|Star Transits For September 2020
The Sun has been Virgo since August 23rd
Our focus shifts to the pieces of the puzzle--the little details of our lives. It is now time to take care of practical concerns. Tending to the details of everyday life may not sound like loads of fun, but it can certainly free us from unnecessary stress that results from "collecting" odds and ends of unfinished business. This is an ideal time to get organized, to do detail work, and to improve communications on the job.
The energy of this signs transit brings about some playful and friendly activities. When the Sun is in Virgo, details take on an enormous importance. An intellectually stimulating time, the Virgo Sun hones our logic and sharpens our sense of stability and value. Only the best will do right now -- from clothing to food to interpersonal communication -- anything that seems low in value will fall by the wayside. This Earth Sign also connects us to our physical selves through a sharp awareness of health and hygiene as well as a keen sensuality. Practical to almost a fault, Virgo energy will motivate us to enforce order onto whatever chaos the past months may have wreaked. Once comfortable with the nervous tension that this astrological influence can create, there is pleasure to be had at this time. It comes in the form of an acute appreciation of aesthetic beauty and the arts..
The Sun in Virgo is a good time for:
- Hunkering down with our most meticulous and detail-heavy tasks or responsibilities
- Taking a more active interest in your health -- quitting smoking, starting new fitness routines
- Enjoying detail-oriented games and crafts
The Sun then moves into Libra on September 21st
Later this evening the Sun will be shifting into the sign of balance. It's also the Autumn Equinox/Mabon - so Blessed Mabon/Autumn Equinox!
Libra symbolizes relationships with others as mirrors of ourselves. Meeting others halfway, compromise, and negotiation come under the rule of Libra. The focus is now on balance--finding balance and harmony through relationships with others and through art. Libra is the sign of the peacemaker. However, life is not always peaceful with Libra in its attempt to restore balance. Decision-making can be more challenging while the Sun is in Libra. Libra weighs both sides of any situation, and sometimes this process seems endless! In Libra, the Sun is concerned about not rocking the boat and not rubbing others the wrong way. Tactfulness, style, tolerance, and sociability are some of the keywords for Libra. On the shadow side, Libra can be self-serving, indecisive, passive-aggressive, and superficial. Libra, the scales, represents that perfect balance between day and night that comes with the equinox. It brings an awareness of where we stand within ourselves and with others. So this can greatly affect relationships of all kinds.
When the Sun is in Libra, don't expect decisions to be finalized. Libra Suns mark a time of deliberation, of hemming-and-hawing, of going over and over your options with a fine-toothed comb, weighing the pros and cons. The symbol of Libra is, of course, the Balance. This celestial situation bestows upon us a natural diplomacy and a sense of fairness, and yet we're never really quite sure if we're making the right choice. We'll be in the research stage, so to speak, investigating the possibilities and potentialities. While you're puzzling over a conclusion, you'll also be very persuasively arguing the side you most support. Libra is just as convincing as it is indecisive and tactful and cautious. With this inclination toward harmony, Libra Sun also turns our thoughts to aesthetic beauty and the wonder of interpersonal relationships. This Air Sign desires companionship -- especially romantic love bonds! Anticipate charming suitors and appeasing partners.
The Sun in Libra is a good time for:
- Visiting art museums or bookstores
- Making your personal relationships and partnerships top priority
On September 2nd we have a Pisces Full Moon
Full Moons are the best time for doing energy and spell work that is geared towards releasing something old or reaping the harvest of whatever seed you planted at the last New Moon. In Pisces, it makes the best times for magic work that involves the creative arts, dream work, increasing our intuitive awareness, and healing.
This Full Moon brings a sensitive Pisces energy that is in opposition to the Sun in practical Virgo right now. And this can have us struggling between the heart and head. It can have us feeling overwhelmed by our own insecurities, our obligations, and our faith in ourselves when we feel our workload is a bit too much. A lot of this is down to us creating ridiculously high standards for ourselves. But this Full Moon also brings a chance for some spiritual breakthroughs and creative inspiration that will help overcome obstacles.
At this time we are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It's a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.
Our lives takes on a kind of mystical quality at the emotional and instinctive levels. Dreams and illusions, forgiveness, and understanding human frailties are what arouse deep feelings at this time. The past and the future intermingle, and the barriers between people dissolve - there is the key to the greater psychic and spiritual sensitivity you feel now.
The Moon in Pisces generally favours the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.
On September 17th we have an Virgo New Moon
It’s a New Moon for us tonight with concentrated energies in Virgo. When we have a New Moon we also have the Sun in the same sign, which is why these energies are so focused and potent. For those who do energy and spell work, the New Moon is the perfect time for setting intentions for the things you wish to create, cultivate, manifest and develop. Its energies differ from the Full Moon in that the New Moon looks inward. It is the void empty space between letting go of the old and waiting for the new, and this can be frightening for some. A Void is meant to be filled though and we need to not fill it with frightened and uncertain energies, but rather fill it with hopes, wishes and desires.
