Welcome, friends, to “+4 To Initiative: Astrology for Geeks!” My name is Ryven Cedrylle and I’m thrilled to have a column here on Geek’s Dream Girl. Each month, I’ll be giving you a heads-up on the upcoming planetary trends and cycles so you can make the best of all the information astrology has to offer. (Go here for last month’s article!) As you read the forecasts for your sign, remember that astrology is not meant to predict some inescapable destiny but to open up opportunities where you may or may not have seen them before. Now – draw your weapon, ready your mind and don’t forget to add your +4 To Initiative!
August 2010 Horoscopes
August 20 – Geek’ s Dream Girl is at its heart a site about love and relationships; sometimes I forget that while writing my column, but not this month! August marks the occurrence of one of my personal favorite aspects – the Venus/Mars conjunction in Libra! As you might expect, the alignment of Mars (the symbol of masculinity) and Venus (the symbol of femininity) in the sign of Libra (balance, harmony) bodes VERY well for romance. No matter what sign you are or what else is going on, this aspect is for you! The conjunction actually lasts the whole college weekend (Thursday night to Sunday), but peaks (becomes perfectly exact) at 2:36 PM EST on Friday. What’s even better is that the Moon crosses the opening square (90° angle, in Capricorn) just a couple hours prior and Venus is at maximum elongation* at the same time so this is a very “hot” or active alignment. If you can approach that special someone, plan a date, propose or even get married between the 19th and 22st the odds of your success get a significant bump. The only trip-up here is that Mercury starts its second retrograde cycle on the 20th, which can obstruct communication. Given that, avoid trying to be subtle or elaborate. Aim for simple and direct for best effect. If you’ve ever wanted to give your partner the bedroom eyes and tell him (or her) to “shut up and kiss me,” this is when you do it; it will be epic, EPIC I tell you! On the other hand, if you’re single and you’ve been on the fence about picking up one of e’s profile packages, you probably want to do so now so you’ll have time to work with it before the 20th.
Before we get started, if you’ll allow me to wax both political and arrogant for a second, I would like to point out that I totally called the recent Mark Williams Tea Party express scandal in last month’s column. Just sayin’.
Okay, enough of that. Let’s get to the individual signs.
On Aug 15, Uranus buggers out of Aries back into Pisces which pulls it out of your home sign and into your natural 12th house of fantasy, escapism, faith and the subconscious. You might get a rash of strange dreams or have flashes of spot-on intuition while this aspect is in play. If you decide you want to step away from the D&D for a while at this point as well for something really different, allow me to suggest Little Fears or Misspent Youth to help work out some of those lingering childhood issues that most of us carry around. Furthermore, your ruling planet Mars slips into its yearly balsamic or waning crescent phase relative to the Sun. This indicates to me that you are not really your own master this month, which is particularly difficult for self-motivated, self-directed Aries. The outside world is very much trying to point you in a certain direction; it’s probably for your own good and I suggest you run with it. Find a way to make the imposed cause your own cause so you can apply your signature fire and passion to its completion.
Once again, Venus’ news is Taurus’ news given the lack of activity in many of the Fixed Signs. Venus actually makes several important conjunctions this month AND reaches maximum elongation so there’s quite a bit to say about her. Venus at maximum elongation is sometimes referred to as the ‘Queen of Heaven’ (taken from the Sumerian myth of Inanna) and refers to a time about every 19 months where Venutian principles – love, natural beauty, security, femininity and balance – are at their strongest. This puts you in position to wield a bit more power in your environment than normal, particularly given Venus’ proximity to Saturn this month, so do so wisely. Venus also catches up with Vesta and Mars which may give you feelings of stress or compression during the first half of the month and energy or determination as it continues on. It will be quite a while before you ride such a wave of things falling into place for you, so jump on it while it’s here.
