Astrology Forecast For Creatives | Week of August 13th - smooth sailing, don't rush or force things, our rose-colored glasses are wearing rose-colored glasses, love, compassion, stay grounded

... bohemian rapsody 2 by oprisco

Here are some aspects/transits I see for the week ahead:

SUNDAY - Mars retrogrades back into Capricorn, Venus trines the South Node and sextiles the North Node, Pluto trines Ceres
SATURDAY - Mercury sextile Venus
SUNDAY - Mercury stations direct (!), Jupiter trines Neptune
ALL WEEK - Grand Earth Trine with Pluto/Ceres/Juno

Notice the word trine (brakes off) multiple times!

This is a quiet week allowing us to acclimate to this summer's eclipse shifts. Keep in mind we still have six retrograde planets and an active Neptune (obscuring our vision/reality), so let's give the eclipse dust some time to settle down a bit before making any big decisions. We are doing the "re's" (review, revamp, revisit, rethink, redo, relax, etc) and the major work is an inside job.

This week's multiple trines will allow things to fall into place if we go with the flow. They could make us a bit lazy, but I think we are allowed a little breather after the last three months!

Let's start our forecast with Sunday this week since it kind of sets everything up.

On SUNDAY our Virgo Moon makes a Grand Earth Trine with Saturn and Uranus. Mars, still retrograde, moves from Aquarius back into sober Capricorn (through September 12th).

Mars into Capricorn will get us re-focused on our goals and ambitions.

He is still retrograde, so it's not the time for any big moves, but we are setting up the big moves that will come in September. NOTE - after September's full-steam-ahead, Venus will retrograde on October 5th and on the day she stations direct a month later Mercury will station retrograde again, so from October 5th - mid December we are back in the "re's" - we want to make September count and we are setting it up NOW.

Mars change of signs will shift our passions/ambitions/anger/initiative. Mars is exalted in Capricorn - like a young soldier under a salty general, he (as we) can do some of his best work. So, yes, even if we are laying on the beach we will probably be thinking about work or our ambitious plans to make this vacation our best vacation ever. Ha!

Pluto will trine Ceres (Demeter in the Greek story) and Venus (home in Libra) will trine the South Node (in Aquarius). With Venus/Libra trining (brakes off) the South Node (endings, release) we could be re-visiting a prior relationship or relationship issue. The opportunity comes through that sextile with the North Node - our heart, generosity, courage, standing out/up, our creativity and children.

The Virgo Moon will have us focused on service, organization, our day-to-day activities, our health, our work, our pets. Her trine (brakes off) to Saturn (in Capricorn) and Uranus (in Taurus) grounds whatever we are doing. We will be focused on the practical side of life. Some things fall into place so soundlessly we might not even notice.

Now, Mercury is still retrograde so there could still be some snafus and delays, but we should see less of them this week.

For the rest of the week I have nothing to write about other than the Moons, so the aspects through Friday will be fast-moving.

On MONDAY we wake (7:12AM EDT) with the Virgo Moon trining Pluto (in Capricorn). No sleeping in! We are sharp and focused. Small changes create big improvements. After midnight the same Virgo Moon trines Mars (now retrograde in Capricorn) giving us a burst of energy and the ability to get alot done. Who needs sleep, right?! The Moon takes a short void from 12:37AM EDT to 12:57AM EDT when she moves into Libra.

On TUESDAY the Moon in Libra turns our attention to Libran matters - relationships, money, our resources, beauty, women and self-esteem. She squares sober Saturn at 5:55AM EDT so we could wake up grumpy - or we could just let him sleep (let him sleep!). People could be more serious, unbending and less interested in anything that sounds like 'cooperation'. The good news at 2:05PM EDT, the Moon will conjunct lovely Venus making for an easier afternoon. Relationships, cooperation, commerce - things will smooth out. Good energy for socializing. In the evening more good news as the Moon sextiles (opportunity) Mercury at 10:09PM EDT. A good time for a heart to heart conversation. Good for romance and business.

At 9:540AM EDT on WEDNESDAY, the Libra Moon will square Pluto - tempers could flare, secrets come out - the stuff we have stuffed doesn't stay stuffed. At 4:22PM EDT the Moon sextiles the Sun - Moon/Sun sextiles are always good for starting new things - especially short-term projects. Good for creativity, time with children, romance.

