In the years that I do this work of writing transits, I have never seen a constellation of planets like in the first ten days of this month. Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars and Earth : the personal planets, which correlate to areas of our life that we easily recognize, are all interrelating. The first four stand together, with Earth in opposition to them.
The personal planets
- Sun stands for the energy we radiate outward, 80% of our life energy expresses here
- Earth indicates how we realize our work, our relation to our world
- Mercury is the planet of commerce, communication, rational expression
- Venus : her area is beauty, art, luxury, sensuality, personal love, attraction – the feminine
- Mars is the planet of action, initiative, impetuousness, aggression, acting on attraction – the masculine
A note: The Moon is considered a personal planet too. Because she moves so fast, to take her into account would need much space, and go too much into detail. So for the transits I use the slower rhythms of the new and full Moon, and the Moon Nodes.
Much energy available
The challenge now is how to bring all the energy that is available into fruition, into being.
Jupiter, still in Gate 5, Waiting, reminds us of the virtues of patience. It is going direct now, so patience rather means accepting a slower pace than ‘waiting till it finally happens’. Moreover, around the autumn equinox on Sept 23, Jupiter moves into Gate 26, Accumulation, taking a more active role. For now, do not get disturbed when what you envision, and know is possible, does not materialize immediately.
In the first days of September, the focus of the personal planets is on community, family, clan, or tribe. What is our role in our group, what is our voice, which values do we share, which ideas do we have about living together? Being in Gate 37, Family, the Earth stands for the group; the other planets in Gate 40, Deliverance, say: yes, I am willing to contribute to the group I choose to belong to, and then I need space for my own development, for my way through life as an individual .
A wall or open arms?
On a transpersonal, collective level, Saturn and Uranus echo this polarity. Saturn, in Gate 38, 5th Line, wants to fight it out alone. Sure in itself that its cause is valid, it proudly continues to struggle. Some people will see this as great; others tend to leave such a person alone. With such an attitude it is hard to find allies. It’s a bit like the situation of the USA under Trump. Uranus, meanwhile, is since the end of June in Gate 27, Line 5, Distributing Resources. The issue of Gate 27, which is called Nourishing, is: who gets the food, the basic things we need to survive? From the 5th Line we expect that they take the right decisions about this. Some people can live up to the expectation, others get overwhelmed by the pressure. I see these polarities express in the discussion about the people migrating from Africa to Europe and from middle America to the USA. Saturn can be quite harsh (‘Build that wall’), while Uranus inspires humanitarian, but possibly extreme ideals (‘We need to let them all in’).
A way to an answer
In these days the personal planets are in tandem with the transpersonal ones, raising questions like: Who is part of our group, our city, our nation, our race, the whole humanity?
The planets do indicate a way to an answer for these questions. From 4-13 September the Channel of Abstraction (64-47) is activated by various pairs of the personal planets. The function of this Channel is to create new ideas, myths, or models – we could also say cultural blueprints – out of personal and collective past experiences. The first step is to face and accept the confusion that results from all these inputs. The innermost quality of this Channel is a stream of pure transcendental energy, which contains the information that provides the appropriate insights for this particular situation. People with this Channel – in this period all of us – simply need to wait for the insights to arise. It means to resist the temptation of the mind to pick a quick solution, to decide on one course of thought. The energy in this Channel has the potential to revolutionize our experience in the areas of work and communication, of enjoying the sensuous side of life, and taking initiative with clarity. The Channel is about sharing our insights : its job is to find solutions for all. Be cautious in applying what you find directly to your own circumstances.
A soft touch
From 10-16 September, Mercury and Venus in Gate 6, and later Gate 46, open opportunities for emotional clarity and fortuitous encounters. In the same period, the Earth and Neptune are in Gate 22, Grace, which can soften the intense mental activity of the 64-47. Think of taking walks in nature, feeling your feet on the ground, while letting yourself be uplifted by the beauty of the sunset, or soothed by the endless waves of the ocean.
This is the first installment of the transits of this month. The second one will come around the full Moon, which is on Sept 14.