With the New Moon in Virgo those new beginnings take on a more practical and grounded form. It blends our spiritual path with our more mundane pursuits. The energy here is about healing and rewiring ours old programming into something more mindful. It’s about stripping down to the essentials until we get to what is healthy and good. A friend of mine said that Virgo New Moon is like a can of disinfectant for our soul.
If you have felt stretched too thin by a bunch of stuff that just hasn’t been satisfying to you, Virgo will assist you in getting back on track. We have the chance to shift our attitudes and perceptions. It brings our focus back onto those things that support our dreams in a practical way. If you have been struggling with finding a way to make a dream a reality, tap into the energy of the Virgo Moon and let it reveal a more practical and realistic approach to your plans. It may mean having to tweak things here and there but the result will more than likely bring success.
When the Moon is in Virgo we instinctually gravitate towards practical activities. In an urge to set things right, we might easily find ourselves re-organizing and rethinking plans. Emotional satisfaction comes from solving problems, making order out of confusion, and helping others.
Health matters might come into focus. We notice the smaller parts that make up the whole, and instead of letting nagging details bother us, we might work on ironing them out so that we can feel more confident moving ahead. Taking care of business is a major theme where our emotional orientation is concerned.
In this mutable earth sign of Virgo, the mood is geared toward busy productivity and adjusting with minor tweaks here and there. It favours clearing, refining, purging, detoxing and organizing. It also favours launching self-improvement schemes. We find our steps are more purposeful, and this helps us with tasks that require patience and focus on details. We may find that we can get into this Zen-like groove of action, so mundane tasks like cleaning don't seem so laborious. We want to be working and seeing signs of tangible effort now.
A Virgo Moon always reminds me of spring cleaning where we declutter, make room, open the windows and let the fresh air flow through. On a more mental level some may crave mentally stimulating puzzles, games and reading to satisfy the active mind. Conversations can be full of everyday analysis of events and people, sometimes critical or fault-finding. For those who have felt overwhelmed by life, now is a time when you can break down those problems into smaller, individual, and more manageable tasks.
Things to do under a Virgo Moon: drink lots of water, fast, stretch, walk or jog, volunteer, add finishing touches, write or edit, give and take some constructive criticism, encourage a loved one to keep trying, de-toxify your home or work space, bring order to chaos, use discernment, refine your routine.
September 1st - Mercury trine Pluto (Mercury in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn)
With Mercury and Pluto in this positive trine we know how to get to the heart of things. It's a great time for mental activities which involve research, concentration and investigation. We want to explore what’s under the surface and won’t be satisfied by superficial explanations. It's a good energy for focusing on ideas that require stages of development to be planned out. This is also a time when one can experience a breakthrough if they have been trying to understand the dynamics and deeper motivations going on in their lives. It’s like having that sudden light bulb moment that sheds light on the dark corner where those answers where hiding away. We also have the chance to shed and leave behind all of those outworn perception and forms of communication that have been ineffective for us up till now. During this transit it may be a good idea to write down our thoughts and ideas so that we can review them again once this transit has slipped by.
September 2nd - Venus opposite Saturn (Venus in Cancer, Saturn in Capricorn)
This is a transit that can bring feelings of loneliness and sadness as a result of delays and limitations we feel are affecting our love life and finances. Its not a good time for socializing, so we should make preparations for some alone time.
Trying to address relationship issues at this time could actually make things worse. What we can do for now in order to show we do care is to work hard and do practical things. It may seem like our efforts are being ignored, but they will actually pay off in the long run.
One thing you should try to do under this transit is to figure out where you may be responsible for any difficulties felt in the relationship, and perhaps work on a bit of self development. Its a good time for work that needs preparation. Where finances are concerned, try to sort out debt, or at least get things more organized so you have an idea of where you stand.
For those that are prone to depression, it may be a low couple of days for you. If you're normally a cheerful person, it may be best to not fight the blues and let things ride themselves out.
September 2nd - Sun trine Uranus (Sun in Virgo, Uranus in Taurus)
As the Sun mingles with Uranus we become more open to being spontaneous and just going with the flow with no real plan. And this can be liberating for many. In fact it may be just what is needed to get us out of a rut. This is a good time for breaking out of old cycles and habits. Flashes of insight, inspiration, and bursts of courage are all part of this transit's magic.
We tend to feel more grounded and centred, more in touch with our true spirit, who we really are deep down. It may have you acting a bit out of character and may raise some eyebrows around those who know you! But now is the best time to try new things and to experiment. You may surprise yourself with how simple it really can be to break out of your routines and habits.
As always, there is a warning here too. And that is to make sure you don’t become too reckless. Keep it balanced so you don’t come across as too erratic, careless, or chaotic.
