We start the month with a New Moon in Virgo on 9/5/13 at 7:37 AM EDT. Virgo is an earth sign, symbolizing earthy qualities such as being organized, meticulous with details and practical. Virgo seeks refinement as it sorts through what is essential and what can be released. Virgo is also associated with dedicated service and devotion to sacred work. This is an excellent time to get back into the groove of a regimented school routine, or start new projects that require precision and organized focus and concentration.
This New Moon in Virgo aligns with Chiron, a planetary body that symbolizes the wounded healer archetype, and all holistic traditions that facilitate the healing process. Mercury, the messenger planet, is also closely aligned with the Moon as it travels through Virgo until 9/9/13, asking us to pay attention to our thoughts and how we share information with each other.
Mars, the planet of assertive action, is in challenge aspect to Saturn, the taskmaster planet on 9/9/13 (in effect for a few days). Actions may be blocked, challenged or frustrated. Have patience and persevere. This aspect favors hard work and extreme discipline.
Mercury begins its travel through social Libra on 9/9/13, suggesting our collective communications will be focused on collaboration, fairness and balance. Mercury will trigger off the ongoing Uranus – Pluto square aspect. Discussions will be powerful, deep and innovative. They will be focused on big issues and collaborative solutions. Mercury is actually setting off a grand cardinal square when it squares expansive Jupiter this month. Energies are pulling in different directions and we may be multi-tasking on many different levels. A cardinal square incites action to appease the different planetary archetypes.
The major astrological event of the entire month is Pluto stationing direct (exact on 9/20/13) in square aspect to Uranus. Pluto in Capricorn dominates the cosmic map as it demands change, reform and transformation. Major shifts will be experienced by many, both personally and collectively. This should prove to be a noteworthy month in the media as Pluto energy exposes corruption, violence and facilitates irrevocable change.
Venus, the planet symbolizing love and relating, conjoins Saturn in Scorpio on 9/18/13. This is a sobering aspect suggesting a serious or brooding mood. This is not the best time to have a party or large social event! On the other hand, this is a good time for some reflective solitude.
Next, we have a Full Moon in Pisces on 9/19/13 at 7:14 AM EDT. Pisces is intuitive, psychic, imaginative and compassionate. It is a water sign emphasizing emotional sensitivity. Empathy and sensitivity are amplified on this Full Moon. It is a wonderful time to engage in any activity that inspires or helps those in need. It favors artistic creativity, music or the healing arts. When Pisces is expressed in a dysfunctional manner, addictions or escapism may be highly charged, as Pisces seeks union or transcendence beyond everyday reality.
With Mercury in square aspect to boundless Jupiter on 9/19 and 9/20/13, there is a mood of optimism and a sharing of positive insights. This suggests that large scale plans and ideas are put into motion during the Pluto station on 9/20/13.
The Fall Equinox occurs on 9/22/13 at 4:44 PM EDT. This is the time of year when daylight decreases and there is more of an overall focus on inner development. The equinox and solstice points, marking the seasons, are powerful times for energetic shifts. This is a great time to set intentions, meditate, pray or share in group ceremonies. The balance of day and night are equal today.
We end the month with Venus in square aspect to Mars on 9/28/13. This is a great time for social activities and creative expression.
Mercury leaves Libra and enters Scorpio on 9/29/13 for a few weeks, a time when our social exchanges, perceptions and thinking are penetrating, deep and transformative.