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Buckle up, interstellar babes. As the energy builds following August 7th’s Lunar Eclipse and towards August 21st’s Solar Eclipse, there will be no turning back from soul-shaking change. Yet this is precisely the moment when old fears will start to fire and we’ll look at them as if they are real. As if they deserve to live. They don’t.

As Venus opposes Pluto in Capricorn on Tuesday, stories about security, tradition, and belonging will be circulating in the consciousness. Think of this as a friendly ghost aspect where you get to take a look at habitual, repressive grooves around being unloveable, towing the line, and keeping yourself small. Speak to these spirits softly and sweetly and then stare them down and get them gone. You’ve simply got too much living to do to be hanging out in graveyards.

When the North Node conjuncts the Sun in Leo the following day, there will be no turning back. We’ve walked down the jetway into the plane and the final announcement has been made: “If stepping fully into your power and purpose is not your final destination, then you should debark immediately.” Doors shut. Flaps up. Lift off. Nevertheless, see what's in store for your sign this week.

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Leo

Rallying Cry: Celebrating my competence can feel like sweet surrender.

Power Moves: As Pluto taps your 6th house of competence and effort, this can feel like a floodlit moment where every detail is exposed — including your tenderest flaws, cracks, and fissures. Get comfy with amplifying and magnifying these in order to dissolve them into light. Move directly towards the discomfort and the self-judgement and watch how it breaks apart and loses its potency the more you look into the microscope. Delight in all the tiny cells and lines, and start to trust that every so-called wound and soft spot is actually your gateway to power. It’s in these places of fully letting yourself be human that you can discover resources you didn’t even realize you contained. While you’re at it, take a good look at everything you’re able to accomplish, no matter how small. Notice where your routine and rituals help lift you up and where they need fine tuning. Clean the pipes. Look under the hood. Because by week’s end, with a New Moon knocking at the door of 1st house of identity expression, it’ll be time to simply oil it up and let it ride.

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Virgo

Rallying Cry: I can assess myself honestly, while still accessing my divinity.

Power Moves: This week’s cosmic events highlight your 1st and 6th houses of identity and embodiment, respectively, and you have the opportunity to practice turning your characteristically pragmatic gaze upon yourself without this feeling harsh. Delight in the details. Revel in the critique. But think of it as an arthouse critique that engages in assessment because you’re deeply committed to the project of yourself. Don’t let yourself feel less than — use your gaze to fall in love with your own specifics. Let the places of “improvement” actually feel like deeply exciting caverns of commitment where you can dive in and muck around like a sculptor to create something prideful and glorious. Revel in the process all the way, Virgo. Let your hands sink into the clay. Let the endless doing have its own rhythm, and let yourself shake it hard and sweet to the beat.

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Libra

Rallying Cry: Love has absolutely everything to do with it, and I’m ready to earnestly romance the world.

Power Moves: Remember those little Valentine’s Day mailboxes in grade school where you’d receive themed love letters from your classmates, complete with shiny heart-shaped stickers? Let yourself receive that kind of feeling tone this week, Libran queen. Get silly with it. Think of all the cliches and exploit them. Romance yourself deeply. As Mercury slows down through your house of dreamy surrender, let yourself really revel in the mystical. Sometimes you’re accused of only looking on the rarefied bright side but this week, let it be rainbows and unicorns. Walk into the sunset. Let yourself feel into the expansiveness of aesthetic ideals and discover beautiful gems underneath every rock you cross. While the Full Moon rocks your house of innocent, playful romance, dive into something with both glass slippered feet. And get home way after midnight.

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Scorpio

Rallying Cry: I can summon my tribe without losing an ounce of my essence.

Power Moves: You’re a rebel at heart, Scorpionic sweetie, but with this week’s cosmic events crossing through your 4th and 11th houses of home and tribe, it’s all about feeling into your networks and letting them catch you as you leap. Imagine circus or dance performances where every last body is interconnected and the mesh is spread expansively to cushion any falls. This won’t take away your glory but only deepen your reach. Slip into your sequined unitard and trust so completely in your own showwomanship that you can leap and roll into the arms of the people who love you. And trust that they love you. Soften some of that characteristic suspicion and believe in what you’ve built with the people who’ve known you the longest. Let that durational sense feel like part of your blood and bones. Let it hold you upright as you embark on new missions. Bounce and fly.

