Starcodes, Nov 21 2014 Heather Roan Robbins

The mood changes drastically as the Sun and Moon finish their burrowing through introspective, brooding Scorpio today and join Venus in upbeat, outspoken Sagittarius over the weekend. The mood stays inspired if impatiently honest through Thanksgiving.

Friday begins with some urgent focus under a waning Scorpio Moon, let’s pay attention to the deeper work but not get snagged on stray emotional hooks. Notice the deepest suspicions, over the last few weeks life may have tap-danced on old scars. Feel it, and let this bring a chance for healing, rather than believe the old stories or get caught in old dark corners. It is a good time to work on any project that needs concentration, as the pace picks up and our attention will be spread thin in the weeks ahead.

Every sign is a cure for the extremes of the sign before. For the last month, Scorpio took us deep within to dive in the deeper research and spelunk in the depths of our psyche. The mood becomes lighter, brighter, more direct and proactive after Saturday’s New Moon in Sagittarius. Sagittarius season takes our attention up and out, helps us see a more global, philosophical perspective. We remember that sunlight dances on the Himalayas and fish still jump off the coast of Japan. We also don’t want to stew in old or dysfunctional situations and are perfectly happy to say so in no uncertain terms; this Sagittarius line-up encourages us to change the scenery through travel, politics or a fresh story.

Not all the tension is gone, Mars squares the asteroid Eris this week, an asteroid connected to tension and conflict, and Mercury is still in Scorpio, a place where it can hold on to the past. This brings an opportunity for us to let go of old resentments, but some may choose to take action on them instead. Look forward.

The Moon shifts to into industrious Capricorn the first few days of next week as Mercury conjuncts serious and competent Saturn, which is helpful for people battening down the hatches for the holiday and finishing term papers. Most people won’t be really interested in anything not related to their tasks, so save the tender feelings for later. We may have to make decisions and sign contracts and arrange last-minute logistics, but let’s not get grim in our industriousness. If we don’t have something to do, we can get depressed and start to focus on what or who were missing; if this occurs, look around and find other people who need help.

Travel is easier on Wednesday and Thursday with the Moon in collective, communal, if opinionated Aquarius. Sagittarius encourages us to remember gratitude and to seek out that which makes us grateful. That’s why we celebrate Thanksgiving this month. It’s also the holiday when relatives tend to be Sagittarian-like outrageously and cheerfully honest with one another in ways that are sometimes productive and sometimes just too darn frank. Beware the cranky grandmother or sullen younger brother.

People can be pretty freewheeling this holiday, get fast and loose with the recipes and choose to gather with friends and chosen family rather than stick to traditional patterns. Nervous energy cranks up, but can bring us laughter as easily as worry. Conversation can get pretty rollicking around the dinner table as verbal Mercury also enters eclectic, far ranging Sagittarius late on Thursday. Forgive honesty; engage the debate but choose kindness.

Friday, Nov 21: It can feel like the last day of the semester as the Sun and Moon hover in Scorpio near Saturn. The dark of the Scorpio Moon brings us in touch with deep, resonant feelings and asks us to finish a chapter. We may be a little disconnected from everyday life because we’re doing work at such deep level, processing feelings in our vast underground oceans. We may feel unusually intuitive this morning as the Moon conjuncts Mercury, though will tend to hear problems more than possibilities. Emotional extremes can spike midday as the Moon squares Jupiter and we may long to indulge ourselves to compensate. We steep in a thoughtful if easily angered or depressed reserve tonight as the Moon conjuncts Saturn. The situation may not be as dark as we fear, but we still have to look. Acknowledge feelings, but reserve decisions; the view may be very different in a few days.

 

Saturday, November 22: What a change in the vibes, depression can turn into action. The Sun and Moon both enter expansive Sagittarius this morning and conjunct one another at 5:32 AM MST.  Get out of the house, out of any recent funky mindset and open up those horizons. Grab friends or beloveds, grab cat or dog and get outside. People may suddenly need to speak up and talk it out, take the first wave with a grain of salt and let people clear the backlog; Mercury squares Jupiter and we tend to say too much. Midafternoon can leave us disoriented as the Moon squares confusing Neptune but clears up to a heartfelt evening. Our attention leaves for the holiday even if we’re not physically moving yet. Let the Moon lift spirits as it conjuncts lovely, friendly Venus close to the Western horizon just after sunset.

 

Sunday, November 23: A restless day when we may be chafing at the bit to travel far in mind, body, or soul. We can let go of an old landscape and see what’s farther on down the road. Have patience, and assess how much of the restlessness is walking away, and how much is walking towards. A lovely Moon-Jupiter trine helps us greet small difficulties and old friends with equanimity.

 

Monday, November 24: We have work to do. Prepare for the holiday. Organization will make all the difference as the Moon enters Capricorn and adds form and function to our restlessness. Stay on task, get done what needs to get done for this week, and let go anything else. Keep an eye on unscrupulous long-term ambitions in the periphery, as some people may make a run for it. Control issues can be a response to excitement or anxiety, and our quirks show more towards the evening.

 

Tuesday, November 25: This can be a difficult day unless we bond with camaraderie and enjoy humor with our efficiency. Remember all holiday tasks are done to create a vehicle for connection and have no real worth in and of themselves. The Capricorn Moon conjuncts Pluto and squares Uranus early on; watch the driving and mood swings early in the day. Proceed with organization and roll with unexpected changes or glitches in the plans this afternoon. Unusual karmic quirks may bring an opportunity to repay a favor. An intelligent, industrious but potentially gloomy and perseverating Mercury/Saturn conjunction helps us stay on target throughout the day. Travel may take extra work, but can go relatively efficiently later on if we remember our purpose and make the journey an adventure.

