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Ready for your Consciousness Upgrade? -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Aug. 29th - Sun., Sept. 4th, 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, I had a joyous time in New York, reconnecting with old friends, clients, and lovely people in general. Might this be related to last week's Venus/Jupiter conjunction? I would say: well, yes... of course! 

I also encountered some misunderstandings and misinterpretations... and I would guess this was connected to the Mercury Station :-) I am definitely also feeling the Eclipse energies quite strongly... inviting me to remain flexible and grounded, as much as possible -- and that truly sounds easier than actually doing it ;-)

For those of you who want to have a better understanding of your personal healing journey, feel free to get the recording of my recent Chiron-workshop: "Healing with Astrology" Click here for more info

This week's headline items: Venus changes signs from Virgo to Libra on Monday late morning; Mercury comes to a halt on Tuesday morning; the Solar Eclipse in Virgo becomes exact on Thursday early morning; the Mercury Station ends on Sunday.

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week: Monday very early morning (for almost 2 hours), Tuesday night/Wednesday very early morning (for 11 hours), Friday early evening (for a little over 2.5 hours), and Sunday evening (for 12 hours).

Monday (August 29th) at 2:23am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts almost 2 hours, until 4:11am EDT. Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to take a break and think about what you need and what nurtures you most. 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.

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 last Thursday on (Aug. 25th), it will be strong until this Wednesday. This is an excellent time to start sharing about art projects (or anything arts-related —visual arts perhaps) and any teaching endeavors. This alignment indicates an ability to communicate from the heart -- and in fact, connecting to people we have an affinity with is essential. 

We want to feel able to connect in harmonious, peaceful manner and communicate on an equal footing. We tend to have a strong sense of fairness at this time, and want to be in touch with people who meet us half-way. In general, we are very agreeable and enjoy socializing. We also thoroughly enjoy the written and spoken word -- literature, wordplay, puns, moving conversations -- especially if connected to our health and wellbeing. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 25-29 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius, or 0-1 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn? 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 Virgo, Gemini or Taurus  (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra)

Monday at 4:11am EDT, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leowhere it will journey until next week Wednesday late morning. We may lack objectivity and struggle with backing down or compromising.We all love to be admired -- or at the very least acknowledged -- for our greatness :-) So hand out some compliments -- let people know how proud you are of them, tell them how much you love them. Come from the heart with this and all other things... be honest, authentic. 

Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy as well. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. If there are no "outer children" around, how about getting in touch with your "inner child" -- it's definitely easier for the next two days. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps and heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you let out a tiny squeak, just thinking of it?

Monday at 10:07pm EDT, Venus changes signs from detail-oriented, practical Virgo to harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Sept. 23rd. With this placement, we prefer to show kindness, evenhandedness, and a willingness to make our relationships work. 

We love to communicate about our relationships at this time and we prefer entering into equal partnerships. During this time, we can develop an idealized view of what a relationship "should" look like. We do our best to treat others fairly for the next three and a half weeks, seeking the middle ground. We are more likely to appreciate the arts, dance, beauty, entertainment and romance.

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus? If so, you will feel more connected to your inner harmony for the next 3.5 weeks. Your heart will want to connect to others in an equal setting. If you are a Libra Sun- or Rising-sign you are going to have more love and beauty in your life for as long as Venus is in your sign.

Tuesday (Aug. 30th): the Moon remains in fun-loving, attention-seeking Leo all day (see Monday early morning for details).

Mercury comes to a still stand in 29 degrees of Virgo, on Tuesday at 9:04am EDT (starting its 3-week retrograde phase), slowing things down tremendously today and tomorrow. Give yourself extra time to go to work this morning or to get things done. If you are traveling today, just simply go with the flow… you'll get there... eventually ;-) The same is true when it comes to all our technological devices…
 
This retrograde phase will last until Sept.22nd. People worry about Mercury retrogrades, but it’s important not to stop one's life during these times. As mentioned above, certain things may take longer -- but a retrograde gives us a chance to resolve things that have been keeping us from living our lives in a more wholesome way -- especially things that came up within the past three weeks. Take time to investigate your own thought processes: What's not working smoothly in your life? What if you got really clear about that?
 
For the next three weeks, we get a chance to explore our inner narrative -- to connect from within to what we say to ourselves on a daily basis. It's also a chance to readdress communications with others, learning experiences, or conditioning from the past. This is an internal process -- a chance to honor and re-organize our thoughts, working from the inside to the outside. 
 
As always: with Mercury retrograde, always read the small print -- and re-read a contract before signing (if you have to sign something) -- or ask another person for a second opinion... Basically, during these periods, it's best to be aware of any details that we might have overlooked... and check in with our intuition... and stay open to the possibility of renegotiation or adjustments, down the line! 

