Sunday, August 25. If you have a strong urge to get yourself organized today, run with it. The stars are aligned to support all kinds of earthy endeavors, like putting things in order, committing to a health regime, or making plans for the Fall. There’s also an interesting blend of responsibility and escapism today. What happens if you allow both? Think like a spiral. The straight path may not be the most productive. With Mercury in Virgo opposite Neptune embrace this line from Yeats: “In dreams begin responsibility.”
Monday, August 26. The Moon in Taurus provides grounding today. Good thing, because Neptune is inviting in dreams as it opposes the Sun. As the symbol of wholehearted self-acceptance, the Sun reminds us that this solar journey of enlightenment also includes moments of shadow. Strength does not come from an impenetrable shield but from the resilience created from accepting all our contrary emotions. Keep that thought in mind as Venus gets all up in our face, provoking other responses. Venus is quincunx Chiron and opposite Uranus. When faced with people or situations that seem unfair we want to both fight and to empathize with our opponents. Notice this paradox; it may help us evolve other ways to create change in the world.
Tuesday, August 27. There’s a high quotient of Mercury and Venus influence today. (See the intro to this week’s forecast.*) Mercury in the industrious sign of Virgo is in a favorable aspect to Saturn. It feels good to get things done, especially in the realm of purging our environments of needless chaos. Be gentle with yourself concerning perfection. Small steps can be celebrated. Venus square to Jupiter (following on yesterday’s opposition to Uranus) is still touchy. Not only is our sense of injustice peaked, but anything that seems unharmonious must be addressed. Notice how Love and Balance are related. Where do you find the balance in your life? Tonight, Mars enters Leo where it will remain until mid-October. Mars in this sign is the champion of our wholeheartedness. We get another boost of energy on the quest for self-love.
August 28—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. As the last week of this lunar cycle begins, we notice that the energy has shifted. Perhaps what felt like a grand adventure of self-discovery beginning just three weeks ago, now might feel now like a foolhardy experiment. Since we are human, we know not everything we tried was successful. That isn’t the real challenge at this phase of the Moon. The real challenge is how we embrace that imperfection. I write often about Brene´ Brown’s brilliant writing on the subject of wholeheartedness and the gifts of imperfection. In case you are new to my writing and don’t know about this source of inspiration, I’ll plug her again [http://www.brenebrown.com/]. Even though the lunar cycle is winding down, there are still important things to discover about accepting our inherent worth. The Leo mission isn’t over.
Thursday, August 29. Although the Moon is void-of-course the whole day, this is far from a lackluster, get-nothing-done kind of day. Paradox and possibility sparkle through. I sometimes experience paradox as walking into a brick wall and then realizing I don’t have to keep going that way. There is a perfectly fine path leading me in another direction. Mental flexibility is an asset that may even help us respond with more compassion to the needs of others. The Sun and Saturn say, “Keep working; you are doing great!”
Friday, August 30. Another quality, strong in Virgo, is the desire to be of service. Mercury in Virgo is in complete agreement with Jupiter in Cancer, that being useful for the benefit of others is a worthy ambition. It feels good to step outside our ego desires to devote ourselves to serving others. That doesn’t mean that service is automatically an egoless action. Far from it. As we make peace with our wholeheartedness, observe whether you are bringing a hungry desire for attention into your service. The balancing act doesn’t end there. We must also notice whether we are trying to escape what our healthy egos require by disappearing into another’s need. To be involved in just the right service in just the right way is a blessing that feeds the soul.
Saturday, August 31. Yesterday’s harmony might give way to annoyance today. If we are lucky, that is all it will be. Today, the Moon antagonizes the Cardinal planets. These are Venus in Libra, Jupiter in Cancer, Uranus in Aries, and Pluto in Capricorn. The touchiness stems from emotional sensitivity and perhaps a needless sense of urgency. The way to resolve tension may be to cultivate these planets as allies: to find balance with Venus’s help, to honor our deep emotions with Jupiter’s help; to claim our authentic selves with Uranus’ help; and to live into our power with Pluto’s help. That seems like a lot, doesn’t it? Don’t worry; we don’t have to get it all right in one day. These planets will be offering these opportunities for a good while more.