Astrological forecast for the week of September 27, 2021: Mercury retrograde and retrograde season

There’s a lot to talk about this week!  Grab a cuppa something and let’s dive in.

Mercury retrograde.  Mercury turns retrograde on September 27th, the day I am writing this, at which point we have  SIX retrograde planets, plus Chiron.  This is not as extreme as last year when every planet (seven) including Venus and Mars was retrograde for many weeks – Pluto, Saturn and Jupiter will all turn direct in October and the undertow of retrograde energies will be on the wane.  But don’t be surprised if this month you find yourself feeling like it’s Groundhog Day all over again and be prepared to be in a near constant review of your life as you prepare for this new future.  Retrograde season has a purpose: it helps us to stay in the flow of life – like the ocean, there is an ebb as well as a flow and sometimes it is in the ebb where we find the most magic.

When Mercury is retrograde communication becomes more critical.  Mercury is closest to the Sun and currently it is locked in a square to Pluto, making communication not only more critical as it stations retrograde and is at a standstill, but in that standstill it is challenged by Pluto’s intense commitment to creative destruction and transformation.  The Truth will come out, and it’s not always pretty or comfortable.  But whenever Pluto is involved, that discomfort and unease virtually always evolves into powerful realizations and growth.

And now…the week ahead.  Days and times are given in EDT, please adjust for your own time zone. 

Monday, September 27.  As Mercury turns retrograde the Moon is in Mercury-ruled Gemini.  There is a lot to say, a lot to think, and a lot to process.  Mercury’s role is to process our experiences through the mind and help us to digest them into something meaningful that will inform our sense of who we are, and this is a time for self-reflection as well as general chattiness.

The Moon interacts with Neptune around 4:10 pm EDT and there could be some confusion within a few hours of that time.  The Gemini Moon likes to move quickly and this Neptune square can cause everything to blur and slow down for a time.  This is great for creativity, but less ideal for focused attention or important decisions.  A harmonious trine from the Moon to Jupiter at around 7:30 pm EDT will return our confidence and bestow greater optimism and purpose.

Tuesday, September 28.  The Moon enters Cancer at around 9:30 am EDT and squares the Sun at around 10 pm, marking the closing phase of the lunar cycle and taking us towards the New Moon in Libra next week.  This could bring some tension, especially with the Cancer Moon which is more sensitive and reactive with the Libra Sun casting a general sheen of diplomacy and desire for interpersonal harmony.

Meanwhile the energies are building for two harmonious planetary aspects which culminate on Wednesday:  Venus in Scorpio trine Neptune helps to infuse all of our relationships with Neptune’s idealism and hope along with the passion of the Scorpio Venus, and the Libra Sun trines Saturn in Aquarius to clear the air of any disunity and look for practical ways to achieve greater harmony.

Wednesday, September 29.  These two aspects described above culminate today: Venus trine Neptune at 12:13 pm, and the Sun trine Saturn at 6:19 pm (EDT).  Meanwhile the Cancer Moon causes some trouble in the morning, squaring Mars around 4:15 am and squaring Chiron in Mars-ruled Aries at 7:20 am (EDT).  Expect some irritation and frustration to arise – this would be a good time to expend some physical energy to burn off any excess negative energy so that the positive vibes of the Venus/Neptune and Sun/Saturn aspects can do their work.

Thursday, September 30.  Thursday begins with some harmonious lunar influences as the Moon trines Neptune around 4 am and Venus around 5:45 am (EDT), but a few hours later (around 10 am) the sensitive Cancer Moon conflicts with the Mercury/Pluto square I discuss in the first section of this post.  For much of the day you may feel out of sorts and this would probably not be the best day to bring up something challenging with a partner or business associate (although to be truthful, I often find that despite knowing about these things I do just the thing I advise against!!).

Venus in Scorpio squares Jupiter on Thursday, which is not the best aspect for harmony.  Venus in Scorpio doesn’t really care about being nice, and that square to Jupiter just exacerbates the tendency for truth over happiness.  However, you may feel more social as Jupiter encourages growth and that could help us to break out of any Scorpionic moods.

We also have energies building all day for two stressful aspects which culminate on Friday:  Mars in Libra, trying to be polite, opposes Chiron in Aries around 9 am EDT on Friday.  There’s no way to sugarcoat it, Thursday is a difficult day for personal interactions; however, it’s useful to remember that in conflict there is always opportunity for personal transformation.

The Moon enters Leo just before 9 pm on Thursday EDT.  Normally this would provide a kind of lift, but Leo can be somewhat self-absorbed and stubborn and that doesn’t really facilitate greater harmony in the midst of these energies.  But it DOES help us to know more clearly what we need in a given situation and that can provide the way through.

Friday, October 1.  The Mars/Chiron aspect culminates around 9 am EDT on Friday, and the Mercury square to Pluto culminates around 10:30 am on Friday.  That is the peak of the stress points, and from there we have harmonious lunar aspects (mostly) throughout the day that will help the integration process.  (Leo Moon opposite Saturn 10:09 am, sextile Sun 1:34 pm, trine Chiron 5:17 pm, sextile Mars 5:46 pm, square Uranus 11:31 pm, all EDT)  

We also have a harmonious sextile building all day from Scorpio Venus to Pluto which will facilitate personal empowerment and improvements in relationships of all kinds.

