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Without Apologies -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Aug. 15th - Sun., Aug. 21st, 2016

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

Last week was filled to the max; luckily I also had lots of energy, thanks to Mars in Sagittarius... Listening to my body and intuition was not as easy this past week; my optimism and enthusiasm to keep going overrode the intuitive sense that I had to slow down and nurture myself. 

The questions before me was: does it serve me to keep pushing my body/mind to the limits?  By the end of the week, exhaustion kicked in and I had to slow down, whether I liked it or not... Definitely could feel that Mars drawing closer to Saturn in Sagittarius.

One quick announcement before we dive into this week's forecast: 
Last chance to sign up for my MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM, live this Thursday at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/11pm BST(London-time). Please note that we have a Mercury Retrograde & Solar Eclipse coming up in late August/early September! 

If you'd like to get in alignment with the stars for those events, register to join me live or sign up for the mp4-video recording of our live event. Other than booking a reading with me, this is the highest level of support you can get -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. To register now, click here

This week's headline items: Saturn, now direct, is still stationing (i.e. moving slowly) until Aug. 26th and the Full Moon in Aquarius becomes exact on Thursday morning.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday late evening (for a little over 9 hours), Thursday early morning (7 hours), and Saturday morning (7 hours).

Monday (August 15th): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn. It will journey there until Tuesday morning. We tend to be more realistic, serious, cautious; this can support practical endeavors and financial matters. 

Our ambition surges and brings with it a need for structure and planning; when you add in the pragmatism this aspect supports, you can see how this could be a very productive time for business and long-term goals. Our reputation becomes very important to us. 

As best as you can during this aspect, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off, perhaps by saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-)

Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn; it's transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore limiting beliefs and bust through conditioned thought structures. It's also a great time to take a more serious look at the "meaning of life". 

As best as you can, be authentic about your beliefs: Do they actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, rather than 5 or 10 years ago? What is true as of now? What is not? 

Monday at 10:45pm EDT,we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 9 hours, until 7:52am EDT (on Tuesday morning). Use this intuitive time to gain a new perspective on daily routines -- and allow new-found optimism to further long-term goals.

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Monday night and Tuesday morning ahead of time ;-)

Tuesday (Aug. 16th) at 7:52am EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius, where it will journey until Thursday early afternoon. With this Moon placement, we often feel emotionally detached; when we do connect to our feelings, it's typically from a cerebral, intellectual place. We need a cause or project that resonates -- preferably one where we can connect with like-minded people.

For the next couple of days, we'll tend to be more eccentric or experimental; future-related issues like politics or education call to us now, as do unusual or even esoteric subjects like Astrology, UFOs... indeed anything from outer space. Our scientific approach to things leans on originality and ingenuity; we definitely love being unconventional. 

The increased value we place on personal and emotional independence could make us come off as indifferent or cold in one-on-one interactions. That said, we can still be friendly and kind, provided we aren't pushed into doing something conventional or unethical. This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the Full Moon -- it will be exact on Thursday morning -- more on that later...

Tuesday early afternoon, a somewhat challenging Sun/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 12:15pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday early morning on; it will be strong until Wednesday 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.

During this time, we tend to feel less confident about our self-expression; this may cause us to duck important issues, which in turn may bring up shame or guilt. As best as you can, be kind and compassionate with yourself -- healing happens best when we allow ourselves to be exactly where we are, even if it's not where we prefer to be.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 23-25 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 Leo (the Sun rules of Leo)

Tuesday late afternoon, a harmonious Sun/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 4:23pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday on; it will be strong until this Friday. This aspect connects us to a strong energy field -- physical and metaphysical. We feel alive, we want to create a better future for ourselves and others, and we want to have fun doing it. Watch out for messages from the Universe :-)

Originality and innovation come easy to us, as does connection with like-minded people. We can celebrate our idealism and unconventional approaches to life's challenges and and take advantage of them. What if you expressed what's unique about you without apologies -- maybe even with authenticity and pride? What might be possible with a bigger network of like-minded people? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or personal planets in 21-27 degrees of Leo, Aries or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel more blessed by this planetary connection than otherwise.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aquarius or Leo (the Sun rules Leo; Uranus rules Aquarius) 

Wednesday (Aug. 17th): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Tuesday morning for details).

Wednesday late evening, a harmonious Venus/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 10:17pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect build from Monday on; it will be strong until Saturday. This aspect brings a fruitful and rewarding period in our lives. We experience new depths of intimacy (with an existing or new partner), we learn to appreciate the important people in our lives, and our value system transforms and evolves. 

This is likely an excellent period for finances as well. Work we've done might pay off, and we are able to manage our finances better, with more attention to detail, planning and strategy -- as well as the elimination of anything that no longer serves us. We might renew a commitment, or bring new, deeper and more intimate energy into a relationship under the influence of this aspect. 

