September 2016

When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise men will know what I mean. ~ Lin-Chi

Happy and Safe Labor Day!

Solar Eclipse: September 1 in Virgo at 9 degrees
Lunar Eclipse September 16 in Pisces at 24 degrees

Jupiter moves out of Virgo and enters Libra
Mercury is Retrograde until September 22
Pluto turns Direct September 26
Mars exits Sagittarius and enters Capricor September 27

On SEP 1st a Solar Eclipse in VIRGO sets in motion a new energy for establishing solid ways to help serve our communities, families, businesses…humanity. Although SEP will be filled with instability and “wondering” and even anxiety, Jupiter is moving into Libra and favorable with Saturn. This gives up hope for the future by the end of the month. This hope will promote long term growth and commitments (Saturn moves cautiously). With so much energy exchange between planets, the solar and lunar eclipses, and the peaking of the 9 ending energy, the energy will move forward slowly but at least it will begin moving forward. Delay making major decisions if possible (unless they have been pending for a long time). Stay grounded. Allow the month’s energy to mix, blend and disperse. Be ready to crank it up in October!

NEPTUNE rules liquids of all kinds and with Saturn still pushing it hard in September, severe storms, flooding, gas/oil leaks continue to make the news. There will also be exposure of secrets and lies, things hidden as with Neptune weak include veiled threats. GEMINI Sun signs/Ascendants find SEP feeds instability and change due to how Neptune and Saturn interact. No decisions are probably the best decisions for now. And with Mercury retrograde it adds to this confusing energy.At least we can see more clearly now.

MERCURY is retrograde most of September (until the 22nd). This time is ideal for releasing negative or useless ideas, actions, or even projects that are not working! It is time for a positive change and movement. The last week of August may have seen challenges with transportation, electronics, communication equipment and personal/business relationships. This was due to the energy that occurs right before Mercury becomes weak. It is almost like it is fighting with its own energy! Once it is retrograde, it is time to finish up old projects, re-negotiate deals, replace broken objects, etc. It is best to delay making major purchases, however. Wait until the last few days of September or the first week of October.


Sep 01 – SOLAR ECLIPSE at 5:03amET in VIRGO 09 degrees. The energy is high and complex. Nerves can be rattled easily. With the moon in VIRGO be careful in conversations as feelings are sensitive to criticism. Focus instead on how you can best serve the people around you. Limit dairy products today especially if you are a VIRGO sun sign. Get extra sleep tonight if you can.

Sep 02 – The eclipse continues to unfold energy in VIRGO until 6:13pmET entering VOID briefly until 8:55pmET when it enters LIBRA. Today, take care of personal agendas involving hair appointments, mani/pedis, car wash, pet baths, etc. Conversations are philosophical and lean more toward spiritual topics. A sliver of hope begins to emerge. There is an EGO burst of energy today. Be careful - you could bump your head!

Sep 03 – The moon in LIBRA is welcomed but brings it’s own issues of overthinking everything. Instead find somethng in the arts or music that you could attend i.e. concerts, movies, art museums. This is also a great day for singing!

Sep 04 – The moon will be in LIBRA going VOID at 8:30pm and remaining VOID overnight until tomorrow morning. Today does have a tense energy late in the day but otherwise, it is a great day. Be careful if you find yourself overthinking an issue. Walk away and leave it for another day!

Sep 05 – LABOR DAY! The moon enters SCORPIO at 8:38amET. There no troubling aspects today although it is a rather introspective energy day. If you have the day off enjoy some quiet time if you can. Pay attention to your spiritual needs today. If you are celebrating with family/friends, be grateful for the company, but still find time to be alone for a few minutes.

Sep 06 – The moon is still in SCORPIO and the energy is more balanced. Listen to your intuition today. Be alert to problems with hoses, pipes, underground tunnels. Passions run high – find healthy outlets for this very “creative” energy.

Sep 07 – The moon is in SCORPIO for the 3rd day! It will enter VOID this evening at 8:43pm. It quickly moves into SAGITTARIUS at 9:20pm. The morning has powerful energy that can be used to accomplish so much! Use it wisely in the AM so you can relax in the PM.

Sep 08 – The moon in SAGITTARIUS has the heart and mind wandering to far away places today. Keep your head out of the clouds. Being too blunt in conversations could create opposing energies so be careful with your words. Military activities are highlighted.

Sep 09 – JUPITER MOVES INTO LIBRA! This is important for LIBRA sun signs/ascendants. As much as it gives protection from harsh energies and actions, it can bring law activity if you are not honorable or The moon in SAGITTARIUS until 8:51pmET. There is a strong focus on foreign affairs, schools, laws and spiritual matters. The energy is up and down, in and out…emotional craziness. Breathe!

