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Episode 192 | Sun Enters Virgo: A Helpful Friend!

Episode 192 | Sun Enters Virgo: The Helpful Friend!

It’s a busy week in the big sky, as Venus and Jupiter review money vs happiness; the Sun enters Virgo and asks for a raise, but Saturn doesn’t give an immediate “yes”; Mars opposed Neptune pits social graces against wild magic; Mars, planet of conflict, enters Libra, sign of relating; Mercury enters its latest retrograde period; and a Sagittarius First Quarter Moon urges a leap of faith. And a tale of two Kelly/ies, as April answers a two-for-one listener question about Saturn transits!

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[1:57] Venus makes the second of three squares to Jupiter (Aug. 22, 5:16 AM PDT). The first was on June 11, the last on Sep. 16. Are the hours that we are exchanging for money worth it?

[4:43] Later on Aug. 22 (1:34 PM PDT), Mars opposes Neptune at 26º59’ Virgo-Pisces. Mars’ Sabian symbol is 27 Virgo, Grand dames at tea, and the Sabian symbol for Neptune is 27 Pisces, A Harvest Moon. Consider directing your efforts towards a worthwhile and enchanting project.

[6:43] The Sun enters Virgo on Aug. 23 (2:01 AM PDT, through Sep. 22). Qualities of practicality and usefulness will shine during this season of harvest.

[8:37] Also on Aug. 23 (12:59 PM PDT), Mercury stations retrograde at 21º51’ Virgo. Mercury will be retrograde through Sep. 15. Both Mercury and Venus are retrograde until Sep. 3, 2023. Take time to examine what has filled up all of the systems in your life and delete the superfluous.

[12:12] Moon Report! The Sagittarius First Quarter Moon will occur on Aug. 24 (2:57 AM PDT). The Moon and Sun are at 01°00’ Sagittarius and Virgo. The Sun in Virgo opposes Saturn in Pisces, and they are both squared by the Moon in Sagittarius.

[13:19] The Sabian symbol for the Sun is 1 Virgo, A man’s head, the Moon’s symbol is A grand army of the Republic campfire, Saturn’s is 5 Pisces, A church bazaar. Keep the big picture in mind at this First Quarter Moon.

[14:20] This is the First Quarter phase in a Lunar Phase Family Cycle that began at the New Moon on Nov. 23, 2022 at 01º37’ Sagittarius. Now is the time to act upon those New Moon intentions. The Full Moon in the cycle is on May 23, 2024, the Last Quarter on February 20, 2025.

[15:44] Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon Periods. On Aug. 21st, the Moon and Libra sextiles the Sun in Leo (1:31 PM PDT). It will be VOC for almost three hours before entering Scorpio (4:22 PM PDT). It’s wonderful to get along with other people and to collaborate, but don’t lose track of who you are and what it is that you need.

[16:30] On Aug. 23, the Moon in Scorpio sextiles Pluto (10:10 PM PDT). It’s VOC for about an hour and a half, and then enters Sagittarius on Aug. 24 (1:07 AM PDT). Sometimes pursuing a worldly goal requires setting strong emotions aside.

[17:24] The Moon in Sagittarius squares Mars in Virgo on Aug. 26 (4:56 AM PDT). It’s VOC for a little over one hour before entering Capricorn (6:05 AM PDT). In order for the big picture to become real, there are practical details to attend to.

[18:41] Mars trines Pluto on Aug. 24 (5:23 PM PDT) at 28º22’ Virgo-Capricorn. Use your strength for the greater good.

[19:43] The Sun opposes Saturn on Aug. 27 (1:28 AM PDT) at 03º50’ Virgo-Pisces. The Sabian symbol for the Sun is A black child playing with white children, and Saturn’s is Heavy traffic on a narrow isthmus. Obstacles are just Saturn’s way of keeping us from doing too much, too fast or doing the wrong thing.

[21:17] Mars enters Libra on Aug. 27 (6:20 AM PDT). Mars will be in Libra through Oct. 11, 2023. When Mars is in Libra, we fight strategically, using our minds, tempering our physical impulses. Remember that you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.

[23:42] Listeners Kelly and Kellie ask about Saturn transits.

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