September Sun Signs

With the aura of change still hanging in the air, the electric atmosphere of August isn’t over yet. Whatever was topical around the recent New Moon in Virgo will still need to play out its potential and things may come to a head or reach an apparent conclusion around the Full Moon on September 10.

There are a few important players this month and it could be a time of reflection and reconsideration as the bigger picture starts to take a new shape. 

It’s not an easy time for direct action but it is the right time to re-examine the current course of action. Mars is the planet of autonomy and action. It’s currently in Gemini where it will travel for the next several months. Whilst in this Mercury-ruled sign it brings a hard edge to many levels of communication. 

Venus, the counterpart to Mars, will move from Leo into Virgo on September 5. This planet of social cohesion and attraction travels through this other Mercury-ruled sign until the month’s end. This placement puts the focus on getting the practical details right and there can be an urge to clean up, clear out and create a more healthy lifestyle or living environment. The earthy Virgo quality encourages a strong connection to the land and our sources of nourishment. Venus here brings the desire for the ‘Good Life’ by working harmoniously with nature. As she travels through this sign she challenges Mars because Virgo is in a square aspect to Gemini. This puts a lot of tension on social relationships and the balance between co-operation and independence. It creates an uneasy focus around the desire to get what we want as an individual entity versus how we share our resources as a group. This tension will ease to a degree after September 16. But with Mercury being so activated by this dynamic and in its retrograde phase, we are likely to see a non-stop stream of information coming at us on related topics all this month. Don’t expect the major issues around health, well-being and the free expression of ideas to be resolved in the short term as a much deeper complexity becomes apparent. 

Mercury is the messenger planet that acts to connect us through movement, speech and other forms of communication. This normally fast-moving planet starts its retrograde motion at the full Moon on the 10th. 

Issues raised since the last New Moon on August 27 that become highlighted and reach a peak at the Full Moon will have to be revisited over the next few weeks. During this retrograde phase, we may have to revise our original opinion or understanding of a situation, event or project. New facts or further insights become relevant as digging a bit deeper puts a new light on what we had previously known. Be prepared to adjust your level of understanding, discernment and belief several times during September. Any conclusions you reach now will have to be updated in the coming weeks. It is probably better to keep an open mind on the most important matters until at least early October when Mercury starts to go direct in motion once more. 

Whilst Mercury is travelling through Libra it will be in opposition to Jupiter in Aries. This tense dynamic is active through to around New Moon on the 25th and again after mid-October.

Jupiter is the bringer of all the ‘feel good’ things in life, and it’s currently in Aries the sign of the inspired individual. Jupiter, generally a beneficial influence, in this dynamic fire sign, can become very self-righteous and want to expand its dominance or influence in the belief it has might and right on its side. It is currently in its retrograde phase in Aries until late November. During this time there is a need to question the claims for supremacy or the urge to take what is considered to be a rightful position. Whilst Mercury is challenging Jupiter this month we can expect to have the past catch up with us in some way. If we go back over some of the information received in recent weeks we can see there are serious flaws and errors in what was presented. Past actions or choices may have been misguided and the reality is now really very apparent. The way forwards requires some humility and pragmatism so new choices can be made as a more enlightened understanding emerges over the coming weeks. What needs to be done and how to act on it will become clearer as we move into October. 

September has a Full Moon at 18 degrees Pisces on the 10th at 10.59am and a New Moon at 3 degrees Libra on the 25th at 10.54pm 

Aries: You’re sorting through the experiences of the last several months, separating the precious from the worthless, salvaging what you can. These next two weeks are a time self examination. You want to get things right and contribute something worthwhile. You are happy to take on new opportunities now. Make time to talk things through and you may find sincere understanding coming from friends or co-workers. The needed support will be offered if they see your true intention is to be helpful and give something of yourself. Taking care of your needs both spiritually and physically is a balancing act you can achieve now. 

Taurus: Your attention will be on improving and making the best of a current situation in the next week. Try to bring an unusual twist or insight to anything you have to accomplish now. During the Full Moon phase you can reap rewards from past efforts. There is strong support and good will from those around you. Remember though that not everyone is ready to make the required changes at the same time as you. Your vision is probably farther reaching than theirs and includes the broader issues.  After the 16th you will see your creativity increase and have an enhanced  sense of enjoyment.

