Cosmic Calendar Highlights - October 2014


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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.

Copyright 2014 by Mark Lerner and Great Bear Enterprises, Ltd. All rights reserved.





Mark Lerner has been a professional astrologer since 1972.
He publishes Earth Aquarius News, an online astrology journal
with a major focus on Mundane Astrology and has been
writing the Daily Cosmic Calendar since 1981. More about Mark.

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