The week begins with Venus and Jupiter forging a truly great link. Even if the intensity of the Sun in Scorpio is to the fore, this can provide some genuine levitation and see some delightful encounters and gatherings.
However, ironically, Venus is in a square with Neptune From Monday through to Friday, and this is a much more challenging influence. If you are meeting someone for the first time however, alluring that they appear to be, you are best to take things a little bit carefully – especially if you are looking for a sincere involvement. Venus actually goes on to join with Saturn in the last half of this week, and if things are a little bit tense in an existing relationship, other social possibilities can prove especially tempting, or you may have a decision to make.
With Mercury moving into Scorpio on Tuesday, and spending the rest of the week close to the Sun, and the Scorpio New Moon on Sunday, there can be some situations which do come to an end. Then again, there can just as easily be new beginnings, but it’s just making sure that whatever options that we decide to pursue are the right ones. And this may require quite a lot of careful thought even soul-searching.
The great news, is that Neptune no longer squares with Saturn, and aspect that first began in mid-May. This is been a very enervating, draining, and difficult period of time to deal with, but the New Moon at the end of this week sees Neptune in a much better location, suggesting that energies of compassion, kindness, and an openness to spirituality can thrive in the next month.
The week begins with the energy created by last week’s Full Moon very much to the fore. This will create and electric and rather restless vibe, and make it hard for us to sit still for too long. Relationships and our moves around them can also be affected by this, and particularly in the first two days of the week.
However, on Tuesday, Venus, the planet of relating, does change signs, gliding into Sagittarius . Here Venus becomes the truth seeker, and if there is anything you want to get to the bottom of in a close tie this change will certainly help. Furthermore if you are set to head off on a holiday, journey, attend a course or seminar, there is the potential to enrich your life through someone that you encounter.
But because the Sun and Mercury are relatively closely together for much of this week, it is also going to be vitally important to not jump to conclusions around our interactions with others. Taking the time to hear people out will be key, and with warrior planet Mars continuing alongside the tiny but power broker planet Pluto, if we are not patient, there is the potential for big clashes to occur, and even in generally amicable ties there can be tensions and especially if one partner tends to dominate decision making or thinks that they know best. So, power struggles can definitely be a feature this week.
Then on Sunday, the Sun moves for the first time in eleven months, back into Scorpio , the 8th House of the Tropical Zodiac and the sign associated with ends and beginnings, deep penetrative thoughts and discoveries, and at more mundane level, long term finances, shared assets, business, property and investments. At the end of a period where interactions with others have been so to the fore, Scorpio says, it’s not what you’ve said that matters, it’s what you really mean, and what you are going to do about it.
The week begins with the Sun , Mercury and Jupiter continuing in the sign of Libra and the great news is that Mercury and Jupiter continue to combine, a run over from last week, through to Thursday. This can be a very positive link for business partnerships, but any alliance which is based on mutual interest can be favoured by this.
More testing, is the Sun is in opposition with Uranus from Wednesday to Sun. This aspect can see sparks fly where there is too much co-dependence or, where one partner wants a little more space to do their own thing. Conversely this could see someone come into our world’s who has somewhat of a dazzling personality. They may be very different, and it some ways, not be the type of person we would ordinarily be drawn to. Will it last? Maybe, maybe not. This is a very restless link for sure, so a fleeting flirtation may be more the order of the day.
A more stabilizing influence does come from Mercury’s fine angle to Saturn in the second half of this week, but despite this, the week ends with the potential for some really powerful exchanges. Why? Well the Full Moon on Sunday is conjunct Uranus, which is about as unsettled as things can get, and meanwhile in Capricorn, Mars and Pluto finally come together in a conjunction. The overall impact of these influences does little to inspire the thought that peace will be imminent in some of the world’s most war torn areas, and it can lead to some very big clashes in our own world’s too.
With the coming of autumnal October (in the northern hemisphere, sorry everyone in the south), you could say it is not quite Shakespeare’s ‘Winter’s Tale’ yet, but this month we could see some ‘shakes appear’!
