Synopsis from:
May 7, 2018
Preparing for the Big Leap!

Both Aries and Taurus are aligned to catapult you into a new reality.

Here we go, headlong into the depth of Taurean energy! The Sun is already there, and before the week is out Mercury joins it, setting the stage for the May 15 major shift when Uranus that has been in Aries, moves into Taurus for the next eight years. The exact date of entrance is next week, though the energy is upon us already, setting the pace for what is to come. Throughout the weeks and months ahead this placement will be discussed here with information about what to expect. 
Weekly for the 12 Signs

Birth dates are approximate because the Sun travels at different speeds from year to year. The beginning and end of a sign cycle can vary by 1-3 days so it’s important to know the year you were born if you’re on the “cusp.”

ARIES   (March 21 – April 19)
Planet ruler: Mars*Symbol: Ram*Element: Fire

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio brings out your deepest interests and any unspoken or secret desires yet to be fulfilled. There is a correlation to what you want and how you have build security that relates to finances. This is the time to tend to yourself and not let others take you off track or sway you to take a direction that isn’t truly what you want to do.

TAURUS  (April 20 – May 20) 
Planet ruler: Venus*Symbol: Bull*Element: Earth

​The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio has you reflecting and seeing a broader perspective that relates to how you’ve established your life in relation to others. Partnerships call for change so that they may function more favorably. There is also a need to shift intentions toward ways to harmonize with others. Public scrutiny from you to others and them toward you is in the mix of what happens.

GEMINI  (May 21 – June 20) 
Planet ruler: Mercury*Symbol: Twins*Element: Air

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio calls for making changes with how you manage your life from day-to-day. Work, your routine, and even how you tend your health are aspects to consider refining and working with to eliminate any issues in those areas. There’s a strong sense of purpose involved that can be integrated into any changes you make.

CANCER  (June 21 – July 22)
Planet ruler: Moon*Symbol: Crab*Element: Water

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio provides harmony for making creative changes. This especially connects to children and your social life. This is a good time to rework how you connect to those with whom you have a close bond and where you are drawn that is enjoyable. Leisure time can be adjusted to benefit your overall lifestyle.

LEO  (July 23 – August 22)
Planet ruler: Sun*Symbol: Lion*Element: Fire

​The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio helps to make changes at home and with the home as needed so that there is more harmony and that allows a more ideal environment. There may be a need for clarity about a decision to work on matters there and, signs of where to do that are based on where you are experiencing challenge, either the lifestyle or with others in the environment.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22)
Planet ruler: Mercury*Symbol: Maiden*Element: Earth

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio influences your thoughts and how you think that instills a desire to see the deeper aspect of life. This is not a frivolous time as you consider seriously your intentions. There is a serious tone in communication with those around you such as siblings, neighbors, and any others with whom you regularly associate.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22)
Planet ruler: Venus*Symbol: Scales*Element: Air

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio brings attention to your sense of yourself and how you value what you do. Money and income are factors that may need a change so that any problems are resolved and everything in that area flows without disruption. Consider costs of things and how you strive to earn your living.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21)
Planet ruler: Pluto*Symbol: Scorpion*Element: Water

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio suggests you make personal changes that help you to refine your energy for strength, harmony, and to be fortified in positive ways. Realizing your energy levels is a key to knowing where to make those changes that could be areas of nutrition or anywhere you need wholeness. You are more magnetic right now.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 21)
Planet ruler: Jupiter*Symbol: Archer*Element: Fire

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio activates your mind and thoughts that you keep to yourself. This is the time to purge and release anything bothersome that may haunt you including negative habits that interfere with your ability to thrive and feel good about yourself. You may rethink beliefs and refine them.

CAPRICORN (December 22 – January 19)
Planet ruler: Saturn*Symbol: Goat*Element: Earth


​The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio reminds you to take note of associations and friendships so that you can refine those links. The energy calls for giving thought to what you’re planning for the future. It’s beneficial to realize what may be holding you back or that is in the way of beginning plans that lead to fulfillment of goals and dreams.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18)
Planet ruler: Uranus*Symbol: Water Bearer*Element: Air

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio reminds you to be aware of how you are perceived by authorities and also how you are managing your career. Small changes and adjustments of your image and your abilities and duties go a long way toward helping that area of your life to run smooth and serve you in a good way.

PISCES (February 19 – March 20)
Planet ruler: Neptune*Symbol: Two Fish*Element: Water

​The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio activates your mind and ideas about life around you. You may want to study, travel, or in some way reach out beyond everyday life to fill in whatever you need to feel gratified and have a sense of awareness. Communication is helpful and may also need some adjustments.
from Sandra Helton
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Celestial Compass for August 13-19, 2018

A Discerning Turn on the Path Can Lead to Strength 
and Positive Conviction, and Toward the Right Direction

And you thought it would last forever – Mercury is really going direct this Sunday from its very intense three week cycle of retrograde in Leo that has been mixed in with the eclipses and a Mars retrograde opposition. Throughout the last month I’ve heard from numerous people saying that this has been very challenging and seemed to be going on infinitely. It always affects communication, travel, causes mix-ups and other issues, but this time it’s intense for emotions and has been causing major struggles between people who’re close and in general. Skirmishes, fighting, wild moods and hellacious events have been happening. When the dust settles from any of your own discrepancies maybe you can just say the devil made you do it.

