October 1, 2016
October is here and with it the height of Autumn. How can time fly so quickly?! It does though, and seemingly faster now than ever before. The beauty of this time of year is stunning, and also slips away in a heartbeat. Take time to savor it my friends and fill your hearts full.
On a personal note I’m excited to tell you I will be once again featured on The Golden Rose Psychic Radio with Dr. Lauren Cielo on Wednesday, October 19 at 8:30 ET, 5:30 PT. Find all the details at An Evening with Astrologer and Tarot Master Melissa Stratton Please tune in! (p.s. I did not choose the title, Dr. Lauren did, which made me blush ‘-)
Another thing I’d like to bring up is the recent NASA pronouncement about “New Zodiac Signs” which many of you contacted me about. This mistaken idea unfortunately pokes its head up frequently. Astrologer Tara Greene posted a great response to this which includes good astrology history too: Don’t Panic NASA is wrong! Here’s another good one Panic in the Zodiac from The Guardian.
October’s astrological hues are calmer and softer, a welcome relief after last month’s retro slippery, weird eclipsy energy! For the second month this year there are no major planetary changes in direction (the other month was February) nor do any big planets change signs this month. There are plenty of dynamic aspects though. Libra is the featured astrological show and Capricorn and Scorpio get major billing too. Read your personal sign astrology for October HERE
As always in October the Sun travels in lovely Libra, the second air sign whose ruler is Venus. Libra is the lover of culture, art and beauty, and is the ultimate romantic! Libra is also very concerned about fair play for all. Libra is the peace maker, the diplomat, the good judge – the best example of harmony and justice. Venus ruled Libra is also the sign which governs relationships. The symbol for Libra is the Balanced Scales representing the perfect balance between head and heart. Libra exudes total charm and is truly one of the most pleasing energies in the zodiac wheel!
If you are born with Sun in Libra your soul’s mission is to find this beautiful balance, to smooth off any rough edges to become more cultured and refined, and above all you are here to recognize the value of relationships. You are learning to play well with others this lifetime! The best Libras have glorious big hearts and intelligence to match it. Libra types are the ones who help the rest of us recognize injustice and use their eloquence to stir us to love our fellow humans more. Here are some quotes from significant Libra Sun natives which manifest these ideals:
Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world…would do this, it would change the earth. ~ William Faulkner
When will our consciences grow so tender that we will act to prevent human misery rather than avenge it? ~ Eleanor Roosevelt
Our dreams must be stronger than our memories. We must be pulled by our dreams, rather than pushed by our memories. ~ Jesse Jackson
May beautiful dreams of love and peace manifest for you this October and always!
And as always on October 1st, I lovingly remember one of the most charming Libras ever. Your candle shines brightly today…Happy Birthday E.V.!
Heavenly Messages for October 2016
Your Handy Astro Facts: The Full Moon (23° Aries ) is on 10/15 at 9:23p PDT and on 10/16 at 12:23a EDT. The New Moon (8° Scorpio) is on 10/30 at 1:38p. The Sun enters Scorpio on on 10/23 at 7:48p. There are no changes in planetary directions this month. Unless noted all times are EDT. Daylight time in the US ends on 11/6. Read October’s Individual Sign Messages HERE.
October dawns on the heels of Black New Moon in Libra just off a meeting with the Libra Sun and for the first time in 12 years Moon connected with Jupiter in Libra too. A significant encounter! This nice connections bring potential for a lovely month! But of course it’s up to us here below to use this cosmic energy in the most positive way.
To access the best of this lovely Libra conjunction of Jupiter, Sun and Moon practice the Libra ideals of peace, love, beauty, fairness and harmonious relationships with all. Not just pulling these ideals out for the benefit of impressing others to get your own way, but to LIVE them – be peaceful in all areas of your life. Manifest harmony wherever you are whether it’s on your commute, at your job, in the check-out line, and at home with your family and loved ones, most importantly with children where you are a role model for future generations. As Libra native Deepak Chopra reminds us: If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world.
