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The Changing Moon this Week

The Moon sets the emotional tone as she moves through the Zodiac day-to-day. The Moon travels through a quarter of the Zodiac each week. Learning to work with this rhythm will help you align with and relax into an easier flow with the Universe. 

The week begins with the Moon in dependable, efficient Virgo, making it easier than usual to go back to work on Monday. She migrates to agreeable Libra Tuesday, in search of beauty and harmony. However, with Venus in Scorpio and the Moon in the dark balsamic phase, we need to switch on the inner light for guidance. Trust yourself. 

Wednesday ushers in the Libra New Moon, though with an exact conjunction to Mars, normally calm Libra feels considerably spicier. Think about what seeds you want to plant to find more grace and equality in your relationships.  Plan on taking some physical action by Saturday to seal the deal.

You can expect a post for the New Moon in your email box on Wednesday morning. This will include a bit of information for each rising sign and your directions for your monthly New Moon ritual. 

Prepare to bury those seeds deep, when the Moon enters investigative Scorpio Thursday. Fortunately, in her ever-balancing role, Venus re-emerges from her foray into Scorpio and finds an ebullient new attitude in Sagittarius on the same day.   

Very early Friday EDT, you can expect a boost of fiery motivation when Sun conjuncts Mars at midnight. Meanwhile the Moon bucks up against Saturn’s constraints and Uranus’ unpredictability in the same time period. You want to take immediate action, slow down, it is important to hold still.  

Saturday, the exact midpoint of the Mercury Retrograde cycle occurs, as Mercury reaches the conjunction with the Sun, and later in the day, with Mars.  Make sure to accept and take action on this invitation to attend to unfinished business in your relationships. With the Moon making the leap to Sagittarius, the mood can only improve.  

On Sunday the Moon reiterates Saturday’s message agreeably, gently reminding us to take advantage of this time. The final flourish of the week occurs when Saturn stations direct late in the evening, adding further to the forward feeling motion.



Monday, October 4, 2021


With the Moon in workhorse Virgo, slipping into Monday feels a tad more welcome than usual, or at least, more satisfying.  At 5:19 AM EDT, like a health nut at the smoothie bar, the absorbent Moon soaks up a blast of Uranian java juice, providing the impetus to do something unusual, inventive, or rebellious.  After the routine part of the day, the mood shifts to a dreamier space. You may feel like relaxing with a glass of wine, pouring over a fanciful art book, or trying out that new mediation program. Give in to the urge to space out and get away from the logical world. 

Investigate your desire to take control of a situation that’s been dragging you down emotionally.  See if you can figure out the root cause of any relationship irritations in the back of your mind. The current Mercury retrograde gives you permission to focus on old issues that need your renewed attention. 



Tuesday, October 5, 2021


With the Moon void-of-course this morning, allow yourself extra time to wake up, if possible. Once the morning gets going, the Moon drops into egalitarian Libra.  Notice your increased desire for simple, uncomplicated connections. Think about which friend or colleague fits the bill and initiate contact. Choose a reliable friend, someone you trust, and enjoy the stability they offer. This is the person you can bounce ideas off of, who will give you clear feedback regarding your concerns.  With the Balsamic Moon, put any last touches on that overdue project you want off your desk and submit it tomorrow.

_The Virgo Moon is void-of-course from 4:47 AM EDT until she enters Libra at 8:41 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._


Wednesday, October 6, 2021


Today kicks off a new lunar cycle when the Moon merges with the Sun at 7:06 AM EDT. This Libra New Moon reinforces the suggestion made by Mercury Retrograde to address unfinished business in your most important relationships. Just as you’re considering what kind of harmony you’d like to see, snarky Mars plants a fierce thought in your head.  

