Art Stars 3

As the heat of the summer season winds down, we begin to turn inward as though preparing for hibernation. While the deciduous leaves commence their change of color, there will be a dramatic shift in pace in both the skies and our tiny worlds below. A theme of reflection will commence in September and carry through to December with the retrograde motions of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Saturn will trade signs from Leo to Virgo, and planets will align in a cross: Limitations in work and challenges and confrontations in communication, connections, and distribution of ideas and goods will all ignite the collective atmosphere. This fall should be a time for all you art stars to sit back with your book or laptop and just document ideas, reflect on your work and projects and try to contextualize it all for yourself.


A major long-term focus during this time is the planet Saturn and the sign of Virgo. September, the month of Virgo, is coincidentally the month in which Saturn will finally step down from its long and uncomfortable seat in the throne of Leo. This planet’s rings, our visible limitations and restrictions, will come to rest in the sign of the Virgin and harvest. This means that the energy of Saturn will be harnessed in the realms of labor and public service, health, the environment, and critical thought. The excesses, economic extravagances, and ego-checks (or ego-explosions) seen among conservative world powers over the past two-and-a-half years under Leo will give way to a kind of hyper-critical self-consciousness in Virgo. On the positive side, this means that those with Leo highlighted in their horoscope will feel a sense of relief as the restrictions placed upon their own personal expression or sense of self cease. Taurus and Scorpio natives will also lose that sense of panic or depression that was caused by some burdensome responsibility, and Aquarians my see the close of a long-term confrontation with a father figure or person of authority. However, past actions committed by those with strong fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) who possess authority will be scrutinized publicly, and this time it will have a more obvious effect than in the past. Issues of labor, such as working conditions and their relationship to physical and mental health, will come into focus with this new planetary immigration. In the art world we may see a surge in art production that conceptually uses craft or some form of meditative, repetitive labor (think drawing, arranging and ordering, knitting). The Earth signs (Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn) can revel in the sensitivity to material reality that will play out across the world stage. Since Virgo represents the Virgin, Saturn’s movement will also correspond to growing public sympathy for women’s issues. Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces will have a particular affinity with these issues and will jump to draw attention to them. Linked to this is the problem of our own physical and mental limitations, the result of a Cartesian mind-body split. This issue will be addressed in new revisions in critical thought and practice. Gemini will be forced to confront the materiality of his existence. Be prepared for reform. Picture the reaper, sickle in hand, in the fields of your abstract reality.

One particular day to note is Sept. 4, when the Sun in Virgo makes a waning square to Jupiter in Sagittarius. An existential challenge will be met by Virgo and Sagittarius natives as they realize their possibilities for growth in the form of some minor personal or philosophical crisis. How this challenge is met will resonate for years to come and will culminate in a changed or expanded view of themselves. On the same day, the moon in Gemini makes an opposition to Jupiter and a square to the sun, creating a dynamic, mutable T-Square. This will involve Gemini in the equations, who will similarly be encouraged to expand by using his/her often forgotten intuition and emotive powers to connect with others in an academic or long-distance relationship. Each of these individuals, including Pisces, should be careful not to succumb to ego-inflation or a skewed sense of self. The pressure of these planetary aspects will be felt by those with strong egos and may force them to examine their unrestrained behavior and speech. This may even have a humbling influence on leaders who were previously arrogant and self-important.

Again, the synchronicity of a conspiring heavenly order will be felt when, as Saturn enters Virgo, a Mutable Cosmic Cross emerges overhead. In this case, ten different planets will all line up in the Mutable signs. Imagine the tension of the form of a cross: Pressure comes from the abutment of two joined opposites, while at the same time action is initiated by a need for cyclical movement, like a wheel. The spiral motion symbolized by Mutable energy will be the way in which this tense energy manifests: through communication, distribution, and connections. Typically, those with strong points in Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, will particularly feel the stress of this configuration in their dealings with others and in their work relationships. Over the next three years, Saturn’s movement combined with the Cross will yield increased limitation, frustration, or difficulty. Everyone with a strong mutable streak should beware of depression and frustrated isolation; external and internal challenges should be met with patience and self-reflection. If these challenges are met with positive consideration, the tense energy will kick-start change and reform. By late September, Mercury in Libra makes a trine to Mars in Gemini. At this point, the Air signs (Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius) will all have a sudden burst of courage. Assertive communication will become effortless. A full moon on the same day means that this confidence comes from a series of earlier accomplishments and was consequently worth the work. Aries will meet a poetic quicksilver mind and may be inclined to collaborate in a partnership. Capricorn will find it difficult to speak or write attractively and should avoid this hobby in favor of learning how to activate others with a more energetic style.

Of note in October will be a series of aspects involving the Sun, Venus, Jupiter and Uranus. This means that our sense of selfhood, our aesthetic values and loves, and our need for expansion and independence will be activated in various spheres. This month is a highlight month for Libra, Sagittarius and Pisces. On Oct. 9, the Sun in Libra makes a waning sextile to Jupiter, creating an easy correspondence of philosophies and ethics for these two signs. This is a good time to be finishing up musical, poetic, or film projects in preparation for sharing them with an audience. On the same day, Jupiter makes a waning square to Uranus in Pisces, and the creative and imaginative Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will feel an urge to express to others unique and difficult concepts of their own conception. When Oct. 26 rolls around, the mutable signs will be forced to change something they find pleasurable or pleasing by way of some unexpected clash. The opposing forces of Venus and Uranus mean that what one is mentally comfortable with and what one feels is fair might conflict with those who are more emotionally driven around you. Pisces may be put into a position where she has to affect change on others with some upset or shake up. Libra, on the other hand, should review his aesthetic practices to be sure they are still relevant to the times.

We will all experience an ease in understanding our own personal difficulties and unconscious sufferings when the Sun in Scorpio makes a trine to Mars in Cancer on Nov. 4. Water signs (Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces) will have a surge of energy and should be compelled to activate their personal pursuits and those of others by sharing their past and family experiences. There might be problems at home which originally spurred the need for action. Aries will find it easier to tap into his emotions, and Capricorn will fell challenged by her mother or her aggressive feminine voice inside. At this point, the Moon in Virgo is involved in an aspect pattern that leads to the conclusion that many of these surfacing feelings about the personal and the past should be integrated into something written or crafted. On Nov. 26, Venus in its home of Libra makes a trine to Neptune in Aquarius. Big ideas and big imagination are combined for a perfect day of art, music, and film. Anything that can grab the public’s unconscious will to unify with the collective should be encouraged for all imaginers— particularly the pioneering Aries, the crafting Taurus, the showman in Leo, Libra’s literary gifts, and Aquarius’ humanitarian efforts and intellectual quests.

Finally, as the highlight of December, Saturn’s comfortable domain will see a solidification of ideas and understanding. Early in the month our minds are prepared for expanded thoughts about philosophy, globalization, and theory. The imaginative promise: on Dec. 14, Mercury and Neptune combine forces to make it easier for all artists to tap into a collective mind. Again, this is a good day for written, spoken, musical or filmic work. The Sun conjoins with Jupiter in Sagittarius on Dec. 26, and all of our philosophical dilemmas become integrated into our sense of who we are. The other Fire signs (Aries, Leo) will feel the need and pressure to walk the talk, while the Mutables (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces) will do it naturally.

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