The Sun/Moon opposition then carries this imperative for dramatic but also deeply transformative change, as each end of it is square Pluto in Capricorn. So, once again, we are in the eye of the Uranus/Pluto perfect storm of deconstruction and reconstruction. It's going to be a very strong and, at times, very difficult month. The primary question now then is how to move with its demands and look after ourselves in the process (apart from staying in bed all month!)
The month is not without more obvious support and grace as everything else is being challenged (from the right perspective it's all grace but just doesn't feel it at the time) with the Sun in Libra going into a lovely trine to the benevolent Jupiter in Gemini in the second week, a welcome counterbalance to these bigger processes. The Moon also sextiles the planet as it leaves the exact full moon. (For those of you with any planets or asteroids in the 14 to 18 degrees of any sign, you'll be getting an extended Jupiter boost as the planet goes stationary at 16 degrees of Gemini in the first week of October).
Even a Saturn/Mercury conjunction in late Libra, whose flavour is traditionally very dour, is equally welcome as it's a very grounding, stabilising influence as the big powers surge through us. Both Jupiter and Saturn guarantee we can gather much important learning about ourselves and our processes during this time and that we have the patience and perseverance to do so.
Saturn actually leaves Libra to begin its two and a half year trawl through the Scorpion's realm on the 6th. It leaves behind the airier realms of Libran relationships, intellect and spirituality for the chthonic primal worlds of power, sexuality and transformation.
There's something very synchronistic about this shift, given that Scorpio's ruler Pluto is at a point of maximum power. One of the prime demands of this transit is to be penetratingly conscious of our own and others' power dynamics, shadows and potentials.
This includes lots of lessons about integrity and responsibility in the way we use all sorts of power in our inner and outer worlds. Saturn in Scorpio will challenge old conditioning around our deepest emotions and our availability, the intelligence at the core of our psychosexual selves, all of which involves struggles with various inner demons. While bringing its intense focus to these realms, it aims to empower us so that we are more at home with our depths, its wisdom and authority.
There's a curious mixture of signals around relationship energies this month, ranging from the exquisite to the diabolical. The Sun is conjunct the sweet, ethereal Psyche, a goddess asteroid and higher octave of Venus, who holds the highest visions of potential relationship and longs for the realisation of spiritually connected union. She works to refine the quality of our relating. Lovely stuff.
On the other hand, we have Venus in Leo in a grand cross with the Black Moon on the South Node in Taurus; Hygeia, Lilith and Neptune opposite in Aquarius, and Medusa conjunct Mars and Juno on the Scorpio North Node. This confronts our relating with both light and dark expressions of the sacred feminine, with past life trauma and power potentials and the necessity of dealing with our anger and rage issues.
The latter is particularly significant because anything on the North Node wants to be built into our future visions. This one speaks of relationships of great psycho-spiritual power built on truth and the union of the great warriors of both masculine and feminine.
The relationship indicators then speak of simultaneous refinement with intense process of purification, as well as more opportunities for reclaiming the immense Shakti of the sacred feminine into our hearts, love life and our sexuality. And once again, Saturn is a pivotal point, as the only easy aspects to Venus are to the Saturn/Mercury conjunction.
Ultimately, this is a month where the pressure is on, so anything that helps diffuse and release built up energy before it reaches critical mass will help. The Aries Moon encourages strong, fierce expression of our individuality and the more liberating and creative the better. With Uranus, we know we're doing well with it when we're feeling excited about the possibilities, so keep your energy moving. The worst thing you could do at these times is lock down and resist the urges for freedom and change, as it just jacks up the pressure.
At the same time, there's a powerful alchemy about this month that we need to honour. So any processes that take you deeply within, that assist healing and purification and that support our simultaneous reconnection to our deepest emotions and the sacred feminine will be of tremendous help.
Lots of warm baths, massages and quality sex would also be helpful.
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 28th year of private practice. www.sacredlawfirm.com.au
Daniel Sowelu (BSc Dip Ed) is a therapeutic astrologer, primal therapist and groupleader in his 35th year of private practice.