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Last week for me was all about spiritual and emotional healing and growth. This quote from Viktor Frankl resonated with me: "The way in which a man accepts his fate and all the suffering it entails, the way in which he takes up his cross, gives him ample opportunity — even under the most difficult circumstances — to add a deeper meaning to his life."
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This week's headline items: the Full Moon in Aries becomes exact on Thursday afternoon; Pluto's energy remains exalted all week (its station phase ends on Oct. 10th). There will also be four Moon VoC phases: Monday late morning (for a little over 3 hours), Wednesday very early morning (a little over 13 hours), Friday evening (almost 1.5 hours), and Sunday late morning (12 hours).
Monday (Oct. 2nd): the Moon remains infreedom-loving, forward-thinking Aquarius until 10:26am EDT. With this Moon placement, we often feel emotionally detached; when we do connect to our feelings, it's typically from a cerebral, intellectual place. We need a cause or project that resonates -- preferably one where we can connect with like-minded people.
For the next couple of days, we'll tend to be more eccentric or experimental; future-related issues like politics or education call to us now, as do unusual or even esoteric subjects like Astrology, UFOs... indeed anything from outer space. Our scientific approach to things leans on originality and ingenuity; we definitely love being unconventional.
The increased value we place on personal and emotional independence could make us come off as indifferent or cold in one-on-one interactions. That said, we can still be friendly and kind, provided we aren't pushed into doing something conventional or unethical.
Monday at 7:13am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 3 hours until 10:26am EDT. Use this intuitive time to fulfill your need for future exploration -- and allow for others to contribute new perspectives.
As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Monday morning ahead of time ;-)
Monday at 10:26am EDT, the Moon moves into creative, sensitive Pisces, where it will journey until Wednesday late afternoon.This Moon placement often finds us more sensitive, intuitive, idealistic and imaginative than normal. We also have a greater capacity for compassion, sympathy and affection for all -- but especially for those who suffer or can be regarded as the underdog.
But... that very idealism could also be our downfall at this time: We tend to see the best in everyone and everything, and when reality doesn't match our idyllic vision, we might feel upset and even victimized by those harsh realities. A way out of this is to channel our idealism into spiritual or creative endeavors.
It's also a great time for releasing fears -- especially the ones based on a sense of separation -- and experiencing "oneness". Feelings tend to flow more freely; as best as you can, let them -- in fact, "going with the flow" is the best way to go for the next couple of days.
Tuesday (October 3rd): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces all day (see Monday late morning for details).
Tuesday mid-afternoon, a harmonious Venus/Pluto aspect becomes exact at 3:09pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Sunday on; it will remain strong until this Saturday. 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 is 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 14-20 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)
Wednesday (October 4th): the Moon remains in creative, sensitive Pisces until 4:40pm (see Monday late morning for details).
Wednesday at 3:19am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for a little over 13 hours until 4:40pm EDT. We are pulled in two quite different directions: On the one hand, we experience a desire for inner silence, emotional oneness, and the flow of creativity through us. On the other hand, we want to explore our belief structures and how they relate to the outside world.
We may therefore feel anxious or restless; as best as you can, slow down, acknowledge what is, know that all is well in each "now moment".
Use this intuitive time to make adjustments and find creative solutions when it comes to these energies. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Wednesday Day ahead of time ;-)
Wednesday at 4:40pm EDT, the Moon moves into pioneering, fast-paced Aries, where it will journey until Friday evening. Life is an adventure, we're more open to new ideas, and have great enthusiasm for new projects. Patience is certainly not our strong suit at this time, but we can decide quickly, and act immediately.
Our independence and dynamism are important to us right now, so we may find it hard to be disciplined or accept advice at this time; in general, our responses to others tend to be more assertive or even aggressive.
If you find your foot tapping, try hitting the gym, or finding other ways to burn off the body's excess energy. This Moon placement also starts the build-up towards the Full Moon (exact on Thursday afternoon). Click here to watch my Full Moon video
Wednesday late evening, a somewhat challenging Sun/Neptune aspect becomes exact at 11:09pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Tuesday night on; it will remain strong until Thursday night. This aspect feels "internal" -- inner unease and awkwardness -- and we need to make a choice. Given that it is an internal issue, we need to develop an inner awareness, if we’re to see what needs adjusting.
