Star Sign for September 2014

Posted on: 8th September, 2014

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork for the last 10 years, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance classes.email startalk@eircom.net. www.katearbon.com.

If last month you felt that for every step forward you had to take one, or several, steps back then you’ll be pleased to know that September brings a change of pace. Whilst the energetic and feisty Mars was under the constraints of a sober and moderate Saturn during the last few weeks, every move was tempered, hindered or frustrated. Mars, as the faster paced planet is pulling away from Saturn’s influence now and things that have been delayed or thwarted lately, begins to gain some momentum. The intense and sometimes obsessive Scorpio placement of Mars continues through until September 13 when the red planet moves into fast paced and forward looking Sagittarius. This shift could speed things up on every level, as personal and global scenarios that recently seemed impossibly difficult but compelling become ‘unstuck’ Agendas that have been put on hold can now be redirected in a more flexible or positive way.

The early days of September can bring a sense of increasing emotional sensitivity and intuitive understanding as the Moon waxes to Full in watery Pisces where it also joins with Chiron, the wounded healer. During this last perigee Full Moon or ‘Super Moon’ of the year the tides will be high and emotions will run deep. A Pisces Moon puts us in touch with our non-physical senses and a super cognitive awareness can bring in additional information not usually available. Combined with Chiron there could be a real opportunity to make sense of deep emotional scars that have kept us in fearful or limited situations for far too long. Healer Chiron helps us to make the leap between Saturn with his earthbound conditioning and Uranus, which inspires us towards being our authentic self.

As the month progresses into the third week the small but powerful Pluto starts his forward motion once more on September 22. Planet of transformation through trial, Pluto brings the unseen, shadowy underworld into the light for purification. We can expect revelations to come from deep within our personal psychology or previously hidden information about global organisations to be exposed.

On September 23, we have the Autumn Equinox, as the Sun moves into Libra followed by the New Moon in Libra on September 24.  Whatever else is going on around us now, a strong focus on the Venus ruled sign of balance, equality and harmony brings our need for meaningful relationships to our attention and we’ll seek out significant people to have those important shared experiences with.

The next Full Moon is at 17° Pisces on September 9 at 2:39am

Aries: You have a deep longing to seek something, which transcends everyday life. This may manifest itself as inventive, musical or artistic work, which enables you to merge your spirit with a deeper creative flow. You don't function well in the relative chaos of daily life and need to take time out to appreciate your talents away from distractions. This is a time of reorganising yourself on a subtle level and it’ll take awhile to become aware of the changes. Begin this phase slowly with plenty of time to delve into that impressive imaginative resource that is your inner world.

Taurus: You get a sense of belonging to the people you connect with and know that they also appreciate you. This is a time when you might be thinking more about how well you and your ideals fit in with those around you. You may become aware that you often become quite attached to personal projects and have some difficulty letting go of the reins when other people need to take over. Use this opportunity to make a positive move towards openness and you may discover a talent for working with people in groups, especially if this involves caring or community projects.

Gemini: You establish important personal bonds with the people you work with. You may find yourself playing a significant role, even being out in the public eye. You’re especially able to appreciate what's needed now. It could be wise to develop some emotional detachment though, just so that you feel less vulnerable. You want to get ahead and be appreciated and now is the time to dream your wildest dreams and even take the risk of following them. Remember that everything you achieve has to be created in your own imagination first.

Cancer: You seek understanding and insight and will probably find yourself able to read or study to attain further knowledge or wisdom. It's a great time for planning new projects, or rearranging the way you look at things. Patterns you establish now do not need detailed follow-up until later. Be content to focus on the general outline for now. Don’t be surprised if you find an opportunity to travel or make a connection with foreign cultures, as there are valuable exchanges to be had with the wider world. You have much to learn over the next few months.

Leo: Your ability to tune in to the deepest emotional signals in other people is greatly enhanced and if you can face your own inner emotional fears now, you’ll help guide others through theirs. You have the courage to be honest with yourself which encourages others to be honest about their failings too and you’ll be appreciated for the support. Start this next phase with the determination to throw out old worn out ways and unproductive thinking. This is a time of renewal for you, be prepared for some real transformation.

Virgo: Your enormous receptivity to the influence, problems and needs of others gets you the role of counsellor. You can give genuine support and nourishment. Take care not to become drained by so much emotional contact though. You can be rather over-sensitive to the demands of others and you may make too many compromises for the sake of emotional peace. Try to find the balance in your most important relationships. You can be very sincere when you want to be but it has to go both ways or you’ll have reason to feel resentful.

Libra: Problems can arise because of some over sensitivity or unconscious reaction. If you can become aware of where you feel your own security is threatened by change you can adapt before it happens. You’ll find yourself happily working on behalf of others now and wanting to be at your best and give your all to improve conditions. Consider which long-term projects will give you the greatest sense of personal achievement and know that if your heart is in it, your mind body and spirit are being looked after.

Scorpio: There is no time like the present when it comes to having fun, entertaining friends or getting cosy with a loved one. Romance in all its forms is demanding to be indulged. Your tendency to yearn for the security of love and intimacy is at a peak and you might find yourself trying to match reality to your fantasy with disappointing results. Whatever you pursue now try to reserve some energy for longer-term projects. Make sure you have plenty of time to relax between social events.

Sagittarius: The bonds to the past may seem stronger at the moment. Fundamental security is a major issue for you now and you’ll be thinking of ways that you can draw something of your past into the present. Reconsider the relationships with people and places that have been important to you. You function best when there is peace on the home front, but you might find yourself distracted by family worries or be concerned with matters of the home, land or property. Finding a way to express some of those deep inner tensions that you’ve allowed to build up is your challenge.

Capricorn: When you communicate, you’ll find you do so with feeling and conviction. This is no time to be taking it easy because your skills are required in many areas and friends and neighbours will benefit from your knowledge. You have a compelling persuasive aura about you now and you are well suited to situations where communication is essential. It may be left to you to dispel confusion over certain matters. Remember to maintain a good pace and you’ll have a lot to be grateful for if you are prepared to be generous in sharing yourself.

Aquarius: The threat of economic insecurity can mean that you are staying longer than necessary in an unsatisfactory situation. Wise decisions are based on knowing what is right for you and not on always playing it safe. Remember that the talents and abilities you have built up over the years are your security and if you put them to good use you will find the stability you’re reaching for. You can truly appreciate what has value and what doesn't so use this to achieve the success you're looking for.

Pisces: Trust and intimacy are your concerns right now. Testing the bonds with the people closest to you may show up some weak links. You want to make some kind of statement about who you are and what sets you apart from others rather than what you share in common. It may turn out that you are the one stretching the limits when it comes to personal attachments in your life now. Be sure you know who you really are by taking an identity reality check before you start trying to assess someone else.

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