We really just don’t know; as Labor Day weekend begins the Sun opposes confusing Neptune and fogs us out. We can drift in into a dreamy state of mind and just not know what we’re doing next. This fog clears by the end of the week and reveals the landscape of the season ahead.
It’s funny how often we celebrate something by exploring its opposite. Labor Day weekend is the industrious Virgo holiday where we honor the workers and take one last break before we jump into a busy fall. As this weekend begins a confusing, spacey Sun-Neptune opposition will happily help us let go of our busy week so we can spend some time alone and rest. It will be good to do as little as possible because this opposition can bring up unknown factors that challenge our judgment, multiply mistakes, and leave us feeling impressionable and escapist.
We may also be unusually tired or sleepy and in need of a long nap. Morpheus calls us under to do work in the dreamtime. Don’t drink and drive (and watch out for those who do). Enjoy frolicking in the water or imaginative, meditative projects, but watch for problems around water, poison, intoxicants, confusion, and misdirection. Don’t plan ahead; do float, forgive, and renew instead.
This weekend’s broody Moon in Scorpio can take us deep into our dream worlds and activate ongoing Mars in Scorpio (July 27-Sept 13), stirring the depths of our memory, and bringing up some sludge. Don’t believe conspiracy theories. But just because they’re paranoid doesn’t mean there isn’t a grain of truth. This Scorpio Mars (just recently conjunct Saturn and square Venus) has been stirring the bottom of the collective psyche and revealing troublesome corners that really need to be contained and healed. Facts help pierce the Neptunian fog that surrounds the surfacing important nuggets of truth. If we hear something either worrisome or too good to be true, let’s investigate further and get the facts we need.
Labor Day weekend is also traditionally busy time for personal projects, a time when we can labor for our own lives rather than for our job. But we may drift and dream through our work this weekend or just not feel like doing them; if we have household projects, we may feel more industrious and decisive after Saturday.
Early next week thoughtful Mercury enters friendly and relaxed Libra, soothes our nervous system to help us negotiate peace treaties and make new friends, just in time for the new school year. Don’t be surprised if old trust issues still haunt the edges until September 13 when Mars leaves Scorpio, but do notice a new friendliness and willingness to receive overtures.
This has been a tough summer both politically and, for many people, personally. We may have had to let go of people, places, things, and apparent opportunities. But early next week we get clues about what to do with the new room in our life and clues about the incoming concerns and bounty. By mid-week next week the Moon enters industrious Capricorn and it’s time to start planning and mapping the season ahead. It’s important to stay visible with people making key decisions, so work the networks, and be helpful, present, and alive.
Friday, August 29: A confusing if sociable morning makes it easy to drift and dream if challenging to complete tasks and get out of town. Don’t try to get agreement this morning, people are distracted as the Sun opposes Neptune and clouds our judgment. Our efficiency is low, but we can sense spirit. The rest of the day meanders pleasantly if we’re kind and respectful, but people will bristle if they feel disregarded. Prioritize patience over efficiency. Tonight as Venus dances with the nodes we can move our relationships forward along their karmic path; our actions will be remembered.
Saturday, August 30: Our solitudes can touch companionably. The Moon enters Scorpio and the brooding, solitary energy underneath may change our plans. Do not demand attentiveness, people can accompany us but still need to be in their own world processing below the conscious level. Midafternoon a sleepy or dreamy spell as the Moon trines Neptune can move into an abundant evening when the Moon squares Jupiter. Deep wells of emotions flow through, larger than the story at hand, but we may only express a fragment.
Sunday, August 31: A bittersweet edge creeps in; we feel time flowing underneath our bridge this morning as the Moon conjunct Saturn and signs of autumn creep in. We will feel younger in a few days. Serious ways can leave us depressed or melancholic unless we translate them into a sequential project with a beginning, middle, and end. If we blame one another for this heaviness, it will be easy to fight tonight as the Moon conjuncts Mars; think of something better to do with creative discontent.
Monday, September 1: On Labor Day we’re supposed to relax from our labors one last time before the fall semester kicks in. Move slowly through this slow interior morning, the mood enlivens late in the day as the Moon enters Sagittarius and stirs our interests in far horizons. We’ve had enough of our inner workings and it’s time to picnic, hike, and share radical honesty.
Tuesday, September 2: Mercury enters Libra as our nervous system columns down and curiosity awakens. Reconnect. We’re ready for a new school year, a new adventure as the restless Sagittarius Moon trines Jupiter and Uranus. Though our attention span is short, our interest range is broad. Pitch a fresh approach, because we’re not interested in old methodology. We’ll applaud fresh honesty, and even tactlessness, but armor up quickly if we feel someone’s trying to pick a fight.
Wednesday, September 3: Watch the power dynamics and use determination and body language consciously as the Virgo Sun trines powerful Pluto. Plans begin to coalesce; stay involved and return phone calls. Notice that niggling inner voice that wonders if we are enough or have enough, but don’t let it run the show. We can build trust through integrity, so let’s offer what competence we have, but be honest about what we can and cannot do, and how long it will take to do so.
Thursday, September 4: Map out possibilities, get the syllabus organized and all the ducks in a row under the Capricorn Moon. Lingering depression improves with tangible progress, so celebrate any step forward. Don’t be hard on souls in the name of pragmatic efficiency, that doesn’t get us where we want to go in the long run. We need to work with our body, mind, and spirit coordinating together. Challenge authority and share idiosyncrasies judiciously; be more philosophic and pragmatic. Reorganize the situation rather than confront tonight.
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Mars is a busy planet this week; as it trines Chiron, sextiles Mercury, conjunct Saturn, then squares Venus (all from profoundly deep, mysterious Scorpio), it asks us to look closely at our Mars expression. And choose healing.
So what does Mars symbolize in our life? Mars is the first planet outside Earth’s orbit, the first planet out, from our earthly perspective, to have its movement appear free and independent from the patterns of the Sun. It pulses red and appears to move quickly and reactively backwards and forwards in the sky. Mars is identified with the raw, young and physical aspects of the warrior-hero animus archetype. Fresh brash fiery, defensive, it represents characteristics that love to fight, lost their temper easily and will rush into battle hotheadedly rather than strategically.
Every planet has as continuum of expression. Difficult Mars speaks of anger, violence, misuse of sexuality and physical prowess. Its practical expression is physical exuberance, erupting energy, strong boundaries, a healthy military that defends that home country, athleticism, healthy sexuality. On a positive side Mars exudes bravery, protection, the warrior as hero and protector of the people, entrepreneurial spirit, adventurousness, fierce curiosity, and healthy passion. With Mars we can boldly go where we have never gone before.
Healthy Mars also is expressed through a strong immune system; physical strength needs to work with the guidance of wise leadership to enthusiastically fight off invaders and give us energy but neither attack our own body politic nor invade others. The police and military are the immune system of our country; when they work for the good of all, the warrior nature finds positive expression. When they attack the very people they are sworn to protect, or do not do their job protecting the people, they mimic an autoimmune disease.
Mars in Scorpio brings energy (Mars) to the deepest darkest corners (Scorpio’s realm) of our psyche. Right now there is a volcano getting ready to erupt in Iceland, the image of hot molten material erupting from underground through the crystallized Saturnine rock preparing to scatter ash across the country. This Is a powerful metaphor. Wherever our Mars material has been under pressure, it now needs a healthy expression or it will erupt.
We need to find good ways to express long-standing sorrow, anger, rage, angst, ambition, bravery, desire, adventurousness, and enthusiasm. Mars’ wisdom holds that our ability to say “yes” is dependent on our ability to say “no”.
Mars trines Chiron this week, an asteroid we connect with healing, and sharing our understanding from that healing. Mars conjuncts Saturn this week and asks us to bring our older, wiser, adult self together with our young fresh energy and both limit (a Saturnine discipline) the extremes of Mars, and hold it accountable (a Saturnine discipline) for its actions. This aspect also can help us add saturnine discipline to our enthusiasm (Mars) to really make events happen.