Wednesday, November 26: Camaraderie returns as the Moon enters collective Aquarius, Venus trines eccentric Uranus and the Sun squares intuitive Neptune. Some last-minute confusion or misconceptions can make it a technically tricky day, but our hearts are more present and we can adapt. Solve the problem together and make it a bonding moment. Connection is so much more important than correctness, but not everyone can jump in all at once, let people arrive in their own sweet time.

Thursday, November 27: Relax and enjoy. Last-minute improvisation may bring the best part of the day. It can feel good to run around at the last minute, but hopefully as exercise and not for missing ingredients. Direct this unusual honesty carefully, get old stories out at the dinner table and steer difficult relatives away from present tension. To avoid true foot in mouth problems remember to consider if comment is not only true, but kind and necessary as Mercury enters Sagittarius tonight. There’s so much to talk about; share thoughts on the wild world, on anything hopeful, funny, inspiring, historic.

 

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Starcodes November 14, 2014 Heather Roan Robbins

The mood can be private, serious, scientific, and a bit squirrelly. If we have any tendencies towards obsessive-compulsive patterns, this week’s Sun, Mercury, Saturn and Venus lineup in Scorpio can bring it out.

Scorpio is the water sign we associate with wells, underground rivers, and deep reserves; water that dives deep. This week’s Scorpio Sun/Saturn conjunction does encourage scientific objectivity if we reach for it. With this boost to our concentration, with this real consideration of the soul-depths, we can make progress on any meditative effort. It’s also good time for any research or good critical reporting because we can go in depth, really get at the roots of the work, and get a good chunk done. That is, if we’re interested in the truth.

Because if we’re not, the mood can be manipulative and suspicious; this Scorpio lineup can also lead us to sort incoming information to justify our position. Or stir up our oldest and deepest, most primal emotions, activate old scar tissue, and have it color the present moment. This Scorpio energy can swirl around in our subconscious, stirring up dust in the corners and bringing attention to look under the rocks in our own psyche, and look for creatures in the corners in the collective psyche. Notice the desire to feel intensely and be careful around events that stir up jealousy, envy, rage, revenge or longing, as those green-eyed monsters can lunch up out of the depths and grab us.

We have to add that magic ingredient to make this intensity useful, a real interest in the truth and in a balanced perspective. Or we can get stuck looking under the rocks and believing our worst fears or some pushy person’s propaganda. Let’s focus on the origins of true meaning, or put our attention on something we are positively passionate about in this present moment instead.

Today, Friday, the Moon in more outgoing if stubborn Leo gives us an outgoing window in an introverted week and encourages us to work the community and share our light. Over the weekend the Moon in particular Virgo can help us get the house ready for winter, tend to our chores and health, and engage in social critique. We can be overwhelmed if we see too many projects at once (because Virgo can see all the problems, but Scorpio prefers to work on one thing at a time) unless we break it down and take it one step at a time.

Venus enters more upbeat and restless, sociable Sagittarius late on Sunday and we come one step out of our shell. Notice a sudden interest in foreign cultures, faraway places, anything that doesn’t leave us feeling trapped or stuck in one place. Foreign accents suddenly attract us, world beat music and global aesthetics appeal. The coming winter holidays grow a step nearer and seem more possible.

 

We have serious business to do midweek but may feel torn as the Sun conjuncts taskmaster Saturn to heighten our sense of responsibility while Venus squares Neptune and calls us away into our imaginary world, into a longing to travel away from our difficulties. Relationships can get tricky if we’re pulled into our own worlds and project our feelings on to others. Let’s see if we can see past our projections and who the other truly is.

 

Friday, November 14: The day begins upbeat but stubborn as the Sun and Moon square off in determined fixed signs and the Moon conjuncts positive Jupiter in Leo. If people are a little loud in their self-promotion, they may be overcompensating for recent self-doubts. When in doubt, or if stuck in a stalemate, reach into Jupiter’s abundance to find soul generosity and step past the glitch. We may need to stroke a few egos to get our work done, but let’s avoid manipulative behavior no matter how tempting as the Moon squares Saturn and Venus later today. Cheerfully agree to disagree tonight even when people make outrageously provocative statements, and it’s not about the dialogue but about the emotional charge.

 

Saturday, November 15: The Moon enters industrious Virgo and encourages us to attend to chores polls against and equally strong urge to do sweet nothing. Consider finding a midpoint. It can help us list everything that needs fixing but don’t be overwhelmed by the list. The top of the list may be a need to rest, recuperate, and get right with the soul. Tonight our digestion needs healthy food and our minds need great conversation.

 

Sunday, November 16: We may be tested to walk our talk, as if the universe heard what we’ve said and now ask us to follow through. Watch a nervous critical edge, and ask if that comment will actually further before offering helpful suggestions as the Moon trines Mars this morning. Neptune stations and turns direct after months retrograde and asks us to step forward on our dreams. We have a chance to clarify some long-term misunderstanding. Afternoon brings a desire to wander as Venus enters Sagittarius, so let’s let the dogs take us to the park.

 

Monday, November 17: A cranky morning, leave people to their own devices and let them concentrate. Deal with loose ends and preparation. Let’s edit and organize our desk, not one another. Reach out and connect this afternoon as the mood shifts, people look in each other’s eyes with the softer tone as the Moon enters friendlier Libra. We may have to prepare the damage caused by an earlier breach in communication and rebuild the bridge.

 

Tuesday, November 18: Obstacles are likely, but so is success in overcoming those obstacles as the Sun conjuncts Saturn, while the Libra Moon opposes Uranus and squares Pluto. Notice an underlying nervous tension; it helps to be physically active and direct the stress. Participate actively in ongoing decision processes. Taking on responsibility can free us and put the reins in our hands. We need to both respect the authority within others for their lives, and retain authority over our own.

 

Wednesday, November 19: Honor the individuality of the other; let’s not impose our story on others, even if we’re sure we know what’s best for them. It is hard to watch beloveds make a mistake or not live up to their potential, but this may just be our own perception; if we truly love them we will speak up honestly about our concerns, but encourage them to be authors of their own life and learn from consequence. Watch for and reel in emotional decisions based on strong spikes of primal feelings tonight as the Moon squares Mars and enters Scorpio. If we feel our tales twitch, it may be good to take some time alone.

 

Thursday, November 20: It’s hard to see clearly around matters of the heart as Venus squares Neptune, because our hopes and fears, our interpersonal imagination, is so activated. Intense creative inspiration can pour into poetry or glide through our paints; we can so easily create fiction, but may lose track of the border between fiction and our present reality. We need to notice our projections, because they tell us something about our longings and our inner world, but need to own back our projections to see others clearly. We may also respond with lassitude, need extra sleep and dreamtime, want to escape into a good book or know we need a soul journey.

 

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Starcodes November 7, 2014 Heather Roan Robbins

We have some hard work to do this week. Over the weekend we gain new focus as thoughtful Mercury enters Scorpio, but we have to choose what to focus upon. Next week Mars in ambitious Capricorn energizes the pivotal aspect of this time, the Pluto Uranus square (2012-15) and while it gives us energy it can also triggers seminal events as it conjuncts Pluto, symbolizing death, rebirth, and power issues while it squares energizing, change-master Uranus in Aries.

Now we can respond to this by just focusing on problems and getting grumpy, or we can choose to focus carefully on important work and make surgical decisions. (Mars likes to cut things out). We can empty out a closet of stuff we no longer need to create room for something new. Or take that metaphor into our psyche, our gardening, our politics, or through our workload. The trick will be to stay self responsible, instead of blaming other people for our moods (Mars – Pluto likes to heap blame); maybe we are responding to world events, but let’s admit that what we do about it is up to us.

This can be a stormy aspect.On the big screen around the globe we may see actions of aggression or revenge, moving the chess pieces forward for personal ambition based on the misconception that one could steal happiness from another person, group, or country. Flashes of temper or an increase in accidents can erupt where pressure builds up or electrical systems fray. We can feel frustrated or depressed where the situation feels stuck or we cannot proceed in the way we planned. Let’s choose our fights carefully.

But we can direct this energy towards whatever we’re passionate about and want to energize. It may be time to release some path or process that is no longer productive or time to solve a problem and ended debate once and for all.

The weekend begins under a verbal Gemini Moon. Kibitz. Although we’re thoughtful with so many planets (the Sun, Venus, and Saturn) already in Scorpio, the conversation is good and we’d best talk it all out on Friday and early Saturday. On Saturday night Mercury enters Scorpio and brings our thought deeper, and our souls more private. Love, jealousy, longing, compassion, and all get stirred Venus in intense Scorpio squares magnifying Jupiter in Leo on Sunday. Prayer, meditation, visioning are powerful as Mercury trines Neptune. We can pour it into our creative process, pour into our compassionate actions, pour into our loving relationships, but if we don’t port someplace we may be sitting in a wet puddle of muddy emotions.

The moon enters more self- protective cancer on Monday just as Mars conjuncts Pluto. Politics will tend to polarize over the next few months as Jupiter and Saturn, the planets we connect with liberal politics and conservative politics, square off in stubborn fixed signs. Following this metaphor we may have to both hold our ground and choose to stay open-minded with one another or we can square off to.

Seriousness invades our relationships all week long and thickens towards Thursday as Venus conjunct Saturn. This can be a lovely seriousness, we can take our responsibilities seriously or appreciate the trust we’ve built over the years, or support each other through a push at work about. It’s a good time to reminisce but when we first met one another and what’s grown within. But our work may also cramp our love life, and it’s a little harder to be light and breezy in the social scene. Don’t test relationships during this time, as is just not funny. Nurture and feed the relationship instead.

It’s also a good time to explore our spiritual process, but watch out for a tendency to debate religion. Our own understanding can feel so strong that we want to disabuse others of their crazy notions. But that’s our illusion, another Neptunian condition. Trust spirit to speak to each person individually if they choose to listen. And watch out for the call of spirits, it is a time when our addictions or escapism and need for escapist time can beckon us. Find a constructive way to take time within.

During the middle of the week the Moon enters Leo, squares the Sun and we will tend to square off as well. As military and athletic Mars also squares electrifying Uranus, we can get mighty feisty. Our willfulness can just rub each other the wrong way unless we really create enough room for each person’s individual impulses. Changes need to be made and everybody has an idea which way that should go. Use that energy in a self-directed way.

Watch out for accidents created when we push ahead where the groundwork has not been done; slow down, look at structural or under lying organizational issues, but let’s use this energy to carry us forward to do what we need to do. This is a surgical time, a time when we need to let go but let’s not overgeneralize; keep this impulse to cut things out specific and constructive. By Thursday can move into a more passionate and creative place, and can chill and reconnect
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Friday, November 7: If this full Moon and recent conflicts have left leave residue, assess what is best to leave alone for a week and what needs to be dealt with right now. People are still stubborn and stuck in their ways, needing comfort and to heal rather than more conflict, so think carefully about what will further. Early morning keep it personal, take a frustrating patch midmorning to deal with something that might uncomfortable anyway; tackle a problem not a person and offer comfort to one another. A cup of tea will go a long way. Save important conversation until later in the day when the Moon enters more versatile, verbal Gemini.

