On the Chiron/Saturn square


The Moon is in Pisces and will meet Neptune later tonight. This can be both mystical and transcending as the Sun (in Scorpio) and the Moon are in deeply intimate waters right now. We could feel more impressionable and inspired with our attention turned towards spiritual matters.

Tomorrow night, the Moon in Pisces will conjunct Chiron and trigger the Chiron/Saturn square, just in time for Halloween.

The Chiron/Saturn square is the big signature aspect this week and it is both difficult and rewarding. We could be aware of old wounds while also being ready to move on from that space of hurt.

This aspect is a mixture of realization around painful truth and healing. You could feel sensitive and self-conscious of your downfalls while experiencing some closure around them. It’s like having the raw awareness of where it hurts in order to locate the pain, forgive yourself and hopefully move on.

It’s hard and edgy but also rewarding if you make the effort to be honest with yourself. It calls for maturity around our most vulnerable selves.

“I said: what about my eyes?
He said: Keep them on the road.

I said: What about my passion?
He said: Keep it burning.

I said: What about my heart?
He said: Tell me what you hold inside it?

I said: Pain and sorrow.
He said: Stay with it.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”

― Jalaluddin Rumi

OCTOBER HOROSCOPES

Sun sign horoscopes cannot replace a proper analysis of your birth chart and transits of the moment. They are meant as a broad insight into certain time signatures. If you want a more detailed forecast, you can book a reading with Elodie here. You can also subscribe to the 9th House monthly horoscopes here.

*The rising sign is essential in understanding our personal dispositions, please read your Sun sign and rising sign for extra clarity.

Happy explorations!

POWER PLAY

OCTOBER HOROSCOPES

The blood of love welled up in my heart with a slow pain.
-Sylvia Plath

 

LIBRA/LIBRA RISING ♎︎

For the last year Libra, you have been blessed by the transit of Jupiter in your sign. Of course, not everything was smooth sailing, but the planet most often associated with expansion and luck has been sitting in your sign since September 2016. You have benefited from opportunities to broaden your mind, and perhaps this has helped you open to new possibilities. It could also mean that this last year has seen you imbued with greater courage to step outside of your comfort zone physically, emotionally, and spiritually. In some shape and form, this last year has given you new pathways to explore and the courage to say YES more often. Jupiter will leave your sign on October 10th for a year-long transit in the sign of Scorpio. This means that you have 10 more days to give thanks to the guru planet. Find a moment to reflect on the positive advancements and opportunities of the last year. Gratitude and a flexible mind are the blessings of Jupiter; think about where you have benefited from adopting a positive attitude and what opportunities arose from saying yes more often.

Partnership will be a big theme in October and the obligations and commitments made to others are highlighted. The Full Moon in Aries on October 5th accentuates the dichotomy of your needs versus the needs of other people in your life which is so inherent to your sign. You could be in need of a more solid demonstration of love from a partner, or it could be that someone else requires this from you. Overall, the first week of October has a sobering effect and you will have to attend to the unpleasant details of a partnership while simultaneously craving ease and pleasure.

Venus, your ruling planet, moves into your sign on October 14 and this will help smooth out the hard edges.  However, October remains a dynamic period for Libras. The New Moon in your sign on October 19 will be opposed to the revolutionary planet Uranus. A New Moon is the beginning of a new cycle; a time when seeds are planted. This particular New Moon in Libra is your personal reset button. This is an opportunity to break free from old habitual patterns, especially the ones connected to partnerships. Something could be pushing you to radically change your course of action or discard what is stale in your life. Whether this is coming from you, or pushed upon you, remains to be seen but there are a few things you can do to maximize the insights and minimize the surprises. Air out your assumptions about relationships and be honest about what belongs to you and what is not your problem. Accept and recognize what is no longer working in your life and find pro-active solutions to remediate your discontent. Cultivate a state of honesty with yourself and others to ensure a solid foundation on which healthy relationships can flourish.


SCORPIO/SCORPIO RISING
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When I peer into your future Scorpio, I see a strong desire for regenerating adventures, and also more opportunities to do so. In order for you to tune in to the synchronicities that will help you establish new pathways, you must first clean the many assumptions cluttering your mind. Some of these assumptions could be connected to comfort, relationships and an uncontrollable desire to merge. I think you know what I am talking about. In the last year, you have slowly realized that your desire for intimacy locks you in a sort of self-defeating trance. Upon entering a relationship, part of you is on hold, on a shelf, and out of reach while you preoccupy yourself with the woes of your lover. This is quite admirable, but it is also becoming quite obvious that your happiness suffers as a result. Deconstructing your relationship patterns should serve you well this month. It won’t solve everything, but illuminating your relationship mechanics will help you control your impulses a little bit better. Remember that not everything is set in stone; see where you are adopting a fatalistic attitude that keeps you locked in. You have the power to dislodged these old rusty wheels and change your gears. The first step will be to connect with the uglier truth hiding behind your relationship habits. Half the battle will be to establish contact with your fears and to temper your impulses to merge.

