Fun and excitement over the July-August period may well have simmered down by now, especially following the New Moon in Virgo at the end of August. Our thoughts can now turn to purification, detoxing, and how to be more optimized for our goals. The healthy functioning of basic systems that support us, such as our bodies, routines, finances and relationships, could use some fine-tuning right about now. Auspiciously, a dynamic contact between Mars and Mercury in the opening days of this month supports action and achieving real results. Use the potent energy to streamline and simplify.
Mercury enters retrograde on September 10, just as this period of editing and improvement-making draws to a close. The Pisces Full Moon on the same day zooms all of us out, from working on small details to stepping back and considering the big, ultimate picture. In the two weeks following the Full Moon, we may form conclusions about how much of what we control really adds up to having more love and compassion in the world. Situations may remind us of the difference between our mortal plans versus the grand plans of the divine. Mercury’s retrograde dovetails with these themes by supporting deeper thinking and listening to our inner wisdom.
The Autumn (or Spring, in the Southern Hemisphere) Equinox on September 23 marks the Sun’s passage over the Earth’s equator. As the weather begins to change, so does the cosmic mood music. A New Moon in Libra on September 26, and leading into the first part of October, presents a chance to experiment with topics of balance, diplomacy, and cooperation with others. Once again, Mercury, the Winged Messenger, is in a supportive position as it joins forces with Venus and makes positive contact with Pluto. As the month draws to a close, messages from and to others can not only be soothing, but also powerful and deeply moving.