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Unusual Times -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Aug.17th - Sun., Aug.23rd , 2015

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

I felt like someone had drugged me all of last week... definitely connected to the Neptune/Mercury opposition that was exact last Wednesday. It helped to be compassionate with myself and rest whenever I could -- as did taking some time off over the weekend.

This week's headline items: the first Quarter Moon in Scorpio becomes exact on Saturday afternoon; the Sun changes signs from Leo to Virgo on Sunday morning... And there will be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday afternoon (for a little over 3 hours), Wednesday late evening (6.5 hours), and Saturday afternoon (a little over an hour).

Monday: the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 4:23pm EDT. This turns our focus toward practical activities. Solving problems, making order out of confusion, helping others: all bring emotional satisfaction. 

Health might come into focus. We notice the parts that make up the whole; this is a great time to see if our daily routines (eating, work, self-care, etc.), align with our long-term goals. 

Monday at 1:16pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC) that last a little over 3-hours, until 4:23pm EDT. Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to get organized and get clear about what you want to manifest long-term. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. 

Monday at 4:23pm EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Thursday morning. The energy of the Libra Moon wants to maintain equal relationships: we thus tend to spend more time on diplomacy -- making compromises, negotiating, practicing graciousness, balancing, etc.
 
We can better set aside our emotions, to achieve the peace we desire; the shadow side of this is a tendency to avoid direct confrontations. We see both sides -- and may also fear loss of approval -- so we can't decide. As best as you can, find your inner balance with this... and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm. 

Tuesday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Monday afternoon for details).

Tuesday morning:  We have an opportunity to connect with others and create great things. In the late morning, we may need to make some inner adjustments, allowing ourselves to go with the flow, while still connecting to others. 

In the evening, we may need to make some adjustments and find creative ways to work with the energies at play: On the one hand we need to collaborate with others and play nice, on the other hand, we feel a deep desire to be authentic and truthful about what we want to build long-term.

Wednesday: the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Monday afternoon for details).

Wednesday early afternoon, a harmonious Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 12:44pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Friday on; it will be strong until next week Tuesday. This aspect helps us to embrace all that is new and unusual in romance and finance. We are ready to experiment -- but not to commit. We have an offbeat, pleasant attitude and people are more willing to socialize. 

This is an especially good time for financial undertakings involving any of the following: technology and the internet; metaphysics; the arts; group activities. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, this could be a good couple of days for the stock market indexes :-) 

Please remember that Venus is still retrograde, therefore remain from starting anything brand-new when it comes to investments or relationships.

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 17-23 degrees of Leo, Aries or Sagittarius? If so, you will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Uranus rules Aquarius)

Also on Wednesday early afternoon, a somewhat challenging Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 12:51pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed in order to see what needs adjusting. 

There may be vague feelings of discontent in our relationships -- or a choice that needs to be made regarding personal relationships, money, or possessions. Insecurity involving others might make it hard for us to express our affections naturally or flowingly. As best as you can, bring a good dose of compassion and understanding to yourself and any interactions you have with others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 19-21 degrees of Leo or Pisces? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Pisces (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Neptune is the ruler of Pisces).

Wednesday at 10:56pm EDT, we enter a 6.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that last until 5:24am EDT (Thursday early morning)Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to bring fairness, balance and a fun-loving attitude to interactions with others. Take it easy and, as always during VoC, go with the flow (and avoid starting anything brand-new). 

Thursday morning at 5am EDT, Mercury moves over 20 degrees of Virgo (the degree at which the Solar Eclipse will become exact on Sept. 13th). This will trigger some communication issues or thought patterns that will need to be addressed on or after Sept. 13th. The key here is to create awareness of two things: First, how can we connect more clearly to our inner dialog and our Soul's journey? 

Second: what additional information do we need to tap into, so that we can connect more fully to how we can be of service and what it entails? What messages are you receiving this morning that need addressing?

If you set intentions last week Friday or Saturday, after the New Moon became exact, Thursday after 5:24am EDT will be the best time to take relevant actions. If you wrote your intentions down, go back and take another look at what came through intuitively. If you didn’t write anything down, get quiet for a moment and check in with yourself: What actions are calling to you?

Thursday at 5:24am EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Tuesday morning. We feel emotions on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things -- superficiality won't work for us now -- and we instinctively read between the lines. 

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power; it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. This tends to be an emotionally colored, all-or-nothing, black or white experience -- it can therefore be an intimate, passionate time. 

As best as you can, avoid manipulation, brooding and suspicion; instead, open to the wealth of your innermost feelings -- decide to go deeper, allowing all feelings to surface, if they need to. Embrace all of who you are. Know thyself, love thyself and you shall be set free. 

Remember: a deep love of all that we are will connect us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and is ultimately what disempowers ourselves and others. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact on Saturday afternoon).

Right after the Moon enters Scorpio, a Mercury/Chiron opposition becomes exact at 5:44am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until Saturday. We have a chance to balance our ability to think and speak clearly with our emotional wounding and insecurities. 
 
This aspect may play out in a relationship, with each of you living out one side of the equation. We may experience guilt or shame around something we said or didn't say. If you feel triggered by someone else, or vice versa: as best as you can, bring compassion and kindness towards both of you. Ask yourself: Is this connected to my past and/or upbringing? What if this is an opportunity to embrace myself with love and kindness?
 
Do you have your Ascendent (or personal planets) in 17-23 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will be most affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo (Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo).

