Morning Star: Astrology for the week of August 23 through August 29, 2015

Sunday, August 23, 2015
This morning we wake up to the Sun's entrance into Virgo (6:38 AM) as the Moon squares Neptune from Sagittarius (9:09 AM). Wow. Just writing that makes me want to go back to bed. The grog doesn't last all day, but it is a “slow to rise” morning which is quite alright for a Sunday in my book.

By 10:38 AM a bit of oomph is brought to the day by a nice fire trine from the Sagittarius Moon to Mars in Leo. This isn't a working aspect. It looks more playful to me and conducive of outdoor sports, theme parks, child's play and other fun busy-ness. Hopefully, if you have plans for outside the weather holds up. With the Moon squaring Neptune and the Sun waxing into opposition to the same, the chances of dry weather are slim. You can always drop your adult fashioned rules and play in the rain if that happens.

The rest of the day the Moon spends waxing into trine with Venus Rx in Leo (2:10 AM). This looks like a pretty fun and potentially relaxing day. Opportunities to get out and about may abound even if the weather is a factor. I encourage you to lean toward having fun and indulging in a bit of relaxation if you can. The sky is certainly supportive of such. Welcome the incoming harvest season and enjoy this last month of Summer before we switch gears into the richness of Autumn.

Monday, August, 24, 2015
This morning we wake up to the Moon in square to Chiron in Pisces (6:24 AM) and in trine to Uranus in Aries (6:35 AM). This doesn't appear to be a particularly harsh day. But, you know, it IS Monday...so. The square from the Moon to Chiron and the subsequent trine to Uranus looks as if we may become re-acquainted with our triggers and given opportunity to free ourselves from them.
There is also opportunity for sickness here, though. The Moon squares not only Chiron but also Mercury (6:04 PM) at the end of the day before reaching Void Status for a full 6 hours. I'm thinking potential allergy flare ups, sinus problems and possibly a headache or two.

I do like the trine to Uranus, though. It is active and free. But, it could also be indicative (supportive) of seeking the advice of an expert or doctor. So, if you do find yourself ill, don't slack on getting the treatment you need. Then, as the Moon goes Void tonight rest and allow your body to recuperate. The Sun is in Virgo, remember? So is Jupiter. Being mindful of matters of your health brings benefit. Stock up on your Vitamin C and take some while you are at it. The kids are back in school providing a nice swapping ground for germs. Take the necessary cautionary measures to protect yourself. Wash your hands. Drink plenty of water. You know the drill.

The Moon remains Void until entering Capricorn at 12:22 AM.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Overnight the Sun and Moon danced in a lovely grounding Earth trine (3:35 AM). Then, early this morning the Moon in Capricorn repeated her dance with Jupiter in Virgo (5:45 AM). I love this, frankly. We could use some nice solid Earth energy and today, we are gifted with a very solid and supportive trine. The energy is grounded and practical. Our feet are planted solidly on the Earth. Smooth.

At the same time, the Moon is also waxing into a nice sextile with Neptune in Pisces (3:32 PM). Know what happens when you have a lot of Earth and just the right amount of Water? You end up with a shape-able clay or mud. Today would be excellent for pottery work. Or, if you'd like to shoot that up into a the metaphorical, this malleable tangible energy could be supportive of manifestation...bringing concepts from the Air and down to Earth in physical form.
We also experience a waning Yod between the Moon in Capricorn, Neptune in Pisces and Mars in Leo in our late evening hours (between 3:30 and 7:40 PM). Mars sits at the Apex of this Yod. Aiming for manifestation while imbibing the same with a touch of our personal creativity..our own little flare, is highly encouraged. Extra bonus points are delivered if we are using recycled materials or just working to give old projects new life. The signs of Capricorn and Virgo are highly resourceful. We are encouraged to use the materials we have on hand rather than spending $50 to buy supplies to make a handmade item you could realistically buy for much less. Suffice to say, common sense is a big boon under this energy as well. Keep it simple.
The Moon is also waxing into conjunction with Pluto in Capricorn (11:33 PM). So there is certainly depth to this day. As always with Pluto, there is the chance for power plays and subservient measures. But on a personal level the conjunction can also be powerfully restorative. Our will to survive is strong. We have the ability to dust our pants off and get up to give it another try if we need too. And, we are highly encouraged to do so.