Saturday, November 8: This wandering morning asked us to catch up with our souls, process aimlessly to find the backlogs and reconnect with one another before Mercury enters Scorpio late in the afternoon. Tonight, seriousness can weigh on our mind, so can a good mystery; conversation continues and takes on an edge. Respect privacy, explore, and explore the mystery together rather than invade one another’s space.

Sunday, November 9: Catch up today, use a window of versatility and scattered attention span to follow through on conversations and projects it is been left hanging. We will feel better with less loose edges. Our creative process and our tender romantic feelings need attention need time and attention. Anger over romantic pain can bug some people who don’t have a place to put their longing as Venus squares Jupiter. But most people can pour this into compassionate or creative action. The Muses want to dance.

Monday, November 10: Get serious and get down to brass tacks as the Sun and Venus conjunct hard-working Saturn. This is an introverted but creative time to put disciplined work together with inspiration, but our insecurities or neuroses can mumble in the background and attempt to slow us down; Mercury, Neptune, and the Moon form a grand trine intuitive and emotional water signs. Mars conjunct’s Pluto and inspires the urge to change things, to prune old growth to create room for the new. Cleansing, purification, willfulness, but self-protective; we want to have our interest sparked, but we’d rather not take personal risk to do so.

Tuesday, November 11: Check-in with news and gossip, the lay of the land may have changed overnight as the Moon opposed Mars, Pluto, and squared Uranus. Our personal quirks and minor tensions leave us a little twitchy this morning, but we have to see through our responsibilities anyway. Flow improves this afternoon, it’s a wonderful time to dive into our intuitive side or write that short story as Mercury trines Neptune.

Wednesday, November 12: We may have to think fast just even though we’d rather stay snuggled under our covers. We long for comfort and safety this morning but a lot has recently been set in motion and needs our attention. Irritable defenses can confuse our perception, and set off difficult chain reactions. Our intuition works where our ego is out of the way as thoughtful Mercury trines intuitive Neptune. But that gets harder as the day progresses and the Moon enters more outgoing but stubborn and subjective Leo. Comforting subtleties soothe us enough to see more clearly.

Thursday, November 13: Overblown situations can test our affections as Venus conjuncts Saturn and Mars squares Uranus. Trust traditions, trusted time-tested friendships; be there for one another in a non-pushy but consistent way. Although it is a fiction filled day, accidents from a flare of temper, electric electrical mishap, or lack of judgment due to feeling hurried can be prevented by tapping into Scorpio’s deep fixed sign steadiness. Distrust the electrical flares of temper, step forward one step at a time, and channel those flashes into brilliance.

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Starcodes Oct 31 2014 Heather Roan Robbins

“Love consists in this, that two solitudes protect and touch and greet each other.”
~Rainer Maria Rilke

Happy Halloween! Whether we call this time of year time Halloween, Samhain, or the Day of the Dead this Scorpio holiday asks us to face our fears, eat candy skulls and dance with life and death before the long dark of winter. It also asks us to look at upcoming elections (even scarier) and vote, not with our fears, but with Scorpio’s curiosity and love of educated investigation.

This Halloween a communal Aquarius Moon brings us out of our individual mulling and encourages collective sociable experience. We can keep our mask on and can be sociable (Aquarius) and private (Scorpio) at the same time.

We may have moments of social friendliness at the Halloween party, touching moments of intimacy this weekend when we’re feeling more soft and vulnerable, and some interesting debate- filled engagement next week. But our real relationship this week may be with our own soul, our solitude. It is not that we don’t love the people around us, this withdrawal is more to do with some inner calling or intense personal work that now sits on our front burner. The Sun in Scorpio always calls us inside to renew in our depths. Emotional Venus now in Scorpio echoes this call to solitude, and Mars in Capricorn nudges us back to our soul work and personal ambitions.

Over the weekend a sensitive Pisces Moon thins the veil between the worlds and brings us deeper into our hearts and encourages us to take some quiet time to recover from Halloween frivolities and honor memories of our beloved dead. The past will be with us, old feelings arise, and we need to work with the watery Moon and let the feelings flow through and flow on. We may be unusually touchy and painfully aware of our vulnerabilities, easily insulted and just a little delicate on the soul.

The week begins under a more reactionary Scorpio Sun/Aries Moon (both Mars-ruled signs), a time that can be quite inflammable and willful. People can bend the truth to manipulate circumstances to fit their preconceptions as Mars approaches a conjunction with Pluto (peaking November 10). Watch for last-minute election drama/propaganda. People may vote their rebellion more than their consideration, though whether they rebel from the old guard or from recent progress will be different with each person. It is a powerful time but we can use this sparky energy for good and to motivate our own work.

It is interesting that America always votes while the Sun is in thoughtful, suspicious Scorpio. Hopefully we are encouraged by the Scorpio energy to be less gullible and more interested deeper levels of truth and competence, but voters can become susceptible to last-minute negative campaigning or vote their discontent. Let’s engage that intense Scorpio perspicacity instead.

