Forecast for September 2016

Long-Term Shifts in 2016

In 2016, a gathering of four planets in Mutable signs—Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune—assures that the world’s Virgos, Pisceans, Geminis and Sagittarians will not be allowed to sit still for long (as if they ever could!). Natives of these signs will be going through a lot of changes over a 3-year period, in which we are presently in year 2.

Saturn is traveling through Sagittarius this year. Thank goodness it’s done with Scorpio! Fixed natives (Scorpio, Taurus, Leo and Aquarius) can finally relax their vigilance—Saturn won’t be bothering you for another 5 years. Now Mutable natives come under the gun because while in Sagittarius, Saturn squares Neptune—see  this: Fear Turns Dreams Into Nightmares.

This year Jupiter has traveled back and forth in Virgo, bringing luck and fortune to Mutable signs everywhere (Virgos, Geminis, Pisceans, Sagittarians). While in Virgo, Jupiter trined Pluto, opposed Chiron and squared Saturn. By now, Jupiter has moved out of Virgo and is now in Libra, getting ready to spread the love to Cardinal signs everywhere.

Want to know more about the planetary influences of this year? Find out more about this year’s trends and pivotal (retrograde) days: Transits in the Year 2016.

This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts.  Will they affect you?  Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?

Planetary Stations and Retrogrades

Pluto turns direct on Sept 26, re-entering this year’s span of 14-17º Capricorn for his last lap. If you’ve been feeling a Pluto transit this year, it’s time to shed the last bits of the old you’ve been hanging onto and to finally embrace a new life. Fighting it only makes it worse. This especially affects those born January 5-8, April 3-6, July 6-9, and October 7-10.

Neptune, Chiron and Uranus are still retrograde, so it’s no wonder if you’re feeling a sense of stagnation.

Saturn, recently direct, will now race thru the end of this year’s span from 9-16º of Sagittarius. Sounds like a relief from all the intolerance, racial attacks, terrorism and other forms of humans being mean to humans? Not necessarily—Saturn remains in Sag throughout 2017 and finally moves into Capricorn in December of 2017. I guess humanity’s got more to learn. Sigh.

Jupiter will race thru the end of Virgo and enter Libra on September 9. Jupiter’s passage through Libra will be a lovely time for relationships, lasting until October 2017. Jupiter’s Libra span runs from 13-23º. Those born in Cardinal signs will have a luck period starting in November and lasting until September of 2017. This especially means you if you were born October 6-16, January 4-14, April 3-13 or July 5-15.

Moon Sign Teleclass Series Coming In October

Your Moon sign is the key to contentment, happiness and the ability to rest deeply. When you engage in the self-care suggested by your Moon sign, you feel deeply secure because the Moon describes how you like to be mothered.

This year I’ll be doing a free teleclass series about the Moon signs. Each Moon sign’s teleclass will fall on a Thursday inside that sign’s month, beginning with Libra in October. Watch for more news about this in my September newsletter and events letter. And in the meanwhile, if you don’t know what sign your Moon is in, this page will help you find out:  How to use to cast your free astrology chart.

Mercury Watch

September begins with Mercury moving retrograde (backwards), tangling lines of communication and messing up office equipment. Have patience because Lesser Epiphany Day comes on the 12th and that may bring the answer to the gnarly puzzle you’ve been cracking your head on. Be alert for insights to land on your head around that day, lighting the way to the end of Mercury retrograde on September 21st. Check out this for a bigger understanding of how Mercury Retrograde works and what you can do about it: This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.


October begins with the Cardinal Air sign of Libra.  As an Air sign, Libra blows in the winds of change at the autumnal equinox and frosts the leaves, creating a red and golden landscape.  Imagine the season of Libra as a beautiful lady whose skirt is a small cyclone of brightly colored leaves, dancing and swirling.  Winter is coming, but is not here yet.  This is the fall, when the sun dips below the equator and leaves cascade from the trees.  This year Libra runs from September 23 to October 23.

October concludes with Watery, Fixed Scorpio, beginning on October 23.  Death is in the air as the nights grow colder still and darkness begins to settle in after the equinox has passed.  Halloween, Day of the Dead and the Witches’ New Year all happen in Scorpio because many cultures have believed that at this time of the year the veil between this world and the next is thin and penetrable.  Ghosts appear and the dead speak.  Is it any wonder that Scorpios are sometimes a mystery, even to themselves?  More on this fascinating sign after it begins.


Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.