Just before Mercury’s direct motion this planet of communication makes a nice angle to Venus on the day of the First Quarter Moon in Scorpio. Everything that is under the ongoing growth of the lunar cycle and solar eclipse energy is advancing and moving forward. This is a great cycle of growth. As Mars creeps back via retrograde into Capricorn combined with this Mercurial pause as it shifts into drive, you still may need to be thorough and mindful of business related activities and ways of managing all aspects of your life. Establishment is influenced as is corporations and links to them that includes government. You may notice some authorities are in a quandary and undecided about important changes. 

Monday, August 13, 2018
Moon in Virgo

The Moon sextile Jupiter at 12:10 AM generates good feelings and openness that leads to nice associations, communication and generosity. Optimism and a positive attitude are in the air. What you do has favor.

At 1:26 AM the Moon opposite Neptune obscures the atmosphere making it harder to see clearly and have understanding of what happens around you. Something can be misstated or you may be misunderstood. Step cautiously and take your time to be thorough where it’s important.

The trine between the Moon and Pluto at 7:13 AM is empowering and offers strength as needed. This aspect also gives confidence and conviction. The energy flows in a good way.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018
Moon in Virgo/Libra

While the Moon trine Mars peaks at 12:38 AM there is uplifting energy to keep you moving forward in a positive direction. There is help to complete tasks and benefits for choosing a direction, goal or forging ahead.

While the Moon transits through Libra from 12:58 AM until Thursday there’s a better opportunity to work through issues and sort out problems toward a goal of harmonizing and having peace. There can also be judgment or harsh attitudes if the energy is used in negative ways. The higher course is to strive for balance and reason with respect for boundaries.

The Moon square Saturn at 5:57 AM slows energy and can cause blocks or momentary disruption. This could escalate frustration so plan to take a break or try not to have too much to do right now. New directions are not the best idea.

The conjunction of the Moon and Venus at 2:07 PM is a mellow and easygoing ray that helps to connect to others and make social gatherings or group activity go well. Charm and pleasantries are common that benefits friendships and all types of associations. It also benefits creativity and craft work.

At 10:10 PM the Moon sextile Mercury generates smooth sailing and all around you to run smooth. Logical thinking is beneficial in a bigger way than usual. Destination points can turn out to be nice.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Moon in Libra

At 9:52 AM the Moon square Pluto can be harsh and cause hard feelings due to someone going too far with strong words or actions. It’s better to be discerning and judge yourself carefully before charging into any situation with the intent is to overthrow it or take control. You may encounter others or a dynamic that is very intense.

The Moon sextile the Sun at 4:23 PM is easygoing energy that supports anything and anywhere you want to make life better. There is innate strength that is natural and flows toward a good direction. This is an angle of progress and success.

Thursday, August 16, 2018
Moon in Libra/Scorpio

During the square between the Moon and Mars at 3:57 AM there can be cross feelings and challenge. Avoid being hasty or rushing due to possibility of mishaps or errors. You may feel uneasy or be easily upset or notice another has a short fuse.

The Moon in Scorpio from 4:55 AM until Saturday creates an atmosphere of seriousness and deep thought. Shallow doesn’t work as the need for purpose and depth takes precedence and you are likely to ponder aspects of life relating to what worries you. Passions and priorities surface that lead your feelings.

The Moon opposite Uranus at 9:29 AM causes uneasiness and abrupt actions that are unexpected. You may be unprepared and impulsive that leads to mistakes so try to avoid acting without thinking first and knowing what you’re doing.

The sextile of the Moon and Saturn at 10:08 AM eases life circumstances and allows for an even flow of progress and moving ahead. This is a stabilizing ray that grounds and helps you to manage and have reliability where needed.

Friday, August 17, 2018
Moon in Scorpio

While the Moon square Mercury is active at 2:20 AM it’s a good time for you to step back from pushing an idea as it may not be as solid as at first thought. This ray causes impractical or misleading communication that becomes problematic. The same caution applies to travel where you need to make every effort to ensure you’re moving in the right direction.

The 9:07 AM conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter brings abundant energy for growth in any area you would like to advance and bolster. This is an okay time to take the ball and run with it for gaining ground, prosperity, and overall expansion. It’s also an aspect of goodwill.

The trine between the Moon and Neptune at 9:33 AM increases intuition and the senses that allow perception to be keen and more in-depth. You can be more psychic, mediumistic, and telepathic. From a high level this adds to creative ability.

