9/26 ~ Sun (identity) ~conjunct~ Jupiter (expansion):
Once a year, these two link up and expand your life & consciousness. It’s time to infuse your personal story with a new level of individual Truth. You have learned & experienced a lot in one year and now you are supported to integrate (and apply) all that you’ve discovered. This energy expands your sense of Self, and inspires you to new heights within. It indicates that it is time to go to the next level and gives you the optimism & faith that you need to try new things and/or learn something new. The highest expression of this energy is a fiery passion to be the best, the lowest expression is arrogance and self-righteousness. This is a powerful pair of energies joining forces, so watch for opportunities to grow and expand your consciousness, as well as your circumstances, through your own efforts & expertise.
9/26 ~ Pluto Direct in Capricorn
Pluto is in a long process (2008-2024) but 2016 is the MidPoint and that is a critical juncture, not to mention the best course-correcting time. On a personal level, Pluto helps you dig up any destructive unconscious patterns, strips you raw and confronts you with who you are and how you will survive when nothing and no one else is available to help or support you. I like to think of Pluto as our ‘buried treasures’ and like diamonds, it requires a very special task to release from within and bring into the Light. Often, because Pluto rules death, rebirth & transformation, something is sacrificed for your own greater good. Although it is sometimes painful and debilitating, it’s also (a) necessary and (b) ultimately *liberating*!!
It’s traveling through the Capricorn sector of your chart, digging deep and activating any other planets you may have in Capricorn (and Cancer/Aries & Libra by default). So it’s good to look at this as an on-going purification & transformation of this department in life. Pluto moves generations and great numbers of people along their evolutionary path, however, every year when it retrogrades, it turns that energy inward, giving us unique access to our own depths, where our SoulSelf resides. When it goes forward, like today, it is a very gradual awakening process that develops from there. Transformation happens behind the scenes and often out of the prying eyes of others as well as your own conscious mind, this is deep Soul Work that only you can do. What have you really purified & transformed this year? or what would you like to?
Use this time to set intentions for purification in the sense that you are supported to strip away the non-essential and reconnect with your purest, original intent. Change is greatly supported at this time, so anything that you are really ready to change can be transformed forever. Capricorn gets us focused on our choices & responsibilities, the structure of your life that supports & protects you and the overall stability of whatever House it rules.
9/27 ~ Mars Enters Capricorn
Mars Retrograde is a special occasion and can be full of surprises. The last time it happened was in April 17—June 29, 2016, and it crossed between Scorpio & Sag. Today, it finally (truly) moves on into Capricorn. Mars represents who you are, what you want, what you deeply desire & what you are passionate about. It spent 8-months (6-8 weeks is normal) moving over the last degrees of Scorpio and early degrees of Sag, activating a need for a deeper individual Truth and a completely new way of directing our own power. Wherever this falls in your chart would be where the action is, where the energy blockages and frustrations begin that indicate Mars is moving in a different direction than usual. It only does this every 2-years and it is a delicious opportunity to reset our buttons around who we are and what we really want. That changes over time and you too should be more fluid and adaptable these days.
As with all Retrogrades, the energy that is normally outwardly expressed becomes more inner directed. And Mars is the planet of passion, action, sex, war, and desire. What do you desire at this time? What do you passionately desire? Or have you lost your passion? Have you been “passionate” about anything lately? What have you been actively pursuing in the world? What gets you “fired-UP”? What makes you angry? Is your anger mobilizing (outrage) or paralyzing (rage) for you? What are you willing to get started/initiate? What are you willing to honor, defend, protect and courageously, stand up for?
When Mars Retrogrades, it is the time to do the Inner Self-Work – to redefine what you really want and how you express the power and passion of Mars. (It spent Jan 3 – Sept 27, 2016 moving through Scorpio/Sag.) You may feel the Retrograde in that whatever direction you were heading in (over the last 2 years) may now be slowed or even reversed (temporarily at least). Things that were easy may seem challenging and things that used to be challenging now become simple. Remember, all delays and detours are not necessarily “bad”. Pay attention to the aspects of your approach to acquiring what you desire, as well as the motivations behind your desires. Revision ~ Recalibration is a regular 2-year “maintenance” process. Your “desires” change and evolve over time, so this is your opportunity to check in and tweak things accordingly.
