The Autumn Equinox has arrived, the Sun slides into the Southern Celestial Hemisphere. In Mundane Astrology, one cannot overestimate the importance of quarterly ingresses of the Sun. The moment the Sun enters one of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn) contains astrological clues about the months to come. This year’s Libra Ingress of the Sun will occur on September 22nd, under a series of interesting planetary aspects.
As expected, throughout the last lunar month several countries have experienced either social unrest or parliamentary movements, in line with an international manifestation of the ongoing reassessment of social structures. Japan’s PM Shinzo Abe resigned for health reasons; it is quite interesting to see that last month’s New Moon in Leo, which in “A Fiery Month Ahead” was interpreted as the potential trigger for a series of governmental shifts, fell at the local Midheaven over Tokyo. A coup set destabilization in Mali, Hong Kong protests have started gaining momentum again, several North American cities are plagued with widespread unrest, and what is currently going on in Belarus is another clear demonstration of the powerful energies at play. The enhanced influence of Mars has also manifested in the form of wildfires; once again, California has unfortunately been afflicted by extensive blazes. Wishing for a quick recovery and safe evacuation of all those involved. Until the next New Moon arrives, this monthly trend will not have been completely expressed yet.
The next Soli-Lunar conjunction will occur on September 17th, and it will fall at 25Virgo00, in a wide opposition to Neptune in Pisces, a harmonious trine to Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto in Capricorn, and a fastidious sesquiquadrate to Uranus in Taurus.
This particular Moon Wobble phase shows the Sun-Moon conjunction squaring the Nodal Axis with a less-than-one-degree orb.
A mixed message transpires from this lunation, which after all takes a responsible, methodical approach, yet it carries an illusory flavor. Virgo is mundanely related to workers, healthcare, service and law enforcement personnel. It is in fact the sign of “subordination”, which in its most positive form can be regarded as “duty and service”. The Virgoan approach is always methodical and often driven by criticism. Attention to detail is a priority when this particular sign becomes emphasized. The next New Moon may therefore bring up a very different theme into the world scene, because we might start to see what serious consequences the ongoing slowdown is having on certain parts of society.
A large part of society may seek insubordination or demand better living conditions, as the Soli-Lunar conjunction will receive the influence of democracy-oriented Neptune and reactionary Uranus. With Mercury – ruler of Virgo – in tight square with an almost stationary Jupiter, the need to develop a deeper understanding of facts will be high. New agreements related to the themes above mentioned may be constructively signed or discussed, and we might even expect some countries to take some distance from intergovernmental organizations or coalitions. Interestingly, Brexit talks have been reignited once more, as the UK threatens to trash the deal. With Virgo involved, environmental awareness may be a prominent theme as well, hopefully bringing about constructive developments in a world which is still seeking its true direction.
Also, with Virgo being akin to health matters and well-being in general, significant developments in the fight against COVID-19 may start to appear. The pharmaceutical industry may acquire more visibility during the coming lunar month, and the controversial question about vaccines may be in the news even more.
It is worth noticing that the New Moon in question will be “angular” over two important cities. In Washington DC it will be rising, whereas it will be culminating over Berlin. This indicates that both the USA and Germany will possibly feel the influence of this lunar month the most. Mars in Aries turns retrograde on September 10th, under a highly influential square to Jupiter, Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn. Interestingly, this event will affect the Euro currency chart, which carries a tight Venus-Saturn square around those Cardinal degrees.
On September 11th the Sun opposes Neptune at 19 degrees of Virgo-Pisces. It is worth noticing that such configuration will affect the Piscean Moon of the German republic’s 1990 chart; astrologically speaking, this is an indication of the possible rise of strong democratic/liberal movements nationwide. The New Moon in question will fall in close conjunction with the zodiacal position of Mercury in the German chart; trade, workforce, transportation and healthcare may demand reassessment throughout the next weeks. Also, we might expect international visibility and increased dynamism within governmental circles in Germany.
France’s national Saturn is located at 20 degrees of Sagittarius, and the upcoming configuration might start off some domestic reorientation of structures and traditional values. Throughout the next months, as the South lunar node approaches the 20th degree of Sagittarius, tightening the orb with Neptune in square from Pisces, the country may need to face new challenges related to the conservation of its own stability. On the long term this may affect finance, legislation and even the governmental balance.
The upcoming Moon Wobble will potentially heighten tensions in the Middle East again, perhaps in connection with the increasing financial pressure which comes from both America and the EU. Oil prices may be significantly affected, with the New Moon squaring the Nodes and opposing Neptune in Pisces.
On the other side of the pond, we find a strongly shaken country which is approaching its next presidential elections with a remarkable degree of popular disorientation. As specified already, the New Moon will be rising over Washington DC, addressing the needs of the people and possibly questioning the direction taken by the country. This configuration may indicate that a new path may slowly start to open up for the USA, and several parts of the population may call for renewal and the betterment of social conditions.
The New Moon configuration will activate the 1776 Independence chart’s Mars-Neptune square, which was powerfully stimulated last June (read more on “The Dance of Fire“). In fact, certain planetary alignments in Mutable signs have recently released enormous amounts of social dissatisfaction within the country. All in all, another confused month is likely to be in store for the USA.
The next Full Moon will occur on October 1st and it will fall at 9Aries08, in close conjunction with the asteroid Chiron, during an almost exact Mars-Saturn square (which will be on its second hit because of Mars’ retrogradation). By then, a lot of rogue, unrefined ‘martial’ energy may be out and about. This could be constructively channeled thanks to Chiron, whose purpose is to show the path to healing and understanding. Yet, whenever Chiron is involved, society is asked to come across its deepest wounds and most profound uncertainties, first of all.
