Astro Newsletter #2

Transitioning into Autumn

The Second Half of September

Hello, Sunlight Family!

The heat lingers but we are slowly transitioning into autumn. The second half of September brings many notable transits! You can use this horoscope and stone suggestions as a guide to help you navigate through this transition!

On the 14th, Mars (the planet of aggression, war, and taking up space) enters Libra (the sign of diplomacy, beauty, and consulting all possibilities). While the energy of Mars is “least effective” in Libra, this is not always a bad thing! While this planetary placement may make it more difficult to assert yourself with confidence, the strategic approach that is fostered through Mar’s diluted influence could prove very beneficial for navigating interpersonal relationships (which Libra is very concerned with). If used beneficially, this energy could be great for building a bridge with someone you have not been seeing eye-to-eye with. It’s a good time to use the judicious nature of Libra to analyze what is working and what is not. The peaceful nature of Libra makes it potentially easier to have difficult or clarifying conversations that might lead to emotional discomfort or disagreements.

What to avoid here is passivity. The worst incarnation of Mars in Libra is indecision, sitting on an idea until it withers, or allowing yourself to be taken advantage of. Make your best effort to be analytical while taking beneficial actions, and most of all, avoid procrastination! You might have a lot of beautiful ideas right now and it’s important to follow through on them. Some beneficial stones to carry in order to strengthen our will-power include carnelian to boost our physical energy and creative power, red jasper for self-confidence, autonomy, and emotional stamina, and apatite for clearing confusion, balancing erratic energy, communication, and expanding our knowledge of the truth.

On the 16th, the Sun trines Pluto. This transit brings an intensity to your personal power. This is most likely to be harnessed beneficially in the workplace by demonstrating your abilities to your superiors. This can also send you into a quest to deeply understand something that is happening around you and/or a part of your nature. This is a good time to invest in finding answers and displaying your abilities. Some beneficial stones to carry on this day include citrine for willpower, confidence, and physical energy and bronzite for grounding, reducing self-doubt, and handling difficult situations with nobility and kindness.

This day also brings an exact square between Venus and Saturn. This can be a hard transit to navigate and is a good time to either keep to oneself, or invest in the responsibilities of their valuable relationships. Interpersonally, you might feel a lack of closeness in your love life due to fear, shyness, or physical/emotional distance. Instead of acting on the discomfort of this exchange, this would be a good time to garner your own sense of value in private. Similarly, you might feel the urge to check out and “treat yourself” instead of doing work or showing up to a difficult relational dynamic but this is not a beneficial urge. It is imperative that you put in effort. Stones to help you deal with potential feelings of rejection are rose quartz for absorbing emotional anguish, increasing self-love, and offers support to those who have suffered from relational abuse or general heartbreak.

On the 22nd, we have Mercury trine Pluto. This is a wonderful day to cache in a favor owed or to convince someone of your perspective. This transit gives the mind a penetrating quality and you might uncover some sort of secret or elusive information. This could also be a time when you meet or encounter someone who challenges your perspective in a way that fosters growth! This is an excellent day for research and investigation, engaging in psychotherapy or personal exploration, and diving deeper into mystical systems like astrology, tarot, past lives and your dreamworld. The perfect crystal (actually it’s a natural glass formed from a meteorite impact) to carry on this day would be moldavite! This tektite resonates with both the planets Mercury and Pluto and is very effective for aligning with your highest self and aids in deep meditation.

On the 23rd, Venus directly opposes Uranus which has the potential to bring unexpected events, surprises, or abrupt changes to our interpersonal relationships or finances. On the positive side, this could manifest as you being surprised by your partner, unexpectedly meeting somebody who is very cute (!), doing something fun and wild with your partner or best friend, changing the way you feel about somebody, or deciding to make a drastic change to your appearance. However, Uranus can also cause discomfort and anxiety for people who do not cope well with rapid changes. This transit could also show itself as being shocked by someone else’s reactions of behavior, feeling unsettled and emotionally erratic due to someone else’s inconsistency, run-ins with people that are strange or confusing, and having difficulty with an emotional conversation. If the energy of this day is feeling more erratic than exciting, this is a good time to separate from those we love so that we can conserve and balance our energy to avoid unpleasant exchanges that result from feeling dysregulated. A good stone to carry on this day would be malachite as it aids in the reduction of stress and anxiety, overcoming emotional pain, and helps to reveal subconscious blocks.

