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Astrology + Love“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” Lao-Tzu

Important September Astrology Dates:

September 5: Virgo New Moon
September 9: 
Mercury moves into Libra
September 10: Venus moves into Scorpio
September 19: Pisces Full Moon
September 20: Pluto Moves Direct in Capricorn
September 22:
 Autumn Equinox
September 22:  Sun Moves into Libra


There is a Shaker song called “Simple Gifts”.  The song goes:
‘Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free,
‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be,
And when we find ourselves in the place just right,
‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight.

Simplicity is freedom.  When we stop all of the over-thinking and over-analyzing, we are free to be ourself.  We are free to behave from truth and spirit, rather than overthinking and neuroticism.  When our actions come from a place of simplicity, it reflects our freedom. Think of a baby or a small child who has not yet been fully inundated with ideas and meanings around behavior.  Sometimes their actions are so simple, but they teach us so much about freedom; freedom of expression and the freedom to be.  This month our new moon falls in the sign of Virgo.  Virgo is known for its thinking and analytical abilities.  But Virgo is also known for its connection and wisdom of the earth and its intuition.  Virgo energy reminds us of the ability to balance the thinking and come into a space of intuition.  It is here, where our freedom resides.

Virgo:  With the new moon in your sign, this is a good time to take a seat and relax.  You are used to being busy, and probably over analyzing, but this is the time of year to take it easy and indulge.  Indulge in things that relax you – yoga, vacation, massage – take care of yourself and be good to yourself.  Everything you need is coming to you.

Libra:  This is a month where the things that you may have been trying to ignore are going to come to surface.  The adage goes: what you resist, persists.  The more you work to pretend something is not effecting you, the more it does effect you.  Get honest and face the way things are now.

Scorpio:  This month, the New Moon takes place in the area of your chart that rules friendships and social life.  This new moon shares that some of your friendships are bound to change through work.  If you are starting a new job, you will get a new group of friends.  Start these friendships by being truly you.

Sagittarius:  This is a powerful month for you to give all your energy to your work and career.  This new moon gives you the energy to get through all the practical details needed for your success – website renewal, planning presentations, following up with investors.  Get it done!

Capricorn:  Commit to expanding your learning this month.  Learning is something that takes time and consistency.  If you want to master a subject or skill, dedicate yourself to learning daily about it.  Practice makes perfect.

Aquarius:  There may be a secret that you are keeping that is making your life complicated.  What are you afraid of ?  Let it go, share all of yourself.  Your freedom lies in your ability to be seen, not in your ability to hide.

Pisces:  If you want to love, then love.  The New Moon is in your area of relationships and partnerships.  Love is often complicated by ideas we have about it in our society.  But love is simple, and if its complicated it’s because you are trying to overthink it and control it. Let go.

Aries:  This New Moon is a jumpstart in your health and work.  This is the perfect time of the year to get back into routine, especially around your daily tasks and anything related to your health.  This New Moon start a workout schedule and commit to it!  No more excuses!

Taurus:  While many people are getting grounded into the Virgo energy, this is a time for you to get playful and have some fun!  It’s time to put more fun into your everyday life.  Fun should be simple.  Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, and with communities that inspire your creativity!

Gemini:  This month, the home is the focus.  Clean your closets and purge.  Get rid of everything that is not serving you.  Maybe grab a book on Feng Shui and arrange your home in a way that is helping you to bring the energy in that you want.  One thing that remains, get rid of the physical and metaphysical clutter in your home and mind.

Cancer:  You may be doing extra thinking this month, and maybe that extra thinking is turning into worry.  Your task is to believe and trust, rather than to doubt and worry.  You, just by being yourself, are loved by people who want to help you succeed.

Leo: Oftentimes we learn to think about ourselves in overcomplicated ways.  We pick ourselves apart and then criticize the pieces of ourselves.  This month is time to put the parts together and look at yourself as a whole.  You are whole.  You are perfect.  Affirm that.

Join Shirley for a Virgo New Moon Telecircle by-donation on Tuesday September 3, 2013 at 6pm PT/9pm EST.  Contribute any amount that you wish, and join in from the comfort of your own home with a mug of tea to create intention around the New Moon and build community.  To register, click HERE


Shirley Kali Johnson, native New Yorker and San Francisco Bay Area-based, is a student of transpersonal psychology, yoga, and astrology. She has been studying astrology since the tender age of 5 years old and is thankful to share her love for the celestial bodies. She is available for Astrology Counseling, Reiki Healing, and Yoga. For more info or to join her mailing list, please go to