Pluto in Capricorn from 2008 until 2024 works a slow but profound revolution and all things Capricornian, like organization, structure, financial institutions, the very systems by which we govern and are governed. Pluto revolutionizes the arena of whatever sign it resides in, it brings those issues to the brink, shows us the shadow sides and asks us to evolve. No matter how strongly drawn we’re to our spiritual and creative lives right now, we cannot hide there. We need to not give up, but stay involved in the political process while Pluto is in Capricorn. If we don’t claim our personal authority, there will be others who will try to claim authority over us. This pattern intensifies when one of the personal planets resonates with Pluto, as we see these next two weeks while Mars approaches a powerful, pushy, territorial conjunction with Pluto. But we can use this era to strengthen our individual authorship instead, if we stay consciously involved.

After the adrenaline energy of Election Day under an Aries Moon, the Moon heads into more grounded and nourishing Taurus. On Thursday’s stubborn Full Moon in Taurus we may square off, our politics may entrench. Don’t ask anybody to open their minds to new potential, take them at their word and work with them exactly where they are. But it’s a good time to plant bulbs and work on what grounds us.

Friday, October 31: Pleasant if stubborn aspects bring out our sociable, political, and festive sides. Last-minute preparations fall into place. The day builds up to a funny camaraderie-filled Moon-Mercury trine around dinner time. An expressive Moon-Jupiter opposition can take us over the top tonight just as the parties start.

Saturday, November 1: Morning is grumpier, edgier as the Halloween sugar shock wears off and the Moon squares serious Saturn; let sleeping bears lie. Feelings soften as the Moon enters sensitive Pisces and conjuncts imaginative Neptune for a more ethereal, magical, veils-thinned day. Hard facts are not the point. Keep the agendas low and let the evening wander true to the soul.

Sunday, November 2: Puttering can be a meditation. Recent sensitivity can leave our heart a little raw, in need of healing. Spirit can feel close. Our feelings are easily manipulated, but we get ticked off if we notice someone trying to do so. Urgent decisions soon need to be made, but we need to take a balanced mind–heart approach.

Monday, November 3: We may be a little slow off the mark this morning, but let’s prioritize fixing hurt feelings or misunderstandings and get organized. Be ready to jump in mid-day as the Moon enters Aries, squares Mars and the sparks come out. Whether it ignites irascible friction or productive bonfire is up to us. Truth bends and debate intensify. Be passionately alive, not caught in other people’s passions.

Tuesday, November 4: Notice an ambient fear of loss and upheaval this morning as voting starts and the Moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus; these aspects imbue us with sense of urgency and intensity. But the Moon trines Jupiter tonight, peaking just after midnight and can surprise us with hope.

Wednesday, November 5: News and opinions fly fast and furious this morning as the Moon opposes Mercury. Theory rationalizes tension. Let the dust settle before responding. Experience helps us over a hump midday as the Sun trines Chiron and we settled into a more grounded and solid positions tonight as the waxing Moon enters Taurus. Tend to practical concerns, rest and eat well; recent excitement may have used up reserves.

Thursday, November 6: Cheerful but stubborn entrenchment may polarize politics, but can help us individually get into our groove and move forward on long-term practical goals. Let go of comparison, as jealousy and territoriality can be a problem; don’t go there. The Moon is full in earthy Taurus at 3:22 PM MDT and asks us what we truly want. Remember that we are responsible for our happiness and we cannot expect other people to provide it for us. Stay true to personal truth and goals. Enjoy embodiment tonight.

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Starcodes Oct 24, 2014 Heather Roan Robbins

“The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery.”
― Anaïs Nin

It’s a week of mystery and mysterious solutions. Yesterday the Sun, Moon and Venus joined Saturn in curious, brooding, enigma-loving Scorpio. Tomorrow Mercury turns direct after three weeks retrograde and lost items begin to be found, clues and hidden information begin to surface. But we may experience a little turbulence along the way.

Last night (10/23) a New Moon eclipse at 0° of Scorpio started a new cycle of transformation last night. Like golden aspen tree releasing last year’s leaves we have the chance to let go and compost something no longer alive or working and step into a new transformative cycle.

This Sun, Moon, Venus, Saturn in Scorpio line-up initiates a more specific, laser like focus in the weeks ahead, which is great for meditation and research. This focus can help stabilize us as the Scorpio lineup also unearths strong contradictory emotions. It stimulates both our romance with solitude and any fear we have of being alone, often simultaneously. It’s a good time to step back and re-center in ourselves, work towards contentment with our own company, but let’s not isolate. It’s no coincidence that the Scorpio holiday of Halloween allows us to don masks and costumes so we can be both sociable and private at the same time.

We have to watch where we put this Scorpionic focus, because we can obsess on something that grosses us out, scares us, or ticks us off. Just in time for the fresh Ebola scares in New York City. Keep an eye on the difference between healthy focus and unhealthy obsession; are we digging for necessary information, or are we just wiggling a sore tooth for the emotional charge. Scorpio does like intensity, and isn’t always so particular about what kind of intensity.

This lineup also packs a Scorpionic sting; when we do get irritated at somebody else’s small mind, mistake, or interruption, we’re likely to snap back with an unusually irascible edge. So let’s take a deep breath when we feel that desire to lash out welling up within and make one more effort to understand the other person’s perspective. With Mercury retrograde and slowly turning direct this weekend, we’re probably wrong about our conclusions anyway.

Scorpio encourages our curiosity, we need a healthy way to honor our hunger for mystery rather than fixate upon cessation sensationalistic headlines. We may want to disappear from the tattered mundane world into a place of magic, a place where paranormal phenomenon could be real and potential is not weighed by the thimbleful.

