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The Stars Are Like Letters…

“The stars are like letters that inscribe themselves at every moment in the sky. Everything in the world is full of signs. All events are coordinated. All things depend on each other. Everything breathes together.” – Plotinus

We see astrology as the art of exploring the archetypal correlations between the movements of the planets and human events. If you follow along long enough, you will learn to see archetypally, understand the human condition a little better, and perhaps gain enough freedom through insight to make more satisfying choices.

Follow the current transits with this planner. You can follow the moon cycles if the world transits don’t seem to apply to you, as tends to be the case when you’re in personal transits. Following the moon is easy and will add richness to your experience of the sky. See Are You In the Hot Seat? and the Guides at the end of this planner for more on tracking your own personal cycles.

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Where Are The Planets This Month

September 22-October 23, 2021

All times are given for U.S. Eastern Standard Time (New York, NY).

☉ Sun: Libra

☽ Moon: Waning Gibbous in Aries → Last Quarter Moon in Cancer → New Moon in Libra → First Quarter Moon in Capricorn → Full Moon in Aries → Waning Gibbous in Taurus. This moon cycle highlights the Householder Cross of the Culture Bearer (also known as the Cardinal signs).

☿ Mercury: 24Libra28 – 25Libra28 Rx – 10Libra07 Dx – 11Libra56

Venus: 13Scorpio38 – 16Sagittarius48, ☪Venus Evening Star 6th Gate: October 9, 2021 02°33′ Sagittarius 12:48 AM EDT

♂ Mars: 5Libra03 – 25Libra03

♃ Jupiter: 23Aquarius23 Rx – 22Aquarius22

♄ Saturn: 7Aquarius09 Rx – 7Aquarius00

⚷ Chiron: 11Aries08 Rx – 9Aries48

♅ Uranus: 14Taurus20 Rx – 13Taurus18 Rx

♆ Neptune: 21Pisces33 Rx – 20Pisces49 Rx

♇ Pluto: 24Capricorn 21 Rx – 24Capricorn23

Night Sky Views

Stars of the Sun in Libra Sky from Stellarium

This is the view without atmosphere, if you could see the stars and the sun at the same time 🙂 Read more about Sun in Libra on September 22, 2021. Note Mercury near the bright star Spica at the start of Libra Season. Spica is one of the very bright “royal” stars (it’s actually a binary star) and is located at 13h25m RA or 21.25° Libra.

Source: https://stellarium-web.org/
Stars of the Sun in Libra Sky from In-The-Sky.org

Read more about Sun in Libra on September 22, 2021.

Source: https://in-the-sky.org//skymap.php
Stars of the Chiron at Solar Opposition Sky

Sun opposite Chiron Rx 10°39′ Libra-Aries at 11:51 AM Eastern time. Read more on October 3, 2021.

Source: https://in-the-sky.org//skymap.php
Stars of the Eris at Solar Opposition Sky

Eris at opposition October 17, 2021.

Source: https://in-the-sky.org//skymap.php

Are You In the Hot Seat?

These transits will supercede any of the transits in this planner.

Do you have personal planets (Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars), angles (Asc, MC, IC, Dsc), Nodes, 

  • or Pluto at 24-27° Capricorn, Cancer, Aries, or Libra?
You’re in a Pluto transit. 

♇ Pluto is where you find your power, and where your psyche seeks wholeness by retrieving and transforming lost soul force from the unconscious, a process often but not always characterized by deep, intense, cathartic, even agonizing surprises. When Pluto transits, it tends to sneak up and strike from your blind spot so as to activate your deepest emotions, forcing you to integrate lost parts of yourself. Experiences can be very dark or very light depending on the nature of the denied and repressed content, but in the end leave you more alive and empowered. Strategy: make a list of all your deepest hopes and fears and then rest assured none of those will happen; grab the bull by the horns and go for the ride!

  • or Neptune at 20-23° Pisces, Virgo, Gemini or Sagittarius?
You’re in a Neptune transit.

♆ Neptune is where you connect with eternity, universal love, ecstasy with the timeless space of unity and the sacred, where you lose yourself for better or for worse, where your perspective blurs, where you seek dissolution, where you stumble into addiction, where you create illusions of exquisite beauty (as in art) or damaging delusions. By transit, Neptune inspires both creatively and spiritually, calls from across the timeless ocean, and if ignored, lays you flat so you can listen. Strategy: go with the flow, go on a Vision Quest, don’t expect your magical journey to outlast the transit. Do not sign contracts, buy or sell land, or make any major 3D decisions until after it’s over.

  • or Uranus at 11-15° Taurus, Scorpio, Leo or Aquarius?
You’re in a Uranus transit.

♅ Uranus is where you find intellectual and spiritual freedom, liberation, rebellion, innovation brilliance, breaking of status quo structures and norms, alienation, estrangement, and isolation from emotional warmth. By transit, Uranus strikes with sudden and shocking clarity, tears down the known, destroys, liberates, frees, overturns, enlightens, changes the game, surprises, breaks through. Strategy: embrace change!

  • or Saturn at 6.5-13° Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio?
You’re in a Saturn transit.

♄ Saturn is structure, hierarchy, control, time, maturation, physical laws of the universe, responsibility, restriction, judgment, cultural Super Ego, father, CEO, the rules, conservatism, stability. By transit, Saturn guides maturation (rights of passage), manifests in 3D, pressures a restructuring toward a greater functionality and alignment with Life Purpose, blocks and denies that which is not in alignment, and finally, crystallizes. Of course, on the way to all this ideal purpose, it often frustrates, depresses, blocks, and fills us with an overwhelming sense of unfairness and impossibility! Ha ha. Strategy: Focus, work on a solution to your problems which actually, believe it or not, exists right now (Saturn is not unreasonable, just a strict teacher spurring you to action)! Consult experts, use logic, trial-and-error. Finally, commit to a course of action.

  • or Jupiter in 8-30° Aquarius or 0-8° Pisces?
You’re in a Jupiter transit.

♃ Jupiter is universal ideals, generosity, faith, belief, religion, politics, higher education, expansion, grandiosity of spirit, and facilitates spiritual growth. By transit, it expands, amplifies, “biggie-sizes,” glorifies, elevates toward humanitarian ideals and cultural celebration, brings justice, truth, beauty of expansive vision. Strategy: Dream big, adopt great generosity, stretch forth your hand, seek win-win solutions in the real world.

For more on how to find your natal planets, and how to work with your transits, see the Transit Guides.



Following the Call of Venus

Venus continues to rise higher in the evening sky this month, shining brightly in the western sky as Evening Star, carrying a primary current of evolutionary unfoldment, embodiment, and intent. This month features an extraordinary Venus Gate following one day after the major Mars initiation of this cycle. Read on for more about the EPIC transformations being activated around October 8-9, 2021.

Mars’ Journey

Mars has been journeying through the Underworld since August 23 (or September 7), forcing the transformation of the Hero within and without through trial and crisis. Facing the shadow, taking on the darkest truths in human nature and culture is a great outlet for Mars during this time. Love affairs, inner inquiry, time out and retreats will all be infused by the Mars Underworld journey — bringing intensity, catharsis, transformation, soul retrieval, death and rebirth.

Most people in personal transits don’t seem to be noticing the Mars-Venus activations.

The Mars-Venus Saga

Most people in personal transits don’t seem to be noticing the Mars-Venus activations. This means that your personal transits are top priority.

**EPIC** Mars conjunct Sun October 8, 2021

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14). Not everyone will be activated by this cycle, but someone in your life probably is!

October 8, 2021, 12:59 AM EDT 15°05′ Libra – Mars reaches the heart of its Underworld journey today and the stakes are laid bare. The metal is molten. This is Christ dead on the cross, Aslan the lion lying bound and dead on the stone. In this profound moment, there are no guarantees, but still, reason for hope.

Mars Underworld processes almost never include a physical death, because there is a resurrection at the end of this process and most of us aren’t Christ, able to return from the dead!

Interestingly, Venus was exactly conjunct the Sun in March in Aries, the sign that Mars rules. Today, Mars aligns exactly conjunct the Sun in Libra, ruled by Venus. This is a classic mutual reception – yin and yang complementing each other. Venus had to stand up in her warrior’s courage earlier this year, die to herself in order to claim her truer identity. Mars faces a different kind of challenge, one requiring civility, aesthetic sensitivity, cultured sophistication, compromise, and consideration of The Other (partner) or Others (group or society). He will have to allow important relationships to die in order to claim his true society–literally as in leaving a long marriage, or internally as in letting go of cultural ideals. Or we will have to. This does not have to be a gendered story. We all have a Mars, we all have an animus, we are all our own heroes.

The theme of Mars-Venus reciprocity was doubled or emphasized by the past three weeks’ (from mid-September to October 7) Mars in Libra with Venus in Scorpio mutual reception (Mars is the old ruler of Scorpio and Venus is the ruler of Libra).

During the exact alignment, retrograde Mercury is 3 degrees away in its alchemical phase. Alchemical Mercury (October 8-14) is gnostic with access to Hermetic truths, secrets of the universe, knowledge straight from Great Mystery.

It also means another Mercury-Mars conjunction (Oct 4-16). Unlike the Mercury-Mars conjunction of August, Mars and Mercury line up with the sun in the Underworld where Mars lacks Mercury’s immunity to that fiery light. It infuses the flurry of intense, manic communications, correspondence, socializing, ideas, social media campaigns, and gnostic insights with unexpected underworld consequences. Catharsis? Ego death? Compost? Within 10 degrees October 4-16.

Anyone with sensitive chart points ~13-17° Libra is sure to be activated by this Mars-Venus cycle. Likewise, anyone turning 15, 30, 32*, 47, 62, 64*, 79, or 94 (!) this year is going through their Mars Return. If you have a Libra sun, this is likely to be a very significant time indeed. *Ages 32 and *64 are especially special as they feature a simultaneous Mars and Venus Return and tend to be juicy times – red letter years!

**EPIC** ☪Venus Evening Star 6th Gate October 9, 2021

October 9, 2021, 3:37 PM EDT 02°33′ Sagittarius – In the Myth of Inanna, the Queen of Heaven reclaims her sixth center of power here at the sixth gate where Venus makes its sixth conjunction with the waxing crescent moon in the evening sky since it rose as Evening Star in May. The best time to see the bright Evening Star and crescent moon as always is before full dark when only they and the very brightest stars are visible in the twilight glow. And in this case, the evening of October 9 will be the closest alignment for viewing from the United States.

The 6th center of power is traditionally associated with the brow or third eye center of vision. This year, the initiation happens in Sagittarius, an archetype well-acquainted with vision, farsight, and true-seeing! Furthermore, extraordinarily, the alignment occurs nearly exactly (within 1 minute of arc) with the South Node!! It’s a dizzying synchronicity that fills the imagination with visions of prophetic visions from the past coming true, profound visionary soul retrievals, and validation of truths seen and spoken before but perhaps not believed at the time… 🙂

Whether you’re in a love story or an internal Venus process, the near-simultaneous alignment of the sun, Mars, and Mercury over in Libra, nearly shouts trumpets of destiny which are simultaneously hard to imagine! (Sun at 16Libra43, Mercury at 16Libra24 Rx, and Mars at 16Libra11). Mercury retrograde conjunct the sun is that powerfully gnostic alchemical Mercury which has the power to peel back the veil and see into the truths of the universe, doubling the visionary power of this Gate. The exact alignment of the sun with Mars happens a day and half earlier which brings the transformational energy of this gate to an absolute fever pitch! What Libra contributes to the Sagittarian 6th Gate of Venus remains to be seen, but we can imagine some sort of visionary partnership, group, society, cultural artistic vision, or political process. Either way, expect your mind to be blown!

Anyone turning 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72 (a multiple of 8) this year is going through their Venus Return. If your birthday is sometime between mid-October to mid-November, this is likely your personal Venus Gate! Tune in to receive a direct transmission from this Venus Evening Star on September 10 and until November 8 and the next gate. The Goddess, your personal capacity to call to you what you love, is incarnating now at a deeper octave within you – open your arms wide to embrace her!

Mars in the Underworld

(Mars is in the Underworld from August 23-November 22, 2021)

Mars entered the Underworld slowly from July until the end of August, whether you count the final entry at 15 or 10 degrees separation from the sun (August 23, 2021 7:18 AM EDT 15°33′ Virgo or September 7, 2021 1:27 PM EDT 25°18′ Virgo). Whether Mars shows up as a male character in your story galvanizing your underworld journey, or within yourself as the hero, warrior or effective agent in the world, this period will be characterized by confrontations with the Shadow both within and without, crisis and trial, the need for transformation, death and rebirth, catharsis and passion, soul retrieval through being laid bare to your feelings and truth. It is important to remember that even in the underworld, Mars loves a cause worth dying for. Finding that deep cord of passion will help you find your way through the maze.

Hopefully the insights we gain from Mars in the Underworld will help us to make choices consciously so that we aren’t forced to it by circumstance. Just knowing and understanding Underworld processes will help considerably.

What is the Underworld process? Underworld processes tend to strike from your blind spot, so as to activate your deepest emotions, and catalyze true transformation. Because each person’s needs will be unique, it’s really impossible to predict Underworld processes. If you’re looking for an archetypal image, conjure Gandalf’s stand at the bridge — “You shall not pass!” That’s a good one, though I’ve never seen anyone actually go through it!! lol

If all this sounds too intense, try the exercise below. It’s said to go more quickly if you grab the bull by the horns and surrender to the process. If that doesn’t work for you, that’s totally okay too. There is no right or wrong way to do this!

Exercise for Mars in the Underworld: Get a notebook and answer this question: “What are my deepest fears about the Underworld Journey of Mars?” Once you have completed it, you can keep it to look back at, rip it up, or burn it as you wish with all the ceremony you see fit. And rest assured that none of these things will happen. Underworld processes can’t be predicted, remember? This is about freeing the Life Force, re-shaping or restoring it, a process not very easily achieved in a controlled or abstracted state of mind. Surrender is a very good skill to develop that will serve you throughout your life and has nothing to do with inaction or passivity. You may also be able to lean on your Venusian powers in lieu of Mars’ normal capabilities (see “The Power of Venus” below).

Updates from the Ground

The Power of Venus

What can you do when Mars, your agency, your ability to set and achieve goals, goes offline or all your plans keep going up in flames (August 23-November 22, 2021)? One solution is to turn to Venus, which is far less understood in our culture than Mars. As a friend recently pointed out, “Ours is such a Martian culture!” and it is! We have a lot to learn about the transformative power of our love.

The simple wholehearted statement, “I love ________!” can move mountains!

Venus is the Goddess of Beauty and Love, the archetypal feminine. But it is also non-gendered as embodiment, as nature, as our possessions, and as the so-called material world which we are beginning to remember is always radiant with energy and presence. Venus at its deepest essence is the unity of spirit and matter: the anima and the anima mundi. The physical world is made up of molecules and atoms on down to the smallest irreducible particles of matter. Glenda Green in Love Without End: Jesus Speaks calls these adamantine particles and describes them as commanded by love. The deeper your love, the more complete your command. Thus did Jesus turn water into wine, command the storms, and rise from the dead.

You can cultivate the power of your love to magnetize what you love into your life. The simplest way is to find a clear and simple love that lights you up with joy, then remind yourself of it whenever you need a boost. If “the power of your love” doesn’t feel readily available, then try focusing on the current Venus Gate (the throat from Sep 10-Oct 8, the brow or vision from Oct 9-Nov 7) to clear out contradictory beliefs and desires, to forgive and let go, to find unity so that you can reclaim your vestments of power.

The 2020-2021 Venus Cycle

The current Venus Cycle began on July 3, 2020, entered the Morning Star phase from July 9, 2020 to February 12, 2021, Underworld phase from February 13 to May 2, 2021, Evening Star phase from May 3, 2021 to January 1, 2022, and completes on January 8, 2022.

You will notice eight gates in both the Morning Star and the Evening Star phases. These represent conjunctions with the crescent moon (we don’t include the conjunctions Venus makes while moving retrograde). Ordinarily there are seven, but this cycle has eight in both the morning and the evening sky! This accounts in part for the extraordinary power of this Venus Cycle.

