The stars ask us to savor late summer’s ephemeral beauty and get ready for the year ahead. Mercury turns retrograde on Tuesday and nudges us to review our last year, renew old friendships and connections. A Virgo New Moon lunar eclipse on Thursday asks us to let go of ideas and practices that are no longer working for us, and start a new cycle. We can plant seeds now, but won’t really launch this fall’s enterprises until Mercury turns direct on the equinox, September 22. The beginning of September will be our chance to review, refresh, and pick up work we let go earlier.
As the weekend begins we can see a beautiful conjunction between Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter in the early evening western sky. This lineup can expand (Jupiter) our thoughts (Mercury) with creativity and care (Venus). They are all lined up in earthy Virgo, which suggests that love can be best expressed through understanding what needs to be repaired, fixed, appreciated, and healed. This conjunction turns up the volume on our emotions, it is a great weekend to get married, gather with beloveds. Invest in art. Engage in compassionate action. Brainstorm how to heal the world.
This Venusian line-up can make the best even better, but can also exacerbate the longing in our hearts. It can amp up our emotional expectations, bring up frustration and anger where we don’t feel weak can fully express our creative process or our heart’s content. We can get restless and twitchy in relationships where we feel taken for granted or feel criticized. Because we are feeling so tender, critique can grate against our extra sensitive nerves.
As the weekend begins, active Mars squares intuitive Neptune, an aspect also which also has interestingly complex symbology. It offers us a chance to dissolve an old anger or outmoded ambition, and may bring complex situations which require both strength and sensitivity. We may have the urge to escape, feel sleepy, or need to be discreet about our actions as Mars squares Neptune. Troubles may stir in that border between imagination and illusion. Other people’s indecision can really anger us, but it may be their truth. Any attempt to deceive can really cause a problem.
But it also brings up anger and the need for action (Mars) around water (Neptune) issues. We can get mad and/or take action around the potential for pollution of water (underlining the Native American fight for clean water in the Dakota oil fields), problems around floods, too much or too little water.
The Moon in verbal Gemini on Friday keeps the conversation going, the Cancer Moon on Saturday through Monday can our tendency to protect our heart, but it will be good to be around family or to return to places we have loved before.
Venus enters its own sociable sign of Libra on Monday and can help us finish summer’s emotional business. Mercury turns retrograde on Tuesday (appears to back up in the sky) and begins three weeks of review, reconnection as well as adds a few logistical complications. On Thursday a Virgo New Moon-lunar eclipse signals a turning point, a new work cycle but one that will have trouble taking off unless we are centered and patient. If (and when) arguments occur, let’s stop hypothesizing, no matter how right we think we are, and find solid facts.
Friday, August 26: Morning may be nervy as we juggle ideas and information; plans and mindsets changing minute by minute. Let’s stay light on our toes and flexible to make them good changes. Afternoon is generally warmhearted, but if we feel spread too thin we can get socially brittle, and that interrupts communication. Evening calls us back in, we may feel sociable early on but then need to curl back into the familiar and nest as the Moon enters domestic Cancer.
Mars square Neptune 12:56 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 11:02 AM, Moon square Venus 2:11 PM, Moon square Jupiter 4:09 PM, Moon square Mercury 6:30 PM, Moon enters Cancer 9:06 PM.
Saturday, August 27: Relax, this day could be full of sweetness and love- if we don’t take it too seriously- as Venus conjuncts Jupiter in Virgo. Look for opportunities, find a way to share affection. Engage the arts with the whole soul, music, craft, creation. Don’t push people out of their comfort zones because they’re not interested today. Do take responsibility for one’s own happiness; the only danger is a tendency to start holding other people responsible for our happiness and resenting the lack thereof. Find the beauty nearby.
Moon sextile Sun 5:07 AM, Moon trine Neptune 3:58 PM, Venus conjunct Jupiter 4:28 PM, Moon opposed Pluto 11:38 PM.
Sunday, August 28: We may need time alone or with our closest people this morning, if we feel overextended we will not be interested in engaging strangers. Unless we can help. It can feel wonderful to reach out and help someone who really needs it today, which will bring a very different than being drained by people that can stand on their own two feet. Evening brings a softening; friendliness and poetry if we just look for it.
Moon square Uranus 3:41 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 9:54 PM.
Monday, August 29: Reach out and connect; say goodbye to summer friends, remember people in your neighborhood, warm-up contacts needed for the fall, explore new neighborhood all as the Moon enters extroverted Leo this morning and Venus enters warmhearted and sociable Libra this afternoon. The aspects this week help us make easy transitions from one social sphere or sphere of interests to another. It will also bring our attention to issues of social justice and encourage a need for fairness on all sides.
Moon sextile Venus 12:22 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 12:23 AM, Mercury conjunct Venus 12:32 AM, Moon enters Leo 2:11 AM, Venus enters Libra 8:06 PM, Moon trine Saturn 8:20 PM.
Tuesday, August 30: This day can spin in circles for better or worse, Mercury turns retrograde and steps on the brakes as the as the Leo Moon trines both Mars and Uranus, and steps on the gas. Have patience, take advantages of opportunity but don’t push where there is resistance. Don’t try to push through that resistance, instead, notice where there are openings, or take a moment to hold still. Think of the Korean expression for a meditation retreat which reads literally “to leap like a tiger while sitting”. We can plant seeds now that will grow in the months to come, though we may not see results until at least October.
Moon trine Mars 1:50 AM, Mercury retrograde 7:03 AM, Moon trine Uranus 10:19 PM.
Wednesday, August 31: We can get nervous and critically grumpy about delays that arrive just as so much needs to be done; we become unusually aware of our to-do lists as the Moon enters the dark of the Moon in Virgo. If our nervous system refuses to work and just needs to hold still, do so; it will help us be more efficient in the long run. We can relax, do what we can, and let ourselves digest and absorb our life. Don’t believe an inner critical litany, do look for and celebrate what is working.
Moon enters Virgo 9:22 AM.
Thursday, September 1: We can all feel so serious on this new Moon eclipse in Virgo, exact at 3:03 AM MDT, and opposed confusing Neptune. We can make excuses of why we may feel not up to the day, with energy low, feeling insecure or with a tendency to generalize anything negative. Or we can make this a day to hit a reset button and recommit to our health and the health of the world around us, one gentle step at a time.
Moon conjunct Sun 3:03 AM, Moon square Saturn 4:24 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 5:32 AM, Moon square Mars 12:38 PM, Sun square Saturn 9: 21 PM.