September 2015 is an eventful month astrologically. During the second half of September there will be two eclipses. The lunar eclipse on September 27th is especially powerful, lasting over 3 hours with the Moon in total eclipse for over an hour.
Mercury with Rahu in Virgo
On August 22nd, Mercury moved into Virgo (which he rules). Mercury likes this analytical, detail oriented and discriminating earth sign. Mercury is the planet of trade and business. He rules over communication, the intellect and the central nervous system. Although Mercury is comfortable in the sign that he rules, he is currently not alone in Virgo – Rahu is also transiting this sign.
Rahu is the north node of the Moon, and his element is air. Just like the wind, he can create instability. Rahu can, from an astrological point of view, cause a storm. Rahu’s influence on Mercury could be seen on August 24th, after China’s stock market took a nose dive.
The attributes of Mercury are energized while in Virgo. However, the instability of Rahu can also give rise to fear. Together these planets can manifest the nervous excitement that many people experienced around the ups- and downs in the stock market that followed Mercury’s entry into Virgo.
Mercury goes retrograde on September 17th. When Mercury moves direct on October 9th he will be in exact conjunction with Rahu again for several days. Mercury will stay in Virgo until October 29th.
A strong and irritable Mars
Mars leaves his debilitation in Cancer on September 15th. Although much stronger in Leo he is now aspected by Saturn. Furthermore, Mars also aspects Saturn in Scorpio as well as Ketu in Pisces. This combination indicates increased conflicts, violence, and terrorism. Mars will stay in Leo until Nov 2nd.
Rahu and Ketu’s influence on the migration crisis
More than 300,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean this year while trying to escape war and poverty. The migrant crisis, the biggest wave to hit Europe since world war II, has become a huge problem. Thousands of desperate people have died while crossing the sea and the EU has not yet been able to deal with this migration.
Rahu and Ketu express a deep seated karma from the past that needs to be reconciled with present realities. The Lunar Nodes are important in our individual lives, and they always play a key role in collective mass karma.
The essential meaning of Ketu is associated with material non-attachment and the search for inner enlightenment. Ketu can also be the wanderer who is separated from his material belongings. Today people are wandering in mass, hundreds of thousands are leaving all their possessions behind, in search of meaning and safety.
Ketu is transiting the water sign Pisces. Ketu also represent loss, and thousands of people have lost their lives at sea in search of an unknown future. Ketu aspects Saturn in Scorpio to a close degree and puts demands on Saturn to respond to this situation. Saturn is casting an aspect on Leo, where currently the Sun and Jupiter are transiting. Leo and the Sun represent leadership and governments, and governments are under pressure due to Saturns aspect on Leo.
Among planets, the shadowy Rahu is the outsider. He represents that which is foreign, foreign lands, immigrants and foreigners. Rahu conjunct Mercury in Virgo, among other things, suggests a necessity to work out practical solutions to humanitarian needs and immigration.
Two eclipses in September
An eclipse happens when the shadow planets Rahu or Ketu pass over the Sun or the Moon. An eclipse brings change and transformation.The awareness of a change, perhaps through the manifestation of an event, can occur very soon after an eclipse. But it can also take months, sometimes even years, to uncover the full consequences of an eclipse.
An eclipse can release forces on a grand scale, affecting many people. It can also influence us on an individual level when we have planets close to the eclipse. The effect will then be related to the expression of that planet. It can also impact the house in which it occurs. The strength of an eclipse depends on how long it lasts, and how visible it is in relation to the geographical place.
If you can avoid it, do not to begin an important undertaking during the time of an eclipse. The day of an eclipse is better suited for reflection, prayer and meditation.
Partial Solar Eclipse
On September 13th there will be a partial solar eclipse. The partial solar eclipse will only be visible from South Africa, Antarctica and locations in Indian and Atlantic Oceans.
The eclipse takes place in the sign of Leo at 26 degrees.
Total Eclipse of the Harvest Moon
The fall equinox (Northern hemisphere) takes place on Wednesday September 23rd. This is the time of year when the day and night are equal in length.
The Harvest Moon will be seen in the sky on Sunday, September 27th. A harvest Moon is the full Moon closest to the fall equinox. This year the full Moon on September 27th is the biggest Moon of the year due to its close orbit to the Earth. A larger than normal Moon is called a Super Moon, and it this Super Moon that will be eclipsed.
The lunar eclipse will begin on the evening of September 27th, at 6:50 (PDT) at 10 degrees 35 minutes Pisces. It will last for 3 hours and 20 minutes. The Moon will be totally eclipsed for over an hour and the peak of the eclipse occurs at 7:50 pm (PDT)
The total eclipse will be visible from most of North America, South America, Europe, west Asia and parts of Africa will be able to see the eclipse.
The eclipse involving the Moon and Ketu in Pisces suggests water related incidents. The energy of the Moon and Ketu in Pisces can also, when it has an inward focus, heighten and refine the awareness of our connection with one another, spiritualize our consciousness, and help us to move towards spirit.
Dates to remember:
- Mercury in Virgo with Rahu all month, Retrogrades Sept 17th to Oct 9th
- Partial Solar eclipse: Sept 13th
- Mars enters Leo: Sept 15th
- Sun enters Virgo: Sept 17th
- Total Lunar eclipse: Sept 27th