There are a few notable energy shifts that i will discuss in this blog today, occurring this week, September 16-22. The first, and in my opinion, most exciting is the direct station of Saturn in Capricorn at 13° on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. I'll then discuss Mercury and Venus into Libra, and finally, the final quarter square of the moon in Gemini.
Saturn has been retrograde since late April, where it began its retrograde at 20° of Capricorn. Wherever Saturn transits in your chart, think of it is a slow and sometimes painful, maturation. The degrees of Saturn's retrograde, he runs over three times; once forward, once back, and then again in forward motion. These specific degrees, 13°- 20° have been, and are still, under intense scrutiny by Saturn. Now we see him turn direct here, and beginning his final review. For the next couple of months Saturn will see just how much we have matured in this area as he moves over these degrees for a final time and then not again for another approximate 30 years. Saturn transits tend to be of a more serious nature, having to do with your real life goals and ambitions. Saturn never says no to a goal, but, BUT, he does say you must work hard to achieve it. When he retrogrades he tests just how much you are willing to work for something and this can show up in your life as frustrating stagnation and discouraging setbacks. However, the good news is that Saturn's third trip across degrees is usually his least severe, and for those who have done the work, the time when he offers up reward for perseverance. This is what makes Saturn turning direct so highly anticipated! This will be an interesting time period, in my opinion, because as he moves forward and finally ends his retrograde shadow, he then comes directly into a highly anticipated conjunction with Pluto in January 2020. In the meantime, yes, we will begin to see real progress and tangible results from the vantage point that we stand with our goals. Come January, though, will we have a new vantage point from which to view our goals? Also yes. I do believe the pending conjunction to Pluto will have a major transformative affect on life as we know it and have us looking very differently at our accomplishments and Saturnian goals. I will write more about this conjunction very soon. Meanwhile, this week Saturn stations direct, which means he stops moving backward from our vantage point on Earth and stands still in the sky. The symbolism of his stillness intensifies his energy and so you can anticipate your Saturnian issues coming to the fore at this time. More specifically, you want to look where he transits in your chart. In general, though, we're talking work, career, ambitions, responsibilities, bills, etc. Serious stuff. Just remember, he's no longer going backward, he's ready to move and reward, but Saturn, oh, well, “intense" Saturn energy just isn't that fun, i’m afraid. This week in particular may feel like one last test of endurance. My advice is to hang tight through this week, stay at it, trust your work, and remain focused. Saturn will move again soon and you will see progress in this area of your life.
The other notable energy shift is that of Mercury and Venus ingress into the sign of Libra. This actually began at our Pisces full moon and what this energy is bringing to our attention is communication and values in relationships. Libran energy typically gets us feeling all the love, and for many, I do think this transit will bring solidarity to relationship. However, these two planets quickly form squares to the nodes of the moon in Cancer/Capricorn, Saturn in Capricorn, and then Pluto in Capricorn. I believe there could be some tension, setbacks, and intensity around communication in relationship and/or where a relationship is honestly going if said relationship does not already have strongly established goals together. Established bonds, on the other hand, may experience some tests, but honestly, these are quick transits, and therefore, these tests are nothing to fret about. Minor complications, in my opinion. But, the good news is these squares don't begin until next week so in the meantime, this week could be a very light and lovely week in love. Please enjoy!
Finally, this week we will see our final quarter square in Gemini to the new moon in Virgo from late August. What goal or intention did you set at the Virgo moon? The final square in Gemini asks that we look from multiple angles to assess how things have transpired and if we need to make any final adjustments before we leave this moon cycle for another year.
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