September  2017

Mercury is retrograde until the 5th, so maintain adaptability early this month. Mercury ends his retrograde cycle at the same degree of Leo as the August 21 solar eclipse, so watch to see if there is any blow back or activation of issues from last month. Additionally, aggressive Mars is at the same degree as the total eclipse to start the month and relationship oriented Venus will poke that same sensitive spot in the days leading up to the September 19 new moon. The key is to open your heart, be creative, and open to new people in your life. There is a Grand Earth Trine in the fall equinox chart representing the autumn season. That is excellent for bringing tangible projects to fruition if you are willing to make a plan and work the plan-no winging it to see what happens! Ambitious Mars will be in hard working Virgo September 5-October 22, helping you to accomplish a great deal if you are willing to get to work. Towards the end of the month, Mars and Venus are getting very close to alignment, exact in early October. Get clear on relationships of all types rather than letting things fester below the surface.  In a sense, September is the in between month between the intensity of the August eclipses and Jupiter moving into emotionally intense Scorpio in October.

Scroll down to see a forecast report on the next quarter.

September 1-2:

Although this is the start of the USA Labor Day holiday, Friday is under the influence of a serious Capricorn moon. This suggests you accomplish practical tasks on Friday so you can take advantage of social Aquarius moon energy over the weekend. Wake up early Saturday morning as Mars trines Uranus, great for exercise or getting your blood circulating early in the day. Uranus wants to do something different than the normal routine. Talkative Mercury also aligns with Mars early Sunday morning, so Saturday night is ripe for assertive conversations. Tell people what you want.

September 3-9:

Did you wake up early on Sunday morning or have restless dreams before you woke up on Sunday? Mercury was mentally overactive at 2:39 AM PDT and tied to athletic Mars -so action dreams! Or maybe it is just a good morning for exercise. For the USA Labor Day holiday on September 4th, the moon continues in social and friendly Aquarius. It would be wise to end your social or other activities by late afternoon Monday because the moon makes minor challenges-the kind where you don’t want to be in traffic or having to talk too much. As the evening progresses, the Sun opposes Neptune, and that means your energetic life force wants to pull back into a protective, fall asleep on the couch watching a move, mode.

For those who must return to work on Tuesday, allow extra time in traffic because Mercury is ending his retrograde cycle (since August 12) At the same time, ambitious Mars is moving into hard working Virgo until October 22. So Tuesday brings a combination of mental sluggishness and the need to get to work..

The full moon is on Wednesday the 6th just after midnight (14 degrees Pisces/Virgo). The moon is aligned with Neptune, so there is a certain dreamy or fantasy-loving tone to your emotions. That’s great for romance or a vision quest, as long as you know the difference between fantasy and reality.  At the same time, the sun in Virgo wants to produce something tangible and useful. Ideally, you can bring a higher vision into practical service n the world. Both the fire and earth elements are strong now, so there is a lot of help in bringing your creative ideas into form. Be patient and adaptable with your ideas now because communications planet Mercury just ended his three-week retrograde cycle on the 5th and it normally takes about ten days to get back up to normal speed. Mars just moved into Virgo for six weeks, so help is building up if you are willing to get assertive in working towards your goals now.

The moon moves into Aries on Thursday and Friday. Projects that require physical effort are favored, as is exercise. The thing about Aries is that their attention can shift quickly. It is best to pick projects that keep you moving and do not get bogged down in problems that require patience. Saturday is a good yard sale day in that the sun is making harmony to “let go and let good” Pluto-so clear your clutter and make some money from it under a make-money Taurus moon. Mercury re-enters Virgo on Saturday evening, the sign it started its retrograde cycle in last month. This help  you get organized and tend to details through the 29th.


September 10-16:

Celebrate your grandparents on Sunday (Grandparents Day)  with happy lunar aspects through late afternoon. Plan a quiet Sunday evening when the moon goes into its quiet void-of-course phase at 5:54 PM PDT. Tuesday is a good business day when money planet Venus makes harmony with long-term Saturn. Communicate your creative ideas and cooperate with others for ideas that will produce over the long term.

Do those “must do” projects in the morning. By early evening, the sun is making an “I’m tired” square to Saturn. It is not the time to force your way; best to take a break and take up projects another day. Friday is the day to take a playful lunch. Venus wants to share with others and the goddess makes harmony to generous Jupiter. That is the combination where both people want to pick up the check! The moon is in Leo on Saturday and that combines well with Mercury and Mars. short projects or activities where your heart and creative side is engaged will work well on Saturday. The other way to say this is that if your heart is not into it or a project that drags on, you had better wait for another day.

