WED OCT 29 It has been a while, but the universe moves into a major resting condition after many days of supporting human affairs. Be thankful for any blessings that have appeared since last Saturday’s Mercury shift into forward motion. Now the potentially fleet-footed, winged Messenger of the Gods planet is beginning to accelerate in its daily motion – reaching over 1-degree per day as November begins. The faster Mercury moves in the zodiac, the quicker human thoughts and reflexes are, and that can enhance your life in a wide variety of ways. Stay on target with plans and activities that can lead you to gaining the keys for the executive penthouse as the Moon maintains its monthly journey in rock-solid, determined Capricorn. You can really make a lot of progress in the hours before the Moon forms a supportive, 60-degree tie (8:02PM) with Saturn, the ruling planet of Capricorn. However, once this lunar configuration with timekeeper and master-teacher Saturn becomes exact, a void lunar uncertainty cycle takes hold until 6:53AM tomorrow. Enjoy R & R during the void-of-course Moon, and leave important decision-making for another more fortuitous window of opportunity.
THU OCT 30 The Moon is still meandering along in void mode in Capricorn until it can enter the service-oriented, universal air sign of Aquarius (6:53AM). Just 32 minutes before this lunar shift takes place, ingenious ideas can flood your consciousness as Pallas in Scorpio forms a flowing trine of 120-degrees with Neptune in Pisces (6:21AM). It is rare for these two celestial bodies to harmonize in this manner. Take advantage of any revelations that appear to your mind’s eye and write them down after the Moon is safely moving through Aquarius terrain. This lunar placement is great for energizing team sports, group projects, community events, and humanitarian causes. However, the universe is anxious to be more stern again in its behavior by enlisting challenging aspects in the form of a frictional square between Venus and Juno (3:33PM), the First Quarter Sun-Moon Phase (7:49PM and activating 8 degrees of Scorpio and Aquarius), as well as a Moon-Venus face-off of 90-degrees (10:35PM). With friends like these, who needs enemies? Of these three discordant alignments, the Venus-Juno square and Last Quarter Sun-Moon Phase have the greatest capacity to stop you in your tracks for some serious soul-searching. Cut through apparent obstacles in your path and stay on target with your main, long-range goals. Hidden within the trio of difficult aspects is the jewel of a Moon-Venus parallel (6:30PM). While the Moon-Venus parallel has the potency of a union in the zodiac, it may not be strong enough to rival the adverse effects stemming from the clustering of the three other storm-laden sky patterns. Do your best to stay out of trouble and know that the arrival of Halloween 2014 can boost your spirits.
FRI OCT 31 October 2014 began with Mercury slowing down as it neared a three-week reversal and this month ends with Mercury speeding up following its shift forward six days ago. [The next Mercury retrograde cycle will occur from January 21 to February 11, 2015 in the sign of Aquarius.] Mercury in Libra is once again leading the charge today as it makes a potent, 135-degree tie with far-out Neptune (2:45PM) while also forming a harmonious trine of 120-degrees with the Moon in Aquarius (4:42PM). Work confidently with communication channels that should be more open and reliable than during the October 4 – October 25 time-period when Mercury was in reverse. Take a time-out for meditation, yoga or reflection as the Moon parallels Neptune (5:24PM) just four minutes prior to the monthly Moon-Jupiter polarity (5:30PM). The Moon opposite Jupiter is not often recognized as important, but in many ways it could be considered a mini-version of the Full Moon, except that the lunar orb is in polarity to the largest planet (Jupiter) rather than the largest celestial body (the Sun) in our solar system. Therefore, any Moon-Jupiter configuration like this can become a reservoir of enlightenment, turning your mind and heart into a dynamic duo of goodwill and good fortune across the board. Avoid the trickster aspect of Halloween due to the Moon veering away from its upbeat connection to Jupiter by squaring Saturn (11:23PM). It is on this somewhat cautionary note that the Moon starts a void uncertainty cycle in Aquarius that lasts until 9:38AM on Saturday November 1 (when the Moon enters the compassionate and empathic sign of Pisces). Get set for a very eventful first day of November when a large contingent of celestial contacts – favorable and discordant – fires up the eleventh month of the year.
SAT NOV 1 All things considered, there is more to like about the start of November 2014 than to dislike. Any daily reader of this calendar knows that Halloween ended on a somewhat ambiguous lunar note with the Moon in Aquarius void and this uncertainty zone lasting until 9:38AM this morning. The only key aspect occurring with the void-of-course Moon cycle is an enthusiastic and mentally-exuberant, 60-degree rapport between Mercury in Libra and Jupiter in Leo (5:45AM). Once the Moon enters compassionate and empathic Pisces (9:38AM) for a two-day adventure in the last sign of the zodiac, open any communication and education channels that were recently blocked or ignored. Some overall care and caution is suggested around the time that Vesta squares Chiron (12:31PM), but a trio of artistic and creative alignments follow as Venus contacts distant Pluto via a supportive, 60-degree sextile (4:10PM) while Mars and Neptune make the same alliance (4:44PM). Soul-searching, yoga, meditation, sacred dance, and other forms of psychic attunement are in the A-1 category of human activity as the Moon makes its monthly union with Neptune (5:47PM). Be on guard shortly thereafter as primary partnerships need a gentle touch due to a square formation between the Sun and Juno (6:45PM). The first day of this eleventh month ends on a positive note – courtesy of a flowing trine between Vesta in Sagittarius and Uranus in Aries (10:00PM). Sisterhood and fellowship gatherings receive the cosmic thumbs-up sign.
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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