Week of September 16th

Value yourself this week. Astrologically, your birthday starts a whole new cycle for you. Who do you want to be in this next 365-day cycle? What do you want to tell people about yourself? A health/work situation may re-emerge, or reach some kind of resolution this week. You are bushwacking a whole new path forward for yourself, so it’s ok if you can’t see that far ahead yet. Right now it’s partly about renewing a sense of confidence. Take stock of what you value and prepare to fight for it if necessary. An inner “war”, one that has to do with healing a very old wound, may be required in order for you to claim your worth. If calling on spiritual assistance fits your practice, this is a time to ask.


Week of September 9th

Sunday’s new moon asks you to be discerning in your relationships. In the darkness, it can be hard to determine true friends from false, but as the moonlight returns this week, you begin to see things as they really are. Is the person sitting across from you clothed as themselves, or wearing a costume? Use more than just your eyes to see. Your vocabulary for such experiences is expanding. Love in all its forms can be transformative. You are on a learning path that returns you to the wilderness; makes you wild. Ponder your wildest, truest self this new moon week. Speak of your true self to others and help them to understand. Clarity is one of your greatest gifts. Now it’s time to exchange this clarity of language with someone you have loved.


Week of September 2nd

Your ruler Mercury is in sync with you this week. While transiting Leo, he’s been gifting you with all kinds of imaginative ideas and spiritual insights. He enters your sign on Wednesday, helping you to organize and present your thoughts in an intelligent way. Communication with others should become a little easier than it has been. Pallas Athene will be in your sign starting on Tuesday, too, granting you some extra wisdom. You have a strong capacity for strategy this September. The theme of love and friendship continues to be strong as well. Saturn stations direct on Thursday, moving something along in the realm of fun/creativity/romance. You are “working” to make more time for play in your life. On Friday, you’re invited to continue on the relatively new path that started to open for you this spring. Idealistic, spiritual, or artistic partners call your attention. Make sure you use the energy of Pallas and Mercury to discern truth from fiction where other people are concerned. You value the idea of romance, but the sentimental fantasy is doing battle with the reality of relating to other people. Value yourself first. Mercury helps you to say what you mean.


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

Happy birthday! It’s officially your season, and you’re starting it off with a lovely full moon. This week is all about love and friendship. Enjoy some one-on-one time with a close friend or partner on Sunday. You’re in a much longer cycle of transforming your whole approach to romance, fun, children, and/or creativity. Relax and enjoy! You have at least one thing to celebrate -- Mars stations direct on Monday. The red planet has given you a lot to work on in the love and fun department. This week you can start to clear some of those roadblocks and integrate the lessons of the retrograde. Value yourself and your voice. These aspects are teaching you to speak up. Ask for what you need from others.


Week of August 19th

Your ruler Mercury is direct and the sun will enter your sign on Thursday, kicking off a season of energy and momentum for you. The retrograde cycle of rest and healing is coming to a close for now, hopefully with many insights from listening to your dreams, your intuition, and your body. Jupiter trine Neptune may coincide with budding friendships and luck in relationships. Other people are very interested in what you have to say. Think about ways to make your imaginative ideas real, especially towards the end of the week when the grand earth trine is available to help you manifest a wild quest with Uranus in Taurus. What would you like to create? What would be fun to learn now? Momentum builds all week as Luna waxes to a beautiful full moon in your house of partnership. Celebrate love and friendship this weekend. You have so much of both.


Week of August 12th

A hidden insight from Saturday’s solar eclipse may come to light this week. Mars retrograde continues to make you feel like it’s all work and no play for you right now. Consider what you need in your life to make it more fun. It’s not a question of deserving pleasure, because everyone does. Venus moving through Libra right now can help you with any feelings of unworthiness as you practice self-care. Behave like a Libra this week: do some type of beauty treatment, try some retail therapy, flirt with someone to boost your own self-esteem, or play hooky to hang out with friends. To a Libra, pleasure is often the reason for living. Indulge.


Week of August 5th

Your dreams this week hold the keys to a question you may not even have known you were asking. Your ruler Mercury meets the sun on Wednesday and stars in the partial solar eclipse on Saturday. You’re reviewing the past, even past lives, past selves that feel like they’re from past lives, and any blocks that keep you from shining. Uranus stationing retrograde reminds you of the wild path of knowledge you’ll be treading for the next seven years or so. Let go of any inner criticism that is holding you back from your brilliance.


Week of July 29th

Follow the path of the Hermit right now. Mercury retrograde is that old man with a lantern, slowly leading the way to illumination through inner, spiritual knowledge. True solitude is so rare these days. Do yourself a favor in the middle of all this Mars madness and unplug. Don’t get sucked into work/school drama that keeps you from following your own wild road forward. You are the sign most likely to be reading a self-improvement manual, but this is not the time to seek life advice from others. Look within and get some good advice from yourself.


August

“Our imagination flies — we are its shadow on the earth.”

— Vladimir Nabokov

In keeping with the ending-and-healing theme of July, August is a month for solitary flights of the imagination. Your ruler Mercury is retrograde in your most private, solitary house of hidden thoughts and emotions now. This is a time for looking inward. Find your own guidance. Open up to your creative capacities. If Mars retrograde feels like a restriction on your real, daily life, you can retreat to the unlimited imagination. The second week of August will illuminate something important about your secret self, with Mercury meeting the sun on August 8th and then playing a starring role in the Leo solar eclipse on the 11th. What are your secret thoughts? What’s the drama playing out behind the scenes? The beginning of the month is a time to release old fears and let go of self-doubts that may no longer serve. Venus moving into Libra on the 6th helps you to see how lovely you are. When Mercury stations direct on August 19th, with a celebrated Jupiter-Neptune trine the same day, you may start to feel like coming out of your shell a bit more. Imaginative flights continue with added support from others. Your season starts August 23rd, with the sun’s move into your sign, and a full moon in Pisces (Aug. 26th) shines a wonderful light on your friendships and partnerships. Enjoy the last weekend of August. You’ll have a better handle on what you want by the time Mars stations direct on the 27th. Then you’re free to go after it.