Sep 10 – The moon enters CAPRICORN at 8:55amET. The energy is a bit anxious during the morning hours. It settles down by midday and the afternoon will be good for simply taking care of responsibilities. It is a good day for double checking budgets, bank accounts, credit card balances etc. News about the banking/financial industries seem likely to develop now.

Sep 11 – The moon continues in cool CAPRICORN with strong stressful energy in the early morning hours and then just mostly prickly emotional energy the rest of the day. This is GRANDPARENTS DAY. It is also a time of remembering those who lost their lives on this day in 2001.

Sep 12 – The moon shifts into VOID early at 6am and remains VOID all day until 5:29pm when it gladly enter AQUARIUS There is unexpected, disruptive energy early morning that pushes toward an early afternoon challenging energy. Communication screw-ups, headline accidents, messages that could be upsetting will be felt throughout the day. During the evening, the energy will subside.

Sep 13 – The moon is in friendly and humanitarian sign of Aquarius. The energy is easy – just be careful you do not trip over yourself late afternoon  This is a feel good day. However, electrical problems could pop up. This can also include all types of electronic equipment. Be prepared to replace bad equipment.

Sep 14 – The moon starts the day still in AQUARIUS. It gently slides into VOID at 11:31amET for the rest of the day entering PISCES late at 10:23pmET. Expect events that could make the news headlines. The energy is building in preparation for the Lunar Eclipse on the 16th. Today, have lunch with friends and smile every chance you get.

Sep 15 – The moon is in PISCES and emotions are overflowing. Creative energies can be outstanding if channelled properly. Be watchful midafternoon when you may feel like shirking your responsibilities and kicking back. Entertainers hit the headlines. This is not the time for that. Work creatively and patiently. Listen to music, sing and dance for tomorrow brings a fulfillment of the energy started on the 1st.

Sep 16 – LUNAR ECLIPSE in PISCES 24 Degrees at 3:05pm ET and immediately enters VOID for the rest of the day and evening. Wow.. put on your seat belt and ride the energy. It is not an easy emotional ride today. Stay as grounded – maybe walking barefoot in the grass or sand if you can. Weather, especially involving water is featured. You may feel betrayed by someone close. Expect the unexpected late in the day.

Sep 17 – The moon shifted into aggressive ARIES overnight. Now is the time to move slowly with caution. Protect your head from injury. Exercise patience with those who are being overly assertive. Control impulse buying. Keep in mind Mercury is still retrograde.

Sep 18 – The moon is still in ARIES keeping the focus on new projects and directions. Those involved in work that involves fire, weapons, explosives, sharp instruments etc should be very careful. When the moon is in ARIES there seems to be an increase in violence so be extra patient and vigilant.

Sep 19 – Overnight the moon moved into solid TAURUS. This will aid in grounding the craziness of the past few days. Overall this is a good day emotionally. The stock market may have adjustments, etc but this still ends up being a good day.

Sep 20 – The moon in TAURUS continues until 11:32pmET when it enters VOID for a few hours. This is a great day for having lunch at maybe a special restaurant? Or maybe you could prepare a really fancy meal at home. Either way keep everything in moderation. Be careful buying anything right now as you may pay too much.

Sep 21 – The moon moved into GEMINI in the very early hours of morning. Conversations are now featured. Be aware of MERCURY stationing to return to full strength after midnight tonight. The small waves of miscommunication can easily turn into tidal waves if you are not careful. Keep texting, emailing, voice messaging, to a minimum and RE-read everything you want to send before you hit the send button!

Sep 22 – MERCURY IS DIRECT AND STILL IN VIRGO and the AUTUMN EQUINOX. The energy is quite jumbled and yucky for the most part! The SUN enters LIBRA at 10:22am and joins JUPITER already in LIBRA. This is a good thing and can help offset some of the yuck but not all. Tomorrow is also going to have stressful energy so the best thing is to just take things in stride and hold off on making major decisions until next week.

Sep 23 – The moon moves out of GEMINI at 3:57am ET and into CANCER at 4:33am ET. The morning energy could ruffle feathers. But by 11am when VENUS moves into SCORPIO, things start calming down to bring a halfway decent close to the week. Whew.

Sep 24 – The moon in CANCER seems to always have us feeling “homesick” or maybe just wanting to stay home. This is a good day for that. Maybe connect with family members you havent spoken to in a while. Watch a movie, eat some ice cream  NURTURE yourself and your family today. The moon will enter VOID at 9:42pmET until tomorrow morning.

