Things will be getting more intense this month as Pluto goes direct on September 11th. Pluto, the energy of death, rebirth and evolution, went retrograde on April 4th. What have you discovered in these past 5 months about yourself that needs to be eliminated or revised? And in letting go of something, what have you left room for? Now all those ideas and desires can begin to be implemented.
This will be the first September 11th that doesn't feature Bush and Company. Will Obama try to change the Bush version of that story? While many people have gathered evidence that 9/11 was an inside job, we don't have to use that example to give voice to a different story about 9/11. Let's be inventive and think of other ways to describe that moment.
We could begin to discover a new story by asking questions, like the Sphinx, with the Virgo woman's head on the Leo body. Why do we have to pursue an 'eye for an eye' philosophy about that moment in our history? Why can't we see that these kinds of things have been happening all over the world without other countries going to war and invading other countries? Are we Americans adolescent boys that we have to fight someone at every sign of trouble? Why can't we see that it would have been more patriotic to fix what was wrong with our system before charging off to change someone else's? When are we going to stop thinking that violence, fear and hatred are better ways of handling situations than understanding, self-awareness and diplomacy?
The Aquarian healing and visionary conjunction of Neptune, Jupiter and Chiron continues to nudge us down the path of change, even when the old forces gather to stop it. Inspiration always trumps fear. So be inspired, and if you're an artist, let your inspiration flow out into the world. People need it now.
The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 13* Virgo is: A powerful statesman overcomes a state of political hysteria. (A hopeful sign for Obama, perhaps?) This symbol speaks about charisma as a mysterious 'power' that comes from a person's openness to the power of planetary evolution. You don't have to be a political leader to have this charisma; you just have to open to evolution and stand firm in your belief that this is the way life evolves.
The Sabian Symbol for the Moon at 13* Pisces is: An ancient sword, used in many battles, is displayed in a museum. This is a symbol of will power, which can be the ultimate spiritual weapon, the ability to face and transform the challenges of life, both inner and outer. Like Arthur's sword Excalibur, this sword needs to stand for Truth and Justice and only used for battles as a last resort. If used well, the will can focus the energy of Spirit or wholeness working through our minds and hearts.
Our charisma can make us leaders, especially if we use the ancient sword of discernment to cut through delusions and illusions and search out the Truth.
Oh, I forgot to mention, September 4th is also the 29th birthday of my youngest son, and supposedly the birthday of Merlin, the great Celtic teacher and magician.
Have a safe and blessed (American) holiday weekend.
Cathy Pagano, MA
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