The Summer of Mars and Mercury retrograde is finally over! Whew! We can all move forward with our to-do lists and get things done once again. This is also a good time to clear up any messes or miscommunications stirred up by Mercury. September is quite literally the rainbow that appears after the storm. Enjoy this month. Get back on track with anything that fell off the rails over the past couple of months and embrace the changing of the season with open arms.
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY! It is finally time for action as the planets are no longer retrograde this month. The month begins with Mercury, your ruler, joining the Sun in your 1st house of who you are in the world on September 6th. What a great placement! You are in the spotlight and quite popular. You have a lot to say and are in a wonderful position to speak your truths. This is a perfect time to host a Fall recital full of great music that your audience will simply love. This is followed by a New Moon also in your 1st house on September 9th. You are ready to reinvent yourself and your flute playing. Your recital marks the end of a phase and you are now inspired to begin a new journey. This could indicate that you are beginning a new job, performing in a new ensemble, or simply embarking on a new performing project. The Sun and Mercury are both supporting these new endeavors. Whatever this is, it will reflect a whole new you and bring you into contact with territories not yet explored. Venus will also be in your 2nd house of income for the first 9 days of the month. Splurge on a great new flute accessory (beautiful new cleaning cloth, new flute bag, etc). You deserve it! On September 10th, Venus moves into your 3rd house of communications where it joins Jupiter. Jupiter is the planet of expansion so you may be literally expanding on what you have to say about the flute. This is the perfect time to start that flute blog or write a book or article. What interests you about the flute? What special exercises or approaches would you like to share with the world? Mars finally goes direct and moves into your 6th house of the daily job and health habits on September 11th. All of the great work you have been doing this month may, in fact, lead to a promotion. You are motivated and ready to accept new responsibilities (and a slew of new students). The Sun moves into your 2nd house of income on September 22nd, giving you a little boost to your paycheck. More students, more gigs, more money coming in. Go Virgo! Your finances are further highlighted with a Full Moon in your 8th house of banking and loans on September 24th. You could be opening up a savings account using your new income to save up for a bigger ticket item. A new flute perhaps? This Moon will help you come up with a great plan of attack to help you set up automatic payments and reach your financial goals in the most efficient way possible.
Libra (September 23-October 22)
The balance of the Universe is returning to normal this month as the planets are moving direct again, making it much easier for you to communicate with your fixed sign friends. On September 6th, Mercury joins the Sun in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects. I like to think of the 12th house as the realm of the practice room since it is a place where many of us log in many hours working behind the scenes. The interesting part about this placement is that the Sun is putting a spotlight on an area that normally stays in the shadows. You may be sharing your practice tips with a larger audience either through writings or videos. Do you have a practice technique that you love? Have you ever thought about putting together a YouTube tutorial and sharing it with your fellow flutists? This is a great time to bring some of your favorite practice room secrets to the world. The New Moon on September 9th, also in your 12th house, will encourage you to either start that YouTube page, post that blog, or publish that article. Your ruler, Venus, will be in your sign for the first 9 days of the month, making you very popular and charming to everyone you meet. This is a great time to put together a lecture about your practice tips. On September 10th, Venus joins expansive Jupiter in your 2nd house of money. You will be raking in the chips at this time, Libra. If you are recruiting new students for your Fall studio, you may find yourself inundated with requests for trial lessons, which will ultimately lead to longer term students and help you boost your income. Mars finally moves forward in to your 5th house of creativity on September 11th, helping you to finally get that creative project up and running. Have you been working on a composition this summer? Mars will help you put on the finishing touches and send it to a publisher. The Sun moves into your sign on September 22nd, putting the spotlight on you and your flute playing. Fall recital time, anyone? This is the perfect time to have a Beyonce moment on stage. The month ends with a Full Moon in your 7th house of relationships on September 24th. You have been quite popular all month and will begin to make a number of important new friends at the end of the month. Make lasting connections with your fellow flute friends and share all of your new, exciting ideas with one another.
