Transformational Astrology for September by Henry Seltzer

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by Henry Seltzer

The astrology of September features Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Pluto, Neptune and Chiron. Saturn is emphasized this month as a consequence of his mid-September entrance into Sagittarius, ending the era of Saturn in Scorpio, which has lasted for the previous two and a half years. The mid-Virgo New Moon and Solar Eclipse of September 12th also aspects Saturn in the final degree of Scorpio as he prepares to slide into Sagittarius a few days later. This New Moon opposes Chiron and makes a close inconjunct aspect to Uranus. These two powerful astrological archetypes remain almost exactly thirty degrees apart for the entire month of September.

Neptune is also emphasized as well in this month’s astrology, in part because triggered, just before the month began, by the Full Moon in Pisces, and in part because the powerful eclipse that kicks off the second half of the month has Jupiter in forming opposition with Neptune. The numinous, idealized, and somewhat confusing archetype is therefore very much with us as we navigate the strange waters of September.

September is rather extreme as far as inner planet retrogrades go, with both Venus and Mercury participating in turn. Relationship-oriented Venus remains in retrograde motion as the month begins, stationing to direct motion on the 6th. This timing implies that, for all of us, relationship and financial issues will have their thoughtful and internalized side for at least the first half of the month. Then, in Libra, ruled by Venus, and equally concerned with issues of relating, Mercury retrogrades on September 17th for the remainder of the month, and on into October. The Mercury Retrograde period will likely exhibit the usual symptoms of missed connections, and of mechanical and communicative breakdown, as well as the opportunity to continue the self-reflective theme of the first half of the month, and this would be especially true with regard to the key relationships in our lives. This second half of September makes for an excellent time to journal regarding where life and love is taking us, this time around.

Chiron, the Wounded Healer, is also highlighted in this month’s configurations, and symbolizes early wounding that could arise for healing and renewal in the midst of this crucial time. The strong presence of Chiron in this summer’s series of powerful lunations indicates that you might find that reactivity arises, which in the end yields great rewards when examined. In the process, your investigations could lead you downward, into the very depths of your psyche.

September is the gateway to a quite climactic year-end as well, in which Pluto stations to direct motion, toward month’s end, and as Uranus and Pluto therefore begin to draw near each other once again in forming aspect. Although they no longer touch, in perfect square formation, in December and January they come to less than two degrees. Our transformations are still upon us, and they reflect the cultural changes that we encounter in the surrounding collective. We affect as well that larger outcome by our most concerted efforts to take the high road in all out dealings, and to seek to embody our deepest values, most idealized sense of ethics and powerful concept of right relationship, to the extent that we can manage these lofty goals.