On October 10, Jupiter, the planet of joy and abundance, moves into your waters for a whole year. Jupiter is closely linked to the ability of generating fortune and luck in our lives. This means that you have an entire year to change your attitude in regards to what you think you deserve. How deserving do you feel and what is your relationship to wealth? Cultivating an attitude of openness and gratitude is a well-known hack to multiply your blessings. What does gratitude and contentment mean to you? Can you see the bigger picture in your current limitations and extract the silver lining? Is there a way you can create more space for new opportunities to flow into your life? Don’t stress too much about getting it right all at once; you will have a whole year to play with these ideas. Being an optimist is a lot of work and it doesn’t necessarily come naturally to Scorpios, but this year will show you how.

The New Moon in Libra on October 19 invites you to air out your closet and make space for the new cycle of growth that is about to begin for you. Perhaps this involves letting go of burdensome responsibilities that are not yours to begin with. Be honest about self-defeating habits that are hampering your capacity to reach higher grounds. What aspects of your routine are you ready to let go of and what new practices are you ready to integrate? What does positive intensity mean to you? Can you find ways to feed your spirit the excitement that it craves without becoming self-destructive? Set your sights on mountain peeks.


SAGITTARIUS/SAGITTARIUS RISING
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After spending a whole year in the sign of Libra, your ruler Jupiter is about to move into the deep waters of Scorpio on October 11th. To better understand what this means for you and how it applies to your life, think about how much you have grown-up in regards to relating in the last year. Jupiter in Libra has been your mentor when it comes to smoothing out your relationships and teaching you how to be more diplomatic in your dealings. Reflect on the ways you have matured and grown when it comes to your interactions. Think about how far you have come in regards to commitments and your ability to fulfill your responsibilities in certain agreements. Now that you are better at the art of relating, Jupiter in Scorpio will serve to deepen your understanding in the mysteries of intimacy. Passion and hunger are a few words you will get acquainted with in the next year. Jupiter in Scorpio should help you get in touch with the ways you relate to power; your own but also the power dynamics that are woven behind most interactions. Sagittarius folks are known for their optimism, as well as their ability to see the big picture; you can usually glide through complex dilemmas with candid humor.

With your ruler moving into the sign of Scorpio you will be asked to get in touch with the more unpleasant sides of your nature and get familiar with your poisons. You have a whole year to do so; take your time. Working with poisons require careful dosage as too much all at once can be lethal so start with a small amount.  In order to pursue the important partnerships in your life, you will be asked to come clean about certain psychological hang-ups or addictions. Getting familiar with the monsters might seem like a big hassle, but this will unfold naturally. There is no need to ignore that process and it will get easier as you progress through the hidden corridors of your psyche. What unravels you will become your strength if you participate actively and honestly in the teasing out of your shadow.

The New Moon in Libra on October 19th should bring some recognition for your contributions in your community. You should start to see tangible results for the hard work you have done in the last few years. You can be proud of the considerable efforts it took to be where you are. Your dedication could bring you in a position of authority where you are asked to speak or teach what you know. Of course, with power comes great responsibility and this could also be part of the equation this month. I don’t think you need to shy away from those responsibilities as you are in a phase of your life where you can handle the work-load. People want your expertise more than ever, so get out there and show them what you are capable of doing.


CAPRICORN/CAPRICORN RISING
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The month of October begins with a Full Moon in Aries on the 5th, which illuminates your home base and your private domain. You could be itching to bring some much-needed changes to your living situation and this could mean renovating or relocating. If this is not a realistic goal for now, you could find pleasure in pursuing a small project or exploring a new subject. Step away from your routine and take the road less travel to find new inspiration.

Relationships will be a big theme for everyone this month; especially for you Capricorn. The astrology of October supports your collaborations and you should not shy away from teaming up with others. You could learn a lot from associating your talents with others; especially if this can give you tangible results. You might also find that some partnerships are requiring too much sacrifice. The burdens, responsibilities or demands of a partner could weigh heavy on your mind. The first part of the month will be spent sorting through your agreements with others to find a happy compromise. Do the work that is required to keep the peace; setting your boundaries where they are needed while staying flexible and receptive to what others are demanding from you. Power struggles are a possible especially in the second week of October. Watch for the areas of your life where tension is building up and defuse them before things get out of hand. A lot of the problems this month will come from setting unrealistic standards or being hyper-critical. Quality does not necessarily mean perfection; discriminate between what is possible and what might be out of reach for the moment. Combining your desire for excellence and your pragmatism will help you succeed.

Pleasure can be found in social events in the second half of the month. If you were thinking of joining a class, a club or participate more actively in your community, October should boost your confidence. Networking could bring interesting opportunities so jump on the invitations to do so. Take advantage of the current momentum to put yourself out there. The New Moon in Libra on October 19th is your cue to reset your stance in your work or career. You will need to find the delicate balance between your own projects and fulfilling your other obligations. Putting the extra effort needed to smooth out your partnerships will help you get what you want out of them. You might be surprised at the feedback you get from leaving your stoicism at the door, and for and communicating openly about your needs. Showing vulnerability is definitely not your strong point but speaking honestly will make others more receptive to what you are trying to convey. People will appreciate your integrity and your interactions should benefit from it. Overall, this time of the year is always a busy one for you and you should feel more inclined to go out and connect. Take advantage of October to put your diplomatic skills to work!


AQUARIUS/AQUARIUS RISING
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There has been a lot of changes in the air in the recent months for you, Aquarius, and some of those changes came out of left field. Of course, you have dealt with these changes like a master improvisator, and you have worked well with the curve balls that were thrown at you. Unforeseen circumstances have shifted your perspective, and you have been questioning or re-envisioning what it is that you want for yourself. It could be that the shoe does not fit anymore, or that the trajectory you were walking is not leading you where you thought you wanted to be. Something is shifting and that is totally ok. Let the chips fall where they may.

