Star Codes

Pasatiempo - - ON THE COVER - Heather Roan Robbins Con­tact astrologer Heather Roan Robbins at roan­rob­

AU­TUM­NAL BEAUTY STRIKES a breath­tak­ing bal­ance be­tween golden leaves, glow­ing red rowan ber­ries, and the ephemeral ebb of life from the green world as it slowly goes to sleep in a blaze of glory, rest­ing up for spring re­birth. This week, the sun and Mercury in Li­bra sup­port our per­cep­tion of that poignant beauty and en­cour­age gen­er­ally friendly in­ter­ac­tions. But un­der­neath that friend­li­ness, Venus in Scor­pio un­der­lines con­se­quences. She in­vokes pay­back, a karmic re­sponse to our best and worst events.

Last week, Venus in Scor­pio stirred up some in­tense in­for­ma­tion and pri­mal emo­tions as it op­posed un­set­tling Uranus and squared mil­i­tant Mars. This week, Venus moves into a po­ten­tially heal­ing but no more for­giv­ing trine with in­spir­ing Nep­tune. In the mean­time, she also ap­proaches a con­junc­tion with lib­er­at­ing Jupiter. Emo­tions swell up and the col­lec­tive anima is ac­ti­vated. Our cre­ative muses may de­mand time even dur­ing a busy work­week. The need for con­nec­tion com­petes with the de­sire for soli­tude; it can be eas­ier to com­plain about be­ing alone than to take the emo­tional risks re­quired to con­nect.

On Fri­day, a Tau­rus moon can help us fin­ish the week’s work, then feed the senses. Over the week­end, a Gem­ini moon trines Mars and the sun in com­mu­nica­tive air signs, so the con­ver­sa­tion per­co­lates. It’s a good time to talk un­til we work it out. Late Sun­day, tur­bu­lence swirls as Pluto turns di­rect.

Next week be­gins thought­fully; tough news or de­ci­sions should be dealt with as the moon en­ters self-pro­tec­tive Can­cer. A truly chal­leng­ing Mercury-Pluto square on Tues­day asks us to look at worst-case sce­nar­ios, not be­cause they are true, but be­cause we need to con­sider them. De­pres­sion or frus­tra­tion can nip at our heels. Our moods can pre­pare us for ac­tion as the moon is in Leo on Wed­nes­day, op­pos­ing Mars.

FRI­DAY, SEPT. 28: Use the solid Tau­rus moon en­ergy to en­cour­age co­op­er­a­tion and com­plete work. Seek an­swers to a puz­zle in late morn­ing, then look for a way to fin­ish, del­e­gate, or re­lease this af­ter­noon. Clear the plate as the moon op­poses Jupiter, and share com­fort tonight.

SATUR­DAY, SEPT. 29: En­joy an ac­tive day as the ver­bal Gem­ini moon trines mo­ti­vat­ing Mars. We may have trou­ble con­cen­trat­ing but can mul­ti­task like crazy. Our minds buzz late into the night; sleep may be fugi­tive, so we might as well en­gage.

SUN­DAY, SEPT. 30: En­ergy buzzes, but we may feel more dis­jointed as the moon squares dreamy Nep­tune this morn­ing. It’s a good day for per­sonal re­newal. Con­ver­sa­tions may spin around and de­velop a philo­soph­i­cal bent, but they won’t get to the point.

MON­DAY, OCT. 1: The next few days can be crabby un­der a sen­si­tive Can­cer moon; let’s take what any­body says with a grain of salt and con­sider it with per­spec­tive rather than sulk about it. If a prob­lem be­gins, it may take a few days to com­plete; have pa­tience.

TUES­DAY, OCT. 2: Deal with abun­dant emo­tions and let dis­com­fort fuel con­cen­tra­tion and ac­tivism as Mercury squares Pluto. Pro­ceed with com­pas­sion, and watch out for wa­ter dam­age and floods.

WED­NES­DAY, OCT. 3: We have ac­cess to more op­ti­mism and cre­ativ­ity as the moon trines ex­pen­sive Jupiter and then en­ters ex­pres­sive Leo mid­day. Evening brings a po­ten­tial con­flict of needs. It’s hard to get out of our own heads, but we can be lov­ing and set a good ex­am­ple.

THURS­DAY, OCT. 4: Overnight, strange dreams or bad news can leave us edgy, but op­ti­mism can re­turn if we open our hearts. Look for the benef­i­cence of hu­man na­ture dur­ing an oth­er­wise chal­leng­ing day.

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