Week of September 23rd
You are the sign of selfhood, which means that it’s your responsibility to show others how to put themselves first. As long as you’re not using or ignoring other people, it’s not egotistical. Taking charge of your own life is basic self-care. Speaking up for yourself is self-care. This week will probably require you to do both. A part of you that feels too vulnerable to be shown to others may be put in the spotlight now. Even strong warriors prefer the safety of armor that covers their sensitive, fragile bodies. At Monday’s full moon, without armor to wear, sensitivity becomes a strength. Be honest about yourself and let that truth become a part of the larger reputation you’re building. If it feels like doing battle, make sure you have a safe space to rest afterwards. Chiron leaves your sign on Tuesday, signifying the last leg of a cycle that heals hidden wounds of the spirit. We all thirst for some kind of spiritual life. Find the water you seek and drink from it without shame.
Week of September 16th
Other people will test your patience this week. After this past summer, you’re more than ready for it. You may have rearranged your values so quickly that you surprise people in your community when you assert your new code of ideals. Stick with your strategy. Letting your anger get out of control won’t serve anyone, no matter how much you might feel others deserve to know your truth. The Mars retrograde of the past few months already showed you where you were feeling restricted. You know what you want; you’re just figuring out how to get it. Now is the time to focus on a close relationship and practice being totally authentic. It’s vulnerable to be in a state of transition. Partnerships give you perspective. Lead together.
Week of September 9th
Sunday’s new moon asks you to discern what is truly good for you. Virgo is the sign of health and healing, and you could use a good old-fashioned remedy. It may just be that you are feeling dreamy and tired, and some rest is in order. Perhaps you will learn something new about plant medicine that contributes to a healing practice, or take some time to care for your body. Tap into something spiritual or intuitive to determine what you need. You are in a long-term cycle of transforming your vocation and radically reinventing your relationship to possessions. Physical things represent invisible ideas/values/spirits. Your task this week is to bring the spiritual into the mundane and vice versa.
Week of September 2nd
As Mars moves back towards the degree where this whole retrograde started, taking action gradually gets easier. Meanwhile, Mercury has been asking you to take stock of the joy in your life: what is fun for you? How do you express your natural creativity? How can you fit more of this into your day? On Wednesday, Mercury moves from Leo into Virgo, signifying that it’s time to bring that reflection into reality. Your days are about to get busier. Carefully organize your daily rituals around work, play, and health based on what you value. Unusual talents or new ideas for making money may help you shape your life to make time for more joy. You have an especially strong desire for meaningful days right now. Rest will be an important part of that, too, by the way. Just make sure that a significant friend or partner doesn’t feel slighted by your focus on work. Relationships have been so full of abundance lately, but now you’re starting to move forward with something in your vocation, so there needs to be some balance. Try to get your partner involved in your plans.
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
Refresh and renew your soul under the Pisces full moon on Sunday. A moonglow bath is what you need to wash yourself clean of all the cuts and scrapes Mars retrograde has given you this summer. The grand earth trine is still in effect to help you manifest some radical changes. On Monday, your ruler Mars stations direct and things start to get easier. You can take action to get what you want! The waiting part is over. Remove obstacles and go after your goals, especially in your career. A close friend or partner is available to aid you with this transformation.
Week of August 19th
Mercury stationing direct in your fellow fire sign of Leo makes it easier to bring creative ideas to the surface and actually use them. You have fewer setbacks and more fun in the last week of Mars retrograde. Jupiter trine Neptune offers spiritual insights in the form of dreams, visions, and hidden or secret knowledge. Pay attention to synchronicities. If you have been collecting messages that tell you it’s time to let go of something, perhaps you can honor that insight over the next few weeks. The sun’s move into Virgo on Thursday begins a season of focus on your health and daily routine. The grand earth trine later this week offers real support for manifesting some improvements around your money/work/vocation. Your more unusual talents could be profitable these days. Use your creative mind to think like an entrepreneur.
Week of August 12th
You become like the people you spend time with, and they in turn become a part of the legacy you leave behind. Mars shows you how these two things are connected when he moves from your house of community into your house of vocation/legacy at the beginning of this week. What do you want to achieve, and who with? The creative wheels keep turning in the aftermath of Saturday’s solar eclipse. You’re a terrific problem solver. You will find a way around any blocks to your ultimate success. Create.
Week of August 5th
Venus in Libra makes this a week all about relationships. With Mars retrograde, you haven’t been feeling quite as vibrant as usual, but someone steps in to give you a lift now. Venus opposite Chiron is going to push on that wound of authenticity, though. A partner or friend may be able to see what you’ve been hiding even from yourself. Honestly, freedom arrives when you give your last fuck, so look around to see if you have any you’ve forgotten to get rid of. Lean on your trusted pal for support. Saturday’s solar eclipse gives you a flash of creative insight.
Week of July 29th
Chiron is putting pressure on you to be authentic. Even a firebrand like you can find it difficult to share everything about yourself. This is not about opening up to all people. It’s about living a life according to your true values, and finding the people who can really see you, the real you. This may require moving on from an old scene or set of alliances that no longer fits. A genius idea for the use of latent talents, hidden resources, or moneymaking schemes is about to hit you like a lightning bolt. You have something awesome to share when this Mars retrograde is over.
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”