Aug 29, 2011

Astrological Trends for August 29 - September 4

Cross-posted from Aloha Astro

On Monday, August 29th, the new moon in the mutable earth sign of practical and purposeful Virgo joins the sun and Venus, the planet of affection and pleasure, also in Virgo. Together, this harmonious trio forms a productive trine to powerful Pluto in success-oriented Capricorn and a blessed trine to Jupiter, the planet of growth and abundance, in the material-minded fixed earth sign of Taurus. This morning, the Virgo trio also forms a quincunx to Uranus in Aries. Mercury, planet of thought and communication, in the fixed and creative fire sign of Leo is now direct, and is supported by a sextile to Mars in the sensitive and nurturing cardinal water sign of Cancer. After the past few weeks of delay energy a Mercury retrograde period may have delivered to you, today's new moon energy fully supports you in creating new plans and implementing them. A challenging square aspect between restrictive, serious Saturn in the cardinal air sign of relationship-minded Libra and Mars, the planet of action, in the cardinal water sign of emotional Cancer indicates that you may have to handle people with kid gloves or be mindful of your own emotional reactions to the comments or actions of other people. The square between Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Aries, which you have been dealing with for weeks now, continues to produce friction and possible breaking energy between new and old. As the moon progresses further this afternoon and leaves the sun and Venus behind, it forms a supportive sextile to Mars in Cancer, which encourages acting upon your gut instincts. If you have to make a decision, do what feels right to you. The practical Virgo moon is also semi-sextile to discerning Saturn in Libra, which can help you make the right choice. Later this evening, Mercury in Leo forms a semi-sextile to Mars in Cancer and a semi-sextile to the moon in Virgo, indicating your decisions, plans, thoughts, or speech are in harmony with your feelings and your actions.

Purposeful compassion or practical ingenuity that benefits others is possible the morning of Tuesday, August 30th, when the moon in the late degrees of the mutable earth sign of Virgo forms a quincunx to Neptune, the planet of spiritual inspiration, in the future-minded fixed air sign of Aquarius. Virgo is an earth sign, but its traditional planetary ruler is Mercury, the planet of thought. Aquarius is a cerebral, intellectual, inventive air sign. Virgo places service above all things and Neptune is a planet of sacrifice, grace, and Divine beauty. This quincunx can be quite powerful if it is applied to healing work or finding a solution to a problem that affects other people or society as a whole. The quincunx between the moon and Neptune remains in place this afternoon, but the moon moves into the cardinal air sign of relationship-minded, diplomatic Libra, where it now challenges Uranus in the pioneering cardinal fire sign of Aries. There may be some ruffled feathers you need to smooth or red tape you must unravel in order to put your plan into action. Ah, bureaucracy! Keep your patience now and remain polite in order to get what you want. The sun and Venus in Virgo trine Jupiter in Taurus and also trine Pluto in Capricorn go a long way toward ensuring you get what you want if you keep your attention on it and work at it - persistence pays off. Early this evening, the Libra moon squares controlling Pluto in Capricorn at the same time it opposes upstart Uranus in Aries, completing a cardinal T-square. By now, if you have been following the trends for a while, you may know how a cardinal T-square affects you personally based on past experience or looking to see where you have Libra, Aries, and Capricorn in your own natal chart. The issue here is individual will, desire to control, and the resistance to cooperation, so you may want to mind your own business this evening and let others mind theirs. If something absolutely must be discussed or decided, passing a Native American talking stick might be a good idea!

An aspect pattern that supports beauty and design on a material level gets Wednesday, August 31st, off to a happy start. If you are in a profession where the right sound, look, word, or image is important, the early part of the day puts you in flow with the Venus-ruled Libra moon conjunct precise Saturn in Libra. Together, the moon and Saturn in Libra form a quincunx to expansive Jupiter in material-minded, Venus-ruled Taurus, and also a semi-sextile to Venus and the sun in practical Virgo. The sun and Virgo also aspect Jupiter in Taurus with a trine. This is a perfect time for form following function under the influence of balance, proportion, harmony, and beauty. If you are not an artist or designer of any kind, you can still maximize this aspect by shopping for things that are both functional and beautiful. Get your shopping done by the middle of the afternoon, however, before the moon and Saturn in Libra form a challenging square to Mars in Cancer, which may cause emotional and intellectual incompatibility or conflict in all interactions between people. The semi-sextile between Venus/sun in Virgo and moon/Saturn in Libra will help people mind their manners, but they may try to kill each other with politeness! When the moon and Saturn in Libra activate Mercury in dramatic Leo through a sextile later this afternoon, the winner of any debate or competition is the one with the most cheek or chutzpah. Engaging in competitive sports or games tonight may be a good way for you to work off any accumulated stress from the day. The mind is stimulated tonight, which can make sleep difficult. Use the extra mental creativity to brainstorm or enjoy a hobby.

