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The Aquarium Age: September 2011

By Ralfee Finn

Saturn comes crashing in—keep an eye on relationships.

The planets support a back-to-school attitude this month, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself eager to roll up your sleeves and get to work getting organized. Also anticipate a strong desire to simply get it done—whatever “it” might be.

From finances to feelings to freedom, the summer of 2011 was a summer of upheaval, and whether you were uprooted, upset or upended, you might still be shaking from the shifts. Just keep in mind that it won’t be possible to rewrite history —what’s done is done, and what’s been said is said. Part of Septem­ber’s planetary organization process involves learning to live with the consequences of action.

Fortunately, several positive (yes…I’m using the “p” word) interactions provide solid support for getting grounded and staying that way. First, Mercury Direct makes forward movement downright probable, and all those new plans and projects you’ve had on hold finally have a chance to take root and grow. But that’s not all: Mercury Direct also makes it possible to implement all the revisions the retrograde highlighted.

September1-12: A Sun/Venus conjunction, in Virgo, underscores the aesthetic pleasure of creating order. Clean those closets, purge wherever necessary, and arrange and assemble systems that help you to stay uncluttered.

It won’t be possible to go completely zen (although you can try if that’s your style) because from September  1-10, Jupiter trines that Sun/Venus conjunction. Jupiter symbolizes more, not less; and when it forms a positive angle to the Sun, their combined generosity of spirit encourages optimism and creativity. Add Venus to the mix, and the need to create overrides all others. Because creati­v­ity is seldom tidy, your neatly organized desk could become a field of colors and collages that defy even the best intention to clean it up.

On August 30, Jupiter began a retrograde that lasts until December 25. Jupiter Retrograde is not pernicious and nothing to stress over, and as Jupiter retraces its entry into Taurus, we will be revisiting and reviewing decisions made since June, especially decisions related to resources.

September 7-mid-October: A Sun/Mars sextile supplies the “get-it-done” mantra. Both the Sun and Mars signify physical energy, and when they work together, we tend to experience increased vitality. Expect to feel ambitious, as well as determined to achieve your goals. Be aware that those goals don’t have to be professional or career-related. This positive interaction supports all sorts of efforts—even the resolve to go to the gym. The Sun/Mars sextile gives us plenty of time to make good use of its vim and vigor. But that is not the only Martian wave we are riding this month.

September 3-19: Mars sextiles Venus, a passionate interaction that not only stimulates strong romantic desires, but also enhances creative endeavors.

September 13-22: A Venus/Uranus opposition arouses strong feelings and the need to impulsively express those feelings. Be prepared for several surprising declarations of love, yours or others’.

September 16: A Mars/Uranus trine, lasting till the end of the month, amplifies rash, impetuous behavior so don’t be surprised if the answer to many of those proposals is “yes.” This trine also provides prodigious amounts of physical energy, and when it combines with the Sun/Mars sextile, there’s no such thing as “no,” especially when it comes to exerting extra effort to complete your goals and accomplish any task. A positive combination of the Sun, Mars, and Uranus makes certain “impossibles” possible.

As you make your way through September, do your best to create internal as well as external order. Organize, arrange and tidy up those closets, shelves, garages, attics and desks, but also align thought, word and deed. The summer upheaval has the potential to produce valuable results if we take the time to sort through our reactions and become mindful of the underlying themes. Reactions under stress mostly tend to rely on habitual survival mechanisms, and while those systems are useful in the moment, they often no longer reflect who we are in present time. The good news is that those patterns can be transformed into positive, thoughtful responses if we are willing to stay conscious and aware. Not an easy task, but certainly worth the effort.

Aries March 21-April l9

You’re under a positive work umbrella that has the potential to provide solid career opportunities, especially tangible financial gain. But taking advantage of these opportunities means being clear about your priorities. So take a moment to consider exactly what it is you want to accomplish, and then, have at it.

Taurus April 20-May 20

Give yourself permission to reflect on the last few months, and you just might be surprised at how much you’ve grown. Sure…some of what’s occurred may have been painful, and there are likely to be areas that won’t seem to budge. But don’t worry—they are just the new threshold of personal work.

Gemini May 21-June 21

Use this time to hunker down at home and take care of all the projects you’ve put on hold or haven’t had a chance to take care of because life has been too busy and you were too exhausted to take on one more task. There’s plenty of energy to support, sustain and maintain anything you want to tackle.

Cancer June 22-July 22

Continue to engage in conversations of the heart, only this week make an extra effort to talk things through with significant others—husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, pets and plants. Communication will help you to feel a deeper connection to those you love.

Leo July 23-August 22

Read Aries and add this: You have a rare opportunity to seize the moment and make tangible, actual career gains. If you’re willing to do all the necessary work —even the grunt work—to stabilize your finances, you are sure to reap sweet rewards.

Virgo August 23-September 22

It’s a cosmic invitation to actualize your potential, by being all that you are and maybe even a little more. So don’t hesitate to share your opinions and participate in your immediate community. Don’t worry about what others will think; they will be content to bask in your glow.

Libra September 23-October 22

Wear your heart on your sleeve, but know that beneath any deeply disturbing feelings and the uncomfortable sense of vulnerability, there are profound opportunities to transform persistent, long-standing patterns into genuinely new perspectives.

Scorpio Oct 23-Nov 21

Be clear about how you want to spend your time and who you want to spend it with, and then be determined to say “no” to any situation that doesn’t align with that clarity. And don’t worry if significant others are uncomfortable with your choices. What’s important is being true to you.

Sagittarius Sept 23-Oct 22

Read Aries, as well as Leo and add this: You have a chance to draw tangible career opportunities to you, particularly if you are honest with yourself about what you can handle well. So rather than rely on your innate touch of the blarney, stand firm and own your expertise.

Capricorn Dec 22-Jan 19

The focus is still on living creatively. While you may think that means learning a specific art or craft, what it really means is knowing that every moment of life is an opportunity to transform. See your life as your most important creative accomplishment, and you’ll have much more fun living it.

Aquarius Jan 20-Feb 18

Whether you’re strengthening an existing spiritual foundation or beginning to build one, make sure it’s deep and wide enough to hold a variety of viewpoints. You don’t have to convert or proselytize; all you have to do is respect the beliefs of others, as you would have them respect yours.

Pisces February 19-March 20

Honesty is the best policy when it comes to personal growth, for when we are willing to admit where we need to grow next, growth becomes possible. Embrace this new level of self-awareness about what needs to shift and what makes your heart sing with hope.

© 2011 by Ralfee Finn

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This article was originally published on September 1, 2011.