Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
Before the light touches the day into birdsong Venus and Jupiter hang like a promise to mankind in the predawn hours, encouraging us to hold the dream of hope, peace, and beauty. Gradually moving further apart, Venus disappears on the 18th, returning in December as an evening star. The time of Virgo is upon us, the time of harvest, of slowing our pace to reflect and discern, to carefully plan what comes next, and to ground ourselves. Thoughtful of the little things we do, making sacred each act toward a positive harvest, Virgo is the sign of mindfulness, humbleness, and conscientiousness. Remember your vision and don’t loose the forest for the trees. What needs to be digested before moving on to the changing seasons?
The Harvest Moon, the moon the closest to the Autumn Equinox, illuminates on September 8th. Because the successive moonrises are shorter in time than the rest of the year, for several nights the moonlit nights seem brighter than normal. Enjoy these nights between the 7th and the 10th. This is the Pisces full moon, a time of great sensitivity to world events and situations in our daily lives. At this moon, balance the ideal with the real, the imaginative dream with the practical, and the poetic with the every day.
The visionary thrust of this time is a changing of the global paradigm, to see ourselves as one humanity, on a precious, intelligent Earth. Those who can carry and act from this broad view become the bridge into a new age. Balanced at this edge of destruction, or disintegration, both globally, and personally, we stalk a new identity, releasing the old like worn skins falling from our eyes. In this year of the Horse, trust your intuition, honor the breaking through process even if you aren’t sure from moment to moment if you can maintain your balance with the intensity of the thundering movement. Mars leaves intense Scorpio, which has revealed that which has been repressed or hidden from view, on the 13th. Its sojourn here has alerted us to what needs to be seen and attended to. Now Mars gallops into adventurous and philosophic Sagittarius, a time of quickening our momentum toward our goals.
Jupiter trines Uranus stimulating the energy around and through us, to wake up, try new things, open our creative genius and bring our visionary powers into these new eyes. This is especially accented at the end of the month and into October as Mars aligns with them, forming a grand fire trine. Destructive rebellion or violent confrontation is its negative expression.
The Sun rises directly East on the morning of the Equinox, the 22nd, and the energy of the year shifts into fall. Where spring brings Aries into action, the fall opens into the need for pause and balance of Libra. The New Moon takes place on the 23rd, seed a vision for love and justice.
Twelve opportunities for September: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): During September attend to your health. Pace yourself, simplify, and look practically at situations having to do with your body, and work. Discern what is working well for you and what is not. You are completing a challenging passage and moving into an inspiring time. You are feeling a new level of freedom and enjoyment. Travel is good this month and next.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): September is a creative and expressive month for you. Seek out those you love and spend time with them. You may find that the way you enjoy and embody who you are is changing. Intimate encounters with others now can expand your perspectives. Your inner foundations are changing.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Be thoughtful with communications this month. Your ideas or expression may cause surprises and bring up emotions unexpectedly. But your playful spirit is accentuated. A careful balance can be struck between discernment and letting go to a natural flow of communication. Let the writer in you strike a chord in others that awakens their inspiration.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): You feel more sensitivity and empathy during the Pisces full Moon. There is something that you have been working with that now finds its resolution and form. A new level of integration can take place, especially as you synthesize and discern the specific thoughts that occupy you this month. On the New Moon, take time to feel into your heart’s desire.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): With Jupiter now in Leo, you embark upon a time of growth and the ability to more easily create abundance in your life. Your inspiration fuels new orientation. Someone from a distant place opens a door for you. Though quickness of movement seems called for, Saturn says to take your time. Be aware of deep feelings that are revealed.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): As Venus travels through Virgo, September carries a sweet energy for you. This is a nice time to focus on yourself and what you want to do. Sudden insights may come to you that change your course. Changes in your child’s life, are seen in a positive light. For your greatest benefit find time to meditate or contemplate your gratitude before the day begins.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): You find that time alone can be creatively rewarding now. Changes that have been taking place in home or family seem to have reached a positive state and support the changes you have been seeking. At the full moon take a walk by the ocean. Let it fill your senses and renew your vision. After the 13th short trips are favored. Working with groups is enlivening even as they may be demanding of your skills.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This month you enjoy extended family. The full moon on the 8th brings pleasure, enjoyment of those you love. After the 12th travel becomes easier. Your career is on the upswing and you can feel confident in changing or new aspects. Part of you would love to linger in a quiet and peaceful setting, so be sure to make that space for yourself and don’t take on too much.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This is a good month for travel. Your spirits are lifted and you receive new inspiration. After the 12th as Mars moves into Sagittarius you experience more energy. You feel motivated with what you want to accomplish and your intentions become a powerful navigating force. Some family or home issues may slow you down. Remain clear to what is really at hand.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): You seem to have a broader view on things this month. Learning and studying come more easily now. Your work is highlighted and it is quite possible that you are reaching more people or affecting more people. If you keep a balance between your outer commitments and time you spend to yourself, you will feel more creativity and inspiration.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): You are entering a time of heightened enjoyment with friends and family, just your thing! Your teaching abilities take up energy and you feel the spark of new fire stimulating your interactions. Partnerships are enjoyable as long as you find balance with the other commitments you value. Give your love special attention.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): This Pisces full Moon finds you open, sensitive, and full of feeling. Relationships take up your attention and business partnerships are highlighted. This is a time to carefully go over details with others. After the 12th, work takes on its own momentum and goals can be achieved more easily. Your clear intention will serve to lead others.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 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.