Solar Power

Leo season closes with a calmer sky, and Mercury goes direct.

Bust out a bubbly beverage, because there are no more eclipses until January 2019! That’s right: zero eclipses for the rest of the year. Though you may still be sorting out insights from last week’s partial solar eclipse, there are no new eclipses a-brewin’. Personally, I’m so damn tired of all the lessons and reflection that this retrograde-heavy, triple-eclipse season has demanded of us earthlings. Yes, the eye-opening was necessary. But enough emotional intensity already! I’m pleased to report that this week’s astrology brings relief.

Guess who stops its retrograde motion on Saturday? Mercury! On Saturday night, Mercury will slow down to go direct. Though Mercury won’t clear its post-retro shadow zone until Sept. 1, a direct-moving Mercury ought to make communication and scheduling far smoother. And guess who finally goes direct next week? Mars! The sky’s tide is starting to turn. Now that doesn’t mean every forest fire will suddenly stop blazing, or that daily hassles will—poof!—disappear. It just means the current sky is becoming more conducive to personal progress. Less waiting, more doing. This week, a positive trine angle between Jupiter and Neptune is active from Friday until about Tuesday, reaching perfect alignment on Sunday. Under this trine’s influence, wishes get a boost of luck. Dreams and hopes (symbolized by Neptune) are supported and expanded by Jupiter, the magnifier. If you’ve been wanting to propose something big or obtain permission, pitch your great idea Sunday or on Monday before 5 p.m. Friday’s astrology looks good for strengthening partnerships too, but after Saturday, Mercury will be direct, so you’ll be better understood.

STARING AT THE SUN

As Leo season winds down, we notice the late summer Sun’s changing angles of light. Leo is ruled by the Sun, the center of our solar system, the (literal) star of the show. Like the Moon, the Sun is a luminary, not a planet; therefore it never goes retrograde. Unlike the Moon, the extroverted Sun exudes energy rather than reflects. When people ask “What’s your sign?” they mean your Sun sign. Our Sun sign represents the self we show to the world, often through our career or public achievements. Sunlight gives life to Earth, and solar-ruled Leo is a creative force too; it’s the last blast of high heat and passionate action before Virgo’s closing-down season begins. Ambition, determination, and confidence are Leo qualities. Too much Leo/Sun energy can morph into domination and self-centeredness. When disappointed or offended, Leos can feel sorry for themselves and mope as hard as Water signs. Percy Bysshe Shelley, a Leo poet, wrote: “Oh, lift me as a wave, a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!” Cheer up, emo kid.

At its best, though, Leo uses its innate bravery to fight for ideals and powerfully lift up others, even if it doesn’t personally benefit. At the opposite end of the sky from Leo is Aquarius, a sign that’s also about individuality, yet concerned with groups of people and social justice. Most eclipses we’ve had in the past two years have occurred on this Leo/Aquarius spectrum: We’ve looked at our creative self (Leo) and social groups (Aquarius). Next year’s eclipses will draw our focus elsewhere. But this month we’re completing a two-year Leo/Aquarius syllabus that has asked us to take our talents seriously and view our creative work as the light that will remain once we’re physically gone. The Aquarius eclipses asked us to reconsider the groups we belong to, to evaluate who’s inside or outside our circle of trust.

YOU CAN PLANET

On Wednesday the 15th, there’s a risk of getting into an argument. It’s also a good day to clean the house. You’ll want to adjust your typical patterns and strategies today. A Libra Moon makes us want to socialize and attend events. On Thursday the 16th, there’s another possibility of a squabble or exchange of heated words. A sensual Scorpio Moon lets you make psychological breakthroughs and uncover useful info. Your creative life asks for your attention today. On Friday the 17th, a positive aspect between the Sun and Pluto encourage you to take your talent seriously. A trine between the Sun and Juno encourages cooperation in partnerships. That lucky Jupiter/Neptune trine starts picking up steam today too. On Saturday the 18th, the Sun and Chiron promote self-healing and release. Expect to have a meaningful conversation that clarifies confusion about a mid-July situation. Mercury and Venus are interacting well, and at 9:25 p.m. Mercury stands still to go direct. Sunday the 19th is full of optimism, with an adventurous Sagittarius Moon and a lovely Jupiter/Neptune trine that supports our dreams. Shoot for the stars, but stay grounded in reality. Venus and Neptune show you which goals are worth pursuing and which goals need an update. Monday the 20th looks fabulous! A trine between the Sun and Moon enhances your ability to get stuff done. Use that Jupiter-Neptune trine energy before the Moon goes void at 4:47 p.m. Tuesday the 21st takes a serious, somber tone, due to the Capricorn Moon’s close contact with Saturn. Watch out for a disagreement or provocation, as the Sun and Mars are at odds.

spacewitch@seattleweekly.com

More in Arts & Culture

Cast trailers for “Three Busy Debras” filming at the Snoqualmie YMCA parking lot on Sept. 4. Madison Miller / staff photo
New TV show filming in Snoqualmie

“Three Busy Debras” is being filmed in cities in the Seattle area, including Snoqualmie.

Tyler, The Creator performs during Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in Seattle, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Gallery: Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival 2019

Scenes from Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival at the Seattle Center.

Acquisition gift chosen from 2018 Seattle Art Fair. Installation view of Recent Acquisitions: Toyin Ojih Odutola, Frye Art Museum, 2019. Photo: Jueqian Fang.
Seattle Art Fair renews partnership with Frye Art Museum

The Seattle Art Fair, presented by AIG, is pleased to announce the… Continue reading

Bread Face. Courtesy of the artist @breadfaceblog.
Seattle Art Fair returns Aug. 1

The Seattle Art Fair, presented by AIG, is proud to announce the… Continue reading

Linda Hodges Gallery in Pioneer Square. Photo courtesy Linda Hodges Gallery
Despite Construction, Pioneer Square’s Art Galleries Remain Strong

Long a hub for Seattle’s visual arts scene, the neighborhood gets an new space this spring with the opening of ARTS at King Street Station.

Patty Gone offers an artistic toast to Danielle Steel. Photo courtesy Mount Analogue
Patty Gone’s Queer Romance Novel Reflections

The artist’s upcoming residency at Mount Analogue explores the cultural impact of pulpy romantic fantasy.

Photo by Spencer Baker 
                                Mark Haim’s torso will be guided by his friends’ movements in Parts to a Sum.
Crowdsourced Choreography

Mark Haim’s ‘Parts to a Sum’ exemplifies how choreographers are relinquishing control in the name of collaboration.

Seeing the Seattle Opera’s <em>The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs</em> counts as screen time. Photo by Philip Newton
The Innovative Tech Disconnect of ‘The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs’

Like the technology Jobs pioneered, the Seattle Opera production is flashy but lacking in soul.

Seattle Asian American Film Festival 2019 Picks

Make the most of the cultural cinematic event with these four selections.

‘Roma’ projects to be the big winner at the 91st Academy Awards this Sunday. Photo by Carlos Somonte
And The Winner Is: 2019 Oscars Preditions

Who will take home the awards on cinema’s biggest night?

Britney Barber (center) and Samantha Demboski (left) perform in ‘Empty Orchestra.’ Photo courtesy Jet City Improv
Making It Up As They Go Along

Jet City Improv’s retributive actions towards a former player raise issues of the comedy institution’s staff culture.