Martial Matters

By Mark Lerner

“The red planet Mars has a number of positive attributes, as this celestial body has strong connections to sports, exercise, physical-emotional energy, courage, passions and desires that lead to hard-fought victories for what is noble and ideal. However, the shadow side of this planet has a kinship with anger, ego-impulses, rash behavior, inflammatory rhetoric and violent actions that can result in all kinds of discord.

Over the next three days, Mars seems to be looking for trouble rather than avoiding it as it makes an alarming, 135-degree link to Uranus (12:15AM today), proceeds to form an intense conjunction with Saturn (4:28AM tomorrow), and then moves on to make a worrisome square to Neptune (11:57PM on Thursday).

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Full Moon in Aquarius; Aug. 18th, 2016 ❂💙♒

A late summer Full Moon and partial Lunar Eclipse occurs in enigmatic Aquarius on Thursday, August 18th, 2016, at 5:27 AM ET. Aquarian influence shakes and awakes. Its symbol, the Waterbearer, signifies an edge walker, pulling visions and epiphanies from sources out of this world.

This Rebellious Aquarius Full Moon can cast a restless mood as we break free of stifling mindsets and situations. These events are not always graceful. It’s not all love and light. These energies are edgy and provocative as we dance between the Real and the Ideal.

“Watch for strange, trippy, genius ideas, or random encounters with people that electrify your creative dreams. Be decisive about blocking low vibes. A friend of mine has huge 70s-style sunglasses she calls ‘hate blockers’. If you’re sensing negativity in your scene, this is the time for an upgrade.” -Molly Hall

Some Full Moon themes and suggestions:

  • Bust out of what you think you know — be open to mind blowing shifts in perspective.
  • Celebrate your uniqueness, encourage others to do the same.
  • Be a voice for the voiceless.
  • Paint, draw, act, sing your visions for humanity and all living things.
  • Shake off limiting perspectives, and celebrate your freedom.

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Venus in Virgo; Aug. 5 – Aug. 29, 2016

“To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance.”
― Oscar Wilde, An Ideal Husband

Love planet Venus moves from playful Leo into virtuous Virgo today! Venus shows a reflection of our desires and in contrast to Venus‘ flashy transit in Leo, the mood lighting for love in Earth Sign Virgo is sensual but more subdued, or inhibited. All matters that are Venus-ruled are not easily expressed in the practical realm of Virgo, the Virgin.

Virgos are more about taking care of business and are known to be detached or emotionally distant at times, with a natural reserve and a sense of purity…super sexy, no? I kid! Virgo can, in fact, be wild and steamy…but only if things are in order. Just right. Just perfect.

Venus in Virgo wants an ideal love or none at all…probably because perfect love doesn’t exist. Love needs to make sense and have a purpose…the kind that organically unfolds, like a friendship at work or school that begins with a mutual respect and blossoms into something more.

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New Moon in Leo; August 2nd, 2016 ♌❂

“May Light always surround you;
Your Passion resurrect you.“
― D. Simone

Forming a laser beam of fresh, positive energy is the New Moon in Sun King Leo on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016, at 4:44 PM ET. This lunation demands creative freedom and promotes a strong need to express our individuality with dramatic flair.

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There’s a lot of cosmic backing with Venus forming a loving embrace to the Moon later this evening, and even Saturn the grouch is in positive trine.

Innovative Uranus in kickstarter Aries and Mars back in fiery Sagittarius is also adding to the hot spices of action, desire and passion!

Use this brilliant Leo New Moon to envision positive outcomes. Focus on moving forward with your plans instead of being distracted by doom and gloom.

Celebrate accomplishments, big and small. All it takes is experiencing something gratifying and new again to find positive flow.

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by Arctic Monkeys

“…She’s got a Barbarella silver swimsuit
And when she needs to shelter from reality she takes a dip in my daydreams
My days end best when this sunset gets itself
Behind that little lady sitting on the passenger side
It’s much less picturesque without her catching the light
The horizon tries but it’s just not as kind on the eyes
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Sun in Leo; July 22 – August 22, 2016 ♔☀♌


As we emerge from the sweet, sentimental days of nurturing Cancer, majestic Leo blazes forth with exciting, fiery, playful, and joyful energy! Like the flowers and fruit blossoming and ripened under the solar rays, this is a time to show off our unique qualities and turn heads, Leo style!

Radiating with passion and magnetism, Leo’s regal, confident swag is very attractive to most. Sexy and self-assured is the essence of Leo, but this fierceness can sometimes come across as vanity or arrogance.

Ouff, they just looove the limelight and anything that brings them lots of attention. If seducing a Leo is your aim…especially with Venus and Mercury also in Leo, be generous with compliments!

“Like the Sun, Leo heats everything up with its dazzling drama. And when the Sun sets, it’s ice, ice baby. That’s why friends of Leo know to keep them happy and shining…or else..”Astrotwins

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