It’s time to get serious; the Moon enters Scorpio today and Mercury enters Scorpio tomorrow. Scorpio encourages us to concentrate our attention and delve into the core of things. It brings our attention within or with more laser-like focus without. Scorpio is represented by both a soaring phoenix and by a scorpion that lurks under rocks, symbolizing transcendental focus on one side and well-defended delving curiosity on the other.
One of Scorpio’s key phrases could be “just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you.” Maybe we do need to wake up to the dangers of climate shift, Ebola, or a dysfunctional relationship, but, yes, Mercury in Scorpio can make us a little paranoid or jealous. Scorpio can help us perceive more deeply and look at the real roots of the problem. But we can so easily see those details out of context. It’s too easy to waste our energy on a harebrained suspicion or resenting that someone has something we don’t. It will take mental discipline to suspend our story and suspend our assumptions until we have more information.
The cure for this Scorpionic over-focus can be to obsess on something productive. Mercury Scorpio’s concentration can be wonderfully meditative for any project that needs mental durability. It’s great for scientific or journalistic research or anywhere we can search for objective facts. But let’s be very careful with editorial interpretation of what we find while Mercury’s here (Sept28-Oct 10, Oct 24-Nov16). Mercury turns retrograde on October 5 and already now appears to move slower, and this begins to muddy our thinking process and glitch up communication and transportation. We can use this new Mercury in Scorpio focus to get organized for those three weeks of Mercury retrograde (Oct. 5-27) so we’re ready to use that time to review and follow through.
With the Sun in creative Venusian Libra, one way to use this focus is to pull out the art supplies and have a long conversation with the soul. But maybe do so where nobody’s looking: with Venus still in Virgo we can be self-critical and self-conscious if we think we have an audience.
After Venus joins the Sun in relationship-oriented Libra on Tuesday, we may be braver with our creative process, and more easily forgiving of one another, but also will tend to have higher expectations of our emotional life for the next few weeks. So let’s not take our romantic interests for granted now. If we need time alone, which is understandable with Mercury in Scorpio, let’s make sure our significant others feel loved and appreciated, and knows when we’ll return.
With Venus in Libra we may also become more confrontation- adverse and in need of peace in our daily life. And more open to new sparks of relationship. Mercury in Scorpio also brings muskiness to our thought process, affected by the primal qualities of love and hate, attraction and repulsion. Fall romances conflagrate easily.
Mars, that activity instigator, moves into a dynamic trine with Jupiter and Uranus in fire signs over the next week and wants to stir up trouble, whether delightful trouble or destructive trouble. This grand trine brings a restless sense of adventure and a rebellion against anything that doesn’t work. As Mercury appears to slow down to turn retrograde, let’s be careful be careful when we leap down mountains, or drive swerving roads to look at glorious gold-touched autumnal scenery. We’ll need extra time outside and connected to the natural world, extra time moving our bodies and moving our minds, but may also need extra attention toward safety.
This ingenious Mars/Uranus/Jupiter grand trine in fire signs can really activate coalitions for positive change, particularly positive change around the ecosystem. Mars now activates its guardian nature in the sign of Sagittarius, whose symbol is a centaur, a human-animal combination that speaks of our human connection to the natural world. We saw this aspect of grand trine kick at the NYC People’s Climate March; let’s keep the momentum going.
This grand trine can help us move forward with unusual shoot-from-the hip honesty. It can give us the physical oomph we need (once we get going), and will inspire fall athletics as well as support the physical labor needed to bring in the harvest. It also can bring a rumble of impatient temper to underline all we do. Just when Venus in Libra encourages us to avoid confrontation and Mercury in Scorpio is ready with the pointed and snappy comeback. So let’s just watch what sparks we light.
