September 2003

A Conscious Evolution Newsletter




Dreams - The Wings of the Soul

A New Approach to Chart Interpretation, Part 2

Vedic Star-way of Heaven, Part 2

The Community Co-op Is Coming!

The Angels Have Stolen My Red Shoes

Metamorphosis Is "1"


September Star Watch

Conscious Community

Interactive Calendar


Newsletter Committee, Writers, & Contact Info.


Metamorphosis Index
of All Articles

Volume 2, Number 9

Opinions presented in Metamorphosis are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of others associated with the newsletter.


Calendar Page

Special Days and Aspects for September 2003

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Welcome to September! Click on a date in the calendar to see the current aspects and events for that day.

September 1, 2003

Labor Day: The first Monday in September is a national holiday in honor of workers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Picnics and parades are customary. The holiday also roughly signifies the beginning of a new academic year in many schools and colleges.

Installation of the Guru Granth Sahib: The holy book of the Sikh faith, known as the Guru Granth Sahib, was installed in the faith’s Golden Temple in the holy city of Amritsar in Punjab, India, by Guru Arjan Dev in 1604. The scriptures are an anthology of teachings, hymns, thoughts and verses of Sikh gurus and of Hindu and Muslim scholars and saints.

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September 2, 2003

Happy Birthday to Veneo!

Vietnam Independence Day: Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnamese independence from France on this day in 1945, leading to decades of armed conflict with French and American forces.

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September 3, 2003

Moon Phase
First-quarter Moon in Sagittarius, 12:34 Universal Time.

Sun at 10 degrees Virgo sextile Saturn in Cancer
The analytical prowess of the Sun in Virgo is boosted today by Saturn’s strong work ethic. A great transit for kids just back to school, as Saturn stabilizes and Virgo organizes. Even the flightiest air signs will get their homework done today!

St. Marinus Day: The oldest independent country in Europe is the Republic of San Marino, 30 square miles of territory surrounded by Italy. The saint’s day is the official foundation day of the republic, which was built at the site of the hermitage of a fourth-century hermit/saint named Marinus.

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September 4, 2003

International Astrologers Day: This one shows up on some calendars of India. There’s also another International Astrologers Day in March sponsored by a western astrologers-networking group.

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September 5, 2003

Happy Birthday to Metamorphosis!

Venus at 17 degrees Virgo square Pluto in Sagittarius
Venus and Pluto: love and power. Venus, chastely and uncomfortably clothed in the garb of Virgo the Virgin can’t help but be drawn to bad-boy Pluto, emboldened by his newly found direct motion. Love today is intense, hypnotic and transformative. The trick is for Venus to relax and let Pluto’s winds of change envelop her - digging her heels in just makes it harder for everyone.

Teachers Day in India: The birthday of former President Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, who was a teacher before becoming president, is an occasion for thanking educators.

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September 6, 2003

Ginseng Festival: The people of the Fusong area in the Changhai Mountains of China celebrate the harvest of the curative ginseng herb with a festival September 5-7 of each year.

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September 7, 2003

Retrograde Mars at 2 degrees Pisces opposed to Jupiter in Virgo
Mars, deeply into his retrograde cycle now and smoldering from this prolonged immersion in Pisces, gets a little boost from everyone’s favourite uncle, benevolent Jupiter. The danger is that ego-driven Mars will use Jupiter’s expansive energy to overcompensate for his recent shortcomings. Nothing like the God of War emboldened and eager to make up for lost time! Be conscious of your actions today - use your energy to boost others, not run roughshod over them.

Grandparents Day: The first Sunday after Labor Day is a relatively new holiday for honoring grandparents, made official in the United States in 1979.

Brazil Independence Day: Brazil’s celebration dates to 1822 when Pedro di Alcántara declared the country’s independence from Portugal. He became the first emperor of Brazil the following year.

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September 8, 2003

Retrograde Mercury at 20 degrees Virgo conjunct Venus
Normally today’s transit is a beneficial one, a day or two where it’s easier for shy people to express their secret feelings, where writers are a little extra inspired, and when the left and right side of the brain can think and create in unison. The retrograde motion of Mercury may throw a spanner into the works however, so be watchful when it comes to spontaneous declarations of previously hidden feelings, and if you feel inspired to write, work on poetry and stories and leave the hard-core research papers for another time.

Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Catholic, Anglican and Orthodox Christian celebration of the birth of Mary the mother of Jesus. The Orthodox name for the holiday is the Nativity of the Theotokos, Greek for mother of God.

Thiru Onam: The state of Kerala, India, celebrates the golden reign of King Mahabali, a legendary king of old whose wish to visit his people once a year was said to have been granted by the Hindu god Vishnu before the king’s death. Carpets of flowers decorate the front of houses throughout the state, and people of every religion join in the feasting, boat races and performances given during the festival, which lasts for 10 days.

