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Jolinda “Josi” Case is a Spiritual Counselor who uses Tarot and Astrology (among other tools) as forms of divination. She is an avid and vigorous student of the esoteric. Josi has a great deal of experience in assisting people through major life changes such as death/dying/grief through counseling.

Josi’s main motivation is to empower others by assisting them to connect with and express their most true and authentic self. She also strives to give people the authority to feel comfortable in the pursuit of their personal Spirituality.

Josi’s formal education includes collegiate level degrees in Communications, Business and Psychology. She is also an ordained minister. In her free time (HA!), she writes a weekly column for her local paper (The Greenup Beacon), blogs on her site Shock Therapy and relaxes with her husband (“Ox”), three grown boys, two grandsons and pets (Prince, Mercury and Perseus).
Most recently, Josi has bonded forces with Dixie Vogel of A Fool's Journey to produce a monthly show they call Woo Woo Wonderful. The purpose of the live broadcast is to empower others with knowledge of Spirit and Mysticism.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of August 22 to August 28, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

This morning we wake up to the Moon in Aries making her way to an early morning conjunction with Uranus (7:48 AM) following a conjunction with Mercury in Virgo to Jupiter (5:05 AM). My first thought in regard to this was, “Oh, that looks combustible.” And, yes, it does. But, it can also provide for optimism as we wake followed by a willingness to try something new or break with routine. Or it could be that the morning routine doesn't go as planned...which the latter mentality can help to ease. Good humor is called for. Humility and an ability to laugh at yourself. Take more time to get where you are going than usual to accommodate for the potential of the unexpected. Following the conjunction with Uranus, the Moon is void until entering Taurus at 5:20 PM. By the way, Mercury/Jupiter and Moon/Uranus is also good energy for seeing an eye specialist...which is what I'll be doing today. It's also good for discussing details and looking for brighter ways to enter our future through collaborative and cooperative efforts. Social welfare activities are highlighted as well as a round table discussion of expert opinions.

By noon, the Sun has found his way into Virgo calling a halt, officially, to Leo season. We are now transitioning toward the harvest. The dog days of summer are ending. Labor Day, the last official holiday of Summer in the U.S., is right around the corner. Signs of autumn will soon begin to present. Aside from the changing seasons, collectively we are also in a transitional period as we are now officially in eclipse season. Many will be able to pinpoint distinct changes in their lives between now and the Autumn Equinox at the end of September.

At 5:40 PM the Sun newly in Virgo and the Moon newly in Taurus dance in a lovely grounded Earth trine. This is wonderfully grounding and allows us to chunk out the rest of the day easily and comfortably. This is followed by a slew of minor aspects that color in the subtleties of our evening hours. The Sun sesquisquare Pluto (personal depth), Mars sesquisquare Uranus (a bit of restlessness), Moon sesquisquare Venus (yearning/hunger), Moon inconjunct Mars and Saturn (a hesitation or resistance or blockage)...a chain reaction of nuance that carries us all the way into tomorrow morning. According to Linda Goodman, a sesquisquare “often represents behaviors that are often stimulated by subconscious longings.” So, in the settled feeling of this afternoon, there is much stirring internally. Typically, minor aspects such as these go by largely unnoticed. However, with so many occurring in such a close time frame, you may feel these nuances stirring in your gut and/or permeating the energy of your evening and morning. Explore them.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

This morning, the Taurus Moon finishes the minor aspects she began yesterday. Following the tandem inconjuncts to Mars and Saturn (who perfect in conjunction tomorrow), she melts with Neptune via sextile (11:32 AM). This has a relaxed and leisurely feel to it. Steady but comfortable. Some may feel inclined toward an early evening nap. And, if you can manage that, why not?

By 6:44 PM, the Moon is in a rich trine to Pluto in Capricorn. Cravings run deep. Yearnings are strong. It would be a good night for a decadent dessert after a hearty meal.
The Mars/Saturn conjunction finds us early in the morning. Tonight, however, we will likely feel this energy waxing in strongly. Physical energy may feel heavy and encumbered. People carry big burdens and responsibilities on their shoulders. And, to be quite frank, Mars/Saturn is fucking harsh, man. It's one of my least favorite transits ever. The secret to it though is to navigate step by step with personal accountability and responsibility in mind. We are leaving deeply embedded footprints behind us. We will want to place them on purpose and be responsible for our actions moving forward. Acting erratically and irresponsibly is going to get us called on the carpet by someone. Happening in Sagittarius, you could very well end up in court to hear the official judgment. So, whatever you do, do it with consequence in mind. You can build good consequence for yourself or get called out for the irresponsible stuff you do. It's really up to you. It's going to feel like you are wading through mud either way. Pace yourself and aim true.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

As I mentioned yesterday, the Mars/Saturn conjunction perfects early this morning (7:27 AM). Nothing like waking up with a couple of blocks of concrete on your shoulders to carry around all day. For real, the morning feels heavy and the path ahead seems very long and arduous. Ride it out. This doesn't last forever. But, remain in a sense of accountability of your actions in an effort to weather this leg of the trip out. Be mindful of your obligations. Expect most folks to be grumpy and a little dour today.
Shortly after the Mars/Saturn conjunction, though, the Moon trines Venus in Virgo...which is pretty nice. This allows us to assess the details of our plans and perhaps even clear away a few blocks. Weeding and pruning the weeds on the path ahead of us. Reaping a bit of reward for efforts expended thus far and giving us this wonderful sense of grounding. There is also an ability to foster an appreciation for the simple everyday blessings and a sense of gratitude. This eases the harshness of Mars/Saturn just a bit. But, we must remember, like Jupiter, Venus doesn't operate in Virgo like she typically does. Venus in Virgo is very practical and not overly adorned. She likes clean, simple and useful. So, this aspect could be what prompts us to buy the supplies or tools we need to finish our jobs. Or, it may just help us relax into the mundane feeling of routine. Sometimes routine is nice to fall into, you know? When things just chunk along as you planned them too? Yeah, that can be nice.

By 9:22 AM, the Moon is softened and poked a little by a sextile to Chiron. Then, in our early evening, she finds Mercury (2:06 PM) then Jupiter (3:38 PM) both by trine. Venus led us into routine and helped us latch on to the mundane tasks ahead of us. These subsequent Earth trines help us to plan the rest of our way out of the forest. We are pleased with the small bits of progress we've made throughout the day. Even if our steps seemed small and encumbered, they left solid progress behind us. It was a tough job. But, you did it. Now, schedule and plan out the rest of them. You got this.
Following the trine with Mercury, the Moon is Void until entering Gemini at 7:40 PM. Latch on to the grounded feeling of this afternoon and hold on tight. You are going to need it to revert back to in the days that come.

By 10:12 PM, Venus is in opposition to Chiron in Pisces. Ouch. There is a hollow ache there. Possibly a trigger tripped. An uncertainty, perhaps...self-doubt or criticism, even. Instead of picking yourself apart find the root of your insecurity and care for that wound. Then, as our Last Quarter Moon perfects just before midnight, let it go. Release the grip on your fears and insecurities. Rest your weary and potentially overworked brain. Let go...let go...let go..

Thursday, August 25, 2016

The atmosphere is markedly changed from the beginning of the week. Moon in Taurus can be grumpy and stubborn, yes. But, at least it's fairly emotionally settled. However, our Moon in Gemini is unpredictable due her incoming interaction with all the other mutable planets. Today will call for focus and flexibility.

At 12:30 PM the Moon is held accountable under an opposition to Saturn that is quickly also followed by an ambiguous opposition to Mars (1:35 PM). Keep your target in your sites and hold steady. Remember where true North is and stay diligent, responsible and steady on your path.
By 2:06 PM, the Moon squares Neptune and you are really going to need that compass because the path ahead of you fills with rain and fog. Slow down and move steady. Expect that emotional waters may rise. Folks are sensitive and you are more susceptible to the mood of your environment. Boundary up. Stay hydrated. Don't drive further than your headlights can illuminate. Again. Slow down.
Mars (as well as Saturn) is waxing into this same square as Neptune. So keeping your sense of direction might be difficult. However, you can always revert back to the plan you drafted under Mercury/Jupiter to remind you of your next step. Or, shelter yourself on the roadside until the storm passes. The tiring and ambiguous square between Mars and Neptune that threatens to wash away the road ahead of us through mudslide or flash flood perfects at 2:57 AM. This is also an aspect that can bring restless sleep or even nightmares. Be easy with yourself here and remain flexible.

