We enter the Autumn season on September 23rd with the Sun in Libra joining the North Node, asteroid Juno and Black Moon Lilith, casting a subtle yet revealing light into the shadow side of relationships for healing, resolution, renewal, and in some cases release. Mercury, further along in Libra moves Retrograde while Libra’s ruling planet Venus makes her way out of a Retrograde shadow in Leo, forming a fire trine with Uranus in Aries and with asteroids Pallas Athene (goddess of art and war) and Eurynome (daughter of Oceanus, representing the sea) in Sagittarius. A warrior aspect of the divine feminine is in full effect, but not necessarily in a warring way. This week she is getting more of a kick out of expressing all her quirks, hilarity, virtuosity, daring, and creativity without holding back or offering any sort of apologies.
She is seeking to gain our undivided attention but without words. She is encouraging us to dance with life’s infinite possibilities, to look beneath the surface of things for answers and inspiration…
or as in the case of this peahen, to her own reflection…
after all, Mercury retrograde signals a time for looking within. There are many fascinating worlds within worlds, mirages within mirages, and we are made of billions of atoms, our lungs expanding and contracting as does the star system we inhabit.
Venus, the Morning Star, named after the goddess of love, beauty, and pleasure is regaining her equilibrium after a long violent storm and showing us how to do the same. Inconjunct to Chiron in Pisces, she wants us to play with the edginess we might be feeling, and not take every little uncomfortable thing so seriously. We would do well to appreciate our selves and pat ourselves on the back for coming as far as we have, surmounting obstacle after obstacle, through tears and laughter, living to tell the tales.
With the Moon void-of-course conjunct asteroid Ceres in Capricorn, the day begins with a bit of a heavy note, as people are extra sensitive to their surroundings, very much aware of any areas of lack or displacement. In the wake of the tragic loss of refugees, the aftermath of earthquakes and ferocious fires, we are faced with the sobering reality of our mortality, the fragility of our earthly shells. There is a silver lining to the dark cloud above us, but we must seek it out. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, but we must be willing to walk there. Jupiter in Virgo lends a pair of helping hands in cleaning up many of the messes we’ve found ourselves in. The asteroid Ostara, named after the goddess of Spring is also conjunct the Moon and Ceres, which makes for an interesting parallel of opposites, as it is the beginning of Spring in the southern hemisphere.
Capricorn’s ruling planet, Saturn has just recently reentered Sagittarius until December 2017, and political pressure is in the air. Most of of us have been warned at an early age to be careful of mixing religion and politics into conversations, but they are also shoved in our faces incessantly, without so much as offering a brief respite from a constant barrage of what we’re supposed to think, do, and accept as slaves and as truth. Well, that boat is about to topple over.
As for the Moon again, I have long had this theory that the VOC moons each vibrate certain frequencies in a sign that are quite different than when the moon is making major aspects, and not just in a “nothing will come of this” way. There are spiritual frequencies that become more accessible to those who are receptive to them. It has come to my attention that the VOC moon in Capricorn favors contact with Pan and the faerie realm, often more readily when the moon is not VOC in this sign. It is also believed by some that the autumn equinox and season is one in which contact with the elusive unicorn is more easily made.
This would probably include contact with all sorts of elusive creatures that seem strange to us in our realm of existence. So, those of you with gentle yet weary souls, gather your creature comforts, whether visible or imagined, and remember that no matter where you are or what you’re going through:
“You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should…” – Max Ehrmann