September 3rd - Mercury trine Saturn (Mercury in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn)
This transit is the opposite of mercury's trine with Neptune so it may help us to balance that airy, dreamy energy a bit more. While it is an excellent transit for mental work that involves accuracy and precision, these things may be a bit dulled down.
We will be able to better convey something significant or serious at this time and responsibilities could lighten up a bit. It may be best to look at ways you can bring closure to any finished goals and perhaps map out some plans for new ones. Blending this transit with Mercury's trine to Neptune can also give our imagination a boost that will help us think outside the box.
Under this transit it may be easier to take a more practical, logical approach to any goals that need a problem solving approach. We can better convey something significant or serious at this time and responsibilities may not feel so heavy due to this grounded and calming energy. Focusing on work that revolves around the logistics of getting from point A to B can be beneficial where pursuing our goals is concerned. We may also find that some goals can be bought to closure now. Looking back at past achievements can also help us now to support our current and future goals as we learn from the past. It’s all about bringing structure to how we think and communicate.
September 3rd - Mercury square North Lunar Node (Mercury in Virgo, North Node in Gemini)
This is a transit where we can feel compelled to do a 360 about where we have been heded on our life's path. Its a time when information or facts turn up that are in total contradiction to what we believed was true or real about our sense of life purpose. In some instances we mat feel as if someone else is just getting in our way. There is a temptation to deny, dismiss rationalize or totally avoid our way around these things, but, as in most cases, we would probably be missing out on some valuable info that we really need to take into consideration. This in no way means that you have to up and abandon your current life's path! Its more a matter of us being challenged to see that path more clearly.
We may also find at this time that we have to express some information or a point of view that isn't favourable or welcome to others, or it may feel like a real challenge to get our point across. If you find yourself in this kind of scenario, don't go overboard trying to stand your ground. Instead focus on what needs to be said and how best to say it.
September 4th - Venus square Mars (Venus in Cancer, Mars in Aries)
Venus will be in a square aspect with Mars, making our diplomatic and receptive side a bit argumentative with our more decisive and assertive side. We may feel a battle of wills between our yin and yang sides here, or we could find a way to harness both of these energies creatively. We may see this transits energy manifesting as problems in our relationships, financial struggles, arguments centring around control issues, or finally taking action on ideas and plans that you have had bubbling away on a back burner for some time.
Those who are more comfy with their Yin side (diplomatic and receptive energies) could end up feeling backed into a corner or feel they are being forced into negotiations under pressure. Those who are more comfy with their Yang side (action oriented and assertive energies) could end up feeling compelled to sheath Mars’ sharp sword, or at least blunt it, when dealing with the “enemy”, rather than just fighting. In the end, it’s all about finding a balance between these two sides of ourselves as well as finding a happy medium that works for both sides.
Social blunders are a possibility now and we need to be wary of making impulse purchases. Those who are prone to drama and attention seeking could very well stir up problems in order to fulfil a need for excitement.
September 4th - Mercury sextile Venus (Mercury in Virgo, Venus in Cancer)
Mercury is in this beneficial aspect with Venus today which brings us the possibility of benefiting from our social connections, a more open awareness, and harmonious communication. It doesn’t mean that it will all just fall into our laps though! We still need a bit of effort to make all of this happen.
Venus is all about pleasure, beauty, and sensuality and under this transit we get to appreciate these things a bit more. It’s a good opportunity for getting closer to someone we have an interest in, or that we want to build a stronger foundation with. We are more able to give and receive and with mercury this means listening well and speaking gently. Creativity also gets a boost as our ideas are more able to find a route to expressing them.
One thing we do need to be careful of with this transit is trying to manipulate a person or situation to our own advantage and vice versa. If you keep your communication clear and to the point, as well as throwing in some diplomacy, you will find that you can deal with anyone who may be using manipulative tactics.
September 5th - Mercury enters Libra
Messenger Mercury can see both sides of any situation in fair-minded and balancing Libra. Our thinking benefits from the refined clarity and communication skills of Mercury, inviting new connections to be made. But we do have a bit of a hiccup here as well as Mercury follows the same course as Venus and the Sun. So expect discussions to diverge, darken, or break down from time to time.
September 6th - Venus enters Leo
Love is magnificent and grand. We take pride in love, and we are generous with our money as well. This is a warmhearted, teasing, expressive, proud, and extravagant placement for Venus. Love is a bit of a game--a game that is perpetual, as Venus in Leo is forever stuck in the romance stage of a relationship. We feed on attention, acknowledgement, validation, and adoration. Venus in Leo loves to be adored, pampered, and admired. Pride and passion are hallmarks of this cycle. We have a strong ego investment in our love lives during this period. The negative expression of this placement is overstating our feelings simply for the effect, as well as extravagance.
