The weekend begins with us spinning in place, the more calm and relaxed we can stay and the more focused and centered we hold, the quicker we will move out of this spin cycle and progress.
Mercury appears to hold still as it finishes three weeks retrograde and turns direct this morning. Because Mercury symbolizes thoughts, transportation, information, all technical things that move, this planet is at its most awkward when it holds still. We do not easily experience this stillness like a lotus floating on a crystalline forest pond. We are more likely to feel it still like a whirlpool rotating in place, or like a spinning top; lots of activity that doesn’t seem to go anywhere, and spins gracefully in place unless it begins to wobble but then can really spin out.
But the energy breaks loose fairly quickly, over the next few days we will see the missing packages arrive, misunderstandings straightened out, and stalled cars fixed. Much will fall into place at the last minute though it will take us till the end of the month to really get our momentum going.
Over the weekend we have work to do to reorganize after Mercury turns direct. A lot of last-minute details fall into place if we don’t stress too much, keep our hearts open and work with what we have. Then use our time to reconnect and love one another. Put relationships first wherever possible.
Use the beginning of the week to check in with one another and get back on the same page after the Mercury retrograde cycle. Adjust short-term plans to holdover until the dust clears. A romantic, restorative New Moon in Libra on Monday helps us relaunch. We still feel an atmospheric moodiness through next few weeks, poignantly aware of falling leaves and leaving people; whiffs of the past stay with us in one form or the other until Mercury finishes a square to Pluto on October 23 (the third such square since early September as Mercury seesawed back and forth in this retrograde cycle).
Be ready to let go of an assumption. Our expectations could be upset while the Sun opposes change-master Uranus while expansive Jupiter trines profound Pluto at the beginning of the week. Over this week we clarify priorities and get a clear picture about what moves forward and where we have to go for now.
Midweek, look for fresh strategies, deep conversation, and a more sane and mature perspective as Mercury sextiles Saturn. Feel a new breath of confidence. We can engage a powerful focus that encourages beautiful connections where we’re on track, and feel really irritated by anything that takes us off track as Mars trines Pluto under a Scorpio Moon. We have access to unusual persuasive capacity and can eliminate what isn’t part of our dream, and energize what is.
Friday, October 9: After a rather confusing and impatient morning where we may hurry up and wait repeatedly, and even run into one another, the mood improves this afternoon and grows positively expansive around dinner time, though people may need to kvetch about the week they’ve had. We may feel a little world-weary tonight as the Virgo Moon trines Pluto.
Moon opposed Neptune for 50 3 AM, Moon conjunct Mars 8:05 AM, Mercury turns direct 8:57 AM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 3:23 PM, Moon trine Pluto 4:12 PM.
Saturday, October 10: It’s a day to get everything straightened out. People are focused, serious, potentially detail-oriented and aware of their responsibilities as Venus squares Saturn. Instead of thinking of love and heavy or confining, think of it as a joyful responsibility and steadying base. People mean what they say, but may bluster a bit under stress. Give everyone the benefit of the doubt, don’t take emotional reserve personally, and feel the warmth return tonight.
Moon opposed Chiron, Sun semi-square Saturn 5:59 AM, Venus square Saturn 6:30 PM.
Sunday, October 11: Morning is potentially sweet relaxing good conversation if we can keep the schedule low key and just be present with one another. Big things are in the wind this afternoon as Jupiter trines Pluto and the Sun opposes Uranus. Feel the wildcard- anything can happen- quality that can launch a new beginning, just let us take a break and see things from a bigger perspective, or issue a shocking wake-up call. Stay present, keep eyes open, and do not try to read too much into every comment.
Moon enters Libra 2:45 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 5:12 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 40 5 AM, Jupiter trine Pluto 5:51 PM, Sun opposed Uranus 9:49 PM.
Monday, October 12: Take the morning to integrate the weekend and assess the lay of the land. Tonight’s full Moon brings a new beginning, today let’s catch up and repair any frayed edges of our social connections and messy corners of our work life after Mercury turns direct. New truth surfaces, we begin to understand what they really meant all along.
Moon square Pluto 5:19 AM, Moon semi-square Saturn 1:31 PM, Moon opposed Uranus 4:20 PM, Moon semi- square Venus 4:31 PM, Moon conjunct Sun 6:05 PM.
Tuesday, October 13: We get a green light from a New Moon in Libra and Mercury sextile Saturn. We have sanity, hope, and are ready to look ahead. But the energy grows more competitive this afternoon, other people are crowd the marketplace or try to get through the door at the same time. Be strategic. This evening the Moon enters more mysterious Scorpio and we grow more guarded, pointed but are ready for some real depth. Make them curious.
