*Any times indicated refer to Pacific Time Zone.
*Refer to “AstroCast” by Kimberly Maxwell for more detailed information as these events unfold.
*Remember, these are just transits and they too, like a kidney stone, shall pass.
October starts with six exact aspects by the Moon on the 1st and a few days later Mercury goes retrograde followed by the other two eclipses of 2014. Venus starts October less than 6 degrees from the Sun. The astrological tern is combust, meaning basically that She can’t be seen by the unaided eye without special equipment. Mythologically, this is Innana’s (Venus) passage through the underworld. Since She is in direct motion, this means She is passing on the far side of the Sun away from the Earth. She will reappear in late November as the evening star, Her Hesperus phase according to the ancient Romans.
10/01/14 – 12:38 am – Moon sextile Mercury
First of six exact aspects by the Moon 1 Capricorn 41 today. You might want to keep your “chill pills” handy as it could be a bumpy ride for the next few hours. This is followed by Moon square Venus at 12:52 am and then Moon sextile Neptune at 7 am.
10/01/14 – 12:32 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the fourth exact aspect by the Moon today. With the Moon at 8 Capricorn 33 and the Sun 8 Libra 33 this is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square. You may just feel as if you have to do something even if you aren’t sure what. Try to breathe and if you aren’t sure what to do, start with the little things like sharpening your pencil or straightening up your desk or kitchen counter. The fifth aspect is the Moon conjunct Pluto.
10/01/14 – 11:11 pm – Moon square retrograde Uranus
The last of the six exact aspects by the Moon 14 Capricorn 44 is a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Uranus 14 Aries 33. What unexpected things happened today or might happen in your dreams tonight?
10/02/14 – 9:18 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a friendly sextile to Saturn, the Moon goes void-of-course for the next 15 ½ hours. TGIT. Good day to work on resolving on-going issues or work on existing projects as the Moon is void-of-course for the rest of the day.
10/03/14 – 1:00 am – Moon enters Aquarius
The void-of-course is over and it’s Friday. Hit the deck a running and see what you can get started or done today.
10/04/14 – 12:14 am – Moon sextile Mars
This is the first of six exact aspects and seven total planetary events today. Again! Yes we just did this but this time it’s a different set of players and it’s a Saturday so while it may be another emotional roller-coaster, the ride should be different. Going out? Check your weekend picnic/party bag; Kleenex, check, chill pills, check, back-up plan, hmm, maybe a good idea just in case.
10/04/14 – 1:03 am – Sun square Pluto
Second aspect of the day finds Sun 11 Libra 01 making a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to Pluto 11 Capricorn 01. This cycle began with their conjunction January 1, 2014 at 11 Capricorn 17 and will end with their next conjunction January 3, 2015 at 13 Capricorn 16. Their first quarter crisis of action square was April 3, 2014 at 13 Capricorn 33 and their opposition, fruition phase was July 4, 2014 with Sun 12 Cancer 17 opposing retrograde Pluto 12 Cancer 17. Whenever Pluto is involved, you should expect that something, if not given up willingly may be ripped away in what could be a very painful process. The third quarter square is a time for reviewing things, letting go of those that you no longer need, that no longer serve you or that are holding you back. They may be material things or they may be ideas or beliefs.
Following this the Moon will sextile Uranus and then oppose Jupiter for the third and fourth aspects of the day.
10/04/14 – 10:02 am – Mercury stations Retrograde
Here we go again. When a planet appears to stop moving and changes direction, whether going direct or retrograde it is at its strongest. Even speedy Mercury will spend almost 4 ½ days at 2 Scorpio so be prepared if you have any planets or sensitive points at 2 degrees of any the fixed signs, Taurus, Leo, Scorpio or Aquarius. Mercury entered the shadow September 14 and is now stationary and ready to go back over the space from 2 Scorpio 19 to 16 Libra 46. This should be the time frame for anything that might be affected by this Mercury retrograde and might come up again to be dealt with. The first pass usually marks the spot and may often go unnoticed at the time. The retrograde pass which begins now may bring it into our awareness and the third and final pass later this month into November will provide the opportunity to resolve or complete the issue/lesson.
