Astrology Sep 2nd – 12th (♍️II): Vision and Craft

Astrology Sep 2nd – 12th (♍️II): Vision and Craft

The Sun enters the second decan of Virgo on September 2nd and will be there until the 12th. Here, as the roots of the Tree drink, we flow with the water into it, travelling like busy blood through the body of the world, nourishing, transporting and transforming. Here we are witness to the concealed alchemical process which produces the juicy red fruit.

Thus the Sun’s light in this decan falls across production lines, and reveals hidden labors. Processes in process, conveyer belts in motion. The agony and care of the craftsman disguised by the simplicity of the finished work, the exploited worker obscured by the radiance of the blood diamond. Heraclitus’ secret, primordial fire as a furnace continually re-forging the world.

Indeed, change over time, the ongoing alchemy of the world, is key to this decan. It is thus entirely fitting this decan is thought, in one system, be ruled by Saturn, as effort over time is crucial to this face’s processes. Patience is also required, as this is a place of delayed gratification. Furthermore, this decan’s Saturnian quality points toward the necessity of sequencing actions in time. It is not simply a matter of doing the right thing, it is a matter of doing things in the order necessary to achieve the intended transformation. An alchemical vision erupts here, not of any one process, but of the great number of processes, and the necessity of sequencing them in the proper order to achieve the great work.
Venus is in the other ruler of this face, which speaks to the perfection of the finished product, the luster of the ripened fruit. Yet this attachment to quality lays traps. We must be careful as we descend into this decan, for it contains perfectionist hells, the abysses which lie between the good enough and great.

We are thus called to inspect sequences, to rewrite procedures, and to consider the efficiency of ongoing processes. This year there is much to inspect, as the first two months of 2017’s dramatic 3rd quarter have left much in disarray. Though the Sun’s time in the 2nd face of Virgo will not see all put back in working order, it will oversee significant movement in that direction, as within these 10 days Mercury will station direct, and a Full Moon is due whose light will not be compromised by eclipse. Mercury’s station will see matters begin to move forward in a more rational manner, while the Full Moon in Pisces will provide the vision necessary to bring coherence to the present, the water which moistens the clay and makes it ready for the potter’s wheel.


The 5th contains within it a trio of important shifts.  The first of these is Mars’ ingress into Virgo, the second is Mercury’s direct station, and the third and final is the Full Moon in Pisces.

Mercury Stations Direct:  Voice Of The Eclipse

Mercury stations direct around dawn, ending the rather extended and somewhat excruciating retrograde.  Of additional interest is the fact that Mercury’s direction station is in the same degree in which the solar eclipse occurred.  The suggestion is, then, that Mercury has come back to clarify the potent but potentially obscure signal sent earthward two weeks ago.  Further insight into matters of identity, self-representation, and strength are likely to abound.

Mars Enters Virgo:  Wielding The Razor   

Finally, during the wee hours, Mars enters Virgo.  In the Virgin’s sign, Mars’ sword becomes a scalpel so as to demonstrate that precision truly is power.  Mars in Virgo favors careful work with quantifiable results, and blesses the repairman and the scholar equally for their diligence.  Unfortunately, Mars in Virgo also inspires viciously critical moods.  Take care not to turn the scalpel on those near and dear to you.  Mars will be in Virgo until October 22nd.

Full Moon in Pisces: Hydromancy

The Full Moon arrives on Tuesday night.  This Full Moon is in Pisces, the imprecise but delightfully imaginative sign which opposes Virgo on the wheel.  This year, the Full Moon takes place while tightly conjunct Neptune.  The distant blue planet magnifies the dreamy quality of the Fishes’ sign.

This lunation is the first New or Full Moon since July to go un-eclipsed.  No stains or shadows will mar Luna’s bright face.  The lunar power which pours down may thus serve to wash away some of the soot and grime still clinging to us from the recent solar eclipse.

While the Sun in Virgo’s light shines upon and into matter, revealing its details and mechanics, the Moon in Pisces’ silver light illuminates the spirits and phantasms hovering just behind it.  This is dreamy Full Moon, a takes us away from September’s ongoing to-do lists for a few days.

The Moon’s rays are liquid and thick with visions.  Collected in a silver bowl, they will serve admirably as a scrying device.  Look not at details of discrete tasks, but for a vision of the unifying dream which encloses, connects and gives purpose to the details of every small endeavor.  Look for your underlying reason, the motive that drives your journey.  It is that vision and that vision alone which can bring meaning to what may otherwise seem to be an endless and pointless list of tasks.

