It's October. One of my favorite months. In-between fall and winter, it has a beauty of both seasons about it. It's been a month of celebration for centuries, the time of the harvest and bounty of the summer crops, or readying for winter but still enjoying the fall.
We start out this month with a great Libra New Moon on Oct 4th. Each month the new moon is in the sign of the sun, which is in Libra now. Libra is the scales, wanting balance in all things, and usually out of balance in the process of finding it. New moons are always times to begin new things & to find balance and harmony in all things. So let's talk about balance.
EMPATHY: "The ability to understand and share the feelings of others." The new world which is dawning requires us to CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER. But in balance of course. To give too much of yourself, your time or your money does not work either. Set boundaries around your generosity. Say no when you have to or someone has proven they don't respect your contributions. You have to honor yourself too. And so this is another issue we are dealing with now, making us a family who takes care of each other, but not to the detriment of ourselves. If you are a taker, its time to start thanking people who help you. If you give too much, its time to learn to say no. Balance in all things is how we advance our world to a better place and the new Moon in Libra can teach you this. Contemplate balance now, and ask it to be a part of your life.
Followed closely after this new moon the planet of love, Venus, moves into Sagittarius, Oct 7th to Nov 5th.The adventurer Sagittarius loves romance, learning new things and traveling. Time to get out and shake thing up in these areas. You will feel freed from the seriousness of Scorpio which Venus will be leaving. Have some fun, learn new things, take that trip. Sagittarians will be especially happy now, as will the other fire signs Leo and Aries.
Mars moves into Virgo on October 15th to December 7th. This is a cranky place for Mars. It won't be as strong while Venus is in Sag, but on November 8th Mars will feel more caged by Virgo's constantly looking at the details and holding back until they are sorted out. So from Nov 8-Dec 7 deal with details, know that things won't move as fast as you'd like them to and cope as best you can.
October 18th is a Full Moon in Aries. The full moon in a given month is always the opposite sign of the sun. And it's also an Eclipse, or an energy burst. Aries rules mars and this will release a LOT of energy, depending on what house Aries is in your chart. Expect that part to expand and be energized in a good way.
And then there is Mercury, going retrograde for the last time in 2013 from Oct 21st to November 10th. Mercury retrograde is always a bummer of confusion, lost mail, misunderstood communications, etc. but it's in Scorpio where Saturn is hanging out these days, so expect our minds to go a little deep and dark too. If sadness or even depression overtakes you for a day or two, take advantage of Venus in Sag energy to play, learn, have fun. It will pass, but it can be harsh when it happens. Its all part of digging up the crud and looking at it and blessing it, and letting it go to a higher place for purification. I remind you all to meditate, it will keep you grounded and sane and give you a kind of energy only meditation can supply.
All in all, October is a pretty light month energy wise. Rest up for the storm from Uranus and Pluto in November and December.
PS I am going through a "green" phase. I am totally attracted to green now (new beginnings) and just wanted green in the color scheme., so note the new logo, the green lotus, and the color scheme. When I came up with helpful astrology it was trying to explain helping people, but I changed the name to Astrological Healing which seems to really fit. Check out the new website features and look. Please leave your comments regarding the blog or site or new services by clicking comments below.
Happy September. It's the time of Virgo, the 6th sign of the zodiac which rules duty, responsibility, health, pet care, and maintenance . You're going to work hard this month, you're going to get back on your diet, slow down the party time, and take care of business. Its time to organize, to clean out the closets to make room for the new. Time to finish up those things you've been meaning to do. Launch a new business, figure out the details and move forward. It's a busy time, and a time to help friends or family if they ask for help.
But that's only the tip of the iceberg for this month. Step on the roller coaster and strap yourself in - lots of energy is coming and a lot of it is chaotic. Mars is in Leo, giving us tons of energy, including anger if you feel frustrated and cornered, which you likely will, just escalates everything.
Chiron, the wounded healer, is asking you to let go of all those past pains and hurts - release and be free. Let yourself heal, cry, throw things, vent, but get it out. Its time to stop dragging that train car of baggage behind you and take on the new. Look at childhood traumas, fears and blocks and let them go. You'll be glad you did, really. Its the time of new beginnings, clean house or it will be cleaned for you. Save yourself the grief of that and do it yourself.
Pluto goes direct on Sept 20th, squaring Uranus - ugh. Oye. Its more about cleaning house, and its deep struggling of letting go of the old to make way for the new. Don't fight it, be open to the new. Its where we're all going, so come along willingly and embrace it. What you lose now, you don't need anymore. Something better is coming, leave space for it to enter. (I've spent the last two weeks cleaning out my house like you can't believe. 6 Leaf sized bags to Salvation Army, tons of garbage, craigs listed some furniture - just have the urge to purge. And you should too. Clean up the inner and the outer. It feels great.)
These two guys, Pluto and Uranus, are in a battle for our world. Pluto, the status quo, is fighting to keep its reign, while Uranus is shouting "its not working" and demanding change. Imagine two giants who are gladiators, in a fight - with tremendous power and resolve, trying to get the other one to agree to their terms. Not happening. And we get to live in the whirlwind of chaotic, aggravated energy while it happens (could people in their cars get any angrier and reckless? Yes, sadly they can.) Be wary of temper flares...yours and others, chill, meditate, read inspirational books. Keep your higher ground perspective and it won't be as chilling as it is for many. All this energy you feel is "their" agitation, so use this energy to work on you, clean clutter, start a movement, etc. Just don't sit around waiting for it to go away. Its not gong away for another 18 months. And Jupiter, the planet of expansion, is squaring them both now, giving the agitation greater strength. Dropping out is not an option.
And Pluto and Uranus are dueling it out until March 2015. Each month from here on out its going to get more and more chaotic, and we are like peas in a big soup, at the mercy of it all. November and December will be tough, but 2014 is going to be even more so. Riots, wars, protests, anger, the 1% against the 99% and the 99% fighting back with everything they've got. But it's necessary if we are to change and our world is going to change. PARTICIPATE! Be part of the change, not a casualty.
Then Saturn comes along and triggers more energy in this fight. Its all about changing our world, the status quo, physical form. Like I said, wear your seat belt at all times.
But its not all roller coaster chaos. Mars in Leo is great for love and romance, til mid October. Make those moves on your secret crush, tell your spouse you want to go away for a week without the kids, party with your friends and get much needed relaxation. Mercury in Libra will help your mind chill from the 9th on and give your busy, buzzing mind a rest. Venus moves into Scorpio on the 11th. You're ready for companionship, and that Libra Mercury and Leo Mars will bring sparks to your love life. Expect the unexpected as people will make fast moves making your head spin and your heart flutter. Go for it.
Look for good news the last few days of the month - business, legal, etc.
It's all about our spiritual journey now. Walk your talk and it will be good. It's the adventure you were born in this life to experience. Go for it! Be everything you ever wished to be, and be it. Also retrograde Mercury coming the end of next month, so start new things before then.
Next month I will be putting my forecasts on YouTube and a video on my website. Happy Sept!