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
Finally! The tortuous Summer of Mars/Mercury Retorgrade is over and you can finally breathe again (and give that stinger a vacay!). Things are moving a bit quicker and any miscommunications and upsets over the past couple of months will soon be resolved. The focus at the beginning of the month will be on your 11th house of groups and communities as Mercury will be moving into this area on September 6th, where it joins the Sun, followed by a Full Moon on September 9th. This all seems to indicate that you are either joining a new ensemble (or two) or rejoining a current ensemble to begin rehearsals for the Fall season. The Full Moon and Sun suggest that you will not be chilling out playing harmonies in the back of the section this year. You, Scorpio, are about to be front and center. I know this may be frightening for most Scorpios, but having the opportunity to express yourself through your music is more meaningful than any performance anxiety panic you might experience. Others will be inspired by your playing and may even suggest forming smaller chamber groups to perform around your community. For the first 9 days of the month, Venus will be in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects, helping you to really enjoy the time you spend in the practice room. You are very inspired by the music that you are working on at the moment and may be losing yourself in your own playing. Set a practice timer to avoid overpracticing – Your family will thank you. On September 10th, Venus moves into your sign where it joins expansive Jupiter. This is a wonderful placement! Not only will you be quite popular (making this a good time to host a Fall recital), but you are attracting new performance opportunities left and right that you find enoyable and uplifting. Performing isn’t going to feel like work this month. On September 11th, Mars finally goes direct in your 4th house of home and family. It is time to reorganize and renovate that home studio space. Purchase new file cabinets and finally tackle that mess of a music collection. Rearrange the furniture to give yourself more space to practice. Tune up that piano. Use this energy to make your environment work a bit better for you and your students. The Sun moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes projects on September 22nd, shining a light on any super secret projects you might be working on both inside and outside of the practice room. Focus your attention on these tasks for the next 4 weeks because when the Sun moves into your 1st house next month, they will be on display for the world to see. If it is a book, use this time to proofread. If it is a performance, practice everything slowly and woodshed with a fine tooth comb. The month ends with a Full Moon in your 6th house of work and health routines on September 24th. It is quite possible that you are about to receive a promotion. You have worked very hard all summer long and the time has finally come for you receive recognition for a job well done. Accept that new chair placement with the utmost of grace.
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
The personal planets are finally all moving forward this month and you are ready to take action on any projects that have been delayed. On September 6th, Mercury joins the Sun in your 10th house of careers. This is a nice placement for interviews or auditions. There is a performing or teaching position that is finally within your grasp and you are prepared to fight for it, no matter what obstacles you may face. Your confidence is high and your ability to sell yourself (and your flute playing) to others is sharp. Go for it! The New Moon on September 9th (also in your 10th house of careers) indicates that a new work opportunity is on the horizon, quite possibly as a result of the interviews and/or auditions held in the days prior. This is the Universe urging you to make a positive change in your career in order to move forward to the next step. On September 10th, Venus moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes projects. This is a good time to practice long tones, improvisation exercises, or some of the pieces in your repertoire that truly speak to your heart. The practice room does not always have to be a place for endless scales and boring etude exercises. Use this energy to work on the elements of your playing that mean the most to you. What is your trademark? Mars finally moves ahead in your 3rd house of communication on September 11th. You may have been holding your tongue about various issues during the Mars/Mercury retrograde season to avoid any inevitable miscommunications or arguments, but the time has come to voice your concerns to those in authority. Have an informal sit down conversation with your conductor. Have a heart to heart with a student that may be struggling in their flute lessons. Sometimes we just need to talk out practical solutions for our peskiest problems. The Sun moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on September 22nd, putting a spotlight on any performing groups or online communities you may be part of (or want to part of). Rehearsals may be starting up again and you will be busy preparing for the upcoming Fall season. The month ends with a Full Moon in your 5th house of creativity on September 24th. A creative project you have been working on will finally come to a completion. Are you recording a CD? Writing a book? This Full Moon will help give you the energy to achieve a satisfying ending to your work.