Our energy tends to be unrealistically directed -- and our sense of self may actually change as we learn that we have wrongly assessed important situations. Our self-trust could takes a hit at this time.
Due to our high ideals, we may take on more than we can physically handle -- if we start to feel drained or frustrated, it might be helpful to look at the overall direction we are taking. Do your best to rest and have quiet time alongside your interactions with others.
It is also worthwhile to look for how our ideas are being received by others: Can we involve them in creating/realizing our dreams? Perhaps we are not sure whether we want to keep dreaming our dream privately, or share it with others... As best as you can, slow down: where there is spaciousness, there is flow; where there is flow, there is effortless creation.
Do you have your Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-13 degrees of Libra or Pisces? 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 Leo or Pisces (the Sun rules of Leo; Neptune rules Pisces)
Also, tomorrow (Thursday all day) and Friday before 2pm EDT, is your last chance to sign up for Friday's FORECASTING FORUM. Please note we willaddress Jupiter's journey through Scorpio in relationship to our own birth charts. If you want to know how this is going to impact you personally, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video presentation.
If you would like to join live, please keep in mind that registration will close an hour before the live event begins, if you register after 2pm EDT on Friday you will receive the mp4-video presentation of the webinar.
Thursday (October 5th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Aries all day (see Wednesday late afternoon for details).
Thursday early afternoon, a Venus/Mars alignment in 19 degrees of Virgo becomes exact at 12:53pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from last Saturday (Sept 30th) on; it will remain strong until next week Tuesday (Oct 10th). This is a very passionate combination: action and receptivity, assertiveness and allowing. Please see the Full Moon entry for more on this aspect...
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 16-22 degrees of Virgo, Pisces, Gemini or Sagittarius? If so, you will be more affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Aries (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Mars is the ruler of Aries)
Thursday afternoon, at 2:40pm EDT the Moon opposes the Sun in almost 13 degrees of Aries. We started to feel this aspect when the Moon entered Aries on Wednesday afternoon. Generally, a Full Moon brings our attention to our "emotional body” increasing our awareness of what has been suppressed or ignored. Feel free to also watch my video on the subject
The Aries/Libra polarity directs that awareness to the roles we identify with in our various one-on-one relationships — and this Full Moon is thus a call to take action on those roles, perhaps even redefine them.
In particular, it brings the focus to "independence": Where do we need to be more assertive? More accommodating? Where have we been too independent? Too dependent? What roles or contracts need to be revisited?
This also involves the balance of feminine and masculine energies within ourselves, our relationships, and our world. Where in your life is one of these out of balance? What happens when there is too much masculine? Too much feminine?
Something else to bear in mind about this Full Moon: not only is the Sun in opposition to the Moon in Aries, it is also aligned with Mercury in Libra.
This is a call for exploration of loving, equal, mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships — and a good time to resolve conflicts, especially within our one-on-one relationships: What is calling to be resolved?
That said, the strongest message of this Full Moon is definitely that healthy relationship with our own inner feminine and masculine energies. What if you already knew how to experience this balance?
Mars (the ruler of Aries) and Venus (the ruler of Libra) are both currently in Virgo, closely aligned,squaring Saturn in Sagittarius, opposing Chiron in Pisces, andtrining Pluto in Capricorn.
So let's talk first about the Venus/Mars alignment in Virgo: this indicates a marriage of courage and collaboration, inviting us to allow the masculine (active/doing/asserting) and feminine (receiving/allowing/being) to work together and be of service to each other. We have a chance to express our needs, passions, and desires now in more effective ways and are more likely to get things done well.
Given that this combo is taking place in Virgo, we prefer to take a realistic approach to things, aiming all our passion and love toward excellence, and enjoying the details. We definitely also have a desire to help and serve others rights now.
Things to watch out for though: sweating the details, worrying, and being extra-critical of ourselves and others when something doesn’t get done "right".
