September opens with a Solar Eclipse (not visible to us), intensifying the polarization of these times, increasing unpredictability, and changeability of events. We will experience this personally, globally, and particularly, within our politics. Having just entered a Mercury retrograde time, (through September 21st.) this theme of unpredictability is enhanced. As always the retrograde movement of Mercury is a trickster energy. Watch what unfolds nationally, and how the trickster undermines situations. The retrograde phase makes schedules, travel, and technology, less dependable, often throwing in last minute curves. In our rapidly moving society, this can feel disruptive, yet astrology teaches us the rhythms of nature, the flow of natural growth. When Mercury goes retrograde, as it does 3 times a year, it is time to slow down, to reflect, not to push, but to refine, to check in with ourselves, and each other. It is time to consider what is being said, and to reflect on our own perceptions beyond the generalized presumptions that fill the collective. If you are traveling, let your pace be slower, and become the observer, allowing changes in schedule to fuel a different response. Read a book, go with the flow, enjoy the company, let go.
During the month we come to the third Saturn Neptune Square. This is a defining aspect, speaking of disillusionment, a battle between truth and ideological spin, a time of fear and uncertainty, of personal idealism versus harsh judgment. This particular lineup, or phase of development, demands a re-orientation to what has been evolving that may have been vague, or too idealistic, or even totally unrealistic. We can utilize this time to reflect on our underlying value and belief system, and to invite our imagination to give form to these values in a new way. The eclipse, likewise, can bring up unfinished business or show us where our unconscious conditioning is directing our life and choices. Now is the time, through reflection, to come to terms with this conditioning in practical, discerning, and tangible ways, especially focusing on embodying this re-orientation by being grounded in day-to-day actions. It is a particularly challenging political time, how to get to the truth, how to cut through the spin. It calls to each of us to deepen our research as to what the truth is, while being very difficult to pin down. Assumptions and projections run wild. (negative influence of Neptune in Pisces squaring Saturn).
Jupiter enters Libra on September 9th, highlighting themes of justice, fairness, focusing on relationships, and diplomacy, over the next 12 months. A lunar eclipse takes place on September 16th at the full Moon, (not visible). The Fall Equinox takes place on September 22, as the Sun moves into relational Libra, balancing equally between length of day and night, while the increasing darkness directs our movement to Winter.
Twelve opportunities for September: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): September is the month to attend to your health. Develop new daily patterns. This can give you a boost, leading you to more enjoyable relations. You will experience the need to balance between interior reflection, and day-to-day work of routines. A beneficial expression of this will manifest as imaginative and creative reverie while taking care of practical matters, and cultivating groundedness. Be alert to states of perception that project idealism, then bring about negative and critical self judgment. Reframe judgment to clarifying what is wanting to develop.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): This month highlights your unique expression and your creativity. Be thoughtful if you find yourself wanting more recognition or acknowledgment, look within not without. You won’t be able to clearly read others or the signs. Step back. Allow a sense of self containment, as you proceed with your work or daily life. Give yourself time to reflect on the meaning of things. Seek a larger view than the personal.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): Such an interesting time for you! Sometimes you may feel like others don’t see you, don’t get you or simply misunderstand. Focus on your own inner wisdom. Write, study or teach your inner perception. There may be tension this month with others. Practice observing, and watching, instead of reacting. It is a potent time for transformation of deep layers of conditioning and behavior. Be gentle with yourself.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Your mind is active! Your communication is strengthened. Focus and disciplined routine will pay off for you right now. It is as if you are capturing a dream, or experiencing the possibility of ideals manifesting, which you have long held. Support comes to you as you slow down, and focus with one-pointed intent on what you want to accomplish. Try not to analyze too much, rather find the goal and steadily apply yourself to that. Things don’t move fast until much later in the month. Patience helps.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): During September, keeping a regular routine will be of great benefit. Though something new may be coming into your life, perhaps some new creativity or expression, it may not be clear where it is heading. You may feel doubtful or hesitant. But stay with it. You are unearthing a valuable part of yourself. The situation will shift and bring breakthroughs especially after mid month. You meet new people that inspire you, and support your intentions.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Be alert to the sensitive, the vulnerable or imaginative place that you are inhabiting. It may be hard to find your ground, hard to discern what others are thinking, or expecting. This is a time when it is easy to project your fears. Boundaries can dissolve. Whatever you are working with, it may seem that movement is slowed down. Let this slowing fuel your desire and intent. Examine old belief systems. Mid-month you get a burst of energy, a revelation, a piece of information that takes you to a new place, moving you along. As the month ends you feel a resolution, more energy, and confidence.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Balancing solitary retreat and social relations becomes more focused this month. Quietly contemplate a larger view of life and specifically your life. Draw, write, and create from your reverie to give form to the inner self that is emerging. It is meant to be shared with others in a unique way. When you connect with others, they appreciate and enjoy you. Be sure to spend time and relax with those you love. It nourishes and reinvigorates you. Your connection with others now will bring about unexpected surprises.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This month you dedicate effort to goals. You organize and sort, allowing you to fulfill a dream. Balancing your work with enjoyment, with music, with healing waters, helps you toward your goals. Everything seems to move a bit slower than usual. But don’t worry. Hold your intention steady. Mid month brings breakthrough and a new set of conditions that inspire. On the 23rd, situations move smoothly and you find yourself enjoying, and feeling pleasure at what you have accomplished.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): September is a balancing act for you. You are working hard, or very focused on a task and goal. Perhaps it unearths other things, unknown situations to consider. Regardless, take your time and be sure to pay attention to details. Listen carefully, especially in regards to your work at the beginning of the month. Something may not be clear. Take your time to get the right information or clarify the communications. After the 9th, situations move more smoothly. Relationships are enjoyable and working with, or being a part, of group is favored.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Travel or study has benefited you this year. Be thoughtful at the beginning of the month as communication may be difficult. It may be hard to read others, and it may trigger your own insecurities. But no worries. This will pass by the first week. Stand back, and observe, and just witness. After the 9th your work is highlighted. You are well received. Toward the end of the month you feel renewed motivation and fast movement. You are clearer with your intentions and proceed with vigor to accomplish what you desire.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): You are processing deep feelings. Be flexible and adaptable as situations may get slowed down. Something hidden may surface. Balance practicality with idealism now, imaginative reverie with skillfulness. This is what is best suited for the time. You experience the emotions and patterns of others, so keep good boundaries. After the 9th, travel and teaching is highlighted, and continues to strengthen as long as you go with the flow.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): You are a person who cares for and works with others. This is particularly heightened now. Your imaginative energy is high, but you may also experience tiredness. Be sure to rest. You are accomplishing something that is important to you and it takes perseverance. Communication may get muddled so be sure to clarify things. You receive more support and funds after the 9th. This potential for support continues through out the coming months.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 34 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.