August 31, 2023

Monthly Astrological Insights for September 2023

The month of September may prove to be a month of recovery!  A month of recovery for personal matters! Because the personal planets Venus and Mercury ,both being retrograde at the beginning of the month, become direct later in the month (Venus on the 4th and Mercury on 16th). Most of us are going to feel that change in air (energy).  However, it’s a slow recovery period, since Mercury doesn’t return to its average speed until September 22 and Venus until October 20.  For those who are influenced by the energy of Mercury via their transit charts can expect things to return to fully normal state by the autumn equinox. However, for those who are affected by the energy of Venus through their transit charts may have to wait till October 20.  It also means the entertainment industry personnel (Hollywood) such as actors, screen writers, directors, producers, etc. may see their strike extended through October 20.

As far as slow moving planets are concerned, most of them (Pluto, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn and Jupiter turning retrograde on Sept 5th) are retrograde.  As a result, it’s a period of churning, turmoil, stepping back, introspection and change in all aspect of our collective life.  It includes world affairs, politics, media industries, religions, war and warlike climate, communications. For republican politicians and the Republican Party, September may prove to be very trying and difficult.

Uranus turned retrograde in sidereal Aries on August 29. For financial markets the retrograde transit of Uranus in Aries is significant (Aug 29 thru Jan 27, 2024) as world financial markets likely to exhibit unprecedented volatility. In addition, Places like United Kingdom and California are likely to make headline news.

Retrograde Venus—Relationship crisis?

On July 23, Venus turned retrograde in sidereal Leo. With her retrograde motion she returned to Cancer on August 7. Then on September 4, she becomes direct.  However, her speed returns to its average speed not till October 20. It also means the entertainment industry personnel (Hollywood) such as actors, screen writers, directors, producers, etc. may see their strike extended through October 20.

Typically during the Venus retrograde period, expect the divorce rates to peak, fighting between spouses to intensify, and delays, frustrations, and misunderstandings to take a center-stage in domestic matters.  The retrograde Venus in Cancer means social reformers, health care providers, care givers, charities; mothers with babies, pregnant women are likely to be challenged.

If you have a dominating Venus in your birth chart and if Venus is active via your transit chart then you are more likely to experience the energy of the retrograde Venus during August 8 – September 4 and then the full recovery might take until after October 20.

Retrograde Mercury (Aug 24 – Sept 16)—miscommunications, misunderstanding?

On August 24, the planet Mercury turned retrograde in sidereal Leo. It will stay retrograde in Leo all the time until it becomes direct on September 16.

Typically retrograde Mercury means anxieties, communication breakdowns, unexpected delays, frustrations, missing deadlines, unforeseen obstacles and disappointment in daily chores.

Retrograde Mercury in Leo means more frustrating periods for leaders in politics, show business, business leaders, reformers, money managers, builders and people in power in general. This is not a good time to start a new project or venture, but rather reflect on what’s been done so far. Also, this is the best time to cleanup that closet and do other chores that you have been postponing due to lack of time. 

In addition, if you have dominating Mercury in your birth chart and if Mercury is currently as your active planet, then you are more likely to experience pronounced energy of retrograde Mercury during this period with respect to matters signified by the house it’s currently transiting through in your Gochar (transit) chart.  However, for those who have Cancer, Taurus, Pisces, Capricorn, Scorpio or Libra as their ninefold ascendant are least likely to be affected during this period.

Painful yet a period of tremendous opportunity for personal transformation

The Capricorn Pluto continues to make squares with the Aries Rahu (and the Libra Ketu) within a degree that lasts through September 2. But not until beyond three degrees square separation, the energy of these squares becomes fully inoperative. That means till mid –October. From the material destruction as well as painful material life experiences standpoint, the Capricorn Pluto’s energy still gets several fold magnified due to square aspect with the equally explosive and tremendously karmic north lunar node Rahu.