The last time we experienced this alignment was back in Nov. 2015: Was there a new beginning back then, in regards to how your feminine and masculine energies operate and collaborate? What has shifted for you since then?
Mars and Venus square Saturn in Sagittarius; this combo invites us to stretch and grow.
We are learning to live life in moderation... and this might be frustrating at first, if we develop the sense that we don't have "enough" (experiences, knowledge, expertise, success, etc...) What’s more, Virgo’s perfectionism might also make it difficult to know when it might actually be “enough”.
Ask yourself: What if I was inherently already (and always) enough? Would that knowledge allow me to step off the merry-go-round?
How might it benefit me to slow down and take it one step at a time? What hasn't been said yet? How could I communicate that from a place of maturity and self-responsibility -- without being rigid?
Mars and Venus oppose Chiron in Pisces: We are asked to embrace the “power of love”, that comes from allowing ourselves to be human and accepting our limitations -- loving ourselves “because” of all that, rather than "despite" it.
Chiron is supporting us with healing and the integration of issues around the feminine/masculine balance that we all need to feel whole, that helps us to function better out there in the world. This is definitely a favorable time for practicing forgiveness, both towards others and toward ourselves; what if, in fact, there was nothing to forgive? What if everything were already forgiven?
We are invited to deeply appreciate the partnership with the Earth and all of life. Ask yourself: What am I able to feel when I tune into all of life around me? How can I bring a kind and loving approach to myself as I allow myself to experience human frailty?
Mars and Venus trinePluto in Capricorn. This allows for a flow between our actions and ability to be of service, and our collective Soul Purpose of building an empowered society that is emotionally connected to (even passionate about) achieving something great and lasting, that works for everyone.
This is a very practical combo that reminds us we are all born onto a living, breathing entity that is our home and that we must protect and nourish, if we want to continue being supported by its resources. What might being of service to my own body and the body of the planet I live on look like? How might this approach bring about a better future for generations to come?
Pluto in Capricorn, still exalted in the sky until Oct. 10th, squares the Full Moon and Mercury in Libra... This is also a "stretch aspect" -- it invites us to connect to ourselves from within, even though there is so much that pulls us into other directions.
Aries & Libra are both extroverted, social signs -- and Pluto in Capricorn asks us to feel fully empowered in the world. In order to do that, we need to first bring empowerment to our emotional body and get clear about what we need on that level, vs. what we want (i.e our desires.
Ask yourself: How might I be able to strengthen my connection to the wisdom of my body? To my inner roots? What activities might help me feel more grounded and safe in the world? How can I nurture myself to the point that I am at once connected to others and yet completely independent? What would it look like to stand in my power and grow and evolve with the support of others?
Pluto represents our deepest empowerment process -- it's where we face our worst fears, own our shadow (all that has been suppressed or denied), and align with our divine purpose. We may feel impatient (or even obsessive) right now about our career goals. Suppressed desires may surface and demand action.
What am I most scared about, when it comes to my accomplishments? Am I allowing myself to listen to the deepest calling of my Soul?
As best you can, choose words carefully, speaking from a deeply connected and empowered place. Choose love over fear whenever possible. Ask: could I nurture myself -- mentally, physically and emotionally — such that I feel safe and loved? Maybe like a healthy parent cradling a baby…?
Some more questions you can ask yourself: Could I let go of wanting to control another's experience? Could I allow myself to have productive discussions rather than controversy? What might complete honesty and transparency make possible? What does mutual empowerment look like to me?
There is also a Jupiter/Uranus opposition in Libra/Aries. This asks us to be brave -- willing to take risks, explore new alternatives, access our courage and think outside the box.
This also generates lots of core energy and enthusiasm, inspiring us to break free from conventional, outdated social structures, especially the roles we play. We might need more independence in our relationships. As best as you can, use this energy to initiate new, exciting relationships -- including the "relationship" with yourself.
What does "new and unexpected" look like to me? How could I generate change without discounting input from others? Could I allow myself to be with what I see, without acting impulsively or erratically to force change?
