Following the increase in tensions related to last night’s Last Quarter Sun-Moon Phase, the current state of affairs appears rather pleasant and upbeat. Put on your problem-solving, superhero disguise as Pallas forms a rare trine in earth signs with distant Pluto (12:02AM). A Mercury-Mars trine in air signs (6:58AM) is an additional signal from the cosmos that brain and brawn can mesh with positive results. Energize your exercise regime and get back in the swing of a favorite sport. A Grand Triangle in water signs suggests that you explore holistic healing treatments and the teachings of great philosophers as the Moon trines Chiron (9:57AM) and Jupiter (1:24PM). This latter aspect doubles as a catalyst for the power of positive thinking — especially as the Moon sextiles Venus (4:07PM) and also parallels Venus (9:00PM). Love vibrations increase in wavelength while you add entries to your upcoming social calendar. Keep in mind that the Moon keeps moving through strong-willed, eagle-eyed Scorpio for this entire day. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
If you find yourself huffing and puffing more than usual as you go about your daily work and errands, blame it on lunar square patterns of 90-degrees to Pluto (3:54AM), Jupiter (6:21AM) and Venus (10:07AM). The square aspect can sometimes be empowering, but most of the time, it suggests that an internal obstacle to forward progress must first be faced, understood and eliminated before you can regain positive momentum in your life. Communications look promising — particularly around 4:01PM when the lunar orb trines Mercury in air signs. The Moon makes its monthly union with the red planet Mars — this month in Libra — at 7:52PM. However, this potent and somewhat volatile conjunction also launches a void lunar cycle that stays influential until tomorrow at 1:45PM when the Moon enters the intense waters of Scorpio. Avoid rash, dare-devil behavior in any form overnight. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
Solving problems is a special keynote of the early hours — courtesy of a trine between Pallas and Pluto in earth signs (6:09AM). Research projects and strategy sessions receive a green light under this harmonious sky pattern. However, later on, avoid mental fatigue since Mercury moves into a 90-degree square with Pallas (4:43PM). Developing your leadership credentials is a central theme of the current transit of Aries Moon — a theme that began yesterday when the lunar orb entered the first sign of the zodiac. The evening vibes appear promising as the Moon trines the Sun in fire signs (6:15PM) while Mercury forms a supportive, 60-degree liaison with Vesta (10:01PM). While any harmonious tie between the solar and lunar orbs can be a vitality booster, the Mercury-Vesta link-up points you in the direction of increasing the value of your assets and investments. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
If you are feeling happy-go-lucky in any sort of way, then play that up to the max. The reason is that a double emphasis of Sagittarius — Sun and Moon together in this potentially ebullient and achievement-oriented, 9th sign of the zodiac — only occurs for approximately two days in any calendar year. Plus, this morning’s supportive, 60-degree rapport from Mercury to Mars (8:36AM) is a clear energizer for literary, educational and athletic hobbies. Improve your tennis backhand, golf swing or volleyball serve. Consider signing up for classes, conferences or workshops that pique your interest. Later on, the Moon forms a square aspect to the red planet Mars in Virgo (7:46PM). This feisty interaction — always occurring twice a month in either a waxing or waning phase — has the capacity to increase the tensions within the psychic atmosphere. In addition, today’s 90-degree Moon-Mars encounter begins another void-of-course lunar experience that lasts for 3 hours until 10:50PM. Keep a low profile while the Moon is in its meandering condition and then focus your attention on career aims and professional work when the Moon enters Capricorn — the earthy, tenth sign of the zodiac at 10:50PM. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
