The Final Days of September

Here we are coming into the last days of September 2020. In the Northern Hemisphere, we are now in Autumn, heading toward the upcoming US election along with the cold winter months ahead. 2020 continues to prove itself to be the unprecedented challenge astrologers knew it would be given the planetary patterns of this time.

Slow, Powerful, Deliberate

Imagine slow powerful deliberate movement deep beneath the surface of the earth and awareness. The movement has not been visible to the naked eye but its presence and power have been clearly perceived. We know the dramatic movement of power happening below awareness is altering the entire fabric of our world without question.

Saturn and Pluto turn Direct

Saturn and Pluto have been retrograde for many months (Saturn since May 11, 2020, Pluto since April 25, 2020), they each turn direct this week.

When planets are retrograde they work on issues of the past, and in places unseen, quietly bubbling below the surface. Now as first Saturn and then Pluto turns direct, what will their eruption look like as that hidden power and structure comes to the surface and into view?

With Mars now retrograde in Aries reaching for a square aspect to Pluto and Saturn, the battling forces are gearing to a fevered pitch. Hold tight and prepare to manage your own personal levels of frustration and anger.

Imagine the complexity of our culture and world. Think about this Plutonian shift bubbling to the surface. Earthquakes and volcanoes come to mind as power erupts from unseen depths.

As Pluto moves from retrograde to direct motion (October 4th at 9:32 AM EDT), control of and power over the entire world and our planet is at stake. Saturn made the same shift from retrograde to direct on September 29th. Saturn tries to hold on to what has worked in the past, as she turns direct she can begin to see a new path on which to begin building stable structures.

Gathering Steam

The good news is that the waiting is over, the stage has been set and power and transformation are gathering steam and speed for the push ahead. We don’t have long to wait to see which way the winds blow.

Remember that destruction must occur for necessary transformation to take root. This is a prelude for the first Pluto return for the U.S.A. as Pluto returns to its natal position in the U. S. Chart in 2022. Pluto has a 248 year cycle.

U.S. Chart info: July 4, 1776, Philadelphia PA, 5:10 PM


Please keep in mind that transits to your natal planets can override these more universal ones. A personal consultation offers deep understanding.

A DAY FOR DELIGHT – Monday, September 28, 2020

Today may feel better than you would expect given the wild challenges of these unparalleled times. You may feel lighter and able to keep yourself emotionally above the fray.

As the day begins with the Moon in Aquarius you feel innovative and alive, ready to take the week into your own hands.

The Moon enters Pisces at 11:34 AM EDT offering to awaken your imagination. Go ahead give yourself a break from the difficulties of our times. Put on some music and dance, let your spirit rise on wings of freedom and inspiration. Paint, dance, or meditate.

At 9:01 PM EDT Venus forms a lovely trine aspect to Mars suggesting a desire for connection and pleasure at bedtime. You can tap into equal feelings of sweet love and direct sexual desire. If you have a partner, plan for an exciting bedtime. Venus is in playful dramatic Leo and Mars is in hotly assertive Aries. This is a great night for fun and sexy play. Plan for it. Light the candles and bring out the toys. Surprise and delight your partner. If you are on your own, don’t neglect yourself, light the candles, delight yourself.

***The Aquarius Moon is void-of-course from 3:17 AM EDT until she enters Pisces at 11:34 AM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


MOVING AHEAD – SLOWLY – Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Today we need to think about Saturn. Saturn represents hard work, responsibility, self-discipline, and long term success. Saturn has been retrograde since May 11, 2020, today at 1:11 AM EDT it turns direct.

Consider what stoped your progress in mid-May. Think about how much you have learned since then about your goals and personal responsibilities. Consider how your personal internal growth and focus has helped to heal issues from the past. As Saturn now turns to pick up forward steam, you can begin thinking about new goals and efforts that will push you forward. For the past 4 months, your efforts have been on issues of the past.

In early January 2021, Saturn will step onto a new path that has not been tread in almost 30 years. It will reach the point where it turned retrograde in May. Begin now to think about new goals and responsibilities that you will take on at that time.

At 5:49 PM EDT Mars (retrograde) squares Saturn suggesting frustration and inhibitions. You are ready to move forward but you feel you are being held back by issues and people beyond your control. You may face resistance from others and feel that your progress is being impeded by some authority be it your parents, your boss, or your government.

Your best bet today is to move very slowly and deliberately toward your goals. If you try to move fast you will trip yourself up if others don’t do it for you. Remember that taking one tiny step forward is something that you can build upon over the coming months. Slow and steady wins the race.


GET COMFORTABLE WITH DISCOMFORT – Wednesday, September 30, 2020

We are still very much under the influence of Mars square Saturn which was exact yesterday. With Mars retrograde, he forms square aspects to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto in the coming days. Your best bet is to go ahead and set a place for Mars at the table. Engage with him as you get to know and understand your own deep levels of frustration. Get comfortable with anger and learn to manage it without allowing it to blow your world to pieces.

