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August-September 2007

For the New Moon Cycle in Leo:
August 12/13 - September 11, 2007

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Aug.12, 7:02 PM EDT – NEW MOON in LEO (19:51) ("What's a New Moon?"  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.)
(Aug.13 12:03 AM in UK)
(Aug.13, 9:03 AM in AU)

The New Moon in Leo chart shows five planets in Leo! Okay okay, technically the Sun and Moon aren't planets, but we astrologers usually call them planets just for convenience. But perhaps we should be a bit more specific this time, since the Sun is the ruler of the sign of Leo.

The Sun is our solar system's primary source of light, and Leos just love to shine their light! The planets don't have any light of their own – we can see them in the night sky only because they reflect the Sun's light to us. Without the Sun, we could not see the other planets in the sky. And most Leos would probably tell you that without the joy, confidence and joie de vivre that they spread throughout the world, it would be a much darker, bleaker place.

Whether you are a Leo or some other sign, you have the Sun somewhere in your chart. In fact, you already know where it is – it's your Sun sign, the sign you were "born under." If you know your birthday, you can usually figure out what your Sun sign is. ("What's my Sun sign?") The Sun's path through the Zodiac is very predictable throughout the year, so your Sun sign can usually be determined by your birthday.

The question often comes up about what happens if you are "born on the cusp" (close to the date when the Sun changes signs). Due to minor variations in our calendar year, the actual date when the Sun moves from one sign to another changes slightly from year to year. The date ranges given for Sun signs in the horoscopes are approximated within a day or so of when the Sun may actually change signs. If you were born on the cusp, the Sun might have technically been in one sign or the other. The only way to know for sure is to consult an astrologer, to use a computer program, or look it up in an ephemeris (a kind of astrological calendar). An astrologer may need to know your place and time of birth to know for sure.

People born on the cusp tend to have qualities of both signs. Part of this is due to both signs having influence on the Sun's astrological energy when it crosses from one sign to another. However, it is also because Mercury will be in one sign or the other, which will give a bit more emphasis to that sign in your natal chart. Venus never strays farther than 2 signs away from the Sun, so Venus is likely to be in one or the other sign as well. And other planets might also be in one of the signs. These factors contribute to how much you will feel the energy of one sign over the other in your life. This is very individual. If you were born near the cusp, you would learn a lot about yourself by getting a personal reading.

Sun sign astrology (horoscopes that are based on your Sun's Zodiac sign) often have a bit of a bad reputation among serious astrologers. This is because Sun sign horoscopes take into account only the sign where the Sun was when you were born. In a personal reading, your astrologer looks at all the planets, not just the Sun. Taking only the Sun into account is like trying to understand who someone is based only on their country of origin or their economic situation or their occupation. Certainly those things have a strong effect on you, but you are far more than your nationality or your bank book or your job. In the same way, Sun sign horoscopes only show a one-dimensional look at who you are.

So why are horoscopes so popular, if they're so limited? Partly because people still love to get their daily/weekly/monthly taste of what the cosmos is feeding them. It is only a taste, but it can make life fun and shows you possibilities you might have missed. Also because they're convenient—you don't have to commit to the time involved in getting a full reading. And because they're usually free – but remember that, as with any sample of something bigger, you get what you pay for. ;-)

Here at Evolving Door Astrology, you get Sun sign horoscopes, but you also can read more about the ongoing transits here on this page, using all the planets. It gives you a bigger picture than simply what's happening with your Sun sign. For an even bigger picture, computer horoscope reports can give you a more in-depth view of how the planets are affecting you, since they are based on more of your individual natal chart. And to get the complete picture that is tailored to your whole chart, a personal reading with a real astrologer is your best choice.

So, having said all that, what can we say here about the New Moon in Leo that is meaningful to you? Everything! Although your natal chart is the most personal astrological picture of who you are, you are still influenced by the here-and-now planetary alignments that affect everyone else. And with 5 planets in Leo, you are challenged to discover ways to express the unique individual that you are!

Self-expression tends to shine brightest when it's inspired by the friction of challenge – in the same way that water spurts out farther and stronger when you put your thumb over the end of a garden hose. And with a little skill and practice, you can learn to aim the spray in the direction you want to achieve things you never could with the hose's regular water flow.

Saturn in Leo does the same thing as your thumb. Saturn holds us back, forcing us to try harder and making us stronger in the process. Right now Venus is retrograde and closely conjunct Saturn. They have been conjunct since Jun.20, with Venus moving so slowly around her retrograde station on Jul.27. Their conjunction became exact on Jul.01, and this repeats on Aug.13.

