TUE SEPT 30 September 2014 ends with a whimper rather than a bang (to reverse the last line of a famous T.S Eliot poem). The problem is that last night’s jubilant Moon-Jupiter trine – from Sagittarius to Leo – began a lengthy, 25+ hour void-of-course cycle that won’t conclude until 9:42PM when earthy and industrious Capricorn Moon arrives on the scene. Thus, the bulk of today’s hours ought to be spent completing odd jobs and ventures that began days or even weeks ago. The two traditional benefic planets – Venus and Jupiter – attempt to put a smile on your face and lift your spirits, but their 45-degree configuration (6:13AM) is more ornery than fulfilling in nature. Do your best to coast along – enjoying a wide assortment of games and athletic contests under the fading presence of Sagittarius Moon and as Mercury forms a subtle and yet still supportive, 30-degree rapport with Venus (9:21PM). Once the clock strikes 9:42PM and determined Capricorn Moon is at the lunar helm, focused renewed attention on accomplishing key professional plans over the next two days. Stay confident in your ability to be an entrepreneur with clout and pizazz as September peacefully morphs into October.
WED OCT 1 The beginning of this entire year – January 1, 2014 – contained a Capricorn New Moon united with Pluto, a solar-lunar blending with the ruling planet of the mythological underworld that hadn’t occurred at the start of any year in 247 cycles of the Earth revolving around the Sun. So far, 2014 has lived up to its billing as a highly disturbing and extremely discordant time-period for the human species as images of warfare, racial animosity, and religious-oriented mayhem seem to appear endlessly throughout the global mega-media. Fortunately, this first day of the tenth month is only a mini-version of psychic havoc as a somewhat frictional First Quarter Sun-Moon Phase (activating 9 degrees of Libra and Capricorn at 12:34PM) enters the scene. Do your best to cut through obstacles in your path to success, and hone your skills as a budding entrepreneur. Echoing the energy-field of New Year’s Day from nine months ago, the Moon forms its monthly conjunction with mysterious-secretive Pluto in earthy Capricorn (4:49PM). If you can tune into your spiritual willpower and mental concentration –like the healing laser beams utilized now in medicine and surgery – then that will be a very positive way to harness deep-seated Plutonic force. On the other hand, repressing emotions and letting old phobias block your progress is allowing the shadow side of Pluto to control your life. Size up current professional aims with common sense and a hefty dose of logic.
THU OCT 2 If you can get going with productive work in the early hours – thanks to the Moon in Capricorn forming a supportive, 60-degree alliance with Ceres in Scorpio (7:58AM) – then you have an excellent chance of catching a practical wave of achievement right now. Another constructive, 60-degree tie between the Moon and Saturn (9:19AM) would seem to build on the earlier productivity, but this cosmic rapport also starts a long void-of-course uncertainty zone that lasts until 1:01AM tomorrow. As I often indicate in these columns during the past 33 years, it is wise to finish old business during a void lunar cycle while keeping bold, new plans waiting in the wings. Nevertheless, if you do have professional plans that require a tune-up or review, use your eagle eye to add a deeper purpose to your vision for future success. Enhance key love bonds later on by being more sensitive and thoughtful about a partner’s feelings as the Sun makes an inspirational, 72-degree link with Juno (11:53PM). Consider running important errands and accomplishing some main tasks tomorrow as Mercury is slowing down in its daily speed while it prepares to reverse course in the zodiac on Saturday for a three-week retrograde cycle.
Note to readers: All times are calculated for Pacific Daylight Time. Be sure to adjust all times according to your own local time so the alignments noted above will be exact for your location.
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Highlights of the October 2014 Cosmic Calendar
By Mark Lerner
The tenth month of 2014 begins with the imperceptible slowing down of the speediest planet in our solar system – Mercury, the ancient Messenger of the Gods. By Saturday October 4, Mercury will be virtually motionless in the fixed-water sign of Scorpio, and shifting gears from direct to retrograde motion. As most beginning students of astrology learn rather quickly, Mercury makes three reversals in every year – with each one lasting approximately three weeks. The current one will continue until Saturday October 25, and Mercury will retreat into airy Libra from October 10 to November 8.
While many people believe Mercury retrograde is bad and negative, the truth is that Mercury or any planet and asteroid going in reverse is really empowering itself by moving in counterpoint to the always, forward-moving Moon and Sun. Therefore, apparent retrograde motion is a solar systemic mechanism – as perceived by our humanity on Earth – that allows various celestial bodies to “re-energize their own archetypes, themes and qualities,” temporarily away from the constant watch and influence of our two lights, the lunar and solar forces that affect us so potently all the time.
Of course, it is wise during any Mercury reversal to be extra careful and cautious when it comes to mercurial matters (such as communications, paperwork, health and medical concerns, travel plans, business and trade), but that is not because Mercury is to blame; rather it is due to human beings not slowing down to review, reflect, and re-evaluate what’s been happening in their lives, relationships, and work experiences since the previous Mercury retrograde cycle.
Beyond the Mercury phenomena this month, you want to be on high alert during the Libra-Aries Full Moon (October 8) and Scorpio New Moon (October 23) as the Full Moon is also a Total Lunar Eclipse while the New Moon is a Partial Solar Eclipse. Any solar-lunar union or polarity gains extra power when an eclipse is present. Furthermore, we could designate October’s Full Moon as Uranian and October’s New Moon as Venusian. This is the case because the Sun makes its annual opposition to Uranus the day before the Full Moon while the Moon conjuncts Uranus just an hour before the Full Moon takes place. At the Scorpio New Moon just over two weeks later, Venus – approaching its every 9.5-month union with the Sun – places itself into a triple conjunction with the Moon and Sun. The bottom line is that October’s enlightening Full Moon is being super-charged with Uranian lightning-like, shocking, surprising, highly intuitive and yet also revolutionary vibrations while October’s forward-momentum building New Moon is being super-charged with Venusian loving, artistic, friendly, and alchemical vibrations.
An unusual occurrence this month is that four days after the Sun squares Pluto (October 4), opposes Uranus (October 7), sextiles Jupiter via 60-degrees (October 10), and sextiles Mars via 60-degrees (October 15), Venus repeats the same alignments (October 8, 11, 14, and 19) – to the same planets. This is because Venus is approaching its merger with the Sun – a highly enriching, across-the-board winning rendezvous that finally takes place early on Saturday October 25 and just about 12 hours before Mercury turns direct.
As October reaches its conclusion and, for some, its apotheosis on Halloween, Mercury is back in the swing of things by moving at nearly 1 degree of zodiacal motion per day (and getting faster) – providing a definite boost for overall thinking and communicating. Plus, Mercury and the Moon connect with far-out Neptune, while the Moon and Mercury commune together as well, bringing humanity’s reservoir of deep-seated feelings, dreams and visions of a more ideal, sensitive, compassionate and wisdom-enhanced home planet into our collective mind’s eye.
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