Friday, August 26, 2016

This morning, the slush and uncertainty of Mars square Neptune burns off slowly. We are pretty sluggish and may feel a bit like we are wading through mud this morning. However, a midday sextile to Uranus from the Moon helps to free us up a little. Tenacity and taking things slowly pays off. At least emotionally we are likely to feel a bit better. We can see a light at the end of the tunnel. Gods and Goddesses, help me. I hope it's not a train.

At 4:12 PM, the Moon in Gemini squares off with Venus in Virgo. We are dissatisfied with ourselves to a degree. Not pleased with the progress we've made thus far. Thinking we should be further ahead on this road than we are. Easy now. You are lucky to still be on your path if that's where you found yourself. Many are standing around in mud or got completely washed away. Instead of picking yourself apart, note the matter how small...that you did right. Then, start clearing away debris or fixing your tools so you can start hacking away again.

The tension between the Mercury ruled signs of Virgo and Gemini continues as our night moves forward. The answer? Sort it out. Start whittling down your enormous task list by process of elimination. Is it really important that I do this? Can this task be streamlined? Can I ask for help with this chore? Prioritize putting things in order of importance and crossing off the time wasters. Cut out distraction and needless detail in an effort to regain focus and direction as the Moon squares off with Jupiter at 6:10 PM and Mercury at 8:31 PM. And, keep that task list and your timeline flexible. Again, this is eclipse season. The unexpected is going to happen and your schedule needs to be bendable enough to accommodate that. And, in times of flux, it pays to keep reminding yourself of your direction, goals and priorities. Keep your compass calibrated. With Mercury in shadow, too, we may have to re-write our agenda more than once. It's alright. There are alternative routes and potentially some doorways that open on those detours that push us right through the portal we need to fall into.
Following the square with Mercury, the Moon is Void until entering Cancer at 11:07 PM.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

This morning feels better than the last few days. The Moon in Cancer meets the Sun in Virgo by supportive sextile at 7:08 AM. This is a nice mixture of Earth and Water. Moon in Cancer knows what it needs and the Sun in Virgo is ready to go fetch it. Virgo and Cancer energy work wonderfully well together. Virgo reaps the harvest and Cancer turns it into a table set for a Queen.

The relaxed and easy feel permeates into our evening as the Moon in Cancer relaxes with Neptune in Pisces by trine at around 6 PM. Then, we are ready to lean into practical creature comforts as Venus finds Jupiter by conjunction at 6:29 PM. Yes, children, it's time to relax and treat yourself. Float. Indulge. Can't you make some cobbler out of the late summer berries you picked earlier in the day? Sure you can. Delight in simple pleasures and give yourself permission to relax.
Overnight the Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn (1:39 AM). Yes, you can sneak into the fridge for a little late night snack. No one is watching. Go ahead. Don't be afraid.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The morning is largely uneventful as the Moon moves away from her deep opposition with Pluto. Her next aspect doesn't come until 5:42 PM this evening. Here she meets with discomfort as she squares off with Uranus in Aries. This aspect at it's lowest produces anxiety and carries the potential for the unexpected. Remind yourself of your priorities. Detach from overly fearful or swamping emotions and handle whatever needs to be handled with a cool head and steady hand. Reduce the risk of anxiety by cutting down on stimulants and sugar early in the day. Stay well hydrated and eat solid not fluff.

Keeping your body well centered and steady certainly pays off as the Moon finds Jupiter by sextile (11:55 PM) and Venus by the same at 2:23 AM. Pull out your agenda and adjust as necessary. But, remind yourself of where you are going and why it is important. If priorities have changed, tweak your plans to accommodate. This is supported by a lunar sextile to Mercury at 2:24 AM. Following this sextile, the Moon is Void until entering Leo 4:12 AM tomorrow. But, not before Venus catches Mercury and passes him in Virgo at 2:33 AM. If the night sky is clear tonight, you should be able to see Mars, Venus, Mercury and Jupiter glimmering up there. If you squint or grab your binoculars, you may even have a chance to glimpse Saturn.
Over the next few days the sky shifts quite a bit. Venus slips into Libra tomorrow. Mercury turns Rx on the 30th. And on September 1, not only are we on the cusp of eclipse season, we are in it fully fledged. The last few days of this waning Leo Moon should be spent on flushing out the lunar cycle that is passing and getting ready to assess the unexpected doors that swing open as the eclipse perfects. Get your feet underneath you. Remember what it is you feel is important and remind yourself of where you want to go. Then, look for the wormhole that might...just might...magically drop you there. Realize, there may also be a few pitfalls that look like opportunity too. You are going to have to be on top of your game to be able to tell the difference. So, yeah. Say a little prayer and get ready for all that; because, ready or not! Here it comes!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of August 15 to August 21, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

This morning, we wake up to the Moon in Capricorn conjunct Pluto Rx at 5:06 AM. You know what that sounds like to me? A serious dread and foreboding all wrapped in the package of a Monday. But, for real, this is a dark cloud that greets us. One that has serious business on it's heart and mind. There may be fears. There may be desire to control. There may be abuses of power because of fear.. The “powers that be” who adhere to subservient agendas will shift in their thrones this week. They should rightfully be afraid because consequence is going to find them. That fact makes me a little giddy, actually.

This is a very sober aspect. Dark. Not the wake up and shine that I prefer. More of a cautiously arise and check under the bed and in the closet because it feels like you are being watched paranoid kind of rising. At the very least, folks are inclined to be concerned with something serious and deep in their life. We are not concerned with light matters. These are concerns that lay heavily on our hearts. Consequences and outcomes that threaten to destroy or expose. Or, be hurtful or dreadful in some other way. Foreheads are furrowed. Eyes are narrowed. Not a twitch of a tree limb or flutter of an insect wing goes by without drawing our attention. Intuition is likely astute but is under threat of being colored with paranoia.

Be brave. Stare down your fears. Soul search for the root of those deep emotions and deeply embedded fears. Face them down. We've survived many a Monday. It's likely we will survive this one too. Be fierce; but, be responsible for the ways in which you use your powers.
By 3:01 PM, the Moon is in trine to Mercury in Virgo. Details are discussed. If it isn't truthful, factual or useful, it should be discarded. Attempts to manipulate the truth are easily seen. Mercury in Virgo can tell when you are lying and doesn't have time to waste on sussing out what would be the truth. He's just going to discard everything you say after the first lie is discovered. So, if you don't have knowledge to contribute to the conversation, or if you don't have something of use to say; then, don't waste your breath. This discussion is to serve a cause. It is also great energy to use to put together a long term or short term plan. Both Capricorn and Virgo are planners. Putting the common sense of both together can result in a sustainable delineation of the path forward. The calm cool rational head is going to benefit most from this Earth trine.

