Starcodes Aug 21, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

As the first golden leaf falls from the dark green canopy this week we feel the shimmers of impending season change and can feel torn between conflicting pulls on our time and heart.  Feel the pull between what we want and our responsibilities, or between savoring a lingering sybaritic summer moment, and urgent actions needed for our future. Stop feeling torn and time share or mediate between the people and the needs. Make the work joyful obligations. Mix what is needed in the moment with a healthy investment in the future. Because it could be a busy year, and can be productive if we fill our reserves, position ourselves well, and respond to urgent calls now.

Jupiter recently entered Virgo (8/12/15-9/9/16) where it will be for the next year. Jupiter symbolizes what frees us, expands our horizons, and also what we overdo or overindulge; it’s larger than all the other planets in the solar system put together. Jupiter in Virgo tells us that our work can set us free, and reminds us that there is no greater gift than good health. Mercury is already in Virgo, and the Sun enters Virgo on Sunday, calling us to an industrious self-improvement program, loaning us that ability to sort, learn, digest and absorb, harvest and heal which we need every autumn.

It is one of life’s humors quirks that students are drawn back to school every year under this industrious Sun in Virgo quality, when they are most ready to learn but most miserably self-conscious and self-critical, one of Virgo’s shadows. Venus and Mars, the two planets that symbolize our social-emotional milieu, are still in Leo and aren’t really into this whole autumnal back to work approach. They infuse our personalities with panache and can help us create new communities at work and school, but can leave us lingering over brunch and dragging our feet when it’s time to buckle down to work.

But this combination has gifts—as we enter the fall fray it’s important to make those new human connections. The busier and harder working we become, the more important it is to share appreciation with our beloveds, help new acquaintances feel appreciated, and keep our soul involved and our optimism engaged; Venus and Mars in Leo can help.

As Friday dawns we may be uncomfortably aware of problems, obstacles, limitations, notice what we’re lacking or what we haven’t done yet as the Sun forms challenging aspects to both Saturn and Pluto under a Scorpio Moon. Difficult decisions need to be made, and people who are trying to prove themselves, political candidates for instance, may unpleasantly try to wield power. The key to using these aspects positively will be to stay self-responsible, ask ourselves what can we do to make our lives better instead of what do other people need to do to change our life. Let’s not take it out on others if we delayed or waited too long and are just now buckling down to take advantage of an opportunity.

The mood shifts Saturday and Sunday, becomes more sociable and celebratory as the under a lighthearted and curious Sagittarius Moon. It stays upbeat if a little nervy on Sunday as the Sun enters Virgo and buckles back down to work on Tuesday as the Moon enters competent Capricorn and Mercury sextiles industrious Saturn next week. It’s time to get our ducks in a row, pencil boxes pencils sharpened, and organize, organize, organize.

And if we organize now, then as the Sun conjuncts expansive Jupiter and Mercury enters egalitarian, friendly Libra next Thursday, will be ready to connect with our community and network future possibilities in a good way.

Friday, August 21: The mood can be a little pompous but hard-working this morning as the Sun squares Saturn under a Scorpio Moon. We may want to get lost deep within this morning, and have strong ambiguities about dealing with people. We can get snappish or willful because we’re suddenly aware of and anxious about efforts we need to make in the future. But we can turn this frustration into action if we stay self-responsible rather than blame others for our discomfort. A stubborn streak and strong approach-avoidance conflicts continue around being sociable tonight. It may be better to do to watch a movie together or do something in tandem, rather than try to interact.

Moon sextile Pluto 5:57 AM, Sun sesqui-quadrate Pluto 9:17 AM, Moon square Venus 5:13 PM, Sun squares Saturn 5:40 PM, Moon trine Chiron 7:34 PM, Moon quincunx Uranus 7:41 PM

Saturday, August 22: In an otherwise fixed, inflexible day, uncertainty can creep in, but instead of second-guessing what we’ve already done; let’s investigate new possibilities that might bring an improvement. We may want to puddle around in our interior world this morning and resent outside demands. Midday, seriousness brings focus as the Moon conjuncts Saturn, then optimism aerates the afternoon as the Moon enters Sagittarius, suddenly we’ll want to speak up and get out on the town, though we’ll tend to argue over attitude and philosophy tonight as Mercury semi-square Mars.

