The Changing Moon this Week
The week begins with the Moon still in dramatic showy Leo following yesterday’s Leo New Moon. What are you beginning now that you intend to bring to completion or fruition at the Leo Full Moon in February 2022?
The Moon enters Virgo on Monday at 10:55 AM EDT. This shifts us into the next few days of practical work and stable effort. While the Moon is in Virgo it helps to focus on the details of a project or other endeavor. You may not have a great overview but can get a great deal of particularly detailed work done. Set your attention and stable grounded emotions to the service of needed accomplishment.
At 4:08 PM EDT on Wednesday the Moon enters Libra and you are ready to put projects, practicality, and focus aside. Over the next few days, your attention turns to pleasure, social interactions, and friendship. At 11:21 AM EDT, on Friday, the Libra Moon forms a challenging square aspect to Pluto. Be prepared to manage difficult power dynamics with a coworker or family member. Your best bet is to simply sidestep the issue. Because it is a fast-moving Moon transit it will pass quickly if you don’t take up the sword.
At 8:01 PM EDT on Friday the Moon enters Scorpio where she will remain until late Sunday night. When the Moon is in Scorpio we encounter deep and powerful emotions. On Saturday the Scorpio Moon gets a great deal of pushback with difficult aspects to Uranus and Saturn. If you find that you are feeling untrusting and suspicious of others, make it a point to relax your anxiety and give everyone a bit of slack. Spending time alone in self-reflection and deep contemplation will help calm the restless waters.
Late Sunday night at 11:12 PM EDT, the Moon enters Sagittarius and you are happy to shed the intensity of the past few days. As you begin the upcoming week your focus can turn to freedom, understanding, and fun.
Monday, August 9, 2021
SUFFERING TEACHES COMPASSION
The day starts with the Moon still in Leo as we begin to settle down following the intense New Moon yesterday. If you didn’t do your New Moon Ritual yet, you still have time but do try to get that done while the Moon is still in expressive Leo.
At 10:55 AM EDT, the Moon enters Virgo settling the energy considerably and asking us to slow down and look at the issues close at hand. As the Moon moves through Virgo for the next few days you will have a more practical approach to all that you encounter. This is the time to focus on the details that make far more of a difference to the outcome than you might expect. Consider that things that need to be accomplished that you often avoid because it simply isn’t exciting or glamourous.
As the day passes notice a soft glow arising in your heart/ mind. At 8:19 PM EDT Venus, currently in Virgo, forms an opposition with Neptune. This may suggest a time of disappointment as you see clearly that life doesn’t often work out the way we plan. This disappointment is not without sweetness. You can replace any amount of internal suffering with powerful self-compassion. Compassion for self and others is necessary for moving through tonight and tomorrow with joy and inner growth.
_The Leo Moon is void-of-course from 8:22 AM EDT until she enters Virgo at 10:55 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
CHOP WOOD – CARRY WATER
You have today and the bulk of tomorrow to enjoy the steadfast and efficient Virgo Moon. What are the detailed tasks that need to get done? The details that Virgo loves to immerse itself in are the things that go unnoticed but are essential to the smooth functioning of our lives. Think about what would happen if you never folded your clean laundry or tidied the kitchen.
Everyone notices the beautiful elaborate meal that is cooked and presented to dinner guests. No one thinks about the myriad of minor details that made that meal possible. Virgo is vastly underestimated. Without it, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish much at all. When you see great, flashy, or impressive accomplishments take a moment to consider all the boring details that made it possible.
While the Moon is passing through Virgo those details can bring great pleasure. Do you remember the book: ‘Chop Wood, Carry Water’? The necessary details of life can bring great pleasure if we slow down and bring mindfulness to the tasks at hand.
At 9:19 PM EDT Mercury opposes Jupiter. You may head into the evening with your mind full of big and optimistic ideas. The current cycle between Mercury and Jupiter began in early March. Think of this as a cycle of expanding your thoughts on some matter of relevance. What was the big idea or plan that was on your mind at that time? Now you are able to see how well that plan has been implemented. Now you witness the results. Overconfidence could lead to mistakes in judgment.
As you head into the evening, finding a balance point between the big picture and the details is key.
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
A GIFT OF EMPOWERMENT
Today begins with the Moon still in stable, practical, service-oriented Virgo. This helps you continue to focus on details and getting practical tasks done.
At 4:08 PM EDT, the Moon enters diplomatic Libra where she will remain until Friday night. While the Moon is in Libra our emotions are more dependent on others. You may notice a greater desire than usual to please others and create an environment of peace and harmony.
At 5:56 PM EDT Mercury enters its home sign of Virgo after being in Leo since August 4th. Mercury is moving quickly and will remain in Virgo only until August 30th. With Mercury is in this mutable earth sign notice how your mind turns to practical analysis. Any projects that require detailed thinking or analyzing ideas will be accomplished with more ease over the next few weeks.
