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Astrology Transits September 2023 – Harvest

“What are you planting today to harvest tomorrow?”— Lailah Gifty Akita

There is often a feeling of melancholy when the Sun moves into Virgo. The days are gradually become shorter and shorter and our attention turns to all those tasks, connections and communications unsaid or not completed during the summer. It is time for the harvest, both literally and figuratively. Now is an opportune time to review the last four months. Give yourself credit for what has been accomplished and make plans for the next four months.

Four planets change motion between August 23 and September 16. Mercury and Uranus retrograde indicate that things may not turn out exactly as expected. Clear communication is needed (Mercury retrograde) as is the ability to go with the flow (Uranus retrograde). Events are changeable and not easily controlled. Uranus brings surprises, inspiration and breakthroughs. Tune into the positive energy by letting go of fixed ideas and controlling tendencies. Here is a quick summary of the retrograde planets from May 11 until the end of January 2024.

  • Venus Retrograde: From July 23 to September 4.
  • Mercury Retrograde: From August 24 to September 16.
  • Pluto Retrograde: From May 11 to October 22.
  • Saturn Retrograde: From June 18 to November 4.
  • Uranus Retrograde From August 30 to January 28, 2024
  • Neptune Retrograde: From July 1 to December 6.
  • Jupiter Retrograde: From September 5 to December 31.


August 30: Uranus Turns Retrograde at 23 Degrees Taurus. Uranus is retrograde in Taurus until January 28, 2004. Planets move closer to the Sun when retrograde so their effects become stronger. Uranus is the planet of change and sudden reversals. The stock market has fluctuated wildly with Uranus in Taurus. Such stock market swings may intensify when Uranus is retrograde. It is best not to panic on downturns or become overly optimistic on upturns. It’s just Uranus doing its thing.


September 1: Mars Quincunx Saturn at 3 Degrees Libra/Pisces. Adjustments must be made when a planet is in a quincunx aspect. Mars quincunx Saturn is perhaps more challenging than most quincunx aspects. Mars wants action and it wants it now. Saturn wants to use a slower, more conservative, more thought-out approach. When the signs of Libra and Pisces are involved, it is even more problematic. Libra has a hard time making decisions. Pisces often doesn’t know why a decision has to be made at all. Put off major decisions until after September 4, when Mercury trine Jupiter makes decision making much easier.


September 4: Mercury Trine Jupiter at 15 Degrees Virgo/Taurus. Words flow and optimism is high when Mercury is trine Jupiter. Mercury trine Jupiter is especially conductive to handling money and business communication.


September 4: Venus Turns Direct at 12 Degrees Leo. Venus direct in Leo is a signal to move ahead with relationship and financial matters (Venus). However, if you happen to be in a challenging relationship,, practice self-love when making such relationship decisions; especially if you have been sacrificing yourself to keep the relationship going.


September 5: Jupiter Turns Retrograde at 15 Degrees Taurus. Jupiter is retrograde in Taurus until January 1, 2024. Use Jupiter retrograde in Taurus to reflect on your values, goals and relationships. Ask yourself: “Am I living my life in a way that aligns with my core values?” “What role does money and security play in my life?”

Because Uranus is also transiting retrograde in Taurus, there may be more fluctuations in money and relationship matters than usual. Use this time to put yourself on a secure financial foundation (Taurus). The fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) will especially feel this energy.


September 8: Sun Trine Jupiter at 15 Degrees Virgo/Taurus. Sun trine Jupiter brings a short-lived, but welcome, sense of feeling good about yourself, optimism, and harmony. Because Sun and Jupiter are both in earth signs there is an added bonus of feeling grounded. Enjoy.


September 8: Mars at 7 Libra Sesiquiquadrate Uranus at 23 Degrees Taurus. Be careful of accidents, confrontational people and generally an unexpected atmosphere of chaos, anger, tension and ego conflicts. Use this aspect positively by taking steps to liberate yourself from unwanted conditions. Those of you with planets in Leo, Scorpio, Aquarius and Taurus will feel this energy the most.


