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Caught Between Two Forces -- Astrology Forecast for Mon., Oct.19th - Sun., Oct.25th, 2015

Please note that all times given below are Eastern Daylight Saving Time -- to change the listed times to your own timezone, I recommend clicking here for the time and date converter

Last week was another nicely balanced one... I love to take advantage of these long Moon Void of Course phases by scheduling healing sessions or taking care of myself in some other way.

This week's headline items: the first Quarter Moon in Capricorn will be exact on Tuesday afternoon; the Sun changes signs from Libra to Scorpio on Friday afternoon; Mercury exits its shadow phrase on Saturday. There will be three Moon VoC phases this week: Tuesday late afternoon (for 5 hours), Thursday night/Friday very early morning (for almost 1 hour), and Saturday morning (for 19 hours).

Monday: the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn, where it will journey until Tuesday evening. The Capricorn Moon emphasizes our need for structure and forward planning. We are motivated by a desire for success; achievement and manifestation are paramount. 

We are resourceful and pursue economy with time, energy, and other resources. We take things more seriously during Moon in Capricorn: we look reality in the eye. This can be a very productive period. As best as you can, avoid "should-ing" on yourself. Take the pressure off: try saying "I am doing the best I can and that's all I can ever do" ;-) 

Saturn (ruler of Capricorn) is transiting through Sagittarius right now, making this a great time to explore our beliefs. It's also a great time to focus on the greater meaning of life and for going beyond conditioned thinking structures. As best as you can, be authentic about what you believe: Do your beliefs actually match your direct experience of life -- as it is for you now, in this moment, not how it was 5 or 10 years ago?

Monday starts out as an opportunity for being in the flow and trusting our progress; however, we are also invited to make adjustments and find creative solutions, both when it comes to communications with others, and with our inner world. Towards the afternoon, we develop a strong focus on getting down to business and accomplishing things -- as best as you can, don't get too obsessed with anything... Take some breaks ;-)  

In the later afternoon, we feel supported by co-workers and employees; things will most likely run smoothly. As Monday evening wears on we’ll have an opportunity to slow down for some healing.

Tuesday: the Moon remains in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn until 9:38pm EDT (see Monday for details).

Tuesday at 4:31pm EDT, the first Quarter Moon in 27 degrees of Capricorn becomes exact. We started to feel this aspect from the moment the Moon entered Capricorn, last Sunday. The Moon in practical, accomplishment-oriented Capricorn makes a challenging aspect to the Sun in balance-seeking, relationship-oriented Libra. 

We feel compelled to take action. Last week Monday saw the New Moon, on Oct.12th. If we began a project or initiative around then, it is probably off the ground by now -- and facing its first obstacles. 

This is therefore a time to stretch and grow -- and create some forward momentum. We may feel anxious or unusually busy. As best as you can, take it one breath at a time. Allow for changes, remain flexible and find creative solutions in your day-to-day interactions with others. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in any of the following: 25-29 degrees of  Capricorn, Libra, Aries or Cancer? If so, you will feel the effects of this first Quarter Moon more strongly than otherwise. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo or Cancer (the Sun rules Leo; the Moon rules Cancer).

Right after the first Quarter Moon becomes exact,we enter a 5-hour Moon void of course (VoC), this lasts until 9:38pm EDT. Right now, we are experiencing two quite different needs, pulling us in different directions. On the one hand, we have a need for inner and outer harmony. On the other hand, we have commitments and responsibilities and want to make an open-hearted connection to the people involved.

Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions when it comes to these energies. If at all possible, refrain from starting anything brand-new; plan your evening ahead of time or stick to routine things. If nothing else… simply go with the flow.

Tuesday at 9:38pm EDT, the Moon moves into freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquariuswhere it will journey until Thursday night/Friday very early morning. The energy of the Aquarian Moon relates to our instinct for improvement. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional; interactions more impersonal than personal. We are likely to have an increased fascination with the new and unusual. 

Social gatherings, anything connected with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas and methods, progress: all these are promoted during the time the Moon moves through Aquarius. Again: we have our eyes on the future -- or on outer space :-) Personal freedom becomes paramount. 

Wednesday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Tuesday evening for details). 

Wednesday is great for meetings, and for sharing our vision with others: We have something interesting to say, and our perspective on issues can be delightfully unusual and surprisingly insightful. This makes for some great conversations. Anything that promises progress and advancement has special appeal.  

Towards the evening, we may feel uneasy about something, perhaps even awkward. We need to bring some inner awareness to see what needs adjusting. Both our idealistic part (with its grand vision for life) and the practical, logical part need to be be heard.

