Starla’s Starcast August 23- September 22, 2017

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We hope everyone was physically able to enjoy the solar eclipse. Please don’t tell us you were one of the people who put sunblock on your eye balls (icky). The eclipse brought tremendous energy and change to our path. Starla has been busy pinpointing, warning, congratulating and explaining all of the major incidences here.

We happen to be in Virgo territory at the moment but don’t worry. We aren’t perfect, no matter how often we try to convince you (Oops was that my outside voice. Certain things just need to stay in my head where they belong). Can you believe it is almost September of 2017?!? Here look at this little sparkly I found, while I try to delete that part about not being perfect.

(To inquire about Starla doing an astro chart and/or a personal consultation for you or as a gift for a friend, please email her at starsviastarla @gmail.com.  She also does gypsy readings—similar to Tarot, but using playing cards.)

virgo starla's starcast on equality365.comVirgo
August 23-September 22

The August 21st total solar eclipse in Leo and your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious, combined with the retrograde of your planetary ruler Mercury, ushered in a time of reflection and contemplation.  This may have been a tumultuous and intense experience for perfection-loving, astro virgins. But with the Sun entering your homesign and your first house on the 22nd, followed by a slew of planets during September, tensions should ease, and you will chart a new path. September is one big Virgo party, and you don’t want to miss a moment.

On the 27th, Jupiter in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius make a rare connection that bodes well for earned income and domestic agendas. This hasn’t happened since 2004, and won’t happen again until 2024. Jupiter expands and brings joy, while Saturn brings discipline and duration.  It’s a winning combo. So make the most of this glorious aspect. Once Saturn–the zodiac’s professor–turns direct on the 25th in your fourth house of home and family, it’s time to actualize some of those ideas you’ve been pondering.

Your planetary ruler Mercury turns direct in Leo on September 5th, which calls for even more contemplation on your part. Be prepared; Mercury sometimes goes hog wild at the end of his retro motion.  The day is packed with action; fiery Mars joins the Sun in Virgo, encouraging you to reach for the moon. Speaking of La Luna, on the 6th, the Harvest Moon-beams full in Pisces, opposing the Sun in Virgo, which ignites your instincts to serve humanity and make a difference.

September 9th: Sun in Virgo in your first house trines Pluto in Capricorn and your fifth house of true love and creativity.  When Pluto connects with another planet, energy intensifies. Precision, perfection and discipline connect with empowerment, strategy, and transformation. Pluto overhauls and cuts to the quick, and Virgos reap the spoils. Then on the 10th, Mercury joins the planetary pilgrimage into Virgo, and Venus follows suit on the 20th, the same day, the new Moon in Virgo conjuncts the Sun in Virgo.

On September 16th, Mercury conjuncts Mars in Virgo.  Mercury’s quick mentality and Mar’s fiery temperament can foster focus and intent.  But the combo can also stir up anger and irritation.  Don’t go ballistic. Don’t look for arguments. Don’t back down. If you’re provoked, make sure it’s for a good reason, but choose your battles carefully.  Think before you blurt out the wrong thing.

With all that Virgo action in your first house, your communication and analytical skills should soar. This will also heighten your critical assessment ability.  But before you verbally run over everyone in your life, switch into kind mode and let compliments and praise trip off your tongue.

You should also be taking care of your health. Schedule all of those routine exams. Not that you need to be reminded. You are the zodiac’s favorite hypochondriac.  You are also a perfectionist, and nothing less than that will ever satisfy.

libra starla's starcast on equality365.comLibra
September 23-October 22

Eclipses always bring about change and new possibilities. The powerful August 21st new moon/total solar eclipse occurred in Leo and your eleventh house of friends and associations. There hasn’t been a total solar eclipse of this magnitude visible in the U.S. since 1918. The best thing about this eclipse, as well as the earlier full moon lunar eclipse, is that it’s friendly. It’s been described as a new moon on steroids, the equivalent of three new moons. And its planetary vibes linger for six months.

As a result, you should be feeling a rush of new energy and enthusiasm. The Cosmos wants you to delegate, collaborate, and circulate. New people are coming into your life, so your social life should flourish.  And while you’re at it, ramp up your social media; Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, etc.

It’s definitely a turning point for you. Lucky Jupiter will remain in your homesign until October 10th. So make the most of this good fortune before he moves into Scorpio. FYI: He won’t be back in your sign for another 12 years

Your 11th house also oversees your hopes, wishes, friends, and dreams. With Jupiter beaming down on you, your heart should be overflowing with delight and joy. Your charm is legendary, and considering your innate sense of justice, you could also use your good will to aid a humanitarian cause.

With your ruler Venus at the top of your chart, you are radiant. And it’s reflected in the way others see you. It’s time to strut your stuff and reap the benefits.

Other good news: Saturn the tough but stable taskmaster went direct on August 25th. You’ll feel like a burden has been lifted from your shoulders.

Your planetary ruler, Venus enterered Leo on the 26th. Opportunities may come through friends and associations. You could organize a group of your nearest and dearest to take in a concert, musical, museum, wine tasting, or film.

