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Like the preceding one, last week felt like a whirlwind... The main difference was my increased awareness around self-care. The Mercury/Jupiter conjunction helped keep my inner dialog very optimistic and even enthusiastic -- which helped a great deal.
On the day of the Full Moon, I experienced a transformative session with one of my coach/healers. I reached a whole new understanding and perspective around my emotional and mental conditioning from childhood. It was a really powerful healing process for my wounded inner child and adult Self. Thank you, Terry, for your loving guidance! I'm sure it helped that we had a Chiron opposition to Mercury and Jupiter that day :-)
We also had a fantastic Forecasting Forum last week, on the day of the Full Moon! Many thanks to everyone who was able to join live! If you are planning to watch this Forum as a recording be sure to watch until the very end, as we addressed a really great question from Tatia about the Mercury Retrograde right before the very end of the webinar ;-)To purchase your recording, click here
This week's headline items: On Monday, we enter Eclipse season, Mars moves beyond 8 degrees of Sagittarius (ending the shadow phase) and the Sun changes signs from Leo to Virgo. On Tuesday, Mars squares the degree of Sept. 1st's Eclipse. On Wednesday, late in the evening, the last Quarter Moon in Gemini becomes exact. Mercury starts to slow down (station) on Thursday; Saturn once again moves direct and ends its station on Friday; and finally, the Balsamic Moon phase begins on Sunday evening.
There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday morning (for 9.5 hours), Wednesday afternoon (for 4 hours), and Friday evening (for a little over 2.5 hours).
Monday (August 22nd): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries until 5:19pm EDT. 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.
Monday early morning,a Mercury/Jupiter alignment in almost 26 degrees of Virgo becomes exact at 5:05am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last week Thursday on (Aug.18th), and due to the upcoming Mercury's retrograde phase it will be strong until Sept. 5th.
This alignment brings optimism and a tendency to talk and think more. It favors writing lists and prioritizing daily routines, submitting applications and forms, and test taking.
We can more readily exercise good judgment, take a more philosophical approach to thinking, and find it easier to bring wholeness and order into our daily lives. There is a sense of mental expansion; we see our world as a place of constant adventure and personal growth.
We are optimistic and enthusiastic -- and things tend to go well as a result -- it's all about thinking big and planning it out. What if expanding our conception of self, well-being, and daily contribution to others helped us be more consistent? What if that helped us manifest our desires?
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 23-29 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius? Or perhaps your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly.
Monday at 7:48am EDT, we enter a 9.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC); it lasts until 5:19pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to connect and share your ideas with like-minded people. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new -- instead, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan this period ahead of time ;-)
Monday early afternoon at 12:38pm EDT,the Sun changes signs from playful, vital Leo into practical, detail-oriented Virgo. It will journey through Virgo until September 22nd. This time is best used for getting our lives in order and expressing ourselves in realistic, practical terms.
Adrressing your health (e.g., starting a new exercise or eating routine) might be just the thing within the next four weeks. Being of service and moving towards improving our living conditions are essential Virgo qualities. How might you be of service to others? What needs a little practical improvement?
All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Virgo Sun-sign or Rising-sign. Virgo folks will feel extra confident and playful; Leo people are more aware of the details and more grounded in reality.
Monday at 5:19pm EDT, the Moon movesinto steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will be until Wednesday evening. We love all physical comforts, prefer consistency, and would rather stick with what we know works well. In other words: change is not our favorite thing and "rushing things" goes against our grain. What is our favorite thing right now? It's probably, slowing down and getting in touch with whatever delights our senses ;-)
Last but not least, also on Monday,we enter Eclipse season until Sept. 30th; for 7 - 10 days before and after an Eclipse, we are usually in uncharted territory: anything is possible and it's wise to expect the unexpected. Feel free to watch my video about the upcoming Solar Eclipse
Anything brand-new (and I really mean brand, brand-new) started during this time will likely not pan out the way we thought it would, often because important information comes to light only after the New Moon that follows the last Eclipse. If possible, try to defer any major brand-new projects until after Sept.30th, when this Eclipse season is over. If something is beginning or ending in a way that seems organic… allow it to be.
Another Eclipse-related phenomenon: not only do Eclipses bring up uncertainty in us, they might also leave us nervous, anxious, unsettled and disoriented. As best as you can, observe your feelings and stay grounded in the "here and now". Connect to your intuition and inner wisdom; they will help carry you through this period. Remember: it's temporary and we are receiving an upgrade -- that's a good thing!
