Weekly Astrology Forecast – August 19 – 25, 2019

Excerpt from Patreon – …Venus enters Virgo on August 21. Money management tends to become healthier under Virgo’s analytic eye and it’s easier to rein in spending – perhaps a necessity after Leo’s lavish tastes!  In relationships, it’s the little things that count, like making your partner’s lunch or doing one of their chores. It’s about showing someone you love them through thoughtful actions. Love is a verb in this practical sign. During this transit, we find pleasure in helping others. We may devote more time to our work or find a practical way of helping a cause close to our hearts in our spare time. The shadow side of this transit manifests however when low levels of self-esteem means we negate our own needs, doing more and more for others to be liked, loved or appreciated. Helpfulness is a lovely trait and can be very fulfilling – but not if you feel invisible or unworthy as a result. Venus will stay in Virgo until September 14.

MAJOR ASPECTS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

19-Aug-19 Jupiter semi-sextile Saturn
Slow progress is still progress. Celebrate your achievements.

21-Aug-19 Venus enters Virgo
A practical approach to money and relationships sees improvements.
There’s pleasure in helping others

21-Aug-19 Mercury trine Jupiter
Positive thinking abounds. Write your book. Tell your story.

23-Aug-19 Sun enters Virgo
Clean up your life. Focus on health and healing.

23-Aug-19 Last Quarter Moon in Gemini
Stop worrying. Focus on small tasks first.

24-Aug-19 Venus conjunct  Mars in Virgo
Appreciate each other’s efforts to help
Kiss and make up

Painting – ‘Sweeper’ by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

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Mars enters Virgo August 2019

Mars enters Virgo at 06:18 (BST) on August 18, 2019.

Excerpt from Patreon – After the loud, fun, playful transit of Leo, Mars’s entry into Virgo begins an altogether different chapter. It’s time to put away our toys and get to work…Mars is about our drive and goals. When Mars transits Virgo we turn our attention to cleaning up our act. In this fastidious sign, Mars can get easily frustrated over small annoyances so we must guard against sweating the small stuff. The shadow side of Virgo is that nothing is ever good enough. Manifesting negatively, Virgo energy becomes nervous and critical, wringing its hands over the slightest problem. Positively however, this transit is the perfect time to push through arduous tasks that require attention to detail. We just need to watch the Mars tendency to want to do everything quickly. Virgo says it will take as long as it takes – the job needs to be done properly. If we can rein in the desire to do everything quickly, this can be a very productive period. Focus on sharpening your skills and cutting away inessentials. If you’re looking for a new job, now’s the time to get active with your search.

MARS IN VIRGO THROUGH THE HOUSES/FOR THE SIGNS
Read for your rising sign for best accuracy. 

ARIES
Mars in Virgo activates your 6th house of work and health.

TAURUS
Mars in Virgo activates your 5th house of creativity, children and romance.

GEMINI
Mars in Virgo activates your 4th house of home and family.

CANCER
Mars in Virgo activates your 3rd house of mind, communication, transport and siblings.

LEO
Mars in Virgo activates your 2nd house of money, resources and values.

VIRGO
Mars in Virgo activates your 1st house of self, appearances, general outlook and wellbeing.

LIBRA
Mars in Virgo activates your 12th house of spirituality, the unconscious and self-undoing.

SCORPIO
Mars in Virgo activates your 11th house of friends, connections, politics and hopes.

SAGITTARIUS
Mars in Virgo activates your 10th house of career and public identity.

CAPRICORN
Mars in Virgo activates your 9th house of broadening horizons.

AQUARIUS
Mars in Virgo activates your 8th house of shared resources, power and change.

PISCES
Mars in Virgo activates your 7th house of relationships.

MARS TRANSITING VIRGO 2019 – MAJOR ASPECTS
18-Aug-19 Mars enters Virgo
24-Aug-19 Venus conjunct Mars
28-Aug-19 Mars trine Uranus
02-Sep-19 Sun conjunct Mars
03-Sep-19 Mercury conjunct Mars
09-Sep-19 Mars trine Saturn
12-Sep-19 Mars sextile North Node
12-Sep-19 Mars square Jupiter
14-Sep-19 Mars opposite Neptune
19-Sep-19 Mars trine Pluto
04-Oct-19 Mars enters Libra

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Weekly Astrology Forecast August 12 – 18, 2019

Excerpt – Uranus stations retrograde on August 12, prompting us to embrace our inner weird. Nerves jangle as Uranus pushes us to change the path we are on because we’ve become too comfortable. The desire for security is challenged by the need for progress. Life becomes stale if we follow the same pattern for too long. During the station itself, we could feel oddly disconnected or ungrounded as Uranus shakes us awake. Do you ever have a moment when you look up and feel like everything has changed even though nothing has? Uranus movements are often like this. It switches our perspective so that we can see where new growth is needed. Pay attention to where there is any resistance. Notice where you are digging your hooves into the ground and saying “nope, not budging. This. Will. Not. Change” – because that’s precisely the thing that Uranus has got his beady eye on. The funny thing is (and Uranus has a quirky sense of humour), it’s precisely through change that we will achieve greater security later down the line.

