September 2013 – Finding Your Path

Important astrological energies for the month of September 2013:

  • Mars in Leo creates the energy of a yod by forming a quincunx to Neptune retrograde in Pisces on September 2, 2013 and a quincunx to Chiron retrograde in Pisces on November 14th.
  • New Moon, with Sun and Moon in Virgo, occurs on September 5, 2013.
  • Mercury in Libra forms the energy of a cardinal grand cross by forming a square to Pluto retrograde in Capricorn on September 14, 2013; an opposition to Uranus retrograde in Aries on September 16, 2013; and a square to Jupiter in Cancer on September 19, 2013.
  • Venus in Scorpio forms the energy of a grand water trine by forming a trine to Neptune retrograde in Pisces on September 14, 2013; a conjunction to Saturn in Scorpio on September 18, 2013; a trine to Chiron retrograde in Pisces on September 26, 2013; and the trine to Jupiter in Cancer on September 26, 2013.
  • Full Moon with Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces occurs on September 19, 2013.
  • Pluto turns stationary direct on September 20, 2013.
  • Saturn in Scorpio forms its third sextile to Pluto in Capricorn on September 21, 2013. The first time that this sextile occurred was on December 26. 2012. The second time it occurred was on March 8, 2013.
  • Sun enters Libra on September 22, 2013.

Finding Your Path

Misty Kuceris ©2013

The month of September 2013 starts with Mars forming a quincunx to Neptune retrograde on September 2nd. This is an important aspect because during the first two weeks of the month, you’ll feel the underlying current of a yod that is created as Mars forms this quincunx to Neptune retrograde, forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde on September 11th and a quincunx to Chiron retrograde on September 14th.

The yod is an energy pattern where you think that you are moving in the right direction and suddenly things change and you need to move in another direction. You need to keep moving back and forth until you find the right path. This is what you’ll be feeling for the first two weeks of the month.

Since Mars forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde on September 2nd, you may feel confused about what action to take. You’d like to go forward with your dreams, but they keep changing. Perhaps they keep changing because you’re not being realistic enough. It’s better to just let them evolve for a while. This is also not the time to take any risks because you don’t have all the facts.

The new Moon, with Sun and Moon in Virgo, which occurs on September 5th, forms a sextile to Jupiter indicating that there’s potential to start new projects. These projects are well thought out and could lead to success. At the same time it’s important not to rush into matters too quickly because the new Moon also forms an opposition to Chiron retrograde and a quincunx to Uranus retrograde. The tension from this energy might actually help to heighten your awareness and avoid potential trouble.

This is also true as Ceres forms an opposition to Neptune retrograde a little more than one hour after the new Moon occurs. Normally compromise can help projects succeed, but it will be difficult to find areas of compromise under this opposition. This will force you to slow down in your approach as you consider what other people have to say. At the same time, you’ll sense that important details are missing. If you listen to your inner guidance, you’ll be able to determine whether those missing details are important to the success of your plan.

One thing that you need to be careful of on this day is the potential for accidents or breakdowns caused by infrastructures that were not maintained and fall apart. There is a tendency when Ceres forms an opposition to Neptune retrograde for stressed material to finally fail. If you have anything in your house that needs repair, try to get it done before today.

As Mercury enters the sign of Libra on September 9th, you’ll start feeling the energy of a cardinal grand cross. While this grand cross will focus on disagreements in resolving problems, it will give you some insight into the cardinal grand cross that will occur in April 2014 when Mars is in Libra. Pay attention to what occurs between September 9th and September 19th when this energy abates. Perhaps make notes in your journal so you can refer back to the information in April 2014.

Meanwhile Mars forms a square to Saturn a few hours later and you really don’t feel motivated to do too much. Energy will be sluggish. You’ll feel as if other people are trying to tell you what to do. And this sluggishness continues into September 10th when Mars forms a square to the Moon’s nodal axis.

What’s actually happening on September 10th is that you need to resolve some problems from your past. With Mars in Leo you feel that you can accomplish anything. With the Moon’s nodal axis in Saturn and Taurus you feel stuck. What’s keeping you stuck are fears from the past which have no basis in reality now that you’re an adult. What will help you move forward is determining what concerns have value in your adult life and using those concerns as pathways for determining the direction of your life.

Your energy will feel very scattered on September 11th as Mars forms a quincunx to Pluto retrograde, Venus enters the sign of Scorpio, and Mercury forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. All is not as it seems with the two quincunxes that are being formed. Yet, with Venus entering the sign of Scorpio, your ability to sense causes below the surface is  heightened.

The quincunx that Mars forms to Pluto retrograde is part of the energy of the yod that Mars started on September 2nd when it formed a quincunx to Neptune retrograde. On that day you didn’t know what direction to take. Now, you feel as if other people are trying to manipulate you into taking their direction. People may try to use their power of authority over you to get their way.

With Venus entering the sign of Scorpio a few minutes later, you need to pay attention to your intuitive observations. You may be picking up hidden clues coming from people who are trying to manipulate you. Pulling back and observing is important right now.

