“Autumn’s Water” photograph by Jana Craighead Smith
Touch-and-go. This phrase came to mind to describe my oftentimes emotional state of 2022, a year of enormous transition as I move my home base back to Wyoming after an eleven-year seasonal walkabout between the American Southwest and the Tetons of Wyoming. That wonderful traveling phase of having two homes is done and I want to land and be more settled again.
The dictionary definition of touch-and-go is this: “an outcome, especially one that is desired, is possible, but very uncertain.” The continual uncertainty of this year with a sense of being ungrounded, hoping to find my actual home has felt very touch-and-go. Will my home come, how many more mini-moves can I physically and emotionally withstand given how exhausted I have felt? At times, in my emotional and physical bodies, I had a visceral fear I would careen backward off the edge of an embankment. The fear was falling backward, never forward, which I found interesting. I pay attention to these small alerts arising from my cells and intuition. I wasn’t truly worried I would go over the edge, but I made note of how vulnerable I was and took actions to rest more and to move with caution and care. Perhaps some of you have had touch-and-go challenges you are navigating this year?
Then this came to me: that touch-and-go could be interpreted in a different way akin to how the elite and hyper-skilled athletes who free-solo headwalls of stone, like El Capitan in Yosemite, move and advance. They find and touch one minuscule handhold, grab it, then go. One tiny foothold they touch, then go. I wonder if they allow themselves to look backward or downward at the ground they just covered, or focus upward and forward, touch-then-go, and so ascend, and survive, one step at a time moving toward their goal and destination. Touch-and-go also describes the action of stepping stones that help us move toward our future self. We can feel a momentary stability and gratitude for a landing pad, taking time to breathe, rest, center as we await the next move. Now when fear appears, I rally my strength, focus and sense of purpose, in hopes of not looking back but to keep moving forward, grateful for each step and gifts along the way.
Our New SolLunar Cycle takes place in sidereal Virgo opposite Jupiter in Pisces, launching an expansive new phase bringing positive, confident energy to our endeavors with a sense of improvement in one’s current situation. But Jupiter also amplifies and agitates situations which means this transit doesn’t always lead to positive outcomes. There can be massive water emergencies, like hurricane Ian about to hit Florida, increased polarization between humans, feeling out of control which can lead to increased addictive behaviors.
Other key events during this four-week period include three planets completing their retrogrades: Mercury on October 2, Pluto on October 8 and Saturn on October 22. And the always inspiring Sun/Venus conjunction in Libra occurs on October 22 in which Venus leaves the last ninth-month phase of being the Morning Star and becomes the Evening Star once again. May you enjoy harvesting the abundance of this year and nurture all you hold dear.
Please have a look at this link for an upcoming event I am honored to be a presenter in called Across the Water: Moving to Higher Ground taking place in Jackson Hole, Wyoming on October 29 – 30 2022.
And check out the new section at the end of this post called Endeavors to Nurture in which I alert you to projects/organizations/people I find of interest. I am happy to highlight the humanitarian work of my dear friend, Julia Heemstra, and her visionary, cutting-edge organization, AMANZI:WatertoSchools.
Thank you my friend, Jana Craighead Smith, for capturing the magic you see in the waters highlighting the beauty of autumn’s changing colors through the eyes of water.
Sidereal Astrology Mentoring and Readings
My posts are based on the true astronomical alignments of the planets with the constellations, also referred to as the sidereal zodiac. I use the phases of the Moon as the scaffold for my posts because the Moon functions like an energetic portal mediating between the heavens and our wondrous Earth. My entries are based on the aspects occurring each week as they crescendo, crest and dissipate over the course of their influence. As you work with and within the natural flow of time and the supportive cosmic energies that each unique SolLunar Cycle brings, life can flow with more ease, grace and understanding.
