Set Up for a Fall
The Tenor of the Times, September 2006
We can expect some long-awaited turning points in September. Politicians or world leaders who we want to see get their comeuppance will get it--or begin to get it--in September. Doubts about their political future will deepen.
In the US, I think many Republicans up for reelection will lose whatever fading hopes they had of retaining their seats in Congress. However, there is still time for a political twist or turn or two in the days remaining before the November election
Leaders who are slowly passing from the scene will see their departure hastened. It might be a question of failed or failing health, as in the case of Israel’s comatose Ariel Sharon and Cuba’s aged and ailing Fidel Castro. It might be a question of failing popular support, as in the case of Britain’s Tony Blair or members of the increasingly unpopular Bush administration in the U.S.
In all cases, something will happen to push these figures over a critical threshold. Where it is a question of health, their condition might become critical or simply terminal. Where is a question of political support or popularity, their poll ratings will drop below critical levels, essentially sealing their political fate.
Similarly, long, drawn out crises, like the diplomatic crises over nuclear developments in Iran and North Korea will cross a threshold. And so will other slowly deteriorating situations like the one in Iraq.
In these cases, those involved have been holding out false, politically self-serving hope based on prospects that, though unlikely or unrealistic, could not be ruled out and still held persuasive appeal for the public.
The public will understand, finally, that such public figures have been self-deluded or outright liars. The public won’t have much patience with either of the above, anymore.
So, the events of September will definitively rule out certain of the less realistic possibilities in all areas of life and in all areas of the world. For better or for worse, September will clarify the world situation, at least somewhat. Many of the lies and half-truths that clutter world political discourse will be revealed for what they are and the positions of those who depend upon them will become untenable.
It will become obvious to all that sometimes drastic and unpalatable but realistic options that have so far been avoided must now be considered seriously. Overly optimistic assessments based on unrealistic or illusory ideas will be definitively rejected. This will true partly because of a shift in public attitudes and partly because of undeniable and revelatory events on the ground.
World leaders will, perhaps, have to seriously consider imposing sanctions on Iran. The Bush administration will probably have to choose between a phased withdrawal from Iraq and a political catastrophe cum constitutional crisis at home.
The leaders in many other nations of the world will likewise have to choose between a reduced number of more realistic options, however grim in some cases. Many who thought their bluff would ever be called will be proven wrong.
But in many ways, and despite the momentous possibilities outlined above, September will probable seem a bit anticlimactic. It will, in reality, mark only a phase within a phase, albeit a decisive phase, in a familiar, ongoing process. And for every question that is answered, many more will remain. For every doubt that concludes, many others will continue.
The fact that the turning point, or the tipping point, finally arrived in many cases will come as a welcome surprise to some. But joy will be muted by the effect of the long wait and the realization that these decisive events are only twists in a still unfolding plot and much of the mystery has yet to be revealed.
The Astrological Details
Pluto is the driving wheel of human events—the great pendulum of history—on the micro and the macro levels and it has been retrograde since late May. As Pluto turns direct in the first few days of September, it will push forward many projects that have been delayed or on hold.
It will also empower those who hold power. Those who hold power will be able to affect events significantly more than they have been able to in recent months.
Decisions that have been postponed, plans that were being revised, groundwork that was being laid, money or other resources that were held up … many things required to move large and small projects forward … will become available. Perhaps we will finally see some significant progress in rebuilding New Orleans, for example.
Saturn will have completed its first exact opposition to Neptune on August 31. Reasonable, realistic people, who base their thoughts and actions on evidence and sound argument, will begin to get a handle on events, in earnest.
For the first time in many years, those who deal in empty but misleading dogma, emotionally charged rhetoric and seductive illusion or in glistening but empty generalities—or outright deception—will find themselves at a distinct disadvantage. Their unchallenged hold on the public imagination will be at an end.
The next ten years and more will be a time when reason and facts have the advantage. As regular readers will know, I have been looking forward to this day for some time.
Two eclipses in September will put leaders at increased risk and add a little drama. Those who fail to sense the change in public attitudes or who are mired by past abuses will find the ground cut from under them. Unforeseen, but not unforeseeable, events will change the course of events definitively.
Given the delicate and volatile state of the world, the eclipses will almost certainly bring natural and/or manmade disasters to some parts of the globe. However, the Saturn/Chiron opposition that intensified so many disasters in recent years was exact for the last time some months back. So nature will likely cut us some slack, for now. Manmade disasters are not likely to be as serious as some we have seen in recent years.
Two of the outer planets, Uranus and Neptune, will remain retrograde. These retrogrades will retard the driving force of direct Pluto, leaving numerous issues in doubt and many questions as yet unanswered.
And, since the effects of an eclipse often unfold over a period of months, September will also set in motion many a chain of events that will continue into subsequent months, further adding to the complexity and confusion of current world conditions.
The influences of direct Pluto and retrograde Uranus and Neptune will probably have an unfortunate effect on unwise politicians and world leaders, which we have in abundance. Sensing the power of direct Pluto but unmindful of the retarding, blocking and confusing effects of retrograde Uranus and Neptune, they will try to exert their misguided will. But they will only manage to stir international the pot in ways that are unproductive and likely to backfire.
It is also important to understand that these planetary influences also affect the bad guys and their efforts to do harm will also be energized. However, the eclipses do tend to favor the pure of heart over the impure of heart. So it seems likely that the forces of good will gain ground in September.
My analyses are based on composite charts that combine data for the New and Full Moons of each month.
