September - Shifting Gears
Mars is retrograde in Aries September 9 to November 13. Remember that Mars has been moving through Aries since late June forming an intense square to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto over in Capricorn. As a result of the square we have seen more violence, some of which has been perpetuated by our youth (Mars). A hurricane destroyed property and lives. We have seen audacity and conspiracy theories that are laughable to some us and very real to others.
Mars turning retrograde extends and fuels the square to the planets in Capricorn creating frustration. At the same time, though, this astrological event inspires new beginnings in our lives and the world culture. This is an ongoing process that will last into January 2021.
The Sun moving through Virgo will generally smooth over the crises, but there will still be difficulties mid-month.
However, among all of the stress we are lucky to have the sun moving through Virgo forming harmonious angles to Saturn, Jupiter, and Pluto in Capricorn. Hopefully, this will soothe over some of the dissension we are experiencing in our personal lives and on the world stage.
Mercury in Virgo is trine to Saturn in Capricorn September 1. This powerful aspect helps us get to the bottom of questions. It is a great time to apply for credit or ask a favor.
The Sun produces a similar effect when it is trine Pluto in Capricorn September 14. However, at the same time the Sun is square the North and South nodes of the Moon creating a strong element of uncertainty. Events shake us up momentarily. Have faith and take the leap because sometimes we just must trust in ourselves, but at the same time don't be foolish.
Mercury in Virgo is trine Saturn in Capricorn. Likewise, this is a time to get your ducks in a row and enlist a powerful person to help.
The Sun in Virgo is trine Jupiter in Capricorn September 9. This is one of the luckiest aspects in astrology bringing his optimism and opportunity. Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus can expect good things to happen. Leo, Sagittarius, and Aries are sure to have opportunities also.
Just two days later on September 11 the Sun in Virgo is opposite Neptune in Pisces causing confusion. Do not believe everything you hear or read. Influencers will be out in full force trying to sway opinions and behaviors.
Trines are harmonious aspects between two planets.
Jupiter, retrograde since May 14, goes direct in Capricorn September 12. Jupiter rules expansion and opportunity. Areas of our life they have seemed paused will now begin to move forward. Resources begin to flow easier and decisions will be made once and for all. Sagittarius should be quite happy that their ruler has gone to direct because you will feel much better and brighter. Capricorn is going to experience a shift in their mood towards optimism and expansion.
Saturn retrograde since May 10/11 goes direct in Capricorn September 28/29. Saturn retrograde has been a time of taking stock of our lives. The pandemic has given us the chance to sit at home and contemplate our life situation. Many of us have had a very difficult time with the isolation.
The Full Moon occurs September 2, 2020 at 12:23 AM CDT in Pisces at 10°. The full Moon is the peak of the lunar cycle that occurs every month. Tensions are usually high at the time of the full Moon. This full Moon in Pisces forms a sextile to Uranus in Taurus. This can be an exciting time in the face of the current difficulties. In the weeks to come, many of us will meet exciting people. Others of us will have a stroke of luck. This lunar event is a breath of fresh air in light of the tension we will experience until October 10 as a result of Mars square the planets in Capricorn until January.
The new Moon occurs September 17 at 6:00 AM CDT in Virgo at 25°. This new Moon is trine Saturn in Capricorn. That's a good thing because this harmonious angle offers us opportunities to start new projects with discipline and guidelines that support our endeavor. At the same time, Mercury is square Jupiter calling for big plans. A new Moon in Virgo means that somewhere in our lives we will adjust or begin a new life style. Remember, though, that this new Moon is occurring square the nodes of the Moon, meaning we are faced with choices that we must make as a result as an expected event or challenge. This new beginning is especially potent for a Virgo, Gemini, Sagittarius, Pisces, Taurus, and Capricorn. In the weeks to come, all of us will be adjusting to new directions. Hang on and be flexible to the changes that arise in life. That doesn't mean it's good or bad. It means we must go with the flow and ride the tide as it rises and falls.
Just as the full moon is occurring September 2, Venus is opposite Saturn in Capricorn. This is kind of a downer if you focus on limitation. Look on the bright side of life. Count your blessings and make a gratitude list in the face of pessimism.
