Look within during September retrograde

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We start September with Mercury retrograde in his own sign of Virgo. Mercury returns to direct motion on Sept. 12, but wait until the 19th to sign contracts or make major purchases. This should be a strong retrograde, especially with a New Moon in Virgo on the 8th. Remember that these periods are intended to help us look within, learn from the past and make valuable course corrections. The end of the month recaptures some of the intensity of the summer with a powerful Aries Full Moon on the 23rd, but September should be considerably mellower than the previous three months.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)…You start off the month still under the influence of a perplexing energy that reminds me of The Hanged Man in Tarot. Use the Virgo New Moon on the 8th to get clear on what you need to let go of. If you allow yourself to be purified and cleansed of old misconceptions now, you enter a powerful new realm of mind freedom and the power to act with purpose in the world.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)…You might not know your own strength this month, so think twice before knocking down walls or reading someone the riot act. You have tremendous energy, but it’s more important than ever to clear your decisions with your intuitive self. Things come into sharper focus on the 23rd, when the Aries Full Moon lights up your relationship house. This is a powerful moment, so get clear on what you want.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)…The middle two weeks of the month are your power alley. The rest of September is more suitable for dreaming and visualization. That’s fine with you, because you’re aware that your goals are changing. A dream you’d never taken seriously is revealing itself as an actual possibility, if you’re willing to own it.

Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)…Time and energy invested in getting organized and retooling your career strategy will pay off exponentially in the years to come. You’ve reached a new level of confidence and competence; use this month’s Mercury retrograde to update your message and your public image so that others can see the healer you’ve become.

Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)…You learned some important lessons in how to connect with your intuition and why you need to trust it over the last three years. You’re pushing hard to finish a project or build on your momentum as the month begins, but don’t be fooled – your best investment continues to be in your spiritual practice.

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)…Career opportunities sparkle once Mercury goes direct. In fact, the second half of September looks as if you are waking up from a long, fuzzy sleep. What did you dream about while you were hidden away? Your dream is starting to manifest now. P.S. It looks like you’re finally dumping some moldy relationship baggage. Congratulations!

Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20)…With Mercury retrograde in your 7th House to start the month, you’re rethinking how you do relationships. You’ve learned how to hold your own ground in the last three years; now is the time to set boundaries and establish win-win agreements. The Full Moon on the 23rd brings powerful money news, as a creative or child-related project comes to fruition.

Aries (Mar. 21-Apr. 19)…According to systems theory and quantum physics, there are no objects in the universe, only relationships. Your chart keeps emphasizing that achieving the success you want depends on your mastering the art of relationship. Like any other skill, this takes dedication, intention and perseverance.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)…You start to emerge from a period of doldrums around the middle of the month when your planet Venus and relationship planet Mars waltz into your relationship house together. Your intuition continues to be a major project; you’re discovering that not only do you possess psychic gifts, these talents need nurturing. So learn how.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)…You may finally get resolution for an emotional, home or family issue that has challenged you since 2007. At the same time, you’re learning to be responsible to your creative gift this month. Is it time to drop a time-wasting activity or “friendship” that really just isn’t that rewarding anymore? Invest that energy into mastering your talent instead.

Cancer (June 21-July 22)…You’ve come through this summer’s cauldron and you’re still alive and kicking. The Full Moon in your 10th House on the 23rd brings important career news that could impact your relationship and where you live. Meanwhile, use this Mercury retrograde in your 3rd House to identify negative mental patterns and learn how to release them.

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22)…The focus is on money this month. You’ve come such a long way in both your thinking and your behavior about the green stuff in the last three years. With Mercury activating your money house all month long, it’s time to get serious about translating your wisdom into increased cash flow. Patient, persistent attention brings major rewards.

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D.K. Brainard, M.A., C.H., is a writer, musician, astrologer and certified hypnotherapist who specializes in helping clients identify where they are on their own Hero's Journey and take appropriate steps to reconnect with their soul/Higher Self/creative unconscious. To carry out this work, D.K. uses the tools of astrology, energy work, compassion, and hypnotic shared exploration of limiting identity states and desired goal states. For more on the eclipses and free weekly horoscopes each Monday, visit his website: www.wordsforthepeople.com.

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