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Astrological highlights by Danielle Blackwood

October 2017

The only full Moon in Aries all year lights up the sky on October 5th. This is the Harvest Moon, which rises close to sunset, illuminating the sky for longer and enabling farmers to harvest their crops later into the evening. The Harvest Moon is the full Moon that is closest to the Autumn Equinox. You’ll see this Moon rise at 7:09 pm PDT.

As always, full Moons are often a time of culmination. They can coincide with a feeling of ripeness, and shed light on something previously hidden. This full Moon is in the sign of Aries, the Warrior, and resonates with the fire element. Fire burns away the dross, ignites our passion, and clears the decks for new action. Fire is transformative, visionary and the divine creative spark of life. When unchecked, it can also be reckless in its all-encompassing fervor. The full Moon in Aries shows us that it is time to step into our own power. To claim our radiant, inspired selves and create a spark that illuminates our next steps. Where do you need to draw the line? Where do you need to stand up for yourself, or for those who need your support? Where do you need to be fierce? The ruler of this full Moon is Mars, and connects with the principles of life force, libido and anger. When channelled consciously, anger can be a source of positive change, as when we take a stand against injustice. Or, when we step into our power and summon the courage to leave an abusive situation. Mars and Venus are conjunct during this full Moon, and while Mars is the ruler of this Full Moon, Venus is the ruler of the Sun in Libra. This brings up themes of the deeper connection between these two opposites, uniting the Goddess of Love and the Warrior in in the logical, analytical sign of Virgo. As with any astrological aspect, we have the choice of how we will use the energy at hand. We can engage with the energy from a place of consciousness, or allow ourselves to be swept up in its currents, coming from a place of fear or reactivity. While this full Moon in Aries can be a catalyst for needed change, it also has the potential for argumentative flare-ups and the release of pent up frustration. Be mindful of this potential and count to 10 before reacting. If you want to connect with goddesses that resonate with the Aries archetype this full Moon, tune in to Macha, Freya, or Pele, and listen for their wisdom.

Jupiter moves into Scorpio on October 9th. Jupiter stays in each sign for approximately one year, and when it changes signs it means a whole new area of your life is about to shift. Jupiter is the archetype that represents the principle of expansion, growth, and opportunity. It is also connected to travel, philosophy, culture, wisdom and the Quest. In Scorpio, Jupiter is about transformation, and whatever house it is transiting in your chart will likely undergo change for the better. At first, you may have to dig deep and release whatever is keeping you from growing. However, Jupiter in Scorpio helps you take fearless inventory of the matters of the house it is transiting, and gives you the clarity to let go of what is holding you back, which results in a rebirth in that life area.

Venus moves into Libra on October 14th, a sign she is very much at home in, until November 8th. Venus is the archetypal principle of love, connection, relationship, beauty and resources, and when she tenants one of her two signs (the other is Taurus) she is at her best. We may feel more social than usual, and spend time and money on beauty and comfort. Wardrobe and décor purchases can be auspicious, bringing what we find beautiful or esthetically pleasing into our lives. This can also be a good time for creatives and those in the arts. Relationship and connection is highlighted, and we may be feeling more benevolent, gracious and reasonable than usual. While Venus is in Libra, the principles of justice, equality and fairness take center stage. The 19th brings a new Moon at 26 degrees Libra, giving us an opportunity to set intentions around Libra themes for the coming six months. Check your chart to see what life area you will experience this new Moon, and focus on where you can plant new seeds in love, relationship, connection, and beauty. Libra is the sign of “We”. If you’re single, how can you bring the perfect person for you into your life? If you’re in relationship, how can you strengthen those bonds and meet each other’s needs? As Libra is the sign connected to sacred adornment and beauty, you may wish to spend some time redesigning your outer image so it matches what you feel. Go through your closet and give to charity anything which no longer fits who you are. Buy yourself something that makes you feel good and know you are putting your best foot forward. This is also a good time to beautify other areas of your life and bring in a sense of harmony to your home, office or studio. Libra is connected to the goddesses Aphrodite, Venus and Lakshmi. Tune into these goddesses and reflect on how you embody their energy in your life, no matter your gender.

Mercury, archetype of communication moves into the sign of the Scorpion on the 17th, bringing a decided edge to our dealings with others. This is a great aspect for research, digging deep and getting to the bottom of something. Our intuition is sharper than usual and we are tuned into undercurrents and subtexts. Watch out for potential suspicion in ourselves and others (warranted or not) and if you’ve been keeping something under wraps, it can come to the surface now. Mars joins Venus in Libra on October 22nd. Teamwork on plans and projects can help you move something forward. Action paired with compromise, fairness and diplomacy makes it happen. However, one thing to watch for when Mars the Warrior is in the sign of the scales is a tendency towards passive aggression.

The Sun moves into Scorpio on October 22nd at 10:27 pm PDT (on the 23rd at 1:27 am Eastern time). Happy Birthday Scorpio! Scorpio is a fixed water sign, meaning it is a sign that occurs in the heart of the season (in this case autumn), and resonates through the empathic, feeling oriented realm of the water element. The Scorpio archetype is connected to the themes of transformation, healing, desire, power, and the Mysteries of sex, death rebirth and regeneration. While people born when the Sun is in the underworld of Scorpio find these motifs as recurrent themes throughout their life, we all ride the current of this archetype during Scorpio season.

October wraps up with Samhain (pronounced Saw-win), or as many know it, Halloween. The Moon is void of course in the sign of Pisces from 2:08 pm until 11:43 pm (PDT), giving the day a mysterious, between the worlds feeling, and the veil between this world and the Otherworld does feel thinner than usual. Samhain is the Celtic New Year, a time of both endings and beginnings. It is a Cross Quarter festival on the Wheel of the Year, meaning that it falls between the astronomical events of the Equinox and the Solstice. Traditionally, the festival of Samhain begins at sunset on the eve before the 31st. It has long been said that the veil between the worlds is at its thinnest at this time, and communication with those on the Other Side is facilitated. It is a time to honor those who have gone before us. Light a candle for the beloved dead and helpful ancestors, or put a plate of supper out for them. Wishing you and yours a blessed and safe Samhain.

 Oíche Shamhna Shona Daoibh!

Planetary Ingresses and Lunations October 2017 (all times PDT)

Oct 5th Full Moon 12 Aries 12’ 43 11:40 am

Oct 14th Venus into Libra 3:11 am

Oct 17th Mercury into Virgo 12:59 am

Oct 19th New Moon in Libra 26’35 12:12 pm

Oct 22nd Mars into Libra 11:30 am

Oct 22nd Sun into Scorpio 10:27 pm

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