Self Nurturing

September looks like being a stressful month, thanks to a third revisiting of the Saturn/Uranus opposition, one closely related to the global financial crisis and with the deeper deconstructive and reconstructive processes underlying it.

As they pass each other from the opposite signs of Virgo and Pisces, like two knights in a joust, they will not only increase collective levels of tension, but more than likely will provide further surprises on the financial front. As we've seen in previous columns, this is all part of a massive shattering of old structures on every front - social, psychic, psychological and material as well as financial - ideally to make way for more inclusive, realistic and emotionally intelligent ways of running the governance of our planet.

And while these are huge collective processes, they are also very personal, as a similar cracking open is happening on some level in everyone, whether they are aware of it or not.

This is not the only reason why it is important that we take good care of ourselves this month, as the Saturn/Uranus throws out exact inconjuncts and semi-sextiles respectively to the Jupiter/Chiron/Neptune conjunction hovering in late Aquarius. These aspects have a reputation for manifesting different forms of illness, of which swine flu is an obvious example. This is especially so when planets like these are involved that represent major deconstructive processes also intent on flushing out a lots of old, even ancient, psychic-emotional crap from our systems. We can see this as a kind of planetary morning sickness, not easy to move, calling on lots of patience but with the potential to lead to a new birth.

What we can do, though, is to be watchful around both our nervous and immune systems. Uranus ups the voltage on the former, producing both highly creative and destructive levels of stress, which must come up hard against various forms of structural resistance - some natural physical limitations of the body, others to do with emotional and mental blockages from old conditioning, fears and conservatism. Without good quality rest alternating with regular high energy physical outlets, this can produce an internal logjam that can either make us sick or lead to explosive, potentially harmful experiences.

We can include emotional expression work here as well. The other major form of stress is a Grand Cross between Mercury in Libra, Mars in Cancer, Juno in Aries and Pluto in Capricorn. This can bring up conflict and power struggles in relationships with others and between the mind and the emotions within, creating a pressure cooker for activating old issues for recognition, release and healing if worked well.

One aspect of this is to show us how unhealed or unreleased emotional energies can push our minds into compulsive beliefs and behaviours that keep control but narrow our range of mental flexibility and possibility, at the expense of our wellbeing as well as our relationships. This can have similar negative consequences to the Uranus/Saturn in terms of stress and, at the very least, will be a tricky one to deal with for the average mortal. If in trouble here, get help! Good quality bodywork, for instance, is a tremendous gift to oneself at a time like this.

Its also important not to get run down by trying to force our will or working excessively, old Saturnian compensation traps, as this lowers our immunity to whatever bugs are going around. What Saturn in Virgo is saying on the deeper levels is to treat our bodies as a temple and a finely tuned instrument, rather than a workhorse to be mistreated. While we obviously need to become better managers and conservers of time, money and energy, we also need to do the same with our day to day stress levels, especially in the middle week of this month, when the Sun conjuncts Saturn and opposes Uranus and the energy of the lineup reaches its current peak. The better we're sitting inside ourselves, the more likely we can tap into the kind of creative inspiration for positive, life enhancing change that it also offers.

Against this rather gloomy description, there is significant meaning and movement within this, another transitional, period. Firstly, the North Node of the Moon enters Capricorn where it will be for the next couple of years, heralding some new possibilities for where we, as a civilisation and as individuals, are heading and will be able to manifest in this next period. In doing so, it lines up well with both Saturn and Uranus in the next months, with the Moon and the Black Moon conjunct it at the start of this month. With this complex, it puts the challenges of the Saturn/Uranus in a much larger context, that of a larger transition between the ancient past and its legacies, and a possible future that has us treating our world, both materially and emotionally, with far greater wisdom.

Finally, the Sun is in Virgo, an invitation to go deeper into our core to find a still, contained, earthed place in us, an appropriate response to the challenges of the month. Either side of the Sun sits the Shiva asteroid and the goddess Pallas Athena, masculine and feminine images of the sacred warrior. We spoke of her last month as a creative spearhead for kundalini energy. Those of us who have tasted Shiva energy know that great power and stillness is available from similar places within each of us. In the face of these great transitions, we have good allies!

Daniel Sowelu (B.Sc.Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 22nd year of private practice. www.sacredlawfirm.com.au