“There is no greater puzzle than the mystery of why people are attracted to or repelled by each other and we often seek simple answers to questions which require a stretching of the soul to even formulate properly.” Liz Greene
“It became clear to me that no matter what we do in science or in any other area, it will not help if we don’t find a way to be related to each other at a deep level.” David Bohm
Throughout the month of September surprises are on the table as the cosmic lovers – Mars and Venus – form a challenging aspect- not only to each other- but to the planet of the unexpected, Uranus. There can be surprising relationship and partnership developments under this influence – new alliances, love at first sight occurrences and challenges to relationships in general. It’s best to enter this time with patience and moderation in mind.
Uranus is the planet of the future and it has an erratic nature to it. It is wise under this influence to provide more downtime to process events and to nourish the nervous system.
Saturn stations direct this week – a good time for the roll out of plans and to commit or recommit to the required perseverance and discipline.
The Sabian symbol for the Saturn station Thursday at 2 degrees of Capricorn is,” The human soul in its eagerness for new experiences seeks embodiment.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
” To serve others is to give of oneself with no personal gain or reward. The energy of service is the remedy for problems of darkness and barriers to our evolution. Service is the only energy that can generate enough continued light and fire to combat the darkness.” Mary E. Carreiro
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Gandhi
It always bodes well to prepare for a New Moon by clarifying your intentions in advance. At the time of upcoming New Moon in Virgo on September 9th, the Sun and the Moon will be opposed to Neptune. Neptune is the planet of dreams and wishes for how things could be. Neptune is the ruler of the sign Pisces and the Pisces /Virgo axis in Astrology is considered the axis of service or being of service to others and the world.
Given the somewhat tumultuous times we are living in – times when great change is afoot – is it wise to consider what you do or would like to do- that helps nudge things along in a more positive direction and helps bring more light and love into the world. As Caroline Myss has written,” Everything we do counts. There is really no such thing as a small act of service or goodness.”
One of the Sabian symbols for this New Moon is, “A volcanic eruption bringing dust cloud, flowing lava, earth rumblings.”
Sabian symbol reference from Lynda Hill
“Mars represents our ability to define ourselves through our own volition.” Eric Francis
“A single moment can retroactively flood an entire life with meaning.” Victor E. Frankl
Mars stations direct at 10:05 AM Monday 8/27 at 29 degrees of Capricorn. The Sabian symbol for this degree is, “A woman reading tea leaves.” This is an indication to look to the underlying or deeper meaning of events.
Mars has been retrograde for two months and it bodes well now to look to events that occurred during this period and discern how they are connected to the deeper meaning of your life or how they help you see the way forward with more clarity.
The 29th degree is considered to be the “fated degree” meaning it has particular significance. Although there continues to be the tendency to act impulsively now, it’s wise to proceed seriously and with a well thought out plan for any future endeavors.
“The more accelerated our life becomes, the more we have to learn to select only the essential, to create our own repose and meditation island within an uncluttered mental space.” Anais Nin
“I believe deeply that we must find, all of us together, a new spirituality.” Dalai Lama
The Sun is now in the sign of Virgo – the sign of discrimination. This sign governs the process of digestion in the body as well as the process of taking in and assimilating information.
It is a good time to slow down, take a few breaths and – if necessary -create some space to assimilate experiences or information which have surfaced recently.
The Moon waxes full at 3 degrees Pisces on Sunday at 7:56 AM EDT. There is a kite formation at this time which includes a grand earth trine with the Sun, Saturn and Uranus. This aspect is a like building a bridge to the future by taking what is valuable from the past and combining it with innovation going forward. The kite formation indicates that there is pragmatic support to draw on for future endeavors. Best to take a creative approach and research options broadly.
The Full Moon in Pisces indicates a good time to seek spiritual solutions to questions.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”A petrified forest, an eternal record of a life lived long ago.”