Partnerships of all kind have a big role to play in your current state of mind, and October will be no exception. Being involved with others always bring some form of complication, and sometime we have to ask ourselves if it is worth the trouble. The sign of Aquarius is known for being mostly rational, or at least cool-headed in emotional situations. Decisions are usually based in connection to your own personal projects, and rarely do you make drastic moves on behalf of other people that prefer a slow approach to commitments. The Full Moon in Aries on October 5th is highlighting the polarity between your immediate surroundings and the promises of something distant and exotic. This polarity could also have something to do with an important partnership, and you could feel divided between the requirements of your current living arrangement and the desire for something out of your reach. Either way you put it, you will have to sort out your commitments to others this month.

Much can come from staying receptive to what other people are asking from you. You might also be surprised at how much pleasure you will derive from your partnerships. Let go of the rigid expectations you have for yourself and your agenda, and be flexible to what someone is offering at this time.

The New Moon in Libra on the 19th is your cue to heed to the call of a distant siren. Combining travel and education could be a great way to do this but good planning will be essential. It could also be that a love interest is on the horizon, but not immediately realistic. You will most likely have to tie many loose ends and delegate some of your responsibilities before it’s all said and done. This New Moon in Libra is also prompting you to reflect on the state of your relationships and the way you handle them. The current Eclipse cycle on the Leo/Aquarius axis is subtly weaving your destiny with the destiny of others and these stories will continue well into 2018. This month will show you who are the players in this thread, and what requirements are needed to maintain these relationships going. Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.


PISCES/PISCES RISING
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The month of October begins with a Full Moon in Aries on the 5th, which illuminates the resources available to you right now. It could be that a compromise will be needed to be reached between what is yours and what belongs to someone else. You might also need to rely on other people more than you would like, and your need for independence will be aroused. You are in the midst of finding the right balance between your personal authority while fulfilling your duties within a partnership. Communication is key, so do not shy away from stating your needs and this will help both parties find a fair arrangement.

On the 10th, Jupiter, the traditional ruler of Pisces, dives into the dark waters of Scorpio for just over a year. This will be significant for you since Jupiter not only serve as the traditional ruler of Pisces, but will also be forming a supportive trine to your sign. Jupiter is considered to be the great benefactor, and usually brings some form of expansion in our lives. I like to think of Jupiter as the Yes man/woman. One important thing to remember about Jupiter’s upcoming transit in Scorpio is that you will have to actively participate in your growth in order to benefit from its bounty. It won’t be enough to wait for Jupiter to shower you with blessings; new opportunities will present themselves when you venture out of your comfort zone. Jupiter’s entry into Scorpio this month signals the beginning of an exploratory phase for you. With your gaze on the horizon, set your sail for the open sea and be prepared to travel in uncharted territory. This territory could be literal, or it could also have to do with yourself and other people’s psychological landscapes. You will have plenty of opportunities to understand intimacy and the power behind your interactions this year and you will definitely not content yourself with superficialities. Don’t be surprise if you find yourself digging deeper, fascinated by what is hidden and mysterious.

The New Moon in Libra on the 19th is your checkpoint around the ongoing themes of fairness, compromise and the ability to find the right equilibrium between your personal needs versus exterior demands. It is time to negotiate your agreements and contracts with others although, a compromising attitude might not be easy to find; you might feel like everyone is out for themselves and you are probably right. Your ability to remain open and flexible while moving with the changes operating in your life is your winning strategy. A diplomatic stance will definitely get you further than a combative one, and you might not see the immediate results of a long negotiation process. Peaceful resolution will be found after each party is allowed more freedom. An agreement can be reached, but not before careful and patient deliberations. Keep that in mind while you navigate the month of October and you will be surprise at how much you can accomplish.

ARIES/ARIES RISING ♈︎

This summer was an exciting one for you my dear Aries. The last several months were filled with serendipitous encounters and many new things have come into your life. You can be proud of all of your accomplishments, your willingness to try new things, and to keep thriving, despite the roadblocks. Your ability to be receptive and open to change has a lot to do with your current blessings. Keep this in mind as we progress through the Fall and the light of the Sun decreases. A sharp pang of nostalgia could be hitting you as you reflect on your summer adventures and watch the days grow shorter.

The month of October begins with a big and bright Full Moon in your sign on the 5th. Your home, your family, your emotional life and your desire for comfort will all be aroused. Full Moons are often linked to a culminating period when things are reaching their full expression. Since this Full Moon is in your sign, this is a great time to reflect on what is culminating and what has reached a point of completion. What are you ready to let go in the next few months? What areas of your life are fully ripened and ready to harvest? Take a moment to savor your prowess and accomplishment so far in 2017 as you prepare to enter the second half of the year. Pay attention to the areas of your life that are asking for your full commitment and ask yourself if this is the direction you want to go.

In Astrology, the Moon is often linked to habits and the physical self. This Full Moon in your sign would be the perfect time to check-in with your body. How are you feeling? Do you feel full of energy or is your stamina lacking? If you are tired, what food or physical practices could increase your vitality and bring more fire into your body? Is there a habit you are ready to let go? These questions could be swirling around in your mind as the month begins; attend to the details that will help you set a good health regimen for yourself.

