September 2022 Author Highlighted Ephemeris courtesy of Astro.com
Geocosmic alignments influence global stock markets, consumer sentiment, and world events. Always remember the good advice from TV show “Lost” how “people are the variable”.
Important note: exact planetary transits and aspects are stated for current Eastern Time zone. Allow 1-5 days before or after to notice their energetic impact. The further the planet from the Sun, the greater the orbit (a.k.a. orb) of influence.
Btw, let me know if you like my color coding of the monthly Ephemeris and if it helps you understand which planet is being referenced.
We start September with all outer main astrological planets traveling retrograde: Jupiter (lavender), Saturn (gray), Uranus (sky blue), Neptune (periwinkle), and Pluto (mulberry). That’s a lot of slowed down energy! Everything worldly seems under review rather than moving forward for the entire month.
Asteroid Chiron (orange) like the above outer planets is in retrograde motion. This suggests healing our wounds as unique individuals is also under scrutiny. Ponder this: how do we cure what ails us?
The True North Node (green) is now halfway through zodiac sign Taurus. Taurus is ruled by Venus, which rules money. Maybe money issues for the collective and stock markets are halfway over? I’m not really buying that premise, rather just being a sarcastic New York born optimistic Pisces.
There aren’t many outer planetary alignments this month. Most of the action is between inner to outer planets. Inner planets Sun (yellow), Moon (lime), Mercury (blush), Venus (pink) and Mars (red) make multiple contacts with the “big boys” and each other to refine picky details we’re reassessing during this retrograde season.
Important for the next seven months is that Mars will remain in Gemini until March 25, 2023 due to its cyclical retrograde which occurs every 26 months. The area where Mars in Gemini transits your own natal chart will be enhanced with super activity. If you don’t know where that is, feel free to contact me for a consultation.
Mars usually transits each sign for roughly six weeks. While in Gemini actions may seem jittery, jumpy, highly erratic or changeable. Gemini has a “mutable” quality. It’s an “Air” sign, ruled by Mercury. Bustle in commerce, trading, contracts, and communications are all heightened for an extraordinarily extended time. Plan and prepare for continued market volatility.
My sense and hope for financial markets in September are that they at least move sideways, but skyward would be better. Someone once told me “hope” is a four-letter word.
Inner planets like Mars or Mercury turning retrograde can symbolize a time of major course correction as the focus is on reviewing and revising what we’ve done up to this point. This prior post talks more about how to handle retrogrades: https://www.trudycarol.com/forecasts-blog/how-to-make-the-most-of-planetary-retrogrades-in-astrology.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell spoke in serious tone while in Jackson Hole, Wyoming last week. Coinciding on that day, the Sun which represents men, leaders and figure heads was in challenging square to Mars which signifies actions and driving force energies. Also, money planet Venus was square to Uranus in money sign Taurus. Squares necessitate adjustments, and Powell essentially put the writing on the wall.
Perhaps also owing to the skies double stressed that day, the markets tumbled; the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) dropped 1008 points!
Following that brief speech, stock markets continue dropping as Powell announced Americans would soon experience “some pain to households and businesses” and “a sustained period of below trend growth” with “softer labor market conditions”.
This is all in the hopes of reducing inflation formed by too much money printing and low interest access to borrowing – policies the Fed themselves created. Astrologically I attribute this to power and control planet Pluto in an opportunistic sextile aspect to Neptune, the planet of deception, illusion and idealism.
Pluto in Capricorn has been sextile to Neptune in Pisces within a 10° orb of influence for quite some time, giving those in positions of power high-minded ideals that backfired to cause inflation. During the pandemic it really was a no-win situation. But this post is not about judging. It’s about analyzing how what happens above in our skies is reflected below on Earth.
Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus have also been transiting closely during their last waning square instigating tensions between our rooted life structures and attempts at breaking free from whatever is holding us back. We can see Saturn has been restricting and limiting Aquarius themes of invention and technology this year by a declining NASDAQ index.
With Saturn in Aquarius, the zodiac sign ruled by planet Uranus, people also want to revolutionize existing structures. We’ve clearly seen an upsurge in workers seeking to unionize. This theme will continue for 20 years. Pluto dips into Aquarius during March 2023, and won’t reach the following sign of Pisces until March 2043.
As the Saturn-Uranus square is close to perfecting by partile (same) 18° degree in October, we’ll start to feel some of this tension more strongly around September 11 when these two planets face off a mere 1° apart. It’s as if all we’ve been struggling to achieve is rising to the surface and we’re trying to climb past a tall wall.
That’s it for the outer planets this month. Now let’s dig into more daily and inner planet transits.
September 1: Mars in Gemini sextile Jupiter in Aries
This may be the best transit of the month. Take advantage of this time with clever and thoughtful actions to expand your personal, professional and financial wealth opportunities.
September 2: Mercury in Libra opposition Jupiter in Aries
Communications and ideas about old or new partnerships are spotlighted in hopes of growing our individual selves in climactic fashion. It’s a good time to weigh vital situations and try to reach conclusions for future goals. We might hear important breaking news, and the markets should be lively this Friday.
September 5: Venus enters Virgo at 12:05 a.m.
Money and relationship matters become more grounded, settled and nuanced for details most of this month. We’re apt to be analytical to the point of being critical. When it comes to investing in September, remember the devil is in the details. Meme stocks and cryptos can disappoint due to this Virgo influence.