You may want to emulate the early bird catching the worm this morning since a fairly long void lunar cycle is about to interfere with main activities of the afternoon and evening. There is a burst of excitement and mental-emotional stimulation coming from a flowing trine of 120-degrees from the Moon in Pisces to the Sun in Scorpio (6:25AM) followed quickly by the Moon making a similar trine to Jupiter in Cancer (6:35AM). Like the Mercury, Jupiter and Neptune Grand Triangle that was very active yesterday — due to the stations of these three celestial bodies — now it is the Moon that is hooking up with the Sun and Jupiter creating a Grand Triangle that can offer sensitive individuals precognitive dreams and visions of future, worldly opportunities. However, the Moon-Jupiter harmonious trine at 6:35AM also starts a 17+ hour void lunar uncertainty zone that lasts until 11:40PM (when the Moon enters fiery, pioneering Aries). It is much better to complete old business on a high note during any void lunar cycle than to try initiating bold, new ventures. What is intriguing is that just two hours after the void-of-course Moon takes effect, the Sun and Jupiter form a trine in water signs (8:40AM). This is one of the best sky patterns that can occur (as it provides a great boost for optimistic thinking and expanding your horizons across the board) and yet it always happens — due to the structure of the solar system — when Jupiter is retrograde. In this case, the Sun-Jupiter favorable aspect is also occurring during a void Moon. You may still be able to utilize some of the Sun-Jupiter euphoric vibrations when the Moon enters Aries (11:40PM). Nevertheless, by that time and as Wednesday November 13 begins to materialize, Neptune will be getting ready for its spotlight on center stage when it makes a station at 3 degrees of Pisces (10:43AM tomorrow). [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Standard Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
The early trine of the Moon in Pisces to Jupiter in Cancer (12:16AM) sounds delightful and has an exuberant nature built into it. In addition, it creates a Grand Triangle in water signs since the Moon is coming from a similar trine to Mercury in Scorpio several hours earlier. However, this unique geometric formation in the sky may not easily materialize into magnificence due to the start of a void-of-course lunar cycle as the Moon-Jupiter contact becomes exact (12:16AM). This lunar uncertainty time-period lasts for 18 hours until 6:19PM when the Moon darts into fiery Aries. Completing odd jobs and old projects is the right thing to do during an extensive void lunar cycle — especially when the Moon is transiting through the last sign of the zodiac. During the void time-span, Venus becomes the active planetary player in our solar system by forming a square to Chiron (7:30AM) and a trine to Uranus (3:05PM). The Venus square to Chiron is a reminder to keep studying matters related to holistic healing while the trine to Uranus opens the gates of genius in arts and crafts. Once the Moon enters Aries (6:19PM), it is an opportune time of the month to strengthen your leadership skills and tap into your assertive demeanor. Start tuning into the potent Full Moon that occurs on Friday. [Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.]
[All times are calculated for the Pacific Daylight Zone. If you are living in a different time zone, add or subtract the necessary hours so that any timed alignment will be exact where you live.] Can you feel the difference between a day when the Moon is in Scorpio — as it is today — and when the Moon is in the other eleven zodiacal signs? There is a fierce intensity to Scorpio that is deep, subliminal and — often — palpable, if you are rather tuned in and psychic. Avoid using inflammatory rhetoric in any discussion as Mercury forms an off-kilter, 150-degree to mysterious and willful Pluto (7:59AM) while Mercury also makes an opposition to Juno (10:02AM). Pushing the envelope — without considering the feelings and sensitivities of dear ones and colleagues — is taboo. Opportunities for advancement in educational and literary pursuits are still available — courtesy of a flowing trine in water signs between the Moon and Jupiter (8:12AM). This harmonious configuration of 120-degrees broadens into a Grand Trine as the Moon trines Chiron (11:27AM) — giving a boost for explorations in the healing arts. Therefore, all three water signs — Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces — are geometrically in synch (a very intuitive association) via Jupiter, the Moon and Chiron. Immerse yourself in film classics or a bestseller tonight.
Weekly Astrology: August 12-18, 2013
This week it’s all about “me, me, me”
It might be a short week in terms of planetary aspects, but that certainly doesn’t mean its short on depth. In fact, we all know that most of the time it’s not about quantity, but all about quality. This week we’ve got superb quality in the cosmic sky!
Here’s the lowdown on the key cosmic events the week of August 12-18, 2013.
Wednesday, August 14: Mercury in Leo trine Uranus in Aries
What you can surely expect early in the week and peaking on Wednesday is fantastic mental stamina. High spirited, innovative thinking will be a hallmark for everyone, thanks to a gorgeous trine between Mercury in Leo and Uranus in Aries.
