So this month, above all, take your time to make decisions, but don’t be afraid to step through new doors if they open for you - and into October, too. If you balance practicalities with expectations; and realities with your dreams for the rest of this year, you should find your path ahead runs smoothly, even as you embrace change.
September began on a spectacular astronomical note: the annular ‘ring of fire’ solar eclipse in Virgo will be beautiful, although not visible in Australia (a partial eclipse was visible in western Australia.)* Then, mid-month, a penumbral lunar eclipse in Pisces will be visible throughout Australia, although it will resemble a simple dimming of the Moon, rather than the 'bite' out of the Moon we associate with a lunar eclipse**.
The eclipse on September 1st will be at a 90-degree angle to Mars and Saturn, and effectively throws down a gauntlet, the challenge being: Are you ready to take action? Because this is it! Hard work, diligence and application will be required, but if you step up to challenges now, you will excel.
The people who are truly important to you, such as family and partners, will have a strong draw around September 5th, when important developments will point out just who is truly invaluable in your life; and therefore, the plans and actions you must take to maintain a strong heart connection with them. Your relationships may well step up a level and this in itself will represent some of the changes this month's encapsulate.
Shortly afterwards, around the 7th, you should gain a better foothold, a commitment, or at least find out more where you stand in an important relationship or project.
When Jupiter enters Libra on the 9th, this will be an excellent time to place the intention to incorporate more beauty and harmony in your life. And yet, the ‘between the eclipses’ phase will be intense, especially the weekend of the 10th and potentially into that week. It’s decision time!
And, while Mercury is retrograde until September 22nd, this will be an excellent time to reconsider your views and circumstances, it's not necessarily a great time to instigate change. So hold off making practical changes until after the 22nd if you can, or else you may need to re-do or re-think your ideas at a later date. But if new doors open smoothly in September, you'll do well to step through them in your own time.
The end of the Mercury retrograde phase will coincide with the Spring equinox, bringing a sense of harmony and at least a deeper understanding of how important peace is in your life.
And, as Venus will enter Scorpio at end of the month, there's every chance that September will end on a sexy note!
*visible in central Africa and Madagascar as the ring of fire, and the Indian Ocean, western Australia, Antarctica and parts of Atlantic Ocean as a partial eclipse.
**also visible in parts of Asia, eastern Africa, Europe, Russia, Japan, China, Antarctic, Atlantic.
Patsy Bennett is the author of 'Astrology: Secrets of the Moon' www.astrocast.com.au