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Episode 202 | Mars square Pluto: Relationship Report Card!

Episode 202 | Mars square Pluto: Relationship Report Card!

This week, Mercury does a balancing act with Neptune, joins up with powerful Pluto, and enters Libra; feisty Mars opposes the North Node and squares Pluto; the Cancer Last Quarter Moon asks, where do you belong? Venus enters the soothing, organized realm of Virgo; and April answers a listener question about what moving does to your birth chart. Plus: A siesta, Blue Zones, and tightening your belt!

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[1:15] On Oct. 2 (8:34 AM PDT), Mercury opposes Neptune at 25º54’ Virgo-Pisces, strong in their home signs. Balance logic with imagination, busyness with rest, organization with spontaneity.

[2:06] Mercury trines Pluto (Oct. 3, 12:19 PM PDT) at 27º54’ Virgo-Capricorn. The Sabian symbol for Mercury is 28 Virgo, A bald headed man who has seized power. Amplify the power and influence of your work.

[3:01] Mercury enters Libra on Oct. 4 (5:08 PM PDT) and will be in this sign until Oct. 21. We have two ears and only one mouth so we can listen twice as much as we speak.

[4:06] Mars opposes the North Node on Oct. 4 (9:06 AM PDT) at 24º57’ Libra-Aries. Pay attention to how you deal with conflict and how your relationships may be impacting progress.

[5:26] Moon Report! The Cancer Last Quarter Moon will occur on Oct. 6 (6:48 AM PDT) at 13º02’ Cancer and Libra. The Moon is on the Sabian symbol 14 Cancer, A very old man facing a vast, dark space to the northeast, and the Sabian symbol for the Sun is 14 Libra, A noon siesta. It’s time to examine what role family plays in the vision of a healthier, simpler, and more useful life.

[8:16] This is the Last Quarter in a Lunar Phase Family Cycle that began with the New Moon on July 9, 2021 at 18º01’ Cancer. The First Quarter in that cycle was on April 8, 2022 at 19º24’ Cancer, and the Full Moon was on January 6, 2023 at 16º Cancer.

[10:09] Void-of-Course (VOC) Moon Periods. On Oct. 2, the Moon in Taurus trines Pluto in Capricorn (6:19 PM PDT), is VOC for about 3 ¾ hours, then enters Gemini (10:03 PM PDT). Taking a more relaxed approach can open us up to receiving more from the universe.

[11:53] On Oct. 4, the Moon in Gemini squares Neptune (9:37 PM PDT). It’s VOC for about 8 hours, then enters Cancer (Oct. 5, 5:31 AM PDT). A message to multitaskers: be prepared to drop some balls.

[12:50] The Moon in Cancer opposes Pluto (12:11 PM PDT) on Oct. 7. It’s VOC for just a little over four hours, then enters Leo (4:24 PM PDT). Another reminder that our connections with others can be a source of power.

[14:25] Mars squares Pluto on Oct. 8 (6:04 PM PDT) at 27º53’ Libra-Capricorn. This is the final square in a synodic cycle between these two planets, which began on March 3rd, 2022, at 27º50’ Capricorn. This is not a week to try to push your own agenda, but there’s an opportunity to achieve goals through connections with others.

[18:50] Just seven minutes after the Mars/Pluto square, Venus enters Virgo on Oct. 8 (6:11 PM PDT). Venus will be in the sign of her fall until Nov. 7, 2023. Make a game of doing more with less. Declutter and reorganize your home. Show your affection in practical ways to the people in your life that really matter to you.

[21:18] Listener Kerrie asks about astrolocality. For more: Get your astrolocality map at; introductory article from Maressa Brown; Jim Lewis’ Psychology of Astro-Carto-Graphy; Interview with Gemini Brett (Astrology Hub).

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