Aug 21, 2011

Astrological Trends for August 22-28

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

A strong desire for change sets off the week on Monday, August 22nd, as the moon in the mutable air sign of Gemini forms a quincunx to powerful Pluto in the cardinal earth sign of traditional Capricorn and a supportive sextile to erratic Uranus in the cardinal fire sign of pioneering Aries. This aspect pattern makes you feel that something has got to give or a better way to do things can be found if you explore the possibilities. The sun in the fixed fire sign of creative Leo opposes inspirational Neptune in the fixed air sign of experimental Aquarius, indicating that there may be many mistakes and instances of trial and error before new creative ways to affect the future or solve problems with ingenuity can be found. Venus in the practical and mutable earth sign of Virgo, which is conjunct the sun in the late degrees of Leo, also opposes Neptune. Venus in Virgo also forms a quincunx to Uranus in Aries at lunchtime, giving you the mindset to try and try again and explore yet another new option. Mars, the planet of action, in the cardinal water sign of emotional Cancer forms a supportive sextile to Jupiter, the planet of growth, in the steady fixed earth sign of Taurus, but forms a challenging square to disciplined Saturn in the cardinal air sign of perfectionist Libra. You can achieve what you want on the material level right now, but not without some angst. Even after accomplishing what you set out to do, you may feel like you fell just short of your mark. Give yourself points for persistence and patience. Uranus in upstart Aries continues to square Pluto in establishment-oriented Capricorn and create the conflict between old and new, especially in politics and the world economy. Use this energy to your advantage to ruthlessly clean out your closets and release things you no longer need or get rid of anything that is broken to make room for new things. Early this evening, the flirtatious Gemini moon forms a favorable trine to Saturn in Libra, enhancing all relationships, but especially the romantic kind. The Gemini moon is also semi-sextile to Mars in Cancer and semi-sextile Jupiter in Taurus. Lively conversation can lead to pleasure on the physical and emotional level.

A second chance to present a creative idea is possible on Tuesday, August 23rd, as the moon in the imaginative air sign of Gemini forms a stimulating sextile to Mercury retrograde in the fixed fire sign of creative Leo. The sun has left the fixed fire sign of Leo to enter the mutable earth sign of Virgo. The solar season of Virgo coincides with children returning to school, the season of harvest, and preparation for the winter months ahead. It is not easy to imagine cold winter days just yet when the weather is still so summery, but the daylight gets shorter every day and many of us turn our attention toward home maintenance and getting our "nest" ready for more indoor activities. A wonderful, productive trine forms now between Venus conjunct the sun in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, which will be in effect until August 30th. This aspect will increase trust and intimacy in established relationships and help singles to know exactly what they want in terms of an enduring romantic relationship. It will also help you to manifest what you need materially and if you are an artist, builder, or hobbyist, now is the perfect time to work on your projects for both pleasure and profit. Venus and the sun in Virgo also oppose Neptune in Aquarius conjunct Chiron in Pisces. This mixed combination of precise and diffuse, emotional and intellectual energy can create confusion around how to achieve your end result or a desire for a perfection you can only imagine but not translate into material form. This afternoon and evening, no other major aspects to the Gemini moon occur, making it a good night to enjoy TV, a movie, a good book, or conversation with a friend.

An emotional day is ahead on Wednesday, August 24th, as the moon in the cardinal water sign of emotional Cancer forms a supportive trine to inspirational Neptune in sensitive Pisces. Make the most of the peace and harmony this aspect delivers early today. At midday, the moon in Cancer forms a sextile to the sun conjunct Venus in Virgo, which makes people more compassionate and concerned for the needs of other people. If you have to ask for a favor, now is a good time to ask before the cardinal T-square develops later today, making people too opinionated, controlling, inflexible, or defensive. Uranus in Aries forms a square to both the moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. The Cancer moon also opposes Pluto. Later this evening, the T-square fades as the moon falls out of aspect to Uranus and Pluto. Now the Cancer moon sidles up to Mars and forms a supportive sextile to Jupiter in the fixed earth sign of steady Taurus. Tempers cool down and people are ready to apologize for outbursts and drama. Any emotions that were stirred by the T-square this afternoon should stabilize tonight. Physical activities or paying attention to your physical and material desires and needs is relaxing and grounding. There is nothing wrong with eating a big bowl of ice cream when it has a medicinal purpose!