This can be a very creative time, as Venus' love of beauty combines with Leo's creative flair for the dramatic. Find ways to feel good by making your surroundings and yourself beautiful and reflective of your inner spirit! High fashion and vogue style are "in," and crudeness and ordinariness are out...unless you want to turn them into a fashion statement. ;-) However, it's probably wise not to become so identified with the outer appearance of yourself or others that you lose sight of the person, situation or context that it's all happening in. The aim is to pamper yourself with pleasures that enhance your quality of life, without inflating your ego with synthetic self-esteem and glamour without substance. Relationships, interaction, finances, values and resources all need to include ways to express your identity, valour and "heart." Some light-hearted fun and play can be a good place to start.
September 9th - Mars goes Retrograde (In Aries)
Mars turns Retrograde today, in the sign of Aries. This means that anything Mars like is intensified, dramatically increased or may go temporarily dormant. It applies to things such as passion, anger, aggressiveness, sexuality, being assertive and putting plans into action. It may light that fire under us to pursue something we are passionate about with more conviction. For some, feeling cynical or lethargic about the stuff we are usually excited about could be the case. Its a transit that tends to bring out the shadow side of our usual state of emotions. Keep in mind that our passionate feelings and instincts are much closer to the surface now and can harder to keep under control. Things like anger, jealousy and revenge more easily triggered at this time.
This can be a time of strong transformative and creative energy, not just destructive, giving us the fuel we need to express ourselves and grow in quite a powerful way. If you are fighting a cause you are passionate about, this transit provides a formidable resource to tap into.
The negative side is that our impulses, forceful intent and willpower are more passionate, intense and controlled, or controlling in some cases. Our sexual energy runs high and we have a hunger for deeper closeness and emotional intimacy, as well as a strong drive to satisfy our physical urges and needs.
In the worst cases, this is a transit that could release any pent up rage in the form of revenge or cruelty. If this is something you see within your self, this is the time to delve deep and explore what lies behind these feelings. There is a big difference between assertively voicing your concerns and lashing out at those you feel have wronged you. Lashing out is a reaction that is based on a feeling of powerlessness and fear, which can evoke a hostile reaction from the person you are lashing out at. But voicing your concerns in an assertive way is a more grounded and empowered way to respond to these situations, and will probably be much more effective.
If you are faced with someone expressing the negative behaviour of this Mars-Aries combo, you need to take steps to protect yourself and use good judgement, especially if you sense you may be in danger. If you don't feel you are at risk, try listening to what may be hidden under a person's outburst. It may simply be their way of trying to be understood or heard, and listening quite often can help diffuse a heated situation.
September 9th - Sun trine Jupiter (Sun in Virgo, Jupiter in Capricorn)
Today the Sun moves into a supportive trine aspect with Jupiter. According to the ancients this is one of the most positive transits. With the Sun and Jupiter working together we are able to work in harmony with our environment radiating warmth and generosity to those around us. It is a time when our understanding of the great Big Picture clears and we start to understand just how we fit into it all. As a result of this, our self esteem and confidence soar. We start to see new possibilities and opportunities, to the point where we feel we have a bit of luck on our side.
It’s a really good energy for situations where we need to present an idea or project and need to get other people on board. Our own sense of confidence and optimism can more easily sway others to see our view of things. Public speaking gets a boost here as well as well as writing because we feel we can express ourselves easily. Our minds turn to philosophical and idealistic subject matters and our physical energy gets a boost too.
Our insight into our lives becomes a bit brighter, inspired, and optimistic and some may feel very connected to spiritual energy right now. This can help us to find new meaning for ourselves and the world around us. Some may feel inspired to fight for a cause or some justice they feel passionate about.
One thing to watch for is allowing our sense of “knowing” and self assurance go overboard, leading us to being too overly confident or over indulgent. We need to make sure that we are grounded in humility and realistic views to make it all work well.
September 10th - Mercury opposite Chiron (Mercury in Libra, Chiron in Aries)
Under this challenging transit misunderstandings in our communications that occur can often stem from taking things too personally. It can be hard to read the intention behind the words used to communicate. Doubting our ability to make a clear cut decision can come from a feeling that opposing viewpoints hold the same weight, thus causing us an inability to choose sides. There can be a sense of shooting ourselves in the foot when we present our ideas or opinions, and a feeling of misrepresenting ourselves when we communicate can figure strongly now.
The best way to deal with these types of scenarios is to make sure we take the time to think about what it is we wish to communicate beforehand, don't over think things and stick to what you feel is right in our heart.
September 11th - Sun opposite Neptune (Sun in Virgo, Neptune in Pisces)
This is an idealistic and impracticable transit, where we come face to face with the boundless universe for a few days. This energy can come to you in several ways, for example as creative inspiration, magical encounters with the great mysteries of life, or really vivid dreams. We can feel this tension between infinite vision and clarity of purpose. For some it can feel like a pull between feeling centred within ourselves and feeling connected to the great unknown of the universe.
