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Astro Highlights for September 17-23, 2023


This week Jupiter is center stage with a fixed T-square with Venus and the Moon, a Grand Trine in Earth with the Moon and Mercury, and crossing the sensitive eclipse degree from last May's Lunar Eclipse.


T-squares are tense configurations created by two squares and an opposition. There's a pressure to achieve something, and in this case, Venus in Leo is at the pressure point. Venus can signal creative projects, financial moves, social consensus, "soft contracts," and relationships. With the Moon and Venus in square, rather than a clear action, there can be a sense of discontent, of emotional confusion between wants and needs. Our desiring nature (Venus) may be out of sync with our lunar nature (Moon). What we want may not ultimately satisfy us, but the discontent will be big because Jupiter is involved. Be watchful that tantrums, acting out, or emotional manipulation strategies are held in check. All the planets are in fixed signs, and something has got to give. Don't cut your own nose to spite your face.


The Moon will be just coming out of the Via Combusta at 15.12 Scorpio, and a Moon in Scorpio can use whatever means necessary to get what it thinks it wants. This is 'go big or go home' energy, and sometimes the best route is to just go home. Wait till the Jupiter/Moon opposition has passed before acting out.


At the end of the week, the Sun completes its Virgo storyline and enters Libra on the 23rd, initiating Fall in the Northern Hemisphere, a time of preparation for winter, gratitude, harvest, and a waning of the light. The autumn equinox itself is a fleeing moment of equipoise between light and dark as the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving South. Summer 2023 is coming to an end, and this week is its last act. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may...


The week ends with a delicious Grand Trine in Earth involving Jupiter (Taurus), Mercury (Virgo), and the Moon (Capricorn). This is a prime time to dig into writing projects, business planning, and developing financial strategies that improve your life with foresight, maturity, and clarity. You can see the big picture (Jupiter) as well as the steps needed to get there (Mercury). Your heart (Moon) and mind (Mercury) are aligned with your vision and wisdom (Jupiter).


Trines don't work unless you work the trine, so don't let this day pass unheeded. Get it!

What a brilliant way to begin the fall season, a time of getting your house, mind, body, and soul in order for winter. Happy Mabon, happy harvest, happy equinox. The wheel of life keeps turning, and we keep evolving, growing, maturing, learning, weaving, and harvesting what we have sown.


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