The tension between dream and labor, the practical and the poetic, which the Full Moon illuminates will continue throughout the month, courtesy of Mercury, Mars and then Venus’ subsequent oppositions with Neptune. The Full Moon thus initiates a theme that will continue for the next several weeks.

Mercury Re-Enters Virgo: Back To Work

After the Moon wanes down from Full for a few days, on the 9th, Mercury re-enters Virgo.  Mercury is at home in Virgo, and possesses great strength.  Hermes’ return to Virgo after the long retrograde is particularly beneficial, as there many fixes to implement, messes to clean up, and bookshelves to organize.  Mercury will travel with Mars for much of its time in the Virgin’s sign, adding a hot, impatient edge to the acts of communication, remediation and organization which take place.  Mercury will be in Virgo until September 29th.


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Aries: The Ram

Mercury’s direct station on the 5th points toward the creative potency you have at your disposal— where it comes from, what it is, and what you can do with it.
The Full Moon in Pisces, which also arrives on the 5th, unleashes a quiet personal deluge of imagination, delusion and revelation. Enjoy bathing in the waters of the unconscious, but wait until the tub drains to decide what is real and what isn’t. While the Full Moon offers a wash of nightmare and dream, Mars and Mercury will deliver you a list of concrete tasks. While you muse on questionable visions, take the opportunity to scratch a score of little chores off your to-do list.

Taurus: The Bull

Mercury’s direct station on the 5th helps clarify eclipse insights into your living situation and familial relationships.
Meanwhile, the night of the 5th hosts the Full Moon in Pisces, whose silver beams shine upon the web of social connections between yourself and your friends, colleagues and community. For just a moment, lie back on the mesh of this network as if it were a hammock, and allow yourself to find comfort in it.
While the Full Moon shines gently on the social, Mars and then Mercury’s ingresses into Virgo push you to consider how efficiently you’re using the energy at your disposal. Consider how you might accomplish the same amount of work with less vitality spent.

Gemini: The Twins

Mercury finally stations direct on the 5th. This station, as well as the ensuing days, will help clarify your calendar, and sort out your short-term priorities.
The Full Moon in Pisces, which arrives on Tuesday night, offers you a liquid mirror upon which to dream of professional possibilities. Imagine the perfect role for you in this world, the image of right work. If it seems too distant, too impossible, ask yourself whether it is a matter of incomplete implementation, or one of false vision.
While the Full Moon stimulates professional fantasy and reflection, Mars’ and then Mercury’s entrances into Virgo pull you to consider the place you call home and the people you call family. Take some time to do maintenance on the home which shelters you and the people that support you.

Cancer: The Crab

Mercury’s direct station on the 5th helps clarify financial matters shadowed by August’s solar eclipse, and also helps sort through the more subtle questions of value which have floated about the last few weeks.
Tuesday night’s Full Moon in Pisces illuminates a vast ocean, sprinkling silver atop it. As you look out, across it, you may find yourself wishing that there was a path visible— some sort of trail for you to walk down. There is, but it is a matter of waves and currents, more easily felt than seen. While you wait for subtle revelations about the trajectory your destiny, the entrance of Mars and then Mercury into Virgo will ensure that there will be plenty of small, short-term goals to accomplish in the meantime.

Leo: The Lion

Mercury’s direct station on the 5th helps clarify the questions about the person you’ve been and the one you’re becoming which were raised by August’s solar eclipse.
Meanwhile, Tuesday’s Full Moon in Pisces spotlights the dynamics of exchange between yourself and other people. Who owes who what, and why? It is quite possible that these waters have been muddied, and need to be brought back to a more transparent state. Which is precisely what Mars and then Mercury’s ingresses into Virgo offer. The pair will be happy to help you sort through your incoming and outgoing streams of energy, attention, time and cash.

Virgo: The Virgin

Mercury’s direct station in Leo on the 5th helps sort out some of the identity, self-esteem and shadow issues which August’s solar eclipse raised, helping you further integrate what you’ve recently learned of yourself.
The Full Moon in Pisces, which occurs shortly after Mercury’s station, shines its silver spotlight onto your most significant relationships, providing clarity about the contrasts and complementarities between yourself and the others. In the days following the Full Moon, Mars and then Mercury enter your sign, which may put you into a Virgo fury over the coming weeks— cleaning, organizing, and editing with merciless precision.

