We saw the first glint of fall leaves, shifts in the weather pattern, and change in the stock market as the Sun and Jupiter entered Virgo last week.
Astrologers expected a generalized deflation and reorganization towards what is solid and pragmatic as expansive Jupiter left Leo and entered nervy, skittish, thoughtful Virgo, but the jittery stock markets exceeded expectations. We also hoped for a curtailing of the extremes of political hyperbole, but have had no luck there; maybe when Venus and Mars both leave Leo, or maybe it’s just the nature of politics. Jupiter in Virgo says work will set us free, but also implies that we won’t get money for nothing. We need solid healthy groundwork.
The stock market usually responds to emotional patterns in the stars, not logical ones. Venus and Mars, the planets that symbolize our emotional realm, conjunct in melodramatic Leo throughout September and crank up the volume on events and our emotional response (Mars enters Virgo Sept 25, Venus on Oct 9). Although our thoughts are generally calm and friendly with Mercury now in balance- loving Libra, once our emotions crank up we’ll tend to speak in emotional hyperbole and want to take dramatic action. Mars and Venus in Leo can also stimulate an overreaction to our hopes and fears and this magnification can help us see what’s really in our hearts, even if the story is overblown. But we don’t have to make tragic news headlines (though some of us will). Through early October, we need to listen to the wild stories of our hearts but redirect the focus away from fear, not get caught up in the melodrama, get a better sense of proportion, and build on more solid ground.
We may not want to step out of our house at first, but once we’re out, this Venus and Mars can loan us a gracious extroversion. We can start the seeds of new friendship though they may take a while to cultivate. Mercury just entered its shadow this morning, which means it turns retrograde in a few weeks and has just entered the part of the zodiac covered by the retrograde cycle.
We’ll really need emotional and economic ballast through this weekend as the Moon waxes not just full, but super-Moon full, perigee at its closest approach to the Earth. Shimmering in the distance behind this full Moon is Neptune which infuses it with an extra emotional flood. We can swim with our vulnerabilities or emotional projections, or dive with mythic creatures, either feel bullied our buoyed by the collective unconscious, depending on what layer we choose to tap into. If we meet somebody unusual, note the potentially delightful karmic reaction, enjoy the experience, but read no nothing into it until the story unfolds. It helps to be around nature and those we love and trust to let their organic health seep into our soul.
Early next week an Aries Moon and Jupiter sesqui-quadrate Uranus can leave us irritable and wanting to break free of past restrictions. We’ll hate to feel like someone is standing in our way, so don’t try to be the voice of common sense to another person with low impulse control; instead, empathize with the feeling and ask them to wait a day or two. Redirect, refocus, rather than try to reason. Honor the feelings, delay the decisions. The mood evens out into with more pragmatism and comfort midweek, though we’re still not thinking too clearly as Mercury quincunx Neptune and encourages our imaginary world but can leave our thinking a little foggy.
Friday, August 28: Notice a dis-conjunction between what we say and what we do, as if we’re all a little out of sync this morning as the Aquarian Moon opposes Venus and Mercury and the Sun sesqui-quadrates Uranus. Unsettling news is only part of the picture; apparently clear data can misrepresent the truth, check facts and ask questions. Although we can feel a little sleepy or lazy this morning, there is a pool of nervous energy or emotional melodrama waiting to be tapped; a positive and friendly upbeat edge in one direction contradicts this nervousness on the other side. Find something practical to do in the moment, and ride it out. After a busy day, people need to unwind tonight but may really not want to process; let them rest and de-stress.
Moon opposed Venus 4:18 AM, Mercury semi-square Venus 5:47 AM, Sun sesqui-quadrate Uranus 11:48 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 11:55 AM.
Saturday, August 29: We puddle about in our emotions as the Moon waxes full in Pisces, peaking at 12:35 PM MDT, and then conjunct Neptune at 4:20 PM. Our emotions can take us through worst-case scenarios, burrow into our hopes and fears, dance with the art supplies, or lead us to watch cartoons. Small logical problems help us refocus, so does gardening or something that keeps us busy and lets our soul connect to spirit. Some minor crises may come to a head around circumstances of unusual vulnerability; let the feelings flow and make no long term decisions. Any divination, prayer, or meditation furthers this afternoon. Support one another tonight.
