TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 4. It’s a buckle down and do it day. After a brief flit of rebellious inclinations, Moon joins Mars early morning and gathers energy and ambition for the tasks ahead. By mid-day, it’s almost trance-like dedication, relishing the unique and the curious about everything involved and focusing on the end resulta good way to accomplish a great deal. The day ends with Moon opposing Pluto, bringing a feeling that a page may be turning now.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 5. Moon is briefly void, from 4:01 to 4:08 am when she enters Cancer. A sense of kindredship with those around us adds a reassuring note to the day’s activities, although as Mercury moves into Libra at 5:03 am it’s a bit difficult to make decisions. There are just too many options, and every possibility has its pluses and minuses. This is a time when the old adage, “The best way is the hard way,” may be a dependable guide.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6. Moon goes Void of Course on a trine to Uranus at 10:04 am, carrying those quixotic vibes through the remainder of the day. Leave the charging at windmills for those younger than yourself, and focus on critical details. Try nonetheless not to be critical of others’ actions, ideas or potentialeven if you have to bite your tongue to avoid it. Probably your own insecurities are amplifying your displeasures.
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 7. The big deal today is that Pluto turns direct, once again trundling on toward Capricorn. It’s retraced a mere three degrees since it turned retrograde March 30, hanging in there with the Galactic Centeryou may have noticed that these seem to be serious times indeed for the world at large. What have we reevaluated, collectively and individually, in the past five months? Changes are definitely called for, and should start being instituted now. If your natal Pluto is in Leo, think about refining your egotism to be certain it’s used in positive ways; in Virgo, your self-deprecation; in Libra, your vacillation; in Scorpio, your intensity. There are fewer of us with Pluto in Cancer, all 70 years old or more, needing to consider our relationships with family. Those with Pluto in Sag are twelve years old or less, and need to fortify their drive to understand the world they live in.
Moon moves into Leo at 9:59 PDT this morning.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 8. Off to a robust start this morning, on what should be a rewarding day. Today, Venus turns direct, at 9:13 am. Now we can resume forward motion on achieving our desires, furthering our relationships and fortifying our bank accounts with a renewed sense of what is really important to us and, with any luck, a more concrete sense of priorities and which goal to aim for first. It may take around six weeks for progress to become apparent.
Moon conjuncts Venus this afternoon, adding clout to its long slow quincunx with Uranus, making your choices both more individualistic and more conscious of your affect on the good of the whole. “No man is an island,” they say (nor is any woman or child), and the Universe is becoming increasingly insistent in its demands that we all find ways to work together. We all know that’s not easy. But astrologers know the challenging aspects we’ll have to work with over the next two or three decades mean that getting started on that path is of critical importance. Moon’s opposition to Neptune late tonight casts an idealistic glow on the process and gives us reason to hope.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 9. Moon trines Pluto at 11:07 am and goes void, carrying a fidgety, grouchy, spiteful attitude through most of the day. Stuff seems to be welling up out of nowheresomebody must have opened the door to that long ignored closet. It’s worsened with Moon’s opposition to Uranus midday. “What about me?” seems to have become a battle cry, whether for yourself or someone else. And “I don’t want to” is put forth as a valid excuse all too often. Moon occults Saturn in the evening, and self-discipline must be taking a nap.
Moon enters Virgo at 6:10 pm PDT.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 10. Pogo said, “We have met the enemy and he is us,” and we need to remember that today (and even more so as a central message of tomorrow’s solar eclipse.) Everyone we meet seems so self-centered. Moon’s opposing Uranus and Venus’ quincunx to him has become exact. Everybody wants to do his own thing, and many can be pretty adamant about it. We can see the flaws in their arguments, but they certainly can’t, and seem ready to fight for their rights. Each of us needs to consider where we fit into the overall scheme because, after all, each of us is “other” to everybody else.
Moon’s square to Jupiter late afternoon can heighten the squabbles, for better or for worse.
SEPTEMBER 11. Today’s
chart is no better and, with a partial solar eclipse
at 5:44 am, the effects could have long-lasting
significance. The eclipse is relatively brief
and will be visible only in South America and near
the South Pole, but it pulls in a lineup of power
planets. A New Moon in Virgo generally initiates
a period of thoughtful, conscientious problem-solving,
but this one is caught up in a volatile grand square
buttressed by confusion.
This is not apt to be the most peaceable
of times in relationships of any kind. Each of us
will need to harness our combative tendencies and
pinprick sensitivities. Remember that complaints and
directives will need to be couched in considerate
terminology, and often simply held in check for some
more appropriate time.
