In the Stars August 13-20, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

The Great Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21 at 28: 52 Leo is coming; the partial Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is a few days past. This is a potent week astrally, so tune in and make the most of it. The Leo/Aquarius axis is about the individual self (Leo) and the global community (Aquarius). How can you shine your light in the world more brightly? Leo symbolizes children and creative self-expression. Make a donation of time or money to a project that supports children. Play music or write a poem. I think this Great Eclipse energy calls for us to express ourselves to the max, in positive, generative ways. See five ways to invoke the energies of this eclipse, at the bottom of this post. Besides, doing good works and expressing our creativity will take our minds off the troubling, volatile energies in the world that are also attendant to the coming eclipse.

This blog approaches all astral energies from the only productive path: that we as individuals benefit from prior knowledge of alignments and transits to come. However, events attendant to a major, total solar eclipse can have huge consequences across the world. The last total solar eclipse that spanned the entire North American continent was in 1776.  It took almost exactly 200 years after that for the West European nations to relinquish all their colonies, when Portugal finally granted independence to its four African colonies in the mid-1970s. We hope any world events to come the next few weeks are not destructive.

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Mercury has just turned retrograde and will be in reverse motion until September 5. During this time there are often mechanical failures, and mistakes in written and spoken communication. Check twice for appointment times, agreements, and accuracy of communication. Be patient and understanding about errors and mix-ups. This Mercury retrograde cycle is made for review, re-considering, re-negotiating, and re-working.

The exalted Moon in Taurus makes for a beautiful, grounded Sunday. Energy for sound decisions and good progress on work comes from the Sun’s benefic trine to Saturn. We can get a lot accomplished, though the Taurus Moon likes to plod along in an unhurried manner. Take time for mindless pleasures or pampering while you work on projects. Finish the weekend with a sumptuous, pleasing Sunday evening dinner with good conversation.

Monday is an active planetary day with simultaneous uplifting and challenging aspects. Head to the gym early in the morning to put the stubborn Moon-Mars square to good use gearing up your metabolism and strengthening your muscles. If you don’t use this energy to benefit your body, you may bump up against some power struggles and obstacles. The forces of the morning’s lunar trine to Pluto provide the fuel to triumph.

Tuesday’s challenges revolve around issues with relationships and finances [Venus opposition Pluto]. Tune in to what is out of balance, and address the issues. The Gemini Moon encourages conversations, which may be just the medicine needed to address both relationship and financial challenges.

Another dualistic planetary day arrives Wednesday with equal positive and negative aspects. We will feel pressure, but also inspiration and optimism. The last aspect of the day may be the defining energy–Venus-square-Jupiter–delivering optimism, hope, and generativity.

Getting our act together Thursday morning will be slow and meandering, as the Moon is Void of Course until 9:13 a.m. PDT. Then, the Moon moves into its high-functioning ruling sign, Cancer. Thursday is Jupiter’s Day [Jueves], one for spiritual pursuits, philanthropy, and expansive activities. Benefic aspects to the Sun and Uranus make this a day for exploration. Try a new recipe or restaurant (Cancer Moon loves to cook). Be more compassionate and generous, and be willing to experiment.

Friday is yet another torrent of cosmic activity. Events with big consequences are possible. The Cancer Moon conjuncts Venus, amplifying the energy for home and family, and this sweet combo shines its light on the powerful Pluto-Jupiter square. The Moon is dark, just a few days before the New Moon Solar Eclipse. When the Moon is dark we want to draw inward. It is important to go slow and stay grounded, as this is a particularly potent weekend just before the Solar Eclipse.

Saturday gets off to a slow start due to a Void of Course Moon. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and read the newspaper. There may be some surprising events in a newsy read, given the potential of the upcoming eclipse. At 10:56 AM PDT the Moon moves into playful and creative Leo. Enjoy the day and make it fun.

Sunday is glorious, with numerous benefic aspects and planetary combinations encouraging vision, action, expansion, and breakthrough. All the ingredients are available to balance expansion and contraction, and measure and risk. This is the day before the Great Eclipse, and the planets could not be better aligned to support a bold vision and an innovative expression. If you haven’t already pondered the intentions you want to set for the Solar Eclipse, do it today. The cosmos supports you to take an evolutionary leap forward. The day’s most powerful aspects are Mars-sextile-Jupiter and Sun-trine-Uranus.

The potential of this eclipse is that we can break old patterns and let go of old issues that have been keeping us stuck. However, this is a volatile time. Go slowly. Be calm. Allow things to settle before moving forward.

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The Week in Short:

Sunday: Beautiful, grounded, easy day. A lot can be accomplished.

Monday: Active planetary day. Exercise, and use the fuel to meet the challenges of the day.

Tuesday: Employ conversation to address relationship and financial issues.

Wednesday: Active day packed with blessings and challenges. Make the day count with generous acts of kindness, and generative conversations.

Thursday: After a slow start, things get moving. Be expansive, generous, and experimental.

