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Your Monthly Horoscope for September 2016
 by Victoria Fugit 

September is a powerful month for releasing that which is no longer relevant or useful in our lives and embracing the unknown with trust and playfulness. This is a month filled with celestial events. It’s a bit like a giant wave of energy washing over the planet, with varying results depending on where you might be on its path and how prepared you are to surf the wave. Mercury is retrograde (August 30-Sep 22) for most of the month, so be prepared to pay close attention to, and possibly change, travel plans, contracts, initiating plans of any sort, appointments or generally anything to do with communication or travel. Computers and technology may feel possessed by gremlins. Don’t get frustrated just go along and ride the wave.

Then there is also a partial Solar Eclipse on September 1, at 9° Virgo and the Lunar Eclipse on September 16 in Pisces. Virgo is a sweet sign, interested in healing, gardening, diet, health, fixing “things”, organizing and generally making life run smoothly. However, this eclipse forms a T-square to Saturn and Neptune, making this a powerful aspect with long term implications.

Saturn rules form, certainty, results of past action and learning from mistakes -- the boundaries, stability and framework necessary for growth and maturity. Neptune, on the other hand, does not work well with boundaries or everyday responsibility. It seeks dissolution of boundaries, unbounded imagination, and merging. Saturn represents the stability and comfort we feel in familiar situations. Neptune dissolves stability and sets us adrift in uncertainty.

Saturn is now in Sagittarius, a fire sign, Neptune is in Pisces, a water sign -- the sign in which it is most powerful. Put them together and they can go “Boom!” Saturn is conjunct Mars (fire, heat, war) and squaring the Sun / Moon eclipse and Neptune (water, dissolution, illusion, denial). Neptune is in opposition to the Sun / Moon and squaring Saturn and Mars.

The most obvious physical repercussions of this aspect right now are the historic flooding in Louisiana and the horrific fires in California. For the country as a whole, Saturn is on our ascendant (sense of physical identity) and Neptune is on our progressed Sun (personal identity in the world) in the 3rd house of beliefs and communication. Some of us are holding on tightly to the illusions of our defining characteristics as a nation while the dissolution of those same characteristics is taking place. Saturn is also forcing a rethinking and reassessment of how our actions over the last 50 years have factually defined us.

On a personal level how each of us responds to this aspect depends on its placement in our charts. If we favor Saturn in our chart, we may feel heavy, depressed, limited and restricted by the realities of life. If we function better with Neptune we may tend to check out, turn to addictions or impossible dreams, avoid dealing with reality or feel like a victim. The point of these energies is to get Saturn and Neptune working together. Now is a time in which we can release our collective and personal delusions and limiting beliefs and choose the deeper dreams and truths of our souls, then put in the work and discipline needed to manifest them. Let go of the distractions and trivia that don’t take you where you want to go.

As the Autumnal Equinox arrives at 8:22 am MDT on September 22, focus on the general outlines of where you want your life to go (Saturn), be willing to expand or even go in new directions (Neptune). You may find your dreams and desires manifesting in new and surprising ways.

Aries Astrological Symbol
Aries – Both the New and Full Moon fall in your 6th house emphasizing health and work. This is a good month to tell yourself the truth about what’s not working in these areas and to let go of illusions and denial. Going on a diet does not equal real lifestyle changes for health. A walk now and then does not equal everyday exercise. Saturn and Maras in good aspect to your Sun gives structure, stability, energy and endurance to any changes you want to make. Go for some new energy and possible dissolution of self-imposed limitation.
Taurus Astrological Symbol
Taurus – You may feel ambiguous or confused about your love life this month and yet know that the circumstances will resolve into a higher good. Patterns from the past or early childhood are coming forward to be seen, and either discarded or integrated into a more mature understanding. Wait to make final decisions until after 15 October. Don’t make speculative investments this month.
Gemini Astrological Sy
Gemini – The eclipse falls in your 4th house of home and foundations, squares Saturn and Mars in your 7th house of marriage and partnership and opposes Neptune in your 10th of public image. What illusions about “what other people think” are you clinging to that are keeping you from your heart’s desire? How do you use partnership or marriage to deny responsibility for your own fulfillment and happiness? Start with small changes and see if your partner is happier about them than you imagined.

