Alacazem 2009.08.13

August 13 to 20, 2009

Visible Planets: Morning: Venus and Mars    Evening: Mercury, Jupiter and Saturn

1 We passed the cross-quarter mark of 15º Leo on August 8th and reaching the point of mid-summer. The sizzling season of hot and heat is on the wane. The first yellow leaves of coming autumn are starting to appear and the rush of school is in the wind. Peaches, tomatoes and apricots fill Farmers' Market baskets and we notice a crisper coolness in the nighttime air.

The last week of Leo brings memories of love and romance – it’s all about the heart – candles flicker and cakes are cut in a sentimental dénouement to the Lion’s annual birthday month.

The Moon also wanes this week as we prepare for the upcoming late degree Leo New Moon on Aug. 22nd. The night skies are filled with sparkling diamonds, the Perseid meteors fall and we breathe deep.
Happy Birthday to the Roadhawg. May your next decade be filled with the peace, love, joy and happiness you deserve. Mighty fine…

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr.19)
The last week of Leo fans flames of creative expression and romantic desire. Tune in to your heart and feel the inherent power of its wisdom. Go deeply to the center of self and soul as you walk your talk and practice self-authenticity. Practice positive thinking and explore new spiritual horizons with people you admire and respect. Be a friend.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
Romantic ruler Venus in sensitive Cancer encourages domestic bliss and down-home pleasure. Communicate how you feel rather than what you think, and watch others change from resistance to acceptance. Playing the blame game and using criticism as a tool to gain control simply does not work. It’s all about being soft, vulnerable and honest. Cultivate grace.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Motivational Mars in Gemini is busy making trines and square this week, packing plenty ammo for bear. The good news is that the overall outcome is positive, expansive and liberating. The golden key is a combination of emotional detachment and intellectual curiosity – both of which come naturally. Keep your sense of humor and, when in doubt, laugh.

Cancer (June 22-July 22)
Velvet Venus in your sign delivers love, beauty and affection to your door. Open your heart and embrace the magic. Life is not a bowl of cherries; we must accept pain with pleasure and loss with gain. Balance is the essential goal, and awakening to the reality of responsibility is both enlightening and empowering. Do your best and relax with what is.

Unstable Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Birthday candles flicker and presents are presented as the last week of Leo slowly bids adieu. An active social agenda and overflowing fountains of friendship keep you busy and fuel your spirit. Love is in and all around you, life is good. Reach out to partners, mates and important others. Help heal wounds via compassion and kindness. Open your heart – wide.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Guardian spirits and angelic forces lift and enlighten you this week. The desire to achieve and be recognized for your talents is strong. Maintain composure and cultivate a sense of grace when it comes to themes of recognition. Take only what is freely given and practice the art of patience. Don’t give up, expect nothing and be grateful for what you get.

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Feelings of ease and breezy acceptance come your way this week as trines and sextiles flow into an overall sense of peace and harmony in the cosmos. Recognize the reality and necessity of illusion, the ongoing creation and dissolution of thought and form, as well as the genuine power of heart. Feel the breath of the Mother Earth and breathe deep.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Power struggles and issues of “Who’s in charge?” are themes. The challenge and opportunity is in breaking through barriers and creating new territory regarding authority and self-autonomy. If you are resistant or rebellious, the results are disastrous. If you are honest, compassionate, realistic and revolutionary, you go home with the gold. You make the call.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Partners, mates and friends motivate and encourage thought and communication this week. Express how you feel and ask others how they’re feeling. Take a look at the biggest picture and the broadest horizon before you limit or restrict your options and possibilities. It’s essential that you remain free – physically, spiritually and emotionally.

(Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Powerful Pluto retrograde in Capricorn – for months – has pushed the “pause” button on self-fueled agendas and activities. The function is one of deep psychological cleansing and spiritual overhaul. Recent eclipses have also forced introspection. It’s all a process of personal metamorphosis, transformation and self-empowerment. Embrace the change.
(Jan. 20-Feb. 18)
Motion-maverick Mars in multi-faceted Gemini trines Jupiter, Chiron and Neptune in Aquarius this week, providing you with plenty of fuel for thought. Information, gossip and news are themes. Take what you hear with a grain of salt and practice impeccability with your word. What you say can and will be held against you. Focus on healing and compassion.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)
You may feel arrows from family or friends as Mars in quick-to-speak Gemini squares explosive Uranus in steamy Pisces. You may feel emotionally wounded or personally attacked, but just take a deep breathe and detach. Cultivate compassion and relax. Do not engage in warfare or self-pity. Life is good and you’re beautiful. What more do you need?

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @

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