Astrological Report for September 2020

Astrology is a tool of time and space.  As the Solar System runs through its cycles, astrologers follow the patterns the same way a meteorologist follows the weather.  Each month different points in the sky form important relationships, which we call aspects, that indicate emerging, changing, and enduring patterns.

This monthly blog will look at the month ahead and discuss the most prominent and powerful aspects and how they impact life on earth.  These impacts will be connected to both personal and current events to show how the astrological weather report can help you “weather” your life and each month successfully.

What is Ongoing?  Transits, Ingresses, and Retrogrades

Transits occur when two points form a certain type of angular relationship with one another.  The most powerful among the transits are the conjunction, square, and opposition.  Points that conjunct merge together by sharing the same sign and degree.  Points that square align by the degree in signs that are 90 degrees (or four signs apart – Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn – Libra, and Capricorn square one another).  And points oppose one another when they are 180 degrees apart.

Conjunct points merge energy.  Points squaring challenge one another.  And Points opposing one another try to harmonize and attain balance.

Ingress occurs when a point changes signs, causing the point to change its tone. If a point is in Aries, the tone is active, aggressive, and ready for action.  But when the point ingresses into Taurus, the tone is slow, steady, and settling.

Retrograde describes forward motion that “appears” as backward motion.  Since we view the Solar System from an earth-centric rather than a sun-centric point of reference, there are times of the year when points in the sky “look” like they are going backward.  The effect is known as retrograde motion, which occurs when a faster-moving body passes a slower moving body and the observer is on the faster moving body watching the slower moving body “go backward” as they pass each other.

Ingresses

Mercury

Mercury will change signs twice this month. On September 6th it will go from Virgo to Libra, and on September 27th it will go from Libra to Scorpio.  The keynote from 9/6 to 9/26 is “thoughts are expressed clearly and impartially” and the symbol is, “an art museum curator discusses the merits of his acquisitions” (Astrology, Moore and Douglas, 124).  When it enters Scorpio the keynote changes to “the mind penetrates to the essence of matters” and the symbol is “a cryptographer endeavors to crack a code” (134).

This month will require analyzing the facts to get to the deep truths, that may turn out to be very intense and disturbing.  The feeling to “get answers” will be particularly intense by the end of September.

Venus

Venus will leave Cancer and enter Leo on September 6th, changing the tone from emotional Cancer to generous Leo.  The keynote becomes, “affections are generous, heartfelt, and nobly expressed” and the symbol is “luxurious presents are elegantly wrapped” (105).  We will all need to share and help one another out during this phase of Venus transiting.

The Sun

The Sun will leave Virgo and enter Libra on September 22nd.  In Libra the Sun shines light on relationships, legal matters, and important decisions.  The keynote becomes, “the power of individuality manifests through harmony of form” and the symbol is “skeins of vividly colored silks are woven into a rich brocade” (121). There will be a chance for a more uniform message regarding rules and laws to help manage people in order to help manage the virus outbreak.

Retrogrades

At the beginning of the month, Chiron, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are all retrograde.  Chiron is in Aries; Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in Capricorn; Uranus in Taurus; and Neptune in Pisces.  Jupiter will go direct on September 13th and Saturn will go direct on September 29th.  Mars will join the retrograde group on September 10th, leaving only Mercury and Venus direct until the 13th.

Jupiter in Capricorn will continue the contracting phase of economics, which will last until the 13th.  After that money and resources should start flowing again, probably through some form of stimulus bill.  Saturn brings heavy, strict, and dire consequences to financial matters, and will continue to do so for basically the entirety of the month.  Coupled with the upheaval energy of Pluto, since all are near each other at this time, we can expect continued disruptions to economic structures.

Chiron retrograde in Aries calls into question the wounds and healing we need to do around our independence (and limitations thereof).  Retrograde Uranus will bring more and deeper shocks to our foundations (Taurus).  And, Neptune retrograde in Pisces continues the “dark night of the soul” work necessary for new spiritual visions that will have a chance to emerge when it goes direct again (at the end of November).

Mars going retrograde will only exacerbate the volatility of the crisis because people will feel more frustrated and restricted.  Since it turns retrograde very late in the sign, we know it will stay in Aries for the full retrograde cycle.  Difficult times will continue to persist.

Week to Week Transits

September 1 to September 7

Venus in Cancer opposes (seeks balance with) retrograde Saturn

The sequence of oppositions that began on August 23rd will run until September 4th.  Tremendous energy tied to large institutions (Capricorn) will “hear the cries” (Venus in Cancer) of the people and have to decide how to respond.  Since Saturn is retrograde, expect the large institutions to be slow and resistant to change, much in the same way the stage of denial (the 1st stage) works in the five stages of grief.  All the family energy of Cancer will be “reaching across” to the Capricorn energy for help; the caretakers greatly need the prosperity of the providers at this time.

