Current Planetary Influences


(written a few days before the 1st of September)

     Do we start off where we ended last month? It feels as though we have been hit with thunderbolts in every which way. So, the short answer is that we keep on going forward as each month leads us to the next month. The planets and stars have been influencing us to make shifts. If we pay attention we will notice that something has shifted within. We must be diligent to the shifts as we face our own shadow self. Then, the shifts can occur on all levels. Right now, we see the shadow of fear and hatred elevated. Just 3 of Trump’s recent executive orders – to give cops grenade launchers, bayonets and tanks; to restore flow of surplus military gear to local police and to order Military to reject transgender recruits indicates the mood of the previous month.

    The shadow side of our country’s identity has been highlighted this past month with the Solar Eclipse shining right on America’s birth chart Lilith. (Lilith, the dark moon was written about in last month’s column. Briefly, this part of our charts indicates where potential power is often suppressed. Lilith is an asteroid that represents where the shadow of the feminine is revealed.)  

   It is perfectly natural to keep moving forward while the shadow forces us to look over our shoulders and see what we don’t like to see. Back in the old days of radio there was a show called the “Shadow” narrated by Orson Wells originally. I was a mere child but I remember listening to the show and remember the words “The Shadow Knows”. Indeed. The show was about the darkness of the soul. We must see it for what it is; the eclipse shined on the darkness.

  Carl Jung wrote and taught about the shadow. And it was with Carl Jung that I first learned about the shadow. Then, as a student of Jim Lewis (founder of Astro*Carto*Graphy) I became much more aware of the underlying meanings of the shadow side of a planet

    Basically, Lewis said that the shadow is often the repressed and rejected parts of our unconscious. In order to become whole and fulfil our highest potential we need to assimilate all aspects of each planet.

   The shadow side of a planet can be experienced at any part of the chart. However, when the planet is at the descendant side of the chart themes of the shadow will be more immediately experienced. This is especially true in Astro*Carto*Graphy (location astrology). President Trump, has his Mars Descendant going through the geo-graphic location (Astro*Carto*Graphy) of North Korea. (He also has Mars Ascendant going through Washington DC but I will discuss that in next month’s column.)

   Overall, the Mars Descendant brings up our shadow of anger and fear. The descendant angle is a place in the world where we learn about ourselves through our relationships with others and with Mars at the Descendant we often feel bullied even though we might be the bully as well.

    Jim Lewis wrote articles noting that presidents who had their Mars lines in various locations are where there was war. As example George W Bush has his Mars MC line running through the center of Afghanistan. This was the nation where Bush launched his “War on Terror” on 20 September 2001.

    The difference between the 2 Mars lines is that Bush’s Mars in Afghanistan is a Mid-heaven (MC) angle which made his actions very public and definitely war-like. Trump’s Mars line in North Korea is on the Descendant and so it is in response to North Korea’s Kim Jong Un. Trump with Mars Descendant here would not want to initially start the war, but he will respond and/or react out of fear and anger.  

       The progressed Sun Descendant has themes of feeling supported. This is a time in Trump’s life when he is possibly learning to incorporate the natal planet Mars into a conscious plan for his life. He is likely to gain public attention for his responses especially because of his progressed Sun here (zero degrees Virgo and conjunct fixed star Regulus). His identity (progressed Sun in Virgo) is a shift from the identity he has exuded up to now. Good luck and creative responses can occur with this combination (Sun and Mars) or the explosion that he talks about is also a grave possibility. We may see a reset of attitudes all over the globe in the early days of September.

    I say this because Regulus, the fixed star, is part of this months’ line-up. This star is connected with transiting Mars in the early part of the month and then transiting Venus later in the month. In the 1900’s Regulus was at the end degrees of Leo and is now in Virgo. It takes about 73 years for a fixed star to move a degree. This fixed star is named “Little King in the Heart of the Lion,” and is called a Royal Star and conveys courage and positions of trust and fortune. Power is easily achieved. It has a Jupiter and Mars signature (from Ebertin and Hoffmann Fixed Stars and their interpretation) and influences enormous power; however there is a shadow side to this fixed star which is arrogance and misuse of power to the point of detrimental consequences. 

   Interestingly, Donald Trump has Regulus connected with his natal Mars and Ascendant angle in his birth chart and Regulus is now connected to his progressed Sun of zero degrees Virgo. It is easy to see how this fixed star has brought Trump fame, success and power as well as infamous notoriety.