At 9:27 PM the Capricorn Moon stubs her toe on Chiron in Pisces by sextile right before finding Uranus harshly by square at 9:44 PM. This can be unsettling. Moon/Uranus is anxious and reactive. Chiron holds our triggers. So, there may be some late night upset to contend with in the way of hurt feelings or a bit of anxiety. Ground it out. Don't become too upset if routines are toppled. Improvise.
The pieces likely fall back together as the Moon trines grounded and practical Jupiter in Virgo at 10:47 PM. Following this trine, the Moon is Void until entering Aquarius in the morning at 7:54 AM.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This morning we wake up to a sparkling nearly full Aquarius Moon. To add emphasis to the “Aquarian” vibe, the Sun is also trine Uranus at 4:23 PM. Honestly, I love this set up. I also like the looks of our incoming Full Moon. You see, Mercury sits at the apex of a Yod between the Moon and Pallas in Aquarius and Uranus in Aries. Smart. Logical but also enveloped with common sense. Talk about a brainy mixture. The secret to using this energy is to work with the brilliance of Pallas. And, friends, she is brilliant. She is a strategist. A pattern seeker. A puzzle solver. Here, in sextile to Uranus, her wisdom is greatly punctuated. She seeks new and unusual solutions to long standing problems. She collaborates with others who seek viable solutions to wide reaching problems. She can gather all the pieces of the puzzle and help us put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Then, we have Mercury in Virgo who knows whether the high-minded solutions offered by Pallas and Uranus are viable in the real world. Are they practical? Are they applicable? Are they doable? In the end, we may just see that the solutions we are discovering are so crazy they just might work. The next few days offer opportunity to increase your expertise in any area you choose. It is also a good time for seeking expert advise or collaborating with others over common sense solutions. See, Aquarius/Uranus can over-complicate matters of the brain. But, Mercury in Virgo helps to bring this un-Earthly brilliance to ground and put to use in our everyday life. These are also days of discovery. They are also days in which we realize that opportunities have been created like the passage found from the Tower to the Star.

Even better than that, Venus in Virgo is in trine to Pluto in Capricorn (10:14 PM on 8/17). Venus has been through the wringer lately. First, she squared Saturn last Saturday. Then, on Sunday she was washed out by an opposition to Neptune. In the coming days, though, she blossoms and is renewed. Re-animated. Strengthened. Dark. Powerful and beautiful. What's interesting about Venus in Virgo in trine to Pluto in Capricorn (since this is also my Venus return and I've had a good bit of time to get used to this energy by transit) is that the more she shares, the more that returns to her. I have been taking grocery bags filled with vegetables from my garden to share with my workmates for several weeks now. I return home to find my garden overflowing with just as much as I have given away. So, I send more grocery bags filled with vegetables with my husband to work to share with his coworkers. We've shared with neighbors, friends, family. And, I'll be darned if the fruits of our labors don't just keep multiplying to a degree that I'm scrambling to keep up with putting away and storing what do plan to keep.

Oh. There is more. We are also working on a remodeling project. It is a large and, at times, overwhelming task. Sometimes, we get anxious thinking about all the resources we will need to finish the project. Yet, since Pluto has been in trine to my Venus, it has been shown to me over and over again that we will receive what we need to finish the project when it is needed. All we have to do is put love and intention into the labor and that love keeps being replenished to us by the Universe in ways that sometimes the only reaction I can muster is a “Oh my gosh, thank you!” as I shake my head in disbelief. Needless to say, I think most folks are going to enjoy this trine.

Overall, what we are being gifted with here is the perfect blend of masculine and feminine energy. An androgynous mixture of wonderfulness. Plus, we are also gifted with a very astute and strong power of attraction. You are going to want to be careful where you point that. We are seeking to manifest the truest desires of our heart not acquire a new stalker.
Aquarius and Uranian energy are rich for wishing. Venus in trine to Pluto in Earth signs manifests these wishes into tangible reality quickly. So. Be mindful of what you say and careful what you wish for because the chances of it coming to fruition are very likely. But, honey, if you are sure this is what you want then I suggest you go all out and shoot for the Moon. Chances like this don't come along very often. Be honest. Be optimistic and be future minded while remaining responsible for the consequences you might create and you really cannot go wrong here.

Start practicing now. I did an exercise in an online group some time ago where I had participants visualize a red balloon. We went from seeing it in our minds to imagining how it would feel to hold it, smell it, taste it. Every single person in the group found their red balloon after doing this exercise. Some tripped across pictures of one. I literally found mine on the way to work. One lady had a balloon floating outside her window. So, focus in on whatever it is your heart is yearning for and practice energetically pulling the thing toward you. I'm pretty excited about this.
Now, there is some trickery going on in regard to Mars during this week. At the Full Moon we find him in a mutable t-square with Venus and Neptune as he waxes into conjunction with Mars. This tells me to remind you not to over-reach and that obtaining your heart's desire does not come by way of force or repression of others. It also tells me that faith is called for as well as standing and walking tall upon the principles of your own truth. This is a “hold your rudder true” aspect. Patiently and diligently taking the steps you need to take with thought and intention. Violence will get you shut down. Abuses of power will get you called out. Be willing to share. Be willing to help. Be willing to work. Be willing to wait while holding on to your faith. Keep your eye on the prize and your bow pointed to true North. But, above all, be sure you are focusing on something positive...because it's coming. It's coming.

Oh yeah. Back to today. The Sun is trine Uranus and folks are inclined to act independently. Sun in Leo trine Uranus in Aries is forthright with the truth of their identity giving not one flip if that is widely acceptable or not. Many are tired of wearing the shackles of projection and having who they are to become dictated to them. We want to be free. We want liberation. We want to celebrate our individuality and surround ourselves with others who celebrate us as we are. We want to be in places that call for no facade. The angel in the Star is naked because she is fully self-accepting and unafraid to be unmasked. The bohemian vibe of this day blossoms beautifully, in my opinion. Dare to be different, unusual, quirky and ok with it. And, while you are at it, why not acknowledge and thank those that accept you as you are and don't try to cover up your you-ness. Know, though, the LAST thing you want to try to do is to boss folks around. No one is going to take kindly to that.
At 6:51 PM the Moon passes by Mars in Sagittarius by sextile. This is motivational and allows us to put emotional energy (get into) the work we have ahead of us. And, soon, elbow grease and tenacity will be called for as Mars is within orb officially now of a conjunction with Saturn in Sagittarius. As a matter of fact, the Moon meets her traditional ruler by sextile later tonight at 1:23 AM. Sober. Wise. Logical. We are called to diligently leave conscious footsteps behind us as we travel forward.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This morning, the Moon is still growing in Aquarius. She seems so Full she could nearly pop. But, we aren't quite there yet. The Full Moon perfects, officially, tomorrow morning at 5:28 PM. The big news is that Venus officially finds Pluto by trine at 10:14 PM. Emotions are high but our affect is cool and logical while desires are strong. Smoldering hot, sexy aloofness perfectly mixed with ice water in your's a lot like that.

At midnight, the Moon perfects at an inconjunct with Mercury in Virgo and meets Uranus by sextile at 2:52 AM. This completes the Full Moon Yod that I discussed earlier in the week. See? It even sounds magical to be out in the dark under the stars making wishes at midnight...or nearly 3 AM even! Go for it.

It is also a wonderful night for charging things up with wishing power. I'll be sitting my ingredients out for wishing powder under this Full Moon. But you definitely want to put your Uranus themed stones and tools out there too. These include lapis lazuli, turquoise, metal accessories like copper or silver, even your hammer of Thor amulet and etc. Of course, you can use a Full Moon to clean/charge any stone. But, you definitely want to pull these out so they can soak up the power of our Lightning God. You can also charge amulets that you want to use in power of attraction work due Venus/Pluto. This is also a great time to harvest/store magical herbs. With a Full Moon in Aquarius, might I suggest freezing them. Here is a link to an article that will show you how and why. But, yes, you can also harvest then subsequently dry or can...just don't waste. Recycle where you can and feed any organic leftovers or scraps back to the Earth. Also, don't forget to give thanks for the bounty the Earth is delivering and SHARE!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ah, this morning the energy cracks and pops. The Moon is at her most full at 5:28 AM. A sparkly start to our day that brings culmination, climax and a chance to let go of the old and be prepared to escort in the new. What comes to our Lunar sphere following this? Eclipses. Starting with a New Moon Eclipse in Virgo on September 1. New Moon eclipses are NOTORIOUS for swinging open unexpected doorways. So, even if you have no Earthly idea how it is you are going to get to where you want to go...put your intention out there. At a Full Moon, intentions should revolve around release. Sounds counterproductive in the way of manifestation, right? But, it isn't when you release blocks be they mental or physical. Are there thought patterns or mentalities that continually usurp you? Are there fears that keep you from achieving your definition of success? Is your environment cluttered making the energy/air stagnant? Open the windows and release it all. Clear out and make room for the new that coming.

