September Sun Signs

The first half of the month brings some very positive planet placements that will help us create strong bonds and attend to important details in preparation for further challenges in the coming weeks. 

This is Virgo season and the trend is to get organised and attend to the details of life. Preparing for the coming winter season and doing those remaining jobs before the longer evenings set in, is a big part of this months focus. But the first few days of September may seem unusually perplexing or uncertain. Mars, the planet of assertion and action, is in a direct and difficult opposition to Neptune the planet of illusion, imagination and undefined boundaries. We feel like we have lost our motivation or perhaps we just don’t know which direction to take. There is so much conflicting information around. Misunderstandings or unclear intentions have caused confusion. False impressions may have rallied us into supporting a lost cause or taking up a hero role on an empty promise. Revelations can bring a sense of defeat or disillusionment. There is a need to reconsider and review but it may be into mid October or beyond, before things are out in the open once more. 

The current tense Mars Neptune dynamic passes during the first week and a very positive trend develops. Mercury, planet of communications gets a boost in Libra the sign of harmony and balance. There is a fortunate, supportive trine aspect between the two most beneficial planets, Jupiter in Aquarius and Venus in Libra from around the September 5-7.  This is a very prosperous pair and together they promote abundance and goodwill. The focus is definitely on social connections and relationships, of all kinds. A harmonious mood is helping to bridge gaps and mend rifts.  Now is the time to work out your differences and draw people together. The New Moon in Virgo on the 7th has a strong positive connection to Uranus the planet of change and inspiration. New unions are formed this week. There’s potential for unlikely bonds or a surprising turn of events. It’s the perfect time to break patterns and habits, to start a constructive new phase or take a chance on a “wild card” scenario.  

Mid month brings an opposition of the Sun in Virgo to Neptune in Pisces. This time, unlike earlier in the month with Mars, the Neptunian clouds are penetrated by the Sun’s light, providing some kind of enlightening disclosure. The Virgo ability to discern and evaluate allows for clarity and heightened perception. This dynamic may also signify the downfall of ‘false idols’ or a fall from that pedestal that someone has been placed on. Seeing people or a situation in it’s true light is very possible now.  

September delivers us into the last quarter of the year marked by the Equinox on August 22. This significant point in the Solar cycle brings a shift and sharpens our focus, as we navigate an unsettled phase over the following weeks. The Full Moon on September 21 brings a culmination to the events around the New Moon, The new direction or shift in focus that took place earlier in the month is now becoming the trend, as least for a while. During the Mercury retrograde phase in Libra, that begins on September 27 and lasts until October 18, there will most likely be a need to revisit some of the details and perhaps renegotiate the terms and conditions of any recent development, relationship or alliance.

On the day of the Equinox, Mercury forms a tense square aspect to Pluto and this sets a theme for the coming months. Due to the messenger planet going retrograde, this Pluto connection is exact three times in total over the next few weeks and into November.  Pluto works to bring uncomfortable and hidden truth out into the light so we can understand where the power is held and how it manifests its control. On a global level this may create a power struggle between controlling forces. With the current Libra focus on justice, fairness and equality, we can expect to see human rights, discrimination and legality become a theme for the remainder of the year. This planetary dynamic can also initiate a valuable, transformative, personal journey. Relationships with our peer groups and social equals, as well as romantic partnerships will become the area of concern. Any insight into our own unconscious patterns can free up trapped energy, which can then be used for greater wisdom, inner harmony and personal empowerment. 

September has a New Moon at 15° Virgo on September 7 at 1.51am and a Full Moon at 29° Pisces on September 21 at 12.54am. 

Aries: Make sure you’re not demanding too much of yourself this New Moon. You’re probably running around like crazy sorting out everyone else’s problems. It seems like the phone doesn’t stop ringing and the pressure or demand from others is at peak. Pace yourself so you don’t run out of steam just trying to keep up with it all. This month take extra care to be sure of your own motives. Don’t over-commit to projects and choose any new path well before you embark or it will be a flash in the pan. Working relationships depend on honesty and integrity. 

Taurus: Anything you do for enjoyment will seem extra good now but try not to throw all caution to the wind. Be sure you understand the difference between joyous adventure and risky behaviour. You might be tempted to completely disregard your inhibitions or at least just overindulge. This New Moon is good time to simply have some fun. To use this creative energy to its best advantage though, consider what is truly meaningful to you in the longer term. There is plenty of opportunity for new plans and projects so start looking towards a brighter horizon.

