Sunday, October 14, 2012

Planetary Energies for October 15 to 21, 2012

Astrology Journal
By Pam Younghans
Photo: Spectacular auroras on October 10 over Kvaløya, Tromsø, Norway (photo by Marianne Bergli)

WE START THE NEW WEEK with a New Moon that encourages us to take new risks and also to take a leap of faith. The Sabian symbol for the 23rd degree of Libra, where the Sun and Moon are located for the lunation, provides a visual image we can carry with us for inspiration throughout the coming lunar cycle:
"The chanticleer's voice heralds sunrise: A creative and joyous response to life processes."
Here is additional interpretation of that image, adapted from Dane Rudhyar's An Astrological Mandala:
"The cock that crows as the first coloring of dawn appears at the eastern horizon is a beautiful symbol of the ability, demonstrated by all pioneers and cosmically attuned individuals, to give voice to what is as yet unmanifested, but is on the way to manifestation. What is at stake here is the individual's capacity of response to life's renewals -- renewals which are cyclic, predictable, yet always new, always creative."

THE THEME OF RENEWAL is echoed by the invigorating Uranus-Mars trine that is also exact on Monday. The energy of this trine aspect will be a part of the next four weeks, as the Moon waxes, becomes full on October 29, and then wanes.

Uranus encourages us to break free from old definitions of self and purpose, while Mars represents our ability to take action in pursuit of our desires. As these two planets work together, we will have their support in making choices that until now have been beyond our comfort zone.

THE CAUTION with any New Moon is to remember that since we are just at the beginning of the lunar cycle on Monday, the Moon is at its darkest and may not reveal all that we will need to know before taking action. It may be a good idea to temper the Uranus-Mars enthusiasm with some patience, and allow a day or two for the Moon to shed a bit more light on the trail before we fully commit to a course of action.

The good news in this regard is that this New Moon is in Libra, easily one of the most conservative signs when it comes to making decisions. Libra, represented by the Scales of Balance, is able to see both sides of any issue, and so can delay action at any choice point, based on perceiving the positives and negatives of both options.

This can be problematic, of course, if taken to an extreme (as any Libra who has problems making decisions can tell you!). But given the proactive and sometimes rash nature of the Uranus-Mars trine, Libra's usual careful weighing of all options may be very helpful this week as a balancing influence.

SATURN AND JUPITER add their influence to this lunar cycle, through a sesquisquare aspect between the two planets, also exact on Monday. This aspect indicates some conflict between the values held by Saturn in Scorpio and those held by Jupiter in Gemini.

Saturn in watery Scorpio respects emotional commitment and intensity, and rewards acting responsibly in accordance with our instinctive knowing of truth. Jupiter in airy Gemini supports our gathering facts, considering all options, and processing decisions intellectually. In other words, these two planets are not currently seeing eye-to-eye on the best way to proceed.

So, it appears that as we make decisions this week, and perhaps throughout this four-week lunar cycle (which includes election day in the U.S.), we'll be trying to figure out whether to rely more on our gut instinct or our reasoning minds for guidance.

ANOTHER INTERESTING feature about Monday's New Moon is that the Sun and Moon are within one degree of the red star Arcturus. Vivian Robson, in her book Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, writes that when Arcturus is aligned:
With the Sun: Success through slow and patient plodding, friends among clergy, favorable for gain and for dealing with the public and lawyers
With the Moon: New friends, business success, good judgment, domestic harmony
I'm especially pleased to see "good judgment" and "favorable for gain" among the qualities of this alignment, since decision-making seems to a theme for this lunar cycle.

THE SUN AND MOON are also closely aligned with the supermassive star Eta Carinae at the time of the New Moon. This star has already been in the news in 2012, as scientists consider clues that indicate it could soon explode as a supernova.

Astrologer Mary Elizabeth Jochmans writes that Eta Carinae brings us the lesson of "learning what to keep and what to release from past experience, in both present and past lifetimes. This prevents the past from being projected on the present or the future, which would cause the person to recreate unproductive life situations."

Yet another confirmation of this lunar cycle being a time of decision-making -- and of the importance of using both our wisdom and our intellect as we consider what to keep and what to leave behind as we go forward.



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