The Full Moon falls upon the following sabians (and don't forget that Venus is still within orb of Pluto and we have that Mercury Yod still happening—refresh yourselves on the previous days write ups):

THE SUN AT 26 LEO: As light breaks through clouds, a perfect rainbow forms. Promise of conscious immortality after the death of useless things. Spiritual linkage through emotional stress. Blessing.

THE MOON AT 26 AQUARIUS: A garage man is seen ready to test the battery of a car. Capacity of self to take up and deliver spiritual power. Controlled release of power through the emotions. Measurement.

And, we should probably check in with Uranus too since this is “his” Moon and he is highly involved in it:
URANUS AT 25 ARIES: A double promise reveals its inner and outer meanings. Fortuitous cooperation between inner and outer elements of being. A sense of responsibility to self or to society.

Oh, I like the sound of ALL THAT! However, right after the Full Moon pops, she enters Void status until 12:35 PM when she enters Pisces. So, set your wishes/release intentions as the Moon is still waxing or wait until later tonight when the Moon is active again. Pisces Moons are excellent for making stuff disappear. Whether you really want them to disappear or not. We lose and misplace stuff. We can be easily distracted and also easily influenced by the energies of others. Whereas we are definitely not so prone to this under the Aquarius Moon and/or Sun/Uranus. Therefore, the timing of your wishes/intentions should depend on what it is you are trying to do.

At midnight the Pisces Moon squares off with Mars in Sagittarius. This can be a feeling of ambiguity or overwhelm. Yes. We have a long way to go yet. However, dreams are likely active and rich with symbolism...if you manage to make it to the dreamscape. Watch and note ethereal signage. Directional pointers and clues. Adjust and tweak plans if needed but don't let self-doubt stop you on your way to achieving your broader goals. Re-calibrate your compass.

Friday, August 19, 2016
This morning we wake up dreamy but also with a sense of purpose and boundary under a Pisces Moon in square to Saturn in Sagittarius (5:20 AM). This is another manifestation aspect but it's more difficult to wrangle than if it were coming from a trine like we had with Venus and Pluto. This is a reality call. This is shoring up your dreams so that they mesh within the reality of the world we live in. It also calls for us to be willing to the work we are called to do in order to manifest. It also calls for patience and an adherence to faith. But, it's going to largely come across as grumpy. Yet, creative clay is at our disposal and we will soon discover that achieving our desires is not best approached by force. But, through generosity, gentleness and a clear vision of the long-term...and giving a damn about the consequences you may or might not create along the way. And, if you are making promises, plan to keep them.

Now that Saturn is direct, he is beginning to wax back into square with Neptune. And, Mars is chasing them both. Mars officially meets Saturn by conjunction on August 24th...which is interesting because that's a date that I've heard popping up a lot lately and have been wondering why. Now we both know. Then, he squares Neptune on August 26th. Then, the Lord of tempo and time (Saturn) squares of with the God of the Sea, illusion and dreams on September 10th. HOWEVER, Saturn and Neptune are HUGE factors during our New Moon eclipse on September 1. Saturn squares the Nodes while Neptune lingers around the SN in Pisces. As the New Moon perfects, she opposes Neptune and squares Saturn. The Sun follows this path shortly after. Talk about mutable t-square madness. We will need to be flexible while being prepared for the unexpected during those days. Be ready to jump through those swinging open doors. By, the time Saturn and Neptune do perfect in square we will be under a totally different sky. Jupiter and Venus will have moved into Libra while Mercury will have flipped retrograde in Virgo. There may be stitches ripped out and re-sewn during that retrograde. It's alright. Who says you have to get it right the first time? The real alchemy is found in the continuation of the mixing and experiment.
We do get a quick taste of this energy today as the Moon moves away from her early morning square (reality check) with Saturn and almost immediately is immersed by Neptune after (7:22 AM). At around the same time (8:07 AM), Mercury in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces. Nurse your sick mind. Triage. Prioritize. Be practical and remain grounded. We are going to experience this twice more. Acknowledge those triggers. Don't deny them. Acknowledge your addictions and the pains you are trying so desperately to forget or escape. Find solutions instead. Foster more effective coping mechanisms. Quit metaphorically punching yourself in the face. One of the tasks on Saturn/Neptune's task list is to grab your attention about your addictions whether you are addicted to food, drugs, alcohol, denial, lying...whatever your “fix” you need to address it and realize all you are doing is masking symptoms of something much deeper. Don't mask the symptoms. Treat the illness.

This theme is continually brought forth throughout the day. The Moon sextiles Pluto at 2:33 PM instilling us with fortitude, responsibility and integrity...not to mention a sense of fearlessness. Mercury completes his inconjunct with Uranus at 2:55 PM opening the pathway for brilliance to wax in if we are willing to address our personal issues with practicality. Then, as the Moon opposes Venus at 6:25 PM we can nurture our disillusionment and that feeling of separation from what we want with just the right medicine. Venus in Virgo is the realistic nurse maid that Moon in Pisces needs. The secret is to balance the polarity blending dream with reality...gently bringing order to chaos...humbly serving the collective with our growing empathic nature without enabling, guilting or criticizing.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

The tug of war between Pisces and Virgo continues this morning. We begin with a severe check-in with our denial as the Moon meets Chiron by conjunction (5:23 AM) then subsequently opposes Mercury in Virgo (6:41 AM). Fact check. Be honest with yourself. That's the MOST important thing here. Then, as the Moon opposes Jupiter in Virgo (8:22 AM), don your Virgo Superhero cape and go out there and be the superhero you need. Your own best Florence Nightingale. Don't expect a real superhero to swoop in and save you. This is totally a DIY sky. So, quit victimizing yourself and become the saving force you need, instead. Or, you can just clean/organize something. There is always room for that on the Pisces/Virgo polarity. Plus, sorting out your physical world helps to bring order to your internal world. Sounds too simple, right? Well, with Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in Virgo, simplicity is best. Don't be afraid of the simple answers to your complex questions. This is also a good day to ditch bad or unhealthy habits, btw. No matter how you look at it though, the truth is going to emerge. And, for some, this is going to be disappointing.

Following the opposition with Jupiter, our Pisces Moon is Void until entering Aries at 3:19 PM. Might I suggest a nap during this time. The wake up call of the Aries Moon is coming and you are going to want to be well rested for that! Sunday morning we are traveling!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

WAKE UP! WAKE UP! IT'S TIME TO GO! This morning the Moon in Aries is in trine to both Mars (5:10 AM) and Saturn (7:44 AM) in Sagittarius. Simon says, “Take one purpose filled stepped forward and MEAN IT!” Progress made today has sticking power. There is traction to be had. Get moving! Now, I'm not telling you take off at full speed right into a brick wall. I'm telling you to be responsible and fill your movements with intention. Be aware of where you are going but definitely go! We are wise travelers not impulsive or foolish.

By 4:43 PM, the Moon sinks into a dark square with Pluto in Capricorn. Yeah. Some folks will revert to subservient methods to get where they are going. They feel as if they have to trample or abuse others to get to where they need to go. That's alright. SATURN WILL DEAL WITH THESE FOLKS. Soon. Keep your own nose clean and instead reach for the endurance and fortitude offered by this mixture. Dig deep and keep moving forward. Be led not into temptation or greed. If you can't get it on the “high road” you don't need it anyway because Karma will always find you. Totally not worth it. Not today, Satan. Not today.
Meanwhile, Mercury in Virgo is closing in on a conjunction to Jupiter in Virgo due to perfect on Monday morning. This coincides with a lunar conjunction to Uranus. Patient, diligent and still is the wise huntress...truth is coming. The timing is perfecting and your fruit is becoming ripe on the vine.