Mercury sextile Saturn 3:54 AM, Moon semi square Mars 8:36 AM, Moon semi-square Jupiter 12:23 PM, Moon enters Scorpio at 3:38 PM.
Wednesday, October 14: The mood is deep, rich, musky imaginative and sensual. Spend it with good people, great art supplies, or something that really matters as the Moon forms positive aspects to Venus, Neptune, Mars, Pluto, and Jupiter. We’ll find interruptions and shallow interactions unusually irritating. If we crave connection and can’t find it, or crave solitude we feel crowded, we need to move into our compassionate heart, or we can grow resentful. People may stand behind their logic, but in reality decisions are run on emotions and undercurrents today. Send out wavelengths of kindness and possibilities.
Moon sextile Venus 1:12 AM, Moon trine Neptune 6:24 AM, Moon sextile Mars 4:22 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 5:50 PM, Moon sextile Jupiter 6:57 PM.
Thursday, October 15: Honor an urge to get in there and clear out, change, eliminate, transform, whether you do this through intense cleaning of the junk drawer or weeding of the family budget or dropping out of the race. Be tactfully honest, kind surgery with the truth. Pare down, clean out, focus, and prepare as Mars trines Pluto. Take notes on what begins today, as this seeds of future action.
Moon trine Chiron 3:13 AM: Moon semi- square Mercury 5:08 AM, Mars trine Pluto 9:35 PM, Moon semi-square Pluto 11:32 PM.
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The leaves begin to swirl and storm clouds hover near the edges of our heart in this moody, atmospheric, and sometimes technically difficult week. Thoughtful Mercury retrogrades back to square Pluto and brings our wandering mind to stare at the gray walls of our discontent. It furthers to have a productive obsession.
But this mood isn’t purposeless, and depression isn’t the point, though we may need to give ourselves room for an occasional moody swamp, and if we have some unfinished grieving to do, now is a natural time to pull those thorns.
Motivating Mars just entered analytical Virgo and now squares industrious Saturn, increasing our critical capacity (just watch political reporting begin to hone its edge) but this can make us hard on ourselves. It’s tempting to look back (especially with Mercury retrograde through Oct 9) at what we or others could’ve or should’ve done differently. There’s no point in this exercise; instead think about how to handle it next time. Shame or blame is not the point, learning and growing our repertoire is.
Mercury retrograde does not necessarily increase the number of accidents, but it increases the bizarre nature of the accidents that occur. Accidents of mistake mistaken identity, confusion under duress, strange mechanical failures, or just the way we misplace our coffee cup off the edge of the desk. Mercury retrograde square Pluto can increase the severity and intensity of the accidents. So play it safe, keep eyes open, and when a situation gets tense or the driving gets strange, slow down and listen with the body as much as the mind, because our physical awareness may know more than our brain, and panic can bring our least efficient self forward. Dance with the circumstances and be safe.
Of course we can work more benignly with this lineup; Pluto encourages us to research, look under the rocks and to talk at a true and profound level about things that really matter. It may be time to speak our truth and make binding agreements. We can also use this aspect’s ingenuity and obsessive streak to solve problems or think fast when retrograde Mercury complicates our life with strange little challenges.
So it furthers to have something to focus upon, a productive obsession. If our mind begins to obsess unproductively, we can redirect it, just like taking a breakable object away from the toddler and giving it a something sturdier to chew upon. Our minds don’t need to obsess on tender, delicate situations or old problems (but may want to), so take that away and give it something tasty but sturdy to chew upon.
This weekend begins in a tender emotional place, and the tender feelings can make it harder to deal with logistical snafus. We can get distracted by our internal processing, so be extra careful when handling knives, fire, or power tools. If we do get frustrated, let’s stop and listen to our heart, then return to work with fresh focus.
On Sunday night a full Moon in Aries and lunar eclipse, called the blood Moon because of earth’s red shadow on the Moon, catalyzes change. Eclipses can hit the reset button, they act like astrological acupuncture, and so what was stuck may come loose. It could be a night to howl about.
Eclipses, the intersection of the orbit of the Sun the Moon and Earth, fall in cycles; there is a partial solar eclipse on one side or the other of those lunar eclipses. This eclipse is a part of a series of four eclipses from 2014 and 2015. This line of four eclipses, called a tetrad of eclipses, can happen a couple of times of century (we have eight of them in this coming century) or they may skip a few centuries.
