I write this as the summer sun moves slowly across the green lawn. The two old trees that grace my backyard are full of birdsong. Sparrow and finch, dove and starling, take turns splashing in the birdbath. The flowers are all abloom, giving their full-throated brilliant selves to the day’s warmth. I water the tomatoes and pluck a Tiny Tim. It pops with glorious flavor on my tongue. I marvel at the gifts of life that surround me and say a prayer of gratitude for life’s generosity and beauty. It is not always so for everyone.
Here in the northern hemisphere, September brings us the energy of harvest via the sign of Virgo. This year it is also a pausing time thanks to both Venus and Mercury retrograde as the month begins. Hone your energy practice. Work daily, even moment to moment, with your etheric field and your heart. Practice your energy skills. Strengthen your abilities and help those who ask you, with theirs. This is what Virgo does. It is the perfection of service. Venus, about to turn direct in Leo, turns your heart directly to generosity and love, creativity and courage. Dare to both ground yourself in Earth’s sensuality (your body and soul) and in the Sun’s (your ego-strength) beaming love.
If we tune into it, we can feel Earth’s energy pulsate in our bodies. This, my loves, is the nature of this time – it is a felt sense, a deep eroticism with Earth’s heart and her pain. We become one with the holy spirit that is the All That Is.
And here’s the other thing about this time – a deep and powerful liberation is at hand. The subterranean currents that ripple through the entire planet linking all beings, comes to life as Pluto nudges its small cold body into Aquarius, the sign of the collective. We are an inter-species, inter-connected bio-web. We cannot be separated from each other. Isolation both cools and kills us.
Friends, you already feel and know that everything is deepening, and that death is ever-present because we are in the middle of an extinction, an anguished time. This sharpens our senses and quickens our spirit-walk. We are part of an enormous, great cycle. The Spirits of love and oneness walk amongst us as we come together in our shared pain and the creaking and groaning of our increasing understanding. We are beginning to organize ourselves, just as Virgo teaches us. We feel the resonating shocks of Uranus the awakener rippling through Earth’s body. Unidentified spacecraft have been seen recently – reading the sky we see Uranus the Sky-God inserting itself into the lunar cycle.
September opens with the Moon still resonating from her fullness in Pisces, just a few days ago.
The Moon and Mars oppose each other early on the 1st. The Moon is in the newly hatched energy of Aries, and Mars has just moved into Libra where his crackling fire ignites relationship. Self-care is a good idea now. Protect your heart by simultaneously opening it as you root down. Independence can feel wonderful.
The 2nd brings another layer of ego-peeling (ouch) as the Aries Moon connects with Chiron. Consider this a cosmic-salt-scrub moment. You’ll look so good later if you slough things off now.
On the 3rd, Venus turns direct. She will join the Moon on the 11th and will be seen with Mercury on the 21st. She will shine her brightest of this year around mid-month.
September 4th is Labor Day in the USA and is over-the-top (OTT, as my brother says) when the Taurus Moon conjuncts large wise Jupiter and trines retrograde Mercury. Over-indulgence is quite likely as is a deep earthiness. It’s great energy for working in the garden, long naps, deep conversations, and projects that require sustained energy.
Things quicken on the 5th as the Moon connects with wildcard Uranus and enters speedy Gemini.
September 6th and retrograde Mercury is cazimi with the Sun (exactly conjunct) and square the Moon. Protect your mental health. Do something good for your mind. With Venus direct now, your thoughts guide your heart’s direction. Be precise.
September 7th and 8th, the Sun in Virgo favorably connects with wise Jupiter, speaking for the Earth, and from the Earth in the sign of Taurus. These are good days for establishing routine and upgrading your capacities for creative pragmatic productivity.
The waning Moon carries us through gentle Cancer until the 10th when it moves into Leo’s fire.
The pain-filled anniversary of September 11th opens hearts and creates friction as the Moon meets Venus (look to the East at sunrise) and the Sun makes an awkward angle with Chiron. Advanced methods of healing are very simple.
The 12th and 13th the disappearing Moon changes signs and opposes Saturn. Edgar Cayce said Saturn is where “… insufficient matter is cast for its remolding.” (Planetary Influences & Sojourns A.R.E Press, 2010). Your cells understand this.
The Virgo New Moon on September 14th is a blissful union. The Moon is born into fruitfulness in opposition to Neptune’s briny waters and crackles to life in a trine with Uranus. Enjoy this. It is a precious moment in time.
September 15th, Mercury turns direct at 8° Virgo. This feels like a confident time. Decisions you may have been lingering over become clearer.
On the 16th, the Moon and Mars connect in Libra. Action plans emerge. Partnership lends strength to any endeavor.
Adjustments need to be made on the 17th.
Energy deepens on the 18th with the waxing Scorpio Moon.
It’s a Cosmic heads up on the 19th when the Sun and Neptune connect with each other in their annual opposition. Your spirit and soul rise but your head must stay firmly on your shoulders.
The cosmic empowerment continues through the 20th when Pluto trines the Sun. A deep transformation is taking place.
Over the next few days, the waxing Sagittarian Moon boosts and bolsters, kissing Venus and touching the Galactic Center.
At not-quite 1:00 am (MDT) on Saturday September 23rd, the Sun leaves Virgo for Libra at the equinox. This is your opportunity to recalibrate to the ancient mystery of our solar system. So begins the entry into the fall months (here in the northern hemisphere). It’s the gateway to the other half of the Sun’s teachings. Make this time special.
You may feel the power of this time especially on the 24th as Mars and Chiron oppose each other, the Sun and Saturn awkwardly connect; and the Moon meets Pluto. Whew! Secrets emerge, independent paths appear. Stay tuned to your breath, do as Thich Nhat Hanh says, “I know I am breathing in. I know I am breathing out.”
September 25th the Aquarian Moon moves opposite Venus and comes to conjunct Saturn when it enters Pisces on the 26th. Sometimes social obligations aren’t easy. And sometimes, social obligations nourish and uplift. Put your inner ear to your inner dialogue.
Allow yourself to both rest and assimilate over the next few days.
At the Aries Full Moon at 4 am on Thursday September 28th, Venus seeks free expression (in exact square to Uranus). Women and love affairs either feel liberated or isolated. Remember, you are connected. We are all one even though there are times when we don’t feel it. Connect to the Divine and its great healing light.
The month ends as the fierce (and lonely) Aries Moon connects with Mars and opposes Chiron. Rapid instinctual action is possible. Remember, it’s never a good time to cut your nose off to spite your face.
September is about emerging into Oneness. It’s a month where you hone your energy skills and practice the courageous acts of truth and love. October takes us into an eclipse landscape. I’ll meet you there.
Remember, you matter, we’re all connected; Earth is our home and love is our destination.