New Moon, Mars Conjunct Saturn, Mercury Enters Virgo
Mars and Saturn are exactly conjunct Monday, Aug 25, @ 23 deg Libra. The tension produced by combining the energy of these two antagonistic planets is at its peak. Mars + Saturn = Force +Control. The two planets have been getting closer and closer together in Libra through the past month, and will begin to separate later this coming week. Finally, on Sept 4, Mars will leave Libra, breaking up a planetary combination that has brought a lot of crisis in world events.
Mercury enters Virgo on Friday, August 29. The planet of Rational Thinking will be in its own sign Virgo for three weeks, until Sept 20. Mercury is also considered Exalted in this sign. Therefore the significations of Mercury are strengthened: more Rationality, more Reasonableness, more reliance on Facts & Data.