The first bit of news for the day is that the Moon will make a conjunction to Mars in Sagittarius at 2:24 pm EDT (18:34 UTC). Mars, as mentioned previously, is making its way across a very crowded Sagittarius; many minor planets are concentrated there (at least 17, if you count two deep space points). Mars makes its way out of Sagittarius in late October, so the Moon-Mars-Sagittarius collection event is happening today and will happen just one more time.
It could be inspiring or it could be turbulent, depending on your orientation and how the event orients in your chart. Now, when planets align, it’s rare that just two of them get into the act — many points from different sides of the zodiac can be drawn into what is, in effect, a group conversation. It’s also noteworthy that right now Mars is working its way into a square to Chiron, which will be exact Oct. 4. This arrives on the heels of Mars recently square Neptune.
Here is how I compared those events in a recent post: “If Mars square Neptune would benefit from a little more integrity, Mars square Chiron would benefit from relaxing a little and not worrying so much about integrity. Mars square Chiron wants to be so perfect that neither Mars nor Chiron can function optimally, Mars as an agent of desire and Chiron as an agent of awareness.”
There are indeed moments when it’s best not to act. However, since life on our planet tends to be a mix of inaction and poorly timed action, I suggest feeling out this scenario carefully. Whatever action you take will need to be decisive, most likely subtle and also taking in full use of your senses and your instincts.
There are several other events in the offing that I will mention today and develop through the week. First up is that Venus changes signs to Libra today at 4:42 pm (20:42 UTC). In a sense this completes the equinox that was (from a solar point of view) exact one week ago. In a phrase, this says skip the details and turn on the charm (in whatever form, such as affection, beauty or quality of presentation).
Mercury is newly in Scorpio, about to station retrograde. While that happens on Oct. 4, we are now in what some call the ‘storm’ phase — the phase of Mercury’s slowest daily movement. So at least in my astrological school, the message is to take a pause initiating new projects and intentions, and slow down a bit so that you can review and complete what you’ve started.
Mercury will be retrograde from Oct. 4 through Oct. 26. I covered that in detail in Thursday night’s edition, along with the total lunar eclipse that happens on Oct. 8. Just something to keep in mind — details as the events come up on the event horizon.