Joyous Samhain. The cool winds howl,
In death, lies the promise of rebirth.
The breakdown of withered leaves,
Transforming into soil for next year’s growth;
Of the forgotten acorns, many will rise into trees,
To produce countless fallen seeds in the coming years.
The great cycle: life, death, rebirth;
It is in death, that we never felt more alive.
This time of year is when the veil between worlds is at it's finest, and with Jupiter freshly in Scorpio, we may be even more attuned to this portal now than in other years. Many believe that this is an optimal period for communing with the deceased, with the nature spirits─ the devas─ and with our deepest, truest self. Speak to your loved ones who have passed on; they might be listening. Talk to your spirit guides and other exalted deities: ask for clarity and give gratitude.
Others make it a point to consciously release old outworn aspects of self. The falling leaves remind us that it’s ok to let go; we are making room for new growth!
Does science affirm the notion that the veil is now thinner? No, they aren’t quite there yet. However, technological innovation takes paranormal investigation to new heights. Members of the Ghost Adventures crew speculate that since they can communicate with spirits through certain devices which detect other frequencies, that the spirit world exists in a frequency not much different than our own─ similar to how ultraviolet and infrared light exist, but we can’t see it with the naked eye.
So when the spirit leaves the body, where does it go? Another dimension of a slightly variable frequency? Are our higher selves simultaneously existing in that same dimension while we are alive? What is that dimension? Who knows. But hopefully time will tell!
October 21st: Moon in Scorpio squares the nodes of fate offering us a choice to move forward or stay put. Make a small change and the ripples will emote.
October 22nd: Mars enters Libra, which is not his favorite place to be. Mars is the action principle, so ideally, we go for it! But here, there is a bit of hesitation to GO FORTH, because in Libra, we are PARTNERSHIP-oriented and more conscious of OTHERS. Libra likes harmony, so our choices and motivations might be informed by keeping others happy. COOPERATION. And since not all of us are mind readers, we might be more indecisive now through the beginning of December. Maybe this isn't such a bad thing with the weather getting colder. If we're gonna be stuck inside with someone all winter, might as well get along!
The Moon enters Sagittarius at 7:57 am EDT, giving us a vision and inspiration to get us through the day. What ideologies motivate you? What's your philosophy?
October 23rd: Scorpio season officially begins! Do you feel like someone is behind you? Why do we exist? Where do we go when we die? If you were ever wondering why all Scorpios are complex, secretly tortured souls, it's because we sense that's there's MORE than what meets the eye. During this time of year, we want to connect more deeply with others and with the subtle forces of existence. "I want to see..."
It might be hard waking up today if the alarm clock disrupts your vivid dream. The Sag Moon square Neptune is perfect for Astral Travel, and you wake up wondering if it was real. gonna be hard waking up today... Moon square Neptune. I wanna stay in the dream?? What is your dream? So start the day with something that makes you feel transcendent. Reinforce that aura before you leave the house so that you can be a superhero.
October 24th: Focused AND creative morning leading up to a LONG VOID OF COURSE DAY. Get anything important ready for print before 12:44 pm because after that, things may not go as planned. Reserve the afternoon for free-writing your drafts, tending to the odds and ends. Move intuitively; go with the flow and you might be surprised by the colorful creations you weave. Moon enters Capricorn at 8:12 pm: time to reel it in.. It's a Tuesday night after all. Make a sensible dinner and catch up on your Netflix queue.
October 25th: Capricorn Moon- use it to work steadfastly toward your goals. Be sensible. But this evening, Moon aspects Neptune, so you'll want to do something magical, whether you are sharing a cocktail with a friend, watching a movie, or opening your third eye.
October 26th: Today is a ripe for deep introspection. We see things purely, clearly cutting as they are. "Sometimes being wounded is easier than healing." That's right. Jupiter is travelling close to the Sun for the entirety of these dates, but it comes to exactitude today at 2:09 pm; perhaps there's an issue too big to ignore. Tune in and get the insight you need to move through it. Heal, confront, elevate. If the thing you thought you dealt with is back from the dead, ask your ancestors and spirit guides for help!
October 27th: The electric Aquarius Moon keeps us chill and buzzed all day, like a 6 pack of pumpkin ale. Looks like a busy day, with a dose of indulgence, so go ahead and get the donut too. Venus perfects her square to Pluto, which can bring out more from the sexual abuse stories that have been emerging. The square aspect says, "what can we do about this?" Also triggering obsessive/compulsive behavior, especially when it comes to romance, love and pleasure, this aspect can also signify themes of love triangles or manipulation. Money might be a player in the game too.
