- The Moon is in Cancer all day.
- There is no void Moon period today.
- The Moon is waning and in its Waning Gibbous phase until 8:39 PM, after which the Moon is in its Last Quarter Moon phase.
- The Last Quarter Moon occurs today at 8:39 PM.
- Mars is retrograde (Mars is retrograde from September 9th to November 13th).
- Mercury is not yet retrograde but is in its pre-retrograde shadow (Mercury will turn retrograde on October 13th).
- Current retrogrades: Mars Rx, Chiron Rx, Uranus Rx, Neptune Rx.
**Times are Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).
Daily Horoscopes/Astro Highlights for each Sign:
AriesYou could feel quite a bit of pressure to manage a situation as an old problem re-emerges today, dear Aries. Retrograde Mars forms a square to Pluto this morning, and you can feel examined or uncomfortable as something turns up that requires managing. Do your best to react in a calm, detached manner if you’re feeling off-balance because there is a tendency to react too quickly and emotionally that doesn’t do you any favors. Stress comes today if you push processes that should be allowed to unfold over time. If you can manage to harness your energy to do something creative or productive, you could move mountains. Consider the possibility that dialing down your ambitions, for the time being, could help reduce excess stress.
TaurusThere can be more restless energy to manage in the first half of the day, dear Taurus, after which you’re more likely to relax and let go of tensions. It’s not the best time to take shortcuts or vent your frustrations with Mars forming a square to Pluto. A difference of opinion could get you more riled up than usual, or a recurring problem needs your attention, and it’s hard to do or think of much else. You might find yourself fixated on an unresolved, frustrating matter. You’re likely to feel unprepared, and the key to easing pressures is to identify areas where you’ve been micromanaging or attempting to control and then consciously ease off them a little. It can be challenging to focus or concentrate with so much on your mind, but it becomes far easier to diffuse and decompress as the day advances.
GeminiTransits today tend to turn your attention to your deeper issues, dear Gemini, or to a lingering problem. It may be time to get rid of a habit that just doesn’t work in your favor, but it’s not straightforward, and baby steps may be necessary. Perhaps it’s a superstition, fear, or another attitude that gives the power up to something or someone else instead of keeping it for yourself. People can be stubborn today, and areas where you feel drained of energy, time, or money become more prominent. Try to keep your wits about you and avoid short-sighted decision-making. If power dynamics are an issue, perhaps there are ways to manage and share power going forward. Today’s energies are complicated, but reactions to problems can be highly revealing. Remind yourself that you can’t control the course of a relationship, or how you’ll feel with a person. While you may do some battle with frustrations or resentments, it’s easier to process everything as the day advances. Priorities may be hard to decide upon, but giving yourself some time can help things fall into place.
CancerUnderlying tension and discomfort with the status quo can be prominent in the first half of today, dear Cancer. You might want to explain to someone that furthering your growth has prompted changes if they feel left out. You may feel the need to do some reassuring and possibly some negotiation today. Others can seem especially demanding, and ego energies are strong, making clashes possible. Watch for defensiveness as retrograde Mars returns to form a square to Pluto. There’s a real tendency for people to be coarse and insensitive under this influence. You might also be managing a conflict between a relationship and your worldly goals or responsibilities. Watch for taking on too much or overemphasizing one to the detriment of another. Exchanges seem to put you in touch with your fears of change or loss of control in your work or relationships. Aim to rise above your fears. The Moon in your sign continues to emphasize your feeling nature and your emotional wants and needs. It’s best to avoid the temptation to overdo or overindulge, however.
LeoDo what you can to avoid overextending yourself today, dear Leo. Insisting on expressing a specific belief or point of view may not be worth the tension temporarily. It may not be easy to know when to let go in the first half of the day with a Mars-Pluto square, but it’s best to avoid pushing. Fears tend to magnify problem areas today. You might get all fired up over an issue, but outlets for expressing yourself may seem limited. Or, the desire to advance your work or health is at odds with your need to expand, learn, and experience life firsthand. It can be challenging to ease off in either area. Think about ways to share the load or divide your time more efficiently so that you can catch a break. The Moon continues to spend time in the sign just behind yours, pointing to a need for reflection and a bit of anonymity before busier days ahead. Circumstances may seem to point to the need to balance your life, particularly when it comes to doing and resting.
VirgoYour impulses tend to be intense in the first half of today, dear Virgo, possibly even bordering on obsessive. The tendency to dwell runs high, but you might choose to use intense emotions and compulsions constructively. There may be a standoff or unexpected event related to finances or relationship dynamics. Returning to a problem that’s now re-emerging. Matters may reach a head, but it’s best to keep your cool. Retrograde Mars continues to stir up previously buried matter, and as it squares off with Pluto, resentments can resurface. If you’re so invested in something that it’s causing you more stress than happiness, you’ll see the need to make a change now. The Moon spends the day in your sector of dreams, hopes, happiness, and friendship. Reminding yourself of your happiness goals makes sense and can be therapeutic now.
