Forecast for August 5-11, 2013

There’s no escaping the tension that is building. It is the metaphoric equivalent of labor pains. As they grow more and more noticeable this week, we may hope, wish, pray and, yes, even scream for release. That, alas, is a couple of weeks away.

The pressures leading up to that will make us extremely conversant with the areas of life that are undergoing profound, unavoidable and inevitable change. The labor pains metaphor is apt, because what’s happening is a form of birth.  We are well into an arduous, irreversible and life-changing physical process (and aware of it). It has waves of pressure and discomfort leading to water breaking, contractions intensifying and something, eventually, coming into being.

This week, the process draws attention to the condition of our foundations, and particularly how they’re faring in the ongoing upheaval. Measurable fundamental restructuring has already occurred in at least the last year (and to some extent since January 2008).  We’re only about one-third of the way through the remodeling, though, which will be intense through 2015.

Jupiter is contributing his enlarging touch to this phase of the project. He directly opposes Pluto (agent of unavoidable, deep-level change) on Wednesday.  What’s coming up now is being exaggerated to the point of appearing cartoonish, not merely in political and collective news (currently an angry, gun-slinging mash-up of the Wild West, Old South and The Handmaid’s Tale), but also in our private lives.  Fears, insufficiency, hunger and overwhelming, even unfathomable emotions are welling around family and long-term security issues, traditions, food, emotional sustenance and nurturing.

Pulling the covers over your head will not silence these issues. They will find you, even in your sleep, sorry to say, and push you to daring (for you) and unapologetic solutions that do not rely on anyone’s assistance or intervention. They may not take shape, and the new you may not fully reveal itself, for a few weeks, during which your idea of what’s about to happen may cycle through multiple versions. Jupiter will keep the pressure going until the 21st, when he squares Uranus (agent of unpredictable, radical change).

This stretch coincides neatly with the next lunar phase, which launches with Tuesday’s Leo New Moon and culminates in the summer’s second Aquarius Full Moon, on the 20th. In the midst of the rising and roiling waters, the Leo New Moon stokes our inner fires. It’s fueling fortitude, courage and the willingness to meet the pressures head-on and even enjoy them. It’s kindling impulses to live, love, shine and play. Take the stage (center, if you dare), step into the light and bask in it. You’ll dance right into the pivotal moment and be forcefully bearing down on the contractions yourself by the Full Moon. Read more in my mooncast, which will be posted by Tuesday.

Mercury adds to the joi de vivre when he enters the Sun’s base of Leo on Thursday. The ruler of communication and transportation is making like a fire that burns quickly and hot, spending only two weeks (again, that lunar phase) in the sign this time around.  No one’s likely to endure the tension and upheaval quietly. We’ll be high-energy, expressive, dramatic and playful, maybe a bit childish, maybe a bit over the top, but definitely diving verbally into the fray.

More’s in my extended weekly forecast, which includes day to day analyses. For another take on this week’s events, listen to my quickie podcast.

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© Kathy Biehl 2013. All Rights Reserved. You may forward this article as long as the copyright notice is intact. No part may be used or reprinted without my prior written permission. Karma, ya know.

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