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September 2020

While every month has its own character and dynamics, in the middle months of the year it really was a case of more of the same. In June, apart from the Sun, the only planet that changed signs and therefore where its focus is, was Mars. In July, every planet ended the month where it began and last month finally saw Venus and Mercury start to move.

That will continue this month but there is also more change, with planets that have been in retrograde motion for months and Mars turning retrograde on 10th September, something that will keep him here for the rest of the year. In addition the asteroid Juno, who has been a stalwart in Libra since last November is finally on the move while the dwarf planet Ceres, who left Aquarius in April and shouldn’t be back for another four years, makes a surprise return.

In addition, there could be some tension and intensity at the start of the month, with a Full Moon just as the final clash between Venus and Saturn is playing out.

As has been the case with the Sun and Mercury before her, Venus will spend her final days in Cancer at odds with all three planets in Capricorn. After clashing with Jupiter and Pluto late last month, the final clash is with Saturn on 2nd/3rd September. The difference this time is that this is the last, not just for this year but to this degree, for several years if not decades to come.

It wasn’t just this year that every planet that has moved through Cancer has clashed with Saturn in Capricorn but every planet for the last three years. By the time the planets return to Cancer next year Jupiter and Saturn will be gone. There won’t be another clash between planets in Cancer and Jupiter in Capricorn for another 12 years and with Saturn for another three decades. This makes it important to pay attention to the balance or issues that Venus is flushing out before leaving Cancer on 6th September.

This makes a Full Moon in Pisces on 2nd September a mixed blessing, because while this falls at a friendly aspect to Venus, any Full Moon will create some tension and strong emotional responses. This is one of the most complex Full Moon I have seen in an extremely long time, not because of the Full Moon itself but the complicated web of relationships being formed.

A Full Moon is a clash between the Sun and Moon and it happens just as there is not only a clash between Venus and Saturn at the same time but the last while he is in Capricorn, his home sign for another three decades. This sounds like and is a case of pressure coming at us from all directions.

Yet this is the first time a Full Moon has fallen in Pisces while Venus is still in fellow Water sign Cancer in eight years and just as the Moon is putting pressure on the Sun and Mercury in Virgo, the Sun is at a friendly aspect to Uranus in fellow Earth sign Taurus and Mercury to Saturn. So while Venus and Saturn are in opposition, Venus is being supported by the Moon and Saturn by Mercury and while the Sun and Moon are in opposition, the Sun is being supported by Uranus and the Moon by Venus.

Sound complicated? It is complicated but this web of mutual pressure and support could lead to multiple breakthroughs and a chance to turn tension into motivation. The Monthly Horoscopes will give an indication of where and how this will impact you but the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide even more detail – see links below.

The Moon will be gone from Pisces by 4th September and that is the same day that Venus will move out of her opposition with Saturn, though tension might not drop until she leaves on 6th September.

It is not that things are plain sailing from this point but the most challenging part of the month will be over by then. It might be a case of strapping on your safety belt for the first few days of the month until the turbulence has passed.

It will be a different story when Venus returns to Leo on 6th September, where there are no planets on the other side of the sky, the Sun and Mercury have been through and laid out everything for her and she not only has the support of Mars in fellow Fire sign Leo but the South Node in Sagittarius.

Venus will return four days before Mars turns retrograde, something that will keep him in Aries for the rest of the year and in retrograde motion for the next two months.

Yet just as Mars is turning retrograde, the three planets in Capricorn are waking up and this is where a push from Venus at the start of the month might be a blessing in disguise. Pluto has been in retrograde motion since April, Jupiter since May and while Saturn had left by the time he turned retrograde in May as well, he retrograded back into Capricorn in early July.

The first to turn direct is Jupiter, who will turn direct on 13th September, followed by Saturn on 29th September and Pluto early next month. Saturn and Jupiter are the two most powerful planets in the solar system and as they will both leave Capricorn in December, these cosmic giants are waking up and coming out of hibernation.

Mercury, who just a few months ago spent over two months in Cancer will spend time in three signs this month, racing so far ahead of the Sun that he will be forced to turn retrograde next month. For now, the planet of communication and smart thinking is spreading his influence around.

Mercury will start the month in Virgo, where he will play a critical role in supporting Saturn while he is under pressure from Venus. Mercury will return to Libra on 6th September, where he will spend the majority of the month, before leaving on 27th September. This is where the asteroid Juno has been since last November but will finally leave on 20th September, almost as though she has been waiting for her replacement. Mercury will also be here when the Sun returns to Libra on 23rd September, something that happens on the autumn/spring equinox each year.

It is four days later that Mercury becomes the first ‘planet’ to return to Scorpio since Mars left in the early days of the year. I say ‘planet’ because astrologically anything that moves through the heavens is a planet and in that sense, he is beaten by Juno, who will return to Scorpio on 20th September.

When Mercury leaves Libra this is not goodbye, with his retrograde turn next month bringing him back to spend another two weeks here. Meanwhile, it could be Mercury’s final minutes here that are the most significant.

Mercury will leave Libra at 8.40 pm on 27th September, New Zealand time. This means it will be 27th September in most parts of the world, though earlier in the day. At 8.20 pm on 27th September, exactly 10 minutes before Mercury leaves Libra the dwarf planet Ceres will retrograde back into Aquarius and for those ten minutes, they will be exactly aligned. This is like a handshake from one to the other.

Ceres’ return is a big deal because she not only moved through Aquarius from 31st January to 24th April but was here when Saturn returned in March. Ceres’ job is to help us define our needs and priorities and was there when Saturn arrived to lay the foundations for his and Jupiter’s return in December. Ceres is returning, after Saturn has left to revisit those needs and priorities, in light of the impact from the three and a half months that the hard taskmaster of the cosmos has spent here.

Ceres will retrograde back into Aquarius but will turn direct next month, leaving on 10th November. That is just six weeks before Jupiter and Saturn return and where Saturn has left you with homework, Ceres returns with a chance to rethink your needs and priorities before the most powerful planetary activity in Aquarius in decades begins. Saturn and Jupiter were last in Aquarius at the same time in 1962 but only for a few months. The last time they aligned here, bringing their combined weight together in the Aquarius ruled area of your chart? Well, that was literally in the Dark Ages.

To have Ceres retrograde back in to revisit your needs and priorities ahead of this and after Saturn has already spent time here, you have already had a taste for things and to get a handshake from Mercury at the door when she returns is a big deal. Ceres will also return to find the North Node in fellow Air sign Gemini, who wasn’t there during her first visit but returned just a few days later.

This is a big month but also an exciting month, with the links for more information on how this will impact you immediately below.

This is just a brief overview of the conditions this month, with the following links providing more information in what this means for you. The Monthly Horoscopes are now available and I will continue to go into this in the Daily and Weekly Horoscopes but you can also get more detailed information through the Monthly Horoscope Reports.

This Overview is simply my chance to tell you what the planets are doing each month and not how this will impact you personally, which I will do through the Horoscopes. However, the Monthly Horoscope Reports will provide a lot more information and detail into exactly where, when and how this will impact you.

All the very best for the coming month and these uncertain but also extraordinary times.

Anne Macnaughtan

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