Much of October will be spent finding an equilibrium between the culmination of your projects, your need to find a revitalizing routine, and the demands of other people in your life. This balance might not be easy to find, so be patient with others, but especially be patient with yourself. Relationships of all kinds will require your attention. This is the time of the year when the recalibration of your needs versus the demands of the outside world is in full force. Agreements and partnerships which had worked until now will need adjustments. Collaborations and compromises are usually not your forte and you are known for being an independent and solitary trail blazer. However, you might have to put down your sword and temper your strong opinions this month if you want to keep the peace. Much can come from your associations with other creative souls; do not hesitate to collaborate and share your ideas. Furthering ourselves sometime means teaming up and much can get accomplish this month if you keep others included in your plans.


TAURUS/TAURUS RISING ♉︎

The month of October begins with a Full Moon in Aries on the 5th, which illuminates the darker corners of your closet. You might have to spend some time sorting out the clutter and dust off the shelves to see what is stored in there. Give yourself permission to retreat from your busy schedule and the demands of the outside world if you are feeling private. Your health could be on your mind and the quiet time will help you focus on the adjustments needed to find greater comfort in your body. If there are habits that are undermining your vitality, this Full Moon should help you zero-in on the issues. Don’t shy away from exploring the cause of your angst even though it would be more comfortable to ignore it. The processes which regulate some of your behavior will be more apparent this month and this should help dislodge old assumptions or blockages. A partner or a friend could be of great support in this process; do not hesitate when help is being offered to you. Be willing to trade services but also let others assist you and support you; the opportunity to heal, relax and rejuvenate could be coming through your connections.

On October 10th, Jupiter moves into Scorpio, which is the sign opposite to Taurus on the Zodiac. This signals the beginning of a new manner of relating that will take you all the way to November 2018. During the next 13 months, you can expect a deepening of your existing relationship and a better understanding of the power dynamics contained within them.

October will also find you in the midst of redefining what you need to feel happy and content. Your perspective has evolved considerably in the last 6 months and your needs have changed with that perspective shift. Of course, your relationships play a big role in this equation, and your ability to ask for what you need is closely linked to your level of contentment. Living with ambiguity is not your strong point and you would rather have things well-defined and clear. People close to you might have been less than collaborative in the past several months, and getting a straightforward answer nearly – impossible. October should help considerably in this regard, and you will start to see exactly what others are willing to invest in you. You can expect an easier flow of communication, especially in your personal relationships. If you’ve avoided talking about a difficult issue with someone, the latter half of October will support you in airing things out.

The Sun is now exactly six months away from where it was when you were born. This means that you might not have the same level of energy, or it could be that you naturally need more down time. Adjust your pace and find the foods that nourishes you and provides your body with heat and vitality. Paying attention to your internal rhythms and adjusting your schedule in consequence should help you sail through the month of October without too many inconveniences.


GEMINI/GEMINI RISING
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The month of October begins with a Full Moon in Aries on the 5th, which highlights your contribution within your community. You have reached the end of a project, and you may receive praise for your hard work and see your efforts rewarded. Teamwork was a big part of this process; acknowledge your teammates and celebrate your achievements together. This completion should also bring a fresh sense of possibilities and confidence in regards to what you can do.

The second week of October should bring a long-awaited answer or clarity around an issue that has bothered you for some time. This could range from a legal matter to a relationship issue that has been dragging out for too long. Regardless of what comes up during this time, the revelations are sure to create a ripple effect and change your perspective considerably on the matter which will help you move forward. Power struggles are possible around the 9th and 10th and people could be looking for a fight; avoid confrontations and stay away from manipulative tactics.

This month will support your on-going process of eliminating stressors and finding creative ways to deal with anxiety. Do not let tension build up to the point where it affects your health; Finding pro-active solutions to deal with your stress could be as easy as cutting the sugar from your diet or starting a new project. You can choose to be busy for the sake of being busy and possibly create more stress, OR you can choose to be busy with something that will bring long-term rewards. Detaching yourself from people’s drama will also help you relax considerably. Even though you are well-intentioned, remember that it is not your responsibility to carry everyone’s burdens. You can regroup by letting go of your need to be all things for all people. It might seem daunting to put your foot down but you will not get the respect you deserve as long as you let others step all over you; learn to assert yourself clearly to avoid misunderstandings.

The New Moon in Libra at the end of the month will support the renewal of leisurely activities in your life. Give yourself permission to create more time for hobbies that excite the kid in you. As we get older, we burdened ourselves with so many responsibilities that we often forget to let go and make space for plain old fun. You’ve worked hard in the last year at being a dutiful, responsible and diligent adult. This New Moon is your cue to bring more pleasure, romance and down-time into your life. Other people are part of this equation and this New Moon in Libra is your signal to set fresh intentions around relationships. Let go of your cynicism and let optimism permeate your vision. Make room for fresh air to enter this part of your life and trust that all the work you have done on yourself this year will bear fruit and bring new and exciting people into your periphery.


