*Any times indicated are for the 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.
10/01/16 – 6:29 am – Moon square Pluto
This is the first exact aspect of October. It is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the monthly cycle for these two. Could be a good time for some deep soul searching. Consider your belief systems and what you believe. What sources do you rely on to support them? Do you believe that everyone has a right to their own beliefs or do you believe that yours are the “true beliefs?” Remember, you may be the captain of your ship but you are only a passenger on everyone else’s.
10/01/16 – 10:43 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following an opposition to retrograde Uranus, the Moon goes void-of-course for 14 hours. It’s Saturday night and this will take you into Sunday afternoon. Relax and perhaps allow yourself time to reflect on where you are in your life and where you want to go. Where do you see yourself in five years?
10/02/16 – 12:43 pm – Moon enters Scorpio
It’s Sunday afternoon and the void-of-course is over. Go ahead and start that new home or self-improvement project. But with Mars out-of-bounds, know your limits. Don’t over-do as injuries and accidents can be more prevalent during this time.
10/04/16 – 6:00 pm – Vice Presidential Candidates Debate
This is the only debate between the two Vice Presidential candidates. It will be held at Longwood University, Farmville, Virginia and is scheduled to begin at 9 pm Eastern Daylight Time.
In the Blue corner (I’m going alphabetically by color) we have Senator Tim Kaine. We do know his birth time. In the Red corner we have Governor Mike Pence from Indiana. We don’t know his birth time. Both are attorneys and experienced politicians.
Tim Kaine was elected to the senate in 2012. He previously served as governor of Virginia from 2006 to 2010 and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2009 to 2011. Tim was born with Mars unaspected, that is none of the other planets were making a major aspect to Mars. It can be like being the “odd man out” or having greater energy as it is not being directed at any of the other planets. Can he keep his cool? Tim’s Mercury is combust, that is it is so close to the Sun that is cannot be seen except with special equipment. Like his Sun, Mercury is also in mutable water Pisces, sign of the compassionate dreamer. Because Mercury rules the opposite sign of Virgo, Mercury is not well position in Pisces. On the plus side, his Mercury rises right before the Sun making it the “spearbearer,” heralding the coming of the Sun and the beginning of a new day. Tim was born with a slow Moon as it approached a first quarter waxing crisis of action square to the Sun. Will this give him an advantage???
Mike Pence is an attorney and graduate of Hanover College and Indiana University. Currently serving as governor of Indiana, he previously served in the House of Representatives from 2001 to 2013. Like Donald, Mike’s Sun and Mercury are both in mutable air Gemini, sign of the quick inquisitive mind, the talkative sign of the zodiac and ruled by Mercury. He was born a day after a Moon Sun conjunction and so he still has the new Moon energy. People born with this energy often find themselves in a near constant state of flux or need for change. While his Mercury is also combust, it rises after the Sun giving it no special advantage; however, being in Gemini, a sign it rules it is in rulership which can give it greater power. Will this give him the advantage?
What will be the effect of both the Moon and Mercury going void-of-course about the time the actual debate begins? Tune in tonight and decide for yourself.
10/04/16 – 6:04 pm – Moon sextile Mercury
Just as the moderator goes over the ground rules and prepares to introduce the candidates we have this easy flowing sextile from Moon in Scorpio to Mercury in Virgo. Following this, both go Void-of-Course; the Moon for over seven hours and Mercury for over two days. How well will the people, represented by the Moon, understand the messages the candidates will try to impart? Expect at least some confusion and “head scratching” as the analysts and people do their best to make sense of it all.
10/05/16 – 1:26 am – Moon enters Sagittarius
The Moon void-of-course is over. It’s Wednesday so tackle new projects if you have any and get them going before the next void-of-course.
10/05/16 – 2:45 pm – Mars square Jupiter
This is the first quarter crisis of action square in their 26 month cycle. Mars still out-of-bounds and with Jupiter amping up this more erratic Mars energy, it is important that you pace yourself. Know your limits. During this aspect one may be more prone to injuries or accidents.
10/06/16 – 11:26 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Thursday night and this void-of-course will extend through Friday morning. Plan on starting your Friday off by working on any on-going projects. If you have new projects, set them aside until Friday afternoon after the Moon enters cardinal earth Capricorn.
10/07/16 – 12:56 am – Mercury enters Libra
The Mercury void-of-course is over. Focus may now turn to all types of relationships. Choose your words carefully and be clear in all communications.
10/07/16 – 12:31 pm – Sun square Pluto
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in their annual cycle. The current cycle began January 6, 2016 at 15 Capricorn. Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Is there one that you are still working on or struggling with? Time to get real and focus on any that you can achieve and that is for your greater good and can lead you to your true authentic self.
