Morning Star: Astrology for the week of September 6 through September 12, 2015

Sunday, September 6, 2015
This morning, I'm happy to say, we wake up to Venus direct. She began to wobble forward and retrace her way out of her shadow at 4:27 AM. As a Venetian native I'm exceedingly grateful for this fact. Enough of the love life in review and social awkwardness; though, we mustn't get too accustomed to not re-visiting our past loves. Mercury does retrograde in Libra, the sign of partnerships, soon. On top of that, he stations RX while in aspect to Pluto. The story of undead loves and desires is not over just yet. There is more territory to explore there...for sure.

The Moon is also Void this morning after a sextile to Uranus at 7:05 PM last night. She remains Void for several hours before entering Cancer in the early afternoon (1:41 PM). I'm hungry already. As a matter of fact, my appetite has been veering toward the insatiable side lately. I'm hoping Venus direct will be conducive to some type of ease to the insatiable discomfort.
At the end of the night, the Moon makes a nice sextile with Jupiter in Virgo (00:28 AM). This is followed by a trine from the Moon to Neptune at 5:02 AM. Sleep well, my pretties, and pleasant dreams. This is a seemingly quiet, subdued and relaxing day. Sink into that if you can. All those things you have been denying yourself? Entertain them today. We all deserve a chance to withdrawal and retreat from the madness of the world and today's set up says, “Here is your opportunity.”

Monday, September 7, 2015
This morning we are under the umbrella of that waning trine from the Moon to Neptune. It's a good day to sleep in if you live in the United States as this is a day when most folks who labor get to stay home for an extended weekend. Those are the best kinds of Mondays in my opinion.
However, there could be a bit of agitation wrapped up in the fact that the Moon will square Mercury at 11:02 AM and subsequently oppose Pluto at 2:06 PM. Mercury is due to square off with Pluto officially on September 9th. However, the Moon's movement through this currently waxing square gives us a peak into the mental abyss that will soon open for our full view. The outlet for the energy of this waxing Cardinal t-square lies in the sign of Aries. Self-assertion is called for. With Mars in Leo, you would think there would be much opportunity for selfishly driven action...acts driven purely by the needs of one's own ego. However, Mars is also waxing into trine with Uranus. We are being called to act in ways that support social justice and welfare. We are called to do (Mars) things differently (Uranus) and to act (Mars) upon our higher intelligences (Uranus). Not one of us, as individuals, can be free...truly...until we are all free. That's an accomplishment, as the human race, that we have never been able to achieve. So, even though you may be putting your best foot forward toward those efforts, know we are blazing uncharted territory. The gap is larger and more encompassing than anyone can truly imagine. But, we've got to start somewhere. Mars in aspect to Uranus is also very independent. Don't wait for someone to tell you what the right thing is to do. Just get busy doing it.

And, there is only one problem with that. Pluto. Used at the lowest vibration, this Cardinal t-square set up can cause paranoia, greed, steerage by the shadow and efforts to control the thoughts and opinions of others. Don't get lost in attempts such as these directed from you or toward you. Instead, use the searing transformative energy of Pluto to purge the more negative calls to control and the potentially negatively focused mental energy to rebirth your perspective. Grasp on to the true reigns of control..the one's of your life without worrying about what everyone else's agenda may be. Use the excoriation power of Pluto to rid yourself of your own demons instead of trying to exorcise the one's you think everyone else is carrying around. Both, the call to independence and the inkling of being controlled through various forms of media and social conditioning are growing as the trine from Mars to Uranus and square from Mercury to Pluto tightens. There is heavy mental pressure and a growing desire to wriggle away from it. Stop letting “them” tell you what you should be thinking about or what you should be giving priority to. It's your brain. Use it.

