Leslie Hale at Keen.com
During September Mars turns retrograde, making a total of 6 out of 10 planets retrograde for the first several weeks of the month slowing things down so we can reconsider our ideas and plans. Jupiter, the planet of gain and expansion finally turns direct increasing our chances of success just before mid-month.
By the end of the month, Saturn will also turn direct allowing us to move forward on certain projects that may have been put on hold and find our direction. The Sun enters Libra in September, marking the fall solstice and the official start of fall.
Venus the planet of love, leaves Cancer for Leo providing us with a little more summer fun before the colder weather and Mercury, the planet of communication will move through three signs this month. It’s an action packed month, so let’s get started!
September’s full moon
We begin the month with magical full moon in the sign of Pisces. This Full Moon has great sensitivity and perception and for some it will seem like an other worldly or spiritual energy.
This is a great time for any creative idea or spiritual pursuit. Pisces is known for its compassion but this moon will be a double-edged sword. As Pisces is ruled by the planet Neptune (and Jupiter) you can soar to the highest of highs or sink to the lowest of lows.
Pisces rules the 12th house of the zodiac or the segment of the chart that concerns endings, hospitals, places of confinement and our subconscious thoughts. The 12th house can also be associated with things that are secret and hidden that can be revealed at this time. Pisces/Neptune has a tendency toward bringing up information that was previously hidden and the revelations can be deeply emotional.
Neptune is the planet associated with delusion, confusion and illusion or lies along with dreams, psychic experiences, creativity, religion, compassion, theater and even drugs. It is also associated with the ocean and water and we will see events connected to both.
Jupiter is the planet of gain and expansion and it increases whatever it touches for the better or worst. With this moon, our judgment may be clouded as the moon will conjunct Neptune.
It will be a thin line to walk between your perceptions which will be heightened and your sense of what is real and what is not real. In the larger picture, it begs the question of what are we willing to do as a society/world to help those less fortunate or marginalized.
The most significant energies connected to this moon are associated with the Cardinal t-square between Mars in Aries, Venus in Cancer and Pluto-Saturn in Capricorn. A t-square is a stressful aspect that pulls in the energies of all planets involved.
Venus opposing Saturn can be difficult for love, expressing your feelings or social events. Some people can feel lonely, unloved or unlovable, and some relationships may end at this time, but typically it would be those that are tottering on the edge and not stable. This can also be a transit indicative of financial issues. Venus square Mars can create an interest in romance but it is frequently based on the physical rather than an emotional connection. It can also indicate jealousy and emotional issues between the sexes. Mars square Saturn is an ongoing transit through September that creates a certain amount of frustration, and it represents blocks we must overcome.
Mercury in Virgo may come to the rescue as Virgo is a stable and grounded sign. As the planet of communication meets up with Saturn this will give us the ability to discern what we need to know and look at things in a more practical and rounded way.
This Moon will play out in the world in terms of unclear and convoluted situations and hidden information may be revealed. It is likely we will hear news of religion or faith based groups and we will also see instances of great compassion and creativity. Neptune rules the ocean, water and gasses and we will be dealing with water related weather situations. The Moon’s conjunction with Neptune will not be positive concerning the spread of Covid-19.
Big changes in communication as Mercury enters Libra
September 5, the planet of communication leaves Virgo to enter Libra. Over the next three weeks our thoughts will turn toward partnerships of all types. Many of us will be thinking of romance as Libra is ruled by Venus, and Libra rules the 7th house of marriage and partners. As Mercury in Virgo can be somewhat critical, Libra likes to find balance and please others. Conversation will take on a friendlier as opposed to critical tone. Libra is about finding balance, after all.
September 27, Mercury enters Scorpio until where it will remain through most of October. Scorpio rules the 8th house of transformation, secrets and sex. While in this sign communication will be investigative in nature as Scorpio likes to dig into issues and the superficial will not suffice.
