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Friday, September 8, 2017

Mercury Moves into Virgo as Saturn and Pluto Get Busy Stirring the Astrological Pot

Mercury, which is FINALLY DIRECT (drumroll, please) is moving back into the sign of Virgo on September 9, 2017 and it stays in Virgo until September 29, 2017.  And on September 19, 2017, when it hits 11 degrees of Virgo, the degree of Mercury’s retrograde station on August 12th, we finally clear the Mercury Retrograde shadow.  But I think that many of us are feeling relief already.

Mercury is joining the sun and Mars in Virgo, which entered Virgo on September 5, 2017, inspiring me to tweet:
Venus will join them on September 19th, which is ironically the day Mercury clears its retrograde shadow.

Think back to what was going on in your life in late July and early August when Mercury was last in Virgo.  Anything that was unresolved can now be worked through as we all have the opportunity for a do-over.  Mercury is very comfortable in its home sign of Virgo (its other home sign is Gemini) and it can feel free to do its thing, which includes analyzing, problem solving, focusing on the details and being precise in speech, thought and process. Our minds are sharper and we are able to communicate with others more effectively. Mercury in Virgo is also very practical, due in no small part to its earth sign placement. It may not be as much fun as Mercury in Leo, but at least it is productive.  And it’s lacking the drama of Mercury in Leo.  It’s not a bad time to be of service to others, which is also Virgo’s domain.  Don’t be afraid to speak out or send out an email or even write a letter about a cause that is dear to your heart.

But with Mercury in Virgo we do need to be mindful of the tendency to be too critical of others or become too picky.  The other potential downfall with Mercury in Virgo is the tendency to block off our creativity because we are so focused and precise. The most productive way to channel that Mercury in Virgo energy is to learn something new by taking a class or reading a book or seeing a movie that sparks your creativity.
Pluto in Capricorn is finishing up its retrograde stint that began on April 20, 2017.  It will station direct on September 29, 2017 in 16 degrees of Capricorn, but it is still pretty busy these days.  On September 8, 2017, Mars in 1 degree of Virgo forms a challenging aspect called a semi-square with Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  Most of us are very familiar with the blocked energy associated with a square aspect, which occurs when two planets are 90 degrees apart.  Well, a semi-square is exactly what it sounds like: two planets 45 degrees apart.  It also represents deeply blocked energy, but while the square aspect tends to occur on an internal level, a semi-square can manifest as external events.  When Mars and Pluto collide in this kind of aspect, some ugly confrontations are possible.

Mark your calendars for September 9, 2017 because Pluto is the recipient of two other major aspects.  Venus in 16 degrees of Leo forms a challenging, irritating, annoying inconjunct with Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  The theme with this aspect is that adjustments are necessary on both sides, especially if there is a great deal of mistrust in order to reach common goals.  Sounds a lot like the current American political climate, n’est pas?  But the most optimistic aspect that occurs on September 9th occurs when the sun in 16 degrees of Virgo trines Pluto in 16 degrees of Capricorn.  This is a very supportive aspect that can strengthen our sense of purpose and help us accomplish our goals.  So work it for all its worth.

Saturn in Sagittarius gets busy on September 12th and 13th.  On September 12th Venus in 20 degrees of Leo trines Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius and this is a very favorable aspect for making a dramatic commitment.  On September 13th, the sun in 20 degrees of Virgo squares off with Saturn in 21 degrees of Sagittarius and this is one is not so much fun.  It can feel frustrating and present obstacles but it does help ground us.  And at least Saturn is direct these days, so its challenging aspects move on more quickly.

If you are curious as to how the recent full moon and other planetary aspects are affecting you, please consider getting an astrological reading.  The Services Offered page of my site describes the menu of services that I offer. There is something for everyone.
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For my clients who can’t fit Friday into their schedule for a treatment or have difficulty traveling, I have also recently begun doing distance Reiki sessions for them.  I have a conversation with them about what they hope to achieve from a session, we set up a time for the session to take place when they will be in a state to receive healing energy and I follow up with a telephone conversation to discuss their experience and my perception of their blockages.  I have also incorporated a new technique with my distance Reiki treatments since I don’t always have a photo of my client.  I use a teddy bear so that I can scan and focus the healing energy where it is needed. If this appeals to you, please feel free to contact me by email at or call me at 617-304-2205.  I am also offering Reiki treatments in the Coolidge Corner section of Brookline on Sunday afternoons.

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