September 2nd – 8th, 2013

This week has us back on track with our regular, ‘normal’ routine. We might find comfort in retracing our steps and engaging those activities that are familiar to us, although sometimes all too familiar to us.

The week begins in the US with the last day of the long Labor Day weekend, often seen as the unofficial end to summer. We could be going for the gold at the start of the week, unable and unwilling to let summer slip away. We may go for the gusto and seek pleasurable activities, socializing with friends and engaging recreational pursuits. We might close ourselves off to the ‘real’ world, distance ourselves from what is occurring in the world at large, as we seek to draw out the last vestiges of summertime fun.

As we progress into the week, we become more attentive to our responsibilities and obligations. Also the day that Rosh Hashanah begins celebrating the Jewish New Year, the Virgo New Moon on Thursday subtly signals the back to work whistle.

It may still feel like summer weather-wise, but our attention turns to what needs to be done. Reluctantly, we may place nose to grindstone as we put back on the harness of our daily life involvements. We could be focused on the details, dealing with the specifics, all with the idea of creating the structure and format by which we can operate and, if at all possible, operate by automation, doing what needs to be done but with little personal passion for what we are doing.

The weekend may have us reviving the summer spirit, as we look to gather with friends and family to enjoy the company of others. With a sense of exuberance, even to the point of irrational exuberance and showboating, we may look to squeeze out the most fun and most recreational activities that we possibly can. The weekend comes to closure with us looking to rest, relax and regroup.

Monday, September 2nd – Laboring Under Illusions – Mars, Saturn, Uranus. Monday in the US is Labor Day, the last day of the long holiday weekend that signals the unofficial end to summer. With the Moon in Leo today and the Moon conjunct Mars, the Moon square Saturn and the Moon trine Uranus, we may be fast out the door to begin a day filled with grand adventures. Whatever we choose to do today, fun may be the keyword. While we feel energized and looking to make the most of this Monday, we do have to watch our expenses, as we could ratchet up some significant expenditures all in the name of having a good time. Even if we are committed to plans long scheduled, we might far prefer to do things on the fly, spontaneously and as they come up. Let’s see this day as a marathon and not a sprint. If we expend too much energy early in the day, we could find ourselves flagging and out of wind as we come into the mid-part of the day. Late in the day, we could find some interesting surprises welcoming us. Monday is an interesting day, a day for us to be open to surprises and not get locked into obligations as to our plans for the day. Our itinerary and direction may change and we can more easily engage the unexpected opportunities if we are not tied to commitments. We could find being in the moment offers us far greater treasures than anything pre-arranged.

Tuesday, September 3rd – Wishing and Hoping – Venus, Moon Void-of-Course. Tuesday has the Moon in Leo, and today the Moon sextiles Venus. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for almost seventeen hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Leo and before entering Virgo tomorrow. Even if we are back on track today, our desire to get on with things may be minimal at best. We might look for excuses to avoid dealing with our responsibilities. Lunch with a friend or brainstorming our possibilities with someone we consider a trusted advocate can be far preferable to doing what needs to be done. Our obligations could be beckoning us, but we are likely to postpone what needs to be done in favor of entertaining our hopes and our wishes for our future. Another day to get up to speed may be appropriate, especially since the energy today does not favor intense involvements. We could be waiting for Thursday’s New Moon to really get up and running, and that might prove a wise choice. Let’s take some time today to consider our future options, enjoy ourselves and savor the engagement with someone who inspires, uplifts and encourages us. As Napoleon Hill advised us many years ago: “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” This is a day for us to embrace Tug McGraw’s rallying cry for the 1973 New York Mets: “Ya gotta believe.”

Wednesday, September 4th – Preparing and Readying – Neptune, Saturn, Pluto. Wednesday has the Moon in Virgo and today the Moon opposes Neptune, the Moon sextiles Saturn, and the Moon trines Pluto. We are on the dark side of the Moon, one day prior to tomorrow’s Virgo New Moon. This is not so much a day of launching forward as much as preparing to launch ahead. If we do not go off in some mindless direction in search of fool’s gold, then we could use this day to strategize and devise a best practices approach to realize our goals. We do have to avoid being swayed by our emotions, for mood swings could also distort our clarity of vision. We may want to proceed with planned actions, but it would be wise to wait. These times ask us to be aware and mindful and to work with the energies wisely — to act when it is appropriate and wait when action would be premature or a wrong move. Today is far better for blueprinting, preparing and readying. Tomorrow, we can proceed ahead.

