Virgo month is already underway, but you can take time in this first week to work your way into the back-to-it routine. Mercury completed retrograde on August 26, but its shadow phase continues active through September 10. As it leaves Leo, Mercury will oppose Neptune for the third and final time, completing the cycle begun at the end of July. The first opposition (July 28) brought the Sudan crisis to our attention, and the Dow Jones took the first of its big tumbles as the US debt deadlock hit stand-offs. The USA would come to an agreement to raise the debt ceiling on the day before Mercury turned retrograde on Aug 2. On the day after, its international credit rating was demoted.
The second of the Mercury/Neptune oppositions (Aug 6), were marked by London riots. Polygamist religious leader Warren Jeffs was convicted for under-age rape. Here in Canada, the end of Mercury retrograde on Aug 26 brought a the end of the HST tax by the people’s choice, a history making government defeat by public referendum and the funeral for the newly elected federal opposition leader, Jack Layton. The final Mercury/Neptune opposition marks the ten-year anniversary of 911.
The end of this triple alignment cycle can be the beginning of a productive correction, healing, and repair time. Mercury/Neptune has kept the question marks, loss, and uncertainty going strong, but our experiences have been informing and revealing all the same and it is our starting point. When Mercury opposes Neptune, hidden keys and ripening potentials reveal themselves. Along with Chiron’s activation, we are at another match-strike point along destiny’s timeline. Key people and relationship karmas are major agents for us now.
On Aug 30, Jupiter, currently touring Taurus, began its annual four-month retrograde tour. When Jupiter is in Taurus, we expand our beliefs around our survival issues – our money, assets, possessions, and values. Our mission focuses on acquiring, accruing, having, keeping, and holding. When Jupiter turns retrograde, we do more searching. We question that which we have amassed, and we review that which holds value and meaning. This includes our cultural, religious, and spiritual paths. Retrograde cycles always allow for greater observation. Jupiter’s retrograde tour serves to provide a more truthful perspective regarding our philosophies and beliefs around our wants, needs, and desires. It will increase our knowledge and our questioning regarding our global economic direction. Two of our largest questions now: where is the global economy headed, and given the nature of extreme weather conditions and political tyranny, how do we create more secure survival and upgrade the quality of life on this planet? If we are well aligned, Jupiter’s retrograde cycle will now solidify our journey and actualize something of true worth. If we are not well aligned, Jupiter’s retrograde cycle will animate teachings and teachers that will prompt the necessary adjustments. Either way, we are entering an opportune four-month materializing chapter.
Jupiter is also the planet of leadership and envisioning. When retrograde, both are greatly challenged. Interestingly, Jupiter’s four month retrograde coincides with the time it will take for the federal NDP of Canada to regroup and re-elect a leader.
Jupiter in Taurus retrograde can perforate the previously impenetrable or secure, dislodge the immovable or stuck. Interestingly, the day before Jupiter turned retrograde, Gaddafi’s wife and three of his adult children fled to Algeria. This is a signal that Gaddafi is losing his stranglehold on the Libyan people. The Mercury/Neptune opposition is one reason why Gaddafi has managed to stay hidden, but his time is nearing an end. Activation on his natal Uranus still marks him as the dangerous loose cannon.
The harvest full moon Sept 12 occurs on the heels of the Mercury activation. Although there can be added vulnerability and lack of immunity, losses and market volatility, Mars in Cancer harmonizes with this full moon, suggesting there is opportunity for significant healing to occur. The days following suggest a completion or endpoint is reached, and on its heels comes a new initiative and rapid moving forward time.
The Autumn Equinox on Sept 23 launches the autumn season with added intensity, due to a reactivation of the cardinal positions of Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. When it hits, it can hit all at once. Expect life to speed up and get a lot busier, and for more lucrative opportunity to appear. There can be extra adjustments and decisions to make. September 23 through the super new moon on Sept 27 marks another intensity peak. The super (high tide) new moon in Libra can bring contracts and relationship matters to a new level. There can be new people to meet, new alliances to forge, new markets or lucrative new financial avenues to pursue.
