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Highlights Sep. 17-23, 2018

Hornets, a cardigan, and the slow crawl toward Auckland

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This week’s square between Mars and Uranus (Sep. 18, 4:00 pm) is the thrilling conclusion to a serial that began on May 16, one day after Uranus shifted into Taurus. If there was any doubt that Uranus changing signs would shake things up, Mars immediately put them to rest by kicking Uranus, hard. Now, you can’t poke a hornet’s nest and expect to get away without a few stings; but Mars in Aquarius can’t seem to help himself, and by the time Mars repeated the aspect while retrograde (August 1), those hornets had gotten good and mad. By then, it was clear that major changes would come, like them or not, and that Uranus in Taurus was proving to be more of a mad cow than a gentle Holstein.

This week’s final square brings one last smack at the hornet-filled piñata that is Uranus in Taurus. Like Mars, we just can’t seem to leave well enough alone. But at the end of it all, the hornets will all have been released, and hopefully will have flown off to milder climes, leaving a fresh, new landscape—one that, hopefully, offers invigoration rather than stings.

“Order is what exists before you start arranging things.”
Marty Rubin

Catching up with ourselves

You’ll find us looking at Mercury quite a lot in these weekly columns, because like any bird or butterfly, he gets around. He’s moving particularly fast just now, en route to a superior conjunction with the Sun (Sep. 20, 6:52 pm)This is the part of Mercury’s cycle, post retrograde, when perceptions catch up with the life we’re actually living. The feeling of racing to catch up—as in a dream of running, running, and never getting anywhere—subsides for awhile. We’re moving forward. We’re putting together information and concepts and producing little “news segments” from them, eager to share our insights with the world. Mercury will now race past the Sun, eager and curious as a child running ahead of its parents; when it retrogrades again (Nov. 16), the child will return with messages from the not-too-distant future for our examination and incorporation.

Mercury enters Libra, the sign of fairness, collaboration, and judgment, on the International Day of Peace (Sep. 21, 8:40 pm). After a few brilliant, incisive, but somewhat scratchy weeks in Virgo, Mercury in Libra finds itself in more judicious and tranquil territory. “Tell me what you think,” you might find yourself saying, or, “What do you think I should do?” It’s not Mercury’s most decisive sign, but a helpful one for exploring all the angles and connecting with other points of view—the prerequisite to peace and atonement.

If Libra has a flaw (which I’m not prepared to concede), it’s probably indecisiveness. But Mercury’s square to Saturn (Sep. 23, 9:46 am) preempts dithering with a bracing dose of reality, and its trine to Mars (Sep. 23, 6:30 pm) delineates the path to right action. So, have confidence. If you’ve listened carefully and judged realistically, your course of action will be the right one.

“The truth is that judgment and fear will never stop, but they don’t actually do anything.” ― Julien Smith, The Flinch

Sweater weather

The Sun’s ingress into Libra (Sep. 22, 6:55 pm) marks the Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and Vernal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. But of course, by the arrival of the equinox, the season has already been making itself felt for at least a month. Here in Southern California, after a witheringly hot and uncomfortably humid summer, we had a few days last week when I actually had to wear a sweater on my morning walk! Nothing says autumn quite like a cardigan.

Mundane astrologers examine the charts for the four seasonal ingresses (the Solstices and Equinoxes) with great care. The Libra ingress is always a bit like a Last Quarter Moon, as we approach the final lap of the calendar year and grow reflective, maybe a little nostalgic. And this year’s ingress charts, beginning with the Capricorn ingress in late December, have all featured the Sun tangling with Saturn in early degrees of Capricorn. This one features a Sun/Saturn square, one of the very hardest aspects in the Sun’s annual journey and one that is a bit like giving birth–you’re tired, you may not feel you have that final push in you, but if you don’t do it, nothing can be born.

“Autumn is the hardest season. The leaves are all falling, and they’re falling like they’re falling in love with the ground.”
Andrea Gibson

Sometimes, quitting simply isn’t an option. For instance, in November, we’ll make the long flight from San Diego to Auckland. By about hour nine of this 12-hour flight, you are so very, very done with your little 32-inch section of the plane. Your nasal passages are dry, everything is sore, and you’re tired but can’t sleep. Every cell aches to touch down on terra firma. But having undertaken the journey, you have no choice but to see it through to the end. So you turn on the plane’s little flight tracker video and obsessively watch your slow crawl toward Auckland.

Friends, it’s been a bumpy year. We’re closing in on our final destination. But we’re not there yet. The road ahead involves information gathering, diplomacy, more hours in a cramped seat, and a nest filled with some pretty pissed-off hornets. So examine all the angles. Stock up on salve, stay hydrated, and pack a sweater.

“We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.”
Henry Ward Beecher

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6 comments to " Highlights Sep. 17-23, 2018 "

  • Gabrielle

    Hi April, great post as usual, love your writing and the way you describe the vibe.. I live in Auckland, North Shore, sure do hope we turn on some good weather for you in November, can be a bit changeable that side of Christmas.

  • Leah

    Well, I am feeling drained as we begin this week, and am feeling cautious about the Mar/Uranus deal.

    But, upon looking back, both on May 16 and August 1 I made an innocent, fairly routine suggestion to someone I care about. (In May, to a relative, in August to a friend), and each time my suggestion was rejected. This hurt my feelings.

    But, in both cases, new doors opened, and each led to remarkable adventures that I will remember for the rest of my life. The May rejection led me to bump into my “August” friend, unexpectedly, and in good ways. The August rejection led me back to my relative and ended up in a sort of impromptu, rare and lovely family reunion.

    So, both times hurt. Both rejections seemed confusing and unnecessarily extreme. And both led to incredible experiences. Will I make a suggestion to anyone THIS week? Hell, no. I’m tired. But also, curious about how it will play out.

  • Leah

    Oops! Just to clarify — by “suggestion” I meant: Hey, do you want to make plans to get together in a few weeks, or when you have time?” It wasn’t like it was advice or anything. Both to people who usually say YES!! So, it was weird, both times.

  • Really enjoyed this and I have been stung repeatedly when caught off guard. It’s been a season or three of walking on egg shells while with others. Good thing I enjoy nature and creative expression – it has saved me from deep hurts. The space the hurts and (Leah) the rejections I experienced made me look within, let – go, be honest and plan to move on into new territory soon. Hopefully Libra will not confuse this plan too much but instead show more ways to make it ‘fit’ the souls mission. Again thank you – warnings heeded!

  • “But having undertaken the journey, you have no choice but to see it through to the end. ” Oh boy, am I feeling this right now. In the final throes of buying a bungalow for my Mum to live in and so want to have her moved in for her 90th birthday on November 1st, but our solicitors are dragging their feet in the name of due diligence and process (never a good one for me who’s a proactive, bit between the teeth, move heaven and earth if you have to, kind of girl) and we crawl slowly towards the finish line. I feel like I’m trapped in an airless plane with the final touchdown in sight but I can’t make the pilot get there any faster, but I keep asking anyway. So I am also exhausted as I see this through to the end, knowing that it is also just the beginning. Getting the keys will be such sweet relief, but then we have to move my Mum to her new home (thankfully in the same village as she lives in now) and manage/process 55 years of life in her old house (where I was born and grew up) into what makes it to the new one – furniture, memories, emotions etc. Salve, hydration and a good cardi definitely needed!

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