September is one of my favorite months. The weather mellows and it’s a time to enjoy the fruits of the soil under the Harvest Moon. Here’s a sneak preview of September’s astro-action…
September 8/9: Mercury Enters Virgo ~ Make a List
Mercury feels right at home in organized, analytical Virgo. This is a great time for a pre-winter clean out – mentally and physically. Or if you’re below the Equator, it’s a good excuse for a spring clean. Make yourself a healthy brew of herbal tea, sit down and prepare a list of all the things you need to do over the next few weeks in preparation for the new season to come. This is also a useful Mercury placement for dealing with life’s little niggles in a practical, matter of fact kind of way, no messing. Be wary, though, of getting so caught up in the small details that you can’t see the wood for the trees and get stressed out! Stop once in a while, get out in nature, take a few deep breaths and remember that there’s always a bigger picture right under your nose.
Mercury is in Virgo until September 25.
September 12: Full Moon in Pisces ~ Make a Wish
So, you made your list under Mercury in Virgo and you’re methodically ploughing through your tasks, crossing them off one by one. Very satisfying, but then you get the feeling that something’s missing. What is it? Could it be magic? Yes, under this Pisces Full Moon it’s time to make a wish and put your faith in the unknown. It’s an opportunity to check that the practical, material path you’re following also allows room for the spiritual and ethereal side of life. Practical hard work might feed the belly, but connecting with something bigger than yourself will feed the soul. This is the Harvest Moon, so whatever you believe in spiritually, it’s a time to give thanks and set your spiritual intentions for the next month.
Of course, it’s not all about ‘me, me, me’ with Pisces or with Virgo. While Mercury in Virgo (and the Virgo New Moon in late August) are great for giving practical help to others, this Pisces Full Moon speaks of the need to show compassion to our fellow beings. Enjoy the Full Moon.
The Full Moon falls at 19 Pisces 17(Moon) and 19 Virgo 17 (Sun).
For all of September’s Moon phases, see http://www.mandilockley.com/moon_phases.html
September 14: Venus Enters Libra ~ Correcting the Balance
Libra is one of Venus’ favorite signs. This placement is all about relationships, socializing, happy compromise, getting along with others, the nice things in life, fairness and balance. We should be in for a nice time, but Venus makes a couple of tough connections with Uranus and Pluto on the 17th and 18th. These aspects suggest challenges around the things (listed above) that Venus in Libra symbolizes. This is a time to think about what and who you commit to and why. It also presents an opportunity to look deeply into your own motivations and those of others in all your relationships and social interactions. Is the balance right? By the time Venus conjoins Saturn on the 30th you should be able to take responsibility and work through any remaining issues. Then you can emerge into October feeling much more secure in your relationships.
Venus is in Libra until October 8/9
September 16: Pluto Turns Direct ~ Powerful Turnarounds
Pluto has been retrograde (appearing to move backwards through the zodiac) since April and now finally turns around. As Pluto spends over 40% of its time retrograde, it’s not worth getting in a big lather over. It is, though, worth noting the dates when it actually changes direction, because these tend to bring powerful and intense energies. Pluto turns around at 4 degrees, 53 minutes of Capricorn, so if you have planets and angles at 4-5 degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra and/or Capricorn, this turnaround represents a significant transit for you (get your chart for free at www.alabe.com). As I mentioned in my retrograde Pluto write up in April, a deep review of your emotional and material life could be called for, as well as dealing with issues around power and control and self-sabotaging habits. Pluto transits are not easy, but in the final analysis they can signal the start of positive change. See Notes From A Pluto transit for a personal account of what a Pluto transit can be like.
In world astrology Pluto represents big business, plutocrats, the infrastructure and administration of government, power and the abuse of power, taboos, the super wealthy and the buried riches of the earth, including oil and plutonium and nuclear energy. It’s always worth watching the news for Pluto themes a week or so either side of the turn around. If you remember, back in April, a major issue in the news was the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan following the devastating earthquake. The handling of the disaster led to the resignation of the Prime Minister there.
September 18 /19: Mars Enters Leo ~ Brave Heart
Mars in Leo has a much better ring to it than Mars in Cancer. In Leo, Mars asserts itself proudly, warmly, from the heart. Its expression can be dramatic, self-seeking and proud. If the will is too stubborn and self-centred, this can lead to problems, especially if Mars in Leo doesn’t feel like he’s getting the rewards he feels he deserves for his unquestionable prowess! Then Mars in Leo can become pushy, overbearing and domineering. At best though, the natural confidence of Mars in Leo is shared generously and expressed with tremendous creative flair and positive vitality. Enjoy basking in the warm heart of Mars in Leo. It’s a great placement for going for what you want, with charm and good grace.
Mars is in Leo until November 10/11.
Summary of September’s Main Events
September 8/9: Mercury Enters Virgo
September 12: Full Moon in Pisces
September 14: Venus Enters Libra
September 16: Pluto Turns Direct
September 17: Venus opposes Uranus
September 18: Venus squares Pluto
September 18 /19: Mars Enters Leo
September 23: Sun Enters Libra - coming in Part 2
September 25: Mercury Enters Libra - coming in Part 2
September 26: Sun opposes Uranus - coming in Part 2
September 27: News Moon in Libra - coming in Part 2
September 28: Sun Conjunct Mercury and Square Pluto - coming in Part 2
September 30: Venus Conjunct Saturn
Note: where two dates are shown, the event occurs on the later date in western times zones such as EDT and PDT and the earlier date in eastern times zones such as GMT.
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