ARIES (March 20-April 19) Welcome, Aries, to the roller-coaster ride brought by this end of summer. You have an impulsive urge toward freedom from all constraints and yet also a feeling of renewed relationship connection, as paradoxical as that combination might seem. One outcome could be that you go for greater spaciousness in the context of existing relationship, while another is that you find the freedom that you seek within your own mind and heart, while reflecting on the relationships in your life and the way in which these impact your objectives. This is so even as you search within yourself for what your true goals actually are. There is a current running through you of deep unconscious process, implying that your dreams are likely to be vivid and revelatory. Your deepest soul intention, revealed to your conscious mind perhaps only in fits and starts, is what most intrigues you now.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19)  This month marks the close of one phase of a powerful period of self-study, Taurus, as is indicated by the recent retrograde of your ruler, Venus, continuing through the first weekend of September. You are mulling over habitual patterns in your life, reassessing nearly everything. You also possess a powerful idealism regarding life direction, and the concrete steps that you might take in order to get yourself there. Your intuitional awareness is quite strong now, so that it pays to tune in. Your self-expression and creativity come more fully into play during the second half of the month. There is a potent dose of spiritual content implicit in the road that you are beginning to travel, although because your current goals are not entirely of this physical world, the inner mandate that you feel can be confusing as well as inspired.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20) You are coming to an interesting and somewhat paradoxical month, Gemini.  While in many ways feeling the restrictions and constraints of the physical world, especially perhaps as expressed to you by the need to compromise with points of view other than your own, you are yet also filled with a sense of idealism that will not admit to any form of limitation in seizing upon what it is you most deeply desire. You are inspired and visionary in the way you see your future unfolding. Your communicative outreach has been a huge focus lately, with an introspective tinge, as evidenced by the way you come from such a very deep place in your recent utterances. This continues into the second half of the month as you enter into a meditative space that takes you even further to the inside and then back out again, deepening your creativity.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is another amazing month for you, Cancer, with developments in both inner and outer realms. You are feeling your way into greater reliance on your own set of values, independent from the effects of early conditioning or others’ expectations. As you rely more on your own powerful intuition to guide you, even with career decisions, you might begin to see yourself trending toward a strong sense of inner purpose that has come to preside over your recent attitudes and beliefs. These inner factors emerge into sharper focus over the course of this current month, especially during its second half, when you are even more introspective, and when partners may play a significant role in helping you to establish your own mission statement. A mystical truth is revealing itself to you, as you have the courage of your convictions to open to this outlandish, and yet strangely familiar, information.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is a very interesting monthly cycle for you, Leo. The self-reflective recent retrograde of Venus through to the middle of your sign, just ending in this first week of September, is matched after mid-month by the equally introspective retrograde of Mercury in your communications sector, slowing you down and taking you to internal places, especially with regard to the way that you reach out to others. You are this month redefining to some extent your notion of who you are. Partners are encouraging and also bring a mystical point of view, which could perhaps be confounding or confusing. This month is an excellent time for new insights regarding where you are heading toward the end a crucial year.  It might be best to watch and wait, silently witnessing everything that is going on beneath the surface layers of your personality.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) This is an intensely introspective month for you, Virgo. The retrograde station of your ruler, Mercury, takes place on September 17th, in your sector of resources and values.  Leading up to this date as well, you are deeply delving into your own internals, intent on coming up with the gold ring of enhanced awareness. The mid-September Solar Eclipse in your sign will also prove illuminating, long-term. You are facing squarely into structural alterations within your psyche, and adjustments in response to issues of home and family that have recently come up for you. In dealing with all this it is helpful to focus on your deep intuition and intense idealism, especially in the context of the key partnerships in your life. While sometimes confusing these inner messages from your higher self can provide you, when you ask, with exactly what you need.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) This is another powerful month for you, Libra. You are meditating on where your life is leading you while at the same time, swinging for the outfield, really going for what you most deeply believe. Yu have been going through an introspective time. The retrograde of Mercury through your sign, beginning on September 17th, initiates a continuation of this inner work, when you are even more completely caught up in life direction and what your sense of identity actually means. As you navigate these intense currents, your intuition is vitally important. The information that comes to you could be disguised as thoughts, or as dreams, or daytime dream visions, or possibly as suggestions from dependable partners. It is in any case there for you to pick up on, just when you need it the most, provided that you are willing to trust in the universe to deliver to you its truth.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a potent transitional time, Scorpio, as you head into the closing months of a powerful year. You are more fully aware of what you want, both in terms of outer world achievement and inner realities that you have been recently exploring. Your important relationships and your work in the world are strangely linked as the month begins, and in the case of each, you are asking interesting questions about what is going on beneath the surface level of your more obvious motivation. In the second half of the month, after the September 12th Solar Eclipse and the onset of Mercury retrograde, you more thoroughly explore your own inner workings. You are blessed with optimistic visions for a more viable future in alignment with your core values, which are available to the extent that you can simply believe in yourself to deliver them.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This is another month of transformation, Sagittarius, perhaps with new insights and changes of direction. The retrogrades of personal planets have put you in an introspective mode, looking more closely into your choices and relationship patternings for the underlying motivation. You are going all out for professional achievement and acknowledged accomplishment, and generally finding it. There are, however, important opportunities for your improved understanding of your own inner world that are not to be missed. Being so busy, you might be tempted to disregard the inner in favor of the outer, although this could prove to be a grave mistake. Just as you put effort into surmounting your more obvious obstacles, whatever is going on within the hidden places of your psyche, it will yield great rewards now for you to try to tackle the mysteries there. This alone leads you to true outer world success.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) This is a month of deeper realization, Capricorn. You find yourself on a quest to explore thoroughly that which is below the surface layers of your thoughts and your personality. Everything else takes on a secondary importance, including your work out there in the world of commerce. This might in any case, especially over the second half of the month, become a situation of two steps forward and three steps backward, of reaching for the golden ring of personal achievement and never quite managing to close your hand upon it.  A new basis for action has to wait until sometime later in the fall. Inspiration flows into your mind from somewhere deep inside you and lights the way to a more emotional grasp on a new kind of truth, far beyond that which passes for wisdom in the restricted rationality of consensus thought.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) This is another introspective month, Aquarius. From the timing of mid-August, you are dwelling on communicative outreach, and your curiosity for what is going on with you knows no bounds. You are dealing with issues of self and other, the gifts and also the drawbacks of life in the physical plane that includes the impact of important partnerships, and as well a good dose of re-thinking the deeper meaning of relationship connection. You are essentially fortunate in your finances, although the details are nebulous and perhaps shaped by your faith in others, and of the steadying presence of a benevolent cosmos to come to your aid. In the background of all this, as you continue searching for a more thorough understanding where you are heading, and why, you are looking serenely and seriously into studied alignment with your most cherished values.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) This is a month of confusion, illumination and a call to service, Pisces. You might discover that one or another of these predominates, depending on where you are on your own particular arc of development. Partnership is powerful for you right now, and you are also looking more closely into your relationship dynamic for clues to intimacy with significant partners and with your own deep places. You are finding yourself in others to an extent, especially during the second half of the month, following the extremely powerful New Moon Solar Eclipse in your opposite sign. You are also looking inward, attempting to solve the puzzle of your existence as you come into better alignment with your profound soul intention. The important thing is that you recognize that the ultimate reward is your understanding of who you are, deep down, independent of other voices or points of view.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. His new book about Eris, the planet discovered in 2006, beyond Pluto, is entitled: The Tenth Planet: Revelations from the Astrological Eris, and is available on Amazon and at AFA.
Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling. Call him at 831-425-3686, or visit his website

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