Venus conjunct Mars in Leo – Legendary Love
September reveals potency towards creating the kind of momentum that has been lacking throughout most of the year. We’ve taken decisive actions, (Pluto – Uranus) but have not been able to sustain traction for very long with the retrograde phases of Saturn and Venus meddling in our affairs. Efforts begin to congeal this month and it’s possible where we’ve been working (in a sustained manner) despite obstacles or delays, fruits begin to appear now and several opportunities emerge for the productive advancement of our goals and within our relationships.
The first six months of the year revealed the possibilities for the future as Saturn transited Sagittarius, the Summer months saw a revisitation of the Scorpio themes and required the resolution of any unfinished business in the arena of sex, transformation and our closest relationships. Abetted by Venus in retrograde, stark considerations and amendments have been made over the prior weeks to accommodate required changes. By now the ambience has shifted considerably and the harsher realities confronted (as Leo planets squared Saturn) have subsided. Jupiter is in Virgo now, suggesting it’s time to get to work.
Saturn re-enters Sagittarius on the 17th of September where it transits through December of 2017. The new goals involve finding a topic or field of study, travel or expression of ideas to a larger group (most likely abroad) upon which to really focus and explore in great depth and discipline. Sagittarius is naturally benevolent and exuberant. Saturn here may deliberately limit the expression of these tendencies, so where we do manage to uncover our innate excitement and enthusiasm over the next two years is where we need to be and points to the topic we need to cultivate. As Saturn in Scorpio restricted our sexual energy, demanding great depth and honesty within our intimate relationships before they could evolve, the next transit will require that to express the altruistic and philosophical nature of Sagittarius, we really must refine our beliefs. Sagittarius is also the target, a specific destination. We must define the target quite clearly in this phase in order to reach it. Get ready to take aim!
Venus conjunct Mars (14 Leo) on the 1st of the month can be a decisive (and passionate!) turning point in relational matters, and particularly the beleaguered romantic ones that suffered last month but managed to make it through. Ardent romantic and erotic overtones will be expressed during this conjunction (the second of three this year,) and we can feel and see signs of life stirring in affairs of the heart which have been dormant or for which the future seemed uncertain. From Leo, there is a mythic quality to the love relationship at this time, a real knights in shining armor fairy tale thing going on and the developments now have a heroic undertone. Lots of passionate sparks are flying for sure! With Venus soon to turn direct (Sep. 6th) we may feel ready to move forward in a situation we had been uncertain of.
Indications of the long range goals were stimulated in late February by the first Venus – Mars conjunction in Aries which was trine Saturn – Sagittarius. It’s very likely we began relationships or initiatives at that time that serve these goals, even if our efforts were subverted (temporarily) while Saturn moved back through Scorpio to attend to unfinished business in that area. The Venus – Mars conjunction on the 1st can point to potent developments for these endeavors begun at the end of February, which will really culminate in November when the final Venus – Mars conjunction (23 Virgo) allows us to MATERIALIZE our accomplishment based objectives. Coupled with Saturn leaving it’s shadow (4 Sagittarius, it’s placement at the time of the trine activity in February), this is the timeframe we want to look towards for a substantial development associated with what we began at the end of last winter. Venus – Mars – Leo likely offers a very supportive indication that things are moving forward, and we may get a real boost of encouragement for our efforts thus far!
Mars trine Uranus (Sep. 9th) and Venus trine Uranus (Sep. 24th) also send supportive signals of progress from efforts, especially the innovative ones, that we undertook in that late February – early March period. On their own, they suggest a free flowing and spontaneous creative energy to work with. This is positively stimulating influence for personal, romantic, creative or recreational matters. Finding a new way to do things is favored and offers an exciting respite from circumstances that have fallen into stagnant patterns.
Another topic for consideration this month is the upcoming Mercury retrograde phase, which will fall from September 17th – October 8th. Due to shadow periods, we are essentially in a muddle with this one through the last week of October. First, some perspective on Mercury retrograde, which occurs three times annually and accounting for shadow periods, affects us for about six months out of the year. All retrograde phases indicate a period of reappraisal and a shift in the current energy level to find more appropriate patterns of behavior and activity. The concept that retrograde phases are inherently negative is absurd. They are in fact quite necessary, and while sometimes challenging, instructive in that they reveal what is and what is not working. To this end, they are actually quite useful!