Hopefully, the next Full Moon will not awaken any further warfare rhetoric, guiding us towards a more constructive use of that ‘wounded’ warrior-like energy which has been ravaging the global scene for months, perhaps through talks of disarmament rather than further standoffs.
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A complex Saturn – Uranus waning square is approaching, while unbalance and discomfort continue to dominate the world view. The current planetary configuration in Capricorn has obviously unleashed enormous amounts of energy. All this comes with the flavor of the most conservative of astrological signs. Concurrently, a fastidious semi-square between Uranus and Neptune participates in the whole story; no wonder why humanity is still looking for a way to clear out the fog and move forward with decision.By looking at next year, a specific configuration becomes prominent; in fact, an extensive Saturn – Uranus square in fixed signs will dominate 2021, remaining within orb throughout most of 2022.
A highly charged configuration, it will occur right after a long period of social, political and economic destabilization. The long square will trigger profound changes all over the world. The interval between two successive Saturn – Uranus conjunctions is around 45 years long. Such period visibly marks an entire cycle along the cyclical reorganization of social dynamics. The 29-year cycle of Saturn resonates with both individual and collective growth. Its ultimate meaning is that of grounding ideas into reality. On the other hand, the 84-year cycle of Uranus is related to slower evolutionary trends; it addresses the ebbs and flows of ideological and intellectual force. While Saturn sets the boundaries of that which we create materially and methodically, Uranus looks beyond; it opens doors to the realm of idealism and freedom. Obviously, the interaction between these two planets is generally accompanied by turbulent reshuffles within society.
Each conjunction sets the stage for a new half-century phase in which society at large seeks a different governmental/ideological balance. By looking at past Saturn – Uranus cycles, we get a clear idea of the rhythm at which leadership currents change on a large scale. André Barbault’s book ‘Planetary Cycles – Mundane Astrology” contains a clear description of such phenomena.
What times are we living in?
We are currently approaching the last quarter of the current Saturn – Uranus cycle, which started with a conjunction period in 1988. It will end in 2032 with another conjunction. The last quarter of each cycle starts off the disintegration of obsolete structures. This brings a period of crisis necessary for the discovery of newness by the time a new conjunction occurs. The end of the 1980s was obviously a time of turbulent upheaval; the major outcome of the latest Saturn – Uranus conjunction was the fall of the Eastern bloc. This caused the consequent shift of power towards the West. The disintegration of the USSR was an utter manifestation of the instability of Saturn – Uranus alignments. Such planetary interactions provoke rapid shakeups within the world of structure and control.
Saturn is akin to traditions and the Establishment while the nature of Uranus is both sudden and cold-blooded. As a result, under Saturn – Uranus aspects the foundations of society at large shake badly due to society’s desire for change.
As the USA face their Pluto return (this means that Pluto is now transiting the same area of the zodiac where it was in 1776), a profound metamorphosis is occuring within the country. Also, Neptune is currently opposing the position it holds within the Independence Chart. This is the main reason why new social movements are developing nationwide. The next Inauguration Day will occur under a complex configuration of great importance. In January 2021, the above-mentioned Saturn – Uranus square will be accompanied by Jupiter in close conjunction with Saturn in Aquarius. In other words, the Inauguration of US Presidency will occur between the upcoming Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in early Aquarius and the first hit of the Saturn – Uranus square. Also, Mars will be conjunct Uranus in Taurus, together with the Moon. 2021 Inauguration Day will fall around a very heated First Quarter Soli-Lunar phase.
This shows us that the next US Presidency will be about enacting a forceful reorganization of structures and social balance. This relates to the fact that in the Inauguration chart such an unstable planetary alignment will dominate two Fixed Signs. The Moon will accompany Mars and Uranus in a financial sign, so civil unrest is not likely to subside at all.
US & the EU
There are grounds to determine that 2021 will represent a long standoff between ‘conservation’ and ‘renovation’. Obviously, the Saturn – Uranus waning square will affect many countries, and not just the USA; the current balance of forces within the European continent may need to be reassessed as well. This is because the early degrees of Fixed Signs has played a prominent role along the European Union’s history.
The three Saturn – Uranus squares will occur between 7 and 13 degrees of Aquarius and Taurus, two Fixed signs. This indicates that the upcoming destabilization will affect whatever survives by inertia within the social, political and economic scene. Such planetary stimulations are also liable to trigger powerful geological or environmental instability, including historical earthquakes, explosions or eruptions. We may assist to environment-related breakthroughs, and our relationship with planet Earth may change, hopefully in positive ways. As long as humanity succeeds in controlling its environmental impact, the upcoming planetary struggle will prove to be constructive.
All countries and organizations carrying important planetary configurations within the same degrees will be affected throughout 2021. Among those we find India, China, Russia, Germany, the United Kingdom, NATO, the United Nations and the European Union. Russia is approaching its Saturn return, and this appears as an upcoming phase of national reassessment. The domestic changes many countries and organizations are likely to experience will set the stage for the upcoming global reorientation.
The current cycle started from late Sagittarius in 1988; it coincided with a powerful crackdown of the bipolar political struggle which had been ruling the world since WWII. In fact, it directed humanity towards the expansiveness of a fast-growing globalization phase.
As the old saying goes, ‘history repeats itself’. So long as humanity becomes genuinely aware of its own evolutionary process, each crisis heralds a better future!