The Astrology Company: September 2016 Newsletter

September 2016
By Bob Mulligan
(a personal note is at the end of the newsletter)

The whole month of September is under the shadow of two Eclipses; a Solar Eclipse on the 1st and a Lunar Eclipse on the 16th.  On the 9th Jupiter enters Libra where he remains until October 10th, 2017.  On the 10th of the month, Saturn Squares Neptune for the third and final time; hard facts of life confront our ideals.  Mercury (our lower mind) turned Retrograde on August 30th on the 29th degree of Virgo after Conjuncting Jupiter (our higher mind) a week before.  This is important because these two come together again on September 2nd.  Mercury will turn Direct on September 22nd , then make his third Conjunction to Jupiter on October 11th, but this time in the next sign, Libra.  Virgo is the sign of analysis, whereas Libra is the sign of relationships.  This entire time period from August 22rd until October 11th is a time of examining our mental life and using our higher guidance to make sense out of our experiences. Correctly applied, this can be a time where genuine self analysis actually leads to constructive long term improvement in our whole pattern of relationships. The bottom line; we can come out of this period with a clearer direction and a more positive manner for sharing our thoughts.  The whole month of September is meant to be a time of gathering insights from our daily experiences and putting the results into a larger context.

The New Moon on September 1st is a Solar Eclipse on the 9th degree of Virgo at 5:03 AM EDT.  This is a powerful force, with the Sun and Moon Opposite Neptune and Squaring the Saturn/Mars (karma and desire) Conjunction. This can be a time of puncturing illusions and making basic practical changes to our lives.  With half the planets in earth signs and a Retrograde Mercury Conjuncting Jupiter we are making our goals for the near future comply with the limitations of time and our agreed upon responsibilities.

The Full Moon on the 16th is at 3:05 PM EDT on the 19th degree of Virgo/Pisces.  With Mars Squaring the Eclipse while Trine to Uranus we are prompted to take quick action.  We search for a way to bring the genuine spiritual insight into useful harmony with our common environment.

The Sun enters Libra on the 22nd at 10:22 AM EDT.  This is the Fall Equinox and indicates our collective experiences over the next three months, but also more specifically it points to happenings during the next solar month.  The Sun is Conjunct Jupiter and lies between Jupiter in Libra and Mercury in Virgo.  We are aligning ourselves with the more optimistic and positive aspects of our character.  Because Mercury is Retrograde and rising before the Sun, we can anticipate having to review projects we have already completed and making corrections.  Also, we are free to ask for more.

The New Moon is on the 30th at the 8th degree of Libra at 8:11 PM EDT.  With this New Moon Conjunct Jupiter (optimism) and Sextile Saturn (duty) we can find harmony and expanse through taking our time to get things right.  Venus (ruler of Libra) is in Scorpio (sign of extremes) and Trine Neptune in Pisces (mystical insight) and the South Node of the Moon (our past).  We are encouraged to take the next step in key relationships without overstepping our bounds.  It is important to keep our mind engaged even when our heart is on fire, as Mercury in Virgo is Trine Pluto in Capricorn, e.g. our practical mind is aimed at restructuring some basic foundation of life.

From the 1st to the 4th is a time for weaving together fragments of past projects so we can intelligently plan the next step on our journey.  We can be captured by a feeling of inevitability.  Refining our expectations to meet the demands of the moment should not take away from the fun and exuberance.

From the 5th to the 11th we find things outside our control have a great impact on our forward movement; however, we are able to further our cause by using common sense and diplomacy.  Also, even though there are interruptions, we need to keep our eyes on where we are going.

From the 12th to the 18th though enthusiasm, even strong assertions can be helpful, abrasive behavior not only gets in the way, it can put good ideas in a bad light.  Now is the time of letting go; of endings.  One thing must pass away so something new can happen.

From the 19th to the 25th getting our "ducks in a line" should not detract from enjoying the beauty of life reflected in nature, art, and personal intimacy. Luck is available for the asking...we just have to recognize it when it arrives.

From the 26th to the 30th we profit by letting go of old habits that stand in the way of growth. Joy is everywhere.  Embracing others and allowing their concerns to help us change focus brings a feeling of purpose and direction.  Relating to others as equals helps improve communications and enjoyment.

1st – Thursday – The Solar Eclipse, New Moon is at 5:03 AM EDT on the 9th degree of Virgo, Sun Square Saturn - It's a moment of decision.  We can't accomplish everything that we might wish.  Holding on to our dreams doesn't mean ignoring obvious present difficulties.  We need to be brave.