September 14:  New Moon at 22 Degrees Virgo. Sun and Moon (New Moon) Trine Uranus at 22 Degrees Taurus. The New Moon in Virgo Trine Uranus is right in step with this month’s “Harvest” theme. Look back over the summer and see where adjustments need to be made (quincunx aspects). Set your intentions for the month, and even the year, and release them into the ethers. Retrograde Jupiter and Uranus in a wide conjunction trine the New Moon urges you to: “Let go and trust.” Jupiter brings abundance and Uranus brings sudden breakthroughs. Your wishes can manifest when the time is right.

September 15: Sun Trine Uranus at 22 Degrees Virgo/Taurus. Try something new and get moving when the Sun is trine Uranus. A general feeling of restlessness abounds, which requires action and expanding your outlook and horizons. This would be an excellent time to take up a new study that challenges your mind and fixed ideas. Stay tuned for more information on a Zoom astrology class that I am putting together.


September 16: Mercury Turns Direct. We all breathe a sigh of relief when Mercury turns direct. Time to take action on all those things you wanted to do when Mercury was retrograde.


September 17: Venus Square Jupiter at 15 Degrees Leo/Taurus.  Venus square Jupiter is traditionally a transit of expansion, optimism and general well -being. Relationships are easier now, and finances improve. Avoid overspending when Venus is square Jupiter.


September 19: Sun Opposition Neptune at 26 Degrees Virgo/Pisces. Pluto at 27 degrees Capricorn. It’s best not to engage in important conversations now. Mercury is still in its retrograde direct shadow period and confusion and delusion reign when the Sun is opposition Neptune. Pluto trine the Sun brings out aggression and the need to control. Instead, engage in deep introspection (Pluto) and spiritual clearing practices (Neptune).


September 19: Mars Quincunx Jupiter at 15 Degrees Libra/Taurus. Mars quincunx Jupiter spells frustration. Mars is screaming that it wants action and it wants it now. It may show a fit of anger in the process. Jupiter expands whatever it touches, so it is only adding fuel to the flame. Planets in quincunx aspect cannot see or hear each other so it becomes challenging to resolve conflicts.


September 21: Sun Trine Pluto at 28 Degrees Virgo/Capricorn.  Sun trine Pluto in earth signs is excellent for accomplishment. You are motivated, focused and grounded.


September 23: Sun Enters Libra. The overall focus is now on relationship matters and the need for more balance in your life.


September 24: Sun Quincunx Saturn at 1 Degrees Libra/Pisces. When the Sun is quincunx Saturn, the challenge is to make an adjustment (quincunx) regarding your ego needs (Sun) and your tendency to denigrate and unfairly criticize yourself (Saturn). We all tend to criticize ourselves more when the Sun is in Libra. Instead, acknowledge your faults, but show compassion and love for yourself.


September 25: Mercury Trine Jupiter at 14 Degrees Virgo/Jupiter. I love how the planets mix the challenging energy with the easy, “coasting” energy. Mercury trine Jupiter is one of those coasting aspects where communication (Mercury) flows easily (trine with Jupiter) and a general feeling of optimism and well-being abounds (Jupiter). Retrograde Jupiter asks us to transmute past fears and worries into a more positive vibe.


September 27: Mercury Quincunx Chiron at 18 Degrees Virgo/Aries. Old wounds come up for examination when Mercury is quincunx Chiron. Today can bring painful events and worries into focus. Be kind to yourself and others.


September 29: Full Moon at 6 Degrees Aries.  This Full Moon in Aries in opposition to the Sun in Libra speaks to partnership and relationship matters. Ask yourself: “Who am I in relationship to others in my life?” “How can I find a balance between my needs and the needs of others?”

Venus square Uranus brings a need for freedom, excitement and change, which can lead to problems in romantic relationships. Instead, Find something new and exciting to do. Or learn about some weird or unusual phenomena (UFOs, Sasquatch, astrology, dowsing?).  Enjoy experimenting with new clothing styles and colors. Venus square Uranus is excellent for updating and refreshing your image.

