Alacazem 2010.09.09

September 9 to 16, 2010

Visible Planets: Morning: Jupiter  Evening: Venus, Mars and Saturn

End of Summer Beauty and Bounty, Labor and Love

Harvest leaves2 The Virgo zodiac month is all about the end of summer, days grow short and nights are cooler. A touch of impending autumn is in the air and we feel the pull of seasonal change. Virgo is a mutable earth sign, which means it’s an energy of mutation and metamorphosis, grounded in the here and now, manifested on the material plane via our physical senses and experiences. We can actually see, smell, hear, taste, touch and feel the transformational magic of the Mother Earth, the Father Sky and the Great Spirit as fruits ripen and meadows morph from green to gold. Harvest season is upon us, firewood is being cut and gathered, kitchens are busy with canning and cleaning as we instinctively prepare for winter.

Purple sunset The poignant beauty of September evokes wonder, gratitude, awe and a delicate sense of sorrow. I know that the blazing days of summer heat and evenings of warm, luscious turquoise twilight have past. I can look forward to those amazing, magnificent days of Indian Summer, but, in my heart, I feel the cooling breeze of seasonal change and know the wheel has turned.

May the blessings and grace of summer’s end be beautiful, bountiful and filled with the fruits of our Virgo labor and love. Happy Harvest!

Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
Virgo is the sign of service and self-improvement, where we seek to do and be our best. To embrace the essence of this health-centered energy, focus on right action and simply do the next right thing. That can mean cleaning house, washing dishes, discarding excess or giving time and energy to someone who needs it. Cultivate goodness inside and outside.

Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
The end of summer season tends to awaken the heart and open your eyes to the beauty and bounty surrounding you. Mother Nature’s gifts of harvest are everywhere. Enjoy the fruits and foods, give to others and feel the magic. Laugh and play with children, embrace loved ones and feel the ever-burning power of the creative spirit. Life is short, enjoy the joy.

Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Mercury – Gemini’s ruling planet – spends more than two months in Virgo this year (from July 27 to Oct. 3), rather than its usual 3-4 weeks, giving the Twins extra time to figure out what’s dysfunctional or not working well in their lives. Issues of home, family, emotional security and financial stability – foundations – are big. Feel feelings, deal and heal. 

Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Pluto and Mercury both end their retrograde phase on Sept. 13th, signaling big steps forward. Take a good look at the transformational power of relationships and pick people of good intention and pure motive as partners and friends. Also take note of your internal and external dialogues – thoughts energize and attract – and words are magic.

Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
You may become suddenly aware of personal power and your ability to maximize or minimize energy. It’s all about attention and focus – what you recognize and nurture grows and thrives, while what you ignore dissipates and dies. Feed what you want to live and starve what hurts or harms you or others. Be the change you want the world to be.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
It’s a big week for the Virgin as ruling planet Mercury goes direct on Sept. 12th and a fresh lunar cycle paves the way for a shimmering road ahead. Health, wealth and wellness, self-betterment and a powerful transformation of the heart are themes. Life’s tests and trials have awarded you strength, courage and confidence. Congratulations!

Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Voluptuous Venus moves from Libra in to Scorpio this week, leaving you with a sweet taste and happy heart. Personal agendas and selfish motives fade in twilight as you see the stellar magnificence of your shimmering ruling planet above the horizon at dusk. Embrace the magic of love and let go of fear and anger. Open your heart and feel the beauty.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
Prepare for several weeks of enhanced creativity and romantic opportunity. Velvety Venus is moving in to Scorpio and making secret plans for enticing encounters and seductive soirees. Amidst all the heat, maintain your cool. There’s nothing more attractive than a challenge. Others see you as beautiful and magical. Just smile and be sweet.

Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
Virgo energy and the end-of-summer season awaken the Archer to ambitions and goals. Whether it’s cutting and collecting firewood, canning, hunting, hiking, riding or simply getting outside to enjoy nature, this is the time for making lists and taking action. Be your own boss, delineate schedules and prioritize time. Carve out a plan and go forth.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
Mercury direct, a waxing Moon and the Virgo sun-time encourage programs of mental and spiritual expansion. Take a journey through your local library or research classes of higher learning. It’s time to explore options and expand horizons, open your mind and go beyond any self-limiting doubts and/or fears. Cultivate faith and focus on progress.

Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
You may feel a slight disconnect or over-worked this week as end-of-summer energy reminds you that there’s plenty to do before the snow flies. Take a deep breath and remember that everything’s exactly as it should be. Even if you don’t agree, the Universe has a way of working out, balancing equations and taking care of business. Go with the flow. 

Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
Big time for the Fish – as planetary energies collect and collide in your solar 7th house of relationships – regarding the most important people and commitments in your life. Be as calm and cool as possible, see the bigger picture and focus on the practical and positive. There is always more going on than what you see. Relax and let it be. Acceptance is the answer.

Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @

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