Bask in the romantic atmosphere, especially in late August. You may not have to look for love; it may find you. You should be living out the song, “Watch What Happens,” gracing lavish soiree after lavish soiree with your elegant presence. If you’re single, a new person may enter your life, and stimulate your mind, and hopefully, your body as well. And if you’re already involved, your relationship should thrive,

There’s a marvelous aspect on August 27th, when Jupiter in your homesign throws kisses to Saturn in Sagittarius, blessing communication and future endeavors.

Since Mercury is still retrograde, hold off on important decisions until after he goes direct on September 5th. To be safe, don’t sign any contracts or buy any new electronics at this time.

At the end of the month, Mercury moves into Leo, to join your ruler Venus. You can shove film diva of yore Gloria Swanson out of the way in elegant Libra style and bask in your cosmic close-up. You don’t even need Mr. DeMille.

Mercury goes direct on the 5th and moves into Virgo on the 10th.  On the 6th, the Harvest full moon shines in Pisces on and your sixth house of work and health, opposing the Sun in Virgo in your 12th house of secrets and subconscious.

Meanwhile, Mars is making waves in Leo and your 11th house of friends and associates, as he trines Uranus in Aries and your seventh house of relationships. You can almost see the sexual sparks fly from your libido on September 2nd. And the next day, Mercury in Leo conjuncts Mars in Leo, so mental sparks will fly as well. Then on the 5th, Mars moves into Virgo and your 12th house, encouraging introspection—obviously the sparks will now be directed inward. In mid-September, Mercury conjuncts Mars in Virgo causing even more introspection.

With a posse of planets in Virgo and your 12th house during September, you should take time to reflect on your life, loves and ambition. Your thinking skills are exceptional, and details will emerge that will enhance your future.

Your ruler, Venus, the goddess of love and money, is visiting Leo and your 11th house, and she isn’t resting on her laurels. September 13th, she trines Saturn in Sagittarius and your third house of communication. On the 15th, she throws kisses to Jupiter in your homesign. And on the 18th, she trines Uranus in Aries, and your seventh house of relationships. Then she moves onto Virgo on the 20th, triggering your emotional insecurities in matters of love.

When the new moon beams in Virgo on the 20th, your analytical skills go on high alert to point you in the right direction. Finally, the sun enters your charming homesign on September 22nd: But that’s a story for next month, lovely Libra.

scorpio starla's starcast on equality365.comScorpio
October 23-November 21

The August 21st new moon/total solar eclipse in Leo and your 10th house of fame and fortune is a spectacular career eclipse with new opportunities for leadership–a new job, a new position, a new promotion. Bold new changes are on in store for you, sexy one, and they will linger for six-plus months. This solar eclipse promises to open locked doors, and honchos may lend a hand. Your ruling planet Mars will do so as well. He’s ready, but he’s not waiting. The time is now.

This may well be one of the most powerful professional eras/sagas of your career. You can make a name for yourself outside the bedroom, you sexy beast. You’re on top of your chart, your position of preference. August may well be the most important month of this year, and perhaps the most important in years.

Mars is poised at your zenith, your peak, your apex—call it what you will.  In “Star Wars” cant, “the force is with you.” In fact, you are the force! You are a master of manipulation, but don’t let that evolve into tyranny. Saturn in Sag and your second house of earned income will hook up with unpredictable Uranus in fiery Aries to encourage creativity and experimentation that could well bear fruit.

There is one concern. Mercury is now retrograde, which could be a bit frustrating. You could become impatient and start pushing people around (You sometimes do that.) That would be a waste of time. After all, lucky Jupiter will enter your sign come October 10th. So reign in your venom, Scorpion darling. With stabilizing Saturn turning direct in Sagittarius and your second house of earned income on August 25th, do what you love, and the money will follow.

Venus enters Leo and your 10th house on August 26th, enhancing your career and creativity. And on August 27th Jupiter in your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious gets friendly with Saturn in Sag and your second house of earned income. On the 31st, retro Mercury backs up into Leo, joining Venus in Leo in your 10th house of fame and fortune.

Your fiery ruler Mars is making the rounds. He trines Uranus in Aries and your sixth house of work and health on the 2nd . The very next day, Mercury in Leo conjuncts Mars in Leo—your career again. Then on the 5th, Mars moves into Virgo and your 11th house of hope and dreams, and Mercury goes direct in Leo on the 6th. Meanwhile, the Harvest full moon shines in sensitive Pisces and your fifth house of true love and creativity on September 6th.

The Virgo Sun rendezvous with your other ruling planet, powerhouse Pluto, in status-seeking Capricorn, enhancing your communication skills. Mercury moves on to Virgo on the 10th, again focusing on your hopes, dreams and friends. Then it’s more of the same when he conjuncts Mars in Virgo on the 16th.

We could go on and on about your eleventh house action and the aspects blessing your analytical process and strategy. On the 20th, the new moon in Virgo conjuncts the Sun in Virgo, and Venus moves into Virgo.

Yada, yada, yada. You get the picture.

When the sun moves into Libra and your 12th house of secrets and subconscious on September 22nd, concentrate on the future. You can begin the countdown—only 20 more days until Jupiter jumps into Scorpio for a year’s sabbatical.

sagittarius starla's starcast on equality365.comSagittarius
November 22-December 21

The August 21st new moon/solar eclipse highlighted your ninth house of travel, publishing and entrepreneurship. Travel can open new perspectives for mutable and cheerful Sagie. A new path will emerge and you will have an opportunity to share your thoughts and opinions. In doing so, you could promote tolerance between religions, cultures, and ethnicity. You have the gift of gab, love a good debate, and enjoy playing devil’s advocate just to explore the subject. In fact, you can be darn right outspoken. The great orators of yore surely had a touch of Sagie in their astro roots.