Moon sextile Mercury 12:57 AM, Mars quincunx Neptune 4:21 AM, Moon semi-square Pluto 6:49 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 12:01 PM, Moon square Sun 1:30 PM, Moon enters Sagittarius 2:40 PM, Moon square Jupiter 7:30 PM, Mercury semi-square Mars 10:29 PM

Sunday, August 23: We begin harvest season as the Sun enters Virgo this morning. Although we may feel just as lazy as the Moon squares Neptune, maybe we feel a little bit guiltier about resting. A fresh layer of honesty without an edge can create an opening in family matters. Prioritize health, sorting, organizing, rather than busyness. Leave room for sweetness of the soul this afternoon, and take an opportunity to laugh at oneself.

Sun enters Virgo 4:37 AM, Moon square Neptune 7:08 AM, Moon trine Mars 8:37 AM, Moon semi-sextile Pluto 3:44 PM,

Monday, August 24: Check in and socialize rather than push the work forward. Stir the pots, observe, and make connections. Begin to let go of the summer community and reconnect with the fall tribe. Animal health and animal rights need attention today, even if it’s just taking a dog to the dog park. Tonight the Moon enters Capricorn and we ache a bit, but begin to get serious and plan farther ahead. If this mood oozes into depression, find one small task, accomplish it, and celebrate the progress.

Moon trine Venus 12:09 AM, Moon trine Uranus 4:34 AM, Moon square Mercury 4:03 PM, Moon enters Capricorn 10:21 PM,

Tuesday, August 25: This is an important business day to get down to work and get organized. It’s also a strategic day; watch what offers come in what challenges arise in the headlines and at home and get a peek at the agenda to come. Initiate steps for long-term goals. Morning’s enthusiasm as the Moon trines Jupiter may become daunted by an awareness of the depth of the work needed this evening as the Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Saturn. Investigate motive, then rest rather than worry.

Moon trine Sun 1:34 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 3:44 AM, Moon quintile Chiron 12:31 PM, Moon sextile Neptune 1:31 PM, Moon conjunct Pluto 9:33 PM, Moon square Saturn 10:30 PM,

Wednesday, August 26: Opportunities are popping today, if one doesn’t stumble into your life, created as the Sun conjuncts Jupiter in industrious Virgo while Mercury sextiles competent Saturn. Sign contracts. But let’s only say what we really mean, as our words count now. Show people they are loved by working with them or respecting their work. Have a solution for the problem at hand, and get the job. Problem solve together. Don’t worry about the theory, take a very pragmatic approach for the moment, and explore the theory in the next few days.

Moon sextile Chiron 9:10 AM, Moon square Uranus 9:25 AM, Mercury sextile Saturn 10:07 AM, Moon semi-square Neptune 3:14 PM, Sun conjunct Jupiter 4:02 PM.

Thursday, August 27: The mood and are thinking relaxes a bit, becomes more sociable and interconnected as Mercury enters egalitarian, interested, and more relaxed Libra as the Moon enters sociable Aquarius. Engage teamwork or find out how to work with the teams around. Contemplate the theory behind pragmatic actions. We may be less focused on the details, less touchy on the heart, but can speak with straightforward diplomacy through the day. Late night can bring a stubborn ego clash unless we give one another room as the Moon opposes Mars.

Moon sextile Saturn 12:01 AM, Moon trine Mercury 1:19 AM, Moon enters Aquarius 2:03 AM, Mercury enters Libra 9:44 AM, Moon opposes Mars 10:24 PM

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Starcodes Aug 7, 2015 Heather Roan Robbins

(all time posted as M.D.T.)

Treat every minute of summer as precious. Notice an ephemeral quality creep in to the pleasant weather and taste the freedom and bounty of high summer as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Leo today and Mars joins the Sun, Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter already in Leo tomorrow. The last few weeks brought some tough work as Mercury and Venus squared Saturn, and we need to rest and renew for autumn’s work.

