Sunday, October 20. This week we notice death, the inevitable force of transformation. The Moon in Taurus emphasizes the exchange between death and regeneration. Scorpio, the sign of death, and Taurus, the sign of rebirth, have an intimate partnership. These two signs are opposite each other in the zodiac. Notice the sweetness that death brings to life and the passion that life brings to death. Mercury is stationing, ready to turn retrograde tomorrow. Mercury, also known as Hermes, is the only god able to travel at will between the land of the living and the land of the dead. We are poised to take a mythic journey with Mercury as the guide between the worlds. The connection between the Moon and Jupiter give us hope that the journey will be a fruitful one.
Monday, October 21. The Moon in Gemini helps us play along with the shapeshifting shenanigans of Mercury stationing retrograde in Scorpio. Mercury rules Gemini, so the Moon in his native sign will give us a little more flexibility as we deal with reversals and surprises today. The mythic nature of this retrograde journey is strong. Mercury (or Hermes) is the psychopomp—the guide of souls traveling to the underworld. As the veils thin, he leads the way down into depth. We are invited to participate in this transformation. The Moon squares the opposition between Neptune and Mars, increasing the desire to see things on the mythic level. We struggle to find the practical way to use these feelings and insights. Perhaps the first step is to surrender.
October 22—Disseminating Moon: Sharing. What has changed in your life since the New Moon on October 4th? Even before the exact stationing of Mercury, which happened yesterday, I’ve noticed big shifts and surprises in emotional and relational states. I’ve been asked to adjust to big fluctuations that have challenged my sense of balance and conscious response that I want in my life and relationships. Now that Mercury is retracing his steps through that terrain, we get to review those experiences. The gifts we have to share from this cycle thus far come from doing this review and remembering what worked and what didn’t. With the Moon in Gemini, conversation may lead to insight. You never know when an idea you share with another will the truth that they needed to hear at that moment. Keep your ears open and notice the invisible connections that help us all find balance. Be willing to tend the web with heart and compassion.
Wednesday, October 23. Where I live fall days can go from sunny and warm to cold and gloomy in an instant. We may live in different weather regions, but we all notice a sudden shifting and chilling today, no matter where we live. The veil between the visible and invisible worlds thins even more with the Sun moving into Scorpio. What are you noticing about the exchange between the visible and invisible worlds? We are becoming more sensitive. The Moon in Cancer later this evening encourages us to attune to the flow of emotion. Drink from the source of life and pass the gift to those on the other side of the veil.
Thursday, October 24. Opening to bigger awareness of the interconnection between the visible and invisible worlds, hearts also open. Here is the balancing challenge for today: hold this heart-centered awareness while at the same time adjusting to likely disruptions in the field. We are in a Mercury retrograde period and need to remember to flow with unforeseen events. Not everything unexpected is a disaster. Delight is possible too. The Moon in Cancer is trine to Neptune and sextile to Mars. These aspects encourage spiritual connection and insight. We also desire to find pragmatic ways to practice compassion. The Moon also contacts the tense square aspect between Uranus and Pluto. These two outer planets of change and transformation are nearing their next exact square on November 1. People are sensitive and perhaps more impatient than usual. Give yourself space when you need it.
Friday, October 25. This is a squishy, watery day. Home and family play a big role, even under circumstance that don’t seem to have anything to do with these things. The Cancer Moon takes us on a journey of memory into our childhoods; we then find ourselves responding to the present with those memories driving the bus. Compassion for self and others is important. The Moon is trine to wayward Mercury retrograding through Scorpio. Expect communication to work when we are aware of emotional cues. The Moon is also conjunct Jupiter, which is readying to turn retrograde at this degree in Cancer. We are feeling big heart and big messages from the heart. This may include defensiveness. Can you accept the message without taking it personally? The Sun is trine to Neptune. The ocean, literally and metaphorically, feels like a resource for healing. We don’t always need words to communicate.
October 26—Last Quarter Moon: Evaluating. We’ve been swimming in the ocean for the last few days. The veils between the worlds have continued to dissolve. Where does this leave you on your lunar quest? Has this cycle been about balance and relationship for you? Or was it something else? We’ve been given a gift of expansive sensitivity. What will you do with this information? The Moon enters Leo and we look for the spark that brings joy, creativity, and acknowledgement from others. Notice the balance between wanting to share and needing to be fed. Too generous or too needy, we lose connection with others. Even though we may feel that the boundaries around self are dissolving while the veils dissolve, this does not have to be so. We are still distinct individuals. On this side of the veil, the living have a precious gift to share with the other side. Our living light is the gift. Let us treasure it..