With Mercury retrograde we have accept for a few weeks that our perspective is not particularly clear and allow for the possibility that not all the information we require to move forward is available. Once we have done this, we can productively work with this period to refine and modify our plans and objectives, which will be effectively implemented by late October. This particular cycle is colored by a tense square to Pluto for close to three weeks in September. It seems a crucial agreement (Libra, the sign Mercury is transiting) is being tested by incredibly obstinate forces (Pluto). This looks like a divorce, or perhaps a big business agreement or loan, and the retrograde suggests a very drawn out period of negotiation between two parties which has to be modified substantially in order to come to a conclusion that is fair for all. We may also experience this on a societal level where legislation that is being made to accommodate the significant structural shifts that are transforming our global and cultural landscape are delayed for some amount of time. Expect more (convoluted) news coming out of the Euro Zone and in regard to negotiation of establishing infrastructure affecting Sharing Economy businesses like as Uber and AirB+B.
Also in that loop are two very informative contacts of Mercury to the Libra North Node precisely as Mercury enters shadow (August 30th) then again precisely as Mercury goes direct on October 10th. Very kismet! News, a conversation or realization that occurs on August 30th plays a big role over the coming weeks and will likely come to bear just as Mercury turns direct. We’ve grappled with the evolutionary objective of the North Node Libra since February of last year signaling a process of learning to engage equally and cooperatively with others, particularly in partnerships. A great deal of information about this will become present over the coming five weeks, and of course is deeply interwoven with the Pluto dynamic informing the process enormously. Hopefully we find a positive resolution, particularly where the Pluto issue can effectively (and only cooperatively) be resolved. Venus from Leo is especially supportive and positively harmonizes Mercury to remind us there is a bright spot worth working towards in this period. Cooperation is crucial and messages we make or receive will be
Discussion of the upcoming eclipses of Virgo on the 13th and Aries on the 27th, as well as the very trippy Jupiter – Neptune opposition on the 18th will be covered on upcoming video blogs on the Stargazer + Fiord YouTube channel HERE.
MONTHLY HOROSCOPES BY SIGN:
ARIES: A love relationship continues to be emphasized, and can be placed on firmer ground when Venus moves direct on the 6th. If things are getting serious, a proposal or commitment may be made around the 14th, when Mercury and Venus allow you to express your feelings for someone beautifully. The 9th, 24th and Eclipse in your sign on the 28th promise much is in store for this partnership. A Mercury retrograde phase in Libra from the 18th can see negotiations ongoing, someone from the past may also reemerge in this period. By mid October, all will be sorted. Jupiter in Virgo and an eclipse on the 13th point your attention to work, productivity and lifestyle matters, an area that will be very active for you in the coming months. If you have been seeking a new job or need to remedy health issues, you have great prospects ahead.
TAURUS: Really intriguing developments this month as a new love relationship or creative project gets underway. An eclipse on the 13th speaks to this, while an unusual opposition alinement between Jupiter and Neptune on the 18th suggest the realization of your most cherished dreams through a love connection or creative endeavor, or your total undoing if you have allowed yourself to be deceived. A lot of energy is still being focused on the domestic environment in this phase. With Venus back in direct motion on the 6th, you have the resources available now to make the changes you seek. A conjunction of Venus and Mars on the 1st points you exactly where you want to go. A final Aries eclipse on the 28th sees you letting go of an element of the past. The future awaits. Say goodbye and move along. Work and health related issues get scrambled for a few weeks when Mercury retrogrades on the 18th through October 10th.
GEMINI: A Virgo eclipse on the 13th signals really fundamental changes in your residential and domestic situation. An event or realization around the 6th precipitates this. Socially the vibe is great, and you might make a love connection during the most routine of your daily activities at the beginning of the month. Mercury in Libra from the 5th brings creative and romantic liaisons to the forefront of your attention. With another retrograde phase due on the 18th (lasting through October 10th) you’ll be considering then reconsidering your projects and connections. You experience this very personally and will likely feel a bit scattered throughout September. A beguiling issue surrounding shared revenue, a grant or loan may be the subject of concern. Venus direct on the 6th offers pleasurable and light hearted exchange. As always, consider your options, keep it light and let all the facts come in before you make a decision. A not to be missed event on the 24th turns up a compelling romantic opportunity.
CANCER: Venus and Mars again conjunct on the first, bringing a brilliant financial culmination, perhaps a development to events that precipitated in late February. Very auspicious professional developments on tap for the 9th and 24th are your best dates to really go for what you are worth in regard to a promotion or business proposal. An Aries Eclipse on the 28th seals the deal. Domestic arrangements, however, get the Mercury retrograde treatment, and comings, goings and just vague uncertainty can permeate your living situation through the first half of October. Saturn in Sagittarius from the 18th sees your responsibilities at work increasing. Remember you are building towards the incredible developments in store at the end of next year – stay focused and work hard. Jupiter opposite Neptune on the 18th simultaneously sees you neither here nor there. This trippy, subjective influence may cloud your thinking for a few days. Be wary of what you write, publish or even say out loud.
LEO: A Venus – Mars conjunction in your sign on the first arouses extraordinary passion and romantic energy. This energy prevails through the month as Venus (direct from the 6th) and Mars act as travel companions in your sign, with brilliant opportunities for sparkling romance on tap for the 9th and 24th especially. You begin to get favorable indications from the presence of Jupiter in your second house of values, possessions, assets and earnings during the Virgo eclipse on the 13th. A new source of prosperity, perhaps derived from your own self expression or creative endeavor, is highlighted in this phase. Financial commitments should be avoided around the 18th, the energy is a bit precarious and you may only be seeing what you want to see in regard to an offer. The 18th also sees Saturn leave Scorpio. An endemic issue connected to your personal life or residence resolves once and for all. Watch you words when Mercury goes retrograde in Libra on the 18th. Communication is particularly scrambled in this phase, old associates may make a reappearance. A final Eclipse in Aries on the 28th brings home two years of work towards a degree or a publishing/media related opportunity. An offer at this time ties right into your evolving sense of maturity and dedication to a creative enterprise. Responsibility will be required of you, but the benefits will be long lasting.
VIRGO: Another sultry twist as Venus and Mars hook up in your house of secrets and spirituality on the 1st? If not your imagination is bent on finding that idealized state of love and affection. The Sun from you sign (Happy Birthday!) adds impetus to your agenda, and an Eclipse in your sign on the 13th is all you need to get the ball rolling on a significant personal endeavor. Change is dynamic and stimulating in this phase and you can quickly make progress on your goals. Mercury retrograde from the 18th is playing a three card Monte game with your earnings and resources, and you just can’t put your finger on the winning card in this phase. Weigh options, and knowing this in advance, have a cash stash set aside to offset any disruptive influences at this time. A positive development connected to a spouse’s income may positively reinforce a move or renovation during the (final) Aries eclipse on the 28th. The South Node is attached to this eclipse, so it’s just as positive to have all your debt paid off in this phase as well. Venus is direct on the 6th, and a smoldering, behind the scenes love affair picks up some momentum. So much more in store next month, so don’t settle for someone because you feel a bit lonely. A very introspective period is coming to a definitive end very soon.
LIBRA: An urge to withdraw from the efforts of the previous months resonates around the time of the eclipse on the 13th. A great deal of energy seems to be percolating behind the scenes, and you do well to rest and reflect. Mercury began a long transit of your sign late last month, and will retrograde on the 18th, so recalibrating your image and identity will likely be a major feature through October 9th. A close friend or partner shows you the way through and brings very positive energy into your life on the 9th and/or 24th. A final eclipse in Aries on the 28th brings home the substantial changes you have experienced through and within relationships over the prior two years. You may take on a deeper level of commitment to someone in this phase, or meet someone completely new. Saturn is highly supportive, so a connection you make now is enduring. The rather bewildering influence of Jupiter opposite Neptune on the 18th can be very useful for a vision quest or even regressive psychotherapy if you need a little mental flossing. Your productivity will not be phenomenal in this phase, which is fine. You are revving up for a very busy period and need to rest and rejuvenate in anticipation of the developments arising in the near future.
SCORPIO: Venus resumes direct motion in Leo on the 6th, and a professional undertaking gets back on track. A Venus – Mars conjunction on the first signals a brilliant development, possibly tying back to events precipitated in February. The 9th and 24th are very favorable dates for movement in your career objectives. Mercury from Libra indicates you may feel a bit withdrawn. A retrograde phase beginning on the 18th features a strong connection to the past and things you thought you had left behind. Your subconscious is very bust at work now, and intuition quite strong regarding the direction you need to take. Taking some time out for reflection will be required during this transit, and even if you think a busy work and social schedule does not allow for this, think again. Feelings of de ja vous, dreams and intuition feature largely and bring astonishing insights. Watch your words during the Mercury – Pluto squares, they can and will be used against you. An Aries eclipse on the 28th brings a major turning point regarding your job and profession. Saturn leaves your sign for good on the 18th, having tied up many loose ends on your behalf. Pluto returning to direct motion a week later invigorates you. A huge sigh of relief as the hardest work is over.
