In many ways the one event that I think is pivotal in changing the whole dynamics of the year itself, which is Mars’ return to Sagittarius on the 14th September, is more significant than even lucky Jupiter’s return to Leo in July. For what began back then as a shifting in the dynamics in play and the start of an easing off in the tensions and pressures of the first half of the year, completes with Mars’ return to Sagittarius. This ends or at least marks the beginning of the end of a Water ruled era to a much more action focused Fire energy, if not completely, then making things a lot more exciting.
Until the 16th July Jupiter was not only in Water ruled Cancer, but at odds with almost every other planet, other than Saturn in Water ruled Scorpio and Neptune in water ruled Pisces. While Saturn will remain in Scorpio until the end of the year and Neptune is in Pisces until 2026 and they’ll continue to support each other, this becomes more something happening alongside some very exciting dynamics building between the Fire signs.
This began when Jupiter returned to Fire ruled Leo on the 16th July and with Uranus on his own in Fire ruled Aries, this immediately brought the two together. When Mars returns to Fire ruled Sagittarius on the 14th September this marks the start of a new triad of support, one that is set to rule for the next 12 months.
While Saturn and Neptune will remain a powerful force to be reckoned with, this is very different from a triad of support, for a number of reasons. The first reason is that by its very nature two forces coming together influences two areas of your chart, but doesn’t extend out beyond that. There are only three of each elemental sign, so when you have three planets in each of the three Fire signs this puts every possible dynamic into play, creating what is known as a triplicity. In one sense you can draw a line between each planet, in the three Fire signs and it would form a triangle, which is able to lock into place the energy they create combined, which is greater than the sum of their individual parts.
The other reason why this triad of support and influence is so important, is that the three houses that share the same elemental sign are all interconnected and for all of us, no matter where your Sun is, you’ll be enjoying the triad of influences, especially as Saturn’s return to Sagittarius in December is going to lock this into play for the long term.
Here’s an example of what I mean.
If you are an Air sign (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius) - this will play out in your 3rd, 7th and 11th Houses, known as the ‘social triad’, which relates to communication, relationship and friendship matters.
If you are a Water sign (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) – this will play out in what is known as the ‘success triad, the 2nd, 6th and 10th Houses (that of income, work and career).
If you are a Fire sign (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius) - this will play out in your 1st, 5th and 9th Houses, the ‘personal triad’- (which relates to personal matters, matters of the heart and all things adventurous).
If you are an Earth Sign (Virgo, Capricorn and Taurus) – this will play out in the 4th, 12th and 8th Houses, a more internally focused triad (which relates to home, your inner thoughts and financial matters).
This is what is changing the dynamics of the year and of your life, for it shifts the main driving pattern in your life.
This makes Venus’ final days in Leo especially important, for until she leaves on the 6th September she’s not only evoking and cementing your desires and expectations in the Leo ruled area of your chart, but looking at your Sign’s influence above, in those other two areas of your chart as well. Venus is aware that when she moves on Jupiter will not only remain until August 2015, but will have an enormous amount of support during the coming year.
However, Venus must move on and on the 6th September she’ll join the Sun in Virgo, on his own since Mercury’s departure on the 1st September. Compared to other areas of your chart the planetary activity in Virgo is not only fairly mundane, just the annual update you get at this time every year, but is very short lived, even by normal standards. Last year the Virgo ruled area of your chart was active for 16 weeks, whereas this year, from Mercury’s return on the 16th August to Venus’ departure on the 30th August, there’ll be planetary activity here for just 6 weeks and 3 days.
This creates a very quick and short update, with the Sun here until the 23rd September shining the solar spotlight on the Virgo ruled area of your life and Venus working until the 30th September to define your desires and expectations and to trigger the laws of attraction. This bellies the importance of this annual update, for with lucky Jupiter returning next August, this is the last annual update before the major update you get once every 12 years, kicking off the luckiest year in the Virgo ruled area of your chart since 2003/2004.
This is going to put the planets moving through Virgo into opposition with Neptune and Chiron in Pisces, which may create some pressures or tensions, especially around the time of the Full Moon in Pisces on the 9th September, but this is part of what are now annual wakeup calls on both fronts.
This month will also see the return of an area of your chart that had only just stepped back as a major driving force and the source of much of the challenges in the first half of the year. Mars’ nearly 8 month visit to Libra, his longest in 32 years, only ended on the 26th July and with Ceres’ 9 month visit having just ended on the 7th August, it should be a long time before the next push. However, that’s not the case, for Mars and Ceres, who returned just after last year’s annual update ended, stayed here so long that your next annual update has come around.
However, Mercury’s return to Libra on the 1st September and position here until the 28th September is a very different experience, not just because he’s a different planet, but because the conditions are very different. The pressure cookie atmosphere that gave rise to Aprils Grand Cross is no longer there and while Mercury, as will the Sun who returns to Libra on the 23rd September and Venus on the 30th September, will move into opposition with Uranus in Aries, this is part of the annual pattern and nothing like the wakeup calls received in the first half of the year. Back then, when Mars and Ceres moved into opposition with Uranus it was sustained, dragged on and each was under pressure from two other directions at the same time.
If anything, this is a chance to benefit from what those past challenges have cleared a path for, with a New Moon on the 24th September offering an opportunity for new beginnings and a fresh start. However, with Mercury retrograding back in for a double dip visit next month, there’s a need to keep your mind and your options open.
As far as Uranus, in retrograde motion in Aries is concerned, he won’t be put off by these oppositions, especially as they are fairly fleeting. This is mainly because, in retrograde motion, he really does need these wakeup calls, but also it comes when he has an enormous amount of support, both from Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius. Sometimes you need a bit of pressure in order to push yourself and that’s what’s happening here. At the same time this is a chance to learn from the lessons of the past, especially when it comes to balance, which is what all oppositions are essentially about.
The two planets that, if they’re under pressure or in a bad mood, really can make life difficult are Saturn and Pluto and thankfully they are both in good moods this week. Saturn in direct motion in Scorpio since the 22nd July has been blessed by the fact that Mars returned just 4 days later and since the 26th July has been firing up your passions and your fighting spirit, getting Saturn moving a lot quicker than he normally would. With Ceres spending the whole month in Scorpio and Mercury returning on the 28th September, Saturn has plenty of support as he moves into the final months of a journey that began in October 2012, that is all about taking your power back, in the Scorpio ruled area of your chart.
Pluto is equally well placed this month and after the pressure he had been under, from early April 2013 to Venus’ departure from Cancer on the 12th August, the planet of change and revolution would have settled for that. For moving through Capricorn from 2008 to 2024, 16 months of planetary activity in opposing sign Cancer was always going to create the toughest point in this 16 year journey. However, it’s not just a lack of pressure that is making Pluto a happy chappy this month or the support from the Sun and Mercury as they move through fellow Earth sign Virgo, but the fact that his retrograde phase will end on the 23rd September. This is when the tide will turn and in the Capricorn ruled area of your chart you’re finally able to put the past behind you and move on. With the annual update in the Capricorn ruled area of your chart not starting until December, this gives you time to slowly get your bearings.
All the very best for the coming month and don’t forget that the Monthly Horoscopes will provide an overview of how some of these conditions will impact you this month and that your Individual Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide all the details. 

Anne Macnaughtan

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