***all times are PDT***
***the perseids peak august 11tth-13th- go out at night and LOOK UP!
monday august 9th-
at 12:02am mercury in leo quincunxes retrograde pluto in capricorn, creating tension and friction between the positive thinking mind and intellect and the Lord of the Underworld who likes to see and at times over focus on the shadow. mercury/pluto can be great for penetrating communication and getting to the Truth- but it can also unfold as power/control dynamics and behind the scenes manipulation. steer clear of these shadow expressions and disconnect from others who may be playing them out. instead focus on being wiling to see what is hidden- in yourself, others and the world around you. when able to see yourself/others/the world from a place of reality you are then empowered to change things!
retrograde saturn in aquarius trines vesta in libra at 3:50pm, linking the Lord of Karma and Father of Time with the Priestess asteroid Goddess of devotion and focus. this is great for deeper commitment and focus on relationships in our lives- friendships, community, intimate and partnership are all supported by this trine. getting clear on which relationships serve your growth and deserve deeper commitment and which do not is key right now.
att 5:19pm venus in virgo opposes retrograde neptune in pisces, creating an opposition between the lower and Higher Hearts. venus/neptune is uber romantic, creative, mystical, idealistic and dreamy. in tense aspect they can also be out to lunch, ungrounded, spiritual bypassing, fantasy based and not willing to see or deal with reality. it’s important that we balance neptune’s compassion, forgiveness and surrender with virgo’s discernment, clarity, boundaries and commitment to being fully present to WHAT IS. don’t check out- check IN!
mars in virgo squares the mean nodes of the moon at 9:58pm, bringing us to pivotal points of choice. are we going to keep on doing the same old same old or are we going to go into a new direction and GROW? mars in virgo requires we address things meticulously, tending to the details and taking care of work and health. there’s a strong mental tension energy playing out right now- so be sure you are taking care of your body and mind and do grounding practices on the regular. actions you take or decisions you make right now can be game changers – it’s up to you if it’s changes things for the better or the worse!
tuesday august 10th-
at 8:49am mercury in leo sesquiquadrates retrograde chiron in aries, creating tension between the conscious mind and intellect and the Wounded Healer planetoid. mercury/chiron can bring up old wounds and pain in our thinking and communication. being aware of the words we use and not just WHAT we say but HOW we say it is important right now. if we tend to talk from a place of hubris or self-righteousness this is a time to pause, count to 10 and respond rather than react. if we tend to hold back our truth and mute ourselves- this is an invitation to speak up, express and allow our voice to be heard.
mercury in leo opposes retrograde jupiter in aquarius at 6:20pm, creating an expansive energy in communication, thinking and travel but it can also get over the top and be excessive. mercury in leo can be a bit to ego-focused and Jupiter can exacerbate that! use the astrology to instead get creative and authentic- checking the shadow ego at the door ;)
wednesday august 11th-
at 6:00am venus in virgo sesquiquadrates retrograde saturn in aquarius, creating tension between the Goddess of Love and Beauty and the Lord of Karma and Father of Time. this is get real energy in relationships and finances. we need to do the work of discernment and be responsible and accountable in our relationships. taking off the rose colored glasses so we can see clearly what is working and what is not- in Love and money- is required right now.
venus in virgo quincunxes retrograde eris in aries at 11:05am, creating tension between the Goddess of Love and Beauty and the Goddess of Discord and Chaos. venus/eris can bring some upheaval and revelations in relationships, finances, our values and self-worth or self-Love. seeing what is not whole or integrated helps us to see what shadow is playing out that needs to be addressed. being in touch with our anger, passion, rage and desire is key right now. don’t stuff it, don’t act out in it- but relate to it directly and see how it changes dynamics in your life!
at 2:57pm mercury moves out of leo and into virgo, shifting the planet of communication and thinking from fire to earth, yang to yin, self focus to service focus. mercury rules virgo so is well placed here. the gifts of this transit are discernment, clarity, integrity in word and deed and desire to communicate honesty and directly. mercury aligns with regulus the royal fixed star of leadership and the heart of the lion (that precessed into virgo in 2012- to read my article on this click here- http://www.divineharmony.org/cosmic-insight-divine-harmony/divine-harmony-astrology-blog/regulus-into-virgo-the-meek-shall-inherit-the-earth/). pay attention to where you are being called to step up and lead from the heart and from a place committed to being of service today. the greatest leaders are servants of the people. watch what people do- not just what they say.
venus in virgo trines retrograde pluto in capricorn at 3:45pm, aligning the Goddess of Love and Beauty with the Lord of the Underworld. transformation, evolution and empowerment are on tap right now when it comes to relationships, commitments, partnerships and finances. with both bodies in earth signs our attention to detail, to showing up to doing the work, and to our commitment to our path of self mastery will take us far! if you build it with integrity and humility IT WILL GROW (love, money, work and more).
