Planet Waves Horoscopes: September 2013 Horoscopes
We seem to live in an Aries Point era, when everything political has personal impact, and our most intimate personal issues find expression in collective social events. During the month of September, astrologer Eric Francis tells us that the way to work with that change in energy is to pause briefly, take a breath, and consider your place in the world around you. For a more thorough explanation of this month's astrology, see September 2013: Moments of Balance in the Whirlwind.
Monthly Horoscope for September 2013
Aries (March 20-April 19)
One challenge of the coming weeks will involve discerning self-interest from your calling or desire to support others. Ideally, there would be no separation of those concepts. That we can and so often do play games that have one winner and many losers is a problem. That we tend to lack the idea of "the greatest good for all concerned," or what are called "win-win" scenarios, is the deeper issue. It's essential that you bear this in mind now. Your interests are not separate from the people you care about, and in truth they're not separate from those of anyone else. Understanding this requires reaching a new level of consciousness, which you're reaching for, capable of, and where you may already be. In this scenario, it will help to know what you want, and at the same time you must also know about (and care about) the wants and needs of the people with whom you share space and time. To do that, you'll need to ask, listen carefully, and listen to what people say when they're speaking freely. Simply put: you're being called upon to be fair, to the point where you set aside competition in exchange for creating a mutually beneficial situation. This calls for a heightened level of honesty, first with yourself and then with others.
Taurus (April 19-May 20)
You've been through a lot recently, and I am sure you'd be grateful if things would cool off. Take any opportunity to slow down, remove commitments from your schedule, and give yourself a chance to focus inwardly. Consider each of the past five or so episodes in your life and notice how many would have benefitted from extra introspection beforehand. Events in the early part of the month will repeat that reminder, serving as encouragement to understand yourself before you engage too deeply with others. This is the best way to keep your center and also to prevent yourself from getting into situations that are so deep you cannot see a way out, or a way through. At the same time, you're being invited to go deeper with others, or with someone in particular, and it may seem like you have to make a decisive move before too long. I would remind you of a fact often overlooked in our romance-obsessed world: your first relationship is to yourself. That statement may be the ultimate blasphemy against the prevailing relationship mythology, though it's based on the notion that you cannot relate to anyone unless you have a self to do that relating with. Once you do that habitually, it will be clearer what to do with others.
Gemini (May 20-June 21)
You may go through a few more emotional twists and turns before you figure out how safe you are, and how much freedom you have. You could go a long way by recognizing there is not a narrow formula for emotional security. You cannot just check off the points on a punch list and be done with it. This is not a technical matter; it's a spiritual one. It also seems that your sense of confidence in your surroundings, and a sense of belonging, arise as a result of your own ability to tune in and be present, rather than from some external factor. It would help significantly if you were less obsessed with security and instead considered the many ways you can explore life and love. If I may offer some confirmation, your astrology is saying you're ready to do that. Yet there's another message about being called further, into true courage, creativity, and doing something that honors your passion for life. That involves taking emotional risks. Each time you heed this calling, you may be confronted with a new occasion to admit, confront, and go beyond another level or type of fear. Most people would take this as an opportunity to back off, give up, and go home. I don't think you will.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Mars transiting the angle of your chart that addresses self-esteem is pushing you to act as if you had the confidence to do what you want. There seem to be plenty of details involved, though you have options for how you handle them. I suggest that you work your way from the big picture inward to the specifics—which is to say, in the order of priorities necessary to accomplish something. A large goal is always made of many small parts. Many small parts do not automatically add up to something meaningful. Therefore, stick to your vision, which your chart suggests you've been cultivating in its current form since around early 2011. Meanwhile, you're likely to encounter some necessity that makes you question whether all the effort you're exerting is really worth it. You will feel better for having met this challenge, or answering this question yourself, rather than giving up or getting someone else to do it for you. If this involves a financial matter, trust that you have the determination and maturity necessary to make it happen. This is not a test of your maturity; it's an opportunity to cultivate and deepen it. It's not about proving your creative power, but rather about putting your natural gifts to work for yourself and the world.
Leo (July 22-August 23)
If you encounter something that seems immovable—a person, a situation, an emotion—it's more like a floating object than a stationary one. It will move, if you apply energy in the right direction; but I suggest you proceed more like a tugboat than like the Titanic. Do you really need to move this thing, whatever it is? Do you need to exert so much energy? Or would it be better to organize your life around its presence for a while? What you have over the next few weeks is an opportunity to determine the size and scale of the situation, and to make an assessment of how it's influenced you in the past. That's really the question—what you're going to do about something that already happened, perhaps long ago, and potentially reaching into past generations. What you're doing that your predecessors have not done is acknowledge its existence. What you seem to be dealing with is a secret of some kind. There are at least two levels to any secret: one is figuring out that it exists, and the other is figuring out what it contains. It may seem nearly useless to know that there is some concealed information but to not know what it is. But in truth, you're more than halfway there.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Exerting too much control is the best way for things to go out of control. I suggest that you embrace the uncertainty factor, especially the part about not knowing the impact people will have on your life, or the influence that you will have on them. One thing is for sure: you and someone significant will shape one another's experience and worldview. I can also tell you that the way to make this the most positive experience possible is to focus on communication. What feels like the impulse to take charge, get a handle on things, or to attempt actual control will best be sated by an exchange of ideas. That's the whole point, anyway, and what makes this such a positive opportunity. In order to do that, you will need to develop the skill of responding rather than reacting. There are instances when you may be seized by emotions that seem to demand the latter—and the best thing you can do is pause. If something, or someone, seems like it might hurt you, I would urge you to remember that your astrology is saying that no matter how polarized a situation gets, that's unlikely. To sum up: Communicate rather than control. Respond rather than react. One last point: In any exaggerated situation, keep your sense of humor.