Saturday, October 2.  On Saturday we have more harmonious aspects to smooth out any remaining rough edges.  The Venus/Pluto aspect culminates just before 4 am EDT, and after that the Leo Moon is very active re-building confidence and a strong and healthy ego. (Moon opposite Jupiter 3:28 pm, sextile Mercury 4:57 pm, square Venus 7:42 pm, all EDT.)

Sunday, October 3.  The Moon enters Virgo at 4:37 am EDT and I am really looking forward to that.  This will help us to ground into practical details for rebuilding any areas of life that were stressed by the planetary influences of the week. The Libra Sun opposes Chiron which can bring out the old wounds for healing, but we also have a lovely trine from Mercury to Jupiter that encourages positivity and helps us to see the meaning behind the situation.

Whew!  Take care and I hope you have a very good week. ❤️

Mars in Libra: Striving for balance

When the planet of drive and desire, anger and frustration travels through the sign of peace and harmony it’s not always easy.  Mars in Libra craves harmony and true partnership- the equanimity that occurs when everything in our lives is in balance.  Libra is the sign of love and beauty, certainly, but the underlying energy here is the sense of harmonious integration which is experienced when we are surrounded by beauty and feeling the comfort of love. The love and beauty are means to an end rather than the end itself.

Mars is none of those things. Mars is easily frustrated when needs aren’t met, and eager to achieve desires and goals. It cares nothing for harmony but instead seeks personal satisfaction. Mars is therefore often disrespected by astrologers as a “bad” planet – a malefic, one that is up to no good. But as my readers know, an effective Mars is essential for a healthy personal eco-system. Our needs must be met, and our truths must be spoken.

Mars is the ruler of Aries, Libra’s opposite polarity so Mars is said to be in its detriment in Libra, where it is less easily able to find its full expression as the planet of aggression and self-direction.  Under Mars in Libra we sometimes tend to sacrifice who we are and what we ourselves need in order to find that peaceful integration that will soothe our jangled nerves – we yearn to find balance and integrate the confusion of opposites into one complete whole of understanding and compassion.

Mars will be in Libra until it moves into Scorpio on October 30th.  Scorpio is the other Mars-ruled sign, and Mars is intense and passionate in Scorpio.  While in Scorpio Mars will set off the square from Saturn to Uranus, and you may already be hearing warnings about this. A friend of my sister wrote “Check in with your sister. Those of us in the metaphysical world have been hearing signs of dramatic shift/disjunction in November this year. Another COVID setback? Terrorist act? Natural disaster?”  Mars moves quickly unless it’s in its retrograde cycle (as it was in 2020), and these triggers to the outer planets are not necessarily harbingers of major crises. There won’t be other major alignments to intensify the action of Mars, so I’m not too worried about November. That said, it wouldn’t hurt to keep your eyes open between November 7 and 20 when three planets in Scorpio set off both Saturn and Uranus.  More about that later!

Meanwhile, when Mars is in Libra we will be well-served by remembering to honor our own needs and desires (Mars) while seeking the peace and equanimity of the Libran experience. This is not a time to lose ourselves for the sake of harmonious balance.


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Astrological update for the week of September 20, 2021: Full Moon, Equinox portal!

There’s a lot of astrological juice in the skies this week, which means quite a few potent energies swirling around to affect us in a variety of ways. Emotions could be extreme under the Full Moon, and the portal point of the September Equinox will open up doorways of change.  Be ready!  We are heading into Deep Retrograde season with Mercury’s retrograde turn next week, and some potent challenges from Mars which will keep things lively.  😃

Monday September 20.   The Pisces Full Moon culminates on Monday just before midnight EDT/Tuesday 4 am UTC, and is packed with generally positive forces for awakening and illumination. (You can read all the details of the Full Moon here.)  The Moon conjoins Neptune before noon on Monday EDT/4 pm UTC, paving the way for the Piscean burst of spectral magic which can cause a lack of clarity as we make our way through the mundane details of our daily life to reawaken the spark of divine inspiration. 

A harmonious trine from Mercury to Jupiter, Pisces’ modern ruler, culminates at 10:52 pm EDT just before the Full Moon.  This is a beautiful gift of hope and optimism to pave the way for the Full Moon shower of grace.

Tuesday September 21.  The Moon enters Aries just after 3 am EDT/7 am UTC and begins to translate a challenging opposition between Mars and Chiron that is just beginning to form.  Mars is in Libra where we can find it difficult to express ourselves clearly, and Chiron is in Aries and has been since 2018 – calling out areas of our self-expression which have been wounded and require healing. 

The Mars/Chiron opposition will continue to build until it culminates on October 1st, so watch for little land mines to emerge that will force us to attend to our need for self-protection and needs, especially in relationships. Mars and Venus are in mutual reception right now (Mars in Venus-ruled Libra and Venus in Mars-ruled Scorpio) which is often a harmonious alliance, but in the case of Mars and Venus it can lead to stress points in our attempt to find a balance between personal needs (Mars) and the need to find peaceful solutions (Venus). 

