September brings a full moon in Pisces on the 6th at 3:03AM ET, and Pisces is the last sign of the Zodiac, so we can see some wrapping up with this full moon. We can take time to clean house, and get rid of what's holding us back, weighing us down, and keeping us stuck in the past. This can be a great time to let go, and that's especially needed after the August eclipses and Mercury retrograde, which ends the day before this full moon.
We can be more sensitive with this full moon, and need to be handled with kid gloves. Our emotions can be strong, but we can keep what we're feeling to ourselves, not wanting to be a burden to anyone. We should work to be more compassionate and understanding, no doubt needed after the wonky energy we're coming out of.
The full moon is conjunct (aligned with) the natural ruler of Pisces, Neptune, amplifying the energy of Pisces and making it even more important for us to be sweet, gentle, kind, and caring. Step outside of yourself and lend a hand to someone else. The world needs a little sweetness.
The full moon occurs at 13 degrees 53 minutes Pisces. The aspects for this full moon are:
Conjunction: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Pisces
Sextile: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Square: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Opposition: 11 degrees 53 minutes - 15 degrees 53 minutes Virgo
The new moon for September occurs on the 20th at 1:30AM ET in Virgo, and this is the sign the Mercury retrograde began in back in mid-August, so this can be a good time to bring everything full circle and take advantage of opportunities that get put to the side mid-August, and make progress with the things that got slowed down. Virgo is highly productive and efficient, so get working, get organized, make lists, and focus on the small tasks and chores and projects that need your attention pronto.
Virgo can be good for paying closer attention to the details, being more practical, and being of service. The more we do, the more we want to do, and we can push ourselves to the limit. Just make sure you're not pushing yourself over the limit and causing unnecessary stress.
The new moon is opposite transit Chiron in Pisces, the asteroid of wounds and healing, so we may be dealing with some collective wounds that need to be worked on and healed. There can be some harshness in the world, but continuing from the full moon, a gentle touch is required.
The new moon occurs at 27 degrees 27 minutes Virgo. The aspects for this new moon are:
Conjunction: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Virgo
Sextile: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Cancer or Scorpio
Square: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Gemini or Sagittarius
Trine: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Taurus or Capricorn
Opposition: 25 degrees 27 minutes - 29 degrees 27 minutes Pisces
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts a house cusp, this can be an important trigger for an event or development in your life during the retrograde, so it's a period for you to pay close attention to. Here are interpretations for Mercury retrograde conjunct each house cusp:
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 1st house cusp, this can bring about a major setback or delay, something important needing to be redone, a big miscommunication or fight, or almost anything else since the 1st house rules you. Try to focus the energy of something you want a second shot at to mitigate it.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 2nd house cusp, this can bring about a major financial development, and you have a financial issue to work out, a major transaction to perform, or a loss of money in some way. Work on your budgeting and stick to it to try to avoid difficulties. You can also be extra lazy, extra stubborn, and may lack confidence.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 3rd house cusp, this is one of the houses Mercury naturally rules and governs communications, so there’s usually going to be a fight or misunderstanding, lacking attention and focus, or difficulties over your ideas and plans. You may need to make adjustments with your plans and be more open to new ideas.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 4th house cusp, the house of home and family, you may experience a development at home (those leaking faucets and broken appliances!), or with family (some sort of setback or issue with them, or a fight or misunderstanding). Emotionally, you can be quite spent as well. Work on trying to give yourself more support and comfort. You may also experience a bottoming out of something or hitting a low point, requiring adjustments.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 5th house cusp, you may end up in a situation where you get attention you don’t want, make a bad impression in the spotlight, or lack attention you’re looking for. You can get into fights or misunderstandings with loved ones, especially anyone you’re dating (if you’re dating someone at the time), or your children (if you have any), and a development can come about with them. Make sure you have creative outlets.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 6th house cusp, you can experience a development with your work, needing to do a project over, missing a deadline, or getting into it with employers/employees. There can be an issue in your daily life, or you can experience a health issue, or feel sudden extra stress.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 7th house cusp, you can experience a development in your relationships, with someone in your life, or see the re-emergence of an old enemy. You may feel unbalanced (sometimes literally) and indecisive. Work on maintaining some peace and harmony to manage it.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 8th house cusp, this can trigger a development that stirs up something deep inside of you, some deeply held issue that you’d rather avoid, and you can be suddenly rageful. Work on small transformations and take baby steps. There can also be financial developments that impact others.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 9th house cusp, you may experience sudden space you don’t want/need, or experience sudden restriction. There can be an issue with learning, speaking, or writing, and you can experience travel issues, though this is good for traveling somewhere you’ve been before.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 10th house cusp, you can experience developments with your career, goals, and ambitions, and experience setbacks or delays, make a bad impression, or are in the public eye, but not in a way you’re comfortable with. You may be kicked down from a high place and experience a long fall (sometimes literally, so maybe avoid a ladder).
