All things being EQUINOX (8:21am Thursday), Mercury direct.

Photo Credit: Dan Bush

(If you feel like you’re pushing a brick wall (I truly do), that might be divinity telling you you’re doing it wrong.  I will endeavor to CHANGE MY MIND.   It may prove I still have one.  Seriously, all this letting go is getting draining.  Punny. ~L)

 

“Tuesday, September 20th

6:41 PM PT – Mercury Retrograde in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn both at 14°

Wednesday (Mercury’s day), September 21st

10:31 PM PT – Mercury stations direct at 14° Virgo

Thursday, September 22nd

7:22 AM PT – Autumnal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere/Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere

Friday (Venus’s Day), September 23rd

1:36 AM PT – Mercury (no longer retrograde) in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn both still at 14°

7:51 AM PT – Venus enters Scorpio

Sunday (the sun’s day), September 25th

11:59 PM PT – Sun conjunct Jupiter, both at 3°

This week, Mercury stations direct.

*Cue collective sigh of relief*”~chaninicolas.com

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“Mercury is going to station Direct again before the week is out on the 22nd. And as it approaches its direct station, Pluto will also be slowing for its direct station on the 26th. They will both be trine one another in this liminal time before and during these stations. Mercury retrograde periods can be quite insightful. This is even more so owing to Mercury’s trine to Pluto throughout the rest of September. The combination of these two are excellent for gaining insight and understanding; for research and getting to the bottom (the truth) of a situation; for disclosure and realization; or to unravel a puzzle or a mystery. Knowledge gained can be both profound and mind-altering, but it also requires honesty and the willingness to face our own inner truths, in order to make the most of it. What this period of time, through the 28th, is likely to bring:

  • A deep desire to get to the bottom of things, to understand how things work
  • Wanting to understand how the mind, and the psyche work
  • Doing deep work on our own minds, through deep analysis, which can bring profound understanding
  • Wanting to discuss or learn more about the deeper meaning of things
  • Wanting to discover the secrets to life and achieving happiness
  • Learning how to transform problems into happiness
  • Wanting to unravel a mystery, to reveal the truth: doing the research; investigating “
  • ~astrologybylauren.com
The Milky Way with a 30% illuminated moon - September 8, 2016 - via Matt Aust - startrails.

The Milky Way with a 36% illuminated moon via Matt Aust – Startrails.

“On the day of the equinox, the center of the sun would set about 12 hours after rising – given a level horizon, as at sea, and no atmospheric refraction.  There are two reasons why we have more than 12 hours of daylight on the day of equinox. First, the sun is a disk, not a point of light. Second, the Earth’s atmosphere refracts (bends) sunlight. These factors add up to provide an additional 8 or so minutes of daylight on the day of the equinox at mid-temperate latitudes.”~Bruce McClure of earthsky.org
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(This is European, I am thinking.  Equinox for us is at 8:21 am Thursday the 22nd.~L)

“The more willing we are to look at the muck of our minds and the misfortunes of our ego’s makeup, the greater our chances of living a life of depth and purpose are.  As Mercury becomes a visible morning star this week, we might even feel cautiously triumphant over our recent trials.

But let’s keep the emphasis on cautiously.

As the week comes to a close, Mercury will be in spectacular shape. Now direct and still in its own sign, Mercury is just enough ahead of the sun to mark a moment of prominence. The reemergence of this planet comes with an urgency of action and a powerful perception.

 Just after it (the sun~L) enters the sign of harmony, beauty, relationships, balance and equality it will conjunct Jupiter, which entered Libra earlier this month. While a sun/Jupiter conjunction doesn’t usually signal a time of temperament, the sign in which the two collide does. This pairing can help us bounce back from the depth of feeling that abounded last week, thanks to the lunar eclipse in Pisces. Equinoxes are times of equal light and dark. In this moment, balance becomes us.”~chaninicolas.com

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Yogic homework.  Do this meditation.

https://youtu.be/RqwfqwrzTG0

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“We are about to enter into the Autumnal Equinox which occurs at the same time as the Sun enters into Libra on September 22. Libra is the sign of balance so it is fitting that the equinox occurs at the time when there are equal parts dark and light.  On the same day we we will be relieved to see Mercury station direct after its long retrograde in Virgo. ” ~chrisflischer.com