“Socrates had it wrong; it is not the unexamined but finally the uncommitted life that is not worth living.” William Sloane Coffin
“Genuine commitment is a journey into the unknown.” Madonna Kolbenschlag
This summer’s Mercury retrograde period ends this Sunday as Mercury stations direct at 11 degrees of Leo at 12:25 am EDT. It bodes well for several days before and after the station to raise awareness and take note of information that surfaces as Mercury stations can be associated with a culmination of information.
At the time of the station Pluto and Juno will align harmoniously. Juno is the asteroid which is associated with commitment of all kinds – commitments to yourself, to your work, to your life path and to your relationships.
Information may surface and realizations occur under this influence that are related to a deeper understanding of what you commit to and why. If there are agreements you would like to terminate or evolve in some way this time may shed light on a deeper understanding on those situations as well.
Mars will follow Mercury and station direct on the 27th. This, along with Mercury direct will help with getting traction going forward.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,”An evening garden party of adults.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
“The word, which we’ve all heard, is dharma. It means acting as if to hold the world together…Dharmic action is acting as if your own choices serve to make the world a better place specifically by preserving its delicate, intricate threads of relationship, kindness, healthy dependency and mutual sharing.” Eric Francis
“When we seek connection, we restore the world to wholeness. Our seemingly separate lives become meaningful as we discover how truly necessary we are to each other.” Margaret Wheatley
New Moons and especially New Moon Eclipses like the one tomorrow Saturday, August 11, offer a good opportunity to cross the threshold into an evolved level of wholeness. This is because in Jungian astrology, the Sun represents the inner masculine and the Moon, the inner feminine. By bringing these two into a more harmonious alignment personal evolution can occur.
It is a good time to focus on who you are aspiring to become. And what you need to leave behind to do that- thoughts, feelings, assumptions and old behaviors.
One time on a Solar Eclipse I called a shamanic institute out west and the person who answered the phone said,” Oh, no one is here now. They all just rushed up to the canyon to do a ritual at the time of the eclipse.” Many shamanic traditions in setting intentions and doing ritual at these times also include their wishes for a healthy future for the planet. This bodes well now as well.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is, “Brilliant sunshine just after a shower.”
Sabian symbol for Lynda Hill
“Maud Gonne at Howth station waiting a train,
Pallas Athene in that straight back and arrogant head:
All the Olympians; a thing never known again…”
will gather and not know it walks the very street
Whereon a thing once walked that seemed a burning cloud.” WB Yeats
In his writing William Butler Yeats described Maud Gonn, the inspiration for many of his poems, as Pallas Athene. Maud Gonn was the revolutionary who saved the lives of many Irish families. In Ireland they believed she fulfilled the prophesy that one day the Queen of the Fairies would come and preach the revolt and inspire the Irish to rise up against the British occupation. For that reason people would often kneel and kiss the hem of her gown.
Maud Gonne was born at the exact moment of the Winter Solstice. In the old texts this auspicious birth time was associated with.”the birth of gods and goddesses.”
The asteroid Pallas Athene is a strong influence during Saturday’s Solar Eclipse at 18 degrees of Leo. Pallas Athene is one of the female asteroids in astrology which are associated with the re- emergence of the Feminine.
In mythology Pallas Athene is the goddess of compassionate justice. She brought the knowledge of diplomacy to the gods and goddesses and was known for her strategic skills. She used conflict resolution in an attempt to avert war. But when it became necessary she was invincible in battle.
This Solar Eclipse is exact on August 11 at 18 degrees of the fiery sign of Leo. Look to your astrology chart to see where this eclipse falls as this indicates the area of life where a new cycle is beginning.
It is a good time now leading up to the Eclipse, to strengthen courage and renew vision. With Pallas involved it is wise to focus on new strategic approaches. The sign of Leo is associated with re- creation and it’s wise to remember the restorative effect that fun and creativity can have in your life.
