week of August 30-September 5 2015
The virgin of Virgo is Kore, the maiden form of Earth mother-goddess Demeter, from whose name the word core is derived, a nod to the planet’s molten, shifting center, its fiery furnace. While Virgo man draws on the archetype of Hephaestus, god of that sizzling forge, Virgo woman personifies his little dolly, Pandora, meaning “all given”, whom the god gave the best features of all the goddesses, baking her out of clay in his divine kiln. Virgo is the mutable-earth sign, highlighting tangible change. Demeter, too, was called Pandora, also meaning “all giver.” Virgo woman acts as caretaker, little sister, especially to objects of her desire, playing den mother, a Wendy, to any number of lost, Peter Pan-complexed boys or domineering Peppermint Patties. She leans, learns and models herself on significant others, having her fun, and ultimately forging her own future. On the shadow side, she borrows too directly from others, appropriating their moves to the point of inappropriateness. She tends to secure a mature mate who’ll cherish her and to whose power and protection she is drawn, and from whom she pulls strength to grow and develop her own unique talents, skills and character…which she often then focuses on helping others in turn. Enter: Mary Shelley, Peggy Guggenheim, Kitty Carlisle, Agatha Christie, Mother Theresa, Mother Seton, Cass Eliot, Margaret Sanger, Sylvia Fine, Geraldine Ferraro, Nan Goldin, Salma Hayek, Emmy Rossum, Melissa McCarthy, Amy Poehler, Blake Lively, Rosie Perez, Queen Noor, Queen Rania, Sonia Sanchez, Paula Jones, Ségolène Royal, Lea Michele, Joan Jett, Chrissie Hynde, Fionna Apple, Pink.
As Venus retro-transits Mars, you may self-impose austerity measures; yet there is certain freedom and personal challenge in cinching your Alaïa belt; so long as do so by choice, and not from fear. You wear a Spartan chic well, feeling like a spiritual warrior on a quest to conquer the next creative milestone. You call the shots; so lawyers, agents, managers et al may be gratuitous. There should be humor in a new artistic or intellectual direction, so look for the funny and record your findings. Coffers refill quicker than ever.
In the wake of the Full Moon you may see that you invested in a design for living that served as an antidote to abandonment issues. But, in a bid for so-called normalcy, life may’ve become small, thus stifling a need for exploration. Jupiter opposing Neptune now awakens realizable dreams and a taste for the exotic. So get ready to venture beyond your garden gate. Co-dependents may squawk, while true loved ones support your quest to become a smaller fish in a larger pond. Still, there’s no rush—time fosters greatness.
You can strike a balance between the trad and the rad, with Mars and Venus trining Uranus. playing by the rules to further your most innovative goals or ideals. You now clearly visualize and communicate your views in group settings. Take the reins in making any pitches; and share your herstory with others. You show finesse now, too, fielding any inquiry. Where you once felt stymied in articulation, you now flow, trippingly. You pour on genuine charm without a disingenuous note. It’s better to improvise than rehearse.
With Venus retro-transiting Mars, you now stretch beyond comfort zones and usual cultural or social limits, only to then dive deeper into serene you-time. What you can no longer tolerate are pat, homogenous human contacts or vague amusements. It’s high time to unplug and curb social networking and to bring back good old-fashioned modes and manners. This is a time for healing, which includes a rediscovery of long-lost pastimes and intellectual interests. Nature and meditation open channels to your deeper wisdom.
The Sun trine Pluto now deepens your interests and aesthetic sense. Leo artistes get serious, inspired to new heights; while all Lions find beauty in exposing hidden, even harsh, truths, revealing the beatific in the beat. Cautious not to be fooled by appearances or dazzled by packaging, you extra probe situations, so-called opportunities and people, for the truth. Your power of appreciation is ignited. Take stock of all you possess, both materially and intrinsically, and give thanks for this bounty. Your stock is on the rise.
You embark on a transformational trip, with Sun and Jupiter opposing Neptune. Expect a sudden change in the intimate company you keep—just as you make bold, new acquaintanceships. The daily grind gets groovier; and you experience epiphanies you can straightaway put into practice. Creative and healthful rituals take precedence over pleasure seeking. You get a glimpse of living in a manner aligned with inner peace, not outside expectations. As you cease seeking acceptance, you learn what’s acceptable from others.
Entree is given to enclaves formerly denied you. Ironically, their appeal has waned since you last pressed your nose against these windows. But don’t cut off your schnozz to spite your face: Venus retro-transiting Mars says to sashay through open doors with an attitude of gratitude. Make no mention of any ancient ill feelings. This would only be fodder for detractors. Focus on showcasing skills that uniquely distinguish you. Some say you don’t play by the rules. Damn straight—you rewrite them. And for this, Libra, we salute you.
With Jupiter opposing Neptune now, it’s all about matching your behavior with your beliefs. Own your true feelings and act accordingly. First, take up more emotional space. Scorpios can’t pull of the small-and-meek routine. Anyone who pushes back is meant to be challenged. And let them see you sweat. There’s no boon in pretending that success comes easy. Persistence and perspiration don’t undermine your talent, they advocate for it. You have blamed failures on not really trying. But now any result is for no lack of it.
In the wake of the Full Moon, you put a new modus operandi into effect. Preservation should be your watchword when it comes to time and energy. Slice and dice your day into units, allotting specific hours of focus for select activities, working solely on this or that at scheduled times. You must forgo fatuous endeavors, but avoid adopting a superior air. If you pooh-pooh projects in which you’re not participating, one will suspect you of sour grapes. Jupiter opposing Neptune asks you to dream bigger but to avoid escapism.
The cosmic climate optimizes opportunities for healing, some of which come out of the blue or are too easily ignored. Accept olive branches on offer, and fully mourn losses. Cheerleaders and champions manifest in your midst, those for whom success and being of great service aren’t mutually exclusive. You know, your kind of people. Foster bonds with other sultry saints and avoid stingy sinners at all costs. Just see their heads getting tinier and tinier in your rearview. Venus transiting Mars signals a fresh start in an old place.
Mars and Venus trining Uranus presents a series of tests, early in the week, which, signs show, you ace. By Wednesday you’re ready to recess and reap some reward. If you’re overindulging in negative thoughts or behavior, it’s a symptom of not facing up to facts, particularly in intimate bonds. You can’t manufacture feelings for situations and people whose appeal has diminished. Feeling you owe it to others to pretend is, paradoxically, patronizing. This applies to geography as well. If your home base isn’t fun anymore, leave.
With Neptune opposing Jupiter, it’s best to temper overindulgence in celebration on one hand, while minding a tendency for self-deprivation on the other. There’s no point beating yourself up for not meeting so-called expectations. Setting bars too high only sucks the should-be fun out of activities. Base your identity on life pursuits other than career advancement. Avoid competition, even the friendly sort. Yours is now an untrodden path, so don’t be pigeon holed. Self-started operations succeed best, though a p.a. couldn’t hurt.
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