September 2012 Astrology – Henry Seltzer


 September  2012

Henry Seltzer

The Astrology of September features Mars, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. The forming square of Uranus and Pluto that has been with us all spring and summer makes another exact hit this month, with both planets this time in retrograde motion, and as the lunations from the end of August and the middle of September provide triggers for their action. Neptune is powerfully activated this month as well, being square the nodal axis and aspected by the lunations.

The Full Moon from the last day of August, the so-called “Blue Moon” because the second Full Moon of the month, a relatively rare occurrence, took place in Virgo and Pisces, with the Sun and Moon closely aspecting these three powerhouse outer planets, and with the Moon conjunct Chiron. Mars in Scorpio was closely in trine to Chiron/Neptune, quincunx Uranus and sextile Pluto, thus providing an interesting staging ground for the current month.

In September, at the moment of the mid-month New Moon in Virgo, Mars makes an exact septile to Pluto, while the Sun and Mercury aspect Uranus. The Fall Equinox taking place on Saturday, September 22nd, also represents an important juncture, and one which activates Neptune along with Uranus and Pluto.

All three outer planets are therefore highlighted once again, this month, just as they have been all summer. We have a confluence of archetypal forces of transformation coming down upon us, acting on behalf of the cosmos as they encourage us to rise to the occasion, stepping up to the place where we can see our evolutionary necessity lie clearly before us. As the spectacle of the summer Olympics reminded us, we too can be heroes. When we feel that we have done all that we can do to become the men and women that we know that we were all along meant to become, then we can rest easy in our slumbers – and on the laurels of our fully earned humanity.

The Sabian symbol for Uranus, in the mystical seventh degree of Aries, is “A man successfully expressing himself in two realms at once.” This describes the dilemma of the human condition, caught between the ordinary and that which transcends it, and expressing as well the collusion between those numinous inter-dimensional spaces beyond the physical, contrasted with the practical and mundane side of life. The symbol for Pluto in the seventh degree of Capricorn is “A veiled prophet of power,” which also speaks to this important distinction and to our difficulty in fully understanding the numinous realms that form the background for everything that we are.

The action of Uranus and Pluto is truly revolutionary, both within the sphere of worldly affairs, as we can see all around us, and within the spiral pathway of our own lives as well, as we stretch ourselves to reach for what was previously beyond us.

Neptune in Pisces, also prominent, remains widely squared by Jupiter through the first half of the month, reminding us that we are made of the stuff of imagination and live in an imaginary world, in one sense. But this also means that we can remake that world by a shift in how we see it.

ARIES (March 20-April 19). You are getting your bearings, Aries. It is probable that significant others in your life are there for a reason, and yet this purpose is mysterious and at times seems to run counter to your own patented brand of individuality. Various areas of limitation inhibit your natural flow, or are they safety rails that keep you on track? The summer up to now has been a contemplative one that brings up more questions than answers. You might feel like a confused wanderer but what you really are is a voyager in search of a more genuine knowledge than the purely intellectual and that therefore satisfies you deep down.

TAURUS (April 20-May 19).  Your world is changing, Taurus, or is it just your perception of it? You are in the midst of a major shift, and, rather than strictly outward, this is one that takes you farther toward the inside. Good fortune is your teammate this month, when a pathway that has been stuck for a time might suddenly open, perhaps involving partnership with others as an adjunct to your own process of growth and change, a stimulus not a take-over. You are thirsting for a form of communication that is uniquely yours, and for self-expression that is vibrant but in touch with the deep mystery of life. You have your own path to follow and yet you still might find that certain others can be extremely helpful as you traverse it.

GEMINI (May 20-June 20). Your future is calling, Gemini, and you’re beginning to get the message. The bad news is that deep-rooted change is an important part of the picture – no way, really, to avoid it – but then, that is the good news as well. There is a mystical sense of destiny that is creeping into your reflections regarding career possibilities lately, and it is such that you find the path with heart to be the only one worth following. You might just have to give in and reprioritize along the lines sponsored by an inner rather than outer sense of direction. Attitude can make all the difference. In the face of troubles such as the world is increasingly subject to, optimism is as valid a response as pessimism, and basically more fun.

CANCER (June 21-July 20) This is an exciting and productive month, Cancer, when you can measure your success by an inner standard. You are caught up in a whirling set of circumstances and it is easy to be confused. Career choices have been coming at you rapid-fire, and related partnership issues also, and you might need a moment just to breathe.  Meditation is rewarded. There is true gold to be found on the inside; not the gold medal of public recognition, nor yet the color of financial reward, but a calmness more closely related to the golden mean that the ancients knew who saw opportunity in equilibrium over excess.  When you seek this balance at the very center of your life you will find it; and when you find it you will know it.

