September 2021 – Testing Relationships

Important astrological energies for the month of September:

  • New Moon with Sun and Moon in Virgo occurs on September 6, 2021.
  • Full Moon with Sun in Virgo and Moon in Pisces occurs on September 20, 2021.
  • Sun enters the sign of Libra on September 22, 2021 and the fall equinox occurs in the Northern Hemisphere.
  • Mercury in Libra turns retrograde on September 27, 2021. It will be retrograde until October 18, 2021.
  • Triad Sequences of Mercury
    • Mercury trine Ceres (September 5, October 13, October 22)
    • Mercury quincunx Uranus (September 10, October 12, October 24)
    • Mercury quincunx Neptune (September 17, October 5, October 30)
    • Mercury trine Jupiter (September 20, October 3, November 1)
    • Mercury square Pluto (September 22, October 1, November 2)

Testing Relationships

By Misty Kuceris ©2021

September is going to be a very active month with the energy of Mercury in Libra. Before Mercury goes retrograde on September 27th, it forms five triad sequences. This is a month where relationships may be tested.

When Ceres forms a trine to Saturn retrograde on September 1st, you believe that discussions are the best way to solve any problems. That’s because with Ceres in Gemini and Saturn retrograde in Aquarius you gain a lot of perspective that you normally don’t have. You can see how the past is important in understanding the future. You also realize that things need to be in order. And, because you don’t want to alienate anyone, you want to be able to explain things in a way that others understand. This is a good day where you and others understand each other. In doing so you can solve a lot of problems.

It’s not going to be quite as easy to solve problems on September 2nd when Mars forms an opposition to Neptune retrograde. As a matter of fact, you don’t want to do too much of anything because your energy is low. With Mars in Virgo you usually are able to pay attention to details; but not today. So, if possible, just try to relax and not do too much. If you have to go out into the world, pay close attention to the details so you don’t either lose something important or lose your way if you’re traveling.

When Mercury forms the trine to Saturn retrograde on September 4th, you feel you understand people a lot better. You are able to think clearly and discuss your concerns with others. And, with Saturn being retrograde, you may be able to solve some old problems. This is a great time to review things from the past to make certain you’ve cleared them all up. Or, if there is some paperwork that isn’t completed, do it today before Mercury goes retrograde on the 27th of September.

September 5th is not only about relationships and communications, but it’s also about understanding your personal power and not giving into situations that you don’t value. That’s because Mercury is forming a trine to Ceres and a few hours later Venus is forming a square to Pluto retrograde.

When Mercury forms the trine to Ceres, you want to communicate with others. You feel that through discussions you’ll be able to resolve any conflicts. You’re even willing to compromise if necessary. But you need to be a little cautious in your discussions. Although Mercury won’t go retrograde until the 27th, you may feel as if it’s starting to go retrograde. That is because when Mercury forms the trine to Ceres, it starts the first of five Mercury triad sequences.

(As a reminder, a triad sequence occurs when the faster moving planet, in this case Mercury, goes retrograde and forms the same aspect to the same planet three time with the second time being when the faster moving planet is in retrograde motions.)

So the second time this aspect occurs is on October 13th when both Mercury and Ceres are retrograde. The last time it occurs is on October 22nd when Mercury is direct and Ceres is still retrograde. What this means is that you may believe that you resolved a situation today, but it crops up again in October. That’s why you want to be cautious in your discussions. Make notes. Keep a journal. Record the information so if it does come up again at least you’ll remember what you discussed today.

In a lot of ways it’s not surprising that Venus forms a square to Pluto retrograde few hours after Mercury forms the trine to Ceres. Now you want to make certain that what you said is valued. You deserve to be treated with respect. If that doesn’t occur, you’ll make certain that the other individual is aware that they won’t get away with it.

It may also be important to keep some of the information to yourself. When Venus forms the square to Pluto, especially with Pluto being retrograde, you may need to keep some secrets. You may need to withhold some information so it can’t be used against you. You may also decide that the person you’re communicating with isn’t worth the effort and it’s time to leave the situation behind.

Before the new Moon in Virgo occurs on September 6th, Mars forms a trine to Pluto retrograde while Venus forms a trine to Jupiter retrograde. After the new Moon occurs, Mars forms a quincunx to Jupiter retrograde.

The day begins optimistically as Mars in Virgo forms that trine to Pluto retrograde. You realize that you can accomplish quite a bit if you pay attention to those small details. You’re able to hone in on what’s important. Not much is going to divert you from your tasks.

As Venus forms the trine to Jupiter retrograde your emotional sense of optimism matches your ability to focus. You feel that other people are supportive of your needs making it easier for you to continue working on your goals.

As the new Moon occurs, you are willing to let go of those details which aren’t so important. This is because the Sun and Moon are both in the sign of Virgo and the new Moon is a time period to determine how you want to proceed with your life.

This is a great time period to get rid of things which are interfering with your ability to do things quickly. You don’t need to do all those tasks. You don’t need to get trapped by details which are no longer important. Also, with this new Moon forming a trine to Uranus retrograde, you’ll be able to see things from a different perspective.

Finally, with the day drawing to a close, Mars forms a quincunx to Jupiter retrograde, and now you are re-evaluating whether you’re moving too quickly. Maybe you need to slow down. Perhaps you’re not considering all the important details. So it’s a good idea to just review which details are important and which ones don’t matter anymore.

As Mercury forms the opposition to Chiron retrograde on September 8th, you want to choose your words carefully. You don’t want to say anything that can hurt another individual. Plus, you don’t want your words to be used against you. What is interesting about this opposition is that often Chiron, especially in retrograde motion, can also indicate that if you don’t pay attention to your needs, you could take actions which cause self-inflicted injury. For this reason, you realize that it’s very important to communicate your needs to other people in a way that prevent them from taking advantage of you.

You may find it difficult to communicate with others on September 10th as Mercury forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde and Venus enters the sign of Scorpio a few hours later.

When Mercury forms the quincunx to Uranus retrograde information just starts pouring in. Plus, the information that is pouring in keeps changing. You keep having to adapt to what you hear. And, with Uranus in Taurus this new information could actually disrupt your belief system. Either other people aren’t willing to accept your beliefs, or the new information tests your beliefs.

Because Mercury forming a quincunx to Uranus retrograde is another Mercury triad sequence, this will not be the first time that either you or someone in your life questions your belief system. This aspect occurs again on October 12th when both Mercury and Uranus are retrograde. And, it forms the last quincunx on October 24th when Mercury is direct again and Uranus remains retrograde. It’s possible that the last time this aspect occurs you finally understand how to re-evaluate your belief system based on the information you’ve been hearing over the last eight weeks.

Venus entering the sign of Scorpio doesn’t make communications any easier. That’s because when Venus is in Scorpio you place a higher value on secrets: keeping information to yourself. You’re not big on sharing with others. The one benefit to all of this is that other people do feel more comfortable sharing their secrets with you. So, don’t be surprised if some form of information that you didn’t expect is revealed today.

When Mars enters the sign of Libra on September 14, you want to put more energy into relationships with other people. You don’t want to be ignored and you don’t want to ignore other people either.

Astrologically, Mars is in mutual reception with Venus at this point. This means that Mars is in the sign that Venus rules while Venus is in the sign Mars rules. Mutual receptions can work together like conjunctions. On a psychological level, you’ll realize that it’s important to honor other people when they want to be silent about situations. You’ll be able to help them. But the help will come from behind the scenes. You won’t be trying to get any credit out of the situation. In the negative, this could mean that if people are not working in your favor, they could be working in the background trying to sabotage you. So, pay attention to all relationships in your life right now.

You may feel very stifled in your relationships on September 17th as Venus forms a square to Saturn retrograde and Mercury forms a quincunx to Neptune retrograde later that evening. You also need to take action which protects your finances.

Venus forming a square to Saturn retrograde isn’t always easy. You may feel that other people are criticizing your actions. Or, you may not want to deal with others right now because you just need to be alone.

Meanwhile, Mercury forming the quincunx to Neptune retrograde indicates that you’re not getting the information you need. Other people aren’t being quite honest with you, and you feel that. Their dishonesty may be outright lies or they may be acts of omission. Go with your feelings on this one. If you feel something isn’t quite right, pay attention to that. Plus, don’t trust anyone when it comes to investments or other financial dealings. With Venus forming a square to Saturn retrograde and Mercury forming the quincunx to Neptune retrograde you could become the target for a scam operation.

And, it’s important to make note of this day when it comes to people contacting you for some form of financial assistance. Mercury forming a quincunx to Neptune retrograde is another Mercury triad sequence. You may not fall prey to any scam today, but someone may try to scam you again on October 5th when both Mercury and Neptune are retrograde or on October 30th when Mercury is direct and Neptune is still retrograde.

On September 20th, the full Moon occurs. Yet before that happens, Venus forms quincunxes with both Ceres and Chiron retrograde, creating a yod, while Mercury experiences another Mercury triad sequence by forming a trine to Jupiter retrograde.

Yods are often called the fickle finger of God. This means that you think you know what you want or need to do, but situations that are out of your control occur and you can’t do anything about it.

When Venus forms the quincunx to Ceres, you want to find a way to solve situations. But, as much as you try, you can’t come to any agreement. You’re even willing to compromise, but others are asking too much in the compromise and are not giving anything back.

As Venus forms the quincunx to Chiron retrograde you realize that you might give up so much that now you’re defeating yourself and inflicting self-injury. You need to pull back until you understand exactly what you want from your current situation.

It helps tremendously that Mercury forms a trine to Jupiter retrograde. You start understanding what’s important by reviewing your past goals. You are even reviewing how many of those goals are still important in your life. Perhaps by failing to find solutions with others at this time you realize that you have to find a different approach when working with others.

Because Mercury forming a trine to Jupiter retrograde is part of a Mercury triad sequence it’s important to realize that you won’t get all the information you need today. You’ll still need to evaluate how you approach your goals when this aspect occurs the second time on October 3rd and both planets are retrograde. And, you may finally achieve those new goals when this aspect occurs on November 1st and both Mercury and Jupiter are direct.

As the full Moon occurs, you find that it’s time to consider how to approach your dreams realistically. This is because the Sun is in Virgo and the Moon is in Pisces. It’s possible that when the yod occurred earlier in the day, you realized that giving up too much of what you need just isn’t the way to operate if you want to achieve your goals. Or, perhaps when Mercury formed that first trine to Jupiter retrograde, you found that it’s now important to work with others in a different way. With the full Moon being a time of letting go, you realize that you may need to find some new friends and acquaintances who share your dreams. You may also understand that it’s time to let go of any illusions which don’t support your goals of reality.

You have a great opportunity for healing on September 21st as Ceres forms a sextile to Chiron retrograde. With Ceres is in Gemini you find that you can communicate with other people and resolve some important matters. And, with Chiron retrograde in Aries, you realize that you don’t need to lose your identity in order to resolve old situations which bring this healing into your life.

Before the Equinox occurs with the Sun entering the sign of Libra on September 22nd, Mercury forms a square to Pluto retrograde. Since the Sun entering Libra symbolizes that half of the astrological year is over, it seems appropriate that Mercury forms this square to Pluto retrograde.

You don’t want other people telling you what to do. While you may want to have good relationships with others since Mercury is in Libra, you also realize that not everyone has your best interests at heart. They may want you to do things their way, but they aren’t willing to respect your way. Having respect is important. And it’s important for you to remember this as you develop relationships with others. Since this is another Mercury triad, you may start reviewing your relationships with others right now. And, when this aspect occurs the second time on October 1st with both Mercury and Pluto retrograde, you may decide that some people aren’t worth having in your life. Or, you may realize when this aspect occurs for the third time on November 2nd with both planets in direct motion that standing up for your rights is a lot easier than you thought.

In many ways, the equinox, with the Sun entering the sign of Libra, is a time period for reviewing what you did over the past six months or how events impacted your life and where you want to go from here. This is especially true this year with the Sun forming a conjunction to Mars and a trine to Saturn retrograde.

Before you take any action, you want to review what you did over the last few months. You want to determine if there are any changes you need to make, especially in your relationships with others. Emotionally you’ll want to find ways to understand other people and communicate with them. At the same time you’re not going to want to give up important aspects of your life because someone else wants you to.

A lot is still up in the air when this equinox occurs so you don’t necessarily know what to let go of and what to hold on to. It’s best is to take a wait and see approach. It actually won’t be until January or February of 2022 that you’ll really understand what it takes to move on. So, the best way to use the energy of this equinox is to hold on to the important relationships in your life and realize that you’ll need to have some flexibility in what you need to do next.

As Venus forms the opposition to Uranus retrograde on September 23rd you realize just much is still unknown. The information you receive is confusing. You may even find that what you valued isn’t quite as important right now. And, you may even decide that if people in your life don’t have the same value system, it’s not worth maintaining relationships with them.

At the same time, when Venus forms an opposition to Uranus retrograde don’t be at all surprised if you run into some people you haven’t seen in a while. This will help you judge just how much you’ve changed and what important when it comes to your relationships.

When Mars forms the trine to Saturn retrograde on September 25th you find that you are able to move on with your life. You don’t need to hold on to relationships that aren’t important. At the same time, you find it easier to work with people, even if they don’t quite have the same value system you do. You understand the importance of allies and working together with others.

Although you probably have felt that Mercury went retrograde on September 5th at the time of the first Mercury triad sequence, Mercury actually goes retrograde on September 27th. It will remain retrograde until October 18, 2021.

The entire focus for the month of September is your involvement with other people and your ability to communicate with them. Or, your ability to just walk away from some relationships that aren’t that important. With Mercury retrograde in Libra, you continue to consider relationships in your life. You look at people either as friends, allies, and enemies; perhaps even as frenemies. But the reality is that you’ll continue re-evaluating people in your life and even testing those relationships.

You’ll listen to what other people are saying and question how much of their speech involves the truth. You’ll look at commitments you made to determine if they are worth pursuing. You consider whether certain social media platforms are worth continuing. And, you’ll need to protect yourself from increased scamming operations.

Trying to find honest relationships with others is important on September 29th when Venus forms a trine to Neptune retrograde. Part of this is because you want to find your soulmate. Or, if you feel as if you found that soulmate you want to spend more time with them. Even with Venus being in the sign of Scorpio, you feel that you don’t want to be alone. Still, be cautious since this is Neptune retrograde that Venus is involved with. You may be looking for perfection in others. But, you need to be cautious because perfection doesn’t exist. And, you may be hearing what you want instead of seeing what’s actually there.

The good news is that your creative side is very active now and it’s easy to look at things in a creative manner. This is also a good day to feel close to spirit and realize just how important your spiritual side is.

As the month of September ends, Venus forms a square to Jupiter retrograde on September 30th. Squares with Jupiter aren’t always negative. There’s a sense that you can do anything. You feel very optimistic. You may even realize which relationships are worth continuing because they passed your test.

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