This month brings an unusual congregation of planets well-placed in their own or exalted signs. It’s like everybody, every planet, is happy in their own little homes, and it’s time to party, relax, elevate, or whatever else you like to do when you are in a good place.

The good times start September 5th when Mars finally leaves the sign of Libra, where it has been with Saturn for much too long. It’s been like having two bad drinking buddies living together in one house – one’s depressed and the other one is angry, and random acts of violence have been popping up all over the world. But Mars gets out of the house and enters its own sign of Scorpio.

While planets in Scorpio can be challenging, Mars does just fine there, turning its powerful passion inward toward transformational practices and discovering the secrets of life and death and sex and all things occult. And Saturn starts to enjoy Libra again, its exalted sign, now that bad boy Mars has left the building.

Add to this goodness, we still have a happy Sun in its sign of Leo, Jupiter is in its exalted sign of Cancer, Mercury is in its strong sign of Virgo, and even unpredictable Rahu and weird Ketu are in their own signs. That’s 7 out of 9 planets in good sign placements, making for the good and easy expression of their energies.

The Moon even gets in the act by occupying its exalted sign of Taurus from September 13-15, making eight of nine planets happy, happy.

It’s all fairly groovy from September 5 to 15, and a little beyond. Do take advantage of these couple of weeks and make the summer of 2014 a good one to remember. All yoga practices give good results now. You can simply coast now or surf the big waves if you have the hankering.

Of course this “kumbaya” must end and it does wind down when Venus, the only planet not well positioned around mid-September, takes a nosedive on September 25th when it goes into Virgo and becomes debilitated. Ah, it happens once a year or so – Venus hangs out in Virgo and we start to overthink our relationships and analyze our feelings too much and generally become too stinking critical of everyone that reminds us of ourselves.

When Venus is in Virgo, I always say you can’t keep on blaming the mirror.

But for all of that, we really do have some good planetary energy this month and isn’t that a great way to welcome the change of the seasons?


What’s The Weirdest Part of Your Body?

To paraphrase Frank Zappa: “I think it’s your Mind, your Mind.” Yes, on September 16 Mercury (your mind) has an exact conjunction with Rahu, and things could get weird – at least in your head. Actually Rahu has been with Mercury most of this month in Virgo, and what we can expect is some unexpected, unconventional, and maybe explosive form of speech. People may say outrageous things to get our attention and even break taboos. A typical Rahu line now would be, “If I told you that you have a beautiful body, would you hold it against me?” This is even more effective when said during a sobriety checkpoint stop.

In mythology, Rahu is represented as a head without a body – an open mouth always ready to devour and spew forth. There is an unusual way of thinking and speaking going on that sometimes may make you feel like you’re in the middle of an Icelandic Hip Hop concert where everybody ate mushrooms. Ah, not to worry. Best to keep your mouth shut and let others be under the spell of Rahu.

Fall Equinox arrives September 22

The Fall Equinox arrives September 22 at 9:29 pm (Central Time). Days and nights will be equalizing and a beautiful time to balance your solar and lunar (male and female) energies as night and day come into equilibrium.

A good day to practice your balancing postures (or plant your fall Tree!). Another classic approach to practicing yoga on the equinox is a balance between the heating (Sun) postures and the cooling (Moon) postures.

An excellent mantra for balancing the sun and moon energies on this day is RAAA-MAAA, as is the practice of alternate nostril breathing.


The Virgo Sun Person:

If you were born between September 15 to October 15, you are a Virgo Sun according to Vedic Astrology. People with the Sun in Virgo are kind, unimposing people with intellect and a substantial education. They are excellent communicators and may be very artistic. They have discretion and are creative in their approach to things. Virgos are open, honest and care sincerely for others. Although others like to be around them for their sincerity, occasionally they can be forceful in their opinions and can be a overly critical at times, both of others and themselves. Physically they are not very strong or powerful but are full of talents. They can be successful in their career or in business for they take care of even the little things that others may not recognize as being important.

The Virgo Yogi

The Virgo Sun Yogi is a perfect yoga student. They are often disciplined, detailed, discerning, organized, and concerned with health. They enjoy a structured and organized yoga practice with attention to specifics, routine, and health-producing benefits. They like to follow instructions and want to get it “right.” Do watch for perfectionist tendencies, getting lost in the details of a posture instead of seeing the bigger picture, and a sometime strong desire for purity in practice.