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Mercury Stations Retrograde! Are you Ready?

 

Mercury stations retrograde at 25° Libra on Monday at 1:10 AM EDT. It will remain retrograde until October 18th. There is much unnecessary concern, misinformation, and even fear around Mercury retrograde. It is really very simple to learn to work with these times.
What to do today and over the coming weeks:
  • Make a list of plans and projects that have been left unfinished since late June
  • Work only on your list of unfinished plans and projects
  • Slow down to manage stress
  • Wait until after October 18th to buy electronics or big-ticket items
  • Wait until after October 18th to sign any contracts
  • Give yourself and other folks extra time to show up
  • Double-check all communications making sure you understand and are understood
Think about the large and small projects that have been left undone since last June. Look through calendars and notebooks to find reminders of what you have been thinking about and working on since then. Dig deep; there are probably more things than you are aware of. What about that appointment you have been meaning to make? And how about the project that you finally tucked into a drawer because you couldn’t find the time to complete it? I suspect you have communications that have fallen through the cracks, I know I do. You can get so much done in the coming weeks if you only stick to this list.

 

It is important to also note that Mercury is square Pluto and trine Jupiter as it stations retrograde. A great deal of your mental rethinking over the coming weeks will bring you into deep and powerful issues that will ultimately expand your understanding of your life and purpose. Be cognizant of the importance of your conversations and your need to go deep. Make sure you give your partners and friends extra time to explain themselves. We will all need to offer and ask for extra patience and kindness.

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The Changing Moon this Week

 

The Moon sets the emotional tone as she moves quickly through the Zodiac day-to-day. It takes approximately 28 days to traverse the entire Zodiac as the Moon covers roughly a quarter of this pathway during her weekly journey. Learning to work with this rhythm will help you align with and relax into an easier flow with the Universe. The luminous Moon spends approximately 2 ½ days in each sign before she moves on to the next.

Monday: This week, the Moon begins her path in chatty, lighthearted Gemini. You can expect a bit of disorientation in your intellectual and communication system. Mercury, as the ruler of Gemini, is the culprit as it stationed retrograde at 1:10 AM EDT.

 
Tuesday: The Moon enters Cancer at 9:35 AM EDT bringing your attention and focus to home and family. At 9:58 PM EDT, we come to the Last Quarter Phase of this Lunar Cycle. Consider what has been building over the past 3 weeks that it is time to turn the flame down on. Reorganize and get ready to shift or release an emotional stance that has completed the job it was intended for
 
Wednesday: The Moon continues through emotional Cancer today with only a sextile to Uranus at 1:54 PM EDT to consider. Find an unusual and unexpected way to care for and encourage those you love.
 
Thursday: With the Moon still in Cancer, powerful Pluto forms an uncomfortable opposition with her at 9:55 AM EDT. This is quickly followed by a square to Mercury. This combination will likely leave you feeling rather unsettled. Avoid difficult or powerful conversations and remember that Mercury is retrograde. These quickly moving difficulties with the Moon are best sidestepped. At 8:54 PM EDT, the moon dramatically steps into Leo in hopes of a brighter few days ahead.
 
Friday: Today’s Leo moon turns up the pleasure factor as we move toward the weekend. In opposition to Saturn at 10:10 AM EDT, you may feel restricted by the requirements of work. Don’t worry, the afternoon and evening offer opportunities for pleasure. If you stay up late tonight you may encounter unpredictable events or decisions as the Moon interacts with Uranus at 11:31 PM EDT.
 
Saturday: if you are a long-time reader of this blog you know how much I love a weekend with the Moon in Leo. Today’s Leo Moon offers an opportunity to express generosity along with your most childlike and playful side. Join with friends, Play with your children and grandchildren. Don’t waste your time on chores of any sort, you will have plenty of time for that tomorrow.

 

Sunday: The week comes to a close with the Moon now in Virgo. Roll up your sleeves and get to work preparing for the week ahead and being of service to others.

