Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - Heather Roan Rob­bins www.roan­rob­

OUR WORK PICKS UP SPEED THIS WEEK, but our moods can be all over the place, so we need to be pa­tient with our­selves and pro­ceed thought­fully. The week­end holds a strong com­pet­i­tive push along with a few lovely ro­man­tic il­lu­sions, pro­duc­ing a West Side Story vibe. The rum­bles may be be­tween coun­tries, weather sys­tems, or sports teams as well as ro­man­tic ri­vals.

This in­dus­tri­ous, com­pet­i­tive energy is in­sti­gated by Mars as it con­juncts ex­pan­sive Jupiter in Virgo, trines pow­er­ful Pluto, and stim­u­lates a re­lent­less de­sire to im­prove the sit­u­a­tion — we feel crit­i­cal if we can’t. Venus op­poses Nep­tune and heats up our ro­man­tic or cre­ative in­ner long­ings at the same time, which can take our thoughts far away from the bat­tle­field, or bring on the dreams we fight over. It can also make us painfully aware of the vul­ner­a­bil­ity of the Venu­sian fem­i­nine, re­cep­tive, artis­tic el­e­ments, and in­spire us to be pro­tec­tive.

Ro­man­tic sparks can fly through this, and we may feel tu­mul­tuous and im­pa­tient, but prone to mis­read the heart’s sig­nals. Some­one could get up­set about a ro­man­tic or po­lit­i­cal delu­sion and re­spond with a fight. If so, let’s work to con­tain the be­hav­ior now, and help oth­ers see more clearly later.

Early next week, a dy­namic Capricorn moon trines that Jupiter-Mars con­junc­tion and nudges us to launch our ships. But we may be dis­tracted by our soul’s in­ner winds as Mer­cury squares Pluto for the third time since Sept. 9. Let’s con­tinue to work, with the po­ten­tial to re­solve some prob­lem, block, or weight we’ve been car­ry­ing since. If we do our home­work now, we may soon feel lighter than we have for a while.

FRI­DAY, OCT. 16: Be frank and funny as we tackle se­ri­ous stuff. An earnest, ten­der ap­proach may be less ef­fec­tive, and slack­ing won’t cut it, as the Sagittarius moon con­juncts Saturn this morn­ing. Agree­ment is eas­ier mid­day, though mixed sig­nals pep­per din­ner­time as Venus op­poses Nep­tune. Hon­esty can cut through some re­cently cre­ated ro­man­tic il­lu­sion.

SATUR­DAY, OCT. 17: An easily frus­trated phys­i­cal dis­con­tent im­proves if we get out there and move as Mars con­juncts Jupiter. Ar­gu­ments can easily get mus­cu­lar un­less we have a place to put this need to fix and wres­tle. Let’s com­pete against our per­sonal best and wres­tle our lives into shape.

SUN­DAY, OCT. 18: The com­pet­i­tive energy con­tin­ues to­day. Watch a ten­dency to tell peo­ple what to do, or to rebel with a knee-jerk re­ac­tion if told what to do. We want ef­fi­cient ac­tion, but let’s keep our hearts en­gaged.

MON­DAY, OCT. 19: Roll with chang­ing winds on this dis­tracted morn­ing. Rather grim prob­lems mid­day can bring us back to decisive fo­cus if we feel inspired and not dis­cour­aged as the moon con­juncts Pluto.

TUES­DAY, OCT. 20: Fol­low through on ef­forts, con­tacts, and be there when needed with good ideas. Don’t say “I told you so,” though it may be tempt­ing. Nur­ture the team and fam­ily tonight as the moon en­ters more com­mu­nal Aquarius.

WED­NES­DAY, OCT. 21: We can be dis­tracted by a su­per­fi­cial re­laxed qual­ity or by our soul’s deeper is­sues be­neath, but let’s not drop the ball. Col­lect facts, peo­ple, and good ideas and pull them into a co­he­sive work­ing or­gan­ism. Use ev­ery­thing as fod­der for col­lab­o­ra­tion.

THURS­DAY, OCT. 22: We have an op­por­tu­nity to re­solve some prob­lem that’s haunted us this fall; face the doubts, come to ac­cept a new re­al­ity, and go for­ward from there. Our hearts are ten­der later as the moon en­ters sen­si­tive Pisces. Share kind­ness, as ev­ery­one will be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing this Mer­cury-Pluto square in his or her own way.

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