Thursday, September 5th – the New Year Begins – New Moon, Sun, Jupiter. Thursday has the Virgo New Moon with the Moon conjunct the Sun and the Moon sextile Jupiter. Rosh Hashanah begins and celebrates the Jewish New Year. For all of us, this day can launch the new year ahead as we ever more move ahead with our goals, deal with our responsibilities and get back on track from the summertime. Whether we have recharged and reinvigorated ourselves or not, we are more in tune with getting things done and attending to the tasks at hand. This day is a day that truly signals the year ahead, as we have been conditioned from our school days when school began for us shortly after Labor Day. Even if schools start in mid-August or the end of August, the societal feel is that September truly does begin a new year for all of us. Thursday is a good day for us to lay out our plans and initiate the actions we have devised that will help us realize our goals.

Friday, September 6th – Living for the Weekend – Mercury, Moon Void-of-Course. The day begins with the Virgo Moon conjunct Mercury. We may have some details to attend to and we might want to tie up loose ends before we step away for the weekend. But our concentration could prove minimal as the Moon goes Void-of-Course for nine hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Virgo and before entering Libra later in the day. If we can deal with what needs to be done early in the day, we can then arrange our plans for get-togethers and special moments with that special person or people in our lives for the weekend. We may feel that we have spent much of the week back in gear, back on the track, and we might be looking forward to the weekend as another time to step away from our tasks and focus on light amusements with good friends. Even with a thrust of energy to begin the day, the energy dies down and we could find ourselves procrastinating or our attention diverted to more pleasant considerations than doing our work.

Saturday, September 7th – So Much To Do, So Little Time – Mars, Lunar Grand Cross, Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, Sun. If we thought the weekend would be relaxing, we might have a significant wake-up call as we come into Saturday. The Libra Moon today sextiles Mars and the Moon creates a Cardinal Sign Grand Cross with the Moon square Pluto in Capricorn, the Moon opposed Uranus in Aries, and the Moon square Jupiter in Cancer. The Sun sextiles Jupiter. We may have a great deal of energy on this Saturday, and some of our energy may be the sense of the weekend and all the activities we have scheduled or want to do. We may be pulled in several different directions on this Saturday. We may have projects around our home to attend to, errands to take care of, social engagements to enjoy and any number of other situations that might arise unexpectedly without forewarning. While we are feeling confident and capable, this is one of those days when we could bite off more than we can chew. We want to make a grand impression, but we have to be wary that we don’t put ourselves into the overload lane and wind up looking like a member of the Keystone Kops, running around and creating havoc rather than effectively dealing with the various activities we have on our Saturday ‘to do’ list. This can be one exhausting day, and we might find ourselves even at odds with other people. If we are looking for consensus today, we could be barking up the wrong tree, for everyone who is party to our Saturday may have different priorities and differing interests. A meeting of the minds today could be hard to come by. What to do? How about engaging the tai chi moves where we deal with situations as they come up, shift and change to other activities if we encounter blockages and look to play the xylophone rather than the one-note samba. Another suggestion would be to keep our ‘to do’ list to a basic minimum with the recognition that unscheduled matters may demand our attention during this day. There’s no point in exhausting ourselves just to prove that we can handle everything thrown at us.

Sunday, September 8th – Apres Le Deluge – Venus, Moon Void-of-Course. Just as Saturday may have been frenetic and frantic to the extreme, this Sunday seems minimalist at best. We may be wiped out by the helter-skelter of yesterday, but the energy on this Sunday is far less intense and far more relaxed. The day starts with the Moon in Libra. The Moon conjuncts Venus before the Moon goes Void-of-Course for close to five hours making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Libra and before entering Scorpio late on Sunday, early Monday. This Sunday may be a day when we can hardly lift a finger, although we might be able to do so by clicking the television remote and grabbing ourselves a cold one. The contrast between yesterday and today can be stunning. We may have been racing around yesterday, trying to accomplish so much in such a short period of time. This Sunday could find us lazing around, staying longer in bed, and taking our time to get going, with our travels largely being one of going from our bed to the breakfast table to the couch and the television in front of us. If we do venture out today, it would primarily be to have a leisurely brunch with a special someone. We might enjoy the company of others today, but we are not overly interested in expending a great deal of energy. We may have done that yesterday and need this Sunday to recoup and recharge.