September is a very significant month astrologically. Mars, planet of action, goes retrograde on September 9, creating some reversals or increased frustrations. On September 19 the powerful nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, shift signs, moving to Taurus and Scorpio. This means we will experience new lessons, important changes, and personal transformation in these new signs for the next 18 months. Finally, two planets go direct this month after both have been retrograde since May. Jupiter, the great benefic, goes direct on September 12, and Saturn, planet of truth, goes direct on September 28.
Mars, planet of action and courage, goes retrograde at 4 degrees Aries on September 9 and stays retrograde until November 13. Mars will eventually retrograde back into the sign of Pisces on October 3. Mars retrograde can bring possible reversals, misplaced or amplified energies, and could even trigger some revelations. This transit tests our strength and inner courage. We may experience delays or restrictions, so this period could require greater effort to move ahead. Mars retrograde can make us less motivated to act in a timely manner or we feel out of sync. The normally assertive and forward-moving Mars is now held back, and eventually increased frustrations set in. Watch for passive-aggressive tendencies or feeling more provoked by others, as it is easier to lose our equilibrium. So stay calm and have a good routine and schedule, and include plenty of rest and relaxation. Practice patience, greater awareness and neutrality. Think first before taking important actions, especially if you are experiencing heightened emotions. Mars retrograde is a good time to be an advocate, or to serve and help others.
Upayes or remedial measures can be used to help mitigate and transmute some of the challenges we might experience with Mars retrograde. As activity is important to Mars, it responds well to energetic disciplines such as yoga, tai chi, chi gong, and even body work and massage. Taking conflict resolution courses are another positive expression. If you enjoy mantras, the Mars mantra is Om Hreem Mangalaya Namaha. Or you can work with the Hanuman Chalisa – which is connected to the Hindu deity Hanuman, which connects to Mars.
Jupiter, planet of prosperity and spiritualty, goes direct on September 12 at 23 degrees Sagittarius, having been retrograde since May 14. Finances may improve when Jupiter goes direct, especially as Jupiter is transiting its own sign of Sagittarius until November 20. This can be a positive time to donate your time to a charity, non-profit organization or a humanitarian cause.
On September 19 a major planetary transit occurs when the nodes of the Moon, Rahu and Ketu, shift signs. The nodes are called shadow planets or chaya grahas, and are connected to eclipse energies. The nodes of the Moon travel backwards through the zodiac, shifting signs every 18 months. Rahu (north node) will move into the sign of Taurus, while Ketu (south node) moves into the sign of Scorpio until March 16. Rahu and Ketu are exalted in these signs, so they tend to be more powerful here. Nodal transits can be very impactful, and we can experience sudden events, life lessons, deep growth and transformation, and even some confusion. Rahu teaches through karma you must experience. Ketu teaches through old past karmas you must release and surrender.
In addition, as Ketu shifts from Sagittarius to Scorpio, it will go through the transformative gandanta degrees of 0 degrees Sagittarius to 29 degrees Scorpio (cuspal degrees between a fire and water sign). So from September 12 to 30 Ketu will be either 0 degrees Sagittarius or 29 degrees Scorpio, indicating some intensity and ripening of old beliefs, guilt, or past experiences that we need to release, so we can heal. As Ketu is the planet of enlightenment and higher realities and is moving through these gandanta degrees, we are required to trust our hearts, our intuition, and innate knowing that we are moving forward, letting go, and doing the right thing.
We may also experience a pull between materialism (Taurus) or spirituality (Scorpio) with the nodes in these signs. Rahu transiting the Venus-ruled earth sign of Taurus indicates a focus on the material and financial side of life. Rahu in Taurus also connects us to the physical side of life, our senses, luxury, beauty, art, our resources, security, urgent desires, and the natural world. On a higher note, as Taurus is an earth sign, and Rahu is an innovative planet, maybe more focus will be given to sustainability and environmentalism in order to have a more robust and life-enhancing economy that works in harmony with nature for a more positive future. Rahu in Taurus also teaches us about our values, and so we must decide what our true priorities are.
Ketu, in the Mars-ruled, water sign of Scorpio, brings spiritual insights, and heightened sensitivity and intuition. Ketu motivates us to release past habits and patterns, as we learn to surrender and let go. We can no longer carry guilt that keeps us stuck, or live in the past. We want to expand our consciousness and increase our awareness. Ketu in Scorpio is wonderful for your spiritual practice, meditation, or even going on retreat. We can experience transformation on a deep level. The shadow side of Ketu in Scorpio may be feeling too vulnerable, being hypersensitive, or confused. We can also experience anger or frustration as Ketu is a Mars-ruled sign.
Saturn, planet of structure, discipline and truth, goes direct at 1 degree Capricorn on September 28, having been retrograde since May 10. When Saturn was retrograde, we reflected and re-evaluated our personal responsibilities and our work life. Now with Saturn direct, we feel guided to make needed changes to live a more authentic life. Connecting to a deeper purpose with a renewed sense of intention and self-responsibility, gives us greater meaning and satisfaction. We want greater equanimity in our personal lives and in our world.
Debra Infante is a practicing Vedic astrologer and teacher. She began her studies of Vedic astrology in 1995, and was certified by The American College of Vedic Astrology as an approved teacher (Level I) in September 1999. Debra can be reached at (928) 639-0623 or email@example.com for astrological consultations by phone or in person.