Glancing at the September New Moon chart with my teacher’s hat on, I see a few things worth mentioning. Let’s take a quick look.
In the chart set for my location (see below) the Ascendant is 15 Virgo, two degrees from the Sun-Moon conjunction. That’s pretty close, and of course Fortuna is exactly on the Asc as it always is for a New Moon. With all three so close, our attention is drawn to this angle of the chart.
Are you in the habit of calculating the antiscia? I have my students do this routinely for every chart so that it becomes second nature. There are innumerable times when the antiscia make a difference in understanding the dynamics of a chart and situation. Here, antiscion Jupiter is 15.15 Gemini: tightly square the Asc/Dsc axis.
Moon applies immediately to sextile Jupiter, translating the Sun’s light there. At the same time, Moon squares Jupiter by antiscion. Interesting! One aspect bodily, another by antiscion. Note the mixed reception: Jupiter disposes to Moon which takes it into detriment, both by its own light and by the Sun’s which it carries. This is a good example of an aspect that might appear to be ‘nice’ (because it’s a sextile) but definitely is not.
Lord Asc Mercury, dispositor of the Sun-Moon combo, is in its own sign of Virgo and in the first house: strongly dignified and a major power-broker by reception.
Elsewhere in the chart, lesser malefic Mars applies to square greater malefic Saturn, also with mixed reception: Mars, Saturn’s dispositor, takes Saturn into detriment.
There are two fixed stars in play. Venus is in sign, conjunct Spica: lovely. Jupiter is on Sirius, a first magnitude star in the mouth of the Great Dog. Jupiter is already ‘big stuff,’ and exaggerated in Cancer: I wouldn’t want to face off against this guy!
As I’ve mentioned before, if you are a horary student or practitioner it can fun and instructive to take a lunation chart (or any other chart) and judge it as if it were a horary. This is especially good practice using relationship questions. Or, try judging the chart as if it were a sports horary. Give it a try, and see what you think!
Above photo from Pixabay (CCO)