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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Full Moon on September 19, 2013: Stepping up to our Evolution

The September Full Moon is on September 19, 2013 at 5:12 AM MST.  The Sun-Moon axis is at 26 degrees and 41 minutes of Virgo and Pisces.

Two 'challenge' features really stand out in the September Full Moon horoscope: The Jupiter-Mercury square at 16 Cancer and Libra, and the North Node-Saturn-Venus conjunction at 8-9 Scorpio.  The Jupiter-Mercury square is the triggering feature of a grand cross with the long-running Uranus-Pluto square.  (although the aspect from Jupiter-Mercury to Pluto is too wide to be considered by itself, Uranus brings Pluto into play in this aspect.)  The Saturn-North Node-Venus conjunction is a several-week influence that requires our 'stepping up' concerning practical matters and difficulties.  Pluto exactly sextiles the North Node conjunction, indicating a linkage and a 'working together' between the two influences.

What does it all mean?

The North Node and Saturn both represent life-long lessons, although the orientation of each is different.  

The Nodal axis represents our intersections with society, with masses of people, with destiny, to what we are leaving behind (karma and useless behaviors) and to 'where we are going' in light of external forces and influences. 

Saturn represents our seriousness in the execution of our daily living, it is our taskmaster. There is no joy in Saturn's realm, it's all about executing responsibilities, paying consequences, and dealing with limitations.  Saturn is also about our growing awareness of what our tasks and responsibilities really are and about our more skillful execution of them, with its attendant good results. Think of the craftsman that starts out as an apprentice and can do only the most simple things, but after long learning with mentors and years of practice at his craft, usually in the service of others, he becomes a master craftsman and a mentor himself. Woe to the apprentice or mid-level craftsman that doesn't pay enough attention to his work.  How many carpenters bruise their thumbs with a big hammer or worse, how many of the old-time metalsmiths have caused themselves serious injury by being too hasty with dangerous and hot tools?  This is all Saturn in action: experiencing consequences due to not enough seriousness and attention both to the tasks at hand and to the natural limits in our existence.

So, the Saturn-North Node conjunction at the Full Moon has everything to do with learning important lessons especially related to primary responsibilities, lessons regarding consequences related to those past responsibilities that we may not have taken seriously enough, or to past efforts where we may have achieved, but where we now realize we need to do better.  The external world and the people we interact with are important contributors to these lessons and the consequences that characterize this time. (The Jupiter grand cross is discussed below.)

Lunar Perspective:

Normally I write about the Full Moon chart from the perspective of the Sun on the Ascendant. This month, I'll write from two perspectives: Sun on Ascendant and Moon on Ascendant.  The latter is a curious approach that addresses our inner world and our intimate relations with self and others.

The Moon is at 26 Pisces at the Full Moon, giving the entire chart a Piscean feel. Vulnerability, flowingness, the fighting of the urge to flee at the slightest threat or provocation, aesthetic softness, and feminine character are all aspects of this full moon theme. Being in touch with whatever expresses our emotional ebbs and flows, be they music, poetry, visual art form, dance, writing, or other crafted and aesthetically appealing experience, is an integrated and mature way to live out the Piscean essence of this time.

Interwoven into this Piscean impressionableness are themes of individuation and transformation of self and career, and our relying on our greatest talents and skills for creating and managing our money, assets, and resources. Exuberant and maybe over-optimistic communication centered around creating beauty and balance in relationships is another theme, as is the doing of the hard work of formulating, executing, and achieving our highest life lessons and life purposes, especially as it concerns our heart's desires and the deepest qualities of our relations with others. 

The forces of individuation and personal transformation that arise from our inner drives have at their core a growing awareness of how we are impulsive and acting in a less evolved way. Observing how our impulses perhaps detract from our reputation and from the roles we aspire to perform well in the outer world gives us the opportunity to grow and evolve those behavior patterns that are ready to make a quantum leap. This growth helps to us to step up to increased leadership and mastery in our own spheres of activity and influence.

