Conversations with friends and total strangers could go off in unexpected directions today under a lively Gemini Moon. The air of unreality deepens this afternoon when the Moon squares Neptune in Pisces. When Mars cheerfully enters Leo late this afternoon it will re-energize us and encourage some to head out for an evening of fun. Keep it light today.
From late today until Tuesday when Jupiter leaves Leo for Virgo, we will have the Sun, Venus, Mars and Jupiter in Leo. We have a small window of high octane energy available, especially for fire sign folk. Take some “me” time, dive into your favorite creative pursuits or plan a party. In other words, give yourself permission to play!
Jupiter in Leo is exactly square Saturn in Scorpio Monday and sets the tone for the entire week because Mercury and Venus in Leo will also be squaring Saturn this week too. Leo-Scorpio standoffs can require delicate mediation since they are fixed signs and stubborn as all get out. Leo’s need for attention and a love of high living often come into direct conflict with Scorpio’s love of working behind the scenes and preference for a low key life style. Something else that creates problems for these two signs is Scorpio’s preference for maintaining their privacy . . . Leo sees that as being secretive. The contrast will be especially clear this coming week.
Venus is now retrograde in Leo and is feeling less shiny than usual. She does regain some of her oomph on Tuesday when she conjoins Jupiter but Saturn in Scorpio steps up the next day and dumps a cold dose of reality over her head. On Thursday, Venus conjoins Mercury in Leo and enjoys a few laughs before Saturn smacks Mercury down on Friday. Best thing to do is simply apply large doses of common sense and practice living within our means. This is a case of instant karma in action and Saturn is the Lord of Karma.
By the way, Mercury leaves fiery Leo for sensible Virgo on Friday. Mercury enjoys being in orderly Virgo and is considered one of Virgo’s rulers. Mercury in Virgo is very helpful for organizing files and doing all sorts of routine tasks that require concentration and attention to detail.
Mars is another planet changing signs this week. Following a very constructive trine to Saturn in Scorpio on Thursday, Mars will gain strength and visibility when he moves into Leo on Saturday. Fire signs agree with Mars, and in fixed Leo he gains endurance and durability. I recall reading somewhere Mars in Leo is also noted for bestowing a strong sex drive . . . fun fact of the week!
The Moon plays an important role this week because she will either be very supportive of the Leo planets or Saturn in Scorpio. On Monday she is still in dreamy Pisces and will fill in a Grand Trine in water with Mars in Cancer and Saturn in Scorpio. One gold star for Saturn. Monday evening she enters fiery Aries and switches to the Leo side. Tuesday afternoon the Aries Moon will square Pluto though she won’t conjoin Uranus until early Wednesday morning. For most of Wednesday the Moon will cheerfully support Mercury and Venus in Leo though tempers could flare in the late afternoon when the Moon squares Mars in Cancer.
There will be a marked change in the atmosphere when the Taurus Moon shows up Wednesday night. Thursday the earth and water planets get on very well with the Taurus Moon but Friday all that changes. Friday evening features a Fixed T-Square with the Moon opposing Saturn in Scorpio and both squaring Venus conjunct Jupiter in Leo . . . not a good date night. Saturday and Sunday the Moon will be bouncing around in Gemini. Saturday she will square Mercury in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces, so please don’t believe everything people tell you. Sunday is by far the best day this entire week to enjoy social gatherings because the Gemini Moon will be having a grand time with all the Leo planets. Nice way to end a rather trying week.
With so much activity centered around Saturn at 28° Scorpio and Venus-Jupiter in Leo at 28°-29° plus two planets changing signs, this places a great deal of pressure now on those who have personal planets or Ascendant at 28°-29°. This is even more intense if those placements are in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius). As one of those people, I have to admit I’m learning more than I’d like about grace under pressure. No better time to practice patience, tolerance and kindness!
Mars in now in fixed, fiery Leo and is ready to stand up and roar. Fire signs are good for Mars because he enjoys the heat and directness of fire. The only water sign Mars thrives in is subtle, powerful Scorpio, both Cancer and Pisces are way too indirect for the red planet.