With this line-up in Leo, a fire sign, fire itself can be both unusually attractive and unusually dangerous. Our hearts and forests are flammable. We are combustible. So enjoy the creative heat, but step away from the melodrama, and watch where every spark, match, or incendiary incident lands. Most of our natural and emotional landscape may be bucolic, but when a fire starts, it roars.

Venus approaches its second conjunction to Jupiter (out of three in one season), so close to the Sun we see them only a few minutes after Sunset. Together they keep the mood romantic, emotional, expansive, and sociable, if flammable with hidden undertones of stubbornness and a tendency to be self-involved. With Venus retrograde (July 26—Sept 7) we’re in an emotional review time, which can bring old friends back into my life, or send us back to visit relative or favorite place. Or we may find ourselves back at an all too familiar emotional nexus, and wonder if these old patterns will ever end.

With Jupiter conjunct Venus, there is a longing to be free from those stuck places and to harvest some gifts from the past. It can be healing to reminisce over our best moments, to remember what it felt like to be happy or in love, a first inspiration or kiss, a childhood adventure, a moment when we reached across cultures and truly made a friend, and remember in our muscles that these moments are possible.

Mercury enters Virgo later today, and Jupiter enters Virgo next week, and suddenly schools supplies can begin to look good. Our critical mind kicks in. With Virgo-mind we begin to scan the fall schedule and think of sinking our teeth into a body of work.

But let’s hold on a minute. Before we get lost in autumnal activity and back to school paraphernalia, let’s make sure we’ve done what we need to do in the summer; rest, renew, and stretch our creative wings under Leo’s inspiration. It’s not time to save an enthusiastic adventure for later, the time is now.

This fall looks to be both busy and catalytic, but let’s not jump the gun. We need to be rested and ready. This Wednesday, as Mercury opposes Neptune, symbol of all things intuitive, imaginative and confusing, we may feel lazy or escapist and have a hard time seeing where we’re going or seeing one another without projection. We might as well let summer be summer this week and gear up the week after next when the Moon is new, Mercury moves past its opposition to Neptune, and we can see farther on down the road.

So for now, enjoy a sense of freedom and adventure as the weekend begins, but be careful to not say too much as Mercury conjuncts expansive Jupiter. We can free our mind of a recent interpersonal problem involving the clash of personalities, but can say too much or promise too much, or take an exaggerated view of the situation and have to clean that up later. Although it is likely the weather will be delightful, if a storm starts up, wind and water can get some bass take and cause a real problem this week, so keep a weather eye out.

As the energizing Sun trines restless Uranus towards the end of the week we want to deal with something completely different. A short trip or change of scene, even a moment where we work equally hard but on some unfamiliar project, is good for the soul. Because thoughtful Mercury is opposed Neptune, symbol of all things intuitive, imaginative and confusing, we may want to get away or feel lazy or escapist and need to drift and dream, preferably by water. But we may have trouble seeing one another clearly and without projections, or have logistical problems because we misplace or misconstrue an important piece of information.

So be aware of the impending busy fall, but don’t jump the gun. Sure we should stir the pot for future efforts and sketch out plans, but since we can’t see the future clearly we might as well let summer be summer this week, all the more precious as the foliage takes on that end of summer tinge. Next week, when Mercury moves past its opposition to Neptune and we can begin to see farther ahead, turn towards oncoming fall. It could be a doozy.

Friday, August 7: The mood is stubbornly optimistic, cheerful with a can-do, competitive streak as Mercury conjuncts Jupiter in Leo this morning. Mercury enters Virgo midday, sharpening our wits but bringing in a breeze of self-consciousness and uncertainty to an otherwise positive day. Dinnertime brings a few sharper or more serious edges as the Moon squares Venus and opposes Saturn; we understand the present limitations better but need to adjust rather than stop. Conversation and laughter pick up late tonight as the Moon enters Gemini.

