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Fully Enjoy Those Moments Of Creation -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Aug. 21st - Sun., Aug. 27th, 2017

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, for me, was a combination of being very focused and busy, while also feeling a deep inner struggle... a sense somewhat of isolation and separation... It was sobering and also a process of maturing. Of course: the Saturn station started last week!

Before we get to this week's forecast, I have one quick announcement: 
A Special Offer: for this month onlyget a FREE copy of the entire video-presentation of my most recent Forecasting Forum, when we looked directly at our own birth charts to see how the Eclipses affect each of us for the next 5.5 months. 

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This week's headline items: a powerful New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Leo becomes exact on Monday afternoon. The Saturn station intensifies on Tuesday and the Sun changes signs from Leo to Virgo that evening. Wednesday afternoon is the best time to start setting our Eclipse Intentions. Saturn comes to a halt on Friday morning, starting to move direct again; and finally, Venus changes signs from Cancer to Leo on Friday night/Saturday very early morning.

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday afternoon (for almost 2 hours), Wednesday late afternoon (5 hours), and Friday night/Saturday very early morning (a little over 3 hours).

Monday (August 21st): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leountil 4:25pm EDT. 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 in this and all other things... be honest and authentic, as best you can. 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 very early morning, a harmonious Sun/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 2:22am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Thursday (Aug. 17th) on; it will remain strong until this Thursday (Aug. 24th). 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 25-29 degrees of Leo, Aries, Sagittarius, or 0-2 degrees of Virgo, Taurus or Capricorn? 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) 

Monday at 2:30pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 2 hours until 4:25pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to slow down and tune in to the powerful downloads that are coming through right now. 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 afternoon ahead of time ;-)

On Monday at 2:30pm EDT, the Moon will align with the Sun in almost 29 degrees of Leo -- this marks the beginning of both new Moon and Eclipse cycle. You may want to also watch my Solar Eclipse video

Eclipses take place approximately every six months; they are a time for clarifying and affirming our highest path. This particular Solar Eclipseis a totalSolar Eclipse that can be observed in a large part of the United States. It will bring a consciousness upgrade, and a shift that will unfold until the next Eclipse becomes exact in mid-Feb. 2018. 

Solar Eclipses are extra-powerful New Moons that 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 North Node Solar Eclipse in almost 29 degrees of Leo took place on Aug. 21st, 1998. We are likely to experience a resonance between now and that time, 19 years ago — "resonant", rather than identical — so think back to late Summer, 1998: Were there any major endings and beginnings? What was important back then? If there were a call this time to take those priorities to the next level… Where would that next level find you?

If you're looking for more guidance on those questions, I would suggest a look at your Natal Chart: The House placement of the Eclipse will indicate which area of life you're most ready to take to a new level of consciousness. 

If that idea appeals, check out my 30-minute class, "How to Read My Birth Chart” -- you might also want to purchase the video of the most recent Forecasting Forum, where we looked directly at our own birth charts to see how this Solar Eclipse will affect each of us. Those of us who have natal planets within 5 degrees of the Eclipse will experience more dramatic changes than others ...

For this month only you can get a free copy of the entire webinar by signing up for the next two Forecasting Forums (Sept. & Oct.) in advance ;-) Click here to take advantage of that deal

With this extra-powerful New Moon in attention-loving, optimistic, courageous Leo, we have 5.5 months to learn about what brings us joy, and how we have been using our self-expression out there in the world. We can also expect to learn more about what it means to connect to our inner child, about our ability to create, and how we can fully enjoy those moments of creation. 

This will also be a great time to begin new projects connected to creative self-expression, fun, taking a risk or being bold and colorful, the enjoyment of life, or projects involving children

This is actually the second of two New Moons in Leo within the last four weeks -- the first one was on July 23rd, and it started the entry into Eclipse season, which runs until Sept. 6th I recommend you also watch my New Moon in Leo video on the subject

Leo is ruled by the Sun, symbol of consciousness and the unique light we came to shine forth in this lifetime. This is what we were born to explore, and in particular to express... Where could you shine your unique light more brightly? What brings you joy? Not just in general... but in this very moment?

Of course, answering these questions is easier if you know where your Sun-sign is in your birth chart... What sign? What house? Again, if you are not clear on where your Sun-sign might be… feel free to check out my 30-minute class, "How to Read My Birth Chart” ;-)

Leo also represents our creativity. There are as many ways to be creative and self-expressed as there are "selves" -- indeed, we are all creators -- we create with every thought, every word and every action. 