The effect can make us feel as if we are losing sight of our boundaries, creating feelings of depression, confusion and lethargy. Some may find that their dreams, expectations and longings are rooted in wishful thinking rather than in reality, and this can lead to feelings of disillusionment and disappointment. So its really important to take time for some reality checks during this time. Get a trusted friend to help you out with this, especially if you are faced with having to make an important decision right now.
September 13th - Jupiter turns Direct (In Capricorn)
Jupiter finally ends its 4 month retrograde journey and starts shifting forward now. Jupiter's effects are to expand our experiences, our knowledge, and our understanding. Jupiter represents optimism, growth, generosity, joy, and abundance. During this Jupiter retrograde cycle, we tended to place strong emphasis and value on the intellect. We see opportunities to grow and succeed through intellectual, verbal, and written channels. We are more inclined to believe that intelligence and knowledge are the major keys to solving problems. Communication and contact are more valued.
Be careful though because Jupiter's zeal can supersede moderation at times. It can expand the more negative qualities of a sign, just as it can expand the positive traits. Its zeal and enthusiasm is well-intentioned, but it can blind us to our immoderate behavior. In Gemini, negative manifestations include lack of follow through, too many ideas without a plan to set them into motion, gossip, too much information, fickleness, and indecision.
September 13th - Venus trine Chiron (Venus in Leo, Chiron in Aries)
The Planet of love mingles with the wounded healer today bringing a great opportunity for healing and rebalancing, especially in the areas of relationships, finance, resources and values. If you have been faced with persistent challenges and issues in these areas lately, you will find help from an influx of healing and helpful resources now. Interactions of all kinds, not just relationships, will benefit under this transits nurturing energy because we will find it so much easier to see the beauty and value in others, even those we may dislike or not feel to comfortable around. So use this to strengthen and mend bonds as well as to tackle negotiations where compromises are needed to resolve conflict. You will find things go a lot more smoothly now if everyone works in a balanced way that serves the interests of all.
This is also a time when we find we can draw to us what we need to heal wounds on many levels (spiritually, mentally, physically, psychologically, etc.) It makes it easier now to accept the things in our lives that we cannot change and focus on making progress in those things we can change.
September 14th - Sun trine Pluto (Sun in Virgo, Pluto in Capricorn)
Whether you're clearing out your closet or flushing out your brain, this transit is the time for getting rid of whatever has become unnecessary or outworn in our lives. And this can be anything from an unhealthy relationship to old and outworn beliefs that are holding you back. Or you just may need to chuck the rubbish out of your work space. We get to see what's below the surface in order to see things very clearly so don't be surprised if you discover, or re-discover, something lost, hidden, or forgotten during this process either.
The focus turns towards progress and self improvement that could help us make some important changes in our lives. We area able to tap into those deeper levels of determination by reconnecting with what motivates us. We ask ourselves "What do I want, and what changes do I need to make?" Pluto is the great transformer here so if Pluto can't fix the problem then that means it is time to tear it down and start fresh! And we often find the courage now to stand up and assert ourselves in situations that may have felt overwhelming or discouraging up till now.
One thing to be careful with is that our personalities can become a bit forceful under this transit. And this is fine if you are needing to make a strong impression. But it can be a bit too much in those situations that need a bit of subtlety. Using this energy for ruthless or selfish purposes is not the way to go either. By doing so you could end up setting into motion some powerful forces that will drag you down in the end. If the corrections that Pluto have guided you to make aren't benefiting those involved, then improvements will not be successful. Remember, Pluto only forces those changes that will be good for all. It's all about owning your own power!
September 15th - Venus square Uranus (Venus in Leo, Uranus in Taurus)
Today we see Venus and Uranus move into a challenging square. Under this transit we need to be careful of temptations like impulse buying and being a bit erratic with our resources. Otherwise our finances can become a bit unstable. Best thing to do is stick to your budget or, if you feel you must buy that extra something, check your funds and be realistic.
Where relationships and social interactions are concerned, this transit can make the way we relate to those around us (and them to us) seem a bit impulsive, inconsistent, and wishy washy. For those who have been experiencing difficulties with funds and/or relationships, this transit can bring a lingering issue up to the surface now and will require our attention rather than trying to push it back down and ignore it.
It’s a bit of a double edged sword we walk with this transit. For some it can bring that welcome breath of fresh air that helps us cut through the fog and see things more clearly. However, conflict and stress are also triggered with this. Others may feel resistant to making any changes and will see this as a less positive time of instability, adjustments, and some upsets. If used wisely, the energy of this transit can help us to break free of any restraints and structure that have been holding us back from seeing new possibilities.
September 16th - Sun square North Lunar Node (Sun in Virgo, North Node in Gemini)
Today brings a challenging square between the Sun and the North Lunar Node. What’s a Lunar Node you ask? Nodes aren’t physical objects in the skies like the planets. We have two; the North Node and South Node. They mark those intersecting areas where the Moon and Sun cross paths. They represent sensitive points in our natal chart. The North Node represent the point in our life that is forward moving and our overall life lessons. Some even say that it represents our destiny. The South Node is that point in our life where we push off from and shows where we have been and what in our lives needs to be released.