In general, Mercury Retrograde is a great time for reevaluating and reorganizing. This is especially true for our thought patterns and decisions (particularly those made in the 3 weeks prior to the start of the retrograde) -- but it's true of our lives in general: we can reach a clearer understanding as to what works, and what doesn’t, and what needs to change. Reconnecting with old friends, clients and family members (especially siblings) is also favored at this time …
  
Mercury also represents our day-to-day mind; this too is experienced more internally at this time. When it comes to communication, make sure that what you say, write and hear is the same as the intended meaning -- and use the spell-checker ;-) 
 
Another thing to take into consideration: how does each Mercury retrograde phase affect your personal birth chart. Do you have any personal planets that Mercury will align with during its retrograde journey? The houses of your chart each represent different areas of your life -- which of the houses in your chart is affected by this retrograde?  
 
As with any retrograde, some of us will be more affected than others, depending on how it interacts with our personal chart. That will be true if any of the following apply to you: Gemini or Virgo as your Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- or your Ascendant, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 14-29 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius.

Wednesday (Aug. 31st): the Moon remains in fun-loving, attention-seeking Leo until 11:22am EDT (see Monday early morning for details).

Tuesday night/Wednesday every early morning at 12:20am we enter an 11-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 11:22am EDT. Use this intuitive time to socialize with friends or like-minded people and express your unique spark. 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 morning ahead of time ;-)

Wednesday at 11:22am EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Friday evening, turning our focus toward the practical and wholesome. We are generous with our time/services and we love to help others. We also have a fondness for science and anything that makes sense in our world -- things and knowledge we can apply and use. 

Health might come also into focus at this time. 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.

Wednesday  is also the last day before the Solar Eclipse, the first of two powerful Eclipses within the next 2 weeks. There is some potent energy coming our way; it would be wise to prepare ourselves to be transformed by it, allowing for our consciousness upgrade to be installed. 

This is a good time to slow things down and go within. For many of us, this will be a stretch, as we want to do just the opposite: jump the gun, get started with something new, act impulsively, etc. This is quite common right before a Solar Eclipse. As best as you can, stay grounded, take a deep breath and exhale any tensions and connect to your inner wisdom. 

It comes down to this: just for now and just as best as you can... could you simply allow what is... to be? Could you simply be the “observer” until the upgrade is complete?

Rather than starting something brand-new, put all that energy into completing things. The last North Node Eclipse cycle in Virgo was in September of 1997. Think back to that time (if you can :-) — what did you start around then? How could you complete it or move to the new level?

Think back to late Sept. 2015 and March 2016 -- the time of the previous Solar Eclipse in Virgo and the last Solar Eclipse in Pisces. What did you start around then? How could you complete it?

Thursday (Sept. 1st): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Wednesday late morning for details).

Thursday at 5:03am EDT, the Moon aligns with the Sun in 9 degrees of Virgo; this marks the beginning of both of a new Moon- and Eclipse-cycle. 

Eclipses take place approximately every six months; this Solar Eclipse will bring a consciousness upgrade, and a shift that will unfold until the next Eclipse becomes exact in late Feb.2017. If you’d like more details, I recommend also watching my video on the subject ;-)

Solar Eclipses always end one 19-year cycle and begin another; they reveal new pathways and possibilities — and grant us an opportunity to take what we have learned to the next level.

The Sun and Moon are also connected to one of the Moon Nodes -- in this case, the North Node -- and North Node Eclipses help us move towards a new exploration of an energy that promotes Soul-evolution.

The last Solar Eclipse in 9 degrees of Virgo took place on Sept. 1st, 1997. Think back to that time: were there any major endings and beginnings? Naturally, things will not play out in an identical manner this time around, but there might well be a feeling of resonance... Those of us who have Natal planets within 5 degrees of the Eclipse will experience more dramatic changes than others (more on that later…)

With this extra-powerful New Moon in detail-oriented, practical Virgo, we have 5.5 months to learn about being of service. We can also expect to learn more about what it means to strengthen our focus on improving daily routines, to get organized, and to take care of any health matters. 
 
Since we experienced a Solar Eclipse in Virgo last September, this is a good time to see how far you have come in those areas of your life since then. What did you discover? What needs more attention?

This will also be a great time to begin new projects that demand attention to detail, list-making, and taking pride in “small" accomplishments. Some examples of how this could play out: We could start a new health regimen, perhaps by paying close attention to our diet -- we could also set up specific routines that help us manage our lives in constructive and mindful ways. 

