by Kathleen Jacoby
1 – It is the focal point of the year, dealing with your identity, individuality, and leadership – all converging to propel you in a new or renewed direction or focus. It’s time to look at how you are moving ahead in life – where you are standing up for what you believe in – where you are forging ahead with courage and determination, and where you are allowing others to dictate your reality. Take stock, make decisions based on research and a well-thought out plan, and then take bold action. You do not have to be a rebel, but you do need to walk to your own drumbeat so that you can make a valuable contribution to life in the way you were intended.
2 – All things partnership are in front of you now, be it with other people or with yourself. This month requires a quality control review. What is the quality of your thoughts? Do they support and uplift you, or drain and deplete you? What is the caliber of the food you eat…junk, nourishing, or do you starve yourself? Are the people you spend time with mutually nurturing and extending, or are you the nuclear dumping ground? This month asks you to weed all elements out of your life that do not support excellence, and to connect with things, ideas, food, and people that do!
3 - Creativity calling! Dance, sing, play, paint, write, compose, design…all things that allow for your self-expression are important. You can be the shining star this month, or feel emotionally drained if you take on the issues of those you love. Be supportive, but maintain boundaries, and claim your right to be in the limelight. You can inspire, motivate, and uplift others with a creative vision – and you have a strong gift of attraction now, so use it. Children or a child like sense of wonder and imagination are prime movers this year and month. Cultivate them, and enjoy!
4 – All things related to the foundation and underpinnings of your life are to be looked at this month. Strengthen bonds, forge strong alliances, stabilize health related issues, and determine where you can build on what you have, and where you have to reinforce or rebuild altogether. Information or events may occur that call upon you to overcome a past limitation or a constricting viewpoint that is blocking growth or advancement. This month offers opportunity for transformation – large or small – so be on the lookout for opportunities that revitalize your life.
5 - In a year of changing information and circumstances, this month provides a major or minor shift. Be prepared for the unexpected, for sudden trips, visitors, information that widens your horizons, and for harnessing the restless energy you’ve been feeling all year into endeavors that expand your abilities. If you feel overly critical of yourself and others, find ways to burn off the agitation through exercise or projects that allow you to see results for your efforts. Avoid signing major contracts on a whim, but if you do have contractual agreements, read the fine print. Watch where you are going, and don’t assume anything. Instead, open your arms and greet the multiple opportunities that are presented (within reason). Life is a movable feast, and this year you are bound and determined to have your fair share of it!
6 – Focus on health, wellbeing, and service to your family and friends. This month offers opportunities to see where you are giving of yourself with love and joy, and where you feel resentful for being obligated to help. Be honest with yourself, and if you find that your are in a “fix it” mode, begin to relinquish tasks to others. If you expect people to be what you think they “should” be, you may meet with resentment. On the other hand, examine where you are being run around by “shoulds.” When you make healthy choices that allow you to give with a loving heart and without coercion, you will feel the response of love and appreciation you always wanted. As to health, forgiveness and gratitude work wonders to bring the body back to balance. Love and compassion are good rules to live by this month. Their dividends can be huge.
7 – The focal point of the year points to the inner you who is beyond time and space, and is a spirit having a physical experience. That indwelling spirit needs rest, relaxation, time in nature, communion with trees, mountains, water….to feel nourished and beloved. If you are running in the world at the expense of this part of yourself, you may encounter an illness or requirement to stay put and slow down. If you choose to do something like a retreat or take a vacation that is oriented toward deeper meaning, you will have an opportunity to feel soul satisfaction. You may meet a significant person this month, or have someone from the past return to your life. There are opportunities for resolution and understanding as everything points to “Who am I? Why am I here? What’s the purpose of my life?” Good questions…and this month you may receive some satisfying answers.
8 – Recognizing that you are a system of energy, you can bring things into greater equilibrium internally, and then extend that organizing principle into the rest of your life. This month brings harvest for past efforts, and may include powerful or influential people who can be of assistance to pet projects. However, where you have avoided taking care of necessary requirements, this may be a month of having to pay the bills that were overlooked. The key to September is finding that perfect point of balance and poise. Take care of issues as they crop up to the best of your ability. You will receive an ample harvest or bitter fruit – depending on what you have done and are doing – so enrich and nourish the present moment, and watch your life come to full bloom.
9 – Where is it time for you to graduate from one level of living to another? Is there an attitude, friendship, or cluttered closet that needs to be cleared and released? This is a month to review what is good and solid in your life, and what is based on outworn information or old affinities that are no longer valid. By releasing what clogs the arteries of your wellbeing, you open avenues for more and better to enter. Giving up the old can be difficult, but once done, you will feel released and relieved. As you signal your willingness to continue growing, life will provide those things that promote growth. Gratitude is a fabulous mantra now, for as you appreciate and give thanks for what is, more comes. Amen!