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#176 The Astrology Forecast for the Sun in Virgo, Mars in Libra and Mercury Retrograde

Greetings,

The themes this week are…

1. Efficiency

2. Organization

3. Relationships

The same day that Mercury begins its retrograde transit through Virgo, the Sign it rules, the Sun begins transit through Virgo.

Slow down. Organize your life. Create an efficiency that supports you in being of service to others. In order to be of service to others, you must first be able to take care of yourself.

Mars in Libra brings courageous energy to the area of relationships, urging you to face the conflicts you’ve been avoiding in order to move through the energy that is stuck.

There are currently eight planets either retrograde, or about to be retrograde. What this means is there is a lot of stagnation in the energy. Think of this as an opportunity for you to slow down and get your life in order. Everything you are doing right now is preparing you to elevate to the next level.

I hope it is helpful to you, and as always, if you are curious to know how any of the transits are affecting you directly, I encourage you to reach out to me for a reading. It is my purpose to help you understand who you are, so you can accept, appreciate, and love the divine, unique miracle that is you.


Wishing you all the best through the week, as you ride the planetary waves!


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MONDAY, August 21

Mercury in Leo and Mars in Virgo

Venus Retrograde in Leo Square Jupiter in Taurus

Last Monday Venus aligned with Chiron in Aries. This week it’s Jupiter in Taurus.

It’s almost like the fears you overcame are now pushing you to take that next big leap of faith with your heart.

You may be feeling more confident, but that confidence could spill over to indulgence, so temper your expectations.



When: August 18 - 24

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.

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The Moon in Libra Square Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn

This astrological transit can evoke intense emotions and power struggles within relationships. The Moon in diplomatic Libra seeks harmony, beauty and social connections. However, brooding Pluto retrograde in authoritative Capricorn brings an urge for control and overhaul.

As these forces square off, we may feel pulled between keeping the peace versus asserting our will. Cooperation and compromise are challenged by a desire to dominate conversations or exert influence. Insecurity may trigger manipulation or coercion rather than open dialogue.

Within partnerships, efforts to appease or avoid conflict backfire amidst this tense dynamic. Instead, there is a need for courageous conversations that respectfully but honestly address issues. By finding a balance between graciousness and firm boundaries, relationships can deepen in intimacy and maturity.

Overall, this transit illuminates where we need to honor our emotional needs while cultivating mutual understanding. By facing our innermost fears and desires, we can transform superficial bonds into profoundly meaningful connections, guided by integrity. The Moon in Libra's grace coupled with Pluto's conviction helps us stay grounded in truth.


When: 9am – 3pm PDT

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn.



TUESDAY, August 22

The Moon in Aries Square Pluto in Capricorn

Mars in Virgo Opposite Neptune Retrograde in Pisces

This opposition between Mars and Neptune can create tension between our action-oriented drive and our imagination or spirituality. Pragmatic Mars in detail-focused Virgo wants to tackle tasks and solve problems systematically. Yet it faces off against nebulous Neptune, planet of dreams and illusions, now moving backwards through mystical Pisces.

This poses a challenge between practical realism and transcendent idealism. On one hand, we may feel energized to organize and perfect our routines. But on the other, we’re pulled towards creative reverie, getting lost in imagination. Hard work clashes with escaping in fantasy or entertainment.

There is potential for confusion and frustration as we struggle to balance these energies. To find harmony, we must blend some Virgoan logic and order with Piscean compassion and openness. Artistic endeavors can allow a constructive outlet. With both flexibility and focus, we can achieve meaningful productivity guided by inspiration from within. The path ahead emerges when we tune into spiritual guidance while maintaining realistic action.



When: August 20 - 24

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Gemini and Sagittarius.


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Venus Retrograde in Leo Square Jupiter in Taurus

The Goddess stumbles in her backward stride,

As weight of excess her gilded mirror hides.

Abundance overflows its righteous measure,

Indulgence testing even love's pleasure.

The Bull with horns lowered keeps a stolid eye,

On frantic passion threatens to run high.

To rampant fire he brings earth's patient hand,

That joys in moderation firm may stand.

This cosmic angle asks of love's true sight,

Is it blazing conquest or steadfast light?

The retrograde reveals excess blocks the way,

While Taurus counsels virtue's narrower sway.

Let not fortune's mask love's vision smother,

But pare it down to find the truer lover.

Passion governed lasts beyond lightning's spark,

When tethered gently to the Bull's calm heart.

When: August 18 - 24

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius.



WEDNESDAY, August 23

The Sun in Cancer Square Chiron in Aries

The Sun in Virgo

The Sun is the giver of light, life and vitality wherever it goes.

Symbolized by the Virgin and ruled by Mercury, the Mutable Earth sign of Virgo represents analysis, organization, and efficiency.

