Your September 2020 Newsletter From Dominique

This Month:  Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations

Continuing Influences

  • Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (exact January 12, 2020), in orb until December 26 except May 8-17, even during Saturn retrograde (but never exact again)
  • January 1-October 30 (exact February 20, July 27, October 12) Jupiter in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces
  • February 4-December 23 (Exact April 4, June 29, and November 12) Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
  • April 25 – October 4 Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn
  • May 11 – September 29 Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn
  • May 14 – September 13 Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn
  • June 23 to November 28, Neptune Retrograde
  • August 15, 2020 – January 14, 2021 Uranus Retrograde in Taurus
  • August 30-September 4 (Exact September 2) Sun in Virgo trine Uranus Retrograde in Taurus
  • July 29 – December 20 Mars in Aries square Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn (Exact August 4 – Mars Direct & Jupiter Retrograde and October 18—Mars Retrograde & Jupiter is Direct) (also exact January 21, 2021 – Jupiter in Aquarius square Mars in Taurus when both are direct)
  • August 15 – October 10 (Exact August 24 – When Saturn is Retrograde, and September 29 – When both Saturn & Mars are Retrograde) Mars in Aries Square Saturn in Capricorn
  • August 1, 2020 – January 5, 2021 (Exact August 13 – When Pluto is Retrograde / October 9 – When Mars is Retrograde / December 23 – When both are Direct) Mars in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn
  • August 27-September 3 (exact August 30) Venus in Cancer oppose Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn
  • August 30–September 3 (Exact September 1) Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn
  • August 30–September 4 (Exact September 2) Sun in Virgo trine Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn
  • August 28 – September 1 (Exact August 31) Sun in Virgo quincunx Chiron in Aries
  • August 12-September 2 (Exact August 22) Mars in Aries sextile North Node in Gemini

Saturn conjunct Pluto in Capricorn (exact January 12, 2020), in orb until December 26 except May 8-17, even during Saturn retrograde (but never exact again): This is one of the most powerful aspects of our lives, and a once in a lifetime occurrence. The opportunity to deconstruct and reconstruct a new world. A steady and consistent effort can provide a way to work within the world that will honor our values in a noble way. Nature is larger than man, and we need to align with a higher vision as we make a new world, culture, society, and systems. The idea that men are machines or the ideas that our parents and the world has transmitted are not aligned with higher values. Saturn is the lord of karma and Pluto is the great destroyer/transformer/re-maker. Together, they can embody some larger conversations among nature and mankind is part of nature.

January 1-October 30 (exact February 20, July 27, October 12) Jupiter in Capricorn sextile Neptune in Pisces: When the expansion of universal governance meets consciousness in the most active of supportive aspects, this can provide an interesting mix. This is a non-personal aspect but likely will affect us all in personal ways depending on how it touches our chart. With Venus integrating alongside Neptune, relationships and/or values will certainly be deeply activated. Business and financial relationships may shift to a deeper or more spiritual slant. What planets do you have located in water and earth signs in the middle degrees? They may be activated by this influence.

February 4-December 23 (Exact April 4, June 29, and November 12) Jupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn: This is the aspect that brings us the telescope and the microscope. How much more literal and down to earth could the fusion (conjunction) of the planet of expansion and size (Jupiter) conjunct transformation (Pluto) be? Now we’re looking into black holes, still looking at space in new and revolutionary ways… In conjunction also with Saturn I feel it does have something to do with time and “event horizons.” However, in spiritual and evolutionary terms, we can take that into examining the black holes in our own lives. Where are we losing power? What energy holes and vortices need to be “closed up?” That’s a revolution and transformation that can serve us if we telescope and microscope in and out within our lives and take a look at how we are doing.

May 11 – September 29 Saturn Retrograde in Aquarius and Capricorn: There is a test before us this year. That test is one in which we are going to need to lock in our singular, lone ability to do the things that are good for the group—good for humanity—and no one will probably see us doing it. We will need to do something other than narcissism. Other than be seen to do what it is we are brilliant at doing. If we were to perish before we are ready (and when does anyone ever feel ready to die?) what would we choose to do anyway? I realize I would choose to love. Maybe write some things. Move my body and enjoy the beauty in the world, taking in as many breaths as I can. Soak in nature’s amazing beauty like my body is a sponge for it. My Saturn is in a stellum with Venus in my first house in Taurus—so my body and receptivity carries heavy weight in the things that I do when no one is looking. I simply breathe and be and enjoy being alive when there is no audience. Maybe a Leo Saturn would put on a costume for their own epic production. Aquarius Saturn is going to invent something, however. Solve some problems. Resolve some issues on a grand scale. Saturn retrograde has us gazing inward with an intellectual, scientific bent. This is a test of your emergency broadcast system.

