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Choose Your Words Carefully -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Sept.21st - Sun., Sept.27th, 2015

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last week, I could feel my mind wanting to jump into my to-do list -- and there was an immediate feeling of overwhelm that accompanied those thoughts. I reminded myself lovingly to stay in the here and now and take it one step at a time. Prioritize, focus on what's right in front of me, and stay connected to my heart -- which has the wisdom to know that all is well :-) Thank God for my Heart :-) 

This week's headline items: the first Quarter Moon in Sagittarius becomes exact on Monday morning. On Tuesday, Mercury's station ends, and we have the Fall Equinox -- the Sun changes signs from Virgo to Libra. Mars changes signs from Leo to Virgo on Thursday, late in the evening; Pluto comes to a halt on Friday very early in the morning; finally, a powerful Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aries becomes exact on Sunday late evening.

There will also be four Moon VoC phases this week, three of them long: Monday morning (for 3.5 hours), Tuesday evening (for a little over 18.5 hours), Thursday night/Friday very early morning (for almost 16 hours), and Saturday early afternoon (for 25 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains inoptimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius until 8:33am EDT. New experiences and adventures satisfy a deep emotional need. The Sagittarius Moon persuades us to come from intuition and think in a broader manner. 

We seek meaning and ideas that expand upon the "here and now"; we pursue truth and a new vision -- the big picture, rather than the details. Spontaneity is key, we'd rather improvise than plan; this may tip into just "winging it". We could also overdo or overstate.

Monday at 4:59am EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 28 degrees of Sagittarius becomes exact.We started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Sagittarius last Friday, late evening. The Moon in optimistic, adventurous, truth-seeking Sagittarius makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in detail-oriented, practical, service-oriented Virgo

We feel compelled to take action. Last week saw the New Moon, which was also a Solar Eclipse on Sept.13th. If we set some intentions on Sept.15th or 16th, we are now ready to make some adjustments. This is therefore a time to stretch and grow -- and create some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy. 

Remember that we are still in Eclipse season (until Oct.12th) and therefore we don't have all the information we need to move new projects forward. As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible and find creative solutions in your day-to-day interactions with others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 26-29 degrees of Sagittarius, Virgo, Gemini or Pisces, or 0 degrees of Capricorn, Libra, Cancer or Aries? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

At the same moment as the first Quarter Moon becomes exact, we enter a 3.5-hour Moon void of course (VoC). This last until 8:33am EDT. Use this intuitive time to make some adjustments in your life. As best as you can, find creative solutions to seemingly unsolvable situations: make space both for exploring new avenues, and taking care of daily routines or your health. As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new.

Monday at 8:33am EDTthe Moon moves into practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Wednesday afternoon. The Capricorn Moon emphasizes our need for structure and forward planning. We are motivated by a desire for success; achievement and manifestation are paramount. 

We are resourceful and pursue economy with time, energy, and other resources. We take things more seriously during Moon in Capricorn: we look reality in the eye. This can be a very productive period. As best as you can, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off: try saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-) 

Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) is transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore our beliefs. It's also a great time to focus on the greater meaning of life and for going beyond conditioned thinking structures. As best as you can, be authentic about what you believe: Do your beliefs actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, not how it was 5 or 10 years ago?

Tuesday: the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn all day (see Monday morning for details). 

Tuesday very early morning, a somewhat challenging Venus/Chiron aspect becomes exact at 12:56am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Thursday.This aspect operates more on an internal level. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice… so we need to develop inner awareness. 

There may be vague feelings of discontent in relationships, or perhaps a choice that needs to be made, regarding personal relationships, money or values. Insecurities involving others might make it awkward for us to express our affections naturally or organically. By embracing our own humanity, we are able to create some healing for ourselves and others.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 18-21 degrees of Leo or Pisces? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Tuesday evening at 7:13pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC) that last little over 18.5-hour, until 1:51pm EDT (Wednesday afternoon). We may be aware of two seemingly conflicting desires: On the one hand, we have a need for mature, diligent accomplishment -- and on the other, a desire for rapid progress toward goals, we may want to move a mile a minute, impatiently and enthusiastically hurling ourselves forward into the unknown.

Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions when it comes to these energies. As always during VoC, stick to routine tasks, rather than starting anything brand-new; or simply go with the flow ;-)

Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, a harmonious Venus/Uranus aspect becomes exact at exactly Midnight EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last week Tuesday on; it will be strong until this Sunday. This aspect helps us to embrace all that is new and unusual in romance and finance. We are ready to experiment -- but not to commit. We have an offbeat, pleasant attitude and people are more willing to socialize. 

