We’ve reached the end of August and the beginning of September — a week leading up to the new moon in Virgo on the 6th. Virgo is often associated with organisation, and so some people might mistake
Virgo season for a period of time when everything comes together and fits just right. But, the sign of Virgo is just as much about perception as it is about action. Virgo, the analyst, is just as likely to spend their days surrounded by piles of chaos as they are spreadsheets, because, sometimes, in order to put something to right, you have to pull it apart. Mercury, which rules Virgo, moves into Libra this week and harmony is definitely a priority. This theme is furthered by the trine that Mercury makes later in the week, first to True Node in Gemini on the 3rd and then to Saturn in Aquarius on the 4th. With Mars in Virgo opposing Neptune in Pisces on the 2nd, it’s important that we accept the bounds between what we imagine and what’s possible. And, it’s important that we acknowledge that our limitations are not set in stone, only set in this time. Aries Sun & Aries Rising We learn from an early age that there are ways of being which rely on context: who we are with our families, who we are with our friends, who we are when surveilled, and who we are when no one is watching. We learn to modify ourselves based on the expectations and reactions of others. We share what keeps us safe and loved and we protect the rest. It’s ok to keep some parts of yourself to yourself, dear Aries, especially if you have grown protective of them. But, the versions of you that are kept private are no less a part of you and no less worthy of love than those you share with others. It becomes your task to give those versions of you the attention they deserve; to help them feel sacred and not ashamed. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Taurus Sun & Taurus Rising Sometimes, when we spend our lives writing the story of ourselves — who we are and what made us that way, what we believe and why — it can be hard to give up the plot. This is especially true for a fixed Earth sign like Taurus, whose sense of self is staked in the ground, and so very difficult to uproot. However, learning to recognise when a story is over is an important part of the Taurean journey. This week invites you to be an active participant in the writing process. This week wants to redirect your energy and your passion toward what matters to you now in the present moment. This week can be the first chapter of the sequel, the beginning of an adventure — and all you have to do is show up. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Gemini Sun & Gemini Rising It’s not uncommon to feel a quiet peace in the days between a full moon and a new moon. And, with the last quarter moon under the stars of Gemini on the 30th, that sense of completion is especially available to you this week. Moreover, the moon’s influence is heightened as she brushes by the true node still making its way through your sign. If you’re looking for clarity this week, begin with stillness. If you meditate, if you take quiet walks or arrange river rocks, return to that. Can you imagine equanimity as the song pulling your body through the world, the wind brushing your face when you zone out with worry? Listen for it, feel for it, be patient with yourself. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Cancer Sun & Cancer Rising Connecting with others is a human pleasure and a human need. But, understanding another person is one of the greatest human mysteries. We do it anyway, of course, or we muddle our way through. We reach for shared philosophies, text each other songs, and make lunch plans. Minding these bridges isn’t a one-person job, but it can feel that way. Especially if we have an idea of how others should be acting, but aren’t. But connection isn’t a human pleasure simply because humans enjoy company. It teaches us about ourselves and how often we rely on other people to access our most intimate aspects. Is there a secret part of you that rises to the surface when you feel misunderstood? Do you understand that part? Or, are you relying on someone else to understand it first? Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Leo Sun & Leo Rising If you were to take inventory of all your resources, how would you approach it? Would you include the non-material ones, too? Things like having friends who will gladly call you back, the joy of a body of water that wraps around your own body, and the freedom to keep company with any book you want. Boundaries can be resources too, if you treat them that way. We betray our boundaries when we use them as a punishment, speaking of them only when we feel trespassed upon. Every barrier within you is also a container that helps you store the eros of the world. To say “yes” only when “yes” feels good, for instance, is to fill the “yes” inside you with pure honey. Take inventory of your containers, which ones are full and which ones need filling. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Virgo Sun & Virgo Rising There’s no universal experience for all shared Sun signs, we know this, but it’s true that the majority of Virgos haven’t had an easy time of it these past few months. There’s the body with its surprises and demands, our most deceptively familiar mystery box. And then there’s the larger mystery box of the families we create together, the way we work in concert like organs holding up the body of a small universe — or breaking that body down. There’s no other way to say it, the Sun shines on you this week and even the hard stuff, the painful stuff, emanates a beauty that is yours alone to understand. Go ahead and cut the rose from the thorny vines, take pleasure wherever pleasure can be taken. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Libra Sun & Libra Rising I don’t know much about cars (I’m a virgin who can’t drive), but I know that drivers who love their cars start their engines and wait a bit before they hit the gas. I’m not calling you a car exactly, but what if you imagined a little engine inside of you that needs to warm up before it gets going? What if you treated the parts of you that need time and patience with general acceptance, the same way you would treat a simple machine you were told needs those things to run well? No matter how many stories we have about ourselves and our (in)abilities, we’re also made of moving parts that need what they need. Let yourself warm up, your engine will thank you and run better than you expect. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Scorpio Sun & Scorpio Rising While it’s true that the past few years have been a great cultivation of your solitude, they have almost certainly also been a lesson in community-building and accountability. Surveying the crumbling scene, it’s not wrong to feel that we owe others our enduring presence and support. It’s not wrong for you, dear Scorpio, to feel like your energy and reliability is a necessity in another person’s life. Feeling that way and building your life around that feeling are two separate matters, however. Be wary of the roles you take on in the name of other people’s needs; be mindful of how clearly you’ve defined the needs of another while staying murky on your own. The most important role you play in your community isn’t avoiding that role in service of someone else’s. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Sagittarius Sun & Sagittarius Rising You are the philosopher of the Zodiac, and Eros moves through Sagittarius waiting for you to notice. When the signs don’t seem to be there, you go about the business of seeking them. I offer you these lines from Audre Lorde’s “Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power”: For the erotic is not a question only of what we do; it is a question of how acutely and fully we can feel in the doing. Once we know the extent to which we are capable of feeling that sense of satisfaction and completion, we can then observe which of our various life endeavours bring us closest to that fullness ... Within the celebration of the erotic in all our endeavours, my work becomes a conscious decision – a longed-for bed which I enter gratefully and from which I rise up empowered. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Capricorn Sun & Capricorn Rising While it might be easy to conceive of Capricorns as materialistic, it’s important to recognise that the core of the word is material. Material, in and of itself, has no moral value. It is simply that which we can see, a collection of our efforts and our resources by which another thing is produced and made knowable. This process is a kind of magic too, like the way the concept of time and the precision of gears and the beauty of glass can offer us a clock to wind our days by. This week, pay special attention to your own relationship to proof. Do you feel entitled to the proof you need to feel safe or certain? Communicate your concerns and your gratitude too, Capricorn. Allow others to recognise you not only for the work you do, but also for the work you value. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Aquarius Sun & Aquarius Rising “The world is not so good,” my Aquarian friend Alina says. “Have you tried a weed gummy or, I dunno, a sequin dress?” I figured I would pass this on, not as an instruction but as an affirmation. The world is not so good, dear ones. Perhaps better to feel it than not feel it. Perhaps better to acknowledge that the world is a part of you and it’s only human to feel that part. Whatever you are doing, whether it’s taking little breaks from time and space with the help of said gummy or stuffing your hours with obligations and distractions, try your best to accept your own methods. The coping strategies that serve you are your divining rod. You can use them to lead you to water, and then you can lay them down and dig the well. Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Pisces Sun & Pisces Rising It’s not uncommon for a water sign to imagine themselves as someone who can hold the emotional depths of those they love, no matter how deep or how turbulent. And this can be especially true for Pisces, who moves through the world adjusting to their environment and the people in it. But, just because you can hold a great deal more than most, doesn’t mean you should. What if someone needs to learn to hold their weight on their own? What if it was never yours to hold to begin with? And, just because you’re able to bear that weight, doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. What if, this week, you reserved all that breadth you feel for yourself? What would it feel like to simply be wide and open and holding your own weight without giving it someone else’s name? Illustration by Stefhany Lozano Like what you see? 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