September 1, 2017
Once again I want to thank with deep appreciation all those who reached out to me when I was sick. In mid August I was a bit optimistic in thinking I was better, let’s just say Lyme ain’t for sissies!, but finally I feel like I’ve turned the corner. Your love and good wishes helped!
Speaking of love and good wishes I am sure we’re all sending them to the people affected by hurricane Harvey. A terrible disaster for so many. May they all be held safely in the arms of the angels, and certainly many earth angels have been helping too. At times like this the best of humanity reveals itself.
The astrology for September continues the bright Leo note from last month and brings in down-to-earth Virgo energy too. Mercury turns direct, Mars enters Virgo and Jupiter is in the last full month of his Libra journey. Leo and Virgo get the major dose and Aries, Capricorn and Scorpio will sense shifts too.
After the bright glare of summer every September begins with the Sun shining more softly in the gentle sign of Virgo. Virgo is the 2nd Earth sign whose symbol is the Harvest Goddess so fitting for this season of gathering summer’s bounty. The Virgin is also the symbol for Virgo, but to me it seems pale in comparison to a Harvest Goddess carrying golden shafts of grain.
The ruler of Virgo is Mercury planet of communication and mental ability who lends Virgo clever intelligence, sharp wits and the ability to problem solve like no other sign! Virgo is the natural researcher with ability to analyze and fix anything. Virgo loves numbers, you want a good Virgo for your accountant! Mercury ruled Virgo make excellent writers and many of the most famous authors throughout time have major Virgo in their chart. Virgo energy is one of the best at cutting through to what really matters, it is cool, classy, helpful and humble. Virgo values humility and service over egotistical posturing, yet their brain power and ability with words makes them formidable against flashier sorts. You don’t want to argue with a clever Virgo.
When born with Sun in Virgo you are learning to relate to the physical world. Young Virgos are often shy and naive and it can take them a while to learn how to manage in the ‘real’ world. But when they do figure it out, they realize they are smarter, more organized and together than most and claim their rightful place in life. Earthy Virgo also governs physical health, so with a Virgo Sun you are learning you have only one body, so you’d better take good care of it. And since Virgo is a sign noted for longevity, this is a good idea! Occupations like yoga, chiropractic, physical therapy, and nutrition are filled with Virgos.
Here are some quotes from Virgo Sun natives to give you a taste of this classic sign:
At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. ~ Mother Teresa
I always wondered why somebody doesn’t do something about that. Then I realized I was that somebody. ~ Lily Tomlin
May you realize you are that somebody and do something about making your life better and better!
Heavenly Messages for September 2017
Your Handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon (14° Pisces) is on 9/6 at 3:03a, the New Moon (27° Virgo) is on 9/19 Pacific at 10:30p and on 9/20 Eastern at 1:30a. Mercury turns direct at 28° Leo on 9/5 at 7:30a, and Mars enters Virgo on 9/5 (thru 10/23). The Sun enters Libra at the Autumn Equinox on 9/22 at 4:02p and Pluto turns direct (at 17° Capricorn) on 9/28. All times are EDT Read September’s Individual sign messages HERE
Before I get into September’s trends let’s take a moment to look back at the eclipse. It was so heartening that many thousands of people along the eclipse path were having fun and spreading joy and merriment – so positively powerful! I watched NASA’s live stream (awesome!) and some of the NASA folks were actually tearing up on air, and an astronaut in Charleston called it “a spiritual experience” imagine that! A client wrote to me and said it was wonderful to think of people looking upward rather than focusing on all the BS going on down here – too true! What a beautiful balance to all the fear based info on eclipse effects. “Reality” is all in our own hands… and hearts. Let’s make it a beautiful one!
September begins with Leo flags still flying. Mercury is retro and has flown back into Leo and Mars is still in Leo too. On 9/1 they both flank the same degree of the solar eclipse, continuing to spread the eclipse energies. This planetary duo also beams out to Uranus in Aries and Saturn in Sagittarius maintaining the fiery triangle in the heavens which has ignited wonderfully creative energy along with activating egotistical bobble-heads like North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Venus is also in Leo now and she activates this fire trine from 9/16-19. Let’s hope her more gracious energy soothes the savage beasts.
The Moon is in Capricorn on 9/1 and meets up with transformer Pluto. Their conference has an open line to the Virgo Sun which helps bring out people willing to be of service (think of all the wonderful responders and volunteers in Texas aiding and comforting hurricane Harvey victims), and brings ability to make smarter choices. Mars enters Virgo on 9/5 adding his muscle to pragmatic solutions. Mars has not visited Virgo for 2 years, and travels in this earthy sign through 10/23. Since Virgo is all about service to others, versus “Me First”, this is a welcome visit!