Although, as October opens, the first half reads more like a fairytale than winter’s tale, with the airy fairy Sign of Libra leading proceedings. For October arrives not only with the Sun and Jupiter gliding through this Air Sign, but a Libra New Moon on October’s first day too, bringing with it the opportunity to quite literally ‘clear the air’. For like sweeping up fallen autumn leaves from a garden path, New Moons clear the pathway for fresh starts and new growth. Therefore, with this Libran luminary’s arrival is the hope of renewing diplomatic peace talks and a mutual receptivity to new ideas, especially from the 7th until the 24th, when Mercury meets the 7th Zodiac Sign of Libra too.
Although, no doubt there will still be a naysayer or two, as these Libran planets are not just facing ‘The Taming of the Shrew’, but resistance comes like one of Shakespeare’s works, in parts 1 and 2. As Uranus retrograde in martial Aries opposes these Venus ruled Planets, meaning a continual stream of unexpected past grievances rear their ugly heads like the poor skull in Hamlet. Whilst, this month sees malefic Mars and Saturn’s partnership in Sagittarius end, but unfortunately this horse has been traded for a kingdom, as malefic Mars now enters authority driven Capricorn joining another malefic in Pluto. Therefore, unearthing previous issues which were thought dead and buried and shifting blame from Sagittarian matters to Capricorn pillars of society instead. This apparent on the 7th when Mercury enters Libra at that critical 0 degree, though not for as long as last month’s stint in Jupiter, but there is still ‘much ado about nothing’ here. As this activation point causes events to spill into the public arena.
Whilst, multiple Venus ruled Planets at October’s start means this month commences continuing to put relationships and public relations under the spotlight. As last month we saw one of ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ begin a Canadian royal family visit, as Cardinal planets implement changes to Princess Kate’ s role. Whereas celebrity couple ‘Brangelina’s’ tale of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ reached its conclusion, along with activity akin to ‘The Merchant of Venice’ in the US, as the first one on one election debate saw Hillary and Donald taking a ‘Shylock’ pound of flesh out of one another. As the UK and EU experience paralleled, with ongoing ‘Brexit’ discussions and repeated domestic political party divisions.
These episodes are further illuminated by this month’s lunar activity, as the 1st’s Libran New Moon emphasises affairs, divorce or even widowhood stirring up scandal and publicity, not aided by secretive, sexual Scorpio’s latter appearance this month also. While, the positive side of this Moon bestows bravery, leadership and advances in science and literature, but an underbelly exists too. As in turn ‘the dark side of the Moon’ encourages aggression, immorality and sexual problems. Although, ultimately this could instigate some sense of closure, as the 16th’s Full Moon in Aries offers a ray of hope, desiring harmony. This reinforced by a Scorpio New Moon nearing the month’s end, joining the Sun and everyday Mercury, indicating sound ideas and executive ability coupled with curbed enthusiasm and strength conjured from Halloween’s spell onwards.
So under Libran planets, previous divisions may find a way to unite, as Libra is all about co-operation and as that famous song goes ‘working together in perfect harmony’. Although, it may not be ‘side by side’ at a piano, but the Sign of scales holds the key to accord, even if issues are not simply black and white, Libra is all about standing together. In the US this may help abridge racial tensions, as divisive behaviour appears to have been fuelled under Trump’s election race. While, in the UK it seems to be less ‘Love’s Labour’s Lost’ and more lost love of Labour within the Labour party! However, after last month’s re-election the party could go some way to putting differences aside.
For scales symbolise Libra because it likes to keep everything on an even keel, fair and balanced, favouring ‘measure for measure’! So you could say this Sign really is a fairy story. However, as the month progresses, it seems more a tale from the ‘brothers Grimm’, with Planets advancing into ‘sting in the tale’ Scorpio and the balance of power shifting. As October begins with Venus in Scorpio keeping an eye on balance sheets and shared finances until the 23rd, when it relinquishes its hold. Though, this coincides with the Sun entering Scorpio, followed by communicative Mercury and a New Moon, so shared money and influences are a concern throughout October, particularly relating to ‘Brexit’. As worries over this fairy story’s happy ending persist, as feelings grow like ‘Jack’s beanstalk’ among quarters that they have been sold some beans for their cash cow. However, like the beds in ‘Goldilocks, the sentiment increases that the UK has made their ‘Brexit’ and now has to lie in it, whether soft or hard!
