Communication planet Mercury moves into fair and sociable Libra on August 27, 2015, putting us in a much gentler frame of mind than we’ve been in since Mercury moved into critical Virgo at the beginning of the month.
Mental Mercury becomes so much more fair-minded while in airy Libra that we can’t help but communicate our thoughts more effectively, see everyone’s differing points of view, and generally just get along better with others.
If your thinking has been too sharp for the past few weeks and it’s been causing trouble in personal relationships, things should become more peaceful now. This is a time for honesty and patience and soft-spoken words, so we all have a much better chance of being heard and understood.
In fact, if you’ve had any misunderstandings or fights, or if you’re holding a long-term grudge with someone, this is a good time to resolve it. Libra loves to build bridges and connect us with each other, so it’s truly possible you’ll be better able to overcome your differences during this time.
One challenge of this kind transit is the tendency to be too nice. Can one ever be too nice, you ask? Well, yes, when it interferes with being truthful. Don’t sugar coat things or withhold just to avoid rocking the boat. Speak the truth while Mercury is in Libra, because even if you disagree with someone during this time, they’ll get where you’re coming from.
Today is strong for applying yourself to your work or devoting your attention to a creative project, child, or romantic relationship, dear Aries. You are especially independent and self-directed right now. However, you are also entering a cycle today that stimulates a stronger desire to communicate with others. Mercury enters your solar seventh house today and will continue to transit this sector that rules partnership for a longer time than usual, until November 2nd. There is a shift in mental focus to making connections and collaborating. Mental cooperation is especially important to you during this cycle. You can gain a better perspective on your own life, thoughts, and ideas through discussion with a partner or someone special in your life. You could find that discussions with others tend to be more objective and reasonable. You seek out learning experiences, mental encounters or connections with others, and intellectual stimulation.
Today, Mercury enters your solar sixth house, dear Taurus. While Mercury typically transits a sign in about 3-4 weeks, this transit will last until November 2nd. You’re especially focused on details during this cycle, and some of you could be learning new, or updating old, skills and areas of knowledge. While you should certainly watch for overwork, a tendency to fret, or an inclination to nitpick at this time, it’s a strong cycle for attention to important systems in your life. You can get a lot done now. Work, schooling, or daily life and routines can keep you especially preoccupied and busy. You could be perfecting your skills or researching health or work methods to your advantage. There can be strong ideas for business and money, particularly on a detail-oriented level. While the outside world can demand your attention today, you can benefit from working on a domestic project that requires strong focus or concentration.
Mercury is your ruler, dear Gemini, and so its sign changes might have a stronger effect on you than many. Today, Mercury enters Libra and your solar fifth house, and being in the same element (Air) as your sign has its benefits. You’re more self-expressive and your ideas tend to be received well during this cycle that lasts until November 2nd. There can be more dialogues, communications, and thoughts about creative or romantic pursuits at this time. You can be a little more showy or theatrical in your approach, enjoying putting on a show or entertaining others with your observations. You are attracted to others on a mental level more than usual during this period. Today, the Moon moves into harmony with your sign as well, allowing emotions easier expression. Life engages you more than usual now, and you can be feeling especially vital and curious.
Mercury moves into your solar fourth house today, dear Cancer, where it will stay for a longer than usual time, until November 2nd. This is a lively time for family or home life. Your thoughts can frequently turn to personal matters during this cycle, and you can be filled with ideas about activities that improve your domestic world. You could need space to think, and may very well come up with the best ideas while in a comfortable environment. There can be work or learning going on at home, or more activity or “traffic” there, such as making many small changes or attending to details in the home. Circumstances can stimulate more memories of the past, and people from your past may figure strongly now. or trailers. Even so, today is especially strong for applying yourself to work or business matters. You seem to have more patience or determination to draw upon now.
Mercury begins its transit of your solar third house today, dear Leo. This is a longer than usual transit of Mercury and it happens to be a very supportive one. Until November 2nd, there is a stronger curiosity and focus on learning, sharing, teaching, communicating, and connecting. Your communications tend to flow more naturally and others more often understand what you intend them to understand. You could be busier and more communicative than usual, particularly with classmates, siblings, neighbors, and acquaintances. This is a strong time for learning from friends or networks, and also for sharing your own knowledge with others. There can be more movement or “traffic” in your daily life during this period. Today is strong for applying yourself to learning, particularly something new or an entirely different subject or perspective on a subject. New methods can engage you and absorb your attention.
