Today is Friday, Sept. 15, 2017
Hebrew date is 24 Elul 5777
Islamic date is 24 Zul-Hijjah 1438
Mayan Tzolk’in Day is 4 Muluk
Mayan Long Count is 126.96.36.199.9
Julian Day is 2458012
Today’s Birthdays: James Fenimore Cooper (1789-1851), Anna Winlock (1857-1904), Bruno Walter (1876-1962), Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (1876-1938), Agatha Christie (1890-1976), Jean Renoir (1894-1979), Fay Wray (1907-2004), Jessye Norman (1945), Tommy Lee Jones (1946), Oliver Stone (1946), Jaki Graham (1956), Dan Marino (1961), Ramya Krishnan (1970), Tom Hardy (1977).
“Understand this, I mean to arrive at the truth. The truth, however ugly in itself, is always curious and beautiful to seekers after it.”
— Agatha Christie (The Murder of Roger Ackroyd)
Tending New Ground, in a New Way
Dear Friend and Reader:
With each new natural disaster that has swept through the news recently (hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes…) it feels as though the planet is trying to get our attention: no matter how much technological ‘progress’ we make, it won’t matter until we face the damage we do to the Earth, commit to changing harmful behavior patterns, and act to heal the environment — our home. By healing the environment we can heal ourselves; and the process can also work in reverse.
Interestingly, the astrology now and through the weekend speaks to this dynamic.
And although it may seem to be speaking on an entirely personal level, extrapolating the message to the macro level and applying it to the planet (both environmentally and socially) makes sense. But let’s start with the personal.
Tomorrow (Friday), Mercury in Virgo opposes the centaur planet Nessus in Pisces. I wrote this week on Planet Waves that this aspect “looks like a reminder: no matter how logical and rational you think you are, emotionally dysfunctional patterns from the past (including those you’ve inherited from your parents or grandparents) need to be faced and seen for what they are, and for what they to do to you. Once you can see them, you can begin addressing and disarming them.”
It’s worth noting that just yesterday, on Wednesday, Mars in Virgo made its own opposition to Nessus. And on Saturday, Mercury and Mars form a conjunction. So this Mercury-Nessus conjunction also has the firepower of Mars behind it.
Moon Phase: Moon is in Last Quarter phase and enters Balsamic (waning crescent) phase on Sept. 16 at 9:32 am PDT / 12:32 pm EDT (16:32:33 UTC).
Next New Moon is in Virgo on Sept. 19-20 at 10:30 pm PDT / 1:30 am EDT (05:29:47 UTC).
Next Full Moon is in Aries on Oct. 5 at 11:40 am PDT / 2:40 pm EDT (18:40:02 UTC).
Moon Sign: Moon is in Cancer and enters Leo tonight at 6:09 pm PDT / 9:09 pm EDT (01:08:43 Sept. 16 UTC).
Sun Degree: 23-24 Virgo.
Planetary Stations and Sign Changes
Moon enters Leo at 6:09 pm PDT / 9:09 pm EDT (01:08:43 Sept. 16 UTC).
Amycus stations direct at 8:06 pm PDT / 11:06 pm EDT (03:06:24 Sept. 16 UTC).
Interesting Selected Aspects | Data by Serennu
— Ceres sextile Sedna at 10:43 pm Sept. 14 PDT / 1:43 am EDT (05:43:11 UTC).
— Ceres trine Chiron at 10:49 pm Sept. 14 PDT / 1:49 am EDT (05:48:46 UTC).
— Chiron sextile Sedna at 11:38 pm Sept. 14 PDT / 2:38 am EDT (06:38:29 UTC).
— Mercury opposite Nessus at 3:49 am PDT / 6:49 am EDT (10:48:41 UTC).
— Vesta square Quaoar at 9:49 am PDT / 12:49 pm EDT (16:49:05 UTC).
— Venus sextile Jupiter at 12:44 pm PDT / 3:44 pm EDT (19:43:45 UTC).
If Your Birthday is Sept. 15
(The Day of Mastery) | Virgo Birthday Reading | All Other Signs
The association of Virgo and service is more than poetic. Those born under your sign come to the Earth with a special mission of making their goodwill available to others. This year, you may fully embody the truth of your role as facilitator, assistant in healing process and one who feeds those who are in some way hungry.
Written in the Planets
“The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry,” as the saying goes. What exactly causes those plans to swerve from the well-plotted course? Sometimes it’s external factors we could never have seen or predicted; sometimes it’s an existing element we ignored or minimized. Yet, often we undo our best intentions thanks to our own emotional or karmic baggage that we seem programmed to stumble over. Today’s opposition between Mercury in Virgo and Nessus in Pisces looks like a reminder: no matter how logical and rational you think you are, emotionally dysfunctional patterns from the past (including those you’ve inherited from your parents or grandparents) need to be faced and seen for what they are, and for what they to do to you. Once you can see them, you can begin addressing and disarming them.