Anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Anonymous Flammarion woodcut (1888). (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Hello, everyone.

This week begins quietly with the last couple of days of the waning Moon leading to the New Moon on Wednesday.  Venus and Jupiter change signs this week and Mars forms a calming aspect to Neptune.  Mercury continues in retrograde motion until next Sunday, when it resumes direct motion for the next three months.  These are the days highlighted this week:

Wednesday

Wednesday begins with the New Moon in Virgo.  The New Moon is when the Sun and the Moon come together on the exact same degree of the zodiac.  Although it is the beginning of the monthly lunar cycle, it is not an ideal day for new beginnings.  A conception is taking place in the dark; it’s best to spend the day quietly listening for the quickening of a new idea.

Later in the morning (MDT), Venus changes signs and enters Scorpio.  This is a very interesting position for extroverted, social Venus, traveling through the sign of mysterious and hidden realms.  We’ll examine this thoroughly in the coming weeks, with guidance about how to best use this time in our businesses and the pitfalls to avoid.

Next month Venus will turn retrograde, an event that happens once every eighteen months.  With Venus in Scorpio and retrograde, the coming few months could be challenging in the areas of business that Venus rules:  financial strength, creativity, and professional relationships.  Twists and turns are coming, no doubt!

Also on Wednesday, Jupiter in retrograde motion re-enters Pisces from Aries, reestablishing the planet of opportunity in a sign he favors.  This could provide the antidote to Venus’ passage through Scorpio.  Jupiter retrograde in Pisces suggests we should work on re-connection. Begin today to repair the links that have frayed between you and your co-workers.  Reestablish venues for your employees to express their ideas creatively.  Rely on your intuition and feelings; show your employees, customers, and business associates your heart.

Thursday

On Thursday Mars is in harmony with Neptune, an influence that will be felt all week.  Mars represents how we apply our energy, effort, and will to realize our goals and ambitions.  Neptune refers to the collective, to the fashions and feelings that symbolize our times.  We will be unusually willing to act on our intuitions this week and to believe that our efforts make a difference in the world.

The Neptune influence on Mars may seem to make your team less productive than usual, but that’s just because they’re listening to a different drummer this week.  It’s best to let people delve into their creativity rather than require concrete achievements.  And you, too!

Sunday

On Sunday, Mercury resumes direct motion.  Before it does, Mercury slows way down so don’t be surprised if your mind seems even more unfocused during this final week of retrograde motion.  This is our last week to revisit and repair anything still lingering from the past.  Be sure to read Mercury Retrograde – 10 Ways to Engage to make sure all loose ends are tied up before Sunday.  After Sunday, it’s full speed ahead!

Have a wonderful week, and let me know in the Comments how it all goes.

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For an overview of the month, see the Astro4Business Month Ahead – September 2010

For tips on how to use Mercury Retrograde to your advantage, see

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Mercury Retrograde – 10 Ways to Engage

For more info on the business descriptions of the planets mentioned this week, see

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