Guest article by Dorene Carrel of www.astroconnections.blogspot.com.
September begins very calmly, then gradually builds more intensity and momentum after mid-month. The highlight of the month will be Pluto in Capricorn turning direct on September 22, the same day as the Autumn Equinox, which is followed by a New Moon in Libra. This New Moon is closely aligned with the Super Galactic Center. The Equinox/New Moon time will be very intense and a powerful time for rituals and new beginnings. The month ends with a very harmonious and fortunate Jupiter/Uranus alignment.
We begin the month still under the recent August 25 New Moon in Virgo, with a focus on patience, perseverance and working with details. Work and health matters are highlighted. It was aligned with Neptune, which has an idealistic, spiritual aspect, but can also bring confusion and deception.
On September 5, Jupiter and Pluto form a quincunx aspect, which requires some type of adjustment. In this case, our fears and need for control may override a desire to follow our higher beliefs and ideals. Resolution comes by viewing our circumstances from a higher perspective and seeing the long-range plan.
The Full Moon occurs on September 8 at 16 Pisces. It is aligned with Chiron and also Uranus, Pluto and Saturn. The Chiron aspect contains a strong healing influence, especially involving wounds from the past. Pisces qualities include being sensitive, compassionate and mystical, while the shadow side brings escapism, confusion and deception. The outer planets of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto emphasize the need for transformation. The Sabian symbols for these degrees, “a volcanic eruption; the explosive energy of long-repressed contents of the subconscious,” and “an Easter parade; the capacity…to unite the members of a community in a display of excellence,” suggest the release of past energies holding us back from our greater growth.
September 9-13 contains a cardinal cross between Pluto in Capricorn, Uranus in Aries, Mercury in Libra and Juno in Cancer that increases the momentum towards striving for balance and a heart-centered approach. Mars entering fiery Sagittarius on September 13 brings a new momentum for inner and outer journeys, as well as courage to aim higher with our life goals.
On September 14 the shadow period begins for Mercury retrograde, which means that it is best to be cautious about signing contracts and making decisions that have a long-range impact. This cycle will last through most of October.
A very potent period occurs from September 21-25. It begins on September 21 with a challenging square between Mars in Sagittarius and Neptune in Pisces.
This aspect has a passive-aggressive quality, but can also help us in striving towards higher ideals. The next day Pluto goes direct on the Fall Equinox, which gives a heightened power to this seasonal turning point. Whatever is set into motion at this time will have a stronger impact over a longer period. It is a favorable time to set intentions and do rituals.
On September 23 the New Moon occurs at 1 Libra. Libra themes bring focus to relationships and striving for equality and cooperation. This month is favorable for cultivating more balance and harmony in a particular life area.
The Sabian symbol for this degree, “the transmutation of the fruits of past experiences into the seed-realizations of the forever creative spirit,” suggests a readiness to evolve towards greater wisdom in how we use these Libran qualities.
This lunation is closely aligned with the Super Galactic Center. According to Stephanie Austin in The Mountain Astrologer, the SGC is “a colossal Black Hole around which revolves our Milky Way plus fifty other galaxies, each containing billions of stars. Electromagnetic transmissions emanating from the SCG act as a spiritual beacon, triggering memories of our cosmic origins and destiny.”
Jupiter in Leo forms a harmonious fire trine with Uranus in Aries on September 25. This energetic aspect, which lasts from September 22-27, brings enhanced faith, intuition and good luck that can lead to greater harmony and prosperity. Innovative solutions and rewards may come to those who have held a vision for a promising outcome. There will be more opportunities in the areas of education, publishing and travel. It is a favorable time to take a journey involving travel to sacred sites, as well as inner spiritual work with dreams and visualization.
October brings two eclipses and Mercury retrograde. Blessings to all and stay tuned!
* * * * * * * *
Dorene Carrel is a professional astrologer with over thirty years of experience, offering birth chart and transit/progression readings. Donations to support this column are always appreciated. For more information, contact Dorene at email@example.com.
All references to Sabian symbols are from An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformation and Its 360 Symbolic Phases, by Dane Rudhyar.
Check out my astrology blog at www.astroconnections.blogspot.com for ongoing astrological observations on current events, people, trends, etc.