The beauty of Libra is dedication to bringing about equality, love and justice. That will be put to the test this year, double-time. Jupiter—the planet that blows our cover by magnifying everything we do, the planet that brings us unlimited amounts of exaggerated experiences and larger than life opportunities—is in your sign.
And that is not all.
Venus—Libra’s ruling planet—goes retrograde early in 2017. This may be an important time of review for you. Venus, planet of love, connection and relationships, spends significant time during this retrograde in your 7th house of intimate partners. So, while you and everything about you gets a major boost from Jupiter, at the opposite end of your scale, partners and how you show up for them, get a major overhaul. Perhaps you are expanding in ways that make you realize you no longer fit in old, outdated relationship dynamics. Perhaps you are being asked to expand your bandwidth and allow yourself a larger space to fill in your relationship equations. Perhaps this year will expose who is really on your team and who merely sticks around because you are so good at giving them your attention.
The spotlight is unapologetically on you. You’ll share it, of this we can be sure, but you’ll also have to get used to basking in it, or at the very least make sure the projects you’ve been working so hard on get their time in the limelight.
Chani Nicholas © Mother Tongue Ink 2016
Heather Roan Robbins is a practical, intuitive, choice oriented astrologer, writer, celebrant, and spiritual counselor. Active for 30 plus years, she practices in St. Paul, Santa Fe, and New York City - 914.315.5001 Email Heather.
Happy Friday the 13th, known to be lucky for some, unlucky for others; we can choose how we want to react to the day. As far as astrology is concerned, we always have choice. Every astrological aspect has a positive expression, a pragmatic form, and a challenge. Like a river, we can’t stop the aspects, but we can direct which way that river flows. A positive expression of any aspect is the cure for its danger.
It can be harder to find the hidden sunshine when difficult aspects tap dance right on our chart, but a positive expression of any aspect is the cure for its danger. Which is why a good astrologer will always provide you a range of experiences for any may any astrological pattern.
Over the last few weeks we had some very difficult aspects that shook up the headlines, but many people could and did use them make positive changes. This week we have some lovely aspects that support both sanity and change, but some people can use even these to create trouble. It’s our choice.
The Sun and Mercury in are now in Libra and encourage us to search for love, make peace with one another, seek equilibrium and social justice. We really appreciate people being nice to one another and it will scrape our sensitive nerves more than usual when people are not. These two planets oppose change master Uranus this week, an aspect they form once a year, though usually not so tightly together. Uranus encourages us to break out of a rut and try something new and fresh, stimulate us to change our minds and tackle current information if we put it to good use. If we resist change, we can find ourselves having to think fast and adapt on the run anyway. This aspect can keep us moving and the extra danger of wind changes or unexpected twists of fate to already dangerous situations. For most of us this Uranian energy just leaves us tired or wired, or just ready to be done with one gear and shift into another.
A gregarious, generally cordial Leo Moon on Friday and Saturday encourages us to pry ourselves out of our usual paths and interact, reflect with others. Everybody may need a little extra attention under the Leo moon. Venus enters her own artistic, creative, longing for connection sign of Libra on Saturday and can help let us let go of a recent critical edge and reach out to one another. Mercury and Mars both aspect Chiron, the asteroid we associate with healing, this week which encourages us to compare what we’re going through now to problems we’ve experienced before, remember what we worked last time, and help us figure and how can we apply that hard-earned knowledge now. Whether we’re recovering from a hurricane, fire, scandal, health crisis, or an old emotional pattern, the trick will be to actually learn from our past.
Mercury enters Scorpio on Tuesday and as Mars forms an irritating in conjunct with Uranus. Old resentments can flare, so keep an eye for safety and know when to back away from a confrontation. Our attitude and focus sharpens and we’re asked to look in to the next layer deeper within ourselves, deeper within the problems in our society. Curb snappy rejoinders or quick anger flares, sparks to start a fire, and are usually just an effort to ease our own discomfort by seeking blame. That won’t really get at the issues that need work.
Thursday’s new Libra Moon encourages us to start a fresh cycle in relationships, first by assessing what we appreciate and then assessing what we need to do differently to create different outcomes. Start a membership drive or community outreach. This is not time to fault find others, but to choose new ways of interacting, everywhere from our love life to our political policies or community collaborations.
Friday, October 13: Notice drama, some headlines will be operatically real, others just a melodrama. Feel the tension between unfinished workloads and a desire to get out there and socialize; if we toggle between the two of them, or socialize as we work, we can get a lot done as Venus finishes its stint in Virgo. It’s easy to bond over criticizing, easy to feel righteous or indignant, fun even. But our bonds grow deeper if we share our heart and our enthusiasm instead. It’s a great night for an art opening or creative fundraiser.
Moon enters Leo at 12:41 AM, Moon square Jupiter 1:43 AM.
Saturday, October 14: This is not a day to stay home and do chores, though we want to make the world beautiful as Venus enters Libra, beautiful in mind, body, and spirit. Morning stirs up some melancholic reviews, an assessment of recent damages inspires action. Midday can be practical and intriguing, strangers can meet across a crowded room. Tonight, we need something fresh and different as the Leo Moon trines exciting Uranus, but can feel our nerves winding up.
