By Debra Infante
Venus and Mercury will transit favorable, creative signs this month, with Venus in its own sign of Libra, and Mercury exalted in Virgo. Mercury travels with Mars, and is aspected by Rahu, indicating a time to be careful with communications. Jupiter, planet of prosperity, begins its final two-month transit through Capricorn, its weakest sign. Mercury goes retrograde at the end of September, a time to complete unresolved matters.
Mercury, planet of communications and the intellect, began its transit through its exalted sign of Virgo on August 25, 2021 and remains there through September 20, 2021. Mercury in its favorite sign generates greater focus, perception, and analytical ability. You are more detailed and efficient. This is a good time for educational or writing pursuits. Just watch for excessive criticalness due to Mercury in Virgo’s perfectionistic and sensitive nature.
While Mercury is in Virgo, it is aspected by the north node Rahu, which can bring issues with communications that could include lack of transparency or subtle manipulations. The exact aspect occurs on September 3, 2021 at 11 degrees. However, Mercury in Virgo is very strong, with a great ability to discern and be objective, which helps in gaining clarity due to the influence of shadowy Rahu. Mercury will be at its height of exaltation at 15 degrees Virgo on September 5, 2021.
Mars, planet of action and force, will enter the sign of Virgo from September 5 until October 21, 2021, where it will travel with exalted Mercury most of this time. These two planets are not so friendly with each other. Mars conjunct Mercury indicates a time to be tactful, as arguments could arise. People are more sensitive and touchy now, so be mindful in your communications and take the high road as confrontations can easily surface. Be alert and listen before speaking.
Venus, planet of relationships, healing, the arts, and finance, begins a favorable transit through its own sign of Libra from late on September 5, until October 1, 2021. During this time we seek balance, peace, and harmony in all our relationships. Cooperation, fairness, and compassion are themes. We feel a greater urgency to express ourselves, so artistic or creative projects are favored. Venus in Libra will be influenced by Saturn in Capricorn, with the exact aspect occurring on September 16 at 13 degrees. Both of these planets are in very strong signs. This could be a time of evaluating relationships. Commitment issues or fears of vulnerability could surface, in order for us to heal. Venus in Libra inspires us to practice presence with an open heart as we interact with others.
Jupiter, planet of prosperity and spirituality, has been traveling through the air sign of Aquarius since April 5, 2021, and it turned retrograde on June 20, 2021. Now on September 14, 2021, retrograde Jupiter moves from Aquarius back to the earth sign Capricorn for a final two months, staying there until November 20, 2021. Jupiter is considered debilitated in Capricorn, its weakest sign. Although Jupiter is way past its exact degree of debility, it will be less expansive in Capricorn, as it will be conjunct the serious and limiting Saturn there. There is some reversal of Jupiter’s debility due to Jupiter being with Saturn in Capricorn. Jupiter is also uplifted from debility somewhat during its retrograde phase which lasts until October 18, 2021.
Jupiter transiting its least favorite sign of Capricorn and conjunct the more powerful Saturn in its own sign is an indication there may be some restriction or challenges to Jupiter’s significations. As Jupiter rules finances, banking and the economy, we may experience less expansiveness and lower expectations in these areas. With such a strong Saturn influencing Jupiter, it is recommended to be more responsible, practical, and realistic with your financial goals and plans.
As Jupiter also rules spirituality and ethics, this is a time to focus on those things that have true meaning and value for one’s higher evolution; otherwise we can feel less hopeful. As Jupiter will be retrograde through the month of September until October 18, 2021, this period is more favorable for exploring our inner life, through introspective activities and meditation. Jupiter in Capricorn is helped by being more humble, generous, and having greater faith.
On September 24, 2021, Mercury leaves Virgo and begins its transit through the friendly sign of Libra. It doesn’t stay there long, as Mercury turns retrograde the evening of September 26, 2021, and quickly retrogrades back to its exalted sign of Virgo on October 1, 2021. Mercury will finally go direct on October 18, 2021 at 15 degrees Virgo. During Mercury retrograde, watch for any miscommunications or delays with travel plans. Mercury retrograde is a good time to finish old projects, back up computers, do research, and reorganize your home. Reconnecting with old friends can also occur with Mercury retrograde.
Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. She has taught Vedic astrology to the students in the yoga teacher trainings at 7 Centers Yoga in Sedona, AZ from 2002 to 2020. Debra can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or email@example.com for astrological consultations by phone or in person. Or contact her to receive her monthly Vedic astrology article. You can also find her at http://ayurveda-sedona.com/yoga-and-vedic-astrology/about-vedic-astrology/