By Lorna Bevan
Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Notice the shift as the season changes with the Sun’s return to earthy Virgo. In the outer world, this is a week when moods will change from hour to hour as the inner personal planets make multiple contacts to the heavy hitters. Between them, Mercury, Mars and Venus aspect all the outer slow moving planets as well as the Galactic Centre and the North Node.
One of the key events of 2020 is the Mars/Saturn square and this is exact on Monday August 24th, repeating on September 29th and January 12 2021. Mars in Aries wants what it wants, right now, whereas Saturn in Capricorn is like an immoveable object -everything in its own good time. This is a recipe for frustration, for coming up against authority in its various guises. Mars is all about taking quick, fearless action, whereas Saturn is all about taking responsibility for your actions.
In 3D, expect to see it playing out as anger with yet more restrictions around social movement due to Covid 19 alongside delays in travel plans. But you know better. With so many planets retrograde, if you push too hard to move forward, you’ll burn out, so focus on strategic goals, dropping any sense of entitlement to have what you want exactly when you want it. Use skilful Will, sidestep Strong Will – leave that to the politicians! For those working the 5D transformational path, this powerful transit is full of potential for making a real difference to whatever you’re investing your time, love and passion into.
Mars is also preparing to turn retrograde in early September to mid- November -and is now the brightest star in the sky-so factor that in by being ultra-flexible and staying wide open to the potential for self-empowerment September will bring. For much more on how to turn things around, sign up to my new September 5D Report:” Taking Back Your Superpowers”.
Venus in Cancer will be at odds with Mars, Jupiter then Pluto-better to keep your heart-based plans practical but achievable, stay local and enjoy the small thing that make life worthwhile. In amongst the outer restrictions, there will be some lovely moments and some good news as Mercury aligns with Jupiter and Neptune.
Keep your feet on the ground but dream large. Drop linear goal setting for setting a trajectory without expectations. Stop trying to control the uncontrollable and notice the next right thing just appearing in front of you . Once you stop struggling, striving, seeking, and searching, new freedoms are there…… waiting.
Chandra Symbol for Mars ARIES 26:
The man in the moon smiling.
“Living on the edge. Poised at many brinks. Swept up in a tide of changes–chaotic and magnificent. Everywhere at once, you are creative and generative, overwhelmed and overstimulated, but primarily exulting in yourself and your emergent capacities. Falling in love with the dance of destiny you find yourself in. Ecstatic release in being able to catch the spark as it flies. Very fast, very strong, very remarkable, and knowing it.”
Aries Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
This last week of August will have a very different feel to it compared to the first three weeks. Up to now, with Mars back in your own sign, you’ve been on fire, forging ahead with plans and big ideas. It’s been playful as well as creative. As soon as the Sun moves into Virgo on August 22nd, you feel the back to work/back to school energy kicking in. Hopefully, your batteries are now fully charged so you can hit the ground running, re-organising your work space and touching base with the people you work with. Mercury is onside so share those bright ideas and ask for feedback. From September 9th, your personal planet Mars will slow to turn backwards until November so be prepared for the forward momentum to slow down towards the end of the month.
A change of direction.
Taurus Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
With the Sun and Mercury travelling through your laidback 5th House, that back to school feeling might not kick in until well into September and you can expect some intriguing news as Mercury makes extra supportive links with Uranus in Taurus and Jupiter in your angle of expansion. This will keep your spirits up at a time when it feels as if there are restrictions and roadblocks everywhere you look. Your personal planet Venus is powered up by Pluto so, rather than take on someone in authority, find a more strategic way to work round the barriers. Your Venusian charm and diplomacy are legendary so let them work their magic. Keep widening your knowledge base, skilling up and broadening your horizons. Anything to do with publishing, writing, teaching, coaching or mentoring is very well starred around August 29th.
Look for the grace in the silver lining.
Gemini Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
At this time of year when the Sun returns to Virgo, your thoughts and focus usually turn to home. This year your personal planet Mercury is there as well, bringing news and possible shifts in family dynamics. You’ll definitely feel the shift in seasons and the urge to get your feet out into nature and reconnect to the earth and the planet. Make a note of August 24th when Mars is at odds with Saturn. This is not a day to make promises you can’t keep. Be realistic and conservative about finances especially where family is concerned. That said, it‘s a good time to have a difficult conversation about boundaries, expectations or debt repayments. You can clear the air, settle old arguments then wipe the slate clean.
Checks and balances.
Cancer Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
The last week of August is going to be busy and changeable. With both Mercury and the Sun in your 3rd House of communication, make plans, take short trips and get in touch with as many friends and family as possible. There will be lots of talking, discussion and idea generating. Catch these insights before they fly by as on August 24th when impetuous Mars meets implacable Saturn, realism is the order of the day. But take heart- on August 27th a beautiful vibe from Venus in your own sign to Neptune in far seeing Pisces helps you dream large and be as creative and romantic as possible. Whenever you run into resistance or plain outright opposition to your plans, turn to your allies for back up.
Seize the day.
Leo Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
It’s been a strange birthday month for you this year but hopefully last week’s New Moon in Leo recharged your solar batteries and left you feeling revitalised and ready for the change in seasons. If there any lingering health issues, install some new habits for maintaining your physical and emotional wellbeing. Venus in the deepest part of your chart opposite Pluto is a reminder to re-balance your outer life with your inner. On August 24th, spontaneous Mars encounters immoveable Saturn and you may run into challenges at work. If so, don’t dig in for a fight but find some ways to work round the problem. It’s more likely that you’ve over extended yourself or overpromised and now need to deliver.
Aligning your energy with your priorities.
