Technical Note

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Analysis - September 2011 for Everyone

September 2011 for Everyone

Depth Charge

This month's chart is another rough one.  September's vibes are profound and complex and difficult.  They affect us spiritually and psychologically.  They also affect us concretely. They strike at the foundations of our identity and our personal lives, specifically, at our most important and cherished relationships.  They strike hard enough to make us start thinking in terms of radical, concrete changes, in our own lives and in the world around us.  They also strike hard enough to our behavior and our decisions
immediately and in important ways.

September's vibes will strike directly at the flaws in our most important relationships.  The dark, shady, negative, hidden things in our relationships will come into the open. September will bring out the kind of things that usually only come out, for example, during a bitter divorce.

That level of disruption in such a key part of our collective lives is bound to translate into disruption in society at large, eventually, at some level.

It is true that, long-term, September's vibes push our relationships in a less repressive, more spiritual and inclusive direction. However, we will have to work through all this rough stuff first.

The effects of September's aspects will most likely take time, well beyond September, to play out fully.  Meanwhile, economic conditions are very likely to worsen.  Recovery will slow further. The combination of interpersonal conflicts and economic hardship will incline us to accept the notion of very big, revolutionary changes.

Unless, of course, governments are able to take effective action. Unfortunately, however, government and big business won’t find it easy to cooperate in the near term.

Supportive Aspects

A matrix of positive aspects offers conditional support. To benefit we must apply psychological and spiritual principles as we work through all the issues September raises.


Two more placements contribute positive synchronicity. 
However, individuals, groups and governments must take appropriate action to trigger this positive synchronicity. Failure to do so will increase negative synchronicity.

The Part of Fortune is in the third house in Aquarius, supporting community based efforts. 

Also, the north node is in Sagittarius in the second house.  This will strongly support far reaching initiatives to stimulate the economy at the grass-roots level, if such initiatives are made. 

Negative + Negative = Positive

Pluto will turn direct early in September.  This will generate demands for action - premature action in many cases.  It will also inspire outright power plays.  However, Jupiter, Chiron, Neptune and Uranus will be retrograde, obstructing these power plays.  All of this will raise stress levels, but it will block the power plays, which is a good thing. 


September's vibes strongly support heart-to-heart discussions, too.  With all sorts of things coming to the surface in our lives, this has to be considered a major positive.

The Yod - Relentless Relationship Stresses

A combination of aspects called a Yod is dominant in the chart. 
This Yod straddles the very sensitive vertical axis of the chart.  Its apex conjoins the all-important base of the chart.

Yod's take us over the same set of issues over and over again.  We never reach a resolution.  Instead, we get more entangled. 

This Yod is all about relationships. It will bring deeper understanding of our relationship issues . . . eventually.

However, near term, this Yod will drive us deeper into relationship issues than we probably want to go.

Basically, the Yod suppresses the bonding impulse and stimulates emotional and, well, potentially amorous 'exploration'.

It also makes the limits of our relationship chafe, even as it tempts us beyond those limits and urges us to idealize and spiritualize our relationships. Finally it brings dark things to the surface.
It will, more specifically, bring up the things we think we need to keep hidden to preserve our important relationships.

Yod - Stellium in Virgo Libra

Sun in Virgo is at one point of the Yod, near Venus in Libra.  The planet of relationships will be in the sign of relationships. It will be close to the Sun in a sign that often causes standoffishness. Standoffishness isn't helpful in important relationships.

Another major relationship stress is nearby in Libra. Saturn is very closely conjunct Juno in Libra, putting tremendous pressure on lifelong relationships in particular. 

Yod - Mars in Leo

Mars is on the other corner of the Yod, in Leo.  Mars's carries the energy of Uranus, which is now in Aries, Mars's home sign. 

Difficult Mars and Uranus combinations generally cause 'inappropriate' and annoying behavior. 
They generate  confusing and off-putting behavior, at best.

In this case, Mars will add a restless, impulsive, often erotic vibe, loaded with unconventional Uranian 'tendencies'.  Leo will give this behavior a decidedly self-centered and unhelpful bias.  On top of everything else that is going on, this probably won’t be a good thing.

Yod - Taking Relationships to the Next Level

Neptune and Chiron are both retrograde at the apex of the Yod, near the base of the chart.  Neptune inspires idealism and transcendence of ego-concerns. Chiron brings illness, injury and/or healing processes that aid such transcendence.