ASPECTS FOR THE WEEK AHEAD

12-Aug-19 Uranus stations retrograde
Nothing has changed but everything has changed.

13-Aug-19 Mercury trine Ceres
Feed your mind with thoughts of adventure

14-Aug-19 Sun conjunct Venus
Sabian symbol ‘A Carrier Pigeon Fulfilling Its Mission’
What is your heart telling you to complete?

15-Aug-19 Venus square Vesta
Don’t get distracted by pretty, shiny things.

15-Aug-19 Full Moon in Aquarius
Where are you just going through the motions?

15-Aug-19 Mercury exits shadow zone
Time to make some decisions and start thinking ahead.

15-Aug-19 Sun square Vesta
Focus on what is important to you.

15-Aug-19 Mercury trine Chiron
Be open to learning

16-Aug-19 Mercury square Uranus
Don’t let anxiety get the better of you

18-Aug-19 Mars enters Virgo
Dedicate energy to a job well done

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Full Moon in Aquarius August 2019 – Rebel

The Full Moon occurs at 13:29 (BST) on August 15, 2019 at 22°Aq24′.

Signs in a chart belong to one of three modalities: cardinal, mutable or fixed. This chart is full of fixed energy. It gives us staying power, the ability to keep going when life is hard – but it also means there’s a stubborn edge and resistance to change.

The signs are also broken down into elements: fire, earth, air and water. This chart is filled with fire giving us passion, energy, motivation as well as the potential for burning too hot when it comes to our opinions and beliefs.

The Moon itself is in normally cool, calm and collected Aquarius. This is an air sign associated with higher mind. For a while now we have been living under mostly airless skies as only Pallas has been travelling through air sign Libra. All the fire then has been starved of oxygen. With the Full Moon in Aquarius, what was smouldering bursts to life. This period could elicit emotional flare ups.

At this Full Moon, we are coming to decisions or in crisis over issues connected to group connections, politics, friends and wider society. The Moon itself not only opposes the Sun in Leo, but also Venus, Juno and Mars. The Moon in Aquarius needs everyone to cool down, to allow everyone a say, to support one another and celebrate each other’s differences. But the gathering of planets in Leo suggests we are vying for attention. Emotions are heated by Mars and we’re quick to react from a place of instinct or childhood. We’re talking triggers – both of the emotional kind and the weapon kind.

The Moon opposing Venus brings discomfort. We must look at what makes us uncomfortable. It’s all too easy around this time to point the finger and say, ‘you’re the reason I’m unhappy’ or ‘this is the reason the world is like it is’. We’re hot and bothered and yet we know that we need to work together to create innovative change. But how do we do that when there are trust issues needling us in the background? The Moon’s quincunx to Pluto may mean we’re scared of things sliding out of control as well as afraid of our own shadow.

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The Moon, Sun and Venus all tightly square asteroid Vesta in Taurus creating a T-square pattern in the chart. Vesta then is where we need to place our attention to resolve some of the tension. Vesta says we need to focus on money, resources, food, stability, values. Concentrate on what is thriving.

Taurus is also a very practical sign whereas Aquarius is high-minded, Leo fiery and creative. Vesta in Taurus says we can talk until we are blue in the face but unless there are some tangible results, it’s all just drama. Ultimately, the tensions of this chart are there to help us work out what we want for the future. Aquarius is concerned with progress. What do today, forms the foundation for what happens tomorrow.

If we’re struggling around this period, we would do well to focus on applying our energy in areas of our lives where we can see the results of our efforts. For some this might be work, for others creative projects or physical fitness. Perhaps it’s just getting our house in order and making sure the bills are paid and the cupboards have food. Sometimes these necessities are all that is needed to bring us back down to Earth and dispel negativity or anxiety. The mundane is sacred too.

