Astrology Column

Belinda Dunn is a professional astrologer, trained at The Temple of Kriya Yoga in Chicago, and has more than 35 years experience. See her bio and contact info at the end of this column.

What's Up September 2016

Virgo Solar Eclipse
September 1 @ 5:03 am

Virgo/Pisces Lunar Eclipse
September 16 @ 3:05 pm

Mercury Direct
September 22 @ 1:31 am

Autumnal Equinox
September 22 @ 10:22 am

Libra New Moon
September 30 @ 8:11 pm

September appears to be jam-packed with major astronomical and astrological phenomena.

A solar and lunar eclipse, Mercury retrograde, the Autumnal Equinox, Pluto entering a direct phase, and to top it all off, a New Moon in Libra on September 30. Clearly, September is a month of profound and rapid transition from one season to the next.

The eclipses have an 18.6 year cycle through the zodiac wheel. Within this larger cycle, every six months, our Sun, Moon and Earth precisely align in a way that the light from the Sun (solar eclipse), or light from the Moon (lunar eclipse), is darkened and obscured.

Eclipses routinely amp up intensity, presenting the necessity and possibility of major evolutionary steps of consciousness. This is a time when the veils between dimensions dissolve, a time whereby access to other realities and states of higher consciousness is more readily available.

The current eclipse cycle activates the zodiac polarities of Pisces and Virgo. Thus, the solar eclipse last March was in Pisces, and the eclipse on September 1 takes place in Virgo. Understanding these zodiac teachers can go a long way in dispelling the confusion and emotional reaction that is characteristic of eclipses.

Typically, we are shown what needs to be released based on numerous triggers in our outer environment. In this case, Virgo and Pisces are both associated with healing. Virgo's domain is the mechanics of physical function, the soul's vehicle for incarnation. When Virgo is prominent it is easier to identify habits and lifestyle choices that may be impacting health in a detrimental way.

Pisces is more abstract, amplifying connection with spiritual truth, illuminating the inner processes of mind/emotion/ aspiration and belief. At this critical juncture, these eclipses can assist individuals, and humanity as a whole, in choosing life-enhancing habits as well as perspectives.

Time for Practical Analysis
Virgo tends to analysis and practicality. It excels in diagnosis. This skill can be used for bodily fitness as well as psychological health. Anywhere there is a need to identify a problem, Virgo delves deep to expose the bottom line. This skill is helpful across a large spectrum of daily life including business, mechanics and education. As the zodiac sign of service, Virgo can clarify and support the actual sharing of your unique talent in real life circumstances.

Mercury is the planet most closely associated with Virgo. Due to a retrograde period (August 30 – September 22), Mercury can present numerous delays along with the necessity to carefully think through complex situations.

Unforeseen problems may thwart forward movement, and leave one feeling frustrated and confused. In most situations, Mercury is asking for due diligence, and patient circumspection in researching options.

Clear Shift by the 16th
An awe inspiring and impressive Harvest Moon signals the lunar eclipse on September 16. You may find the themes of recent weeks come to a breaking point, culminating in a release, and clear direction for the remainder of 2016. Virgo is represented by the virginal maiden holding forth plenty, the sheaves of grain that exemplify the harvest of pure wisdom in this world of form.

September is a month for, “separating the wheat from the chaff,” and this is particularly true for the United States astrology chart. This lunar eclipse triggers the challenging and difficult work of coming to terms with present circumstances, and taking stock for future endeavors.

This essential reckoning process will be triggered by the uncovering of lies and hidden agendas. It is as though the spell is broken, and reality dawns.

As a young child, I recall my parents reciting, “You can't always believe what you read” which now applies to the 24/7 news cycle. The spewing forth of tainted, partial, illusory, and deceptive information has reached a new low. At some point, the pendulum must swing to a more reasonable, accountable and honest perspective.

Neptune is the uppermost planet in the United States astrology chart, shining over the destiny of all citizens. Transiting through Virgo in 1776, Neptune held forth many ideals as guideposts for civilization.