Seattle/Tacoma friends: Schedule ahead for private consultations in the Southcenter area next week, and it is OK to schedule mini readings in advance for the Emerald Spiral Expo. Mark presents his talk on ” Jupiter in Scorpio” at Wisdom U in Tacoma on the 21st (and consultations).

September 17-23:

Sunday is playful all day, but keep things light and easy. Share with friends but avoid hard topics or future commitments that cannot be changed. Monday is the dark before the new moon so tend to all the little details of your life.

The Virgo New Moon is on Tuesday the 19th at 10:30 PM PDT (27 degrees Virgo). This is the time to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for the blessings in your life. It is also the time to get organized for the changing season. The full moon  opposes wounded healer Chiron, a famous centaur who taught healing techniques in spite of being mortally wounded himself. Consider where you can take step to heal yourself or others now. Because Chiron was an immortal god who was mortally wounded, the only way out of his suffering was to surrender his immortality. He was then rewarded by being placed in the constellations for eternity. Is there some attitude, belief or thing you are ready to release? If you are feeling caught between worlds, like a centaur that is half horse and half human, decide to be OK with being caught between worlds. Take half steps towards your goal rather than trying to get it all at once. Also of note is goddess Venus entering Virgo for the next three weeks. Do something for your personal spiritual purification in the weeks ahead. Simplify your relationships.

Fall Equinox is on Friday September 22 at 1:02 PM PDT. A chart cast for the next three months shows the planet Jupiter near the end of his year long journey through Libra. Look back on your relationships (and lack of relationships) of all types since last September. Have you completed any shifts that need to take place, or is there some more work to do before Jupiter moves into Scorpio on October 10? The moon is in Scorpio at equinox, so that will provide a hint of the emotional shifts and release that is ahead. Relationship planets Venus and Mars are moving towards alignment early next month, so that adds extra emphasis in getting your relationships in order. Because they are in Virgo, keep it simple and know the difference between service and sacrifice. You can communicate on deeper levels now, or do projects that require deep thinking or research. Release old thought patterns and communicate with power.

The moon continue in emotional Scorpio on Saturday, suggesting that you spend time with people you can share with at a deeper level. Saturday is a pleasant day overall, so make yourself available to the world of people who can live at a more meaningful level of life-not those superficial conversations. On Wednesday, the final opposition between Jupiter and Uranus takes place. This has been going on for months. Jupiter represents higher philosophy and religion and Uranus wants revolution now. .We have seen that going on in extremist beliefs and behavior in politics and religion. On the personal level, take a risk on yourself to create greater freedom in your life.

Portland, Oregon  friends: Mark provides a talk on “Jupiter in Scorpio” on Friday September 29.

September  24-30:

Sunday continues the private Scorpio moon from the weekend, but it is in its introspective void-of-course phase all the way to 9:01 PM PDT. It is better to meditate or do simple tasks in a void moon. Avoid starting important new projects or significant purchases. On Monday, the moon is in enthusiastic Sagittarius. However, Monfday morning holds a mentally sluggish challenge between quick Mercury and patient Saturn .It is the feeling you have in stop and go traffic. The moon moves into in serious Capricorn Wednesday through Friday, so you will enjoy the weekend more if you get your work accomplished .

On Friday evening, know the difference between romance and fantasy thinking, both in love and get rich quick schemes. Mercury moves into Libra for three weeks on Friday. Relationship communications are favored. The moon moves into Aquarius on Saturday which favors friendship and social activities.


October Preview:

Jupiter makes his year-long exit from relationship sign Libra and moves into emotionally intense Scorpio for the next year. It’s time to make some choices, and they are not always the easy choices. Hidden things come to the surface. You can focus on projects that require deep concentration. The Halloween party time is actually the weekend before the 31stCheck back for details.

Mark Dodich provides astrology and intuitive consultations internationally ~ since 1980. In addition to natal astrology, Mark specializes in ACG Relocation Astrology Maps and Seven Ray Esoteric Astrology. Check out his newsletter at or contact him at Land Line (503) 252-1558



Following is a new column I am writing for New Consciousness Review:

Quarterly Astrology Forecast: September-November 2017

Astromark Astrology Forecast: Overall view September-November 2017:

Although you could make an argument that every fall season is a time to buckle down and get serious, this fall is going to be serious on steroids. Mental Mercury started this productive tone while it was retrograde August 12-September 5. It started giving you hints about where you needed to get organized. By the time expansive Jupiter moves into Scorpio on October 10 for the coming year, you will feel driven to focus your energy more deeply on some area of your life. The flip side of the coin of getting focused like a laser beam is the need to cut out of your life that which no longer holds your attention. In the case of Jupiter, he has been in Libra since September 2016 helping you to analyze your relationships and relationship needs, and that goes way beyond your love life to include work, family and your relationship with self. Where Libra looks at everything from every possible angle, making you crazy with all the possible options and directions, Scorpio tells you to make a choice and go with it. So this fall brings a “quit your bitchin’ ” attitude and pick a direction. If you are waiting for other people to make their decision first, forget that. What do you want?


