Updated: Sep 1, 2020
Outside my window the tall prairie grasses are turning gold. Canada geese flock to our community pond as they prepare to migrate south and the nights are getting longer and cooler.
I love this time of year, when Summer begins to give way to Autumn and our patio plants burst into bloom with a final hurrah! I have been spending a lot of time outdoors, crouched down and face to face with plant beings like white yarrow and purple prairie-clover in a desperate attempt to capture something of them before they disappear. My phone is filled with hundreds of pictures of this Summer’s flowers, many of which only made themselves known to me this year.
Woolly plantain, Scarlet Gaura, Pink Alsike Clover…
I find myself grasping at beauty wherever and whenever I find it. And I feel blessed that there is so much of it to capture and clutch to my chest.
Beauty has a way of transporting us, of taking us “out of the ordinary time” and of bringing “us to another place, a place where history ceases and the weight of memory relents, a place ever ancient and ever new.” (John O’Donoghue)
I wanted to talk a little about beauty here because maybe this year has shattered your heart over and over again, like it has mine, and maybe like me, you’ve been doing your best to avoid ugliness in all its forms. Because how much more bad news can we take? COVID, Black people being murdered because they’re black. Indigenous healers and elders being murdered in Evangelical Christian countries. Trans people being murdered. Our Mother being raped and exploited for profit and the rich getting obscenely richer…
Yet now is not the time to turn a blind eye to what is unfolding.
The Universe this month asks us to bear witness via Venus (love, beauty) in Cancer who will be in an exact opposition to Saturn in Capricorn tomorrow (September 1st) and also opposing Pluto. Here we have Venus, in sensitive and nurturing Cancer pointing to the children.
Children who are victims of Capitalism and increasingly sociopathic societies. Undernourished, starving and uncared for children. Children who are trafficked and used for sex. Children who grow up behind bars.
Venus asks you to open your eyes to the ugly side of human nature as well as the power-hungry machinations of Big Business.
As always, do what you can with what you have. We are not all psychologically and physically equipped to march or protest but we can do something, starting with what we choose to consume and how we spend our money. Donate to organizations that are driving change like this one.
On another level, this Venus/Saturn opposition could expose an inner ugliness or reveal a heart-breaking truth about someone you care about. This opposition is similar to the Mars square Saturn aspect in that it warns us to tread carefully around authority figures and people whose values differ from ours. Do not pick fights with people who are in a position of power like your boss for example and also people who are older than you. If you do, you will lose way more than you hope to gain. Venus though, unlike Mars in Aries who at this very moment is cutting ten thousand cords, is emotionally invested in Cancer. Venus seeks relationship and harmony.
Venus square Mars is engaged in a lovers quarrel and you may find yourself doing the same. This aspect speaks to the need for balance between the external and the internal, the anima (the unconscious masculine in women) and the animus (the unconscious feminine in men).
For men wanting to connect with the Anima, practice:
Nurturing (this could be anything from nurturing a plant, to adopting a pet)
Express yourself with dance, music, poetry
Practice self-care (yes you can absolutely take a bubble bath)
For women wanting to connect with the Animus, practice:
Develop your leadership skills
Become more self-sufficient
Finally Venus opposite Pluto can indicate the severance of ties or the ending of a close relationship.
Please read for your Sun sign and Ascendant.
This is not going to be the easiest month but please know the Universe is wanting you to rise above the challenges.
There is the strong possibility of you leaving your current place of employment for a better position. Things are definitely going to get interesting at work and not necessarily in a good way. Your employer or a co-worker may reveal the “ugly” side of their personality or you may find yourself struggling to accept your employer’s lack of ethics. Certainly issues around ethics and values in the workplace will be coming up. Mars in your sign is pushing you forward, filling your tank so to speak with determination and gusto, however Saturn in Capricorn, your 10th house of career/vocation and reputation is asking you to slow down before speeding up. This is a reminder to look after yourself and your health. Don’t push yourself too hard.
Saturn requires that you “get your ducks in a row”. Practice discipline and put systems into place.
Saturn also represents fear. You may be dreading taking a vital next step like breaking cords that bind or starting a new life.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will culminate in a dream come true and/or highlight your commitment to a spiritual or mystical path.