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
Retrograde season is over! This is finally the month when you can move forward with any plans that have been stuck. On September 6th Mercury joins the Sun in your 9th house of travel. This is a great time to book an end-of-summer vacay to somewhere interesting and, if possible, blog about your adventures (or at least post some great pictures to Instagram). You are not quite ready for Fall just yet and may be dragging your feeting getting back into rehearsals and recital prep work. A New Moon in this same house on September 9th helps you to set off on this wonderful journey. Luckily, you should not run into any travel hiccups with both Mars and Mercury moving forward. Venus moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on September 10th. You may start receiving new rehearsal schedules and repertoire announcements in your inbox during this time, which might start to stress you out while you are on vacation. Worry about prep work when you get back from your journey. It will still be there waiting for you. Mars moves forward in your 2nd house of income on September 11th. You are either booking a number of new students during this time or moving forward with a wonderful new gig or business plan that will help bring in more income. Go for it, Cap! There are no planets this month to stand in your way. Unleash your genius money-making plans into the world. On September 22nd the Sun moves into your 10th house of careers, shifting your focus from relaxing on vacation to moving your career forward. Is there an audition that would would like to take? A teaching job with your name on it? Start devising a practical action plan to secure your place in a new position that will move your career in a new, exciting direction. The month ends with a Full Moon in your 4th house of home and family on September 24th. You could be moving during this time or, more likely, renovating your home studio. More students means more foot traffic through your studio space. Rearrange the furiture to give your students more freedom to move around in their lessons. Create a wonderful sitting area for parents. Make sure that your evironment really works for you.
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Finally! Retrograde season is over and you could not be happier. All of the projects that have been on hold or completely messed up by miscommunications and hangups can now move forward. Mercury joins the Sun in your 8th house of banking and finance on September 6th. If you have been putting off signing a contract for an educational loan or purchasing a big ticket item (such as a new flute), now is the time to sign on the dotted line. You may have been putting this off to avoid the potential hangups Mercury has been bringing into your life this summer. The time has come to throw caution to the wind and make that financial committment. A New Moon follows on September 9th in this same house, indicating that you will obtain the object (ex. new flute) on or after this date. Three days is not bad! Things are so much easier when Mercury is direct. Venus will move into your 10th house of careers on September 10th, helping you to earn some popularity in the flute world. This could be as a result of a recent performance, a piece of writing that was recently published, a course that you are instructing, or a video you posted on YouTube. Whatever it is, important people in your career sector will take notice. Mars moves into your sign on September 11th, finally giving you the ambition to move forward on all of your most important projects. You will be super productive at this time and, dare I say, unstopable. Your practice sessions will be very efficient, your rehearsals will run smoothly, and all of your projects will begin to wrap up. This is a great time to roll up your sleves and get to work! The Sun moves into your 9th house of travel on Setember 22nd, inspiring you to book some Fall travel. Take advantage of the quickly plummeting cost of airline tickets and cooler weather temperatures and travel to some place relaxing. You deserve it after such a stressful, tumoltuous summer season. The month ends with a Full Moon in your 3rd house of communications on September 24th, helping you to get the word out on social medial about some of your awesome new projects. If you recently recorded a CD, post a link to your recording on flute forums, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn. Write an article discussing some of the pieces on your CD and include a link on your website. Put your marketing skills to the test during this time.
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Mercury and Mars are both going to move forward this month which means everybody around you will start to relax. Sometimes the negative energy of others attaches quite easily to the sensitive Pisces, leading to unnecessary and uninvited drama. You may have experienced some of this over the summer month. The good news is that the drama is coming to an end and you can move on with your life. On September 6th, Mercury joins the Sun in your 7th house of relationships, helping you to smooth out miscommunications or sticky situations with your friends and co-workers (likely caused by Mercury retrograde). It is quite possible that you may have gotten into a spat with another flutist in your orchestra section recently over something trivial. Take them out to coffee and talk it out. Chances are they were stressed out and not in the mood to hear what you had to say. You may have not been communicating clearly either. Put the water under the bridge where it belongs and move forward. The New Moon, also in your 7th house, on September 9th helps you make new friends and attract wonderful, positive, like-minded people into your life. This is a great time to sign up to play in a local flute choir! Venus moves into your 9th house of travel on September 10th. If you are traveling to an audition during this time, Venus will help you out by giving you some extra charm. This is also a great time to travel to a place that you love (Disneyland, anybody?). Mars moves into your 12th house of behind the scenes projects on September 11th, sending you to the practice room where you will be rolling up your sleeves and getting down to business. Scales, crazy difficult etudes, excerpts, and repertoire of all kinds is on the agenda. You are set to practice all of the things and will get some serious work done during this time. The Sun moves into your 8th house of finances on September 22nd. You have money on the mind. You have a wonderful creative project that you would like to work on but will need to secure funding to make it happen. Use this energy to research and apply to grants and loans. The month ends with a Full Moon on September 24th in your 2nd house of income. You could be wrapping up the summer concert season and finally getting your check. A Full Moon typically indicates a chapter ending, but there is definitely some money for you at the end of this book. Enjoy!