Neptune in Virgo is perfectly exemplified by the Statue of Liberty holding high the beacon of light, the beacon of freedom for all the world to aspire to. “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal.” Little did the founders know the course these words would take through history.

Challenges to Democracy
The country as a whole is back to the drawing board to update these ideals, to make them more real in the world of service and international stature.

In considering the planetary influences for September, I firmly believe, it is in those quiet thoughts and moments that each citizen has a choice. At the current crossroads, many are called to hold the beacon of intention high so these founding principles may be seeds that find fertile ground for future generations.

A very significant planetary trend culminates on September 10. I started writing about this trend last November, the first time that Saturn squared Neptune. This troubling trend has been at the heart of the presidential campaign. It spells disillusionment, deception and confusion. These planets have exposed the gap between ideals and reality, fantasy and fact.

Perhaps one way to maximize this planetary message is to applaud the exposure of real problems at the core leadership level. This has occurred repeatedly to the point that many citizens are disillusioned in the entire government, and may choose to not even vote in the November election.

Rising Above Disillusionment
This is not the first time the country has had to face this level of disillusionment. I clearly recall the Vietnam War era, when the emotional tenor of the country ranged from apathy to angry rebellion against the system. I could’nt have cared less about voting, because it represented participation in the system, and this attitude was fairly widespread.

It was only when my grandmother reminded me that women were not allowed to vote until she was a teenager that I stepped up to the plate of active participation in the democratic process.

This brings us to an important part of the United States astrology chart. At its inception, the zodiac sign of Sagittarius was rising in the east. This bestows an optimistic, can do, “the world is my oyster” attitude. This attitude can so easily slip into arrogance, entitlement, recklessness and gullibility.

Part of the current reckoning is Saturn in Sagittarius crossing over the United States ascendant three times this year (January, June and October).

Balance & Grace is Forecast
In an individual's chart this transit evokes an intense maturing phase whereby the individual is called to examine and upgrade self-image, expression, motives and actions. Globally, Saturn in Sagittarius is putting a spotlight on the country, but not in the most favorable light.

This election process is exposing weakness, but at a most opportune time. The country is ready to make major changes in perspective, address the gap in ideals and reality, reform its image, and mature in a way that can establish renewed credibility on the global stage.

On a lighter note, Sagittarius is the court jester. It is fascinating to note that some of the most effective investigative reporting is coming through comedy. Wisecracks can be just that, wisdom with a good dose of humor. Cracking open the serious and pretentious mindset of the day tends to bring forth the most lucid and trustworthy of information. Laughter is good medicine.

Jupiter enters Libra on September 9, where it will remain for an entire year. In the zodiac sign of peacemaker, Jupiter provides an extra dose of grace in the areas of partnership, foreign policy and legal matters. This soothing combination can serve to dispel many a conflict, pointing the way to mediation and diplomacy as a win/win for all involved.

On September 22, the Autumnal Equinox coincides with Mercury going direct. Sun enters the zodiac sign of Libra, symbolized by the scales of balance, and within days joins Jupiter. Together they bestow a more positive, benevolent and uplifting atmosphere.

The final week of September wraps up with Pluto entering a direct phase, and a Libra New Moon. Both of these influences are a green light go ahead. After many highs and lows, and several months of complications and snags, September ends on a high note.

Our Earth School
The zodiac energies for September are impressively to the point; summer fun is over, it's back to school, and back to work. From the larger perspective, Earth is a school for practicing and learning about matters of the spirit. Spiritual growth is just that, growth of the spirit. We abide in an inter-dimensional classroom, and the curriculum is not always easy to access and understand. It takes patience, humility and a big dose of heart to make sense of this reality.

Virgo plays an essential role in the maintenance of health, especially through the process of digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Between powerful eclipses, Mercury retrograde and the equinox, this is a month to get back on track with your service while establishing a pace that allows absorption and assimilation to occur.

Numerous difficult and intense global events are calling for attention, assistance, and action. Take in what is meaningful and true for you, and release what is irrelevant. Thus far, 2016 has given humanity much “food for thought.”

Belinda C. Dunn is a professional astrologer with over 35 years experience. She is available for your personal consultation. Email: Phone: 828-215-2101