September looms.  For Canadians and Americans alike, election fever mounts.  For parents and their progeny, school awaits, with all that that entails: the annual rites of education and passage.

For astrologers, however, THIS September is exceptionally packed.  We have, on tap, in order of appearance, Venus going Direct on September 6th; a partial Solar Eclipse on the 13th; Mercury going Retrograde on the 17th and Pluto going Direct on the 25th; and a total Lunar Eclipse on the 27th.

Busy?  You betcha!  What does it all mean?  Let’s take it one by one.

Venus goes Direct on September 6th, with a Shadow (catch-up) Period until October 9th.  That means that all the good background work we did during August on our relationships with love and money is going to pay off, right?  We’re safe until the next Venus Retrograde in March of 2017, aren’t we?  Er, yes, unless we put our feet in our mouths or sign on the wrong dotted line when Mercury goes Retrograde.  This gives us a window of eleven days (with an Eclipse in the middle) to consolidate those gains.  We will need to move nimbly to get it all done.

That Eclipse, at 21• Virgo, is a doozy.  Eclipses are like floodlights of energy trained on whatever part of the Zodiac they fall.  This one’s focused on the notion of teamwork towards a common goal: “A girls’ basketball team.”  In the charts for Ottawa and Washington, the Eclipse falls in the 3rd House of Communication, which reminds us that in battles for the electorate, truth is the first victim.  In the Haligonian chart, we have a 2nd House Eclipse, which demands that we work together to get our fiscal house in order.  (Or else.)  And Virgo is the sign of the Critic: in the rest of the chart, we have Mercury setting off the waning Uranus-Pluto square, which has dominated world events since 2011.  Words can heal: they can also inflame, and the stakes are enormous.  Virgo will not tolerate sloppy or inaccurate language as we hammer out negotiations on peace or immigration or budgets large and small.

And then Pluto goes Direct.  Because it is so small and far away, and because misguided astronomers have downgraded its planetary status, it is tempting to discount Pluto and to take its shift in direction as a non-event.  This would be a mistake.  Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the Sun: it occupies a sign for 12-31 years, so it may be thought of as a generational influence, one of complete overhaul.  (It’s in Capricorn right now, the sign of governments, banks, and systems.) When it moves in aspect with other slow-moving planets (Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune), things happen; but they are triggered by faster planets, in this case Mercury.  All this happens two days before the total Lunar Eclipse of the 27th, which also squares Pluto.  The prognosis is absolute transformation through communication, and its effect will be global, for good or for ill.

In other words, a full slate.