While the Mutable Cross (Virgo, Pisces, Gemini and Sagittarius) is generally quiet this month, there is one event significant to Gemini, and it’s the Mercury retrograde. Not only is Mercury your ruling planet, but the turnaround occurs in Virgo which is Mercury’s other sign and square (90° away) to you. Mercury does its retrograde jig three times per year – more than any other planet – and this is #2 for 2010. Gemini loves to discuss, debate and just generally run its mouth, so when the Mercury retrograde starts cutting off or confusing communications, it can be more jarring to Gemini than any other sign. As I mentioned in the intro, the station (stopping point) occurs on the 20th so avoid making elaborate vacation plans or scheduling important meetings around that weekend. It’s a time for everyone, but especially Gemini, to step back, really think objectively about what you’re doing and make course corrections if necessary. Mercury spends this whole month in Virgo, so service to others and thorough analysis are your best friends. And, as my uncle’s college calculus teacher always warned his commuting students during winter in Ohio, “De-rive carefully!” (C’mon, laugh! That’s comedy gold right there!)
Almost all of this month’s major aspects occur in Aries/late Pisces and Libra which are squares (90°) to you. The big Venus/Mars conjunction mentioned previously in this article, for instance, is sitting in the opening square position – what I would call the “Development” phase. With Juno also leaving your home sign as well, you may feel particularly off your game romantically. That’s ok – think of it as a chance to improve your skill. Look for a flurry of opportunity at work or with your life goals around the 13th. Come to think of it, the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World movie comes out that day and though I’ve yet to read the comic series, what I know of it strikes me as a waaaayy over-the-top, hyperbolic version of what August may feel like for many Cancerians. You excel when you can apply your instincts and emotional reactions to a situation; let your nose, gut, heart or whatever organ you get those feelings in lead the way.
The Sun comes home to Leo this month except for the last week or so where we start to pick up the first few degree of Virgo. The Sun rules Leo, meaning that it is at its brightest, both physically for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere and astrologically speaking. That also means the New Moon is in Leo this month as well and with it, the chance to make a fresh start in the realms of public performing, leisure pursuits, interpersonal influence, teaching, ability to work with children and even inherited social status, though I doubt that last one is very widely applicable! Juno leaves Cancer and enters Leo this month, keeping the energy to your love life high and flying. Some of you might feel Uranus drop out of its trine (120°) angle to you when it backs into Pisces from Aries so if you have trouble being spontaneous or appropriately rebellious, don’t worry. Nozomi Entertainment just started releasing a new dub of the Irresponsible Captain Tylor anime on YouTube recently, which is both entertaining to watch and a useful if somewhat caricatured lesson in classic Leonine tactics.
Virgo’s main event of the month is same as your brother Gemini’s – the Mercury retrograde on the 20th. Where the event sits in Mercury’s natural 4th house of home and family making the issue less obvious to the outside world, it’s in your natural 1st house of personality and approach to the world. Given that Mercury is also your ruling planet, this event takes on more significance. The last time Mercury actually went retrograde in Virgo was August of 2004, though the September 2009 retrograde did bring Mercury into Virgo briefly. If you can think back to what was going on at that time for you, you will probably notice some remarkable similarities between then and now. Other than that, just follow the normal suggestions for Mercury retrograde and you should breeze right through it – double check reservations, keep your auto maintenance up to date and question bizarre or seemingly out-of-character messages or data. You know all those stupid situations where if two people just talked to each other directly instead of running off of second-hand information and hearsay, like “Othello” for example? Yeah… don’t do that.
You’ve got a full house this month, Libra – Saturn, Venus, Vesta, and Mars! The big Venus/Mars conjunction mentioned in the opening paragraphs is in your home sign, making it particularly potent for you, but watch out for the exact Saturn-Jupiter opposition this month on the 16th. You’re probably still not quite used to the structure and discipline Saturn wants to teach you, so given the juice the stellium (group of planets) is giving you and the opposition of Jupiter out in Aries, you’re likely to get a little uncharacteristically hedonistic this month. Fortunately balance is your thing; readjust before it bites you in the butt. You don’t want to be the subject of the next Judd Apatow flick, now do you?
