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In early fall, bright leaves intermingle with summer flowers, and the light grows dimmer. As cooler weather appears, the trees are adorned with radiant colors, the sky turns clear blue, and the world sparkles. This transformation takes place between the signs of Virgo and Libra.
The Full Moon appears on Monday, September 20 at 7:54 pm ET. The Autumn Equinox follows on September 22 with a day/night of balanced light and darkness. The Full Moon brings a period of heightened emotion and growth; it increases the overall energy of the planet. September’s New Moon brought potential to manifest, and the Full Moon brings examination of blocks and limitations along with powerful energies to create and take action.
Sun (life, light) is placed in the last degrees of Virgo, which alternately represents the virgin priestess (virgin=metaphysically pure), the perfectionist, and the servant. In all three cases, the character refers to a series of actions in the physical world, which produce a tangible result. With recent energetic changes, it may refer to the need to moving into purity, perfecting our perception of life, and serving more of the needs of the inner self.
Sun conjuncts Mars (action, energy), giving physical vitality and strength—including perseverance with dreams and goals. The Sun trines (harmonious) Saturn (limitation, karma), evoking strength and understanding from the past. Sun opposes Neptune, creating a mist between the moment of searching and perceiving the future.
Moon (emotions, inner self) is beautifully placed in Pisces, a water sign, which adds emotion along with a tendency to recall the past. The Moon is in opposition to Mars (action), creating conflict between the desire for action and various emotions. Moon conjuncts (close to) Neptune in Pisces, and this heightens the ability to glimpse the unseen world, intensifies night dreams, and increases artistic ability and insight.
Pluto, the outer planet ruling the underworld/subconscious and transformation—basically from the River Styx to the flight of the phoenix—involves six planets including Sun, Moon, Mercury, Mars, Uranus, and Neptune. Pluto also rules mass consciousness, the quality of many minds and emotions when we come together as one on a higher or lower vibration. (Many of the aspects are positive. Interestingly, it’s an important time to avoid social media and news; perhaps, it’s time to create a positive/personal global worldview.)
Mercury (communications) sits in Libra, encouraging reflection and balance. Mercury trines (harmonious) Jupiter (good fortune, expansion), meaning the right thoughts can accelerate and open our path to growth. Mercury squares (tension) Pluto (subconscious, transformation), which intensifies and deepens our thoughts.
Mercury (mind, communications) moves into retrograde on September 27, and it’s important to begin new endeavors before this time. Mercury retrograde is a passive time of reviewing the past and envisioning/rewriting the future; it’s not the right time to begin a new project.
Venus is in Scorpio, a water sign with intensity and depth—as well as emotion. Venus is in somewhat of a “mood” as she squares Saturn, bringing in karma and memories from the past. Venus opposes Uranus, increasing erratic reactions in love relationships and partnerships.
Mars (action) is typically strong willed and full of desire, but it’s more passive and pensive when placed in Libra. The emphasis shifts to diplomacy, fairness, and seeing both sides of the equation. It’s also useful for bringing balance to social issues. On the other side of the equation, Mars trines Saturn (limitation, karma), adding strength and ambition to the mix. Mars trine Pluto (subconscious/transformation) adds will and desire.
Jupiter (good fortune) and Saturn (limitation/karma) square Uranus (change, quantum field). These aspects tend to draw a sharp line between opposite field of thought and belief. Jupiter and Saturn are both placed in Aquarius, which concerns electronics (how much is good/bad?), the future, and humanity as a whole.
Uranus (sudden change, quantum field) offers a time to approach life from a new view. It brings constructive change, a restful period to heal and recreate our lives.
Tips and Thoughts
- The combination of Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces is vibrant and energizing. Earth and water help to create in physical form.
- Mercury in Libra encourages balance, harmony, and reflection. Meditate on the thoughts that align with the inner self for expansion.
- Venus is not happy or relaxed in this chart. Pull back from disagreements and look for balance when possible. Focus on smooth emotions.
- Mars is Libra is more reflective than usual, but aspects with Saturn and Pluto intensify the will and ambition.
- The many aspects with Pluto lend an opportunity to strengthen the will, follow desires, and find the courage to find a new path.
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and alignment with their inner path.