Virgo Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
The Sun returned to your sign on the 22nd and now it’s your birthday month and personal New Year. This puts you back in the driving seat, so be prepare to stick up for what you need and deserve. With your own planet Mercury also in Virgo, you can afford to be more outspoken and direct. After all, you have the power of Jupiter and Pluto behind you from the end of this month through September. August 24th is going to call for your negotiating skills as Mars goes head to head with Saturn-an unstoppable force meets an immoveable object. If you run into opposition to your ideas or meet roadblocks, don’t push forwards but make a strategic retreat. Make it a priority to create a team of allies and supporters as all creative group efforts are well starred.
No more playing small.
Libra Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
This is the time of year when you need to take time out to recharge your solar batteries. Until September 21st, the Sun is hidden deep in your 12th House, the engine room of your chart. If you want to avoid burn out, don’t override the signals telling you that it’s time to slow down, re-group and rest. It’s even more important as, when warrior Mars clashes with immoveable Saturn on August 24th, there will be roadblocks, confrontations and restrictions for just about everyone. In your solar chart, Venus is putting you in the limelight in your career zone and as she opposes Pluto this week, you may find yourself dealing with grudges or backbiting from co-workers. Forewarned is forearmed -if you use your considerable charm instead of confrontation by the 27th rewards are likely. This is a day to push your luck.
Pick your battles.
Scorpio Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
This is set to be a week of challenges for just about everyone but for you ,as a Pluto ruled Scorpio, that just makes life more interesting. Your personal planet Mars is in the thick of it in “jump first-look later” Aries at odds with Saturn on Tuesday August 24th. Think unstoppable force meeting an immoveable object. Keep your thinking and your plans practical and realistic and channel all that fiery Mars energy into networking, aided and abetted by Mercury in your 11th House of groups, friends and allies. Make sure you double check all messages-texts, posts, blogs, emails- to avoid misunderstandings. With Venus in your 9th House of travel, the last week of August would be perfect for a short trip or mini break somewhere peaceful and relaxing. There’s a lot going on and you need some time and space to re-group before Mars turns backwards in early September.
Make time to smell the roses.
Sagittarius Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
This week as the Sun and Mercury return to earthy Virgo, you’ll feel the both the change of season and a change of focus. The top of your solar chart is lit up, making you much more visible at work. This is positive in that more opportunities come your way but make sure you don’t cut corners or over promise then under deliver as it will be out there for everyone to see. Between now and September 9th when Mars turns backwards, get organised for the next few months, expand your networks of contacts and lay out your plans. There will be some tough energy around the 24th as Mars clashes with Saturn affecting your finances. You may meet extra demands on your budget or be refused a loan. Work round it by pruning your outgoings and setting more realistic spending targets.
Capricorn Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
You’ll feel more at home in your own skin this week as both the Sun and Mercury are back in fellow earth sign Virgo. The season and your focus both change together. This is your 9th House of travel and widening your horizons. If you can’t physically get away, expand your mind through study or exploring new ideas. It’s definitely time to get the bigger picture and break out of your comfort zone. If you can grab a mini break, do it before September 9th when Mars turns backwards. Make a note of August 24th when Mars clashes with Saturn in your sign. There may be confrontations on the home front. Don’t dig your heels in, just wait a few days until the dust settles and talk things through. There’s plenty of room for compromise on both sides.
Building rather than burning bridges.
Aquarius Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
The energy shift is palpable this week as the Sun and Mercury return to earthy practical Virgo and the season changes. It’s also a challenging week as impetuous Mars clashes headlong with Saturn-an unstoppable force meets an immoveable object. If you find irritating restrictions or roadblocks in your way on Tuesday 24th, step right away from confrontation and take the high road. Mars in your angle of communication could make you prone to sudden self-sabotaging outbursts. Focus instead on your wellbeing by upgrading your diet, your fitness and your mind/body connection. If you can get away for a couple of days somewhere quiet to unwind, that would boost your energy levels and replenish your system. Do this before September 9th when Mars turns backwards.
Re-charging and re-grouping.
Pisces Weekly Forecast: August 23-30, 2020
You’ll certainly notice a big shift in your energy this week, Pisces, as the Sun returns to light up your opposite sign of Virgo. The season is changing and so is your focus. Until the September Equinox, it’s going to be all about your one to one relationships. With Mercury making a stunning link to luck bringer Jupiter and Awakener Uranus, partnerships should be fun, light hearted and more optimistic than for a long time. Deliberately make time for important conversations and you will be surprised and reassured with what you discover. August 29th is an especially happy day when Venus trines Neptune in your sign. The only day to watch out for is August 24th when Mars is at odds with Saturn and a financial issue might raise its head. Just take a step back and it will resolve itself.
Slow down and smell the roses.
Originally published at hareinthemoonastrology.co.uk and reproduced here with permission.
About Lorna Bevan M.A., MAPAI:
Variously described as a visioneer, a creative disruptor, a life guide and a change maker, my passion is to blend the tools of Visionary Astrology and Transformational Coaching to help you to connect with your inner world so that you can transform your outer world. Through my practice, Hare In the Moon, I combine the ancient art of astrology with the modern art of personal coaching to offer clients all over the world a unique mix consultations and coaching services. I work with clients around the world by phone and email, tailoring my Astrology Coaching to each unique individual or business I work with.
I’m a qualified Psychological Astrologer, Jungian Psychotherapist and Master NLP Coach, and I’m currently taking a Master’s Degree in Analytical Astrology. I’ve had a varied career as a Modern Languages Teacher, a Management Development Consultant, a Counselling Clinician at Personal Performance Consulting Worldwide, a Personal and Career Coach and Psychotherapist, and former Consultant Astrologer for The Sunday Times Magazine.
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