You might be experiencing struggle in a relationship which is forcing you to rethink what is really important to you. Or, you may be having difficulty with your finances, making you budget and pace your spending more carefully. You might be working extra hard at work, building up your skills and discipline. Or perhaps you are facing a test of self-confidence, challenging you to "get real" by throwing away your outer mask so that the true You can shine through. If you're struggling in some way right now, keep your eyes on the prize! Focus on the benefits and rewards you can harvest from the hard work you're investing.

This is Saturn's last curmudgeonly march through Leo, and on Sep.02 will move into Virgo! That roar you hear in the background is every Leo in the world cheering and celebrating. ;-) That smirk you hear next is every Virgo thinking how Saturn will return to Leo in another 27 years. That rude noise you hear now is every Leo sticking out their tongue and thinking, "I am SO going to enjoy watching this..." Virgo is next on Saturn's list of raw material to dismantle and rebuild in a whole new way. More about that in the next update!

The New Moon is conjunct Mercury and opposite both Neptune and Chiron. On one hand, this could be a very imaginative and creative time, full of new ideas and visions. On the other hand, you could become "blinded by the light" and think you're seeing something in yourself or in your surroundings that may not be completely accurate or in your best interests. Although Saturn's caution and scepticism might not feel good right now, they might be better allies in this situation than you think.

The Sun, Moon and Mercury are also in a quincunx aspect with Uranus. Unexpected insights and inspiration are possible, but it might not be easy to know how to put them to use. Or exciting possibilities might seem just out of reach and you're not sure how to shine brightly enough to illuminate your path to make them happen. Adjustment is the key – stay flexible, open-minded and ready for unusual solutions.

Mars is moving up to oppose Jupiter later this month, and will become part of a series of T-square and Grand Cross aspect configurations from late August to early September. With Mars in Gemini, actions can speak louder than words or can speak as words. Reactions can become amplified, as can your determination to go after what you want. The trick is to reach for the greater potential, idealism and meaning that are possible, and not just settle for automatic reactions or the short-term answers.

These and more transits are described in more detail below. Although everyone is influenced by these transits, they will affect you a little differently than others around you, since these planets interact with your natal chart a little differently. This lunar cycle is special because it culminates at the Full Moon in a Lunar Eclipse on Aug.28. More about that in the next update.  

Aug.13 – Sun Opposite Neptune (20:38 of Leo/Aquarius) (Aug.14 in AU)

For a few days, you are face to face with the boundless universe! This could come to you in a number of ways, from creative inspiration to vivid dreams to enchanted encounters with great mystery. There is a tension now between clarity of purpose and infinite vision; between being centred in yourself versus being connected to the Great Unknown; and/or between personal independence and autonomy versus blurred boundaries with a person or situation. If you lose your bearings, you could feel some depression, lethargy or confusion. Your dreams, longings and expectations may be rooted more in wishful thinking than reality right now, which could lead to disappointment or disillusionment. It's a good idea to do a reality check with a trusted friend if you need to make any important decisions. On the other hand, you are also able to see your hopes, dreams and illusions more clearly than usual, reflected back through other people or the outside world. It may be like looking in a cosmic mirror that shows you what's going on in your subconscious. Just remember that it may be hard to tell which is the real thing and which is the mirrored reflection. Just like a dream, you might get better insight by interpreting them intuitively rather than literally. Try expressing your experiences, feelings and perceptions in ways that are poetic, artistic, creative and non-rational.  

Aug.13 – Venus conjunct Saturn (27:29 of Leo) (Aug.14 in AU)

The serious structure and responsibility of Saturn combines with the desire for pleasure, beauty and material abundance in Venus. This can be a good time to make concrete plans about financial matters (e.g., investments, budgeting, purchases, etc.), although this will work best if you do some serious research first, rather than simply going for whatever seems to "feel good." This is a time to begin a process of commitment, whether that involves developing your resources to achieve a certain goal, or negotiating the terms of a relationship or partnership. However, in order to clear the way for new commitments to flourish down the road, sometimes old commitments must be brought to a close first. So this may also be a time when previous involvements or plans may come to an end, especially if they no longer fulfil your needs or lack enough potential to reach your desired goals. In a similar way, you might find yourself blocked from being able to move forward in the areas of relationships, finances or pleasures. These areas may require some reworking or reconsideration before you're ready to proceed.  

Aug.14 – Mercury opposite Neptune (20:36 of Leo/Aquarius)
(Aug.15 in AU)

Inspired thinking, mental fantasy, imaginative ideas and lucid dreams are likely during this transit. This can result in enormous creativity that sees inspiration and magical ideas in the world around you (be sure to write them down to develop later). Your communication may be unusually intuitive and inspiring now. However, it can also be a time when your perceptions about reality are a bit off and coloured by wishful thinking and irrational conclusions. Doing a reality check with a trusted friend or advisor is a good idea, especially if you are trying to make important decisions right now. But be sure to explore any non-rational or irrational thinking, since the veil between the conscious and unconscious mind is thin now and you can learn much by observing your thoughts and perceptions.  

