Weekly Forecast August 24: Mercury, Venus, Mars Change Signs

Venus in LeoMercury, Venus, and Mars all change signs this week, and with the Sun newly arrived in Virgo, it’s as though the sands are shifting under our feet as we walk … just as we have to start walking a lot faster.

Overall, we’re in a period of shifting and swift change, and this can mean temporary disorientation and discomfort. Those of us with a lot of fixed signs in our charts will have a more difficult time, whereas the cardinal signs should be quite happy for things to get moving finally!

Mars enters Cancer on Tuesday, with Mercury entering Libra just a few hours later. This means they are square one another, and they both engage Pluto in challenging aspects on Wednesday — Mars by opposition and Mercury by square. Most of you know enough about astrology to know that when Mars and Pluto face off, we end up in power struggles. These can be with another person, or groups can oppose one another. Or, we may face internal conflicts. Perhaps we struggle with an addiction.

Normally, Mercury in Libra would be a good antidote, as Libra is the sign of peace, harmony, and conciliation. However, attempts to intervene between opposing parties could backfire this week, even with the best of intentions. If you find yourself in the middle of an argument or conflict of any kind, step back and think about what’s at the root of the problem. Unfortunately, since Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn are all cardinal signs, there’s going to be a whole lot of talking and action without thinking first.

Complicating matters is that Mercury is in pre-retrograde shadow. He’ll be retrograde September 7-29, during which he’ll return to Virgo for three weeks. During that time, we’ll get to reflect on any issues that come up this week and perhaps revise how we want to handle them. But there may be breakdowns in communications first. As always, when life is moving this fast, the best approach is to stay in the moment and not think too far ahead. There is a potential for rapid change now, and we’re going to have to stay in the flow.

As I mentioned in my Saturday Extra! post, the Saturn-Uranus opposition is creeping up on us. It’s within four degrees, which is enough for us to start feeling the effects. Most of you probably know by now where these two are transiting your chart. If not, look at the houses in which they’re opposed in your natal chart for clues. For example, if they’re located in the fourth and tenth houses, situations at home or with your family may be interfering with your effort to get a new job. An opposition in the fifth and eleventh houses could bring conflicts between caring for children and your social responsibilities, or perhaps you’re in a situation in which someone is transgressing boundaries between friends and lovers.

The good news is that Venus enters Leo on Wednesday, which brings some festivity into our lives. She’s out of synch with Mars, but she’ll be in a bright sextile with Mercury on Friday, and since Mercury is in her sign, this will be a good night for patching up disputes. Go out and have a good time together, and enjoy the moment.

Just don’t let it interfere with your obligations and responsibilities, because there’s no forgiveness this week for not meeting your commitments. I don’t mean to be a party pooper, but I need to let you know that failing to keep promises and commitments will be met with a swift reminder on Saturday, when the Moon in Capricorn triggers the Mars-Pluto opposition.

Much love and courage to all,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Image: Venus in Leo is the party girl! Here, she’s wearing a beautiful beaded mask as she gets ready for a samba parade at Carnival in Sao Paulo earlier this year. Photo by Mauricio Lima for Agence France-Presse.

10 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast August 24: Mercury, Venus, Mars Change Signs

  1. Neith

    I live with the poster boy for cardinal signs [7 planets & all 4 Angles) and he’s champing at the bit, ready to get back to work. Since his MC is 2 Cappy, we’ll see if the t-square breaks something loose for him.

    Saturn-Uranus opp has Saturn in Virgo in his 6th pretty much forcing him to not rush the healing process. :-)

    Another thought echoing around the astro-blogosphere is this week’s t-square is going to be a preview of next year’s big event – Uranus in Aries, Pluto in Capricorn & Saturn in Libra. You may want to pay attention to the headlines and what’s going on in your personal lives . . .


  2. Pat Post author

    EEEK, that’s a lot of cardinal energy. Be sure to keep us posted on what’s happening for him.

    As for the sneak-peek preview, very good point. I second Neith’s advice: Keep your antennae up!


  3. deb

    Good article. I kinda need to move forward without so much thinking, to be honest. This week will be very good for me. That overthinking stuff needs to get off my agenda. This Libra can be indecisive, so it would be nice to just forge ahead, already :)!

    @ Neith: the poster child bit was hilarious.


  4. Lucy

    Oh my God you guys.

    I’m standing here in my childhood bedroom, unpacking all my stuff, extremely frustrated and not sure where to put anything because I have literally outgrown this room… and you remind me that the Saturn-Uranus opposition is in my 4th-10th Houses, respectively. OF COURSE IT IS.



  5. Neith

    Hey deb! Don’t worry overmuch about Libra’s reputation for overthinking and being indecisive. Someone has to keep their heads when all the cardinal types like my Aries spouse are leaping to the wrong conclusions at light speed! I have spent much of my life patiently filling in the blanks left by said leaping. LOL

    I’m thinking our ability to see all sides of an issue and mediate based on that info will be sorely needed when Saturn is in Libra, and we hit the cardinal Grand Cross starting next year. Rest up in advance!! :-)


  6. Neith

    {{{Lucy}}} Having to move back home as an adult is a pain in the A**! Shoot, when circumstances pushed me back into the nest, my folks had moved into a new home with only a loft to park my butt in until I could get back on my feet again.

    And now my husband & I live in the old family farmhouse . . . life goes full circle.


  7. hitchhiker72

    The sands are shifting – at least we’re moving! (says she with the cardinal t-square in angular houses). The Big Aquarian Fog is a giant smokescreen.

    Lucy, you have my sympathies. Mercury retrograde is the best time to tidy old spaces… :D


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