In the Stars October 15-22, 2023 . . . Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week: Solar Eclipse
First, I send heartfelt prayers and light to those in Israel and Palestine embroiled in deadly conflict.
The Solar Eclipse occurs Saturday, October 14, at 10:54 a.m. PDT. This is followed by the Lunar Eclipse October 28. Astrologer Tadd Mann wrote about the eclipse in his October 13th newsletter:
“The eclipse season, as it is called, begins with the Annual Solar Eclipse in Libra on Saturday, October 14 . . . and the luminaries are bracketed by Mercury and Mars at the conscious top of the chart, showing planned aggression, difficult communications, secretive, and underhanded actions afoot. As Uranus is inconjunct the block of planets and luminaries, it shows sudden, apparently unprovoked complex actions occurring, as well, and individualistic shifts of alliances, which might well be confusing and dangerous. As Venus, which rules both Libra and Taurus, also governs values and financial dealings, so it might well be that such issues underlie the radical changes of events. On a personal level it can be tension in relationships and changes needed to restore balance.” (www.atmann.net)
The week ahead continues to be tense and volatile. The Sun and Mercury are close and will conjoin exactly square to Pluto. Then the Sun and Mercury move closer to Mars. The North Node will conjunct Eris. These planetary alignments are highly charged. Keep things simple, and refrain from risks and arguments. The Sun shines in Libra for one more week tropically, moving toward its deep autumn expression. Libra, ruled by Venus, is characterized by art, beauty, and relationship. Over the past week I’ve participated in the Sonoma Art Walk, a library art reception, and the Sonoma Art Trails, all expressions of the symbolism of Libra. Over the next week consider how you can draw more beauty into your life. We need to keep our spirits uplifted as much as possible at this dark, demanding, explosive time.
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The Solar Eclipse is the crowning alignment of Saturday, October 14 at 21: 07 Libra, occurring at 10:54 a.m. PDT. The Sun, Moon, and South Node square Pluto and oppose Chiron, Eris, and the North Node. This is a turbulent pattern of energy. The eclipse could be experienced as a block that must be addressed, or it could be a power surge that propels you into new territory. The New Moon is a time for seeding something new; this one is prime for setting intentions for relationships.
Sunday, October 15, is anchored by a Moon/Mars conjunction that is trine Saturn, inviting responsible, measured action. This aspect enables us to move forward dynamically with our duties. We are infused with drive and ambition.
Feelings run deep on Monday. The Scorpio Moon opposes Jupiter and conjuncts Ceres. We feel expansive, and appreciate our connection to loved ones. Later in the day the Moon opposes Uranus, encouraging independence and free-thinking.
A Moon-Neptune trine early in the morning Tuesday, October 17 garners dreams and inspiration for the day, and ushers in a void Moon period from 8:43 a.m.-12:36 p.m. PDT. During this time it is best to handle routine, insignificant matters and avoid meetings or more consequential activities requiring decisions. Our judgment tends to be cloudy during void Moon periods. At 12:36 p.m. PDT the Moon bounces into Sagittarius, but an immediate square to Saturn will color the afternoon with caution and duty. Enjoy a social evening.
Wednesday, October 18, is a testy day for relationships. The Sun, Mercury, and the South Node are conjunct, and opposite an Eris/North Node conjunction. We are prone to quarrels and discord. The Sagittarius Moon squares Venus, triggering self-doubt and insecurities in matters of love, and it also engenders feeling of loyalty. With the Moon in Sagittarius, we remain buoyant and optimistic.
Thursday, October 19, the Sagittarius Moon squares Neptune, slowing us down to enjoy the beauty of the day. The Moon is void of course again from 12:01-6:54 p.m. PDT during which time it may be difficult to make decisions and find a sense of direction. Take a walk, meet a friend for a visit, or take time out to read a book. At 6:54 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into Capricorn, and then it’s time to plan the next two days to maximize work to be done.
Friday, October 20, boasts a Grand Earth Trine with the Moon in Capricorn, Venus in Virgo, and Jupiter in Taurus. This marvelous alignment of benefic planets supports a strong and pleasant work day. Mercury squares Pluto, enabling us to reveal the truth and get to the truth of matters.
Saturday, October 21, is a day of mixed planetary energies. There is a great deal of pressure for accomplishment due to a Sun-Pluto square. A Moon-Eris square heightens emotional tension. The best thing to do with these intense energies is to lean in and work hard, but not to push a personal agenda when in the midst of conflict. A Moon-Mercury square may result in tense, unsettled thinking. On the other hand, a lovely Venus-Jupiter trine can ameliorate the difficult energies of the day with optimism and blessings.