April 25 to October 4 Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn: (24 59 to 22 29 degrees.): Psychological shifts, empowerment through sifting through conflicting beliefs, restarting transformative projects while letting go of major things—these are shifts. Letting go can make you feel constrained at times. It’s tough to feel your life is actually expanding but it will be. You will say goodbye and hello at the same time. It seems like that kind of scene where you’re standing in a hallway and you have to set down the many suitcases and burdens you are carrying in order to open the door and step into a beautiful new destination. Maybe a whole new dimension you could never have imagined, but it’s the kind of door that only you will fit through— not the baggage. Set it down during the retrograde. Leave it behind. Wear only what you want to take with you. Or wear nothing at all. Pluto is going to set the wardrobe anyway, so I’d not be forming strong opinions.

May 14 to September 13 Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn: The expansion of things such as the COVID-19 virus (since that’s the major correlation with Jupiter in Capricorn thus far) may appear to lessen as Jupiter turns retrograde, but it’s likely only going to be temporary until the planet turns direct again on September 13. This is an exploratory, philosophical, search-for-meaning phase. Pan, son of Hermes or Mercury, in ancient Greek myth, watches over the Shepherds and the huntsmen. He made friends with the Gods in Mount Olympus, and despite his horns and hooves, he was gentle and loved music (pan flute) and chased the nymphs. The hunters who were scared of Artemis made sure to give Pan adoration instead. Pan’s stories are the ecosystem of Capricorn, and when Jupiter retreats in Capricorn, it is sometimes into Pan’s lair that we find him. Pan and Apollo (another name for Jupiter) famously had a contest to see whose music was preferred—everyone chose Apollo’s except King Midas. Apollo was furious to not have 100 percent of the votes and turned King Midas’s ears into donkey ears. Pan didn’t or couldn’t rectify the situation. Midas had a barber who kept the secret as long as he could, covering up the ears in a variety of ways. One day he went to the mountains and dug a hole into the rock to yell out his story, though, that “King’s aaasss ears!” What he didn’t know is that he had dug a hole into echo’s rock. You can still hear the sound of his voice yelling “King’s aaasss ears!” in the mountains. I don’t know if the moral is that Jupiter and Pan getting together has consequences beyond what you would think, or that sound carries in the sign of Capricorn and in the mountains. Or cooperation is better than competition. That’s something to reflect upon while Jupiter travels through its retrograde period.

June 23 to November 28, Neptune Retrograde in Pisces: With the reversal, or retrograde, of Neptune’s motion, we have the chance to see how this planet has been operating on us from its home placement in Pisces. Neptune is in a powerful placement despite being a sign that does not “do” power. Neptune itself is a dreamy planet. I experience it as a portal and a calling operator, unlike Mars or Saturn or Pluto. Those planets manifest in ways that are visible and Uranus can manifest, when triggered, in a lightning flash. Neptune operates slowly, like water. In a water sign, that is enhanced. We might see many signs of escapist activity occurring—and it needn’t be anything that hits us over the head. Virtual reality and living and perceiving more from our fantasies than from observable reality. Increased reliance on pharmaceuticals and difficulties accessing our own agency to get things accomplished. Then there are the usual suspects—alcohol and (mine) eating, harmful substances and sexual preoccupations. Neptune can cover the exploration into DNA alterations, fantasy, envisioning, our capacity for spirituality. On what I think is nowadays the more positive side of Neptune in a heavy time for the planet, Neptune can inspire our capacity for playful and fun activities, and the fascination for exploration about human consciousness itself. All humans may find themselves engaging in more meditation and sleep. It will likely be the cumulative effects of beauty causing the tipping point for change and awakening of the masses. This can happen in incremental pushes, not lightning bolts—raising the group consciousness of humans the way water slowly raises the level of what is floating upon it. In retrograde, Neptune is a little less cloudy and we may be able to see the functions here slightly more clearly or attempt to support them with our heart’s intentions.

