September 2019

Virgo season is a time for clarity, cleanliness, and assessment of resources. As a mutable sign, Virgo looks both backwards towards the glory that was Leo season, and forward towards the balance Libra brings in the Fall. The final sign of Summer, Virgo encourages us to take inventory of what has transpired since the Summer Solstice on June 22, and the Spring Equinox on March 21. By tracking these micro cycles we come into better alignment with the macro, and no one knows the value of a well executed plan better than Virgo. Ruled by the beautiful genderqueer God of communication, Mercury, their nimble movements are especially powerful during this period, and we’ll follow them closely over this month. 

September begins with Juno, Mercury, the Sun, Mars, and Venus all gathered around the Virgo harvest banquet table. This enormous earth stellium is certainly a party, but in Virgo’s house the guests are being assigned chores for the next day. The good news is Saturn, the grand taskmaster of the zodiac, and his heavyweight pal, Pluto, are lending a hand from cardinal sign Capricorn. There’s also a jolt of the unexpected or innovative from Uranus in Taurus encouraging us to get ‘er done, but make it interesting. Whatever plan you hatched in April or project you began in July, now’s the time to finish because the strength of the solar system is on your side, and the emphasis is on building skillfully.

The first week in September is action packed so make a list and check it twice because we’re gonna hit the ground running. On September 1, there’s a grand earth trine from Venus in Virgo to Saturn in Capricorn and Mercury to Uranus in Taurus inspiring us to do something amazing that no one’s ever seen before, and do it well.You’ll tap into new motivation as Mars conjoins the Sun on September 2, while Venus squares Jupiter in Sagittarius. Venus is in her fall in Virgo, making it hard for us to believe in ourselves, but Jupiter is delivering a loving reality check that reminds us to breath and remember who we really are. This boost of self-confidence helps us take steps in the right direction. September 3 is a day of power when Mercury conjoins Mars and the Sun in Virgo. You could receive a sudden insight or moment of clarity. Believe in the messages you get and what comes through at this time, but stay skeptical about invitations to conflict. 

Venus opposes Neptune in Pisces on September 4, popping whatever bubbles of fantasy you may have overblown about love and romance. The upside is if you’ve been feeling creatively stuck or spiritually uninspired the Lord of the Seas may provide some nice juice to get you loose. Go devotional with these practices, and open your heart towards the Divine because human love is a lot less reliable this week. If you’re involved with someone, feelings may intensify over September 6 when Venus trines Pluto. Passions run high and relationships can feel evocative, but remember that what is invoked is for your empowerment so wield it wisely. 

The wisdom of Mercury, the Sun, and Mars gets major backing from the big daddies of the zodiac between September 5-13, when they square Jupiter and trine Saturn and Pluto. These are big forces. They make money moves. This whole week is an excellent time to get sh*t done. Just do it. Whatever it is. You’ll have the focus, inspiration, and stamina to take your passion and make it happen. Tangible results will feel extra satisfying so get busy. Things that were stuck in June and July start to move. You’ll uncover solutions where all you saw before were barriers and blocks. It’ll start to feel like things are coming together and this will be a blessed relief.

Mercury conjoins Venus on September 13, just before the Pisces Full Moon on September 14, inspiring our minds with thoughts of love. Jupiter is direct and gifting us with the ability to show us how fully our vision has come to fruition since the Pisces New Moon of March 5. That lunation was conjunct Neptune and Vesta, asking us to tend to our sacred flame by dreaming a new world into being. This Full Moon has Mars opposing Neptune and Lilith, and forming a t-square with Jupiter. We’re moving away from simply imagining what could be into the tangible realm of doing and making. There’s support for the next iteration of life in the Pisces realm. Venus and Mercury are with the Sun but about to hop ship for Libra. No more floating about on the waves. You’ve reached the shore, your feet are hitting dry land, and even if this is not where you imagined you’d find yourself, this is the place you’ve been guided. There may be some protestations from Lilith, who, if unhealed in our lives, keeps us rooted in a place of feeling marginalized due to past hurts, but sometimes we have to change things up to get a new perspective. This Moon will illuminate what is ready to be released in mind, body, and spirit. With a supportive sextile from Vesta, we’re reminded that by bringing a devotional heart to all seasons and phases of life, we stoke the fires of divinity within. 

Venus and Mercury enter Libra on the morning of the Full Moon, September 14, changing the tone and texture of Virgo season. Libra is Venus’ home; her autumnal air abode where she brings harmony to discord and presides over all matters relating to justice. Over the next three weeks, our mental concerns shift towards creating peace in our relationships and beauty in our environment. There may be a reprisal of topics from the start of Summer when Saturn stations direct on September 18, as Mercury and Venus move into squares with him. There is a tension here between doing what is best for everyone and following the rules. In the courtroom of the soul, love and justice trump the laws of humans, so do the right thing, even if that means disagreeing with those in positions of power. Mars trines Pluto on September 19, adding to your motivation to take action. 

