Week of September 23rd

The messages that others give us often become the messages that we give to ourselves over and over again, and they become so deeply ingrained that we don’t even notice. Painful thoughts of not being “good enough” in some way are ready to be forgotten this week. Learn some new affirmations to reroute these old neural pathways. Mindfulness practices support you throughout this transition. Some path of spirituality, learning, or travel is open to you now. Continuing on this path requires you to let go of old stories so that you can start telling new ones. You are as limitless as you believe you are. Request help from a spirit guide as you undergo internal transformation. This is hard work. After this summer, you are definitely up to the task. Speak well of yourself.


Week of September 16th

This is a good week to make some changes that will bring you closer to the freedom you desire. Surface details won’t do it. You have to go deeper, to reinvent your home, your career, or your family--the foundations of your life. Strategic moves are wiser than sudden emotional decisions right now. You have seven years for this entire cycle of reinvention at the roots of your life, and it’s only just begun. Towards the end of the week, painful words call you to heal. False messages from your past or harmful thought patterns in your present require some medicine of truth. Balance your thinking, and keep an open mind. There may be more choices than you previously realized.


Week of September 9th

Sunday’s new moon asks that you dig deep to understand some hidden mystery. Unseen changes happening deep in your psyche are repatterning your beliefs. There is an internal excavation in process. Discern the shape of some old truth you are now unearthing. Long-term, you will be radically uprooting and re-wilding your sense of home. An electric impulse may shock you into making a change of some kind that affects your home/family legacy/career this week. Mars slides into your sign on Tuesday, aiding you with the energy of change. This summer taught you how you’ve been restricting yourself. Time to break free.


Week of September 2nd

Resources once hidden may become available to you this week, with Mercury moving into Virgo on Wednesday and Saturn stationing direct on Thursday. You’re digging deep into a mystery via the very sexy sign of Virgo, who represents the original virgin and whore archetypes. Explore some deeper intimacy, some hidden history, or some seeds of wealth this week. There is no limit to what you might find. Your ruler (Saturn) in your house of the soul is ending some things that were over for you spiritually. He’s also helping you face some of these secrets with the necessary maturity. Use his support to face some fears if that’s what you need now. In many ways money is more intimate and far more feared than sex. Changes to your relationship with money could be the biggest taboo you’re facing. Prep for next Sunday’s new moon in Virgo by looking deep into your past and opening yourself spiritually to new ideas around sex/shared resources. You’re about to get closer to a significant other.


September Overview

The last half of 2018 has been full of inner planet retrogrades, but September is our one month that features all inner planets in direct motion. Mercury exits his shadow period on September 2nd. Technically, Venus begins her shadow period on the 2nd, and Mars will still be in shadow until October 8th. But as I wrote in this post, it’s not an exact extension of the retrograde. Just a time to integrate the lessons of this summer’s Mars retrograde and preview the themes that may come up when Venus stations retrograde on October 5th.

Meanwhile, September brings some aspects that help us steady ourselves and start moving forward a bit. Mercury enters Virgo on the 5th. Mercury is the planetary ruler of Virgo, sign of thinking, writing, organization, health, and service. With Mercury direct in this sign, communication requires less effort and technology runs more smoothly than it did in July and August. Saturn stations direct on the 6th, so once again he will be moving back over the degrees (to 9 Capricorn) that he has been transiting since December of last year. Where Capricorn is in your natal chart, and where you have natal planets being aspected by Saturn, you are still in Saturn’s classroom. Values of discipline, sweat equity, and moderation are your best tools for this transit.

Just as the sun in Virgo made a grand earth trine with Saturn in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus last month, Mercury will repeat this aspect on September 7th. This is supportive earth energy. We can use it to stabilize some of the Uranus in Taurus surprises with Saturn’s longevity, and start bringing some of our Uranian innovations into reality.

Venus and Mars square each other this month, continuing to reflect tension in relationships. This is an invitation to take action and resolve disagreements. First, Venus in Libra squares Mars in Capricorn on September 8th. The next exact square will be October 10th, with Venus in Scorpio and Mars in Aquarius, but the aspect will be in effect all September long. Venus will enter Scorpio, the sign of depth, power, sex, mystery, history, taboo, and the occult, on September 9th. Venus here loves the beauty of the darkness. Where Venus transits this sign in your chart, you can go deeper into your true values and the more intimate side of your relationships.