Venus enters Libra 4:11 AM, Mercury quincunx Chiron 7:48 AM, Moon sex tile Sun 2:33 PM, Moon trine Saturn 5:10 PM, Moon sex tile Mercury 11:06 PM, Moon trine Uranus 11:27 PM.
Sunday, October 15: We may be ready to change our minds today based on the impact of recent events as review and after reviewing our own personal history. Something feels like it is lacking as Mercury opposes Uranus, and it can electrify our nervous system, change our plans, or just help us change our minds. As Mars opposes Chiron we may feel the need to tend to an old problem and see if we can make a difference.
Mercury opposed Uranus 1:51 AM, Moon enters Virgo 5:18 AM, Mars opposes Chiron 6:27 AM, Moon sextiles Jupiter 7:14 AM.
Monday, October 16: Notice last night’s dreams, which can follow us into our days as the Moon opposed Neptune last night. Let’s reassess what was possibilities we are willing to take on and re-conceive of our self as more competent while the Sun sex tiles Saturn under a busy Virgo Moon. Don’t waste time worrying about how others are handling their responsibilities, let’s take concrete steps, no matter how small, towards the work we want.
Moon opposed Neptune 2:31 AM, Sun sextile Saturn 5:13 AM, Moon trine Pluto 11:44 AM, Moon square Saturn 11:23 PM.
Tuesday, October 17: Get serious today Mercury enters Scorpio. It furthers to have something to buckle down on and complete. If we don’t feel were making progress we can get furious quickly as Mars quincunx Uranus. Watch for an accident-prone patch if ticked off, find a constructive outlet for a critical spirit and suspicion that is atmospheric. If it we have completed a recent assignment, it’s time to assess our next goal.
Mercury enters Scorpio 1:58 AM, Moon opposes Chiron 3:02 AM, Mars quincunx Uranus 4:02 AM, the Moon conjunct’s Mars 5:26 AM, the Moon enters Virgo 11:34 AM, Moon conjunct’s Venus 7:56 PM.
Wednesday, October 18: Healing, rapprochement, reach hands across the aisle as the Libra Moon squares Pluto and approaches the sun. Make alliances and get to work. Bittersweet longing for more peace and love, more beauty and fairness will make bring out the cynicism in some and the desire for connection and others. Overtures of cooperation are deeply appreciated. But we’ll resent quickly if we feel our sincere feelings are being traded upon for another person’s benefit.
Mercury conjuncts Jupiter 2:54 AM, Sun quincunx Chiron 6:05 AM, Moon square Pluto 7:02 PM.
Thursday, October 19: Change in thought creates change in action or change in identity as the Sun opposes Uranus. Some can make radical shifts, for better or worse. Let’s contemplate what good changes we want on this vibrant new Moon in Libra.
Moon opposed Uranus 1:04 PM, Moon conjunct the Sun 1:11 PM, Moon enters Scorpio 7:40 PM, Moon conjunct Jupiter 11:40 PM.
It’s a week to be a grown up, the stars call on us to be mature, deep, and able to perceive what’s important and what is not. That doesn’t mean we have to rush, but let’s keep our eye on our goal.
Over the weekend we need to be perceptive to see through a haze of fuzzy thinking as Mercury and the Sun form a challenging aspect to confusing Neptune. It is a great weekend to unwind, wander, and restore our resiliency, but we can lose track of time or make mistakes of inattention. Let’s also keep an eye out for pragmatic water problems like spillage, mold, or seepage. And if it feels like our conversation veers out on skew lines, let’s clarify to make sure that we hear what was actually said, and that we are understood.
If we’re not careful, our imprecise communication can test our relationships towards Sunday as emotional Venus squares serious Saturn. While this aspect encourages us to learn a skill or practice our craft or art form, it can make love feel like a lot of work. It asks us to practice diplomacy and good interpersonal skills even (especially) when we don’t feel like it.
Diplomacy and cooperation can help us work together on Monday as both the Sun and Mercury form a challenging square to deep Pluto, a tough aspect that can bring up questions of loneliness, loss, irritation, disempowerment and storm damage. This haunting aspect brings a whiff of our mortality, reminds us that life is too short and asks us to use our time wisely, something recent headlines have been pounding home. If we’re feeling lonely, maybe we now notice where we push others away and so participate in our isolation. Or we may feel like we’re at a fork in the road and need to decide which way we proceed.
Some people will naturally respond to these Pluto transits with renewed compassion. Other people could assert their ego or use their power over others, just to help them feel safe and alive. If so, we can know they’re operating from fear of loss, but let’s not feed that flame. A few of us will just find this time contemplative and deep.
We feel this rather haunting note echoed on Tuesday as Jupiter enters Scorpio, its home for the next year. Jupiter symbolizes what frees us, what expands us, or what overflows. Jupiter is larger than all the other planets in the solar system combined and symbolizes abundance, for good or ill. While Jupiter is in Scorpio, it calls us to free ourselves by getting down to the roots with intensity, seriousness, and focus. Jupiter in Scorpio promotes research and investigation. It imparts the urge to get real, or get even, though that’s not the same thing. Scorpio wants us to cut through the social niceties and get down to fundamentals; for some it may be about sex, for others spelunking in their psyche or rebuilding cultural foundations. Jupiter spends about a year in a sign once every 12 years, so we can think back on the years following November 1993 and October 2005 to reflect on how Jupiter in the Scorpio affects us personally.