I delight in mentoring students—individually, with families or groups, and via workshops and conferences—who want to learn more about how to use sidereal astrology as a helpful tool for insight and awakening. Consider booking a mini-reading with me for $44 or $88, the numbers of living your Mastery on Earth. In these short readings, I discuss key personal transits that are happening for you in 2022 and beyond. Send me an email if you are interested in those options, or a full Natal Map, Update, Relationship Map, Young Adult or Child’s Map. Thank you!
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New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Virgo
At the New Moon, you are sprouting like a seed with new creative inspiration. Receive your unique insights by sitting in mediation or just be open to new possibilities arising within you from the sea of infinite creation.
New SolLunar Cycle in sidereal Virgo: Sun/Moon in Virgo opposite Jupiter in Pisces: Sun September 25 3:54 pm MT
Our New SolLunar Cycle begins in sidereal Virgo, the sign of being service-oriented, always seeking to improve, refine and organize things, and to focus on health. These might be the kinds of activities you pursue in the coming four weeks. The opposition of optimistic, expansive Jupiter to both the Sun and Moon brings positive, confident energy to our endeavors and a sense of improvement in one’s current situation. But Jupiter also amplifies and agitates situations which means this transit doesn’t always lead to positive outcomes. There can be massive water emergencies, like hurricane Ian about to hit Florida, increased polarization between humans, feeling out of control which can lead to increased addictive behaviors. The Sun will make its annual exact opposition to Jupiter on Mon September 26 so this New Moon is a two-day event. May you enjoy harvesting the abundance of this year and nurture all you hold dear.
This builds Sat September 24, is exact Sun September 25 at 3:54 MT, dissolves Tue September 27.
Mercury retrograde/Venus conjunction in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn: Mon September 26
This tight-knit connection between thinking-Mercury and feeling-Venus, uniting in analytical, discerning Virgo makes for exceptional focus as well as mental stamina given the trine to powerhouse Pluto. With Mercury still in retrograde, use this to add finishing touches to a project, reconsider a choice, make plans or reservations for up coming events.
This builds Sun September 25, crests Mon September 26, dissolves Tue September 27.
Mars in Taurus trine Saturn in Capricorn: Wed September 28
This brings balance and stability to our world with determined, steady energy all day long. You end up further along than you had anticipated on a long walk or hike, or working on a project, as it felt good to keep going.
This crescendos Mon September 26, crests Wed September 28, dissipates Fri September 30.
Venus in Virgo opposite Jupiter in Pisces: Sat October 1
Oppositions in astrology often pressure us to take sides or see things from another angle. With this one two animal medicines come to mind: Eagle — who helps us see the big inclusive view — and Mouse — who notices the small important details that can tilt the balance or shift the outcome. This dual focus can involve a creative project, financial decision, one’s love life — Venus.
This crescendos Fri September 30, crests Sat October 1, dissolves Sun October 2.
Moon/South Lunar Node in Libra: Wed September 28
Pay attention to synchronicities, surprising meet-ups, news from someone from your past which may hold important clues for your future. A business or legal deal or past conflict may resolve.
Grand Square: Moon in Scorpio/Mars in Taurus/Mercury in Leo/Neptune in Aquarius: Sat October 1
A grand square is magnificently creative but also brings things to a head if something has been brewing. This one can involve financial news — Scorpio/Taurus — or creative/community projects — Leo/Aquarius. It is excellent for seeking out funding you might need or finding co-collaborators.
First Quarter Moon
At the First Quarter Moon, you are called to action. The need to move forward with your recent insights can come via making a conscious choice or by challenging circumstances that require you make a move.
First Quarter Moon: Moon in Sagittarius square Sun in Virgo opposite Pallas Athene in Gemini: Sun October 2
The First Quarter Moon which takes place seven days after a New Moon always makes for a dynamic day. These intellectual and information-oriented astrological signs in a creative, forward-momentum square helps us with planning, strategy, writing activities, organizing systems and spaces.
This builds Sat October 1, crests Sun October 2, dissolves Mon October 3.
Mercury in Leo turns direct opposite Neptune in Aquarius: Sun October 2
This Mercury retrograde which was mostly transiting work-horse Virgo has briefly re-entered playful Leo as it turns forward again. Ready to relax and play? Make time for activities that bring you joy.
