August 15 – 21, 2008
Daydreams or dementia, fantasies or fallacies? We're playing
in Neptune's ballpark this weekend, where fair is foul and foul is fair.
And where each dubious call is exposed to both the Leo sun and the Aquarius full
moon. Besides the partial lunar eclipse, Saturday also hosts the beneficial trine
linking loving Venus with lucky Jupiter, one of those sweets-to-the-sweet situations.
That's the upside; the downside is the potentially dangerous challenge militant
Mars extends to subversive Pluto that night. Sunday's good news, courtesy
of a favorable Mercury-Jupiter trine, might not be that big a deal unless you
manage to finish the crossword in record time. On Tuesday Mars logs out of Virgo
into Libra, where it'll fight for peace until October 3.


Searching for that special someone? Once your Mars ruler enters your Libra house
of partners on the 19th, it should be a lot easier to focus on forging a suitable
alliance. No more wondering how close to Virgo perfection the candidate must come.
Rams born in mid-April may get an unexpected affirmation from the positive fire
trine between the life-giving Leo sun and regenerative Pluto in Sagittarius. Is
a creative project back on track? Will your trip be extended? Were you taken off
the waitlist and officially approved?


Taurus pundits and publicists could get a leg up from the supportive trine between
Mercury and Jupiter, the planets governing the written and spoken word, along
with the folks who control media outlets. There may even be an opening big enough
to get your foot in the door. Every Bull can benefit from the even more fortunate
trine between artistic Venus ruler in Virgo and generous Jupiter in Capricorn,
the other reality-based Earth signs. Look for an opportunity during the games
people play, maybe via an attractive teammate.


Twins who live mainly in their heads tend to be less practical than the rest.
That's why the merger on Friday of your Mercury ruler and constructive Saturn
in earthy Virgo could serve as stabilizing influence. Their close connection can
also increase your interest in a family or real estate matter. Be sure to factor
in the promise of success tendered when Mercury and magnanimous Jupiter form a
rewarding trine on Sunday. If that's not enough info to juggle, Mercury
further complicates the matter during an either/or opposition with erratic Uranus
on Thursday.


June Crabs should watch out for an irate sibling or neighbor holding a grudge.
What promise hasn't been kept, what suggestion wasn't adopted? Attaining
perfection (or a reasonable facsimile) won't be much of an issue after assertive
Mars leaves Virgo on the 19th. Making peaceful overtures, as is the Libra custom,
might be equally stressful, but not for long. The July-born continue to deal with
money matters, some of which need further clarification before they can be resolved.
Ask the pertinent questions midweek.


Few planetary aspects are as welcome as a rewarding trine between Venus and Jupiter,
the “fortunate” planets of the crew. That Venus is currently in your
Virgo house of valuables could tweak your anticipation of the goodies that may
come your way this weekend. Luck can be a significant factor, so if you're
in the vicinity of a raffle ticket, buy one. Ditto for casinos and bingo halls.
The partial lunar eclipse may also be a factor, since it's your sun ruler
that's diluting the dose of full moon magic we expect to be exposed to.


It's not going to happen again for a long while, so be sure to relish every
drop of good fortune you may get while lucky, lovable Venus in Virgo perfects
its rewarding trine to expansive Jupiter in your Capricorn house of romance, creativity
and children. Sure, there might be more benefits when your Mercury ruler trines
Jupiter on Sunday, but Venus is all about love, not scoring points, per se. On
Tuesday energetic, occasionally abrasive Mars leaves your sign, not to return
for another two years. And next Friday, solar Virgo begins a four-week gig glorifying
your essence.


If Lions and Crabs can benefit from the wonderfulness of the Venus-Jupiter trine,
imagine what it'll do for you. Although your Venus ruler forms this rewarding
aspect twice a year, this week it favors a family or real estate matter that's
been a concern, probably an extra expense as well, since 2008 began. For now,
you don't have to do a thing but admire the ease with which the pieces fall
into place. However, once take-action Mars enters Libra on the 19th, you may want
to adopt more of a “hands-on” approach.


The full moon eclipse this weekend accentuates the Leo-Aquarius axis of your solar
chart, the signs governing your career midheaven and what's going on at
your house, within the family circle. Since Neptune's predilection for wishful
thinking is permeating the atmosphere at home, try to clarify the situation there
before the enthusiastic Leo sun cajoles your Pluto co-ruler into spending a lot
of money for not a valid enough reason. But if a high-spirited celebration can
be justified, this would be a good week to throw one.


The good, the bad and the iffy. First the good: a semi-annual trine between popular
Venus and your prosperous Jupiter ruler on Saturday that can attract all sorts
of goodies from an assortment of folks with excellent taste. The bad would be
the disaster-prone square between macho Mars in your career midheaven and power-crazed
Pluto in Sagittarius. Not a pretty picture. The iffy refers to Neptune's
prominence while opposed this weekend by the brilliant Leo sun, also its proximity
to the Aquarius full moon eclipse.


The emphasis shifts from the constructive criticism you've been getting,
possibly giving, while your Saturn ruler has been in Virgo to the good fortune
you're enjoying because advantageous Jupiter is in your sign. A rewarding
trine to the gentle giant from artistic, affable Venus on Saturday may not bring
that huge a benefit, but at the very least it'll smooth the way for the
intelligent interaction, the successful negotiation that'll follow from
Mercury's trine to Jupiter. That's the stuff publishing deals are
made of.


If possible, don't piss off the powerful. But if you can't avoid testing
how far an well-connected associate will go during the potentially explosive Mars-Pluto
square this weekend or how deep his pockets are, then ask an ally, preferably
your partner, to fix the situation when the sun favors Pluto midweek. This advice
might sound too specific, but if you have Aquarius rising, it shouldn't.
Crusading Mars' move into Libra, a compatible air sign, elevates the importance
of achieving an authentic “fair and balanced” approach.


Contentious Mars leaving your Virgo marriage house could be a welcome relief or,
if you've been enjoying Mr. Macho's horniness, a drag. However, you
still have loving Venus, informative Mercury and pragmatic Saturn sending you
signals. While these might not be dramatic enough to demand attention, the easy
trine between Venus and lucky Jupiter can make this weekend more pleasurable than
you expected. The Mercury-Jupiter trine on Sunday could be a harbinger of good
news, a reward for something you set up a month ago, during the full moon in July.

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