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

PULL OUT THAT RAPIER WIT and ed­i­to­rial pen this week­end, be­cause cri­tiques flow easily as we head into a new moon with a par­tial lu­nar eclipse in Virgo on Sun­day morn­ing. The strange para­dox of Virgo sea­son is that we’re both un­usu­ally good at giv­ing crit­i­cism and un­usu­ally bad at re­ceiv­ing it. So be­fore we speak up, let’s as­sess if what we’re about to say is true, nec­es­sary, kind, and com­ing at the right time.

If not, and we just feel like com­plain­ing, let’s find a safe space to let it go. There will be places in the big­ger pic­ture, away from our friends and fam­ily, that need ev­ery bit of our crit­i­cal-think­ing skills en­gaged.

The world’s energy and rhythm slow down as the week pro­gresses, but events may get big­ger. We may feel flooded by feel­ings and over­whelmed by events later on this week as Jupiter op­poses Nep­tune, the planet of spir­i­tu­al­ity, imag­i­na­tion, sen­si­tiv­ity, wa­ter, con­fu­sion, es­capism, and de­cep­tion.

And just as Nep­tune’s in­flu­ence flows into high tide, on Thurs­day log­i­cal Mer­cury turns ret­ro­grade for three weeks. Let’s use the am­bi­ent Virgo logic to batten down the hatches, get or­ga­nized, and com­plete un­fin­ished busi­ness this week­end.

FRI­DAY, SEPT. 11: This morn­ing can leave us tired and sen­si­tive but do­ing what needs to be done as the moon en­ters Virgo. Like Amer­i­cans with their 9/11 mem­o­ries, some old pain can be close to the sur­face, and we can choose to heal another layer or use it to sharpen our sus­pi­cions. This af­ter­noon may be low-energy but em­pa­thetic and cre­ative. Share ca­ma­raderie as the moon con­juncts Jupiter tonight.

SATUR­DAY, SEPT. 12: We may want to be braver or more out­go­ing than we re­ally are. Let’s not be­rate our­selves or oth­ers, but stay so­lu­tion-fo­cused. A burst of in­dus­tri­ous­ness can help us turn the cor­ner. Tonight, our ac­tions need to be heal­ing.

SUN­DAY, SEPT. 13: Check out what shifted overnight as the moon is eclipsed just af­ter mid­night (vis­i­ble in the South­ern Hemi­sphere). Re­di­rect low-level anx­i­ety away from the faults of oth­ers and use it to tie up loose ends. Ap­pre­ci­ate one another this evening as the moon en­ters Libra. Look for a way to equal­ize un­equal sit­u­a­tions.

MON­DAY, SEPT. 14: Con­firm plans and ap­point­ments; fol­low through on un­fin­ished busi­ness. On this fairly diplo­matic day, ev­ery­thing slows down and gets a lit­tle sticky, but we’re still able to make rea­son­able changes.

TUES­DAY, SEPT. 15: Life gets com­pli­cated, although peo­ple are still rel­a­tively friendly. This morn­ing can bring dis­cour­age­ment, but we can turn this into en­durance. Mid­day, be pa­tient with last-minute ad­just­ments as the moon op­poses Uranus. Nur­ture con­nec­tion, but don’t be side­tracked from work, or things will start fall­ing through the cracks.

WED­NES­DAY, SEPT. 16: Don’t jump to con­clu­sions while the sig­nals are mixed. Stormy in­ter­nal moves and in­ter­per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion can lead us to mis­take dis­trac­tion for per­sonal rejection as the moon en­ters Scorpio. Pro­cras­ti­na­tion fights with a feel­ing of ur­gency; our heart may just not be in the de­tails but fo­cused on some in­tense trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence in­stead.

THURS­DAY, SEPT. 17: The energy swirls in place, tem­pes­tu­ous but stuck as Jupiter op­poses Nep­tune, Mer­cury ret­ro­grades, and Saturn en­ters Sagittarius. What hap­pens to­day may have long-term con­se­quences but will take pa­tience to un­ravel. Con­tinue to let go of the su­per­fi­cial static and find the still-quiet place within; move steadily from this cen­tered po­si­tion. It’s all about bal­ance.

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