Thankfully, a lunar sextile to the Sun is also waxing into our energy sphere (5:42 PM). Our intuitive Cancer Moon is imbibed with the down to Earth practicality of Virgo. We want to nurture and help...even if we are unsure about which alliances we should be feeding. The addition of practicality and grounding mixed with compassion and empathy is of huge benefit under a sky that is otherwise building in pressure.
Overnight, the Moon trines Chiron as Mars meets the same by inconjunct. Can we overcome our pain and act in ways that no longer agitate those wounds? Or are we going to continually allow ourselves to be directed by it? We are soon due to find out. As the Universe continues to put the squeeze on us, our true natures continue to trickle out. Ecliptic symptoms are still happening. And, there is a good chance that we may meet with the unexpected as we wake up in the morning. The Moon squares off with Uranus at 2:54 AM. An unsettled night of sleep is definitely possible as our intuitive body responds to a sensation of “Something...wicked...or not...but, SOMETHING...this way comes.” At this point, we are largely unsure of what that “something” is but we can certainly feel the preceding electric static in the air.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
The popping and crackling anticipation of the Moon in square to Uranus is fading as we wake up this morning. But, the intuitive hits we have gotten are not forgotten...they continue like unsettling aftershocks to our emotive bodies. As a result, we may be anxiety ridden and reactive today. Par for the course, as Mars perfects in his trine to Uranus at 3:53 PM. Ground out the nervous potential here...literally. Work to get past the itchy and act (Mars) smart (Uranus) instead of being (Mars) reactive (Uranus) and impulsive. You have to think consciously about what you are doing instead of allowing unforeseen circumstance to catalyze you into doing something you may regret.
The ability to ground is accessible, as well, under a NICE waxing trine from the Moon in Cancer to Saturn in Scorpio (9:29 PM). Man, is Saturn EVER strong these days lingering on the last degree of Scorpio. Grab onto to some of that power! You can bring stability and independent action into your sphere. The sense of stability is likely to be largely welcomed.

This energy is great for humanitarian efforts that have no hidden political agenda. Instead, focus on the true problem at hand not the politics or situations surrounding it. For example, if people are suffering, the “why” of it matters little until the immediate problems are addressed. Get them to safety. Get them to ground. Get them what they need first. Then, we will decide what to do from here. Stabilize the people in crisis and then, in retrospect we can figure out how to prevent something like this from happening again. But, the IMMEDIATE needs of the suffering should be addressed first before we go pointing fingers of blame or trying to figure out how to move forward. So, that, in a nutshell, is the Universe's main task for the day. Suss out the TRUE issue at hand and deal with it. Stabilize then come together and decide where we go from here. Yet, each of us needs to be aware of the fact that “it” is about more than what is happening to us personally. It's about what is happening to all of us and it's about how we can collectively and effectively deal with our ever changing world. We can't come together and address that until the dust from the ongoing catalyzing circumstances has settled. Deal with the emergent first. And, that may be the hardest pill to swallow...accepting the reality that is after all the chaos subsides. But we might as well give it a shot. The new is coming. Deal with it. I don't care what it was like in 1492 or whatever other point in time folks want to point to. We need to learn from our mistakes, the mistakes and misjudgments of our ancestors (instead of trying to stand in denial, destroy elements of our history, looking back with rose-colored false hero worship or bury our feet in our antiquity) and deal with where we are right now. So deal...if I haven't said that enough already. The old paths aren't working anymore. Time to blaze new ones.
After the trine to Saturn, the Moon is Void for about an hour until entering Leo at 10:37 PM.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Seething paranoia is blossoming as Mercury closes in square to Pluto at 3:22 PM. Talk about embarrassing. Mercury in Libra is embarrassed by the potential slippage of the tongue under this pressure. And, oh the shadow of Mercury in Libra, is certainly due to make an appearance under this sky. We care about the opinions of others under this placement. That “caring” could lead to being controlled or led by what others think we should do. Plus, Mercury in Libra is really...really...good at staying calm and even keeled while it pokes at you to go completely off. Then, Mercury in Libra sits back and smiles saying, “You were the one that lost your cool..not me. I'm just the one that passively led you there but you've got no evidence to support that. Not that you would even look for it because you are too busy blowing your stack.”

On the other hand, Mercury in Libra in square to Pluto in Capricorn can also herald extreme measures in the name of Justice. Our judgmental swords are sharpened and falling quickly, swiftly and without mercy. There is potential for overkill here. There is potential to loose sight of what needs to be done because we are buried up in over-thinking and over-weighing the facts. Aside from that, Virgo can be a consistent worrier while Leo can be a bit too self-centered. Take a worrier, imbibe them with a sense of self-importance and watch as their eyes darken because they think everyone is out to get them. However. Flip that toward the positive expression of Virgo and give someone a bit of humble practicality (Virgo Sun) and a feeling of openly loving generosity along with the optimism and enthusiasm of a child (Moon in Leo) and...well, instead of being swept up in the horror film of Mercury/Pluto, they can see the rhetoric for what it is.
It is our emotional body today that bears importance over and above everything else that may be going on. The Moon passes through a powerful Yod with Pluto and Neptune just as Mercury squares off with Pluto. It's the emotive body that checks in with Mercury by sextile at midnight following this mentally pressurized day. Work to remain humble and generous instead of being self-aggrandized, paranoid and greedy. And, that should be work that grabs our attention for the entirety of the day because it is that large and difficult of an undertaking. Don't let the demons of your mind win today, in other words.

Thursday, September 10, 2015
Last night, the Moon caught up with Venus in Leo (3:25 AM) hopefully bringing a bit of ease to our emotional bodies. Today, however, is less about ease to the physical and more about movement. Mars is now waning out of his trine with Uranus. However, the Moon's passage through this waning trine fires the aspect back up. The physical body is again, reactive. Nervous. Anxious. We want to MOVE.
The Moon meets Uranus by trine at 1:21 PM. She meets Mars by conjunction at 4 PM. I encourage you to move instead of trying to sit still with this energy. However, we should focus less on moving ahead and more on dealing with the pile up of situations we already have on hand. The time to move forward comes soon enough as windows continue to fly open under this impending eclipse. A rip in the fabric of time occurs and many will unexpectedly fall through it. Some, to never return. Some making their debut appearance. It's all in how you look at it and from which side of the fence you make your assessment.

In the midst of all this potential busy-ness and “dealing with it,” darkness falls upon us while reality smacks us in the face like a brick wall as the Moon squares off with Saturn in Scorpio in the morning at 9:04 AM. This is the last lunar square to Saturn in Scorpio that we will experience for the next 29 years. Thank fuck, right? The next lunar square to Saturn comes with the planet in Sagittarius. The last lunar conjunction to Saturn in Scorpio has already occurred. By the time the Moon gets to Scorpio in this lunar cycle, Saturn will have already been chased out of the sign for good...or, at least for a good while. There is one final, FINAL amicable check in with Saturn in Scorpio from the Moon as she leaves Virgo on September 13th. Saturn re-enters Sagittarius on September 17 just after Mercury turns retrograde. The Moon finds the relocated planet midday on the 18th. There is a lot of jostling of energy between this set of eclipses. Not that we would/could expect anything less. Jostling is what eclipses do best. Especially when we are not prone to take the needed jostling upon ourselves. Eclipses give us no choice. The energy picks us up and plop us down where it wants us to be without much concern in regard to whether we WANT to be in this new place or not. Change happens. And, regardless of whether we assess the change as “good or bad” there is some element of grief associated with it. We are called to deal with that head on while leaving our perspective open to the possibilities of what can occur within this change instead of holding on to what was. Still yet, the grief must be traversed and dealt with appropriately which is anything but easy. However, in these days of a waning Moon, we are called to let, I encourage you to deliberately do so. If you are holding on too tightly, the Universe will just try harder and more ferociously to rip it from your grasp. So, let go willingly and reserve your energy for the entrance into the new.

Friday, September 11, 2015
No, we have not forgotten. How could we. The legacy of our past is hanging right in front of our faces as the lunar square from the Moon in Leo to Saturn in Scorpio (9:04 AM) waxes in threatening to darken our morning sky. Remorse, regret, sorrow and the staunchness of hard core reality is staring us in the face if not knocking us upside the head. It's hard. It's dark. It's cumbersome. And the emotions of all that echoes deeply within our cores. Just as this aspect perfects, the hollowness echoes as the Moon reaches Void status for about an hour before entering Virgo at 9:56 AM.
The edges of the harshness we find ourselves in this morning is due to start dissipating as the Moon switches signs and begins to wax into a conjunction with Jupiter and an opposition with Neptune. Can we finally lay the past behind us and turn our faces toward a new day while allowing the edge of our criticisms and desires for perfection to soften a little? We are soon to find out. Though, I've little doubt that the Universe is going to leave us much choice.

The Moon meets Jupiter by buoyant conjunction at 11:46 PM and then opposes Neptune at 2:15 AM. Perspective zooms in and and out and reality is blurred only to come back into focus for a few illusive seconds giving us intuitive preview that the world is moving forward with or without us. As this occurs, the Sun also opposes Chiron and we face off with our ever elusive inner pains. It hurts. We feel it. We have incorporated it into our psyche and the only thing left to do is learn how to move forward in light of it or decide to continually be handicapped by it. It's an individual choice and the ramifications of that bear impact upon the entire world. Yes. It's that important that you heal thyself. Take respite if you need it. But, leave space for your own healing before you rush out to save the rest of the world.