Sunday is another day of mixed energies. The day of rest is anchored by a Moon-Saturn trine, supporting attention to duty and responsibility. Use the aspect to plan the day and the week ahead. On the challenging side, the Aquarius Moon squares both Mars and Jupiter which may provoke a feeling of overwhelm and frustration. However, the Aquarius Moon is cool and detached and will navigate the day with diversions and discoveries.
The Sun ingresses into Scorpio on Monday, October 23rd, inviting us to take some private time for ourselves for the next month. The Sun is trine Saturn, anchoring the day for productivity. A Moon-Uranus square, however, can be de-stabilizing, and can throw some disruptions and surprises into the day.
The Week in Short:
Saturday: Solar Eclipse! Potent alignment that highlights relationship issues. Set goals for the month ahead.
Sunday: Drive and ambition abound. Make bold steps with responsibilities.
Monday: Make deep connections with loved ones, and at the same time honor your independence and free thinking.
Tuesday: Moon VoC 8:43 a.m.-12:36 p.m. PDT during which stick to routine, insignificant tasks. Tend to practical matters after 12:36 p.m. PDT. Enjoy a social evening.
Wednesday: Testy day for relationships. Though insecurities may emerge, we remain buoyant and optimistic.
Thursday: Slow down and enjoy the beauty of the day. Moon VoC 12:01 p.m.-6:54 p.m. PDT. In the evening, plan the days ahead.
Friday: Pleasant, industrious work day. Truths can be revealed or discovered.
Saturday: Work hard, and manage the tension of the day with confidence and optimism.
Sunday: Attend to responsibilities. Address frustrations with diversions and different ways of thinking and doing.
Monday: Sun moves into Scorpio. Day for practical accomplishments, though there may be changes in your plans.
Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Virgo (October 8-November 7)
1. Make your life shipshape. 2. Organize your work space. 3. Deep clean your home. 4. Engage in a self-improvement course. 5. File loose papers. 6. Do a 3-day cleanse. 7. Eat a pure diet during this time. 8. Amplify your health regime. 9. Clean up your email. 10. Attend to the details in your job that call for attention.
Moon Void-of-Course: This is the time when the Moon makes its last major angular aspect with a planet before it moves into the next zodiacal sign tropically. This void time, when the Moon is not aspecting a planet, but rather floating on its own, is a time when things don’t come together and it is difficult to make good decisions. Purchases made during void Moons often turn out to be unsatisfactory and not work out. Appointments often don’t come together, and meetings don’t result in progress or sound, lasting decisions. We more easily get lost or meander in trying to get somewhere. The VoC Moon times for the next month are listed below so that you can plan meetings, decisions, and purchases at times when the Moon is not VoC; and use the void times for gardening, reading, and routine task work. Void-of-Course Moon times for the month ahead (one lunar cycle): Pacific Standard Time:
October 15: 12:00 a.m. -4:03 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
October 17: 8:43 a.m.-12:36 p.m. (Moon into Sagittarius)
October 19: 12:01 p.m.-6:54 p.m. (Moon into Capricorn)
October 21: 11:00 p.m.-11:05 p.m. (Moon into Aquarius)
October 23 at 12:04 p.m. through October 24 at 1:32 a.m. (Moon into Pisces)
October 25 at 11:38 p.m. through October 26 at 3:01 a.m. (Moon into Aries)
October 28: 1:19 a.m.-4:43 a.m. (Moon into Taurus)
October 30: 4:35 a.m.-8:07 a.m. (Moon into Gemini)
November 1: 5:36 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (Moon into Cancer)
November 3 at 8:27 p.m. through November 4 at 12:20 a.m. (Moon into Leo)
November 5 at 11:25 p.m. through November 6 at 11:38 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
November 8 at 8:54 p.m. through November 9 at 12:07 a.m. (Moon into Libra)
November 11: 7:05 a.m.-10:38 a.m. (Moon into Scorpio)
GMT (Greenwich Mean Time):
October 15: 7:00-11:03 (Moon into Scorpio)
October 17: 15:43-19:36 (Moon into Sagittarius)
October 19: 19:01-13:54 (Moon into Capricorn)
October 22: 6:00-6:05 (Moon into Aquarius)
October 23 at 19:04 through October 24 at 8:32 (Moon into Pisces)
October 26: 6:38-10:01 (Moon into Aries)
October 28: 8:19-11:43 (Moon into Taurus)
October 30: 11:35-15:07 (Moon into Gemini)
November 1: 12:36-21:30 (Moon into Cancer)
November 3:27-7:20 (Moon into Leo)
November 6: 7:25-19:38 (Moon into Virgo)
November 9: 4:54-8:07 (Moon into Libra)
November 11: 15:05 a.m.-18:38 (Moon into Scorpio)
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