Today’s aspect between the Sun and North Node can bring feelings of conflict between our sense of identity and purpose with the lessons we are needing to learn in our lives. It can manifest through situations where we feel we are being forced off course or forced to take a detour that is not as direct as our chosen road. That tends to make people feel uncomfortable but there is usually more to those detours than we realize. If we were to stop panicking over the detour and take some time to really look beneath the surface (whether presently or in retrospect) we will probably discover that this detour is actually assisting our sense of Self. It can bring benefits our way that we would have otherwise passed up or missed had we not taken that detour.
Some may find themselves confronted by dilemmas and conflicts at this time that cause stress and these are situations that we may normally resist. However, by bot fighting these situations, we can gain a deeper understanding of our feelings and experiences if we let ourselves explore the situation a bit. When you stop for a moment and take a good hard look at your reaction to this kind of situation, what do you find behind it; resentment? Fear? Maybe a bit of rebellious defiance? Well this is your chance now to take a new perspective on the situation and try responding to it in a different way, a way that will allow you to move through the situation at hand rather than feeling blocked by it.
We may feel the effects of this Sun/Node transit for about a week and a half prior to, and a week and a half after this date. It can cause those areas that the Moon covers, such as our intuition, sensitivity and inner feelings, to feel unstable or out of balance.
September 17th - Mercury square Jupiter (Mercury in Libra, Jupiter in Capricorn)
This transit brings an information overload and it can become all too easy to miss or neglect important details. We can be tempted to exaggerate or overstate our situations and views, or we could have a hard time putting our ideas to practical use. What we need to be careful of is that “pie in the sky” thinking, or having ideas and making plans that are a bit too grandiose.
We can start to see the weak links in our knowledge, understanding or beliefs as our ideas and words fall short of what our mind actually envisions. It can also be hard to convince others of our point of view. There is a real need to be careful of trying to over-compensate with more self-confidence, faith or optimism than we actually have.
Another angle here is a tendency to over explain or give out too much info that comes across as nervous rambling. Or we can encounter others who are doing this and become a bit too judgmental. So this can be a good opportunity to learn something about how we jump to conclusions or place blame, especially if a situation triggers something that challenges our beliefs.
September 17th - Sun trine Saturn (Sun in Virgo, Saturn in Capricorn)
The Sun is energy and Saturn is discipline, and the Trine is the most supportive transit of them all. We tend to feel more up to the challenge of tackling projects that require real discipline and organization. And our hard work can really pay off now! Keep in mind that we are still in Mercury retrograde though and this can cause some obstacles. Try not to give up at the first sign of resistance!
This can be a really down-to-earth transit. It brings us back into contact with ourselves and helps us to get to know ourselves through our relationship with, and our effect on, our environment. This is a time to examine your habits, your home situation, your work, and everything else that is important to you. Determine how they work on a practical level. Begin organizing your life and making an overall plan. Even your relationships should be supportive now.
September 21st - Mercury square Pluto (Mercury in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn)
Square aspects usually bring challenges or obstacles that we need to overcome. Mercury Square Pluto is no exception here and we need to be cautious with this transit with impulsive and obsessive interaction between quick to speak Mercury and burn your bridges Pluto.
Hidden forces can be brought to light and also trigger some psychological energies within that could in effect change our lives. This is a time when our minds are more suspicious and perhaps negative. We may find that mistrust dominates the day--whether this is something we meet in others or deal with in our own thinking patterns. For example, we might be given the third degree, or we could badger someone ourselves!
This transit often brings some level of mental stress and pressure. Avoid the tendency to read between the lines with a negative slant, as it is bound to only stir up trouble. Consider that some situations call for keeping silent if only for the time being.
There are some positives with this transit too though. Positive introspection can help bring us a greater awareness and control of our inner being. And a compelling need to find answers can be put to good use in solving some older issues within ourselves. So, while this transit’s influence could involve having to face some difficult truths that are somewhat disturbing, it will also help us to gain a deeper understanding and acceptance of ourselves, our situations in our lives, and our own role in it.
Just remember to keep an open mind right now and not become too obsessed with one idea or thought. It’s a transit where we feel that need to be heard and there is that danger of us pushing our beliefs and opinions on others, and vice versa. Showing a bit of restraint in our desires to persuade others is necessary or we could come across as a bit over eager and defeat our own cause.
Also, watch out for dramatic outbursts and events, both personally and globally.
September 22nd - Mercury trine North Lunar Node (Mercury in Libra, North Node in Gemini)
Today we have Mercury in a trine with the North Lunar Node and the Moon will also be Void of Course later this afternoon. For those who are not sure what a Lunar Node is; There are two, the North and South. They are the points where the paths of the Moon and Sun meet, or intersect. The North Node is said to represent that which we are moving towards, the path we are currently walking in our lives, and the direction of our growth. Some refer to it as our path of Destiny. The South Node is our starting or pushing off point showing where we have been and what we need to release.
