As an astrologer, people often ask me, “so when will things get better?” Sometimes it is hard to say exactly when, particularly now when there are three planets all in retrograde motion in the sign of Capricorn, but we do have the beginnings of an opening for progress this month as Jupiter turns direct on September 13th, Saturn on September 29th and Pluto, lagging behind the group, turns direct on October 4th. This will start busting up any internal or external stalemates to your energy and actions. It won’t happen overnight but this does signify a course correction towards a favorable outcome. It is the outer planets with their slow-moving orbits that induce the deepest changes in life and when in their normal forward motion we gain traction and momentum…finally! So take heart, my friends!
There is one snafu this month as Mars, the masculine planet of will, action and energy, will go into its retrograde motion period on September 9th through November 14th. This signifies a return to or review of something started in July or August. Mars goes into retrograde motion less frequently than the other planets, roughly every two years. It happens this time in the cardinal sign of Aries, which Mars rules and enjoys taking charge in. However, it will go back and square the 3 planets in Capricorn during the retrograde time period, probably creating some turmoil, tension and heated conflict. I expect there will be some resistance involved at first but eventual surrender to doing the work will prevail. Mars stays in the sign of Aries through the end of 2020.
Mercury is in Virgo until the 5th and the Sun is in Virgo through the 22nd. These two planets can focus on health, organization, details and future planning as Virgo energy lends itself to those kinds of things.
Venus advances into the sign of Leo on the 6th where she will want some attention with dramatic flair. She will make a square to Uranus in Taurus on the 15th so that day and 3 days leading up to it can create some financial turmoil or crisis regarding relationships, assets or a prominent female.
Neptune in Pisces opposes the Sun’s position in Virgo on the 13th so be aware of faulty logic, brain fog or delusional thinking around that time.
March 21-April 20
Nothing irritates an Aries more than to have to go back and do something over again. It’s been a frustrating time for the last few months but you still have obstacles to overcome which may require a revision of something you thought was done. So just quit bitchin’ about it and use that energy to get it right this time. Mars is still in your first house so you have power. The 4th and 5th are your stellar days this month.
April 21-May 20
With Mars going retrograde in your solar 12th house there is something that has to be reviewed or redone over the next two months. It’s bound to be frustrating to take a few steps back but you are setting yourself up for future gains and long-term stability in examining where you might be self-sabotaging or selling yourself short. The PM hours of the 6th, the 7th and the AM hours of the 8th are your best days.
May 21-June 21
You will feel pressured to make some serious decisions regarding investments, wills, legacies or insurance settlements. This may bring up big fears for you as you navigate this difficult passage. Consult an expert or lawyer if you get too stuck and unable to decide. Walk a path of integrity. Keep going even though the way has obstacles and opposition possibly from family members. The best days for you are the PM hours of the 8th, the 9th and 10th.
June 22-July 22
There are still some obstacles to overcome this month due to Mars going retrograde in your solar 10th house and squaring Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn in your 7th house. Contracts may need to be renegotiated or dissolved if they no longer serve you. You will have to assert yourself, particularly during the first 2 weeks of the month, to get your way. This opposition cycle is waning, by the way, as the planets in Capricorn move forward and away from opposing your Sun sign. Your stellar days are the 11th and 12th.
July 23-Aug 22 You get a boost from Venus entering your sign on the 6th through the end of the month. This a good month to shine and promote yourself as this is truly a powerful vibration of attraction. There still may be some health issues or flare ups due to inflammation or blood issues so do take care of yourself as there is increased sensitivity with the planets in Capricorn in your 6th house of health. They are all going into direct motion soon so this is the final part of the health cycle through the end of the year. The 13th, 14th and AM hours of the 15th are your power days.
Aug 23-Sept 22
There’s some stress about finances, investments, insurances, death and taxes for you this month as well as some journey into a shadow place that puts you on alert. You’ve been in difficult situations before so this too shall pass. Communication is key and Mercury with the Sun in Virgo help you understand the issue and resolve it. Your best days are the PM hours of the 15th, the 16th and AM hours of the New Moon on the 17th.
Sept 23-Oct 23
The month begins with Mars/Venus/Saturn/Pluto squaring each other in cardinal signs so the struggle is not over quite yet! However, there is light coming to ease things at the middle of the month as stress abates and you can settle into an easier rhythm with life. Venus in Leo from the 6th on helps you gain favors from others and enjoy more exposure for your ideas. The PM hours of the New Moon on the 17th, the 18th and the 19th are your stellar days.
Oct 24-Nov 22
Mars goes retrograde in your solar 6th house of health, habits, pets, service and work environment so you might have to contend with some revision in those areas. Since Mars also rules your 1st house that encompasses your physical appearance, how the world sees you and the truth of your experience, these things are due for revision as well. There’s an acceptance required with this retrograde that will define how you show up in the world. Move through your initial anger or resentment and use that energy to make personal improvements. The best days to accomplish this are the 20th and 21st.
Nov 23-Dec 21
You get a boost midmonth as Jupiter, your ruling planet, goes direct and makes a sextile aspect with Neptune. Your faith in something is renewed by this combination. You’ve been hammered with doubts and a bit of depression this year but this aspect opens the door to a new expression of your being. Let the light in. Your best days are the 22nd and 23rd, so do something nice for yourself.
Dec 22-Jan 20
There is a breakthrough for you beginning midmonth as Jupiter goes direct followed by your ruling planet, Saturn, at month’s end. This opens up a new pathway that was either not available until now or blocked by circumstance. The retrogrades in your sign are about over so now it is about walking forward with a new plan. Best days to envision and take action towards that plan are the 24th and 25th.
Jan 21-Feb 20
Planets transiting in the 12th house of karma and surrender are always difficult energies to assimilate. The 3 power planets in your 12th, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto, are particularly so. The good news this month is that they go into direct motion and start to remove the barriers to your progress. While it will take the next 4 months to feel truly free of whatever burden this transit has placed on you, it is a start. Both Jupiter and Saturn form a conjunction in Aquarius right before Christmas so you have positive cycle to look forward to. Your power days are the 26th and 27th.
Feb 21-Mar 20
With Jupiter going into direct motion on the 13th and making a sextile aspect to Neptune, you get a renewed sense of faith and optimism this month. It’s possible you will schedule a future trip somewhere around water as well. In any event, this month kicks off something new to look forward to. The full Moon on the 1st takes place in Pisces so that’s another fortunate occurrence. Your best days are the 1st, 2nd, AM hours of the 3rd, the 28th, 29th and 30th.