In this final week of September we’re left with the remains of last week’s intense information blast as described by Mercury stationary direct even while precisely aligned with Pluto. It's true that Mercury retrograde ended at the Equinox this past week, but that isn’t to say we’re experiencing overnight clarity and a glitch-free existence. Not only are we being heavily played by the Media in the run-up to “The Great Debate,” but we find ourselves trying to avoid a hard look at our current problems as a species, defaulting into political theater and the distractions of unending drama.
Mercury, now crawling direct, won’t see much in the way of forward momentum until Monday although it’s safe to take care of the most mundane business, perhaps left unattended during Mercury’s retrograde phase (Aug. 30 – Sept. 22). Words spoken, deals made and follies committed before last Thursday’s Mercury station are likely to come to naught or else become candidates for a redo. Otherwise, this can be a time when many people are feeling lighter, as if a weight has been lifted from their shoulders while others have nothing but good reports as we emerge from a particularly rough Mercury retrograde period.
The Moon, now in dark closure mode, signals a period of completion and endings until October 3 with the the sweet spot arriving four days later, signaling a better time for setting Mercury-related (communication, idea, plans) business into motion on Oct. 9 when Mercury's sandals take wing, transporting him over the cusp and into the fresh air of Libra where beautiful things can be set into motion.
Hate to be a downer, but we still haven’t cleared the waning Saturn-Neptune square as we see water supplies (Neptune) threatened (Saturn) by radioactive (Neptune) waste (Saturn) in Florida or the gasoline (Neptune) pipeline (Saturn) rupture (Neptune) cutting-off (Saturn) gasoline supplies (Neptune) to four southeastern states or Native Americans (Neptune) gathering in North Dakota are blocking (Saturn) the construction (Saturn) of yet another dirty oil (Saturn/Neptune) pipeline across sacred (Neptune) burial (Saturn) sites, threatening their water supplies.
Outside of contending with the fallout from two weeks’ worth of astrological mayhem, a calmer set of interactions are highlighted this coming week as the Moon wanes through its Last Quarter Phase ahead of Friday’s New Moon in Libra. Pluto stations direct on Monday although for all intents and purposes, it’s already been doing this for the past week so we should expect to see it continue to remain at maximum intensity for the another week following this one. Terrorism, natural and manmade disasters as well as plutocratic shenanigans (Wells Fargo, anyone?) will continue to be part and parcel of this particular period of time.
Mars has distanced itself from its own special kind of hell even since it turned direct on June 29, but only now exits Sagittarius after having paced over the same piece of zodiacal real estate (Scorpio 23 – Sagittarius 09) for the past six months. Since then, Mars has been gradually picking up speed as it made its way through the remainder of Sagittarius these past two months, coinciding with an overdose of ideological hectoring, mean-spirited belligerence, overt racism, violent police action against unarmed blacks (resulting in death and riots) and the media-enabled “who-can-scream-loudest-over-the-voice-of-reason” approach to news coverage. But all is not lost, a far more positive expression found manifestation as people used action (Mars) to stand up for their convictions of justice (Sagittarius) and otherwise walking their talk instead of offering up ineffective prayers.
Come Tuesday, Mars finally breaks free of Sagittarius and crosses the cusp into Capricorn, a sign where Mars is “exulted” or at least relatively well-adjusted for six weeks. Of all the signs of the zodiac, the earth sign of Capricorn is perhaps the only sign where Mars energy is manageable, if not productive. Mars in Capricorn lends itself to an economy of movement, sustainability, greater productivity, cautious action, responsible ambition and considerate behavior, qualities which may or may not translate in collective terms. It seems just as likely that the conservative, white (Capricorn) male-dominated (Mars) minority finds itself on the ropes (Saturn/Mars), crazy with rage (Mars) and willful ignorance, yet armed (Mars) to the teeth (Saturn.). But hey, let’s not go there, at least not quite yet.
I’m happy to provide a more pleasant observation by way of the second New Moon of September occurring this coming Friday towards the beginning of Libra (08Lib15) at 8:11 p.m., marked the end of the eclipse cycle which began on Sept. 1, and the beginning of a new solar-lunar cycle focused on partnerships, marriages, cooperation, diplomacy, justice, equality and harmony. This can mark a one-month period where we can find peace within our relations while at the same time, face our more superficial flaws and reasons why we will often do anything to avoid necessary and important interpersonal conflicts. This Libra cycle can coincide with an openness to other ideas, perhaps to the point where we forget our original stance which could result in hesitancy, ambivalence and a potential inability to act in a straight-forward or decisive manner. Over-compromising, capitulating or being less than honest with our partners for the sake of keeping the peace are the downsides to a solar-lunar cycle originating in Libra. Even so, the world could certainly use a dose of loving kindness, consideration and harmony as we move closer to the presidential election.
