TURNING POINTS – CROSSING THE THRESHOLD TO A NEW LIFE
A significant turning point in September is largely defined by the Saturn – Neptune square, with the stakes and potential for transformation amplified by two very intense eclipses, falling in Virgo (September 1st) and Pisces (September 16th). Late November of 2015 saw the first aspect occur, the onset of a challenge associated within the manifestation of an ideal (or otherwise the realization of an illusion) that has been pervasive throughout most of the year. The final culmination (September 10th) will show how well we have navigated the confrontation that emerged, and whether or not the attainment of the ideal has been successful. In order to do this we have likely had to overcome something, or prove our dedication. Saturn has a back to basics quality that requires a certain mettle and staunch determination that likely described what was required to overcome the challenge(s) presented. Much has been stripped away in order to complete this task. The reality check here was to really evaluate and define what is real (difficult under the gauzy-hazy auspices of the Neptune square) and work with what we actually have, in order to create that which could possibly be.
Neptune’s impulses come from a etherial and creative place that stimulates divine inspiration. Saturn demanded that the inspiration be crystalized into some kind of workable and tangible form. Jupiter from Virgo added emphasis to the material realm, and gave us some beneficial tools to work with, assisting us in finding new methods to stimulate productivity. Health and wellness have also been a focus, with the North Node pointing us toward an evolutionary path that shows us better ways to manage well being. Finding the right life management patterns has a positive and outward effect on all else going on with us and around us. Feeling good most certainly boosts our availability to be present, both for generating the endurance that is required as we work toward successful outcomes as well as to meet the demands of more critical challenges as they inevitably occur.
The eclipses this month represent a real shake up, and may prove severe testing points for the durability of the structures we have developed or the path to the future we wish to sow. September 1st can be volatile, as our 9 Virgo eclipse falls right in the cross hairs of the culminating Saturn – Neptune square, which is already strong enough by the end of August to clearly be felt. A Solar Eclipse represents a moment for monumental growth forward and engagement of a new opportunity, and while this will certainly be no exception, this particular prospect is inhibited by the ongoing challenges Saturn – Neptune represent. It’s also possible an event or insight that occurs around this time provides the necessary breakthrough or catalyst through which we find the solution to a sizable conflict. With the Eclipse ruler (using Mercury as the traditional ruler of Virgo) in detriment because it is retrograde, it’s going to take an extra bit of sorting through to get there. (Bookmark October 6th as the place where everything can begin to fall into place, at least on an organizational level.) Sun conjunct North Node on September 5th will provide clearer directives that illuminate the pathway to the future.
PISCES ECLIPSE 9/16:
While the Solar Eclipse may be vexing, mainly because of the impediments to that which we seek to get off the ground, it’s really the Lunar Eclipse at 24 Pisces on the 16th that packs the punch. Lunar eclipses signal endings, and with Mars in hard aspect, square both Sun and Moon, it could be an ending that comes out of an argument or disagreement. Saying goodbye is always more difficult under the auspices of a bad break or burning a bridge, and there is a rather hostile and contentious atmosphere at this time. It could equally be that a significant culmination occurs that someone on the sidelines disapproves of and responds to argumentatively or aggressively. An ethical or legal dispute can also present an issue or conflict around this period.
Moon and Chiron in Pisces will also be close at the time of the Eclipse, and there can be a healing release connecting back to events last March. Letting go of pain, and perhaps more significantly, the idea we have to continue putting energy into a situation out of feelings of sympathy – as opposed to a genuine desire to participate, are also significant topics of the eclipse that seek resolution. This also ties into feelings of personal self worth, or a lack there of, that keeps us tenuously bound to unhealthy or unsatisfying relationships or conditions. This will be a potent time in which to evaluate these feelings and make an effort to resolve these issues where we find them to be present. Sensitivity will be heightened immensely at this time, so take it real easy if you are naturally empathic/intuitive. In the following days, the Aries Moon rejuvenates and from September 17 – 19, Venus, Mars and Uranus all align playfully, igniting a really fun and dynamic ambience for love, pleasure and sex, especially where you are ready to try something, or even someone, new.
