The astrological season is almost ready to shift. While this weekend promises some sweet summer stories, next week brings the first hints of the industrious fall ahead.
On Friday Mercury, the Sun, Venus, Mars, and asteroid Juno are all lined up in expressive, emotive Leo. We can tell great stories, but he news headlines may continue to feel overblown, mythic, and, sometimes unbelievable. On a good day this line-up just adds joy to gatherings, pizzazz to creative endeavors in performance arts, extra lightning to storms. Other days it can add an over-the-top drama, we look at the headlines and wonder who wrote that script, but can make the story no less tragic because it’s melodramatic.
Relationships and busy social schedules can uplift us but require lots of emotional energy. The volume is cranked on our emotions, and maybe sometimes we won’t want to care because if we do, will care so much that we feel overwhelmed. On Friday and Saturday, a sensitive Pisces Moon adds to this an empathic, almost maudlin streak.
By Sunday morning, we may see a first leaf turn or notice the smell of school supplies and grow curious about the work ahead as activating Mars enters industrious, thoughtful, critical-thinking Virgo and the Moon enters proactive Aries. Creative Venus enters Virgo next Wednesday, and the energizing Sun follows on Friday. We can be less bamboozled by a story and need more facts, feel less sociable and more attentive to the nuts and bolts of our work. Instead of talking about the world’s problems, or our own, or staging a dramatic response, we’ll want to do something about them. Just watch a new tendency to be self-critical, to try and wound with pointed facts, and instead stay solution-focused.
Jupiter and Saturn, the two planets that, among other things describe the liberal to conservative arc of our social contracts, form an uncomfortable quincunx over the weekend and early next week. Different political parties seem to be speaking on skew lines, even more so than normal, as if from different universes. Finding common ground will be difficult, but the problems may become more clearly defined. Look for more interesting political analysis, and personal assessment, on Tuesday and Wednesday as the Moon enters pragmatic Taurus while mental Mercury quincunx Saturn and Neptune, and trines Jupiter. Rigorous thinking can set us free.
By the end of the week, check in with personal goals, put out CVs, and begin to prepare for the autumnal busyness. Don’t abandon summer too soon, but be ready to fan the sparks of opportunity as they arise.
Friday, August 16: Where the energy is sweet, it is so very sweet. Emotions are strong, possibly over-the-top. Some experience can help change our minds or make us feel anxious as mental Mercury squares electrical Uranus. Events may not flow as tended, just watch out for emotional voltage underneath that anxiety, know that we may be speaking in hyperbole, even to ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a point. Enjoy a break in routine.
Mercury square Uranus 11:07 AM, Moon trine Uranus 11:11 AM.
Saturday, August 17: Savor this wonderful summer day, as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces we want to drift in a creative dream, listen to the water in the stream, and share sweet moments. And may tend to guilt trip anybody who gets in the way, though everyone might have a different approach on how to live out the dream and indulge in the magic. Sleep early, a cranky edge hits towards midnight as Mars enters Virgo.
Moon square Jupiter 3:11 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 3:35 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune 10:08 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 4:34 PM, Mars enters Virgo 11:18 PM.
Sunday August 18: The energy is feisty and active, a bit volatile, so make sure it explodes in a direction in a positive direction. As the Aries Moon quincunx the Sun, Venus, and Mars. We may feel suddenly impatient about some urgent work or project that is been deferring for a while, our priorities are beginning to shift, the demands on our time reorganizing. Don’t waste energy getting anxious, just reorganize and set the sales towards the new work the new goals.
Moon enters Aries 10:32 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 9:07 PM
Monday, August 19: Expect political differences as Jupiter quincunx Saturn. It’s hard to get people heading in the same directions or to imagine how we can meet disparate needs at the same time. Take things out of the perspective of right and wrong and look for what will help the most. Once we get going, once we can get all the horses heading in the same direction, a grand trine with the Moon in Aries, Mercury in Leo, and Jupiter in Sagittarius helps us build momentum.
Jupiter quincunx Saturn 8:46 AM, Moon trine Mercury 9:41 AM, Moon square Saturn 3:55 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 3:58 PM.
Tuesday, August 20: What’s in motion will tend to stay in motion as the Aries Moon trines the Sun and Venus; what’s at rest, or stuck, will tend to stay that way as that Moon also squares Pluto. Feel the feistiness, but choose fights carefully; if we can find common ground, we can run forward. Our beloveds feel their independence and love to be included, but will but will be hate to be told what to do. Evening settles, but differences could entrench as the Moon enters Taurus; don’t be stubborn just for the sake of stubbornness.
Moon square Pluto 4 AM, Moon trine Sun 6:00 PM, Moon trine Venus 10:06 PM, Moon enters Taurus 10:36 PM.
Wednesday, August 21: Some difficult nuts and bolts need to be wrestled as Mercury challenges Saturn and Venus enters Virgo. We can see a little farther ahead, may have to disagree with a system or an authority figure that thinks they know what they’re doing, but we can make good decisions about pragmatic next steps. It furthers to begin and continue, rather than look at how far it is to the end of the road. We’ll feel so much better once we see some progress.
Mercury quincunx Saturn 2:26 AM, Moon trine Mars 2:32 AM, Venus enters Virgo 3:06 AM, Mercury trine Jupiter 4:04 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 11:33 AM.
Thursday, August 22: take moments to laugh and savor the last day of the Leo Sun even as that new industriousness asks us to tend our work and stir the coals for future possibilities. Communication can be off today, wait till tomorrow to send out those new proposals, but work let the imagination roam through them today. Relationships we can get critical with one another as an in in a loving way or wanting to improve one another with too many good suggestions as a side product of anxiety, keep on track with one’s own work and let others find their own way. Okay
Moon trine Saturn 2:57 AM, Moon square Mercury 7:22 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 9:22 AM, Moon trine Pluto 3:32 PM, Mercury quincunx Neptune 8:25 PM.
All times are MDT.
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