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Weekly Astrology – Monday 22nd to Sunday 28th August 2016
We are now in one of the busiest periods of the year astrologically and this is where astrology can be so useful helping you know when to act with confidence and when to pull back and retreat.
This week’s astrology is a case in point because there are potentially some highs but also some lows as we move closer towards the crucial month of September. Two eclipses, Mercury retrograde, Jupiter’s change of sign and the final Saturn-Neptune square all take place next month which means there are some big events coming up.
I’ve already chosen the images for my monthly horoscopes for September and perhaps unsurprisingly they all contain different fairground rides. Sometimes life can feel like a roller-coaster ride.\
Mercury conjunct Jupiter Virgo – Monday 22nd August
Venus conjunct Jupiter Virgo – Saturday 27th August
So let’s start with the good news. Planet of opportunity, Jupiter, is winding up its year-long travels through earth sign Virgo and preparing to move into air sign Libra on September 9th. As it does so, it makes a powerful conjunction with both Mercury (communication/mind) and Venus (love/money).
These are gorgeous planetary aspects, in fact two of the best throughout the year. Jupiter in Virgo reminds us that God is in the small things but wherever you find Jupiter in your chart, this is where to think big, take risks, be expansive. Good fortune is more likely to come your way when you say Yes to life.
So be open to attracting what you want, adopt an abundant attitude, be giving and generous and most importantly enjoy life to the full. Grab your pleasures wherever you find them and give thanks for what you have. Your individual star sign horoscope will tell you which areas of your life are blessed this week by Jupiter’s joy.
Mars conjunct Saturn Sagittarius – Wednesday 24th August
Mars Sagittarius square Neptune Pisces – Friday 26th August
So here’s the tricky astrology. Firstly you have the benefics in astrology, i.e. the positive planets, Venus and Jupiter, meeting up and secondly you have the malefics in astrology, i.e. the more challenging planets, Mars and Saturn, also in conjunction in the same week.
The Mars/Saturn aspect in particular feels powerful and it links back to events mid-April 2016 when Mars turned retrograde, i.e. began to retreat through the zodiac. On April 17th 2016, Mars was at 9 Sagittarius and this is the same degree at which Saturn turned direct in the heavens on August 13th 2016.
So this week’s conjunction also lights up this key degree of the zodiac and therefore it’s important for you if you have planets/angles at 8-10 degrees of the mutable signs; Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces. This is where the action’s at now and over the next few months and where there’s the greatest opportunity for change.
Mars rules direct energy, force, action whilst Saturn rules duty, limitation, order. This is a masculine duo, commanding and controlling. It’s not an easy week to be up against authority and it’s important to know when you’ve gone far enough. You can push but don’t keep on pushing if you’re up against an immovable force.
These Mars aspects are likely to reveal where the boundaries are in your life but also where you feel boundless, lacking rules or strong foundations. Plus you’ll be asked to find out how courageous you are and how much willpower or stamina is at your disposal. Stand strong if it’s important to do so but otherwise back off and conserve your energy.
Sun Enters Virgo – Monday 22nd August
In a week of major astrology, the Sun also changes signs. It leaves behind Leo ruled by the warmth and vitality of the Sun and enters Virgo, the sign of the harvest.
Virgo is ruled by Mercury, the planet of communication and in many countries of the world this coincides with the kids going back to school. It’s perfect timing as Virgo requires attention to detail, order and structure, a healthy routine. The holiday season is over, it’s back to school (or work).
Here’s a quick reminder of what Virgo rules in the zodiac:
Zodiac Symbol: The Virgin
Ruling Planet: Mercury
Colour: Natural, earthy colours
Archetype: The Perfectionist; The Critic; The Queen (& King) of Clean
Distinguishing Features: polite, health conscious, enjoys regular work & routine, effective & efficient, good manners, squeaky clean, pays attention to detail, resourceful
Best At: playing a supportive role, keeping on top of accounts & paperwork, dressing meticulously, being house proud, reading & writing, taking notes, adopting new habits, prioritising self-care, enjoying simple pleasures
Weaknesses: fussy, a worrier, overly-critical, too literal, loses sight of the bigger picture
Sexual Style: only after a shower, clean sheets, cool on the outside & red-hot on the inside, the perfect geisha girl.
Virgo on Twitter – in 137 characters:
Perfectionist with an eye for detail. Can be critical of self & others. Prim & proper on the outside; naughty & nice on the inside.
