The Astrology of September 2012
An Autumn of Decision
An Autumn of Decision
The Beginning of the End of Stalemate
By now we are all aware that the astrological energies have shifted. They now support constant, systemic change. Everything is changing at once and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
The new planetary arrangement keeps things unstable enough to support change, but not unstable enough to cause disaster, at least not in otherwise stable situations. The changes are not simply economic or political. They are also deeply spiritual and psychological; they affect our most important relationships at a profound and intimate level.
Adding to the difficulty, since this new energy mix went fully into effect last February, no single group has gained enough power to implement coherent, guided change. Things have been turbulent and chaotic rather than changeful.
Beginning in September 2012, people will see the consequences of decisions and actions more clearly. A majority consensus will begin to grow around a particular course of action. A direction will be chosen.
Since September brings the Fall Equinox, September’s chart will set the tone for the next three months. Fall 2012 will be a season of decision and commitment.
Another Good News/Bad News Chart
In September, challenging aspects block existing pathways; supportive aspects support the growth of a majority consensus around emerging new ideas.
September’s chart pivots on nurturance issues - issues surrounding a society’s obligation to provide life’s essentials - and, in a sense, life itself - to its people. A majority consensus will begin developing around either essentially conservative or essentially liberal views, or some new, hybrid version of these two views.
There will be a collision of interests related to nurturance obligations, again. This time, events will clearly reveal the consequences of various approaches to resolving these issues. Choices will be made.
A Grand Square, primarily in potent, decision-oriented Cardinal signs, blocks all existing paths to agreement and compromise, however strongly circumstances demand a choice.
The Grand Square - Details
The following placements, all part of the Grand Square, are interpreted in the negative, challenging context of the Grand Square.
- Sun in Virgo and Mercury in Libra are in the second house. This makes grassroots financial issues a sticking point.
- Pluto is in Capricorn in the 5th house. This makes narrow personal loyalty and the narrow, perhaps willful pursuit of personal preferences another sticking point.
- Uranus and Pallas are conjoined in Aries in the 8th house. This makes necessary change and reform in large scale, long-term financial matters (taxes, pensions, insurance, social welfare programs, nurturance issues generally) another sticking point.
- The Sun and Ceres are on the cusp of the 10th and 11th houses. Competing political factions are in fundamental disagreement about how to fulfill nurturance responsibilities.
Bad News Highlights
The challenges linked by the Grand Square are inextricably intertwined and cannot and should not be considered in isolation. However, two parts of the Grand Square deserve special mention.
- The Uranus/Pluto square is exact for the second time on September 19th. Conflicts with authority and anti-establishment sentiment will peak.
- Uranus and Pallas are conjunct in Aries in the 8th house opposing the Sun in Virgo and Mercury in Libra in the 2nd house. This opposition occupies the financial axis of the chart. It will intensify conflict between the 1% and the 99% and between the grassroots and Wall Street.
The Grand Square, then, points to a deepening stalemate over issues and grievances related to nurturance. It may at times seem like stalemate will be the end of us.
The Good News
This chart also contains a partial Kite, a strongly supportive, enabling aspect. The Kite, however, has a boot-strap quality: people must continue working to fill in gaps in their resource base to supplement the support contributed by the kite.
- Saturn in Libra is in the 3rd house. In this astrologically positive context, this points to seriousness, realism, persistence and reliable commitment at the community level.
- Pluto in Capricorn is in the 5th house. This placement points to ambition, drive, and leadership among friends and within social groups united around a particular goal. generally speaking.
- Neptune in Pisces is in the 7th house, close to the descendant. This will enhance idealism and flexibility among partners. It will also bring a willingness to take share risks for the sake of something higher.
- The Moon in Cancer conjoins Ceres in Gemini on the cusp of the 10th and 11th houses. This conjunction occupies the apex, the upper tip of the Kite and is its focal point. It indicates a sharp, high-minded focus on nurturance issues and, most important, a concerted effort to develop principles to guide the resolution of nurturance issues.
In other words, this Kite supports the formation of new alliances to help resolve nurturance issues. This would include finding a philosophy to govern nurturance decisions. However, it also demands sustained effort to fully realize its potential maintain viability.
The Grand Square and the Kite touch at the both poles of the Moon/Ceres v. Pluto opposition. The most important juncture is the Moon/Ceres conjunction on the cusp of the 11th house, the business end of the Kite.
The Grand Square blocks progress along existing pathways. The Kite enables the reorientation of thought and realignment of loyalties necessary for compromise and innovation.
The Grand Square blocks forward motion; the Kite absorbs the momentum and carries efforts in a more productive direction. The Kite will siphon off and channel the frustration and anxiety caused by the Grand Square. The energy thus released will be poured into efforts to resolve nurturance issues and the formation of activists groups to promote that resolution. This is an exceedingly dynamic and promising chart.
The Moon’s Nodes - The Bias of the Chart
But the chart is not just about a political resolution for its own sake. The planets are strongly biased. They are pushing us forcefully toward a particular kind of resolution, indicated by the Moon’s Nodes.
The Moon’s Nodes have a directive, judgmental quality. They reward us for North Node choices and penalize us for South Node choices. Events will push us clearly in a North Node direction. Choices will be fateful.