September 30:  Mercury Trine Uranus at 22 Degrees Virgo/Taurus. Restlessness and a need for mental stimulation are hallmarks of Mercury trine Uranus. Read a book that requires thought about an unusual subject or watch a mind-expanding documentary.


STAY TUNED FOR UPCOMING ASTROLOGY CLASSES.-  I plan to teach two classes some time in the fall:

  • a beginning astrology class and
  • an intermediate astrology class where we can get together and learn new techniques, while also practicing reading charts.

Uranus would love to have you participate, since Uranus rules astrology.


Moon Movement During September 2023: Note: Dates given are for New York City, NY. The time of the Moon’s movement into a sign will vary depending on where you live.


September 1:    Moon enters Aries

September 3:    Moon enters Taurus

September 5:    Moon enters Gemini

September 8:    Moon enters Cancer

September 10:  Moon enters Leo

September 13:  Moon enters Virgo

September 14:  New Moon at 21 Degrees 58 Minutes Virgo

September 15:  Moon enters Libra

September 18:  Moon enters Scorpio

September 20:  Moon enters Sagittarius

September 22:  Moon enters Capricorn

September 24:  Moon enters Aquarius

September 26:  Moon enters Pisces

September 28:  Moon enters Aries

September 29:  Full Moon at 6 Degrees 0 Minutes Aries

September 30:  Moon enters Taurus



I am still doing astrology readings by telephone or Zoom. My readings consist of transits, progressions, solar arc directions and solar return (year ahead) in relation to your birth chart. One-hour readings are $160 and half-hour readings are $80. Readings are recorded and payment is by PayPal, Square or Venmo. Send an email to to schedule your reading.


Beginning Astrology Class – Putting It All Together

I have found that there is a huge gap between taking a beginning astrology class and being able to actually interpret an astrology chart. This series of 8 astrology classes is designed to change that.  Each class is 1-1/2 hours long. In the first hour, I will teach you about the planets, houses, signs and all kinds of other astrological knowledge. The last half hour of each class is devoted to interpreting your individual charts. The magic is that you will get actual hands-on experience interpreting each other’s charts. We all learn by doing.


Thursday, February 17 through April 7, 2022, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, Mountain Time; the starting time is flexible if the class agrees to a different time.

Online via Zoom

$280 for 8 weeks, payable through Paypal (you don’t need to join Paypal to pay)


This class is for total newbies, and for those who know some astrology, but have a hard time putting it all together.

We will start with the basics including:

  • What is a zodiac chart?
  • What are the astrological houses and what do they mean?
  • How do the signs express in the houses and what do the signs mean?
  • What do the planets do and what do they mean in a chart?
  • What are planetary transits and how do they affect you?

By the end of the class, you will be able to read and understand your birth chart and to have a basic understanding of how transits affect you.

The last 30 minutes of each class will be devoted to looking at your individual astrology charts and to answering your astrological questions.

I need at least eight people to sign up for the class, so tell all your friends and relatives.  The more people there are the more we learn from each other, but class is limited to eight people to allow for more individual interaction. 

Please email me at at to sign up for the class.  Please send me your birth date, birth time and birthplace. Please also contact me if you have any questions.  I’m looking forward to talking to you.

Ruby Burkhalter
Astrology by Ruby


Astrology Transits June 2019 – Ideas, Duality and Family




I have put duality away. I have seen that the two worlds are one.— Rumi


No matter what people tell you words and ideas can change the world. — Robin Williams







I have used two quotes this month to honor the Gemini energy that is in effect most of the month. Gemini, the sign of the twins, is a mutable air sign that rules ideas, communication, connection, duality, playfulness and all mental pursuits.  The mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces will feel the Gemini energy the most.

May ends with Mercury square Neptune at 18 degrees of Gemini/Pisces.  Along with the Mercury/Neptune aspect, Mercury opposes Jupiter at 19 degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius.  Be prepared for travel delays and garbled communication.

This aspect speaks to fuzzy thinking or a general feeling of spaciness.  “fake news” will be part of the conversations of the day.  Our job as aware and caring individuals is to separate the untruths from the truths and to make our choices accordingly.  It might be wise to put off any major decisions until after the new Moon on June 2nd. 