thursday august 12th-
there are no major aspects today <3
friday august 13th-
happy friday the 13th!!! i love friday the 13th. western culture has a stigma about it being evil and unlucky, but if you look deep into the roots of both friday and the number 13 you will find some interesting mysteries hidden there. friday is vendredi in french- named after the goddess Venus. yes, friday is venus’ day! 13 is also deeply connected to the Goddess- it is one of her sacred numbers, there are 13 lunar cycles each year, and the transiting moon moves 13 degrees a day and the progressed moon moves 13 degrees each year. let’s not forget the maligned 13th sign ophiuchus which is associated with kundalini, healing and magic (all Dark Goddess areas of expertise- read my article on ophiuchus here for more info- https://divineharmony.com/writings/my-thoughts-on-ophiuchus-the-13th-sign/) and the debased 13th apostle- Mary Magdalene- and maybe you start to see the funny distorted picture…? we call a day that is most connected to the Goddess evil- just as we have demonized, repressed and controlled the empowered Divine Feminine for millennia. anyone else out there ready to change the tradition??? celebrate the Goddess today! <3
att 9:27am mars in virgo quincunxes retrograde saturn in aquarius, bringing tension between the two Malefic planets which can bring some heavy energy into the mix. mars in virgo is meticulous and perfectionist- and so is Saturn! too much hard on the self or hard on others energy can be overbearing, rigid or dogmatic. finding the right balance between discipline and action is key. you can move mountains with this aspect – but it will take work and you want to make sure you are focusing on the right mountains to move!
saturday august 14th-
at 12:31am mars in virgo sesquiquadrates retrograde eris in aries and at 7:32am mars sesuiquadraets retrograde pluto in capricorn, triggering the fast approaching pluto/eris square exact on 8/27. with mars in tense aspect to both watch out for anger, aggression, passive aggression, criticism and perfectionism. pluto exacerbate power struggles and eris brings up repressed anger and rage. we want healthy outlets for this or we will act out in it or stuff it- and if we do the latter it can manifest in our bodies and health. with these aspects occurring in the early morning hours- pay attention to your dreams for messages from the Unconscious.
venus in virgo quincunxes retrograde jupiter in aquarius a 3:58am, linking the Benefic planets in expansive but also excessive ways. venus and jupiter are both seen as ‘positive’ but they can both overdo things – with venus overdoing perfectionism and health focus and with jupiter overdoing social connecting and mental expansion without proper grounding. having fun but make sure you reign things in and set healthy limits.
at 8:33am retrograde pluto in capricorn sextiles retrograde pallas athena in pisces, linking the planet of Transformation and Depth with the Wisdom and Warrior Goddess. with pallas in intuitive and mystical pisces- we have amazing opportunities to dive deep into the Unconscious, mythic, archetypal and mystical realms. we have the pluto/eris square harmoniously linking with pallas Athena right now- helping to open us up to our intuition, dreams, inner knowing and supporting spiritual growth!
a 9:13pm the sun in leo quincunxes retrograde neptune in pisces, creating tension between the conscious self and ego and the planet that dissolves the ego. sun/neptune can be mystical, spiritual, intuitive and creative. yet the tense nature of the aspect can create disparity between the overblown ego and the self-deprecating ego. some of us need better boundaries and need to access a healthier ego and others of us need to let our egos calm down and not take everything personally. with neptune involved it can be easy to see what we want to see or be in denial about things- so be sure to double check your fears and fantasies and just don’t assume they are intuition.
sunday august 15th-
at 9:41am mercury in virgo squares the mean nodes of the moon, bringing us to pivotal points of choice. are we going to keep on doing the same old same old or are we going to go into a new direction and GROW? with mercury the planet of communication involved there can be important communications, insights and realizations incoming- around health, well being, work and/or daily life. being open minded and willing to hear/see/speak the Truth is key!
venus at 29 virgo sesquiquadrates standstill uranus in taurus (about to go retrograde on the 19th) at 5:06pm, bringing tension between the Goddess of Love and Beauty and the karmic completion degree and the planet of upheaval, chaos and rebellion! venus/uranus requires we stay on our toes and stay open to change! too much holding onto the past does not serve growth. if you don’t let go the Universe will have to do it for you. this could be in regards to people, places, things, values, beliefs, ingrained mental positions. be willing to question what you think you know!
at 9:00pm retrograde chiron in aries opposes vesta in libra, creating an oppositional energy between the Wounded Healer and the Priestess asteroid Goddess. if we are overly devoted to peace, harmony and everyone getting along we may be stuffing our anger, not speaking up and not taking a stand. on the flip side if we are overly devoted to being right, dominating and controlling – we can find a lot of upsets in relationships right now. finding the right balance between self and other, give and take, independence and interconnection is key. the best use of his astrology is to devote yourself more deeply to your own healing <3
venus moves out of virgo and into libra a 9:26pm, shifting the Goddess of Love and Beauty into the sign she rules. venus in libra values relationship, partnership, marriage, commitment and collaboration. her mantra is WE- and she tends to think of herself in relationship to others. the gift of venus in libra is peace, beauty and harmony- but with her heading into very intense aspects it can be important that we acknowledge where things are not peaceful, not beautiful and not in harmony (in dissonance instead). libra does not like to rock the boat- but in the coming weeks the boat is going to be rocked! can you find your center? can you be committed to the Truth rather than to surface projections of peace and harmony? the balance that is most important is the balance you have within. work on cultivating it in deeper ways the rest of the month and into next month.
have a blessed week…