Category: Forecasts and Horoscopes Written by Pam Younghans
THE FIRST QUARTER MOON occurs this Monday, September 13, at 1:39 p.m. PDT. It marks the beginning of the second phase of the Moon cycle, a phase that will last until the Pisces Full Moon perfects next Monday, September 20.
As we move through this week, we will see evidence of how the goals we set with last week's Virgo New Moon are unfolding. Our tasks include initiating action to fulfill our vision, facing fears or doubts that may arise, and clearing away any obstacles that may present themselves. The qualities associated with this phase of the Moon include focus on the goal, determination, reassessment, and decisive movement.
Although stepping into the unknown can be unnerving, our job now is to more fully commit to the direction we have chosen. With the strength of our knowing to guide us, we then realize that the feeling in our bellies that we have been calling "fear" can also be interpreted – and felt – as excitement and anticipation for the new adventure that lies ahead.
A SHIFT OCCURS on Tuesday this week when Mars leaves Virgo and makes ingress into Libra. The Red Planet, named for the god of War, represents what we desire, how we pursue those desires, and how we use our assertive nature.
Mars will be in the sign of The Scales until October 30. Over the next six weeks, a desire for justice, equality, and fairness becomes a primary motivation. Although Libra is usually slow to anger, unfair treatment will motivate extreme reactions during this time, especially toward the end of September and early October, when the temperamental Pluto-Eris square is at its greatest effect.
During this time, we may also observe the shadow side of Mars in Libra, which includes being indecisive and codependent, unwilling to face issues directly due to the discomfort it will cause. We will especially want to watch passive-aggressive tendencies, where we might try to manipulate a situation or another person through procrastination, avoidance, withdrawal, or refusing to communicate.
WE HAVE quite a mixed bag of planetary energies to work with this week! Here is a list of the most significant aspects and my brief interpretations of each:
Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus: This aspect contains a lot of nervous and erratic energy. We feel easily irritated, and may snap at others if we're feeling controlled or just because life isn't going "according to plan." It's best to find ways to release the anger that won't cause us to regret our actions later.
Sun opposite Neptune and sesquiquadrate Saturn: In trying to be simultaneously hopeful and practical, we can at times be disillusioned and hypercritical today. Neptune can wear rose-colored glasses, while Saturn represents the often harsh voice of reality. We may swing between the two extremes now, but are challenged to utilize the best qualities of both planets, having faith but also doing our work.
Mars enters Libra: See above.
No major aspects are exact today.
Sun quincunx Jupiter and trine Pluto: Once we adjust our perspective so that we can observe both the details and the larger picture, we can apply ourselves with great determination to accomplishing our goals today.
Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune and square Saturn: Relationships are challenged as some may be overly sensitive and defensive today. Old resentments may resurface, requiring concentrated effort to resolve them.
Mercury quincunx Neptune: Indecision and confused thinking are the major obstacles today. With Mercury in people-pleasing Libra and Neptune in selfless Pisces, be careful not to promise more than you can deliver. Pay attention to when your mouth says "yes" while your gut is saying "no." Self-sacrifice in an attempt to rescue another does not serve either person.
No major aspects are exact on these two days.
IF YOUR BIRTHDAY IS THIS WEEK: You are highly energized and determined this year to get your work out into the world, and your strong knowing of your mission is profoundly motivating. However, be careful of overidealizing a situation, ignoring red flags, or not taking care of all the practical details. Faith and hard work both have their place, and this year you are required to find a healthy balance between the two. You may also need to give up some controls so that you can focus your efforts in the areas where you are most essential and productive. (Solar Return Sun conjunct Mars, opposite Neptune, trine Pluto)
In peace and with gratitude,
All times listed are Pacific Daylight Time. For Greenwich Mean Time, add 7 hours.
MON: Mars sesquiquadrate Uranus
TUE: Sun opposite Neptune, Mars enters Libra, Sun sesquiquadrate Saturn
THU: Sun quincunx Jupiter, Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune, Sun trine Pluto, Venus square Saturn
FRI: Mercury quincunx Neptune
This photo of Messier M27 (the "Dumbbell Nebula") was taken on September 5, 2021, by Alessandro Bianconi of Dolianova, Italy
Pam Younghans lives in a log cabin outside of Seattle, Washington with her two dogs. She has been interpreting astrology charts for over 30 years, and has been reading charts professionally since the mid-1980s. Astrologer Pam Younghans writes this NorthPoint Astrology Journal based on planetary influences and guidance received. Her hope is to offer perspectives and insights that will assist you in utilizing current energies to enhance your life experience and accelerate your spiritual and personal growth.
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