So is June’s voting outcome ‘The Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on awaking or more ‘The Comedy of Errors’? Well, with retrograde nebulous Neptune still challenging other Mutable Planets, it is proving difficult to gain clarity. As bureaucracy and red tape becomes a masking tape, obscuring facts. However, from the 17th, Venus gallops into Sagittarius easing Saturn’s severity and the refugee crisis, though before more lives maybe lost at sea. With ‘The Tempest’ weather attacks, as well as possible terrorist attacks too, as the UK could be targeted. While, Mexico, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago are also headlined, along with Croatia, Poland, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia and Iceland. As Fiji, China, Malaya, Honduras, Zambia, St Vincent and New Zealand are also activated.
So if July resembled a scene from ‘Julius Caesar’, October is perhaps ‘Octavius’, all about relations! So like relations, October may not be ‘As You Like It’, but finishing with a New Moon, ‘All’s Well that Ends Well’!
The New Moon of last Saturday continues to permeate into this week. Close as this was to forging a helpful link to the structural influence of Saturn , this week sees the Sun and Saturn really well aligned from Monday through to Saturday. A fine time to try to have constructive conversations about relationships of all kinds. It’s also possible that some kind of influential adviser can play a role.
What we need to do however, is to resist trying too hard. With Mars forging a right angle to Jupiter all week, there can be a sense of invincibility or overconfidence which could be a liability. Both are located in Cardinal signs, but no amount of relentless charm (Jupiter) can shift the more businesslike Mars (Capricorn) to cave in to ill thought through plans, so we will need to be realistic in our interactions and especially in the worldly or professional sphere.
This push and pull between the “reasonableness” of Libra , and of “worldly expectations”, is also underlined by the tense square between the Sun (Libra – innate energy) and Pluto (Capricorn – power and the orthodox), which goes on from Tuesday to Sunday. A fair amount of tact is going to be needed and self discipline if we are to maintain good relations both at home and at work. If you are more of a relator and encounter people who are more hidebound, but ones who refuse to budge from their position or demands, this can be very underwhelming. Then again, if playing by the rules is more your thing, if you encounter someone who seems “overly diplomatic” you may wonder what their true motives are.
Fortunately, Mercury arrives in Libra on Friday, and this will enable more detached and objective conversations. Monday to Friday also sees Venus forge a fine angle, ironically, to Pluto, which can see the really meaningful ties in our world, get closer. With Mars being softened by the gentle wash of Neptune from Thursday, we all need to try and put stubborn and more egotistical tendencies to one side, and find a way to reach common ground.
Monday sees the planet of power, Pluto end its five and a half month retrograde. If you recall, last week Mercury ended its retrograde but was also in a penetrative angle with Pluto. Well, this continues through to midweek. Hopefully we can make further revelations and connections with this aspects’ help.
Perhaps the most exciting influence however, is the Sun’s conjunction to Jupiter in Libra. This goes on from Monday to Friday. This urges us to dignify our relationships with others. Whether they are good or indifferent or struggling, keeping things on an even footing will bring its rewards. If you are lucky enough to meet someone new this week, it could be a tie which always gives you a sense of uplift. However, it also important not to take existing ties for granted. There can also be a tendency for some people to think they know what’s best for their partner. So we need to resist this tendency too. However this is a great link for any form of collaboration, business partnership and mutual approach – providing clear lines are drawn as to who does what.
This slice of relationship goodstuff is also enhanced by the angle that Venus and Mars have all week. Venus is particularly sultry in deep Scorpio and Mars is more measured though perhaps traditional in its manifestation in Capricorn. If you are really sincere about a relationship, this can be a fine time to formalize things between you and yours.
The third slice of relationship bounty, comes in the role of Venus’s angle to the dreamy Neptune . This runs from Thursday to the week’s end. This is very profound, and if sincerity is strong, there can be some moments of real sacrifice and a sense of true love. However, if you are not so sure of someone or are meeting someone for the first time, do not be tempted to put them on the proverbial pedestal.
