September 2023

We come into September raring to go, but we’re not quite ready to let the summer pass.

Labor Day weekend in the US is the last long holiday weekend of the summer season, traditionally considered the end of summer vacationing time and the beginning of the school year. But tradition is what was, no longer is. School starts and college orientations now sometimes occur in mid-August, and businesses may not be totally 24/7 but are largely up and running.

The 3rd of September has Venus turning direct. With Venus in Leo, who isn’t up for a Labor Day weekend party and the opportunity of grandstanding? We want to stand out, enjoy ourselves, and participate in a final summer blowout before heading back to work.

Labor Day itself, Monday the 4th of September, has Mercury trine Jupiter, and Jupiter turning retrograde.

It’s interesting that the two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm, Venus and Jupiter, are shuffling their direction on this weekend — Venus turning direct on the 3rd, Jupiter turning retrograde on the 4th.

Although we can be highly astute in budgeting and scheduling at this time, we might chuck our practical intentions and opt instead for good times with good friends with little concern about keeping tabs on our expenditures.

The 4th – 8th of September has Jupiter engaged, with Mercury trine Jupiter on the 4th, Mercury conjunct the Sun on the 6th and both in orb of a trine to Jupiter, and the exact Sun trine Jupiter on the 8th. There may be necessary expenses such as buying supplies, upgrading technology, or acquiring new equipment. We can be highly aware as to what we truly need and what would be impulse or extraneous purchases.

Energized by summer ‘down times’, we might feel confident and enthusiastic about what we need to accomplish in the first week of September. It would be important that we not put too much on our plate but to take things step-by-step. We can be optimistic about our prospects, but we do need to keep our eye on the ball and attentive to the particulars of every situation in which we are involved.

While the first half of September has us going through a waning Moon, the first two weeks of September can well prepare us for the Virgo New Moon on the 14th when the Moon conjuncts the Sun [9:40 PM EDT] and impacts the next two weeks up to the Full Moon on the 29th.

The Virgo New Moon triggers the Earth Element Grand Trine with the Sun Moon conjunction in orb of a trine to both Jupiter and Uranus both in Taurus, and the New Moon in orb of a trine to Pluto in Capricorn. One can make the case for the New Moon signature being a kite pattern chart with Neptune in Pisces being the kite tail.

We can be highly accomplished over this following two-week period, able to move our goals forward expeditiously, focusing on the essential factors, and drawing upon innovative and streamlined methods. Our critical reasoning is sharp, but let’s not forget our intuitive sense of feeling things out.

The empirical is all well and good despite the craziness occurring in this post-modern era where the subjective supplants the objective, fictions pass for facts, and emotions trump critical analysis. During these times, it is essential that we engage both our reasoning mind and our intuitive sense to gauge what is really going on.

Our effectiveness can be enhanced by Mercury turning direct on the 15th of September. We shall still be in the ‘shadow’ of the Mercury retrograde until the 30th of September, when Mercury reaches the degree at which it had turned retrograde back on the 23rd of August. We have greater clarity than we might have had over the past three weeks, but things may not be crystal clear until we exit the Mercury retrograde ‘shadow’ on the 30th.

The weekend of the 17th has the two ‘good guys’ of the planetary realm square each other. Venus squares Jupiter. Perhaps we’re buying into the sentiment that all work and no play dulls the senses and makes for a tiresome person with our feeling impelled to have some good times without much regard to the costs involved. This weekend is a time for us to spread our wings, explore unfamiliar terrain or just stay home, kick back, and enjoy ourselves. Whatever we do this weekend, we are unlikely to do it in half measure. All or nothing with an emphasis upon all might be our operational mode.

Reality may strike deep into our heart it might creep on the 19th of September as the Sun opposes Neptune. We can be a little anxious about our future. With many people feeling as though they are skating on thin ice, we could look at belt tightening, paring down our involvements, cutting our expenses, and hoping that by being more attentive to our finances we are better able to survive, even thrive, during these disruptive, tumultuous times.

The pundits may claim that inflation has been tamed [is that one of those accountant themes of ‘numbers don’t lie. People do’?], the havoc has occurred, the wreckage evident. Things cost more than they did so a year ago, and significantly more than two years ago.

We close out the summer with the Sun trine Pluto on the 21st. As the wise saying reminds us: “we never get more than we can handle.” No matter what has befallen us or likely to impact us, we have the resilience and skill set to address whatever comes our way. We end the summer season committed to making our way through the muck and the mire and creating a better world for ourselves.

We end the summer season and enter autumn on the 23rd of September as the Sun exits Virgo and enters Libra [2:50 AM EDT] at the Fall Equinox.

One of the key challenges for each of us during these times is to find and maintain balance amidst the volatility and the unexpected variables to which we are being asked to adjust. Flexibility and adaptability are key for us to successfully surf the waves of these intense times. Bemusement at our own and humankind’s foibles also helps to get us through unscathed.

It would be wise for us to keep in mind that there is a Grand Trine in the Earth Element operational until the 3rd of October and re-engaged from October 8th until the 8th of November. If we avoid being distracted by the changes occurring in the world and prevent falling prey to anxiety and fearfulness, we can effectively and productively handle whatever comes our way. Life is accelerating, and the shifts and changes might seem daunting, but they also provide a dynamic whereby things can dramatically transform, shape shift, and morph into something totally different from what we are used to.

We need not accept a belief in a dystopian future but rather can assume that these are transitional shifts, much like a suspension bridge, that gets us from where we have been to where we are going. The bridge may seem to sway, but it is likely to hold as we make our way across into a significantly altered future.

Let’s keep in mind that attitude is a choice. Either we can see all the wrongs in the world and feel completely powerless, or we can take machete in hand and carve our own path forward with faith and belief that we can successfully handle anything we encounter along our way.

The latter part of September has the Earth Grand Trine engaged as Mercury in Virgo trines Jupiter on the 25th, Mercury trines Uranus on the 30th with both Jupiter and Uranus in Taurus, and with Mercury triggering the third Sign of the Earth Element on the 3rd of October with Mercury trine Pluto in Capricorn.

We may have a tremendous sense of a ‘can do’ attitude, feeling buoyed by a recognition that we have developed the necessary skill set to accomplish our goals.

The Full Moon on the 29th when the Aries Moon opposes the Libra Sun [5:58 AM EDT] has Venus square Uranus. Relationships can be dicey, as we try to find a balance between our personal interests and being collaborative with other people. We need to be careful in our interactions with people, for there is a liability of everyone being highly narcissistic under the influence of this Full Moon signature and solely looking out for number one to the extent of stomping on toes.

September 2023… can do despite the torrents…