Mercury conjunct Jupiter 1:08 AM Sun bi-quintile Chiron 7:20 AM, Mars semi-sextile Jupiter 11:59 AM, Mercury enters Virgo 1:14 PM, Moon square Venus 6:38 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 8:39 PM, Moon square Jupiter 10:24 PM, Moon enters Gemini 11:39 PM

Saturday, August 8: Be a butterfly and flitter from place to pace, conversation to conversation under a nervy Gemini Moon. Don’t expect to finish anything uninterruptedly. Work with imagination and this daydreaming quality consciously. Don’t expect others to truly understand as we’re all a bit off center and sensitive, but our perception can be slightly distorted as the Moon squares Neptune this afternoon. Tonight, as Mars enters Leo, the parties, and the ego issues, get down.

Moon square Mercury 1:13 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus 9:21 AM, Moon square Neptune 3:48 PM, Mars enters Leo 5:32 PM.

Sunday, August 9: After an early cranky spell we can be in for a lovely, sociable day. Just watch a tendency to get easily miffed if we feel ignored, or under-appreciated, and a tendency to make everything about us, rather than honor the vagaries of another person’s path. Calm the nervous energy and nurture the garden of connection as the talkative, if not deep, Gemini Moon sextiles the Sun, Uranus, and Venus.

Moon semi-square Mars 3:04 AM, Moon sextile Sun 5:28 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 12:29 PM, Moon sextile Venus 10:45 PM.

Monday, August 10: the day is ripe with ambiguities and mixed feelings, and a tad of existential homesickness or insecurity as the Moon enters internal, introspective Cancer and contrasts the extroverted Leo Sun. Make contacts this morning, but invite rather than push, and let people choose their own timing. Be gentle towards a nervous or disjointed mid-afternoon. Feed each other well, comfort food helps calm some edgy defenses. Integrate uncomfortable information, and reconnect tonight.

Moon sextile Jupiter 5:44 AM, Moon enters Cancer 6:08 AM, Moon semi-square Sun 11:16 AM, Moon sextiles Mercury 4:10 PM, Mercury sesqui-quadrate Uranus 4:23 PM, Moon trine Neptune 10:51 PM.

Tuesday, August 11: It can all feel wrong this morning as the Moon opposes Pluto; we can recover our equilibrium easily if no one tries to talk us out of our feelings, but we may need to make a change in response to some discomfort as the Moon opposes Pluto this morning and squares Uranus this afternoon. A real loss is possible, or a need to turn away from one path to follow another. Validate feelings and loan stability, not flammability, to any emotional wobble.

Jupiter enters Virgo 5:11 AM, Moon opposes Pluto 7:16 AM, Moon semi-square Jupiter 10:18 AM, Moon square Uranus 8:27 PM, Moon trine Chiron 8:47 PM.

Wednesday, August 12: Pay attention to the border between imagination and illusion as Mercury opposes Neptune and the Moon enters Leo. We can play off old stories or let our imagination whisk us away into our hopes, fears, and stories of the past and not notice that we’ve drifted away from reality. Give imagination a great place to go and keep it out of trouble, confirm all stories and facts before reacting in the moment, though, as it is hard to ascertain the truth, and a strange hunger for excitement can feed the fire. Follow through on all issues of travel and communication carefully.

Sun bi-quintile Pluto 4:38 AM, Moon trine Saturn 11:43 AM, Moon enters Leo 2:52 PM, Mercury opposed Neptune 7:11 PM, Moon conjunct Mars 7:59 PM.

Thursday, August 13: And now for something completely different– or so we hope– as the Sun trines Uranus. A change of scene, script, or scenario is called for. We’re unusually open to progressive or innovative ideas, ready for an easy adventure or attitude adjustment, and want to take action to improve. Larger scale ambitions can feel blocked for the moment, and we are reminded to hold our own authority around other people’s pushy wills. Invite others to a better outcome, but be flexible about what that looks like.

Sun trine Uranus 4:26 AM, Mars bi-quintile Neptune 5:23 AM, Sun quincunx Chiron 7:54 AM, Saturn semi-square Pluto 4:16 PM.

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