For All Signs: On August 1 Mars is squaring Uranus. The combination of these two energies can be like lightning, forcing sudden twists and turns of direction. At present Mars is retrograde, adding a note of deception or sneakiness to the energy of the square. There may be an element of passive-aggressive behavior in which the initiator is attempting to provoke a reaction. The rule of thumb for Mars retrograde is to avoid aggression, lest you have the energy turned back on you. You may respond to protect yourself if someone has “attacked” you. The initiator or the aggressor will lose in this game, no matter how powerful he appears.
Aries: Please see the lead paragraph. Plan to work and play alone early in the week. You likely will be feeling restless and generally tense. Your patience could be short and you might say things you'll wish you hadn't. You have a desire to break free from restraints. It is a short transit. Look for a way to handle this moderately, such as exercise.
Taurus: This week starts with a lightning strike of surprise via career or life direction. Whether you perceive this as favorable or not depends on your individual circumstances. As the week moves toward the end, your romantic and creative life will be flowing well. It is a good period for coming to agreement on circumstances that have been issues in the past.
Gemini: The “rules” and the world’s expectations have you tied up like a pretzel right now. The harder you struggle, the tighter those binds seem to become. It’s like a Chinese puzzle. Sometimes if you relax on the control issues, the solution comes through. Give it some space.
Cancer: The Moon ruled Cancer is crossing through three consecutive eclipses. That suggests that you no sooner adapt to one change than another one comes along. Think of it like waves. Keep breathing and hold your head above water through the storm and calm waters will eventually come.
Leo the Lion: (July 22--Aug 22) This is a time in which your exuberance and enthusiasm may carry you farther than you really intended to go. You will certainly have more energy to do whatever you choose. Take care that you don't promise way more than you can deliver. Give attention to the details. If you don’t, you will trip over them.
Virgo: Your sign is one that can worry beyond all measure. The planetary lineup is ticking on that very trait this week. It is time to dig deeply into yourself so you can be as fully honest as possible within important relationships. Speak from your heart and do not allow your ego, which wants only to look good, to take your words hostage.
Libra: The beginning of this week is quiet and restful. On Aug. 6 your planetary ruler, Venus, moves into your sign and will travel with you through September 8. Her presence gives you an air of poise and people will simply like how you look. She is a people attractor. Often when Venus is prominent we become more interested in art forms and things of beauty.
Scorpio: Drive and handle tools carefully early in the week. Exercise judiciously. You are likely to be edgy and irritable, thus making an accident of some kind more likely. Sidestep a clash with your partner, especially if you are the aggressor. As the week moves onward, you will feel better.
Sagittarius: Don’t allow yourself to be tempted into grandiosity. You’ll be inclined to spend more than you have, take ill-conceived risks, lecture others about your belief systems, and present your viewpoint as the final word. It is an attitude that keeps you overly excited and it may be difficult to sleep. You have been there before and you know how hard it is to step off that pedestal.
Capricorn: Beware of the tendency to obsess and worry over matters that may never happen. You are tempted to see the world through a dark lens this week and you may think that is the true version. It's more likely that the pessimistic view is extreme. Don’t ruminate. Do what you can and then let it go. Issues sometimes work themselves out without anyone’s direct control.
Aquarius: Read the opening paragraph “for all signs”. This particularly pertains to you now. You may be feeling agitated and your mind frazzled. Mechanical objects are problematic. Make a serious effort to calm yourself. Play beautiful music, watch non-aggressive movies, stay with people who are generally peaceful.
Pisces: You love your work. If you are in the right occupation, you are a helping professional. This week may bring you more work than you can manage. Take things one at a time. Don’t say yes when you know you can’t possibly finish as promised. Don’t hesitate to tell someone that you cannot manage it today, but maybe next….(fill in the blank here.)
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This September brings a month of fresh challenges. This is an eclipse season which often brings situations to crisis proportions. Saturn, which rules business and structure, changes signs to Sagittarius. Venus turned direct last week and now we must correct our relationship behavior. Mercury turns retrograde next week. All of this represents a lot to accomplish.
The new Moon on the 13th and the full moon of the 27th are both eclipsed with special focus on the signs of Aries and Libra. In ancient times eclipses were believed frightening, heralding negative omens, especially in regions of their visibility. Contemporary astrologers now perceive these seasons as periods that relieve critical mass, similar to that of a small earthquake. For many of us this month there will be an experience of manifestation or illumination about situations that have been long brewing. It is a time to face facts, but not all of those facts are frightening or negative. Some people experience very positive results of past effort during eclipse periods.
Aries the Ram: (Mar 20—Apr 19th) The eclipses of this series will draw your attention to partnerships. Patterns from your childhood history need to be excavated, repaired or removed in order to allow your growth into a more mature relationship. Psychotherapy may be truly helpful.
Taurus: This eclipse pressures you to concentrate on improvement of work related relationships and health maintenance. Diet, exercise and improvement of physical regimen will become imperative. Honing your management systems in personal and work arenas is necessary to create order in your daily work routine.