But we can look farther to 2020 to really understand the power of this Venus Cycle. We all experienced the once-in-a-lifetime moment of 2020, and most of us remember the triple conjunction that defined it. The last time Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto aligned within 5 degrees of each other was in 1285 AD! Conjunctions represent birth points – beginnings, and the Venus Cycle which began in June 2020 represents the embodiment, growth-testing, and transformational vestment of the archetypal power and intentions of that rare triple conjunction, in that Venus is about embodiment, the union of spirit and matter!

If you have natal points aligned with (conjunct) any of the key points in the Venus Timeline, these will reveal more about your own personal activation during this cycle. The most important points would be the two times when Venus was aligned exactly conjunct the Sun: at the beginning of the cycle at 13°35′ Gemini and at the heart of the Underworld phase at 5°50′ Aries. But all alignments with points during the cycle have information which can help frame your experience.


Mercury

Mercury’s Transits

Mercury has been chasing after Venus, following in its path and undergoing all of the same outer planet alignments as Venus since late July, but now turns retrograde on September 27 and drops swiftly back to the horizon and into the sun’s glare to join Mars in the Underworld. Unlike Mars, Mercury is immune to the dangers in the presence of Great Mystery, and becomes enlightened when passing within 10 degrees of the sun. Before this, however, Mercury spends about a week in the evening sky moving retrograde and wreaking havoc on social and transactional norms as Trickster! This (Sep 27-Oct 4) is the dreaded Mercury retrograde phase when nothing seems to work as it should and small or large problems bedevil communication, travel, commerce, and all manner of social interactions. The best strategy is to go with the flow, take the havoc as helpful or interesting, and see if it doesn’t actually serve your interests in the long run despite evidence to the contrary. On October 4, Mercury moves within 10 degrees of the sun and into the early part of its Alchemical phase. Going back over old notes, correspondence, digging out your archives, and reconnecting with old friends can prove very fruitful during this time. By October 8, Mercury will be approaching the hot zone of its Alchemical phase and the simultaneous Mars exact conjunction with the Sun. This is followed by the 6th Evening Venus Gate (the Vision gate) on October 9 to push this Alchemical Mercury to mind-blowing extremes (see the Mars-Venus Saga).

Mercury’s Phases

Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, the core archetype of the mental and communicative functions, goes through many distinctive phases in its rather erratic dance with the sun, from which it never strays very far. It’s the only planet which spends so much time lost in the sun’s glare. Because of this, the Messenger of the Gods has developed a reputation for immunity to the powerful, transformational, but often dangerous realm of the gods known to us moderns as occultation by the sun. It is a medial archetype, going between realms, transferring ideas, connecting persons and concepts and commercial transactions, while moving from phase to phase in dynamic succession. The phases are much more important than the sign, and the exact conjunctions with the sun are probably the most dramatic of these.

New information about Mercury is emerging in synchronistic timing with the close alignment of the June 2021 solar eclipse in Gemini and the start of the Master Mercury cycle hours laterSee tracking the full Mercury Cycle here.

Mercury’s Phases:

  1. Hermetic Mercury: Mercury Rx exact conjunct the Sun (start of Mercury cycle) – June 10, 2021
  2. Messenger of the Gods: Mercury Rx in morning sky >10 degrees west of Sun – June 18-21, 2021
  3. The Stillpoint: Mercury Sx in the morning sky (suspended in time out of time) – June 21-23, 2021
  4. Morning Sky Mercury: Mercury Dx in morning sky (Apollo, logical, understands thought) – June 23–July 23, 2021
  5. Psychopomp Mercury: Mercury Dx conjunct the Sun (makes meaning, transformational insight) <10 degrees from Sun, direct – July 23–August 11, 2021
  6. Evening Sky Mercury: Mercury Dx in evening sky (Hermes, creative, develops thought) >10 degrees east of Sun – August 11–September 27, 2021
  7. Trickster Mercury: Mercury Rx in evening sky (breaks the rules) – September 27–October 4, 2021
  8. The Archivist: Mercury Rx conjunct the Sun <10 degrees east of Sun – October 4-9, 2021
  9. *Exact conjunct the Sun begins a new cycle – October 9, 2021

Outer Planetary Alignments

Saturn conjunct Pluto

Saturn is within 15 degrees of Pluto, simmering away after the full boil of 2020 when Jupiter, Saturn, Pluto spent much of the year much nearer to each other. Saturn will remain within 15 degrees of Pluto through December 2021 and within 20 degrees through mid-February, 2022.

  • Saturn cj Pluto within 15 degree orb: October 18, 2018 – December 18, 2021 (excluding April-July 2021)
  • Saturn cj Pluto within 20 degree orb: December 1, 2017 – February 17, 2022

This is heavy medicine. Deep transformation with lasting consequences, authoritarian clamp downs, war, cold war, civil war, confronting systems of power, confronting the shadow, even evil. The high potential is the transformation and evolution of the deepest structures of the social order–institutions, government, commerce, our moral concepts of right and wrong. Doing this work requires all our courage and moral resolve. These are still on the wind together with the more prominent Saturn square Uranus energy as we approach the end of 2021.

I recommend this video from Richard Tarnas, author of Cosmos and Psyche, on YouTube: “Richard Tarnas on the Planets in 2021.” This link is queued to near the end when he speaks to the gravity of these times in a way that inspired the above meme.

The Circle of Elders

The outer planets remain loosely clustered in the same quadrant of sky, within 100 degrees, none closer to each other than 14 degrees, with Uranus slightly separated from the rest. Arrayed like this, they feel more like the Circle of Elders than ever, taking turns transmitting a teaching or administering a test for the initiates, as the faster-moving Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars take turns transiting the Circle of Elders.

The personal planets and outer planets are still in separate quadrants of the sky, but moving closer to each other. The seesaw pattern of late summer with its corresponding call and response, alternating between extremes, is dissipating as the personal planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, and Mars) move into predominantly trine and square aspect to the outer planets. Personal and transpersonal perspectives begin to ever so slowly converge.

Saturn square Uranus

Saturn square Uranus 7 Aquarius-14 Taurus. This long-lasting square begins Libra season at a rather wide 7 degree orb before Saturn turns direct on October 11. Over the rest of October and November, it will tighten back up in preparation for the last exact square on December 24, 2021. The long-lasting pressures to rewrite norms and rules, break down institutions and structures, and the air of general conflict and periodic grim collapse may ease up a bit before a crescendo at the end of the year. For those who have enjoyed the tumult and opportunities to change the way we live and work in innovative ways brought by these times, you can look forward to a milder version of this ongoing influence through 2022 as the square continues to pass in and out of 5 degree orb through 2022. Read more about Saturn square Uranus in last month’s planner. Anyone with personal planets or Saturn at 7-13 degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio is undergoing a Saturn transit complicated by this Uranian square. Anyone with personal planets or Uranus at 11-15 degrees Aquarius, Leo, Taurus, or Scorpio is undergoing a Uranus transit, likewise complicated by this Saturnian square. See Transit Guides for more.

“Saturn square Uranus” by Katy
Saturn sextile Chiron

Saturn sextile Chiron ~7-11 degrees Aquarius-Aries. Although this sextile remains mostly within 2 degrees during 2021, and will make another exact sextile around Thanksgiving 2021, it begins Libra season at a 4 degree orb, contributing a milder background harmony between the Master Wounded Healer and the Lord of Structure and Karma. They support each other, one mitigating the consequences of the other, particularly whenever the Saturn square Uranus alignment is triggered by transit. 

Neptune sextile Pluto

Neptune sextile Pluto – This aspect marks the Postmodern or Modern Era depending on your reference, from the end of World War II until 2037 (using a 5 degree orb). During this time, the world’s spiritual, psychological, and human developmental belief systems opened up and embraced a great variety of forms. Previously hidden esoteric knowledge can now be found easily online. Psychological language and profiling have become part of the common vernacular. Its very long lasting nature makes it hard to see, but we will get to experience life without this gentle sparkling influence within 15 or 16 years.