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 11th house cusp, you can experience developments in your friendships, in a group you belong to, or with your dreams. You may give up on a dream or friendship, or leave a group. Most often, this aspect triggers some sort of sudden, unexpected development or change you need to adjust to.
If Mercury retrograde conjuncts your 12th house cusp, this can trigger an ending of some sort, or you may need to let go of something or get rid of something. You can also become privy to a secret, expose a secret of your own, or something from the past can come back into your life. You can also experience an event or situation that feels a little like karma catching up to you.
Saturn is a planet that a lot of people fear. He's the teacher, and sometimes his lessons are learned in the hardest ways (actually, most of them are, but that's because we're stubborn!). We can often view Saturn as a burden in our natal charts and in transit, but this shouldn't be the view. Saturn is only a burden if you don't deal with him properly. But if you can work with him, then you can take some control, and once he sees you're doing the right thing, he'll start helping you out.
One of the keys to managing Saturn is to take responsibility. Again, something humans aren't too fond of! But Saturn requires you to be more responsible with whatever areas of life are ruled by the sign and house he's in with your natal chart, or house he's transiting or planet he's aspecting. It can often be very difficult at first, and you may not see much progress made right away. But after some time, Saturn can come to your side.
Taking responsibility can helps you to take control over your life, and Saturn can give you more in terms of progress and success when you are responsible. Saturn's requirements are for you to be smart about what you do, so you need to do your homework with any actions you take and decisions you make; he requires you to work hard for what you want to achieve or to get to where you want to be, because he wants you to earn it and deserve it when you make it or get there; he requires you to really care about what you're doing and what you want, and not do things or want things for the wrong reasons; and he requires you to be responsible, to do the right thing in life and by others.
All of this can feel like a burden when you don't want to adhere to it, which usually means you're running from something you don't want to face or being self-sabotaging. Then it's even more important for you to work with Saturn though. Be mindful of Saturn instead of fearful. Take on the responsibilities head-on rather than seeing him as a burden. Saturn can be a great ally in life when you've worked with him and seen him as the wise teacher he is.
Aries is the sign of the warrior, and the house that has Aries on the cusp (beginning of it) can show where your inner warrior can come out. If you have 2 house cusps with Aries on it, you can be a super warrior, and if you have no house cusps with Aries on them, this means Aries is intercepted (contained within) the house cusp that has Pisces on it, so read for that house. Intercepted Aries can show you hide your inner warrior more than most, and have to work a little harder or overcome a block in order to access it.
Aries on the 1st house cusp: The 1st house is naturally ruled by Aries, so you can be at home with your warrior energy to a degree. The 1st house is the house of the self and rules how you come across, so people may view you as a natural warrior (unless your Mars is afflicted, intercepted, or in the 12th house).
Aries on the 2nd house cusp: The 2nd house is the house of money and values, so you may be a financial warrior (so you take the lead when it comes to money), or a warrior with your values and beliefs (leading the way for others).
Aries on the 3rd house cusp: The 3rd house rules communication, so you can be a warrior of words, someone who can defend their ideas and opinions. Your method of communicating may be more forceful, strong, and you may be more open (unless you have Mercury retrograde, in the 12th house, or intercepted).
Aries on the 4th house cusp: The 4th house rules your home, family, and emotions, so you may be a warrior for your home and family. You can defend the people you view as family steadfastly, and you can fight for your home. You can also be forceful with your emotions (unless the Moon is intercepted or in the 12th house).
