Monday, September 7. Labor Day. It takes many hands to create a firm foundation. The Cancer (cardinal water) Moon emphasizes the essentials of life, like having a home to shelter and food to nourish us. On this Labor Day, we may remember that through collective efforts we can make these essentials available to all. Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) is getting more verbal about injustice as it forms a t-square with the Moon and Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth). This square between Mercury and Pluto builds this week. Under this aspect, it is hard to keep quiet. With a Libra emphasis, however, we may feel inhibited about rocking the boat. Invoke grace as you speak your truth. The aspect between Mars in Leo (fixed fire) and Chiron (mutable water) adds to the hesitancy of the day. The opportunity is to blend passion with compassion.
Wednesday, September 9. Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) is preparing to turn retrograde on September 17. Today, Mercury makes the first of three squares to Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth). This is perhaps the signature energy of this whole Mercury retrograde period, which finally resolves on October 22 at the third Mercury/Pluto square. Pay attention to communication issues. There will be strong desire to speak for justice in the face of toxic power. From a longing for effective communication, we learn the Libra gifts of diplomacy and balance. With the Moon, Venus, and Mars still in Leo (fixed fire) under the waning phase of this lunar cycle, we reflect on self-love and pride. Let your flame be fed.
Friday, September 11. The real countdown to the next New Moon (also a Solar Eclipse) begins today. For the next two days under the dark Moon, begin to shed old patterns. The metaphor I am using for this Virgo season is about building my temple. This temple is a place to restore my dedication to sacred relationship with life and to re-center my body, mind, and spirit in wholeness. Consider your temple. What feels stale or encumbered by unrealistic expectations? What work is finished? Are there altars within that need tending? Channels are opening wide. The Moon contacts Jupiter in Virgo (mutable earth) and opposes Neptune in Pisces (mutable water). Separation between the mundane and the numinous blurs.
September 13—New Moon: Dreaming. Solar Eclipse. In this week’s introduction I wrote about consecration. The roots of the word mean to make sacred together. The dedication for this lunar cycle is that we may learn to make sacred again our connections to the living world by working together to heal our desecrations. Recently, I have been exploring the edges between signs. Each lunar cycle intention is colored by a new edge. This month, the edge is the one between Virgo (mutable earth) and Libra (cardinal air). In Virgo, we build the temple; in Libra we work together in partnerships to consecrate the sacred places. Partnerships take all forms. Person to person. Person to animal. Tree to owl. Cloud to lake. The forms and relationships are endless. Take in the sacred relationships around you. The goal is to re-consecrate the Temple and our right relationship to all beings.