Sunday, September 29. What feeds your fire? What rekindles the sputtering flame? Given that we are in the waning phase of the Moon, you may feel like the juice is going out of life. Today’s Leo Moon is here to add the sparkle back. Don’t underestimate the importance of play or the excitement of romantic attraction. This energy will help us remember why we are doing the work of conscious co-creation. The Moon is square to Saturn today, so we get to combine the Leo sparkle with the transformative soul work of Scorpio (the sign Saturn is in currently). Mercury moves into Scorpio today as well, where it will spend an extra-long period of time due to a retrograde cycle that begins in three weeks. There is a shift towards the darkness. Notice the contrast between the sparkle of light and the allure of shadow.
September 30—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. This lunar cycle did you discover just the right balance between work and devotion and commitment and longing? These qualities have been threaded through this lunar cycle. Happiness in work is a balancing act and the weight is shifting constantly. The best way to balance one day probably won’t work the next. We can use the Balsamic phase of the Moon to release unproductive assumptions and expectations about ourselves and our work. Let’s shed that old skin. Use the Moon in Leo to restoke your passion. Kids are wonderful teachers for unbridled joy. Be a kid. It is good to cultivate our kid natures because life feels fraught with tension right now. This tension is likely to keep building until the New Moon on October 4. Take breaks and breathe.
Tuesday, October 1. You might notice a subtle change in communication today. Mercury reaches the degree where it will station direct after the next retrograde cycle that begins on October 21. This is a foretaste of what Mercury will turn up in the fertile fields of Scorpio during this particular cycle. The experience will touch on deeper emotions. And though this can be uncomfortable as we explore hurt feelings due to communication problems, or notice jealousy or suspicion arising more often in our interactions, we also have the opportunity to get to the core issues that deepen relationships. With a trine between Mercury and Neptune today (the first of three due to this retrograde), listen to your dreams and inspirations. Let your heart melt just a little. Be brave. Intuition and empathy are allies for dealing with toxic power dynamics that could be revealed today. The Sun is square to Pluto—the fault lines are weak and it will be more difficult to control strong emotion. What do you need to let go of?
Wednesday, October 2. A healing day. With the Moon back in Virgo in this cycle that began in Virgo, we are invited to reflect on the past month. It helps to take the long view. The older we get, the easier it is to see the patterns and roots of habitual responses. Perhaps it gets easier to consciously choose a better one. The waning Moon isn’t called an old Moon for nothing. Wisdom is pouring forth. Pay attention. It could really help us with whatever the next challenge will be. The best qualities of Saturn (commitment), Pluto (transformation), Chiron (compassion), and Jupiter (belief) are teased out and encouraged by this Virgo Moon. We actually feel stronger when we admit to being vulnerable.
Thursday, October 3. Perhaps the other shoe drops today. The Sun opposes Uranus, just a few days after making a square to Pluto. Uranus and Pluto are coming close to another exact square on November 1. The Sun is giving us a preview. Although the New Moon in Libra doesn’t happen until tomorrow, we are already feeling the major issues of this next lunar cycle dedicated to the sign of Libra. One of these themes is the dance, or perhaps we should say conflict, between individuation and partnership. With the rebellious energy of Uranus moving through independent Aries, many of us are pushing back against people and institutions that want us to conform, play nice, or compromise. There is value in having the strength to go your own way if necessary, but too much opposition is isolating and ineffective. We need relationship. What is happening in your relationship dance? Look for the balance between freedom and commitment—that is sweet spot for sure.
October 4—New Moon: Dreaming. Balance is a dynamic, responsive dance with all things. I used to think balance was a static state of equality; all we have to do is balance everything with its opposite quality and stay there, don’t move. That kind of balance lasts about a second and doesn’t cultivate the real reason that balance is a gift. Balance is a fluid state. It is the ability to pay attention and be responsive to others. I think this is why the balancing sign of the scales is also about relationship. How are your relationships doing? How is the fluid dance of balance going for you? This lunar cycle we have the opportunity to do some adjusting to these qualities. It will be an interesting journey.
Saturday, October 5. The dance begins. What would bring the most fluidity and balance to your relationships? The Moon squares Jupiter this morning—strong emotions could help us realize where we need to focus next. Later in the day, a supportive sextile between the Moon and Mars helps us to take action.