Pleasingly, the New Moon on Saturday sees strict Saturn in Sagittarius bring its perhaps blunt, perhaps just direct honesty to bear. So if there is someone a bit dreamy or unrealistic around you, this can temper things somewhat.
The week begins with With the Sun and Mercury still in Libra . Yet there is a tremendous gathering of energy in the sign of Virgo. This “stellium” is going to be very influential this week. Why? Well, three planets, Venus, Jupiter and Mars all combine at some stage but also link to Pluto .
Pluto may often make us giggle when watching his comedic character in old Walt Disney movies, but this once scorned celestial presence, is now very much recognised as being a proper planet, and certainly in astrology is one of the most powerful of all influences.
And, of course, Pluto is in the very traditional, authoritative sign of Capricorn. When linking with these three planets in Virgo the Earth principal is highly charged. The other planets ask us to achieve tangible results, to look for practical evidence, and any changes we make this week need to balance the interviews are some of the combination of Jupiter, Mars and Venus, and the energies of Virgo itself, which are very much about discrimination, detail, work, health, fitness and duty.
But these areas could be ripe for some kind of upgrade, overhaul, or refreshment. The chances are we can see a lot in the news about the need for us all to be more active, less sedentary, and become more conscious of what we eat and drink, and also how we work. Jupiter controls knowledge, Mars is about our individual desires, and Venus about the way we relate, angled up to Pluto, as they do, changes across all these are possible.
Yet, by Tuesday there is a potent Quarter Moon, wait for it…in the sign of Capricorn, and the inference here is that we need to be conscious of how we actually relate our ideas to others, and especially those who may seem more resistant to change.
Furthermore from Wednesday, Mercury, the planet of communication, goes back into a more testing right angle with Pluto itself, and one which broadly provided a backdrop of energy for much of September. And this can generate irritability, and impatience, frustration, etc, but especially where we encounter people that see things very differently from us. So finding all the diplomacy we can, will prove helpful.
So you can see that despite all the enthusiasm that Jupiter might be engendering along with Mars and Venus, is not necessarily what we do that will count so much as about how we bring others along and engage them with our ideas and plans.
And finally on Saturday, the Sun moves into the deep and passionate Scorpio, for the first time in eleven months. Strong compulsions can grip us, but I will tell you more next time.
Monday to Wednesday sees the advancing Sun connect with retreating Mercury . Yet this influence can give us the opportunity to revisit something which hasn’t been working very well, strip it down to the bear basics, and sort it out once and for all. The one thing we must avoid doing is jumping to conclusions. Why? Well, with such a lot of Virgo energy at play, there can be a tendency to focus in on the details to the exclusion of the big picture, so do try to avoid this trap.
All week there also continues to be the right angle between Saturn and Neptune, which can see structures that have weaknesses, quite literally crumble. This may not be in an out and out obvious way, but be something that is much more invidious and subtle, but none the less powerful. Energy continues to be at premium and facts blurred, potentially, by half truths, and hidden agendas.
All week the erratic influence of Uranus is to the fore. It is in opposition to the planet of attraction Venus from Wednesday, but both planets forge a much better angle to the go getting Mars . All this can create some sparks on the romantic front, and especially where ties have become too samey, and stuck in a rut. Look to reinvigorate your relationship by doing something completely fresh and spontaneous with your partner. In weaker ties, this could lead to breakdowns, but one’s which may feature another player. Single? It’s time to be bold, you never know where it may lead.
Friday’s Full Moon in Pisces Squares with Mars in Sagittarius. This suggests a need to liberate ourselves from situations where we feel too taken for granted. This could be a job or around a friendship. However much we want to be good people, we need to be appreciated, and acknowledged. Mars’ spark here could bring issues to the surface that have been deeply buried away and can see more honest and perhaps feisty dialogue.
