Monthly Overview: September 2020
September begins with an intense burst of planetary activity, much of which spreads confusion. The Pisces Full Moon on September 2nd is sensitive and illusory, and on the same day Mercury trines Pluto, adding ulterior motives to the mix. The same day, Venus opposes Saturn, bringing seriousness or even sadness in love, although the following day a Mercury-Saturn trine does help to stabilize emotions. Fortunately, the tumult of these early days settles down once Mercury moves into balanced Libra on August 5th, and when Venus swaps the emotional angst of Cancer for joyful, warm-hearted Leo on August 6th.
September 9th is marked by a sudden downturn in energy, as Mars turns retrograde, despite the positive and lucky Sun-Jupiter trine on the same day. On September 11th, the Sun-Neptune opposition brings fog and clarity could be hard to find. There’s a growing sense of optimism behind the confusion, however, as Jupiter turns direct on September 12th. Surprises – hopefully nice ones – come for love and money on September 15th when Venus squares Uranus, and we get the common sense to deal with these surprises on September 17th when the New Moon occurs in grounded Virgo.
Later in the month, communications could take a spiteful turn, particularly when Mercury squares up to Pluto on September 21st, and when Mercury shifts into Scorpio on September 27th. However, the equinox sees the Sun move into fair-minded Libra. This should help most of us deal well with any animosity. Saturn turns direct on September 29th, bringing extra patience – which is just as well, since a Mars-Saturn square on that same day highlights delays and frustrations.
MONTHLY OVERVIEW: October 2020
October this year has a largely positive and optimistic vibe, and although the month does have its challenges, it also provides us with the astrological tools to overcome those issues, should we choose to use them. We kick off with a very brave and bold Aries Full Moon on October 1st, which heralds emotional closure for something which has been hard fought. Venus shifts into demure Virgo the following day, perhaps paralleling an upswing in old-fashioned manners and courtesy.
It’s during the second week that the challenges begin, with a tense Mars-Pluto square on October 9th and a warning shot from a Sun-Jupiter square on October 11th. These vibes are about not pushing too hard and not taking on too much. Over-confidence is a danger now, with many people thinking they know better than anyone else. Neatly sandwiched between these two challenges, however, is a potentially exciting trine between Venus and Uranus on October 10th, which suggests better news in love or money. However, when Mercury turns retrograde in Scorpio on October 13th, it’s easy to fall prey to darker thoughts.
Mid-month, the tide begins to turn with the diplomatic, good-willed Libra New Moon on October 16th. A series of lovely Venus trines occurs between October 19th and 24th – here the love planet’s contacts with Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn help to showcase gentle, kind, compassionate solutions to big problems. This theme continues when Venus shifts to equitable Libra on October 27th. However, the stubborn Taurus Full Moon on October 31st suggest not everyone has gotten the ‘be kind’ memo.
MONTHLY OVERVIEW: November 2020
November starts with some lively, positive thinking as Mercury ends its retrograde period and turns direct in Libra, freeing up communication and emphasizing the importance of fair play. We can expect some more emotionally driven thinking after November 10th when Mercury re-enters Scorpio, but the sense of purpose here is immense. We’re perfectly placed here to take advantage of the exceptionally promising Jupiter-Pluto conjunction on November 12th, which promises big breakthroughs and success, especially once Mars turns direct in Aries the following day.
Mid-November is characterized by stop-start emotions and perhaps some speedy reversal of fortune. The Scorpio New Moon on November 15th is demanding, but at almost the same time the Venus-Jupiter square brings optimism and luck, particularly in love or money. We need to be careful not to over-react, however, as the excitable Mercury-Uranus opposition on November 17th can foster some unwise moves. Two days later on November 19th, Venus is busy again, but this time in a square to Saturn which can herald some disappointment or loss.
November 21st sees an interesting contrast, with Venus moving into intense Scorpio but the Sun arriving in happy go lucky Sagittarius. There are some emotional surprises in store when a brooding Venus opposes Uranus on November 27th, just days before the Lunar Eclipse in Gemini – this may be a case of having to be very careful what we wish for.