Mercury Cazimi and the Equinox — September 21-29 2022  


Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest on Monday. While the power of the British monarchy has faded, the Queen brought a measure of unity and coherence to the world during her reign and in her ceremonial funeral with Mercury retro in Libra in opposition aspect to Jupiter in Aries.  At the funeral day and time, the Moon in Cancer (mother principle) was partile sextile to both Venus in Virgo and Uranus in Taurus. The Sun perfected the trine to Pluto on the same day, as the reign of Charles the III takes form. The Moon in Cancer on Monday was quincunx aspect to Saturn retro in Aquarius, as the Crown is formally and firmly passed, not the baton or the candle, but the crown, as one era closes, and another begins. (The Kah-i-Noor diamond, the special large diamond on the crown, is claimed by India. Will it be returned?).  Mercury retrograde in Libra doubly approaches the conjunction aspect to the Sun a combust aspect. Prior to the equinox on Thursday (early Friday morning in the eastern hemisphere), the Sun consumes the Mercury energy in its radiant heat and light. In its closest aspect to the Sun, Mercury is cazimi, becoming more powerful, imbued with the Sun’s center in the heart, as it were.  Communication is stilled, as the combust Mercury loses its identity, until this point of cazimi, when thought seem to be purified and released.  If words alone can make a difference, now is the time to speak. Mercury retro supersedes the Sun, re-ingress to Virgo, as the Moon ingress to Virgo on Friday. With Venus also in Virgo, reflecting on perfection of duty, and work as an art form. The Moon on Saturday makes a square aspect to Mars in Gemini and a trine aspect to Uranus retro in Taurus, followed by a quincunx aspect to Saturn retro in Aquarius, as world unity frays, with a lack of traditional leadership.   The Moon makes a triple conjunction with Venus and Mercury retro in Virgo, trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn Sunday morning, a unifying force. The Moon ingress to Libra, as new agreements are forged, prior to the New Moon 21:56 UT. At the New Moon, the Sun and Moon are in a cluster with Mercury retro and Venus, opposition to the retrograde planets in the opposite hemisphere. Mars and Ceres maintain a direct motion, leading away from the retrograde planets, our guiding principles (may it be).

Summary of Major Aspects of the Week

Wednesday September 21st — The Moon in Leo makes a trine aspect to Jupiter retro in Aries in the early morning hours and makes a trine aspect to Chiron a few hours later. Later in the day (or morning on Thursday in the eastern hemisphere) the Moon is sextile aspect to Mars in Gemini and square aspect to Uranus in Taurus. A sense of power and nobility gives way to ambition and possible setbacks. The Sun transits to the final degree of Virgo, as urgent repair work becomes an obsession. Venus in Virgo doubly approaches the opposition aspect to Neptune in Pisces. Ceres in Leo is quincunx aspect to Pluto retro in Capricorn, a complex situation for environmental security is galvanized in consciousness.

Equinox Chart
September 22-3 2022

Thursday September 22nd — The Moon makes a perfected opposition aspect to Saturn retro in Aquarius, signifying caution. The Equinox in the afternoon hours (US time zones), 1:05 UTC, [see above image] as the Stonehenge festival celebrants gather. At the hour of the equinox, the Moon in Leo perfects the conjunction aspect with Ceres, and Mercury retro in Libra perfects the conjunction aspect with the Sun and becomes cazimi. Messaging becomes clearer, environmental events signify the concerns for the season, perhaps for the decade. Venus perfects the opposition aspect to Neptune retro and Saturn retro square aspect to Uranus retro intensifies as the restraints on monetary activities are increased.

Friday September 23rd — The Moon ingress to Virgo as the Sun supersedes the conjunction with Mercury retro, as Mercury re-enters Virgo.  More deep repair work is needed with Venus partile opposition aspect to Neptune retro in Pisces. Neptune will not return to direct transit until December 4th. Alliances re-align as the Sun in Libra indicates new contracts and new partnerships. Venus is the dispositor of the Sun, and in Virgo, intensive work with Mercury retro and the Moon also in Virgo motivate introspection.

