Monday, October 5. The Moon is void-of-course (VOC) for most of the day after making an agitating square to Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) in the early morning (Central Time). VOC periods can feel like we’ve lost the drive to our motors. This can be a good thing if you’ve been going full throttle, lately. The Moon in Cancer (cardinal water) encourages a quiet day, some self-care, and perhaps a home-cooked meal at the end of the day to remind you of the value of hearth and home.
Tuesday, October 6. The day starts with pep and vigor. The favorable aspects between the Moon in Leo (fixed fire), Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire), and Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) help spark an industrious bout of creativity. Grab hold of this inspiration early in the day. The square between the Sun and Pluto may throw up obstructions. Entertain the idea that those who are challenging you are actually doing so because you are powerful and worthy of the battle. Let the word “dare” guide you to new edges. Later in the day (almost 10 pm in the CDT), Mars in Virgo (mutable earth) opposes Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). Although this aspect is exact at this time, we’ve been under the influence of this transit for a few days. The balancing/integrating opportunity offered by this opposition infuses our wills with empathy and strengthens our compassion with boundary and form. Perhaps you notice that you can’t maintain focus for very long or you get frustrated when the plan goes awry. Mystery is operating behind the scenes. Maintain curiosity.
Wednesday, October 7. In the introduction to this week’s forecast, I pointed out that in the zodiacal wheel, Leo’s (fixed fire) impulse for self-love precedes Virgo’s (mutable earth) impulse for selfless service. That natural order of things, from pride to devotion is good to keep in mind today at the end of this Virgo-inspired lunar cycle with the Moon still in Leo. The aspects for today say, Go for it! The source of getting things done comes from Leo self-appreciation. Don’t fake humility. Go for it.
October 8—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. The next four days are dedicated to summing up and letting go of the lunar cycle that began on September 13 with a solar eclipse. I’ve listed the celestial events of this lunar cycle before: a solar eclipse, lunar supermoon eclipse, Mercury retrograde, Mars and Venus moving into Virgo, Saturn re-entering Sagittarius … It has been a time of subtle and not so subtle shifts. There has been a lot of mutable sign emphasis in these shifts. Mutable signs are strongly affected by energy shifts. Mutable signs, and especially Virgo (the sign of this cycle’s New Moon) is attuned to energy and wants to do something pragmatic about it. The problem is, that isn’t always possible, so we have to develop strategies for de-stressing our lives, releasing what we cannot change. As the Moon moves back into Virgo today during the waning phase of the Moon cycle, it is a perfect time to practice letting go of the things we cannot change.
Friday, October 9. The days that Mercury stations, both retrograde and direct, have a greater potential for disruption of the flow. Normal doesn’t really exist. Mercury stations direct today, so we can expect the unexpected. Because the Moon in Virgo (mutable earth) contacts both Mars and Jupiter in Virgo, our reactions may be expanded. Our fuses, a little shorter. However, Virgo is not usually a very rash sign. It is more likely that we will internalize the stress and have stomach pains. Don’t do that either, if possible. The regular flow of thought, travel, and words will return soon. It always does.
Sunday, October 11. I’ve been talking about the Virgo (mutable earth) influences of this lunar cycle the last few days. However, with the Moon’s re-entry into Libra (cardinal air) for the last day of this cycle, we recall that this lunar cycle was really about the cusp between Virgo and Libra. Virgo’s devotion gives way to Libra’s attention to harmony and partnership. We go from an earth sign to an air sign, and so things get a bit more abstract and theoretical. The Moon contacts a newly direct Mercury this morning and then makes a self-assured contact with Saturn. We know what we think. Later in the day, the Sun in Libra makes a paradoxical aspect with Chiron in Pisces (mutable water) inviting the question can we think and feel at the same time? It is always good to try. The earthy trine between Jupiter in Virgo and Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth) provides the strongest influence on the day. Jupiter is optimistic and Pluto is strengthening. Let this boost of energy help you to get some things accomplished today. The Sun opposing Uranus tonight increases a sense of agitation. We may be antsy to change. Maybe that is not such a bad idea.