- There will be a lot to pay attention this coming lunar cycle (September 1 – September 29.) Much of it involves the mutable signs. Two eclipses: A solar eclipse at the New Moon at 9 degrees Virgo and a lunar eclipse at the Full Moon on September 16.
- Mercury retrogrades through Virgo from August 30 to September 21 (and then recovers that territory through October 7.)
- Mars in Sagittarius is involved in this Mercury retrograde period by squaring the inferior conjunction of Mercury and the Sun in Virgo on September 12 and 13. (This is the heart of the retrograde period.)
- The third and final exact square between Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces occurs on September 10.
- Mars squares Chiron in Pisces on September 15
- Jupiter leaves Virgo (after being in that sign for one year) for Libra on September 9.
Monday, August 29. Stationary Mercury conjoins Venus in the last degree of Virgo. Mercury will station retrograde tomorrow. All week, Mercury in one of the signs it rules, will be making itself known in a big way. Today, Venus starts the pattern. Mythologically, Mercury is the same as Hermes. Hermes is a doorway god. He invites, challenges, and marks those liminal places where we cross a threshold. Venus crosses a threshold from Virgo to Libra today. Mercury waits there to make sure we pay attention. Mercury’s method, as a trickster god, can be to disrupt the ways we think things should go. Disruption could happen in the Venus realms of relationship, justice, art, and money. As you go through doorways today, notice those moments that ask you to rethink. We are being given a gift of flexibility and adaptability. Pride might be part of the lesson plan with the Moon transiting through Leo.
Tuesday, August 30. Feel those mental brakes screeching to a halt. Mercury in the last degree of Virgo stations retrograde today. During this retrograde, Mercury will conjoin Jupiter for the second time. And when Mercury conjoins the Sun in the center of the retrograde journey, it will form a square to Mars in Sagittarius. The sense I get from this agenda is that Mercury wants us to reflect on our beliefs and our actions. How does belief (Jupiter’s domain) influence our actions (Mars’ domain)? How can we support belief by action? Now, Mercury’s method of encouraging reflection is usually by messing up the ways we think things should go. Setbacks, disruptions, and surprises are his specialty. We get bonus points if we can laugh our way past expectations for perfection. The Moon in fiery Leo makes a trine to Mars and Uranus in Aries today. It may be hard to slow down. Notice what happens when you don’t. There is a lot we want to get done. Does speed always help?
Wednesday, August 31. The Moon enters Virgo, and then we think about it. Or somehow unconsciously respond to that Virgoness. This is the only aspect today, but not the only influence. Mercury is still stationary. (Turned retrograde yesterday at the very last degree of Virgo). A New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Virgo happens tomorrow, along with several other transits involving the mutable signs of Virgo, Pisces, and Sagittarius. But today, we get to feel into Virgo itself. Mutable earth—a paradoxical concept combining the solidity of earth with the changeability of the mutable mode—is the guide for the next month. Perhaps the tension forces us to get busy creating more order. House cleaning can be a wonderful way to release this tension. As this is the last day of the Leo lunar cycle, getting rid of clutter is a great way to prepare for a new beginning.
Friday, September 2. See yesterday’s New Moon forecast for information about today. The Moon continues in Virgo for most of the day (Central time zone). The Sun in Virgo exactly opposes Neptune in Pisces. Mercury retrograde exactly conjoins Jupiter in Virgo. The Moon joins them both. Sun/Neptune activates our hearts to feel more empathy while wanting to save those who suffer. This is wonderfully altruistic, yet these feelings can be taken too far. That is the nature of an opposition. Where do we need to pull back into balance? The Mercury/Jupiter connection makes things bigger. One of these things could be expectations for perfection or resentment about how much we do for others. In the end, this aspect encourages us to pull back our expectations. Small steps are truly powerful. Honor those steps, then maybe get a massage.
Sunday, September 4. This is another day to take in experiences of beauty and harmony. Today, the Moon in balancing Libra opposes Uranus in Aries, triggering a need to do something about injustice or imbalance. An encouraging sextile aspect between the Moon and Mars in Sagittarius supports our actions. After this holiday weekend (Labor Day in the U.S.), it will be time to get down to business. Use the energy to mentally prepare yourself.