Mercury enters your solar second house today, dear Virgo, and will stay in this area of your solar chart for a longer period than usual, until November 2nd. During this cycle, you are inclined to frequently think about manifesting results, building upon your ideas, or putting plans into practical action. Material affairs, business, and finances can be in stronger focus now. You’re especially interested in producing tangible results. It’s a good time for communicating about practical affairs and business communications in general. There can be more pleasure in planning ahead or organizing your affairs. It’s also a strong period for educating yourself on financial or commercial matters, and for developing your talents and resources. During this cycle, you can be feeling especially desirous of independence and may be especially responsible for earning income and managing money. It’s a fabulous time for specializing, so focus on those things you know well and learn even more about them.
Mercury enters your sign today, dear Libra, and will stay in Libra for longer than Mercury’s usual three or four weeks, and in fact until November 2nd. You are communicating with more impact during this cycle, and can be more talkative, curious, and perhaps restless or on the go. You are sharper, more observant, and tend to find no problems being “heard”. Because Mercury rules your solar ninth, you may be more verbal about your beliefs and opinions about larger matters. You can be especially focused on learning new things. This is a time when you have more mental initiative than usual, wanting to put your ideas into action. Some of you could find that you’re intellectually competitive at this time. You tend to make executive decisions and rely more on yourself and your observations when making decisions, depending less on what others think you should do. While this doesn’t always work out well for other signs, you generally do consider all sides of a situation, and at this time, can benefit from some independence and self-interest. Today, however, is strong for getting things done, particularly with a partner.
Mercury begins its transit of your privacy sector today, dear Scorpio, and will stay in this area of your solar chart for a longer period than usual, until November 2nd. This is a good period for contemplation, reflection, research, and meditation. Your thinking is especially influenced by, and focused on, past experiences and memories. This analysis is good and helpful, of course, to a point, after which it can lead to frustration or can keep you fixated on emotionally unhealthy matters and inclined to want to escape from your more practical affairs. There can be some inconstancy with studies or work, but overall this period is good for seeing details you may not normally see, building your intuition, and bringing some objectivity to emotional issues. You may be working in relative solitude, people may be taking you into their confidence, and there can be fascinating reveals of secrets or discoveries of hidden resources during this cycle.
Mercury moves into your solar eleventh house, dear Sagittarius, where it will transit for some time, until November 2nd, so you’ll have plenty of time to work with this energy and use it to your advantage. This is a strong idea cycle! It’s also good for networking and gaining inspiration from what you learn through and share with others. With Mercury in harmonious aspect to your sign, communications in general are easier, natural, and mostly well-received, although there can be some miscommunications during the upcoming Mercury retrograde cycle (which will occur from September 17-October 9). People tend to seek you out or get in touch with you more often. Partnering with a friend in some manner may figure strongly during this cycle. This is a time when conversations with friends and various networking activities can offer valuable learning experiences. You are thinking outside of the box. Today is especially strong for applying yourself to something creative or educational.
Today, Mercury moves into your career and reputation sector, dear Capricorn, and will transit there until November 2nd. Due to an upcoming retrograde cycle, this transit lasts far longer than the usual Mercury transit. This is a time of increased learning and communicating on professional levels, and also of stronger impact, particularly in terms of what and how you communicate. You seem to be more accountable for what you say and what you know. There can be more movement, a hectic pace, or increased communications in the work you do at this time. For some of you, your ideas may come into public view now. You are likely doing some multi-tasking regarding career and business matters. This is a fabulous time for ambitious ideas and thinking. Even so, there may be increased mental pressure at times during this cycle. Today is strong for independent study and research.