When we have a Solar or Lunar eclipse, this is the Full or New Moon taking place very close to one of the Nodes. The Nodes themselves are not physical objects like the planets and asteroids, they are considered sensitive points in our Natal charts.
Ok, back to Mercury and the North Lunar Node. This aspect brings us a fresher awareness as well as a better ability to communicate that awareness. It is a beneficial resource which can help us to take a few more steps closer towards out life purpose. Just bear in mind that we also need to take action too. We will need to, at some juncture, take into account what we have observed and do something with this.
September 23rd - Mercury square Saturn (Mercurt in Libra, Saturn in Capricorn)
Getting from point A to point B can be a challenge during this transit due to obstacles and delays. Communications may be blocked or delayed, and negative thinking could dominate at this time causing feelings of irritation. Projects we thought were complete may need revision, and others could appear overly critical, insensitive, or sarcastic. In truth we are likely being more efficient that we actually feel right now because we tend to really pay attention to detail and feel a real need to be accurate and precise in all that we do. The trick is to not take everything so seriously that you end up looking for problems where there are none.
It's important to keep things in the proper perspective in order for us to get the necessary stuff done. By concentrating on learning one thing well today, you will retain it. You may be critical-especially of yourself-as you tend to seek perfection from everything you encounter. Words spoken may challenge what you have long-accepted, causing you to deny their significance. Stay focused yet listen carefully; important information is available.
September 24th - Mercury opposite Mars (Mercury in Libra, Mars in Aries)
This is a time where a lot can be said since our communication is charged with passion, some of which may come across as combative. Choosing what and how we hear something can make the difference between an angry, knee jerk reply and making a more thoughtful choice of words. Knowing just what we want now can motivate us to convince those around us of our desires. This can work to inspire some and antagonize others through being overly forceful. The chances of taking any kind of comments as criticism can have some quickly defending their positions, whether it needs defending or not. It is important now to really listen and hear what others are trying to say to you because there may be some important advice that we can use. Try to keep it in balance and not be so impulsive with words that you find you can't stop yourself in time from saying something unnecessary.
September 27th - Ceres enters Aquarius
The asteroid Ceres enters the balancing sign of Aquarius. Ceres represents the nurturing we received in our early years as well as how we tend to nurture others. It also rules the areas of clothing and food believe it or not! Where our natal charts are concerned, where Ceres falls in the signs will show, not only our nurturing styles, but those things which make us feel nurtured. Where Ceres falls in the houses of one’s chart shows where we are more likely to express that nurturing side as well as where we can best receive nurturing from others.
With Ceres in Aquarius it's our circle of friends and the unique and odd that nurtures our souls. They also nurture others by support an individuals uniqueness and helping within the community. The focus during Ceres's time in Aquarius will be around choosing healthier life choices, building financial independance, and working to feel comfortable in oue own skin.
Aquarius is the 11th house of astrology (not necessarily your 11th house in your own natal chart though). The 11th house is the house of friends and our social circle. This is where Ceres's energy will be focused during her time in Aquarius. It's about nurturing our friends and attracting friends who will be nurturing to us. The 11th house is also about our wishes and hopes, so some of this energy will be directed towards any desires we have to nurture a larger group of people.
It’s a good energy for anyone who works with the public, especially in nurturing roles like healing, therapy, and counselling. We can approach these areas in graceful and diplomatic ways. There may also be some grief related issues that arise at this time such as grief over losing a partner. Some may notice rising feelings of disharmony and dislike of people who are rude and use crude language. Some may feel a power struggle where finding one’s identity is concerned, especially in relationships where one person has been over powering the other. With these issues rising from the shadows we get a chance to right what is wrong and focus nurturing on these areas to heal and balance them.
September 27th - Mercury enters Scorpio
Cerebral Mercury’s shift into this scrutinizing sign helps us read between the lines. We’re not skimming the surface seeking quick answers, but are willing to wade through the dark waters of uncertainty and secrets to ferret out the information we need. Conversations are heavy with intensity that leaves less room for frivolity. While some may be tempted to only see negatives with their x-ray vision, Mercury in Scorpio’s higher purpose is learning how to resolve core issues to transform failure into success.
Mercury can really get down to the depths whenever it's in Scorpio. The mind melds with emotions, descending into the body, into the past and into life's mysteries. This can be a very powerful period for talking about difficult issues regarding relationships, money and mortality. Psychological awareness is more acute now, as perceptions take us under the covers of the obvious, seeking hidden meaning and motivations.
The dark side of Mercury in Scorpio is represented by the mistrusting mind, one that holds secrets and fears them at the same time. Communication becomes a means of control, rather than connection. However, seeing our fears doesn't mean that we have to perpetuate them. The opportunities are ripe for discussing heretofore forbidden subjects, resulting in greater degrees of trust and intimacy.