SAGITTARIUS: You are a real trend setter in your industry with a lot of praise and recognition coming in for your recent successes, particularly on the 1st, when Venus and Mars connect in the area of promotion and media relations. This is a very effective time in which to launch a publicity or marketing campaign. If you are more academically oriented, you may start a lecture tour or publish your manuscripts or research at this time, to phenomenal success. Financial news is on route around the 6th, with earnings connected to your profession positively indicated. This will be an ideal time to negotiate for a salary increase or start to see revenue from a personal business venture. An Eclipse impacts the area of career and reputation on the 13th from Virgo. A huge shift in priorities is due, and there could be an offer simply to good to pass up. The 18th will feature a bewildering opposition between Jupiter and Neptune, and it will be a challenge to come to the right decision. Saturn back in your sign the same day will help you get down to business and sort out your agenda. Mercury meanwhile retrogrades in Libra, and it seems everyone you have ever known has an option about this and feels they must offer advice. With a great deal going on in this period you might scale back your social life a bit and focus on the goals at hand.
CAPRICORN: The merger of Venus and Mars from your 8th house of sex and intimacy can represent a really enticing exchange in a relationship. Finances also factor, and you might be making a major deal and signing a big contract at this time. All the pieces come together after the 6th, when Venus resumes direct motion from Leo. The 6th, 9th and 24th are also favorable for negotiations, and it seems you are deriving confidence from your family or through your residence. There can also be deepening intimacy in a partnership, and you may be spending more time together behind the scenes, or discussing moving in together around these dates. A very exciting development occurs in your living situation around the time of the Aries eclipse on the 28th. Mercury enters Libra on August 28th, an extended transit of your house of profession and public recognition due to a retrograde cycle from the 18th – October 10th. There will likely be some delays surround news on a promotion or within a personal enterprise through the 13th of October. A New Moon at that time indicates everything comes together seamlessly and you’ll be on your way. A publishing, media industry, teaching or travel opportunity begins to feature largely as Jupiter from Virgo (August 12th) began a very positive trend for you in regards to reaching a broader audience, and awareness of this is triggered around the time of the Virgo eclipse on the 13th. A major opportunity may be revealed at this time, or this may have been something you have worked towards since the beginning of March. A connection to Pluto in your sign suggests this is a very personal endeavor. Mars in this area from the 26th sees you putting a great deal of energy towards this venture, Venus comes in to help you out next month.
AQUARIUS: Venus goes direct on the 6th, bringing the return of a loved one or a long anticipated decision regarding a partnership. A Venus – Mars conjunction on the 1st conjures a very sexy homecoming. Any feelings of ambiguity are quickly replaced with a conviction to merge forces at this point. Emotions are imbued with erotic awareness and romantic desire. Rare and beautiful forces are at work in this phase. Mars on the 9th and Venus on the 24th connect vitally to Uranus, and feelings around this association escalate quickly and connect to the very heart of your nature and authenticity. You can make an extraordinary connection if you attend a neighborhood event or may meet someone while attending to the most routine daily affairs. An eclipse in Aries on the 28th can bring a stunning social opportunity or an invitation to join a prestigious group. Saturn returning to the area of friends and networks from the 18th will bring more mature, and possibly even successful people, into your milieu. Socially this continues to be a vibrant period, with attention shifting towards those at a distance, travel or promotional activities as Mercury transits Libra. The third and final retrograde phase commences on the 18th, and suggests delays if you are planning a trip or considering returning to academic pursuits. Mercury and Libra are close traveling companions in this phase, through the end of the month, so the ambience will be light, amiable and creative energies will flow regardless.
PISCES: A meeting or development during the Virgo eclipse on the 13th changes your life for some time to come. You have the opportunity to merge forces with someone new and captivating. A bewildering and fascinating energy culminates between yourself and this person around the 18th when very mystical and alchemical alignment between Jupiter and Neptune coalesces. It’s very easy at this time to over idealize this union, but feelings of rapport and serendipity should not be ignored, just taken with a grain of salt. Someone coming into view at this time is going to connect you to your most cherished wishes and dreams in the coming phase, so select this person carefully, you want to pick the right one! A key meeting around the 6th offers clues. Work life is still busy – busy, though you see financial rewards for your efforts on the 1st, 9th and 24th. You find inventive solutions and can solve problems at these times. Keep at it! An Aries eclipse on the 28th can signal the end of one source of income in order to make room for a new one. Saturn moves back into Sagittarius on the 18th, ushering a two year cycle of phenomenal professional growth. Mercury retrograde on the 18th may see a partner’s income or other source of outside revenue in a stasis or flux. You may also be looking further afield and turning up unconsidered sources at this time.