September 26—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. OK. What have we learned? This Virgo lunar cycle is winding down with a bang. Today, the Sun conjoins Jupiter in the early degrees of Libra. Pluto, lord of the underworld, stations direct. And the Moon in Leo doesn’t encourage taking a back seat, either. Humility is one of Virgo’s gifts. Virgo teaches us about service, devotion, and hard work. As one of the harvest signs, Virgo takes great satisfaction in reaping humble rewards from such efforts. I may be painting Virgo as too saint-like. That would be a mistake. Virgo also gets very annoyed by fools and those who would waste their time or don’t do their fair share of the work. Contrast these Virgo qualities with the dramatic transits today. Are you calmly problem solving or extremely annoyed?
Tuesday, September 27. Mars finally moves out of Sagittarius today. You might remember that Mars stationed retrograde in Sagittarius in April, moved back into Scorpio for two months and re-entered Sagittarius at the beginning of August. Even though Mars hasn’t been retrograde since June, we still haven’t yet gotten to full steam ahead with Mars. Until now. Now, with the cardinal force of earth behind it, Mars is ready to take some action, preferably action that strengthens foundations and insures longevity.
Wednesday, September 28. The Moon returns to Virgo at the end of this lunar cycle, which was seeded by Virgo at the New Moon. You may notice that you aren’t as excited about Virgo’s attention to detail and concern about order as perhaps you were at the beginning of this cycle. Jupiter has moved into Libra, along with the Sun, and Mars is in Capricorn, another cardinal sign. We may be less interested in taking in small details and more interested in forming opinions to base our next actions upon. Notice that tension today as the Moon forms a t-square aspect pattern with Neptune in Pisces and Saturn in Sagittarius. With mindfulness, we can remember that not every message is true or needs to be acted upon right away. The waning days of the Moon are more appropriate to practicing this type of awareness than rushing into action. With patience, we might be able to discern who to believe and who to tune out.
Thursday, September 29. The Moon makes only one aspect today when it conjoins Mercury in Virgo at the end of the workday (CDT). This Mercury is making up for lost ground in the recent retrograde period. It feels good to get things wrapped up. Since this is the last day of the lunar cycle, try to put off initiating any new projects until tomorrow or during the next two weeks of the waxing phase.
Sunday, October 2. Question everything even if you want to believe in everything. The Sun in Libra helps us rein in a tendency to escape into fantasy while it makes a quincunx aspect to Neptune in Pisces. The great thing about Libra is that even though it values beauty, it does not have to romanticize it. We get to feel that edge between the maudlin and the pristine aspects of beauty. Another quincunx between Mercury in Virgo and Uranus in Aries encourages thinking outside of all boxes. Quirky and possibly brilliant insights may come. The Moon entering Scorpio ensures we settle down when real emotion shows up.
Monday, October 3. Intuition is strong with a trine between the Moon in Scorpio and Neptune in Pisces. Venus in Scorpio adds probing insight. We are sure of the signals. We know what the subtlest of expressions or phrases really means and we feel it deeply. This is the kind of day to expect to receive messages. Be courageous enough to listen.
October 4—Crescent Moon: Beginning. What might happen if you trusted your gut more? This lunar cycle has the potential to move us forward into new areas of commitment, choice, and action. We notice a longing for justice and balance. Another part of ourselves can be claimed, but first, we need to trust ourselves. The Moon in Scorpio challenges us to listen to our guts. This phase of the Moon challenges us to dare to make the changes our guts are telling us to make. The good news about this is that the Sun in Libra makes a favorable connection to Saturn in Sagittarius, giving us a solid basis for our beginnings. Commitment and focus are strong.
Wednesday, October 5. There is nothing shy or reticent about this day. The Moon in Sagittarius pushes us to new experiences. A sextile between Venus in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn gives support to authentic expressions of desire and instinct. But most of all, a square between Mars in Capricorn and Jupiter in Libra has us choosing sides and standing up for what we believe in. There may be little patience for explanation. There may be a lot of passion about fairness and foundational values.
Thursday October 6. In spite of a conjunction with serious Saturn in the early hours, the day is more jovial than saturnine. There are few impediments from the stars today. The Sagittarius Moon invites us to explore new territory, take an adventure, find a new truth.
Friday, October 7. Mercury leaves Virgo and the shadow of its recent retrograde today. Now in Libra, Mercury encourages diplomacy and tact. This skill may come in handy as the Sun in Libra makes a square to recently stationary Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto may show the shadow underneath our desires to be nice. Don’t deny your resentments; they’ll just come out sideways if you don’t address them. In world events, we might see underhanded actions exposed. Mercury encourages speaking up for justice.
October 8—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. A lot of the challenges of this lunar cycle so far have been about the contrast between a Libra approach and a Capricorn approach. Mars, Pluto, and today’s Moon in Capricorn have created stress for the Sun, Jupiter, and Mercury in Libra. Both of these signs are cardinal leadership signs. They forge ahead, but in very different ways. Libra’s approach is through balance. Relationship is core to maintaining balance. Capricorn’s approach is through exercising judgment and authority. Both signs have their value and the real test of this phase of the Moon is to integrate both of these qualities to manifest our lunar intentions. Capricorn makes sure we know what we want, what we mean, what we intend. Consequences matter. This gravity helps the Libran desire to create harmony. Today’s Moon contacts Jupiter, Mars, Pluto and the Sun. We are asked to up our game.
Sunday, October 9. Embrace your ambitions. Commit to your excellence. Claim your authority. The Moon in Capricorn makes a favorable aspect to Venus in Scorpio. Self-assurance is sexy even if it can also be intimidating. None of us is better by diminishing our power. Claim it.