THE WEEKEND BEGINS on the melancholy side. There’s a lot of short-term static in the air for the next few weeks, but underneath that we can feel some good changes coming, like the whiff of a sea wind when we are near the coast.
In the interim, we may be called to deal with urgent events we hadn’t planned on. With just a short break away from the emotional dynamics, we can let the dust settle and make a healthy decision. Mercury, the planet we associate with communication, travel, and honesty, is retrograde from Sept. 17 through Oct. 9, and as it forms a challenging square to Pluto this week, it sends us back into the past or deeper into mystery.
Mercury retrograde is not an excuse to act out or be miserable; it represents a pattern we need to work with and work around. It pays to spend extra time tracking keys, bills, appointments, and creating a plan B and C. We may revisit familiar places and old emotional gestalts, but we need to remember that we can make more creative and mature choices this time. We’re not here to get stuck in the past, but to remember what we’ve garnered and step forward.
New beginnings are just over the horizon. Saturn, the planet we associate with learning, work, restrictions, and organization, has entered Sagittarius, the sign of travelers of the mind and body, education, and ecosystems, and will be there for two years. This speaks of an opportunity for fresh starts in our work. Feel worlds expanding, and don’t be dismayed by the extra work needed to clear the path over the next few weeks.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 18: Small glitches, stubbed toes, and apparent idiocy around us can make us cranky through noontime as the moon squares Mars. Use impatience to get work done. The mood becomes more philosophical and open tonight as the Sagittarius moon conjuncts Saturn.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 19: We’re mobile and busy but may end up spinning in circles. Enjoy an intuitive, escapist morning and the meandering midday before an edgier evening. Our mood will be calmer if we are physically tired tonight.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 20: Have a good conversation; talk about why we do what we do. Our minds need to chew on why and wherefore, even if we don’t come to any final conclusions. Midday, work around odd interruptions and syncopated rhythm, and reminisce tonight.
MONDAY, SEPT. 21: We can competently deal with real issues, but tend to lose our sense of humor under a dour Capricorn moon. Whether we’re wrestling with serious issues, or just seriously wrestling, the push and pull of midday softens to more compassionate understanding tonight.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 22: Early discomfort can help us think outside of the box. We just have to keep checking in with ourselves for validation, because even though people may feel supportive, their distractions may not let that message get across.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23: Autumn begins as the sun enters Libra. How can we open doors for others and take advantage of opportunity, even if it is more an opening of understanding than a chance to leap forward? What we grow now can influence the whole next season.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 24: Our work may hit a turning point, an event or realization that we need to release and let go. If we feel frustrated, depressed, or like we’re not getting anywhere, stay in the moment and put one foot in front of the other. Appreciate comfort tonight.