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ASTROLOGY: September 2023


“A sight for the gods!”

–Douglas Baker, Venus in Leo, from the Dictionary of Astrology

It’s a busy month, starting out with seven retrogrades – LOTS of opportunities!! – and then with a couple of our most benign and lovely planets squaring off, literally! Since Venus is the one that will square off with two different planets this month, let’s take time to discuss Her Loveliness! And yes, it is a queenly kind of loveliness since she is in the sign of Leo, the sign of kings and queens. Venus in Leo is a wonderful combination of elegance, beauty, light and reflection, cheerfulness and splendor, indeed, what the quote above says! If you happen to have this aspect in your chart, you are blessed indeed! And yet, she can also be a tough cookie, as any good lion or lioness can, when cornered.

Her first challenge comes from (though challenges are always a two-sided opportunity)Jupiter in Taurus. Jupiter is another of our most wonderful planets when he’s in a good mood; benevolent, jolly, expansive, and in the sign of Taurus, especially bounteous and fortunate. But he is in his retrograde form, which means not so jolly, norso benevolent. The goddess of light and love squares off to the god who now is hording and stingy. If you feel your bounty slipping away you might want to check your attitude about it; grasping or giving? Loving or stingy?

We get through that challenge mid-month and then our goddess squares off with Uranus, the planet of commitment and partnerships, also in the sign of Taurus and also retrograde. Watch your heart; it could get hurt. Again, what is your attitude? Loving no matter what? Or angry and hurt, which helps no one. All in all, this is a great month to exhibit all of the beautiful qualities of the goddess of Truth, Beauty and Goodness, even in the midst of financial and relationship challenges. You CAN do it!

Everyone: The autumnal equinox in the northern hemisphere – vernal in the southern hemisphere – occurs on the 23rd and night and day are equal. Celebrate equality.

ARIES Planet: Mercury MARCH 20 – APRIL 19
Dynamic: While positive details abound, headaches
may as well.
Direction: Take a break from all that brainwork.
Soul Thought: What is Higher vs.lower mind?

TAURUS Planet: Vulcan APRIL 19 – MAY 20
Dynamic: You may be asked for financial support.
Direction: Ponder carefully.
Soul Thought: What may help and what may hinder?

GEMINI Planet: Venus MAY 20 – July 20
Dynamic: Challenges abound.
Direction: Listen to your heart.
Soul Thought: When dragonflies battle.

CANCER Planet: Neptune July 20 – JULY 22
Dynamic: This should be a lovely month for you, at
least on spiritual levels.
Direction: Make it be so on all levels.
Soul Thought: “I delight in my own improvement
day to day.” –Epictetus

LEO Planet: Sun JULY 22 – AUG 22
Dynamic: Few challenges other than from within.
Direction: To be single or to be in partnership?
Soul Thought: “A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,” –Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

VIRGO Planet: Moon AUG 22 – SEPT 22
Dynamic: You have so many choices, sometimes
hard to decide.
Direction: Be grateful!
Soul Thought: “Follow your bliss.” –Joseph Campbell

LIBRA Planet: Uranus SEPT 22 – OCT 22
Dynamic: It may come down to a choice between
beauty and truth.
Direction: Determine the whole story.
Soul Thought: Is it a choice?

SCORPIO Planet: Mars OCT 22 – NOV 21
Dynamic: Now is a good time to make a decision
regarding that relationship.
Direction: The law of the land may apply.
Soul Thought: The spirit or the letter of the law?

SAGITTARIUS Planet: Earth NOV 21 – DEC 20
Dynamic: It’s a good month to end something for
the purpose of starting anew.
Direction: You know.
Soul Thought: “It ain’t what you don’ t know that gets you in trouble, it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” –Mark Twain

CAPRICORN Planet: Saturn DEC 20 – JAN 19
Dynamic: Another month of few challenges.
Direction: Stick your feet in the water and relax.
Soul Thought: What does it mean when you have
to work hard to relax?

AQUARIUS Planet: Jupiter JAN 19 – FEB 18
Dynamic: Your greatest hopes and wishes may be
challenged by lack of resources.
Direction: Determine what your greatest resources are.
Soul Thought: Gifts vs. Desires.

PISCES Planet: Pluto FEB 18 – MAR 20
Dynamic: Something you’ve known but couldn’t quite capture is ready to come out.
Direction: Dig deep.
Soul Thought: The secret of success.

To discover your Rising Sign, or for more information, contact Charlene R. Johnson,
www.SkyDanceAstrology.com, or email: SkyDance@SkyDanceAstrology.com
Esoteric Astrology is focused on the rising sign more than the sun sign (we suggest you read both)
and provides clarity, direction and answers for those seeking a higher level of life.


  • Charlene R, Johnson

    Charlene R Johnson is a graduate of Claregate College, a metaphysical college in England and studied directly under teacher Dr. Douglas Baker. She offers oral readings, written reports and teaches classes in both esoteric astrology and esoteric psychology. These classes are for beginners who know nothing of astrology. Use of the glyphs in your chart are considered a form of dialogue with your Soul and a necessary tool in your spiritual toolbox. A former Taos County resident she now lives in central Florida on 6.5 acres on a beautiful lake. This property has recently been dubbed SkyDance Sanctuary and will be the site of classes and special events.