Astrology Planner

September-October 2021

The Month of Libra

Libra, is one of the Culture-Bearer archetypes, and thus highly recognizable. That means that it describes a constellation of collectively assumed values, attributes, lifestyles, and areas of focus. Some call these mainstream, real-world, householder, or even “muggle” values, but this overlooks some of their shining virtues. Of the four Culture-Bearer archetypes, Libra encompasses all aspects of the culture which rely on relationships among people including: partnerships, marriage, community, social life, civic life, politics, government, culture, and art which expresses the widespread values of a people or humanity.

More about Libra

Fairness, balance, equity, harmony, community, and egalitarian love which supports people to be themselves typify the high aspirations of Libra. Powerful examples of Libra’s highest ideals include the Declaration of Independence (by intent, rather than application), as well as the kind of deep democracy and inclusion which embraces and allows for all places on the wheel. In one-on-one relationship, the notion of conscious equal partnership embodies Libra’s highest ideals whereas committed monogamous cisgendered pair-bonding represents its normative expression.

When Libra’s aesthetic sensibilities bloom, they lean toward culturally-celebrated ideals of beauty and even perfection. In civic life, we see the Libran aesthetic in building projects like the City Beautiful movement which created many of our grand federal buildings, including the the U. S. Supreme Court building, the U. S. Capitol building, the Lincoln Memorial and the National Mall in D.C. and countless monumental courthouses and public buildings from the turn of the 20th century. They share in common the Libran aesthetic for symmetry and order, as well as the elevation of civil society through architecture which inspires, orders, beautifies, and brings grandeur to the public space.

People who are carry strong Libran energy tend to be very attuned to other people, both when entering into one-on-one relationships and when moving in social circles and crowds of people. They are naturally even-tempered, fair-minded, and skilled at diplomacy.

The Shadow of Libra is as well or perhaps more well-known than its highest ideals: indecision, loss of self in the other, needy dependence on relationship, an insistence on harmony at the expense of justice or inclusion, and a Stepford aesthetic built around total conformity to a single social vision.

This is the September Equinox, known in the Northern Hemisphere as the Fall or Autumnal Equinox and the beginning of Fall. In the Southern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of Spring. Today, the day and night are equal in length, and the sun rises due East and sets due West. But the sun is moving very fast from north to south along the horizon, so this is the only day to see the sunrise and sunset equinox alignment. The sun’s equinox position is 11h58m RA, +00°07′ declination.

September 2021

We are still in the ☪Venus Evening Star 5th Gate

September 10, 2021, 12:48 AM EDT 29°14′ Libra – In the Myth of Inanna, the Queen of Heaven reclaims her fifth center of power here at the fifth gate where Venus makes its fifth conjunction with the waxing crescent moon in the evening sky since it rose as Evening Star in May. Although the exact alignment happens on the morning of September 10, the best time to see the bright Evening Star and crescent moon will be the night before on September 9 in the western sky – the best time as always to see these luminaries is before full dark when only they and the very brightest stars are visible in the twilight glow. As it gets darker and darker, stars clutter the view.

The 5th center of power is traditionally associated with the throat or voice. In the ongoing love story, whether the flash-in-the-pan lover of summer is gone or a new love affair has gone deep, the intensity and need to speak up loud and powerfully may feature strongly this month. Venus moves into Scorpio hours after entering the 5th gate, so there may be quite a few verbal barb, but with Libra crowning the opening, she cannot reclaim the full vestment of power without considering Libra’s concerns: fairness, civility, the equal rights of the other, the greater needs of society, and the greater symphony which can only be had when all voices are included.

Ultimately, the last degree of Libra implies that you will need some very exceptional political skill and grace, or perhaps community support, to retrieve your voice, but still backed by those deeper reservoirs of power which Scorpio accesses by moving life force energy up from the deeper wells within the body and the psyche.

This gate carries distinct political and activist overtones. In addition to its traditional resonance with partnership and marriage, Libra carries the cultural content around politics, the law, government, and social justice. Scorpio kicks a** and takes names, moving mountains to create change. Scorpio facilitates whatever transformation is necessary, be it cathartic orgasm or death and compost! We are still in Saturn conjunct Pluto – facing the Shadow (that which is hidden, be it light or shadow), even confronting Evil as we strive to transform systems of power, government, laws, rules, judgments, structures of social order (15 degree orb through December 2021, 20 degree orb through February 2022). We are also still in Saturn square Uranus changing the way we live and work, technology, how we imagine ourselves, how we solve problems (10 degree orb through November 2023, last exact alignment coming up in mid-December 2021). So this particular Venus Gate resonates particularly strongly with the background archetypal wave by calling us to speak up and speak out, against the Shadow wherever we see it and in advocacy for changing the way we live and create!

Anyone turning 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72 (a multiple of 8) this year is going through their Venus Return. If your birthday is sometime between mid-September to mid-October, this is likely your personal Venus Gate! Tune in and receive a direct transmission from this Venus Evening Star on September 10 and throughout the rest of the month until the next gate. The Goddess, your personal capacity to call to you what you love, is incarnating now at a deeper octave within you – open your arms wide to embrace her!

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WEDNESDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous (Day 17) 13°07′ – 25°34′ Aries – The moon lies a fistwidth east of invisble Chiron tonight.

⦿ Mercury square Pluto Rx 24°21′ Libra-Capricorn 9:11 AM EDT – Frustrations, anger, mental blocks all relate to deep unspoken motivations, the condition of the life force, or places where you can grow in consciousness. This is the first of two exact squares to Pluto, this one moving direct, the next going retrograde!(In orb September 12-27)

⦿ Sun 0°00’ Libra 3:21 PM EDT Read more.

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THURSDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 18) 25°34′ Aries07°47′ Taurus– The moon lies a fistwidth west of invisible Uranus tonight.

⦿ Venus opposite Uranus Rx 14°19′ Scorpio-Taurus 5:41 AM – Venus completes her oppositions to the outer planets this cycle. Now she has faced the full Circle of Elders, received their trials, tests, advice, or blessings. Uranus flashes with themes of sudden change, shock, surprise, excitement, glamour, higher consciousness or technology. (In orb September 15-October 1)

24

FRIDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 19) 07°47′ – 19°48′ Taurus – The moon rises still near Uranus tonight, just to the east of it.

25

SATURDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 20) 19°48′ Taurus 01°40′ Gemini – The moon rises on its own North Node.

⦿ Mars trine Saturn Rx 07°04′ Libra-Aquarius 5:50 PM – The trines must be actively tapped or tend to lie dormant. Common sense, pragmatism, structure, order, authority, systems of power can be of assistance to Mars undergoing transformation by trial right now. (In orb September 17-October 4)

26

SUNDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 21) 01°40′ – 13°28′ Gemini

27

MONDAY

🌖Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 22) 13°28′ – 25°16′ Gemini

⦿ Mercury Retrograde 25°28′ Libra 1:10 AM – This (Sep 27-Oct 4) is the dreaded Mercury retrograde phase when nothing seems to work as it should and small or large problems bedevil communication, travel, commerce, and all manner of social interactions. The best strategy is to go with the flow, take the havoc as helpful or interesting, and see if it doesn’t actually serve your interests in the long run despite evidence to the contrary. On October 4, Mercury moves within 10 degrees of the sun and into the early part of its Alchemical phase.

