By Keegan Hamilton
By Albert Samaha
By Village Voice staff
By Tessa Stuart
By Albert Samaha
By Steve Weinstein
By Devon Maloney
By Tessa Stuart
GENERAL FORECAST: Virgo, the sign of service, began on Thursday morning, a few hours before the exhausting Mars-Jupiter opposition became exact. Just in case youre wondering what hit you, or why you feel compelled to give, give, give of yourself! You can discuss it endlessly on Friday while Mercury tests Jupiters largesse, before getting angry during the provocative Mercury-Mars square on Saturday. Vent to your hearts content, because the night was made for making up. Well have another of those deliciously romantic, but totally delusional polarities between Neptune and Venus, except that the goddess is retrograde this time. A day or two of emotional clarity before the Pisces full moon is totally eclipsed early Tuesday, followed by utter chaos.
Aries: Mar. 20 - Apr. 19
You didnt wake up one morning and decide to become argumentative. Youre simply reacting to your Mars ruler as it makes its way through rational, communicative Gemini. But if youre suddenly able to see both sides of an issue, blame the dual nature of the Twins. While youre at it, try signing checks with the other hand; ambidextrous is another Gemini asset, as is counterfeiting. If ever you wanted to break out of a mold of your own making, to fly a bit higher (without creating a firestorm in your wake) this would be a good time to make your move.
Taurus: Apr. 20 - May 20
Are you rewinding the history of a relationship back to the point where it first became ambiguous? Although fresh opportunities may present themselves, the further into your Virgo house of romance and risk the planets progress, the deeper into the past youre likely to delve. After your Venus ruler comes out of retrograde on Sept. 8, you should have a better understanding of why youve invested so much passion, possibly money as well, in this matter. Best of all, youll have a chance to do it again, but with a clearer head and an unfettered heart.
Gemini: May 21 - Jun. 20
The Pisces full moon may shed some light on vague notions about becoming a better you. Whatever that entails, e.g., obtaining another degree, spending time traveling or doing charity work, could seem more important this week than it has in a long time. A moment of clarity, bordering on brilliance, might strike when your Mercury ruler confronts barrier-breaking Uranus; therefore be sure to pay attention to the random thoughts that cross your mind on the 28th. They are a precursor of things to come and sooner than you think.
Cancer: Jun. 21 - Jul. 22
Every full moon strikes a different chord with a Moon Child; however, when the lunation occurs in Pisces, a simpatico water sign like your own, you could become aware that a stronger alliance is being forged. With whom and over what depends on the resources -- emotional, financial and physical -- that are shared. Also note that your values may be shifting; what was important around your birthday doesnt carry the same weight today. Long-range plans remain the same, but the path is no longer carved in stone.
Leo: Jul. 23 - Aug. 22
Shaking loose the ties that bind? Still pursuing respectability? As of Labor Day, Lions may be set free from the limitations Saturn has placed on you during the past two and a half years. And while the planet of crystallization might not relax its grip on your shoulders just yet, it soon will. Saturns transit through discerning Virgo will focus on your assets, talents and values. If ever you had the thought, One day Ill get serious about financial planning, get ready; that day is fast approaching.
Virgo: Aug. 23 - Sep. 22
Some Virgins are happier if theyre working on their birthday; they love to feel useful. Others look for legitimate reasons to goof off, and while they might put up with the attention being lavished on them, theyd prefer celebrating the occasion in their own inimitable, often solitary way. Just know that, willingly or not, youre currently the target of whatever a generous relative, an indecisive employer and an unpredictable partner have in mind. Theres no escaping, and this is only the beginning.
Libra: Sep. 23 - Oct. 22
While your Venus ruler is finishing its retrograde trip through Leo, it may seem like nothing much is happening, that youre simply seeing old faces or revisiting places youve been before. That may be true, but on another level, youre completing a passage through time and space that is necessary for further growth. Not unlike clearing a flowerbed so that you can plant something new to nurture. Venus facing forward on Sept. 8 marks one turning point in the process of your revitalization; Nov. 8, when it enters Libra, another.
Scorpio: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21
Colleagues and casual acquaintances could play a greater role in your version of Fall Season 2007. As more planets move into Virgo, even a singled-minded Scorpion might become a bit more dependent on their input. Its okay; they are the folks who will increase your income stream as well as your involvement with socio-political affairs, and that includes tailgating parties. See what flows from the full moon in Pisces, a compassionate water sign that can stir romantic feelings towards one of those no longer casual acquaintances.
Sagittarius: Nov. 22 - Dec. 21
Perhaps more than an opening night on Broadway or the return of a favorite TV show, its the first football game of the season that Centaurs, like this one, look forward to. The excitement can mount when detail-driven Mercury tests the optimism our Jupiter ruler readily supplies. Word from Mercury is also responsible for the disturbance at home that may occur during the Pisces full moon period. Its only a matter of time (Labor Day) before the well-informed Virgo sun challenges Jupiters willingness to believe. Please, dont bet the farm.
Capricorn: Dec. 22 - Jan. 20
Maybe its because youre a Sea Goat that the watery Pisces full moon resonates so strongly with your practical earth sign. Its apparent to longtime observers that the affinity between the two signs seems heightened during this late-summer phenomenon. So grab hold of your favorite Fish and see what comes out of the confab. Caps can help ground this highly emotional species while they are flailing about; they can provide you with the creative juice you need to end a dry spell. A Pisces can also ease your Saturn rulers transition out of fiery Leo on 9/2.
Aquarius: Jan. 21 - Feb. 18
Saturns exit out of Leo, the sign of your significant others, should free you from the more stringent restrictions the Old Man insisted that your partnership endure. Especially while the planet opposed idealistic Neptune in your sign, off and on for the past 12 months. It may take a while, Saturn moves slowly, to notice a major change, but you could get a hint of what lies in store after the Virgo-Pisces full moon eclipse draws your attention to a financial matter you and/or your mate have not adequately addressed.
Pisces: Feb. 19 - Mar. 19
Give the Fish a full moon to call their own and theyll want another, even if it is a total lunar eclipse, like the one on the 28th. Because of the eclipse, theres a chance that along with fluctuating moods, youll feel under-appreciated or unfulfilled. Submerged emotions can rise, like the tide, during this event, so youre liable to have plenty of stuff to deal with. However, since the sun and Mercury are in your Virgo house of partners, therell be astute people to talk it over with. Listen, but dont take their opinions too much to heart.