2nd – Friday – Sun Opposite Neptune, Mercury Conjunct Jupiter, Mars Semi-sextile Pluto - Not everything is as it seems.  The voice of our own conscience can awaken us to a higher cause.  While dreams and illusions evaporate, higher guidance puts us on the right track.

3rd – Saturday – Venus Contra-parallel Jupiter -  We are encouraged to find the middle way, to prioritize, and take positive steps forward. "Obstacles are what we see when we take our eyes off the goal." - Vince Lombardi

4th – Sunday –  There is a nervous expectation that something new should be happening. But, we haven't gotten to the place where we can clearly see what has to happen next.  New friends and recent acquaintances can freshen our outlook.

5th – Monday –  We are switching gears and looking to bring about a deeper harmony in our close relationships.  The way forward is becoming clearer each day.  Intensifying commitment brings a breakthrough when we are aiming in a productive direction.

6th – Tuesday –  Mercury Parallel Venus - Efforts are rewarded when we strengthen ties with others.  A short break from routine can renew our spirit, allowing creative juices to flow.  Our major concerns are practical but that doesn't have to mean hard work; sometimes we make important strides when we are apparently just relaxing.

7th – Wednesday –  Sun Trine Pluto, Venus Sextile Saturn, Venus Quincunx Neptune -  Hard work pays off.  We need to keep our attention aimed at our goal as others things will attempt to intercede.  Forgotten information may resurface now.  Listening to those trying to help is beneficial.

8th – Thursday –  Ordinary slowdowns are to be expected.  This is when we can fine tune our objectives.  A few overlooked details come to our attention and give us a mechanism for progressing.  Not everything that has to be done can be completed immediately.  Patience and effort moves us forward.

9th – Friday –  Jupiter enters Libra, Mercury Quincunx Uranus -  Great ideas may occur which aren't exactly practical at the moment.  There is a gestation period that is necessary.  The weather of opportunity is changing and new resources are coming our way.  Now, if we just have the sight to recognize them.

10th – Saturday – Sun Contra-parallel Venus, Mercury Contra-parallel Jupiter, Saturn Square Neptune -  It takes a little work, but we need to be open to new possibilities.  The same old grind may seem repressive and boring, but we can really unite with our Higher Power if we are willing to relinquish our fantasies.  Discipline is required.

11th – Sunday – Venus Square Pluto -  Good people sometimes do bad things.  Good causes suffer when we try to implement them through toxic methodologies.  Useful merging with others requires honesty.  Real equality means letting go of the need to convince others of anything.  We should be truthful, then leave the results to the Divine.

12th – Monday –  Mercury Square Mars, Sun Conjunct Mercury, Mercury Parallel Jupiter -  Setting aside the need to be right, and looking for ways to accomplish the tasks at hand, brings us new and important insights.  There are easier ways to achieve our aims.

13th – Tuesday –  Sun Square Mars -  Misguided impulses create havoc.  Self examination can reveal very telling inner conflict.  Rising up may require our willingness to pursue a more inclusive strategy.

14th – Wednesday – Mercury Semi-sextile Venus -   Taking care of the small, more basic things, clears the deck, making way for more pleasing interactions.  Criticism can be given in a spirit of helpfulness when our intentions are pure.

15th – Thursday –  Sun Parallel Mercury, Sun Quincunx Uranus -   Being willing to change our point of view is an important byproduct of an open mind.   If we avoid being lost in minutia, we can recalibrate to the real present world circumstances without losing a beat.

16th – Friday –  The Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is on the 24th degree of Virgo/Pisces at 3:06 PM EDT -  Even though there is much power in the moment, it is still rather a dreamy day.  Important romantic relationships can get a sudden lift; but be prepared for interruptions, changes of mood, and unexpected occurrences.  Quick shifts in attitude may be called for; following your gut impulse can bring abundant luck.

17th – Saturday –  Mars Trine Uranus, Venus Parallel Neptune, Venus Contra-parallel Uranus -  A breath of fresh air enters the scene as we act definitively, immediately, and without equivocation.  Aesthetically charged events raise our awareness and remind us of the finer things in life.

18th – Sunday –  Uranus Contra-parallel Neptune, Venus Opposite Uranus -  Our personal concerns may seem to take a "back seat" to world events.  There is undeniable instability in the picture of life right now.  Avoid letting uncertainty shake you up; stay optimistic.  The world is being put on a new foundation and we will all be better for it.

