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The Stars This Week: August 22-28, 2011

by Amanda Owen August 22, 2011 02:00 AM EST
The Stars This Week: August 22-28, 2011
Believe in Your Dreams!

You'll finally get plenty of forward movement this week ... if you play your cards right! The Sun enters hard-working Virgo on August 23, and at that time you'll be ready to get down to business. Just be sure to proceed with caution on August 25 when Mars squares Saturn! Mercury turns direct on August 26, giving you the green light for your projects and plans. Finally, a new Moon in Virgo on August 28 brings an exceptionally helpful new beginning!

August 23: The Sun enters Virgo
Virgo is a sign that contains a beautiful blend of idealism and practicality, and this may be why so many successful entrepreneurs are born under this sign. With its earthy nature and highly adaptable sensibility, Virgo reminds us that dreams are attainable when you roll up your shirtsleeves and commit to the work required. What is your dream? What would you most like to accomplish? No matter what your answers are, you can make significant progress during this solar period that lasts until September 23.


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August 25: Mars squares Saturn
With this aspect -- one that shows just how much extra effort is required -- you're lucky that the Sun is currently transiting through such a hard-working sign! People, events or circumstances are putting up roadblocks, and you'll need to seek alternatives. Nothing moves quickly now, and you may not be able to move forward with some of your projects; others may fare better if you advance them carefully and thoughtfully. Still, certain delays may be ultimately helpful to you, and with Saturn's current placement in Libra -- a sign consumed with fairness -- you can create successful outcomes!

August 26: Mercury turns direct
Mercury has been retrograde since August 2. Have you used this retrograde period well? Have you reviewed your options and become better informed about them? As confusing as this Mercury retrograde period has been (due to Neptune's influence), hopefully you've connected with people from your past and returned to old sources and conversations for inspiration. Now you're ready to advance your revamped ideas and make decisions that will benefit you. Don't allow recent misunderstandings to hold you back -- move forward with confidence!

August 28: New Moon in Virgo
This New Moon in the early degrees of Virgo forms helpful trines to powerful Pluto in Capricorn and generous Jupiter in Taurus, all of which paves the way for substantial assistance as you begin a new lunar cycle. Hopefully you know how to receive as well as give, since people are available to help you succeed right now! Keep in mind that Virgo is an industrious sign, so those who work hard will be the ones to reap rewards now. Famed painter Pablo Picasso said, "Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working." As you think of a project, dream or goal you hope to infuse with this lunar energy, allow it to help you organize and implement whatever is most important to you. And because Virgo is a sign concerned with health, this is a perfect time to initiate an exercise program and commit to a healthier eating regimen.
 
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