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LEO (July 22-August 23)
As far as I can tell, most of what we do in relationships involves compensating for some sense of our “self” being missing or incomplete. That’s why after a while we notice that we “don’t quite feel ourselves” in the relationship, or that we’re not who we want to be; then we get restless and leave the relationship in order to “be” that self. In many ways your whole life has been a quest to go beyond this: to not just define but to actually experience yourself as a whole person, capable of relating to another whole person. What you may not have factored in is that generations of conditioning have led what you’ve been overcoming. In this conditioning, so common to the human experience, we’re taught to be self-sacrificing before we have the experience of self-actualizing. Events this month will shine some light on your distant past, and that of your family, so that you can see the origins of your tendencies. You may make discoveries about what happened to ancestors, about the folklore through the line of women that has shaped your experience of life, and certain facts about your gestation that formed you into who you are and what you are now outgrowing. Note that all of these discoveries will come with a factor of “plausible deniability.” The truth will be easy to evade, and equally possible to embrace, if you are willing. By now, you are surely able.
VIRGO (August 23-September 22)
You may sense or fear that an impact is coming, and you’re tired of living like a shock absorber. With any luck, those days are behind you, though you have one little project left: learning how to stabilize your feelings about yourself. Much of the impact you take comes from various judgments you inflict on yourself. Most of these, in turn, come from not having the same opinion of yourself from day to day; and you might want to address this point. You could, for example do a study and determine who you are, and establish what kind of a person you are, and test that out and see if it’s true. What I’m wondering, though, is why you’re so obsessed with your opinion of yourself, no matter what that turns out to be. Perhaps you’re doing the job of someone whose judgments of you were dire and negative. One possibility is that the whole exercise proves you exist. This became a burden you took on, feeling like if you did all the judging, they would never get the chance. There is now someone in your life presenting a different influence entirely, whose example teaching you how to let go of your self-conscious quality. This person’s influence is saying: your concept of “self” is a trap, and if you can let go of that, you can find the way to freedom. And that, by the way, is the “impact” you sense arriving.
LIBRA (September 22-October 23)
Saturn enters your sign this month. After a brief visit earlier in the year, it retreated to Virgo and will now spend the next 24 months right with you. This journey starts off with some thunder and lightning: the 5th and final opposition of Saturn and Uranus, capping off a sequence of events that began on Election Day 2008. The prior four oppositions took place in late Virgo and Pisces, veiled from your direct view. July’s event is the one and only opposition across the Aries-Libra axis, which makes it especially personal. Saturn’s role is to help you tie up the loose ends in your life, and there seem to be many. I suggest you overemphasize matters of commitment, consistency, and follow-through. There will be times you’re called upon to make firm, clear decisions, which may contrast with the style of wait and see you inherited from your child-self. Remember that you’re only and always deciding one thing, which is who you are. Many external forces are influencing you to change and grow. Yet something deeper and more substantial is at work, which is a return to the deepest core of your self-awareness and a fundamental coming-to-terms with both your true nature and your true potential. This is about taking action, and one thing you can be confident of is that when you do that, the world will rise to the occasion and meet you full on.