This Month: Astrological Trends * Nourishing Recommendations
September 2018 Astrology Trends
Saturn in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus. July 9-October 12, Retrograde/Direct Saturn in Capricorn trine Direct/Retrograde Uranus in Taurus (closest September 6). Uranus turns Retrograde August 9 (through January 6, 2019). Saturn is in a dance with Uranus and Chiron starting in July and moving through the months of September and October. This can portend an upgrade and/or major change to your value system(s), with Uranus in Taurus bringing in change to Saturn in Capricorn’s holding space for the systems and teachings that have gone before. In general, take advantage of adjustments to relationships and finances during these months. Changes that occur out of the blue are for your benefit.
Saturn in Capricorn square Chiron in Aries. July 9-September 26, Retrograde/Direct Saturn in Capricorn square Retrograde Chiron in Aries. Chiron in Aries throws either inspiration or upset into the mix depending on its higher octave or lower octave expression. You will realize there is no more hiding from your sensitivities and wounds. I truly hope you’re dealing with old issues or have dealt with them. If not, now is the perfect time for therapy and support. I implore you to avail yourself, as all people will likely find themselves activated by this overarching aspect in cardinal signs. We healers, earth-angels, and light-bearers need to know ourselves and understand our worth and beauty in the face of messages from the world that may tell us otherwise. We can lead, be and become the causes for wellness in the world.
August 20-September 6 (exact September 2-3) Mercury in Leo sextile Venus in Libra. People will be happy to express their love and affection. Schedule some down time with your significant other, or some bonding time with friends and loved ones. Time with children is especially favored with Leo energetically highlighted.
August 1 to September 10 Jupiter in Scorpio trine Retrograde Neptune in Pisces (exact trine was May 25th) and getting closer as Jupiter moves direct to exactly trine Neptune again on August 19 for the final time. This aspect during 2017-2018 is encouraging humanitarianism. Generosity of spirit, truth-telling, and hope are expanding. This is a long-term influence over large numbers of people. It is spiritual in its influence, as well. Destiny is calling us all forth, asking that we investigate and deepen our understanding of what it means to be human in as many dimensions as we are able, as individuals and together.
August 23 to September 25 (exact September 11-12). Jupiter moves into sextile aspect with Pluto this month (to be even stronger during September). This is one of the major aspects of 2018, with September being its last exact occurrence. It also occurred January 15 and April 14. It portends changes in philosophy, religion, education, politics, and music. Something that is significant to society is changing in a natural progression that is spurred on by the powers that be. Sometimes people are actors in this change, such as you personally getting promoted and career advancement. Sometimes it is spiritual and personal growth. There are powerful influences behind the scenes making changes happen. Reform is on the agenda. Something in your life will coincide with the flow so you can rise to meet the opportunity if you like. Charismatic leaders are likely to emerge and to transform the direction of groups that have to do with businesses, institutions, and systems.
August 13 to September 25 (never exact) North Node in Leo trine Chiron in Aries. If you pay attention, you can gain a lot of strength by looking at how your sense of self has been violated. How does this keep you from asserting yourself? How are you over-compensating because your sense of self is not strong enough? E.g., do you feel you need to be first at things, or do you operate as if there needs to be a winner and a loser (in which case generally everyone loses!)? Work on pioneering new ways to conceive of your identity during this period, new ways to express yourself, and even new ways of exerting and exercising. Watch for head wounds.
August 1 to October 19 (exact September 23-24) Saturn in Capricorn quincunx the North Node in Leo. Adjustments to expressing the self, based on a sense of responsibility to the world. You’re developing strength at this time, as you refine your ability to be a presence and work in the world. While you are embodying your inner leader, you may feel the world is holding you back or you are not enough somehow. Rest assured, you’ll overcome this when you put in the work and effort. This is a GREAT time for hard work and effort! It would be in alignment with planetary energies. In fact, I would be hard pressed to find any of us who will not be putting out serious energy toward self-improvement toward our goals/ambitions or molding our self into a higher level of skill.
