– by Demian Allan
This article first appeared in Watkins Mind Body Spirit, issue 51.
We start in September, the last stage of the season of summer before the autumn equinox on the 22nd of September at 21.01 GMT. Jupiter is transiting towards the end of Libra before it ingresses into Scorpio on October the 10th for the first time in twelve years. This is quite an energetic shift from an astrological basis; the zodiac sign of Scorpio is a stage in our seasonal evolution of death and rebirth. The planet Jupiter basks in the glory and excitement of expansion, so we can assume that this transit will bring in new perspectives on intimacy on the physical and emotional basis for the collective. This is heightened by the three collective planets Uranus, Neptune and Pluto being retrograde in September. These next three months will begin to see a general ethos of world view change, that brings about chaos and disorder as we try to reach a balance in tolerance.
We come off the back of Mercury retrograde, as the trickster moves forward on the 5th in the royal sign of Leo. Jupiter is in its last dance with Libra, igniting the justice system and contributing to a need for strong diplomacy to be incorporated into the West. The three outer planets, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, are all going backwards, pushing us all to feel that we are repeating the same mistakes again and again. On the 6th we have a Full Moon at 13 degrees in Pisces, ‘a circle within a circle, both concentric’ – this is the degree of guarding. This could indicate the political unease that is permeating the autumn months. On the 22nd we have the autumn equinox as the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Libra, reminding us all of the need to strike a balance between logic and the emotions.
Pluto moved forward in Capricorn on 28th September between 16 and 17 degrees, so October is a month when the planets seem to speed up in their energy and intention. The big news is Jupiter for the first time in twelve years transits into the sign of Scorpio on the 10th. Jupiter and Scorpio are a combination that want to expand our inner awareness and bring new structure and clarity to those aspects in society that we tend to ignore: mental health, prison systems, drugs and therapy, to name but a few. On the 5th, we have the Full Moon at 12 degrees in Aries, ‘a man leading two children by the hands’; the symbol of conservatism, it therefore speaks of one who is in power trying to guide us all down a new path with boundaries. This will be brought to a conclusion on the 19th, when we have a New Moon at 26 degrees in Libra. This will be particularly prominent in the UK chart, since the Moon cycle aspects affect the UK’s image and relations with other countries.
The month of November will feel tense compared to the previous four weeks. Mercury travels through the zodiac sign of Sagittarius, which always causes delays and political strife overseas. Venus enters Scorpio on the 7th making a conjunction with Jupiter on the 13th, a positive aspect but it can bring out rather too much self-indulgence in the public arena. On the 4th we have a Full Moon exalted in Taurus at 11 degrees, ‘a flower of a bright orange tint, upon which two butterflies are resting and fanning their wings’ – this is the symbol of selfishness and therefore we have to be careful of envy and of causing strife in others. This is a time in the astrological year when we face our fears and step between the two worlds, reflecting and meditating on the great cycle of the sun. The best way to handle this energy is to realise that some things in our life need to be let go of and if something no longer serves us, then we must acknowledge that and move on.