The Sabian symbol of the Full Moon is :-

A Big Bear Sitting Down And Waving All Its Paws

This symbol suggests that we need to look at where we are doing what others tell us to do for the sake of compliance. Obviously, there are laws of the land that are there to keep society functioning but also there are other ‘laws’ that we feel we can’t break because of what others might think of us. Aquarius for example rules those who are on the fringes of society – those who are rebels, revolutionaries, geniuses, mavericks. Yet these are the people who are often maligned for being too different, too weird. Aquarius may be ruled by quirky Uranus, but its co-ruler is Saturn, lord of conformity and doing the right thing. With the Moon on this Sabian symbol, it’s time to check in with whether we are being true to our essential nature or just robotically going through the motions.

With love Goddess asteroid Aphrodite conjunct the Moon’s dispositor Uranus, we are given an opportunity to learn to love our inner freak and celebrate our uniqueness. Uranus square Mercury jangles nerves but we need to bring together lower and higher mind. On some level, we know exactly what to do, if only we weren’t so afraid of what others might think. It’s time to surprise ourselves by unhitching from the fear of public opinion. Aquarius rules technology and Leo vanity – if ever there was a chart telling us to take social media acceptance or rejection with a pinch of salt, this is it.

Honour what is sacred to you.

Painting – ‘People’ by Pavel Filonov

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August 2019 Astrology Forecast

August feels like a much calmer month after the intensity of June and July however there are still some interesting configurations and connections happening that should keep us occupied for the month ahead.

The New Moon in Leo kicks off the month on August 1 and is accompanied by Mercury stationing direct under an hour later. I think Mercury deserves a round of applause – or maybe you’re thinking he needs one of those crooks to haul him offstage! Mercury began the retrograde period in theatrical Leo, giving us all a taste of stage fright and asking us to reassess our creative self-expression and attitude towards risk taking. Mercury then backtracked into history buff Cancer, perhaps suggesting the root of our issues lay further back in our past – maybe even in childhood.

It seems a blessing that we are finding our voices again just as the New Moon in Leo occurs. This is a time to step into the spotlight, take the limelight, start a new project or romance that makes us fall in love with life all over again. Leo is about confidence, pride, showing off our talents. We’ve got some rousing support too as this lunation trines Jupiter in Sagittarius and Chiron in Aries. The Moon and Sun are also conjunct lovely dovey Venus. So, we have growing confidence despite any fear of rejection or feeling different. We want to be the star of the show. We do need to be prepared though as Uranus will square this Moon. Sudden surprises, plot twists, expected the unexpected when Uranus in around. Whilst Uranus might add in some nerves, perhaps it’s more excited jitters than all out performance panic.

The First Quarter Moon on August 7 turns out attention to deeper issues. The Sun’s presence in Leo is still playful but with the Moon in Scorpio we know that to bring our true light into the world, we must confront our shadows and complexities.

Jupiter then stations direct in Sagittarius on August 11. After a period of inner growth, we can now begin to expand again, this time bolstered by a better understanding of what we need to do to achieve success. Jupiter’s passage shows us where opportunities lie, where we can achieve greater happiness and what we need to develop. Often when we go through the retrograde period, we feel like luck isn’t going our way, growth has stopped and maybe the ideas we had aren’t as good as they seemed. These problems and questions push us to go on an inner journey, so that our inner growth will match outer growth. Now that Jupiter moves forward again, so can our plans for expansion.

Mercury also re-enters Leo again on the same date, covering the final few degrees of the shadow zone of the last retrograde. It works well with the Jupiter in Sagittarius influence. We may feel more confident now about speaking up, telling our stories, showing off our ideas. Now’s the time to step up and be heard.

On August 12, Uranus stations retrograde. The action of Uranus is to change, upgrade, reform, update. Uranus looks at our Saturnian structures, those we have built solidly over time and with a sniff starts to kick them down. Old, old old – it’s all old and boring and my God I need something new in my life! Uranus alerts us to where we have got too constrained, limited, conditioned or just plain stale. Uranus is the Awakener whose ultimate aim is to give us the freedom to discover unique aspects of ourselves that we’ve held in check.

When Uranus stations retrograde, it may be accompanied by anxiety. We may become more conscious of where we feel alienated, detached or stuck. During the retrograde period, as with all retrogrades, the action moves to our internal landscape. It’s time now to reconnect with parts of ourselves that we’ve also alienated. Sometimes we can feel a bit like a stranger in a strange land – everything is the same, yet everything is oddly different. It’s this odd feeling that often produces underlying anxiety. The retrograde period gives us a chance to realise that it’s us who is changing, and we need to move with the times. The more we fight against Uranus, the more chaotic this transit can be.