August 15, 2020 – January 14, 2021 Uranus Retrograde in Taurus (10 degrees to 6 degrees): This is a time when we change how we deal with what we fund, create, and love. We need to turn our attention inward to understand our own addiction to the status quo as much as understand how culture and history have misstepped. How are we harming ourselves, and in turn, how does that harm the entire environment we live in and those around us? How do our simple daily habits defeat us time and time again? A change in mindset and in our thinking about how we walk through each day—looking down at our feet step-by-step—can begin to develop the impact of our thoughtlessness and neglectful impact and the retrograde allows us another chance to engage with Uranus in Taurus. Some mindfulness can beget a new conversation in several dimensions. Several Astrologers say Taurus is the sign ruling the planet Earth and I am tending to agree more and more as the staggering effect of environmental traumas emerges.

August 30-September 4 (Exact September 2) Sun in Virgo trine Uranus Retrograde in Taurus: Helping and serving others, thereby finding the key to one’s own meaning and joy is the opportunity here. Uranus can bring unexpected gifts in the realm of service-oriented relationships. Healing can be sent even in the form of energy from afar to those we love and care for with tremendous strength of efficacy.

July 29 – December 20 Mars in Aries square Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn (Exact August 4 – Mars Direct & Jupiter Retrograde and October 18—Mars Retrograde & Jupiter is Direct) (also exact January 21, 2021  July 29 – December 20 Mars in Aries square Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn (Exact August 4 – Mars Direct & Jupiter Retrograde and October 18—Mars Retrograde & Jupiter is Direct) (also exact January 21, 2021 – Jupiter in Aquarius square Mars in Taurus when both are direct):  This aspect speaks to tension causing conflict between new action and expansion. It seems like the idea of reopening “the world” is challenged during the entire Mars in Aries traversal during the latter part of this year. With Mars in Aries wanting lots of action and activity and Jupiter being the planet of making things bigger—the problems only grow bigger the more activity occurs. So it’s difficult to see that the best active initiation is to do as little as possible and let the transits work through until Jupiter and Mars can find new ways to be together when Jupiter and Saturn move through Aquarius and new social methods are created. Mars is very initiatory. But its impulses need to be tempered now instead of expanded. Use physical activity in safe environments to burn off the Aries energy and self-regulate with Saturn’s help and wisdom. This is a time to develop maturity and support others as the Mars warrior, but not to put you or your loved ones at risk. The timing of this seems to put us well into 2021 before there is any easing of social restrictions, and I think it speaks to the astrological conversation about being patient with staying physically distant and all the attendant needs for patience and the emotional, physical, financial, and social toll it takes on each of us. However, knowing it will be long-term can give us the ability to plan for it and plan for the inevitable inner and outer barriers we will need to navigate. We can do this! We have to, so let’s buckle up and find the backup plans for our own health like Mars in Aries wants us to do!

August 15 – October 10 (Exact August 24 – When Saturn is Retrograde, and September 29 – When both Saturn & Mars are Retrograde) Mars in Aries Square Saturn in Capricorn: The tension between wishing to take immediate actions to change what you think is wrong in society and in groups and structures, especially in defense of self or others, runs into delays.

August 1, 2020 – January 5, 2021 (Exact August 13 – When Pluto is Retrograde / October 9 – When Mars is Retrograde / December 23 – When both are Direct) Mars in Aries square Pluto in Capricorn: Influences well beyond your instincts and will to change and initiate actions will rule the day. There is a stress point between the two that may feel frustrating. It’s important to know the time isn’t right to act on impulse.

August 27-September 3 (exact August 30) Venus in Cancer oppose Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn: The mother of solitude and the father of solitude face off here and need to find the balance point. Neither is known for compromising or budging. One wonders how these archetypes ever spawned… Another possibility is passivity (lonely in a cave) vs. suppression (turned to stone and ice and floating lonely in the void between stars). It’s not really the time to let depression stop you. Instead, allow the creative drive of Venus to be your guide. Use creativity, make the things you have been trying to make come alive.

