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This New SolLunar Cycle aligned in early astronomical Leo is squaring off exactly with Mars in Taurus, signaling this will be a fiery, passionate, action-oriented Cycle. Squares often manifest as inner and outer tensions and provide impetus and pressure to take action or make decisions. Leo governs creativity in general, has a joyful, childlike mindset, or can be overly boastful driven by imbalanced ego needs. Since Mars is all about acting on our inner truth, the link to Leo’s desires can make the upcoming four weeks a highly motivational portal to launch a new creative phase of your life. These energies manifest as tons of summer’s last fun, playing as much as possible in the beauty of Earth. For some, unresolved conflicts may rise to the surface during this Cycle as on September 4, we enter the shadow phase of the upcoming, always intense, Mars retrograde cycle which will happen from October 30 2022-January 12 2023, marking a very consequential time for we earthlings. For now, may you enjoy the creative fire Leo brings to our world.
Two other important events happen during this four-week period: Mercury in sidereal Virgo turns retrograde on September 9 through October 2, promising to bring organizational and productive energy, and fall begins in our Northern Hemisphere on Autumnal Equinox on September 22 7:03 pm MT.
Sidereal Astrology Mentoring and Readings
My posts are based on the true astronomical alignments of the planets with the constellations, also referred to as the sidereal zodiac. I use the phases of the Moon as the scaffold for my posts because the Moon functions like an energetic portal mediating between the heavens and our wondrous Earth. My entries are based on the aspects occurring each week as they crescendo, crest and dissipate over the course of their influence. As you work with and within the natural flow of time and the supportive cosmic energies that each unique SolLunar Cycle brings, life can flow with more ease, grace and understanding.
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New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Leo
At the New Moon, you are sprouting like a seed with new creative inspiration. Receive your unique insights by sitting in mediation or just be open to new possibilities arising within you from the sea of infinite creation.
New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Leo: Sun/Moon in Leo square Mars in Taurus Sat August 27 2:17 am MT
This New SolLunar Cycle aligned in early astronomical Leo is squaring off exactly with Mars in Taurus, signaling this will be a fiery, passionate, action-oriented Cycle. Squares often manifest as inner and outer tensions and provide impetus and pressure to take action or make decisions. Leo governs creativity in general, has a joyful, childlike mindset, or can be overly boastful driven by imbalanced ego needs. Since Mars is all about acting on our inner truth, the link to Leo’s desires makes the upcoming four weeks a highly motivational portal to launch a new creative phase of your life. These energies manifest as tons of summer’s last fun, playing as much as possible in the beauty of Earth. For some, unresolved conflicts may rise to the surface during this Cycle as on September 4, we enter the shadow phase of the upcoming, always intense, Mars retrograde cycle which happens from October 30 2022-January 12 2023 and marks a very consequential time for we earthlings. For now, may you enjoy the creative fire Leo brings to our world
This builds on Fri August 26, crests Sat August 27 at 2:17 am MT, dissipates Sun August 28.
Venus in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn: Sun August 28
This aspect is great for home projects and tidying things up. Check in on family members of all ages. Savor the comforts and beauty of the home you have created or purchase items to make it more so.
This crescendos Fri August 26, crests Sun August 28, dissolves Tue August 30.
Sun in Leo quincunx Jupiter in Pisces: Tue August 30
With a quincunx, subtle adjustments to plans or projects often need to be made due to people’s changing needs or goals. Leo and Pisces are signs linked to the arts and creativity so this is a good aspect to refine/redefine something or work out kinks in a creative project or relationship.
This builds Mon August 29, crests Tue August 30, dissipates Wed August 31.
Mars in Taurus sextile Jupiter in Pisces: Thu September 1
This fortunate stimulating sextile between optimistic Jupiter and energetic Mars brings good news or a sense of progress being made on things that have your attention. This planetary relationship also links our spiritual and earthly lives in harmonious ways. Frolic in the water—Pisces—and on the Earth—Taurus—in pleasurable ways.
