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.
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 the 22nd September pushing us to re-think, re-do, re-define, re-organize, re-assess, 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 into the last moment or cutting corners. If life descends into chaos, take it as a sign you need to slow down!
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 while those yet to make a leap of faith will find it easier to leave old ways behind.
The September eclipses (solar eclipse on the 1st and lunar eclipse on the 17th) 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.
Jupiter in Libra – Love Is In the Air
On the 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!
|Aries||Time to roll up your sleeves and get down to work! Tie up those 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. And 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 based in St Kilda, Melbourne.
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