SUN AUG 31 August 2014 ends on a somewhat dualistic note as favorable and unfavorable alignments vie for supremacy. Good news materializes very early as the Sun makes a supportive, 60-degree tie with productivity-booster Ceres (1:51AM) while the Moon makes its monthly union with sisterhood-champion and safety-security expert Vesta (2:26AM). Healing forces are also back on the march – thanks to the Moon trine to Chiron in water signs (7:53AM) and hopefully complemented by Mercury in a contra-parallel formation with Chiron (2:34PM). On the challenging end of the astro-psychic spectrum, watch out for shadowy vibes trying to undermine your forward progress as Venus makes a caustic, 45-degree tie with Pallas (4:50AM), the Moon unites with sometimes restrictive Saturn (12:11PM), Mercury follows the lead of Venus by forming a frictional, 45-degree link with Vesta (5:14PM), and the Moon adds another alarm-bell by uniting with the red planet Mars (6:52PM). You can chalk all of this up to the need to take the good with the bad, and pray that the good is much more reliable and durable than those cosmic conditions that try to weaken human ethics and morals. Recall that it was only six days ago that Mars and Saturn united in Scorpio, and now the Moon is highlighting that conjunction by individually merging with both of these potentially contentious planets. The bottom line is that wisdom dictates the need to avoid bickering with loved ones and to cultivate a firm peace of mind, perhaps through the use of affirmations and meditation techniques, in order to sustain your role as a courageous warrior working to promote world goodwill.
MON SEPT 1 Breathe a partial sigh of cosmic relief as our world turns from the eighth to the ninth month of 2014. The Moon is also shifting gears – from intense, passionate, fixed-watery Scorpio to upbeat, adventurous, mutable-fiery Sagittarius (following a void lunar uncertainty zone stretching from 8:41AM to 10:18AM, when the lunar morphing is complete). It has often been stated in this Cosmic Calendar during the last 33 years that the Moon’s movement from Scorpio to Sagittarius is the most dramatic, jarring, and yet soul-searching lunar alchemy during the Moon’s 27.3-day cycle through the zodiac. From the holistic and organic perspectives, there is no need to rush out of the starting gate with alacrity early today while this lunar metamorphosis is still unfolding. However, once the clock strikes 10:18AM, there is no reason you can’t enjoy fun, games, favorite sports, exercise routines, promoting literary and publishing endeavors, and aiming to hit the bull’s-eye of key, long-term educational goals. Keeping your mind sharp and focused on solving problems is a subtle and yet supportive, 30-degree rapport between the Sun in Virgo and Pallas in Libra (5:04AM and still active when the Moon changes signs). Later on, celebrate the winged Messenger of the Gods planet Mercury’s entry into airy Libra (10:39PM). Mercury in the seventh zodiacal sign until September 27 – and then again from October 10 to November 8 (due to a Mercury retrograde cycle happening October 4 to 25) – can assist you in creating better harmony, peace, and contentment on the primary partnership horizon.
TUE SEPT 2 Easy does it! Yesterday’s lunar meandering from Scorpio to Sagittarius may have given you the impression that happy days are here again. Well, some of September’s days may offer happy experiences, but two cautionary sky patterns occur early today that test your mettle. The First Quarter Sun-Moon Phase (activating 10 degrees of Virgo and Sagittarius at 4:12AM) is a reminder to cut through apparent obstacles in your path and manage your business affairs with finesse. Quarter Moon cycles are often given short shrift in astrological textbooks, but they are two of the four main turning points in every 29.5-day solar-lunar dance in the heavens, and their square, 90-degree interaction should not be ignored. Meanwhile, Venus – which will form an inspirational, 72-degree liaison with Ceres later on at 9:33PM (offering a potential boost in all-around productivity) – decides to up the challenging ante by making a frictional, 135-degree link to distant, underworld-ruling Pluto (6:21AM). From a planet-to-planet perspective, this is the first solar systemic exam you will be forced to take during a very provocative September. Watch out for rising psychic and emotional storms that can catch you napping. Be extra sensitive to loved ones on the edge. Fortunately, a grand triangle in fire signs – composed of Sagittarius lunar trines of 120-degrees to Jupiter in Leo (5:12AM) and Uranus in Aries (2:39PM) – can tip the scales of the day’s vibrations from disturbing to opportunistic. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that the two largest celestial bodies – the Sun and Jupiter – form a 30-degree alliance (9:23PM) that can reinforce the potency of optimistic thinking.
