both 2017 and 2018. Additionally, events associated with eclipses that occurred in Aquarius & Leo between 2015 and 2018 are brought into focus.

Aquarius is the sign of self-determination and personal-sovereignty. This sign is the insignia of American democracy: rejecting and abandoning monarchical rule while embracing self-governance. It represents the American quest of defining itself separate from the authority that had claimed dominion over it—England and King George III.

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

The Declaration of Independence

Those “unalienable Rights” are the self-determination and individual sovereignty endowed by nature itself, or God, whichever you choose.

This year focuses on America’s ever-evolving story of self-determination. Who and what is America when it is not defined by the leaders who claim dominion over it? Who and what is America when it embraces self-governance, rejecting dictatorial and monarchical rule? Where do state’s rights and federal governance agree and conflict? 

Historically, Aquarius rising in the US Aries Ingress chart has marked critical turning points in the political landscape of the country, spearheaded by people who seek to reclaim the sovereignty the US so fiercely fought for.

Aquarius Rising Historically: 1859-1868

Between the years 1859 and 1868 Aquarius was rising in the US Aries Ingress chart 3 times. This is an unprecedented period in the story of the USA both historically and astrologically. There is no other time period in US history where Aquarius rose in the Aries Ingress chart with that amount of frequency in a particular decade.

For those who know anything about this time in US history, you know that 1859 through 1868 comprises the years leading up to, during, and right after the American Civil War. That is:

  • The simultaneous culmination of the Abolitionist and Secessionist Movements, the latter was spearheaded by South Carolina in secession from the Union December 1860;
  • The middle of the American Civil War when Union General Ulysses S. Grant turned the tide in favor of the Union Army in 1863, and;
  • The Emancipation Proclamation and the rise and culmination of the Reconstruction Era 1863-1867.

1859-1860: Abolition & Secession

John Brown was a white radical revolutionary who deemed armed rebellion the only feasible way to rid the US of the institution of slavery. He organized to bring new states into the Union as slavery-free states. He murdered several pro-slavery militants and slave hunters in the Pottawatomie massacre (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pottawatomie_massacre).

October 15-18, 1859 John Brown attempted an armed slave revolt by raiding a US military arsenal at Harper’s Ferry, Virginia. He was defeated by a company of US Marines and murdered by hanging by the state of Virginia on December 2, 1859.

At the same time as the abolitionist movement was reaching a fever pitch, the secessionist movement, too, reached a marked moment of reckoning. South Carolina seceded from the Union late in 1860, but it was in the early part of that year that rhetoric ramped up, putting momentum behind the idea that there were in fact two countries in the United States. The difference between these two countries was stated plainly in South Carolina’s declaration document, “increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the Institution of Slavery.”

What is the legacy of slavery? What has become of those states who proclaimed that they were the object of hostility by non-slaveholding states?

1863-1864

At this point in the American Civil War, the Union Military had contained all fighting to the South. Confederate General Robert E. Lee resigned after the defeat at Gettysburg. The Battle at Gettysburg was the largest battle of the Civil War with casualties on both sides surpassing 20,000 soldiers. And it was this battlefield that was the eventual site of President Abraham Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg address. In that speech, he realized that the Declaration of Independence was further being made manifest in the sacrifice of the soldiers he honored that day.

“…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

-President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, delivered November 19, 1863

This year also marked the implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation. It was signed in September 1862 to be put into effect January 1, 1863. But it was of the 13th Amendment which completely abolished slavery. Though the amendment wasn’t ratified until December 6, 1865, it was initially proposed on January 11, 1864.

1867-1868

Four Reconstruction Acts were passed between March 2, 1867 and March 11, 1868. They were meant to establish order and assimilate former Confederate states into the Union through new state constitutions and pledges of loyalty to the Union. They sought to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and to establish representation through voter registration and congressional and municipal elections.