The sextile at 4:13 PM of the Moon and Pluto gives stamina and power that moves along smooth and can even be easygoing when you know what you want to achieve. It’s win-win energy.

Saturday, August 18, 2018
Moon in Scorpio/Sagittarius

The First Quarter Moon in Scorpio at 3:50 AM reminds you to think about where you could improve your life based on deep yearnings and desires. Take time to ensure you’re not allowing something to be in the way of progress and ways to successfully manage your life. A few changes can be very liberating.

The Moon sextile Mars at 11:08 AM moves energy and benefits all activity and decisions. This gives a firm, easy gate for forging ahead and it also gives enthusiasm to keep going. What you choose to do is up to you.

Mercury sextile Venus at 11:35 AM is very beneficial and positive. If you need to network and make connections, or to improve on current connections then this is great energy to help you along. Plans, ideas, and socializing also benefit.

At 12:46 PM the Moon moves into Sagittarius where it transits until Monday of next week. This helps to lighten moods and ease anything complicated by instilling hope and inspiration. Thoughts turn to seeing the bigger picture, learning, and open vistas of communication. You may feel more philosophical. 

Sunday, August 19, 2018
Moon in Sagittarius

Mercury is Direct in Leo at 12:18 AM from its three week retrograde motion that was more intense that usual due to the close alignments with Mars and the eclipse points. The numerous retrograde planets also added to the massive energy that either fragmented or created convolution. This is a slow process so take your time moving forward because it’s part of the Leo Solar Eclipse on August 11 that’s still with us. The idea of Mercury being direct isn’t exactly full speed ahead but more of a gingerly walk along the path to ensure each step is on mark. You can begin now to initiate plans and regain what has been out of order and chaotic. 

Jupiter trine Neptune at 3:47 AM is a great energy for manifesting. Visualization is given strength and intuitive creativity to help with most anything you want to happen. It’s magical in many ways. Take time to meditate, visualize, and be open to receiving information from a higher source. This benefits your dreams and aspirations.

The Moon trine Mercury at 11:14 AM gives easygoing insight when communicating with others and it keeps you flexible to see others opinions and have them see your views and ideas with clarity and understanding. This is a go-with-the-flow vibration.

While the Moon and Venus sextile at 1:15 PM you can come to agreements and find common ground for personal relationships and all connections where you want harmony and goodwill. There’s latitude and flexibility with choices and plans.

Go into anything serious if called to make decisions with a keen eye for details and scrutiny at 7:13 PM due to the influence of the Moon square Neptune that obscures truth. There can be deception and inability to see details and facts so wait for a better time to engage in anything you want to be on solid ground.

In Review (looking back):

From the Week of August 6-12, 2018...

The Leo Solar Eclipse Activates a Fire in the Soul
You can make a fresh start that lasts a long time. 

The planet Earth is at a cross-point between seasons, commonly known as Lammas when the Sun is at fifteen degrees Leo. This is the Lion Gate where great insight can be tapped into from higher realities that can lead you in phenomenal directions if you are on a spiritual journey and quest.

This is another big week due to the ongoing series of eclipses and strong Mars activity. On Saturday the New Moon and partial Solar Eclipse in Leo launches another big cycle that, one way or another shakes the world. A solar eclipse is when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun that blights out the Sun’s light. The current partial Solar Eclipse in Leo asks you what you really want. The fire of Leo is about fulfillment at its deepest level and reaches right down to the root of your greatest urges to have a gratified life. Another big Solar Eclipse on the day of the New Moon in Leo furthers the previous two eclipse rays of action and reaction.

Venus moves into Libra until September 9 where it trines Mars and squares Saturn that prompts moving forward with personal choices though challenge could be in the mix.

Uranus in Taurus goes retrograde that will benefit turning back time a bit to undo those impulsive decisions and make corrections where you’ve taken some wrong turns.

Mars Retrograde moves from Aquarius back into Capricorn from August 10 to September 10 that also helps to correct anything impulsive you may have done, and it also can cause reversals of agreements and even on a national or international scale this can happen. It can be as much about back-stepping as retracing for making corrections.

Key words for the week:

Realize; conviction; commitment; truth; strength; desire

Earth elements relating to current celestial placements:
Gemstones: Yellow topaz; amber; lodestone; ruby; carnelian; red and yellow stones; coral; garnet; gold
Scents: Jasmine; juniper; fennel; patchouli; purple heather

Affirmation for the week:

My choices are firmly grounded in truth and honor.

Giving thought to what you want to promote and activate that benefit fulfillment is the theme for this week’s growing solar and lunar energies. Plant seeds and make plans that are aspects of your visions for a greater future.

Next Week:
The Sun enters Virgo and makes strong angles to both Uranus and Saturn. The Full Moon will be in Pisces.

A Personal Message for All Signs – See Below: