By Tara Aal
September holds the final weeks of summer. Although for most of us, school is back in session and summer vacations are fading into memory. Twice a year, at the equinoxes, we experience a moment of perfect balance between day and night. At the spring equinox, the daylight begins its months of domination, but at the fall equinox, nighttime takes the reins.
The fall metaphorically begins with a sunset and draws us into a season of reflection. As the days grow shorter, we have more time with the night. Night represents the less obvious aspects of ourselves. Imagine all those things that jump out in the shadows. Things look and feel different without bright light and there are certain things that only come out in the forgiving dimness. Do you have a different set of rules for what happens at night? For how you allow yourself to show up? Are you a day or night person? Both light and dark are equally wise, true and valuable. We just seem to be more comfortable with things we can see clearly and figure out. Fall reminds us of the mystery, romance and intrigue of twilight and begins the descent into the darkness of winter.
Astrology reveals the nature of your personal wiring and energy. It also reminds you of your deepest desires and intentions for growth. It’s an amazing tool to bring about awareness, raise consciousness, and increase empathy and compassion. Check your natal chart out at www.astro.com.
The Moon takes about 28 days to complete her orbit through the twelve signs, spending approximately two and a half days in each sign. When we say the Moon is void-of-course (VoC), it means the Moon makes no more major aspects to other planets until it leaves the sign it’s in. We sometimes say the Moon is floating between signs during these times, and it creates a sense of timelessness. You can embrace these events by slowing down and tuning into your inner guidance. It’s not the best time to start new things, but it’s the perfect opportunity to make room for what’s to come. If you want to know more, check out www.moontracks.com.
Saturday, September 1
If you wake up feeling emotionally sensitive or set off, pay attention. This Moon-Jupiter opposition can seem to threaten your ability to maintain your comfort zone, but it knows you’re just playing it safe. If your comfort zone has become a little too sheltered, the rise of intense emotion might be just the thing to get you unstuck.
Sunday, September 2
Gemini Moon lightens up the mood, but the waning half-moon phase reflects a time of heightened consciousness and awareness of your contribution to society. Gemini loves to talk, and meaningful conversation can change the world. Taurus Moon VoC begins 12:56 a.m. until 3:01 a.m. when the Moon enters Gemini.
Monday, September 3
Sometimes things don’t make sense, at least not in a way our rational brains can figure out, and our clinging to the past can get in the way of really enjoying the moment. Moon-Neptune square might feel like the ocean of emotion is taking you over. If you go with the flow, the answers just appear on their own.
Tuesday, September 4
Moon-Saturn opposition can bring out the grumpiest in anyone. It’s hard to admit it, but we all have moments when we know we just need to grow up. Today could be one of those days, so be ready to build some emotional muscle and act with kindness and wisdom. Gemini Moon VoC begins 1:37 AM until 7:03 a.m. when the Moon enters Cancer.
Wednesday, September 5
The afternoon could be intense with Moon-Pluto opposition, but remember that Pluto always serves to empower you and usually by compelling you to let go of dead weight. Mercury enters Virgo tonight and we’ll be more attuned to the fine details. Virgo loves to analyze, so use this energy on something that really needs some thoughtful processing.
Thursday, September 6
After nearly five months retrograde, Saturn turns direct encouraging us to move forward with our goals. Our emotional grounding takes a hit today with Moon making stressful aspects to several planets. If you can stand being a little uncomfortable and stay the course, the ship will move with you—meaning you are the captain and can make tough decisions that bring satisfaction and earned respect. Cancer Moon VoC begins 7:43 a.m. until 8:54 a.m. when the Moon enters Leo.
Friday, September 7
Hopes and dreams want to be realized today and the planets are stretching our sense of reality. If you’ve been playing small, it’s time to stand and take up your space on this planet. Sun-Neptune opposition can bring the night into day; your dreams into waking moments. If you’ve been separating the two, try blending them into a new story.
