Here is the Ask the Astrologers Weekly Astrology for the week of Aug 2 – Aug 8, 2015:
Saturn goes direct on Sunday, after spending the last 5 months in retrograde motion. This shifts the focus from going back and redefining your goals to moving forward with a new and improved set of plans. This is a somewhat simplified explanation of what happens when Saturn changes direction but it can serve you well to compare it to a car changing gears.
Saturn turns direct today after almost 5 months in retrograde motion. As a result, it may start to feel like it’s time to take charge of your life and your responsibilities.
The Father card — the Tarot of the Origins version of the Emperor — refers to stepping up to the plate and assuming a position of authority. It’s about striving for personal and professional success. And it’s about wielding your personal power in a fair and just manner.
This card symbolizes worldly acclaim and ambition. But it’s also tied to personal obligations, such as areas in your life where you may need to take on a parental role.
You may be called upon to counsel another or to offer guidance based on the wisdom of your own experience. Or like the Father figure in this card, your greatest gift may be the ability to truly hear what others have to say without judgment or censure.
Although there are definite masculine elements to this card, the references don’t only apply to men. It can refer to a single mother, a career-woman, or a woman with important responsibilities. It can also describe a man in your life (or someone new coming in) who embodies these qualities.
Mercury trines Uranus today as well. This aspect says that you don’t have to only rely on the wisdom of the ages when it comes to making decisions.You can move toward the future and embrace the idea of thinking outside the box, while still honoring those ancient traditions.
Red Phoenix Four
As the Sun and Neptune come together in an inconjunct formation today, you may be wondering, “is that all there is?”
The Red Phoenix Four — Feng Shui Tarot’s version of the Four of Cups — speaks of struggling with feelings of discontent or dissatisfaction. The focus is on what might be lacking or missing in your life, rather than what’s right there before you.
The Phoenix in this card is seen standing at the base of a cliff, looking off toward distant horizons. How easy would it be for him to elevate himself — rising above whatever disillusionment he’s feeling from his current vantage point — and fly to the other side?
But lack of motivation and lethargy are also hallmark features of the Four of Cups — as they are with the Sun / Neptune inconjunct. There’s also generally a lack of energy, which may mean it’s going to be a lazy day where you don’t feel like doing much of anything.
One of the positive aspects of this card though is that it reveals to you exactly what’s “wrong with this picture” and allows you the opportunity to make it right. And the Sun / Neptune aspect can do the same. It can get you thinking about how things could be — in an ideal world or at least with respect to following your dreams — and then what you can do to make those dreams a reality.
While you may start out thinking “what’s the point?” you’ll have a clearer idea of what’s worth salvaging and what could use a little more work in the end. Like the Phoenix in this card, the idea of taking flight and seeing what’s on the other side becomes a lot more appealing than allowing yourself to remain stuck where you are and wondering what might have been.
Venus retrogrades back into Leo today, bringing us all a little closer to taming the lion within.
We might be asking ourselves what we’re struggling with that requires us to dig down deep and find our inner reserves of strength.
Today’s card — Strength from the Sacred Rose Tarot — is all about mastering our fears and conquering our demons. It’s about gaining control of the “beast” within.
It refers not to physical strength but to courage, will-power and self-control. It can also mean finding an appropriate outlet for something that you may have responded to in a less than positive manner in the past. Whatever it is, know that this card encourages you to stay on course and not fall back into unhealthy reactions or patterns.
The woman in this card has literally become one with the Lion. She wraps her arms around him in a loving embrace, while still granting him the honor and respect he deserves.
She knows that the key to success comes from both gaining the Lion’s trust and not giving into her fears. The imagery in this card is all the more poignant, in light of recent events.
As Venus moves back into Leo today — and as we are greeted with a “once in blue Moon” Full Moon in Aquarius — we want to remember that there’s a place in the world for all of us and that each of us are deserving of compassion and respect.
The Strength card reminds us that we all also have access to a wellspring of personal strength and power. How we use ours — and what impact our using it has on the rest of the world — will say more about our true character than just about anything else.
Happy Birthday Leo! Here are some highlights for the month ahead.
Lunations: Moon Phases for the entire month:
New Moon: The New Moon occurs on August 14th at 21° Leo 30′.
Full Moon: This month’s Full Moon occurs on August 29th at 6° Pisces 06′.
Retrogrades: Saturn goes direct on August 2nd at 28° Scorpio 16′; Venus, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are retrograde for the entire month of August.
Ingresses: Mercury enters Virgo August 7th; Mars enters Leo August 9th; Jupiter enters Virgo August 11th, the Sun enters Virgo August 23rd, Mercury enters Libra August 27th.
Continue reading for complete scopes for each sign:
The calendar below show the transits, aspects, ingresses and Moon phases for the current month.
This calendar is set for Universal Time and is updated on the first of every month.
The current Moon sign is shown in the upper right corner of every day, with void of course times marked below. The current Moon phase position is at the bottom of each day.
Ingresses are shown throughout the month as well as stations and retrogrades.
The five main Ptolemaic aspects — as well as semi-sextile and quincunx (inconjunct) aspects are shown.
Seven of Pentacles
You may find yourself at a professional crossroads today, feeling torn between following your dreams and doing what’s already proven itself to be safe and secure.
The Seven of Pentacles — like all Sevens — represents choices and dilemmas. With respect to your work or business, it can translate to feeling like you’re missing our on something by doing what you do really well but that your heart just isn’t into.
Mercury inconjuncts Pluto today, bringing with it the potential for temptations to turn into full-fledged compulsions and obsessions.
Sometimes we have to make sacrifices (also a hallmark of the tarot’s Seven cards). We can give up our job security in order to pursue our dreams; or we can give up our dreams in order to maintain our job security. It’s a catch-22.
The woman in this card — from Cathy McClelland’s fantastic Star Tarot — is faced just such a dilemma. She can’t decide whether she wants to throw herself fully into her work — which she’s already invested energy in and which is also already clearly producing results — or whether she wants to move in a completely different direction.
The colorful horses galloping across the sky seem to be calling out to her to follow. These are her dreams and aspirations, none yet fully formed. There are Seven of them — just as there are Seven Pentacles and Seven butterflies, all representing different choices and opportunities.
You’ll have to think about what is most important to you today as the Seven of Pentacles is a card of priorities as well as choices. Ideally you’ll find a way to turn what you dream of doing and what you are doing into one and the same. This is all any of us can hope for in the end.