Feisty Mars will be visiting your ninth house until September 5th and will ignite a passionate love of travel and adventure. Not that you need persuading. But the fiery warrior trined Saturn in your homesign the day after the solar eclipse, the same day that the Sun moved into Virgo and your 10th house of fame and fortune.

Another great day beckons to you on the 25th, when Saturn in your homesign turns direct, making it much easier to make important life decisions.  Jupiter, your ruling planet, is still in Libra and your 11th house of friendship, hopes, and dreams. He just wants you to be happy and will go out of his way to make that happen. And since, he gives without expectation; one of your most heartfelt wishes could come true.

Of course, Mercury in retrograde always presents obstacles and slows down the action. It’s best not to sign contracts, buy electronics, or launch new endeavors until a couple of weeks after he goes direct on September 5th. But ultimately he cannot stop you from succeeding. At heart, you are consummate adventurer.

Venus enters Leo and your ninth house of travel on August 26th. You could find romance on the high seas (releasing your inner pirate), if you choose to travel in by boat. On the same day, the sun rendezvous with Mercury the messenger in Virgo to boost your career and public persona. And on the 27th, Jupiter in Libra and your 11th house makes nice with Saturn in your homesign. Your social life may overflow with invitations and new connections.

Retro Mercury will briefly bounce back into Leo before he reenters Virgo on September 10th.  He’s a slick rascal who moves with the speed of lightning. But you’re so flexible; you can take or leave his antics. As they say, just go with the flow. Sagies don’t accumulate and lug emotional baggage around. If they have a bad night, they wake up singing the next day.

On September 13th, the Cosmos launces four consecutive days of aspects. Venus in Leo trines Saturn in your homesign on the 13th, bestowing stability on your career and fortune. But the day after, the Virgo Sun throws a wrench into the fire when he wrestles Saturn in your homesign. On the 15th, Venus in Leo makes out with benevolent Jupiter in Libra and your 12th house of introspection. And on the 16th, Mercury conjuncts Mars in Virgo which bodes well for your career.

When the new moon beams in Virgo on the 20th, it conjuncts the moon on the 20th, turning your attention to details. That glib tongue of yours becomes even glibber. Venus, the goddess of love and money, moves into Virgo as well. So Sagie’s wallowing in a Virgo paradise. At least, that’s Virgo’s version.

When all is said and done, your adventures hither and thither will create unforgettable memories. You might even find a brilliant balance between responsibility and pleasure.

capricorn starla's starcast on equality365.comCapricorn
December 22-January 19

The August 21st new moon/total solar eclipse put the focus on your eighth house of other people’s money, joint finances, investment, intimacy, and transformation. It could bring a joint business venture or a collaboration relating to an important moral issue. The eclipse could also bring an engagement, turn a relationship serious, or ignite an erotic sexual relationship, maybe all three.

But there is a catch (Isn’t there always?).  You must let go of the past to in order to embrace new beginnings and uncover untapped financial support and shared resources. That said, security and stability are within your grasp, although lifestyle changes may be necessary.

For conservative Capies, life usually revolves about money and status. You’re tenacious about your goals, and August inspires to you improve your financial strategies. But not all by yourself; you will need the input of others to accomplish this.

When your planetary ruler Saturn turns direct on the 25th, you’ll experience an emotional release that clears the air and makes room for new possibilities.

The eclipse occurred when the Sun, Moon, and Mars were gathered in your eighth house, while Uranus in Aries focused on your fourth house of home and family, and your planetary rule Saturn went undercover in your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious.

While he’s lending support to your 10th house of fame and fortune, Jupiter has your best interests at heart. He’s scheduled to move into Scorpio and your 11th house of friendships, associates, hopes and dreams on October 10th. But before he does so, he plans to reward you. You certainly are deserving; you have earned your reputation for honesty, fairness, and financial prowess.

The emphasis is on shared resources. It could refer to venture capital, inheritance, taxes, mortgages, insurance payouts, or loans, or money you share with a partner, be it business or personal. You could even sever a relationship and divide the assets.

Changes are eminent, and you won’t have a choice. The eclipse made sure of that. With Mercury’s retrograde, you may encounter temporary setbacks, but he turns direct on September 5th.  You shouldn’t finalize any decisions, sign any contracts or launch new projects until a couple of weeks after that.

Schedule important meetings later in August. If you want to make a good impression—and of course you do–the 25th would be ideal, thanks to the friendly vibes between Saturn and Jupiter.

Another thing to keep in mind–your ruling planet, Saturn, is going direct, also on the 25th. So all those road blocks he’s erected since April will disappear. Despite those erotic fantasies you’ve been harboring, romance takes a back seat in August.  Luckily, you love money, possibly even more than sex.

Venus moves into Leo on the 26th, which bodes well for eighth house of other people’s money, long distance travel, and philosophical enlightenment. And Jupiter in Libra and your 10th house of career sextiles Saturn in Sag and your 12th house of hidden agendas and contemplation on the 27th.  A little time alone could be beneficial, should you need to ponder the possibilities of an international project.