Mercury begins its journey through your adventure sector today, dear Aquarius, where it will transit until November 2nd. This is a longer transit than Mercury’s usual, and it happens to be an easy one for you. Communications and learning are favored in a general way, and ideas are mostly well-received during this cycle. You may be meeting people, and possibly romantic interests, through the internet, schooling, or travel. There can be a stronger interest in getting away from it all or changing up your routines at this time. You might also be especially interested in long-range visions, ideals, and goals. Conversations are often about broader issues and beliefs or opinions. Today, the Moon moves into your sign early morning, stimulating a more vital and involved approach to your life. There is good energy today for applying yourself to learning and studying.
Today and until November 2nd, Mercury is transiting your solar eighth house, dear Pisces. There is emphasis on deep thoughts, study, research, secrets, or mysteries during this cycle. This is not the best cycle in which to be clearly understood, although you may be quite content on this level, and communications within an intimate relationship can improve. You might also learn a lot about your own inner workings at this time. This can be a cycle in which you learn significant things about a partner, finances, shared finances, taxes, and debts. It’s in fact a strong time for making financial plans and strategies. You are especially interested in motives and hidden elements of life at this time. Today, the Moon moves into your privacy zone, prompting you to need more time to yourself and some form of emotional withdrawal and renewal. It’s a good day for independent work. You could find that you are especially able to apply yourself to your work right now.
Mercury enters Libra today for a longer stay than usual due to an upcoming retrograde cycle in the sign (Mercury will retrograde from September 17th to October 9th), until November 2nd.
•The Moon is in Capricorn until 4:03 AM.
•The Moon is void from 3:19 AM to 4:03 AM.
•The Moon is in Aquarius from 4:03 AM forward (until Saturday, August 29th, at 4:50 AM).
•The Moon is waxing and in its Waxing Gibbous phase.
•A First Quarter Moon occurred on the 22nd and a Full Moon will occur on the 29th (in Pisces).
•Venus is retrograde (Venus is retrograde from July 25-September 6).
•Mercury enters Libra today (Mercury transits Libra from August 27-November 2).
Today’s energies favor pleasant conversations and cooperation, dear Aries. There can be a rather sudden awareness that you need some time to yourself, and while you’re especially motivated to get things done, don’t ignore your need for down time. We are approaching a Mercury station, which can bring some challenges when it comes to being understood, but later today, the general intent is positive and cooperative, so it’s important to pay more attention to gestures than specific words chosen to express ourselves. There can be a pleasant feeling of devotion to a person, fantasy, or the idea of love today, and this can inspire creative works or ideas.
While the first half of the day can be somewhat temperamental, dear Taurus, there is generally good energy for warm, affectionate conversations and overtures. Surprising news may be part of it. There is particularly nice energy for combining friends and family or home life in pleasing ways, and for having an especially positive faith in the people you care about and domestic matters in general. You are more idealistic than usual, and happily, most people around you are unlikely to burst your bubble. Happiness is natural and easy, as it’s coming from within.
Life can be hectic in many ways today, dear Gemini, and you can find some obstacles to your personal plans, but fortunately your mood is surprisingly peaceful at heart now so that you are far more tolerant of problems. A warm communication might occur now that boosts your spirits and makes you feel understood or cared for. Your sensitivities are heightened now, and you can be especially creative in your work or projects. Artistic achievement is favored. Mercury is approaching a direct station in your sign, so that it’s important to take more time to digest events and ideas in the coming few days.
Tensions in the first half of the day are very likely to be resolved, and quite satisfyingly at that, in the second half, dear Cancer. This morning, you may be wrestling with restlessness and unsure of where to direct your energy. Don’t allow restlessness to rule you or to choose your mood for you. As the day advances, you can find very creative ways to satisfy a desire for safety and comfort, as well as the need to feel more adventurous and experience different things. There is good energy for making, spending, or sorting out money, taking care of valuables, as well as for a feeling of abundance.
If you’ve been ignoring your needs for deep connections, intimacy, or time to yourself recently, you’ll feel the imbalance today, dear Leo. As much as you enjoy and benefit from friendly interactions, emotionally you’re craving a little more. As the day progresses, you’re likely to come to peace with someone, and also with yourself, as your emotions smooth out. In fact, you are able to find creative ways to express your feelings and to connect with others. There may be compliments or other shows of appreciation coming your way. You might attract an admirer.
