The week ahead…

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I’m writing this weeks column on Saturday afternoon from a position of weakness. Perhaps it could be a teeny weeny hangover. Perhaps it’s just tiredness. It certainly feels like it feels after being awake for the entirety of an overnight flight. Jet lagged, I’m calling it. My mother told me I’m old enough to know better. Are we ever that old? To know better?

What have I been doing? Just a few quiet Friday night drinks with my work colleagues to celebrate end of our financial year. Anyways, the coconut water and milk thistle is working a treat.

I’m out again tonight… and tomorrow lunch…and tomorrow night, so I need to draw on some energy from somewhere!

What’s been going on?

Aside from end of financial year last minute stuff in the partition job, I finished the structural edit of Big Girls Don’t Cry and sent it off for copy-editing. If you’re not sure what these stages all mean, I’ve posted a few bits and pieces over on and anyways- just check out the writing category.

Also on and anyways, I popped something up about the brief I’m doing for my cover designer, and a little something about how daylight savings will be stealing my morning sun from tomorrow, so I’ll be back to walking in the dark- at least until the sun catches up again.

As for this page, aside from Tuesday Toolbox, I popped up a little something about asking for ideas for while I’m away in November and December. I received just one response- from Rita on the Facebook page. She suggested that we talk about certain planet and chart placements. So we will.

Jay (not his real name) has requested some info on a placement he’s been trying to get his head around, so I have two to work on. I need another four in order to fill the weeks that the Toolbox will be on holiday with me.

We’ll keep it simple- one placement or aspect eg Jay’s is Venus conjunct Pluto in Scorpio in the 5th house. I’ll pop some words up about it- in a similar style to the Toolbox, and you guys can share your experiences on the Facebook page. You’ll need to play nice though, as I won’t be around much to check in on you.

Message me on the Facebook page (not my personal Facebook page- I don’t talk any astro on there at all) or drop me an email and I’ll randomly draw them. Don’t worry- I won’t use real names and I won’t put your charts up- we’re looking at single placements only, not full on chart interpretations.

Speaking of which, I’ve had a number of requests this week for chart readings. Firstly, thank you so much for reaching out- I do love to hear from you. The thing is, I don’t do personal readings (either paid or pro bono) at all anymore. With a full-time corporate load, a family to pay some attention to, and fiction and blogs to write- there simply isn’t time.

Having said that, if you are in the market for a reading, I can always help point you in the right direction.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that I haven’t done October horoscopes yet. If all goes well, I should get around to this tomorrow. Maybe.

Ok, to the skies. We have a lot to get through, so settle in…

Most of the action is around the middle of the week- Thursday for us here in Aus- when we have Sun square Pluto, Mercury sextile Saturn and Mars opposite Neptune.

With the Sun in Leo, this could all quickly get a little more dramatic than the occasion warrants, so if you find yourself over-reacting, count to ten (or fifty…or as many as you need to count to in order to view the situation objectively) stand back and ask the question- is this about my ego and my pride or something else? If it’s the former, you might want to think about chilling a bit. If it’s the latter…well, that’s your call.

Ok, breaking it down.

Sun square Pluto.

This one can be about breakdowns and clashes- both within you and around you. The thing is, though, if something happens today, if someone challenges you today, if you challenge someone else, if someone blames you today, if you blame someone else, if…I’m sure you get the idea…it’s generally because there’s some pattern of behaviour that you’re hanging onto that you shouldn’t be. Something bigger has to change or give.

That being said, this is only a short transit, but if you fix it up, deal with it, let it go, accept the challenge, that can only be good.

Mercury sextile Saturn

Sextiles are opportunities, and sextiles between two masculine or positive signs usually means that you don’t need to look too hard for the opportunities. Whether you use them or wave them on their way? Well, that’s up to you.

This one is mostly about tweaks- checking out the detail and making an adjustment. It’s perfect also for anything that needs mental focus and furrowed brow concentration. It’s also great for those difficult talks that need to be had. And yes, if you’re picking up how this one could be useful to deal with the Sun square Pluto thing, you’d be right.

Mars opposite Neptune

Oppositions are very often confused as being Bad. They don’t need to be. They usually mean that someone is doing something to you, you come together with someone or something only to come apart again, or you compromise or reconcile something or with someone.

In the case of Mars and Neptune, you have Mars in Virgo being possibly a tad too critical, and Neptune in Pisces being either too kind or too forgiving or too vague or too…again, you get the idea.

This could be one of those days where your energy is low; you feel as though nothing you do is noticed or rewarded, so what’s the point in doing it anyway; and you can’t trust anyone. Notice again how this one feeds into the Sun/Pluto thing?

My tips? If you can work alone, it’s possibly best that you do so. Keep your messages clear and ask the questions- possibly the hard questions- that need to be asked in order for you to decide whether you can trust a person, or a situation that seems too good to be true.

The Rest…

What else?

Venus moves back into Virgo at the end of the week, and Mercury is finally direct.

The week closes with Venus square Saturn. This one could be a little more picky and naggy than it needs to be…but then again, it could also help makes things better. If you need space, find it. If you have vague worries and suspicions, take care not to make mountains out of mole-hills. Whoever said love needed to be easy? Where would be the fun in that?

Have a great week,

Jox