Music of the Spheres
Astrological Insights by Susan Heinz
“As thousands of peaceful demonstrators descended on Manhattan on Sunday to draw attention to a warming world, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry called on the world’s biggest economies to shake off two decades of gridlock and take significant steps to halt climate change.” Described as “an invitation to change everything,” it was endorsed by “over 325 organizations, including many international and national unions, churches, schools and community and environmental justice organizations.”
The cosmic thrust of this time is a changing of the global paradigm, to see ourselves as one humanity, on a precious, intelligent Earth. Those who can carry and act from this broad view become the bridge into a new age. Balanced at this edge of destruction, we stalk a new identity. Can we release the old, like worn skins?
Libra ushers in this time of justice and balance. It is the sign of relatedness, seeing things from a different perspective, from the point of view of the other. Libra seeks to deepen our consciousness of the quality of our relationships, to each other, to our life and our environment. It adjusts karma, striving for harmony and diplomacy. With the power point of the North Node now in Libra, our collective growth comes from attending to these qualities, while our collective stuck point is in its polar opposite, conflictual, reactive Aries.
Meanwhile the leaves declare their fiery descent, mirroring the expression of a gathering of planets, Uranus, Jupiter, and Mars, in the fire signs Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius. Here we are heated up, feel intensity, can tap into the spirit of inspiration and vision, and feel conflict, war, and destruction. The new paradigm butts up against the old as we ride this thundering Horse into the later part of the year. A lunar eclipse graces the early morning skies on October 8th, aligning with Uranus and Pluto bringing forth its power to alter realities, causing breakdowns, and potential breakthroughs. The eclipse itself challenges us with unpredictability, and moves us to a tipping point. Keep your balance. Calm must be the root of our actions now. (Venus travels unseen with the Sun, influencing possibilities for harmony and diplomacy.)
Mercury goes retrograde on the 4th in Scorpio and stays retrograde until the 25th. Time to dig deeper, seek the truth of things, and let go. On October 23rd a partial solar eclipse takes place at 2:57 pm in the first degree of Scorpio. We experience the Moon passing in front of the Sun, obscuring its light. Eclipses expose hidden issues, bringing forward what is in the dark. This is doubly so in the sign Scorpio! Make space on this Thursday to realign within yourself. Honor what is shown to you at this time as a prelude to releasing that which no longer serves your life.
Mars enters earthy Capricorn on the 26th. It’s sojourn through Capricorn triggers Uranus and Pluto once again, igniting the unpredictable, sudden shifts of direction, our desire for freedom, and liberation. Global struggles over power will be in the forefront as well as nationally, leading into an intense election time. As the I Ching says “Perseverance furthers”, for those who are dedicated to seeing the truth within themselves and to creating a new world. We are building a new foundation of being within ourselves. “Every mindful step we make and every mindful breath we take will establish peace in the present moment and prevent war in the future. If we transform our individual consciousness, we begin the process of changing the collective consciousness.” Thich Nhat Hanh.
Twelve opportunities for October: For Sun and Rising Signs
Aries (Mar 20-Apr 19): This is a very potent time for you! Fast moving change can now happen for you while careful balance is also needed. You are being asked to focus on the quality of your life and relationships, to find an equilibrium that is radically new for you. You are being purged and cleaned of old behaviors that just came naturally. Letting go is good.
Taurus (Apr 20-May 20): October highlights how you take care of yourself and the management of the practical elements of your life. You may see now how you avoid certain issues or find ways not to deal with things coming to a head. Collaborations with others can be fruitful as long as everything is clearly and practically defined. The last week of the month brings in creative collaborations.
Gemini (May 21-Jun 20): This is a time to stand up for yourself with grace and poise rather than blending in with what others think and want. Unexpected and sudden situations with others challenge you to hold your own. Deeper levels of truth will emerge. Insight into daily habits that move along the line of least resistance help you clarify the change needed for yourself. Your sensitivity is at a peak at the end of the month.
Cancer (Jun 21–Jul 21): Activities which nurture your inner life are now recommended. You experience shifts and changes in your goals, and/or dealings with the public that surprise you. Challenges in relationship may arise. Don’t hold it personally and keep a large view on things for success. Your creativity and individuality is supported on and after the 23rd, rooting out things that block you.
Leo (Jul 22 – Aug 22): What an important time for the Leo! There are openings, awakenings, and fast movement now possible. Something has been freed up in you. This energy is so strong that it may sweep you away, so staying balanced and grounded in the logical practicality of matters creates the integration of this special time. Getting away or seeing things from a new perspective is very helpful.
Virgo (Aug 23-Sep 22): Sudden and unexpected shifts with others are to be expected. Can you flow with the unknown? This month focus on what you value, along with valuing yourself, and let your actions procede from there. You may find it helpful this month to focus on your financial situations and needs. Situations with siblings may arise and bring up strong feelings.
Libra (Sep 23-Oct 22): This month give attention to yourself. You feel pulled in a different direction from others. Situations at home or in the family seem unpredictable or changeable. A lively discussion comes about as you communicate what you really want. Going out, trying new things, enjoying friends, or activities with others frees you up. The eclipse of the 23rd highlights your issues with your finances. This is a good time to review what is or isn’t working in that area.
Scorpio (Oct 23-Nov 21): Work is demanding and seems like daily situations call for flexibility and change. Go with the flow, being sure to give yourself enough quiet down time. How you communicate takes on special significance. Watching your mind and staying in the present is most helpful now. Don’t schedule too much on the 23rd, giving yourself time to feel what is arising. A sense of harmony and deep love can develop from this time.
Sagittarius (Nov 22-Dec 20): You are experiencing great busyness and movement. A lot of energy, intensity, inspiration, or travel continues through the month. For best results find ways to slow the pace down and enjoy the moment. Collaboration with others, participating with groups is now highlighted. On October 23rd, take time out from the busyness and touch in with yourself.
Capricorn (Dec 21- Jan 19): Stay flexible this month! Changes are occurring within and without. Reach up for what you want to achieve but pace yourself, listening deeply to what you value, and love, and what inspires you. Don’t get caught up in family dramas, just witness them and go for a sense of calmness. Listen to music, go see art, immerse yourself in creativity and beauty.
Aquarius (Jan 20-Feb 17): Let the artist in you emerge and share your voice with others. Changing and shifting practicalities may call your attention. Don’t give them too much importance. Going with the flow opens spaciousness in your life and feeds your inspiration. Now is an excellent time to edit, and/or review information. You find a deeper connection taking place in your work.
Pisces (Feb 18-Mar 19): This month the issue arises of self reliance versus allowing others to support you. Now is a time to appreciate the gifts that others give to you. Focusing on what is working in your life and the love that is present, rather than what needs to be accomplished benefits your well being. As the solar eclipse takes place on the 23rd you experience deep insights and strong feelings. You can see what beliefs are no longer serving you.
Susan Heinz is a professional astrologer in Santa Cruz for 32 years, bringing together traditional & esoteric astrology, Tarot and Qabalah. For info on her Friday monthly astrology groups, her Qabalah, astrology and or, painting classes and for personal consultations, call (831) 479-3751, or go to www.susanheinz.com.