by Heather Roan Robbins
The days and night balance, light and dark, summer tips towards winter, summer tips towards winter Autumn commences as the Sun enters Libra today at 2:01 PM MDT. The week of the equinox can open doors; like a lock on the river that balances water height, the equinox invites us to create more balance in our life and in our culture to encourage all good things to flow.
It offers an opportunity, unfortunately it doesn’t demand that we create balance. Along with this Libran call to equilibrium, Mercury, Mars and Venus in industrious, nervy Virgo push us to accomplish. Mercury normally holds an aspect for days, but now conjuncts Mars for weeks, helping us build momentum but keeping the winds and rhetoric roaring. Think active, angry (Mars) winds and words (Mercury). Work may pile up as projects that we’ve been waiting on for months, now suddenly need our time and attention. Our minds can buzz over concerns late into the night with Virgo’s nervy activity.
So, this is where Libra’s call to balance can help us. The busier or more worried we might get, the more important it is to maintain a good work-life balance. The more strident our world grows, the more important it is to prioritize healthy, egalitarian relationships in order to build healthy, broad-based, sustainable momentum. Libran hope in the system of balanced justice provides social stability, and lack of it tests our very fiber.
As the weekend begins, we can feel a shift; autumn’s haunting melancholia drifts in as leaves drift down and geese begin to fly south, made especially poignant as the Moon enters moody Scorpio while the Sun enters Libra. Underneath a contemplative, blustering, occasionally sullen or competitive weekend is a muscular energy that needs a good place to go. We’ll be able to work well with others in an emergency and respond well to difficult situations, but can get cranky if we have to sit still or don’t get some time to ourselves as Mars semi-squares Jupiter.
But will we be conscious enough to ask for that time, or will we just push other people away? Balancing time within and time without needs to be a conscious exercise.
On Sunday, a Mars-Neptune opposition encourages us to go of some old resentments and reassess what it is we really want. It also stirs up the waters. Let’s watch where we put our water glass and keep an eye on turbulent storm patterns.
Monday morning a Sagittarius Moon call us outdoors, but Mercury squares Saturn and can bring a pile of work, as well as the fortitude to see it through. We need to find balance between our hard work and our need for freedom, and see how they actually support one another. Our work continues to be supported as the Moon enters industrious Capricorn on Wednesday.
On Thursday, Pluto turns direct after a long retrograde, and can shift the grounds, bring turbulence around power dynamics and stir our worst fears, but also help us find resolution in the weeks to come. It may stir our dreams, reveal hidden problems, plumbing issues, or trouble from the underground before the energy runs clear again.
Friday, September 22: Make calls and meetings this morning under encouraging early-morning optimism as the Moon conjunct Jupiter. Deal with light social contacts early, and then feel our focus sharpen, our sense of magic deepens, and tails begin to twitch as the Moon enters Scorpio and the Sun enters Libra. Listen to the energetic undercurrents.
Moon conjunct Jupiter 4:26 AM, Moon opposed Uranus 7:04 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 11:39 AM, Mercury trine Pluto 12:01 PM, Sun enters Libra 2:01 PM, Moon sex tiles Venus 6:34 PM.
Saturday, September 23: The mood can be competitive, desirous, focused, and willful. It’ll feel good to be in our bodies, to work hard or play hard, put our competitive muscularity to good use as Mars semi-squares Jupiter. If we don’t move, our tempers or judgmental edges can sharpen, moods frustrate. Find a balance between inner world and outer, gentleness and muscularity. And keep an eye on the weather, the days may be beautiful, but storms bluster once they get started.
Mars semi-squares Jupiter 1:25 AM, Jupiter quincunx Chiron to 20 8 AM, Moon sextile Venus 9:52 AM, Moon trine Neptune 11:21 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 8:07 PM.
Sunday, September 24: Listen to dreams this morning as Mars opposes Neptune, let go of an old ambition and dream of a new one. Kick that imagination into high gear. Put effort into spiritual practice. Watch for problematic liquids that cause short-circuits or outages. Our messages can be somewhat confused, so ask clarifying questions to stay on track. Tonight, we can feel humor and a release as the Moon enter Sagittarius tonight.
Moon sextile Mercury 1:32 AM, Mars opposite Neptune 1:49 PM, Moon trine Chiron 2:41 PM, Moon enter Sagittarius 10 PM.
Monday, September 25: Be ready to hit the ground running this morning, but work to stay focused, because it will be easy to get distracted by too many things happening at once or by competing demands. Prioritize, make lists, keep on track and work it out. It may take extra honesty to deal with differing priorities; be respectful of, but not pushed around by, other people’s demands. Take a moment to laugh in the sunshine and keep that work-life balance in order to keep going.
Moon sextile Sun 2:57 AM, Mercury square Saturn 8:35 AM, Moon square Venus 11:54 AM, Moon square Neptune 10:36 PM.
Tuesday, September 26: It’s easy to get irritated or impatient with other people’s fuzzy thinking, but it may just be a difference in priorities. Keep coming back to what matters. A sense of accomplishment furthers. Get serious but not grim around dinner time as the Moon conjunct Saturn, and then let it go; tomorrow we’ll be much more efficient if we can destress tonight.
Moon square Mars 12:30 AM, Moon conjunct Saturn 6:15 PM.
Wednesday, September 27: Communication flows better this morning; attend practical issues. People may clam up about personal emotional issues, even if feeling them deeply. Work towards dynamic balance to release frustration or collision of needs between people or between various desires.
Moon square Mercury 12:10 AM, Moon sextile Jupiter 4:46 AM, Moon trine Uranus 5:08 AM, Moon enters Capricorn 10:27 AM, Mercury opposed Chiron 4:12 PM, Moon square the Sun 8:53 PM, Jupiter opposed Uranus 10:25 PM.
Thursday, September 28: Nervous energy or anxiety can leave us a little frayed as Mercury quincunx Uranus this morning. As Pluto turns direct (it’s been retrograde since mid-April), we see power dynamics shift and swirl. Play it safe; avoid direct confrontations today. Be honest but also tactful.
Moon trine Venus 7:28 AM, Mercury quincunx Uranus 7:55 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 11:07 AM, Pluto turns direct 1:35 PM, Moon trine Mars 4:34 PM, Moon conjunct Pluto 8:26 PM.
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