This week, the best news is first: Mercury Direct is driving the regular routines of daily life, and as it moves forward, those habits, duties, and obligations move like quicksilver. Expect to feel driven by this forward motion pace—sometimes, even pushed—to handle all that needs to be handled. Don’t be surprised if timetables and timelines feel exaggerated and distorted or if your ability to manage time takes on a surreal quality—one minute the seconds whiz by, but the next hour is slow as molasses.
The difficult news of the week—at least difficult for those trying to maintain an even keel in the midst of the dynamic Mercury Direct momentum—is the presence of two other equally intense configurations. The first is the Sun/Uranus opposition that was in effect last week and continues through Monday, October 19; and the other is a Mars/Jupiter conjunction that trines Pluto, which was also in effect last week, and ends on October 29. And even though these interactions were present last week and we felt their effect, this week there’s nothing to impede their motive force. If anything, the pace of Mercury Direct amplifies the force field of both.
A Sun/Uranus opposition symbolizes an intense desire to break free from whatever enslaves, and it makes no difference if that servitude is real or imagined. The Sun represents spirit or life force. Uranus represents breakthrough. And oppositions represent the tension created by opposing forces. In this particular interaction, that tension plays out between the Sun, in Libra, the Sign of relationship, and Uranus, in Aries, the Sign of individuation. During this opposition, lopsided relationships built on inequality tend to pull apart, if only because the imbalance is too obvious to ignore. If you find yourself straining to stay friends, lovers, or co-workers but you don’t want the hassle of “breaking up,” just bide your time—this too shall pass. But notice what it costs you to maintain the dysfunction. Sometimes, when we tell our truth, the other person has the opportunity to respond with equal honesty, and that can shift the dysfunction of the relationship and put it on a healthier track. Whatever you do, try not to make decisions or declarations for their own sake. Think before you speak.
The Mars/Jupiter conjunction, in Virgo, is an ambitious, hardworking combination of astral forces. Mars signifies muscle. Jupiter signifies expansion. Virgo is a practical, roll-up-your-sleeves Sign, and when Mars and Jupiter share the same space in this busy Earth Sign, we tend to feel the need to get a lot done. But that’s not all. This conjunction forms a trine to Pluto, in Capricorn, another industrious Earth Sign. Pluto represents power, and its presence turns the Mars/Jupiter conjunction even more determined to succeed, which means we will do whatever it takes to make that astral influence produce tangible results. By Saturday, October 17, Venus, the goddess of love, beauty, and money joins this Mars/Jupiter conjunction and its trine to Pluto, amping up the need to make these endeavors financially beneficial. Put this entire positive cohort to work helping you actualize your goals.
Just try to stay grounded in your aspirations. Neptune continues to oppose Venus until October 22, and because Neptune signifies projection, illusion, delusion, and imagination, its opposition to Venus could lead to some pie-in-the-sky dreams.
Wherever you decide to plant your feet, the coming week is going to be another wild ride. Do your best to stay steady inside and out. Aim your intentions at the highest good for yourself and all sentient beings, and when possible, try to help others to do the same.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that too.
Aries March 21-April 19
While partnership issues try to dominate the week, you’re focused almost entirely on work. Good—stay that way, because there are opportunities to make great strides toward success. Seize this moment with 100% of your passion and effort, and you won’t be disappointed with the results.
Taurus April 20-May 20
There are tangible financial gains to be made simply by staying steady and strong in the midst of a formidable amount of work that needs to be done. Yes, you can delegate certain tasks, but for the most part, your wit and wisdom are a necessary part of the process.
Gemini May 21-June 21
Honor that strong urge to stay at home, not because you want to hide under the covers, but because there is so much you want to do in preparation for what lies ahead. Organize, prioritize, and sort through all the bits and pieces of what you want to accomplish next.
Cancer June 22-July 22
Have those important conversations with significant others—now—and do not hesitate to be honest about what you want and need. You may not receive the validation you’re seeking—at least not on every point. But you will elevate the conversation to a much more authentic level.
Leo July 23-August 22
There are actual opportunities for you to make financial gains, especially if you’re willing to do the hard work that might be required to ground your ideas in reality. Rather than waiting for lightning to strike, be pre-emptive and move into thoughtful, intentional action.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Step into the spotlight and allow yourself to bask in its charismatic glow, which is really your glow, and then concentrate that powerful force in all the areas you would like to prosper. Don’t worry about how to make it happen—the structure will unfold. For now, simply acknowledge how good it feels to be seen.
Libra September 23-October 22
Regardless of any difficulties related to personal freedom that may be causing tension between you and significant others, your inner state of mind is essentially optimistic. Good—because that creates the appropriate attitude to find positive solutions for a variety of issues.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
There are people to meet and places to go, so rather than despair over opportunities lost during Mercury Retrograde, embrace this new phase. Accept the invitations, go to the openings, take a class—just get out there, mix it up, and have expansive experiences.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Just as your fellow Fire Signs, Aries and Leo, have opportunities for financial success, so do you. Use this time to your advantage by being clear about what you want to accomplish. Then ignite that vision with a creative, passionate intention that feels its reality without hesitation.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Your horizons open wide, and as they do, you’re able to embrace a deeper sense of curiosity, not just about other worlds but also about your immediate environment. Use this powerful energy to go wide and deep and you’ll be pleased by a new perspective that’s much more inclusive.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Be prepared to go through more than a few transformational twists and turns, and anticipate enjoying the process a little more than you usually do. This is a rare opportunity to make big strides in personal growth, and if you can seize the moment, you’ll be pleased with the results.
Pisces February 19-March 20
There are people to meet and places to go, so don’t hesitate to be a social butterfly. And while you may not meet the love of your life or a partner for your new business venture, you could meet allies who will support your endeavors to participate in your community at a deeper transformational level.
Ralfee Finn specializes in Transformational Astrology. For readings, call 1-212-222-3232, write P.O. Box 343, New York, NY 10025, visit AquariumAge.com, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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