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 2014

September 2014
Harvest Full Moon
September 8 @ 9:38 p.m.

Autumnal Equinox
September 22 @ 10:29 p.m.

Libra New Moon
September 24 @ 2:14 a.m.

September is a month of transition in numerous ways. As the school year gears up, warm weather activities and vacations wind down. Sun transits through the zodiac sign of Virgo represented by a beautiful and virtuous maiden, her arms laden with all the blessings of a rich and abundant harvest.

Practical, industrious and grounded, Virgo is the zodiac teacher of learning and experience on the wisdom path. Virgo energies drive us back to work, back to school, and in the case of this September, back to the drawing board.

Back to the Drawing Board
The image of a drawing board brings to mind the necessity for experimentation, flexibility and possible revamping of proposed projects.

On the drawing board of life, there are times when it is advantageous to step back with the critical eye of circumspection, evaluate what is working, and what no longer serves progress. Culling the wheat from the chaff is an appropriate Virgo symbol for this month of September.

Planetary trends over summer months were chaotic, uncertain, as though hidden forces were holding things back. It took deep introspection and insight to weed the garden of life, and get to the bottom of troubling situations and circumstances.

There was a tendency for deep reservations, resistance and fear to surface in this process. To a certain extent this trend is complete. There may be some finishing touches, but by mid-September numerous planetary trends help to elevate the mood, and buoyantly stimulate appreciation for what has been released, while encouraging optimism for what is to come.

SuperMoon Intensity on all PEMS
Harvest Moon on September 8 is a SuperMoon known for intensifying emotional reactivity, weather related events and shifts in consciousness. This Full Moon offers a unique opportunity to diagnose and address core wounds in self and others.

For some people this will relate to tangible physical/medical conditions. Other may experience this SuperMoon on more psycho/spiritual levels. Healthcare practitioner alert! More than likely, you will be busier than usual this month.

Increasingly, the healing community recognizes the holistic nature of human incarnation. As the well-known spiritual song, "Dem Bones," points out, "The toe bone is connected to the foot bone and the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone and the ankle bone is connected to the shin bone."

To take this idea further, every bone, organ, muscle, tissue, every single cell is connected in holistic concert with each other. Additionally, the mind cannot be separated from emotion, and in physical form, the body cannot be separated from spirit. While this understanding is recognized in traditional and tribal ways, science has lost sight of this basic reality over recent centuries.

Personal Growth & Holistic Healing
On an archetypical level, much of this evolution of consciousness can be attributed to a small planet orbiting between Saturn and Uranus. Discovered in 1977, Chiron joins our solar family as the archetypical wounded healer.

Personal growth and holistic healing came to the forefront during the 1970's. It became acceptable and advisable to come out of denial, acknowledge one’s wounds, and implement a variety of modalities for healing. As Chiron actively engages this entire SuperMoon dynamic, be on the lookout for possible solutions to health issues.

This brings us to the fact that Chiron is currently transiting through Pisces skies (2010-18). This is an interesting position as Pisces relates to soul and spirit, the intangible nature of existence.

Over these years, Chiron is pointing the way to a deep healing of the human psyche. While illness can show up in a variety of conditions, ultimately, a genuine and real healing lies somewhere within the nebulous realm of one’s inner life - the meeting place of body, mind and spirit.

Awareness of the subtle bodies, and their role in health is becoming more recognized by the mainstream. Spiritual virtues such as forgiveness, surrender, relaxation, authenticity, honesty and love, are coming to the forefront as core values for living a healthy life.

Chiron is truly one of the most fascinating and helpful of planetary influences in these times that put significant demands on the body and psyche to adjust in an increasingly technological, information driven, and interdependent global network.

When we take into consideration the residual effect of numerous lifetimes residing within the subtle energy body, no wonder life can feel overwhelming at times. After billions of years and lifetimes, in this dimension and others, humanity is in the process of purging and clearing the very patterns that caused a separation with Source.

We are multidimensional beings, functioning on many levels of consciousness, and this earth body is a small representation of the vastness of existence.

Orbiting between the inner planets of self-awareness and the outer planets of transcendence, Chiron has been named the "Rainbow Bridge." Thus, Chiron offers an essential teaching. Physicality is necessary for learning on many levels. It is in this dimension where the theoretical is embodied and learning becomes very basic and real.

