Cycles and circles and spirals are at the core of who we are, despite the fact that we have mostly lost sight of them. What you are about to read is intended to offer insights into ways to reconnect with your roots though the ancient art/science of astrology.
We offer a glimpse into the current celestial cycles under which we are all operating, so that we may have some awareness of how to use these energies for the highest and best possible outcomes. To fully understand personal impact from these energy patterns, it is necessary to know one’s own birth chart.
We will again begin by focusing on the Moon’s cycle from New to Full and back again. This is the fastest-moving cycle in our heavens and the most readily accessible in the sky to even the most casual observer. Since, in astrological understanding, the Moon represents our emotions - and how we respond to the ebb and flow of everyday life - it is also the most easily observed in a personal way.
The Pisces Full Moon on Sept. 2 continues to highlight the themes of feminine empowerment as Venus (in Cancer) is exactly opposite the heavy hitters of Jupiter, Pluto, Saturn and Pallas (aka the Capricorn Cluster) as they continue to foment upheaval. Adding to the mix, Mars is apparently standing still (getting ready to retrograde) in volatile Aries and is challenging Venus. Domestic pleasures and individual pursuits are difficult to balance and are undermined by societal decay. Those born close to Sept. 2 and Mar. 1 will be directly impacted.
The Virgo New Moon on Sept. 17 also features warrior Mars (still in Aries, retrograde) challenging the planetary signature of these historic times: the Capricorn Cluster.
Demonstrations and rallies are likely to not only be continuing but also increasing in intensity. Any new campaigns launched after early Sept. are unlikely to succeed because of Mars’ apparent backward motion. This includes any military incursions around the world. Especially affected will be those with birthdays around Oct. 20 and April 17.
We live in extremely mercurial times. Commerce and ideas spread around the world in the time it takes for us to tap out the messages or speak them aloud. The winged messenger Mercury starts Sept. in late Virgo, a sign it is at home in, briefly stimulating communication for the Capricorn Cluster and amplifying everyone’s awareness of the shape of changes yet to come.
Moving swiftly now, Mercury will fly through the sign of Libra from Sept. 6 - 27, challenging both Mars and all the planets in Capricorn by moving into a dynamic configuration with all of them essentially at once, over the week of Sept 17- 24. This energy will peak around the time of the autumnal equinox Sept. 22, as we witness and process yet another wave of heated rhetorical exchange. Fairness, justice and possibly legal matters will receive yet another injection of energy. On a personal level, it will be crucial to approach this period with caution and as a time of information gathering in preparation for future action.
Mercury will begin its extended stay in Scorpio on Sept. 28, where it will primarily be until Nov. 20 because of its third and final retrograde of 2020 in Oct. Issues in the forefront of our collective awareness at this moment in time will return to prominence at the time of November’s election cycle. We will all be drawn into more intensely emotional thinking and find ourselves obsessively probing deeper.
Venus begins the month of Sept. late in nurturing Cancer. When expressed in its most positive way, it is welcoming and inclusive, however at the opposite end of expression of this energy it can also be exclusive and nationalistic.
On Sept. 6 Venus moves into proud Leo where it stays until early Oct. Expression of all we value and find beautiful will likely take on a dramatic flair. The days leading up to Sept. 15, when Venus will contact Uranus in Taurus, we are likely to feel the pressures between belonging and independence. Venus in Leo finds natural reflection in a performer on the stage, whereas Uranus (planet of revolutionary change) in the luxury-loving earth sign of Taurus is more likely to be reflected in sudden disruptive earth events.
Venus and Mars - both in fire signs - will find each other vibrantly irresistible the week leading up to Sept. 29th. This might be steamy female/male attraction and it might also be men and women working dynamically well together for the betterment of all.
Next, our focus turns to warrior Mars continuing in one of its home signs, Aries, where it has been since late June and will continue until early Jan. 2021. Typically Mars spends approximately six weeks in a sign. If we are paying attention to the world around us, chances are we have noticed increased anger, impatience, vitriol, fires and more. Much of this is reflecting Mars in Aries. On Sept. 9 Mars will begin its retrograde period, which will continue till Nov. 14, creating this unusually long sojourn in this impulsive, headstrong sign.
Collectively, we can look for the high-side expression of these energies by cultivating an adventuresome spirit toward welcoming new beginnings. Once identified, these will be best set into motion beginning in mid-November. Those born Oct. 7-20 and April 4-17 are most likely to have the most direct access to this energy.
Sept. 29 stands out as a high-energy, possibly stressful day as Mars makes its second of three difficult contacts with Saturn, the planet of limitations. This is strong PUSH AHEAD energy meeting with major STOP energy. It is much like having our foot on the gas and the brake at this same time. Between now and Jan. 13, when it will be exact for the final time, we will all have the opportunity to know how intensely this requires an open heart and level head to navigate this rough terrain for the best possible outcome.
For millennia, our ancestors had only their eyes and observation skills to connect them with the five visible planets plus Sun and Moon, along with their patterns of movement through the heavens. And while telescopes and computers have expanded our understandings, going out to look at our night sky will never be a lost art. We invite you to open your awareness to the giants of our galaxy.
Throughout the month of Sept., Mars will be approaching its brightest because it is much closer to earth than usual in its orbit. It is visible in the night sky beginning about 10 pm OR if you are up pre-dawn, look to the south-southwest. Mars is easy to spot because it actually looks red and is very distinctive to the naked eye.
Jupiter (planet of largess) will also be making the second of three contacts with Neptune (faith, illusion, delusion) in Pisces, suggesting that any tendency toward religious zealotry may increase. This planetary drumbeat provides a subtle yet strong undercurrent for what is unfolding ahead.
Continuing to appear in the south-southeast night sky after sunset will be Jupiter and Saturn. Jupiter is very bright and hard to miss, Saturn smaller yet prominent to its left (east). Pluto is also there, but not visible to the naked eye. This is the Capricorn cluster, the energetic signature of our times, and it is majestic and awe-inspiring to witness, especially because Jupiter and Saturn only come together every twenty years. At the time of the winter solstice (Dec. 21) they will appear to be at the exact same place in the sky and will be together in the first degree of Aquarius, heralding the unfolding of the new era.
These two giants coming together in the egalitarian sign of Aquarius is a dynamic shift. The shape of this coming era, which will emphasize a popular push toward liberation, may also include a greater sense of loneliness. If we turn even more toward our increasing dependency on electronics to connect us to the world, we may find our selves in deepening isolation. It will be paramount to stay connected both with our natural world as well as with the humans we most love and cherish.
The authors welcome the chance to help you understand all the potential of these energies in relation to your personal chart.
About Aeolea Wendy and Peter: Aeolea Wendy Burwell has been a student of the celestial arts for over forty years, and is currently teaching astrology to eager students in her living room and wherever possible. Personal chart consultations and one on one instruction available : (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Peter Doughty has nearly forty years experience studying and writing about mundane astrology, including his blog over the past seven years and recent book entitled Scenes from a Tapestry.
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