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Libra Weekly Horoscopes for September 24, 2012

© Diane Lang

This week will be a breeze compared to last week. Yes, we have a Full Moon in Aries on steroids on Saturday and the Uranus-Pluto square is still in full force but most of the action is concentrated around the Full Moon. The rest of the week is low key. We can do this, people!!

There is a cheerful Mercury-Jupiter trine in air on Wednesday we can draw on to come up with the right words to sooth feelings hurt in last week’s shouting matches. On Thursday the hot Venus-Mars square provides a major distraction for the young and in love. Other than that it’s just the Moon doing its thing, slipping through Aquarius, Pisces and entering Aries on Saturday for the Full Moon.

It is Libras born from 25 September to 1 October who get one heck of a Solar Return for the coming year because the Sun will be part of a T-Square with Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. The buzz word is “transformative” . . . translated into reality this may mean running into change inducing people and situations. Given most of us rarely make significant attitude adjustments unless it is too painful not to . . . well, there you go. Don’t worry, there is help! Mercury will be trine Jupiter thru 27 September, then Venus in Leo will take over with a sextile to Saturn in Libra. And the wonderfully distracting square between Venus in Leo and Mars in Scorpio will be effect the entire time. My advice for these Libras is to do your best to steer clear of controlling types and please think carefully before leaping into something new and exciting. Baby, bath water, etc. OK?

Once again it is those who have personal planets and/or an Ascendant from 5° to 7° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) who stand the best chance of being in the middle of it this week. Next week the Uranus-Pluto square begins to ease apart . . . yay!

Your chickens might come home to roost this week, Aries, if you have been pushing your own agenda at the expense of those close to you in recent months. Either that or you have had it and will issue ultimatums! Better think this through . . .

Whilst there may be plenty of upheavals happening around you, Taurus, you may ignore those in favor of pleasant distractions. Perhaps your partner will have some ideas in this area. Single Taurus folk may want to invite someone special over to dinner.

Gemini, you are always up for socializing and this week looks great for getting together with friends. You love to make people laugh with your quick wit and your mind will be working in high gear this week. Spread the fun around.

Your task, Cancer, is to do your best to stay strong, focused and centered this week. Dealing with arbitrary people at work or a controlling partner may prove challenging and hard on your sensitive nerves. A weekend at home is a good idea.

As much as you love a good, dramatic scene, Leo, take care not to make the wrong person jealous at this time. You tend to believe you can sweet talk your way out of anything but that might not work out so well now.

Your best bet this week, Virgo, is to devote the majority of your attention to your career concerns. You are in a position to make a very favorable impression on someone important. Don’t undervalue yourself or sell yourself short. Let your light shine!

Let’s see, Libra . . . you can count on your peers for support but your significant other may decide to dash off someplace at the last minute. The parental unit is there for you though you may want to check for strings attached. Tread carefully.

There are hints of a sweet reward coming your way in your career, Scorpio, but you really need to avoid overplaying your hand. You know you can come on too strong and maybe it would be best to lighten up some. Careful!

If one of your favorite people asks you to accompany them to a gathering in support of a good cause, Sagittarius, please go. Not only will you meet some congenial people but you could have a great time. Gee, you might even learn something too.

You are entering a critical period regarding your career, Capricorn, and if you wish to close out this phase in style in order to move up, be very, very respectful towards your superiors. Please stay open to the idea of relocating if necessary.

A truly brilliant innovative concept may occur to you, Aquarius, and as much as you’d like to share it with others, keep it under wraps for now. Doing that will allow you to share an evening of fun with your significant other midweek. Shine later!

Pisces, what may sidetrack you this week is having to take time to deal with financial matters. It is all concerns you have been juggling for the past few months and hopefully you will be able to resolve them. This ought to give you some breathing room.

If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too. :D


Full Moon in Aries, September 29-30, 2012

Very cardinal Full Moon highlights a desire to meet all challenges.

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Usually I like to publish my lunation posts about a week before the event but in the case of this Full Moon at 7° 22′ Aries on 29 September 2012 08:19 PM PDT, I felt we all can use more time to assimilate its impact. Uranus in Aries closely conjoins the Moon thus creating a T-Square with Pluto in Capricorn and the Libra Sun. Volatile!

