Retrograde Mercury in Scorpio draws retrograde Vesta in Gemini and retrograde Eris in Aries into a yod configuration, thereby demanding from us to adjust our attitude and perception of Self in the context of shared values and derived from an evolved mentality. During this time of deep inner reflection that follows our surrender to the inevitable, when most of us have to deal with loss and defeat in one form or another, we have to recognize that while some of our ideas and business plans didn’t work out, we still have to maintain our Self-interests and thus reinvest in other projects in order to gain the upper hand in this situation. With Mars in Capricorn in opposition to retrograde Ceres in Cancer we have to confront conflicts in matters of support and then take a realistic approach to take care of that. Venus in Libra’s sesqui-quadrate to retrograde Jupiter in Gemini urges us to review and rethink our possibilities to be able to evaluate these situations properly. As the waxing Aquarius Moon squares the Scorpio Sun at 9:31 am EST, marking the First Quarter Moon phase in the Scorpio lunation cycle, the accompanying crisis in action challenges us to turn our current circumstances around and radically change our life. After the Moon’s ingress to Pisces at 11:54 am EST and instant conjunction with Neptune, her dispositor, we’ve been more sensitive as well as receptive to all kinds of influences. Pallas, who turned retrograde on July 30 in Aries, stations direct at 22:26 Pisces at 8:24 pm EST, ending a phase of reviewing our tactics and strategies so that we can now release or find relief from ‘failures’.
Tarot card of the day is the “7 of Pentacles”, suggesting slow growth. The seeds have been sown, but there is no sign yet that they have germinated. Some things are moving along well and we feel hopeful about the future, while others seem to be pointless. Consequently, we are applying a long-term view and focus on sustainability of results. It’s time now to assess which of our energy investments are worth it and where we might have to change direction. Thus, we are taking stock, reflecting on our progress, questioning our choices and find out where we stand.