September Astromusings – Spring Equinox and other Celestial Events

Spring/Autumn Equinox and New Moon in Libra

Celestial Events for September and October

Happy Spring/Autumn Equinox for 23-24 September and Happy Birthday to all the Librans who will celebrate their birthday during September and October! In the Southern Hemisphere our thoughts turn toward renewal and reinvigoration as we bid farewell  to winter, while in the Northern Hemisphere the season turns to autumn or fall preparing for the advent of winter. The Four Sacred Seasons mark spiritual high points of the year. All nature comes into attunement with spiritual energies released at these times. Hence they are the most propitious times to dedicate oneself to spiritual activity such as meditation or in service to humanity. In Europe the end of winter is celebrated by the ritual burning of the witch ushering in spring. The word, Equinox originates from the Latin meaning equal nights and days. We have quite an action packed couple of months with the lunation cycle and the eclipse season and Mercury’s retrograde cycle approaching. The Sun moves out of Virgo and enters Libra on 24 September.

Libra Ingress 23 Sept 2014 AESTLibra symbolises peace and harmony something that we really need to focus on as a collective in these turbulent

The Egyptian Goddess Maat

The Egyptian Goddess Maat

times with wars in the Middle East and Ukraine. The New Moon in Libra that occurs on 24 September is concerned with love and relationships. Esoterically, Libra represents the Law of Right Human Relations focussing on peace, harmony, balance, justice and diplomacy. We need to take care that the scales are not tipped too much in the opposite direction of Aries the polar opposite of Libra which will bring on more aggression, competition and wars.

The Alignment of Mars with Change Agents Jupiter and Uranus in fire signs – impetus for change
Mars moved into Sagittarius on 14 September which will  form a trine  with Jupiter in creative Leo and radical Uranus in Aries at the end of September, early March and again in mid-June 2015. This will promote adventure and expanding one’s horizons. The combination of this dynamic duo promotes travel, adventure, risk taking, higher learning and publishing. This coincides with the Lunar Eclipse on 8 Oct which will activate Uranus/Pluto with major implications on both a personal and collective level, acting as a catalyst for transformation. We only have to look at the recent Scottish referendum for independence to see that there is a considerable proportion of the Scots who voted for yes for independence. Although the ‘No’ vote won, it has set in motion an impetus for change acting as a catalyst for change not only in Scotland but also in other parts of the not so United Kingdom, pushing the ruling class in stuffy halls of Westminster to make some long overdue changes. It was an event watched with great interest globally, especially by the populace of Catalonia who have been mobilising for independence in Spain despite the resistance on the part of the Spanish government.

Retrograde Mercury Another celestial event will occur when Mercury in Libra does his backward dance in the sky from 3 to 26 October. Mercury rules communication and commerce so we can expect all sorts of disruptions in these areas such as strikes, disruptions to transport and other forms of communication. It is not a good time to sign any contracts or dabble in real estate or buy any new items of technology until this Trickster ceases his backward dance and resumes his direct cycle. It is however, a good time to review things depending on where Mercury falls in your chart and it would be a wise move to back up your data.

 Pluto, the planet of transformation, finally turns direct on 22 September after its 5 month retrograde cycle bringing in its wake an urge for rebirth and transformation. These events will set the scene for the eclipse cycle in October.

All these planetary alignments promote a paradigm shift – the old ways of thinking, acting and being are now obsolete. Change and adaptability are the new order of the day.

Jupiter in Leo Cycle Mundane astrology which is concerned with world events reveals the reoccurrence of wars in the Middle East during the Jupiter in Leo cycle. Jupiter’s cycle is 12 years so we just need to cast our minds back to previous outbreaks of war in the Middle East to see the repeating of the cycle. Therefore, there is likely to be an escalation of hostilities in this world trouble spot with this alignment of Jupiter and Uranus. Not only are Middle Eastern countries being activated by Jupiter in Leo and Saturn in Scorpio but also the  UN chart. It is interesting to note the esoteric connections to the United Nations. In an article entitled The Occult Character of the United Nations by Alan Morrison, he reveals the esoteric influences from leading figures in the United Nations. He writes that in the book The Aquarian Conspiracy by Marilyn Ferguson, a survey of New Agers showed that the leading influence on their spiritual “awakening” was Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.The occultist and well-known “channeller”, Dr. Robert Muller, who was an Assistant Secretary General at the United Nations until recently, wrote in one of his books:

“Teilhard [de Chardin] had always viewed the United Nations as the progressive institutional embodiment of his philosophy” – Robert Muller, ed., The Desire to be Human: A Global Reconnaissance of Human Perspectives in an Age of Transformation

The United Nations has long been one of the foremost world harbingers for the “New Spirituality” and the gathering “New World Order” based on ancient occult and freemasonic principles.

Alice Bailey

Alice Bailey

Seven years after the birth of the U.N., a book was published by the theosophist and founder of the Lucis Trust Alice A Bailey, claiming that,

“Evidence of the growth of the human intellect along the needed receptive lines [for the preparation of the New Age] can be seen in the “planning” of various nations and in the efforts of the United Nations to formulate a world plan…

From the very start of this un-foldment, three occult factors have governed the development of all these plans”.

[Alice A. Bailey, Discipleship in the New Age (Lucis Press, 1955), Vol.II, p.35.]