August 14 sees a conjunction between Venus and the Sun in Leo – a starlet aspect if ever there was one. Now we need to let our hearts shine and radiate our inner beauty. As Venus sits on the throne of the Sun, we are paying homage to what we truly valuable in our lives. Honour your deepest values. Look to where you can bring forth more love and light into the world.

The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 15 could bring issues of restriction set in motion by Uranus stationing to a head. The Moon in Aquarius needs space. Emotionally we’re drawn towards new avenues of exploration and a need for new perspectives. Under this cool, detached influence, we don’t usually care too much what others think but a gathering of planets in opposing sign Leo could mean we’re more invested than usual in other people’s reactions. Alternatively, this pattern could accentuate feelings of alienation and difference as it seems like everyone else is getting the praise we’re secretly craving. Still, Mercury also exits the shadow zone on this date shortly before the Full Moon so it’s likely that minds are clearer and there’s an urge to start again with plans and projects or to say our piece, even if it’s controversial.

Mars enters Virgo on August 19 starting a domino effect as we start to move towards a big pile up of planets in this hardworking sign. With Mars here, it’s likely that all our energies are going into the day job, daily routines and appointments. Maybe we’re motivated to fix things up – our lives and health included. We can certainly achieve a lot during this time, it’s a DIYer’s dream – the only catch is that sometimes we don’t know when to stop. Mars in Virgo can have a tendency to burn out in an effort to make everything perfect. Don’t forget to rest.

Jupiter semi-sextiles Saturn on August 19, a minor aspect but notable as this is the last aspect between these two until the conjunction in December 2020. This is also the final semi-sextile in this series of three. Jupiter and Saturn become neighbours under this 30-degree aspect. Each are at home in their own signs and exchanging pleasantries over the garden fence. Saturn is helping curb Jupiter’s urge to go too far whilst Jupiter encourages Saturn to go beyond limiting boundary lines. In our own lives, we can make use of this aspect by considering where we may need better definition of goals as well as where we need to be more adventurous.

Venus then enters Virgo on August 21 followed by the Sun on August 23, Juno on August 24 and Mercury on August 29! Did someone call for improvements because we have the whole team here now?! Venus and Juno in Virgo may mean that in relationships we are less demonstrative than of late after the dramatic Leo influence. But still, it is the little things that count when we get into Virgo. Even if we’re not feeling that cuddly, thoughtfully making our partner a sandwich or cleaning up without an argument over who takes out the trash are ways that we can demonstrate our love for one another. The Sun’s passage through Virgo also suggests that we need to pay attention to our physical health. Maybe it’s time to tweak our diet or exercise regime to ensure we have the energy and nutrients we need.

Shortly after the Sun enters Virgo, we have the Last Quarter Moon urging us to make one final decision before we make our way to the next New Moon. The Moon in Gemini could vacillate between options whilst the Virgo Sun just wants us to get on with it and get back to work! With both signs ruled by Mercury, it’s all going on at a mental level – thinking, talking, possibly soliciting too many opinions. It’s a too many cooks spoil the broth scenario.

Still, it looks like the results turn out to be tasty as Venus conjoins Mars on August 24. Hearts and values are aligning with goals and actions – not to mention the fact that this is a rather lovely day to spend with partners. Yes, we might be clearing out the closet together but still, this is an affectionate and potentially passionate aspect – as long as we get the work done first of course 🙂

Pallas enters Scorpio on August 26 after nine months of diplomatic relations in Libra. Now we take Pallas’s creative and wise energy into the realm of personal complexes and shadows. Pallas’s sign shows us how we problem solve. In Scorpio we solve problems through deep investigation, detective work, shadow work, maybe even through occult knowledge and practice. Sometimes Pallas in Scorpio can literally solve problems in the dark, staying up late to think or turning issues over to dreams.

With Pallas’s entry into Scorpio, there are now no planets or major asteroids in air signs until the middle of September. Only the Moon passing through Libra (Sep 1 – 3) and Aquarius (Sep 10 – 12) will give us some air element until Mercury enters Libra next month. Maybe one way to sum up this influence would be that it’s better to do it rather than think about it. Actions will certainly speak louder than words for the next couple of weeks.

