Fall?!? Forecast for August 20-26, 2012

Feel the cool in the air? The first sign of fall is blowing in. Maybe the temperatures aren’t really dropping just yet, but this week’s atmosphere is a taste of what’s coming in October and beyond.

That’s going to involve getting good and serious about decisions we’re been making lately. Prepare to dive deep.

Mars, the planet that rules our drive and motivation, is moving into Scorpio, triggering focused-to-obsessive exertions of will and effort. Mars has just come off a meeting with Saturn, the most orderly, rule and structure-loving influence in the sky. This merging put the brakes on some situations and green-lighted others for development. The results of this meeting — the commitments, agreements and agendas he set with Saturn– are going with Mars into Scorpio, exactly where Saturn will be heading himself in October.

Mars is doing advance work while Saturn finishes up his business in Libra. Mars is putting our recent decisions, commitments, agendas and agreements under the microscope. We may explore secrets, pry out buried treasure or gasp at threats and fears (not garden variety but the sort that interrupt or prevent your sleep and loom huge like cartoonish shadows projected onto the wall by an angled light in the hallway.) We will get serious, intensely so, about the decisions and developments of the summer. No more flirting, or dallying, or sitting on the fence (if you haven’t already been pushed off that). Whatever it is that we’ve decided we want, we want to dive in and experience it intensely.

Mars is simply driving home the deepen-or-die imperative coming from Saturn’s final weeks in his two year-ish journey through Libra, the sign of relationships and social contracts. In that time, our connections have gone through quite the overhaul. Old paradigms, ground rules and beliefs have been collapsing, while we embrace and negotiate greater reciprocity and more honest, more empowering and less enmeshed ways of relating. Mars is now applying his laser focus and X-ray vision to the situations and arrangements in progress, so we can see what lurks beneath the surface as we prepare to take the plunge.

He’s getting an assist from Venus, the ruler of our hearts and all we hold dear, and then from Neptune, ruler of higher love. Before Mars slides into Scorpio, Venus makes a growth aspect to expansive, optimistic Jupiter. Your heart is in another wave of opening and blossoming. This week’s planetary collaboration gives you permission to (a) have a desire or four and (b) allow yourself to have them fulfilled. Without guilt or apology, let yourself be more caring and nurturing of yourself, and see if you aren’t also more willing to give words to your needs.

Sunday, a couple of days after Mars has settled into Scorpio’s waters, he has an open channel to Neptune, the weaver of dreams, the cosmic font of compassion and transcendence and the universal spin doctor without equal. Determine to be divinely guided and your actions will drip with artistic inspiration, kindness and higher wisdom. People who are open to whatever, on the other hand, might be pursuing or doing the bidding of lies and illusion. (Unplug from the news and watch a movie if you have to. Or go outside and commune with nature.)

In this framework, the Sun begins his annual visit to Virgo, the sign of discrimination, discernment and healthy choices and boundaries. A paradox is before us: remaining intact while merging deeply. Mull it over and give it a try. Coexist with this one and you have the formula for relationships that flourish and prosper.

For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast. Please give it five stars on iTunes! NEW: You can now get my podcast as an app for Android and Kindle Fire at Amazon and as an app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod! Apple product info under this week’s podcast.

Get to know me and how I work in a two-part interview for the blog In Kara’s World. Part 1 is about astrology and my approach; Part 2 shows me in action interpreting the chart of host Kara Peterson (who is my co-star in an indie film in post-production, Bag Boy Lover Boy.)

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