In an effort to get prepared for the beauty of all that energy, stare deeply into your fears and face them down. Again, be 100% self-honest. Fearless about your truth however you may find it. Accepting of what you find. Work with it, not against it. Keep your intuitive and instinctive radar up and be ready. Divine timing and grace are upon us. You are going to want to be ready to use that effectively. Thunder may rumble. Lightning may strike. Find the eye of the storm and bravely plant yourself there. We are headed for quite a wild ride. If that scares you, then you obviously have some self-work to do. Take a deep breath. Center. Allow yourself to believe you “got this” however “this” may manifest for you. We've been more than well prepared for this. Be at the ready to jump through your door of opportunity as it opens.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of August 8 to August 14, 2016

Monday, August 8, 2016

This morning, we wake up under a still active Libra Moon. Not much is happening other than an opposition from the Moon to Uranus at 1:42 PM. This can produce an underlying feeling of anxiety for most of the day. On the worst end, it could cause friction by way of difference of opinion as Moon in Libra and Uranus in Aries don't really have much in common. The key to this is, of course, balance. Maintaining a sense of independence and freedom of expression within your relationships is important. Shooting for this balances the polarity of the sky.

Following the opposition with Uranus, the Moon is Void until entering Scorpio at midnight.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

This morning is fairly easy and relaxed as the Scorpio Moon starts the day with an easy sextile to Venus in Leo at 10:45 AM. Moods are quiet, gentle and introspective for the most part. By noon, the mood relaxes even more and the water flow increases with a trine from the Moon to Neptune at 11:39 PM.

Today is earmarked for going with the flow and deeply assessing personal desires. The veil of Neptune waxes in just in time to snuggle us to sleep.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The subdued feeling of yesterday continues today as the Moon makes gentle aspect to both Mercury (6:48 AM) and Pluto in Capricorn (8:06 AM). The introspection deepens due this sexy and intelligent mini-trine. The negative swing of this, of course, is paranoia. However, the positive is deeply focused to a fine pin point as if we are gifted temporarily with X-ray vision able to see problems from the skeleton out.
Tension does find us under the First Quarter Moon that perfects between the signs of Leo and Scorpio at 2:22 PM. This is a “keep your secrets to yourself” type of aspect. Scorpio Moon has been digging around in the closet and found a few valuable trinkets in there. She doesn't need the boastful Leo Sun showing her hand before she is ready. As a matter of fact, blurting secrets before they are due or giving away your game plan before it's time to execute are downfalls of this energy. Hold your cards close to your chest for now. I know you might be excited about your next move; but, shh...put your poker face back on until the time is just right.

By 7:22 PM Mercury is in a full blown trine with Pluto in Capricorn. Thoughts run deep and focus is enhanced. Dig deeply into the details of the task ahead of you. Many double check their evil plan to take over the world. Curse words roll from the tongue in long colorful soliloquy...but listen closely, these are likely muttered softly under one's breath. This isn't an out loud chattery aspect. It's quiet. The brain spins in depth and detail. Thoughts are introspective. Folks are hesitant to share unless in quiet corners with those they trust the best.
By 1:23 AM the mood lightens just a bit and practicality and a sense of gentle humility enters the equation as the Moon waxes into sextile with Jupiter in Virgo. Dreams likely pack rich symbolism throughout the week. Pay attention and jot down what you remember if you can.
Following a trine with Chiron at 2:13 AM, the Moon is Void until entering Sagittarius tomorrow at 1:26 PM.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

This morning the Moon is Void until early afternoon. We toil and muddle through dispassionately. Time clicks slowly by.

As the Moon enters Sagittarius at 1:26 PM, the mood becomes lightened and more animated. By 9:06 PM the Moon is conjunct Mars. If the night is clear, you may see the little larger than a quarter of a Moon snuggled up to the shiny orange planet. With thoughts still running deep with Mercury in Virgo yet within orb of a trine to Pluto, this aspect could be the motivational push forward we have been looking for. Emotional momentum begins here as we desire to move forward with our plans. It's not that conducive of sleep, though. This could turn into a burning the midnight oil type of thing. It can be had to settle Moon/Mars down enough to rest. Plus, the Moon is also waxing into an uncomfortable square with Venus in Virgo (6:00 AM) who is likely reminding us that are plans are too broad and we aren't being mindful enough of the details. We've packed too much to be practical. To balance this all out, check details and rectify when necessary.

The week has mostly clicked by with only a few hiccups. However, from tonight forward, the energy in the sky begins to tighten and intensify. Tomorrow, Jupiter opposes Chiron. Then on the 13th, Saturn stations direct in Sagittarius. By the weekend, resources could be stretched tight and a feeling of loneliness and self-criticism could wax in as Venus squares Saturn who is vibrating strong as he continues to change direction.

Jupiter opposite Chiron is not typically a pretty thing. In my area, I've seen it playing out in delayed school openings due to various construction issues. Plus, this summer's flooding (Pisces) in my neck of the woods has resulted in several schools (Jupiter) being declared unusable total losses (Chiron). Previous oppositions of the two brought up chemical spills into our water resources; Ebola and Zika awareness; flooding and severe weather damage. From Virgo's position, Jupiter has also shone his spotlight on things like religious and political division, racism, sexism and all the secret and denied sicknesses of our collective culture. I expect this event to be no different. The main thing with this is A) protect yourself by increasing barriers of protection either physically, emotionally or psychically. B) look for cause and solution of whatever problems are emerging instead of attempting to place blame and C) look for the true point...the lesson you can glean from the potential pain/sickness.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Early this morning, we are met with the uncomfortable square from the Sagittarius Moon to Venus in Virgo that reminds us to be practical and mindful of detail. From here, the Moon moves on to a sobering and grouchy conjunction with Saturn who is now officially stationed to turn direct. At times, it could feel as if we are on a journey of many miles while carrying a load of concrete on our shoulders. The mood is quite heavy and the path ahead of us feels extraordinarily long due this. Set a realistic pace and tempo. Try not to put too much pressure to rush on yourself. Slow and diligent works best.
Just before noon, the solid ground beneath our feet becomes a little mushy as the Moon squares off with Neptune in Pisces. The waves rise. Exhaustion likely settles in and emotionality becomes markedly increased. Sounds a lot like naptime to me. But, without a chance to rest, many will be fatigued and sensitive.

All through the day, there is potential for national or global headlines to include tales of Chiron in Pisces. We could also see this play out in our personal lives as pain and sickness we have denied, escaped or ignored falls under the spotlight of Jupiter as he opposes Chiron at 7:57 PM. Nurse your sickness. Acknowledge and honor your pain. Step up your anti-germ combat tactics and shore your boundaries. This might get a little messy on both a personal and collective level.

Overnight, the Moon in Sagittarius creates a potentially headache inducing square with Mercury in Virgo at 1:01 AM. The Moon is waxing to fat, minds are busy and there is an air of illness about. Sleep and the ability to rest become more and more elusive.
Saturn officially stations direct at 4:59 AM on 9 Sagittarius 47.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Initially, this morning offers a bit of relief as the Moon in Sagittarius waxes into trine with the Sun in Leo early (7:07 AM). The main problem, though (aside from the collective likely still dealing with the fall out of Jupiter/Chiron) is Venus locked in square to stationed and powerful Saturn in Sagittarius.

The key with this is to lean into that which is solid. Venus in square to Saturn is not easy but when used maturely it is wonderfully reliable and stable. There may not be a lot of fat to trim, but what is present is trustworthy. The call here is to be resourceful. Look to what you have less than looking at what you lack. Work to secure what you value. Pay homage to the simple blessings and deliver gratitude to what is steadfast and reliable in your life. Be faithful to what matters. And, hold on. Cherish the tried true and admire antiquity. Know this isn't a day for extravagant abundance. Loneliness and disappointment could be a thing as well as a tendency to be overly critical and a little needy. Balance that out with responsibility, reliability and diligent patience. Sometimes the best reward is the one that you really have to work for. This is likely one of those times.

