Weekly Forecast August 17: New Moon in Leo, Sun Enters Virgo

Sun in VirgoThere are a couple of trouble spots this week, but overall it should be quite lively and a lot more positive than the past several weeks.

On Monday, the Sun sextiles Mars, with both making exact contact with Neptune — the Sun by opposition, and Mars by trine. A Sun-Neptune opposition alone would suggest confusion and possibly difficulty speaking up for yourself, but with Mars in on the act and at a favorable angle, I don’t think this is going to be a problem. With the downside of Neptune’s energy mitigated, I am hopeful that this will be a good day for increased spiritual awareness and new insights.

Communicating these thoughts with others could be difficult, however, as Mercury and Saturn are conjunct. Some of you may feel alienated and isolated for a few hours. The best antidote will be to throw yourself into a project that requires a lot of mental focus. Journaling may be a means of gaining new insight, and this could have some practical, real-world application.

Tuesday is potentially troublesome, with Mars square Uranus. These two in difficult aspect can indicate accidents and explosions, especially in shipping or transportation. Likewise, conversations could be incendiary, so if you’ve got a potentially loaded subject you need to discuss, wait until the end of the week.

On Wednesday, the Moon in Leo opposes Neptune & Co., which will set the stage for Thursday’s New Moon at 27 degrees Leo. Neith did a full report on Saturday. My take on the Jupiter-Chiron-Neptune conjunction is that it has opened a rare window for healing, even though it may not feel like it for everyone right now. Often, getting worse before you get better is part of the healing process. In homeopathy and natural medicine, it’s called a healing crisis. Typically, a healing crisis lasts for a few days. Because we are healing very deep wounds, some of which are embedded in the collective, the healing crisis in this case could take weeks and even months. As a result, we are very unsettled and disoriented.

I think we’ll get some clues this week, so be sure to leave comments and let us know what’s happening for you.

Otherwise, this New Moon may contain a new beginning connected to recent eclipses.

Mercury opposes Uranus on Friday, and communications suddenly will pick up. Still, the Moon’s conjunction with Saturn could leave us feeling a little down and fatigued, and I’m betting a lot of you will bypass happy hour and head straight home after work.

Saturday night looks a little brighter, with a trine between Venus and Uranus. This aspect often brings little surprises in love, and since these two are in water signs, unexpected emotional outpourings could be part of the scenario. Ah, but the Sun enters Virgo a few minutes later, and suddenly the party’s over and it’s cleanup time. If you drink Saturday night, take care, because the price on Sunday morning may be way too high.

Sunday’s Sun-Pluto trine is good for rolling up your sleeves and tackling that project you’ve been putting off all summer. Gardening, accounting, and cleaning out closets or the garage will seem less daunting, so seize the day!

Wishing you much love and many blessings,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Image: Get to work! What better symbolism for the Sun in Virgo? The sixth sign of the zodiac represents your daily grind, especially if you work in a service industry. These two are migrant workers at a construction site in Shanghai. Photo by Aly Song for REUTERS.