As a result, collectively, the Ukraine-Russia war likely continues in the current phase where both sides likely to endure severe human casualties as well as destruction of material wealth.  With the continued retrograde Neptune’s transit in Pisces, Russia will likely to go through an incredible change with internal power and political struggle with Putin continue to lose his grip on Russia as an autocrat. Ukraine is likely to continue gain grounds despite human casualties and destruction.

For the United States, for politicians, reporters and media industry personnel, this is a period of turbulence and turmoil. Especially for the republicans and the Republican Party, this month may prove to be very trying and difficult.

For religions, the Pluto-Rahu square spells a big change.  It’s a period of pain, yet it’s a great opportunity for transformation.

On an individual level, if you have Pluto and the lunar nodes oppositions, square, quincunxes or conjunctions in your natal chart and they are placed in unfavorable houses in the natal chart, you are more likely to feel this intensive energy of material destruction and/or psychological and emotional breakdown during July and August. If you have this unfavorable aspect in your natal chart, you are very likely to experience-“Why me? Or why it’s happening to me?” the questions that have no logical answers. However, if you endure this difficult period with grin it may prove to be a blessing in disguise as the energy of the square aspect help you transform to new level of understanding your own life bringing you closer to the center of stability.

Political Scandals and financial markets turmoil?

On June 18 Saturn turned retrograde in sidereal Aquarius and will continue to be retrograde till November 4. The retrograde Saturn means it’s time to slow down and pause and take a stock of or reflect on what has been going on in life in general.

Aquarius being the air (intelligence) and fixed (perseverance) sign, Saturn’s energy will likely be strongly reflected in the scientific research that deal with information technology (Artificial Intelligence) helping  us collectively to bring us together at a phenomenal rate leading to a new level of understanding of this world as a part of the process of our spiritual growth.

Thus, philanthropists, social reformers, philosophers, scientists, spiritual leaders (not religious leaders) and peace-makers will shape our world with better clarity and purpose.

On the downside, some of the prominent social media, news media and internet related companies likely to go under and replaced with new companies as a part of Saturn/Pluto’s transformation process.

Those who have Saturn in Aquarius (Saturn return) in their natal charts have already been experiencing  retrograde Saturn’s energy as their lives get transformed to a new settings due to a drastic change (mostly) at mental and psychological levels. In my opinion, despite a painful period of frustration due to unexpected drastic changes in life, it’s going to be an exciting period for those who have dominant Saturn in their birth chart and have Aries, Taurus, Virgo and Sagittarius as their natal ninefold (Navamansha) ascendant. 

Disregard for social and moral responsibility, rise in mental disorders, and out of touch with reality?

After being retrograde, Neptune returned to Pisces on February 15, 2023 and continues to transit through Pisces for the following 13 years (till mid 2036). Neptune being the spiritual planets of our solar system that deal more with heart than mind, it will certainly affect the matters related to Pisces in a significant way. 

Pisces being a water and mutable sign ruled by Jupiter some of its significant characteristics are: Divine, fruitful, fertile, emotional, honest, outspoken, religious, spiritual, nonviolent, polite, modest, moody, affectionate, hermit, psychic, water, compassion, love, heart connection, non-verbal communication and introvert. These qualities complement very well with qualities of Neptune that include: spiritual, intuitive, divine, psychic, magical, highly emotional, moody, clairvoyant, inspiration, imaginative, love, compassionate and mystical. 

As a result, a subtle and slow change in our collective moral and spiritual perceptions is certainly going to be manifested in the way we never experienced before. This era (next 13 years) will be remembered as the period of spiritual inspiration and transformation. Interestingly, this era also complements well with the era of Pluto’s transit in sidereal Capricorn (a sign ruled by spiritual Saturn) that runs in parallel during the same time. The way we have been used to deal with religions will no longer be our norms.  Our moral codes will be greatly influenced by our collective spiritual experiences. And in that sense a subtle but most effective transformation of world morality during this unique era of the next 13 years is likely to take us to a level where the norms solely based on spiritual experiences will dictate and guide our lives with new level of understanding.  