In earnest, today is quite a good mixture of energy. It's like a calm plateau that allows us to really get down to business while remaining practical and responsible. Not too dusty. Not too wet. There is just enough fire to motivate us without burning us up. Stuff gets accomplished under this sky regardless of what other craziness may or may not occur out in the world. Maintain your focus (which is supported by Moon/Pluto) and really dig into your “task at hand” whatever you choose that to be. You could make great strides of progress here. Get comfortable in practicality. We've got more of it coming our way.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
This morning may be a bit uncomfortable as the Moon waxes into sextile with Chiron (11:26 AM) while also waxing into square with Uranus (11:26 AM). I see lots of switches in position in an effort to obtain a sense of comfort. Nervousness and anxiety could be a factor. Or, we could learn from what didn't work in the past and employ newly fostered methods. That is an excellent way to wrangle Moon/Uranus. Just refrain from impulsiveness. Convert the itchy to motivation instead. Don't be afraid to look at things differently. The energy to support that is present too. The cattle prod of Uranus can even produce EUREKA moments. Did you go to bed with a problem you didn't know the solution to but were rather obsessed about? Because, if you managed to lay it down and let it simmer you could wake up with the perfect genius solution this morning.

Mercury is also waxing into a delicious sextile with Saturn in Scorpio (12:08 PM). Talk about the ability to suss out the details. This is a ridiculously intelligent set up. It's practical, methodical, grounded and can visualize a project from the roots up and the inside out. Take advantage of that. Steer yourself away from negativity and toward determination.
On top of this strongly practical mental energy, the Sun in Virgo catches up with Jupiter for a conjunction at 6:03 PM imbibing us with needed confidence, new perspectives and the ability to take the long view in many areas of our life. Mercury is caught up in the details and this aspect allows us to pull out a bit so we don't miss the forest for the trees.
Even though the morning was a little shaky, things even out as the day moves forward and many may find themselves feeling quite good. The Moon also waxes into a practical supportive sextile with Saturn (2:02 AM) overnight while also trining Mercury in Virgo (3:20 AM) . We are thinking clearly. Optimistic, determined and solidly grounded. Nice!
Following the trine with Mercury, the Moon is Void until entering Aquarius at 4:04 AM.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
If you don't have something nice to say, just hush. Welcome to Mercury in Libra. Welcome to the doorway that leads to another Mercury Retrograde. The winged messenger enters his shadow tomorrow in preparation for that. I could give you a million reasons why I don't like Mercury in Libra. But, the main one is due my own Mercury placement (in Scorpio in the 9th) that is VERY “tell it like it is” and Mercury in Libra is anything but that. HA! Sorry, I don't like it and you can't make me. No offense meant to anyone who has the natal placement. I'm talking about the energy in general not so much it's natives. It's fickle. Indecisive. Overly cerebral and way too accommodating and WAY too worried about what others think for my liking. Others may enjoy the demure niceties. But, I don't.

When used appropriately, it's not a bad placement at all. Those who have matured the natal placement are wonderful examples of this. But, placing the energy over the entire world that contains folks who don't know the pits and downfalls..eh, I'll pass. The most infuriating thing about it, to me, is the hinting. I'm intuitive. I can tell when someone is leading me with their conversation but not coming outright and saying what it is they really mean (and an unrefined Mercury in Libra is stellar at this). Thing is, even though I KNOW what a person is hinting at, I refuse to bend to it or acknowledge it because I favor things being direct and open. And, I'm quite upfront about it. “I can tell you want me to do something but until you come right out and say it, I ain't doin it. Period.” So, yeah, that's my struggle with Mercury in Libra. You know what I mean? It can be as simple as someone saying, “I'd really like some ice cream” hinting to you to go get them some. I'll hear, “I'd really like to some ice cream” and say, “Cool. Go get you some.” But, if you come right out and ask me, “Hey, would you get me a bowl of ice cream?” I'm quick to say, “Sure!” Of course the scenarios are often more complicated than that. That's just an example. Don't try to make me guess at what you are getting at because I won't.

I'm also not really adept to the exchange of niceties and light casual conversation. Don't waste my time. And, if you think what I have to say isn't nice, I really don't care. I want conversations with depth and meaning. There needs to be some meat to it or I get bored and disinterested very quickly. So, yeah, there's all that. It is just not my cup of tea. But, others may enjoy the pleasantries and charming nature of the placement so don't let my whining and complaining deter you from that.

Back to today in general, the morning finds the Moon in Aquarius at an inconjunct to both the Sun (10:44 AM) and Jupiter (9:52 AM). That looks quite inspiring to me. Then, Mercury switches signs at 11:45 AM.
By midnight, the Moon is in an uncomfortable opposition to Mars in Leo. We may want to do a particular thing but we are also feeling socially responsible so our plans should meet with that call. There is a bit of a tug of war between the desires of “me” and the agenda of “we” if you will. Balance it out. Mercury in Libra can actually help smooth this irritation over...as much as I hate to admit that. But, yeah, it can help to assess all sides of the equation and come up with a nice accommodating medium or at least a well negotiated compromise.