If you’ve been too busy to really spend time with a significant other or friend recently, dear Virgo, today you’ll feel the lack and you are likely to be quite anxious to make things right. It’s not easy to find that balance, however, as you can be pulled in different directions. It may be difficult to understand a partner or a job requirement, as messages you are receiving are unclear and conflicting right now. As the day advances, though, life remains busy but you’re more likely to let go of the tendency to overthink. There is very good energy for finding creative ways to satisfy your various needs and spend time with others. You can be especially gracious, and a partner or special person can be especially comforting and accepting.
Today and the next few days can be somewhat challenging if you’re looking for clear facts or conversations, dear Libra, with Mercury approaching a direct station. However, today is wonderful for imagination, and if you pay closer attention to the intentions of the messages you’re receiving, you’ll find people are really quite cooperative. Avoid premature decisions, but enjoy the opportunities of the day, as you’re likely to get quite close to a friend or associate. While the morning can present a conundrum involving responsibilities, as the day progresses, you can find wonderful ways to satisfy your need to set things straight and tend to work, as well as your desire to socialize and network.
There can be some tension that results from a conflict between your will and your emotions with a Last Quarter Moon occurring just before noon today, dear Scorpio. Today and in the next few days, try to give in to the idea that you won’t get the whole picture now, and let go. Matters will reveal themselves to you soon, and you don’t have to push anything. This can be a real load off your back! As the day advances, the pace is likely quite busy, but more pleasantly so. There is very creative energy that ties your sector of romance and entertainment with your sector of career and responsibility. You may feel freer to express yourself through your work, or your more playful side to others.
If emotions are being released in spurts, or if you are not expressing yourself confidently, then your outbursts may be confusing to others, dear Sagittarius. Although we’re often encouraged to express our feelings, it’s sometimes kinder to ourselves and others if we sort out some of the less evolved ones on our own before releasing them. The Last Quarter Moon this morning can stimulate a strong need for comfort and groundedness, but others are also drawing you out, so you’ll have to find a balance. As the day advances, though, there is better energy for finding comfortable solutions, particularly as you may be able to satisfy the desire for familiarity as well as adventure in creative ways. A nice message or conversation can take place that puts you right at ease.
Responsibilities to others or to your work can seem to clash with a sudden and strong need to explore your own interests or have an overdue conversation, dear Capricorn. While you can have a bit of a struggle trying to juggle too many activities, you’re also likely to find creative ways to tend to a variety of needs by combining them or adjusting your expectations of each. There can be a very lovely, accepting, and healing conversation or discovery of a more intimate or personal nature today. Diplomacy can help an important sale or advance today.
Relationships may be a little puzzling in the first half of the day, dear Aquarius. Your feelings may not be see-sawing, but your fears or worries may very well be. Money matters may also be an issue or cause for some concern. Even so, there is powerful energy for finding creative ways to satisfy a variety of seemingly conflicting needs. You can find ways to take risks or to enjoy yourself that don’t leave you feeling spent or overly indulgent. There is also beautiful energy for coming to an understanding with a partner or significant person. This can be due to a sense of shared values or respect for differing ones. There is more acceptance in the energy of the day that becomes you. This is a strong time generally for personal appeal and solutions to relating problems that are much more than just cosmetic.
People are especially amenable today, dear Pisces, and health or work can be pleasing. You are able to relax sufficiently to let your guard down. You are seeing more beauty in family, work, or simply circumstances around you, and life through this “lens” is more entertaining. You are imaginative by nature, but today this is enhanced, and can be in full force when it comes to finding different ways to enjoy your daily life. It’s a wonderful time to beautify your surroundings. It’s also a strong day for personal appeal.
There are plenty of delicious possibilities this week, both to dream a bigger dream and to make it happen!
Wednesday, August 26: Mercury in Virgo sextile Saturn; Sun conjunct Jupiter
On Wednesday, Mercury in Virgo will be at a perfect sextile to Saturn, indicating extraordinary opportunity to get one of your most vital plans off the ground. You’ll have the ability to convince anyone in authority to support your efforts on this day, so be sure to use that to your advantage. You’ll also make extraordinary strides if you’re working on learning any subject matter that requires deep concentration and fine attention to detail.