Sep 25 – The moon shifts into romantic and fun loving LEO at 9:48am ET. The moon becomes lighter in anticipation of better times. There is a “jumpy” kind of energy due to PLUTO stationing to return to full strength tomorrow so just take today to enjoy life itself. Watch or play sports or be with someone special.

Sep 26 – The moon continues in the stage loving sign of LEO. Today the energy is more even especially once PLUTO returns to direct motion mid morning. SCORPIO sun signs and ascendants will feel a bit of renewed energy now. This will also apply to the house ruled by SCORPIOor any planets you may have in SCORPIO in your astro chart if you have that info. Now is the time to prepare to makes the transformative changes initiated this month.

Sep 27 – The moon starts off early still in LEO but quickly enters VOID at 4:52am ET – and remains VOID ALL DAY until 5:43pm ET when it will march into VIRGO. MARS MOVES OUT OF SAGITTARIUS FINALLY AND INTO CAPRICORN. This will infuse CAPRICORN sun signs and ascendants with some much needed energy for the next 6 weeks to move forward! You will like this energy! Today, however, expect the unexpected, especially in business/govt. Now is the time to have a reality check of your budget, your goals and even your health.

Sep 28 – The moon in VIRGO seems appropriate for cleaning up all the loose ends from this month’s activities. Get organized. Set goals and appointments. GET BUSY as we are now ready to move forward. The energy is starting to build for the New Moon on the 30th. The only caution is having to do with critical observation. Keep that under control.

Sep 29 – The moon in VIRGO overnight moves into VOID at 6:05am ET and remains VOID ALL DAY again until tomorrow morning. Expect things to be delayed or maybe even cancelled altogether. Sometimes luck is on your side under this energy so .. have fun! Unusual happenings seem to be likely during midday into the afternoon. Keep an eye on the news.

Sep 30 – NEW MOON in LIBRA 8 degrees at 8:11pmET. This is a loaded energy day! After a strong energy in the morning the rest of the day settles into a more peaceful energy. You will be busy and mentally exhausted by day’s end but overall it will be a good productivity day. Maintain a balance between assertiveness and compromise and you will be successful. End the month with a trip to a salon or maybe buy something new for yourself. Get ready for OCTOBER and the preview it brings for 2017.

Noon Cycles including Void of Course Moons (VOC or VOID)

New Moon: A new moon initiates energy that is very strong for four weeks or one lunar cycle but influences the year until another new moon occurs in that same sign - usually a year later. What that energy involves is indicated by the sign in which the new moon occurs and personally, which house/aspects etc are activated in your astrological chart. If the new moon is an eclipse the energy is tripled.

Full Moon: The full moon that follows two weeks after the new moon brings the energy of the new moon out into the open, or to a peak. It continues to unfold energy for two more weeks until the next new moon when the cycle begins all over again highlighting a different area of our lives. Those emotional influences can last a year.

Void Moon: When the transiting moon makes no aspect to a transiting planet, it is considered to be VOID. During these void periods - which can last a few minutes or a few days - it is best to avoid signing sign contracts, interviewing for jobs, or setting important appointments. Why? Because appointments are usually delayed or rescheduled altogether or they do not turn out as expected. Contracts have delays or have to be re-negotiated, etc. Job interviews turn out to be non-productive or empty promises are made. If, for instance, a first interview does occur and appears positive, you may be asked to start ASAP or have to interview with additional people. Individually, if you are under excellent aspects from transiting planets, this will then be a good time to proceed even though the moon is void.

I find that during void moon energy, solutions to problems can be found. Therefore, it is an excellent time for lawyers to find loopholes in cases or uncover evidence that will turn a case in their favor. Lost items are found or returned during this energy at a higher percentage than when the moon is not void. Any computer glitches that have evaded solution can suddenly be resolved. You can be lucky and win a lottery or raffle. Keep in mind that during a VOID MOON, any activities undertaken usually take TWICE as long to accomplish!!! There is an element of LUCK associated with VOID energy. Use it wisely! :-)

One thing is for certain -- always expect the unexpected during the time of a VOID of COURSE MOON -- good and bad -- and be prepared for delays or cancellations.

Eclipses in 2016

Sep 1st SOLAR eclipse: in Virgo at 9 deg 21 min
Sep 16th LUNAR eclipse: in Pisces at 24 deg 20 min

Retrograde Planets in 2016

When a planet is retrograde, its energy is weakened, misunderstood or projected in an unclear manner. The sun signs, industries, activities and so forth ruled by the retrograde planet, will feel held back, restricted, misunderstood or weakened. This is also a time when you are given an opportunity to re-do, re-evaluate these areas. Many times it brings about a better solution or happier direction.