10/07/16 – 1:40 pm – Moon enters Capricorn
It’s Friday afternoon and the Moon void-of-course is over. You should be good to go on any new projects or tasks that you have set aside.
10/08/16 – 1:56 am – Moon square Jupiter
This is the first of five exact aspects today, all involving the Moon. You may want to keep your tissue handy. It is a first quarter waxing crisis of action square. When considering your actions, are you aiming high enough or are you aiming too high? Record all dreams, images, feelings, colors, insights or other sensation when you wake.
Following this the Moon will conjunct Mars, sextile Neptune and then conjunct Pluto for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day.
10/08/16 – 9:33 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. With the Moon in Capricorn and the Sun in Libra, this is the first quarter waxing crisis of action square. Did you gain any insights from your dreams last night or this morning? Does the feminine Moon have a special message to the masculine Sun for you? Take some time to reflect and look into the future you want to create for yourself.
10/09/16 – 9:51 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Sunday so avoid starting anything new but instead tackle an on-going project such as fall cleaning.
10/09/16 – 6:00 pm – Second Presidential Candidates Debate
This debate will be held in St. Louis, MO and is scheduled to begin at 8 pm CDT. With retrograde Neptune the most elevated planet that is closest to the Midheaven, can we expect anything different from the first debate? Will the “facts” check out to be more accurate? Tune in and decide for yourself.
10/09/16 – 11:33 pm – Moon enters Aquarius
It’s Sunday night and the void-of-course is over. If you have any new projects to start, tomorrow should be a good day for it.
10/11/16 – 2:46 am – Mercury conjunct Jupiter
This is the first of five exact aspects today. This is the “embellishment” aspect; that is, the energy is such that people may tend to exaggerate or embellish the facts. If you must speak, it is almost always better to tell the truth so you won’t have to remember which lie you told. Stick to the facts, what you can prove or validate or better yet, practice your listening skills.
Following this the Moon will trine the Sun for the second exact aspect of the day.
10/11/16 – 10:04 am – Mars sextile retrograde Neptune
This is the third exact aspect of the day. With Mars still out-of-bounds and now lending its abundant energy to retrograde Neptune, take everything “with a grain of salt.” Some people just like to hear themselves talk. Don’t be one of them. Check the “facts” for yourself.
Following this the Moon will square Venus for the fourth exact aspect of the day.
10/11/16 – 4:49 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
Following a sextile to retrograde Uranus, the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, the Moon goes void-of-course for thirteen hours. Expect the unexpected, including messages, dreams or other insights. Record them all and make sense of them later.
10/12/16 – 5:43 am – Moon enters Pisces
The void-of-course is over. It’s “Hump Day,” Wednesday. Use your time wisely. You should have a “green light” to tackle any new projects.
10/12/16 – 10:16 pm – Moon occults retrograde Neptune
We’ve been here before; in fact this is the fifth occultation of Neptune by the Moon this year. Record any dreams, insights, thoughts or feelings. No detail is too small. Includes sounds, colors and smells if any.
10/13/16 – 10:00 pm – Mercury square Mars
Hold your tongue. Words said in anger or haste may be your undoing and you may not have a chance to correct them. Keep this is mind if someone says something to you as well. This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in their cycle. Time to reflect and let go of that which no longer serves you. If you forgive, you only have to do it once. If you hate, you have to do it over and over again.
10/14/16 – 12:13 am – Moon trine Venus
Following a waning trine both Venus and the Moon go void-of-course. The Moon for the next eight hours and Venus for four days. With the Moon void-of-course it is best to not start any new projects; with Venus, avoid starting a new relationship especially if you feel it could be a special one. Focus on existing relationships or what it is you want from a relationship and what you have to offer.
10/14/16 – 8:08 am – Moon enters Aires
The void-of-course is over. It’s Friday and you should be good to start any new projects that you may have set aside.
10/15/16 – 3:43 am – Sun opposite retrograde Uranus
This has the potential for being a very busy, even hectic Saturday as this is the first of eight exact aspects today; six of them by the Moon, so keep extra tissue handy. Expect the unexpected today. Surprises may be plentiful or just that, a total surprise.
Following this the Moon will square Mars, trine Saturn, oppose Mercury and then square Pluto for the second, third, fourth and fifth exact aspects of the day. These are mostly challenging aspects that can increase tension or frustration. Be sure that any messages you send or anything you say is clear, perfectly clear so there will be no misunderstanding.
10/15/16 – 7:28 pm – Mercury square Pluto
This is the sixth exact aspect of the day. This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in this pairs annual cycle. Have you had any “messages from the dead” recently? This could be a good time to sort out the real from the imaginary. Everyone may receive a special message from time to time; now is a good time to respond, to connect with spirit, even your own higher self. Messages from the shadows aren’t necessarily bad and may be just what you need to hear.