Mercury in Leo likes to communicate theatrically. His words need to have flair and this placement is known for being exceptionally talented in the story telling department. When Mercury in Leo is at a friendly angle to Uranus in Aries, there’s an added spark of innovation to whatever is communicated. Expect original ideas to fly and Eureka moments dramatically declared in conversation.
The other side of this trine is the fact that it’s decidedly ego centered. Everyone will have a grand old time talking about themselves — or to themselves. It’s a “me, me, me” dialogue, for sure. However, the funny part is that because it’s a trine, no one will fault you for it. So go ahead, self-promote — especially when it comes to your most unusual talents and ideas!
Friday, August 16: Venus in Libra
Hearts will open up once again by Friday, thanks to Venus moving into relationship-oriented Libra. It’s not that Venus in Virgo is close-hearted — it’s just more tight-lipped when it comes to the expression of relationship needs. The shift in energy will be felt in a major way because now Venus will be in her home sign and much more comfortable to express herself naturally.
What does that entail? Well, Venus in Libra is certainly more social, graceful and charming. From Friday until September 11 you’ll have an extraordinary edge when it comes to nurturing the harmony potential in any partnership. The gentle dance of give and take in a relationship will become more of a focus, and in general everyone will be more willing to give.
The exception to this rule will be when Venus squares Pluto and opposes Uranus, but that won’t happen this week, so for now just trust that Venus in Libra is certainly in a happy place.
Because this is a short week when it comes to planetary aspects, it’s also a good week to focus on your New Moon intentions from last week. Although the New Moon in Leo occurred on August 6, for this entire week you will still have that energy to use to your advantage.
Don’t forget to plant seeds of intention that revolve around a new creative project, romance or situation with a child in your life. Use the extraordinary mental energy this Wednesday to flesh out an idea related to your New Moon intentions.
And for this weekend? Expect a lot less “I” and a lot more “we” in your conversations.
Our senses rule our feelings today once the Moon slides into earthy Taurus at 12:42 am EDT. We’re less likely to react impulsively when the laid-back Taurus Moon opposes restrictive Saturn this morning. It may even feel as if our forward progress has stalled. Thankfully, love is in the air because the Moon forms a harmonious Grand Trine with romantic Venus and passionate Pluto. Even with the stress of the day, we can still find time for pleasure.
(Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Let your love light shine since your current strength is not your ability to overpower an adversary, but rather your willingness to respect him or her in spite of your differences. Even if you feel combative, it makes no sense to fight fire with fire. Meet your opposition with sincere appreciation and charm, not angry words or threatening actions. Love more; fear less.
(Apr 20 – May 20)
It’s no fun to encounter obstacles in your path, but the Moon’s return to your determined sign gives you an extra dose of courage today. Recognizing that you’re the source of the resistance you now face empowers you to improve your fortune. Instead of worrying about why you can’t find satisfaction, take a chance by showing others how much you care. A small heartfelt gesture may be all that’s needed to tilt someone’s affections your way.
(May 21 – Jun 20)
You might have overbooked your day with too many things to do. It sounded like a great idea when you first committed to such a busy schedule, but you may feel like slowing down as the day progresses. Ultimately, the amount of items you cross off your checklist today won’t impact your life in the long run. Instead of worrying about what you didn’t do, concentrate on being present in the here and now. Others will understand if you need to shuffle your priorities as long as you keep them informed of the changes.
(Jun 21 – Jul 22)
Sometimes it’s difficult to stand in the spotlight and be seen for what you bring to the party. Since you don’t often toot your own horn, it may feel extremely empowering to do it now. Don’t be afraid of letting everyone know about your skillful expertise. However, the best way to inform them is not with words; it’s through direct action. It’s time to proudly walk your talk and receive the recognition you deserve.
(Jul 23 – Aug 22)
You may want to take the day off even if you didn’t exert yourself that much over the weekend. You might feel like you’ve overextended your limits, leading you to think you have to clean up an interpersonal mess that you inadvertently created. Just remember that your intentions are most powerful when you aren’t in denial. There’s no need to create a convoluted story to justify your recent behavior. Being honest with others starts with first acknowledging the facts.
