Weekly Forecast September 29: New Moon in Libra, Mars enters Scorpio

BUSTED!We’ll feel a major energy shift this week as Mars enters his own sign of Scorpio. Relationships continue to be our focus, but there are twists and complications.

That’s not until Friday, though, so I’m getting ahead of myself. The week begins with the New Moon in Libra, which Neith wrote about at length in a post last week. By the way, her lunation posts are drawing record numbers of page views for us, and we are now read in all 50 states and nearly 100 countries around the world!

The Moon remains in Libra on Tuesday and conjoins Mercury and Mars and trines Neptune. Mercury just turned retrograde and either is wreaking havoc with your relationships or allowing you to go back and review where you took a wrong turn — not that these two effects are mutually exclusive. Sometimes we need to be forced to deal with issues we’d rather avoid. Put another way, the more deeply you’re in denial, the harsher the wakeup call. But if you’ve been hoping for an opportunity for a healing heart-to-heart talk, you can have it now. Embrace all that comes your way, and make a special effort not to avoid necessary confrontation. Used properly, conflict leads to growth.

On Thursday (Friday in the Eastern Hemisphere), Mars sextiles Pluto. Modern astrologers use Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio, but Mars remains Scorpio’s co-ruler. When these two are in a favorable relationship, their combined energies are available to help us shift out of thought and behavior patterns that may be keeping us stuck. Mars will carry this powerful Plutonian charge with him as he enters Scorpio at 9:34 p.m. Friday on the West Coast of the United States.

Since mid-August, the Warrior has been in Libra, where he is decidedly less warlike but stripped of his vital energy. Until last week, Venus also was in Libra, one of the two signs she rules. These symbols of divine masculine and feminine conjoined on September 11 in her sign, giving the upper hand to feminine qualities of diplomacy and compromise. He went along, but he may have whined about it, or perhaps he expressed his displeasure through passive-aggressive means such as little digs or inner rebellion.

Well, now the tables are turned. He is at his best, while she is not. Mars in Scorpio knows what he wants, and he knows how to get it. It is not through cajoling or gentle persuasion, but through targeted action. If he meets with resistance, he will resort to whatever means necessary. Some of those means might not be very nice, but they will be effective.

Venus in Scorpio knows what she wants, too, or at least she thinks she does. She may obsess endlessly on it and use underhanded means such as manipulation and subtle lies. Then, once she gets it, she may not want it anymore.

So what does all of this mean for you?

You may notice after Friday that you are tired of endless negotiating and putting up with less than you want and deserve. If you’re not getting what you want in a relationship, a job, or some other situation, be honest and open, and be firm. Demands and threats won’t work. You’ll need to put your money where your mouth is.

At every step of the way, examine your motives, especially if others are standing in your way. Do you really want what you think you want? Are you engaging in a hidden struggle for power and control? Or are you perhaps standing in your own way by controlling a part of you that needs to be expressed and heard? Are you telling yourself you need to be nice, when a tougher stance may be more appropriate?

If you do need to discuss a relationship, Saturday’s trine between Mercury and Chiron will help you discuss hurt feelings. Don’t expect any immediate resolution. Just be content to get the issues out in the open.

Sunday’s Venus-Jupiter sextile brings some relief in the way of a little self-indulgence. Remember, a little will go a long way, so there’s no need to go overboard and leave yourself with the equivalent of a hangover on Monday.

Hang in there.

Love and blessings,
Aquarius, the sign of astrologyPat

Image: Mars and Venus Surprised by Apollo, by Hendrick de Clerck (1570-1629). I concede that there’s a certain cheesiness to this image, and you have to wonder whether the artist used a female model for Venus. But several artists from this era painted this theme, which for some reason was very popular at the time.

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7 thoughts on “Weekly Forecast September 29: New Moon in Libra, Mars enters Scorpio

  1. Mem

    “If he meets with resistance, he will resort to whatever means necessary. Some of those means might not be very nice, but they will be effective.”

    I’m already feeling this. In the past I would’ve felt badly about this but not anymore. Oh, no. I think I’m ready to cast my Pisces Moon aside. I honestly think it’s been a liability.

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  2. Mem

    Well, okay, maybe not completely cast it aside. But certainly tame it a whole lot. It’s not always bad to be ruthless and it’s not always good to be soft.

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  3. Pat Post author

    Mem, that gave me a good laugh. I also have Moon in Pisces, as well as a Mars-Neptune opposition. Makes it hard to get angry. I’ve had to practice over the years. :-)

    In the Western Hermetic tradition (the school I’ve followed), there are two opposing spheres on the Tree of Life called Mercy and Severity. Too much of the first is weakness, too much of the second is tyranny. They need to be kept in balance.

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  4. Mem

    That really resonates with me, Pat. I have a Moon/Pluto opposition and I’ve had a tendency to veer too far into the Pisces Moon side and then explode into the Pluto in Virgo side (in the 3rd house, no less). One of the biggest mistakes I’ve made in disowning my anger has been that I had this weird expectation that it was others’ responsibility to protect me. So I was constantly giving up responsibility for being my own best advocate; I thought that people “should” be nice enough that I didn’t have to stand up for myself. It’s a very wacky idea, of course, and it has cost me very very dearly. I kept abandoning myself, so to speak. There’s that famous saying by the Jewish sage Hillel that I keep thinking about lately: “If I am not for myself, who will be? If I am ONLY for myself, what am I?” Or something like that.” Anger tells when they’ve overstepped our boundaries. It’s like fire; it the toddler didn’t feel pain when he touched the hot stove, he’d never know enough to keep away from it and he’d likely burn his hand beyond recognition. Or something like that.

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  5. moonlock

    Hi, I’m new to this site (found it quite by accident). I like the way it fills the gap between sites that do astroloigcal sound bites and long lenthy overviews. Reading the description about the Hierophant was particulary helpful. Right now I am experiencing the Mars into Scopio transit as it crosses my Desc, and as Mars is also semisquaring transisiting Saturn right now which in turn is sesquiquadrate my Asc I’m feeling a little concerned to even step out the front door!!….any comments please?

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  6. Pat Post author

    Moonlock, welcome! Check out our Friday Q&A column, where you’ll see a link at the end to fill out a form to ask us a question. If you send your birth data, Neith and I can tell you whether you’ll need a full-time bodyguard or triple deadlocks on your door. :-)

    Mem, that idea is not weird at all. I had it for longer than I care to admit, and I suspect that many others do, too. We figure that if someone really loves us, they should have our best interests at heart and we should never have to fight.

    I guess we just had to learn what every Libra already knows.

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