The Eclipse trines Uranus in Aries, Saturn in Sagittarius and quincunx Chiron in Pisces -- all of which are retrograde at the time of the Eclipse. 

This Fire Grand Trine indicates that on an internal level we are getting ready to make a quantum leap forward. It’s much easier now to access maturity and responsibility in combination with ingenuity and courage. We are ready to commit to our own happiness and take a playful approach to life.

For the next 5.5 months, I invite you to pause occasionally and ask yourself these questions: What are my special talents? What is the ideal world that only I can see? How might my talents help bring it into being?

How can I express my joy in a responsible way? How can I engage others in joyful activities that align with my inner truth? What would strategic risk-taking look like?

The Quincunx to Chiron in Pisces indicates that we still need to make some inner adjustments around our personal and collective healing processes. What might true acceptance and kindness look like towards ourselves, others, and the world at large?

As Mars and the North Node also align with the Sun and Moon in Leo, we are encouraged to be more aware of our masculine energies: assertion, passion, courage, vitality, directness, etc. What if we were able to access these energies at their highest vibrations? 

Ask yourself: What activities could I engage in that would underscore my confidence and challenge me at the same time? 

This combo also encourages us both to be brave enough to go after things that align with our heart, and also to engage playfully in joyful activity, we also get an opportunity to engage with our ”inner child” (and children in general). 

What have I always wanted to do? Who have I always wanted to be? How do I want to express myself, moving forward? What if, just for right now, just as an experiment, I met life with a courageously open heart? 

Mercury is now retrograde in Virgo (its own sign)....until Sept. 5th. This also is an internal process — one that provides a chance to honor and re-organize our thoughts, working from the inside to the outside. It's time to rethink, retool, and release what no longer works. Our inner critic for one... Take time to investigate your own thought processes... 

Ask yourself: What's not working smoothly in my life? What if I got really clear about that?What if I could release all judgment and bring a neutral approach to everything I observe and discover? Just for the next 15 days...

Mercury's retrograde phase will trigger the Eclipse point several times. The first time was on July 24th; because of its station phase in September, it will trigger the Eclipse point again, this time for much longer -- from Sept. 2nd until 7th. Pay attention to what comes up at that time! Those messages will be important for the coming 5.5 months...

Saturn in Sagittarius is exalted, due to it's station phasegoing direct soon after the Eclipse on Aug. 25th. As best as you can during the time of the station, bring flexibility and open-mindedness to any frustrations; Saturn says: understand the practical implications of your reality, and the consequences of your past actions!

Saturn is our teacher. If you had a cosmic teacher, what subject would your personal “Earth class" be in, right now? What is showing up loud and clear? Where might you be asked to look at your beliefs? Stories? Expectations? Where are you asked to get more real about “what's so"? What calls for a commitment towards a larger truth? What role does "time" play in all of this? What might "realistic possibility" look like?

To sum it all up: This Eclipse invites us to reconnect to what lights us up, to what we love -- and to how we want to express that in the world. Even if there might be challenges along the way... it wants us to have the courage to choose a life of joy supported by the framework of self-responsibility.

It also invites us to tap into our healthy masculine by acting authentically and from the heart. What might it feel like to create, not for the sake of achievement or gain, but out of love, joy and fun? 

As best as you can, allow yourself to be in a quiet, receptive state on the day of the Eclipse. Better yet, meditate on the days immediately before and after -- you could also take walks in nature, or engage in creative or spiritual endeavors — anything that supports going within and tapping into your inner divinity. 

If, like most of us, you have other obligations, take 5-minute breaks here and there, if you possibly can -- get quiet and be with your higher self. I highly recommend checking out Krista's Solar Eclipse Meditation; she created this Guided Mediation specifically in connection with my video and coaching questions: www.Krista-Mitchell.com -- if you are curious about Krista and our collaboration, I say more about that in my Solar Eclipse video

As I have mentioned already in previous videos, Eclipses are Uranian in nature, and thus times of uncertainty -- so anything could happen between now and Sept. 6th. Allow for the new templates to download; stay centered and do your best to ground from within -- try using conscious breathing, flexibility -- and best of all, see if you can move to the “observer position” when it comes to the emotional and mental body… And remember: this won't last forever -- in another two weeks, the downloads are complete ;-) Again, feel free to also watch my video on the subject

Now let’s talk “Intentions” :-)

The Solar Eclipse is also the best time to set some powerful intentions for this Eclipse cycle — and remember, the cycle runs for 5.5 months. Solar Eclipse Intentions are best done 48 hours after the Eclipse becomes exact -- as we are downloading new templates at the time of an Eclipse -- and definitely not during a Moon void of course phase. 