September brings a plethora of planetary action in Virgo and your ninth house of international travel, education, and the philosophical search for truth. The full moon in Pisces on the 6th opposes the Sun in Virgo, Mars moves into the earthy maiden’s sign on the 5th, intensifying your voyage of discovery. Mercury follows suit on the 10th, lending his expertise to details. And Venus joins the planetary crew in Virgo on the 20th, exposing possible insecurities.

aquarius starla's starcast on equality365.comAquarius
January 20-February 18

On August 21st, the new moon/solar eclipse beamed in Leo and your seventh house of relationships. Eclipses always bring about change and new possibilities. This eclipse declared it’s high time for a new business opportunity, partnership, or a relationship to become serious. The Cosmos pushes you out of your comfort zone, but you’ll be the better for it. And so will your partners.

If you’re in love, the two of you might want to make a commitment. If you’re married, the two of you might want to take your relationship to new heights of intimacy. This isn’t easy for Aquarians; they tend to wander off alone, especially when emotions are involved. One minute you’re lovey-dovey, and the next you’re feeling smothered.

If you’re truly unhappy, you may want to end your relationship. You are in charge of your destiny, and not the other way around. Whatever you choose, you will have an increased awareness of your need for someone significant in your life. Someone to lean on in times of stress, someone to cherish, and someone who will cherish you.

Aquarian also possess an innate humanitarian instinct. Under the right circumstances, you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. And in our country’s current state of chaos, there is much to be done.

If you are considering a collaborative relationship, your innovative ideas will attract followers.  VIPs recognize your brilliance as well as the breadth of your abilities and are eager to be a part of it.

Mars in Leo and your seventh house ignites your partnership possibilities. He will continue to do so through September 5th, when he moves into Virgo and your eighth house of other people’s money, transformation and sexual curiosity. Enough said.

Your planetary ruler Uranus is homesteading in Aries and your third house of communication. This mischievous rascal specializes in the unexpected and loves to spring surprises, and he’s leading your cheering section. He has a liaison with fiery Mars on September 2nd, all for your benefit.

Saturn in Sagittarius and your 11th house of associates, hopes and dreams will provide security and stability. He’s in it for the long haul, you adorable airhead.  And when he goes direct on August 25th, his support will intensify.

With expansive Jupiter in your ninth house, you could travel out of the country this month. And if you’re writing a book, it could be published.

One caveat, Mercury’s retrograde could delay your commitment to business partners or romantic partners. So before you sign on the dotted line or introduce your innovations to the world, wait a couple weeks after Mercury goes direct on September 5th. Remember, don’t buy electronics during his retrograde.

September hosts a planetary pilgrimage into Virgo and your eighth house. The Sun is already there, and Mars joins her on the 5th and Mercury on the 10th. Precision and attention to details can transform your life. Venus enters Leo and your seventh house on August 26th, and she’s got love and money on her mind–and you will too. She won’t join the Virgo brigade until September 20th. However, just before she does, she makes nice with Uranus in Aries on the 18th. You’ll be sweet-talking your lover with unexpected rhetoric.

When September 6’s full moon in Pisces and your second house of earned income opposes the Sun in Virgo and your eighth house of other people’s money, emotions are volatile. Things settle will down by the time the new moon beams in Virgo on the 20th. Whatever you do, keep dreaming until your purpose in life unfolds.

pisces starla's starcast on equality365.comPisces
February 19-March 20

Well, sweet Pisces, the August 21st new moon/solar eclipse took place in your sixth house of work, health and service.

It may surprise you to find out that Uranus the master of surprise, is hanging out in your second house of earned income.  And Saturn is still ensconced in your 10th house of fame and fortune, pushing you to work harder and harder. Could it be that opportunity will bless your professional sphere and you can fill your coffers without Rumpelstiltskin’s spinning wheel? And when Saturn goes direct on August 25th, fantasy could become reality for the emotional wastebasket of the Zodiac. When Saturn moves out of Sag and into Capricorn in December, his tutelage could reap big rewards. Since solar eclipse vibes last for six months, your financial worries may start to ease and your talents will be revered. Hallelujah, Pisces.

The universe is insisting that you take better care of yourself–you do have a tendency to over-indulge in whatever happens to take your fancy. There’s a chance you may need to schedule some kind of procedure. If so, don’t fret– it will benefit your health.

You tend to have an all-or-nothing lifestyle. And as a result, you may be going in several directions at once. You could wear yourself out before the universe can channel your talent. As an intuitive Pisces, you may have several, and you been chasing after them all, instead of choosing one to focus on.  You also have a tendency to under-estimate yourself, often letting your insecurities quell your ambitions until you give up. That’s a no-no, fish-baby. There are two obstacles in your way—yourself self-doubt and Mercury’s retrograde in your seventh house of relationships, both personal and professional. He will go direct on September 5th. Now the question is when will you do the same?

Help is on the way. The Sun is already in Virgo and your seventh house, and he will conjunct Mercury on August 26th, and you’ll should have more discipline, so you can concentrate on the details of your endeavors. The amazing thing is that when do decide to organize, you throw yourself into the project with zeal and enthusiasm.

On the 27th, Jupiter in Libra and your eighth house of other people’s money, transformation, and passion makes nice with Saturn in Sag and your 10th house of career and reputation. That doesn’t mean you should sleep your way to success, unless, of course, you’ve in lust with a VIP. Advice: It’s better to keep board members out of the bedroom.