August 30–September 3 (Exact September 1) Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn: With head and heart working together and Pluto providing the benevolent unconscious power along with Jupiter (Santa Claus), multiple people may all wake up with the same new thought about how to reorganize or rebuild or recreate something.

August 30–September 4 (Exact September 2) Sun in Virgo trine Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn: This influence provides stability, commitment, support and staying power to the new and gifted breakthrough that is possible with Jupiter and Pluto being activated by the Sun and Mercury beaming from Virgo.

August 28 – September 1 (Exact August 31) Sun in Virgo quincunx Chiron in Aries: This is Virgo’s adjustment that learns self-expression only through service to others. All of us have Virgo somewhere in our chart. The requirements of our souls are absolute in making sure we never get left unpolished until we develop ourselves in that arena of our being, through service to others.

August 12-September 2 (Exact August 22) Mars in Aries sextile North Node in Gemini: This aspect links the personal planets together to add Mars, the planet that drives our behavior and acts as the method we use for advocacy and protection, to be linked to our fate and destiny. We are called to take new kinds of action in our lives based upon thoughts that represent a new level of emerging consciousness. Maybe these are small actions and maybe larger ones. All of them count and accumulate.

As September Opens:

Moon Void-of Course in Aquarius
Sun in Virgo
Mercury in Virgo
Venus in Cancer
Mars in Aries
Jupiter Remains Retrograde in Capricorn
Saturn Remains Retrograde in Capricorn
Uranus Remains Retrograde in Taurus
Neptune Remains Retrograde in Pisces
Chiron Remains Retrograde in Aries
Uranus Remains Retrograde
Pluto Remains Retrograde in Capricorn

September 2020 Astrology Trends

September 1–September 5 (Exact September 3) Mercury in Virgo trine Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn: When people speak, they will somehow find the support they need or speak at the right time, or timing will be auspicious because of this Mercury aspect. Communication will allow for solidifying ideas and commitment to restructuring and planning activities.

September 1-2 (close to midnight) Full Moon in Pisces: Sextile to Uranus in Taurus, the Pisces Full Moon is also loosely approaching Neptune in a wide conjunction. This is a time to slow down or even stop for a day to consolidate your emotional toolkit and think about how you will use what you have got. Take a day (if you can out in nature) to make some decisions based upon your own lived experience and wisdom to reflect on how you can simplify your relationships, finances, and creative pursuits in order to heal instead of hurt yourself and those you love. The past few weeks and months should have provided ample input for you to receive downloads and insights from spirit that you can now decide how to put into tangible manifestation this month with the full moon insights. What do you want to build in your world?

September 2-5 (exact September 5) Mercury in Virgo quincunx Mars in Aries: Before Mars turns retrograde, Mercury provides you a chance to attend to the adjustments you need to make to your thoughts and beliefs. If you have been singularly focused and hell-bent on something, back up and re-think your approach to see if there’s a better way to move forward. Examine if you need to adjust your thinking or your behavior.

September 1 – 6 (exact September 2) Venus in Cancer oppose Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn: Practice self-discipline in practicing your virtues. The process is the point of the process-definitely not your self-aggrandizement and not profit and not the motives that have very little to do with values that will not matter when you die. Think about what is important to you and integrate the more meaningful things RIGHT NOW. Not later. Not to please another. Not as a mask to show the world. But because some things your soul needs you to create and now is when you’re scheduled to create them.

September 1-8 (Exact September 4) Venus in Cancer square Mars in Aries: Mars ignites our systems and Venus is throwing buckets of water on the revving engine. Who in the world is the driver? Just because someone has been granted the keys, what do they do on the side of the road to fix a broken-down vehicle? Driving does not always mean accelerating. It can involve a whole host of situations. Calm down and think about how to both extend trust and regulate your own impulses. Venus always presents paths toward harmony. You don’t need the world to see and acknowledge you each step of the way to create and make new progress. That may be the compromise required to make repairs and move forward again.

September 2-November 13 (exact October 22) Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn quincunx North Node in Gemini: This is a time when asking a lot of questions and making new inquiries could change and transform big things. Be willing to reexamine, adjust, and learn new information.