The month ends as it began, with another New Moon on August 30. This time the lights are joined in Virgo along with Mercury, Venus, Mars and Juno. This six-piece stellium in Virgo puts the emphasis on work and service. We need to seed new projects from a place of ‘what skills or knowledge do I have to offer the world? How can I heal myself to help heal the planet? The new moon is supported by trines to industrious Saturn and free-thinking Uranus. It’s not close enough to form a grand trine but still, we’re open to experimentation whilst anchored by tradition. The only fly in the ointment is a quincunx to Chiron but with this much Virgo energy, no doubt we’ll whip us a remedy before Chiron can complain

Painting – ‘Servant’ by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

MAJOR ASPECTS AUGUST 2019

01-Aug-19 Pluto square Pallas 02:47:30 21°Cp28′ R 21°Li28′ D
01-Aug-19 New Moon in Leo 04:11:48 08°Le36′ D 08°Le36′ D
01-Aug-19 Mercury stations Direct 04:57:41 23°Cn56′ D
01-Aug-19 Venus trine Chiron 17:57:37 05°Le42′ D 05°Ar42′ R
02-Aug-19 Venus square Uranus 11:00:14 06°Le34′ D 06°Ta34′ D
03-Aug-19 Mars conjunct Juno 07:49:54 20°Le31′ D 20°Le31′ D
07-Aug-19 Sun trine Jupiter 08:31:13 14°Le31′ D 14°Sg31′ R
07-Aug-19 First Quarter Moon in Scorpio 18:30:51 14°Sc55′ D 14°Le55′ D
08-Aug-19 Mars sextile Pallas 12:59:03 23°Le49′ D 23°Li49′ D
08-Aug-19 Venus trine Jupiter 21:27:27 14°Le30′ D 14°Sg30′ R
10-Aug-19 Pluto trine Vesta 00:08:31 21°Cp16′ R 21°Ta16′ D
11-Aug-19 Jupiter stations direct 14:37:14 14°Sg30′ D
11-Aug-19 Mercury enters Leo 20:45:29 00°Le00′ D 00°Le00′ D
12-Aug-19 Uranus stations retrograde 03:26:45 06°Ta36′ R
13-Aug-19 Mercury trine Ceres 23:45:47 02°Le36′ D 02°Sg36′ D
14-Aug-19 Sun conjunct Venus 07:07:12 21°Le11′ D 21°Le11′ D
15-Aug-19 Venus square Vesta 10:43:10 22°Le36′ D 22°Ta36′ D
15-Aug-19 Full Moon in Aquarius 13:29:09 22°Aq24′ D 22°Le24′ D
15-Aug-19 Mercury exits shadow zone
15-Aug-19 Pallas sextile Juno 17:53:45 26°Li14′ D 26°Le14′ D
15-Aug-19 Sun square Vesta 21:10:58 22°Le42′ D 22°Ta42′ D
15-Aug-19 Mercury trine Chiron 22:14:55 05°Le20′ D 05°Ar20′ R
16-Aug-19 Mercury square Uranus 18:07:19 06°Le36′ D 06°Ta36′ R
18-Aug-19 Mars enters Virgo 06:18:08 00°Vi00′ D 00°Vi00′ D
19-Aug-19 Venus sextile Pallas 09:38:45 27°Le30′ D 27°Li30′ D
19-Aug-19 Jupiter semi-sextile Saturn 15:46:49 14°Sg36′ D 14°Cp36′ R
19-Aug-19 Venus conjunct Juno 21:52:35 28°Le07′ D 28°Le07′ D
21-Aug-19 Venus enters Virgo 10:06:17 00°Vi00′ D 00°Vi00′ D
21-Aug-19 Mercury trine Jupiter 11:04:31 14°Le39′ D 14°Sg39′ D
21-Aug-19 Sun sextile Pallas 17:00:09 28°Le18′ D 28°Li18′ D
22-Aug-19 Sun conjunct Juno 22:43:04 29°Le30′ D 29°Le30′ D
23-Aug-19 Sun enters Virgo 11:01:54 00°Vi00′ D 00°Vi00′ D
23-Aug-19 Last Quarter Moon in Gemini 15:55:59 00°Ge11′ D 00°Vi11′ D
24-Aug-19 Juno enters Virgo 01:00:41 00°Vi00′ D 00°Vi00′ D
24-Aug-19 Venus conjunct Mars 18:04:25 04°Vi07′ D 04°Vi07′ D
25-Aug-19 Venus square Ceres 01:41:25 04°Vi31′ D 04°Sg31′ D
25-Aug-19 Mars square Ceres 12:07:14 04°Vi36′ D 04°Sg36′ D
26-Aug-19 Pallas enters Scorpio 09:53:17 00°Sc00′ D 00°Sc00′ D
26-Aug-19 Venus trine Uranus 16:38:21 06°Vi31′ D 06°Ta31′ R
26-Aug-19 Mercury square Vesta 19:52:04 24°Le58′ D 24°Ta58′ D
27-Aug-19 Chiron trine Ceres 06:55:57 04°Ar57′ R 04°Sg57′ D
28-Aug-19 Mars trine Uranus 11:52:39 06°Vi30′ D 06°Ta30′ R
28-Aug-19 Sun square Ceres 23:03:19 05°Vi18′ D 05°Sg18′ D
29-Aug-19 Mercury enters Virgo 08:47:40 00°Vi00′ D 00°Vi00′ D
30-Aug-19 Mercury sextile Pallas 00:51:21 01°Vi19′ D 01°Sc19′ D
30-Aug-19 Sun trine Uranus 04:14:22 06°Vi28′ D 06°Ta28′ R
30-Aug-19 New Moon in Virgo 11:37:02 06°Vi46′ D 06°Vi46′ D
30-Aug-19 Mercury conjunct Juno 22:12:08 03°Vi05′ D 03°Vi05′ D