19th – Monday –  Venus Sextile Mars, Venus Sesquiquadrate Neptune -  What do you really want?  Be willing to ask for it.  A mystical aura hangs over our interactions.  Much can be accomplished, but we need to be willing to re-evaluate our choices and actions in the morning.

20th – Tuesday –  Venus Semi-square Saturn, Mercury Trine Pluto -  Responsibility strikes.  We can easily revert to a former pattern of acting.  This may be a very good thing.  This is a moment of clarity; hard work can carry us to immediate fulfillment.

21st – Wednesday –  The same old life situation seems to be staring us in the face.  Our mood may shift and our perspective change...In a few days it will be time to act; now, just enjoy the show.

22nd – Thursday – Mercury turns Direct, the Sun enters Libra -   We have an opportunity to get real clear in our thinking and to finish one step in a new pattern of relationships.  Today, the die is cast.  We will rise or fall in the next few weeks based on our choices now.  We can just keep going forward without making any changes (which may be perfect) or we can make a dramatic and profound change.  In either case, this is a moment of conscious choice, allowing our heart to animate our actions.

23rd – Friday – Mercury Trine Pluto, Mercury Semi-square Venus, Venus enters Scorpio -  We have another pass at troubling circumstances, but now we have a chance to complete these tasks.  Closure may have alluded us, but now is a real opportunity to be totally and finally done.

24th – Saturday –  Home and work may seem in conflict, both pulling on us for time and attention. But this apparent division need not burden us now as striking a balance is easier than first glance would suggest. Nurture, while remaining focused on external responsibilities, and harvest a deep emotional satisfaction.  Take time for the people who matter most.

25th – Sunday –  Saying "yes" to positive things means saying "no" to that which holds us back.   Courage; there is much to do, and luck is just around the corner.

26th – Monday – Sun Conjunct Jupiter, Pluto turns Direct, Venus Semi-sextile Jupiter -  It is relatively easy to put on a happy face.  Be of good cheer. Others emit optimism and we can certainly channel good sentiments toward a productive outcome.  Take a step forward with the people you love.

27th – Tuesday –  Mars enters Capricorn, Sun Semi-sextile Venus - This is a time for closeness and intimacy.  Still, we find joy in rendering service to the larger community in some fashion.  Be willing to let people that you care about know your true feelings.  Have faith in your own positive motives.

28th – Wednesday –  Just when it looks like everything is running smooth, we arrive at unexpected opportunity.  Separating the ok from the excellent allows us to choose wisely.  Sometimes we can't strive for an ideal while coveting security.  Knowing what is best for us requires taking the long view of life.

29th – Thursday –  Those pesky details can get in our way.  Life is easy if we see the rather mundane tasks that are really ours to do and just embrace them.  When we lose ourselves in the reality of the moment, time passes quickly.

30th – Friday –  The New Moon is on the 8th degree of Libra at 8:13 PM EDT -  Love is in the air and any act of kindness or effort at creative self expression can be rewarded handsomely.  Following well established protocol insures a modicum of success.  Being generous is the road to happiness.

Bob Mulligan is available for personal appointments, astrology classes, and astrological material.  Call him at 239-261-2840 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .  Visit our web site,

So, I'm off to San Diego to see Katie, Teddy, friends, clients and all the new people that I will meet.  On August 31st I give a two hour lecture "The Five Gifts of Astrology" at the Universal Spirit Center.  On Saturday, the 3rd of September, I'm giving a day long workshop "Your Horoscope as a Spiritual Guide".   If you are interested in reading more about these two events they are posted on both my website and my Facebook page (which is a miracle).

My long time friend, Annette Ridenour, is responsible for bringing these events into manifestation.  When in San Diego I stay with her and her husband, Roger.  During my 20 year period of living on the road, I stayed with her and had the joy of watching her two children grow into adulthood.   She is my spiritual sister, and I'm grateful for our long and stable friendship.

At the end of September I leave for a three week pilgrimage to the Tomb of my Spiritual Master, Meher Baba, in India.   This will be a time for rest and spiritual recharge.  I've been a follower of Meher Baba since June of 1970. This will be my 55th pilgrimage.

Upon returning from India I plan on finishing my book.  It should be done by the end of the year.  Even though I have been asked to speak at a number of places, I've only committed to two other engagements so far.  On November 19th I'm giving a day long workshop for NCGR in Ft. Lauderdale.  May 24 - 29th,  2018 I will be speaking at UAC in downtown Chicago.  As soon as my book is at the publishers, I will commit to a few other places for lectures and workshops.  We live in interesting times.  We all have to be willing to change, to grow up, and see where we can do the most good.

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