By the end of August, Venus and Mercury are both in your sixth house of work and health. You can create new patterns to stay focused and healthy. So get off the chaise lounge and save the champagne until you reach a benchmark. On September 5th, the Sun opposes dreamy Neptune in your homesign. Creativity abounds but your vision could be cloudy. Take a tip from Auntie Mame and write down your ideas when they come to you. Chances are your diary will full up quickly.

The Harvest full moon beams in your homesign and opposes the Sun in in your seventh house. It’s not the most harmonious full moon. Your ego versus your emotions. What you need versus what you want. Retrograde Neptune adds confusion, and your sensitive nature may take on the emotional burdens of friends and family. You need to use this trait as a healing force. You are compassionate and easily empathize with the needs of others. And in doing so, you may heal yourself.

With the new moon shining in analytical Virgo on the same day Venus moves into Virgo to join Mercury and Mars, relationships take centerstage. Mercury opposes Neptune in your homesign, causing confusion and miscommunication. It’s not the best time for that heart-to-heart with your partner. Plus, you’re more susceptible to scoundrels. To offset this transit, do something special for someone you love. Or sit down and write a short story or poem.  Or sing and dance around the house. Maybe your dog will join in. Hopefully, he howls on key.

aries starla's starcast on equality365.comAries
March 21-April 19

August should be an exciting month for Aries, a mixture of fire and air. Thanks to the dramatic solar eclipse on August 21st, it’s time for you to take a chance on love. The eclipse unfolded in your fifth house of true love, frolic, and creativity, and possesses the power of three new moons, all rolled into one. And its vibes will linger for six months.

Are changes and new beginnings coming to you? You bet!  You may feel as if your world’s been turned upside down and inside out. But risk is favorite sidekick, and your fiery planetary ruler Mars makes a fierce guardian angel, He’s determined to light up your life with romantic joy and creative expression. At the same time, Uranus in your homesign may spring a few surprises, while Saturn in Sag adds stability and discipline. .It’s all for a good cause—YOU!

While Uranus is unpredictable, Saturn provides stability and security. These two planets are opposites, but when they work together, it can be magical. Uranus went retrograde in your homesign at the beginning of the month until January 2, 2018; however, Saturn ends his retrograde on August 25th, so no more stalls, at least in ninth house of long distance travel and publishing. He’s throwing open the door to move forward.

Since you’re the baby of the Zodiac, it’s no surprise you like to play—so frolic with abandon. Whether you are in a committed relationship or single and looking for love, romance will find you. Single Aries might meet that perfect someone, or receive a proposal from a devoted sweetheart. So circulate, circulate, and circulate. And ask the Cosmos to send someone exciting, who won’t bore you after an hour in their company. You cannot bear a state of ennui.

Your ruler Mars will connect with Saturn as well, empowering new international opportunities and projects. Mars will also hook up with lucky Jupiter in your seventh house on your behalf. If you work in a creative field, you can dazzle the boss. If you are the boss, you can inspire your employees to dazzle you.

One hiccup comes to mind. Mercury is retrograde in your sixth house of work and health, and he won’t be direct in Leo until September 5th.  Just coast along until the 10th, when he reenters Virgo and your sixth house of work and health.  You can show off your biceps to your peers.

Venus, the goddess of love and money, enters Leo and your fifth house of true love on the 26th of August. You might want to celebrate by throwing a party. Your creativity ignites new ideas and ways of self-expression. On the same day, the Sun in Virgo conjuncts Mercury in Virgo in your sixth house of work and health, adding mental acuity and increased attention to detail. Jupiter in Libra and your seventh house makes a lovely connection with Saturn in Sagittarius and your ninth house of travel and philosophy on the 27th. You and your partner may be thinking of booking an international trip.

Your sixth house lights up again, when Mars crashes into Virgo on August 5th, the same day that Mercury goes direct in Leo and your house of true love, frolic, and creativity. Your wooing skills are even more dynamic. If you’re of male persuasion, there are those who are reminded of infamous silent film lover, Rudolph Valentino. Millennials may not recognize the name, but you can ask your GG—your great-grandmother about him.

On September 6th, the Harvest full moon beams in sensitive Pisces in your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious which opposes the Sun in Virgo and your sixth house. A hidden agenda may be exposed at work, or maybe you’ll need to hide from one of your new admirers.

Mercury the messenger conjuncts your ruler Mars in Virgo on the 16th., combining a piercing intellect with aggression. You might be defensive about this, which could lead to a temper tantrum. You’re probably aching for a confrontation. Stand down, warrior. Save your ire for a better battle.

Happier times occur when Venus in Leo dallies with Uranus in your homesign the 18th, two days before she joins the planetary horde in Virgo. The Sun also conjuncts the new moon in Virgo and your sixth house on the 20th.

Finally, the Sun enters Libra and your seventh house in Libra on the 22nd. That’s the end of our astro stories. We’ll get back to you with more info next month.

taurus starla's starcast on equality365.comTaurus
April 20-May 20

The new moon/solar eclipse on August 21st is being hailed as a rare event, because it was so positive and astro friendly. And it occurred in Leo and your fourth house of home and family. The winds of change are blowing through Taurus. Mars will remain in the fourth house as well throughout August, so some of the gusts may be faster than others.

