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A4B Today – September 21, A Glimpse of the Future

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Good Day!

Two days before the Full Moon, today is a day to let the currents pull you and your team toward the culmination stage in your current project.  You don’t have to do anything but avoid resistance:  the energy just before the Full Moon is a building force and all you have to do is go with it.

The Moon is Pisces brings ultra-sensitivity and a willingness to allow a whole vision to emerge.  Disparate viewpoints merge into coherence, making today ideal to put the finishing touches on a task or project you’ve been overseeing.

The Moon is also in harmony with Venus in Scorpio today which should take the edge off of any competition or subtle undermining that’s been going on.  The best of Venus comes out today, which means creativity and feelings of camaraderie.  Even your relationships with normal antagonists could flow into a working partnership today.

Today is also a day to keep your senses tuned to the next big thing, as the Sun in Virgo opposes the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Pisces.  This conjunction receives the full light of the Sun today.  Something transformative is being conceived both societally and personally; the conjunction is the very beginning of a new cycle between Jupiter and Uranus and only comes around every fourteen years.  There will be three exact contacts of the conjunction at the beginning of this new cycle.  One occurred on June 8, the second is today, and the third is in early January.  This whole period from June to January is seeding the growth and innovation which will carry our businesses for the next decade and a half.

We have a good chance to get a glimpse of our next breakthrough today but we have to be aware of where to look for clues.  The news is a good place to start.  As you listen to or read the news today try to get the sense of where society is going from here.  Since the conjunction is in Pisces, be sure to especially tune in to the kinds of fields Pisces rules:  fashion, healthcare, the arts, the seas, liquids, physics and mathematics, spirituality, planetary awareness, and caring connection across unrelated groups.

Jupiter and Uranus both function on the level of intuition, so as you take in the day just let the information flow in.  Don’t try to categorize it or analyze it.  Just absorb it.  It will kick off processes in your mind that will rise to the level of awareness on their own with today’s solar opposition.

Today is a day to read the clues and get a sense of the future.  If you spot anything, share it with all of us in the comments.  You never know who will provide the spark for someone else’s breakthrough. Guesses are also fine under this influence; see what you can imagine!

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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – September 20 – 26

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned today, see

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A4B Today – September 16, Moon in Capricorn

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Are you ready to work today?  With the waxing Moon in Capricorn, it’s time to get busy.   Capricorn is an active sign, focused on real accomplishment in the actual physical world.  Not planning, thinking about planning, or planning to plan.  This is about activity and achievement.

One symbol for Capricorn is the mountain goat, steadily climbing step-by-step up the mountain until it reaches the top.  This is a good image for today.  The Moon aspects Venus, Saturn, and Mercury very, very early in the morning (MDT) and then there are no other major aspects until tomorrow.  This gives us the whole day to be like that goat, steady and sure-footed all day.

If you set a goal at the beginning of the day you’ll surely reach it by the end.  There are no external obstacles and no impediments today.  So take advantage of the stars today:  this is the most productive day of the week.

And if you can get out in the evening, don’t miss Venus.  She’s at her brightest magnitude right now and really a sight to behold.  If you go for this kind of thing, it’s a great evening to wave a candle or stick of incense to her and thank her for the blessings she brings to our lives:  love, relationship, money, luxuries, and beauty.  She likes to be acknowledged and admired and she’s close and listening tonight.

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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – September 13 – 19

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

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A4B Today – September 14, Mars in Scorpio

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Good Day!

Have you noticed the direct motion of Mercury yet?  Several clients have gotten in touch to ask what’s happened.  They can’t get off the phone; projects in the planning stage have suddenly been given the go-ahead; back-to-back meetings keep them running all day; transportation issues like airport pick-ups and fleet issues are colliding.  When I tell them that Mercury has resumed direct motion, they understand.  They’re also relieved and excited.  They know this is a sign that progress can be made and the planning, logical, reasoning, objective mind has returned – in themselves and their staff!

Today we’re at the midpoint of the waxing Moon cycle, with the Moon in Sagittarius forcing us to expand our original idea.  The plan we hatched with the Virgo New Moon may feel a little small and a little too specific now.  The Sagittarius Moon urges us to take it out of the box, beyond the borders of our original idea.  You’ll have to work on balance today, balance between your own inclination to keep things practical and your recognition that you want to see how far and wide this idea can go.  This could feel like scope-creep, and yet some expansion of scope will make your project more viable.

And, last but certainly not least, Mars enters the sign Scorpio today until October 28.  Mars in Scorpio is a force to be reckoned with:  powerful, productive, but potentially destructive if not handled well.  Mars is the planet that represents personal will, the part of us that sets goals and pursues them.  It is intensely self-focused, we want what we want, and usually this energy is a powerful ally in business.

When Mars reaches the sign Scorpio, though, a fundamental transformation has to occur in our drive.  Scorpio’s realm has to do with interchange and interconnection.  Ambitions are realized through interaction with others.  If a person is willing to apply their drive in concert with others, there’s no more effective position for Mars.  At its best, Mars in Scorpio brings mastery at marshalling other people’s resources toward a common goal, whether this means the ability to move your staff in a coherent direction or convincing bankers and shareholders to support your vision.

Sometimes Mars can feel thwarted in Scorpio and we are unwilling to include concern for others in our plans.  If the situation requires us to march in step with the whole team, we may feel impotent, like we are losing our edge.  And then the worst can come out, including defensiveness, vengeance, retribution, and distrust.  What’s worse, Mars in Scorpio is absolutely opposed to getting things out on the table.  Afraid of humiliation, true feelings are hidden which can set up a cycle of blame and resentment.

As a leader, how can you deal with this?  First of all, this is no time to hide your head in the sand.  A mentor once told me to be “wise in the ways of the world.”  Be extra vigilant during this time and cognizant of the emotional currents between and among people.  Watch your staff’s interactions with customers.  Reach for candor in all your meetings.  Challenge people to express themselves with vulnerability and if they do, reward them with your loyalty.

And for you?  Searing honesty about your own motives is the only way.  Take note if you experience the visceral Mars in Scorpio feeling:  heat rising from your pelvis that feels like fear in your stomach and anger in your heart.  If you feel this, it’s time for self-examination, and with Mars in Scorpio you might have to dig deeply to find the source of the feeling.

Ever experimental, let’s see if we see an instance of Mars in Scorpio playing out in our workday today or tomorrow.  Often when a planet changes signs, we get a signal about the issues we will confront during its passage.  You may not want to share it in the comments.  It is, after all, Mars in Scorpio.

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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – September 13 – 19

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned today, see

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Astro4Business Weekly Forecast – September 13

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Anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). (Source:Wikimedia Commons)


Good day, and welcome to a really interesting week.  In this post I’ll give you an overview of the week as a whole, and then in the daily blog we’ll go into each of these topics more thoroughly.  There’s not a lot going on but what is going on is a lot!

Overall, we’ve got the waxing Moon and the general energy of growth and reaching for the potential we recognized at the New Moon last Wednesday.  We also begin the week with Mercury standing still (at least it looks that way to us) and then resuming direct motion.  Both of these indicate that “the time to hesitate is through.”

Mars/Pluto/Scorpio

Then we’ve got a whole lot of Pluto/Scorpio energy in the mix this week.  This new emotional tenor began last week when Venus entered Scorpio and we can see a perfect example of this influence in the big blow-up between HP and Oracle.  In case you missed it, in brief it is a story of two long-time collaborators and competitors in conflict over confidential trade secrets.  It includes a spicy understory with a sexual harassment suit, intertwined technologies, a highly public firing, a shareholder suit, and an inappropriate personal relationship between a Wall Street darling company president and a former actress.  Is that enough Scorpio for you?  If there is time, I’ll unpack this story for you in astrological terms over the next couple of weeks.  It’s a great case study of the impact of Scorpio in business.

This week there is likely to be more of the same, both in the public sphere and within our own businesses, with the planet Pluto resuming direct motion.  Pluto has been in retrograde motion since April 6 and resumes direct motion on Monday.  When a planet becomes still in the sky just before changing directions, its power is said to be increased.  Since Pluto represents the collective survival instinct and the willingness to annihilate anything that threatens that survival, we can expect some very intense illustrations of this energy this week.

And to throw fuel on the fire, Mars, which represents our personal instinct for survival and conquest also enters the sign Scorpio this week.  Mars is the ancient ruler of Scorpio and is very strong and comfortable in that sign, so one more dose of Scorpio energy!

Jupiter/Uranus

Toward the end of the week we encounter the second of a series of three Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions, which is an equally powerful though not so confrontive configuration.  Jupiter represents expansion and Uranus represents innovation, but they are both in retrograde motion and have moved back into the prior sign of Pisces.  This could be an extremely creative time of seeding the next breakthrough in your business and we’ll certainly speak more about this later in the week.

More Mars/Pluto/Scorpio

There’s no respite over next weekend either.  On Saturday, Mars and Pluto are in harmonious aspect, and with these two in harmony, the rest of us had better run!  It reminds me of the bully and his sidekick in The Christmas Story, a movie I love and watch at least once each year at the holidays.  We may feel like a helpless child when up against these two as allies, and again we’ll unpack this more during the week.

And then on Sunday, the Sun and Neptune reach a turning point in Neptune’s retrograde cycle.  This point indicates a need to adjust to unseen powers or the sacrifice of a cherished goal.

So, that’s enough, right?  A lot of this will be acted out on the bigger stage but some of it will no doubt intersect with our own lives.  Try to be an observer of the energies.  I have a feeling we will all learn something important as this story unfolds.

Be sure to check back in each day as we investigate this interesting time.

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For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned this week, see

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A4B Today – September 10

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Good Day!

Today the Moon begins to emerge from the aura of the Sun and heads out to bring our new idea into manifestation.  We should all know now what our next project is, what new process we will guide and shepherd to fruition over the next three weeks.

If you weren’t struck with inspiration in the last couple of days then this is a good time to commit to an idea or short project you’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t found the time.  There is a rising of energy now as the Moon grows to fullness and it’s time to catch that wave.  If you need ideas, think about Virgo and what Virgo loves.  Here are some ideas you can pick from:

  • Diet and health
  • Digestion and assimilation
  • Work and service
  • Employment matters; human resources projects
  • Pet-related matters
  • Efficiency and Documentation
  • Accounting and Analysis
  • Business Planning
  • Training and Delegation

I must tell you that I awoke on the morning of the New Moon with a tune on my mind, an original tune without words.  This happens to me occasionally:  I’m inspired with something that is far beyond my capabilities to actually manifest.  In the past I’ve been given entire novels, science experiments, fully written songs, and fully realized paintings as I come into waking consciousness.  Actually I usually have so many ideas that I can’t possibly pursue them all.  This is where the Virgo traits of discrimination and practicality come in handy.  But in this case I did get up and hum the tune into my digital voice recorder for later.

Today the Moon in Libra forms its first separating aspect with the Sun.  It’s like the idea that was conceived between the Moon and Sun has to change in order to grow.  With the Moon in Libra, it’s time to bring other people into collaboration early in the game.  In order to solidify your idea you need input from others.  Now is the time to share candidly and let other people contribute; in other words, during this lunar cycle your project idea immediately becomes a joint effort rather than a solo voyage.

And with the Moon forming harmonious aspects to Neptune and Mars later in the day, the people you involve may not be at the desk next to you.  Stay open to the possibility that the true aid may come from a meeting of far-flung minds.  If you can, use social networks and cloud meetings to flesh out your idea.

By next week, Mercury will have turned direct and then it’s full speed ahead!  Have a great weekend.

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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – September 6 – 12

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned today, see

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A4B Today – September 9 A Different Drum

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Good Day!

Before I get into the passage of the Moon today, and she is dancing with some difficult partners, I wanted to note two things from yesterday.  Perhaps you noticed a shift in energy or expression as Venus left her own sign Libra and entered Scorpio yesterday.  Or maybe you noticed Jupiter leaving Aries and entering his own sign, Pisces.

