Week of August 19th
Now that Mercury is direct, a work/health situation should calm down a bit. Technological issues, random bouts of illness, and miscommunications with co-workers clear up, making your days a little easier this week. We only have one more week of Mars retrograde to contend with. Jupiter trine Neptune makes you doubly lucky in higher learning, travel, or spiritual seeking. A road somewhere is opening for you now. Jupiter removes obstacles, guarding you from harm as you move through the world(s) now. The sun’s move into Virgo on Thursday begins a season of focus on your primary partnerships or friendships. The grand earth trine helps you with that, too, supporting your search for the right community. Unusual ideas lead you into stable relationships with people who see that you belong. Share your insights with a wider audience.
Week of August 12th
Obstacles that you could not name may have been frustrating you during this Mars retrograde. Mars moves into Capricorn at the beginning of this week, perhaps helping you identify what you want through talks with other people who understand. Both of your rulers, Jupiter and Neptune, are moving into an exact trine (a very harmonious aspect) next Sunday. This is especially lucky for you! The ideal road is opening. Meditate on something you would like to learn, or the teacher you want to find. Some of the confusion we’re feeling now will clear over the next two weeks. Seek.
Aug. 5 - 11
This Mercury retrograde is reminding you of how you want to spend your ideal days. Jupiter in Scorpio beckons you to fantasize about the journeys you want to take. What would your life look like if you took those leaps? On the level of mundane reality, irritations in work / health can throw a wrench in your plans to spend the week in the astral. Problems now illuminate the unnecessary. Cleanse your days of the irrelevant so that you can create more fulfilling rituals for yourself. The solar eclipse on Saturday has an insight for your spirit.
July 29 - Aug. 4
Any retrograde annoyances are offset by fantasy superhero team Jupiter trine Neptune, now growing in power. Even Mars retrograde for you can be secret genius, where what looks like inaction is really a magical form of allowing dreams into your life. Dream the path this week. Imagine where you might go between now and November. When Jupiter moves into Sagittarius on November 8th, other people are going to see the changes that you’re already experiencing. Right now it’s about inner spiritual/mental growth.
“A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.”
— Joseph Campbell
We all have a role in the mystery play. Mercury retrograde is reminding you of the importance of ritual, and of your importance as part of a greater cosmic whole. Your sign’s wisdom is depth wisdom; that which comes from somewhere unknown and cannot be explained, only understood. Make daily rituals meaningful this month. Attend a ceremony or create one for yourself so you can be put in accord with wisdom. Jupiter trine Neptune all month is showing you the way down a spiritual path. With Mars retrograding into Capricorn on the 12th, you may find some hidden blocks easier to remove. You would also be wise to wait on some goals until after Mars stations direct on the 27th, at which point you can take action. Other people come together to guide you towards the end of the month. The grand earth trine on the 25th is a grounding and supportive energy for friendship, community, and communication, and the full moon in your sign on the 26th is all about you.