This pattern can come out in our relationships when we are asked to fight fair, to find a balance between each other’s needs, and get one more lesson in how to handle healthy conflict. Then kiss and makeup as Mars squares Venus later on in the week. Love could take some discipline; we have to do the right thing by one another even if we don’t feel like it, even if it’s a lot of work, but that that will bring in more warmth and emotional flow in the long run.
With intellectual Mercury now in thoughtful, critical Virgo, our nervous system may be high strong but we can think ahead. We just need to be careful and focus on the flowers and not the weeds. Venus now in in warm, creative Leo provides us with abundant affection and the need to express ourselves vibrantly, particularly as Venus trines iconoclastic Uranus towards the end of the week. This can feel at odds with Mars in Scorpio encouraging our need for privacy, solitude, and potentially, retribution. We need some solitude, but will hate to feel lonely. Let’s find a balance between the inner world and the outer, between expression and accountability, and keep the heart open at all times.
Friday, Aug 22: Our times sense wanders, our internal conflicts swim around. This last day of the Sun in Leo, and with the waning Moon in domestic Cancer, let’s indulge ourselves with considerate care, take care of our needs so we can be more generous about our about nurturing others. The Sun enters Virgo tonight as the Moon enters Leo, and brings us back into our body and back into the deliciousness of summer. Speak clearly, cleanly, take care of oneself, and practice radical healing by taking care of others.
Saturday, August 23: What supplies and reinforcements do we need to get on with our next project and improve our world? Self-improvement, home-improvement, political improvement, let’s not just complain but make a difference. Mars trines Chiron this morning and calls for healthy protests. The Leo Moon conjuncts Jupiter and Venus trines Uranus for hopeful, positive, powerful connections where we have room to express ourselves, but can create spectacular responses if we feel unheard. Love, compassion, art, music, all things Venusian can make the difference.
Sunday, August 24: Morning brings oppositional behavior and challenging communication as the Moon squares Mars and Saturn while Mercury opposes Chiron. People worry easily, and need their anxiety respected, but not exacerbated. Let’s learn from our mistakes, and find a fresh generosity of the heart afternoon and evening.
Monday, August 25: The mood is self-conscious but enthusiastic under a New Moon in critical but sympathetic Virgo. We began a fresh work cycle, so let’s look ahead at what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. We may experience discontent with appearances, shape, form, and expression as Venus trines Uranus and need to make some aesthetic changes; arrange fall clothing, rearrange house, reorganize the garden, reorganize peaceful negotiations. Take a new, more heart-centered and creative approach. Let the anima do the talking.
Tuesday, August 26: Have patience; our hearts desire needs steady effort, steady encouragement, details that support the bigger picture as Venus in Leo squares Saturn in Scorpio. Compassion challenges the status quo; responsibilities can cramp our inner adolescent but help us step into the power of our vision. Love can feel like work, but loving work will be rewarded. Hang in there.
Wednesday, August 27: This morning can be irritable; we see the flaws and glitches around us and feel the push and pull of social engagement as Venus squares Mars. It can feel easier to fight then to truly try to understand one another, but don’t mistake this intense engagement for intimacy. Early morning is crankier, edges soften and we can begin to see the beauty in one another again as the Moon enters Libra this afternoon. Let’s put ourselves in another person’s shoes, and use a fair and equitable approach to get past ego glitches.
Thursday, August 28: Take a friendly opportunity to straighten out as many interpersonal problems as possible as the friendly Libra Moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus. Nurture efforts to connect across the aisle, look for common ground. Let go of an unimportant aesthetic detail and see a deeper beauty. Notice relatives just outside of nuclear family and support one another. Encourage a spark of love or friendship that recently landed. Take an opportunity to move past a recent interpersonal stalemate with a third perspective.
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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.