Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
Astrology for October 2013;
(Paintings below are by the artistic students in Susan’s Qabalah Painting classes, Kathy Pouls, Ina Nadboray, Laurel Andres and Karen Zelin, photo by Susan of Tioga Lake, Yosemite)
To the west as the sunset deepens into twilight we see bright Venus, holding hope and beauty. Libra, the embodiment of Venusian qualities, is the sign the New Moon graces this month on October 4th. New Moons always tell us to take an in breath, bring in stillness and set an intention to unfold during the month. Libra rules negotiations, diplomacy, art, beauty, relationships as well as friends and enemies. We can connect with Venus and the strong Libra energies of Fall, by asking ourselves, “How can I bring balance and consciousness into my relationships and life?” We can move into this hectic time with a Libran point of view, cultivating calm, centeredness, awareness of others, and our interconnectedness within our communities and environment. It is good to consider how might we take actions to support our values.
The new moon aligns with Uranus and Pluto as we continue on this serpentine ride of ups and downs, sudden unexpected events throwing us out of the usual, pressures to let go of the way it used to be and to invite in a new way of considering our lives. Libra marks a midpoint between light and darkness in our seasonal flow. We stand witness to our own brightness and deep shadow, as that which has been ignored, forgotten, repressed, unacknowledged presents itself, personally and worldwide.
Venus moves into Sagittarius on October 7th, finding value through seeking deeper meaning, new adventures, and extending our points of view, both philosophically and physically. Mars enters Virgo on the 15th. Mars is the Warrior energy and at this time that warrior energy best expresses itself through detailed hard work, clearing, cleaning, attending to our health and generally putting our lives in order.
A full moon lunar eclipse in fiery Aries takes place on the 18th. We may see the very end of the eclipse as the full moon rises at 6:30 pm. Eclipses can intensify our emotional experiences. We may feel more impulsive, adventurous, reactive, spontaneous, intuitive, and for some the Aries energy can bring out combativeness.
Mercury goes retrograde in Scorpio on the 21st, until November 10th. Carefully look over details during this time period and be flexible with time schedules as the trickster is afoot reminding us who really is in charge! This is an excellent time to review the quality of your life and any changes you want to put in place. The Sun enters deep feeling Scorpio on the 22nd, bringing us into the shortening of days and the approach of Halloween!
Bright Jupiter and red Mars grace the early morning skies to the East. Hope and War announce their presence. We can take our inquiry to the planets in an early morning meditation. What beliefs guide my life and in what ways may I embrace action through my warrior spirit?
Twelve opportunities for October: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): Unexpected communications from a Libra can bring the need to pause and deeply considerate your response. Quick responses or need to assert your point of view won’t serve either of you. Take time to considerate your deeper motivations, and the needs of your friend or family member. After the 7th, life seems to shift and bring more sense of adventure.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): This month, attend to your health, and to your work life. Break an old habit. Let it go to honor the new sense of yourself that is evolving. Take the risk of adventurous interactions with others. Imagine yourself moving into a more innovative life.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This month, tune into your heart, and take an action that supports your heart’s desire. Serious, and reflective, introspection toward your daily routines and habits is called for. See what’s working and what calls for more practical attention. Ask yourself, “What quality do I want to bring into my life?”
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): You feel pulled in too many directions. This month focuses on grounding, attending to your inner self, its needs, and depth. Balance work with home and family. Let it be your intention to let something go. You need more freedom and spaciousness and this helps support the next unfolding phase of your life. There is a new adventure around the corner.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): Something is happening with a sibling that concerns you. Try communicating in a new way, and then be open to unexpected possibilities. It is good to review your financial situations, putting things in order. At first there may be some confusion but that will pass. More affection comes your way and it is a great time to express your creativity.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): This is a serious and yet loving time for you. You have things on your mind and need to focus on the tasks at hand. Deep reflection brings forth the wisdom and insights that are needed right now. After the 14th you are energized and feel highly motivated. It is a good time to tackle those projects.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): Be open to, and aware of the unexpected in your relationships. Sudden events may shift dynamics and transform what you have become accustomed to. Be patient as you review money situations and tune into your own sense of well-being and self-appreciation. More appreciation and affection arises for a sibling as situations shift.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): This month let yourself retreat, dream, and move into more expanded and imaginative states. Rest is also very beneficial. Honor this renewing process. Contemplate the changes that are taking place and what you want to manifest in your life, in your work and in your relationships. Be patient as the latter part of the month brings more ease and flow.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): This is the time in your yearly cycle when you can review your goals, your hopes, for yourself along with your desires to engage with community. The New Moon in Libra on the 4th is the seeding time for this. These seeds will then gestate into the New Year. Community interactions offer you something new and fulfilling. After the 14th, there is much energy and activity for accomplishment in career and public life.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): There is a lot of uncertainty and unknown in your future. There are also very interesting possibilities. See the positive, and move with renewed intentions. Recalculate your goals and bring in a discipline and structure to help ground you into this next phase. After the 14th you feel energized and have more ability to follow through.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Your point of view may be challenged this month. Unexpected communications lead to letting go of what you thought was taking place. Communications that take place are serious and can take you both to a deeper, more realistic place. This is an excellent time to review emotional dynamics and needs, and to know the incredible importance of the words we use. By mid October everything shifts into more ease.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): October brings you to a change point in partnership, both business and personal. You feel the need to expand your point of view, to allow more your enjoyment with the projects and people you work with. Your clarity helps all those involved. After the 7th, benefits come to you from your work. A change in financial situations allows you to imagine new outcomes.