Aug.15 – Venus Retrograde trine Pluto (22:26 of Leo/Sagittarius)

Close one-on-one connections with people (close friends, lovers, partners of all kinds) will tend to gravitate to a deeper, more intense level now. Instead of automatically doing the diplomatic, "nice" thing, you may find it is more fulfilling to share more of your authentic feelings. It may be possible now to connect with people on a deeper level, while still ensuring that your interests are equally balanced with theirs. The trick is to do this without trying to control or overpower the other person, and it may be easier to avoid those traps now. You could make some deeply intimate connections with people under this transit. Financial dealings with other people may also go smoothly, although it might be wise to get clear confirmation that you're both on the same page about the fine print.  

Aug.15 – Sun conjunct Mercury (22:37 of Leo) (Aug.16 in AU)

During this transit, your sense of self and purpose can become merged with what you think, perceive and say. On one hand, this can make for an easy flow of ideas and communication from inside your brain to the external world. It can also increase your perceptions and observations of the world, as you file it all away in your internal database. On the other hand, you may find yourself a bit tongue-tied, as it could be hard to separate your sense of self from your perceptions and ideas enough to find the words to adequately express them. In that case, just observe and go with the flow; the words will come later. It can also be a time when it's not easy to be objective, especially about yourself and how you bring yourself to the world around you. It's like your Being automatically expresses and sets into motion the things you think, perceive and want to say. This can help you to feel like your sense of self is shining effortlessly, but if your thoughts and perceptions are in conflict with other parts of you (e.g., emotions, needs, objectivity) then it might become a time when you act a little too quickly with blinders on. Strive for balance and self-honesty before you act.  

Aug.17 – Mercury conjunct Venus (25:25 of Leo)

Social connections, diplomatic communication and receptive awareness mark this transit. It can be a great time to negotiate contracts or agreements because the communication can usually flow easily. Focus your awareness on achieving a mutual balance between you and the other person. A win-win solution is especially easy to achieve now -- so much so, in fact, that it might be tempting to only say what you think the other person wants to hear (which may or may not be wise). This can also be a time of appreciating and expressing beauty, pleasure and sensuality. If there's someone you want to get closer to (in terms of romance, friendship, business, partnership, or even an adversary!), talking gently and listening receptively can be the key that unlocks the door. You may also get new creative ideas from your interactions with people or from observing them.  

Aug.17 – Mercury trine Pluto (26:25 of Leo/Sagittarius) (Aug.18 in AU)

It is possible to dive deep below the surface now, in your perception of situations, other people and yourself. If you have been working on trying to understand the deeper motivations and dynamics of what is happening in your life, there could be a breakthrough now. The light may finally go on in the darker corners that have eluded you, and your penetrating insight. You could find a way to articulate these perceptions and speak your mind in a way that is unusually powerful or intense (so be careful you don't inadvertently blow your audience out of the water). This transit can bring an opportunity to shed and leave behind old worn out perceptions or ineffective forms of communication. Try writing down your thoughts and ideas to capture the energy of this transit. This is the only exact pass for this transit, since Pluto was out of range when Mercury came through this area two months ago.  

Aug.17 – Sun conjunct Venus Retrograde (24:51 of Leo) (Aug.18 in UK, AU)

When the Sun conjuncts Venus retrograde, it initiates a new beginning in all things related to Venus. That includes self-image, beauty, love, relationships, interaction, finances, resources, pleasure and sensuality. However, this new beginning is small and largely hidden, like a seed beneath the earth that is about to sprout. You are the co-gardener of your soul now, in partnership with the Universe. Therefore, be gentle, consistent and supportive of yourself, as you would a sprouting seed. You may not be clear on what the new beginning is until well after Venus goes direct, so be patient. Now is a good time to gather intuitive thoughts and impressions of what kind of changes you would like in Venus areas. Would you like to improve your self-image so that you are more loving and accepting of yourself? Perhaps you would like to stabilise your material security and help it grow gradually? Or maybe you want to bring more pleasure and harmony to your relationships and interactions with others? Start by connecting to the loving and blessed person inside yourself first.  

