Starshine Astrological Planner August/September 2021 - The Month of Virgo

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“The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.” – Plotinus

We see astrology as the art of exploring the archetypal correlations between the movements of the planets and human events. If you follow along long enough, you will learn to see archetypally, understand the human condition a little better, and perhaps gain enough freedom through insight to make more satisfying choices.

Follow the current transits with this planner. You can follow the moon cycles if the current transits don’t seem to apply to you. Following the moon is easy and will add richness to your experience of the sky. See Are You In the Hot Seat? and the Guides at the end of this planner for more on tracking your own personal cycles.

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Where Are The Planets This Month

August 22-September 22, 2021

All times are given for U.S. Eastern Standard Time (New York, NY).

☉ Sun: Virgo

☽ Moon: Full Moon in Aquarius → Last Quarter Moon in Sagittarius → New Moon in Virgo –>First Quarter Moon in Gemini → Full Moon in Pisces. This moon cycle highlights the Cross of Service to Spirit (also known as the Mutable signs).

☿ Mercury: 18Virgo57 – 24Libra28

Venus: 7Libra54 – 13Scorpio38, ☪Venus Evening Star 5th Gate: September 10, 2021 29°14′ Libra 12:48 AM EDT

♂ Mars: 15Virgo11 – 5Libra03

♃ Jupiter: 26Aquarius51 Rx – 23Aquarius23 Rx

♄ Saturn: 8Aquarius42 Rx – 7Aquarius09 Rx

⚷ Chiron: 12Aries19 Rx – 11Aries08 Rx

♅ Uranus: 14Taurus47 Rx – 14Taurus20 Rx

♆ Neptune: 22Pisces23 Rx – 21Pisces33 Rx

♇ Pluto: 24Capricorn45 Rx – 24Capricorn 21 Sx

Sun in Virgo 2021 chart

Night Sky Views

Stars of the Sun in Virgo Sky from Stellarium

This is the view without atmosphere, if you could see the stars and the sun at the same time 🙂 As you can see, the Sun at 0 degrees Virgo is lined up almost exactly with the star Regulus, the “heart of the lion.” Read more about Sun in Virgo on August 22, 2021.

Source: https://stellarium-web.org/
Stars of the Sun in Virgo Sky from In-The-Sky.org

Read more about Sun in Virgo on August 22, 2021.

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Source: https://in-the-sky.org//skymap.php
Neptune opposite Sun alignment

September 14, 2021 Sun opposite Neptune Rx 21°47′ Virgo-Pisces 5:12 AM EDT. Read more on September 14, 2021.

Neptune opposite the Sun 2021 from In-The-Sky.org
Source: In-The-Sky.org.

Are You In the Hot Seat?

These transits will supercede any of the transits in this planner.

Do you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), angles (Asc, MC, IC, Dsc), Nodes, 

  • or Pluto at 24-27° Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, or Libra?
You’re in a Pluto transit. 

♇ Pluto is where you find your power, and where your psyche seeks wholeness by retrieving and transforming lost soul force from the unconscious, a process often but not always characterized by deep, intense, cathartic, even agonizing surprises. When Pluto transits, it tends to sneak up and strike from your blind spot so as to activate your deepest emotions, forcing you to integrate lost parts of yourself. Experiences can be very dark or very light depending on the nature of the denied and repressed content, but in the end leave you more alive and empowered. Strategy: make a list of all your deepest hopes and fears and then rest assured none of those will happen; grab the bull by the horns and go for the ride!

  • or Neptune at 20-23° Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius?
You’re in a Neptune transit.

♆ Neptune is where you connect with eternity, universal love, ecstasy with the timeless space of unity and the sacred, where you lose yourself for better or for worse, where your perspective blurs, where you seek dissolution, where you stumble into addiction, where you create illusions of exquisite beauty (as in art) or damaging delusions. By transit, Neptune inspires both creatively and spiritually, calls from across the timeless ocean, and if ignored, lays you flat so you can listen. Strategy: go with the flow, go on a Vision Quest, don’t expect your magical journey to outlast the transit. Do not sign contracts, buy or sell land, or make any major 3D decisions until after it’s over.

  • or Uranus at 11-15° Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius?
You’re in a Uranus transit.

♅ Uranus is where you find intellectual and spiritual freedom, liberation, rebellion, innovation brilliance, breaking of status quo structures and norms, alienation, estrangement, and isolation from emotional warmth. By transit, Uranus strikes with sudden and shocking clarity, tears down the known, destroys, liberates, frees, overturns, enlightens, changes the game, surprises, breaks through. Strategy: embrace change!

  • or Saturn at 6.5-13° degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio?
You’re in a Saturn transit.

♄ Saturn is structure, hierarchy, control, time, maturation, physical laws of the universe, responsibility, restriction, judgment, cultural Super Ego, father, CEO, the rules, conservatism, stability. By transit, Saturn guides maturation (rights of passage), manifests in 3D, pressures a restructuring toward a greater functionality and alignment with Life Purpose, blocks and denies that which is not in alignment, and finally, crystallizes. Of course, on the way to all this ideal purpose, it often frustrates, depresses, blocks, and fills us with an overwhelming sense of unfairness and impossibility! Ha ha. Strategy: Focus, work on a solution to your problems which actually, believe it or not, exists right now (Saturn is not unreasonable, just a strict teacher spurring you to action)! Consult experts, use logic, trial-and-error. Finally, commit to a course of action.

  • or Jupiter in 8-30° Aquarius or 0-8° Pisces?
You’re in a Jupiter transit.

♃ Jupiter is universal ideals, generosity, faith, belief, religion, politics, higher education, expansion, grandiosity of spirit, and facilitates spiritual growth. By transit, it expands, amplifies, “biggie-sizes,” glorifies, elevates toward humanitarian ideals and cultural celebration, brings justice, truth, beauty of expansive vision. Strategy: Dream big, adopt great generosity, stretch forth your hand, seek win-win solutions in the real world.

For more on how to find your natal planets, and how to work with your transits, see the Transit Guides.



Following the Call of Venus

Are you still on the journey since your March crisis? Did you climb out of hell in May, and cross the summer months in a sometimes expansive, sometimes intensely challenging wave? Do you feel like you’re still just in it undergoing transformation or trial? Has romance been disappointing but then recently gone deep or intense? If any of these is true, then you are following the call of Venus this year, seeking a higher creative state of being and embodiment! Read more about the Mars-Venus Saga below.

Mars’ Journey

Mars enters the Underworld on August 23, and if you are activated by Mars this year, you may not be able to sit this one out. Internally, Mars represents agency, linear task-orientation, warrior courage. Externally, Mars is the hero, the warrior, the Sacred Masculine, and male characters. In the Underworld, Mars is under trial, undergoing initiation, needing to be transformed in the presence of Great Mystery (the sun). See “Mars in the Underworld” below for greater perspective and ways to work with the cycle.

If you aren’t activated by this Mars-Venus cycle, maybe you’re preoccupied elsewhere, perhaps in personal transits (see Are You In the Hot Seat? above).


The Mars-Venus Saga

Most people in personal transits don’t seem to be noticing the Mars-Venus activations. This means that your personal transits are top priority.

Mars conjunct Mercury August 10-29, 2021

Mars with Mercury (within 10 degrees August 10-29, exact conjunct August 18, 2021). When Mars spends more than two weeks with Mercury, archetypal possibilities include social media influences, friend group influences, gossip, perhaps digesting information or knowledge of some sort, talking to people, sharing information or even a period of mental productivity! When Mars disappears into the sun’s glare on August 23 for the next three months, it will still be near Mercury.

How is it that Evening Star Mercury is still close to Mars even when it has become invisible in the Underworld? It’s mostly got to do with Mars’ orbit so much farther away because its orbit lies outside our own and is now on the other side of the solar system from us, while Mercury’s is much much closer. Mercury isn’t easy to see, especially in the Northern Hemisphere, but you can see it in the twilight glow in some parts of the world, whereas Mars is completely hidden.

Update 8/23/2021: In classic form when Mars teams up with Mercury, Katy plunged onto social media yesteray after more than ten years away to raise awareness about the dire state of the environment (after watching Seaspiracy the Netflix documentary, and then Breaking Boundaries also from Netflix). And then set up A Little More Free’s Instagram account to boot! It is a mad mad flurry of social media engagement all while feeling the physical limitations that make working online and computers so hard! A clear manifestation of Mars+Mercury as Mars –> Underworld.

Follow A Little More Free on Instagram, and Katy on Instagram and Twitter.

Mars opposite Neptune August 17-September 17, 2021

(In orb August 17-September 17) Mars finally makes its opposition to Neptune in the Circle of Elders on September 2, 2021, 1:42 PM EDT at 22°06′ Virgo, completing the initiation Venus completed earlier in August–not in the ordinary light of day but in the presence of Great Mystery. Mars is with the sun now. Perhaps Neptune will show him the illusions and fantasies which are requiring him to die to his old self. Or perhaps Neptune will grace us with a vision to carry us through the next three months as we transform the way we operate in the world, the things we fight for, how we identify ourselves (Mars)!

In any case, this is the first major outer planet initiation by Mars in the Underworld. How Mars handles Neptune’s shadow (illusion, delusion, confusion, dissolution, poisoning) and light (creative inspiration, ecstasy, unity, timeless love) will certainly set the tone for the first part of Mars’ journey with the Sun.