Does everything in life seem perfect this morning? A wonderful trine between the moon in the cardinal air sign of Libra and Neptune in the fixed air sign of Aquarius on the morning of Thursday, September 1st, can create emotional and mental harmony that is as close to perfect as you can get. Just the fact that you can turn the calendar page over today and anticipate the change of seasons may make you smile as you plan ahead for possible adventures this month. The day may become intriguing in the early afternoon when the moon leaves Libra and enters the fixed water sign of secretive Scorpio. The Scorpio moon is very active, with a quincunx to Uranus in the cardinal fire sign of Aries and a favorable trine from the moon to Neptune in Aquarius conjunct nearby Chiron in Pisces. Metaphysical investigation or exploring unusual ideas is possible under this influence. You may be willing to try something offbeat or alternative to bring about a personal change or healing. Some concrete proof of your unusual methods may be visible as early as this evening, when the Scorpio moon also forms a sextile to transformative Pluto in Capricorn. Emotion release or personal transformation can have a direct effect on your body or material manifestations. With Venus and the sun in Virgo still trine to Jupiter in Taurus, practical and grounded relationships are highlighted. Today's Scorpio moon being stirred by Pluto and Uranus may prompt you to take a risk on committing to a relationship because you feel the passion now as much as you feel the logical rightness of things.

Passion listens to the voice of reason the morning of Friday, September 2nd, as the moon in the fixed water sign of sultry Scorpio forms a sextile to Venus and the sun in level-headed Virgo. The Scorpio moon also opposes Jupiter in Taurus. An opposition to Jupiter is never entirely negative because Jupiter is so benevolent. I see this aspect pattern as a chance to examine your feelings about a relationship closely before getting in too deep. If there are any issues around trust or control, they should be dealt with now. The opposition fades by lunchtime, and a semi-sextile between the moon and Saturn in Libra enhances the ability to think clearly about your feelings. Around dinnertime, the Scorpio moon forms a trine to Mars in Cancer, making tonight the perfect time to wine, dine, and romance a potential partner or your beloved. Make sure the lights are low and there are candles. Ladies, dress like a femme fatale with curves and softness. Men, dress and act like James Bond. The extra spice from a semi-sextile between Mars in Cancer and Mercury in Leo helps couples enjoy the atmosphere and role-playing.

On Saturday, September 3rd, the day may begin quietly as the moon in the fixed water sign of sensitive Scorpio forms no major aspects to another planet until midday. A Scorpio moon is an excellent time for introspection and listening to your intuition. Be quiet and observe now. At midday, a problematic square between the Scorpio moon and Neptune in Aquarius can make you sensitive to the vibrations and noise of other people and boundary issues could arise. This is an aspect of stubbornness and distortion, so retreat may be the best tactic when confronted by anyone who seems unstable or out-of-sorts. This evening, when the moon leaves Scorpio and enters the mutable fire sign of adventurous Sagittarius, it forms an exciting trine to Uranus in Aries, but also an awkward square to Neptune in Aquarius conjunct Chiron in Pisces. There is a real possibility that some of you may throw caution to the wind and take risks that can jeopardize your physical safety or the safety of others. Please do not drink and drive tonight and be a safe, defensive driver. A semi-sextile between the Sagittarius moon and Pluto in Capricorn means the police may be out looking to write speeding tickets and pull in DUIs. Stay home and satisfy this temporary planetary urge for adventure and derring-do by watching an action movie.

Overly optimistic or expensive plans may need revision the morning of Sunday, September 4th. The moon in the mutable fire sign of eager Sagittarius is greedy for more or better as it forms a trine to abundant Jupiter in the material earth sign of Taurus. But the Sagittarius moon is being reined-in by a square to the sun and Venus in Virgo. You can't ignore practicality now. Maybe you have to stick to a budget or consider the needs of other people before spreeing or traveling. Early this afternoon, the Sagittarius moon forms a sextile to Saturn in the relationship-minded sign of Libra and Saturn forms a semi-sextile to the sun and Venus in Virgo. It does look like your plans must take into consideration the opinions or interests of your friends or family. Isn't that what relating is all about? A square between the moon in Sagittarius and the sun in Virgo may make you wish you could be a selfish child again, when your only concern was playtime and your own happiness. The sun/moon square is testing your emotional maturity and responsibility now and your ability to make nice with others. *sigh* This is the kind of aspect that makes you want to scribble mustaches on people's faces and poke fun at anything too proper or uptight. This puckish wickedness continues through the evening. Find something naughty to do or break a few minor rules, as long as they won't result in legal actions. Read a book or watch a movie with a vigilante hero or heroine. Come up with ideas that relax rules or make "have to" activities more fun.

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