This is all about handling the “nitty-gritty" details of our day-to-day life in an organized, step-by-step fashion, so that we can free our minds of clutter. What would clear the decks? Another way to step into the higher vibrations of Virgo for the next 5.5 months: As best as you can, recognize that humility, self-improvement, and being of service bring you closer to your inner divinity and your Soul's path.

Mercury (the ruler of Virgo) is retrograde in its own sign at the time of the Eclipse; its energy is therefore experienced more internally. We feel better when we are not pressured into making quick decisions. We are invited to revisit any issues that would benefit from more clarity. 

What in your life needs revisiting? What calls out for your close attention? How might you reorganize your daily routines or health practices? Where have you not been able to make clear decisions? Where do you need more information? 

Mercury also aligns with Jupiter in Virgo and makes an opposition to Chiron in Pisces. As you may recall from my last video, we are invited to go beyond the details and put our trust in our healing process -- what might be possible if you looked from more than one point of view?

We are also being asked to balance two apparently "opposing" needs: on the one hand, the need for organization and practical improvements in our lives; on the other, the need for emotional and spiritual healing.  

The word “heal” comes from the same root as the word “whole” -- healing reunites what was separated, through acceptance and integration. We are being invited to take a more "holistic" approach to our day-to-day functioning. What cries out to be made whole? What if compassion and understanding were the perfect tools to do that? What if we simply embraced our imperfections as "perfect"?

This Solar Eclipse is also making an opposition to Neptune in Pisces, calling on us to balance understanding the facts with heeding our intuitive knowingness. How can we best connect to the subtle messages of body and soul? What would it look like if we allowed the mind to be in service to those subtle messages?

Saturn and Mars in Sagittarius are still the focal point of a T-square involving Neptune, the Sun, the Moon and the Moon Nodes. This is asking us to find creative solutions and connect to our own "inner authority" around what we believe to be true about ourselves, about life, and about what is true or false in general. 

The best way to achieve this is by checking our inner dialog and looking realistically at our conditioning from the past, our attitudes towards life, ourselves, others, society, etc. 

This can start with a set of simple questions: What is true right now? What works? How is that different from what was true 10 or 20 years ago? How can we release "old" dogmas or "waiting to be saved"? What role does guilt play in our perception of life? Feel free to also watch my last video on the Full Moon in Aquarius on this subject

The message of this Solar Eclipse is loud and clear: When I change my perspective and beliefs, aligning them with who I am now, I can overcome anything -- I have the strength to do what it takes, be a responsible being in my own right, and keep my mind and heart open in every moment of now... no matter what shows up.

Most of all, during Eclipse season, allow for new templates to “download”. Eclipses can bring a feeling of uncertainty, because we don't get all the information we need to make informed decisions until after Eclipse Season ends on Sept.30th. 

For the next four weeks, refrain from starting anything brand-new because you feel anxious or uneasy -- if new things emerge organically that's perfect, but stay away from forcing anything or pushing an agenda. 

We are moving to the next level of our Soul's evolution. As best as you can, stay centered and grounded from within, until Sept. 30th. Flexibility helps, as does focusing on your breath, best of all is becoming the observer of the emotional and mental "body". Remember: this will not last forever -- in four weeks, the downloads are completed ;-) Trust that all is well and moving you exactly where you need to go.

Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in one of the following placements: 4-14 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you may feel the effects of this extra-powerful New 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).

Regular readers may have noticed that I don’t mention setting intentions for the coming month, because with a Solar Eclipse we want to wait 48 hours, as the energy of an Eclipse is quite intense and we want to wait until the energy settles before setting our intentions. 

On Saturday morning though, I will talk about setting some powerful intentions for the next 5.5 months -- and give you the very best times for doing so :-)

Thursday late eveninga challenging Sun/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 11:22pm EST. We started feeling this aspect build from Monday on; it will be strong until next week Wednesday. We're asked to stretch and grow beyond what we have known ourselves to be -- we are urged out of our comfort zone, towards a higher truth with ourselves and others.

Find creative ways to honor your well-being and your desire for going above and beyond for your long-term goals. Allow your mind to be clear and calm even if life puts up roadblocks or throws curveballs. Simplify daily routines as much as you can. 

What if you simply knew that you could handle whatever shows up? 

Would you rather have your old programming... or more clarity? Would you rather have inner and outer clutter, or inner and outer clarity? 

Where do you need more information?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 7-13 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)

Friday (Sept. 2nd): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 8:55pm EDT (see Wednesday late morning for details).

Friday early afternoon, a Sun/Neptune opposition becomes exact at 12:38pm EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Monday on; it will be strong until next week Wednesday. Having a balance between logic and intuition -- between what we know and what we feel -- is essential at this time. We need to gain clarity over our dreams and come to understand that we can only improve our current situation through forgiveness and love. 
 
