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Fear, Love, Shoulds,...? -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Sept.19th - Sun., Sept. 25th, 2016

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Savings Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last week was very social and harmonious... I was busy, as usual, but much more aware of my need to take breaks and find time for myself. Love that Jupiter in Libra transit already! :-) Of course, I could also feel that Lunar Eclipse...bringing up feelings connected to my upbringing, allowing for some healing. Feelings, feelings, feelings,....what better way to be reminded that we are human ;-)

For those of you who want to have a better understanding of your personal healing journey, feel free to get the recording of my recent Chiron-workshop: "Healing with Astrology" Click here for more info

This week's headline items: the Pluto Station is still strong, and will be all week. Mercury's Station intensifies on Tuesday and the planet comes to a halt (in order to go direct again) on Wednesday night/Thursday very early morning -- its station ends on Sunday. On Thursday, the Sun changes signs from Virgo to Libra; this also signifies the Fall Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere. On Friday, the last Quarter Moon in Cancer becomes exact (early in the morning) and Venus changes signs from Libra to Scorpio later on. 

There will also be three Moon VoC phases this week: Tuesday late evening (for almost 2.5 hours), Friday very early morning (for 36 minutes), and Saturday late evening (for 12 hours).

Monday (September 19th) at 12:58am EDT, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will be until Tuesday night/Wednesday very early morning. We love all physical comforts, prefer consistency, and would rather stick with what we know works well. In other words: change is not our favorite thing and "rushing things" goes against our grain. 

What is our favorite thing right now? It's probably, slowing down and getting in touch with whatever delights our senses ;-) 
In the morning, an opportune Venus/Mars aspectbecomes exact at 7:53am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Wednesday on; it will be strong until this Friday. This aspect helps intimate or close personal relationships along, bringing passion and sexiness to them -- and if we're not in a long-term committed relationship, we'll get some help in forming one. 

This could also be a good time for financial ventures, social life, artistic pursuits, and pleasure in general. Remember: this is an "opportunity" -- those aren't necessarily handed to us, we have to make them happen.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (MC) or any personal planets in 22-26 degrees of Libra, Sagittarius, Leo or Aquarius? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aries (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Mars is the ruler of Aries) 

Tuesday (Sept. 20th): the Moon remainsin steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Monday morning for details). 

The Mercury station intensifies today (Tuesday), as Mercury is preparing to come to halt on Thursday (ending its 3.5-week retrograde phase). During the station, we feel Mercury's energies more strongly. 

Pay attention to anything "in your face" in any of the following areas: communications, short travels, transportation of any kind, communication devices. You will get a chance to make adjustments once Mercury is moving direct again (to be more precise, during the shadow phase that follows). 

For the next 6 days, we might experience delays or misunderstandings; things could feel "off" or stagnant. It might be a good idea to give yourself some extra time when getting ready to go somewhere -- and that goes for the journey itself, too -- especially if you intend to drive or use public transportation. Going with the flow is definitely recommended at this time.  

Be extra-patient if you intend to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, especially if they are transportation or communication devices like anything connected with planes, trains, cars, phones, computers, iPads, etc. Best of all (if possible): wait until after Oct.6th, when the shadow phase is over.

Some of us will feel the effects of the Mercury station more than others: those of us who have Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant); and those of us with personal planets in 13-17 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius.

A harmonious Mercury/Pluto aspect will be exact twice this week. This is due to Mercury's change in direction (it will station, halt completely, then resume direct motion).
The first time it will be exact is on Tuesday evening at9:26pm EDT; the second time will be Friday, early morning (at 4:51am EDT). We started to feel this aspect build from last Thursday (Sept. 15th); it will be strong until next Wednesday (Sept. 28th). 

Our words and our "speaking" are very grounded and realistic. We can feel really empowered by what we say (and how we say it) during this time. Our conviction and passion helps us to connect and empower others.

We are strongly connected to our inner truth and can analyze and understand our motivations around long-term goals. We investigate our own thought structures in a very realistic, focused way, and look to see what needs to be communicated next.

This is the second time in the last 6 weeks that this aspect has become exact; this time around, Mercury is moving retrograde, bringing an even more internal feel. 

