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The Sun, traveling through Virgo this month, compels us to know ourselves and our personal divinity apart from the the larger whole—until the 23rd when it enters Libra announcing the Fall Equinox and we turn again to relate to one another from healthier and clearer places. Virgo energy teaches us of the power and the breathtaking beauty of organic perfection. When we exist naturally and fully, and listen carefully to our own inner voice, we unfold into perfection with ease. The full moon/lunar eclipse in Pisces on the 7th intensifies these lessons. We can see how self-containment, in the here and now, empowers divine merging with the whole. The new moon/solar eclipse on the 22rd in Libra clears the way for more truthful mirroring. Healthy boundaries are the key to divine, honoring, mutually exquisite coexistence. When we are grounded within ourselves, we can hold the space for others to come forward in their beauty. We can bear witness to and empower the glory of one another.

Mercury, traveling direct, moves through Virgo and then enters Libra on the 12th. We must not underestimate the impact we have on one another. The greatest thing we can do for our fellow man is to love ourselves enough to be capable of seeing and loving others. Can we reflect the beauty of others back to them? Or do we shame others because we were taught to reject our own self-expression? Venus enters Virgo on the 6th and then moves into Libra on the 30th. Venus represents what we value, how we love and how we draw things to us. Now we all consider the relevance of self-containment in the realms of coexistence. Mars enters Libra on the 8th, helping us to consider the effects of our actions on others. Jupiter in Scorpio squares Neptune in Aquarius on the 24th. How do we expand our deeper selves into the shared realms of spirituality? Saturn in Leo continues affirming our right to create truly sustaining structures for our souls. Chiron in Aquarius grows our capacity for self-compassion. Uranus in Pisces brea ks loose the myth of self-sacrifice as necessary to a spiritually worthy life. Why not have reverence for ourselves as we behold the beauty of our personal divinity? Pluto turns direct on the 4th for the first time since the end of March and we all feel more courageous as we move forward together in our power.

Famous Virgos: D.H. Lawrence, Sophia Loren, Stephen King

VIRGO (August 23-Sept. 22)—Happy Birthday, Virgo! It's time to take a break and drink of the goodness of life! You are so accustomed to having your nose to the grindstone, but now you must lift your head in order to see the abundance that is here for your enjoyment. Your job now is to drink of the beauty of life and revel in the good energy coming toward you.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)—Too much of even a good thing is unbalancing. You, who love to live in balance, must know when to say, "Enough is enough!" You can feel your way back to your center by drawing a line and setting a clear boundary before you feel saturated. It is not always the easiest thing for a Libra to do. Now you must practice saying, "No." This will create a much higher and more elegantly refined balance.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)—Consider the source, Scorpio. What is behind the rule of law? You use your great skills of penetration to seek out the origin of the agenda. You consider what rules your world. What is the source of the agenda? There is so much in place in this world that holds authority and strength that is really just wrong at the core. You contemplate this now in order to grow more free.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)—There is pleasure to be had and you are tuned into this now, Sag. Where do you feel best? It can be in the simplest circumstances that we find ourselves able to luxuriate. The sensual pleasures of life call to you now. Go there. Enjoy this world and elevate us all to join you there!

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)—You have a powerful effect on others, Capricorn. There is a strength about you that is born from a deep-seated sense of knowing. You resonate with the things you really know to be true and worthy of your conviction. And you help others come into a higher balance by enticing them to join you in things that matter.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)—You are ready for something new and refreshing, Aquarius. What calls to you? What inspires you? Go to where the energy feels invigorating and filling. You gain much by letting go of the outmoded and moving toward the new. You are at home wherever you go, but feel the best when you are free to start anew.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)—What brings you peace and pleasure, Pisces? There are places where you are able to feel the calm that you long for and now is the perfect time to be in such environments. You need peace in order to feel pleasure and to feel you are able to go into the realms of creativity and explore there without fear. Your home is where the peace is. Go there.

ARIES (March 21-April 19)—You will be amazed to discover the calm you feel once you clear your mind of the energies and thoughtforms that are disharmonic to your true nature, Aries. People seem compelled these days to perpetuate the shadow through subjugating others into compliance and denial of its existence. You refuse to go there—and, in doing so, make the world a better place!

TAURUS (April 20-May 20)—Where do you find the greatest source of higher reflections, Taurus? You gain a tremendous foothold on the road to self-fulfillment and self-realization when you see your larger, higher truth and beauty reflected back to you from sources capable of doing so. Be in these environments as much as possible now.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20)—When you join with true allies you are free, free, free, Gemini! Who is capable of allowing you to shine? These are the ones you must find your way to now. You are ready to feel the joy of unabashed self-expression. Your inner child comes forth to lead the way to creating a happy and fulfilling life on every level. Give your child-self all the room in the world!

CANCER (June 21-July 22)—We find our way to the truth when we acknowledge our feelings with respect, Cancer. When you sense disappointment and respect how you feel, you are able to rally yourself to pursue change. It seems to be the way of the world that so many of us were taught to have contempt for our feelings that we have a tremendous capacity to ignore our own cries. Now you must listen and let your feelings be your guide.

LEO (July 23-August 22)—What stands in your way, Leo? You want these things eliminated now. What is the source of the sense that you are blocked? You refuse to be held down. There is a surge of intolerance in you that clears the way for a freer destiny. You have the courage and the will to unbind yourself and to liberate your soul to move unrestricted into the future.


Motavenda Mekchizedek is a glass artist, writer and astrologer living in Silver City. She is available for private astrological consultations. She specializes in the areas of personal empowerment, family-of-origin issues, personal dreams and destiny, and the human potential. She can be reached by phone at 534-1024 or by email at moti@gilanet.com, or see www.innerworlddesigns.com.

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