That slow start or twist in the morning routine of some East Coasters came courtesy of Mercury retrograde, combined with the Moon going void of course at 4:59AM. It went void on a square between the Virgo Sun and the Sagittarius Moon, a challenging aspect otherwise known as the First Quarter Moon. What kinks or advances need to be worked out or made to last week’s New Moon agenda?
How convenient that need to Make Things Happen kicked in at 8:33AM ET, when the Moon changed gears and shifted into Capricorn. This proactive drive continues mostly unimpeded today, with a touch of inspiration added by contact with Neptune around 10:52PM ET, followed by a boost of enthusiasm suggested by another contact with Jupiter just after midnight.
On Tuesday, the morning is subject to emotional intensity and/or a power play of the most utilitarian kind, as the Moon makes its weekly challenge to Pluto at 8:04AM ET. Another challenge to the Moon from mental Mercury (verrrrrry much retrograde), suggests you add an extra dose of patience and focus to your travels, mindset and communication.
The workday on Tuesday may close with a surprise revelation or other upset to the status quo, as the Moon is challenged by eccentric Uranus at 7:13PM ET. Then the Moon goes void again…not to enter the next sign — Aquarius– until 1:51PM ET on WEDNESDAY. Chill, chill, chill during the void — and remember that crises that crop up during voids are often much ado about nothing. Moon will be void again on Friday 12:02AM until 3:44PM ET — can you start your weekend early?
Planetary patterns of note this week are as follows. There’s a lovely connection between Venus (social expression, aesthetics, women, money) and Uranus which favors unconventional attractions, friendship, humanitarianism and expressions of unity among eclectic groups. This aspect is exact on Tuesday at 11:59PM ET.
On Wednesday we’ll have the Autumnal Equinox, as the Sun leaves Virgo for Libra at 4:21AM ET. It makes a stable and generally productive aspect to Saturn at 2:36PM ET that afternoon. Good for practical business concerns and (re)structuring. More on the significance of the equinox and other turning points later this week.
On Thursday, Mars leaves regal Leo for service-oriented Virgo, seeking perfection and attention to detail in action until November 13th. It immediately clashes with taskmaster Saturn on Friday at 9:12PM ET, putting a potentially militant (albeit effective) and/or frustrating spin on some of the initiatives we may see toward the end of the week. Mars-Saturn squares offer the potential for tremendous drive and discipline; this is not light and fluffy marshmallow energy.
Nor is the ruthlessly blunt, persuasive and dirt-digging potential of another square between Mercury and Pluto on Thursday at 6:32PM ET. Didn’t we just have one of these? Yes, on September 9th. Look for a review and/or rehash of whatever was on our collective plates then, with a final look on October 22nd, when Mercury is again direct.
Last but not least, we’ll have Pluto turning direct on Friday at 2:55AM ET, suggesting we may see an uptick of news items involving power plays, resources and news from underground. You’ll feel the subtle shift of Pluto’s turn if you have a planet around 12 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn. Consult your local astrologer for details.
Oh — there is one more thing. Sunday features a Full Moon/lunar eclipse in me-me-me Aries. So emotions will be building to that high and release all week. It’s the Harvest Moon. What will you reap?
With more than one planets changing sign and/or direction this week — as with last week, too — we are advised to stay flexible. Energy levels are high and yours for the channeling with a mindful FOCUS to balance the snafu potential suggested by Mercury retrograde. Skype was down this AM — don’t know if it’s back up yet….
And now, the news.
I noticed many headlines reflecting last week’s face-off between Neptune (drugs, oceans, refugees/migrants, scandal, deception) and expansive Jupiter in Virgo (healthcare, service, details, ecology, food production). Will just rattle ’em off here: 30-something hedge fund manager buys drug company; raises price of one life-saving drug from $13 to $750 overnight; tax revenues from marijuana sales in Colorado doubled last year — they are making millions! But not everyone is happy about alleged epidemic use by teens. Meanwhile, an actual physician describes bureaucratic nightmare he experiences four times a year when trying to get prescription refill approved by his insurance company — it reads like a worst-case scenario of patience pushed to the brink when Mercury is retrograde.
Speaking of Mercury retrograde, the Pope is coming to the East Coast. Traffic is going to be a mess!
Meanwhile, cheating on U.S. pollution emission tests. Really, Volkswagen? It did, and its stock has tanked. If I had time, I’d look at that horoscope.
Also noting a lot of items about work routine/environment, another Jupiter in Virgo focus. Here’s one about our toxic (Neptune) work world; here’s one about a year-old study in Sweden concluding that a six-hour work day was more efficient for all parties concerned. Hard to imagine how the U.S., with its tough-as-nails Sun-Saturn square, would joyfully embrace lesser hours…but maybe it would if it was determined that its life depended on it.
Last but not least, take Mercury retrograde and add the humanitarian technogeek factor of Venus trine Uranus with Jupiter in Virgo opposing charitable Neptune, and how about the crowd-funding site Kickstarter REincorporating as a “public benefit corporation” . What timing!
Thank you for reading this forecast.