The Four Cornerstones of Virgo are…

1. Details

2. Health

3. Diet

4. Service

Virgo rules the intestines.

The intestines are the part of the body that eliminates whatever is in the body that is no longer serving the body.

What is the status of my daily routine?

Does my daily routine support my health?

Does my diet support my health?

Does my diet and daily routine support my job?

Does my job support my diet and health?

How can I create a structure supported by a schedule that supports my health and job?

How can I be of greater service to those around me?

How can I create a structure supported by a schedule that supports my health and job, and allows me to be of greater service to those around me?

What am I putting into my body and how is it affecting my mind?

What am I putting into my mind and how is it affecting my body?

Hone in on the here and now. Make the practical choice to remove anything in your life that is no longer serving you, for the purpose of creating greater efficiency in your life, in order to be of greater service to those around you.

As the Sun moves through detailed Virgo, our focus shifts to organization, analysis, and improvement. Virgo's energy brings a desire to get our lives in order and streamline routines. This zodiac sign rules health and wellness, so we may be inspired to adopt new diet and exercise habits.

The Virgo Sun illuminates the need for precision, order and efficiency. We notice flaws more readily and have the urge to fix or perfect things. It's a good time for projects requiring meticulousness and analytical thinking. Mental stimulation and intellectual conversations satisfy the Virgo Sun.

However, too much criticism and obsession over details can also arise. The Virgo Sun can express as worry, self-criticism and seeking perfection. Finding balance between attention to task and mindfulness is key. Overall, the Sun in Virgo helps us refine our lives through diligence, discrimination and care for the little things. We can harvest meaningful improvements through modest daily efforts.

When: The Sun is in Virgo from August 23 – September 22, 2023

The Sun is in Virgo every year from August 22 or 23 – September 22 or 23, 2023 depending on where and when.

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Gemini and Sagittarius.

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Mercury retrograde in Virgo

With Mercury retrograde in its home sign of Virgo, the themes of this transit are amplified. Virgo's rulership over organization, analysis, details and efficiency is disrupted. Miscommunications, delays and mix-ups become more likely in our daily affairs and routines.

The analytical Virgo mind wants to make sense of things, but Mercury's backward motion creates confusion and unclear thinking. Details are missed and our ability to logically communicate is hampered. Patience is required as we re-explain and clarify matters.

However, the upside is that Mercury retrograde periods are useful for improving systems and processes. Virgo's perfectionistic energies paired with Mercury's review of past matters allows us to assess what needs refinement. We can research, revisit old ideas and streamline methods for greater productivity.

Overall, expect the usual retrograde issues around technology, travel plans and contracts to be amplified. But this reflection period can also help us polish projects and get organized if we allow some flexibility. By reviewing the fine print, we can make fixes that strengthen operations for the long haul.


When: August 3 - Mercury Enters Its Retrograde Shadow in Virgo 8°0’

August 23 - Mercury Retrograde in Virgo 21°51’

September 15 - Mercury Direct in Virgo 8°0’

September 29 - Mercury Exits its Retrograde Shadow in Virgo 21°51’

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Gemini and Sagittarius.


THURSDAY, August 24

The Moon in Gemini Sextile Mercury in Leo

The Sun in Virgo Square the Moon in Sagittarius

This astrological transit can create tension between our practical concerns and emotional and philosophical needs. The Sun illuminates our core identity, while the Moon represents our feelings, emotional instincts and inner life.

Sun in logical Virgo favors pragmatic steps and careful analysis. There is a focus on improving techniques, ordering routines and editing out flaws. However, the Moon in adventurous Sagittarius craves exploration, ideals and new experiences.

This square or 90-degree angle brings conflicting energies. We may feel torn between playing it safe versus taking a leap. The Virgoan urge for perfection clashes with Sagittarian risk-taking. Critical thinking wars with unwavering beliefs. There's a need to blend rationality with intuition.

Emotional fulfillment requires tempering grand visions with realistic limits. Practical solutions work best when aligned with personal values. By integrating these energies, we can have meaningful experiences that also build lasting results. The Virgo Sun's detailed plans paired with Sagittarian Moon's aspirations help us craft an inspired vision.

When: 12am – 6am PDT

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces.



FRIDAY, August 25

The Sun in Cancer Sextile Uranus in Taurus

Mars in Virgo Trine Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn

This harmonious astrological aspect generates tremendous drive and stamina for tackling ambitious projects. Mars represents our motivation and energy, while retrograde Pluto intensifies focus and purpose.

Mars in analytical Virgo combines with Pluto's dogged determination in pragmatic Capricorn. Together they form a potent force for efficiently executing goals with logical planning and tenacious follow-through. This transit boosts our ability to work hard and channel willpower towards practical accomplishment.