The Moon’s Nodes are especially powerful in this chart, in part because they straddle its vertical, or power, axis. In part because of the indicators involved.
- As mentioned above, the North Node is in the 4th house in Scorpio, alongside Mars in Scorpio and Juno in Sagittarius. This tells us to steadfastly prioritize the needs of our partners. It is also telling us to take a nuanced approach to nurturance issues.
- The South Node is in Taurus, alongside Lilith and exactly conjunct the all-important Part of Fortune, near the midheaven. This tells us to avoid abstract, top-down, one-size-fits-all approaches to nurturance.
The exact conjunction of the Part of Fortune and the South Node hastens and magnifies the consequences of our choices.
Lightning will strike. Those who persist in “missing the point” will quickly find themselves in trouble.
With this directive dynamic powerfully affecting the whole chart, September will be marked by dramatic and unexpected turning points, especially with relation to the challenges of nurturance.
The Interpersonal Dimension
Mandate to Reform Our Most Intimate Behavior
As I have often said, the planets now support systemic, comprehensive change. This includes the psychological, personal and interpersonal facets of our lives, including the most intimate facets of our lives. How this plays out will, of course, vary from nation to nation.
Accordingly, many of the placements in September’s chart ask to be interpreted with reference to our most intimate personal bonds, especially as these bonds relate to nurturance issues. Looked at in this way, they point to the spiritualization of the most intimate aspects of our most intimate relationships.
The placements in September’s chart strongly support deep changes in the way we link human intimacy and human nurturance in our minds and in our laws and traditions.
Consider, for example, the debate in the US. Far more so than in even the recent past, people are being officially asked, in surprisingly candid terms, by candidates for the highest office in the land, to think more seriously about the most intimate aspects of their reproductive lives than most ever have.
Let’s now consider these placements from the perspective of intimate human relationships.
- The North Node is in Scorpio in the psychologically important 4th house. This placement urges us to dramatically increase our sensitivity to the psychological and physical needs of those nearest to us, most especially our partners and are children, born and unborn.
- Mars is also powerfully placed in Scorpio in the 4th house, very close to the cusp, at the Imum Coeli. This is a specifically sexual, reproductive placement. It pushes us to be especially protective of the rights of those closest to us, including and especially our partners in intimacy and our offspring.
- Juno is in Sagittarius in the 4th house. This placement points to a desire for formal recognition of the need for expanded concern and greater sensitivity in our closest relationships, especially where childbearing and childrearing, but especially childbearing, are concerned.
- Neptune is in Pisces in the 7th house. This powerful Neptune placement will help us infuse greater flexibility, sensitivity and idealism into key relationships. It will also help us add or strengthen the spiritual dimension of our relationships.
- Uranus and Pallas are conjoined in Aries in the 8th house. This potent placement points to profound shifts in the realm of physical and “reproductive intimacy”. It is in the powerful 8th house, the house of sexuality and reproduction as such.
It foretells a dramatic increase in public awareness of the financial, economic, psychological and spiritual and medical ramifications of human intimacy. That, at least, appears to be the way it is playing out in the United States. In other countries, in the countries of Europe, for example, the emphasis seems to be more strictly economic.
- Lilith, and the Point of Fortune exactly conjunct the South Node, are on the Midheaven. (The conjunction of the South Node and the Point of Fortune is exact to the degree and minute.)
(The Part of Fortune links the Sun, Moon and Ascendant, the three most powerful factors defining our identity. Its involvement with the Moon’s Nodes dramatically intensifies the likely effects of the Nodes.)
Briefly put, selfish, manipulative controlling behavior will bring an immediate, obvious and costly penalty. But Lilith is a distinctly feminine indicator related to the empowerment of the feminine.
Close to the South Node as it is, this is a directive, potentially punitive placement. A wrong step here can bring very concrete and uncomfortable consequences.
- Venus is in Leo in the 12th house. This placement points to the spiritualization of our personal affections and our close personal ties. But it is an odd, highly paradoxical placement. It makes demands that many will find intellectually perplexing and emotionally challenging.
In essence, the unwritten contract between the sexes is up for review with increasing attention to the fine print.
This is an extraordinarily large and complex set of issues and I cannot pursue it any further in this post. Suffice it to say that, at least in the US, the planets are intensifying the battle between the sexes at a deep level.
Far more than in the past, people are being asked to consider the risks and responsibilities of childbearing and childrearing, in detail.
But the Moon in Cancer and Ceres, the prominence of Lilith, the strength of the 4th house all point to an emphasis on childbirth in general and women’s role in particular. Juno suggests the legal, contractual aspects of marriage, or other life bonds.
So we are really talking about thoroughly rewriting the social contract as it relates to the rights and responsibilities of women in their role as mothers.
If you fundamentally redefine the rights and responsibilities of women, by extension, you fundamentally redefine the rights and responsibilities of men. If you do that, you rewrite the fundamental rules governing the distribution of power and authority in society. On an individual level, such changes trigger profound, and potentially turbulent, psychological and spiritual transformations.
So, the upheavals of our times have a strongly political and economic dimension. But they also have a deeply personal and interpersonal dimension.
This fall, the changes will continue, but with diminishing levels of confusion, uncertainty and frustration.