Aries on the 5th house cusp: The 5th house rules your hobbies, creativity, and love, so you can be a heart-centric warrior. You can be forceful and strong with your creativity, and pursue your hobbies with zeal and spunk. You can be more take-charge in love, and go for what you want.
Aries on the 6th house cusp: The 6th house rules work, health, and daily life, so you can be take-charge with your work life, pushing to do work you're passionate about, and defending the work you do with gusto. You can be dynamic in your routine and lifestyle, and want to be more active with your health.
Aries on the 7th house cusp: The 7th house rules relationships and the people in your life, so you can be a warrior for others, defending those you care about or who can't defend themselves, and you can be more take-charge in your relationships.
Aries on the 8th house cusp: The 8th house has alternate warrior energy, a little more on the darker side than Aries, but still strong, so your warrior energy can seem more natural to you, but you may channel it into deeper issues, complex situations, and total transformations.
Aries on the 9th house cusp: The 9th house rules travel, expansion, and beliefs, so you can be a warrior for exploration, expansion, and new experiences. You may be passionate about seeing the world, and you can take the bull by the horns more easily than most. You can also be a warrior for your beliefs and defend them.
Aries on the 10th house cusp: The 10th house rules your career and life path, so you can be a warrior with your career, taking charge and pushing hard for your goals and ambitions. You can work on being clear about where you're going and what you want, and may strive to have the persona of a warrior.
Aries on the 11th house cusp: The 11th house rules your friends, groups, causes, and dreams, so you can be a warrior for the causes you're passionate about, a real humanitarian and charitable person. You can be a leader of groups, a defender of friends, and forcefully pursue your dreams.
Aries on the 12th house cusp: The 12th house likes to hide energy, so your inner warrior may not be shown openly to anyone new or in situations where you're uncomfortable. Your warrior can come out when you're comfortable and confident, and you may be a better fighter in the background or shadows, where you can be unseen.
The basics: A retrograde occurs when a planet appears to be moving backwards from our vantage point here on Earth. It isn't actually moving backwards, it just appears that way. Mercury turns retrograde most often, about 3-4 times per year, and lasts for several weeks. When a planet retrogrades, what that planet rules tends to be thrown off, along with what the sign it's retrograding in rules.
With Mercury retrograde, we experience a shadow and a storm. The shadow period starts when Mercury first hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn direct at, and ends when it last hits the point in the Zodiac it will turn retrograde at. Most people don't feel the effects of Mercury retrograde until it enters the storm period though. The storm period of Mercury retrograde is when Mercury is moving at its slowest, less than 40 minutes per day. Mercury is a fast-moving planet and hates it when he's moving slowly. There's usually two storm periods, one around the time Mercury turns retrograde, and one around when it turns direct.
This Mercury retrograde begins on August 12th at 9PM ET and ends on September 5th at 7:29AM ET. The shadow period is July 22nd - September 19th. The first storm period is August 4th - 20th, and second storm period is August 31st - September 11th.
Mercury madness is descending upon us yet again in 2017, this time starting in earth sign Virgo. Mercury retrograded in Virgo around this time last year, so we get a second round in one of the signs that Mercury rules. Because Mercury rules this sign, we can be extra off, and experience the issues with a little more gusto. So what does Virgo impact? First and foremost - stress! Virgo rules stress (no surprise if you've ever known a Virgo), and Mercury retrograde amps up stress in general anyway, so put the two together and you get one very high stress period. We're flipped out about everything, worried about everything, constantly focusing on the bad that can happen. It's super important to have an outlet for stress during this retrograde, otherwise you can get sucked into the stress machine.
Virgo also rules work, so we may have issues at work, with co-workers, lack focus or discipline for the work we need to do, or want to do something else. This can be a popular time for quitting, though it may not be wise if you haven't fully thought it through. On the other hand, it can also be a time for going back to work at jobs you used to do or for employers you used to work for. There may be some job news with the economy as well.
Virgo rules our daily life, so we may let things like our daily tasks and chores fall by the wayside and let slide. We just don't have the time, or feel like it, or we just need some more sleep. That can be a great thing to do during this retrograde - sleep!
