How many of you thought the Lion’s Gate Portal was fun? The intense energy continues on August 14 when the Sun opposes Saturn. This transit is another heavyweight alignment that occurs once a year bringing about restrictions and hardships. The Sun’s need for expression and creativity is met with great restraint during this transit.
We may find ourselves having to deal with melancholy, worry, loss, grief and low self-esteem. However, with some hard work, patience and persistence this challenge can lead to achievement, recognition and respect.
Our cognitive abilities will be turned up a few notches on August 20, when fiery Mars enters the mental realm of Gemini. Mars in the mutable air sign of Gemini brings a lot of energy and/or hostility to the world of words. Mars will spend an unusually long time in Gemini because of its retrograde starting on October 30, 2022.
The vibe towards questioning our reality increases even more on August 22, when the Sun enters critical Virgo. As the Sun makes its way through Virgo, our focus shifts to analyzing every detail in our life. Virgo likes nothing better than to solve puzzles. While the Sun is in Virgo, we become very practical and may find new ideas to think about things.
Aries: If things don’t work out, it’s usually because they weren’t meant to. Sometimes we don’t succeed because we need to learn humility or life has something different in mind for us. As Mars changes signs, it’s time to put any disappointment behind you and realize that today is a new day with new opportunities. The track you find yourself on now could be better than the one you were on before. Follow your hunches more, rather than doing what others expect or what logic dictates.
Gemini: Communication is still an important theme, making this a good time to share your thoughts, and ideas through conversation or artistic means. This may not be easy given Saturn’s tricky aspects to the Sun in Uranus, but this is probably because you may have been holding yourself back and are now being challenged to break a pattern. Any problems with your throat chakra is a big clue that you haven’t been communicating honestly. Remember the most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.
Cancer: When we’re really doing what we’re meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful and the work we do feels like play to us. Saturn’s opposition to the Sun and Venus in your money zone suggests that something may be getting in the way of your being able to fully express your gifts and receive abundance. If you’re able to let go of something that isn’t doing you any favors, this week you can start coming into your power.
Leo: Quite often the reason we get annoyed with others is because they didn’t meet your expectations. While Saturn is located in your zone of relationships, you may experience challenges of some sorts with others and need to assess whether your unwritten contracts need updating. This is a good week to think about what you want and need and what is reasonable to allow others to expect from you.
Virgo: As Mercury travels through your sign and is opposed by Neptune, you could either become lost in a mental fog or inspired by other worldly images while being able to see past the veil that normally obscures the true reality of things. Try to be more conscious of your thoughts and how they affect your well-being. Focusing on that which inspires you could be the key to brightening the color of your soul.
Libra: Sometimes we make our own luck, but this week, it’s likely that your good fortune and inspiration will come from others through an invitation, an opportunity, a helpful act, encouraging words or some other kind of gain. The more open and amenable you are to the assistance and generosity of others, the more likely this will happen. Any relationship that has the effect of expanding your consciousness should be embraced, for the challenge now is to become more than you were before.
Scorpio: The tensions, restrictions and difficulties begin to ease this week. Although it may not be completely smooth sailing, you should at least feel like you can start to get somewhere again. So this is a good week to think about where you would like to be in the future. Nothing much happens until we make a decision, so decide what you want or what would be in your best interest, and then take a step toward it.
Sagittarius: It’s not always easy to think positively when Saturn journeys through your zone of the mind. This week you have a choice whether to align yourself with the pessimistic or the optimistic. With Jupiter’s lovely trine to the beautiful Venus, you might be pleasantly surprised on how well things turn out, especially if you’re open to the possibility.
Capricorn: We all have our ways of doing things, and most of us like to keep things the way they are. While your ruler, Saturn, squares Uranus, it might be advisable to be open to change or to release an attachment, whether to the way you do things or to a situation, person, place or thing. The more you can go with the flow, the more likely you will be able to weather the storm and come through it smiling.
Aquarius: Your personal life is a key area at the present, which includes your needs and relationships to your home and family dynamics, and there may be stresses that you need to iron out. Accepting that stability may be hard to find and change may actually be a good thing to help you detach somewhat from the outcome. Faith sometimes has its own agenda and this could be one of those times when you have to allow change to occur. In doing so, you might find a greater sense of freedom as you become liberated from the past and all that has tied you down.
Pisces: Many of us want to know what our future holds, yet a wise person can see what course a person’s life is likely to take because of his or her character and daily habits. If you want to improve any situation, don’t sit about passively waiting for something to happen. Decide what small action you can take today that will lead to a gradual improvement and carry you toward your goal. You now have more power than you realize to make constructive changes.