The Week Ahead

10-11 August

With the Sun in Leo (hot-dry) and the Moon in Taurus (cold-dry), the energy of today and tomorrow is Choleric/Melancholic.

Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. Humoural theory underpinned much of Early Modern drama, and was extensively used by well-known playwrights of the period like Shakespeare.

Previously, we have experienced Choleric/Melancholic as self-cancelling in Henry IV and an ‘artistic failure’ in Hamlet. Today, let’s go deeper. 

For example, when I read about Falstaff and his melancholy in Henry IV, I understand the significance of his humours in terms of 17th century ideals. Yet I cannot help thinking if only he had gotten some psychological help as we might today in the 21st century, things would have turned out differently. But would they? Are we kidding ourselves to believe that someone can be different than they are meant to be?

In the 17th century, Hamlet prematurely presumes his mother behind the death of his father – ‘frailty, thy name is woman’. This depicts key cultural attitudes as insidiously dangerous for women as is Virginia Woolf’s 20th century ‘Milton’s bogey’ (the depiction of Eve as inferior, alone responsible for mans’ eviction from the Garden of Eden). Worse, it’s now the 21st century and we’re still bogged down in it.

Once ‘signs’ of cultural attitudes like these are identified, they can openly discussed and hopefully dispersed. But whilst they remain buried in our unconscious minds, they continue to give weight to damaging cultural attitudes and beliefs.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Anger
  • Status-quo
  • Suspicious
  • Painful
  • Fraudulent

Advice: Learn from literature and make things better.


12-14 August

With the Sun in Leo (hot-dry) and the Moon in Gemini (hot-wet), the energy is Choleric/Sanguine.

Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. Humoural theory underpinned much of Shakespeare and still influences literary characters today, such as with favourite personages in AA Milne’s classic children’s story, Winnie the Pooh

Previously, we have experienced Choleric/Sanguine as linked to enthusiastic pleasantries and colourful drama that can either be a blessing or a bane. 

But how about being both good and bad at the same time?

Bouncing is what Tigger does best! It makes him larger than life. Even though his hyperactivity and irresponsible attitude causes constant problems for his friends, he remains the most loveable of all the characters in the hundred-acre wood. 

One day, Tigger loses his famous stripes. He suffers what can only be called an identity crisis. Tigger is inconsolable until he learns from his friends that it is what is ‘inside’ that counts. Luckily, this lesson proves not to be difficult for Tigger not the least because he’s got a big heart, one of the more positive aspects of Choleric. He is also observant especially when it comes to understanding how he fits into the wider community, a skill associated with Sanguine

Put the two together – Choleric/Sanguine –  and we have a fine example of resilience – the ability to bounce back from high drama set-backs by enthusiastically exercising common sense. 

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Kind
  • Merry
  • Nimble
  • Quick-witted
  • Larger than life

Advice: Blessing or bane – the choice is yours.


15-16 August

With the Sun in Leo (hot-dry) and the Moon in Cancer (cold-wet), the energy is Choleric/Phlegmatic.

Humoural theory is based on the ancient and medieval physiology and medicine as expounded by Empedocles, Hippocrates, and Galen. It’s all to do with the four blocks or ‘roots’ of the material world (Fire, Earth, Water, and Air) that manifest in certain humours and their related temperaments. Humoural theory underpins much of Early Modern drama and was extensively used by well-known playwrights of the period like Shakespeare.

Previously, we have experienced Choleric/Phlegmatic as linked to cold showers on unbridled passions as well as passion which never gets off the ground. 

Why not find some middle ground?

Fire and water, as noted in an earlier post, at best makes steam. But whilst other zodiacal combinations of fire/water blow up, this combination could be harnessed for good, as for example in powering steam engines. This is because the Cancer is ruled by the Moon and Leo, ruled by the Sun and as such, all is right with the world.

  • Cancer = faithful, stable, lethargic, conservative.
  • Leo = boasting, enthusiastic, generous, impatient.

Get the mix right, and you’re on the way to success and happiness. 

Get the mix wrong, then remember what happened in Shakespeare’s Hamlet : Ophelia was as unable to get in touch with her feelings (Phlegmatic) as was Hamlet to pursue his passions (Choleric). The result, as you may know, was madness and the catalyst, arrogance masquerading as knowledge.

Some key words for this energy include:

  • Admirable
  • Kindness
  • Jolly
  • Ponderous
  • Deliberate

Advice: Everything in moderation.


Published by debramoolenaar

Formerly an American lawyer specialising in international tax, I'm now an astrologer, novelist, and aspiring life coach.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: