Technical Note

My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Astrology Forecast for October 2010

Astrology Forecast for October 2010

Progress, sort of. In October, some very important things will move ahead while others will remain stalled. So, while some progress is possible, an abundance of unknowns will make it hard to set directions or finalize plans. Discussion and sharing is supported, but with so many people uncertain of so many things, discussions will only get you so far.  The confusion will probably get worse before it gets better. A lot of important pieces just are not ready to fall into place.  In all the turmoil, it might be tempting to let routine things slide, but taking good care of daily chores might be the best way to maintain sanity and stay on course.


ARIES ~ Organize. It will be largely up to you to bring people together for sharing and relevant planning or just for a little pep talk. Your instincts about what needs doing are on target. It's partly about harnessing potentially unruly energy in your community and work environments. It's partly about creating and updating partnerships and other connections to insure your continued prosperity. You have the needed drive. Recent breakthroughs in psychological and spiritual areas will serve you well now and later this year when a new cycle of growth regains momentum.

TAURUS ~ Keep it simple.  Many are getting caught up in the confusion and excitement of ongoing changes on the job. Not you, though. That' s partly because you don't need the excitement.  Fatigue is an issue. It's partly because you know the bottom line is always the same.  It takes discipline and hard work to make any changes succeed.  Sidestep complications and distractions. Do what's necessary and help others do the same.  Avoid unnecessary stress.  You have bigger issues on your mind and don't need extra work-related burdens weighing on you. 

GEMINI ~ Don't get carried away. Everything Gemini is about is foregrounded now.  Your skills are very much in demand.  You could find yourself alternately in the spot light and on the spot.  It will be hard to keep your bearings.  It will also be hard to avoid stress and get enough rest. Combined with lingering moodiness and an undercurrent of worry, all of this could drive you into escapist 'adventures'.  Don't let yourself be overwhelmed and/or swept in directions best avoided. Romantic and intimate encounters will multiply later in October.

CANCER ~ Complicated negotiations. Things are in flux. You and just about all the people who matter most to you, personally, professionally and economically, must engage in important and urgent negotiations. But neither you nor any of these people are quite ready for negotiations. None of you has a very clear idea of where you stand, or what your negotiating position should be. The planets advise you consider the views of others carefully. Their instincts about what the future holds are likely to be more accurate than yours in some important ways.

LEO ~ Rough and tumble. You might want to hide and brood. The struggle for existence has been bruising lately and the world is getting you down in general.  But you must keep up a cheerful front. You must work hard this month to establish your place in a turbulent workplace full of pushy, competitive and, well, irresponsible and inexperienced co-workers. You must somehow stay on top of things and forge a productive partnership with this motley crew. It's no time to show weakness or crankiness. Your financial future depends heavily upon it.

VIRGO ~ Impose order. Any lingering deadlocks will ease somewhat during October. But that will unleash changes that cause some turmoil at home, at work and in your social circles. The outer turmoil will be reflected inwardly as your moods, your romantic urges and your ambition intensify.  Things will be even more challenging because your skills are in high demand.  Bring your absolute best thinking and highest ideals into play and embrace self-discipline to avert drama and keep things on track. Much will depend on your ability to maintain a clear mind.

LIBRA ~ Stimulus-response.  Things are in flux.  Anything you set in motion could turn into more than anybody wants to handle. Consider your increasing need for extra quiet and rest.  Be honest and realistic about what you can do. Then decide how much you want to stir things up. Let your enhanced charisma compensate for fatigue and increased downtime. Despite demands for change and progress all around, you should decide what your needs are and what you can realistically contribute. Your enhanced ability to impose order and calm on situations will surprise you.

SCORPIO ~ Forward movement. A stalemate in neighborhood or community affairs will break, giving way to a flurry of activity.  But this could lead to further confusion and frustration.  Things can't go back to the way they were, but not all the new pieces are ready to fall into place. It's clear, though, that you are well-suited to help support morale and to keep things moving in the right direction. Take special care to smooth rough edges and brighten the darker corners of people's moods. This will be a continuing role.

Balance. Forward movement in financial and work-related areas is putting exceptional demands on you.  It's also creating disruptive tensions, especially in important relationships. These relationships have deep and stubborn roots, though, and are unlikely to give ground easily. To maintain stability and security in your life, you'll have to find a balance between the requirements of your job, your need for financial freedom and the demands of important relationships. Efforts to find this balance will go on for some time. Meanwhile, the planets are being strongly protective of your interests.