It is one of the intentions of this blog to help us all to tune into a more subtle level of energies, myself included.  I think the more we can notice what is happening on the outside and the inside, the better business decisions we’ll make and, generally, the more successful we will be.  I often hear from people who share how satisfying it is when they are pursuing a certain course of action and then open this blog and find out they are right in tune with the planets.  And I admit I have the same experience.  Since I write these posts a day or two earlier than they come out, I forget what I’ve written by the time the day comes.  And then I get a pleasant surprise too.

Getting back to Venus and Jupiter, did you notice anything yesterday?  As an overall guideline, both of these planets are indicative of and concerned with our happiness and well-being.  Venus is more personal and Jupiter is a little more abstract, but they are both considered benefics in astrology:  energies you can count on for support, enthusiasm, and contentment.

Both Venus and Jupiter entered water signs yesterday, Scorpio and Pisces.  This indicates a natural shift toward emotional connection.  Water signs are reflective, responsive, and fertile.  Family, intimacy, and compassion are the realm of water signs.  Did you notice a gift or an opportunity in any of these areas?  I’m conducting a little research project, so if you did, can you leave a comment or shoot me an email?  I’d appreciate it.

OK, the Moon.  The Moon has quite a journey today.  Brand new, barely on her feet, she encounters all of the big boys of the past summer, running into Uranus and Jupiter in the early morning hours (MDT) while she’s still in Virgo. When she enters Libra she encounters Pluto in Capricorn and then Saturn in Libra.  Yikes!

This could have the effect of bringing all the “chickens home to roost.”  Each issue you hoped you left behind after the tumultuous summer may show its face again today, one after another.  This could take the form of meetings and memos reminding you of what still needs to be addressed, or intrusions on your time about issues you thought were resolved.  But luckily it won’t feel as stressful as a few weeks ago when we were in the thick of these conflicts.  Just remaining shards of a past you’ve left behind, as a great teacher once said.

The day ends with a Mars/Neptune alliance, which will help to soothe anything that was stirred up earlier.  The Neptune influence on Mars can be felt all week and it may seem to make your team less productive than usual.  That’s because they’re listening to a different drummer this week.  It’s best to let people delve into their creativity rather than require concrete achievements today.  And you, too!

Here’s a treat for you to celebrate Mars/Neptune.



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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – September 6 – 12

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned today, see

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Astro4Business Weekly Forecast – September 6 – 12

Anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Hello, everyone.

This week begins quietly with the last couple of days of the waning Moon leading to the New Moon on Wednesday.  Venus and Jupiter change signs this week and Mars forms a calming aspect to Neptune.  Mercury continues in retrograde motion until next Sunday, when it resumes direct motion for the next three months.  These are the days highlighted this week:

Wednesday

Wednesday begins with the New Moon in Virgo.  The New Moon is when the Sun and the Moon come together on the exact same degree of the zodiac.  Although it is the beginning of the monthly lunar cycle, it is not an ideal day for new beginnings.  A conception is taking place in the dark; it’s best to spend the day quietly listening for the quickening of a new idea.

Later in the morning (MDT), Venus changes signs and enters Scorpio.  This is a very interesting position for extroverted, social Venus, traveling through the sign of mysterious and hidden realms.  We’ll examine this thoroughly in the coming weeks, with guidance about how to best use this time in our businesses and the pitfalls to avoid.

Next month Venus will turn retrograde, an event that happens once every eighteen months.  With Venus in Scorpio and retrograde, the coming few months could be challenging in the areas of business that Venus rules:  financial strength, creativity, and professional relationships.  Twists and turns are coming, no doubt!

Also on Wednesday, Jupiter in retrograde motion re-enters Pisces from Aries, reestablishing the planet of opportunity in a sign he favors.  This could provide the antidote to Venus’ passage through Scorpio.  Jupiter retrograde in Pisces suggests we should work on re-connection. Begin today to repair the links that have frayed between you and your co-workers.  Reestablish venues for your employees to express their ideas creatively.  Rely on your intuition and feelings; show your employees, customers, and business associates your heart.

