Mercurial Messages through the Zodiac


September begins with a bumpy ride, but one which offers us many opportunities for healing. We launch into a time of great productivity mid-month, and the general mood rolls into a more loving, egalitarian, social-justice orientation by the end of the month.

August eclipses shook loose blocked energy, for better or worse, and now we deal with the fallout. As Mercury retrogrades through September 5, our minds are brought back to the gifts and problems of the past. We reviewed our personal and political histories to search for new answers to old problems and remember where we were before summer began.

Virgo rules the intestines, the process of sorting and absorbing nourishment while removing waste. Virgo encourages us to perform this sorting across the board in our life, to sort our stuff, our facts, our emotional assumptions, our world, so we can absorb what nourishes us and release the rest.

Mars joins the Sun in Virgo while Mercury turns direct on September 5 and work begins, picking up momentum September 9-13 as Mercury enters Virgo and the Sun squares industrious Saturn. Get proposals in by September 16 as Mercury conjuncts Mars and speeds up decisions. Mercury opposes Neptune September 19 for an intuitive, confusing, imaginative but easily misunderstood week, but one that calls us to search deeper. We are encouraged to bring out life into balance as the Sun enters Libra on September 22 and Mercury enters Libra September 29.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…Work takes attention this month; proceed with creativity rather than anxiety. Model healthy leadership, no matter your position. Charming camaraderie can ease your way, but you still need to walk the talk. Your efforts can allow you to rest after the equinox and let others run with the ball.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You can be right or you can be happy; be mature enough to be strong in principles, but flexible at home. Lovingly let others take the center, and affection and security pour back towards you. Keep your eyes open for heart-centered opportunity September 15-19.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…Soothe the waters with family and neighbors this first week. Straighten out any lingering misunderstandings through the middle of September. Be ready to pitch a new idea September 16-19, and feel momentum build in late September.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…Meditate on your resources, your materials, your finances, your spiritual richness. Appreciate what abundance you already have, then nurture strengths until your stores of time and energy fill up. When people get cranky, work around them; the problem is in them, not you, and they know it.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…As September begins, Mercury, Mars and Venus are all in Leo; be a leading and leavening force when others are discombobulated. Then step back, observe changes and reassess action plans mid-month. Now is the time for solid work. Sociability returns after the equinox.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…It furthers to take a personal retreat through Labor Day weekend, search within and sort without. Great strides can be made in personal growth. Once centered, enter the fray mid-September and, without stridency, make sure your voice is heard. Actively look for new connections after the equinox.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…Don’t get caught up in the egos around you, particularly this first week; just learn vicariously and lead by example. Be extra kind to your heart September 5-9, keep the art supplies handy September 14-18, and be ready to move onto center stage after the equinox.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…Be patient the first week of September; don’t get caught in false starts. But soon after that, it’s time to let others know what you do well. Just share what you know and love to do mid-month and watch the doorways open. Seeds planted now grow this winter.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Feel the wanderlust the first week. After Labor Day weekend, take any opportunity to teach others; don’t tell them what to do, just share what you know, and feel appreciated. New heart connections stir mid-month; groups or teams form towards the end of the month.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan.19)…You may be aware of secrets behind the scenes, and can grow trust by holding them gently. Avoid arguing over resources until mid-September, and be ready to step into leadership at work the last week. Lay important foundations for work in the years ahead.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Nurture relationships this month. Listen with your heart through September 9. Calm that critical edge; shower attention and appreciation on your beloveds around anything that truly sparks the heart mid-month and your relationships will repay you fruitfully after the equinox.

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…Be gentle on your health. Focus on what feeds you, not the problems, and practice healthy stress management even if life gets complicated. Drop below the waves and find the calm underneath. New and interesting people can pour into your life after September 19.

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Heather Roan Robbins is a heart-centered and choice-oriented astrologer, palmist and ceremonialist with 30+ years’ experience. Her book, Moon Wisdom: Transform Your Life using the Moon Signs and Cycles, brings real astrology into an accessible format. She’s trained in astro-locality, mythic, multi-generational and traditional astrology and uses it at the core of her spiritual counseling. Visit www.roanrobbins.com.

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