Order is restored in September, with communication planet Mercury stationing direct, and the Sun, Mercury and Mars in orderly, analytical Virgo, the sign of the planner. But the end of the month could close out on an unpredictable note, with a tense Jupiter-Uranus opposition tempting us all to throw our hard-won progress away. Keep a cool head under this reactive finale.
A little post-eclipse stability for you, anyone? We don’t know about you, but August was every bit as unpredictable as the stars portended. After weathering two reality-shifting eclipses and Mercury retrograde, we’re ready to take off the sun-shielding glasses and leave terms like “path of totality” in the archives (at least until 2024).
Whether the eclipses gently tapped you or shook your world upside-down, the search for order begins. The Sun is making its annual visit to Virgo, the sign of systems, efficiency, health and fitness, until September 22. It aligns perfectly with back-to-school season, when we return to routines and schedules. Motivational Mars is also in Virgo from September 22 to October 5, spurring us to get life in order. We’ll be fired up to take care of our bodies, our ecosystem and our communities.
Whether the eclipses gently tapped you or shook your world upside-down, the search for order begins.
Earth-sign Virgo rules selfless service, and the world could certainly use the kindness of its citizens. Mercury’s retrograde in Virgo from August 12 to 31 coincided with the floods that devastated parts of Texas, India, Bangladesh and Nepal, and left thousands in upheaval. As Mercury corrects course on September 5 and returns to Virgo on September 10, we’ll be mobilized to find solutions and do our part to help.
A compassionate Pisces full moon on September 6 opens our hearts and inspires an outpouring of creativity and connection. If you need a day off from intense, Virgo-style planning and producing, this is when you should take it. This full moon is the culmination of the February 26 Pisces new moon, which was also the final solar eclipse in a two-year series that fell on the Virgo/Pisces axis. Whatever comes together today will cap off big undertakings that have been developing since March 2015. On a global scale, this could be related to the environment, the wellness industry, the food supply and healthcare (will Pisces Mitch McConnell resurface singing a different tune now?).
Pisces is a water sign that rules the oceans (it’s governed by sea-god Neptune), and this illuminating full moon may be the first time we can actually assess the damage done by this flooding. Here’s hoping that the waters remain calm, since the gravitational pull of the Sun and moon’s alignment exert a stronger pull on the tides today.
The Virgo new moon on September 20 gives us a strong push to stabilize again. On a personal level, we’ll be inspired to solidify our schedules, launch a fall fitness routine and give our time to a worthwhile cause. This new moon will set off a six-month cycle, so set an agenda for what you’d like to accomplish by the March 1, 2018 Virgo full moon. Budgets, calendars, project plans—tend to all the administrative stuff that keeps life running smoothly. Virgo rules the digestive system, and you might try a seasonal detox, take a daily probiotic or look into improving gut health.
But the saying “man plans, God laughs” could ring true, as this new moon will form an exact quincunx—a 150-degree angle of adjustment—to disruptive Uranus in fiery Aries. Don’t box yourself into anything too rigid that takes all the individuality and spontaneity out of things. Leave room for discovery and detours instead of mapping things out to the minute. Uranus is associated with science and technology. At this new moon, may also get the scope of damage from polluted waters and chemical plant explosions in Houston.
This is further catalyzed on September 28, when Uranus makes its third of three oppositions with global Jupiter in Libra, the sign of peace and partnership. Jupiter and Uranus, two of the most hotheaded and freedom-seeking planets, only oppose each other every 14 years. Their last two faceoffs were on December 26, 2016 and March 3, 2017. Under these rash aspects, people are spurred to make sudden and drastic changes. In the best cases, this revolutionary energy is necessary, as it helps us break free from a confining situation. Truths are exposed, suddenly and shockingly. Indeed, the saying “the truth shall set you free” could apply now.
Under a rash Jupiter-Uranus opposition, people are spurred to make sudden and drastic changes.
Possible manifestations? Protests could get intense and the Russia investigation could turn up something major. International tensions could peak, and with unpredictable leaders like Kim-Jong Un taunting the world with nuclear weapons (which fall under the domain of Uranus), this energy could be volatile. That same day, powermonger Pluto stations direct in Capricorn, sign of the patriarchy, capitalism and government, after a five-month retrograde. This could unleash some bottled-up hostilities—and also put the kibosh on corruption by exposing shady agendas.
Let us all lean in to the peace-brokering vibes of Jupiter in Libra as the month ends. Thankfully, the Sun will also be in harmonizer Libra from September 22 on, pushing the world toward compromise and collaboration.
It won’t be easy. Tensions and frustrations are at an all-time high. Politics have polarized us and the world grows more divided by the day. Jupiter and Uranus, both “power to the people” planets, remind us to be vocal about justice and equality now. It may seem, as September ends, that nothing short of a revolutionary spirit will do.
We dedicate this post to the fierce and feisty spirit of our beloved Seymour the dachshund. A double Aries who was born at the solar eclipse on April 18, 2004, he transitioned to puppy paradise at the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse.
Seymour, you were and will always be our star dog, baby horse and velvet-necked sentry. You are deeply missed, especially by your Sagittarius sidekick and sister Lulu. Thank you for letting us be your people for 13 wonderful years on earth. May you frolic freely over the Rainbow Bridge and keep sending us more amazing signs of your presence. We love you, Seymour!