Monday, October 19. There is a high level of efficiency and expectation wrapped into this day. This is the best of earth energy: proactive, pragmatic, and poised. The Moon in Capricorn (cardinal earth) makes trines to the Virgo (mutable earth) planets: Venus, Jupiter, and Mars. The Moon also contacts Pluto in Capricorn lending an even stronger dose of no-nonsense to the day. This is a great day to notice what brings you the greatest satisfaction. It could be anything from the simplicity of cleaning your home to the grandeur of aiming for the sky. Stand back and see what you can accomplish through putting muscle behind your dreams.
October 20—First Quarter Moon: Manifesting. There’s no reason we can’t bring yesterday’s efficiency into today as well. The Moon remains in Capricorn (cardinal earth) for most of the day (CDT) and there aren’t any other aspects today except for the square between the Sun in Libra (cardinal air) and the Moon. This marks the First Quarter phase of the lunar cycle and is a good time to notice where you are in your Moon magic for this cycle. What are you noticing about your ambitions? Ambition is a strong Capricorn quality but is shared by Libra as well. Both of these signs have high standards and have high expectations. Squares are challenges, so this combination may challenge us to negotiate between different types of expectation. On one hand, Capricorn influence asks us to consider our foundations: What makes us stronger? Libra influence invites us to consider beauty and relationship as we aim for manifesting our heart’s desires.
Wednesday, October 21. With the Moon in Aquarius (fixed air) making favorable aspects to Saturn and Mercury, concepts sparkle. We become more interested in ideas than the work it takes to manifest those ideas. It can feel liberating to fly through realms of thought but eventually we’ll need to land somewhere. Perhaps it would be a good idea to take one of these thoughts and make a single concrete step to manifest a better world.
Thursday, October 22. A shift happens today. Do you feel it? The first days of this week have focused on manifestation through earth and air qualities of hard work balanced with vision and inspiration. We dive into deeper waters today. Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) forms a square to Pluto in Capricorn (cardinal earth), preparing the way for the Sun’s ingress into Scorpio tomorrow. This is the third time Mercury has formed a square to Pluto since beginning the retrograde journey in September. Pluto has a way of pulling out the shadow from any planet. What is underneath your words and thoughts today? Are you satisfied with them? There is a strong urge to speak the truth. Consider the consequences. There is also a strong urge to claim the power of your words. Do so.
Friday, October 23. Sun enters Scorpio. I invite you to chew on these words written by Jungian psychologist James Hillman as he defines soul: “First, “soul” refers to the deepening of events into experiences; second, the significance soul makes possible, whether in love or in religious concern, derives from its special relation with death. And third, by “soul” I mean the imaginative possibilities of our natures, the experiencing through reflective speculation, dream, image, and fantasy—that mode which recognizes all realities as primarily symbolic or metaphorical.” (cf Re-visioning Psychology). Scorpio time is a soul-making time—a time of deepening; a time of death; and a time of dream, image, and fantasy feeding the seen and unseen worlds. With the Moon in Pisces (mutable water) and the Sun in fixed water Scorpio, we can feel the veils between the worlds dissolving and what we are left with is soul. This is a powerful day. Venus in Virgo (mutable earth) gets a taste of soulful desire through a trine with Pluto. Mars in Virgo opposes Chiron in Pisces bringing a desire to be of service, even if it involves sacrifice. The Moon also squares Saturn in Sagittarius (mutable fire) and conjoins Neptune. How do you separate dogma from truth? Beliefs are colliding, causing war and hatred. As the veils thin, we can ask for the wisdom of the ancestors to discern the truth. Paradox and mystery are everywhere. As Mars makes a quincunx aspect to Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire), we are forced to temper our passions even as we dare to make strong changes in our lives. On a complex day, think about what makes soul for you.
October 24—Gibbous Moon: Perfecting. As busy as yesterday was with transits, today is open and receptive. The Moon in Pisces (mutable water) makes an early morning opposition to Mars in Virgo (mutable earth), perhaps getting many of us off to a cranky start, but then the Moon moves into an extended void-of-course period lasting the rest of the day. We have a chance to discharge the energy of yesterday. Under this phase of the Moon we want to fine-tune things. The soul-making season of Scorpio is here. Perhaps we are fine-tuning our souls. Are you experiencing the journey downward as an initiation? Or is it a chance to turn inward and visit quietly with your beloved dead? However you are experiencing this season so far, take a moment to honor your process. One of the gifts of this season is the awakening memory that we are creatures of the Earth. Each of us responds physically and emotionally as the Earth goes to sleep in the fall (in the northern hemisphere) and awakens in the spring (southern hemisphere). We remember we are animals and, strangely enough, that feels like soul. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, please take a moment to honor this season of deeper connections.
Sunday, October 25. The two benefic planets, Venus and Jupiter conjoin in Virgo (mutable earth) today. We can see these two in the pre-dawn sky with Mars nearby. Virgo issues are blessed by this pairing. These include the skill of finding integration and wholeness, the ability to discern and refine, and the call to be of service and to do meaningful work. These humble gifts can change the world. And changing the world just might be on our minds today. Mercury in Libra (cardinal air) opposes Uranus in Aries (cardinal fire). When Mercury and Uranus touch, sparks can fly. These are the sparks created by thinking outside the box and challenging the status quo. The Aries Moon only adds to the fire and sparkle of this day. Dare to be. Dare to do.