This could mean a move, the shift in your family dynamic, a fresh spark of energy, or a new way of dealing with domestic matters. Best of all, it’s nothing to fret over. As Martha Stewart would say, “It’s a good thing.”  And she would be right.

One thing is certain; this is no time to be stubborn (Everyone shudders when you dig those hoofs into the ground and refuse to budge.). With Jupiter in your sixth house of work and health, you may be relocating to take a new job with better pay. Or perhaps, you’ve decided to do some remodeling in your home, maybe add an addition or apply bright new collar of paint to a drab interior. You might even purchase property. Maybe a vacation home or move your parents into a cozy house located near you.

Uranus in Aries works with the Sun and Mars in Leo to create a harmonious outcome. Of course Uranus always has a few surprises up his sleeves, that is, if he actually wore clothes. He would probably change cosmic outfits faster than Beyoncé changes costumes. Saturn has been delivering ultimatums in Sag and your eighth house of other people’s money for over two years. But this time, he’s all for a home improvement loan or mortgage. A relative might even gift you the funds you need. It may help to know that Saturn will go direct in your eighth house on August 25th. This should speed up the action, and there’s a good chance you will get what you want.

Jupiter has spent the last year highlighting your work ethic and success. Your planetary ruler Venus endows your artistic talents. A lot of Taurus natives reach for the stars and became celebrities.  Jack Nicholson, Adele, Barbra Streisand, Tina Fey, Cher, Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz, Jet Li, Stevie Wonder, Grace Jones, Tchaikovsky, and George Clooney come to mind.

Your ruler Venus actually moves into your fourth house on August 26th, which casts a creative vibe on your domestic agendas. You and your loved ones might want to check out a concert or musical. On the same day, the Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Virgo and your fifth house of true love, frolic, and creativity. So you might want ditch your family and ask a potential lover to attend a concert or musical. The cosmic hotline whispers you are fabulously sensuous in bed. Shhhhhh!

Feisty Mars joins the Sun and Mercury in Virgo and your fifth house on September 5th. But he’ll be hard put to keep up with your ruler Venus, as she distributes domestic bliss from her sojourn in Leo during mid-September. She trines Saturn in Sag and your eighth house of other people’s money and intense passion on the 13th. Two days later, she throws kisses to Jupiter in Libra and your sixth house of work and health. And on the 18th, she trines unpredictable Uranus in fiery Aries and your 12th house of secrets and the subconscious. She may need a break, but she won’t get one when she moves into earthy Virgo and your fifth house of true love on the 20th.

The Sun gives Venus competition on the same day, when he conjuncts the moon in Virgo for another episode of true love, frolic and creativity. Their liaison is loaded with emotion, with special attention paid to detail.  As the Gershwin brothers proclaimed, “Love is here to stay.” At least until the Sun moves into Libra on the 22nd. But that’s another story.

gemini starla's starcast on equality365.comGemini
May 21-June 20

You’re a force to be reckoned with, all because of the new moon/solar eclipse in Leo and your third house of communication and short trips as well as siblings, friends and neighbors. As an airy Gemini, your forte happens to be writing and communication. Your planetary ruler Mercury also rules the third house. That’s a whole lot of air whirling around you.  The Sun in Leo and your third house links up with Mars, also in Leo. You radiate/exude charisma and magnetism.

Meanwhile, unpredictable Uranus is making his usual mischief in Aries and your 11th house of friends and associates, as well as hopes and wishes. So good news may arrive out of blue.  Saturn may still be retrograde in Sagie and your seventh house of relationships, but he’s scheduled to emerge from his sojourn and turn direct on August 25th.

It is important for you be honest in your communications. Let’s face it; you do tell a whopper now and again. If you’re caught, you can always charm your way out of the corner by blaming your dual personalities. Some Geminis have been known to have three or four different personalities. Of course, most of those are spending time on a therapist’s couch, and occasionally whiling away the day in institutions, learning how to basket-weave.

Geminis seldom get offended by confrontation and criticism. It just rolls off your back, and you’re onto to the next topic of conversation. You are a witty raconteur; intellectual repartee just trips off your tongue. Morgan Freeman, Marilyn Monroe, Johnny Depp and John F. Kennedy come to mind. Unfortunately there are also some infamous libertines, gropers, and rapists in this sign, such as the Marquis de Sade and our dear leader of the moment.

Another unfortunate incident occurs when your planetary ruler, Mercury the messenger, spends a large part of August retrograde in earthy Virgo—also ruled by Mercury—and your fourth house of home and family. You could uncover new info about an old issue. Or you could have grand time rearranging the furniture. Or you could sign up at Ancestry DNA and search for long-lost relatives. As always, it’s not a good time to launch new projects, purchase new technology, or sign contracts of any kind. To be safe, you should wait until after September 15th.

By the time Mercury goes direct on September 5th, he’s backed up into Leo. Five days later, he reenters Virgo, this time with a more positive outlook.

On August 25th, Venus enters Leo and your third house of communication, friends, siblings, and short trips. You take a more creative and kinder approach in your communications via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

The Sun conjuncts Mercury in Virgo in your fourth house on the 26th of August. Your mind moves lickety-split. It’s a perfect time to have family meetings and dinners.