We feel empowered to take concrete steps for transforming systems and structures in our lives. No task seems too massive, as this transit endows the patience and mental endurance needed for success. It's a great time for research, investigation, and detailed work that requires intense concentration.

However, we must be mindful not to become too demanding or obsessive. Balance can be found through careful time management, reasonable expectations, and taking occasional rests. Used constructively, this transit helps build effective solutions through diligent refinement and expert implementation.

When: August 22 - 27

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Aries, Gemini, Libra and Sagittarius.



SATURDAY, August 26

The Moon in Cancer Sextile Mars in Virgo

The Moon in Sagittarius Square Mars in Virgo

Mars represents action and assertion, while the Moon rules emotional instincts. Virgo's Mars conducts work in a systematic, perfectionist manner. But the Moon in adventurous Sagittarius requires space for inspiration.

This square places these energies at odds. The practical Virgo approach clashes with Sagittarian exploratory zeal. We may feel torn between diligent effort and take-a-chance spontaneity. The Virgo urge to plan meticulously and improve skills can seem to limit our options.

Emotional fulfillment under this transit means blending self-discipline with optimism. Hard work need not rule out big dreams. But following intuitive nudges works best when combined with common sense. Finding this balance between freewheeling hope and strategic progress can take some adjustment.

With insight, we can satisfy our emotional needs while still accomplishing our pragmatic goals. The industrious Virgo Mars helps give form and substance to Sagittarian visions. This dynamic tension provides the spark to turn inspired ideas into concrete results.

When: 1am – 7am PDT

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces



SUNDAY, August 27

The Moon in Cancer Sextile Uranus in Taurus

Mars in Libra

Mars in Libra merges the planet of drive and assertion with the energy of relationships, harmony and compromise. This boosts collaborative efforts but can also introduce passive or compliant qualities to our actions. Under this influence, we are motivated to accomplish goals alongside others rather than independently. Diplomacy is favored over domineering attitudes when pursuing desires. In relationships, equality, sharing and balancing needs come to the forefront, though true feelings should not be suppressed.

Socially, charm and cultured activities thrive with Mars in Libra. We gain inspiration through beauty and connecting with people. However, avoiding or glossing over disagreements rather than maturely addressing issues is a risk. The normally courageous Mars may equivocate or hesitate when under Libra's influence. Finding balance is advised.

To work best with this transit, we must learn to integrate Libra's grace with Mars' conviction. This allows confident pursuit of ambitions through strategic cooperation, without compromising principles or decisiveness. Tension is resolved through justice and understanding multiple viewpoints. Mars in Libra teaches that consideration for others and authentic self-expression can powerfully combine. With insight and balance, shared goals reached will be sweeter.

When: August 27 – October 11

Last Time: September 14 – October 30, 2021

The Time Before Last: October 3 – November 18, 2019

Think back to these dates for clues on what could be in store for you as Mars transits through Libra this time.

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Cancer and Capricorn.

If you are curious of how this transit is affecting you directly, I encourage you to contact me for a reading.

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The Sun in Virgo Opposite Saturn Retrograde in Pisces

The opposition between the Sun in Virgo and Saturn retrograde in Pisces creates tension between practical thinking and imaginative idealism. When detail-oriented Virgo Sun aims to perfect skills and streamline routines, it runs up against the confusing dissolution of boundaries and solid plans that Saturn's backwards motion through mystical Pisces can bring. We feel caught between earthly duties and otherworldly fantasies, critical analysis and melancholy rumination.

Progress seems slowed or stalled as we struggle between disciplined efforts to organize and improve, versus following intuitive nudges towards creative exploration. Virgo's urge to analyze and categorize meets resistance from Pisces' urge to surrender to the mystery. Patience and insight are needed to blend pragmatism with imagination and see the big picture.

Finding balance is key during this transit. Becoming either too focused on technical details or too lost in worrying and vague intuitions causes stress. The path ahead emerges when we loosen rigid mental frameworks enough to allow inspired vision, then ground it with thoughtful strategy.

By learning to work with both sides of this opposition, we can take efficient action aligned with soulful purpose. Practical efforts support Piscean ideals when integrated wisely. With compassion and discernment, we transit this tension between real and imagined to manifest positive change.

When: August 25 - 29

This period could be challenging for those born with key astrological points or planets in Gemini and Sagittarius.


If you are curious about how these planetary alignments are influencing you directly, please contact me for a reading. It is an honor and privilege for me to share this knowledge with you. Until then, and beyond, I wish you all the best as you ride the planetary waves.


Sincerely,


Scott

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Thankyou for taking the time to research and write this every week. Much appreciation for all you and ingrid do. Have been an avid listener since the beggining 🙌 Loved the poem on the tuesday forecast too. 😊 Bianca-Australia

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