Also on Thursday morning, a somewhat challenging Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 6:02am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday morning on; it will be strong until Thursday night. This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed if we’re to see what needs adjusting.

It can be hard to make decisions under this influence, as we tend to doubt our perceptions, or the our problem-solving ability. It may also be hard to read the intention behind the words used to communicate, leading to misunderstandings: As best as you can, give yourself time to respond and forgive yourself if you make mistakes -- after all, you are human ;-)

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 19-21 degrees of Virgo or Aries? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Jupiter of Sagittarius).

Friday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Thursday morning for details).

Friday evening, a challenging Sun/Saturn becomes exact at 7:40pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until next week Monday. We're asked to stretch ourselves and grow beyond what we have known ourselves to be; this commitment (and responsibility) towards a deeper process with ourselves and others urges us out of our comfort zone. 

Find creative ways to honor your inner process. Connect to the joy within, even if that means giving up some privacy or emotional safety. A true King or Queen is able to fulfill their duties, even if that is the price. Which would you rather have: your old programs, or more joy and love? Can you stand up as the King or Queen within?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 25-29 degrees of Leo, Scorpio, Taurus, Aquarius orin 0-2 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Capricorn (the Sun rules Leo; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Saturday: the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio until 4:41pm EDT (see Thursday morning for details).

Saturday morning, a somewhat challenging Mars/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 6:22am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday morning on; it will be strong until next week Monday. Our idealism and high expectations could lead us into frustrating circumstances that leaves us emotionally and physically drained. 

Our vitality and emotional resilience increase as we learn how (and where) to get involved in projects we feel passionate about. We have difficulty establishing realistic limits with others and around our self-expectations. We could feel vaguely discontented and directionless under this influence. 

There might be a tendency toward carelessness, poor judgment and feeling overwhelmed -- this could potentially keep us from realizing our plans. As best as you can, allow for downtime, resting and spiritual connections.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 1-5 degrees of Leo or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Pisces (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Neptune rules Pisces)

Saturday at 3:31pm EDT, the first Quarter Moon becomes exact, in 29 degrees of ScorpioWe started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Scorpio on Thursday morning. The Moon in passionate, intimate, all-or-nothing Scorpio makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in playful, attention-seeking, self-expressed Leo

We feel compelled to take action. Last week saw the New Moon, on Aug. 14th If we began a project or initiative around then, it is probably off the ground by now -- and facing its first obstacles. This is therefore a time to stretch and grow -- and create some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy. As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible and find creative solutions in your day-to-day interactions with others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 27-29 degrees of Scorpio, Leo, Taurus, Aquarius or 0-1 degrees of Sagittarius,Virgo, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

Right after the first Quarter Moon becomes exact, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC) that last a little over an hour, until 4:41pm EDT. We are experiencing two quite different needs, pulling us in different directions. On the one hand, we have a need for fun and feeling self-expressed. On the other hand, we need to focus on our inner experiences — and take responsibility for who we are deep down. 

Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions when it comes to these energies. If at all possible, refrain from starting anything brand-new and stick to routine things. If nothing else…simply go with the flow.

Saturday at 4:41pm EDT, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Monday night/Tuesday very early morning of next week. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. The Sagittarius Moon persuades us to come from intuition and think in a broader manner. 

We seek meaning and ideas that expand upon the "here and now"; we pursue truth and a new vision -- meaning the big picture, rather than the details. Spontaneity is the key: we'd rather improvise than plan; this may tip into just "winging it". We could also overdo or overstate. 

Sunday: the Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Saturday afternoon for details).

Sunday at 6:37am EDT, the Sun changes signs from playful, vital Leo into practical, detail-oriented Virgo. It will journey through Virgo until September 23rd. This time is best used for getting our lives in order and expressing ourselves in realistic, practical terms. 

Taking care of health issues (for example, starting a new exercise or eating routine) might be just the thing to do within the next four weeks. Being of service and moving towards improving our living conditions are essential Virgo qualities. How can you be of service to others? What is something in your life that could benefit from making improvements?

All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Virgo Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Virgo, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo, you are more aware of the details and are more grounded in reality.

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Saturday afternoon for details); at 6:04pm EDT, we enter a 6.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that last until 12:22am EDT (Monday night/Tuesday very early morning)...more about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,
Sonja

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1 Comment to Unusual Times -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Aug.17th - Sun., Aug.23rd , 2015:

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Crystal Thompson on Monday, August 17, 2015 3:40 AM
I'm not sure where I should begin, truth is I'm so drained. My life has been on hold for quite some time now. I became a very young mother, now at 40 I'm a grandmother. I'm at peace with my choices I have made in my past but for sure my future is forever altered. I love to write, but only in my journal... I was a little embarrassed about what I had been going through but something in ME feel as though SOMEONE need's to hear it!!! For SOOOO long I have been AFRAID, but ALL that I have endured...I'M far from BEING WEAK!! I haven't been using my time wisely, is it ME or it's just not my time? I'm ready for so much more, if my Hardship's have ALL been a test, visit feel wiser, just at a standstill. My oldest is in her 3rd year in college and my youngest is in the 5th grade. Besides caring for my grandson I'm really trying to tap into something deeper, but with my constant distraction's or ME just being lazy...Will I Miss another Opportunity? I Thank You in advance for taking the time to respond. I emailed someone a few year's back, the thing's she got from my energy vibes she was very accurate & helpful. GOD KNOW'S I NEED IT!! ♥
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