Thursday: the Moon remains in freedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius all day (see Tuesday evening for details). 

Thursday late afternoon, a challenging Mercury/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 5:22pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday on; it will be strong until Saturday. We are experiencing this aspect for the second time in four weeks, due to the Mercury retrograde phase. This aspect creates some tension in our lives. We may feel anxious or stressed by one or more situations or interactions to do with one-on-one relationships. 

We are being invited to grow and make some changes in our lives, particularly in terms of our thinking processes. We are being asked tofind creative solutions and be completely honest with ourselves and others. The best way to achieve this is by the continual practice of self-care and self-nurturing. 

We have tremendous focus and drive right now, which can tip into obsession. With this aspect an all-or-nothing attitude is very likely. Choose love over fear whenever possible. Not many people enjoy being second-guessed all the time, yet that is something that we are inclined to do now. 

However, our determination to get to the bottom of any matter, to rip away falsehoods and expose true motives, can be used for good if we employ it in our work, for example, in regards to investigations or research. This is an opportunity to learn to harness our intense mental energy and apply it productively. We are also capable of very hard work, focus and effort now.

We have a great love of debate, but should be careful that we don't overpower others with our strong opinions, attempting to "convert" them to our frame of mind, or treat regular exchanges of opinion as battlegrounds. Connect to others, empowering them with what you feel passionate about. Choose your words carefully, from a deeply connected and empowered place. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 10-16 degrees of Libra, Capricorn, Aries or Cancer? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Scorpio (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Pluto rules Scorpio)

Thursday night/Friday very early morning at 12:22am EDT, we enter a brief Moon void of course (VoC), this lasts until 1:18am EDT. If you are awake at that time, take a break and socialize. As always during VoC, take it easy and avoid starting anything brand-new.

Friday at 1:18am EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Sunday very early morning. The energy of the Pisces Moon bears on the need for connection to our higher selves. It can be a wistful, sensitive and compassionate time; we are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns. 

Boundaries and walls come down; we feel energetically connected to everything around us. As best as you can, therefore, be kind to yourself and others -- surround yourself with loving energy. It's a time best used for spiritual or creative endeavors and for dissolving our fears and doubts. Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them ;-) 

Friday very early morning, a harmonious Venus/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 3:43am EDT. We started to feel this aspect build from Monday on; it will be strong until Monday of next week. This aspect brings a fruitful and rewarding period in our lives. We experience new depths of intimacy (with an existing or new partner), we learn to appreciate the important people in our lives, and our value system transforms and evolves. 

This is likely an excellent period for finances as well. Work we've done might pay off, and we are able to manage our finances better, with more attention to detail, planning and strategy -- as well as the elimination of anything that no longer serves us. We might renew a commitment, or bring new, deeper and more intimate energy into a relationship under the influence of this aspect. 

Our sexual lives might get a real boost now, as we tend to want to connect on a deeper level. We might find ourselves strongly attracted to someone, almost to the point of obsession.  If this aspect connects with any of your personal planets, you might just meet the "love of your life".  One thing for sure -- relationships experienced now are bound to be unforgettable. While this transit tends to signal new or strengthened relationships, any relationship that ends during this cycle may leave us feeling liberated. 

Those of us who have their Ascendent (or personal planets) in 10-16 degrees of Virgo, Capricorn or Taurus will be most blessed by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Scorpio (Venus being the ruler of Taurus and Libra, while Pluto is the ruler of Scorpio)

Friday early morning, a Mars/Chiron opposition becomes exact at 4:48am EDT. We started feeling this aspect build from Monday on; and it will be strong until Thursday of next week. We might feel rebellious when faced with other people's plans — but also unclear about our own direction. We may get triggered by others and feel defensive or touchy; resentments or frustrations can surface now. 

We may find ourselves caught between two forces: on the one hand, there’s what we know we need to get done; on the other,  there’s finding a way to be kind and compassionate with ourselves, in the event we need to take some time out to do some healing. This aspect calls us to find a balance between those two poles. Can you allow “really well”, rather than trying to force “perfect”?

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 15-21 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more affected by this opposition.This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries (Mars is the ruler of Aries)

Friday afternoon, at 1:47pm EDT the Sun changes signs from harmony-seeking Libra to passionate, all-or-nothing Scorpio, where it will journey until Nov. 22nd. The guiding principle of Scorpio is "I desire". With the Sun in Scorpio our consciousness is drawn towards depth, intimacy, and extremes of feeling.
 
Superficiality simply will not do for the next 30 days. We have the desire to get to the bottom of matters. We are more interested in that which is hidden, taboo, secret or suppressed. Scorpio's energy is passionate, strong-willed, and intense. Used in its highest vibration, it can be an immensely healing and transformative energy.
 
