Happy Sunday Mercury goes direct in Leo, give it another couple of days for direction and clarity to influence our thought processes and sense of self-esteem, it is a good time for creative thought.
Full Moon in Scorpio brings intense yet internal forces for change and transformation. Scorpio/Taurus helps us to find security within our innermost sanctum. A wide array of emotional responses could involve shedding, cleansing, letting go of old beliefs, old anger and resentments. Fixed notions are challenged under this lunar influence. Mercury moving direct but still riding with Uranus continues to bring about out of the blue perhaps radical information to the surface this week. Find peace within yourself and in communication with nature.
The transiting Sun is now moving through the practical analytical earth sign Virgo. The Solar Eclipse on September 1 initiates a charging, bursting new energy this month. Solar Eclipse energy works to wake us up to a new awareness at its best; at its worst it can upset those who remain unaware of the change causes apparent disruption. These are the last weeks of summer and cooler temperatures arrive when the Sun enters Libra Sept. 22 on the Autumnal Equinox. As the cycles continue with regularity around the celestial zodiac the energy of Virgo brings in a discriminating discerning busy energy around practical concerns which can revolve around indecision this month due to Mercury Retrograde. However, it will be a good time for research and evaluation.
Virgo ruled by Mercury is very much concerned with communication and organization. Traditionally, this is the time to evaluate and to harvest the crops clean up the garden and get ready for the fall. The symbol of the virgin stands for purity of mind and the stalk of grain indicates potential fertility. Virgo rules the abdomen and lower intestines both which focus on the elimination processes. This is a good time to check dietary considerations, as the weather changes warmer foods, root vegetables are a good way to prepare to strengthen your body for those environmental changes. As the analytical energy gets strong we can sort through our options and get ourselves organized, clean up loose ends with any project especially now until September 22nd since Mercury ruler of Virgo will go direct. The Solar Eclipse occurs Sept. 1 ushering a burst of energy evolving a new consciousness especially to the mutable signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces a new life is unfolding.
Virgo natives are concerned with methodical action, effort, exacting drive and a sensible attitude. These intellectuals are discriminating which is an attribute of Virgo. Persons born from Aug.23-Sept. 22 are predominantly motivated by a sense of duty and service. They are likely to fulfill their obligations as the abhor procrastination, tardiness and laziness. Most are born with great impeccable taste in fashion and can design as they see patterns quite easily. They are motivated to be of service towards others and though they are practical rather than romantic they will commit to any relationship they feel they can be of service as ethics are important to them. They are logical and witty souls who enjoy detailed work that allows them to use their discerning sharp mind. To them facts should fall into an orderly sequence thus they make for great crafters, analysts, teachers to name a few profession. They enjoy friendships with more intellectual types and seldom waste precious time. They tend to be busy with many activities and projects going on at the same time. They are the ultimate multi-taskers. To achieve fulfillment, they must feel that their work is of practical value to society. Most Virgos love to garden, write, create forms through crafts, or work with nutrition as they are motivated by health concerns. Happy Birthday Virgo! The next few months will be a great time to evaluate your life progress as your ruler Mercury is retrograde in Virgo; this strengthens your energy to put things in order and prioritize your interests and plans for the next few months. The transiting conjunction of Mars and Saturn together cast a challenging aspect to your Sun; this square will bring tension and pressure upon you to make needed decisions. Neptune is also squaring your Sun encouraging you to bring about a better vision of hope and dreams for the future.
Planetary Influences for September
Mercury is retrograde in Virgo until Sept. 22 when it turns direct. Mercury retrograde periods are a great time to evaluate, go over old plans and projects. Research, writing, planning can take on unusual detours. As Mercury rules over how things come together on the earth plane, it stirs up any material objects that are in need of repair. As things do not always move smoothly while this planet is retrograde we must pace ourselves, learn patience as schedules can change without cause, and troubles can pop up out of the blue to trouble shoot, and communication systems can break down. Indecision, changes, orderly thinking is required as not all the facts may line up. By transit Mercury retrograde conjuncts Jupiter planet of expansion and opportunities also transiting through Virgo this aspect can focus our energy to deepen our research regarding networks for expansion, wealth, perhaps helping us to develop a philosophy that is more practical, ethical and earthy.
