The week ahead…

Early morning on the Sunshine Coast

Another week where I’m writing in the past for the present – or is that the future? Who can tell.

I’m in Sydney for work and some other family business, and staying with my parents who are, I’m sure, the only people left on the planet (ok, I’m exaggerating) who don’t have the internet on – despite those pesky calls from people wanting to tell them that there’s a problem with their internet and if they only send their credit card details it can be fixed on the spot.

Anyways, all of that means that in order to post anything new I’ll be relying on the limited data available on my phone – and I also need that for netflix and instagram and other hugely important things. So, to be on the safe side, I’m writing a scheduling this in the past.

Ok, what’s been happening?

I spent last weekend at Romance Australia’s conference, Love Gone Wild, in Brisbane. Not only was it a great weekend and an amazing conference, but I had the honour of presenting a session that tied my two great loves – romance writing and astrology – together. I was nervous to start with, but once I hit my astro, I hit my stride. We had beautiful Queensland weather for it – tops of 28C each day. Not bad for winter.

Anyways, if you want to know more about it, there’s a post up on my author site about conference survival tips for introverts. By the time this goes to press, there will also be something else up on and anyways…if I pull my finger out and write it, that is…

Ok, to the skies. Of course the biggie next week is the solar eclipse in Leo – at 28 Leo 52’ to be exact. There’s been a lot written about this one – an awful lot – and I’ll probably put my 2 cents worth in too. This is a politics free zone, so I won’t go into just how much this solar eclipse is being linked in with President Trump. Google solar eclipse and Trump and you’ll find it all – and more. Anyways, there’s a solar eclipse – the 2nd Leo New Moon – and it’s in the early hours of 22 August for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere and varying times on the 21st for those of you in the North. Again, google it. Of course, if you want to know more about eclipses – and order your own eclipse report via Big Sky Astrology, check out this link.

Given that this is the 2nd 2nd New Moon in Leo, you get an opportunity to have another shot at intention setting. Of course the degrees are different, but the idea is the same. The previous Leo New Moon post is here.

Also this week we have a couple of planets changing signs – and direction.

The Sun moves into Virgo on 22/23 August (depending on where in the world you are). I’ll pop up a link to last year’s post for this one. Just a few days later – on the 26th – Venus moves into Leo. Strike a pose. Again, there’ll be something quick scheduled that will take you to last year’s post.

Saturn stations direct on the 25th , so anything that has felt like it’s been on hold since April could start to have some structure about it – if you’ve kept working in the meantime. Yep, Saturn usually comes with fine print.

Anyone with planets at or around 21 Sagittarius, Gemini, Pisces or Virgo will be breathing a sigh of relief as the weight lifts…ever so slowly.

What else? I’m glad you asked – it’s an action packed week.

Mars links up with Jupiter on Monday. I’m going to keep this one short and just say one word – opportunities. What sort of opportunities? Well, that’s up to you, really. This is a go for it and see what happens aspect if ever there were one. It’s at 20 Leo and 20 Libra respectively, so if that’s you, what are you still sitting around for?

Also on Monday, the Sun aligns with Uranus. This one is all about you. And in the same degree as the eclipse, dare I say that it could be as unpredictable as the eclipse? It’s about trying something new, exploring something new, going outside the expected. The thing is, with trines, as restless as you could be feeling, you don’t need to actually destroy anything in order to find yourself. But, as I said, this is a political free zone.

We follow this very quickly with another trine, or “easy” aspect. This one is between Mars and Saturn. It can help put some common sense, discipline and structure around your plans – without raining too much on your parade. It’s great energy for any work that needs you to be head down, bum up…so to speak. If you’re not familiar with that term, I’m talking about any sort of work that requires concentration, diligence and focus.

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted writing this post – and there’s more to come.

On Friday Venus squares off against Uranus. Venus/Uranus contacts in challenging aspect, as this one is, can be a tad like the Pink song – Leave Me Alone, I’m Lonely. It’s a short-lived transit, so if you can, avoid expressing any desires for stimulation in an argument with someone who, quite frankly, may not deserve it. On the other hand, if something is going on that needs to be talked about, it’s probably going to get talked about. Just take care not to throw away something that doesn’t need to be thrown away, just so you can make a point.

We finish the week with a Sun-Mercury conjunction. Those of you who have been reading along for a while will know that this is know as cazimi. You’ll also know that cazimi can be a blinding flash of seriously, just how clever am I? The thing is, Mercury is retrograde, so not thinking straight already. This cazimi might, therefore, not be as cazimi-ish (yes, I made that word up) as a cazimi normally is. If you want to know more about cazimi, check out this post.

Finally, Jupiter links up with Saturn. It’s a sextile, so that means opportunity. Both Jupiter and Saturn are in masculine/positive signs (Libra and Sagittarius) so that generally means you won’t have to look too hard for it. This is a good one for doing some practical work towards turning your goal into something more real. It doesn’t need to be much, but it does need to be practical and it does need to involve work.

Phew, I think that’s it. Have a great week!