Week of September 23rd
Public speaking, teaching, or any kind of intellectual/spiritual journey calls your attention this week. You are healing a wound created by memories of school. Whether you were a good student, you struggled in school, or you felt alienated in other ways, your past feels very present now. At Monday’s full moon in Aries, acknowledge the past and look at how far you’ve come. Old teachings must die so that new thoughts can be formed. If you’re once again embarking on the path of the student, or growing into a role of teaching/speaking to others, the transition can make you feel vulnerable. You have words of wisdom to offer. Balance your ideas and measure your teachings thoughtfully. Mindfulness practices can help you navigate this territory.
Week of September 16th
It’s been a rocky summer for your partnerships and friendships, and you’ve learned a lot about yourself in the process. This week, you revisit a sticking point with a partner once again. The way you’re totally reinventing your vocation, it’s only natural that it will affect a significant relationship in your life. Break out your well-practiced patience as you discuss where you’re going together once again. If you’re single, you may once again find yourself choosing between relationships or career as if they’re somehow mutually exclusive. You can have both; it’s just stressful at the moment. Towards the end of the week, you’re called to heal an old wound that may be keeping you from moving forward on your path. You’re developing a philosophy that suits you, one that will help you formulate the thinking you need to make these big life shifts. Think carefully and talk your way through.
Week of September 9th
Sunday’s new moon asks you to discern what you value. You’re in the midst of a longer-term cycle of transforming how you approach your work/service and radically reinventing your legacy. No more tame housecat. You are a lioness, and nobody should ever forget it. Develop your animal-like relationship to the earth. Care for your earth-bound body, home, possessions, and money. Revel in the pleasures of the mundane. And then, if there is anything missing, use your senses to sniff out what you want. People think Leos are successful because they’re confident people with great hair. But, you know, that’s only part of it. The earthy signs of the chart give you the grit you need to build a formidable legacy. Exciting developments in a home/career situation may follow this new moon. Knowing what you care about will help.
Week of September 2nd
After a very big summer of retrogrades along the Leo-Aquarius axis, Mercury moves out of your sign and into Virgo. This happens on Wednesday. Indecision gives way to more financial and commercial success this week, as Mercury is the god of commerce. Use your talents to generate income. Your work ethic will be vital, as Saturn stations direct in Capricorn on Thursday, continuing a cycle of discipline in your daily life. The virtues of stoicism apply here: wisdom, justice, courage, and moderation. You are in a longer-term cycle of totally reinventing your vocation, but to make your ideas a reality you will need a practical long-term plan and some serious sweat. Develop self-reliance now. You may have resources of a spiritual nature that you weren’t previously aware of. Meditate on the deep ocean of collective consciousness that is always available to us. How can it serve as a resource in your situation? Trust that your ideas are good, even if it takes some time to get them off the ground. Nothing burns brighter than a Leo with a grand plan.
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 one of your most private houses. It’s the mystery sector, where intimacy, taboo secrets, unconscious patterns, history, and money mingle. Unsolved mysteries in relationships may beg to be solved at the very end of this Mars retrograde summer. Spend some quiet time in reflection and renewal. On Monday, Mars stations direct, so it will be easier to remove any obstacles that you have uncovered in your one-on-one partnerships this week. Take action to connect with the friends and partners who are good for you now.
Week of August 19th
Now that Mercury has stationed direct in your sign, things start to become more clear. A cloud disappears to reveal the sun. Ideas that seemed like they were hovering just outside of your grasp start to take form, and communication with others becomes easier. It’s still not a good idea to risk starting any kind of “war” with an enemy or rival coworker while Mars is retrograde, but the pace of life picks up in a good way this week. Jupiter trine Neptune presents the potential for big wins in real estate, investments and other financial resources, as well as enchantments where home/household/family are concerned. The sun enters Virgo on Thursday, after which a grand earth trine supports you in making any changes regarding your work, money, and vocational path.
Week of August 12th
This week you’re integrating the insights from Saturday’s solar eclipse in your sign. The whole season has been about who you are and how you express that in relationship with other people. Now Mars retrograde moves into Capricorn, bringing some potential frustration to your job or your health. The days may not be quite as productive as you want them to be, so make some time to enjoy summer, knowing that the pace will pick up in September. How do your relationships interact with your work and/or health? You may start to see some links between the issues that have plagued you since late June and whatever is happening now. Luckily, Mercury will station direct in your sign next Sunday and Jupiter trine Neptune is building to be exact: you have cosmic support for your renewal. Refresh.
Week of August 5th
Flash insights about past, present, and future versions of yourself come through one after another this week. Uranus in Taurus has you moving in a wild new direction. Now that you’ve grokked where you’re going over the next seven years (or at least glimpsed part of it), how will your image need to change to accommodate future you? Jupiter in Scorpio is uncovering all kinds of hidden insights from your history. Inspect what has floated to the surface. Take steps to alchemize any pain into knowledge, empathy, and resilience that will support you in this next phase.
Week of July 29th
Being you right now is like sitting inside of a rocket ready to launch. Everything, including you, is shaking with the rumbling energy of a beast about to take off. Hold on and check your oxygen supply, because you really are shifting into gear, about to defy gravity. Mars square Uranus mid-week makes it clear that a shift toward freedom is now happening. Remember that Jupiter in Scorpio is enlarging your home base to accommodate how awesome you’re becoming. Planning a total reinvention? Get agile during this retrograde eclipse season: look back to past versions of yourself and remember who you wanted to be, call in old friends who can help, rebirth creative ideas of old because their time is here now.
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