By early afternoon, the Moon is in a painful and hollow square with Chiron in Pisces (1:19 PM). At around the same time, though, the Moon also trines Uranus (1:30 PM). This energy can play off of Venus square Saturn. We feel as if we cannot get enough and our desires are overlooked or shunned by the powers that be in the Universe. However, the trine to Uranus can help us break through and rise above some of that. Lifting us to higher perspective that can stare down that future road and see how may just be able to “get there” with a little more grunt and initiative. However, while Venus square Saturn calls for patience and diligence, Moon trine Uranus does not. It is not very patient and as a result can be selfish and impatient at its worst. The key, though, is to visualize the long haul and use the Uranus trine as inspiration to keep diligently plugging forward one well intended step at a time.
The step by step initiative continues as the Moon squares practical and detail oriented Jupiter in Virgo at 1:38 PM. From here, the Moon is Void and we ploddingly toil forward the rest of the evening. The Moon reactivates in Capricorn just after midnight.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

This morning, we wake up under the solid, grounded and responsible Capricorn Moon as Venus melts under an opposition to Neptune at 1:04 PM. What was so cumbersome or solid under Venus/Saturn is soggy and questionable today. Even though we may be emotionally inclined to be productive, we are quite washed up otherwise. Potentially lazy, sleepy or lacking ambition.

By 9:15 PM (after a day of what may have felt like wading through mud already) the Moon meets Neptune by sextile (9:15 PM) and Venus by trine (10:08 PM). It's time to give in to this washed out feeling and relax. Don't beat yourself up for what you didn't accomplish. Sometimes relaxing and restoring is an important job. And, today is strongly calling you to do that. Accomplishment doesn't come easy. So, if you managed to bring something to fruition, acknowledge your accomplishment. But, for now, lay down your to-do list, turn on the radio and have a drink. Relax.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Morning Star: Astrology for the week of August 1 to August 7, 2016

Monday, August 1, 2016

Today, we have more Uranus. One would think that last week brought enough of that. However, the Universe says, “Not so much.” Last week, at times, was teeth gritting. Edgy. Sharp. Unpredictable. Uranus stationed retrograde as Mercury trined. And, not everyone is adept at dealing with the rush of Uranus. Admittedly, it' s not an easy thing. After all, the human body is mostly water. Water and electricity (Uranus) do not mix well. Plus, it is Leo season. Uranus kicks up the adrenaline and the easiest route of expending that energy comes by way of being overly dramatic. I found this entertaining for the most part. But, yes, it can be quite obnoxious at the same time. Yet, when you become observant of the situation rather than immersed in it, you can ease some of the crackly erratic feel. This is what I mean when I say “Rise above” in relation to Uranus transits. Meaning, observe. Be the scientist collecting data and observing cause and effect more so than you are swimming in an pool filled with the electricity of the eels. It is a type of detachment. It is a discounting of the initial urges toward re activeness. It is remaining grounded while choosing a higher perspective of the situation. But, yes, Uranus can pack a tight and nervous punch. Add to that the fact that we are (in the US) an overstimulated culture and that just makes Uranian transits harder to handle. However, deliberately cutting down on external stimuli during heightened electrified “Uranus days” does help. But, I realize folks get tired of hearing me say it. Cut down on caffeine and stimulants you ingest. Drink more water. Limit your intake of social media/news. Cut down the amount of time you spend around electronics (less time with computer, cell phone, TV etc). Get outside and put your feet on the ground. Move around to expend excess energy. Yes. Easy things like that can really help. Yes. I realize it sounds too easy. Yes. I realize the energy coming from Uranus, also, causes us to over-complicate things. So, of course, dealing with him would be a simplified thing. Matter of fact, keeping things simple and practical is also something that helps offset the lower pole of Uranus energy.

There are stones/metals that help ease some of the electrified feel of Uranus. Lapis lazuli is a favorite of mine especially for Mercury/Uranus. Turquoise is excellent. Any grounding stone such as hematite, black tourmaline or obsidian. Copper helps to conduct the electrical impulses in the body and is an excellent piece to pick up when dealing with this blue giant. I have been known to put a penny in my shoe and, you know what, it works. Wearing wooden amulets can also help ground some of the electricity. All this matters; because, it helps you feel better. That's important.
Ok. So at midnight last night, a trine from Venus in Leo to Uranus in Aries ushered in today. I don't find this energy too upsetting. It can create a desire or flair for the unusual. It can kick start break ups catalyzed by boredom or excessive restrictions within the relationship. It can be conducive of impulse shopping/spending. It can produce a desire for more freedom or independence within relationships or even financially. Actually, what I'm seeing most from this is folks getting a new style, new haircut, new look. Bringing a fresh approach to the face we present to the world. And...hey, that's not such a bad expression of this. Right? So, go for it. There' a New Moon in Leo coming tomorrow. Why not go for a fresh and/or updated look?

At 7:25 AM the Moon in Cancer sextiles Jupiter in Virgo. This is a pack your lunch and look ahead anticipating what you need to have lined up for your day/week kind of aspect. It's practical. Grounded. A humble and ready rising. I always think of fiber and grain when this mixture comes up. It definitely aims for filling but not heavy. Sustainable fuel to start your day not a sugary sweet that may leave you feeling flat in a few hours.
The inkling to “get prepared” pays off as the day moves forward. Just before noon, we receive a harsh aspect (square) from the Cancer Moon to Uranus. This is where potential nervousness and anxiety has the potential to wax in. However, if you prepared for this in the morning by eating well, remaining grounded, cutting chemical stimulants, increasing water intake and laying out preparations, then it clicks by much more easily. There could, indeed, be a few surprises in store. The more grounded and centered you are, the better you will be able to deal with that. The more off center you are the more impulsive you might be and therefore this energy can prickle you into doing something erratic which feeds into immediate feelings of regret and remorse as the Moon finds Chiron by trine just twenty minutes later. You see the options? Rise above. Be observant, well grounded and prepared and subsequently develop more effective coping mechanisms (Chiron) when things go bat shit (Uranus). Or, get all hyped up, reactive and nervous (Uranus) through this energy and end up hurting yourself (Chiron) or others physically or emotionally.
Thankfully, there is energy in place that automatically helps with Moon in harsh aspect to Uranus. The Sun in Leo is waxing into a grounded trine with Saturn in Sagittarius. The grounding, feeling of personal accountability and stability of Saturn certainly helps here. But, Saturn is Rx. So, there isn't anyone standing over your shoulder to remind you to be accountable. You have to choose that on your own. This fire trine perfects at 1:50 PM. It is nice to know that stability is on hand and accessible if you can pull yourself away from a flare for the dramatic and lean into it. This all equates to “do the right thing, the responsible thing, even when no one is watching.” Truth is elder lions are wise lions. They didn't live to the age of eldership by doing stupid and impulsive stuff. Right? Right. So, be the wise elder lion.

As the trine with Saturn and the Sun holds, the Moon waxes into trine with Mars who is at the tail end of Scorpio (29 Scorpio 44) at 8:44 PM. Desires run deep and we can intuitively assess what our next move should be. Motivation and need align through flow not force. It calls for eagle eye foresight and adherence to the direction the waters are taking you without resistance. When you fight the flow you eventually tire and drown. That's not what we want to do here. On a mundane level, it is another great night for sex or mutual feeding/exchange of energies.
Following the Mars trine, the Moon is Void for a short time until entering Leo at 9:12 PM. And, the Lion sleeps after kissing Mars in Scorpio “buh-bye”.....finally....soon....he enters Sagittarius in our early afternoon hours of tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This morning we wake up to the Moon in Leo. There isn't a lot going on in our morning hours. The Moon is very, very dark and doesn't officially start her new phase until later this evening. So, the morning just kind of clicks by with our best focus found on final cleaning/clearing efforts...wiping the slate clean in preparation for our New Moon/New Start.