Early next week we need to operate from our sane and mature level and work through some frustrations or difficulties or just show up for the effort as active Mars squares serious Saturn. If we feel we have to choose between our desires and our responsibilities, this may be temporary; our job is to figure out how to work them together. This aspect can intensify the generation gap, so watch the tendency to polarize based on age and experience, and see what there is to learn from one another.
Friday, October 6: Work with paradoxes, time-share amongst competing responsibilities. Early morning indecisiveness can shift to an abrupt conclusion, deadlines and emergencies require action as the Moon conjuncts urgent Uranus in Aries this afternoon. Luckily a good, pointed, sense of humor can help us collaborate in difficult circumstances. The Moon enters more sensual and settled Taurus tonight and helps refill our earthly wells.
Moon trine Saturn 5:26 AM, Mercury quincunx Neptune 11:44 AM, Moon conjunct Uranus 12:58 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 4:37 PM, Moon enters Taurus 5:55 PM.
Saturday, October 7: If there’s important work for us to do, we can attend to it in a steady pace. Just don’t rush us. But it may feel more important just to love one another, savor life and return some resilience to the soul. An underlying stubbornness is a survival skill; people are more pliable than they look but we need to flow with them rather than push.
Uranus semi-square Neptune 1:13 AM, Moon sextile Neptune 1:57 PM, Moon trine Pluto 10:01 PM.
Sunday, October 8: Go antiquing. Value old friends. Find a way to use the past to strengthen the present, but be willing to break old habits that no longer work. We need to practice good relationship skills as well as practice our creative crafts as Venus squares Saturn. Trust issues are easily triggered. Responsibilities may cramp our love life, but our affection can deepen when we are truly there for one another. A day of doing, and being. Conversation and communication pick up tonight as the Moon enters verbal Gemini; we may hear from old friends. Clear any jammed lines of communication, because we will need them in the next couple of days.
Moon trine Mars 4:45 AM, Venus squares Saturn 6:53 AM, Moon trine Venus 7:45 AM, Sun conjunct Mercury 2:53 PM, Moon enters Gemini 7:44 PM.
Monday, October 9: It may just be world weariness, a dash of autumnal melancholy. Or it may be a haunting awareness of the intensity and seriousness of world problems, or a personal challenge as both the Sun and Mercury square Pluto. And this intensity can leave us nervy, or flighty so as to not deal with it, or we can really use our mind and heart together to be present to the situation and make good decisions. Expect people to be a little distracted today because so much is going on in the big realms.
Mercury square Pluto 6:26 AM, Moon square Neptune 3:33 PM, Sun square Pluto 6:11 PM.
Tuesday, October 10: Love can feel like a lot of work, but hang in there. Whether we love another person or our work, that love may take finagling and adjusting, balancing, and just plain showing up for one another as the Gemini Moon opposes Saturn and squares Venus and Mars. Find a way to create room in the loopholes, room to negotiate and to allow another person to feel they have a choice. Jupiter enters Scorpio and shifts our attention towards more serious subjects. The Moon enters Cancer tonight and encourages us to let go of the conversation and look for comfort.
Moon trine Sun 12:08 AM, Moon trine Mercury 2:04 AM, Jupiter enters Scorpio 7:20 AM, Moon square Mars 8:46 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 9:42 AM, Moon square Venus 2:11 PM, Venus opposed Chiron 3:03 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 4:24 PM, Moon enters Cancer 9:36 PM, Moon trines Jupiter 9:51 PM.
Wednesday, October 11: The political headlines may scream of inner child tantrums, but we don’t have to go there. We need to take good care of our inner child the day, because though it may need to be heard and considered, our maturity and perseverance has to lead so we can handle some frustrations or delays, negotiate instead of demand, and take advantage of opportunities as Mars squares Saturn under a sensitive Cancer moon. If we’re feeling creatively stuck, we can practice our craft and inspiration will eventually follow.
Mars square Saturn 7:37 AM, Venus in conjunct quincunx Uranus 3:03 PM, Moon trine Uranus 5:45 PM.
Thursday, October 12: We can expect strong feelings but solid thinking. We may feel out of sorts this morning as the Moon squares Sun and Mercury and opposes Pluto and need to catch up on emotional processing or deal with potentially difficult news. But then a sane if controlling Mercury-Saturn sextile helps us accomplish as well as be able to speak in a solid and reasonable way. We need balance, so if we stay connected to home and loved ones, our worldly work goes more smoothly.
Moon opposed Pluto 2:12 AM, Moon square Sun 6:25 AM, Moon square Mercury 11:33 AM, Moon sextile Mars 1:52 PM, Moon square Uranus 7:09 PM, Mercury sextiles, Saturn 9:02 PM Moon sextile Venus 9:59 PM.