Sunstar Astrology

Horoscope for the Week: August 8, 2014

Michael O'Connor's horoscope for the week of August 8

Tip of the Week:

As summer rages on it is especially hot in Gaza, Palestine. Israel’s aggression directed to its neighbor has captured the world’s attention, again. While the media seems bent in Israel’s favour the opinion on the streets and certainly on the internet, are not so polarized. When innocents die due to politically sanctioned military insurgence people begin to lose interest in rationalized justifications.


The question is: does this scenario show up in the Astrology of Israel? The answer is yes, naturally. Modern day Israel was ‘born’ on May 14 1948 at 4:37 pm in Tel Aviv. Briefly, Israel’s chart shows 4 planets in Leo: Moon, Pluto, Saturn and Mars, in that order and they together occupy the zenith or crown of the chart. This reveals a proud and authoritarian approach and potentially one that is dictatorial. This is especially likely due to this particular line-up of planets.  The Ascendant is 0 degrees Scorpio which indicates a passionate, and dramatic, even intense mode of self-expression inclined to control in order to change or transform others. The Sun is in Taurus and is square both Mars and Saturn occupying the mid-point of that hard aspect. A textbook interpretation of Mars square (90 degree angle) the Sun suggests having difficulty discerning the difference between assertion and aggression. Sun square to Saturn suggests obstacles and hardships that tend to thwart fulfillment and produce a pessimistic disposition and a Spartan attitude.


Regarding current transits, or the position of the planets now and how they affect any given chart, reveals Jupiter in Leo as of July 16 which means it is conjunct (same position) all the planets in Leo at the crown point of Israel’s chart where it will remain for another year. Jupiter has an 11.86 year cycle so it has been that long since its last transit through Leo. Combined with Mars in Scorpio since July 25th conjunct Israel’s ascendant, the arrow’s point of self-expression, illustrates a clear indication of synchronicity at play.


Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 20)

A playful and passionate mood prevails. How you play will determine the intensity. That your ambitions are running high means you could get very involved. If you get too attached you will push others away. Balance is ever ideal and requires now that you are more aware and to care about how others feel. Focus to weave harmony into the game.


Taurus (Apr 20 – May 21)

Your confidences should be rising steadily now. However, you may also be contending with some real power players. This could prove to be a test of your mettle and your resolve. Your moods and feelings may be up and down and all over the place. This cycle will change this week, but not before the Moon is full. Focus on arts and crafts to regain your calm and center.


Gemini (May 21 – Jun 21)

A dynamic creative curve continues to drive your world. This could produce a lot of ideas and social interactions too. You may still wish you could feel more secure. You may have to work harder than usual to achieve the peace you seek. As well, you may feel drawn to mentors who can assist. Aim for variety, but not too much or too little.


Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Ambitions to create a deeper sense of security are now in focus. To this end you feel passionate and determined, yet perhaps at least a bit impatient. The time period you are in may best be regarded as a foundation building process. Your goals and desire for returns and rewards point to the longer term, not the short. Trust this flow and the steady pace.


Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 23)

You have entered an expansive time. Yet, there also remains a contractive element underway. In fact it points to a rather deep renovation process. This may well include your actual living environment, but it contains spiritual undertones as well. Clearing limiting beliefs, attitudes and/or self-concepts are examples. Affirm your willingness to make internal change.


Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Time well spent now will find you in your studio, creative cave, or some other contemplative and cultivating state of mind and approach. Allow yourself to retreat. Yet you can still be productive, perhaps even more than usual. Fortunately, your energy levels are probably running high. Use this cycle to creatively visualize your dreams and craft your ambitions.


Libra (Sep 22 – Oct 22)

A new day is dawning. It will activate new associations, friendships and maybe more intimate love interests as well. For now it requires that you keep an open mind. As well, be receptive too and even focused upon attaining new tools, knowledge and skills. Even though you may still be paying dues returns for past efforts are featured, helping you to even the score.


Scorpio (Oct 22 – Nov 21)

The time has come to get some extra attention, the kind you want, deserve and especially have earned. It takes courage to ask, for risk of rejection, but you are probably feeling quite assertive. Make Mars in your sign work for you. It will help to be clear so at least review your objectives and visualize the outcomes(s) you desire to activate your manifestation magic.


Sagittarius (Nov 21 – Dec 21)

An expansive and creative cycle has begun. It is inspiring you to participate in the game. Whatever stage or arena calls, you are sure to be a big hit. Even a more intimate connection or gathering will suffice. Yet, you may have to clear the way somehow first. This could include getting out of your own way.


Capricorn (Dec 21 – Jan 19)

Although you seldom show it obviously, you have a lot of passion churning within. These should be at a rolling boil now. This will remain true for the next few weeks at least, and will even linger longer into September and beyond. How to make the most of this zeal is the question. Part of the answer includes others. It’s time to talent scout.


Aquarius (Jan 19 – Feb 19)

Some rolls are better than others and you are probably on a good one now. This has the kind of momentum that allows you to ascend hills and even mountains with relative ease. Yet it is important that you build your momentum now. Be willing to diversify too. You are probably not the type to scatter your energies. This is a big time.


Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

Your passions, desires and ambitions are percolating. Success with your goals does imply that you have to get to work, yet playfully. As well, it may prove more inspiring and productive to tackle a few projects at once. Some need to focus more intently, but for you one projects feeds off the other and allows for creative synthesis.


Michael O’Connor


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