September 12th brings an inferior conjunction of the Virgo Sun with Mercury Rx, marking the halfway point of this retrograde transit. This is also a new beginning in the Sun/Mercury cycle, since each conjunction between these two planets marks a turning point in understanding and communication. This particular point will be driven by a square from Mars in Sagittarius (squaring Mercury Rx on the 12th and the Sun on the 13th). It will likely be argumentative or irritable. But the tension will provide a breakthrough, although for some it could manifest as a peak moment of frustration. The specific (Virgo) point of conflict/misunderstanding will unlock the door to clarity. Keep in mind that Mercury is still Rx (until September 22nd) so it won’t be full steam ahead just yet. But September 12th should offer an “ah ha” moment.
On September 15th, Mars squares Chiron Rx in Pisces, and the Sun opposes Chiron. Actions can hurt. Or, you may be expected to take a leap of faith in spite of the wound. All this, and whatever Mercury Rx revealed, will feed into the September 16th Full Moon eclipse in Pisces, which will conjoin Chiron and square Mars.
This eclipse will illuminate a sore spot - nobody is a fan of Mars square Chiron. But Mars is also building to a trine with Uranus Rx in Aries (exact on September 17th) so that's encouragement to take the leap of faith, release, or move forward. Just keep in mind that when Chiron's activated, you'll need to temper action/anger with compassion. There may be a sacrifice.
This eclipse also involves two awkward inconjuncts: the Sun makes an inconjunct to Uranus, and Venus in Libra makes an inconjunct to Moon/Chiron (while opposing Uranus). As I noted in my post about this eclipse:
"Here's the tension between social standards/personal relationships versus transpersonal energy. It will be necessary to balance the Pisces chaotic drift (and vulnerabilities) with relationship issues (Libra). You can't get lost in the pain and completely forget about your connections to others, even though the Uranus opposition suggests relationships will be shaken and stirred. Are you expected to be charming during this mess? No. But refrain from being an ass."
Sun/Mercury Rx in your sector of routine can isolate the problem, illness, or flaw. The key area of improvement will be illuminated, and the fix/breakthrough will be driven by a leap of faith or innovative approach. Travel, education, legal or long-distance issues may be involved. As you push for more information, the eclipse (in your hidden sector) may reveal the last piece of the puzzle, or an unexpected result. Corrections, routine tasks, co-worker or health issues may be part of something larger that you didn’t anticipate. If there’s a loss or sacrifice, know that an essential new beginning is also part of the package: watch for a new health routine, new priorities, fresh approach to obligations or changes at work. Aspects to Uranus Rx in your sign insist that this can be a vital, fresh start for you, if you play your cards right.
Sun/Mercury Rx in your sector of self-expression can hi-light a repeat conversation with a lover/previous attraction, or clarify what you really want to say. New details about a creative project or children/pregnancy can emerge as you review, correct or fine-tune. Discussions/realizations may be volatile and reveal a bit more than you anticipated. Intimacy or financial issues could be a source of conflict. All this leads up to the eclipse in your social sector, bringing public results, or concluding a chapter involving friends, groups or group activities. Everything you were hoping for may not pan out, or some sensitive issues may go public. However, these energies also urge you to put all your passion and intent behind your words - if there’s something you really want, it’s time to put yourself on the line.
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your domestic sector can hi-light an important family conversation or crucial details involving relocation/renovations. Discussions with a partner may be edgy, but irritability is a sign that you’ve zeroed in on something that requires your attention. This may be a turning point in a domestic situation, or a chance to resolve a past/childhood issue. Things will come to a head as the eclipse hits your career sector. Family versus professional priorities may be an issue. Or, competition at work may deliver awkward results. Too, you may decide that it’s time to change your approach to authority, or change your career track altogether. You may feel pushed to react - assertiveness is required, but use caution. Your actions can have a significant impact on your professional image.
Sun/Mercury Rx in your communication sector can trigger an argument or stressful realization, based on a past issue, or something you’re reviewing. But the tension will provide the necessary motivation to speak out or implement a correction. A crucial piece of information may involve an old flaw, discrepancy, or medical issue. Conversations/realizations will feed into the culmination of the eclipse, in your opportunities sector. Watch for an announcement or official transition, involving travel, education, legal matters or publishing. It may be time to learn more, or reap the results of what you have learned. You may also learn that the grass on the other side is not as green as you thought, as you experience disappointment or vulnerability after venturing into new territory. There may be a call for difficult medical decisions, or compassionate responses in the face of the legal, moral or ethical challenges.
Sun/Mercury Rx in your sector of personal resources can trigger financial conflicts, or stressful moments as you confront old expenses/spending habits. A review of what you have versus what you want (on a material or emotional level) may be pushed on you, or initiated by you. Either way, the potential to make a fresh start by implementing new habits is invaluable. Revisiting a salary discussion can be frustrating, but ultimately fruitful. This leads into the eclipse, hitting your sector of shared resources. A conclusion may involve debts, taxes, loans, your partner’s finances, or physical/emotional intimacy. A lack of something, or impulsive financial/sexual reactions can leave you exposed. On the other hand, you may decide that the current situation will never satisfy your needs.
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your sign can motivate you to change course, address a longstanding personal issue, or implement an upgrade that you’ve been putting off. Too, you could encounter someone from your past, or a childhood issue. The vibe will be tense, but the discomfort will motivate you to wrap things up or express yourself differently. There could also be a breakthrough around a domestic or family issue that’s been on hold. Answers will feed into the eclipse, activating your relationship sector. Culminations could include turning-point relationship discussions and realizations, with sensitive issues abruptly uncovered. An ending or move to a new relationship chapter could involve a painful point of conflict, or uneven efforts to correct, improve, progress. Uncomfortable financial/relationship issues may come to light, and the time will be ripe to address them. This won't be a neat and tidy eclipse, but you'll find a way through if (just this once) you allow yourself to work with moments of uncertainty.
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your hidden sector can trigger an “ah ha” moment, as public arguments/anger connect to private realizations. This is the time to connect the dots and understand what’s really driving a scenario. This will add fuel to the eclipse in your sector of routine, which will bring results involving medical issues, co-worker relationships, obligations or work tasks. A solution, fix or workaround can appear in odd or unexpected ways. Too, an issue that’s been overlooked may trigger painful realizations. Healing and service to others may be combined with intensified awareness of your own discomfort, as a verbal confrontation hits a sore point. Aspects to Venus in your sign will make you aware that personal freedom always has a cost, but it's far greater if you've been denying your true purpose or needs.
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your social sector suggests crucial information involving friends, groups, the public/your place in the public, or group activities. Revisiting a past discussion, asking again, or dealing with someone from the past can finally yield an answer, although the trigger may be an argument or edgy observation. As the eclipse lights up your sector of self-expression, the above information can lead to an announcement, public launch, or start of a new attraction. What you want most, and your creative/romantic power, will be in the spotlight, but so will your insecurities. Ambition will drive you to make your mark, but be prepared for uneasy moments as the spotlight reveals everything. On the other hand, this eclipse could be about you overcoming a fear or doubt, as you blast through reasons why you’re not “good enough.”
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your career sector suggests a significant conversation with someone in authority, or crucial information regarding a past job/position, or business opportunity. You may get a second chance, or discover an error that could have a significant impact on your professional reputation. The square to Mars in your sign indicates that you’ll be pushing for results/answers, or you’ll be challenged by someone to step up and provide a solution. The eclipse in your domestic sector can finalize things by closing the door on the past, or revealing something previously obscured that’s been sitting right under your nose. Family issues, relocation, or a home business can reach a culmination, and Mars in your sign ensures that momentum will carry you forward. This should be an active time for you, whether you’re actively releasing or starting a new chapter. Hurts/sensitivities from the past can be confronted and laid to rest.
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your opportunities sector can trigger a surprising piece of news involving travel, education, legal matters or publishing. Too, a message from someone at a distance (and/or from the past) can arrive. Adjustments/corrections to plans, legal documents or big picture goals can catch you off guard, and attempted actions may fizzle. However, know that you’re still being clued into something valuable. The eclipse in your sector of communication can top it off with an answer, final document, turning-point conversation or signature. Background issues/anger may be involved, as well as unforeseen reactions. Avoid the temptation to strike out or overreact; motivations may not be totally clear.
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your sector of shared resources indicates a passionate or volatile conversation/realization, involving debts, taxes, loans, your partner’s finances or physical/emotional intimacy. An external challenge may trigger the private discussion or deep realization. Hidden information can be uncovered. The eclipse in your sector of personal resources can hi-light what you thought you needed, or what you felt compelled to fight for. Money, emotional connections or self-esteem can be the source of competition or anger, but consider if what you’re fighting for is really essential. Chiron’s influence suggests the need to release or sacrifice something to gain something better. Too, you could realize that false attachments have been hurting more than helping.
The Sun/Mercury Rx in your relationship sector indicates a turning point in a discussion with a past or current partner. Or, your observations about a relationship/attraction can present a key piece of the puzzle. Triggers may involve aggressive demands or challenges, in a personal or professional context. You may feel pushed against your will, but the friction will result in clarity as you’re forced to look closely at a detail or promise. The eclipse in your sign brings the resolution. Whether there’s an ending, new chapter, or entire new relationship, you’ll be woking through some sensitive issues of your own, while coming to terms with uncomfortable feelings of anger, aggression or competition. Tense aspects from Venus can illuminate an imbalance in financial or intimacy issues: you may have to let go of something to restore that balance.