In The Balance

In The Balance

This potentially dramatic week sees the Moon wax her way toward a Full finale this Saturday.  But first,  Venus in Leo squares Mars in Scorpio on Wednesday, triggering relationship tensions throughout the middle of the week.  This contentious configuration is offset a bit by Mercury in Libra’s even minded and pleasant trine to Jupiter in Gemini, which occurs on the same day.   Still,  Saturday’s Full Moon in Aries straddles the Uranus-Pluto square, creating a volatile T-square which echoes the emotional tensions brought up by the Venus-Mars square.

Both the Venus-Mars square and the Full Moon in Aries are ultimately about clarifying relationships.  This is reinforced by Saturn in Libra, who in his last days in Libra, is handing out final lessons and tests regarding agreements, expectations, and boundaries.   Beneath the potentially dramatic emotional content is the need to reconcile the need for personal sovereignty with the fact that we exist within a webwork of relationships, and have obligations to those we travel with.

“Man is a tightrope…”

The Sun makes its way through early Libra this week, its light transformed temporarily into a set of scales for us to weigh and measure our priorities, to find the balance and set our pace for the final quarter of 2012.  There is, however, quite a bit on the scales this year.  The Sun spends the week in a T-square with a very square Uranus and Pluto, making the quarterly task of establishing equilibrium considerably more intense.   Real balance is always a tightrope act, but this one crosses an active volcano while the clouds threaten lightning.


I Know You Didn’t Just Say That

Venus squares Mars on Wednesday the 26th, inflaming the passions and bringing the spotlight to relationship dynamics.  This erotic square is full of interpersonal friction, both the good kind and the not so good.  It is a natural time to air grievances, yet it holds an inherently dramatic energy which can see sensitive discussions spin out into dramatic conflagrations.

On the same day, however, Mercury in Libra trines Jupiter in Gemini.   This aspect invigorates the surrounding days with a more hopeful outlook, good ideas and an ability to talk out problems.   This influence is exactly what we need in order to speak the truth- respectfully.

Codependent No More!

On Saturday the 29th, we’re treated to a dramatic lunation.  The Sun and Moon line up with Uranus and Pluto for a volatile Full Moon in Aries.   This configuration connects the intensely transformative/destructive power of the Uranus-Pluto square with the  Full Moon in Aries’s relationship issues.   This places a great focus and strain on relationships of all sorts, and we would be wise to note the issues raised without getting triggered by the energy of the moment.  With the Uranus-Pluto square bearing directly on this lunation, there are power issues involved here, and a number of people will see the control vs. rebellion dynamic of the largely political Uranus-Pluto squares occurring in their personal lives.  Speaking of politics, this Full Moon is a diplomatic nightmare that will test some alliances and break others.

Fundamentally, this Full Moon inflames our desire for personal sovereignty and freedom, to the point that burning bridges might temporarily seem like a good idea.  In a few cases, this will be correct, and the Moon will come as a liberator, but for most of us it is important we recognize the need for greater independence without staging a bloody rebellion.


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Aries: The Ram

This week holds a dramatic square between Mars and Venus (26th), which troubles erotic relationships with a potentially lethal overdose of passion.  The square may also come with issues of creative control over group projects.  Nonetheless, the Mars-Venus square overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which helps inspire dialogue and keep a constructive attitude. Work with it.

Saturday holds the potent Full Moon in Aries, Sol and Luna straddling the Uranus-Pluto square.  There is a tension here between what you need, what your partnerships demand and what is simply Necessary.

Taurus: The Bull

This week sees a dramatic square between Mars and Venus (26th), highlighting romantic frictions as well as potential conflicts between yourself and those you cohabitate with.  Fortunately, the square overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter, which can help keep the dialogue constructive.  Mercury’s aspect to Jupiter may also coincide with some good financial news for you.

The Full Moon in Aries is entangled with the Uranus-Pluto square, making it a rather combustible lunation.  You may feel an amplified to desire to go your own way, no matter the cost.  On this surge of independence ride a tide of valid impulses, but in reality, no bull is an island, and you’re going to have to find your independence amidst a world of relationships.