Libra (September 22-October 23)
I've written before that most of the problems that people face can be traced back to self-esteem. Your current astrology says that any question, issue, or emotion that you experience will come back to this same theme. This has been going on for a while, though it's a special focus right now. I suggest you focus on who in the past has gone out of their way to make you feel less worthy of love or of any benefit or reward of life. What you're dealing with is not an actual fact of worthiness—it's a feeling, and that feeling did not emerge from a vacuum. Meanwhile, I suggest you be conscious of the people around you and what influence they have on you. While it's true that on one level how you feel about yourself is your business, it's also true that others have an influence on you, and they will at times run their own agenda. If you have to push back against that, then do it in a creative and positive way. Rather than rebel, set out to achieve something that you want to do, and give yourself credit for having done so. In the end, though, how you feel about yourself is a choice, and I would remind you that nobody is your judge and jury.
Scorpio (October 23-November 22)
You need to set your sights higher. When I say need, I mean it's actually a matter of necessity: Commit to something more challenging, something that demands more of your personal resources, experience, and talent. I see you involved in something visible, something that makes a difference in the world. Yet doing something challenging means encountering challenges. They may seem like they're worldly in nature, involving your circumstances. In truth, all the territory you're covering is personal. You're being called to some new and potentially unexpected form of leadership, one that you've known for a while you were aspiring to in theory. This month you go from theory to action. Action means taking charge, staying grounded, and bringing both a dynamic, even dramatic quality to what you're doing at the same time you call forth your deepest maturity. As you know, maturity is useless unless it's put to good use, and this is the order of the moment. As you see the rewards of this way of doing things, I suggest you reinvest them rather than take them as profits. What you need more than anything is momentum toward a tangible goal. Part of that quality is bringing yourself fully into what you're doing, creating, and expressing—and every inner challenge you overcome will get you one step closer to that spot.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 22)
Every time I see the charts from the point of view of Sagittarius, I want to write about sex. Maybe that has something to do with your ruling planet being in your solar 8th house—the one that represents the sex you want the most. Yet it may also represent what you fear the most, where you must encounter the most compelling aspects of relationship, and where it's possible to get lost in another person. That may indeed be your concern, and it could be valid. You may be wondering what to do: Go deeper, or extricate yourself? I suggest you start with a good meditation on Be Here Now. Jupiter is also in Cancer, the sign of nourishment and comfort. This is a meaningful place to be, and I can say with some confidence that at least it's not boring. And you're getting more of what you need than you may recognize. In fact, you could get a lot more of what you need, and share with others what you have and that they need. If relationships are about exchange, then you're in the ideal place to do that. You have plenty to give, you have lots that's being offered, and all you need to do is be open—especially to doing that elusive thing known as receiving.
Capricorn (December 22-January 20)
How much are you willing to reveal about yourself, and why would you hold back at all? There seems to be some tension between what is "really going on" and what you want to be known in some public context. I don't think the paparazzi are after you, but it may feel that way. You could entertain yourself with paranoia about what might come out, though if you're hanging out there I suggest you ask yourself what you want the world to know about you. I don't mean what soap you use. I mean what would ordinarily be considered entirely inappropriate, presumed to be damaging to your reputation or image, and even dangerous. The flirtation is between hold back and let go. There may be a diversity of opportunities you have that you want to explore and the deciding factor may seem to be what people might think. You have some options here: one of them is to blow the doors off and be happy that they might discover anything and everything. Assuming felonies are not involved, that could work out well for you. The obsession with secrecy is one of the things that is choking not just your experience, but that of many, many people—and I would count the urge to set ourselves free as a healthy impulse.
Aquarius (January 20-February 19)
Will you depend on others to push you, or will you allow yourself to do what you want? Will you play a game of resisting, perhaps to make some point to yourself or to them, or will you say yes when yes is appropriate to say? By that I mean: you have the option to do what you want to do, without a lot of drama, and it's enough that you want to do it and nobody else's influence needs to matter. Yet what I see in your chart is that you may decide it's easier to allow someone else to provide the initiative or motivation, and you come along for the ride. You have that option, but it won't be as much fun. This is akin to the difference between reading something in a book or discovering it yourself—or seeing a picture of some place as opposed to going there personally. Which has a deeper influence on you? You will have a deeper experience of someone or something if you make the choice yourself, rather than allowing yourself to be pressured or seduced. The only question is what you want, though this is not as urgent as you think. This is about tuning into your feelings. It's also about not being a control freak, though you would be surprised how much these two things have in common.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Emotional material will be easier to move through than you may think. You may have the fear or expectation that going deep will mean having to process or respond to something you cannot handle. Ordinarily the astrology evoking this feeling might be more challenging, but there are mitigating factors—particularly such an impressive collection of planets currently in the water signs. That's providing you with plenty of your most important element. Said another way, you have what you need to have the emotional, relational, and sexual experiences you want. It seems more a matter of putting the ingredients together, and responding to your circumstances appropriately. One hint I can give you is to use emotional tension productively. If you have friction with someone, that is potentially a helpful indication that you have some energy with them. Take the risk, go beyond your prejudices and first impressions, and go deeper. Those prejudices might involve the residue of moralism from whatever source. This needs to be seen for what it is, which is a philosophy that will eventually determine that any human pleasure is wrong. This is more than unhelpful; it's void on its face, and I suggest you treat it that way and move on to your mission of making contact with whoever focuses your attention in a lusty, sparky, appealing, or provocative way.
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