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Astro Report for October 2013

New Moon in Libra – 11 degrees

Friday, October 5, 20138:33 pm EDT 

A New Moon is always a good thing… where the Dark Moon finally rids us of negativity, the New Moon begins to filter positive energy into the void. Libra presents a balance to the whole and to find perfection, where it is needed most. Emotions level out and there is a happy medium. Enjoy this energy!!

 

 

Eclipsed Full Moon in Aries – 25 degrees

Friday, October 18, 20137:37 pm EDT

The Moon builds up energy and finally comes to fruition with robust energy when it is Full. If you had begun anything special at the New Moon, you should see a significant end result upon this Full Moon. Emotionally, the Moon generally helps to create an inner power or Ki that will grow and manifest with enthusiasm and passion. This is a time to challenge yourself and overcome the oddest of struggles. When eclipsed, this energy can sometimes hide itself to reveal itself later at the most inopportune time.

 

In the eastern part of the US, we should see the eclipsed Moon or its remnants as it rises above the horizon.

 

 

Native Lore

Native Americans called the Full Moon by different names depending upon the season or month of the year. October is no different. The Hunters Moon allowed natives to hunt at night for food that would otherwise hide during the day. Many animals begin to bed down earlier to conserve body heat as it begins to get cooler. The Travel Moon is for migration. Some animals that take flight to migrate will often do so during the Full Moons at this time of year. The Dying Moon adds its energies to the final countdown of the Solar Year. Full Moons add illumination to the dark half of the Earth and this allows many aspects of nightly huntings and traveling for this time of year and season.

 

 

Sun enters Scorpio – Happy Birthday, Scorpio!!

Wednesday, October 23, 20131:58 am EDT

As the Earth revolves around the Sun, the geocentric perspective places the Sun in Scorpio. Personal leadership and courage become sensitive, yet organized. Take a moment to challenge yourself to learn something new or try a new angle on an old habit. Make changes for the better – prepare to make resolutions. Scorpio is beginning the final countdown of darker days as the light continues to dwindle before the New Solar Year begins at the onset of Capricorn.

 

 

 

Venus enters Sagittarius

Monday, October 7, 20131:46 pm EDT

Love is optimistic and opportunistic… The Planet of Love will breeze thru life. It will seem there is a motive to move forward. Adventure will take precedence on the home front. Pleasure by any means is ideal for Venus, but there is a price to pay. Beware of fire and explosions, especially while traveling.

 

 

Mars enters Virgo

Tuesday, Oct 15, 20136:36 am EDT

The last time Mars entered Virgo in November 2011, it hung out for nearly 7 months and then it seemed to run thru the rest of the Planets. Mars has no significance for the Sign, but when it slips thru the gates, the energy of action becomes more precise. You might feel impulsive about impeccability, but take your time, if you want perfection. You may want to change your mind midstream and make minor adjustments to your plan.

 

 

Mercury goes Retrograde in Scorpio – 18 degrees

Monday, Oct 21, 201310:43 am EDT

Be prepared for communications to go awry. Back up your computers, verify your writings and think about what you’re going to say before you utter a word. As a Planet of communications, Mercury’s role can elicit free-flowing words of wisdom. However, make it retrograde and you might find that foot in your mouth more often than not. You might find computer glitches and down-time as commonplace during a Mercury Retrograde. At work, bring a book to read while you wait for the computer geeks to reboot the computer systems. As a minor Planet in health issues, it is best to watch your diet, drink plenty of water and wash your hands often. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure when Mercury slides across the face of the Sun.

 

Mercury in Scorpio keeps our communications secretive and we tend to use innuendos a lot. There is more than one meaning for the way you say something and how it is interpreted. When retrograde, you might want to take the proverbial foot out of your mouth and replace it with the other as utterances will be self-understood of your exact intentions. Your Freudian slip is showing!!

