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The season is shifting

Embrace Beauty and Change

Astrology Insights for Monday, August 21, 2023

We begin the week with the Moon still in Libra where it will remain for the bulk of the day. The sense of equilibrium and diplomacy that Libra offers is disrupted by a  square aspect with Pluto at 4:20 PM EDT.

This is likely to stir up internal tension related to uncomfortable emotions that are in need of change. This is a time for introspection, as we work to release emotional patterns that are no longer needed. Thankfully, the Moon’s sextile with the radiant Leo Sun at 4:31 PM offers a gentle reminder that self-expression is always a helpful path.

Brace yourself for a shift back toward those deeper emotions as the Moon enters Scorpio at 7:23 PM EDT. This transition encourages a deep look into the depth and mysteries of your emotions. The power of exploring those depths through creative self-expression is again emphasized.

this small boat needs love tooQ

Develop Empath and Compassion

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

The Moon continues through Scorpio today, urging us to continue the exploration of deep emotions. The intensity of Scorpio’s energy calls for introspection and a willingness to confront the parts of ourselves we generally keep under wraps. Do not shy away.

Venus, still retrograde, forms a challenging square with expansive Jupiter at 8:16 AM EDT. This reflects a potential struggle as we manage the desires of the ego. Watch for the tendency to overindulge in physical desires, overspending, or even reaching for that extra piece of cake. Focus on temperance and self-awareness to work through this challenge.

At 4:33 PM EDT, Mars opposes Neptune, potentially exposing a manner in which we are or have been deceiving ourselves or passively overlooking the suffering of others. Open your heart to understanding beyond illusion and cultivate compassion. Acknowledge the interconnectedness of all beings and consider the impact of your actions on those around you. The serious intensity and depth of the Scorpio Moon support our embrace of this understanding as we take steps toward deeper empathy and compassion.

An old steamship with a history

Sun enters Virgo – A Shift From Play to Purpose

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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A significant shift occurs at 5:01 AM EDT, as the Sun transitions from the fiery and expressive Leo into the grounded and diligent realm of Virgo. This shift heralds a change from dynamic self-expression to a steady focus on hard work and meticulous attention to detail.

The shift from Leo to Virgo brings us home from the beach where we have basked in sunlight and warmth, and sends us back to school, actually or metaphorically. Over the coming weeks, we will channel our energy into practical and analytical endeavors and bring a sense of structure. With Mercury, Virgo’s ruling planet, stationary we tumble headlong into this change.

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At 3:59 PM, Mercury stations retrograde, initiating a period that will extend until September 15. Contrary to popular misconceptions, Mercury retrograde is a potent time for accomplishment. Make a list of everything left undone over the past few months. Focus on this list over the upcoming weeks, and you’ll be astonished by the progress you can achieve.

With Venus and Mercury’s retrogrades overlapping (until Venus stations direct on September 3), a unique window of opportunity emerges. Thanks to Venus’ retrograde we have each explored our values deeply over the past month. Now Mercury’s retrograde asks that we reevaluate our thinking and communication skills regarding those values. What have you learned about yourself that you will soon need to explain to others?

As the Moon continues its journey through Scorpio today our emotions are deep as we confront these explorations and changes.

Harbor views

Exploration and Purposeful Action

Thursday, August 24, 2023

The intense energies of the Scorpion Moon are left behind today as the Moon enters the expansive realm of Sagittarius at 4:08 AM EDT. This ignites a sense of curiosity and a desire for adventure as we seek a broader understanding and perspective.

Shortly after entering this adaptable dynamic sign, we come to the first quarter moon marking a pivotal moment in our lunar journey. It’s time to take decisive action on whatever seed of intention you planted at the Leo New Moon on August 16th. The action taken now acts as the cornerstone for full illumination at the Full Moon on August 30th. What you do today matters.

Building throughout the day is a lovely trine aspect between Mars, in Virgo, and the most powerful planet in the zodiac, Pluto. This alignment is exact at 8:23 PM EDT, creating a gateway to push actions forward on projects that demand unwavering determination and meticulous effort. Channel your energy into projects that demand persistence and dedication.

Bottom line, today you want to embrace the Sagittarian spirit of exploration and seek powerful growth through purposeful action.

A beautiful day

Expansive, Authentic Conversations

Friday, August 25, 2023

Today continues with the Moon in Sagittarius, infusing the day with curiosity and thirst for higher understanding. In the early hours, a harmonious trine is formed between the Moon and Venus. Venus is still on her retrograde journey. During Venus’ retrograde, we have been engaged in an inward process of understanding, deepening, and allowing our core principles and values to change. To be clear, the values I am speaking of are the values we hold regarding personal relationships, money, and resources This trine aspect offers clarity and depth to this inner process.

As the evening draws near, the Moon forms a challenging square aspect to Mercury, also in retrograde motion. This reminds us that our emotions play a crucial role in shaping how we think and how we speak to and share information with others. This aspect calls us to bring our newly developing values and insights into our conversations and communications. Allow your expansive heart to guide your interactions as you create space for authentic and meaningful connections and conversations.

views from the harbor

Push Toward Progress

Saturday, August 26, 2023

As the day begins, the Moon enters Capricorn at 9:06 AM EDT, infusing the atmosphere with a sense of practicality and determination. This shift focuses our attention on responsibilities and a drive to achieve tangible results. Capricorn’s influence encourages us to approach whatever we are doing with a structured mindset, as we push toward progress.

At 2:39 PM EDT, the Moon forms a lovely trine to the Virgo Sun. This allows for a free flow of energy between our emotions and our core identity. This offers a time when our feelings and intentions align, allowing us to move forward with a clear sense of purpose and self-assuredness.

Following that flow, the Moon engages in an equally lovely and supportive sextile with Saturn. This highlights the importance of discipline and planning and the ease of doing so today. This is an opportune time to organize your priorities, make thoughtful decisions, and set a steady course for future planning.

Harbor views


Sunday, August 27, 2023

As the day begins, a significant transit unfolds. the Sun in Virgo opposes Saturn. This brings us to the full expression of a cycle that began in mid-February 2023. Consider what began at that time and what adjustments you may want to make to that process now.

Sun opposing Saturn could manifest as a tension between you and another person. The crux between you lies in differing desires perhaps one of you wants to connect and one of you wants space. These differing desires may lead to feelings of isolation, feelings of rejection, or the weight of responsibilities that you struggle under.

Patience is the key to navigating this difficult transit. The lesson of patience is woven into it. Breathe deeply and move (physically and metaphorically) at a pace that is deliberate and purposeful. The serious thoughtfulness that is required today may be contrary to your inclinations. Do what you can to learn the lessons of focused effort, patience, respect, and persistence.

At 9:19 AM, Mars ingresses into Libra. Mars is considered to be in detriment in Libra, which is a Venus-ruled sign. Libra values politeness and charm, qualities that do not come easily to the fiery action-oriented Mars. Mars remains in Libra until October 12th, during which time he may use politeness and charm as tools to achieve specific aims. Be aware that you and those around you may fall into the uncomfortable trap of behaving in a passive-aggressiveness manner to attain your aims. Resist this temptation.

Views from the shipyard

In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. The aspects under consideration are conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions. The planets I work with are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.


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