Pluto stations direct on September 4th (), square to Mars. This powerful station of Pluto implies that underground emotions may erupt to the surface in one way or another, and that the areas of life ruled by Pluto are emphasized in this 7 day period leading up to the Full Moon, including life transformation and drastic changes of all kinds, seeing more deeply, and darkly, into other's motivations as well as our own, and most importantly razing existing structures to make way for new growth.
The Lunar Eclipse Full Moon taking place on Thursday, September 7th (), squares Pluto, while it conjuncts and opposes Uranus, bringing out the latent connection between these two planets, both in mutable signs. Saturn is also still within orb of opposing Neptune at this time. We are asked to find our balance amidst the breakthrough information and swirling ideas that are likely to come up for us during this climactic period. The Mercury/Mars midpoint also conjunct the transiting South Node almost exactly right now, in square to a recently stationing Pluto, and there will be implications for our communications with others and our will to survive and to make our mark on the world in spite of everything, a process that builds from the very beginning of the month. We are being truly asked to step up to being all that we can be, or face the consequences of our relative inaction. If, as the poet says, there is a tide in the affairs of persons then this is it.
The Last Quarter Moon takes place on Thursday (), September 14th at 21 plus degrees, triggering all these outer planet configurations, including especially Pluto, which it opposes. As this Last Quarter Moon also conjuncts U.S. Mars – see above for more transits to the U.S. chart – there are also likely to be further implications for the military in this country and its perceived role in the world for this entire two-week period that includes the fifth anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.
This Last Quarter Moon period of time is traditionally considered a "crisis of consciousness" when we must face up to what works and what doesn't seem to get it regarding our process of discovery and growth. With Pluto so closely involved in this month's lunations and particularly in this one, we are being asked to look deeply into our process of personal evolution and honestly assess the choices we have made and continue to make for ourselves.
This New Moon and Solar Eclipse takes place in the final degree of Virgo (). The eclipse degree was triggered by Mars at the time of the Lunar Eclipse earlier in the month, making these two eclipses especially powerful and connected to each other. The New Moon also aspects Neptune and Saturn and the T-square that they make with Jupiter at this time, so represents another powerful lunation. The 29th degree is considered to be a "last chance" degree – a time when we must finally get it right or face the consequences. In Virgo, this degree could easily refer to the issue of the environment, so prevalent these days with the recent global warming debate heating up (as it were) as fresh disasters loom. The generation with Pluto in Virgo, born in the years from 1957 to 1971, are only just now beginning to come into power, and it likely that they will take a different attitude, an attitude that we already see emerging in our present times.
The Sabian Symbol for this degree, "A false call unheard in attention to immediate service," is a trifle mysterious, but I take it to mean "Don't allow yourself to be distracted." Lynda Hill summarizes the symbol as "there is a need to pay complete attention to the job at hand." Of course these days, we have plenty of distractions to contend with, and an increasingly important job at hand to deal with as well.
It also pertains to our political situation. Marc Edmond Jones puts his description of the last degree of Virgo thusly: "When positive, exceptionally gratifying self-fulfillment through the development of genuine integrity; and when negative, consistently witless indiscretion."
Taking place on Saturday, September 30th, this is a Libra – Capricorn First Quarter Moon (), the Sun having entered Libra one week past, at the time of the Fall Equinox of late Friday evening, the same day as the Solar Eclipse New Moon in late Virgo as described above. Venus also has just crossed into Libra along with Mars, and the Sun occupies the Venus/Mars midpoint, symbolizing right relationship between male and female, and balancing the masculine and feminine part of our own nature, a theme that will be prominent throughout October.
The First Quarter Moon is traditionally regarded as a "crisis in action," meaning a time when the ideas that were seeded at the beginning of the cycle in the previous New Moon reach their make or break moment. Looking to the symbolism of this Solar Eclipse, this is therefore one time when we must face the consequences of our actions or our relative inaction. That question is also linked at this time to the conflict between the ideal and the practical summed up by Saturn versus Neptune, a contrast that remains in the background all fall and winter, to re-emerge as a close opposition aspect next February, and then again in June. It is a question that we may ask about ourselves in general, and on all levels. Do we have the staying power of our positive vision for the future, or must we give in to whatever forces oppose our initial impulse? Only time will tell.