Mercury: August 30th - September 22nd; December 19th 2016 - January 8th 2017 when Mercury retrogrades

When Mercury is retrograde communications, electronics, transportation all hit a snag. Satellites go down, electronics breakdown, emails/texts etc are erroneously sent, weak relationships break up (business and personal), trains/airplanes are challenged or in the news and… the flow of money stalls or slows down. That means that “check in the mail” probably will not arrive until after Mercury goes direct! Watch the stock markets. Be cautious in all money dealings. If you have electronic equipment that has been showing signs of needing to be replaced, it will probably break down during the retrograde. This is NOT the time to initiate anything new, especially personal relationships. The retrograde period should focus on OLD business/relationships or projects already in motion before the retrograde cycle began. Many times the Mercury retrograde period allows for resolution of problems. Agreements can be finalized, etc. Just be careful with any of the “numbers” in the paperwork. If possible delay the signing of a contract until after Mercury is direct to avoid complications. Never make a major purchase under Mercury retrograde unless you have overwhelmingly good aspects!

I believe the week prior to Mercury stationing retrograde is when all the crazy stuff seems to happen! Be watchful!

Jupiter: June 13 - November 19th
Jupiter is a great example of optimistic energy. It highlights legal activities, foreign policies, foreign countries, higher education, military activities, and the higher mind. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius. When it is retrograde, it pulls back some of its energy. It is still powerful but the retrograde makes if feel weaker. In SEP it will help the Sun, then help Venus and then Mars, different times but this will neutralize some of the very strong energy happening in SEP. LIBRA sun signs should welcome this wonderful protective and expansive energy as it will be with you for a year! Remember the expansive part can include weight gain and more money out if you overextend yourself. A word to the wise should be sufficient…

Pluto: April 18th - September 26th

Considered to no longer be a planet, it still is one to me! Pluto takes many, many years to transit a sign. The transit of it through a sign will create an impact that could affect generations. It is considered to be a heavy weight when it comes to banking or financial institutions. Having Pluto retrograde also pulls back some of its great influence from Scorpio sun signs as it is the ruler of Scorpio. Pluto gets along really well with Jupiter. By the end of April, both planets will be retrograde. This could create challenges with foreign interests or countries, money, executive/legislative branches, banks, educational institutions and even pipelines! Scorpio sun signs and Scorpio ascendants may not have the gusto you crave, but you can still get a lot accomplished.

Uranus: July 29 - December 29th

Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius, electricity, automobiles, assassination attempts, earthquakes, radio and TV, astrology, Bohemian, and Russia to name a few. When it is retrograde, Uranus gives the topics and also countries that it rules, time for review, reconsideration. It also holds back some of its strength in order to allow for this. It’s like slowing down as you approach an intersection to give you time to make sure you know in which direction you want to go. With Uranus in Aries (unexpected, impulsive), this is actually a good thing as it pulls the energy back to a more manageable level.

Transiting Planets in 2016

If a slower moving planet connects with one of your personal planets such as your Sun, Venus, Mercury or Mars, it will initiate a reaction or event regarding the planet that is touched. Example: transiting Jupiter connects with your Venus. You could simply have a wonderful couple of "feeling good" days while this is active or maybe win a lottery, fall in love with someone or something, have a face-lift, settle a legal case, or set up a new banking account. It is helpful to know if this will be happening so you can plan better and be prepared to make it a good "connection". Here are the slower moving planets and the signs they will be travelling through in 2016:

Jupiter in VIRGO until September 9 when it enters the sign of LIBRA. Jupiter is the fastest moving of the slower planets, staying approximately one year in each sign. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to travel through all 12 signs. Virgo sun signs can enjoy Jupiter in their sign until it leave and moves into LIBRA in September. This transit of Jupiter is a helpful energy for VIRGO sun signs. Keep your critical eye in check, though or you could be a little too much for people around you!! Keeping in mind the legal influence, you can also attract a legal situation if you use this energy in a negative way. For instance, receiving a speeding ticket, filing a lawsuit or being involved in one, or perhaps an inheritance/will etc. While Jupiter transits the sign of VIRGO there will be a focus worldwide on things ruled by VIRGO: Iraq, Army, chemists, dairy farmers, the Congo, Jerusalem, Los Angeles CA, chickens, doctors in general, Switzerland... to name just a few things influenced by this transit.