Tread lightly around others, especially your significant other or boss, on Thursday, August 25th, when the moon conjunct Mars in the cardinal water sign of Cancer squares Saturn in Libra. Only one person can be boss right now and it looks as though each person thinks he or she should be IT! At lunchtime, the moon and Mars form a mild semi-sextile to Mercury retrograde in Leo, which can make power struggles verbally comical for eavesdroppers, but not necessarily for those wrapped up in their own debate. The moon moves away from Mars as the evening progresses and forms no other major planetary aspects. The need to control or argue diminishes, but now is not the time to issue ultimatums or create any further emotional drama. Comfort food, a warm bath, and a soft bed are a delight when the moon is in the home-loving, nurturing sign of Cancer.

An inspired solution to a problem may come about as a result of an emotional need on Friday, August 26th, when the moon in the final degrees of the cardinal water sign of Cancer forms a quincunx to Neptune in the fixed air sign of Aquarius. You may also receive a blessing or gift that arrives just in the nick of time. At midday, the moon leaves Cancer and enters the fixed fire sign of Leo, where it forms a semi-sextile to the sun conjunct Venus in practical Virgo and a quincunx to Neptune in intellectual Aquarius conjunct Chiron in sensitive Pisces. In the early afternoon, the Leo moon also forms a favorable trine to genius Uranus in the cardinal fire sign of headstrong Aries and a quincunx to potent Pluto in willful Capricorn. This amazing blending of energy makes me think of a theater production with many sets, scenes, actors, and an excited audience in place, waiting for the magic of the show to begin. Together, all the planets today make a theater production of their own. If you have a major plan or project you wish to pursue or present, now is the time to gather your talent and energy so you can direct the play! There is an audience waiting to see what you've got for them. Mercury is about to go direct - are you ready?

On Saturday, August 27th, the moon in the fixed fire sign of Leo joins Mercury in Leo. Mercury has gone direct and the extra oomph it receives from the moon feels like a big cheer and applause. Together, the moon and Mercury in Leo form a supportive sextile to Saturn in Libra, which assists you in working cooperatively with other people, especially in creative endeavors. The moon and Mercury also square Jupiter in Taurus, which creates a reality check or stopgap if your enthusiasm gets too out-of-control or your plans are too over-the-top. At lunchtime, the moon/Mercury square to Jupiter fades and the moon forms a semi-sextile to Mars, the planet of action, in nurturing Cancer. You and everyone else will be more demonstrative in body and emotions now. Early this evening, the sun conjunct Venus in Virgo enters a favorable exchange of energy through a trine to Jupiter in the fixed earth sign of Taurus. If you have any shopping to do, this is the perfect evening to do it, especially if you have been delaying purchases of electronics or appliances during the Mercury retrograde period. You will find good deals on practical things now.

Another day that resembles a theater production arrives on Sunday, August 28th, as the moon in the late degrees of the fixed fire sign of dramatic Leo opposes Neptune in the fixed air sign of detached Aquarius. Early this afternoon, the moon leaves the sign of Leo and enters the mutable earth sign of Virgo, where it joins the sun in Virgo and then Venus in Virgo. The moon will intensify the aspects that are already in place: the trine between Venus/sun in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn, the opposition between Venus/sun and Neptune in Aquarius conjunct Chiron in Pisces, the quincunx between Venus/sun and Uranus in Aries. The trine between Venus in Virgo and Jupiter in Taurus is the last aspect to be intensified as the evening progresses. In many ways, all the energy of the week seems to come around again for a review, much like the curtain call at the end of a play, but this time, the "actors" seem to be performing better, since they had their dress rehearsal! The heavy influence of Virgo energy seems to be saying, "Pay attention and get with the program!" Now is the time to take care of the details, itemize, and prioritize as you write your own script for the week ahead. When all the planets got activated under the Cancer moon earlier in the week, things began to move on the emotional level as desire for new beginnings and forward motion was stimulated. Now the Jupiter/Venus trine and the Virgo moon activating the sun and Mercury in Virgo are taking care of the practical side of things and showing you how to manifest your desires and put your plans into action.

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