Cancer people figure prominently in our lives these days.  (Cancer the sign, that is.) These often-reserved people will tend to be more communicative, since they are feeling the need to relate with others more verbally.  For some of them, this isn't easy, but it will have its rewards. For others of us, this is a time to embrace others as family by exchanging verbal and written pleasantries, charm, small talk, shared positiveness, and emotional connectedness. Our level of ability and our success in doing this feed directly into our questing for personal growth and evolution. In other words, our skill and ability in open-heartedly seeing and embracing our circle of relations mirror for us our level of personal development, and expose what's next for us to work on.

For several weeks previous and coming, many experiences of deep import have spurred us to 'step up' in our expressions and actions  and re-evaluate past attitudes and actions in light of current developments. Deaths, severe financial troubles or asset risk due to debt or realized contractual liabilities, intimacy difficulties that come to a head (relational and physical), or family and friend difficulties have us reaching for ways to cope with loss, grief, and challenge, and have us working to improve our responses and our generation of solutions and remedies. Our heart's desires are tied up in this, and help from the outside is available to us, especially from women and from others who influence powerfully.

This is a time when severe natural, governmental, or corporate forces and influences can ravage our personal resources.  However, most of us are well-supported and empowered at this time to rebuild or build upon what we have created for ourselves.

Solar perspective:

A review of the Sun-on-Ascendant chart reveals outer effects of the themes and forces at work in our lives.

The Sun in the Full Moon chart is at 26 Virgo, which represents energy directed towards attention to detail, humility, service to others, the analytical eye and its resultant expressions (whether through crafting or criticism), and a managerial spirit.

Venus-Saturn-North Node in Scorpio in the 2nd house: The learning of major, difficult lessons around values and resources (assets).  Loss is possible, or hard work may be needed to keep what is owned. There may be desire to reduce one's possessions. Practical concerns regarding one's possessions and resources are paramount and need to be dealt with from a more elevated perspective than usual, especially as it concerns how much one needs to control what is owned. Can a more heart-centered approach to managing one's assets be achieved? Expert advice could be warranted.

Grand Cross: The ongoing Uranus-Pluto square squares Mercury and Jupiter.  All of the cardinal signs are populated by these planets. (Aries, Capricorn, Libra, Cancer)
This grand cross was more strongly in force about a week earlier than the Full Moon, although it is continuing. Anyone with planets in cardinal signs between 8 and 16 degrees is under stress and potentially difficult change, transformation, and/or transition, some sudden. Significant others (spouses, business partners, and the like, also open enemies) will seem smart and clever, and may execute surprising actions.  These can cause drama and significant tension either on the home front or internally (psychologically).  Taking the old, easy way out regarding shared resources (or new pooling of resources) can seem like a natural solution, although this can result in negative consequences later. This could be a way of deferring significant difficulties and potential crises. Problems and crises on the home front can contribute to the squeeze on personal resources, requiring more careful management, which is doable.  

Neptune conjunct Chiron in the 6th: it can be hard to pay enough attention at work, media distractions and fears and water concerns can pull one's attention away from the tasks at hand. New medical difficulties can arise, requiring attention that may be difficult to receive or manage.

Jupiter square Mercury, Mercury sextile Mars, grand cross: Too much talking and exuberant playfulness can actually help on the work front by imparting a feeling of 'family' to the team. Not everyone may be on board with that, however. On the other hand, family concerns or crises may need to be dealt with, making it a priority over work and career temporarily.

Significant organizational shifts are occurring by bold new leadership actions, such that communities are reorganized and structured in improved, positive ways, potentially creating empowerment. There is a lot of energy in the chart supporting such actions, generally portending positive outcomes.


In a rather rare coincidence, three consecutive Full Moons have fallen directly on planets in my natal chart.  The July Full Moon had the Moon conjunct natal Venus; the August Full Moon had the Moon conjunct my natal Sun, and the September Full Moon has the Sun at my natal Ascendant. Considering that there are 360 degrees in the chart, and only ten representing personal horoscope planets, and considering that the Sun and Moon only occupy two of these 360 degrees only twelve times a year, I thought this would be worth mentioning here.

The past two and a half months have been a time of significant personal and psychological growth for me, little victories, new ventures, and thankfully, no major changes. I've dealt with deep anxieties and shame, found allies in the healing arts to help me progress beyond these, and have restarted in earnest a couple of dormant hobbies of mine (piano practice and gold prospecting).  The aspects could have been read as portending major structural changes (and blowups) in my life.  Thankfully things didn't happen that way.

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