We are at a yearly pivot point, the moment between summer and fall, when light and dark, the atmospheric yin and yang, balance. Today Mercury enters Libra, the sign symbolized by the balancing scales. Tomorrow the Sun enters Libra and marks the fall equinox. We can use this balanced energy to bring our own into equilibrium.
Dysfunction, whether in a life or in our political system, mirrors ecological dysfunction; wherever more resources are taken out than restored through the natural flow, the system will fall apart. A sustainable ecology and economy balances output with inflow. We live a sustainable life when we’re renewed by enough joy and satisfaction to refill our wells so we can keep on giving. Of course, we can pull out all the stops in an emergency, but that’s not a way to live. A relationship where we feel mutually supported, decisions are made fairly, and each brings food to the table has the sturdiness to hold through many tests, whether we’re talking a marriage or community. This is the song of Libra, no justice, no peace; know Justice, know peace.
So, this week the stars asked us to assess our life, notice places of imbalance and address them. Look at our and work- life food-exercise balances, at issues of political and economic equity. Look at our relationships and assess whether we are giving and receiving equally, whether we’re fed as much as we’re demanded upon. We may not be able to fix imbalances overnight, but this can give us an important trajectory.
This Friday isn’t particularly contemplative, we have a lot of work to do and deadlines call to us with the Sun in Virgo and the Moon in outgoing, political Aquarius. But on Saturday the energy softens and becomes more personal and vulnerable as Moon enters subtler, heart- centered Pisces and the Sun enters Libra at 7:54 PM. Let’s pace ourselves this weekend; we can feel easily overwhelmed as our hearts soften but our minds grapple with tough subjects as Mercury squares durable Saturn.
On Monday the Moon waxes full in feisty, reactionary Aries, and the Sun and Moon square Saturn; we may have some tough decisions to make or need to discipline ourselves to do something that is not comfortable, feel we need to prove our independence, or may just want to walk on the wild side. The week ends on a more sensual, stubborn, Taurus moon, but still calls us to courageously rebalance as the Moon conjuncts Uranus and squares Mars.
Chiron, an asteroid known for its connection with our healing process, retrogrades back into Pisces this week. Chiron was in Pisces from March 2010 until last April when it entered Aries. It returns to Aries next February where it will be for the next eight years. Chiron speaks of that wound from which we are healing, the place where we learn intensely because we have to get creative to heal. In Pisces for the last eight years Chiron looked at our vulnerability, the nature of victimhood, of becoming sensitive and aware, of oil and water and things that flow. When Chiron heads back into Aries for the next eight years, we will have to work on healing toxic machismo in all genders and restoring some sense of the hero within. But right now, Chiron is reminding us that how we respond to the dispossessed, to the wounded, to the flooded, to the refugee, is how our tenderness and vulnerability will be treated. And we never know when our life’s plot will twist and we will be in need of succor from others. We need to make it safe to be sensitive.
Friday, September 21: Watch the self-critique, list what’s been done right lately. Tend to the completion of a block of work. Edit judiciously, analyze with kindness. Politics and world events impinge on us, not necessarily because they’ve gotten worse, but because our awareness magnifies. Mercury enters Libra late tonight, and we may need to talk to people with whom we agree. Romantic or poetic words can produce a positive effect.
Moon square Jupiter 11:13 AM, Mercury enters Libra 9:39 PM, Mercury opposes Chiron 11:54 PM.
Saturday, September 22: Feel an emotional high tide as the waxing Moon enters sensitive Pisces; it may just be time to catch up with our own emotions, drift in our dreams. Keep expectations low and know that people sense of timing could be off, because we are running on an interior clock rather than exterior. We need extra gentleness with words as we’ll feel unusually sensitive to abrasiveness, ugliness, or injustice and will unfold around beauty and artistry. Mark the fall equinox at 7:54 PM
Moon enters Pisces 6:26 AM, Moon sextile Uranus 9:56 AM, Moon sextile Saturn 11:56 AM, Sun enters Libra 7:54 PM, Moon trine Venus 10:21 PM, Sun opposed Chiron 11 PM.
Sunday, September 23: Our minds may have unusual tenacity for better or worse as Mercury squares Saturn and trines Mars. We can obsess on a problem or concern, unless we carefully put this the mental muscles to work on a different problem. Like a toddler, we can’t just take the toy away from our mind, we have to give it something else to focus upon. Choose where to exercise the mental muscles carefully, if we free our mind, the heart and moods will follow.
Mercury squares Saturn 10:45 AM, Moon conjunct Neptune 11:25 AM, Moon sextile Pluto 7:24 PM, Mercury trine Mars 7:29 PM, Moon trine Jupiter 11:25 PM.
Monday, September 24: One side of us may want to tell the world off and do what we feel called to do, darn the consequences, while the other side wants to make everybody happy. But they can work together with some creativity on our part. Let the Libran tact and diplomacy work for the Aries Moon motivation and occasional sense of outrage, rather than let these two sides fight within. Listen carefully as people speak, they may be being tactful or tactless, but in there is a core of truth. The former Moon tonight at 8:52 p.m. is howl-worthy.
Moon enters Aries 5:03 PM, Moon conjunct Chiron 5:08 PM, Moon opposes the Sun 8:52 PM, Moon squares Saturn 10:27 PM.
Tuesday, September 25: If we can get all the horses heading in the same direction, we have incredible resources today. If not, we can feel really tired. Our feelings and thoughts can be at odds, we need to mediate between them in a way that actually nourishes us. Look for harmony of desire, find a way that find the intersecting set between the needs within and the needs without as the Moon and Mercury oppose and the Sun square Saturn. Take responsibilities seriously, be the grown up.
Moon sextiles Mars 12:22 AM, Moon opposes Mercury 4:11 AM, Mercury semi-square Jupiter 7:19 AM, Sun square Saturn 5:50 PM, Chiron enters Pisces 6:11 PM.
Wednesday, September 26: Find missing things or information. Take one more step towards balance. A post full-moon (square Pluto) hangover can leave us twitchy and point out what’s still out of whack and needs attention. Take discouragement, exhaustion, or frustration as an existential condition; don’t read it into life’s story; these moods may make a valid point, and we need to tend to the healing they demand, but there’s so much more going on. This evening we may feel better after a great conversation.
Moon square Pluto 4:28 AM.
Thursday, September 27: We can leave some of the existential questions of the week behind and get back to concrete chores. An earthy Taurus Moon asked us to get back to business and make tangible changes; change the oil in our car, exercise, eat well, by judiciously, renovate, and reorganize as the Moon conjuncts Uranus and trines Saturn. Because the Sun also trines energizing Mars today, we’ll have steady energy to draw from once we get going, and will be much more comfortable tackling our problems than just staring at them. Look for good decisions around dinner time, but potentially out of sync evening as the Moon opposes Venus.
Moon enters Taurus 1:15 AM, Moon conjuncts Uranus for 10 AM, Moon trine Saturn 6:34 AM, Moon square Mars 9:50 AM, Sun trine Mars 5:34 PM, Moon opposed Venus 7:01 PM.