The next lunar cycle begins with a new moon at 17 Virgo on the same day (September 9th). This new moon is opposite Neptune in Pisces and trine Pluto in Capricorn. This speaks of spiritual experiences and artistic endeavors, as well as glimpses into power (your own or someone else’s). Deception and manipulation are the negative sides of this lunation. On the positive side, personal empowerment and spiritual understanding are also possible. Use your powers of discernment. Get in touch with nature, as Virgo is an earth sign. Animals (the nature spirits) are especially dear to Virgo.

Mars enters Aquarius on September 11th, continuing his path through the shadow of this summer’s retrograde. Aquarius is the sign of freedom, community, invention, individuality, and revolution. Mars here is a revolutionary, a classic rebel, so many will feel their energy moving in the direction of resistance. The square to Venus in Scorpio will be applying all month; therefore, one of the challenges is for people to navigate themes of intimacy and freedom in their relationships.

Both Mercury and the sun are traveling through Virgo this month, so they make the same aspects within days of each other: an opposition to Neptune on September 7th and 13th, and a trine to Pluto on the 11th and 15th. These are previews and echoes of the Virgo new moon on the 9th, which highlights all those themes of spirituality, artistry, and power. The sun and Mercury, always close to each other, travel together for most of the month and meet exactly on the 20th.

Once Venus gets into Scorpio and Mars into Aquarius, they start making some intense aspects to other planets. Venus immediately opposes Uranus in Taurus (exact September 12th), and squares the nodes exactly on September 14th, creating a fixed cross pattern that challenges us to change in areas where we’d rather stay consistent. Themes of radical reinvention, money, power, individuality, and relationships with our communities are all brought to the forefront in mid-September. Mars squares Uranus again on September 18th. This aspect was exact on May 16th and August 1st. It will, by this time, feel familiar to you: disruption, revolution, frustration, fast innovation in categories that were once fixed. The good news is that Mars is direct this time, so taking action will be easier. This is a hot aspect, though, so it’s wise to be careful. Themes that have been playing out since mid-May are still very much in play.

Libra season begins with the fall equinox on September 22nd. Libra is the sign of balance, justice, beauty, and peace. With Chiron in Aries and Saturn in Capricorn, though, aspects from this sign are bringing the other cardinal signs into play, so the challenge is to create that peace and equilibrium. Mercury moves into Libra the day before the sun, on September 21st, and both immediately begin an opposition to Chiron. Chiron in Aries is calling on us to heal the wounds of toxic masculinity, including the wounds of war and environmental destruction, to acknowledge womens’ anger, and on a personal level, to practice authenticity. Those themes of women’s fury and sucking the patriarchal poison out of masculinity will be very present at the end of September.

On September 22nd, Mars will also make an exact conjunction with the south node. This aspect occurred on June 13th and July 18th. Since the south node sucks us back into old patterns, the shadow side of revolution will show itself: anger, destruction, and uncompromising ideology. Mercury and the sun in Libra will square Saturn in Capricorn around this time (September 23rd and 25th), bringing up themes of creating equilibrium in hardship, through hard work. They will also trine Mars in Aquarius (September 23rd and 27th), perhaps tempering some of that rigid ideology to move a rebellion in the direction of peace.

On September 24th, we have a full moon in Aries conjunct Chiron, sextile Mars in Aquarius, square Saturn in Capricorn, and trine the north node in Leo. This is a thorny lunation. It will push us to face the wounds of anger, to heal, and to make lemonade out of some Saturnine lemons. Saturn in Capricorn is essentially winter: a shortage of resources rather than an abundance, and the hard work of survival. So when a full moon on Chiron squares Saturn, we can expect to have a challenge that will test us. You are called to be authentic and to make the most of your instincts with this one. Mars in Aquarius, the ruler of this full moon, is still conjunct the south node and square Uranus. Arm yourself as the divine warrior: strategic, courageous, and honorable; never volatile or unpredictably violent. These are wounds that we are being asked to heal, after all. On the 25th, Chiron moves back into Pisces for the next six months. The themes of Chiron in Pisces from 2010 - 2017 are up for review: healing collective suffering and spiritual wounds. Chiron will move back into Aries for a longer-term transit on February 18, 2019.

The last major aspect of September is Pluto stationing direct in Capricorn on the 30th. Outer planet retrogrades are less personal than inner planet retrogrades, so this is not something we will feel on an individual level. If Pluto is transiting a natal planet between 18-21 degrees of a cardinal sign or earth sign right now, that long-term cycle of transformation and empowerment continues.