Mercury retrograde (August 30 – September 22) underscores the dynamic atmosphere of the month, in some ways muddling the proceedings, but also ensuring we get it right, so we can move forward with clarity and conviction into the incredibly advantageous final quarter of the year. Mercury has two significant accomplices during the RX cycle, Jupiter and Pluto, which will actually stimulate a very positive ambience for growth through the conversations and negotiations that will take place throughout September. Jupiter, with which Mercury remains in very close communication with from August 20 – September 5th, infuses communication and thinking with hope and optimism for the future. From Virgo, refinement of a concept or the methods we engage in order to manifest it are highlighted. The combination of the two augurs good will and expansion. So towards the end of August we are generating big and exciting ideas, and making very positive strides within communication based activities.
Mercury then takes a step back to reevaluate the grand design it’s working on, spending the final two weeks of September in harmonious alignment with Pluto, the period from the 20th – 23rd signaling the peak of their contact. The cosmic messenger takes the bold ideas it formed with Jupiter and intensifies them through the connection with Pluto, ensuring these prospects and activities augment and enhance the deeper transformation that is occurring in our lives. The modification that transpires now is crucial and will boost our chances at success, so don’t feel deterred if things seem to be taking a while to get sorted. Important information has yet to be revealed and Virgo – Mercury seeks to establish a methodology that will generate the best results. This does not necessarily indicate a loss of momentum, just a period of reassessment that will likely be very busy as we attend to numerous details!
Look to developments that occurred in March and June (when Jupiter and Pluto were trine) as we are currently in the process of articulating and manifesting the goals and opportunities represented by those contacts. This period from the 20th – 23rd is when the most vital conversations will occur, with Mercury turning direct on the 22nd, we pivot towards a new agenda directly out of the agreements and discussions taking place at this vital and significant time. Mercury will combine forces emphatically with Jupiter at 7 Libra for a third time on October 11th, and it will be all systems go on the relationship, lifestyle and enterprise from there.
With Jupiter in Libra from the 10th, we shift from the learning phase of the last year into a climate ripe for initiative and new beginnings. Jupiter in Libra will emphasize creating balanced relationships between ourselves and others, and offer expansive opportunities through relating, especially within artistic and intellectual activities. Jupiter will engage with Pluto and Uranus this year, encouraging a more diplomatic response to the more volatile and abrasive confrontations we have endured since 2012. Partnerships will thrive, as the Sun – Jupiter conjunction (Sep. 26th) and Libra New Moon on the 30th will quickly attest to. Venus in Libra through September 23rd sets the tone, stimulating amenable social conditions and the cultivation of connections that will enhance prosperity and growth.
The ambience really gets a jolt at the end of the month, as Pluto resumes direct motion on the 26th and Mars enters Capricorn the following day. An executive and professional atmosphere prevails and our most determined efforts and conviction towards success become stimulated. A persevering quality is present through mid November, and makes this a good period in which to tackle a tough project or challenge you can completely immerse yourself within, particularly if it leads to promotion and advancement. (Mars conjunct Pluto and square Jupiter in October will really amplify the desire to succeed, perhaps at any cost!) With so many challenges otherwise overcome, and the tumultuous back and fourth we’ve experienced so far this year, by the time we reach the Fall Equinox (Sept. 22nd) a new beginning transpires that signals the turning point we have all been waiting for. Things get better from here on out, as we enter the most productive and positive quarter of the year, which in many ways will seem like it’s only beginning. Happy Autumn Time, I hope it will be most magical for you!
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HOROSCOPES BY SIGN:
ARIES: Unsettled issues regarding a job or promotion are highlighted this month, with your life direction becoming more sorted in the final week. You have to compromise some of your mobility to achieve a milestone in your profession, as educational pursuits are still occupying much of your time. Partnerships are also highlighted, with some of the best opportunities to rekindle or begin an alliance around the New Moon on the 30th shifting attention to what you really want in a business or romantic relationship. Wishes can come true under these auspices and the weekend of the 17th will offer super enticing vibrations. Walking the road less traveled will open the door to exciting experiences in love. Professionally you see signs of life from the last week of the month. A conversation occurring from the 20th – 23rd sets the stage for the advancement of your goals. This trend continues through mid November, largely defining the rest of the year for you. Hard work pays off now, as the right people finally see how much effort you have put in and offer awards accordingly.