The retrogrades, will drive these disruptive and transformative energies deeper into our minds. They will prolong and intensify our search for answers. They will drive us relentlessly toward more idealistic relationships. Neptune in particular, will heighten the Yod's natural inconclusiveness.

They will make it less likely that we will want to put things back the way they were, or could do so if we wanted to. In effect, Neptune and Chiron will only work to weaken or dissolve existing personal bonds so that they might expand and become more inclusive and spiritual in nature.

Yod - Our Achilles Heel(s)

The Point of Substance, a rare but reliable indicator, forms an opposition with Neptune and Chiron. The Point of Substance indicates our deepest and darkest fear, shame and guilt.  It exposes our greatest mental, emotional and moral vulnerabilities, our darkest secrets. This is sure to seriously complicate already difficult relationship issues.

And Still More

The Yod is tied into a difficult T-square. The stellium affecting relationships in particular is heavily involved in this T-square. 

Lilith, is a potent source of irrationality, manipulation and dysfunction.  Unfortunately, it opposes the Saturn/Juno conjunction as part of the T-square.  This opposition, too, will add significantly to the stress on long-term relationships.  Irrational, neurotic and controlling behaviors will tend to come between life partners in particular, and partners in general.

Also as part of this T-square, Uranus opposes the Sun and Venus.  This opposition will add still more potently disruptive energy to conflicted relationships.  Indeed, it will re-enforce the negative effects of the Point of Substance.

The combination of Neptune, Chiron, Lilith and the Point of Substance suggests the likelihood of hysteria.

Finally, Pluto, is in direct motion from early in September.  It forms the apex of the T-square.  Pluto will put serious pressure on the many fault lines in the chart.  This pressure will increase the likelihood that the negative potentials will manifest disruptively in our relationships.

A Word about the Economy

I consider the Jupiter/Pluto cycle the wealth-building cycle.  It takes 12 years.  The quality of the cycle is colored by general astrological conditions.  The difficult astrological conditions now in effect are making this Jupiter/Pluto, wealth-building cycle especially difficult – as everyone will have noticed.

The wealth-building cycle has three phases.  The first five years are usually comparatively smooth.  So are the last four years.

The three years in the middle of the cycle are often comparatively rough.  We are about to enter the difficult, middle three years of the Jupiter/Pluto cycle. That phase will last from June 2012 thru August 2015, 3½ years.

Pluto in Capricorn is making general astrological conditions very rough. Hence we can expect that this part of the wealth-building cycle will also be especially rough. The financial markets will be volatile and unpredictable.  Economic conditions at the grass roots will remain difficult. The public mood will not be good. Indeed, the public will be in the mood for changes . . . big changes . . . revolutionary changes.

With Jupiter retrograde on the threshold of this difficult Jupiter/Pluto phase, we are in for a preview of economic difficulties to come - unless we act.

The ongoing turmoil in so many important areas of our lives, including, now, our most valued personal relationships, might or might not be enough to inspire thoughts of revolution. If not, these frustrating economic conditions, sustained over a 3½ year period, almost certainly will.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sign by Sign Forecast for September 2011

Astrology Forecast for September 2011

FOR EVERYONE ~ Re-empowerment.  September's vibes put just about all the Sun signs in a surprisingly similar situation. All the Sun signs will be under pressure, short on options, and in the mood to talk. The planets are downplaying our differences and showing us what we all have in common. They are encouraging us to get over our differences and talk about our mutual needs and concerns.  The vibes will enable us to look more deeply into issues than ever before and find options we did not know existed. Deep healing encounters will help people free each other from old patterns, break boundaries, and enable them to discover and pursue new paths. September will empower us to meet an unsettling future with renewed insight and confidence.


ARIES ~ Adrift in rough seas. Seldom has Aries faced such complicated decisions amidst such confusion and obstruction.  Worse, many are trying to impose their will while others feel blocked and won't speak up. Your own inner sense of direction seems to be off-line.  The planets say that this is a time to commune with others to build a new consensus. Hasty actions will almost certainly backfire. You will be surprised at how many people are looking for someone to talk to, and equally surprised at how helpful such talks will be.

TAURUS ~ Healing discussions. Creative activities, children, friendship and flirtation will provide your greatest satisfaction.  Spiritual and psychological insights will help balance the weight of continuing personal concerns. Most of the important, concrete issues (i.e. finances) are up in the air and will remain so for now.  As you deal with the economic uncertainty, focus on long-term matters, like savings and investments. Trim expenditures and avoid adding to debt.  Heartfelt conversations will be comforting and healing. They will also help you find a good direction to go in when momentum returns.

