Tip of the Week:
Virgo time is underway and its ruling planet Mercury is in the spotlight. The wing-footed messenger of the Gods that Mercury is depicted as in Greek Mythology, is an apt portrayal of the fast-moving planet of perception, interpretation, the acquisition of knowledge and communication, and short excursions, weaving the element of surprise into daily activities.
A day prior to the Virgo New Moon, Mercury enters harmony-oriented Libra on August 26, even though it is already slowing down prior to its tri-annual, 3-week retrograde cycle which begins on September 11. It is this retrograde process that amounts to Mercury requiring an entire year to complete a cycle around the Zodiac, from our geo-centric perspective, but only 88 days to complete a cycle around the Sun, which is probably not merely coincidental that there are 88 official constellations. Mercury will exchange places with the Sun entering Libra marking Autumn Equinox on September 23 as Mercury re-enters Virgo where it will remain until October 11 after resuming direct motion again on October 3.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
Despite an otherwise practically-oriented focus, Mercury in Libra and Venus in Leo will inspire you to engage socially. Getting in some last licks of summer and fun in the sun will align with the mood quite well. Mars in Gemini indicates a boost of energy for us all, but especially you.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
Virgo time tends to be one when creativity and practicality to produce works of beauty is at a peak. Venus, the planet of love and beauty in the sign of artistic expression Leo, bodes well to focus on repairs, cleaning and general upliftment of your home environment, inside and out.
Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)
While the Sun in Virgo usually inspires you to get down to business, there is a particularly playful period forecasted, for at least the next week or so. You will not be alone in this inspired window and social activities will likely be a hit. Jupiter in Aries chimes in to support the start of new friendships.
Cancer (Jun 22 – Jul 22)
You can expect the pace to get busier now. Ambitions to wisely invest your time, energy and money will emerge as a priority. While others are happy to play, you are likely in a more industrious mood. It is possible to have it all, especially if you follow the age-old wisdom of business before pleasure.
Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 23)
Practical considerations will weave with a strong urge for creative self-expression. Sharing key communications and messages with significant others is part of the plot. This is hardly an idle time and you will be focused on results and realistic measures oriented to progress.
Virgo (Aug 24 – Sep 22)
The time has come to take some new initiatives. Financial responsibilities will likely be a strong motivator. You will focus to make your communications really count. Yet, you will also be contending with realistic measures regarding people, or yourself, and situations in need of love and compassion.
Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)
When the Sun in Virgo comes out, it is your cue to go within. This could amount to a yearning for retreat and quietude or an invitation to get consumed by a good book. This impulse will get progressively stronger over the coming weeks. Yet, Mercury in your sign will also move you to express yourself.
Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)
An activation of a whole new level of independence should become increasingly evident. This process will unfold over the coming weeks and even months, actually. In the short-term, collecting tools and exercising various techniques to feel both inspired and at peace could prove well worth the effort.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
Seeking attention and reward for past efforts and accomplishments is now in focus. Although keeping an open mind will prove important, you will want to enter into very specific conversations with people in positions of power and influence. Expect some resistance but persevere to be heard.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
The Virgo New Moon will serve to activate your mind to gather knowledge and information backed by ardent determination. You will be in pursuit of answers. In journalistic fashion, you will be oriented to see many sides of matters before you surrender to any conclusive interpretations.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 19)
Virgo time can prove deep, powerful and transformational for you. It is an excellent time to get clear psychologically and emotionally, to do a deep cleaning of your living environment and/or to commit to a body/organ cleanse. Mercury in Libra will help you to be aware of, and kind, to your future self.
Pisces (Feb 20 – Mar 20)
Focusing to create a higher quality of harmony in your more significant relationships is now in the spotlight. This may require deeper investigation, knowledge and reflection than usual. Become more aware of how your communications are received to gauge your progress.
Michael O’ConnorLife Coach Astrologer
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