28

TUESDAY

🌗 Last Quarter Moon (Day 23) 25°16′ Gemini 07°10′ Cancer

🌗 Last Quarter Moon 06°09’ Cancer 9:57 PM EDT

29

WEDNESDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 24) 07°10′ – 19°15′ Cancer

⦿ Venus trine Neptune Rx 21°22′ Scorpio-Pisces 12:14 PM – The trines must be actively tapped or tend to lie dormant. This aspect favors creativity and spiritual affiliations. (In orb September 24-October 4)

⦿ Sun trine Saturn Rx 06°59′ Libra-Aquarius 6:19 PM – The trines must be actively tapped or tend to lie dormant. This aspect favors structure, order, institutions, systems of power, practical approaches, developmental change, natural hierarchies. (In orb September 23-October 5)

30

THURSDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 25) 19°15′ Cancer 01°37′ Leo

⦿ Venus square Jupiter Rx 22°49′ Scorpio-Aquarius 7:31 PM (In orb September 24-October 7)

October 2021

1

FRIDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 25)01°37′ – 14°19′ Leo

⦿ Mars opposite Chiron Rx 10°44′ Libra-Aries 9:00 AM The warrior hero within and without faces their vulnerability and is shown how to heal and grow by becoming greater than the level at which their wounds were created. (In orb September 16-October 15)

⦿ Mercury Rx square Pluto Rx 24°19′ Libra-Capricorn 10:27 AM – This is the second exact square from Mercury to Pluto this month, this time while Mercury is moving retrograde! Let’s call this bedevilment at its most delicious, cross our fingers and hope for the best! See Mercury retrograde September 27. (In orb September 27-October 9)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

2

SATURDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 26) 14°19′ – 27°25′ Leo

⦿ Venus sextile Pluto Rx 24°19′ Scorpio-Capricorn 3:47 AM – The sextiles tend to pop up unanticipated. When Venus and Pluto touch, passions (the fun kind) tend to flame up. They’re usually releasing lost or trapped life force energy, though, and not of the enduring sort. (In orb September 28-October 4)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

3

SUNDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 27)27°25′ Leo – 10°56′ Virgo

⦿ Sun opposite Chiron Rx 10°39′ Libra-Aries 11:51 AM – This is Chiron’s annual “full moon,” when the sun (Great Mystery) highlights the Wounded Healer and Master Teacher, and Chiron swings around closest to Earth this year. Sometimes our deepest wounds hold our best opportunities for mastery. Basically, if you can master them, you graduate! Sometimes mastery doesn’t look like you think, however. Sometimes being willing to be vulnerable, willing to be “a hot mess,” willing to “fail” – opens a doorway into the sacred heart. Chiron rises at sunset, invisible but tracking across the sky through the course of the night to set at sunrise. (In orb September 23-October 13) See the stars of Chiron opposite the sun.

⦿ Mercury Rx trine Jupiter Rx 22°40′ Libra-Aquarius 8:05 PM – Starting tomorrow, Mercury retrograde moves into the sun’s gaze and out of ordinary reality into extraordinary reality. Will he pull off a grand prank tonight with Jupiter’s oversized help? If so, look for ways that this serves the greater good… even if you’ve got egg on your face! (In orb September 27-October 9, Mercury Dx trine Jupiter from September 13-27)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

4

MONDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 28) 10°56′ – 24°52′ Virgo

⦿ Mercury Rx <10 ° Sun – Mercury moves into the sun’s glare and into the early part of its Alchemical phase. Between now and October 8, going back over old notes, correspondence, digging out your archives, and reconnecting with old friends can prove very fruitful during this time.

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

5

TUESDAY

🌘 Waning Crescent (Balsamic) Moon (Day 29) 24°52′ Virgo09°08′ Libra

⦿ Mercury Rx quincunx Neptune Rx 21°13′ Libra-Pisces 9:53 AM (In orb Oct 3-7)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

6

WEDNESDAY

🌑 New Moon (Day 1) 09°08′ – 23°40′ Libra

⦿ Mars quincunx Uranus Rx 13°55′ Libra-Taurus 5:26 AM (In orb Oct 3-9)

🌚 New Moon 13°25′ Libra 7:05 AM EDT

The New Moon in Libra

The moon cycle which begins with this New Moon contains the epic exact alignments between the Sun and Mars, followed the next day by Venus conjunct the Moon and South Node, and Sun conjunct Mercury Rx, also known as Mars in the Heart of the Underworld with Alchemical Mercury, and Venus at the 6th Gate in the Evening Sky on the South Node! Projects begun at this time will resonate most strongly with partnerships, civic works, politics, community building, and all aspects of the culture which rely on relationships among people (Libra). They will also be powerfully infused with this month’s INTENSE transformations and initiations! See October 8 and 9.

⦿ Pluto stations direct 24°18′ Capricorn 2:29 PM – Pluto has been in reflection and introspection mode, preparing the soil as it were. Now it moves into action mode. The fact that this happens on the New Moon only underscores the intense transformational arc of this whole moon cycle!

⦿ Sun quincunx Uranus Rx 13°54′ Libra-Taurus 7:11 PM (In orb Oct 4-8)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

7

THURSDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 2) – 23°40′ Libra – 08°20′ Scorpio

⦿ Venus moves into Sagittarius 0°00′ 7:21 AM – The goddess shimmers with enthusiasm and adventure in Sagittarius, seeking the horizons of thought and experience as philosopher or explorer, and ratifying the heart’s love for the mystery of the quest! Outspoken, truth-seeking, fiery, generous, and fun-loving, the Sagittarian goddess needs to rein in the enthusiasm when it runs roughshod and speaks with too brutal honesty.

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

8

FRIDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 3) 08°20′ – 23°02′ Scorpio

⦿ Mars conjunct Sun 15°05′ Libra 12:59 AM EDT

⦿ **EPIC Mars conjunct Sun**

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14). Not everyone will be activated by this cycle, but someone in your life probably is!

October 8, 2021, 12:59 AM EDT 15°05′ Libra – Mars reaches the heart of its Underworld journey today and the stakes are laid bare. The metal is molten. This is Christ dead on the cross, Aslan the lion lying bound and dead on the stone. In this profound moment, there are no guarantees, but still, reason for hope.

Mars Underworld processes almost never include a physical death, because there is a resurrection at the end of this process and most of us aren’t Christ, able to return from the dead! Read more about why this is so EPIC!!

Anyone with sensitive chart points ~13-17° Libra is sure to be activated by this Mars-Venus cycle. Likewise, anyone turning 15, 30, 32*, 47, 62, 64*, 79, or 94 (!) this year is going through their Mars Return. If you have a Libra sun, this is likely to be a very significant time indeed. *Ages 32 and *64 are especially special as they feature a simultaneous Mars and Venus Return and tend to be juicy times – red letter years!

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

9

SATURDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 4) 23°02′ Scorpio07°39′ Sagittarius

⦿ Mercury Rx conjunct Sun 16°35′ Libra 12:18 PM

⚚ Alchemical Mercury – Mercury Cycle begins (105 days)

Every time Mercury retrograde lines up with the Sun, it has swung around between us and the sun until at the exact alignment…we begin a new Mercury cycle. As it passes through the sun’s glare, it is receiving transmissions from Great Mystery, downloading the codes of life, the information needed for the next 3-4 months (in this case, 105 days). See the full cycle here.

While it passes within 2-3 degrees of the sun, it is especially potent, opening direct portals of transmission, the capacity for gnosis or direct experience of the divine. If you seek to understand the deeper mysteries of the universe, now is the time to lean in and receive that information which Great Mystery would grant you access. This kind of transmission tends to emerge with intent and awareness until it’s just there in your mind. (I am speculating a bit, will this one be as potent as the June cycle which happened on the North Node in Gemini?)

Extraordinarily, this Mercury cycle begins during the fierce fiery heart of Mars’ Underworld pinnacle, as well as Venus’ 6th Gate initiation in the evening sky. This whole next 105 days is going to be such an epic season! I frankly can’t imagine it. But visions we shall have. They may focus on the past with Venus’ initiation occurring on the South Node, but how can Mercury ever bring us anywhere but the present?

⦿ Moon conjunct Venus 02°33′ Sagittarius 3:37 PM EDT

☪Venus Evening Star 6th Gate

October 9, 2021, 3:37 PM EDT 02°33′ Sagittarius – In the Myth of Inanna, the Queen of Heaven reclaims her sixth center of power here at the sixth gate where Venus makes its sixth conjunction with the waxing crescent moon in the evening sky since it rose as Evening Star in May. The best time to see the bright Evening Star and crescent moon as always is before full dark when only they and the very brightest stars are visible in the twilight glow. And in this case, the evening of October 9 will be the closest alignment for viewing from North America.

The 6th center of power is traditionally associated with the brow or third eye center of vision. This year, the initiation happens in Sagittarius, an archetype well-acquainted with vision, farsight, and true-seeing! Furthermore, extraordinarily, the alignment occurs nearly exactly (within 1 minute of arc) with the South Node!! It’s a dizzying synchronicity that fills the imagination with visions of prophetic visions from the past coming true, profound visionary soul retrievals, and validation of truths seen and spoken before but perhaps not believed at the time… 🙂 Read more about why this is so EPIC!!