Observing becomes more important as Mercury forms the quincunx to Neptune retrograde a few hours later. It seems as people are withholding important information. They really don’t want to face the truth. Or, they are trying to use distortion to convince you that your point of view is not accurate. The energy of the day can work very well for scam artists because they are using the power of their charm, the intensity of your fears, and the illusion of dreams not realized. The best way to use all the energy that you’ll feel this day is to take time to meditate, do creative tasks, or just relax.

On a more mundane note, make certain that all your computers and smart phones have the most updated anti-virus and anti-malware software. There could be a major computer glitch which brings down several important websites. Or, there may be some form of hacking that brings down these sites.

September 14th is a day where energy shifts between mellow, intense, and fun. The morning hours (EDT) begin with Venus forming a trine to Neptune retrograde and beginning a grand water trine that ends on September 26th. Mars forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde and ends the energy of the yod which began on September 2nd. Mercury forms a square to Pluto retrograde and begins the energy of a cardinal grand cross which will end on September 19th. And, the day finally ends with Mars forming a trine to Uranus retrograde.

You can look at this day as one where relationships are important. Perhaps, with Venus forming the energy of a grand water trine, you meet someone who appears to be “the one.” If that’s the case, wait until the end of the grand water trine on September 26th to determine whether this relationship has long-term potential.

Mars forming a quincunx to Chiron retrograde can actually help here. You are willing to be a little more skeptical than usual. You don’t want to be hurt. So, you may not rush into the situation as quickly as you would at another time. Because this quincunx ends the energy of the yod that it started, you may finally feel as if you’re not swaying back and forth between various options. You may feel a little more focused.

With Mercury forming the square to Pluto retrograde and starting the energy of a cardinal grand cross, you will actually be very cautious if other people try to charm you with their words and convince you that only their opinions are correct. You’ll view these people with suspicion.

Finally, as Mars forms the trine to Uranus retrograde, you will have a profound sense of direction and be willing to take a stand on issues that are important in your life. So, if you do meet a new person who may be “the one,” you’ll view this individual through the prism of skepticism and suspicion until you have proof that this person really does care about you.

When Ceres forms a sextile to Saturn on September 15th, there’s opportunity for you to get a lot accomplished. You are focused in your approach to life. You seem to know what you want and how to get it. You know when and how to compromise without losing the most important aspects of what you want to achieve. Less than one hour after Ceres forms a sextile to Saturn, Mercury forms a quincunx to Chiron retrograde. You may question the resolve you felt a little earlier, but that can be used to your advantage. The questions that pop up in your mind now are those which will let you understand any drawbacks to your plan and enable you to correct them so you can succeed.

The energy of the cardinal grand cross created by Mercury continues on September 16th as it forms an opposition to Uranus retrograde. This could be a very violent storm day since Saturn forms a conjunction to the Moon’s North Node and Ceres forms a trine to Pluto retrograde later in the evening EDT.

There is a lot of volatility when Mercury forms a square to Uranus retrograde. You lack patience in having civil conversations with people. You don’t want to put up with their stupidity. Also, you lack focus and could easily end up in an accident if you’re not careful.

Yet, when Saturn forms the conjunction to the Moon’s North Node, it becomes important for you to calm down a bit, start focusing on your goals, and letting go of past roadblocks. As Ceres forms the trine with Pluto retrograde, this need to let go of past roadblocks becomes more important.

There is a symbiotic relationship between Ceres and Pluto. Without the energy of Pluto, Ceres would not understand the importance of compromise and the use of power. Without Ceres, Pluto wouldn’t understand the importance of compassion and the use of knowledge. So, when Ceres forms a trine to Pluto retrograde, you’ll be able to pull power from what you know and use that energy to move forward with your life. If you need to compromise, you’ll be able to do so without losing any important factors. If you need to show your strength, you’ll find a hidden reserve surging up to give you that energy.

Venus forms a conjunction to the Moon’s North Node and a conjunction to Saturn on September 18th. Once again the energy of the grand water trine that Venus started on September 14th is felt. Perhaps you did meet someone new on September 14th and now you are trying to figure out just how that relationship is fitting into your life. Or, perhaps you started some new project and want to determine whether you’re taking all the right steps. One of the factors that you need to consider is your financial situation and how it will affect your other decisions.

The full Moon, with Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces, which occurs on September 19th will be an intense full Moon. Not only were aspects very intense the previous few days, but Mercury will form a square to Jupiter later in the evening and bring the energy of the cardinal grand cross to a close.

Economically the concern focuses on employment figures and the fact that they’re not growing. Health care is another concern as various legislators are trying to rewrite the health care plan. Emotions are high because it’s difficult to get all the facts. The leadership is saying one thing while the opposition is saying something completely different. What makes it more difficult is that the Moon will be void-of-course as soon as the full Moon completes its aspect. That means that it will be difficult to achieve any final solution.