Aries (March 21-April 19)
The nightmare that was Summer retrograde season is finally over as both Mercury and your ruler, Mars, are going direct. After several weeks of torture, it is time to do your Aries thing and take action on any and all projects that have been stalled. This will be music to your ears! Mercury will be joining the Sun in your 6th house of the daily work and health routines on September 6th, followed by a New Moon on September 9th. You are literally ready to get back to work and all of your efforts may quickly bring in new opportunities for promotions or better work situations. Even a change of environment can perk up your current day-to-day routine. This is a great time to audition for a new ensemble or submit applications for teaching work around your community. You are ready to work on something new and wonderful and have the gusto to make it happen. Venus moves into your 8th house of banking and finance on September 10th. If you have recently applied for special financing to purchase a new instrument, headjoint, crown, or piece of recording equipment, Venus can help you attract the money to make it happen. Loan or contract agreements will likely go smoothly and any roadblocks in the process will be ironed out quickly. Thanks Venus! Mars moves into your 11th house of groups and communities on September 11th. You are auditioning for anything and everything. You are looking to join a new performance group and experience different types of ensemble work. This is great! Just double check those rehearsal and performance schedules to make sure important dates do not overlap. On September 22nd, the Sun moves into your 7th house of relationships. You will be making a lot of new friends in your new performing groups. These connections will be very important to you both professionally and personally. Meet up for sectional rehesals and stay to sight read some fun repertoire. The month ends with a Full Moon in your 1st house of who you are in the world. This is litterally putting the spotlight on you, front and center. The end of the month is a great time to host a recital or masterclass. Take advantage of the Beyonce moment the Universe is providing to you during this time.
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
You may have felt like a ticking timebomb due to the Mercury and Mars retrogrades last month. The good news is that your suffering is finally over as the planets are moving forward again this month. Mercury will be joining the Sun in your 5th house of joy and creativity on September 6th. Perect timing! You need to let loose and have some fun. This is a great time to host a party for your flute section or a flute mixer for all community flutists. Not only will you have the chance to meet new, interesting flutists in your area but you will also have a good time eating, drinking, and being merry. Sounds like the perfect ending to the Summer season! The New Moon, also in your 5th house, on September 9th will help you develop a new creative project, possibly with one of your new flute friends. You could be planning a joint recital or a collaborating on a joint studio project. Venus moves into your 7th house of relationships on September 10th, further helping you to make new connections with people that you genuinely like hanging out with. Embrace these new relationships because they will uplift both your career and your self condifence. This aweomse new positive attitutude will come in handy when Mars moves into your 10th house of careers on September 11th. You are searching for a career shift that works better for you. Perhaps you are planning to shift away from teaching at the moment to focus on new solo, chamber, and larger group performances (or vice versa). Talk out some of these new career ambtions with your collegues to gain better insight as to the best course of action. The Sun moves into your 6th house of daily work and health routines on September 22nd. As you contemplate changes to your career, you may also begin considering practical ways to align your daily schedule to accomodate more opportunities for rehearsal, practice sessions, and gig sessions with your new friends. Rid yourself of all timewasters currently in your schedule. The month ends with a Full Moon on September 24th in your 12th house of behind the scenes projects. You may be spending a bit of time in the practice room preparing for your first concert of the season. The energy of the moon will help you focus. You are all about efficient practice during this time. Make the most out of every minute you spend on your music.
