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Greetings from the Full Sturgeon Moon in Aquarius! 🐟🌕

♒ I love Aquarius ♒

I cannot stop thinking about Aquarius because I just watched the Julio Torres HBO special, “My Favorite Shapes,” and it’s the most Aquarius thing I’ve ever seen.

As I’ve said before, Julio is an obvious Aquarius. He says so right up front, with his words and actions and everything about him. Whenever I need to explain an Aquarius to someone, I want to take out a little diorama of this space prince and say, if you don’t get this, you don’t get Aquarius.

This HBO special is everything. It’s abstract and whimsical. It’s got clean lines. It’s techy. It’s futuristic—both in aesthetic and in its experimentation with what the format of a stand-up special can be. It’s political, but through a deeply personal lens. It’s moving but not treacly. It makes you think, but it’s about feelings. 🧠💖

The Full Sturgeon Moon on Thursday, August 15

Then I was like, Kiki, how can you write an astrology newsletter when you’re so obsessed with Aquarius right now?

And I replied, Kiki, have you forgotten that the upcoming Full Sturgeon Moon on August 15 is in Aquarius? Your obsession is relevant.

See below for what I wrote about it last issue, when I was feeling much less enamored with Aquarius than I am right now.

Except that this Sturgeon Moon happens to be terrifying. First, it’s in cold-ass Aquarius, which is a sign dear to my heart but can be ruthless, dogmatic, and extreme.

Second, this moon is opposed to not only the sun, but Venus and Mars as well.

Let me reiterate:

  • The moon, our emotions and intuition,

  • is in opposition to—as in, nemeses—

  • the sun, our will and character and ego and soul,

  • and Venus, our love, diplomacy, and good taste,

  • and Mars, our drive and motivation to LIVE.


All full moons are sun vs. moon, so that’s nothing new, but this one is going to be especially tense for individual attachments, love, marriage, partnerships, and creative expression. Even if you feel it at work or through broader social forces (the decay of our environment and social infrastructure, perhaps?), it will feel very specific to you and your memories and the things you love. In other words, it’s personal.

I’m ready to be moved. And if I cry, may I cry glitter. 😭✨

Horoscopes for the rest of the week starting with TODAY

Quick refresher about what’s going on right now, Sunday, August 11:

  1. Jupiter is going direct for the rest of the year,

  2. Uranus is going retrograde for the rest of the year,

  3. and Mercury is entering Leo!

  • Jupiter is our source of luck and optimism, and we were paused on enjoying his bounty until now. He’ll bring the public goodwill for us to feel seen, heard, and understood with greater ease. He may bring money. He may bring someone to love. But Jupiter’s grace is unearned—it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t enjoy it, but we have to remember that we don’t deserve it over others. Cultivating empathy and a spirit of generosity is the lesson. Do as Jupiter does, and give freely without expectation. Or at least don’t be a little asshole about your own riches.

  • Uranus is our originality, and so it’s time for us to stop inventing. Our focus for the rest of the year must shift to developing what is already in motion, not an endless series of Phase Ones. And remember, Uranus is in stabilizing Taurus, the long-term perfecter, so this is even more reinforced by that placement.

  • Mercury in Leo is just plain fun. It’s like a little extension for Leo season when the planet that governs our thinking and talking lingers in the sun’s sign. Leo is bold, simple, and all about (self-)love, baby. Make sure you listen to yourself during this time—you will be speaking the truth.

Here’s the rest of the week:

Monday 8/12:

  • The moon makes two strong conjunctions today, Saturn in the morning (5:53 a.m.) and Pluto in the evening (6:11 p.m.). With Saturn, your emotions may feel tied to how responsible you’ve been lately (uh oh…), and you may be prone to judging yourself harshly. But if you’ve got a lot of work to do, you’ll feel motivated to put your head down and do it well.

  • With Pluto, we’re anchored to our most primal desires, whether they be sexual or vengeful or glorious, etc. Pluto is our power, the pursuit of which can be isolating. But it can also be intoxicating, generative, and inspiring, and with the moon right there, you’ll be a magnetic force of nature.

  • The moon is friendly with Neptune at 11:59 a.m., which is always an excellent time to be creative, go for a long lunch walk if you can, and write down all the weird dreamy things you think.

Tuesday 8/13:

  • Chill day with the moon in Aquarius. I wouldn’t schedule something crucial before 11:35 a.m., while it’s void of course. Use the morning to finish up old projects, chores, or conversations.

Wednesday 8/14:

  • The sun and Venus are in cahoots at 2:07 a.m., which may be too early (or too late) for some of us to take advantage of, but it’s an excellent aspect for love, sex, or money-making plans. Stay up late Tuesday night talking to a LOVER. Buy silk pajamas if you can and want to.

  • Later, the moon is in a good angle to Jupiter at 4:37 p.m., which means it’s a GOOD time to share your feelings and be social.

Thursday 8/15:

  • FULL STURGEON MOON. See above.

Friday 8/16:

  • Mercury and Uranus are not getting along at 8:29 a.m., so expect some mental challenges and communication breakdowns. Your innocent intentions may be misunderstood, so don’t flap your mouth carelessly like you always do. (Kiki.)

  • The moon is a powerfully ally for Uranus at 1:11 p.m., so empathy and emotional intelligence will be key to untangling the knot from this morning.

Saturday 8/17:

  • This is a day of large cosmic harmony. It’s so nice to be able to say that about a Saturday! The moon is getting along with Neptune around lunchtime (12:09 p.m.), and then later with Pluto around dinnertime (6:34 p.m.). Neptune is about our dreams and the absolute heights of our imaginations, and Pluto is about our deep-rooted wants and needs. You may feel creative, ambitious in a healthy way, and maybe a little solitary, too. But it will be healing and so nice.

Sunday 8/18:

  • Mars enters Virgo at 1:19 a.m., which is a caffeine-boost to our productivity. Virgo is fearless when it comes to getting their hands dirty and getting things done—they are more scared of what will happen if it doesn’t get done. And Mars is the mitochondria planet, our engine of action and motivation. This is sure to be a productive season, but try not to lose yourself in competition. Mars wants you to win, and Virgo wants you to be perfect, and both of those things are, to some degree, an illusion.