August 13 to November 6 (nearly exact October 10 and October 30-November 6) Uranus in Taurus square the North Node in Leo. These are fixed signs, and part of larger aspect patterns (T-square and grand cross patterns). I wouldn’t be expecting people to budge, and you may be surprised by the stubbornness you see around you during these times. Some people may be fixated on being crowned King or Queen (the Leo influence)—and they may be willing to do very unexpected things to get there. On the higher path, it is time to embody values that are more sustainable and earth-centered. Spend this time spiritually connecting to the earth and loving the planet. This can manifest in many ways—and with Uranus in the mix, how can we pretend to predict? In the past, Uranus (ruling the nervous system of both humans and the planet) has brought earthquakes and seismic activity. In social structures, Uranus in Taurus brought global fascism to the forefront in 1935-1942. However, on a personal level, Taurus is about what you value. Through the year 2026, the foundation of how we relate to our values and the planet is changing. Tension is denoted by a square aspect. The North Node in Leo can bring all of us to our personal crisis and our personal catharsis around our own values and ethics. I wouldn’t spend time trying to directly get others to agree with you, however, as each person will need to make their own decisions. Taurus is about embodiment—not conversation. The best way to convince others during these coming years is to clearly embody your personal values instead of speak them. A human being and doing will be stronger than a human blathering and lying. Also, Taurus can tell the truth by how they feel in their stomach or gut. They’re very physical creatures. So pay attention to when you feel queasy or uneasy, and make sure to rest enough to be in touch with your body. Slow down if you can, and use body signals to guide you—not intellect or emotions or even the heavens. According to the stars, get grounded to get strong.
September Planetary Influences…
September 5 Mercury moves into Virgo. Virgo is one of the home placements of Mercury, so this is a great month for intellectual progress and work on our projects. If we wish to change our daily routines or improve our lives in some way, there’s no better time than the beginning of September to start. Mercury in Virgo provides a clear mindset.
September 5 Saturn turns direct at 2 and a half degrees Capricorn. Your words and thoughts will hold great power at the time Saturn turns direct. Make sure to use care and imagine positive things. Use your actions to make positive karma. Plan to do nice things for people and align your intentions with the “Lord of Karma,” as Saturn is called. Also, the teacher and test-giver. Saturn direct means there is the chance to shake us out of any depression or rut we have been in for the past four months or so—since April. Use your focus and motivation to enter the next phase, as you embody what you have learned over the Spring and Summer. There is a grand earth trine to accompany the forward movement of Saturn, which should embody a pleasant surprise for us all.
Grand earth trine:
September 6-9 (exact September 7) Mercury in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus. Your brilliance (and everyone else’s) is showing. You can have sudden insights that will work well along with the clarity to implement ideas. Inventions come to life. Studies support original solutions to problems. Change occurs suddenly. Negative thought patterns can be replaced with positive ones. Life is filled with vivid possibilities. Take advantage of these days and make use of the energy available.
September 6-9 (exact September 7) Mercury in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn. When the Saturn retrograde began, Mercury was in a square aspect to Saturn, which is the most stressful relationship. Now, it is in the most harmonious—which is a trine relationship. You can concentrate, will make few errors, and can think positively, engage in serious communication, and yield practical results when you put in effort. If you want to invest in real estate, it’s a great time to sign contracts.
September 6-October 12 Direct Saturn in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus. This is a time of change and transition. The change will be pleasing to you now and not as upsetting as it was while Saturn was retrograde. Self-expression and planning are both favored. If you use conscious effort, the amount of potential to manifest positive changes to your life is enormous during the first part of September.
September 4-11 (exact September 7): Sun in Virgo oppose Neptune in Pisces. One of the motivations for the changes you may want to make with the earth grand trine above will be events around the Sun-Neptune opposition which occurs at the same time. This can leave us insecure and discouraged because it causes confusing events to occur. Our egos may be bruised, or people may lie to us or deceive us. Life’s harsh realities can come to the forefront to confront us. Tricksters and charlatans will be out enforce and our defenses may be down. We may want to retreat. Avoid escapism and delay starting things about which you’re unclear. Make sure your integrity is beyond reproach. Any lies will dig you an even deeper hole.