Gemini: This eclipse pattern emphasizes your progeny or other personally creative births. Romantic ventures will be intensely emotional and self-revealing. You will be learning a few lessons in discernment concerning friendships and associations that no longer serve you well.
Cancer: Matters concerning your family and property will be accented. Old problems in relationships, even with the deceased, will surface for cleansing and healing. A new family member may enter the scene, or you may begin to spend more time with family in general.
Leo: The accent of this eclipse cycle will be on travel, education, care of vehicles and relationships to siblings, roommates, neighbors, or others who daily traverse your life. Habit patterns of thought will be brought to consciousness so negative thinking can be corrected. You will be introduced to new practical life skills.
Virgo: During these eclipses you will be learning to value yourself in new ways. Alongside of that comes education in the management of money and other resources, such as time and energy. There will be less assistance from others in these arenas, but you are creating these resources for yourself.
Libra: Your sense of personal identity will be the subject under consideration. Who are you becoming and who do you need to be? How do you wish to define yourself before the world? You will be learning what is required for you to hold onto your identity while simultaneously maintaining a personally rewarding relationship.
Scorpio: The Sept. eclipses emphasize your need to create order, both internally and externally. The development of your projects will call upon you to develop faith in your deepest self. Bringing order out of chaos is done on both the inner and outer levels simultaneously, so while you organized files you will be also organizing your mind.
Sagittarius: The new eclipse season will be opening your mind and heart to include a larger circle of friends. You may become a leader or a strong supporter of a community network which has shared ideals. Certainly you will continue to have the friendships you have built in the past. Your attention may be focused on goals greater than your own.
Capricorn: This series of eclipses will bring a certain amount of intensity in the arenas of career (work in the world) and also home, hearth and family. You will be stretching your worldly boundaries to serve a new group of people. Family relationships will include one loss and one gain.
Aquarius: Legal, ethical or educational issues will be emphasized by this series of eclipses. Travel will be punctuated, whether that is of body, mind, or spirit. Exposure to those of different backgrounds or cultures opens your heart and expands your philosophy. A challenge concerning siblings, roommates, or neighbors may press you to seek a Higher Road.
Pisces: This eclipse pattern will emphasize issues of sexuality, intimacy, and material accumulation. Reorganization of debt, investments and your estate may be in progress. You may become more conscious than usual about existential matters related to life, death, and what is on "the other side" of normal, waking consciousness.
For All Signs: Venus, goddess of love and the arts, has been retrograding since July 25. On Sep. 6 she will turn direct, representing a shift toward the better in the world of relationships with restoration to order (if indeed, relationships can ever be considered "orderly"). Important issues have been under consideration during Venus' resting period of the last several weeks. Many of us were pressed to encounter ourselves and our personal behavior within the framework of our relationships. Those in shaky attachments may have withdrawn altogether. Dormant relationship issues may have resurfaced for attention. Antiquated behavior patterns with a compulsive quality might have emerged into the daylight. These are normal human reactions when in the presence of this retrograding energy. It is a cosmic reminder to focus careful thought about our behavior and our needs in personal relationships. We are sometimes driven by outdated feelings that no longer serve a useful purpose. During Venus' retrograding periods we are called to wake up to how we fall into unconscious and negative relationship patterns. It's time to upgrade our performance. The retrograde casts a shadow forward to Oct. 10, so if there is still clean-up to do, there will be time.
Aries: Love life and romance are favored this week. You may be exploring the revival of a former friendship or lover. This is a good time to let yourself be creative. Your physical self is on a high, so activities involving the large muscles likely will be pleasurable.
Taurus: Now that Venus, your planetary avatar is turning direct, you may find it easier to make some decisions about home, hearth, and family. Things in this area have been pending for a long time. This long holding period has kept you from moving forward. Over the next 3-4 weeks you will come to feel more organized and steady.
Gemini: You may be feeling a bit “off” this week, whether physically or emotionally. This is not a good time to do work that requires discipline with details. You are feeling independent, so you may want more alone time than is the norm. Be kind to yourself.
Cancer: Over the weekend you may be feeling mildly irritable or “out of sync” with your world. You need some time to be alone to process an experience in which you felt dismissed. After the weekend your spirit lifts and you will feel considerably better.
Leo: You have a remarkable capacity to focus on a long term goal. But sometimes this goes over the edge into rigidity and unwillingness to switch gears as needed. If a negative attitude or the past has been troubling you in the last several weeks, then now is the time to let it flow down the river.
Virgo the Virgin: (Aug 22--Sep 22) You may be concerned about resources at this time. It would be easy to become obsessed about what you see are problems. However, if you consider other challenging times in your life, you will be remember that somehow you always muddled through to the other side.
Libra: You have needed a break from your usual community and now it is time to decide which associations you wish to continue and which you do not. It is possible that you will seek out new acquaintances this fall. That is a good way to escape boredom from the routine.
