* The Moon/Mars square today has the benefit of Venus being closely configured with it, but don't be surprised if you're feeling moody, easily agitated, fierce, triggery, reactionary, or impulsive today. Moon/Mars squares can be great for reduction, cutting or dividing things, and addressing someone or something with courage, conviction, and fearlessness. On the other hand, Moon/Mars squares often bring up issues of violence or hostility in the home, in the family, or with regard to the feminine or to things that are vulnerable or in need of nurturing rather than fighting or aggression...so be extra careful today with words, actions, and thoughts...
* Meanwhile, the Sun is approaching a trine with Jupiter just in time for the full Moon/lunar eclipse, which is on Friday evening. When Jupiter and the Sun get together, victory, growth, support, clarity, wisdom, and discernment abound. In this case since the Sun and Jupiter are mutually applying to one another through Jupiter's retrograde, it's quite possible that we will find ourselves revising or reframing our understanding of something, something we believe, or a general set of beliefs that we've held. Not to be overly obvious about it, but this is a week of checks and balances with regard to power. The Moon in the sign of the King, Leo, is eclipsed just as this "reframing" of something religious, philosophical, or ethical takes place through the Sun/Jupiter trine.
* The Sun and now Mercury in the sign of the water-pourer and Jupiter in the sign of the balance is also an image of a measured and reasonable, and faithful response to the pressures of the moment. It's a good week to hold the ego in check, along with the desire to gain something by force or through pushing too aggressively. If you have a case to make, make your case with a level head, with a modest heart, and with courtesy to others. To win over the opposition, temperance is your ally this week!
* With Venus and Mars together in Aries and Venus about to turn retrograde, don't be surprised if relationships of all kinds, especially those based on superficial appearances versus real inner substance, begin to rumble. The tide is about to change for us with regard to how we relate with others, and much of the Venus in Aries theme will bring to light those areas where we are impatient, impulsive, temperamental, and domineering. This retrograde may be exactly what we need if we're lacking patience or if we find that we're too easily triggered or agitated in our relationships by not getting our own way!
Prayer: Hold our hearts like the handles of that good and faithful pitcher, overflowing with peace, patience, and kindness.