Venus, our sisterly twin, now heralds the dawn, having made the invisible crossing from evening star to morning star. Since July 24th, we have been within the Venus retrograde cycle that takes place every 18 months. Imagine the people of old watching the evening skies, observing Venus for many months, a brilliance in the West, shepherding the fall of night, then disappearing for 9 days to return in the predawn Eastern skies. This change from evening star to morning star takes place only when Venus is retrograde. It is known that when she first rises from her disappearance, situations are unstable, shifts in power take place, and what was moving in one direction changes into the opposite. Venus rules the arts, money, and relationships. On the 6th of September, she goes direct, initiating more forward movement. Along with this, Jupiter has squared Saturn. What was expansive now confronts the need for containment, structure, and connection with a more realistic reality.
Likewise we see this on a global level. Political and economic situations are unstable. We reconsider what will work diplomatically, with the aim to reestablish balance in the world situation. (Watch the Iran nuclear agreement). With Venus going direct, the next several months help us to integrate what was experienced and gained since July 24th.
On September 12th, a Solar Eclipse takes place. Eclipses intensify the energies, exposing issues that were previously hidden. We can ask ourselves how can I tune into what I am experiencing emotionally, while being conscious about the choices I make in daily life? In what ways am I serving a greater vision for humanity and the Earth?
With Jupiter opposing Neptune, our dreams and ideals become more predominate. The danger with this expansive combination is getting caught up in collective assumptions, without clarity and grounding in reality. Instead we can flow with its positive visionary possibilities, envisioning new realities.
Mercury goes retrograde on the 17th in Libra, through Oct 9th. It is not a good time for purchasing cars, computers, or telephones. Excellent time for editing, research, and long range planning.
The fall equinox takes place on September 23rd, when the Sun enters Libra. A Lunar Eclipse takes place on September 27th as the Moon rises in the East at 7:40 pm PDT, in fiery Aries. If you tend toward Aries reactiveness, impatience, and frustration, take a deep breathe and count to 10. The cosmos is singing to us of balance.
Twelve opportunities for September 2015: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This month focuses on slowing down and listening to your body. At the same time you feel the need for liberation It is a balancing act between structure and freedom. With Jupiter now in Virgo, it is important to pause, breathe, and drop your attention from your head to deepening your relationship with your whole body. Take time to put things in order. At the end of the month relationship issues arise to be seen and cleared.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): September brings a release from your usual mode of being, into something of the opposite. Notice the changes that are taking place in your life. With Venus going direct on the 6th, the next two months will help you integrate the changes that are now occurring. Jupiter entering Virgo supports your creative expression, enjoyment with children, and enjoying your life in general. Focus on keeping your balance and calm as you process new situations.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Group dynamics offer inspiration, stimulation, and bringing in new excitement. Drink it in, and reflect on how enlarging your perspective or possibilities can now take you into the next level of your evolution. But at the same time you must work with structure and discipline, simplifying situations. Put things in order in your home or studio. The benefits will serve you over the year.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): This month writing, communications, reaching out to make connections with others, are all highlighted. Your imagination, deep feelings, and insight are your strengths. The experience you have gathered over the last two years can be assimilated. You are refining your skills, the way you view your life, and what is possible for you. During Mercury retrograde attend to your home and your own inner processes. Old issues in relationship surface to be reviewed and transformed.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Are you on fire? Getting a lot accomplished? Breathing free of old restrains? This can be a very positive month for you, tuning into what you value, want to create and manifest. Be mindful and discerning of a larger view of your talents and resources. As you clearly see what it is you want, be patient and trust the process. Turn toward your practical skills, and take step by step, with faith toward the transformation that is now taking place.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): This month, shift any worry into imagining new possibilities. Now expansive, protective, and optimistic Jupiter moves into your sign during its 12-year cycle. You can feel its positive influence. You feel an expansiveness and openness. Be sure not to take on too much or imagine that you can do more than is possible. What you put in place now will need to be grounded and find its rhythm over the year. Be thoughtful now about money matters.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): On August 20th Venus rose as a morning Star. During the following week, you may have found yourself breaking a pattern and approaching life, creativity, or relationship in a new way, a reversal of the direction you had been in. Now is the time to retreat and refuel, seeding a new vision for yourself. Balance group inspiration with quiet reflection. Mercury retrograde focuses on unexpected communications with others. Take your time.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Enjoyment with your friends and family is highlighted. Enjoy what you have created! Let yourself swim in the waters of love, appreciation, and optimism. Then retreat, regroup in quiet solitude. Make it a priority. You will feel its benefit immediately. Unexpected issues around work call for calm reflection on your own needs, especially during Mercury retrograde.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This month, bring attention to your work, career aims, or more generally, how you want to interface with your community. With Jupiter now in Virgo look specifically at the details and practical implementation of your aspirations. This is a time of grounding. Travel, and expanding your learning is highlighted, yet patience is required. If you are beginning a new or big project, you have the ability to be more focused and disciplined.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Since mid August and continuing into this month, a profound change in thinking and overall perception is taking place. Learning, enlarging your point of view, performing, and teaching, are all highlighted. Dream a new dream for yourself and your standing in the community. Balance solid steps, focus, and structure, with creating space for free flowing possibilities that take you in new directions. Your thinking lays the groundwork for new realities.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Love and relationship are the themes for September! Deepening intimacy brings richness into your life. It also brings up old issues that are ready to be cleared away. The power of transformation and change is around you. Situations can move quickly. Reflection and inquiry keep you balanced for healthy grounding during this next phase.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): This month focuses on enjoyment and pleasure with others. Travel is highlighted. It can feel as if you are living out a long awaited dream! You may understand relationship in a way that you hadn’t before, as unexpected situations arise. With Mercury retrograding on the 17th, be prepared for delays or sudden changes of plan.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 33 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes, and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.