Breakthoughs, Breakdowns & Growing up. Solar eclipse. Mars Pluto conjunct Square Uranus.

During the early part of this month we should benefit from the stabilising effect of the recent Full Moon in Taurus. Now is the moment to pause and recognise the enormity of recent achievements and how much has been endured and overcome in the last months.
This is an important time of evolution for us all and most people will have noticed that the pressure is on and the uphill struggle has seemed relentless. Individuals are each faced with their own version of events and situations which challenge and confront. This month may see many breakthroughs and even some breakdowns but it will also give the opportunity to discover some previously untapped strengths and unexpected allegiances.
With Saturn, our teacher planet and lord of the temporal realm, now firmly in Scorpio for the first time since 1985 we have a particular set of lessons to learn. Wherever we find Saturn we are being told we need to “grow up” in that area. Part of that process is to acknowledge certain realities, however distasteful. In Scorpio we can no longer deny the “bad stuff” that goes on in our world. Our days of innocence or ignorance are over. The “bad” in Scorpio terms, includes any subject that provokes strong emotional reactions and especially all that society considers taboo! Saturn in Scorpio says that if we seriously want to be better people living in a better world, we had better start looking under stones to see what there is that might just crawl out. The Scorpio energy insists that nothing can remain hidden when it’s due for transformation. Events now, and into the next two years, make it obvious that there are a lot of dark secrets to be found amongst people that are trying to look like they have social superiority. What will also be revealed, in true Scorpio fashion, is that whoever attempts, in retaliation, to claim the moral high ground, likely has plenty of their own they would like to keep hidden.
The sign of Scorpio, as the phoenix, indicates that there has to be a release of energy, but only after a purging or completion of what has gone before. We can then move into the next phase and rise up from the ashes. This month’s New Moon on the 13th is also a total Solar eclipse which always indicates a departure from the past and subsequent new beginning. During the following few days and into the third week of November the Planets move into a challenging pattern. Mars in Capricorn is determined and when aligned with compelling Pluto becomes a mighty force. This powerful duo square up with noncompliant Uranus in hot headed Aries from 22nd to 24th. This may be an unsettling time when action is required but it’s hampered by confusion over what or who is reliable and trustworthy now. You may find yourself deeply moved by events or need to reach deep within to find meaning during this time. Setting up barriers of protection and trying to put controlling restrictions on others as a defence against behaviour or attitude, fails to be effective in the long term. It also serves to reinforce our own self limitation. Greater understanding of what makes us who we are, without the limitations of social conformity, is the quickest way to release the stress and tension that comes with these difficult alignments. The increased self acceptance allows for greater acceptance of the failings of others.

September 2008 Harvest Moon

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The Month of September brings us the Harvest Full Moon and the Autumn Equinox. This is traditionally the time for gathering in our crops. With long hours worked under the light of the Full Moon we reap the result of our investment made during the spring. Since April and May this year things have been tough going. Pluto and later, Jupiter started their apparent retrograde (backward) motion. During this time we have also seen the apparent backward slide in political relationships and the global economy. (Dare I even mention the weather!)If you’re still waiting on projects to get off the ground, plans to be solidified and progress to be noticed in your personal endeavors then this waxing September Moon might see the floodgates of change finally released. This is also true in mundane matters that affect the larger community. We will see a lot of fast and furious planetary activity early in the month with Jupiter changing direction and starting the ball rolling on the 8th. Jupiter then makes a challenging angle to Saturn on the 9th which is a prod to work on the practical reality of getting our hopes and plans into a feasible form. Taking responsibility for our growth and forward direction over the next few months is key to this planetary aspect. But this should help give a down to earth approach to reaching goals. Also on the 9th Pluto changes direction and slowly moves forward again gathering its momentum in the coming weeks as it heads into Sagittarius. This could bring a release of new and transformative energy needed for us to evolve. As the Moon approaches full it encounters Uranus which has just had a head on clash with the Sun. Uranus is a “wild card” and we never know how it will be played. The energy can be electrical and it can wake us up from any unconscious slumber we have fallen into particularly on the larger scale of maintaining the social status quo in favour of radical and necessary change.Both Venus and Mercury make an easy trine to Neptune around the 17th to 20th – a good time to imagine the very best and reach for the stars. Just don’t be fooled into believing all is good whilst actually being deceived, by your self or others!

The Autumn Equinox occurs on the 22nd as the Sun passes into Libra and feisty Mars connects to the oceanic Neptune giving you the chance to act on your wildest dreams. Remember that belief and deeds go hand in hand towards success. As a finale for the month Mercury goes retrograde (apparently turns backwards) which gives us the welcome chance to reflect on the changes we’ve just witnessed.

The next Full Moon is at 23° Pisces on the 15 September at 10:14 am and the next New Moon is at 7° Libra on the 29 September at 9:13 am

Aries

Although this Full Moon may seem to leave you between dream and hallucination, you can now perceive and commune with your inner self, something you might have neglected recently. The intensity in the air breaks internal barriers and allows you to heal wounds, now that they have come to light. In more mundane affairs take extra precautions that private plans don’t come into the light, unless you are fully ready to go public with them. Avoid confrontations right now, which will put you at a disadvantage, use subtler means to gain your ends when emotions run high.