Gemini: This New Moon marks a day or so of raised tensions at home as moods run high and personal space seems harder to come by. However, used creatively, this can lead to new ways of sharing and arranging your home life so it doesn’t overlap that of others. It’s a good time to start new home-related projects as a way to utilise the extra energy in a constructive manner. If you have been considering home improvements or expansion then it could become a bigger project than you originally planned. Be sure that the dreams you conjure up now are what you really want because they may just happen to come true.

Cancer: New ideas and propositions come your way and either your opinion or your decision required. Your challenge will be to find the right direction out of the uncertainty that always surrounds a New Moon. Focus on the smaller choices and make them wisely, rather than getting carried away with the grand scheme of things. This is a great time for getting involved with local projects as the general air of goodwill makes for strong personal connections and breaks through any barriers of unfamiliarity. Start formulating any writing or communications that need your attention so you can deliver in good time. 

Leo: For a day or so you may be under pressure to take on new projects or commitments that require investing funds into them. This is a good time to make an assessment of how and where you’ll invest your time, energy and money. Wise decisions made now can bring good returns in the next couple of weeks, but over optimistic spending could drain you in the same time frame. Stand back and take a second look before jumping in with both feet. Get clear, then go ahead but you won’t have the option of indecision or putting it all off until later. 

Virgo: All eyes turn to see what you’re going to do next during this New Moon. It may be completely different to what you did last month and you’ll need to stand up and display your self-confidence in a way that wasn’t called on before. In any high pressure situation have your wits about you as you have a particularly high profile now. The trick is to handle it with grace and not let it go to your head. This will soon pass and you’ll want to look back knowing that you made the most of any opportunities that dropped into your lap.

Libra: Flare-ups from your unconscious can be expected this New Moon as both difficulties and profound revelations are brought to the surface. Deeply personal issues that are usually kept a mystery to yourself as well as others might emerge. Hard as it might be, don’t just say the first thing that comes to mind, or you’ll have to answer to something regrettable later. You detect things happening behind the scenes and you want to act on this. Hold off until things come out into the open and you can make conscious choices. It’s better to know what you are agreeing to before you promise anything.

Scorpio: This New Moon is the right time to renew the goodwill and enjoyment that initiated your personal connections. An extra enthusiasm is available for you to really enjoy getting together with your friends or preferred social group. Feelings can run high and words spoken now might be the result of things having been taken out of context. It can be worth taking the risk of further confusion to get at what you are really feeling and share it with those that matter the most. An approach of disarming honesty can make you welcome in unexpected places and bring you valuable allies.

Sagittarius: New developments in career matters may have you extra busy for a couple of days and the pressure to perform can be intense. What people are saying to you and about you is a reflection of your personal and professional status and you will want to make sure that you are being represented honestly. It is as important to listen at this time as to act. There is certainly plenty of opportunity to aim high and getting noticed might get you a step further up the ladder. Thinking big is the flavour of this New Moon. 

Capricorn: It’s a great time for planning, thinking up new schemes, or rearranging the way you look at things. Patterns you establish now don’t need detailed follow-up until later, so you can stick to vague outlines until you’ve got it all properly thought out. Avoid hasty commitments however, as you don’t want to be held to something unworkable later. Starting new studies or expanding your knowledge on a subject is time well spent if only you can pace yourself for the long haul. The temptation is to go too fast too soon and get weighed down with too much new information. 

Aquarius: You may find yourself turning over a new leaf this New Moon. If you are busy throwing out the old and bringing in the new you should take a second look before fully abandoning something you might need or find useful later. Put the emphasis on really getting down to the core of the issue and giving it a complete re-think. You could lose patience especially if you’re waiting for someone else to fall in with your way of seeing things. It’s worth maintaining the effort though as things start to look much brighter for you later this month. 

Pisces: The few days over this New Moon is the perfect time for finding a new partner or turning over a new leaf in a long term relationship. You’ll certainly find a flood of emotional opportunities coming your way. How you utilise them could largely shape the direction of a significant partnership. The message underneath is sincere and needs to be taken seriously. Breakthroughs can occur now as you bring things out into the open. You’ll be glad you achieved a new level of closeness, even though you may not be able to keep this focus or intensity going all month. 

Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is a professional Astrologer based in West Cork.

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