The planets dial up the heat for the next several weeks and as their celestial fire intensifies the already too intense terrestrial landscape, attitudes turn adamant about almost everything, and as a consequence, petty concerns could suddenly transform into significant situations. This planetary fervor easily translates into a need to act on behalf of all the things that matter to you, as well as those you love, those you don’t even know, and those you will never know. Several political and collective agendas could burn out of control, and personal and individual desires and demands could boil over. Patience is the key to navigating the intensity, so whenever possible, take a deep breath, encourage others to do the same, and then try to approach each instance or incident calmly. Be especially kind to children during this planetary heat. Many, if not all, will be channeling an unbridled excitement that could spark more than a few meltdowns.
The main source of the intensity is a trine between Jupiter and Uranus, an idealistic coupling that is characterized by enthusiasm. Jupiter signifies philosophy, and Uranus signifies freedom. Both are in Fire Signs: Jupiter is in Leo, the Sign of self-expression, and Uranus is in Aries, the Sign of individuation. All Jupiter/Uranus contacts, regardless of how they are configured or what Sign they are occupying, indicate sudden or surprising developments or resolutions; sometimes that’s called “the nick of time,” while other times it’s deemed “divine intervention.” Trines are positive interactions, and even if the effect of Jupiter/Uranus doesn’t appear benign at first, it’s generally a beneficial influence. Be aware that Leo feeds Jupiter’s already enthusiastic temperament, skewing it toward extravagance, excess, and exaggeration, as Aries’ desire for physical action feeds similar urges in Uranus. And when the Moon conjuncts Jupiter on Friday and Saturday, simultaneously forming a trine to Uranus, dramatic emotional moments are probable. Expect poetic praises to be sung and criticisms to be hyper-articulate. If you’re somehow able to escape this intensity, try not to be too judgmental about those consumed by the blaze. This fire isn’t all bad, and sometimes it takes searing heat to melt away what is superfluous in order to reveal what is true.
Mars just moved into Sagittarius on Saturday, September 13, and by the end of the month it will move into a trine with Uranus and Jupiter—a positive configuration that will nevertheless need to be handled carefully, if only to avoid burning down the house—or anything else you’d like to keep safe from harm.
On Monday, Pluto goes Direct just prior to the autumnal equinox, when the Sun moves into Libra. Usually, the “slowdown” from Pluto’s “turn around” isn’t felt as keenly as other planetary “course corrections,” but given the approaching Mercury Retrograde, it wouldn’t be surprising if the regular routines of daily life start to take on a sluggish pace, despite the quickening heat of the current astral fire. And just as a reminder: Mercury Retrograde begins on October 4 and ends on October 25, so back up everything now...really—now.
Sun Bursts: If you know your Ascendant and/or your Moon Sign, read that, too.
Aries March 21-April 19
You may feel as if you have all the energy in the world and that you can work wonders if you just keep at it and work hard enough. But if you don’t pace yourself or take the necessary moments to breathe, relax, and recharge, your passion will eventually fail to illuminate the next steps.
Taurus April 20-May 20
Your goal is honoring your intuition without becoming embroiled in projections. This is not an easy task, and sorting through the many bits of information requires discipline and diligence. But the end result is worth the effort, especially if it helps you let go of old patterns that only keep you tethered to reactions rather than responses.
Gemini May 21-June 21
The emphasis is still on dialogue and discussion, and while you may be bored with certain subjects, the people you are debating with may not be bored at all. So rather than being dismissive or belittling, remain respectful and listen carefully. If you can put aside your judgments, you’ll realize there is still a lot to learn.
Cancer June 22-July 22
While opportunities to make financial gains persist, there is another level to this potentially rewarding cosmic moment: the ability to make strong strides toward greater self-confidence and self-esteem. True worth cannot be measured by money; it can only be assessed by how authentically we live.
Leo July 23-August 22
Allow the heat of the week to stoke your creative fire, and devote yourself to all sorts of artistic endeavors. Just remember, creativity can’t be defined as simply a talent for an art or a craft. Creativity is a transformational attitude that sees the potential for growth and change in every aspect of life.
Virgo August 23-September 22
Expect to be inspired by your dreams, waking or sleeping. Pay attention to the stories you’re telling yourself, whether you're making them up or they are being told to you by your unconscious—they hold important messages about your next steps.
Libra September 23-October 22
Yes…your circumstances are shifting, and while some of what’s happening is surprising, most of it is also beneficial, especially the piece about potent and meaningful conversations with significant others. Embrace this phase and use its intensity to clarify agreements with those you love.
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Envision what you would most like to accomplish professionally or achieve as an individual, and then aim the dynamic power of the week toward visualizing your success. Participate in this rare cosmic moment and you just might surprise yourself with the power of your vision.
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
You are moving into a fast-forward phase that’s sure to challenge even your ability to keep up with the shifts. Read Aries and Leo above, and add this: Although your prospects look great, don’t make promises you may not be able to keep. The future has yet to reveal itself.
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Pay attention to what significant others have to say, even if you don’t like what you’re hearing. With the right attitude you can transform almost any situation. And with the right response—soothing words and quiet tone—you can calm all sorts of inflated egos, especially the ones with unrealistic expectations.
Aquarius January 20-February 18
It’s a brilliant light that’s shining on your efforts to create alliances that are based on honest, straightforward communication. So while you may have to talk about subjects you’d rather not open up for discussion, if you’re brave, bold, and honest, you’ll be met with equal intention.
Pisces February 19-March 20
The planetary emphasis is on professional and career choices, so as you put yourself in the spotlight, make sure you’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s. You don’t have to be perfect; you just have put your best foot forward. This is about making a dynamic presentation even if professional gain isn’t your intention.
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