And some people may choose to step out of reality entirely. Personal obsessions or conspiracy theories, harebrained schemes and revenge fantasies can eat away at the edge of frayed psyches.

This longing for magic grows through the weekend and as the Sun and Venus conjunct in Scorpio and trine intuitive Neptune early next week. We may feel more intuitive and perceptive, permeable as these aspects soften the boundaries and thin the veil between the worlds. But it can also blur the boundary between our imagination and our sense of reality.

Keep an eye on that boundary between imagination and reality particularly around relationships. It’s an easy time to make mistakes about other people’s motives and think that they are more into us than they are or assume the worst when they seem withdrawn. Ask questions; open investigation and friendly exploration helps keep us centered in the here and now even as we welcome in the future possibility.

As the weekend begins under the New Moon in Scorpio, respect boundaries and explore mysteries. Listen to what the heart longs for. Since Mercury is stationary it’s hard to get anything done or agreed upon, so use the deep to explore renewal in the quiet.

Over the weekend Mercury turns direct, the Moon enters more cheerful, traveling Sagittarius, and truth comes out. We find missing things and missing facts. We just have to make sure that were seeing the whole picture before we jump to conclusions. It pays to wander, meander, travel and let the soul do the same.

Mars enters Capricorn and sharpens our competence and determination at the beginning of the week. Watch political machinations ramp up for the midterm election and strategic business and political moves hit the headlines. Mars likes being in Capricorn, but a happy Mars can be a dangerous thing; competence, pushiness, strategy, and endurance need to be directed carefully.

On Tuesday the Moon enters Capricorn and joins Mars, a powerful time to refine our ambition and take a step towards our personal goals. Or watch someone else get in there and do it first.
Throughout the middle of the week we can step on each other’s toes as we gear up, like horses colliding as they head out the barn door. A little extra patience we allow us to support one another rather than collide. New momentum builds by the end of the week.

Friday, October 24: Take a step back towards the center, let go of extraneous commitments to tend to top priorities and tend the soul. So much more is communicated through action, and unspoken cues than through words. Deal with feel the potential freedom if some worst fear is dealt with. Notice the sparks of primal emotion. Don’t look for an excuse to alienate others and spend a moment alone, or get caught in emotional melodrama, seek the depths in the quiet instead.

Saturday, October 25: We know what we love and we know what we don’t as the Sun conjunct Venus this morning. Watch for extremes of emotional response in towards around problems of where we miss each other signals or weird feelings do not mesh. Reach for a personal definition of beauty. If we come back to our own heart, take care of our own heart and love ourselves, promise ourselves we’ve will be there for ourselves, then the vagaries of relationship are easier to deal with. Mercury stations and turns direct this afternoon, over the next few days understanding grows, but today we can trip over the turbulence. Moon enters Sagittarius and we may want to walk on the wild side tonight.

Sunday, October 26: A new seriousness arises as Mars enters Capricorn and feeds our ambition. Our hearts open to new longing. The Sagittarius Moon encourages us to get on with things, but events are still moving slowly; it may help to wander aimlessly but curiously. Consider reorganizing and clearing flotsam. Later, deal with unexpected events and take a moment to reassess priorities for the weeks ahead.

Monday, October 27: This is a wonderful day to straighten out problems and clarify goals if we pace ourselves, let the day progress organically rather than try to push the river. As the day progresses knots untie, blockades soften, and river begins to flow as the cheerful but impatient Sagittarius Moon trines Jupiter. Awkward half-truths can make diplomacy difficult particularly between differing countries or nationalities. Be patient and wait for the whole story to unfold. Expect fierce honesty to a point, but respect that Scorpio reserve; let people share what they want, and honor the psychic “do not enter” signs.

Tuesday, October 28: Patience, even though many threads are straightening out, we can be forgiven frustration and confusion as the Moon enters Capricorn and conjuncts Mars and Pluto, we may want to push just to make things happen, just to feel we have an effect on the world, but need to be careful of the consequences. It helps to have projects to work upon, so we can do what we can while we’re waiting to do what we want.

Wednesday, October 29: People change their minds. Be ready to adapt to new information or circumstances as the landscape changes this morning as the Capricorn Moon squares Uranus and Mercury. Keep lines of communication open even, or especially, when annoyed. Check in on ongoing projects to see what’s changed and what needs to be done about it. What looks like a problem could be an improvement, once the kinks are ironed out.

Thursday, October 30: Expect contradictions; the mood is cheerfully stubborn and strangely socially oblivious while still being relationship-obsessed. Interpersonal grit needs to be cleared to allow progress. Stop and do the work. Our theory about what’s right can differ from our honest feelings and as the sociable Aquarius Moon squares Sun and Venus in Scorpio. But which needs to change?

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Starcodes October 17, 2014 Heather Roan Robbins

Whenever you are creating beauty around you, you are restoring your own soul.~ Alice Walker

Enjoy a potential interpersonal respite over a relatively slow and peaceful weekend; November’s colder winds whistle in towards the end of the week.

Mercury conjuncts Venus in Venus-ruled Libra, and the Sun resides in Libra as the weekend begins and helps our conversation flow, loans us a spirit of compromise and agreement and can ease more harmonious interactions. Our minds turned all things Venusian; we want to know what’s fair and beautiful.

We are curious about balance in our life. Beauty feeds our soul and so does the moment of gentle social contact, shake of the hand or spark of the eye. It’s a good time to go back and strengthen friendships and connections while people are in a sociable mood. It’s also a good time to take the search for beauty literally, beautify our environment or tuck our garden in for the winter. Our natural sense of aesthetics is supported, our natural sense composition and flow strengthened by this Libran lineup. Walk through the house with Feng Shui eye, look at how the traffic flows, the air and energy flows the house and see if anything needs to be adjusted to improve this flow.