Aug.18 – Mercury conjunct Saturn (28:06 of Leo)

It's time to take a serious look at the circumstances and situations in your life. This transit may not exactly be "party time" but it's a great transit to have when you need to take a dispassionate, objective, clear view of life. You may be called upon to make a decision about something. For example, you might need to commit yourself to a particular plan of action, or start developing plans toward a particular goal. In either case, it may be necessary to limit or let go of other options. You might come to the conclusion that something has run its course and it's time to leave it behind -- like an opinion or project or mindset. It's a time when your perception, thoughts and words may not be exciting, imaginative or entertaining, but you're probably more able to be clear, grounded decisive and hard working.  

Aug.19 – Mercury enters Virgo (until Sep.05)

Mercury moves into its own sign of Virgo, where it brings an awareness of health, healing, work and service. This is a good time to be analytical, methodical and focused on improvement. But be careful not to get so lost in details or perfectionism that you can't see the forest for the trees. This energy is well spent by finding ways to make your work and the pursuit of your goals more efficient and effective. Try organising your activities better and prioritizing them according to what works well and what needs improvement and how. This is especially true for any health issues that keep getting pushed to the back burner. Whatever your plans, this transit can help you organise an effective strategy to move you forward.  

Aug.19 – Sun Trine Pluto (26:24 of Leo/Sagittarius) (Aug.20 in AU)

Your sense of purpose is strong now, as you are able to tap into a deeper level of energy and determination. Your personality is likely to be more forceful now, which can be great if you need to make a strong impression but perhaps not so much in situations requiring delicacy or subtlety. Your ability to see below the surface of things is especially clear, and it may be possible to unearth secrets or get at the core of unconscious patterns (yours or others'). This is a time when your personal presence may come across as somewhat "larger than life," so you need to remember that a little goes a long way during this transit. This could be a time when you suddenly find the strength to stand up and assert your personal power in a situation that has felt overwhelming or discouraging. On the other hand, if you are still struggling to learn how to own your power, without using nuclear bombs to make your point, you may still feel a bit overwhelmed or daunted by this transit. In that case, take smaller steps and don't try to push the river.  

Aug.21 – Sun conjunct Saturn (28:32 of Leo) (Aug.22 in UK, AU)

For a few days before and after this date, you may feel serious, studious, stuck, blocked, committed and/or hard working. It could be a good time to manifest well prepared plans, or you might have to get real and deal with difficult realities in new ways. You may have business with authority figures, or you might be called upon to act in a leadership role. It can also be a time to own your own authority -- that is, to BE the authority figure, either to someone else or just to yourself. It might be a time of decision, when you have to choose one path or option over another. This can feel like an ending, as much as it is a new beginning, because selecting one possibility means you must let go of the other possibilities (at least for now). This is a necessary part of the process of manifestation and maturity. Doing closure on the people and situations that are passing out of your life will help to complete the process of growth and learning they have brought into your life, and can help clear the space for something new to begin growing in their place.  

Aug.23 – Sun enters Virgo (until Sep.23)

Happy Solar Return to all Virgos! While the Sun is in Virgo, we are all honorary Virgos. You are encouraged to clean out the toxins in your body and mind. Organise and tidy up your life, in whatever ways it is "a mess." And take stock of the ways you give service and make a contribution to the world around you. Take some time to pay attention to the details and precision of what you do, and appreciate how much you can do with very little. During this transit, organisation, useful procedures and practical application come together to form the key that opens the door to effectiveness, efficiency and improvement. This is a good time to adopt a service-oriented attitude, whether that involves being helpful to someone else or dedicated to your own healing and betterment. You could volunteer your time. Or, perform some "random acts of kindness." Or, just do something nice for someone. Projects and problem solving may work a bit better if you take an analytical, methodical approach to them (rather than intuitive or guessing). This is a good time to assimilate and "digest" the results of any preparation you've been doing toward a project, goal or production. Weed out what doesn't work and what doesn't support your efforts, and then reorganise and simplify whatever is left. Just don't get so carried away that you throw away something that's important to you or your goals.  

Aug.23 – Mars opposite Jupiter (10:21 of Gemini/Sagittarius) (Aug.24 in AU)

Both inspired action and brash overconfidence characterise this transit. For up to a week before and after this date, you may find that your energy, anger, libido and ability to take action are amplified -- so much so, that you may be pushing yourself beyond what is realistic or unable to deal with reasonable boundaries to prevent them from getting out of control. What is needed is to find that fine line of balance between ego-based desire and spiritual inspiration; between will power and focused faith; and between righteous anger and arrogant pride. Strive to bring both your ego's desires and your spiritual aspirations into what you do, for each has its own validity and won't operate well without the other.  

