How was that August Full Moon for you? Can you feel the stagnating fog permeating our energy lift away?
We can see clearly again.
We’ve waited so patiently (or perhaps not) to get going already, to get ready for fall. Returning from vacation, literal, mental/emotional or otherwise, the Virgo Sun helps us plan and prepare. After Labor Day, we feel a surge of energy.
A useful reframe of the old first day of school question, “what did you do over the summer” might be: “what did you learn over the summer“?
The promise of a new day and new season await your response.
Coming Up for Air: Going the Distance
What a time we have had.
A most challenging summer. One for the record books really.
Even if you didn’t experience a crisis or significant stress, you might have felt just “off”, mired in the sluggish and difficult mucky energy, spinning your wheels. For most of us, “normal” has been redefined.
For those of us who used our time well over the summer, we reflected on our journey: how far we’ve come and mapped out where we want to go next and how to get there. You can just about hear the voice from the film “Field of Dreams” echoing Go the distance...
However, during these past two months many were knocked entirely off the path they traveled; for some, it is the only path they’ve ever known. This is known as a course correction.
No matter what your experience, this summer has indelibly shown us who we are. What is real and what is illusion, what works and what is broken, what our reality is in stark black and white terms. Our time has marked each of us like a stamp.
September, then, is a most welcome reprieve of back to routine and regularity. Back to school and work; yes, a new grade or perhaps a new job to carry on.
The Time to Act is Now
This September more than others is for releasing all that pent-up energy. Now is the time to move on all those dreams you harbor.
Helpfully underscoring the start of the new month is a grand earth trine – an immensely supportive alliance between the Sun (our will), Saturn (the taskmaster) and Uranus (the change agent). This troika enables us to find the right resources and people while maximizing our time most efficiently. In equal measure, Generous Jupiter continues to align with Soulful Neptune, bolstering our faith in our plans and ourselves.
Coming up for air out of the stagnant summer energy, the time to act is now. The next 35 days are ripe to give life to any dreams, ideas, and plans you’ve been holding on to for dear life waiting to breathe life into them. Go, go, go.
Shifting Into High Gear
Just days after the Labor Day holiday, life really shifts into high gear as Messenger Mercury enters its own sign of Virgo on the 6th, streamlining our thoughts and enhancing our efforts; while on the same day, Taskmaster Saturn turns direct motion.
You can fairly hear the cosmic choirs chant: activate, activate, activate! Overnight, your to-do list and time management seem to flow so much more smoothly.
Within two weeks’ time, three of the six planets retrograde during August have now pushed forward direct again. The power of this gear shift cannot be emphasized enough.
Yes, of course, we still have our struggles, large and small; but the sheer battle of getting things done, signed, checked off and accomplished is greatly reduced now.
The New Moon on September 9th is especially helpful. It is a manifestation New Moon if ever there were one!
Handwrite your goals and wishes for the coming harvest season:
- What do you hope to reap now?
- What do you want to create?
Beneficent Venus enters transformational Scorpio on the same day, encouraging our desires; while Generous Jupiter aligns perfectly with Powerful Pluto, the Sun and Moon, our will and emotions, turning our dreams into reality. Do not take no for an answer. Keep plugging away. This cosmic combo says you will get there for sure!
Release & Let go
Two days later, on the 11th, Mars re-enters Aquarius. Back in June, Mars turned retrograde and backed into Capricorn. Direct once more, Mars pushes into the avant-garde Aquarius once more and joins the Lunar South Node, a point of release.
This duo emphasizes purging. What do you need to let go of now?
The Mars/South Node duo square off with Radical Uranus, Scorpio Venus and the Leo North node. This giant stubborn celestial square pushes our buttons big time. We need to dig remarkably deep the second week of September.
Any long-festering issues are forced on to the table, out in the open, now. We are pushed to make radical (and necessary) changes and/or activate long-harbored desires no matter how difficult the obstacles before us.
These may present as overcoming inner/internal beliefs instilled in us or external hurdles to leap across. For example, a client who dreams of starting her own business must tune out naysayers squashing her ideas and overcome fears of taking out a bank loan to get the business off the ground.
Just Do It
Hold tight to your dreams and desires and just do it.
Fortunately, we continue to have a plethora of cosmic support as we confront obstacles. Eight, yes 8, out of ten planets are getting along famously at mid-month. Use their harmony to your advantage.
Pluto aligns with the Sun and Messenger Mercury, Jupiter aligns with Neptune, and cooperating Venus-Saturn-Uranus tell us Carpe Diem: Seize the day!
You can refuse to walk across the bridge they form, or, cling to stubborn ways. But it's best not to buckle under to the negative Nancys in your life and stagnate, fill with resentment; instead, step back, regroup, take a breath and figure out the next moves to create a new, working situation.
Excellent problem-solving aptitude abounds now.
The point is: keep going. Move forward. Do not take no for an answer.
Remember: FEAR stand for False Evidence Appearing Real. Don’t fall for that illusionary trap.
Inventive Strategies, New Opportunities & Creative Solutions
All the while, Messenger Mercury is tightly conjoined to the Sun which enters Lovely Libra on September 23rd. Aligning with Mars and the South Node in Aquarius, this pair helps us find inventive strategies to chart our future: how to prioritize, what to keep and what to pitch. Most critically, how to establish balance and order in our lives so we can honor our journey, selves and those relationships we value the most.
This energy is in place for the Full Moon the very next day, September 24th. Under its spotlight, the Libran Sun-Mercury oppose the Moon, Hygeia (health and wellness) and Chiron (healing) in fiery Aries. Brand new opportunities for healing, health, and well-being are ripe.
Tied fortuitously to the Leo North Node, creative solutions abound if we keep our minds and hearts open.
Take the blinders off and try alternative approaches. Experiment. That radical/crazy idea your mom/wife/child... even you, have may hold more than a kernel of truth. It may be the key to all your answers.
Instead of dismissing and doubting, try it out. Especially if you keep getting the same message repeatedly.
Once is notable;
twice is intended for you;
three or more times: you are being shown the way.
Backed into a corner? Give that crazy idea a whirl. Take it for a test drive. Necessity is most often the mother of invention.
You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
The Universe says so.
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AUTHOR: Hilary Harley is an OSYL Astrologer & Reiki Master. She offers astrological counseling and Reiki energy healing to help clients reach their highest potential. By understanding the role that planetary cycles play in their lives, they are empowered to make better decisions resulting in more rewarding and fulfilling lives.
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