This is an especially good time for financial undertakings involving any of the following: technology and the internet; metaphysics; the arts; group activities. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time, (all things being equal) this could be a good couple of days for the stock market indexes :-) 

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 16-22 degrees of Leo, Aries or Sagittarius? If so, you will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aquarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Uranus rules Aquarius)

Wednesday is an eventful day:lots of planetary movements: First off,the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn and VoC until 1:51pm EDT (see Monday morning for details). 

Wednesday at 4:21am EDT, the Sun changes signs from practical Virgo to harmony-seeking Libra, where it will journey until Oct. 23rd. This signifies the beginning of Autumn in the northern hemisphere of this planet. The Fall Equinox is a energetic turning point from one season to the next. Equinoxes are super potent times for setting intentions. They are energetic gateways, where we experience the inter-relationship between light an dark, inner and outer, spirit and matter.  

With the Sun entering Libra, we are being called to pay attention to our relationships. Bringing equality, cooperation and balance to our dealings with the world is recommended during this time. We have a keen awareness around issues of justice and we are more likely to take a stand against injustice, especially when it's directed against others. 

However, we also want to keep the peace, so we may use language and our intellect to diplomatically address such issues. We can see all sides of a situation -- and therefore it's not always easy to make the "right" choices. Our desire for harmony is great;  more often than not -- consciously or unconsciously -- we may find ourselves seeking the approval of others.

All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Libra Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Libra, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo, you are more aware of the delicate balance that is required internally and externally in your life. 

Wednesday at 1:51pm EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius,where it will journey until Friday afternoon. The energy of the Aquarian Moon relates to our instinct for improvement. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional; interactions more impersonal than personal. We are likely to have an increased fascination with the new and unusual. 

Social gatherings, anything connected with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas and methods, progress: all these are promoted during the time the Moon moves through Aquarius. Again: we have our eyes on the future -- or on outer space :-) Personal freedom becomes paramount. 

Wednesday afternoon,an opportune Sun/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 2:36pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Monday on; it will be strong until Friday. This aspect provides an opportunity to stick to a specific task and make progress. 
We have common sense at our disposal; we are willing to look reality in the eye and take responsibility for our lives. It is also an opportunity to focus on being grounded, authentic and stable. Again, remember: opportunities are openings, they aren't necessarily handed to us -- we have to "take" them and make something of them.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 0-2 degreesof Libra, Sagittarius, Aquarius, Leo or 28-29 degrees of Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn or Cancer? If so, you may be more aware of this opportunity. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Capricorn (the Sun rules Leo; Saturn rules Capricorn)

Last but not least, also on Wednesday, Mercury ends its station and gets back to its normal pace through the sky -- but moving backward through the sky as seen from Earth (that’s what “retrograde” refers to). We have a chance to do some internal work on any thinking and/or communication issues that came up over the last week. 

Thursday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Wednesday afternoon for details).

Thursday early evening, a challenging Mercury/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 6:26pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last week Wednesday on; it will be strong until this Sunday evening. This aspect creates some tension in our lives. We may feel anxious or stressed by one or more situations or interactions to do with one-on-one relationships. 

We are being invited to grow and make some changes in our lives, particularly in terms of our thinking processes. We are being asked tofind creative solutions and be completely honest with ourselves and others. The best way to achieve this is by the continual practice of self-care and self-nurturing. 

We have tremendous focus and drive right now, which can tip into obsession. With this aspect an all-or-nothing attitude is very likely. Choose love over fear whenever possible. Not many people enjoy being second-guessed all the time, yet that is something that we are inclined to do now. 

However, our determination to get to the bottom of any matter, to rip away falsehoods and expose true motives, can be used for good if we employ it in our work, for example, in regards to investigations or research. This is an opportunity to learn to harness our intense mental energy and apply it productively. We are also capable of very hard work, focus and effort now.

We have a great love of debate, but should be careful that we don't overpower others with our strong opinions, attempting to "convert" them to our frame of mind, or treat regular exchanges of opinion as battlegrounds. Connect to others, empowering them with what you feel passionate about. Choose your words carefully, from a deeply connected and empowered place. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-16 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Scorpio (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Pluto rules Scorpio)

Thursday late evening, at 10:18pm EDT, Mars changes signs from fun-loving, risk-taking Leo to detail-oriented, practical, service-oriented Virgo, where it will journey until Nov.12th. With Mars in Virgo, we are more inclined to put our energy towards a project that takes care of our day-to-day, practical matters or a health issues. 