Venus planet of relationships, values, negotiations is moving through the air harmony seeking air sign Libra. This is a great placement for Venus as it seeks to negotiate, create harmony and balance particularly with negotiations; relationships can benefit from the cooperation that Libra lends.
Jupiter will transit into Libra September 9th starting a new direction with the forces of expansion, distribution of wealth and may be helpful to the arts, relationships of all kinds where partnering is based on cooperation, respect and harmony plus a benefit to legal systems. The transiting Sun in Libra Sept. 23 conjoins with Jupiter bringing at least a two week period of optimism, hope, cooperation and enthusiasm to our spirits.
Mars and Saturday the lesser and greater malefic continue to move through the fire sign Sagittarius for the first part of the month then the tensions and frustrations will ease up mid-month. This is a good time to watch your judgements about others and eliminate restrictive belief systems that bring about difficult karma.
Uranus in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn are still squaring showing us the challenges to maintain our freedoms and to change and reform restrictive governments, banking systems, and or anything that does not work for the benefit of all any longer. Pluto Stations direct Sept. 27th this is a powerful station for the forces of transformation ,rejuvenation or endings.
Neptune in Pisces continues to exert its influence particularly to the signs: Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. These Sun signs can benefit from hooking into the spiritual benefits of Neptune; love, imagination and surrender your ego to your higher self and let go of attachments that bring more suffering. Learn to go with the flow.
The Lunar Cycles for September
The New Moon Solar Eclipse occurs Sept. 1 in the practical analytical earth sign Virgo. Eclipse energy brings great insights and changes like a wake up call. We can feel the new energy bursting and opening our minds to greater insights. But with Mercury retrograde best to check things out before jumping ahead.
First Quarter Moon occurs Sept. 9th, in the enthusiastic fire sign Sagittarius, this may be a good time to explore new directions as Jupiter also moves into the air sign Libra and we can hope now to have more symbols of justice and retribution start to show up. This may be a good time for relationships.
The Full Moon occurs September 16th in the mystical water sign Pisces. This can be an inspirational time to revision yourself by surrounding yourself with beauty, music, or meditation on the universal flow of love and healing available to all; but watch out for escapist tendencies. Full Moon energy brings things to the zenith of their development and heightens our emotions.
The Last Quarter Moon in the water sign Cancer can bring a great shift to the many considerations and decisions made this month. This will be a good time to evaluate what has happened due to Mercury retrograde now direct by sorting and sifting what you want to keep or to fix any messes that occurred during the retrograde as they will show up. This is a time of back trekking before the New Moon starts a new cycle. Venus shifts into the mysterious intense water sign Scorpio intensifying emotions, agendas, and needs around relationships.
The New Moon arrives September 30th in the harmony social air sign Libra. This cycle starts off with good positive energy that helps get things moving forward again. Social graces, harmony, cooperation are the strong forces around today.
As always we can choose how to use the energy available and not be ruled by the stars.
Peace and Blessings
In the Stars for February
February features: Groundhog Day, the countdown for spring to arrive in March and Chinese New Year celebrates the year of the Monkey a good omen for the year, Ash Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and this is a Leap year that is 29 days- still an irregular month perhaps part of the Aquarius energy.
The transiting Sun is moving through Aquarius this brings an outgoing self-expressive positive energy. Aquarius encourages us to communicate with objectivity our humanistic ideals through involvement with group work and sharing original ideas that may be unconventional. The symbol for Aquarius is of a male figure pouring energy from a large vase into the earth. Some of the possible meanings behind this symbol: is that we are to develop compassion, progressive energy programs, sharing, one humanity, social reforms and the understanding that we are energy vibrational beings. Life is moving faster in this Age of Aquarius.