October 28th: Happy Adult Halloween! After a laid-back day, the aspects are looking sweet for enjoyment, pleasure, good conversation. The only thing is that around 9:35 pm, there's a disagreement between intellect and gut feeling. You have a choice: stick with the plans or tell your friends you don't feel like it anymore! But if you have a good back up plan, Mars in Libra could be working for you!
October 29th: I love it when a long VOC Moon falls on a Sunday, don't you? Go with the flow. No pressure, just do what you feel. I wouldn't schedule a lot for today, if you are reading this in advance. Best to flow intuitively, but the morning has a nice aspect to Saturn, so tend to the necessities early, especially if you must go grocery shopping.
October 30: Moon in Pisces: stay in your cocoon if you are able! Float, transcend, meditate, dream, dance, yoga, music, art, get inspired and connect with something bigger than you.
October 31st: Happy Halloween; Blessed Samhain. Mercury squares the nodes of fate, offering another choice in direction. But this time, you must consciously make a choice and vocalize it. Speak your truth and send those vibrations out so they manifest into reality. Throat Chakra activation!
Unfortunately for the kids, this doesn't look like the most cheerful night for Trick or Treat... The Moon goes void with a square to Saturn (of all things) to put a damper on the evening. It could literally be rain, or maybe it's too cold and the kid doesn't wanna wear a coat over their costume. Understandable! There's just an element of disappointment or crankiness, so get some back up candy for the kid who ONLY gets tootsie rolls.
November 1st: Bendiciónes para el Día de los Muertos. The Aries Moon wants to go it's own way, but Mars says, "think about how this will affect everyone else." What will you do?
November 2nd: This is quite a vivid day, ranging from strong emotions early in the day, to a social evening of sensible enjoyment. Don't be surprised if you get a late night jolt of energy just as you are trying to relax. Jot your ideas down so you don't forget them tomorrow.
May we all tune in to the subtle frequencies,
to learn, to see, to heal...
to connect with our ancestors,
to heal any wounds behind us and before us....
As the wheel turns...
Blessed be and One Love.
“Peace, Justice and Anarchy”
The New Moon takes root on October 19th, 2017 at 3:12 pm EDT and at 26⁰35’ of Libra. Quite fitting for the dual sign, the Libra New Moon chart is both salty and sweet, setting the tone for the next 2-4 weeks.
On the surface, Libra is balanced, sociable, refined and has the ability to remain impartial, sympathizing with both sides. But behind the charming, put-together exterior, is a strong will and an uncompromising set of values around equality, fairness and justice. They don't call Libra "the iron fist in the velvet glove" for nothin'! They know how to drive the ship and look damn good doing it too.
Libra's ruling planet Venus is also in Libra, so we see an even greater yearning for fairness, beauty and balance and yet we live in a world with massive wealth inequalities, and a government who helps Houston but not Puerto Rico,. There are countless major issues facing us as humans on this planet, and the urgency to alleviate these geo-policitcal ailments is amplifying. The Hopi word, Koyaanisqatsi, comes to mind, meaning "unbalanced life." Science continues to affirm what the ancient peoples all knew was true: we are all connected. And further, if one aspect of existence gets out of whack, it upsets the entire equilibrium.
Have we played nice for too long? The New Moon exactly opposes Uranus, suggesting the need for radical changes in order to achieve more of a harmonious collective. Uranus is the revolutionary, the anarchist, the genius, the breakthrough, break-down and the disruption; his purpose is to startle, stir and awaken. Uranus is prone to extremism, which is sometimes what's needed to get the collective gears turning.
In other words, this is not a quiet New Moon at all. Where do you need to make some noise? Libra is also our partnerships. Could something be more harmonious if you were to speak up? We might expect to see acts of resistance around this New Moon, as well as break ups! The Nodes of Fate are highly active, indicating that it's time to leave the outworn programming behind and expand our consciousness.
Also, pay attention to air travel. Uranus rules spaceships and airplanes, while the Sabian Symbol for this degree reads: “an airplane sails, high in the bright clear sky.” The imagery also describes the need for a greater perspective, freedom and transcendence.