September 3-9 (exact September 8) Venus in Libra square Mars in Capricorn. Female and male energies are in a stress aspect at this time, also. It’s a better time for working than for romance. Venus in Libra and Mars in Capricorn stress can set up a situation where perfectionism is an issue. Also, the feminine energy can become very aloof.
September 9 Uranus turns retrograde in Taurus. Changes that occur now will be internal rather than external. Your attitude and behaviors will change in preparation for the changes that will occur in the environment in about 6 months to accompany your growth as an individual. This will provide more personal freedom, ultimately.
New Moon, September 9 in Virgo
Venus moves into Scorpio September 9. Intensity and depth will mark relationships while Venus traverses the sign of Scorpio. Scorpio is the detective. Scorpio wants a soul mate—not a play mate. People will be sharing on the deepest possible levels. You will be creating from the depths, as well, and willing to travel into the darkness and into emptiness in order to find meaning for artistic expression. Scorpio is interested in power, and financial power issues or financial need issues may become a concern, also. Speaking truth to power is not out of the realm of possibility with Venus in Scorpio.
September 9-15 (exact September 9-10) Venus in Scorpio quincunx Chiron in Aries. This takes a look at where people have been wounded in relationships at some of the deepest levels of being.
September 11 Mars moves forward from Capricorn into Aquarius again. Methodical activities will be replaced with unpredictable actions. People will be focused on fighting for just causes and a more detached motivation will pervade the air. Aquarius is a fixed air sign, so a more intellectual approach can be noticed.
September 11-25 (exact September 11) Mars in Aquarius sextile Retrograde Chiron in Aries. Identity will be the focus of the behavior and action of people. Either healing or hurting our identity and ability to “be” will be occurring during September. This will be either liberating for you or frightening and disorienting. You may be involved in raising awareness, educating, learning.
September 8-14 (exact September 11): Sun in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. This week brings us down to earth. We’re likely to feel we can embody our daily routines and find a healthy flow with the systems to which we’re connected. We can likely understand our place on the planet.
September 8-15 (exact September 11): Sun in Virgo sextile Jupiter in Scorpio. Our ability and desire to delve into the mysteries of life expands during these days. We may find ourselves joyfully returning to a solitary place.
September 9-18 (exact September 12-13) Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn. This timing is excellent for both relationships and business. Commitments made now that are long-term can flourish (such as marriage). It’s also a favorable time for a makeover, renovation, new relationships, making social contacts, getting or starting a new job, and interacting with any sort of authority or older person (or younger person if you’re an older person such as myself!).
September 12-15 (exact September 13) Mercury in Virgo oppose Neptune in Pisces. Discernment is called for during these days. Discernment is found in the tightrope where you are not too analytical and not too informal. Overly-analytical thinking and acting can cause you to grasp too tightly and then what you’re holding onto will slip out of the side of your fist. Informality that’s too loose will cause an excess of confusion that means you’ll lose what you desire as well. Can you find balance?
September 11-20, Fixed Grand Cross, signifying a time where events are likely to present as one crisis after another where each one demands your attention, and every time you think you have one of the problems resolved, another aspect of the configuration will present a new problem. Or, all sides have a resoluteness of purpose and are unlikely to budge. Lots of astrological elements are involved with this grand cross pattern right after the Full Moon in Mid-September. Venus in Scorpio opposes Uranus while Mars in Aquarius Opposes the North Node in Leo. After September 20, Venus moves on and a T-Square with Mars remains in effect until October 1. When a grand cross turn into a T-square it’s as if one of the legs of a table has been removed and the table is much less stable. The missing planet (Venus in this case) becomes a missing element that is felt fiercely as you try to balance out the challenges through the end of September. When you go to tackle a challenge, just silently close your eyes, breathe, and bring Scorpio Venusian energies back into the mix, and you will probably feel more supported. (Venus, in fact, is moving into its retrograde period in October. This happens only every other year. See the chart at the end of this newsletter section to get a sense of how Venus’s activity in September and October, the pre-retrograde and retrograde periods while Venus retrograde is in the sign of Scorpio, are the busiest times of this Venus retrograde cycle. Venus is asking us to slow down and review our values, relationships, and our value within relationships. Because Scorpio is about other people, I believe questions about the value of other people may arise. As Venus traverses Libra, the issue of human rights from an intellectual rather than merely emotional perspective arises.)