The grand cross now pits Mars against
Pluto, both fending off Uranus in a t-square that
binds the most volatile planets in any chart, with
the fourth corner filled by the Sun-Moon conjunction.
Equilibrium is not a word that comes to mind.
The Sun-Moon to Mars square is short-lived,
and indicates assertive and impulsive behavior underwritten
by easily tripped emotional triggers. Sun-Moon to
Pluto, also a brief contact, often kindles a desire
for dominance and a belief that sheer will power can
magically achieve one’s desires. The Mars-Pluto
opposition, which occurs roughly every other year,
can bring defiance and a lack of control over aggressive
tendencies, or a need to counter other kinds of destructive
forces. (The most recent exact conjunction, April
6, 2006, accompanied an outbreak of 74 tornadoes
across 13 states, and there had been even worse outbreaks
in the preceding six weeks.)
The Uranus-Pluto square is most troubling,
but is only beginning to become a relevant aspect,
still ten degrees from exact. It is probably not significant
in this chart except as a warning to be alert to clues,
because aspects have wide orbs and their affects can
be seen well before and well after exact contacts.
It will not become exact until June 2012 and will
remain in effect at least three years. This is a waning
square, moving away from the conjunction that occurred
in the middle 1960s (and that was a pivotal time for
twin, the waxing square, was in force from 1932-34,
at the height of our Great Depression and the turbulence
in Europe. “The influence of the square aspect
was to stimulate destructive social change across international
borders, to intensify all those latent nationalistic
characteristics that had been coming to the surface
of the national group minds, until "the only way
to express and release the underlying tensions was through
world conflict,” is the opening paragraph of a
chilling commentary on this aspect at www.astrologyweekly.com.
Astrologers try always to point out
that every aspect can be utilized in positive ways,
rather than negatively, with only a little additional
awareness and effort. The combination of Martian energy
and Plutonian persistence can accomplish the supposedly
impossible; Uranus can foster innovative approaches.
Mars is still opposing Jupiter also, so for a little
while, we should have the optimism and self-confidence
to enjoy challenges and seek solutions. The New Moon
is in a separating quincunx to Neptune, in Aquarius,
so visionary ideals of new hopes for humanity have
been born and should be nurtured.
In the national chart, Libra is rising,
with Mercury almost exactly on the ascendant and casting
a pleasant trine to Jupiter, a pattern that should
promote pleasant, peaceful communication. Mars is
in the ninth house, where it could move aggressively
toward ethical interaction and understanding, and
perhaps codify diplomatic agreements. Jupiter in the
third could bring about a benefic transformation of
our daily lives. That’s a Pollyanna picture
perhaps. But as Nancy
Humphreys pointed out in her Daykeeper article last
month, as a general rule you wind up where your
vision is focused. Let’s focus it well.
The Sabian symbol for the New Moon
at 19° Virgo: A swimming race; the stimulation
that comes from a group effort toward a spiritual
goal. “When man has become an expert swimmer,
he has symbolically learned how to operate in a new
element,” Rudhyar wrote. “Acting through
the most advanced individuals of the race, Man is
taking a step toward rebirth, a new mutation. The
personal, ego-centered ambition to succeed and to ‘be
first’ is indeed a sign of expectable spiritual
Moon goes void at 9:13 pm on her exact
square to Pluto.
SEPTEMBER 12. Moon
goes into Libra at 4:13 am and, while she makes
no significant aspects today, we are all more
inclined to “make nice” and at
least try to consider other points of view and
weigh the alternatives. There’s a need to
make sure the choices are workable and that all
the pieces fit together with craftsmanlike efficiency.
The problem is that Mercury’s trine to Neptune
communication imprecise and comprehension fuzzy.
SEPTEMBER 13. Our
Libra Moon may be willing to overlook a lot today
in order to keep the peace. She makes only pleasant
aspects all day, joining up with Mercury to guide
conversations into small talk rather than weighty
issues. There’s a buoyancy and air of
expectancy around that belies the tensions still
birthed by the eclipse, centering around issues
self vs. others and just how belligerent one
to be in order to reach the desired ends.
SEPTEMBER 14. Moon
trines Mars while most of us are still abed, so
without knowing why, we head into the day on the
wings of a bit of an adrenaline rush. She goes
void at 9:10 am on a sextile to Pluto, which can
lead to almost compulsive attention to whatever
it is we intend to accomplish today. Moon goes
into Scorpio at 4:37 pm, which doesn’t lighten
up a bit.
