The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.) are thrilled once again to have our good friend and guest blogger Steve Nelson return to share his wisdom. Steve is an astrologer who follows a Jungian mythological tradition. He was raised by a part Cherokee shaman Aunt Maude who learned much of her lore from Molly Runningwolf, the mother of Amanita Sequoyah, the last Cherokee medicine man officially recognized by the Eastern Tribe. Steve’s Indian name is Steven Red Wolf, his lineage is of the wolf clan, one of the 7 tribal groups of the Cherokee. Steve follows many of the Cherokee traditions especially as these relate to celebrations, the use of ritual fire and star lore. For more information about Steve Nelson see www.GaiaAstrology.com
Astrological Timing for Success – September 2011
A wonderfully auspicious Sun/Venus trine Jupiter at the Sep 2-3 Gate of Inspiration sets the tone for September and this month seeds what will be in the great year 2012. Moon mid-Scorpio (Ace of Cups or Hearts) at this Gate aligning with Venus heals hearts to relate at a new level of being. “Mercury Prometheus” rising before the Sun brings new fire to mortals, this brings 3 months of world changing new discoveries, inspiring social interchange and successful enterprise. Couples will partner successfully in world service and in business as this influence grows. The Moon Hare Festival / Harvest Full Moon Sept 10-12 is time to “extract the elixir” and glean the essence of the passing year to share in community moving into Fall. All is weighed and balanced on the scale of Libra at Autumn Equinox Sept 23-25. As the Sun moves through Libra, the sign of Egyptian goddess Maat, balance is restored within and all that makes the heart heavy is let go so it becomes as light as the Feather of Truth. That deemed worthy by the Goddess of Truth will be powered on during the 10 Holy Day / 9 Nights celebration Sept 29 – Oct 8.
The appearance of the lunar crescent Sept 28 begins a 10 day / 9 night period when the world is recreated according to Cherokee, ancient Chinese, Hindu and Greek Mystery traditions. All say this 7th Moon of the zodiacal year is when the world was first created and is recreated each year. During these 9 Nights (Hindu Navaratri) Kali is welcomed into homes to consume the old year’s discord and Cherokee celebrate “Nuetiegwa” the Big Medicine Moon. Cherokee women dance from the time the crescent appears until the Moon sets in order to help the world be reborn. This dance continues for several evenings. Re-creation in spirit makes way for the New Year (2012!) to be. All fortunes turn on the tide of the 7th Moon.
White Rabbit! Sep 1 – Magic Beginnings
Say ‘White Rabbit’ first thing today for luck this month. Rabbit is magic, psychic alchemy and the Moon. #1 days are symbolized by the Magician card in Tarot, this is when the magician pulls another rabbit from his hat.
Gate of Inspiration, Sep 2-3 (4 pm – 4 pm edt) – Dance to Be Free
A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. Whatever blocks our flow comes before the Gate to be let go. It’s time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and be present to the energy and opportunities of the new time.
1st Quarter Moon, Sep 3-4 (1:39 pm 9/4) – Time to Choose
This Moon is like a scythe cutting across the sky, it’s time to cut free from trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, this Moon is pivotal in the cycle of creation. Choices made now are likely the right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down to power our dreams.
Going Out of the Signs Sep 3-12 – Happy Endings
The best time to break addictions or eliminate attachments is when the Moon wave moves down beyond vital organs from Sagittarius (thighs) out through Pisces (feet). Now we can more easily let go of outmoded patterns of being and eliminate toxins physical, emotional and psychic. It’s purging time again and with Sun in Virgo we’re bringing in the harvest and brooming out the chaff.
Moon Hare Full Moon, Sept 10-14 (exact 5:27 am 9/12) – Illumination!
Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunity for healing body, mind and soul. Meditation, deep breathing, music, dancing help open to receive. 2011 is a Year of the Rabbit and Rabbit magic comes forth most at this Full Moon of Virgo. This is the Harvest Moon, a time to separate wheat from chaff. The Moon Hare pounds herbs extracting the “Elixir of Immortality” as our psyches pound out the good from the year. Gathering the Elixir now is key to our psychic alchemy. The Full Moon is like a pitcher that pours out this elixir, we just raise our cups to receive. Energy flows for 3 days after. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration. It’s magic time!
Moon at the Equator, Sep 11 10:32 pm – 9/12 8:45 am – Imagine!
Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times for creative imagination. Moon at the Equator going North is time to envision what we wish for the future.
3rd Quarter Moon, Sep 19-20 (exact 8:39 am 9/20) – Realizing Dreams
This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. 3rd Quarter integrates new ideas into creative expression; it’s time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.
Autumn Equinox, Sept 23-25 (exact 5:05 am 9/23) – Balance Within
Maat, the Egyptian Goddess of Justice, stands on the western horizon holding a scale with a human heart on one side and feather on the other. This is our time to let go whatever makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as the feather of Maat. All that’s heavy (personal and global) comes up now to be released. How to let it go? Breathe and release, breathe and set free. Maat is Libra, Libra is air element. Emotions convert from one form to another through the action of the breath – especially at Fall Equinox and Sunset hour.
Balsamic Moon, Sep 23-26 – Make a Wish!
The Balsamic Moon is the Wishing Moon: a time to put wishes on the air. Needs felt now invoke response from the new lunar cycle. The deeper we feel the more we call forth from the new lunar cycle. Also called Witches Moon, this is a time to bring others to mind for healing. Feeling invokes healing, as we feel we heal.
Dark of Moon/New Moon, Sept 26-28 – Going Within
The day before New Moon until Sunset a day after is ideal for inner work to seed the new cycle. The New Moon (7:09 am 9/27) is like a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. This is when mystics descend to drink from the magic well within.
Crescent New Moon, Sep 28-30 – Time to Sow
It’s time to bring forward what we wish be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the crescent appears, seeds are fertile on every level. This time favors all new beginnings. At the sighting of this 7th Moon, Cherokee women begin their creation dance, the 9 North Star Spirits start their descent (China), Kali enters homes to consume the year’s discord and initiates gather at Eleusis to receive the Mysteries. *Moon magic is strongest Sunset to Moonset when the Moon is in the 7th House.* Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this Moon and the New Year to be.
Michaelmas Sept 29-30 Celebrate!
Michaelmas is a harvest festival and an arts festival when people come together to share creative fruits of the year. Work is done, it’s time to play.
Create anew in September! 🙂
Steve Nelson (Mythic Astrologer) with The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.)
–Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at http://www.gaiaastrology.com
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