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Libra Weekly Horoscopes for August 25, 2014

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The New Moon in Virgo on Monday lets us know Leo Season is over for another year and it’s time to embrace a new reality with very different priorities. For the next week it would behoove us to use the rule, K.I.S.S. (keep it simple, stupid), as a guideline. Clean, efficient, practical offerings are the ones I vote as most likely to be heard. Don’t dress it up, choose simplicity instead.

Monday has a whole list of exact aspects starting with Mercury in Virgo sextile Mars in Scorpio and then sextile Saturn in Scorpio. These two aspects complete the Yod with Uranus in Aries at the apex which has been such a pain in the backside! Mars conjoins Saturn in Scorpio on Monday too. The jarring demands of Uranus on both Mars and Saturn in stubborn Scorpio created plenty of turmoil in many people’s lives including mine over the past few days. Thankfully we are about at the end of the aspects Mars makes with the last one being the square to Venus in Leo on Wednesday. After that it is free to do its own thing until it leaves Scorpio’s waters for free-wheeling Sagittarius on September 13.

Speaking of Venus in Leo, she goes from a sublime trine to Uranus in Aries on Monday (yes, one more aspect on Monday) to running into a brick wall called Saturn in Scorpio the following day with the aforementioned square to Mars on Wednesday. I have the feeling the course of true love is not going to run smoothly this week. Best advice I can offer is this: Don’t take your lover for granted and expect them to be eternally forgiving. Leo has a bad habit of believing they are so amazing they can get away with anything, and while that may work with another fire sign, it surely won’t with Scorpio. They will walk away for good without a backward glance if they feel they can no longer trust the person they gave their heart to.

Calm begins to return by Thursday though it might take far longer for the aftershocks of the Yod and Mars conjunct Saturn to fade. A source of healing may come from an opposition between the Virgo Sun and Neptune in Pisces on Friday. Both Virgo and Pisces are signs who deeply care about others and when Virgo sensibilities combine with Pisces compassion a wonderful environment can be created to heal wounded hearts and minds.

This has the potential to be an “all’s well that ends well” sort of week if we work on letting go of our grievances and moving forward. One way to do that is by picking up the pieces and focusing on resuming our usual daily routines. Virgo excels at putting lives back in order, one piece at a time. Remember to eat right, get enough rest and practice kindness to yourself and others! Choose to see people’s virtues, not their flaws.

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

The frustrations, delays and repeated blockages you’ve been encountering lately, Aries, should begin to ease as the week progresses. Something you may want to start restoring is your daily routines, especially the ones you do to maintain and improve your health and sense of well being. As much as you enjoy a challenge, too many can be stressful.

The active resistance you might have been experiencing in your one-on-one relationships, Taurus, peaks early this week though it won’t completely go away. What you can be grateful for is a renewed sense of creativity and interest in enjoying life’s simple pleasures. Do something to express your inner child to brighten your days.

If you are in the midst of planning some sort of make-over for your home, Gemini, you have all the tools at your disposal to organize all the details. Finding time to sit down and get serious about this project should get easier as your very active social life slows some.

In your case, Cancer, those irritating and unexpected demands at work should start to decrease now and you might even be able to enjoy a sweet, romantic conversation with a serious love interest. Those of you who are married with children will enjoy being able to spend more time with them.

Even though the spotlight is off of you for another year, Leo, you are still in a reasonably good place though you might want to subdue your inner drama queen for the first part of this week. The intense irritation you might be feeling where family is concerned fades some this week.

I know you aren’t crazy about being so visible, Virgo, but don’t say no to some very well deserved recognition for all your tireless efforts on behalf of others. Your mind is strong and your ability to sort out what’s relevant and what’s not is exceptionally good the first part of the week. Use this skill wisely!

If your one-on-one relationships have been driving you up a wall recently, Libra, it does look like those interruptions and distractions could begin to die down this week. However if one more organization calls you asking for money, I can about guarantee they won’t like what you have to say!

You might have felt like every time you turned around, Scorpio, someone else was adding to your responsibilities and this might have been especially true of coworkers looking to go on vacation. One way or another that is ending this week, isn’t it?! Relax with like-minded friends on the coming weekend.

If you don’t put a stop to letting your desire to play whenever interfere with your work, Sagittarius, the powers that be behind the scenes might step in and do it for you. One way or another you need to refocus on your career goals. Time to start doing something you love to earn your way?

