Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - Heather Roan Rob­bins

TAKE A MO­MENT to pon­der the Per­seid meteor show­ers as they paint the night sky this week­end, and let them act as a won­der­ful sym­bolic ar­rival of new ma­te­rial, ideas, and pos­si­bil­i­ties from be­yond our sphere. This is an ideal week to take a lazy fam­ily hol­i­day with time to drift down a stream and paint land­scapes and to straighten out any mis­un­der­stand­ings. For ev­ery­thing else, we’ll need pa­tience and flex­i­bil­ity.

We can feel an ur­gency to get things done as the sun and Mars form a grand trine with Uranus and Saturn in mo­ti­vat­ing fire signs this week­end, but find the road full of twists and turns as thought­ful Mer­cury, now in Virgo, ret­ro­grades Satur­day through Sept. 6. This Mer­cury ret­ro­grade can slow us down, but it can also help us re­view where we’ve been and pick up old projects.

Odd tech­ni­cal and lit­er­ary sna­fus mul­ti­ply for the next few weeks. Un­truths or mis­un­der­stand­ings from the past may get ex­posed. We are all of­fered a chance to clear prob­lems from the past. Along with this stop-start mo­tion cre­ated by the fire-sign grand trine hur­ry­ing us up while Mer­cury ret­ro­grade slows us down, we may feel abun­dant free-float­ing emo­tions as a ten­der Venus in Cancer runs the gamut of both pos­i­tive and chal­leng­ing as­pects through the week. Over the week­end, our vul­ner­a­bil­ity and imag­i­na­tions are pleas­antly juiced as Venus trines in­tu­itive Nep­tune. Tues­day brings dis­con­tent as Venus op­poses Pluto. Mid­week we can be emo­tional as Venus squares boun­ti­ful Jupiter. Just watch for a sud­den de­sire to spend money.

FRIDAY, AUG. 11: Look for mag­i­cal com­mu­ni­ca­tions to­day as Venus trines Nep­tune. It helps to look for the best in peo­ple — an ide­al­is­tic view can en­cour­age them to rise to the oc­ca­sion. There’s a spark in the air and in the heart on this flir­ta­tious, com­bustible evening.

SATUR­DAY, AUG. 12: We can get eas­ily ex­cited about a new pos­si­bil­ity or dis­agree­ment, or just feel warm­hearted un­der an im­pa­tient Aries moon. We may also feel frus­trated by de­lays and dis­trac­tions as Mer­cury turns ret­ro­grade — which can leave us pas­sion­ately run­ning around in cir­cles. Pri­or­i­tize care­fully.

SUN­DAY, AUG. 13: Take un­ex­pected side trips. Pad out your sched­ule and al­low for put­ter­ing. Peo­ple can be pleas­antly un­co­op­er­a­tive. Tonight, be soothed by healthy food and fa­mil­iar jokes and peo­ple as the moon en­ters earthy Taurus. Be open to pos­si­bil­i­ties.

MON­DAY, AUG. 14: En­joy sim­ple sen­sory plea­sures and a chance to catch up; there’s no point in hur­ry­ing. If we feel a dose of stub­born­ness com­ing on, we might want to back off.

TUES­DAY, AUG. 15: Watch emo­tional ma­nip­u­la­tions and mood swings this morn­ing; we no­tice what is miss­ing as Venus op­poses Pluto. Don’t get caught up in the story. Pos­i­tive changes pick up mid­day as the moon en­ters Cancer, though we need to keep ex­pec­ta­tions low and our at­ti­tude sup­port­ive.

WED­NES­DAY, AUG. 16: It’s hard to get ex­actly what we want, but it’s sure tempt­ing to try as Mars ir­ri­tates will­ful Pluto this morn­ing. Most of us will feel this as a mi­nor ir­ri­ta­tion, which can in­spire good work, but some will duck re­spon­si­bil­ity. It gets eas­ier to com­mu­ni­cate and co­op­er­ate later on as the moon trines Jupiter.

THURS­DAY, AUG. 17: Venus squares Jupiter and the moon en­ters Cancer, which pro­vides an abun­dant well of free-float­ing emo­tions. Honor other peo­ple’s feel­ings. In­stead of be­com­ing crabby, it helps to take time for nest­ing and self-care — then share with ro­man­tic and artis­tic abun­dance.

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