Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of August 31st - New Directions, Focus Adjustments and Cutting Our Losses

"My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart." ... Maya Angelou

I have been thinking about giving this blog a rest (and yes, by rest I mean a nice walnut box with a red velvet liner about 6 feet in the ground).

Having been told for months, years maybe, (when did my blog take this astrological turn, it's hard to remember and even harder to search the backend of blogger to figure it out), that it isn't a good idea for a jewelry designer and maker to talk about this stuff so often.

It hurts my SEO (which I rarely think about probably because acronyms have always annoyed me for some reason), my credibility, my right elbow, my left toe - you get the idea. And now with so much happening astrologically in September and October I am afraid I might not have the time or skill set to do it all justice.

This will be the last weekly forecast then I'll likely go back to timely "bigger picture" business/personal posts with a magical, astrological bent. I'm a bit up in the air about it. For this week, we'll take a lesson from Maya and continue on!

Anyhoo ....

Lots of ending, releasing and new beginning energy again this week. Last week the Sun went into Virgo so details matter, little things are big things now. We are working our way through these last moments of summer - lots of water aspects - tears, sweat - we are feeling everything.  There is this "where are we going?", "what are we doing?" energy we are working our way through.

On Monday we are wrapping something up. We have an Aries Moon, so will probably want our own way with whatever we are working through, of course so will everyone else. Monday's aspects trigger the Full Moon Lunar Eclipse that happens at the end of September so we may feel like something has to end or we are reaching or reaching for some new height and are willing to 'eclipse' something or someone out to reach some achievement or reach for something we want.

On Tuesday and Wednesday we have Venus meeting up with Mars in Leo. This is excellent energy to meet someone new, start a new job, launch something. Yes, Venus is still retrograde for a couple more days, but when the Goddess of love and money meets up with the God of  action, opportunities that come up are most likely opportunities to take. Taking action to get what we want is favored here.

This is the second of three conjunctions between Venus and Mars in 2015. The first conjunction (the third week of February at 1 degree Aries) offered a new beginning where actions (Mars) combine with our wants or love or money (Venus). This week's conjunction as Venus prepares to move direct (14 degrees Leo) is an assessment of what started then. When Venus stations direct on Sunday, assessment time will be over and things will move forward.

The final conjunction will be on November 2nd (Virgo 24 degrees) and will wrap up this Venus/Mars cycle. Wants are materialized. What actions do we take to get what we want? This cycle is about our relationships, our values and self esteem, our money and/or our creativity.

On Friday Jupiter will be pushing us to go bigger with something.  On Sunday Venus moves direct and whatever we have been working through since she went retrograde in late July will move forward as she does. This is a reconnecting week - if we broke up with something or someone over this Venus retrograde period - that can come back up for another looksie as she moves over the same degrees she touched earlier in the summer - this doesn't mean a reconciliation is 'meant to be' if your ex suddenly pops up in the coffee shop or if an idea you let go of is suddenly in the news - it's just energy that is moving forward - forward can bring us back together with someone or something or just move us on up and away

(did you maybe notice how rude that ex is being as he orders his tall non-fat latte with the caramel drizzle or feel how that idea you let go that is suddenly all the rage still brings a pit to your stomach when you think about actually doing it).

As Venus stations we might feel a need to 'do something' about that relationship issue - we can really just let it all unfold. Venus wants acknowledgement and so will we. On September 6th our new flock assembles.

Mercury has entered his shadow so all the stuff that is going on right now is the stuff we will be dealing with while Mercury is retrograde in the coming weeks. Mercury is in Libra and hitting our North Node (future) so lots of job offers for lots of people who have been looking and that continues now as Mercury rolls through the upcoming eclipse degrees. If you want something put yourself out there for it.

Things are about to change, yes again, so take this time to think about what you want and that new dream we are hatching! The upcoming eclipses will take whatever anxiety and crap we have littered our past year with that has spread over into the rest of the house and clean it up .... xo all

FULL MOON in Pisces August 29th | happiness comes in like salty water

photography by vena
On Saturday we have the first of three Super Full Moons to usher us into eclipse season.

