We come into September with all cylinders firing as Mars sextiles Jupiter on the 1st. Whatever we engage, we are likely to do so with determination and optimism.
We could have a sense that nothing can get in our way or stop us in advancing our interests. We do have to keep aware of conditions and circumstance. We might assume that what we want we can get, but unexpected developments may cause delays, obstacles or the need to reconfigure our trajectory. Instead of rushing full speed ahead, taking the time to map our course of action could expedite our pursuits with successful results. By Sign, we have both a Grand Cross in the Fixed Signs and a Grand Trine in the Earth Signs.
Although there might be blockages as we come into September, we can also devise a best practices approach where we are working smarter rather than harder. There may be twists and turns, but hopefully in this paradigm shift we have given lie to the belief that the shortest distance between two points is always a straight line.
The 2nd of September continues with a liability to over optimism, overconfidence as Mercury opposes Jupiter. We can be generous to a fault with a skewed belief in the Christian proverb: “there but for the grace of god go I.”
We might also give someone too much of a benefit of the doubt.
We all have potentials, but not everyone of us seeks to realize their potential. Early September suggests, even demands, that our relationships be collaborative where we receive as much as we give. Some people may be users and see other people as marks.
Even if we go there and overextend ourselves to someone who has no capacity to give back, the 5th of September could alter this behavior as Venus exits Leo to enter Virgo [12:05 AM EDT]. We may be more critical of other people, even to the point of setting standards for them to meet. Venus in Virgo is in Fall, where Venus is uncomfortable, as the usual affable quality of Venus and interest in relationships shift to having an edge on and willing to critique people based not upon their personal characteristics but rather on their ability to pull their own weight with their obligations.
Mercury turns retrograde on the 9th of September [11:38 PM EDT], and we all should know what that means. Murphy’s Law of ‘whatever can go wrong could go wrong’ is back in effect for the next three weeks up to the 2nd of October with its ‘shadow’ lingering on until October 17th when Mercury reaches the degree at which it had turned retrograde.
Our relationships can get a little squirrely with liabilities towards a tug-of-war between our personal interests and those of other people. We have to be wary of narcissism getting in the way of healthy interactions with others.
The 10th of September has the Pisces Full Moon [5:59 AM EDT] at the time of the Sun Moon opposition. With a Mutable Sign T-Square and five planets in Mutable Signs at the time of the Full Moon, our emotions might be heightened with a liability of increased anxiety if we are being continuously subjected to fear porn. Add to these energy configurations the fact that Mercury has turned retrograde the day before, and our nervous energy may be turned up significantly. If we avoid getting caught up in the frenzy of these energies, we could give ourselves credit for being able to withstand and even duck, dodge or dive the dodgeballs of one cataclysmic matter after another. We are doing well under the onslaught of constant craziness.
September 11th has the Sun trine Uranus. Our basic training during this paradigm shift could have provided us with the wherewithal not only to deal with incoming but might also make us more attuned and adept at the shifting conditions and changing circumstance, some of which occur without a moment’s notice. We could decide to make alterations to our ways of doing things and streamline our operations. Developing time management skills where we can be more effective with less expenditure of energy, cutting out the irrelevant to focus on the essentially important, even changing direction as to what we are doing, are all actions we can take to be more productive, more effective, and more aligned with our times.
Old patterns of behavior are hard to break free from, and that reality could be true on the 16th of September. The Sun opposes Neptune, and Venus squares Mars. Sometimes familiarity defines who we are. We often characterize ourselves by what we do and how we do it rather than who we are. If we eliminate our habits and our routine, we might feel as though we are left with a blank slate, a lack of purpose, and an absence of identity. Confusion may be rampant on the 16th with a defensiveness similar to a wounded animal where any criticism or even self-evaluation comes with a stinging rebuke.
The 18th of September has the Sun trine Pluto and Mercury opposed Jupiter. Whatever confusion we may have been going through as we try to find our way through these turbulent and tumultuous times of this paradigm shift, we can get more of a handle on our personal journey forward. We might need to hold our own counsel, for other people may have all sorts of suggestions for us, any of which might be more appropriate for them than suits us. Concentration on what is truly important for us allows us to strip away the non-essentials and the superfluous. While we might assume under a sense of optimism that we can take on ever more, it would be wise at this time to prioritize our activities with attention to each significant matter rather than overwhelming ourselves with too much.
We close out the summer season with Venus trine Uranus on the 20th of September. Although we have all been challenged during these disruptive times, it seems as though the universe always comes forth with some unexpected gift or opportunity not of our making to ease our way. The 20th can be one of those days when we get a glimpse into the unexpected benefits of these times. Call it magic or mini-miracles if you will. As if a serendipitous encounter, someone could appear to provide valuable assistance to our tasks or to our intentions.
What a great way to end a season — seeing glimpses of the blessings in these times of paradigm shift.
The autumn season begins at the Autumn Equinox on the 22nd when the Sun exits Virgo and enters Libra [9:04 PM EDT]. Imprinting the season ahead, the chart set up for the autumn has by Sign both the Air Grand Trine and the Earth Grand Trine. Communication and manifestation can be key factors during this autumn, although the season also suggests a balancing act between our own personal interests and the collaboration with someone or with others. Mercury is retrograde, and there can be times when we are liable to rush to judgment, misread the cues, and possibly trip over ourselves. Last year’s nemesis of the Saturn Uranus square is back in orb, and we continue our push – pull between old and new, self and other, individualism and collectivism, all the while seeking balance in a highly unbalanced time.
Did you ever believe that things would slow down? Not during this paradigm shift of disruptive and tumultuous times, and not likely in our lifetime. No matter our wishing and hoping, it is best that we play well the hand that we are dealt.
