Week of Wednesday August 20-26
Read your rising sign if you know it; or any other sign, as each of us has Aries, Taurus etc. someplace in our charts governing some aspect of our lives.
ARIES (March 21-April 20) – We are in the last quarter of the Sun and Moon cycle this week when affairs take a more relaxed mood, waiting for the New Moon on Monday, which begins a new cycle. Both the Moon and Sun change signs on Friday in preparation for the new beginning next week, which also has a stimulating and unpredictable Mars/Uranus aspect, so be careful of taking any reckless or restless action. Wait.
TAURUS (April 20-May 21) – As the week begins and your ruler connects with Pluto, you may feel you are making more adjustments in relationships or financial matters than you should be making. Your mood will change Friday into the weekend as the Sun and Moon are changing signs in preparation for the New Moon on Monday. Something/somebody exciting is stirring you up Sunday and Monday. Be open to the new and perhaps unconventional.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21) – Mercury, your ruler is strong in Virgo and very busy again this week. Firstly connecting with Pluto, then Venus, then Uranus, then Mars, then Saturn as the New Moon unfolds on Monday. Your thoughts and mental adjustments will go from intense psychological analyzing to knowing the right thing to say on Friday, to a nervousness and irritability yet with physical and mental dexterity on Sunday (when playing a sport is favored), to having a good amount of mental focus for paperwork as the work week and the New Moon begin on Monday.
CANCER (June 21-July 20) – The Moon is in your sign as the week begins; you will feel emotionally strong. Share those feelings but be careful of feeling the need to be defensive about having them. Thursday morning you will have the surety to act on those feelings even though later in the morning your mood shifts to one of restlessness. Patience returns by the afternoon. The Moon stays in Cancer until 4:50 PM on Friday and so ends your monthly 2.5 days of permission to be yourself with all its accompanying blood, sweat, and tears.
LEO (July 20- Aug. 20) – You are in the last days of the Sun's passage through your sign. When you wake up Saturday morning you will feel the Sun's apparent shift into Virgo where for the next month the income, values, possessions, and resources area of your life will be the focus. This week is the Balsamic Moon phase of the month when the excitement and potential so evident at the New Moon has passed, the harvest time, too, has come and gone and now we are into the ending part of the cycle. Always best not to initiate things during this part of the cycle but wait until after the New Moon on Monday.
VIRGO (Aug. 20-Sept. 21) – The Sun apparently (from Earth's perspective) begins to pass in front of the zodiacal sign Virgo 12:46 AM Saturday morning. The Moon enters Virgo 5:33 AM on Monday. When the two conjoin we have a New Moon, the beginning of a new solar/lunar cycle. All Virgos will slowly begin to feel empowered, as you reassess and analyze the past month this week, before implementation next week. Your analytical skills are strong and you have invisible help.
LIBRA (Sept. 21-Oct. 20) – The North Node is in your sign and has been since the end of February. There is an important relationship that has come, or has yet to come, into your life between last winter and when the North Node leaves Libra a year from now. The North Node is actually an astronomical point where the orbits of the Sun (apparent), Earth and the Moon meet, uniquely in Libra every 18 years. You can use this analogy to understand how important this connection you have made or will make is. The unique timing for Libras now has brought you a person who will lead you forward into the future and from whom you will gain and be nourished by. Recognize him/her or watch for her/him.
SCORPIO (Oct. 20-Nov. 21) – As we have said before, Scorpios have it hard these days. There have been the doldrums, then back stepping for months, accompanied by death, emotional crisis, financial difficulties, power struggles, sexual passion, control issues, breakups, psychological breakdowns and breakthroughs. The solution is through learning how to let go and let god. Monday with the New Moon comes a conjunction of Mars and Saturn; another "mini death" which is followed by a new beginning that will take all the persistence and effort you have inside. You will be working hard.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 21-Dec. 21) – You should be really engaged in your new adventure . . . or maybe the engagement this week is in the anticipation of this new expansion. Your sign needs to find meaning in life or at least to have a philosophy to live by, in order to feel warm, generous and confident, which you should be feeling Saturday morning. Wait to take any action until after the New Moon on Monday. You are at the apex of the year now, where you seemingly are on top of the mountain, in command of your life, and very visible.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 21) – This week is the end of the monthly cycle, when energy is waning, getting ready for the New Moon on Monday. Accompanying this New Moon is a conjunction of Mars with Saturn in Scorpio. In Medieval days that combination portended a death. In today's more psychological approach it can come to mean an interruption of work for some reason, or as it is the conjunction of two planets, a new beginning in work with a group of people or on a long held dream which looks to finally manifest. Wait until after the New Moon before commiting, as you need Mars to have passed Saturn before the energy flips to be productive and expansive instead of meeting a roadblock. Timing is everything.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 21-Feb. 20) – It is about your partner this week and acknowledging the joy he/she brings. This can be shown by the joy that comes when you spend time together doing the simple things, movies and an ice cream cone, for instance. These simple pleasures with your spouse can balance the frustrations you may be feeling at work this week. It is about integrating the perceptions that the month has been about as it winds down and we move into the New Moon on Monday. If you feel tired, no worries; energy is waning.
PISCES (Feb. 20-March 21) – As the Sun enters Virgo on Friday and your 7th house of partners you will notice that the day-to-day grind and health issues you have been focusing on this past month will fade. You are about to get noticed for your hard work and are ready to be "seen in public." Watch a tendency to feel sorry for yourself. You are very sensitive these days and can take everything personally when nothing should be taken personally.
Kate Plumb, "cycles scientist," is a certified NCGR counseling astrologer who teaches monthly at Joshua's Place in Southampton and sees clients in her home office. She is also certified in Astro*Carto*Graphy-finding beneficial locations to live. website..www.kateplumbastrology.com,blog www.offtheplumbtree.com Kate can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 631-725-9133.