Mars Enters the Underworld August 23, 2021

(In Underworld August 23-November 22, 2021 – exact at 15°05′ Libra October 8)

Mars enters the Underworld slowly from July until the end of August, whether you count the final entry at 15 or 10 degrees separation from the sun (August 23, 2021 7:18 AM EDT 15°33′ Virgo or September 7, 2021 1:27 PM EDT 25°18′ Virgo). Whether Mars shows up as a male character in your story galvanizing your underworld journey, or within yourself as the hero, warrior or effective agent in the world, this period will be characterized by confrontations with the Shadow both within and without, crisis and trial, the need for transformation, death and rebirth, catharsis and passion, soul retrieval through being laid bare to your feelings and truth. It is important to remember that even in the underworld, Mars loves a cause worth dying for. Finding that deep cord of passion will help you find your way through the maze.

The lower stakes relationship dramas of July get replaced by something more profound. This could be held within the context of a committed relationship, as well as in the form of a new deeper more intense underworld love affair — passionate, cathartic, transformational, unlikely to endure but worth it. Finally, one can imagine a transformational love story in which the male lover is completely absent but whose absence provides the galvanizing force.

Hopefully the insights we gain from Mars in the Underworld will help us to make choices consciously so that we aren’t forced to it by circumstance. Just knowing and understanding Underworld processes will help considerably.

What is the Underworld process? Underworld processes tend to strike from your blind spot, so as to activate your deepest emotions, and catalyze true transformation. Because each person’s needs will be unique, it’s really impossible to predict Underworld processes. If you’re looking for an archetypal image, conjure Gandalf’s stand at the bridge — “You shall not pass!” That’s a good one, though I’ve never seen anyone actually go through it!! lol

If all this sounds too intense, try the exercise below. It’s said to go more quickly if you grab the bull by the horns and surrender to the process. If that doesn’t work for you, that’s totally okay too. There is not right or wrong way to do this!

Exercise for Mars in the Underworld: Get a notebook and answer this question: “What are my deepest fears about the Underworld Journey of Mars?” Once you have completed it, you can keep it to look back at, rip it up, or burn it as you wish with all the ceremony you see fit. And rest assured that none of these things will happen. Underworld processes can’t be predicted, remember? This is about freeing the Life Force, re-shaping or restoring it, a process not very easily achieved in a controlled or abstracted state of mind. Surrender is a very good skill to develop that will serve you throughout your life and has nothing to do with inaction or passivity. You may also be able to lean on your Venusian powers in lieu of Mars’ normal capabilities (see “Venus on Her Own” below).

Venus Evening Star + Mars Underworld

For 3 months, from August 23 to November 23, 2021, Venus will be shining as the Evening Star while Mars passes through the Underworld lost in the glare of the sun. It’s a long initiation and Venus will go through four Evening Gates during this time (4th-7th–heart, throat, brow, and crown), in a process of empowerment and identity formation. Mars is in deconstruction and transformation by fire and ordeal which hinges on social and marital contracts in order to bring forth a powerful new vision (retrograde Mercury will conjunct Mars’ exact alignment with the sun at 15 Libra). In the love affair, things go deep and transformational, but surely any plans and goals must go on the pyre. This is true as well for those in the internal Mars-Venus process.

Venus’ Power is Elevated, so lean in to love, beauty, magnetism, flow, spatial non-linear process, presence, collaboration, groundswells, watersheds; the archetypal feminine.

Mars’ Power is in the Fire, so surrender and let go of action, agency, plans, linear cause-and-effect expectations, aggression, progress, competition, heroism; the archetypal masculine.

☪Venus Evening Star 5th Gate September 10, 2021

September 10, 2021, 12:48 AM EDT 29°14′ Libra – In the Myth of Inanna, the Queen of Heaven reclaims her fifth center of power here at the fifth gate where Venus makes its fifth conjunction with the waxing crescent moon in the evening sky since it rose as Evening Star in May. Although the exact alignment happens on the morning of September 10, the best time to see the bright Evening Star and crescent moon will be the night before on September 9 in the western sky – the best time as always to see these luminaries is before full dark when only they and the very brightest stars are visible in the twilight glow. As it gets darker and darker, stars clutter the view.

The 5th center of power is traditionally associated with the throat or voice. In the ongoing love story, whether the flash-in-the-pan lover of summer is gone or a new love affair has gone deep, the intensity and need to speak up loud and powerfully may feature strongly this month. Venus moves into Scorpio hours after entering the 5th gate, so there may be quite a few verbal barb, but with Libra crowning the opening, she cannot reclaim the full vestment of power without considering Libra’s concerns: fairness, civility, the equal rights of the other, the greater needs of society, and the greater symphony which can only be had when all voices are included.

Ultimately, the last degree of Libra implies that you will need some very exceptional political skill and grace, or perhaps community support, to retrieve your voice, but still backed by those deeper reservoirs of power which Scorpio accesses by moving life force energy up from the deeper wells within the body and the psyche.

This gate carries distinct political and activist overtones. In addition to its traditional resonance with partnership and marriage, Libra carries the cultural content around politics, the law, government, and social justice. Scorpio kicks a** and takes names, moving mountains to create change. Scorpio facilitates whatever transformation is necessary, be it cathartic orgasm or death and compost! We are still in Saturn conjunct Pluto – facing the Shadow (that which is hidden, be it light or shadow), even confronting Evil as we strive to transform systems of power, government, laws, rules, judgments, structures of social order (15 degree orb through December 2021, 20 degree orb through February 2022). We are also still in Saturn square Uranus changing the way we live and work, technology, how we imagine ourselves, how we solve problems (10 degree orb through November 2023, last exact alignment coming up in mid-December 2021). So this particular Venus Gate resonates particularly strongly with the background archetypal wave by calling us to speak up and speak out, against the Shadow wherever we see it and in advocacy for changing the way we live and create!

Anyone turning 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72 (a multiple of 8) this year is going through their Venus Return. If your birthday is sometime between mid-September to mid-October, this is likely your personal Venus Gate! Tune in and receive a direct transmission from this Venus Evening Star on September 10 and throughout the rest of the month until the next gate. The Goddess, your personal capacity to call to you what you love, is incarnating now at a deeper octave within you – open your arms wide to embrace her!

The Power of Venus

Venus is the Goddess of Beauty and Love, the archetypal feminine. But is also non-gendered as embodiment, as nature, as our possessions, and as the so-called material world which we are beginning to remember is always radiant with energy and presence. Venus at its deepest essence is the unity of spirit and matter: the anima and the anima mundi, and this unity is commanded by love. The deeper your love, the more complete your command. Thus did Jesus turn water into wine, command the storms, and rise from the dead.

You can cultivate the power of your love to magnetize what you love into your life. Find a clear and simple love that lights you up with joy, then remind yourself of it whenever you need a boost. If “the power of your love” doesn’t feel readily available, then try focusing on the current Venus Gate to clear out contradictory beliefs and desires, to forgive and let go, find unity to reclaim your vestments of power.

The 2020-2021 Venus Cycle

The current Venus Cycle began on July 3, 2020, entered the Morning Star phase from July 9, 2020 to February 12, 2021, Underworld phase from February 13 to May 2, 2021, Evening Star phase from May 3, 2021 to January 1, 2022, and completes on January 8, 2022.

You will notice eight gates in both the Morning Star and the Evening Star phases. These represent conjunctions with the crescent moon (we don’t include the conjunctions Venus makes while moving retrograde). Ordinarily there are seven, but this cycle has eight in both the morning and the evening sky! This accounts in part for the extraordinary power of this Venus Cycle.

But we can look farther to 2020 to really understand the power of this Venus Cycle. We all experienced the once-in-a-lifetime moment of 2020, and most of us remember the triple conjunction that defined it. The last time Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto aligned within 5 degrees of each other was in 1285 AD! Conjunctions represent birth points – beginnings, and the Venus Cycle which began in June 2020 represents the embodiment, growth-testing, and transformational vestment of the archetypal power and intentions of that rare triple conjunction, in that Venus is about embodiment, the union of spirit and matter!

If you have natal points aligned with (conjunct) any of the key points in the Venus Timeline, these will reveal more about your own personal activation during this cycle. The most important points would be the two times when Venus was aligned exactly conjunct the Sun: at the beginning of the cycle at 13°35′ Gemini and at the heart of the Underworld phase at 5°50′ Aries. But all alignments with points during the cycle have information which can help frame your experience.


Mercury

Mercury’s Outer Planet Transits August-September 2021

Just as Mercury raced to catch up with Venus and Mars’ pattern of transits to the outer planets in the end of July, now Mercury continues to follow after Venus as they pull away from the Sun. Mercury will keep following Venus higher into the evening sky until the end of September when Mercury pauses and then turns swiftly back toward the Sun and Mars. For now, mind and narrative follow the Venus process more closely than Mars.

Mercury’s Phases

Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, the core archetype of the mental and communicative functions, goes through many distinctive phases in its rather erratic dance with the sun, from which it never strays very far. It’s the only planet which spends so much time lost in the sun’s glare. Because of this, the Messenger of the Gods has developed a reputation for immunity to the powerful, transformational, but often dangerous realm of the gods known to us moderns as occultation by the sun. It is a medial archetype, going between realms, transferring ideas, connecting persons and concepts and commercial transactions, while moving from phase to phase in dynamic succession. The phases are much more important than the sign, and the exact conjunctions with the sun are probably the most dramatic of these.

New information about Mercury is emerging in synchronistic timing with the close alignment of the June 2021 solar eclipse in Gemini and the start of the Master Mercury cycle hours laterSee tracking the full Mercury Cycle here.

