The Harvest Queen and the River Dragon

The Harvest Queen and the River Dragon

The week begins with the Sun in the last degrees of Leo, making an energetic but potentially irksome sextile with Mars.  Wednesday holds a very positive Mercury-Jupiter configuration and sees the Sun enter Virgo.  Here our angle on the Sun lines it up with the fixed star Regulus, the regal and benefic heart of the lion. On Thursday, red Mars enters intense Scorpio, where he’ll preside over the determined push to the Equinox.

This week’s changes transition us into the phase that will hold until the season changes.

 Mercury Sextile Jupiter: The Great and Secret Script

Mercury’s pleasant sextile sparkles over much of the week, bringing good news and supporting a more optimistic perspective.  This is actually the 3rd and final in a series of sextiles between Mercury and Jupiter this summer.  The first occurred on June 29th and the second on July 24th.  In addition to providing a temporary boost to perspective and mental energy, this 3rd and final sextile denotes the final step in a process.  Beneath the chaos of this summer there has been an opportunity to rewrite our plans and scripts to be more in accord with the dramatic changes occurring both within and without.   But approach any scripts written in your own blood with appropriate reverence, for they have the greatest power to bind and shape the life they describe.

Sun into Virgo: The Harvest Queen Commeth

The Sun enters Virgo Wednesday morning, haloing the rest of August and much of September in the warm light of the approaching harvest.  The Sun in Virgo asks us to inspect all that we have earned, gathered and stolen over the season and set to work sorting the wheat from the chaff.

After a season of so many changes, there is much to account for, many loose ends to tie up and much work that must be down before we can approach the year’s final quarter.  Fortunately, the Sun’s first few days in Virgo see it overlap with the royal fixed star Regulus and coincide with the Mercury-Jupiter sextile.  Take a regal moment to overlook the state of your kingdom and consider how you’re going to bridge the gap between its current status and what you dream it could be.  The Sun is also opposed to Neptune during these days, and the other blue planet offers tempting visions of what could be.  These visions can help anchor you to your dreams, but to fulfill them it will take a world of work.  There is little that fantasy and labor together cannot accomplish, but separated these twins become curses.  Fortunately,  we will have the power of Mars in Scorpio to fuel our push through the last month of the season.

Mars in Scorpio: The River Dragon

Mars enters the Scorpion’s den on Thursday, the day after the Sun’s ingress into Virgo.  In Scorpio, it’s traditional rulership, the red planet is ominously strong.  It is a crimson river of strength and resolve we can draw upon to accomplish what we will.  There is a current of vitality and courage waiting to be harnessed.   Yet it must treated with respect for its power,  lest the boiling waters overflow their proper banks.  The river dragon can fecundate a whole region or wipe out with floods.  So set your jaw and double check your turbines- you’ve got power to harness.

 

 

HOROSCOPES

Horoscopes are not a real chart reading by an experienced astrologer. They are fun and can be reasonably accurate, however. In addition to referring to your Sun sign, read from your 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.
Aries: The Ram

This week’s configurations change things up.   The Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd shifts the spotlight toward concrete, practical affairs.  This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio.  While in Scorpio, Mars will lend you extra vitality and strength, though it may trigger conflicts over what you deem to be your rightful share in exchanges.  Consider yourself a loaded gun, to be pointed at appropriate targets.

Taurus: The Bull

The Sun and Mars change signs this week, calling a different tune for the next several weeks.   The Sun enters Virgo on the 22nd, shifting the spotlighting and stimulating your creative energy for the next month. This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio.  While in Scorpio, Mars infuses your relationships with an easily inflamed passion, seeding both ugly and erotic encounters.

Gemini: The Twins

The Sun enters Virgo on Wednesday, the  22nd.  This movement shifts the solar spotlight to the details of your living situation for the next month.   This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio.  While in Scorpio, Mars pushes you to work like a demon.  You’ll likely have plenty of tasks and problems introduce themselves to you during the planet’s month and a half stay in the stingered sign.

Cancer: The Crab

A couple key changes occur this week, starting with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which shifts the spotlight toward a number of short term tasks.

This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio.  While in Scorpio, Mars stirs your more intense passions.  You can easily steer these into creative endeavours, but such rivers of energy can spend themselves profligately, as well.

Leo: The Lion

Things change up this week, beginning with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which shifts the spotlight toward your financial status. This is followed by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio on the 23rd.  In Scorpio, Mars stokes conflicts with family members and irritations with your living situation.  There is a call here to problem solve your living situation and purge your familial relationships of corruption.

Virgo: The Virgin

This week sees several shifts, beginning with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd.  The Sun’s ingress shines the beams on to you, charging those batteries which may have run low.  This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into Scorpio.  Mars in Scorpio will likely speed up your schedule and give you plenty of small problems to overcome.  Mars’ time in Scorpio may also oversee prickly relations with siblings- tread respectfully here.

Libra: The Scales

This week sees several changes, beginning with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which shifts the solar spotlight toward the rusty clockworks of your subconscious.  This is followed the next day by the movement of red Mars into intense Scorpio.  In Scorpio, Mars suggests you concentrate on filling up your piggy bank to offset likely expenses.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Things change up this week, starting with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which shifts the spotlight toward your network of friends, peers and contacts.  This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio.  Mars’ time in your sign infuses you with extra passion, power and intensity.   If you’ve been considering invading a neighboring country, the upcoming weeks are rather auspicious.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

The vibe mutates this week, beginning with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which shifts the spotlight toward your professional situation.  Use the next month to take stock of and make some repairs on your career sphere.  This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into Scorpio.  Mars’ time in Scorpio stirs up unconscious energies, asking you to mobilize parts of yourself you don’t entirely understand.  There may be some confusion here as a variety of desires bubble to the surface of your psyche.

Capricorn: The Goat

Things begin rearranging themselves this week, starting with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which helps illuminate and re-energize your long term goals for the next month.  This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio.  Mars’ time in Scorpio intensifies your social sphere, peopling it with powerful friends and potential enemies.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Important shifts occur this week, beginning with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which shines solar spotlight on the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and others for the next month.  This is followed, the next day, by the movement of Mars into fierce Scorpio.  Mars’ time in Scorpio kicks your professional ambition into overdrive.  Channel the nitty gritty passion of the red planet’s powerful position into kicking the ass of what obstructs your professional progress.

Pisces: The Fish

Things change up this week, beginning with the Sun’s entry into Virgo on the 22nd, which shifts the spotlight toward the details of your personal relationships.  This is followed the next day by the movement of Mars into Scorpio.  The red planet’s rays will lend some power you to push through (and around) obstacles in pursuit of your long term goals.  Run with the passion, but remember that not everything on your path is an obstacle.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.

1 Comment

  1. AmiliyaAnippe 7 years ago

    The Sun enters Virgo Wednesday morning, haloing the rest of August and much of September in the warm light of the approaching harvest.

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