Your ruling planet, Mars, is just coming off a conjunction to Saturn at the end of July, so the first couple days of August might still be a little sluggish. What’s more, Mars is in detriment in Libra, being forced to hold back some of its more aggressive tendencies. However, it does get the honor of being the first planet to square the previous eclipse point (4° Capricorn) so it shouldn’t be a boring month. Mars’ proximity to Venus for the last couple weeks of the month suggests you be less of a loner and a little bit more the center of the party. In a way, your job this month is to “move the plot forward,” to use a baroque metaphor. Those around you can get bogged down in details, but not you. You already know the bottom line. Exposit to the rest of the group – heck, monologue if you have to – and then push things toward where they need to go. Worse comes to worse, send in the ninjas.
Ceres, which has been the lead story for Sagittarius since this article series started back in May is once again the lead story in August, stationing (appearing to stop in the sky) and moving direct (forward) on the 9th. This should be a pleasant day in general since the return of Ceres (Demeter) hearkens back to the myth of Persephone’s exit from Hades and the return of spring, but particularly for Sagittarians. In other news, Jupiter is still retrograde in Aries and peaks its opposition to Saturn on the 16th so don’t be surprised if the road of your life hits something of a speedbump there. About the only other advice I have for you is to watch what you say at work once Mercury turns around on the 20th. That is of course unless you really like The Office or maybe even Better Off Ted in which case, go nuts.
The peaking Saturn/Jupiter opposition on the 16th is big money for you, since Saturn rules Capricorn and Pluto is sitting in your home sign interfering with it. Maybe last month’s negotiations didn’t go as well as you hoped they would. Conversely, maybe they went better! Point is, things are on the move for you, probably along your home life/work life axis. Resist the urge to micro-manage or attempt to tackle (a) job(s) beyond your current ability that Jupiter and Pluto might be tempting you with. Expansion and change can be good but only when carefully measured, especially for you. There’s some tendency for you to go on a “Risk Rampage” this month, owning 3 continents with one army in each space.. but only for one turn when the guy with 80 armies in Australia comes howling out and dominates the board. Avoiding spreading yourself too thin and you’ll be golden.
The Sun opposes you this month, which can be even more problematic when it triggers your two houseguests, Neptune and Chiron in retrograde on the 20th and 21st. That puts you in a sensitive place as it pertains to the Mars/Venus conjunction since not only is that aspect quincunxed (150°, disconnected) to you, but the Sun/Neptune-Chiron oppositions tend to highlight or duplicate errors you have made in the past that haunt you. In short, if you go out on the prowl that weekend, make sure you’re not catching the same fish you did last time because it didn’t work then and it won’t work now. Really try hard to avoid playing to your lesser, “fuzzier” romantic instincts (finding the White Knight, girls with daddy issues, picking someone up at last call, etc). Ask Johnny Bravo if you want, he’ll tell you all about it. Your position in the Zodiac puts you out of the way of a lot of the current events happening at the moment so try to be a support for those in more turbulent waters than you.
You have the Full Moon this month, Pisces. The Full Moon is a reminder to consider how fulfilled and on-path you are, so in this case you and Gemini are kind of in the same boat. What were you doing roundabout 6 months ago? How far have you gotten towards those goals? Have you applied your imagination and visualization towards the achievement or have you retreated back into your own mind? You are unique among the signs, often approaching problems in ways that not even Aquarius quite grasps, so Uranus’ short return into your home sign can help fuel those visionary ideas. The big Libran stellium in your natural 8th house may try to coax you down some dark paths so keep it Light Side, young padawan. Admittedly, there may be something gained in chasing down those intense experiences of surrender but consider exactly whom and what you give yourself over to before taking the plunge.
*Maximum elongation is a term used almost exclusively for the inner planets Mercury and Venus. Since these two have orbits closer to the Sun than we do, we are always kind of looking at the Sun when trying to find them and thus from our view, they can never get that far away from the Sun in the Zodiac. (45-47° for Venus, 17-27° for Mercury due to the highly elliptical nature of its orbit). When talking about the outer planets, maximum elongation occurs when the planet is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun, like a Full Moon. A planet is at its most effective when at maximum elongation.
Ryven Cedrylle is a Christian, husband, scientist, gamer and astrologer – in that order. He contributes regularly to the At-Will Blog and the Power Source Podcast. Find out more about astrology and Ryven’s unique services at Christian Astrology.