Our sexual lives might get a real boost now, as we tend to want to connect on a deeper level. We might find ourselves strongly attracted to someone, almost to the point of obsession. If this aspect connects with any of your personal planets, you might just meet the "love of your life".  

One thing is for sure -- relationships experienced now are bound to be unforgettable. While this transit tends to signal new or strengthened relationships, any relationship that ends during this cycle may leave us feeling liberated. 

Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 12-18 degrees of Virgo, Capricorn or Taurus 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 Scorpio (Venus being the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Thursday (Aug. 18th): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 12:34pm EDT (see Tuesday morning for details).

Very last chance to sign up for my MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM, live today (Thursday) at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/11pm BST(London-time). Please note that we have a Mercury Retrograde & Solar Eclipse coming up in late August/early September! If you'd like to get in alignment with the stars for those events, register now, to join me live or sign up for the mp4-video recording of our live event.

Other than booking a reading with me, this is the highest level of support you can get -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. To register now, click here  If you would like to join live, please keep in mind that registration will close an hour before the live event begins, if you register after 5pm EDT on Thursday you will receive the mp4-video recording of the webinar.

Thursday morning, at 5:27am EDT, the Full Moon becomes exact in almost 26 degrees of Aquarius. As mentioned, the entrance of the Moon into Aquarius on Tuesday morning started the energetic build up towards the Full Moon. This Full Moon in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius opposes the Sun in fun-loving, expressive Leo. Feel free to click here to watch my video about this Full Moon ;-)

For the next two weeks, we’ll be looking for balance and integration between two opposing energies; we are more aware than everthat something is out of alignment. The balance in question is between the energies of Leo and Aquarius

Leo symbolizes the expression of our own individual light, unique gifts, and inner spark of the divine. Aquarius, on the other hand, symbolizes the power of community and collaboration in bringing about a common vision. You could say that Leo represents our individual self-expression and Aquarius our vision for humankind. So how to achieve that balance? 

Let's first take a look at what Saturn (the traditional ruler of Aquarius) is doing: At the time of the Full Moon, Saturn and Mars are almost completely conjunct in Sagittarius, squaring Neptune, Venus and the Moon Nodes (the latter represent the Soul's Journey).
 
This creates yet another T-square with Saturn and Mars as the focus point! We live in "interesting" times; things are changing rapidly, we are no longer able to "do" life the same way we did it 10 (or even 5) years ago. We are more aware of ourselves: our feelings, intuition, limitations,... 

A lot of us are waking up to the reality that everything is interconnected -- and that life is meant to be lived from a wholesome place, that includes the heart, the head and all of who we are. This is a life that doesn't compartmentalize the uncomfortable; that embraces all shadows and imperfections. You might call it "Being Human" ;-) 

Adaptability is key with this T-square! Living as though nothing has changed will limit us; so will being fearful and making up new "rules" that help us cope with all the changes. So what shall we do?
 
We are invited to be present to ourselves and life, and trust our inner guidance, our ability to handle whatever shows up -- learning to love and trust ourselves, life, higher guidance... no matter what occurs, no matter how much something seems not to fit, or not move fast enough, or not appear as we have imagined it.... Our inner world can no longer be ignored: it demands equality with our connection to the outer world. 

What if you were 5% more connected to your inner world? If you could tune into the subtle messages of your body and heart, how might you do that?

Another lesson of this T-square: We are also invited to take responsibility for where we put our focus -- and to prioritize. Where is your focus? Is that working?

Where would healthy boundaries be? How might you implement them? Remember that healthy boundaries apply to "what's so" in the moment; they aren't rigid, blanket statements or rules for all future occurrences. They're about knowing/recognizing your own truth in the here-and-now, and allowing yourself to adjust that truth whenever required. 

The more we can bring an open curiosity to our inner and outer dialog, the easier this process will be. For the next two weeks, ask yourself: Where do I still make assumptions without checking in -- either with the facts themselves, with my inner sensing, or with others? Look for chain reactions caused by attachment or aversion toward "truth".

Let's take a look at what Uranus (the modern ruler of Aquarius) is up to: Uranus in Aries trines the Sun in Leo and sextiles the Moon in Aquarius... this shows that each of us can be an agent of change who can make a difference and create a better future for all of us on this planet. It's important to realize that our future is in our hands -- and our vision calls on us to express our talents full out. Where would you shine your light, for it to be truly seen?

What’s more, when we join forces with like-minded people, we accomplish much more than we could on our own: Synergy and innovation arise when we come together to move towards a better future. 

What are your special talents? Where are you being called to make a difference? Where might your people be found? What might be possible with a bigger network of like-minded people? What if making the world a better place were fun?

Jupiter and Mercury in Virgo oppose Chiron in Pisces. This is about embracing what's imperfect -- this applies to ourselves, others or the world -- and seeing it as part of a larger perfection. Our consciousness is our best path for turning past traumas and conditioning into possibilities for healing and integration. 