Pisces, being the sign for poets, musicians, singers, monks, religious leaders, spiritual leaders, nurses, nuns, social workers, caregivers, saints, psychics, actors, sailors and ship captains, these respective fields will go through significant transformations. And these transformations will be reflected in the new norms of morality and ethics, expansion of our collective psychic abilities and mystical experiences keeping in line with steady progress in our ability to directly perceive truth. Also, creativity in areas of music will likely complement our spiritual progress. 

In scientific and technological areas, a lot of drastic changes and emerging new ideas coupled with mystical experiences will find their way into innovations and discoveries.  However, it will be the first time the scientific and technological research will be more focused in areas that will bridge the gap between the science and morality. The likely areas of research will be in spiritual healing, and life-force related activities, looking for ways to tap new sources of energy without disturbing global climate (recent news about the possibility of harnessing energy from nuclear fission and minimizing the usage of fossil fuels will very likely be materialized in next 13 years). The return to the holistic and Ayurvedic practices and alternate medicines are also very likely. The availability of inexpensive generic drugs for those who cannot afford the expensive brand name drugs is becoming reality. A new wave of philosophers and philanthropist with their new perspectives on living, in general, will certainly transform our world in next 13 years with a new level of understanding of life.

On the downside, the religious leaders and social reformers may tend to form cults and spread cult like activities, rise in organized religion scandals, deceptive activities under the disguise of promise of spiritual experiences are likely to be on rise in certain parts of the world.  The scandals of the secretive collaboration between the medical doctors and pharmaceutical industries will continue to be exposed.  The increase usage of mind altering drugs, disregard for social and to some extent moral responsibility, rise in mental disorders, and losing the touch with reality are some of the likely symptoms of the negative side of Neptune. One of the prominent fall-outs of the Piscean Neptune will be a significant decline of authoritarian regime’s influence around the world.  Russia, China and other authoritarian regimes will continue to lose their hold as they face the forces of our collective spiritual transformation.

On individual level for those who have water sign (Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces) as their ascendant in their natal ninefold (Navamansh) chart should get ready for a brand new and long lasting (13 years) cycle of change, especially a very pronounced cycle for those who have Neptune as a dominant planet in their birth charts. The changes that might occur would be very subtle and would deal with new or renewed interest in spirituality, openness, psychic abilities to perceive truth, divine experiences, transformed perceptions and beliefs, and the way of living.  

Russian-Ukraine war and senseless killings

The intensity of Russian-Ukraine war has been steady at a remarkable speed with both sides incurring severe human tolls and destruction of wealth. The war continues with Ukraine likely gaining more ground. Going forward, Putin is likely to be consumed by the dealing with the uprising in Russia. Until the Russian president Putin loses his grip and becomes powerless this war is not going to end and so will be killings of innocent civilians.


President Biden’s challenges in September

For President Biden, September looks to be mostly a month filled with full of challenges, obstacles, pain and difficulties.

Despite being nonstop challenged by his adversaries, he still will very slowly (at much slower pace since Pluto turned retrograde on May 2) continue to pave his way by figuring out the political solutions.

As for Venus, for the entire month Venus he will be faced with difficulties, political hurdles. As a result, it’s going to be a painful and stressful experience for him.

From the Sun’s energy point of view, until September 17, he will continue to enjoy his political career in the form of accomplishments and prestige. But after that the second half of September may bring him more worries and disappointment.  He will be restless during that period.

The energy of Rahu may become more important and challenging for him for this month.  He will likely to be dealing with orthodox and old acquaintances, and unless he is careful and aware, he may end up with situations of misplaced priorities for his political agenda.

Thus, in summary, September looks to be mostly a month filled with full of challenges, obstacles, pain and difficulties.


Global Insights……..