SEPTEMBER 15 and SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16. We’ve
been hoping for a quiet, uneventful weekend and
this may be it. We’ve
probably acclimated ourselves to the antsy impatience
of the tightening Mars-Pluto opposition and glommed
onto the Venus opp Neptune hopeful aspirations
fun-loving give-and-take relationships. Juno and
Ceres bracket the Moon, urging her to light some
Early Sunday, Mercury quincunx Uranus
could bring regrets if you don’t monitor your
words before they leave your mouth, but, with that
precaution, this aspect could add a lot of laughs
to your day. Moon goes void at 4:40, on a comfortable
sextile to Sun, leading to a pleasant evening.
SEPTEMBER 17. Moon
moves into Sagittarius at 5:21 am but makes no
major aspects until a mood-dampening square to
Saturn at 9:07. A “Finger of God”—quincunxes
from both Mercury and Venus to Uranus—points
squarely to mid-Virgo for the next few days.
Virgoian traits outline the best course of action
now: taking care of business, minding your health,
being of service—all
with a practical, analytical, painstaking and
modest approach. Sun is square Mars today, so
there should be energy and drive enough to accomplish
much. But it’s also square Pluto, so take
control of situations if need be, but don’t
try to control other people—that
could bring more sizzle than you’re prepared
SEPTEMBER 18. Moon
gathers the jovial graces of Jupiter early this
morning and then adds the charge-into-the-future
impulses of Uranus. However benefic your intentions,
remember that candor needs to be cloaked in kindness.
By late afternoon, she’s conjunct Vesta,
so thoughts turn toward keeping the home fires
burning and creating a cozy atmosphere. Evening
looks promising and pleasing, with opportunity
for daydreaming or projecting possibilities.
SEPTEMBER 19. It’s
the First Quarter Moon at 9:48 am PDT, and
Moon goes void with this square to the Sun. It’s
a powerful configuration to carry through the
a pivotal Moon phase—on through the coming
week. Moon is also conjunct Pluto and opposing
Mars, so Sun creates a t-square, which outlets
only 10 degrees from Uranus. Memory may be a
central issue today, either by resurgence of
or the inability to remember something important.
The keyword today is to be on your toes and
ready to deal with whatever comes. And prepared
to enjoy the unexpected.
Moon trundles into Capricorn at 4:52
pm, which improves the situation only a little, even
as she trines Saturn. If the patterns already set
in motion since the New Moon are desirable, we can
welcome Saturn’s help in making our progress
concrete. That help may not be so appealing if the
path chosen seems less well suited to achieving the
results we want.
In the chart set for our nation’s
capitol, Sun is at the midheaven and the opposition
of Moon-Pluto and Mars spans the chart from the first
to the seventh. Once again, relationships are in the
foreground and militancy toward others appears to
be indicated, particularly since Moon-Pluto combos,
especially in the first house, find it easy to feel
victimized and therefore vengeful.
Mars is also in a grand trine with
Mercury in Libra at the cusp of the eleventh and Neptune
in Aquarius at the cusp of the third, so there is
the potential for productive negotiation. Good aspects
between Mars and Neptune strengthen a sense of social
responsibility and a willingness to consider matters
in an impersonal, collective framework. The Mercury-Neptune
contact bolsters the ability to visualize desired
results in detail, and use that visualization to pursue
SEPTEMBER 20. Déjà vu
already been there yesterday—although
Moon sidles out of the rambunctious pattern.
She briefly sextiles Uranus, which could provoke
a blowup in situations that are still overheated.
The liaison across the chart between Venus and
Neptune is minutes from exact, and kindles our
most romantic and most delusional views of all
that surrounds us. Neither a victim nor a savior
be—whether in love or in duty, insist
on equal distribution of input. Worshipping
an uncommitted “hero” from
afar, or an unresponsive lover ‘til it
has no value to either the giver or the receiver.
SEPTEMBER 21. Mars’ opposition
to Pluto is exact this morning, at 1:33 am Pacific
no denying that the cosmos uses an entirely different
system of calendars and clocks than we do, which
makes precise timing of cosmic events essentially
impossible. Still, theoretically this could be
a signal trigger point. If there haven’t
been fireworks yet,
there very well may be now. If not fireworks,
at least decisive action.
