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Highlights Sep. 3-9, 2018

The Delight of Unpleasant Recollections

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Saturn turns direct: The cat on the bed

As you’ll recall, it’s not long ago that half the sky was retrograde; gradually, it’s moving forward, and along the way we might trip over a little rubble. Beware of chunks of Saturn in your path; it turns direct on Sep. 6 (4:10 am). With Saturn retrograde for roughly five months at a time, we notice its retrogrades most when it’s actually stationing – that is, in the process of turning direct or retrograde. It’s similar to how you don’t really notice your cat lying at the foot of your bed until it gets up and does that turn-around-three-times thing that they do before settling back down. If you have any planets around 2.32 of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, or Libra, this station will be more like a cat that walks across your face while you’re trying to sleep.

There is a time to conquer the world, and there is a time to look within and gain mastery of yourself. Saturn’s retrograde periods are the latter. Particularly if you have planets in your birth chart between 3-9 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer, or Libra, something new has been gestating within you since April, when Saturn turned retrograde. By December, Saturn will have regained the ground it lost while retrograde, and that inner mastery will manifest in the outer world, bringing tangible accomplishments within reach.

It is not possible to control the outside of yourself until you have mastered your breathing space. It is not possible to change anything until you understand the substance you wish to change.
― Jeanette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Venus and Mars: Strength and the inability to leave each other alone

Saturn turning direct marks significant forward motion for each of us personally. And perhaps not coincidentally, this could also be a critical week for relationships. On Sep. 3, Venus enters the shadow of its October retrograde period (Oct. 5-Nov. 16), meaning it reaches the degree (25 Libra) where it will end its retrograde. Pay attention to even minor developments in your relationships this week; they may point to issues that will be explored in-depth while Venus is retrograde.

Venus makes itself known in other ways this week, too. Venus in Libra squares Mars in Capricorn on Sep. 8 (1:39 pm). These two don’t have much in common except their strength (each is in the sign that it rules) and an inability to leave each other alone. Venus and Mars are

The Lovers, and when they are trine, they are so compatible as to get a little bored with each other. But when they are square, sparks fly. Passion erupts. The will-they-or-won’t-they tension explodes.

It’s not just romantic relationships that reach a critical juncture. Any relationship might see tension or conflicts around money and work, effort and appreciation, or figuring out how to get what you want.

Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.
― William Ellery Channing

Communicating with the unseen world

Why do astrologers call the waning lunar crescent the Balsamic Moon? The term “balsamic” derives from balsam, a curative used in healing. So the Moon’s Balsamic phase (beginning Sep. 6 at 5:01 am) is the healing time of the month, when we may require a little extra rest and quiet. This month, it begins in the last degrees of Cancer; listen to your intuition in the days leading up to the New Moon, paying particular attention to your stomach. If your gut feels jumpy, look before you leap!

A similar message is found in the annual opposition between the Sun and Neptune (Sep. 7, 11:27 am), which marks the moment in the Sun’s cycle where we examine what’s real and what isn’t – both within ourselves and without. We could ask for no better helper in this than Mercury, newly in Virgo (Sep. 5, 7:39 pm), forming a glorious grand trine with Saturn and Uranus on this date. Combine quiet time with intellectual rigor, and this could be a day when the soul-searching of the past few days gives way to creative breakthroughs.

This opposition and grand trine also feature prominently in the chart for the New Moon at 17 deg. Virgo (Sep. 9, 11:01 am), which is on an interesting Sabian Symbol degree: Two girls playing with a Oija board. Continuing the Sun/Neptune opposition theme, this New Moon emphasizes communication with the unseen world. It’s telling that this symbol is illustrated by two girls who are working through this process together. During the coming New Moon cycle, look to others to inspire you in two ways – either as a catalyst for interesting thoughts, or as a cautionary tale.

That said, Venus enters Scorpio on the same day (Sep. 9, 2:26 am). So while others can provide inspiration, this New Moon cycle will not fundamentally be one of collaboration; rather, it’s for reaching deep into yourself, and seeing what you can make of the riches that you find there.

Reflection must be reserved for solitary hours; whenever she was alone, she gave way to it as the greatest relief; and not a day went by without a solitary walk, in which she might indulge in all the delight of unpleasant recollections.
― Jane Austen

© 2018 April Elliott Kent

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6 comments to " Highlights Sep. 3-9, 2018 "

  • Sharon Powers

    April, I just want to tell you how much I appreciate your work. Have followed you for many years. As a Libra graphic designer, I admire your site’s look and the illustrations you create. As a Gemini ascendant, I grok the writing (“like a cat walking across your face when you’re trying to sleep” slayed me). And as a Scorpio moon very amateur astrologer, I totally absorb all I can understand of your wisdom. Thank you so very much.

  • Gabrielle

    Awesome post, beautifully written as always, packed with tremendous tips and insight – thank you so much.

  • Karen

    Hi April,
    So much to consider with Saturn going direct on my Dsc. I find myself questioning what my responsibilities are in relationships and how do I balance those with my responsibilities to myself. Sometime in the past, I read that this is the axis of co-dependency and with Saturn looming over this point in my chart it feels very heavy. It has been a defining several months since the beginning of the retrograde. Reflecting on this has been a good opportunity to take responsible action in the relationships that are important to me. Setting boundaries are not easy and getting clear on where they need to be can feel terrible for my Cancer ascendant that just wants to nurture, create a safe place and ignore the reality of Saturn. Somehow blending the moon and saturn energies feels more challenging than the remembrance of the joy when I shared the experience of playing on the see-saw as a child! I suppose the joy of the ups and downs are still present! Just need to make space and stop judging . As Saturn turns direct I am hoping that I have benefited from the retrograde and made some balanced and good foundational decisions. So grateful for all your articles and posts!

  • Diane

    With my moon at 3 degrees Cancer, this Saturn station sounds downright scary. But since I actually had a cat run across my face a few years ago, I will go forward with the best in mind. I mean, waking up bleeding under your eye is scary enough!
    (Besides, my face healed and the cat is still my favorite.)

  • Rhea

    I love the cat across the face, mine just walks over me when I’m in bed and in her way, totally ignoring the dog.

  • Rhe

    Got the cats on my face,twice both long going but now really scratchy/ destructive. But I can’t equate it with th placements, there is also a box opened, I think the cats were in the box.
    What is Pluto plotting .

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