You’ll start off the month feeling generally at odds with people, possibly a sibling or neighbours because Venus in Cancer (your 3rd house of communication, siblings, neighbours etc) is opposing Saturn (obstructions, restrictions, learnings) and Pluto (transformation) in Capricorn. Your relationships are undergoing necessary changes especially around boundaries ie. setting boundaries, maintaining them and respecting them.
Communication efforts improve after September 6th when Venus moves into Leo and your 4th house of home. September is to spend time at home doing the meaningful things that make you feel happy like gardening, baking etc. You may also be thinking of adding a new piece of furniture or maybe rearranging or starting a small renovation project.
After September 13th when Jupiter goes direct again you will be in a better position to pursue a degree or any philosophical and spiritual interests.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will help you release or let go of any friends or associations whose values radically differ from your own.
Your month may start with money concerns with Venus in your house of income opposing Saturn. You may need to tighten your purse strings and take a more disciplined approach to spending. However, when Jupiter goes direct in your joint finance sector (Capricorn) you may discover a way to make more money or you may be the recipient of some unexpected good fortune!
When Venus moves into Leo, your 3th house, or September 6th you’ll be Ms/Mr Popularity! You will be making new friends, learning something new and sharing news.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will culminate in a new job or change of career path. Luna will also help you design a more purpose-driven life.
Relationships are going to take centre stage this month. With Venus clashing with both Saturn and Mars respectively in the first week of September you are ready to cut ties with someone. When Jupiter turns direct on September 13th in Capricorn, you will want to spread your wings. This would be a good time to go away for a few days alone or with your love.
Mars retrograde from September 9th to November 13th will ask you to go over your career goals. Use this time to reconsider your position (marketing matters for example) and make necessary changes. There’s a lot of tweaking and “adjusting” to new circumstances this month.
Virgo rules your communication sector and with the Sun in Virgo this month, you are encouraged to share your ideas. This will be an excellent month to engage with your community. Learn more about your neighbours for example.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will culminate in newfound wisdom, an appreciation for a new culture or way of life or steer you towards a new educational path.
Money and love matters will be foremost on your mind this month. This is an excellent month to complete a personal financial inventory, like looking at your assets and investment accounts.
If you’re unemployed and looking for work, know that you’’ll be the cosmic favourite when Jupiter turns direct on the 13th in your job sector. Mid-September will also find you reflecting on “how you provide” for others but also how you “feed” yourself. This goes beyond literal food and encompasses art and creativity. Also if you’ve been wanting to adopt a pet you will find your perfect furry friend around that time too.
You’ll be thinking a lot about your love or you may be thinking of finding love. With Venus entering your sign on the 6th, you have a chance to connect with someone special.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will help you finalize an inheritance or property. This is a powerful Full Moon that will help you finally release and let go of your past.
Mars has been in your finances and shared resources sector since June 27th and when he goes retrograde on the 9th, Mars will be revisiting all aspects of your finances including your mindset. Any trouble this month will probably revolve around money and the possible lack thereof or the mismanagement of joint resources. Now is the time to discuss your concerns with your partner if you are married or in a relationship.
When Jupiter turns direct in Capricorn on the 13th any difficulties you may have been experiencing with a child will ease up and you will also be feeling more playful, generous and romantic.
September is a great month for spontaneous acts especially when it comes to romance.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will culminate in a renewal of vows/ recommitment or commitment to a new love. You may also be in the process of finalizing a business partnership.
This is a great month for friendship and making new connections. Mercury, god of communication, will move into your sign on the 5th and you will find yourself communicating a lot more - emailing, messaging, talking, writing and sharing news.
However, the Sun will be in Virgo, your 12th house and this means that while you will be busier than ever, you will feel pulled to spend time with your thoughts and dreams. This is a sign that you need to look after yourself. Take breaks and don’t work on weekends for example.
The first week of September, Venus and Mars will have a lover’s quarrel and you may very well find yourself clashing with your partner. Make the time to consider both your own and your partner’s needs. Where are you in sync? Where are you not? What needs to change?
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will see you reap the rewards of hard work or complete a work project that will streamline processes.
Self care is your mantra this month. Self- care as who you give space and time to. Self care as stillness.
While Virgo season is the best time of year for you to socialize and make friends, you’ve in all likelihood been super busy with your ruling planet, Mars, travelling through your work, health and lifestyle sector. You need rest.
