This is when the time of the lion meets the virgin and passes on the torch. The exact moment when the Sun will enter the seasonal sign of Virgo is at 3:38 am PDT on August 23rd. By August 26 at 3:02 pm the Sun will conjunct Jupiter in Virgo. This annual event is special in astrology as the solar energy activates the already ignited and magnificent Jupiter thus triggering the core themes that Jupiter holds for the year, based on the moment it entered Virgo. It is of further interest and significance that this Jupiter conjunction occurs on Women’s Equality Day. (I addressed this theme in my August 14th New Moon in Leo Newsletter – send me an email if you would like to receive it – firstname.lastname@example.org)
Briefly, what is significant about this is that humanity remains in a time of revolution regarding male/female equality. The 5000 year reign of patriarchal dominion is finally coming to its completion. Even the rarer bouts of women in positions of political power over the centuries were usually conducted in a masculine manner. That many very old institutions, customs and norms were established during this long cycle means that humanity is challenged to progressively replace the core attitudes and rational that support and even continue to perpetuate this imbalance.
Currently, Venus retrograde in Leo is fast approaching Mars which is also in Leo and moving direct. The proverbial and timeless dance between these two celestial lovers, archetypal forces when plotted on an Astrological Mandala (chart), are contributing to this deeper theme of love, passion, mutual love and now the social and political ideal and goal of equality, just as nature intended it.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
A passionate, dramatic and hopefully playful cycle continues. Although some of your attention has shifted to more sober matters such as making improvements in your lifestyle and work routine for the sake of health, you remain committed to having some fun. With so many complexities underway meanwhile, perhaps especially in your relationships, yours is a real juggling act now.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)
You are in an extra creative mood. Yet in order to successfully follow through you will have to put in more time than usual. Recalibrating your overall vision and focus regarding long-term commitments is featured. These will bring about some deep and even transformational changes in you over the coming years. For now, you need to clear the way and make a reliable plan.
Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)
An animated cycle continues. You feel playful and your energy levels remain high. Dreams of creative expressions are dancing in your mind. Although you remain focused upon raising your overall health levels, you have reason to feel optimistic with your progress. Summer is hardly over yet and there is reason to say adventure and perhaps romance is at least on your mind.
Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)
You have initiated steps to build a new momentum. Many thoughts and ideas about what to do and how are running through your mind. Two main obstacles now include over analysis, on one hand, and scattering your focus, on the other. These challenges will not go away anytime soon so focus to overcome them now. Making key investments are woven into the plot.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)
The recent New Moon in your sign sowed seeds of inspiration. They speak of taking risks in order to expand your influence and overall potential. It is important that you follow through now with deliberate action. At least get organized and set your plans and projects into motion. This in the first step and by taking it your chances of success will skyrocket.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)
A busy time including getting organized behind the scenes is a central theme now. This may well include doing some inner work to overcome inner doubts. You have reason to feel increasingly optimistic yet it also remains important that any risks you take are measured and calculated. Allow critical analysis to guide you through a prioritization process.
Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)
Quality time shared with friends will likely be spliced with some added drama and complexity now. You may even feel the need to dig deeper than usual to draw upon inner reserves of faith and understanding. Yet you also feel punchy and rebellious these days and are willing to take whatever actions you deem necessary, even if not everyone agrees or likes it.
Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)
You continue to get some extra attention in your public and/or professional life. Some of it may be desired and appreciated, but not necessarily all of it. This complex plot may require that you step back for a while as opposed to assert yourself to advance. It may be that you need to acquire new tools and undergo changes in your attitude and/or approach.
Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)
You may feel as though you are at a crossroads. You stand between a long and perhaps exhausting cycle over the past few years which served to erase past patterns. Now you are ready to embark upon a new adventure yet you may feel uncertain about which direction to take. A meditative and contemplative approach will prove wise because they are also core features of your next major phase.
Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)
The past several weeks have likely been strewn with strife and complexity. This may have especially been the case in your most intimate relationships. Yet there is reason to say that the clouds are beginning to clear and all being well you have broken through to the next level. A new wave of optimism and excitement is on the rise and it may include travel and adventure.
Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)
If you have been waiting patiently for some fun and perhaps some romance too, this is a good time for it. You may have to make some extra efforts to realize your dream. Yet the flow is heading your way and realizing success may be easier than usual. Be open to receive and count your blessings to attract even more abundance.
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
A busy cycle continues requiring you to give more than usual. Yet the rewards of an expanded social front are already coming in. These will continue for the next several weeks. Whether for personal or professional success, you are entering a cycle which includes the prospects of new opportunity and a wider scope of exposure to share your gifts, talents and skills.