STARGAZING – Week of August 14th through August 20th, 2017

STARGAZING – Week of August 14th through August 20th, 2017

The Sun is trine Saturn on Sunday afternoon, making this a good day to have those challenging conversations about boundaries or your core needs in this life. Relationships come under a strain this next week, leading up to the eclipse on the 21st. Although Venus comes under the gun from two other planets, it cannot compare to the biggest event of the year, the Great American Solar Eclipse.

Because the moon is in Taurus to start the week, you will want to accomplish tangible results. Just remember that Mercury just turned retrograde last Saturday, so allow room for adjustments for the next three weeks. Monday evening and Tuesday morning could be a really bad time to pick a fight in any of your relationships. People can run hot and cold as sensual Venus in Cancer is opposite death and rebirth Pluto in cold-hearted Capricorn.

Much of this challenging energy follows into Wednesday. Be extra careful because the Moon is in Gemini on Tuesday and Wednesday, and your mouth can get you in trouble. If you can keep it light and do not get bogged down in a topic, you can clear the air with what needs to be said. Just say it and move on. Don’t repeat yourself or dwell on a topic.

Thursday brings a Venus, Jupiter square which is short term, but be aware that this heavy energy could transform both your relationships and your bankbook. Pluto doesn’t compromise and Jupiter can overextend, and the fall out from this combination could take a bit longer to clear away than expected.

Friday is much more comfortable under a nurturing Cancer moon. Share a meal with a loved one. The Moon moves into Leo on Saturday, preparing for its union with the Sun on Monday the 21st. Do something creative or get out and play.

Things begin to look up late Sunday, and is a very active time as we build up to the total solar eclipse. The Sun makes a sizzling trine to Uranus, so you can meet new, different and even eclectic people preparing for the Great American Eclipse. This is the first of two positive trines in 2017, the next one being in December. If you have an overwhelming need to break away from something that has been holding you back for a long time, Sunday is the day to break the news. If the fruit of the tree is gone, it’s time to move on.

STARGAZING — Week of August 7th through August 13th, 2017

STARGAZING — Week of August 7th through August 13th, 2017

On Monday, August 7th, the lunar eclipse is here at fifteen degrees Aquarius. This eclipse month is about resetting consciousness and opening doors to new realities. By Sept. 5th we shall learn if important changes will comes from it. The general rule is that emotions will be high around the lunar eclipse. There is certainly the opportunity to open to and welcome new friends and/or take some time to play. We are well on our way to the full Solar Eclipse on August 21st.

The Full Moon on August 7th is a partial lunar eclipse visible over Asia, the Middle East, and eastern Africa. It is common to see regions under an eclipse in the news. Aquarius asks you to open your mind to higher ideals and not get lost in the chaos of an emotionally reactive world. Aquarius represents government, higher learning, and scientific research.

A lunar eclipse brings a time to wind up your projects, put the finishing touch on them and bring them to completion. Friends and politics are involved, so let’s see what Washington DC brings forth this next week.

The Sun and Mars are aligned in Leo, which also makes a friendly alignment with both Saturn and Jupiter. This should be a peaceful eclipse bringing in universal harmony, instead of forcible chaos. But it is not so good for fire season and people with anger issues. Lunar eclipses tend to pull you apart so you can go beyond rigid thought patterns. Eclipses in general are not the time to plan elective surgery, sign legal papers, or begin something new. Just plan to keep on keeping on.

The key now, and at the bigger eclipse coming on the 21st, is to keep an open heart. Leo likes to remember the child within and play, and also likes to lead others in a heart-felt direction.

The middle of the week is gentle under a Pisces moon. On Thursday, the moon is in its quiet void-of-course, introspective phase all day. There are pleasant planetary aspects for sharing ideas over an easy, non-rushed lunch or early dinner.

The tone changes on Friday when the moon moves into hard-charging Aries to get you moving. Be physical. By Friday evening, romantic Venus makes a happy trine to fantasy-loving Uranus. You could fall in love (and then out again on Saturday).

Another characteristic of the Full Moon Eclipse is Mercury slowing down in Virgo as the messenger prepares to turn retrograde on Saturday, August 12th. This mental combination opposes psychic Neptune in spiritual Pisces. This is great for opening your mind to go beyond the veils of this tangible world to begin to bring a higher vision in from the cosmos.

There is also a Venus-Neptune trine on the 12th That brings out your romantic side, creativity and your intuitive imagination.

However, this same pulling apart can have you searching for what is real and what is fantasy, or logical one moment and spacey the next.

Over the next several weeks, you have the opportunity to bring a higher vision into the practical world. This Mercury retrograde, the third one in 2017, is perfect for personal renewing within, rethinking your life and how you are living in as well as redoing your mindset and things in your outer world.

The Sun and Saturn trine as this week comes to a close, which brings in fun, vacation plans or activities and perhaps some new perspectives.