10/04/14 – 9:18 pm – Mars trine Uranus
Before this the Moon squared Saturn. This easy but perhaps erratic and unpredictable trine is the last exact aspect today. Good time to take that relaxing bath or shower before going out with friends or staying home to watch TV or read a book. No significant transiting aspects or events on Sunday so maybe we’ll get the day off. Then again, maybe someone is affecting your planets; in which case you may not feel like you’re getting the day off.
10/06/14 – 12:38 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a friendly trine to Saturn in Scorpio, the Moon 21 Pisces 05 goes void-of-course for the rest of the day until early Tuesday morning. Spend your afternoon reviewing existing projects, lists or just cleaning and organizing. Tomorrow you can get at the new stuff again.
10/07/14 – 3:07 am – Moon enters Aries
The void-of-course is over. You have a green light for any new projects, ideas or ventures today. This doesn’t mean that the day will go well or that anything you start today will turn out well or as expected. It just means you can go ahead. You still have to honor Saturn and give everything your due diligence.
10/08/14 – 2:52 am – Moon occults (conjuncts) retrograde Uranus
This conjunction at 14 Aries 29 is the first of six exact aspects today. This is like a super conjunction as the Moon will pass in front of Uranus blocking it from the view of observers on certain parts of the Earth. With clear skies and the right equipment, people in northeastern Asia, northern Greenland, west and central Europe and the Arctic will be able to see Uranus disappear behind the Moon and then reappear several minutes later. Is the Moon blocking Uranus’ influence from us or will She be acting like a lens and magnifying and focusing Uranus’ energy in Aries? Looks like this could be a day full of surprises and emotional ups and downs. Adding to this, the Moon is moving faster than usual so the energies of the day can be expected to hit hard and fast. These may be more like punches than slaps. Keep the tissue and band-aids close by.
10/08/14 – 3:51 am – Moon opposes Sun
This is not only a Full Moon it is also a total eclipse of the Moon as it passes through the darkest parts of Earth’s shadow. This occurs an hour after the occultation of Uranus adding a Uranian flavor to this eclipse. With Venus combust (less than 7.5 degrees) from the Sun and opposing the Moon and Uranus we also have a Venusian flavor to this eclipse. Moon 15 Aries 05 opposing Sun 15 Libra 05 may bring our (Aries) roles within relationships (Libra) into the forefront. It may be helpful to look into a dark mirror as we try to see what role our shadow side plays in our relationships and how best to use that energy to improve them.
This is a full Moon representing the fruition or harvest stage following a new Moon, that is Sun Moon conjunction. The short cycle began with the previous new Moon September 23 at 0 Libra. What short term goals have you accomplished? As this full Moon is also an eclipse, we need to look back to the previous new Moon Solar eclipse which was April 29, 2014 at 8 Taurus 52. What seeds were planted around that time and are now coming to fruition? There is also a longer cycle to eclipses known as the Saros cycle. This full Moon Lunar eclipse is considered part of Saros series 127. The previous new Moon Solar eclipse in Saros series 127 was June 21, 2001 and occurred at 0 Cancer 10. Is there any significance to that date or events around that date in your life? “Seeds” planted at that time may finally be coming to fruition now. Life is comprised of a series of over-lapping cycles. Eclipses represent just one of them. Understanding your life cycles can help you to better understand your life and what is happening around you.
Following this, the Moon will trine Mars 17 Sagittarius 02 bringing His energy into the events of the day and then trine Jupiter 17 Leo 11 creating an expansive, potentially hard hitting Grand Fire Trine.
10/08/14 – 10:31 am – Venus square Pluto
This is the fifth exact aspect of the day. Venus 11 Libra 03 is making a third quarter, crisis of action square to Pluto 11 Capricorn 03. This cycle began November 15, 2013 with their conjunction at 9 Capricorn 46 and reached fruition with their opposition July 27, 2014 with Venus 11 Cancer 43 and Pluto 11 Capricorn 43. What might be significant about those dates in your life? Time now to put the finishing touches on whatever that might be and begin to prepare for their next cycle which will begin with their next conjunction December 20, 2014 at 12 Capricorn 47.
10/08/14 – 1:43 pm – Mars trine Jupiter
This is the sixth and final exact aspect of the day. After this, the energy of the Grand Fire Trine should start to dissipate, slowly at first but then flowing quickly away.
