Mars has finally turned direct after spending most of the Summer retrograde, and it is doing so right as the Moon moves into Aries, one of the two home temples of Mars.
Here's what to watch for:
* The feeling of having turned a corner
* Ready to march forward
* Ready to go
* I've got a plan
* I'm finally ready to implement that idea
* Give me the to-do list, I'm going to kick its butt
* Competitive juices are no longer crazy and frustrated
* A period of delay or frustration winding down
* Will, volition, power, anger, and aggression have all leveled up, and you are feeling more mature, less reactive, and ready to meet new challenges in your Mars 7.0 software
* The need to be productive
* Overestimating the importance of one's work
* Getting back to work
* What was lost is being regained
* Putting someone or something to work, being put to work
* What you want or desire has changed, evolved, matured
* You are ready to "Bite through," speak up, or accept responsibility for yourself or your actions at a higher level
Remember that Mars will soon enter Aquarius and then square Uranus again by September 18th. So the implementation of many of the lessons learned during this recent Mars retrograde period will take a while to play out. Look specifically at the houses of Capricorn and Aquarius to see where Mars has been transiting to find where your lessons and personal work has been most present, and then remember that there is some good integration to come!
Prayer: Give us the strength to accept, integrate, and implement the lessons you have given us so that our will is but an instrument of your loving work.
It's a full Moon this morning, with Venus moving into a square with Pluto this afternoon.
Here's what to watch for:
* The Full Moon is happening on the heels of a solar eclipse, which makes this full Moon just a little more potent than normal, even though it is not an eclipse itself.
* The Full Moon lands in the signs of Mercury and Jupiter, while Mercury in Leo is moving into a square with Jupiter in Scorpio.
* Be mindful of the tendency to think, speak, or communicate in ways that are too much, overpowering, arrogant, prideful, boastful, or domineering. Mercury/Jupiter in a square, with Mercury in Leo, can easily reflect a kind of puffed up or "too big for your britches" kind of energy.
* It's also easy to become combative, or mentally or verbally argumentative right now, so be careful of what you allow in your mind and ears, and be careful of the temptation to get up on a high horse to defend or argue your case to someone who, probably, does not care. :)
* At the same time, the Mercury/Jupiter tone of this full Moon may also excite your mind and heart, turn up the volume on your passion, and help you to understand something more fully or expansively. This could be very useful.
* Next, Venus is square to Pluto...be careful of...
* The relationship explosion
* Tensions or unconscious "stuff" bubbling up to the surface
* The desire to help or to lend a hand, actually a selfish motivation
* Diplomatic opportunism
* Controversy and PC phoniness
* Sexual tension, eroticism, and desire
* Negotiation breakdowns
* The dark and subterranean meet the polished, erudite, and poised
* Passive aggression
* Triangle situations in relationships
* Death, depth, and beauty
* Buttering someone up to get your own way
* Rational attempts to solve something that isn't exactly rational
* The need to listen rather than "solve" a problem
* When balance is pretentious
* The fine line between beauty and vanity
* Eruptions of relationship "stuff" for better or worse
* Passion and the way it disturbs reason, or upsets "the balance."
Two strong transits happening at once today as the Full Moon comes through!
Prayer: Teach us the beauty of your causeless mercy, of unearned compassion and understanding, and of the good grace you give us, which you never boast about, and which requires no speculation, or explanation.
The Moon is moving into a conjunction with Pluto today, just as the Sun is changing signs into Virgo.
Here's what to watch for:
* Whenever the Moon and Pluto get together you may notice themes of darkness, depth, intensity, and eruptions of hidden or secret content, the desire for power, corruption, the criminal underworld, purgation, and also transformation or themes of regeneration or rebirth.
* With the Moon in Capricorn, you may also notice themes of hardheartedness, manipulation, betrayal, competition, and opportunism.
* It's also not unusual to see public scandals or controversies boiling over, or for the disclosure of secrets to the public.
* Issues related to family, kin, or tribe can become more intense, with potential themes of family secrets, family rivalries, or the eruption of new family feuds.
* Issues surrounding women, women's health, mothers, etc.
* But again, there are also transformative, deep, healing, or regenerative experiences "in the air" during a Moon/Pluto transit.
* Next, we're on the edge of Virgo season. But what does that mean? Well, remember that the zodiac is in many ways defined by the annual/seasonal journey of the Sun from solstice to solstice and through the gateway of the two equinoxes. Virgo season represents the last and final sign of the Summer and the light half of the year.
* One of the major themes that Virgo embodies is thus the preparation for the judgment moment represented by the Fall equinox. At the Fall Equinox, the Sun enters Libra and also the sign of its fall or depression, and this is related to the fact that the Sun is now entering the dark side of the year, where there will be more darkness than light in a 24 hour period, all the way until the Spring Equinox, when the light takes over again.
* In many ways, all of what we say about Virgo is related to this last stage of Summer, wherein we are preparing for the harvest on all levels, physically we are preparing for the Autumn and Winter, but also spiritually the entrance into the underworld implies the coming of a judgment.
* Virgo's psychology is in many ways related to the constant feeling that judgment is waiting on the horizon. A judgment could mean a disaster, or it could mean karmic consequences, or it could mean something much more mundane, like being graded on a test or not getting a job because you aren't prepared well enough. Virgo's diligence, fussiness, orderliness, attentiveness, care, and thoughtfulness, as well as expert craftsmanship, exist in relation to the sense that our actions matter, that they are being evaluated or will be evaluated, and that "though there is light now, there will be a loss to come."
* We sometimes say that Virgos are perfectionists, but this isn't exactly true. Perfection isn't something of the "earth," and Virgo is of the earth. Librans are more into the idea of perfection. Aquarians are more into the idea of perfection. Perfection is an airy idea, remote, and belonging to the realm of perfect shapes and gods. Virgo isn't interested in perfection as much as it is concerned with sincerity, integrity, measurable results in the material world, care, and the intelligent use of skills.
* The 6th house and Virgo are often conflated, though they really shouldn't be. Ancient astrologers had a different rationale for establishing the topics of the sixth house.
* Any sign can be related to service. Virgo's service has a youthful and pure but earthy quality to it. The image of the Harvest maiden also suggests a worker in the world, whole and complete in herself. The old notion of a "virgin," was not simply related to someone who didn't have sex but rather to someone who may not marry or someone who was whole and complete unto themselves. Virgin goddesses in Greek myth, like Diana, were powerful but also lived whole unto themselves. For example, Diana was described in Greek mythology as youthful, incredibly beautiful, but also somewhat aloof from worldly concerns. Similarly, the Harvest-maiden is often depicted as a young woman with wings or with a bird on her shoulder, suggesting a "puella" dimension to Virgo...earthy, crafty, skilled, concerned or even worried about the future, but also youthful, beautiful, and somewhat otherworldly.
* We can attribute this strange duality to the double-bodied time of year. This is yang mixing strongly with yin as the yin time of year is about to take over. Not surprisingly, the antiscion of Virgo is Aries, the ultimate "puer" of the zodiac, a sign not only associated with Spring but also with "hired men," meaning hired young but strong boys/warriors/workers in the old world. Of course in the sign of Aries, we see Yang just taking over but coming out of the Yin of winter!
* Fun side thought: very subtly the zodiac is telling us that one of the essential qualities of yin is that it mixes more easily or readily with yang than yang does with yin. Is it therefore surprising to see more gender/identity blending qualities coming to surface in the collective as we emphasize more of the "feminine" in human consciousness?
* So, the next time someone talks about Virgo, and says they are perfectionists, you can correct them a little bit. And next time someone says, "Virgos are so meticulous," you can explain that this quality is actually related to the time of year that Virgo takes place in!
* Knowing your seasonal archetypes in astrology is like understanding how to use ingredients more intuitively while cooking. If all you can do is cook by memorized recipes, you'll never really develop that loving touch that makes food original, memorable, or filled with love and personality! I'm not a cook, but I'm guessing this is true. :)
Prayer: Cook us carefully. Show us how to use this time of year for the benefit of others. Teach us how to prepare for the "judgments" ahead without living in crippling or neurotic fear.
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Adam Elenbaas is a professional astrologer and the founder of the Nightlight Astrology School. Adam holds an MA and MFA in English and Creative Writing and is one of the founding writers at RealitySandwich. To learn more about Adam, click here.