September 27th - Venus sextile North Lunar Node (Venus in Leo, North Node in Gemini)
Under this transit our charisma and charm shines more brightly. We tend to be more receptive to what others have to offer us and feel a bit more generous to those around us. We may discover resources that we hadn't realized we had, or come across that special gadget or thing that feels like the right thing to buy. This can be a good time for socializing, going out on dates, and doing some strategic schmoozing, negotiating, or coming to agreements.
What we need to make sure we do is keep it all in balance with a level of give and take that benefits everyone involved. Be careful of going overboard though with persuading others (or being persuaded) to do something that really isn't in their own best interest.
September 28th - Venus trine Mars (Venus in Leo, Mars in Aries)
Money planet Venus and ambitious Mars brings a favourable energy our way with this trine aspect. You will find it is easier now to balance out being assertive as well as receptive. Perfect for those situations where firm action is needed but with a gentler touch. The ability to attract what we desire brings a strong urge to act on manifesting these things in our lives. Some will find it easier to attract money and material things while others could go a bit overboard on the spending.
Life does seem to flow easier at this time but don't let that put you off your guard because it will only last a few days. Since this transit can assist us in getting what we want right now, we need to be careful as we try to identify what exactly it is that we want. This transit brings a sensual energy, a time to be loved and to love back.
September 29th - Saturn turns Direct (In Capricorn)
Today Saturn ends it's retrograde cycle. Keep in mind that up to a week prior and a week after this time frame, Saturn's energy feels more intense and stronger than usual. Some will experience this as feeling physically or mentally "heavy" or sluggish at times. This is a time where karma and consequences rise to the surface with responsible Saturn moving forward once more. Getting real with our responsibilities needs focus and we may find we are faced with some difficult to make decisions now.
There is an upside to this planetary shift though. It is a good time for making those long term commitments. We tend to act more maturely and have a greater deal of patience, which can earn us respect in the long run from others. It can be a turning point in any of those long term projects and goals that we have been trying to develop over the past few months. Some may suddenly find a way to deal with old limitations in a different way by either making peace with the issue or finding a way to move past it. Those of you who have been dealing with endings and closure in your lives, now is the time you start to feel you can finally release the past and move forward.
September 29th - Sun opposite Chiron (Sun in Libra, Chiron in Aries)
Today we have a challenging opposition between the Sun and Chiron, where we tend to feel a challenge between our sense of personal purpose and those visions of possibilities that go beyond our sense of self. We can experience the effects in several areas of our life, such as our spirituality, career, our general life direction, or in the areas of emotional and physical healing. We may feel pulled in two directions between what we wish to achieve on a personal level and what we feel we are more capable of achieving on a much higher level.
A problem that many face here is that, if you want to reach for those greater possibilities, you need to be able to step out of your comfort zone to do so. We need to keep in mind that in any form of growth there will be some sacrifice or risk that we must take. The purpose of this transit is to help us find that balance between what is and what may be. Taking action is not important for the moment, but rather tackling the dynamics of our current situation in order to bring ourselves to a decision when the time does come to take action.
September 29th - Mars square Saturn (Mars in Aries, Saturn in Capricorn)
When action planet Mars meets serious Saturn, it brings a time when we face obstacles, blockages, or opposition to our sense of freedom, our drive, and our ambitions. Excessive or wasteful endeavours and personality traits may need to be tempered now, and we may become more cautious or feel a temporary loss of enthusiasm, or even face setbacks that make us doubt our ability to win in life. It creates a sense of friction that can cause us to feel frustrated, conflicted, stressed out, and argumentative.
It’s hard to feel upbeat and positive when our efforts seem to be thwarted or blocked at every turn. We become a bit more sensitive towards anyone or anything that seems to be not cooperating with us, especially authority figures.
It’s all about finding a balance between our youthful and free spirit, and the responsible, cautious adult side of us that wants us to be more serious. It’s easy for a bit of a power struggle to emerge between these two sides of our spirit. If we allow one side to win or gain complete control, we risk feeling depressed and guilty, or obsessed and rebellious.
We may need to learn to live life in moderation for the moment, but it may be frustrating at first as we face tests, rejections, or trials that remind us that pushing too hard or too fast doesn't always yield the results we are after. That means that now is the time to slow down a little, catch our breath, experience some defeats, all in order to come back stronger, more controlled, directed, and mature in our expectations and approach to the world.
We are not entirely without power under this transit however! We can put some of that friction to use in productive ways. It allows us to manifest our goals, desire, and energy in a more concrete way. The obstacles we face now can work to strengthen us if we choose to work with them rather than struggle against them. We may even find that the detour we have been forced to take works out much better in the end than our original planed route.
What to watch for in October 2020!
October has Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, and Mercury all turning direct. Mars will be moving into Scopio, and Venus into Sagittarius.
Well my darlings, this wraps up our September newsletter! Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot