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Weekly Starcodes—Planetary Aspect Interpretations & Predictions
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.
The whisk of color on fall leaves can lift our mood this introspective + self-critical week. Klutziness comes easily and mistakes proliferate. Just when we’re feeling critical and could be hard on ourselves, other people are also blundering around us and Mercury retrogrades back into Virgo. Let’s activate that Virgoan healing compassion, the present Libra Sun’s kindliness and Mercurial humor to make it through. Stay alert for real swirling emergencies which need attention ASAP—and there could be a few, but for the rest—laugh at the slapstick, bond over delays and make new friends along the way.
Mercury retrograde is great for correcting the problem from the past. Fix that broken toilet. Make amends and contact beloveds who’ve been out of touch. Repair what is repairable but avoid calling that toxic ex or engaging other old addictions.
It’s not a great week to test a new rocket ship, though it could be an effective week to hold a strike around Mercurial issues like education or transportation, as we’ll quickly feel the pressure. Cultural anxiousness, although not logical, can put pressure on politics but we can take it all with a grain of salt and level the mood.
With this retrograde Mercury, schedule extra time to deal with logistical chaos as paperwork and bureaucratic channels can tangle and need patience, not explosions, to solve. Be supremely careful when driving or venting via emails—it is so easy to miss the mark. Take any close call as a wake-up call and pay attention in the future.
The weekend begins spacey and self-conscious, but with potential healing magic, as the waning Virgo Moon joins Mercury and Venus in introspective + particular Virgo and Venus opposes Neptune. On Sunday the new Moon in Libra (with a bittersweet Venus-Pluto trine) can help us to start a new chapter in our relationships, begin new friendships, help us see beauty in the world and if we look, also see the beauty in ourselves. Just go slow and stay situationally aware.
Watch what is said early in the week; words have extra effect as Mercury conjuncts Venus in Virgo and both trine Pluto. Speak kindly as those words can go straight to people’s hearts. While this can begin all kinds of good new possibilities, the conversation won’t be truly complete until Mercury turns direct and trines Pluto again in a few weeks. Engage, but hammer out the details later.
Midweek a focused Scorpio Moon brings curiosity and investigative chops to our mysteries. Research the roots the situation; catch up on the stories of old friends, reconnect with old clients and use this ability to investigate in a good way. Cross boundaries and poke in people’s private closets—however—expect repercussions. Potential new work percolates in the background as Mars trines Saturn and details will need flashing out later. Look for ways to correct structural issues in the body and in architectural foundations.
Venus enters its own beautiful sign of Libra on Thursday and shines its social warmth on romance and collaboration. We could begin to be kinder to ourselves. Let this Venus fan the flames of warmth, romance and collaboration. Be there for one another.
Friday, September 23: We could become particular, edgy or self-conscious. If we sharpen our claws on one another, the situation gets difficult. Instead, let’s focus on social critique, what needs fixing and brainstorm solutions together. Or, even better, dial our brains towards what’s wonderful and use that Virgo specificity to see beauty in ourselves and the world around us. Engage a healing radical acceptance.
Sun conjunct Mercury 12:49 AM, Virgo Moon conjuncts Mercury 1:53 AM, Mercury retrogrades into Virgo 6:04 AM.
Saturday, September 24: A sleepy and magical morning can open into a potentially heart-opening and bonding day while Venus and the Moon oppose Neptune. Edges soften. Just watch for projection and for thinking we know what other people are thinking + feeling without evidence. Ask rather than assume. It’s a day to learn. Creativity, spiritual practice, fiction-writing, journeywork and intuitive connection furthers—just watch the interpretation + sense the edge between objectivity and subjective experience.
Venus opposed Neptune 2:51 AM, Moon square Mars 11:50 AM, Moon trine Uranus 1:16 PM, Moon opposes Neptune 11:10 PM.
Sunday, September 25: An old chapter closes and a new one opens as the Moon enters Libra and conjuncts the Sun at 3:54 PM MDT. Some experiences can bond us, and bittersweet poignant love in the face of loss tugs our heart as Venus trines Pluto. Take a moment to let memories flow through and focus on personal healing. Friendship is always worth the effort, worth risking loss.
Moon conjunct Venus 1:24 AM, Moon trine Pluto 3:34 AM, Moon conjunct Mercury 6:49 AM, Moon enters Libra 10:42 AM, Moon conjunct the Sun 3:54 PM, Moon opposed Jupiter 5:44 PM, Venus trine Pluto 11:45 PM.