As Jupiter moves into the last degree of Libra, it's energy becomes more exalted; it is getting ready to leave this sign of balance, equality and justice. You could say it is about to have its last hurrah in "maybe this, maybe that?” Libra, before it moves into all-or-nothing Scorpio on Oct. 10th for a little over a year.
We will address Jupiter's journey through Scorpio in more detail in our next Forecasting Forum on Oct. 6th. Feel free to join us; I especially recommend it if you have Scorpio or Sagittarius as your Sun, Moon or Rising-sign. To register now, click here
To sum it all up for this Full Moon: We are in a critical phase of our spiritual growth process, in which we are asked to release all that is holding us back… This means dysfunctional and restrictive relationships, addictions and negative habits, thought patterns -- and possessions that take up too much of our time, effort and sense of inner abundance. As best as you can, see this an an opportunity; allow, rather than resist ;-)
And if nothing else, do your best to remember that we all signed up for this journey to become a spiritual, fully human adult that exists in an ever-expanding, multidimensional realm of physicality… not always an easy feat...
Take a deep breath and allow yourself to see the irony and paradox of "life". And, as best as you can, take responsibility for your thought forms, remain curious and nurture yourself, dig deeper to truly understand your own emotional needs, so you can connect to others and yourself from a place of strength and autonomy. For more details on this powerful Full Moon, click here and watch my video on the subject
This is especially true for those of us with personal planets or points in 10-15 degrees of Aries, Libra, Capricorn or Cancer (the personal planets are the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars; personal points are the Ascendent or MC).
Friday (October 6th): the Moon remains in pioneering, fast-paced Ariesuntil 7:56pm EDT (see Wednesday late afternoon for details).
Friday afternoon, a somewhat challenging Mercury/Neptune aspectbecomes exact at 1:44pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday night on; it will remain strong until Saturday. This could contribute either to some mental confusion and spaciness, or the need to communicate with others from our imagination (but possibly not knowing how to achieve that).
This aspect operates more on an internal level: We feel uneasy about something, sort of "awkward" -- and we need to make a choice. Sometimes, imagination and mind can run way ahead of what is actually feasible (and sensible). At these times, the grand vision is best served by focusing on the next concrete step, accepting our own idiosyncrasies as we go.
Honesty is crucial here, especially self-honesty; inner awareness is in turn crucial to deep honesty and authenticity. What's true for you? What might be possible for humanity? Where do those overlap?
Note that I say "overlap": Don't look for an exact fit, this is more like two puzzle pieces that came from different jigsaw puzzles. You might keep looking at the imperfect fit and feel a nagging sense that something doesn't make sense… and it doesn't -- it can't. The pieces are not from the same game. Just do your best to "hang out" with the discomfort, rather than repeatedly trying to figure it out and fix it.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 11-13 degrees of Libra or Pisces? 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 Pisces (Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo; Neptune rules Pisces)
Friday before 2pm EDT, is your very last chance to sign up for today's FORECASTING FORUM. Please note we willaddress Jupiter's journey through Scorpio in relationship to our own birth charts. If you want to know how this is going to impact you personally, join me live or sign up for the mp4-video presentation.
If you would like to join live, please keep in mind that registration will close an hour before the live event begins, if you register after 2pm EDT on Friday you will receive the mp4-video presentation of the webinar.
Friday at 6:38pm EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for almost 1.5 hours, until 7:56pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to balance asserting your unique spark with your desire to collaborate. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow.
Friday at 7:56pm EDT, the Moon moves into steady, peaceful Taurus, where it will be until Sunday late evening. We love all physical comforts, prefer consistency, and would rather stick with what we know works well. In other words: change is not our favorite thing and "rushing things" goes against our grain.
What is our favorite thing for the next two days? It's probably, slowing down and getting in touch with whatever delights our senses ;-)
Saturday (October 7th): the Moon remains in steady, peaceful Taurus all day (see Friday evening for details).
Saturdayafternoon, we have an opportunity to meet our need for material comfort with a gentler, more intuitive approach.
