On August 20th Mars began its seven-month journey through Gemini. With such a bold, assertive planet moving into the sign of communication and media, the astrology world was abuzz about the potentials of the transit. On the same day, Mercury stealthily entered the shadow zone of its upcoming retrograde at 24° Virgo 12′. On September 3rd, Mars will follow suit and cross the shadow point of its forthcoming retrograde at 8° Gemini 08′. Gemini is of course one of Mercury’s two domiciles, the other being Virgo where it is presently. So while Mars may be garnering a lot of attention, Mercury’s influence is apparent and important.
Venus in Virgo
Planetary pressure for needed change will mount throughout the week, but Sunday’s new Leo Moon portends resolution and renewed vitality, on a galactic level. It all begins under the tension of a fixed-sign Sun Saturn opposition, followed by a waning Taurus Moon square to Jupiter early on Monday. The Moon’s extended stay in Cancer, from Wednesday through early Saturday morning, will offer some time for retreat and reflection. But dwelling in Cancer’s emotional shell or playing the victim will no longer work. A new Moon will dawn on Sunday, at 16 Leo 14, reigniting a sense of self-worth and encouraging self-agency. Additionally,
When readying ourselves for the coming week’s journey, packing generous amounts of humor, patience and perhaps even some old school technologies is advised. Though the week will take off under the disarming guidance of a gentle Pisces Moon, we’ll begin experiencing turbulence as soon as Mercury moves into lusty Leo on Tuesday.
In a year that has seen any number of obstacles thrown at a lot of people, forward movement is a blessing. Typically lightening-fast Mercury has been stuck in slow motion since mid October. In 2020, the annoying delays associated with Mercury retrogrades have been compounded by the frustrations of a simultaneous Mars retrograde. On Tuesday, the fleet-footed ruler of technology, commerce and communication will station direct. On the 13th, Mars will also station direct, ending its retrograde which began all the way back on September 9th. Mercury and Mars are personal planets.
You know that things are going to get interesting during a week when Venus is flirting with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn and the Sun is moving into Scorpio and heading into a meeting with retrograde Mercury. In the aftermath of Mars’ unfriendly square to jovial Jupiter, the week gets off to quite a bumpy start. As the reverberations from that dispute settle down, a Scorpio-ensconced Mercury will boldly sting unpredictable Uranus, on Monday night. This is the second of their three oppositions, and this time Mercury’s retrograde status promises to make events all the more exciting, and maybe memorable. On the same day and in stark contrast, we have one of the year’s most fortunate trines, between benefics Venus and Jupiter with both in earth signs.