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Cosmic Weather:

Just because something is “new” doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better; however, birthing new ideas can often be something that can be pretty cool for us to experience because new ideas (just by their very nature of being “fresh off the mental press”) can tend to make us feel more alive inside, more rejuvenated, more hopeful. They can also even, sometimes, radically turn our lives around when we do decide to act upon them (depending, of course, on what they are).

Anyway, with “thinker” Mercury in creative Leo squaring “our inner Einstein” Uranus (the planet of genius and geekiness), in solidifying Taurus today (1:07 pm), there’s hopefully a better than average chance that the charitable muses will be paying each of us a cordial visit and doling out to us at least a few, original, powerhouse thoughts, ideas, or perceptions that we can then add or incorporate into our nifty toolkits to hopefully take us places that we’ve always wanted to go but were never quite sure how to get there. (Uranus is considered to denote the superconscious mind and is also thought to be the “higher octave” of Mercury, while Mercury represents “the conscious mind, conscious awareness.” Uranus is also associated with flashes of intuition or sudden knowing.)

Of course, just like with everything else in life, there’s also potentially a rogue element or shadow side to today’s Mercury-Uranus square. Some manifestations of this might include: displaying rebellious or cantankerous behavior (throwing temper tantrums), experiencing increased mental restlessness, engaging in impulsive decision making. Uranus also symbolizes dissent or protest, challenges to the status quo. It may be a time when we’re more inclined to speak up (Mercury) about issues that appear to affect our sense of personal freedom or liberty (Uranus).

On another level, on Mercury-Uranus days we often hear things (Mercury) that really take us by surprise because they’re so unexpected (Uranus). Too, with Uranus in material Taurus, it’s possible that there could be some surprises or twists on the financial front, or regarding things that sustain us or make us feel more secure (including our values).

Action planet Mars is also at 29 degrees of authoritative Leo (a critical degree), today and tomorrow (entering Virgo, early Sunday morning). When Mars is at the end of the sign, there’s often a strong motivating desire to give something a “final push” to bring it about, especially if we’re already (perceived to be) close to the finish line. With Mars in proud Leo we may also feel a potent desire to exercise our personal power now.

Meanwhile, the Moon is also now in meditative Pisces, suggesting we make some time, along the way, for inner reflection or prayer. Numerologically, too, today (8-16-2019) reduces down to both a (dreamy) 7 and (self-mastery) 9, sort of re-iterating this Piscean theme for turning inward as a way to renewal now.

“I think making mistakes and discovering them for yourself is of great value, but to have someone else to point out your mistakes is a shortcut of the process.” Shelby Foote

*All times EDT

On This Day in History: On August 16, 1977, Elvis Presley (“the King”) died at Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.

Astrologically then (just two days earlier), there had been a New Moon in “kingly” Leo, (the sign of entertainment), with both the Sun and Moon in Leo in a tight conjunction to sobering Saturn, the Lord of Karma. (I remember reading a book about Elvis, several years ago, and in it there was mention that Elvis always kept a copy of Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet” by his bed. He was also, reportedly, interested in numerology.)

“Some people tap their feet, some people snap their fingers, and some people sway back and forth. I just sorta do ’em all together, I guess.” Elvis Presley

Hope it’s a good one!

Patrice Thompson

Thunder, Thunderstorm, Violet, Purple

Copyright 2019

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