With Virgo ruling health and routine, this is a good time for regular maintenance of everything in life, but especially our bodies. Get checkups, tweak your diet, get more active. Given all of the health care activity here in the U.S., I'd venture there's some big protests or something about it all.
Mercury isn't in Virgo for the entire retrograde though, and goes backward into Leo on August 31st at 11:28AM ET, and he ends in Leo. Leo is the sign of theatrics, so we can see some developments with celebrities (though they’re always drama queens!), but we mostly see ourselves becoming more theatrical and dramatic. Everything is the end of the world, and we act like the world is falling apart of the tiniest of problems. It’s important to take a step back and have a better perspective, otherwise you can turn molehills into mountain ranges.
Leo is the sign of creativity, so we may lack inspiration at times, or feel we have so much that we can’t control it. Creativity is a great outlet for the stresses of Mercury retrograde, but you should work to have some control over it, and not put too much stress on yourself if you don’t feel particularly inspired. Sometimes it’s just about letting out some steam.
Your hobbies can get more attention or less attention with Mercury retrograde in Leo, and you can focus more on spending time on your hobbies, or you may have less time for them than usual. It’s important to make time for them when you can, but not completely avoid work and responsibilities just to goof off.
Leo isn’t the most responsible sign, so we can often be quite irresponsible, lazy, and selfish with this retrograde. We want everyone to do everything for us, and feel we’re entitled to that, but it only causes problems. This tends to come out in the areas of life ruled by the house Mercury retrograde in Leo occurs in. Work on being more generous with others, and take your responsibilities seriously.
Leo rules love, dating, and the playful side of relationships, the early stages, so we often see young relationships tested with Mercury retrograde in Leo, and you can decide if this is a relationship you want to continue on with, or if it’s one that isn’t going anywhere and you want to cut ties before it goes further. This is often a good time for reconnecting with old loves, though it may not last for very long once the retrograde is over. It is a good time for rekindling the flame in your relationship, if you’re attached, especially if the retrograde is in your or your partner’s 1st, 5th, or 7th houses.
Leo is the proud Lion, so sometimes pride can be our demise during this transit. Our egos can be easily wounded, and we can let that sway our opinions and actions. Don’t let some ruffled feathers dictate what’s right and wrong. Put pride aside and keep your ego in check. At the same time, if you’re on the insecure side naturally, you may feel even more insecure, and need to work on building up your confidence in positive ways.
Children are also the domain of Leo, so if you have any children, they can demand more attention, be more troublesome for you, or act more rebellious. It’s important not to take this too personally and give them to praise and attention they need without trying to hold them back from being who they truly are.
Mercury will be anaretic as he enters Leo. The anaretic degree is the very last degree of any sign and a point of crisis energy, and Mercury will be anaretic in Leo August 31st - September 2nd. There can be some super Leo energy at that time, and we may see some major braggadocious energy, or someone gets a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons. We may be desperate for attention, but refrain from doing anything rash to get it. And with Leo being a fire sign, energy can be high and tempers can flare, especially if our pride is wounded. Swallow that pride! On a personal level, you may experience this crisis energy with the areas of life ruled by the house Mercury is in at the time, so try to be prepared for anything before it comes, and try not to get too off track if anything does happen.
This Mercury retrograde will make 2 major aspects, first being a conjunction to the Sun on August 26th (1:54AM ET), aka the inferior conjunction, one of the positive points of the retrograde. Mercury is still in Virgo (@ 3 degrees 47 minutes), and this can be a good period within the retrograde for starting a small project or working on a short plan. Personally, you may experience this with the areas of life ruled by the house this conjunction occurs in. It may be something that culminates or ends with the superior conjunction (when Mercury conjuncts the Sun again after the retrograde - October 8th). Mercury retrograde also conjuncts Mars at the end of the retrograde (exact on September 3rd at 5:38AM during the retrograde), amping up energy, making us more impulsive, more quick to anger, more impatient, and with a shorter fuse, and this can play out with the areas of life ruled by the house location this conjunction occurs in your chart. Worldwide, there may be extra violence around the end of the retrograde. The retrograde ends trine (positive aspect) Uranus in Aries as well, but this isn't exact. It can be good energy for change, looking toward the future, and coming together.
