"We are born at a given moment, in a given place, and like vintage years of wine, we have the qualities of the year and the season of which we are born. Astrology does not lay claim to anything more." - Carl Gustav Jung

Monday, October 8, 2012

Getting Personal At The Last Quarter Moon

   Do you feel it yet? There's something in the air and it's not just the leaves falling from the trees. With the three inner/personal planets, Mercury, Venus and Mars, having all shifted into new signs this past week, the energies are expressing themselves in new elements and modalities that we are experiencing as subtle changes in our daily lives.

   Let's look at affectionate Venus which moved into the critical Earth sign Virgo on Wednesday. As a receptive energy, Venus operates best through attraction, but in this analytical sign, she may become too focused on perfection. A wise use of her power of gentle persuasion would be to engage others in setting up a budget by pointing out where money has been going for the last several months. Also, organizing and beautifying your environment, as well as putting the gardens to bed for the winter, are other ways to effectively utilize the Venusian energy as she expresses herself in practical Virgo.

      Mercury's move on Friday, into secretive Scorpio for the next three weeks, signals a time to put on your detective hat and uncover hidden mysteries or find misplaced items. The hidden treasures may be in the deepest recesses of your being, so take time to have an inner dialogue with your more knowledgeable self. Also, the answers to long-held  questions may be revealed during the following weeks. If you need to research the worth of something and/or do some comparison shopping before Mercury goes retrograde in November, this would be the time to do that. As Mercury's job is to oversee the coming and going of thoughts and information, agreements, etc. you really want to do your homework before complying with someone else' terms. Does what you have to pay or exchange for what you want, make sense fiscally and emotionally?

    Now that Mars has left one of his favorite states of being, Scorpio, and moved into Sagittarius on Saturday, let's hope that the Martian intensity of aggression and determination will be tempered by traveling through the more upbeat territory of Sagittarius. Mars in Sag expands vision to include a wider spectrum of ideals and belief systems or seeks to expand horizons through travel or study.  It also brings the desire to experience adventure at the drop of a hat! This new fiery expression gives a boost to projects that may have met a stalemate while Mars gathered battle scars in fixed Scorpio. No more time for sulking as you look to the future and apply some elbow grease with all the drive and determination Mars has to offer; just avoid taking up arms or proselytizing and losing track of your goal. 

   Today's Last Quarter Moon, a square aspect between the Sun in Libra and Moon in Cancer, signifies a challenge to accept what has been brought to light at the Full Moon while we prepare for a new start at the Libra New Moon on the 15th, in a week. The Moon is at home in watery Cancer so we need to pay attention to our emotions while finding some kind of balance for ourselves out in the world under Libra's influence. This might be a good "sick" day for some people to lay low and take care of themselves, but for most of us, we need to take care of tidying up the loose ends that have to be finished before we can have a clear path to the next Lunar phase. Make this week, which starts with 2 days of Leo's sunny Moon influence on Tuesday and Wednesday, for expressing oneself joyously or creatively and moves through Virgo's organizing days Thursday and Friday, finishing up the week Saturday and Sunday in Libra, about keeping things on an even keel as we enter the dark of the Moon just before rebirth next Monday.

  As always, remember to keep your head in the stars and your feet on the ground!


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