LibraSomeone can be very insistent with you today, which can be frustrating, dear Libra. Frustrations with others’ behavior could run high as retrograde Mars returns to square Pluto. This transit first occurred in August, and you might now return to an old or ongoing problem. Resentful feelings can emerge but consider that impulsiveness and impatience can be problematic right now. You can feel torn between the wants and needs of others and your own feelings and fears. If you’ve been holding on too tightly to a situation, it’s time to try to ease off and release some pressure. You’ll be in the best shape if you take time to relax and center yourself now and pursue your ambitions later. If you have too much going on in all areas of your life, you’ll feel the imbalance more acutely now, prompting the need to pare things down. It’s a good time to let go of something negative or useless in your life.
ScorpioThere can be a bit of a race going on today when it comes to taking care of your daily duties and responsibilities, dear Scorpio. Tasks left unfinished have a way of demanding your attention, and you may need to attend to an old problem that’s now coming back. Be especially attentive and aware due to a tendency to push matters that can inadvertently invite more problems. Competition is good for you in moderation, but today’s Mars-Pluto square tends to put on the pressure. Your desire to do something about an intolerable situation is intense today, making it hard to walk away from conflict. If you find yourself dwelling on something to your detriment, or that the need to be right has caused unhealthy tension, it’s time to work on strategies to reduce stress. Releasing tension comes more easily as the day advances.
SagittariusTensions about money or feelings of security can bring out the emotional side of you in the first half of the day, dear Sagittarius, after which it becomes easier to let go and relax. Romantic energy is strong today, although it can also be excessive, or you could be dwelling on the past. A disagreement could recur over basic values, money, or questions of ownership, or you may be feeling conflicted on an inner level about your feelings. Watch for the tendency to resort to manipulative tactics, whether that’s in yourself or others. For now, it’s probably not a good idea to be brutally honest, either. Aim to identify where you’re holding on so tightly to specific ideas, things, or methods that you’re no longer having any fun. Focusing on your inner goals and values will do much more for your happiness than too much focus on external signs of success.
CapricornThere can be considerable tension in the first half of the day, dear Capricorn, but if you can manage to avoid dwelling on or pushing a matter that needs more time to evolve, you’ll likely fare better. Watch for a tendency to focus on the way you think things should be instead of working on fixing a problem. Your tendency today may be to resist others’ wishes or to go off on your own tangent, which could certainly create some waves. Backing off might be the best defense right now. Mars is in your solar fourth house, stirring up buried matter on an emotional level and energizing your home and personal life. Today, it returns to form a square to Pluto, and you might return to an ongoing or previous problem. A problem might magnify before you recognize the need to relax and detox. There can be some seesawing between wanting to go your own way and seeking feedback before you get to a more comfortable place later today.
AquariusIt can be challenging to take on the right amount of tasks or obligations today, dear Aquarius, as you tend to feel like you can do more. The tendency to fixate on a certain topic or idea can be positive if you’re working on a project that needs your attention. However, with Mars square Pluto today, it’s all too easy to dwell. Whether you or others are especially stubborn or impatient in the first half of the day, exchanges can be intense or irritated. Be careful that you are not your own worst enemy by saying or doing things that invite negative reactions. It may be best to avoid unnecessary confrontations today, but if you keep facing the same problems, it may be a good idea to recognize it. This transit can aggravate lingering control issues. You may feel tense about deadlines or impatient with matters that aren’t accelerating at the pace you’d like. Aim to conserve your energy for opportunity periods, which comes more naturally as the day advances.
PiscesPatience can be in short supply in the first half of the day, dear Pisces, and you’d be wise to avoid borrowing from the future. You could feel pressure to realize a goal quickly, or you could be particularly bothered by differing values with others. You might return to old problems or worries as retrograde Mars returns to a square to Pluto. It may be best to avoid senseless power struggles with others. Instead, lay low and try to examine what’s triggering lingering frustrations. There can be a buildup of pressure in a friendship or with a project. There’s a stubborn quality to the day’s energies, and if you’re feeling raring to go and ready for action, you may very well meet some resistance. It may be best to enjoy some release of ambitions, tension, or pressure, and take things easy now, which comes far more easily later today.
Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts:
Planet Color Key: The longer the bar, the slower the aspecting planet and the longer the duration of the planet’s transit.
The purple marker above shows where we are in the current moon phase cycle.