Friday, September 26: Overnight dreams can bring new clarity as the Moon conjuncts Mercury and then entered Scorpio. We are unusually intuitive, but may be a little on the suspicious side. Feel the tug of longing, but don’t waste it wanting what somebody else has, but use it as inspiration instead. Reach out this morning, but not too far; respect boundaries. Later on, let’s not take it personally if people pull within and become more reserved, as it really isn’t about us. Tonight, the Moon trine’s Neptune and we may want to let the practical world go and find some positive magic.
Saturday, September 27: We can wander companionably together, hold hands while each one resides in our own universe, but don’t push us to connect or rush us out the door. Morning is more expensive and curious as the Moon squares Jupiter. We may feel older or tired early tonight as the evening grows more serious and thoughtful as the Scorpio Moon conjunct Saturn. And if we are out having fun, there may be a moment we look around and wonder what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it with these people. Debate cleanly.
Sunday, September 28: Kick back. The mood becomes more sociable, open, and peripatetic under a fresh and direct Sagittarius Moon. A sense of humor helps us accept one another and look farther afield for an answer. We may need to let go of a path that’s come to its end, and this leaves us both a little bittersweet but with more room in our life. Wander. Look for a chance to be unusually honest, but take the sting out of the message. Converse with strangers or about strange things this afternoon. Fights get more likely closer to midnight as the Moon conjuncts Mars.
Monday, September 29: Venus enters its home sign of Libra and we’re ready for a fall romance, or renewed peacekeeping missions. We may feel a sudden craving for beautiful things. The Moon forms a grand trine with Uranus and Jupiter this afternoon and we’re ready to make liberating changes on the home front.
Tuesday, September 30: An odd, wandering day where new ideas are broached, but it’s hard to get the wind in our sails. Experiment, putter, wander, follow up, answer emails, but forgive a certain lack-luster momentum. We can grow more motivated and serious tonight as the Moon enters ambitious Capricorn.
Wednesday, October 1: A socially awkward, tender, yet pragmatically competent day, we can get a lot done, but we’ll tend to step on toes and that can make us even more self-conscious and blundering. Return to practicalities to find balance. Watch for a moody power struggle tonight as the Moon conjuncts Pluto. Check in with easily-depressed friends. Keep priorities clear.
Thursday, October 2: People are feeling curious but contrary this morning. We may feel slowed down by a series of snafus, but this offers us a chance to solve some problems upfront and create ease later on. We’ll appreciate people who can help us solve our problem, without telling us what that problem is. Let’s pace ourselves and not be discouraged. Be ready to adjust plans and balance the need for control with the need for freedom midday as the Capricorn Moon squares Uranus in Aries. This afternoon, play interactions for karmic consequences; what goes around will indeed come back around, and quickly.
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Make lists and get them done this weekend under Sun and Venus and in industrious Virgo. But don’t make those lists too long; Virgo can bring out our self-criticism, sometimes even a paralyzing self-criticism, and slow us down. It would be much better to make short lists, scratch them off one at a time, celebrate, and take another step. This keeps us from getting overwhelmed and stokes our sense of accomplishment.
Virgo is a mutable sign; mutable signs sit at the end of the season when the weather shifts back and forth between the seasons, adjusting minute-by-minute, translating and mutating one season to the other. The tree outside our window now changes daily, the warm rich colors of autumn paint the south-facing leaves, and those leaves drift down to change our landscape. Mutable signs, by their virtue of their ability to adjust, multitask and track many things at once, can be overwhelmed when they see how many individual parts go into making up the whole.
So these Virgo planets can help us see all the things that we could do, and with that inimitable Virgo sense of responsibility, should do, but can leave us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted at the very idea. Much better we chunk the work down, celebrate each little victory, and see how far we can get.
The weekend begins under a more sociable and relaxed Leo Moon. We may need to come back to ourselves after an emotional few days under a recent challenged Cancer Moon. We are encouraged to create a more heart-centered world through our work and through our socializing, through our emotional outreach. The Moon enters Virgo on Sunday and sends us back to our chores and our self-improvement projects; we can make great progress as long as we don’t get lost in critique or self-criticism.