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Lunar Eclipse July 2019 – Haggling

The Lunar Eclipse/Full Moon occurs at 22:38 (BST) on July 16, 2019 at 24°Cp04′.

There’s no air, no air, NO AIR. It’s hard to think, hard to relate, hard to see the other side. Only Pallas is in an air sign, doing her best to help in what seems like an endless journey through Libra. This transit began last year at the beginning of November and she almost made it out. But at a critical moment in negotiations, Pallas stationed retrograde on the 29th degree of Libra in February. Then began a period of backtracking that lasted until the end of May when Pallas stationed direct. With Pallas now at 17 degrees of Libra, in the degree of the Nodes and squaring the Nodes in this eclipse chart, it may feel like we’re at tipping point. Maybe we’re concerned with whether the scales are tipping in our favour or not. The impetus is to consolidate, hold our position (Moon in Capricorn), hole up until a better deal comes along (Sun in Cancer). But the status quo has to give as a Nodal square points us to a missed step that must be completed before we can evolve. We must put aside our differences and look for common ground between us. We must find a way to agree. We need to work with one another. We need to find our balance.

The Moon is in Capricorn, traditionally the sign of its detriment. As the Moon represents emotions, we could feel like a fish out of water, exposed, raw, tender and yet still we must do what needs to be done. The Moon is conjunct Pluto, intensifying, amplifying, escalating. Moods are dark, or perhaps reflective like obsidian, taking us to deeper and deeper levels. Luna is also widely conjunct Saturn so there’s no sidestepping the personal or spiritual work. Both Saturn and Pluto are insistent that old structures (Saturn) must change (Pluto).

Working at its best, the Moon in Capricorn is mature in the face of gravity, consistent despite fear. Even if we’re way out of our comfort zone (Sun in Cancer), we’re required to face up to the truth, deal with consequences and manage ourselves effectively. The Moon conjunct Pluto conjunct the South Node tells us that this eclipse is potent enough to rip away false concepts. As the Earth’s shadow falls across the face of the Moon, unconscious material materialises. Old karmic lessons surface. Reality sets in, bringing us to a conclusion or crisis to clear the way ahead.

The Moon also widely opposes Mercury retrograde in Leo and Venus in Cancer so there may be an underlying or even overt sense that things ain’t pretty right now! There’s a whole lot we don’t know. We’re not feeling confident about speaking up. We’re unsure whether we know what’s best. We don’t want to make a scene. And yet note Venus’s proximity to the North Node. This close conjunction is like a quiet reassuring hug from the cosmos that whispers, keep your heart open and you will find your way.

The Sabian symbol for the Lunar Eclipse is :-

A Store Filled With Precious Oriental Rugs

This symbol suggests that we need to make careful choices before investing time, money or energy. Maybe too we need to recognise that nothing is going to be ‘perfect’ right now. It could seem like there’s a problem at every turn, like there’s a flaw in every Persian carpet. But the flaw is there to remind us that we are fallible. We are not Gods, and nor should we try to be. With Pluto so close to the Moon, the urge is to want to take control and to have ultimate power. But we must yield to those things that we can’t change, accept that there are some powers beyond us.

This symbol also brings up the concept of haggling. I note that asteroid Grieve is conjunct the North Node. It’s possible that we could find ourselves trying to haggle with the Gods, bargaining with our souls, promising the Earth if only we can have x…y… z. But maybe it’s important that we accept what is lost to release power to our future. We can’t go back, says Old Father Time. And neither should we want to. All our power is in the present. Let the walls fall. It’s time to make choices from a place of integrity and self-respect instead of from fear.

