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Backing from Unusual Sources -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Aug. 28th - Sun., Sept. 3rd, 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 was an interesting mix of energetic slow down, while sustaining my focus for long periods of time -- Saturn station, anyone? I could also definitely feel the energetic downloads from the Solar Eclipse and the relentless mind chatter from the Mercury retrograde...

This week's headline items: Mercury starts to slow down again on Monday (getting ready to end its retrograde phase). The first Quarter Moon in Sagittarius becomes exact on Tuesday early morning. Mercury re-enters Leo on Thursday and triggers the Solar Eclipse point for several days. Mars triggers the Eclipse point on Sunday late morning; also on Sunday, Saturn ends its station. 

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Monday early morning (for a little over 10 hours), Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning (for 3.5 hours), and Saturday afternoon (for a little over 3.5 hours).

Monday (August 28th): the Moon remains inpassionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio until 3:48pm EDT. 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. 

Monday at 5:38am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 10 hours, until 3:48pm 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 for fun activities as well as the need for deeper emotional bonding with others.
 
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 most of Monday ahead of time ;-)
 
Monday at 3:48pm EDT, the Moon moves into optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius, where it will journey until Thursday early morning. We're strongly motivated to explore and learn. We're not likely to be big fans of routine -- diversity and new adventures work best at this time -- we're also physically restless and need to burn that off with activity and physical exercise.

We tend to feel more open, optimistic and inspired -- but we also have a high degree of independence, which means we'd rather inspire others to do things our way, than take orders. Inspiring others could come easier than normal, as we can see the bigger picture, leaving us confident that others will agree with us, once they see what we see. 

As best as you can, speak your truth without assuming that everyone is on the same page as you. Improvisation works well for us at this time, as we are spontaneous and love living on the edge -- just watch out you aren't overdoing or overstating things. This Moon placement starts the build up towards the first Quarter Moon (exact on Tuesday early morning).
  
Also on Monday, Mercury starts to slow down (“station”), preparing to come to a halt next week Tuesday, Sept. 5th (when it will end its 3-week retrograde phase). More on that next week... 

For the next 13 days (until Sept. 10th), Mercury moves slower than usual; 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 in 0-2 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini , Sagittarius, or 27-29 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus,or Scorpio. 
 
Tuesday (August 29th): the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Monday afternoon for details). 
 
Tuesday at 4:13am EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 6 degrees of Sagittarius becomes exact. We started to feel this from the moment the Moon entered Sagittarius on Monday afternoon. The Moon in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in detail-oriented, practical, service-oriented Virgo

We feel compelled to take action. Last week saw a powerful New Moon, which was also a Solar Eclipse (on Aug. 21st). If we set some intentions on Aug. 23rd, 24th or 25th, we are now ready to make some adjustments. This is therefore a time to stretch and grow -- and create some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy. 

Remember that we are still in Eclipse season (until Sept. 6th) and therefore we don't have all the information we need to move brand-new projects forward yet. As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible/adaptable and find creative solutions in your day-to-day interactions with others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 4-8 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

Tuesday evening, we may need to make some adjustments. As best you can, honor both your need for adventure and exploration of life and your need to go within. You may feel a pull between introvert and extrovert, or simply fast and slow. Tune in for a moment and see if you need to take a break or at least slow down a little. As best as you can, be compassionate and kind with yourself. Moon in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces at 6pm EDT -- post for 4:30pm EDT
 
Wednesday (August 30th): the Moon remains in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius all day (see Monday afternoon for details). 

Wednesday late morning: we experience two very different aspects, one after the other:the first asks us to slow down and take a look at the stories we tell ourselves on a daily basis.

The second of the two aspects brings an opportunity to explore one-on-one relationships, perhaps have an adventure with someone, or do something exciting. 

Wednesday evening we will have lots of energy and a positive attitude towards life. 

Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning at 12:42am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 3.5 hours until 4:18am EDT on Thursday morning. If you are awake during this intuitive time, use it for connecting to like-minded people and learning something new about your unique self. Here's a question to ponder: How wide could your vision for humanity become? 

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 Thursday very early morning ahead of time ;-)
 
Thursday (August 31st): the Moon remains in Sagittarius until 4:18am EDT (see Monday afternoon for details). 

Thursday at 4:18am EDT, the Moon moves into practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Saturday late afternoonWe 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 -- and those stories we tell ourselves about "what was", rather than what actually "is". 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? 

Thursday at 11:28am EDT, Mercury re-enters attention-loving, self-expressed Leo. Mercury journeyed through Leo already between July 5th and 25th.Think back to that time: What did you communicate to others at that time? What came up in your dealings with others? How about with your inner dialog? 