Before you decide to hide under the bed for the next two weeks leading up to the Full Moon, I will start off talking about what I feel to be mitigating aspects, OK? Firstly, Venus, Libra’s ruler, is still enjoying its stay in Leo and is supported by a bracing sextile from Saturn in Libra. Saturn counsels using tact, decorum and going with a more tasteful appearance rather than Venus in Leo’s usual wildly dramatic choices. By the lunation Mercury in Libra will make a waxing sextile to Venus in Leo, always helpful when sitting down to talk things out with your loved ones.

A far more exciting aspect is the waxing square between Venus in Leo and Mars in Scorpio! Venus-Mars squares are good at creating sexual tension and this one is hot, hot, hot. Have you ever been deeply attracted to someone but had serious reservations about the whole thing at the same time? You just know if you act on your attraction it come back and bite you but damn, it might be worth it? Scorpio is drawn to Leo’s ability to generate immense energy. Leo is ruled by the Sun, after all. And Leo is intrigued with Scorpio’s aura of sexuality that promises so much. Romances started under this influence tend to burn hot and fast but also turn quickly to ash. Just saying . . .

Jupiter in Gemini can be considered a loose cannon though it does make a VERY wide trine to Mercury in Libra. Perhaps this will bring a touch of humor to our conversations. Undiluted Jupiter in Gemini brings a cheerful, chatty presence to the house it is transiting, encourages conversation on a wide variety of topics and lightens the mood.

A gentle, sweet, nurturing aspect is Neptune in Pisces trine to Ceres in Cancer. Cancer brings out Ceres’ more maternal side and we may feel the need to “mother” our loved ones with kindly gestures and favorite foods. I am inclined to see this one as more atmospheric and hopefully will soften the harshest rhetoric and allow us to be more sympathetic to others. Those with the Sun, Moon or Ascendant at 0° in the water signs will benefit the most from this trine.

Moving on the cardinal T-Square . . . it won’t take much to fan the flames and push folks over the edge under this influence! Whilst this powerful cardinal punch may prove useful for more retiring sorts who need help standing up for themselves, if you have a short fuse to begin with it might be bad news. Take stock ahead of time to identify your hot button issues and if you want to avoid tromping all over other people’s feelings (that Moon-Uranus conjunction), make a vow to hold off responding until a day has passed. Often that’s enough time for us to cool down and decide whether or not it’s worth it to risk damaging our relationship.

As I’ve watched the Uranus-Pluto square unfold over the past couple of years, it has become clear those most affected are those whose Sun, Moon or Ascendant has been hit by this transit. Next greatest impact was to Mercury, Venus and Mars. And of course having those planets and the Ascendant in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) made one a target. The next year’s group of degree points will be 8° to 12°. All of you with personal planets and ASC from 0° to 7° in the cardinal signs may heave a sigh of relief ‘cause the two bad boys are done bothering you!

Libra relationship issues are up for review with the Sun, Mercury and Saturn in Libra. Are your one-on-one relationships fair and equitable? Is compromise an integral part of them? Do you treat one another with respect? Please remember seventh house relationships included all committed relationships such as business partners, lifelong best friends, counselors or open enemies/worthy adversaries. If any of those relationships come up short, we may be in the process of ending them. Ending relationships with grace is underrated but necessary. After all, why leave enemies in your wake if you don’t have to? This will be very challenging due to the volatility of Moon conjunct Uranus in Aries. Do your best anyhow.

In many ways this Full Moon in Aries marks the end of a difficult season which started with the New Moon in Aries in March 2012. We have been fighting the cardinal battles over the intervening months and matters may finally come to a head under the Full Moon conjunct Uranus shining light into unexpected corners. Time to haul out our patience and tolerance because we’ll probably need them in the aftermath of this tumultuous lunation!

On a personal note: Saturn in Libra conjoining my Sun is probably the single most potent aspect for me. I’ve felt like I’ve been under his thumb for quite some time and whilst there have been many productive moments, Saturn does weigh one down. Ready for the changes Saturn in Scorpio will bring . . . I think. LOL

The cardinal T-Square continues to funnel energy into my chart via my natal Jupiter in Scorpio. Be VERY glad to get a break from this one.

