Week of September 23rd

You love to hide in your shell, and this week will force you to come out of it. Being nakedly honest will heal you this week, even if having a truth revealed might feel like the worst thing that could possibly happen to you. To follow a vocation, you have to follow your truth. If something in your career or the legacy you’re leaving doesn’t feel right for you anymore, it’s time to find another way. The only path to maturity is the hard path of personal growth, gaining self-knowledge and being honest with yourself. Let Monday’s full moon show you what you’ve outgrown so that you can continue on this path. You can find a way to heal this pain of growing, by being even more yourself. Fight for that.


Week of September 16th

You’ve got goals, but where will you get the resources to pull them off? This past summer taught you a thing or two about being resourceful. This week, you revisit those lessons with a more informed outlook. Allow yourself to wish wildly. Then, plan how you might access what you need to accomplish these wild, unruly plans. Letting others drain the accounts (or allowing yourself to drain them unnecessarily) is no longer an option. Imagine revolutionary ways of harvesting what you need. A community may be of assistance in this regard. Taking stock of where you are and where you want to go will help you towards the end of the week, when you revisit some fears around being yourself in public. Stay wild and true.


Week of September 9th

Sunday’s new moon asks you to discern what you think. What do you want to know? What do you want to say? The path of mystical knowledge that began to open for you in 2012 is subject to questioning now. It appears you have reached a crossroads of some kind, and you must choose which way you want to go. A teacher or school should be chosen wisely, with the intellect, the intuition, the body, and the spirit. You are participating in a longer-term process of transforming your self and your significant relationships. Having been burned before, you know where your boundaries are. Be careful about who you partner with. As long as you are thinking for yourself, your relationships will be interesting in a good way. Inspiring people may electrify your mind this week. A creative process/love situation changes with a snap.


Week of September 2nd

You had to be especially resourceful this summer, what with the Mars and Mercury retrograde review of your finances, and probably some delays. Now you have a better idea of how you want to use your talents to grow your income, as well as a refined understanding of your values. This week, you can get to work on that. Mercury moves into Virgo, sign of his rulership, on Wednesday, enlivening your already lively mind. Time for interesting questions, ideas, conversations, writing, and communication in this back-to-school season. Saturn stations direct on Thursday, which means you’re continuing a cycle of growing up. No matter how old you are, Saturn has some new rite of passage for you every seven years. This time, you’re maturing and taking on more responsibility, especially where your relationships are concerned. In a truly equal partnership, both people take care of themselves and each other. Brainstorm ideas for increasing stability this week. You can learn a lot from the in-charge CEO-types and the disciplined workers of the world. It’s up to you to create this foundation.


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 lights a spiritual and/or educational path forward for you. If you’re invited on a journey, accept the invitation. Travel plans and higher learning will all go well this weekend. Good friends and partners add to the fun. On Monday, Mars stations direct, making it easier for you to remove any obstacles you’ve discovered over this summer’s big retrograde cycle. All of that diving into your history and uncovering personal secrets has shown you more about what you want. Money could get easier too, now that you’re aware of what needs to change. Refresh yourself for the beginning of a new season.


Week of August 19th

Mercury direct in your house of income means the cash starts to come in a little faster after some delays. Mars is still retrograde in your other money sector -- the house of shared resources including investments and debts -- for one more week. You get a sense of what has shifted out of the way for you to clear the path for prosperity in your life. Meanwhile, Jupiter trine Neptune is on your side to help you manifest any kind of creative or scholarly project, teaching gig, or travel dream. Share your creative work with others this week. The sun’s move into Virgo on Thursday starts a season of words for you: thinking, writing, reading, and neighborly conversations all add up to something over the next month or so. The grand earth trine supports the creation of relationships that nurture you. You’re finding the wonderfully wild tribe where you belong.


Week of August 12th

Eclipse season is past us and now it’s time to recover and integrate all of those insights. This is a death, sex, and money cycle for you -- think transformation. Mars retrograde leaves your house of shared resources and enters your house of relationships. What do you want when it comes to sharing money and other resources with a partner? How about sex? Though your house of relationships can include friendships, in the case of this cycle it’s more likely to be about romantic partnerships. These “taboo” things are worth discussing with a significant other. If you’re single, you may be looking back on past relationships and noting some patterns. In happy news, Jupiter and Neptune move into alignment, preparing to aid you with a big creative project or a fun plan at the end of this week. Transform.


Week of August 5th

It’s the week leading up to an eclipse, which means your comfy shell is prepped for healing sleep and your third eye is super open, right? Venus in Libra may prompt you to nest a little more than usual. Family relationships and talks about home help you bust through any delusions about your true vocation and strengthen your solid relationships. You have allies by your side for this next phase of total authenticity. Saturday’s solar eclipse in Leo is next to Mercury retrograde: a message about past money consciousness. Decipher this for a richer, more confident future you.


Week of July 29th

It’s still eclipse season. There is another one coming on August 11th. This week, use your time for reflection and recovery. Harvest the insights that came through this weekend. You’re seeing big shifts in your old ideas and assumptions. This Mars retrograde is a straight-up therapy transit for you, so when Mars squares Uranus midweek, you get a genius flash about what's holding you back from the things you want. You may become aware of someone who can help you make those wishes come true. Continue to maintain confidence in yourself. This Mercury retrograde is about turning lead into gold.


August

“I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”

— Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

Venus enters Libra on the 6th, bringing beauty and harmony to your home, but also challenging you to make yourself more authentic. It’s so often that when we go home on vacation we find ourselves re-enacting past roles, coming back to the shadows and fears, and realizing that maybe we never left. Let Venus be your guide to balance this month, showing you the way to fair relationships with family members. Mercury retrograde is bringing you insights about money, especially at the partial solar eclipse in Leo on the 11th. And Mars retrograde has uncovered at least one pattern of desire that you didn’t even know was there. On the 12th, Mars retrogrades into Capricorn to show you what needs unblocking in a friendship or partnership. Jupiter trine Neptune is in play all month, available to help you reach creative dreams and expand your influence. At the end of the month, this fairytale aspect is combined with Mercury stationing direct in your money house and a grand earth trine that brings your friends together. Expect good things! The full moon in Pisces on the 26th makes a gorgeous aspect to your sign and invites you on a memorable journey. Your transformation is in process. When Mars stations direct on the 27th, it’s time to move forward with your plans.