By Joy Vernon

The Sun moves into Libra on September 22, officially beginning the fall season.
The tarot card for the Sign of the Scales is Justice. Like the equal length of day and night,
Justice represents balance, impartiality, and equal partnerships. Libra is ruled by
the planet Venus, who governs love and beauty, and is represented by the tarot’s Empress.

September: Truth Will Out


“Two of Swords” from Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot by Melanie Marquis and Scott
Murphy. © 2016 by Melanie Marquis andScott Murphy. Used by permission from
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.,

In the Kabbalah, the Empress card balances the masculine and feminine sides of the Tree of Life, the pillars of Severity (Strength) and Mercy (Love). Justice’s sword points up to Severity, while her scales hang down towards the central sphere of Beauty and Harmony. Justice requires the use of strength to create harmony, but is governed by the balance that adds mercy to the equation.

Despite our overall theme of balance, September starts off with the severity that incites the craving for harmony. On the first day of the month, five planets gather into a difficult T-square configuration. Neptune the dreamer drifts in the deep seas of Pisces. Opposite stands the Sun in Virgo, truth-seeker, conjoined with the New Moon, his private self, sacrificed as a dedication to the real. Saturn, old man time, and Mars, the warrior, conjunct in Sagittarius are the release point for this energy, stretching fact and fantasy like two arrows in the archer’s bow, aimed towards the happy balance of the Gemini Twins. Will the warrior slay truth or illusion? The decision lies with the old man. An old man who built the walls that keep things in and the walls that keep things out. The old man who knows that truth is defined, and definitions are walls.

This New Moon is a Solar eclipse, challenging us to begin seeking truth and to release the pleasant denial of illusion, an ongoing cycle highlighted this month and resolving in February 2017.

Mercury has been retrograde in its home sign of Virgo since the end of August, inviting you to research, review, and get things done. On September 6, with the Sun in perfectionist Virgo ably assisted by Pluto in structured Capricorn, you will be a productivity rock star.

Meanwhile, Jupiter enters Libra for an eleven month sojourn. In the Sign of the Scales, he is happy to employ his talent as an arbitrator of disputes. Looking at which house Libra occupies in your chart will show you where in your life his generosity will be activated for the year.

The full moon in Pisces on September 16 is a Lunar eclipse, part of the family of eclipses mentioned above. Riding at the heels of a Sun Mercury conjunction, new facts are revealed. The full moon is conjunct deeply healing Chiron. Mercury turns forward in detail-oriented Virgo on September 21, trine restructuring Pluto in Capricorn. The truth will out.

September 22, the day of the Fall Equinox is considered symbolic of the energy for the fourth quarter of the year. The Sun enters equitable Libra, where it joins up with lucky Jupiter, while Mercury looks forward, at rest in his home sign. Venus meanwhile enters the last degree of the sign she rules, bringing a lingering beauty to the remainder of the year. Happy birthday, Libras!

The next day, Venus moves into Scorpio, the sign of her detriment, where she’ll bring jealousy and debauchery for three and a half weeks. On September 26, Pluto stations direct in Capricorn ending a five-month retrograde. The next day Mars enters Capricorn, the sign of its exaltation, where the combination of drive, ambition, and sustained productivity mean that he really could be working late at the office again.

We end the month with a New Moon in Libra very close to Jupiter, closing the month with a renewed sense of fairness, magnanimous mediation, and optimism. The Moon is the ruler of the first ten degrees of Libra, so gets a certain boost here. The tarot card for the Moon in this position is the Two of Swords — blindfolded like Justice, crossed swords representing the stalemate of Libra’s famous indecision. Lapping water in the background and a Moon overhead to remind us that when logic fails us, intuition will provide the direction needed to break out of conundrums.

October: Spirits Will Answer


“Death” from Modern Spellcaster’s Tarot by Melanie Marquis and Scott Murphy.
© 2016 by Melanie Marquis and Scott Murphy. Used by permission from
Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.,

The sign of the Scorpion starts in the final third of October. Scorpio correlates to the tarot’s Death card. The Death card represents things that naturally reach the end of their cycle. Many tarot readers want to focus on the new beginnings that can be a result of endings, but cards like the Fool or any of the Aces signal the start of something. Death asks you to let something come to its final conclusion and honor that closure.

Scorpio is classically ruled by Mars, the Tower, which represents unexpected endings. Like the Empress, creativity, the Tower bridges the masculine and feminine pillars of the Tree of Life, but on a lower octave. Destruction on the higher level is seen as birth on the lower level. Destruction on the lower level is seen as birth at the higher level. The sign of Scorpio expresses this paradigm, and is associated with the transformation in which a lower form is destroyed in order to become reborn at a higher octave.

On October 7, silver-tongued Mercury enters Libra, the sign of balance, where he’ll travel for just over two weeks. The planet of communication gains the ability to express all things in fair and considerate terms during this time.

October 15 brings a full Moon in Aries. Rebellious Uranus in the sign of independence stands next to the Moon, the inner self. Today you’ll stop doing what’s best for everyone and start doing what’s best for you.

Beautiful Venus enters philosophical Sagittarius on October 18, where she’ll be there for three and a half weeks. While Jupiter is in Venus’s home sign of Libra, Venus now visits Jupiter’s sign. This is a very beneficial exchange, although Saturn’s dour lurking may dampen the enthusiasm.

The following day Mars catches up to Pluto. Pluto is considered a higher octave of the warrior planet, and so shares in his ambition and desire for power. Pluto is a planet of extremes, and a co-presence with the red planet is likely to trigger his dysfunctional aspects, such as megalomania and tyranny.

Happy birthday Scorpios! On October 22 the Sun enters Scorpio. Mercury joins him a couple days later, where they will hang out for the rest of this month and the first third of November.

The morning of October 26 kicks off a great day as pretty Venus and optimistic Jupiter enjoy mutual reception — each is in the sign of the other as they form a harmonious aspect, empowering each other to share their love of wisdom and magnanimous mediation.

Enjoy it while it lasts because the next day the Sun and Mercury come together in Scorpio, and the famed Scorpionic sting might flavor your communication. The following day, add to this the energy of Scorpio’s ruler Mars, still close to Pluto in Capricorn, squaring off against Uranus in Aries.
Communication is governed by ambition challenged by revolution: time to write your manifesto. But be wary of the platforms of those already in power who crave more — this is a selfish and manipulative configuration.

As we turn the calendar page again, Venus conjuncts Saturn, who rains on her peppy parade. Her general optimism during her time in Sagittarius is dissipated by his stern attitude.

The eerie New Moon in Scorpio of October 30 sets up a spooky Halloween, while Mercury, the planet of communication, comes into an easy alignment with dreamy Neptune in Pisces, the sign of the land beyond the veil. Intuition is heightened, meditation is easy, and psychic phenomena abound. If you talk to the spirits, they will most certainly answer.



Joy Vernon

With twenty-five years’ experience, Joy Vernon brings expertise and practiced familiarity to her specialty of esoteric tarot, which layers astrological and qabalistic symbolism onto the traditional images. Joy works as a reader at Isis Books. To see how this month’s astrology affects you, please visit to schedule an appointment