   What will be interesting to watch is how this fixed star works with the overall consciousness in our society as it is connected with Venus and Mars this month.”

   The influence of Regulus with Mars could bring up heroic endeavors as well as war. When this influence is combined with Venus later in the month it could bring up much fanfare about social interactions, love, realization of better ways to take care of our planet (hopefully climate change), and empowering people to live according to their values and principles. It is important to respond, not react – especially in the beginning of this month.

   In the horrific and overwhelming disaster of Harvey people are responding in many capacities to help those who are stranded and left without housing or food. This is commendable and a great reminder of our collective humanity. This is the best side of our nature. Keep shining on the best most possible expression of humanity. Find your best and be your best.

   One thing is certain every minute counts. This is a time to release what doesn't serve you any longer and to engage in new ventures. It is a time to balance the practical with the ideal and honor what is sacred. Finally, it is a time to respond to life with positive and confident thoughts and actions.


    Overall, the Moon is void of course frequently but I only listed the dates when the void of course lasts for at least 4 hours during daytime hours.

    As a general rule, the moon goes void of course almost every other day but often for short intervals and during the night. It is a time to be centered and reflective. It is not a time to start learning or doing something new. It is easy to forget your wallet, purse or keys while the Moon is void of course.

September 2 – Moon void of course 10:31 AM to 2:07 PM MDT

   We are at the edge of the completion of Mercury Retrograde cycle on this day. There is an energy to finish everything that was being edited, evaluated and etc. However, keep mindful especially while Moon is void of course.

September 5 – Mercury goes stationary Direct 5:31 AM MDT and Mars enters Virgo

    This is a powerful day to experience compassion and a strong sense of direction. However, I don’t recommend taking action until at least 4 hours after the station at 5:31 AM MDT. A lot can change and errors of all kinds can emerge if you take action during the stations of the Mercury cycle. Faster moving planets such as Mercury are only stationary about 4 hours before and after the station. Slower moving planets such as Pluto will have a period of several days before and after the station.

   Mars in early degrees of Virgo is coupled with the fixed star Regulus now as that fixed star has moved into Virgo at end of November 2011. The shift from Leo to Virgo is definitely about shifting from masculine to feminine or finding the balance between these energies. Mixing this with Mars adds a valiant, successful and popular potential to your actions; however there is a shadow side of this combination which brings strong attention to missteps. No one wants to blunder with their actions – so keep in mind “don’t rush, take your time.”

September 6 – Pisces Full Moon – VOID OF COURSE from 2:30 PM MDT on to 6:02 AM the next day

    The Pisces Moon is conjunct Neptune providing imagination and vision for healing. This chart has a continuation of the Grand Fire Trine of Uranus, Saturn and Mercury but also includes Mars. We have had this Grand Fire Trine since February 2017.

    The planets Uranus and Saturn in trine are potentially combustible. It is as though we can jump from the frying pan into the fire. This is one possibility because trines make everything easy and easy is not always good as we have seen in our lives and in the history of our country. Trines do make things easier and in this case anger could fuel more anger at first. Hopefully, Saturn will act strongly in reserve. Saturn is all about focus and discipline and accomplishment with what is realistic, practical and accessible. Uranus, on the other hand, is adventurous, changeable, non-traditional and unstable.

    There is also a T-square between the Moon, Saturn and the Sun activating an emphasis of what is really the truth touching the emotions and very identity of everyday people. The world is made up of millions of everyday people doing their private lives until a major catastrophe occurs and then these very same people are elevated to heroes. It reminds me of the 1960 movie “the Magnificent Seven” where Charles Bronson told a youth that his father, a farmer, was much more a hero than he (Bronson a gun slinger) was because his father took care of his family every day of his life.

    Another very important formation of planets in this chart is the “Kite” which adds a sense of fate or solution to a problem that emerges because of the opposition between Uranus and Jupiter. The Kite includes Saturn, Jupiter and the North Node. Briefly, solutions, beliefs and ideas that are shared have scientific basis.

    The Sabian Symbol of the Moon has the image of “A Lady wrapped in a large fox fur stole” which is about the use of intelligence and mental subtlety as a protection against storms and trials. The metaphoric image of a fox is to be cunning and clever. This image is interpreted to mean that through intelligence there is the ability to adapt to any and all life situations. Spiritual will is able to face trials and challenging tests but the will needs to be shielded – thus “wrapped …” These ideas come from reading Dane Rudhyar’s An Astrological Mandala: the cycle of transformations and its 360 symbolic phases.

