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Astro-logical Forecast for Monday 8/22/2016: Sneak Peek at the Week: Mars, Saturn & Neptune Walk into a Bar…

Good Morning!

The Aries Moon went void at 7:48AM ET, on a meet-up with disruptive Uranus. Mental energy may be especially super-charged, courtesy of an earlier meet-up between Mercury (mindset) and Jupiter (big!) in Virgo (discerning analysis) at 5:05AM ET.  Take care of routine concerns and roll with whatever twists may derail your focus on me-me-me Moon in Aries concerns. Remember that crises that crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. Chill!

The void ends at 5:19PM ET, when the Moon’s ingress into Taurus needs to settle things down. Meanwhile, at 12:39PM ET, the Sun leaves Leo and enters Virgo, where it will be until September 22nd.

What can we say about Virgo? Well, it is an earth sign (as opposed to fire, water or air), and thus practical, with material concerns. It is also a mutable sign, as opposed to cardinal or fixed. What does that mean? Cardinal signs are Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn; they need to come up with the idea and take action.  Fixed signs are Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius. These signs need to organize and give form to the concepts pitched by cardinal signs. Mutable signs — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces — get to spread the word about the cool forms the fixed signs made. Mutable signs are much more subject to change, compared to Cardinal and Fixed. Think of a weathervane spinning in whatever direction the wind happens to blow.

Other Virgo tidbits: it is ruled by Mercury. Virgo is all about analysis and making thing right.  In health matters,  Virgo rules the intestinal tract and assimilation. If you have planets in Virgo in your horoscope, and they are under a great deal of developmental tension, you may have some issues with your digestive system, especially with how your system absorbs nutrition from food. At the end of the day we’ll have four planets in Virgo: Sun, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. That’s a lot of energy focused on analysis and other forms of breaking things down into tiny bits of data.

The biggest planetary news this week is Mars, the warrior planet of action, meeting up with Saturn, the structuring authority figure.  This will be on Wednesday at 7:27AM ET, but we’ve been feeling it for the past week. The meet-up happens at 9 degrees of Sagittarius, and if you have a planet or angle around 8-12 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Pisces and Gemini, you’re feeling the pressure more personally. Mars and Saturn together suggest hardcore discipline in action that can be militant. In Sagittarius, the action is sure to be righteous and the sky’s the limit! Sagittarius refers to the media and other systems of collective thought; it also refers to foreigners and wilderness.

The Sabian Symbol for the Mars-Saturn meet-up (a.k.a. a conjunction) is “a golden-haired goddess of opportunity,” which, for an event that is creating such an apprehensive buzz among certain astrologers, suggests a successful venture, for better or for worse. Adding another layer of color to the meet-up is the Fixed Star Antares, also at 9 Sagittarius. Antares is associated with military campaigns and strategic plans for advance and/or conquest. In touch with Mars, anger is suggested as a driving force, raging against the proverbial machine.

But wait — there’s more. Mars will square Neptune on Friday at 2:57AM ET. The U.S. has a Mars-Neptune square in its horoscope, and we see it reflected in the U.S.’s idealized romance (Neptune) with guns, wars and heroic action (Mars). Neptune with Mars suggests sex appeal, fantasy, delusion/illusion. Is it any wonder that another big American influence is the film and TV industry? Neptune also refers to spirits, drugs, healing, oil, refugees, floods, scandal, deceit — just to name a few. Should be a very interesting week in the headlines — with more to come on September 1st, That’s when the Sun will engage with Saturn and Neptune at 9 Virgo. It will be a New Moon. It will also be an eclipse.

On Saturday at 6:29PM ET, Venus and Jupiter meet up at 27 Virgo. This could bring an expansive opportunity for those born around the 20th of September, December, March and June. Beata te — lucky you — as they say in Italia. Looks like a good day to enjoy the comforts of home and nurturing, as the Moon will be in Cancer.

The last few days of August include Venus leaving Virgo for Libra on the 29th (how lovely) and…..(drum roll, please)…Mercury turning RETROGRADE on the 30th at 9:04AM ET. It turns direct on September 22nd. BACK UP YOUR COMPUTERS NOW.

Moon voids for the week, other than today: Wednesday 3:38PM ET through 7:40PM ET; Friday 8:30PM ET thru 11:06PM ET.

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