Wishing you love, good health and happiness in the week ahead,
VIRGO (23 August-22 September)
This is in many respects a peak week of the year for you as planets get together in your sign of Virgo. Most important for you is the fact that the Sun enters Virgo on Monday 22nd and this is the start of your birthday month and a good reason to celebrate.
In addition, the biggest and best planet Jupiter has been in your sign since August 2015 although next month it will move on. Jupiter often brings new opportunities your way, it’s a time when you say Yes to life more easily and you benefit when you put yourself first.
Right now, you have the personal planets Mercury (communication) and Venus (love/relating) also in your sign of Virgo so make the most of this. Virgo rules your personal goals and aims, your image and profile. What do you want out of life, where can you seek out happiness, success, fulfilment?
It does feel as if the more you open up to ask for divine guidance now, the more you receive in return. Keep your options open, believe that everything’s possible, ask for what you want, give love and ask for love.
When Mercury teams up with Jupiter on Monday 22nd and Venus teams up with Jupiter on Saturday 27th, this is a blessing and if you’re getting married or engaged this week, you’re in tune with your stars.
The cup of love overflows so whether you’re in or out of love, amongst people or seeking solitude, be open to the love that’s everywhere and do more of what you love.
The area of your life that could prove troublesome this week is linked to your home, family or your past. The Mars/Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 24th looks like a limitation, a difficulty that will be hard to overcome.
You might find that someone close isn’t happy for you and doesn’t agree with what you’re doing with your life. You can push and try and get your point across or you can back off and recognise when you’re defeated.
Whoever or whatever in your life is symbolised by the tricky Mars/Saturn combination, make sure this doesn’t spoil the enjoyment that’s on offer and when in doubt, put your own needs first.
LIBRA (23 September-23 October)
Your ruling planet Venus makes one of the best planetary aspects of the year this week when it meets up with abundant Jupiter on Saturday 27th.
This is a gorgeous planetary aspect because Venus and Jupiter are the benefics, i.e. the two best planets. They represent love and abundance and Jupiter expands what it touches.
The area of your chart where the best planetary activity is taking place is hidden. Virgo is the sign before yours and this links to your spiritual path, retreat, being quiet, doing what’s good for you.
Turn your attention inward and know that the most important work right now relates to your confidence, your esteem. Letting go of any negativity and replacing it with love and acceptance.
This is also a key period of preparation, a time when being quiet allows you to listen to your inner voice. Your intuition is exceptionally strong now so do what feels right and don’t allow other people to make demands.
This is important because the Mars/Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 24th falls in your communication sector. Avoid people who are bad-tempered or controlling and follow your own advice rather than try to please others.
Mars is your partner planet and if your other half is going through a tough time, they might need more tender loving care than usual. Reach out if you can help but don’t do so if you damage yourself in the process.
Plus if you going through a tricky period when things don’t seem to be working out, it might be helpful to know this a slowed-down phase in the heavens for you and once both Venus and Jupiter enter your sign of Libra over the next two weeks, your confidence will rise and your luck will return.
SCORPIO (24 October-21 November)
Being a Scorpio, you have two ruling planets, your traditional ruler Mars and your modern co-ruler Pluto. This week, it’s Mars which is dominant as it returns to the place in the zodiac where it was on April 17th 2016.
This is important because Mars turned retrograde on that day, i.e. it began to retreat through the zodiac and it’s only just returned back to the same place in the heavens.
Mars is currently in Sagittarius, the sign which rules your personal money and values and it’s here where there’s a sense of urgency. Yet Mars isn’t alone at this point in the zodiac and on Wednesday 24th, Mars runs into Saturn, the taskmaster of the heavens, at the exact same degree point.
Together Mars and Saturn can create tremendous willpower and strength. The saying ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’ springs to mind. So you might find that you now have to push for what’s rightfully yours or work hard to achieve your goals, especially your financial goals.
At the same time, you must consider what’s holding you back and where limitations are real rather than imagined. If you’re experiencing more fear or doubt than usual around money, this is natural too with this week’s astrology.
Yet in certain situations, you might be better off pulling back, stepping down, turning away from an obstacle that can’t be overcome. Consider your options carefully, weigh up the opposition, get a firm response from a person in a position of authority and then decide what next. Which money goals are worth fighting for and where is it best to give in and seek a new alternative route?
Friends can be a real help in this respect and it’s a positive period to reach out to other people, to join in with a group or society that can further your own ambitions.
Virgo is the sign of the moment and this for you represents friendship, community, group connections. It’s here where your benefits lie and where there’s reason to celebrate. The Venus/Jupiter conjunction on Saturday 27th is glorious for a party or celebrating your partner’s good fortune.
