THE STARS ASK US to savor late summer’s ephemeral beauty and get ready for the new season ahead. Mercury turns retrograde on Tuesday, nudging us to review our last year and renew old friendships. We can plant seeds now and pick up work that we let go earlier, but we won’t really launch this fall’s enterprises until Mercury turns direct on the equinox, Sept. 22.
On Friday night, we can see a beautiful conjunction between Venus, Mercury, and Jupiter in the early evening western sky. This lineup can expand ( Jupiter) our thoughts (Mercury) with creativity and care (Venus). They are all lined up in earthy Virgo, which suggests that love can be best expressed through understanding what needs to be repaired, fixed, appreciated, and healed. This conjunction turns up the volume on our emotions; it can make the best even better, but it can also intensify the longing in our hearts.
This week also offers us a chance to dissolve an old anger or outmoded ambition. We may have the urge to escape, feel sleepy, or need to be discreet about our actions as Mars squares Neptune. Others’ indecision can really anger us, but it may be their truth. Any attempt to deceive can cause problems.
Venus enters sociable Libra on Monday and can help us finish summer’s emotional business. On Thursday a Virgo new moon signals a new work cycle that will have trouble taking off unless we are centered and patient. If (and when) arguments occur, let’s stop hypothesizing and find solid facts.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26: Morning may be nervy and confusing, ideas and information fly around, plans and mind-sets change quickly. Let’s stay flexible and make them good changes. Afternoon is warmhearted; evening is sociable early on. Then we need to nest as the moon enters domestic Cancer.
SATURDAY, AUG. 27: Relax. This day could be full of sweetness and love if we don’t take it too seriously as Venus conjuncts Jupiter in Virgo. Don’t push people out of their comfort zones. Take responsibility for your own happiness. Look for what is beautiful and for opportunities to share affection.
SUNDAY, AUG. 28: We may feel a bit raw and overextended, and we may need time alone or with our beloveds this morning. Midday it can feel wonderful to help someone who really needs it, though we may resent demands from people we think can stand on their own two feet. Evening brings a softening friendliness.
MONDAY, AUG. 29: Say goodbye to summer friends and reach out to contacts needed for the fall. The moon enters extroverted Leo, and Venus enters sociable Libra, helping us make easy transitions. Express yourself, but avoid bombastic overstatements.
TUESDAY, AUG. 30: We can spin in circles as Mercury turns retrograde and steps on the brakes, while the fiery Leo moon trines both Mars and Uranus and steps on the gas. Use caution around machinery. Have patience and take advantage of opportunity, but don’t try to push through resistance. Look for a stillness in the center of the spin.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31: Delays bring out a nervous and grumpy edge. We can become unusually aware of our to-do lists as the moon enters Virgo — or we can relax, do what we can, and let ourselves digest and absorb our lives. Don’t believe an inner critic; do celebrate what is working.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 1: Life can feel so serious on this new moon eclipse in Virgo. Our energy may be low, insecure, and negative — or we can make this a day to hit the reset button and recommit to our health and the health of the world around us, one gentle step at a time.