Don’t fight the Retrograde process (like Mars energy is prone to do), resist the temptation to explode but rather, quietly observe, then take decisive action (Mars) which serves your Highest good. Remember, channel your rage (paralyzes) in to outrage (mobilizes) and the best revenge is SUCCESS!! Often, Mars Retrograde brings whatever you’ve suppressed, ignored or avoided to the surface to be dealt with – it won’t be denied. Be prepared to dig deep because this will be challenging but it will also bring the feeling of cleansing/clearing after a really major storm … which when passes, leaves behind equal beauty and even a rainbow to remind you of the Higher energy which sustains you. We get almost 8-months to review what we are truly passionate about, what’s really worth doing and how much we actually love ourselves. When Mars once again goes forward, be prepared to act boldly!
You may initially feel a drop in your drive and focus or perhaps just a shift in direction. This could happen for the entire Retrograde period, however, most of us have to continue forward regardless of what the Planets are up to ; -) The best use of this energy is to understand that the purpose is to jolt you from the comfort zone you’ve been resting in for two years (or more) and alert you to a cycle renewing. What disruption did you experience in 2014, during Mars last retrograde, 2-years ago, in Libra? Well, this is another time where the energy is shifting in a powerful way, it could also be a wake-up call regarding what you are or are not passionate enough about. There is likely some area of your life, most of us have something pushing us ever-forward but perhaps one area that you have not given enough open, direct, powerful energy to and it is demanding your attention now.
Retrogrades are about adjustment – this is a second chance to get it “right”. Review, revise – go back there’s something you missed. In the current turbulent times, it is vital that we stay focused on what truly matters and use our powerful Martian energy to create an authentic life … not one based on illusions and dis-ease. For naturally fiery natures, you may want to consciously direct this passionate and potent energy in to a cause or dear project. For those of you who are not naturally fiery, this energy lends strength and courage to step in to your authentic Self and it lends the necessary energy to facilitate change.
9/30 ~ Libra New Moon
As the Sun moves in to Libra, it activates the Annual Check-In with your Individual Balance & Personal Relationships. Are you healthy and are your relationships reciprocal? This is also the Annual *Harvest* – so, what have you created this year? What will sustain you going forward? What needs to be cleared away? On a personal level, Libra/Other yields the harvest of your Aries/Self-Work (on multiple levels) and is particularly potent for the *Cardinal* Family … LIBRA *Initiation* ~ ARIES *Integration* ~ CANCER/CAPRICORN *Test/Growth*. This is true every year for folks with this energy activated in their charts, because their birthdays fall at the Seasonal shift, but with the continued influx of energies from Pluto in Capricorn (2008-2024), Uranus in Aries (2010-2018) and Jupiter in Libra (Sept 9, 2016-Oct 10, 2017), it makes the Social/Collective evolution very personal for one and all.
This month’s Libra/Aries energy supports the decisions & choices, which are a result of last month’s Virgo/Pisces work of “assessing your strengths & weaknesses” and:
~ Re-committing to balancing your soul-work (Pisces) with your daily work (Virgo)
~ Allowing the fragmented aspects (Virgo) of life to come in to a cohesive whole (Pisces)
~ Focusing on the little things (Virgo) that make the big vision (of your life) work (Pisces)
~ What did you discover? What are the results of your assessments?
~ What will restore Libra-Balance within and around you?
~ What needs to be cleared, integrated or released for your Aries-Identity to go to the next level and complete your Individual mission by Spring 2017? Use the added support of the Seasonal shift to do your personal work. Change is happening anyway, and postponing choices & decisions will only create more labor & cost down the road. Pay NOW … or pay double later.
