The special events this month are the ten day 7th Moon celebration starting Oct 9, a Gate of Inspiration Oct 13 and the New Venus on Oct 28. These 4 weeks culminate a great transformation that precedes the dawning of a new world. Evening Star Venus is now pushing the Sun, our consciousness, into healing darkness. Venus disappears Oct 23 for 8 days while she goes in for her every 19-month makeover. Venus returns Nov 2 as a New Venus rising before the Sun. This renaissance event coincides with the end of a troubled 360 day Night 6 of the Mayan calendar and the beginning of a bright year long “Day 7” on Nov 3.
The month begins with Venus and Mars coming together low in the western sky in Scorpio. This conjunction brings up for transforming all old patterns of being that resist open hearted love. Libra, the sign of Egyptian goddess Maat, is time to restore balance within and release what makes the heart heavy so it becomes as light as the Feather of Maat. It’s time to let go of the past and open to the future.
The appearance of the crescent Moon on Oct 8 begins a new cycle of creation in the Cherokee, ancient Chinese, Hindu and Greek Mystery traditions. All proclaim this the time when the world was created and is recreated each year. During these 9 nights (Hindu Navaratri) Kali is welcomed into homes to consume the year's discord and the Cherokee celebrate "Nuetiegwa", the Big Medicine Moon. Cherokee women dance from the time the crescent appears until the Moon sets. Dance is to help the world be reborn by embodying the energies of the new time. This dance continues for several evenings. Re-creation in spirit makes way for the New Year to be. All fortunes turn on the tide of the 7th Moon.
Jupiter is the planet to hang with this month as the giant benefic shines brilliantly in home sign Pisces after his transforming encounter with Uranus. A good turn of fortune is coming with the King this time round. Two special constellations on high are Aquila the Eagle and Cygnus the Swan. The Eagle wields the thunderbolts of Zeus/Jupiter to clear shadows from the world, the Swan brings love and peace to planet Earth.
Venus aligns with Mars, Oct 1-3 – Transforming through Love
Passions run high as the lovers tango through Scorpio. Restrictions on the heart exposed by the Sun conjunct Saturn Oct 1 are brought to the fiery altar as Mars traverses constellation Ara Oct 1-13.
Balsamic Moon, Oct 3-5 – Make a Wish!
It’s the Wishing Moon, a time to put wishes on the air. Also called “the witches Moon,” it is when people are brought to mind for healing. Feeling invokes healing, the deeper we feel, the more we heal. Needs felt now invoke Moon Magic from the new lunar cycle.
Moon at the Equator / Zero Point South, Oct 5 (10:17 pm) - Meditate
Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times ideal for creative imagination. 0 South is like Autumn Equinox in the Sun cycle, it is a time to connect with and seed the new cycle. The portal opens for about 2 hours 9:17 - 11:17 pm.
Dark of the Moon / New Moon, Oct 6-8 – Time to Go Within
Day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for inner work and energy clearing for the new cycle. Astral shadows give way as we connect with the light, breathe deeply and go within. Each New Moon is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down and look inside. Nostradamus calls New Moon "the day of Diana, a time for silent rest." This is when mystics descend to drink from the well within.
Crescent New Moon, Oct 8-12 - Time to Sow
It’s time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the crescent appears, seeds are fertile on every level. This time favors all new beginnings. At the sighting of this Moon, Cherokee women begin their creation dance, the 9 North Star Spirits start their descent (China), Kali enters homes to consume the year's discord and initiates gather at Eleusis to receive the Mysteries. The energy is strongest Sunset to Moonset when the New Moon shines through the 7th House. Meditation in this time can open many doorways, wishes readily take wing and prayers bring blessings for this Moon and the New Year to be.
Moon Out of Bounds South, Oct 10-13 (11:04 pm 10/10 – 9:40 am 10/13)
As the Moon travels below the zodiac our inner world is illuminated. Old belief patterns and energy blocks are more easily released. This is a time to go beneath the surface, do original research, change habits and renovate our inner world.
Gate of Inspiration,Oct 13-14 (1:11am 10/13 - 1:11am 10/14) Open to Receive
A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. Whatever blocks our flow comes before the Gate to be let go. This is a time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and be present to the power and possibilities of the time. As the Gate opens, new light pours through with new inspirations and new creative energy.
1st Quarter Moon, Oct 14 (5:27 pm) – Let Go the Old, Power On the New
The First Quarter Moon is like a scythe cutting across the sky. This is a day for decision, a time to cut free of the past and affirm our higher purpose. Choices made now are apt to be right ones.
Atohuna / Kali Victory Day – Sunset Oct 17- 18 - Mystical Union
This is the Hindu Dasha-Hara when Kali slays the demon bull ending the reign of evil. Heaven and earth are united as one. The Cherokee call this day Atohuna, the Friends Made Ceremony when two are joined together as one. A New Fire is kindled and vows of eternal friendship made. The Atohuna celebration continues until the Full Moon on Oct 22.
Moon at the Equator/Zero Point North, Oct 19 (12:54 pm) – Imagine!
Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times for creative imagination. Moon at the Equator going North is like Spring Equinox. It is a time to envision. The magic window is open for two hours - 11:54pm-1:54pm
Sun in Libra Full Moon, Oct 22-23 (exact 5:17 pm 10/22) – Illumination!
This is the Friends Made Moon, when two are joined as one in the presence of Yowa. Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunities for healing body, mind and soul. Meditation, deep breathing, music and dancing help open to receive. The Full Moon is like a pitcher that pours out healing waters, we just raise our cups to receive. Cosmic energies flow for 3 days following the Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters, and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned!
Moon Out of Bounds North, Oct 25-27 (2:33 pm 10/25 – 10:13 pm 10/27)
We are more open-minded and ready for change when the Moon travels the higher world. New ideas are more easily and successfully shared. This time favors new business ventures and special social gatherings. It’s time to share new opportunities, make announcements and bring new discoveries to light. Late night Oct 26 is most magical when the Moon sails high over Orion.
Halloween / All Hallow’s Eve - Oct 31 Gather with Friends and Celebrate!
The astral veil is thin as Celtic New Year comes in. Witches have friends in to celebrate the start a new cycle. New energies flow through bringing many blessings. The 3rd Quarter Moon helps clear our psychic vision so spectral phantasms are seen dancing around caldron and candle. Stroke your crystal ball and look within to see what the future will bring. Happy Halloween!
Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org