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September 9, 2003

~  ~ Happy Birthday to Cat! ~  ~
Happy Birthday to The Enigmatic Soul!

Anant Chaturdashi: A Hindu day for fasting, meditating and worshipping Vishnu. Anant Chaturdashi is also the last day of the Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations in India. Most public Ganesh idols and many family idols are immersed on this day.

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September 10, 2003

Moon Phase
Full Moon in Pisces, 16:36 Universal Time.

Sun at 17 degrees Virgo square Pluto in Sagittarius
A short-lived but strong transit that pits the powerfully transformative forces of Pluto against all the perceptions, ideas and values we use to frame our opinions of ourselves. It’s an unsettling feeling, a restless gnawing that asks you to look at the constructs of your life and evaluate what is worthy. As Dr. Phil would say, today’s the day to ask yourself, “How’s that working for you?” And brace yourself for the answer, because Pluto pulls no punches.

Harvest Moon Festival: The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is the biggest event on the culture’s lunar calendar outside of Chinese New Year. It is a national holiday in China and is celebrated by Asian communities in many countries. On the 15th day of the eighth lunar month, the Harvest Moon fills the sky. And in the form of rich cakes made in its likeness, the Moon fills the people’s bellies as well. A salty egg yolk representing the full Moon is at the center of traditional mooncakes, often also made with lotus-seed paste. Alternate fillings, like fruit and preserves, can be used for those who like their pastries sweet. Under the biggest and brightest Moon of the year, families reunite and children carry lanterns that are spherical like the Moon or made in the shapes of animals and dragons. Moon-watching is an important part of the evening’s festivities. The stories associated with the festival seem to share a theme of some threat of trouble having been lived through - and the assurance that now all is well once again and as it should be.

Birth of Hazrat Ali: The son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad is honored by the Shia group within the Islamic faith. Sunnis, on the other hand, do not consider Ali to have been one of the holy leaders of the early faith. The martyrdom of Ali’s sons is remembered in another Shia holiday, known as Ashura (or Moharram), which, like this one, is not observed by Sunnis.

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September 11, 2003

Sun at 17 degrees Virgo conjunct retrograde Mercury
A reminder today that, while it is important to be conscious of the problematic nature of the retrograde Mercury, especially the possibilities for misunderstandings, not everything about the Mercury retrograde period needs to be negative. Use the Sun’s energy today to do what Mercury is asking - re-organize, re-evaluate, re-think. A proactive approach today will stand you in good stead until Mercury goes direct.

Retrograde Mercury at 17 degrees Virgo square Pluto in Sagittarius
The last of a triple whammy of Pluto squares, and mercifully, this transit is not nearly as intense as the previous two. In fact, this is an excellent day to look at any issues brought up when the Sun and Venus squared Pluto earlier in the month. If troublesome events happened on either of those two days - problems in a relationship, feelings of depression, or difficulties understanding what Pluto is requiring of you, then today is the day to look for the answers you’ve been seeking. But wait until September 28, when Mercury transits Pluto in direct motion, before taking any action.

Coptic New Year: The brightest star in the sky, the Dog Star Sirius, which spent much of July and August overseeing the hottest days of the year in the northern hemisphere, now reappears in the Egyptian sky, signaling the flooding of the Nile and a new planting season. The Coptic Orthodox Church, the native Christian church in Egypt, celebrates the New Year on this day.

Enkutatash: This day is New Year’s Day on the traditional Ethiopian calendar.

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September 12, 2003

Happy Birthday to Gregory!

Birthday of the Monkey God: Chinese Taoists celebrate the popular Monkey God, Tai Seng Yeh, who out-monkeyed other gods and maneuvered his way into heaven despite their opposition. Having acquired immortality and miraculous powers, he uses them to benefit the sick and hopeless. In some temples on this day, devotees mimic the Monkey God’s exploits, running over burning charcoal and clambering up ladders of knives without getting hurt.

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September 13, 2003

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September 14, 2003

Exaltation of the Cross: Celebrated more in the eastern branches of Orthodox Christianity, but also observed by western Catholics and Anglicans, the day celebrates the discovery in the early 300s of the cross, nails and plaque believed to have been used in the crucifixion of Jesus. Many pieces of the cross St. Helena discovered, in her excavation beneath a Roman-built Temple of Venus in Jerusalem, still exist as holy relics in churches throughout the world.

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September 15, 2003

Retrograde Uranus enters Aquarius
Today is the beginning of the end of Uranus’ sojourn in Aquarius, at least for this lifetime. Uranus has spent the last six months in Pisces, giving us a glimpse into the potential that this forward-thinking planet of revolution and change has, when combined with the sensitive mystical waters of Pisces. Now it’s time for one last hurrah, as he retrogrades back into Aquarius, the sign of his rulership. Cliché though it may be, there is really only one thing to expect with this transit, and that’s the unexpected.