Just like upgrading a computer, you will get all the information you need, as soon as the upgrade is complete -- so as best you can, be patient. This does not mean that we need to drop everything; it just means it's wise to check in with your higher Self -- do this whichever way feels right to you ;-)
Tuesday (Aug. 23rd): theMoon remainsin steady, peacefulTaurusall day (see Monday afternoon for details).
Mars squares the degree of Sept. 1st's Solar Eclipse on Tuesday morning. This represents a turning point in our Soul’s journey. We are invited to actively change our perspective on daily work or health routines. Whatever comes up today in connection to work, personal projects, or personal explorations of any kind will need to be addressed over the next 5.5 months.
Wednesday (Aug. 24th) is a big day! (energetically speaking).TheMoon remainsin steady, peacefulTaurusuntil 7:40pm EDT (see Monday afternoon for details).
Wednesday morning,a Mars/Saturn alignment in almost 10 degrees of Sagittariusbecomes exact at 7:26am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from August 19th on (last Friday); and it will be strong until Aug.27th (this Saturday). This is a message to take it slow and steady and bring some focus to our endeavors. The last Mars/Saturn cycle started in August 2014, in 18 degrees of Scorpio, it is now coming to an end; the new cycle will last until April 2018.
We need to learn to harness our enthusiasm and look at the reality of things. If you want to make progress right now, take it one step at a time, be sure to build a solid foundation before zooming ahead.
Given that this alignment is taking place in Sagittarius, we need to be aware of the stories we tell ourselves about life, others, and the world. We must recognize that our attitudes towards these things can help us achieve our goals just as much as our talents and ambition.
This is also therefore a great time to commit to a new project that is connected to the law, publishing, or learning (perhaps about other cultures or philosophies), provided that we completely believe in the project.
Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 7-13 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces will be most affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Capricorn (Mars rules Aries; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn).
Wednesday at 3:38pm EDT, we enter a 4-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 7:40pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to get organized, improve your daily routines and take care of your body. 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 Wednesday late afternoon and evening ahead of time ;-)
Wednesday at 7:40pm EDT, the Moon moves into chatty, versatileGemini, where it will journey until Friday late evening. For the next two days, we like to learn, connect and interact as much as possible. "Busy" feels good: connecting online, on the phone, or sharing face-to-face, preferably multi-tasking all the way...
The one thing we can do without is boredom: If our mind is not engaged in some way, we might as well curl up and play dead :-) This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the last Quarter Moon (which, I will talk about in a moment...)
Wednesday late evening,Venus/Chiron oppositionbecomes exact at 10:12pm EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday night. This opposition asks us to create a balance between our emotional healing process and our relationships.
We may feel insecure around others at this time; we need to first heal our own deep fears of not being "good enough", learning to love ourselves -- and then seeing how we can meet our partners halfway. As best as you can, bring the gift of compassion, understanding and forgiveness to your own insecurities or feelings of unworthiness -- then gift that to others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 12-18 degrees of Virgo, Pisces,Sagittarius or Gemini ? If so, you are more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra).
Wednesday at 11:41pm EDT,the last Quarter Moonin 2 degrees of Gemini will become exact. We started to feel this aspect build from the moment the Moon entered Gemini earlier today.The Moon in curious, chatty Gemini makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in practical, detail- and service-oriented Virgo. This may bring challenges; however, it also energizes us to face what demands completion or change. This Moon phase brings us closer to the upcoming Solar Eclipse (a powerful New Moon in Virgo) on Sept.1st.
During the last Quarter Moon, we are better served by reviewing any projects begun around the last New Moon -- in this case, that would be August 2nd -- rather than launching new ones. Since this is also the last Moon phase before the Solar Eclipse becomes exact, it also ends an Eclipse cycle; journeys begun around the time of the last Eclipse (March 8th), especially those connected to emotional or spiritual healing, are now coming to completion.
Given that: What calls for completion on your healing journey? Where have you experienced emotional or spiritual separation? Could you bring acceptance and integration to that? What have you discovered since March?
As best as you can, find kind and creative solutions for whatever comes up, whether internally or with others.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 0-4 degrees of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius or Pisces? If so, you will feel this month's last Quarter Moon quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer, since the Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer.
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Thursday (Aug. 25th): the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day (see Wednesday evening for details).
Thursday morning,a somewhat challenging Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 5:08am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday evening 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… so we need to develop inner awareness.
Learning to let go of the past means being willing to release relationships we have outgrown. Learning ways to abruptly alter our circumstances without emotional turmoil: This is the way Uranus’s energy urges us to grow. We need freedom within our relationships, not from them.
