This week has significant changes in the landscape, and the more we can complete important matters early in the week, the less likely we are to trip over ourselves later this month and into next month.
Yes, I’m writing about Mercury retrograde, the third and final one of this year. Starting on Thursday of this week, this Mercury retrograde is likely to highlight our relationships, our future plans and the feng shui of our lives. Finding balance and harmonizing with the multi-faceted factors in our lives are not always easy, and we might find it especially difficult under the two-week influence of this past weekend’s Virgo New Moon, a Solar Eclipse.
By now, we should all be used to Mercury retrogrades and the liability to fall under Murphy’s Law of ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’. We just need to find our footing, maintain our equilibrium and engage our charm and diplomacy in order to avoid flipping over the apple cart.
The other significant energy shift this week is Saturn exiting Scorpio to enter Sagittarius for the next two years. Saturn initially entered Sagittarius last autumn, but over these summer months Saturn has revisited Scorpio. The volatility in the equity markets and the question of indebtedness, whether that indebtedness be personal or nation-state, are issues we may have been made aware of.
With Saturn entering Sagittarius, we might question our philosophical take on doing life, all the while that scenarios foreign to us impinge upon our own consciousness and our ability to alleviate situations.
The Saturn in Sagittarius triggers a Mutable Sign T-Square for the next year as Saturn by Sign squares Neptune in Pisces and squares Jupiter in Virgo. The volatility could be ratcheted up severalfold with times of extremes between irrational exuberance with its optimistic expansion and dire depression with its invincible constraints. And both are likely to be spiced with an element of confusion as to what’s up and what’s down. There may be times when we feel as though we have actualized the title of Richard Fariña’s book Been Down So Long It Looks Like Up to Me.
The week begins without a manic Monday but rather a desire to seek solace in that special person, or people, in our lives. The week also starts the Jewish New Year.
The early part of the week can have us enjoying the camaraderie of friends and family. No matter the curveballs thrown at us, we can find our balance and maintain our equilibrium by prioritizing and focusing on the most important aspects of our lives.
The latter part of the week could prove confusing with the shifting gears going on. We might try to do more than would be appropriate, covering more bases than humanly possible and just wind up going in circles, exhausting ourselves and perhaps not getting much done.
The weekend would be a good time for us to spread our wings, get out of Dodge and find areas of amusement that can put a smile on our face and reignite the joie de vivre. Some of our most exciting moments can arise unexpectedly, without our making them happen but rather by finding ourselves in the right place at the right time.
Monday, September 14th – Let’s Hang On. Monday starts the week with the Libra Moon, but with the Moon making no aspects to the planets today. Whatever the past weekend brought or initiated, this Monday is a day when we might start off slowly trying to find our equilibrium and seeking to go gently into the day. As The Four Seasons, known recently as The Jersey Boys, would suggest in one of their classic songs:
“Let’s hang on to what we’ve got
Don’t let go girl, we’ve got a lot”
This two-week period imprinted by this past weekend’s Solar Eclipse may have us focusing on our structures, our securities and our stabilities. Our disposition might be one of concern or anxiety. We can use this Monday to get a grip on our emotions, temper the whipsaws of moods or actions, and take our time in deciding what to do and what not to do. Let’s keep in mind that non-action is also a form of action and that we do not have to respond to events by knee jerk reactions. This is a day for us to consider the varied facets of our lives from all sides. We do not have to leap before we look. Due diligence and contemplative consideration would go a long way to determining our ‘right’ course of action.
Tuesday, September 15th – You’ve Got a Friend – Lunar T-Square, Pluto, Uranus, Mercury, Venus. Tuesday continues with the Libra Moon. The Moon made no aspects yesterday, and we might have felt a bit of a lull or perhaps it was more a state of catatonia. Today, the energy shifts significantly. The Libra Moon today triggers a Cardinal Sign T-Square with the Moon square Pluto and the Moon opposed Uranus. The Moon also conjuncts Mercury, and the Moon sextiles Venus. Curveballs from unexpected quarters could be thrown at us, and we might find our forward progress delayed or impeded by obstacles. Although we can be confused and liable to misinterpret the signals of what is really going on, we can draw upon a trusted friend to provide us a detached, objective viewpoint as to their perspective and interpretation of what the different signs seem to indicate. This is a day for us not to go it alone but rather to draw upon the support and encouragement of someone close to us. While there can be delays, our charm and our abilities can help us push through even the most challenging situations.
Wednesday, September 16th – Sorting Through, Paring Down – Mars, Moon Void-of-Course. The early morning hours has the Libra Moon sextile Mars. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for almost eleven and a half hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Libra and before the Moon enters Scorpio. While Wednesday is often considered ‘hump’ day coming as it does in the middle of the workweek, we might use this Wednesday as ‘dump’ day. Today is a good day for us to see what really works in our life and what might be merely extraneous and a distraction from the truly meaningful. We could use this day productively by doing an inventory taking of our activities and involvements and consider those that are truly important to us and those that might be a waste of our time. Too often in our acquisitive society we tend to take on more and more, add on further activities and commitments. To some degree, many of us are on overload regarding our schedule and have too little time for contemplation, reflection and ‘time outs’ to gather our wits about us and to consider what we are doing and why we are really doing it. Wednesday is a good day to pare down our activities and involvements in order to create some ‘me’ time for ourselves. With the acceleration in the pace of our lives, there are times when we become breathless just trying to keep up with our commitments. Now is a time for us to cut back, pare down and focus on those involvements that are not only satisfying but also truly fulfilling.