Wednesday September 22. Mercury in Libra forms a strong square to Pluto at 1:11 pm EDT/5:11 UTC.  Squares can be a challenge, but they are also powerful alliances between two planets.  While Mercury is in Libra our thoughts are focused primarily on diplomatic ways in which to solve problems, and on this day we have the assistance of Pluto to promote personal empowerment and focus.  I won’t lie, this can be a time of challenging verbal sword fighting and power issues, but it can also provide an intense focus through which resolution can take place. 

The Sun enters Libra at 3:32 pm EDT/7:32 pm UTC, the Equinox point – the point of balance, when the day and night are of equal length and we mark the change of seasons into Autumn in the northern hemisphere. The dark time is approaching in northern climates, and we begin to turn our attention inwards as the world softens and quietens.

Thursday September 23. Watch for potential stress in relating to others as Venus in Scorpio faces off against Uranus at 9:40 am EDT/1:40 pm UTC.  Venus transits are fleeting and generally not very severe, and with everything else going on in the skies this week you may not even notice it.  But in Scorpio, Venus demands nothing less than Truth and an opposition to the liberating force of Uranus can bring out some surprising interactions that result in lasting change. 

This will all begin to smooth out once the Moon enters (mostly) peaceful Taurus at 12:38 pm EDT/4:38 pm UTC. 

Friday September 24. The Taurus Moon is very active on Friday, setting off the challenging square from Saturn (control) and Uranus (radical action) which is the story of 2021.  Taurus craves equanimity, and has a greater natural affinity with Saturn’s stability, yet the challenging square is to Saturn and the conjunction is to Uranus.  

Watch for stress points to emerge on Friday which reveal fear of or resistance to change, but a harmonious trine from Mars to Saturn is building on Friday (culminating Saturday) which will help us to find integrative solutions to encourage greater stability in the midst of chaos.

September 25. The Taurus Moon is active all day Saturday but generally benign, making this a good day to relax and simply enjoy the good things in your life. (Moon sextile Neptune 7:23 am EDT, square Jupiter 10:48 am EDT, trine Pluto 1:09 pm EDT.)

The trine from Mars to Saturn which began on Friday culminates Friday at 9:50 pm EDT/Saturday 1:50 am UTC to settle these energies and assist in the process of integration. 

Sunday September 26. The Moon enters Gemini at 12:36 am EDT/4:36 am UTC, amping up activity and increasing mental acuity as well.  The Moon interacts with the Sun, Saturn, Mars and Chiron throughout the day, and we can expect with Mercury-ruled Gemini that the mind will be quite active. This is especially true because Mercury is as stationary as it will get on Sunday before making the retrograde turn on Monday morning. 

Clarity of communication is of ultra importance on Sunday and indeed this will continue to be true throughout the retrograde period (until October 18th).  

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The meaning of the pre-Equinox Pisces Full Moon

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by Lynn Hayes.  At the Pisces Full Moon the Pisces Moon is opposite the Virgo Sun, requiring us to bring into balance the polarity of these  two opposing astrological signs. Pisces, as Virgo’s opposite, lives in the realm of Spirit and ideals rather than the mundane. Where Virgo is concerned with worldly matters required by humans who live in a physical world, Pisces opens the door to the realms that lie within and beyond the soul and psyche. Where Virgo is practical and teaches us to create order, Pisces longs to transcend reality and ascend into more soulful experiences. Neither is better than the other – the mysticism of Pisces can bring delusion and illusion, and the organization skill of Virgo can lead to a limited perspective where the view of the trees obscures our ability to see the forest.

Under any opposition we must learn to create balance and integration between the polarity of two opposing signs, and this is also true at the Full Moon.  The Pisces Full Moon is all about connecting to Spirit, to the Divine within us, to our imagination and a sense of magic.  However, when the Moon is full in Pisces it opposes the Sun in practical Virgo so there is a necessity to balance that dreaminess with a firm footing in the material world.

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The Full Moon is the peak of the waxing phase of the lunar cycle and begins the waning phase of completion, so this is a time of culmination of the dreams and ideals (Pisces) so that we can harvest the seeds that we have sown. Mercury, ruler of the Virgo Sun, is stationary in Libra right now as it prepares to turn retrograde in a few days and it forms an exact trine to Jupiter, (traditional) ruler of the Pisces Moon, assisting in the integration between attention to worldly details (Mercury/Virgo) and a more expansive view of our own Universe (Jupiter/Pisces), especially with Jupiter in Aquarius where it urges us to seek an elevated perspective. Meanwhile Mars, planet of action, forms an airy trine to Saturn which furthers the tendency to reach for detachment through intuition from higher planes.

Pluto, planet of power, also plays a significant role in the Full Moon chart: it is squared by Mercury to promote a search for the underlying truth, and harmoniously intertwined with the Sun (trine) and Moon (sextile) to forge more permanent transformation.  This Full Moon occurs at the portal to the September Equinox and paves the way towards an energetic shift that carries us from one season to the next. It is well worth taking some time to honor these energies and allow their power to infuse us with the power of lunar magic! ❤️


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