Mars being too close to the Sun disappears and responds a bit like a baby rattlesnake eager to bite too soon. Instead, use this as an impetus to choose an action that will support your desire for more unity with loved ones. Prepare to revisit this idea on Saturday. Be honest about your feelings, but don’t let disgruntlement take over your good intentions.  It is better to let this fleeting upset pass, especially since the overall vibe starts to lighten up today.

At 2:29 PM EDT, Pluto grinds to a halt and shifts gears, turning toward forward motion. This drives the slow but sure transformation of our culture and society.



Thursday, October 7, 2021


The energy shift that started yesterday picks up speed and vigor today when Venus enters Sagittarius at 7:20 AM EDT. Because Mercury is dashing backward through Venus-ruled Libra, this incorporates a more jovial and an exploratory tone to your personal Retrograde experience.  

The Moon drops into Scorpio at 10:21 AM EDT, heralding a somber mood, dropping your emotions into a philosophical pothole. Let it add a sultry, smoky, mysterious tone to your life today, rather than bringing you down. Late in the evening, the introspective Moon hits a roadblock, asking you to take a break from the intensity and concentrate on something inventive that will improve your life. Focus on the practical world rather than getting bogged down in heavy emotions. Begin clearing out the garden, call the plumber about the leak in your sink, or get serious about the book you’re crawling through and finish the chapter.

_The Libra Moon is void-of-course from 1:04 AM EDT until she enters Scorpio at 10:21 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._


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Friday, October 8, 2021


At midnight, the fiery Sun brushes up against impulsive Mars, creating a feeling of immediacy. Good thing some of us will be asleep! If you find yourself out and about at this time, be careful not to add to any unnecessary heat. Take a deep breath and steer clear of pointless arguments and jealous feelings.  

You may wake to an unexpected knock on the door. This might be a literal wake-up call, here to remind you about something truly important. On the other hand, an idea of genius-level caliber could seem to simply arrive in your mind, unbidden.    

At any rate, use today to review your creative plans. Sudden inspiration coupled with fewer limits could produce something amazing in the art studio. With the Moon contacting Jupiter at 11:03 PM EDT, the possibility for expanding this concept exists. Notice a tendency to throw around your opinion. Don’t. 



Saturday, October 9, 2021


Today brings us to the midpoint of the Mercury Retrograde cycle when Mercury conjuncts the Sun. In ancient astrology, when a planet centers exactly in the heart of the Sun, it becomes a point of great power, this is called a cazimi. The cazimi lines up the principles of presence and mindfulness, providing a brief time to step into full acceptance of yourself right now, right here. Contemplate the seed you planted at the New Moon on Wednesday. Continue to work through your unfinished tasks list with your intentions coming from the heart.  

The Moon teams up with Venus in Sagittarius this afternoon, lifting your spirits. Aim for the skies like the Archer. Feel the elevation and be grateful!  

This evening, Mercury collides with Mars, raising the possibility for inflammatory conversations. In other words, there may be some irritations that come to light in your most familial relationships. Rather than getting into conflict, harness the impulse and engage in physical activity that burns off the heat. Think back to the events of August 18th for a clue, at Mercury and Mars’ last tango. Finish the day putting some effort into your to-do list, then meet friends for Fall Festivities. 

_The Scorpio Moon is void-of-course from 2:05 AM EDT until she enters Sagittarius at 11:25 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._



Sunday, October 10, 2021


The Moon advances through the sign of the Jester, making pleasant contact with Mercury, Mars, and the Sun throughout the course of the day. This is an opportunity to revisit the events of yesterday with a positive lens and a sense of humor. Release any worry. Let any frustrations go. With the Moon in Sagittarius, embark on some kind of outdoor adventure that expands your emotional connection with nature. Engage in philosophical discussions with a good friend.

Later in the evening, when the Moon squares fantasy-indulgent Neptune, be reminded of the need to consider other people’s suffering and struggles. Be extra kind to yourself and those around you. To finish off the week, Saturn stations direct at 10:17 PM EDT, putting you back on the train of serious business. Onward!  


In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions. The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto