Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 23, 2014 Sun and New Moon in Scorpio With a Solar Eclipse - “Insight, Passion and Respect in the Morning”

Scorpio is an edgy sign.  It’s known for dark, brooding passion
"OSHO Zen Tarot,"© by Deva Padma
shows us the fiery flowering that is
Scorpio's power to tranform
and a laser sharp intensity that never suffers fools gladly, or otherwise.  Intentionally injure a Scorpio and you will live to regret it, no matter how long it takes them to construct their revenge. They live life with little, or no middle ground.  The sign of the scorpion teaches us the power wielded by coupling keen intuition with a tremendous ability to focus.  On October 23rd, our Sun moves into Scorpio, creating a New Moon while going conjunct with Venus. Did I mention the solar eclipse? That’s right.  During all the emotional rip tides caused by these power players in the house of Scorpio, we’ll also be dealing with a solar eclipse that in effect, pours gasoline on this combustable cosmic alignment.  

The vibrations, or patterns of a solar eclipse remain with us for six months. They show themselves as newly discovered personal issues, insights and motivations. That’s why it’s extremely important that you pay attention to the themes and patterns emerging in your life during the next few days. They’ll be with you for a while, along with the consequences of your responses to them. This New Moon and solar eclipse combo will be most keenly felt by those born under the sign, Scorpio, those who have the moon, or other planets prominently in Scorpio and people born in the other water signs (Cancer and Pisces). Also those born underTaurus will feel the pull of this configuration because of Taurus’ oppositional place against all the scorpion action.  Now that we understand the dynamics, let’s look at the energetic fallout.

Scorpio’s exoskeleton protects a tender underbelly where
The 8 of Wands reminds us
to pay attention to messages and
also to pick our moment. From
Lo Scarebo's "Tarot of the Pagan Cats"©
they store their emotional vulnerability. They use those legendary claws of theirs to dig deeply into the meat of issues until they find the answers they seek. While scorpions keep their revelations private because of their secretive nature, they don’t shy away from confronting what they discover.  Expect to have more need for privacy for a  while. The next six months will be a good time work on addictive behaviors, particularly those dealing with sex, money and power struggles. Eclipses break old patterns. They are the harbingers of endings, but most importantly, of new beginnings as well. 

Scorpios may have one of the baddest reps in the Zodiac, by there is more than one side to them. Granted, all of their sides are very passionate.  Scorpions are highly spiritual beings. Of all the signs in the Zodiac, they are most willing to let the hidden come to light. They are very creative and intuitive and they possess the ability to narrow their focus into a scorching beam of light and wisdom.  They love deeply and are loyal to a fault. We can borrow these attributes during the next six months and use them to refine and achieve our own goals. 

"Inner Voice" represents The High Priestess,
tarot's card for the moon. From "OSHO Zen Tarot"©
by Deva Padma
This New Moon with an eclipse combo offers us all the chance to start anew – projects, jobs, life re-invention – you name it.  However, this is strong, primal energy we’re tapping into.  It takes courage to steer a ship into heavy weather, but we must remember that our vessel was designed for this purpose. This human shell that we all wear, came with the resources we needed to survive this journey.  Use your instincts when pulling Scorpio’s energy, but follow a few safeguards as well.  Stay grounded through meditation and time alone.  It’s up to you to provide those opportunities for yourself, no one else’s.  As with the energy of our last Full Moon, think things through three times and only speak once.  Remember that when you expose wounds to the light, the idea is to let them heal, not remember old grievances that hold you hostage to your own fear and pain. Let them go. Lastly, this is a time of great transformation. Use it boldly and with love.  Besides, the view from a crest of a wave is spectacular.  



Tuesday, October 7, 2014

October 8, 2014, Full Moon in Aries – “Throttle Wide Open”

On October 8th at 3:51 a.m. PDT, our Full Moon in 15
Here's a look at the players in this month
Full Moon cycle
degrees of Aries arrives opposite Sun in Libra.  October’s Full Moon is commonly called the Hunter’s Moon and this year we’ll experience a more supped up version because of additional factors. This full moon also brings us a full lunar eclipse featuring that much hyped, notorious portent of doom, “Blood on the Moon.” (See blog: "Here's Blood In Your Eye"  ).  Adding to this already super charged mix is a giant kite in the sky called a Grand Fire Trine. Did I say, ‘super charged?’ Add words like erratic and unstable as well, my friends, because the Moon will also be conjunct with Uranus.

This full Moon in Aries is a moon of extremes, or polar opposites.  Think about what causes the visual effect of a full moon.  The Sun is actually in opposition to the Moon.  Herein lies the difficulty.  Aries is the first sign in the zodiac. It rules the first house where we store our concept of self, our personality and our childhood associates.  Aries is an assertive sign that doesn’t mince words or wait to take action.  It is mostly concerned with its own goals and needs – not your basic team player.  

Libra on the other hand, where our sun currently resides, lives in the seventh house and is concerned with relationships.  Libra seeks to balance through negotiation and compromise while Aries says, “Get out of my way, this is about me.” Here we find the classic struggle to establish a balance point between self-interest and concern for others. Even the most enlightened of us is likely to have moments during the next two weeks where we ask ourselves, “Did I really just say that?”  Conversely, the most intrepid and independent souls can suddenly take up a career as a doormat. Balance people, balance.

The fiery configuration in the sky pouring metaphorical gasoline on this already volatile mix is the Grand Fire Trine between Uranus in Aries, Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius. Trines are a harmonious aspect of 120 degrees between planets. However, this trine also continues themes regarding self-interest and broad, sweeping actions.  Uranus in Aries conjunct Moon in Aries suggests that if in our haste we’ve already tossed the baby out with the bath water, we might as well continue and throw out the tub as well.  Who cares where it lands. Here’s where we need to focus on Libra’s gifts.  Venus is at her most gracious now.  She rules Libra where she’s currently in residence, gifting us with a sense of harmony and grace. Concentrate on that image of charm and beauty. 

While the power from our full moon lunar eclipse highlights
Venus' card reminds us to use our creativity
and add grace and beauty of well. From
Kris Waldherr's "Goddess Tarot"©
the conflict between self and others, it also releases an extra burst of intuition and creativity as well.  This is a good time to release blocks that have kept you from completing, or even progressing on creative projects.  Spend extra time centering yourself and above all, think before you speak.  Mercury is in retrograde in Scorpio and communications are not only slightly off kilter, but more acerbic as well.  Think three times before speaking.  Don’t react, respond.

This is an emotional Full Moon, no doubt about it.  It is extremely easy for things to be said and actions to be taken during the next couple of weeks that will have far reaching consequences.  October’s Full Moon in Aries is not a moon for complacency, nor is it a moon for arrogance.  It’s easy to get glib when we talk about utilizing the energy from astrological configurations to assist us in accomplishing our goals.  It’s a happy, bouncy message, but we should always be respectful of the forces at work around us.   Stay balanced, stay reverent during this Full Moon cycle.

The Moon's card, The High Priestess as depicted
in Waldherr's "Goddess Tarot"©
The Full Moon lunar eclipse begins at 1:17 a.m. PDT with the main event beginning at 3:27 and reaching totality at 4:22 a.m.  The eclipse completes at 6:32 a.m.  If you live on the west coast of the United States, or in the Pacific, it will be quiet a show. I posted a couple of links following this blog about the transits involved in the Grand Fire Trine.  If you have any questions, please email me at ladyoracle56@yahoo.com


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Friday, October 3, 2014

Mercury in Retrograde, October 4, 2014 - October 24, 2014 – “A Solo Act, But No Headliner”

The Shaman, or Magician is Mercury's
card. This depiction from "The Wildwood
Tarot"© by Mark Ryan, John Matthews
and Will Worthington
Mercury in Scorpio had mind like a scalpel.  It makes clean incisions to expose hidden thoughts and agendas.  A Mercury/Scorpio mind loves to investigate the inner workings of a process, human, or bureaucratic. It’s a mindset with a notoriously short fuse, but is balanced by brilliant insights that are capable of transforming any situation according to intention.  The people most strongly influenced by this transit are people born under the signs of Scorpio, Gemini, or Virgo (the last two planets are ruled by Mercury), and those who have Mercury in Scorpio predominantly in their birth chart. (See Blog: “Mercury Retrograde, Tarot and You," for tips on dealing with the great mangler of communications and timetables)

I told you all that to tell you this: Mercury Retrograde begins on October 4th in the sign of Scorpio.  Luckily, this Mercury Retrograde doesn’t remain in testy Scorpio, but slip-slides back to Libra on October 10th.  We get to breath a sigh of semi-relief then because Libra is a much less volatile position for Mercury and we already have more than enough combustable energy to go around this month.  Mercury in Libra is a balanced mind that analyzes all sides of an issue as it continually looks for the perfect solution.  Nothing is ever perfectly balanced, but that doesn’t keep Mercury in Libra from trying.  If we follow Mercury Retrograde’s sacred rules, (re-visit, re-analyze, re-work) rules that are second nature to Mercury in Libra, we will have a relatively unobstructed path this month. Of course, we still have to traverse the rest of October’s volcanic terrain, don’t we?

October 8th we also have the Moon conjunct Uranus in fifteen
Fiery Aires rules Uranus and stirs
up the energy between the Moon and
Uranus on the 8th. Depiction from
"The Wildwood Tarot"©
degrees of Aires. This is part of the ongoing September/October Grand Fire Trine between Uranus in Aires, Jupiter in Leo and Mars in Sagittarius.  This is a massive amount of fire, or wand energy to handle.  It’s also a highly creative and industrious energy as well, and should nicely counter-balance much of MR’s impact.  However, remember to channel that fiery trine power, or risk being caught by an energetic ‘sneaker wave.’  

October is month for the intrepid, astrologically speaking.  What we seek, we are bound to find, good or bad, but never indifferent.  This weekend I’ll be looking at FullMoon in Aires, coupled with trine forces and garnished with – wouldn’t you just know it – a full lunar eclipse.  Plot your course, dust off your surf boards and prepare to shoot the energetic curl for this one, folks!


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