On September 3rd, your ruler Mercury conjuncts Mars in Leo and your third house of communication. You’re able to focus and show off your piercing intellect. But you’re easily provoked and there’s a possibility of threats and intimidation. Not from you, but from others. The two planets meet up again on the 16th, this time in Virgo and your fourth house of home and family. Both conjunctions are feisty and fiery. It’s a great time to speak up, but it could escalate into impulsive behavior. You’re apt to blurt out the truth, so you need to be prepared for some reciprocity.  If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out.

On the 6th, the Harvest full moon shines in Pisces and your 10th house of career, but opposes the Sun in Virgo in your fourth house. The new moon on the 20th beams in Virgo, enhancing your verbal acuity and attention to details.  The same day, Venus moves into Virgo and soothes over any leftover dissension. It’s a short truce, because your ruler Mercury opposes Neptune in Pisces and your 10th house of fame and fortune on the 22nd. Luckily, the Sun enters your fellow air sign Libra and your fifth house of true love, frolic, and creativity on the same day. The battlefield becomes a love nest.

cancer starla's starcast on equality365.comCancer
June 21-July 22

The new moon/solar eclipse in Leo on August 21st promised emotional Cancer new sources of income and a possible leadership role at work. This eclipse will open a door for new ways to earn more income. You don’t even have to knock, because feisty Mars charges through your second house of earned income all of August. And he’s determined your income should skyrocket. These amazing eclipse vibes will last for sixth month, while you continue to reap the rewards.

Unpredictable Uranus is languishing in your tenth house of fame, fortune, and honors. Whether you’re employed or self-employed, you are on a roll. Uranus loves to spring surprises, the more unexpected it is, the more he loves it.  While he’s jumping over hurdles on your behalf, Saturn is overseeing and stabilizing your sixth house of work and health to provide security and comfort. He’s been retrograde, but he’s finally turning direct on August 25th. And that’s a fabulous reason to celebrate, as he pushes your forward to meet your goals.

As you may or may not know, Cancer is a water sign and one of the four cardinal signs in the zodiac. Cardinal signs govern creativity, and your cosmic role involves exploring the realm of human motion. You’re a powerhouse of subtly. You may seem gentle, but don’t get in your way when you want something. Some folks describe you as moody, which is true, but you have a capacity for sympathy and compassion unparalleled by any other sign except your water-sign cousin, Pisces. This emotional intensity allows you to channel those feelings into creativity. The moon is your ruling planet, and when he waxes and wanes, you follow suit.

There’s an irritating aspect you must deal with—Mercury’s retrograde in Virgo and your third house of communication. As a result, projects can be delayed, and you must sure that your instructions are carried out exactly the way you want. Don’t sign contracts during this time, don’t launch new endeavors, and don’t purchase any electronics. Even though Mercury the messenger goes direct on September 5th, wait until mid-September to go forward.

Otherwise, you’re surrounded by positive energy, so it’s no time to be shy about your demands. On August 27th, expansive Jupiter waves to stabilizing Saturn in your sixth house of work and health. Your judgment is sound and your vision is clear. The last few years have been financially uncertain, but your patience and perseverance are starting to bear fruit. You are living proof of the metaphor; “money” grows on trees.”

Venus, the goddess of love and money, moves into Leo and your second house of earned income on the August 27th to conjunct retrograde Mercury, who has moved back into Leo. More good aspects for making money.

The first week of September the exodus begins from Leo into Virgo and your third house of communication. The Sun is already there to welcome Mars on the 5th and Mercury on the 10th. This should enhance your social media skills.

While this is going on, the full moon beams in Pisces and your 10th house of fame and fortune on the 6th, opposing the Sun in Virgo. This transit could cause some confusion and impact your ego and emotions. What you need versus what you want. Use your emotional strength and intuition to overcome possible challenges.

The mental Mercury and fiery Mars rendezvous twice. The first conjunction takes place in Leo  and your second house of earned income on September 3rd, and the second takes place in Virgo and your third house of communication on the 16th.

On September 9th, the Sun in Virgo and your third house trines Pluto in Capricorn and your seventh house of relationships. Pluto is a transformer and whatever sign he touches intensifies the energy of that sign. In this instance, precision and perfection connect with power and transformation to impact your relationships. Pluto cuts to the quick; he keeps the best and discards the rest. It’s sometimes referred to as a galaxy overhaul.

Venus is a busy goddess. Her tenancy in your second house of earned income complements Saturn in your sixth house or work complement on the 13th. Then she throws kisses to Jupiter in your fourth house on the 15th, and finally she flirts with unpredictable Uranus in your tenth house of career on the 18th. After all that, on the 20th she glides into Virgo to boost your communication skills. And on the same day, the new moon in conjuncts the Sun in Virgo and further enhances your third house.

On the 22nd, Mercury reaches out to Pluto in your seventh house of relationships. You are able to use your lightening quick metal prowess to transform a challenging partnership into a vibrant connection.

Finally, on the same day, the Sun moves into Libra and your fourth house to look after your home and family. You’ll have to wait a month to see how that turns out. Hint: Libra loves justice, balance, and harmony.

