Posted on August 28, 2013 by Henry Seltzer of ASTROGRAPH.COM
The Astrology of September features Mars, Chiron, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Mars entered Leo just before the beginning of the month, and thus becomes an astrological factor that is even more feisty than usual. He stays in this compatible Fire sign all month long, and is therefore emphasized. There is also an inconjunct made from a stationing Pluto on September 11th, the twelfth anniversary of 9-11, which is part of a yod formation to Mars involving both Chiron and Pluto, so that this is a time when emotions of pain and anger may run high. In addition, Mars makes several close aspects at the key lunations to Neptune in Pisces, bringing in a shape-shifting quality to this monthly period as well, a time when reality seems only as real as our idea of it, and chameleon-like, changes to fit changing circumstances or momentary moods.
Chiron too is greatly emphasized in this month's configurations. Chiron represents the archetype of the Wounded Healer, and, accompanying these powerful archetypes for change, represents the pain of leaving behind what no longer works for us. Then, too, an important part of the transformation that will become increasingly necessary as this tumultuous decade unfolds is the recognition of where we have, in the past, been wounded and how we can help ourselves to heal. When you first, acknowledge and then accept the places inside yourself where the residue of early trauma remains, you can begin to welcome all the various parts of yourself to the table. This sets in motion a powerful healing effect, so that as you continue to witness the events of your life, and your responses to them, to begin to unwind the twists and turns of childish reactions to prior wounding.
Pluto, in Capricorn, stations to direct motion on September 20th, just before the weekend of the Fall Equinox, and only 2 ½ degrees away from his forming square with Uranus, which will perfect at the end of October. This will be the fourth hit out of a total of seven, with effects lasting throughout the decade. Uranus and Pluto in combination means that whatever has outlived its utility will have to go. Although this can be a difficult process unless we are prepared to let go, just as with the pruning of a rose bush the ultimate effect is for the benefit of new growth. The triggering of these two outer planet heavyweights becomes more frequent in the weeks ahead leading up to their exact hit on November 1st and still activated during the seven weeks that follow in the run-up to the year's ending
A close sextile aspect from Saturn also increasingly triggers the Uranus-Pluto square as the month unfolds, so that the momentum builds over the weeks ahead for a more powerful dose of this radical revolutionary and evolutionary combination. Bringing Saturn into the equation increases the momentum for structural changes of lasting value that will eventually coalesce.
We are, all of us, still in process, and after several years of this beginning of this decade of the tumultuous teens, what is more, starting to recognize it. Mary Oliver's poem The Journey sums the situation before us quite nicely when she begins:
One day you finally knew what you had to do and began
though the voices around you kept shouting their bad advice...
Little by little, as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice, which you slowly recognized as your own.