Accessing the Strength Within: The Astrology of September 20th - October 4th, 2020
Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you. ~Ruth Bader Ginsberg
(From the Know to Flow Forecast for Consciously Creating Life, Vol. 76)
This week, we begin our last section of big and bumpy astro for the year.
This is primarily involving the forced growth created by Saturn stationing direct in Capricorn in square to Mars retrograde in Aries. Mars is self-assertion, the warrior, and with it in reverse right now it can have us feeling frustratingly unable to move forward. Saturn, known for slowing things down with limits and restrictions, is finally going direct in challenging aspect to an already slow-moving and introspective Mars.
Whether we want to or not, we are building discipline, strength, and fortitude. Saturn is absolutely requiring now that we show up for this and do the work, and that we keep showing up for this as long as it keeps going, and in square aspect to Mars retrograde, we are basically blocked in to the situation at hand.
The good news is, we have a map, and the end is in sight.
First of all, this Tuesday is the equinox. The equinoxes happen in the spring and fall, when the sun arrives at zero degrees Aries and Libra, respectively. Aries and Libra are cardinal signs - they begin seasons. The other two cardinal signs are Capricorn and Cancer, which begin winter and summer. The solstices happen when the sun arrives at zero degrees of these signs. Cardinal signs are strong signs, and with all of the action in Capricorn, Aries, and now Libra, we have a lot of strong energy at play.
Also, take note, on Sunday the 27th we have a sweet spot as Venus in Leo aspects Mars retrograde in Aries - this is supportive because they are both in fire signs, the element of creativity. Venus is love and money, and in Leo she is all kinds of confident!
With the equinox comes a big shift, and we are now on the downhill slide to winter solstice and the new beginning it will bring, along with the shortest day and longest night of the year. Now we celebrate day and night being equal in length, and the balance and harmony that Libra loves.
The challenges that are coming now have everything to do with Saturn and Pluto stationing direct in Capricorn while tangling with Mars retrograde in Aries, all working over that same degree of Capricorn that Saturn and Pluto met at back in January.
If it feels like its been relentless since then, that's because it has been!
And maybe it won't feel that challenging to you personally. How any astrological transit feels to us, how it shows up in our lives, has everything to do with 1) whether it is hitting a sensitive point in our own natal chart, and what that point is and what area of life is affected, and 2) how consciously we are working that energy. This area of Capricorn has been getting raked over for some time now - there's the probability that even if it isn't necessarily a walk in the park, some of us are on the right side (top side) of it, and are working it to our advantage at this point.
I refer to the upcoming scenario as challenging astro for good reason - the protocol here is handle with care.
Pluto is in Capricorn, now sitting at 22 degrees as it gets ready to station direct on October 4th. It (unlike Jupiter and Saturn) will be remaining in that sign for a few more years. Pluto is a generational influence, taking about 20 years to transit each sign. It isn't easy - it's transformational - an influence that regenerates by first exposing, stripping, and destroying. Pluto is really being felt right now by the collective because it is in the crosshairs of all of the other activity between Jupiter and Saturn in Capricorn and Mars in Aries. Whenever Pluto is being stirred for us, we are going to be working with our relationship to power and our own underworld, and these can surface in all manner of subversive ways.
Saturn is currently sitting at 25 degrees Capricorn, getting ready to station direct on September 28th. When it stations it will be in square to Mars retrograde in Aries.
Before that happens, however, Mercury (the mind/messenger) in Libra will be opposing Mars and squaring up to Saturn at the same time it enters the pre-shadow of its retrograde (the point at which it will station direct at on November 3rd, which is election day here in the U.S.). This is happening Wednesday, Sept. 23rd, and Thursday, Sept. 24th. The 24th is also the first quarter square between the sun in Libra and the moon in Capricorn, which only increases the intensity and energetic tension. With the moon cruising through the final third of Capricorn on Friday, the 25th, we will be feeling the planets there even more strongly (Jupiter, Pluto, and Saturn), as the moon broadcasts whatever energy it is coming in contact with.
Then on Sunday the 27th, Mercury enters Scorpio, which brings yet another big energy shift. Scorpio is the Pluto-ruled sign of the deep psyche, secrets, sex, power, the taboo, and transformation. Mercury is already in its retrograde shadow, making its first pass over the territory it will be backtracking over between October 13th and November 3rd. Mercury was retrograde in February in Pisces, and then in June in Cancer. This is its third retrograde of 2020, again in water, in Scorpio, and this time the messenger and ruler of the mind, after deep-diving through the depths of the collective psyche, will station direct on election day in the U.S. Scorpio is ruled by Pluto (and traditionally by Mars, so Pluto in Capricorn and Mars retro in Aries are both tied in here again as well), and is the sign of secrets and unearthing, so don't be surprised at what gets dredged up during the coming weeks!
Next week we start off with a big day Monday as Saturn stations direct, but in square to Mars retrograde. This is another lurch forward as another planet that has been retrograde all summer stations direct, and its an important one too, because Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn, the sign where all of this action is. But with the square from Mars and Mars still retrograde until November 13th, it might not feel like as much of a relief as we would like.
These influences might be feeling intolerably restrictive and relentless at this point, but we are moving through this, and the energy is shifting. Keep returning back to the Mars retrograde protocol, as that will be coming up now, and also keep looking for the space that you can access right now, however small it might be. Keep turning towards what feels good, what feels nourishing, what feels simple, what feels supportive, and what feels easy. Take breaks, get fresh air, meditate, play with animals, do whatever it is that supports you, day in and day out, moment to moment, as we navigate this bit of intense energy. We are all swimming in this. We are all being stretched in some way. We are all facing some kind of challenge or adversity. And we all have the magical capacity to show up and meet whatever comes face to face, with courage, and with grace, not force, just like that beautiful woman standing face to face with the lion in the image above. We all have the power and strength to be her. We all have her within us. And this astro is helping us access her.
Love & Gratitude,
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