THE LEAVES BEGIN TO SWIRL AND STORM CLOUDS hover near the edges of our hearts in this moody, atmospheric, and sometimes technically difficult week. Thoughtful Mercury retrogrades back to square Pluto and brings our wandering minds to stare at the gray walls of our discontent. It’s useful to have a productive obsession.
If we have some unfinished grieving to do, now is a natural time to do so. Depression isn’t the point. Motivating Mars just entered analytical Virgo and now squares industrious Saturn, increasing our critical capacity, but this can make us hard on ourselves. It’s tempting to look back at what we or others could have or should have done differently. However, there’s no point in this exercise; instead, think about how to handle things better next time.
Of course, we can work more benignly with this lineup: Pluto encourages us to do research. Use this ingenuity and obsessive streak to solve problems or think fast when retrograde Mercury complicates our lives with strange challenges.
This weekend begins tenderly, but we can get distracted by our internal processing, so be extra careful when handling knives, fire, or power tools. If we do get frustrated, stop and listen to our hearts, and then return to work with fresh focus.
On Sunday night a full moon in Aries and a lunar eclipse — called the blood moon because of Earth’s red shadow on the moon — catalyzes change. What was stuck may come loose. It could be a night to howl about.
Early next week, look for hints of new beginnings. Just stay tactful no matter what happens, because it’s easy for misunderstandings to snowball. Work toward the moment in which everyone in the room feels content.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 25: The morning is potentially unsettled with shifting power dynamics. Midday may feel a little weepy as the moon enters Pisces. Confrontation is unhelpful; push through resistance another day. Mechanical and interpersonal frustrations are probable as Mars squares Saturn, but we can find a responsible way to do what we want.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 26: Dream sweetly as the moon conjuncts Neptune this morning. Be accepting of other people’s foibles.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 27: Our hearts can feel unusually raw and sensitive this morning, but we feel braver midday as the waxing moon enters feisty Aries. Say less and do more this afternoon as the moon trines competent Saturn. Self-expression is paramount as the full moon eclipse peaks around 8:50 p.m. Impulse control is down; howl safely.
MONDAY, SEPT. 28: Focus on relationships. Tonight, ingenuity abounds; we’re ready to make a shift as the moon conjuncts eclectic Uranus.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 29: Manage temper spikes carefully. Use bursts of energy in between lazy spells to binge-work early on. Then feel a steadier heartbeat as the moon enters Taurus this afternoon. Don’t be distracted by surface irritations.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30: We can clearly speak from our hearts and further our mutual understanding as Mercury conjuncts the sun. Explore touch, massage, and yoga with the sun and moon in Venus ruled-signs. Don’t overspend.
THURSDAY, OCT. 1: Inner tensions can trigger impulsive actions or a tendency toward inconsideration in the name of self-protection under an irritating Mars-Uranus aspect this morning. This aspect can increase accidents. Drive defensively. Be fair — balance the needs of everyone in the room.