Week of September 16th

You are a naturally hard worker. Play is the most important thing this week. You are starting to free yourself from your possessions or money in some way. You’re awakening to a new cycle of creative expression, fun, and romance: all those things that make work worth doing and life worth living. Practice a childlike attitude this week. Allow yourself to slack off a bit. As we enter Libra season on Friday and Saturday, something about your past and home life begs to be healed. Like it or not, the career isn’t all you’re known for. Your family is part of your legacy. Asteroid Vesta, goddess of the household hearthfire, moves into your sign this week. Think of hearthfire as metaphor; you are the heart of your home. Playing the child brings you closer to the original family wound and helps you find the medicine for it.


Week of September 9th

Sunday’s new moon asks you to discern the good teachers from the false prophets. A true guru must be trustworthy. Only you will be able to tell. There is a path of learning before you, should you choose to follow it. Imagination opens the road to curiosity. You are in a longer cycle of transforming yourself and developing your creative gifts. People are available to receive what you have to give this week. There is always an act of communication between performer and audience, giver and receiver, mother and children, teacher and students, that strengthens the bonds between us. In the same way, knowledge begets more knowledge. Determine what it is you want to learn and think on what you might create with that know-how.


Week of September 2nd

Now that Mars has stationed direct in your sign, this week is about expansion. Mercury moves into your sister earth sign of Virgo on Wednesday, giving you all kinds of ideas about what you could learn. It’s back-to-school season and you’re ready. Travel, reading for pleasure, and spiritual education are all possibilities too. Your ruler Saturn stations direct on Thursday, continuing the cycle of maturation that started last December. It may be easier to get things done with some effort now. Saturn is all about putting in the time to get results, but as someone who has a natural work ethic, you benefit from the Saturnine system. You may be able to get an unusual new idea off the ground just for fun, especially on Friday. Just be aware that biting off more than you can chew could be a challenge. You’re full of energy and ready to make some progress, but bulldozing through obstacles may not suit the current climate. Your reputation must be finessed for now. Try to make all of that hard work look easy. You may be learning something that will help you to evolve your vocation in this next phase. It just requires some patience.


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

This is a lovely full moon for communication of any kind: a conversation over tea with a neighbor, writing, or speaking. If you have something to say, you will be cosmically supported on Sunday. On the other side of communication, a night spent reading will feel like the renewal that you need. Your ruler Saturn is still aligned with Uranus and the sun, helping you to develop yourself in this next phase of your life. Mars stations direct in your sign on Monday, making it easier to remove any obstacles to your full self-expression, including the obstacle of self-doubt. Resist the urge to repress your own desires so you can take care of other people. This is your era.


Week of August 19th

Mercury direct makes communication easier with an intimate partner, and helps to move things forward where your finances are concerned as well. Insights gleaned over the last three weeks can help you to transform some patterns around money/intimacy/secrets that were holding you back. Jupiter trine Neptune supports some big networking magic. Share your ideas with your associates and friends; speak with the people you want to get to know. The sun enters Virgo on Thursday, beginning a season of higher learning and worldly expansion (including possible travel). The grand earth trine at the end of this week involves your ruler Saturn, which absolutely supports your creative development and pursuit of knowledge. Uranus in Taurus is here to help you bring your fun, creative ideas to life and enjoy yourself over the next 7-8 years. Look for genius ways to experience joy.


Week of August 12th

Mars retrograde enters your sign, bringing the themes of this cycle closer to home. Your energy may be low this week. You may encounter frustrations to your desires and obstacles to your success. Take heart, knowing that Mars will station direct in only two weeks. Pay attention to what comes up for you. Have you been achieving someone else’s goals instead of your own? Chasing old dreams when there is something else you want now? You’re in a cycle of claiming your authenticity now. Jupiter trine Neptune helps you find the right people to talk to about it. Communicate.


Week of August 5th

Venus in Libra coincides with a beautiful time for you career-wise. The public sees the harmony you’re creating with your life’s work. This may require you to be more vulnerable than you would like, showing something authentic about the core of yourself instead of hiding behind a work ethic or a polished, practiced presentation. Be willing to show people some of the rough edges. It’s part of how you’re maturing through your next Saturn transit: recognizing that appearances aren’t everything. Saturday’s solar eclipse in Leo brings you a deep insight from your burning soul. Something once forgotten illuminates the rest of the mystery.


Week of July 29th

A creative money breakthrough is on its way this week. You’re reviewing your investments with Mercury retrograde in Leo, thinking deeply about the value of your time + money. How are you going to get what you want? A latent talent, an untapped income source, a metaphysical breakthrough that pulls miracles out of thin air? Release pressure on yourself to come up with an immediate solution. Take care of logical tasks and let your creative mind work on sending the signal through the noise. Not only is alchemy possible, but you are the zodiac’s best alchemist.


August

“I think it would be well, and proper, and obedient, and pure, to grasp your one necessity and not let it go, to dangle from it limp wherever it takes you.”

— Annie Dillard

One of your sign’s strengths is the ability to strip down to the pure essentials. You can survive on the highest mountains in the thinnest air with only your wits to preserve you. This month, use your talent for minimalism to strip your situation down to the one necessity you must grasp. What is your highest ambition; your absolute number one priority? Survival skills just get you to the top. They’re a means to an end, not the end itself. Venus moving into Libra at the top of your chart on August 6th reminds you of how beautiful life can be when you grasp that necessity and go wherever it takes you. She is going to challenge you first though, so be ready to overcome some fears of vulnerability for the sake of your true ambition. You will be having some private realizations around the partial solar eclipse in Leo on the 11th, and on the 12th, Mars retrogrades into your sign. “Dangle from it limp” isn’t a phrase that accurately describes your course of action, most of the time, but it may be your best strategy for the rest of Mars retrograde. If you feel enervated, frustrated, or blocked, try letting it be. You may find that your necessity moves you forward, without you having to propel everything through sheer work ethic. After Mercury stations direct on the 19th, things start getting a bit easier. You have a beautiful grand earth trine involving Saturn coupled with a full moon in Pisces to encourage your true self-expression, and then Mars stations direct on the 27th, signaling that you can take action where you were once waiting.