Hello to readers in Changchun!
It’s the start of Indian summer, the time of the year in the Northern Hemisphere when we transition between the full intensity of the summer heat and the gradual cooling off of autumn. It’s one of the most delicious seasons of the year, when everything planted at the start of spring is ripe and ready to eat. But it’s not just the season of physical garden delights; it’s also the season when emotional, mental, and spiritual seeds bear fruit. And as the coming weeks unfold, many of us are likely to become increasingly aware of what’s been put in motion since last spring, positive and negative. Transitions are seldom smooth so don’t be dismayed if you experience a surprise or two growing in your personal garden. Sometimes we’re oblivious to weeds until they are full blown and flowering. And sometimes the unwanted weeds that take root and flourish are the very plants that provide the most needed remedies.
The planetary patterns of the week reflect both the delight and discomfort of this transition. Let’s start with the discomfort: The Mars/Saturn conjunction is separating—it’s over by the September 5—but it’s often when a hard aspect is ending that we feel the full brunt of its influence. Expect the dour tone of the last several weeks to linger. Also anticipate strong urges to lash out and speak that truth you’ve been trying so hard to hold back. And if you’re not the one holding back, be prepared for someone to unleash on you. Either way, or even if you’re just observing the discharge in others, this separating Mars/Saturn conjunction could have a sharp edge.
The Sun, in Virgo, makes two interesting contacts. First, it’s opposite Neptune, In Pisces, an interaction that inclines toward daydreaming and all other sorts of imaginal meanderings. Focus the potency of this opposition on poetry—and don’t limit your sonnets to words only. This interaction has the power to obscure and confuse, but it also has the potential to give birth to metaphors that speak to more than just the daily details because they have the “star” power move us out of the mundane
Second, the Sun trines Pluto, in Capricorn, a powerful, positive interaction that promises all sorts of tangible applications, and in some instances, tangible gains. Use the combination of the Sun and Pluto to take care of all the particulars of plans and projects you are currently working on. Embrace the thoroughness, but also the groundedness of this configuration and you’ll feel confident in all you take on.
As you contemplate what you have grown in your personal garden, pay special attention to where you have cultivated peace and generosity of spirit. As most of us know, these are much needed remedies in a world where far too many of us are suffering from hungry bodies and hungry hearts.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
Imagine that it’s possible to trust—really, really trust—that your life is unfolding as it should, in its own way and in its own time. I’m not saying it would be easy to just let go and relax. But if you could—and it’s worth a try—you just might find that you are exactly where you need to be and that there is, actually, nothing to worry about.
Taurus April 20-May 20
You are still in an uncomfortable position with significant others, and even as the tension diminishes, there are problems to be solved and differences to be resolved. Continue to embrace this process with an open mind and you will eventually find a solution that works for everyone, including you.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Rely on your innate gift of gab, and you’re likely to surprise everyone—even you—with how swiftly a few smart, kind, and insightful words can soothe ruffled feathers and solve a multitude of problems. Stay focused on keeping the peace and that is exactly what you will do.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Be patient—positive opportunities are on the way, and staying calm will help you to make the most of the moment by making all the right choices. I’m not suggesting you deny your anxiety. I’m simply advising you not to let it take over. Life is moving in a positive direction, and allowing the new flow is all that’s required.
Leo July 23-August 22
Yes…there are a couple of rough spots at home, but try not to let that interfere with your optimism. There are always difficult moments, especially when you’re trying to shift into a new phase. So rather than brood about what isn’t working, just focus your attention on all the things that are working—and working just fine.
Virgo August 23-September 22
That inclination to cut through the obstacles with a few—or enough—sharp words to render your opponent useless should still be handled wisely. Yes…you are probably right, but sometimes we categorize someone as an enemy simply because we disagree, and that’s not a good enough reason to close your mind and heart.
Libra September 23-October 22
Don’t be afraid to wear your heart on your sleeve, for while you may appear to be overly emotional to some, to others, your ability to express your feelings will resonate with authenticity. Be honest, and you will inspire others to respond with equal openness.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Yes…Saturn in your Sign has been a bit of a rough ride, especially because it demanded—and continues to demand—an acute awareness of how others perceive you and how those perceptions differ from how you would like to be seen. Use this time to gain greater clarity on how you can create a new, more accurate persona.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Continue to pick yourself apart, flaw-by-flaw, or summon your innate wisdom and acknowledge that you are simply spinning your wheels in a useless exercise that serves no one. We all have failings, some more than others, but that’s no reason to isolate. Besides, you are at your best when you are living large.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
While it is hard letting go of control, it’s much better for the nervous system to let go and surrender to the infinitely more powerful force of the Great Mystery. Allow not being in charge to be a relief instead of a disappointment and you will have a much better time embracing the joy of just being alive.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
It’s a work issue, especially the part about challenging authorities and then accept the consequences of that challenge. But you can still find a positive solution. Step back from strident demands that are unrealistic and listen carefully to the peace offerings of others.
Pisces February 19-March 20
Given your naturally sensitive skin, transitions are seldom easy for you. But while this one could be difficult, it also holds the promise of renewed optimism, which in turn bolsters your self-esteem. So handle the challenges knowing that greater confidence lies on the other side of the obstacles.