This month is an exciting one as you emerge from the tunnel of summertime introspection, and as your birthday time come around once again. The retrogrades o Mars and your ruler, Mercury, have driven you to the inside in your quest for your true nature, both on your own and within the mystical and magical place of intimate connection with others. These twin aims of understanding the mystery of yourself and also that of yourself with important others is your major September preoccupation. Because stodgy and restrictive Saturn is highlighted in your creativity sector, it might seem as though you are slogging through mud to get even the small things accomplished. The reward there lies in assiduously absorbing the lessons of this time, in spite of setbacks, applying the theory that everything thrown at you by the universe has a purpose, and furthers your spiritual evolution.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
September gets started just as Mercury in Leo in your twelfth house makes a sextile to Venus in your second house, culminating on September 3rd. The themes of suffering and deep inner work and healing, which are associated with the twelfth house, are coupled with the second house themes of money, resources, and values. You are poised to receive important insights around money and finances. However, you should also be careful about overspending or overextending yourself, energetically. On the other hand, this might be the perfect moment to offer some comfort, wisdom, healing words or even financial resources to others who are suffering, or you may find that you are able to more easily express or communicate something of your inner thoughts or needs. Just remember to keep good boundAries in your relationships and to make sure that you are being honest with yourself and those around you.
On September 8th, Venus in Libra in your second house of finances, values, and resources will square Mars in your fifth house of children, creativity, and pleasure. This transit can symbolize a high level of creative and sexual tension in your relationships, but it may also emphasize expenditures related to children or possibly the desire to invest yourself more deeply in a personal hobby or creative endeavor.
The New Moon on September 9th falls in your home sign of Virgo this month, alongside Mercury, your ruling planet, and opposite to Neptune in your seventh house of relationships. It’s a time of personal empowerment, so be sure to use the energy of the moment mindfully. It is also a great time for making changes to your personal health or hygiene, for starting a new diet or health regiment, or for launching a new work-related project. Doubling as your career house ruler, Mercury in Virgo also indicates that you can be very productive in the workplace right now. The main challenge of this New Moon, for as empowering as it is likely to be, comes from Neptune’s opposition. You are likely to be a little ungrounded with your mind up in the clouds. Maintaining healthy boundAries in relationships is recommended, but at the same time you shouldn’t avoid, just because you are simply afraid to lose control, the call to greater intimacy with others.
Then, on September 12th, Venus in Scorpio in your third house of communication, learning, and the mind will oppose Uranus in Taurus in your ninth house of religion, spirituality, higher education and long journeys. You may be challenged to revise or rethink your personal beliefs right now, or you might be learning about something exotic or outside the box, spiritually, politically, or philosophically. Venus in combination with Uranus also loves to defy traditional relational, sexual, and artistic values, so that you might notice an eccentric energy surrounding the way you communicate or express yourself, or within your close relationships.
On September 18th, Mars in Aquarius in your sixth house of work, sickness, and service will square Uranus in your ninth house of higher education, religion, spirituality, and long journeys. With Mars having recently been retrograde in your sixth house for most of the summer, you have been through a long period of trials, challenges, review, or revision in relation to daily work and personal health. Or maybe you’ve been taking a hard look at who or what you are in service to each day. Either way, you are poised for a breakthrough right now as Mars in direct motion squares Uranus and opens a porthole for innovation, liberation, and sudden or unexpected changes. Interestingly, this transit may also feature or zoom in on the topics of education, spirituality, or even travel.
Between September 22nd and 23rd, the Sun will pass through the gateway of the Fall Equinox, moving into the sign of Libra and your second house. For the next thirty days, the topics of time, money, energy, resources, and personal values will be highlighted. You are being asked to reflect upon these areas as the Sun enters the underworld portion of the year. The benefits of this transit include the possibility of finding greater balance and harmony regarding what you have and hold, what you desire, and how you prioritize the use of your resources.
Finally, on September 24th, the Full Moon in Aries will land in your eighth house, bringing up themes of death and rebirth, as well as the topic of other people’s money. Given that this Full Moon closely opposes your ruling planet, Mercury, in the second house of finances, while also creating a T-square with Saturn in Capricorn in the fifth house of creativity, you will be looking closely at the topics of fairness and balance in your relationships, especially surrounding the creative use of time, money, and energy. You may also be reflecting on your personal or creative and artistic values and how they oppose or differ from others in your life. With Venus about to turn retrograde in your third house of communication next month, it’s important that you be forward and honest, as well as compassionate, with those you are close to right now because you are on the precipice of some significant changes in your relationships, and they will likely involve continued conversations about differing values, communication styles, and personal beliefs.
With the massive changes that are happening now, I highly recommend that folks get a transit report tailored specifically to their chart for the most accurate description of what's in store for you in the months ahead.
Find out with this report that gives detailed descriptions of your transits for a three, six or twelve month period. This report was written by astrologer Henry Seltzer.
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.