September 5 Mercury in Libra: Here is the opportunity finally to give and receive information as the balancing leg of the cardinal energy that has been at play. Write, talk, listen, learn and read about peacefulness, diplomacy, partnership, and plasticity. This is the sign that knows how to take a coin and flip it. Give Libra evil and they will flip it into virtue. Libra can balance kindness and harm, can always see both sides to any argument. Watch out for confirmation bias in your own chart where Libra sits, though, because you can use your own ego to justify whatever you believe when you engage this flexibility.

September 6–14 (Exact September 9) Sun in Virgo trine Jupiter Retrograde/Stationary in Capricorn: As Mercury speeds up and pulls ahead of the Sun, the Sun trine Jupiter during its reversal from retrograde to direct. Jupiter trine Sun is a particularly strong aspect, and at a stationary point is even stronger. This means the influence of Jupiter (aka Santa Claus in many contexts) is even stronger. You have the opportunity for a breakthrough during this time period. Virgo is the sign of service, healing (including medicine and medical research), growth, ethics, evolution.

September 5-14 (exact September 10) Mercury in Libra Opposing Chiron Retrograde in Aries: A new crisis can reveal via a relationship or partnership something that ultimately leads to integrating and humanizing an important aspect of yourself that is mirrored in the relationship. This may also be a new insight you come to about a crisis from the past that you’re learning about as a result of intimately knowing a friend or lover.

September 6-21 (exact September 14) Sun in Virgo trine Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn: A deepening time of manifestation when motives are purely met. What you bring forth, you are truly committed to seeing through to the end. This is true for everyone at this time. People are working on things that matter to them, overall. You may meet teachers and mentors who are very powerfully effective for helping you to learn important and meaningful things. Possibly, you’ll find they help you tremendously, especially if they are clearly both transformative and virtuous.

September 6 Venus in Leo: Home and domestic focus and revitalization gives way to spending time with children, spending time on the self, and matters of play and enjoyment. Peek out to connect with others when you can. Find times to dress up and chat across the miles. Be more social for a few weeks. Move the body and dance and sing.  

September 9 (until November 13) Mars retrograde in Aries from 28 degrees to 15 degrees. (Mars won’t move into Taurus until January 6, 2021. Shadow period ends on January 3, 2021.): This will be a potent retrograde for Mars since it is in its own home sign. Mars shows us where we feel like we need to defend ourselves. Let’s be honest: Karma STARTS somewhere, and Aries is the sign where things are bound to start. Mars is the planet of advocacy. Mars can get impulsive and fierce in Aries. Especially as it traverses back and forth through the sign like the universe is coloring with a dark crayon or marker over the degrees of Aries with the planet Mars. As if to highlight that what we choose to do next matters.

I recommend a study of the Buddhist Eightfold path at this time to offer ways of curbing quick and impulsive actions that are unwise and too quick. There will be plenty of other people around you who will be blind to how to make space for wisdom in regard to their aggression.

Joseph Goldstein is a good and accessible teacher with many resources he has made available about how to use our energy and cultivate wholesomeness and power within ourselves. Revisiting this can help us use discipline through this journey to get us through as karmically intact as possible. Here is one podcast to get you started, but I recommend a deep dive into his work and also consider the work of other Buddhist teachers:

“Courage is actually energized by difficulty. With courage, we rise to the occasion of challenges, with the feeling—yes, I can accomplish this. We’re not discouraged by how difficult a task is. And we’re not discouraged by how long a journey might be. One of the strongest declarations was made by the Bodhisattva where he said, ‘Let only my skin and sinews and bones remain, and let my flesh and blood and the body dry up. I shall not permit the course of my effort to stop until I win that which may be won by human ability, human effort, and human exertion.’ That’s planting the flag! That’s a statement of tremendous courageous effort. We might hear this and think, that kind of courageous determined effort is fine for a Buddha-to-be. It may seem far away from anything we’re capable of. Still there are many example of ordinary people exercising great valor and great courage in pursuit of their goals.”

Let yourself be strong but not swayed by the information age, nor the information wars of the present day; when you are able. People in the reporting media may not see options for anything other than violence and acts of war and rage, raising instead dark spectres such as archetypes of the warrior like the dark knight or vigilante. Everyone who is cognitively intact knows this is not the only answer for moving forward, certainly not currently, and these are only the loudest and most sensationalized stories. However, it will take stronger self-regulation to understand the long game in the face of others’ folly.

If you look around to reflect, you will find many  “ordinary” examples of extraordinary courage in your daily life that more genuinely reflect the Mars courage being manifested. If you would like to experience the joy of Aries Mars, focus on your lived experience, which may be a mixture of both these daily courageous exercises in people pioneering into new territory in their personal lives, and also painful beginnings and that means endings, too. You may find yourself in conflicts, and so you will need skills in de-escalation and a deeply held knowledge that the battle is not the war. Play the long game if you need to play any game at all. (To say this explicitly, don’t lose the war to win a battle—and generally no one wins in a war at all. It is an exercise in futile destruction.)

Aries energy can be bright as the afternoon sky, providing hope and sunshine, and it can be deadly because it is searching for how to understand the will to live and I guess it’s like an untamed beast full of hunger and rage at its worst. This is a time of making or breaking your personal karmic story. Choose wisely! Kindly! Lovingly! You have a lot of power!

September 10-13 (Exact September 12) Uranus Retrograde in Taurus quincunx Mercury in Libra: Keep moving the gears until something clicks into place and you sigh and understand that only you can do what you can do. Life has a unique path that is for you, and you are not supposed to be like anyone else. If you are realizing you’re a little different—that’s because you’re 100 percent supposed to be exactly like you are—unique and singular. Being yourself is what it is all about and seeing how wonderful that is is what this aspect is all about. Your unique voice is something I can’t wait to hear!

September 10-16 (Exact September 13) Chiron Retrograde in Aries trine Venus in Leo: Do you need a new start or reset? This is an opportunity to use your money, your whole heart, your creative will, and your tribe or circle of support, to regain whatever momentum or progress you may feel you have lost. Others can help you, and you can help others.

September 11-17 (exact September 15) Venus in Leo square Uranus Retrograde in Taurus: Sometimes people don’t understand how glorious the combination of orange and violet together can be, you know? Well… This is the aspect that asks you to look inward for your own core of self-esteem and withstand the judgements and misunderstandings that emerge when others can’t quite see your visionary implementations… yet. It may be more serious than a design choice, of course. But sometimes the stars ask you to have believing eyes about the spectrum of light that you see so that something bright and fantastic can emerge. Genius comes from the unexpected—not from conformity. We have to try some small, safe test disruptions to get to the bigger disruptive creations that change the future.

September 14-21 (Exact September 17) Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn square Sun in Libra: There is a lesson in diplomacy occurring. Watch your words, especially when you want to be petty or narrow. What you say can give stress to others, so use your words kindly and judiciously. You can either cause great healing or harm during these days and Saturn hopes you learn from it.

September 15-October 13 (exact October 6) Mars in Aries sextile North Node in Gemini: If you question your own actions and the actions of others (approaching your behavior with humble curiosity), you will be reaching for the best life has to offer right now. The concept of beginner’s mind has never been more important to finding the next needed step. This is creating great karma, says the stars. Keep asking questions with an open mind. Keep growing into new consciousness.

September 15-October 13 (exact October 6) Mars in Aries trine South Node in Gemini: If you stick to your dogged plan, using things such as philosophy, religions, history, what you already know, principles, and being unable to pivot—plan on meeting your worst karmic fears. This is the south-node-go-to-automatic reaction we all automatically respond with when faced with what we already know. We think we can categorize things today into familiar systems that already exist but destiny says—not if you want the best and highest outcome; you can’t. You will need to ask new and better questions. Astrology is saying new systems are being formed and old systems are increasingly irrelevant.

September 17 early dawning (5 AM MDT) New Moon in Virgo: The Virgo New Moon is in trine aspect to the Capricorn conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto (all currently retrograde). This is asking the question of what are you truly in service to; before we step too heavily into the Mars retrograde. Remember what authentic service means by connecting to the deeper detailed look into the heart of Virgo energy in connection to the problems of world transitions and large group waves occurring around you. Curb your impulses in favor of doing the important karmic tasks in front of you. Take the simple next step. Do the harder and kinder thing rather than act upon impulse. Set up the new system and create safe zones. Be the angel and not the devil. See through the tricksters in your path that can ignite your ire. What are they teaching you? Grow your good karma not your rage. A dedication to that kind of service at this Full Moon can help propel you into what the Buddhists call “Right Action.” In fact, you may want to use the New Moon to begin a study of the Eightfold Path in depth.