With our Sun in Virgo, we know the Full Moon will be in Virgo's polarity sign of Pisces.

Pisces and Virgo are opposite signs, but really the opposite sides of the same coin. The balance of these two signs is where we bring God (or whatever word you feel most comfortable using here) to earth through our actions of service.

Pisces; the mutable water sign is the archetype of the mystic, the dreamer, the visionary and the compassionate (also the addict, the escapist, the pessimist). Pisces beckons us to look inside, to use our intuition, to feel our connection. Pisces sun people need to meditate everyday (well, we all do) to empty themselves of all the crap they have collected from everywhere or they will become very spacey and forgetful.

(and if you are a Pisces thinking your absentmindedness is a character flaw - no, this is a just a condition of not being true to your mystical archetype - you must spend time in quiet everyday - I'm not a Pisces Sun but have Neptune in my first house and find this true for me also - when I get busy and don't take the time to get quiet and go within, I start misplacing and losing things very quickly)
Neptune, the planetary ruler of Pisces, and the mythical God of the Sea has been in his home sign since 2011 (and will be hanging out until 2026) - this is powerful energy for collective change and awakening.

How does water change things? Water dissolves. Water washes away. Water erodes. Water suffocates. Neptune rules spirituality and dreaming. Neptune rules creativity and inspiration. Neptune rules illusion and escape. Neptune rules water and the sea, drugs and hospitals.

The last time Neptune was in Pisces we saw the abolitionist movements to end slavery in the United States and to free the serfs in Russia. This is powerful energy for the release of victim consciousness. This transit of Neptune has again put issues of injustice and inequality on our collective radar (a spotlight on refuge and immigration issues, the black lives matter movement, etc) - the ways we blame the other and refuse to look at our own shadows. Pisces dissolves boundaries - we can more easily see and feel the ways we are the same. The unifying forces of Neptune and Pisces remind us that "there is only one of us here" is not some crazy bumper sticker but the way the universe actually works!

This transit will increase our sensitivity to toxins and our focus on water. Escapist activities like drugs and the internet will expand (basically anything that is pleasurable and repeatable). Neptune in Pisces wants to feel everything.

Saturn, preparing to move into Sagittarius for the next two years is going to be squaring Neptune in Pisces popping some dream bubbles and bringing us down to earth. Whether we end up disappointed or transcending our previous limits depends on our chart and the other influences hitting it. Some will be able to make the magic happen and some will have a rude awakening. Not everything is possible, and not everything belongs to us. For those indulging in escapism, denial or addiction, this square will be especially harsh. Mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) will feel this. For people born with Neptune in Sagittarius (1970-1984) at some point over the next two years Saturn will conjunct your natal Neptune - the dreams and fantasies you've been carrying will be questioned and addictions and vulnerabilities exposed. This is just how life works - the ebb and flow of things - sometimes we're the windshield and sometimes we're the bug kind of thing.

There is nothing to fear here. Sometimes Neptune takes us down the wrong path, and Saturn is our course correction. Saturn can focus our dream and give us traction. Sometimes traction comes in the form of our back against the wall giving us something to push off from. This might manifest as the lack of something essential. Then our discomfort will push us to do something else.  

Sometimes the Neptune vision needs limits to manifest.

FOR NOW we have this loving and compassionate FULL MOON asking us to embrace the positives of Pisces - compassion, imagination and our highest vision for ourselves and use the energy of the Virgo Sun - precision, work without rewards, craftsmanship, service, putting our dreams into words, speaking our truth - to move everything forward.

This is an excellent healing moon. Walk in it. Be near water. Take a bath.

It's a powerful time to be mindful of what we have worked for and created and be grateful for the process (Virgo). It's a time to recognize our ability to dream (Pisces) a different world - to be a difference in the well-being and evolution of the planet. xo all

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of August 23rd - Get Stuff Done, Meeting With DESTINY

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We've got the Sun in Virgo for the next 30 days, so we are all burning the fuel of Virgo precision "do the job. do it right. measure twice, cut once. eat your veggies. move your body." - you get the idea.

(ugh, Virgo, I'm tired already!)