Mars’ powerful desires can be subverted through physicality. Find a healthy way to release energy through your body. Lift weights, go for a run, engage in sexual passion, move power through your physical body. That will help keep anger from becoming a problem.

Todays Moon in Pisces may allow you to gloss over your frustrations with denial, imagination, or an extra glass of wine. When the Moon is in Pisces it is easier than usual to feel connected to others. Boundaries become blurred, compassion and forgiveness are easy to come by. Acknowledge and forgive yourself and others for any anger or irritations that arise.

At 10:48 PM EDT the Moon enters Aries bringing more heat and action to the next few days.

***The Pisces Moon is void-of-course from 1:30 PM EDT until she enters Aries at 10:48 PM EDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


ARIES FULL MOON: ILLUMINATION OF COURAGE – Thursday, October 1, 2020

Each month the Full Moon illuminates the night sky and our lives, shining from the sign opposite the position of the Sun. With the Sun in Libra today’s Full Moon is in the sign of Aries and is exact at 5:06 PM EDT.

Consider the seed you planted two weeks ago at the New Moon (September 17). What has grown from the seed planted then? Consider also the longer cycle, thinking about what you began at the Aries New Moon on March 24, 2020.

March was a powerful and significant month for all of us. What do you see illuminated now from what began at that time? On a personal level how have you grown? Do you consider yourself a braver or more courageous person now than you were then?

If you don’t see the radiant light you would like to see on this Full Moon, make a pivot in your path forward. Take a step to the side. Use the courage, grit, and fortitude of Aries to shift direction and move forward with fearlessness. Do your very best to sidestep anger and drama today.


BE PRESENT, BE HELPFUL – Friday, October 2, 2020

Today’s Aries Moon has to endure a great deal of discomfort as she comes up against the other planets in Cardinal signs. With the Moon in Aries we may be champing at the bit, anxious to take action and come out on top. However, there are systems, circumstances, and structures in the world and in our lives that stop us in our tracks. Not being able to do as we please today may result in aggravation and frustration throughout the day.

As the day comes to an end the Moon joins Mars and simmering frustration may ignite into a bonfire. Don’t start a fight, don’t take the bait if someone else does. Lift weights, go for a run, make love.

At 4:47 PM EDT Venus enters Virgo doing her level best to cool things down and yes, it will help, at least it certainly can’t hurt. Venus represents our values of love, beauty, and resources. She has been quite dramatic and expressive while in Leo since September 6th. As she enters Virgo she asks us to bring our attention to understanding the difference between right and wrong and to be of service to others. Venus will remain in Virgo until she enters Libra on October 27, 2020. During this time you are more likely to express love in practical ways. You are unlikely to be self indulgent and more likely to want to help others.

Kindness toward our loved ones comes more easily and will be expressed through service, being present, and helpful.


THE IMPORTANCE OF BEAUTY AND COMFORT – Saturday, October 3, 2020

When you begin the day you may be disappointed to find that you are still aggravated by something that occurred or came to light yesterday. It might be a good idea to simply stay in bed late and start the day slowly.

Things will look up considerably when the Moon enters Taurus at 11:13 AM EDT. This is a good day to stay comfortable, cozy, and close to home. Find a project that will increase your pleasure and satisfaction within yourself or the beauty and comfort of your home. Some things that will bring pleasure today would include setting up the massage table, cooking for your family or friends, balancing your checkbook, or picking flowers to brighten the dinner table.

Those things that bring simple pleasure will relieve much of the stress from the past few days.

***The Aries Moon is void-of-course from 1:48 AM EDT until she enters Taurus at 11:13 AM PDT. This suggests that what occurs during this time will not have much impact.


HIDDEN POWER COMES TO LIGHT – Sunday, October 4, 2020

The Moon continues through quiet unassuming Taurus encouraging a simple day of contemplation of your own deep values.

The big issue today is a subtle but powerful shift as Pluto stations direct at 9:32 AM EDT at 22 degrees Capricorn. Pluto has been retrograde since April 25, 2020.

Pluto’s terrain involves issues of power, survival, obsession, possessiveness, destruction, and transformation. The focus of Pluto in Capricorn is on permanent transformation of social order, hierarchies, big government, big business, and law. Pluto is always relentless in its push to destroy what is in the way of necessary change.

As Pluto turns to forward motion the changes that have been happening under the surface and behind the curtain during the retrograde period come to light. Make no mistake that during this time your/our inner reserves have been strengthening as well. Notice how your internal power has grown to unimagined proportions since Pluto turned retrograde in April. You are stronger than you think.


* In these weekly reports, I explore the major aspects formed by transit between the planets. I do not consider every aspect that the Moon makes each day as they can be numerous and give rise to fleeting moods. I will consider the final major aspect formed by the Moon prior to its VOC* time, as that aspect holds its influence throughout the VOC*.

The aspects under consideration: conjunctions, sextiles, squares, trines, and oppositions.

The planets I work with: Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.