There are a few odd preachers who have run with the concept of the blood Moon is bloody, have noticed that a few times when these eclipse cycles happened on near Jewish holidays and saw trouble in the Mideast. But when one looks back at the history of the Mideast, it's hard to find a time when there is not trouble there, on closer inspection any such predictions don’t really pan out.
Usually the changes precipitated by eclipses are like ripe plums falling, something that is ripe and ready to precipitate and just needs this nudge of energy to take it over the edge. We feel this pattern for weeks before and after an eclipse.
Early next week look for hints of the new cycles forming after the reset button hit. We may still feel rebellious, but this kind of twitchy attitude can break us out of a rut. Midweek the mood slows down, grows thick, but if we take our time all will be well.
The week ends under a basically kind, sensual and stubborn mode with both the Sun and Moon in Venus ruled signs, but with occasional heart-heat and an accident prone edge. Just stay tactful no matter what happens, because it’s easy for misunderstandings to snowball. Work towards the moment where everyone in the room feels heard and content.
Friday, September 25: Morning is potentially unsettled with shifts in power dynamics as Pluto turns direct. We may feel little weepy mid-day as the Moon enters Pisces, not up to or interested in confrontation. Push through resistance another day. Mechanical frustrations are probable later on as Mercury squares Saturn, but we can sympathize with one another and find a responsible way to do what we want. Consider resting rather than parting tonight, we’re a bit squishy. Hugs help.
Pluto turns direct 12:57 am, Moon semi-squares Pluto 10:26 AM, Moon enters Pisces 1:43 PM, Moon opposes Mars 2:29 PM, Moon squares Saturn2:39 PM, Mars squares Saturn 7:11 pm.
Saturday, September 26: Sleep in this morning or act from the heart, dream sweet dreams as the Moon conjuncts Neptune in Pisces. A soft generosity and tenderness lets kindness beget kindness early on. Keep expectations low as people may lose track of time easily. The mood stays dreamy but laced with doubts. If people are prickly, wonder where they are feeling vulnerable. Tonight, offer empathy from personal experience.
Moon conjunct Neptune to 10 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 5:38 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 10:32 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 7:22 PM,
Sunday, September 27: Our hearts can feel unusually raw and sensitive this morning but we toughen up and feel braver by midday as the waxing Moon enters feisty Aries. Feel an urgency to talk, even through interruptions or at cross purposes as Mercury semi-sextiles Jupiter. Edit if possible, as it’s easy to say too much and still not feel heard. Talk less and do more this afternoon as the Moon trines competent Saturn, and be ready to howl on the full Moon eclipse tonight at 8:50 PM MDT. Self-expression is paramount tonight; impulse control is down, make no long term decisions now. This is an opportune moment to release what you are ready to release (and may do so, whether you want to or not). Relationships take ascendancy tomorrow.
Moon enters Aries 1:28 PM, Mercury semi-sextile Jupiter 2:21 PM, Moon trine Saturn 2:38 PM, Moon opposed Sun 8:50 PM.
Monday, September 28: Look around and assess what changed over the eclipse, what has ended and what begun. Although we may be feeling sparky, it’s time to try and balance our needs and the needs of our relationships, and believe it is possible to do so, even if were not sure how. After a lonely or thoughtfully impatient moment this morning, look for bravery and enthusiasm, with a few socially odd moments later. Tonight we may be impatient with routine and need to mix it up, love a spontaneous moment. Don’t expect others to do what they always do, and certainly not what we want them to do; this may be more interesting.
Moon opposed Mercury 4:31 AM, Moon square Pluto 9:55 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 7:29 PM.
Tuesday, September 29: Nervousness can make people say undiplomatic things as Mercury semi-squares Venus. If we’re a little twitchy, let’s find a place to a safe place to let the temper spikes if needed and avoid having to clean up messes later. Use bursts of energy in between lazy spells to binge clean or work. Impatience can confuse us; we may be trigger by a minor irritant but need to look for the more fundamental issue underneath.
Moon trine Venus 1:44 AM, Mercury semi-square Venus 9:47 AM, Moon enters Taurus 12:56 PM, Moon trine Mars 5:51 PM, Mercury quincunx Neptune 9:18 PM.