As the nights begin to draw in Britain at least, September replaces the watching of Olympic gold with TV gold, as some British classics return to the small screen. However, these old favourites could be describing the attributes of the astrological Sign of Virgo instead, with ‘Are you being served?’ and ‘In sickness and in health’ seeming key themes this month! Whilst, not forgetting ‘porridge’, especially with a so-called ‘goldilocks’ planetary find and a solar eclipse accompanying September’s arrival, meaning this month begins with ‘lights out’!
Although, strictly speaking it is not completely ‘lights out’, as the annular solar eclipse escorted the New Moon on the 1st of this month, leaving a narrow border of the Sun’s light still surrounding the Moon’s dark body. So, you could say akin to the Olympics, the flame may be extinguished, but the torchlight passed on. This also appearing the case regarding the astrological Signs, as after fiery Leo provided a great ‘bonfire of the vanities’ last month, earthy Virgo appears something of a fire extinguisher, in comparison. As the Sun ruled Sign of Leo’s Full beam turns into a ‘dimmer switch’ this September instead. For there is a definite sense as the month’s proceedings get underway that we have switched to a dimmer level, especially finance wise.
However, intellectually speaking this is generally not the case, as the Sign of Virgo may not be as flashy as its Leo predecessor, but has its own flashes of genius instead arising from its mercurial nature. Although, this month this Mercury ruled Sign linked to the quicksilver element of Mercury too, is moving at a slow sliver, caused by a retrograde period. As last month may have seen a plethora of Silver Olympic medals securing second place, but from the 2nd there is plenty of meddling in place. Due to Mercury in Virgo retrograding until the 22nd when it once again turns direct, but even then its effects still reverberate throughout September’s entirety. For like an Olympic sprinter overtaking despite its best efforts it is only when a Planet surpasses the degree at which it turned retrograde that it can truly outrun this influence and on this occasion it is not until October 7th, when Mercury advances into Libra.
Therefore, similar to the medal’s table, this month’s meddling sweeps across-the-board, not only wrecking havoc with everyday Mercury, like a squatter upsetting the comfortable home of this Virgo Sign, but also upsetting the neighbours. As the Sun, Jupiter and the North Node all find themselves in Virgo’s virgin territory at September’s start. So this quite literally could upset the neighbours and those in your surrounding environment as this falls under Mercury’s domain, as well as the flow of communication and movements, especially in health and work sectors. Therefore, expect uncontrollable elements, from weather and viruses; to spillages and the sea’s treacherous impact; as Virgo is concerned with ridding itself of impurities. Furthermore, with exaggerating Jupiter and the Sun’s heated energy uniting with the karmic North Node, issues could get out of hand, bringing serious repercussions. As witnessed last month when what was termed ‘as the ‘wicked hand of nature’ caused a devastating earthquake in mainland Italy, initiated with the Sun entering the mother earth Sign of Virgo. As well as among other elements, malefic Mars and Saturn combining in Sagittarius at the degree of fixed star, ‘Antares’, renowned as a destructive influence.
Well, this month it may not be exactly ‘mutiny on the bounty’, but there are a bounty of Mutable Planets, forming a challenging ‘tri-athlon’! As Saturn and Mars remain serious opponents in Sagittarius, limiting Virgo Planets further, who already are running in slow motion due to retrograde influences, but their focus remains firmly grounded. While, Neptune in Pisces may provide the swimming portion of this ‘tri-athlon’, but it too finds itself doing a backstroke as it also continues in retrograde mode and squaring to Saturn. Whilst, you might say the cycle segment of this ‘tri-athlon’ is supplied not only by this month’s retrograde Planets, but also by the eternal backward journey of the North Node, emphasising a return to the same cycle of societal patterns in need of addressing. As resources, moral, legal and safety issues around foreign travel and migration keep arising, as well as concerns over the environment, health matters and services.
Although, on a positive note, the 1st of Septembers Virgo New Moon and Eclipse is the forerunner to change, bringing new beginnings, especially regarding nature’s mysteries, as new discoveries are made, perhaps regarding the Zika virus and mental health issues illuminated. Therefore, in the UK at least, there could be some headway in resolving the train and junior doctor’s disputes, but this will not be without challenging negotiations. For like train delays, this retrograde period brings its fair share of stalling, mix-ups and miscommunications.
