Yes, it’s another late start to the sneak peek at the week, as I am still preoccupied with the special project I absolutely, positively had to deal with — stay tuned.
Guess what kind of week this is? A week with no exact aspects among the planets except to the Moon. Not until SATURDAY morning will we have an exact aspect among any other planet — a harmony between Mercury and Venus, which suggests a need for rose-colored glasses, especially since it is followed by the pattern I wrote about in the last forecast: SUNDAY’s third and final harmony between expansive Jupiter and — dare I say it — soulful Neptune. And here I would be thinking about the sad news that Aretha Franklin, “Queen of Soul,” is “gravely ill,” and that a prayer vigil is planned for her on Wednesday.
I’ve found that these planetary lulls are often deceptive. Like I said back in July, it’s like looking at a giant ice shelf on the most sparkling sunny day ever…and then, for no apparent reason, half the shelf crumbles into the ocean. Or you wake up to the news that a motorway bridge in Genoa has suddenly collapsed. So if an “other shoe” drops in the headlines, e.g.,FBI agent Peter Strzok is suddenly fired, despite the “bureau’s Office of Professional Responsibility [recommending] that Mr. Strzok should be suspended for 60 days and demoted,” I will not be surprised, and neither should you.
However, I also sense that more than a few surprises we witness in the next two weeks will be happy ones. It’s not always doom and gloom, and we ourselves can create plenty of simple joys in our daily lives. Let’s do it!
Yesterday’s Moon was in perfection-seeking Virgo, facilitating a need for practical analysis. After a 20-minute void no one noticed, the Moon entered Libra at 12:57 AM ET, driving the next two days with a need for people-pleasing, fairness, balance and perhaps a few airy-fairy ideas. Note the potential for a power play or emotional catharsis around 10 AM ET on WEDNESDAY, as the Moon squares Pluto.
The wee hours on THURSDAY feature another Moon void, but this one happens on a potentially assertive/combative square between the Moon and Mars at 3:56 AM ET. Moon enters depth and power-seeking Scorpio at 4:54 AM ET, perhaps presenting you with a surprise or air-clearing revelation upon waking, as the Moon is opposed by rebel Uranus at 9:27 AM ET. Work it all out on Thursday and FRIDAY, as the Moon traverses the sky without too many bumps.
SATURDAY begins with the First Quarter Moon at 3:48 AM ET, offering a challenge or an advance to your New Moon agenda. After a brief Moon void between 11:07 AM and 12:45 PM ET (no impulse shopping!), Moon soars into Sagittarius, pushing boundaries and lifting spirits (probably all the way to Heaven). On SUNDAY, note that MERCURY WILL TURN DIRECT — so please adjust your travel plans accordingly — and no whinging about potential delays, as it says right here in this aptly-timed article from last Sunday’s NYT, “Don’t Let Trip Advisor Kill Adventure.”
I am hearing plenty of reports that “this Mercury retrograde” feels especially cranky. Well, yes…reflecting the fact that Mars (action, anger, assertion) is also retrograde, suggesting a potential for frustrated energy to feel a need to blow off steam. Plus, as Avid Readers know, Mars has been in a tense pattern with disruptive Uranus since April, increasing the potential for volatility.
Avid Readers also know that an apt way of handling Mars retrogrades is to get a handle on the anger/demons that spring from within, as opposed to striking out at others. Last week my Facebook friend Nancy Tierney posted a useful video on this very subject, aptly arguing that when we feel angry it is because we are saying “NO” to our heart’s desire (“desire” is another Mars keyword). Therefore, use the rest of this month, when Mars and Mercury are REtrograde to REview the blocks you may be imposing on yourself, and be REsolved to REmove them. We’re not talking about a major launch of a project — e.g., suddenly quitting your job, running off with the cute accountant you just met in a bar, etc. — at this time. We’re talking about a heart-centered REview of what you truly desire — and making a practical plan to align yourself with your heart’s desire, as opposed to the alternative.
Can’t get to the rest of the news just yet — have consultations to joyfully prepare. Would you like to have a discussion about your horoscope that leaves you feeling confident that your life is not a random series of events? That when you become aware of the cycles to which all living things respond, you will have greater understanding and make more fulfilling choices? Then why not seize the day so we can have that discussion about why you are the way you are, why things happen when they do, and what you need in order to be happy, as suggested by your horoscope. Here is how to contact me.
Thank you for reading this forecast.