This gives us a chance to reexamine our approach toward any misunderstandings -- is there anything that needs to be readdressed from around 6 weeks ago? Is your own inner dialog creating more clarity? Does it feel empowering? Are you motivated by fear, love, shoulds...? 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-18 degrees of Virgo, Capricorn or Taurus? If so, you will be even more blessed by this aspect than those who do not; this is also true for those of us with our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Scorpio (Mercury rules Gemini and Virgo, Pluto rules Scorpio)

Tuesday at 11:32pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 2.5 hours until 1:53am EDT (Wednesday very early morning). If you are awake during this intuitive time, use it to get organized, improve your daily routines and take care of your body and well-being. 

As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Tuesday night ahead of time ;-)

Wednesday (Sept. 21st) at 1:53am EDT, the Moon moves into chatty, versatile Gemini, where it will journey until Friday early morning. For the next two days, we like to learn, connect and interact as much as possible. 

"Busy" feels good: connecting online, on the phone, or sharing face-to-face, preferably multi-tasking all the way...The one thing we can do without is boredom: If our mind is not engaged in some way, we might as well curl up and play dead :-) 

With Mercury stationing and coming to a halt tomorrow (Thursday); it's therefore best to go with the flow, as much as possible. This is especially true for the next three days. Also allow extra time for travel (both local and long-distance).

Thursday (Sept. 22nd): the Moon remains in curious, versatile, chatty Gemini all day (see Wednesday very early morning for details).

Thursday at 1:31am EDT, Mercury comes to a halt in almost 15 degrees of Virgo, and slowly starts its direct motionafter its 3-week retrograde phase. As best as you can, go with the flow, keep an open mind and pay attention to anything that is in your face right now -- you may need to address those issues again, when Mercury moves through its shadow phase…more on that later.

We are slowly ready to shift our focus back towards the outer world again, taking in new information and sharing from a new perspective. What did you learn about your inner dialog over the past 3 weeks? How might you share your findings in a healthy way with others? What needs to be addressed, concerning daily routines? Well-being? Decluttering the mind?

When Mercury gets back to its regular speed (by Sept. 25th), communication and transportation will get back to normal; the same is true of any associated gadgets, vehicles, etc.

Some of us will feel the effects of this station more than others: those of us with Gemini or Virgo as our Sun- or Rising-Sign (Ascendant) -- and those of us with personal planets (or angles) in 13-17 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius.

As you may recall, I mentioned Mercury shadow phases in this update a few weeks back: If you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, it's best to avoid the periods shortly before and after Mercury goes retrograde. This is especially true if the items are connected to transportation (cars, plane tickets, etc.) or communication (phone, computer, iPad, etc.) This particular shadow phase ends on Oct. 6thClick here to read my blog on the subject.

Thursday at 10:21am EDT, the Sun changes signs from practical Virgo to harmony-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Oct. 22nd. This signifies the beginning of Autumn in the northern hemisphere of this planet. The Fall Equinox is a energetic turning point from one season to the next. Equinoxes are super potent times for setting intentions. They are energetic gateways, where we experience the inter-relationship between light and dark, inner and outer, spirit and matter.  

With the Sun entering Libra, we are being called to pay attention to our relationships. Bringing equality, cooperation and balance to our dealings with the world is recommended during this time. We have a keen awareness around issues of justice and we are more likely to take a stand against injustice, especially when it's directed against others. 

However, we also want to keep the peace, so we may use language and our intellect to diplomatically address such issues. We can see all sides of a situation -- and therefore it's not always easy to make the "right" choices. Our desire for harmony is great;  more often than not -- consciously or unconsciously -- we may find ourselves seeking the approval of others.

All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Libra Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Libra, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo, you are more aware of the delicate balance that is required internally and externally in your life. 

Friday (Sept. 23rd) at 3:57am EDT, we enter a 36-minute Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 4:33am EDT. If you are awake, use this brief, intuitive time to connect with others and enjoy exchange and collaboration. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. 

Friday at 4:33am EDT, the Moon moves into protective, nurturing Cancer, where it will journey until Sunday late morning. With this Moon placement, we are more sensitive to what people say and therefore our feelings are more easily hurt -- so be kind to yourself and others. Self-Care is key for the next two and half days ;-)

Emotional safety is important to us as well; we like connecting to the familiar and we enjoy nurturing ourselves and others -- home and family call to us, for instance. Make sure though, that your glass is filled before letting others drink from it, otherwise you might start to feel drained and resentful. This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the last Quarter Moon (which, I will talk about next...)

