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Your September Monthly Horoscope by Eric Francis

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Mars retrograde in Aries is the final transition, the emotional, psychological and experiential bridge, to the last event of 2020: Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius. Mars retrograde represents the work of individuation and of self-actualization that will make the group experience in Aquarius more relevant and more easily workable.

Borrowing a line from Lou Reed, “Self-knowledge is a dangerous thing — the freedom of who you are.” Dangerous perhaps to a way of life that involves allowing yourself to disappear and be insignificant. Mars retrograde in Aries invites boldness and embodiment and the exploration of your will. Order here for instant access, or choose your individual signs here.

New Moon in Virgo: Remember the Goddess

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Virgo is the sign of the Goddess. I am here to remind you to remember her. Remember her in all of her forms: Gaia, the living Earth; the spirit of love and abundance; all rituals and expressions of beauty and pleasure; and her embodiment through all of the women and men who allow the feminine principle to inhabit their body and their spirit.

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Friday, September 18 — The Day of Internal Mystery

If today is your birthday: If you keep your composure, you will be able to expand your horizons considerably, and on your own terms, too. However, if you get mixed up in conflict, you will burn your energy and have little to spare on your true priorities. Make sure you take care of your own finances and not leave them to partners or relatives. Money is the most sensitive territory, and this connects directly to self-respect. To truly respect yourself, it’s necessary to pay your own way — at least for you, and at least in this world. Take charge of your bank account and you will take ownership of your soul.

Virgo New Moon: Thursday, September 17

This morning at 7:00 am EDT the Moon in Virgo conjoined the Sun, to begin a new lunar cycle. Stand-out features woven into this New Phase include an exact trine from the New Moon to Saturn, and the exact square from Mercury to Jupiter.

Trines signify a gift: on offer now are significant opportunities to make solid headway on achievement in the material world; to Make Big Dreams Real. In order to use this gift, however, truly committed, conscious intent is necessary. Focus. Discipline. Delayed Gratification. The challenge is bringing your vision down to earth and taking responsibility for its implementation in real-time. Think Big, Act Small. Step. By. Step. In a word: maturity.

That calls for self-knowledge. Observe what you give attention to and how that impacts your effectiveness, your mood, and how you use time. What you focus on becomes the subject of your picture: choose wisely. Observe your anger, what triggers resentment. Chances are any immediate causes you identify stand in for earlier reactions to authoritative oppression in some form. Here is where your own personal aspirations come into play, for it will be possible to narrow your focus like a laser and re-direct that energy toward creative ends: actual progress on the work most important to you.

This New Moon also carries an inherently positive, hopeful attitude toward future potential. If you sense that, great – take note and refer to it often; write it down if necessary. Otherwise, consider what such an optimistic future would look like for you personally, and identify a few tangible steps you can take here and now to clear that path; to position yourself on the time-line where those events are most likely to play out.

Regardless of whether your work is entirely self-focused or involves events on a collective level, utmost integrity is essential. Virgo teaches the evolutionary path of service, and every single choice we make affects the whole. This month is about how your work furthers your own growth and thus, that of others — your dharma.

— Victoria Emory

Thursday, September 17 — The Day of Perseverance

If today is your birthday: The benefit to freedom is that you are on your own, in your own territory. That is also the thing many people fear the most, and which I suggest you not fear but fall in love with. Every cell in your being is calling on you to extract yourself from situations that hold power over you. These might be financial, they might be sexual, they might be related to other facets of family. You are on a quest not just to discover who you are, but to be fully present for yourself in the world. This includes, in some tangible way, not having to answer to others who would impose their way of life on you, in ways subtle or overt. Your meetings must be between equal partners or parties. This will require you to see yourself a whole new way, and it is about time.

Wednesday, September 16 — The Day of Spirited Energies

If today is your birthday: What you want and what you need is probably closer and more within reach than you think. If you have a problem, you’ve probably solved it before. Therefore, consider yourself your best resource. You don’t need to interpose delays based on preparation or the acquisition of anything. Focus instead on removing obstacles and reaching out to people you already know. Go shopping for equipment and supplies right in your home. Borrow first, buy later. You are most of the way to where you want to be; now you can start thinking about what you want to do with your available opportunity.

