“Earthy Dusk” photo by Lyn Dalebout
I just returned from a mini-retreat in Yellowstone where I captured this moment, captivated by the colors of dusk in the sky mirrored exactly in the sunset of this bubbling hot spring, creating new earth out of ancient volcanic waters. It truly is magic, what goes on in Yellowstone, day in, day out, for eons. By late autumn, much of the human hubbub is gone so the great silence rising up from the land can be fully experienced, absorbed, inhabited. It is a time of healing Grace.
Another dynamic week lies ahead as we converge/merge with the fierce, fiery, militaristic Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Leo. This volcanic aspect might be tempered a bit by the creative, compassionate Venus/Neptune opposition. Make plans for the coming weekend that involve some form of joyful movement, or maybe you will dive headlong/heartstrong into new creative urges and relationships. Time to frolic and express your wilder side.
As many of you readers know, I am a student/teacher of sidereal astrologer, the astrological system based on the true astronomical alignments. Starting this week, I am going to post an image to accomplany my words, to help you more fully understand and appreciate the sidereal zodiac
Here’s a picture from my favorite StarWalk app that shows the literal alignment of this week’s New SolLunar cycle in the constellation of Virgo. See both Sol and Luna in midsection of Virgo? And can you also see how Mars and Jupiter are closing in on one another? Get the StarWalk app and educate yourself about our daily star weather!
Here’s a list of New Moon characteristics compliments of my friend/sidereal colleague Nick Anthony Fiorenza at lunarplanner:
“Beginning the Sprouting Phase of the Lunar Cycle, expressing a New Theme: A new theme emerges. A new idea, a new concept sprouts forth. This is an inner message, an impulse expressing from a field of all possibilities deep within the unconscious mind. Often this process is one of discovery, slowly revealing a simple theme over a day or two, or it may be quite clear and specific, a spontanious message, even suggesting a major life change. The New Moon is a perfect time for meditation or a quite walk—to go within self and listen. A simple word or phrase may pop into your mind during this quite time describing the new lunar theme in a way that is unique to you, or perhaps a simple feeling or knowing will come over you. The ability to listen, honor and trust the inner is all that is required at this time. The ideal time to attune to your New Moon theme is exactly as the New Moon occurs, or at sunrise after the New Moon if the New Moon occurred during the night.”
Please note: I make my posts according to the Lunar cycles, posting on the New, First Quarter, Full and Third Quarter Moons. I seek to support you in working with and within the natural flow of time and energy, which will help your life flow with more ease and grace. Also, I base my interpretations and predictions on the true sidereal astronomical alignments. You can read about my unique way of interpreting astrology at this link: earthwordskyword.com/astrology-readings/astrological-readings/
Mon October 12
New SolLunar cycle in Virgo: Today’s New Moon (see picture above) is happening with both the Moon and Sun opposite the wildly experimental Uranus. Breakthroughs are possible, along with breakdowns that lead to upgrades in your technology, your nervous system, your inner realizations. What happens with today’s SolLunar launch will continue to work on you, through you in the coming four weeks. You may experience numerous awakenings, many intuitive leads (don’t get attached…just follow one lead to the next), neurological symptoms like anxiety, nervousness, even seizures, as well as spontaneous outbursts of emotion. It’s all part of the cosmic plan to seize your attention so you really are moving your life in the direction you want it to go. You are the navigator, but have you seized the wheel?
Tue October 13
Mercury in Virgo opposite Vesta in Pisces: This aspect is like the mop-up from the earlier Mercury retrograde cycle, remember that? You can always re-read my former Star Signposts on my blog if you need to refresh your memory. Mercury ~ your mind/ideas~ in analytical Virgo makes an opposition to focused Vesta in compassionate, emotional Pisces, helping you release something near and dear, like your manuscript, your beloved pet, an old way of viewing the world that is best laid to rest in order for you to thrive going forward.
Wed October 14:
Moon in Libra sextile waxing Mars/Jupiter conjunction: Thankfully, the peace-seeking Libra Moon brings a desire to partner with like-hearted colleagues on some emerging collaboration be that designing a home, imagining an upcoming adventure, planning for this coming weekend. The passionate torch of this once-every-two years conjunction of Mars and Jupiter is taking place in creative, playful, egotistical Leo. There are many choices as to how you will use this fiery portal or allow it to use you. Sparks will be flying in the coming days.
Thu Oct 15:
Mars in Leo trine Pluto in Sagittarius: This upbeat athletic alignment bodes well for great endurance to help you complete any task that currently has your attention. This aspect is like a life-coach enthusiastically encouraging you that you can and will meet your goals. Trust your own exuberance, joy, and sense of accomplishment today.
Fri Oct 16
Venus in Leo opposite Neptune in Aquarius: This aspect can call forth either deceptions surrounding love/creative endeavors, or brings you back to your truest dream, including a destined, chance encounter with a soulmate beloved. Neptune is our ruler of both magic/wonder, as well as delusional thinking. Both Venus and Neptune are portals of love, one personal, one cosmic/divine. As they come into geometric opposition, you might be wondering if you should choose intimacy and a lover, or opt for celibacy and head to the convent?
Moon/Saturn conjunction in Scorpio: This serious and at times depressive aspect is happening as you awaken from sleep (if you slept at all and weren’t up much of the night with fret). You can accomplish much with this focused alignment as well, which will carry through much of today. Something might bring limitation into your life, like a temporary lack of funds, a deep exhaustion, a feeling of being leaden or held down, all compliments of Saturn.
Sat Oct 17
Mars/Jupiter conjunction in Leo: It’s here! This planetary portal is often associated with many dynamic leaders, like being the General in the military, in charge of strategy, the most exceptional athletes, the best joyful positive educators and coaches, the most charismatic politicians, the most egocentric surgeons. Bigger means better in regards to this dynamic. So use this day to celebrate and express your surging creative urges, doing what makes you happiest, most joyful, most optimistic. May you feel a renewed sense of confidence and child-like wonder.
Sun Oct 18:
Moon in Sagittarius square Lunar Nodes: Today the Moon’s alignment with strategic Pallas Athene bodes well for making solid life plans and taking the next level of healthy risk to ensure you are ever aware of being freed of the past (symbolized by the South Node) stepping into the future (symbolized by the North Node), all the while LOVING ~ EMBRACING ~ APPRECIATING~ THE PRESENT MOMENT. ALL CAPS because I think this is one of the key truths of life: Love, embrace, appreciate the present moment.
Mon Oct 19:
Moon/Pluto in Sagittarius square Juno in Virgo: The Moon tends to indicate the overall daily emotional field happening all around us and within us. There is a way we are unified, all connected, despite our differences, in our divine planetary Field. Whenever the Moon opens the Plutonian portal of change/death/ressurection, it will tend to be a day of extreme emotions and events, both positively and negatively. As these two are in square to Juno, ruler of our key partnerships, big exciting or exaggerated changes are in store for relationships today.