AT 6:45 PM EDT Venus, the planet that represents love and money forms a lovely trine aspect to Pluto. In its most difficult manifestation, Pluto brings transformation through destruction and rebuilding. However, the trine aspect brings the very best side of Pluto: Empowerment. A trine aspect is a gift. Think of this as a gift of empowerment to your values. Make yourself available for a deep personal connection that greatly empowers you both. Look for empowerment in your relationships and even your bank account. Watch for a powerful beautiful transformation of your personal values.
_The Virgo Moon is void-of-course from 7:22 AM EDT until she enters Libra at 4:08 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._
Thursday, August 12, 2021
HARMONY AND BALANCE
Today is the quietest day of the week. With the Moon in diplomatic Libra, we are all trying to keep things copesetic, agreeable, and pleasant. No one wants to be the one to bring up difficult topics or upset the apple cart. Take advantage of this by enjoying time with friends and neighbors. If you have been in conflict with someone today is the day to find a way to bring things back into balance. When the Moon is in Libra, you may find that it is easier than usual to regulate your emotions.
You do need to be clear about your boundaries under this Moon. It is possible to become so focused on creating peace and harmony, that you let down your guard. Don’t let yourself lose the clear and necessary lines you have drawn in the sand for others to respect. You may find that you are overly sensitive to the reactions of others. Don’t allow that to sway you into letting down your guard around those much-needed boundaries.
Pamper yourself, a partner, or a friend. This is a great day for a spa treatment of some sort.
Friday, August 13, 2021
PLEASURE TURNS TO PASSION
Today’s Libra Moon suggests a continuation of the desire for diplomacy and harmony in your environment. Let’s not forget Libra’s connection with beauty as well. Make your bed and put flowers by the bedside. Create beauty everywhere you go today, pay attention to loveliness wherever you encounter it. Do your best to increase it everywhere you go.
This is a good day to spend with your best friend or romantic partner. The Moon holds your emotional nature so with the Moon in Libra you are most comfortable as part of a twosome. Your friends and partners act as great mirrors, providing a new awareness of how others see and think about you.
At 8:01 PM EDT, the Moon enters Scorpio and all that pleasing of others goes out the window. Your own needs gain precedence and will come more prominently into view over the next few days.
Your pleasant day today can turn into a passionate night tonight as you reach for a deeper connection with the Moon now in Scorpio.
_The Libra Moon is void-of-course from 4:39 PM EDT until she enters Scorpio at 8:01 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._
Saturday, August 14, 2021
REVISITING ISSUES OF POWER AND CHANGE
With the Moon still in Scorpio, today continues with a sense of brooding intensity. Just before noon, the Moon squares Saturn, and at 9:18 PM EDT, she opposes Uranus. It is an emotional story of anxiety and power that is being told today.
The continuing challenge of 2021, the square between Uranus and Saturn, is highlighted today. What has been your struggle over the first seven and a half months of this year? Your individual story will depend on the transits that Saturn and Uranus are making (if any) to the personal planets in your natal chart. That is what determines if this is a personal story or a reflection of your involvement in the larger cultural story that we are all grappling with.
Your emotions run deep. You may encounter pushback, restriction, or anxiety as your attention turns to the mighty ongoing challenge. Do your best to understand where your personal story and the cultural story intersect. Time alone is important, powerful and private contemplation will serve you well. Wherever you feel pulled in different directions, do your best to manage yourself and don’t point fingers at anyone else. There is much to learn.
Sunday, August 15, 2021
EXPLORING YOUR INNER TERRAIN
The Moon remains in Scorpio today with the difficult transits of yesterday in the rearview mirror. If you were able to get through yesterday without blaming others or having a personal meltdown give yourself a pat on the back. If you did hit a wall or have a meltdown, first forgive yourself and then consider your
motivations. That will help you to understand your reactions. There is much to learn.
At 11:20 AM EDT, we come to the First Quarter phase of the Moon. In the First Quarter Phase, the Sun and Moon are in a 90-degree square aspect to each other. This puts your desires at cross purposes with your needs. Sit steady and find the middle path. Remember that this Moon phase insists that you take direct action on the goal you set or the metaphorical seed you planted at the New Moon on August 8th. Plan to do something that will bring your desire closer to fruition.
At 11:12 PM EDT, the Moon enters Sagittarius. Head to sleep and look for dreams that take you to other lands. The next few days will support exploration and more fun.
_The Scorpio Moon is void-of-course from 11:05 PM EDT until she enters Sagittarius seven minutes later at 11:12 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._
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: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions. The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
The symbols of astrology convey a language far removed from the language taught to us by our forbearers. Understanding the gifts of that language can take a lifetime. Receiving the gift can happen in a moment of illumination and recognition and can last a lifetime. – Laurie Astrolore