The mind will play an important role during this time: Provided they make sense to you, choices that connect you to your heart will help you succeed. It's also important to give up being "right" and thereby allow flow. As best as you can, trust your intuition and practice self-compassion ;-) 
 
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 7-14degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or SagittariusIf so, you will feel this opposition quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Pisces (the Sun rules Leo; Neptune rules Pisces).

Friday afternoon, a Mercury/Jupiter alignment in 28.5 degrees of Virgo becomes exact at 1:18pm EDT; due to Mercury's retrograde phase, we started to feel this aspect back on Aug. 18th -- and it will remain strong until Monday of next week (Sept. 5th)

This is the second time within the last 10 days that this aspect has become exact. This time around, Mercury is already moving retrograde, bringing a more internal feel to this alignment. It gives us a chance to reexamine our approach toward wellness, health, daily routines and work. Is there anything that needs to be readdressed that came up for you last week? Is your inner dialog about those things creating more clarity or more stress? 
 
This alignment also 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 25-29 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, Sagittarius, or 0-2 degrees of Libra, Aries, Capricorn or Cancer? Or perhaps your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. 

Friday at 6:13pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts a little over 2.5 hours, until 8:55pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to take the bigger view on your health routines (and daily routines in general). Enjoy looking at the systems that you have in place to make routines more efficient, both at home and at work. 

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 at 8:55pm EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Monday morning. The energy of the Libra Moon helps us be naturally courteous and diplomatic; we are more polite at this time, as we seek the approval of others.

We very much want to maintain equal, fair relationships at this time, and are therefore open to making compromises and negotiating. These next two days are a great time for mediation -- but our need for peace and accompanying aversion to direct conflict could pull us to "yes" more easily than we might like. 

We may also be able see both sides of the equation so well that we can't make decisions. As best as you can, find an inner balance with this and communicate what needs to be said with grace and charm -- even if it's "No" ;-) One last quick note: this is also a great time for anything to do with visual arts. 

Saturday (Sept. 3rd): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Friday evening for details).

Saturday morning, is also the best time to start setting our powerful New Moon/Solar Eclipse Intentions. Like I already mentioned on Thursday, with a Solar Eclipse it is best to wait 48 hours after the Eclipse has been exact before setting any intentions, as the energy of an Eclipse is quite intense and we want to wait until the energy settles before setting our intentions.

As always, we also want to avoid any Moon void of course (VoC) phases. So, this time around, the best and most potent time -- for setting our intentions -- is today (Saturdayearly morningfrom 5:03am EDT until Sunday (Sept. 4th) at 8:30pm EDT. 

Make them powerful: They cover the next five-and-a-half months. If possible, align them with the Solar Eclipse energies that I spoke about in my last video — feel free to watch it again if you are not sure anymore — click here to watch my video on the Solar Eclipse ;-)

If you live in a timezone other than EDT (US East Coast-time), feel free to join my facebook Fanpage or follow me on twitter. I will be posting reminders on Saturday and Sunday, to let you know when it is time to set your intentions ;-) For more details on how to set Intentions, click here

Sunday (Sept. 4th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Friday evening for details).

Sunday at 8:30pm EDT, we enter a 12-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that lasts until 8:38am EDT (Monday morning). Use this intuitive time to balance your need for equal and harmonious connection, with your drive toward personal visions and ideas.  

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 Sunday evening and Monday morning ahead of time ;-)

A head's up for next Monday (Sept. 5th): At 8:38am EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Wednesday evening of next week. Because we are in Eclipse season, As best as you can, follow through on projects you have already running, rather than making a brand-new beginning. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One More Announcement:
My next MONTHLY FORECASTING FORUM, will be live on ThursdaySept. 15th at 12pm PDT/3pm EDT/8pm BST(London-time). Please note that we have a Lunar Eclipse and Pluto Station coming up in mid September and Jupiter will starts its one-year journey through Libra! 

If you'd like to get in alignment with the stars for those events, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video recording. 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 

Please take a second to read this testimonial from a participant from the most recent Forum:

"Oh my gosh Sonja, I am still assimilating! Yesterday's Forum was so much fun :) thank you.....  and I really loved being a part of the conversation... I do see you as EDUTAINMENT ... OK yes, you tend to be very serious and passionate about all this, and yes, it is a class.....   but you also load it up with a lot of fun and humor.....and that stuff you confided to all of us.....  !!! .... jeepers you didn't have to do that... but since you did...... it made the experience so powerful....   knowing that you are not above us all as a guide and teacher...... that you have challenges of your own..... Thank you for a great experience, this is helping so much." -- Frances C.

Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"


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