This crescendos Tue August 30, crests Thu September 1, dissolves Sat September 3.
Mercury in Virgo opposite Jupiter in Pisces: Fri September 2
When Mercury—the mind, communication systems—is touched by Jupiter—amplifying, exaggerating—communications, commerce and thinking in general are super-charged and non-stop busy, like multi-tasking on steroids. These signs help us to both analyze and intuit things, opening the mind’s door to new ways of viewing a situation. This aspect will occur two more times, on Sun September 18 and Tue October 11, as part of the upcoming Mercury retrograde cycle which will run from Fri September 9 to Sun October 2. More on that below.
This crescendos Thu September 1, crests Fri September 2, dissipates Sat September 3.
Moon/Mercury conjunction in Virgo: Mon August 29
The focused intention of this conjunction in discerning Virgo supports intellectual acuity and acumen. You are able to wisely analyze what you are feeling or intuiting about a situation.
Moon/South Node in Libra opposite Uranus/North Node in Aries: Thu September 1
This is eventful aspect with great momentum helps hurtle you forward into new territory, or powerfully propels you to leave a situation, or assists you in integrating aspects of your past into the present moment and beyond.
First Quarter Moon
At the First Quarter Moon, you are called to action. The need to move forward with your recent insights can come via making a conscious choice or by challenging circumstances that require you make a move.
First Quarter Moon: Moon in Scorpio square Sun in Leo opposite Mars in Taurus: Sat September 3
Building on the Mars theme of this entire SolLunar Cycle, today’s action-taking lunar phase provides more pressure to shift and grow given the Moon’s transit through delving, transformational Scorpio. Emotions run the gamut from moodiness to setting ultimatums to sitting still and sounding your depths.
Ceres in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn: Tue September 6
For those engaged in any construction projects or shifts in family responsibilities, this transit can lead to new beginnings or completions. Ceres’s current transit through Cancer highlights agriculture and food issues, climate change, caring for the rights of children, women and animals especially. Saturn helps us commit to new ways of collectively organizing regarding these issues on a global level. Long term positive changes are happening and patient determination is required.
This builds Fri September 2, crests Tue September 6, dissipates Sat September 10.
Sun in Leo opposite Juno in Aquarius: Wed September 7
Make a play date/art date for you or your kids with this partnership pairing. Sometimes the opposition creates an indecisiveness or tension between who wants to do what so some negotiating might occur.
This builds Mon September 5, crests Wed September 7, dissipates Fri September 9.
Mercury in Virgo turns retrograde: Fri September 9 – Sun October 2
With Mercury transiting one of its favorite astrological signs, Virgo, this period will be a supportive time for cleansing your body/mind/spirit, to get better organized, or to purge your life of the superfluous and keep what is essential going forward. It brings truthful communications that might feel harsh or critical at first, but ultimately encourages honesy over being falsely nice.
During this period, Mercury will be in square to Pallas Athene, the strategist, in Gemini, supporting multitasking, sorting papers/communications, revising a business plan, researching social media or publishing options to share your work with those who are seeking your wisdom.
This crescendos Wed September 7, turns retrograde on Fri September 9, dissipates Sun September 11.
Moon/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Tue September 6
It’s a good day to visit a healer or doctor for checkups or procedures, given Capricorn’s rulership of medicine and preparing for life’s emergencies. This pairing is often physically or emotionally cathartic so ride those wild waves with inner power and grace and acceptance of what is.
Moon/Saturn/Vesta conjunction in Capricorn: Thu September 8
This triad is superb for discipline, focus, attending to the business of life. Visit an elder and seek out their counsel or offer to help them in some way.
Moon/Juno conjunction in Aquarius opposite Venus in Leo: Fri September 9
This partnership pairing brings a sense of joy, celebration, positive collaborating with others, a nice way to end the work week.