GEMINI ~ Difficult conversations. Many are talking like they are out of time, out of patience and in the mood to do something drastic.  It's worrisome, but pointless. There isn't much anyone can do now. Things aren't ready to happen, not for anyone. But frustration could easily lead to tough talk and some acting out. You might encounter emotional challenges in otherwise friendly social situations. You can defuse tense situations and help make progress by standing your ground.  A little sincerity and common sense can turn confrontations into deep and rewarding discussions.

CANCER ~ Safety-valve.  If you feel like emotions are running too high everywhere you go, it's  because they are.  Unfortunately, many are ready to blow, while others are feeling blocked.  Still others are going in circles.  You might feel blocked or inhibited yourself. Don't be. These challenges play right into Cancerian strengths.  You don't want to do or say anything rash, especially if finances are at stake.  However, you can use your famous powers of empathy and intuition to help people open up and release their difficult and troubling thoughts and feelings.

LEO ~ Fear itself.  Other people are having a particularly hard time dealing with out of control thoughts and feelings. Leo's success, both personal and financial, depends on helping them cope. Many are just waiting to be encouraged. Others need to be talked into compromise.  Still others need to be coaxed out of their shells. Those running in circles need a direction to go in.  For some, their worst fears could be blocking progress. (I didn't say it would be easy.) Helping people process their issues will bring surprising and concrete benefits.

VIRGO ~ Delicate maneuvers. Some very big financial decisions are being made under great pressure. They aren't likely to be decided this month. Final word won't come for some time.  By then, a lot of important things will have changed.  However, certain people, impatient with delay and determined to have their way, could try hard to impose a solution prematurely. They won't succeed, but they can upset lots of people. By moderating in depth, off-the-record discussions, you can relieve the anxiety, ease the tension and help move things in a better direction.

LIBRA ~ Power play.  Librans are facing an extremely complex, high-pressure situation.  Home and family as well as professional issues are approaching the boiling point - all at the same time. Someone at home could try to force the situation.  Force will only make the situation considerably worse.  Hasty, poorly thought out decisions could make the situation worse too.  The pieces aren't ready to fall into place. However, the climate is right for heart-to-heart discussions. They could take you much deeper into the issues than you thought possible, in a good way.

SCORPIO ~ Sanctuary.  There is no shortage of turmoil around you.  Friends, neighbors and relatives are experiencing life-changing events with all the conflict, drama and turmoil that goes with them. It is hard to watch all this happening. Things are beginning to resolve themselves for Scorpio. You can feel your own power and influence returning.   However, your power is limited.  Be realistic about what you, and others, can achieve under present circumstances. These waters run deep. People are ready to talk about things they have been quiet about for a long time. 

SAGITTARIUS ~ Difficult discussions.  Events are forcing hard choices in professional and personal areas.  Certain people could try to force a disagreeable outcome.  The situation isn't as black and white as they think it is, though. Their hand isn't as strong as they think it is, either.  You can now get deeper into issues everybody thought were settled.  The planets are also empowering everyone to deal with issues they didn't want to face in the past.  Negotiations are really just getting started. Discussions held now can open up new realms of possibility.

CAPRICORN ~ Be open.  You will feel encouraging and long anticipated forward movement in some very important areas of your life.  However, you might be surprised and discouraged by the delays you still face as well as the resistance to ideas you think are perfectly reasonable.  People in high places are also dealing with very delicate issues that, if not handled just so, could bring embarrassment and hardship to many people.  Instead of insisting that your ideas be acted upon, support the important discussions and explorations that are going on around you.

Stay grounded. There is anxiety about partnership issues. Financial issues remain a concern.  News of worrisome changes is coming from far and near.  Personal revelations could be upsetting.  Don't dwell on weak points or vulnerabilities. Resist a renewed desire to retreat from the world and it's problems. Help will come from sources Aquarians understand and appreciate.  Discussion of important issues has been blocked, trapping everyone in old patterns.  Deep, intense personal interactions will release trapped potentials.  Fortunate coincidences that are helpful to everyone present will spontaneously occur in your presence.

PISCES ~ One step at a time. Employment and partnership issues refuse to settle down or even clarify themselves. Some people want to force a difficult situation in a direction you don't want it to go. Fortunately, not everyone involved is ready to move forward.  Delays and resistance are holding things up. Negotiations continue, too.  New, revealing facts are coming to light, also. These things will all work strongly in your favor. Some good financial news will help in many areas.  It will be especially beneficial in the area of personal relationships.