Aug.24 – Mercury square Jupiter (10:25 of Virgo/Sagittarius) (Aug.25 in UK, AU)

You may be seeing the weak links in your knowledge, understanding or beliefs right now. Your ideas and words might seem to fall short of what your mind envisions, or you might be unable to convince others of your point of view. As a result, it can be tempting to over-compensate with more self-confidence, faith or optimism than you actually have. Or, you might give out "too much information" by over-explaining or through nervous rambling. Alternatively, you might encounter someone else who does this and perhaps have a blaming or judgmental reaction to them. This is an opportunity to learn something about how you might jump to conclusions or blame, possibly triggered by a situation that challenges your beliefs, opinions or perspective. To learn more about this part of yourself, try taking some time to think about what is really bothering you or what you really need to say in that situation. There may be a higher truth to be found if you open your mind to something you're reluctant to acknowledge, rather than looking for a "final truth" around which to close it.  

Aug.25 – Mercury square Mars (25:26 of Virgo/Gemini) (Aug.26 in AU)

Fiery speech, argument and hot debate characterise this transit. This could come in the form of conflict, or it might be stimulating and challenging -- or both! One thing to watch out for is that you may have a short fuse for a temper, and the same may be true for others around you. It can be a time when you blurt out things you later regret, or you might finally find the courage to do something that's long overdue. The problem is that one can easily look like the other, and what feels like courage in the moment might look more like reckless haste in retrospect. Harsh words can't always be taken back, so keep a grip on your objectivity and better judgment while you're verbally fighting the dragons. Use this energy to stoke your motivational fires, and use your ideas to generate positive action. It can help to pace your mental energy like racing a horse, which can harness abundant energy to fuel your decisions, courage and resolve.   

Aug.25 – Venus Retrograde opposite Neptune (20:18 of Leo/Aquarius) (Aug.26 in AU)

Romance, idealism, fantasy and imagination are blossoming into a bright aura right now, which is likely to influence your relationships, interactions, finances and values -- for better or for worse! Compassion, caring and selfless giving can be good ideals to aim for, as long as you remember that ideals tend to lose some of their shiny glow when they're translated into hard reality. If you forget this, the end result may be disappointing or disillusioning. Disappointment may also indicate that there have been hidden hopes or high expectations that no one can really live up to. Aim to balance your innocence and longing with the judgement of your older, wiser, mature self; and do a reality check with a trusted friend or adviser if in doubt. That said, this can also be a very creative and inspiring time -- just remember to keep one foot on the ground.  

Aug.26 – Mars trine Chiron (11:58 of Gemini/Aquarius)

The healing of assertive energy and willpower mark this transit. It is bound to be easier to get past any inhibition you might normally feel about being assertive, expressing frustration and anger, and putting things into action. Perhaps you are able to reconcile some internal guilt or fear that has held you back in the past. Or, maybe you are finally able to reach a state of acceptance or resolution that allows you to move beyond a conflict or struggle that has been keeping you stuck. Applying your willpower to problems has a better chance of succeeding now because you're likely to be more attuned to the path that leads to peace rather than more conflict. It's possible you might choose to use this energy in the defence of another person, a cause or something else you feel passionately about. It's possible to focus your energy, intent, motives and actions in ways that are healing, healthy, balanced and constructive.  


Sabian Symbol for the
Lunar Eclipse and Full Moon in Pisces

Pisces 5

A church bazaar.

This Sabian Symbol ("What's a Sabian Symbol?") depicts an event put on by many churches usually for fundraising. Parishioners are asked to donate items which are sold and the proceeds are put toward church projects or expenses.

The spirit of giving is a fundamental part of this activity, for it is the donors' generosity that provides the raw material to make it happen. And yet, it is also the spirit of group cooperation that is just as essential to its success. And the reward is not just the new funds but the valuable social interaction, the fun and the strengthened community that can emerge as a result.

As a Pisces symbol, this reflects the self-sacrifice to a higher cause that is so strong in Pisces. As a symbol for the lunar eclipse, it suggests that what has been developed since March 2007 (the last solar eclipse) must be used for "the good of the many," and not simply kept for the "good of the few or the one." It is important to find a spirit of giving—of giving back—so that your gain can begin to return to its source (the community or perhaps just the ideals that inspired it months ago).