So, wait 48 hours before setting your intentions. On Wednesday, I’ll be talking about setting some powerful intentions, not just for the next month as is usual for a New Moon, but for the next 5.5 months -- and I'll give you the very best times for setting them.

Do you have your Ascendant (or any personal planets) in one of the following placements: 24-29 degrees ofLeo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio, or 0-3 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? Or do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign inLeoorCancer? This Eclipse may feel stronger to you... and may affect you more than it does others...

Monday at 4:25pm EDT, the Moon moves into detail-oriented, practical Virgo, where it will journey until Wednesday 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. 

Tuesday (August 22nd): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo all day (see Monday late afternoon for details). 

Tuesday morning, a harmonious Mars/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 9:21am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Thursday evening (Aug. 17th) on; it will remain strong until Saturday (Aug. 26th). This aspect brings more self-discipline, maturity, focus, purpose and self-motivation. We tend to be more practical than usual; our progress in most projects may be slow, but it will always be steady.  

As you can imagine, this can be a very productive period. We are able to take responsibility for our beliefs and the stories we tell ourselves; we can bring that honesty to the world, walking our personal path with integrity and without apologies. 

This is an especially favorable aspect for the self-employed, anyone who works in the sports industry (or any other physical/action-oriented industries, e.g. dance), leaders in the creative field, or the stock market. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-24 degrees of Leo, Sagittarius or Aries? 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 Aries or Capricorn (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn).
 
Tuesday evening at 6:20pm 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. 

Adressing 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.
 
Also on Tuesday, the Saturn station intensifies until Aug. 30th."Stationing" is when a planet moves more slowly through the sky. When a planet stations, its energy becomes more "exalted"; in the case of Saturn, this means we all feel the need to more fully face what is currently so, our actual reality. 

Saturn has to do with doing what needs to be done -- so we can fully understand the practical implications of our reality, and the consequences of our past actions. Saturn also represents our structures, responsibilities, commitments and ability to "do" life, on life's terms.  

As spirit beings in a physical world, it's best to observe the laws of the physical world. The sooner we learn to "play by the rules", the easier life gets. 

Saturn also represents time and the "domain" of time: growing up, maturing, understanding our limitations, setting healthy boundaries with others, living with integrity, being authentic and truthful, being serious, focusing on building something of value to society... something with a healthy foundation, and a solid structure. 

Saturn is our teacher. If you had a cosmic teacher, what subject would your personal "earth class" be in, right now? Where are you asked to look at the belief structures you've built over time, to see if they apply to "what's so" right now? What might a mature approach to your stories about life look like? What calls for a commitment towards a larger truth? What will time do? 

As best as you can during the time of the station, bring flexibility and open-mindedness to any frustrations. The station-phase will last until Sept. 3rd; and Saturn goes direct -- after having been retrograde for 4.5-month -- on Aug. 25th in 21 degrees of Sagittarius (more on that later this week).

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 19-23 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this station. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Capricorn, since Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn.  
 
Wednesday (August 23rd): the Moon remains in detail-oriented, practical Virgo until 9:05pm EDT (see Monday late afternoon for details). 

Wednesday after 2:30pm EDT, is also the best time to start setting our powerful New Moon/Solar Eclipse Intentions. Like I already mentioned on Monday, 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 (Wednesdayafternoonuntil 4pm EDT. If that span of time doesn’t work for you, wait until 9:05pm EDT — you’ll then have until 2:30pm EDT on Friday afternoon (Aug. 25th).

Make your Intentions 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 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, to let you know when it is time to set your intentions ;-)  

For more details on how to set New Moon Intentions, click here or for my article on Solar Eclipse Intentions, click here

Wednesday at 4:02pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 5 hours until 9:05pm EDT. Use this intuitive period to be of service to loved ones, family members, or people you value. 

Regular readers know the drill for 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/evening ahead of time ;-)
 
Wednesday at 9:05pm EDT, the Moon moves into harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Saturday very early 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. 
 
