New moon October 12th, 2015 – Lightning Strikes
Ok folks… eclipse season is over! We’re back to just the regular lunations. Except, this one is not exactly regular. October’s new moon jumpstarts Libra energy at 19 degrees. Libra – that’s your diplomatic, harmony oriented friend with the decision-problems… well-dressed or at least very stylish in one part of their lives – good photographers, too… visual arts… sweet tooth… Ok, jokes aside. Libra energy is very needed in times like these, for Libra seeks balance, fairness and justice, and prefers collaboration to competition and peace to war. We definitely need this energy right now! But there’s one aspect that brings disruption: Uranus is in direct opposition to the new moon, in Aries. Uranus can play out in many ways. One of them, sadly, are violent strikes. As Uranus is in the sign of Mars, Aries, it can be explosions and sudden attacks. In Ankara, Turkey, we’ve just recently seen a shocking demonstration of that: A sudden, bloody ending to a peace demonstration – Uranus in Aries violently disrupting Libra…
Uranus’ energy can go both ways, blindly destructive or like an annoying kid enjoying mischief, or the true revolutionary who shakes people up who are asleep, urging us to make needed changes and break out of old molds. In any case, Uranus always operates like lightning – destroying or enlightening us before we even know what happened!
The new moon’s energy carries that Uranus opposition into the next four weeks. We can definitely prepare ourselves for unexpected change. Some may be violent and brutal, but on a personal level, it’s much more likely to play out in a different way. Mostly, outside forces can only really be so disruptive if we resist change and try to hold on to things out of fear of change. Well Uranus will definitely kick our asses in that case! Flexibility, adjustment, and less thinking, more fast actions are on the forefront this month.
Besides, Uranus opposite sun can also mean sudden inner U-turns and YOU bringing the cha(lle)nge to others! At any rate, as the axis Aries/Libra is involved, these upsets, changes or liberating break-throughs will mostly play out in the field of relationships. You may want to assert yourself, your own unique needs and quirks, or your partner does… Yes… Still. It ain’t over till it’s over!
Right now we are cruising on a very interesting cosmic avenue. On October 9th, Mercury went direct again. That very same day, Venus left the so-called “shadow zone” of her recent retrograde, charting new territory in Virgo. Venus and Mercury get along very well right now, moving through each others’ signs. This foregrounds diplomacy, and a strong (work) ethics to get it all done in a good and right way.
One more try
Mercury has been retrograding through Libra for the last three weeks, giving us plenty of time to rethink our values and how we communicate in our close one-to-one relationships – work or private. The messenger planet turned direct on that karmic point, 0 Libra, conjunct the – karmic - lunar north node and sextile karmic Saturn… So we can look forward to some – well, karmic… developments, information and communications in our closest relations. No matter what it is, in the long run it will be positive, there’s no doubt… as both the north node and positive aspects to Saturn signify developments that are getting us closer to our mature, happy, higher selves… ;)
Let go and let God…
The influence of Uranus in the background suggests, however, that some of the developments will be shocking, surprising, or involving loss. All the more as the new moon receives a wide square from Pluto, which means that transformation will be pressed on us if we don’t go willingly. Or, let go…
Dusty, moth-eaten, or otherwise past their best-before date relationships will have a hard time surviving those blows of the cosmic vacuum cleaner. Yes, nostalgia sometimes can be to our detriment… open the windows and let in that clear, crisp autumn air!!
Busy little planets
What’s most striking at this lunation is that there is a concentration of all the personal planets (except Saturn) in Virgo and Libra. That means that the collective attention is on work, everyday tasks, health, and service (Virgo) as well as on relationships, collaboration, finding (inner) balance, beauty and peace. These are the two sectors of the chart that are most commonly shared by everyone: it’s the day-to-day life, and partnerships, basically. Very private, and often part of the “small life”, full of routines and clandestine wishes to break balls, break the rules, break out…
Watch out, behind you..!!
On the other hand, spread out from Aries through Pisces, Capricorn …, the big three are sitting. The transpersonal planets Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto are putting pressure on our safe and musty little worlds… challenging us to reform our work and love life… to be true to our self (Uranus); to think outside of the ego-box and go for some higher love, and not forget to dream! (Neptune); to become authentic or die, to handle power and not be handled by it, and to prepare for the season’s dying off - of old self, old images, old masks (Pluto). So, no, your little routines won’t help you this coming month. It’s time to get naked… and then pick a really cool costume for Halloween!!!
Saturn in early Sagittarius has a kind of mediator role between the personal and transpersonal planets. I already mentioned the positive aspects to Mercury/North node, suggesting long lasting development toward our higher self.
The other one is not so sweet; it’s a last square to Venus in early Virgo. That Venus-Saturn-square colored the Venus retrograde period and brought some of the heartbreaks, loneliness, and break-ups that many people experienced. So the new moon brings a last go at that same thing, person, or illusion that needs to break down or be worked on harder. As it’s a separating aspect, the worst should be behind us though, and we should know by now who or what that is.
Dream a little dream...
The heat is still on for relationship planets Venus and Mars, really. There’s that Saturn/Venus square, and then there’s an opposition of Venus and Mars to Neptune, too! That means that we’re still looking for ideal love, and what we really want. There’s still a part of us that may prefer illusions to reality. But Mars and Venus are in Virgo now, the most sober sign of the Zodiac. That’ll bring another gust of that clear, crisp, cooool autumn air to any unhealthy make-believe and wishful thinking concerning significant others.
... and action!
Ok, let’s finish with a piece of super good news. Mars is conjunct Jupiter – that’s a lot of energy available in the cosmic casino!! And protection if we take the initiative and follow our wishes and goals. Then, Mars and Jupiter are trine Pluto. That’s probably the most powerful aspect you can have. Mars and Jupiter is the aspect for taking vigorous action and pulling out all the stops. Add Pluto – power – to that, and you have a really good boxer who wears a lead-enforced glove. So I’d say, any routine you want to take up, or kick out of your life, any dream you want to take the first step towards, this week/month is made for it. Hit heavy and roll with the punches ;) Be the light(ning) you want to see in your world.