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
Happy September, Gemini. Although the Mars and Mercury retrogrades may not have effected you the way they did other signs, you will be happy to know that your friends will all be in a better mood this month as the planets are finally going direct. No need to keep taking your fixed sign friends out to happy hour every few days to help ease inevitable meltdowns. Mercury will be joining the Sun in your 4th house of home and family on September 6th, followed closely by a New Moon also in the 4th house on September 9th. You may be discussing the idea of moving to a new house or neighboorhood with your family during this time. Something about your current environment is just not working for you and you are craving a change of scenery. The New Moon indicates that you will indeed be moving or at least changing or renovating your current house. New home studio setup perhaps? On September 10th Venus moves into your 6th house of the daily work and health routines. If you are moving to a new location, perhaps for a new job (which is very possible with Venus in your 6th), you will likely have a new comute that you find enjoyable. Can you ride your bike to rehearsals now? Are you joining the staff at a local music store? You may really like your new studio set up! Mars is moving into your 9th house of travel on September 11th, urging you to book a trip. Is there an audition opportunity in another part of the country? Mars wants you to go for it. The Sun moves into your 5th house of joy, children, and creativity on September 22nd. It is finally time to have some fun and find some inspiration. Attend an orchestra concert or an opera performance during this time. You will likely be inspired by something you hear. Can you bring this into your own practice? The month ends with a Full Moon in your 11th house of groups and communities on September 24th. This may indicate that you are ending your time performing with an ensemble, perhaps to move on to another opportunity. Your collegues will miss you terribly. Spend some quality time with them before you leave. Keep those wonderful relationships alive for future collaborations.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
For once you were not the crabby ones ! This Summer’s Mars and Mercury retrogrades are ending and the planets are finally going direct. You are quite a flexible sign, so it is likely that you handled any setbacks or miscommunications with patience and grace, while your fixed sign friends struggled with staffu after staffu. I hope you were there to make them cookies or reassure them when times were tough. They might not have given you props at the time but they appreciated everything you did to make their lives better. Mercury moves into your 3rd house of communication on September 6th where it joins the Sun, followed by a New Moon on September 9th. You are writing up a storm during this time. Are you working on an article or book ? The New Moon will give you the courage to submit your masterpiece to the right publisher. The Universe is giving you the green light to share your research and theories with the World. Venus moves into your 5th house of love, creativity, children, and joy on September 10th. It is always a good thing when the planet of love moves into the house of love. You will be in love on this day – possibly with your flute playing. Practice music that speaks to your heart. Is there a piece that always gives you the chills when you perform it ? Spend some time with the music that you really love to gain some fresh, creative inspiration. Mars will be moving into your 8th house of banking and finance on September 11th, helping to resolve any issues with your bank account, credit card, or loan applications. You may be inspired to take action on a grant application during this time. You have a great idea for a research project and now must take the next steps to secure funding. Go for it ! The Sun moves into your 4th house of home and family on September 22nd. Spend some time practicing at home during this time. Your family misses you and you probably have spent more time typing away on your research project than you had anticipated. Take practice breaks and hang out. Find creative ways to make them part of your practice routine (mock recitals, mock auditions). The month ends with a Full Moon in your 10th house of careers. You have been doing some soul searching lately and may have decided that you need to move into a new direction with your career. Take the next steps at this time in the direction you want to go. Would you like to concentrate on writing ? What activities can you remove from your daily schedule to create opportunies to write ?
Leo (July 23-August 22)
What a crummy way to spend your birthday month – Dealing with the nonsense of Mars and Mercury retrogrades. I hope you planned some belated birthday activities for this month. All of the planets will be moving forward again, making quite literally everything easier for you. You will now be able to communicate with others clearly and check off everything on your do-to list that has been pending. Finally ! Mercury moves into your 2nd house of income on September 6th, where it joins the Sun. You are likely in recruitment mode for your studio and are booking students left and right ! The New Moon, also in this money house, brings in new gigs and paid performance opportunities that will further increase your income. Venus moves into your 4th house of home and family on September 10th, encouraging you to spend some quality time with your family. Take them to a concert or an opera performance. They wlll enjoy their time with you and may be inspired by the music you love. Mars moves into your 7th house of relationships on September 11th. You have met a number of new people recently but have perhaps avoided connecting with them until the chaos of your world worked itself out. Now is the time. Invite your new collegues out to coffee and discuss possible collaborations. Sight read duets with new flute friends at lunch. Arrange an end-of-summer barbeque and invite everyone. The Universe is asking you to take action on any partnerships that are formed during this period. The Sun moves into your 3rd house of communication on September 22nd. This is a great time to set up your flute blog and share your ideas on performance and pedagogy with the internet. I know that putting your writing on a public forum is super intimidating, but, after all, you are the King/Queen of the Forrest, Leo. People love you and your courage is unstopable. The month ends with a Full Moon in your 9th house of travel on September 26th. You may be planning a trip during this time. This is another project that you may have been putting off but now that the planets are moving forward, you can also move forward with your travel plans with ease. Book that trip ! Take that audition ! Apply for that travel grant ! The Moon is urging you to take an adventure.