 

Read more about the Sabian Symbols in these recommended books:

The Sabian Symbols in Astrology,
by Marc Edmund Jones

An Astrological Mandala,
by Dane Rudhyar

The Sabian Symbols: The Original Symbols Fully Revealed,
by Blain Bovee

Aug.28, 6:34 AM EDT – LUNAR ECLIPSE – FULL MOON in PISCES (04:46 Pisces) ("What's a Lunar Eclipse?"  "What's a Full Moon?"  Read more about the Sun-Moon cycles.   Read more about your Pisces nature.)
(Aug.28, 11:34 AM in UK)
(Aug.28, 8:34 PM in AU)

This total Lunar Eclipse is visible from North and South America (just before Moonset and Sunrise) and from Asia and Australia (just after Moonrise and Sunset). A lunar eclipse is a Full Moon (the Moon and Sun are on opposite sides of the Earth), which is so precisely aligned that the Moon actually moves through the Earth's shadow cast by the Sun's light. It's okay to look at a lunar eclipse (although you must never look directly at a solar eclipse or you'll ruin your eyesight). What you'll see is the Moon darkening and at first it may look like there's a bite out of the left side of it. The Moon will darken to an orange or reddish colour for a while and then gradually brighten to its usual extra-bright luminescence. The whole process lasts a several hours, although the most noticeable part lasts only an hour or two.

What does this mean astrologically? A lunar eclipse is a very potent Full Moon, so we have the wide open feelings, desires, fears and hopes that are typical around a Full Moon. Specifically, this is a Full Moon in Pisces. Pisces is about the unseen side of life – spirituality, imagination, solitude and surrender. When these factors merge together, you may experience intense longing for greater meaning in your life. Or, you might be able to tap into inspired creativity and imagination. Or, there may be misunderstandings or disappointments stemming from delusion, deception or over-active fantasy. Whatever is happening in your life right now, look to see if any of these themes are influencing your feelings and perceptions.

However, every eclipse involves the blocking of the light at its brightest. Just when you think everything is fully visible and obvious, suddenly it becomes obscured, blocked or distorted. Whether it's the Sun's light being blocked by the Moon (in a solar eclipse) or the Moon's reflected light being lost in the Earth's shadow (in a lunar eclipse), there is a dimming of the light. We suddenly enter "The Twilight Zone," a mysterious world where the unexpected emerges from the shadows. A bit like the eye of a hurricane, where an eerie calm can descend over the usual Full Moon lunacy.

In that liminal place, unconscious feelings, urges and needs can emerge from the shadows. This can create some chaos and confusion because you probably aren't expecting it. Inconvenient or inappropriate urges, longings, desires and issues can escape from your subconscious like seeds from a ripened pod. This is not necessarily a bad thing! It is from these seeds that positive change grows, as well as potentially misguided or irresponsible choices.

However, it is in that twilight world of the eclipse that we are "flying blind" and may not be in control of what happens to us. With the lunar eclipse in Pisces, you are challenged to call upon your faith, but be careful—too much faith and not enough conscious participation could mean you are merely giving away your power (which may not be in your best interests). A balance between your conscious control and surrendering to the moving current of the Universe is usually wise.

The lunar eclipse chart shows more opposition aspects per capita than almost any chart I've seen! Oppositions call for balance—focusing your centre of gravity so that you can expand and grow in all directions, not just one. We have the Sun opposite the Moon (which is the Full Moon) along the axis of the lunar nodes (which creates the eclipse). There is also Mars opposite Jupiter, Venus opposite Neptune and Chiron, Saturn opposite the Moon and Mercury opposite Uranus. Being challenged to expand and grow in so many different directions at once could bring a sense of letting go and liberation—or it could make you feel a bit fragmented or spread too thin. It can also create a lot of stress, making you feel like you're being pulled in so many directions that you're not sure which way to go.

Some of these opposition aspects form a Grand Cross, which has been hovering in the skies since around Aug.25 and lasts until around Sep.07. The Grand Cross takes place in Mutable signs—Mars in Gemini opposite Jupiter in Sagittarius, at right angles to Mercury and the Sun in Virgo opposite Uranus in Pisces. Mutable signs are about flexibility, adaptability and synthesizing different experiences. The Mutable signs want to find a way to fit the proverbial square peg into the round hole—and they'll do whatever is necessary to succeed (even if they have to bend the rules a little). Be careful you don't try to take shortcuts to success that could get you into trouble later.

Chiron forms a Wedge configuration to the Mars-Jupiter opposition. The opposition brings tension between your instinctive drive to assert your individuality (Mars) and your drive to expand to fulfill your ideals and beliefs in the name of something greater than yourself (Jupiter). The result can be anything from inspired action to arrogant impulsiveness. It's not easy to rein in these two powerful planetary energies when they are pushing you to aspire higher and farther. Chiron steps in and helps to establish a balance between them. Chiron can detach your conscious perspective from your amplified desires and ambitions. Hopefully this doesn't result in swinging between extremes (self-serving ego drives versus righteous hubris). Rather, it can bring healing through humility based on the knowledge that neither extreme tells the whole story. Your perspective needs to expand to include both sides.

