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I don’t want to start off in a negative way but I for one am ready for a different kind of week this week. Charlotte, NC is about 90 miles down the road from me. It’s interesting when things that have happened repeatedly across the country suddenly happen in your area and you often take on a new perspective. Be it good or be it bad, my wish is for peace and love to all.

Astrologically this week begins with a sweet Sun-Jupiter conjunction. This is a once a year combination of good fortune and power. Jupiter’s transit of Libra is close to it’s end but we still a bit more than two weeks of this influence left.

Jupiter’s energy expands things. While transiting Libra, he works on expanding our understanding of partnerships and diplomacy. He encourages us to find ways to compromise, equity, concordance, and harmonious negotiations.

Libra is an air sign. Jupiter’s transit through Libra expands our desire to learn and be adventurous thinkers. This open-mindedness detaches us from our values to some extent, enabling us to better view various sides to issues of the day or what is going on in our own lives.

Libra is all about balance. She doesn’t like conflict and disagreements. She wants us to find ways to get along and work as a team with others. Libra encourages counseling, fairness, honor, trust, good ethics, and cooperation in not only our social lives but also in our legal dealings.

I aspire to practice these qualities every day of the year but of course, this is easier said than done. Manifesting is easiest when are open-minded and compromising. We just need to be sure that we don’t allow ourselves to be run over by our compromises. No one wants to intentionally be a doormat, do they? Instead, be as gracious as possible in all your interactions. Some areas where this energy proves to be most useful is the arts, architecture, politics, mediating, and the law.

Monday is also the day Pluto turns direct after and five-month retrograde. Pluto is lord of the under word and loves to destroy in order to rebuild. Now that he is turning direct, we can expect hidden things and secrets to surface. Interesting how this shift in direction is just in time for our first presidential candidate debate.

Tuesday Mars leaves Sagittarius and moves into Capricorn. This is a good transit for Mars. His aggressive, youthful energy is harmonious with the energy of Capricorn’s sometimes pushy, hard working goat. For those that are willing, their hard work over the next six weeks will most likely bring big rewards. For Capricorn’s, and those that have Mars in Capricorn, this might come a bit easier than for the rest of us.

Thursday, Venus is semisquare Chiron. This can lead us to examine how our relationships are different than how they are alike. This aspect is almost looking for trouble with a relationship. This is not the best time to attempt to learn from someone else.

Friday brings the New Moon in Libra. This is a great time to commit to our goals that express the characteristics of this sign. Any way that you can commit to finding balance and harmony in your life will be a good thing to consider over the next week or two. This includes compromise and mediation.

Saturday holds two aspects for us. First is Venus trine Neptune. This aspect will lead our focus toward beauty, art, and of course imagination. Neptune characteristics blend well with Venus’s and create an air of magic to our romantic and social lives. We feel more open, kind, and compassionate toward others with this energy about. This all sounds pretty good to me. I will be looking forward to the weekend for sure.

Also on Saturday, Mercury will oppose Chiron. This can lead to some misinterpreted communications if we take things personally. Intentions can be hard to read. If you find yourself in this situation, take a deep breath and realize, this is not yours. Do your best not to doubt your own awareness and understanding.

I am going the end here. I am hungry and it is getting late in the day. Amelia and I spent the afternoon doing a book signing. It was a lot of fun and I am looking forward to the ones scheduled for the next two Saturdays.

Until next time, make this a great week!