Thursday

On Thursday Mars is in harmony with Neptune, an influence that will be felt all week.  Mars represents how we apply our energy, effort, and will to realize our goals and ambitions.  Neptune refers to the collective, to the fashions and feelings that symbolize our times.  We will be unusually willing to act on our intuitions this week and to believe that our efforts make a difference in the world.

The Neptune influence on Mars may seem to make your team less productive than usual, but that’s just because they’re listening to a different drummer this week.  It’s best to let people delve into their creativity rather than require concrete achievements.  And you, too!

Sunday

On Sunday, Mercury resumes direct motion.  Before it does, Mercury slows way down so don’t be surprised if your mind seems even more unfocused during this final week of retrograde motion.  This is our last week to revisit and repair anything still lingering from the past.  Be sure to read Mercury Retrograde – 10 Ways to Engage to make sure all loose ends are tied up before Sunday.  After Sunday, it’s full speed ahead!

Have a wonderful week, and let me know in the Comments how it all goes.

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For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

For tips on how to use Mercury Retrograde to your advantage, see

Exploring the Sun/Mercury Cycle – Both Sides Now

10 Best Practices for Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde – 10 Ways to Engage

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned this week, see

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A4B Today – September 2, Something in the Air

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Good Day!

And I do mean good day, as the waning Moon in Gemini forms very nice aspects to Mars, Venus, and Neptune right in the middle of the working day.  Later in the evening there’s a square between the Moon and Uranus, but in a way that’s just more support for a vibrant, mental, adaptive day.

Air signs rule the day today which means this is an excellent day to connect, communicate, and collaborate.  Both Venus and Mars are in Libra which lends a creative, relational atmosphere to the day.  Bits of data will be zipping back and forth among people and I don’t mean just through the internet.  Don’t be surprised if you pick up an idea from someone before they have even verbalized it themselves, and if this happens, make sure you share the credit.

With Neptune in Aquarius joining the crew, look outside your local environment to the world at large.  People of all stripes are on the same wavelength today and your best input can come through your social media contacts.  Or if you’re the one with the message to share, be sure to get it out through your networks to as many people as possible.  It could go viral today.

You may find that today is ideal for bridging a gap between you and another person or group.  With so much air influence and Neptune on the scene, we are more likely to recognize our similarities than our differences with others.  We’re willing to come to terms with anyone who shares our worldview today, even a competitor or adversary.  If you get the opportunity, begin with a short chat and see if you can proceed into some real communication from there.  Speaking with ease and listening with care are both in the stars today.

Best yet, this is the day, par excellence, for handing off a project or idea to someone else to run with.  The waning Moon has begun its last week of the lunar month, which is the time to start letting go and emptying your workspace and your mind.  This will free you for the next impulse at the next new Moon.  With everything about communication in your favor today, it should be easy to teach and easy for others to learn.

There’s something in the air today – enjoy it and make the most of it.  (Disclosure: with a Gemini Moon and Gemini Rising Sign plus three other planets in air signs, I must admit I’m partial to a day like today!)

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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – August 30 – September 5

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

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A4B Today – August 31

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Good Day!

As I write this, my cat is draped across my keyboard.  Every time my fingers get near his face, which is right by the ‘enter’ key, he reaches out with his paws to grab my hand.  He’s trying to settle me down; he wants to sleep.

In a way I can’t blame him.  The August heat in El Paso is drifting in the window:  too hot to be comfortable but not hot enough for air conditioning.  And the Taurus Moon does like to relax and leave productivity to another time.  But the Sun in Virgo with the Moon in Taurus means this is the disseminating phase of the lunar cycle, so there’s still work to do.

Let’s review where we’ve been this month.  The New Moon was on August 9 in Leo; both the Sun and Moon were in the creative and self-expressive sign of the lion.  This potentially led us to an audacious idea for a new advance in our business.  By August 24, we’d reached the Full Moon with the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in Pisces.  Our audacious idea had to come down to earth and become practical and implementable without losing its imagination and zest.  And by that time Mercury had gone retrograde, so we probably had to put some aspects of our project on the back burner.

