Robin Sparkles (source: Polygon)

The city where I live is home to the largest mall in Canada. Today, kids go back to school here and the mall will be as quiet as a cemetery. Tomorrow, the city will once again require masking in public places. So, today I’m going to wander around the mall.

I don’t know if I’m going to feel like Robin Sparkles when I get there, but the fact is that I’m feeling revitalized by the current planetary positions. I’ve got both the sun and Mars in my sociable eleventh house, and Venus in my first house. It would be a shame to spend my day off work at home.

My next day off is Sunday: the day the sun opposes my natal Saturn. That’s not exactly the greatest aspect for getting out and socializing, so I’m going to take the opportunity to enjoy myself today. “Café Astrology” interprets that opposition as follows:

“Your confidence may be undermined by feelings of doubt, pessimism, or feelings of guilt just now. Encountering obstacles to progress and inhibitions in your own attitude are prominent under this influence. You could be plagued by a feeling of not being good enough. Lack of faith in yourself, in others, and in life itself could put a damper on your initiatives. This is a time when others don’t seem to notice your efforts, when progress appears to be minimal if at all, when nobody seems to extend their hand to you, when you need to go it alone and you could feel resentful for it! Life doesn’t seem to be playing in your style. Because this is one of your less attractive and magnetic periods of the year, you might want to avoid scheduling personally significant activities, job interviews, or self-promotion efforts during this period. Although there is a positive side to every aspect, while it’s happening, this one doesn’t feel very good. A heavy dose of realism seems forced upon you now, but your efforts to measure up to expectations can ultimately increase your confidence in your ability to be responsible for yourself. This influence is a somber one.”

On the bright side, just as that aspect wanes, the sun forms a trine to my natal sun the very next day. That aspect is interpreted like this on the aforementioned website:

“This is a period when ego-gratifying circumstances are highlighted. You receive some sort of boost to your ego and confidence, perhaps through some form of recognition, however big or small. You are likely to feel energetically supported by others and by life’s circumstances. Battles of will could occur now. Don’t stress or strain — pushing your agenda on others is unlikely to do anything except cause friction.”

So, it looks like I might be on a bit of an emotional roller coaster on Sunday and Monday. I don’t know if I’ve ever paid attention to this annual event as the transiting sun forms these concurrent aspects. I do know that I can make plans around the cosmic events to ensure that I’m not at my worst when I’m out and about. For that reason, I think I’m going to spend Sunday at home.

In the meantime, I have energy to spare and the urge to let people see my smiling face before I’m required to cover it up again. Maybe I’ll visit the food court and dance on the tables like Robin Sparkles, too. It wouldn’t be the first time . . .

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