What might be possible if your logical mind and intuitive sensing met up and worked together for a greater, more holistic approach to life? How do you relate to your inner critic? What role does compassion play in your daily routines? 

This Full Moon shows that there is always work to be done -- and each one of us has the power to do it. All we have to do is look into our own hearts and see the strength and love lying there. As best as you can, trust that you have what it takes to make a difference for yourself and others. 

Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in 24-28 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus or Scorpio? If so, you may feel the effects of this Full Moon more strongly. 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).

Finally, also on Thursday, also at 5:27am EDT, we enter a 7-hour Moon void of course (VoC) (it lasts until 12:34pm EDT). Use this intuitive time to balance your need for life improvements with your desire for socializing and fun — might there be a way to combine them? As always with a Moon VoC, go with the flow as best you can, and stick to routine things ;-) You may also want to plan the first half of Thursday ahead of time ;-)

Thursday at 12:34pm EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Saturday afternoon. This Moon placement often finds us more sensitive, intuitive, idealistic and imaginative than normal. We also have a greater capacity for compassion, sympathy and affection for all -- but especially for those who suffer or can be regarded as the underdog. 

But... that very idealism could also be our downfall at this time: We tend to see the best in everyone and everything, and when reality doesn't match our idyllic vision, we might feel upset and even victimized by those harsh realities. A way out of this is to channel our idealism into spiritual or creative endeavors. 

It's also a great time for releasing fears -- especially the ones based on a sense of separation -- and experiencing "oneness". Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them -- in fact, "going with the flow" is the best way to go for the next couple of days.

Friday (Aug. 19th): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Thursday early afternoon for details).

Friday morning, a Mercury/Chiron opposition becomes exact at 8:07am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until next week Tuesday. 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 were an opportunity to embrace my wounded inner child with love and kindness?
 
Do you have your Ascendent (or personal planets) in 21-27 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).

Friday afternoon, a somewhat challenging Mercury/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 2:55pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on; it will be strong until Saturday 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 our problem-solving ability. It may also be hard to read the intention behind the words used to communicate, leading to misunderstandings: we tend to feel uncomfortable -- a sort of "inner itchiness". 

As best as you can, give yourself time to respond, allow your breath to ground you -- and forgive yourself if you make mistakes -- after all, you are human ;-) 

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 23-25 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).

Saturday (Aug. 20th): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 3:18pm EDT (see Thursday early afternoon for details).

Saturday at 8:21am EDT, we enter a 7-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 3:18pm EDT. We are being pulled in two very different directions: on the one hand, a need for silence, emotional oneness, and the feeling of creativity flowing through us; on the other, a desire to actively explore our daily routines and approach to wellness. Use this intuitive time to find a balance between those seemingly incompatible desires.

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan.... ahead of time ;-)

Saturday at 3:18pm EDT, the Moon moves into pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Monday late afternoon. Life is an adventure, we're more open to new ideas, and have great enthusiasm for new projects. 

Patience is certainly not our strong suit at this time, but we can decide quickly, and act immediately. Our independence and dynamism are important to us right now, so we may find it hard to be disciplined or accept advice at this time; in general, our responses to others tend to be more assertive or even aggressive. If you find your foot tapping, try hitting the gym, or finding other ways to burn off the body's excess energy. 

Sunday (Aug. 21st): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Saturday afternoon for details). Sunday morning starts out harmoniously and with a commitment towards personal achievement and exploration. 

Later (in the afternoon), we are invited to make adjustments and find creative solutions around personal desires and needs, versus our deep passion and focus on long-term goals. As best as you can, allow yourself to make space for both; flexibility and adaptability are key if we mean to move forward with our plans and projects... 

A head's up for next Monday (Aug. 22nd): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries until 5:19pm EDT (see Saturday afternoon for details). We enter Eclipse season until Sept. 30th; a Mercury/Jupiter alignment becomes exact at 5:05am EDT; the Sun changes signs from Leo to Virgo at 12:38pm EDT; and the Moon moves into Taurusat 5:19pm EDT.More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Last-chance Announcement:
Last chance to sign up for my MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM, live on ThursdayAugust 18th at 3pm PDT/6pm EDT/11pm BST(London-time). 

Please note that we have a Mercury Retrograde and Solar Eclipse coming up in late August/early September! If you'd like to get in alignment with the stars for those events, register to join me live or sign up for the mp4-video recording. If you would like to join live, please keep in mind that registration will close an hour before the live event begins, if you register after 5pm EDT on Thursday you will receive the mp4-video recording of the webinar.

Other than booking a reading with me, this is the highest level of support you can get -- and it's only $24 for the 90-minute webinar. To register now, click here 

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"Thanks for your Forecasting Forum yesterday. It was very insightful. I appreciated how you use your personal chart to explain the current transits that are taking place now. This helped me understand my own chart. I think using this method (using your personal chart) was presented very elegantly. Thank you for that. This was my first ever webinar so it was a very exciting experience. Again, thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom."-- Carol B.

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

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