The long period of Saturn in retrograde motion that began last April comes to a close on September 6. For the last month Saturn has been hovering within a single degree range in its home sign of Capricorn amplifying everything associated with this planet and sign. When Aretha sang about R-e-s-p-e-c-t, from an astrological perspective she was talking about Saturn. That planet is concerned with being Responsible, about being committed to “TCB” – taking care of business – as an act of love that deserves the utmost respect. At their highest manifestation these archetypal governors of the structures and mechanisms keep society harmoniously humming with total integrity of spirit. As Saturn stations, we may be feeling the demand to take responsibility for our lives without blaming others for what is happening. We may have gained a new perspective about our capabilities and limitations and are now ready to make ‘pure progress’ during the coming months until Saturn enters its next retrograde zone in January 2019.
Mercury enters its home sign of analytical, service-oriented Virgo on September 5, and on September 7 forms an easy-going grand trine (three connecting 120°alignments) with Saturn and Uranus in Taurus. This is the third and final grand trine of the summer holding everything together with their quiet current of stability and productivity even with so much going on. Mercury in this formidable configuration (following first Venus, then the Sun) now focuses our attention on what we perceive, how we process all the data of life, and how we communicate our internal state. Barely moving, laser-focused Saturn in this flowing configuration relates to how we structure our thoughts and the belief systems we create. Uranus represents where we think in new and different ways from the societal norm. With Saturn’s grounding, functional influence and Uranus’ freedom-loving, avant gardeforce uniting with Mercury’s intellectual acuity we may find ways to free ourselves from outworn ideas without unnecessary disruption. If the ground has been sufficiently prepared, Mercury/Saturn/Uranus can lead to efficient progress for those in the scientific or technological fields. Regarding any issues we’ve been dealing with a personal level, this configuration can bring heightened clarity, which is the strongest generator of progress there is.
The annual New Moon in Virgo on September 9 brings analysis, attention to detail and service to the forefront. This first new lunar cycle after eclipse season represents an embarking point to move forward in a methodical way after the shape-shifting events and inner awakenings the eclipses brought forth. Significantly, this Sun/Moon conjunction is in a near exact opposition to Neptune in its home sign of Pisces. The qualities of the Sun and Moon expressing through Virgo are challenged by Neptune’s call to a new ‘Way of Being.’ This inner process leads to being in service to Love as the profound force that governs all existence. The Virgo/Pisces axis represents the micro and the macro manifestations of this call. Whereas Virgo metaphorically focuses on a single grain of sand, Neptune focuses on the sum of all grains of sand. Each unique particle serves its purpose in creating the greater whole. Relating this to our lives, we are being called to allow our sense of ‘self-importance’ to dissolve into an all-encompassing perspective that understands we each have a significant part to play in the underlying ‘Unity’ that connects us with each other and with the multi-verse. This sense of ‘nettedness’ allows us to feel compassion more deeply and to see others from their perspective, rather than from our own projections. When we do this we respond to what is happening around us from a place of holistic understanding. Neptune is the ruler of Arizona Senator John McCain’s natal chart that features a Sun/Neptune/Venus stellium in Virgo opposite a Pisces ascendant and Saturn in Pisces. His legendary bipartisanship in Washington, which is being said to have gone extinct with his death, came from a selfless approach to governing that takes the perspectives of others into consideration. This exemplifies the Virgo/Pisces pure form of service to humanity for the sheer joy of it.
Additional planetary shifts this week include Venus moving into Scorpio on September 9 and Mars moving into Aquarius on September 10. As they do so, they form a tense square aspect, exact at the finishing 29th degree of Libra/Capricorn on September 8. Venus is the energy of the receptive, the anima, the yin. Mars is the creative, the animus and yang. The pressure of the square can be resolved by finding ways to integrate the forces of each. Humanity works best when we collaborate for the purpose of serving the collective while remaining free to express as individuals. All that is required for this to happen is to come from a place of egoless love.
“To be connected to America’s causes — liberty, equal justice, respect for the dignity of all people — brings happiness more sublime than life’s fleeting pleasures. Our identities and sense of worth are not circumscribed but enlarged by serving good causes bigger than ourselves.” – John McCain, from his Farewell Statement
Here’s the data for the major aspects this week (Pacific Time, rounded to the nearest whole degree unless otherwise noted).
September 5 – Mercury at 0°Virgo at 7:39 p.m.
September 6 – Saturn station direct at 2°32’ Capricorn at 4:10 a.m.
September 7 – Mercury trine Uranus at 2°11’ Virgo/Taurus at 12:40 a.m.
September 7 – Mercury trine Saturn at 2°32’ Virgo/Capricorn at 5:20 a.m.
September 7 – Sun opposite Neptune at 15°Virgo/Pisces at 11:27 a.m.
September 8 – Venus square Mars at 29°37’ Libra/Aquarius at 1:39 p.m.
September 9 – Venus at 0°Scorpio at 2:26 a.m.
September 9 – Moon conjunct Sun (New Moon) at 17°Virgo at 11:01 a.m.
September 10 – Mars at 0°Aquarius at 5:56 p.m.