September - the time of the harvest. For at least part of the month the Sun, Venus and Mercury each move through Virgo, bringing to fruition that which has been carefully cultivated. It’s a time of sifting, sorting and focussing on essentials.
This year we also have Jupiter continuing its journey through earthy Taurus until June 2012. This brings themes of living simply and enjoying the blessings of the earth. Literally this suggests there is joy and expansion to be found in connecting to the earth and in being practical and grounded.
On the 16th September Pluto turns direct after being retrograde (moving backwards) since early April, a most welcome development for those of us with an emphasis on Pluto, Scorpio or the 8th house. This represents power shifts. At a deep level we gain more clarity and sense of what is going on.
Mars leaves the waters of Cancer for the more effective terrain of Leo on the 19th and we find it easier to assert ourselves and get our needs met.
This year the autumn equinox is on the 23rd September. Each solstice and equinox sets the scene for the following few months and at this one the Sun in early Libra locks into the on-going challenge between Uranus and Pluto that has been accompanied by such turbulence and deep change over the past few months in particular.
However it’s also characterised by a creative, fiery trine between Mars and Uranus that becomes exact on the same day. Change is afoot, but this suggests it may be easier for it to happen in a more organic and harmonious way.