Hello to readers in Hana!
Several potent planetary interactions coalesce to form an interesting week. It’s more than likely you’ll feel pulled in several directions simultaneously by these dynamic configurations. And while it’s not quite a marathon—we’ve seen busier and tougher weeks—managing this week’s flux requires the skill to handle more than a few challenges. So take as many deep breaths as necessary, and when possible, as many rest and relaxations moments as you can. You’ll need your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies to be in prime condition.
The ongoing Sun/Uranus trine was exact on August 16, and now as this positive alignment separates, we can expect even more drama. Don’t forget…this is the Sun, in Leo, and Uranus, in Aries, both Fire Signs with a penchant for performance. Their combined heat creates a desire for liberation from any situation that inhibits uncensored free expression, and that desire is often personified from an astrological perspective as a free-spirited revolutionary freedom fighter. We’ve been in the grip of this combination for the last ten days, and now as it pulls apart, some are likely to feel even more intensely inspired to break free from ties that bind, negative or not, real or imaginary.
Don’t be surprised if even the meekest make full-throated declarations of independence, especially on August 18, when the Full Moon, in Aquarius, opposes the Sun, in Leo, and sextiles Uranus, in Aries. Full Moons are notorious for emotional displays. Mr. Trump’s Mars, in Leo, is close to the exact degree of this Full Moon, so it’s likely he will make even more dramatic statements, if that’s even possible.
A Mars/Saturn conjunction, in Sagittarius, is the second significant influence for the week. This conjunction—in any Sign—is generally viewed as a pernicious signature, if only because the qualities of Mars and Saturn are at odds with each other: Mars wants to move; Saturn wants build. Mars wants to explore; Saturn wants to inhibit. At the negative end of the spectrum, this conjunction is about a tendency toward destructive energy which often manifests as physical injury. At the positive end of the spectrum, this combination finds redemption in the ability to endure hard work. Use the power of this conjunction wisely.
A Mercury/Jupiter conjunction, in Virgo, is the third important configuration of the week—and we love this conjunction because it’s all about good common sense that has the ability to reason through all sorts of obstacles. Mercury is Virgo’s Ruling Planet, and when it’s in its Home Sign, Mercury is happy, happy, happy, and in this case, free to commingle with Jupiter, the planet of great good fortune. Virgo is the Sign of ecology; it’s where we recognize the interconnectedness of all life forms. And the presence of these two benevolent forces—Mercury and Jupiter—in the Sign of the environment should stimulate greater concern about climate issues, as well as an appreciation of positive ideas and expansive plans that foster good attitudes toward the environment.
A Venus/Pluto trine continues to stir deep desires for love, especially romantic longings and liaisons. This trine doesn’t last long; it’s been in effect since Sunday, August 14 and only lasts until Monday, August 22. So gather ye rosebuds while ye may…or something like that.
Mercury begins its next retrograde phase in thirteen days, on August 30, which means there’s plenty of time to back up everything that needs backing up. Early warnings are only worthwhile when we pay attention and follow through.
As the week unfolds and you feel the urge to break free and break through old patterns inhibiting your free expression, try to find a revolutionary approach to revolution. What would a new paradigm of change look like? Would it include kindness and compassion? Care for Planet Earth? What are the values and principles that can unify our efforts to make the world a better place for all of us? And most importantly, how can we apply those attitudes and make a difference?