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Capricorn

Rallying Cry: Cracking my armor lets the iron and light of relationship lift me up.

Power Moves: As the Venus-Pluto opposition lights up your houses of “me” versus “we,” it’s a fairytale week for probing the value of your ideals, renovating parts of the castle, and practicing letting the paint of your self-possessed facade start to crumble just a little bit. What would it look like not to have to put on your game face? Notice how you prepare to enter the world- the layers that you think must exist between you and the rawness of the external. What would it mean to step into your emotional boudoir and wipe your face clean and just stare into the crystal cut mirror admiring your bareness. The path to the relationships you both crave and fear lies in opening your palms and lifting this face to the light- letting the exhaustion of keeping it all together start to soften and morph and shift. You are really to be tended to and cared for. You are ready to be lifted up on a precious pillow. As the week closes with the North Node and the Sun meeting in your house of intimate encounters, you’ll be more than ready to take the plunge and collide with others in the full flower of your realness.

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Sagittarius

Rallying Cry: Getting down to emboldened business sparks my curiosity about what’s to come.

Power Moves: Lay out that power suit this week, pony pants, because it’s time to get down to brass tacks. As Mercury stations retrograde in your house of badass bizness, you’re being asked to review the particulars while also feeling lush and adventurous. Imagine a botanical expedition to a new ecosystem, complete with guidebooks, where you can classify each new life form that you see. Sort things out. Delight in the process of distinguishing between what does and does not matter without necessarily knowing the entirety of your grand vision yet. Let it be a culinary adventure of gathering resources — chopping and refining for a feast of epic proportions. Step behind the scenes as a sous chef and just keep doing the work and let that unfolding feel endlessly exciting. Let yourself get hungry for the meal you’re preparing without even knowing what shape it will take yet. There will be plenty of time for snacking once the work is done. And you’ll get to revel in having prepared it with your own two hands.

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Pisces

Rallying Cry: Not having to fit in helps me find my singular vision.

Power Moves: It’s a camp performance week for you, Pisces, and it’s time to display the talent show you’ve been preparing all summer long. You’ve bunked down with your cabin. You’ve plunged into lakes. And now it’s time to put on your tassels and sequins and jazz shoes. With Pluto activating your 11th house of group visions, old stories about blending in come knocking at your door. And while your urge to merge is one of your greatest gifts, this week you’re asked to investigate when that process of surrendering to the vast sea of stars stops you from harnessing the full power of your own lovelight. With Venus kissing your 5th house of specialness, it’s time to get comfy with the urge to be recognized. To let eccentricity and apartness actually pave the pathway for the kind of intimacy you crave that’s more than just going along to get along. This kind of intimacy stems from showing your distinction so completely that others gather around you to get high off your light. As the North Node and Sun meet in your 6th house of expertise by week’s end, you’ll realize that showing up fully as yourself can be the greatest act of service.

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Aquarius

Rallying Cry: Lifting up on the pedal lets me truly fly.

Power Moves: As Pluto touches your 12th house of dreamy surrender this week, old patterning is firing for you hard and it’s time to really dive into exploring where you steel yourself against release. While “letting go” can sound like a super abstract challenge, practice simply widening the space around you this week. You don’t have to surrender completely. You don’t have to let it all come undone just yet. Simply smudge the edges of judgement like you’re applying liquid blush. Noticing where sharpness doesn’t serve you. Where the hard contours of things are limiting your ability to inhabit your full range of expression. With Venus transiting your 6th house of sweet service, it’s time to get comfortable behind the scenes. To trust so deeply in your own worth that you don’t have to assert or agress. As the week closes out with the Sun and North Node colliding in your 7th house of relating, you’ll be prepared to show up others without question or judgement the way you’ve shown up for yourself.