 

Monday, September 27, 2021

WELCOME MERCURY’S INVITATION TO SLOW DOWN

When you wake up this morning, the most significant astrological statement (which will be with us for the next 3 weeks) has already been made. At 1:10 AM EDT, while you were likely sleeping, Mercury stationed retrograde. This retrograde will last until October 18th.
 
It is important to understand how useful Mercury retrograde is if we use it with clear purpose and understanding. Slow down and stop forward motion. Catch up on all the projects that have been left unfinished since late June. Make a list of everything that has been started but not completed! Spend your time and energy on the items on this list and you will accomplish a great deal over the coming weeks.
 
Make sure you give yourself and others extra time to show up for meetings and appointments. Be crystal clear in all communications and make sure you are clear on what you hear from others. Also, don’t purchase electronics, anything mechanical, or big-ticket items. Slow down and wait. 
 
The Moon is in chatty, lighthearted Gemini as the week begins. However, with Mercury retrograde expect some disorientation in your intellectual and communication system. Because Mercury is the ruler of Gemini this disorientation will impact your emotions as well.
 
At 4:11 PM EDT, the Moon forms a square aspect to Neptune. Take a late afternoon nap or simply spend some time listening to music or daydreaming. This will pass quickly and by evening with the Moon trine expansive Jupiter all feels well. 

 

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

OFFER COMFORT AND PROTECTION

The Moon begins the morning still in Gemini but at 9:35 AM EDT, she enters sensitive Cancer. This shifts your attention to a more inward emotional place. This is a time to close the door and hunker down, to find comfort and offer protection to those closest to your heart.
 
The Cancer Moon asks you to focus on home, family, and domestic issues. Cancer is the great protector of the zodiac. Providing comfort and care for loved ones extends to a powerful need to be a protector. Don’t forget that Cancer can be a formidable foe if loved ones are threatened
 
The Last Quarter Moon is exact at 9:58 PM EDT. The Last Quarter Moon always comes one week after the Full Moon. From our perspective here on earth, we see half of the disc of the Moon. Half of the visible Moon is lit by the Sun and half is immersed in shadow. If you are up in the middle of the night you will see it rise. Looking above around dawn you can find it at its highest point and it will set about midday.
 
Consider what has been building over the past 3 weeks that has grown as far as it will and is in a state of fading. This phase of the cycle tells us that t is time to turn down the flame. Reorganize and prepare to shift or release an emotional stance that has completed the job it was intended for
 
_The Gemini Moon is void-of-course from 12:19 AM EDT until she enters Cancer at 9:35 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._

 

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Wednesday, September 29, 2021

KINDNESS & PATIENCE

The Moon continues through Cancer today. This keeps you emotionally connected and involved with your family and closest loved ones. The only aspect the Moon makes today is a sextile to Uranus at 1:54 PM EDT. Find an unusual and unexpected way to care for and encourage those you love. 
 
At 12:13 PM EDT Venus, the planet of love and money forms a smooth flowing trine aspect to Neptune the planet of dreams and loosened boundaries. You may find yourself setting aside all your worries and concerns as you enjoy feeling a gentle connection to life itself. You may experience a great availability of empathy and compassion for others. Kindness swells within your heart easily today. Welcome it and hold it closely over the next few days.
 
Another significant transiting aspect is formed at 6:19 PM EDT as the Sun forms a lovely trine aspect to Saturn. This has the impact of stabilization and connecting us with an understanding of what is real and important in a solid real sense. You may experience more patience than usual, easily accepting and managing your responsibilities. In the work you do today, and for the next few days, you will aspire to a higher standard than usual. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

AVOID OVERINDULGENCE

This morning’s Cancer Moon begun the day in difficult conversations with both Pluto and Mercury. This leaves her highly unsettled and suggests potential disagreements in powerful family interactions. Hold the position of observer rather than instigator and allow the difficulty to pass. As long as you don’t engage it, it will subside by afternoon. Quickly moving difficulties of the Moon are best sidestepped.
 