Saturday, September 8
Moon-Saturn-Uranus Grand Earth Trine offers major flow on the physical plane if we choose to use it. Get to work and make it happen—whatever brings you joy and sense of accomplishment. Leo Moon VoC begins 8:31 a.m. until 9:29 a.m. when the Moon enters Virgo.
Sunday, September 9
The New Moon today is in Virgo. It’s the perfect time to set intentions to organize and prioritize your life in ways that align with your heart’s truest desires. Venus just entered Scorpio and the love goddess always demands more in the sign of the deepest depths. Consider if you’re ready for the next level, and if you are, be ready to be transformed.
Monday, September 10
Moon enters Libra and Mars enters Aquarius with a gust of wind that gets us thinking and needing to do something socially that makes an impact. This is beyond linking up with friends. What can you create with others that you cannot do alone? Virgo Moon VoC begins 10:12 a.m. until 10:20 a.m. when the Moon enters Libra.
Tuesday, September 11
It’s easier to set yourself up for success today when it comes to being who you are and sharing it with the world. Sun-Pluto trine offers a well of revitalization for your energy and enhances your drive to be seen in your own light. Libra Moon VoC begins 5:57 p.m. until tomorrow.
Wednesday, September 12
If your closest relationships are dragging you down with drama, jealousy, or control, the Venus-Uranus opposition wants you to see a different way. It isn’t really about that person driving you crazy, it’s your ongoing “love” patterns that need revision. See what happens when you let go of the old script. You’re tired of it anyway. Libra Moon VoC ends 1:15 p.m. when the Moon enters Scorpio.
Thursday, September 13
If you’re stuck in a mental worry loop, you have company. With Uranus retrograde in Taurus, we’re all rethinking what we value and how we use our resources. If money is on your mind, shift your attention from lack to plenty. More never comes from focusing on less. Reconsider what it means to be rich and be willing to release all kinds of material attachments in the process.
Friday, September 14
Moon-Sun sextile reflects an opportunity to unite our inner and outer selves. Virgo Sun wants it to be perfect, but Scorpio Moon enjoys getting messy. When these two come together, we have the perfect mess or messy perfection. Don’t take yourself so seriously; you’re exactly what and where you need to be. Scorpio Moon VoC begins 3:53 a.m. until 7:45 p.m. when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
Saturday, September 15
Sagittarius teaches us many things; some of them we don’t want to hear and don’t enjoy hearing at such loud volumes with lack of tact. Sometimes we get too refined for our own good. So under this Sagittarian Moon, practice speaking your truth as directly as you can. Don’t lose your kindness but ditch any tendency to dress something up to avoid its raw nature. It feels good to call a spade a spade.
Sunday, September 16
Feeling and thinking challenge each other today and just when we have the impulse to move on to something more exciting, our minds can trap us on that hamster wheel that goes nowhere. We can’t physically separate our heads from our hearts and it’s a good day to reconsider how they work best together. Sagittarius Moon VoC begins 6:15 p.m. until tomorrow.
Monday, September 17
It’s a sexy day with Moon-Saturn conjunction in Capricorn. And yes, I’m serious. While this energy pushes us to get down to business and take the driver’s seat, it is also extremely sensual. Earth energy knows how to enjoy the body, so try sexy Saturn on for yourself. Sagittarius Moon VoC ends 6:07 AM when the Moon enters Capricorn.
Tuesday, September 18
Hello, energetic evening earthquakes! If your body feels a little shaken or dizzy, you’re feeling the Mars-Uranus square. And Moon-Pluto conjunction can produce emotional waves of anything from anger to fear to pleasure. If something comes up for you, be thankful for the chance to name it and send it on its way.
Wednesday, September 19
Capricorn Moon is friendly with Mercury and Sun this morning which eases communication and the progression of goals and projects. Take advantage by sharing ideas and nailing down the details for anything that’s been left hanging in the pending queue. Capricorn Moon VoC begins 12:10 p.m. until 6:51 p.m. when the Moon enters Aquarius.
