Moonletter September – October 2020

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 17th September 2020 with the new moon in Virgo, and spanning the full moon in Aries on 1st October 2020.

New Moon in Virgo – 17 September

The three outer planets that have been running retrograde for the last six months turn direct in the sign of Capricorn over the coming mooncycle – Jupiter a few days before the new moon on 13th September, Saturn on 29th September, Pluto on 4th October. Just to recap, Capricorn is the sign of business and fundamental social structures. In medical astrology it rules the skeleton, the basic support of the body and by extension of society. And in January this year there was a conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in this sign, something which hadn’t happened for about 500 years. Many astrologers connect this rarest of conjunctions with the pandemic.

The period while these big planets have been moving retrograde has been a time of assessment of the situation and preparation (as much as possible) for an uncertain future.

So now, these three planets are going to be moving forwards. Jupiter and Saturn will complete their transits of Capricorn in December and move into Aquarius. This is another biggie as they haven’t been conjunct in this sign since the fifteenth century. Slow-moving Pluto will be in Capricorn till 2023 and finally moves into Aquarius in November 2024.

We’ve also been dealing with issues relating to Cancer, the opposite sign of Capricorn. Cancer deals with family and roots and we can see how this has been running with the attention on history, particularly the colonial period and slavery and also on issues relating to race in general.

But first we have to get through the next few months and with the big planets moving direct we could be moving out of the holding formation we’ve been in for the last 6 months, moving slowly, still dealing with life on a day-to-day basis and continuing to minimize the risk to ourselves and others.


The new moon on 17 September connects the sun and moon in Virgo in an easy angle with Saturn in Capricorn. Earth sign to earth sign. The easy angle suggests that we should accept the limitations of the situation, continue to play by Saturn’s rules and be totally responsible. Saturn’s square to Mars should act as a check on any precipitate action. Check the basis. Consider and consider again.

But there’s a square between Mercury and Jupiter creating an awful lot of static. Mercury is about communication and Jupiter acts as an amplifier, Mercury in Libra tries to be fair about everything and present both sides of the argument, but too much equivocation and it’s just noise. If it’s not possible to ignore the noise (from the media or wherever), your critical faculties are there to separate the wheat from the chaff.

In addition, as part of the new moon pattern, Neptune is in opposition to the sun and moon reminding us to keep a spiritual perspective on things while we’re dealing with the practicalities. To quote the Dalai Lama, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”


Full Moon in Aries – 1 October

By the time of the full moon, Saturn and Jupiter are both moving direct, with Pluto turning direct a few days later. Sometimes Pluto stations can seem like big dramas but they usually pass. Retrograde Mars squaring the Pluto could try to exploit any critical situation but with Saturn as a major part of the mix, this should help to keep a cool head and things shouldn’t get out of hand.

Having said that, the main point about the full moon is the conjunction of the Moon and the centaur, Chiron in Aries, opposing the sun in Libra. At the time of the full moon, the moon’s intuitive wisdom is full-on and with Chiron’s help we are being asked to break out of our personal bubbles –  to look at who we are in ourselves and who we are in relationship to others.

It could also be a time when financial irregularities come to light. Mercury in Scorpio likes playing detective and its opposition to Uranus in the financial sign of Taurus … well let me put it this way, Uranus plays by its own rules which are not necessarily those of Saturn and the rule of law.

Go well and stay well



Key Dates this month:

13-SepJupiter turns direct in Capricorn
17-SepNew Moon in Virgo11:01
19-20 SeptemberJews celebrate Rosh Hashana – New Year
22-SepSun enters Libra – Autumn Equinox13:32
28-SepJewish Fast of Yom Kippur
29-SepSaturn turns direct in Capricorn
Mars in Aries squares Saturn in Capricorn
01-OctFull Moon in Aries21:06
3 – 9 OctoberJews celebrate festival of Sukkot
04-OctPluto turns direct in Capricorn
09-OctMars in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn
11-OctJews celebrate Simchat Torah
12-OctJupiter sextiles Neptune
14-OctMercury turns retrograde in Scorpio
16-OctNew Moon in Libra19:32
19-OctMars in Aries squares Jupiter in Capricorn
22-OctSun enters Scorpio23:01

All Key Date times are GMT

Time to be Slow


This is the time to be slow,

Lie low to the wall

Until the bitter weather passes.


Try, as best you can, not to let

The wire brush of doubt

Scrape from your heart

All sense of yourself

And your hesitant light.


If you remain generous,

Time will come good;

And you will find your feet

Again on fresh pastures of promise,

Where the air will be kind

And blushed with beginning.



Excerpt from his books, To Bless the Space Between Us (US) / Benedictus (Europe)

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