August 1st-7th: Spin CycleAugust 1, 2011
15th-21st: Gilded TempestAugust 15, 2011
The 2nd not-so-great week in a row, this one will see us through the most stressful planetary configurations we’ll have to wrestle with for the rest of the year. In addition to the difficulties augured by the planetary positions, the earth will also be subject to moderate-to-strong solar storms for much of the week, troubling electronics far and wide. Retrograde Mercury re-enters Leo on Monday, opposing Neptune in Aquarius, fogging communications considerably. Wednesday and Thursday are relatively nightmarish, with the Grand Cross that shook markets and fueled conflicts last week firing up again something fierce. Saturday’s Full Moon brings it all to a crescendo, wreathing the madness in silvery light, but also glinting off the storm cloud’s golden lining.
From the Lion’s Mouth
A retrograde Mercury travels back into Leo on Monday, where the quick planet will spend the next month. Almost immediately upon re-entering Leo, Mercury opposes Neptune, now in Aquarius. Retrograde Mercury opposite Neptune sees the messenger searching the through great cloud of belief, in search of concrete truths and finding little. Many of the opinions people come to on Monday and Tuesday will later prove to have little foundation in act. Needless to say, do not schedule important meetings or make important life decisions on these days.
Mercury will spend more than the next month in Leo. For the next 2 weeks the retrograde messenger becomes a black and gold clad coyote, sneaking us across guarded borders into the well defended enclaves of our heart’s desire. The Sun strides forward to meet Mercury and behind races Venus, eager to make the crucial meet. The reunion won’t happen until the 16th-17th, but we’ll be feeling it all week.
The astral storm system which struck last week hits again this one. A general storm warning blankets the week, but it’s Mars in Cancer and ole Kronos in Libra. Some ugly macro- stuff is likely to go down, with the markets taking some serious hits, weird weather afoot and violent events aplenty.
For most people, the most dangerous aspect of this configuration is the locust swarm of unbalanced states of mind unleashed- fear, anger, worry and the rest of Mara’s wrecking crew. No matter what your spiritual orientation is, this week is an excellent one to practice being a Buddhist saint, unarmed but for the invulnerable clarity of mind you wield.
I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing.
Only I will remain
-Frank Herbert, Dune Series
Don’t engage with the drama you see developing around you, or let ambient panic infect you. Budget time to do the extra problem solving necessary. Don’t be upset if things don’t go as planned or get delayed. Don’t freak out on people because they’re freaking out. This too, shall pass.
One of Many
After an “exciting” week, Saturday’s Full Moon will bring the changes, both unpleasant and promising, to a crescendo. The Full Moon in Aquarius comes Saturday afternoon, although that Moon will be looking mighty full both Friday and Saturday nights. In general, this Full Moon illuminates us our personal truth in the context of the collectives we comprise. The full significance of an individual’s life can only be revealed in reference to the time their time and place, as well as the people which with they lived. Our place both as individuals as well as collective beings is outlined in silver.
This Full Moon opposes the Sun, Mercury and Venus in Leo gathered together, spotlighting the invisible trinity of the mind, passions and spirit slowly coagulating, and providing a meaningful segue into next week’s personal revelations.
Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. However, they are fun and can be reasonably accurate. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read your from Ascendant and Moon if you know them. If you don’t, find out. I’m a long time fan of the free chart generation software at astro.com.
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Aries: The Ram
Wednesday + Thursday’s crosses may rock the boat a bit, with tensions between necessary transformations in your professional direction, radical personal empowerment, problems with your family and/or living space and the demands of relationships pressing simultaneously on you. Nonetheless, amidst a couple messes, opportunities emerge.
Finally, Friday and Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the emergence of a new sense of yourself as a creative being in the midst of those who are privy to your works.
Mercury’s retrograde return to Leo shifts your rethinking to your living situation.
Wednesday and Thursday’s storm sweeps across your pasture, activating a number of peripheral tensions simultaneously. Emerging issues of personal empowerment, necessary changes to your long term plan and problems with finances and physical health all threaten to throw your rhythm off.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the tension between your living situation and professional direction, hailing the emergence of a new sense of who you are and where you’re going.
Gemini: The Twins
Mercury’s return to Leo this week shifts the target of the retrograde to your short term goals and everyday schedule. Start a list of short term goals, and begin prioritizing them. Even though it might look like chaos right now, there is an order due to emerge by month’s end.
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may give rise to a small crisis or three surrounding resources. Expect to handle some tensions with your financial, social and creative reservoirs.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the tension between your long and short term goals, highlighting the emergence of a new tactical paradigm.
Mercury’s return to Leo this Monday brings up financial questions, especially in regard to your schedule over the next month.
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may give rise to storm or two. Relationships are especially highlighted- make sure to keep a level head, especially when the situation is anything but.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the tension between your resources and those you share with others, shining gold and silver rays on the emergence of a new understanding of your value and mode of earning your keep.
Leo: The Lion
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand crosses may see issues erupt on the periphery of your life. Tensions between long and short term goals as well as issues of mental and physical health compete to distract you from the professional opportunities emerging amidst the season.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the tension between you and others, casting solilunar light upon the emergence of a new understanding of who you are.
Mercury’s retrograde retreat into Leo this week sees the messenger begin passing you notes from your subconscious. Apparently you’ve been keeping secrets from yourself.
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may give rise to a small crisis or two surrounding resources. Don’t be surprised if you need to handle some issues surrounding your financial, social and creative reservoirs.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the tension between your material and mental issues, spotlighting the emergence of a new understanding of what the hell is wrong with you and what to do about it.
Libra: The Scales
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may trigger some confusing conflicts about how to find the equilibrium between your personal needs, career, relationships and living situation. Even though you may feel it all press on you at once, it’s unlikely that you need to make any final decisions this week, so remember to let yourself breathe.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the emergence of a new understanding of the social world and where you fit within it.
Mercury’s retrograde return to Leo this week shifts your thinking back to your professional situation, aiding in the process of reconceptualizing your professional role in the world.
Wednesday and Thursday’s storm may make its way into your burrow, activating a number of peripheral tensions simultaneously. Issues of physical and mental health along with tension between long and short term goals threaten to throw you off your game.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the relationship between your profession and living situation, spotlighting the emergence of a new understanding of what your work is in this world, and how to do it.
Sagittarius: The Archer
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may give rise to problems surrounding resources. Don’t be shocked if your financial, social and creative reservoirs get tapped a little hard.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the relationship between your long and short term goals, spotlighting the emergence of a new set of long term objectives.
Mercury’s retrograde return to Leo this week gets up to changing your arrangements, asking you to share what you ve kept yourself, and keep to yourself what you’ve previously shared.
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may spawn a variety of complicated issues. Be particularly careful with the way you relate to others, as your social situation looks pretty touchy.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the relationship between what’s yours and what’s someone else’s. In particular, this configuration spotlights the emergence of a new understanding of what sharing means. Cute.
Aquarius: The Water Bearer
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may activate a number of peripheral tensions. A busy schedule, a growing awareness of subconscious patterns, financial and physical stress all threaten to throw you off balance.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the relationships between you and others. In the spotlight is a newly emerging understanding of what partnership means.
Mercury’s retrograde return to Leo shifts your attention back to the physical and fiscal issues that need your attention.
Wednesday and Thursday’s grand cross may give rise to a small crisis or three surrounding resources. Keep an eye on your financial, social and creative reservoirs.
Finally, Saturday’s Full Moon highlights the relationship between your physical and mental problems, spotlighting the emergence of a new work ethic based on a determination to overcome potential weaknesses.
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