Taurus

You now have the sense of having lived and experienced something in life. Ideas about what’s really important may be flooding in, showing you clearly what is of value and what has spent its course. Community concerns, and altruism in general, may get an added boost during this time and your sharp perceptions make finding new solutions easy.Whilst your thoughts may be on improving and making the best of a current situation and you can always bring an unexpected twist or insight to anything you set your mind to. Remember though that not everyone is as ready to make changes as you might be.

Gemini

This marks an end of a time of questioning and feeling your way. Now you can get a handle on it, secure your position, feel whatever limits there are, and move forward. This may be the perfect time to actualise career matters that have been under development for a while. Public relations have extra influence from this Full Moon so you can get a fuller, rosier picture of just where you stand in your profession and what people think of you. The buzz about you comes in a rising crescendo that peaks now, so decide how you can make it work to your benefit.


Cancer

This Full Moon you are likely to feel like a born doer, with an incredible drive to accomplish and achieve in life. If you try hard now you can push on toward whatever goals you have in mind. Whilst you have all that store of energy to drive you it’s also a good time to philosophise and take a turn toward more lasting values. You are exploring and searching, linking things together, following up connections of all kinds and finding the limits. If you want to take the lead, just be prepared to take the responsibility that goes with it.


Leo

This Full Moon is a time when you can respond to new ideas and find a footing on which you can build a foundation. You may be gathering resources, materials and finances to further your future and the situation you’re in suggests you do some mental or physical housecleaning. You’ll have the courage to toss out those useless things you’ve been hoarding, and the burst of freedom will do you good. Your mind may take a more studious turn, questioning, exploring, and searching for answers as you find yourself thinking about your needs in relationship to the others in your life.


Virgo

This Full Moon focus finds you wanting to take a fresh look at relationships and make this a time to let go of all that’s worn out and uninspiring. You may be torn between neglecting personal concerns to attend to group or social affairs whilst needing to turn away from the outer world towards more personal and inner changes. As new information emerges you may be in a better position to measure your own appearance and how others see you. Finding the beauty and value in yourself and those around you allows for more harmonious and rewarding partnerships.


Libra

The Full Moon brings a time of change that finds you examining your foundations, responsibilities, and basic security. Your business sense is enhanced, and you are able to really get down to what is important when it comes to making decisions affecting your material welfare. Things of lasting value appeal. You might have to put up with minor inconveniences and irritations for the sake of what is really important in your life. Sacrifices made now will be more than repaid by an increased ability on your part to make dreams real. Attend to nagging details, to get them out of the way.


Scorpio

Your tendency to compromise and settle for less than you dreamed can be a problem as tension results when you ignore your own desires. You’re inclined to choose the path of least resistance, willing to bypass some of the things you always wanted in favour of expediency. Others may urge you on toward a more self-confident and outgoing attitude. This Full Moon is time for resolutions, for attempting to put into practice your ambitions and dreams and you may feel moved to cooperate and work together with others on community and long-term projects to achieve this.


Sagittarius

Circumstances may urge you to great effort and hard work however, don’t overdo and try to go too far too fast. Despite appearances things are working with rather than against you so don’t get overwhelmed. Let things take their natural course. Meanwhile the Full Moon accent is on your home and private life, which could be very rewarding now. Your feelings and sense of security may find you seeking seclusion for a time or losing yourself in past memories. A lot of personal and sensitive psychological material may be surfacing making it a good time to make some changes and reach new levels.


Capricorn

This Full Moon shows you how your sense of honesty and truth is something that others sense in you and appreciate. Self-sacrifice and an understanding attitude on your part could have far-reaching effects on your own life-path or career during this time period. You attempt to balance the needs of your close relationships with the demands of your idealism. Focus on the essence of your situation. This month you might find yourself teaching or guiding groups or being asked for your help and opinions on matters of religion or philosophy. Even expect an opportunity for some travel.


Aquarius

This Full Moon is a time for getting down to business, stripping away and discarding nonessentials, memories of things past, and moving on, concentrating on the important things. You’re likely to be less sentimental about this at the moment. You find that you are able to bring more imagination to bear on your goals and ambitions now and that you have the drive to improve your finances and material security. You are able to be at your most compassionate and understanding when it comes to accepting and dealing with other people so all your relationships benefit from this.


Pisces

This Full Moon finds you feeling like getting together and enjoying the social scene. You may not get a lot of support for the way you express your basic energy and drive as you tend to go against the crowd and somehow manage to create reverberation in those around you. Some may even find you overbearing, as your intensity runs counter to whatever’s wanted by them. You find your ambitions are backed up by the will to get things done. If you can avoid a very personal and reactionary response you may find you’re appreciated & appear in a good light in any group project or social gathering.