After June 22, when the Sun joins Mars and Mercury in the cardinal water sign of Cancer, we become more attuned to our emotions and matters related to family, home and security will take center stage. 


June 3: New Moon in Gemini at 12 Degrees.

The new Moon in Gemini gives a big boost to anything relating to ideas, thinking, words and relating to others through communication.  Those of you who are writers, composers, lecturers, etc. can use this new Moon to boost your ideas and to supercharge your activities during the month of June 2019.  Whether you are a writer or not, this Moon opens up inspired opportunities to transform your ideas into action.  Take time to play under this whimsical new moon.


June 4:  Mercury enters Cancer.


June 6-7:  Mercury Sextile Uranus at 4 Degrees Cancer/Taurus.

Put on your thinking cap and let the ideas flow without censure. While you’re at it, call up your open-minded friends and run your wildest ideas past them.  You may be surprised at the unusual, but possibly usable, ideas that you come up with.  Mercury (ideas) in the water sign Cancer (emotional fluidity) sextile Uranus (unusual, even weird) in the grounded earth sign of Taurus indicates a  high probability of those ideas having a beneficial germ of wisdom within.


June 9 to 21: 

Jupiter Square Neptune at 18 Degrees Sagittarius/Pisces

Saturn Sextile Neptune at 18 DegreesCapricorn/Pisces.

Idealism and religious extremism will be at a high level during this time period which could lead to heightened social and/or political conflicts.  Saturn sextile Neptune is a moderating influence on this head butting around beliefs and set opinions.  If you have 14 to 22 degrees of the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) or 14 to 22 degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn) prominent in your natal chart, be aware of the dangers of being stuck in your beliefs and idealisms.  Neptune as a spiritual pointer is much better used to practice and internalize the ideas of compassion and love for all sentient beings.  Your neighbor who has beliefs that are 180 degrees from your beliefs, still deserves your love and compassion (Neptune’s highest calling.)


June 9-10:  

Venus enters Gemini on June 9.

Sun Opposition Jupiter at 18-19 Degrees of Gemini/Sagittarius.

International matters will be in the limelight when the Sun opposes Jupiter.  Diplomatic matters may be blown out of proportion (Jupiter) with each side wanting to fulfill their ego needs (Sun).  Venus in Gemini does help to smooth out conflicts.  Venus in Gemini is also an excellent time to press forward with ideas around boosting your income, especially as it relates to any form of communication or connection with others.


June 13-16:

Mars Trine Neptune at 18-19 Degrees Cancer/Pisces;

Mars Opposition Saturn at 18-19 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn;

Mercury Opposition Saturn at 18 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn.

Watch for conflicts around social, political and religious belief systems to heat up, which could express in personal and public power conflicts.  With Mercury opposing Saturn you (and others) will not be shy about expressing your ideas.  However, Saturn is not easily swayed by Mars’ aggressive stanch.  Mars trine Neptune can muddy the very issues that are being discussed.  Your arguments during this time period could be much less than rational.

The best way to weather this time is to simply keep your own counsel and to practice the art of listening.  That is really listening (Mercury), not half listening while you indulge in your own daydreams (Neptune).  Put these skills to use on Father’s Day on June 16th.  Family gatherings are often testing grounds for how well you are doing in your spiritual development.


June 17:   Full Moon at 26 Degrees Sagittarius/Gemini.

The Sagittarius full Moon amplifies the themes of idealism versus rational thought that we have seen all through the month.  Because full moons are always a time of heightened emotion, be aware of the pitfalls of discussing politics or religion.  Instead, take advantage of this optimistic energy to study a spiritual or uplifting text or story and/or to write your own uplifting story.

June 18-19:  

Mercury Opposes Pluto at 21-22 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn;

Mercury Conjunct Mars at 21-22 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn;

Mars Opposition Pluto at 21-22 Degrees Cancer/Capricorn.