Saturday, September 12, 2015
Today, we spend a lot of time in personal restoration...or at least we should. Coming to the conclusion of what is done is done is greatly accentuated under this waning and darkening Moon. The Moon waxes into a very fortifying trine with Pluto in Capricorn at 12:11 PM. There is no mistaking the big gaps of the abyss for anything but because we are staring directly into them. However, in such cloaking darkness it is very easy to see what continues to shine brilliantly. As a matter of fact, under this dark cloak what is still shining seems to be doing so relentlessly. The choice is ours as to what we focus on..the ever enveloping darkness or the brilliant alluring shine that remains. Hope or desolation. Make your choice deliberately.

Meanwhile both the Sun and the Moon find Uranus by inconjunct as each also oppose Chiron. The Sun's opposition is waning to Chiron at this point but the lunar opposition to him is just now waxing into our sphere asking, “Are you going to keep shooting yourself in the foot? Or have you had enough and are you willing to do things a little differently now?”
Most of the pre-ecliptic dust is settling into our lives at this point. There are still a few windows due to fly open but most of what was due to occur has already happened. Those dramatically inclined may be disappointed with that. But, they'll be redeemed in this in-between time as the Moon builds for another more powerful and more emotional eclipse at the Full Moon. It's under that Moon that doors slam turning back. Today, though, we have already started releasing our grip on some of that and have begun to come to the conclusion that sometimes change just happens and we can either get on board with that or be left behind. Again, a very personal decision. One that no one can make for you. I'd rather be the first one jumping through that open window, myself. That way, I can shout behind me to the folks who are lingering saying, “Hey..look out for that tree stump and the pot hole in the road just ahead of you! I tripped on that shit and nearly broke my nose!” That's MY life, not yours. You choose your trajectory based on your best abilities. I'm a catalyst and a pioneer and I'm ok with that. But, you may be something else...are you alright with that? That's the important question, right there. If you want to change, there is no better opportunity than right now. But, if you want to stretch and grow what you already are, there is also no better opportunity than right now.

Our New Moon eclipse waxes in at 2:42 AM overnight. That ecliptic energy holds through the night and all day through Sunday. The only other thing going on is a sextile from the Moon to Saturn at 10:08 PM which occurs just as the Moon reaches Void status tomorrow night. We are left with the change and reality that is while tossing the possibilities of what we can do from here up in the air under a Mercury in Libra who isn't really keen on jumping to a quick decision. I highly suggest you don't rush to conclusion in regard to your next step since Mercury is in his shadow and all the details have yet to be revealed. Take forward steps slowly and under caution. Figure out what you can do to help the situation at hand instead of trying to figure out the end to the entirety of this puzzle. Be right here. Right now while aiming your efforts toward entertaining all the possibilities without settling on one thing just yet. I'm here and I could do this or this or this and follow those potentials aaaaaaaall the way through before deciding. And, in true Mercury in Libra form, if you can't make up your mind...give it time. Procrastination could make the decision for you. It's alright to hold yourself steady and let things develop as they will...since they are going to do it anyway. Silly human. What makes you think you can really control anything anyway?

The New Moon perfects at 20 Virgo 10. The Sabian highlighted under this eclipse says: “Two teams of girls engaged in a contest of basketball. Physical wholesomeness as prelude to inner integration. Self-evaluation, or refusal to face self. The rhythm of instincts.” I suggest facing yourself in this situation. It's much easier to engage in a physical game if you know what your true strengths and weaknesses are. So, focus on figuring that out while being mindful of your individual job within the team. Only then can you truly know what you are capable of working both within your personal handicap and along with your natural abilities. Reality is reality is reality. Realize your only true competition is with yourself. So, what kind of opponent do you make for yourself? Can you beat your own personal best? Are you willing to try? Or, are you going to remain in self-denial and keep shooting your best interests in the foot because you are unwilling to see where you have room to improve? Or, better yet, are you going to keep beating yourself up for not being a fish that can climb trees? This isn't about doing better than everyone else. It's about doing the best you can with what you have. So...what have you got to work with? We've had plenty of time to figure all that out with all the focus that has been in Leo for so long. Now is the time to put that knowledge to use. The window of insight is wide open for you to look into right now. So take a long, hard, honest look and be sure to note what you see. We move from the “I am” intention of the Leo New Moon and the logistical realization of the Pisces Moon that said, “I am here” and toward the call of “I can..” So, you can do...what? Exactly? Figure out whatever that is and lean IN to it instead of focusing on the “can't.”