STAR WISE: July-August 2016

by Mac McLaughlin

portrait of Mac McLaughlin

The planetary deities are constantly dialoguing. Astrology is one part science and another part art. When a student truly learns the basic science of astrology, he/she sets off on the path of learning the art of interpretation. This journey can take decades of time and tons of experience to hone one’s skills. The only way to accomplish this task is to dive right into the deep end of the cosmic pool. If the astrologer has done their homework and paid their dues through diligent study over the years, they can deliver seemingly magical and exceptionally helpful information and knowledge to their clients.

Each planet has its basic meaning and quality. This quality may be altered by the planet’s association and aspects with other planets. As an example, Venus represents love and beauty, kindness, caring and all things of a refined nature. Now, if Venus has hard aspects from planets like Saturn, Mars or Pluto, that refinement will be marred or distorted in some way. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch if the astrologer mentioned that marriage could be delayed, or divorce or abuse experienced when Venus is afflicted and the client wonders how the astrologer knew they had just been through a serious breakup. If a person has a very prominent Jupiter in their chart, it will be highly likely they will be considered very lucky, likeable, affable, funny, well educated, etc. A while ago, a lucky Jupiter type came in for her reading. Yes, she had just been through an amicable divorce in which she got to keep several houses and the Maserati! I don’t think she has worked a day in her life and she is exceptionally fortunate. On another day, a person with a very afflicted Saturn can come through the door with a heavy, sad tale of woe, loss and sacrifice.

The horoscope is a cosmic road map that helps us see and confirm just what the stars decree. The astrologer’s task is within helping people understand the script they wrote for themselves through the previous incarnations. Sometimes, we’ll come across a Saturnian person that has a very excellent life of purity, peace and harmony. We may also come across a Jupiter type that is a total mess, with a life steeped in greed and excess. The stars incline and compel and we have 75% fate/karma and 25% freewill to forge our future and stabilize our present status. Shakespeare’s, “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings,” says it nicely.

We’re making a few changes here at CG, and the July and August columns are rolled into this one column. The December and January columns will be amalgamated as well. The dominant planetary feature in August is the conjunction of Mars and Saturn. They are both considered to be malefic planets and we may very well see some fiery dramas unfold throughout the month in the form of fires, accidents, terrorism and other forms of chaos, such as gang activity. Mars and Saturn will be in square aspect with Neptune, indicating disasters at sea or other concerns of a water-borne nature. It’s unfortunate that the security forces here and in other countries place no value on astrology. A week before the 2010 Vancouver riot, I was telling people it was highly likely a riot would take place at that time.

Even an amateur astrologer would have seen the great potential for danger if presented with the birth chart of the man that killed all those dear souls in Orlando. Mars was moving very slowly – nearly stationary – and passing over the Sun in Omar Mateen’s birth horoscope. Mars is the planet that rules war, violence, weapons, aggression and anger. and when moving slowly, a planet becomes very powerful for good or ill. Given one hundred birth charts with the identities hidden, an astrologer would probably have picked out his chart knowing the energy was red hot and that if he was a terrorist, he would be on the move and very active. Lives could have been saved and so much suffering avoided if our people in charge only had the wisdom to use the stars properly. Historically, it’s a known fact astrologers were employed in helping their countries during times of war.

Mac McLaughlin has been a practising, professional astrologer for more than four decades. His popular Straight Stars column ran in Vancouver’s largest weekly newspaper for 11 years. Email or call 604-731-1109.


Aries ZodiacARIES Mar 21 – Apr 19

In mythology, Aries the Ram had supernatural powers. You might be quite interested in developing your own supernatural qualities. You are a diamond in the rough and with a little bit of practice, you may do wonders. The past figures prominently now. While other signs struggle through August, you may sail through the month easily.


Taurus ZodiacTAURUS Apr 20 – May 21

If we conducted a study of the top-notch chefs, Taurus would be at the top of the list. Family gatherings, picnics and parties are featured. Action and attraction and possible friction are strong probabilities this month. Mercury, Venus and Jupiter cast fine energy your way throughout August, making it a fine month indeed.


Gemini ZodiacGEMINI May 22 – Jun 20

Honesty is the best policy. The pathway ahead could become distorted or confusing. It might be time to let go of things that are no longer worthy, wholesome or healthy. The reward for letting go is freedom, harmony and happiness. Home, land and real estate feature prominently throughout August. Family gatherings are featured.


CancerCANCER Jun 21 – Jul 22

The New Moon on July 4 indicates a fresh start. You’re in your solar high of the year. Don’t be afraid to make changes because changes are in the wind and it is time to do so. Positive planetary energy is onboard, far outweighing any negative influences. Communications and health considerations are on the cosmic menu throughout August.


Leo ZodiacLEO Jul 23 – Aug 22

The pace picks up mid-month and your social calendar fills up as well. It’s never easy for Leo to make changes, but now through August the stars are offering up a time in which you can make changes readily and easily. Mars and Saturn bring energy, courage and sustained effort throughout August.


Virgo ZodiacVIRGO Aug 23 – Sep 22

Here’s a heads up. Take the month of July and seriously contemplate what it is you would truly love to do. Then implement those plans in August and September. You might even have to readjust your goals along the way, but that’s okay because you will be on your way towards attaining your overall target.


Libra ZodiacLIBRA Sep 23 – Oct 22

A fruitful time fast approaches. Now it’s summertime and a time to play and enjoy the days. All of that changes in September as we take a more serious approach to life’s tasks. August is the time to work behind the scenes working up your plan for the fall season. It may be a very good year, overall.


Scorpio ZodiacSCORPIO Oct 23 – Nov 21

Your ruling planet Mars stays in Scorpio until the end of the month. Use this energy to catapult yourself into the future. Move forward fearlessly. Rest assured that if you don’t promote yourself, nobody else will do it for you. August is a time to seriously align with the people you truly resonate with in order to solidify your future.


Sagittaurus ZodiacSAGITTARIUS Nov 22 – Dec 21

You might find yourself delving into some pretty deep stuff as Saturn brings on some stark realities. Things get lighter in the second half of the month. Mars joins up with Saturn in August bringing a stronger sense of commitment and determination as you exert your willpower to battle the forces lined up against you.


Capricorn ZodiacCAPRICORN Dec 22 – Jan 19

Some things will go and some things will stay, but it is a time of letting go and growing in a new way. The Full Moon on July 19 illuminates the situation. You can gain a lot of yardage in August with Mercury, Venus and Jupiter casting good energy your way. Strike while the iron is hot.


Aquarius ZodiacAQUARIUS Jan 20 – Feb 19

It’s time for a tune up, physically and spiritually. You may feel you’re running on empty and it would be wise to refuel and refurbish. Conflicting and contrasting energies dominate until the end of the month. Mysteries come up and secrets are exposed in the month of August. It’s a time of research.


Pisces ZodiacPISCES Feb 20 – Mar 20

You may be restless and desiring change. A career shift is likely. Interestingly, you could meet your significant other through your work. Someone that has a good light in them and understands what you’re all about could be close now. A very active month unfolds throughout August. Read the fine print and listen carefully regarding business deals.

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