SAGITTARIUS (22 November-21 December)
Being a Sagittarius, you’re ruled by Jupiter, the biggest and best planet. Jupiter represents opportunity and growth, expansive moves, hope and faith. It’s linked to a positive attitude and looking on the bright side of life.
This week Jupiter is in action big-time and this puts you centre stage. On Monday 22nd, Jupiter teams up with Mercury, the communication planet, and on Saturday 27th, Jupiter teams up with Venus, the planet of love and relating.
What’s important about all these planets is that they are in the sign of Virgo which rules your career and vocation, your future and where you’re heading in life. This is potentially a successful time for you and the Sun joins these key planets in this sector of your chart on Monday 22nd.
Remember too that Jupiter is about to leave Virgo in two weeks time so whatever you’ve been working towards over the past year, this is high time for one final push or to reap your rewards.
Go for gold when it comes to your working life, apply for promotion, ask for a raise, seek out new work. You have nothing to lose right now and in fact the more expansive you are, the more chance you have of hitting the right target.
Jupiter represents freedom as well as success so for some, this might mean the end of the road for a job or career phase. You might be selling a business or breaking free from regular employment to travel, study or do something completely different.
Yet there are other factors to take into account now and a lot depends on how you’ve been handling the Saturn transit through your sign of Sagittarius which began late in 2014.
Saturn is the opposite to Jupiter and it can slow you down either energy wise through ill-health or unemployment or you end up facing tough times, either yourself or your family.
You will know by now what this means for you personally and when Mars and Saturn team up in your sign of Sagittarius on Wednesday 24th, then you have to decide where you’re going to push ahead and be courageous. It could be that someone needs you to embody these qualities and prove how strong you are.
CAPRICORN (22 December-19 January)
If you’re on holiday this week or you’ve taken a break to go on a course or workshop, you’re perfectly in tune with your stars.
The gorgeous planetary activity right now takes place in your fellow earth sign Virgo and Virgo rules travel and study, the bigger picture, new experiences. It’s here where you’re wise to look for opportunity and to approach life with an adventurous attitude.
The Sun enters Virgo and this sector of your chart on Monday 22nd but the key planet is Jupiter, the planet which represents opportunity and growth. Jupiter’s been in Virgo since August 2015 and next month it moves on into Libra and your career sector.
If you already know that work’s about to get a whole lot busier in a couple of weeks time, then even more reason to kick back now and focus on other areas of life, other activities.
There could be another reason however why you need some time out or time away and this is to gain a fresh perspective and allow yourself an opportunity to focus on the bigger picture.
Sometimes you can’t see where you’re heading or why and this is a key time in the year to give yourself time and space to get back in touch with what really matters, your vision, your deeper purpose.
You might be keen to get involved in politics or follow a religious or spiritual path. You might want to do your bit for the world, via a humanitarian or environmental cause. It’s really important now to listen to your inner yearnings and not let fear or doubt hold you back.
It’s sometimes easier to say No than Yes but that wouldn’t be wise now. Anything and everything is possible with your current astrology but you need to develop strong self-belief and not let your inner critic dominate. Put in the groundwork in the present day and it will pay dividends in the weeks and months to come.
AQUARIUS (20 January-18 February)
The positive astrology this week takes place in the sign of Virgo and this is linked to the sector of your chart which rules joint finances and shared resources.
This is also about partnership and joining forces to benefit you and others. Look out for new opportunities which come your way now to improve your own finances or to help out other people in need.
Jupiter is the planet of opportunity and growth and it’s been in Virgo and this same sector of your chart since August 2015. Seeds that were sown a year ago might now be bearing fruit and as Jupiter leaves Virgo in two weeks time, this is a key period to focus on your financial situation.
Look at ways of improving what you have, carry out a financial audit, ensure that you’re getting the most for your money. If you want a bank loan, this is a perfect week to ask for one, especially Monday 22nd when Jupiter teams up with Mercury (communication) and the Sun enters Virgo.
The other gorgeous date for money matters is Saturday 27th when Jupiter teams up with Venus, the planet of love and relating. There might be good news for someone close to you and reason to celebrate. You might choose to treat the one you love or perhaps someone close offers you a gift, a blessing.
Look out for a key individual who can help you financially whether this is an adviser or a business opportunity. Teaming up with other people is the way forward rather than relying on your own resources.
The Mars/Saturn combination on Wednesday 24th could flag up difficulty for a friend or colleague. This takes place in your friendship and group sector so it’s here where you might encounter an obstacle or be stopped in your path.
