week of September 28-October 4 2015
The female archetype of the Libran woman is no cinch to pin down. Not just because this is an etheric sign—the symbol Scales being the only inanimate one in the zodiac—there’s just something esoteric about Libra. The male archetype is embodied in the god Apollo, a famous deity but an abstract one. He rules an inanimate estate that includes light, order, reason, music, prophecy and other intangibles. The female archetype of Libra points to the paradox particular to this abstract sign, which is that of an unseen, intangible but nonetheless animating force. Let’s call it en-light-enment, for lack of a better term. For, we are not looking at the initial divine spark of life that animates the body, associated with Libra’s so-called opposite (cardinal-fire) sign of Aries, but rather the cardinal-air force that animates the soul, quickening its karmic evolution. Esoteric, see. In Sextrology we speak of the Libra woman as being typified by the oracular High Priestess (counterpart to Apollo) and etheric goddesses like Sophia, emblemized by a dove, and other astral Venuses like Astraea or Psyche all of whom are seen as the holy-spirited feminine agent of the universe with whom one becomes suffused, characterizing their individual (re-)connection with the divine. Little wonder Libran women seem to personify all goodness and light with high expectations that are not always so easy to meet. She is the white goddess of daylight, not a dark femme fatale. She seeks to elevate you, not drag you down. So bring on the Libran belles du jour: Catherine Deneuve, Kate Winslet, Julie Andrews, Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Newton John, Kelly Ripa, Angela Lansbury, Glynnis Johns, Susan Sarandon, Hillary Duff, Kelly Preston, Gwen Stefani, Naomi Watts, Avril Lavigne, Heather Locklear, Carol Lombard, Joan Fontaine, June Allyson, Deborah Kerr, Helen Hayes, Lilian Gish, Neve Campbell, Maria Osmond, Nancy Kerrigan, Pam Dawber. Wait, we’re going into sugar-shock breakdown…
As Venus sashays into Libra you take recent moral lessons more to heart, putting them into gritty action. This means absorbing information that intimates confide—truly being there for them—not just offering up pat solutions, or throwing money or musings at their problems. Nobody wants your charity—they now seek investment of your emotions. We know you fear any troubles that can tap deepest feelings. But too bad. With Mercury retrograde, Saturday, you’re provided a safe environment for expressing said empathy.
You may now feel the backlash of slapping smiley-face emoticons on all your dealings. Mars square Neptune sets boundaries with cling-ons, especially. You won’t play a part in others’ downward spirals, or tip-toe through eggshell-y, dysfunctional landscapes. You become possessed of a warrior spirit, taking a stand against the subtlest abusers or enablers. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, pinpoints a broken bond needing mending. You feel physically limber, mentally lucid, emotionally free and oh-so fiercely independent.
A grand trine in fire of Mars, Jupiter and Uranus offers a grace period wherein you can acquire new tools of your trade. Denying yourself requisite goods is a false economy and sends the wrong message: that you’re unworthy of such an investment. Perhaps not having what you need makes a convenient excuse for failure? If no, then open the coffers and cough up some cash to finance your successes. When Mercury retrogrades, Saturday, self doubt is more easily vanquished. Your mildest addictions also surface so to be eradicated.
In advance of Mercury retrograde, Saturday, you pull back from a fraught work and social scene. As if in slow-motion—others flail around at lightning speed—you take care of business, meditatively hitting all your marks. On the work front, starting late and leaving early goes blissfully undetected. This means you’ve time to heed higher career and creative callings, ones where you embody a calm sense of purpose. Venus in Libra opens diplomatic channels, soothing social unrest, clearing a path for boonful alliances.
A Grand Trine of planets in fire signs sets the stage for pure potential. Physically, you more easily jumpstart fitness routines or raise the bar on existing ones. Stylistically, a fresh aesthetic beckons to express your soulful yearning for authenticity. Mentally, positive thoughts have an alchemical, transformational effect on you and loved ones, who make fewer demands. Seize solo moments to alter routines, explore new areas of study, and carve out more autonomy and anonymity. We see your star now rising clearly.
Consider all actions and messages you put out there in advance of Mercury retrograde, Saturday. This week is about public image. and expertise must be your mantra. Suffuse every move you bust with authority. Specialize more. Be synonymous with something others can pinpoint in a word or two. Narrowing focus concentrates energy, magnetizing others to you. You not only have the right stuff others seek, it’s also wrapped in a nice package. On that score: Eliminate excess in diet and in exercise—overdoing is undoing.
Things are looking up; so you’ll feel pretty silly if you spend this time whining, especially over money. Venus in Libra opens your eyes to the abundance right under your nose. If you just quit pooh-poohing projects in which you’ve invested sweat equity, you might see how huge the pay-offs can be. Don’t wait to whistle while you work—put your lips together and blow before cheerier types start eating your lunch. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, bids you take stock of past achievements so to power up your immediate goals.
Leading to Mercury retrograde, Saturday, a long cosmic pause button is pushed and you’re rightfully reflective. You could write a book, given the twisty turns in your saga. The upshot? You wish to be of more service to humanity. Dynamics dovetail now as you examine your own plot lines and recurring themes to extract life lessons to impart to others seeking guidance. You foster trust and solidarity, sharing experiences previously omitted from your story. Dicier details, once detriments, now inspire and empower you.
Those butterflies you feel are in anticipation of Mercury retrograde, by Saturday. But it’s adrenalin not nerves, a symptom of unconscious preparations to stage a big production, if not something of a coup. Let emotions be your guide. Stick to your guns in the face of any opposition. You know what it takes to make projects sing. And money plays a part. So don’t be nickeled and dimed. Better to pass work on to others more in need of it than to operate on shoestrings. Mars trine Jupiter spells abundance from burning solo desires.
Strong creative and career inroads are made by putting fantastical spins on the tried and true. This is the mandate of the Grand Trine in fire of Jupiter, Uranus and Mars. But how to distinguish enchanted notions from delusions: For starters, keep most big ideas secret. The good ones don’t entail a string of contingencies, or a team of engineers to manifest, either. And the best ones have been on your drawing board before—they just need dusting off and souping up. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, keeps you from racing ahead.
New hierarchies emerge on the home front. Power shifts your way with a mate or repeat date, so take full charge and advantage. Your concept of family is changing; and though actual members of your brood may throw shade, this affects you less the more you embrace adopted loved ones. You parent in many ways that weren’t heretofore, well, apparent. Pluto opposing the Sun bids you recognize recent successes and enjoy some of the bounty and reward. Mercury retrograde, Saturday, both soothes and steels your nerves.
You’re making a break for it. Pluto T-square Sun and Uranus signals the end of a cycle. You may take literal flight, decamping to old stomping grounds to regroup or soak up some local color. More likely, you’ll emotionally retreat, mindful that close colleagues, even trusty ones, who are loyal in flush times, mightn’t be so easy to find when the chips are down. It begs the question: Can you be in a bond with no strings to pull or chains to yank? Mercury retrograde, Saturday, hatches solid plans for a bright, sustainable future.
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