September-October 2014 Astrology Forecast: Eclipses, Mercury Retrograde & More!

Astrology Forecast


The major events of September and October include powerful lunar and solar eclipses, Mercury Retrograde, and a joyfully expansive Grand Trine. We’ll also have three positively challenging T-squares that combine Uranus and Pluto with the Sun, Mercury and Venus. And let’s not forget a mystical Pisces Full Moon, the Fall Equinox, a Libra New Moon and much more!

  • 9/5. Jupiter quincunx Pluto
  • 9/8. Pisces Full Moon
  • 9/16. Uranus opposes Pallas Athena
  • 9/22. Sun enters Libra (Fall Equinox)
  • 9/24. Libra New Moon
  • 9/25. Jupiter trine Uranus
  • 9/26-10/12. Mars-Jupiter-Uranus Grand Trine
  • 9/28-10/9. Sun-Uranus-Pluto T-square
  • 10/4. Mercury turns retrograde thru 10/25
  • 10/5-10/14. Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square
  • 10/8. Lunar Eclipse in Aries
  • 10/21-10/29. Mercury-Uranus-Pluto T-square
  • 10/23. Sun and Venus enter Scorpio
  • 10/23. Solar Eclipse in Scorpio
  • 10/25. Mercury turns direct
  • 10/27. Venus trine Neptune

The Story So Far

As September opens, we have four retrograde planets: Pluto thru 9/22, Neptune thru 11/16, Chiron thru 11/23 and Uranus thru 12/21. And the pervasive energies of revolutionary transformation (a Uranus-Pluto square), as well as universal love, compassion and spiritual awakening (Neptune in Pisces), remain powerful for years to come!

Concise Overview

This section contains brief forecasts for the most important astrological events in September and October. Be sure to also check out the weekly forecasts in my weekly email newsletter, which go into much greater detail!

Transformative adjustments in your religious practices, philosophy of life, and interactions with foreign cultures are stimulated 8/24 thru 9/17, with a peak on 9/5. You can also make positive changes in how you present yourself as a leader or performer. (Jupiter quincunx Pluto)

Healing in your domestic environment and committed relationships is energized 8/30 through 9/10, with a peak on 9/5. Mentoring or counseling in these areas is also supported. (Mystic Rectangle: Sun-Juno-Chiron-Pluto)

Higher service performed in committed partnership receives powerful and flowing support 8/30 through 9/9 (peak on 9/6) due to a Sun-Juno-Vesta-Pluto Cradle.

Intuitive flashes can tell you how to take your committed partnerships and/or sexuality to the next level 8/25 thru 9/20 (peak on 9/7) thanks to a Uranus-Juno square.

It can be tricky when both the receptive and assertive aspects of your feminine nature want to express themselves. Between 8/29 and 9/9 (peak on 9/7), a Juno-Pallas Athena-Uranus-Pluto Grand Cross can help you gain new insights on how to harmoniously merge these energies within yourself.

Pisces Full Moon

A Pisces Full Moon (9/8, 9:38 pm) can be a call to altered states. Rather than overdoing drugs, alcohol or escapism, why not connect to the infinitely more satisfying ecstasy that the divine can provide? This simple bliss invocation may help you.

The Pisces Full Moon can also strongly stimulate inspired creativity and deeper states of unconditional love and compassion. But be careful not to play the martyr or slip into aimless drifting.

This lunation’s aspects strongly support healing and mentoring, committed partnerships, higher service and Law of Attraction work.

This Full Moon’s Sabian Symbol is, “An easter promenade.” While Easter celebrates Jesus’ resurrection, each of us can resurrect our own divine consciousness and “promenade” through life without having to experience physical death. The mystical radiance of this Pisces Full Moon empowers this possibility.

Focused discipline can help you overcome any obstacles to serving your higher calling around 9/13. (Saturn conjunct Vesta)

Breakthroughs in your embodiment of feminine assertiveness and strategic planning are empowered around 9/16. (Uranus opposes Pallas Athena)

Jangly edges in committed partnership? It’s a great time to initiate a revised, perhaps more expansive structure to contain it 9/18 through 9/23 (9/21 peak). (Mars-Juno-Neptune Thor’s Hammer)

Rather than indulging in excessive escapism, you can take definitive action to energize your spiritual practice and creative output around 9/21. (Mars square Neptune)

The Sun enters Libra on 9/22 at 10:29 pm, heralding the Fall Equinox and the energies of relating, creativity, balance and equilibrium.

Libra New Moon

There’s a New Moon on 9/24 at 2:14 AM (1°7′ Libra). New beginnings in the Libran energies described in the prior paragraph are supported. Note how much your self-esteem is affected by others, rather than self-determined.

This lunation’s Sabian Symbol, “The light of the sixth race transmuted to the seventh,” refers to an opening into a new level of unity consciousness. See what happens when you say, “Maximum unity consciousness that serves highest good, please” and rest in passive breath awareness!

Breakthroughs in your religious or philosophical worldview, along with quantum leaps in your “joy capacity,” are being intuitively transmitted 8/23 thru 11/8 (9/25 peak). Are you creating enough quiet time in your consciousness to receive them as Jupiter trines Uranus?