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Sunday, August 27, 2006
General Comments ~ Most of us will look back upon September 2006 as an important turning point. Long stalled decisions will be forthcoming. Policies that have been pending will be implemented. Unrealistic hopes will be set aside and options will be narrowed. But most of us will also look back upon September as a good month that brought clarity and simplicity in some confusing and probably frustrating area of our lives. Many kinds of issues will come to a head and call for a commitment. These could be work-related, financial or health-related. Many things that have been quietly building up in the background could suddenly come to the fore. Some for better, some for worse.
Sign by Sign Astrology Forecast For September 2006
ARIES ~ A series of events that are out of your control will soon bring sweeping changes in all those areas where your life touches the lives of other people. It is partly a matter of deep personal realizations on your part and partly because of changes in the lives of others. The overall effect will be to remove deadwood and allow you to focus on those possibilities that are realistic. The youngsters in your life continue to branch out on their own. Some frail, possibly ill person will require your special attention.
TAURUS ~ You will be happy to know that the ill-winds of September will likely blow Taurus some good stuff, or at least not do much damage. Having said that, you do have some stubborn financial issues to wrestle with. But it is important to understand that these financial challenges, once met, will lead to a far more comfortable, durable economic base. As September progresses, you will find yourself with more influence over your present tricky situation and with more room to maneuver. Sudden, perhaps unexpected events will bring clarity.
GEMINI ~ The world is changing around you. It seems like everyone except you is being directly affected by the big events of September. You only have to see what is happening in other people’s lives. But people are especially interested in your response to the developing situation. They are depending on your guidance and encouragement. The planets will endow you with the charm and insight needed to smooth the way for others in this changeful month. See that neither you nor anyone else sacrifices their high standards to get by.
CANCER ~ Moonchildren are under very mysterious influences in September. You might not end up where you think you’re going. However, you are also under protective and helpful influences, so you should be able to cope quite nicely no matter what. One danger is that feelings of helplessness or fears of disempowerment will lead you into conspiracies and manipulation. This could prove risky indeed. Be straightforward. Go with what is positive and innovative in those mysterious feelings and events. Giving in to negativity could cause bigger problems than you might imagine.
LEO ~ It seems like you can only see the problem side of relationships nowadays. But you know the answer to building more satisfying and lasting relationships for all concerned is there for the looking. Changing circumstances will shortly alter the financial picture. You will soon be able to make improvements in your economic arrangements where you might have been blocked or confused before. Long needed adjustments will finally be made. You might want to study the situation carefully before making a move. There’s such a thing as too much change.
VIRGO ~ I can see why Virgo might want a rest, but you will find yourself in the middle of everything again this month. However, your role will be central and the planets are providing you with a full spectrum of persuasive and motivational resources. Avoid scheming and underhanded political moves. Your best bet is the role of the honest broker. Get the best deal you can for all concerned. Work-related issues are positively aspected. You can do quite well even if you want to limit work involvements for personal reasons.
LIBRA ~ Energy, initiative, ambition are all fine. But you might have to watch your temper. It could easily reveal itself in your words or gestures especially with the frustrations you will be facing. You should find safe harbor and greater influence over events as September progresses. September should also bring some sudden and perhaps unexpected spiritual realizations as well as some important shifts in your relations to the world at large. Change will be especially noticeable in key relationships and at work. Suppress a growing inclination to conspire or manipulate.
SCORPIO ~ Youth, innovation, experimentation and an all around independent spirit will benefit you materially and spiritually, particularly where the young are concerned. A simple romance or flirtation could also bring good fortune. However, do exercise some caution. The changes involved, even if they are liberating, could be bigger than you think and they could come quite unexpectedly. Some very positive changes are also likely in the home and family department. Much is changing in the lives around you and you can help a great deal through loving and inspirational discussions.
SAGITTARIUS ~ I advise caution and optimism. Things are happening fast and there isn’t much you can do to slow them down. There are a lot of issues you have to let slide. Some are the kind of issues that can cause real problems. You feel lucky to be able to keep up. During September, a process of simplification will begin. The options will be whittled down and your choices will be simpler. Focus on home and family and things should work out OK. Your relationship with higher ups needs updating
CAPRICORN ~ You are facing tough choices involving both local interests and parties located at a distance. Conditions are preventing you from having it both ways. You should probably take your time doing anything because unexpected events will shortly change the outlook and simplify choices for all concerned. The planets suggest that local concerns deserve the most attention and that relations with those at a distance will have to be reconsidered. Avoid the conspiratorial approach. Straightforward is best. Developments in the area of long-term finances should put your mind at ease.
AQUARIUS ~ Finances are pushing you to make some tricky lifestyle choices or lifestyle choices are triggering some financial changes--again. This time, however, events will take certain unrealistic options off the table permanently. Some important people in your life will make some surprising and beneficial adjustments on your behalf. Resolving outstanding issues will require a bit of hard bargaining, some trust building, and putting some guarantees in place. It is probably time to update your ideas about long-term financial arrangements, anyway. Day-to-day budgetary issues are under favorable influences.
PISCES ~ September is a turning point for Pisces. Figures of authority in your life are blocking a particular course of action, or inaction. You must make a turn at the next intersection. This turn will transform your life more than you would have imagined. Changeful events will also transform your circle of personal and professional relationships. Whether through education or travel or the influence of mentors, your horizons will broaden in very positive ways. Very benevolent planetary influences are guiding these changes. Take an honest, straightforward approach to all transactions.