Sept 2018 Astrology Update

PHOENIX (Rooster) MONTH  Sept 9 – Oct 7

Sept 9 2018 was a new Moon in Earth sign Virgo. Virgo rules the sixth house of health, healing, work, and service. This lunar month is time for attention to health, the health of your home, and is time to take action! This month is fortunate to launch plans, especially career plans, and to pursue opportunities.

The new Moon, Sun, and Mercury were all in Virgo for clear communication. But under the influence of Virgo, details are important, as is follow through.

This new Moon began the lunar month of the Metal Phoenix (Rooster). Phoenix, like Virgo, takes pride in a job well done, and can be superb at planning and organizing. Know that Phoenix speaks frankly, making this lunar month the time for direct speech. This is the month of the Metal Phoenix. The element Metal can help make clean decisions.

In feng shui, Metal is the clean, white, and pure environment. It might time for an autumn cleaning this year to get organized before winter. This is also a good month to recover your health if not feeling balanced after Monkey month in August. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation.



September 22 2018 is Autumn Equinox, equal day and equal night, a time for balance as the seasonal wheel turns. September 24 is the Harvest Moon, the full Moon that’s closest to Autumn Equinox. This Harvest Moon is in Fire sign Aries, bringing energy and vitality. Aries inspires action, and an independent spirit, during this full Moon and as this lunar cycle wanes.

The full Moon, Sun, and Mercury are all in harmonious aspects to Mars, newly in Aquarius. Mars brings courage, self reliance, and stamina. It’s fortunate to engage in physical activity to strengthen the mind and spirit, as well as the body. It’s also a good time to examine motivations, and decide what projects to forward or to complete. 

The full Moon, Sun, and Mercury square Saturn to slow down and be thorough. Attention to details is important in this Phoenix month. So fine to focus on the little things if that’s what needed for completion. Be clear about responsibilities, or people could feel isolated if their communication is not understood. Fortunately, Venus trines Neptune in Water signs for increased empathy and understanding.

This Aries full Moon brings energy for all, especially Fire signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius and those born in Rat, Dragon, Snake, and Monkey years.



Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But in this Earth Dog year, Mercury retrograde can be a time to follow through, keep your word, and complete projects. Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks. There is one more Mercury retrograde cycle in 2018:

Nov 16 – Dec 6 in Sagittarius and Scorpio
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius Nov 16 – 30 to move quickly and complete tasks. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized.
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio Dec 1 – 6 when emotions come to the surface, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on Dec 6, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and Wood Rat month. 


Looking ahead to 2019 MERCURY RETROGRADES

March 5 – 28  in Water sign Pisces
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Pisces is when communication is nuanced and subtle. People communicate more through emotions than rational thought, Read body language.  trusting intuiition and reading body language. If there are hurt feelings, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. 

July 7 – 31  in Fire sign Leo and Water sign Cancer
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo is when communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. For some, it is time to roar! But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. 
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Cancer is when emotions come to the surface, with care about home and family.

Oct 31 – Nov 20  Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio is when emotions come to the surface, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed.



Jupiter is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio March 8 – July 10.
Time to refine your Dog year plans. Launch plans after the July 25 Mercury retrograde ends on August 18. 

Saturn is retrograde in Earth sign Capricorn April 17 – Sept 6
We slow down anyway during an Earth year after 2 Fire years — 2016 Fire Monkey and 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster). Take care of health and tend to practical matters.

Mars is retrograde in Air sign Aquarius June 28 – Aug 28
Best to work collectively, with group consensus, under the influence of Aquarius and in a Dog year.

Venus is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio and Air sign Libra Oct 5 – Nov 16.
Deep-feeling Scorpio and Libra are both excellent signs for love planet Venus, especially Libra because Venus rules Libra and Taurus.


2018 LUNAR MONTHS in Earth Dog Year

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Aquarius February 15 2018 starts Wood Tiger month and year of the Earth Dog.

New Moon in Pisces March 17 starts Wood Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries April 15 starts Fire Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus May 15 starts Fire Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini June 15 starts Earth Horse month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Cancer July 12 starts Earth Sheep month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Leo Aug 11 starts Metal Monkey month.

New Moon in Virgo September 9 starts Metal Phoenix (Rooster) month.

New Moon in Libra October 8 starts Water Dog month. Dog month in Dog year.

New Moon in Scorpio November 7 starts Water Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 6 starts Wood Rat month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Capricorn January 5 2019 starts Wood Ox month.

New Moon in Aquarius February 4 2019 starts Fire Tiger month and year of the Earth Pig.



solar eclipse occurs on a new Moon when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. The Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse. 

lunar eclipse occurs on a full Moon when the Earth, Sun and Moon align in space, with Earth between the Sun and Moon. Earth’s shadow falls on the full Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.

Jan 5 New Moon partial solar eclipse in 15 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. This new Moon also starts Ox month to apply energy to completing projects and attention to practical matters.

Jan 20 Full Moon total lunar eclipse in 0 degrees Fire sign Leo. This eclipse focus is art and self expression, so find and develop hidden talents to let them shine.

July 2 New Moon total solar eclipse in 10 degrees Water sign Cancer. Family, friends, and home life take center stage. Broken ties can be mended.

July 16 Full Moon partial lunar eclipse in 24 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. Focus on financial matters, work, and health. A good lunar cycle to get grounded mid year.

Dec 25 New Moon annular solar eclipse in 4 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. Again in Capricorn to focus on material matters, but also the holidays of Pig year to eat, drink, and be merry! 


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