Mars is already in his pre-retrograde shadow which means you may have already started to experience the frustrations associated with Mars back pedalling over the same terrain. Work projects may need to be revisited or strategies revised over the next three months. In Aries, Mars may be stirring up feelings of inadequacy. You may also be feeling unappreciated at work or/and at home. And Doubt may be a persistent companion. Remember the Wild life, the Authentic life, that your soul yearns for, is born from doubt and fear not from certainties. Certainty = rigidity. If you want to grow you will hold your doubts close. Doubt is necessary for spiritual growth. And this month, the Goddess beckons to you.
On September 13th Jupiter turns direct again and you may choose to go away for a few days. Around that time too you may receive welcome news.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will culminate in the birth of a child or an exciting idea. You will also be ready to let go of any resistance or reluctance to enjoying yourself more!
Virgo rules your career and reputation sector and so you are feeling motivated to achieve your goals. Mid-month promises to be auspicious because your ruling planet, Jupiter turns direct (September 13th) in your money sector. If you are owed money, the debt may be settled around that time (or a few days earlier around the 9th). You may also win a coveted position or get a new job at that time. I definitely see money coming in for you!
Mars will be retrograde from September 9th to November 13th, and a hobby or pleasure-giving activity may take up more of your time. As Mars will retrograde in your fifth house of children, romance, and pleasure you may also have to re-address issues with a child or children if you have any or you may be re-committing to a love affair or about to begin one.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will culminate either in the sale or purchase of a new home or you may be done with a residential move. You may also be thinking of doing ancestral repair work.
Saturn, your ruling planet will be direct again in Capricorn on the 29th. This means that if you've been taking it easy, things will change at the end of this month (September). Saturn is the taskmaster, reminding us of our responsibilities and this month he will help you secure a job or if you’re self-employed, a new contract.
Jupiter, the Greater Benefic, will turn direct sooner on September 13th and if you’ve been feeling unwell, depressed or unmotivated lately, Jupiter will boost your vitality. Mid-month will be a good time to reach out to people who you hope to impress or work with.
Mars will retrograde in your home sector from September 9th to November 13th and issues with family especially the father (also grandparents and ancestors) may come up again. I say again, as the “issues” started around the time Mars moved into Aries on June 27th. These issues could range from abuse to inheritance. Mars is on an extended visit to this sector of your chart to help you finally cut the cord and move on.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will help you get things off your chest. This is a powerful healing moon for you. Use it to speak your truth but also to build bridges.
Financial obligations like debts, taxes, loans and money owed to others will be on your mind this month. You may be working on a repayment plan, drafting your will or thinking of taking a loan. Now is the time to consolidate and re-evaluate. Mercury will move to Libra on the 5th and you may be about to further your education, pursue a new spiritual path or go on a long journey.
Mars retrograde in your house of communication from the 13th will have you revisiting projects that you started in late June/early July. You may decide to discard an idea or pursue it with more grit and determination this month.
2020 isn’t a “spotlight” year for you. This is the year of doing the work behind-the-scenes, of learning and growing.
When Jupiter switches direction on the 13th in your house of dreams, you will feel more motivated to put in the hours needed to perfect or hone your chosen craft - possibly in secret. Jupiter here is also highlighting your humanitarian side and you will be pulled to give to those less fortunate and also help out, where and how you can.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will help you adopt a new abundance mindset and release any unhealthy money habits.
This month your focus will be on relationships and partnerships. Virgo rules your partnership sector so you may find yourself either breaking up with someone or getting serious and committing to a relationship (romantic or business).
The right partner supports our dreams, brings out the best in ourselves and also encourages us to grow and be our most “complete” and authentic self. It’s worth mentioning that the house of partnerships is also the house of “open enemies” and rivals.
Mars goes retrograde on September 9th in your personal finance and self-worth sector. Mars is in Aries an unusually long time this year (from June 27th 2021 to January 7th, 2021) and so your income and assets will be spotlighted for this extended period. Now would be a good time to reassess your savings and debt, mortgage etc and to seek advice if you need it. Expect Mars to instigate trouble or fan the flames of doubt when it comes to standing in your own power.
Your mantra for the next three months: I am good enough.
Tomorrow's Full Moon in Pisces will help you release and let go of any self-worth issues that prevent you from claiming happiness and success.