On THURSDAY things could be a bit more testy and frustrating, but we could get alot accomplished today. Hopefully we can sleep through the Moon square Mars (3:56AM EDT) - impulsive action, anger, tension. Following an hour long void the Moon enters Scorpio while we sleep focusing us on Scorpian issues for the next couple days - finances, loans, mortgages, debt, sex, reproduction, death/rebirth, other people's resources, the things/ways we merge with other people as well as the themes of our natal Scorpio house.

With the Moon in Scorpio it is always good to KEEP MOVING, so we don't get bogged down in the muck!

At 9:27AM EDT the Scorpian Moon will oppose Uranus (in Taurus). We won't want to be boxed in. People will be seeking out unusual experiences. Paranoia, obsession. Excellent energy for focus and research and to get alot accomplished though. An hour later the Moon will sextile Saturn - do the work, be responsible. The Moon squares Mercury in the P.M. - not good for communications, not the time to be out driving around or dealing with sibling issues.

On FRIDAY the Moon conjuncts Jupiter at 9:06AM EDT - we will all want the day off! This is a good day for business though. We should be feeling lucky and optimistic. Within 30 minutes she moves into a trine with Neptune - more "let's call in sick and take the day off" energy! We could be uber emotional, more compassionate toward others, but also more easily hurt/offended. By 4:11PM EDT the Moon is sextiling Pluto - here is where we get ambitious. This is good energy to have a breakthrough!

On SATURDAY we have the monthly Moon's First Quarter Square with the Scorpio Moon squaring the Leo Sun. Here is our first challenge from last Saturday's Solar Eclipse. There is tension/frustration. Scorpio and Leo are fixed signs so something needs to give here. At 11:07AM EDT the Moon will sextile Mars - the opportunity comes by taking action - especially actions we have taken before or on matters already in play. Following a short void the Moon moves into optimistic Sagittarius focusing us on Sagittarian themes for the next couple days - legal issues, higher education, travel, weddings, our higher thinking, our beliefs, foreigners, exploration, the media, publishing, everything just outside our comfort zone.

At 9:36AM EDT, Mercury - retrograde in Leo - will sextile Venus (in Libra) - this opportunity will be in play for a couple weeks. Mercury in Leo is dramatic and Venus in Libra wants to hear what Mercury has to say. This is an excellent aspect for communication, relationships, love, money and commerce. Great for making art, eloquent writing and making creative projects more beautiful and attractive. Excellent for improving relationships with children and for romance. We will be thinking about relationships/sharing information. Sweet talk feels good. Showy language and big talkers could be more attractive ....

which leads us to SUNDAY and Jupiter trine Neptune which is THE BIG ENERGY OF THE WEEK and one of the biggest energetics in 2018. This is a repeating pattern we had on December 2nd and May 25th. Today's trine is the final of 2018. This is excellent energy for healing, spiritual work, compassion.

Jupiter stretches our boundaries and then Neptune dissolves them.  Boundaries? What boundaries?

This can be a very good thing where we fall right into something WONDERFUL

or something like quicksand and we are very quickly submerged, all depending on what we have going on in our life and how closely this is hitting our planets/points (15 degrees Scorpio/Pisces).

This is excellent healing energy. This is excellent "dream come true" energy. We are manifesting through our emotions now.

With Jupiter in Scorpio though we just need to be sure this is a positive dream and not an obsession/addiction because it could be hard to see the difference now.

Our, and other people's, aspirations could be delusional. 

Our rose colored glasses will be wearing their own rose-colored glasses.

We can more easily connect with collective consciousness. This is excellent energy for meditation - to take care of ourselves. With Uranus retrograde in Taurus now - our health (especially our self-esteem) really will be our wealth.

Connect with nature. Get into water.

If you have someone in your life prone to addiction, this is tricky energy for that - reach out to them now - connection heals addiction.

Our own addictions/escape hatches could become more visible. 

If we have to push we are moving against the currents today. Let it be. The "no limits" comes through faith now. Trust.

Also on SUNDAY Mercury will station direct at 11 degrees Leo. Mercury is very potent at the time of his/her station, so take care driving/operating machinery/dealing with a crazy sibling, no dark alleys - you know the drill. It will take her a few days to get back up to speed and she will be covering old ground (degrees he has walked before) until September 2nd. Answers come in. Progress can be made now - and especially in September!

We will talk more about the big energetics as we move through the week. The urge to escape from reality will be strong now - stay grounded.

xo all

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