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!