week of October 4-10 2015
The Scales, being the only inanimate sign, Libra men, personifying that abstract cosmic Libra energy, create characters for themselves, often changing their names: Sting, Meatloaf, Eminem, Usher, Le Corbusier, e.e. cummings, Flea et al. Another symptom of this inanimate assignation is: Libra man not seeming “real” to other people, which is compounded by the fact that Libra is a renaissance man, like his archetypal Apollo, who can read as a dilettante. Ruled by Venus on the astral plane (it rules Taurus on the earth plane), Libra experiences Venus’s pleasure principles of beauty, love and grace not as physical but as ideological attributes. Its seventh-house mottos are: “I balance” and “We are”, both of which point to that house’s rule of relationships, especially karmic ones, between individuals. Little wonder that the sign of the Scales—Justice for all—espouses beautiful ideas of democracy, equality, as well as aesthetics and certain enlightenment. Old Father Saturn is exalted in Libra; and, indeed, over time, Libra man’s tendency to seem all over the place, with hands in many pots, coalesces into a number of solid talents, typically, in creative pursuits as well as socially active ones. And one added thing: The original meaning of the word oaf, deriving from pagan Nordic belief, is that of an imposter child put in the place of a real one stolen by elves, witches or fairies. And as any Libra man will tell you, he feels he must have been switched at birth, not belonging to his family of origin nor identifying with his birth-self (first house) thus developing his character and personality (seventh house) becoming the person he was born to be through careful cultivation. Some creative, socially active and rather oafish looking Libra men: Tim Robbins, Chris O’Dowd, John Lithgow, Michael McKean, Liev Schreiber, Will Smith, Andrew Dice Clay, Zach Galifianakis, Sacha Baron Cohen, Simon Cowell, Clive Owen, Jon Favreau, David Morse, Michael Gambon, Chevy Chase, Roger Moore, Randy Quaid, Christopher Lloyd, Peter Boyle, Jeffery Jones, Walter Matthau, Bernie Mac, Phil Hartman, Kevin Sorbo, Jeff Goldblum, Steve McQueen, Mark Hamill.
Mars and Jupiter opposing Neptune make an already variable emotional climate more volatile. Stop trying to fix, analyze or control; and surrender to serendipity. Believe that marks will be hit and the right goals slash people will be met, without over-planning. Focus energy into prolific output. Opportunity finds you at your real or metaphorical easel or workbench. You may produce more this week than other creatives do in a year. Your inner nerd is being stimulated, as is an attraction to other gorge geeks with goals.
Strive for clear communication in partnerships, despite any dread of emotional reactions. Venus and Mars square Saturn reveals what ways you may live in a fool’s paradise. And Mercury direct, Friday, initiates conversations on the topic of others’ honesty or lack thereof. Your candid assessments of them may bring responses that sting. So it may be best to keep your peace and let others stew in their own mendacity. As you detach from dysfunction, you unveil life’s innate sense of ease, becoming more integrated into its fabric.
You forge bonds with a new tribe of cautiously adventurous folk. As Pluto T-squares an opposing Sun and Uranus, you encounter mentors in whom you spy qualities untapped or needing developing in you. This triggers mixed emotions as you mete out jealousy from admiration. Mercury direct, by Friday, sees envy morph into inspiration, competition into collaboration. Don’t fear being imitative—you have such a unique filter that you can’t help evolving existing themes. Finances flow freer, as you shift from surviving to thriving.
The week kicks off with a Grand Cross of Moon-Pluto and Sun-Uranus such that even so-called busy work inspires imagination and total presence of mind. You must stay in the moment. Pre-thinking breeds trepidation, and speculation is the enemy of calm. Take stock of creative assets—settle accounts with those you owe, and take full rein of sole intellectual property. Longing for luxury and asceticism, in turns, sees you strike a happy balance. Mercury direct, by Friday, invites love (and money) from unsuspected quarters.
You’ve come a long way toward self-actualization. So don’t slip back into bad, old habits and associations. With Saturn square Venus and Mars you embark on a new leg of a spiritual journey, experiencing reassuring synchronicity: It may be a spontaneous run-in with a long-lost someone on your mind, or one with whom karma has needed clearing. Or perhaps you meet a new kindred soul with whom you share a parallel trajectory. Mercury direct by Friday puts you in fuller self-possession, so speak your mind sans second guessing.
As Mercury goes direct, by Friday, unresolved issues comes back not to bite you in the butt but to kiss you full on the smacker. You can take another crack at a creative, lucrative plan you let fall by the wayside. And there may be some serious coin, with the conjunct of Jupiter and Mars. Your wants are not to be confused with needs, i.e., deepest longings. It’s time to start drafting a design for living that is ultimately more suited to your soul. Matching destiny to desire can be dizzying but it can also bring about a very bearable lightness of being.
You’ve got your nerve, which is a compliment. Still, you can overreach. With Venus and Mars squaring Saturn, you may crave greater popularity, seeking credit for knowing all the right people, places and plotlines. But there is a fine line between being gregarious and gum on the shoe. Folks may think: what the pluck? Recognize others’ achievements, don’t seek to impress them. This results in more friends to play with and the amassing of the right kind of power—that of appreciation. Strive to be the bigger person, not the best.
The week kicks off with a Grand Cross of Moon-Pluto and Sun-Uranus: personal issues require increased attention as professional vistas widen. Tend to self, first; which will make it easier to assist others. Match your behavior with your beliefs. Mercury direct by Friday may cast you in the role of doyen, guide or guru. It also green-lights projects in the pipeline. But the last thing you need are too-high expectations placed on skills and talents. Sit tight in loving detachment. Be demurely selfish so others needn’t cater to you.
As Mercury goes direct, by Friday, situations that no longer serve fall away of their own weight. These include: dead-end romances, needy friendships with those on whose deaf ears words fall, loved ones evolving out from under your thumb. So what to do with the surplus time and energy in the wake of all this? Use your newfound autonomy to widen the scope of acquaintanceships, and to launch solo projects and healthful missions you can only do alone. See love as a verb not a noun—you do it; you don’t measure or amass it.
Put antennae up. Saturn square Venus and Mars challenges you to open channels to mystical assistance to help you realize fresh hopes and wishes. After a bit of a plateau, opportunities for new achievement now materialize. Pointing fingers or laying blame kills the magic. So thank anyone or anything you’ve outgrown—they’ve sped your trip toward more niche happiness. And newsflash: You may have more to learn to call yourself expert in a chosen field. Turning envy into inspiration and frustration into action fosters support.
You welcome transparency now, with Pluto t-squaring Sun and Uranus. People see you as you truly are; not as a projection of their own needs. You emerge as a kind yet self-preservational entity, letting lightening bolts of genius and fortune strike. And so it does. Mercury direct by Friday reprioritizes views on rights vs. privileges, in larger social contexts and close to home. You define fine lines between your own liberal stances in relationships and others’ taking too many liberties. You’ve nothing to hide but the Truth.
If you’re wondering if you can blaze new frontiers under an existing auspice the answer is Oui. Neptune opposing Mars and Jupiter offers a safety net for busting maverick moves. Daunting tasks suddenly feel like cakey pastimes. By Friday, when Mercury goes direct, you will have tackled your sweeping to-do list, jettisoned junk collecting dust, and weeded your social landscape down to a few true buds. It’s aptly named stuff that blocks any doors to opportunity. You’ll be suffused you with high principles, exhibiting true chic.
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