Using energy positively is a distinctive theme this month, because on 10/1 along with that favorable trine, Jupiter forms a conflicting square to Mars in hard-headed Capricorn while the Moon squares Pluto in Capricorn and the Sun is pulled into the clash too. These squares create tense contrasts between status quo forces demanding to go back in time and never ever change, dammit! versus the folks who espouse One Love, let’s pull together to make the world better for all.
Mars just entered Capricorn (9/27 to 11/9) for the first time in 2 years. Mars = action. Mars in Capricorn, traditionally called ‘exalted’, is known as the adult in the room and is capable, dependable, organized and patient. On the downside Mars in Saturn ruled Capricorn is ‘Father Knows Best’, do as I say, not as I do, whose action is rigid, controlling and very inside the box,
“I told you, no drawing outside the lines!” Capricorn rules the traditional male dominated (Mad Men) corporate dominated society we’ve lived in for generations. By contrast Libra, ruled by Venus is much softer, more caring and diplomatic with ability to see all sides of an issue and walk in another person’s shoes.
Anyone who has been following the US Presidential election process (is there anyone in the world who isn’t?!) has seen the stark contrast between these distinct world views. Candidate Donald Trump’s campaign slogan, “Make American Great Again” is a thinly disguised appeal to the dwindling white male majority in the US which alludes that if you elect ME, the Donald, I will take us back to the might makes right era and keep all those brown and black people where they belong – in submission to YOU. Compare this with candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan, “Stronger Together” which invokes the (very Libra) ideal of harmonious relationships with all the blended races and creeds the in actual reality of the New America today, which the Trumpites fear and despise. And of course if Hillary gets elected she will become the first female (Venus!) president of the US.
It’s interesting to note that both Clinton and Trump are born during the Neptune in Libra generation (1942 thru 1956). Neptune acts like a satellite dish beaming in higher ideals for an era and the generation born during that time, but at the same time Neptune represents confusion and disillusion. So in the generation born with Neptune/Libra you have the hippie let’s love one another, war no more idealists, versus the disillusioned yuppies who feared this kind of change and began to embrace the “greed is good” motto. I’ll be diving into this more deeply when I write my election issue later this month, so stay tuned for that.
Speaking of satellite dish Neptune, as the month begins Venus, ruler of Libra, creates a positive aspect with Neptune. Venus donned her velvet Scorpio gown on 9/23 and will be in Scorpio through 10/18. On 10/1 Venus extends her soft glove to Neptune in fellow water sign Pisces. Venus in Scorpio is the essence of tough love, ruthless compassion, so this harmonious trine brings the ability to look more deeply below Neptune/Pisces’ rosy eyed vision. It creates the ability to look through to harder reality, yet maintain compassion and understanding for those caught up in blinded fervor. Whether it’s coming from the Trumpite vein “I see what I want to see, don’t bother me with the truth!”, and those who resist change not just in the US but across the globe, this lovely Venus connection to Neptune tunes you into very personal levels of compassion and tolerance with those you disagree in your daily life.
Velvet Venus creates another trine from 10/10-12 to wounded healer Chiron who like Neptune is traveling in Pisces now. The symbol for Chiron looks like an old fashioned skeleton key, a perfect metaphor for the healing potential Chiron represents. When the wound is healed, Chiron acts like a key opening a door to a new dimension. Pisces at its highest expression is the most spiritual, loving and empathetic of all signs. Venus in Scorpio is one of the most powerfully magnetic of all her sign placements. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Venus helped the world turn a key toward compassion and understanding for all? May it be so!
A bit later in the month from 10/18-21, Mars/Capricorn has a potent meeting with Pluto/ Capricorn. Ever since late November 2008 Pluto has been scouring through Capricorn with the difficult job of bringing up the mucky downside of Capricorn as outlined above: Father Knows Best, etc. so that society can face the consequences and act to change for the better. Note that the last time Pluto was in Capricorn was before the American Revolution when humanity was beginning to transform from monarchy rule to modern democracy – evidence of the power of Pluto! Mars bumping up against Pluto ignites a dynamic push forward in Pluto’s long term (relentless!) transformation of “the world as we know it”. We live in interesting times folks!