Monday, September 26: The mood could be enthusiastic but easily confused. Let potential optimism and enthusiasm open up new possibilities to connect with allies as Mercury conjuncts Venus, the Sun opposes Jupiter and the sociable Libra Moon trines Mars and Saturn. Just be very clear about what we want understood. Keep the cell phone handy for last-minute changed and missed connections. If the mind drifts and dreams, be consciously passive, not just forgetful—rest and be open.
Mercury conjunct Venus 11:58 AM, Sun opposed Jupiter 1:33 PM, Moon trine Mars 8:54 PM, Moon trine Saturn 9:44 PM.
Tuesday, September 27: The mood is both deeply private and thoroughly curious. We’ll want to get to the bottom of something, talk about the past, catch up with old friends or find that missing report as Mercury trines Pluto under a curious, private Scorpio Moon. Investigate within and without—dive deeper without invading others’ emotional boundaries.
Mercury trine Pluto 6:56 AM, Moon square Pluto 10:20 AM, Moon enters Scorpio 5:14 PM, Mars trine Saturn 11:48 PM.
Wednesday, September 28: Invoke curiosity rather than confrontation. Expect the unexpected, including a sudden change of mind and make it a good change as Jupiter semi-squares Uranus. Invoke curiosity rather than confront—people are openminded but conflict-avoidant. Mechanical and structural brilliance arises when there’s a need and there may be a need as Mars trines Saturn. Fan the sparks of new work and new projects, but don’t jump to sign in unless it feels truly ready to go. Communicate across generations and let the wisdom flow both ways.
Jupiter semi-square Uranus 1:57 PM.
Thursday, September 29: Although the Scorpio Moon keeps us private and focused, nerves ease as the day progresses, hearts soften and interpersonal expectations increase as Venus enters Libra. Though we still have to work to stay grounded, inspired confusion can thicken as Mercury opposes Neptune. Dream together and share from the heart, but track important details very carefully. Feel the mood expand and grow more extroverted if impatient tonight as the Moon enters Sagittarius.
Venus enters Libra 1:49 AM, Moon opposes Uranus 1:49 AM, Moon square Saturn 2:57 AM, Moon trine Neptune 11:02 AM, Moon sextile Mercury 12:57 PM, Moon sextile Pluto 3:19 PM, Moon enters Sagittarius 10:03 PM.
Mercury calls us to review during this last official week of summer. Like squirrels gathering pine nuts, let’s think back on the joys and tests of that season. Remember what we learned + what we savored in that sunlight, remember discomfort in the scorching heat and store those memories up against the winter’s cool quiet.
While rumbling around in the past we can cast even farther back and review older memories with fresh eyes. It could be time to revise our concept of a corner of our past, and when we look at our old stories with those fresh eyes, the story could change and shift its effect on the future. Choose to let go of old shackles and remove old splinters which may be now working their way to the surface. Dust off + revive old skills and forgotten treasures.
Let’s also look at our country’s history and other world events with those fresh eyes. Look further into the past for the roots of the present condition. Understanding those roots and seeing them from a different perspective can make these events seem less incomprehensible. It can be discouraging to feel like we’re back at an old conundrum, but it can also give us hope that we can survive a problem or turn down a different road in the future.
It could be easier to dwell on the past or imagine we are far away rather than get anything done right here and now as the weekend begins, but it’s extra important to be situationally aware. A confusing Sun-Neptune square helps us see the magic in the world but limits our pragmatic visibility. Watch for situations where our attention is drawn in one direction—because malfeasance may happen in another direction while distracted.
Whether from Western fire smoke, from our longing or preconceptions, or from the Queen’s funeral, it can be hard to see what’s really going on. Misunderstandings can proliferate in this fogginess and our beloveds may be a bit touchy anyway. Venus in Virgo squares Mars in Gemini; the two emotion-regulating planets are in easily irritated mercurial signs and Mercury is retrograde. We can get cranky with one another when we feel out of sync and need loving room to work out our nervy edges.
On Sunday, some event or some emotion can bring us back to what matters as the Sun trines intense Pluto, the Moon enters Cancer and Mercury opposes Jupiter. Though our minds can speed run inefficiently, it will take extra effort to stay organized. But our hearts can stay open.
A sense of adventure can return Monday night as Venus trines changeable Uranus and encourages us to be curious about fresh ideas or a new approach to aesthetics. Move furniture around or start a fresh conversation topic. Let that sense of adventure grow as the Moon enters Leo on Tuesday and the middle of this week is a great time to visit familiar haunts or reconnect with old friends. Just do so without heavy expectation—don’t dial an old ex and think they’ll be any different than the last conversation.
