OVER THE LAST FEW WEEKS, Venus squared Mars, turned retrograde, and squared it again. In that time, most of us have felt a challenge that has stirred our emotions. Whether we’re reacting to recent political machinations or to a personal challenge, we know what we’re up against, and now it’s time to do something about it.
Our emotional ghosts are up and running with Venus retrograde in Scorpio, where she is not a happy camper. We can find ourselves obsessing over an ex or wondering why history is repeating itself, but let’s not believe that we’re caught in the past. It’s just time to work down to the next layer of healing.
There’s a lot we can do this week. Mercury is in Scorpio, a place of long memory and uneasy forgiveness. But this aspect provides the focus to do what needs to be done. Mercury conjuncts retrograde Venus and can lend a voice to all the things we typically associate with that planet: women, emotions, and our creative muses.
As the weekend begins, a Sagittarius moon encourages us to get out into the sunshine, dive into the heart of autumn, and renew our spirits. Find a new level of honesty under this outspoken moon; step out of polarized opinions and into a more holistic way of living.
The moon enters pragmatic Capricorn on Sunday and reminds us to get back to long-term plans. Venus conjuncts Mercury in Scorpio on Monday and sharpens our focus. Let people speak their feelings. We can work together more comfortably and make progress on Wednesday and Thursday as the moon enters Aquarius.
FRIDAY, OCT. 12: Instead of worrying, use a sane and stabilizing MercurySaturn sextile to get momentum going on productive action after an unsettling week. Start early, with doors open in the morning. Energy begins to flag in the afternoon. Get some serious R&R this weekend. Restlessness gives us a taste of wanderlust.
SATURDAY, OCT. 13: Get outside this morning as the Sagittarius moon squares Neptune. Dogs and kids need playtime, and so do most adults. It’s good to let our world expand. Take time to read about faraway places, and absorb news we’ve ignored. Reflect upon personal issues from a different direction.
SUNDAY, OCT. 14: People need to share their truths this morning, but can get stuck in their opinions at midday as the moon enters Capricorn. This evening, our minds come back to our personal and professional work. We may want to move furniture or make some tangible difference.
MONDAY, OCT. 15: We have access to both determination and eloquence — but maybe not kindness — as Mercury conjuncts Venus in Scorpio. Feelings turn into actions supported by a Capricorn moon, so let’s watch what feelings we act upon.
TUESDAY, OCT. 16: A moon-Pluto conjunction can leave us down, discouraged, or determined. It may be hard to tap into the imagination until late in the afternoon as the moon sextiles Jupiter.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 17: Look around for support, for strange allies or people whose different perspectives and experiences can broaden possibilities as the moon enters collaborative Aquarius and squares Uranus. Intimate relationships may feel a bit off. Our view is on the larger picture, and it’s easy to miss clues close to home.
THURSDAY, OCT. 18: Watch a tendency to gloss over anger and let it become shadow material; it’s important for us to own our feelings. Find healthy ways to deal with ambition, desire, and anger as Mars semisquares Chiron. We need brave, forthright outspokenness.