LEO (July 21-Aug. 21) This is the time of your life, Leo, in spite of the apparent difficulties. The future looks simultaneously bright and complex, especially since you sense that your changes are still far from complete. Yet, things are only as grim as you believe they are, and problems, once solved, turn into triumphs. Stopped in your tracks one moment, in the next things can turn around. You have tons of energy and mental enthusiasm to leap the tallest buildings while saving the day. You win when you can admit that the glass might actually be half full rather than the other way ’round. It helps immensely to recognize that your mundane, logical mind has only a small part of the answer, with the grace of Goddess and the gifts of Spirit playing the biggest role.

VIRGO (Aug. 21-Sept. 21) You have been transforming mightily, Virgo, and at times rather suddenly, in your sense of self and in your understanding of who, at base, you really are. Your work in the world vitally depends on this understanding, so that you might be proceeding differently there, even if toward many of the same goals. Then, too, as your outer persona is changing so also is the concept of the way that you handle the key relationships in your life. Idealism can get projected onto partners, and when you alter your approach and withdraw your unconditional approval, it can be upsetting to everyone. One solution is to make compromise your goal; and intend that living with the paradoxical nature of the human condition, rather than something to avoid, could be something to embrace.

LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 22) You are evolving from the inside out, Libra. Sudden relationship epiphanies are coming your way faster than you can count, and all the while your learning curve is on a steep ascent as you transform concepts of family, of your home base and of service to the surrounding collective. The very obstacles that you run into are there to remind you of how well you can succeed against adversity. This affects everything: career and vocational initiatives, the way that you see others around you as growing and evolving alongside you, and your own future possibilities as you value yourself in so doing.  All this is quite compelling, but none of it qualifies as worthwhile anymore without a good deal of oneness and heart-felt compassion churned into the mix.

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) This is a time of great change for you, Scorpio, although in another way just run-of-the-mill. Periodically transforming everything in your life is routine, for you, as the snake sheds his skin to make way for the new deal. Your work in the world is important to you these days but is less than fundamentally interesting to you unless it represents true calling. The road that you are on is no simple path, and refers back to outer performance as well as to inner realizations you have only just begun to fathom. Significant others help to light your way forward, but they cannot make the journey with you. What you need must be uniquely yours; no one can guide you.  You must seek and eventually find your own way home.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 20) This month is shaping up nicely for you, Sagittarius, if deep transformation is truly what you are after. There have been many wafflings and reimaginings of your situation since the year began, leading alternately to enthusiasm and confusion regarding what you are up to. Now, finally, you are beginning to get it that this mission you are on to reinvent yourself, while reflecting a spirit of fun, is also deadly serious. This journey makes full use of shining self-expression that is uniquely your own. Partnering with others around you has also assumed a huge piece of the action, and can be seen as both catalyst and aid to your own arc of development that is still far from complete, and that leads you onward toward the late fall, and further breakthrough.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) You are getting clearer, Capricorn. Even as you succeed admirably in outer world pursuits, there have been intimations of big changes coming through you from deep inside yourself, as well as an understandable hesitation to fully take an irrevocable plunge. Your train is running along smoothly and why rock it? But as this monthly cycle continues to unfold, and helpful partners interject their messages for your consideration, you are being swayed subtly forward. With the drum-beat of your transformation still ringing in your ears, you are beginning to feel an exhilarating sense of mission for a path that is uniquely your own. You might not be ready to completely jump the tracks and take off across the unexplored fields and meadows, but something deep inside your awareness is telling you to take a chance.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 17) An interesting month unfolds for you, Aquarius, as you make better progress toward the revitalization of your life’s currents. Partnership is powerful for you now, and contains a mystery. Over the previous couple of months you have been engaged in a process of rethinking all your relationship connections; and you have come out the other side stronger and more fully present. As one result you are feeling a great deal of joy in creativity, and in creatively working with the energies of the cosmos to internally connect yourself up, bridging interior gaps that, though the indications were plentiful, you didn’t even know that you possessed. You are therefore able to effect a new form of partnership, one that takes place deep within the confines of your very own mind and heart.

PISCES (Feb. 18-March 19) You are turning a corner, Pisces. You have been well aware of the importance of partnership in your life but now that takes on a whole new meaning in the light of recent life path researches that you have been conducting. You have their input but you find that it doesn’t take you anywhere you didn’t already know you were anyway heading. Your home base looms as more important than ever, and you are developing a mission statement for your path forward that you can really believe in. As you do and as you begin to execute on it, peace settles over you. Toward year’s end you continue to revel in your inner work and look forward with greater confidence to see your future unfolding just as it was supposed to, all along.

Henry Seltzer, transformational astrologer and creator of the TimePassages astrology software, is based in Santa Cruz, California. An extended look at this month’s star signs and a variety of astrology reports are available on his website. Henry also offers life enhancing private astrological counseling.

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