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“The Sun just happens to align with Jupiter right now… And Mercury connects to the North Node… (it doesn’t get much better than that)… Jupiter is the “planet of good fortune” and Mercury is the “messenger of the gods”… Basically, this means is that the Big Spirit will find the ways to reveal to each of us what is needed for us to reach higher levels of life and love… The universe will reward us for our service to others… There is a very strong spiritual connection in place too… One that requires us to reach deep within ourselves to follow what we know to be real and true.”
~daniel dowd weeklyhoroscope.com
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I saw a fox from the kitchen window the other day.  It felt really lucky and fall-like, so that’s why the phox fotos.~L
“Changes are on the agenda in the areas of romance and finances as Venus the planet of love and values goes deep with passionate Scorpio starting on Friday. With Venus in Scorpio we resist superficial alliances and lean in for heart-felt soul connections.  Under its influence emotions run deep, passions run hot, and romance is sensuous. Watch for tendencies to engage in power struggles, or to use love, sex, or money as negotiating tools in personal relationships. There is a very good reason Scorpio is associated with power, intensity, and life changing events and relationships! Handle it with respect; and watch your life transform.”
~Kat at 12house.com
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“Today (September 21), Mercury makes a positive trine with Pluto. This in itself would be an interesting development, however, it’s made extra special by Mercury stationing with this harmonious connection, before turning direct tomorrow. It thus takes a link that would normally peak for only a day, and stretches it out over the course of three. What does this mean for us? Mercury ending its retrograde phase always helps us to think more clearly. Pluto’s influence suggests that we can finally see into the hidden heart of a matter.”~cainer.com
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“A LAST QUARTER MOON occurs on Friday, September 23rd, 2016, at 5:56 AM EDT. On Friday morning, the Last Quarter Moon is exact, when the Sun in Libra squares the Moon in Cancer.
This is not the best time to start a major project, as the decreasing light of the Moon symbolizes a descent into unconsciousness. It’s time to begin finishing up the details of that which was conceived at the last New Moon. What revelations did you have last week? What did they mean for you? What can be done now?”
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The Sun is in Libra from September 22-October 22. Libra rules relationships with others as mirrors of ourselves. Meeting others halfway, compromise, and negotiation come under the rule of Libra. The focus is now on balance–finding balance and harmony through art and relationships with others. Libra is the sign of the peacemaker. However, life is not always peaceful with Libra in its attempt to restore balance. Decision-making can be more challenging while the Sun is in Libra. Libra weighs both sides of any situation, and sometimes this process seems endless! In Libra, the Sun is concerned about not rocking the boat and not rubbing others the wrong way. Tactfulness, style, tolerance, and sociability are some of the keywords for Libra. On the shadow side, Libra can be self-serving, indecisive, passive-aggressive, and superficial.

Retrograde Mercurypkvirgo

Mercury is Retrograde in the sign of Virgo from August 30-September 22, 2016.Mercury is retrograde this week until the 22nd, after which it’s in its post-retrograde shadow.

There is absolutely a positive side to Mercury Retrograde. This period is best used for re-organizing and reflecting. We look at the world a little differently–through different filters–and can come up with some very important inner revelations. It may be difficult to communicate them under this influence, but not everything needs to be rationalized.”~cafeastrology.com

Clarissa of Viva Combusta! writes;

“Today, September 5th, 2016, the most important moment in astrology and astronomy history (maybe ever) was announced. Today, to commemorate what would’ve been Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday, asteroid #17473 was renamed Freddiemercury. Asteroid #17473 was discovered in 1991, the same year Mercury left this world, providing proof he really was from another dimension. As I’ve written about before, any celestial body worth its salt will have a synchronistic connection and backstory to its name; the synch of Freddiemercury is all the proof I need that this virtuoso cosmic body should be used in every astrology reading henceforth!”~Clarissa of Viva Combusta!  (Did I mention Clarissa of Viva Combusta!?)
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“As the Sun enters Libra, it also approaches the Super-Galactic Center (now at 1 Libra): what I interpret as one of the most powerful points of karmic/spiritual influence that we know of in our understanding of the cosmos through an astrological perspective. Between September 22-24, you will have the experience and opportunity to either re-negotiate, initiate or perhaps even dissolve long standing energetic contracts. 
 
At the same time, Mercury (14 Virgo) will be trined Pluto Retrograde (14 Capricorn). In fact,Mercury stations direct on the 22nd (same date as the Equinox, depending on time zone – 21st night for those of you in the Americas), hours before the Sun enters Libra.  You may find new answers arising to situations that have been taxing your mental nerves for the past month coming up after the Equinox. Look especially at questions or decisions you took around September 6. 
 
I see this as a powerful time for us to reconsider how we interpret our paths of service, healing and practical manifestation. Do we serve in ways that disempower the self, or others? Do we create cycle of dependency or sustainable self-sufficiency? Does our work tilt the scales in favour of a socio-political status quo, or do we, in our own ways, challenge it? 
 
Mercury will also square the Great Attractor (14 Sagittarius). It is a powerful time to orient one´s self with a Path, Paradigm, Teacher, Mentor or Journey which will lead you to a different horizon.  In the buildup to the Equinox – on September 21st – we also see the Gemini Moon squaring Saturn, the North Node, the South Node, Neptune and Mercury. There´s going to be a lot of emotional intensity and the possibility for breakthrough coming through the form of an Intense! Grand Mutable Cross. It is … so incredible to note that the Cross (made by way of the Moon´s transit) ends right before the Sun enters Libra! ! ! Wowza! You could not make that up!!! 
 
(May~L) You find the road or Path to Spirit that truly brings you in alignment with the unknowable, formless, nameless – utterly transcendental – experience of the Sacred. We are also called to hone and harness more sophisticated and grounded paths of service that channel this energy whilst moving away from sacrifice-suffering-oriented models of growth that ultimately get us entrapped further in the karmic game. 
It is an excellent time to be moving past victim-abuser dynamics passed down the generational line and reproduced in one´s personal and professional partnerships.  There´s going to be power play here and the best way to get out of it is to simply walk away. 
 
Mars (26 Sagittarius) will be nearly conjunct the Galactic Center of the Milky Way (27 Sagittarius). Find your Path and Launch! It echoes Mercury´s square to the Great Attractor in a powerful way. Choose a road, and if you find it´s the wrong one for you later .. you still get to change it. Either way … Initiate!
 
Now … for the two BIG celestial shifts that we´re already in the process of building up towards: Pluto stationing Direct. And …. URANUS CONJUNCT ERIS Pt. 2 (of 3) !!!!!
Eris represents the Rising energy of the Feminine and Uranus brings in the possibilities of Change, Transformation and Awakening.  Bear in mind the lesson of Libra: What will it be? Balance through Peace, or the Blade of War? You – We – will all pick.

If everything gets too intense – just remember to breathe. You win points just for being here and doing no intentional harm to Self and Others.”

by Dr. Bairavee Balasubramaniam PhD

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“Prince Hanzoku terrorized by a nine-tailed fox. Print by Utagawa Kuniyoshi, 19th century.

Kitsune (, キツネ?IPA: [kitsu͍ne] ( listen)) is the Japanese word for fox. Foxes are a common subject of Japanese folklore; in English, kitsune refers to them in this context. Stories depict them as intelligent beings and as possessing magical abilities that increase with their age and wisdom. According to Yōkai folklore, all foxes have the ability to shape shift into human form.[1] ~wikipedia.com

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By: Sandra Helton, PhD
“The Libra Equinox Restores Balance and Opens Doors to Harmony
The heavens are busy this week and our home solar system is on the move. The Sun enters Libra that is the time of the equinox, Venus goes into Scorpio, there is the Last Quarter Moon, and Mercury goes direct. Most have been anxiously waiting for Mercury to move out of retrograde that has seemed to be the culprit of excessive chaos and problems, but the issues and events have been as much about the three eclipses and the Saturn to Neptune alignment.”Image result for foxes in fall equinox artSorry about the tangent, but this time of year makes me think about these therianthropes.  The definitions are from Wikipedia.  The glorious images are from Tea Fox Illustrations.~L
“The symbol for Libra is the scale that is assumed represents justice although justice is ascribed to Sagittarius while the Libra scales is judgment.  (Didja follow that?  Quite a sentence!~L)  To be in alignment is the ideal and the ideal is an exclusive energy. (!~L)  The realization is that everything is in perpetual motion within this dimensional concept of cause and effect, then the concept of harmony results by reaction, as a process. Within is the deeply stirring Venus in Scorpio that uproots your desires and strengthening either conviction for fulfillment and pushes your passion.
If you want to know something about yourself you have this time to gain that awareness and understanding. It can be a time of revelation about your beliefs and how they have orchestrated your lifestyle.”
~Sandra Helton, PhD at www.shirleymcclaine.com
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Well, now.  This has been a tough passage, Yoganauts.  I am quite surprised by how difficult it was to remain focused (if you can call it focused) and write this in a timely manner.  I had hoped to finish it this afternoon, but my intentions don’t seem to have much pull in 3D reality right now.  I will just have to hope that my power is at work in other places.  Catch up with you next week, when this all has lightened up a bit.
Mind your heart,
~L

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