(Aug 23 – Sep 22)
There’s magic in the air, filling your day with spiritual creativity. However, you may run into a wall today that requires you to stop and reassess your direction. Reaching your destination isn’t as simple as it might seem. You must be a co-creator in your own magic. Block out some time to meditate, listen to music or take a walk. But keep in mind that your mental process is what’s most important while you are doing these activities. Luckily, if you can visualize it now, then you can make it happen.
(Sep 23 – Oct 22)
You are feeling more practical now that the Moon is back in pragmatic Capricorn. You’ve had your fling — real or imagined; now it’s time to get back to work and move your career objectives ahead again. But this isn’t about giving up your heart’s desire because your needs are too strong to deny. You could end up being self-indulgent if you only feed your senses. However, converting your passions into acts of artistic and romantic creation is a better way to use the energy. Don’t be satisfied with anything less than awesome today.
(Oct 23 – Nov 21)
It’s all about relationships now, but your interests aren’t limited to romantic involvements. There is a desire on your part to spend time with a companion who is willing to help untangle the threads of your sometimes all-too-complex life. Your current need for simplification reveals how far away you are from living the uncomplicated life you desire. Nevertheless, with a little help from a loyal friend you can create a workable plan to get back to basics. Confiding in someone you trust makes all the difference in the world.
(Nov 22 – Dec 21)
It may seem like the party’s over today, but you’re not done having your blast of summertime fun. It’s just that your previous path has come to an end as the energy is playing itself out. Everything feels as if it’s winding down now. But maybe this is more of a necessary intermission than the end of the show. Catch up on your responsibilities so you’re ready for the next act when it begins.
(Dec 22 – Jan 19)
Very real steps can be taken toward relaxation and romance today, but you must keep your wits about you if you want to be successful. Don’t worry; you’re not about to be swept off your feet by love. There’s very little chance that you will forget your earthly commitments even if you go chasing rainbows now. Consider what you need to be happy and then move with determination toward making your dreams come true.
(Jan 20 – Feb 18)
You may attempt to dance your way around an important issue today, but, ultimately, you must face the question of timing, sooner or later. Sooner is better. Even though you prefer relying on cool logic over irrational emotions, trust your gut instincts instead. Don’t waste valuable energy justifying what you want to do. You know what you need. Turn off the words and open up your heart.
(Feb 19 – Mar 20)
Keep the entire forest within your vision now, even if you’re overly attached to one particular tree. Try not to make a fuss over the circumstances that are attracting you to the most special thing in your world. The woods are full of all kinds, shapes and sizes of trees, shrubs and grasses. Naturally, you can’t touch every one of them, but you can employ your imagination to explore the incredible variety. Your life is a spectrum of possibilities waiting to be discovered.
A volatile Mars-Uranus square may provoke impulsive behavior on Wednesday. You’re not in the mood to compromise or adhere to anyone else’s schedule. But bailing out might be better than waiting until the weekend when even the slightest shift in plans can add chaos to your personal life. If you’re caught up in intense feelings, finishing business from the past is wiser than rushing into something new. Embrace the unexpected on Sunday when surprises are likely to pop up unannounced.
Your ability to evaluate relationships is very astute on Monday and Tuesday with the reflective Moon’s presence in your realistic sign. Knowing what people to trust and which habits to change allows you to let go of what you don’t need or to invest more effort in going after what you want. Friday’s cosmic playground provides a place to play with the flirty Gemini Moon hanging out in your 2nd House of Self-Esteem while a Venus-Mars sextile encourages romance. But it’s back to more serious matters once the Moon slips into needy Cancer and your 3rd House of Information early Saturday morning. Prepare for a bumpy ride throughout much of the rest of the weekend. Bring your sense of humor and a willingness to communicate if you want to win someone’s heart.
You can be the life of the party on Thursday and Friday with the Moon dancing in your clever sign. Attracting people comes easily with your friendly and flirty attitude, so just be careful not to make any promises you can’t keep. The Moon enters moody Cancer in the wee hours of Saturday morning and runs a gauntlet of challenging planetary connections, leading you through an emotional maze. Explosions are possible, so avoid provocative words to keep things peaceful. On the other hand, if the status quo needs shaking, Sunday is your day to create positive change.
