The Sun, traveling through Virgo this month, refines our skills of discernment as we honor our perceptions and hold our boundaries with a strength born of clarity. . . until the 22nd, when it enters Libra, marking the Fall Equinox, and we turn to the outer world searching for our reflection. The full moon on the 4th in Pisces illuminates our interconnectedness and the new moon on the 19th in Virgo nudges us to protect our right to exist autonomously within the collective we are a part of.
Mercury, the planet of communication, turns retrograde in Libra on the 6th as we look within for the strength to express ourselves without moving off our center.
Venus in Leo opposes Jupiter in Aquarius on the 11th as we discover new ways to exalt and to be exalted. The world of our destiny is one where every soul has a seat of honor. Pluto turns direct in Capricorn on the 11th after five months of retrograde motion. We should all have a better idea of how to go forward with greater determination to create more genuine and holistically sustainable structures into the future. Saturn in Virgo opposes Uranus in Pisces on the 15th as we continue to purify the world we inhabit through authentic compassion and self-honor. And Venus in Leo opposes Neptune and Chiron in Aquarius on the 14th as we value ourselves, our struggles, our spirits and, in turn, grow more capable of doing the same for our fellow man. Mercury turns direct on the 29th, as we move forward with smoothness and greater wisdom.
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VIRGO (August 23-Sept. 22) — Happy birthday, Virgo! Don't worry — be happy. That is always a worthy notion to consider for the hardworking, ever-diligent Virgo. Honor of self is the seed point for all the health and beauty you manifest in your divine life. Show the world the way; you deserve to be filled with glee.
LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) — You step out of active creation and give the space and time for things to unfold magically now, Libra. You have taken the steps necessary and now you relinquish your control. This is an ever-evolving skill and you are growing in your mastery. The world benefits greatly from your shining example of worthy, healthy and loving creativity at work.
SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) — You have let things return into a more balanced place, Scorpio. This is the seat from which you can interact with others in deep and harmonic ways. It is not easy to be conscious of things that we are forbidden to see. You are able to teach others how to achieve and ground greater levels of awareness and to infuse the world with more light.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) — You turn toward yourself and focus on your personal needs now, Sag. This is essential to your well being. There is a tendency to turn outward and find the fastest-running river to jump into; yet you must also weave in the time for peace and quiet and calm so that you interface with the outer world from the most effective place.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) — You take a breath and move into a deeper state of relaxation now, Capricorn. This is the other end of the cycle. Creation and relaxation go hand in hand and require different elements and types of positioning. You trust that there is power in letting go.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) — You focus your attention on the mundane now, Aquarius. Let the rest of the world do the work for a change. We are in the midst of revolutionary times. You lead the way by showing others how to dance between worlds, how to bring the larger collective shifts down to the level of their personal lives.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) — You move into a more conservative relationship to the outer world now, Pisces. There are times to expose ourselves and be free and vulnerable in our openness and there are times to draw in and be more tentative and private. You work to balance your relationship to life as you explore both ends of the spectrum.
ARIES (March 21-April 19) — You contemplate your seat in the larger scheme of things now, Aries. There is the individual, and there is the world they inhabit. You are acutely aware of the "self" and now you consider just what you are doing here from the view of higher awareness. Just what is your relationship to the universe?
TAURUS (April 20-May 20) — There is a great sense of new beginnings underway and new ways that life can be lived that offer higher and more adequate levels and forms of nourishment. You pursue paths that will feed you much more substantively and potently in the times ahead. How very Taurus-like of you!
GEMINI (May 21-June 20) — There is a time for revealing strength and passion and a time for more discretion with others. You are keenly aware of where and how to exist with others in ways that are most appropriate for you. Use the skills of discernment to guide you in new situations. Listen to yourself and hear your inner voice as something existing apart from all others, clearly and distinctly.
CANCER (June 21-July 22) — You work to stabilize and strengthen your life by working with what you find around you as life and settles down into more balance now, Cancer. Use that great resourcefulness you have to honor and transmute and appreciate what is in your physical world. Take what is here, and arrange it to suit your desires.
LEO (July 23-August 22) — You are in the perfect place to make gains in your material life now, Leo. As you move with more stability, you find greater strength and more confidence. You achieve a sense of confidence and there is a newfound certainty in your steps. Being even-keeled leads to more effortless and graceful accomplishments into the future.
Motavenda Melchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. Available for private astrological consultations, she specializes in personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. 534-1024, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.innerworlddesigns.com