Mercury’s Phases:

  1. Hermetic Mercury: Mercury Rx exact conjunct the Sun (start of Mercury cycle) – June 10, 2021
  2. Messenger of the Gods: Mercury Rx in morning sky >10 degrees west of Sun – June 18-21, 2021
  3. The Stillpoint: Mercury Sx in the morning sky (suspended in time out of time) – June 21-23, 2021
  4. Morning Sky Mercury: Mercury Dx in morning sky (Apollo, logical, understands thought) – June 23–July 23, 2021
  5. Psychopomp Mercury: Mercury Dx conjunct the Sun (makes meaning, transformational insight) <10 degrees from Sun, direct – July 23–August 11, 2021
  6. Evening Sky Mercury: Mercury Dx in evening sky (Hermes, creative, develops thought) >10 degrees east of Sun – August 11–September 27, 2021
  7. Trickster Mercury: Mercury Rx in evening sky (breaks the rules) – September 27–October 4, 2021
  8. The Archivist: Mercury Rx conjunct the Sun <10 degrees east of Sun – October 4-9, 2021
  9. *Exact conjunct the Sun begins a new cycle – October 9, 2021

Outer Planetary Alignments

*NEW* Saturn conjunct Pluto

Okay, okay, I just listened to Richard Tarnas on the Planets in 2021 (recorded in February this year) and we need to include Saturn conjunct Pluto as a still active and ongoing archetypal activation. This isn’t the activation of 2020 where Saturn and Jupiter were both extremely close to Pluto. But Saturn is within 15 degrees of Pluto and still active, simmering away, like after the full boil when we turn the heat down and simmer until the meat falls off the bones… ba ha ha! Saturn pulled more than 15 degrees away from Pluto from April to July, but as of August 1 is now within 15 degrees again and will remain there through December 2021.

  • Saturn cj Pluto within 15 degree orb: October 18, 2018 – December 18, 2021 (excluding April-July 2021)
  • Saturn cj Pluto within 20 degree orb: December 1, 2017 – February 17, 2022

This is heavy medicine. Deep transformation with lasting consequences, authoritarian clamp downs, war, cold war, civil war, confronting systems of power, confronting the shadow, even evil. The high potential is the transformation and evolution of the deepest structures of the social order–institutions, government, commerce, our moral concepts of right and wrong. Doing this work requires all our courage and moral resolve. These are still on the wind together with the more prominent Saturn square Uranus energy as we approach the end of 2021.

Pluto conjunct Saturn: Transforming Systems of Power

Actually, I recommend the final comments from Tarnas’ video where he reflects on the times we’re in, reflecting on the work of women abolitionists in the 19th century: “how noble those women were, and they will go down in eternity for the nobility of what they did and the courage they brought to their tasks.” Because this is what we are being asked to do now. Here is the video teed up to that point, and a meme inspired by his speech:

The Circle of Elders

The outer planets remain loosely clustered in the same quadrant of sky, within 100 degrees, none closer to each other than 14 degrees, with Uranus slightly separated from the rest. Arrayed like this, they feel more like the Circle of Elders than ever, taking turns transmitting a teaching or administering a test for the initiates, as the faster-moving Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars take turns transiting the outer planets.

The personal planets and outer planets are arranged on opposite sides of the sky from each other in what’s known as a see-saw pattern. The bowl pattern of early summer has been steadily dispersing and now settles into a back and forth pattern: Call and response, flipping between polarities, alternating between personal and big picture perspectives, highs and lows, agony and ecstasy, seeking but maybe not finding balance.

As Mars falls farther behind Venus, it makes its transits to the Circle of Elders on an increasingly separate timeline from Venus. She’s doing her own thing, meeting the transpersonal archetypes on her own terms, as does He in his own extraordinary internal and private process. Venus opposed Neptune on August 9, but Mars doesn’t oppose Neptune until September 2. Venus opposes Chiron on August 26, and then Uranus, last of the Elders, on September 23. Mars opposes Chiron on October 1 but will take a long time to oppose Uranus, reinforcing Uranus’ position on the outer edge of the Circle. Not that the Visionary Revolutionary doesn’t weigh in by means of trines and quincunxes. It and the rest of the outer planets each take turns standing in quincunx or trine, occasionally square to the more fast-moving luminaries of the September sky.

A Forest of Quincunxes and Trines

Transits between Inner and Outer Planets consist this month primarily of quincunxes and trines. This is logical – quincunx follows opposition, which dominated July and early August, and trine follows quincunx.

What is a Quincunx? This is an aspect of separation or awareness. Whereas oppositions may sometimes conflict and contrast with each other, they are closely connected and understand each other well. The quincunxes are much farther apart, which makes this often an aspect of separation. But with love, there can be keen awareness of the differences held with respect, even admiration.

What about Trines? Grace, beauty, joy, blessings… especially if you take advantage of them. The trines and sextiles tend to wait in potential rather than forcing themselves on you like the conjunctions, oppositions, and squares do.

Saturn square Uranus

Saturn square Uranus Aquarius-Taurus. This long-lasting square has stayed mostly within 5 degrees since January 2020, but loosens now to 7 degrees out of exact square for most of September before tightening back up in preparation for the last exact square on December 24, 2021. The long-lasting pressures to rewrite norms and rules, break down institutions and structures, and the air of general conflict and periodic grim collapse may ease up a bit before a crescendo at the end of the year. For those who have enjoyed the tumult and opportunities to change the way we live and work in innovative ways brought by these times, you can look forward to a milder version of this ongoing influence through 2022 as the square continues to pass in and out of 5 degree orb through 2022. Read more about Saturn square Uranus in last month’s planner. Anyone with personal planets or Saturn at 7-13 degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio is undergoing a Saturn transit complicated by this Uranian square. Anyone with personal planets or Uranus at 11-15 degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio is undergoing a Uranus transit, likewise complicated by this Saturnian square. See Transit Guides for more.

“Saturn square Uranus” by Katy
Saturn sextile Chiron

Saturn sextile Chiron ~7-11 degrees Aquarius-Aries. Although this sextile remains mostly within 2 degrees during 2021, and will make another exact sextile around Thanksgiving 2021, it widens to a 4 degree orb by the beginning of sun in Virgo and remains there through September, lending a milder background harmony between the Master Wounded Healer and the Lord of Structure and Karma. They support each other, one mitigating the consequences of the other, particularly whenever the Saturn square Uranus alignment is triggered by transit. 

Neptune sextile Pluto

Neptune sextile Pluto – This aspect marks the Postmodern or Modern Era depending on your reference, from the end of World War II until 2037 (using a 5 degree orb). During this time, the world’s spiritual, psychological, and human developmental belief systems opened up and embraced a great variety of forms. Previously hidden esoteric knowledge can now be found easily online. Psychological language and profiling have become part of the common vernacular. Its very long lasting nature makes it hard to see, but we will get to experience life without this gentle sparkling influence within 15 or 16 years.


Astrology Planner

August-September 2021

The Month of Virgo

The month of Virgo was harvest time in the pre-Industrial Northern Hemisphere, so it’s no mystery that the Virgo Goddess often appears carrying a wheat sheaf. The importance of the fall harvest to survival can even be seen projected onto the sky as a great winged goddess or angel bestowing food to the people. Less obvious to the modern mind is Virgo’s frequent association with virginity, purity, and celibacy, though it continues to shows up today in Virgo’s reputation for prudishness. It is certainly true that the Virgo archetype is one of the most distorted, sometimes violated, and widely misunderstood archetypes of the patriarchy (perhaps as far back as 4,000 years ago). And among the patriarchy’s many offenses has been its oppressive use of virginity or celibacy, particularly to control women – “Get thee to a nunnery!”

More About Virgo

In recent times, the New Age has resurrected the Virgin Goddess as High Priestess and elevated her status in ways that Virgo’s selfless essence might shrink from. However, perhaps the violations of the patriarchy have called for a rebalancing. And furthermore, the start of the zodiacal season of Virgo, when the sun reaches 0 degrees Virgo, aligns almost exactly with the star Regulus, one of the bright royal stars known as the “heart of the lion” in the constellation Leo. The precession of the equinoxes has moved the seasonal sign of Virgo away from the large constellation of Virgo and towards the constellation Leo. Perhaps Virgo in our Age is truly receiving a regal elevation from Regulus, the heart of the lion! See maps of the Sun in Virgo sky. It is certainly true that our era has seen the elevation of technicians (one of Virgo’s core archetypal essences) to technocrats – from China’s ruling class to the scions of Silicon Valley. To the point that it seems like everyone wants to strike it rich by developing an app!

I just wanna be a fucking High Priestess!

The Virgo Archetype is on the Cross of Service to Spirit, also known as the Mutable signs which oppose and square each other: Gemini, in service to the Mystery of Thought and Word; Virgo, in service to the Sacred Work and Sacred Order of the Universe; Sagittarius, in service to the Quest for Truth, Meaning, and Adventure; and Pisces, in service to the Muse, Eternity and Unity. All of them come into their power, and none less than Virgo, when operating impersonally (which doesn’t mean coldly!) in service of something greater than themselves.

Virgo is an Earth sign traditionally ruled by Mercury. And indeed Virgo possesses a strong mental acuity. In Virgo, Mercury’s wings come to Earth and focus on the finest of details in the function of things, the fine fractal geometries of nature and the universe.

Shadow – Virgo has a poor reputation as a nervous neurotic, compulsively neat, detail obsessed, unable to see the forest for the trees, a shy introvert who tends to social awkwardness, critical, dry, controlling, and sexually repressed – the lifelong virgin spinster librarian or the pencil-necked geek! Such a sad way to limit this extraordinary archetype. Okay, so these aspects can emerge under pressure or oppression. But what’s wrong with librarians and geeks anyway? As the archetype of technicians and technical knowledge, Virgo has all too often been projected upon as the domain of evil. In ancient times, the Horned Goddess’ priests and priestesses were eventually demonized as devil-worshippers. In today’s world, we project onto computers and coding all manner of evils, from dystopian futures dominated by sinister AI to the horrors of virtual life where we upload our consciousness to a digital cloud! Now, as then, Virgo’s domain is projected upon as a domain of evil when in fact, evil is in the hands of the maker and the eye of the beholder.