Mars also squares Neptune and can help us let go. This aspect can engender doubt as to what we’re doing next and where we want to go, but it can also soften our heart and help us let go of the anger we’ve been carrying. Or make us irritable about an imagined small slight or by a difference in spiritual philosophy; it’s our choice how we respond (do we Mars are Neptune, or Neptune are Mars?). Neptune softens whatever touches but also confuses and fusses the edges, and Mars coincides with what ticks us off, what protects us, and what drives us.
Mars symbolizes our energy pack and our immune system, with Mars square Neptune our energy may be variable and fuzzy, there when we’re inspired, but not otherwise. We may find our immune system feeling a little wobbly, so anything we can do to support our sense of healthy boundaries both emotionally, physically, psychologically, to strengthen our Jade screen (as it can be referred to in Chinese medicine) will be helpful now.
Mother Theresa, an archetype of inspired nursing, had the Sun, Mercury and Mars in Virgo. So under these Virgo planets, and with Mars square Neptune, let’s nurse ourselves and one another into vibrant health. This is a powerful time to watch the Ebola epidemic and consider our global responsibility to those suffering, and to keep an eye on the recent outbreak of respiratory disease in the Midwest. Let’s get strong and healthy, and support those dealing with illness.
Monday marks a pivot point, Pluto turns direct after several months retrograde and the Sun enters Libra, marking the autumn equinox at 8:29 PM. Early next week brings unusual opportunity both for open warfare and for peaceful negotiations as we search for a new equilibrium as the day and night balance and find theirs.
Pluto stationary (Pluto appears to hold still in the sky as it turns direct) focuses questions about what is healthy use of power and what is misuse of power. And we mean power in all senses of the word; look for debate around fossil fuel usage, around political power and military might, and watch for simple tugs of power on the home front or in the community meeting. Depression can thicken. If confronted with one of these struggles, it pays to disengage the struggle, and focus on personal empowerment and power engaged with responsibility.
On Tuesday, the Moon conjunct Venus and joins the Sun in peace-loving Venus-ruled Libra, and continues to open the doors of the heart through the New Moon in Libra early Wednesday morning. Use this opening to create new beginnings in friendships, relationships. Let’s find ourselves on a more equal footing with all our cohorts.
Jupiter trines Uranus midweek and heralds a few months of technological ingenuity. We can look for exciting new opportunities and technological breakthrough to follow from this time. But for now, we may be low on common sense, but unusually high in intuition, ingenuity and scientific ability.
Remember that Mercury turns retrograde on October 5; it’s already in its shadow, the area it backs over during its three weeks retrograde. So this is a good week to tend to unfinished business and get plans made and orders lined up before the three-week retrograde cycle begins. Already we need to take a little extra effort to make sure messages get through as they were intended and work followed through until completion.
Friday, September 19: We can get a lot done if we pay attention to the right people along the way as the Leo Moon trines Mars. Consider contacting bosses, heads of organizations, the top person on the totem pole (or using our position as such) with mutual respect in place, and with a focus on a shared goal. Work wise the day is friendly and competent, but may bring a dramatic storyline through the news. Tonight brings a more extroverted, social aspect; a little fun is good for the soul.
Saturday, September 20: Morning is indulgent and friendly as the Moon conjunct Jupiter and trines Uranus, but the day slows down and gets more serious midday as the Moon squares Saturn. The situation may get more complicated, but we also have more focused and serious energy to apply. Evening radiates and intriguing connections abound; people tend to be more high maintenance, but are worth the effort.
Sunday, September 21: Our immune system may be tender, our energy level variable, but our sense of responsibility deep as the Moon enters Virgo and Mars squares intuitive Neptune. It is easy to list our own and other people’s faults, but this only leaves us nervous. Instead, forgive one another’s foibles as a major health statement. Intuition is strong where we do not have strong opinions; magic shimmers, but ordinary decisions may be fugitive. Arguments sprout easily around philosophies, but otherwise we may not know what we want.