Mercury retrogrades at 12 degrees Virgo back to 28 degrees Leo. The interesting thing about this retreat and revise energy is that the cycle ends at the same degree of Leo as the total solar eclipse. Expect some hot news and actions of heads of state around the world. There won’t be a dull moment for these three weeks, and a few days after, too.

Certainly the Virgo part of this energy will help you work on all those fix-it projects that need to be completed before the change of seasons. But Leo likes to play and Mercury’s nature is short and quick, so that means quick projects and quick getaways. Enjoy!

STARGAZING—Week of July 31st through August 6th, 2017

STARGAZING—Week of July 31st through August 6th, 2017

August brings two eclipses. The Aquarius lunar eclipse is on August 7 and will be seen in Africa, Asia and Australia. Lunar eclipses bring finalities.

Aquarius urges you to create win-win environments in your life. It is associated with friends, groups and organizations, making this a good month to explore new networking opportunities. But there is another side to Aquarius in that they sometime like to detach from the world and live in their own bubble reality, not a bad thing to do during summer.

Monday could be an emotional day. You could cry because you see a beautiful bird in the back yard. Venus moves into Cancer where it remains until the end of the month. Between now and the August 21st eclipse, expect to feel a lot of emotional feeling. Remember to take a deep breath as you work through whatever the Universe is bringing to you. Venus in Cancer effects real estate, women, children, and new pregnancies.

On Thursday, August 3rd , Uranus turns retrograde, which can bring sudden changes. What happened in 2007/08 that changed for you? You could be taken back to that time with a new but similar upset. Uranus retrograde can lessen the impact of a sudden disruption, or change of status quo, allowing you to think things over through the end of 2017. Old fears and beliefs are brought up to be released, allowing you to be free of their negative influence. While you are mulling over this matter, there is another stellar impact.

On Friday, Jupiter in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn, which could bring you a major expense, an income tax audit, or a negative financial impact. Yes, the stock market could go down under this energy. During their first clash in March, 2017, Pluto was direct, now it’s retrograde and Jupiter is direct. This energy could bring a positive outcome to the problem and also bring in productivity, as long as you can stay focused. What is it that you want to bring into form? Focus in it, then plunge in! Step by step, know you’ll get there.

STARGAZING — Week of July 24th through July 30th, 2017

STARGAZING — Week of July 24th through July 30th, 2017

The New Moon in Leo WAS on Sunday the 23rd . It is action packed because it is aligned with warrior Mars who just moved into Leo last week. There are two shifts this week, causing some good and some challenging energy. Expect to experience some difficult and some easy days. Mercury moves into Virgo bringing in persnickety thinkers who want everything in “their” right place. Not necessarily yours. Mercury is very happy in Virgo because that’ where our energy shifts to work, health issues, and our pets.

The Sun has moved into Leo urging you to jump out of bed to meet the new day. At the same time, Venus is opposite Saturn where your values and desires can be at odds with practical reality or authority figures.

The Sun Mars conjunction can bring you out of the dog days of summer with extra energy. The increasing amount of fire element energy building up to next month’s total solar eclipse in Leo begins now. That can be excellent for fun, play, passion, and stepping into leadership; but it likely will not be great for this fire season unless you make your living putting out forest fires. We’ve had some serious fires and can expect more.

The week opens with a Venus-Saturn opposition, which is a gift for those of you who need solitude to do their work and creativity, but a blow to lovers who have separated because you could be feeling some low self-esteem. You receive help in surviving any challenges now, but the flip side of this help is knowing when it is time to let go. August is the time for many final endings. This energy can be as generous as it is stubborn.

Also be aware that Mercury opposes Uranus on Monday evening, encouraging you to expand your talents and think outside the box. Mercury enters the shadow of its retrograde cycle on August 1st; pay attention to hints about what this communications breakdown cycle will mean for you. A hint is that you will want to cleanse both internal and external clutter in the weeks ahead, kind of an end of your personal summer cleaning.

For both this New Moon and the coming Mercury retrograde, take a good look at where your heart is calling versus where it is not engaged any longer. If you are having work or relationship problems, ride it out until after the eclipse energies pass. Just accept what is, and don’t try to fight back.

Since this New Moon is at the beginning of Leo and the August 21 total solar eclipse is at the very end of Leo, this next month is kind of like being bracketed by bookends where you can view beginnings and endings, what fits and what must be released. If your heart is not in it, why are you holding on?

On Tuesday, both the Moon and Mercury move into Virgo. Because Mercury will be retrograde in Virgo (and Leo), Mercury will be in the sign of purification and organization for about seven weeks as compared to its normal cycle of about three weeks. This will help you get organized for the coming fall energies, and you will need every bit of that effort to go through troublesome September and October. However, you probably don’t want to start thinking about that yet!

On Wednesday, July 26th the Sun and Mars are in perfect harmony which is one of the easiest days of the year, urging you to put your actions into manifesting your personal desires. Don’t allow this energy to pass you by…begin the work today.

Do public activities Thursday through Saturday afternoon. Donate clothing, or household items to places needed.

This is s mentally stimulating week, for sure. Uranus wants greater freedom and Saturn wants greater stability. The workweek ends under a social Libra moon. Saturday night is a bit more private than the early weekend. Plan to spend quiet time Saturday evening cuddling with a loved one, reading a good book, or listening to some uplifting music..

STARGAZING — Week of July 17th through July 23rd, 2017

STARGAZING — Week of July 17th through July 23rd, 2017

A mixed bag of tricks will keep you alert and hopping as this week opens. The moon is in Aries from the weekend, and works best with short bursts of energy. As the moon moves into productive Taurus during the day on Monday, Venus makes a challenging square to Neptune early in the morning. Venus wants to ease gracefully into her day, and Neptune doesn’t want to wake up at all. The challenge is that Venus wants shared love — while Neptune just wants to love for love’s sake, expecting nothing in return.

Tuesday is a much happier day with Venus trine Jupiter. Although trines are soft harmony, these two planets are as lucky as they get. If you need cooperation to accomplish big tasks, then Tuesday is the day to present your idea. It would also be a good idea to buy a lottery ticket. Keep in mind this is not a strong planetary aspect but it is a nice, lucky one — Remember, if you are going to win the lottery, you only need one ticket. Even though Venus squares Neptune at the same time, this is not one bit negative. Venus, Neptune, and Jupiter are open minded and bighearted but can also be without limits. This energy leads to over spending or wanting too much with too little. If you fall in love or want to purchase a big ticket item, be sure of what you’re getting and/or that you can make the payments easily. Sometimes you get more than you bargained for, so check it all out before jumping into any commitment.

Wednesday continues this harmony but in a more grounded way as talkative Mercury makes a trine to practical Saturn. This is the third and last such trine for 2017, and will hopefully help to keep matters under control, especially with the worldwide government issues.

On Thursday the 20th, Mars moves into Leo until September 5th. Taking action to step into leadership is one positive part of this six week journey, which could include some new Leaders of State. Remember that the August total Solar Eclipse is in Leo at 29 degrees, and this fire element energy only gets stronger for the next several weeks, bringing us sudden and final endings. With the Sun at the tail end of its Cancer transit, squaring Uranus, we could have some fiery power shake-ups.

This can be difficult for forest fires, but it can help you to express more passion with your love or your work. Knock off early on Thursday if you are able because Uranus, making such a challenge, wants to be free. Do something different than business as usual on Thursday. As the Sun sets, it moves into fire and self-absorbed Leo.

The moon will be in Cancer for the weekend, supporting family, emotional nurturing, and sharing warm moments with people you care about. Invite some family or friends over for a summer bar-bar-q.

The New Moon arrives on Sunday the 23rd at one degree Leo. It is action packed because it is aligned with warrior Mars who just moved into Leo last Thursday. The increasing amount of fire element energy building up to next month’s total Solar Eclipse in Leo begins with this New Moon. That can be excellent for fun, play, passion, and stepping into leadership. Also remember that this energy is self-centered. Yes – you feel it’s time to light a fire and create some of your personal desires, but watch out for selfishness, conceit, vanity, and a me first attitude. If you’re planning to begin something new, hurry up and begin, because Mercury enters his storm of retrograde as August opens. Oh yes, and leave your ego at the door. If you want to do things fast, work alone, but if you want to do thing well and thorough, work in a group as a team, where there is no room for any egos.

STARGAZING — week of July 10th through July 16th, 2017

STARGAZING — week of July 10th through July 16th, 2017

The Sun is opposite Pluto on Sunday, strongest in the evening. How are you balancing nurturing and responsibility? Avoid ego battles and obsessive-compulsive people. Stand in your power, but be kind to those who are feeling beat up by the world. Think about where you give your power away, and how you can reclaim your energetic life force. Be willing to go to your emotional depths to get in touch with your vulnerability.

The workweek begins under an Aquarius moon. Time to revel in the calmness of the July evening and perhaps wish upon a star. Pick Venus, the first evening star to brightly twinkle back at you.

This is an excellent time for sharing higher ideals and working with people who have a different philosophy than you. Always keep in mind that others can be right too, even when there is a difference between your perspectives. This is one of those easy workweeks where you can just get in your groove and keep going. If you’re away on vacation, this can be a glorious rest time.

On Friday evening, the moon moves into active Aries for the weekend. Mercury makes harmony with Jupiter on Friday, helping you to have light conversation on higher philosophical or travel topics. Mercury would have you plan a short trip and Jupiter wants to go somewhere exotic. Jupiter is the philosopher and traveler of the zodiac, so talk about distant places over lunch with optimistic people. Just keep an eye on your wallet and be careful not to over-spend.

This passionate Aries energy continues on Saturday, suggesting that you move your body and talk with your family and friends. Pick the new crops in your garden or plan some time swimming at the local pool or beach.

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