In September when it enters LIBRA, the Libra sun signs will have this “guardian angel” with them until October 2017. The last few months of 2016 will find Jupiter giving positive energy to the arts, music, relationships, agreements, and even make-overs. Because LIBRA is a cardinal sign, those born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries and Cancer or who have planets in these signs, will experience the effects of this transit at some point as Jupiter contacts your sun sign.

Saturn in Sagittarius until December 2017. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was late 1985 into early 1988. It takes about 2.5 years to transit one sign. Scorpio sun signs are quite relieved as it finally exited Scorpio. It WILL return once again to Scorpio but only for very brief stay this summer and only effects 28 and 29 degrees of Scorpio. It is now Sagittarius' turn to feel the structuring, disciplining and in some cases restricting energy of this transit. Saturn's energy helps us better manage our talents and urges. It can bring unexpected responsibilities or even a health issue that requires discipline and focus to overcome. Commitments made during a transit of Saturn to a personal planet have endurance energy/longevity. Negatively, they can feel like heavy responsibilities! But it is not a bad energy for a good marriage or business partnership if all other aspects are supportive. This is the time to stay current with your medical exams especially if you are born under the sign of Sagittarius, OR have a personal planet in Sagittarius, OR have Sagittarius rising OR have Sagittarius on your house of health (6th house). If you have planets in the sign of Gemini, Saturn will, at some point, create an opposing energy. This can bring limitations (including medical conditions) or simply push you to organize and discipline your activities. It CAN feel really burdensome - even depressing - having Saturn in your sun sign (or opposing it), but you do not have to feel that way. With the ability to focus and accomplish, use Saturn's positive side to finish up projects or goals that have been set aside. Take on any added responsibilities as a learning experience that will benefit you. Hard work is usually required when Saturn is in your sign so be prepared to work hard and be rewarded accordingly. Remember, work smarter not harder.

Uranus, in Aries until 2018, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 16 degrees to 24 degrees Aries but retrogrades back to 20 degrees by the end of 2016. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 16-24 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2016. Libra sun signs born Oct 9 -19 will feel this energy as an opposing force. It is challenging but not as aggressively challenging as those born in the sign of Aries will feel. You could suddenly want to quit a job, seek a divorce, change your hair style, or even relocate when this happens. The energy of freedom loving Uranus is not predictable except to say it is unpredictable. Sudden changes, accidents, changes in beliefs, strong desire to be free, etc can all be part of this energy. Be careful in your desire to feel free, to break the rules, to make radical changes, especially if you are aged 41-43. Remember, once the transit completes, you will be living with the consequences of your actions and decisions! Uranus is sending kind vibes to Aquarius and Gemini but challenges Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces until 2025, will move from 7 degrees to 12 degrees Pisces but during the year it retrogrades ending 2016 direct at 9 degrees. It is very slow moving. Be cautious in business dealings and LOVE as Neptune energy can be evasive and deceiving you before you know it. Neptune has a strong spiritual side and connects to the higher realms. It also rules all liquids and the oceans, water, floods, drugs, hospitals, jails, bodily fluids including perspiration! Perhaps if your planets are contacted by this transiting Neptune, you will find yourself returning to church, restoring your faith, being drawn to the beach, or finding that true love! Watch out, though! Make sure you remove your rose colored glasses before making major decisions. Virgo sun signs may find themselves working with Pisces sun signs or changing careers to work in a Pisces industry i.e., oil, ink, ocean liners, entertainment, singing, children, any music or acting, etc. Virgo sun signs will feel the opposing energy creating feelings of vagueness and mystery. Enjoy this opportunity to not only dream but to also see your dreams come true.

Pluto, in Capricorn, will transit 14, 15, 16 and 17 degrees of Capricorn in 2016. Those born Jan 4-9, Apr 3-8, Jul 5-9 and Oct 6-11 will most likely feel this transit more directly. In an astrological chart if you have personal planets at 14-17 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra, you will feel the transformative power of Pluto as it interacts with that planet. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, deaths, and big business to name a few. Pluto in Capricorn helps define economic changes that will be beneficial and strong. Capricorn rules big business and government and government officials. In 2016, Pluto in Capricorn will provide the impetus to release or destroy anything that has served its purpose in our lives. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious, practical and very responsible. A positive use of the energy would be to take the initiate and change areas of your life that need improvement – before it is done for you! Emotionally you could embark on a new way of looking at life. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Virgo and Taurus – fellow earth signs of Capricorn – should find the transformations and changes, very positive and easier to integrate than other sun signs.

May the force be with you... always. ~ General Dodonna