If you’re starting to feel burnt out with all the Virgo focus on work, things begin to chill on September 21, when Jupiter squares Neptune in Pisces. This is the final piece of the enchanted tapestry Jove has been weaving with the Lord of the Seas between his mutable home signs. Mercury squares Saturn on September 22, so we need their help to keep it light and fresh because your mind will tend towards the negative.

Leave all that behind because the Sun moves into Libra on September 23, at the Autumn Equinox, Wiccan holiday of Mabon. The Fall Equinox begins the lunar time of year when there’s more hours of darkness than light. This is the Moon’s time to shine and for the next 6 months we’ll be drawn inwards towards a more personal and subjective experience of life. But for one perfect day, the Sun and Moon are gorgeously balanced. Mabon, also known as the Second Harvest, is a time to complete what was begun, and come into right relationship with the world and your place in it. It is customary to take the day to settle debts, fulfill obligations, and make peace with yourself. Observe Mabon by taking a walk in the woods, or any place sacred to you, and observing the changes of the natural world. Gather leaves or pods to decorate your altar. 


MABON TAROT SPREAD: Here is a pentacle shaped tarot spread, with optional four corners, to be done at the Fall Equinox or anytime you feel called before or after:

  1. The top of the star: Where you are right now (September 23). 
  2. Bottom Left: What you initiated at the Spring (March 21). 
  3. Middle Right: What unfolded over the Summer (June 22).
  4. Middle Left: How to come into alignment.
  5. Bottom Right: What you need for completion.

You can add four more cards at the four corners for additional information about what you’re moving towards:

  1. Above: What you’re building/working with this Fall
  2. Below: What’s lighting you up and stoking your fire 
  3. East: What’re you learning
  4. West: What’re you healing

Take time to record what you’ve learned in your journal. Thank the Goddess for the wisdom she has granted. 

The Sun in Libra is impacted by Venus’ condition, so her square with Saturn on September 25, could leave you feeling isolated and a bit sad. If big fears arise, try to ground yourself in the reality of what is, rather than what your mind is telling you could be true. Mercury squares Pluto on September 26, and Venus will square him on October 1. These chthonic transits may draw your awareness into things you’d like to change about relationships and your own ability to act. 

These influences are present with the Libra New Moon on September 28, but this is a lovely lunation none the less. Venus is conjunct Mercury and in a supportive sextile with Jupiter encouraging us to think, talk, and believe in love in a big way. There is a sense of being able to overcome difficulties and find a new way of relating. All of us concerned with justice are seeking better solutions, and this Moon offers new avenues towards genuine solutions that benefit all without exception. 

September is not a month you could miss but it may fly by. Take life as it comes, and don’t be surprised by how much has changed by the end.Fall Priestess: by Tara Reynolds

August 2019: Fire Trine Trifecta

The Leo New Moon on July 31, ushered in a renewed sense of hope and pride, and with Mercury stationing direct on the same day, the tides are shifting towards sunnier shores. August begins with both luminaries in the Sun’s home sign of the Lion, and with Venus, Mars, and Juno co-present, we can expect temperatures to rise and things to get hotttt. Leos are the performers of the zodiac. This is the time to see and be seen, shake off any residual sogginess from the deluge of Cancer Season, and step into the spotlight that’s been waiting for you. The trifecta of fire trines are going to light up your life in ways you never expected so get out your sunscreen, bbs. 

The Wiccan holiday of Lammas (or Lughnasadh) on August 2, is cosmically highlighted by a square between Venus in Leo to Uranus in her home earth sign of Taurus. There is great symbolism in this alignment because Lammas is a celebration of the first harvest when crops are brought in, new livestock slaughtered, and the first bread is baked. These loaves were regarded as sacred sacrament, containing the full potency of Gaia. Lammas comes from the Old English meaning Loaf Mass. One of the expected changes of Uranus in Taurus is a radical revisioning of human relationship with food production and ecological resources. The bounty of the earth was seen by ancient peoples as a blessing of the union between the Goddess and the God. The Green God gave his potency at Beltane, on May 1, and Gaia exploded in fecundity. The Solar God peaked at the Summer Solstice, Litha, at June 21, and immediately began to wane. The spirit of Lammas is one of giving thanks and thithing in appreciation. Revisit the intentions set at Litha and to consider your relationship to sacrifice, labor, and gratitude. 

The coinciding of this astrological aspect with a Wiccan day of power is an unmistakable magical directive. The Sun is moving into a trine with Jupiter indicating strong support for the food justice plans of Venus and Uranus. We must reconnect with the wisdom of our ancestors and the cycles of the earth to restore balance, harmony, and sustainability for future generations to thrive. The Goddess provides an abundance; no one should ever lack nourishment. Nature’s technology is unsurpassed, divine design, there’s no need for poison. Everyone deserves access to fresh, healthy food, and by working to protect the sacred we rediscover the preciousness of our own humanity in the web of creation. The personal planets will all trine Uranus once they move into Virgo at the end of the month, so we’re building towards greater solutions. This is the beginning of a conversation that will last for 7 years.  