Adventurous action, joyfully executed and intuitively inspired, is energized 9/26 through 10/12 (10/6 peak). (Mars-Jupiter-Uranus Grand Trine)

You’re being offered a core personality upgrade 9/28 through 10/9 (10/5 peak). How much revolutionary transformation are you ready to embrace? (Sun-Uranus-Pluto T-square)

Mercury Retrograde

Mercury is retrograde 10/4 at 1:02 PM thru 10/25 at 3:17 pm. Avoid starting major projects or making major purchases if possible. This is an excellent time to reflect on your relationships and creative expression, as well as how your entertainment choices are influencing your consciousness.

Taking decisive action to heal any dysfunctionality in your committed partnerships is energized 9/29 through 10/12 (10/4 peak). (Mars-Juno-Chiron Thor’s Hammer)

Taking immediate action on your intuitive flashes flows more easily around 10/5 with Mars trine Uranus.

Bringing positive change to your relationships and creativity is supported 10/5 through 10/14 (10/9 peak). Let your intuitive flashes guide you under this Venus-Uranus-Pluto T-square!

Aries Lunar Eclipse

A lunar eclipse (like a Full Moon on steroids) occurs on 10/8 at 6:50 AM (15°5′ Aries). What adjustments would serve you in the areas of sexuality, leadership, initiation and aggression?

This eclipse’s aspects deliver an emphatic message about embodying your authentic personality, following your intuitive flashes and serving society with your unique gifts. They also encourage surrendering all that doesn’t support your evolution and allowing divine power to saturate and guide you.

This eclipse’s Sabian Symbol is, “Brightly clad brownies dancing in the warm dying light.” Brownies are earth elementals, and are a variety of gnome. This image suggests the pleasure and camaraderie we can enjoy when we take time to connect with nature and relax into our own elemental nature.

Intuitive flashes and mental breakthroughs can abound 10/21 through 10/29 (10/25 peak) under a Mercury-Uranus-Pluto T-square.

The Sun and Venus both enter Scorpio on 10/23, energizing positive transformation in yourself and your key relationships. (More Scorpionic attributes in the next paragraph!)

Scorpio Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse (an extra-powerful New Moon) occurs on 10/23 at 5:57 pm (0°24′ Scorpio). New beginnings in committed partnership, wealth creation, transformation, occult activities, psychology and investigation are strongly energized.

In addition, this eclipse has very tight conjunctions which highlight relationship, creativity, feminine assertiveness and strategic planning.

This lunation’s Sabian Symbol is, “A sight-seeing bus filled with tourists.” Scorpionic energy can dive deeply, even obsessively, into the depths of whatever it’s investigating. This image reminds us to come up for air once in a while to get a larger perspective on the situation.

As noted above, Mercury turns direct on 10/25 at 3:17 pm.

An easy flow of divine connection, inspired creativity and merging with the divine in the world around you is energized around 10/27 with Venus trine Neptune.

Void-of-Course Moons

It’s best to avoid starting important new projects or making major purchases during these times. “Business as usual” is the best strategy for these periods, which occur when the Moon has made its last major Ptolemaic aspect but has not yet moved into the next sign.

  • 9/1, 11:40 am – 1:18 pm (Sagittarius)
  • 9/3, 2:07 pm – 6:16 pm (Capricorn)
  • 9/5, 11:09 am – 8 pm (Aquarius)
  • 9/7, 1:19 pm – 7:48 pm (Pisces)
  • 9/9, 3:10 pm – 7:35 pm (Aries)
  • 9/10, 8:59 pm – 9/11, 9:18 pm (Taurus)
  • 9/13, 5:58 pm – 9/14, 2:28 am (Gemini)
  • 9/15, 10:06 pm – 9/16, 11:26 am (Cancer)
  • 9/18, 2:39 pm – 11:12 pm (Leo)
  • 9/21, 12:34 am – 11:56 am (Virgo)
  • 9/23, 8:15 am – 9/24, 12:01 am (Libra)
  • 9/26, 8:39 am – 10:31 am (Scorpio)
  • 9/28, 4:31 pm – 6:52 pm (Sagittarius)
  • 9/29, 11:29 pm – 10/1, 12:42 am (Capricorn)
  • 10/2, 12:19 pm – 10/3, 4:02 am (Aquarius)
  • 10/4, 2:33 pm – 10/5, 5:26 am (Pisces)
  • 10/6, 3:39 pm – 10/7, 6:08 am (Aries)
  • 10/8, 10:21 am – 10/9, 7:46 am (Taurus)
  • 10/10, 8:49 pm – 10/11, 11:53 am (Gemini)
  • 10/13, 1:59 pm – 7:32 pm (Cancer)
  • 10/15, 7:28 pm – 10/16, 6:31 am (Leo)
  • 10/18, 9:10 am – 7:09 pm (Virgo)
  • 10/20, 11:30 pm – 10/21, 7:13 am (Libra)
  • 10/23, 4:53 pm – 5:11 pm (Scorpio)
  • 10/25, 12:12 pm – 10/26, 12:42 am (Sagittarius)
  • 10/27, 12:19 pm – 10/28, 6:05 am (Capricorn)
  • 10/29, 11:02 pm – 10/30, 9:54 am

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All dates and times are in the U.S. eastern time zone. Events are most powerful on the dates listed, but their influence will be active for at least several days before and after.

Everyone is affected by these global transits. However, you will be most powerfully impacted when moving planets activate sensitive points in your natal chart.


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