September 2016

The astrology for September begins with high anxiety and wondering what’s up and what’s done, all the while that we might feel spun around. While the start of September can be frantic, fortunately the end of the month can be close to ideal.

As we come into September, we are not only dogged by the Mercury retrograde but we have a Solar Eclipse with the Virgo New Moon on the 1st of September, followed by the Sun triggering the Mutable T-Square as the Sun squares Saturn on the 1st and the Sun opposes Neptune on the 2nd, the same day that Mercury conjuncts Jupiter. Irrational exuberance can set in, all the while that we are trying to find the energy to forge ahead perhaps even blindly without itinerary or direction in mind.

With this Virgo New Moon impacting the next two weeks, it would be wise for us to take our time, evaluate conditions, consider the circumstances and then step gingerly forward, all the while that we continually check and re-check what we are doing and the environs in which we are doing it.

We may be operating from a high level of nervous energy, somewhat skittish about our movements. Let’s be certain that our concerns don’t paralyze us, throw us into a catatonic state, where we are only running in place and getting nowhere.

While much of this official end to summer can be intense and slightly nerve-racking, there can be a moment of clarity and reawakened determination on the 7th of September as the Sun trines Pluto and Venus sextiles Saturn. We might have been juggling all sorts of permutations in our mind and in our actions, but this second week of September allows us to focus, draw upon trusted confidantes and figure out the most expeditious means to realize our goals. We could use these energies to concentrate our attention, bolster our self-confidence and determine our right course of action.

The 9th of September has a major shift in energy as Jupiter ends its yearlong transit of Virgo to enter Libra for a year transit. Not only does Jupiter exit a Sign in which it is uncomfortable, but Jupiter’s leave-taking of Virgo also ends the Mutable Sign T-Square where Jupiter has been squaring Saturn and Jupiter has opposed Neptune. The extreme whipsaws between exuberance and despair, between expansion and contraction can be over, even if the Mutable Sign T-Square continues, albeit muted, until all the personal planets have ended their transit of Virgo by early October.

Being an optimistic, expansionary planet, Jupiter moving into Libra increases our interaction with other people, especially the special someone in our lives, and also allows us to stop and smell the flowers. We are far more interested in finding balance in our lives, less of the whipsaws we might have gone through over the past year, and seeking a sense of peace and sanctuary in our daily living.

On a highly optimistic note, we could even see greater efforts in the geopolitical arena to lay down arms, avoid the contested confrontations, and find some semblance of win-win scenarios for all nations involved.

The Jupiter in Libra transit offers hope that to borrow from one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century, Curtis Mayfield, and his lyrics from We Got to Have Peace:

“We got to have peace
To keep the world alive
And war to cease

We got to have joy
True in our hearts
With strength we can’t destroy

People hear us
Through our voice the world knows
There’s no choice”

With Jupiter in Libra, we can be more considerate of other people’s interests and needs. We can appreciate the characteristics and abilities in other people. And we can embrace the beauty in life — the joy and wonder of living on the earth plane.

When the Jupiter in Libra is triggered, we may find a respite from some of the crazies and crazy-making incidents that are still likely to continue on.

Jupiter leaving Virgo to enter Libra ends the Mutable Sign T-Square but triggers a Cardinal Sign T-Square By Sign with Jupiter in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn and Jupiter opposed Uranus in Aries. The Uranus Pluto square that daunted us from 2012 into 2015 is felt again and through next summer of 2016.

The 10th through the 13th of September might prove part of the crazy-making scenarios. The 10th has Saturn square Neptune. Old issues and commitments may restrict our movements and cause us a high level of resentment. Any resentment could lead to relationship issues as Venus squares Pluto on the 11th. If we feel blocked or misunderstood, which is certainly likely with us operating under the Mercury retrograde influence, we could cut people off at the knees and feel justified in doing so, for the 12th has Mercury square Mars and the Sun conjunct Mercury, followed on the 13th by the Sun square Mars.

During this weekend of the 10th – 11th and on the 12th and 13th, it would be wise for us to count to ten, not overly personalize things and recognize that there can be miscommunications, misunderstandings and a tendency to jump to conclusions and react without full thought.

The Pisces Full Moon on the 16th is a Lunar Eclipse reinforcing the Mutable Sign T-Square, heightening our moodiness and increasing the liability of misunderstandings.

