by Heather Roan Robbins
Autumn falls in like a floating orange-mottled leaf. Mercury has just turned direct and our communications can now begin to pick up momentum. The Sun in friendly, socially conscious Libra, conjuncts Jupiter, expands our possibilities and opens our curiosity, and our work year can now really begin.
Since Mercury just turned direct yesterday we may have to spend time this week deal with recent problems, sorting misunderstandings, and getting a fresh momentum going. But over this next week we’ll be able to get some perspective and see farther ahead. If we had a minor victory during the last three weeks’ Mercury retrograde, now we need to follow it up with concrete efforts and make it permanent.[ad name=”AdSense Responsive”]
But all is not light and sunlight, though we can now get on a roll. Mars is out of bounds (north or south of the area usually traversed by the Sun), and when a planet is out of bounds, its influence gets wonky. Venus leaves friendly Libra, and enters Scorpio, a place that brings up our more passionate and intense feelings, our deeper resentment and longing. Venus in Scorpio has elephant-like qualities: it encourages us to never forget. We may become less interested in taking emotional risk, and even more private about our inner workings. And even more outraged by emotional wrongs.
Now with Mercury turning direct, and the Sun conjunct Jupiter, we may get a green light, but so do our competitors and our arch nemesis, if we have one. The world gets busy. If we work with the stars, we’ll busily make it a more interesting, fair, lovely and equitable place. But some folks will just get busy.
The weekend begins under a cozy Cancer Moon. Mercury trines Pluto, an investigative aspect that takes our mind down to look under rocks. We want to dig deep and understand, give our minds something to chew upon. We can become detectives and solve problems or find lost items or animals. Or just find a nosey, gossipy streak in the press and neighbors, but we don’t have to participate. It’s a deeply psychological aspect, we’re more willing to look at the machinations of the human mind, ours included.
A more outgoing Leo Moon on Sunday gets us out of the house, we can finally feel the winds shifting and possibilities opening through Monday. Pluto turns direct on Monday, and some energy becomes unblocked, for better or worse. We can suddenly see how power has been misused, and need to correct a problem.
Uranus conjuncts the dwarf planet Eris last week, this one, and next, peaking this Sunday, which ads power to this explosion. This is a particularly powerful concept while the electrifying planet Uranus is exactly conjunct the distant dwarf-planet Eris, named after the Greek goddess of strife and discord, which is both larger and further out than Pluto. Uranus conjunct Eris (think powerful discord, or strife over the use of power) exactly last June/July- during the Orlando nightclub massacre and as Philando Castile was shot by police on camera. Uranus then moved past it, retrograded and is now conjunct Eris again., 9/5-10/3, and will once more as it turns direct, on 2/20-3/7. (I would love to hear from therapists and self-explorers if this aspect is resonating in people’s personal empowerment dynamics).
We can feel this volatility percolating again in recent events, so it’s important to work with the medicine of this New Moon in Libra and hold justice, mutual respect, and peace in our hearts, and act for it in our daily life, during this Uranus-Eris conjunction.
Tuesday the energy can begin to even out. Wednesday Mars enters Capricorn, and adds determination and endurance to all our plans, for better or for worse.
Friday, September 23: The mood is curious deep, ready, but our sense of humor may feel a bit threadbare. We begin to know what we need, our minds may clear and our feelings intensify. Evening brings an emotional fuzziness and over-sensitivity as the Cancer Moon trines Neptune, we can feel a concern for the world and think it is for ourselves.
Moon trine Venus 1:56 AM, Moon enters cancer 2:33 AM, Mercury trine Pluto 2:51 PM, Moon square 3:56 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 7:48 AM, Venus enters Scorpio 8:50 AM, Moon trine Neptune 8:05 PM.
Saturday, September 24: We may wake up with a worry, but the day unfolds easily, if at a slower pace than we’d like, and with a wave of shyness. Revelations help this afternoon. A static can build tonight; most of us will be safe and cozy, but a few places in the world spark tension. Feed the peaceful thoughts and helpful energy.
Moon opposed Pluto 4:42 AM, Moon Sextile Mercury 5:15 AM, Moon square Uranus 7:41 PM.
Sunday, September 25: We need to take care of ourselves this morning- we are not being narcissist, (most of us) but need to check in and making sure we are on track, refilling our wells, and doing our own homework, or we will get irritable about other people’s demands this morning. Afternoon grow sweeter and more generous, but the world has a prickly, volatile edge underneath. Love one another.
Moon enters Leo 7:48 AM, Moon square Venus 12 6:36 PM, Moon Sextile Sun 1:33 PM, Moon Sextile Jupiter 2:13 PM, Uranus conjunct Eris 5:12 PM.
Monday, September 26: Where this are calm, it is a day to begin, the Sun conjuncts expansive Jupiter, as Pluto turns direct. We feel an opening, an unblocking, for better or for worse. Let’s catch a fresh wind in our sails.
Sun conjunct Jupiter 12:59 AM Moon trine Saturn 4:33 AM, Pluto turns direct 9:01 AM.
Tuesday, September 27: Contemplate and connect this morning. Get those dreams down on paper and outline the new proposal. We have work to do this afternoon, a new industriousness kicks in if we can stay strong through self-consciousness that discourages risks. Go for it as Mars enters industrious Capricorn under a thoughtful Virgo Moon.
Mars enters Capricorn 2:06 AM, Moon trine Uranus 2:52 AM, Moon enters Virgo 3:42 PM, Moon trine’s Mars 4:27 PM.
Wednesday, September 28: Momentary confusion percolates this morning as the Moon conjuncts Neptune, and it can slow us down, make us less efficient, but also help us check back in with our vision to make sure we are on track. It furthers to meditate, divine, or share a heartfelt moment. A cranky competence returns this afternoon, followed by a thoughtful evening.
Moon sextile Venus 2:46 AM, Moon opposed Neptune 10:45 AM, Moon square Saturn1:41 PM, Moon trine Pluto 8:24 PM.
Thursday, September 29: Cycles end and begin; like a child’s tooth, old patterns are pushed out of the way by new growth. Do not identify will what is leaving, find the exciting new shoots within. In this discomfort, some people get cranky or fault-finding—but the details are not the real issue.
Moon conjunct Mercury 4:04 AM, Moon opposed Chiron 10:42 AM.
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