Mars in Leo does have some obstacles to overcome before he can stride forward in style. First Neptune in Pisces will drain off some of his vitality via an inconjunct on September 2, after that Saturn in Scorpio puts a major road block up on September 9, then another inconjunct to Pluto in Cappy will tie him in knots on September 11 before Uranus in Aries comes along to encourage him to soar once more on September 14. In other words the worst will be over in about two weeks. Patience will be required to avoid nasty temper tantrums.
After Venus enters Scorpio on September 10, she will turn up the heat with a square to Mars in Leo on September 28. Pride, jealousy and lots of passion are all part of this fixed square. Leo’s love of attention often triggers Scorpio’s possessive side with unpleasant results. Please respect your lover’s sensitivities because if matters do go south the stubbornness fixed signs are noted for may delay reconciliation, perhaps permanently.
Mars in Leo natally usually blesses the individual with great endurance and physical strength. Being too proud to acknowledge the need to take regular breaks can be their downfall and their health may suffer as a result of pushing it too far. For those of you with Mars in Leo, you will be enjoying your Mars Return, something that occurs roughly every two years. Enjoy!
The face off on this New Moon at 13° 04′ Virgo on 5 September 2013, 04:37 AM PDT is between pragmatic earth with support from water and idealistic fire backed up by air. This time there are far more planets in earth and water and that suggests taking a practical approach to problem solving is our best bet. Better put our more idealistic notions on hold.
The New Moon its self is trine Pluto in Capricorn and sextile Jupiter in Cancer. Virgo excels at handling the small stuff our daily lives are made of whilst Capricorn specializes in organization and management. Since providing for our families, no matter how large or small, is often what gets us out the door and off to work, Cancer may be considered a source of motivation. It has always made more sense to me to celebrate all the little joys we experience each day rather than living from crisis to crisis, and this New Moon in the perfect time to reacquaint ourselves with those joys. After all we only experience life one day at a time so let’s not waste those small moments.
Venus in Libra, the only air in this chart, is exactly semi-sextile Mercury in Virgo. This may work out OK because both planets are in the signs they rule. Resolving our differences through intelligent dialogue is a good possibility. Mercury in Virgo’s logical style to problem solving appeals to fair minded Venus in airy Libra.
Poor Mars in fiery Leo looks besieged and very frustrated. It is weighed down by a square to Saturn in Scorpio. Scorpio’s relationship to Leo has strong parental overtones because it is the fourth house to Leo on the Ascendant. And because it is Saturn there is a likelihood of guilt being part of the package. Normally vibrant Mars in Leo may feel completely hemmed in. it doesn’t help to have Pluto in Capricorn and Neptune in Pisces both inconjunct Mars either. Neptune aspects to Mars have a way of draining its vitality and this will not be helped by controlling Pluto. Those with many personal planets in fire are the most likely to feel their plans are being unfairly blocked.
Uranus in Aries continues to attempt to convince us living in crisis mode is the only way to go. To be blunt, that is horribly exhausting and unsustainable for any length of time. Uranus is inconjunct the New Moon whilst still widely square Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, no doubt contributing the overall angst and unease. We need to choose our battles very wisely during these turbulent times and always remember to allow plenty of time to recover from those battles. Virgo has much to teach us about what is needed for that recovery.
The strongest appeal for being rational and pragmatic comes from the waxing sextile between Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. These two are in mutual reception with each planet ruling the other’s sign. Once again these two powerful outer planets are in agreement about the best course of action. Neither have any patience with excess or unfunded mandates. Forget trying to promote projects without excellent funding resources already in place. Vague promises and pretty rhetoric will not cut it. Scorpio and Pluto are both noted for being utterly ruthless if necessary when it comes to cutting away the old to make way for new possibilities.
Is this Virgo New Moon a good time to start new projects and initiate a new phase in our lives? Yes, it is as long as we follow Virgo’s preferences for being of service to others and taking time to make sure we have everything we need on hand. A little humility would be in order too. Quiet confidence will succeed where a boisterous exuberance will not.
On a personal note: The New Moon exactly conjoins my Virgo Midheaven and it would appear it is time to evaluate my career goals and decide what I want to emphasize going forward.
A number of squares are waxing at this time: Mars in Leo square my Jupiter in Scorpio, Jupiter in Cancer square my Libra Moon and the final pass of Saturn square Saturn. Put that all together and the message appears to be disciplined and practical while not squandering my resources. The nice thing about squares is they have a way of revealing the cracks clearly so those can be repaired.