Monday, September 22: Take one step at a time this morning; list the work, but be generous about the time needed. Tend to digestive issues. We see what’s been going on behind the scenes, and trouble may surface, but this can let us get at the real issues as Pluto turns direct. Doors begin to open as day and night reach equilibrium. Proffer olive branches, find a peaceful way through where possible and keep boundaries clean, clear, and uncharged otherwise.
Tuesday, September 23: Use this pleasant day to open doors. It will be easy to waste the opportunity, to just let an easy day go by without demand, or to just want more justice and romance in our life, but we can use this Moon-Venus conjunction with New Moon in Venus-rules Libra to expands possibilities. The planets create openings but we have to choose to walk through.
Wednesday, September 24: A new chapter begins in relationships, legal matters, and our efforts to live in a peaceful, beautiful, egalitarian way. We are painfully aware of anything that does not contribute towards the beauty way. Support this Libra vision even as it is tested tonight as the Moon squares Pluto and reminds us of what makes the heart ache.
Thursday, September 25: Our differing needs and conflicting hopes cans stir up trouble as the Moon opposes and Jupiter trines Uranus. The world is changing, rather than resist, let’s be spacious, inclusive, and inventive. Let’s let our natural leadership unfold and use it in wise and kind ways.
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|Hang on to your hats, 2014 has a wild birth chart, and looks to be a wild ride. We’re right in heart of metamorphosis now.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Our new year’s resolutions will be particularly important this year. As 2014 dawns, Pluto, Mercury, Sun and Moon conjunct in determined Capricorn, and all four oppose bountiful Jupiter and square both change-master Uranus and assertive Mars to form four corners of a grand square. Together they begin a new if unsettling cycle, remind us that we’re smack in the transition stage of societal transformation. 2012-2015 Uranus in Aries calls us to innovate and revolt, and wrestles with Pluto in Capricorn as it pulls us to reorganize structure and government while remembering the old ways.
It won’t help to fight the changes. It will help to honor the sadness for what’s leaving, let the ache flow through, and then look for what’s being born in its place.
These planets encourage us to confront uncomfortable problems squarely, but can also help us make unusually wonderful progress. All year long we can expect action in many cultural hot-spots, like women’s rights, gay rights, racial equality, indigenous rights, and sustainable economies. A surge of freedom-seeking politics (Uranus in Aries) can trigger opposing efforts to crack down (Pluto in Capricorn). A gap between generations widens with political, cultural and technological advances, but can be breached wherever we work together.
This change is not just political. Saturn, the planet of structure and training, in profound Scorpio until next December, challenges us to take this work deep within our souls and develop a lodestar composed of our deepest goals and brightest guiding lights, then use that lodestar to navigate the changing, sometimes storm-tossed landscape.
Mars spends an unusually long time in Venus-ruled Libra (where it already resides-12/9/13-7/28/14) dancing back (retrograde 3/2-5/20) and forth in that grand square with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. It invites us to dance this revolution, to take a creative Venusian, heart-centered, egalitarian approach.
Spring stays unsettled and blustery, so find balance between the wind gusts. That grand square perfects again in April. It’ll be a rocky month; we can expect fireworks, but we can accomplish great shifts if we ride its waves.
Late spring a helpful grand trine between Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron allows us to make headway through unusual alliances and encourages healthier architecture and economic structure. Jupiter enters Leo mid-July and waltzes with Venus, our hearts will long for more love, compassion, and time with our muse, but can flare melodramatically when conflicted.
Jupiter trines Uranus in the fall and supports all that go back to school or turn their work towards their bliss. Technological inventiveness can leap forward and leave us and our equipment feeling out of date, but may provide solutions to key problems.
Tend to relationships of all kind in the fall, make sure all is on track, equal, and that dreams are shared, because the Sun squares Pluto and opposes Uranus Oct. 3- 9 and dances on our interpersonal tender spots. Let’s work together next fall rather than let it wedge us apart.