Signs of Fall beginning to peak through
We now find ourselves at the end of September 2018. The Sun is transiting Libra now and her light comes into my windows at a noticeably different angle now.
The symbol for Libra is the scales of balance and justice. This is one of four cardinal signs. You always find a cardinal sign at the beginning of the seasons. These signs all have characteristics of being active, restless, ambitious, self-motivated, and often good leaders.
Each cardinal sign also has its own particular characteristics due to different elements, polarity (masculine- or feminine), and ruling sign. Their expression is also influenced in our natal charts by their house position and any planets in aspect with them at the time of birth.
Cardinal Libras are good at matchmaking, communications, diplomacy, creating harmony, are good being social and therefore seldom solitary. They are impartial, charming, tend to see the whole picture, love to share ideas, get opinions from others, work well in teams or partnerships, and seldom do things without their “other half” or balancing factor.
The shadow side of Libra is subtler than many other signs. They can seem to be indecisive. Their desire to always do things with a partner is sometimes unrealistic and can cause problems. They think and do things to make themselves feel needed. Then, when the other person rejects their, help, attention, or love, they feel like a failure and might cover up their real feelings by pretending to be unavailable.
Now let’s move on to the influences and aspects for this week. First and perhaps the most influential energies of the week is happening today, Sunday, September 30, 2018. Pluto stations to turn direct. All planets are at their most powerful when they station either retrograde or direct. In this case, we are talking about a planet that rules all things hidden, transformation, coercion, and control. Since Pluto is very slow moving, this energy has been creeping up on us and exercising his influence a few weeks. This will also influence us for a few weeks more.
I would invite you to consider the combination of the Libra characteristics such as balance, justice, and seeing the big picture, with the characteristics of this very strong Pluto energy, and compare those things with what we saw played out on the world stage this week. Without going too political, I am referring in particular to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearings of this past Thursday.
Another energy influence on recent events is echoed in last week’s Full Moon. All Full Moons are somewhat emotional. This last one held a Libra-Aires polarity. Aries represents the self, while Libra is about the other person. Perhaps this tiny bit gives you a clearer picture of how astrological influences and energy can stimulate life events or be reflected in them. If you are beginning to see correlations, you yourself might be transforming and evolving.
Current transits influencing us include Mercury in Libra. This brings diplomatic, friendly communications. Negotiation skills definitely get a boost with this transit. This energy allows us to see both sides of a position or situation.
Venus is in Scorpio for another month. Deep passion is the word for this transit. Emotions can be extreme and intense as we possibly seek out an end-all, be-all relationship. Of course, this passion might also be directed toward something quite different like a creative project you have been wanting to start, expand, or complete.
Mars is transiting wild and wacky Aquarius until November 15th. Mars energy is high energy, fast, bold, and aggressive. Mix that up with the unpredictability and free rolling Aquarian energy and you get something special. This energy is good team energy and usually very co-operative. It makes way for us to use unconventional methods and intellect to get things done from a rather detached viewpoint.
I would say that the Mars transit of Aquarius combined with his current square position to Uranus is also having a strong affect on our planet and the weather around the globe. There was a powerful earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia on Friday.
I also read a report of a rare “medicane” or a tropical-like storm that hit the Greek Islands September 29, 2018.
The good news is that this square with Mars and Uranus will end by the end of this week. That does not mean that there won’t be more storms coming, it just means that one strong storm influence will end. The struggle for those left in the wake of a big storm or earthquake is a different story and very, very real. These are interesting and powerful times we a living in.
There are two gentle trine aspects that will influence us this week. The first has been with us for a while thanks to the slow movement of the planets involved. These two are between Neptune and Venus, and Saturn and Uranus. The Neptune-Venus trine is casting a dreamy, fantasy-like view of life, relationships, beauty, and creativity.
The Saturn-Uranus trine is somewhat blocking (Saturn) our ability to exercise our rebellious, unconventional Uranus side. Since Saturn is trine to Uranus he is not showing us his real strength in this aspect. And to that, I say “Thank You!”
Today, Sunday, September 30, Mars is inconjunct Neptune. Neptune is doing his usual thing and making things fuzzy. In this case, we can find we are a bit indecisive or uncertain about something. Our intuition is affected by this aspect and it might be difficult if not impossible to muster. It might be best to put aside the idea of logic for at least today and tomorrow.
Tuesday, Mercury is in square aspect to Pluto. I have already discussed Pluto a bit earlier in this post but this square was not part of that info. This aspect might place a negative spin on our ability to read things and this can get some of us into hot water. There is also mental stress attached to this energy. It will be important for us not to make things out to be worse. We might also feel the need to play your cards close and only give out as much info as you want others to know.
Friday Venus stations to turn retrograde. She is also parallel to Mars on Thursday and Friday. This is more of the letting go energy we have been dealing with off and on for what seems like decades sometimes. Obviously, we still have things we need to purge from our lives. Some a physical and some are mental or emotional. Venus will be retrograde until November 16, 2018.
Fall is my favorite season. I enjoy the cooler temperatures but I don’t enjoy the humidity that comes along with it. I was feeling pretty stifled by the high humidity yesterday and decided a bit more AC in the house might be in order. I am such an energy miser that this won’t last long. Winter is coming and it will be really chilly in here when it does. And with winter, the mosquitoes go away and I will be able to have my coffee in on Sunday morning in peace. It is the small pleasures that make us happy, isn’t it?
Regardless of what takes place in the world this week, please be an example of love and compassion. Remember to smile and acknowledge the panhandler on the street corner. We don’t need to judge or guess why that person is there because it doesn’t matter. They are, they are human, and have the same needs and wants that you and I do. Positive recognition of their presence is the least we can do.
Make this a great week and remember that next week I will be traveling for the first time in 10 or 11 years and am not going to push myself to write unless I feel up to it. I will be back on October 14, 2018, and ready to kick off the 6th year of this blog. Hopefully, I will have some good photos to share from my trip to Tennessee.