You feeling it yet? On Tuesday the 12th, the vibrant Sun formed a square to Captain Buzzkill itself, Saturn. This transit will be felt until the 14th, and it’s not super fun. Saturn has a way of making things feel heavy and making you feel overwhelmed by everything that you need to do. This is the wrong time to shirk your responsibilities or hide from the world because Saturn is all about the responsibilities you have towards yourself, the people or situations in your life, and also to the community at large. This may feel like a depressing time, but there’s a bigger picture to hold on to – it’s that you matter. What you do and how you do it count to the people around you as much as for your own welfare. So stay connected! If you feel crappy, reach out to people you like and trust to get some perspective or support. The antidote for Saturn’s sense of scarcity is gratitude, so make a mental list of what you are thankful for. Remind yourself what you’re working towards, or use the energy of this week to adjust your goals.
On the 14th-16th, security-oriented Venus is forming a sextile to freedom-seeking Jupiter, and on the 16th- 18th it will trine independent Uranus. This energy can give us a much needed break from the heaviness – just make sure not to blow your money trying to buy some happy during these transits! You can enjoy some lovely times in your relationships around now, so this is another vote for staying connected. If you’ve lost track of meaning and have been feeling at a loss, this is a great time to realign with your values and empower yourself to keep on going. Unfortunately, from the 14th-16th, processy Mercury will sit on top of irritable Mars, and the results may make you defensive. Don’t blurt out everything that’s on your mind – first make sure that your thoughts are aligned with your values, or all you’ll end up doing is stirring the pot.
Finally we have another lunar event this week – this time it’s a New Moon in Virgo on September 19th. Typically this would be a fertile time for new perspectives and a fresh take on things, but there’s a complication: it’s Virgo’s ruling planet, Mercury, again. From the 18th-20th it will be sitting opposite to anxiety-producing Neptune. This transit can make you unsure of what’s real and what’s an illusion, which can really get in the way of your ability to clearly manifest with the New Moon. Try not to take on or try to juggle too much around this time, and if it can’t be avoided, call in reinforcements. This is a time to explore potential without attachments. You’re likely to have to embody your boundaries in some interpersonal dynamic, so stay on the lookout for ways to take good care of yourself. It’s unrealistic to expect anyone to honor your limits and needs if you’re not doing it; be patient with yourself and others, this week.
March 21-April 19
You don’t have to be in control in order to get right with yourself, Aries. Things are complicated, and the best way to handle it is by getting real. Anxiety will make you feel like you’re falling apart and that the only way to hold yourself together is to grab hold of something outside of you. The trouble with this is that you’re not likely to hold on to the right thing when you feel desperate. Get centered, and align with your truest motivations and not just your reactions this week.
April 20-May 20
‘What you resist shall persist.’ There’s no escaping change, there’s only ignoring the signs. It’s OK to be scared of what you don’t yet understand, but just because you don’t have clarity now doesn’t mean that whatever is around the corner is bad. Instead of fighting the tide, try to go where the flow of it takes you, Taurus. If you stay grounded around the things you are doing, you’ll be better able to understand what your problems are trying to show you about your life.
May 21-June 21
When you struggle against your reality, it only makes things more uncomfortable for you. This week you’re wrestling with some heavy themes, but don’t let that stop you from staying present with the feelings that come up. You’re not actually stuck, Twin Star – you’re just not seizing your options. Instead of worrying over what might go wrong, start investing your time and actions into the things that you want to go right. The only way to fail is to not try, my love.
June 22-July 22
If you’ve been driving yourself too hard, then you’ll find that you’re running on empty this week. It’s important that you prioritize, Moonchild, and that may mean that you have to let some things go. Realign yourself with what truly matters so you can see both what you need in order to be happy and also what you can put on hold. It’s time for you to seize your fate in both hands and mold it, even if it takes a few tries to get it right.
July 23-Aug. 22
This is not the time to make compromises that compromise you, Leo. It’s easy to brazenly take a stand against things, but what are you for? Embody healthy boundaries with yourself in efforts to model them for others. This will have to come from a clear place of self-knowledge. You don’t need to have things go perfectly in order for you to be happy with yourself, but you totally need to be authentic to who you are. Invest in getting to know yourself this week, my love.
Aug. 23-Sept. 22
Be on the lookout for power struggles in your relationships. While fighting isn’t on its own a bad or a good thing, it’s important that you know what you’re fighting for, Virgo. Choose your battles wisely instead of impulsively. You may really want to get something off your chest, but that doesn’t mean you should say it to another living person. Sit on your feels for a few hours if you can. Don't try to win at relationships; seek happiness or peace, not victory, my love.
Sept. 23-Oct. 22
It’s really hard to let go. Even if you know in your heart of hearts that it’s time, the what-if's and their many possible outcomes can make you crazy. This week you don’t need to be certain of how you’re gonna get where you want to be, but you do need to own whatever compromises you’ve made and what’s become of them. You’re on call to honor your feels and make changes that reflect what’s true for you and not just what’s going to be immediately easiest to pull off.
Oct. 23-Nov. 21
You can change your life as much as you like, but if you yourself don’t change, nothing will stick. This week it will be easy to obsess on external conditions and what’s wrong with them, but it would be missing the point. What other people are or aren’t doing isn’t really your problem. What you consent to participating in is the embodiment of your own boundaries, Scorpio. If you don’t like the game, it’s on you not to play, my love.
Nov. 22-Dec. 21
You’ve got this, ‘Tarius. There’s so much chaos in the world at large right now, as well as within your smaller personal world, and it has everyone on edge. You don’t need to feel fantastic or even optimistic in order to make a difference though. Find your center of strength, and act from that place. This week’s New Moon is excellent for you to start something new, whether it’s a change in attitude, a shift in behavior, or something more radical. Honor your potential, not your fears!
Dec. 22-Jan. 19
You can focus on what you don’t have and what isn’t working, but that won’t help you one bit, Cappy Mon Capitán. It’s time to get your game plan together so you can get to the next level. Instead of looking for a move, look within. Which of your relationships and commitments make you feel happy? What you feed will grow, so make sure you’re feeding the right parts of your life. You have so much potential for success; just make sure you’re investing in the right things.
Jan. 20-Feb. 18
It's too much sometimes. This week your feels are likely to be on overload, and it may seem like there’s very little you can do about it. You don’t need a crystal ball, and you don’t need answers Aquarius. What you need is courage. It’s time to confront the problem areas of your life with heart and grace – not to have a perfect plan. Life is illogical and dumb sometimes, so finding the smartest answers doesn’t necessarily make you safer, and that’s OK.
Feb. 19-March 20
If you don’t trust your own feels, life gets pretty chaotic, pretty quickly. This week will challenge you to move slowly enough through your reactions to get to the center of your true feelings; this may require you to get past your inner chatter and slow things down. You run the risk of getting caught up in defensive reactions that lead to power struggles that are as confusing as they are upsetting. Know yourself well enough to know where you need to stand up and when it’s time to sit back down.