Interesting aspect Tuesday: Venus square Uranus

Venus in Leo meets up with Prometheus-Uranus Tuesday, in a bursting little 90-degree aspect. This is the break your routines impulse, especially emotional, amorous and erotic. It’s also something of a gambler’s aspect, as with Uranian events, there can be unexpected gains as well as unforeseen losses. It depends a lot on what kind of bet you lay; creative risks are rewarded, and if you and I live on the same planet, many would benefit from some sexual experimentation. With Venus close to Vesta, the love goddess visits the temple of the Virgin servants of the flame. So this could be love or selflove (which are closely related, at least in the human realm) in any of their many forms. Surprise yourself. (Venus-Uranus-Leo-Taurus comes out “explore gender roles.”)

Tuesday, September 15 — The Day of Mastery

If today is your birthday: Go to them — do not expect them to come to you. Reach out to people on nothing more than a hunch. Reach for what you want. Exercise your talents regularly, and set specific goals and projects so that you can develop your skills and occupy your own abilities. Slip into them like a hand into a glove. Take ownership of your reality and of your purpose. This is a process of adaptation and acquisition. Mastery is earned, not bestowed. The greatest minds and the greatest talents sweat bullets on the way to getting there — do not be fooled by the performance. And as has been said, fortune favors the bold.

Monday Notes: Moon Conjunct Vesta

The Moon moves through Leo all day Monday, making a conjunction to fire goddess Vesta at 1:07 pm EDT. Vesta is the inner guiding light. She is the flame of core creativity and sexuality we may tend, or neglect.

The last few days of a lunar cycle can feel tired and sluggish anyway, but the weight of the last six months has many exhausted and running on fumes. But not not everyone. Depending (in part) on where you are, you may be experiencing the current astrology as your opportunity rise to the occasion of life.

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If you have a safe roof over your head, be grateful and focus your purpose. Vesta almost always represents a true calling. The thing about callings is that their voice is only as loud as your willingness to listen. Rise above the level of survival. Engage yourself. There is much that needs positive attention in our times.

Meanwhile, we are in the last days before the New Moon on Thursday at 7 am EDT. The days leading up to the Moon-Sun conjunction call for completion, closure and resolution. Make a list of what you need to wrap up, and pause taking acton on new plans. Rather, get your existing projects to a place where they are viable.

In honor of the New Moon, I suggest you clean one closet or drawer. Not the whole dresser, not the whole room, not the whole desk — just one part of it, as a tangible, physical offering to clearing and closure. There is an emotional dimension to this, which will come along with the experience. As you go through your belongings, be attentive to the gems you find. Discard what you know you don’t want or need (please, save letters and journals unless you must discard extreme toxicity).

If you find the belongings of others, you can return them — mailing them back is OK; you don’t need to call or do it in person.

The Sun in Virgo trines Pluto in Capricorn. This is Depth Psychology Meets Feng Shui for the Soul. As you take action, you will learn, you will cast light where needed, and you’ll enter the next lunar cycle renewed.

Many need to rest as the Moon wanes through balsamic phase. If you feel that instinct, take time out here and there and gather your thoughts, your emotions, and your strength. I believe all offices should have a nap room. Fortunately, many people are still working from home.

— Eric and Victoria

Monday, September 14 — The Day of the Perceptive Critic

If today is your birthday: Service is a privilege. It is an honor. In the world of greed, ambition, flash and bling, some don’t see it that way, though they may have never experienced the feeling; or maybe it’s not their karma. It is yours. Yes, to offer yourself fully can be inconvenient, for a while anyway. There are challenges, though there are in everything. The difference is that they are more rewarding when you are doing what you know you are called upon to do. What is that thing? Feel and listen within yourself carefully. It may not be thrust upon you. It may present itself as an option that you’re pulled to, even though there are more ‘appealing’ ones available. The rare opportunity is the most precious. —efc

Moon from Cancer to Leo

Overnight Saturday to Sunday, the sensitive Moon in Cancer made oppositions to Saturn and Pluto, and made a square to Eris — a complicated emotional picture, and a bit more. Saturn, Pluto and Eris form the main structure that describes the strange, dangerous times we are in.

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The strangeness and dangerousness are not about a virus. We live with trillions of those every single day. They are about the abuse of the political system of human frailty. This is why it’s so essential for all of us to reach in and find our sense of healing mission. And hey even if something is about a virus, there’s just one answer to that: focusing on your wellbeing.

I understand the struggle: you may feel like you must do something impossible. Yet healing is not only possible, it’s the most natural thing there is. Yet one must want it. One must intend for it to happen. One must have faith in the healing power.

And if those things are the issue, then it’s necessary to mediate on the purpose of your life. If you can at least get to the place where you know you want to feel better, that’s a very good start. The next thing to do is to ask for help. Ask for help in whatever you need: a health issue, a spiritual issue, or an emotional one.

Who you you ask? You ask within first, and seek your own inner authority. From there, you may be guided to speak to specific individuals. Healing is, in any event, an active process, not a passive one. And it is always a collaborative experience. Those who have more are almost always available to assist those who have less.

Sunday at 11:32 am, the Moon enters Leo, joining Venus and Vesta there. All are trine Chiron, which is in early Aries. Trines describe an opportunity or gift that is available. Yet for it to be meaningful, you must be willing to receive that gift. I have seen, as have many in the helping role, that the essential step in healing is the willingness to receive it. Those of us who know this have learned it through personal experience, and then witnessed it in others. Be willing to receive, so that this way, you may do so. — efc

Sunday, September 13 — The Day of Passionate Care

If today is your birthday: You must shake off depression, oppression, resistance or the feeling that it’s all too much, and take on the challenges of life. It really is that simple. There is not any miracle that intervenes in your ability to live your life other than your choice to do so. You may need to start slowly, and focus on proceeding in the direction you want to go. This will involve not being so consumed by your own emotions and finding some dry ground to stand on. The world as it is today — and as it has been for a long time — demands that we be able to deal with many forces working on us at once, some of which seem overwhelming. It may seem like a stretch to say that learning to deal with this is a matter of maturity. Yet that’s exactly what it is. —efc

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This is all a dream we dreamed

And no one sings me lullabies / And no one makes me close my eyes
So I throw the windows wide / And call to you across the sky

Pink Floyd

Mars is now retrograde in Aries for the first time since the summer of 1988. This will take some getting used to; give yourself time to adapt, and to express and explore the qualities of Mars inwardly, as opposed to the usual way, which is outwardly.

You might think of Mars retrograde as a time to figure out what you want. This is the most important thing you can know about yourself. What you want is your actual intent, whether you recognize that or not. If we invert that, this is also a time to figure out what you’re angry about.

Both anger and desire are taboo subjects. They are usually cloaked in some degree of denial. For many, a good bit of denial is used to keep desire and anger behind a scrim. It is a crude defense, though in some ways it serves its purpose: to insulate the mind against what might threaten one’s concept of seeming reality. Be on notice every time you hear yourself think or say some form of the idea, “I refuse to believe…” That is a veil.

Speaking of: we need to remember at all times that Neptune is in Pisces. I know, it’s easy to forget. Yet this factor alone is responsible for considerable distortion. It’s as if we live under a condition of parallel worlds, where contradictory things can be true at the same time. I wrote about that during simpler times, back in February.

Neptune in Pisces is a reminder that we are all dreaming this dream together. The world we live in is maya. The laws of space and time bend and flex. Mostly, we are subject to our own imagination, for good or ill.


Saturday, September 12 — The Day of the Fearless Crusader

If today is your birthday: Most of creation occurs behind the scenes; outward manifestations begin to appear once the primary pieces have been assembled. Or, perhaps more appropriate to your circumstance, re-arranged. Tectonic shifts are occurring on the deepest levels of your psyche, and to reap the rewards you must respect the process and become an active participant. Immense creative potential and opportunities to enlist the aid of supportive allies is available to you this year. Your willingness to receive is all that’s necessary to take advantage of them. That means feeling worthy of what you desire. You are — yet you must feel that in your bones. Trust that is so and follow where that feeling leads.

— Victoria Emory

Friday, September 11 — The Day of Dramatic Choice

If today is your birthday: You are your primary responsibility. It may take a supreme effort to remember that, though consider this your mantra and eventually you’ll appreciate the reasons why. Whatever relationship issues you may encounter, honesty and mutual understanding are imperative. Yet that begins with yourself — honesty with yourself, and understanding yourself. Do not assume you know what someone means or intends; ask openly. Discuss it. If you find yourself idealizing another, pinch yourself and take a moment to re-focus. When you appreciate yourself and nurture your own wellbeing as you would that of a beloved – well then. That’s self-mastery.

— Victoria and Eric

Thursday, September 10 — The Day of Private Goals

If today is your birthday: Approach security-related exchanges with courage and keen discernment. That means listen to yourself. You may not have all the relevant or accurate information needed to make an accurate assessment of the situation, so take your time in any negotiations with partners, and seek out facts everyone agrees on. Mercury and Chiron facing off in your birthday chart indicate the potential for healing issues of long-standing, or difficult revelations that can be addressed only through honest communication. If you can do that, an opportunity for transformation is at hand. To emerge with greater confidence and agency over your own life, do not run from your vulnerabilities. Speak to them as you would your cherished child, let them teach you, and be willing to learn.

— Victoria and Eric

Wednesday Notes: Mars Stations Retrograde Today

Tonight at 6:22 pm EDT, Mars stations retrograde in Aries for the first time since 1988. While mars retrogrades happen every two years, they are not distributed evenly by sign, and in our time in history tend to avoid Aries.

Eric Francis.

So we are getting something unusual, in a sign of the zodiac that influences every single person as the place where they find themselves — or at least go looking, or short of that, are prodded and provoked into self-discovery.

We face a crisis in our society where most of the soul-searching options are in some way closed off, obstructed, or placed under taboo.

In our times, self-actualization has been swallowed by tribal identity, which has only gained momentum through total immersion in digital technology. Many have this idea that “identifying as” something or someone is to actualize oneself. That is like saying your identity is more related to the car you drive rather than where you actually go.

When options for self-actualization are hidden, or are unavailable, the path of last resort is aggression. Violence is the search for identity, whether by a nation or an individual. We might not like to think of it that way; it’s easier to label it bad. Yet aggression in any form counts, from the bump and grind of daily life, to stirring the pot and making trouble for others as an intentional act.

We need to stop doing that. Humanity is in a crisis right now, and nobody alive on the planet at this moment has the time or energy to fight with their neighbors as a means of figuring out who they are. Yet for that to work, we will need to agree that other approaches are better: more creative and loving ones.

Wednesday, September 9 — The Day of the Difficult Demand

If today is your birthday: Mars stationing retrograde on your birthday is a call to independence. It’s your signal to reevaluate your approach to relationships, and the concept that you must merge with another to have a deep connection. Your ability to relate to others comes second to your presence in the world as a self-sufficient being. That does not mean living as an island but rather as one fulfilled of your own purpose and existence, able to relate to others on mutually independent terms. This does not happen overnight, though you are not starting today. This has been a persistent theme for you, and it’s time to pluck up some courage and use what you’ve learned.

The largest canyon in the Solar System cuts a wide swath across the face of Mars. Named Valles Marineris, the grand valley extends over 3,000 kilometers long, spans as much as 600 kilometers across, and delves as much as 8 kilometers deep. By comparison, the Earth’s Grand Canyon in Arizona, USA is 800 kilometers long, 30 kilometers across, and 1.8 kilometers deep. The origin of the Valles Marineris remains unknown, although a leading hypothesis holds that it started as a crack billions of years ago as the planet cooled. Recently, several geologic processes have been identified in the canyon. The above mosaic was created from over 100 images of Mars taken by Viking Orbiters in the 1970s.

Wednesday, Sept. 9 | Mars Retrograde: The Inquiry Into Self

Mars stationing retrograde on Wednesday, September 9, will — if we allow it to — bring up more questions than answers. This is a complicated retrograde: Mars will make a square to Saturn, a conjunction to Eris, and then a square to Jupiter and Pluto. It’s done all of this in direct motion; the retrograde brings up many other sides of the story.

The most vital questions of Mars involve fear. People remain easily manipulated by fear, whether individually, in groups or en masse. This is a complex topic, as it goes deeper than anxiety and reaches into the deepest primordial fears that even the most advanced swamis must confront, known in Sanskrit as the kleshas.

We share some common ground — our society has its own version of these, which stem from the ignorance of our own beings. This is an engineered ignorance, which is injected into and plastered upon everyone. Some break free; some struggle to and may partially succeed; most pretty much stay put where they were as young people.

The aspects Mars retrograde makes describe a process of cracking through the layers. Those are the retrograde squares to Capricorn planets. Those Capricorn planets represent the zone where family trauma meets the dysfunction and chaos of society. If you are wondering what we are witnessing, there you have an idea.

The astrology we’re about to experience builds to a peak through the first part of November. Combined with the most explosive political campaign in American history (in part due to Covid, and in part due to various “end of days” scenarios playing out), everyone capable must do their part to maintain a semblance of sanity.

Think of the public as a crowd of people, most of whom are not individuated and therefore subject to the stampede of mass consciousness. Then imagine that scattered throughout the crowd are people who are aware of what is happening and have a certain amount of influence over those who immediately surround them. Their role will be to maintain awareness, reason and a measure of calm. With enough of those people functioning, we can avoid a stampede and thousands getting trampled.

You are very likely to be one of them. Your first responsibility is to monitor your own fear. Equal to that is commitment to truth. That means being sensitive enough to your own thoughts to know when you are making assumptions, believing someone else, or in some form of denial.

You will need access to your unimpeded awareness to fulfill your function.


Tuesday, September 8 — The Day of the Puzzling Purist

If today is your birthday: More than most, you instinctively understand that you came into this life to evolve, to learn — and as a result, to expand: in terms of values, your beliefs, and capacity for love. This year that involves honestly examining your where responsibility to yourself and to others may feel like a contradiction. Likewise, the extent to which your emotional (or material) security depends on relationships of one kind or another. Both courage and compassion will be needed, both for yourself and those in your intimate circle. Give yourself permission to want what you want, and you’ll discover how your greatest fulfillment is not, and never could be, a zero-sum game.

— Victoria Emory

Monday Notes: Mercury, Venus, Mars

This weekend we’ve had two inner planet sign changes. Mercury entered Libra on Saturday, and Venus entered Leo on Sunday. Inner planet sign changes shift the mood, and I dare say that if the planets are a measure of anything at all, there is more optimism available.

However, as Mercury in Libra moves through many points located early on the cardinal cross (mostly in Aries and Capricorn), you can expect to feel the impulse for a more balanced discussion. Right now the seeming dominant ethos of our times is, “My fear is backed up by science, therefore, I win.” Yet there is no logic there, though we need it dearly.

Mercury is gradually coming into alignment with a Pluto-like planet called Logos (a Kuiper Belt object with a 307 year orbit discovered 1997); consider the necessity for actions taken in your outer environment to match true, valid logic in the mental environment. We don’t have that right now.

At the moment, for many, their personal belief is considered irrefutable proof of the truth. Consider the danger of that: hallucinations can and often do rule the day*. The problem is, we don’t usually identify them as such. As long as something has a hashtag, it’s thought to be solid as quartz.

There seems to be a boundary lacking: you are entitled to the limits of your reality, though you are not entitled to impose them on someone else.

We live in times when, if one brings up logic, they could be accused of being a slave to the patriarchy (that is the accuser’s fantasy). So unless you want to live in a world where anyone’s fears or personal trip can be imposed on you as the truth (gospel, scientific or whatever), you will need some basic procedures to get out of the maze — and you will need to be willing to change your mind when you encounter information that requires you to do so.