The Libran political adage is “no justice, no peace: know justice, know peace” and we’ll see reflected in the headlines and at home. Take this image, this paradigm of balance and fairness epitomized by the Golden rule to “do unto others as we would have them do unto us” and the corollary silver rule “do not do unto others that which you don’t want done to yourself”, and look at everything from household chores to how the Ebola epidemic is being treated.

Concerning the Ebola epidemic, there are two major astrological features (Saturn in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces) that suggest we take this situation seriously, but react holistically and with substantial change (Uranus square Pluto) rather than with panic. Saturn in Scorpio asks us to get serious about death and often runs concurrent with epidemics; Saturn is now in Scorpio, has been since Oct. 2012 and will be until this December. Look at the last three transits of Saturn in Scorpio; from 1924 – 26 was concurrent with a bout of smallpox, 1954-56 was concurrent with the polio epidemic, and 1993-4 was in the heart of the AIDS epidemic and concurrent with a hanta virus scare. Neptune in Pisces from 2011-2025 supports our spiritual search, our collective creative process, but also reminds us just how permeable we are all the way from our leaky psyche to our bodily cells. Our boundaries can feel like sieves. Yes, one response to this is to create healthy boundaries. But the deeper teaching is for us to remember in cellular way that what happens to the least of us, happens to all of us. We need to take care of all sentient beings, all our siblings around the globe, in order to be truly healthy.

We can start at home and work our way out. Over the weekend and early next week Jupiter trines the South lunar node, sextiles the North node and offers us a chance to improve our relationships as well as begin new ones. If we recognize their possibility, friendly new relationships that come in at this time are unusually likely enrich our opportunities and help us expand the horizon.

Friday and Saturday we can relax under a warm and sociable if slightly grandstanding and interpersonally demanding Leo Moon. Look for a beautiful Moon-Jupiter conjunction, one of the more friendly aspects, glowing in the western sky early in the evening. We can let its beauty into our heart and help us expand our sense of hope and possibility. It can expand any emotion we have in there, all of our feelings may be more colorful and vivid, and so it helps us to bring our attention to the love around us.

Sunday and Monday a more industrious Virgo Moon reminds us of unfinished work that needs our attention, calls us back to the details we missed before. Unless we’re careful it can also make us cranky and help us try to debug or edit our family. On Wednesday and Thursday a lovely quiet dark of the Moon in Libra is an important time to warm our connections and let people see we care. Get agreements organized now. Because the Sun, Venus, and Moon all enter brooding, intense, willing to look on the dark side Scorpio on Thursday and we roll on with panache and intensity towards Halloween and the Day of the Dead.

Friday, October 17: Depression swirls around us, but delicate optimism can be like a spark on tinder; if we keep it out of the wind and blow on it gently, it can grow into a warm flame of possibility. Our hearts can be sore if we feel ignored but respond warmly to overtures and appreciation. Let’s take moment to stop and be grateful for anything that warms life, anything we want to grow as the Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Leo, glowing in the early evening western sky.

Saturday, October 18: We may feel crankier and older this morning as the Moon squares Saturn, what we take serious is so obvious to us, what they take serious can feel so silly. The mood is more spacious, wandering, if not particular efficient midday as the Moon rests void of course until it enters more industrious Virgo around dinner time. Avoid a ruthless inventory of your own faults or those of others; it’s not productive at this time. Notice what’s working and nurture those seeds instead. Kindness and respect go a long way tonight and help our sharpening mind stay productive.

Sunday, October 19: Check dreams this morning; as the Moon opposes Neptune we may understand our heart and feelings, but not necessarily the truth, in our early morning imagery. Our attention can focus on the problem this afternoon as the Virgo Moon trines Pluto; diagnose, but keep a healthy perspective. The situation may have more possibilities than we think but may require us to utilize hard-won wisdom. Keep health the first priority as well, rest and rejuvenate.

Monday, October 20: Cut people extra slack on this rather cranky morning as the Virgo Moon squares Mars. As our lens focuses easily on the problems, assess unfinished details, tend to problems, but be nice to one another. Important communiqués tonight, notice incoming information as Mercury conjuncts the North node.

Tuesday, October 21: The Moon joins the Sun and Venus in Libra and reminds us to find the middle way; look for healthy compromise and a gentle, honest fairness that allows all parties to flourish. Clear the air and fix imbalances and over the next few days. Make aesthetic decisions. Look for and savor a moment of calm and quiet balance.

Wednesday, October 22: On this last day of the Libra lineup, prioritize balance, composition, beauty, fairness. Roll with early morning turbulence as the Moon squares Pluto and opposes Uranus, then get right with the world; balanced diet, chores, relationships, politics. Pay off debts as the Moon conjuncts Mercury.

Thursday, October 23: Notice the dramatic mood shift as the Sun, Venus, and the Moon roll into Scorpio and conjunct one another. Feelings intensify and focus. Extraneous details are released, and are prioritize priorities clarify. Old wrongs haunt us, retribution makes more sense, but underneath that is a call for transcendence.

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Starcodes Oct 10, 2014 Heather Roan Robbins

The stars are sending conflicting messages this week, and we can feel as if someone’s standing on our gas and the brakes at the same time. An energizing grand trine speeds us up and nags us to get on with history while Mercury retrograde slows us down and sends us back to reconnect with the past. It’s going to take some patience on our part to mediate these two energies, to productively review our life and get on with what we can.