It's also time to reevaluate the ways we imprison ourselves in mindless routines and then rebel against them. While "Different" is not always "improved", change is essential to our evolutionary process.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or 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 Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Uranus rules Aquarius)
Also on Thursday,Mercury starts to slow down (station). It’s getting ready to come to a halt next week Tuesday to start its 3-week retrograde phase (more on that next week). For the next 10 days (until Sept. 4th), we need to be patient with ourselves and others -- especially if there is a connection with communication or transportation, and their associated technologies. This is not the best time to start anything brand-new, especially if it contains new information that needs to be processed.
We might experience delays or misunderstandings, and things tend to feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time to get ready or travel somewhere -- especially if you intend to use public transportation or drive (For more details on Mercury Shadow Phases and Retrogrades, click here)
Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets (or angles) in the following: 27-29 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius, or 0 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn
Friday (Aug. 26th): the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini until 11:06pm EDT (see Wednesday evening for details).
Thursday night/Friday very early morning,a challenging Mars/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 2:38am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on, it will be strong until Tuesday of next week. This aspect is asking us to stretch ourselves, in order to resolve a tension between the things we want to go after, versus our feelings about a higher, spiritual calling. We may be chasing a dream... or a fantasy.
Ordinary life may seem drab and uninteresting to us right now. We tend to either over- or underestimate our own power and abilities. We want something that stirs our imagination: Some vision or ideal or dream to motivate us.
We have a strong urge to act out our fantasies or live out our dream -- and we have the energy now to DO that which others only talk or dream about; however we tend to feel scattered. As best as you can, slow down and listen to your intuition before aimlessly zooming ahead. Inspire yourself and others.
Most impacted by this aspect: those of us who have any of our personal planets (or our Ascendent) in 8-14 degrees of Sagittarius, Pisces, Gemini, or Virgo. 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 is the ruler of Pisces)
Friday at 8:30pm EDT, we enter a 2.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 11:06pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life. As best as you can, find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations. Make space both for connecting with others, and thinking about your daily routines or your health.
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 Friday evening ahead of time ;-)
Friday 11:06pm EDT, the Moon moves into protective, nurturing Cancer, where it will journey until Monday early morning. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say and therefore our feelings are more easily hurt -- so be kind to yourself and others. Self-Care is key for the next two and half days ;-)
Emotional safety is important to us as well; we like connecting to the familiar and we enjoy nurturing ourselves and others -- home and family call to us, for instance. Make sure though, that your glass is filled before letting others drink from it, otherwise you might start to feel drained and resentful.
Last but not least, also on Friday,Saturn ends its station and resumes its normal pace through the sky. What has come up in the last three weeks around long-term goals? What's the plan? Now is a good time to move forward with any realizations we have had over the last four months.
We’ve done a lot of internal work on what we want to manifest in the real world and where we want to make moves responsibly and authentically; we now have a chance to bring this to the outside world.
If you are Capricorn Sun-sign our Rising-sign (Ascendant), you will probably feel relief and a sense that you are able to move forward more smoothly and effectively.
Saturday (Aug. 27th): the Moon remains in protective, nurturing Cancer all day (see Friday late evening for more details).
Saturday evening,a Venus/Jupiter alignment in 27 degrees of Virgo becomes exact at 6:29pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on, it will be strong until next week Tuesday. This connection brings a certain optimism to social and personal relationships, together with tremendous clarity and discernment.Humor plays a big role in our interactions with others, as do tolerance, open-mindedness and enthusiasm.
Financially speaking, things are "trending up" -- we may be able to plump up our pocketbooks. Best investment areas: health & wellness, anything to with cleaning, anything that requires precision and an eye for detail.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 24-29 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Sagittarius, or Gemini? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra, so those folks will always be affected more strongly by Venus's movements and aspects)
Sunday (Aug. 28th): the Moon remains in protective, nurturing Cancer all day (see Friday late evening for more details).
Sunday evening,the Balsamic Moon phase begins. This lasts until Thursday morning, when the New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Virgo becomes exact (…more on that next week). We are being asked to slow down and get quiet, so we can listen to our intuition.
For some of us, this might be a stretch, especially since we are in Eclipse season. As best as you can: stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions. Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing existing projects or processes. This is also a great time for letting go of whatever no longer serves us.
What if you could hear the voice of your inner wisdom? What might it be saying?
A head's up for next Monday (Aug. 29th): At 2:23am EDT,we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts almost 2 hours, until 4:11am EDT. Right after the Moon VoC starts, a Mercury/Venus alignment in 28 degrees of Virgo becomes exact at 2:32am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on, it will be strong until next week Tuesday. At 4:11am EDT,the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until next week Wednesday late morning. At 10:07pm EDT, Venus changes signs fromdetail-oriented, practical Virgo to harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Sept. 23rd. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)
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