Week of September 23rd

This week you reach deep within yourself and draw on all of your power to create something that you share with your community. Memories of past rejection have left wounds that beg to be healed now. You have fabulous ideas to share. You have the eternal powers of creation at your disposal. You have your own magic, something nobody else can replicate. Knowing that you will probably experience rejection more than once in your life, use your courage to share this magic anyway. Create something that you find beautiful. Find the people to whom you can show your true self, and show them. There is enormous healing in knowing you belong, even as you know that we’re all a little bit different. Keep making things.


Week of September 16th

Where are you this week? Traveling and dreaming of home, or home and dreaming of traveling? You’ve been faced with some difficult decisions this past summer. Now Mars in Aquarius is bringing up those same themes on where to go. Only this time, you have the wisdom of the past few months to integrate as you ponder what freedom feels like. You may have an opportunity to share some creative work with people and/or join a fun community towards the end of this week. As the idea of community involves belonging and therefore a sense of “home,” you are invited to heal your own sense of belonging. The real you has a place with others somewhere. Sit with the imperfections. Consider staying anyway.


Week of September 9th

Sunday’s new moon asks you to discern something of what home means to you. Is home a person, a specific place, or wherever you bring your backpack? You are rooting somewhere in the earth even as there are so many unknowns in your vocation right now. Gaining (or regaining) sense of your home and belonging is one way to sovereignty. It’s powerful to have a place. It’s powerful to know somewhere so well that you know it in your bones. It’s powerful to claim home and to have home claim you. Allow yourself to stay put somewhere. Forego restlessness for now and just rest. Let go of questions and allow yourself to know. There will be plenty of time for exploration later. An unexpected revelation in your spiritual life, imagination, or health may follow this new moon. When so much change is in the air, it’s good to have a solid foundation you can rely on.


Week of September 2nd

Your ruler Mercury has been prompting you to ask new questions and explore new ideas. This week, on Wednesday, he moves into Virgo, the sign of his co-rulership. This prompts all kinds of conversation and activity at home. Right now it’s all about visits and talks with family members, rearranging or buying furniture, researching your genealogy, and generally stirring things up on the home front. On Thursday, Saturn stations direct in Capricorn, continuing a cycle of discovering your personal power and gradually building up a store of useful resources. Save your money and find practical investments over the next three years. Money and power are always connected to your ancestry and your home; real estate could play a part in this. Working with the ancestors is likely to be healing on a deep level, and will certainly affect other parts of your life, as they want you to succeed. Some of this private discovery and time with family could help you get closer to a vocational dream. If the way forward seems foggy, Mercury can assist you in organizing your thoughts about what you want to offer to the world. Take a long-term view of your legacy.


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 gives you an opportunity to show off a little bit. Your career could get a boost, or a meaningful project outside of your day job may get some publicity. You’re in a longer cycle of accessing your personal power, and the transformation has not been easy. Enjoy the recognition if you receive some praise this week. Mars stations direct on Monday, which makes the rest of the week easier for getting things done. Remove obstacles to your empowerment and chart your own path forward. When you aren’t sure what to do or what to think, your body will tell you what you truly know.


Week of August 19th

With your ruler Mercury direct, it’s much easier to speak your mind. Miscommunications are fewer and farther between, which is good for someone who enjoys talking so much! Jupiter trine Neptune offers opportunities to manifest a vocational dream. Use this aspect to shape your daily rituals so that they match your ideal career just a little bit more this week. When the sun moves into Virgo on Thursday, you begin a season of focus on home. What is supporting you, at the foundation of your life? Saturn and Uranus are on your side, forming a grand earth trine that helps you reimagine the idea of home. Insights about the past are likely, as you need to face the realities of the patterns you want to break before you can break them. The whole Uranus in Taurus era for you is about radical spirituality and the genius of the imagination. Meanwhile, the moon waxes to a full lunation in your house of vocation, another sign that opportunities are being offered. Your vocation (paid or unpaid) is ideally an expression of your essence. Meditate on what that might look like.


Week of August 12th

So much is shifting this month. This week, you have an opportunity to connect the obstacles on your path with some unconscious thought pattern or historical life event. Maybe you are standing in your own way. You will continue to receive messages from Saturday’s solar eclipse this week. You can transmit them into creative work, too, which may help with the excavation of your own unconscious. The changes always happen internally before they become visible. Have faith, because Jupiter trine Neptune is getting ready to bless you in a work/career situation at the end of this week. Reflect.


Week of August 5th

Venus in Libra brings some much-needed fun and charm into your life during this hot, slow summer. Creative expression is supported by the creatrix in the sign of beauty now. Mercury’s meetings with the sun on Wednesday and the moon on Saturday result in brilliant insights for your writing / music / art projects. Jupiter in Scorpio has been spending the entire year expanding your work life and boosting your health. Not to mention, Scorpio is magic for you. It’s transformation in concentrate; your secret weapon and the reason you’re so good at change. If you’re preparing for an epic career leap, look to August 19th, when Mercury stations direct and Jupiter trines Neptune.


Week of July 29th

You’re the sign least likely to enjoy meditating and the sign most likely to need it. This is especially true with the current astrology, including Mercury retrograde in Leo. Some people treat meditation like a competitive sport, progressively stretching their sessions for the sake of doing it longer, but this is not the point. Meditation is preparation for something larger. It’s a method of laying bricks in your foundation for success, and it's best approached as a basic wellness habit, like sleeping or eating. If you haven’t already been sold on stillness, just sit for one minute this week and focus on your breathing. Silencing the chatter brings you better ideas.


August

“‘Curiosity killed the cat,’ Fesgao remarked, his dark eyes unreadable.

Aly rolled her eyes. Why did everyone say that to her? ‘People always forget the rest of the saying,’ she complained. ‘And satisfaction brought it back.’”

— Tamora Pierce, Trickster's Choice

Following your curiosity is inherently satisfying for you at all times. This month it’s a source of pure joy. It’s time for some reading / talking / writing that gets at the questions you really want to ask. A message arrives in the second week of August, when the sun meets Mercury retrograde in Leo and the solar eclipse happens next to Mercury as well. Whatever you are learning and communicating, it ought to be fun for you. Venus enters Libra on the 6th, amping up your house of creativity and play. Romance is fun as long as you’re being careful with your communication during the retrograde, which affects you more intensely than other signs. On the 12th, when Mars retrogrades into Capricorn, you encounter fewer blocks from others and start to realize how your own unconscious patterns play into a situation. Mercury stations direct on the 19th, the same day that Jupiter trines Neptune exactly, boding well for day job/vocational developments. The end of the month brings stability. A full moon in Pisces at the top of your chart on the 26th nudges you into the limelight, showing others the fruits of your curiosity and creative labors. When Mars stations direct on the 27th, you can harvest the insights from your retrograde frustrations and start doing something about it.