Friday at 5:56am EDT, the last Quarter Moonin almost 1 degrees of Cancer becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect build from the moment the Moon entered Cancer 90 minutes earlier.The Moon in protective, nurturing Cancer makes a challenging aspect to the Sun harmony-oriented, idealistic Libra. This may bring challenges; however, it also energizes us to face what demands completion or change. 

This Moon phase brings us closer to Sept. 30th, which will bring the New Moon in Libra, and the end of Eclipse season! During the last Quarter Moon, we are best served not by beginning new projects, but by reviewing existing ones -- particularly those we started before Eclipse season began back on Sept. 1st. 

What is asking to be completed? Are you simply being asked to hang out until the consciousness upgrades are completed? As best as you can, find creative solutions for anything that comes up, whether it's internal or with others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 9-13 degrees of Cancer, Libra, Capricorn or Aries? If so, you will feel this month's last Quarter Moon quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer, since the Sun rules Leo and the Moon rules Cancer.

Friday at 10:51am EDT, Venus moves from relationship-oriented, harmony-seeking Libra into passionate, intense, all-or-nothing Scorpio. She will journey there until Oct. 18th. Until then, our relationships will get a lot of attention. We have a unique intensity, coupled with a willingness to commit; our actions in love tend to promise deep commitment and sexual pleasure, even if we are not talking about this directly. 

Venus in Scorpio seems fearless when it comes to intimacy. We are intensely loyal at this time, and will expect the same from our partner; mistrust is the biggest obstacle to forming a relationship. We feel a need to cut through the fluff and can see others exactly for who they are -- it's like having X-ray vision of the heart. As best as you can, honor this by being straight with others -- especially if it's someone you have (or want to have) a romantic relationship with.

With regards to finances, we are more likely to put our money into things we feel really passionate about. Investments in transformational programs are recommended, as are partnerships in general.
Do you have your Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus or Libra? If so, you will feel more passionate and deeply loyal for the next 3.5 weeks; your heart will want to go deeper and connect intimately with others. If you are a Scorpio Sun-sign or Rising-sign, for as long as Venus is in your sign, you will attract more love, abundance and beauty into your life.

Saturday (Sept. 24th): theMoon remainsinprotective, introverted Cancer all day (see Friday early morning for details).

Saturday at 9:42pm EDT, we enter a 12-hour Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts until 9:48am EDT (Sunday late morning). There may be a tension between our need to zoom ahead, versus a desire to nurture, be nurtured and feel safe in the world. 

Others are also wrestling with this tension, so we may feel impatient with them; use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative ways to manage these incompatible energies. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan your Saturday evening ahead of time ;-) 

Sunday (Sept. 25th): theMoon remainsinprotective, introverted Cancer and VoC until 9:48am EDT (see Friday early morning for details). 

Sunday at 9:48am EDT, the Moon moves into fun and attention-loving Leo, where it will journey until Tuesday afternoon. We may lack objectivity and struggle with backing down or compromising.

We all love to be admired -- or at the very least acknowledged -- for our greatness :-) So hand out some compliments -- let people know how proud you are of them, tell them how much you love them. Come from the heart in this and all other things... be honest and authentic, as best you can. 

Fun, games and romance are a big part of this energy as well. You might also enjoy spending time with little ones. If there are no "outer children" around, how about getting in touch with your "inner child" -- it's definitely easier for the next two days. What are you most grateful for today? What would be heaps and heaps of fun? What would be so much fun, you let out a tiny squeak, just thinking of it? 

Also on Sunday, Mercury resumes its normal pace through the sky, ending its station: Communication and transportation is now back to “normal”, as are any associated gadgets, vehicles, etc. New ideas and information received during the Mercury retrograde phase (Aug.30th -- Sept.22nd) can now be reviewed -- What could you do with that now? What have you discovered about your inner dialog since Aug.30th?

Pluto is coming to a halt tomorrow (Monday), so we will feel its energy particularly strongly today; as best as you can, observe what comes up for you over the next three days... 

A head's up for next Monday (Sept. 26th): the Moon remains in fun and attention-loving Leo all day (see Sunday late morning for details).  A Sun/Jupiter conjunctionbecomes exact at 3am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on; it will be strong until Wednesday night of next week. Pluto comes to a halt at 11:01m EDT. More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

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Have a fantastic week! 
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