The conjunction between Mars & Saturn ends in early September
The exact conjunction between the malefic planets Mars and Saturn on August 25th reflects some of the tension the world is experiencing as we enter the month of September. During the end of August we have seen a great deal of violence, unrest and natural disasters.
As many as 1,000 Russian troops entered Ukraine on Thursday August 28. We experienced an earthquake near San Francisco on August 24th and on the night of Thursday, August 28, Iceland’s volcanic system started erupting after weeks of earthquakes in the region. On the other side of the world in Papua New Guinea, a large volcano began erupting on August 29th, with smoke and ash spewing out as high as 18 kilometers.
An intense time for Aries & Scorpio
People with Aries or Scorpio Ascendants (Vedic) or those who have many planets in these signs may be experiencing intense situations in their lives during this time. This is because Mars rules Aries and Scorpio, and his conjunction with Saturn reflects this pent up and explosive energy that the world is experiencing. This explosive energy is made stronger by the recent conjunction between Saturn and Rahu when things first got stirred up.
Mars’ energy becomes less strained after September 5
On September 5th, Mars will move from Libra and into the sign of Scorpio. Mars will be much more at ease in a sign that he rules and without the company of Saturn.
However, Scorpions, the symbol for Scorpio, live in a hole underground and much of Scorpios activity takes place underneath the surface, where it is secretive and hidden from sight. Maybe there will be some surprises during this time.
The good news is that Mars in Scorpio will receive a benefic aspect from an exalted Jupiter in Cancer. Unfortunately Jupiter himself is under some stress due to Saturn’s aspect on Jupiter at this time, but hopefully Jupiter can still guide the activity of Mars into a positive direction. Mars will stay in Scorpio for a month and a half.
Full Moon on September 8 is good for Aquarius
The full Moon takes place in Aquarius on September 8th and the new Moon is in Virgo on September 24th. The full moon in Aquarius is very good for the sign Aquarius because there is also an Adhi yoga for Aquarius. Adhi yoga happens when benefic planets are placed in the 6th house (Jupiter), 7th house (Venus) and 8th house (Mercury) from Moon or Lagna. For those with Moon or rising sign in Aquarius, this yoga provides good support.
Many exalted planets during September
Many planets will be in their own signs or in their exalted positions during the month of September. This makes the planets more comfortable. The Sun is in Leo (his own sign) until September 17th when he goes into Virgo. Mercury joins Rahu in the sign of Virgo (Mercury rules Virgo) from September 1st and will stay in this sign until September 20th.
Rahu strengthened as Mercury & Rahu will be in exact conjunction three times
On September 20th Mercury will move into Libra. However, Mercury goes retrograde between October 5th and October 26th and returns to Virgo on October 16th. While in Virgo, Mercury will be in an exact conjunction with Rahu three times due to his retrograde movement: on September 17, October 21st and October 29th.
This conjunction benefits Rahu who can use his intelligence with discrimination. Virgo rules health and Rahu rules drugs, perhaps we will see some progress in treating diseases such as Ebola. For people experiencing their Rahu dasha this conjunction of Rahu and Mercury can be productive.
Venus joins Rahu in Virgo
Venus will join Rahu in Virgo between September 25th and October 19th. In Virgo, Venus becomes debilitated. The reason for the debilitation is that Venus governs love, relationships, enjoyment and comfort and the sign Virgo is mental, analytical with a tendency to be critical. However, the exchange between Venus in Virgo and Mercury in Libra (they are in each others signs) strengthens both planets and improves matters significantly.
New Moon on September 24
The new Moon on September 24 lines up with the lunar nodes. This could indicate a darker energy. The new Moon day is also known as Amavasya–the darkest day of the lunar cycle. This is an excellent day for fasting and introspection.
Enjoy the overall lighter energy of this September!