Astro-Notes on October 22, 2016 – Third Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Third Quarter Moon at 29:48 Cancer/Libra at 3:13 pm EDT
– Moon ingress to Leo at 3:33 pm EDT
– Mercury in Libra semi-square NN in Virgo/sesqui SN in Pisces
– Sun ingress to Scorpio at 7:45 pm EDT

Over the last few days did we arrange for a few things to be taken care of, though not to the extent we had hoped and also not without encountering opposition, or even animosity, all of which kept us struggling to meet our objectives and although we could for the most part rely on others for assistance and support, yesterday, we ended up pretty much on our own. However, we could have used this situation to catch up with some of our personal matters we have to attend to, but we had to realize it wasn’t nearly enough time for all the tasks on our list. In fact, we might not have gotten done much at all. Thus, the Third Quarter Moon with Moon and Sun in the last degree of their respective signs, presents us with a ‘crisis in consciousness’ that is a last chance to assess and evaluate our property or belongings together with the things we care for to be able to protect them properly and get even with our past. Consequently, it is important that we make choices that serve our future prospects in this regard and be practical as well as pragmatic so that we can let go of our past. After the Sun’s ingress to Scorpio later in the evening a period begins during which we seek to regenerate and renew ourselves by ‘shedding a skin’, as well as to become more powerful, resourceful and influential and transform our sense of Self together with the way we express and realize ourselves, while discarding a part of our personality we’ve outgrown.

Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Wands”, representing the urge to move on, be bold and daring as well as original and proactive. This card indicates that we have come to a time of decision, where we must decide whether we want to build on what we have or perhaps expand in a new direction. Therefore, it is imperative that we bring forward the patience and focus of our intent and maximize on these opportunities, which are coming our way now. We need to confront the situation head-on, leave familiar grounds behind, step out into a new world and explore our options. Moreover, this card can also refer to the productive meeting of minds, from which partnerships can prosper and be successful.

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Astro-Notes on October 16, 2016 – Aries Full Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Sun in Libra opposite Uranus Rx and Eris Rx in Aries and semi-sextile Juno in Scorpio
– Full Moon at 23:14 Aries/Libra at 0:23 am EDT
– Mars in Capricorn trine NN in Virgo/sextile SN in Pisces and semi-sextile Saturn in Sagittarius
– Juno in Scorpio quincunx Eris Rx in Aries
– Moon ingress to Taurus at 11:04 am EDT
– Venus in Scorpio semi-square Mars in Capricorn
– Vesta in Cancer square Ceres Rx in Aries

A trine from Mars in Capricorn, the ruler over the Aries Full Moon, to the North Node in Virgo (sextile South Node in Pisces) in addition to his semi-sextile to Saturn in Sagittarius, shows that the actions and initiatives we instigated in preparation for the future we have envisioned for ourselves have yielded results and this comes with a growing sense of structure and control.

As a consequence, we feel more in charge over our destiny. However, Venus in Scorpio, the dispositor of the Sun and Mercury in Libra, is engaged in a semi-square to Mars, while Mercury casts a square to Pluto in Capricorn and the Libra Sun is leaving an opposition with retrograde Uranus and holding another one with retrograde Eris in Aries. That’s a lot of stirred up energy, which is repeated in the last degree square between Vesta in Cancer and retrograde Ceres in Aries, who is now disposited over by Mars and not by Venus anymore.

Thus, we’re exerting quite an effort to be able to accomplish what we set out to do. We are in the last stage or stretch of our big endeavor. Things are speeding up, time is running out and we have to give it a final push, pull some strings and mobilize our supporting base as well as the resources we can rely on. Our self-interests are at stake and although we could have faced some interruptions, changes or other difficulties, we cannot sit back, wait, waver, deliberate or hesitate any longer. We have to be motivated, get into the competing, conquering spirit, take our chances (even a few risks) and make quick and firm choices in order to move forward and make progress.

As the Libra lunation cycle culminates in the Aries Full Moon, the impulse that sounded forth at the time of the Aries New Moon back in April will also come to fruition. Accordingly, the symbolical picture of ‘the three old masters, which are hanging on the wall of a special room in an art gallery’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra New Moon), in a protected environment, has been replaced by the image of ‘an open window, through which the wind blows curtains inward in the shape of a cornucopia’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries Full Moon), and the ‘magic carpet of oriental imagery’ (Sabian Symbol for the Aries New Moon) has become ‘a butterfly with a third wing on its left side’ (Sabian Symbol for the Libra Sun).