Original Intent – Virgo is dedicated to the Sacred Work, whatever that is. Sacred Work is that which you would do if no one was paying and no one was watching! Your love and calling is to the work itself, with no need for accolades or external validation. Virgo shuns the spotlight, but not because it is inherently shy or lacking in self-esteem. Healthy Virgo sees attention-seeking as completely unnecessary, a pursuit for the needy! Virgo’s confidence comes from something greater–the work itself and an innate connection through that work with the sacred order of the universe.

Indeed, as a technician of the sacred, Virgo has historically housed the religious and monastic orders–from the ancient mystery sects and temples to the medieval monasteries and churches. The role of celibacy, under the distortions and abuses of the patriarchy, is hard to sort out. But there is probably an authentic root, related to a clarity of focus, reduction of domestic obligations, and elimination of sexual dramas and seductions! 🙂

And through it all, like a shining ribbon, run the codes of life, the beautiful intricate details upon which the world is built, tiny piece by tiny piece. No detail is too small, nor unimportant–Virgo tracks it down with pleasure. The unerring fidelity of the myriad details allows your DNA to replicate millions upon millions of times across the course of your life. It builds biospheres. It creates multitudes. The beauty of these myriad waterfalls of detail is redolent of Virgo.

August 2021

We are still in the ☪Venus Evening Star 4th Gate and Mercury conjunct Mars

Mercury conjunct Mars (within 10 degrees August 10-29, exact conjunct August 18). Read more. This is playing out in vivid ways for some of us!

We are still in the ☪Venus Evening Star 4th Gate (began at 24°21′ Virgo on August 11, 2021) until September 10, 2021 – In the Myth of Inanna, the Queen of Heaven reclaims her fourth center of power here at the fourth gate where Venus makes its fourth conjunction with the waxing crescent moon in the evening sky since it emerged from the glare of the sun in May.

The 4th center of power is traditionally associated with the heart. In the ongoing love story, She reclaims a love lost. Perhaps, as He departs, she finds someone new or reclaims her own self-love. One could imagine in a more deeply committed Mars relationship, ways to hold His more internal transformation in a committed context. What a beautiful gift that would be!

If you are in a more internal Venus process, you may find yourself coming back to what you love, like a homecoming, in this case, to your sacred calling (Virgo). You may not have the standard means to take action toward your goals with Mars so faint and preparing to enter the Underworld, but you can still reconnect with something you genuinely love. It will require close attention to detail, a quieter and less personal attitude, and an appreciation for the web of life. Virgo is on the Cross of Service to Spirit, after all!

Anyone turning 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72 (a multiple of 8) this year is going through their Venus Return. If your birthday is sometime between mid-August to mid-September, this is likely your personal Venus Gate! Tune in and receive a direct transmission from this Venus Evening Star on August 11 and throughout the rest of the month. The Goddess, your personal capacity to attract what you love, is incarnating now at a deeper octave within you – open your arms wide to embrace her!

22 – SUNDAY

🌕 Full Moon (Day 15) 25°02’ Aquarius – 08°37’ Piscesbrilliant Jupiter lies a fist width west of the moon tonight.

⦿ Mars trine Uranus Rx 14°47′ Virgo-Taurus 2:38 AM EDT – Blessings favor innovative action, provides an exciting and glittering send off for Mars’ entry into the Underworld tomorrow. (In orb August 13-30)

🌕 Full Moon 29°37’ Aquarius 8:02 AM EDT

Full Moon in Aquarius

Full Moon in Aquarius

August 22, 2021

“2020 Full Moon in Aquarius” photo by Larkin Goff

Full Moon in Aquarius

Aquarius is an air sign and is the sign of idealism, independence, innovation, and humanitarianism. When the moon holds this energy it is representative of the progressive visionary that resides within, the unique dreamer who can see the bigger picture and feel into the future. This vibration also holds the energy of one who is quirky, eccentric and different from the rest. 

The Moon represents your feelings, emotions, instincts and intuition. It influences the part of you that YOU see (as opposed to what others see) as well as your unconscious – the feelings & thoughts that are outside of your awareness. 

The Full Moon is the pinnacle, apex, and climax of the moon cycle, when the moon is at its brightest. Energies can be big, emotions and intuitive insights can be heightened. 

The first Aquarius Full Moon of 2021 happened in July, the day after Leo season began, and it was all about embracing your own unique quirks and individuality. ‘Re-membering’ those parts of yourself that may have become outcast.

This second Aquarian Full Moon occurs less than 12 hours before the sun moves into Virgo, and is all about bringing your unique gifts and talents into the world to share with your community in a symbiotic way. It aligns within 3 degrees of Jupiter which empowers this moon and calls for big dreams and humanitarian solutions.

Those of you ‘riding the train’ of this cycle may have already had some insights or inklings bubble up around ways you are being called forward to do this.

This is a good time for collaboration, finding like minds that can share in and enhance your dreams and bring supportive ground to your big visions.

You’ve got this!


The Aquarius Full Moon on August 22 is called the “Sturgeon Moon” by the Farmer’s Almanac, it is also the third of four full moons to fall between the June Solstice and September Equinox (normally there are three in a seasonal quarter). Some almanacs call the third of four full moons in a quarter a “Blue Moon.” Source: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20210822_08_100. Some astrologers would agree to calling the second full moon in a sign a Blue Moon, although Shamanic Astrology does not 🙂

⦿ Sun 0°00’ Virgo 5:35 PM EDT

23 – MONDAY

🌖 Waning GibbousMoon (Day 16)08°37’ – 21°53 Pisces Near invisible Neptune tonight

⦿ Venus trine Saturn Rx 08°39′ Libra-Aquarius 8:48 AM EDT (In orb August 18-28)

⦿ Mars 15° conjunct Sun 15°33′ Virgo 7:18 AM EDT

Mars enters Underworld

(In Underworld August 23-November 22, 2021 – exact at 15°05′ Libra October 8)

Mars enters the Underworld slowly from July until the end of August, whether you count the final entry at 15 or 10 degrees separation from the sun (August 23, 2021 7:18 AM EDT 15°33′ Virgo or September 7, 2021 1:27 PM EDT 25°18′ Virgo). Whether Mars shows up as a male character in your story galvanizing your underworld journey, or within yourself as the hero, warrior or effective agent in the world, this period will be characterized by confrontations with the Shadow both within and without, crisis and trial, the need for transformation, death and rebirth, catharsis and passion, soul retrieval through being laid bare to your feelings and truth. It is important to remember that even in the underworld, Mars loves a cause worth dying for. Finding that deep cord of passion will help you find your way through the maze.

The lower stakes relationship dramas of July get replaced by something more profound. This could be held within the context of a committed relationship, as well as in the form of a new deeper more intense underworld love affair — passionate, cathartic, transformational, unlikely to endure but worth it. Finally, one can imagine a transformational love story in which the male lover is completely absent but whose absence provides the galvanizing force.

Hopefully the insights we gain from Mars in the Underworld will help us to make choices consciously so that we aren’t forced to it by circumstance. Just knowing and understanding Underworld processes will help considerably.

What is the Underworld process? Underworld processes tend to strike from your blind spot, so as to activate your deepest emotions, and catalyze true transformation. Because each person’s needs will be unique, it’s really impossible to predict Underworld processes. If you’re looking for an archetypal image, conjure Gandalf’s stand at the bridge — “You shall not pass!” That’s a good one, though I’ve never seen anyone actually go through it!! lol

If all this sounds too intense, try the exercise below. It’s said to go more quickly if you grab the bull by the horns and surrender to the process. If that doesn’t work for you, that’s totally okay too. There is not right or wrong way to do this!

Exercise for Mars in the Underworld: Get a notebook and answer this question: “What are my deepest fears about the Underworld Journey of Mars?” Once you have completed it, you can keep it to look back at, rip it up, or burn it as you wish with all the ceremony you see fit. And rest assured that none of these things will happen. Underworld processes can’t be predicted, remember? This is about freeing the Life Force, re-shaping or restoring it, a process not very easily achieved in a controlled or abstracted state of mind. Surrender is a very good skill to develop that will serve you throughout your life and has nothing to do with inaction or passivity. You may also be able to lean on your Venusian powers in lieu of Mars’ normal capabilities (see “Venus on Her Own”).

24 – TUESDAY

🌖Waning GibbousMoon (Day 17)21°53′ Pisces – 4°50′ Aries – Invisible Chiron lies a fist width east of the moon tonight.