On a lower vibration, Scorpio can express jealousy, vindictiveness, and use manipulative tactics. Bring your awareness towards your feelings, fears and behaviors. As best as you can, embrace all your feelings, let go of your fears and strip yourself from behaviors that no longer serve you.
 
All this is especially true if you are a Leo or Scorpio Sun-sign or Rising-sign. As a Scorpio, you will feel a good dose of confidence and playfulness in the next four weeks; as a Leo, you are more aware of your own shadow parts…anything that you have suppressed or denied about yourself: integrate all those parts, as best as you can. 

Saturday: the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Friday early morning for details). 

The big news for today (Saturday) is that Mercury leaves its shadow phase at almost 16 degrees of Libra! We are ready to process (and share) brand-new information.As you may recall from earlier blog entries, if you want to buy, sell or ship big-ticket items, it's best to avoid the shadow periods before and after Mercury goes retrograde. 

This is especially true if the items you are thinking about getting are connected to transportation (cars, flight tickets, etc.) or communication (phone, computer, i-pad, etc.) The shadow phase having ended, feel free to buy, sell and book whatever your heart desires Feel free to also read my blog on the subject ;-)

Saturday very early morning, a somewhat challenging Mars/Uranus aspect becomes exact at 12:22am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday night on; it will be strong until Sunday night. We feel uneasy about something, almost awkward -- and we need to make a choice. An inner awareness needs to be developed in order to see what needs adjusting. 

We may want something different than the rest of society; this in itself is neutral. That said, frustrations could arise, because the way we express our unique desires goes against the expectations of others; in other words, our methods don't necessarily achieve our goals. Going for "quick wins" will require for us to start over -- as best as you can, hold to a course of action for a little longer than may be comfortable. 

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 17-19 degrees of Virgo or Aries? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Aries or Aquarius (Mars is the ruler of Aries; Pluto rules Scorpio).

Saturday at 7:18am EDT, we enter a 19-hour Moon void of course (VoC), this lasts until 2:22am EDT Sunday very early morning. Do your best to find a balance between intuitively "feeling into yourself" and the world around you, versus taking fact-based, practical actions. As always during VoC, take it easy and avoid starting anything brand-new; plan your day ahead of time if you can. If that's not possible, simply go with the flow ;-)

Sunday at 2:22am EDT, the Moon enters pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Tuesday very early morning. The energy of the Aries Moon bears on starting something new. Our gut impulses are strong; we feel energetic, spontaneous, enthusiastic and brave -- and perhaps impatient and impulsive. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity. 

Sunday afternoon, a Venus/Jupiter alignment in 15.5 degrees of Virgo becomes exact at 4:03pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on; it will be strong until Wednesday of next week. This connection brings a certain optimism to our social and personal relationships at this time, with the ability to be of service/ being useful to others.Humor and details are playing a big role in our interactions with others, as are devotion, aiming to help, and a charming willingness to talk things out. 

Financially speaking, things are "on the up" -- we may be able to plump up our pocketbooks, little by little. Best investment areas: design work, anything that focuses on the details, health-care, accounting businesses or apps.

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 12-19 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will feel this alignment quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Sagittarius (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra, so those folks will always be affected more strongly by Venus's movements and aspects)

Sunday evening, a Mercury/Uranus opposition becomes exact at 6:59pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on; it will be strong until Tuesday next week. We want to think outside the box. We want to change a life situation (or relationship) that is out of alignment with who we now want to be. Once again, we are being called to play a bigger game. Our minds may feel overwhelmed by what all this means, especially as it relates to our relationships. 

Stay calm, as best as you can: Sudden or rash decisions might backfire. 

Do your best to take it one moment at a time. It may be true that something does indeed need to change; however, we need to step back, see the bigger picture, not rush into anything. Keep taking actions, even if it seems that you are not making any progress: If you keep at it, you will be rewarded ;-)

Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in in 15-21 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn? If so, you will be more affected by this aspect. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Gemini, Virgo or Aquarius (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Uranus is the ruler of Aquarius).

A head's up for next Monday: the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Sunday morning for details). At 8:25am EDT, we enter a 17.5-hours Moon void of course (VoC) this lasts until 2:07am EDT Tuesday very early morning... more about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-) 

Have a fantastic week!  
Many blessings,
Sonja

PS: Feel free to go to my Facebook Fan page for my daily forecasts ;-) To apply my forecasts and videos to your own birth chart, watch my 30-minute class on: "How to Read Your Birth Chart"


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