Week of August 22, 2016


Ready or not, we’ve arrived at Virgo Season, and it gets off to a very earthy start. Within a few hours after the Sun enters Virgo, the Moon leaves Aries for Taurus and we end up with six planets in earth – the Virgo Sun, Taurus Moon, Mercury in Virgo, Venus in Virgo, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. That ought to plant our feet firmly on the ground and make practical choices the wiser move again.

We’ll need the extra grounding this week because it is Mars in Sagittarius’s turn to trigger the Saturn-Neptune square. Mars will conjoin Saturn on Wednesday and square Neptune in Pisces Thursday night. Mars-Saturn conjunctions can be challenging because Saturn more or less forces Mars to move very slowly. Mars in the fire signs can be especially resentful about being reined in, and feelings of frustration will probably be running strong this week.

Actually I happen to believe Saturn acting as a brake on an impulsive Mars in Sagittarius is all to the good because it might prevent some serious miscalculations due to Neptune in Pisces squaring Mars about the same time. Mars-Neptune hard aspects are not easy to manage successfully. Neptune can convince Mars to do some pretty stupid things or can act as a serious energy drain. Those who have personal planets in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) from 8° to 11° need to stay as focused as possible this week. It wouldn’t hurt the rest of us to do the same either.

There are some very good aspects happening this week that will help offset some of the turmoil surrounding the Mars-Saturn-Neptune mix up. On Monday Mercury conjoins Jupiter in Virgo and gets the week off on a positive note. Virgo has a critical eye and with optimistic Jupiter’s influence, the Mercury-Jupiter conjunction can be very good for honest-to-god constructive criticism. Most writers know what a difference it can make working with a top flight editor who not only catches the rough patches in their writing but tells them how to clean those up. We can all use a good editor in our lives from time to time.

Venus will conjoin Jupiter in Virgo on Saturday and Venus-Jupiter aspects are wonderful for improving relationships of all kinds . . . though they can lead to over-spending on luxuries. This may not be the case in careful Virgo, unless you’re shopping at the local farmer’s market or health food store on the weekend.

There are a couple of other times this week when Venus may feel less than shiny. She will oppose Chiron in Pisces shortly before being inconjunct to Uranus in Aries late Wednesday. Both aspects may reveal cracks in our relationships. Chiron aspects can leave us feeling insecure and needy, while Uranus in Aries is so erratic it can leave pain and resentment in its wake when it runs heedlessly off without even saying goodbye. Since Wednesday and Thursday are the days Mars in Sagittarius is involved with Saturn and Neptune, please do your best to steer clear of making decisions on the spur of the moment. Step back and call a time out if you can.

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Even when the Aries Moon is void-of-course on Monday morning, she still has enough punch to keep us motivated and moving, in part because the last aspect she makes before going void-of-course is a conjunction to Uranus. It will be mid-afternoon when she ambles into Taurus, trine the Sun newly arrived in Virgo. Earth is clearly the element in charge from late Monday until late Wednesday.

The placid Taurus Moon nicely balances Virgo’s tendency to be a bit nervy and we need to take full advantage of this to get our work done efficiently. Tuesday we have a solid trine between the Taurus Moon and Pluto in Capricorn during the afternoon and Wednesday morning she will be trine Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in Virgo. The Taurus Moon goes void-of-course midday Wednesday and will enter Gemini late afternoon/early evening. Monday through Wednesday are the most favorable days this week for handling important matters and making steady progress.

Usually the Gemini Moon is good for multi-tasking but not this week. She lands right in the middle of a Mutable Muddle on Thursday when she creates a T-Square with Mars conjunct Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Too many people may succumb to leaping to incorrect conclusions based on dubious information. The best we can do is remain true to ourselves and patiently wait until the fog lifts and we can see clearly again.

Other than a midmorning sextile to Uranus in Aries on Friday, the Gemini Moon spends the afternoon squaring Venus, Jupiter and Mercury in Virgo before going void-of-course until late evening when she retreats into Cancer for the weekend. This looks like one of those days when we may be overwhelmed with details and figuring out which ones are correct could be quite challenging. Truly a T.G.I.F. day!

Surprisingly enough, the weekend has a much better tone, thanks to the Cancer Moon peacefully aspecting the Virgo Sun and Neptune in Pisces on Saturday. Puttering around the house and spending quality time with family might be a good way to unwind after the chaotic end of the work week.

Sunday morning is fairly restful since the Moon makes no aspects until she squares Uranus in Aries during the afternoon. I doubt if this will be too troublesome because like most lunar aspects, the effects are short lived. Sunday evening is blessed with an upbeat sextile between the Cancer Moon and Jupiter in Virgo, giving us a pleasant note to end the week on.

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We’re back dealing with a highly charged, changeable atmosphere once more and it is reminiscent of the Mutable Muddle we dealt with in late May and June. People will probably change their minds and get bogged down in petty details this week, in part because Mercury in Virgo is slowing to station retrograde early next week. As long as we remember to allow more travel time, double check important documents before signing and practice patience, we should be fine. Please don’t expect instant results either. Play nice, everyone!

Note: Timing is averaged for EDT to PDT.

Image: Virgo © Anja Uhren

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