Here are some of the individual elements to ponder:
September 11-16 Venus in Scorpio square Mars in Aquarius. Venus wants intensity and Mars wants ideas. Mars wants to talk, and Venus wants to get closer and closer. Mars wants to breathe, and Venus wants to take your breath away! The tension may be there and resolving it could be fun if you dip underwater for a few seconds and then come up for air.
September 9-18 (exact September 12-13) Venus in Scorpio oppose Uranus in Taurus. The world flips via Uranus. It flips using Venus in the arena of your relationships or your finances (or perhaps your creativity). Things are turning upside down so that we learn about our values and likely in terms of an earthquake. An earthquake that begins this year and continues into the mid-2020s.
September 9-20 (exact September 14-15) Venus in Scorpio square North Node in Leo. This time may be marked by a bottomless desire for affection and attention. On the brighter side, you could find an uncommon set of graceful and pleasant experiences that serve as a focal point to your direction in life.
September 14-17 (exact September 15) Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn. A good time to get a psychic reading, past life regression, study hypnosis, hire a private investigator, or consult a psychologist. On the shadow side, it’s also a sanguine time to be a criminal mastermind… Maybe avoid that last one… because the aspect will end!
September 11-28 (exact September 18) Mars in Aquarius square Retrograde Uranus in Taurus. This is the third square of Mars and Uranus that likely has you turning your life upside down in one or more areas. For me, 0-2 degrees of Taurus falls in the final degrees of my 12th house just before my ascendant, so this change has to do with a complete change of who I believe myself to be. It is a death and rebirth process and a 12th house surrender that is much like being reincarnated within the same lifetime. Where is Uranus impacting you in your astrology chart? Mars is no longer retrograde, so… moving forward, how are we asserting ourselves and behaving as life propels us into a new future? Since May we’ve had to retrace some ground but now we’re going to move forward into new territory. This may bring with it some new conflict in the area of our disciplines that we’ll discover, and we may make some adjustments or radical, unexpected changes. Virgo and Taurus influences can have us changing our exercise, eating, medical, financial, self-care, and scheduling behaviors.
September 11-30 (exact September 19) Mars in Aquarius oppose North Node in Leo. The changes discussed above are fated, and right on schedule. They’re for our individuation, to put it in Jung’s terms.
(–end of the Grand Cross aspects–)
September 14-18 (exact September 16) Mercury in Virgo sextile Jupiter in Scorpio. You’ll likely find it easier to see the big picture in powerful ways during this time frame. You may be able to advance in the areas of health research especially.
September 17-22 (exact September 20): Sun in Virgo conjunct Mercury in Virgo. This can be a good time for a short trip, lots of conversation, meeting people, correspondence writing, and being intellectual in general. Give presentations and go ahead and schedule social events, as your energy should be high.
Mercury moves into Libra September 22. Friendly skies have arrived! It’s a great month to clear the air with someone, as our minds will turn toward diplomacy, perspective-taking, and building bridges with one another through October 10. Libra is an air sign, which is a welcome place for the planet Mercury.
September 22-24 Mercury in Libra oppose Chiron in Pisces. These days may come with the feeling of not being able to see others’ perspectives. They may not be very harmonious days. It may be difficult to get your point across, or to hear what others are trying to communicate. Know that it will pass, and fairly quickly.
