Caution lights are up as the month begins. Confusion and more are likely as Mercury continues his Retrograde path in his home sign of Virgo. The devil will be in the details until he resumes direct motion on Sept 22. Expect an unsettled beginning to the school year and be aware that just one small event or detail can prove critical this month and bring you success or a minor setback in these first three weeks. Virgo draws a very fine line. The good news is that Mercury backs into a fabulous trine to Pluto in the heavens as he stations from Sept 20–24. Truth serum? This is close to it and suggests positive outcomes and solutions—and a very good time to ask for what you want. Be patient while Mercury is Rx.
The major complication to all the above is Saturn lining up in a square to dreamy Neptune again on Sept 10. This is the third and last pass between these two opposites. Saturn wants reality. Neptune wants the dream. Saturn is the tester who can throw an extra responsibility or chore your way just to see if you really like what you are doing. This marker is in full power as the month begins—remember, it’s the creeping that will get you. Strange sleep and dreams, problems with drugs, booze and water follow Neptune around.
And you may feel a bit spaced out, especially with Mercury Rx at the same time. Neptune tries to destroy the organization Saturn builds with. Frustration of some kind is certain and it’s best to let all this go by before you make any major changes, decisions and purchases in your life, if possible. Wait until Mercury trines Pluto and you will make a more informed decision, and at that time people will be much more inclined to agree with you if you have a proposal to make.
Bottom Line: School starts with more hassles and problems than usual over the first half of Sept. And I know many kids will be tempted to walk out of first grade thinking “it’s all a big joke.” Lots of my friends are teachers who may be thinking the same thing during the first two weeks. It will be the same story at the local junior college—but don’t give up. The nasty Saturn square fades, Mercury stops being goofy and a much better set of markers show up over the last two weeks of the month for all of us. Headlined by Jupiter entering Libra on Sept 9.
Jupiter is the planet of expansion and good luck. Libra is the sign of partnerships and is ruled by loving Venus. This new Jupiter cycle appears in the heavens once every 12 years and lasts about a year. The last visit was from Sept/2004 to Oct/2005. So this will be a good year ahead to network, to get out on the dance floor, to improve the relationships we have—and for finding a better balance in our lives between work and play. Gemini, Aquarius and Libra planets all get “a high five” as Jupiter loves you the most in his new cycle. Thankfully, we all get a friendly boost from Venus and Jupiter that can lead to lifelong artistic or business partnerships forming, including a marriage, in this new Jupiter cycle.