Full Moon in sidereal Leo/Aquarius
The Full Moon is the birth point of the current SolLunar Cycle. This can be a time of celebration or crisis, depending on your life circumstance. Feel the joy and relax into new discoveries and directions.
Full Moon in sidereal Leo/Aquarius: Sun in Leo/Moon in cahoots with Neptune in Aquarius: Sat September 10 3:59 am MT
Full Moons are often exceptionally creative and celebratory times. This one is especially so given the playfulness and showmanship of Leo and linked to Neptune, the planet of imagination, magic, illusion. Play the part, dress the part of your confident, joyful being. Art walks, concerts and public events are well-attended and more energizing and inspiring than ever.
This builds Thu September 8, crests Sat September 10, dissipates Mon September 12.
Sun in Leo trine Uranus in Aries: Sun September 11
The action of Uranus is spontaneous, shocking, original, eccentric. This supportive trine to the Sun brings all those qualities alive in creative ways. It is easy to express your authentic self today, no filters. Inhabit in the present moment, less plans, more spontaneity.
This builds Sat September 10, crests Sun September 11, dissolves Mon September 12.
Sun in Leo quincunx Saturn in Capricorn: Mon September 12
Your desire for recreation—Leo—might frustratingly bump up against certain responsibilities—Saturn—that must be attended to. This is also good for working on the business aspects of your creative life, like paying bills or billing, ordering supplies, updating your media.
This builds Sun September 11, crests Mon September 12, dissolves Tue September 13.
Sun in Leo opposite Neptune in Aquarius: Fri September 16
This annual opposition marks an important day each year. Neptune is all about creativity, being theatrical, and also governs the invisible but tangible spiritual dimensions of our world. Things can also get fuzzy, ungrounded, even deceptive when we are under the influence of Neptune. Fall art festivals everywhere are especially festive and innovative. Meet intriguing new people, so you can enjoy each other, as you branch out from your usual social networks.
This builds Thu September 15, crests Fri September 16, dissipates Sat September 17.
Venus in Leo square Mars/Moon in Taurus: Fri September 16
In classic astrology, when Venus and Mars square off tensions arise between women and man, the masculine and the feminine. So there is that. Another view is that Venus in Leo requires beauty and art as an essential part of daily life, no matter the cost, while Mars in Taurus is known to be frugal, counting every penny. Tensions may arise in how you are using your resources. This endurance-filled aspect is great for wild adventures savoring the never-ending beauty of Earth
This builds Wed September 14, crests Fri September 16, dissolves Sun September 18.
Moon/Jupiter/Chiron conjunction in Pisces: Sun September 11 – Mon September 12
This highly emotional portal—Pisces—brings inner rains that liberate buried grief or a healing release. Also possible are major weather water events—Jupiter—that cause challenge or suffering for some—Chiron. Drink plenty of high-quality water, or have your water tested if need be.
Moon/North Node/Uranus conjunction in Aries: Wed September 14
This supports taking a risk or even just a small courageous step toward the unknown that is beckoning you.
Last Quarter Moon
With the Last Quarter Moon, you release what has been and simultaneously prepare for what will be as new desires perpetually arise in the next SolLunar Cycle.
Last Quarter Moon: Moon in Taurus square Sun in Leo: Sat September 17
This turning point moment in our current SolLunar Cycle helps us reflect about the past three weeks and decide what we still want to finish before the New Moon on September 25. Squares bring focus and determination, help us make decisions. Revel in a fall outing, hike or backpacking trip—Taurus—in the beauty of color-changing foliage—Leo.
This builds Fri September 16, crests Sat September 17, dissipates Sun September 18.
