IT IS ONE OF LIFE’S HUMOROUS QUIRKS that students head back to school every year under this industrious Virgo quality, when they are most ready to learn, but also most miserably self-conscious and selfcritical — one of Virgo’s shadow sides.
Jupiter symbolizes what frees us, expands our horizons, and also what we overdo. Jupiter recently entered Virgo for this next year; it tells us that work can set us free, and reminds us that there is no greater gift than good health. Mercury is already in Virgo, and the sun enters Virgo this weekend, proffering the ability to sort, learn, digest and absorb, harvest and heal.
But this year, Venus and Mars, the two planets that symbolize our social-emotional milieu, are still in confident Leo through September, infusing our personalities with bravado and panache. Here they can help us create new communities at work and school, though they can leave us dragging our feet when it’s time to buckle down to work. We need both the Virgoan industriousness and the Leonine warm heart, because the busier we become, the more important it is to keep our soul involved and our optimism engaged.
FRIDAY, AUG. 21: The mood can be a little pompous but hardworking this morning as the sun squares Saturn under a Scorpio moon. People can get snappish or willful, suddenly anxious about impending work. Turn this frustration into action by staying self-responsible. Tonight, notice approach-avoidance feelings about people, consider watching a movie or other tandem, but not interactive, actions.
SATURDAY, AUG. 22: We may need to putter around in our interior world this morning and can resent outside demands. Uncertainty creeps in, but instead of second-guessing what we’ve already done, let’s investigate new possibilities. Optimism comes in as the moon enters Sagittarius this afternoon; soon we’ll be ready to socialize and debate.
SUNDAY, AUG. 23: Harvest season begins as the sun enters Virgo. Although we may be lazy, we feel guilty about resting. Prioritize health, sorting, and organizing. Leave room for sweetness of the soul this afternoon.
MONDAY, AUG. 24: Rather than push work forward, begin to let go of the summer community and reconnect with the fall tribe. Animal health and animal rights need attention. Tonight the moon enters Capricorn, and we begin to plan ahead.
TUESDAY, AUG. 25: This is a strategic day; watch what offers come in, what challenges arise in the headlines and at home, and get a peek at the agenda to come. Morning’s enthusiasm may be daunted by an awareness of the depth of the work needed this evening as the moon conjuncts deep Pluto. Plan and rest rather than worry.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 26: Opportunities are popping today. If one doesn’t stumble into your life, create it as the sun conjuncts Jupiter in Virgo. Sign contracts and speak truth; words count now. Have a solution for the problem at hand. Take a very pragmatic approach.
THURSDAY, AUG. 27: Relax about the details and look at the far horizons; engage in teamwork as Mercury enters egalitarian, optimistic Libra and the moon enters sociable Aquarius. Speak with straightforward diplomacy. Late night could bring a stubborn ego clash, unless we give one another room.