(Below: Even Jesus flips tables when he has to )
Jump the Hurdle:
October 11th: Everything in life is a cycle. And the astrological cycles reflect this truth. The Mars/Saturn cycle lasts for roughly 2 years, and this has to do with OBSTACLES─ and the maturity that develops as we try to work around them. Mars is the drive to win, and Saturn is the limits, the rules, the authority or the law. Personally, this last cycle has been related to my physical body, as Saturn rules bones and alignment, teeth and skin. This could also be describing issues with your boss, career, goals or your direction in life.
Think back to what was going on in your life on/around:
October 12: the Moon in Cancer sensitizes us to the awareness of our emotions. Before we had language, we relied on our instincts. Today is a very active day, but our senses will be our compass. It might be hard to get moving if we aren’t feeling it. Get creative and find a way through the blocks, if any. Excellent aspects for practical thinking, focus and study.
October 13th and 14th: The Leo Moon warms our hearts and generates appreciation, gratitude and creativity. Just heed the possible drama and worry about your own swag!
On the 14th, Venus enters her home sign of Libra. Venus in Libra is a master of social graces, etiquette and class, but she can also be fake! During this time, we might aim to be better about returning those unanswered texts, take more time to curl our hair and try to understand more, instead of getting offended. Venus in Libra has a balanced perspective and can almost always sympathize with both sides of the story. This is a great time to invite more beauty into your world and to become more aware of how we are relating with others. In lieu of being fake, try to find a nice way to speak your truth!
October 15th and 16th: The Virgo Moon shifts our focus to the details. Our eyes are like microscopes and not a “t” goes uncrossed. Virgo Moons are excellent for productivity, cooking, cleaning, writing, crafting and completing to-do lists. Oh, and nagging.
On the 15th, be open to creative inspiration that illuminates your psyche like lightning. Some say that all the ideas that exist are out floating in the ethers, but once you attune your frequency properly, it could be you who invents the next wheel. You never know! Today is ripe for cosmic downloads, but also motor-mouth. Mercury opposes Uranus, so watch what you say to whom and be mindful on the road. This is an aspect for recklessness, but also ingenuity.
The Sun sextiles Saturn on the 16th, aiding in productivity. We want to build something long lasting, whether it’s a career, a partnership or a house.
October 17th has some tough aspects. The Moon goes void with a conjunction to Mars at 7:27 am EDT, and remains void until entering Libra at 1:35 pm EDT. The morning could be anything from busy, confrontational or competitive, but it is definitely active and more intense than usual. Once the Moon enters Libra, the mood should lighten up.
October 18th: Mercury conjoins with Jupiter early in the morning. This is the first time any planetary body conjoins with Jupiter since he moved into Scorpio, so it should be interesting to observe. We might be prone toward introspection, obsessive thoughts, or deep conversation with close friends. Excellent for journaling! The Moon further squares Pluto, doubling down on this abysmal sense of uprooting. Today is the last day of the lunar cycle, so energy levels might be lower than usual.
October 20th: The Scorpio Moon wants to flow freely and creatively. Today feels better. Trust the flow, your inner guidance, and breathe deep.
Have a splendid New Moon, ALL! We are ONE!
Love from my Scorpio Moon to your soul,
The Aries Full Moon occurs at 12⁰42’ of Aries, on October 5th, 2:40 pm EDT, as if to say:
“Look how far I’ve come!”
The Aries Full Moon highlights our self-awareness, personal sovereignty, personal awareness and how one identifies themselves. It is Aries, the very first sign of the zodiac, who says, “I AM.”
Full Moons are periods of heightened energy, activity and a feeling of fullness, ripeness. So it is here and now, that we can see ourselves very clearly.
In the full-sized-mirror we have before us, we see where we might need to change.
Pluto squares the Sun and Moon, inferring the need to transform, peel, purge, prune and push forth. We’ve been working with the Plutonian force for the past week now, as the Lord of Death and Rebirth swung into forward motion. So, if you haven’t come to grips yet with releasing something outworn, you get another chance to do so now. Often we miss the offerings of evolution when we are too distracted. To become the Phoenix, you must first go deep, deep, deep… to go quietly and courageously inward.
The Sabian Symbol for the 13th degree of Aries made me gasp:
“a bomb which failed to explode is now safely concealed”
Perhaps this isn’t a literal bomb, but instead a hypothetical one. Let’s assume that this infers the diffusing a situation, or putting a stop to something before it gets worse.
Ready, set, GROW!
Venus overtakes Mars
All of a sudden, something clicks.
Venus meets up with Mars just hours before the Full Moon and says: “I know what I want and I know how to get it.” Thus, within the self-awareness of the Aries
Full Moon, we are also seeding a new cycle around meeting our desires.
