Week of August 19th
Now that Mercury is direct, you can take what you’ve learned about who is in your tribe (and who isn’t) and communicate more easily with your in crowd. Networking, social calls, and goals/planning start to get easier in this last week of Mars retrograde. Jupiter trine Neptune can help you make sure your daily activities turn a bigger profit, too. Job-related networking has the potential for rewards at the beginning of this week. On Thursday, the sun enters Virgo, beginning a new season of introspection for you. Unlike the retrograde season, this one involves both reflection and action, so you won’t have to wait quite so much. Yet the autumn sun still lights your imagination. The grand earth trine towards the end of this week supports you in bringing your emotional insights together for a true revelation. Uranus in Taurus is here to help you rewild your resources over the next 7-8 years. “Resources” sounds so vague--it comes from an old French word meaning “to rise again; recover.” Open your mind to unusual ways of recovering wealth/history/intimacy/magic in your life. You’re rising from the ashes.
Week of August 12th
Other people recognize your inner (and outer) beauty now. Let the eclipse insight sink in over a slower week of rest and summer hangs. Jupiter trine Neptune is growing in power now, helping you to increase your self-confidence, boost your money vibe, and hit on an ideal work/health routine. Take stock of what you’ve learned from Mars retrograde re: pleasure, fun, romance, and desire. How can you bring these values into the core of your life, giving you more freedom as a result? Mars helps you identify some ancient angst from your past that’s holding you back from living your best life. Find peace.
Aug. 5 - 11
Venus in your sign is a lovely pick-me-up for you after so much Martial hot air. A pleasing, scented breeze wafts your way. Other people notice your charms more readily than they have been. You do have an agenda behind the charm this week though: to knock down any fun-blocks, curb any inauthentic relationships, and chip away at the crumbling foundations of a former life. Do what’s best for you, and do it with a smile. Saturday’s partial solar eclipse is a time to grok some insight about the community that will celebrate your individuality.
July 29 - Aug. 4
Imagine yourself hanging out a shingle that advertised your true self to the people who will best understand you. This is your porch light, as it were. Visualize yourself turning it on and inviting in all of the right friends and audience members who make up your community. Uranus in Taurus for you is like a cleansing fire, burning off the old, dead ideas and assumptions to make way for new growth in your house of resources. This week will require you to get resourceful. Building your community is an investment, even if we think of social time as “free” time. Who are you attracting? Call them in like moths to a flame.
“He was bookish, she was not; he was theoretical, she political. She called a rose a rose. He called it an accumulation of cultural and biological constructions circulating around the mutually attracting binary poles of nature/artifice.”
— Zadie Smith, On Beauty
You are the most relationship-oriented of the signs, and your ruler Venus enters your sign on August 6th, reminding you of your love for love. It’s not just about relating to people who already get you, but marrying two seemingly opposing ideas, sides, or personalities that makes you truly happy. You make symmetry from jagged lines. Remember this when Venus opposes Chiron in Aries on the 8th and squares Saturn in Capricorn on the 9th, calling you to practice your relationship skills on people with whom you don’t see eye-to-eye. This requires that you be super authentic, not chameleon into whatever the other person wants you to be. The Leo solar eclipse on Mercury retrograde August 11th starts a new-old cycle in your friendships/community. Who do you want in your posse? Reviving old, but relevant, associations and quietly sneaking out of dead-end groups is a good strategy for this Mercury retrograde. Tiptoe off while they’re engaged in some toxic gossip and don’t look back. On the 12th, Mars retrogrades into Capricorn and you start to reconsider what you want at home. Where do the foundations of your life need an upgrade? You can start working on it at the end of the month. Mercury stations retrograde on the 19th, while Jupiter trine Neptune gives an income/health situation a boost. Virgo season, beginning August 23rd, features a beautiful full moon in Pisces (Aug. 26th) that supports your total healing after so much aggro-Mars-vibe. Venus square Pluto prompts you to pull the strings on your own transformation. Once Mars stations direct on the 27th, clear the blocks and start the upgrade.