However, right after midday, something lovely happens. Mars leaves Scorpio and enters Sagittarius. Now. I've nothing against Mars in Scorpio. As a matter of fact, I kind of like it. But, I'm so ready for a change here. I'm not saying that Mars in Sagittarius is wonderful and without potential pitfall. No. I'm not saying that at all. I'm saying, it's different than Mars in Scorpio and Mars has been in Scorpio for an EXCRUCIATINGLY long time. The change will be nice in my opinion. That's all.
Ok. So what are the boons and pitfalls of Mars in Sagittarius. The main pitfall here is over-extending yourself, acting self-righteously and, also, over-estimating your abilities resulting in over-promising what you are realistically able to deliver. Ask the girl with Mars in the 9th who sets unrealistic deadlines and misses them every dang time. I'm telling you. Mars in Sagittarius' downfall is connected with “too much” and “over.” Which is the downfall of anything Jupiter influenced. The antidote? Being humble and practical. Generosity instead of self-aggrandizement. Employing and walking your personal truth. Practicing what you preach. And, as with anything in Sagittarius, we also need to prepare for the long haul. Sagittarius is a far reaching trip... like a marathon. So, when we find Mars at the beginning of the sign we need to take that into consideration. What does one do prior to a marathon? Well, hopefully, we don't just sign up for the marathon without any type of previous preparation. You know? So, we've hopefully been practicing and honing our skills with Mars in Scorpio...right? Working on our endurance. Now, though, just prior to the marathon beginning we 1) make sure we are well rested/well hydrated 2) stretch our muscles 3) visualize the end goal and set an effective and sustainable pace. Right? Right. And, thus, this is the call of Mars' entrance into the sign.

I'll remind you that Mars' trip through Sagittarius brings him into a conjunction with Saturn, square with Neptune and square with Jupiter. At the very, very end there is a wonderful forward moving push from Uranus...a second wind kind of aspect. But, it's not like there are not pitfalls on this journey, chances to run into brick walls of resistance (Saturn), to become unexpectedly fatigued or even lost (Neptune) and overwhelmed (Jupiter). All that is possible. That's why stretching, preparing and setting a realistic pace are so important at the genesis of this.
Setting an appropriate pace and holding yourself accountable is emphasized again as the Moon in Leo also finds Saturn by trine (remember the Sun was there recently and still in orb) at 2:47 PM. And then...and THEN our New Moon officially dawns at 4:45 PM with both Sun and Moon still within orb of grounding and “in it for the long haul” Saturn. Nice. Who are you? What do you want to be when you grow up? Cool. Aim for that!
Of course, there is the matter of both bodies also falling within orb of an inconjunct to Neptune and Pluto...which creates a Yod with our New Moon at the apex. Mercury and Venus have already been through this way. They've been melded and put center stage through the subtle power of this Yod. Now, all that is incorporated into both our Solar (ego systems) and Lunar (emotive/intuitive) systems. What this does is bring together all our dreams and fears, our ability to maintain compassion and expend our power in a responsible manner and wraps them up and hands them to us asking, “Ok, so whatcha gonna to do with this?” Putting the “whole” of us on center stage and saying “You are the primary one accountable for creating your future.” do you plan to go about that? Here is your chance to set that intention. It's so personal. But, I encourage you to set your goals and mark exactly what you are aiming for. The energies at hand support this, too. And, you know, it could be as simple as declaring your right to be who you are and adamantly standing up for that. Of course, also leave room for others to do the same. Whether you particularly like or agree with what they are doing doesn't really matter. You are your business. Let someone else's identity and self-expression be theirs. There is room for everyone here. Keep your roar gentle and gear your thinking toward service and practicality. Mercury is in Virgo, you know. Veer away from being self-critical or critical of others. Aim toward acceptance of self and responsible/humble self expression instead. Look to how your innate talents can help serve the situation at hand rather than look for who is to blame. Who is at fault for whatever matters little in the clean up of the aftermath, really. Sure, we may hear, “she did this or he did that.” But the bigger questions begging for our attention are, “And, what are you going to do about it? What can you offer as solution? How can you help?” LOL, yeah...all the aspects sound complicated but it really is that simple.

The New Moon perfects on the following Sabian: SUN/MOON AT 11 LEO: Children play under a huge oak, sheltered from the Sun. The sustaining and protective power of ancestral background against emotions. Appreciation of inborn cultural restraint.
This budding, bright spot, growing with promise New Moon is how we end our Tuesday.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

This morning we wake up with the Moon still in Leo and the fresh start energy continues to permeate our sphere. The Sun stays within the confines of the Yod and within orb of Saturn's anchor for now.
The Moon, however, has moved on. We find her in a liberating trine with Uranus at 5:23 PM. Yes, you have the right to be exactly who you are and feel however it is you feel about it. We are encouraged to lean into a sense of independence...especially emotional independence. We are not in the mood to have someone think or feel for us. We can decide all that on our own and the Universe encourages us to do so. On a mundane level, this aspect creates a flair for change, the unusual and holds the potential to raise our emotional intelligence a notch or two. The downside is nervousness and anxiety whose potential can be offset by the tips I offered in the beginning of this week.
From here, the Moon makes a subtle inconjunct to Chiron in Pisces at 5:40 PM and then, at midnight, finds Venus by conjunction prior to reaching Void status for just a few hours. She enters Virgo at 3:34 AM. The conjunction with Venus produces comfort within one's self and makes for some satisfied gently purring lions. Get comfortable (shouldn't be too hard) and enjoy.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Early this morning (4:44 AM), our practical Moon makes an uncomfortable square with far reaching Mars in Sagittarius. The cure? Triage. Delineate your steps forward and put them in practical order. Think about maximizing the impact of your efforts instead of planning to just bolt out of the gate unprepared. Remain humble and grounded while being mindful of a realistic step by step pace. Trying to or feeling as if you have to do everything at once is going to increase the potential tax of this energy. Plan. Then move forward toward your goal one solid well thought out step at a time. Humility does help with this. It is our aggrandized selves that promises more than we can realistically deliver.
These suggestions meet with further emphasis as the Moon finds Mercury in Virgo by conjunction at 5:45 PM and, then, also squares Saturn tonight at 10:03 PM.

Today calls for a practical step by step methodical pace forward. It calls for planning and making preparation. Don't over-complicate it. Don't gut yourself for not being as far along as you think you should be. Patience, my friend. Patience and diligence.
Overnight, the Moon opposes Neptune (midnight) which can cause emotional exhaustion and even some confusion. Rest. Planning and stepping diligently forward is enough for today. Don't try to turn it into an all nighter. Get some sleep.

There is a chance, also, for reaping what you've previously sewn with the Moon hitting Mercury by conjunction in Virgo. It's a thing. Harvest time. Results come home to roost for better or worse. So, yeah, there may be some regret mixed in here. Some feelings of guilt. Again, look not for who is to blame (even if it is found to be you) and instead learn from past missteps and make better decisions as you move forward. Apologize where you see fit but also plan to change your actions in the future to back up those “I'm sorry's.” Don't just pay them lip service. Mean it and act on it.

Friday, August 5, 2016

The ability to rest overnight finds blessing this morning as the Moon finds Pluto by trine shortly after the morning begins (8:54 AM). Endurance is renewed and we are ready to get our hands dirty in the nitty gritty of the work ahead of us.
Then, at 11:27 AM Venus enters Virgo and we officially have a stellium in the sign. Three planets reside in Virgo now (Jupiter, Mercury, Venus), plus a luminary (if only temporarily). I'm one of those people that thinks Virgo is the answer to everything. Of course, I would. I have a washed up, washed out Pisces Moon square Neptune in my natal chart and Venus in Virgo in the 9th house. I was raised by a father with a Virgo Moon. Without his “practical emotional medicine” I think I would have surely gone mad. But, that energy was exactly what I needed to learn how to ground some of that Neptune in my emotional body. However, the any other...has it's downsides. In truth, Pisces holds what Virgo needs and vice versa.

