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.
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