Gemini: You’ve created  a solid base to build on in recent weeks so now decide how you can make it work to your benefit. You know what your  limits are and it’s time to move forward. Now you can see what was holding you back. This next phase marks a welcome end to so much self questioning and uncertain feelings. Emotional issues may not be your priority as you approach this Full Moon so if you encounter a cold shoulder, don’t be surprised. Misunderstandings can be the result of having a different agenda but the later part of the month will see improved communications.  

Cancer: The coming Full Moon is the culmination of energies from the past two weeks so now you can push on toward whatever goals you have in mind. Whilst you have the right mood compelling you, it’s a good time to adopt a new approach. You want to improve your position and are willing to take advice or seek extra knowledge. There may be additional details, communications or travelling to attend to but keep your focus on the bigger picture. Backed up by so much strong energy you are likely to feel an incredible drive to accomplish and achieve in life.

Leo: You find yourself thinking about your needs in relationship to the others in your life and how much time you have to offer them. Consider how much your physical needs and personal resources are already tied up. You’ll need a balance so no one feels overly indebted. This Full Moon you’ll have the courage to do some serious mental or physical housecleaning. Throw out any useless things you’ve been hoarding and make some space in your life. The burst of freedom will do you good and make it easier to keep things in perspective. 

Virgo: With the Sun in your sign and this Month’s Full Moon focus on your house of relationships it’s no surprise that you want to take a fresh look at your close associations. You’re inclined to let go of anything you believe to be holding you back or simply uninspiring. Find a balance between individual or personal concerns and any desire you have to be of help or service. Doubts fade into the background as a new sense of self, a more assertive personal style and a more dynamic approach to life emerges now. Your relationships need to reflect this energy so everyone gets to benefit. 

Libra: This month is a time of change. You have been considering your foundations, responsibilities and basic needs for security. Your practical sense is enhanced and you are able to make difficult decisions affecting your material welfare. What you willingly sacrifice now will be more than repaid with an increased ability to make your dreams a reality later.  The Full Moon will intensify any effort on your part to improve your health, diet, and physical condition. Being of service to others or taking on extra responsibilities this month will prove to have been an investment in your own future in the long run. 

Scorpio: You want to make your dreams a reality and any attempt to put into practice your hopes and ambitions will pay dividends this month. Your tendency to compromise and settle for less than you are capable of can be a problem. Tension results when you ignore your own desires for achievement or acknowledgement. This Full Moon brings you a very creative phase so allow yourself time to be playful with any new ideas and inspiration you experience. You may then find that you’re actually on course, full steam ahead, for getting to where you want to be. 

Sagittarius: Your feelings and sense of security may find you seeking seclusion for a time or losing yourself in past memories. Events make it difficult to make good decisions concerning your life direction. However, it’s a good time to make some changes so you can reach new levels. The Full Moon shines on your home and private life, which could be very rewarding now. Circumstances may urge you to make a greater effort. But don’t overdo things or try to go too far too fast. Despite appearances things are working with, rather than against, you so don’t get overwhelmed. Let things take their natural course. 

Capricorn: The next two weeks is the perfect time to act on any impulses to better yourself. Take up a study course, make a journey, or just mix with people who are culturally different to you. A career opportunity or the chance to impress someone of importance is likely during this Full Moon phase. Giving extra attention to details and keeping up with everyday business could be time-consuming but the small things also contribute to the longer term plan. Feeling good about yourself and what you are doing with your time ensures an improved sense of well being. 

Aquarius: This month is a time for getting down to business. Start by stripping away and discarding non essential items, memories and old habits. It’s a good time to put the past behind you as you’re likely to be less sentimental during the next few weeks. Keep moving onwards, concentrating on the important things. Use your imagination and follow your intuition as  you focus on your goals and ambitions around the Full Moon. The drive to improve your finances and material security is strong now and you could find some welcome inspiration for a new direction or possibility you hadn’t previously considered.

Pisces: You want to assert yourself and take the lead now. You may not always get full support from others as you tend to create resistance in those around you right now. Some may even find you unusually overbearing, as your enthusiasm runs counter to whatever is wanted by them. Your basic energy and vital principles are strong around the Full Moon so you will soon manage to charm even the most obstinate. Your desire to get out and about to express yourself could find you enjoying an extra busy social scene later this month. 

Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is a professional Astrologer based in West Cork.

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