Moonletter September 2022
By Ben Belinsky
Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 27 August 2022 with the new moon in Virgo, and spanning the full moon in Pisces on 10 September 2022.
New Moon in Virgo – 27 August
Along with Taurus and Capricorn, Virgo is an earth sign. Earth is about material reality, the physical world, the world of the senses. And given all the practical problems that we’re dealing with at the moment, it’s not surprising that the new moon chart has a preponderance of planets in earth signs. But there’s only one planet in water signs, Neptune in Pisces.
So, with water being to do with emotion you’d think that meant that at the moment things are just pretty practical and there’s not a lot of emotion flying around. On the contrary! It means that emotion is disconnected from reality and is off doing its own thing. We can see this in the political situation where many people are responding emotionally to the complex practical problems we’re facing. Plus, the only water planet is Neptune which at its best is the ability to see through the BS, while at its worst it’s a one-way ticket to la-la land. Politicians are going to say anything to feed your illusions. The antidote? Sometimes people have to discover the consequences of their actions for themselves.
That leads us into three other long-term patterns. Firstly, the strained angle between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. We’ve mentioned it before as it’s one of the main themes of 2021/22. The issue is the nature of democracy. Saturn likes to keep the status quo while Uranus is the disruptor. When the relationship between these two gets strained, there are, as we have seen, conflicts. In 2021 there were three exact angles between Saturn and Uranus. This year we are heading towards another close encounter around September / November before things ease off by March next year. But it’s not just a matter of waiting for things to cool down, this tough angle is an opportunity to address the issues.
Then there are two slow-moving planets, Pluto and Sedna about to change sign from earth to air. They’re both heading towards the last degree of the signs they are in. A planet in the last degree of a sign is a culmination of everything that’s gone before and gives a parting shot – something to remember them by. Pluto is about to move into Aquarius. It reaches 29 degrees of Capricorn in February 2023 before moving into Aquarius on 23rd March. But then it turns retrograde and slips back into Capricorn in June 2023, then back into Aquarius in January 2024, back into Capricorn in September 2024 before taking up residence in Aquarius in November 2024 until the early 2040s. We shall unpack this as time goes by.
There is much speculation about what Pluto in Aquarius portends. Pluto’s job is to demolish and rebuild. And while it’s been in Capricorn, it’s been doing this in the financial sector since the crisis in 2008. (Seems like we’re in a perpetual financial crisis but that’s capitalism for you.) But when Pluto moves into Aquarius, the sign of the techno-wizard, it means that we could be facing major challenges to the world of technology and at the same time, a resurgence of community involvement. This is big stuff and it’s going to take time to work out. So, I don’t really recommend ditching your NFTs just yet. Just make sure you’ve got a bit of actual cash (you know, bank notes) knocking around somewhere.
The other slow-moving planet, Sedna makes Pluto look like a speed-freak. While Pluto takes 248 years to orbit the sun, Sedna takes around ELEVEN THOUSAND years. So, to put that into perspective, the last time Pluto was at the end of Capricorn was at the end of the 18th century, when the United States declared independence; the last time Sedna was at the same position it is now was at the end of the last ice-age.
Sedna is the Inuit goddess who ruled the creatures of the sea: the whales, the seals, the walruses etc. Inuit hunters would ask her to allow them to catch her creatures so that they could feed their families and survive. And that for me is Sedna’s role – species survival. Sedna doesn’t care if you as an individual live or die. In that way, from a human point of view, she is completely amoral. Sedna has been in the earth sign of Taurus since the 1960s and will make an initial move into Gemini in June 2023. She’ll then slip back into Taurus in November 2023 before settling into Gemini in April 2024. This period represents a major challenge to species survival in general – and I don’t just mean our own species.
Then just to bring us back to something more immediate, the coming Mercury retrograde period has Mercury sliding back from early Libra, across the cusp into late Virgo before heading direct again. Libra is the sign of the balance and Libra needs time to weigh up all the factors before deciding. So, when Mercury is retrograde in this sign, the process of decision making is a lot more fraught. Games such as procrastination, prevarication and equivocation will abound. Libra is also the sign of relationships, so a retrograde Mercury in that sign can lead to misunderstandings due to different assumptions as well as a chance to clarify previous misunderstandings.
Full Moon in Pisces – 10 September
The full moon in Pisces meets Neptune and sensitivity is dialled up to maximum. Personal note! Never let them put you down by saying ‘Oh you’re too sensitive!’ As if sensitivity was a sign of weakness (especially for men). But as well as sensitivity being a vulnerability (as in sensitive skin that needs protecting from the sun, or sensitive teeth that can’t stand cold food or drink) it is also survival positive. Miners would take a canary down the coal mine as a way of gauging the presence of dangerous gases. Hunters would rely on the sensitivity of a member of the group to know the presence of an animal, not just by its spoor or its smell, but someone with an awareness that goes beyond the physical senses. The sensitive individual can feel a subtle change in mood or atmosphere that presages actual change in the world.
‘I sometimes wondered what the use of any of the arts was. The best thing I could come up with was what I call the canary in the coal mine theory. This theory says that artists are useful to society because they are so sensitive. They are super-sensitive. They keel over like canaries in poison coal mines long before more robust types realize that there is any danger whatsoever.
Kurt Vonnegut: ‘Physicist, Purge Thyself’ in the Chicago Tribune Magazine (22 June 1969)
Go well and stay well
Key Dates this month:
|Mercury enters retrograde shadow zone until 16 October
|Sun enters Virgo
|New Moon in Virgo
|Uranus turns retrograde in Taurus
|Full Moon in Pisces
|Mercury turns retrograde in Libra until October 2nd
|Sun enters Libra Autumn Equinox
|New Moon in Libra
|Jews celebrate Rosh HaShanah New Year