By Cal Garrison, a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under the light of an Aries Moon. Redoubled by the fire of the Sun in Leo, and amped up by the power of the Lughnassah Crossquarter filling the matrix with the kind of energy that only shines down on us during the yearly gathering of the clans, for the next two weeks, it’s our job to whoop-it-up. To everything there is a season, and since the dawn of time, the early part of the month of August is when life instructs us to celebrate the fact that we have been blessed with the opportunity to hold it in our hearts and shine with all the light and love that it contains.
If we have forgotten how these things go, the remnants of the August celebrations live on in rituals like the county fair. In some places, the circus still comes to town to remind us that it’s time to celebrate. The bikers of the world are still tuned in to something fundamental; their annual gathering at Sturgis is always held around the first week of August — and the native people all over the United States are gearing up for the yearly Sundance. With our minds pressed too much onto things that have absolutely nothing to do with what life is really about, it would behoove all of us to stop, and unplug long enough to rejoice in the fact that we are alive.
From an astrological perspective this will be easier for us than usual; a conjunction between Venus and Jupiter is bringing out the self-indulgent, “let’s blow everything off and go for it” side of things. When these two planets come together they tell us to go ahead and have some cake; you’re feeling lucky, keep gambling; it’s OK to buy the Mercedes, and yes of course, you need a vacation — spend the money on that ticket to Monaco. The fact that the conjunction is taking place in the sign Leo, the sign that governs fun and games, adds more fuel to the thought that we’ll want to play things up in a big way.
Interestingly, during the time that this conjunction is active, Saturn, the uptight, miserly, ‘Just-Say-No’ planet, will be forming a hard square to it. Loosely translated, this means that we will be going off the deep end and feeling guilty about it! If at all possible, do your best to let the joy flow; allow it to have sway over the need to keep anything in check — after all — letting it rip has its place in the scheme of things too, and this is no time to keep it at bay.
There is more to all of this than meets the eye. Venus is in her retrograde mode and when she’s moving backwards she reminds us to put the focus where it counts. Joy and excess don’t always coincide. Where you find your happiness could very well be sitting in the front seat of a $200,000 Mercedes, on your way to Cannes — but you could just as easily find it right before dawn, in the middle of nowhere, watching the sunrise from the back of your van. Where we find joy, and how we bring it into the world is the key to everything right now. Keep that in mind as you enjoy this week’s ‘scopes.