Venus enters Libra
Up until today, September has been shaded liberally by the Earth signs and their practical, steady energy. The transit of Uranus back into Aquarius, together with Venus moving into Libra, definitely adds some lighter, airier energy to the mix. Venus in Libra draws our attention to relationships, the fine arts and justice. Mars getting you down? Then invoke the special magic of Venus in Libra and sneak away with that special someone for a candle-lit evening of soft music and good food. Mercury causing some misunderstandings? Then skip the conversation and just envelope yourselves in wordless love.

Keiro-no-Hi (Respect for the Aged Day): The elderly are honored and given symbols of happiness on this national holiday in Japan.

Independence Day for many Latin American Countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their independence from Spain, achieved on this day in 1821.

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September 16, 2003

Mexico Independence Day: Celebrations begin the evening before with recitations of the impassioned speech the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla gave in the town of Dolores, rousing the people to fight for their independence in 1810.

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September 17, 2003

Have a great day!

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September 18, 2003

Happy Birthday to SunWoof (Cary)!

Moon Phase
Last-quarter Moon in Gemini, 19:03 Universal Time.

Chile Independence Day: Independence from Spain was declared in 1810 and won eight years later.

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September 19, 2003

Mercury goes direct at 12 degrees Virgo
Hooray! Today’s the day Mercury stops its retrograde motion through the skies and begins to behave properly. All those frustrating snarls and snags you’ve been encountering over the last few weeks - those extra long delays, those petty misunderstandings, those ill-timed computer crashes, will begin to ease off today. However, if you began a new project while Mercury was retrograde, you may experience some residual hiccoughs until October 5 when he reaches 26 degrees Virgo, the point at which the retrograde began.

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September 20, 2003

Happy Birthday to searching!

Higan begins: The week surrounding the autumnal equinox on September 23, like the week surrounding the vernal equinox, is celebrated in Japanese Buddhist tradition as a time of transition, for attuning to the bridge between Earth and Nirvana, between the world of suffering and the world of enlightenment. The Japanese also honor the anscestors at this time. Higan lasts until September 26.

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September 21, 2003

International Day of Peace: The United Nations General Assembly, in a resolution on September 7, 2001, made September 21 of every year, beginning in 2002, the International Day of Peace. The day is meant to be observed through global ceasefire and nonviolence, according to the resolution, and all nations and people are invited to cease in their pursuit of hostilities, if only for one day. In the words of General Secretary Kofi Annan, the International Day of Peace is, “Twenty-four hours: to give relief workers a safe interlude for the provision of vital services; to offer mediators a building block towards a wider truce; to allow all those engaged in conflict to reconsider the wisdom of further violence.”

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September 22, 2003

Mabon: Celebrated the evening before the autumnal equinox, or thereabouts, modern pagan Mabon observances hearken back to ancient nature religions and their celebrations of the second of three harvest times. The balance of daylight and darkness on the day of the equinox is reflected in the idea that Mabon is a time when the world is poised between the spheres of light and dark, day and night, life and death. It is a time to acknowledge the past and celebrate transitions in the circle of life.

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September 23, 2003

Autumnal Equinox, 10:47 Universal Time.

Sun enters Libra
Say goodbye to practical and hardworking Virgo, as the Sun rises over the horizon from the southern hemisphere of the Zodiac and into sociable Libra. Always seeking balance, Libra rules relationships of all stripes, but especially marriage. Symbolized by the scales and ruled by lady Venus, Libra also rules justice, the courts and fine arts.

Birthday of Confucius (K’ung-fu-tzu): Some celebrate the birth of Confucius September 28, but some celebrate it today, the 27th day of the eighth Moon of the Chinese calendar. Confucian temples mark the influential philosopher’s birthday with ceremonies. In his hometown in Qufu, Shandong Province, China, the celebration of Confucian cultural influence lasts two weeks. Born in 551 B.C., Confucius taught self-enlightenment through the Five Virtues: charity, justice, propriety, wisdom and loyalty.

Armenia Independence Day: Armenia declared independence from the U.S.S.R. in 1991.

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September 24, 2003

Happy Birthday to phoebe!

Venus at 10 degrees Libra trine retrograde Neptune in Aquarius
In a month dominated by the practical issues of earthy Virgo and analytical Mercury, today’s transit provides a welcome chance to take off on a flight of fancy. Feel-good Venus trines dreamy Neptune to give us energy that is imaginative, fluid and inspiring. The only pitfall here is the possibility of getting lost inside your reveries, or looking at demanding problems with rose-coloured glasses, cringing from the tougher stuff of the real world.

