Are you ready to be busy, but in a very organized fashion? This is the theme of September, which features a Virgo emphasis and two “Epiphany Days,” one for Mars and one for Mercury.
On September 2nd, Mars conjuncts the Sun and we call this Heroic Epiphany Day. Mars is the archetypal Hero, Warrior, Pioneer and Athlete and when he’s moving forward at speed it’s easier to know what you want and pursue it with clarity. The day Mars conjuncts the Sun is especially loaded with inspiration and when this falls in Virgo, that inspiration is directed toward getting organized, tidying, cleaning and systemizing. Heroic Epiphany Day is a powerful day to organize your projects by using your will, energy and drive. This happens only about every 2 years and this time it’s happening in 9° Virgo.
Mercury is also moving forward and fast this month and on September 3rd, the swift-moving little guy quickly catches up with the Sun for a conjunction we call Greater Epiphany Day. That happens once every 4 months and this time it falls on September 3rd. Mercury is the archetypal Thinker, Communicator and Messenger; his Greater Epiphany Day is a burst of inspiration, the peak of a wave of intellectual clarity and speed, so projects begun now will get a good start and deadlines set in September can be met. You might think of this as the opposite of Mercury Retrograde. Plan to use the rest of September for the inevitable follow-through on this good wave of mental clarity. And if September 3rd is your birthday, you face a year of mental acuity. Here’s more good stuff about Mercury Retrograde and how it works.
Heroic Epiphany Day (on Sept 2) falls in 9º Virgo and Greater Epiphany Day (on Sept 3) falls in 11º Virgo, which means that if you have anything at all in your chart around 8º to 12º of Virgo or another Mutable sign (Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius) you will benefit especially from this burst of inspiration, clarity and drive.
More about Mercury’s cycle here: The Mercury Cycle.
More about Mars’ cycle here: The Mars Cycle.
September begins with the Mutable Earth sign Virgo. Earth and Mutability are an odd combination, because being an Earth sign makes Virgo grounded and solid, while being a Mutable sign makes Virgo flexible and changeable. Blend these qualities together and you see that Virgo is the most flexible of the sometimes-stodgy Earth signs and can be very willing to make a change for pragmatic reasons. Virgo the Organizer is the sign of first harvests, a time of sorting and separating the wheat from the chaff. This year Virgo runs from August 23 through September 22.
Summer is now coming to a close as the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, leading us to the balance of the year in Libra. That occurs at the autumnal equinox on September 22. Equinox means “equal night,” signifying that the light is once again in balance. Libra is a Cardinal Air sign, bestowing upon its natives grace, wit and a love of social activity. Libra is naturally artistic, having a built-in sensitivity to beauty. Libra is also attuned to fairness and justice.
If your birthday is coming, you’ll want your annual birthday reading (called a “Solar Return” reading) to happen in the month before your birthday–because your birthday is your Personal New Year. It’s the best time for setting resolutions, intentions and new life-directions. Get yourself in alignment with what your Greater Self wants for you this year, beginning with knowing what the plan is.