Don’t give in to someone else’s demands on or around this date and don’t let a person’s negative vibes brush off on you. More than anything, this week is about remaining positive and looking for the good opportunities, the people who believe in you and you in them.
PISCES (19 February-20 March)
This could turn out to be an important week for you as two key areas of your life are highlighted.
Firstly, the positive astrology takes place in Virgo and your opposite sign. This highlights your 1-to-1 relationships, both personal and professional. Look out for other people who can help you now, a role model, a coach, an adviser.
Teaming up in a new partnership can benefit you in more ways than one and this is definitely not a week to go it alone.
Jupiter is one of your ruling planets and Jupiter’s been in Virgo and your relationship sector since August 2015. It moves on from here in the next two weeks but when Jupiter teams up with Mercury on Monday 22nd and Venus on Saturday 27th, this could turn out to be a defining moment for love.
Venus is the love planet after all and Mercury is your partner planet so if you’re getting married or engaged, you’re in perfect alignment with your stars.
Jupiter rules freedom too so for some this might be the time when you break away from a relationship or partnership that’s holding you back. Either way, this could turn out to be a big week for your 1-to-1’s.
The other area of your life under the cosmic spotlight is your work. On Wednesday 24th, the Mars/Saturn conjunction in Sagittarius is a dominant force with regard to your career and vocation, your future and where you’re heading in life.
You might be up against tough opposition at work or be dealing with a boss who takes no prisoners. You might decide enough is enough and move away from a situation that’s hard, stressful or unacceptable.
The Mars/Saturn combination demands strength, willpower and courage. Yes, you can achieve your goals now but you will have to fight for what you want. One way or another, you’re going to be deciding where you want to dig deep and where you’re ready to move on.
Events in mid-April 2016 could provide you with some clues as Mars is now back at the same place in the zodiac where it was when Mars turned retrograde, i.e. began to retreat.
ARIES (21 March-19 April)
The Mars/Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 24th is powerful for you and this week’s events could prove significant.
When Mars runs into Saturn, you’re faced with reality; you see clearly what you can and can’t do and it’s often your anger or willpower that kicks in to move you forward.
This week however Saturn is not acting alone because Neptune is also in on the act and your ruler Mars is up against Neptune on Friday 26th. This has a different feel to it than the earlier conjunction.
Neptune resides in a watery world where emotions dominate. Don’t be surprised if you experience fear or doubt about what you’re planning or trying to achieve. You might feel pulled in different directions and at times your emotions could be overwhelming.
In particular, this is linked to travel or study, a legal issue, your philosophy on life, what gives you meaning. It’s here where the Mars/Saturn/Neptune combination is most active. You might be thinking about giving up a course of study, you might be disappointed with your achievements, you might decide to stop fighting a lawsuit or similar.
What’s most important this week is to figure out the difference between fantasy and reality. Decide whether you’re willing to toughen up and keep fighting or actually you’d be better off pulling back and channelling your energy elsewhere.
What will help you now is to focus on your everyday routine, simple matters and to ensure you look after yourself mind, body and soul. If the bigger picture feels confusing or stuck, close things down and focus instead on what you can handle and are in control of. This includes your health, your working life, your mental attitude.
It’s here where you have positive energy pouring in and just like the Sun’s move into Virgo, create more order and structure into your daily life.
TAURUS (20 April-20 May)
Your ruling planet Venus is winding up its transit through your fellow earth sign Virgo and it’s leaving the best till last.
When key planets in your chart are in signs of the same element, you’re in flow. You gather strength by doing what comes naturally and knowing where happiness lies.
Virgo rules all the good things in your life, such as romance, children & pregnancy, entertainment & fun, your creative projects. Plus this is about understanding that slowing down the pace brings you pleasure and that sensual experiences deepen your quality of life.
On Saturday 27th, Venus meets Jupiter in Virgo and this is special. Both these planets are getting ready to move on but first they want to give you a little boost, remind you where you’re blessed in life. This is a gorgeous planetary symbol for love and happiness and it’s a lucky influence.
Do something special at the weekend whether you get together with your girlfriends for a night out, you go for a spa day or you and the one you love have some quality time together.
This feel-good vibe will continue for a while yet although the road ahead won’t be entirely smooth and you will have to dodge the odd pothole. It’s the areas of your life mentioned however which are in the hot zone throughout September with plenty going on.
Finally this week, you can’t avoid the Mars/Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 24th. Both these powerhouse planets are currently in Sagittarius and the area of your chart which rules joint finances and shared resources.
In other words this is about money and financial transactions. It’s a key moment in the month if not the whole year and it might help to look back to events mid-April which are linked to what’s happening now.
