Hidden Insights: Astrology for the week of 24 September 2017

The Mars-Neptune opposition in Virgo-Pisces unfolds over the entire week, reflecting the struggle to reconcile effective action with our idealistic visions. Hidden Insights has advice for a hectic week where it’s more important than ever to challenge reality while somehow remaining connected to it.

Expansive Jupiter in relationship-oriented Libra, and ground-breaking Uranus in independence-loving Aries, are also in opposition this week. The Jupiter-Uranus cycle is highly suggestive of innovation and breakthrough. And in general, their partnership supports radical expansion that launches us into the future.

Thursday, 28 September 2017 sees the First Quarter Moon in Capricorn. Saturn-ruled Capricorn isn’t really a sign we associate with innovative paradigms. So while other aspects clearly show a desire to reach for a revolutionary vision, the Moon in Capricorn reflects an emotional desire to maintain our security by sticking to the status quo.

Mercury, at home in Virgo, also opposes Chiron in Pisces on the same day. We’re prone to being stubbornly pragmatic about our requirements for healing — even when we find those wounds elusive in terms of identification.

Meanwhile, Venus and Mars (who are always creative when they’re together) are also building towards a compelling conjunction in Virgo. It emphasizes our desire to take our creative processes and relationships step by step.

It’s time for commitment to a new type of status quo. After all, with Jupiter-Uranus we have no choice but to evolve. The truth is, the more we resist, the more uncomfortable this is likely to be.

Another truth is that there’s a need for acceptance that times change. It’s a case of either evolving, or being left behind to nurse our broken dreams of a more creative, more inspired, more fulfilling way of being.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up for your sign this week:

Aries (21 March — 19 April)

This is a great week to consider what unique gifts you offer the world, Aries. It’s important to realize that this isn’t necessarily about getting compensated for your skills. This is about taking stock of the gifts, skills, and talents that you’ve been developing, and then being bold enough to put them out there in such a way that they can truly benefit others. You may have retracted recently without realizing it. It’s time to come back out of your shell and commit to sharing your light.

Your sacred objects are a mirror and a microphone.

Taurus (20 April — 20 May)

How do you fill your cup, Taurus? The astrology says that it’s all about the physical manifestation of your creative urges. In fact, it certainly seems like the more that you create, the more fulfilled you are. If you don’t have time to pick up a paintbrush or get involved in something else artistic, then consider how everyday tasks could become more interesting. Cooking (and eating) is one classic area of skill for the Taurean.

Your sacred ritual is something you do every day.

Gemini (21 May — 20 June)

If you start thinking creatively about how to increase your efficiency around the home, then you’ll be ahead of the curve, Gemini. As Venus and Mars move to conjoin, it’s this theme which will become increasingly important over the next week or two. Venus and Mars are, of course, some of the key relationship planets, so it’s probably not just all about how tidy your house currently is. Although that may serve as a relevant reflection of other dynamics.

Your patronus pays attention to the details.

Cancer (21 June — 22 July)

Harmony is within reach for you this week, Cancer. It’s not important whether this manifests by accident, grace, or your own design. What’s important is that you take the opportunity to enjoy whatever positivity you find when it arises. This may require a radical shift in perspective if you find that you’ve become stuck in a survival or scarcity mindset. Fortunately, in this instance a radical shift can simply be the renewal of an attitude of gratitude.

Your holy mantra reflects something you find beautiful.

Leo (23 July — 22 August)

With so much emphasis in Virgo there’s been a recurring theme of showing up for yourself lately, Leo. It’s been about realizing the necessity of doing the work in order to qualify for success. This particular type of determination doesn’t come naturally to you, so it’s likely that these lessons will be uncomfortable and also take time to integrate. Don’t give up now.

Your sacred ritual confirms your commitment to the process.

Virgo (23 August — 22 September)

As Venus and Mars begin to come together in your sign, you’ll have an opportunity to move beyond a creative block, dear Virgo. It’s important to acknowledge that your effectiveness in the world isn’t only about strategy, unless that strategy also takes into consideration your emotional well-being, values, and other abstract ideas such as creative fulfillment. Success is more likely when you remember to take your own feelings into consideration.

Your secret weapon is: Sensitivity.

Libra (23 September — 22  October)

It looks like there’s a return on an investment heading your way, Libra. Actually, this is likely to come as a surprise! Either you’ll receive something for your efforts when you weren’t expecting anything, or something is coming to fruition earlier than expected. However you experience this harvest, it’s a good idea to accept this win for what it is. Consider it a sign that continuing to invest your energy, despite lacking any guarantees, is a wise move after all.

Your sacred ritual allows you to accept your successes more gracefully.

Scorpio (23 October — 21 November)

There’s only so much time and energy you can put into any given situation, Scorpio. And at a certain point, continuing to apply your intensity can actually begin to have the opposite — or at least an undesirable — effect on things. You’re more than capable, and the results will show themselves eventually. Just remember that it’s as important to give life space to do it’s own thing as it is to apply yourself.

Your patronus knows when to take their foot off the gas.

Sagittarius (22 November — 22 December)

This is the perfect week for self-assessment, Sagittarius. Delusion often sneaks up on us without us realizing, which is why it’s important to be consistent when it comes to checking in on the quality of our thoughts as well as the true flavour of our feelings. You’ll know for sure that it’s time for you to take stock if you find yourself indulging in some of your less desirable quirks of behaviour.

Your secret weapon is: Reflexivity.

Capricorn (22 December — 19 January)

This could be an invigorating week for you, dear Capricorn. In order to energetically benefit, you’ll need to be willing to cultivate increased curiosity in regards to what’s going on around you. This simple switch can make the difference between feeling like you’re not getting anywhere, and the experience of your world opening up. Be willing to communicate and share ideas. You’ve got nothing to lose!

Your holy mantra is anything that gets the conversation started.

Aquarius (20 January — 18 February)

Dreams and visions hold the keys to understanding this week, Aquarius. This might be useful to keep in mind if you find your imagination is throwing less-than-desirable thoughts or imagery your way. There’s no need to read deeply into these things, but it’s also not useful to disregard or repress this aspect of yourself. Just pay attention to whatever comes up and be prepared to integrate your a-ha moments as they arise.

Your secret weapon is: Your imagination. Use it wisely.

Pisces (19 February — 20 March)

You bear the brunt of the Mercury-Chiron opposition this week, Pisces. That means you should be extra attentive to the needs of your mind, as it’s likely to feel more fragile than usual. Awareness of this dynamic can, at least, help you avoid melodrama. Try not to blow things out of proportion if you can. And you could do worse than increasing your mental self-care and compassion routines.

Your sacred ritual is a regular tender act of self-love.