10/10/14 – 10:27 am – Retrograde Mercury re-enters Libra
It was only September 27th, when direct Mercury moved from Libra into Scorpio. What was happening then in your life that calls upon you to revisit it now? This will be Mercury’s second pass over the zodiac from 29 Libra 59 back to 16 Libra 46. This is generally considered the phase that will bring any Mercury retrograde type “events” into your awareness. It could be something you said or didn’t say that you should have. Something you signed or should have or perhaps shouldn’t have signed. Perhaps you meant to backup your computer hard drive but forgot? Try to pay attention this time as you will get one more pass to finish it or “make it / do it right.” Third time may be the charm but three on a match can be bad luck.
10/11/14 – 2:10 am – Venus opposes retrograde Uranus
Warning!! Exercise extreme caution in all relationship matters as Venus 14 Libra (us) 22 opposes retrograde (do over) unpredictable Uranus 14 Aries (me) 22. While Mercury is retrograde and it may already be too late, caution is still required. If luck is on your side, you will sleep through this one. Just don’t get up on the wrong side of the bed.
10/12/14 – 10:57 am – Moon sextile retrograde Uranus
This is the first of five exact aspects by the Moon today. It’s Sunday and starting off with an easy flowing sextile so don’t be surprised if someone, maybe you, is more emotional than usual. As with any day with five or more exact aspects by the emotional inconstant Moon, keep the tissue handy. By the way, the Moon is slowing down now so expect the emotional roller-coaster ride to be longer lasting.
Following this the Moon will trine Venus, sextile Jupiter, trine the Sun and for Her grand finale of the day, oppose Mars at 10:12 pm. Sleep tight.
10/13/14 – 10:58 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a trine to retrograde Mercury 27 Libra 06, the Moon 27 Gemini 06 will go void-of-course for the next 5 1/2 hours. While this isn’t a particularly long void-of-course, it is Monday so try to plan your work day accordingly … just be sure to plan it before the Moon goes void-of-course.
10/13/14 – 4:30 pm – Moon enters Cancer
The void-of-course is over now and so for some is their work day. The Moon has returned to Her Cancer home again and perhaps all will feel right with our world, at least for now.
10/15/14 – 12:19 am – Sun sextile Mars
This is the first of five exact aspects today. This easy flowing sextile can give one a boost in energy which may come in handy with the next four aspects by the Moon, three of them squares. Next up, the Moon will square Venus then trine Saturn, perhaps advising us that we need to take stock of our love life and whether or not it is truly fulfilling.
10/15/14 – 12:12 pm – Moon square Sun
This is fourth aspect of the day and the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square. With the Moon at 22 Cancer 21 and the Sun at 22 Libra 21, issues regarding home life, significant relationships and how we nurture and are nurtured may come up.
10/15/14 – 4:27 pm – Moon square retrograde Mercury
This is the last exact aspect of the day. As the Moon 24 Cancer 29 makes a third quarter crisis of consciousness square to retrograde Mercury 24 Libra 29 more relationship issues may come up again as this is Mercury’s second transit over this part of Libra. Resolution may not come until Mercury makes its third transit in November.
10/16/14 – 1:40 pm – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Sun
This is the Inferior Conjunction at 23 Libra 24 as retrograde Mercury moves between the Earth and the Sun and marks the beginning of the next Mercury cycle. This can be thought of as being like a new Moon and always occurs when Mercury is retrograde. The first “seeds” of this cycle may have been planted around the time when Mercury was here September 19, 2014. Clarity may not come until Mercury makes its third and final pass (superior conjunction) on November 3, 2014.
10/17/14 – 10:56 am – Retrograde Mercury conjunct Venus
Because Mercury and Venus both orbit between the Earth and the Sun their cycle dance is different than that of any of the other planets. Most of the time, like this one, these meetings involve one of them being retrograde and passing between the Earth and the Sun and the other being direct and passing on the far side of the Sun (an opposition from the Sun’s perspective, Heliocentric). Think of this as if they are two contestants at 22 Libra 20 circling in the ring with the Sun (referee, 24 Libra 16) in the center as they check each other out but not necessarily having much to say. Because this conjunction occurs so close to the Sun, we will not be able to see it without the use of special viewing equipment. The ancient term for this is “combust” which was considered to mean that the planets energies are weakened. Rather than thinking of them as weaker, think of them as being more internalized or possibly representing the subconscious. Try feeling this internally rather than as an external process.
