Daily Astrology 8/23/2019

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“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sun joins Venus and Mars in process-oriented Virgo this morning, while Virgo’s ruler, Mercury, is building to a quincunx* with Pluto. These energies create lessons of self-approval and self-confidence and bring them to a powerful fruition. When we waste time criticizing others (Virgo energy) so that we can falsely elevate our own efforts, we completely miss the message the cosmos is providing. Now that our self-confidence is running at higher levels than ever before, we can graciously offer service to others in a meaningful way.

All the challenging work we’ve done these past weeks around self-worth and self-esteem is paying off. It always makes sense to take care of ourselves before being able to take care of others. When we neglect our needs, we cannot operate at full capacity. Something lacks when we’re feeling depleted and lost. Now that we’ve laid the foundation, we can begin to build on it.

With the Moon moving into Gemini, we find ourselves making harmonious contributions in communication and creativity. Moon squares Mars later, making our conversations calmer and quieter, but say what you have to say because patience is not something others will have on hand.

Tomorrow is another story.

* The inconjunct or quincunx aspect in astrology is formed between planets that are roughly 150 degrees apart. The planets and points involved in a quincunx don’t understand each other. Unless it’s an out-of-sign quincunx, the signs not only are of a different element, they are also of a different modality.


It’s the 235th day of 2019
31 days until the autumn equinox
130 days until 2020

Sun is in Virgo
Moon moves into Gemini
Mercury is in Leo
Venus is in Virgo
Mars is in Virgo
Jupiter is in Sagittarius
Saturn is Retrograde in Capricorn
Uranus is Retrograde in Taurus
Neptune is Retrograde in Pisces
Pluto is Retrograde in Capricorn
Chiron is Retrograde in Aries


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