CAPRICORN ~ Complicated maneuvers. The delays and obstacles that have dogged your efforts are slowly giving way.  However, it will be some time before you achieve full forward motion. Also, those affected by these decisions will be scrambling to cover their bases, adding further confusion and uncertainty. The stars underline the importance of nurturing alliances at work and with colleagues and interested parties at a distance. For financial reasons, you can't afford not to form such alliances. Negotiations could be complex and delicate. However, the planets are being supportive of these efforts.

AQUARIUS ~ Spadework.  Stalemate will give way to forward movement, sort of.  This cycle is a reality check for Aquarians.  The emphasis is on conditions on the ground vs. your expectations. The planets are aligned to help you clarify your plans and revise your expectations for the future.  They will also help you bring expectations into line with reality.  Making your dreams a reality might turn out to be a tougher job and take more time than you think.  However, the planets are providing the energy and motivation to succeed.

PISCES ~ Retrospective. It's clear that the future will be a more complicated place than you thought. The path is not too clearly marked and obstacles are tougher than you expected. One way to help yourself move forward is to look back, a little. To make your plans for the future a reality, you'll need to unlearn a few old habits and replace them with new ones, of course. You'll also have to just let go of attitudes and issues that are holding you back.  The planets will strongly support this effort.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

September 2010 For Everyone - Stay the Course, for Now


September 2010 For Everyone
Stay the Course, for Now

September 2010 will be an especially difficult month, psychologically.  Frankly, I just did not expect quite such ‘active’ charts in September.

Spring and summer's heavy planetary artillery has let up. But the planets are now taking aim at our minds with powerful aspects cleverly designed to break us all out of old patterns.

So September will be intense, complicated and confusing.  It will also be full of delay and obstruction and uncertainty. People won't be thinking clearly or realistically. In the midst of it all, and despite the confusion and uncertainty, many will be fiercely, grimly determined to do their thing.

It will also be an ominous month.  Lots of important, and complicated, changes are being planned at very high levels or soon to be implemented. We won't really know the who, what, where and when of these changes.  Things really will be just too darned complicated and communications will be poor.  We will, however, know that the new plans will force us to change the way we live. 

Because of the complexity, confusion, uncertainty and delays, our best option, maybe our only realistic option, will be to wait and get ready to make our move when the time comes.

Reconcile yourself to the coming change and start the process. Don't assume you have all the facts, though.  It's not likely that anybody does. Proceed with caution.  Difficult road conditions ahead.

Oh, one more thing. Escalate stress-relief efforts.

The Astrological Details

Generally speaking, the planets are aligned unproductively.  There is a T-square.  T-square's tend to be immovable.  They require radical, strenuous long-term efforts to overcome. 

There are facilitating aspects, but they are not strong enough to overcome the inertia of the T-square.


As September opens, Mercury, Jupiter, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are retrograde.  A vast array of systems will be off-line and in transition. Murphy's law will be in full force. (If anything can go wrong, it will and at the worst possible moment.)

Communication systems are down or unreliable. Economic growth ebbs.  Building and reform efforts stall. Idealism fades. Power and authority are ineffective.

More generally, during retrogrades, new ideas and new resources are applied to old projects, programs and issues. Old things are repaired, updated or taken offline completely.  New plans and upcoming projects are completely revised.

Things tend to go on behind-the-scenes during retrogrades. There is often a sense of mystery about the who, what, and where of deliberations. They also cause mounting impatience and frustration.

The subject of widespread reform will be in the air. We will know that these changes will directly and significantly affect our lives in the not too distant future. We just won’t have any details and we won’t be able to get any, either. Lots of important things will be up in the air.


Optimism and confidence will be low.  Growth and progress in all areas will slow significantly.


The Mercury and Pluto stations are both very close to the new moon on September 8th.  Communications systems will come back online - sort of.  Power and authority will be asserted effectively - sort of.  But the reality is a lot more complicated than that.

The energy of stationary/direct planets are especially intense and narrowly focused. Stationary/direct Mercury and stationary/direct Pluto vibes are each quite problematic in their own separate ways. 

Stationary/direct Mercury will produce communication overloads.  Stationary/direct Pluto will produce insanely obsessive focus and drive.  The combination could be hard to take, to put it mildly.

The influence of both Mercury and Pluto is especially intense right now, too.  Pluto because of the manifestly immense power of Pluto in Capricorn.  Mercury because Mercury rules Virgo and both Sun and Mercury are in Virgo at the new moon.

And the Mercury and Pluto stations under discussion will occur so close to the new moon that these potent blasts of Mercury and Pluto energy will affect the whole new moon period - not in a good way – I don’t think.

But it's worse than it sounds, actually.

Neptunian Clouds Roll In

Neptunian energies inspire and uplift.  They also dissolve bonds of all kinds, setting people adrift, mentally, emotionally and materially. They dissolve and break up relationships of all kinds at all levels.  They also produce massively confused, muddled and unrealistic thinking. And personal irresponsibility, with all that that implies.

