September 21—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. This lunar cycle began in Virgo and transitions to Libra this week. I’ve been paying attention to the cusps between signs in my lunar forecasting for the past few months. The cusp between devoted and industrious Virgo and the balancing and partnering sign of Libra describes the transition from the work we do alone to the work we do together. Under this manifesting phase of the Moon, these questions occur to me: How do I enlist others to help me do my work? How will I cultivate partnerships? What am I learning from my collaborations? How does the work change when I expand into inclusion?
Tuesday, September 22. The Moon in no nonsense Capricorn will not put up with the shenanigans that happen today. First the Moon contacts Pluto in the early morning hours (CDT). Perhaps a dream about death puts you in a somber mood. Then the Moon squares retrograde Mercury (I almost wrote “renegade” because Mercury feels that way today). Then the Moon squares Uranus and we may really lose our patience with the fools around us. Venus in Leo (fixed fire) will try to soothe things as it makes a trine to Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire) later tonight. This may look like surrounding yourself with the people you like and trust to create the revolution you wished would happen.
Friday, September 25. Yesterday, I wrote about pure passion. Today’s challenge is to accept that with passion comes responsibility. However, if we accept limitations on our passion, we can access incredible inspiration today. The Moon in Pisces (mutable water) opposes Mars in Virgo (mutable earth) and both are square to Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire). The t-square aspect pattern forces us to combine idealism, passion, and commitment into one coherent whole. The tendency, with so many mutable signs involved, is to lose focus, space out or lose track of what we really want. While Mercury is retrograde, remember to include an extra dose of patience in your day as others around you are having a hard time staying focused too.
September 27—Full Moon: Illuminating. Lunar Eclipse. Supermoon. We are presented with an opportunity to re-pattern standard assumptions and responses during this lunar cycle. Both Mercury retrograde and a lunar eclipse today may help us wipe the slate clean for a new start. Mercury is retrograding through Libra, where the Sun is located. The eclipsed Full Moon is in the opposite sign, Aries. Mercury is working on our relationship assumptions. The Moon is working on our identity assumptions. It may feel that everything is up for grabs right now. Perhaps we can change who we are. Perhaps an unexpected encounter with another person will bring a whole new adventure. This is a magical Full Moon. A supermoon occurs when the New or Full Moon happens at the point of the Moon’s orbit when it is closest to Earth. The Moon is bending down to whisper something important. It may be to remind us about the importance of being authentic to ourselves while at the same time realizing that none of us can do this all alone. We welcome the friends, allies, and even foes who join us for the journey.
Total eclipse begins: 9:11 p.m. CDT
Greatest eclipse: 9:47 p.m. CDT
Total eclipse ends: 10:23 p.m. CDT
Partial eclipse ends: 11:27 p.m. CDT