The Virgo Moon gives us four planets in earth for the weekend – Moon, Mercury, Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn. Combine this influence with the sweet Sun-Venus conjunction in Leo and we have an opportunity to express our affections in tangible ways. The Mercury-Pluto trine is excellent for coming up with good ideas on the most efficient way to get our lives back in order or to organize a party this evening. Not bad at all.
Earlier this week there was a flood of misinformation and people jumping to the wrong conclusions right and left when Neptune in Pisces opposed Mercury in Virgo. That one was a great example of the devil being in the details. If we aren’t working with the right details, it can get nasty. Today is the day for sorting all that mess out. Mercury working harmoniously with Pluto (very similar to a well aspected Mercury in Scorpio) can get to bottom of things in short order!
For the most part this is a calmer, lower key week than we’ve dealt with recently. Jupiter finally shifts into Virgo on Tuesday after spending the last year in exuberant Leo. Mercury is already in Virgo and is happily bustling about getting all the details in our daily lives sorted out and put in order. Mars did enter Leo over the weekend but he is in the background for now.
We have a New Moon in Leo on Friday to celebrate and in the days leading up to it, the Leo Sun will make an exact trine to Uranus in Aries on Thursday. The day after the New Moon the Leo Sun will conjoin Venus. Both of these aspects are lively, joyful and wonderfully creative. Those lucky Leos born this week will benefit from these aspects in their Solar Return charts for the coming year. Yes, I know the Leo Sun is headed towards an exact square Saturn in Scorpio but that takes place late next week and the orb will be a tad wide this week.
On Wednesday poor Mercury in Virgo will have to deal with an opposition to Neptune in Pisces. For those people who have personal planets and/or an Ascendant at 8° in the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces), it would be a good idea to pretend Mercury is retrograde and double check all communications, travel arrangements, etc. An opposition suggests the strong possibility misinformation is coming in from others in our lives. This situation can be corrected on Saturday when Mercury is trine Pluto in Capricorn because this is a combination that excels in digging deep to find out all the pertinent details. Those who would seek to deceive should be very wary because secrets won’t stay hidden for long.
After Jupiter in Leo kisses the Gemini Moon goodbye shortly before dawn, the Moon enters her home sign of Cancer as we begin our day on Monday. An easy dynamic between the Moon and Mercury in Virgo in the afternoon is about it for the day. Monday is easy peasy! Tuesday the Cancer Moon opposes Pluto in Capricorn early and squares Uranus in Aries in the evening. I believe the cardinal crunch effect will be further subdued by Jupiter’s arrival in earthy Virgo early Tuesday morning.
Wednesday the Moon’s time is split between Cancer and Leo. The Cancer Moon goes void-of-course following a trine to Saturn in Scorpio midday and will enter Leo later that afternoon. Thursday the Leo Moon is clearly in the balsamic phase leading into the New Moon in Leo on Friday morning. The Balsamic phase is when we need to contemplate what loose ends need to be dealt with and then do it! Most of Friday finds the Leo Moon in high spirits, celebrating her trine to Uranus and conjunction with Venus. During the night sobriety returns when she squares Saturn shortly before moving into Virgo.
Saturday and Sunday look good for taking care of the little things and going about our usual routines. The Virgo Moon will conjoin Jupiter very early Saturday morning, oppose Neptune in Pisces late in the day and conjoin Mercury at dawn on Sunday. We get our first real glimpse into what it means to have Jupiter in Virgo this weekend.
The sense of beginning our transition from Leo to Virgo begins this week even though the Sun doesn’t enter Virgo until August 23. Mercury and Jupiter in Virgo are enough to start new conversations with a more practical focus. There is still plenty of Leo vibrancy in the air but a touch of Virgo calm is making itself felt.
In many ways this New Moon at 21° 31′ Leo on 14 August 07:54 AM PDT is the last big hurrah for Leo this year, after this we will gradually transition into calmer, more grounded Virgo. The four planets in Leo including the Sun, Moon, Venus and Mars create a bold, bright playful moment in time.
We are dealing with another See Saw Pattern for this lunation which may produce situations similar to what theFull Moon in Aquarius brought us. The Leo planets plus Jupiter and Mercury in Virgo are on one side of the chart with the four outer planets (Saturn in Scorpio, Uranus in Aries, Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn) on the other. There might be many instances where we feel others have a greater say over our lives than we do, leading to feelings of frustration unless we choose acceptance over rebellion.
The aspects to the Leo Stellium (Sun, Moon and Venus) in particular can have people pulling their hair out. The trine to Uranus in Aries demands creative freedom and promotes a strong need to express our individuality with dramatic flair. At the same time, Saturn in Scorpio squares the Leo Stellium and we’re right back facing the same reminders and limitations we’ve been living with over the past few weeks. If we got the message the first time around and started living smaller, we’ll probably be well positioned to implement our New Moon plans.
A major shift takes place on August 11 when Jupiter leaves fiery Leo for well-grounded Virgo. Jupiter typically spends about a year in each sign and it is Virgo’s turn to host the big guy. Plenty of earth and water sign folk are going to find the change refreshing while fire signs will probably be grumping around for a while because they loved all the excitement of Leo. Jupiter in Virgo emphasizes the need to be helpful in a quiet, well organized manner. Check to see where Virgo falls in your natal chart to see where you can be of service to others. The only close aspect Jupiter makes on this New Moon is a semi-sextile to Mars in Leo, and that might lead to not being able to accurately assess how much time is needed to complete something.
Mercury is at home in Virgo now and is making a waxing trine to Pluto in Capricorn. If there is a project that needs serious research done before launching, this is the perfect opportunity for that. One small catch though . . . Mercury also makes a waning opposition to Neptune in Pisces! We can seriously use Pluto’s help for making sure all our facts are accurate and someone didn’t attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.
Even though there are still no planets in air, there are enough in earth and water to balance the ones in fire. Fixed fire (Leo) dominates the New Moon inviting everyone to share some laughs, take time to play and enjoy life for a few moments. Here in the northern hemisphere it still feels like summer though the further north we go the more aware we are autumn is not far away. Use this brilliant Leo New Moon to envision positive outcomes and to enjoy celebrating the joys of living.
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. 😀
If you know your Rising sign, please read the horoscope for it too. 😀
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!
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. 😀