The Venus-Neptune opposition also becomes
exact today, at 1:05 pm. It affects not only relationships,
but values of all sorts, as for instance money. Are
there problems in a relationship about disparate ways
of dealing with money? The dispute could get really
heated up today. Are you sure you’re being realistic
in dealing with your budget and your plans for a financially
secure future? Decisions made today could be suspect.
Moon trines Sun, suggesting a sense
of satisfaction over handling things well, at 11:15
pm and goes Void of Course.
SEPTEMBER 22. Moon
eases into Aquarius at 1:18 am PDT, with a huge
sigh of relief, and takes the day off. She’s
briefly quincunx Saturn, before dawn, so thinks
about doing a bit of tidying, but that’s
as far as it goes. Sun-Mars-Pluto undertones
of distress are offset for the most part by the
Venus-Neptune insistence on seeing the sunny side.
SEPTEMBER 23. Another
important day as Sun moves into Libra (2:52 am
PDT), the Autumn Equinox at 0° Libra,
marking the onset of a new season and the passing
of almost three-quarters of a year—again.
This chart is less problematic than most of the
charts of the past four or five weeks, but more
so than the Spring Equinox, the Summer Solstice,
or even the Winter Solstice of last December—whose
the ensuing seasonal charts. Its strongly Sagittarian
nature, and the dominance of the Saturn-Neptune
SEPTEMBER 24. Moon
goes Void of Course at 2:14 am carrying a trine
to Mars to encourage dreams of victory, and moves
on into Pisces at 5:55. In the meantime, Mercury
is using the pleasant ambience of Libra in efforts
to persuade a pugnacious Pluto to keep its drive
for dominance aimed at positive change with sensitivity
to the realities experienced by others. There
seem to be more good vibes in today’s
chart than there have been all month.
SEPTEMBER 25. The
day begins with Moon square Jupiter, maintaining
the positive glow we built yesterday. Soon after,
she joins Uranus and the fun begins. Erratic emotions
and contradictory feelings may prove disruptive
this morning, whether you’re meeting them
or generating them, or both. You may be drawn
to someone with a “very different” personality
that seems fascinating and exciting. If so, it’s
probably an opportunity to learn something important
SEPTEMBER 26. It’s
the day of the Harvest Moon, which is exact, lamentably,
at 12:45 pm in the western states and mid-afternoon
for those who live farther east—the memorable
luminous golden globe will
not be visible in the U.S. this year.
Moon moves into Aries at 7:22 am.
SEPTEMBER 27. Moon
trines Jupiter first thing this morning, casting
an upbeat aura on all activities. She is also
loosely trine Venus all day, making for generally
compatible interactions with others, and forming
a fire-sign grand trine good for getting things
going. Mercury slides into Scorpio, setting the
stage for getting to the bottom of any mysteries
that have been plaguing our pursuits. The Venus
opposition to Neptune still lingers, maintaining
elevated aspirations. Then too, there’s that
Jupiter-Uranus square playing the joker in the
SEPTEMBER 28. A
brief Void of Course period, from 6:59 until Moon
goes into Taurus at 7:17 am PDT, starts a day that
moves along rather effortlessly. Moon-Venus-Mars
form a cap on a grand trine to Pluto, turning it
a coordinated quartet aimed at exercising the
of that Mars-Pluto power. Moon pulls Saturn into
the picture too, to make sure the focus is solid.
As of 4:54 pm PDT, Mars has taken up residence
in Cancer for the next couple of months, where
more laid back. It’s up to you to make sure
your use of all this potent energy is worthwhile;
you can think of this grouping as a chance to “shore
up your spinal cord” (for most of us in
sense) to fortify your overall strength or
let it create more hassle by being overly forceful
SEPTEMBER 29. Moon
in Taurus puts an emphasis on solid comfort and
sensory pleasures. Some good music and good food
should be in your plans today. Her square to
Neptune colors the day, so your imagination could
be working overtime with your creative nature
to the fore. You may strongly identify with the
protagonist of a novel or movie now, or even
with the plight of a friend or neighbor.
goes void at 10:10 pm.
SEPTEMBER 30. Moon
drifts into Gemini at 7:34 am, and you’ll
likely want to be out and about, meeting people
and exchanging chitchat. It’s
a great day for hiking, or cycling, or quietly
watching birds. If you haven’t been good
about keeping your journal, this a good time for
catching up. If inclined, you could probably come
up with a really good short story—if you
can sit still and stick with one project long
enough. Mercury’s sextile
to Saturn can make that easier, but by the time
exact it’s already bedtime.