As promised here is more about Jupiter’s once in 12 years visit to Libra. Jupiter is massive! It is the largest planet in our solar system by far, and has big astrological implications as well. Jupiter represents the opportunity principle indicating where we can optimize our good luck and move forward positively in life. Jupiter manifests faith, hope and optimism, and acts to expand whatever he contacts. We hope that Jupiter expands the positive qualities, but be aware that he can expand more crap as well! Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius in the modern zodiac and was the former ruler of Pisces before Neptune was discovered in 1846.
Jupiter recently entered Libra on September 9 remains in Libra until October 10, 2017. Libra is an air sign ruled by planet Venus who like her goddess namesake, represents love, grace, beauty, magnetic charm and acts to create peace, balance, justice and harmony in all she touches. Libra also emphasizes relationship and women’s issues along with culture, fashion and the arts. It’s symbol is the Balanced Scales of Justice – balanced fairness reigns supreme when Libra rules. Libra’s scales also represent the perfect balance between head and heart.
Jupiter enters Libra every 12 years, and the world reacts to this heightened Venus vibration. Those of you born with Jupiter in Libra are experiencing your Jupiter return. (See years indicated below – note that in those years, Jupiter usually entered Libra in Summer or early Fall to stay for 12 months. Ex: if you are born between September 28, 1980 to October 27, 1981 you have Jupiter in Libra.) Jupiter return times tend to activate your own opportunity principle.
The last time Jupiter traveled in Libra was September 26, 2004 through October 27, 2005. Prior to that in the 20th century Jupiter was in Libra 8 times. Which are: 1909-10, 1921-22, 1933-34, 1945-46, 1957-58, 1969-70, 1980-81 and 1992-93.
Where things are out of balance when Jupiter first enters Libra, those Libra scales tend to teeter even more wildly making everyone feel dizzy. These wild swings calm down when and IF society acts to become more balanced. This is true at macro worldly levels as well as in your own life. We are collectively and personally urged by Jupiter’s giant Libra influence to find equilibrium and harmony.
To understand what this current shift might signify, I looked back to each of those earlier transits. Believe me this was like doing a thesis! I highlighted obvious themes here, but if you are a factoid person (like me) there is a more complete detailed time-line of events during the years listed above posted here Jupiter in Libra. Several themes jumped out readily. They are in order of prevalence: War and Peace, Women’s, Civil rights and LGBT issues all of which Libra rules. Along with this are severe weather patterns, Earth/outer space issues, and economic concerns. I wondered about the weather and space ones, but since Libra is an air sign it’s logical, and extreme weather is an indicator of life out of balance. The economic issues in those years were also indicators of extreme imbalance in the world’s economic systems.
Libra’s scales are indicative of balance, but its “shadow side” is imbalance and extreme polarity. As you’ll see if you look at the list in my Jupiter in Libra post the polarities were emphasized during most of the last Jupiter/Libra transits, while some achieved a modicum of harmony. Never-the-less Libra aches for peace and Jupiter adds momentum to this yearning. The most devastating War in human history, WWII, ended when Jupiter moved into Libra. Woodstock – an icon of peace and love for an entire generation – was celebrated with Jupiter in Libra. The First Earth Day was observed, a human being walked on the Moon, Mother Teresa was born, Ghandi (born with Sun in Libra) began his non-violent movement, Martin Luther King Jr. wrote his autobiography, Nelson Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize, and women made incredible strides with Jupiter in Libra. Personally, I’m excited when I consider the possibilities! As the poet Rumi born with Sun in Libra wrote, Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there.
IMAGE NOTE: This beautiful photo of swans was taken by my friend Tovah Delmont. She took it with a sepia lens which gives it that golden glow. Here is what she said about it, “The swan is majestic, graceful, ethereal and pure. I would watch them for hours in different light, each season. Awakening the True Beauty and Power of the Self, this is the swan. The Swan is one of the most powerful and ancient of totems. They reflect the power and longevity that is possible as we awaken to the beauty and power within ourselves. I was drawn to this magnificent bird and photographed them in all seasons. Pay attention to what animal or animals show up in your path.” By the way, Tovah happens to be a Libra herself, a true lover of beauty!