TAURUS: Creative and romantic energy continues to be a dominant theme, and a cathartic, behind the scenes love connection can unfold over the weekend of the 17th. You may be parting with a group or organization mid month. A collective project ends with bang and maybe a blowout! Your mojo gets ignited from the 27th, you seek to grow in new directions and can embark on a new frontier at this time. The value you place on your productivity and health will also be a topic, and your creative instincts can lead to a promotion this month, so polish your portfolio and put your best foot forward. You can make a great impression on the right people from the 19th – 20th. Relationships deepen and intensify from the 23rd. If things have been unsettled within your personal affairs, you’ll see a swift turnaround from here on out.
GEMINI: A domestic resolution is in sight, though it will likely take till the end of the month to square away the details. If you and a partner can’t see eye to eye on the matter, you may want to call a truce or time out until all the details regarding a loan or joint financial issue are resolved on the 23rd. This is a great month otherwise for self expression and pleasure pursuits, a year long transit of Jupiter in your realm of true romance is fully ignited on the 30th, putting you at ease and providing opportunities for real growth experiences. Connect with friends over the weekend of the 17th, an introduction can spark an exciting new attraction. A way of life comes to an end mid month, you may be moving up the ladder of success or stepping down to start a new professional journey. Eclipses signal changes within your life direction, and a partnership may be at the crux of your decision.
CANCER: Daily life is a mess this month, your best bet is to keep your schedule (and mind) as open as possible. You can take enormous comfort in the pleasures of home, Venus and Jupiter encourage you to feather your nest and find happiness through close and familial connections. The 26th provides a great opportunity to expand or renovate your residence. Hosting a party or get together can also be spectacularly successful now. The New Moon on the 30th will highlight a monumental and positive shift in your domestic arrangements. Moving house could feature. The 20th – 23rd is a good time to make amends or reach accord with your partner. Confusion dissipates and the communication line reopen. A professional development over the weekend of the 17th is promising. Your productivity leads to advancement or promotion.
LEO: The financial realm is volatile this month, with both an influx and output of resources contributing to some bewilderment and confusion. Your children or creative projects are implicated and you may be forced to curtail certain expenses to meet unexpected costs associated with them. If you have been waiting for news on a raise or promotion, or expecting payment from a client, you may be waiting until the 23rd. Use the days prior to negotiate an appropriate deal for yourself. From the 26th you get busy on a new job or assignment. Daily life and communication are enhanced. If you have thinking about starting a night class, writing a book or blog, the 26th and 30th are auspicious for decisions and new communication based projects.
VIRGO: It’s topsy turvy for Virgo this month, hang on to your hat! So many vital opportunities are on offer for you, (potentially connected to a life changing commitment you make within a partnership mid month) but can only come to bear their delectable fruits when you finally resolve the endemic issue surrounding your home or family. The weekend of the 17th is your most advantageous period in which to deal with these issues and find the resources or financial support (also possible through a partnership) that can stimulate the resolution you seek. The following days (20th – 23rd) are equally supportive as you reconcile differences with your love connection. The lines of communication are open and you can articulate your heartfelt desires as they become clearer to you over the course of the week. Intuition is highlighted on the 5th, pay attention to clues. Financial opportunities emerge around the 26th and 30th. Learning the value of your own worth and contribution pays of big time.
LIBRA: You have phenomenal auspices this month, though attending to unfinished business seems to require your attention before you can truly embrace the substantial upgrades that are on route. You may spending some time in limbo as you reflect on the past so you can genuinely release burdens and baggage. It’s a good period in which to reflect on what has or has not worked, and to eradicate patterns of behavior tied up mainly in feelings that contribute to self sabotage. So many bigger and brighter things are on the way! Mid month events require dexterity, and emancipation from burdensome lifestyle arrangements or a job or habit that is holding you back from the massive success story in store for you over the coming year is highly likely at this time. Health can be precarious, especially if you are keeping a hectic schedule. An emphasis on the living arrangements come into focus during the last week and you can begin to make headway on your residential goals. The New Moon on the 30th begins a period of growth and prosperity for the coming year. Set intentions and make your wish.
