Georgia Stathis presents her monthly Starcycles astrology podcast.

The week begins with another Sun opposing Neptune aspect. This can be a confusing aspect, but it also requires some allotted time to ‘incubate’ as discussed last month. This is also a very romantic combo particularly since on this same night transiting Venus conjuncts transiting Mars, which often brings passionate relationships to the forefront. This is particularly interesting since Venus is stationing and getting ready to go direct–adding some extra punch to the moment. On Monday night August 31 it is in a very powerful position — this could be that decision making moment that sorts out the ambivalence of returning relationships that may have appeared earlier in the summer. In other words, you will know either way!

With Moon and Jupiter in good aspect to each other on Wednesday September 2, emotional communications flow and there is great support for that as the week comes to an end. As the Moon in Taurus supports and aspects transit Pluto and Jupiter, it gets even better. No worries –if you say your truth, it will sort itself out, particularly as the Last Quarter moon on Friday appears in the dual sign of 12° Gemini 32′-the problem solver. There may be two choices facing you regarding people or locations or jobs presenting themselves by week’s end as Venus goes direct at 14° Leo on Sunday September 6.

Monday starts with the lively Moon in Sagittarius which is adventurous as well as fortunate. The restlessness of Sagittarius is what sparks ideas and inspires others to take action. Unexpected opportunities may come from friends, organizations, or your community associates when you least expect it with the added benefit of the trine to Uranus in effect from Monday through Tuesday. Tuesday’s adventures may require a negotiation or a tradeoff to make space for an even better opportunity or a better model of a proposed idea. In other words, making a choice to release something that needs releasing, but which you are resisting, may be the ticket to getting that special ‘something’ done.

Reviewing your weekly schedule, much like you do a weekly budget, to look at how you organize your time is a good idea right now. Perhaps you need to organize your week a little better so you have better control of your time. Virgo is about time management and this is the one thing we often ignore. Look at your work schedule? Does it offer any flexibility with arrival and departure time? Are classes you are taking in the middle of the day offered either at the beginning or end of day, so you have more concentrated bands of time? If you want to hire part-time help and your mornings are when you are at your best, perhaps you need someone to help in the afternoons when you are less energetic and they might be raring to go. What is the total tally of your daily responsibilities? Do you really need to do all of that, or, can you bring someone in part-time and who works for you part-time and then works with other friends part-time, so everyone shares the help, the help gets more of a full-time job and you, as the individual contractor, only use the part-timer for what you need. This is job sharing in reverse.

On Wednesday September 26 the Sun and Jupiter come together for their once a year conjunction at 3° Virgo–and this is a great moment each year. For those born between November 1948 and August 1949 and then those born between November 1977 and August 1978, this event offers a release fear that is holding you back or help with something that needs organizing and managing so you can move forward with a solid plan that you’ve put into place. Doors are opening just pay attention.

Thursday August 27 Mercury enters the sign of Libra, an air sign in which it is comfortable. Mercury in Libra is about intelligently weighing the pros and cons of issues and agreements. Is there a contract that needs negotiating? With Friday’s Mars trine Vesta (involved in investments) the right tool for making the right solution makes an appearance. By Sunday August 30, a very wise decision is made supporting something you’ve been turning around in your mind. The strategy on how to approach this as well as the legal ramifications on what to do and not do appear as Mars trines Pallas Athena, the goddess of strategy and law. If you are in negotiations, the Venus direct on September 6 helps, but try wrapping up the negotiations by Tuesday September 15 as Mercury will go retrograde for three weeks starting that day.

Lots of new things head the agenda as summer in the northern hemisphere comes to an end. School is beginning for many and the many aspects to Saturn confirm the need to calendar the many events that come quickly in fall schedules. At the end of this week on Friday August 21 the Sun in Leo finishes up with a square to Saturn, suggesting a more focused few days. As the Moon continues this connection on Saturday, we see order in the day’s events and a building to a mutual goal during the First Quarter moon at 12:31 PM Pacific time. As evening approaches, things quiet down and the Sun enters Virgo on Sunday at 3:37 am early on Sunday morning. Sunday is a good day to have some friends over for a quiet dinner to close down the week.