 

 

Samhain – Sun in Scorpio – 8 degrees

Thursday, October 31, 2013 – sunset at 6:01 pm EDT

Names – Samhain, All Hallow’s Eve, Hallowe’en, Allhallowmas/Hallowmas, All Saints’ Eve, Last/Blood Harvest, Ancestor Night, Festival/Feast of the Dead, Last Harvest Festival, Nos Galan Gaeaf (Welsh)

Date: Nov 1st (sometimes celebrated on the eve – Oct 31st)

Astro Correspondence: 15 degrees Scorpio
Color: oranges, purples, blacks

Food: ground tubers and vegetables, gourds and pumpkins, pork, wine, tree fruits, cakes, ale, mead, red foods, nuts, herbal teas, cider, chicken, scones/cakes/pies, mushrooms, fish.

Common Info: All Hallows Eve (Hallowe’en – note the apostrophe as the word is correctly spelled), Veil between the worlds is thinnest, Pelen Tans are made to thwart the Devil, Dead Times, Shapeshifting (Masks and Costumes), Story of Jack (pumpkins, gourds and turnips), witchy stuff (Conical Hats, Black Cats, Brooms, Cauldrons, et al), Pagan New Year, Transitional/Inner Work (Dark Shadow Work) is performed ending with a resolution at Yule, last Harvest Fest (vine vegetables and underground tubers mostly), Ancestral Calls/Celebration of/for deceased family, Fairies leave for Winter, Wassailing,

 

Samhain is the Celtic Feast of the Dead, when anything left to be harvested is pulled in, typically root or ground vegetables. The date is usually celebrated October 31st or November 1st or when the Sun is 15 degrees Scorpio (Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 8:14 pm EST) and celebrated as All Hallow’s Eve or All Saints Day. It is the time when the Veil between the Worlds is thinnest and we are able to communicate with our ancestors. Gwyn ap Nudd, Samhain and Ceridwen are associated mostly with this Sabbat. Foods sacred to the Sabbat tend to be the latest harvested items. Jack O’Lantern pumpkins were carved and lit by candles in the new land to help thwart the persecutors while the Witches met deep in the woods to communicate with the Dead. Although it is known as the Celtic New Year, it is not considered the first Sabbat of the Wheel of the Year – Yule hails as the first Sabbat due to its first day of the new Solar Year. There is a transition time between Samhain and Yule. Samhain is translated as “end of summer”. It represents death and transformation.

Wassailing comes from the term “Wass Hael,” meaning “be whole” or “be well”. It was a toast to good health using fresh fruit punches, cider ales, wines or meads.

The period between Samhain and Yule is known as the Dark Times (or the Dead Times). It is a time when you are supposed to delve into your personal issues to resolve them by Yule – making resolutions for the new Solar Year. Work those Dark Shadows during the Dark Times!!

 

 

Hallowe’en – Sun in Scorpio – 8 degrees

Thursday, October 31, 2013 – sunrise at 7:41 am EDT

From the earliest times of the Catholic Church, when they were transitioning the Celtic locals away from Paganism, they started renaming the Pagan Holidays or Feasts that would help the locals segue toward the Catholic Church. Hallowe’en is noted in the Gaelic as “Samhain” meaning “summer’s end”. It is a time when the ancestors were honored. It was a hallowed time of the year.

The new name used this term to its advantage and while the celebrations always began on the eve, this Pagan Holiday was renamed Hallows Eve also referred to as All Hallows Eve. Eventually, the name became shortened and the “v” was lost and an apostrophe replaced it, giving the indication something should be there, but it is silent. This is much like our contractions today.

 

And the word Hallowe’en was the name invented to represent the Holiday celebrated before November 1st. In modern times, the apostrophe has been dropped, but few that are not ignorant of the past, often (re-)place the apostrophe where it belongs – Hallowe’en.

 

 

No Planets will conjunct the Sun this month, except the Moon at New Moon.

 

 

There are no Notable Harmonic Concordances this month besides the residual Hexafus Configuration from August.

 

 

No Planets go Direct this month.