THIS LABOR DAY WEEKEND, let’s rest from our exertions instead of working to complete a household project. The astrological conditions are lousy for industrious precision but lovely for introspection, reconnecting with old friends, healing, analyzing woes, and discussing what makes the world fair and sweet.
We may notice a subdued, self-conscious streak this week as the sun, Mercury retrograde, and Jupiter are all now in thoughtful Virgo and beautifully visible to the west just after sunset. Virgo’s symbol — a woman holding a sheaf of wheat — represents the capacity to sort seed from chaff and to discern the difference between sacred nutrient and waste. While this skill can be powerfully productive, it can hurt when we turn it inward or toward those we love. Let’s tap into the Virgoan capacity for kindness and empathy.
Over the next few weeks, we can use analytical skills to assess what needs fixing. But not this weekend. Drift away, but be careful around potential water damage, storms, fossil fuels, or alcohol consumption — all Neptunian dangers. A friendly Libra moon helps us picnic and relax but won’t help us get to work.
On Labor Day, the Scorpio moon can bring new focus for our work, though it can also bring out an irascible element. Keep social obligations minimal. This Scorpio intensity helps us focus on Tuesday and Wednesday as the sun trines Pluto. We do need to be patient, as Mercury is retrograde from Aug. 30 to Sept. 22, so be ready to deal with the usual follies: lost items, transportation trouble, and misunderstandings. Let’s pay attention to what thrives under retrograde and review, renew, and complete old work.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2: The energy may be low and the mood confusing, though potentially optimistic. We can’t see clearly, so dream away — but check the facts in the coming days. Tonight notice a beautiful moon, Jupiter, and Mercury conjunction and observe the healing powers of camaraderie.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 3: Morning is potentially gentle but adverse to hard manual labor; keep the agenda loose and rest up. We may be easily bamboozled by our hopes and fears — picnic and gather, but avoid unnecessary major purchases. Let memories simmer constructively.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 4: There’s more energy to wrestle with our fate, so we may be ready to sink our teeth into a project. Listen to the oracles. Tonight an existential restlessness can send us around the block — or encourage us to make fresh resolutions for the year ahead.
MONDAY, SEPT. 5: Let’s obsess positively on our concentration and intensity so we don’t just start digging inappropriately and hurt each other accidentally. Confusion abounds, and activities may have trouble building momentum. Solitude may be essential to hit the reset button for the busy weeks ahead. TUESDAY, SEPT. 6: Listen more than speak; when our understanding gets cloudy, our attempts to clarify may only muddy the waters. Instead, gather up loose ends, collect information, and find common goals as the sun trines Pluto. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7: Temporary restrictions may actually be helpful: Work within smaller boundaries to complete a project and create something solid. Renew old connections and offer mentorship as Venus sextiles Saturn. Build upon the past.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8: A streak of dark humor brings perspective to challenging situations. We feel a bit braver and extroverted this morning, but not particularly organized. It helps to run children, dogs, and probably ourselves around the block before we try to sit still under this restless Sagittarius moon. If decisions are required, keep them simple and localized.