This crescendos Sat October 1, crests Sun October 2, dissipates Mon October 3.
Sun in Virgo square Pallas Athene in Gemini: Wed October 5
Excellent day for planning meetings for organizations/families or to meet with individual helpers of all kinds to help you formulate a plan. Read, read, read up on things with this powerful investigative square.
This builds Tue October 4, crests Wed October 5, dissipates Thu October 6.
Sun in Virgo opposite Chiron in Pisces: Fri October 7
Things tend to feel energetic sensitive, strange, mystical when Chiron makes itself known, luring us away from the left-brain Virgo-world into the right-brain mystical Pisces-land. Use its gifts to sort out how to write, paint, create something that is very intangible that you want to bring into some kind of understandable expression. Be open to miracles. Things can go missing or reappear.
This crescendos Thu October 6, crests Fri October 7, dissipates Sat October 8.
Mercury in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn: Fri October 7
This is good for research or getting beneath the surface of things. That includes examining the foundations of a home or property or the underlying cause of a health issue. Investigate meditation or refine your current practice so it brings even greater benefit.
This crescendos Thu October 6, crests Fri October 7, dissolves Sat October 8.
Pluto in Capricorn turns direct: Sat October 8
This marks an especially important turning point in 2022 because the USA is currently undergoing its first Pluto Return since the visionary possibility of the United States of America was birthed. Pluto involves how we use or abuse power, governs the realm of biology and also climate shifts. Pluto helps us individually and collectively stay healthy by allowing the natural processes of death, birth, composting, regeneration to occur. At times in becomes imperative we surrender the need to control outcomes and embrace this natural healing energy to assist us. This turning is always cathartic and the changes can be felt for weeks to come.
This crescendos Mon October 3, crests Sat October 8, dissipates Tue October 11.
Moon/Pluto conjunction in Capricorn: Mon October 3
This monthly meet up marks important moments for institutional reforms, trying things a new way and it can bring out power dynamics between parties. Feel the obsession and channel it for clearing and cleaning on all levels, everywhere.
Moon/Saturn/Vesta conjunction in Capricorn: Wed October 5
This focused, serious aspect can bring up fears about your physical or financial security — Vesta. And it can help you commit to taking steps to ensure you are safe by acting responsibly — Saturn — when you make choices going forward. Some partners or situations aren’t the best for us, and that’s okay. Move on.
Moon/Juno/Neptune conjunction in Aquarius: Fri October 7 – Sat October 8
Doing things with favorite friends or engaging with gusto in community events are part of this lovely energy. Conversations about creativity are extra rich. Sign up for a class to catalyze your own artistic callings.
Full Moon in sidereal Virgo/Pisces
The Full Moon is the birth point of the current SolLunar Cycle. This can be a time of celebration or crisis, depending on your life circumstance. Feel the joy and relax into new discoveries and directions.
Full Moon in sidereal Virgo/Pisces: Sun in Virgo opposite Moon/Chiron in Pisces: Sun October 9 2:54 pm MT
Full Moons are always highly energizing and motivating and this one linked to Chiron can feel more surreal or magical, like Halloween-come-early, which also means your ‘shadow’ issues might rise up with ferocity to be heard, healed, integrated. A healing crisis might occur brought on by the tension between the Sun — one’s conscious, visible self — and the Moon — one’s shadow or hidden desires and motivations. Use this sky gift to create a prayer circle or healing ritual for yourself and/or others.
This crescendos Fri October 7, crests Sun October 9, dissolves Tue October 11.
Venus in Virgo opposite Chiron in Pisces: Mon October 10
Venus’s current transit through Virgo brings a chance to work on our relationships, to heal old wounds, to improve the skill and technique of our art forms, to be helpful to others. This opposition to healing Chiron only makes these desires stronger and hopefully brings success. Great day to visit an animal adoption center if that’s been on your radar.