⦿ Mercury opposite Neptune Rx 22°19′ Virgo-Pisces 9:13 PM EDT – Stimulated imagination, flights of fancy, delusions, mysteries revealed…this is a good time for meditation, reflection, and to postpone practical work or plans. (In orb August 18-31)

25 – WEDNESDAY

🌖 Waning GibbousMoon (Day 18)4°50′ – 17°27′ AriesNear invisible Chiron tonight

26 – THURSDAY

🌖 Waning GibbousMoon (Day 19)17°27′ – 29°46′ Aries

⦿ Venus opposite Chiron Rx 12°12′ Libra-Aries 9:24 AM EDT – The Goddess, the anima, the internal embodied presence, your love faces the Master Healer & Teacher. Will the initiation bring healing insight or health challenge? The key as always is to seek a higher state of consciousness for, as Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” (In orb August 18-September 3)

⦿ Mercury trine Pluto Rx 24°41′ Virgo-Capricorn 10:23 AM EDT (In orb August 22-30)

27 – FRIDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 20)29°46′ Aries – 11°50′ TaurusThe moon sails across the late night sky near invisible Uranus tonight

⦿ Mercury quincunx Jupiter Rx 26°14′ Virgo-Aquarius 11:05 AM EDT (In orb August 26-28)

28 – SATURDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 21)11°50′ – 23°44′ TaurusThe moon lies a fist width east of the invisible Uranus tonight

⦿ Venus quincunx Uranus Rx 14°45′ Libra-Taurus 1:43 PM EDT (In orb August 26-30)

29 – SUNDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 22)23°44′ Taurus – 5°33′ GeminiThe moon lies on its north node tonight

⦿ Sun square Nodes 06°09′ Virgo-Gemini/Sagittarius 2:56 AM EDT(In orb August 20-September 7) – Frustrations, delays, conflict. But perhaps by staying present, going where the life force takes you, perhaps by digging into the power of Virgo radiating from the sun you may be able to drive the wheels of change forward in a powerful way. The moon near the North Node adds weight to the forward motion side of things as it tips into the last quarter phase. In the Hero’s Journey, the last quarter moon is where we return to the world with a gift from the great powers. **SEE UPDATE BELOW**

** UPDATE about Sun square Nodes **

Right now with the Sun squaring the Nodes from Virgo to Gemini-Sagittarius, it is time to Dive deeply into Virgo to power your goals. Channel them out through your social networks, writing, speaking, reading, friends, powered by your beliefs, vision, learning.

Frustration, limitation, delay will dog you during this window unless you dig deep into the essence of Virgo’s power to shine a light on the interconnectedness of all things–moving mutualistically, sensing multidimensionally, tuning your find proprioceptive senses to the chorus of voices, the web of life speaking right now in one polyphonic voice. Tuning in this way will feed, nourish, and inspire you forward!

Sun square the nodes asks you to channel the reservoir of power lying in that archetypal radiance, to draw back your bow, take aim at the target (in the direction of the N Node), and draw on the reservoir of resources found in the S Node) to fire! And fulfill the sun’s life-giving but always ultimately mysterious intentions. We should try to always remember that the sun is our local representative of Great Mystery.

The sun squares the Nodes twice a year and spends 20 days in 10° orb. Since 2020, alignments have shifted from the Householder/Culture-Bearer archetypes (Cardinal signs) to the Service to Spirit (Mutable) signs. In 2022, they shift to the Sovereign Experience (Fixed) signs. This is the LAST alignment in the Cross of Service to Spirit! Which might account for the power of Virgo’s voice right now, calling for us all to remember how much we all depend on each other and web of life.

 –All things breathe together. All things are connected.–

30 – MONDAY

🌗 Last Quarter Moon (Day 23)5°33′ – 17°22′ Gemini

🌗 Last Quarter Moon 07°09’ Gemini 3:14 AM EDT

⭐ The moon reaches its last quarter phase as it climbs toward its height in the very early morning. It will appear overhead at sunrise and set around noon. Yesterday and today give us some interesting insight into the sun-moon relationship via the nodes, with the sun squaring the nodes and the moon at nearly the same time.

⦿ Mercury enters Libra 1:09 AM EDT

31 – TUESDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 24)17°22′ – 29°17′ Gemini

⭐ Mercury is at its highest elevation in the evening sky, and shining brightly at 0.1 magnitude but will be very tricky to see in the Northern hemisphere in the west at sunset.

⦿ Sun quincunx Saturn Rx 08°10′ Virgo-Aquarius 4:46 AM EDT (In orb August 29-September 1)

September 2021

1 – WEDNESDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 25)29°17′ Gemini – 11°22′ Cancer

2 – THURSDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 26)11°22′ – 23°43′ Cancer

⦿ Mars opposite Neptune Rx 22°06′ Virgo-Pisces 1:42 PM EDT –(In orb August 17-September 17)

3 – FRIDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 27)23°43′ Cancer – 06°23′ Leo

⦿ Venus quincunx Neptune Rx 22°04′ Libra-Pisces 8:12 PM EDT (In orb September 2-5)

4 – SATURDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 28)06°23′ – 19°24′ Leo

⦿ Sun quincunx Chiron Rx 11°54′ Virgo-Aries 1:20 AM EDT – Life is inviting you to let go of old wounds or insoluble problems. (In orb September 2-5)

⦿ Mercury trine Saturn Rx 07°54′ Libra-Aquarius 9:30 PM EDT (In orb August 31-September 9)

5 – SUNDAY

🌑 New Moon Phase (Day 29)19°24′ Leo – 02°45′ Virgo

⦿ Venus square Pluto Rx 24°31′ Libra-Capricorn 11:06 PM EDT – Venus in hard aspect to Pluto is prone to passionate love affairs and obsessions which is usually best re-channeled into creative outlets. However they’re expressed, the archetypes want to help you to evolve your notions of creativity and love. (In orb August 31-September 10)

6 – MONDAY

🌑 New Moon (Day 1)02°45′ – 16°26′ Virgo

🌚 New Moon 14°38′ Virgo 08:52 PM EDT *New Info*

**NEW** New Moon in Virgo “The Invitation to Initiation”

This is an excellent time to begin an inspired creative or sacred work project, or to begin to connect more fully with your spirituality because this year, amazingly, the Full Moon in Pisces on September 20 will line up within 6.5 degrees of Neptune, which is the embodiment of Pisces! The depths of creative imagination and spiritual connection get amplified even more than usual both around the full moon AND throughout the entire moon cycle which begins today!

For those of you who haven’t really been feeling the building cycles of activation this year (especially since March) and who want to get on the ride, this is a great point to get on the ride! All it takes is intention to follow along with the cycles. This will be a plunge but Pisces holds a very very wide net. Wide as the universe, wide as eternity…

The New Moon in Virgo does still ask us to attend to the details that matter, so perhaps crafting a beautiful little statement of intent is the thing. But also, loving Virgo doesn’t ask you to be perfect, just that you pay attention to – what – is – here – and the sincerity and HUMILITY of your intention will go very far indeed. Virgo recognizes the preciousness of even a grain of sand, so come little fish – come swim in the cosmic oceans of eternal love…

This Virgo New Moon is an invitation to Initiation.

From September 6 to 13, the initiatory window is open. Once we pass First Quarter, we’ve crossed the threshold and you’re either buckled in for the ride or miss this one. Perhaps you will be called by events. The first crescent moon is known as the Fairy Godmother phase, the Call to Adventure phase. Perhaps the only call you will have will be that quiet little voice in your heart yearning to be a part of this great wave of awakening on the planet right now. That’s a bold statement, but I’m making it. I’ve seen too many examples! People are beginning to show up and stand up in who they are. The puzzle pieces are beginning to drop into place, resonating in their sacred place in the grand order of being. If you haven’t been activated by the Mars-Venus Saga so far (for ex, hitting a powerful crisis in March this year and on a rollercoaster ride ever since!), you’ve probably been preoccupied with personal transits. Those folks seem to be oblivious to this thread or current, and rightly so. Because in that case, the personal transits are taking priority. ATTEND TO WHAT IS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. This is one of the powerful mystery teachings of Virgo – your answers are right in front of you, perhaps hiding in plain sight. 

And still, this New Moon is an invitation to get on the current wave of activation. Virgo is the archetype of sacred initiation! The timing could not be more perfect.

INTENTIONS GAIN POWER WHEN WITNESSED – Post yours in the comments on this Instagram post.

Plus, look at all the trines that are exact today! These bless this entire moon cycle in that they are present at its birth.

⦿ Mars trine Pluto Rx 24°31′ Virgo-Capricorn 8:19 AM EDT – Help or blessings for the hero undergoing his ordeals is available from Shiva, Lord of the Underworld, the deep psyche, the evolutionary edge. Or perhaps you simply experience this as extra power, passion, and vitality! (In orb August 28-September 15)

⦿ Venus trine Jupiter Rx 25°00′ Libra-Aquarius 9:05 AM EDT – A wonderful time for love, beauty, fun, friendship, opportunity. The Goddess at the end of her 4th Heart Gate initiation gets an extra boost of support, blessings, or opportunity to BE THE BLESSING! (In orb September 1-10)

⦿ Sun trine Uranus Rx 14°39′ Virgo-Taurus 9:28 PM EDT – This is an especially good time to begin an innovative project or break out of your old routines, perhaps a time of extra sparkle and glamour. The Life Force supports all innovative things right now! Take a risk, break the mold, bring something new into the world.(In orb August 31-September 12)

⦿ Mars quincunx Jupiter Rx 24°56′ Virgo-Aquarius 11:50 PM EDT – Meanwhile, the heroic ordeal to transform the way we engage in the world brings an opportunity to let go of grandiosity or excess. (In orb September 4-9)

7 – TUESDAY

🌑 New Moon Phase (Day 2) 16°26′ Virgo – 00°23′ Libra

⦿ Moon conjunct Mars 25°21′ Virgo 3:24 PM EDT – The hero faces a fresh trial in the underworld.

8 – WEDNESDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 3)00°23′ – 14°31′ LibraThe very new crescent shines briefly in the evening sky tonight very near Mercury

⦿ Mercury opposite Chiron Rx 11°45′ Libra-Aries 12:30 AM EDT – This is a good time to think, write, speak about health issues or insoluble problems. Mercury is still in its Evening Star phase and very open to creative solutions. (In orb August 31-September 17)

9 – THURSDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 4)14°31′ – 28°45′ Libra

⭐ Venus conjunct Moon (5th Evening Star Gate) – although the exact alignment is tomorrow shortly after midnight, tonight is the best time to see the star and crescent in the western evening sky.

10 – FRIDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 5) 28°45′ Libra – 13°02′ Scorpio

⦿ Venus conjunct Moon 29°14′ Libra 12:48 AM EDT

⭐ Look for the Evening Star and Crescent Moon in the western evening sky in the twilight glow. The moon will be above and east of Venus because the exact alignment will have occurred about eight hours earlier.

☪Venus Evening Star 5th Gate

Venus Evening Star 5th Gate September 10, 2021, 12:48 AM EDT 29°14′ Libra

September 10, 2021, 12:48 AM EDT 29°14′ Libra – In the Myth of Inanna, the Queen of Heaven reclaims her fifth center of power here at the fifth gate where Venus makes its fifth conjunction with the waxing crescent moon in the evening sky since it rose as Evening Star in May. Although the exact alignment happens on the morning of September 10, the best time to see the bright Evening Star and crescent moon will be the night before on September 9 in the western sky – the best time as always to see these luminaries is before full dark when only they and the very brightest stars are visible in the twilight glow. As it gets darker and darker, stars clutter the view.

The 5th center of power is traditionally associated with the throat or voice. In the ongoing love story, whether the flash-in-the-pan lover of summer is gone or a new love affair has gone deep, the intensity and need to speak up loud and powerfully may feature strongly this month. Venus moves into Scorpio hours after entering the 5th gate, so there may be quite a few verbal barb, but with Libra crowning the opening, she cannot reclaim the full vestment of power without considering Libra’s concerns: fairness, civility, the equal rights of the other, the greater needs of society, and the greater symphony which can only be had when all voices are included.

Ultimately, the last degree of Libra implies that you will need some very exceptional political skill and grace, or perhaps community support, to retrieve your voice, but still backed by those deeper reservoirs of power which Scorpio accesses by moving life force energy up from the deeper wells within the body and the psyche.

This gate carries distinct political and activist overtones. In addition to its traditional resonance with partnership and marriage, Libra carries the cultural content around politics, the law, government, and social justice. Scorpio kicks a** and takes names, moving mountains to create change. Scorpio facilitates whatever transformation is necessary, be it cathartic orgasm or death and compost! We are still in Saturn conjunct Pluto – facing the Shadow (that which is hidden, be it light or shadow), even confronting Evil as we strive to transform systems of power, government, laws, rules, judgments, structures of social order (15 degree orb through December 2021, 20 degree orb through February 2022). We are also still in Saturn square Uranus changing the way we live and work, technology, how we imagine ourselves, how we solve problems (10 degree orb through November 2023, last exact alignment coming up in mid-December 2021). So this particular Venus Gate resonates particularly strongly with the background archetypal wave by calling us to speak up and speak out, against the Shadow wherever we see it and in advocacy for changing the way we live and create!

Anyone turning 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72 (a multiple of 8) this year is going through their Venus Return. If your birthday is sometime between mid-September to mid-October, this is likely your personal Venus Gate! Tune in and receive a direct transmission from this Venus Evening Star on September 10 and throughout the rest of the month until the next gate. The Goddess, your personal capacity to call to you what you love, is incarnating now at a deeper octave within you – open your arms wide to embrace her!

⦿ Mercury quincunx Uranus Rx 14°36′ Libra-Taurus 12:17 PM EDT (In orb September 8-12)

⦿ Venus moves into Scorpio 4:39 PM EDT – Venus spends most of her fifth gate initiation in Scorpio (read more), imbuing the retrieval of her voice with intensity and passion. Venus in Scorpio is the sorceress, tantrika, the Jedi Queen accessing the deeper reserves of life force both in nature and in the body. She is ecstatic and powerful and was hated for centuries, demonized and marginalized by the patriarchy. Even today, though desired and admired, wielding her full power usually feels dangerous. But Venus in Scorpio loves with the fullness of the life force and opens all she touches to the power that runs through all living things. She can bring you back to life as well as accompany you through hell. Love her and she will heal you like no other.

11 – SATURDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 6)13°02′ – 27°17′ Scorpio

12 – SUNDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 7)27°17′ Scorpio – 11°28′ SagittariusThe moon lies on its South Node tonight

13 – MONDAY

🌓 First Quarter Moon (Day 8) 11°28′ – 25°34′ Sagittarius

🌓 First Quarter Moon 21°16’ Sagittarius 4:40 PM EDT

⭐ Mercury at greatest elongation (farthest separation from the sun). Although bright at 0.1 magnitude, it will be very hard to see in the northern hemisphere in the west at sunset.

14 – TUESDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 9)25°34′ Sagittarius – 09°34′ Capricorn

⦿ Sun opposite Neptune Rx 21°47′ Virgo-Pisces 5:12 AM EDT – (In orb September 4-23)

⦿ Mars moves into Libra 8:13 PM EDT

Neptune reaches its annual opposition to the sun, rising at sunset tonight. However, it is invisible without a telescope, so this will not allow for a better than normal unaided view of the gas giant. Nonetheless, it is like an annual full moon for the planet, magnifying it in our consciousness in other ways. This is a wonderful time to dream a new dream, connect with the celestial realms for inspiration, or to clear out the old illusions and mixed signals that block your connection with the Muse. If you do shamanic work, this is a good time to focus on work in the celestial world. If you are a creative type, this whole month should be very creative for you. Or you may become vividly aware of any blockages to the easy flow of information back and forth across the timeless sea. If you are fortunate, these blockages may simply be melted away, as Neptune is wont to do. If you have been living in the shadow of Neptune, swimming in a haze of confusion, sleepiness, escapism, or addiction, this is a good time to simply ask for help from the Great Dreamer. Sometimes just ten minutes of meditation helps so much, as if it allows a circuit with Neptune to complete and which doesn’t even need to breach the surface of the conscious thought.

At opposition, Neptune will be at 28.92 AU, 7.8 mag, 2.4″ in diameter, and located at 23h30m30s RA, and 4°27’S declination. Read more about Neptune.

Source: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20210914_12_100

15 – WEDNESDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 10)09°34′ – 23°27′ CapricornThe waxing moon lies near invisible Pluto tonight

16 – THURSDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 11)23°27′ Capricorn – 07°12′ AquariusThe moon crosses the sky a fist width east of Pluto and quite near Saturn tonight

⦿ Sun quincunx Jupiter Rx 23°56′ Virgo-Aquarius 10:18 AM EDT(In orb September 14-18)

⦿ Sun trine Pluto Rx 24°24′ Virgo-Capricorn 9:52 PM EDT (In orb September 10-22)

17 – FRIDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 12) 07°12′ – 20°49′ Aquarius Jupiter shines very near and to the east of the moon tonight, with Saturn to the west

⦿ Venus square Saturn Rx 07°20′ Scorpio-Aquarius 2:14 AM EDT – Connecting with what you love must eventually face obstacles, which it does now, and here shows its grit or stumbles over them. (In orb September 12-21)

18 – SATURDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 13) 20°49′ Aquarius – 04°14′ PiscesJupiter shines to the west of the moon, with Saturn strung farther to the west along the ecliptic

⦿ Mercury quincunx Neptune Rx 21°40′ Libra-Pisces 12:18 AM EDT(In orb September 15-20)

19 – SUNDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 14)04°14′ – 17°27′ PiscesThe moon approaches full shining to the west of invisible Neptune tonight

20 – MONDAY

🌕 Full Moon (Day 15)17°27′ Pisces – 00°25′ Aries – The full moon shines near invisible Neptune, ruler of the full moon’s sign!

🌕Full Moon 28º13′ Pisces 7:55 PM EDT

Full Moon in Pisces

Full Moon in Pisces

September 20, 2021

The Full Moon in Pisces

Pisces is a Water sign and is the sign of compassion, spirituality, dreams, intuition, mysticism, creativity, and inspiration. When the moon holds this energy it enhances creativity, receptivity, and depth of feeling. 

If there’s one moon of the year that brings us big spiritual energy, it’s the Pisces Full Moon. Occurring every year during Virgo season, the sign of sacred service, Pisces enhances spiritual devotion. This combination packs a potent punch.

You can drop into this energy in the most simple way – by living your life as an act of love, service, and devotion. And, conversely, by simply going with the flow, following the muse of inspiration, and finding your own ecstatic connection with that rhythm.

Make a practice of doing what needs doing, and paying attention to what is right in front of you. As you engage with your life in this way, the spiritual love that is your essence ripples out and into the world.

Full Moon in Pisces

This year, amazingly, the full moon will line up within 7 degrees of Neptune, which is the embodiment of Pisces! The depths of creative imagination and spiritual connection get amplified even more than usual. This infuses the entire moon cycle which makes the new moon in Virgo on September 6 an excellent time to begin an inspired creative or sacred work project.


The Full Moon on September 20 is called the “Harvest Moon” by the Farmer’s Almanac, because it falls closest to the September Equinox (just two days later on September 22). Unfortunately it will not be especially large but of average size due its position midway between perigee (Sep 11) and aopgee (Sept 26). Bede (8th c AD) calls the fourth lunar month after the June Solstice the “Holy Month,” and Charlemagne’s biography gives this as the “Wood Month.” Source: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20210920_08_100.