Painting – ‘Ruins in the moonlit landscape’ by Arnold Böcklin

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Mercury Retrograde July 2019

Mercury

Mercury stations retrograde at 00:14 (BST) on July 8, 2019 at 04°Le27′ R

This is a particularly vibrant retrograde period given the aspects that Mercury makes and the fact that we are in eclipse season. I have already been noticing signs during the shadow period which began on June 20. Trump’s historical moment crossing the border into North Korea and ‘friendly’ talks with Kim Jong Un were quickly followed by North Korea accusing the US of being ‘hell bent on hostile acts’. In other news, the Dalai Lama was forced to explain recent comments regarding women and migrants that had generated heated debate. Retraction, review, rethink, re-evaluate, repair – these are all the typical ‘re’ words that we can attribute to the retrograde period.

Mercury’s station will occur on the day that Mercury and Mars form the second of three conjunctions this year. The first conjunction was on June 18, the last will be on September 3. Perhaps then, we can anticipate that ideas which generate new goals might not be clarified until September. Every two years, Mercury and Mars meet three times for discussion and debate but sometimes this aspect can descend into arguments and accusation. Mars inflames, heats, antagonises, reacts and Mercury communicates. We can’t hold our tongues, we can’t think for seeing red, we’re making snap decisions – all possibilities that we need to do our best to avoid.

The conjunction between Mercury and Mars will also be just a couple of degrees away from a square with Uranus so added to the mix is a feeling of unpredictability and instability. Uranus brings in rebelliousness, shock, surprise, anxiety. Decisions made now have unpredictable results – as do arguments.

It’s possible that we’re easily triggered because Venus is also square to Chiron as Mercury stations. This brings up fears around whether we are liked, loved or appreciated. Mercury in theatrical Leo wants everyone to listen. “Look at me!” says Leo. Leo needs recognition and praise, like a little child showing off their new dance routine. But with Mercury stationing retrograde stage fright sets in. We muddle our lines, become too conscious of the audience. We want to be seen but we’re terrified of making a public mistake. Venus square Chiron is super-sensitive about appearances. But Mars being Mars, he likes to push so our efforts to entertain or impress can become ham-fisted, over-acted, over-stated. Dramatic scenes and drama queens could be a key theme of this station unless we pay close attention to where we feel hurt, upset, triggered, angry, defiant, rebellious.

This combination of planets can suggest being accident prone, mostly because we’re not paying attention with minds pre-occupied. Mars likes everything to happen quickly so people driving too fast and running a red light are possible manifestations of this influence. Walking round on high alert fearing what’s going to happen isn’t helpful – instead, just be mindful of what you’re feeling. Anger in particular can often make us hasty. Impatience can get the better of us. Slow down. Breathe. Plan for delays. Don’t let pride get in the way of your interaction with others.

The best way we can use this powerful aspect pattern is to get creative. Be brave. Think outside of the box. Whilst it may be best to wait before implementing new plans, this would be an ideal time to brainstorm. More importantly, as Leo rules the heart, this is about getting back to our heart centre. We don’t need to strive to impress or force people to listen. When you do what you do and say what you say based on love, then no applause is required or needed. Yes it’s nice to be recognised but doing what you love for the sake of it has it’s own rewards. It brings a genuine sense of warmth, connection, rightness. You don’t need someone else to validate your experience.

The Sabian symbol for the station retrograde is ‘Rock Formations Tower Over A Deep Canyon’. I don’t know about you, but this symbol immediately made me think about the earthquakes in California! I noted back in my post on Uranus in Taurus that we are likely to see an increase in earthquake activity during this transit.

This symbol however can also talk of feeling like you’re between a rock and a hard place. Sometimes we have to make a leap of faith to get out of a difficult situation – but still, we must guard against being impetuous and impulsive. Again, we need to come back to the heart whilst carefully gauging the reality of our circumstances.

Mercury and Mars will remain in orb of a conjunction until July 16. This is the date of the lunar eclipse in Capricorn. Mercury then trines Ceres on July 18 the second of three trines due to this retrograde period. The final trine to Ceres will be on August 13, after Mercury has stationed direct.