Here's the tricky dicky though. In traditional Astrology, Jupiter and Venus are earmarked as “benefics.” Right? However, both are also said to be ill placed in Virgo. This is not really because it is a bad thing. It is just that Jupiter and Venus operate differently in Virgo than they may act elsewhere. Jupiter in Virgo, for example, is WORLDS different than Jupiter in Leo or Jupiter in Libra. In Virgo, Jupiter delights in detail, practicality, minutiae, humility and efforts aimed toward providing a service to others. These are not words we typically associate with Jupiter. Jupiter is BIG...but in Virgo, his best expression is small and humble.

Same is true of Venus in the sign. We typically think of Venus and associate it with leisure, pretty adornments and luxury. In Virgo, you know what she likes? Clean. Organized. Simplicity. Every day humble blessings. Being able to help someone. She likes to fix things...a DIY type thing. Venus' wardrobe in Virgo often looks like a uniform and is parred down to simplicity. Like a traditional white nurse's uniform adorned only with a watch...clean fingernails...and well managed hair that doesn't get in your face while you are trying to work or fall in someone's food. However, the uniform of a mechanic (yes, even with his greasy hands) and or that of someone in a general service field also does the trick. Personally, I have an affinity for overalls and the occasional jumpsuit as long as it has pockets. One MUST have pockets in Virgo season. Rock those cargo You know? It's not that it's bad. It's just different. Venus in Virgo enjoys practical useful gifts. I personally delight in being given rocks. Like...real rocks. That impresses me more than something flashy. Or tools, cleaning supplies, organizers, day planners and honestly, school supplies...pencils, notebooks..and would you look at that? Just in time for back to school season! For me, a Venus in Virgo native, this is the entrance to the most wonderful time of the year. As an example of gifts that pleases the Virgo? Last Christmas my Virgo Moon father gave my Virgo Sun husband and my Virgo Venus self a shop vac. It was the best thing ever. Yeah. I know, right? YAWN. But, true!

When in doubt, remember clean, useful and simple is best. And, that point is driven home all day. Shortly after Venus enters Virgo, the Moon finds Jupiter in Virgo by conjunction (11:21 PM). The big challenge will be overcoming a desire to be critical, overly picky, filled with worry and negativity. This comes by way of a waxing square from Mercury in Virgo to Saturn in Sagittarius that perfects in the morning. Don't blame. Don't worry. Look for solution and how you can help the situation and by all means...don't over-complicate. Keep it simple. Since when has wringing your hands helped anything? Never. So, don't waste your time with that. Make a plan and assess/prioritize the details simply, practically, humbly and realistically. Clean and organize your environment. As without, so within. A decluttered outside helps to line things out on the inside too. I know. I hate it when someone gives me an answer that is as simple as that too. But, for real, it works.
The Moon reaches Void status following an opposition with Chiron at 2:22 AM. She remains Void until entering Libra tomorrow afternoon. Plenty of time for toiling and contemplation in that.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

This morning the Moon is Void in Virgo as Mercury squares off with Saturn (9:18 AM). The mood is parred down and perhaps a bit grumpy. Keep your nose on your own business and you'll do fine, though. There is a possibility of being overly critical and negative. Catch yourself and redirect when/if necessary.
The Moon reactivates in Libra at 12:57 PM. Her first aspect is motivating sextile to Mars in Sagittarius. There is wonderful opportunity here to work together to achieve a common goal. Solid partnerships pay off with a chance at exchange of mutual favors. You scratch my back; I'll scratch yours type of thing. Plus, with a stellium in Virgo folks might just be inclined to want to help. Make sure the exchange is fair and without strings attached as you realize teamwork may just be a thing that helps us all along this road. The negative swing of that? Over promising yourself in an effort to please and/or accommodate others. Don't fall into that kind of trap. Because, that's only going to put you in line for the negative swing of the energy we have waxing in next through a square from Venus in Virgo to Mars in Sagittarius.

The uncomfortable square from Mars to Venus perfects at 8:20 PM. What we have is a practical Venus facing off with a potentially over-stepping Mars. Or, you reach out to help someone in an effort to please and they, in turn, pile more on your plate than you can effectively handle and you let them because you don't know how to say no or don't want to because you don't want to disappoint. Get a handle on that. Teach a man to fish while aiming to help not take the whole situation over. Plus, don't expect anyone to fix your problems for you. This is a DIY sky. Sure you can ask for and offer help. Just don't go overboard with it. It's also a “keep it simple and realistic” sky. Keep that fact strongly in your awareness. There is such a thing as offering unsolicited advice, over-helping and sticking your opinionated nose into to matters that aren't your business to begin with. All are illustrations of the downside of this Venus/Mars square.

The upside? Making sure you are personally well prepped for your journey ahead. Got your map? Got your compass? Have you turned the coffee pot off? Forwarded your mail? Have you ever traveled with a Virgo?'s a lot like that. Pack your toothbrush. It's not a flamboyant thing. It's anticipatory of what you may need on your future journeys and making sure you have made proper accommodation for the road ahead. Yeah. Prepare now. Because there is fog on the road ahead as Mercury leaves his solid square with Saturn and is now waxing into opposition with Neptune due to perfect tomorrow afternoon. Pack your umbrella too. Don't forget to check the wiper blades on the car you will be driving...and the oil...and the tire pressure...fa la la la...VIRGO. Jupiter expects you to know this by now.

Sunday, August 7, 2016

This morning starts out on nicely solid footing with the Libra Moon in sturdy supportive sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius at 8:20 AM. This aspect brings grounding and clarity..which is good. Because, we are going to need it. Mercury officially waxes into opposition with Neptune at 12:25 PM. The windows fog. The road becomes hazy and information may be misconstrued. However, leaning into partnerships that offer a perspective of truth and steadfast support certainly pays off along with whatever previous preparations we may have made earlier in the week. See, you'll be glad you took the time to dot all your I's and cross all your T's as Jupiter in Virgo has been calling us to do. Because, that's what helps when Neptune engulfs Mercury. Solid routines come in handy. If you put your keys in the same spot everyday then the chance of losing them lessens....says the Pisces Moon square Neptune who aims to be organized and scheduled as coping mechanism. Am I perfect at this? Oh, hell no. And, my Pisces helps me be more ok with imperfection. But, it does pay off when I take the time to do it. I try to keep it relaxed though so as not to delve too deeply into OCD tendencies.

What also helps here is being able to separate fact from fiction. Don't believe anything you hear today without fact checking the source and the back story. There be outright LIARS out there today. Those who misconstrue the truth and fact due their own agenda. Watch out for them. Be mindful of the inklings in your gut that tell you something is askew and take the time to check the story out for yourself before you swallow an outlandish fish tale. Also, be wary of being a distracted driver and pay attention to your surroundings while traveling. Hydroplaning can be a real issue which means your efforts yesterday to check over you vehicle (wipers and tire pressure) and prepare sincerely pay off. And, do I really have to tell you to put your phone down and not to drive while intoxicated? I'm going to pretend I don't. alert and cut down on distraction. I mean, literally, when the road ahead is foggy or wet we should what? SLOW DOWN.
The opposition with Mercury and Neptune which may work to spread mistruth and misinformation in an effort to achieve a subservient personal agenda is strongly marked by a tendency to attempt to emotionally manipulate others as the Moon squares off with Pluto at 7:39 PM. Come on now. Do the work you need to do to clear the fog and don't let someone use passive aggressive emotional manipulation to control you. And, don't you become that person either. Instead, be honest with one another even if the honesty brings about things that someone may not want to hear and dig deeply into the your roots of your psyche and be honest with yourself too. Where have you been lying to yourself? What are you avoiding? Why are you procrastinating? Why do you feel like you need to control? Emotional manipulation never pays off for anyone in the end. It's better to face your fear of loss and being out of control than to be an outright manipulative asshat. Promise. Acts of desperation are likely to happen. Let the desperate flail. Don't fall for their attempts at trickery. You don't have to let them drag you down to their level. No. Really you don't.
At 8:30 PM the Moon in Libra finds the Sun in Leo by sextile encouraging you to be true to yourself within your interactions with others. There is a balance to be struck here between self expression and trampling the toes of others. Find it and you'll be wonderfully in tune with this pretty little sextile.