Uranus still Retrograde in Aries – 14 degrees
Uranus is that Planet that hates to be confined. It is known as the “break out” Planet for that reason. When Retrograde, Uranus can be responsible, more traditional and relaxed. As Uranus goes Retrograde in Aries, there is a feeling of enthusiasm and courage to take responsibility. It is not a time to worry about what others think about you. Do your own thing at your own pace and life will be grand. Uranus goes direct Dec 21 in Aries – 12 degrees.
Neptune still Retrograde in Pisces – 5 degrees
Ah, the simple pleasures of seeing more clearly. The continued Retrograde of Neptune raises a few eyebrows. The realization of the clarity of futuristic vision and how we need to continue certain aspects will shine light on any subject as a higher echelon. Neptune usually likes to cloud issues, especially when spiritual love is in order, but that tends to fade away during a Retrograde. Neptune goes direct next month on Nov 16th in Pisces – 4 degrees.
Mercury goes Retrograde in Virgo
Saturday, October 4, 2014 – 5:19 pm EDT
When Mercury goes Retrograde in general, it’s time to take caution with anything electronic, especially where Communication is involved. Back up computers and remember to weigh your words, so they aren’t misconstrued or misunderstood. Retrograde Mercury can help you take steps forward, but you might fall two steps backward. As a minor Planet of Health, be aware of health concerns and issues. What might seem miniscule now could end up being a major dilemma later. When Mercury slides thru Virgo, Communications want to be precise and exact, but throw a monkey wrench in the scheme of things when Mercury goes Retrograde! Always err on the side of caution when Mercury goes Retrograde.
Eclipsed Full Moon in Aries
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 – 6:50 am EDT
The Moon builds up energy and finally comes to fruition with robust energy when it is Full. If you had started 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.
Retrograde Mercury enters Libra (going backwards – 29 degrees)
Friday, October 11, 2014 – 1:27 pm EDT
Communications are weighed heavily against all odds. When you speak, you try to find balance in your words that will neither negate nor accent a subject. It is all about finding the truth in the matter and analyzing it for an honorable result. When Mercury is Retrograde, though, you have to really weigh your words heavily or you may find your proverbial foot in mouth too often. Libra is that funky Sign, which tries to find balance on most occasions, but with Mercury Retrograde, Libra might attempt to play the Devil’s Advocate more often than not.
Retrograde Mercury conjuncts the Sun in Libra
Thursday, October 16, 2014 – 4:23 pm EDT
When Mercury is Retrograde, it glides across the face of the Sun. As you view this small Planet, it appears to go backwards thru the Zodiac. The Sun always travels forward. As Mercury gains speed towards the Sun, it appears they will collide. This action is called “double applying”, because they appear to be traveling in a head-on collision. Applying energy of the self-centered, personal Sun to Retrograde applying energy of Communication, can bestow and very fanatical self-expression – egotism. If you are confronted on an issue, remember to breathe in slowly and take control of what and how you state your side. Otherwise, you could go off the handle and seem like your demanding your own way by proving your own worth in your own words. You know what you’re trying say, but it’s coming off as something maniacal.
Sun enters Scorpio – Happy Birthday, Scorpio!!
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 7:45 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. Scorpio adds an element of surprise and mystery to the world as the Sign continues to unfold its energy.
Venus enters Scorpio
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 4:36 pm EDT
When the Planet of hedonistic Love enters its detriment of hidden sexual desires, there is an air of caution when entering into a new arena. Be mindful of your partner and their actions with you. Proceed with diligence and self-empowerment. Read up on the actions you would like to partake before you indulge. Once you start, there’s no going back.
Eclipsed New Moon in Scorpio
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 5:56 pm EDT
The New Moon will begin its trek across the Sun’s face just before the sunset in Scorpio. Although New Moon energies are good for fresh and initiating energy, eclipses tend to hide any well-put intentions. The Sun in Scorpio typically allows us to take control of our personal convictions, but an eclipse could thwart those energies, throwing us for a loop. Beware that overt emotions can be masking underlying issues. During the Dark Times, this would be a good time to explore those issues. When the Moon is eclipsed, it tends to shield you from others and they may not see how you truly are. Sometimes, an eclipsed Moon will hide your intentions, too.
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.
Stellium Conjunction of the Moon, Venus and Sun in Scorpio
Thursday, October 23, 2014 – 5:52 pm to 5:56 pm EDT
A Stellium is when there are three Planets working together within the same Sign or House. This particular Stellium is placing these three Planets in conjunction with each other for a total of 44 minutes in Scorpio. An emotional Moon conjunct with love-starved Venus is all about getting affection at any price. Marry that energy with a very personal Sun and you have a temper-tantrum of emotions trying to get any kind of personal attention. Venus can be quite beguiling, so try to avoid falling into her trap, if you can help it. Eventually that energy will taper off after the Moon slides past the Sun. Scorpio adds an element of surprise and mystery to the mix.
Venus conjuncts the Sun in Scorpio
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 2:26 am EDT
Venus is all about love and affection, trying to gain it at any cost typically. When she conjuncts the Sun, it becomes very personal. Venus can be very hedonistic when it comes to gaining love and affection. And Scorpio adds that element of surprise and mystery to the mix.
Mercury goes Direct in Libra
Saturday, October 25, 2014 – 7:34 pm EDT
Finally, we can all breathe easier. When Mercury goes direct, Communications seem to re-align better and folks begin to understand logically. Mercury no longer takes on the role of Devil’s Advocate and tries to find balance – it becomes a mediator. Communications are still weighed heavily against all odds. When you speak, you try to find balance in your words that will neither negate nor accent a subject. It is all about finding the truth in the matter and analyzing it for an honorable result.
Mars enters Capricorn
Sunday, October 26, 2014 – 5:59 am EDT
Mars enters its Sign of exaltation. Mars is a Planet of action, where it can be impulsive and assertive. When it is exalted, those strengths can exceed their boundaries and become aggressive, defiant and combative. Mars can be a downright, dominating force to contend with. Although, the Sign of Capricorn tries to allay those strengths with its conservative energies, Mars can build up energy and blow things out of proportion.
Hallowe’en – Sun in Scorpio – 7 degrees
Friday, October 31, 2014 – sunrise at 7:41 am EDT
From the earliest times of the Catholic Church, when they were converting 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 is 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.
Samhain – Sun in Scorpio – 8 degrees
Thursday, October 31, 2014 – sunset at 6:02 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 (Friday, November 7, 2014 at 6:55 am 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!!
Note: The time changes NEXT month.