SCORPIO: A love relationship continues to mutate in strange and mysterious ways, and the time is ripe to release the notion that someone is, or needs to be, perfect all the time and see this situation (and this person) for what it really is. Financial shortfalls continue to provide a contentious environment for the satisfaction of your desires, and may motivate you to press harder and harder for resolution, this will be especially apparent mid month. A job or assignment can produce a helpful boost in income over the weekend of the 17th. A soulful sojourn is possible now, as Venus and Jupiter illuminate your hidden desires. Intuition strengthens and dreams and premonitions illuminate what you seek in a love relationship. From the 23rd, the ambience shifts favorably, as Venus enters your sign. Pluto direct a few days later sees you back in your element, sensations of desire and intimacy resume their course and allow you to deepen your commitments accordingly.
SAGITTARIUS: Incredible dynamics are at play for you professionally, and despite a few road blocks and the twists and turns (Mercury retro, up ahead) it’s fair to assume a fantastic outcome when all the kinks have finally been ironed out. It looks as though you are in negotiation for a promotion and a lot of dialogue between the 20th – 23rd surrounding the topic of your compensation will be settled at that time. From there, everything moves and grooves forward, and with Mars leaving your sign on the 27th you’ll be feeling less antsy and hot under the collar. Domestic issues will culminate mid month, and a change is in the works in which you can settle a residential of family matter. There is a tense ambience around this transition that affects you personally, so don’t burn a bridge unless you really can afford to. The 17th – 19th speaks to love and creativity, you may meet someone with whom you spark unexpected and exciting synergy. Wonderful!
CAPRICORN: While clarity will not improve immediately, the clearing is in sight, and what you are capable of doing is setting targets and intentions, even if you are not quite sure how you will get there yet. Future objectives and especially professional pursuits are favorably highlighted (the weekend of the 17th and the New Moon on the 30th are especially advantageous) with significant developments for you particularly from the last week of the month. Pluto direct on the 26th and Mars from your sign the following day boost your charisma enormously, what ever frustration or delay you may have experienced so far this year, the time is right to make your boldest and biggest moves. Remember: iron fist – velvet glove, Jupiter in Libra bestows fortune on those who are tactful and diplomatic, so speak to your passion and conviction without bullying for the best results. Romantic and passionate energy is also generated under these auspices and you can (re)connect from the 23rd onward with someone who really stimulates your deepest desires.
AQUARIUS: Eclipses affect your finances this month and you may be seeing an end to one source of income, which in most cases has become a burdensome prospect or enterprise anyway, in order to make room for new growth (which you are likely to discover closer to the end of the year). You will find prosperity through a partner’s income or with a grant or loan right now, though the twists and turns of Mercury retrograde over the next few weeks will slow the process accordingly. News and developments unfolding from behind the scenes between the 20th – 23rd will reveal the missing links and from there you will be ready to move forward. Professionally you get a big boost from the 23rd, as positive influences help remedy some of the more abrasive challenges that have underscored your career quest for most of the year. Socially this remains a vibrant and exciting period, with Venus and Jupiter both stimulating genuine feel good vibes for you, and the weekend of the 17th an incredibly potent period for love and relationship building, you can anticipate some fun and revelry as well.
PISCES: It can be a volatile if not life changing month for the Fishes, with a huge culmination or meeting with destiny on the cards, particularly in regard to a key relationship. Partnerships are evolving at incredible speed right now, (look to the dates of both eclipses for crucial events) and even with a Mercury retrograde muddying the water, where you wind up at the end of this transformational month is going to look a whole lot different for you than where it began! With the dankness of the Saturn – Neptune square coming to closure, you will begin to see more clearly in the near future who or what your heart truly seeks. Thunderbolts and unexpected meetings or developments are stimulated, and the revelation of a soul mate connection is possible that leads you there. A conflict mid month can trigger professional anxiety or restlessness. Use the very positive days that follow (September 17th – 19th) to make financial inroads and grow your prosperity and reputation. A positive attitude will take you very far.