In the mundane world, this repeated aspect between Mercury and Ceres could relate to the ongoing conversation about the separation of migrant mothers from their children. Ceres (Earth Mother), is currently in an extended stay in Sagittarius, the sign associated with international travel as well as law. Of course, right now we have the North Node travelling through Cancer, so families and mothering have been clearly in the headlines, not only with the migrant issues and detention camps but also with the abhorrent new rulings on abortion in the US. Here in the UK, other shocking events have occurred such as the murder of a pregnant woman. These themes then are uppermost in the collective psyche at the moment.

In our own lives, Ceres in Sagittarius asks us to nurture our sense of adventure, our sense of wonder, excitement, positivity. Mercury retrograde in Leo is asking us all, where did you stop taking risks and why? Where have you been too afraid to shine? Where have you been afraid of showing what you can do? Where have you been afraid of being seen, acknowledged, loved? Mercury trine Ceres suggests we need to have a conversation about these matters, a kinder dialogue with our inner mother. We need to connect with the part of ourselves that is like an inner cheerleader, cheering us on every step of the way, loving us unconditionally regardless of performance.

Mercury then re-enters Cancer on July 20, changing the conversation and the vibe. Now we’re rethinking how we communicate our feelings. Maybe we’re talking about family, home, personal matters. Perhaps we need to reassess how we discuss our emotions. How can we verbalise what’s going on at the core? Is this where the fear of taking centre stage comes from?

The Sun’s conjunction to Mercury on July 21 marks the midpoint of the retrograde and the moment mind is illuminated with insight. After this date, Mercury will become a morning star, rising like we arise from sleep, enlightened by dreams. The Sabian symbol of the Sun-Mercury conjunction is :-

A Greek Muse Weighing Newborn Twins In Golden Scales

This symbol suggests carefully weighing things up, balanced decisions and not allowing personal beliefs and judgements to bias the scales. A baby is a blank slate, a beginning, open to information. Gold is the colour often associated with the crown chakra. Higher consciousness must guide our decisions.

Mercury then joins with Venus on July 25, again reiterating the idea of communicating from a place of love and appreciation. It’s a softening after the hard Mars conjunction. It’s cuddles after a fall out. It’s making up after a row. This is sweet talking, words falling like honey, flattery, diplomacy, talking things out to find an agreement. We’re talking about relationships or money or what’s going on in our hearts. In the news we might see stories that correspond to the idea of damage limitation, especially if there’s been some fighting talk around the beginning of this retrograde period.

On July 30, Mercury retrograde opposes the lunar eclipse point, possibly bringing some activation or insight regarding whatever occurred around that time (16th July). Mercury then stations direct on August 1 less than an hour after the New Moon in Leo. Like the station retrograde was animated by Mars, the station direct is amplified by the New Moon – really consolidating this retrograde period as a standout event – perfect for the Leo influence! It seems to suggest a new start that is accompanied by a turnaround of events. Perhaps the revelations of the retrograde period has lead us to a new beginning, one which sees us finally stepping up onto life’s stage but now our script is fully rehearsed and we’re ready to say our lines.

Mercury stations direct on the Sabian symbol Sabian :-

A Woman And Two Men Castaways On A Small Island Of The South Seas

This is a symbol that discusses how we get along with one another. It’s a symbol of crowding – or it’s a symbol that can represent family, bonding, finding a way to work with one another. Perhaps then, there is an over-arching story in this retrograde period. Instead of fighting and jostling for the limelight, maybe we need to realise that the world is much bigger when we allow each other to shine. Instead of vying for attention, it’s about letting what’s in our hearts speak for itself.

Mercury Retrograde July 2019 – List of important Dates

18-Jun-19 Mercury conjunct Mars
20-Jun-19 Mercury enters shadow zone
27-Jun-19 Mercury enters Leo
29-Jun-19 Mercury trine Ceres
08-Jul-19 Mercury stations Retrograde
08-Jul-19 Mercury conjunct Mars
18-Jul-19 Mercury trine Ceres
19-Jul-19 Mercury re-enters Cancer
21-Jul-19 Sun conjunct Mercury
25-Jul-19 Mercury conjunct Venus
30-Jul-19 Mercury Rx opposes the Lunar Eclipse degree
01-Aug-19 Mercury stations Direct
02-Aug-19 Mercury Direct opposes the Lunar Eclipse degree
11-Aug-19 Mercury re-enters Leo
13-Aug-19 Mercury  trine Ceres
15-Aug-19 Mercury exits shadow zone
03-Sep-19 Mercury conjunct Mars

If you know the houses where Mercury is transiting in your own chart, you may find the following article helpful :-

Mercury Retrograde Through the Houses

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