In the Stars October 9-16, 2022 ...Shining Light on the Astrology of the Week: Full Moon
Pluto has just turned direct in motion on Saturday, October 8 after having been retrograde since April. The Full Moon occurs on Sunday, October 9. Saturn and Uranus are now within a 1-degree square of each other, and this tight aspect continues through November 10. This last square (before these planets again square each other 45 years from now) pushes revolutionary change.
Mars is in Gemini for an extended period in which we will be more open to new ideas and perspectives, and we may speak more freely. Increase our appetites for inquiry. Read, converse, write, listen, and learn.
Eclipse season is just around the corner with a Partial Solar Eclipse occurring October 25th at 2 degrees of Scorpio, and a Total Lunar Eclipse on November 8th at 16 degrees of Taurus.
My colleague Georgia Stathis wrote in an email Starccycles note yesterday about the “locked in” planetary energies and their revolutionary effects:
“This season’s political unrest is magnified because while Pluto is going direct, we also have a locked in square between Saturn and Uranus for about 10 days. The combination of these two events expresses itself in anxiety and unrest and uncertainty filled with sudden surprises and news, often unthinkable but true.
Over the course of the next few weeks, a locked in fixed square (90˚) between transiting Saturn at 18˚ Aquarius and Uranus (much slower) at 18˚ Taurus creates a global pressure cooker of events that can only be relieved if something is done to release some steam. Transiting planets don’t usually lock in like this like we are seeing between Saturn and Uranus. Saturn is slower and it is fighting hard to maintain the old rules, old status quo, and fixed ways of doing things, but Uranus’ pressure keeps pushing it to change-to let go, at least a little. This rare combination of planetary influences creates enormous amounts of rebellions and volatility in politics, weather, stock markets, and global conditions. If you’ve been watching the news – you see it.
Saturn represents structure, something needed to function in the world and much like the god, Saturn (Cronos) who ate his children because he was unwilling to hand the baton to his children, he began to self-implode until he released them while fighting with Jupiter (the planet of hope and possibility thinking). And in an uneasy comparison to this myth, inflexible and unbending formats of government and business, are also imploding as Uranus pushes and pushes for change. When Saturn refuses to change nothing, life forms crumble. In a hard aspect to slower moving Uranus (which has precedence), foundations corrode, systems crumble and chaos ensues, forcing change but not without a fight.
Uranus is the cosmic creator and only when stymied, creates extreme eruptions. If old forms (Saturn) are willing to bend even a little, then Uranus is wonderful presenting magical opportunities with unforeseen innovation and change that works for everyone. When old orders refuse even a scintilla of change, Uranus pushes. This the stuff of revolution- both with internal, psychological changes and/or seen on the global stage.”
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October’s Full Moon occurs on Sunday, at 1:54 p.m. PDT at 16:32 degrees of Libra tropically, focusing on relationship concerns. Venus and Chiron connect with this Full Moon, amplifying feelings. A benefic Moon-Saturn sextile anchors us in the changes needed to address the issues.
There is a long void Moon period on Monday morning from 7:01 a.m. to 2:03 p.m. PDT. During this time it is difficult to decide how to proceed and make decisions, so stick with routine, insignificant tasks. Tensions run high due to a Moon-Pluto square and a Venus-Chiron opposition. At 2:03 p.m. PDT the Moon moves into its exaltation in Taurus and the energy will begin to settle. Mercury moves into Libra, encouraging communication in partnerships for the next three weeks.
Tuesday is an active day with Sun and Venus conjunct, forming a benefic trine with Saturn. This combination should give form and grounding for the day. At the same time, Uranus is square Saturn, and the Moon conjuncts Uranus later in the evening, perhaps resulting in destabilizing energy and unpredictability. Mars squares Neptune, softening our drive and making us less ambitious. There are numerous mixed energies in the day, yet the Moon’s movement through Taurus, draws us toward the sensual pleasures of life.
Mid-week Wednesday is soft and easy with the comfortable, stable Taurus Moon making a benefic sextile to Neptune. As the day moves on we feel empowered toward accomplishment. The Moon is void of course from 2:41 p.m. until 10:07 p.m. PDT during which time it is best to stick to routine, insignificant activities.
Thursday is framed for conversation and connection in light of a chatty Gemini Moon that trines Mercury. A Venus-Saturn trine gives patience and discipline for work, and can help strengthen relationships and address monetary issues.
Friday is a high-energy, social day. The Gemini Moon makes a grand trine with Venus and Saturn. We want to be engaged in community matters and conversation. The Moon also trines the Sun later in the day, and whips up the activity when it makes a conjunction with Mars in the evening. A Moon-Neptune square might make decisions more difficult; let your intuition guide you and then enjoy a fine evening gathering with friends.
After a lively, fun Friday evening, we may want to sleep in on Saturday morning. We welcome the Cancer Moon at 9:11 a.m. PDT. Due to the Moon’s square to Jupiter, we may feel enthusiastic, yet overextended. Domestic affairs are highlighted. Cook a pot of soup and savor the good smell as you work on your home and garden.
Continue to focus on home and family on Sunday. A Moon-Uranus sextile Sunday evening lifts the mood and brings distractions and surprises.
Monday is an powerful, active day. The Sun trines Mars, giving confidence and encouraging us to take risks and make traction. The Moon makes discordant alignments with the Sun and Pluto, provoking challenge and urging hard work. Jupiter trines the Moon, giving exuberance and optimism that will help shake off any troubles.
The Week in Short:
Sunday: Full Moon shines light on relationship issues. Focus on changes needed to improve interactions.
Monday: Moon VoC 7:01 a.m.-2:03 p.m. PDT during which time focus on routine tasks. Tensions run high early in the day. Energy settles later, and the evening is sensual.
Tuesday: Active day that can be productive, as well as challenging and upsetting. We are drawn toward the sensual pleasures of life.
Wednesday: Soft start to the day, though much can be accomplished. Moon VoC 2:41 p.m.-10:07 p.m. PDT during which stick to routine tasks.
Thursday: Conversation and connection reign. Work is supported with discipline and engagement.
Friday: High-energy, engaging social day and evening.
Saturday: Enthusiasm may lead to over-reaching, though a lot can be achieved. Focus on home and garden chores.
Sunday: Direct your attention to home and family and expect diversions and surprises.
Monday: Active, powerful day demanding hard work. Confidence and optimism run high.
Ten Things to Do with the Venus in Libra (September 28-October 23, 2022)
1. Make a special date night with your beloved on Fridays, Venus' Day.
Visit an art gallery.
Work out interpersonal conflicts; Venus gives balance and consideration to do it.
Let your good manners shine.
Dress well and be beautiful.
Make your home a sparkling, peaceful, inspiring place to be.
Host a gathering with close friends; set a pleasing table and share your social graces.
Surround yourself with beauty.
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 10: 7:01 a.m. – 2:03 p.m. (Moon into Taurus)
October 12: 2:41 p.m. -10:07 p.m. (Moon into Gemini)
October 14 at 9:10 p.m. through October 15 at 9:10 a.m. (Moon into Cancer)
October 17: 1:56 p.m. – 9:44 p.m. (Moon into Leo)
October 20: 3:35 p.m. – 9:25 a.m. (Moon into Virgo)
October 22: 11:17 a.m. – 6:24 p.m. (Moon into Libra)