Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 8/17/2012 & the Weekend: New Moon in Leo; the Rainbow Connection

What an emotional roller coaster for so many of us this week…TGIF! And hooray for today’s New Moon — a chance to re-set your intentions for the next four weeks. Make a list and light a candle at 11:54AM ET, when the Sun and Moon meet up at 26 degrees of Leo, the sign that rules the heart.

Remember the Sabian Symbol for last month’s New Moon forecast — 27 Cancer  — “a violent storm in a canyon filled with expensive homes?” This month’s is a sweet relief: “a rainbow” — a divine message of reassurance after a troubling time. Did you know that Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, was a “messenger for Hera and associated with being at everyone’s beck and call…and that she is depicted as a beautiful golden-winged goddess with long hair flowing in all the colors of the light spectrum?” Me neither, and I thank Sabian Symbol guru Blain Bovee for pointing that out. Did you know that “no two people see the same rainbow, unless it is frozen in a photograph; no two people have identical irises of eyes?” I knew the latter; didn’t know the former — let’s all go buy Bovee’s book right now; mine is on my Kindle.

With this week’s challenging planetary patterns on the wane, a new pattern of support moves in. This New Moon — symbolized by the rainbow — is aided and abetted by constructive connections from energetic Mars and disciplined Saturn. Yes, you really can take something out of thin air and give it earthly form. Take full advantage of this practical vibe! Mental Mercury (mind, communication) is equally supported by innovative Uranus (exact on Saturday at 7:30PM ET), suggesting the time is ripe for fresh ideas: yours! With expansive Jupiter adding a ton of  creative drive to this mix —  and running wild in talktalktalk Gemini, trust your brainstorms. Write that pitch or draft,  send that email, pick up the phone, set up that meeting — and forge ahead with all your heart. Need a special boost? Here’s your rainbow connection.

Planetary patterns will be intense for many in September’s lunar cycle. We’ll have the second exact square between rebel Uranus and ruthless Pluto on the 19th, with the Sun and Moon engaged with this Mother of All Squares at the Full Moon on September 29th. You’ll be in the hot seat if you were born around the 29th of March, June, September and December…or if you have planets or angles around 6 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn. Consult your local astrologer for details.

As for the rest of the weekend: Moon goes void of course on Friday at 1:55PM ET, not to enter discerning Virgo until 8:33PM ET. Perhaps you can cut out of work early. An inspirational lunar connection to nebulous Neptune at 11:57PM ET is your Friday night highlight. One cocktail or two?

Saturday’s Moon in Virgo is lovely for hammering out the inventive details of your next creative venture. Moon goes void at 7:26PM ET on an expansive challenge from jolly Jupiter. There is a potential here for big plans — or simple self-indulgence. Go with the flow and adjust to any surprise twists that foil your efforts to move forward in a straight line. The Moon void continues all day Sunday (avoid yard sales and impulse purchases)…not to enter Libra until 12:45AM ET on Monday.

If you are new to these forecasts — welcome! If you aren’t familiar with Moon voids, click here.




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