Starcodes Aug 25, 2023

A secret of retrograde season in a quote from Facebook- “I apologized for not finishing my main task of the day, and they responded ”Yes, but how many side quests did you get done along the way?”. Appreciate those side quests particularly with Mercury retrograde from August 23 through September 16.

Stay flexible this odd week. Keep all schedules loose and expect the unexpected as we head into the heights of retrograde season as Uranus joins Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Neptune, Chiron, and Pluto all appearing to back up in the sky.

This is a great time to introspect, tell our stories and come to understand one another. Mull over our part in how things have played out, whether we’re thinking of a difficult romance or changing climate, not to beat ourselves up, as that will not further, but to choose better actions in the future. Doing the same thing and expecting different results is one definition of crazy. Learn from the past and the present to prepare for the future.

The Sun, Mercury, Mars are all now in Virgo, and Virgo’s gift is the sorting of seeds, sort seeds we want to eat, save the best for future crops, and toss the rest to the animals. Virgo rules the guts whose job is to sort how to best absorb nutrients and get rid of the waste. Play with that metaphor through all of life.

Also with these planets retrograde, let the unusual experiences, moments off the schedule, whether a passing storm or sudden connection, which bring new ideas, a chance for a different perspective. Make the most of those moments that stretch the soul.

During this retrograde season we can back into our future; we may need a new truck or phone but probably won’t invest until the old one breaks down. These retrogrades can help speed that process along. But if our brains feel like there filled with pollen and dust, and it hard to get our life in gear, let’s cut ourselves some slack and take this moment of rest.

But it would be great to remember it’s still summer and connect with the natural world or get out to a festival as the weekend begins under a curious, upbeat Sagittarius Moon, though we could get cranky or impatient in our intimate relationships unless we’re thoughtful as Venus irritatingly semi-squares Mars.

Starcodes: Astrological map for the week ahead

Heather Roan Robbins is a choice-oriented astrologer and ceremonialist, author of Starcodes Oracle Deck and 4 books-with an on-line practice