Wednesday, September 30: Mercury conjuncts the Sun today in Libra and they both quincunx Neptune, if we can speak from our heart we can speak in a clear and balanced way and further our mutual understanding. If we feel unbalanced, let’s just shut up, because our thinking process can be eclipsed by our emotional charge and we may speak or decide injudiciously. It’s a good day for touch, massage, yoga, the joys of embodiment, with both the Sun and Moon in Venus –ruled signs. Also- our hearts may be a bit tumultuous and need the comfort. Even the animals may be feeling cuddly. We can get irritable late tonight if something hits us sideways.
Moon sextile Neptune 1:14 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 6:14 AM, Sun conjunct Mercury 8:38 AM, Moon trine Pluto 9:53 AM, Sun quincunx Neptune 9:04 PM.
Thursday, October 1: Although the mood can be generally cuddly, watch for sparks and truculence under stress as stubborn and willful Mars challenges Uranus this morning. Some inner tension and can restrict impulsive actions and bring a tendency to make selfish moves in the name of self-protection. To move past that, balance the needs of everyone in the room. Please drive defensively as mechanical problems or accidental conditions can complicate things though we may see more side swipes then head-on collisions. Stubbornness continues through dinner, but communication improves late tonight.
Mars sesqui-quadrate Uranus 3:37 AM, Moon square Venus 4:33 AM, Moon enters Gemini 2:03 PM, Moon opposed Saturn 3:53 PM, Moon square Mars 9:30
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|A look at the year 2015.
by Heather Roan Robbin
Whose life has not changed much in the last three years? Seven Uranus-Pluto squares from 2012 through March 2015 dissolved our old forms and kept us shifting and adapting for three years, precipitating transformations both challenging and wonderful. Toward the end of this year, new forms begin to solidify. Do we like the shape of our life? If, not, let’s use this malleable, potential-filled year to change it up.
The tone of 2015: The last echoes of the Uranus-Pluto square (from the two planets we associate most with revolution and transformation in the pro-active Cardinal signs of Aries and Capricorn respectively) keep us unsettled, exploring our options, and confronting (Uranus in Aries) the power of organized authority (Pluto in Capricorn). Venus and Mars run close together all year long, and add extra emotional torque to all we do. Romance is in the air. So is passionate social unrest and intense personal engagement with our work. Objectivity, however, may be sparse on the ground.
When we put these two planets we most associate with revolution and transformation in an intense squared relationship, Uranus (change) and Pluto (power and transformation), anything can happen., Anything but us to expect things to stay the same and us be happy about. The world is changing, but our impatience and concern can outpace the rate of change.
When this square began in 2012, we saw it echo in revolutionary politics around the globe, but events were still pretty surprisingly quiet (if contentious along party lines) here in the USA. But recently Uranus and Pluto approach the mid-degrees of Cardinal signs (they are now at 13°) and begin to dance on the chart for the mythic America, the one born July 4, 1776, bringing the productive discontent home to roost. Trying to smooth things over in a Pluto-Uranus transit will not work, whether it happens to our country or to ourselves; we have to dive through and do the work. This transit is asking us to change something inherent about the American identity (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Sun), and change how we structure and discipline are use of power (as Pluto opposes and Uranus squares our national Saturn).
In a personal way this square continues to ask us how do we use power (Pluto in Capricorn), and by that we mean electrical power, fossil fuels, personal power, political power; how do we take it back where we’ve given it away, and make sure we’re wielding the power we do have in the cleanest of ways possible. In a more enthusiastic tone, this square also asks us to really listen to our enlivening, precious, spontaneous spark, listen to what feeds that spark and where it calls us to go.
As 2015 dawns, feisty Mars in Aquarius opposes Jupiter in Leo (both stubborn fixed signs) and sets a strong, energized, competitive, argumentative tone for the whole year. It encourages us to fight for health, for what we believe (Aquarius can be so theoretical) and not back down when advocating for societal causes we believe in.
But it also does the same for those on the other side of our debate. This aspect is tricky; it gives us energy when we’ve got a clear direction, and helps us tackle big challenges with enthusiasm. But once we get locked in a debate or argument can make it hard to let go and hard to move past oppositional behavior into win-win solutions. Again, we’ll see this in our politics and in our personal lives, and have to add our own imagination to find a way for everyone to feel like they’ve won if we want to get past the argument and on to something else.
Saturn in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces (both intuitive mutable signs) on and off all year (intensifying in spring and late fall). Together they also ask us let go of our illusions (and show us the difficulties if we don’t) around the Sagittarian issues of justice, education, spiritual philosophy, and communication across international and inter-species boundaries.