Thursday evening at 7:03 PM MDT the Sun enters Libra and fall commences. The week of the equinox opens doors and can help us find balance in our life. Because Mercury is so very retrograde until October 3, keep up all good retrograde survival skills—pay attention to schedules, track important things carefully, make good use of delays and work for clarity and understanding. Accidents increase when we’re distracted so make life an exercise in mindfulness.
Friday, September 16: We could feel spacey and distracted, so go gently and react thoughtfully. Make sure to understand the situation before jumping in and find a good use for your imagination to keep it out of trouble. Watch for irritable misunderstandings around relationship issues as the Moon and Mars conjunct in Gemini and square Venus this evening. Find different perspectives interesting rather than irritating.
Moon sextile Jupiter 12:13 AM, Moon trine Mercury 3:35 AM, Venus square Mars 12:48 PM, Sun opposed Neptune 4:20 PM, Moon conjunct Mars 6:51 PM, Moon square Venus 7:18 PM.
Saturday, September 17: Nothing may seem to go as planned, but those unplanned forays can become delightful surprises. Follow the flow rather than try to keep a tight agenda as Sun squares Neptune. Look for odd magic and an opportunity to repair something of beauty or to heal an emotional connection.
Venus quincunx Chiron 1:24 AM, Moon trine Saturn 5:03 AM, Moon square Neptune 1:53 PM, Moon square Sun 3:51 PM. Mars sextile Chiron 9:54 PM.
Sunday, September 18: Let people ramble and talk if they need to, our mental hamsters can run rampant as Mercury opposes generous Jupiter under a sensitive Cancer Moon. Don’t take anything said as the final word nor take it personally; our thoughts are a work in progress and we may just need to get them out on the table. Clarify priorities, track important details and let go of the rest.
Moon enters Cancer 1:59 AM, Moon square Jupiter 11:37 AM, Moon square Mercury 11:56 AM, Mercury opposed Jupiter 4:33 PM, Sun trine Pluto 9:57 PM.
Monday, September 19: Feel an interesting contradiction between a desire to stay comfortable and an opportunity to explore as Venus trine’s Uranus. Invite, but don’t push, people out of their comfort zone. Experiment with aesthetics and self-image. Consider reaching out—in friendship or work collaboration—to someone you wouldn’t normally consider.
Moon sextile Venus 2:52 PM, Moon sextile Uranus 3:43 PM, Venus trine Uranus 10:44 PM.
Tuesday, September 20: Early morning concerns and potential awkwardness or existential angst can clear if we help one another feel secure and safe as the Moon opposes Pluto this morning. Responsibilities or technical difficulties can interfere with our affection and creative process as Venus quincunx Saturn in the afternoon. Tonight, hearts unwind and warmth flows as the Moon enters Leo and trines Jupiter. Take the opportunity to gather and laugh.
Moon trine Neptune 2:24 AM, Moon opposed Pluto 6:58 AM, Moon sextile Sun 9:56 AM, Venus quincunx Saturn 2:11 PM, Moon enters Leo 2:37 PM, Moon sextile Mercury 7:52 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 11:31 PM.
Wednesday, September 21: Enjoy camaraderie at home but look for political missteps and collision of needs in the big picture as Jupiter semi-squares Saturn. Revisit some foundational memory. Conversations can be fabulous if we take turns in the spotlight. Let the other go first.
Jupiter semi-square Saturn 7:07 AM, Moon trine Chiron 2:01 PM.
Thursday, September 22: Discuss the world’s history and explore a new corner, connect with old + new friends and look for fresh opportunities. Our minds and technology may bring gremlins, but we can connect with these from the heart. Fall commences at 7:03 PM.
Moon sextile Mars 12:04 AM, Moon square Uranus 3:36 AM, Moon opposed Saturn 5:06 AM, Sun enters Libra 7:03 PM.
Aspects are listed in fine print under the Moon sign each day within the pages of the We'Moon datebook and bulleted by day within the Starcodes. They show the angle of the relationship between different planets as they move. Daily aspects provide something like an astrological weather forecast, indicating which energies are working together easily and which combinations are more challenging.
Transits are the motion of the planets and the moon as they move among the zodiacal constellations and in relationship to one another.
Ingresses in astrology are when the Sun, Moon, and planets move into new signs.