For most people, what we call thought is untrained, and does not work especially well. Actual thought is what connects the mind to the heart, and is based on a balanced discussion that takes both into account. It must include a process of weighing and balancing: a way of thinking judicially. Be aware of what points of view you react to and refuse to consider. Those are the ones to devote the most attention to.

Another option is described by a body of knowledge connected to one’s inner authority. Yet that too takes training, and practice, and it takes recognizing that obsessive fear is not a helpful emotion.

Venus, newly in Leo, is a caution against false pride. Leo at its true essence is about devotion to service. Leo holds things together, as a consequence of its being — not for appearances. In fact both Mercury in Libra and Venus in caution against overdoing it with appearances in any form. Stick to the underlying reality.

If you catch a glimpse of yourself doing anything for the sake of being seen doing so, stop and question yourself. If you find yourself making an excuse or rationalizing anything you might do for appearances, stop and question yourself.

Mars stationing retrograde within the next 48 hours will — if we allow it to — bring up more questions than answers. Yet the most vital questions of Mars involve fear. One of them is: what exactly am I afraid of? And the other is, who am I, really?

*The opening lines of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas come to mind:

We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like “I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe you should drive….” And suddenly there was a terrible roar all around us and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, which was going about a hundred miles an hour with the top down to Las Vegas. And a voice was screaming: “Holy Jesus! What are these goddamn animals?”

Then it was quiet again. My attorney had taken his shirt off and was pouring beer on his chest, to facilitate the tanning process. “What the hell are you yelling about?” he muttered, staring up at the sun with his eyes closed and covered with wraparound Spanish sunglasses. “Never mind,” I said. “It’s your turn to drive.” I hit the brakes and aimed the Great Red Shark toward the shoulder of the highway. No point mentioning those bats, I thought. The poor bastard will see them soon enough.

Monday, September 7 — The Day of Success Seekers

If today is your birthday: Fortune is a god, or so it seems. Not God the Big Dude but a force of nature that will respond to you if you are willing to take the chance to be yourself, do something you truly want to do, and risk a little of what you think of as certain. One of the reasons it’s safe to do that is because certainty is never it what it appears to be, but seems to be of greatest value when you take a chance on it. You cannot stay in the game if you cling to your chips.

Sunday, September 6 — The Day of Unpredictable Fate

If today is your birthday: Many elements of the past year of your life have had surprise endings. Or perhaps there was just one, and in the remnants of that prior journey was not just the seed of something new, but its actual emergence. Venus entering Leo on your birth anniversary is your invitation to bring out your deepest, innermost self-confidence. You are always presented with the option to trust your insecurity or your courage. The choice is always yours. It may not seem that way, though you can only find out if you experiment.

This Weekend’s Summary

Saturday the Aries Moon is passing through the Capricorn cluster (by right angle), and making conjunctions to both Eris and Mars.

When I see the Moon-Eris conjunction, I think of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who both were born with the Aries Moon conjunct Eris, and who both changed the world in their own ways. Both were pioneers of the digital revolution, in different but related ways.

Gates remains among the living and seems intent on “reprogramming” the human race with his idea of freedom, safety and what human DNA should look like. This aspect is therefore cautionary. It is, however, combined with the Moon’s series of squares to retrograde Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn. That is calling attention to what is behind the scenes.

Humans have a difficult time with this. They may plot and scheme in their own lives, though they cannot imagine anyone else doing so. They may have been dragged through the most harrowing, evil experiences in divorce court, but still think that the World Management Team are a bunch of nice guys.

The key with this astrology is to learn how to see the agendas operating behind the scenes, including your own. Personal agendas can usually be seen more accurately in what you assume of others. It’s also visible in the form of what you don’t want to know, or know about.

If you write down your definition of “too much information,” you will figure out your agenda.

I’ll cover Mercury in Libra on Sunday.