Scorpio: This is a generally upbeat and positive week. Circumstances may be ripe for an increase in income. An opportunity to demonstrate your talents and skills comes your way. It will give you a lift. Try something new and different, use your creative energy.
Sagittarius: This is a week that may bring you a sudden break for freedom. It may offer an unexpected opportunity for change. You must use your best judgment on whether that change is favorable for the long haul. Think carefully and use your intuition about how this action will impact your life.
Capricorn: Aspects particularly favor your self-expression. You are in an effective position. Others agree with your guidance and leadership. A project begun near the New Year is blossoming now. At the very least you can see that it is on track to turn out well. Legal and educational agendas are positive.
Aquarius: You have felt estranged in recent weeks from someone who is important to you. Hopefully you have had time to consider your contribution to the matter. If so, then now is the time to approach the matter together. Sometimes a “break” is needed while we sort our thoughts.
Pisces: An opportunity may come your way that seems out of the blue. It requires that you use your skills in a totally different manner than you have tried before. Go with it because it expands your territory and will be a fun kick to try. Your audience or clientele shows an increase this week.
For week: Aug 26 – Sep 1, 2015
By Vivian Carol
For All Signs: The archetypal couple, Venus and Mars, are meeting in the sky this week. Ordinarily this represents the beginning of a new relationship. However, this time Venus is retrograding to meet Mars. This suggests that it may be a new beginning to an old or a former relationship. It could be reassessing your relationship with partner(s) and tweaking for improvements. It is even possible that people from the past turn up to be recognized once again. If you meet a significant new person at this time, you need to be aware that sometimes old, outworn patterns can be re-enacted in new relationships. Don't trick yourself. If a situation feels “icky”, you may be re-living the past, only with new wallpaper.
Aries: Carefully read the opening paragraph above. Mars is your avatar, your ruling planet. So a Venus (love) may be returning to your side for another try. Tread carefully in this potential briar patch. S(he) may be looking for revenge, though this motive could be truly unconscious.
Taurus: Venus is your ruling planet, so the opening paragraph is particularly important to you. The retrograde conjunction occurs in your 4th house of home, hearth, and family. A relative or someone from your childhood may wish to get in touch with you. Perhaps your last experience of each other was not so peaceful. This is a good time to rectify matters.
Gemini: Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into the sector of life related to children, recreation, personal creativity, and romance. Your attention will be focused in these areas through Sept. and October. You are in your groove for several weeks. However, make choices carefully because Mercury turns retrograde on Sep. 17th, suggesting a shift of plans.
Cancer: Give special attention to unusual messages or to new people who enter your life during this time. A “teacher” crosses your path in the form of a person, a book, or the right message that will steer you in the next favorable direction. Your mind turns to home, property and family now. Aspects are positive.
Leo: This month's Venus/Mars alignment brings you face to face with your identity versus your relationship. You must consciously evaluate how you will manage to meet your personal needs and yet remain connected to the “other” in your life. If someone is “returning” after a time apart, this may represent another shot at a relationship from the past that had a similar issue.
Virgo the Virgin: (Aug 22--Sep 22) Your sense of meaning and purpose is punctuated during this period. Your attitude is positive. Your ruling planet moves into the financial picture this week. Your attention will be drawn to organizing your accounts and records. You may discover one or two mistakes made in the past that you can rectify now.
Libra: The scales fall from your eyes as an illusion is vaporized. This occurs in the territories of friendship, lovers, children, or yourself. (Yes, we carry illusions about ourselves.) Nothing really has changed. You simply see what is and what is not there. Whatever the disappointment, it is short lived. You will recover quickly.
Scorpio: Your physical cycle is on a “low”, so drive and handle tools carefully this week. Someone from your past returns to front and center in your life. There seems to be a connection to your career in this meeting. Perhaps the returnee is someone you once worked with, but the relationship became more than that of co-workers.
Sagittarius: You have your eye on the big picture and it looks grand indeed. Others follow your lead. A word of caution: your optimistic attitude and belief that you are right could cause you to become arrogant. If you want others to join your ride, give them a special place on the wagon. Share the glory.
Capricorn: You are at a low both emotionally and physically at this time. Though you are normally prone to push yourself, this is a better period to listen to your body and give it what it needs. The "rules" are interfering with your forward motion during this period. It is frustrating, but it will soon pass.
Aquarius: This is a time of dramatically challenging work. You are struggling with your semi-conscious expectation of failure. Don’t let it beat you down. You are so much stronger than you know. The fear may have manifested an opponent in the outer world. But the true war is on the inside. Don’t buy into the Critics’ point of view. It/he/she is a figment from your past.
Pisces: There are vampires loose in the world and the Fish tends to attract them. If you have aged a bit, you probably have begun to smell them when they enter your vicinity. Those who have not will be learning a lesson soon. It's a required course for this sign. Save some energy for yourself. Don’t take over someone else’s problem.