Thursday (August 24th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Wednesday evening for details). 
 
Thursday very early morning, a harmonious Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 2:00am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday evening on; it will remain strong until Sunday. This heightens compassion and understanding and helps heal some wounds from the past. 

We are more willing to be vulnerable, trusting that the other person has our best interest at heart; we also more easily see beauty in human weaknesses, rather than fault -- it's a strong time for seeing potential in one another. What potential do you see?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in the following placements: 24-29 degrees of Cancer, Pisces,Scorpio, or 0 degrees of Leo, Aries or Sagittarius? If so, you are more blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra).
 
Thursday mid-afternoon, a challenging Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 3:01pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday evening on; it will remain strong until Sunday evening. This "stretch aspect" asks us to grow beyond what we know and have experienced in the past in regards to our relationships, especially family relations. 

Priorities may shift. We may experience clashes of taste or values with our loved ones; as you can imagine, we may feel some instability or restlessness in connection to others. We may also struggle with freedom versus material safety -- the latter manifesting as fears around financial goals. 

As best as you can, take a deep breath and hold off on decision-making with regards to finances -- in particular, it is best to avoid impulse buys at this time. 

In general, expect the unexpected: Things may take a different turn when it comes to the truly important. Keep your mind and heart open: if something demands elimination or change, it was waiting for that shift to happen anyway. As best as you can, find creative solutions and stay flexible and adaptable. This is not the best time to take things too personally (but then again, is there ever a good time for that? :-)

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 25-29 degrees of Cancer, Aries, Capricorn, Libra, or 0-1 degrees of Leo, Taurus, Aquarius or Scorpio ? If so, you may be more affected by this aspect. The same is true for those with their Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Uranus rules Aquarius) 

Thursday all day: If you haven't gotten around to it yet, set your Intentions for this Eclipse cycle... Make your Intentions 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 ;-) 

For more details on how to set New Moon Intentions, click here or for my article on Solar Eclipse Intentions, click here
 
Friday (August 25th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra all day (see Wednesday evening for details).  
 
Friday at 8:08am EDT, Saturn comes to a haltin 21 degrees of Sagittarius, andbegins the process of turning direct -- after being retrograde for 4.5 months. 

As best as you can during the course of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, bring flexibility and open-mindedness to any sources of frustration. If you can also bring commitment and maturity to what you believe to be true about yourself, others and life, you will feel more grounded in reality. 

Over the course of the past four-and-a-half months, we've had a change to reassess our limits and boundaries, reclaim our authority, and become more realistic and responsible. It’s time to move forward now -- and our progress will be in direct proportion to the amount of “inner work” we’ve done since early April.

Saturn represents our structures, responsibilities, commitments -- and also our ability to "do" life on life's terms. When this planet comes to a halt, we get to see where we need to create or renew commitments. It may also seem like our physical realities have come to a compete halt: Take a deep breath whenever you can, as often as you can (especially today and tomorrow).

Moving forward with our long-term goals will be easier now, as we have more clarity: We can integrate what we have learned over the past 4.5 months and more easily align our inner commitments and goals with the outer world.

Capricorns, Aquarians (whether by Sun-sign or Ascendent) and people with personal planets in 19-23 degrees of Sagittarius, Gemini, Piscesor Virgo will feel a particularly strong sense of relief as Saturn starts to slowly gain speed. 

Also on Friday: still time to set Intentionsuntil 2:30pm EDT... Make your Intentions 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 ;-) 

For more details on how to set New Moon Intentions, click here or for my article on Solar Eclipse Intentions, click here

Friday night/Saturday very early morning, at 12:30am EDT, Venus changes signs from sensitive, protective Cancer to fun-loving, extroverted Leo, where it will journey until September 19th. 

Venus in Leo changes how we "do" relationships. We're "in love with love", so we especially appreciate (and are turned on by) gestures of love and romance. It goes the other way, too: we are warm, affectionate and loyal with those we love and cherish (as long as they show us that they deserve our love). Grand gestures of love and exciting, tantalizing interactions work best. Lavish everyone with compliments (including yourself).

We also want to have fun and express our love for life... and what better way is there to do that than to throw a huge party for everyone we love? And if a "huge party" doesn't appeal, don't opt for the couch and the TV: get out there. It's a good time to take a chance!

"Taking a chance" applies to the financial realm too -- especially any ventures related to entertainment, children, sports or the stock market.