It was in reaction to this military occupation of the South and what was required of Confederate states during Reconstruction that violent white supremacy took hold of of the South. A somewhat dormant Ku Klux Klan terrorized Black families in their homes and at the ballot box. Lynchings became a common form of violence against Black citizens by white citizens and the police and governemtns in the south. Black Codes made law of policies meant to create a permanent caste system with whites at the top and blacks at the bottom. It disenfranchised Black people in every aspect of life.

2019-2020

The astrology of 1859-1868 is absolutely critical to events and narratives of not only 2019, but also 2020. Self-determination means an identity imagined free from the gaze of others, liberated from the prison of perception, reasoned outside the parameters of personal bias and judgement. This is the challenge of the coming years. Who are we as a nation? Must we believe in race and the power dynamics that claim to be inherent to its existence? What is America without whiteness?

Refuting the Irrefutable

The next phase of #MutableMadness2019 is the Virgo phase. It begins September 9: Is there such a thing as an ‘irrefutable fact’?

Phrases like “evidence-based” and “according to the data” are meant to conjure unquestioned trust in what is said in their context. “Numbers don’t lie”… Well, if that’s the case, why won’t Donald Duck show us his tax returns (an important part of the Virgo phase of #MutableMadness2019!)

The reality is that any and everything is up for interpretation. The question is not about data and evidence, it’s about myth, belief, and identity. The story you tell about the data says everything about you and absolutely nothing about the data or the evidence it purports. There is no such thing as an unbiased hypothesis. The intention behind a question is the basis for interpreting the data. So, why was that particular question asked?

Here lies the crux of that matter: Truth ≠ Fact.

All year the underlying question has been: What stories about who you are keep you from perceiving truth? Truth is what you can verify with your perception and judgment. It’s emphatically not objective. The opposite of truth isn’t lies or falsehood, it’s dogma.

Identity is a myth, a story you tell about who you are. You measure all your experiences against this myth. Your choice is to reject experiences that challenge that myth, defending your identity, or, to consider and integrate those experiences. Discernment is how you know when to defend/reject or integrate. When you take on the task of integrating experiences that challenge the myth of your identity, it threatens your sanity. Defensiveness is the easiest reaction.

Your moral compass is rooted in that myth. So, it’s not just about who you are or who you are not. It’s about making a moral judgment on what you’re capable of. Superiority, pride, and controlling other’s perceptions can easily become more important than integrity. Integrity is the inner [moral] compass that guides us towards righteous action.

The next eclipse is a BIG one. December 26, 2019. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn in Sagittarius. This is rare! That eclipse takes all of our Saturn in Sagittarius work since January 2017 and makes it plain. It sets us on a path into the next chapter.

It seems like we’ve been in a state of collective dissociation, where we cannot process the real consequences of what is happening to us and our world. This is what I mean when I say “identity is a myth.” We are so deeply invested in the story of our comfort and convenience, the one that says we are highly intelligent and technologically advanced. The myth that says that we have it better than any humans in the history of humanity.

Because our identity is rooted in this story, we refuse to acknowledge the consequences of our daily choices on the climate and the economy. It’s easier to say “well our politicians are corrupt and my vote doesn’t count so…”

Since when do you need permission to save your own life? When did you taking action to save your own life require that your politicians first be righteous?

@PeoplesOracle

The next two phases of #MutableMadness2019 are all about truth, integrity, and defense of identity. Are you ready to perceive the truth of who you are? The fiery contagion of conviction can consume you in a fight of defending an identity that is killing you. Or, it can compel you to face the truth of who you are, purging the dissonance between what you profess and what you live.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Sidereal Birth Chart Doesn’t Fit

Read the top 5 reasons why your sidereal birth chart doesn’t fit.

With astrology more popular than it has been in decades, there is a lot of conversation around what kind of astrology is the “right” kind. More specifically, there is much debate around which zodiac is the right zodiac. Should one use the tropical or sidereal zodiac? Is there a reason beyond the astronomy of the zodiac that one would use one or the other? (Read my thoughts on that here.)

But why do people have such an intense reaction around which zodiac to use? And why do people often reject the sidereal zodiac only after looking at their birth chart? I’ve listed the top 5 reasons why people immediately feel like their sidereal birth chart could not be right, and thus reject the sidereal zodiac.

