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Venus will continue to be visible as the Evening Star, twinkling brightly in the west, till about mid-Oct, appearing gradually lower in the evening sky until she is no longer visible. She disappears for 7 days and then reappears as the Morning Star from the end of Oct. Jupiter is above Venus in the west, with Saturn and reddish Mars overhead at sunset.
OLD FRIENDS AND LOVERS REAPPEAR…ECHOES OF 8 YEARS AGO…
Venus goes retrograde on Sat 6 Oct 2018 (AEST, Fri 5 Oct in Europe & the Americas) at 10 degrees Scorpio. Venus signifies our urge to relate to others, so don’t be surprised if old friends and lovers reappear in your life during the retrograde phase of Venus – you may hear from people you haven’t seen for ages. Or you may be the one seeking to reconnect. Venus retrograde often brings an opportunity to revisit past relationships, especially if there is any unfinished business there.
Venus retrograde moves through 8-year cycles, so think back to what was happening for you eight years ago (Oct/Nov 2010) when Venus last went retrograde in Scorpio & Libra, for insight into what the themes might be for you this time round. Venus is retrograde for six weeks until Fri 16 Nov when she turns direct again at 25 degrees Libra. If you have Taurus or Libra prominent in your chart (especially as your rising sign), Venus retrograde cycles are likely to have a strong impact on you.
Venus will continue to be visible as the Evening Star for a couple of weeks after she turns retrograde, but will be seen gradually lower in the evening sky until she is no longer visible (as she gets closer and closer to the Sun). With this retrograde conjunction to the Sun, Venus disappears for seven days, after which time she emerges transformed as the Morning Star, and a whole new 584-day cycle begins (a cycle sacred to the Mayans). In ancient times Venus was seen as a dual goddess – the Evening Star was her peaceful aspect, whereas the Morning Star was her warrior incarnation; the rebirth of the Morning Star was seen as an auspicious time to go into battle. Venus will reappear as the Morning Star from the end of Oct.
The New Moon falls in Libra on Tues 9 Oct, starting a new cycle in your relationships and connecting with others generally. It also brings a renewed emphasis on the need for harmony and fairness in all aspects of your life. Libra is the sign of the born diplomat, the mediator who can always see both sides of any issue. The symbol for Libra is the scales, where things can be weighed and balanced. With the New Moon in Libra, this lunar month is a good time to focus on restoring balance in your life, giving you the opportunity to consolidate the theme of the Equinox last month (see last month’s newsletter) by implementing whatever changes are required to bring your life back into harmony and balance.
Libra is an Air sign, sociable and communicative, with a huge need for fairness. It’s also one of the leadership signs, but it doesn’t need to be out in front – quite the contrary. The leadership style of Libra is inclusive and co-operative, making Libra an excellent leader. The challenge for Libra is decision-making! They are so good at seeing all sides of the question that reaching a final decision can be agony for them, especially when they’re trying to keep everyone happy. Because they hate disharmony, people-pleasing is often one of their main issues, not helped by their reluctance to confront and tackle any problem areas. Embracing more of the assertiveness of their opposite sign Aries can be really helpful.
If your birthday is close to this New Moon, this marks the beginning of a significant new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.
If you have a planet at 15 degrees of Libra (within a degree either side), this marks the beginning of a new cycle in whatever that planet symbolises (eg responsibility for Saturn).
Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 1.47pm Queensland time (AEST).
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The Full Moon falls in Taurus in the early hours of Thurs 25 Oct (effectively the evening of Wed 24 Oct). The Full Moon in Taurus brings into focus your ability to be sensuous and grounded, an excellent time to indulge the senses and pamper the body. This Full Moon invites us to find a balance between physical sensuality and emotional depth. Meanwhile Uranus joins with this Full Moon to bring something unexpected, exciting or stimulating. The purpose of Uranus is to bring a higher level of awareness into our lives, waking us up from our normal routine and habits. Equally (sometimes at the same time!) Uranus can bring disruption, even chaos, as it shakes things up in its attempt to bring in more light.
Uranus is known as the Great Awakener, and that’s what it does, one way or the other! All you can say for certain with Uranus is ‘Expect the Unexpected’. The Full Moon falls at 1 degree Taurus, so wherever this point falls in your chart is the area of your life that will be under the spotlight now, bringing matters to a head or to resolution. The Full Moon is exact at 2.45am AEST so the best time to celebrate will be the previous night when the energies are still building.
In the Celtic Calendar, Wed 31 Oct is the festival of Samhain or Hallowe’en, the night before All Saints’ Day (i.e. Hallows Eve), when the spirits of the dead are said to come around and the veils between the worlds are at their thinnest. This day falls half-way between the Autumn Equinox and Midwinter Solstice, and so marks the beginning of Winter (in the Northern hemisphere). Hallowe’en was traditionally celebrated by bonfires, turnip or pumpkin lanterns, and wearing costumes to disguise oneself from the spirits around. It marked the end of the harvest period as people went into the darkness of Winter. As the seasons are reversed in the Southern hemisphere, this is the Celtic festival of Beltane, celebrated with flowers in full bloom marking the beginning of Summer. Beltane was traditionally celebrated by dancing round the maypole, well-dressing, Morris dancers and other forms of fertility celebrations, including crowning a maiden Queen of the May.
Looking ahead to next lunar month …
The next New Moon is on Thurs 8 Nov 2018 at 2.02am Queensland time (AEST) at 15 degrees Scorpio.
Chirone Shakti is a professional astrologer based on the Sunshine Coast, Qld. She loves empowering clients to live the fullness of their potential. Her work is transformational and rooted in her background as a counsellor. She also teaches Astrology in classes and online. Check out her website and sign up for her free monthly newsletter and follow her at Chirone Shakti – Stargazer Astrology.
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