Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.~ Alice Walker
Enjoy a potential interpersonal respite over a relatively slow and peaceful weekend; November’s colder winds whistle in towards the end of the week.
Mercury conjuncts Venus in Venus-ruled Libra, and the Sun resides in Libra as the weekend begins and helps our conversation flow, loans us a spirit of compromise and agreement and can ease more harmonious interactions. Our minds turned all things Venusian; we want to know what’s fair and beautiful.
We are curious about balance in our life. Beauty feeds our soul and so does the moment of gentle social contact, shake of the hand or spark of the eye. It’s a good time to go back and strengthen friendships and connections while people are in a sociable mood. It’s also a good time to take the search for beauty literally, beautify our environment or tuck our garden in for the winter. Our natural sense of aesthetics is supported, our natural sense composition and flow strengthened by this Libran lineup. Walk through the house with Feng Shui eye, look at how the traffic flows, the air and energy flows the house and see if anything needs to be adjusted to improve this flow.
The Libran political adage is “no justice, no peace: know justice, know peace” and we’ll see reflected in the headlines and at home. Take this image, this paradigm of balance and fairness epitomized by the Golden rule to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us” and the corollary silver rule “do not do unto others that which you don’t want done to yourself”, and look at everything from household chores to how the Ebola epidemic is being treated.
Concerning the Ebola epidemic, there are two major astrological features (Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces) that suggest we take this situation seriously, but react holistically and with substantial change (Uranus square Pluto) rather than with panic. Saturn in Scorpio asks us to get serious about death and often runs concurrent with epidemics; Saturn is now in Scorpio, has been since Oct. 2012 and will be until this December. Look at the last three transits of Saturn in Scorpio; from 1924 - 26 was concurrent with a bout of smallpox, 1954-56 was concurrent with the polio epidemic, and 1993-4 was in the heart of the AIDS epidemic and concurrent with a hanta virus scare. Neptune in Pisces from 2011-2025 supports our spiritual search, our collective creative process, but also reminds us just how permeable we are all the way from our leaky psyche to our bodily cells. Our boundaries can feel like sieves. Yes, one response to this is to create healthy boundaries. But the deeper teaching is for us to remember in cellular way that what happens to the least of us, happens to all of us. We need to take care of all sentient beings, all our siblings around the globe, in order to be truly healthy.
We can start at home and work our way out. Over the weekend and early next week Jupiter trines the South lunar node, sextiles the North node and offers us a chance to improve our relationships as well as begin new ones. If we recognize their possibility, friendly new relationships that come in at this time are unusually likely enrich our opportunities and help us expand the horizon.
Friday and Saturday we can relax under a warm and sociable if slightly grandstanding and interpersonally demanding Leo Moon. Look for a beautiful Moon-Jupiter conjunction, one of the more friendly aspects, glowing in the western sky early in the evening. We can let its beauty into our heart and help us expand our sense of hope and possibility. It can expand any emotion we have in there, all of our feelings may be more colorful and vivid, and so it helps us to bring our attention to the love around us.
Sunday and Monday a more industrious Virgo Moon reminds us of unfinished work that needs our attention, calls us back to the details we missed before. Unless we’re careful it can also make us cranky and help us try to debug or edit our family. On Wednesday and Thursday a lovely quiet dark of the Moon in Libra is an important time to warm our connections and let people see we care. Get agreements organized now. Because the Sun, Venus, and Moon all enter brooding, intense, willing to look on the dark side Scorpio on Thursday and we roll on with panache and intensity towards Halloween and the Day of the Dead.
Friday, October 17: Depression swirls around us, but delicate optimism can be like a spark on tinder; if we keep it out of the wind and blow on it gently, it can grow into a warm flame of possibility. Our hearts can be sore if we feel ignored but respond warmly to overtures and appreciation. Let’s take moment to stop and be grateful for anything that warms life, anything we want to grow as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Leo, glowing in the early evening western sky.
Saturday, October 18: We may feel crankier and older this morning as the Moon squares Saturn, what we take serious is so obvious to us, what they take serious can feel so silly. The mood is more spacious, wandering, if not particular efficient midday as the Moon rests void of course until it enters more industrious Virgo around dinner time. Avoid a ruthless inventory of your own faults or those of others; it’s not productive at this time. Notice what’s working and nurture those seeds instead. Kindness and respect go a long way tonight and help our sharpening mind stay productive.
Sunday, October 19: Check dreams this morning; as the Moon opposes Neptune we may understand our heart and feelings, but not necessarily the truth, in our early morning imagery. Our attention can focus on the problem this afternoon as the Virgo Moon trines Pluto; diagnose, but keep a healthy perspective. The situation may have more possibilities than we think but may require us to utilize hard-won wisdom. Keep health the first priority as well, rest and rejuvenate.
Monday, October 20: Cut people extra slack on this rather cranky morning as the Virgo Moon squares Mars. As our lens focuses easily on the problems, assess unfinished details, tend to problems, but be nice to one another. Important communiqués tonight, notice incoming information as Mercury conjuncts the North node.
Tuesday, October 21: The Moon joins the Sun and Venus in Libra and reminds us to find the middle way; look for healthy compromise and a gentle, honest fairness that allows all parties to flourish. Clear the air and fix imbalances and over the next few days. Make aesthetic decisions. Look for and savor a moment of calm and quiet balance.
Wednesday, October 22: On this last day of the Libra lineup, prioritize balance, composition, beauty, fairness. Roll with early morning turbulence as the Moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus, then get right with the world; balanced diet, chores, relationships, politics. Pay off debts as the Moon conjuncts Mercury.
Thursday, October 23: Notice the dramatic mood shift as the Sun, Venus, and the Moon roll into Scorpio and conjunct one another. Feelings intensify and focus. Extraneous details are released, and are prioritize priorities clarify. Old wrongs haunt us, retribution makes more sense, but underneath that is a call for transcendence.
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The stars are sending conflicting messages this week, and we can feel as if someone’s standing on our gas and the brakes at the same time. An energizing grand trine speeds us up and nags us to get on with history while Mercury retrograde slows us down and sends us back to reconnect with the past. It’s going to take some patience on our part to mediate these two energies, to productively review our life and get on with what we can.
That ongoing dynamic, occasionally manic, grand trine with Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars in fire signs (Sept 22-Oct 15) continues to rouse the rabble and makes us rebellious where we feel oppressed, depressed where we feel stuck, and excited and engaged where we’re getting somewhere. This energized vibe can really help us do what we love to do. It can help us mobilize resources and deal with a real emergency like the Ebola epidemic. But it can also nudge us to respond to smaller problems as if they’re an emergency when what is really needed is calm and persistent helpfulness.
All while we step around the Mercury retrograde follies. Mercury retrograde (from October 5 to October 26, now backing into Libra) may be good for lots of things, a wonderful time to remember and integrate the past, fix that which was broken, complete what’s been left undone and finally get around to an event that should have been done a long time ago. Ghosts of the past may also walk with us this week and offer an opportunity for healing. But we may have to work around an unusual amount of pragmatic slapstick and potentially serious glitches. Look out for delays and technical difficulties with computers phones electronics. Believe your date when they say they couldn’t call to tell you the subway broke down and they’re running late because their phone fell down the sewer.
The weekend begins under a stabilizing if possessive Taurus Moon; we may want rest, comforting tastes and lush smells to ground us, or want to beautiful our world. Over the weekend a verbal Gemini encourages us to meander through art galleries and down country lanes. Pick apples and let the orchard’s aroma remind us of autumns past. Recent discontent can make us keep wandering, look for greener pastures as Venus opposes Uranus. So reconnect with old friends and allies but watch that restless edge which can diminish familiar relationships and send us looking for and old love or an old path out.
