The status quo won’t work this week, and trying to hold onto what was in an effort to understand what is will be nothing more than a useless attempt to control the uncontrollable. Life, as we have been learning all along, is an uncontrollable mystery powered by forces bigger than anyone understands, and all attempts to make it make sense—including astrology—eventually fail. So rather than suffer over the pieces of your personal puzzle that just won’t fit, or the mosaic of the collective picture that appears aberrant, just let go. That’s right…release your grip. And in the letting go, allow yourself to experience a deep and abiding humility that knows better than to struggle in vain. We are all in a deep, rapidly shifting transformational process, and all that is actually required to make it through these waves is the willingness to grow—even and especially if we don’t know what the outcome will be.
The source of our heightened awareness of just how little control is possible can be attributed to the ongoing Sun/Uranus trine. This positive and powerful fiery interaction is exact and separating on August 16; it stays operative until Thursday, August 25. A Sun/Uranus trine, in addition to being the signature for liberation (see last week’s column on Uranus and independence), is also a highly creative force that burns away stodgy, stuffy and stagnant habits that no longer serve. And in the heat of this seeming destruction, the Sun/Uranus trine simultaneously sows seeds of new vibrant enlivened perspectives and attitudes. Either way, this Sun/Uranus process can be quite intense. But if you’re willing to withstand the heat, miracles can occur (yes…miracles), especially miraculous moments of realization coupled with positive action (and no…I am not exaggerating). The Sun is in Leo, after all, the Sign of creative self-expression. Uranus is in Aries, the Sign of individuation, and working together they ignite the possibilities of positive, generous-hearted change. Risk being completely and absolutely yourself and you’ll emerge from these next two weeks deeply aware of just how creative you can be.
In counterpoint to the vibrancy of the Sun/Uranus trine, we’re also under the influence of a Mars/Saturn conjunction. This coupling is in Sagittarius, the third of the Fire Signs, but given the contrasting signatures of Mars and Saturn, this interaction promises to be less beneficial. Saturn symbolizes structure, limitation and boundaries. Mars represents movement and muscle. And when they are conjunct or share similar space, Saturn tends to inhibit Martian motion, and Mars, also the archetype of the warrior, tends to get mad. The intensity of these conflicting impulses tends toward unbridled anger as a way of breaking free from inhibition, especially if those limitations are perceived as unjust. But all too often that anger expresses itself as a punishing attitude. So think before you speak or act, and in the best of all possible worlds, put off any harsh ultimatums until after Labor Day.
A Mars/Saturn conjunction isn’t only negative. Handled well, this concentrated energy is just that, and it can manifest as incredible endurance, the kind of staying power that can see something—almost anything—through to the end, even when finishing seems impossible. Aim this energy at tasks requiring great effort and you’ll put its power to good use.
This week is the perfect cosmic moment to stand your current situation on its head with the intention of embracing a new perspective. And while some of what shakes out could be uncomfortable, if you allow the process to unfold, some of what you uncover could be incredible. As always, be kind to yourself and to others. A generous attitude benefits everyone.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
You’re being asked to do things you’ve never done before, which means you’re required to take great leaps of faith. The most difficult part of this process is learning to harness your doubts and transform them into greater self-confidence. Honor your misgivings and you’ll build courage.
Taurus April 20-May 20
You can brood over what you don’t and can’t have, or you can be thankful for all that’s yours. This sounds like an easy choice, but it is actually quite complex because letting go of wanting more requires a profound shift in attitude: It means recognizing you might already have everything.
Gemini May 21-June 21
It would be so easy to simply speak your mind and reveal every detail, but that’s not exactly what’s required to dismantle the existing paradigm. What’s needed is the discernment to know what’s important to say and what is irrelevant to the bigger issue. Breathe before you speak, and you’ll do fine.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Try not to work so hard that you wear yourself out and have nothing left for any other activities. All work and no play not only makes life dull, it’s also depletes your energy. Make it a point to find a wholesome balance between your desire to make money and your ability to relax.
Leo July 23-August 22
It’s another week of acknowledging the heat of your creative fire. Try to avoid distractions that keep you from concentrating your efforts and energy. And if you can’t be distraction-free, make sure those interludes aren’t only about duty and responsibility, but are also about stoking your fire and replenishing your joy.
Virgo August 23-September 22
The situation you need to stand on its head is your home—your internal as well as your external abode. To facilitate that process internally, try a new form of meditation, contemplation or yoga. To make external shifts, try throwing out anything you haven’t used or worn in the last year.
Libra September 23-October 22
There are difficult words that must be spoken because the truth needs to be heard. But those words could easily be the beginning of a new honesty pattern with significant others. I’m not suggesting that you bludgeon those you love and hope for the best. I’m simply advising honesty as the best policy.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
If you want to turn your work situation around, ask yourself the following question: Do positive results only stem from hard labor? If your answer is yes, then you get to stay in the same pattern. But if you’re willing to consider that labor can also be joyous, you’ll access a different viewpoint.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Take a deep breath, hold your tongue—bite it if necessary—and refuse to engage in punishing dialogue that could backfire. What you’re facing isn’t a power game. It’s a process that requires shifting out of old beliefs and habits as you simultaneously invite in a new view that shifts your behavior.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
An inclination to brood over the details could inhibit the joys of personal freedom, especially if you’re focused on how others might see your declaration of independence. Rather than feel self-conscious about breaking free, delight in it and let your joy be an inspiration to others.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Conversations with significant others, personal as well as professional, could be startling, if only because so much previously held back is finally being said. And while some of what’s expressed is startling, try not to react in haste. Surprising solutions are also possible, especially if you stay calm.
Pisces February 19-March 20
It’s a question of value: Can you value yourself enough to speak the truth, even if your honesty also makes you vulnerable? Yes…this is an important consideration, but holding back isn’t really going to work. So rather than hide, avoid or deny, simply speak from your heart and stand in your authenticity.
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