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Libra Weekly Horoscopes for August 18, 2014

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Like it or not, the Leo party is winding down and the Virgo cleanup crew are standing at the door waiting to get started. The change in the guard started when Mercury entered Virgo late last week and our thinking became better grounded in the real world. Virgo is nothing if not keen on being accurate, unlike Leo who likes to entertain rather than relate the boring facts.

Mercury starts the week in opposition to Neptune in Pisces and if it was any other Mercury, I’d say the fog was rolling in the front door and clarity was leaving out the back. However it is Virgo, who deals quite well with the mysteries of Pisces. We could be inspired to come up with fresh ideas on ways to help those we love when Virgo’s common sense combines with Pisces’s compassion.

An incisive trine between Mercury in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn midweek is excellent for discovering secrets and delving into the dark corners of our minds. It is great for finding practical solutions to business and financial problems too.

Poor Venus in Leo gets scolded by Pluto in Capricorn on Wednesday and may end up moping around for a few days. It is a good idea to behave with decorum when mixing business and pleasure . . . an uneasy situation under the best of circumstances.

The only unpredictable aspect Mercury makes is an inconjunct to Uranus in Aries next Sunday. Like all the earth sign Mercurys, Mercury in Virgo prefers to come to careful, well thought conclusions and can resent being pressed to make snap judgments on the fly . . . a personal pet peeve of my Libra self! The waxing sextile to Mars in Scorpio gives Mercury some support in dealing with Uranus’s vagaries. Mars has already faced off with Uranus the day before and is none too happy with Mr. Unpredictable. Resentments can build very quickly under these circumstances and our patience may wear quite thin.

The big event is the Sun leaving its home sign of Leo for quiet, sensible Virgo on August 22-23. In my opinion, this is one of the more dramatic transitions because Leo and Virgo have such different priorities. Leo is the most high profile sign and Virgo one of the most retiring. We do have some overlap with Mercury already in Virgo and Venus remaining in Leo along with Jupiter. Still there will be less fire and more earth in the mix once the Sun enters Virgo. We may either give a huge sigh of relief or wave a reluctant goodbye. :D

If you know your Rising sign, please read the horoscope for it too. :D

The nagging little voice in your head telling you to start cleaning up your act, Aries, is only going to get louder as the week goes on. If you have been working hard and playing harder recently, you know it’s time to slow down and get back on a healthy routine.

You may still end up buying any number of wonderful things for your home, Taurus, though you might be rethinking exactly how much money you want to spend on those. Time to crank up your creative side and come up with a better solution! Spending more quality time with your sweetheart is sounding better and better too.

Chatting with family members this week might be a very good way for you to get your center back, Gemini. You’ve been flying pretty high recently and getting back to basics could be just what you need. Remember you don’t need to agree with everything they say but do give it careful consideration.

Cancer, being able to think clearly and logically once more feels good doesn’t it? Your natural ability to pay attention to the details and carefully reason things is one of your strong points. You might find yourself having to handle some unexpected developments at work soon but you will be able to handle it OK.

It seems like just yesterday you were celebrating the beginning of your favorite time of year, Leo, and it has been a special one this time around. If it feels like the good times are slipping away don’t worry, you still have more sweetness coming your way though the volume may be lowered some.

You may already be sensing a change in the works, Virgo, and that it is very favorable for you. Now is the time when you can start to pick up the pieces and reorganize your life the way you want it. Opportunities to see how you can be of service to others may show up now.

Part of you might already be starting to withdraw from the need to be around other people, Libra, especially if you overdosed on company last weekend. The bit about mixing business with pleasure midweek is something you may wish to take into consideration though your social awareness usually keeps you out of trouble.

Now is a very good time to start putting out feelers to discover the best people to network with, Scorpio. You are good at using social occasions to connect with likeminded people who share your goals to improve the lives of those in need. Do your usual thorough job of vetting any organizations before making a commitment.

Start getting your mind back in the game this week, Sagittarius, because you know you need to fully commit to your career again and the time to do so is right around the corner. It may not be easy but it has to be done, right? After all, the bills need to be paid.

About now you could start thinking about taking a few days to get away from it all, Capricorn, and planning ahead is your preferred way to go about it. If you can combine travel and helping others, it is even better. Please don’t let an unplanned for family situation ruin things.

