Jodie Forrest: Stardate September Mid Month 2018

September 2018, mid-month Stardate

The degrees below are rounded up to next degree. If that’s confusing, it can help to remember that the date 2018 is in the 21st century rather than the 20th.

As Mercury reaches 18 Virgo, the degree of the most recent new Moon on September 9th, Hurricane Florence is battering the East Coast. Slowly, too, which brings more rain and more flooding to the area. I’m glad it didn’t arrive on the 24th’s full Moon at 2 degrees Aries/Libra at 7:52 pm PDT, because a full Moon creates higher tides. I’d anticipate the situation on the East Coast and along the inland path of the storm will continue at least until the Moon’s exact square to Neptune, ruler of floods and the sea, on September 15th at 10:13 pm PDT, then begin to abate.

Mars is applying to (approaching) an exact square to Uranus, at 2 degrees Aquarius and 2 degrees Taurus respectively, on September 18th at 4:00 pm PDT. If you have natal planets or points in the early degrees of the fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius, you may experience some unexpected (Uranus) challenges (Mars). If you do, stand your ground and/or face your fears without losing your temper. Weather-wise, the applying square may relate to the tornados expected along or near Florence’s path.

For people with natal planets or points in the middle-ish of the cardinal signs, Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn, remember that Pluto is applying to a station at 19 degrees Capricorn on the 30th. Anything ruled by or related to your mid-cardinal planets or points will continue to intensify under this stationary Pluto, peaking around the 30th. Remember, however, that the separating Pluto station lasts until November 25th, and expect some lessening of intensity a few days after Thanksgiving, which is on November 22nd this year. The rule of thumb is that we feel applying (building, approaching exact) aspects or stations more than separating ones (waning, leaving the exact aspect or degree).

What do Pluto transits call for? And Pluto stations? Pluto stations affect everyone, and are stronger for you personally if you also have Pluto transiting any of your natal planets or points that are near, squaring or opposing Pluto’s stationary degree, 19 Capricorn in this case.

The U.S. is coming up on its first Pluto return in 2022, when Pluto returns to the same degree and minute in the zodiac, 27 Capricorn 33, that it occupied when we signed the Declaration of Independence. Astrologers disagree about how close a planet needs to be to an exact aspect for that aspect to be felt. For mundane astrology (the astrology of world events), I like to use 10 degree orbs. Therefore, I’d say that we’ve been getting a taste of our national Pluto return since March, 2016. Pluto in a sign brings up the shadow side of that sign’s energy; with luck and work, it’s so that shadow can be faced and at least partially healed. Capricorn rules corporations, big business, governmental structures and the structures of society, rules, regulations, hierarchies, bosses, authority figures, the heads of governments, the patriarchy in its positive and negative manifestations, the spine, the skin, the skeleton and the teeth. It refers to making practical adaptations to a harsh environment (global warming and the wild weather, anyone?). An ambitious sign, it needs to choose the right mountain to climb. It refers to control, self-control, organization, privacy, reserve, outward manifestations of power and the powerful, learning the ropes of society in order to succeed, and possible issues with being emotionally fluent and available. A shadow side of Capricorn is coldness as it pursues success, power, and/or the profit motive regardless of the damage that pursuit can do.

I think you can see these energies at work in the geopolitics of today just as well as I can. Some Capricorn-ruled issues and events already at a high boil may come to a head around the 30th and remain intense until after Thanksgiving:  ambition, government regulations and the heads of government, leadership, self-sufficiency, patriarchal issues around control, the pursuit of power at all cost, and in this case, failure to address and adapt to the harsh environment and its causes that are becoming an ever-greater threat. Added to the mix is the Neptune station that starts coming into orb on the 29th.  We may be confused (Neptune) about what’s actually happening in these Capricorn-ruled areas. The station is also a call to include a spiritual (Neptune) approach to those issues, including more compassion for and action on behalf of those who are suffering. As the Dalai Lama once said, “The 21st century will be spiritual, or it will not be.”

If you’re eligible to vote, please vote in the U.S. mid-term elections! If you’re not, please register to vote if you possibly can, the earlier the better.

Jodie Forrest
"Life is a journey; astrology helps you read your map."

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