That ongoing dynamic, occasionally manic, grand trine with Jupiter, Uranus, and Mars in fire signs (Sept 22-Oct 15) continues to rouse the rabble and makes us rebellious where we feel oppressed, depressed where we feel stuck, and excited and engaged where we’re getting somewhere. This energized vibe can really help us do what we love to do. It can help us mobilize resources and deal with a real emergency like the Ebola epidemic. But it can also nudge us to respond to smaller problems as if they’re an emergency when what is really needed is calm and persistent helpfulness.

All while we step around the Mercury retrograde follies. Mercury retrograde (from October 5 to October 26, now backing into Libra) may be good for lots of things, a wonderful time to remember and integrate the past, fix that which was broken, complete what’s been left undone and finally get around to an event that should have been done a long time ago. Ghosts of the past may also walk with us this week and offer an opportunity for healing. But we may have to work around an unusual amount of pragmatic slapstick and potentially serious glitches. Look out for delays and technical difficulties with computers phones electronics. Believe your date when they say they couldn’t call to tell you the subway broke down and they’re running late because their phone fell down the sewer.

The weekend begins under a stabilizing if possessive Taurus Moon; we may want rest, comforting tastes and lush smells to ground us, or want to beautiful our world. Over the weekend a verbal Gemini encourages us to meander through art galleries and down country lanes. Pick apples and let the orchard’s aroma remind us of autumns past. Recent discontent can make us keep wandering, look for greener pastures as Venus opposes Uranus. So reconnect with old friends and allies but watch that restless edge which can diminish familiar relationships and send us looking for and old love or an old path out.

Monday night the Moon enters domestic Cancer and we want to go home and cuddle. We may appreciate a new perspective about our home or homeland. Safety concerns could change our plans. Midweek our attention may be brought to health-conscious and ask us to really look at how our health is related to everything we do.

Let’s help one another deal with the rolling mood swings. Last week’s astrological lineup has left many people wading through a thick tide of emotional flotsam. We may have seen something we didn’t like (in ourselves or our world) or gotten a clear picture of the challenges we face in the months ahead.

This week asks us to assess that new information and bring ourselves back into balance. Bring our life back into balance. Bring in a team of allies and prioritize working together while Mercury is retrograde. Work together rather than harp on whether we’re right, wrong, or can really get to the bottom of the problem.

Friday, October 10: Slow down, back up, relax; there’s no point in hurrying, we may as well make sure we’re doing it right. Mercury retrogrades back into Libra and lets us reconsider recent actions from a friendlier perspective. We can reach out and extend ourselves more comfortably this week. Mid-day brings goodwill but poor luck as the Taurus Moon squares Jupiter. Take each other seriously tonight as the Moon opposes Saturn.

Saturday, October 11: And now for something completely different– or at least that’s what we may want as Venus opposes Uranus this morning and inspires unconventional behavior. Our feelings can be all over the place and so can the conversation. Concentration isn’t it easy, but cross-pollination is. Discuss. Explore. Experiment. Move artwork around, but avoid long term aesthetic decisions like hair color or house paint. Take emotionally-based decisions with a grain of salt; visit Timbuktu, don’t move there just yet. Take good care of ongoing relationships, hold hands and explored together.

Sunday, October 12: We work well with others to accomplish a goal, but may have trouble keeping our minds in one place or following a project through because we’re highly distractible. This mood is good for or puttering through art festivals or tending pre-winter house chores, but we’ll start many projects and cycle between. It’s a good day to talk over past events and hopes for the future, but be prepared to release encrusted assumptions and expectations. Clear the mental clutter. Early evening buzzes sociably as the Moon trines the Sun in air signs but can get klutzy, edgy or impulsive later the Moon opposes Mars.

Monday, October 13: A good day to keep a low key flexible schedule, perfect to meander, connect, grow community, reconnect with old friends and wind our way home as the Moon enters Cancer tonight. Anything more ambitious can be glitch-filled and delay- prone, and end up with the same results. So enjoy. Unexpected meanderings can bring unusual opportunities, snippets of conversation give us more content than trying to sit down and make a point. Take extra time to sleep tonight as our dreams help us process and adapt as the Moon trines Neptune and opposes Pluto overnight. Existential vulnerability shimmers in the air; let the heart reach out to those who cannot go home tonight.

Tuesday, October 14: Reassess; look back at the last two months and see what decisions and projects are working and what needs adjustment this morning in an otherwise rather spacy, who-wants-to-cope sort of time. After midday, we need to feel mutual support and strengthen the bonds of affection as Venus conjuncts the North node. It will keep our heart warm and help us wrap our minds around a suddenly defined limit or remembered loss as the Moon opposes Pluto late afternoon. If an unsettled melancholia drifts through tonight, let’s be kind to ourselves and not blame the people around us for the mood.

Wednesday, October 15: The energy can be of whack this morning but shift into a calm and productive patch midday as the Moon trine Saturn. Wry humor and kindness help. Odd pressures and communication glitches increase this afternoon as the Moon squares Mercury, we don’t seem to have enough time and would really rather not deal, and can be touchy about our perceived inadequacies, so don’t mention the mistake we just made, we know.

Thursday, October 16: The mood is generous, overstated, and subjective; we can get a little egocentric and more high-maintenance as the Moon enters Leo and the Sun conjuncts Mercury. Check in on beloveds and clients; a little attention brings a lot of gratitude. The big sweeping arch of history may manifest dramatically. A touch of emotional melodrama at home can help us clarify what we need as long as we don’t take it too seriously. Work towards resolution of the story.

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