The important challenging possibilities for September include: 

July 1 – Sept 2:  Ukraine-Russia war entering in an intensive new phase of conflict, a new wave of renewed violence between Israel and Palestinians, as well as outbreak of violence around the world causing instability.

Aug 31 – Sept 2: A short term but very intensive friction between India and Pakistan. Terrorism and violence around the world, especially in Iraq, Iran and Israel-Palestine area will be on rise. Outbreaks of the both natural and man-made calamities are strong possibilities.

Sept 1-8: A rise in covert activities among leading nations. Natural as well as man-made calamities are also very likely during this period. Places like Russia and China are likely to experience political and social turmoil. Non-democratic countries are likely to see shift of power from one faction (or dictator) to another. Religious activities around the world will likely to appear more secretive than open. 

Sept 2-11: A social or political turmoil in the United States, Russia and/or China as well as rising tensions among these countries.

Sept 2 – Nov 1: A sudden change in relationship between USA and Russia for worse. Advances in science and technology through innovations, inventions, and discoveries may become stagnant.

Sept 10 – Oct 5: Acceleration of secret activities all around the word including political covert activities. Social confusion and chaos in countries like Russia and China is a real possibility.

Sept 30 – Oct 2: Natural and man-made calamities, especially in the United States of America.


The important auspicious possibilities for September include:

Sept 14 – Oct 4:  Scientific breakthroughs (discoveries and/or inventions) in fields of medicine, artificial intelligence and high technology.

Sept 17-29:  Religions around the world are likely to enjoy positive experiences. People will likely to be convinced with the importance of moral values and will have no difficulty in maintaining their religious faith. 

Sept 29 – Oct 13: A good period for European economy. This period is also good for progress in technical fields (new innovations and discoveries) and religious reconciliation.

The countries that are more likely to be affected during this month are:  Ukraine, Russia, China, the United States, the Middle East Region, India-Pakistan, and Europe.

Natural and Man-made Calamities……..

The natural calamities like extreme weather conditions, wildfires, hurricanes, heavy rains, snow storms, air crashes as well as man-made accidents are more likely to occur -made accidents are more likely to occur almost through the entire month, but more specifically, during Sept 1-8 and 29-30.

While man-made calamities may manifest themselves in terrorism, unrest, violence, accidents, and air crashes, the natural calamities are likely to include extreme weather conditions such as severe cold winters, and equally intensive droughts, hurricanes or typhoons, thunderstorms, earthquakes and fires.


Based on a new Earthquake prediction model (the work has been in progress), the earthquake(s) of magnitude 6.9 or higher, if occur, are likely to occur on following dates and Times as well as possible locations: Earthquake Predictions 2023Please note that these hourly predictions refer to the Universal time (GMT).


Planetary Energies for Individuals  

Neptune-Rahu and Neptune-Ketu ninefold squares (Sept 10 – Oct 5)

Neptune-Rahu and Neptune Ketu ninefold square are going to be unfavorable for those who have such squares in their natal charts.  Expect sudden loss of money, power, and demotions at work place and/or tarnished reputation in professional and social fields. If you have such squares in your birth chart, and if any one of these planets is presently influencing you through the current Gochar (transit) chart then you need be extra careful. The best thing to do is not make any new commitment, and totally avoid taking any business or monetary risk. Remember you never suspected a close friend, and then you suddenly find out that he or she secretly doing things behind your back to hurt you….well something similar is likely to happen….be careful!

Saturn-Jupiter ninefold sextile (Sept 17 – 29)

Jupiter-Saturn ninefold sextile is favorable for those who have such sextile in their natal charts.  A proper balance between the optimism and conservatism will protect you from becoming over optimistic (or aggressive) as well as over protective.  If you have such sextile in your birth chart and if any one of these planets is presently influencing you through the Gochar (transit) chart then you are likely to enjoy this period with full vigor and success as it would seem to come to you naturally. So enjoy!   (More )