Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - CONTENTS - Heather Roan Rob­bins

THIS WEEK’S MOOD can be gen­er­ally up­beat and en­thu­si­as­tic as men­tal Mer­cury con­juncts ex­pan­sive Jupiter in Virgo. Work projects be­gin to shift and move for­ward, though we may wres­tle over who has au­thor­ity. The sun trines Uranus, an as­pect that can act like a cos­mic clutch and help us shift gears, bring­ing pos­i­tive changes.

But in an un­der­cur­rent dur­ing this oth­er­wise-pleas­ant week, we can feel hurt by a per­son or event that hap­pens to tap-dance on an old psy­chic scar. Whether we run into a dif­fi­cult rel­a­tive or hit a chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tion, we may be forced out of our com­fort zone and re­quired to grow in ways we’d not oth­er­wise choose. If we feel trig­gered, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that we’re not back among those old mem­o­ries: We’re right here in the present mo­ment. If we can face the sit­u­a­tion with strength and courage, we can re­set that pat­tern and re­claim a breath of per­sonal power.

Fri­day and Saturday, the moon trav­els through cheer­ful Sagittarius, keep­ing the mood up­beat and rest­less even as our deeper work is ac­ti­vated. Our ro­man­tic life and artis­tic ca­reer is com­pli­cated as cre­ative Venus first forms a chal­leng­ing square to se­ri­ous Saturn on Saturday and then op­poses con­fus­ing Nep­tune on Sunday. Our nat­u­ral flow of af­fec­tion may feel tested, chores can cramp our love life, or vis­it­ing rel­a­tives can get in the way of our cre­ative en­deav­ors. Time out­doors can do us won­ders now.

A Capricorn moon Sunday and Mon­day can bring de­ter­mi­na­tion — or de­pres­sion, if we don’t have a place to put our tenac­ity. Find pur­pose. Mid­week is wildly so­cia­ble un­der a full moon in com­mu­nity-ori­ented Aquarius — one of the great gath­er­ing times of year — but we may feel ex­tra emo­tional as the moon heads into Pisces on Thurs­day.

FRI­DAY, AUG. 12: Se­ri­ous, fair, and pointed con­ver­sa­tion helps start a process or a jour­ney as an up­beat, rest­less Sagittarius moon con­juncts Mars. The mood slows down mid­day, and we may feel un­usu­ally ten­der and need to process. We’ll need sup­port­ive and low-main­te­nance com­pan­ions tonight.

SATURDAY, AUG. 13: Deal with re­spon­si­bil­i­ties but make it fun as Venus squares Saturn. Work on fun­da­men­tal ques­tions about per­sonal au­thor­ity that mur­mur in the back­ground of an oth­er­wise up­beat day. Do the right thing and af­fec­tion returns.

SUNDAY, AUG. 14: Our brains and heart may need to slip out of gear and put­ter in neu­tral as Venus op­poses Nep­tune, but an in­dus­tri­ous Capricorn moon nags us to work. A lazy streak can breed mis­un­der­stand­ings. Let the imag­i­na­tion wan­der; sketch out ideas about the fu­ture, but keep it sim­ple and in present time.

MON­DAY, AUG. 15: Morn­ing can leave us feel­ing grim or painfully aware of our fail­ings as a moon-Pluto con­junc­tion in Capricorn whis­pers to us about all the work that needs to be done. Just keep work­ing; progress helps good spir­its re­turn tonight.

TUES­DAY, AUG. 16: What changes can we make to­day? The sun trines change-in­duc­ing Uranus as the moon en­ters for­ward-think­ing Aquarius. Af­ter­noon brings more in­dus­tri­ous com­pe­tence; brain­storm and ex­plore pos­si­bil­i­ties this morn­ing.

WED­NES­DAY, AUG. 17: It’s a great day to meet, cel­e­brate, or show off; com­mu­nity flour­ishes when we all ex­press our po­ten­tial. Com­pe­ti­tion isn’t the point: Gather for a cause or pur­sue the heart’s call­ing.

THURS­DAY, AUG. 18: Minds cook and thoughts gather early this morn­ing on the com­mu­nity-ori­ented Aquarius full moon. Sen­ti­men­tal­ity, sen­si­tiv­ity, and free-float­ing emo­tions swirl as the moon en­ters Pisces tonight. It may be hard to do or­di­nary, bor­ing things; we want to be part of larger events.

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