By Dorene Carrel
The planetary focus for September features Pluto turning direct, along with the second of seven exact Uranus/Pluto squares. This combination brings power issues to the surface for dynamic change and eventually more sustainable resolution. Later in the month, a Venus/Mars square intensifies male/female polarities that can bring relationship conflicts. We are still under the August New Moon in Leo, with the themes of creativity and renewal.
An important transition occurred on August 31 when the Moon’s North Node moved from Sagittarius into Scorpio, where it will remain until February 2014. The North Node represents our path of greatest growth. This placement will enhance the Pluto themes of death/rebirth and greater transformation of unconscious patterns. Moving from fire to water means changing the focus from independent actions towards those involving more cooperation. In Scorpio we are slowing down and paying more attention to going deeper, intuition, sensitivity and emotional flow.
On September 4-5 a series of positive Mercury aspects to Pluto, Chiron and Mars make this a good time for deeper mental activity and healing through communications. A good time for writing and speaking activities occurs September 7-10, when the Sun aligns with Mercury and both square Jupiter. However, there may be something important that we are not seeing at this time. We also need to watch out for being too opinionated, inflexible and overextending ourselves.
The New Moon occurs on September 15 at 23 Virgo 37. This lunation emphasizes the Virgo qualities of being efficient, pragmatic, thorough and detail-oriented. It also aligns with Mercury (ruler of Virgo), which will bring a strong mental focus to our communications and the areas of work, health and service. On a higher level, Virgo represents the feminine Goddess energy, which is in the process of anchoring more deeply into our civilization. The Sabian Symbol and keynote for this degree is “Mary and her little lamb; the need to keep a vibrant and pure simplicity at the core of one’s being as one meets the many tests of existence.” The text goes on to describe the essential quality as one journeys on “the Path” as “a pure, spontaneous, fresh and nonviolent approach to all encounters.” This month we can more consciously practice honoring this feminine quality through our communications. A good resource for this practice is a book entitled Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg.
On September 17 Pluto turns direct at 7 Capricorn, which is followed the next day by an exact square aspect between Uranus and Pluto. This aspect will occur seven times between 2012 and 2015, marking significant surges of social unrest and major change on all levels. The Occupy Movement signaled the transition into this transformational cycle as Uranus moved into Aries late last year. On a personal level, we are challenged to embrace change, take responsibility and become more authentic.
On September 20, Mercury will form a t-square with Uranus/Pluto, which increases the intensity and tendency for manipulation or angry outbursts. During these few days, it is best to watch our thoughts and words to see if they match our true intentions. We are now being challenged to break through old mental patterns to view our lives from a newer, outside-the-box perspective. The Autumn Equinox in Libra arrives on September 22, helping us strive for balance on all levels.
September 24-27 may represent a difficult period for relationships as Venus in Leo and Mars in Scorpio make challenging aspects with Uranus and Pluto. Sudden clashes may erupt caused by an imbalance between independence and closeness in relationships. Mars is currently aligned with the North Node in Scorpio, helping us to achieve more depth of understanding and balanced use of power.
The Full Moon occurs on September 29 at 7 Aries 22. This Harvest Moon makes challenging aspects with both Uranus and Pluto, and also forms a cardinal grand cross with the dwarf planet Ceres in Cancer. The trend towards accelerated and powerful change continues as we are encouraged to live more in the present and take courageous actions. Ceres suggests we can play a strong supportive role by caretaking and nurturing ourselves and each other as we take these important steps. The Sabian symbol keynotes for these Aries/Libra degrees seem to echo the role of Ceres: a “protection and spiritual guidance in the development of consciousness” and “the need to realize that even through the most empty hours a spiritual power is ever ready to welcome and warm up the wayward consciousness returning to center.” In October Saturn enters Scorpio. Blessings for a wonderful autumn!
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Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart, transits/progressions and relocation astrology readings. She is certified in Astrocartography. For more information, contact Dorene at email@example.com. Paypal accepted. Donations also appreciated, especially for equipment updates.
All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.
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