⦿ Venus quincunx Chiron Rx 11°13′ Scorpio-Aries 12:12 PM EDT (In orb September 18-22)

⦿ Mercury trine Jupiter Rx 23°32′ Libra-Aquarius 6:52 PM EDT (In orb September 13-28)

21 – TUESDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous (Day 16)00°25′ – 13°07′ AriesThe just-past full moon shines near invisible Chiron tonight

22 – WEDNESDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous (Day 17)13°07′ – 25°34′ Aries

⦿ Mercury square Pluto Rx 24°21′ Libra-Capricorn 9:11 AM EDT – Frustrations, anger, mental blocks all relate to the deepest unspoken motivations, the condition of the life force, or show you a place where you can grow in consciousness. (In orb September 13-30)

⦿ Sun 0°00’ Libra 3:21 PM EDT

⭐ This is the September Equinox, known in the Northern Hemisphere as the Fall or Autumnal Equinox and the beginning of Fall. In the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of Spring. Today, the day and night are equal in length, and the sun rises due East and sets due West. But the sun is moving very fast from north to south along the horizon, so this is the only day to see the solar equinox alignment along the horizon. The sun’s equinox position is 11h58m RA, +00°07′ declination. Source: https://in-the-sky.org/news.php?id=20210922_07_100


Working with the Transits

How to Find Your Transits this Month

  1. Look at the transiting planets this month and note the locations by degree (number). 
  2. Look at your natal planets, nodes, and angles, and note their locations by degree (see “Finding Your Natal Planets” below). Find any transiting planets that match within 1 degree of any of your natal planets. Next, make note of any which match within 5 degrees. You may download the printable worksheet here.
  3. Use the “Aspects Chart” below to determine the aspects. The 0-1 degree alignments are the most powerful, while the 2-5 degree alignments move into the background (sometimes adding emphasis or coloring other transits)
  4. Advanced: Next, you can rank your transits by importance. This is a complex art that takes years to master, but we have created a guide you can use to get started, below called “Ranking Transits by Importance.” 
  5. A personalized transit reading by an experienced astrologer would give you information you can’t find here, but we encourage you to dive in and track the astrological transits for yourself. You are the best mediator of your life, and there is a richness and subtlety that comes with following the astrological seasons directly for yourself! Keep a journal (use the print version of this planner or your own journal), and enjoy the ride!

Transit Guides

Finding Your Natal Planets

Find your natal horoscope or use a free service online like astro.com to cast your chart. You will need your birth date, accurate birth time (preferably from a birth certificate), and birth place. Then write down the degree (number) and sign for each of these points.

☉ Sun:

☽ Moon:

☊ North Node:

☋ South Node:

Asc Ascendant:

MC Midheaven:

Dsc Descendant:

IC Imum Coeli:

☿ Mercury:

♀ Venus:

♂ Mars:

♃ Jupiter:

♄ Saturn:

⚷ Chiron:

♅ Uranus:

♆ Neptune:

♇ Pluto:

Planetary Archetypes

The archetypes are multivalent and multi-dimensional, manifesting sometimes in concurrent layers like dream symbols. Sometimes they play out in very literalistic ways, other times in sophisticated developmental psychological arcs. Learning to see archetypally will enrich your understanding of human culture and experience, even if you never pursue astrology as a technical art.

“…we can define an archetype as a universal principle or force that affects—impels, structures, permeates—the human psyche and the world of human experience on many levels. One can think of them in mythic terms as gods and goddesses… as primordial principles… cultural tendencies… principles of the human psyche…” – Richard Tarnas

☉ Sun: Life force, Life Purpose, vitality, Self, local representative of Great Mystery, solar logos, and site of Underworld catalytic transformation.

☽ Moon: Soul, family lineage, mother, parenting, nurturance, care taking, food, a place of deep inner comfort (this is where you go to recharge), thus typically a place of well-developed familiarity associated with the past, karma, your attachments.

☿ Mercury: Mind, intellect, communication, gossip, writing, speaking, pop culture, messenger, boundary-crosser, transportation, friendship; the deeper esoteric Hermetic, alchemical, and gnostic dimensions occur less often by natal configuration along the lines of Mercury’s phases).

♀ Venus: Love, magnetism, beauty, arts, archetypal feminine, the Goddess, your capacity to attract to yourself based on your love and your being.

♂ Mars: Agency, action, competition, fighting spirit, desire, archetypal masculine, the God, your capacity to identify what you want and your power to achieve it.

♃ Jupiter: Universal ideals, generosity, faith, belief, religion, politics, higher education, expansion, grandiosity of spirit, facilitates spiritual growth. By transit, expands, amplifies, “biggie-sizes,” glorifies, elevates toward humanitarian ideals and cultural celebration, brings justice, truth, beauty of expansive vision. Strategy: Dream big, adopt great generosity, stretch forth your hand, seek win-win solutions in the real world.

♄ Saturn: Structure, hierarchy, control, time, maturation, physical laws of the universe, responsibility, restriction, judgment, cultural Super Ego, father, CEO, the rules, conservatism, stability. By transit, Saturn guides maturation (rights of passage), manifests in 3D, pressures a restructuring toward a greater functionality and alignment with Life Purpose, blocks and denies that which is not in alignment, and finally, crystallizes. Of course, on the way to all this ideal purpose, it often frustrates, depresses, blocks, and fills us with an overwhelming sense of unfairness and impossibility! Ha ha. Strategy: Focus, work on a solution to your problems which actually, believe it or not, exist right now (Saturn is just the strict teacher whipping you to action)! Consult experts, use logic, trial-and-error. Finally, commit to a course of action.

⚷ Chiron: Location of the Sacred Wound, key vulnerability which drives your authenticity, refines your soul spinning straw into gold. May never be “healed,” but creates a refined spirit, imperfection as a deeper kind of beauty. At its best, may be resolved at a higher octave in a state of mastery. By transit, Chiron wounds, makes ill, limits, grinds down the ego, but also educates, confers mastery. Strategy: surrender, be willing to be vulnerable, find what gifts you may in your illness or limitation, you will find your solutions after you surrender.

♅ Uranus: Where you find intellectual and spiritual freedom, liberation, rebellion, innovation, brilliance, breaking of status quo structures and norms, alienation, estrangement, isolation from emotional warmth. By transit, Uranus strikes with sudden and shocking clarity, tears down the known, destroys, liberates, frees, overturns, enlightens, changes the game, surprises, breaks through. Strategy: embrace change!

♆ Neptune: Where you connect with eternity, universal love, ecstasy, with the timeless space of unity and the sacred, where you lose yourself for better or for worse, where your perspective blurs, where you seek dissolution, where you stumble into addiction, where you create illusions of exquisite beauty (as in art) or damaging delusions. By transit, Neptune inspires both creatively and spiritually, calls from across the timeless ocean, and if ignored, lays you flat so you can listen. Strategy: go with the flow, go on a Vision Quest, don’t expect your magical journey to outlast the transit. Do not sign contracts, buy or sell land, or make any major 3D decisions until after it’s over.

♇ Pluto: Where your psyche seeks wholeness by retrieving and transforming lost soul force from the unconscious, a process often but not always characterized by deep, intense, cathartic, even frightening and agonizing surprises. Always empowering, always ultimately enlivening. By transit, surprises you, often sneaks up and strikes from your blind spot just when you thought you had it all under control, overwhelms you so completely as to activate your deepest emotions, brings you into a direct experience of lost parts of yourself in a way that you have no choice but to integrate them, experiences can be very dark or very light depending on the nature of the denied and repressed content, but in the end leaves you more alive and empowered. Strategy: make a list of all your deepest hopes and fears and then rest assured none of those will happen; grab the bull by the horns and go for the ride!

☊ North Node: Destiny, purpose, spiritual growth, personal evolution. House position is more important than sign unless there are angles or planets nearby (planets within 15 degrees are part of the North Node). Early in life this may be dormant or severely underdeveloped, in early and middle adulthood, a site of chaos and mistakes but lots of learning and growth, and emerging in later adulthood and elderhood a place of focus, purpose, and competency.

☋ South Node: Lineage, past mastery. Early in life this may be an area of special talent or interest but moved away from as life progresses. Always available as a resource to draw upon. House position is more important than sign unless there are angles or planets nearby (planets within 15 degrees are included in South Node alignment). Planets in particular indicate areas of past mastery or talent. Sign tends to indicate karma, if any.

Asc Ascendant: Where the Eastern horizon intersects the ecliptic at birth. Personal identity, tends to manifest as a gestalt of both personality and lifestyle, sense of self, default reaction to events (the Ascendant is the cusp of the first house which is deeply instinctive and prone to reflexive action). Planets within 10 degrees manifest in the life at a top tier level of importance. The first house is one of the four angular houses which are also very prominent.

MC Midheaven: Generally understood as the noon sun position, this is where the ecliptic and local meridin (north to south line across the sky) intersect, usually not straight overhead (zenith) unless at lower latitudes at certain times of year. Often associated with career, this can be thought of more generally as your area of prominence, what you’re known for in the community at large, whether that’s your local community or the global community. Often people are known as their jobs or roles: doctor, police chief, mayor, but they might also be known as and activist, as so-and-so’s mom, or “that crazy lady at the health food store.” Planets within 10 degrees manifest in the life at a top tier level of importance. Some house systems always make this the cusp of the tenth house. The tenth house is one of the four angular houses which are also very prominent.

Dsc Descendant: Where the Western horizon intersects the ecliptic at birth. Relationships, partnerships in personal life and business, both I-thou and peer-related groups, diplomacy and cooperation are keys here, following more than leading, listening more than acting, at its highest potential here is where you can come to respect all places on the wheel and make space for all human experience. At its lowest, here is where you lose your identity and get dominated by the Other. Planets within 10 degrees are very important, though not as public as those on the Ascendant and Midheaven. The Descendant is the cusp of the seventh house, one of the four angular houses and more prominent overall.

IC Imum Coeli: Generally understood as the midnight sun position, this is where the ecliptic and local meridian line intersect on the opposite side of the Earth from you at the time of birth. Often associated with home and family, this can be thought of more generally as a deep place of inner connection, grounding, and centering within the psyche. You feel “home” here. It is more private, interior, and less visible than the other angles, thus planets within 10 degrees are important psychologically but might be less obvious to those who don’t know you in your private life. Some house systems always make this the cusp of the fourth house which is one of the four angular houses and generally more prominent.