    My thoughts on this symbolic connection are that we can look at the devastating Hurricane and storm, Harvey, to understand how we must regard our actions and daily lives. We are born to overcome almost everything that comes our way because of our inherent will. Yet, we must cultivate our intelligence and protect not only what is in our immediate experience but in the future of our daily lives. This is a powerful day to utilize imaginative ideas to communicate and illustrate a breakthrough direction for the good of all. We are at a moment in time when the power of Life and Love can expand into a greater expression of responsibility through cooperation and maturity.

    Because of the void of course plan accordingly. Staying centered and focused are the key bywords of the afternoon and evening hours.

September 11 – Moon void of course until 1:30 PM MDT

    This is another time to be aware of distractions. Remember will is not enough; intelligence and protection are essential.        

September 13 -  Moon at Perigee

    The Moon at Perigee is when the Moon is closest to the earth and is similar to a building or waxing time of the Moon. Awareness of ambition and passion is awakened today.

September 20 – Virgo New Moon –

   This chart includes the Grand Fire Trine and the Kite we experienced with the Full Moon but no T-square.  We have the same planets activated as in the Full Moon. So, Saturn, Jupiter and North Node are creating the kite with Uranus, Saturn and North Node. The opposition between Uranus and Jupiter is very important as we begin the next lunar cycle. This opposition is exact at 27 degrees Libra (Jupiter) and 27 degrees Aires (Uranus). There won’t be another time in the immediate future that these planets have an exact opposition. I think the tension will be great and significant for each of us. This is a day to draw on the beauty, the loving and compassionate nature of Virgo. Breathe in peace throughout this day and stand unified with many all over the world who pray for peace.

    The Sabian symbol (28 degrees Virgo) depicts “A baldheaded man who has seized power.” The keynote is “that the sheer power of personality in times that call for decisions”. Dane Rudhyar says that “whether at the religious or at the socio-political and cultural level there comes a time when obsolescent patterns of order and cultural refinement have to be radically and relentlessly challenged.”  He goes on to say that “catabolic personages emerge to seize power and dictate decisions that alter the structures of society… At such times, the issue has to be met and, ruthless as the power may appear, it must be accepted.”

   My thoughts about this symbol are that we are in a dangerous time in history. Each of us must rise to our highest vibration and stand for virtues that mend rather than tear apart. I feel this symbol is metaphoric for the work we must do collectively with the shadow side of cultural identity. Nationalism is on the rise all over the world and this is really about the fear of joining with others. It is a time to see that we are all brothers and sisters who share the same sky and have common everyday dreams.

September 21 – Venus enters Virgo through October 14

    This is a great time to beautify your home, yourself and your life. The earth side of your life is exemplified as is your sense of justice for all. With Regulus (fixed star) joining Venus in earthy Virgo, we are recognizing the preciousness of our planet.

September 22 – Moon void of course starting at 7:06 AM MDT to 11:41 AM MDT

   Take your time and be with peace.      

September 22 – Sun enters Libra until October 23

    Libra is symbolized by the scales and balance - the balance of male and female, the balance of justice and emotions. It is a time in the year when we are more inclined to focus on others rather than on self. We could enjoy joining up with others for all sorts of partnerships. Fairness is highlighted. The time of Libra is when we share our creative interests and talents – especially in the area of the arts and justice. It will be a time when we hear a lot about legalities.

September 24 – Moon void of course all day

   This happens to be a Sunday and could be a great day for rest, reading, meditating, writing poetry and creating art.

  September 27 –Moon at apogee - Moon void of course in AM until 10:25 AM MDT

  If you are an early riser you might feel foggy this morning. No worries – it’s just the Moon. You might feel like you have extra work to do – remember to stop thinking too much and just be in the flow.

  The Lunar apogee is similar to a waning Moon phase when the energy is contracting and the Moon is farthest from the earth. People tend to feel more anxious with this phase because they are aware that there is less and less time to get things done. Be patient, be patient, be patient… stay centered and fill your heart with light. Find inspiration in a book, amongst friends, and/or on the internet.

  September 28 – First quarter Moon

  This is the time of the month when form emerges. We are in the waxing phase of the moon and are encouraged to do and take action. The key concept here is that there is tension between self and group. When tension is felt action is generally taken. Keep thinking that the tension is about creating the pearl – the pearl of wisdom and the pearl of merit.

    Thanks for stopping by. See you next time.













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