Detriment is the term astrologers use when a planet is in the opposite sign of its domicile. For example, Venus is presently in Scorpio, opposite of her home sign of Taurus. This Tuesday, Mars will enter Libra, the sign opposite of its home, Aries. When a planet is in its detriment, its power is at its weakest. Further, astrology’s personal planets are the ones whose transits we experience most directly. So as personal planets Venus and Mars move through the signs of their detriment, we may undergo a crisis of confidence. Ever at the mercy of invasive governments, tech oligarchs and big banks. to name but a few, a sense of powerlessness may increase during this period.
Sun in Virgo
The good vibrations flowing from Monday’s new Moon will beam throughout most of the workweek. Intensity returns early on Friday morning when the Moon will roll into possessive Scorpio, followed by Venus later that day. Plans to get while the getting is good are favored when organized, detailed Virgo is at the helm, and Monday’s aspects are opening a brief yet auspicious window. Setting the stage for that new Moon, on Monday morning, Mars will trine Pluto and Venus will trine Jupiter.
A new Virgo Moon is this week’s centerpiece. At 25 degrees, the lunar cycle begins near the height of Virgo’s powers. Discernment, dedication and daily routines fall under the domain of astrology’s mutable earth sign. The week will also see both boosts from Sun trines to Pluto and Saturn and disruption from a Venus Uranus square, Mercury squares to Jupiter and Pluto and a contentious Libra Moon. Thursday’s new Moon reset will give us the chance to connect with Virgo’s calm, clear perspective and the Mercury-ruled sign’s stellar organization skills.
An astrologer might add, “It was the benefics ruling the sky, it was the malefics ruling the sky.” This week the contradictory forces of the beginning of Mars’ retrograde and the end of Jupiter’s come into focus. If things were simple, Mars The Malefic would be type-casted as the bringer of supernatural destruction, and Jupiter, The Greater Benefic, as the bestower of good fortune. But life, the heavens and the times we find ourselves in are much more complicated right now, and we are going to have to find our way through their paradoxes.
Emmy-Award-winning writer and host Rod Serling’s description of TV’s “The Twilight Zone” series aptly applies to 2020. This week’s astrological highlights include a full Moon in Pisces, a tough Venus square to Mars and sign changes for Mercury and Venus. At first glance, those sign changes seem like promising infusions of welcomed, new energies. After all, Mercury and Venus are moving into the yang, or positive polarity, signs of Leo and Libra. However, due to its forthcoming retrograde, Mercury is entering territory that it will traverse and revisit from now until November 10th, territory that will ultimately entangle Venus. In addition to their associated delays, miscommunications and technical malfunctions, Mercury retrogrades typically frustrate our intentions to fully resolve matters. Throw in heaps of Libra’s infamous indecision, and you can start to see how issues that are coming to the fore now may well be heading into a kind of cosmic twilight zone. Forming an overarching autumn vision now, or at least a solid game plan, isn’t a bad idea.