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.”