Creating order in our daily lives and knowing what's coming next is easier for us now. We are better at organizing, planning on a short-term scale, and doing errands at this time. We may feel that we do things better than others right now; therefore we may not give others a chance to improve their skills or show us a different way of doing something. 

As best as you can, keep the focus on yourself and watch out for impatient outbursts or for the need to be right at all cost. Be of service to others, and remember that perfection is not a goal, it is a journey. How can you move towards improving things in your life, rather than having things be perfect all the time? 

If you have an Aries Sun-sign or Rising-sign, you are going to feel more focused on details and health issues. If you are a Virgo Sun-sign or Rising sign, you will feel quite energized and passionate for the next 6.5 weeks. Channeling this energy into physical exercise, a work or health project might be advisable. 

Thursday night/Friday very early morning at 12:02am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC) that last almost 16-hour, until 3:43pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to find a balance between your head and heart — and between a need for intellectual stimulation, versus joyful play with others (or even your inner child). As always during VoC, take it easy -- go with the flow and avoid starting anything brand-new. 

Friday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 3:43pm EDT(see Wednesday afternoon for details).

Friday very early morning at 2:57am EDT, Pluto will come to a halt in almost 13 degrees ofCapricorn, going direct, after completing its 5-month retrograde phase (April 16th - Sept.25th). Pluto's energy will continue to move more slowly until Oct.8th (please see last week's blog for more details). 

When an outer planet stops, its energy gets more pronounced; we become more aware of its impact on us -- and this can sometimes cause discomfort. We are being asked to hang out with that discomfort until the planet's energy has picked up speed again (Oct.8th). 

During the retrograde phase, we had a chance to connect to anything associated with Pluto from within. Pluto is associated with our soul purpose, as well as the process of empowerment -- our ability to feel empowered from within -- and with our deepest passions. This forced us to see what really motivates us on a deep emotional level.  

For the last 5 months, we've needed to tap into inner authenticity, embracing all of ourselves: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Now we can bring this inner authenticity to the outer world: We are ready to let go of any habits, behaviors or fears that were holding us back from feeling fully empowered from within.

Whatever we have intuitively learned about our inner passion, inner strength and Soul's purpose, we are now ready to bring to the outside world. This deeper connection is going to serve us in our journey towards authenticity. We can now build long-term goals that are in alignment with our Soul's purpose. Ask yourself: What do I "just know", deep down?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-15 degrees of Capricorn, Cancer, Aries or Libra? If so, you will feel this station more strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Scorpio (Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Friday afternoon at 3:43pm EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Sunday afternoon. The energy of the Pisces Moon bears on the need for connection to our higher selves. It can be a wistful, sensitive and compassionate time; we are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns. Boundaries and walls come down; we feel energetically connected to everything around us. 

As best as you can, therefore, be kind to yourself and others -- surround yourself with loving energy. It's a time best used for spiritual or creative endeavors and for dissolving our fears and doubts. Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them ;-) 

Friday evening, a challenging Mars/Saturn aspect becomes exact at 9:12pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until Tuesday of next week. This is a "stretch" aspect -- characterized by an inner conflict -- as well as a maturity process that requires adjustments and flexibility on our part.

On the one hand, we want to start spiritual/creative projects and go with the flow, feeling our way through life. On the other, we have a strong focus on exploring “the truth” about life -- on reaching an understanding of what beliefs are truthful and align with our own experiences. As best as you can, make space for both of these.

We also tend to be more cautious now. We may experience a temporary loss of enthusiasm -- or setbacks that make us doubt our ability to win in life. We are learning to live life in moderation; this might be frustrating at first. Pushing too hard (or too fast) doesn't always get us the results we want: It might be time to slow down a little and catch our breath. That way, we can come back later, with a stronger, more mature set of expectations and approaches. 

Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 0-2 degrees of Pisces, Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo, or 28-29 degrees of Aquarius, Scorpio, Taurus or Leo? If so, you may be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Capricorn (Mars rules Aries; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn).

Saturday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Friday afternoon for details).

Saturday early afternoon at 12:32pm EDT, we enter a 25-hour Moon void of course (VoC) that last until 3:29pm EDT (Sunday afternoon). Use this intuitive time as an opportunity to connect to your higher Self -- while awake or through dreams -- and for bringing a sense of flow and faith to your long-term plans, especially those connected to your Soul Purpose. 

If at all possible, refrain from starting anything brand-new; plan your day ahead of time or stick to routine things. If nothing else… simply go with the flow.

Sunday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 3:29pm EDT (see Friday afternoon for details).