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Aries

Rallying Cry: I don’t have to be at the center of the action to feel like things are in motion.

Power Moves: It’s a delicious week of retreat for you, red hot renegade. Let yourself curl up by the fire and relish the distant battlefield sounds. So often, your fiery force translates thoughts into action with virtually no pause- it’s like you’re a pulsating verb. This week asks you to be the adjective. As Pluto lights up your 10th house of emboldened self-sufficiency, old stories about “shoulds” and compulsive actioning will be up for review. It’s time to practice engaging with the concept of “inspired” action that waits in silence for the Universe to have a say. That tosses the ball into the star-studded world and then just lets the wind follow through and knock it out of the park. Trust that everything you’ve put in motion is undergoing its own sweet process of becoming and that part of the power of this unfolding lies in its own mysterious rhythm. By week’s end, as the Sun and North Node settle up in your 5th house of joyously playful expression, you’ll get to enjoy every last bite of the cake that’s been baking all on its own.

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Taurus

Rallying Cry: Paying attention to what’s present helps me open up towards what’s to come.

Power Moves: As Pluto touches your 9th house of far-flung philosophies, this is a week to take a good, hard look at your belief structures, and where big picture, futuristic thinking has actually led you away from honoring what’s already present in your world. As Venus, your ruling planet, beckons you towards the 3rd house of curious sampling, it’s a kind of back to the basics of love week for you. Take a look at exactly what surrounds you right now and really feel into the generosity of this presence. The relationships you’ve already got, the material beauty that surrounds you. More than any other sign, you are able to tap into the pure pleasure of what’s already on hand and this week asks you to return to these simple sensations. The rhythm of the unfolding light in your living space, the treats you’ve already got in the fridge. As the Sun and North Node meet up in your house of roots and belonging by week’s end, it will feel like a solid homecoming where you can settle into yourself with grounded excitement about what’s on the next horizon.

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Gemini

Rallying Cry: Resting my feet on solid ground can be an act of radical transformation.

Power Moves: As the Venus-Pluto opposition activates your axis of transformation and stability this week, you’re asked to adjust your wings to whatever winds prevail and find balance between take-offs and landings. Pluto intensifies anything it touches and as it rubs up against your 8th house of deep, radical dives beneath the surface, you will undoubtedly feel compulsive urges to question goodness and rock the boat. But what if this process of questioning didn’t have to undermine the deliciousness of the experience? What if you could simultaneously hold a lover or a project or a moment with all your attention and trust, while still knowing that it will someday shift or change or end? What if stability and ceaseless change could both be true? Sticking the landing is often a challenge for you and with endlessly curious streets to be traveled and stones to be overturned, you can sometimes feel a sense of nervous exhaustion with the shifting, kaleidoscopic world. Find moments of pause amidst these shifts. Little lifeboats to rest on amidst all the unfolding. As the North Node and Sun meet in your 3rd house of communication and adaptation by week’s end, you’ll be more than ready to keep on riding the tide to entirely unexpected shores.

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Cancer

Rallying Cry: Loving myself with tenderness and care magnetizes the partnerships I crave.

Power Moves: With Venus in your sign gracing your house of fundamental identity, it’s a week for starting with the sweet succulence of the self, shell babe. As Pluto hits off your relationship axis, this can feel like a struggle of intense craving and the desire to “possess” the people you love, to step outside of your own process and to grasp for what you think you need by attempting to force others to give it to you. But this week’s lesson lies in loving your own process, and letting this lay the groundwork for an expanded concept of partnership that lets others develop in their own time as well. Notice where your urge to “lock it down” or have relationships unfold in a particular way feels painful. Where you try to calcify and freeze people in time and space. Let them evolve. Loosen your grip. Let each person you encounter, including yourself, taste the rainbow of possible behaviors. As the Sun and North Node meet up in your house of self worth by week’s end, you’ll be able to challenge old stories about scarcity and celebrate everything you possess with open arms and without question.

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