This week there's a definite focus on three major areas: communication, personal development and romance. Mark your calendars and plan accordingly!
See what's in store for you personally with a 30-Day Astrology Forecast, and here's the lowdown on the key cosmic events the week of August 26 to September 1, 2013.
Monday, August 26: Venus in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries and Sun in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces
Let's begin with Mercury. These days, the planet that rules our mindset and the ability to convey information is in discerning, productive Virgo -- a sign Mercury rules naturally. This placement alone strengthens Mercury!
When you look to the aspects Mercury will make this week, however, it becomes clear that we're looking at one of the best weeks in the entire year for communication, negotiation, meetings, writing and signing contracts.
Now, let's talk about romance. Things begin on unsteady ground Monday as Venus opposes Uranus. This suggests an upheaval in the status quo of your existing relationship. Maybe you're bored with the same old routine and feel a strong urge to shake things up.
Or, if you're single, you might meet someone unexpectedly and rush into a whirlwind romance. The problem with this aspect is that there's nothing stable about it. Affairs, one-night stands, sudden breakups -- all of this is possible with a Venus-Uranus aspect.
As if Monday weren't busy enough, the Sun will also oppose Neptune, and the universe wants you to spend some time on personal development.
Monday will be a confusing day -- one where you're better off nurturing the imaginative side of yourself rather than the structured side. Right-brained people will rejoice on this day, but left-brainers might have a bit of a headache.
This will be a day where you might have an urge to escape from it all (especially if you're in the midst of a messy romantic situation). Or, you might have incredibly spiritual -- eve psychic -- experiences. If you're into music, art, film, photography or anything glamorous, this will be a day to explore those talents. You won't regret it.
Tuesday, August 27: Mercury in Virgo sextile Saturn in Scorpio, Venus in Libra square Jupiter in Cancer and Mars in Leo
On Tuesday, Mercury sextiles Saturn, suggesting you have an ability to make long-range plans stick. You'll also talk to authority figures with care, easily "holding your own" in the most astute conversation.
Also on Tuesday, the square from Venus to Jupiter will exacerbate romantic conditions, blowing up the drama even more. Indeed, your love life may feel like a soap opera or really bad reality TV show on Monday and Tuesday.
Interestingly enough, by late Tuesday night Mars will move into romantic Leo, clearly signaling to everyone that your energy should be on matters of the heart -- and having more fun! Mars will be in Leo until Oct. 15, opening the door for creative fuel, better (and more frequent) sex, and plenty of lively entertainment. Romantic drama? Yes. Boredom? Not a chance.
Wednesday, August 28: Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn
Then, on Wednesday, Mercury will move onto to trine Pluto -- the planet of depth and transformation. You can easily "read between the lines" with this aspect and use your extraordinarily sharp negotiating skills wisely.
Friday, August 30: Sun in Virgo sextile Saturn in Scorpio and Mercury in Virgo sextile Jupiter in Cancer
On Friday, Mercury will be at a perfect sextile to Jupiter. Talk about prolific writing potential! If you're in the communications industry, this week will become your most productive and positive by far!
You might literally finish up a work that leads to amazing glory for yourself down the road. Or, you might hear amazing praise about something you've already got out there. If you're planning on taking a test or certification exam, this week you'll ace it!
Also, if you're signing any type of contract or moving forward in a negotiation you will surely feel as if you've made a good deal. Everyone benefits!
You're also in "business mode" on Friday, thanks to the Sun connecting well to Saturn. You're respected for being authoritative, but you know your own limits. This will be an ideal day to begin building something solid in your personal and professional world that you hope will last for years to come.
Remember, with all of this week's incredible Mercury aspects, this really does shape up to be a five-star day in business and communication matters!
Sunday, Sept. 1: Sun in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn
Finally, on Sunday, you're ready for a positive transformation. The Sun will trine Pluto and you will display the best of your clout without overpowering others. It's all about personal empowerment on this day, and you'll feel as if you've done something that takes you just a little bit closer towards self-actualization. Good for you!
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