Week of September 23rd

With so much emphasis on your career and your path, no doubt you’ve been working hard. Busy days may help your vocational aspirations, but they can take a toll on your health this week, too, if you’re not careful. Try to achieve some balance between work and rest. Some hidden truth could cause you pain at the full moon in Aries. Ultimately, facing the truth honestly draws out the poison and helps you to heal. This is a journey of the spirit. It’s likely to be a very private full moon for you, as you sit with the wounded parts of yourself and imagine them into wholeness. The rest of the world will probably only see how you’re killing it at work--which you are. But the inner work is the real challenge to accept this week. Ask for the aid of spirit guides to help you confront the pain.


Week of September 16th

The past summer’s Mars retrograde showed you where you were feeling held back on your vocational path. This week, you may be reminded of those frustrating limitations. Mars is direct now, so you are moving past the blocks, but you’re still integrating those retrograde lessons about your desires and need for freedom. Avoid initiating sudden changes right now. However you’ve begun to reinvent yourself, the cycle will last through 2026, so you’ve got time. If you have made big changes since May, congratulate yourself on your risk-taking. It’s not easy to shake things up! On Friday and Saturday, as we begin the fall season, you are called to rest. There is something deeper that must be healed, through dreamwork, imagination, or the help of the spirits. Regain energy after a difficult summer.


Week of September 9th

Sunday’s new moon asks you to discern what is truly fun for you. How do you want to play? How do you want to express yourself creatively? You might very well choose to involve other people. Your community could be very generous, gifting you with exactly what you need. You are in a longer-term cycle of gaining some deep, transformative knowledge of the world. You’ve also started to reinvent yourself in radical ways, which means that creativity is becoming a regular part of your life whether you consider yourself to be an artist now or not. Your personal re-wilding ought to be fun! Get out and play this weekend. There is a lot of potential for excitement in your love life this week.


Week of September 2nd

You’ve been very focused on the major parts of your life this summer: your home and career in particular. Relationships have also been a major factor this year. When Mercury enters Virgo on Wednesday, you get a bit of a reprieve from all of the tense, challenging aspects that have been testing you. This week is about expressing yourself. Do something creative with the radical reinvention of yourself that started in May. Saturn stations direct in Capricorn on Thursday, continuing a cycle of road-opening and road-paving, as you work towards some big plans for travel, school, or spiritual expansion. This past summer’s Mars retrograde may have had you thinking about where you want to go. If you’ve figured that out, it’s time to start moving. Organized fun is the game: you can bring it into your creative work, your day job, your service work, your health routines, your vacation, or your classes. The most important thing now is to enjoy the little things in life. Romance gets a boost as well, so consider planning a fun date.


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 all about the party for you. Bring your community together this weekend if you can, because it should be a fun time. Jupiter in your relationship sector is expanding all kinds of one-on-one partnerships, from romance to friendship. And since Uranus moved into your sign in May, the changes you’re going through have probably led you to connect with new people who can relate. This week is all about making that connection. On Monday, Mars stations direct, making it easier to move forward with something related to your education and/or career. Powerful transformation is at hand.


Week of August 19th

Mercury direct means fewer communication issues with family members or roommates. Something at home is clarified this week, even with Mars still retrograde until the 27th. Jupiter trine Neptune offers blessings in your social life. You may link up with wonderful friends and enjoy some much-needed social time now. Partnerships of the romantic or business varieties are also supported now. Romance looks especially good: the sun’s move into Virgo on Thursday begins a season of fun, pleasure, and creativity that could certainly include dating for some Taurus readers. The grand earth trine later this week supports your transformation in the direction of joy. How do you want to express yourself? Your unique essence needs some kind of creative outlet. You’ve worked hard enough lately. This week is about beginning a season of play!


Week of August 12th

Mars retrograde moving into Capricorn takes some of the pressure off a career situation. You are facing some thwarted desires regarding your path; perhaps recognizing that you need further schooling or certification to reach your ultimate goal. Frustration doesn’t feel great, but it does tell you in no uncertain terms exactly what you want. Meanwhile, Venus in Libra is just beautiful for you, helping you to brighten up a work / health situation that needed your attention. Other people are ready to support and celebrate you this week, as Jupiter trine Neptune grows in strength. Learn.


Week of August 5th

Since Uranus entered your sign in May, you’ve been feeling the energy of regeneration. Uranus stations retrograde on the 7th, traveling slowly back over the first two degrees of Taurus until November 6th, which means that you will continue to feel the effects of this cycle for the next three months. Then you get a mini hiatus of sorts until Uranus moves back into your sign for the long-term in March 2019. It’s definitely not break time yet, though: this week is all about the regeneration. Venus in Libra helps you beautify a work / health situation. You uncover a bolder, secret self who was waiting in the wings to make this transition. Saturday’s solar eclipse brings messages from the past: ancestors or family members speak.


Week of July 29th

People who haven’t been paying attention are likely to be shocked when they see the changes that are taking place in you. Total, genius reinvention is imminent. You’re just about ready to leave old scenes in your home and career. As the sign known for your amazing tenacity, you’re about to surprise a whole lot of people, including yourself, when you embrace big changes with this Uranus transit. Use Mars square Uranus to generate wild ideas about where you might go next. Clearing out stale energy to freshen up a space helps you see everything differently this week.


August

“Real magic can never be made by offering someone else’s liver. You must tear out your own, and not expect to get it back.”

— Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

Your ruling planet Venus enters Libra on the 6th, making herself at home in your house of ritual. Libra is a harmonious sign, but that harmony is reached through reciprocity: a gift for a gift. Paving the way for change in your life will require commitment and sacrifice this month. Look to spiritual sources for insights about what it will take. Mercury retrograde through August 19th has you reflecting on something at home, perhaps cycling back through old family issues and having the same conversations again. A message about your past helps you to reset at the Leo solar eclipse on the 11th. When Mars retrogrades into Capricorn on the 12th, you begin using the retrograde breakthroughs to find your way again. Jupiter trine Neptune all month (exact on the 19th) has the potential to bring wishes to life, especially where love and friendship are concerned. At the end of the month, you finally get a breather from all of the challenges you’ve faced lately. Your self-expression is supported and grounded in loving energy through the grand earth trine on the 25th, and on the 26th a Pisces full moon brings your community together in celebration. Once Mars stations direct on the 27th, you face fewer obstacles, having already analyzed some inner conflict that was holding you back from your real desires.