A 1961 Israeli postal stamp depicting Leo, the astrological sign of the month of Av. The Hebrew reads "Chodesh Av" (Month of Av) and "Mazal Aryeh" (Sign of Leo). (Photo/Flickr-Karen Horton CC BY-NC 2.0)
A 1961 Israeli postal stamp depicting Leo, the astrological sign of the month of Av. The Hebrew reads "Chodesh Av" (Month of Av) and "Mazal Aryeh" (Sign of Leo). (Photo/Flickr-Karen Horton CC BY-NC 2.0)

Horoscopes for Av: In a month of extremes, everyone deserves joy

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Av 5783
July 19-Aug. 16, 2023

The Nine Days, a period of mourning that culminates in Tisha B’Av, begin on the first day of this month of Av (July 19) — and immediately the celestial cycles above reflect the terrestrial drama below.

The Sun in Cancer/Sartan trines Neptune/Rahav in Pisces/Dagim; everyone and everything is extra-sensitive. Mars/Ma’adim in Virgo/Betulah opposes Saturn/Shabbatai in Pisces, highlighting the tension between actionable service and structured sacrifice. The Sun at the very end of Cancer opposes retrograde Pluto in Capricorn/Gidi — haven’t we had this power struggle before? Mercury/Kochav in Leo/Aryeh trines Chiron, the Wounded Healer — it takes courage to speak the truth to power. All this on July 20-21!

Venus/Noga stations retrograde in Leo, and the Sun enters Leo on July 22 as we read Devarim, the first Torah portion of Deuteronomy. One’s relationship with children, and one’s inner child, may experience vulnerability at this time, as we walk through the narrowest part of Bein Hametzarim, alone together.

Tisha B’Av, when we remember the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem, comes July 27, with the Sun in Leo and Moon in Scorpio/Akrav, Mercury conjunct retrograde Venus in Leo, and inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. Judgment hangs heavy as we confront our collective and individual shortcomings. The double blaze of Leo Sun and Sagittarius Moon on Shabbos Nachamu comes to burn away cycles of generational trauma. Mercury enters Virgo, inviting us to examine and analyze the ashes.

A huge weight is lifted when Tu b’Av, the holiday of love, arrives at the Aquarian Full Moon Aug. 1, with Mars trine Jupiter/Tzedek, and Mercury opposite Saturn. Even if your inner child is living inside a challenging body, let them dance. Everybody deserves joy!

The latter half of Av is for reconciliation and healing. The Sun and retrograde Venus trine Chiron and square Uranus/Oron Aug. 12-15, followed by the New Moon in Leo and Mars trine Uranus Aug. 16. The open-hearted find new solutions to old problems.

Aries / Taleh

With planetary ruler Mars/Ma’adim in Virgo/Betulah during Av, humility doesn’t feel like a punishment, but a relief. Mars opposes Saturn/Shabbatai on July 20; hyper-critical and hypocritical are just two sides of the same coin. Much of your energy is focused on your material world now; the results of hard work bring what looks like good luck when Mars trines Jupiter/Tzedek Aug. 1. The truth is that your own efforts and energy pay off with enough patience. Mars trines Uranus/Oron Aug. 16 at the New Moon in Leo/Aryeh, setting the scene for a surprising lift from an unexpectedly supportive source.

Taurus / Shor

Planetary ruler Venus/Noga stations retrograde in Leo/Aryeh on July 22, focusing on home and family matters. It’s not enough to create a beautiful environment; the conjunction of Mercury/Kochav to Venus July 27 creates the opportunity for “a word fitly spoken” as well. The Last Quarter Moon in Taurus Aug. 8 asks you to finish what you started in May. Venus squares Uranus/Oron Aug. 9, triggering a flash of insight into a long-lingering dilemma. Relief comes with revelation Aug. 13-14; the same healing words of forgiveness and acceptance others need to hear from you are what you need to internalize yourself.

Gemini / T’omim

Pugnaciousness is not your best look. Resist confrontation July 21-23 when Mercury/Kochav trines Chiron and squares Uranus/Oron. Diplomacy and sensitivity will open doors and hearts when Mercury conjuncts retrograde Venus/Noga July 27, before entering her home sign of Virgo/Betulah July 28. The source of your prickly mood are conflicting solutions to the core problem of taking a stand for what you truly believe. Fear of public disapproval wrestles with your need for self-respect. Mercury opposes Saturn/Shabbatai Aug. 1, at the Full Moon in Aquarius/D’li with Mars/Ma’adim trine Jupiter/Tzedek. Humility comes easily when God gets all the credit.

Cancer / Sartan

You’re in the mood for love at the First Quarter Moon in Scorpio/Akrav July 25. By Tu b’Av, the Full Moon in Aquarius/D’li Aug. 1, you’re calculating the cost of intimacy. This powerful Full Moon comes with an emotional fee. You’re willing to pay the price but be clear about what your devotion is buying. Are you setting yourself up to be a servant or a sacrificial lamb? The wisdom of a trusted friend comes to the rescue at the Last Quarter Moon in Taurus/Shor on Aug. 8. Perspective is everything! Recommit to core values at the New Moon in Leo/Aryeh Aug. 16.