Further a field Iran’s and Russia’s finances, along with North Korea’s status are inflated by this month’s lunar activity and L.A is highlighted, as China, Palestine, Egypt and Mexico find it more testing and Canada revealing. With the finalising Full Moon and Eclipse in Pisces and it’s testing square to Mars on the 16th, underlining setbacks at NASA, a boost for Manhattan, but unclear activity in the U.S in general, possibility linked to firearms. As this Piscean luminary is strongly tied up with tyranny and anarchism, though the positive outcome can produce works of great artistic merit and resolve suffering and persecution, aiding the refugee crisis. For like the Piscean fishes’ scales, this Eclipse accentuates scaling back, reinforcing the Virgo sentiment of requiring only what is of value and service.
This followed through as Planets advance into airy Libra this month, as Venus already resident there is joined on the 9th by Jupiter and the Sun from the 23rd. As the Sign of the balancing scales weighs up matters further, particularly legal discussions, as ‘Brexit’ implications continue, but with Aries Uranus and Capricorn Pluto both still stagnating, progress is staggered, until the 27th when Mars enters Capricorn along with Pluto which has been in residence for some years, and which simultaneously turns direct. Therefore, shifting the focus from foreign conflicts to exposing the ramifications of state and group enterprises, as tougher legislation and intervention is required.
Although, Jupiter and Venus at home in Libra can put diplomatic relations on a more harmonious scale and new marriage legislation is likely, but conflicting Cardinal Planets may see some countries opposing democratic rights and freedoms. As Russia, the Ukraine, Germany, Laos, Poland and Czechoslovakia undergo turmoil this month. While, St Kitts, Armenia Brazil, Guatemala, Malaya, as well as Swaziland, Mali, Nigeria, Syria, Belize, Switzerland and France are also starred this September. However, the fair and sharing Sign of Libra hands the baton over to Scorpio, as September closes, as from the 24th Venus is concerned with mutual money matters. So this September moves from gold, silver and bronze, to pearls of wisdom, but not without a little grit. Good luck!
All this week the Sun in Virgo Squares with Mars in Sagittarius. Mars in Sagittarius is very upbeat, direct and can even see us all getting more active, perhaps even athletically so, especially for the non couch potatoes amongst us. However this Square can see the uninhibited, freedom loving nature of Mars challenged by the Sun’s desire for precision in Virgo. How will this play out? Well, we could be rather less minded to fulfil those everyday tasks, roles and obligations, that otherwise we might take in our stride. So if anyone asks you to do them a favour, and one which will impinge on your freedom, think twice before agreeing.
Now, as is often the case, there are some paradoxical energies threaded through the heavens too. And the Sun actually forges a truly wonderful link to tiny Pluto. Pluto is the planet of power, truth, secrets, sex and hidden motivations, but also it is the planet of transformation, and in the sign of Capricorn , linking to the Sun in Virgo, and both of these Earth signs, this can see something really quite tangible shape up. Most of all this is where we will of put in a significant amount of effort or where outer events conspire to force change upon us, which though, on first glance, we may not choose could turn out to be good for us. For many, there could be some kind of breakthrough around work, property, or even health issues.
This is also week that sees Venus in its home zone of Libra forges a great link to the rather more steadying influence of Saturn . If you are fortunate enough to be receiving any advice, then it could be that the person concerned is someone who proves trustworthy and whose clarity of thought, and knowledge, blends well with an ability to relate well. In a personal context this aspect suggests if you’re lucky enough to be getting closer in any kind of relationship, it could be tie that is going to endure for some time to come.
Speaking of relationships Jupiter, the planet of growth, optimism, expansion, and more traditionally of good fortune, moves into the sign of Libra for the first time in 12 years on Friday. Jupiter will be in this location for the next 12 months, and is encouraging us all to invest more in diplomacy, give-and-take, sharpening up our listening skills, and embracing natural justice.
Friday however, also sees a Quarter Moon in the sign of Sagittarius, clashing with the Sun in Virgo and this is going to re-emphasise the right angle between the Sun and Mars. In short, under promise and over deliver is going to be a good mantra for the whole of this week, for us all.