The beautiful harvest moon on Sept 16 brings an odd chart, full of good and difficult things. The eclipse and full moon symbolically point to a change in structure—particularly with church and government. Jupiter’s Sabian Symbol represents the evolution of the sixth race into a higher level of humanity, and it sits close to mid-heaven, where God’s mind supposedly resides. (Jupiter on the midheaven can indicate cosmic help with goals.)
To me, the chart intensifies much of the energy felt through the summer. The motion of higher group consciousness into a state of love is amplified by Moon and Neptune in Pisces, and Sun in Virgo urges the continuation of discarding whatever is not necessary (and the addition of what is needed) in everyday life.
Mercury (communications) retrograde in Virgo delivers a bit of heavy feeling along with minor confusion and delays with the passage of life. Mercury retro can also cause misunderstandings and difficulty with interpreting words. On a higher level, it teaches kindness and a keener observation of judgement—if we are patient and tolerant. It also helps with discernment of the inner voice so that we learn if it is judgement or intuition speaking within us.
Venus and Jupiter are in Libra, which brings clarity of thought and quicker connection to the divine. On a lower level, it can lead to self-indulgence with beautiful things. On a higher level, the connection with beauty can open our souls to higher instruction.
Venus (love, beauty, material objects) opposes Uranus (spiritual change) during the full moon eclipse. It’s a difficult placement that can make it easy to confuse love and unsettled emotion, which can cause abrupt changes—both good and bad. With this aspect, it’s important to focus emotions on goodness and kindness. (Wait until after the weekend for intense debates and decisions—if possible.)
Mars (action, passion) in Sagittarius focuses on quests and moving forward, but it also squares (tension) Mercury (thought) and Jupiter (good fortune.) A square can indicate confusion with decisions and specific energies. In this case, it refers to thought (Mercury, communications) and good fortune, money (Jupiter.) It’s wise to wait on taking action with new ideas for another week or so until the planets are a bit more settled.
Saturn (time, karma) in Sagittarius is exactly square Neptune (mysticism, illusion) in Pisces. This aspect causes confusion. For example, we may know it’s time to begin a new business, find a different direction in life, or change the structure of our lives. But it’s difficult to see how to do it. (It’s a bit like driving in the rain and knowing it’s time to turn onto a particular road, but we can’t see it because of the fog.)
Sun, Mercury, and Jupiter oppose Chiron, the wounded healer. Mars squares Chiron. In other words, there is not much healing taking place, but we are very likely to see what needs to change. Knowing what needs changing is often a first step in healing issues, which is necessary in creating a new life.
In closing, Jupiter’s beautiful position to mid-heaven will likely give beneficial insights, which we will reap after the full moon and eclipse. In the meanwhile, we’ll continue to feel those incredible waves of love, confusion about our personal life, and strong indications about what we need to drop, alter, and create in our physical lives.
It’s all about finding the inner self and creating more of its presence in our physical lives. It’s a lovely process, which may feel difficult for a few days, but bright realizations will follow in the coming days.
Sabian Symbols *
*From Sabian Symbols by Lynda Hill
Sun sits on Virgo 25, “A Flag at Half-Mast in Front of a Public Building”. A flag at half-mast symbolizes a death or tragedy. The symbol could refer to the failure of national governments to provide to the public or the closing of buildings, providing services. At any rate, it represents awareness of shutting down and/or ending of a public service—or perhaps our belief in the value of these forms.
Moon sits on Pisces 25, “The Purging of the Priesthood.” In this chart, the sun symbolizes a problem with structures created for the public. The symbol for the moon focuses on altering spiritual structure in the outer world. Between the two, there is an indication of a large change on a social level.
Mercury retrograde is placed on Virgo 18, “Two Girls Playing with an Ouija Board.” The Ouija Board is often an introduction to the occult and psychic phenomena. But it is not considered a safe or controlled practice. It’s impossible to know “what” comes through the Ouija Board, but it is some form of intuitive or astral energy. (With Mercury retrograde, we “read” many forms of energy—and not all are accurate. It’s important to seek higher sources of information.)
Venus sits on Libra 22, “A Child Giving Birds a Drink at a Fountain.” Simple joys and gestures can lift our lives into beauty and happiness, particularly when based on spontaneous actions. A child’s natural generosity symbolizes the right emotion for aligning with love and experiencing joy.
Mars is placed on Sagittarius 24, “A Bluebird, a Sign of Good Luck and Happiness, Is Standing at the Door of the House.” Good fortune and rewards are implied in this symbol. Mars, which is action, is involved and places emphasis on right action. It implies the warmth of home and the positive feeling of alignment with the physical world.
Jupiter is on Libra 2, “The Light of the Sixth Race Transmuted to the Seventh.” It implies a transcendent shift into a state of higher consciousness for the human race. It asks for focus on personal evolution, right action in the physical world, and motion into a higher order.
It seems apropos for current interest in spiritual affairs and the lack of disciplined work associated with many of them. From another angle, it’s easy to read group consciousness and the sway of the masses in reaction to media. (It doesn’t make the reaction accurate or aligned. The challenge lies in aligning with higher truths.)
Julia Griffin, intuitive healer and owner of One True Self, began her work fifteen years ago under the tutelage of real wolves. Following their direction, Julia sees and reads energy, including animals, plants, and people. She works with people in session to find their resonance with the soul, clearing patterns and creating alignment with their inner path.