Gemini: The Twins

Venus squares Mars this Wednesday, casting some contentious rays at erotic relationships.   Fortunately, this influence overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which stimulates positive thinking, especially in regard to the roads recent strokes of luck have lead you down.

Saturday holds the Full Moon in Aries, which sits atop the volatile Uranus-Pluto square.    This intense lunation juxtaposes how much time/energy you’re spending on your social life with how much you’re reserving for your own projects.

Cancer: The Crab

This week holds a dramatic square between Mars and Venus (26th), which troubles erotic relationships, shining some light on problematic dynamics.   Fortunately, their square overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which opens the way deep insights to emerge out of turbulent feelings.

The Full Moon in Aries arrives on Saturday, right atop Uranus.  This lunation lights up a number of big life areas simultaneously- career, home and relationships.  Do your best to handle this multiplicity of pressures gracefully.

Leo: The Lion

This week see Venus square Mars (26th), which troubles relationships and may also see a bit of family friction.  Fortunately, the square overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which will, if you work with it, help you keep a positive mindset amidst interpersonal difficulties.

Saturday holds a dramatic Full Moon in Aries, which brings to a head the need to balance short and long term goals in the midst of concrete pressures.

Virgo: The Virgin

This week sees Venus square Mars, which brings up issues in romantic relationships.  Fortunately, the Venus-Mars square overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which stimulates a positive, problem solving mental activity.  There may also be good news about professional situations here.

The Full Moon in Aries arrives on Saturday, pushing you to consider what you bring to the table, as well as what partners and team members offer.  Are you working toward your achieving your own ambitions, or have you been sucked in to hunting down someone else’s dream?

Libra: The Scales

This week holds a relatively dramatic square between Mars and Venus (26th), which troubles erotic relationships, bringing up a variety of issues.  The same day, though, Mercury trines Jupiter, mitigating some of the potential rancor involved  as well as stimulating some useful thinking about how approach long term goals.

The Full Moon in Aries appears Saturday night, an intense lunation which highlights relationship dynamics and their intersection with your living situation.  This week is full of sticky relationship issues.  Try and maintain your poise as you navigate some difficult situations.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

This Wednesday sees Venus square Mars, which troubles romantic relationships.  There may also be some contentious interactions at work- you may want to keep your opinions to yourself for a bit.  Yet this influence overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which lends you a bit of insight into what is going on beneath the surface.

The Moon rises hot and full Saturday night, spotlighting challenges to your physical and mental health being exacerbated by your schedule.  It is a potentially dramatic week, but if you keep your head down and take care of yourself, you’ll be just fine.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

Venus squares Mars this Wednesday, troubling erotic relationships and putting a generally cantankerous tone in the air.  Fortunately, Mercury’s simultaneous trine with Jupiter offsets this, with bits of good news lightening the tone.

Saturday holds a volatile Full Moon in Aries.  This silver spotlight hits a tangle of creative aspirations, social obligations and financial pressure for you.   Focus on figuring out how to shoulder the various pressures and distractions without letting your inspiration die.

Capricorn: The Goat

This week sees Venus square Mars.  This square, which is exact on Wednesday, puts a generally contentious energy in the air, though it will be seen most clearly in romantic contexts.

Fortunately, the Venus-Mars square shares space with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th) which carries with it some positive professional developments.

The big Full Moon in Aries arrives on Saturday, highlighting how your process of personal transformation is playing out in both your professional and personal lives.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

This week holds a dramatic square between Mars and Venus (26th), which troubles partnerships and inspires arguments.  Fortunately, its influence overlaps with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which helps you to see a bigger picture, especially as far as your long term plans are concerned.

Saturday holds the Full Moon in Aries, which highlights the toll the friction between your long and short term goals is taking on your emotional well being.  If you can lighten your load without dropping anything important, do so.

Pisces: The Fish

This week sees a cantankerous square form between Mars and Venus (26th).  This square troubles relationships, yet is somewhat mitigated by an overlap with Mercury’s trine to Jupiter (26th), which keeps things a little more positive than they might otherwise be and stimulates some useful thinking about how to improve your living situation.

The Moon rises bright Saturday night, the annual Full Moon in Aries.  This lunation highlights the messy line between “mine” and “yours.”  The trick is to establish clear and firm boundaries without being a dick.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


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