The 23rd of September has the Sun conjunct Mercury just before Mercury exits Libra and retrogrades back into its own Sign of Virgo [8:04 AM EDT]. Our concerns may revolve around our relationships and how we interact with other people. We are likely to be more fully considering matters from someone’s perspective rather than solely our own.
As Mercury returns back into Virgo, our thinking can be sharp, analytical, even critical. We are able to see both the details of our involvements and the ultimate form of presentation. Things begun during this past month may be in need of tweaking, reworking, certainly reevaluating.
Retrograde planets play to the Law of Three repeatedly evident in life on the earth plane. We see it with the trinity and the triune throughout philosophies, religions, societal structures. And we see it in astrology where a planet’s influence has us go over a situation, then as the planet retrogrades we go back over that particular matter, and the third and final time across with the planet in direct motion we bring conclusion and resolution to whatever the issue we were asked to address.
Although we might assume that once a lesson is learned there is no need to repeat it, the truth is that the lesson may not be truly learned until we are challenged subsequently by a similar pattern to that singular matter. As the philosopher George Santayana would remind us: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Perhaps we are seeing just such a situation develop in Eastern Europe with the Russia – NATO conflict, somewhat reminiscent of the triggers to the two previous World Wars.
We might even experience it on the 24th when Venus opposes Neptune. Relationships can be tricky situations, and especially so under an adverse aspect of Venus Neptune, such as we have on the 24th. With Neptune being the higher octave of Venus, each of us tends to look for the idyllic in our relationships, our soulmate, our twin flame. In so doing, we often see the potential in the other person and the possibility of the relationship but dismiss whether the reality can match the ideal.
In Jungian psychology, Carl Jung talked about a person’s shadow, the dark side of our personality of which we have little understanding and personality characteristics that we often attribute to other people rather than recognizing them in ourselves. In astrology, the shadow or area of which we have little self-awareness is the 7th House, the House of Libra, ruled by Venus. It is through the 7th House of our significant relationships that we can learn more about ourselves. Significant relationships complement and complete our sense of Self, as the 7th House is opposite the 1st House of Self [the I AM]. Similar to the Tao where the seed of the yin energy lies within the yang, and the seed of the yang energy lies within the yin, and both make up the completion in the Tao, we are not ‘islands unto ourselves’ but rather social animals with some of our greatest lessons of self-awareness coming through our interactions with other people.
With Venus opposed Neptune, we have to be wary that we don’t accept at face value our first impressions of someone. This particular energy is akin to the ‘trickster’, where someone might appear one way the reality proving to be quite different. We have to be careful in our relationships and not allow our insecurities to set us up as a mark to be taken advantage by someone who presents impressively but might turn out to be ‘all hat and no cattle’.
The 25th has the Libra New Moon [5:55 PM EDT] with the Sun Moon conjunction. The New Moon of a particular Sign truly inaugurates that Sign’s monthly influence and in the case of the Cardinal Sign New Moons especially indicates the influence on the season.
The Libra New Moon has the Sun Moon conjunction in close orb of an opposition to Jupiter. This next two-week period and the autumn season itself can have us doing the dance between concentrating on Me, You, or We [if those pronouns are still acceptable in our pronoun fluid times].
Whether reinforced by the lockdowns during the virus restrictions or just emblematic of our social media forms of recent relating, each of us may have become a little more self-engaged, self-focused and self-absorbed. Narcissism could have ratcheted up severalfold whereby our interest in relationship sometimes revolved around ‘what have you done for me lately’.
With relationships indicating the shadow side of our personality, we shall have the opportunity and challenge of finding balance between our personal interests and the collaborative interests with other people.
The energies on the 26th allow us to drill down on the significant and essential and eliminate the inconsequential and superfluous. We still have to do the balancing act between our personal interests and the concerns of someone else. The Sun opposes Jupiter, Mercury conjuncts Venus, and Venus trines Pluto, followed on the 27th by Mercury trine Pluto.
We may be far more astute regarding who and what are important in our life. We are less interested in the hype and appearance, far more focused on the truly meaningful and real purpose. Despite being dazzled by the spectacles presented to us, our focus has become far more attuned and far more laser-like.
Perhaps we have seen the playbook repeated over and over again with fear porn warning of various horsemen of the apocalypse. Inflation, equity markets collapse, nuclear war, virus contagions, food instability and starvation, extremes of drought and flooding, climate change, corruption, ineffectiveness, etc., etc. are among the different horsemen being trotted out to scare the bejeebers out of anyone and everyone. Yawn.
Fortunately, the narrative has forced increased awareness and an awakening. Virtually no one trusts the various institutions that were once revered.
Both the Venus trine Pluto on the 26th and the Mercury trine Pluto on the 27th allow us to cut away dross and concentrate on the core of all issues, all situations. A solid inventory taking and clear up and clean out would seem called for at this time.
As we release the irrelevant and no longer functional from our lives, we can turn our attention to our future trajectories as Mars trines Saturn on the 28th. There is a saying that ‘the cup has to be emptied before it can be filled’. By means of elimination, we also create space. The universe does not like a vacuum and once space is created, new opportunities and new trajectories are likely to come forward. This is a time for us to throw open wide the realm of possibilities without censoring by means of questioning the ways of realization. We are on the threshold of a paradigm shift where things can occur in most unexpected ways and often without our being the conductor of the changes, just a co-creator and a passenger along for the ride.
We come to the close of September with Venus exiting Virgo to enter its own Sign of Libra on the 29th [3:49 AM EDT]. Relationships may be high on our list and especially pleasant, if we can keep any tendencies towards narcissism in check.
September 2022… movements in the wind…