Uranus stations retrograde this week and will retrograde back to late Aries and station direct in late March. Uranus is the planet of innovation and surprises. It governs all things cyber and has an erratic, unpredictable nature to it. It is wise to nurture the nervous system in general as we are living in times of great change when a new , more just world is striving to be born against considerable push- back.
The Sabian symbol for the eclipse in Leo is,” “A Houseboat Party.”
“Our word ‘courage’ comes from the French word, coeur which means, ‘heart.'” Courage is a willingness to act from the heart, to let your heart lead the way, not knowing what will be required of you next, and if you can do it.” Jean Shinola Bolen
Things continue to proceed at warp speed here on planet earth as retrograde Mars, the planet of action and desire. continues to form a fractious square with Uranus- the planet of the erratic and unpredictable.
Retrograde Mars is also conjunct the South Node now.
The South Node has to do with patterns from the past – inherited through ancestral lines, past lives and family of origin – that have a weakening effect – a very familiar weakening effect -that can hinder forward motion. It is wise now to summon your courage in areas that feel challenging.
Do keep in mind sudden and surprising events continue to be on the table and it bodes well to provide extra down time for the renewal of vital forces.
Mars/Uranus is associated with sparks and fire. It is a good time to rekindle the spark that inspires your work and your life.
This aspect can also related to recklessness and impulsiveness so it is wise to be aware of that and keep moderation in mind. With Mercury retrograde it bodes well to take extra care when communicating in all forms – text, email etc. Do double check that information was received and understood rather than rushing to judgment.
If there is something you have wanted to break free of for awhile this energy can help do that.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” An activist is stirring up discontent by spreading her revolutionary ideals.”
“Exploring the question brings more wisdom than having the answer.” The Course in Miracles
“The antidote to exhaustion is not necessarily rest – it is wholeheartedness.” David Whyte
Mercury stationed retrograde July 26at 1:03 AM EDT at 23 degrees of Leo. Mercury stations represent a culmination of information so do be aware of any information which surfaces now that seems relevant to finalizing old issues and clearing the path forward.
Mercury retrograde periods are a good time to reflect, rethink and renew.
This retrograde period lasts from 7/26 – August 19 when Mercury will station direct at 11 degrees of Leo. It’s wise to look at your astrology chart and see which houses and planets are being highlighted at this time.
The Lunar Eclipse – the longest of the century – will occur Friday 7/27 at 4:20 PM EDT at 4 degrees of Aquarius. Eclipses are evolutionary in nature and so it’s wise at this time to be focusing on future aspirations. It bodes well to check the houses of your chart to see where the eclipse falls and where the change is occurring – the first house for example governs identity, the eleventh house, your community, goals and what calls you forward. The fifth house governs creativity, re-creation and children.
The effects of an eclipse can be felt for a significant time both before and after the event itself.
One of the Sabian symbol for the Mercury retrograde is,” A Hindu healer glows with a mystic power.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill
“Things happen- people come -events
When you’re least aware of it ,
purpose happens.” Rainer Maria Rilke
“Here’s a test to see whether your mission on earth is finished: if you’re alive it isn’t.” Richard Bach
This month’s Full Moon Lunar Eclipse is exact at 4:20 PM EDT on July 27 at 4 degrees of Aquarius. It is likely much that has been hidden will come to light under the influence of this eclipse period- the effects of an eclipse can be felt in advance as well as following the actual event.
At the time of the eclipse Mars is retrograde and conjunct the South Node. This is likely to bring issues that have been simmering in the background into the light of day. It is a turning point in terms of bringing something to culmination.
Uranus – the planet of the unexpected – is active at this time bringing unpredictable events into play. Uranus is also the planet associated with making a sudden break for freedom. With Mars in Aquarius, innovation and futuristic thinking – as well as courage – are on the table.
Venus in Virgo trining Pluto in Capricorn can lend support to being in the right place at the right time. It can support the actions which bring a renewal of passion and purpose.
One of the Sabian symbols for this time is,” A council of ancestors has been called to guide a person.”
Sabian symbol from Lynda Hill