This lunar eclipse brings fruition and emergence of what was begun at the solar eclipse in Pisces back in March 2007. Look back on the changes and developments that have happened in your life since then, and you may see the thread of a developing theme that is now reaching a turning point. It is time to change expansion of these themes into a more focused, concise and concentrated form which can be used like a tool toward a greater goal. You have the ingredients; it's time to bake the bread!  

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Aug.28 – Mercury opposite Uranus (17:11 of Virgo/Pisces) (Aug.29 in AU)

This is a wakeup call! You are asked to open your mind so that you can see something about your life, yourself or your situation that has eluded you until now. It might be a shocking revelation that changes your whole perspective...or it might also be a delightful surprise that adds a new dimension you hadn't thought of. However it manifests, you are in a position to see your situation more clearly and objectively -- although this can also make it seem like this energy is outside of you and happening TO you. However, if you look closely inside yourself, you may see thoughts, perceptions and impressions that correspond to the external events and participate in the interchange. Emails, Internet chats, and interaction with technology may be part of this transit as well. Communication may be a bit erratic or unpredictable, so be careful not to speak thoughtlessly or carelessly. However, you may find that words and perceptions come to you intuitively and spontaneously.  

Sep.02 – Saturn enters Virgo (until Oct.2009)

Saturn enters Virgo on this date and stays there for about two years. There are many implications to this combination of energies! Read the new article about Saturn in Virgo.  

Sep.03 – Mercury square Pluto (26:18 of Virgo/Sagittarius)

You are faced now with a challenge to empower your communication and perceptions, although this may not come easily. It could involve having to face some rather difficult truths that might be a bit disturbing or hard to accept. However in doing so, you gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of yourself, your situation and your role within it. Obsessive or persistent thoughts that are morbid or paranoid are possible, which could be helped by finding something more positive to focus on or a creative outlet. Communication (from others or yourself or both) could be intense, intimidating or even downright damaging, since it may be tempting to get caught up in power struggles and domination. But communication can also be used now to heal, by cutting through hypocrisy and insincerity in order to reach a deeper authenticity and truth -- like lancing a boil so that healing can take place.   

Sep.03 – Mars square Uranus (16:57 of Gemini/Pisces) (Sep.04 in AU)

Erratic action and unpredictable impulses can surface under this transit. Active energy is more available now, but it can be very hard to control its direction, speed, intensity or predictability. Under this volatile atmosphere, unconscious or suppressed emotions (like anger, frustration, fear or desire) can jump out when you least expect them. Being accident prone is not uncommon. This can be great if you're trying to release inhibitions, find courage to sprint forward or break out of an old habit. Unfortunately, there's no guarantee that your actions won't turn out to be destructive, counter-productive or too much of a good thing. You might be tempted to take greater risks than is wise, but this risk-taking impulse can also break you out of a rut too. It's important to use your best judgment when faced with this kind of potent yet volatile energy.  

Sep.03 – Venus Retrograde sextile Mars (17:02 of Leo/Gemini) (Sep.04 in UK, AU)

It is possible now to take a balanced approach to conflict, problems and projects that require effort. This can combine both a gentle touch and firm action; sensitivity and forcefulness. Negotiation and interaction with others could be aggressive and determined now, but also balanced with sensitivity and style. Any expressions of anger, frustration or discontent are more likely to be tempered with fairness, moderation and composure. You'll have to apply some effort to get these opposite energies working in sync together, but the potential and opportunity are there more-so than usual now.  

Sep.03 – Sun square Jupiter (11:06 of Virgo/Sagittarius) (Sep.04 in UK, AU)

You may be inspired to expand far beyond your usual boundaries during this time, although this may or may not work in the way you hope it will. It can be a time of challenge, when you decide that now is the time to move beyond your current horizons and make the ultimate push for something you believe will bring you happiness, fulfilment and prosperity. How successful you are will probably depend on how prepared you are for what comes next. Your judgment and your ability to see things objectively and realistically can be a little "off" during this transit, since your hopes and ideals might distort what is actually possible. It can be easy to overestimate the envisioned results, or you might underestimate the amount of work necessary to sustain your dream and prevent it from being just a flash in the pan. Try to avoid being overconfident and making promises you can't keep (including to yourself).  

Sep.05 – Mercury enters Libra (until Sep.27/28)

Mercury glides into Libra, bringing awareness and new ideas about your style of interaction and how you communicate with others. It may be easier to speak (and listen) with gentleness, fairness and diplomacy during this time. Thoughts, ideas, communication and negotiation could reach a state of increased balance and harmony, and you may be especially sensitive to other people and your environment. You could be more motivated to balance criticism or anger with gentleness and diplomacy. On the other hand, interaction could also become a carefully crafted game in which truth, honesty and facts are replaced by manipulative strategy and "white lies" designed to avoid hurt feelings. Indecision and "fence sitting" are possible under this transit, since you are able than usual to see many different sides of a situation. It might help to bounce your ideas and thoughts off someone who can be a good sounding board and give you feedback. It may be easier now to reach a win-win solution to conflicts, which is fair to all concerned -- but be careful you don't make incorrect or self-serving assumptions about what the other side wants.  