Lailat al-Miraj and Israa’: Also known under its Persian name of Shab-e-Miraj, this in an Islamic observance of “The Night of the Ascent,” when the Prophet Muhammad journeyed from Makkah (Mecca) to Jerusalem and then ascended into the heavens. The date is the 27th of Rajab in the Islamic calendar, and the events are said to have taken place in the year 620. The holiday begins the evening before, when the story is told in poetry and chants. The people celebrate with sweets and good cheer, without any special prayers required.

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September 25, 2003

Happy Birthday to Ani *!

Venus at 12 degrees Libra square Saturn in Cancer
Romantic and lighthearted Venus chills under the stern discipline of Saturn. This transit can create feelings of aloneness and depression. Demanding Saturn can raise the bar so high that no one can meet it and it is Venus’ job to get him to lighten up and break free of established perceptions. If that happens, then today may offer fated encounters and the blissful feeling of karmic reward.

Mahalaya Amavasya: The new Moon of the Hindu month of Ashwin kicks off the nine-night Navratra Festival in India, which ends on the 10th day with the victory of the goddess over a demon. Large-scale festivities honoring the divine mother, Durga, wife of Shiva, last until October 4.

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September 26, 2003

Moon Phase
New Moon in Libra, 3:09 Universal Time.

Mars goes direct at 0 degrees Pisces
Today the tide starts to finally turn for a Mars cast so far out to sea that his Arian fire has almost been totally washed out. Mars turns direct and comes roaring back to shore, allowing for the resolution of issues that arose while he was retrograde. This time of regrouping will extend to November 8, when Mars reaches 10 degrees Pisces, the degree at which it turned retrograde way back in July.

Birthday of Johnny Appleseed: John Chapman, considered a great medicine man by many Native American people and a saint by frontier settlers, was born in Massachusetts in 1774. He is best known in American pioneer folklore for a lifelong dedication to planting apple seedlings all over the Midwest, but he also planted curative herbs.

Higan ends: The weeklong Japanese celebration of the equinox as a bridge between Earth and Nirvana comes to a close, to be repeated six months from now at the vernal equinox.

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September 27, 2003

Rosh Hashanah: This is New Year’s Day of Year 5764 in the Hebrew calendar. The religious holiday, beginning at sundown September 26 and lasting through September 28, is a solemn one - a time of introspection, abstinence, prayer and penitence. The theme of Rosh Hashanah goes back to the earliest stories of the Jewish people, including Adam and Eve’s violation of their Creator’s law on their very first day of life, as well as the story of God calling Abraham away from the world he knew and laying the foundation for an agreement, or covenant, between people of free will and their God. Thus Rosh Hashanah is a time for humility, for accepting judgment, and for giving and accepting forgiveness and making amends.

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September 28, 2003

Mercury at 17 degrees Virgo square Pluto in Sagittarius
Déjà vu! Mercury squared Pluto in a backwards pass already this month, on September 11. Chugging full steam ahead he now takes anther swipe at the planet of transformation and regeneration. If you were troubled by a thought or event on the 11th, you may find that today the universe drops the answer into your lap. Regardless, this transit is an excellent one for deep thinking, astrological and new age studies, and introspective meditations.

Birthday of Confucius (K’ung-fu-tzu): This is the Gregorian calendar rendering of the philosopher’s birthday, and some observe it on this day, while others celebrate it by the Chinese calendar, on September 23 this year. Confucian temples mark the day with ceremonies. In the philosopher’s hometown in Qufu, Shandong Province, China, the celebration of Confucian cultural influence lasts two weeks. Born in 551 B.C., Confucius taught self-enlightenment through the Five Virtues: charity, justice, propriety, wisdom and loyalty.

Rosh Hashanah : The religious observance of the two-day Jewish New Year holiday ends at sundown.

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September 29, 2003

Happy Birthday to Terri!

Venus at 17 degrees Libra sextile Pluto in Sagittarius
Finally in a month that has been, dare I say, filled with weird and vaguely troubling aspects, we are treated to an event that should be easy for everyone to handle. Venus and Pluto, in this incarnation, are not so much about the juxtaposition of Love and Power, but instead all about powerful love. After all, didn’t someone once say, “Love is all you need”?

Michaelmas: The Archangel Michael, often represented as a slayer of dragons and monsters, is especially popular in Orthodox, Catholic and Anglican churches in Asia and coastal Europe, where he is said to have saved many a town from horrible beasts. This day honors Michael, fellow archangels Rafael and Gabriel, and all the angels, as companions who help fight off the power of evil and who are present at the hour of death.

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September 30, 2003

Have a great day!

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Astrology by Terri Smallwood
Holidays compiled by Maria Barron, Anindita Basu and Sucheta Shetty
Birthday graphics by Maria Barron for Metamorphosis

For an astrological look at the month as a whole,
please see September Star Watch in this issue.