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The story in the sky this week centers on sweet Venus’ opposition to erratic Uranus (exact Sept. 12), which is sharply punctuated by a T-square formation with the swordsman himself, Mars. We can expect the beginnings (or a deepening) of a re-organization in our social sphere which may impact our friendships, our sources of income, our intimate partnerships and our ideas about how to love and be loved. While the period of Sept. 7 through Sept. 16 may produce a number of shocks or major turns, it is reasonable to expect various consequences and additional wrinkles to the plot to roll into the Venus retrograde this fall. (See bottom for key dates of the 2018 Venus retrograde.)

Since aesthetically attuned Venus makes her retrogrades in a symmetrical fashion, retrograding through the same part of the zodiac every eight years, it is useful to reflect on what was going on for you in fall 2010 in the sphere of love, friendships, money and sex. You might also reflect on what was happening for you around the topic(s) of the house(s) she was retrograding through in your personal chart as these areas of life will similarly be stimulated during the present retrograde. You can also reach back in memory to previous retrogrades for hints and suggestions of what may unfurl this fall, such as 2002, 1994, 1986 and so on. This particular retrograde is notable for its overlap with the Mars retrograde which is winding down (Mars leaves the shadow of his retrograde on Nov. 12) and its opposition to the revolutionary impulses of Uranus. There could be alternating periods of confusion and clarity around key relationships in your life which have anchored your identity up to this point. Re-orienting to a different social self may be unpleasant at times but it will ultimately be liberating, as you tune into the demands of Saturn in Capricorn, who wants solid life support structures. Fortunately, stabilizing Saturn’s harmonious trine aspect to earthquaking Uranus offers a bit of support for a more life-affirming movement.

The planet of mind, Mercury makes their opposition to illogical Neptune (exact Sep. 13), which can make clear thinking a bit challenging. As suggested for last week’s New Moon in discerning Virgo, altering one’s consciousness in various ways could catalyze access to greater spiritual knowledge, particularly as Mercury applies to their trine with the penetrating depths of Pluto (exact Sep. 15). It is not necessary to take powerful mind-altering substances, particularly since the astro-weather already heightens the potential for reaching into more transcendent or inscendent realms of consciousness. In fact, centering practices such as meditation, contemplative practice and mantras as well as yoga asana can be much more useful in bringing some focus to what could otherwise be a blurry or indistinct state of mind. Exploring more artistic and poetic modes of expression is also supported, as Pluto’s influence brings even more of the underworld of the unconscious to the surface. However, this could also translate into messy conversations with a great deal of misunderstanding and suspicion or paranoia mixed in! Slow down and take it easy if you are in a contentious situation as the air may clear of its own accord by the end of the week.

Key dates for Venus retrograde:
Sept. 3, 2018 – Venus enters shadow 25° Libra
Oct. 5, 2018 – Venus stations retrograde 10° Scorpio
Nov. 16, 2018 – Venus stations direct 25° Libra
Dec. 16, 2018 – Venus exits shadow 10° Scorpio

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2019 RETREATS   I am excited to share that astrologer Renn Butler and I will be offering another holotropic breathwork + archetypal astrology + dreamwork retreat in summer 2019!  Watch this space for more details and to save the date!

I will also be appearing Sept. 15 in Portland, Oregon with the Oregon Astrological Association offering a 3-hour workshop on Saturn-Pluto and You: The birth contraction of 2018 – 2021. Then on Sept. 29, I will be giving a Kepler online webinar on An Uncommon Saturn Return: The Capricorn Stellium of 1988-1991 (registration at the link).

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