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? If so, you will feel more outgoing and confident for the period Venus moves through Leo. Your heart will want to connect and be admired. Creative endeavors will feel satisfying to you. If you are a Leo Sun-sign or Rising-sign, you are going to have more love and beauty in your life for as long as Venus is in your sign.
 
Saturday (August 26th): the Moon remains in harmony-loving, balance-seeking Libra until 4:53am EDT (see Wednesday evening for details).  
 
Saturday at 1:39am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 3 hours until 4:53am EDT. If you are awake during this intuitive time, use it to balance your need for equal and harmonious connections with your drive toward personal passions and a healthy "self-relationship". 
 
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 Saturday very early morning ahead of time ;-)
 
Saturday at 4:53am EDT, the Moon moves into passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Monday mid-afternoon.We feel things deeply and have "X-Ray Vision" and "Bullshit-Smelling Abilities" ;-)

Emotional authenticity is extremely important to us at this time; anything less than 100% emotional honesty could be perceived as flat-out dishonest. Once we feel safe trusting someone, we want to merge with them, preferably forever... as long as our trust is never betrayed.

The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power. This occurs by a process of subtraction -- it urges us to let go of whatever disempowers us. It's therefore an excellent time to look at "old" fears, limiting habits or emotional attachments, especially those stemming from past traumas. 

Moon in Scorpio tends to run right over ambiguity -- it's "in or out", "with us or against us", "love me or leave me". It can therefore be stormy -- a cold winter storm, or a torrid tropical storm of passion, depending on how we "work" the energies :-)

Manipulation and paranoia are the lower vibrations of this aspect, so as best you can, be straightforward -- act in good faith and assume it in others. Best of all, be truly present to the fluctuations of your feelings -- no matter if they're "polite" or "timely". Feelings aren't facts, but they are information -- and heeding them will help you embrace all of who you are. 

Know thyself -- and love thyself -- you shall be set free. Remember: Love connects us to the Power within; Fear causes "Force" to show up -- and that's ultimately what disempowers us and others. 
 
Saturday late afternoon, a Sun/Mercury alignment in 3 degrees of Virgo becomes exact at 4:42pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday evening on; it will remain strong until next week Thursday. This aspect indicates a confident mind and an analytical approach to life. Intelligence and communication abilities are strong at this time; however, we may not listen as well as the other speaks -- we might be too busy thinking about what to say next. 

As this alignment takes place in Virgo, we may be particularly judgmental, but it may not always serve us to to get stuck on details or insist on things being perfect.

We want an active role in communications -- it's very hard for us to passively listen and absorb information right now. What we say or write now has impact, so as best as you can, choose your words wisely. If people hung on your every word, what would you say then? What would you hold back from saying?

Our opinions are strong and our thinking independent -- and we're proud of both -- our egos may therefore get bruised if we don't feel "heard". As best as you can, express yourself fully, knowing that others may have different opinion and that's ok. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 0-6 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo, Gemini or Virgo (the Sun rules Leo; Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo)
 
Sunday (August 27th): the Moon remains in passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio all day (see Saturday early morning for details). 
 
Sunday morning, a long-lasting, opportune Jupiter/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 8:15am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last week Tuesday (August 15th) on; it will remain strong until September 7th. With this aspect, we have the opportunity to bring structure and a responsible attitude to our desire to grow and to expand. 

We become more aware of opportunities, and can see the bigger picture; at the same time though, we also understand that there are limits to what we can accomplish. We are capable of establishing the perfect relationship between “looking beyond” and “staying grounded”. 

We can also more easily understand that we don't need to rush in order to grow -- we are more likely to think things through carefully and responsibly -- in other words, to do our "due diligence". Remember: an opportunity is not automatically given to us, we have to "take" it.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 19-23 degrees of Libra, Sagittarius, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you will be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Sagittarius or Capricorn (Jupiter is the ruler of Sagittarius; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)

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A head's up for next Monday (August 28th): The Moon remains in Scorpio until 3:48pm EDT. Monday at 5:38am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 10 hours until 3:48pm EDT. At 3:48pm EDT, the Moon moves into Sagittarius, where it will journey until Thursday early morning. This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact Tuesday early morning). Also on Monday, Mercury's station begins in 0-2 degrees of Virgo/28-29 degrees of Leo until September 10th. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

One Last Announcement:
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Have a fantastic week! 
Many blessings,
Sonja

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