by Robert Wilkinson
This week starts with an "old Moon," meaning it's a good time to finish old things, but new initiatives should not be pushed until after the New Moon on August 23 at 1 Virgo. In fact, the usual rule is not to start new projects until the Moon is at least one sign away from the Sun, since its fecundative, gestative energies get swamped by the sheer force of the Solar power represented by the Sun. The best part of the week involves Mercury trine Pluto, helping us cut through the bs and get clear about what is and is not true, and bringing us messages and communications related to the Sun trine Pluto "cut to the chase" energies of last week.
August 21 through 11:08 am August 23 offers the Moon in Leo, which puts it in the heart of the Fixed T-square, still throwing energies into the Taurus void, showing us the problem and the solution. Mercury opposes Neptune on Monday and Venus squares Jupiter on Tuesday, so get and stay as clear as possible in all communications, and free your mind from old rigidities while giving voice to what for many are vague notions or unclear thinking. These days try to stay conscious of ultimate ends in what you're doing, put your best self forward, and refuse everything that is petty or petulant.
Petulance is defined as insolence, contempt in speech or behavior, being unreasonably ill-tempered, or peevish. If you find yourself dealing with someone who refuses to meet you halfway, or projects their limitations on you, show civility while being clear that there are greater and lesser perspectives, levels of evolution and awareness. Not all points of view are equal in validity, regardless of the egalitarian ideal.
The Sun enters Virgo August 22 at 11:23 pm PDT, meaning August 23 everywhere else east of Pacific time. When the Moon enters Virgo August 23, it's a good time for discriminating between lesser and greater things, and the New Moon at 12:10 pm PDT will offer us a period of unique gifts as our "experiment in an improvised lab nears completion." We are learning to outwit something or someone as we move into being a more effective selfless benefactor to our society as a whole due to the quintile between the New Moon and Jupiter, helping modify the Fixed T-square into more productive directions. Learn to "relate seeming unrelated facts," and be persevering and cautious in connecting the dots. Show ingenuity, inventiveness, and an experimental attitude.
The New Moon in Virgo also has an especially favorable Mercury trine Pluto on August 24, helping us target misconceptions like a laser beam. This is an aspect favoring deep thinking and learning what is essentially true and what is not. We can get very clear about what is stagnant thinking and what is precise and deep understanding. Just be careful around those who are extremists, inflexible, or just plain out on a limb of scattered or inconsistent thinking and unreasonable assumptions. The Moon throwing a sextile to Jupiter and opposition to Uranus on August 24 helps move the Taurus energies into more productive focus and manifestation.
Watch out Friday, August 25, as the Moon in late Virgo conjuncts Mars and squares Pluto just before the Venus conjunct Saturn on August 26. This is both volatile, explosive, separative, and somewhat heavy emotionally due to a thousand jammed up factors going everywhere and nowhere. Purge your mind of unhelpful heaviness, lighten up as much as possible, and stay clear about what your values and ideals are without accepting others' limiting values and stifling rules of how you're supposed to relate. This can help us clean out obsolete rules that only bring about repressed feelings. What shows up on Friday anticipates the Mars square Pluto on August 29-30, so take note and prepare accordingly.
The Moon enters Libra a minute after midnight PDT on Saturday, August 26, and stays there through Monday, August 28, entering Scorpio 12:56 pm PDT. Actually, the period between August 26-28 should be very productive, with the overall theme still being the overcoming of old social rigidities and detachment from others' projections and limitations upon us. The entire week favors productive interpersonal fellowship, once stagnant or rigid ways of relating are dealt with. It's also a great time for planting, pruning, haircuts, and cultivating beauty however you want to.