Sept 12: Harvest Full Moon: 2:27 am (19 Pisces 17)
Sept 27: Super New Moon: 4:09 am (4 Libra 00)
Sept 8: Mercury enters Virgo: 10:59 pm
Sept 14: Venus enters Libra: 7:40 pm
Sept 16: Pluto stations direct: 11:23 am (4:53 Capricorn)
Sept 17: Vesta stations direct: 4:27 pm (6:08 Aquarius)
Sept 18: Mars enters Leo: 6:51 pm
Sept 23: Autumn Equinox: Sun enters Libra: 2:05 am
Sept 25: Mercury enters Libra: 2:09 am
**Please note, all times listed are PDT – please check your local listings
ARIES (March 21- April 19)
You can ease into the back-to-it-routine, but come mid month, you’ll be wise to go at it full tilt. Until Mercury surpasses Neptune and Chiron, which it will do in the days leading up to the harvest full moon of Sept 12, it is best to keep open-ended and open-minded. And alert. Potentials are energizing now, but you won’t know how to play it next until you have gone a little further and gathered more information.
You should find yourself spurred into action, perhaps suddenly so, in the days following the full moon. Watch for plans, work, support, and financial matters can fall into place. If you are looking for a confidence upgrade or creative boost, Mars in Leo, Sept 18 to Nov 10, should do the trick nicely. This Mars position can put your love life into action, and it can get your kids going too. Pluto’s return to direct motion on Sept 16 should also help to advance legal, financial, professional, or parental matters that have been held up or taken a back seat. The Autumn Equinox, September 23, is the lead-in to a high-charged end of the month. The super new moon can deliver a cut-off point for legal or relationships matters. It brings things to a sudden end, a culmination point, and it also sets a new paving stone in place.
TAURUS (April 20 -May 20)
Missing the motivation to get back on the hamster wheel? You can indulge yourself a little more as September starts, but by the full moon September 12, it will be time to get your act together. Virgo month is traditionally one your best times to put creativity to work. It’s also a time to test yourself. Until Mercury surpasses Neptune and advances into Virgo you may not have it completely figured out, but once you put yourself back in the game, you’ll see your way clearer, and you are likely to feel quite pleased with your good start.
Now through December, Jupiter is retrograde in Taurus. Consider it as an acclimatizing and building momentum phase. Something unexpected can open-up or fill in a missing blank on or around the full moon Sept 12. From this point forward, you’ll gain a clearer sense of direction. Where it counts the most, there’s opportunity for the taking, especially from Sept 14 to 17. The super new moon Sept 27 can be an ideal target date to quit smoking or to stop other dependencies and vices. It is also a time to break free of a co-dependent relationship, or conversely, to join forces in order to create financial advantage. Too, it can be a time to hire new help, a new agent, to seek a second opinion or additional advice. A new business partnership or investment could be just the ticket. Whatever you launch, start small, and stay practical.
GEMINI (May 21-June 21)
The moment is infused and potentials are expanding, but you won’t know for sure where you are heading until Mercury completes an opposition to Neptune and Chiron. Be open to exploring the possibilities. Risk taking can be worthy, especially if it unchains you or lifts the ceiling, but proceed with caution until you feel secure that you have all the facts. A show of integrity or standing on principle may mean the need to say no and/or to turn down a proposal. Pay attention to clues or premonitions, they can be informative. Still, it is important that you make a distinction between what is real and what may be simply hopeful thinking or plain outright illusion. Try to stay alert so that you aren’t seduced by your own projections, the hearsay, or the advertising. Sept 8 through the harvest full moon will peel it back layer by layer. Something unexpected could surface. Even if circumstances are initially jarring or cause loss, in the long run you may come to see it as a saving grace. The super new moon on Sept 27 can solidify much, especially regarding partnerships, romance, or financial matters. An important contract could complete on or around this time.
CANCER (June 22-July 22)
Just when you feel you have run out of options or steam, comes a saving grace. Watch for things to smooth out for you. In fact, there are times through the month when you’ll see it roll along much easier than you thought was possible. The universe always provides, but it doesn’t always happen in what we would consider a comfortable timeframe. To Sept 18 while Mars continues in Cancer, you’ll find the necessity to keep challenging, confronting, and refuelling yourself. By the third week of the month, when Pluto ends retrograde, and Mars enters Leo, you should see that you have more to work with and toward. Mars in Leo, Sept 18 to Nov 10 should boost your confidence, your bravado, and your libido too. This Mars position enhances your assets, resources, and financial prospects or earnings.