September 19-22 Mercury in Libra square Pluto Retrograde in Capricorn: In order to find harmony or coherence, cognitively, a deeper psychological investigation needs to be done.

September 19-23 (Exact September 21) Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn quincunx Venus in Leo: Do not adjust your dials! You are entering new limit zones! You have entered a zone where forwards is backwards so actually yeah… go ahead and adjust your dials. You need to actively make your own fortune and believe in your own hard work to make good and noble outcomes occur. You can find a lot of joy by being willing to put in the effort of working toward a goal. Go ahead and expect something for something.

September 17-25 (exact September 22) Mercury in Libra trine North Node in Gemini: If your thoughts are leaning toward questions about humanitarianism, relationships and partnerships, marriages, communication, how we mirror one another, the depth of human harmony, even anxiety and depression and mental wellness—you are on track to the highest and best astrology has to offer on these days in terms of what life is asking back in dialogue with us.

September 17-25 (exact September 22) Mercury in Libra sextile South Node in Sagittarius: Destiny pushes a lot of energy into the dogmas about philosophies and religions so it is tempting to look for our answers there and feel assured by what others tell us. They seem so sure. However, destiny would like us to question further than that into new territory if we can. Try not to depend on past concepts, but meditate on whether we can push into new awareness for our times. New situations call for new definitions and solutions.

September 18-28 (exact September 24) Mercury in Libra oppose Mars Retrograde in Aries: Mars wants to push back so very much. Mercury is thinking on peace and harmony and wishes Mars would stop. The integration of mind and body is pretty difficult. A mindless body is a zombie. A bodyless mind is a ghost.

September 22 Sun in Libra: The Sun moving into Libra shines the light of life’s power on justice, diplomacy, harmony, partnerships, a “two sides to every coin” approach to pretty much every aspect of life. It’s also a time of deeply appreciating and engaging in the arts and creative nature of living.

September 24-29 (exact September 27) Venus in Leo sextile North Node in Gemini: The Goddess of love and beauty would like to convey that you should keep yourself open to the budding awareness of life’s options. What about learning as a prosperous new endeavor? What about using your creative impulses to birth new forms of art or as the focus of artistic endeavors? What about celebrating love through new ways of being aware of one another?

September 24-29 (exact September 27) Venus in Leo trine South Node in Sagittarius: This is an easy aspect that says to appreciate the past is the easy impulse. In fact, it would be so easy to keep up all the same ways of financing, creating, and relating we have always done.

September 27 Mercury in Scorpio: The mind turns to deep matters of psychological importance. The investigation of grief, how we are responsible to one another, how we support one another, and what it means to be in relationships at the present time are some of the things that may be on our agenda.

September 27-October 3 (Exact September 30) Chiron Retrograde in Aries oppose Sun in Libra: The Sun is highlighting our inner and outer hurts. Where are we wounded? How are we in danger in our lives and in our essential needs? Where do we feel a fundamental sense of being either a burden or a sense that we cannot function? The task is to integrate joy and pain—to find the center of our self-generative core. For this, we may call upon help from a trusted friend, partner, or lover.

September 12-20 (exact September 17) Mercury in Libra square Jupiter Retrograde in Capricorn: You may find you want to do a lot more than you can do and you need to narrow your focus. For example, you can’t travel long-distance, or you need to think locally instead of globally. You may need to change your systems to adapt to these changes and make something smaller.

September 18-27 (exact September 23) Mercury in Libra square Saturn Retrograde in Capricorn: Saturn is teaching you to think and speak in a way that will bring more harmony into your relationships, especially your partnerships. This may mean working through a conflict or changing something at this time. You can change. It is okay.

September 29-October 4 (exact October 2) Sun in Libra quincunx Uranus Retrograde in Taurus: We may find we change our ideas about what it means to be ourselves and what we know about the parts of us that are smart. We may simplify—and in the simplification—discover something joyful indeed!

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