Your home life should begin to quiet down some this week, Capricorn, which hopefully will allow you to work on some ideas you have about going back to school or doing some traveling. Perhaps you can combine those two because they are not mutually exclusive after all. Be adventurous!

You have been known to say things to shock and awaken people, Aquarius, but you might have gone a little too far recently, especially if it has affected your ability to complete your long term goals. If you have investments to manage, now is a good time to look into doing so.

Even if your week starts off with too many demands and too little time to respond to them, Pisces, please hang in there and above all, don’t shut your partner out. As the dust settles later in the week, being able to mend fences and reconnect with them is a strong possibility.

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New Moon in Virgo, August 25, 2014

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Usually a Virgo New Moon is an excellent time to sit down and get organized. However this New Moon at 02° 19′ Virgo on 25 August 2014, 07:13 Am PDT, has Neptune in Pisces opposing it and consequently may be less focused than usual! Choose where you want to set your New Moon intentions with care, and focus on projects where service to others is a major factor.

Heading up major events on this lunation is the exact conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Scorpio at 17°. It is involved with several other planets creating a great deal of tension. There is nothing inherent wrong with the conjunction becaue Mars is at home in Scorpio and Saturn does well there too. This combo is capable of sustained effort and is wonderful if you have challenging tasks requiring focus, discipline and tenacity.

My choice for most chancy is the Yod with Uranus in Aries at the apex and Mars-Saturn sextile Mercury in Virgo as the base. It is messy all the way around since Uranus is rarely happy to be linked to Saturn, and in Aries the situation is even more stressful. I have to say my first thought when I saw this Yod was advising people to avoid risky, sexual behaviors at all costs. Considering going out and trolling for a hookup? Forget it! Thinking about getting together with a married person for hot sex is another equally bad choice. Saturn in Scorpio’s lessons have been harsh enough in this regard and with Mars at this his side, those lessons will be unforgettable as in an unexpected pregnancy or serious STD. You know . . . one where people can live with the results for a long, long time. Mercury in Virgo can give you a great lecture on why practicing safe sex is the best way to go too!

Having Venus in Leo squared by the dynamic duo of Mars and Saturn does not make for an exciting love life either. Scorpio usually greets Leo dramatics with a cold, calm exterior . . . no audience participation there! Fueling Venus’s drama is a trine to Uranus in Aries and that may be why she could choose to make a flamboyant exit, not realizing no one is going to follow her out and plead with her to return. Breakups tend to be permanent with Mars and Saturn in Scorpio in the picture.

Having said that, there is a bright, exciting creative side to the Venus-Uranus trine in fire and if you have planets at 16° in the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) you might have receive the inspiration you need to start working on your masterwork. Maybe the angst from breaking up with your lover will be the trigger. Just saying . . . :)

Jupiter in Leo does not have a big role at this time. The inconjunct with Neptune in Pisces is waning and an inconjunct with Pluto in Capricorn is waxing. It is as if the fog is lifting and what is revealed is unsettling at best, horrifying at worst. Both inconjuncts serve to remind us of the downsides of Jupiter such as its tendency to take things to extremes.

This New Moon in Virgo brings us stark reminders the glorious drama of Leo Season is over. We need to calm down, focus on what is real, accept our responsibilities with grace and plan our next moves with care. Grand schemes must give way to the boring, mundane details that make up our daily lives. There is plenty of joy to be found in the little things if we open ourselves up to those! Be well and practice patience.

On a personal note: Even though the orbs are wide, I might get sucked into more turmoil thanks to the Yod because Uranus is moving slowly back into exact opposition to my Libra Moon whilst the Mars-Saturn conjunction is not too far from my natal Mars. With Mercury in Virgo in my tenth house and the New Moon squaring my first house Venus, I might end up talking about all of this with more people than usual. Or should I say whining about it!! :D

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Full Moon in Aquarius, August 10, 2014

Full Moon in Aquarius

Full Moon in Aquarius

Stern Saturn in Scorpio puts a damper on the fun and excitement of this Full Moon at 18° 02′ Aquarius, 10 August 2014, 11:09 AM PDT by creating a T-Square with the lunar axis. This might push the Aquarius Moon into outright rebellion and cause the Leo Sun to feel unloved, always a sad state of affairs. Oddly enough, Saturn can be a wonderful tool for helping solve creative problems . . . it is the 99% perspiration part.

An equal number of planets in fire and water pit these two elements against one another and since fixed signs dominate, it means there probably won’t be much cooperation or objectivity. The Aquarius Moon is the only representative air has while earth is represented by Pluto in Capricorn. The natural objectivity of Aquarius is much needed now though it is somewhat compromised by Saturn squaring the Moon.

Partisan Mercury in Leo closely conjunct the Leo Sun puts an even more personal slant on things. This can be a marvelously creative combination, full of enthusiasm and joy. Uranus in Aries is trine the Sun-Mercury conjunction, adding excitement and the ability to come up with truly innovative ideas. In fact, Uranus harmoniously aspects both luminaries, very inspiring and loads of fun though not too well grounded!

Mars in Scorpio is a major influence on this Full Moon as its disruptive square to Jupiter in Leo is on the wane. A waning trine to Neptune in Pisces softens the edges and a waxing sextile to powerful Pluto in Capricorn strengthens it. Here’s the deal. As much as the fiery Leo Sun, Mercury and Uranus would love to go their merry way, all bright and shiny, full of optimism and big, fancy plans; the powerful water team of Mars and Saturn in Scorpio cannot be ignored because they have the backing of the two other outer planets. Fire lacks patience and with Uranus in the mix, that lack is even more evident. We need the sobriety of fixed water to counterbalance fire’s impulsiveness, like it or not.

Take time on this Full Moon to wave goodbye to gentle Venus in Cancer as Venus is about to put on her party clothes. She enters Leo on August 12, joining the Sun, Mercury and Jupiter. Lights, cameras and action!

The fascinating inconjunct between Jupiter in Leo and Neptune in Pisces is waxing now though it will not be exact until August 14. Christina, The Oxford Astrologer, wrote a great post on this mesmerizing aspect. For those who have planets at 6°, I highly recommend taking the high road with this one. The low road could get extremely messy, full of detours and lined with fairy gold.

The full impact of having more planets in fixed signs than cardinal begins to sink in on this Full Moon in Aquarius. We have to leave the fast lane and learn how to consolidate gains made during the cardinal years. It won’t be easy for those who love to live on the edge going from crisis to crisis. Prepare to shift to slow and steady now!

On a personal note: The only exact aspect is a snippy Mercury in Leo squaring my natal Mars in Scorpio but there are plenty of near misses. Venus in Cancer is squaring my Libra Sun-Chiron and that’s not so bad. I may be more sentimental than usual is all. Jupiter in Leo is closing in on a square to my natal Jupiter in Scorpio which will trigger my natal Saturn-Jupiter square. Guess I will be having a refresher course in staying the course. Since I have a fixed preponderance natally, I’m happy to see more planets in fixed signs. Now if we only had more air . . . :D

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Fixed Mode – Rock and a Hard Place

The dynamic drive of having cardinal signs ruling the sky is now history and adjusting to the difference is causing many of us to feel a great deal of frustration. Mercury left cardinal Cancer for fixed Leo on July 31 and we’ll start to notice this even more. Mercury in Leo is not shy about airing opinions after all and when it conjoins Mr. Big Mouth himself, Jupiter in Leo, over the weekend better grab some earplugs.

We typically see shorter periods of time when one mode dominates due to a concentration of the faster moving planets in one sign but it is the planets from Jupiter on out that create the real backdrop. We had become accustomed to a strongly cardinal feel for the first half of this year because Mars spent seven months in Libra. Since Jupiter was in Cancer, Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn, we were over-supplied with cardinal energy and adrenaline addicts everywhere LOVED it! Now we need to readjust to a different pace instead of charging ahead, guns blazing, we need to slow down and take our time!

Until the inconjunct between Saturn in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries finally starts to separate on August 10, it will continue to wear on those who have personal planets/Ascendant in either cardinal signs or fixed signs from 15° to 17°. This aspect has Saturn putting on the brakes while Uranus frantically attempts to gain its freedom. I doubt if there are any winners in this instance . . . just plenty of discomfort. The Leo planets will start showing up in support of Uranus in Aries over the next month, intensifying this battle because Saturn in Scorpio will be squaring those planets at the same time. This situation may seriously drain reserves and may be very hard on immune systems. If you are dealing with this transit, make sure to stay with a healthy routine which includes plenty of rest.

The time we spend in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) allow us to consolidate, rest up, reevaluate and prepare for our next leap ahead. For the next while Leo is the major influence with Mars and Saturn in Scorpio keeping it in line. After all the pushing and shoving to get ahead, there are plenty of loose ends to tidy up. Time to slow down, look around and get busy!

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Full Moon Lunar Eclipse in Libra, April 15, 2014

Full Moon in Libra

Full Moon in Libra

Balance – finding, keeping it and losing it – is the central theme of this Full Moon Lunar Eclipse at 25° 16′ Libra on 15 April 2014, 12:42 AM PDT. There is a very good reason Libra is represented by the scales. It is dedicated to being equitable, playing fair and seeing that all people have a say if possible but those scales can easily be stepped on, throwing them off balance.

All Full Moons are oppositions with the Sun opposing the Moon but Libra Full Moons seem to bring out the fact these two elements balance each other as well as oppose. This time the rulers of Aries and Libra, Mars and Venus respectively, are very important players in the lunation chart. Venus is currently well positioned in Pisces where it is exalted whilst Mars is in Libra, the sign of its detriment, and is further subdued by being retrograde.

On one hand Venus is supported by a conjunction with Neptune in Pisces, a sextile to Pluto in Capricorn and a trine to Jupiter in Cancer. In Pisces Venus can express unconditional love and compassion with ease. In this instance she acts as a loving filter between the three outer planets and us puny humans, promoting the idea of embracing all living beings and surrounding them with warmth and caring. Rather than point out our differences, we might be better served by pursuing our commonalities.

On the other hand, Mars in Libra is gradually being drawn into the cardinal Grand Cross, much to its dismay. This Mars far prefers to get along with others and being opposed by feisty Uranus in Aries as well as squared by Jupiter in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, makes it very unhappy. It knows it is totally out of its weight class. This being the case, it may be wiser to follow Ralfee Finn’s recommendations about taking no unnecessary actions:

“The best way to handle this astral tightening is to refuse to take any unnecessary action. No unnecessary action is also the best way to handle the release of the intensity after April 21. Wu wei is the Taoist notion of action without effort or control. Its action that exemplifies the way of water, which yields naturally to obstacles, and neither argues, pushes, nor opposes, but rather adapts its course around obstacles or simply wears them away. There is nothing passive about water; for the Taoist, it is the strongest substance—all one has to do is look at the Colorado River and the path it cuts through the Grand Canyon to get the point. Wu wei is not motivated by ego and its array of negative behavior—greed, fear, anger, and so forth, all of which can be seen as unnecessary action; wu wei, through its effortless action, simply exemplifies the Tao, the ineffable, primordial essence of the universe.”

Our relationships will be under scrutiny now and with Mercury in Aries conjunct Uranus opposing Mars in Libra, minor squabbles can easily escalate into major confrontations. The Mercury-Uranus conjunction will have no hesitation whatsoever about revealing any unpleasant truths Pluto in Capricorn may have unearthed. Solid relationships with a good track record for honest communications should weather this fine. Those already on shaky ground could breakup permanently. Another factor could be pointed comments from family members (Jupiter in Cancer’s contribution) adding to an already stressful situation. We’re talking cardinal signs here so there is far less middle ground than usual, making it easier for people to take sides and shout at each other.

Saturn in Scorpio has an important role to play on this lunation as it is semi-sextile the Libra Moon and inconjunct the Aries Sun. Depending on how you feel about Saturn, it may be the voice of reason and accountability or someone who has no business telling us how to live our lives. It can depend on how mature people are behaving in the first place. :D

Even though it might not seem like it in the heat of the moment, we usually have more options than we realize. Aries tends to get a bad case of tunnel vision when they push ahead too quickly, and they forget to use their peripheral vision, thus missing those other paths. Libra can see too many paths and may not be able to settle on one. Finding a point in between these two extremes is the ideal, and one worth pursuing. Practicing wu wei is an excellent way to achieve that. Peace is a beautiful thing and if we follow Venus’s lead on the Full Moon in Libra, we may achieve it yet.

On a personal note: On the plus side Saturn in Scorpio has finally moved off my Mercury! Yay! However it is now about to conjoin my Mars again. Boo! One way or another, Saturn in Scorpio is bound and determined to restrain my words and actions for the time being.

The Libra Moon is within a couple of degrees of my Chiron and the North Node in Libra conjoins my Sun ensuring I will continue to promote the Libra ideals of peace and harmony. Having Mars in Libra about to conjoin my Moon is probably going to stir things up on the home front one way or another. I know there are plenty of others out there in similar situations . . . not comfortable.

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