The new moon on September 27 is one of crossing new thresholds, of endings and beginnings that dovetail one another. It bodes well for real estate, family, and home-related matters. Spruce up your living space or workspace, or to spend money on enhancing yourself. It can be an appropriate time to launch or retire a home-based business, for co-habituating, pre-nup agreements, taking on a new home helper, taking on more responsibility for an aging family member, for downsizing, moving to a new address, etc. A contract or new partnership venture shows signs of added security for the long haul.
LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)
As the month starts, it seems that you have a big agenda planned for yourself. Your good intentions are to be commended, still, there’s build-up and biding-time to do yet. Keep ambition, trust, and faith focused in the right place, but employ patience and allow extra latitude, especially through the first two weeks. By the time Mercury surpasses Neptune and Chiron (Sept 8, 10) you should start to see how the benefits and potentials are shaping up. The full moon Sept 12 could dish up a sudden or unexpected detour, a break-through or a cut-off point; it could set you free in some unexpected way. You may not be ready for all that comes your way. The full moon can reveal or uncover more than you realized was there to begin with. In some cases, there may be more to relinquish, surrender, or transcend, but if so, I recommend that you aim to move on as quickly as you can. Immediately following the full moon, you’ll find things rev-up and get moving in a bright new direction.
Mars in Leo, Sept 18 through Nov 10, fires-up your initiative, creativity, and confidence. Along with a new perspective, the super new moon Sept 27 could introduce you to something or someone brand new. From this point forward, relationships, interests, or life in general could launch you into a whole new direction. Of course, the choice is yours.
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)
Start of the month sees you making good headway. Outside of the occasional backtrack, (forgive yourself for being human), you should find you gain more stick-to-it power now. You’ll start to see more visible results and more potentials opening up as Mercury surpasses Neptune and advances into Virgo on Sept 8. Sept 8 to 10, Mercury is well ignited so you should find you get a preview of the full moon of Sept 12 and of the shape of things to come. Please be especially careful with medications, food allergies, alcohol, or other vices over this weekend. Immunity and safety calls for extra attention. Emotional sensitivity and susceptibility runs high too. You may find that others let you down, or that hidden costs get to you. The weekend prior to the full moon can be an ideal time to gift yourself with more peace and quiet, to back out of something you don’t want to do, to immerse yourself in a personal or creative project, to book a spa retreat or to replenish spiritually however it suits you best.
Mars in Leo, Sept 18 through Nov 10 helps you to re-center and re-focus your priorities. Consider it a stoking the fire influence. The super new moon on Aug 26 suggests coming to the end of the road of a particular relationship or financial matter. It may be an opportune time to renegotiate with the bank, or creditors, etc. At the same time, fresh prospects can present themselves. A lucrative financial contract or a substantial investment shows long-term promise. If a new relationship potential appears, it could fall into the serious contender category right from the get-go. If something fires up and dies right away, know you have saved yourself from the unnecessary. This new moon is not about grey zones! It’s either on or off, for you or not.
LIBRA (Sept 22-Oct 22)
Ah, we never get enough of summer! Even if good summer weather lingers longer where you live, the days are shortening and it’s time to turn the attention to your back-to-it routines. Saturn in Libra should help rather than hinder you now. Of course, the serious one will always call you to task, but as the year finishes out, Saturn alignment with Neptune in Aquarius should ease matters along. You’ll find that you are not so limited or burdened as you have been, and that you can accomplish readily and well. New possibilities and ambitions carry better potential now. You are moving into a substantial actualizing season. Before getting there though, there is work to do and adjustments to be made.
It seems there’s something brewing on the backburner. It could be a thought, a feeling, a plan, a secret, or something or someone that has escaped your view. Sept 8 through 10, can be exposing, informing, revealing. The full moon in Pisces Sept 12 can bring this matter to fullness. Too, the full moon puts the spotlight on health and work matters. Pay attention to details, it can be easy to miss, to misread, to misplace, or forget. The full moon may provide hidden opportunity or advantage. Seize it as you see it. The moment could be fleeting. Of course, don’t take unnecessary risks with your body or your wallet.