When you try to discuss matters with other people, remember that with Mercury forming the square to Jupiter, other people are trying to justify their words and not listening to yours. Too much information is being distorted and not based on facts. If you want to make any plans, keep them to yourself since they are still evolving.

Venus is perhaps the busiest sign on September 20th since the day begins with Venus forming a sextile to Ceres, moving into a trine to Chiron retrograde, and finally a quincunx to Uranus retrograde. Meanwhile, Pluto turns stationary direct and Ceres opposes Chiron retrograde.

You may be called upon to take care of a person or an important situation where your ability to use compassion and compromise are needed. The grand water trine created by Venus on September 14th is emphasized again as Venus forms the trine to Chiron retrograde. This increases your ability to help others. It also increases your understanding of what it takes to make certain that relationships continue to evolve. With this energy going on, you may not really feel Pluto turning stationary direct. Instead you just may feel stronger in your determination. As Ceres forms the opposition to Chiron and Venus forms the quincunx to Uranus retrograde, you’ll actually be able to increase your ability to understand all sides of a situation. This will help you as you bring resolution to that important situation you were asked to solve.

You’ll actually get to see whether your solution brought the resolution you wanted on September 21st when Saturn forms a sextile to Pluto and Ceres forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde. You’ll be able to put your plans into place and at the same time make adjustments that address individual concerns.

Issues of privacy will also crop up on September 21st as Saturn forms a sextile to Pluto. This is the third time that Saturn and Pluto are forming this aspect. The first time was on December 26, 2012 and the second time was on March 8, 2013. You want to establish boundaries around your life that protect what’s important to you. You may also feel that you can rid yourself of fears that are preventing you from moving forward. If you keep a journey, look back to what occurred at the end of December 2012 and the beginning of March 2013. You’ll see that the issues are the same.

The Sun enters the sign of Libra on September 22nd and the fall equinox in the Northern Hemisphere begins. Now the astrological year is half over. The fall equinox represents a period of harvest. This is where you look at everything that you’ve done since March 2013 and determine whether you’re on the right track in life.

The Ascendant for the chart set up for Washington, DC is Aquarius. This year, things seem to be a little different with the various Ascendants in the charts set up for Washington, DC. Usually three of the Ascendants: March, June, and December are the same and September is different. However, in this astrological year, the Ascendants are the same for March and June and different for September and December.

With Aquarius on the Ascendant, the United States really needs to pay attention to global events because they will have an impact on the economy in this country. While there is a desire to pay more attention to your own neighborhood and not the rest of the world, this won’t happen. You’ll have to pay attention to the rest of the world as well.

And, with the Sun entering the sign of Libra, a cardinal grand cross will be created with Pluto, Uranus, and Jupiter. This is the energy that you’ll experience for the next three months. With a cardinal grand cross it means that you need to understand the difference between maintaining power and moving into new experiences. You need to look towards the future and understand that what occurs in other parts of the world do have an impact on your private life and your neighborhood as well. There’s still a lot of anger and frustration in the world. Things need to change. But at the same time, change needs to incorporate the past. If this can be achieved, things will move better in your life. Part of what may help is that Venus is still activating a grand water trine between Saturn and Jupiter. So by understanding the important values in your life, you may be able to incorporate the past and use it to propel you into the future.

On a spiritual level, the lessons for this equinox are simple: Understand how to use your personal power without losing your individuality. Don’t rush into making changes in your life without understanding what the potential results could be. Look at both the best and worst cast scenarios. Try not to get sucked into power struggles. You’ll see enough of them in the political arena. Try not to listen to extremists because no matter where they stand politically, you won’t get the full truth.

As Venus forms a trine to Jupiter on September 26th, the energy of the grand water trine created by Venus starts to abate. Between the yod and the cardinal grand cross that occurred during the month of September and the grand water trine that is now ending, there was a lot of focus on finding your path; making change and understanding the importance between holding on to the good parts of the past and moving forward into the good parts of the future. Today you’ll feel optimistic about your choices. You’ll feel as if you have a handle on your future. Things are also looking fairly good on the stock market right now. The news that some things are turning around looks good.

As the month of September ends, Mercury enters the sign of Scorpio and appears to start its journey through a grand water trine. However, this journey of Mercury through a grand water trine will actually wait because Mercury will turn stationary retrograde on October 21, 2013. And, because Mercury will go retrograde, it will be in the sign of Scorpio until December 24, 2013.

When Mercury is in Scorpio, there is a desire to keep things secret. Information needs to be held private until enough research is done to understand the information. Privacy will become an increased concern for individuals. Security breaches will be a major concern. Trying to find ways to prevent security breaches will become important for all governments. But this could also mean a time of repression against free speech. Individuals will need to guard their rights. It’s important not to let rights be repressed or laws written which repress rights because of fears that security will be breached.

Since the month of September 2013 is one where you can find your path, it makes sense that the month ends with Mercury entering the sign of Scorpio. This gives you another opportunity to think about all those things that are important in your life before you move forward with change. Embrace this understanding and you’ll find life embracing you.