Venus and Mars imply that something is outworn, as they square Saturn, and pressure us to UPDATE the current order.
“Here’s a new way of doing this,” or “this is more efficient,” or
“This is an iPhone, Grandpa,”
We will be working with this energy through October 11th as these aspects tighten.
In other news:
October 1st: Mars perfects its trine to Pluto. This aspect is about how we access our potential and are we using it properly?
October 3rd: Venus trines Pluto, which speaks of the quality and depth of how we relate with others. Align yourself with people who you can trust. Themes of resolving love-triangles and how we spend our money/resources. Investment, both emotional and financial.
October 4th: the Moon is void in Pisces from 3:20am-4:40pm EDT. This is not the nicest void. Might be a little fussy, cranky or “not feeling it.” Moon enters Aries at 4:40pm EDT and we feel much better.
October 8th: Sun conjoins Mercury in Libra. It’s going to be a very talkative day, and people just want to be heard. Pay attention to what you hear in the news and on the radio.
The Moon is VOID for the entire day (9:45am-9:44pm EDT), but it’s a nice void, under the influence of Venus. With the Moon in Taurus all day, I wouldn’t plan much because there’s a good chance we will feel extra lazy, restful and perhaps indulgent. If none of these apply, it’s still a good day to operate in fluid motion, so keep the schedule light.
October 9th: Pay attention to big reveals, information bubbling to the surface. The Sun and Mercury tighten their square to Pluto, wringing out more juicy tidbits in the collective and in our personal lives. What was shrouded in secrecy two weeks ago, we now have more of the story, more insight. Now what to do about it? Pluto is when you see something disturbing and you can’t erase the imprint in your mind. We can’t go back, we can only go forward, but not in the same way. Something must change now.
Typical Plutonian symptoms to watch out for: intense feelings, compulsion, obsession, psychological inner musings, pulling out the decay, uprooting, illuminating, purging, cleansing, healing, depth, death, rebirth, transformation, intense focus.
October 10th: Jupiter enters Scorpio, echoing yet more Plutonian themes.
Aho Mitakyue Oyasin. You are all my family.
May we all be awakened to our heart, and align our hearts together to create a
New Earth, rooted in righteousness, love, equality, abundance and compassion for all.
Blame the eclipse, blame Mercury retrograde or blame the big changes in my life,
But the column, as I’ve been writing it, needs to change. At least for now.
My partner and I went down to North Carolina to witness the Total Solar Eclipse, along with countless others. It was an amazing trip, and as if it couldn’t be any more memorable, Eli asked me to marry him. I was on cloud-fucking-9 the entire weekend. Happier than ever.
Our first full day back, I sat at the computer for nearly 10 hours, working on my website and working on other writing projects for which I had promised deadlines. Meanwhile, that meant that I turned down going to the baseball game with my father, and Eli went with him instead. The two guys came back and continued to enjoy themselves outside in the beautiful weather, whereas I sat inside. Working.
Over the course of the week, people continued to congratulate me, saying, “enjoy this happy time…”
I abruptly realized that it’s time for a change.
And I always knew this day would come, I just didn’t see it happening so soon. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the magic of the eclipses. They bring things to light and show you something in a new way.
On top of everything else, I am also in school right now, taking classes for my next level of astrological certification.
I absolutely looove being in school.
The openness, the creativity, the sense of wonder and curiosity.
With Jupiter going into my largest house of creativity, and with the north node in Leo, it’s time that I adjust my schedule so that there is more space. Creativity struggles to exist where there is rigidity and anxiousness and “have-to’s.”
And so it is.
I will still be posting regularly, just not making predictions for every single day, because honestly, it’s just a lot of work. I've kept up with the daily forecasts without missing a beat for 2.5 years, and now I see that I should be playing around with other formats, and experimenting with my writing. It's important to stay pliable.
I like to tell people that life shouldn’t be all about work, so now I'm taking my own advice. Babies are being born and I have 3 grandparents in their 80’s…. my life is exciting right now and it's time to be more present.
Everything in life is a cycle.
I’m rounding the bend.
You’ve got to put yourself out there and apply your knowledge, but sometimes you must pause and replenish the well!
So for at least while I’m in school (and maybe until I get married, or who knows when), I will be utilizing a free format, which allows me to be more creative, receptive, intuitive and more relaxed. This is going to be a beautiful thing. Promise.
Thanks for journeying with me,
Big Love to your luminous soul,
Catherine Urban, Astrologer
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