Mid September you should find yourself/your life in full swing or full bloom as Venus advances into Libra, Sept 14 to Oct 8, and Pluto completes retrograde on Sept 16.
The Autumn Equinox Sept 23 launches you into a supercharged new season and infuses vibrant fuel into all fresh starts. Watch for something or someone new to light your bonfire. Mercury advance to Libra on Sept 25 and the super new moon in Libra on Sept 27 can find you making a short bee-line to significant goal or an end-point. Whether inspired, inflamed or a competitive edge sparks, when passion hits flint, you are likely to be a dynamo in action.
SCORPIO (Oct 23~Nov 22)
Through the beginning of February next year, Neptune plunges you into the deep waters that churn within your subconscious. Reconciling with the past seems to be relevant to your future in some profound and energizing way. The more you look back, the more you will see how different you are today. (Yes, you’ve come along way, baby.) This Neptune transit is also a seeding influence for a new life direction. Mercury’s alignment with Neptune and Chiron, Sept 8 to 10, can give you more insights and/or a preview of what is to come. This aspect can produce a threshold-crossing of major significance. A key person may be the prompt that sets important wheels in motion.
While you seem to be fairly well-situated, this Neptune aspect along with Jupiter’s recent turn to retrograde could see you pick up and go at anytime.
Off and on this month, you can feel like you are stretched between two worlds, and this can be actual or experiential. As the month progresses you are likely to see that one direction, idea, etc. shows greater appeal or promise and overtakes your choice-making.
The full-of-potential full moon in Pisces Sept 12 could be the start of something big. The days following could see a rapid succession of events and moving forward.
The seeding and solidifying super new moon in Libra on Sept 27 can bring matters to a culminating and fruition threshold. One substantial door closes, another substantial one opens.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV 22~DEC21)
You seem to have a lot to face, but you are very capable of handling it right now. In fact, you are able to cope with more than usual, thanks to Jupiter in favourable alignment with the sun and Venus at month’s start. Some things may not pan out the way you’d expect them to, but in the end, it may prove to your advantage. If you are in contract talks, hold out for what you want, especially if you are the seller, petitioner, or employee. If you are bidding on a project, it may be wise to cut your price in order edge out the competition. In the end the job will be lucrative. This same advice applies if you are looking to increase your client base or to bundle more services. If you are a buyer or need to renegotiate with the banks, you may be able to get more for less.
A plateau can be a reward in itself, especially if getting there has been a hard climb. But the stars want you to keep moving along, so keep striving to get the best out of yourself and your circumstances. There’s always something extra to learn/extract and another step you can take.
The weekend before the full moon in Pisces on Sept 12, Mercury forms dynamic aspects to Neptune and Chiron. A discovery could be made or something unexpected could arise or open up. It could be the start of something healing or lucrative. Once the ball starts rolling, it can roll fast.
The switch of planets from Virgo to Libra – Venus on Sept 14, the Sun on the Autumn Equinox Sept 23, and Mercury on Sept 25, along with the super new moon in Libra on Sept 27 moves you into a whole new ball game. New plans, goals and relationships can be tantalizing. Ambition looks good on you.
CAPRICORN (DEC 22~JAN 19)
Start of the month finds you ready to take on a new initiative. Jupiter’s recent turn to retrograde simply intensifies your drive to expand yourself and to work on a future that can offer you more satisfaction, abundance, and freedom. Too, it seems you are ready to loosen up a little more and hold back a little less. An un-inhibiting and emboldening influence for your sign, while in retrograde Jupiter will help you to bring more of yourself out into the open. This is of course, helpful to those of you who suffer through shyness. For all Capricorns, it will increase your sense of deserving and your sense of self-respect. In turn, this can help you to gain more of the attention you desire. The retrograde cycle is a constructive one for personal reprogramming. You can and you will build yourself into the person you want to be. Increased professional status, security, and recognition, greater satisfaction in love, more money, etc. – whatever your priority agenda is, make it a passion play.