The Sun in Virgo stays for about four weeks and is one of the four ‘pre-cursors’ to the seasonal change points (known as cardinal points, or, Solstices and Equinoxes). Virgo in the natural zodiac has as its domain the sixth house of service, yes, service and giving something of ourselves whether it be our skills, our knowledge or sorting out those long needed corrections in equipment, in computers, in filing systems, in databases and updating and then learning the power of certain software that help improve the bottom line of our lives. Again, Virgo and the sixth house are associated with health, diet, food, and the organization of your storage units, pantries, and closets which, translated means this is a good time to get this done or at least started before Fall Equinox at the end of the month. Quick tip: If you plan to start a diet, always start it after, and not before the Full Moon. Call it good Feng Shui with Jupiter running alongside the Sun this month, you find yourself more energetic and generous and others doing the same to you.

On Tuesday, August 11, Jupiter enters the earth sign of Virgo. It stays in Virgo until September 10, 2016! Jupiter returns to the same sign every 12 years. The last time it was in Virgo was September 2003 to September 2004 and the time before that was September 1991 to October 1992! Jupiter is the planet of opportunity, freedom, vision, and, of course, its flip side is usually over-indulgence. However, in Virgo it would be hard pressed to over-indulge at least not financially. In the sign of Virgo, It signifies the need to exercise some caution with regard to speculative ventures and over-extending oneself. And since it is currently still in a stress aspect with transiting Saturn (from last week) and continues on and off with that cycle throughout the coming year, it is very likely that prices go down, businesses are not as likely to over extend themselves and, instead, review what they do have and figure out a way to reuse or alter resources. Jupiter in Virgo is also good for the health field, organic products, temporary employment, special contractors who know how to implement more efficient systems. It also supports natural energy resources like solar energy and re-use centers for either clothes, appliances and home furnishings are in vogue more than ever. In fact, even the men are getting on board in San Francisco with men’s high-end consignment clothing shops.

In fashion, Virgo often highlights the waist so cinched waists in dresses and more tailored jackets that pull in at the waist are highlighted. In fact, I saw some new fashions in a fashion magazine the other day that showed this trend, but also included the early 1980s Dynasty trend of big padded shoulders with tiny waists! I don’t know how many of you remember those days, but these fashions like in those days included lots of ‘bling’ trim on the clothing. Of course, the fabrics were made of the more recent motorcycle type fabrics like leathers, lambskin, and much more body-con than in the early 1980s. Who says that things don’t come back?

If you’re thinking of getting into those clothes, then with Jupiter in Virgo for a year, it might be the perfect time to review your diet, how you exercise and whether or not you need to hire some part time help to get more done so that your time and experience are put to better use. This also helps to reduce the stress which also keeps you healthy. These are some of the positive manifestations of Jupiter in Virgo. Whether you know it or not, it is also a very sexy Jupiter–again catch those clothes, which also happen to plunge in front and back. Yup, Jupiter in Virgo — who would have thunk it? So, if your life has been somewhat empty in the romance sector, get ready for some great times, since Jupiter will be opposing Neptune (the god of ecstasy and madness), but, don’t worry, you won’t get too mad, because Saturn is dancing in that neighborhood, too. A little mad isn’t always bad.

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Yesterday Saturn went direct at 28° Scorpio 16′. So ‘yay’ for Saturn and for us! Saturn going direct offers a new push to get things done that feel like they have been sitting for far too long. It has been retrograde in the last degrees of Scorpio since mid-June forcing uncomfortable realities to surface and be dealt with. It moved only three degrees during that entire time and in the last three degrees of the sign creating more tension than usual. But now it is direct and moves forward and right out of Scorpio into Sagittarius on September 17 so that the projects that began at the beginning of 2015 can get back on track. Saturn in Scorpio is a fixed energy offering very little mobility, but, on the other hand, has merit as a stabilizer that really wants a strategic plan in place before acting, but enough is enough! In direct motion it suggests the ability to move forward making those long-thought out changes since December 2014. Once it re-enters Sagittarius in September, those decisions that have been forced to sit on the fence like new career options, new living and relationship options, and new creative pursuits are ready for action.

