Daily Cosmic Calendar for August 23

[All times are calculated for the Pacific Daylight Zone. If you are living in a different time zone, add or subtract the necessary hours so that any timed alignment will be exact where you live.]  If you are in the mood for a rebirth and regeneration of your leadership skills, then the arrival of fiery, assertive Aries Moon (12:14AM) can become a feather in your cap. Try to brush aside a mood of tension or volatility as Mars makes a frictional, 135-degree link to Chiron (2:18AM). Learning about one or more of the martial arts is one way to tweak this aspect in a favorable manner.  Tune into the shift of Mercury from grandiose Leo to behind-the-scenes master Virgo (3:38PM). Mercury is now moving at just over 2 degrees per day — its fastest movement until it eventually goes into retrograde again starting on October 21. Mercury in Virgo — to go along with yesterday’s solar movement into the same sign — provides a strong dose of organizational and efficiency-oriented themes for your utilization and possible enjoyment. Weeding, cleaning and repair work of any kind can be a joy when several celestial bodies emphasize the qualities of this sixth sign of the zodiac.  If you are looking for surprises, a mental jolt or shock to the system, you can probably find it during the monthly Moon-Uranus union in Aries (9:19PM). Advanced studies on the frontiers of science, medicine, metaphysics and astrology are yours for the taking