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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.

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What's Up: September 2013

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Belinda Dunn

Virgo New Moon
September 5 @ 7:36 a.m.
Virgo/Pisces Full Moon
September 19 @ 7:13 a.m.
Autumnal Equinox
September 22 @ 4:44 p.m.

Fields and trees offer up a full yield of sustenance for the masses in this season of harvest – the end of a year’s cycle of growth.

A Breakthrough Month
The month begins with a New Moon in Virgo represented by the Virgin holding bundles of grain. Her innocence and beauty are magnetic. Her wide-eyed wonder casts a spell of gratitude for the grace of Earth’s abundance from which these bodies come. Earthy, basic, pure and undiluted, Virgo reminds us of the possibilities of perfection.

Now that I have waxed poetic and philosophical, let me fill you in on Virgo’s downside, something I know well as I have plenty of Virgo emphasis in my astrology chart, and I seem to attract clients with similar traits.

Virgo Idealism
Out of all the zodiac signs, the Virgin is most attuned with the ideal. Whether it is an immaculate kitchen, just right decor, the perfect hairstyle, Virgo aims for perfection.

This is all well and good, as Virgo gets the job done, but when this trait gets out of hand, it can become an over striving work-alcoholic tendency that can truly suck the joy out of living spontaneously and compassionately in the dirty, messy trenches of everyday existence.

People without prominent Virgo tendencies, typically don’t get it. It all seems like "much ado about nothing." They don’t necessarily see what begs to be taken care of and attended to. Little things, like dust bunnies and cobwebs, commas and explanation points, can be overlooked unless one has Virgo eyes.

Typically dependable, punctual and meticulous, Virgos make excellent employees as they go the extra mile, and deliver the goods. But, the old adage, "all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," is only the tip of the iceberg.

Perfection is in the Oneness
My first astrology teacher used to say, tongue in cheek, "Virgo gets the booby prize of the zodiac." At first I was affronted and taken aback. How could one sign be singled out in this way? It didn’t make sense. Now, decades later, I completely understand what he was alluding to.

The booby prize is missing out on life as a result of placing undue attention on perfection, an impossible goal. It is one thing to aim for excellence in one’s work, but it is another thing to keep rigid expectations in terms of human behavior. Bottom line, no one is perfect.

A significant part of Earth school curriculum circles around acceptance of imperfection in self and others. The ideal of a Virgin birth has driven western culture for centuries. Generations have been held under the spell of Christian values, a code of morality that expects others to behave in a certain way. Only when Virgo relaxes and allows big picture perfection to be the goal, can life become sweet and satisfying.

Harvest Moon is aptly named for the Full Moon before Autumnal Equinox. Historically, the Moon’s full illumination allowed farmers to work longer into the evening, and harvest during the most propitious time. This year’s harvest moon is exact on September 19.

Astrologically the Sun is in Virgo, while the Moon is in Pisces. As much as Virgo lends itself to practical common sense, Pisces is otherworldly, opening perception to direct experience of universal consciousness. Feet on the ground, head in the stars, this Full Moon provides the "perfect" blend of walking our talk and living our truth.

Fall Equinox @ 4:44 pm: Grounding Our Truth
Autumnal Equinox is observed annually when the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Libra. This occurs on Sunday, September 22 at 4:44 p.m. I offer this exact time as number 4 in numerology is about grounding and stabilizing foundations. Symbolized by the scales of balance, Libra reminds us of the essential nature of keeping balance in all areas of life expression, especially in terms of relationship.

There are some challenges this month. In order to understand and prepare, let’s begin with Mars in strenuous aspect to Saturn on a Monday, September 9. Lending a serious air to the week, it is helpful to remain persistent and determined in the face of deadlines and demands.

Venus joins Saturn the middle of next week, September 18, which once again is a heavier influence, especially in matters relating to the heart. Unresolved emotions tend to burst to the surface for clearing. Affections wax between unsatisfied passion and detached reservation.

Another significant planetary factor is Pluto’s station point on September 20. From our vantage point on Earth, it appears that Pluto is stationary for approximately a week (September 18 - 24) as it begins a forward and direct phase for the next seven months.

Pluto is the release valve for collective emotion. For example, a pressure cooker has to be carefully tended to produce the right amount of heat. Circumstances, carefully guarded in secret, tend to surface, and there is no holding back. Pluto is known for its intense, urgent and obsessive quality. It pays to stay alert these days, and not jump conclusions.

Needed Change is Forced
Another analogy that comes to mind for mid-September is a jackhammer breaking up a concrete sidewalk. The path, the way, may have appeared to be set in stone, but the unrelenting and forceful demand for evolution and transformation takes priority.

On a personal level this can be quite challenging as insight surges to the surface of the conscious mind that will inform life decisions on down the road. This planetary influence breaks down resistance, and it is helpful to remain rested and nourished to face the demands of extraordinary times.

Mercury, the communicator, plays a key role in preparation for Pluto’s station point. On September 14 - 16, Mercury activates the on-going Uranus/Pluto dynamic. Watch all communications as they tend to surface important, even life changing, information.

Negotiate from on High
From personal insight to national and international matters, the theme is negotiating the fast-moving rapids of change. Pluto makes it all about power, who has it and how to get it. Whether it is wielding the power of a real weapon, or wielding the power of the tongue, power plays get attention. Misguided, self-centered human willfulness has a lot to learn.

Overall, September promises to be a breakthrough month. Laying the ground for a new season, autumn engages the senses with the ever-present reminder of colder days ahead. Insight received this month is like food, sustenance for soul and spirit. Take it in, let it nourish you to the very core of your being, lighting the way ahead.

Belinda C. Dunn offers personal consultation, workshops and classes. Her training started in 1972 at the Temple of Kriya Yoga/Chicago where she studied astrology, metaphysics and yoga. Over the years, her approach has evolved to a psychological, spiritual and personal growth orientation. For decades her insightful and down-to-earth consultations have been shared with clients around the world. Seen in a variety of publications, Belinda’s monthly astrological update has been in circulation since 1992. See her website: for articles and a full listing of her consultation services - Phone: 828-215-2101