September 6 to 14: Mercury stations (a.k.a. stalls) at 8° Libra
Mental energies, communications, and commerce are magnified, particularly wherever this lands in your natal chart. We’ll likely see many mixed signals in the markets throughout this duration. Should we buy or sell? It’s hard to tell.
September 9: Mercury turns retrograde at 8° Libra
This retrograde happens on a Friday just before a Full Moon. Whatever trade trends are current in the stock markets may now suddenly reverse. When planets change directions or move into new zodiac signs, reversals often occur. There’s some positive encouragement here, albeit a brief reprieve.
September 10: Full Moon at 17° Pisces at 5:59 a.m.
We’ll now see something (or things) come to light, or a type of climax in our lives. This Full Moon brings beneficial aspects to outer planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto.
September 11: Sun in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus
This transit supports the prior two days, amplifying feelings of soul centered self-care and innovating new ways of upgrading our monies and relations with others. Practical dealings toward cryptocurrencies are also spotlighted.
September 16: Venus in Virgo squares Mars in Gemini PLUS Sun in Virgo opposition Neptune in Pisces
Traders and investors should watch out for this “Quadruple Witching Day” when multiple options expire. I expect a tumultuous day in the markets. These challenging planetary alignments will only increase the drama.
September 17: Mars in Gemini transits beyond 30° of True North Node in Taurus
This shows the end of a market low according to author Anthony of Boston in his book, “The Mars Hypothesis”. If his theories hold true, we may start to see some upward momentum which would be a nice change for investors. A lift in the markets may be brief or minor since Anthony’s thesis states the next top begins on October 7 when the Sun is within 30° of the True South Node. Better for day traders than long term investors.
September 18: Mercury in Libra opposition Jupiter in Aries PLUS Sun in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn
This Mercury-Jupiter opposition is the second of three identical aspects since Mercury is now retrograde and moving over old territory. Look back to September 2 for clues by noting what unfolded then. The Sun trine Pluto now boosts potential results for positive transformations.
September 20: Venus in Virgo trine Uranus in Taurus AND quincunx Saturn in Aquarius
Today the Federal Reserve holds the first of two new Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings. The Venus trine to Uranus is auspicious however the quincunx to Saturn suggests a blind spot where money is concerned. We still may not be getting a full story from the Fed, or numbers used to determine the real rate of inflation may prove inaccurate.
September 21: Jupiter in Aries semi-square Saturn in Aquarius
These two planets are now 45° apart since December 21, 2020 when they both conjoined in Aquarius. It’s not quite as stressful as a regular 90° square angle, yet there’s some underlying (note the word “lying”) tension brooding below the surface from this alignment. Sometimes this pairing can point to a market bottom, but based on October skies I’m not confident of that assumption. Markets can indeed tumble hard when the Fed announces rate hikes today.
September 22: Sun enters Libra at 9:04 p.m.
The need for greater harmony and a sense justice will be illuminated. Libra as indicated by its glyph of balancing scales likes to weigh decisions, similar to Pisces with two fish swimming in opposite directions. Since we had a Full Moon in Pisces on September 10, there’s a lot of uncertainty and confusion still in the air. Meditate and go with the flow for peaceful Pisces serenity and Libra balance.
September 23: Sun conjunct Mercury in Libra PLUS Mercury enters Virgo at 8:04 a.m.
This united pair reinforces soul and mind. For personal and mundane worldly matters, conversations geared toward relationship building are reinforced and beneficial. Government figures will likely be featured in the media having significant discussions. It’s all about fine tuning adding practical details as retrograde Mercury slides back into zodiac sign Virgo.
September 24: Venus in Virgo opposition Neptune in Pisces
Money and relationship planet Venus meets head on with foggy Neptune. This is a time to be extra careful about being deceived by others and cautious of any tendencies toward self-deception. This goes for investments and all kinds of partnerships whether personal or professional. Today can feel especially dreamy and illusive. It’s a great coupling for those making art or love as creativity and imagination are heightened.
September 26: Venus in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn PLUS Mercury conjunct Venus in Virgo PLUS Sun in Libra opposition Jupiter in Aries
Wow! This is going to be a powerful Monday! The Moon is touring through Libra too. These transits indicate many questions will be answered. We can move forward with better understanding after analyzing all the finer points that have been under review since Mercury turned retrograde. Markets will be rocking and rolling.
September 27: Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn
We can find clarity now and communicate in hands-on, methodical ways to transform the various structures in our lives. For example, this is a good day to ask for a raise at your job by demonstrating all you’ve brought to the company in order to earn that increase in income.
September 28: Mars in Gemini trine Saturn in Aquarius PLUS Jupiter in Aries semi-square Uranus in Taurus
This Mars-Saturn trine supports all verbal and written actions for positive progression in advancing your life structures. With mutable Gemini it’s best to adapt and be willing to make appropriate changes even if they seem uncomfortable. Transportation, machinery, defense and technology sectors are emphasized for investors. Jupiter-Uranus in semi-square suggests wealth expansion will be tested as we aim for lofty goals.
September 29: Venus enters Libra 3:49 a.m.
A charmed Venus ends the month on a positive note, as the planet of love, money and relationships moves into its second home of Libra (Taurus being the first). Venus rules Libra which again is focused on finding balance, harmony, and constantly weighing decisions. So many choices, so little time. My advice: try to set aside some sweetness with your loved ones in September and October. Love will be your saving grace this and next month when volatility intensifies.
Until then, wishing you a successful September…
© 2022 by Trudy Carol