Anyone turning 24, 32, 40, 48, 56, 64, 72 (a multiple of 8) this year is going through their Venus Return. If your birthday is sometime between mid-October to mid-November, this is likely your personal Venus Gate! Tune in and receive a direct transmission from this Venus Evening Star on September 10 and throughout the rest of the month until the next gate. The Goddess, your personal capacity to call to you what you love, is incarnating now at a deeper octave within you – open your arms wide to embrace her!

⦿ Mercury Rx conjunct Mars 16°16′ Libra 6:48 PM EDT

Mercury conjunct Mars

Unlike the Mercury-Mars conjunction of August, Mars and Mercury line up with the sun in the Underworld where Mars lacks Mercury’s immunity to that fiery light. It infuses the flurry of intense, manic communications, correspondence, socializing, ideas, social media campaigns, and gnostic insights with unexpected underworld consequences. Catharsis? Ego death? Compost? Within 10 degrees October 4-16.

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

10

SUNDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 5)07°39′ – 22°06′ Sagittarius

⦿ Saturn stations direct 06°52′ Aquarius 10:17 PM – Saturn joins the outer planets all turning direct one after the other like dominoes… The Lord of Structure and Karma begins to interact directly with events. Have you been a good boy or girl? 😉 Are you willing to let go of judgment and move into love?

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

11

MONDAY

🌒 Waxing Crescent Moon (Day 6)2°06′ Sagittarius06°21′ Capricorn

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

12

TUESDAY

🌓 First Quarter Moon (Day 7) 06°21′ – 20°21′ Capricorn – The moon crosses the threshold with Pluto

🌓 First Quarter Moon 20°01’ Capricorn 11:26 PM EDT

⦿ Mercury Rx quincunx Uranus Rx 13°43′ Libra-Taurus 1:29 AM (In orb October 10-14)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

13

WEDNESDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 8)20°21′ Capricorn – 04°06′ Aquarius – Find Saturn east of the moon.

⦿ Sun quincunx Neptune Rx 21°00′ Libra-Pisces 11:32 PM (In orb October 11-14)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

14

THURSDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 9) 04°06′ – 17°37′ Aquarius – Saturn and Jupiter shine to either side of the moon tonight.

⦿ Mercury Rx >10 ° Sun – Mercury rises in the morning sky. Herald, Harvest of the Hermetic phase of Mercury, articulation of the cumulative insights, things coming to consciousness of a progressive nature. (Speculative, will this be similar to the June 2021 phase which was conjunct the North Node?)

(Sun conjunct Mars within 2 degrees Oct 1-14. Read more)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

15

FRIDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 10) 17°37′ Aquarius00°54′ Pisces – Jupiter shines close and to the west of the moon.

⦿ Sun trine Jupiter Rx 22°20′ Libra-Aquarius 7:46 AM (In orb October 9-21) – The trines must be actively tapped or tend to lie dormant. Here, Life, Great Mystery, holds open a doorway onto broader horizons, onto a landscape of deeper abundance for a wider world if you can dream big and see the opportunities. If this doesn’t fit your situation, Jupiter may be asking YOU to be the blessing, to give greatly, to grow larger, and to work to uplift humanity.

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

16

SATURDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 11)00°54′ – 13°57′ Pisces

⦿ Venus trine Chiron Rx 10°03′ Sagittarius-Aries 2:49 PM (In orb October 11-22) – The trines must be actively tapped or tend to lie dormant. Healing and mastery can be had for the Goddess on her journey to retrieve her vision.

⦿ Mars quincunx Neptune Rx 20°56′ Libra-Pisces 8:32 PM (In orb October 13-19)

(Mercury conjunct Mars within 10 degrees October 4-16. Read more on Oct 9)

17

SUNDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 12) 13°57′ 26°47′ Pisces – The swelling moon shines near invisible Neptune.

⦿ Sun square Pluto 24° 20′ Libra-Capricorn 8:12 AM – Powerful conflicts of a deep and subterranean nature, trapped life force strains for release, sudden eruptions, volatile transformations will tend to dominate this two week period. (In orb October 9-25)

18

MONDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 13)26°47′ Pisces09°24′ Aries – The moon lies just to the west of invisible Chiron tonight.

⦿ Jupiter stations direct 22°19′ Aquarius 1:30 AM

⦿ Mercury stations direct 10°07′ Libra 11:17 AM – Mercury is virtually still today (the Stillpoint), then tomorrow begins it’s Morning Star phase – Apollo, logical, understands thought.

⦿ Mars trine Jupiter 22°19′ Libra-Aquarius 10:36 PM – The trines must be actively tapped or tend to lie dormant. Faciliates action, adventure, fun, progress for the greater good. (In orb October 9-28)

19

TUESDAY

🌔 Waxing Gibbous Moon (Day 14) 09°24′ – 21°50′ Aries – The moon shines a fistwidth to the east of Chiron.

⦿ Venus quincunx Uranus Rx 13°26′ Sagittarius-Taurus 7:15 PM (In orb October 17-21)

20

WEDNESDAY

🌕 Full Moon (Day 15) 21°50′ Aries04°03′ Taurus

🌕 Full Moon 27º26′ Aries 10:57 AM EDT

Full Moon in Aries

Full Moon in Aries

October 20, 2021
10:57 AM EDT 27°26′ Aries

Check back for this closer to time!

21

THURSDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 16) 04°03′ – 16°07′ Taurus – The moon aligns nearly perfectly with Uranus tonight.

22

FRIDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 17)16°07′ – 28°02′ Taurus

⦿ Mars square Pluto 24°22′ Libra-Capricorn 12:19 AM – Volatile tensions, anger, explosive action of a surprising and titanic nature, skirmishes and wars.(In orb October 9-November 3)

23

SATURDAY

🌖 Waning Gibbous Moon (Day 18) 28°02′ Taurus 09°52′ Gemini – The moon aligns near its own North Node.

⦿ Sun 0°00’ Scorpio 12:51 AM EDT


Working with the Transits

How to Find Your Transits this Month

  1. Look at the transiting planets this month and note the locations by degree (number). 
  2. Look at your natal planets, nodes, and angles, and note their locations by degree (see “Finding Your Natal Planets” below). Find any transiting planets that match within 1 degree of any of your natal planets. Next, make note of any which match within 5 degrees. You may download the printable worksheet here.
  3. Use the “Aspects Chart” below to determine the aspects. The 0-1 degree alignments are the most powerful, while the 2-5 degree alignments move into the background (sometimes adding emphasis or coloring other transits)
  4. Advanced: Next, you can rank your transits by importance. This is a complex art that takes years to master, but we have created a guide you can use to get started, below called “Ranking Transits by Importance.” 
  5. A personalized transit reading by an experienced astrologer would give you information you can’t find here, but we encourage you to dive in and track the astrological transits for yourself. You are the best mediator of your life, and there is a richness and subtlety that comes with following the astrological seasons directly for yourself! Keep a journal (use the print version of this planner or your own journal), and enjoy the ride!

Transit Guides

Finding Your Natal Planets

Find your natal horoscope or use a free service online like astro.com to cast your chart. You will need your birth date, accurate birth time (preferably from a birth certificate), and birth place. Then write down the degree (number) and sign for each of these points.

☉ Sun:

☽ Moon:

☊ North Node:

☋ South Node:

Asc Ascendant:

MC Midheaven:

Dsc Descendant:

IC Imum Coeli:

☿ Mercury:

♀ Venus:

♂ Mars:

♃ Jupiter:

♄ Saturn:

⚷ Chiron:

♅ Uranus:

♆ Neptune:

♇ Pluto:

Planetary Archetypes

The archetypes are multivalent and multi-dimensional, manifesting sometimes in concurrent layers like dream symbols. Sometimes they play out in very literalistic ways, other times in sophisticated developmental psychological arcs. Learning to see archetypally will enrich your understanding of human culture and experience, even if you never pursue astrology as a technical art.

“…we can define an archetype as a universal principle or force that affects—impels, structures, permeates—the human psyche and the world of human experience on many levels. One can think of them in mythic terms as gods and goddesses… as primordial principles… cultural tendencies… principles of the human psyche…” – Richard Tarnas

☉ Sun: Life force, Life Purpose, vitality, Self, local representative of Great Mystery, solar logos, and site of Underworld catalytic transformation.