You’re going to have be strong and courageous to push through and come out on top financially. Plus it’s important to recognise whether being stubborn will get you the results you desire. You might decide instead to back down, cut your losses and reorient your path ahead.
GEMINI (21 May-20 June)
This week’s planetary events are closely linked to the people in your life and right now it’s all about your 1-to-1’s. This might highlight a personal love relationship or a professional partnership or someone who has a key role to play in your life.
Either way, it’s full on energy when Mars in your opposite sign of Sagittarius clashes with Saturn on Wednesday 24th. Sagittarius rules your relationship sector so you might be up against tough competition now, someone who’s not going to budge.
It’s not the best week to be dealing with authority and if you’re waiting to hear from a third party who has control of some area of your life, the answer’s more likely to be No than Yes.
It’s really important now to look closely at whether you want to continue to fight or whether you’d be better off backing down and protecting yourself. If you’re in a situation where you’re being bullied, this week could prove to be your breaking point when you’re not going to put up with bad behaviour a moment longer.
If this is linked to your work and career, then it’s a difficult call but you will see clearly who’s on your side and good for you and who’s working against you and of no benefit to you.
Think back to mid-April of this year when Mars was at the same degree in the zodiac. You’ve come a long way since then but this week’s astrology indicates it’s decision time.
You will also want to put your family first and it’s here where joy and happiness abound. The planets are lighting up the home and family sectors of your chart so it’s good news for a property move, a family celebration or being reminded of the power of love.
Monday 22nd and Saturday 27th are especially blessed for home and family affairs. Be with the ones you love.
CANCER (21 June-22 July)
The Mars/Saturn conjunction on Wednesday 24th isn’t the easiest astrology for you. You might find yourself up against an individual who wants to dominate, perhaps someone you know through work.
These two mighty planets come together in the sign of Sagittarius which rules your work and routine, your lifestyle and your health and it’s these areas of your life which are in the hot zone.
So pace yourself slowly and refuse to deal with someone who’s antagonistic or controlling. Back off if you’re up against strong opposition and look at ways of making your life easy rather than stressful.
Try not to let fear or doubt get in the way of your next move and wherever you need support or advice, turn to other people.
The same applies if you’re dealing with an unresolved health issue. You might not find the answers you need this week via someone in a position of authority but instead go fact-finding and do your own research.
It is important now to face reality but at the same time recognise what you want to change in your life and where you’ve gone as far as you can.
The areas of your life that are buoyant and abundant now are communication, networking, connections. It’s here where opportunity lies so listen out for a conversation which can help you escape a difficult situation. Reach out to others for inspiration and consider what’s new and where possibility lies.
When Venus and Jupiter come together on Saturday 27th, this is gorgeous for getting together with siblings, cousins, neighbours or people in your local community. It’s a breath of fresh air when someone praises you, compliments you and reminds you that love is everywhere, you only need to seek it out.
LEO (23 July-22 August)
The Sun leaves your sign of Leo on Monday 22nd and enters Virgo, the sign which rules your personal money and values. This week’s astrology has the potential to be positively abundant as the rest of the planets in Virgo team up to create something special.
The biggest and best planet, Jupiter, is currently in this same sector of your chart and when it meets up with Mercury (communication) on Monday 22nd and Venus (love/relating) on Saturday 27th, this feels expansive, giving, successful.
It depends on your personal situation what this means for you but if you’re waiting to hear news about a bonus or payment, it’s likely to arrive now. You might grab a big work contract, make a profit from selling or trading, or in some shape or form increase your earnings.
Jupiter is the risk-taker, the big picture planet and this is a positive period to play big in life, to seek out foreign connections, to join in with other people to raise money, to start a new business, to invest your money wisely.
Jupiter’s premise is that what you give, you receive, so if you can help out someone else or benefit others with your generosity, do so. It’s a good week to spread love and abundance in general.
And if money’s an issue for you now, then look at new ways of earning money, loaning money or paying off debts. The more energy you put into this area of your life, the more you can achieve.
Finally this week, the Mars/Saturn/Neptune combination which is prominent on Wednesday 24th and Friday 26th will expose your limits, any obstacles in your path and where you’re held back.
This might relate to romance, your role as a parent, a creative project or something you do that’s a passion in your life. You need to think carefully now about how much you’re willing to give and whether you need to put new rules or boundaries in place.
Neptune also lights up a money sector of your chart but this is a shady Neptune and where money’s concerned, it’s important to make your own decisions and not let a third party take control.
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