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.