August 7 and 8 are wonderful days, some of the best of the year, as the Sun and then Venus in Leo trines Jupiter in Sagittarius. After the last two months, these transits feel like actual miracles, and, indeed, they contain the essence of what makes life joyful and fun. Luck is in the air so be sure to play. You’ll feel positive about yourself and kindly towards others. A sense of buoyancy and enthusiasm will prevail. These are great days for both romance and business, so go towards what moves you. Financial matters are favored, just beware of your tendencies towards shopping sprees. If you’ve been putting off going on vacation, this is the best week of the summer for a getaway. You may see the fulfillment of patterns completed during the Leo Full Moon total lunar eclipse on January 21. Jupiter stations direct on August 11, at 14 Sagittarius, which is good news for people who like good news. The greater benefic in his home sign brings gifts and blessings all the time, but when he’s retrograde it’s more likely to be a feeling or a mood. He stationed retrograde at 24 degrees on April 10, so for the past four months we’ve had but a trickle. Now he’s going back to full Santa Claus mode for the next 4 months. Jupiter entered Sag on November 8, 2018, and began expanding this area of life with grand designs and lust for adventure. He’ll be there until December 3, 2019, and this week you’ll start to get wind of his plan for the final phase of the journey.

Additionally on August 11, Mercury enters Leo and Uranus goes retrograde. 
Mercury’s departure from Cancer signals the wrap up of the long sad song we sang from June-July. Mercury entered Leo on June 28, and will finally clear their shadow on August 15. With the winged messenger finally flying free, we won’t have to worry about another Mercury Rx until October. 
Love is in the air and passions run high on August 14, when the Sun, Venus, and Juno meet in Leo. This is the moment of Venus’ superior conjunction when she’s farthest from Earth. This vantage point grants the ability to see clearly what has changed in our romantic lives since the Venus retrograde in Scorpio in October-November 2018. We’ll be sensitized to our dynamics with others, and encouraged to peer inward to hear what the heart has to speak. The presence of Mars and Juno indicates that it will not do to settle for less. We must have the love we crave or nothing at all. This fervent moment adds a bit of heat to an otherwise cool Aquarius Full Moon on August 15. This Moon, in a square to Uranus in Taurus, is illuminating what has started to shift in the previously stable areas of life that have begun to undergo radical revision this year. Hosted by an empowered Saturn, this Moon evokes some themes of relationship between collective good and individual needs from last summer. 

The energy begins to tilt towards earth when Mars enters Virgo on August 18. Messiness simply will not do with Mars in this mutable sign, and we’ll be motivated to organize, prioritize, and act. We’re able to blast through mental blocks and overcome barriers to health with new found determination during his transit until October 4.

Mercury in Leo makes a blessed trine to Jupiter on August 21, enlivening our minds with possibilities and inspiring grand thoughts. This is a great day to plan for the future and innovate systems. Business and legal actions are favored, and you should be able to turn deals to your advantage. The Sun is conjunct Juno as Venus enters Virgo on August 21. Venus wants to make beauty wherever she goes, but in Virgo she feels compelled to get everything right the first time. Venus will be in Virgo until September 15, so remember to be gentle when encountering imperfections in yourself and others for those three weeks. 

The Sun moves into Virgo, the final sign of Summer, on August 23. Virgo Season is a time of looking both forwards and back, when we account for what has come, and plan for what is to be. The earth begins to scatter her seeds and we come to know the quality of the harvest bounty. Things get exciting when Mars and Venus form a conjunction on August 24 at 4 degrees Virgo. This is a wonderful time to plan a date or work on a creative project. The last time these lovers met was at 19 degrees Virgo on October 5, 2017. Think back to that time for an indication of what process was initiated around love, romance, or the arts. A new cycle is beginning now. Venus and Mars move together and mimic each other for the remainder of the month. Enjoy this happy partnership and see what greater synthesis can be achieved through their union. 
Earthshaker Uranus begins and ends August with big moves. We’re coming to know what the rebel of the zodiac is aiming for in the Taurus area of our lives. There’s energetic support to work on these projects the week of August 26 when Venus, Mars, the Sun, and Mercury make trines to Uranus in Taurus amplifying raw material power. A lot of inspiration and enthusiasm is coming through and the drive to take action right away will be strong. A spontaneous trip could be fun because you’ll surely be bored sticking to the same old routine. Let adventure be your guide and experiment with innovative forms of self-expression. Most importantly, give yourself permission to be beautifully, weirdly, and unabashedly you.

The New Moon in Virgo on August 30, is seeding this earth stellium with trines from Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn and Uranus in Taurus. There’s a confrontation with fantasy from the opposition with Neptune in Pisces, but enough magic to turn at least some of your dreams into reality with the t-square from Jupiter in Sagittarius. The power is potent so mental clarity is key because the universe will magnetize to whatever you give the most attention. 

September is going to carry us towards Fall, but there’s still plenty of Summer left. Enjoy yourselves this month because you’ve earned it, and please let me know how the stars align for you.

Mother Goddess by Wendy Andrew