Due to Mercury's retrograde phase, it will leave detail-oriented, practical Virgo for 11 days and re-enter attention-loving, self-expressed Leo, where it will remain until Sept. 9th. 

During this time, we are more expressive -- even theatrical -- and are also more convincing and persuasive, since we exude confidence when we speak or write. 

Our mind is more able to connect to our heart, so we tend to feel generous and expressive. This is a great time for gratitude, compliments, connecting to your inner joy and being playful. The only thing that can come between you and your heart is pride; do your best not to put it there.

Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini or Virgo? If so, you will feel the need for being self-expressed and playful more strongly. If you have a Leo Sun-sign or Rising-sign, you will be more chatty for the next 11 days.

Friday (September 1st): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornall day (see Thursday early morning for details).

Friday very early morning, a somewhat challenging Mars/Chiron aspectbecomes exact at 2:02am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday evening on; it will remain strong until Sunday. 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. 

We might feel insecure about our heart's desires. What if you could simply allow yourself to be human and know that you are doing the best you can? What if everything had divine timing -- no matter how fast or slow?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 26-29 degrees of Leo or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Pisces (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Neptune rules Pisces)

Friday night: Mercury triggers the Eclipse point, as it moves over 28/29 degrees of Leo. Due to its station phase, it will remain close to the Eclipse degree for serval days. 

Pay attention to any messages you get between now and Sept. 8th -- these could come through in conversations, books, song lyrics, etc. What resonates? What brings you the most joy? What enlivens your healthy inner child? What do you want to express? To create?

Saturday (September 2nd): the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricornuntil 4:06pm EDT(see Thursday early morning for details). 

Saturday morning, a harmonious Mars/Uranus aspectbecomes exact at 8:13am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday evening on; it will remain strong until next week Wednesday (Sept. 6th). This aspect signals a time when our energy level is much higher than usual -- among other effects, we may find we can work for long hours without fatigue, or feel "driven", especially in new and unusual directions. 

It could be that we receive backing from unusual sources. In general, our efforts are successful and we scale new heights of originality. As best as you can, stay open to new and unexpected things. Highly recommended: Group activities, group causes and connecting to like-minded people from all over the world.

Do you have your Ascendant (or one or more personal planets) in 25-29 degrees of Leo, Aries, Sagittarius, or 0-1 degree of Virgo, Taurus or Capricorn? 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 Aquarius (Mars is the ruler Aries; Uranus rules Aquarius)

Saturday at 12:30pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 3.5 hours until 4:06pm EDT. You may be aware of two seemingly conflicting desires: On the one hand, a need for serious, diligent accomplishment -- and on the other, a desire to break free and rebel against obligations. 

As best as you can, take some breaks, and "let your freak flag fly" -- just for a moment -- and revel in it! 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 afternoon ahead of time ;-)

Saturday at 4:06pm EDT, the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius, where it will journey until Tuesday very early morning. 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. 

Sunday (September 3rd): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinkingAquariusall day (see Saturday late afternoon for details).

Sunday early morning, a Mercury/Mars alignment in 28.5 degrees of Leobecomes exact at 5:38am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday evening on; it will remain strong until Monday. This alignment might speed up our thinking (and possibly also our driving ;-) 

We communicate with curiosity, enthusiasm and energy, especially when it has to do with sports, fun activities, games, risk-taking activities, creative engagements, children -- and anything connected to love and romance. We get to the very heart of a subject.

Something to be aware of: We may take things a little too personally. This defensiveness could make it challenging for others to engage in healthy dialogue with us. We may focus too much on ourselves and get attached to being "right" over being happy. 

As best as you can, appreciate yourself, life and others -- and honor your heart. If you find yourself having impatient thoughts and behaviors, draw a deep breath into your lower belly and feel the the breath soothing your solar plexus, bringing you back to your center...

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 25-29 degrees of Leo, Aquarius, Taurus, Scorpio, or0-2 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini, or Sagittarius? 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 Gemini, Virgo or Aries (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Mars rules Aries).

Sunday at 11:15am EDT: Mars triggers the Solar Eclipse point. Last week, on Aug. 21st, a Solar Eclipse occurred in almost 29 degrees of Leo. Mars moves over this same Eclipse degree. 

Observe how this plays out for you today: What are you looking to do? What's next? What actions are you invited to take, that move you forward with your heart open and full of joy?

Also on Sunday, 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. 

A head's up for nextMonday (September 4th): the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinkingAquariusall day (see Saturday late afternoon for details). 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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