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2018 Mercury Retrograde

March 22 - April 15
July 25/26 - August 18/19
November 16 - December 6

September Almanac

Consummate Relationships

September 12 after 1:15 pm CDT or September 13, 20

Have Medical Tests 5,11,18,25, 26

Sign Contracts Sep 3,5,715,20,27

September 2018

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.

The last quarter of the lunar cycle occurs
September 2 at 9:37 pm CDT. This means the Moon in Gemini is ninety degrees away from the Sun in Virgo. During the last quarter of the Moon we want to finish projects and clear off our desks and calendars of life in preparation for the coming new Moon September 9. Most people get this backward and get frustrated because they try to get situations started during this time. Avoid arguing with the opposite sex right here at the start of the month.

Mercury in Leo is sixty degrees from Venus in Libra September 3. The pressure we have been feeling subsides. This is a great day to go to happy hour. Whatever you do, let off some steam, but do so productively.

Saturn in Capricorn has been retrograde since April 16. Saturn turns direct September 6. This planet is about rules, authorities and commitments. He makes us get rid of the fluff we don’t need in order to get down to brass tacks. Saturn retrograde has had us looking at who is in charge of our lives and do we really want that. Saturn retrograde has especially affected those of us born during he first ten days of each sign. This transit has been especially tough for Capricorns. Once Saturn gets moving that which has been stalled will start to move forward. If you have felt stuck, Saturn direct will provide the circumstances to once again move on down the road.

Mercury moves through Virgo September 5 - 21/22. While Mercury moves through Virgo, we consider the practical side of life. Consider how you can do your job or other activities more efficiently. This process will be quite easy for Virgo, Taurus, and Capricorn, Cancer and Scorpio. The rest of the signs will have to wade through paper and clear clutter.

Right after Mercury moves into Virgo he is one hundred twenty degrees from Saturn in Capricorn and one hundred twenty degrees from Uranus in Taurus September 7. This creates a nice triangle in the zodiac called a grand trine. Saturn and Uranus are trine each other since July providing all of us with easy turning points in life. Mercury trine Uranus helps us to tune into innovative ways to facilitate changes. Mercury trine Saturn bestows us with the ability to soldier on without giving up. It also provides us with helpers. It might be You Tube, but help will be there when you need it.

At the same time on September 7, the Sun in Virgo is opposite Neptune retrograde in Pisces. This combination adds a bit of confusion between September 4 and 10. Disappointments happen now so consider protecting yourself emotionally. If you feel confused then sit still until inspiration set into you.

Venus squares Mars September 8 just before both planets change signs. Love and lust can be wild. Carousing should go well but don’t expect anything permanent if you get lucky. One or more relationships is sure to jerk our chains.

Venus moves through Scorpio September 9 - October 31. This is an unusually long transit for Venus, but she turns retrograde October 6 and backs into Libra October 31. While Venus is direct in Scorpio for twenty-one days our thoughts and feelings are intense. Some of us will be making demands and act unreasonable towards those we love. This is a time to be passionate and intimate as opposed to being argumentative. Venus is not considered to be so wonderful moving through Scorpio so tone down the intensity and enjoy emotional passion. Set aside jealousies.

Venus in Scorpio is opposite Uranus in Aquarius and sextile Saturn in Capricorn September 12. Venus and Uranus together suggest we should enjoy our own uniqueness and feel safe being ourselves. At the same time Venus and Saturn together offer relationship stability. Relationships consummated after 1:15 pm CDT can last a long time.

Mars, now direct since August 27, moves back into and through Aquarius September 10 until November 15. Oh Aquarius, you have been challenged for month by pushy difficult people who push your buttons and generally impede the work you are trying to accomplish. Channel angst and irritation into meditation so that you can detach from difficulties and view them from an emotionless state. Aquarius fellow fixed signs Taurus and Scorpio are busy and bossy while Leo should prepare to duck when barbs fly your way. Aquarius should put some touches on you vision of five years from now.

We will feel Mars square Uranus throughout September. The aspect is exact September 18. Crisis and violence is sure to be happening out there in the streets. Demonstrations will occur and hopefully they remain peaceful. However, I think violence and fighting will erupt as people demand change on our personal stages of life and in the world as a whole.

Jupiter in Scorpio is sextile Pluto in Capricorn September 12. This is one of those transits that we feel for a long time. The aspect was exact in January and in April of this year. Jupiter and Pluto give us productive ways to make good changes that help us in our evolution. They can usher in helpers and mentors who have the power to lift us from our current station in the pecking order of life to a better place. The Sun in Virgo is sextile Jupiter and trine Pluto September 11 so we can expect to make some great progress September 8 - 14.

The new Moon occurs September 9 at 1:01 pm CDT in Virgo at 17 degrees. This new Moon is at what is called a critical degree adding to the strength of this new cycle. It can be a positive or negative effect depending on your personal chart. This new Moon is opposite Neptune which brings some confusion but also the need to express compassion and a helping hand to others. Jupiter and Pluto add and element of ease productivity to any wishes our plans you initiate on this new Moon. The best thing though to do with a new Moon in Virgo is to start some healthy habits such as eating right and exercising. Find ways to do your work better and with greater ease. Working behind the scenes when possible and don’t be fool by scammers. This influence continues into September 11 while the Sun continues to angle Jupiter and Pluto.

Mercury, still in Virgo is opposite Neptune September 13. Confusion happens now. Take the day off and don’t make a commitment to anything as you are most likely not in your right mind. Right after on September 15 Mercury is trine Pluto. The confusion clears and answers come through deep thought and an inquiring mind. Don’t let it wander now. Plus, Mercury is sextile Jupiter adding to a universality of thought. Studies can be quite productive once the confusion becomes inspiration.

The Sun and Mercury are conjunct in Virgo September 20. This is a great time to focus on communication and doing things positively. Virgo, Capricorn, and Taurus are especially good at planning and directing.

Mercury moves through Libra September 21-October 9. While Mercury moves through Libra our thoughts and actions tend to friendly and diplomatic. The main problem with Mercury moving through Libra is that we may have a hard time making a decision. Just ask a Libra about their own decision making process. They probably won’t be able to make a decision on how to tell you how they do that.

The Sun moves into Libra September 22. It’s the first day of Fall. Just like Mercury moving through Libra, the Sun in Libra offers friendship and good times. Just make sure you do not do stuff that is only good for you now.

Mercury in Libra is square Saturn in Capricorn September 23. Mercury and Saturn together predict bad news, irritations and authorities who don’t like your work but cannot give good direction. At the same time Mercury trine Mars in Aquarius brings quick and easy solutions to dealing with difficult situations and people . This occurs again when the Sun is square Saturn and tine Mars September 25-27.

The full Moon occurs September 24 at 9:52 pm CDT at two degrees Aries. This full Moon is conjunct the wounded healer Chiron. Self centeredness and selfishness is sure to be the root of the many meltdowns that will be happening now. Those born on the first few days of Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn, Virgo, and Scorpio all are sure to be demanding attention. I am sure Instagram will be overloaded with posts at this time. Look at me. Look at me.

Pluto, retrograde in Capricorn since April 22 goes direct September 30. The intensity audacity with which authorities have acted on the national stage and in our own personal lives should calm a bit. Its life tight bolts become easier to unscrew now.