Overall, the astrological weather is breezy with just enough fire to keep things active. Earth is present to deliver grounding and forward moving traction. The meteorologic weather may follow in tow making this quite a pleasant day. Enjoy and take advantage of that. The tides are due to rise as the Moon continues to build over the next few days though few will have inkling of that under this sky. It kind of sneaks up on us later.
Friday, August 28, 2015
The tug of war between our Moon in Aquarius and planets in Leo continues this morning as the Moon opposes Venus Rx. We want what we want but does that fit into the social agenda? Again, balance it out with the aid of Mercury in Libra and reach out to grab the assistance of the incoming sextile from the Moon to her current ruler, Uranus in Aries, that is waxing in due to perfect at midday (12:56 PM).
Yes, our give-a-damn may break a little in regard to whether our actions or motivations are socially acceptable or not. We are driven to uniqueness, inventiveness and freedom from meeting the expectations of others even if the mental body is inclined to be overly concerned about it. Emotionally we are less concerned about it and are able to foster a bit of detachment in regard to the opinions of others.

The day does grow heavier as we move forward due a waxing and sobering square from the Moon to Saturn in Scorpio. Be sure your heart is in the right place and stay on center. But, know it is a bit stressful and potentially depressing. The Moon is Void after this aspect perfects at 3:03 AM until entering the watery realms of Pisces at 4:52 AM tomorrow. Find the leaks in your boat under Moon/Saturn and seal them up tight.

Saturday, August 29, 2015
Release. That is what a Full Moon calls for. Culmination. Letting go. And, occurring in Pisces this could be quite an emotional ordeal especially given the fact that an opposition to Jupiter (11:09 AM) occurs immediately prior to the Full Moon's perfection. There is potential for things to get wildly blown out of proportion. So, scale it back if you can and maintain proper perspective. Be mindful of the details but don't get swamped by them.

The Full Harvest Moon perfects at 2:36 PM at 6 Pisces/Virgo 07. The Sabians for these degrees are as follows:
For the Sun at 7 Virgo: In a palatial harem bright-eyed women laugh happily. Early stage of development of individual soul, with full yet binding life-protection. Freedom from responsibility or restraint.
For the Moon at 7 Pisces: Fog hides the shore; but on a clear rock a cross rests. Concentration of values amidst the chaos of outer living. Clear light of high realization. Acceptance of life's limits.
Hmmm. I find the Sun's sabian a little triggering for some reason. In a harem? Happy and laughing? Oh, so you enjoy being a sex slave? WTF? But on the other side of this with the Moon's sabian the picture becomes a bit more clear. Here we have women who have become accepting of their lot in life and have found a way to be happy within those confines. All the while, the Moon admits that in every life there are likely limitations and certain “cross” to bear. Ok. I'll buy that. Just don't be so complacent that you miss the fact that you can take control of your own situation. Sure, there may be sacrifices that have to be made. You give up the cushy red velvet pillow your harem master supplies in favor of freedom..which often does have a price. The question is, are you willing to pay it? I'm not the complacent type. But if the sacrifices you have to make in order to get out of the situation you find yourself in are too much for to you pay then, well, snuggle in and accept something as your “lot” if you like. I just have a hard time swallowing that on a personal level. It is true that we all have a certain “cross” to bear and realization and acceptance of that can make all the difference. I can work within my personal limitations..I'm just not really keen on enforced limitations. But, that's my thing.

This Moon is a lot about acceptance of where you are right now. You are here standing directly on the X. Whether you choose to stay on that X or make plans to move forward are up to you. Sometimes the realization and where we are and what we are and are not capable of becomes quite a deflating and emotional affair. If you find yourself in that position I greatly encourage you to express and purge those emotions in an effort to get them outside of you and into the open air where they can dissipate. Holding on to them will poison you. So, get it all out. In some instances, this is going to happen without effort. Regret, remorse, guilt and what have you may pour out of us. This is where the emotionality sneaks up on us. Be easy with yourself. We are reaping what we've sewn. They don't call it the Harvest Moon for no reason. So, if you aren't getting the fruit you wanted then quit planting those seeds in sour soil, you know? But, yeah, it's quite a personal checkpoint.

Withdraw. Meditate. Sleep. Seek solitude. Deal with your emotional self accordingly. Listen less to what the world is telling you and lean into what your Soul is saying. The best answers are found there not in the opinions of others. Purge dirty and gunked up emotional waters and allow yourself to be detoxed of their poisons. Once your waters are clear again, things will begin making more sense. But, you've got to deal with that muddy water first. And, it's purely an inside job that takes on extreme personal nuance. Intuition, symbolism, dreams and music hold the keys right now. Pay attention. And if your “cross” becomes too heavy to bear...let it go. At least for now.

The Moon meets Neptune by conjunction at 6:21 PM and the waters are rushing out of the dam. Feelings can become chaotic and confusing. However, a restorative sextile from the Moon to Pluto in Capricorn is on the way to provide assistance overnight (1:46 AM). Sleep on it. It's going to be alright. This too shall pass and we will survive it. Have faith in that. Just don't try to squirrel this stuff away in an effort to maintain appearances. Get it out in the open once and for all.