This *Sacred Season* is About:
–Gather & Harvest ~ Assess what you’ve produced/accomplished in the last 6-9mo
–Evaluate & Rectify ~ Assess what worked and what did not work
–Balance & Integrate ~ Assess what you need to do/have/be more or less of going forward
–Pause for the Cause ~ Transition time is best to be still, tune-in & prepare for the new
*Fall Equinox* gives you the opportunity to reflect on what needs to be assessed & released to prepare you for the final Sacred Season, Scorpio Gate of Power/Access the Ancestors in early November.
—Release all toxic relationships, burdens or obligations
—Release all people & circumstances which have completed their purpose
—Release all imbalance within Self, as well as with those you interact with
—Release all additional weight you may be carrying (physical, emotional etc)
—Assess the value & Assign the priority of your current resources
—Assess the value & Assign the priority of your current community
—Assess the value & Assign the priority of your current relationships
—Assess the value & Assign the priority of your creativity & cultivation of beauty
Now, when I reviewed what I already had for the Aries/Libra Eclipses of 2013-2016, again, I found little nuggets of gold to guide, support & inspire *NOW*. I encourage you to use this time to reflect on the cycle as a whole because it just recently came to a close in Spring 2016. Fall, 6-months later, activates the perfect time to check in on the larger issues the Aries/Libra series has activated and brought (back) into the Light for you personally. Then consider what those around you are going through (Self/Other). Also, consider the ways your identity, passions & purpose have all changed over time and with life experience (Home/Work). Finally, consider the tremendous progress & evolution you have already accomplished and give your Self due credit! And don’t give up. These are GOOD *RE-SET* Buttons to be pushing, while also claiming the Highest Vision you can conjure for your own fundamentals (Home/Work/Self/Other).
The Libra New Moon (9/30) brings in another round of the Cardinal Cross, pushing us to make personal/internal connections, as well as universal/external decisions. This reminds us that, anytime the Moon is in Aries/Libra or Cancer/Capricorn, it is directly engaging Pluto (Capricorn), Jupiter (Libra) & Uranus (Aries) automatically. This happens for a couple of days, 3-times a month, but when New/Full Moon falls in these Signs we have greater access to co-creating and weaving in our individual desires. Then you add the recent Aries/Libra Eclipses to the equation and change is definitely the name of the game. The last time we experienced Aries/Libra Eclipses was with an Aries North Node in 2004-2006 and before that, 1995-1997, with a Libra North Node (coming full circle again Feb 2014 – Nov 2015). The Scorpio/Taurus Eclipses prior, activated a new level of power to create and sustain life, and we are learning more and more about this new level of power. That, along with your individual changes, is likely to rattle the cages of your current relationships (private or public) by reflecting what is no longer sustainable, nor desirable.
Libra New Moon is all about setting new intentions around conscious equal partnership, whether public or private, short-term or long-term, balance is the key. Our Guidance suggests that to honor the month of The Scales, we must weigh our personal progress against our obvious manifestations in relationships (for better or worse). It’s time to assess the strength & value of each one (one-by-one) and what kind of time, energy & resources you have and are willing to invest further with this person, situation or agreement. Soulful kinship and a sense of belonging is vital for most humans and this year, we will cultivate that more than ever. We can renegotiate as we go, at regular intervals, and I highly recommend that you do. We can be part of something without being burdened by it. We can have soulful connections without losing ourselves. We can still love each other even if/when we do not agree. It’s time to define your individual terms and start renegotiating with those who matter & releasing those who do not matter anymore.
10/1 ~ Venus (relationships) ~trine~ Neptune (vision):
This is a very supportive energy for dreaming your world into being! Allow your imagination some latitude to wander and see where it leads. You may be very connected to others and what they are going through. You may have a very spiritual encounter with another, friend, family or lover, but only time will tell if it is Neptune playing tricks on you or it is truly a spiritual union.
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