September 2010: Calmness Begins

There are two important things to note during the month of September 2010. Mercury, which starts the month in retrograde motion, makes no aspects to the outer planets during this month. It did not make any aspects to outer planets during the month of August 2010. In some ways this exaggerated the Mercury retrograde which began on August 20, 2010 and will continue until September 12, 2010. You may have found it difficult to communicate with other people. You may have found it difficult to repair various mechanical, technical, or electronic problems. In other ways, you may have found it difficult to understand some of the things that were happening in your environment or the greater world surrounding you.

During the month of September, not even the Sun, Venus, Mars, or Ceres make any aspects to Mercury. Only the Moon will make aspects to Mercury. That means on those few days, you’ll connect with your ability to speak, but what you say may be very emotional and not necessarily what is the wisest thing for you to say. Therefore, be very careful during the following days: September 3; September 7; September 11; September 13; September 21; September 28; and September 29, 2010. Try not to let your emotions rule your thoughts. The better way to use this energy is to meditate on what is emotionally important to you and write them down in your journal.

Another important thing is that the cardinal crisis is over. It will be easier for you to feel connected with your goals. It’ll be easier for you to pull back and not react to the various negative situations which may surround you. If you felt stymied or blocked, you’ll feel a release from those emotions.

With Mars forming a sextile to Ceres on September 3rd, you’ll be able to understand the importance of nurturing your actions. You’ll be able to resolve any conflicts with friends. If you felt that others weren’t taking your values seriously, you’ll understand their concerns.

This understanding will continue on September 4th, as Venus forms a trine to Neptune retrograde and on September 5th, as Venus forms a trine to Chiron retrograde. These are healing days. Any fears that you experienced will dissipate. You’ll be able to understand why those fears surfaced and why they are no longer valid. You’ll also understand how to take your fears and move beyond them so they don’t interfere with any plans you want to make in your life. You may feel like you need to make some adjustments on September 7th, when Venus forms a quincunx to Uranus, but at least you’ll find a way to resolve any conflicts. Just be very careful with your finances between September 4th and 7th as there are many unknown factors which could prevent you from making good decisions. Even the stock market will prove erratic on these days due to the economic picture as it relates to the workforce.

The new Moon, with both Sun and Moon in Virgo, occurs on September 8th and emphasizes the need for you to consider your health and well-being. Venus enters Scorpio a little after the new Moon occurs and is not comfortable in this sign. Venus is actually in its detriment in Scorpio. This means that you’ll feel emotions more intensely. You’ll want to hold on to things. Once again some fears may surface. It’s very important if fears surface that you don’t hold on to them. Let them go.

The 9th of September is very important because Jupiter in its retrograde motion re-enters Pisces. Jupiter initially entered Pisces on January 18, 2010 and remained there until June 6, 2010. It entered Aries for several months. Now Jupiter returns to Pisces until January 22, 2011.

When Jupiter enters Pisces, it enters one of its own signs. In addition to ruling Sagittarius, a fire and mutable sign, Jupiter rules Pisces, a water and mutable sign. The mutability of Jupiter makes sense because there is a need for flexibility when dealing with the larger world and greater good. The rulership of Jupiter for Sagittarius may seem counterintuitive since Sagittarius is a fire sign. However, Jupiter was a thunder-god who could throw bolts of lightening, a form of primitive fire. One could also say that the rulership of Jupiter for Pisces is also counterintuitive because Pisces is a water sign. However, Jupiter was revered by the agricultural communities of Italy because he could control the amount of rainfall from the sky.

Historically, Jupiter in Pisces relates to changes in currency value and the actual use of currency in society. This is already seen in how you pay your bills. You can pay them online. You can utilize automatic withdrawals. You can use debit cards for purchases instead of check writing. Eventually, the use of checks and even cash may fall by the wayside. However, with these new conveniences come increased costs to the merchant which indirectly affects the amount of money that you pay for purchases.

There will also be changes as they impact the Euro zone. These changes may not seem to matter to individuals living in the United States, but they will. Not everything was considered when the Euro was created. Each country was still in control of its own economy and how it relates to the value of the Euro. The question continues during this time period. Will economically strong companies need to prop up the countries with weaker economies in order to assure the value of the Euro? Finally, there is a push to change how China values its Yuen. Many economists believe that by changing the way that China values the Yuen, the purchasing power of its people will increase. Items made in China may increase in price, but many economists believe that other countries will be able to sell more products to China because their population wants to purchase more products. However, the belief of economists is based on how economics operate in Europe and the United States and not in China. Their logic is flawed.

Historically when Jupiter is in Pisces, education and technology is emphasized. The union of these two means better educational opportunities for various individuals. The number of online colleges will grow. More traditional universities will utilize online classes to increase the number of students. Therefore, if you are interested in education, you’ll find more opportunities. This will even extend to various conferences which could occur over the internet. You’ll find that you can attend conferences without having to spend the money for travel, hotel, and other expenses.

Government leaders will need to be cautious when Jupiter re-enters Pisces. There’s a tendency for leaders to exhibit hubris in their attitudes. They believe what they are doing is right, no matter what the consequences. As a result, more leaders make mistakes which either remove them from office or, in those cases where party affiliation is involved, injure their own parties.

