September 1—Balsamic Moon: Surrendering. A complete lunar cycle is like a growing season. At the New Moon, a seed is planted. We’ve tended that seed through its whole life cycle. At the end, the plant is left to compost; the seeds of future cycles lie waiting in the cold soil; and we surrender to the darkness. This phase of the Leo Moon cycle may not sit well with you if you’ve become attached to the sensation of encouragement that the light of the Sun gives. It could be confusing to let go. As I wrote in the introduction to this week’s forecast, “Lacking luster at times is part of the journey of self-acceptance.” As you lean into this moment, do you hear the voice of the god who wants to speak deeper truths to you?
Monday, September 2. Labor Day. Let’s remember and honor the debts we owe to the collective activism of organized labor. Lessons from the Leo Moon cycle help. Acting collectively we can change the world, yet only if we also harness the creativity of the individual. The trine between the Moon and Uranus encourages revolutionary zeal and appreciation for change. The square aspect between the Moon and Saturn asks us to reconsider hasty impulses. Mars in Leo, the champion of self-love, meets Neptune in Pisces, the god who takes us beyond ego. Their meeting may cause a few bumps in the day, especially if we are feeling insecure or inpatient.
Tuesday, September 3. Full circle. This is the last full day of the Moon in Leo for this lunar cycle that began in Leo. Saying good-bye to this lunar cycle is a bit like saying good-bye to summer. It can be bittersweet. Part of us may be eager for the fall season and part of us may want to hang onto the last of these carefree days. Honor the gifts of summer, whatever that means to you. They are also the gifts of Leo. The Sun in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces—look for the balancing point between self-sacrifice and survival. We may be tempted to give too much or to freeze up and not give at all. There’s got to be a middle ground. The aspect between the Sun and Uranus could trigger a spell of anxiety, especially if expectations are too high.
Wednesday, September 4. If you are looking forward to the fall, this will be your day to take the reins. Sorry, if you belong to the group who doesn’t want summer to go yet. However, eventually all things must come to an end; today may feel like that day. Tomorrow begins another lunar cycle, this one dedicated to Virgo, and it feels like a brand new beginning in lots of ways. Today’s positive aspects between the Moon/Pluto and Moon/Saturn help prepare us for stepping into that new cycle with purpose and strength. The Moon also opposes Neptune today, which presents another opportunity for integration. The integration of these two opposing signs, Virgo and Pisces offers a satisfying way to add pragmatism to our highest ideals. The potential is to have Virgo bring a bit of earth to heaven and Pisces bring a bit of heaven to earth. What could be better?
September 5—New Moon: Dreaming. In the story of Psyche’s quest to reclaim her true love, she is given a challenge by Aphrodite: to sort a mountain of mixed grains into their separate piles by morning if she wants to see Eros again. It’s possible we may feel a bit like Psyche at this New Moon in Virgo. The astrological year, which begins in Aries, is a mythic journey. Along the way, we encounter everything you can expect from such a journey: revelations and challenges, gifts and rewards, and moments of self-awareness and doubt. The potency of the journey is building to the half-way point—that happens after the Virgo lunar cycle in Libra. The half-way point begins the integration of the experiences of the first half of the year. We are almost there, but not yet, and that feels like a longing similar to Psyche’s. Like her, we find ourselves on the cusp of reunion with the beloved, but first we have to sort this mountain of grain.
Friday, September 6. The morning resonates with Virgo attention to getting work done. By the afternoon, we want to slip into Libran pleasures. Take in an evening of the arts, pleasant social interactions, or simply being lazy at home to cast off the cares of the workweek. What helps you balance effort with pleasure? Do that.
Saturday, September 7. The Moon moves into a grand cross aspect pattern with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. This won’t feel particularly good if you want a mellow, carefree day. Find the still balance-point in the midst of storms if you can. Yes, conflict is present. Yes, stress is present. Yes, impatience is present. But what choice do YOU want to make about it? The sextile aspect between the Sun and Jupiter supports our plans to create more peace and balance at home. Start there.