Saturday, September 5 — The Day of the Fanciful Sovereign

If today is your birthday: There is a gift for designing your reality indicated in your solar return chart. Yet there’s also a bold caution about honoring the law of unintended consequences. Most people with fantastic ideas think little about the unplanned results of what they are doing. You must do so, or your creative power will turn out to be destructive. The challenge here is that you may feel drawn to the future by some generative magnet that is causing you to see things a certain way and make decisions now, based on some result that you may not be aware of. That is the challenge: know what vision and what goal is drawing you forward. The future remains unwritten.

Mars Retrograde, Self Actualization and Soul Retrieval

Dear Friend and Reader:

First, before we get into Mars retrograde, remember: everything is headed for the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the first degree of Aquarius. Mars retrograde is preparation for whatever that aspect is about, and whatever that is, it’s something big.

At the same time, Chiron is still early in its trek through Aries; we have a lot to learn from this. The relationship is that the individuation of Chiron in Aries is essential for functioning under the intensified group energy of the forthcoming Aquarius planets.

Whether or not you get assimilated into the Borg and reduced to an IP address has much to do with your response to the conditions on the planet as they are developing now.

We are experiencing once-in-a-lifetime events; the pattern we are in will never repeat itself on any timescale relevant to contemporary history. The choice as always is to wake up or go to sleep, though it’s never been so crucial as it is today. We were in many ways blindsided by Saturn conjunct Pluto back in January. We are now under new astrology of equal magnitude, which is approaching fast. We are on notice to pay attention and to be ready to take action.

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Mars retrograde in Aries is the final transition, the emotional, psychological and experiential bridge, to the last event of 2020: Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius. Mars retrograde represents the work of individuation and of self-actualization that will make the group experience in Aquarius more relevant and more easily workable.

Borrowing a line from Lou Reed, “Self-knowledge is a dangerous thing — the freedom of who you are.” Dangerous perhaps to a way of life that involves allowing yourself to disappear and be insignificant. Mars retrograde in Aries invites boldness and embodiment and the exploration of your will. Order here for instant access, or choose your individual signs here.

Friday, September 4 — The Day of the Builder

If today is your birthday: Choose your battles, which must be few. None would be preferable. Nobody else is responsible for your choices, past and present. So don’t try to claw your way into our out of anything; rather, describe your needs, and your preferences, in a direct but understated way. Remember that the decisions you make are ultimately your own. Your life is not about getting the approval of others or having them agree to who you are. You connect the dots; you collect the pieces; you assign the roles that others have in your life. If you take up your creative power, everything will be easier.

Thursday, Sept. 3 | Moon leaving Pisces, Entering Aries

The Moon is now in Pisces, where it will be until this afternoon. It’s swimming out of a conjunction to Neptune, the lord of waters. If you feel like you’re wading through a dream, that could offer an image.

To take the example of a dream further, it’s not uncommon for their messages to provide clues on how to deal with our waking life. Dream logic often offers sideways approaches and possibilities not thought of while awake. Listen to the wisdom of your dreams, which means take them gently. They speak in riddles that you made up.

At 4:42 pm EDT, the Moon moves into Aries, and back into the era-defining aspect pattern of our time that is occurring between Aries and Capricorn.

As the Moon makes its weekly contact here with Chiron, Mars, Saturn, and Pluto, rise to the occasion if another wrinkle presents itself. Any challenge that arises repeatedly is one to address, first with a thoughtful analysis. You don’t want your life to be stuck on repeat, and it does not have to be.

Establishing what you want to resolve, gaming out potential solutions, and feeling your way through any dilemma would be a good use of your morning. If a relative challenges your identity, take it in stride.

After the Moon ingresses into Aries it makes a square to Pholus and Quaoar later in the evening which suggests that once things start, make sure you know the difference between the gas and the brakes.

Heaviness is not necessary, especially waking up after a night of Pisces turning into Aries. Spend time with your dreams, then make sure you’re fully awake before you handle any life concerns. You will find that a positive approach works the best.