Summer is winding down ... sniffle.

He is joining expansive Jupiter, who's been in Virgo since August 11th. Now we get a little movement going! This is about what we will be working on through next July.

Our focus turns to our Virgo house - what house(s) holds Virgo in your natal and progressed charts?

(this is an especially important time for people born in the 60's with Pluto and Uranus in Virgo - more on this later in the week)

Make a list of how you want this area/house of your life to expand. Start to get organized. This year we need a plan.

On Monday we have a Sagittarius Quarter Moon that has us thinking BIG and BELIEVING in ourselves. It's also an energy that encourages us to RUSH and bounce from one thing to another, but we won't. We've got a Virgo Sun to keep us grounded.

By Tuesday and Wednesday the Moon is in Capricorn and we are plowing on through whatever is in front of us. We can get a lot done with this energy. We are building toward a full moon so this is the peak work time of the monthly moon cycle.

(if you are looking to work with the Moon, this is the week to put in the hours - remember working with the Moon isn't a Monday to Friday thing - we slow down after the Full Moon Sunday and rest completely during the few days of the Balsamic Moon about 10 days later)

On Thursday, Mercury enters Libra and conjuncts the North Node on Friday (we could also feel this on the 24th or 26th or 30th). Our attention will flip to key relationships (Where's that flock people - I just left another flock last week - ugh!).

A NOTE ABOUT FLOCKS - Remember as relationships take center stage this week we have a long history of giving up our individuality for the safety of the tribe. This is not the tribal experience we are seeking in this new paradigm. Let's not focus on getting specific outcomes with others now. Instead let's just focus on feeling our OWN emotions. The tribe needs our individuality now. This is not the time to be fixing anyone or anything.

The North Node is our future and with Mercury, the fleet footed God of communication nearby a message about our future will be delivered.

Are you paying attention?

We might meet someone we are destined to meet. We might have a meeting or talk with someone that impacts our future. We could have an idea or receive an offer. In gracious, balanced and partnership oriented Libra however this plays out there will likely be choices.

Over the next 3 months (Mercury will be retrograding in Libra in a couple weeks so this is a longer transit than usual) Mercury will conjunct the North Node two additional times (October 8th and 10th) so whatever comes up this week will come back around then. This might also connect back to last September.

(back in October 1995 and 1996 we had this configuration if that time frame rings a bell for anyone for fated options and meetings)

On Sunday we have a Full Moon in Pisces. I'll do another post on that. It will be a biggie and connects to mid September. Did I say the eclipses are coming? Some people feel the eclipses a month early - if something has just eclipsed itself right out of your life, know it needed to go. xo all

New Moon in Leo August 14th - FRESH START | Money and Love Reset Button

Today's New Moon in Leo (even with a retrograde Venus and maybe even because of it - she does conjunct the Sun tomorrow!) is excellent instigating energy.

Fresh starts associated with this New Moon

(we've got a friendly aspect to Uranus now, too - making unexpected events, to quote Martha here - a good thing and favoring our more unorthodox and unique endeavors and perspectives)

have an element of generosity, excitement and, dare I say this - LOVE - connected to them.

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of August 10th - Jupiter into Virgo | the details that change the BIG picture

We start the week moving into the Balsamic Moon phase - see my post about that HERE.

The dark night sky is the perfect arena to see August's annual meteor showers. More shooting stars = more wishes. Let's get outside and on this!

We have Jupiter (the planet of luck and wishes) changing signs this week and a New Moon in Leo on Friday - the two weeks following the Leo New Moon is a great launch period - see my post HERE about that.

There are some caveats this year with Venus still retrograde - I'll write about that with my New Moon post later in the week!

Astrology Forecast for Creatives | Week of August 3rd - Saturn Says MAN IT UP

Mega-accurate and amazing astrologer Susan Miller has called August the best month of 2015. She isn't concerned with Saturn and maybe we shouldn't be either!

Read her HERE (if you know your rising sign, read that FIRST)

Maybe since Saturn sits all comfy, cozy with my natal Sun I give him a little too much power. But, I see pressure this week.

Anyhoo, here we go because this is another big week!