All in all, it’s a very active month, with many of the themes we’ve seen since May 2018 continuing to play out. The good news is that we have no inner planet retrogrades, and we also get Saturn and Pluto stationing direct, which means that we have more opportunities to do stuff in the midst of an otherwise retrograde-y fall. If you have a project that you must launch in 2018, this is the month to do it. Otherwise, wait until 2019 to start something big. The squares and oppositions of September challenge us to act. Without that tension, we get comfortable where we are and things get stale. Some ideas that have been brewing since this spring could be catapulted forward this month. Surf the challenges to your advantage. Onward.


Week of August 26th

Sunday’s full moon in Pisces is a wonderful moon for boosting your income or making career moves. You may receive some recognition that increases your confidence this week. Mars stations direct on Monday, so you can begin to remove obstacles that stymied you this summer. Some of the roadblocks in your way were hidden, like the voice of your inner critic -- a “secret” obstacle that can nonetheless be a real barrier to your desires. Take action to get what you want this week. Relationships may start to get easier, too, after all of the work you’ve done on them recently.


Week of August 19th

Mercury direct makes communication much easier with partners and close friends, even with Mars still retrograde for one more week. Patch up any misunderstandings and enjoy time spent with others as we move into Virgo season. Jupiter trine Neptune is providing major support for your career/vocational path and your income. The use of your talents could bring you some recognition now. When the sun moves into Virgo on Thursday, you begin a season of harvesting resources, investments, and unconscious insights. The grand earth trine involving your traditional ruler Saturn and your modern ruler Uranus is here to help you with that. You are reimagining what home might look like for you over the next 7-8 years, and that always involves some reflection on the past: your family of origin, your model for the idea of ‘home.’ Stay tuned for flashes of insight that could illuminate your desires towards the end of this week.


Week of August 12th

Mars retrograde goes behind the scenes when he moves into Capricorn at the beginning of this week. That doesn’t mean he’s gone. Hidden obstacles to what you want can still crop up over the next two weeks. Rest and self-care are still important for the rest of this month. Pay attention to how you feel about things. Find people to support you if you’re having a hard time. There is very good news for you right now: Jupiter trine Neptune preps all week for a lucky development in work and income. There is always a frustrating period between figuring out what you want and actually getting it, but it seems that a career achievement is closer than you think. Dream.


Week of August 5th

Venus in Libra may help you see the subtext of a relationship dilemma this week. It’s like you’re in partnership school right now, with all of the eclipse season changes. I know you could do without the drama, but you will come out of this stronger and aligned with the right people for your next phase. The people you want to spend time with support your total expansion, your career success, your top-secret awesome transformation. The solar eclipse in Leo sparks some insights about who that might be. If a qi vampire is sucking the energy out of you 24-7, this is the week to identify patterns / dump them and make space for someone brilliant.


Week of July 29th

You’re getting zapped with all kinds of electricity right now, from Mars retrograde in your sign to the wild storm of Uranus, to the blazing heat of Mercury and the sun in Leo. Imagine yourself as a superhero gaining from all of these zaps and using it as a power surge. You can manipulate this energy to your advantage. Others may perceive you as zapped, shocked, or out of commission, but what they don’t see is how you’re actually building more strength in the midst of this storm. Charge up your home base this week.


August

“I no longer believed in the idea of soul mates, or love at first sight. But I was beginning to believe that a very few times in your life, if you were lucky, you might meet someone who was exactly right for you. Not because he was perfect, or because you were, but because your combined flaws were arranged in a way that allowed two separate beings to hinge together.”

— Lisa Kleypas, Blue-Eyed Devil

Nobody is perfect, but perhaps this month you will be spending time with someone whose flaws are arranged in just the right way, and learning how to hinge together just a bit better. It’s another challenging month for relationships, with potential rewards for your efforts to understand each other throughout this retrograde Aqua-Leo eclipse cycle. The second week of August gives you a glimpse into past patterns with partners and friends. Conversations and developments in partnership are also likely to have something to do with your vocation or public image. Jupiter trine Neptune is helping you to make your ideals visible to the wider world all month. Even with this emphasis on other people throughout August, you will probably need some time alone to process, as Mars retrogrades into Capricorn on the 12th. Mars has been retrograding through your sign since June 26th, so having him in a different sign should feel a bit better. A grand earth trine involving both your traditional ruling planet (Saturn) and your modern ruling planet (Uranus) supports getting in touch with your emotional body towards the end of August. The Pisces full moon on the 26th helps you with those watery feelings, and Mars stations direct (yay!) on the 27th. Communicate well and you will know more about what you want in relationships by the end of August.