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Reflection Prompts: September 2021
September is opening up tunnels to the underworld—but the mood isn’t as dark as the sentence sounds. It’s hella spiritual if you surrender to the practice of planning your route through the waning heat of summer, walking through fields of transformation to arrive to the place where you go within the earth, within yourself.
The energy this month is constellated around inner work and the way that self transformation is fed by the springs of the subconcious. Virgo season offers a slow, consistent alchemy—step into it, it’s in the air—that has the potenial to transmute old energy into new forms. This time window is the start of the process. It’s the hands-on part of the spiritual worldview. Roll up your sleeves and start to dig inside yourself. This is the mouth of the tunnel to the underworld. The truth is in there.
The lunar cycle starts with a new moon in Virgo on September 6; the new moon is trine Uranus in Taurus. Virgo and Taurus are earth signs and can hold the space for an inspired intention that connects you to the larger picture. The divine is in the details by design. September 6 is also the day that Mercury moves into a retrograde shadow. The tiny planet rules Virgo. I’m leaning into this as an opportunity to start to be in conversation with shadow through a grounding self care practice; or, start the self inquiry around what you need to deepen a self care practice so you can get into your subconcious, your shadow, your baggage and unpack it. The point on the journey is to shine light, not overwhelm yourself.
I’m feeling a strong energy from Mercury this month, and Pluto, too. These planets nearest and farthest the sun take on an alpha and omega quality for me. Some shadows will see light and lose their darkness. (Venus [value] in Libra [diplomacy] squares Pluto [subconscious] in Capricorn [existing structures] the first week of September). Vesta, the asteroid goddess of the hearth and home, is right behind Venus. Clear, negotiate, take a step back and take a step forward, repeat. This is only the beginning, and the fall will bring more energy for depth transformation. As I write this, I imagine walking through a dim tunnel carrying a torch, a proper flame. Light your way, will yourself the courage to explore. Mars is in Virgo through mid-September, so there is a potential to power through the exploration with gravitas.
But the inner planet activity of Mercury, Venus, Mars plus Chiron in Aries makes for scene to claim your space, claim your self. The tunnels are you to explore; are you afraid of yourself? Call The Witness forth to light up the space between the healing and information exchange that will take to you the higher octave of understanding. Creepy crawlies? Whatever–be aware that you are not it because you are not those thoughts (despire Mercury’s nature to put your thoughts into an overload or fried mode). Mercury goes retrograde on September 22, and it emerges the first week of November. This is a dress rehearsal for the underworld sojourn—the dive underground to harvest psychological gold.
The inner work you apply in Virgo can set you up to shine light as the dark season slowly approaches in North America. What goes down must come up. What goes in must come out.
- Leave yourself love notes to return to after your descent
- Love notes can be affirmations written on a mirror, Post-it notes, strings tied around wrists, etc
- Do you check in with your feedback loop between your body-mind-soul on a regular basis?
- What adjustments to your practice could serve you as the season changes and we move to the darker part of the year?
Whether you’re exploring your inner world or the simply idea that there is some correlation between the celestial activing and your experience, be kind to yourself. Track your experiences throughout the month. Each contain a spark to explore, express, and evolve a part of your being.