Sep.07 – Jupiter sextile Chiron (11:25 Sagittarius/Aquarius)

There is an opportunity for healing in this transit. This could be a kind of spiritual healing in which you gain understanding that gives the hardship in your life a new and elevated meaning. Or it might be an opportunity to improve your physical healing by increasing your knowledge about good health. There is a chance of glamorizing or idealizing hardship as a way of justifying or enduring it (the noble sufferer). This transit encourages you to take a creative, innovative and transcendent approach to the difficulty in your life, but be careful about over-idealizing it or you may find it hard to let go of it later.

This is the third and final pass of this transit: Dec.28.2006, May.31.2007 and Sep.07.2007.  

Sep.07 – Pluto stationary Direct (26:18 Sagittarius) (Sep.08 in AU) ("What's a station?"  Read article about Stations.  Read more about Retrogrades.)

For about a week before and after, you may experience energy that is intense, compelling and transformative, as Pluto changes direction to its normal forward motion. If you've been going through deep, cathartic changes in your life over the last 6 months to a year, you may find that this station brings a shift in how you are able to approach those changes. This might be a time when you feel the weight of power struggles or loss in your life, but it can also be a time when you find empowering strength in yourself that you didn't know you had. Above all, it is a time when your deepest, most authentic Self can start to emerge and be reborn anew.  

Sep.08 – Venus stationary Direct (16:36 Gemini) (Sep.09 in AU)

Venus has been retrograde since July 27, urging us to renegotiate how we handle finances, relationships, resources, love, pleasure and/or balance. Situations in these areas may reach a turning point now, as these energies shift from internal/introverted to external/extroverted. The learning you’ve collected in the last 6 weeks can be applied and put into practice over the coming month or so.

While Venus has been retrograde, you may have found that your usual experience of relationships or finances have changed, perhaps becoming either more or less plentiful or cooperative. Venus turning direct again can sometimes mean this new situation changes back to what it was before, often as mysteriously and abruptly as it first changed. If something you want fades from your life, it can be helpful to regard the retrograde increase as a window that shows you what you can achieve with more time and effort. (Remember, Venus was conjunct Saturn for a long time, and will catch up to it again in October.) If the retrograde took away something from your life during that time and brings it back with the direct motion, you can approach the situation with a fresh perspective and choose whether to keep it or work toward letting it go.  

Sep.09 – Mars trine Neptune (19:57 of Gemini/Aquarius)

This transit can bring a mystical, imaginative, compassionate aura to Mars' normally direct, fast, aggressive, self-focused energy. You may feel inspired to act on faith, confront with compassion, and react gently. On the other hand, it can be much easier to be motivated by something that turns out not to be what you thought it was. Much can depend on how impulsive your actions are and whether they are based on preplanning and research. We may tend to see our actions as righteous and justified. Creative energy is usually strong, whether this is used literally in the arts or in finding creative solutions to conflicts and problems. Our anger and aggression may be expressed in a way that is compassionate and intuitive, although our assertive edge might also be blunted a bit too much. It might help to think of the snake in the old parable -- even if you choose not to bite if someone steps on your tail, it doesn’t mean you can't hiss.  

Sep.09 – Sun Opposite Uranus (16:43 of Virgo/Pisces) (Sep.10 in AU)

This transit brings an encounter with the Awakener! This could come in the form of another person or outside situation that shakes you out of your habitual routine and pushes you to try a new approach to your situation. Life may be very unpredictable right now, requiring you to be spontaneous, innovative or independent in the way you respond to it. This could be stressful or exciting! It is actually showing you a new path in the darkness, like a lightening flash in the night. If you feel startled or caught off guard, or confused about what to do next, find your internal centre and try to be open to what the situation is illuminating for you. You now have a chance to shed some old habits and ways that you are stuck, if you can stay centered in the middle of the whirlwind. You may experience revelations -- that "ah-ha!!" feeling -- which could open up new possibilities and opportunities for you. However, it might feel like you have little choice but to try these new things (rather than freely choosing them). You could find yourself reacting to others with a powerful impulse to throw off the shackles of anything that feels restrictive, to reclaim your independence -- although this could also be motivated by a fear of commitment or responsibility too. It is wise to check your own inner motives, feelings and assumptions before automatically dismissing, rejecting or rebelling against other people.  

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