CANCER/CANCER RISING
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The beginning of the month finds you in a vague trance or reverie with your attention tuned on a distant world. It’s hard to say exactly what you are contemplating in this liminal space, but your mind is comfortable there. You might feel like spending all of your time in conversation with your muse, but the brightness of the Full Moon in Aries on the 5th will surely pull you out of your comfort zone and onto more pressing matters. Stress associated with work is possible, and you might have to contend with some unforeseen elements or frustrations. The Full Moon highlights the division you feel at the moment between your private life and the compromise needed to make a living. There are no easy solutions but careful and deliberate planning will work wonders this month. You have reached a saturation point with some elements of your career and you will need to make a decision in regards to where you are heading. You could be craving more financial autonomy and you have all the creative potential and skills to do so; you only need to start courageously walking in that direction.

Balancing the demands of your partnerships is a work in progress, and you should get many opportunities in October to practice the give and take needed to sustain healthy connections. An essential ingredient for successful relating is the ability to listen; it creates a space where the other person feels comfortable enough to speak freely. You, dear Cancer, have no problem with this part of the job, and we can easily say that you are a natural facilitator when it comes to making others open up. Your nurturing dispositions allow you to create a zone where people feel safe enough to be their vulnerable self. This is your super power and it is a mighty one; you are like a feather bed for the broken and a nourishing meal for the hungry. The question is: are you getting the same treatment in return? This month I want you to turn your formula upside down and practice asking for what you need. You will be amazed at what comes up in the process, and you might also be surprise at how readily others are willing to listen.

The New Moon in Libra on the 19th contains a surprise element which promises to awaken the deepest of sleepers. For you, it could mean a curve ball coming your way either on the home front or at work. The best way to handle this New Moon is by staying flexible and be ready to improvise with whatever comes up. The last week of October should be pleasant with an emphasis on relationships and your base of operation. At the end of the day, you will need a quiet space to retire to. Without this space, your energy level will decrease. Recommit to creating a peaceful haven for yourself, even if that space is temporary. It might seem like a minor detail, but this delicate equilibrium will ensure the success of your current projects.


LEO/LEO RISING
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The Full Moon on October 5th illuminates the part of your chart that has to do with long distance travel, voyages and journeys that take us to unfamiliar territory. Your ruler, the Sun, is slowly losing its light here in the Northern Hemisphere and you might be craving more heat. You could find yourself longing for something far, something just outside of your reach, and not easily accessible. It could also be that you are in the midst of planning a trip, or reaching some sort of culmination in regards to an educational process. Whatever is going on in your life, this Full Moon shines her light on the road ahead. Long term goals will be on your mind, and you can start to clearly envision how to proceed. You could be feeling bold and impulsive and crave an immediate escape from your surroundings, but careful deliberation will show you otherwise.

Much of your October will be spent tying up loose ends. This could mean lots of phone calls, writing emails, and sorting out your finances. There are many opportunities available to you at this time, and it is more a matter of keeping your focus on the task at hand than launching bold new impulsive plans. You could be tempted to skip the tedious process of planning and budgeting, but your efforts to do so will pay off. You are starting to see the external results of a long and arduous creative process which is opening new doors for you. Until mid-October, Venus and Mars in Virgo in the financial sector of your chart is your key to the proper management of your assets. It could also speak to possible money-making opportunities being presented to you through your various connections.  Do not turn down social engagements or partnerships that could be lucrative. The New Moon in Libra on October 19th will come to reaffirm those possible partnerships and your desire to team up on an upcoming venture. You will need patience for the inherent volatility contained within one of these partnerships, but if you stay flexible you should be able to get what you want.

The last week of October signals the beginning of a new developing stage for you in regards to your sense of authority. Next year will bring many opportunities to step into a leadership role more actively. With all great power comes great responsibilities, and you will need to carefully reflect on what authority and influence means to you. The visibility that comes from being in a leadership role also means you are more exposed; the good bits as well as the darker parts. Here are some questions to begin your quest into the high grounds: Where do you fetch your powers? Are they coming from a contaminated well, or a crystalline spring? If there is any residual gunk at the core of your being inherited from past family dynamic or childhood, this next year will challenge you to meet them.


VIRGO/VIRGO RISING ♍︎

This month, you hold the secret of combining work and pleasure; consider making good use of this time. You will also have plenty of opportunities to refine the way you relate and to access your desires more readily. The push and pull and the mechanic of your needs will be obvious, and it should be easy to ask for what you need. What makes you tick will be pronounced, which mean it will also be easier to go after what you want. Any situations where there is an exchange of energy will be emphasized, and you should get plenty of opportunities to refine your bargaining skills. The themes of propriety and ownership, what is yours versus what belongs to others will be highlighted on the Full Moon in Aries of October 5th. Finding an arrangement between your money versus others/what is owed to you will be on the radar. You have an opportunity towards the end of the month to reset your financial stance, but first you need to tackle the long negotiation process to reach an agreement that is connected to shared assets. Keep in mind that you will probably not be able to get everything that you want, and you will most likely have to contend with some surprising elements. You can only control your own reactions in regards to a situation; you are not responsible for someone else’s mess. If you feel like you are being dragged down or depleted by someone else’s dilemmas you probably are. Trust your intuition and re-establish the boundaries that will help you stay level-headed and productive. Remember that before caring for others you must care for your own basic needs. Even though you might be tempted to sacrifice parts of yourself for the people you love remember where that has led you in the past. You need to insure your own health, your own sanity, and solidity before taking on a burden that is not even yours in the first place.

