Welcome to Pandora’s monthly astrology forecast. Here you’ll find news for the year, for the month and for dates this month when important changes are happening in our skies. You’ll also find words and videos explaining what they mean, how to handle them and how to know if they affect your chart specifically.
September 2023 In A Nutshell
What does your September horoscope hold in store for your Sun or Rising sign?
Juno, asteroid goddess of social matters and our committed relationships, continues her journey through Leo this month. In any house she is transiting, we will likely see some issues coming up surrounding affection, attention and ego in our most important partnerships. Ceres enters Scorpio mid-month, where she is in detriment. In any house Ceres is transiting, we will likely see some issues coming up surrounding our bodies, diets, and finances having to do with restriction, deprivation, intense ups and downs, and difficulty receiving nourishment and enacting self-care. Meanwhile, Jupiter, the luck-bringer is in Taurus, expanding Taurus’ natural fecundity with abundance, confidence, and faith. Mercury and Venus both station direct this month, ending retrograde cycles that triggered reflection about our communication and our habits in love and friendship. Meanwhile, Mars is in Libra all month, harnessing our relationships to achieve our desires. Watch your personal horoscope video to see how the transits of this month will specifically affect your natal chart!
We have two dynamic lunations this month. In “Seeds of Selfless Service,” Jamie and Julia discuss the practical, detail-oriented, and deeply intelligent New Moon in Virgo of September 14. A harmonious aspect from Uranus in Taurus provides extra intellectual edge, while an opposition from Neptune creates some confusion. In “The Sacred Fire of Self-Care,” they discuss the high-energy Full Moon in Aries of September 29, which is quite a polarized lunation. This Full Moon is truly an active contemplation of the Aries-Libra axis. We are asked to learn how to take action that is considerate and self-aware. The involvement of Vesta asks us to integrate conflict between our own needs and those of others with emotional awareness and a sacred approach to self-care. For more in depth analyses of these complex lunations, watch our videos!
Watch your personal horoscope video to see how the transits of this month will specifically affect your natal chart!
Long-Term Shifts in 2023
2023 brings some major shifts to our collective consciousness. Most of these changes are occurring due to outer planetary ingresses into new signs. Usually outer planets shift signs gradually, beginning with preliminary steps into the new sign, followed by backtracking into the former one, and so on and so forth until the planet is solidly within the next sign. These times of transition feature elements of both signs, and highlight the zodiac’s naturally developmental nature from Aries to Pisces. Planets undergoing shifts into a new sign this year include Pluto, Saturn, Jupiter, as well as the nodal axis of Eclipses. Read on for a bit about each transition.
Pluto enters Aquarius
The most significant change awaiting us in 2023 is probably Pluto’s ingress into Aquarius. That’s because Pluto is the slowest moving planet, and has been in Capricorn for the past 15 or so years. Pluto’s transit through Capricorn has been a time of serious dismantling and unearthing of toxicity and corruption in mainstream power.
Pluto first enters the fixed air sign Aquarius on March 23, 2023. Pluto in Aquarius will reveal and transform toxic material in the realm of politics, humanitarianism, social justice, science, technology, social media, and the internet. Similarly to how Pluto’s transit through Capricorn revealed Capricornian shadow themes, Pluto’s transit through Aquarius will highlight the dark side of Aquarius. For a more in-depth look at this significant collective shift, read our blogpost here: Pluto in Aquarius 2023-2044: A Transformation of Ideals.
Saturn enters Pisces
After two or so years in Aquarius, Saturn enters the mutable water sign, Pisces, on March 7 2023, 5:34 am. Saturn’s transit through Aquarius saw the Covid-19 pandemic, an overwhelming upsurge in the global Black Lives Matter movement. It also revealed corruption, abuse and sexual misconduct in traditional power structures.
In Pisces, however, Saturn is a bit lost at sea. Pisces’ Neptunian immateriality is basically antithetical to Saturn’s earthy desire to build. Neptune dreams and turns inward; Saturn sees itself in the context of the society and materializes outward. On one hand, we may see the materialization of our dreams. On the other, we may experience the dissolution of long upheld-structures that we take for granted. For a more in-depth look at Saturn’s 2-3 year transit through Pisces, read our blogpost here: Saturn in Pisces 2023-2025: The Manifestation of Dreams
Jupiter Enters Taurus
Jupiter changes signs about once every year and a half. Similarly to Saturn, Jupiter’s ingress into Taurus is a relatively temporary shift compared to Pluto’s monumental change. But, it marks a new mini-era nonetheless. Jupiter in Taurus will bring expansion in the realm of food, agriculture, body image, private property, artistic expression, and finances. Jupiter in Taurus brings an abundance mindset and fertility in mind, body, earth and spirit. This transit will strengthen our self-image, self-worth, and self-esteem.
Eclipses in 2023: Taurus/Scorpio to Aries/Libra
The Eclipses of 2023 shift from the nodal axis of Taurus/Scorpio to Aries/Libra. We experience 4 eclipses per year. Eclipses serve to show us our shadow. Solar Eclipses reveal our shadow via our behavior, while Lunar Eclipses do so by our subjective, internal experience. This year, the North Node in Aries calls us towards directness, independence, courage to walk our own path, not caring what others think, unpretentiousness, gutsy animalism, healthy expression of anger, and action. Conversely, the South Node in Libra urges us to release shadowy behaviors of codependence, people-pleasing, debilitating self-consciousness, superficiality, indecision, overthinking, and passive aggression.