Aquarius natives are outgoing disseminators of knowledge who are likely to be a friend to all people. Their path in life helps them grow a greater awareness of the endless possibilities in their quest for knowledge. They can be unpredictable, unconventional, and holding an objective attitude that makes them appear to be detached or on another level and possibly spaced out yet they are loving folks. They are a paradox to understand for they can be stubborn with their own views, inconsistent, conceited, rebellious, ego centered and yet tolerant, unselfish, patient, and allowing others to be their unique selves. Impersonal and detached are traits of theirs that shows an interest in all types of people and anything that is different. Freedom to do as they choose is important to them some are likely to develop or invent things and they do like popularity. Happy Birthday Aquarius! Mars in Scorpio may challenge you this month yet in general your Sun is not affected as strongly right now by the outer planets Uranus and Pluto as other Sun signs are. Do as you will but harm no one.
Most of the hassles with communications and systems breaking down should be over now. The good news is that Mercury, the trickster, is moving in direct motion now through the ambitious earth sign Capricorn and will shift into Aquarius and move into alignment with the Sun and Venus in the zodiac this month. We can experience a greater level of objectivity and concerns for others, a good time to develop new ideas and values to pursue.
Mars in its own powerful water sign Scorpio will challenge us to develop strategies and persistence with our ventures, our ideas and concerns. Now we can move forward in some respects.
Jupiter is retrograde in the analytical earth sign Virgo. Since Jupiter is the planet of expansion, wealth and wisdom in Virgo we may find ourselves delving in more to access all the details of our work ethic, service, and any plans for investments are scrutinized well to use caution. Jupiter retrograde last until May 10th.
Saturn continues its trek through Sagittarius inspiring conscientious intellectual responsibility and serious views based on traditional concepts. Themes like ethics, religion, philosophical precepts that we are responsible to maintain or reap the karma of what we hold important. Saturn can represent austerities, lessons in the limitations we create for ourselves. Those mostly affected are Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces natives. Look to understand were you feel the most limited and that’s where you can change your perceptions thus your reality.
Neptune represents forces that affect us generally to inspire our imagination, grow spiritually, develop our psychic abilities and intuitive faculties. In Pisces it strengthens these faculties towards the intangible qualities of our human experience. The water signs Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are most affected by this transit to help them grow to a new spiritual understanding or enlightenment.
Uranus and Pluto continue to trek forward in Aries and Capricorn both forward moving cardinal signs. The square ignites changes and challenges to Sun signs Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, the effect is more dramatic if you resist. In general, this is a time for invention, courage, and ambition for we are all stirred to breakdown the old and initiate new paradigms during this long transit ended in 2019 when Uranus enters Taurus.
The Lunar Cycle for February
The New Moon in the objective air sign Aquarius occurs Feb.8th. This is the Chinese New Year. The year of the Monkey and this moon encourages outdoor activities, friendships and a time to observe with detachment and allowance. New moon phase is great to start new projects and launch initiates. We may see signs of spring and some bulbs can be planted.
The First Quarter Moon is exact Feb. 15 in the fixed earth sign Taurus. This first sun/moon square encourages decisions that may be stressful. This is a good time to work with the tension and make a move forward. This is a time to grow, develop with concentrated effort.
The Full Moon in Virgo on Feb. 22 brings in the new energy as the Sun is in Pisces. Awareness is the key to the full moon phase. Pisces helps us to develop feelings of empathy and compassion above its opposite Virgo which is more focused on details and critical views. Balance is everything.
Astrology is the study of the celestial movements through the Zodiac a way of navigating time on our earth plane. We can choose how to use the energies that are available, a good way to see this is like a weather report where you choose the appropriate clothing to wear on not to, and it’s your choice.
Peace and Blessings