You may be asking:  “Who turned up the stress dial?’  Mercury rules communication and connections of all kinds, while Pluto rules control and intensity.  Mars is the planet of action, aggression and forward movement.  As always, the aspects in question are a mixed bag.  Confrontations (especially with angry words) are the order of the day.  However, Mars conjunct Mercury opposing Pluto can bring unprecedented success and the ability to move forward despite seemingly overwhelming obstacles.

You can get the most use from this transit by watching your reactions to those people, places and things that seem to be holding you back.  Let your reactions go, and just move forward despite all of the surrounding hurdles.


Next Month

Solar eclipse on July 2 at 10 degrees Cancer. 

Lunar Eclipse on July 16 at 24 degrees Capricorn/Cancer.

Mercury turns retrograde on July 6.


As always, I will be offering a special rate on my astrology readings during the eclipse period from July 1 through July 31, 2019.  Treat yourself or a friend to an eclipse reading with a 15% discount off of a half-hour or one hour reading.  I will look at your transits, progressions and solar return (year ahead).  All readings are by telephone or online and payment is by Paypal.  Sign up here



Astrology Readings  

Many of you have inquired about my astrology readings.  My full readings cover your current solar return year ahead, the current transits and your progressions. My astrology readings are $140 for one-hour readings and $70.00 for half hour readings and include a recorded MP3 of the reading.   Readings are via telephone and online.  Payment is through Paypal. 

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Sabian Symbols in Horoscope Interpretation

I often mention the Sabian symbols in my articles as a way of showing the deeper meaning of an eclipse or other event.  If this is a new concept for you, it may be helpful to you to understand what the Sabian symbols are.

The Sabian symbols came into being in 1925 when renown astrologer Marc Edmund Jones teamed up with clairvoyant Elsie May Wheeler to produce the symbols.  At an unknown date in 1925, they met in Balboa Park in San Diego, California to work out the meaning of all 360 symbols.  Marc picked cards at random from a deck of 360 white, unlined 3” x 5” index cards with a degree (1 degree through 360 degrees) of the zodiac written on each one and placed it face down in front of Elsie. Neither person knew the degree written on the card.  Elsie psychically reported her vision for each card as Marc quickly wrote her interpretation on the card.  Marc later wrote a book about the experience entitled The Sabian Symbols in Astrology.  Dane Rudhyar, considered by many to be the greatest astrologer of our time, endorsed the symbols and helped make them popular.  Astrologer Lynda Hill is the modern expert on the symbols.

When I first heard of the Sabian symbols, I thought they were fascinating but I doubted whether they really worked.  Through testing the Sabian symbols over time, I have come to appreciate the amazing, nuanced insight they can add to an interpretation of a degree of the Zodiac or to a number in numerology.

You can have fun with this by looking at your chart for significant degrees.  For instance, if you have the Sun at a certain degree of the Zodiac it might be enlightening to look up the Sabian symbol for that degree.  However, there is a twist here; you always use the degree following the degree in question.  The reason for this is because the Zodiac starts at zero degrees and zero minutes of Aries and the symbols begin at one degree of Aries.

This can be a little confusing, so here is an example:  If your Sun is at 18 degrees, 20 minutes of Taurus, the Sabian symbol for your Sun would be the symbol for 19 degrees of Taurus, “A new continent is arising out of the ocean.”  This might describe a person who often has new opportunities arising, but not without a certain amount of chaos and disruption.

The degree before is the karmic symbol for the significant degree.  In the above example, with the Sun at 18 degrees, 20 minutes of Taurus, the karmic symbol for the Sun would be 18 degrees Taurus, “A woman airing an old bag through a sunny window to give it air and sunshine.”  The karmic meaning for the Sun would be the need to regularly clean out old habits, possessions and ideas.  This is especially apt for Taurus, who often likes to tightly hold on to things.

Putting the two together, the interpretation for this Sun could be along the lines of “You are a person who has a certain amount of luck in attracting new opportunities but going after those opportunities can sometimes cause anxiety and a sense of disruption because your natural tendency is to hold on to the status quo.”

Have fun with the symbols.  You will be surprised how often they shed light on an otherwise obscure meaning.