Week of September 16th

You’re in the last leg of a cycle that invites you to free yourself from hidden obstacles. Release things into the light. Rage, if not articulated, can become depression; fears can hurt you more when they remain unspoken. You are finding ways to reinvent your speech. Hidden feelings may inspire some unexpected words to flow from you this week. Towards the end of the week, on Friday and Saturday, you are asked to heal your confidence in yourself. Valuing yourself for who you really are, regardless of others’ judgments, can help you free your mind from those unseen blocks. Do battle with the inner critic. Remind yourself that you are worth more than the sum of material goods.


Week of September 9th

Sunday’s new moon asks you to discern the truth about who you are and how you present yourself to others. Someone else may be projecting things onto you that aren’t really there. Or perhaps you appear to be something that you’re not. It’s been a foggy few years since Neptune moved into your sign. This transit has washed a lot of the old you away. You’re naturally gifted at swimming in this ocean of collective understanding, knowing that you are one small part of the greater cosmos. This week, find an island of self-knowledge in that vast ocean. Look to others to pull you out of the water and help you define yourself if you need a hand. You’re in a larger cycle of radically reinventing the way you think, and therefore how you speak, which is part of the way you identify yourself. You might find you have a message to preach.


Week of September 2nd

The focus of your life lately has been on work/health/spirituality, and some learning or growth that is expanding your world. This week, you shift your attention to relationships. Mercury enters Virgo on Wednesday, prompting interesting conversations with friends and partners. On Thursday, Saturn stations direct, continuing a cycle of working to accomplish some big goals. You are cementing group associations over the next few years. It would be nice to come together with friends and neighbors this weekend. You can share some of the interesting ideas you’ve had this spring and summer. You may find some support for your ideas among your wider network of acquaintances. These aspects support real in-person socializing more than social networking. The last few years have either left you feeling foggy and confused, unsure of who you are, or invited you into spiritual initiation. The key is trust. Have faith in yourself that you know the right way to go. Other people are available to ground you, helping you turn your dreams into a reality.


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 is a big one for you. Use this weekend to refresh yourself and renew your soul. Jupiter trine Neptune is bringing you the kind of wisdom and that comes from a deeper place than a traditional school. Roads are opening for travel and maybe philosophical or spiritual enlightenment of a kind. Other people are available to help you out as teachers or fellow students. Mars stations direct on Monday, making it easier to remove obstacles to your goals, especially roadblocks that were previously hidden. Take note of what you have learned about your secret wishes and start to act on what you want this week.


Week of August 19th

Now that Mercury is direct, a work/health situation should calm down a bit. Technological issues, random bouts of illness, and miscommunications with co-workers clear up, making your days a little easier this week. We only have one more week of Mars retrograde to contend with. Jupiter trine Neptune makes you doubly lucky in higher learning, travel, or spiritual seeking. A road somewhere is opening for you now. Jupiter removes obstacles, guarding you from harm as you move through the world(s) now. The sun’s move into Virgo on Thursday begins a season of focus on your primary partnerships or friendships. The grand earth trine helps you with that, too, supporting your search for the right community. Unusual ideas lead you into stable relationships with people who see that you belong. Share your insights with a wider audience.


Week of August 12th

Obstacles that you could not name may have been frustrating you during this Mars retrograde. Mars moves into Capricorn at the beginning of this week, perhaps helping you identify what you want through talks with other people who understand. Both of your rulers, Jupiter and Neptune, are moving into an exact trine (a very harmonious aspect) next Sunday. This is especially lucky for you! The ideal road is opening. Meditate on something you would like to learn, or the teacher you want to find. Some of the confusion we’re feeling now will clear over the next two weeks. Seek.


Week of August 5th

This Mercury retrograde is reminding you of how you want to spend your ideal days. Jupiter in Scorpio beckons you to fantasize about the journeys you want to take. What would your life look like if you took those leaps? On the level of mundane reality, irritations in work / health can throw a wrench in your plans to spend the week in the astral. Problems now illuminate the unnecessary. Cleanse your days of the irrelevant so that you can create more fulfilling rituals for yourself. The solar eclipse on Saturday has an insight for your spirit.


Week of July 29th

Any retrograde annoyances are offset by fantasy superhero team Jupiter trine Neptune, now growing in power. Even Mars retrograde for you can be secret genius, where what looks like inaction is really a magical form of allowing dreams into your life. Dream the path this week. Imagine where you might go between now and November. When Jupiter moves into Sagittarius on November 8th, other people are going to see the changes that you’re already experiencing. Right now it’s about inner spiritual/mental growth.


August

“A ritual is the enactment of a myth. And, by participating in the ritual, you are participating in the myth. And since myth is a projection of the depth wisdom of the psyche, by participating in a ritual, participating in the myth, you are being, as it were, put in accord with that wisdom, which is the wisdom that is inherent within you anyhow. Your consciousness is being re-minded of the wisdom of your own life. I think ritual is terribly important.”

— Joseph Campbell

We all have a role in the mystery play. Mercury retrograde is reminding you of the importance of ritual, and of your importance as part of a greater cosmic whole. Your sign’s wisdom is depth wisdom; that which comes from somewhere unknown and cannot be explained, only understood. Make daily rituals meaningful this month. Attend a ceremony or create one for yourself so you can be put in accord with wisdom. Jupiter trine Neptune all month is showing you the way down a spiritual path. With Mars retrograding into Capricorn on the 12th, you may find some hidden blocks easier to remove. You would also be wise to wait on some goals until after Mars stations direct on the 27th, at which point you can take action. Other people come together to guide you towards the end of the month. The grand earth trine on the 25th is a grounding and supportive energy for friendship, community, and communication, and the full moon in your sign on the 26th is all about you.