It’s okay if you read this astrology column with a big grain of salt. I write it with one. There’s only so much stock we can put into the intangible, especially when things are so downright challenging here on the material plane.
The beauty of collective reflective devices is that they encourage us to reframe our narratives. In the case of astrology, that happens as we scrutinize celestial objects. In the process, we learn to look at life objectively, and sometimes our observations align with our reality. However woo-woo you think astrology is, there’s no denying that synchronicity is very real, very original Earth magic.
If you felt you were going through it from the end of July into August, then maybe you’re tapped into planetary motions more than you know. This period was marked by a doozy of a conjunction between hot-headed Mars, chaotic Uranus, and the karmic North Node in status quo Taurus.
How’s this for synchronicity: That weekend, conflicts included a Taliban assassination in Kabul, Pelosi triggering China, Russia hinting at nuclear backlash, wildfires, flash flooding, midterm primaries, and monkeypox. Even polio reared its head.
On a local level out here on Land’s End, we’re in the middle of an undeniably weird season. Business is down for many, the tourists are skewing straighter, it’s hotter than usual, and we’re all on tenterhooks about politics and viruses. Personally, I feel pulled in so many directions; maybe you’re feeling the same.
So, how to cultivate a steady state of mind amidst this madness? Let’s start by reframing the narrative. True, the planets are wreaking havoc, but so, too, are they fostering change. We don’t know what the outcome of this change may be, but think of it this way: when things break, it’s an opportunity to reassemble them in a better way.
Planets change positions, and things will shift. As above, so below — or vice versa, depending on how you look at it.
ARIES / ARIES RISING
March 21 – April 19
Mars trine Pluto: Asserting yourself does not have to be a disruptive act. Maintain harmony this week as you conquer all challenges presented to you.
TAURUS / TAURUS RISING
April 20 – May 20
Venus trine Jupiter: You may find yourself in a fun, relaxed state of mind — which is the perfect place to be for luck to strike. Accept all offers and favors and be steeped in cheer.
GEMINI / GEMINI RISING
May 21 – June 20
Mercury trine Uranus: New possibilities come with a pragmatic playbook for actualization. For insight, share ideas with the like-minded.
CANCER / CANCER RISING
June 21 – July 22
Moon square Mars: Everyday problems are sometimes the most difficult to decipher. Tune in to your natural intuition to counterbalance any tension.
LEO / LEO RISING
July 23 – Aug. 22
Sun square Uranus: In the face of uncertainty, be proactive by breaking free from routine and channeling tension before it reaches critical mass.
VIRGO / VIRGO RISING
Aug. 23 – Sept. 22
Mercury trine Uranus: Doors open this week and you’ve got your wits about you, so walk through them. Bring some friends for the adventure!
LIBRA / LIBRA RISING
Sept. 23 – Oct. 22
Venus trine Jupiter: You may find that your optimism knows no bounds and is now bolstered by immeasurably good luck. Spend your time spending your money.
SCORPIO / SCORPIO RISING
Oct. 23 – Nov. 21
Mars trine Pluto: Obstacles are a breeze for you this week as you channel an assertive energy that you deliver with grace and poise. Lean into your leadership skills.
SAGITTARIUS / SAGITTARIUS RISING
Nov. 22 – Dec. 21
Venus trine Jupiter: You might be getting lucky this week, in more ways than one. Make the most of your good cheer by socializing and shopping. Keep your eyes open for dropped dollars.
CAPRICORN / CAPRICORN RISING
Dec. 22 – Jan. 19
Saturn square Uranus: Sometimes we have to rebel against our own principles in order to foster lasting change. Break the chain.
AQUARIUS / AQUARIUS RISING
Jan. 20 – Feb. 18
Uranus square Saturn: Despite your eccentricity, you have a soft spot for tradition. The best of invention takes place between the two.
PISCES / PISCES RISING
Feb. 19 – March 20
Venus trine Jupiter: Wealth isn’t limited to the material. You know that the treasures within are greater than gold. That said, money can matter.