Timing is good, too, as the Last Quarter moon (the clearing out part of the monthly lunar cycle) on Thursday August 6 is at 14° Taurus 17′. This particular degree set is one of the four very critical degrees and provides that much needed fork in the road to change one’s direction with particular regard with issues surrounding money, finances, cash flow, liquidity, and the ability to put together financial packets that work for everyone concerned. It also offers a reality check regarding who is and who isn’t a team player. It has a way of defining and clarifying everyone’s values so that the right alliances form.

With Saturn now direct, this means that plans that were set in place may have a few changes, namely some who can’t do the job, which actually opens the job up for someone else who might have been hankering to get in sometime in June so all is not lost. With Mercury entering its own sign Virgo on Friday August 7 and dancing in a positive aspect with Pluto (which transforms old into new), be ready for the right solution at the right time so if someone quit, or, is leaving, or isn’t available, then even better choices are right there if you just take one more look around. That person will be more of an asset than the one that got away!

Georgia Stathis presents her monthly Starcycles astrology podcast.

The week begins with the Moon and Neptune at cross purposes with each other — in English it means that Monday you may not feel as motivated as you would like to feel. What is motivation, really? First, it is ruled by Mars which is action-oriented, but if we always take actions without allowing time for reaction or processing an idea, we aren’t always thinking about the ‘what ifs’ are we? A Moon square Neptune aspect works well if you allow yourself to take an hour or so during your day without any electronic input while sitting quietly and thinking about some of the things that need sorting. Going for a walk without your phone works or just turning everything off for a few hours and doing something physical works, too. Now that’s a concept! Incubation is the first step for all inspired creations. Unfortunately, with the pace we move in this world, that incubation isn’t always the first step. I often wonder if this is why there are so many copycat themes in film and media. I mean how many Terminators do we really need to see? Why is it all this retro or why are all these remakes in film and television? Give me something new for gosh sakes! It is out there, but we have to take time to tap into it.

The universe is filled with an unlimited amount of creative energy, but we cannot access it unless we take time to allow it to come into our consciousness. Think about it. Think about your day. Are you one of the people that upon arising turns on the radio, television, phone, computer? Are you one of those folks that turn them all off just before sleep? If so, your sleep state gets charged with pre-sleep electronic images — not so good if you want to have a good night of rest. There is an entire universe out waiting for each individual’s consciousness to open to its fertile offerings.  As the Full Moon approaches on Friday July 31 at 7° Aquarius 56′ it provides an opening for exactly that. Uranus loves to think outside the box and loves group conversations or classes or gatherings to exchange ideas. Remember each person is a human receiver and there is a greater cosmic mind out there. If you actually go out and visit with real human beings, that is the first step to accessing that fertile imagination. Everyone gets their portion of the information here and there, so can you imagine if all those ideas were to come together in a simple visit with likeminded friends? The possibilities are endless!

The week opens with the Moon still in Virgo, one of the more efficient moons which provide a clear order so that specific tasks complete. On Tuesday July 21 the Sun in Cancer and transiting Saturn in Scorpio — both in the latter degrees of these signs, provide a stable plan and an even more stable series of instructions or procedures that must be in place prior to the 26th. Strong support for that agreement, contract, or sales pitch is offered on Wednesday the 22nd, along with the opportunity to present your view on something that matters in a very clear and non- emotional format. This is a good thing as some of the topics of conversation may get a little heated as the Sun enters tropical Leo on the 22nd where a little bit too much ego or pride could impede a solid solution

The First Quarter Moon on Thursday July 23 is at 00° Scorpio 59′ and is in an adverse pattern to the Sun and Mercury in early Scorpio. Translated, this means everyone may be on edge and communications may not be at their best. Therefore, the suggestion is to lay out those ‘important’ conversations a day or two before. Perhaps just thinking about what is proposed is the right action for Thursday without making a decision. Then as Friday afternoon arrives, a more simpatico agreement is there for a more agreeable outcome of this week’s challenges. The conversations may be focused on either the more personal or the professional relationships as Venus is slowing down and starting her retrograde at 2:29 am Pacific time on Saturday July 25 at 00° Virgo 46′.