With Venus direct and on the far side of the Sun and Mercury retrograde and on the Earth’s side of the Sun (which from the Sun’s perspective is Aries) this may give Mercury’s tongue a bit of an edge or bite to it. The Mercurial energy, let’s talk about this or think this through is stronger as Mercury is closer to us and wants to assert itself (unseen Aries energy). Venus may be more inclined to want to compromise or even sacrifice Herself for the good of the relationship. It may be more difficult to stand one’s ground when confronted by another with whom we are in a relationship, be it at work or home. As Mercury is retrograde, this is its second pass over this degree. Issues which come into awareness at this time may not get resolved until Mercury returns to this degree again around the evening of November 2, 2014.
10/18/14 – 6:10 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a busy Friday we enter into a period of relatively easy aspects. It’s Saturday and the Moon 25 Leo 04, following an easy sextile with the Sun goes void-of-course for about ten hours. It is best to avoid starting something new at this time.
10/18/14 – 4:08 pm – Moon enters Virgo
The void-of-course is over. It’s Saturday evening so go ahead on that new adventure you’ve been thinking about. Don’t forget though, Mercury is still retrograde so be careful what you say or sign.
10/19/14 – 10:19 pm – Venus goes Void-of-Course
Venus 25 Libra 25 goes void-of-course following an easy flowing sextile to Mars in Sagittarius. Venus will be void-of-course for over three days fifteen hours. With Mercury still retrograde exercise extreme caution in all communications with others as Venus is in no position to save you.
10/20/14 – 11:00 pm – Orionid Meteor Shower
This should be a good year to view this meteor shower as the new Moon is only two days away. This meteor shower is called the Orionid as the meteors appear to come out of the vicinity of the constellation Orion the Hunter. This time of year, Orion rises around 11:00 pm or later. With clear skies, viewing should be good into the wee hours of the morning with up to 20 meteors per hour. The meteors are the result of the Earth passing through the debris field from the comet Halley.
10/21/14 – No Exact Aspects Today
Inhale. Hold. Exhale. Breathe. It’s Tuesday, relax, meditate and enjoy it.
10/22/14 – 2:26 pm – Moon occults retrograde Mercury
Occultations by the Moon occur on average about once or twice a month. This month, but not for our viewing pleasure, we have three in just over 24 hours. This is the first one and occurs at 17 Libra 33. You will need special equipment to view this as it occurs so close to the Sun as to be invisible to the unaided eye. Mercury is retrograde and what might the Moon be filtering at this time? Mercury will return to this same point October 28 at 12:01 pm so there isn’t a lot of time to figure this one out and make any necessary corrections.
10/23/14 – 4:57 am – Sun enters Scorpio
This is the first of six events today, including two sign changes, and four exact aspects by the Moon. Can you feel the shift as the Sun moves from can’t we all get along Libra I want to be alone Scorpio.
10/23/14 – 1:52 pm – Venus enters Scorpio
Hot on the heels of the Sun, Venus moves from her home sign of Libra into Pluto’s home sign of Scorpio ending Her void-of-course. We may find ourselves moving from what can I do for you? to what about what I want/need?
10/23/14 – 2:12 pm – Moon occults Venus
This occultation at 0 Scorpio 01 is the beginning of Scorpio and is less than one hour before the new Moon Solar eclipse. What might this combination of the three brightest lights, Sun, Moon and Venus, mean for us? While 0 degrees of the fixed signs, Scorpio, Aquarius, Taurus and Leo will be most affected, 0 degrees of any sign will also be affected so pay attention.
10/23/14 – 2:57 pm – Moon occults (conjunct) Sun
This New Moon partial Solar eclipse is at 0 Scorpio 25. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “A sight-seeing bus filled with tourists. This symbol is about taking in the world through all of our senses, hearing, sight, smell, taste and touch. As this is a new Moon it marks the beginning of another cycle. The short cycle runs until the next new Moon. The intermediate cycle runs until the next Solar eclipse and the longer cycle runs until the next new Moon in Scorpio. This eclipse is part of Saros series 153 or 17 North and the longest cycle runs until the next Solar eclipse in this series, November 3, 2032.
