We are in the season of change. The eclipses in September worked upon us in many varied ways – opening new doors, closing others, bringing about surprises, births, deaths, unions and separations.
Many of us have been pushed outside the box of our comfort zone. Many of us are exhausted and just looking for some peace and quiet from all this noise, all this insanity, all these layers of challenging issues that we face as individuals and as a global community.
In October, the flavor of Fall is all around us; the daylight fading a little sooner, the air getting chillier, the wind blowing leaves and blowing our thoughts toward coffee shops and scarves and comfort food and warmth.
This year, we have the added anticipation of November’s U.S. presidential election. Tensions are high, egos are ignited, nerves are shot and patience is thin. We are faced with one of the most absurd political campaigns in history, and the voices calling for change are murmuring louder and louder, like a deep underground river that is rising and rising, preparing to dismantle every system of injustice.
This month’s Full Moon is exact on Saturday, October 15th, at 9:23 pm PDT. La Luna reveals her fullness to us in the sign of Aries, the Ram. The Sun in Libra is highlighting the area in our lives that really strives for balance and harmony, as well as beauty and connection. Jupiter began his year-long journey in Libra on September 9th, and he is EXPANDING and supporting and enhancing that area of our lives because that is the generous nature of Jupiter.
Aries is Libra’s opposite, and he brings the attention back to the “self” and to accomplishment. Aries is driven, masculine and a total powerhouse. He is ruled by Mars, whereas Libra is ruled by Venus. Aries is the pioneer, the leader, the fire-starter. Libra seeks relationship, refinement and romance. As Cardinal signs, Libra and Aries are both generators, initiators, trend-setters and very ambitious.
Uranus (retrograde in Aries and conjunct the Full Moon) gives an added dimension of rebellion and wildness to this month’s astrology. Uranus represents liberation, equality, and the higher mind. Uranus has no problem using the power of destruction to “level the playing field.” If it isn’t working well for the good of all, let’s break it apart and build it over again in a new way! This is the mindset of Uranus.
Uranus remains retrograde in Aries until December 29th of this year, which is also the New Moon. This feels like a very special introduction to 2017!
When the planet of transcendence and higher mind turns direct at 20° Aries, we might experience some closure or some continuing of things that were happening back in April of this year, when Uranus was last transiting through 20-21° Aries. Pay attention to this part of your chart; which house does Aries rule for you, and do you have planets or significant aspects around 20° Aries? You might be experiencing some monumental shifts in personal areas of your life, and we are bound to see this reflected in the larger landscape of global relations and leadership.
Aside from this Saturday’s Full Moon, we can look forward to Venus, the planet of beauty and pleasure, moving into Sagittarius for almost a month of frolicky fun! Venus enters the sign of the Archer at 12:01 am PDT, this Tuesday October 18th. This is a lovely combination, as Jupiter is the ruler of adventurous Sag, and no one makes Venus shine brighter than the benevolent Jupiter. The energies of Jupiter and Venus are quite harmonious and bestow good fortune. Jupiter spending a year in Libra, who is ruled by Venus, is another, longer-term formation of the angelic Venus-Jupiter connection.
May the blessing of this Full Moon bestow you with the courage and the fortitude needed during times of change! May you hold your loved ones close, and may you also hold your sweet self with compassion for this human journey. May you allow your own consciousness to be the change so needed in the world.
Blessings and Light!