Following this the Moon will conjunct retrograde Uranus. Try not to be too surprised if yours or other people’s emotions seem to be all over the place.
10/15/16 – 9:23 pm – Full Moon opposite Sun
This is the eighth and final exact aspect of the day. This full Moon is known as the “Hunter’s Moon” as it provides extra light for a night of hunting as one prepares for the lean times of winter which lie ahead. What are you looking forward to in the months ahead? What “lean times” are you most concerned about? What are you seeking? Let the additional light provided by this full Moon help guide you to the answers you seek.
Following this the Moon goes void-of-course for almost eleven hours. This could be a good night to chill back and reflect, even talk over old times and dreams with family or friends.
10/16/16 – 8:04 am – Moon enters Taurus
The void-of-course ends as the Moon returns to Her second home, Taurus, the sign of Her exaltation. Because the Moon is moving very fast now in just under 24 hours She will go void-of-course again. It’s Sunday and if you have new tasks or projects to start on Monday, you may want to make your plans today.
10/17/16 – 7:46 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
This is another long void-of-course lasting almost twenty-four hours. It may be best to spend your day working on any on-going projects or tasks. If you can, set aside any new tasks until tomorrow after the Moon enters Gemini.
10/18/16 – 12:01 am – Venus enters Sagittarius
After four days, Venus’ void-of-course is over. You should good to go now if you are looking for a new relationship or want to take an existing relationship in a new direction or to a higher level. Not saying you will find that special relationship or that any attempt to change direction or take it to a new level will be successful, but if you don’t go for it, it will probably never happen.
10/18/16 – 7:30 am – Moon enters Gemini
The Moon’s void-of-course is now over. You should be good to go on any new projects or tasks that you’ve set aside. When in Gemini the Moon can tend to be a bit talkative so don’t forget to be a good listener or you just might miss something important.
10/19/16 – 4:18 am – Mars conjunct Pluto
What might we expect when Mars God of War, who is still out-of-bounds and prone to misbehaving, joins up with Pluto Lord of the Underworld? Unfortunately one possibility is more of the violence and chaos we have been seeing around the world. Be aware of your surroundings and remain alert. It could be a life saver or who knows, you just might see someone you’ve been looking for who’s been looking for someone like you. Pluto and Mars are also involved when it comes to love and passion so this aspect isn’t necessarily a downer.
10/20/16 – 12:48 am – Mercury opposite retrograde Uranus
As always with Uranus, expect the unexpected. In this case, since Mercury, planet of the mind and communication is involved the unexpected may be something someone (maybe you) says or it could be that “big light bulb” going on in your head with the answer to a problem you’ve been trying to solve. This aspect could also have a “mini-Mercury retrograde” side to it so choose your words carefully.
10/20/16 – 4:16 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
This is a relatively short void-of-course, just over four hours. When the Moon is void-of-course or undistracted by other planets, insights and emotions may flow more freely. Did something just wake you up? What was it? Don’t try to figure out if it is important, write it down. It probably will be important, if not now then later.
10/20/16 – 8:28 am – Moon enters Cancer
This Moon void-of-course ends as She returns to Her home sign. The Moon is still moving fast so this will be a shorter than usual visit. During this time we may find ourselves more concerned with family and those we care about, about protecting and nurturing others and ourselves. Trust your instincts.
10/22/16 – 12:14 pm – Moon square Sun
This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in their monthly cycle. With the Sun in Libra and the Moon in Cancer it is a cardinal or action oriented square. Did you have any new ideas or plans that aren’t panning out? Now is the time to get serious and assess them. Are they worth trying to salvage or is it time to let them go and maybe consider starting over or trying a different approach? It’s time to start doing something about it.
Following this both the Sun and Moon go void-of-course. Both will be short, the Moon for only 20 minutes and the Sun for less than five hours. Focus on any on-going tasks or projects and set any new ones aside until tomorrow or at least wait until after the Sun enters Scorpio.
10/22/16 – 12:34 pm – Moon enters Leo
The Moon’s void-of-course is over and She is now expecting attention. Check your emotions and instincts. Have they been working as expected or have you or perhaps others seemed a bit “off” of late? Be sure you are back on track.
10/22/16 – 4:46 pm – Sun enters Scorpio
Can you feel the shift as the Sun moves from cardinal let’s talk about it, air Libra into fixed stand your ground, water Scorpio? Things may begin to seem more intense now. This can be an opportune time for some deep reflection on any points that may have been troubling you or had you feeling blocked.
10/24/16 – 5:21 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Monday morning and this void-of-course will last almost 15 hours. It is best to focus on any on-going projects or anything that you had previously started. If you can, wait until after the Moon enters Virgo or tomorrow before starting anything new.
