We appear to be a temporary lull, astrologically speaking, but this isn’t to say nothing is going on as we’re currently just ten days into Venus’ 40-day retrograde with more to come in terms of whatever has been set into motion since Oct. 5. This of course has an impact on matters involving relationships and finance that we often take for granted. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ll need to move through this retrograde with a slow and measured approach, particular when it comes to anything carrying long-term consequence
This is particularly important to bear in mind when Mercury conjuncts Venus retro on Monday, indicating the need for caution with regard to words spoken, written or implied as they may come back to haunt us. Contract signings should also wait until Wednesday as there may be a glitch, blockage or some other unforeseeable matter getting in the way of follow-through. Otherwise, this three day period will be favorable for investigating options, opinions, approaches and goals without actually setting anything in motion.
Once we get past this midweek pause and Friday’s all-day VOC, the rest of this forecast period falls in the solar-lunar “sweet spot” of the Moon’s waxing phase for advancing projects and plans ahead of the Taurus Full Moon on Oct. 24. In other words, a tentative green light for things that need to have any kind of a future.
Three Visible Planets
After having been treated to summer nights filled with excellent views of four planets simultaneously, Venus now drops out of sight and into the solar glare for observers in the Northern Hemisphere. At the time of this writing, we’re seeing Jupiter located low on the western horizon at dusk with Saturn roughly midway between it and Mars, still noticeably bright although dimmer than it was at opposition in July. The waxing Crescent Moon will join Saturn on Sunday night while the Moon in its Gibbous Phase will be seen approaching Mars on Wednesday night.
Lunar Gardening Report
It’s a mixed bag of indicators when it comes to planting stuff this week. Sunday shows the Moon in Sagittarius, ideal for cutting, mowing, clearing and weeding until mid-afternoon when the Moon enters Capricorn. At that time, anything involving fertilizing or planting bulbs or other things that need good root development are favored through Tuesday. Wednesday through late afternoon Friday are a no-go for any kind of garden work aside from general maintenance with the Moon in agriculturally-sterile Aquarius. Once that’s behind us, the weekend appears to be a great time for any kind of late season planting with the Moon in the highly fertile sign of Pisces.
Daily Forecast (For all signs)
(Times are Eastern Daylight/-0400UTC)
Sunday, Oct. 14: The waxing Sagittarius Moon still holds sway until mid-afternoon; upbeat and optimistic as well as an ideal lunar placement for outdoor adventures, sports and social gatherings. The general tone is likely to take on more gravity once the Moon enters Capricorn at 3:17 pm and our attention shifts to practical concerns and the week ahead. Innovative approaches are possible in the late afternoon while a strong sense of duty and/or responsibility could loom large later tonight when the Moon can be seen in conjunction with Saturn.
Monday, Oct. 15: The work-week gets off to a potentially productive start with the Capricorn Moon forming a flowing aspect to today’s Mercury-Venus conjunction, suggesting cooperative or diplomatic communication that can help cut through any dissonance. Important news and information come to our attention with headlines, letters, phone calls and conversations bringing something to the surface; yet due to Venus retrograde, this might not become immediately clear.
Tuesday, Oct. 16: With the Capricorn Moon entering into its First Quarter Phase this afternoon, there might be something blocking forward momentum which should be taken as a cue for an adjustment of some kind ahead of next week’s Full Moon. Late afternoon shows a lunar aspect reflecting a sense of satisfaction that comes with the productive application of one’s unique skill set. The Moon will then become void-of-course (VOC) at 5:49 pm where it will remain until early tomorrow morning.
Wednesday, Oct. 17: The Moon is now moving through the cool, calm and detached sign of Aquarius, placing an emphasis on collective endeavors, community participation or time spent with friends. Differences in tastes, values or attitudes may arise around sundown, but might only find expression through something as minor as where to eat for dinner.
Thursday, Oct. 18: With the exception of a spike in energy levels, a flash of anger or a misunderstanding during the early morning hours, the Aquarius Moon lends itself to working with others on projects that require more than one person to see it through. As the Moon will be VOC through most of the day tomorrow, you’ll want to use today to get things into a state of completion before the weekend.
Friday, Oct. 19: This is perhaps the busiest day of the week, astrologically speaking, with Mercury at the center of the action which would suggest news, information and/or transportation themes. Idealism, imagination and inspiration are strong around sunrise while for some people, misinformation could be the way to start the day (Mercury trine Neptune). Watch you don’t bite off more than you can chew fresh out of the gate even though another lunar aspect suggests that you’ll know where to draw the line. Speaking of boundaries, the Moon will go VOC in Aquarius at 8:30 am and remain void until 4:20 pm when the Moon enters Pisces; be mindful of what you set into motion during this 8-hour window. Disagreements, arguments, angry tweets, accidents or a general sense of impatience, irritation and impulsiveness could be evident during the afternoon hours (Mercury square Mars). Take a deep breath and think it through before you pull the trigger.
Saturday, Oct. 20: The Pisces Moon lends a dreamier, idealistic approach to the day with a harmonious aspect to Venus in the early morning hours while a lighter-than-air contact will be in effect after sunset. Creative pursuits and an appreciation for things of beauty are also highlighted throughout the day. This would be a good night for costume parties as well as movies, concerts or something quieter and contemplative.
Copyright 2018 Gary Paul Glynn