Top 5 reasons why your sidereal birth chart doesn't fit. By Dayna Lynn Nuckolls - The People's Oracle

5. You think the Sun is the most important planet in your birth chart.

The zodiac sign that the Sun occupied on the day that you were born is the gateway (and exit door) to astrology for most people. “I am a [insert zodiac sign]” is an easy way to identify one’s self and communicate to other people certain assumptions about who you are. But who said that the Sun is indicative of who you are?

The birth chart puts every planet in a sign—Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, plus the Sun and Moon. Each planet represents something very specific about not only who you are becoming, but how became that way. When you understand the depths of what astrology is capable of articulating, you learn that the Sun may be the least powerful or significant planet in your birth chart.

4. You’re biased against certain zodiac sign.

You once dated “a Cancer” and they did you wrong. Now you ask every person if they are “a Cancer” because you refuse to deal with that moodiness ever again. *insert eye roll*. Maybe you’ve got a thing for “Scorpio” because you believe what they say about their sex. *sigh*

How could you make an assumption about so many people based off of your experience with one or two people? And why does your experience create a factual basis for astrology? That’s definitely not how this works! Read some books, and see number 1.

3. You don’t understand what a zodiac is.

There is this whole debate around constellations and how many signs are there and which zodiac is the “real” one because it aligns with the stars… Blah, blah, blah.

The zodiac is a projection onto the elliptic with segments, 30° each, named after 12 of the 88 (yes, eighty-eight) constellations. The elliptic is the path the Sun appears to follow as it rises, sets, and culimnates each day. The Sun actually isn’t doing anything though. The Sun is stationary, Earth (and the other planets) move. So save your drama about the “real” zodiac versus the “fake” one. And read a book!

2. You think zodiac signs = astrology.

Oh, so you’ve been reading your horoscope since you were 12. Congratulations! Have you ever heard of a birth chart? What about the term secondary motion? Do you know any time lord techniques? What about the concept of sect? Do you know which of the 4 humors are associated with each planet?

Read a book, boo!

1. You know way less about astrology than you think you do.

Most people who see their sidereal birth chart for the first time have a major astrological crisis of identity. They want astrology to be real and true, they know it is. But how could they have identified with the “wrong” chart, or sign, this whole time?

Our brains evolved to be able to come to life saving conclusions with as little information as possible. Our survival depends upon our ability to ascertain threats and to be safe from them. Threats to one’s identity are the hardest to comprehend because identity is such an intangible thing. At least with the body you have a quantifiable medium.

Astrology is vastly complex and is a topic fit only for lifelong study. A few months of internet study, or a year of looking at charts is not enough to make any substantive judgment about astrology or which zodiac or style is “right”. You have to pick one style or zodiac, and stick to it long enough to gather experience, data, and observe patterns that give you a real idea of what you’re working with. I mean, it was 7 years of study that led me to the sidereal zodiac!

Your birth chart is not astrology. Your love for Scorpio or beef with Cancer is not astrology. The identity you’ve crafted from your understanding of the zodiac signs is not astrology.

There really isn’t a clear consensus amongst astrologers on what astrology is and what its function is. But the best designation I’ve been able to make sense of is that astrology is a language. It is more than zodiac signs. Planets, and the two lights (Sun and Moon) are the most important of all, and everything else is derived from them.

So, before you make grand declarations about which zodiac is right or wrong, or which chart is right or wrong, separate your identity from your astrology, read books, and a whole bunch of charts!

Relationships (Synastry) in Sidereal Astrology

Synastry is the branch of astrology that compares two people’s birth charts for an understanding of how their lives meet. Because sidereal astrology is Divination for Liberation—the study of interpreting time as designating seasons for all things at their appointed time—we know that timing is everything, even when examining relationships through astrology.

You can book your Foundational Relationship Reading with an option to also receive a written report to accompany your reading.