As an intuitive water sign Scorpio often goes on feelings and intuition, especially when something does not seem right. Deep feelings will come to the surface and we can expect to see some drama play out in conversations.
Venus enters Leo
Romance will take a different turn as Venus enters Leo September 6th. Shakespeare must have been thinking of Venus in Leo when he wrote, “All the world’s a stage and all the men and women merely players.
They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.” Leo is bold and dramatic and many will play out their dramas in real life at this time.
There will be a great deal of acting out and people will speak their minds and their needs in a bigger way. Some may appear or come across as flashier or make grand gestures toward those they are romantically attracted to. Venus in Leo is about having fun, and can perhaps extend the excitement of summer just a little longer.
Mars turns retrograde
September 9th, Mars turns stationary retrograde at 28 degrees of Aries, and it will remain retrograde until November 14th.
When Mars is retrograde people complain of tiredness, low energy, and anger or agitation. Sometimes people operate in a more manipulative manner instead of facing conflict openly. Physical complaints can appear, frustration may increase, and people may experience more ‘bad moods.’
Mars rules our ego and actions so many things can change direction at this juncture. Mars also rules men, so we may also experience some relationship changes over the next few months as this powerful planet changes direction.
Mars is in Aries, the sign of its rulership making it very powerful. Aries rules the 1st house or the self, so there will be a focus on the self, or what each individual wants.
As with any retrograde planet, we will backtrack during this time, re-consider our options and some things may be delayed or changed.
As Mars is in a Cardinal sign, this means energy is prone to changeability and action. Mars will square Saturn, Pluto and Jupiter and during these times we will see change, stress and anger when this occurs. Mars squared Pluto August 13th, and it squared Saturn August 24th. We saw many events at this time including protests, shootings, wildfires and hurricanes. While Mars only moves a couple of degrees away from Saturn this energy will occur again September 29th but it is basically with us for most of September. Mars will square Pluto again October 9th. If you were affected on the above mentioned dates, you will be affected again as Mars repeats these transits. It is possible that some of the same issues will re-occur. It is highly likely we will see protests and police activities as well.
Mars-Saturn relates to frustration, blocked energy, aggravation, and potential arguments, accidents and disagreements. Mars is the God of War, and Saturn is the taskmaster, often acting like a brick wall stopping or slowing down our efforts.
Mars rules our energy and in some way it may seem restricted. This can be a period where we don’t have the vigor we are accustomed to, and we may feel limited or slowed down in some way.
The best way to deal with this transit is to proceed with caution, slowly and methodically as you go about your activities. Used constructively, you may accomplish more than you think.
The best advice is to use caution in your dealings with others as they can lash out if angered or irritated, and you could regret bringing up controversial subjects. Use care as this can lead to accidents.
Jupiter turns direct!
September 12th, Jupiter finally turns direct at 17 degrees of Capricorn. Jupiter rules our luck and expansion and it has been retrograde since mid-May. If Jupiter turns direct on a planet in your chart amazing things may happen and your luck or gain can increase. This is typically a positive and upbeat change. Look below to see where Jupiter affects you. Use your ascendant if you know it, otherwise your Sun sign. Jupiter will affect us all in some way.
Aries-10th house of career and reputation.
Taurus-9th house of travel, publishing, education, world view and legal matters.
Gemini-8th house of partner’s money, sex, credit and transformation.
Cancer-7th house of relationships and partnerships along with courts.
Leo-6th house of work and health
Virgo-5th house of love, friends and children.
Libra-4th house of home and family.
Scorpio-3rd house of immediate family, co-workers, neighbors.
Sagittarius-2nd house of money and income.
Capricorn-1st house of self.
September’s New Moon
September 17, a new moon falls at 25 degrees of Virgo. The Virgo season is the time to get our life in order as we wind down from the summer months. Virgo rules the 6th house of work and health and Virgo has a connection to healing, both mental and physical. Now is the time to set your intentions for the upcoming month.
