September combines the best of both summer and fall. The sweetness of summer lingers on, yet the nights are cooler, the air crisper and the farm stands are overflowing with pumpkins, apples and squashes. There’s a sense of promise and possibility that comes when the seasons change. It helps that Mercury (retrograde since August 12th) moves forward on September 5th. Don’t rush right out and buy that new computer or phone; give Mercury time to pick up speed.
The inspiring Pisces full moon on September 6th brings a hopeful new vision. Four planets (the sun, Mercury, Mars and Venus) visit dedicated and discerning Virgo this month, plus there’s a Virgo new moon on September 20th, giving us the energy, mental ability and enthusiasm to manifest our biggest goals. The sun’s ingress into Libra on September 22nd marks the equinox and the timeless turning of the wheel.
You’re not the only one who is affected by Mercury turning direct. So is Kitty. Mercury rules the sign Virgo and the sixth house and both are associated with small animals. No wonder Kitty is so sensitive to Mercury’s movements.
Aries (Mar 21 – Apr 19)
September is all about work and health. A tribe of disciplined Virgo planets decamp in your work and well-being zone. Expect more responsibility but also new opportunities. September 9th, a dream project could get a green light. The new moon on the 20th is also in health-conscious Virgo; get rid of the junk food and get back on the fitness wagon. Habits you begin now will reap big results.
“A Street Cat Named Bob” by James Bowen is an extraordinary true story about the unlikely friendship between a busker (a street musician) and a ginger cat named Bob—both of them are down on their luck when they meet. Now there’s a best-selling book and a movie. It just goes to show you that your life can turn on a dime, especially when there’s a friendly feline involved.
Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)
The compassionate Pisces full moon on September 6th awakens your humanitarian spirit. Find a way to give back. Sexy Venus visits Virgo (a compatible earth sign) from September 19th to October 14th, making it one of the most romantic times of the year. Stop acting so sensibly and take a chance on love. Circle September 22nd, someone you meet traveling or at a seminar could be the real deal.
One way to give back is to volunteer at your local animal shelter. Another way is to foster an older or terminally ill cat. Many shelters and animal hospitals have these programs. Shelters can be stressful for a cat that doesn’t have long to live and giving him or her some quality of life can be deeply healing for both of you.
Gemini (May 21 – June 20)
September is slower and more laid back, so breathe deeply and remember to exhale. With Venus residing in your 3rd house through September 19th, consider taking a short trip, either alone to a spa or a romantic get-away with your partner. The weekend of September 15th is ideal. Thinking of moving? With the new moon (September 20th) plus three other planets in your domestic zone, you could find the perfect home.
We often encounter cats who work (in libraries, grocery stores and even nursing homes, where their presence is enormously healing), There’s a good chance these special cats are Geminis. The Twins are naturally friendly, thrive on change and need a lot of stimulation. Not every sign could pull that off.
Cancer (June 21 – July 22)
Mercury wakes up from retrograde September 5th and you’re psyched to tackle everything that’s been on the back burner, from emotional baggage to physical clutter. The full moon September 6th could bring you a chance to travel or study abroad. The sun, moon and three planets in Virgo light up your communication zone. Your writing and speaking skills are first-class. Stop hiding your talent and get your work out there.
What’s on your to-do list for Kitty? Schedule his annual vet appointment at the Virgo new moon. Get rid of any old toys, brushes and bowls and invest in some new ones.
Leo (July 23 – Aug 22)
Once Mercury, in Leo, turns direct September 5th you’ll no longer feel like you’re driving with the breaks on. Money is a big focus this month. The sun, moon, Mercury, Venus and Mars all visit Virgo and your financial zone, so hunker down and straighten out your finances. It may not be sexy or glamorous, but you’ll feel like a million bucks when it’s done. Then you can reward yourself, Leo style.
There are days in September that can be pretty hot, so don’t forget those hot weather cat care tips, such as petting him with a wet cloth or paper towel. Another idea is to create a cool, dark retreat for him to sleep in.