“Within the United Nations is the germ and seed of a great international and meditating, reflective group – a group of thinking and informed men and women in whose hands lies the destiny of humanity.

This is largely under the control of many fourth ray disciples, if you could but realize it, and their point of meditative focus is the intuitional or buddhic plane – the plane upon which all hierarchical activity is today to be found”.[Ibid., p.220.]

To this end, the Lucis Trust, under the leadership of Foster and Alice Bailey, started a group called ‘World Goodwill’ – an official Non-Governmental Organization within the United Nations.

The stated aim of this group is “to cooperate in the world of preparation for the reappearance of the Christ [One Earth, the magazine of the Findhorn Foundation, October/November 1986, Vol. 6, Issue 6, p.24.]

Meditation Room of UN

Meditation Room of UN

There is also a Meditation Room within the United Nations which Morrison describes as “The bare wedge-shaped room with its eerie lodestone altar, and the cryptic, Picasso-like mural on the smallest wall, symbolize the empty heart of countless esoteric religious cults down the ages.”
It is interesting to note that the role of Emma Watson the young actress of Harry Potter fame who heads the campaign for the HeforShe gave an impassioned speech calling for men to join the fight to gain gender equality men is that of  UN Women Global Goodwill Ambassador reflecting the organisation that Alice and Foster Bailey established within the UN.Emma Watson

We can see the collective effort for Good with more than 120 Heads of State and Government attending the one day summit for climate change which will be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September 2014 to reach some form of consensus on climate change in 2015. To our eternal shame although our PM Tony Abbott will actually be in New York at that time he has chosen not to attend the summit on climate change, deciding instead to send our Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop to represent Australia. The message that Abbott is sending is loud and clear  – the pressing issue of climate change and renewable energy are not a priority for him and his LNP government. He preferred to be photographed in Texas wearing an inane grin and a stetson praising the efficacy of coal and gas. Not to mention the federal treasurer, Joe Hockey’s disparaging remarks about wind turbines!

Ban Ki-moon and Leonardo di Caprio

Ban Ki-moon and Leonardo DiCaprio

Another positive move has been the global wide marches for climate change which occurred 21-22 September. Ban Ki-moon who was among those marching along with all the demonstrators in New York said that climate change is the defining issue of our time. In the picture UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  speaks as American actor Leonardo DiCaprio looks on during a ceremony for DiCaprio’s designation as UN Messenger of Peace at the UN headquarters in New York, on Sept. 20, 2014. As a UN Messenger of Peace with a special focus on climate change, Mr. DiCaprio will address the UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23 in New York. It is not surprising to learn that this Messenger of Peace has a stellium a cluster of planets in Libra – Mercury, Uranus, Moon and Pluto.

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

Another vocal agent for change is Naomi Klein the Canadian author and activist. She has just recently published her latest book This Changes Everything: Capitalism Versus the Climate has added to the discussion on climate change. She has timed it to come out the week before the 2014 UN climate summit opens in New York City, and is on the board of 350.org, the group planning the People’s Climate March that will greet it.

John Lennon and Imagine as anthem

John Lennon

Another iconic Libran who promoted love not war is the late John Lennon whose song Imagine will be the anthem for the International Day of Peace on 21 September.

Julia-Gillard-Author-Photo940x528

Julia Gillard

One prominent Australian Libran, our former Labor PM Julia Gillard, will be launching her much-anticipated memoir, Julia Gillard – My Story, at the end of this month which will coincide with her birthday. All the events connected with her book launch were sold out within hours of their being announced. It will be interesting to see what revelations she will make in her launch and in her book. Whatever criticisms one may have of Julia Gillard she demonstrated her Libran powers as an excellent negotiator in her role as the PM.

UN logo

UN logo

The October Eclipse Cycle In October we have the beginning of the eclipse cycle. The total Lunar Eclipse occurs on  8 October with Sun in Libra and the Moon opposing it in Aries at 15 degrees 05 Aries, which will trigger the change agents Uranus/Pluto of the United Nations. Stay tuned to see how this plays out on the world stage keeping in mind that Libra’s role is to effect reconciliation and peace while the role of Aries is a combative one.

The Solar Eclipse occurs 2 weeks later on 24 October on the next new moon  at 0 degrees Scorpio. This final Scorpio eclipse asks us to release the past, let go of past resentments and forgive. It promotes trust in our relationships and encourages empowerment.

The Role of Libra While the Sun moves through Libra we have an opportunity on a personal and collective level to strive for harmony, cooperation and peaceful coexistence. Libra is ruled by the 7th house so it is concerned with the ‘other’ in our relationships and partnerships. We need to be mindful of the hidden dynamics in relationships by owning our own ‘shadow’ rather than projecting and blaming others for our shortcomings. We need to ask ourselves what have we done to attract this situation or person into our lives. This way we can learn and evolve contributing in our own small but vital way to raise the level of consciousness and promote peace and harmony on a collective level. We need to remain centred and be advocates for peace in these turbulent times where we are seen as the enemy by IS, the Islamic State, who have issued a fatwa against all Western countries including Australia for our involvement with the US and other allies in the continuing conflict in Iraq. It is important not to give in to the fear and hysteria being whipped up by the government in conjunction with the tabloid media.

 

 

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