Tarnas, R. (2007). In Cosmos and psyche: Intimations of a new world view. (p. 84). Penguin USA.

Personal vs Outer Planets
  • The “personal planets” are the fast-movers: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. We also include the nodes and angles (Asc, MC, Dsc, IC).
  • The “outer planets” are the slow-movers: Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
  • Jupiter is a special case. Read “Ranking Transits by Importance” for more.
Zodiacal Archetypes (Signs)

The zodiacal archetypes, also known as astrological signs, provide a rich and nuanced understanding of human experience, growth, and potential. You can spend a whole life learning the depths and layered meanings and multitude expressions of the astrological archetypes without ever casting a chart or learning astrology. For now, here are a few guides for beginning to work with them.

Modalities – There are three groupings composed of four signs which oppose and square each other. Because of this cross-like alignment, it’s handy to call them: the Worldly Householder Cross, also known as the Cardinal signs; the Cross of Sovereign Experience, also known as the Fixed signs; the Cross of Service to Spirit, also known as the Mutable signs. 

  • Householder Cross: Aries the Warrior guardian of the world order, Cancer the Nurturer guardian of the domestic sphere, Libra the Partner guardian of the social order, and Capricorn the Manager guardian of the public sphere.
  • Cross of Sovereign Experience: Taurus the Embodied Spirit in love with matter, Leo the Star in love with being an inspiration, Scorpio the Jedi in love with wielding power and life force, Aquarius the Visionary in love with brilliant emancipatory thought.
  • Cross of Service to Spirit: Gemini the Witness to thought transmission, Virgo the Precision weaver of the sacred order of things, Sagittarius the Seeker of meaning and far horizons, Pisces the Inspired receptacle of creative vision or mystical union.
  • Note that these descriptions attempt to capture some of the core intent of the zodiacal archetypes, and don’t go into detail about their shadow or oppressed expressions, nor all the great richness and variety of their archetypal expressions.

Elements – The elemental nature of the signs may be more familiar: fire, earth, air, water. Remembering the elemental order will help you to remember the sequence of all the signs. Say it outloud to yourself, it’ll stick in your head! I learned this almost 40 years ago and still use it: fire, earth, air, water, fire, earth, air, water, fire, earth, air, water – this repeats three times from Aries to Pisces: The spring signs Fire (Aries), Earth (Taurus), Air (Gemini); the summer signs Water (Cancer), Fire (Leo), Earth (Virgo); the fall signs Air (Libra), Water (Scorpio), Fire (Sagittarius); the winter signs Earth (Capricorn), Air (Aquarius), Water (Pisces).

Aspects or Angular Alignments (conjunctions, trines, etc.)

☌ Conjunction 0° – direct trigger, unification alignment, blending of energies. Most important, together with oppositions.

☍ Opposition 180° – awareness trigger, highlighting alignment, full moon type energies, planets opposite the sun will be closest to the Earth at the opposition. Most important aspect after conjunctions.

□ Square 90° – conflict trigger, if – but – struggle – tension, structural alignment, meditate on the four major phases of the moon: New, First Quarter, Full, Last Quarter. Less important than conjunctions and oppositions, but still dynamic and activating.

△ Trine 120° – harmonious blending of archetypes, fortuitous potential requiring a bit more choice to engage (whereas the conjunctions, oppositions, and squares tend to force themselves into activation).

⚻ Quincunx 150° – difficult, lack of understanding, angle of separation or adjustment; used primarily with long-lasting outer planet transits.

⚹ Sextile 60° – help and assistance; used primarily with long-lasting outer planet transits.

For more, see “Aspects Chart” below.

Orbs (Windows of Activation)

Transits operate during an active window, called an “orb,” which peaks around the exact alignment, but which tapers off before and after the alignment in a wave of intensity.

  • For faster planets transiting the natal chart, the period during the exact alignment and 1 degree to either side represents the peak. With outer planets, there can be 3-5 exact alignments over a several year period, and the start and end of this period would be the fully active window for the transit. The 2-5 degree window leading up to and following this period acts more like a background archetypal signature, sort of like a mood, which can emphasize or color other transits during the same period.
  • Conjunctions and oppositions between outer planets and other outer planets (universal, not natal transits) follow a wider orb. For Pluto, Uranus, and Neptune, 15 degrees generally works. For Saturn and Jupiter, 10 degrees tends to be more appropriate. Squares and trines use a smaller 5-6 degree orb unless other outer planet alignments are occurring in which case the orb can expand up to 15 degrees.
  • Solar underworld cycles (solar conjunctions) operate during an approximately 10 degree orb.
Aspects Chart – to determine the aspect when degrees match but signs don’t

Use this chart to determine the aspect between planets with a close degree match. For close degree matches that span the end or beginning of a sign, you’ll need the graphical chart wheel to help figure it out (for example, 2 degrees Pisces squares 29 degrees Taurus, but you might need to see it visually to get it). Just remember that there are 30 degrees in a sign and that degrees go from 0 to 29°59’ and then flip over to 0 degrees of the next sign.

IF YOUR PLANET IS INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS CONJUNCT INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS OPPOSITE INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS SQUARE INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS TRINE INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS QUNINCUNX INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS SEXTILE IN
AriesAriesLibraCancer or CapricornLeo or SagittariusVirgo or ScorpioGemini or Aquarius
TaurusTaurusScorpioLeo or AquariusVirgo or CapricornLibra or SagittariusCancer or Pisces
GeminiGeminiSagittariusVirgo or PiscesLibra or AquariusScorpio or CapricornLeo or Aries
CancerCancerCapricornLibra or AriesScorpio or PiscesSagittarius or AquariusVirgo or Taurus
LeoLeoAquariusScorpio or TaurusSagittarius or AriesCapricorn or PiscesLibra or Gemini
VirgoVirgoPiscesSagittarius or GeminiCapricorn or TaurusAquarius or Aries Scorpio or Cancer
LibraLibraAriesCapricorn or CancerAquarius or GeminiPisces or TaurusSagittarius or Leo
ScorpioScorpioTaurusAquarius or LeoPisces or CancerAries or GeminiVirgo or Capricorn
SagittariusSagittariusGeminiPisces or VirgoAries or LeoTaurus or CancerLibra or Aquarius
CapricornCapricornCancerAries or LibraTaurus or VirgoGemini or LeoPisces or Scorpio
AquariusAquariusLeoTaurus or ScorpioGemini or LibraCancer or VirgoAries or Sagittarius
PiscesPiscesVirgoGemini or SagittariusCancer or ScorpioLeo or LibraTaurus or Capricorn
Ranking Transits by Importance

Transits of Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto to personal planets, nodes, or angles are the most important of the transits and most professional astrology transit readings will only focus on these. Conjunction and opposition rank at the top, followed by square, and then trine. Outer planet transits to outer natal planets can prove important when combined with outer planet transits to personal natal planets.

Transits of Jupiter are trickier to weigh. They do not have the impact that Saturn transits do on the natal chart, despite the fact that Jupiter is the largest object in the solar system except for the sun. In fact, Jupiter is bigger than all of the other planets, moons, and asteroids combined! Use a 15 degree orb for natal transits, unlike other transits which use a 0-5 degree max orb. Where Jupiter shows up vividly is when it aligns with outer planets or adds its weight to a longer-lasting outer planet alignment. A perfect example is the “perfect storm” of 2020 when Jupiter joined Saturn and Pluto and remained within orb near them for the year. Jupiter can usher in life-changing periods, but tends to do so primarily in combination with other outer planet transits, as well as for those comfortable with Jupiter strategy: Dream big, adopt great generosity, stretch forth your hand, look for win-win solutions in the here-and-now.

Transits of Mercury, Venus, and Mars are also short-lived, lasting a few weeks (use a 5 degree orb). The exception is synodic phase returns, which are an advanced topic. Journal about events and moods during this window. As with the Sun and Moon, conjunctions are the most important, followed by oppositions, squares, and trines.

Transits of the Sun and Moon tend to be short-lived and often subtle, with some notable exceptions:

  • When a conjunction from the Sun activates an existing longer-term transit either that you personally are experiencing or that’s happening globally, its influence can act like a significant amplifier for a week or two (approx  5 degree orb but focused intensely around the exact alignment).
  • When the Moon does the same, the effect is more subtle but still noticeable. The orb of influence seems to mirror the Earth-based experiential perception of the moon’s phases which tends to separate them into roughly 8 phases of 3-4 days each. Similarly, the moon’s focus wave intensifies during a 2-3 day window around the alignment, with an emphasis on the applying (day leading up to the conjunction).
  • The solar return during which the Sun conjuncts your natal Sun happens every year on your birthday. Some people work with the chart of that moment – the Solar Return chart – as kind of a snapshot for the coming year.
  • World transits of the sun opposite to planets are kind of special. Like the Full Moon, they highlight and magnify the planet. We are closest to that planet during solar opposition, so this represents a unique moment during the year when that planet will appear at its brightest to us. (Not applicable to personal transits from the sun).
  • Transiting planets conjunct the transiting sun are also in a special phase, as they disappear in the glare of the sun during that time. Astronomers call this “occultation by the sun.” Invisible at any time of day or night, they can be thought of as entering the Underworld where they will pass out of the realm of consciousness and into the realm of visceral experience where intent and desire intersect with transformational forces. There are many mythic stories of death and rebirth which revolve around these Underworld phases. (Not applicable to personal transits from the sun).
  • Mercury and Venus have additional unique phases of their cycles during which they align with the sun, such as the Gates of Venus. These will be explored separately.

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