This is another transformational month for you in the recent series, Capricorn. The retrogrades and eclipses of summer emphasized issues of partnership as relating to your own explorations of self-discovery. You may be experiencing a strong urge to swing for the fences in your creative expression, a tendency that goes somewhat against the grain, so that you are also continually attempting to contain it. As you strive to more fully understand yourself and your world, your communication with others, including significant partners, continues to be mystical, compassionate and strongly feeling-toned. Intimate connection has been a major focus in recent weeks, implying a revision and a resurgence. And intimacy can mean many things, such as a special sensitivity to others around you, and as well a better and more profound connection with your own dark places. Inner wounding that arises can be more valuable than accolades if you can learn something from the event, and use it connect more deeply with yourself.
The following was written by this month's guest columnist Adam Elenbaas of The Nightlight Astrology School
The month gets started with a harmonious sextile, culminating on September 3rd, between Mercury in Leo in your eighth house of death and rebirth and Venus in Libra in your tenth house of career. As a Capricorn you’re not likely to look a gift horse in the mouth, but with Mercury getting together with Venus out of the eighth house, you should be careful of opportunism in the work place right now. What seems like a great deal, or a good offer, may lead to a much deeper and more complicated encounter down the road. On the other hand, if there is anything controversial that needs to be addressed in the work place right now you may find just the right angle or strategy for broaching the subject, which may lead to positive transformations or professional opportunities.
On September 8th, Venus in Libra in your 10th house of career will then square Mars in Capricorn in your first house. Carefully planned compromises are often the best long-term strategy for success, and with Venus in Libra making a superior square to exalted Mars in your first house, for as hard as you’re pressing toward your goals right now, Venus will require that you consider how your actions are going to impact others, or how your choices may appear to those above you or those with whom you must maintain a balanced relationship with. At the same time, don’t be surprised if you’re receiving the green light from the universe to move forward full steam with your own agenda right now. Venus in Libra may also offer you the support of a boss, a new friend or a colleague at just the right moment. Finally, this aspect is known to generate sexual tension or some level of creative tension in relationships, which could be exciting, but be careful because Venus is going to turn retrograde next month, which means that you may be revising or reconsidering your relationships and commitments very shortly.
September 9th, the New Moon in Virgo falls in your ninth house of higher education, spirituality and travel, opposite Neptune in the third house of the mind, communication, and siblings. There isn’t much you don’t take seriously as a Capricorn, but right now you might be struggling to define your commitments or beliefs, or you may be struggling to articulate or communicate something of your real feelings and beliefs with others. It’s a good time to practice letting go of the need to be in control of everything on an intellectual level so that you can experience something spiritual or emotional, or so that you can be led or guided by others. On the other hand, you might be seeking for a healthy balance between mental and rational modes of being versus some level of emotional or spiritual involvement. For you, the best path forward in many areas of life often comes when, while remaining grounded, you’re able to relinquish some degree of control.
On September 12th, Venus in Scorpio in your eleventh house of friends, groups, and dreams will oppose Uranus in Taurus in your fifth house of children, creativity, and pleasure. Venus in combination with Uranus loves to defy traditional relational, sexual, and artistic values, so you might be noticing a rebellious or highly creative energy surrounding the way you communicate or express yourself, or within your close relationships. You may also notice that there are some exciting or interesting changes taking place in your social life, or within the groups that you belong to right now. In some ways this is all just foreshadowing next month’s Venus retrograde in your eleventh house, which will be focused on groups, friendships, and changes to your relationships therein. More on that in next month’s column!
On September 18th, Mars in Aquarius in your second house of finances will also square Uranus in Taurus in your fifth house. With Mars having just recently finished a long retrograde through your second house, you have been working through things financially, or in terms of money, resources, expenses or possessions, and your personal/material values. Whatever changes or challenges came up for you, now there is an opportunity for integration or implementation. All the lessons you’ve learned in this area of life are now ready to be put into action. The square to Uranus in the creative fifth house may provide an opportunity for a creative and financial breakthrough, or it may suggest that you are finding new and innovative ways of investing or earning money. At the same time, the energies of these planets are sometimes very rebellious and aggressive, and so you should also be careful not to be impulsive or reckless. Finally, if you have kids, you may notice that they are changing rapidly or that the issues of independence or defiance are more intense. You may also have a bill or two related to your kids!
Between September 22nd and 23rd, the Sun will pass through the gateway of the autumn equinox and enter Libra and your tenth house of career. For the next thirty days, the Sun will be illuminating your career house, focusing on beauty, achievement, and mastery, as well as balance, wisdom, and fairness. Each year at this time, you are being offered an opportunity to reflect upon and refine your professional life or your general sense of calling and destiny. With Saturn and Pluto in your first house, and the Sun in the tenth squaring both in the weeks to come, there are likely to be some substantive opportunities for advancement, both professionally and personally, so pay attention to the first rumblings of these changes beginning to happen right now!
