Star Signs for September 2016

Posted on: 5th September, 2016

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: Kate Arbon

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance classes. email

September brings plenty of challenge when we look at what the planets offer this month. The good news is there’s a shift away from the direct impact that events during August brought to us and we get some sense of harmony back in our lives at last.

The month starts with a statement that sets the tone for the next few weeks. On September 1, the New Moon Solar eclipse at 10 degrees of Virgo is directly opposite Neptune in Pisces and also makes a troublesome angle to both Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius. This brings a few things back into our lives for consideration before we can move on. There is a strong emphasis on the dream versus reality, or the lie versus the truth, with Saturn still in close connection with Neptune and making their last exact contact on September 10.  By now, having been bombarded with this energy over the last 12 months, we are very likely to welcome some practical simplicity that the Virgo New Moon brings.

The recent Mars Saturn conjunction at 10 degrees of Sagittarius last month brought situations circumstances and events where sudden releases of tension were demonstrated. Colliding forces that rearranged lives, the landscape or our thinking were all around us. Now as the repercussions play out we should get the chance to tidy up and straighten things out. The Virgo influence wants to put order back into chaos, so there may be some satisfaction as we finally put difficult scenarios to rest by mid month.

The positive trend that kicks in this month doesn’t solve all our problems but it takes us into a more co-operative and collaborative phase. As the harmonious and social planet Venus moves further into her own sign Libra she is joined in that sign by Jupiter the bringer of opportunity and beneficial outcomes from September 9. Take full advantage of this conciliatory energy whilst both these benefic planets are in the same sign until September 23. This gives us the incentive and possibility to dialogue or negotiate with those we are in argument with and to join together with others to overcome what have been personal burdens until now.

Mercury, the planet of communication, is in Virgo all month and is in its retrograde phase until September 22. This is a good time to go back over the details of any deal or contract. Also use this time to reconsider what agreements or conflicts we have in our lives currently and seek out those areas that can bring about a meeting of minds now.

The mid month Full Moon Lunar eclipse on September 16 touches on the theme of change and action that is required to bring about a better individual expression. This eclipse involves Mars the warrior planet and also makes a connection with freedom loving Uranus. This may trigger our urge to break away from the conflicts or drives that prevent us from being true to ourselves. We may well be tired of fighting or resisting and the energy now leads us onto a more balanced way of achieving our true goals.

The troubling and difficult situations that Mars and Saturn in Sagittarius have brought to us in the last few months will continue to have their effect over the next few weeks. But now we will experience a new and less tense direction as Mars finally moves away from Saturn into Capricorn on September 27 and we can put so much behind us as we start to look to a brighter horizon once more.

New Moon is at 10° Virgo on September 1 at 10:04am and Full Moon is at 25° Pisces on September 16 at 8:06pm.

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 a while 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 mixed 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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Mary started her epic journey in Arklow, Co. Wicklow, on New Year’s Day. She aims to cover up to 5000 kilometers, using coastal routes, over the next five months. She hopes to get back in time to get her first pension payment in June when she turns 66.

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This Saturday the 10th March, will see some magically curious activity as local Bandon national schools compete in a Wizarding Harry Potter Quiz. The prize will be the beautiful Bandon Banshee Perpetual Cup.

As any Harry Potter enthusiast knows, Bandon has the unique honour of having a character named after the town. The Bandon Banshee, was referred to as the nemesis of Gilderoy Lockhart in the Chamber of Secrets. The book grossed €60 million in sales and was the 7th highest earning film of all time.

Locals, looking to enhance the town for young people, saw the quiz as an ideal way promote the connection. The universally absorbing book series brings young readers on a huge adventure of magic, adversity and triumph. It is also an exploration of loyalty and friendship, good and evil – so it is not only popular way to engage young people, it is a hugely positive connection.

Zoe Tennyson, one of the organisers said they were delighted with the response from schools who ran a qualifying quiz as part of World Book Day. On Saturday Bandon Town Hall will be transformed into Hogwarts Great Hall, with proceeds going Bandon Playground Group, and to cover costs of the event.

Bandon Books will be rewarding the winning team with vouchers to each of the five members. The Bandon Banshee, or Bean-sidhe na Bandaan Perpetual Cup will be hotly contested – but which school will the Banshee go to??

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Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition 23 February 2018

The inaugural Ballineen Foróige Young Engineers Exhibition will take place in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen this Friday 23rd February. As part of Engineers Week 2018, leaders and members of Ballineen Foróige Club have organised an exhibition which will showcase a diverse and exciting range of engineering projects that have been undertaken by members of the club over the last few weeks, with the aid of leaders and a number of local engineers.

With the aid of local pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, along with the support of STEAM Education, a UCC based company focused on promoting science, technology, engineering, arts, and maths subjects in primary schools, Ballineen Foróige has been engaging members and leaders in all things engineering over the last six weeks. From researching, designing, and prototyping a project based on local problems, to participating in various workshops on coding and careers in engineering, Ballineen Foróige have been extremely busy in preparation for the exhibition this coming Friday night.

On the night itself, Michael Loftus, Head of Engineering at CIT, Fintan Goold, Manager at Eli Lilly and All-Ireland Cork winning Footballer, along with Geraldine Coughlan of GCA Architects & Designers, a local business, will act as judges on the night, evaluating the different engineering projects and offering some advice to the members of the club. Also in attendance will be the CEO of Foróige Seán Campbell, along with a number of local councillors, TD’s and Senators.

Leading the team of Ballineen Foróige leaders organising the event, is Rebecca Dwyer, a bioprocess engineer at Eli Lilly. Rebecca recently became a leader in the club and says that Ballineen Foróige Young Engineer Exhibition 2018 “promises to be a fun, challenging and rewarding experience for all involved and we look forward to welcoming parents, relatives, friends and members of the public to the exhibition and film screening on the evening of Friday 23rd February.” Overall, there are twelve projects entered in the exhibition. One project, led by Cian Kennefick and Charlie Nolan, members of the starting out club, examines the possibility of installing speed ramps on the road near local primary school. Fourteen-year-old Charlie says he got involved in the project as it was something to do and it gets you thinking. Cian says the most exciting part of the project was the building of the prototypes.

Both Cian and Charlie, along with thirty other members of the club will display their projects this coming Friday 23 February in Gort Mhuire Hall in Ballineen. Doors open at 8pm and the event runs until 10pm. All are welcome to attend, and admission is free. Catering, including tea and coffee, will be provided on the night.
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