Even a little Neptune can cause dangerous mental and emotional slippage, on the one hand, and fatal miscommunication, or fatal miscalculation, on the other. Heavy Neptune verges on the delusional.

At the new moon, retrograde Neptune (Neptune to the nth degree) is involved in *nine* important midpoint contacts. 

At the full moon, retrograde Neptune is also involved in nine important midpoint pictures.  They include four important midpoint contacts in which Mercury is the central, synthesizing planet. That is an awful lot of Neptunian confusion and mystification.

Uranus/Neptune - Insert Head in Sand, or Clouds

Neptune-impaired communications will be further impaired - and seriously so - by the head-in-the-sand/head-in-the-clouds effects of the Uranus/Neptune mutual reception, which is back in effect until next March.

Big Time Mercury/Neptune Things to Come

The Mercury/Neptune interaction is especially significant, too, as a harbinger of things to come.

Neptune and Mercury and the signs they govern are opposite in nature. Neptune and Pisces are, in all important respects, the antitheses of Mercury and the signs it governs, Gemini and Virgo. The Mercury/Neptune antithesis finds elaborate expression in the Zodiac, but it is best discussed in another place.

Suffice it to say, September offers a preview of a major and lengthy face off between the powers of clear, concise, realistic and practical thinking and inspiration, idealism, intuition and mysticism (and superstition and conspiracy theories).

Neptune/Mercury will break down our familiar (and materialistic/secular) world view in favor of one that is more spiritual.  It will also pry the mass mind free of its moorings and set it adrift in new and uncharted waters.  That won’t be easy or pretty. Such things never are, whether it is happening to a friend or loved one, or in the world at large.

So, September’s strong, and adverse, Mercury/Neptune interplay is a taste of things to come.  The main event will begin, in earnest, next spring and summer.

Pluto Madness

Even in small doses, Pluto's energy can be very hard to handle except under very favorable circumstances. In September, Pluto's energies are not only very strong, they are seriously impaired. 

First, Pluto is up against the obstructing effects of the continuing retrogrades (Jupter, Uranus and Neptune, and Chiron, if you're keeping track of Chiron).  Second, it is up against the pervasive confusion caused by a strong Neptune, generally, and a strong Neptune influence on Mercury in particular.

Pluto is a relentlessly hard-driving planet. Its energies will combine poorly with the energies of the retrograde planets.  It will also combine very poorly with the confusing, obfuscating influence of Neptune.

Finally, Pluto's relationship with Saturn is difficult now. In difficult combination, Pluto and Saturn energy can cause extreme levels of determination, ruthlessness and the abuse of power generally.

If this sounds like a highly problematic combination of planetary energies, it is. And it's focus will be emotional, mental and behavioral. Expect startling and disturbing behavior on every level.

Politically and interpersonally, inertia, mystification, self-centeredness and grim, ruthless determination do not combine well.  Together, they are likely to produce extreme emotional volatility and, in some cases, potentially explosive levels of dissatisfaction and unrest. Such vibes also commonly breed tyranny and violence.  Enough said.

Shaken and Stirred

All of the above points to a degree of emotional and mental turbulence, on the individual and collective level, not seen in recent decades. And it is the beginning of something, not a one-time event, or the preview of something you can choose to avoid if you want to.

Economics Central

Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto are all intimately involved in wealth-building.  Neptune, though not always thought of as a financial planet, powerfully affects the US housing market, which is central to the US economy and, therefore, central to the global economy. So for present purposes, Neptune has to be regarded as an economic planet, too.

Whether because they are retrograde, or because of their disproportionate impact on events, all these big financial planets are involved in September's astrological troubles.  Hence, turbulence and uncertainty will also be very evident in our collective economic life. Indeed, economic issues are likely to be central to much that occurs.

This means that numerous profound changes are, indeed, under way in the the global economy.

I do not think that all this necessarily indicates extreme negative reaction from Wall Street.  Most likely the financial markets will be doing a lot of strange things for a lot of unusual and unfamiliar reasons. But I doubt that we will see any extreme movements upward or downward in market indicators like the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

No Planet Left Out

Mercury, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the big players in the September charts.  However, because of the midpoint relationships, and other things, all of the planets are involved.  The turbulence will be all inclusive. Few if any aspects of our lives will go untouched.

The stuff of the world, however you conceive of it, is in a fluid and malleable state, ready to be re-shaped.

My present theory is that world conditions will remain turbulent, fluid, and without easily discernible direction until Uranus re-enters Aries next March, at which time the fun will really begin.