Release Point: Stepping Out of the Shadows
After months of being at sea, September brings landfall. We move away from exploring our watery depths and move toward practical action, using our discrimination and powers of analysis as a compass.
That said, the murkiness and shadows don’t wholly dissipate until later in the month, when Pluto stations direct on September 20th.
This month can be best used to eliminate the old, outworn and obsolete in our lives. Internal housecleaning – be if of our attitudes, our behaviors, our routines, our emotions – pays off mightily this month. As a symbolic way to honor this energy, go through your home and give away items you no longer use. Host a garage sale or take unwanted items to your local charitable thrift store.
Cast a hard look at recurring patterns. This month’s intense need for investigation and analysis enables us to uproot rigid, entrenched emotions, patterns of thinking and behavior.
Where do you feel stuck? What actions might you take to get moving again? Where are things dissatisfactory or less than ideal? Questions like these point toward the small, incremental steps or sweeping revisions required of you.
Honest appraisals of shortcomings, necessary corrections, and existing obstacles can provide a framework for change that improves who you are and how you live. Just make sure you include a healthy dose of self-acceptance and compassion to the mix. Use your stocktaking as a starting point, a realistic blueprint to make improvements, not as a hair-shirt to punish yourself for perceived failings.
We’ve spent months in the intangible depths of our emotions and nonverbal realms. This month we are trying to bring those stirrings into the world, to make them more visible and real.
There is no right or wrong way to do this as long as the motion is forward. A seasoned traveler knows to pack light, as you can always pick up items you need along the way. Use this month to put down anything that has become too heavy and slows you on your journey. Then continue on your way.
September 5 – New moon at 13° Virgo
This new moon rewards practical action, so roll up your sleeves and get to work. Analyze where you are at now versus where you would like to be. If you have pockets of chaos in your life, tackle them and create order. This month you’ll find decluttering your life declutters your mind, so when in doubt clean, organize, and make lists. You’ll find practical tasks focus your attention in a way that allows your mind to freely ruminate in the background on larger issues.
With Mars and Saturn in tense relationship to one another, projects that allow you to channel your energy in a focused, structured manner can provide a constructive outlet. Without a mountain to climb, you may find yourself feeling frustrated, angry and easily irritated – especially through the 9thof the month. That said, Jupiter and Pluto support this new moon, pointing to creative regeneration and buoyancy, if we keep working on the tasks at hand.
September 9 – Mercury enters Libra
Mercury leaves discriminating and practical Virgo, its home sign, for Libra. While Virgo enjoys absolutes, Libra excels nuance and seeing multiple sides of any argument. Its sense of fairness and ability to mediate between people and competing ideas can reconcile disparate viewpoints. If you’ve been struggling with an issue, Mercury’s stay in Libra – through September 29th – is a perfect time to make your pros-and-cons list and get a 360° view of your options.
September 11 – Venus enters Scorpio
Venus leaves the sign of its rulership, Libra, to slip into the dark chambers of Scorpio, the sign of its fall. Scorpio, traditionally ruled by Mars, aims to perceive deeply, cutting away the extraneous until it reaches the heart of the matter. (And so be it if the razor’s edge hurts a bit.) Venus’ desire to smooth rough edges and reconcile differences finds itself at odds in this brew of suspicion and intensity. Between September 11th to October 7th, we tend to scrutinize our relationships. This holds particularly true the days of September 16-19th, when Venus will join Saturn, and we find ourselves on our own and perhaps feeling a bit unsupported. Insights into relationships and their value – and whether, in some instances, their costs outweighs their benefit – come into focus.
September 19 – Full Moon at 27° of Pisces
If we put one foot after the other at the new moon and done our work (taking practical steps in our life as well as moving our psychic garbage to the curb), we find ourselves at the point of release, where we can surrender a behavior, pattern, or situation that holds us back. What we started at the new moon becomes illuminated: we see into it in a new way or finally see its meaning.
We may conclude the person, idea, or situation we’ve been obsessing over isn’t worth the pain and we let go. We may discover an unhappiness we’ve nursed is a sacrifice we’re willing to make once we see it from a grander, more elevated vantage point. Compassion, loving acceptance of our own or others’ foibles and pain could arise and change our approach or melt away previous resistance.
On the other hand, if we haven’t engaged or actively avoided our issues, by the time of the full moon we may feel victimized by the behaviors, situations and people with whom we’ve been obsessing and struggling. Feeling disempowered, we may find ourselves directionless, full of doubts, or emotionally overwrought.
In general, I find the week preceding the full moon emotional. Many of us don’t sleep as well, so fatigue kicks in. The days reach a crescendo: we feel things deeply, fully, and that includes the stresses of life and the emotions of those around us. Thus, we bounce off the high emotion of all those around us, not just our own.
As Pisces is the last sign of the zodiac and a water sign, this phenomenon can be exaggerated. In addition to Pisces propensity for transcendent highs and bleak lows, Pluto is slowing to a stop (stationing) the day after the full moon, churning up the waters. Even if you feel grounded those around you might not.
Call on your compassion and pay attention if you become triggered. This month points to a need to release and eliminate entrenched patterns. If you see your triggers as clues, you can use them as guides for further internal housecleaning.
September 20 – Pluto station direct at 9° Capricorn
Hitting the day after the full moon, Pluto slows to a stop at 9° Capricorn. After six months in the underworld, Pluto steps out of the shadows. If you’ve had an obsession, a recurring pattern, or an old habit you want to put down, today is a good day to cut your ties to the past. When Pluto reaches the stationary direct position of its cycle, we reach a release point. Our ugliest secrets, our shame, the darkest corners of our psyches can be brought to the surface and into the light to be released. This day represents the unconscious made conscious, so make the most of it. Journal, dream, meditate, see your therapist: actively connect the dots between worlds. Use your awareness and intention to let go of past hurt, pain, and patterns that keep you fettered.
As if to underscore the theme, the moon squares Pluto and then joins Uranus the same day of the station. This day points to breakdowns or breakthroughs, but with one goal: liberating yourself from the past and untethering yourself from limited ways of seeing or being in the world. If you could cast off any part of your history, any troubling emotion, any situation, any habitual way of moving in the world, what would it be? Start there.
September 22 – Sun enters Libra
Sun moves from industrious Virgo to relationship-oriented Libra, where it is said to be in its fall. The sun, tied to our individuality and self-definition, must compromise its goals in Libra to engage in the dance of intimacy: its individual wants must take a backseat to the demands of genuine partnership. Libra loves to be surrounded by beauty. Take a trip to the art museum, enjoy good friends.
September 29 – Mercury enters Scorpio
Mercury leaves compromising, rational Libra for uncompromising, investigative Scorpio. Dig up a bit of dirt or dig into your favorite mystery novel. But don’t forget to look closer to home: the best secrets to explore are your own.
Want to know what's in store for your zodiac sign? Read September 2013 monthly horoscope for all 12 zodiac signs by Michelle Gould
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