Buckle your seat belt this weekend because you’re in for a wild ride through every aspect of relationships before it’s over. The Moon’s shift into your intuitive sign in the first hour of Saturday morning sets the stage for some powerful experiences. Challenging lunar connections with unpredictable Uranus and provocative Pluto intensifies emotions during the evening. Yet if you learn to adjust to surprises with an open heart on Sunday, you will be rewarded with feelings of freedom and freshness in ways you didn’t expect.
The week starts on solid ground regarding relationships. You can see yourself more objectively, which helps you to appreciate your assets and also recognize where you have some more work to do. The weekend turns weird on Saturday when you might want to get out of the line of fire. There’s electricity in the air and it’s not necessarily the kind that leads to clarity, so bide your time instead of impatiently pushing ahead. Sunday’s cosmic configurations may leave you little choice but to follow your bliss.
Your common sense in regards to relationships is particularly incisive on Tuesday due to a Venus-Pluto Trine influencing your 1st House of Self. If you’ve been trying to come to a decision about someone, this cosmic setting should provide you with the insight you need to make the correct choice. The weekend, though, may be overtaken by friends who are going through crises, real or imagined. While it’s sweet of you to offer your assistance, there are some strong emotions running amok that might not be easily managed by anyone. The best thing you can do is let your love-light shine as an example for others to follow.
Tuesday is the day for digging deep to discover what your heart truly wants while you have a Venus-Pluto trine working on your behalf. You’re feeling confident and sexy on Friday, making it a great time to explore unfamiliar social territory. The inquisitive Gemini Moon is traveling through your adventurous 9th House while your alluring ruling planet Venus is cuddling up with passionate Mars. The rest of the weekend, though, may find you unsuccessfully attempting to maintain order and stick to a schedule. Keep on your toes since circumstances and moods can change too quickly to gather the cooperation that you seek.
If you’re sitting on the fence regarding relationships, you’re likely to jump off of it this weekend. The Moon in sister water sign Cancer sets an emotional tone starting in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Lunar connections with enthusiastic Jupiter, exotic Pluto and erratic Uranus fill Saturday with surprises of all sorts. Going to extremes, both positive and negative, can lead to some interesting places, but not the kind of comfy ones where you can settle down. There’s no time for rest on Sunday when the Sun trines spontaneous Uranus; embrace the unknown and enjoy the ride.
Pure play and pleasure are on the agenda for Thursday and Friday with the flirtatious Gemini Moon visiting your 7th House of Partners. Striking up conversations with new people or seeking more mental stimulation in your current relationship is high on your agenda. Yet early on Saturday morning, a lunar shift into nurturing Cancer and your 8th House of Intimacy raises the stakes in romance as emotions overflow and flood the bounds of reason. Give your love without any expectations; you may be pleasantly surprised by what you receive in return.
This weekend could mark a significant turning point in your relationship life. The loyal Cancer Moon enters your 7th House of Partners on Saturday morning and then runs into a buzz of planetary activity throughout the day. Encountering difficult lunar alignments with boisterous Jupiter, suspicious Pluto and rebellious Uranus can bring intimate issues to a head. Yet a breakthrough connection is a potential positive outcome of these wild times if you can keep your wits about you and your heart wide open.
A lunar transit of your 5th House of Romance adds extra pleasure to your personal life from Wednesday through Friday night. Easygoing people and a playful attitude keep encounters light and breezy. But the same teasing comments that get laughs then could trigger less desirable responses on Saturday after the Moon moves into overprotective Cancer. It’s an edgy weekend when even the most innocent jokes are capable of provoking extreme emotional reactions. Tread lightly when exploring unknown territory on Sunday or surprises are bound to catch you off guard.
The Moon ambles into caring Cancer and your 5th House of Romance early on Saturday morning, putting you in the mood for a cozy weekend hanging out in the company of those you love. However, this normally favorable transit is rocked by some intense planetary activity, including some lunar connections with unruly Uranus and defiant Pluto which can alter plans and rattle moods. Still, you can grab attention in surprising ways if you’re willing to take chances with your appearance and your attitude.