On a more personal level this Saturn-Neptune square ask us to balance work and spirit; instead of seeing our discipline and work at odds with our creative process and spiritual journey (highlighted by the square), this square nudges us bring these apparently divergent polls to work together. Explore how to put disciplined and form into our creative and spiritual practice, and put imaginative inspiration into our work.
In early January, Venus and Mercury in Aquarius turn our focus to our relationship with group, community, the body politic. We may start the year slow and deep as we wrestle with our internal questions, may wrestle with one another or with our worries.
We may even feel inadequate or incompetent for our year ahead as the Sun comes to conjunct Pluto right near a Full Moon in emotional and sensitive Cancer (opposed Pluto and squares Uranus) on January 4. Let’s comfort one another, hold our hearts dear and just make this a deep time, not a deeply worried or resentful time. We can come out of this introspection with new and thoughtful fervor after January 6.
Mars enters Pisces January 12 and takes the challenge inwards, we need to feel the woes of the world (and our own it is a sensitive time) and respond with healthy action. We can feel it all and move forward anyway, but must do so with kindness. Technical innovations jump forward, but consider postponing high-tech purchases and take the time to review while Mercury retrogrades January 21 through February 11.
It’s going to be a fiery spring. The two planets of emotions, Mars and Venus, rush together into passionate Aries February 19 (Mars stays here until it enters Taurus on April 1), (the Sun and Moon enter Aries on March 21 followed by Mercury on March 31) increasing our desire-nature, lowering impulse control, and adding the spark of innovation and willfulness to all we do. Life can conflagrate quickly; be wise, feel the impulse and think for the long haul. This lights a fire under us, so what do we want to bring to a boil? This spring brings fresh revolution with deeply rebellious energy, but we can waste it all in reaction or we can choose to pour this fresh energy into fresh terrain.
Early in May both Venus and Mars enters earthy Taurus. The seeds we plant will root-- whether they are seed for food, love, grudges, work, babies, or hope---so let’s sow with consciousness. Mercury retrogrades May 18-June 11. Enjoy an earthy muskiness this spring, but reel in a tendency to be possessive or territorial, especially around old friends or familiar places. Look for a deeper meaning of security. Reach into the past to preserve personal history, archaeological artifacts and ancient traditions.
The summer brings a review of our work over the last few years, as Saturn retrogrades back into Scorpio and takes all our work down deep within, insisting we take out the trash from memories, hearts and closets. We may see a return of unfinished business left unsettled over the last few years, we’re not stuck here we just have a little bit more work to do to close those chapters.
Mars enters Cancer on June 24 and brings the conversation back to more intimate places but also hones our defenses. If they can save their pride, people are more willing to let go of old angers. Use this warm-heartedness to repair old crisis as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square mid-July.
Exercise family responsibilities and boundaries early in August as Saturn turns direct, but lovingly and kindly stay an authority in one’s own life. We focus more on service and less on pride in September as Jupiter enters industrious Virgo, and may need to tend to health issues around filtering and cleansing of our blood stream and the earthly arteries of rivers and lakes
July brings a more idealistic and romantic vibe as Venus in Leo conjuncts Jupiter, peaking July 1 and Mars trines Neptune July 8. People may be able to let go of old angers if they can save their pride in the process. We can use this this warm-heartedness to prepare for a difficult but opportunity-filled weeks as Mars strikes the fading Pluto-Uranus square in mid-July, and take the opportunity to repair an old crisis.
As Uranus begins to pull away from Pluto in the fall, the world doesn’t suddenly get calm, but we may find the major agendas are now already on our plate, rather than new ones arriving weekly, as they have the last few years. We see the work that needs to be done, and now we have to do it. There’s a chance that recent improvements can slide back and we let go of recent progress, but only if we settle.
This is an important time to make working compromises that lead to productive roads, to have patience while people step forward and do their work, but not to let up on our recent efforts for improvement. Whether we’re talking political pressure, or were thinking of our own recent self-improvement efforts, gentle steady pressure towards our goals is really important this fall as new forms and habits coalesce.
As Mars and Venus run together in Leo through September, they bring romantic fervor to the start of school, give us the guts to reach out and expand our social circle, but also add melodrama. Work and personnel are reorganized, and the financial market may adjust.
Mercury retrogrades September 17 through October 9, Pluto turns direct after a long retrograde on September 25, unearthing surprising sludge from the depths of our psyche, but encourages progress soon after.
October –November the focus will be on social justice and improved egalitarian relationships. New societal forms are coalescing, so are new relationships, let’s make sure they work. December looks complicated, more on that as the year winds on.