Astrological Forecast for September 2014--Back to School

By Patricia Herlevi
September feels earthy to me despite several personal planets switching signs and Pluto moving direct on the 24th.  The Full Moon in Pisces on the 8th/9th which trines Saturn and sextiles Pluto asks us to do the work to manifest our dreams into reality.  Now is not the time to get caught up in fantasies with no substance.

However, having said all that, we will still experience power struggles, raging egos and the usual planetary mayhem in September. But the planets give us the opportunity for spiritual growth and grounding our dreams into everyday reality.  Like previous months, September offers contrasts and contradictions, especially with movement of the personal planets, the Full Moon in Pisces and Pluto changing directions.

We begin the month with Mars and Saturn still in conjunction with a five degree separation occurring on September 4th.  The Mars/Saturn in Scorpio speaks about owning our power and power struggles with others, especially those in authority positions.  We could see the student rebelling against the teacher or children rebelling against parents.  On a more esoteric note, our inner child rebels against our authoritative psyche.  We'll feel like we're pushing ourselves to stay responsible and disciplined and then our saboteur comes out and destroys our hard work.  For example, we might jump through all the hoops to land an interview for a job then blow it during the interview by placing our foot in our mouth.  Why? Because Saturn feels suffocating and Mars wants to push forward our way or the highway.  This represents a tense combination that thankfully passes after the 4th.

Also at the month's beginning, the Scorpio Sun at 8 degrees sextiles Pluto in Capricorn and trines Neptune in Pisces.  Again, we can make our dreams reality with a bit of hard work and we have powerful allies on our side in the form of authorities.  Use discernment though since Neptune in Pisces is not the best judge of character.  Thankfully, the Sun in Scorpio and Pluto in Capricorn bring discernment to the picture if we only listen to our intuitive hunches. Use meditation to come up with a game plan the first week.

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Mercury moves into Libra on the 3rd leaving earthy Virgo for the land of airy diplomacy, sophistication and legal contracts.  Venus moves into Virgo on the 6th so that Venus and Mercury are in mutual reception, meaning they are in conversation through the transits.  For artists of any kind, but especially visual artists, this is a good time to sign contracts with agents or galleries.  This is also a good time for literary authors to sign contracts with agents and publishers with the focus on art and not so much commercialism.  Use tact, politeness and formalities at this time.  Meaning, if you write a query to an agent, make sure you address the agent as Mr. or Ms and spell every word correctly (Virgo).  This is also a fabulous time for editing manuscripts or hiring editors.  We'll be hearing a lot from the literary world with these the Mercury and Venus transits.

The Full Moon at 16 degrees Pisces with the Sun at 16 degrees Virgo brings us flowing Earth and Water energies. Astrologer Kelley Rosano says that this Full Moon promises wealth and abundance though normally a Full Moon in Pisces would feel wishy-washy and not grounding.  So what's the story with this watery Moon? As I said earlier, the Moon trines Saturn in Scorpio and sextiles Pluto in Capricorn.  The Sun trines Pluto in Capricorn (stable earth energy) and sextiles Saturn in Scorpio.  1960s born with Uranus and or Pluto at 11 to 20 degrees Virgo experience a bolstering in career and life paths during this Full Moon.  Pay attention to dreams then act on them.  Ditto for people born with Pluto in Scorpio at 11 to 20 degrees.

Coming from the 1960s Generation, I want to witness more of us waking up and using our Virgo discernment to fix the world's problems.  We were born to do just that so give up the attachments and distractions then get to work already.  Let go of everything superficial.  And what do I mean by that? If you were on your deathbed what would you regret not doing and what was a waste of your time? Well, you're not on your deathbed hopefully, so do an assessment of your life and toss out anything that doesn't hold water.  Let it go.  Get away from the television or computer and join your community.  There's much healing to be done.

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Mars moves into fiery Sagittarius on the 14th and joins up with Jupiter in Leo (Fire Trine) at the end of the month when Venus moves into her own sign Libra.  The Sun moves into Libra with the Fall Equinox on the 23rd/24th and we feel the end of summer and the beginning of the academic year.  New college students feel special and might act a bit royal with Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius.  Professors might come off as cocky too or gaseous as they wax on with their philosophies not always based on facts. On the other hand, we will place a high premium on higher education and make children a priority.  We will also prioritize playfulness and creativity.  Organized religion also holds the spotlight and people are going to worry about the state of their thighs and liver.  Although some people feel like kings and queens, don't overindulge in food and drink now.  You'll regret it in January, if not sooner.  Pounds put on now will be difficult to lose later.

With the Sun and Venus in Libra at the month's end, watch out for sugar intake.  We will crave sweets and sugar can create imbalance now including obesity and diabetes.  We will see debates about the safe uses of sugar and salt in the diet.  These substances will appear as dietary culprits more than ever.  Meanwhile, people will choose refined foods over whole foods because of the glamor attached. The eye is attracted to beauty now despite the sugar and other unhealthy ingredients.  We will remember Queen Antoinette's words, "Let them eat cake."

Last but not least, Pluto moves direct at 11 degrees (smack opposite my Mercury but at least trining my Pluto in Virgo).  We will definitely feel this giant awakening and bringing his usual chaos to the planet.  However, since Pluto sextiles Chiron (retrograde) at least this chaos brings deep healing.  Uranus and Neptune stay retrograde through the month so at least we won't deal with any of the perfect storms caused by the Uranus-Pluto Square.

Please note that I am moving at the end of August.  Although I am taking the next two weeks off from the blog, I am still giving readings.  Sign up at Metaphysics of Everyday Living if you require a map to get you through September's wild and woolly transits.


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