• success through leadership and drive
    • personal contacts and interests
    • new products and changes
    • self-promotion


    • displaying optimism and courage
    • renewing influential contacts
    • using your own innovations
    • revising personal habits


    • putting effort into unprofitable ventures
    • revealing original plans or ideas
    • becoming bitter or discontented
    • giving wrong impressions

    You'll want to work on your pet personal projects with more zeal and self-confidence on the 7th, 10th, 15th, and 20th, with the Sun traveling through your solar first house until the 22nd. Venus joins the Sun on the 8th and echoes this theme. Venus also favors any changes you might want to make in your appearance on the 9th, 13th, 18th, 20th, and 24th. Mercury joins the Sun on the 7th, so circle the 9th, 17th, 19th, and 25th as days to make improvements in your health and work routines, as well as to contact siblings and neighbors. The New Moon on the 15th brings a new family financial tie, whereas a Full Moon in your seventh house of partnerships on the 1st raises an emotional issue with a significant other. Until the 7th, Mercury in your twelfth house, with Venus there until the 8th, suggests you do some meditation and listen to your intuition for the answers to any perplexing problems on the 1st, 3rd, and 4th. Be sure to avoid any secretive, questionable romantic entanglements on the 2nd and 7th.

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    Mars, Uranus, and Neptune transit your domestic fourth house. Mars can make a family member more testy than usual on the 5th, 7th, 16th, and 23rd (especially a mate or partner), days to be more careful around the house to avoid accidents. The cost of buying a neat high-tech item for the house can upset your mate on the 1st. Having friends over is especially exciting on the 1st, 4th, 12th, 17th, and 21st. A family member can be experiencing some health problems that worry you on the 7th, 9th, 11th, and 13th. Retrograde Saturn transiting your eighth house can bring some financial snags and delays that are tied to events of last summer, especially on the 2nd, 5th, 10th, 15th, 16th, 18th, and 23rd, days when an older person in your circle might not be doing well. The Full Moon in the same sector on the 30th further fuels some temporary uncertainty concerning these areas.

    Pluto (your ruler) in your second house of money is joined by the Sun on the 22nd and Mercury on the 26th, which is a boon for more funds flowing in your direction on the 8th, 12th, 16th, 17th, 21st, and 26th, days to make lucrative investments. Jupiter in your ninth house goes retrograde on the 2nd, so some travel plans and legal maneuvers can go awry temporarily, as well as some ongoing dealings with in-laws. However, making adjustments concerning these matters on the 17th is very helpful.

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  •  You can almost smell it in the air. You can feel it on your skin. And in that deep and darkest part of your soul, you know that change is coming to us all!

    While it would be nice to ignore it - we cannot. For this is a time of growth and spiritual development for each of us.

    From an astrological standpoint, nothing could reflect this coming change more than what we have going on in the Universe at this time. On November 11th, 2018, PLUTO will move into the sign of SAGITTARIUS, where it will stay until well after the turn of the century (2020).

    Two months later, on January 12, 1996, URANUS will also move into its home sign of AQUARIUS. Both of these planets have to do with CHANGE. They bring their changes in their own special ways - but still it is change. And the effect will be to carry us into a potentially turbulent time as we head toward the next century!

    PLUTO is currently preparing to leave its twelve year march through its home sign of SCORPIO. Since Pluto rules Scorpio, Pluto has had a "field day" here. There have been ENORMOUS changes in the world in every single area of our lives. The list is very long - but think: the Berlin Wall came crumbling down; AIDS was identified and became a recognized epidemic; governments have toppled; massive changes in the sexual behavior of all of us; remarkable advances in medicine; violence has increased; and on and on the litany goes.

    This has been a particularly turbulent time for the FIXED signs of TAURUS, LEO, SCORPIO and AQUARIUS. The intensity of Pluto has been amplified in Scorpio, and the changes have been dramatic indeed. Is there one among us that cannot recall a friend who has had MASSIVE problems? Some have been very ill; others have lost homes and jobs and spouses, only to start over again and emerge like the Phoenix from the fires of destruction. Always remember that astrology is SYMBOLIC of what is surrounding us.

    We are always given free will in what we do. But the potential of what we may encounter is reflected in the symbolism of Astrology. The symbology of Pluto in Scorpio has been clear - total and complete transformation on almost every level.

    The lesson of"letting go" has been one that has come hard for many of us. And there are few among us who have not been called upon to learn this lesson. Letting go is never easy - but it must be done in order to make room for the new and good. In short - a vacuum must be created in order for the new and wonderful to fill it.