In the plus column, is Mars in Scorpio conjunct my ASC and about to roll into my first house. This one always charges me up!


Libra Weekly Horoscopes for August 20, 2012

© Diane Lang

A major shift is in store this week when the Sun leaves tempestuous, fiery Leo for cool, earthy Virgo on Wednesday and Mars leaves airy Libra for one of its sweet spots, Scorpio, the following day. The result is a return to a more balanced sky which I’m hoping will calm life down some.

Before the Sun leaves Leo it makes a final sextile to Mars in Libra on Monday. Yup, one last grand hurrah and a nice surge of energy for those of us with 29°  Suns in the fire and air signs. I’ll take it, thank you very much. :D

Both the Virgo Sun and Mars in Scorpio aspect Neptune in Pisces this week with the former opposing it and the latter trine. These will be generally low key aspects more conducive to quietly contemplating life . . . quite a change from all the bold charging around of recent months. Go with your “gut” and intuitive response for best results. Both Virgo and Scorpio prefer to work behind the scenes and are more interested in results than credit.

Mercury is still in Leo and will be back sextile Jupiter in Gemini mid-week. These two are great for making people laugh and generally charming the socks off everyone. The only drawback is a tendency to push the truth right to the limits in the interest of telling a good story.

This is a great week to get back on track in a productive way. Virgo enjoys putting things back in order and Mars in Scorpio is one of the work-horses of the zodiac. Last week brought a lot of chaos into many people’s lives. Where I live there was a major wildfire that destroyed homes and property. Now those affected will begin the cleanup process and thankfully they will have some celestial help whether they realize it or not.

Something else many of us will find ourselves doing is awakening to the realization of how much we lost the plot during the Mercury Retrograde and the three different times Mercury in Leo was inconjunct Neptune in Pisces. I had the added benefit of Neptune squaring my first house Venus at the same time. No wonder I have a case of the Neptoon Blues now.

Have a good week and get all those ducks back in a row!

After one last moment of fun and games at the beginning of the week, Aries, it will be back to work. After all, you need to make up for lost time on the job. Tighten up your work schedule and go at it.

This week may find your thoughts turning to good, old fashioned fun, Taurus! If you have some vacation time coming, talk to your significant other about doing something pleasant and relaxing. Even going out for a special evening would be good. Enjoy life!

You might get a real burst of creative energy the first of the week, Gemini, and I recommend jumping all over it. Later in the week home and family concerns will start to dominate the conversation along with investigating healthy lifestyle choices.

I can almost guarantee you will like the change in atmosphere coming this week, Cancer. Life has been far too tumultuous for your sensitive self recently and you need a break. It is possible you might see some improvement in your love life.

Monday offers one last really special opportunity for you to shine, Leo, so make the most of it. As the week progresses, you may find yourself taking a long look at your finances and perhaps considering some home improvement projects you’ve been putting off.

This week begins your moment in the sun, Virgo, and usually brings you some much deserved recognition. This year you have the additional benefit of feeling particularly tough minded. Those who choose to debate you will find out just how sharp your mind is!

There is a noticeable shift of energy moving in this week for you, Libra, and some of you might decide to step back from the social scene and seek some solitude. Others could decide it’s time to get serious about improving the old cash flow.

Now you, Scorpio, could emerge on the scene feeling renewed and ready to rock and roll. Your batteries are now re-charged and if you are inclined towards social activism, the next month or so is the perfect time to pursue those goals.

It is time for you, Sagittarius, to devote energy to furthering your career. And it is very, very important for you to pay attention to those who prefer to work behind the scenes. Be aware those folks could make you or break you.

Other than a flurry of activity at work on Monday, you may begin to notice a pleasant shift away from the contentiousness of recent weeks, Capricorn. You might even decide to take time to get together with your peers and talk about your long term goals.

You may have an opportunity later this week, Aquarius, to get in touch with the perfect career for you. The idea of “right livelihood” has a great deal of appeal for you at this time. No doubt this will increase your work load . . .