☽ Moon: Soul, family lineage, mother, parenting, nurturance, care taking, food, a place of deep inner comfort (this is where you go to recharge), thus typically a place of well-developed familiarity associated with the past, karma, your attachments.

☿ Mercury: Mind, intellect, communication, gossip, writing, speaking, pop culture, messenger, boundary-crosser, transportation, friendship; the deeper esoteric Hermetic, alchemical, and gnostic dimensions occur less often by natal configuration along the lines of Mercury’s phases).

♀ Venus: Love, magnetism, beauty, arts, archetypal feminine, the Goddess, your capacity to attract to yourself based on your love and your being.

♂ Mars: Agency, action, competition, fighting spirit, desire, archetypal masculine, the God, your capacity to identify what you want and your power to achieve it.

♃ Jupiter: Universal ideals, generosity, faith, belief, religion, politics, higher education, expansion, grandiosity of spirit, facilitates spiritual growth. By transit, expands, amplifies, “biggie-sizes,” glorifies, elevates toward humanitarian ideals and cultural celebration, brings justice, truth, beauty of expansive vision. Strategy: Dream big, adopt great generosity, stretch forth your hand, seek win-win solutions in the real world.

♄ Saturn: Structure, hierarchy, control, time, maturation, physical laws of the universe, responsibility, restriction, judgment, cultural Super Ego, father, CEO, the rules, conservatism, stability. By transit, Saturn guides maturation (rights of passage), manifests in 3D, pressures a restructuring toward a greater functionality and alignment with Life Purpose, blocks and denies that which is not in alignment, and finally, crystallizes. Of course, on the way to all this ideal purpose, it often frustrates, depresses, blocks, and fills us with an overwhelming sense of unfairness and impossibility! Ha ha. Strategy: Focus, work on a solution to your problems which actually, believe it or not, exist right now (Saturn is just the strict teacher whipping you to action)! Consult experts, use logic, trial-and-error. Finally, commit to a course of action.

⚷ Chiron: Location of the Sacred Wound, key vulnerability which drives your authenticity, refines your soul spinning straw into gold. May never be “healed,” but creates a refined spirit, imperfection as a deeper kind of beauty. At its best, may be resolved at a higher octave in a state of mastery. By transit, Chiron wounds, makes ill, limits, grinds down the ego, but also educates, confers mastery. Strategy: surrender, be willing to be vulnerable, find what gifts you may in your illness or limitation, you will find your solutions after you surrender.

♅ Uranus: Where you find intellectual and spiritual freedom, liberation, rebellion, innovation, brilliance, breaking of status quo structures and norms, alienation, estrangement, isolation from emotional warmth. By transit, Uranus strikes with sudden and shocking clarity, tears down the known, destroys, liberates, frees, overturns, enlightens, changes the game, surprises, breaks through. Strategy: embrace change!

♆ Neptune: Where you connect with eternity, universal love, ecstasy, with the timeless space of unity and the sacred, where you lose yourself for better or for worse, where your perspective blurs, where you seek dissolution, where you stumble into addiction, where you create illusions of exquisite beauty (as in art) or damaging delusions. By transit, Neptune inspires both creatively and spiritually, calls from across the timeless ocean, and if ignored, lays you flat so you can listen. Strategy: go with the flow, go on a Vision Quest, don’t expect your magical journey to outlast the transit. Do not sign contracts, buy or sell land, or make any major 3D decisions until after it’s over.

♇ Pluto: Where your psyche seeks wholeness by retrieving and transforming lost soul force from the unconscious, a process often but not always characterized by deep, intense, cathartic, even frightening and agonizing surprises. Always empowering, always ultimately enlivening. By transit, surprises you, often sneaks up and strikes from your blind spot just when you thought you had it all under control, overwhelms you so completely as to activate your deepest emotions, brings you into a direct experience of lost parts of yourself in a way that you have no choice but to integrate them, experiences can be very dark or very light depending on the nature of the denied and repressed content, but in the end leaves you more alive and empowered. Strategy: make a list of all your deepest hopes and fears and then rest assured none of those will happen; grab the bull by the horns and go for the ride!

☊ North Node: Destiny, purpose, spiritual growth, personal evolution. House position is more important than sign unless there are angles or planets nearby (planets within 15 degrees are part of the North Node). Early in life this may be dormant or severely underdeveloped, in early and middle adulthood, a site of chaos and mistakes but lots of learning and growth, and emerging in later adulthood and elderhood a place of focus, purpose, and competency.

☋ South Node: Lineage, past mastery. Early in life this may be an area of special talent or interest but moved away from as life progresses. Always available as a resource to draw upon. House position is more important than sign unless there are angles or planets nearby (planets within 15 degrees are included in South Node alignment). Planets in particular indicate areas of past mastery or talent. Sign tends to indicate karma, if any.

Asc Ascendant: Where the Eastern horizon intersects the ecliptic at birth. Personal identity, tends to manifest as a gestalt of both personality and lifestyle, sense of self, default reaction to events (the Ascendant is the cusp of the first house which is deeply instinctive and prone to reflexive action). Planets within 10 degrees manifest in the life at a top tier level of importance. The first house is one of the four angular houses which are also very prominent.

MC Midheaven: Generally understood as the noon sun position, this is where the ecliptic and local meridin (north to south line across the sky) intersect, usually not straight overhead (zenith) unless at lower latitudes at certain times of year. Often associated with career, this can be thought of more generally as your area of prominence, what you’re known for in the community at large, whether that’s your local community or the global community. Often people are known as their jobs or roles: doctor, police chief, mayor, but they might also be known as and activist, as so-and-so’s mom, or “that crazy lady at the health food store.” Planets within 10 degrees manifest in the life at a top tier level of importance. Some house systems always make this the cusp of the tenth house. The tenth house is one of the four angular houses which are also very prominent.

Dsc Descendant: Where the Western horizon intersects the ecliptic at birth. Relationships, partnerships in personal life and business, both I-thou and peer-related groups, diplomacy and cooperation are keys here, following more than leading, listening more than acting, at its highest potential here is where you can come to respect all places on the wheel and make space for all human experience. At its lowest, here is where you lose your identity and get dominated by the Other. Planets within 10 degrees are very important, though not as public as those on the Ascendant and Midheaven. The Descendant is the cusp of the seventh house, one of the four angular houses and more prominent overall.

IC Imum Coeli: Generally understood as the midnight sun position, this is where the ecliptic and local meridian line intersect on the opposite side of the Earth from you at the time of birth. Often associated with home and family, this can be thought of more generally as a deep place of inner connection, grounding, and centering within the psyche. You feel “home” here. It is more private, interior, and less visible than the other angles, thus planets within 10 degrees are important psychologically but might be less obvious to those who don’t know you in your private life. Some house systems always make this the cusp of the fourth house which is one of the four angular houses and generally more prominent.

Tarnas, R. (2007). In Cosmos and psyche: Intimations of a new world view. (p. 84). Penguin USA.

Personal vs Outer Planets
  • The “personal planets” are the fast-movers: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, and Mars. We also include the nodes and angles (Asc, MC, Dsc, IC).
  • The “outer planets” are the slow-movers: Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.
  • Jupiter is a special case. Read “Ranking Transits by Importance” for more.
Zodiacal Archetypes (Signs)

The zodiacal archetypes, also known as astrological signs, provide a rich and nuanced understanding of human experience, growth, and potential. You can spend a whole life learning the depths and layered meanings and multitude expressions of the astrological archetypes without ever casting a chart or learning astrology. For now, here are a few guides for beginning to work with them.

Modalities – There are three groupings composed of four signs which oppose and square each other. Because of this cross-like alignment, it’s handy to call them: the Worldly Householder Cross, also known as the Cardinal signs; the Cross of Sovereign Experience, also known as the Fixed signs; the Cross of Service to Spirit, also known as the Mutable signs. 