On September 25th we will experience an exact trine between Mars and Saturn. This is a truly excellent day for taking on any task that requires strength, perseverance, or grit. With energetic Mars flowing in concert with concentrated Saturn, you will be fortified to approach things that you may have been procrastinating on or avoiding. If you are dating, this could be a day when you experience a deepening of the relationship or feel yourself becoming “exclusive”. This is a good day to sign contracts, make business deals, and deal with authorities. A great stone to wear or carry to boost this focused energy would be hematite! Hematite is a grounding and Saturnine iron oxide that increases optimism and willpower, and protects against stress, negativity, jealousy, and anger. Carnelian and citrine would also be good to carry on this day (especially if you are trying to get work done) as they vibrate with the energy of Mars.

Brace yourselves because Mercury goes retrograde in the sign of Libra on the 26th and will stations direct on October 18th. This transit has become pretty popular in the media as it is truly felt by many. Although this transit has the reputation for being frustrating, this energy can be used to circle back to issues that are associated with the sign that it inhabits. Venus ruled Libra is the sign of love, beauty, and relationships so we are likely to feel this Mercury retrograde most strongly in our relationships. While this Air sign is generally pretty astute, Mercury retrograding through Libra can leave us feeling unsure or misinformed about where we stand with people, particularly someone you have romantic feelings for. This could be due to indirect communication due a mind that has not yet made itself up. It is important to tell our truth and not overly package information so that it is pleasing to hear but not emphasising the point. You can expect that any unresolved issues or tensions that lie in your relationships with others will be brought to your attention. During this transit, interpreting subtle communication from others can be more difficult. This can be mitigated by trying to see the issue from all perspectives in a way that honors truth and harmony. An excellent stone to carry during this time would be rhodochrosite. This stone is attuned to the energies of both Venus (the ruler of Libra) and Mercury. Carrying it or wearing it aids in enhancing our memory and intellectual stamina especially around interpersonal issues in addition to balancing our emotional reactions and increasing compassion for oneself and others! For this reason, it is great to wear when meditating on fostering loving and harmonious relationships.

The 29th brings us two transits; Venus trine Neptune and Sun trine Saturn. These two planetary dances serve to balance each other out with Venus trine Neptune lending itself to lavishing, daydreaming, and engaging in creativity for the sake of it and Sun trine Saturn giving us the gumption to suffer through difficult work in the direction of a long-term goal. These two energies would be very well harnessed by artists, musicians, or wedding planning! Additionally, when relational Venus enters the mists of Neptune, we are likely to feel our hearts expanded. This is an excellent day to volunteer for a cause we care about, harmonious interactions with strangers, decorating a space, engaging in spiritual connections with others, or cheering up a friend who is feeling down. Larimar would be a wonderful stone to carry to increase the effects of this transit. This beautiful, opaque blue stone is associated with both Neptune and Venus and aids in self-expression, patient communication, and artistic output, especially visual. The effects of Sun trine Saturn make this a good day to connect with our elders or mentor someone who is younger than us in a subject that we have knowledge or experience in. Beauty and imagination effectively mingle with patience and an attention to detail! Carrying azurite would be beneficial for harnessing the positive and less oppressive effects of Saturn such as increasing our memory, diligence in the pursuit of creativity, and mental fortitude. This stone also aids in decision making which is a theme of a Sun trine Saturn transit!

On the 30th, we will see Venus square Jupiter. Although squares can come with their difficulties, a square between these two benefic planets is likely to feel pretty fun and may only prove problematic in scenarios that require a sober or conservative approach. When the beauty and sociability of Venus are expanded by jovial Jupiter, we are likely to feel congenial, optimistic, and generous. This is a great day for celebrating your beauty and talents (as well as others’), socializing, and networking. The downside of this transit is that it could manifest in overspending, going a little too heavy on substances, and lowering our standards in a manner that we might later regret (or that will require setting boundaries in the future). The key to this aspect is acting and reacting with prudence. For this transit, I recommend carrying both lepidolite and black tourmaline. Lepidolite aids us in impulse control (and has a high lithium output so it also serves as a rather effective mood stabilizer) while black tourmaline protects us against negative influences.

Thank you for reading this astrology newsletter and for supporting Sunlight of the Spirit! I sincerely hope you find this information helpful! All crystals, metals, and minerals mentioned in this horoscope can be found in the Sunlight of the Spirit store at 2314 J Street!

Honoria Jones

About the author:

Honoria is a tarot reader, astrologer, and musician who has been a part of the Sacramento community for the last decade. You can book a reading with her at or come into Sunlight of the Spirit on the first Saturday of every month. Her website is:

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