FEEL THE EMOTIONAL TEMPER CHANGE this weekend as the winds of autumn thicken, the sun enters Leo, and the moon enters Scorpio — both stubborn, determined fixed signs.
Mercury joins the sun in Scorpio on Monday. All week long, Venus in Sagittarius helps us feel restless enough to leave dysfunctional situations and choose an approach that is healthy and honest. This Sagittarius Venus can help us laugh. On Monday afternoon Mercury joins the sun in Scorpio and we begin to play our cards close to the chest. People appear to become secretive — and some of us may be — but this attitude is about privacy, not secrecy. We just want to keep our inner world to ourselves, but we are simultaneously more curious and suspicious about the motivations of others. Life is a mystery, and Scorpio knows it well.
Mars in Capricorn is just pulling away from a conjunction to Pluto. We still have access to that great determination and effort when we are inspired, but we may feel less pushed to accomplish, blame, or push. But this conjunction continues to echo through the upcoming election and asks us to contemplate what the right, healthy, and empowered use of strength and power is.
By midweek the Virgo moon brings out our inner critic. On Friday, the sun and Mercury are still in open-minded Libra, though we can get touchy or defensive. It’s still a good day to make contacts about the future and open up possibilities while people are feeling flexible. By Saturday night the energy shifts and brings more bravado; we may feel our heels digging in as the sun enters deep Scorpio and the moon enters charismatic but stubborn Leo.
FRIDAY, OCT. 21: We need a little gentleness and safety today; we can get defensive very easily as the Cancer moon opposes Pluto and Mars midday. We need to know where we’re safe and on whom we can count.
SATURDAY, OCT. 22: Morning is friendly and domestic, but communication could be off or we may feel pulled by opposing desires as the moon squares Mercury. Energy shifts this afternoon, with even more mixed feelings as the moon enters outgoing Leo and the sun enters deep, private Scorpio.
SUNDAY, OCT. 23: We need attention today. We want to be noticed and appreciated in our community, or we could act out. One can love and still respect boundaries.
MONDAY, OCT. 24: People are ready to make positive changes this morning — just don’t start too early. We need to hear our own inner voice before we are ready to respond to outside demands. Urgent grumbling and a sharpened critique can shift our focus this afternoon as the moon enters Virgo.
TUESDAY, OCT. 25: Find a good use for crankiness this morning; edit and sort. The mood softens as the moon, Venus, and Neptune form a T-square this afternoon and we dream of a kinder, gentler, more beautiful world. We may feel cynical about what we find here instead. Share a dream and the mood improves. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 26: Friendly Venus sextiles Jupiter and brings the potential for a more loving, compassionate, or open-minded approach. We can see beauty in the natural world and find something to laugh at with a rapier-like Mercury-in-Scorpio wit. THURSDAY, OCT. 27: We may be really tired of conflict and just not want to go there today. Emotions run strong; we want to be fair, but our thinking is deeply tied to our identity. The sun and Mercury conjunct under a Libra moon. Be kind, respect differences, and know when to step back.