Leo starla's starcast on equality365.comLeo
July 23-August 22

Even though the dynamic and intense, August 21st new Moon/total Solar Eclipse in your home sign lasted less than three minutes, it will impact your life in a powerful way. Since the Sun is Leo’s planetary ruler, Leos felt the new moon/solar eclipse strongly. And the solar eclipse vibes will linger for six months.

Change is in the air for proud Lions and Lionesses. It’s the start of a daring new chapter in your life. New power, new self-awareness, more confidence—as if you need that—new people in your life (even more to worship you), new initiative, new excitement, and new revelations. It’s up to you to rise up from the lap of luxury you espouse and accept the challenges ahead. Throw off those bad habits—yes, you do have some—and start fresh. Lucky Jupiter will be cheering for you. If you’re scared of falling on your face, think about what Oprah says:  There is no failure; it’s there to point you in a different direction. . . . You have a supreme moment of destiny calling on your life.”

Just before the eclipse, the Moon and Sun both trined unpredictable Uranus, while the goddess asteroid Ceres (of growing plants and motherly love) opposed Pluto the Transformer later in the day. Of course, this may sound like astro mumbo-jumbo, it heralds on-the-edge emotions with deep-seated karmic roots. It could mean joy; it could mean loss. With Uranus involved, it can be either—or both. You could be over the moon, or trampled by Pluto’s vibes. Know this, whatever Pluto wants, Pluto gets, but ultimately, he has your best interests at heart.

While all this is going on, fiery Mars is holding court in your fiery homesign, so you’re inclined to roar your way through anything and anyone in your way. But hold your mane, jungle royals. Mercury is now retrograde until September 5th so heed this –we’ve-told-you-this-before warning: Don’t buy electronics, sign contracts, or launch new endeavors until two weeks after Mercury goes direct on September 5th.

On August 22nd. the day after the solar eclipse, the Sun entered earthy Virgo, and your second house of earned income, and your fellow fire sign Mars in Leo trined Saturn in Sagittarius. You can harness that fiery power to empower even more drive and energy.

Venus in Cancer and your 12th house squared Uranus in Aries and your 10th house on the 24th, which may have exposed hidden agendas and unexpected twists in your career and public image. There’s a good chance you feel smothered, bored, and crave stimulation. Beware of rash impulses. You may be tempted to have an affair. If you do so, it probably won’t last. And if you’re in a committed relationship, you would be making a huge mistake.

On August 25th, Saturn the teacher finally goes direct in Sagittarius He’s a hard taskmaster/teacher who enforces limits and rules. But now that he’s direct, you can move forward, make major life decisions, and set long-term goals.

Venus enters Leo and your home sign on the 26th, and you become even more creative than you already are. You are able to envision new ideas and forge new patterns. Yes, you adore a luxurious lifestyle, but you might want to wait until after Mercury goes direct on September 5th to shop your way to Nirvana. The 26th is a busy day. The Sun conjuncts Mercury in Virgo—more action in your second house of earned income.

Then on the 27th, Jupiter in Libra and Saturn in Sagittarius have a close encounter–a rare sextile.  For astro virgins, that means they are only 60 degrees apart. This hasn’t happened since 2004, and won’t happen again until 2024. Jupiter expands and brings joy, while Saturn brings discipline and duration.  It’s a winning combo. So make the most of this glorious aspect. Take in a concert or a play. It could provide an added spark to your innate creativity.

At the end of August, retrograde Mercury backs into Leo for a few days. Venus is still there, so you may gain insights. Nothing to fear, if you do as Hamlet professed, ‘to your own self be true.”

On September 2nd, Mars in Leo trines Uranus in Aries and your 10th house of fame and fortune. Most likely, there’s a fire in your heart and maybe even down below. The very next day, Mercury conjunct Mars in Leo, and your mind fans the flame.

When the sun entered Virgo and your second house of earned income, it kicked off a flurry of planetary action in Virgo and your second house. Action-oriented Mars joins the Sun in Virgo on September 5th. Mercury turns direct in Leo on the same day–you’ll be even more eloquent and persuasive. On the 6th, the Harvest Moon beams full in Pisces, opposing the Sun in Virgo. Not a winning aspect, but you can survive.

Then on the 10th, your planetary ruler Mercury joins the astro pilgrimage to Virgo, followed by Venus on the 20th, which could make you more vulnerable and sensitive about love and money. Also, Mercury in Virgo tangles with dreamy Neptune in Pisces, creating a cloudy and mystical perception of reality. No, aliens have not landed. You will survive, because on the same day, the new Moon conjuncts the Sun in Virgo to provide emotional and mental balance.

(To inquire about Starla doing an astro chart and/or a personal consultation for you or as a gift for a friend, please email her at starsviastarla @gmail.com.  She also does gypsy readings—similar to Tarot, but using playing cards.)

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About Starla Smith

Starla Smith is a career journalist, writing features for such publications as The New Yorker, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Daily News, The Des Moines Register, Vibe and a prize-winning Gannett Newspaper. She helped launch Theater Week Magazine and eventually became its publisher. As a regular contributor to Playbill, her interviews and photos were featured in Playbill and Playbill-on-line. Smith was featured in the New York Times "Style" section for her "Word Portraits," specialized tributes, speeches, and presentation profiles. And she covered theater and features for City Search, Digital City, and the Tena Duberry WOW! Radio show. She previously served as astrology guru for Out Magazine, and she hastens to assure her readers that "Starla" is indeed her real name.

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