Mercury will also conjunct the Moon during the retrograde. The Moon is in Virgo August 21st 4:25PM ET to August 23rd 9:05PM ET, at the same time Mercury is retrograde in Virgo. The Moon is not in Leo when Mercury is retrograde in Leo, so this is the only time they’re linked. The Moon and Mercury retrograde conjunct exactly on August 22nd at 5:21AM ET at 7 degrees 41 minutes in Virgo. The Moon in Virgo brings extra emphasis to the retrograde, and we can feel extra off, but also more focused. This is especially the case with the Sun entering Virgo on August 22nd, right in the middle (at 6:20PM ET). So there’s a good deal of focus during this time, but we can also feel more scattered, more lost in the Virgo details and weeds, harder on ourselves, more stressed, or nitpicky. If this is conjunct, square, or opposite a planet or house cusp in your chart, you can feel it even more; if it’s sextile or trine, you can handle the energy better and feel more focused.
Extra: The Moon is in Gemini August 15th (10:06AM ET) to August 17th (12:13PM ET). Gemini is the other sign Mercury rules, and we tend to feel thrown off when the Moon is in Gemini during Mercury retrograde. What’s very special about this Moon period is while Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, we’ll experience a mutable t-square, with Mercury in Virgo opposite Neptune in Pisces and both square Saturn in Sagittarius, so while Mercury is retrograde in Virgo, this just makes everything much more heightened, intense, and active. Gemini is the missing sign of the mutable signs, and we’ll need to be more inquisitive, thoughtful, and open. But while the Moon is in Gemini, this opposes Saturn in Sagittarius and creates a mutable grand cross. Grand crosses tend to be more stable than t-squares, but there’s a lot more energy in the mix. And what stands out more is that we’ll also have a cardinal grand cross at the same time with Jupiter in Libra opposite Uranus in Aries and both square Pluto in Capricorn opposite Venus in Cancer. So we’re going to have two grand crosses while the Moon is in Gemini! Mars will be the only planet not in a grand cross at the time (as the sole fixed sign, which brings more focus on Mars, increasing energy even more and making us desperate for some stable energy). It pretty much 7 / © The Dark Pixie Astrology all boils down to, keep yourself busy, channel energy into something positive and productive, have an outlet for frustrations, and use up as much energy as you can. If you find yourself getting frustrated, impulsive, or impatient, shift your focus and don’t let your mind dawdle for too long. This is one of those occurrences where everyone is impacted by it, so you won’t be alone!
Another little extra - the end of the Mercury retrograde also triggers the August 21st Solar Eclipse in Leo, and whatever one is doing to your chart, so is the other. One-two punch!
The retrograde begins at 11 degrees Virgo, so those of you Virgoans born September 2nd - 6th can feel the start of this retrograde most. The retrograde ends at 28 degrees Leo, so those of your Lions born after August 19th can feel the end of the retrograde most.
For the rest of you, check the house(s) Mercury will be retrograding in of your own natal chart, and any aspects Mercury will make during its retrograde to your natal planets, to fully understand how it will impact you personally.
If you have Mercury retrograde in your natal or progressed chart, you may not feel the worst of this. Those individuals generally don't experience the difficulties of the retrograde because it feels more natural to them. Of course, chances are everyone else around them doesn't have the same aspect, so they can still experience difficulties brought on by others.
General horoscopes are always meant for entertainment purposes only. For a more accurate view, read your Sun sign, Rising sign, and Moon sign.
Aries August 2017 Monthly Horoscope
Venus enters fellow fire sign Leo on August 25th, and you can enjoy spending more time with the people you love, doing the things you love, getting in touch with your heart, and being playful and joyful. In love, you can be more affectionate and generous, and if single, you can enjoy playing the field, while if attached, you can bring the spark back into your relationship.
Mercury Retrograde in Virgo & Leo: August - September 2017
August 2017 Eclipses
September 2017 New & Full Moons
Jupiter in Libra: September 2016 - October 2017
Saturn in Sagittarius: December 2014 - June 2015, September 2015 - December 2017
Saturn in Sagittarius for Each Sign