As the month after a total eclipse, September helps you process and integrate the changes and insight that started to rise to the surface during August eclipses. Three planets will pass over the sensitive 29-degree Leo of the solar eclipse, pushing you to come to terms with where your heart is engaged in this life versus where you are only going through the motions. Communications planet Mercury ends his retrograde cycle at this sensitive degree of the zodiac on September 5th. In the weeks ahead, you must make a plan to work for new heart-centered goals. Relationship planets Venus (9/18) and Mars (9/3) both hit the “heart point” this month. Ambitious Mars then spends the rest of the month in hard-working Virgo and Venus follows at the new moon on the 20th. It’s like the universe telling you that you can have more fun and be passionate about your work, relationships, and social connections, but you must be willing to roll up your sleeves to cleanse out the old, purify your intentions, and get to work on new projects and goals. A chart cast for fall equinox shows a great deal of help if you are willing to be adaptable in your thinking and plans. Inflexible thinking will only give you anxiety this fall. And that means there is one of those “growth opportunities” to trust that there is a higher power helping you. Be willing to accept help from both the universe and other people to make your life easier. There are a few extra challenging days to avoid obsessive thinking and impatient behavior, Keep your ego in check on the 13th. Don’t buy into get rich quick schemes or fantasy thinking around the 19th. The 24th through 29th require constant adjustments as you dance with life.


The big shift of autumn is expansive Jupiter moving into Scorpio for a year beginning on the 10th. The god of thunder wants to help you create your dreams in a big way, but he also requires you to expand your belief system and take a risk on yourself. Jupiter takes the high road of integrity and honesty. During early October, he is finishing his run through relationship oriented Libra since September 2016. During this time, you reviewed all types of relationships as your values and priorities shifted. The light and airy social energy of Libra gives way to the emotional depths of Scorpio in the coming year. Scorpio is great for making decisions and doing deep level research and healing. Scorpio teaches “Let go and Let God,” suggesting that some emotional connections will be released in the year ahead. The full moon on October 5th includes an alignment of relationship planets Venus and Mars, both in keep-it-simple Virgo. Improve existing relationships through humble and honest conversations. Don’t over-complicate your relationships and they will work better. There is a lower tolerance for people who like to live in drama games. The Libra new moon on the 19th is much more exciting as expect-the-unexpected Uranus in independent Aries opposes the new moon. One part of you wants relationship and another part values freedom. One part of you wants raw sex and another part wants to get comfortable on the sofa with someone for the changing weather.  Find the balance between sharing and individual needs this month. If you need to promote your brilliant idea, there are a couple of positive days this month. Communicate big ideas on the 18th when Mercury aligns with Jupiter, but don’t oversell or talk too much. On the 26th, the sun aligns with Jupiter to help you present yourself in a good light. Halloween on the 31st is under an introspective void moon, great for sacred meditation ceremonies on Samhain.  Better social days for Halloween parties are the 27and 28th.


Warrior Mars entered peace-loving Libra back on October 22 until December 8th. This uncomfortable combination asks you to practice assertive diplomacy, not unlike Mahatma Gandhi. It also supports you in seeking new relationships, as long as you are not overly aggressive. The other relationship planet, Venus, moves through intense Scorpio starting on the 7th through the end of the month. You want to go well below the surface in all your emotional connects, as Scorpio is associated with deep issues that push everyone’s buttons- sex, death, taxes! In regards to the USA Thanksgiving Day holiday, there are a couple of days to be careful while traveling. At the Scorpio new moon on the 18th and 19th, “go really fast” Mars is challenging obsessive Pluto. Be careful of pushing limits and be polite if you get caught speeding. On the days surrounding the 22nd, Neptune is ending his; five month retrograde cycle. The negative of this is people driving while tired or distracted. The positive side of this shift is being able to open to a new vision for your life. Thanksgiving Day has the moon moving into social and eclectic Aquarius at 12:14 PM PST through Saturday. It’s a great time to meet new and eccentric people and hear innovative ideas. Since Aquarius rules technology, Black Friday will sell a lot of technology-based holiday gifts.

Mark Dodich has provided astrology and intuitive consultations internationally since 1980. In addition to natal astrology, Mark specializes in ACG Relocation Astrology Maps and Seven Ray Esoteric Astrology. Check out  or contact him at Land Line (503) 252-1558