Venus in Cancer squares (conflicts with) Mars in Aries

From September 1st to September 5th, Venus in Cancer whose “affections are maternal and sympathetic” will conflict with Mars in Aries whose “energy is directed into vigorous action”.  The needs of the many will be in conflict of the desires of the “one”.  Selflessness and selfishness will be at odds, and the conflict will likely be rather unpleasant unless some form of compromise or collaboration can be reached.

September 8 to September 14

Sun in Virgo opposes (seeks balance with) retrograde Neptune in Pisces

From September 8th to the 13th, the Sun in Virgo, which expresses “the power of individuality through selective analysis” will seek balance with Neptune in Pisces, which requires us to “surrender to the greatest needs of humanity”.  A tremendous amount of re-balancing will go on this month as individuals and societies find themselves having to deal with issues that do not allow individuals to remain selfishly separate.  The needs of the many will continue to outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

Mercury in Libra opposes (seeks balance with) retrograde Chiron in Aries

From September 9th to the 12th, Mercury in Libra, which expresses “thoughts clearly and impartially” will seek balance with Neptune in Pisces, which requires us to “surrender to the greatest needs of humanity”.  Some form of consistent or structured thinking, based on laws and science, will attempt to bring a greater degree of order into the chaos (Mars and Chiron in Aries) and fog (Neptune in Pisces) of the current pandemic.  More “we” opposing “I” energy trying to work itself out.

Venus in Cancer squares (conflicts with) retrograde Uranus in Taurus

From September 13th to the 16th, Venus in Cancer whose “affections are maternal and sympathetic” will conflict with Uranus in Taurus, whose “disruptions shake the foundation”.  There will continue to be an inability of institutions to keep people safe, most likely showing up in the school systems where the return to classroom teaching will accelerate the spread of the virus.  It is simply hard to find a safe place “out in the world”.

Retrograde Mars in Aries squares (conflicts with) retrograde Saturn in Capricorn

From September 12th and into October, Mars will challenge Saturn a second time, most likely leading to more “crackdowns” and repercussions from this transit when it happened in August. The volatility of Mars conflicting with Pluto will need some kind of controlled or controlling response, which Saturn will energetically desire.

This transit involves the Roman God of War in the sign of the Greek God of War (Aries/Ares) conflicting with the Roman name for the Greek Titan Chronos, who was the father of Zeus, in the sign of consequences, which Saturn rules!  Order will need to be supported or restored, depending on the actions in society from the first half of the month.

September 15 to September 21

Retrograde Mars in Aries squares (conflicts with) retrograde Saturn in Capricorn

Continued from last week.

Mercury in Libra square (conflicts with) Jupiter in Capricorn

From September 15th to the 18th, Mercury in Libra, which expresses “thoughts clearly and impartially” will conflict with Jupiter in Capricorn, which wants to “expand in prudent, conscientious ways”.  This challenging aspect is not as difficult as other ones, so there is a chance to find solutions that can gain traction even if they are unpopular to most people.

Mercury in Libra square (conflicts with) retrograde Pluto and retrograde Saturn in Capricorn

From September 19th to the 25th, Mercury in Libra, which expresses “thoughts clearly and impartially” will conflict with Pluto and Saturn in Capricorn, both of which seek “results achieved through discipline and restraint”.  We will continue to need to shape and implement new rules (Mercury) for society (Libra) to address the upheaval (Pluto) and restructuring (Saturn) of our communities, nations, and world.

September 22 to September 31

Retrograde Mars in Aries squares (conflicts with) retrograde Saturn in Capricorn

Continued from last week.

Mercury in Libra opposes (seeks balance with) retrograde Mars in Aries

From September 22nd to the 26th, Mercury in Libra, which expresses “thoughts clearly and impartially” will seek balance with Mars in Aries, which wants to “direct its energy into vigorous action”.  Some form of consistent or structured thinking, based on laws and science, will attempt to bring some degree of order to individuals who flaunt the law and want to do whatever they want without regard for others.  More “we” opposing “I” energy trying to work itself out, in the same vein as Mercury opposing Chiron earlier this month.

The Month Reviewed

Unfortunately, each month this year will be filled with extreme challenges, painful revelations, and … more violence.  But this month indicates more “opposing” efforts to find some kind new balance in the chaos that will elevate the group above the individual and not the other way around.

Philip Young, PhD

I am a spiritual adviser located in Cary, North Carolina. I earned my PhD in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 and had a career in academics until 2007, when I retired to become a stay-at-home father. In 2013 I “hung out my shingle” starting my business Black Unykorn Enterprises, LLC. I provide spiritual guidance using different tools: astrology, tarot/oracle cards, numerology, and past life regression (using muscle testing). With a home office, Zoom, WeChat, and WhatsApp, I work with local clients in person and distance clients from around the world. You can read about my practice and contact me through my website: https://www.blackunykorn.com.

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