September 5—Crescent Moon: Beginning. This lunar cycle, seeded in the sign of Virgo, has already been influenced by significant celestial events over the last week. Mercury stationing retrograde in Virgo and a solar eclipse are just two of the most noticeable. This phase of the Moon is when we begin in earnest to manifest our lunar intention for the month. As we witness the new crescent Moon right after the sunset, we can take encouragement that this beginning will be a good one. What are your plans for the fall season ahead? You may be feeling eager to get to work. Virgo is a hard-working sign. It asks us to tend to the pragmatic details of any act of service or work. What are you devoted to? What skill will you hone as you commit to service to that ideal?
Tuesday, September 6. Death makes life more precious. That may be a strange thought for a Tuesday following a holiday weekend, but there is support for that thought today with the Moon in Scorpio making favorable aspects to Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn. Of course, we may be feeling the surge of industrious energy with so much influencing us from Virgo right now, but we might also be moved to slow down to contemplate the nature of life and death. What makes your work meaningful?
Wednesday, September 7. It feels like a cliché, but I’ve seen it many times. Strong Venus transits often call attention to women and women’s issues. Venus is strongly placed in a sign that it rules, Libra. Today Venus makes a favorable aspect to Saturn in Sagittarius and a challenging aspect to Neptune in Pisces. There may be people who want to bring confusion to issues of gender justice, but there is also support to bring a message or action forward. Libra is about more than beauty and harmony. The sign of the scales is on a mission for justice too. The Sun in trine aspect to Pluto increases the power of this day to cut out the crap. Be brave and bold as you move toward justice.
Thursday September 8. We re-enter the mutable zone with the Moon in mutable fire sign, Sagittarius, making aspects to Saturn in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces. Saturn and Neptune are two days away from the third and final exact square. With the Moon’s help, we see examples of what this transit is about. Since these outer planets influence the collective experience, we have to look at the broader issues in the world. Water issues, refugees crises, fundamentalism, and racism are such issues described by this turning point transit. Even as we take hope that people are coming out from under the spells of greed and hostility, we see evidence in social media that people are more polarized and willing to be hateful towards each other than ever. The Virgo mission of this lunar cycle may have us asking, what more can I do to shift the tide towards love?
September 9—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. (See yesterday’s forecast for a description of today’s influences.) The First Quarter square is when we really start to notice our challenges in manifesting lunar intentions. The challenges bring gifts and breakthroughs. We have to expand to take in more information. Options increase, but also the desire to give up. There’s a lot going on today, I suspect we will feel less like giving up and more like getting on with it. Jupiter leaves Virgo behind to transit through the cardinal air sign, Libra, for the next year. It is as if some tension we’ve been holding around self-assessment and critique is suddenly let go and we dive right into the beauty of collaboration, making art, and working for justice. The Moon in Sagittarius, for all its challenges to get clear right now, embraces a sense of freedom in this shift. Freedom (Sagittarius) and service (Virgo) need to go hand in hand through the rest of this cycle. It feels like a big contradiction. But an interesting one.
Saturday, September 10. In November 2015, Saturn in Sagittarius made the first of three squares to Neptune in Pisces. Today, is the last time these two planets make this particular aspect to each other. The next time they are in waning square will be in about 36 years. The relationship between these outer planets describe current events and challenges of the moment. Much of the most difficult transits of the last few months have involved these planets. What have we been noticing? The fairytale about the Emperor’s new clothing comes to mind. Collective assumptions color our perceptions. If we notice that our stories aren’t serving us, then how do we see beyond the assumptions? This feels like the work of this waning square. In 1989, Saturn and Neptune conjoined to begin this current cycle. That year, the world experienced the protests in Tiananmen Square and the fall of the Berlin Wall. Something new was in the air related to liberation and shifts in political forms. Collective stories were molded by collective beliefs. Much of that idealism has been shown to be false hope, and yet, we still strive to expose falsehoods in our collective stories. The waning square is the part of the cycle where we get to be critical of what has gone before, even if we still have the same intentions. We are learning to see the stories being told in the media, in our schools, and in our national myths that do not serve us. The Moon in Capricorn gives us the ability to look with a critical eye at where we have been and what it will take to get where we want to go.
Sunday, September 11. Remember Venus in Libra and her concern with gender justice? That issue is likely to come up today with a square between Venus and Pluto in Capricorn. The Moon conjoins Pluto, making this even more likely to be a day of exposure and anger about injustice. The earth energy of Capricorn and Virgo will help us focus anger into productive action.