Thursday, September 20
Be careful not to wear your brain out today. Mercury-Sun conjunction in Virgo is a workaholic! On the upside, it can get to the root of problems and expose them to the light. Use this power to serve a good cause and lift you above the rubble of mental chaos.
Friday, September 21
Mercury enters Libra late tonight and with it, things should seem easier. Mercury rules connections of all kinds and Libra has natural grace. Our words can flow with new harmony and our interactions naturally move toward compromise. It’s a good time to engage in that conversation you know needs to happen. Aquarius Moon VoC begins 12:13 p.m. until tomorrow.
Saturday, September 22
Libra takes the baton for its month of the year, and we celebrate the fall equinox. Balance is the theme, but Libra isn’t the sign of balance. It’s the sign of coming into balance. To find balance, we play with extremes and tension, we contrast and compare, and we judge. The equinoxes remind us that all things cycle in and out of balance, just as the day and night meet on equal ground twice a year. This is the nature of relationship, Libra’s domain. Where are you in the dance? Aquarius Moon VoC ends 7:27 a.m. when the Moon enters Pisces.
Sunday, September 23
You might not get the words out of your mouth the way you’d like, but boy will the feeling be behind it. Mercury-Saturn square requires getting creative when communicating, so don’t be too put off by others’ rigid or harsh tendencies. It’s just the outer shell. Moon-Neptune conjunction in Pisces is hypersensitive and wants to escape anything that hurts. Feel for the intention and voice of the heart and let the small annoying stuff slide.
Monday, September 24
Happy Full Aries Moon! Aries Moon is a natural leader and maverick. She has the heart of a pioneer. She’s calling to all of us tonight, to tap into our courage and sense of adventure. We’re all blazing our own trails, but we don’t always slow down to acknowledge what it takes to keep on keeping on here on planet Earth. Aries Moon is a celebration of being alive and creating life in every moment. Pisces Moon VoC begins 12:25 a.m. until 6:03 p.m. when the Moon enters Aries.
Tuesday, September 25
Every day, most of us are doing things and going places. It’s easy to operate on autopilot and lose track of why we’re doing what we do and if we even like it. Sun-Saturn square is a checkpoint, like at the border. Before we keep going and cross into the next territory, let’s make sure our choices are sound and we’re headed in the best direction.
Wednesday, September 26
Moon-Pluto square in the morning could start us off with some uncomfortable moments, but the rest of the day is like an open canvas for you to create anything you want. Aries Moon VoC begins 5:28 a.m. until tomorrow.
Thursday, September 27
Taurus Moon is lit up with connections to Uranus, Saturn, and Mars. With the rebel, authority, and energizer in the mix, we can expect all the feels. Crazy and argumentative people could push all your buttons, but you know how to stay centered. Aries Moon VoC ends 2:15 a.m. when the Moon enters Taurus.
Friday, September 28
Some days are better without too many words and Taurus Moon is a good time to listen to your body. Its intelligence is truly untapped. Taurus Moon VoC begins 5:36 p.m. until tomorrow.
Saturday, September 29
If you spent some time listening to your body yesterday, today is a good day to write those messages down and come up with ideas to use and share the wisdom. Taurus Moon VoC ends 8:26 a.m. when the Moon enters Gemini.
Sunday, September 30
Pluto turns direct after five months retrograde and astrologers joke about the releases that can happen—even the body’s elimination process. If you used the retrograde period to redefine what power means to you and how to remove any blockages on your path of evolution, it’s time to let that s**t go and get off the pot! Gemini Moon VoC begins 10:37 a.m. until tomorrow.
Tara Aal is a practicing astrologer, writer, and teacher. She studied Evolutionary Astrology with Laura Nalbandian and is a certified Soulsign Astrologer through Adam Gainsburg. www.TaraAal.com