Straight stars

> BY ROSE MAR­CUS

The Georgia Straight - - Housing -

Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 6, 2017

We have ar­rived at the end of the month and the un­of­fi­cial end of sum­mer, but the stars aren’t on the fin­ish-up. They’re on a ma­jor wind-it-up.

The sun is on task in Virgo, but Leo, the heart and cen­tre, self-grat­i­fi­ca­tion archetype, is still call­ing the shots. Venus has re­cently en­tered Leo, Mars is well on its way, and Mer­cury ret­ro­grade re­vis­its the sign as of Thurs­day. All three aim to play it up and make the most of it. Go­ing live early Satur­day, Mars trine Uranus launches the long week­end with a game-for-it, here-and-now, ready-set-go vibe.

Mer­cury is on the backup and Mars on the for­ward through Leo. Retrig­ger­ing the sen­si­tive de­gree of the Au­gust 21 so­lar eclipse, the duo will cross paths early Sun­day. The two are a strike-it-hot or lighta-fuse com­bi­na­tion. Mer­cury/mars can steam it up in a sexy-heart’sde­light or cash-in-on-it way. On the flip side, this fast-and-furious pair­ing can in­flame a sit­u­a­tion; ig­nite sud­den ag­gres­sion or vi­o­lence; or pro­duce an ac­ci­dent, re­volt, sud­den snap, or abrupt cut­off.

Aptly timed for the back-to-it rou­tine, Mars leaves Leo for Virgo, while Mer­cury fin­ishes ret­ro­grade on Tues­day but con­tin­ues to act as an eclipse trig­ger through next Satur­day.

The un­cer­tain, re­veal­ing, or ex­pos­ing ef­fects of Wed­nes­day’s full moon in Pisces can be felt as early as Mon­day evening. Sit­u­a­tions are fluid and un­fold­ing. Sim­plify, ease into it as best you can. There’s more prom­ise or fac­tors than read­ily ap­par­ent.

ARIES

March 20–April 20

What a dif­fer­ence a day can make! Off to on, mi­nus to plus, Mer­cury’s back­track into Leo on Thurs­day switches you onto a pos­i­tive up­swing. Mars, fin­ish­ing up in Leo through next Tues­day, also places you on the side of great creative op­por­tu­nity. Seize it when you see it. Both of­fer an aus­pi­cious back­drop for a fresh try or sec­ond chance, es­pe­cially Satur­day/sun­day.

TAURUS April 20–May 21

You are about to hit a onetwo fast track. Rec­og­nize that no mat­ter how or what the trig­ger is, this next week points you in the di­rec­tion of best po­ten­tial and op­ti­mal suc­cess, es­pe­cially when you re­lease, al­low, ex­press, free up, and/or take your best shot. Satur­day/sun­day: feel it, say it, do it. Tues­day/wed­nes­day is also es­pe­cially fruit­ful.

GEMINI

May 21–June 21

Mer­cury’s back­track into Leo gives you one more good ex­cuse to go all out be­fore the back-to-it rou­tine gets the bet­ter of you. The long week­end could spark some­thing un­ex­pected. Spon­ta­neous or planned, a spe­cial event or get-to­gether, a spe­cial some­one, or a great con­ver­sa­tion or score could make your week­end. Tues­day/wed­nes­day: ease up, ease into it but stay alert, don’t lose track.

CANCER June 21–July 22

Look to Mer­cury/mars to spark new ideas, pos­si­bil­i­ties, and mon­ey­mak­ing av­enues. It’s an ideal time to rein­vent your­self, from the ground up if nec­es­sary. There’s no need to strug­gle at it. With such dy­namic stars to as­sist you now, you could be up and rolling in a flash. Wed­nes­day’s full moon chal­lenges you to trust, to open up to pos­si­bil­ity, to aspire higher.

LEO

July 22–Au­gust 23

Don’t you just love it when the stars con­spire on your be­half? Have it your way, call the shots. You have a mo­nop­oly on the bright lights this long week­end. Fast on the pickup, quick on the come­back, Mars/mer­cury keeps you on a fresh and full bat­tery charge. Stay ready to jump on it in a flash. Mon­day evening through Wed­nes­day, keep it real.

VIRGO

Au­gust 23–Septem­ber 23

Has the ret­ro­grade been do­ing you in? Mer­cury’s back­track out of Virgo on Thurs­day can feel like some­thing of a re­prieve. Mars into Virgo next Tues­day pumps fresh air in your tires. You don’t have to wait, though. Mars/mer­cury could rev it up for you un­ex­pect­edly. Mon­day evening through full-moon Wed­nes­day, one thing leads to an­other. Take it one step at a time.

LIBRA

Septem­ber 23–Oc­to­ber 23

Never a dull mo­ment, al­ways some­thing on the ready; Venus, newly into Leo, and Mer­cury’s back­track into this sign on Thurs­day pro­vide a boost where you’ll ap­pre­ci­ate it the most. Watch for Mer­cury/mars to strike flint this week­end. Tues­day/wed­nes­day, keep it sim­ple and open-ended. If you don’t have to, don’t. Let it un­fold nat­u­rally. It’s easy to get con­fused or lose track.

SCORPIO

Oc­to­ber 23–Novem­ber 22

Can you one-up your­self? You bet. Aim­ing to get back at it? You’ll get a good jump-start this week­end, per­haps un­ex­pect­edly so. Mer­cury ret­ro­grade and Mars in Leo can make your next choice an ob­vi­ous pick. A spe­cial event, an­niver­sary, or re­con­nec­tion can be the high­light of the week­end. Wed­nes­day’s full moon ex­poses some­thing op­por­tune. Mon­day night and into Tues­day is stag­ing.

SAGITTARIUS Novem­ber 22–De­cem­ber 21

You’ll have no trou­ble mak­ing the most of it this long week­end. En­joy it to the fullest! Mars/ Mer­cury ret­ro­grade could see you strike it hot in some un­ex­pected way. Once the fire is lit, mat­ters take on a life of their own. Late Mon­day through Wed­nes­day, the stars shift gears. Stay open-ended or non­com­mit­tal un­til you have more to go on.

CAPRICORN De­cem­ber 21–Jan­uary 20

With your lover, with loved ones, or on your own, it won’t take much to strike it hot this long week­end. If it worked well for you last time, try it again. You’ll get more out of it this time. Mon­day evening through Wed­nes­day, go by feel. The full moon puts more on the to-do list.

AQUARIUS

Jan­uary 20–Fe­bru­ary 18

Some­thing spe­cial to look for­ward to? Venus, Mars, and Mer­cury ret­ro­grade in Leo aim to make the most of it. Whether dis­rup­tive, en­ter­tain­ing, or mes­mer­iz­ing, some­one spe­cial can claim your at­ten­tion. Satur­day/sun­day fast-tracks a con­ver­sa­tion, break­through, or course of ac­tion. One thing af­ter an­other, Tues­day/wed­nes­day piles on ex­tras and re­quires more in­vest­ment, safe­guard­ing, or re­lin­quish­ing. Sim­plify where pos­si­ble.

PISCES

Fe­bru­ary 18–March 20

At work or at play, ex­pect a full-to-the-brim, cash-in-on-it long week­end. Re­gard­ing health, wealth, and plea­sure-seek­ing, Mars and Mer­cury ret­ro­grade are ex­cep­tion­ally re­vi­tal­iz­ing. What­ever fires up has a strong, go-the-dis­tance life force to it. Mon­day night through Wed­nes­day, the Pisces full moon has you on all sys­tems go.

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