Leo / Aryeh

Av begins with dramatic power plays; the Sun’s trine to Neptune/Rahav, opposition to Pluto, and entrance into Leo July 20-22 ignite all your righteous indignation. Railing and raging can feel good but accomplish little. Tu b’Av’s Full Aquarian Moon Aug. 1 opens your heart, but watch your words! Careless exaggerations may come back to bite you from behind when the Sun squares Jupiter/Tzedek Aug. 6; stick to verifiable accuracy to maintain credibility. The Sun conjuncts retrograde Venus/Noga and squares Uranus/Oron Aug. 13-15, followed by the New Leo Moon Aug. 15. Facing your fear of rejection makes you stronger!

Virgo / Betulah

We say “meshane makom, meshane mazal — change your place, change your luck,” but changing your perspective, whether by travel or inner work, changes your reality. New information brings a radical shift in point-of-view July 21-23 with Mercury/Kochav trine Chiron and square Uranus/Oron. This is a swift and surprising opportunity to heal long-lingering, private grief. Share your upgraded self-perception when Mercury conjuncts retrograde Venus/Noga July 27. Mercury enters his home sign of Virgo July 28, sharpening your already superior analytic skills. Strike the perfect balance between service and sacrifice Aug. 1, with Mercury opposing Saturn/Shabbatai at the Full Moon in Aquarius/D’li.

Libra / Moznayim

You may feel like you’re watching reruns of the story of your life when your planetary ruler Venus/Noga stations retrograde in Leo/Aryeh July 22. Old friends, old loves, old sources of creative energy re-emerge in different forms through early September during the retrograde period. Say the words you missed the chance to say the last time around when Mercury/Kochav conjuncts Venus July 27. Venus squares Uranus/Oron Aug. 9, throwing a surprise ego trip into the mix. Your natural emotional intelligence shines when the Sun conjuncts Venus and Venus trines Chiron Aug. 13-14. This time you hit the mark just right.

Scorpio / Akrav

You’ve internalized wise maturity via the tough life lessons you’ve learned over the last two years. The needs of your community vs. your own need for privacy battle during the opposition of Mars/Ma’adim and Saturn/Shabbatai July 20. Your innate leadership qualities exude social power; wear it with grace and noblesse oblige when the Sun opposes Pluto July 21. The first Quarter Moon in Scorpio July 25 supports settling home matters before focusing on externals. You need a peaceful domestic space! Partners play an important role in career matters when Mars trines Uranus/Oron Aug. 16 at the New Moon in Leo/Aryeh.

Sagittarius / Keshet

Nobody does escapism better than you. Nobody wants to escape the dull and mundane more than you! Nobody is madder than you are at the restrictions of time, money, mobility, and obligations to others which arise and prevent a quick exit. Break the chains of impediments, both real and imagined, when Mars/Ma’adim in Virgo/Betulah trines Jupiter/Tzedek in Taurus/Shor Aug. 1 at the Full Moon in Aquarius/D’li, with Mercury/Kochav in Virgo opposite Saturn/Shabbatai in Pisces/Dagim. This is a recipe for your personal liberation! Ignoring your spiritual needs when the Sun squares Jupiter Aug. 6 is unhealthy. Respect your desire for transcendence.

Capricorn / Gidi

Struggling with internalized creative tension? With the Lunar Nodal Axis now squaring your Sun for the next 18 months, this struggle will yield great rewards if you work with the energies instead of trying to avoid them. A new level of growth begins when Mars/Ma’adim opposes Saturn/Shabbatai on July 20, with the Sun trine Neptune/Rahav. Faith-building is part of the process. Your dependence on logic and rational analytics obscures the better part of your dream. Mercury/Kochav opposes Saturn Aug. 1, with the Full Moon in Aquarius/D’li.  It takes courage to bring ideas forward. Take yourself seriously or nobody else will!

Aquarius / D’li

Metaphorical lightning strikes July 23 when Mercury/Kochav squares Uranus/Oron. Make sure you’re grounded! A problem you’ve been pondering solves itself in a dream or vision on Tu b’Av, the Full Moon in Aquarius Aug. 1. Is the answer right in front of your face? Retrograde Venus/Noga squares Uranus Aug. 9, offering a previously unknown perspective. You’ve never feared being labeled “different”; you secretly fear being just like everyone else. Share this vulnerability when the Sun squares Uranus on Aug. 16. Mars/Ma’adim trines Uranus at the New Moon in Leo/Aryeh Aug. 15. Embrace your God-given uniqueness and wear your individuality proudly.

Pisces / Dagim

Will Saturn/Shabbatai in Pisces through May 2025 show up in your life as the bank auditor, or as the dean handing you a diploma? These are your choices. At the end of this transit, you’ll either feel unfairly judged, or relieved that all your intense efforts paid off. It’s entirely up to you. The Sun trines Neptune/Rahav on July 20, with Mars/Ma’adim opposite Saturn. You can make hard work look magical but don’t fool yourself. Magic is made of focus and dedication. Upgrade your environment for a mental health boost at the Sun’s square to Jupiter/Tzedek on Aug. 6.

Lorelai Kude
Lorelai Kude

Lorelai Kude began her career as a professional astrologer in the 1980s. She holds a BA in Journalism from San Francisco State University and a MA in Jewish Studies from Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union, where her thesis topic was astrology in Jewish cultural history. Find more of her work at astrolojew.com.