Speaking of lunations, the next New Moon falls in Scorpio just before the election, providing a major piece of the puzzle astrologers use to predict their outcomes. I’ll look at this more closely in weeks to come and maybe even hazard a prediction. Meanwhile, I plan to unplug my data-saturated, cerebral cortex from the Internet; opting to stare into a crackling campfire on a quiet lakeshore, laughing with friends while the rest of the world is tuned into Crazyland.
Lunar Gardening Report
If you really need to put something in the ground or fertilize, Saturday would be your best bet while the remainder of the week only lends itself to harvesting, weeding, cutting and pest control. Your next good dates for any kind of planting and/or fertilizing won’t roll around again until next weekend.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight -0040/UTC)
Saturday, Sept.24: The waning Cancer Moon can coincide with moodier, more emotional responses than we’ve seen in recent days with a strong focus on domestic interactions throughout the morning hours. Unexpected developments are possible in the evening hours, favoring a second option if things don’t go quite the way you plan.
Sunday, Sept. 25: The late morning hours suggest a more upbeat, less sullen attitude with the Moon entering sunny Leo at 9:48 a.m., lending itself to playful, upbeat activities and greater levels of generosity over the course of the next few days. Early afternoon could mark differences in tastes and values giving way to more expansive and cooperative set of circumstances as the day progresses into night. The annual Sun-Jupiter conjunction also takes place tonight which, when defaulting into negative expression, points to exaggeration, intolerance, egotistical bombast and overinflated promises. You probably know where I’m going with this, don’t you? On a more personal scale of expression, Sun-Jupiter in league with the Leo Moon suggests a happy, upbeat and outgoing expression, a sense of humor along with the tendency to overdo just about everything. Pick your poison.
Monday, Sept. 26: Pluto Direct. The morning hours see a tighter mental focus which bodes well for getting down to business if that’s what’s on the menu, amplified by the fact that Mercury is now beginning to pick up forward momentum after ending retrograde last Thursday. Although it’s been in our face all week, Pluto officially ends its retrograde today at the middle degree of Capricorn (14Cap55) coinciding with a build-up of emotional intensity levels as well as a dose of ugliness, perhaps. With the Moon in its closing phase all this week, the focus needs to be on wrapping projects up, and considering the Leo Moon will be void-of-course tomorrow until 5:43 p.m., today would be a better day to act than tomorrow.
Tuesday, Sept. 27: Move with a modicum of caution: the Leo Moon is void-of-course (VOC) until 5:43 p.m., even as it enters its Balsamic Phase of deep closure ahead of Friday’s New Moon. Appointments, agreements or major decisions are not favored today when the emphasis is pointed in the direction of low-impact routine. After having spent a large amount of time in Sagittarius this past year, Mars crosses the cusp into Capricorn where our actions and behaviors become more measured, cautious and productive over the course of the next six weeks. Mental focus sharpens later in the day after the Moon enters Virgo with an acknowledgment of Mars’ entrance into Capricorn.
Wednesday, Sept. 28: This would be the perfect day to make-up for anything that fell through the cracks yesterday with the darkly-waning Moon in Virgo where we’re more likely to find small details that need to be dealt with before Friday’s New Moon. Even so, the Moon will step into the remains of the Saturn-Neptune square this afternoon which could coincide with confusions, deceptions or deflections as well as more conflicts surrounding water and oil. See what needs to be tended to and released before a fresh cycle commences; it would be better to do it today rather than tomorrow.
Thursday, Sept. 29: The Virgo Moon is VOC all day, while the focus remains on clearing the decks of stuff that’s been lingering for the past week and avoiding the temptation to begin something new. Matters pertaining to health and healing come into sharp relief midday while we begin to feel the deepening effects of the Dark-of-the-Moon ahead of tomorrow night’s lunation.
Friday, Sept. 30: On this final day of September, we find ourselves feeling and acting rather ambivalent first thing this morning, particularly if something is gnawing on us, asking to be recognized and released. This gives way to a slightly more buoyant marker early afternoon when the Moon joins Jupiter, providing a sense of optimism, however unfounded it may be while we’re asked to move with caution. The New Moon opens a fresh solar-lunar cycle at 8:11 p.m., at the front end of Libra (08Lib15) which bodes well for partnerships and polite behavior even if it tends towards ambivalence and indecisiveness. The Cazimi Window for new beginnings, projects and initiatives will be open in the 30 minutes before and after the exact time of the New Moon (7:41-8:41 p.m.) but will then close for the weekend. If you miss this narrow time-slot for a symbolic roll-out, it would be best to focus on Monday as your official start date when we see most indicators pointing toward GO.
Copyright 2016 Gary Paul Glynn