ALACAZEM 2012.08.23

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

We have moved from sunny, radiant, center-of-attention Leo to hard-working, analytical, am-I-good-enough Virgo. And I’m wondering, can you feel the change? The pristine purity of light, shimmering sunshine, magnificent roses and magical wildflowers shout loudly of Leo and the summer’s vibrant beauty and vitality. It’s a time to have fun, frolic in the forest and dance in the divinity of romantic love and passion. We connect with childlike innocence and remember childhood escapade, excitement and experience. It’s a time of heart, for matters of the heart and all our heartfelt desires. And then comes Virgo, with purity of a different color and vibration; white rather than bright and virtuous rather than victorious. Virgo brings us the season of harvest, the satisfaction and joy of a job well done, the rewards and fruits of our labors.

The fiery spirit of Leo calms and re-centers itself in the more reserved, resourceful energy of the Virgin, returns to the earth, toils in the fields and reconnects with the practical and pragmatic. The child matures and goes to work, lends a hand and helps the needy. It’s all about practice, routines, schools and schedules, service, sacrifice and self-improvement.

Today it’s raining cats and dogs. It rained all night last night as well. There is a definite chill in the air – temps are in the mid-60’s – a major switch from 80 and 90 degree highs. I hear the knock of autumn at the door, think of gathering firewood and look forward to the promise of southwestern Colorado’s long and golden Indian Summer, yellow aspen and crimson oak.

Meanwhile, our greenhouse tomatoes are ripening on the vine and boxes of delicious Palisade peaches are being transformed into pies, jams and frozen or dried preserves. The cycles of the seasons pull at my heartstrings as the Lion gives way to the Virgin and I cross the metaphysical bridge between then and now – eternal, forever and always. Viva la virgen!

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) With the Sun now in Virgo, your solar 6th house of health, work and self-improvement, look forward to a month of making great gains in all matters of self-betterment. Take time for the process of healthy self-reflection. Examine how and where you might be taking things too personally or are out of balance in relation to others. One day at a time.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) The Virgo sun time is one of heartfelt loving and being for the Bull. Focus on the process of creative self-actualization as you go about your daily round. Spend time with children, at play and have fun. As summer wanes, your best bets come by way of healthy recreation and romance. Take time to notice the beauty and bounty all around you. Enjoy life and embrace grace.

Gemini (May 21-June 21) Home is where the heart is and the zodiac month of Virgo has a tendency to put you in a feeling place regarding where you came from and where you find yourself today. Family past and present have a big affect on your emotions and sense of self-worth. Find the hero or heroine within and give yourself permission to love the child and embrace the goddess.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) You may find yourself taking short trips, visiting friends and catching up on the local gossip as solar rays illuminate your desire to talk, ask and communicate. Check in with siblings and family members to make sure all is well. Busy, busy harvest markets and activities keep you on the go as school bells ring and a touch of autumn is in the air. Look, learn and listen.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22) As birthday candles flicker and Leo gives way to Virgo, take a deep breath and count your blessings. Congratulations on another revolution around the Sun! Life is what we make it, no matter what cards we’re dealt or burdens we carry. Happiness is an inside job, and you know it. Now that you’re another year older and wiser, accept responsibility and make it good.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Happy birthday month to vivacious, vibrant Virgos! As you move toward the end of one year and cross the threshold of another, take a thorough and searching inventory of yourself and your life. Be sure to look and identify all your gifts, talents and abilities. Let’s face it, you can do more than most, so isn’t time to pat yourself on the back and feel great?

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Hints of autumn stir the heart and pull you to the depths of soul and spirit. What you find there is your eternal, metaphysical connection to nature and the cosmos; living and breathing, dancing in rhythm and singing in harmony with the celestial spheres. Embrace it all, become one with all that is and ever shall be. You are blessed, thank goodness.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) People you love, dreams you embrace and aspirations that inspire you twist and turn in a rhythmic dance of heaven and earth as summer wanes and autumn beckons. Be your best, most beautiful self – soul and spirit – as fruits of harvest grace your table and Mother Nature’s beauty and bounty stirs your heart. See the magic of life and share it with the world.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) Social and professional demands take center stage as you move from a relatively inspired, fun-loving consciousness to one more focused on performance and achievement. The recent respite from work has ended and the vacation is over. The good news is that you are ready and willing to go for the gold, in excellent shape and loaded for bear. Enjoy the ride.

Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) A dreamy, rather inspired awareness of spiritual realms and esoteric philosophies uplifts your consciousness and calls you to explore and experience higher-self living and being. The universe is an ever-evolving, fertile field of unlimited potential and possibility in which to plant seeds of intention and desire. Water with care and detach from the outcome.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) You may feel a bit more steamy and dreamy than usual, sensual and sexually inspired this week and upcoming month. The Sun has entered your solar 8th house of intimacy and intrigue. Of course, you are naturally pragmatic and practical when it comes to these things, but for now, you might consider the concept of surrender. Let go of inhibition, enjoy the show.

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Partnerships and relationships in general fill your dance card as people you love, people you like and people you simply are involved with line up for some time and attention. Prune the bush when it comes to commitment and manage your time as wisely as possible. Practice saying what need to say in the least words possible. It will keep you and others sane.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain desert 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @












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