You are another who will really enjoy the change in atmosphere coming up this week, Pisces. For you this may bring out your romantic side and you will see your partner in a new and loving light. Plan an outing for the two of you on the weekend.

If you know your Rising sign, read the horoscope for it too. :D


Observations: Full Moon at 29 Degrees Follow-up

I got some sharp reminders why it is very important to maintain a strict routine with diet and supplements or risk throwing my system out of balance . . . with unpleasant results. I felt so lousy on Friday I thought I would have to cancel a long planned out-of-town visit but fortunately I felt much better in the morning so off we went.

Reviewing the impact of this lunation on my natal chart is illuminating with the Full Moon on the cusp of my sixth house and the Sun conjoining the cusp of the twelfth. Clearly I needed to be paying attention to all sixth house issues, especially those concerned with maintaining consistent healthy routines each and every day.

Because Mars is the co-ruler of my rising sign, Scorpio, and Venus rules Taurus, the sign on the cusp of the sixth house as well as my seventh, those two planets are always important to keep track of as they move around my chart. Mars conjoined my Ascendant on the Full Moon, offering a critical lift in energy and at the same time drew attention to the need to listen to my body (first house). Venus retrograde in the twelfth is insisting on more and better quality sleep or pay the price in well-being (sixth house).

When a Libra gets one major player saying “go faster” and another saying “you need your rest”, making a good call is much tougher. In this case, my inclination is to give more weight to Venus because she not only rules my sixth and seventh houses but also my Sun sign. So getting enough sleep and being very consistent in daily health routines take precedence over Mars tempting me to push my physical limits.

It will be interesting to see whether Venus stationing direct will be enough or whether it will take until Venus hits my Ascendant to see any differences. Twelfth house transits can be pretty hard to delineate because so much is happening in the background.

At any rate, I’m home once more and playing “catch up” around here! Did the Full Moon at 29° Aries deliver a few zings to anyone else?

Image: This wonderfully serene photo was taken on our visit to Walla Walla’s favorite park with 100 year old chestnut trees, lots of water fowl and squirrels.


Scorpio – The Power to Transform

It is Scorpio season once more and there is a bite in the air. The Sun has entered my twelfth house with Mercury to follow on Wednesday and I find myself contemplating Scorpio’s signature ability of transformation in relation to the Neptune/twelfth house problem of addiction and dependency.

Even with all my twelfth house planets, supposedly a sure sign of a weakness for drugs and alcohol, I am not an addictive personality. That is not to say I haven’t been addicted to various things over the years because I have. I smoked cigarettes for over twenty years, a pack-a-day habit right up to the time I quit close to seven years ago – haven’t touched one since. I believe this is due in large part to Mars in Scorpio on the Ascendant gifting me with a desire not to be controlled by anything or anyone without my express consent – particularly when it comes to my body (first house).

After turning this over in my mind for several days, it dawned on me my dislike for getting high had more to do with a profound uneasiness about feeling out of control than anything else. Scorpios and other Pluto ruled types will often choose a rather austere course, avoiding drugs and alcohol as well as remaining celibate for years at a time to avoid letting anyone have something to hold over them.

Scorpio has a reputation for having an intense sexuality but I bet in many cases this has more to do with their willingness to smile, say nothing and leave others to draw their own often erroneous conclusions. Behind the myth, this is a deeply private water sign who prefer quality to quantity in their lovers. If this is not the case, then my guess is they have Scorpio’s co-ruler Mars in adventurous fire or detached air signs.

Another factor for me is when I’m done with something or someone, it’s over. This may have to do with having a preponderance of fixed signs, one of which is Scorpio. I’ve watched those with strongly mutable charts “play” with their addictions, i.e., smoking one or two cigarettes a day to being able to smoke a pack when out partying, and then back to the occasional smoke. If I allowed myself ONE cigarette, I’d be back up to a pack a day within a week. Heh, cardinal types will keep quitting over and over and over . . .

We all have Scorpio somewhere in our charts and during the next few weeks of Scorpio season, we can all get a little more in touch with this transformative sign. Also consider the house Scorpio falls in may be where we are driven to maintain the greatest amount of control.