Have you enjoyed hanging out with your partner recently, Aquarius? You may not want the good times to come to an end any more than Leo does. How about having a party just for the two of you? Be careful what you say in front of your boss late this week!

Take time to sit down and compare notes with your partner this week, Pisces, as the two of you could be working more closely on various projects soon. Be sure to take any thoughts they have regarding your personal finances seriously, and if they suggest you avoid impulsive spending, pay attention please!

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New Moon in Virgo, September 5, 2013

New Moon in Virgo

New Moon in Virgo

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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. :D

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Full Moon in Pisces, September 12, 2011

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There is an ethereal quality to this Full Moon at 19° 17′ Pisces on 12 September 2011, 2:27 AM PDT though I suspect it is due more to my overactive imagination than having any basis in reality. Pisces has this carefully cultivated image of being a fading flower while in truth most Pisces folk are incredibly tough, able to handle almost anything life throws at them.

It is Neptune in Aquarius, Pisces’s ruler, inconjunct Venus in Virgo providing the otherworldly atmosphere, making this a great time to watch a movie about star crossed lovers, full of high drama and oceans of tears. Also feeding the urge to find love and romance is a friendly sextile between Venus in Virgo and Mars in Cancer. When these two planets are in harmonious signs relationships between the sexes generally improves. I would also like to point out Neptune in Aquarius is the apex of a Yod with the Venus-Mars sextile as the base. In a very real sense, making over-the-top romantic gestures may not work out very well because between Venus in Virgo’s common sense and Mars in Cancer’s shyness, those will fall flat. Settle for quiet and sincere ways of expressing your love and affection, OK?

We usually don’t associate Virgo and romance because this earth sign is down to earth and quite practical, so much of Neptune’s need for promoting romantic fantasies will run into serious resistance. That’s not to say Virgo isn’t passionate and loving in their relationships, they are . . . just not in a public way. They leave that to Leo! Instead of a candlelight dinner for two with all the trimmings (and expense), Virgo may bring simple, beautifully prepared healthy foods for two on a picnic in the park. Cost effective and health conscious, what more could you want?

Mercury, Virgo’s ruler, is very happy. It has the full support of powerful Pluto in Capricorn via a close trine and a slightly wider trine to expansive Jupiter in Taurus. This is a great time for reviewing your investments and deciding what to keep and what to drop. I do have to add one caveat – Mercury is also inconjunct Uranus in Aries, creating the potential to rush to judgment and make snap decisions without all the facts. That being said, the supportive trines from the other two heavy-weights will probably offset Uranus’s influence. Besides, there is no other sign more helpful for reading the fine print than Virgo.

We also need to keep in mind that extremely annoying Uranus-Pluto square is still active and is continuing to fuel acrimony in the collective. We will see a drop in intensity by the Full Moon in Aries on 11 October 2011 . . . something to be grateful for. Until then remember to bring as much patience as possible to the table when discussing politics and other inflammatory subjects. *grin*

The Sun and Moon have a rather strained interaction with Saturn in Libra and form a Grand Square with the Moon’s Nodes. What a set up for instant karma! Thoughtless and inconsiderate behaviors are almost guaranteed to rebound immediately reminding everyone why good manners and treating others with kindness consistently (Saturn in Libra) is by far the best way to go. Self-righteous, loud-mouthed bullies will not be tolerated! It is time to develop a good moral code of conduct (North Node in Sagittarius) about when to air one’s opinions (South Node in Gemini).

Celebrate this lovely Full Moon with reverence for the natural world and a sincere appreciation for diversity. Practice tolerance, kindness and patience as if your life depended on it. Who knows? It might.

On a personal note: The biggest reason I have to celebrate on this Full Moon is the Saturn transit to my Moon will finally be history. The last pass brought the full weight of Saturn down on me via my partner, who kept my nose to the grindstone the whole time Saturn was exactly conjoined my Moon. Whew!

Otherwise, it is the Yod having the greatest impact on my natal chart. Neptune in Aquarius is in my third house and exactly trine my Libra Sun. Venus (who rules both my Libra Sun and Moon) is semi-sextile my Sun and Mars in Cancer is closing in on exactly squaring it. All those things I said about patience, tolerance and generally playing well with others applies to moi. :D

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