Learning from Consequences
It is on Earth that humans experience the law of cause and effect, the result of emotion, belief and action. In actuality, the body is a gift to experience Earth school curriculum with repercussions throughout the totality of existence.

Traditionally, Mercury, the planet of communication, is assigned the planetary ruler of Virgo. However, since the discovery of Chiron, many astrologers have come forward proposing Chiron as the ruler of Virgo. This gives a new and expanded picture of Virgo, the zodiac sign of illness and healing.

This change of ruler-ship really makes sense to me, and speaks to the major leap of consciousness currently taking place.

For example, I have found that individuals with Virgo prominent in their personal astrology chart, have very strong minds. This is a blessing and a curse. They are very intelligent and alert, but their analytical, detail oriented minds can work overtime contributing to perfectionism, worry, stress and strain. In many cases, this diminishes satisfaction in life.

When Mercury takes a break as planetary ruler of Virgo, and Chiron steps up to the plate, the true nature of this wise zodiac sign comes to the forefront.

Virgo has the insight and sensitivity to see what is out of balance, what needs to be healed and embraced. It also takes the tense, perfection driven edge off Virgo to lighten up, and to see being fully embodied in the physical dimension a gift from Source for purposes of awakening spiritual unfolding and expansion.

Onward to new horizons!
On September 13, Mars, the planet of action, enters Sagittarius. This zodiac sign of long distance journeys includes outer travel as well as inner travel into the realms of soul, spirit, dreams and prophecy.

The urge to expand horizons will be palpable - an enthusiastic, hopeful departure from limiting conditions of the past. This forward momentum will act as a decisive threshold into autumn months, and the preparation for 2015.

Up until now, Mars has been in the relationship signs of Libra and Scorpio all year. Many conflicts and differences have surfaced, in addition to a competitive, combative, aggressive attitude between individuals and nations.

Thankfully, Mars will remain in Sagittarius until late October, lightening the mood, and stimulating the courage to explore what is next around the bend.

Autumnal Equinox on September 22 followed by a Libra New Moon on the 24, presents a distinct shift in direction. Add to this potent combination, Pluto’s stationary direct position on the 22nd, and life once again provides a breakdown/breakthrough opportunity. It can be helpful to pay attention to the rumblings of change as early as the week of September 7-13.

Planetary Purging & Transformation
Pluto reaches a station point twice a year, and the last time was April. As the kingpin of planetary transformation, Pluto has the tendency to surface what is hidden from the conscious everyday mind.

I have written extensively in recent years about two planets triggering vast change on almost every level of the economic, social and planetary front. Uranus square Pluto (2012-2015) is a rare planetary combination of intense upheaval, clashing of differences, contrast and conflict.

There is a deep purging going on. On the surface it shows up as chaos, uncertainty, trauma and volatility. If you have not had an on-going repetitive challenge over the past several years, consider yourself fortunate.

Astrologically speaking, individuals and nations that are particularly susceptible to these destabilizing forces have this Uranus/Pluto square exactly activating in their charts, but no one is exempt from this process of far reaching and fundamental change.

When humanity comes out on the other side of this dark tunnel, we will look upon a world transformed. It is not as far away as one might think and we don’t have to look too far.

Personal Release Also
Consider what you have had to release since 2012. Consider all the ways you and the people around you have been forced, usually by necessity, to grow and face difficulties in a brave and innovative way.

It’s time to take the blinders off, wake up to a sense of responsibility for the condition of one’s consciousness and resultant life circumstances.

Pluto’s transit through Capricorn (2008-2025) is a generational influence that is pushing, surfacing, and insisting that the extreme inequities of greed, avarice, deception and corruption are in our face, so to speak. It is all the ego’s deluded effort of conquest and competition. It may seem as though humanity has lost its way, and feel overwhelming.

Even though Uranus and Pluto stir things up on just about every level of our collective experience, this process is, there is very good news. These planets have never failed to surprise and delight me.

As the old world crumbles, the new is being born. All the signs are there for those willing to see beauty, to acknowledge kindness in those around them, and to experience the ever-present love and light of Source - upholding the true nature of existence on Earth.