WED SEPT 3 Just when you are getting used to some of the exuberant qualities contained within the monthly dispensation of Sagittarius Moon, this lunar cycle is about to fly the coop. However, before that occurs, healing forces are magnified – courtesy of a Mercury-Chiron parallel at 1 degree south declination from the Celestial Equator (3:08AM) and similar in nature to their conjunction in the zodiac. Learn more about the growing field of alternative medical therapies that are helpful, reliable, and have been tested by qualified experts. Assisting you in concentrating attention on important research and in-depth studies is a flowing trine between the Sun and Pluto in earth signs (9:11AM). Love vibrations increase in frequency as the Moon in Sagittarius approaches a trine with Venus in Leo (exact at 11:07AM), but this artistic, sociable, and friendly Moon-Venus connection also begins a 4+ hour void-of-course lunar cycle that stays in effect until 3:16PM. It is best to finish old business on a high note during a void lunar twilight zone instead of trying to launch bold, new projects. Once the Moon enters industrious and hardworking Capricorn (3:16PM), the next two days place an emphasis on your rising up to the executive penthouse in your main field of expertise. Focus attention on ways to promote your professional talents in order to enhance your societal stature. The red planet Mars does not always act with courage and steely confidence, but tonight’s inspirational, 72-degree rapport between the Sun and Mars (11:54PM) can amplify your skill-sets across the board and give your athletic interests a simultaneous boost.
Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.
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Highlights of the September Cosmic Calendar
By Mark Lerner
While the first week of September holds a fair amount of stellar activity affecting earthly mortals, the initial main challenge of this month occurs on Monday September 8 during the Full Moon – energizing Solar Virgo and Lunar Pisces. What makes this particular enlightening solar-lunar monthly crescendo extra potent are the additions of celestial configurations energizing Chiron, Uranus, and Neptune.
The night before the Full Moon, the Sun forms its annual polarity to Chiron – illuminating the holistic healing and shamanic vibrations that are essential qualities associated with this unusual comet-like body only discovered 37 years ago in 1977. Then on the day of the Full Moon, the Sun makes two types of alignments with revolutionary, radical-change agent and surprise-bringer Uranus while the Moon makes its monthly conjunction with dreamy-visionary Neptune and Chiron itself. In fact, the Moon union with Chiron occurs just 1 hour and 32 minutes before the precise moment of the Full Moon.
The bottom line of the above is that the Full Moon about to influence humanity this month contains all kinds of divinely-inspired antidotes to the afflictions and struggles currently inflaming the surface realm of this profusely-alive planet in the solar system. There are all kinds of arcane reasons why Earth is a celestial body of extraordinary beauty as well as pain and suffering. And every so often, the universe attempts to snatch away the veil hiding these secrets and provide a glimpse of what is truly happening “behind the scenes” and inside the Hierarchical and Shamballa dimensions composing our planetary Heart and Head chakras.
During the following 12 days after the Full Moon, be ready to check out the powerful array of planetary alignments that will make Saturday September 13, Sunday September 14, and Wednesday September 17 deserve extra scrutiny on your part. All of this leads up to the trio of dates – Sunday September 21 to Tuesday September 23 – when the cosmos tries to deliver of series of tests that force you into a major soul-searching experience.
Sunday September 21 begins this trinity of September dates with two major alignments by Venus and a potentially confusing Mars-Neptune square of 90-degrees. You then move on to Monday September 22 when the two largest celestial bodies in our solar system – the Sun and Jupiter – are at loggerheads, Pluto is totally motionless in Capricorn (as it shifts from reverse to forward motion), and the Sun morphs from earthy Virgo to airy Libra – one of the four sacred turning points of the calendar year. At this point, the dark-of-the-moon or Balsamic Phase of the Sun and Moon is in its greatest strength and there is a need to complete key ventures begun during the last few weeks. Tuesday September 23 contains more golden opportunities, as well as potential detours to success, as a long void Moon cycle occurs while the lunar orb unites with Venus, Jupiter connects with wounded-healer Chiron, and the Libra New Moon occurs at the end of the day – aligned with one of the largest Black Holes that we know of in the universe.
During the last week of the month, Saturday September 27 through Monday September 29, are three crucial days when you want to “get it right” as the Moon makes its usually emotionally-intense passage through provocative Scorpio in order to find a more upbeat, cheerful, and optimistic landscape in adventurous Sagittarius. During this time-period at least a dozen strong sky patterns demand your full attention while Mercury, the ancient winged Messenger of the Gods, begins slowing down in its daily speed as it prepares for its next three-week retrograde cycle beginning on Saturday October 4.
When all is said and done during September, be ready to accomplish several important tasks and set important plans in motion during the first three days of October before you reach October 4 when all of humanity encounters one of two, annual Sun-Pluto squares, clashes between Venus and Saturn as well as Mars and Chiron, plus a Mercury reversal that will continue until October 25. Keep the Faith and to paraphrase the John Locke character from the hit TV show Lost*, don’t let anyone tell you what you can’t do…
*Lost ran for six seasons (2004 – 2010) and, in case you never saw it, it is available on Netflix. If you are fascinated by esoteric traditions interweaving with the modern world, enjoy comedy mixed with serious drama and speculations about time-travel and alternate realities, then check out this series.
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