Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - CONTENT - Heather Roan Rob­bins www.roan­rob­

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.

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