Everything you need to know about the Earth opening up and swallowing your planets or the other way around.
Horoscopes by Corina Dross
After a tumultuous summer, September greets us with deceptive calm. The winds have died down, the storms moved on. The conjunction of Mars and Saturn in Scorpio brought painful ruptures for many of us in August. The explosions may be over (as the conjunction wanes in early September) and the wild chase ended, but we’re still a little breathless, a little bewildered. What comes next is either too far off to see, or has just begun to form. This stillness is a critical time for reflection, strategy, and redirection. We may want nothing more than to stop where we’ve been hurled, to fall to the ground and press our faces against the cool dirt, the leaf mulch, the softly weathered newspaper banners. But with the faster planets moving through Virgo and Libra this month, now is not the time for abandon.
Virgo, often misunderstood as a sign of prudish, prissy orderliness, is much stronger than it appears. It is a highly active sign, though its activity tends toward the internal and sometimes invisible. Think of Virgo as a membrane that filters our ideas, ambitions, dreams, and desires –holding in tension all that is possible with all that we can imagine. When planets move through Virgo we’re offered a fresh lens for examining the real material of our lives and sorting through what is and isn’t working –as well as clearer glimpse of what we’d like to make real, what is hovering on the edge of possibility. We may want to turn inward under this influence, but it would be unwise to turn off our critical minds and merely rest. Now is the time for conscious, careful alchemical experiments.
As the Sun moves from Virgo to Libra on September 23rd (Venus will follow on the 30th) we move from a close examination of our own habits and systems to a broader, airier perspective. Now is the time to find higher ground –some rocky outcropping from which to scan the horizon for distant ships. The 23rd is also the autumn equinox, when light and dark are in balance, when the Earth tilts neither towards or away from the Sun, when our entire planet pauses between waxing and waning. Take this time of equilibrium to gather in what you will need –the people, the fuel, the plans –to face the coming darkness, ideally with a massive bonfire.
As always, take in these horoscopes with a sense of what your system needs and license to cast off the rest. For a more nuanced forecast, the astro-literate are encouraged to read their rising signs first, followed by their Sun and Moon signs.
“Though there is nothing would help me come to grips with
a sky that is gaping and yawning,
there is a song I woke with on my lips,
as you sailed your great ship towards the morning.”