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Cosmic Weather Report

The Month Ahead
by guest writer, Astrologer Kelly Benson

September 2020

Virgo Season is upon us and the constructive, down-to-earth side of our nature is activated. While some of us are trying to hang on to the last of the sweet summer experience, we nonetheless feel the pull to get ourselves back on task and look at the practical issues that demand our keen attention. It’s a potent time to hone and sharpen ourcrafts and skills, utilizing our mental agility to solve the problems that lie before us.

September kicks off with the Full Moon peaking in the sign of receptive and idealistic Pisces at 10° (Sept 1 at 10:21 pm). This is a potent time to listen to the deeper concerns that need tending and care. Pisces is a very empathetic sign and we may well be moved to help others or act on the behalf of those who are marginalized or have experienced obstacles when trying to speak-up for themselves. With the Sun trine Uranus (Sept 2), this influence pushes our humanitarian nature into high gear. We’re willing to lend a hand for the betterment of our larger community. This also promotes new discoveries since we see innovative ways to solve problems by looking at them in a new light.

Mercury enters Libra (Sept 5) allowing us to diplomatically view all sides of an issue so we can make better choices. Discussions with others are favoured, and this benefits the partnerships in our lives and lends to teamwork initiatives. Sweet Venus enters sunny Leo (Sept 6) and our spirits are lifted! We feel more optimistic and our leadership nature is activated. We’re moved to make choices with a noble heart and bold displays of generosity can manifest. Creative expressions, romance and playful occasions call our name. Themes regarding children (or the creative child within) come to the forefront. As we allow our own light to shine, we give others the opportunity to shine as well.

Meanwhile, fierce and passionate Mars, the god of war, continues on his journey through his own sign Aries. Usually, Mars stays in a sign for six weeks, but due to the retrograde window (Sept 9 - Nov 13), Mars will be in Aries for six months! (Mars in Aries full duration, June 29, 2020 - Jan 7, 2021.) This Aries energy activates the warrior within us, pushing us to speak up for ourselves and bravely face our fears with a direct and unabashed approach. During a Mars Retrograde, repressed anger and frustrations have a way of bubbling to the surface with a life of their own. We might feel more competitive and inadvertently direct our anger on a fruitless path since passionate outbursts are likely. Be aware of accident-prone or precarious situations that could easily slide side-ways. While it can be easy to get swept up in these emotional tides, take the time you need to consider things before initiating permanent and irreversible actions.
Slow down a bit and calm the savage beast inside. Be sure to have all the information you need before rushing into anything head first.

When the Sun moves opposite impressionable Neptune (Sept 11), we might feel adrift or uncertain. It can be easy to feel discouraged and give in to feeling powerless. Chin-up! Jupiter stations direct in Capricorn (Sept 12), and our visions for a brighter future look more plausible than they did before. Areas corresponding with rules, authority, restriction, governments, and responsibility are blessed by Jupiter’s influence. This will help people feel moved to do the right thing, even when it’s damn tough. As the saying goes, “Remember, with great power, comes great responsibility.” (Yes, I’m quoting Uncle Ben from Spiderman.) This influence brings our own heroic nature to the forefront. Get ready to witness the emergence of more than one Hero / Heroine in our midst!

The New Moon in Virgo 25° (occurring Sept 17, 4 am PDT) provides us with an opportunity to seed our new and revised intentions for improvements related to our health (mental and emotional as well as physical), our craft and practice, and the little habits and rituals that make up our daily lives. Improvements to existing methods are likely to occur as new insights are gained and most importantly, implemented. As we lean into our work and press forward, momentum is gained and fruitful results await us.

The seasons change and we welcome the Autumn Equinox as the Sun enters diplomatic and harmony-loving Libra (Sept 22). Friendships, partnerships and positive alliances are now featured. (Happy Birthday Libra!) We’re encouraged to strengthen our bonds with friends and build bridges in our communities. Libra is governed by Venus, so it’s also a time to appreciate the finer things in life such as art, poetry, music and insightful conversations that promote social harmony.

Light-footed Mercury moves from Libra into penetrating and strategic Scorpio (Sept 27) making us eager to get to the bottom of things. We will see more clearly what’s been going behind the scenes, as we don our detective hats, making this a powerful time for research and digging for the truth. This can lead to the discovery of secrets and the source of a trauma or wounds, making it a potent time for deepening our awareness so we can transform for the better.

