Monthly Forecast for September 2016

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September is typically the time when we settle back into our routines after the summer, but this year we may find that the waning summer and early fall are anything but routine. The skies are buzzing with activity, and we’re likely to be pretty busy down here on earth, too. With an eclipse on
August 18th already behind us, and both Mercury and Ceres stationing to retrograde on August 31st, we join the action already in progress...

September starts with a solar eclipse on
September 1st. This eclipse highlights the energy of Virgo – associated with service and health – a sign that has been prominent in our collective psyche since last summer when Jupiter and the north node of the moon both entered the sign. With Ceres newly retrograde, we’re brought back to concerns about health care, our food supply, and possibly other health-related issues. Saturn is closely square to this eclipse, and we may find that belief systems are conflicting with the data: political and religious clout may seek to influence the analysis of disturbing data. However, with Mercury joining Jupiter in Virgo the next day, persistence may help the truth to get out.

Jupiter leaves Virgo for Libra on the
9th, having taught us (or tried to teach us) lessons of reserve, focus, and service – messages that Ceres will be highlighting for the rest of the year. In Libra, Jupiter takes a more open, social approach to relationship and commerce, giving a more upbeat feel to our interactions, on all levels.

On the
11th, Venus squares Pluto, an aspect that can amp up tensions in partnerships. However, this is also an opportunity to prioritize relationship – and what we want and need from it – in our lives. Restrictions from society or family may bristle against our desires, or there may be some conflict between work and romance.

The next few days will hold plenty of potential for conflict, as the sun, Mars, and Chiron make a tense t-square in the sky just before a lunar eclipse on the
16th. A t-square is like a table with one short leg, threatening to spill things on the floor. Lunar eclipses are powerful new moons that bring to light feelings and actions. From the 13th through the 16th, we’re likely to find that all areas of life are warming up for a late-summer heat wave. The ‘missing leg’ of the t-square is Gemini, suggesting that communication is the key to relieving built-up tensions.

Relationship is likely to be back in focus on the
18th and 19th, as Venus opposes Uranus and makes an easy sextile to Mars. These aspects suggest the need to be individuals within partnership, to do our own thing and let partners do theirs. It calls for relationship between two whole people, rather than compromise where we give up part of ourselves for the other.

Mercury stations to turn direct on the
22nd, the day of the autumnal equinox. While communication and technology snafus should start to minimize, remember that it is often in the days around a Mercury station that the most dramatic confusion occurs.

On the
23rd, Venus wades into the dark waters of Scorpio, where’s she’ll remain until October 18th. In Scorpio, Venus wants us to go deep in our relationships, and surface niceties (so prominent when she is in Libra) are discarded so that we can get to the core of the matter. Socializing takes on a somewhat goth vibe with the goddess of love in this sign, so it may be time to curl up with a good mystery/romance – or live one! When Venus emerges into the sign of the archer at the end of October, the mood will lighten considerably.

26th and 27th feature some very big shifts, as Pluto stations to turn direct while the sun meets Jupiter and Mars enters Capricorn. Although there is a great deal of complexity in these aspects, one manifestation is likely to be a renewed sense of purpose and the determination to see things through. With the new moon on 30th, this may involve endings as well as beginnings, but use this energy to set priorities – and plan action – for the rest of the year.

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