October Illuminations

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The dance between Saturn and Neptune is beginning to fade as the two planets continue to separate, removing some of the astrological conflict that has been at work over the past year.

Jupiter entered the sign of Libra on September 9th.  Jupiter spends about a year in every sign, so this is a fairly major shift that will begin to expand the opportunities for taking relationships to a different level over the next year.  This is also a time of increased interest in the arts and matters of beauty and fashion.

Neptune aligns with the South Node (the past) this month, awakening and releasing karma and pain from the past if we can let go of our guilt and shame.  Neptune encourages us to open up to an experiential magic that surpasses all worldly experiences, but it can also bring out any areas where we would prefer to escape instead.  As with everything astrological WE have the choice whether to take the high road, or the lower road of habit and history.

October details

The energy of the New Moon lingers for the first few days of October, offering an opportunity to shake off the cobwebs and stuck places of the past and find renewed balance and integration under the Libra influence.  There is a strong Dark Feminine aspect right now which culminates on October 7th, and throughout this first week of October the dark aspect of our soul is calling out to be recognized and embraced.  The Dark Feminine sometimes struggles against the Libran desire for harmony and general niceties; under this influence we need to remain aware of the dark and light sides of our nature.

Between the 3rd and the 5th there is potential for increased effectiveness and stability both personally as individuals and in our relationships, but around the 4th and 5th watch for impulsive reactions or hasty decisions which can throw us off our newly found stability.

The period between the 5th and the 10th brings potential for conflict.  Our drives and desires are more potent during this period, and all of our feelings and intentions are amplified and focused.  This can be a very helpful period for transformative work since the subconscious is spilling into the conscious mind and our drives and desires are stronger than usual.  If you are a person who finds it difficult to know what you want, this time is great for you!!

Aries Full Moon/Supermoon October 15

On and around the 11th a grouping of harmonious planetary interactions help to ease our mind and create healing energy to surround our relationships and interactions with others.  Enjoy this little break, because the week between October 13th and the 20th is filled with challenge and potential conflict.

The Full Moon in Aries falls in the middle of this period (on the 15th) and intensifies the stressful nature of the planetary dynamics now.  This is a Supermoon – the Moon is closer to the Earth than at other times and its influence is more powerful.  The psyche is deeply affected during the Supermoons, especially the Full Moons which tend to have a heightened abundance of emotional power anyway.

We can prepare for this infusion of warrior energy by becoming more aligned with our own warrior nature during the two weeks before the Full Moon.  Increasing your physical strength, finding your center of power in the solar plexus, listening to hear where you may be holding anger in your body and finding ways to express that anger and release it – all of these are important tools for getting the most out of this powerful period.

After the Full Moon the Sun and Mercury both enter the sign of Scorpio between the 22nd and 24th and we are more easily able to access the depths of the subconscious and the emotional realms over the next few weeks. The chaotic warrior energy subsides but the quality of the intensity remains.  This is not a time for superficiality – important work is going on here.

Relationships are highlighted between October 25th and 27th, and this period is also a wonderful time for creativity and spirituality.  The 26th is an especially lucky day, and the mind is sharp and clear on the 27th.

Watch for accidents between the 27th and 29th under a stressful aspect involving impulsive Mars – staying focused and remaining present will help to protect you from negative effects.

Scorpio New Moon October 29

The Scorpio New Moon has the potential to release creativity and magic thanks to a lovely trine to dreamy Neptune.  Under the realm of Scorpio we can harness emotion in its purest form – raw, instinctive and potent.  Neptune encourages us to open our hearts to a more transcendent magic.  This New Moon comes at the time when the veil between worlds is said to be thinnest, at All Hallows Eve, and the astrology is perfect for a powerful shamanic journey.

I hope you find this information useful!  If you’d like to know more about how your own chart is affected by these planetary influences consider getting a personal consultation with me.

Meanwhile have a wonderful month!

best wishes,


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