This builds Sun October 9, crests Mon October 10, dissipates Tue October 11.
Sun in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn: Tue October 11
This calls forth your worker-bee side, ready to tackle any problem with positive energy, help anyone in need. With the element of earth so strong, appreciate your body, ascend any mountain, spend time outdoors or in your garden savoring our beautiful Earth.
This crescendos Mon October 10, crests Tue October 11, dissolves Wed October 12.
Mercury in Virgo opposite Jupiter in Pisces: Wed October 12
This marks the finale of three transits of Mercury, the ruler of our mind, to expansive Jupiter, this time bringing mental clarity and even completions to projects you have been refining/editing, like finishing the last draft of a document/book. This can also lead to negotiations and agreements with various types of partners. Wonderful day to upgrade your technology and devices.
This builds Tue October 11, crests Wed October 12, dissolves Thu October 13.
Mars in Taurus square Neptune in Aquarius: Wed October 12
This creative but possibly challenging square might make things unclear, cloudy or hard to discern what’s up. Like walking on a foggy day, take your time with each step or choice, led by your intuition. Use your will power and drive for more spiritually-oriented activities and revel in creative dance/movement and music.
This crescendos Mon October 10, crests Wed October 12, dissipates Fri October 14.
Moon/North Lunar Node/Uranus conjunction in Aries: Tue October 11
The several-year, ongoing transit of revolutionary Uranus through risk-taking, me-first Aries — happening every 84 years — encourages us to prioritize what makes us happy, creative as we move forward in life, making sure our chosen partnerships/alliances in all areas of life are aligned with our heart’s truth. The link to the North Node today encourages a courageous next step.
Moon/Mars conjunction in Taurus: Fri October 14
Walk many miles and accomplish much with the stubborn determination of this aspect. It can make people more agitated or aggravated so be watchful of your emotions today.
Last Quarter Moon
With the Last Quarter Moon, you release what has been and simultaneously prepare for what will be as new desires perpetually arise in the next SolLunar Cycle.
Last Quarter Moon: Sun/Venus in Virgo square Moon in Gemini: Mon October 17
As bright-shining Venus is nearing the annual conjunction with the Sun in time for the next New Moon, today’s square to the curious, journalistic Moon in Gemini makes it is a good day to brainstorm with others, research possibilities about future ideas or trips that are beginning to take shape. As Gemini rules sibling relationships, important discussions with them may occur.
This builds Sun October 16, crests Mon October 17, dissolves Tue October 18.
Ceres in Leo opposite Juno in Aquarius: Mon October 17
This longer-range aspect grows alliances and partnerships that nourish children, the power of the arts in education, and co-creative endeavors honoring each person’s unique gift, working in collaborations to address humanity’s needs. Commit more assuredly to your own creative work, whatever that is, possibly organizing regular meet-ups with others to support you and them.
This crescendos Sat October 15, crests Mon October 17, dissipates Wed October 19.
Mercury in Virgo opposite Chiron in Pisces: Wed October 19
This can make the mind wobbly or unfocused because other doors of perception might be trying to open with Chiron’s influence. This aspect can trigger mental health emergencies and helps you notice what makes you feel more mentally balanced and stable — exercise, some form of meditation which includes walking in nature with your animals, your diet and your relationships.
This builds Tue October 18, crests Wed October 19, dissolves Thu October 20.
Sun/Venus in Libra square Pluto in Capricorn: Wed October 19
Pluto’s influence is transformative, cathartic, life-changing so this square influences our relationships, the justice system, negotiations, artistic expressions. Pluto is very physical so use your body and movement practices to unstick and liberate stuck energy, like throwing paint on the canvas and dancing and singing wildly.
This builds Tue October 18, crests Wed October 19 – Thu October 20, dissipates Fri October 21.