Mercury retrograde in Virgo opposite Jupiter retrograde in Pisces: Sun September 18
Here is what I previously wrote when this three-part transit began on Fri September 2: When Mercury—the mind, communication systems—is touched by Jupiter—amplifying, exaggerating—communications, commerce and thinking in general are super-charged and non-stop busy, like multi-tasking on steroids. These signs help us to both analyze and intuit things, opening the mind’s door to new ways of viewing a situation. Now with this second transit, decisions can begin to take shape or important information comes to light. It is okay to sign a document when Mercury is retrograde, just be sure you go over it plenty of times with discerning eyes.
This crescendos Sat September 17, crests Sun September 18, dissolves Mon September 19.
Venus in Leo trine Uranus in Aries: Mon September 19
Harmony, spontaneity, risking your heart—Leo—are part of this lovely animated trine.
This crescendos Sun September 18, crest Mon September 19, dissipates Tue September 20.
Autumnal Equinox: Thu September 22 7:03 pm MT
It is apparent with the diminishment of daylight that we are now heading toward winter. A small sigh, meaning I wish summer lasted and lingered longer. May we accept and embrace the beauty of autumn as we enter the second phase of the harvest season. Lammas, on August, is called the First Harvest of the Grain, with the Second Harvest of Fruit on Autumnal Equinox on September 22, then the Final Harvest of Nuts and Berries on Halloween on October 31. This notion of harvest is also linked to harvesting the wisdom and creative endeavors that have marked your 2022. Today might bring an important next step or awarenesses about what is completing and what you are setting in motion. It is a profoundly sacred time to celebrate and honor all you have been, become and done in 2022.
Sun/Mercury retrograde conjunction in Virgo: Fri September 23
This annual conjunction in analyzing, purifying Virgo brings exceptional intellectual focus, laser-like discernment, and deepens the quality and length of your meditation practice.
This begins Thu September 22, crests Fri September 23, dissolves Sat September 24.
Moon/Pallas Athene conjunction in Gemini: Sun September 18
This is excellent for planning mode or strategy sessions, or to research/purchase information beneficial to your current interests. Curious Gemini loves to take short trips or reach out to a sibling.
Moon/Ceres conjunction in Cancer opposite Saturn/Vesta in Capricorn: Thu September 22
This special alignment on Autumnal Equinox brings a beautiful energy to all ceremonies as it honors the Earth, our shared home, and also our personal homes and family relations. It can bring a desire to work on projects, cook a feast, bake, feed the masses.
Moon/Venus conjunction in Leo opposite Neptune in Aquarius: Sat September 24
This SolLunar Cycle which carried so much Mars fire finishes with this soothing portal of harmony and beauty, complements of loving Venus and the romantic Moon.
Blessed New Moon tomorrow on Sun September 25 at 3:54 pm MT~
RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL AND PLANETARY WELL-BEING
PLANT BASED DIET
The reality and urgency of our current planetary crises is real, as our youngest citizens know in their bones. Please educate yourself about how plant-based eating is a central component in how you can help personally restore ecological balance as well as create greater health and vitality for you and your beloveds.
The Game Changers: This inspiring movie and storytelling about vegan super-athletes and warriors educates us about the many benefits of a vegan diet and addresses the ‘meat protein myth’.
COWSPIRACY, What the Health and now SEASPIRACY are must-see movies for all humans who care about personal health, animal well-being, social justice, climate change, the health of our Earth. Become educated about the important information shared by these courageous and visionary filmmakers and activists and considering eating mostly plant-based, if not becoming fully vegan in your consumer choices.
JIN SHIN JYUTSU
Health is in your Hands. Here’s a helpful tool to help you maintain health, calm, balance during these stressful but extraordinary times. I am a proponent of Jin Shin Jyutsu and have been a practitioner since 1983. This beautiful, easy-to-use book and card set teaches you the ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Art of Self Healing. JSJ’s premise is that by applying the jumper-cable of your hands to various points on the body, you can clear your own stress on a daily basis, freeing up stuck energy that leads to patterns of dis-ease, while activating the renewed flow of qi and vigor on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Explore JSJ and teach yourself and those you love this simple tool for centering and radiant vitality.