Pasatiempo - - STAR CODES - www.roan­rob­ Heather Roan Rob­bins

LA­BOR DAY IS THE IN­DUS­TRI­OUS VIRGO HOL­I­DAY, a chance to honor work­ers around the globe and our own work by tak­ing a break be­fore the sum­mer is over. For one long week­end we can la­bor at our life ver­sus our work, rest, re­cu­per­ate, have a last-minute ad­ven­ture, and con­cen­trate on per­sonal projects.

On many La­bor Day week­ends we just want to kick back and re­lax, but cre­ative dis­con­tent creeps in this year. We may feel a de­sire to build or make things, to no­tice what needs fix­ing in our cul­ture or on our front porch as the sun trines con­tem­pla­tive Pluto. Over the week ahead, we need to get over some re­cent dis­ap­point­ment or re­lease an old dream so we can give room for new imag­i­na­tion and re­ally en­gage the work be­fore us. As Venus turns di­rect on Sun­day, some old emo­tional gestalts shift within us and we can choose to let them go.

As we re­turn to work, we need to be our own best au­di­ence. Peo­ple don’t mean to be self-cen­tered, and can be very car­ing, but may be so wrapped up in their own sto­ries that they for­get to give the pos­i­tive feed­back we need while Venus and Mars are in Leo. We need to be able to give our­selves ap­plause.

By the end of the week we may won­der if we’re do­ing enough as thought­ful Mer­cury squares de­press­ing Pluto, and know we’d bet­ter take ac­tion. We need to get our fall work out­lined quickly over the next two weeks and then do what we said we were go­ing to do as Mer­cury ret­ro­grades be­tween Sept. 18 and Oct. 10.

FRI­DAY, SEPT. 4: A mo­bile Gemini moon leaves us rest­less to get on with an ad­ven­ture or a new chap­ter in our lives. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion flows; make in­ter­rup­tions an op­por­tu­nity to build co­op­er­a­tion. Tonight, leave re­al­ism be­hind and drift in the moon­light. Don’t ask for con­sis­tency; do ask for con­ver­sa­tion.

SATUR­DAY, SEPT. 5: Even with a gen­er­ally talk­a­tive, anx­ious vibe we can sort through prob­lems with ease once we agree on the goal. Hu­mor and good pri­or­i­ties help us. Tonight, change the scene and en­gage in fresh con­ver­sa­tion.

SUN­DAY, SEPT. 6: Let it go. Stick to what re­ally mat­ters un­der­neath as the moon en­ters emo­tional Can­cer. Watch a ten­dency to get clut­tered or de­fen­sive, or to let past mem­o­ries clog up the mo­ment. Come back to what sup­ports love, heart, and a healthy home base.

MON­DAY, SEPT. 7: A feel­ing of ur­gency can nib­ble away at our peace­ful day off with its grow­ing to-do list. En­gage suc­cess­ful short-term home­im­prove­ment projects; phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity helps our moods, as do fa­mil­iar foods and a clear, achiev­able goal.

TUES­DAY, SEPT. 8: Work on cre­at­ing healthy per­sonal rou­tines to con­tinue through­out fall. Then launch into work that fur­thers am­bi­tions. Be pa­tient, as anx­i­ety can come across as pushi­ness; stay on track.

WED­NES­DAY, SEPT. 9: With a moody, haunted vibe, it’s a day of so­cia­ble ex­tro­ver­sion over in­tro­spec­tive con­cern, with low im­pulse con­trol. Reach out to lonely peo­ple.

THURS­DAY, SEPT. 10: It’s so im­por­tant for us to ex­press our­selves that we can tell our­selves melo­dra­matic sto­ries and have trou­ble hear­ing one another. Look for prag­matic in­spi­ra­tion this morn­ing and be will­ing to take ac­tion this af­ter­noon. We build sup­port easily by shar­ing a path to suc­cess. ◀

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