Shortly thereafter on September 4, Venus in Cancer is square Mars in Capricorn. Remember that Venus and Mars crossed one another in Virgo in late August 2019 beginning a new Venus/Mars cycle. Relationships and situations that we started can now be a mixture of love and hate. Just as love and marriage go together so do love and hate. This is a quick transit so be careful that you do not do or say things that create lasting damage. Instead, use this intense energy to enjoy some spice in life. At the same time Mercury in Virgo is sextile Venus. This is a fun aspect that can lighten up the intensity that Venus and Mars are experiencing with one another. Lighten up and relax.
Venus moves through Leo September 6 through October 3. Leo will be looking good during that time. Aries and Sagittarius have an air of attraction. If these signs play their cards right, they can have the brass ring of life during these times. However, over the top behavior that will scare off friends and lovers.
Venus is square Uranus in Taurus September 15. Unexpected events occur. Many of us will run into someone we hadn't seen in a while or even someone with her whom we have a sudden attraction. Do not expect it to last. This is just an opportunity to enjoy the moment.
Venus is trine Mars September 28. This is much more harmonious than when Venus was square Mars September 4. Venus and Mars in a trine to one another is fun and sexy and playful. Many of us will have a good time September 28, especially if we are Aries, Leo, or Sagittarius. There will be fireworks.
Mercury moves through Libra September 5 to September 27. Mercury in Libra is very social. We will be compelled to balance our thoughts, actions, and communication. Think before you speak September 20-24. When Mercury is square Pluto in Capricorn, while squaring Saturn and opposite Mars. This creates what we call a T-square, which is a stress. Manipulative and controlling words and actions can sink a relationship at that time. Many of us will need to retreat and find security during this time because we are stressed over restrictions or rules that are limiting our ability to accomplish our goals. However, when the right tact is taken, we can create a win-win situation for ourselves and others.
Mercury moves through Scorpio September 27 to October 27. Mercury in Scorpio can be mean and nasty. Watch your words and watch your Scorpio during this time. But more on that next month when Mercury angles the other planets and turns retrograde October 13. Yikes
The Sun moves through Libra September 22 to October 22. It forms the same harsh angles to the planets in Capricorn in the middle of October. Expect stress and restriction violence and dissension at that time. But let's not think about that now.
I have been writing this column for over twenty-five years now and in order to better assist readers who are not students of astrology I offer some suggestions as to how to use the monthly summary.
Read the summary with your calendar that shows the whole month on one page. Read through the intro and make note of the days that I point out. Mark the new Moon and the full Moon. The days between the new Moon and the full Moon are when you generally want to start something that you want to grow. Do look at that Moon void chart and take a rest on those days. I have discovered that no matter what I plan, it turns out another way on a Moon void day. Anything you try to accomplish will turn out with unexpected results.
Make note of the three days before the new Moon. People usually get anxious during these days because the phone does not ring or they feel confused or simply nothing is happen. That is because it is wind down time before the new Moon. You will usually notice that the action of life picks up once the new Moon occurs. Also note the days that planets change directions, especially Mercury retrograde.
Hopefully these suggestions will give you a bit of a start to maneuvering through life with astrology.
Robert E Brown
As a part of helping readers live with astrology I have added a year long astrology calendar on the MOON VOID page. You can see all the voids month by month. Note the new Moons and the full Moons. The lunar quarters are listed and the aspects are noted on each day. If you are not astrology savvy you can at least have the Moon void information for the year. It's a pdf so you can download it.
2020 is a bit of a challenge due to all the retrogrades.
In addition to Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Pluto doing their usual retrogrades, we will have Venus and Mars retrograde.
Venus retrograde in Gemini May 13 to June 25 - Money and love are sketchy and ding dongs from the past are sure to cycle back through our lives.
Mars retrograde in Aries September 9 to November 14 - Hold off on new projects. Let others start the fight. They are sure to lose.
New projects need to get off the ground if possible before the first Mercury retrograde February 16.
2020 Mercury Retrograde
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