On the same day, the Sun and Jupiter meet up for their annual, blessed conjunction. In Virgo, you can anticipate plenty of amazing things to happen connected to your work life or in a health-related matter. You might also use this energy to humbly serve others, and if you do you’ll feel lifted up in a way you can’t even imagine.
Thursday, August 27: Mercury enters Libra
On Thursday, Mercury enters Libra and you’re really able to think about things not only from your perspective, but from your partner’s as well. This is a great time to collaborate and brainstorm ideas with others. Decisions made after discussing options with someone else will be more successful than simply going at it alone.
Saturday, August 29: Full Moon in Pisces
Saturday’s Full Moon in Pisces will make you aware of the fact that you’re part of something much bigger than this physical world we live in. As a matter of fact, you are likely to pay more attention to your spiritual or imaginative side, and might require extra time to sleep and dream or meditate and fantasize. You’ll have plenty of faith and compassion, so be sure to use it well.
You will find you have within you the ability to resolve all conflicts and disagreements with regard to this aspect. You will find an eloquence you did not realize before.
The staff of Mercury was given to him by Apollo in exchange for the lyre. The rod was endowed with the remarkable power of deciding all quarrels and bestowing wonderful eloquence upon its possessor. Mercury proved this when he saw two serpents fighting. Placing the rod between them and using his eloquence he reconciled the serpents, who then embraced each other, and becoming attatched to the rod formed the caduceus. The pine cone is credited with health giving power, and the wings symbolize speed and the flight of thoughts between friends. This ancient talisman was supposed to be a charm fo prospetity, rendering its possessor healthy, wealthy and wise.
Mercury, the planet of communication, has two home signs: Gemini and Virgo. Gemini represents the objective airy side of thought, while Virgo is the practical, earthy side. Mercury in Virgo, then, is a time when thought is most likely to be used with efficiency and conversation grounded in reality.
A planet is considered to be strong when in its home sign, one which it is said to rule. This helps direct and refine its energies to higher levels of purity and power. Mercury in Virgo is, therefore, a strong period in which to analyze and criticize with great precision. Taken to its extremes, however, this can become a narrowness of thought that kills imagination and abstraction. Mercury in Virgo often works best after original ideas are born in rough form that can then be polished and refined.
Those born with Mercury in Virgo usually have very sharp minds that readily comprehend complex patterns and fine details. Success, though, comes when this narrow view is balanced with awareness of the big picture and higher orders of reality. The best thinkers are able to move comfortably among various perspectives to give the widest understanding possible.
Those born with Mercury in Virgo include the highly regarded basketball coach Phil Jackson, law professor Alan Dershowitz, Lyndon Johnson, Yasser Arafat, writers H.P. Lovecraft and Truman Capote, astronaut Neil Armstrong, chef Julia Child and spiritual teacher Sri Aurobindo.
The world of music offers composers Claude Debussy and George Gershwin, and singers Bobby Short, Whitney Houston and Madonna. Acting Mercury in Virgos include Dustin Hoffman, Peter O’Toole, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, Melanie Griffith, Steve Martin, Michael Douglas, Chevy Chase, Lucille Ball and Mae West.
Be bold and daring today! Expand your knowledge of the Craft by working with the planetary energies of Mercury on this multifaceted day of the week. Consider the Greco-Roman gods Mercury and Hermes and all of the many lessons they have for you. Embrace change and movement, and work on your communication techniques. Conjure up a little good luck for yourself with that Mercury dime spell. Call on Athena to inspire you to try magickal arts and crafts and to be more creative in your own spellwork and witchery.
Meditate on Odin and see what you can discover about him. I wonder what sort of fabulous and fascinating magickal wisdom you will uncover? Odin is a shaman, after all; he may appear in many guises and faces. I guarantee that he will make you laugh at yourself before he is through with you, but you will learn. It’s up to you what you do with that knowledge. Will you let it shapeshift into wisdom?
Wednesday is the wild and wily day of the week, so try to go with the flow; don’t fight the quirky energies of the day. Most importantly, follow your heart, and always keep a good sense of humor, because of Wednesdays you will really need it.
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