by Jeff Jawer
There is a significant series of sign changes that can get minds, hearts and muscles working more effectively this month. Cerebral Mercury reenters its earthy home sign Virgo on September 8 and will stay there until September 25, finally pulling us out of the remaining clouds of its retrograde period that began in this sign in early August. Sharper thinking and analytical skills enable us to recognize hard-to-see patterns and details that may have been escaping attention for the past month or so. The Sun is also in Virgo to reinforce these favorable patterns but which also remind us not to criticize ourselves or others without having solutions to the problems we raise.
On September 14, sociable Venus enters her airy home sign Libra to provide graciousness and a sense of fair play. This shift serves relationships with a greater degree of objectivity that helps us recognize others' needs and treat them as equals. Venus, though, runs into tense alignments with volatile Uranus on September 17 and potent Pluto on September 18 that can make for some rocky partnership days. While sudden breakthroughs and pressures can lead to radical changes in status, attitude and expectation, if you want to hold onto what you've got, avoid over-reacting to surprises and provocations. The Sun's shift into Libra on September 23 will continue to put attention on partnerships with some explosive moments likely between September 25 and 28. Yet even the most challenging personal issues can be handled when minds are open to change and hearts are courageous enough to face deeply rooted fears.
Bravery, fortunately, may come with warrior Mars' transit into bold Leo on September 18. This outgoing, dramatic and expressive combination is ideal for having fun and being creative. Minor activities can feel like Broadway shows with this over-the-top transit. Having a playful attitude is fun but there's also a danger of taking ourselves too seriously and coming across as bossy or arrogant even when that's not intended.
Other key events are the Full Moon on September 12 that puts us in the middle of a discussion between logic and practicality (Sun in Virgo) and imagination and spirituality (Moon in Pisces). As usual, it's not necessary to choose one or the other but to recognize that both perspectives are valuable and that learning how to shift from one to the other is the gift of this month's Sun-Moon opposition. A different tale is told by the New Moon in Libra on September 27. Usually this alignment in accommodating Libra is excellent for the arts, beauty and relationships. However, a tight 90-degree square from Pluto and close opposition from Uranus is more about rocking boats than smooth sailing. Still, heroic Mars in Leo forms a favorable 60-degree sextile to this Sun-Moon conjunction, providing passion, confidence and a willingness to take on tough challenges that can turn a partnership crisis into a relationship revival.