Cancer Astrological Symbol
Cancer – Communications, siblings, neighbors and new beliefs may occupy your attention in September. If possible avoid family gatherings. There may be unusual tension, confusion, or outright angry responses from siblings or neighbors. Just turn the other cheek this month and remember you have four. Postpone decisions concerning further education for your work. Travel over water is likely better after the full moon. October will give you more information and clarity.
Leo Astrological Sign
Leo – Review your investments or where your money is going this month. Pay attention to your values and priorities. Mercury retrograde urges caution concerning speculation or embarking on a new love relationship. There be possible monsters there, matey. Later in the month both Venus and Jupiter move into your 3rd house giving a new buoyancy and optimism, which continues into October.
Virgo Astrological Symbol
Virgo – Who are you, Virgo? What do you love and what do you want most in your life? -- big questions, requiring big answers. Stop selling yourself short – you have great gifts – use them. If you can’t take large actions start dreaming large dreams. Cut the past loose, build on a trimmed-down foundation, loose the past baggage of resentment, victimhood or nit-picking slights. A new improved version of you is just waiting to stretch its wings. Listen to the words you say to yourself every day to find the how and why of not getting what you want.

libra Astrological Symbol
Libra – Venus and Jupiter move into your first house this month and give even more charm and attractiveness to your personality as well as expanding the possibilities of artistic collaborations. This is especially true for Libras born October 15th to the 19th. Watch out for temper tantrums and biting communications. Best to count to ten before venting, as it may create messy misunderstandings at work. October 7th to 9th Libras are feeling the transformative energies of Pluto, now. Letting go of whatever is trying to leave your life will smooth the transformation.
Scorpio Astrological Sign
Scorpio – Mars and Saturn in your 2nd house once again bring values, priorities and money into your September spotlight. Expect unexpected expenses possibly relating to older equipment or construction. If you have children, they may be the source of the income outgo. Truthfully assess the level of positive communication with your lover, children or creative projects and then make changes, if need be. Doing so will forestall considerable difficulty down the road.
Sagittarius Astrological Sign
Sagittarius – The new and full moon eclipses may again boost your career particularly if it is in one of the creative arts or publication. Follow through with new ideas for marketing yourself. Venus and Jupiter move into you house of friendship and social networking. Take advantage of social networking opportunities and be generous to your friends. If you drive the river road, keep your attention on the road.
Capricorn Astrological Symbol
Capricorn – Desire for change and/or travel is strong in you this month. However, it might be best to wait until October, when Saturn moves away from Neptune. This is a good time to do the research, so that travel plans aren’t undone by Neptune or delayed by Saturn or turned inside out by Mercury retrograde. It may also be a good time to think about new directions through classes, workshops or other types of education.

Aquarius Astrological Symbol
Aquarius – Financial plans, concerns or responsibilities are emphasized this month. You may find that if you are owed money it comes without having to ask. Inheritance would not be unlikely. You may be receiving more money from others than from your own labor. Innovative ideas could be a source of income. Other may use your ideas to their own benefit and then give back to you. Friendships may not be reliable – many are going through their own inner process now.

Pisces Astrological Symbol
Pisces – Partnership or marriage is receiving most of the eclipse energies of the New and Full Moon. Be patient and ride the waves. Co-workers may be a little prickly until the New Moon on the 16th. This is a positive time to start saving each month and if you have high credit card debt, start a plan to pay it off as quickly as possible. Your home and/or children bring great joy this fall. Friendships can seem distant, but part of that is you are a little reclusive these days.

About Victoria: The passion I have for Astrology began when I was twenty-four. I had been traveling in Europe for months and was becoming more and more curious about the letters my mom was sending me. They were waiting for me in each city or town I went to and it was as if she had a spy following me. She seemed to know my every move. Then she started to give me advice about what was coming up and what to watch out for. Coming home, I was horrified to learn that both she and my dad (LT. Colonel in the Air Force) were involved in Astrology. I asked them how two well-educated and intelligent people could possibly believe a superstitious myth that was so lacking in any proof of its claims. My dad said he had no belief in it. It worked, so he used it, much like electricity – we don’t believe in it, don’t know exactly how it works, but are happy to turn on the lights with it.

So I set out to prove that they were deluded. After three years of study in San Francisco and taking a correspondence course from a school in England, I apologized.
Astrology has been part of my life ever since and has led to my involvement with researchers and teachers in the human potential movement, such as Jean Houston (Institute for Mind Research), Werner Erhardt (EST), Elmer Green (Duke University), Joe Kamiya (early researcher in bio-feedback), Swami Rama (Himalayan Institute) and others.

Sun sign astrology obviously doesn’t give the depth of knowledge available in a full reading. Each chart is unique, like snowflakes. But it’s fun and entertaining. Hope you get both from this column. You can get in touch with Victoria at 435-259-9417 or

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