Around mid-October, it should be easy to reconnect with your muse, and this in turn could generate a flow of new and creative ideas. Do not readily dismiss the far-fetched ideas that pops into your mind at this time; write them down. Even though it is a good practice to keep a sense of proportion, it is not by staying in the limiting walls of conformity that we innovate. Following your inspiration could prove to be a lucrative business if you play your cards right. The correct measure of imagination and pragmatism is what you need to reinvent a money-making venture or simply to refresh the existing ones. The New Moon in Libra on the 26 of October invites you to write your own recipe for success. It should at least include one-part revolutionary ideas and one-part confidence in your ability to sustain yourself. Metamorphosis is hard work, but you are already halfway through the process and you can’t stop now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week of September 25th

The week begins with the Sun in Libra and the Moon in Sagittarius. Step past your inherent dualities by going beyond your limiting perspective. Trust that the path you are walking is the right path for you right now.

”God speaks to each of us as he makes us,
then walks with us silently out of the night.

These are the words we dimly hear:

You, sent out beyond your recall,
go to the limits of your longing.
Embody me.

Flare up like a flame
and make big shadows I can move in.

Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.

Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.

Give me your hand.”

Poem by Rainer Maria Rilke
Book of Hours, I 59

This week in Astrology: Sorting out the essential from your heart

Monday opens with the Moon in the last degrees of Taurus on the Fixed star Algol or the Head of Medusa; don’t lose your mind. We are building towards the Jupiter/Uranus opposition that will be exact on the 27/28 of September. This is a revolutionary aspect which is excellent for visionaries and artists and for people who have the ability to see the silver lining in chaotic  circumstances but also have the guts to do things differently. On a mundane level it can feel destabilizing if you are holding to the status quo at all cost or need predictable outcomes. Small and large shifts are happening in our awareness and in the world at large and intuition is at an all time high. Flashes of insights and new bold ideas are available if you adjust your vision. With Uranus in Aries closing in on its opposition to Jupiter in Libra there is an urge to liberate ourselves while also searching for ”the other” to reflect us. It can feel polarizing to oscillate between our need for freedom and liberation versus our need for feedback, fairness and equilibrium.

The Moon enters Gemini at 15:30 EDT on Monday which will accentuate the current Mercury/Mars conjunction building up in Virgo. The next 2 days are excellent for analyzing, editing, and cutting through the superfluous. The mind can have a tendency to race and anxiety will be higher than usual. Finding the right measure of applied diligence and focus is possible as long as we don’t scatter ourselves. Mindfulness and disconnecting from the media, the internet and the constant chatter is one of the best remedies for this kind of astrological weather. Difficulties with communication, getting our message across, misunderstandings and harsh words are possible with the Mercury/Mars conjunction building up and, so are fried phones and electronics.

With the last quarter Moon in Gemini we can feel stimulated, talkative, and curious but there is also the tendency to get lost in chatter instead of being productive. Basically, don’t fry your brain with coffee and stress and find the right balance of intellectual work and simple manual or physical work. We could have the urge to communicate in many directions at once but essentially we can only do one thing at a time. Give your brain the right intellectual food and remember that words and symbols can be very powerful in shaping our experience of reality; use them wisely.

The last quarter Moon in Gemini supports finalizing the details of a project or idea that began at the New Moon/Solar Eclipse in Leo on August 21st.

Venus in Leo trine Saturn in Sagittarius on Tuesday and this is a supportive but also sobering aspect in regards to relationship. We could feel serious and more realistic about our desires. Long-term commitments and maturity could feel more important at the moment and feelings could be reserved and controlled. Venus trine Saturn is beneficial for artist and creators who are looking to structure and give shape to their muse. This can be a productive time for creative work, social engagements, and public relations.

On Wednesday night the Moon enters her own sign of Cancer and this should help ease the mental tension creating a fluid and intuitive rhythm until Friday night.

Even though we are in the darkest of the Moon (before the New Moon in Virgo on September 20th) the weekend will feel quite dynamic with the Moon entering the Fire sign of Leo late on Friday night and Mercury and Mars perfecting their conjunction in Virgo on Saturday, September 16. Conversation around pride, identity, the need for acknowledgement and having  the courage to express oneself truthfully and courageously will all be aroused.

SOLUTIONS AND DISSOLUTION

FOR WHEN THE SUN IN VIRGO OPPOSE NEPTUNE IN PISCES AND
THE MOON IN AQUARIUS CONJUNCT THE SOUTH NODE:

Can you discriminate between omens and wishful thinking?
Between poison and medicine?
Delusion and honesty?
Between a ghost and your own shadow?
Do you know your boundaries?

Still from the film ”The Dance of Reality” by Jodorowski

Poem for Saturn & Lilith

Poem for when Saturn stations direct, conjunct Lilith and sextile Jupiter and the Moon

I believe in the reality of Nature

Not the mechanical reality
of the nine-to-fivers
With their flawed calendars
and false clocks
searching for eternal youth

Not the one that destroys
the true rhythms of Nature
and feed on the worship
of sickness and plastic

I believe in the reality of Nature
Where all things have their place
Perfectly in sync with each other;
every moments are filled with Gods
feasting on each other

From the time I opened my eyes
To the time of my last breath
I kneel down at the altar of Nature
and worship the only true rhythms
that regulates her perfection

MERCURY RETROGRADE: Ordinary & Extraordinary

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary
-Blaise Pascal

Mercury retrograde always brings some form of revision either willingly or imposed on us by unforeseen circumstances. There is no reason to hop on the Mercury-Retro-Freak-Out-Train as this occurs approximately 3 times a year.

