September 17 - 23, 2014
© 2013 by Ralfee Finn
Hello to readers in Parma!
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
Taurus April 20-May 20
Gemini May 21-June 21
Cancer June 22-July 22
Leo July 23-August 22
Virgo August 23-September 22
Libra September 23-October 22
Scorpio October 23-November 21
Sagittarius November 22-December 21
Capricorn December 22-January 19
Aquarius January 20-February 18
Pisces February 19-March 20