Virgo (Aug 23 – Sept 22)
You’re going to be busy this month but in the best possible way. The life-giving sun, brilliant Mercury, motivator Mars, and magnetic Venus all cruise through Virgo during September. With that celestial line-up you can accomplish anything. The Virgo new moon on the 20th is your cosmic New Year. Put something in motion; what is seeded now will unfold over the coming year. Don’t be afraid to dream big!
Cats are great companions for writers. Writers work alone and a feline presence’s is quiet and calming. They can’t edit or spell check but they bring joy and love you unconditionally, even when you have a deadline and get crabby.
Libra (Sept 23 – Oct 22)
The sun, moon, Mercury, Mars and Venus all pass through your inward 12th house during September. You may find yourself drawn to explore spiritual disciplines, meditation, or tarot. Follow your feelings; a new vision is taking root. The sun moves into Libra on September 22nd and your birthday season commences. On September 27th, magical Jupiter and radical Uranus activate your relationship axis. Get ready for a bold new beginning!
Libra rules relationships, beauty, harmony and art. In the spirit of new beginnings this month, perhaps Kitty will be ready for a new feline companion. Or perhaps consider creating a lovely new sleep/play area with a cozy new blanket, toys and even a cat gym for him.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21)
On September 5th, Mercury moves forward in your career zone and you’re finally ready to make an important career decision. Four planets pass through your networking zone this month helping you to expand your community and find others who to share your interests. One of them could become a collaborator. Take some time to yourself after September 22nd to tie up loose ends. October is going to be a game changer.
If you adopt a new kitty, be sure to start him on a grooming routine early, including regular brushing and nail clipping. That way, it will be more natural and not something to dread for either of you. Your attitude and demeanor are crucial, especially with nail clippings. The more relaxed you are the more relaxed Kitty will be.
Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)
A tribe of planets in committed Virgo enter your professional zone; the sun, Mars, Mercury, Venus, plus there’s the Virgo new moon on September 20th. You finally receive the rewards and recognition you deserve. The question is what’s next? On September 27th, a sudden opportunity presents itself. It could be the chance of a lifetime or another colorful adventure. If you take the risk, remember to keep your seat belt on.
If those tense aspects affect you, then they impact Kitty as well. Extra care, grooming and love are important at those times. And if wanderlust calls (Sadges are the gypsies of the zodiac), make sure Kitty is in good hands.
Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)
A posse of Virgo planets (the sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars) makes an auspicious alignment with your Capricorn sun this month. It’s like having your own team of experts. Decide what you want and make your move. Circle September 9th, 20th, and 22nd. There could be a big change involving your residence and career, or both. And with Venus involved, there’s even romance. Who said you can’t have it all?
How to choose a good cat sitter? There are no schools or advanced degrees available for cat sitters. First and foremost, do they love cats? Do they own a cat, and do they have experience with cats? If your cat has special needs, make sure the person taking care of him is familiar with those the protocols involved.
Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)
Mercury turning direct in your love zone on September 5th encourages you to put an end to a high maintenance relationship. Once you do, the obstacles will disappear and you’ll get your energy and your power back. The edgy aspect between “expect the unexpected” Uranus and generous Jupiter on the 27th could bring you a sudden trip, a powerful encounter, or a brilliant idea for your next big thing.
How to know what Kitty is feeling? Keep an eye on the tail. An upright tail means kitty is happy. Moving easily is a good sign – keep on petting. If his tail is moving erratically then he is on the prowl. Flicking back and forth means “leave me alone!”
Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)
This September you’re majoring in relationships; professional and personal. Mercury goes direct on September 5th (in your work zone), helping you clear up any miscommunications with co-workers. The full moon in Pisces deepens your compassion and opens your heart. With four planets visiting your zone of committed relationships everyone will be trying to fix you up. Say yes. Single or spoken for, love blooms at the new moon on the 20th.
What does an animal communicator do? Pisces is one of the most sensitive and intuitive signs, so you can relate to the concept probably better than most signs. An animal communicator talks to the animal telepathically and sends and receive messages. It can be valuable with hard to diagnose issues or illnesses as well as day-to-day preferences. You might be surprised at what your cat thinks of certain things.