Finally, on September 24th, the Full Moon will land in Aries in your fourth house of home and family, opposite Mercury and the Sun in Libra in your career house, with Saturn in a T-square from Capricorn, representing your first house of identity. Because Saturn is your ruling planet, and squares both ends of this Full Moon, you are likely faced with some very personal decisions or challenges, especially related to the work/home balance. This is most definitely an opportunity for the synthesis or integration of these themes, and it will likely require a change within yourself, first, to pull it off. No amount of manipulating or controlling external details, people, or places, is going to solve a problem that exists within your own mind, body, and heart. Take the moment to get clear within yourself about who you are and who you are not, what you can and cannot take responsibility for, and what will or won’t in the long run give you authentic happiness. Even if things don’t go exactly as planned, in doing this you will have done the hardest work, and achieved a most important result.
With the massive changes that are happening now, I highly recommend that folks get a transit report tailored specifically to their chart for the most accurate description of what's in store for you in the months ahead.
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The Sun represents the Self, one's way of being in the world. It can represent, on different levels, both the ego and the higher Self or soul purpose. It rules Leo and is exalted in Aries. The Sun is the most important 'planet' in the chart and symbolizes one's will and sense of vitality. When the Sun is afflicted (poorly placed or poorly aspected) it could indicate problems with the father, or male role model. The Sun energizes your entire chart, and planets in close relationship to the Sun (by planetary aspect) are emphasized in your personality. If your Sun is prominent in your chart, you will exhibit great power to do and to be.
The Moon represents the personal self, the feelings and the unconscious. It is a reflection of the true self, represented by the Sun. The Moon also stands for security and instinctual or habitual patterns, as well as the ability to relate to others, and to be nurturing to others. The Moon rules Cancer and is exalted in Taurus. It is often contrasted with the Sun as the female receptive principle versus the masculine or positive principle. The Moon represents the feminine and nurturing part of oneself. In a male chart, the Moon represents the feminine within, or the 'anima' and also indicates the type of partner you will attract. The Moon also represents an attunement from the past, which operates at an instinctive or habitual level in your present life.
Mercury represents the mind and intellect, and rules Gemini, sign of duality also Virgo, and has its exaltation in Aquarius. Mercury is an airy planet, associated with all forms of communication and the in-flow and out-flow of intelligence. Its position indicates how your mental function will be expressed, and where techniques and skills are available to you.
Venus is the planet of love and relationship. Venus is in-taking, rather than out-going (as represented by Mars), and rules the signs Libra and Taurus. Venus has its exaltation in Pisces, and is associated with aesthetics, beauty, refinement and romance. Its position in the chart indicates the area in which the give and take of love, affection and sensual pleasure will be expressed.
Mars is the planet of outward activity and animal passion. It rules Aries and is exalted in Capricorn. This fiery planet is masculine in action, versus softer more receptive Venus. When strong in the chart it can indicate a volatile temper, and also great courage. Its position indicates how your personality will assert itself, and what modes of activity will stimulate your physical energies.
Jupiter is the planet of faith, positivism and optimism. It rules Sagittarius and is exalted in Cancer. Jupiter represents the principle of expansion, versus contraction (as represented by Saturn) and the aspirations of the higher self. Its position in the chart indicates how your faith will be expressed, and what modes of activity will stimulate self-confidence.
Saturn is the planet of limitation and contraction, and the trials of life experience. This includes disciplive, punctuality, and the conservation of material resources. Saturn rules Capricorn and is exalted in Libra, and is limited and material, versus unlimited faith (as represented by Jupiter). It indicates areas where the personality will be restricted by fears and lack of confidence, and also areas which are important to be worked on in this lifetime.
Uranus is the planet of freedom and revolutionary vision, the urge for change and the ability to visualize new possibilities. Uranus rules Aquarius, and is exalted in Scorpio. It is also associated with mental studies, electricity and astrology. Its position indicates the arena of originality and freedom from conventional thinking in your life.
Neptune represents the universal ocean of oneness with all beings. It is thus highly compassionate, also idealistic, imaginative and self login or even self undoing, and can be associated with drugs or media, as fantasy expressions. Neptune rules Pisces, and finds its exaltation in Cancer. Its position indicates where there may be confusion and also great creativity in poetic or musical fields. Neptune has been called the higher octave of Venus.
Pluto is a force for change that can be destructive in its power. Pluto rules Scorpio, and is exalted in Leo. Pluto is related to will, and intense passion, and has a reputation for ruthlessness. As god of the underworld Pluto brings the deepest compulsions into the light. Its position indicates areas of life that must ultimately become transformed as part of the soul's evolution.
Chiron is a small planet, or 'planetoid' that was only discovered in 1977, and which has already shown itself to be quite powerful in an individual's chart. Occupying an eccentric orbit between Saturn and Uranus, and named for the centaur physician of Greek myth who taught ancient wisdom to mankind, Chiron represents the archetype of the "Wounded Healer" and is associated with shamanism and going within to heal oneself. Its discovery is synchronous with the rise of the holistic health movement. Chiron's position in the chart reveals where one has been wounded, and where also there is the opportunity for discovering healing from within and sharing this discovery with other people, since from our wounds arises our compassion for the suffering of others. The position of Chiron, by house and sign, can also show where we have talent and access to ancient wisdom, as well as where we may depart from the mainstream in service to a higher practicality. Those with prominent Chiron are likely to be educators and spiritual healers.
