It’s time to work our compost, rake the leaves, and clear out the detritus from last year’s flowers. Dig deeper than the old memories of pain, ache, frustration, and loneliness and find the succulent roots of strength in challenges faced and overcome. Share that strength with someone who needs support. Get the yard and the soul’s garden ready for fall as Mercury sextiles Pluto.
Sometimes silence is best; with Mercury, Venus, and Mars now in focused Scorpio, we have more curiosity but less interest in small talk. Speak to fewer people but go deeper. This work is initially upstaged by Friday’s wild full moon in Aries, which can bring out self-centeredness.
Active Mars squares intuitive Neptune as the weekend begins and then trines change-instigating Uranus next week. When Mars is active, we tend to be restless, but we can put that to good use. This formation can help us let go of unproductive or played-out feelings but can also trigger us to forget what we’re doing.
This weekend, we need to recharge under an earthy, tasty Taurus moon. The material world — our bodies and our gardens — needs our attention. Tend to the stuff of the world, and feed the senses with fall tastes, touches, and smells.
Friday, Oct. 22: Shake it up! We have to do what we have to do today. Even if we are impatient, take action for the long haul and keep up the pressure instead of rebelling. Powerful conversations, hidden clues, and penetrating insights come in flashes, but it’s hard to see the big picture. As the full moon peaks at 7:36 p.m., find safe ways to howl.
Saturday, Oct. 23: Move slowly, feed the senses, and let the wells refill. Communication glitches are likely as the moon opposes Mercury this morning; action expresses more than words. Low-key puttering helps. Comfort and security are prioritized this evening. All is calm if we are secure; jealousy can twist tails.
Sunday, Oct. 24: Willpower is strong and solid, but we are unwilling to back down, so avoid clashes. Mars trines Uranus and loans us ingenuity and flexibility to tackle physical problems, but it can make us intransigent on the emotional ones. Play it safe late tonight as a moon-Mars opposition increases tempers and accidents.
Monday, Oct. 25: This weekend’s great ideas should be put into action. This morning, we need to feel our efforts are valued, or we can get uncooperative. Creative compromise percolates this afternoon, though efforts can feel disjointed; be patient and persevere.
Tuesday, Oct. 26: We are self-sufficient for the day, though we may doubt it if we take in or say too much and get overloaded as Mercury challenges Jupiter under a talkative Gemini moon. Compare and contrast as the sun sextiles Pluto. Consider all sides this morning; decisions come later in the day.
Wednesday, Oct. 27: Some people speak in contradictions or don’t follow through on what they have agreed to, and it can leave us lethargic or depressed as Saturn sequisquares Neptune. We may have mixed feelings on an important decision and get emotional in response, but that could clear the air as the Cancer moon opposes Pluto later in the day.
Thursday, Oct. 28: If there’s tension around some emotionally charged issue, common sense won’t help; it’s all about acceptance and safety. Extreme views are expressed and resisted as Mercury challenges Uranus — don’t be baited into reacting. Communications improve but are still guarded midday; tonight our hearts warm up and our bodies seek comfort as the sun conjuncts Venus.