AUGUST 24-30, 2007
Virgo, the sign of service, began on Thursday morning, a few hours before the exhausting Mars-Jupiter opposition became exact. Just in case you're wondering what hit you, or why you feel compelled to give, give, give of yourself! You can discuss it endlessly on Friday while Mercury tests Jupiter's largess, before getting angry during the provocative Mercury-Mars square on Saturday. Vent to your heart's content, because the night was made for making up. We'll have another of those deliciously romantic, but totally delusional, polarities between Neptune and Venus, except that the goddess is retrograde this time. A day or two of emotional clarity before the Pisces full moon is totally eclipsed early Tuesday, followed by utter chaos.
You didn't wake up one morning and decide to become argumentative. You're simply reacting to your Mars ruler as it makes its way through rational, communicative Gemini. But if you're suddenly able to see both sides of an issue, blame the dual nature of the Twins. While you're at it, try signing checks with the other hand; ambidexterity is another Gemini asset, as is counterfeiting. If ever you wanted to break out of a mold of your own making, to fly a bit higher (without creating a firestorm in your wake), this would be a good time to make your move.
Are you rewinding the history of a relationship back to the point where it first became ambiguous? Although fresh opportunities may present themselves, the further into your Virgo house of romance and risk the planets progress, the deeper into the past you're likely to delve. After your Venus ruler comes out of retrograde on September 8, you should have a better understanding of why you've invested so much passion, possibly money as well, in this matter. Best of all, you'll have a chance to do it again, but with a clearer head and an unfettered heart.
The Pisces full moon may shed some light on vague notions about becoming a better you. Whatever that entails, e.g., obtaining another degree, spending time traveling or doing charity work, could seem more important this week than it has in a long time. A moment of clarity, bordering on brilliance, might strike when your Mercury ruler confronts barrier-breaking Uranus; therefore, be sure to pay attention to the random thoughts that cross your mind on the 28th. They are a precursor of things to come, and sooner than you think.
Every full moon strikes a different chord with a Moon Child; however, when the lunation occurs in Pisces, a simpatico water sign like your own, you could become aware that a stronger alliance is being forged. With whom and over what depends on the resources - emotional, financial and physical - that are shared. Also note that your values may be shifting; what was important around your birthday doesn't carry the same weight today. Long-range plans remain the same, but the path is no longer carved in stone.
Shaking loose the ties that bind? Still pursuing respectability? As of Labor Day, Lions may be set free from the limitations Saturn has placed on you during the past two and a half years. And while the planet of crystallization might not relax its grip on your shoulders just yet, it soon will. Saturn's transit through discerning Virgo will focus on your assets, talents and values. If ever you had the thought "One day I'll get serious about financial planning," get ready; that day is fast approaching.
Some Virgins are happier if they're working on their birthday; they love to feel "useful." Others look for legitimate reasons to goof off, and while they might put up with the attention being lavished on them, they'd prefer celebrating the occasion in their own inimitable, often solitary, way. Just know that, willingly or not, you're currently the target of whatever a generous relative, an indecisive employer and an unpredictable partner have in mind. There's no escaping, and this is only the beginning.
While your Venus ruler is finishing its retrograde trip through Leo, it may seem like nothing much is happening, that you're simply seeing old faces or revisiting places you've been before. That may be true, but on another level, you're completing a passage through time and space that is necessary for further growth. Not unlike clearing a flower bed so that you can plant something new to nurture. Venus facing forward on September 8 marks one turning point in the process of your revitalization; November 8, when it enters Libra, another.
Colleagues and casual acquaintances could play a greater role in your version of Fall Season 2007. As more planets move into Virgo, even a single-minded Scorpion might become a bit more dependent on their input. It's okay; they are the folks who will increase your income stream as well as your involvement with sociopolitical affairs, and that includes tailgating parties. See what flows from the full moon in Pisces, a compassionate water sign that can stir romantic feelings toward one of those no-longer-casual acquaintances.
Perhaps more than an opening night on Broadway or the return of a favorite TV show, it's the first football game of the season that Centaurs, like this one, look forward to. The excitement can mount when detail-driven Mercury tests the optimism our Jupiter ruler readily supplies. Word from Mercury is also responsible for the disturbance at home that may occur during the Pisces full-moon period. It's only a matter of time (Labor Day) before the well-informed Virgo sun challenges Jupiter's willingness to believe. Please, don't bet the farm.
Maybe it's because you're a Sea Goat that the watery Pisces full moon resonates so strongly with your practical earth sign. It's apparent to longtime observers that the affinity between the two signs seems heightened during this late-summer phenomenon. So grab hold of your favorite Fish and see what comes out of the confab. Caps can help ground this highly emotional species while they are flailing about; they can provide you with the creative juice you need to end a dry spell. A Pisces can also ease your Saturn ruler's transition out of fiery Leo on 9/2.
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Saturn's exit out of Leo, the sign of your significant others, should free you from the more stringent restrictions the Old Man insisted that your partnership endure. Especially while the planet opposed idealistic Neptune in your sign, off and on for the past 12 months. It may take a while - Saturn moves slowly - to notice a major change, but you could get a hint of what lies in store after the Virgo-Pisces full-moon eclipse draws your attention to a financial matter you and/or your mate have not adequately addressed.
Give the Fish a full moon to call their own and they'll want another, even if it is a total lunar eclipse, like the one on the 28th. Because of the eclipse, there's a chance that, along with fluctuating moods, you'll feel under-appreciated or unfulfilled. Submerged emotions can rise, like the tide, during this event, so you're liable to have plenty of "stuff" to deal with. However, since the sun and Mercury are in your Virgo house of partners, there'll be astute people to talk it over with. Listen, but don't take their opinions too much to heart.