Thursday, September 17th – As the World Turns – Neptune, Jupiter, Pluto, Venus, Mercury retrograde, Saturn Sagittarius. Thursday has some significant energy shifts. TILT! The Scorpio Moon trines Neptune, the Moon sextiles Jupiter, the Moon sextiles Pluto and the Moon squares Venus. Jupiter opposes Neptune, Mercury turns retrograde, and Saturn exits Scorpio to enter Sagittarius for its two-year transit. TILT! This is a day when we need to speak softly, walk softly and be wary of misinterpretations. If we can keep our focal point, then we might be better able to navigate the swirling currents of this day. By prioritizing and concentrating on what we need to do, we could avoid falling into a fog of trying to do too much all the while that we are pedaling as fast as we can but going nowhere. The Mercury retrograde is in Libra and our relationships might get a little dicey, thanks to misunderstandings and miscommunications. While clarity is called for, it may be hard to come by, especially if we have too much on our plate with a tendency to gloss over everything and with little depth to anything. With Saturn moving into Sagittarius, we begin a year of a Mutable Sign T-Square by Sign with Saturn in Sagittarius, Jupiter in Virgo and Neptune in Pisces. The whipsaws may be extreme with times of blind faith and wildly confident optimism and other times of severe constriction and agonizing limitations. The key to working effectively under this energy configuration and under the energies of this Thursday is to take our time before acting, count to ten before reacting and checking the parameters every step of the way.
Friday, September 18th – Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda – Sun, Mars, Moon Void-of-Course, Saturn. Friday continues with the Scorpio Moon with the Moon today sextile the Sun and the Moon square Mars. The Moon then goes Void-of-Course for almost eight hours with the Moon making no further connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Scorpio and before the Moon moves into Sagittarius where today the Moon conjuncts Saturn. This is a day when it would be wise for us to tie up loose ends, complete certain matters but with the understanding that we might not be able to totally clear the decks. Let’s do what we can today to clear our path but with the appreciation that there may be various brambles and thorns that we might not be able to rid ourselves of. We just need to avoid being stuck and torn by them. Late in the day, we might want to be out and about, but we might also realize that some things just take too much energy for us to truly enjoy. Let’s be wary of getting depressed by anything we hear, especially those situations that are far from our control and may only have a minimal impact on our immediate future. We might feel that we woulda, coulda, shoulda but such a disposition would only be another way by which we can beat ourselves up. Why go there?
Saturday, September 19th – Ramping Up – Lunar T-Square, Neptune, Jupiter. Just as we might have tried to do too much on Thursday with us winding up at times only spinning our wheels, this Saturday could have us all over the place and possibly going around in circles. The Sagittarius Moon today triggers a Mutable Sign T-Square with the Moon square Neptune and the Moon square Jupiter. If we have not made our ‘to do’ list yesterday for this Saturday, we could find ourselves slightly dazed today with so much that we want to do but wondering about our priorities and what to do first. We would far prefer to get out of town, not deal with our scheduled commitments and be free and clear to do whatever catches our fancy. Spurred on by an expansionary urge today, we have to be wary that we don’t spend too much, indulge too much or try to do too much. By trying to cover all the bases and then some today, we could exhaust ourselves and make some bone-headed decisions. This day suggests that we get off the track, deal if necessary with our scheduled involvements, but then to be certain to have some time to do something that energizes us, recharges our batteries and invigorates us. Same old, same old just won’t cut it on this Saturday. We want to be out and about, spreading our wings and hopefully with a flight trajectory in mind.
Sunday, September 20th – Idyllic Moments – Mercury, Lunar Grand Trine, Venus, Uranus. This Sunday can prove to be one of the nicest days of this week. The Sagittarius Moon today sextiles Mercury and the Moon triggers a Fire Grand Trine with the Sagittarius Moon trine Venus in Leo and the Moon trine Uranus in Aries. This day could provide some idyllic moments of being in the right place at the right time. Magic and mini-miracles may be part of this Sunday and especially in regard to our contacts and our connections. Social gatherings could introduce us to some interesting new people, people who reflect some of the changes and exciting attributes of our own selves. People seem far more upbeat today, encouraging of their own projects and of other people’s capabilities. This Sunday is an exciting day with some surprising incidents that can put a smile on our face, warm our hearts and better our relationships. Whether we meet with people in person or connect with them on the phone, email or text, this is a good day for us to reach out and touch someone with our appreciation and gratitude that they are in our lives. Sunday may also provide us with indications of the paradigm shift, moving away from a belief in the linear, sequential progression of our lives into an understanding of the new paradigm where serendipity and synchronicity open the door for the unanticipated and unexpected to come forward and sparkle our lives.