“Departing summer hath assumed
An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.”
– William Wordsworth, September
September is our time to transmute glory and grief into comfort and joy. There is something inside us all that longs for ‘an eternal summer that shall not fade’*. At least in memory, golden summer days and balmy summer nights are the pinnacle of vivacious experience. September is then the time when the grandiose optimism of summer must fade into its amber evening. Virgo season gives us the motivation to begin to organize our life and prepare for the darkening of the light. During longer evenings, we can begin to better articulate our memories and to properly assess our progress this year. All this introspection comes quickly, and it often carries with it the grief that long good-byes always do. We must release that which can no longer can thrive within us.
Monday, September 7th is Labor Day, which is astrologically highlighted by a brief but illuminating opposition between the Moon in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn. This is a grand opportunity to move easily through an emotional obstacle that has been impeding you. Let the shadow come out and lose its power to control you. The eight of wands for the beginning of the week indicates that there is plenty of will and passion to aid you in making a breakthrough. It will happen so naturally that you won’t even realize the strength of the momentum behind you until you’ve been running for quite awhile.
Wednesday and Thursday, September 9th and 10th, are represented by the Moon. In tarot, the Moon has manifold meanings, but they all point to transformation of subconscious materials. Therefore, the middle of the week will support your ability to transmute fear into courage, reticence into confidence. Your dreams will tell you the story of this process in detail if you care to pay extra attention to them. Astrologically speaking, the Moon will be in Leo on both of these days, going conjunct Venus on the 9th and Mars on the 10th. This will lend your subconscious more support in seizing your creative spark and embodying your own ideal of courage. Liberate whatever artistic abilities you usually hide, for there will be something rarefied and poignant to draw from these days. Be receptive, be gentle, and most of all, be cool.
Finally, the 11th-13th shows the Last Judgement card which coincides with the partial solar eclipse which will be at its maximum potency in Los Angeles a little before midnight on the 12th, spilling over into the early morning hours of the 13th! How do the Last Judgement card and the eclipse correlate? In my mind, this is saying that as the New Moon traverses the Sun, swallowing solar energy in lunar light, the emotional, spiritual, and artistic work that you have done this week will finally bring down the walls inside you that have constrained the free movement of your spirit. This is a moment for setting resounding intentions! During an eclipse, your thoughts and feelings are greatly amplified, so allow them to move you towards positive change and inspiring situations. (do some magic) The energy will be so palpable that you may have a vision or a lucid dream! Or you may have an epiphany which reveals to you how the walls once meant to protect have instead divided you, the towers from which you sought a higher vantage point have now isolated you. These reflections will come in the flurry of dissolution that will liberate you from your former limitations. Beliefs will become a more fluid medium of consciousness. Love will be revealed to be all that you are and you will finally delight in letting summer recede into its blazing finale!
*quote from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18
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