by Robert Wilkinson
I was going to post this earlier as it happened, but the last Kennedy brother died, so you get it today. In recent days we've seen the Sun move from Leo to Virgo, Mercury from Virgo to Libra, Venus from Cancer to Leo, and Mars from Gemini to Cancer. These affect all of us more than we think.
These sign and element shifts will mark major changes in many areas of our charts, giving September an entirely different feel than August. Ordinarily these shifts occur at relatively separate points in time, thus giving us less of a compressed sense of the shifts. And, these shifts occur at a precise moment of a Critical Degree Cardinal T-square involving Mercury, Mars, and Pluto, adding to the intensity of this particular week.
As hinted at in previous articles, the last third of a sign is more mental-spiritual in their orientation, whereas the first third of a sign is more actional-physical. We've been through a very rare period when almost all the planets were in the last sectors of their sign, putting a more spiritual orientation on almost every area of our lives.
Now they have moved into the beginning of their respective signs and we can expect more activity of a material-physical nature. And of course, they now make fewer dynamic aspects to planets in our charts that are in the late degrees of their signs, and more dynamic aspects to planets that are in the early degrees of their signs.
So what else do these shifts mean for the individual planets involved? When the Sun shifts signs each month, it moves the energies of the house where we have Leo, most recently from a Leo filter into a Virgo filter. Mercury heralded these energies when it moved through Virgo earlier in August, but this is not a constant, since the Sun will enter Scorpio before Mercury due to the latter planet's retrograde period in September.
Thus Virgo was heralded before the light of the Sun made it "real," while the Sun will begin to vitalize our Scorpio sector before we get Mercurial information helping us coordinate that sign's magnetism. In any case, we now will be experiencing our Leo planets and house through a more practical lens.
Mercury has now moved from Virgo to Libra, where it will go retrograde in about a week, eventually returning to late Virgo just before the Autumnal Equinox at 2:19 pm PDT, 10:19 pm Greenwich on September 22. When Mercury moved from Virgo to Libra it affected how we experience the areas of our life shown by houses with Gemini and Virgo on the cusp.
It also moved our experience of planets we may have in Gemini or Virgo from a Virgo slant to a Libra slant. Thus Mercury influenced planets and houses are moving from a practical to a more idealistic focus. We'll definitely move from preparing to embracing a new archetype in these areas.
We'll get to review this movement between Virgo and Libra when Mercury is retrograde and returns from early Libra to late Virgo, and come to some completion of this internal and external energetic shift when Mercury finally returns to Libra again October 9-10. Thus everything in our charts related to Gemini and Virgo is dancing between the practical education training us to manifest some ideal more perfectly and the emergence of that ideal as shown by early Libra.
Venus moving from Cancer to Leo thus affects the houses in our charts where we find Taurus and Libra, as well as any planets we may have in these two signs. We will no longer feel Cancerian in these areas, and will become more Leonine in our experience and responses.
The same general principles also apply to Mars. Our Aries and Scorpio houses and planets have had a Gemini feel to them for several weeks. Now we will be more Cancerian in our lessons and responses to what comes up in these areas. We will go from discoveries and ideas to necessities and begin to frame these areas in terms of how they are providing us what we need, or not.
We'll certainly all be more sensitive in Aries and Scorpio areas than we have been for the next month and a half. This is a shift from Mutable Air to Cardinal Water, enabling us to act decisively on the mental-verbal information we've gotten since mid-July, making crucial decisions that reorient how we do what we do.
So taken as a whole, the areas and planets in our charts involving Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio have shifted over the past few days in how we will experience and express those energies. That implies we should open to new ways of experiencing those sectors, and move into new ways of expressing those energies.