Thankfully Venus in Libra will soon conjoin my Sun-Chiron conjunction and I’ll be able to appreciate my better qualities again. 😀
First full week with Sun and Mercury in Virgo is ahead and it promises to be a very good week for handling all those small but important practicalities that keep life running smoothly. Virgo is the expert when it comes making sure everything runs like a top!
Solid pragmatic support is on hand for the Sun and Mercury from Saturn in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn. As long as we don’t get fancy and stick with the basics, we should be able to make a serious dent in the backlog of tasks neglected or set aside over the past month due to the crazy distractions from Jupiter tweaking Uranus and Pluto. Neptune in Pisces will obscure the Virgo Sun’s view on Monday and Uranus in Aries will attempt to sidetrack communications midweek via an inconjunct to Mercury but if we stay focused and refuse to play Uranus’s games, we should be OK.
Monday and Tuesday, Venus in Libra will trigger the waning Jupiter-Uranus square and place loving relationships in jeopardy. Risky behaviors driven by the need to exercise our autonomy with little to no consideration for anyone’s feelings but our own may be why. Venus-Jupiter squares often mean too much of a good thing and if we overindulge in sweets (Libra), our stomachs will pay the price (Cancer).
Mercury in Virgo is sextile Jupiter in Cancer on Friday, a very sweet aspect. Positive thinking at its best! Maybe we will be able to come up with solutions where everyone wins for a change.
Mars leaves watery Cancer for Leo on Tuesday and will be much the better for the change. Mars is always more comfortable in the fire signs where it can take action in a direct, linear fashion. This shift may give those of us who need to get moving the necessary kick in the pants.
First part of the week looks the most stressful, after that life will smooth out some. With Mars in fiery Leo, there will be a better balance in elements though earth and water do dominate. The passive-aggressive tone of recent months is still in place, though having Mars in a fire sign encourages taking a more assertive stance. Focus on the practicalities and, as always, practice patience and tolerance!
Aries, you should notice a definite improvement this week in the atmosphere. It will be easier to be direct and assertive in your interactions with others, something you love! Taking time to set priorities for your daily routine tops your ‘to do’ list.
Make a point to exercise tact and diplomacy in your communications, Taurus, especially the first of the week. If you don’t, you may do damage to your love life just when it is beginning to look interesting. Be careful about overindulging too.
On the whole this is a good week for you to communicate with various family members, Gemini. For the most part being patient should come more easily though there might be moments when you could cheerfully strangle them. Please don’t . . .
Your thinking starts to come into focus this week, Cancer, and your ability to communicate effectively improves. This should come in handy for conversations with your partner and other family members. Are there fences that need mending? If so, start working on those.
An uptick in your energy levels and the desire to be more physically active may strike you now, Leo. If you have some serious thinking to do, do so while taking a brisk walk. Good time to review your personal resources and talents.
You have a lot going for you right now, Virgo, making it a good time set priorities for the next few months or longer. Friends and associates are a good resource to tap and they should be very willing to give you a hand.
What you have in abundance now, Libra, is warmth and charm. Use it wisely to soothe feelings hurt in recent squabbles with loved ones. You might find yourself conflicted by wanting time to yourself whilst wanting to accept invitations from your peers to socialize.
Constructive networking with peers and other associates looks to be one of your priorities this week, Scorpio. Your natural ability to concentrate is enhanced now, making it a great time to tackle complicated projects. This is good because extra work may be coming your way.
Something to consider, Sagittarius, if you are tempted to push your luck this week is not all luck is good, particularly if it involves other people’s money. You too will get a nice shot of energy now and the best place to apply this is your career.
This might be one of those times when you can combine some traveling with a learning opportunity, Capricorn, which suits you perfectly. It is also one of those times when you need your partner’s good will regarding a potential positive career move. Ask nicely!
It is through your one-on-one relationships, Aquarius, where you may get a much needed boost . . . or lots of arguments! Either way it would appear you won’t be bored for awhile. Sudden changes of mind may hurt your love life. Be tactful please.
Need help these days, Pisces? Look to those who know you the best for support, like your partner or life-long friends. They can offer you sensible solutions to your problems, leading to win-win scenarios. Your ability to keep your feet on the ground improves as the week goes on.
If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too. 😀