Moon semi-square Pluto 12:53 AM, Moon square Saturn 1:02 AM, Moon enters Pisces 2:50 AM, Mars quincunx Pluto 5:28 AM, Moon opposed Jupiter 10:08 AM, Moon semi-square Uranus 11:53 AM, Moon opposed Sun 12:35 PM, Moon conjunct Neptune 4:20 PM.
Sunday, August 30: We may have a little bit more ground under our feet, more focus on what we can do to make the world better, or what we can do to enjoy ourselves and be healthy. Flashes of genius possible, listen to the sudden ideas. Grasp small moments of healing midday. And let’s pace ourselves, because the energy will flow unevenly throughout the day. All gentleness, romance, and imagination appreciated; but don’t assume it, we’re all on a strange journey. Venus conjuncts Mars exactly in Leo tonight and we can be all about the compassionate heart or emotional drama.
Mars bi-quintile Chiron 4:58 AM, Moon conjunct Chiron 10:19 AM, Moon semi-sextile Uranus 10:40 AM.
Monday, August 31: Watch sudden erratic move because we may be feeling impulsive, but without clarity. The Sun opposes Neptune and opens up our intuition and imagination, but distorts our perception. We see what we want to see, or are afraid to see, and may feel unusually permeable, but the Aries Moon asks us to get out there and take radical action anyway. Let’s say how we feel as Mercury semi-sextiles Jupiter, but choose carefully whether or not to trigger off other people’s reactions. Be honest but compassionate. A clear line may need to be drawn, just make it real rather than dramatic. Stay in the moment and notice that visions can deceive. Lots of good ideas crop up, but consider negotiating or starting new projects tomorrow.
Moon trine Saturn 12:53 AM, Mercury semis sex tile Jupiter 12:58 AM, moon enters Aries to 30 2 AM, moon opposed Mercury 10:05 AM, sun opposed Neptune 10:37 PM, Venus conjunct Mars 11:03 PM. Moon square Pluto 11:32 PM.
Tuesday, September 1: We want to feel part of something larger this morning, and our contentment may depend upon how much we can engage and improve the situation as the Aries Moon trines Venus and Mars. Our impulse control is down midmorning as the Moon conjunct Uranus, for better or worse, our knee-jerk reaction will be rebellious, but that can give us strength in a good direction. Our energy may burn out relatively early as the espresso wears off and tiredness seeps in tonight; rest up.
Moon trine Venus 2:24 AM, Moon trine Mars 2:36 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 11:37 AM, Moon semi-square Neptune 4:11 PM.
Wednesday, September 2: We can feel the moods leveling out, can tend to practical things, and feel more grounded and rooted than we have for a while as the Moon enters earthy Taurus and trines the Sun and Jupiter. The mood is stubborn but potentially positive (though still heavy on hyperbole), stability and steady routines can comfort and build support, small acts of generosity go far, and help us direct and underlying nervousness and impatience for change as sesqui-quadrate Uranus. Although we may have to sift through some crazy thinking, this is a day to follow through on good ideas that sprung up over the weekend, and still make sense today.
Moon enters Taurus 3:01 AM, Moon trine Jupiter 11 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 4:53 PM, Moon trine Sun 8:06 PM, Jupiter sesqui-quadrate Uranus at 9:51 PM.
Thursday, September 3: We can be obsessed about relationships or unsettled emotionally, feel self-indulgent and stubborn as the Moon squares Venus and Mars this morning. We get the hang of it by midday; check back in with problems that worried earlier. Time seems to layer, karma thickens. Notice underneath the turbulence we can feel new seeds growing and can count on crops we planted earlier or skills we’ve learned before. Tonight, our minds are strong but strange and need something to positive to chew upon or our brains will masticate tough memories and concerns as the Mercury quincunx Neptune.
Moon trine Pluto 12:50 AM, Moon square Venus 3:19 AM, Moon square Mars 6:23 AM, Mercury quincunx Neptune 9:02 PM.