10/23/14 – 11:29 pm – Moon trine retrograde Neptune
This, the last exact aspect of the day, is a water trine with Moon 4 Scorpio 56 and retrograde Neptune 4 Pisces 56 providing a possible outlet for any leftover emotions for the day. Tomorrow is Friday, the Moon won’t be void-of-course and will only make one exact aspect so it should allow for time to reflect, recover and renew.
10/25/14 – 12:31 am – Venus conjunct the Sun
This meeting at 1 Scorpio 49 is the Superior Conjunction or “full Moon” fruition phase for the Venus Sun cycle. Venus is on the opposite side of the Sun from the Earth and will be fully illuminated in all Her beauty. Unfortunately we won’t be able to see it because of the time of day. This cycle began with the Inferior Conjunction of retrograde Venus and the Sun January 11, 2014 at 21 Capricorn 12. The “seed” for this Venus Sun cycle was planted around this time. What was happening, what “new thing” may have started in your life then?
This could turn out to be a busy day for some people as we also have a Moon void-of-course and Mercury is going direct. Read on.
10/25/14 – 9:11 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following an occultation of Saturn 23 Scorpio 08, the Moon goes void-of-course for over 12 hours. It is Saturday so it may be best to relax and enjoy the day. Do some fall cleaning or go out and enjoy nature. Remember an occultation is like a super conjunction. Because of the time of day, this won’t be visible to the unaided eye in the US. With the Moon also going void-of-course, is She blocking us from seeing the reality (Saturn) of some situation or is she trying to bring it into focus? Pay attention to your intuition and feelings today as they may provide the answer for you.
10/25/14 – 12:17 pm – Mercury stations Direct
Mercury is changing direction and will be moving forward again making its third and final pass over the space from 16 Libra 46 to 2 Scorpio 19. This pass should provide the opportunities to complete correct or resolve any “Mercury retrograde” issues that may have come up in the past month since Mercury entered the Shadow. Try to take note of what this Mercury retrograde was about for you as it may help you to prepare for the next Mercury retrograde when it comes around in January 2015.
10/25/14 – 9:40 pm – Moon enters Sagittarius
The void-of-course is over. It’s Saturday night. Enjoy yourself, tomorrow is another day.
10/26/14 – 3:43 am – Mars enters Capricorn
Unless you are sensitive to Mars energy, you may not feel this shift as Mars moves from mutable fire Sagittarius to cardinal earth Capricorn. You may however, notice a difference in your energy level though as Mars prefers action oriented Cardinal signs. Try to channel your energy into constructive things.
10/27/14 – 9:18 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Monday morning. Try focusing on any leftover projects, call backs and such from last week as the Moon 19 Sagittarius 54 will spend the rest of the day void-of-course.
10/28/14 – 2:50 am – Sun trine Neptune
This is the first of six exact aspects, five by the Moon, today. When you wake up, try to make notes of any dreams you had. What is your first thought of the day? How do you feel about it? This is a watery trine so emotions may flow more freely than usual today.
10/28/14 – 3:03 am – Moon enters Capricorn
This ends the void-of-course. Following this, the Moon conjuncts Mars and then sextiles Neptune, the Sun and Venus. Keep your friends close and your tissues closer.
10/28/14 – 10:47 pm – Moon conjunct Pluto
This is the last aspect of the day. The day is almost over and it’s probably bedtime for most. What did you learn about yourself today? Who pushed your “buttons” and why? Pluto is about transformation and our need to be our purist selves, the who we are meant to be.
10/30/14 – 7:46 pm – Moon square Sun
With Moon 7 Aquarius 36 and Sun 7 Scorpio 36, this is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square in this cycle. The need to take some action may be strong even if you don’t know on what or why. Focus, breathe and allow your inner sense of knowing to guide you. The Sun is in Scorpio so proceed with caution and try not to do something you might later regret.
10/31/14 – Happy Halloween!
Go forth. Have fun. Be safe.
November starts with five exact aspects on the 1st. Daylight Savings Time ends on the 2nd so be prepared to set your clocks back one hour. Election day on the 4th finds three aspects by the Moon including another occultation of Uranus so don’t be surprised if there are some unexpected winners and losers today. Mercury will be back on track and into new territory. We will have a Mercury Sun superior conjunction and another new Moon at 0 degrees.