With love,

Eric and Spence

Thursday, September 3 — The Day of the Mold Breaker

If today is your birthday: If you don’t ask, you won’t get, and now is no time to let thwarted desires fester. Whether it’s stress between yourself and key associates, or between future goals and security, you need to engage directly. Don’t wait for others to initiate important conversations, or the right moment to take action on aspirations dear to your heart. Negotiations will probably be easier than you fear, and the very act of taking the initiative will lead to more than resolving immediate issues. Real growth, real conscious evolution only comes from such moments, and this is yours. Creativity crackles out of your birthday chart, and you have more courage than you may realize.

— Victoria Emory

Wednesday, September 2 — The Day of the Businesslike Attitude

If today is your birthday: Quantum physicist Max Planck noted that, ‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’ World-view is everything, and your evolutionary path this year is one of exciting discovery. That’s the potential; it is up to you to answer the call. Now is the time to pursue that course of study or embark on paths that may seem very different from what you’re used to. If relationship issues have taken precedence for a while, consider how different the view might be if you prioritized your own needs and desires. Changing one part of an equation creates an entirely new proposition. Listen to the part of you that’s ready.

— Victoria Emory

Planet Waves
Photo by Lanvi Nguyen.

Pisces Full Moon, Conjunct Nessus

Dear Friend and Reader:

Overnight Tuesday to Wednesday, the Moon reaches full phase in Pisces. The aspect peaks on Sept. 2, at 1:22 am EDT, which will make for an interesting night of dreaming if anyone can get to sleep.

We finally have an aspect that harmonizes with the rest of the sky rather than bangs into it: the earthy Sun and watery Moon go well with all the activity in the Earth and Fire signs, and sidestep Mars and Eris — though we will be hearing from them again soon enough.

In the background of everything is Mars getting ready to station retrograde on Sept. 9. That is going to stir the pot because the retrograde involves a long conjunction to chaos goddess Eris, as well as squares to everyone in the smoke-filled room of Pallas, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. That discussion I will save for the monthly edition, which comes out in a day or two.


Tuesday, September 1 — The Day of No Nonsense

If today is your birthday: Weigh the demands of a relationship and give yourself time to decide if it’s worth it. It may well be, but communication, perhaps long overdue, is in order. Honesty takes courage, but you seem to know just what’s necessary for an association to grow, and how to express it effectively. First you must recognize what needs to break free in your own personal experience; what changes you seek for yourself as an independent entity. Whatever those consist of are right on schedule. It’s time to venture outside your usual orbit — a big wide world out there wants you to be part of it.

— Victoria Emory

Wednesday, Sept. 2 | Pisces Full Moon Sextile Uranus: Practical Revolution

The Moon has been in Pisces since yesterday, and opposed the Sun in Virgo for the Full Moon in early this morning (1:22 am EDT).

The empathic, visionary, old-soul Pisces Moon feels everything — and everything’s quite a lot right now. Mars and Venus are tensely configured both with each other, and with the epic, era-defining Saturn/Pluto dynamic. Feeling cut-off from support, frustration, resentment — or a fun-pack of all three — might color a few cresting waves.

Yet the heavens throw plenty of life-jackets and lower a few boats into what could be troubled waters. They’re easy to see, with open eyes. Essential insights into how to negotiate communication gaps and map out strategies are readily available, via a brilliant Earth trine from Mercury to Pluto and Saturn. This is the clear-headed, courageous “what’re you gonna do about it?” response.

Follow that train. Inspiration and motivation to get down business and take steps toward restructuring aspects of your life in the most practical, can-do ways, comes with whatever you pick up. This lunation occurs with ‘opportunity knocks’ and ‘use this gift’ aspects from Uranus, the Awakener. A practical revolution is in order. Uranus delivers a well-timed and easily processed jolt that helps intuition and rational analysis work together.

For the clearest reception, don’t try to inhibit emotions that rise with this lunar tide. Feel what’s real, and in the spirit of the Piscean cosmic ocean, let it flow. Give yourself permission to unplug for a while; put everything else on hold for enough time to find your own personal center of the storm. A moment or five to soak in a bath, or commune with your god, will help quiet the noise and clear the channels.

Trust that guidance is trying to get through; it is. All you must do is relax and tune in.

— Victoria Emory

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