THU AUG 21 The solar cycle in regal Leo is nearing its end – which officially happens tomorrow when the Sun enters earthy, meticulous Virgo. It is wise to reflect on the gains you have made during the past four weeks on the creative and artistic fronts. Consider the ways in which you have been magnanimous and kindhearted versus those times when you fell short of the mark and focused a lot of attention on fulfilling personal desires. There’s plenty of blame to go around in the human family where unnecessary harm is done and this is represented today by Venus forming an off-kilter, 150-degree tie with underworld-lord Pluto (4:53AM). Pull yourself away from any kind of selfish or vindictive behavior that might be shameful upon reflection later on. Utilize a flowing trine of 120-degrees between Mercury in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn (12:21PM) to delve into the deeper truths concealed in the realms of psychology and metaphysics. The Moon in Cancer forming a trine to Saturn in Scorpio (12:35PM) may appear, at first glance, to give you support for current business plans and negotiations, but it also starts a lengthy 25+ hour void lunar cycle that lasts until 1:50PM tomorrow. Stay sensible while the Moon is somewhat out-of-sorts in void mode, and don’t smash your piggy bank to go on a foolish spending spree. Align yourself with conservative and logical rules and procedures to steer clear of entering an emotionally-charged doghouse of your own making.
FRI AUG 22 You can’t always get what you want – as quickly as you want it. That is part of today’s cosmic message since a void lunar cycle developed yesterday in home/family-oriented Cancer and continues in force until 1:50PM today when the Moon enters fiery, royal Leo. Mercury makes a valiant attempt to give you something to cheer about – on the literary and artistic horizons – by making a subtle, 30-degree link to Venus (5:47AM). However, Mars becomes a party crasher by forming a contra-parallel with Venus just a few hours later (8:53AM). You would think that after billions of years orbiting the Sun and developing somewhat friendly relationships with Earth that Mercury, Venus, and Mars might get their acts together and work in harmony to help humanity evolve. The Moon roaring like a lion (1:50PM) – a lunar dynamo happening over the next 2+ days – can boost your self-confidence, particularly concerning handling money matters like a pro. This lunar placement is usually a catalyst toward greater happiness on the social and romantic fronts. Nevertheless, other cosmic voices are attempting to drown out the lunar lion’s queenly expression as the Sun shape-shifts into earthy Virgo (9:47PM) – opening the gates of organization, order, efficiency, health and dietary interests, plus research and learning programs for the month ahead. Attacking that seemingly sensible approach to life is a potentially explosive and all-around disturbing 150-degree aspect between Mars in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries (11:33PM). Here is an unpredictable ouch-factor that can keep zapping you emotionally for several hours after it reaches exactitude. Stay out of trouble overnight.
SAT AUG 23 No sooner than Mars has precisely jousted with Uranus last night – creating all kinds of discordant ramifications for humankind – than the traditional planet of war, anger, and inflammatory behavior turns pacifist peacemaker and supposed healer-extraordinaire by forging a flowing trine in water signs with shamanistic Chiron (12:15AM). Friday evening’s Mars-Uranus skirmish and this morning’s Mars-Chiron love-fest happen only 42 minutes apart – explaining why living and surviving on Spaceship Earth, some 26,000-light-years from the center of our galactic home, seems sometimes to be more random rather than deliberate (as seen from a higher source of divine existence). Nevertheless, do take total advantage of the streaming essence of goodness that wants to sprinkle itself worldwide right now as the Moon in Leo offers loving, resourceful, and financially beneficial conjunctions with Jupiter (6:48AM) and Venus (7:02PM). Anyone can be on a cosmic roll despite recent setbacks, worries and hassles. Sure, the Sun having just entered fastidious and potentially workaholic Virgo and the dark-of-the-moon, balsamic phase cycle gaining strength tomorrow and early in Monday are not easy to deal with, but it is a rare day when Mars acts kindly and the universe comforts you with lunar unions embracing glorious Jupiter and Venus. Revelations may also appear almost out of nowhere later on as Uranus makes a subtle and yet still strong, 30-degree rapport with Chiron (10:18PM) followed only five minutes later by a flowing trine between the Moon and Uranus in fire signs (10:23PM).
Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.
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Highlights of the August 2014 Cosmic Calendar
By Mark Lerner
One of the distinguishing qualities of August 2014 is that none of the main planetary and asteroid bodies in our solar system is pausing – to shift from retrograde to direct or direct to retrograde. This astronomical phenomenon – called a station – can only occur when a heavenly orb “appears” to halt its zodiacal motion from Earth’s vantage point. Now, in reality, no celestial bodies ever stop from the Sun’s perspective, but astrology and its power are calculated geocentrically – relative to our home some 93 billion miles away from the somewhat small yellow star that gives us light and life.
Stations are important to watch because – when they happen – the archetypes of the celestial body become ultra-strong throughout the human kingdom, often creating turbulence or wreaking havoc, sometimes for several days before and after the exact halt. Last month, for example, Saturn in Scorpio and Uranus in Aries made nearly simultaneous stations on July 20 and July 21. This was around the time-period when many plane crashes were occurring and acts of war were raging in the Middle East and on the border between Ukraine and Russia.
Many students of astrology don’t realize that when the quickly-moving Moon – Earth’s closest cosmic neighbor and taking just 27.3-days to make one orbit through the zodiac – makes its next conjunctions with celestial orbs that have just stationed in the sky, the archetypes of those planets are ratcheted-up an extra notch. This will occur on Monday August 4 (when the Moon unites with Saturn in Scorpio) and Thursday August 14 (when the Moon unites with Uranus in Aries). Look for excessive themes of Saturn and Uranus, respectively, around the world when those two days arrive on the scene.
Wedged almost exactly in between these two dates is the Full Moon of August – activating 19 degrees of Leo and Aquarius – on Sunday August 10. The Tibetan Master D.K. – communicating over a 30-year time-period (1919-1949) with his disciple Alice A. Bailey – indicated in a book entitled Esoteric Astrology that the Full Moon of August would eventually be recognized as a global festival wherein the spiritual-divine energies from the great star system Sirius would enter the heart-chakra of Earth (otherwise known as the Hierarchy) and, from there, be stepped-down for our human kingdom to assimilate. Obviously, humanity still has a long way to go before it evolves into being the advanced steward it needs to become to inspire the animal, plant and mineral kingdoms which ought to be under our guidance rather than receive our contempt.
The last week of this eighth month of 2014 is noteworthy because it carries enormous intensity that needs a lot of sensitive, soulful channeling if the results on the physical plane are going to be positive. A key date is Monday August 25 when the Virgo New Moon manifests just five hours before a potent and dicey conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Scorpio. Since any merger of the solar and lunar orbs initiates a new 29.5-day cycle of the two main lights in our neighborhood in the galaxy, a Mars-Saturn union flexing its potentially nasty muscles at the same time can send disconcerting ripples through the psychic atmosphere on Earth for the following several weeks. Therefore, it is imperative that a large contingent of human souls sends out healing and loving energy just before, during, and after the Virgo New Moon of August 25 takes hold.
The last 24 hours of August also reveal a clash of forces influencing earthly life as the Moon in Scorpio makes its monthly conjunctions with both Saturn and Mars – thereby re-igniting the Mars-Saturn union from six days before. Fortunately, some of the possible harshness that could be generated from the red planet and the beautiful ringed planet coming under the hypnotic sway of the Moon may be offset as the Moon also unites with sisterhood-enhancing and investment-focused Vesta while the Sun supports the productive-nurturing side of Ceres, bringing the favorable presence of Mother Nature into our lives as August morphs into September.
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