Monday night the Moon enters domestic Cancer and we want to go home and cuddle. We may appreciate a new perspective about our home or homeland. Safety concerns could change our plans. Midweek our attention may be brought to health-conscious and ask us to really look at how our health is related to everything we do.
Let’s help one another deal with the rolling mood swings. Last week’s astrological lineup has left many people wading through a thick tide of emotional flotsam. We may have seen something we didn’t like (in ourselves or our world) or gotten a clear picture of the challenges we face in the months ahead.
This week asks us to assess that new information and bring ourselves back into balance. Bring our life back into balance. Bring in a team of allies and prioritize working together while Mercury is retrograde. Work together rather than harp on whether we’re right, wrong, or can really get to the bottom of the problem.
Friday, October 10: Slow down, back up, relax; there’s no point in hurrying, we may as well make sure we’re doing it right. Mercury retrogrades back into Libra and lets us reconsider recent actions from a friendlier perspective. We can reach out and extend ourselves more comfortably this week. Mid-day brings goodwill but poor luck as the Taurus Moon squares Jupiter. Take each other seriously tonight as the Moon opposes Saturn.
Saturday, October 11: And now for something completely different-- or at least that’s what we may want as Venus opposes Uranus this morning and inspires unconventional behavior. Our feelings can be all over the place and so can the conversation. Concentration isn’t it easy, but cross-pollination is. Discuss. Explore. Experiment. Move artwork around, but avoid long term aesthetic decisions like hair color or house paint. Take emotionally-based decisions with a grain of salt; visit Timbuktu, don’t move there just yet. Take good care of ongoing relationships, hold hands and explored together.
Sunday, October 12: We work well with others to accomplish a goal, but may have trouble keeping our minds in one place or following a project through because we’re highly distractible. This mood is good for or puttering through art festivals or tending pre-winter house chores, but we’ll start many projects and cycle between. It’s a good day to talk over past events and hopes for the future, but be prepared to release encrusted assumptions and expectations. Clear the mental clutter. Early evening buzzes sociably as the Moon trines the Sun in air signs but can get klutzy, edgy or impulsive later the Moon opposes Mars.
Monday, October 13: A good day to keep a low key flexible schedule, perfect to meander, connect, grow community, reconnect with old friends and wind our way home as the Moon enters Cancer tonight. Anything more ambitious can be glitch-filled and delay- prone, and end up with the same results. So enjoy. Unexpected meanderings can bring unusual opportunities, snippets of conversation give us more content than trying to sit down and make a point. Take extra time to sleep tonight as our dreams help us process and adapt as the Moon trines Neptune and opposes Pluto overnight. Existential vulnerability shimmers in the air; let the heart reach out to those who cannot go home tonight.
Tuesday, October 14: Reassess; look back at the last two months and see what decisions and projects are working and what needs adjustment this morning in an otherwise rather spacy, who-wants-to-cope sort of time. After midday, we need to feel mutual support and strengthen the bonds of affection as Venus conjuncts the North node. It will keep our heart warm and help us wrap our minds around a suddenly defined limit or remembered loss as the Moon opposes Pluto late afternoon. If an unsettled melancholia drifts through tonight, let’s be kind to ourselves and not blame the people around us for the mood.
Wednesday, October 15: The energy can be of whack this morning but shift into a calm and productive patch midday as the Moon trine Saturn. Wry humor and kindness help. Odd pressures and communication glitches increase this afternoon as the Moon squares Mercury, we don’t seem to have enough time and would really rather not deal, and can be touchy about our perceived inadequacies, so don’t mention the mistake we just made, we know.
Thursday, October 16: The mood is generous, overstated, and subjective; we can get a little egocentric and more high-maintenance as the Moon enters Leo and the Sun conjuncts Mercury. Check in on beloveds and clients; a little attention brings a lot of gratitude. The big sweeping arch of history may manifest dramatically. A touch of emotional melodrama at home can help us clarify what we need as long as we don’t take it too seriously. Work towards resolution of the story.
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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.