Astro-logical Forecast for Friday 10/3/2014 & the Weekend: Power Surges & Mercury Retrograde

A power surge that carries through the weekend, provided you can stay focused. Moon is in humanitarian Aquarius, which excels at networking with all kinds of cats, the more unconventional, the better. And if you can showcase your  own quirky individuality, why then, go for it. The challenge at staying focused is suggested by Mercury, now at a standstill, and about to turn retrograde Saturday at 1:02PM ET. No whingeing, and I’ll tell you why in a minute. But seriously, double check the details today in matters of communication, travel, documents and electronic gizmos. And plan to do that for the rest of the month.

The power surge is Saturday’s challenge to potent Pluto at 4:03AM ET, soon to be followed by a face-off with rebel Uranus on Tuesday. Since 2011, whenever a planet has made contact with the never-ending Uranus-Pluto square, we’ve come to expect themes of revolution, breakthroughs, news from underground and other disruptions of the status quo in the headlines – even more so than usual.  And here I would be thinking of the protests in Hong Kong, which first started just as Pluto turned direct on September 22nd.

Uranus in Aries squaring Pluto in Capricorn suggests the potential for one maverick individual to shake-up the Establishment. Do you know who is leading the Hong Kong “Umbrella Revolution”? Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student who has been rallying his peers for the past two years! And if you’ve been reading this forecast regularly, you’re probably thinking, “Wow! The Uranus-Pluto square must really be hot in his horoscope!” And you’d be right. We don’t have a birth time, but Joshua was born October 13, 1996 in Hong Kong. And the action continues for him well into 2016.

OK, back to the weekend forecast. Power surge and Mercury retrograde notwithstanding, your Friday afternoon and evening is made light by easy connections to the Moon by Venus and the Sun in gracious Libra. On Saturday, there’s a optimistic boost to the Moon from expansive Jupiter in the early AM to get you going, but the mood may get serious around 2:32PM, when the Moon goes void on a challenge from Saturn. Forget about impulse shopping then and chill, perhaps while wandering off on an innovative adventure, as action hero Mars trines technogeek Uranus just after midnight. Maybe even do something physical, inspired by this timely piece on how exercise wards off depression (the scientists finally figured out why). Should be an especially interesting day for sports matches.

By 5:24AM ET Sunday, Moon will be in soulful Pisces, supported by easy and dreamy aspects to facilitate some super-fun Mercury Retrograde-appropriate activities, such as RElaxing and REcharging. No sleeping in on Monday, but do take it slow and remember to FOCUS.

General notes on handling Mercury retrograde:

Those who know just enough about astrology to make them dangerous often curse Mercury retrograde, and that’s a shame. It gets a bad rap because we are geared, in this crazy modern age, to always be thinking, doing, moving FORWARD. Ya know what that gets you? Burn out! We need our down times, and Mercury retrograde is a perfect time to give our minds a rest — and an opportunity to review our progress over the past few months. Why else would your computer, phone and/or car choose THIS time to malfunction? Because you are supposed to be slowing down!

Be prepared for travel delays, scheduling screw-ups, mechanical breakdowns, computer crashes, having to repeat what you’ve just said, misunderstandings, people you haven’t seen in years showing up on your doorstep,  and having to repeat what you just said. Take advantage of this prime opportunity to review and rethink a project you may have abandoned. It’s probably worth a second look. Get out your Rolodex and reach out to people. Trust that they will be delighted to hear from you. Take a break from your routine. Take a vacation. Unplug your computer and cellphone.  Avoid signing contracts, making major purchases (especially electronic ones) and losing patience. Practice the art of FOCUS. Make sure the restaurant you’re meeting at is still in business. Don’t believe everything you read in the papers, and ignore the juicy gossip at the water cooler. Do plan on RElaxing, REviewing, REsearching, REorganizing, REgenerating, REconnecting and REcreating.

Mercury will turn retrograde at 2 degrees of Scorpio, so if you were born a few days into Taurus, Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio…or if you have a planet or angle around 2 degrees of those signs, you’ll feel the challenge of staying focused more than most. Mercury turns direct at 16 Libra on October 26th, so wherever 16 Libra to 2 Scorpio falls in your chart is where you’ll likely feel the need to review, rethink, recharge.

This particular Mercury retrograde is also a superb time to review your life in consultation with an astrologer. If you’ve never consulted with me before, I’d like to invite you to do so this month. And I’m happy to further inspire you to take the plunge by offering 10% off on ab60 or 90-minute consultations. Here’s how to contact me to schedule an appointment.

Finally, a few articles appropriate for Mercury retrograde — and how we need to think. First, a bit on how curiosity improves memory, which is just so totally awesome.  Second, a lengthy piece on how the brain processes information gleaned from articles we read online vs actual paper….in case you were curious. Ooh — and here’s one for Saturday’s Sun square Pluto (news from underground), thanks to The Guardian:

a new map of the Earth’s seafloor using satellite data, revealing massive underwater scars and thousands of previously uncharted sea mountains in some of the deepest, most remote reaches of the world’s oceans.

Ooh — and holy Mars trine innovative Uranus, Batman — here’s a flying car (Mars rules cars)!  And photos of Mars from that Indian spacecraft. Sooo kewwwwl.

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