Tip of the Week: As summer rages on it is esThe Sun enters Virgo on August 22 at 9:46 pm PDT. This marks the official last month of summer which ends on September 22nd, Autumn Equinox. This time can accurately be called ‘Virgo time’. Due to the tilt of the Earth’s axis we experience the seasons – elementary. This system of Astrology has been in operation for about 2000 years, it was created to work this way. It can be described as a system of Astrology linked to the Sun’s light and, by extension, the seasons. It can also be interpreted the other way around. What this tells us is that the nature of the sign is directly linked to the ‘time of the year’. The Zodiacal constellations, while still recognized, are not the basis of this system. This has been clarified many times yet some people seem unable or unwilling to understand that Western Tropical Astrology is founded upon the seasons and the Sun’s light. The orbital cycles of the planets within the context of this annular rhythm represent the variable factor of overlapping cycles. Like basic arithmetic, Western Astrology features a relatively fixed common denominator and variables. Despite repeated efforts to explain this basic model, it remains that every now and then someone emerges to credulously proclaim that Astrology ‘is out of whack’, as if they are cracking the code on some global conspiracy, because it does not defer to the Zodiacal Constellations. It is also remarkable to see how many people idly fall for it, without even trying to truly understand what they were so easily convinced to believe. This tendency can be witnessed in other areas where news and information is openly shared with the public and does not only apply to the logical basis of the model of Western Astrology.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20) Although the languor of summer may linger, you are ready to get to business. Your tanks may be pretty full but you may want to get some extra reserves. Yet, your focus is beginning to take a more sober and serious turn. This will become increasingly evident this week. With awareness of this transition you can strike the balance and have it all.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21) Transferring inspiration into actual creative expression and/or genuine feelings of compassion and desires to serve and heal continues. Heart opening experiences are flooding your senses. Feeling confident that you can or that your expressions will be well received may be an issue. Affirm that if you do it with, for and through love you will succeed.
Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21) A cycle of rises and falls and of dramatic turns continues. These are forcing you to make choices and efforts you would prefer not to. Yet circumstances are compelling you to make certain sacrifices. It is important that you be willing to work it this way for a while. Yet, you may also feel the need for guidance, instruction and/or trainin
Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Just when you might have thought things would slow down, they are accelerating. Suddenly you have more work and errands and details to attend to. It remains likely that you are open to invest, to take a few risks. Yet, you want to be informed. So, this is high on your ‘to do’ list, to ask questions and, more importantly, to get answers.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23) All being well, you have begun to take some key initiatives over the past few weeks, to make some real power moves. Now it is time to bring more practical and constructive critical analysis to the fore. The main objective is to be effective and to save time and money too, and to advance all the same. Listen well now, think twice, and buy later.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22) The Sun in your sign suggests your have entered an important cycle inviting you to take some pioneering initiatives. What these are specifically depends on your circumstances. Either way, the more willing you are to see yourself, others, current realities and what you feel you need to do from new angles and perspectives, the better. Try something new!
Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22) An expansive cycle with increased social opportunity has begun. Yet you may suddenly feel the need to pull back for a while. The main point is to rest and re-center. Your ambitions will not cease. Rather, you will be able to pursue them from a clearer and more energized state. Some amount of social activity remains a good idea, just less for a while.
Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21) It is likely that you have successfully attracted more attention over the past few weeks. Hopefully it is the kind you want. Beyond simply getting seen, you also have wanted to be heard, to clearly get a few key points across. Now the results of your efforts will really begin to come in. They will guide you to your next set of strategies, which you are already keen to assert.
Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21) If you have been waiting for a window of opportunity to make your next big move then get excited because it has arrived. There is reason to say you are still on something of a high but are now coming back down to earth (sigh). Making the most of it includes taking stock of your gifts, talents, skills and resources and making these available to be recognized.
Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19) You are in the mood to go big somehow. To this end you have been busily educating yourself and getting the facts. This learning curve focus continues and will for a few weeks yet. It remains likely that to succeed you have to enlist the talent and resources of others. Weaving your own special talents with theirs remains the key.
Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19) The time has come to deepen your focus. This includes investigation, research and perhaps meditation or deepened concentration. Determining what you have to use, share and trade and perhaps what you believe you are worth is one aspect. The other includes deciphering what you feel you need. Get clear on both accounts for increased success.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Focusing to increase your overall state of health has been a central theme these past few weeks. This could extend to your work as well as to your constitution. Now it is time to extend your reach to engage with others. It is likely that communications to this end have already begun. Now it is time for the next phase which includes decisions and commitments.
Michael O’Connor, Astrologer