Mercury will be retrograde in the sign of Virgo and then Leo from August 12th to September 5th, 2017.

One of the striking aspect of this particular retrograde is the Mercury/Neptune opposition mere days before the beginning of the retrograde.

This means that the week leading up to the retrograde is somewhat foggy or tinted by wishful thinking and clarity is already lost. There could be confusion between facts and fiction. It could be that a situation is not seen for what it is and we are getting lost in glamorous thinking. Venus is also trine to Neptune and the Sun is in Leo after all!

Mercury/Neptune is not a terrible aspect in itself but decision making might not be anchored in reality. If you know this already, work it to your advantage and take into account that your perception will shift considerably by the time this retrograde is all said and done.

The Full Moon in Aquarius on August 7th was the first of 2 Eclipses happening this month and this also has to be taken into account. The liminal space between Eclipses can be thought of as a transitional period. Often the time surrounding Eclipses bring unforeseen circumstances which shake the foundations in our lives. Events pushes us to take a leap of faith or break with the old ways. Sometimes these events are forced upon us and the path we were until then walking on vanishes aligning us on a totally new and unforeseen trajectory.

Mercury retrogrades are best spent re-evaluating, sorting out, and revising what is already in place. Mercury retrogrades are not so great for launching major new projects and ideas. Since this retrograde begins in the Mercury ruled sign of Virgo, there is no better time to get down to the nitty-gritty details of your life and put them in order. Mercury will retrograde back into the sign of Leo on August 31st. The subject of self-esteem, pride, the desire for recognition, following one’s heart, dreams and passions will all be added to the mix.

*If the eclipses are already bringing major changes in your life, embrace them and apply a good strategy to insure your success.

Here are a few more tips to help you navigate the upcoming retrograde in Virgo & Leo:

☿-Don’t sweat the small stuff: Virgos can be hyper critical and self-loathing since they have such unreachable high standards for themselves. Give yourself a break and pay attention to your internal dialogues; keep it positive and guilt free.

☿-Sweat the small stuff: Mercury retrograde in Virgo is a great time to revise and organize. A great time to tackle all the menial jobs that you have been putting off. Paper work, writing, editing and organizing could really put you ahead of the game. Re-evaluate the processes in your life and find solutions that will help you be more efficient.

☿-Find activities that help alleviate anxiety: Over-thinking and the endless quest for perfection is a modern diseases. Step-away from it all with activities that help you disconnect from the over-achieving mind. Go pet a goat.

☿-Find healing

☿-Be easy on yourself: You are where you are suppose to be. Trust the process.

☿-Get in touch with your procrastination: The more you put things off the tighter the grip will get. Maybe your to-do list is to big? What can you do to alleviate the pressure?

☿-With Mercury going back into the sign of Leo, issues of pride and self-esteem could come up. Following our heart is always a work in progress. Practice asking for what you need directly and without shame. Allow your heart’s desires to express themselves in a healthy way.

☿-Understand that success is a state of mind.

☿-Do not let your pride get in the way of the hard work needed to succeed.

☿-If you know your chart, look at where Virgo and Pisces are located. Do you have important planets or is your Ascendant in Virgo or Pisces? Perhaps some organizing is called for in those areas of your life.

☿-Since this Mercury retrograde is weaved in with the 2 eclipses in August, look at where Leo and Aquarius fall in your chart. Do you have any important planets or is your Ascendant either in Leo or Aquarius? Events surrounding the next two months will bring opportunities to break away from an old way of being. This could be subtle or dramatic depending on your natal dispositons.


                              Jack Kerouac (Virgo rising and Moon in Virgo) on Self-Loathing
                                                          

 

 

 

FULL MOON IN AQUARIUS: The Nekyia


”You cannot cross your own shadow however much you haste–it is always exactly ahead of your grasp. Sight cannot approach its objects without the medium of light and atmosphere; fish cannot swim out of water; and no more can embodied beings keep incorporeal company with things ideal. Some corporeal factor will always intrude itself, even if the mind be most fully detached from the visible world and at its most recollected when it attempts to engage with its invisible kin.” – St Gregory the Theologian


The Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius on August 7
is part of a bigger thread weaving itself throughout next year’s Eclipse cycle. Eclipses usually come in sets of two and we will see a New Moon/Solar Eclipse in the sign of Leo on August 21st which will be visible across the United-States. Much ink has been spilt about ”The Great American Eclipse” and I invite you to read a thorough analysis on Skyscript by my colleague Wade Caves.

Eclipses across the Leo-Aquarius axis will continue until August 2018 and this must be taken into consideration when speculating on the outcome of this particular Full Moon/Lunar Eclipse in Aquarius.

TAIL TO HEART & MIND TO MOUTH

”The lunar nodes are the orbital nodes of the Moon, that is, the points where the orbit of the Moon crosses the ecliptic. The ascending or north node is where the moon crosses from south of the ecliptic to north of the ecliptic. The descending or south node is where it crosses from north of the ecliptic to south of the ecliptic. Eclipses occur only near these lunar nodes.”