September 22 – 25 (exact September 23) Mercury in Libra sextile North Node in Leo. These are the days when you may be able to distinguish those who get you and those who are not so tuned in to your destiny. If someone can support your vision and grok who you are during this transit, it’s likely they are a keeper, because there are other stressful aspects playing a part currently. It’s nice to relax and let the North Node reveal our true “tribe” to us as we see who is naturally attuned to us and who we can easily be with during these few days. It can serve as a guide. It can also serve as a coping mechanism any time we get caught up in the energy of a stressful communication—we can relax and let go and “try easier,” as our pastor used to say, instead of “try harder.”
September 22 – 25 (exact September 23) Mercury in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn. Individual work is probably easier, since misunderstandings could occur. Pay attention to details and avoid signing any contracts or doing any heavy negotiations if possible. Be careful with your language and take any negative thoughts with a grain of salt because this transit will pass quickly. It only your mind playing tricks on you these few days and will pass.
September 22 – 26 (exact September 23) Mercury in Libra trine Mars in Aquarius. You may be able to concentrate, defend yourself, and think rather quickly with Mercury and Mars working together. You may also feel adventurous and like taking some risks. Your increased confidence is not unwarranted.
September 23 Sun enters Libra. The sign of the scales being highlighted means balance is on the minds of the people. Relationships will be at the fore as people begin to think about the perspective of others. Harmony (and disharmony) will be discussed. Things will be processed through an intellectual and artistic lens.
September 23-24 Sun in Libra conjunct Mercury in Libra. Your mind and heart will be focusing their thinking on what is fair and just. You’ll be wanting to talk and communicate, travel and be friendly. You may want to get your life tasks cleared out during this busy time or make your environment beautiful or esthetically pleasing in some way.
September 23-26 (exact September 23): Sun in Libra oppose Chiron in Aries. A conflict that you would rather not give light to or expose may occur. It may be that you wish to stay quiet but need to assert yourself. It’s a learning moment.
Full Moon in Aries, September 24. Here you are, arrived at the end of Saturn square Chiron. Have you become a cause for wellness as Saturn asked you to? Mars is opposing the North Node and Squaring Uranus in a T-square. How is your upside-down life treating you? A Full Moon is like you are holding your arms straight out at 180 degrees. On one hand, the Moon in Aries is conjunct Chiron at 0 degrees Aries, our wounded healer teacher. We can likely feel ourselves becoming the teacher now. On the other hand, the Sun is conjunct Mercury, heart and mind both in Libra. It’s like we are learning a warrior’s stance in in the night under the Summer stars, integrating power with our experience as we call upon Spirit to work through us—knowing power is never our own but only moves through us.
September 23-28 (exact September 25): Sun in Libra sextile North Node in Leo. If you can stop and look around, you will find opportunities for personal development that help you advance your life’s destiny! People you meet now can be important for fulfilling your destiny as well.
September 23-28 (exact September 25): Sun in Libra square Saturn in Capricorn. Set your ego aside when you encounter tests and challenges, especially from those in authority or from bureaucracy. You might end up with some extra responsibility or find out you missed some details. Again, it’s your ego and your mind that need to be set aside. Embrace responsibility. Then you will pass Saturn’s test and you can move merrily along your way.
September 23-October 3 (exact September 26-28): Sun in Libra trine Mars in Aquarius. You can both start and finish projects (and joint projects) with this influence. Mars in Aquarius provides a wonderful influence with its fixed-sign abilities to help you finish things, and the Sun in Libra allows for harmonious team work. This is also a wonderful aspect for date night and passionate romance. Your instincts should be on the money in all matters.
September 30 Pluto turns direct at 18 degrees Capricorn. Capricorn is the sign of governmental systems. Pluto turning direct asks us to look at many issues—power (and by extension—control, regulation, manipulation), research (investigation, hidden things, undercover), and most assuredly transformation.
