If last month you felt that for every step forward you had to take one, or several, steps back then you’ll be pleased to know that September brings a change of pace. Whilst the energetic and feisty Mars was under the constraints of a sober and moderate Saturn during the last few weeks every move was tempered, hindered or frustrated. Mars as the faster paced planet is pulling away from Saturn’s influence now and things that have been delayed or thwarted lately, begin to gain some momentum. The intense and sometimes obsessive Scorpio placement of Mars continues through until the 13th when the red planet moves into fast paced and forward looking Sagittarius. This shift could speed things up on every level, as personal and global scenarios that recently seemed impossibly difficult but compelling become “unstuck” Agendas that have been put on hold can now be redirected in a more flexible or positive way.
The early days of September can bring a sense of increasing emotional sensitivity and intuitive understanding as the Moon waxes to Full in watery Pisceswhere it also joins with Chiron, the wounded healer. During this last perigee Full Moon or “Super Moon” of the year the tides will be high and emotions will run deep. A Pisces Moon puts us in touch with our non physical senses and this super cognitive awareness can bring in additional information not usually available.
Combined with Chiron there could be a real opportunity to make sense of deep emotional scars that have kept us in fearful or limited situations for far too long. Healer Chiron helps us to make the leap between Saturn with his earthbound conditioning and Uranus which inspires us towards being our authentic self.
As the month progresses into the third week the small but powerful Pluto starts his forward motion once more on the 22nd. Planet of transformation through trial, Pluto brings the unseen, shadowy underworld into the light for purification. We can expect revelations to come from deep within our personal psychology or previously hidden information about global organisations to be exposed.
On the 23rd we have the Autumn Equinox as the Sun moves into Libra followed by the New Moon in Libra on the 24th. Whatever else is going on around us now, a strong focus on the Venus ruled sign of balance, equality and harmony brings our need for meaningful relationships to our attention and we’ll seek out significant people to have those important shared experiences with.
The first Full Moon this month is at 10° Gemini on the 2nd December at 7:31 am. The New Moon is at 25° Sagittarius on the 16th December at 12:02 pm. The second Full Moon is at 10° Cancer on the 31st December at 7:14 pm and is also eclipsed.
This December we get to see two Full Moons and the culmination of a planetary conjunction that has been part of this year’s theme. The month begins with Uranus starting its forward motion once more. It has been in retrograde since early July and this change of energy occurs just in time for the Full Moon on the 2nd. The Uranian spark could bring quite a lively addition to the already busy Gemini Moon. Expect the unexpected particularly when it comes to messages, conversations and communications generally. The last New Moon of the year in Sagittarius on the 16th is a good time to consider your direction for the New Year ahead. The darkest days of the year approach with the winter solstice on the 21st. Focus is on the inner life, review progress, make plans and plant the seeds of aspiration. The Solstice also sees the final phase of the triple conjunction that has been a major astrological theme in 2009. Jupiter connects with Neptune at 25° Aquarius before moving on into Pisces in January. The first two conjunctions were on May 27 and July 10. Jupiter takes about 12 years to orbit the sun, and Neptune requires about 165 years to complete one revolution. The last time this occurred was in 1843. This year Chiron was closely involved with the union. Those born with critical points or planets between 22–29 degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio experience the dynamic most strongly. Aquarius, the sign of the water bearer represents the flow of wisdom from the divine wellspring, the sum of our shared experience. It’s an impersonal sign that represents the principles of equality for the masses and the possibility of a bright new world and future caring more for the good of all than individual needs. Sometimes though it becomes fixated with its own ideals or opinions believing they are the only and right version of democracy, human rights or freedom. In mythology Chiron had extraordinary powers to heal others, but couldn’t heal himself. In Astrology he represents the emotional, physical and mental pain and suffering that is part of the human condition and also the sincere urge to help those most affected. Other worldly Neptune inclines us towards romantic thoughts, forgiveness, ideals and the need to escape into a place without pain, deception, delusion or brain washing. Throw Jupiter the expansive planet of hope and optimism into the mix and we get the potential for something quite magical at least or at worst, misguided altruism. This significant planetary trio is urging us to deal with issues of our own wounded self-esteem and stop inflicting pain on others through over compensating for our perceived inadequacies and personal delusions. Working towards a more inclusive and brighter future in which we know how to manage our social and cultural affairs is the prompt. Difficult emotions can be resolved as an awareness of negative patterns in relationships from the past become apparent. We glimpse our true potential but be aware of the inclination to expect too much of ourselves and of others. If our expectations are too high we may feel we were deceived when our human side lets us down again. Resist the knee jerk urge to rebuild the defences once more, allow a new possibility to emerge.
For Astrologers the headline news this month is the gathering together of Neptune, Jupiter and Chiron for a triple conjunction at 27 degrees of Aquarius on 27 May. This configuration has been building over the last several months and will continue in influence through to 2011. Strongly affecting people born between February 12 -16 who have their Sun placed there, it will also be particularly significant for anyone with planets at 27 degrees of Aquarius, Leo, Taurus and Scorpio. Chiron, discovered in 1977 is actually thought to be a comet on a long term visit to our corner of the universe but manages to play a powerful role in Astrology nonetheless. Mythical Chiron was a centaur. Wounded accidentally by his fellows and despite being a talented healer, much sought after by the Gods, he was unable to heal himself and suffered immense pain. To alleviate him the Gods allowed him to sacrifice his immortality and become human so he could die. He was then gifted new immortality by being placed amongst the stars. Chiron in our natal charts signifies a personal lesson which teaches compassion and empathy via suffering. It is often from our most deeply wounding experiences that we learn what it means to be human. Jupiter combined with Neptune occurs roughly every 12 years and can feel like a gift from the Gods. Idealistic, visionary Neptune together with benevolent, expansive Jupiter sounds like a recipe for our wildest dreams to be realised. But there can be an impracticable delusory side to Neptune and optimistic Jupiter can have us overreaching our capabilities. Historically this pair joined with Chiron in 1114 and in 1881and most recently in Libra in September 1945. These were years of massive social change but only after much conflict and hardship. The end of the World War followed the detonation of two atomic bombs. Perhaps it is only when things get taken to their extremes (Jupiter) that we come to our senses (Neptune). This time round the planets are lining up in the altruistic sign of the social reformer, Aquarius. Positioned here we can expect to see situations where individual needs have been sacrificed for the greater good but also that things have gone too far and lost integrity. When Chiron is involved it implies a need to sacrifice one thing so something greater can be received. The planets suggest that through an empathy brought about by shared suffering we will seek new opportunities to fulfil our dreams and visions for more socially equal common future.
The next Full Moon is at 19° Scorpio on the 9 May at 6:02 am and the New Moon is at 3° Gemini on the 24 May at 2:12 pm