The Full Moon in Aquarius will take place next to the South Node of the Moon which is why it will be a Lunar Eclipse. The South Node of the Moon is also called the Tail of the Dragon or Ketu in Indian Astrology. It is sometime said that the South Node of the Moon is a point of spiritualization. Circumstances which have reach their fullness in the material world are ready to disintegrate, disappear, and go back into the void. Since the South Node of the Moon is currently traveling in the sign of Aquarius that part of the zodiac is ripped for transformation.

Aquarius is linked to eccentric figures and iconoclast who do not care for social conventions. Aquarius might at some level crave recognition but also seem to be totally self-sufficient in those regards. Being ruled by hard ass Saturn means that Aquarians are somewhat cold and distant even aloof when it comes to the language of the heart.

The sign opposing Aquarius is Leo and it is in the Lion’s den that the North Node of the Moon is currently residing; it is here that the other half of these eclipses will take place. The sign of Leo rules the heart and so Aquarians have much to learn in the next year when it comes to the language of the heart. The series of Eclipses on the Leo/Aquarius axis will see the Water Bearer connecting to their emotional centre. If this does not happen willingly it will be out of necessity or circumstances which pushes Aquarius folks to open up at the risk of loosing important connections.

The Full Moon on August 7 is at 15º in the middle decan of Aquarius and so the rebels and the misfits could find themselves having to surrender parts of themselves in order to stay afloat. Ancient stories and old ghosts could resurface with an important message before taking a forced offering and vanishing into the void. Exorcising stale assumptions about oneself is never easy especially for this very ”Fixed” part of the Zodiac. A tight grip on independence and individuality could potentially aggravate relationships in the next year. A honest offering of what is contained within the heart will help pay for the crossing to the other shore.

Norval Morisseau
1964
Self-Portrait entitled Devoured by Demons


THE ORACLE

Projections and shadows will combine to create a dim spectacle. The union of heart and mind cannot be solved for the moment. One wishes to have a cold and solid heart, a respite, but the heart is too full. Disengaging from love which controls without logic one craves a solitude which doesn’t come easily. Detaching from the centre that unites while focusing on that same centre, the mind loses clarity. What is perceived as outside the self has a tight hold and is depleting to one’s own conception of reality and what matters. The urge is to dissociate from the mass hysteria while not being able to unplug.  One must courageously stare into the darkness while anticipating what lies ahead. There is an uncontrollable urge to reach the light coming from a distant promise. The scholar holds the book of knowledge and doesn’t want to let it go. The Self must be surrendered one way or another. Recognition will not come forth but once the grasp of individuation slowly releases, information will come rushing in. Trusting the heart is a work in progress. Resistance will only aggravate loneliness.

 


Who is most likely to be affected by these Eclipses

People born with the Sun, Moon, Ascendant or Nodal Axis in Aquarius or Leo.

People born with important planets (Sun, Moon) or their Ascendant in Scorpio and Taurus.

 

 

Uprooting beauty

DARA SCULLY
DARA SCULLY

”The mandrakes give a smell, and at our gates are all manner of pleasant fruits, new and old, which I have laid up for thee, O my beloved.” 

-The Bible, Kin
g James Version, Song of Songs 7:12–13


 

The upcoming trine between Venus and Pluto will be exact right after the New Moon in Cancer on June 24th. This aspect conjures up the rich scent of the earth exuding from freshly pulled roots. The hands are dirty and have been working hard.

On a table laying in broad day light is a collection of various treasures dug out of the ground; buried objects carrying with them long forgotten stories. To keep or to discard?

Destruction and beauty are an odd pair. 

Craving more ease, you might get excited at the sight of the decaying past – hypnotized by the promises and possibilities of new beginnings. Suddenly the forbidden becomes alluring; desiring something that is denied to you.  Can it be yours? 

Be warned that the price is steeped but it’s already too late.

What was unearthed is taking hold.

The distant lure of beauty animates you and you keep digging in the hopes of finding more.

The process is difficult but you cannot back down. You know how important this is for your well-being. Feeling good might even sting a little but you keep digging. The sight of beauty hurts your eyes. Your heart is pounding in your chest.

Don’t stop now.

Tectonic shifts are happening.

Your heart wants more, aching for new intensity.

Renovations are well underway and you must get rid of some things to make space for what you have discovered.

Introducing more beauty, more love, more pleasure is an arduous task and things will need to be destroyed.

Be willing to leave the comfort of your garden and trade-in all of your jewels for that gut feeling.

 


Venus @ 18 Taurus 30 trine Pluto @ 18 Capricorn 30 on June 24, 2017  @ 3:59 AM EST    


 

“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your heart, far better things will take their place.” ― Jalaluddin Rumi

 

Meeting the Devil at the Crossroads

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Mercury went direct early this morning in the sign of Sagittarius.
For the next few weeks, it will travel back over the same degrees of the zodiac it was in early December and will meet with Pluto in Capricorn on January 29th.

It could be that something you were working on back in December will start gaining momentum by the end of the month. An internal process is ready to be externalized.
Some ideas are taking shape and gaining traction. Important clues or answers are finally coming to you that will illuminate the path ahead.

Since Mercury is heading towards Pluto, the importance of honesty is crucial. Lying will only slow down the process. Speak your truth even if it’s a difficult one. Taking shortcuts might help you in the short term but at what cost? Be willing to face a difficult process. Acknowledge your progress.

If you find yourself at a crossroad, choose the path that leads you to your heart’s integrity.