Whew! The summer from hell is behind us. I certainly hope that yours wasn’t as bad as ours. It was a time of unexpected illnesses, surgeries and death.
September is a rare gem of a month in a difficult last half of 2018. Both Mercury and Mars are direct in capable signs and stern Saturn turns direct also. This is the month to catch up with yourself and to bring order into your life. The Sun travels through discerning Virgo until the 22nd giving you an opportunity to focus on the little things that make life sweeter. Yes, God is in the details. Let yourself enjoy the minutiae. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Clean out your closets, work in your garden, take care of your pets, and most importantly, take care of yourself. Get to the doctor, the therapist, get a massage, acupuncture, Matrix energetics, yoga class, or whatever you need to clear out the heat of summer. Allow the prevailing Virgo energy to take care of you as you take care of everything else.
The month opens with a steady Taurus Moon. It’s a great time for hiking, gardening and other earth-centered activities. Mercury is exuberant in creative Leo and Venus is in her home sign of classy Libra. Reach out and connect with someone. Make art. It’s a wonderful time for lovers.
Mercury enters its home sign of Virgo on the 5th, just after the American holiday of Labor Day. This is great news because your attention naturally turns to the details of life. Balance your check book! Also, on the 5th and through the 13th, Venus opposes crazy Uranus. It’s a good idea to keep track of finances and love affairs as things can get a little wonky under these skies.
Venus and Mars square each other on the 6th through the 8th. Oh, oh, trouble in paradise. It’s okay to disagree just don’t go to bed angry.
Keep your eyes open on the 7th. The Sun opposes obscuring Neptune. Take extra anti-oxidants today to boost your immune system. Don’t over tax yourself. If you’re feeling frazzled, take a short break for meditation. Perhaps watch an inspiring movie.
After her confrontation with Mars, Venus enters secretive Scorpio before dawn (MT) September 9th. She will retrograde in this sign on October 5th, turning direct in Libra on November 16th. Secret deals and covert financial laundering are possible during this period. Sex secrets and ‘other’ women are likely too. Jealously abounds! But so too does a determination to get what you want. Venus can be vindictive and cruel when in Scorpio. Please don’t turn mean. Yes, withdraw into yourself if you need to. Wear black lipstick and red underwear but don’t hurt anyone, least of all yourself! Got it?
Later on the 9th, there’s a precious Virgo New Moon. There’s lots of cosmic support, and just enough tension, to motivate you toward your goals. Now there’s no need to have something concrete in mind (example: I will lose 10# by …) though that works too. The idea rather, is to set a standard for yourself. For example: I will drink more water every day. This New Moon is an opportunity to create a healthy change that lasts a long time. Try it.
If you like, you can also use this powerful New Moon to heal your mind by doing the Mental Diet. This is a pearl of wisdom from the 1930’s that guides you on a seven day fast from negative thinking. It’s okay to feel sadness, grief, and other real emotions during your mental fast, but it’s not okay to entertain negative thinking, such as, I’m such an idiot, she’s a jerk etc. Give it try. See how it changes your life. If you get bogged down, stop the diet, give yourself a two-day break, and start again.
September 10th, Mars re-enters social, egalitarian Aquarius. You might recall that Mars turned retrograde in this sign in late June of this year and turned direct in Capricorn on August 27th. Look for increased social action and the power of the people to be expressed. Technological advancements are possible too.
Mars immediately squares Venus, again. Oh dear, the male/female thing is turning out to be a bit tense this month. It’s okay to disagree just don’t loose yourself in anger. Mars also squares change-agent Uranus until the 19th making this an unpredictable time. Stay away from angry people but do press forward on projects.
September 11th is a painful day in American history and we honor it this year with a waxing Libra Moon. Yet the Sun trines powerful Pluto this day encouraging our collective transformation.
On the 12th through the 13th Venus opposes Uranus upsetting the love and financial apple cart. But surprise encounters can occur which make this an intriguing time. Don’t be too impulsive.
On the 13th bright little Mercury opposes dreamy Neptune and you wonder if you read too much into the encounter. Keep your head on straight but do escape into a little fantasy. It’s a great day to write a poem or two.
Overload is possible on the 14th when the Scorpio Moon connects with abundant Jupiter. It’s a good day for a cleanse or some other replenishing activity. Mercury and Pluto form a trine on the 15th indicating that you’re making good progress!
The next few days are caught up in the Mars/Uranus square which culminates on the 18th. You can breathe a sigh of relief when that show-down is over. Mercury connects with Sun over the next few days making them excellent for skillful decision making.
This clarifying energy is supported by Mercury’s move to Libra on the 21st. Mercury trines Mars bringing sophistication to conversation. Strategy is important and can be effective under this transit. At the same time and into the 23rd, Mercury forms a Yod with Uranus and Chiron. Relationships need to change my friends, and the way to do that is with a kindly manner and great sensitivity.
There’s a profound energy shift just after sunset (MT) on the 22nd when the Sun enters balanced Libra at fall equinox. Take a cue from this gracious sign and bring more beauty and harmony to your life. The Moon is waxing now and comes to fullness on the 24th.
The Aries Full Moon on the 24th is also known as the Harvest Moon and a time to get some serious work done. This is a difficult lunation my friends. Both the Libra Sun and the full Aries Moon square stern Saturn, the taskmaster. Also, the Moon conjuncts delicate Chiron which opposes the Sun. Ouch! This can hurt. Perhaps there’s some serious news to digest. Whatever it is let this depressing energy solidify your connections and your values. It looks tough and reminds me of the Moon in USA solar return chart. It too is in Aries conjunct Chiron. Accept your part in it. Take responsibility and move on.
Chiron returns to Pisces on the 25th continuing the healing journey of the spirit. The Sun trines Mars on the 27th bringing much needed energy and enthusiasm your way. The month ends when Pluto turns direct. This powerful, yet subtle force, indicates your willingness to move on. There are no excuses, there is only love. And as the Gurus of old and modern times have told us, all you need is love.
I’ll see you back here in October in time for a Venus retrograde followed by Mercury retrograde in November.
Remember: you matter, we are all connected. Earth is our home and love is our destination.