Libra: The Scales

Mercury stations direct on the 5th, catalyzing insights into your social role, and clarifying how you might implement the rewrites envisioned there.
The Full Moon in Pisces right after Mercury’s station. The light of this Full Moon falls across a slew of small tasks— bills you need to pay, exercises you need to do more regularly, and other such things. It’s a good time to clean up your habits and get caught up on your accounting. Some days after the Full Moon, Mars and then Mercury enter Virgo, asking you to consider not just the health of your physical body, but that of your psyche as well. Wash the dishes and brush your teeth, yes, but don’t neglect your psychic hygiene.

Scorpio: The Scorpion

Mercury’s direct station on the 5th helps clarify eclipse insights into your professional life, as well as your professional self.
Meanwhile, the Full Moon in Pisces’ silver light energizes you creatively, calling your imagination to high tide. Private projects will, however, have to compete with social activity, as the increasing number of planets in Virgo call you to communicate and circulate amongst friends, colleagues and community.

Sagittarius: The Centaur

Mercury stations direct on the 5th, providing clarity as to the direction your path leads next. A image of you from the future, the one who has already completed the quest you now only set out for, beckons you onward.
While Mercury stations, the Moon attains fullness in Pisces. Its silver light falls on your home and upon your familial relationships. Yet while the Moon pulls you toward the comforts of your couch, the Sun in Virgo spotlights what’s happening at work. Mars and then Mercury join the Sun in Virgo, quickening the pace of your professional life.

Capricorn: The Goat

Mercury stations direct on the 5th, catalyzing eclipse insights into the exchanges of time, money and energy between yourself and other people. You may find your expectations of others, and their expectations of you, shifting.
The Full Moon in Pisces arrives on the night of the 5th. Its silver rays illuminate your calendar, and the way that you spend your time on a regular basis. Are your daily actions getting you closer to your long term goals, or are you just drifting, flowing through the days? If that bridge has been washed out, it may be time to consider a repair job. Mars and Mercury, who enters Virgo on the 7th and 9th, will be happy to remind you of what your long term goals are, and to advise on the steps you can take to reconnect the near and the far.

Aquarius: The Waterbearer

Mercury’s direct station on the 5th provides a note of clarity and honesty within relationships, and reveals how to implement the changes which August’s solar eclipse suggested.
Meanwhile, The Full Moon in Pisces on the 5th illuminates your finances, prompting you to imagine a more abundant circumstance, a timeline where what you do is rewarded amply. While the Full Moon in Pisces provides you a scrying bowl in which to vision, Mars’ and then Mercury’s ingresses into Virgo, on the 7th and 9th, push you to make a checklist and nail yourself to the concrete steps, the little tasks and allocations of attention, necessary to make it so.

Pisces: The Fish

Mercury’s direct station in Leo on the 5th points to changes you can make to your habits and patterns. Your habits are, in a sense, the assembly line, and your ability to appear and perform is the product. Recognize the connection between what you routinely do and who you routinely end up being.
Meanwhile, the Full Moon in your sign on the 5th will likely come as a relief, given that the rest of the month is dominate by planets in dry, rational Virgo. If only for a little bit, let yourself float, drift and dream on those waters.
Mars enters Virgo on the 5th, followed by Mercury on the 9th. Both these ingresses increase the emphasis on the dynamics of your relationships, a pattern which will endure for much of the month. Keep an eye out for how you handle criticism, as well as how you expect others to.

Austin Coppock is a writer, esotericist and astrologer based in Ashland, OR. He published paperback Almanacs from 2011-15 but began posting his prognostications online last year, referring to his collection of weekly, monthly, yearly essays and daily delineations as “The Online Almanac”. This work is made possible by his supporters on Patreon. Austin was President of the non-profit organization “Association for Young Astrologers” from 2012-2016. His most recent book is “36 Faces: The History, Astrology and Magic of the Decans”, published by Three Hands Press.


  1. Andrew 2 years ago

    Looks like its time to clean my room! Yet again! But at least I get to live in a clean space….

  2. Bryan 2 years ago

    Hi Austin,

    I am finding that listening to the audio recordings of your decans class, along with re-reading the Virgo decans chapters in your book along with these periodical decans essays really deepens my experience about these decans and helps me integrate this awareness of each decan during daily life. I would encourage everyone to get your audio decans class and “36 Faces” book.


  3. AFM 2 years ago

    Bryan– Agreed! “36 Faces” is a supper useful resource I continue to reference back on. Would love to get more into ‘The 36 Airs of the Zodiac’ Austin mentions in the book; however I can’t seem to find any copy of it even on Internet archives ;( oh well 36 Faces works good!

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