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During 2023, Uranus is in Taurus, Neptune is in Pisces and Chiron is in Aries–exactly as they were in 2021 and 2022. This video explains what it means when a planet spends many years traveling through a sign (we call them “planetary eras”) and for these 3 planets, it still applies: Planetary Eras: Outer Planets In Signs In 2020. As we mentioned earlier, in 2023, Saturn and Pluto are moving out of Capricorn and into Aquarius, so that part of the video no longer applies. Jupiter has long since moved out of Capricorn and is now moving into Taurus. For historical context, our videos about Saturn in Aquarius, Jupiter in Pisces and Jupiter in Aries will bring you current.
How do September’s planetary movements affect you?
Check Pandora Astrology’s horoscopes this month and watch the one for your Rising sign as well as your Sun sign. This year’s themes affect individual people in individual areas of life according to their own astrology charts. How will they affect you? Look here to find out: Are You Currently In Transition?
Mercury starts the month retrograde in Virgo. On September 6, Mercury retrograde conjoins the Sun in what we call “Lesser Epiphany Day”, a day of culmination when your insights will be worth noting. While Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, don’t be surprised if your conversations take on a more analytical or even perfectionistic and critical tone. Be warm with yourself and others to compensate for this tone. Mercury stations direct on September 16, concluding its 3-week long constructive criticism of our systems or organization, health, and mind-body symbiosis. To make good use of this retrograde and its significant days, read more here about This Year’s Mercury Retrogrades.
September begins with the Mutable Earth sign Virgo. Earth and Mutability are an odd combination, because being an Earth sign makes Virgo grounded and solid, while being a Mutable sign makes Virgo flexible and changeable. Blend these qualities together and you see that Virgo is the most flexible of the sometimes-stodgy Earth signs and can be very willing to make a change for pragmatic reasons. Virgo the Organizer is the sign of first harvests, a time of sorting and separating the wheat from the chaff. This year Virgo runs from August 23 through September 22.
Summer is now coming to a close as the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, leading us to the balance of the year in Libra. That occurs at the autumnal equinox on September 22. Equinox means “equal night,” signifying that the light is once again in balance. Libra is a Cardinal Air sign, bestowing upon its natives grace, wit and a love of social activity. Libra is naturally artistic, having a built-in sensitivity to beauty. Libra is also attuned to fairness and justice.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.
Happy Birthday, Virgo!
Here is your monthly horoscope for September:
“Alone Time and Self-Discovery”
Happy Birthday, Virgo!
Juno begins the month in Leo, and in your 12th House. You may find that you are socially withdrawn, even more than usual! Your social withdrawal may be into a love nest with a partner, or all on your own. Ceres starts the month in Libra, in your 2nd House, continuing her comfortable journey through her home turf of the realm of food, the body, material security, and values. However, mid-month, she will progress into the 3rd House, where she is not as comfortable in the realm of cerebral matters. Jupiter, bringer of luck, is transiting your 9th House, where he is at home and happy to expand into intellectual, philosophical, and cultural expansion. He is blessing you with travel, confidence, optimism, and learning this year. This journey of expansion deepens significantly this month when Jupiter goes retrograde. Watch our video to learn about Mercury stationing direct (!), Venus stationing direct, Mars’ transit through your 2nd House, and this month’s New and Full Moons.
This Month’s Lunations
Each lunation (new or full moon) has a feeling-state that human beings will be prone to under it, a general mood.
“Seeds of Selfless Service”
New Moon in 21º Virgo
on September 14, 2023, 6:39 PM Pacific Time
The New Moon in Virgo occurs at 21º on September 14, 2023. New Moons are inherently about beginnings, so this moon may be about beginning a new project that requires fine attention to detail. On this day, the humble, service-oriented Virgo Moon trines Uranus in Taurus, stimulating new ideas about ecology, permaculture, climate change, and nature conservation. However, the New Moon is also facing off with Neptune in Pisces. This polarization of energy asks us to balance the themes of practicality versus spirituality, physical service versus empathy and compassion. This Moon is perfect for brilliance – Uranus’ out-of-the-box thinking and flashes of insight combines with Virgo’s incisive intellect to power your new ideas. However, this lunation may be irregular and disorderly, with the influence of erratic Uranus and confused Neptune. If you have a planet in your chart placed between 16º and 26º of a Mutable sign, you’ll feel this Moon.
“The Sacred Fire of Self-Care”
Full Moon in 6º Aries
of September 29, 2023, 2:58 AM Pacific Time
The Full Moon in Aries occurs at 6º on September 29, 2023. Full Moons are inherently relational, and this one is classically so because it occurs in the Aries-Libra axis. Polarization and potentially identifying with only one side of this dynamic. A lot of the tension of this Full Moon might surround your inability to take in someone else’s point of view. The Full Moon is part of a tense T-Square including Pallas Athene in Libra. She pushes back against the Aries Moon with sharp intellect and social strategy. Meanwhile, Vesta in Cancer squares the Aries-Libra opposition, introducing a therapeutic, nurturing note. Vesta demands integration of instinctive desire and focusing on others’ perspectives at the expense of our own in radical self-care, as well as considering the feelings of others as well as your own feelings. If you have a planet in your chart placed between 1º and 11º degrees of a Cardinal sign, you’ll feel this Moon.
Your September horoscope video will tell you more about these Full and New Moons. When checking your horoscope, always check your Rising sign first, then your Sun sign. Your Rising sign’s horoscope will generally work better.
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