    Many of us have learned that it is not necessary to have a lot of material wealth in order to be happy. We have come to recognize that the love of our families and other close associates is more valuable than any material wealth could ever be.

    As Pluto moves into SAGITTARIUS, we will be asked to address new issues. Clearly, lessons in "religion" will be high on the agenda. Pluto briefly moved into Sagittarius earlier this year, from January 17th through April 19th. Think about what happened then to give you some clues about the future.

    There already exists in this country the potential for great religious disputes. Clearly, this will accelerate during this transit. Great opportunities for spiritual growth will be with us, but we must be open and ready to accept these opportunities. And it is important to know that what we feel will be felt on a very deep soul level. Other changes we can expect will be in travel, schooling and relations with foreign countries and foreigners in general. Remember, there is already a move on to change the immigration laws in this country. Pluto in Sag reflects this - and it also says there will be a power struggle to effect it. This great snowball effect will be felt globally, and all will be called upon the make decisions about spiritual values and aspirations.

    Look also for major changes in the Judiciary. Our legal system is long overdue for major changes. The last few years have given us legal fiascoes in the court system, beginning in Los Angeles with the various trials surrounding Rodney King and the destructive results. The Menendez Brothers came next and now we have the great drama wrought by OJ'S trial. Clearly the system needs MAJOR overhaul and the Pluto in Sag transit will highlight these things and no doubt bring the long needed reform.

    How will it affect you on a personal level? Your astrological chart has the answer to that question. Of course, it is important to remember that to answer that, one must look at the progressions in your chart first to see what the potentials might be. These are where the major activities of your chart are shown. However, the transit of Pluto will also highlight an area of your life and it will tell you what you most likely will be dealing with in the upcoming years in general terms.

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  • The first week of September witnesses a conjunction between the planets of Venus and Jupiter in the sign of Libra. The two benefics, as the planets are called in traditional astrology, fuse together and join in temporary matrimony in the peace-loving and artful sign of Libra. Certainly not an influence for hard work and labor, rather the planetary pairing is perfect for celebrations and socializing of all kinds: parties, weddings, outings, and reunions. Jupiter and Venus in a conjunction create an ease, flow, and grace between people, so much so that even wallflowers can temporarily blossom and become the life of the party. Even the problematic expression of a Jupiter-Venus pairing overindulgence and excess may be qualities to be enjoyed as a Jupiter-Venus conjunction happens, on average, only once a year.

    Jupiter also forms a potent sextile (or sixty degree aspect) to Pluto for the entire month of September. Although not as noticeable and powerful in expression as a conjunction or opposition, the sextile aspect has a creative, energizing quality to it. In this formation, Jupiter and Pluto excite and stimulate each others' possibilities. From the depths, Pluto can give extreme and intense expression to Jupiter's proclivities for social and religious heights. Conversely, Jupiter can expand and amplify the primal passion and power of Pluto. Not known for subtlety and understatement, Jupiter and Pluto in combination prefers massive and large-scale displays of social power that make an indelible impact on people. Awesome and epic, Jupiter-Pluto experiences have the power to truly move people. In the other extreme, Jupiter-Pluto manifestations can be swollen by excess and lack sensitivity for the impact it has on individuals.

    In the second week of September, Mercury opposes Uranus. In this pairing of "lower mind" and "higher mind," typically announcements or news is released that has a shocking, alarming, or unexpected quality to it. Ranging from the exciting to the plain bizarre, Uranus-Mercury news items can range from the heralding of something avant garde and truly cutting edge to announcements that stimulate the funny bone. As the Uranus-Mercury pairing is the uniting of the cosmic tricksters, typically the week or so alignments of the two planets correlate with events that disrupt and disturb status quo functioning; Uranus-Mercury alignments can manifest as a monkey wrench in a well-oiled but ever-so-monotonous social arrangement. Like an unexpected handclap, Uranus-Mercury experiences can serve to wake us up out of our habitual patterns and sleepwalking states.

    As Mercury journeys onward in Virgo, it forms a contentious and difficult square aspect with the planet Pluto by mid-month. As the Sun is also involved in this formation, the middle part of September may be the most challenging, particularly where matters of communication and expression are involved. Although there are a variety of manifestations with this pairing, Pluto and Mercury can create case scenarios of verbal mudslinging and heated, contentious debate. As lord of the underworld and the unconscious, Pluto expresses itself through Mercury, the planet associated with thinking, communication, and language. Thus, when these planets are conjoined by aspect there is a tendency for the thoughts and ideas that we typically repress to find them selves out in the open. In the heat of the moment under a Pluto-Mercury pairing, we may find ourselves thinking, "My god, did I just say that?" Ranging to the off-color to the downright murderous, Pluto-Mercury expressions of mind usually grab attention for their intensity and brutal honesty. On the more positive end of the spectrum, Pluto-Mercury alignments ask us to dig deeper, to probe beneath the surface to find the roots of any situation. Thus, while there are problematic expressions of the Pluto-Mercury combination, with consciousness, the combination can lead to deep penetration and intensity of thought.

    Reaching within seven degrees of an exact opposition, Saturn and Neptune form arguably the most important alignment of the next two years. Part of a thirty three year cycle, the last time Saturn and Neptune formed an opposition to each other was in the early 1970's. Typically signifying a time of collective disillusionment and collective mourning, Saturn-Neptune alignments challenge us to discriminate between what is real and what is fantasy in our worlds. With Saturn-Neptune aspects, we learn that even our most stable and secure foundations are not permanent. For more on the potentials of the Saturn-Neptune opposition read the essay, "The Desert of the Real" available on this website.

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  • Today’s horoscope for Virgo

    Improved influences are likely to focus your attention and fine- tune your senses. Be on the lookout for some incoming information, which could provide a bit of a mood boost. For some Virgos this news could be career related, although the area that most likely to benefit is romance!

    Today’s horoscope for Taurus

    A sensitive vibe may still linger, but in a positive way. You can certainly take advantage of the subtle forces at work, especially if you utilize a discreet boost of confidence in the right way. It’ll be easier to get people to agree with your ideas if you’re not too pushy or too obvious!

    Today’s horoscope for Scorpio

    Yesterday’s fickle approach should be replaced by a much more reliable one and you’ll be in a strong position to recognize the positives of this. Sensitivity levels are high enough to benefit romance and friendships. That said; you could go a little overboard when it comes to financial matters!

    Today’s horoscope for Sagittarius

    Practical and material matters should be easier to address, and there could be a very positive signal with regard to a work/career issue. Incoming advice should not be dismissed out of hand, since it’s likely to occur at a point where you are going slightly off-track!

    Today’s horoscope for Pisces

    If yesterday’s vibe was a little draining, then today’s merrier vibe should ease the pressure a little. This is partly due to the fact that your general approach will be much more adaptable. New thoughts, ideas and designs should be recorded somewhere for future reference!

    Today’s horoscope for Libra

    You’re likely to wake up in a rather impulsive mood, with an inclination towards fun, but you may tend towards over- indulging later in the day. Insensitive responses on your part may be a problem too. It’s a day to offer assistance and support, especially in the afternoon!

    Today’s horoscope for Gemini

    Thoughtful influences reign, enabling some wise words in the form of a friend. This could precipitate a whole new approach. You’ll certainly be put on the right track, but you’re definitely better off just listening to the advice for now, rather than taking decisive action!

    Today’s horoscope for Leo

    Communications will be slightly more reliable than of late. Understandings should be much easier to reach. That said; certain exchanges may provide a slight jolt in what emerges out of it. React to the new information sensitively to avoid the chance of any friction!

    Today’s horoscope for Capricorn

    Friendlier influences are likely to assist romantic matters, and as long as you can keep certain unrealistic notions at bay, there’s much to be extracted from the day. You may need to pay attention to dialogue in particular, because something said could strike the right note at the right time!

    Today’s horoscope for Cancer

    There’s no reason why the day shouldn’t be rewarding on a material level, although there is a slight downside, and that may be a distraction, which you will either need to avoid altogether or deal with fully. This is quite likely to be related to romance. Leaving loose ends won’t help!

    Today’s horoscope for Aries

    A boost of confidence could bring an about-turn or reversal of some kind. While this may be a positive development in itself you may need to know when to call it a day. If sensible types start advising you to rein it in and apply yourself, then take note. Don’t overdo it, especially this evening!

    Today’s horoscope for Aquarius

    There’s a very cooperative vibe, which some might describe as lucky. Be alert to any little hints and signals that will enable progress on the work front. This may even come from an authority figure of some kind. Try not to misinterpret and dismiss this vibe as a pushy one!

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  • During a month in which much is required on many fronts, you may not be sure whom to please first. For now, keeping to a regular routine would be best — doing so will provide you with a predictable structure that you will find comforting and productive. Recent eclipses brought many surprising changes, so no one would blame you if you chose a peaceful pace in lieu of a more stimulating one for now. Despite your workload, if you are organized (and what Virgo isn't?), you will still be able to duck out of town at month's end for a refreshing getaway.

    Virgo - your February horoscope

    There seems little doubt that your work life will need attention first, especially near the full moon weekend of August 4-5, due to a deadline that weighs heavily on you. See if there isn't new software or other new technology that can help you do more in less time. Some day, when people call you an overnight success, you will smile to yourself and recall these days. Everyone will wish he or she was you, but perhaps they won't ever be able to imagine the amount of hard work it took to get there.

    Despite the career pressure, you will manage to turn out an exceptionally fine performance because so many planets are cheering you on. If you try hard, your chart suggests that you can earn hearty praise from your supervisor or, if self-employed, a client. The positive feedback could motivate you to work even harder and to scale even greater heights, with more professional reward due to arrive in March 2002.

    Ever since Saturn recently entered your 10th sector of fame, the Cosmos put you line for an exciting new career phase. You will soon be groomed for a bigger role, one that requires an apprenticeship under the watchful tutelage of someone older and more experienced. Perhaps you have evidence that this has already started to happen. At first, you probably won't like having this hard-to-please honcho looking over your shoulder, but take this situation in good cheer. This demanding, cantankerous person has much to teach you, and you will absorb much in a relatively short period of time. A key project seems to be coming up in the year's second half, so before it hits, if you know what it is, spend a little time now strategizing on how best to approach it.

    Due to an extremely long tour of Mars through your 4th sector (residence sector) and Saturn's presence in your opposite 10th sector (professional sector), your attention has necessarily had to ping-pong between home/family and work, and back again, in a kind of endless infinity loop. This has been especially noticeable all year, but particularly so in the past three months. Some Virgos have been in the process of moving or renovating, while other Virgos have had to cope with complex roommate or family squabbles.

    As you enter August, you must be feeling as if you are divided in two. You may be wondering how long you can keep up this pace, considering the strain you have coped with lately. The good news is that relief is on the way in September when love and laughter replace work and family as the dominant themes. While you will still have heavy-duty career pressure, the emphasis on home will lessen. In August, try to tie up lose ends on home-related plans and issues, because by next month you seem less willing or able to complete what you've started. In September you will be able to re-structure all your priorities for the first time in 2017, and you may be able to steal a little time for yourself, which would be terrific news (and well-deserved, I might say).

    For now, previous commitments made to your boss/children/spouse or significant other still stand and have to be dealt with — there seems no way around that. What makes this month so tricky is that needs of home and career don't dovetail. Everyone, it seems, wants one hundred percent of you! Manage your energy as best you can, dear Virgo. With Pluto switching from retrograde (sleepy) motion to direct (speedy) orbit on August 23 you should be able to find good answers home- and family-related questions. The possibilities that will surface were not options before, and could become your key to dealing with all the emphasis on your home, family, and people who help you with (or share) your space.

    One last word on your career: On August 15 be sure you understand the assignment of a boss or client so that you can do your job properly. With the Sun opposed to Uranus, you could find out later that you've done it all wrong. There is no harm in asking questions. This looks like a day with potential for confusion and plenty of frustration. Computers may act up too (Uranus is in the sign of Aquarius, which rules computers), so back up your computer before you lose important data.

    Financially, things look bright in August's first week, thanks to Jupiter and Venus positioned in close proximity. This will be especially true if you are self-employed, for it marks a time when the work you've put in begins to pay off in a big way. Early August is not the time to invest in real estate, however, and I say this because Saturn opposes Pluto. If you do have to buy property, wait until you get closer to the end of the month. For example, I like August 23 when Pluto goes direct — an ideal point.

    If you have put off paying taxes until mid-August, Saturn's opposition to Pluto suggests that you need to be careful in your calculations. Consult an accountant to be sure you've come up with the right figures. ! ;This is not the time to hedge numbers in connection with your taxes — not with this configuration at play. Saturn makes us all play by the rules or suffer the consequences, so no fudging allowed!

    Romantically speaking, there could be news. A social event you'll be invited to over August 4-5 is should be exceptionally beautiful and luxurious. It comes at the perfect time, doesn't it, dear Virgo — just when you will be finishing up a big project early in the month and desperately need something special to do to unwind. Just be sure you don't run yourself down at the office in the week leading up to this date. Your chart shows that your health could be at low ebb then. Shore up your resistance — you won't want to miss these sparkling romantic vibrations! This will be a four-star weekend for love and social fun!

    If, on the weekend of August 4-5, you don't get invited to a party, wedding, or other festive event (perfect for those), consider buying tickets to a top running show or concert. Alternatively, perhaps you could throw a cocktail party, barbecue, or dinner party for no particular reason other than to celebrate August. This weekend could easily turn out to be the best of the year!

    Some of you will choose to use this beautiful energy from Venus' embrace of Jupiter a little differently — with a trip. It would be a perfect time to get away, especially if you have someone special to take along. (If not, you may meet someone, so stay happy.) That first weekend of the month is time to open the window and let some fresh air into your life, dear Virgo. Take a deep breath!

    The eclipses that occurred last month will continue to trigger changes in your love relationships, and in matters related to children, pregnancy, and birth. Some Virgos found that they were expecting a child, and perhaps it was a surprise. That could have triggered some discussion of what to do next. These eclipses are positive, although you may not be convinced of that yet. If you felt nothing around July 5, watch August 5, for some eclipses hit one month to the day later, plus or minus three days. You may want to read last month's forecast (for July) if you haven't had a chance to see it — the link can be found at the bottom of this forecast.

    Single Virgos seem to be in a new frame of mind. How? They are far less willing to spend time with partners who aren't serious or won't commit, even after a long time. September is going to be a positive month for setting things right in your relationship, for Mars will trigger the sensitive mathematical points of the eclipses, bringing more news and the announcement of some key decisions.

    If you can't find anyone to date, when Venus enters your sign during the second half of September you'll be more favored for attracting the right person. Dating next month will seem easier and lighter. Authenticity of emotions is what you want,and because this quality has become so important to you, you are likely to get exactly what you seek. For now, try to give yourself some time off to think, relax, and play. You seem too tense and wound up to be in the right frame of mind to meet anyone new just yet.

    With the new moon in your privacy sector on August 18, it would be perfect for treating yourself to a little quiet time off. If you can take a vacation beginning on August 18, do so. If you can't travel, steal an hour in an antiques shop or browsing in a boutique. Putter through a bookstore, go to the gym, or have a quiet meal by yourself or with an old friend.

    This month would also be a vital time for attending to medical and health concerns and for getting more fit. Have your eyes checked to be sure you have the right eyeglass prescription, your teeth cleaned, and check iron and cholesterol counts. If you've always wanted lessons on a certain sport, after August 18 would be the ideal to sign up.

    Also mid-month on August 18, Mercury, your ruling planet, will send a wink to Jupiter, a perfect moment to do creative writing, to exchange ideas, have key meetings, or to even do a little shopping at the flea market (a bargain could show up). By then Mercury will be in Virgo (as of August 14) and so the second part of the month is vastly more favored than the start of the month would be for making key decisions. Your ability to make good decisions will be at the weakest point on August 2 when Mercury opposes Neptune, not a good day for making commitments or signing papers.


    For most of the month, you are content to take a slightly lower profile at work, spending most of your time planning, strategizing, and anticipating your competitor's next moves. Enjoy the sweet calm you'll get, because once the Sun moves into Virgo in August's third week, you will feel the pace pick up dramatically, and you will be on the go. Saturn's opposition to Pluto is making your conflicting obligations to home and work seem harder to manage than most, and is obvious in the early part of the month.

    Love and friendship has been a strong focus in february and July due to the eclipses. If they triggered any cosmic storms, you may be picking up the pieces and still reflecting on your next move. A livelier social and romantic period is due for all Virgos in September, so sit tight if you were not happy with how romance has panned out for you so far. (Not all Virgos had problems in matters of the heart; in fact, for some, the past months couldn't have been better. Hopefully, that was you.) No matter what you faced, with Mars moving over all the sensitive points of the eclipses in September, you will see more massive change then. For now, deal with work deadlines in the early part of the month, and then try to kick back.

    This month would be perfect for getting medical, dental, and fitness advice, and for acting on what you learn, especially at the full moon on August 4. You may feel a bit low in energy by that full moon period, as you seem to have an unusually heavy load of work to finish up in the first week. Figure out ways to use new software to get the job done in less time and with less effort. As a Virgo, you enjoy finding ways to be more productive — here's your chance.

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