But wait, there’s more — Saturn stations direct in Capricorn (Sept 28) and the fighter Mars squares-off with stern headmaster Saturn (Sept 29). This may well be the underlying tone throughout September and early October. (Mars squared Saturn on Aug. 24 and again on Sept. 29). This will make us look at the complex realities we’re living in and take a stand! With skillful means and a great deal of patience, we can dance with this energy and use it to push through personal blockages and external obstacles. The warrior is effective when he has a clear mission and action items. (When he isn’t clear on what he needs to do, he can get drunk and start a brawl! Such a waste of energy.) Also moving through Capricorn, we have Jupiter and Pluto further magnifying the challenging realities we find ourselves in, and bringing to light what’s been repressed and relegated to the underworld (individually and collectively). Profound awakenings and rebirth are in the works; and ignoring the problems will not make them go away. We’re living in unprecedented times and we must evolve in order to weather the storms. Patience, awareness and careful strategy are essential in order to avoid unnecessary outbursts, ego rants, tyranny and the abuse of power. Consider the outcome you seek and tap into your personal discipline to keep yourself on track.

Ingresses and Lunations September 2020 (all times pacific)

Full Moon Pisces 10°                             September 1, 10:21 pm
Mercury enters Libra                             September 5, 12:46 pm
Venus enters Leo                                    September 6, 12:22 am
Mars Stations Retrograde Aries 28°     September 9, 3:22 pm
Third quarter Moon in Gemini 18°        September 10, 2:26 am
Jupiter Stations Direct Capricorn 17°   September 12, 5:41 pm
New Moon Virgo 25°                               September 17, 4:00 am
Autumn Equinox / Sun enters Libra     September 22, 6:31 am
First Quarter Moon Capricorn 29°        September 23, 6:55 pm
Mercury enters Scorpio                          September 27, 12:41 am
Saturn Stations Direct Capricorn 25°   September 28, 10:11 pm

September Moons

Every culture on this beautiful blue dot has watched, recorded, and anticipated the movements of the Sun and Moon. We observe the Sun during the daytime so our ancestors associated it with conscious action, will power and the father principle. In contrast, we honour the Moon (that reflects the Sun’s light) at nighttime and it is associated with unconscious behaviours, feelings, moods, home, family and the mother principle.

As the Moon makes her journey through the First Quarter Moon (aka New Moon) to the Second Quarter Moon, Third Quarter Moon (aka Full Moon) and Last Quarter Moon these are cosmically charged times when we are more likely to experience powerful feelings and bursts of energy that we put into action. These cycles can work for us or against us, depending on how we approach this celestial energy.

At a First Quarter or New Moon, this is when the Moon and Sun are lined up together, or conjunct. She is dark or hidden by the brightness of the Sun. This time corresponds with new beginnings; and we can use this potent time to sew our seeds of intention that align with our deeper needs. During these times, it is believed that our subconscious is more receptive, which makes this an excellent time for personal growth. Use these times to reflect, consider and act with intention.

At a Second Quarter Moon, the Moon has moved to 90° away from the Sun. She is waxing, and her reflective surface is growing in size. This is a time to further push ahead with our aspirations and channel this growth energy. Especially in areas where we need to be brave and we need an extra boost!

At a Third Quarter or Full Moon, is when the Moon reflects the mighty light of the Sun back to us on earth. The Moon energy then reaches a peak! The energy is high and we act with boldness and passion! Feelings that have been sitting in the subconscious are now made conscious. We can no longer ignore the feelings we’ve been suppressing or the parts of our nature that we have ignored. These are potent times to observe what comes to light.

At a Fourth Quarter Moon, this phase is when the Moon is again 90° away from the Sun, but now she is waning or decreasing in light. This energy corresponds with pulling back, weeding our gardens, purging, letting go and clearing the decks as we prepare for another Moon cycle to begin.

Full Moon in Pisces 10°                           September 1, 10:21 pm
Fourth Quarter Moon Gemini 18°          September 10, 2:26 am
New Moon in Virgo 25°                           September 17, 4:00 am
Second Quarter Moon Capricorn 29°    September 23, 6:55 pm

Full Moon in Pisces 10° September 1 at 10:21 pm, peaks in the sign of receptive and idealistic Pisces. This is a potent time to listen to the deeper concerns that need tending and care. Pisces is a very empathetic sign and we may well be moved to help others or act on the behalf of those who are marginalized or have experienced obstacles when trying to speak-up for themselves. With the Sun trine Uranus (Sept 2), this influence pushes our humanitarian nature into high gear. We’re willing to lend a hand for the betterment of our larger community. This also promotes new discoveries since we see innovative ways to solve problems by looking at them in a new light.

The New Moon in Virgo 25° on September 17, 4:00 am provides us with an opportunity to seed our new and revised intentions for improvements related to our health (mental and emotional as well as physical), our craft and practice, and the little habits and rituals that make up our daily lives. Improvements to existing methods are likely to occur as new insights are gained and most importantly, implemented. As we lean into our work and press forward, momentum is gained and fruitful results await us.

Astrologer Kelly Benson is Vancouver based
and is available for private consultations via phone and Zoom.

www.kellybenson.ca