On Saturday evening, we are invited to make some internal adjustments: We may want to have some peace and quiet, while at the same time, feeling the need to connect with others. How might a balance mental and physical approach support us right now?
Sunday (October 8th): the Moon remains in steady, peacefulT aurus until 9:44pm EDT (see Friday evening for details).
Sunday morning, a challenging Venus/Saturn aspectbecomes exact at 8:54am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Thursday on; it will remain strong until next week Tuesday (Oct. 10th). It asks us to stretch and grow beyond how we've known ourselves in our relationships up to this point -- a process of maturing that requires we adjust and stay flexible.
On the one hand, we want to improve our relationships in a very practical way, thinking our way through things in detail. On the other hand, we feel a sharp need to explore “the larger truth” about ourselves and others — to determine what beliefs align with our own direct experience. Do your best to make space for both of these urges.
We tend to be more cautious when it comes to relationships and finances now -- and in fact, this is not the best time to start a brand-new romantic relationship. Financially though, this aspect can be eye-opening; if we can find creative ways to deal with money, we will grow from it. The key is to approach things with an open heart, clarity and maturity.
Rigidity or pushing doesn't usually get us what we want: Sometimes, it’s better to go one step at a time; that way, we can come back later with a stronger approach and more mature expectations.
Do you have your Ascendent, Career Point (or any personal planets) in 19-26 degrees of Virgo, Sagittarius, Gemini or Pisces? If so, you will feel this aspect quite strongly. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Taurus, Libra or Capricorn (Venus is the ruler of Taurus and Libra; Saturn is the ruler of Capricorn)
Sunday at 9:45am EDT, we enter a Moon void of course (VoC). that lasts for 12 hours, until 9:44pm EDT. Use this intuitive time to connect with others in earthly ways and support each other with practical issues. As always with a Moon VoC, as best as you can, don't start anything brand-new, stick to routine things, or simply go with the flow. You may also want to plan Sunday all day ahead of time ;-)
Sunday late afternoon, a Sun/Mercury alignmentin almost 16 degrees of Libra becomes exact at 4:54pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Wednesday on; it will remain strong until next week Thursday (Oct 12th). This aspect indicates a confident mind and an analytical approach to life. Intelligence and communication abilities are strong at this time; however, we may not listen as well as the other speaks -- we might be too busy thinking about what to say next.
Given that this alignment takes place in Libra, we may be particularly indecisive -- do your best to not get stuck out of a need for justice, fairness, or social harmony.
We want an active role in communications -- it's very hard for us to passively listen and absorb information right now. What we say or write now has impact, so as best as you can, choose your words wisely. If people hung on your every word, what would you say then? What would you hold back from saying?
Our opinions are strong and our thinking independent -- and we're proud of both -- our egos may therefore get bruised if we don't feel "heard". As best as you can, express yourself fully, knowing that others may have different opinion and that's ok.
Do you have your Ascendant, Career Point (or personal planets) in 13-19 degrees of Libra, Aries, Cancer or Capricorn? If so, you will be more affected by this alignment. This is also true for those of us who have our Ascendant or Sun-sign in Leo, Gemini or Virgo (the Sun rules Leo; Mercury is the ruler of Gemini and Virgo)
Sunday at 9:44pm EDT, the Moon moves into chatty, versatile Gemini, where it will journey until this Tuesday late evening. For the next two days, we like to learn, connect and interact as much as possible. "Busy" feels good: connecting online, on the phone, or sharing face-to-face, preferably multi-tasking all the way... The one thing we can do without is boredom: If our mind is not engaged in some way, we might as well curl up and play dead :-)
A head's up for next Monday (Oct. 9th): The Moon remains in chatty, versatile Geminiall day (see Sunday evening for details). Monday morning, a challenging Mercury/Pluto aspectbecomes exact at 8:26am EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Saturday on; it will remain strong until next week Wednesday.Monday evening, a challenging Sun/Pluto aspectbecomes exact at 8:12pm EDT. We started to feel this aspect from Friday on; it will remain strong until next week Thursday.More about all the details in next week’s forecast ;-)
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