New Moon/Solar Eclipse in 9º Virgo: Thursday, September 1, 2016

September’s New Moon is also a Solar Eclipse, placed in Virgo and squared to Neptune and opposed Saturn. This generates a very tense mood, combining a discipline tinged with self-judgment and a relaxation saturated with laziness. It’s like a cosmic choice between overwork and complete dissolution and it has a strongly polarized feel to it, as if the choice is absolute. Figure out how to relax your perfectionist standards, without dropping them entirely. Seek the middle ground—work and dream, but do neither to excess.

Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in 24º Pisces: Friday, September 16, 2016

The Full Moon this month is also a lunar eclipse and it falls in a conjunction to Chiron and a square to Mars. This eclipse may bring up anger, targeted squarely on wounded places, in the emotional hurricane lunar eclipses are famous for. Stay in command of your feelings, especially if you were born during these dates, as you may feel this very personally: September 11-21, December 11-21, March 9-19, or June 10-20.

September’s Full Moon is sometimes called the Corn Moon for the abundance of corn ready for harvesting in this season.

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 9/1/2016, New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Virgo: Seek the balance between rigorous perfectionism and irresponsible laziness.

9/1/2016, Sun squares Saturn: Summer is ending and you can feel the workload piling on. There’s so much to get done by the end of the year!

9/2/2016, Sun opposes Neptune: Feeling more prone to slip off into your fantasyland then stick your nose to the grindstone of cold, hard reality?

9/2/2016, Mercury conjuncts Jupiter: “Go Big or Go Home” may be your mantra today. Some of your ideas are becoming larger than life.

9/5/2016, No exact aspects today, which can yield an eerie, disconnected feeling. On the other hand, you can create your own reality without planetary influence.

9/6/2016, Sun trines Pluto: How do you pursue positive self-transformation? Who have you been, and who do you see yourself becoming?

9/7/2016, Venus sextiles Saturn: You may feel comforted by old friends or your long term partner today. They are there for you through thick and thin.

9/9/2016, Jupiter enters Libra, there to stay until October 2017, bringing relationship luck and confidence. Open up to love.

9/10/2016, Mercury opposes Chiron: How have you been underestimating your intelligence lately? We can’t all be smart at everything.

9/10/2016, Saturn squares Neptune for the FINAL time: Don’t let fear and superstition grip you.

9/11/2016, Venus squares Pluto: Are you drawn to Bad Boys/Girls? Maybe they’re sexy, but will they take you down a road you ultimately want to be on?

9/12/2016, Mercury squares Mars: You may notice people communicating rather impulsively today. Try to choose words that have the least sting.

9/12/2016, Mercury retrograde conjuncts Sun: Today the solution to your puzzle may whack you on the side of the head.

9/13/2016, Sun squares Mars: People may be acting obnoxious and pushy today. Be careful driving—there may be more road rage than usual.

9/15/2016, Sun opposes Chiron: Childhood wounds are deep, but they heal. What steps can you take to help your inner child shine more brightly?

9/15/2016, Mars squares Chiron: Don’t underestimate your drive to succeed. You have what it takes, though it may not always feel that way.

9/16/2016, Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Pisces: Mars brings anger in an emotional hurricane that may be very triggering. Curb your tongue.

9/17/2016, Mars trines Uranus: This Saturday, do something adventurous and unusual. Ever try sky diving? Or maybe just a hot air balloon ride.

9/18/2016, Venus opposes Uranus: Sometimes relationships can feel so…ugh…confining! You may be itchy for your own personal space right now.

9/19/2016, Venus sextiles Mars: Romance is on the rise! It may be a weekday, but maybe you can go out for a quick date to the movies or dinner.

9/20/2016, Mercury trines Pluto: Passion and fervor creep into communications today, with good results. You can really connect with others.

9/21/2016, Mercury turns direct: Whew! That little rascally planet has finally turned around again.

9/22/2016, Sun enters Libra/Fall Equinox: It’s the turn of the year. Begin pulling inward for the cold winter.

9/23/2016, Mercury trines Pluto: Your passion for a subject may deepen today. Investigate it, research it. What will you uncover?

9/23/2016, When Venus enters Scorpio it’s like Halloween comes early. Such a vamp, she likes to wear black (till Oct 17).

9/25/2016, Sun conjuncts Jupiter: Today you feel uplifted. Perhaps your faith in humanity has been restored. The silver lining outshines the cloud.

9/26/2016, Pluto turns direct: Have you been involved in a metamorphosis this year, lost in the dark? It’s almost over.

9/27/2016, Mars enters Capricorn, bringing ambition, goal orientation and drive to succeed (till Nov 8). This train is definitely going somewhere!

9/30/2016, New Moon in Libra: A sort of Blue Moon, this is the second New Moon inside the month, permeated with Libran sweetness.

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