Relationships Synastry in Sidereal Astrology by The People's Oracle - Dayna Lynn Nuckolls

Planets are people first. People come from people and are shaped by people. That is to say, we each emerge from the biology of male and female (mother/egg and father/sperm which is Moon and Sun, respectively), and that as individuals we emerge from community.

This is critical when studying individual birth charts and even more so when studying two people’s charts together in synastry. Two people in relationship bring with them the stories and complexes of mother and father. Mother-Moon as home, belonging, family, and the body and its needs. Father-Sun as conscious awareness, perception, and judgement.

Natal Astrology versus Synastry

If natal sidereal astrology is the study of an individual’s emergence from family and community, then synastry (in sidereal astrology) is the study of how those two individuals’ narratives of emergence and becoming intersect at specific times and in specific ways. It is the interpretation of the moments that bring them together, or apart, and the impact it has on each individual’s continued becoming.

That relationship becomes another form of community from which each individual emerges. It is the opportunity and the venue for each individual to become more of who they are as promised in their natal chart.

Some questions answered via synastry in Sidereal astrology:

  • What moment in each individual’s life defines the emergence of this connection?
  • What are the primary narratives articulated by planets in each individual chart that bring the two together?

What About Predictions in Synastry?

In natal sidereal astrology we know that no transit or present astrological configuration can bring about anything that is not already promised in the birth chart. The same is true for synastry. There is no experience or moment that can come about between two people that is not already promised in each individual‘s natal chart.

Basics RE Planets in Synastry

The Sun has to do with how you think, how your mind works. It may also say something about the men in your life. Sympathetic contacts (aspects) to the Sun shows harmony in the way that you both think and how you see things. “Coming from a similar place”. Hostile contacts may show indifference or conflict between your ways of seeing things.

The Moon is a reflection of your background, family ties, or lack thereof. Contacts to or from the Moon relate to one’s sense of family, the mother, and significant women. The Moon tells what home is like.

As with all planets one must examine the way the planet functions in the individual chart before seeing how it connects to another’s. Your Venus conjunct his Moon may not productive or constructive if his or her Moon is in an inferior square with Saturn. Especially if the Moon is in Scorpio. This may be a person that has a tenuous relationship with family and kin. And your relationship with that person could trigger the anxiety or even bring up problems in that area of their life.

  • Are they ready to deal with it?
  • What transit indicates a season of this work for them?
  • And does this work mean that happily ever after for you?

How is your relationship with home, mother, family? If constructive and supportive, contacts to your Moon will magnify your sense of belonging. The person who has supportive contacts with your Moon may fit into your family and home life, your routine and habits.

Venus contacts tend to be the most prized. People think it promises love. Venus at its most positive shows love languages and experience of pleasure that are supportive and sympathetic to each other. But again, if that Venus is problematic showing issues with women or a hostile style of loving, then it might not bring love at all, or maybe unrequited love.

Mars. Again, folks think sex. At its most constructive it can show a similar way of solving problems and a sympathetic conflict style. But when Mars contacts are hostile in some way it can show antagonizing, constant bickering, or inability to work together. It can mean abrupt coming together and breaking up.

Jupiter contacts show how your belief systems relate, your philosophy and worldview. Are they congruent, sympathetic, or at odds.Is religion, community, accountability, and purpose important to you and not to your partner? Contacts to and from Jupiter will show why

And Saturn! That old Devil. Saturn is about your sense of responsibility & authority over yourself/your life, and your authority and power out in the world. It’s about how you reckon with real or perceived limits. It’s a tricky one, though. Sometimes it’s like glue making you feel obligated or responsible. It reflects being serious and committing. Other times Saturn is distance/separation that can’t be overcome. A heaviness and sense of burden and work. Sometimes it’s all of the above.

Now about the angles. This is the juice. This is the meat. Connections to and from the Ascendant are what draw people to each other. Your temperament can be the embodiment of something very significant to the other person. Like, their Venus on your Ascendant, you embody their sense of beauty and there is an ease of pleasure between you. Or, Mercury, an easy flow of communication.