At 7:31 PM EDT Venus forms a challenging square aspect to Jupiter. Even a difficult conversation between these two agreeable parties won’t cause too many problems. The worst of it will come due to our tendency to overdo something. There are many ways that we can overextend ourselves. We can be too generous with others, giving more than we have available. We may spend too much on that pair of shoes that we somehow think we just have to have. We may make ourselves sick with just one more piece of the pie. Be wary of wasting time or resources. Go ahead and allow yourself to enjoy all the fine things of your life but keep yourself from going too far. Find your personal middle ground and hold the line steady.
 
At 8:54 PM EDT, the Cancer Moon hands the baton to Leo allowing us to move into a dramatic and fun start to the upcoming weekend.
 
_The Cancer Moon is void-of-course from 10:49 AM EDT until she enters Leo at 8:54 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._

Friday, October 1, 2021

KINDNESS EQUALS NO REGRETS

Today’s Leo moon turns up the fun factor as we move toward the weekend. With the Moon opposing Saturn at 10:10 AM EDT, you may feel restricted by work requirements or other responsibilities. That will pass quickly as the afternoon and evening bring opportunities for pleasure as the Moon forms sextile aspects to the Sun and Mars
 
At 10:26 AM EDT Mercury forms a difficult square aspect to Pluto. Does that sound familiar? This aspect, now forming with Mercury retrograde occurred first while Mercury was direct on September 22 at the Equinox. You may be required to review and revisit a difficult communication or conversation that has not been settled. After Mercury turns direct this topic will come back for a third time in early November.
 
This is not easy. Keep your heart and mind steady as you navigate what may be a minefield. Stay true to yourself, keep your personal boundaries clear, and move forward with kindness and truth. As long as you are kind and honest you will survive the fallout without regrets. There will be a resolution in November. 
 
If you stay up late tonight you may encounter unpredictable events or decisions as the Moon interacts with Uranus at 11:31 PM EDT. Perhaps you can be proactive and bring excitement and a surprise to a friend or partner.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

REACH FOR YOUR DESIRES

While we were sleeping Venus, the planet of love and beauty forms a sextile aspect to Pluto, the planet of empowerment. Don’t settle for too little today. The opportunity is there for you to reach for your desires and grasp them firmly. Look for intense depths of passion and love in many areas of life. This may play out financially as you could discover that there is financial support that you had not expected available to you. Get clear on what you want today and look for opportunities to get you there.

If you have read Astrolore’s posts over the years you know how happy a weekend with the Moon in Leo makes me. I think of the Leo Moon as showering us with fun and the opportunity to fully express our most generous and expressive nature. This is a great day to engage with others who want to play, dance, and have a good time. Join with friends, Play with your children and grandchildren. Don’t waste your time on chores of any sort, you will have plenty of time for that tomorrow.

_The Leo Moon is void-of-course from 7:42 PM EDT until she enters Virgo early Sunday morning. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._

Sunday, October 3, 2021

REVIEWING PLANS FOR THE FUTURE

After a few days with the Moon in Leo, we happily settle into the practicality of the Virgo Moon. The Moon entered Virgo at 4:38 AM and easily passes without aspects throughout the day. This allows us to simply roll up our sleeves and get done all the detailed practical things that will make next week so much easier. Focus on tasks and projects. Guard against personal criticism and do your best to turn away from negativity. Keep in mind that good enough really is good enough and that there are few things in life that require perfection. Don’t expect or demand too much from yourself or others.
At 8:04 PM EDT, Mercury (retrograde) forms a lovely trine aspect to Jupiter. This repeats a transit that happened at the Full Moon on September 20th. I encouraged you to make future plans, particularly for travel or study, with this transit. Whatever conversations you had or plans you made, now you are tasked with reviewing and reconsidering those plans. The same aspect will occur on November 1st bringing clarity or resolution. Clearly, this is not the time to solidify those plans. Hold off for now, but keep the consideration alive, continue turning it over and over in your mind.

_The Leo Moon is void-of-course until she enters Virgo at 4:38 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact._

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.