Friday: Very active day. Big happenings are possible. However, the dark Moon calls for withdrawal and solitude.

Saturday: Another slow, leisurely start to the day. After 10:56 AM PDT take at least one creative, evolutionary step forward.

Sunday: The day before the Great Solar Eclipse: Set intentions to take a big, bold evolutionary step forward.

Five Things to Do to Invoke the Energy of the Eclipse in the 5th Sign of the Zodiac-Leo:

  1. Make a donation to a project or organization that supports children.
  2. Reach out to help a child in need. Could you commit to being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate for a Child), foster parent, mentor, or school helper in your community? Imagine if each of us did something in this realm what a better place our world would be for our youth and children.
  3. Express your creative talent. If there is a hidden talent that hasn’t been expressed for a while, now is the time to re-activate it. Otherwise, try something new: take an art class or learn a musical instrument.
  4. Be courageous and bold! Express your strongest convictions!
  5. Claim your inner child. Make a list of 20 fun things you love to do, and do some of them. And smile!

Ten Things to Do with Venus in Cancer (July 31-August 26)

1.Take a journey through old family photo albums.
2. Call family together for a picnic.
3. Focus on home maintenance.
4. Make your home more comfortable.
5. Pull out your family recipes and make some of your favorite family foods.
6. Read a historical novel.
7. Get together with siblings or relatives and tell some family stories.
8. Gaze at the Moon in the night sky.
9. Honor your feelings; write about something stirring your emotions, whether joyful or sad.
10. Express care through a card, call, or gift of food.

Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it’s difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work.

Exact Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle) are:

Pacific Standard Time:

Monday, August 14 at 6:15 PM through Tuesday, August 15 at 7:06 AM (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, August 17: 6:38 AM-9:13 AM (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, August 19: 8:17 AM-10:55 AM (Moon into Leo)

Monday, August 21: 11:30 AM-1:25 PM (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 1:02 PM-6:05 PM (Moon into Libra)

Friday, August 25 at 10:39 PM through Saturday, August 26 at 1:53 AM (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 2:38 AM-12:48 AM (Moon into Sagittarius)

Wednesday, August 30 at 9:42 PM through Thursday, August 31 at 1:18 AM (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 9:30 AM-1:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)


Sunday, August 13: 8:01-11:40 (Moon into Taurus)

Tuesday, August 15: 1:15-14:06 (Moon into Gemini)

Thursday, August 17: 13:38-16:13 (Moon into Cancer)

Saturday, August 19: 15:17-17:55 AM (Moon into Leo)

Monday, August 21: 18:30-20:25 (Moon into Virgo)

Wednesday, August 23: 20:02 through Thursday, August 24 at 1:05 (Moon into Libra)

Saturday, August 26: 5:39-8:53 (Moon into Scorpio)

Monday, August 28: 9:38 AM-19:48 (Moon into Sagittarius)

Thursday, August 30 at 4:42-8:18 (Moon into Capricorn)

Saturday, September 2: 16:30-20:06 PM (Moon into Aquarius)

Monday, September 4: 10:15 PM-10:28 PM (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 1:29 PM through Thursday, September 7 at 5:01 AM (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 8:52 AM-9:23 AM (Moon into Taurus)

Sunday, September 10 at 5:54 PM through Monday, September 11 at 12:29 PM (Moon into Gemini)

Tuesday, September 5: 5:15-5:28 (Moon into Pisces)

Wednesday, September 6 at 20:29 through Thursday, September 7 at 12:01 (Moon into Aries)

Saturday, September 9: 15:52-16:23 (Moon into Taurus)

Monday, September 11: 0:54-19:29 (Moon into Gemini)

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One Response to In the Stars August 13-20, 2017…shining light on the astrology of the week

  1. Joseph John Lang, Ph.D. says:

    I often receive somewhat “stray” astrological e-mails from people I don’t know. One of them, “Astrology Answers,”makes the point, while discussing the Solar Eclipse and all, that Saturn and Neptune in their current placements may lend a dose of negativity that may entail phenomena like “unfavorable gossip” and “conspiracy theories,” and it advises that “anything that seems too good or too outrageous too be true” may be presented to us and that we need to be careful about such “information.”. Its advice is to “remain level-headed” when it comes to such. That message also cautions that Mercury retrograde in Virgo could entail running into people or things that are “too critical” and cautions readers about this.

    I used to dread Mercury retrogrades, but with time and more depth of understanding I have, I feel, been able to use them for the most part in a positive way. For instance, right now as I approach this Mercury Retrograde I need to find out more about treatments for the serious health problem I’ve been dealing with for over five years now, and just today I was matched up with a very prominent clinic in Mexico that realizes that not everyone is a multi-millionaire. I was impressed even with this clinic’s ability to communicate (on a Sunday) and to set up an excellent free consult. I plan to use the Retrograde period to re-explore treatment options. While I have accomplished much on my own, I still need help, and my distrust of typical USA “allopathic” medical approaches is leading me to “dig deeper.”

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