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Leo (July 22-August 23)
There is an extremely dangerous line where partnership becomes a vortex of commitment, or worse, of obligation. It is supposedly the thing we all crave. Yet I can assure you that it’s not a value that we typically question, nor that we usually wish to question—and I assure you that it’s time to start asking. The key concept behind this theme is expectations, and I believe it was God, in Neale Donald Walsch’s Conversations with God, who reminded us that “expectations kill relationships.” You don’t need any such substitute for the spiritual, psychic or physical intimacy now. You are compelling, you are attractive, you have something to say for yourself, and you have the capacity to be genuinely open. Those who try to push situations to a supposedly deeper or higher or better level are often filling in a gap where only love and authentic communication belong. You have no need to be defensive here, the reason being that there is basically a triple dose of life-affirming mojo working the zone in your chart where these themes come up. Obligation and loyalty are different things. Far from needing to set dates, plan the course of events or guide things into a contractual structure, I would propose that you are at the perfect moment to let all of these things go and to trust the flow of events in the universe of your life.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Relationship is often temptationship. That is to say, what we call “relationship” is often a magnet that pulls us out of ourselves, or gives us an excuse to give up some aspect of our experience of living. It is possible that a relationship situation you’re looking directly at, be it potential, existing or imminent, is a distraction from the deeper work you are doing now. It’s also possible that you will have a collaborator. Assuming this applies to your life circumstances (and it is just as likely to apply to your concept of relationship or partnership as an existing situation), does the situation feel old or new? Would it involve progress, or regression? Since you cannot project into the whole future (which has many probable options) I suggest you read your emotions and see how you feel. I suggest you do a short-term experiment with anyone in your life who seems to have extra significance, and decide what direction they guide you: deeper onto your inner path, or taking you away from it. Our relationships are hand-in-glove with our spiritual growth; or rather, they need to be, if we are to get anywhere, and have any sense of satisfaction. Now is the time to make sure that the two are in alignment.
Libra (September 22-October 23)
There is a line in any astrological chart (the one that marks the border of the 5th and 6th houses) that stands between creativity and work; between play and healing; between what is considered a risk and what is considered safe and predictable. In my view, this is the place where we do the real inner work, and can most accessibly seek the deeper reconciliation with ourselves. It’s where we morph and blend creative process and healing process; and just as meaningfully, between fun and work; between playful sexuality and intentional eroticism. (In each case, I am describing a 5th house property and a 6th house property in that order.) This is the line in your chart that’s currently the scene of the most spectacular conjunction of our generation. You are not merely learning something or having an experience; you are becoming something, and that something has the strength and integrity to reach out into the world; indeed, to shape the world. Yes, it’s likely to come with something of a crisis, since when we express ourselves we can find out how held down we were; when we dare to feel alive we might have to admit how dead we felt. The most significant risk is the feeling of being misunderstood. Strive for being in harmony with yourself, and in this very moment, choose your friends well.