Sunday at 3:29pm EDT, the Moon moves into pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Tuesday afternoon. The energy of the Aries Moon bears on starting something new. Our gut impulses are strong; we feel energetic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and brave -- and perhaps impatient and impulsive. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity. This Moon placement also starts the built-up towards the Full Moon, which is also a Lunar Eclipse, exact Sunday late evening… 

Sunday at 10:51pm EDT, the Sun opposes the Moonin 4 degrees of Aries. This extra-powerful Full Moon is a Super Moon and the last Lunar Eclipse in this cycle. As such, its energy is more intense than the typical Full Moon. Given that it's happening in the Aries/Libra polarity, it's all about becoming aware of the role we identify with in our various one-on-one relationships -- and then taking action, perhaps even redefining those roles.

Lunar Eclipses generally bring attention to our "emotional body" and connect us more fully to our Soul’s journey (shown by the Moon Nodes). We become aware of what has been suppressed or ignored. This being a total Lunar Eclipse, life-changing revelations are more likely over the next two weeks (and with them, shifts in our consciousness...) 

This particular Eclipse focuses on independence: Where do we need to be more assertive? More accommodating? Are we too independent? Not enough? What roles or contracts need to be redefined or released? 

We are also invited to look at the balance of feminine and masculine within ourselves, our relationships, and our world. Where has this gone out of balance? What happens when there is too much of either?

In the case of this particular Full Moon, we not only have a Sun/Moon opposition, but also a Sun/Mercury & North Node alignment in Libra. This is a call for communicative, equal, and mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships. 

Mercury is currently retrograde in Libra,while squaring Pluto in Capricorn. Pluto went direct a couple of days before the Eclipse; thus its energy is exalted. As such, we are strongly invited to go within before speaking and communicating -- to get our own thinking sorted out, and reflect on other's words. It calls for complete honesty with ourselves and others -- and for us to find creative solutions.

Choose love over fear whenever possible. Connect to others, use what you feel passionate about to empower them -- remembering, as Stephen Covey said: "Seek first to understand, then be understood". When it's time to speak, do so carefully, from a deeply connected and empowered place.

Mars (the ruler of Aries) is currently in Virgo, where it's making a square to Saturn in Sagittarius. This aspect invites us to stretch and grow when it comes to our daily projects, exploring our beliefs, and expanding our horizons. It might feel like completing tasks takes more effort than usual. As best as you can, take it one step at a time: Impatience can only backfire right now. 

We may be more cautious or experience a temporary loss of enthusiasm; creative thinking and experimentation might be key here. The upside of this is that slowing down and allowing ourselves to see an authentic, bigger picture will ultimately serve us, as it helps us develop more mature expectations and approaches.

What single, simple action could you take right this minute, that would move a project forward? What might you not do until you have a clearer long-term view? Feel free to check out my video about Saturn in Sagittarius until Dec. 2017

To sum it all up: This powerful Full Moon is all about actively creating true partnerships (on a collective and personal level) -- that are healthy and based on the integration of masculine and feminine energies. This is about bringing humans together, as opposed to dividing people: Mutual empowerment is key! "Be the change that you want to see in the World" -- Gandhi

As mentioned in my New Moon video from two weeks ago, Eclipses are times of uncertainty; they are Uranian in nature. Anything could happen between now and Oct. 12th. As best as you can, don't jump the gun: If you feel compelled to do something, do your best to simply watch and observe the urge (unless something happens organically). In particular, if you have any ambivalence about an action, wait until Eclipse Season ends to go for it.

Eclipses bring major endings and beginnings. As best you can, trust that whatever is leaving or falling apart is making way for something better in your life; the more willing we are to change, the easier it will be to go to that next level. 

Last time we had a Lunar Eclipse in 4 degree of Aries was back on September 26th, 1996. Think back to that time and recall what the energies felt like back then…What partnerships were important? What roles did you redefine? You are not going to experience exactly the same things (obviously) but events will likely have a similar energetic resonance…

This is especially true for those of us with personal planets or points in 1-7 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer (personal planets are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars; personal points are the Ascendent or MC). For more details on this powerful Full Moon, click here and watch my video on the subject 

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Sunday afternoon for details). In the morning, we may need to make some adjustments and think outside the box, if we want to move forward with our plans and projects: flexibility and adaptability are key! Towards the evening, we feel energized and ready to get things done. This could be quite an electric, energetic evening for us, as best as you can, pay attention to your breathing, so you can stay grounded ;-) 

Another head's up! My fees will be going up in early October: to buy Readings or Coaching sessions before this happens, click here. Any session bought in September can be used any time until March 2016!

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"

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