Watch Sept 8 through 16 for an answer, solution, inspiration, revelation, or breakthrough. Too, these dates can bring news, a visitor, an arrival or departure. The harvest full moon on September 12 can be a particularly emotional time for facing realities and admitting truths; for goodbyes, transitions, reconnections; and for remember or for clearing up the past. Too, it can be a significant stepping stone time for personal or business relationship matters. Marketing ventures, networking, and socializing during this time can deliver the goods.
The Autumn Equinox through the super new moon on Sept 27 can find you crossing new professional, personal, and financial thresholds yet again. It can be an important time for contracts, legal and banking matters, defining your official status, for new ambitions and projects, etc. Where partnerships or responsibilities are concerned, it is time to re-define what you are willing or unwilling to do so that you can strike a better balance. Regarding such, it is important to set a clear precedent or example for others to follow. It is important to show that you mean business and that your rules are set, yet at the same time you need to also show that you are approachable. When others understand where there is wiggle room and where there is not, you’ll find they come to respect and honour you more.
AQUARIUS (JAN 20~FEB 18)
Virgo month urges you to be practical rather than fretful, realistic rather than wasteful. If you want to improve your finances, there’s only one way to do it. Too, stripped down honesty is the only way to address your relationship needs. If what you envision and what you get are not one and the same, its time to figure out a new plan. If you don’t know exactly how you are going to put left foot in front of right foot, perhaps you are allowing the bigger picture question mark to undermine you. Just concentrate on one step at a time and aim for what you can manage in the immediate moment. Each day forward, your viewfinder will continue to sharpen. It can be wise to consider this first half as the research, planning and test the ropes phase, and birthday month, starting with the Autumn Equinox on Sept 23 and the super new moon on Sept 27, as the fire-at-it time.
Mercury’s alignment with Neptune on Sept 8 can open-up potentials that you didn’t recognize were already in the works. Mercury’s alignment with Chiron just two days later suggests key destiny is at play. The full moon in Pisces on Sept 12 can produce more of the unexpected. You may be caught unaware or find yourself emotionally or financially vulnerable. Your suspicions or fears will either be proved or disproved. Guard against impractical spending and don’t assume or project, ask more questions instead.
Past the full moon you should feel that life’s ambitions, passions, and loves are rounding a smooth curve. The sign shifts of Venus and Mercury into Libra (Sept 14; Sept 25), are enhancing for interpersonal dealings (social, business, romantic), financial matters, and self-confidence levels.
Mars in Leo starting Sept 18 could fire up new social, romantic, or financial prospects. An introduction could be the start of something significant. If a new interest grabs you instantly, give it more of a look/see. Passionate Mars in Leo can be a positive motivator but it also stirs competitive energies. This can be a good influence when it spurs you to aspire higher, or incites you to stand present for yourself in a more definitive way. The super new moon Sept 27 energizes social, travel, education, and romantic opportunity. It can bring legal matters and contracts to a formalizing chapter/peak. The new moon is also a good time to start marketing, scouting, event planning.
PISCES (FEB 19~MARCH 20)
The highs, the lows, the losses, personal disappointments, and the glory moments too – it is all part of shaping of the diamond that is you. You may not be fully aware of how the experiences of the recent past have fast-tracked your personal growth and awareness, but by the look of the stars, it is substantial. You are better, stronger, and more well-defined now. Neptune may be currently backtracking through Aquarius, but you are moving forward. In fact, Mercury’s opposition to Neptune and Chiron (Sept 8, 10) can deliver breakthroughs in consciousness and creativity, and it enhances manifesting in all areas.
The catapulting full moon Sept 12 can bring an unexpected opportunity, excitement or it can open emotional flood-gates. It can also find you struggling with a dilemma and/or needing to make a decision about which direction to travel. Too, someone could let you down, or cause you added trouble or concern. Sept 13 can bring something new, added or unexpected that sets your compass. Although you appear to be empowered and in the driver’s seat, it must be said that the full moon can create added vulnerability, so watch your health, your intake of medications or vices, your tender heart, and your driving too.
The Autumn Equinox and super new moon Sept 27 put the concentration on partnerships, legal matters, and joint resources. A lucrative contract may be in the works. Too a relationship or financial contract can be up for renewal, or nearing its end.