  • Householder Cross: Aries the Warrior guardian of the world order, Cancer the Nurturer guardian of the domestic sphere, Libra the Partner guardian of the social order, and Capricorn the Manager guardian of the public sphere.
  • Cross of Sovereign Experience: Taurus the Embodied Spirit in love with matter, Leo the Star in love with being an inspiration, Scorpio the Jedi in love with wielding power and life force, Aquarius the Visionary in love with brilliant emancipatory thought.
  • Cross of Service to Spirit: Gemini the Witness to thought transmission, Virgo the Precision weaver of the sacred order of things, Sagittarius the Seeker of meaning and far horizons, Pisces the Inspired receptacle of creative vision or mystical union.
  • Note that these descriptions attempt to capture some of the core intent of the zodiacal archetypes, and don’t go into detail about their shadow or oppressed expressions, nor all the great richness and variety of their archetypal expressions.

Elements – The elemental nature of the signs may be more familiar: fire, earth, air, water. Remembering the elemental order will help you to remember the sequence of all the signs. Say it outloud to yourself, it’ll stick in your head! I learned this almost 40 years ago and still use it: fire, earth, air, water, fire, earth, air, water, fire, earth, air, water – this repeats three times from Aries to Pisces: The spring signs Fire (Aries), Earth (Taurus), Air (Gemini); the summer signs Water (Cancer), Fire (Leo), Earth (Virgo); the fall signs Air (Libra), Water (Scorpio), Fire (Sagittarius); the winter signs Earth (Capricorn), Air (Aquarius), Water (Pisces).

Aspects or Angular Alignments (conjunctions, trines, etc.)

☌ Conjunction 0° – direct trigger, unification alignment, blending of energies. Most important, together with oppositions.

☍ Opposition 180° – awareness trigger, highlighting alignment, full moon type energies, planets opposite the sun will be closest to the Earth at the opposition. Most important aspect after conjunctions.

□ Square 90° – conflict trigger, if – but – struggle – tension, structural alignment, meditate on the four major phases of the moon: New, First Quarter, Full, Last Quarter. Less important than conjunctions and oppositions, but still dynamic and activating.

△ Trine 120° – harmonious blending of archetypes, fortuitous potential requiring a bit more choice to engage (whereas the conjunctions, oppositions, and squares tend to force themselves into activation).

⚻ Quincunx 150° – difficult, lack of understanding, angle of separation or adjustment; used primarily with long-lasting outer planet transits.

⚹ Sextile 60° – help and assistance; used primarily with long-lasting outer planet transits.

For more, see “Aspects Chart” below.

Orbs (Windows of Activation)

Transits operate during an active window, called an “orb,” which peaks around the exact alignment, but which tapers off before and after the alignment in a wave of intensity.

  • For faster planets transiting the natal chart, the period during the exact alignment and 1 degree to either side represents the peak. With outer planets, there can be 3-5 exact alignments over a several year period, and the start and end of this period would be the fully active window for the transit. The 2-5 degree window leading up to and following this period acts more like a background archetypal signature, sort of like a mood, which can emphasize or color other transits during the same period.
  • Conjunctions and oppositions between outer planets and other outer planets (universal, not natal transits) follow a wider orb. For Pluto, Uranus, and Neptune, 15 degrees generally works. For Saturn and Jupiter, 10 degrees tends to be more appropriate. Squares and trines use a smaller 5-6 degree orb unless other outer planet alignments are occurring in which case the orb can expand up to 15 degrees.
  • Solar underworld cycles (solar conjunctions) operate during an approximately 10 degree orb.
Aspects Chart – to determine the aspect when degrees match but signs don’t

Use this chart to determine the aspect between planets with a close degree match. For close degree matches that span the end or beginning of a sign, you’ll need the graphical chart wheel to help figure it out (for example, 2 degrees Pisces squares 29 degrees Taurus, but you might need to see it visually to get it). Just remember that there are 30 degrees in a sign and that degrees go from 0 to 29°59’ and then flip over to 0 degrees of the next sign.

IF YOUR PLANET IS INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS CONJUNCT INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS OPPOSITE INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS SQUARE INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS TRINE INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS QUNINCUNX INTHE TRANSITING PLANET IS SEXTILE IN
AriesAriesLibraCancer or CapricornLeo or SagittariusVirgo or ScorpioGemini or Aquarius
TaurusTaurusScorpioLeo or AquariusVirgo or CapricornLibra or SagittariusCancer or Pisces
GeminiGeminiSagittariusVirgo or PiscesLibra or AquariusScorpio or CapricornLeo or Aries
CancerCancerCapricornLibra or AriesScorpio or PiscesSagittarius or AquariusVirgo or Taurus
LeoLeoAquariusScorpio or TaurusSagittarius or AriesCapricorn or PiscesLibra or Gemini
VirgoVirgoPiscesSagittarius or GeminiCapricorn or TaurusAquarius or Aries Scorpio or Cancer
LibraLibraAriesCapricorn or CancerAquarius or GeminiPisces or TaurusSagittarius or Leo
ScorpioScorpioTaurusAquarius or LeoPisces or CancerAries or GeminiVirgo or Capricorn
SagittariusSagittariusGeminiPisces or VirgoAries or LeoTaurus or CancerLibra or Aquarius
CapricornCapricornCancerAries or LibraTaurus or VirgoGemini or LeoPisces or Scorpio
AquariusAquariusLeoTaurus or ScorpioGemini or LibraCancer or VirgoAries or Sagittarius
PiscesPiscesVirgoGemini or SagittariusCancer or ScorpioLeo or LibraTaurus or Capricorn
Ranking Transits by Importance

Transits of Saturn, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto to personal planets, nodes, or angles are the most important of the transits and most professional astrology transit readings will only focus on these. Conjunction and opposition rank at the top, followed by square, and then trine. Outer planet transits to outer natal planets can prove important when combined with outer planet transits to personal natal planets.

Transits of Jupiter are trickier to weigh. They do not have the impact that Saturn transits do on the natal chart, despite the fact that Jupiter is the largest object in the solar system except for the sun. In fact, Jupiter is bigger than all of the other planets, moons, and asteroids combined! Use a 15 degree orb for natal transits, unlike other transits which use a 0-5 degree max orb. Where Jupiter shows up vividly is when it aligns with outer planets or adds its weight to a longer-lasting outer planet alignment. A perfect example is the “perfect storm” of 2020 when Jupiter joined Saturn and Pluto and remained within orb near them for the year. Jupiter can usher in life-changing periods, but tends to do so primarily in combination with other outer planet transits, as well as for those comfortable with Jupiter strategy: Dream big, adopt great generosity, stretch forth your hand, look for win-win solutions in the here-and-now.

Transits of Mercury, Venus, and Mars are also short-lived, lasting a few weeks (use a 5 degree orb). The exception is synodic phase returns, which are an advanced topic. Journal about events and moods during this window. As with the Sun and Moon, conjunctions are the most important, followed by oppositions, squares, and trines.

Transits of the Sun and Moon tend to be short-lived and often subtle, with some notable exceptions:

  • When a conjunction from the Sun activates an existing longer-term transit either that you personally are experiencing or that’s happening globally, its influence can act like a significant amplifier for a week or two (approx  5 degree orb but focused intensely around the exact alignment).
  • When the Moon does the same, the effect is more subtle but still noticeable. The orb of influence seems to mirror the Earth-based experiential perception of the moon’s phases which tends to separate them into roughly 8 phases of 3-4 days each. Similarly, the moon’s focus wave intensifies during a 2-3 day window around the alignment, with an emphasis on the applying (day leading up to the conjunction).
  • The solar return during which the Sun conjuncts your natal Sun happens every year on your birthday. Some people work with the chart of that moment – the Solar Return chart – as kind of a snapshot for the coming year.
  • World transits of the sun opposite to planets are kind of special. Like the Full Moon, they highlight and magnify the planet. We are closest to that planet during solar opposition, so this represents a unique moment during the year when that planet will appear at its brightest to us. (Not applicable to personal transits from the sun).
  • Transiting planets conjunct the transiting sun are also in a special phase, as they disappear in the glare of the sun during that time. Astronomers call this “occultation by the sun.” Invisible at any time of day or night, they can be thought of as entering the Underworld where they will pass out of the realm of consciousness and into the realm of visceral experience where intent and desire intersect with transformational forces. There are many mythic stories of death and rebirth which revolve around these Underworld phases. (Not applicable to personal transits from the sun).
  • Mercury and Venus have additional unique phases of their cycles during which they align with the sun, such as the Gates of Venus. These will be explored separately.

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