The Libra season
Fall arrives as the Sun enters Libra at 9:31 AM, EDT. This is otherwise known as the Fall equinox and the Libra season is upon us. Libra is the Cardinal sign of fall when the weather begins to change in many parts of the country.
Libra rules the 7th house of marriage and partnerships, and Libra’s ruling planet is Venus. When the Sun enters Libra we tend to think more about relationships and partnerships and make more of an effort to get along and compromise with others as Libra does not like conflict. The symbol for Libra is the scales of justice. Keywords for Libra are social, romantic, fair and just, elegant and charming. On the negative end Libra can be passive-aggressive, fickle or at times obsessive.
The Cardinal squares of Mercury
September 17, Mercury squares Jupiter and this becomes part of the New moon energy. This is typically a positive and upbeat transit but conversation or other situations may become blown out of proportion.
September 21, Mercury enters its Cardinal square to Pluto. As Mercury, along with Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are in Cardinal signs-Libra, Cancer, Capricorn or Aries-this square can bring significant change in the world and our lives. Mercury square Pluto is prone to digging for answers and nothing superficial will suffice. This transit can bring new information to light or be prone to obsessions, arguments and irritation. Problems may arise with communication, especially in relationships and this will be a significant news day. Mercury squares Saturn September 23, and this can manifest as a tiring or draining day. Conversation will be on the serious rather than light side, leading to important discussions. It is important to keep a positive attitude as this transit can lean toward the negative if we allow it to.
September 24, Mercury opposes Mars in Aries. This is a day prone to arguments, irritation and potential accidents. On the positive end it could be a good day for debate or planning if you can avoid getting verbally heated to the point of a disagreement.
Saturn turns direct
September 29th, Saturn stations direct at 25 degrees of Capricorn. When transiting Saturn is retrograde, and we experience a Saturn transit in our personal charts, the retrograde of Saturn is typically the most difficult period of the transit. Saturn turned retrograde May 11, and retrogrades every year for about four months. You have been experiencing a difficult Saturn transit if you have planets in your chart at 24-26 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Libra or Aries.
As Saturn turns direct this can be good news for many issues and situations that have been stuck or in some way or unproductive, and this is true for both the individual and the collective. Saturn can represent a reality check in many areas of our lives and even in the world, especially as it stations direct.
While Saturn was retrograde many problems were internalized that were cloudy and difficult to figure out. As the planet of karma or the taskmaster as Saturn is called goes direct, we find resolutions to issues that may have been difficult to solve and we can start moving forward, especially in the area of work and business.
If you are starting a new business it is always best to start it with Saturn direct if possible.
Other transits of significance in September:
September 4th, Venus square Mars. This is indicative of jealousy and trouble between the sexes. The other side of this transit is sexual attraction, but if this is the case it may be based purely on the physical. Money issues could crop up.
Mercury also sextiles Venus on this day which is positive, upbeat and good for any type of communication or social activity. This day is overall positive in terms of social matters.
September 9, the Sun trines Jupiter. This is an upbeat and positive day for business or pleasure. Expand your world in some way.
September 11, the Sun opposes Neptune. This falls within 48 hours of Mar’s retrograde and is confusing and there is often a lack of clarity. At worst this transit is deceptive so be careful what you believe and Mars backward motion could make things worse. It can seem melancholy, but can also stimulate your intuition.
September 15, Venus squares Uranus. Uranus is the planet of sudden and unpredictable events. This can be a day of surprises where you try something new or approach things in a different manner. Change can be inevitable on this day so it can be a day of excitement or a day of unanticipated surprises. Best to go with the flow and enjoy the unexpected. It is possible there will be unexpected financial news or change.
September 17, the Sun trines Saturn. This is an excellent day for work or accomplishment that occurs in an easy manner.
September 28, Venus trines Mars. This is a positive day for love or your social life. It can also be of benefit financially or for business.