Forecast Aug 17-23, 2020: Reaching For Reason

This week Mercury, the Moon and the Sun encounter the ferocious fires of Leo, at their climax, before moving into orderly, rational Virgo. When shifting from fixed fire to mutable earth, we get the chance to distill passion into manageable, practical actions. Like no other sign, Mercury-ruled Virgo assesses, organizes and articulates with laser-like clarity. 2020 has been a tumultuous year to say the least, thus making the presence of calm, clear-headed Virgo more welcomed than usual. But Mercury’s home sign advantage will be brief, from August 19th-September 5th, and the overall Virgo Sun cycle will contain some highly contentious aspects, which include a cardinal sign T-square. Keeping calm and carrying on through the chaos and confusion could be tricky. But with a Virgo mind focused on factual accuracy and utility, this sign’s remarkable serenity is well within grasp.

The week kicks off with a boom. On Monday Mercury, in the late degrees of Leo, links up with the blazing Leo Sun under a resonant Leo Moon. Remember, at this point the Sun and Mercury will still be basking in the afterglow of Sunday’s trines to feisty Mars in audacious Aries. The potent Leo Moon will fan those flames on Tuesday when it trines Mars, shortly before launching into its new Moon phase, at a considerable 26 degrees of royal Leo. Leo loves to live large. In its highest expression, its confidence, playfulness and creativity inspire others. At its worst, its stubbornness, self-absorption and pomposity are repellent. In order to succeed, the Lion’s legendary generosity must exceed its grandiosity, and that generosity must be sincere and heartfelt, Monday’s Sun Mercury connection is also capable of telling a very tall tale, and forcefully so with the assistance of Mars and the Leo Moon. By Wednesday, when the Moon and Mercury enter discerning Virgo, facts will begin distinguishing themselves from fiction. We’re leaving largess for logic.

In devoted, service-oriented Virgo, the Moon, Mercury and Sun will receive support from weighty planets in both fellow earth signs. Trines from Uranus in Taurus and from Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn will activate the Moon on Wednesday and Thursday, Mercury through September 5th and the Sun from Saturday, when it changes signs, until September 22nd. With the firm backing of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto, careful Virgo is methodically making sure that even the most magnificent (Lion-sized) plans are sound, grounded and fact-checked. Aspirations are coming down to earth, and Virgo is gently preparing us for autumn 2020.

Forecast Aug 12-18, 2019: Futuristic Full Moon

The week starts under a Capricorn moon, bringing a serious note to the lively, outgoing Leo rays that have begun flowing so freely. It’s not so much that these energies disagree with one another as it is that they are distinctly different and share little in common. With conjunctions to sober Saturn and reforming Pluto, this moon may illuminate matters needing careful consideration. When problem solving, Tuesday’s Sun Venus conjunction can show us what matters most. Next up, the moon moves into Aquarius where it will be full on Thursday, the day that also sees Mercury finally move past the shadow point of this summer’s emotionally intensive retrograde. Right on the heels of the full fixed-sign moon, Uranus in fixed Taurus is set to square Mercury in fixed Leo on Friday. These aspects will likely expose hard lines and hard-liners. But under a moon in the compassionate realms of gentle Pisces, our decisions, words and deeds can be infused with the intention of healing the situations we encounter. By the weekend, provocative Mars leaves fiery Leo for studious Virgo where it will be in residence through October 4th. Best look: hands, hearts and minds holding fast to sacred texts and the wisdom of their teachings.

Forecast Jul 29-Aug 4, 2019: Sun Showers Passing

The astrological sun showers of the past two months continue giving way to sunny Leo skies this week. With the Sun, Venus and Mars now shining brightly in cheerful Leo and receiving optimistic boosts from benevolent Jupiter, the skies continue their shift out of moody Cancer and into confident Leo. Informative Mercury initially entered Cancer all the way back on June 4th. Though it will remain in the cardinal water sign until August 11th, on Wednesday, its long, laborious retrograde concludes. Giving us even more reason to celebrate, earlier in the day the new moon dawns at 8 degrees and 37 minutes of Leo. Signifying the availability of new opportunities and pathways, the moon and Sun find themselves in the motivational presence of Mars, the planet capable of infusing aspirations with extra stamina. The week’s challenging aspects show up on Monday and Thursday when unruly Uranus squares the Sun and then Venus from determined Taurus. Examine the choices that these push comes to shove moments present, and choose with a view toward long term peace, harmony and happiness. Best look? Folded umbrella thrown in the back seat.

For further insights into the present Leo cycle as well as an overall context to current trends in astrology, check out my visit with Kristina Walsh on “Surfing The Psychic Waves“.

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