What once was only an image, dream or vision has now taken flight, though in a different ‘form’ than the one we had conceived of or devised in our minds and it is still shaping and shifting. If we want to win in this scenario we have to fight and show what we are made of, using our full potential together with our reputation or standing or whatever we have going for us and up our sleeve plus the ‘tricks in our bag’.

The Sabian Symbol for the Full Moon at 23:14 Aries states:

“Blown inward by the wind, the curtains of an open window take the shape of a cornucopia. Keynote: Openness to the influx of spiritual energies – MOLDED BY TRANSPERSONAL FORCES.”

The Sabian Symbol for the Sun at 23:14 Libra states:

“A butterfly with a third wing on its left side. Keynote: The ability to develop for inner strengthening new modes of response to basic life situations – ORIGINAL MUTATION.”

(Dane Rudhyar: “An Astrological Mandala: The Cycle of Transformations and its 360 Symbolical Phases”, Pages 67 and 187-188, respectively)

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Tarot card of the day is the “2 of Wands”, representing the urge to move on, be bold and daring as well as original and proactive. This card indicates that we have come to a time of decision, where we must decide whether we want to build on what we have or perhaps expand in a new direction. Therefore, it is imperative that we bring forward the patience and focus of our intent and maximize on these opportunities, which are coming our way now. We need to confront the situation head-on, leave familiar grounds behind, step out into a new world and explore our options. Moreover, this card can also refer to the productive meeting of minds, from which partnerships can prosper and be successful.

Astro-Notes on October 9, 2016 – First Quarter Moon

Daily Aspects:
– Saturn in Sagittarius square nodal axis across Virgo/Pisces
– First Quarter Moon at 16:18 Cap/Libra at 0:32 am EDT
– Vesta in Cancer semi-square NN in Virgo/sesqui-quadrate SN in Pisces and sesqui-quadrate Saturn in Sagittarius
– Venus in Scorpio square Pallas Rx in Aquarius
– Mercury in Libra sesqui-quadrate Pallas Rx in Aquarius

A few days ago did Saturn in Sagittarius move into a square to the nodal axis across Virgo and Pisces, which brought us to a turning point destiny-wise in matters of structure, control and limits, where we had to curtail the damage inflicted upon us by overcoming the uncertainties and ‘ghosts’ of the past (self-undoing) and finding out the unknown factors, which have been lingering for a long time, trapping us in unresolved and undesired conditions we now seek to break out from in order to be able to improve our future prospects. This set up the stage for Mercury’s ingress to Libra on October 7 and the Libra Sun’s square to Pluto in Capricorn on the same day. Mercury’s transit through Libra, which will last until October 24th, introduced a phase during which we evaluate and assess our information, schedules, plans, verbal exchanges, mobility and associations and focus on contracts, agreements, negotiations and the terms of engagement with others. However, right at the onset of this transit did circumstances or forces beyond our control cause us personal struggles, which threatened our inner peace and threw us off balance, because they forced us into a corner, we couldn’t get out of. We had to accept that the situation is out of our hands and the pressure of it all has taken its toll on us.

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Therefore, the ‘crisis in action’ that accompanies the First Quarter Moon, challenges us to get on top of our affairs and in control of these circumstances, while remaining professional and defending our position. As Vesta in Cancer connects to the Saturn-Nodes t-square with hard octile aspects and Mercury in Libra casts another octile to retrograde Pallas in Aquarius, who is also receiving a square from Venus in Scorpio, taking care of our causes and investments has become a necessity on which our future depends. In order to save the future we’ve been planning and working on for so long, we have to reconsider our approach (personal politics) and the strategies we employ and this includes the messages we send out or how we come across to others, in particular what shared values or approval ratings concerns. Donald Trump’s ‘sex gate’ is a perfect example of the current astro weather.

Tarot card of the day is the “10 of Swords”, suggesting that we may feel victimized and powerless or just ‘dead tired’ and exhausted, wishing for a clean break from a stressful issue. However, this is the final ordeal, presenting us with a confrontation of the sum total of our thoughts and outcome of mental processes. Thus, a reorientation or gaining of perspective might ensue and things might get better from now on. It is important though to let go off negative attitudes and to accept our current circumstances. Something is coming to end and change is impending. The worst is over and the only way is up.