How we conceive of ourselves is interesting. We think of ourselves as individuals, and in Chinese terminology, this is a “yang” conceptualization. However, any complex entity, such as a human being, is a system that has a unique collection of collective elements. So, an individual exteriorizes elements of his individual selfhood that may already be shared by others, or may be registered by the minds of other individuals who could assimilate the elements. These then become common property of all people. They are added to the collective knowledge and collective experience of a culture and a civilization. Civilization is a process of the collective integration of the emanations of individuals. When is it within the collective, this is a “yin” conceptualization. Collective integration is the process by which energy, characteristics, and faculties of individuals become the properties of groups.
In every person, the individual and the collective is occurring at all points in time. The process could be occurring in the body, the psyche, the spirit, and the social realm. The substance of the process can be in every dimension of being. The collective has formed who we are from what we have come to call the cells in our bodies to the ideas and language we use and understand. The substratum within which we are grown is the collective; the particular bloom we are becoming is our individual.
Therefore, Pluto’s energies allow us to see how the systems around us operate and how we both participate and are affected by them—should we allow ourselves to acknowledge that there are things larger than the individual at play. Pluto confronts us with the collective parts of living that are beyond our control but which we would love to control if we were able.
With stress aspects (square and sometimes the opposition), our control is, well, stressed or nonexistent. With benevolent aspects (sextile and trine—sometimes the conjunction), our control is enhanced and we often get to play the angel. When Pluto moves into retrograde (5 months of the year, generally), we often are able to be more introspective and internal. It is actually a period when we can focus on turning around our destructive tendencies. When Pluto turns direct, the focus shifts to others in the outside world—the collective. The time of reflection ends and the time of interacting with others outside of us begins.
Next month, Venus Retrograde begins. However, during September, Venus is very active in preparation. This table summarizes the Venus activity throughout the retrograde time frame.
|Venus Retrograde 2018|
|Aspect||Pre-Retrograde Shadow||Venus Retrograde||Post-Retrograde Shadow|
|September 3, 2018 Venus enters Pre-Retrograde Shadow Phase at 25 degrees Libra|
|Venus in Libra square Mars in Capricorn||September 3-9 (exact September 8)|
|Venus moves into Scorpio||September 9|
|Venus in Scorpio quincunx Chiron in Aries||September 9-15 (exact September 9-10)|
|Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn||September 9-18 (exact September 12-13)|
|Fixed Grand Cross – Venus in Scorpio opposes Uranus while Mars in Aquarius Opposes the North Node in Leo||September 11-20|
|Venus in Scorpio square Mars in Aquarius||September 11-16|
|Venus in Scorpio square North Node in Leo||September 9-20 (exact September 14-15)|
|October 5, 2018 Venus Retrograde at 10 degrees Scorpio|
|Retrograde Venus in Scorpio square Mars in Aquarius||October 5-15 (exact October 10)|
|Mercury in Scorpio conjunct Retrograde Venus in Scorpio||October 13-17 (exact October 12)|
|Retrograde Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn||October 19-28 (exact October 24)|
|T-Square in Fixed Signs at 0 degrees. Sun conjunct Venus in Scorpio Opposing Uranus (and Moon and Full Moon on October 24). Both configurations square to North Node in Leo.||October 23-31|
|Sun in Scorpio conjunct Venus Retrograde in Scorpio||October 24 to October 29 (exact October 25)|
|October 31, 2018 Venus re-enters Libra|
|Venus (Retrograde then Direct) quincunx Retrograde Chiron in Pisces||November 1-December 2 (exact November 3 and November 28)|
|Venus (Retrograde then Direct) oppose Retrograde Uranus in Aries||November 7–December 2 (exact December 1)|
|November 15, 2018 Venus turns direct and enters Post-Retrograde Shadow|
|Venus moves into Scorpio||December 2|
|Venus in Scorpio sextile Saturn in Capricorn||December 11-21 (exact December 16)|
|December 17, 2018 Venus enters post-shadow Period at 10 degrees Scorpio|
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