Venus retrogrades once every 1 ½ to 2 years. Her retrograde motion provides an opportunity to re-evaluate your relationships both past and present. In fact, she often brings past lovers or relationships back into your life for a type of review. In other words, whatever was unfinished or never discussed or left incomplete or unresolved is revisited during her retrograde period from July 25 to September 6, 2015. The value of everything is on the table for that one more all-important look. If you are purchasing tangible items — make sure during this time — that what you purchased is worth what you paid. Reviewing quality is highlighted during this time, because the quality promised may not be there, so be very clear about return policies.

Wednesday July 15 heralds a New Moon at 23° Cancer 14′. New Moons are about starting new projects, new ideas and moving in new directions. Since on that very same day, we also have Mercury (planet of communications) opposing Pluto just two hours before the New Moon and then Mercury lined up with Mars 3 hours after it, this lunation is a power packed energy cell. It is packed with snap, crackle and pop and is the perfect time for working on houses, offices or anything that sorely needs a facelift.

The devil is in the details and this certainly helps as we approach the weekend and Venus, the goddess of beauty and harmony, enters Virgo for just a few days until its retrograde begins on July 26. That along with the Moon in Virgo this coming weekend is a good time to push to get the stuff out that you definitely are ready to separate from. While doing that, consider giving it away to worthy organizations like Hospice, Salvation Army, or a rehab facility like Habitat for Humanity so that someone less fortunate may benefit. Paying it forward is important — regardless of what you ‘think’ you might sell that same item for, or, sell it at such an affordable price that someone still benefits. This becomes clearer and clearer as we move to the end of July and continue through the month of August as Venus begins her retrograde cycle encouraging all of us to review our current value systems.

How was your Fourth of July? Pretty great, huh? One of the first joyful and playful moments in this year’s calendar, the month began with a bang with a Full Moon on the 1st of July unleashing about six days of celebration, or, just plain letting our hair down. So much has been happening during the course of the month of June. The 90-days after the late March and early April of 2015 eclipses were doing their inevitable clarifications in June while churning things up for change. Human beings don’t usually make any changes until something hits them in the face with some harsh realities and that was what June was about, so that the beginning of July started with a break for some joyful moments is appropriate. This doesn’t say, however, that there aren’t continuing changes during the month of July — because they are — but the changes may not come to full fruition until after the first week of September. But, at least, the plans are being laid for change throughout the summer.

In other words, the re-thinking and reviewing of jobs, cash flow, household changes, cleaning things out continue right through September 17 when Saturn returns to Sagittarius. Saturn retreated back into the sign of Scorpio late on June 15 and stays there forcing all of us to look at the ‘bottom line’ of how we have been living and what we may wish to change. This affords each person the option to better one’s life — to have more quality rather than quantity. This week’s Last Quarter moon in Aries on July 8 lines up with Uranus, the rebel, the entrepreneur and restlessness. If you were ever thinking of shaking things up, letting things go, dispensing and disconnecting from the non-essentials of your current life needs this is the time in which to do it. As these two weeks continue we find energizing and activating Mars aligning with the Sun in Cancer again pushing us to the limit of what we can do and making us fully aware of what we cannot. In order to move forward, it may be wise to discuss with those closest to you some of the ideas for change you have on your mind. It may also be a good time to forewarn those that have become a little too dependent that options are changing and that you are setting certain boundaries in order to move forward with your long overdue plans. As the week concludes all becomes clear with Sun in Cancer square Uranus in Aries on Sunday July 12. You know what to do.