Saturday September 24th — The Moon in Virgo is square aspect to Mars in Gemini and trine aspect to Uranus retro in Taurus, as focused efforts lead to material advance. The Moon quincunx aspect to Chiron retro in Aries and then quincunx aspect to Saturn retro in Aquarius, a potential Yod formation helps to overcome obstacles to unity.  Venus in Virgo supersedes the opposition aspect to Neptune retro in Pisces and approaches the trine aspect to Pluto in Capricorn. Decay clears the way for regeneration.

New Moon Chart
September 25-26 2022

Sunday September 25th — The Moon in Virgo transits conjunction aspects to Venus and Mercury retro prior to the ingress of Libra, and the New Moon conjunction aspect with the Sun late in the day US time zones, early morning in the eastern hemisphere. The New Moon is opposition aspect to Jupiter retro in Aries, magnifying a greater sense of unified commitment. A new agenda proposal brings issues into the open. The planets are arranged with the outer retrograde bodies in one half of the zodiac with the personal planets and the New Moon in the opposing half [see above image].  Mars in Gemini doubly approaching a trine aspect to Saturn retro in Aquarius and Uranus retro square aspect to Saturn are long-term aspects that are intensifying. Saturn/Mars in a friendly trine aspect between so-called malefices, refines the more radical approaches of the Uranus/Saturn square aspect. Pressures are exerted with legal maneuvers, such as indictments.

Monday September 26th — The Sun in Libra opposition aspect to Jupiter retro in Aries reaches perfection, while the Moon progresses to the opposition aspect to Chiron in Aries, and then a grandtrine configuration with Mars in Gemini and Saturn retro in Aquarius (past midnight US time zones, early on Tuesday in Europe and points eastward.) The grandtrine in air signs signifies an easy flow of energy in the element of communication. A sense of unity develops with greater communication efforts. An easy and rapid flow of thought could give rise to new ways to overcome blocks in advances on all levels. Reaching out to friends and neighbors now results in better relationships. Venus supersedes the conjunction aspect with Mercury retro in Virgo and the trine aspect to Pluto retro in Capricorn, emphasizing a renewal of relations.

Tuesday September 27th — The Moon in Libra makes a quincunx aspect to Neptune in Pisces early today, as readjustments to the renewal are required. Mercury retro trine aspect to Pluto increases introspective reformation. The Sun in Libra is in a separating opposition aspect to Jupiter retro in Aries. New leadership roles develop slowly. Jupiter in Aries expands as it absorbs in the Aries field of courage. Jupiter returns to the sign of Pisces on October 29th for two months of receptivity, an indication of role reversal and renewal. The Moon transits to the square aspect to Pluto retro in Capricorn, a conflict of role leadership, while Mercury retro is trine aspect to Pluto, a rational procedural change can overcome the conflict. The Moon ingress to Scorpio late in the day. A quincunx aspect to Jupiter could be an impulse for a creative solution.

Wednesday September 28th — The Moon in Scorpio proceeds while Venus’ ingress to Libra, seeking friendly relationships. The Moon makes quincunx aspects to Chiron in Aries and Mars in Gemini, with a sense of accomplishment in a Yod formation, and a conjunction aspect with Ketu indicating old habits released. Mars in Gemini is partile trine aspect to Saturn retro in Aquarius, although beginning to separate, as reformed style is implemented. Saturn retro square aspect to Uranus retro in Taurus continues to strengthen, extinguishing irrational impulses.  The Moon makes an opposition aspect to Uranus retro late in the day, perhaps a sign of releasing anguished or suppressed victims/prisoners, and quincunx aspect to Mars along with the square aspect to Saturn. Reformed laws may provide relief.  

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Reminder: While lunar aspects are in effect only for only a few hours, the aspect of the outer planets can last days and weeks. I post a reading for a day in advance in order to give a preview, also because the aspects may be in effect a day prior to the exact partile degree.

Hope you navigate the week successfully and share the joy! Thanks for reading. 

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September 20, 2022
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