The Full Moon was a week ago.  The current phase of the Moon is about getting our idea out to our customers and community, of explaining the benefits to our employees, of meeting with influential people within and outside of our company to push our product out into the market.

Early today, while the Moon is still in Taurus, it’s best to have face-to-face meetings directly with our customers and demonstrations of the value of our product and service.  Later in the day, as the Moon moves into Gemini, focus more on technological media and marketing techniques.  Be sure to include a teaching component in your marketing efforts, especially in the next couple of days while the Moon passes through Gemini.

Don’t be surprised if you run into some feedback that makes you need to tweak your product.  There may be setbacks and the need for reengineering.  This is natural at this phase and even more likely with the retrograde Mercury.  And be sure to bring a wider team into the knowledge of and ability to sell your product.  Soon you will need to hand-off the project to others completely, so start getting them ready to carry the torch now.

By the way, I had to move the cat.  Writing is part of my product and I couldn’t let him stand, really lie, in my way.  Even if the Moon is in comfort-seeking Taurus, it is time to get some work done!

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the September Monthly Forecast.

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For an overview of the week, see the Weekly Forecast – August 30 – September 5

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – August 2010

For tips on how to use Mercury Retrograde to your advantage, see

10 Best Practices for Mercury Retrograde

Mercury Retrograde – 10 Ways to Engage

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned today, see

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A4B Today – August 27, Throw the Hook

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Good Day!

Today all of the action is in the very early morning hours, at least in my time zone, MDT.  If you’re reading this in Europe, Asia, or Australia these influences will be more apparent in your workday; for the rest of us we’ll have to get up early to participate.

The Moon has transitioned into Aries where it meets a series of challenging events signified by the planets Pluto and Saturn and the Sun in Virgo.  Aries is a rash and independent energy at odds with both the Pluto/Saturn square (yes, it’s still in effect, even though it has begun to wane) and the practical, industrious goals of the Sun in Virgo.  The Aries Moon wants to break free:  free from the recent stresses and free from the productivity demands of the Virgo time of year.  The Aries energy wants to revel in its own spontaneous creativity and be unhampered by work routines, interpersonal relationships, even the cycles of nature.

Sounds a bit adolescent, doesn’t it?  That’s a good image for the Aries Moon during the next couple of days.  And if you do feel like rebelling, you might want to give it some thought.  What is hampering you?  Why do you feel you need to break free?  Is the source of your feeling of limitation external or are you weighing yourself down with imagined responsibility, duty, and deadlines?

I was speaking to a client today who has been well-“seasoned,” shall we say, by this summer’s fire of planetary aspects.  The Jupiter/Uranus/Saturn/Pluto T-square hit so many of his chart points there was practically nothing left unscathed.  In a leadership role in a large company, he has finally begun to realize that many of the rules and restrictions he has been following are entirely self-imposed.

His breakthrough came when his boss remarked that perhaps he wanted to “continue to be a martyr.”  This really stung but as it sunk in he realized that he carries an image of success that can only be won by grueling hard work.  His boss doesn’t work like that; neither do his peers.    But he puts in so many hours and shoulders so much responsibility that the only way he can imagine a reprieve is to quit entirely.  Now that he’s begun to grasp that he’s the one making the rules he wonders whether there’s another way to work, a way that includes some frivolous play.  This Aries Moon is for him.

The adolescent Aries Moon encourages us to play, to try a new way, to take a risk.  It can also make us, or those around us, prone to fits of temper and poor judgment.   So before the impulsive side of the Aries Moon shows up and you literally walk off the job, why not give over to a younger spirit for the next couple of days.  Make a commitment to throw off any self-imposed duties.  Throw the hook – even for a couple of hours.  And let your team take a break too.  You may be surprised at how much creativity is released with some play time.

For those close to time zones, get up early and go for a fun run.  That’s a good way to start the weekend, too.

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For an overview of the week, see the Astro4Business Weekly Forecast – Aug 23 – 29

For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – August 2010

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned today, see

The Sun

The Moon

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Saturn

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