The end of the summer season is likely to be spiced with all sorts of emotional venting, at times feeling like a victim, other times portraying the role of the perpetrator.

Similar to the changing of the seasons when the temperatures may vary and we seem to straddle between the last remnants of summer and the trace beginnings of autumn, much of September can have us caroming, zig-zagging and all over the place. The more we can step away from situations, take a breather and try to see things clearly and dispassionately, the less we are liable to find ourselves caught up in the swells of moods and emotions that are likely to be impacting so many people and the circumstances in the world-at-large.

From the September New Moon and Solar Eclipse on the 1st to the Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse on the 16th, things can be squirrely, and we might feel as though we are walking through a minefield, tiptoeing to avoid stepping on any thing that could prove explosive.

The weekend of the 17th – 18th of September, we might want to get out of Dodge or else do something out of the ordinary. Mars trines Uranus on the 17th, and we might feel adventurous, ready to take on the world or else step out of our usual routine. The 18th has Venus opposed Uranus and the question of balancing our personal interests with those of someone else could be a challenge. Let’s keep in mind that we are social animals and often enjoy the company of other people. With a sense of serendipity operating on this weekend of the 17th – 18th, unexpected situations could open to us, some to our liking, others not so much.

The 17th – 19th of September can have us exploring opportunities that we are somehow made aware of. The Uranian energies on the weekend cascade into aspects of Venus sextile Mars on the 19th and Mercury trine Pluto on the 20th.

With magic afoot, we can expand our interests, meet interesting new people whose experiences are foreign to our own and utilize our laser-like vision to zero in on the truly meaningful. This latter part of the summer may have us deep in our familiar surroundings but looking to broaden our involvements and with a sense of what truly serves a purpose in realizing our goals.

The summer ends on the 22nd as the Sun exits Virgo to enter Libra at the Autumn Equinox signaling the beginning of the Fall season. Just before the Autumn Equinox, Mercury ends its three-week retrograde cycle and turns direct.

We may have labored through much of September with various ups and downs but the latter part of September and early Autumn might present us with some interesting gifts in the way of options and alternatives for us to pursue in the days ahead.

With the entrance of the Sun into Libra on the 22nd, we begin the autumn season. We might have a little trouble at first finding our sure footing into the autumn, for whenever Mercury is changing direction, whether from direct to retrograde or from retrograde to direct motion, things can be confused, delayed or misunderstood or some combination of craziness.

The 23rd has Mercury now direct trine Pluto. We had the Mercury retrograde trine Pluto on the 20th, and now we can continue with our concentrated focus and ability to deal with the most salient factors to create the right template for our goals and our intention.

The 23rd also has Venus exiting its own Sign of Libra and entering Scorpio, a Sign of Detriment for Venus where Venus is not comfortable. Relationships can get a little dicey or icy. While there can be great passion with Venus in Scorpio, the passion is more liable to be lust rather than love, incredible intensity but also prone to extreme jealousy.

There is a familiar saying that states: “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back, it is yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.” The Venus in Scorpio version might more likely be: “If you love someone set them free, if they don’t come back, hunt them down and kill them”.

The 26th of September has the Sun conjunct Jupiter and Pluto turning direct. We can be feeling at the top of our game, confident, optimistic and enthusiastic about what we are doing and with whom we are doing it. While we can be highly exuberant, we also have to watch for overreaching, doing too much, or allowing our ‘feel good’ nature to become bombastic or explosive. Let’s keep in mind that too much of a good thing is… too much.

This latter part of September can see some significant movements regarding our own foundations, our structures and our goals and ambitions. There can be elements of disruption on a geopolitical level and a liability to bomb blasts or actings out.

The 27th has Mars exiting Sagittarius to enter Capricorn. Increasingly, we may be more interested in what is going on in our own backyard rather than those incidents operating far afield. We can give greater voice and force to our own personal ambitions. This is a time when we can virtually move mountains, especially if we start from a solid foundation and concentrate on the truly meaningful.

September ends on the 30th with the Libra New Moon. We can be blissed out, savoring our indulgences and cavorting with those of like agreement. It’s a wonder-filled way to end the month and provide the signature for October, but we might also turn a blind eye to hard, cold reality and prefer to be oblivious to what is going on just outside our picket fence.

September 2016… from the ridiculous to the sublime…