The Astrological Edge for September 2016

Change is in the air this month. Powerful forces will be at work to help align us with our higher purpose. Two Eclipses, a Solar and a Lunar, as well as a Moon Wobble, will stir up the energy, helping us to make positive changes.

The Solar Eclipse on the 1st and the Moon Wobble on the 4th (felt between August 31 and September10) will be conjunct the North Node in Virgo, directing us to take charge of our lives through creating routines that support our health on all levels: physical, emotional, and mental. This will include reevaluating our diet and introducing foods that better support us, as well as setting aside sufficient time every day for sleep. We will be learning to accept that though it isn’t possible to control all aspects of our lives, we can take full responsibility for those things we can change as we embrace our ability to adapt and to grow.

Mercury Retrograde Supports Reviewing Details
We are scheduled to bring our visions into focus this month. Because Mercury will be retrograde from August 30 to September 22, however, we will be most successful if we research our options without committing yet to a final plan. Because Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, we will be especially supported in reviewing the details of those plans so as to be sure we haven’t forgotten any important steps.

Neptune-Pluto Sextile Promotes Breaking Through Delusion
The sextile between Neptune in Pisces and Pluto in Capricorn, though years away from being exact, continues to be in orb all month, inspiring us to put our ideals into action. With Pluto retrograde for most of the month, a thoughtful mood prevails. This is not a time for making sudden changes; rather, big-picture thinking and careful planning are favored. The Neptune-Pluto sextile in Capricorn/Pisces creates a soothing mood in the atmosphere. As a result, it is likely that authority figures will soften and consider more understanding methods for enacting their ideals.

On a personal level, the Neptune-Pluto sextile will help us to break through delusion and face reality in a peaceful way. While Neptune helps to awaken us to our inner dreams, Pluto demands complete honesty and integrity. It gives strength and empowerment. We won’t be able to do things halfway with this energy. Instead, we will need to commit fully to our desires and the work that is necessary to achieve our goals.

Pluto in Capricorn stations direct at the end of this month after having been retrograde since April 18. Retrograde Pluto has been encouraging us to make internal assessments and adjustments relative to how we express power. Once Pluto goes direct on the 26th, we will begin to feel a desire to make outer changes that reflect how we feel inside.

Saturn-Neptune Square: Dreaming a Future to Match Our Current Reality
Meanwhile, Saturn in Sagittarius will exactly square Neptune in Pisces this month, bringing lessons regarding society’s fears and rules. Worldwide, people are being encouraged to question any sort of zealotry that infringes on human rights. It can feel as if the boundaries of individual freedom are being tested. Saturn can help to reign in extremist actions that forcefully violate the rights and freedoms of others.

The Saturn-Neptune square also offers us the ability to dissolve systems and beliefs that no longer serve us. In Pisces, Neptune reminds us of our universal connection to a Higher Power and to each other. We can use this powerful transit to unite with our fellow humans and release feelings of fear that may be limiting our capacity to love. It is possible that some of the structures and traditions we have been clinging to no longer offer the security we desire. This transit is valuable for dreaming a future that matches our current reality.

The Solar Eclipse Stimulates Our Desire for Self-Care
The Solar and Lunar Eclipses will raise the overall energy this month. There can be elevated feelings of . . . . . Members can READ THE FULL COLUMN here.

** September hosts two NEW MOONS! The first, occurring on the 1st, is also a SOLAR ECLIPSE. The second New Moon of the month occurs in Libra, on the 30th. During this New Moon power period, it is especially potent to make wishes in areas ruled by Libra.

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