Jupiter in Libra – Love is in the air
On 9th September, Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, moves into air sign Libra for a year-long stay, blessing all those born under the sign of the scales. Jupiter will remain in Libra until October, 2017, offering those with planets in the air signs Gemini, Libra and Aquarius special opportunities to achieve their potential over the coming year. Jupiter represents our yearning for meaning in life and our desire for expansion and growth. But Jupiter’s true purpose is to inspire us to embrace a belief system that gives meaning to life. In practical terms, this means all areas of life ruled by Libra will be fashionable or ‘in the news’ over the next 12 months. These include fashion, beauty, the arts, culture, close partnerships of all kinds, justice, diplomacy, refinement and fairness. Jupiter in Libra is a wonderful time to form new alliances and dissolve unions that are no longer working. Watch out for a flurry of engagements and marriages, or consider popping the question yourself!
Spring Equinox – feeling lighter, brighter and fresher
The 23rd September marks the spring equinox as the sun moves from Virgo into Libra, a dynamic and inspirational time of year when the days become longer than the nights. Symbolically this is a time to remain open physically and emotionally to keep the energy flowing and consider what changes or improvements you would like to see over the coming months. Many people choose to lead a healthier lifestyle or change their diet. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Seven top tips for a great spring
1) Get up an hour earlier each morning for a whole month and spend that extra hour doing all those jobs you’ve been putting off for ages.
2) Clean out the kitchen, fridge, freezer and pantry – throw away all the out-of-date stuff and food you’ll never eat.
3) Pamper yourself with a massage, facial, hot bath or relaxing spa – scrub off all that old winter skin.
4) Get out in the fresh air, smell the flowers, breathe deeply and feel the sunshine on your body.
5) Plan a day or weekend in the country with friends and family.
6) Spring is all about feeling, lighter, brighter and fresher. Think about the thing that is weighing you down the most and how you could change it. Be creative!
7) Give thanks for all the good things in your life and the new experiences coming your way.
Sun in Virgo – a quest for excellence
This year, from 23rd August until 23rd September, the sun travels through earth sign Virgo, the independent woman who answered to no man, but served the Goddess herself. In ancient times Virgo was the holy woman of the temple who initiated men into the sacred, healing rites of sexuality. The connection between physical lovemaking, healing and the divine are available to anyone who taps into the energy of Virgo.
Virgos are noted for their calm demeanour, attention to detail, healing energies, love of nature and mastery of art and craft. When in balance, they are one of the most practical, kind-hearted and caring signs with an intuitive understanding of the mind-body connection. Usually blessed with fine minds, they are masters of research, data and language and instinctively understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Negatively, Virgos can suffer from hypochondria, be over-critical, especially of self, and prone to worry and anxiety. Virgo rules the abdomen, intestines, spleen and central nervous system. When Virgos are out of balance they can suffer nervous problems, and stomach and intestinal disorders. The Virgo colours are earthy tones, green and dark brown. Virgo’s greatest lesson is to learn to accept imperfection in both themselves and others.
September solar eclipse – reaping the harvest
The September new moon in Virgo on the 1st is accompanied by a solar eclipse, an event which happens just twice a year. Eclipses show us new ways of looking at things and often bring insight and epiphany. 2016 has been a year of heart-centred choice – this solar eclipse will help us understand the practical consequences of the paths we have chosen. Those yet to make a leap of faith will find it easier to leave old ways behind.
September lunar eclipse – breaking down self-limiting beliefs
The September full moon falls on the 17th in water sign Pisces, as the earth’s shadow eclipses the light of the full moon. This lunar eclipse will help break down self-limiting beliefs and thought patterns, enabling us to see life with greater clarity.Expect deep emotions to rise from the unconscious to be processed and integrated.
The September eclipses are tied in with the ongoing square angle between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces, an aspect that challenges us to turn our dreams into reality through focus, determination and action.
Mercury retrograde – back up your hard drive!
Every four months communication planet Mercury turns retrograde, gently reminding us that not everything is under our conscious control! Mercury will be travelling backwards through practical Virgo from 30th August until 22nd September, pushing us to re-think, re-do, re-define, reorganise, reassess, re-orient and re-plan, until after the 22nd when Mercury starts moving forward again.
When Mercury is retrograde, communications can be problematic – we tend to think and process information more slowly and can misunderstand each other, meaning patience and compromise are vital. Back up computer data; check your printer ink levels; take special care of your phone; allow more time for travel and avoid leaving things until the last moment or cutting corners. If life descends into chaos, take it as a sign you need to slow down!
Based on your star sign, here is your horoscope for the month ahead:
|Aries||Time to roll up your sleeves and get down to work! Tie up loose ends, clean out the shed, clear out the paperwork and when you’ve finished all the chores, turn your attention to health. Good food, rest and some brisk exercise will work wonders this month!|
|Taurus||September could be the most fun-filled, pleasurable month of the year if you play your cards right Taurus. Those with an artistic or creative bent will find ideas flowing thick and fast. Spend time with children, make babies or rediscover your inner child.|
|Gemini||A perfect month for making changes on the home front – decorate, renovate, spring clean or simply move the furniture around. Intimate partnerships are also important – spend some quality time with your other half or reflect on what sort of relationship would suit you best.|
|Cancer||Ideas will flow thick and fast providing new solutions to old problems and giving you a fresh perspective on just about everything. September is the perfect month to read, study, visit friends, discuss, debate and get out and about in your local neighbourhood.|
|Leo||Money, money, money Leo – earning it, spending it, saving it, investing it or paying it back – that’s the theme for September. As money is really a symbol for energy, take a look at your finances, and if you don’t like what you see, make some changes.|
|Virgo||Happy birthday Virgo – be sure to celebrate in style! The Virgo new moon on the 1st promises clarity, abundance and insight, and is a great time to set intentions, not only for this month, but for the whole year ahead.|
|Libra||Daydream, meditate, reflect and build castles in the air thinking of all the good things to come. Life has been challenging of late, but things are about to take a turn for the better with lucky planet Jupiter entering Libra on the 9th for a year-long stay.|
|Scorpio||September is a month for friendship, networking and socialising. Although you’re a private person, you do care deeply about those close to you. Let others know how you feel about them and you may be surprised by the response.|
|Sagittarius||Warrior god Mars continues his journey through Sagittarius giving you the power, courage and determination to push forward and achieve goals, particularly in your career. You may need to go over some old ground, but, by the end of the month, things should be back on track.|
|Capricorn||Good news for all you hard-working Capricorns – Jupiter, planet of luck and abundance will enter your career sector mid-month for a year-long stay, bringing many favourable opportunities. In the meantime, consider a short break to recharge your batteries.|
|Aquarius||Keep your cool this month Aquarius – things may not turn out exactly as planned and you could be dealing with feelings of frustration. A good way of tackling any angst is to get your affairs in order, particularly your financial affairs. Old friends may come back into the picture.|
|Pisces||With a lunar eclipse in Pisces mid-month, September could throw up a few surprises, particularly in the area of relationships and client or business partnerships. Trust your gut, follow your heart and pay close attention to any intuitive hunches.|
September moon calendar
Launch projects at the new moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the full moon to the third quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next new moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the full moon or when the moon is in the same sign as your sun (or star) sign.
1st – 3rd
New moon 1st
Full moon 17th
Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant. Contact Stella at email@example.com or www.stellastarwoman.com or www.facebook.com/stellastarwoman
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