Agriculture and gardening is an important area to watch when Jupiter is in Pisces. Insecticides came into greater use during this cycle. Now government agencies are studying the impact of various pesticides. Concern over world hunger is resurfacing. The desire to find ways to work with the ecosystem in a balanced approach is being promoted. Even chemical companies are releasing more products which are organic and use herbs, such as cloves or peppermint, as main ingredients to control or kill insects. As a consumer wishing to use fewer chemicals in your home, you’ll find more alternatives available.

Mars forms a trine to Neptune retrograde not that long after Jupiter re-enters Pisces on September 9th and it forms a trine to Chiron retrograde on September 11th. These are days of healing relationships. However, these are not days to negotiate major purchases. You won’t have all the facts and you’ll let your emotions rule your decisions.

On September 12th, Venus forms a sextile to Pluto retrograde just before Mercury in Virgo turns direct. There are several ways that you can use the energies of this day. You can take time to review your finances and see where you need to make changes. You can look at your home and see if you need to make improvements. You can review your daily routine and see if changes need to be made so you can have a healthier life. This is a very personal day and one of introspection.

On the following day, September 13th, you may want to make some adjustments to your daily routine since Mars forms a quincunx to Uranus retrograde. Don’t be surprised if someone from your past re-enters your life. It is a good time to make amends. At the same time, be careful with signing any legal documents. You may feel under pressure and this is not a good day for decisions which have long-term consequences. There are too many factors still in flux.

On September 14th, Pluto turns direct and Mars enters Scorpio. Since Pluto moves so slowly, you may not feel its change of direction immediately. All you will feel is more resolve to get things accomplished. On the other hand, you may be feeling this resolve because Mars has entered Scorpio. Mars is very comfortable in the sign that it rules. There’s an intensity of purpose which occurs. You aren’t willing to be manipulated by other people. At the same time, make certain that your intensity of purpose doesn’t cut you off from listening to others. They may have something of value to offer.

Approximately every 14 years Jupiter forms a conjunction to Uranus. This cycle usually occurs in a series of three and does so again on September 18th. The first time this cycle occurred was on June 8, 2010. The last time this cycle will occur at this time will be January 4, 2011. Both Jupiter and Uranus are planets that embrace change. The future is more important than the past. Therefore, there is a danger that change is taken without any regard for its consequences. Often the lessons that can be learned from the past are forgotten. It’s very important that as you seek ways to move into the future, you don’t forget to incorporate what you’ve learned from the past.

Economically this is a rough time period because historically inflation is a problem. The value of money starts to decline. Problems in manufacturing tend to surface. If safety measures aren’t considered in the development of a product or service, accidents or recalls occur. In the past those accidents and recalls surrounded automobiles and food products. Also, the stock market becomes very erratic as it reacts instantly to any news which the public views as negative.

Weather patterns tend to be very erratic when Jupiter (in this case retrograde) forms a conjunction to Uranus (in this case also retrograde). The hurricane season tends to be worse and floods tend to occur more often. If you live in an area that tends to get hit with hurricanes, make certain that you pay close attention to weather forecasts and do what is necessary to maintain your safety. The same is true if you live near a low flood plain. Again, pay close attention to weather forecasts and plan accordingly.

The autumnal equinox, as it is called in the northern hemisphere, occurs on September 22nd when the Sun enters Libra. This date marks the halfway point for the astrological year. It’s a time for meditation and reflection, especially in the area of relationships.

When you look at the chart of the autumnal equinox, no matter which city you set it up for, the Sun forms a square to Pluto. This means that you really need to look at your value systems. It also means that you need to understand what you want in life so that you aren’t easily manipulated by other people.

The Moon in this chart forms a conjunction to the Jupiter retrograde/Uranus retrograde conjunction with occurred a few days earlier. Again it’s important that as you consider your future you don’t repeat past mistakes. You may feel emotionally ready to make changes but you need to consider all the facts. Are you reacting to situations? Are you creating your own situations? Would it be better to wait a little while before you make the changes? If you don’t have the answers to those questions, you are better off waiting a little while longer before you implement any actions.

This need to wait is really emphasized by the full Moon that occurs the following day, September 23rd. The Moon is in Aries and forms a square to Pluto as well as an opposition to Saturn. The Sun is in Libra and forms a square to Pluto as well as a conjunction to Saturn. Basically, this full Moon creates a cardinal T-square which may bring back memories of July and August 2010 when the cardinal crisis was in full swing. What this means is that you may be tempted to just walk away from situations. If you do, it could be to your detriment. It also means that you can pick up the intense feelings that other people have and misinterpret them as your feelings. The key is found in the sign of Cancer. Take time to nourish yourself. Spend time with your family and friends. Accept that feeling secure is important and finds ways to experience that feeling.

As the month ends, Ceres forms a number of aspects. On September 24th, Ceres forms a sextile to Neptune retrograde. On September 26th, Ceres forms a sextile to Chiron retrograde. And, on September 28th, Ceres forms a square to Jupiter retrograde.

Ceres is the goddess of agriculture and also the representation of motherhood. During the last few days of the month, spend some time outside where you can enjoy the weather and re-connect with the earth, especially between September 24th and September 28th. You’ll find this can be a very healing experience for you.

Be cautious on September 28th when Ceres forms the square to Jupiter retrograde because it could bring accidents or some unexpected events into your life. However, it you need to find ways to move ahead in life, this day will be one where you can understand your plans even if you don’t want to implement them at this time.