Saturn in Capricorn turns direct: Sat October 22
Saturn turned retrograde on June 4 so it can be helpful to reflect on what began to take shape in your life around that time. Saturn helps us restructure and reFORMulate our lives as it is all about bringing our ideas down to earth, grounded in reality. Saturn is serious and puts in the long hours over the long haul to achieve success. Take a moment to give yourself a hearty burst of appreciation for all you have navigated during these recent months and trust you are giving birth to a new self in a new form, even through small, simply daily actions and routines.
This crescendos Wed October 19, crests Sat October 22, dissolves Tue October 25.
Sun/Venus conjunction in Libra: Sat October 22
This is a holy day each year as Venus shifts from the last nine months of being the Morning Star and now becomes the Evening Star, not visible for a few more days. They align in peace-and-justice Libra which brings the promise of cooperation, finding common ground, honesty and the real truth coming out.
This crescendos Thu October 20, crests Sat October 22, dissipates Mon October 24.
Mercury in Virgo trine Saturn in Capricorn quincunx Uranus in Aries: Sat October 22
This focused, strategic, creative-thinking dynamic can be used for any purpose, organizing a birthday party, mounting a political campaign, making plans for upcoming surgery, redesigning your spaces.
This crescendos Fri October 21, crest Sat October 22, dissipates Sun October 23.
Moon in Cancer opposite Saturn in Capricorn square Uranus in Aries: Wed October 19
This can bring sudden changes in family plans and responsibilities. Important conversations dealing with relationship dynamics can occur. It is good for clearing or reorganizing your environments.
Moon/Ceres in Leo opposite Juno in Aquarius: Thu October 20 – Fri October 21
Ceres in Leo especially loves to nurture children, participate in artistic activities, honor the power of play as a crucial part of a good education. Find a mentor, be a mentor — Juno. And make a play date with your beloved/s.
Moon in Virgo trine Pluto in Capricorn opposite Jupiter in Pisces: Sat October 22.
Use the service/work/health-oriented Moon in Virgo, amplified by the opposition to Jupiter and supported by endurance Pluto to experience the joy while helping others, keeping things tidy and organized, taking good care of your health on all levels.
Blessed New Moon conjunct Venus in sidereal Libra on Tue October 25 4:48 am MT~
RESOURCES FOR PERSONAL AND PLANETARY WELL-BEING
ENDEAVORS TO NURTURE
My dear friend, Julia Heemstra, has launched her cutting-edge humanitarian organization, AMANZI:WatertoSchools bringing water and opportunities to the schools in the Eastern Cape of South Africa, her childhood home where she grew up. Julia is one of the most focused, passionate, optimistic beings I know, as an elite athlete, as a bringer of wellness and mindfulness to all ages, and now with her collaborative organization, Julia continues to expand her lifelong commitment to humanitarian service.
PLANT BASED DIET
The reality and urgency of our current planetary crises is real, as our youngest citizens know in their bones. Please educate yourself about how plant-based eating is a central component in how you can help personally restore ecological balance as well as create greater health and vitality for you and your beloveds.
The Game Changers: This inspiring movie and storytelling about vegan super-athletes and warriors educates us about the many benefits of a vegan diet and addresses the ‘meat protein myth’.
COWSPIRACY, What the Health and now SEASPIRACY are must-see movies for all humans who care about personal health, animal well-being, social justice, climate change, the health of our Earth. Become educated about the important information shared by these courageous and visionary filmmakers and activists and considering eating mostly plant-based, if not becoming fully vegan in your consumer choices.
JIN SHIN JYUTSU
Health is in your Hands. Here’s a helpful tool to help you maintain health, calm, balance during these stressful but extraordinary times. I am a proponent of Jin Shin Jyutsu and have been a practitioner since 1983. This beautiful, easy-to-use book and card set teaches you the ancient Art of Jin Shin Jyutsu, the Art of Self Healing. JSJ’s premise is that by applying the jumper-cable of your hands to various points on the body, you can clear your own stress on a daily basis, freeing up stuck energy that leads to patterns of dis-ease, while activating the renewed flow of qi and vigor on all levels, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual. Explore JSJ and teach yourself and those you love this simple tool for centering and radiant vitality.