As goddess of the harvest and the natural process of fertility and renewal, Ceres represents the process of nurturing and motherhood in an individual chart, and has been attributed to the sign Cancer as a co-ruler with the Moon, as well as to the signs of Taurus, Scorpio and Virgo.
The astrology of the asteroid Pallas indicates the creative use of the mental faculty in combination with ageless wisdom, and is also involved with the arts, especially the plastic arts such as sculpture and pottery, and with medicinal remedies.
The astrology of Juno indicates partnering energy of intimate relationships, as in the more modern issues of where the boundaries are with another person, how much sharing is appropriate, versus holding back, are there issues of bitterness and jealousy, or projected authority and control onto another person, and intimacy needs in general.
In the astrology of Vesta issues of sexuality and completeness unto oneself predominate. Possible associations are the woman (or man) who chooses celibacy, but as a nun or monk takes on a higher purpose than normal family life, also issues of sexuality and who is ultimately served in the process, self or other.
While the lower expression of Eris might manifest as the lust for struggle and violence, there is also a more positive manifestation in the most basic defense of one's rights in standing up to established power, by violence if necessary. By recognizing and coming to terms with this potentially violent factor in ourselves we can grow as humans and become more whole.
The Part of Fortune (from the Latin Pars Fortuna) is the only Arabian astrology part still commonly used in modern astrology. It indicates an area of life that is a fortunate one for the native. The house in which the Part of Fortune is placed indicates an area of your life which is likely to be a successful one for you; an area where the applications of your skill will bear fruit. Its is where you will find good luck and happiness.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also referred to as the dragon's head, The North Node indicates your goals. The placement of the North Node indicates work that needs to be done in your life, or new faculties that need to be developed in the present lifetime.
The Nodes of the Moon indicate areas of life that are of special concern to you. Also known as the dragon's tail, the South Node indicates areas of mastery, often from a previous lifetime.
Aries people tend to be energetic, forceful and outgoing. They are good at getting things done, although they prefer starting to finishing. Like the energy of the first rush of spring, they move into the world in a headstrong, pioneering way. Aries people are likely to rush into things before reflecting, and may also be impatient or unwilling to sit back and allow events to mature.
Taureans revel in the pleasures of life. They crave the security and comfort of relaxing in the warmth of their home environment. They value the senses and the enjoyment of material things. Taureans are likely to work hard to make their home an attractive one. They also have the makings of a healer and have a large capacity for kindness.
Gemini is the sign associated with communication, logical thought processes (based on duality) and the conscious mind. Gemini people tend to be airy and intellectual, glib of tongue and curious about life and other people. They can experience two sides of things at the same time, and may tend to be flighty.
Cancerians are nurturing and protective of others. Their ruling planet is the Moon, and they tend to be moody, with constantly changing emotions. Cancerians are also likely to be security-conscious and highly value their home life. They may appear passive, and tend to rely on their feelings to make decisions. They are subtle, rather than direct, and are likely to reflect the moods of those around them.
Leos are likely to express themselves in dramatic, creative and assertive ways. They are also likely to enjoy the warmth of the physical Sun. Leos have great energy, courage and honesty. They are likely to be self-confident and maybe even a bit self-indulgent as they expect to be the center of attention, and often are. Leos can be quite determined and usually get their way when they really want to. They also possess great integrity, and are a natural leader.
Virgos love work, service to others and the gathering of the fruits of the material world, as symbolized by the harvest. They are also likely to be a good conversationalist, with wide-ranging knowledge and interesting ideas. They can be analytical and perhaps overly fond of detail, with perfectionist tendencies, and they may miss out on the big picture by concentrating on the micro. It also benefits them to learn the fine line between discrimination and criticism.
Libra is the sign of harmony and relationship. The Sun in Libra is at the time of the Equinox, when day equals night, and similarly Libra strives for balance between polarities. Librans are known for their good taste, elegance and charm. They are seekers of harmony and beauty.
Scorpio is the most intense sign of the Zodiac, and is associated with sexual activity and with the symbolism of death and rebirth. Their emotions run deep. Scorpios have great personal magnetism and great powers of persuasion or even the ability to coerce others.
Sagittarius is an optimistic, positive-thinking sign associated with the quest for freedom from all restriction as well as idealism, religion and philosophy. Sagittarians are direct and forthright, good-natured and affirmative in their outlook.
Capricorn people are ambitious and practical, and are likely to have an excellent sense of social responsibility. They also tend to be conscious of social mores, perhaps to the point of over-concern. Their natural caution allows them to advance slowly and steadily to the top.
Aquarians have a rebellious nature, and are eccentric, spontaneous and original. They are forward thinking and detached, and can seem conservative though they really are not very much so. They are scientifically minded and logical, and confident in manner.
Pisceans are friendly and likable, and yet can be very moody and introspective as well. Pisces is a watery sign, concerned with subtle emotions and secret mystical depths. Pisceans are not entirely at home in this world.