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September Astrology: Get Going!

Greek Temple of Poseidon

Dear Friends,

Writing the astro-planner for September (see below), I was reminded of all the love energy given and received during this last Leo cycle where we were called upon to accept ourselves for who we are.

If we wilted under criticism, crumbled because we were without a partner or ally, or floundered because we failed, we were reminded to honor and love ourselves. How can we ever hope to shine our true light and radiate our authentic power unless we find out what keeps us from it?

September energy is terrifically practical. Build it, stew it, dye it, make it. The sky’s the limit!

May the Sun shine upon you,
Catherine

ASTRO-PLANNER FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

September 5-6: there’s a lot going on so mark your calendars! Saturn moves direct at 2 degrees of Capricorn. You will feel a shift in energy Sept 2-5 as things seem to slow down and reorder themselves. Make time for walking bare feet, restocking the pantry, and settling your accounts. You are beginning to prepare for the seasonal shift which happens on the Equinox. These adjustments take time and the focus is on allowing yourself a bit of extra time for everything. Want to break that habit of always arriving five minutes late? Now is the time! As Saturn picks up speed, ambitions will ignite and we’ll feel motivated once again.

Mercury leaves fiery Leo for Virgo at this time; wonderful energy for back to school! Mercury will be in Virgo until Sept 23. Make use of this time period (Sept 5-23) for organizing and planning ahead. Your minds will be sharp and speedy, and you’ll have practical energy at your fingertips to implement your thoughts. A good time to get any derailed projects back on track. Avoid the blues by staying in the present moment as much as you are able

September 8-9: Good pruning days; regrowth will be slow

September 9: New Moon at 17 degrees of Virgo. Set your intentions for the month. Those who are born August 22 to September 23, this is a particularly special New Moon in which the energies may be positively invoked for your year ahead. Set time aside for the simple ritual of writing down or drawing your hopes and goals for the year

September 10: Venus leaves her home in diplomatic Libra and sails into the watery zone of Scorpio, where she prefers her own company to that of others. Watch out for relationship challenges on the days she hooks up with Uranus – together they can intensify the atmosphere: Sept 12-15 and Oct 29-31 are key dates here. What’s your role? To channel this energy into creative expression, artistic daring and exploratory actions which open new horizons!

September 13-14: Best planting days; plant for height

September 18: Mars hooks up with Uranus – forward moving energy – just do it!

September 22: Autumnal Equinox – Sun moves into Libra. Feel the seasons shift and adjust your diet accordingly. Happy birthday Libra!

September 23: good planting day; plant for overall growth

September 24: Full Moon at 2 degrees of Aries. This is an unusual Aries Full Moon in that she connects with old crone Saturn. We are dealing with inhibitions and restrictions here; a warrior who wishes to break free but feels as if there’s nowhere to go. My best bet for Sunday 23 and Monday 24 is a well-planned hike or a serious “work around the house” kind of day. Avoid fast travel and saying yes to things on the spur of the moment – the energy is too volatile right now

Full Moon Chart September 2018 New York, NY

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Hot Spotlight on July!

Hot Sun in July. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

Dear Friends

As the energies begin to build here for the summer, the challenge is to institute a change in your daily routine. With the New Moon just past in Cancer and the Full Moon approaching in Capricorn (July 9), we are asked to find the balance between nurturing our home selves and our work selves.

No-one said it would be easy! Ancient astrologers understood the special relationship between the Moon (ruler of Cancer) and Saturn (ruler of Capricorn). While the Moon (moist, receptive, emotional) and Saturn (dry, authoritative, indifferent) appear to have nothing in common, nevertheless, they are both the markers of Time in the zodiac. How do you balance time in your life?

This July, you might find yourself making extra time in the morning for quiet reflection – without your cell phone for company. Or you may feel compelled to stand outside in the evenings and look at the starry skies – pondering on your place in the cosmos. Emboldened, you may make a crucial decision to change your attitude toward the irritations that seem to plague your life right now. One small change can start a revolution.

There’s a tremendous amount of energy around this month just waiting for somewhere to go. Try to use it well by taking stock of your current situation and then planning your time wisely.

July 9: Full Moon at 17 degrees of Capricorn. The Moon is conjunct Pluto and in opposition to the applying Sun-Mars conjunction in Cancer. Potentially explosive or ground-breaking physical and emotional feats – you decide. Avoid political debate or family arguments and take a hike!

Mid-July: Uranus, planet of break-through and radical change squares off with war-veteran Mars – avoid conflict, practice random acts of loving kindness, and find constructive ways to let off steam

July 23: Sun moves into Leo and joins Mars there with a potent New Moon – time to shine and lead by active example

July 26: Mercury moves into Virgo – prepare to clean out those closets!

May the Sun shine upon you, always,
Catherine

Glimpse of the Sun. Copyright Catherine Goshen 2017

 

 

Mercury: from Casual Conversation to Cogitation

 Mercury Statue next to Metlife in New York City. Copyright Catherine Goshen, March 2016

The planet Mercury shows us how we think best. The ancients understood Mercury to be ‘the thinking soul’ while 17th century master astrologer William Lilly saw it to represent thought as ‘awareness’. Thought, perception, communication… Mercury reflects our mindset and entire thinking apparatus including our nervous system, which binds the brain to the body.

Traditionally neuter (neither male nor female), Mercury takes on the characteristics of the planet to which it is closest. In fact, Mercury can never be found more than one sign (or 28 degrees) from the Sun. Check your own chart! You either have Mercury in the same sign as your Sun, or in one of the signs adjacent to it. Your core identity (Sun) is linked to how you perceive the world (Mercury). Just think about that! If you change the way you perceive the world, profound identity changes may result…

If you have Mercury in either of the signs it rules, Gemini or Virgo, you’re more often than not a logical thinker. The sign of Gemini brings out the communicative and rational side of Mercury (think of the winged messenger of the gods in Greek myth), while Virgo brings Mercury’s discriminative and knowledge gathering qualities to the fore. Mercury not only rules but is also exalted (“honored”) in Virgo. This makes it strong but may cause it to operate inconsistently (and nervous tension often results).

Mercury placed in a sign opposite one of the signs it rules, in Sagittarius and Pisces, feels as if it’s in a foreign land and is said to be detrimented. In Sagittarius Mercury can be inspirational and quick – too quick sometimes! In watery Pisces Mercury may wander, struggling with an A to Z linear approach. People with these Mercury placements do well in vocations which require thinking outside of the box.

Where’s your Mercury? Is it in an earth, air, fire or water sign? Does it lend you to be subtle, elegant and discrete, or a boaster, a prattler and a tale-carrier (Lilly)? Does it serve your core identity, helping you to perceive the world and align it with your will? Or is it in a different sign to your Sun, giving you a multi-dimensional approach to your awareness?

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