Mars is the ruler of Aries and co-ruler of Scorpio so his movements always affect these signs, but as the planet of action Mars effects us all. In Virgo, Mars’ action is controlled, refined, intelligent, focused and helpful on the upside. Mars in Virgo is the problem solver who will work tirelessly to get things done. Access this energy to finish lingering projects, clean out the attic, garage, basement, it’s great for any research you’ve been meaning to do too. It’s perfect timing for all the students heading back to school now. On the downside Mars/Virgo is micro-managing, obsessive-compulsive and judgmental. If you feel those less than stellar qualities rear up, here’s a tip on how to handle them – shift to doing something tangible. Get your hands and brain into a better gear whether it means cleaning the toilet, or picking up a good book to read or crossword puzzle to solve. Soon you’ll forget what you were obsessing about. Try it – it works.
Communicator Mercury turns direct on 9/5, but remains in Leo until 9/9 Look back to mid July – things which stalled then, get a reboot. On 9/9 Mercury re-enters Virgo a sign which he rules and now moving forward again can access with more clarity. His Virgo visit (thru 9/29) also aids in practical problem solving.
Jupiter is in astro news now because this mighty planet is in the last 6 weeks (until 10/10) of his Libra journey not to return for 12 years. Venus ruled Libra manifests relationship issues from personal ones – love to business – to relationships between states and nations and their leaders. Jupiter in Libra ideally creates greater ability to find diplomatic solutions and more consideration of the other side’s views.
In many ways Jupiter/Libra succeeded in this, if not at the macro level at the community level. Again look to Houston and the other areas where hurricane Harvey hit. People of all ethnic backgrounds, religions and political views have been thrown together in rescue situations and the many emergency shelters and are helping each other without a second thought. It is their shared experiences rather than their differences which are significant now. Lessons learned from hurricane Katrina also made this tragic event less terrible. And guess what? Jupiter was also in Libra in 2005, when Katrina hit and very close to the same degree it is now. Astrologers always point out when Jupiter returns to a sign, themes are repeated.
Jupiter is so huge that it affects us all, and especially Sagittarius since it is your ruler and of course presently Libra. For what you need to know about how Jupiter in Libra wraps up for you, see your Individual Sign Messages.
The time period from 9/19 through 9/22 is an active one. Venus enters Virgo on 9/19 (thru 10/14) and the New Moon (in Pisces) is on 9/19 Pacific and everywhere else on 9/20, then the Autumn Equinox is on 9/22 when the Sun enters Libra. I’ll be posting an Eclipse issue around that time with a detailed look at the energies for the new season. For now I’ll point out that at the Equinox moment the Moon is in Scorpio which foreshadows Jupiter’s entrance into Scorpio 19 days later. The Equinox Moon works well with the other planets, so let us hope this bodes well for Jupiter’s visit in this most powerful of all signs!
At the end of the month, on 9/28 Pluto turns direct after his 5 month retrograde. Pluto entered Capricorn in late November 2008 and is more than half way through his lengthy Capricorn journey, turning forward at 17° Cap. Pluto rules Scorpio so you eagles get a lift and Capricorn gains momentum too, especially anyone born from January 6-8 because you have potent Pluto ‘sitting’ on your Sun sign encouraging (demanding!!) you to transform your entire way of life. Anyone with Capricorn rising at or near 17° Cap is also experiencing this major once a lifetime transformational phase and if you have other important planets near this degree, you’ll sense it too. See your Individual Sign Messages for more insight.
In larger world themes, Pluto in Capricorn represents a time in history when structures are transforming like it or not! Resistance is futile. Pluto takes almost 250 year to travel the full zodiac wheel. The last time Pluto was in Capricorn was before and during the American Revolution when humankind was overthrowing the heavy yoke of Monarchy rule and demanding freedom. Can you see similarities now?
For many years Pluto in Capricorn was part of a challenging Grand Cardinal Cross in the heavens, which involved Saturn, now well away, Uranus in Aries, and for the last year Jupiter in Libra. Uranus is in the last degrees of Aries outside the challenging degrees and Jupiter has now also moved away from this tense range. In fact when Jupiter enters Scorpio in October he’ll begin to work well with Pluto/Capricorn. So dear friends, in spite of appearances in the ‘real’ world, Pluto’s transformation of major world structures, while not finished, will begin to manifest in more solution oriented ways versus “off with their heads, reason be dammed!”
And let’s remember you play a role in this transformation too. We are all interconnected and when you choose to manifest positive energy of cooperation, inclusiveness, concern and love it not only makes your own life better, but also uplifts everyone else. As the wonderful Virgo wit Lily Tomlin says, Reality is nothing more than a collective hunch.
IMAGE NOTE: This top photo is of my Garden Goddess taken today (8/31) in my wild and overgrown garden. Usually it’s tended very well, but this year…not so much because a Lyme got in the way. Nevertheless, like a true and faithful Virgo my Garden Goddess keeps watch and does not judge. Here’s another one which I named Garden Goddess Eclipsed. Seems appropriate for the times.