10/24/16 – 1:47 pm – Mercury enters Scorpio
Thoughts and conversations may become more serious now. You may find yourself annoyed by “trivial” conversations. Don’t take it out on others. They just don’t understand you at that deep level you’re going to now. Take time to reflect and consider before responding or criticizing.
10/24/16 – 8:16 pm – Moon enters Virgo
The Moon void-of-course is over. You should be good to go on any new tasks or assignments.
10/25/16 – 12:43 pm – Moon sextile Sun
This is the waning or closing sextile and the first of five exact aspects today. With the Sun in deep Scorpio and the Moon in critical serious Virgo don’t be surprised if you find yourself or others more affected by the tragedies and chaos around us. The Moon is moving into its balsamic phase, the final phase before going dark in preparation for the new Moon. Time to let go of the trivial and prepare for beginning something new with more depth to it. Keep the tissue handy.
Following this the Moon will square Venus and then oppose retrograde Neptune for the second and third exact aspects of the day.
10/25/16 – 6:55 pm – Venus square retrograde Neptune
This is the fourth exact aspect of the day and the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the annual cycle for these two. Time to re-evaluate what you desire, what or who you truly love or what love is. Neptune tends to hide our truths behind a curtain or fog in an attempt to obscure them from others. Unfortunately, this can also hide them from ourselves. Clear away the fog, open the curtain and take a good long look at who you are and what is it you really want? What is it you desire? With Neptune retrograde you may find yourself going “back to the drawing board” as you re-imagine what you really want and desire.
10/25/16 – 10:56 pm – Moon square Saturn
For the fifth and final exact aspect of the day, the Moon makes a third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square to the truth seeker Saturn. Can you handle the truth? Following closely on the Venus square retrograde Neptune, prepare yourself as you confront your cold hard truths.
10/26/16 – 8:19 am – Venus sextile Jupiter
With Venus Goddess of Love and Beauty, of all that we desire to be and have in optimistic Sagittarius making a waxing or opening sextile to Jupiter Lord of Expansion and Benevolence in Venus ruled Libra, sign of the other, of all relationships; could we ask for more? Probably not, but perhaps the message is we should ask for less. Less material things and more spiritual or personally fulfillment, perhaps less obsession. This is the first major aspect between these two since their conjunction. Conjunctions symbolize new beginnings. The waxing or opening sextile symbolizes the time when we should reassess that “new seed” planted at the conjunction and begin to focus on what it is we truly expect from this cycle. The next aspect will be the first quarter waxing crisis of action. Time to begin preparing for whatever action you will need to take.
10/26/16 – 8:41 am – Venus goes Out-of-Bounds
Venus joins Mars out-of-bounds south. Like Mars She may no longer feel as if the rules apply to Her. Just to be on the safe side, you should seek and heed the advice of friends and family on all matters involving your heart and any expensive purchases or long term financial commitments. Venus will remain out-of-bounds until December so it may be best to “just cool it” when it comes to any new relationships or major financial purchases or obligations.
10/26/16 – 11:33 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It’s Hump Day and as we approach the middle of the day, the Moon begins another long void-of-course lasting over nineteen hours. If you read ahead then you knew you needed to spend the morning focusing on any new assignments and getting them started. Now you need to focus on any on-going tasks or new things you started this morning. Any other new tasks should be set aside for tomorrow.
10/27/16 – 6:51 am – Moon enters Libra
The long void-of-course is over. It’s Thursday and you should have a “green light” to tackle any new assignments or tasks that you set aside yesterday. If you have tasks that require or would be best handled with the assistance of others, now is the time for them as the Moon is now in the sign of the other, of partnerships and teamwork oriented Libra.
10/27/16 – 9:17 am – Mercury conjunct Sun
This is the Superior Conjunction as Mercury passes on the far side of the Sun creating a line-up from Earth, through Sun to Mercury. This is like the full Moon phase and marks the midpoint in the current Sun Earth Mercury cycle which began September 12, 2016 when retrograde Mercury made its Inferior Conjunction passing between the Earth and the Sun. What new seed did you plant at that time? Did you start a new writing project or have a new idea or “dust-off” one that you had started before? Time to reassess it. What progress have you made on it? This may be a good time to get some input from friends, family or coworkers on it. Then decide whether you are going to commit to it or it’s time to let it go.
10/28/16 – 3:43 am – Moon conjunct Jupiter
This is the first of five exact aspects today. Since the first aspect involves expansive Jupiter and the emotional intuitive Moon, allow yourself to be open to inputs and insights from all around you; not just people, but nature and the world around you.
Following this, the Moon will sextile Venus, sextile Saturn and then square Pluto for the second, third and fourth exact aspects of the day. Keep the tissue handy, if not for yourself, then for others.
10/28/16 – 9:05 pm – Mars square retrograde Uranus
This is the fifth and final exact aspect of the day. This is the third quarter waning crisis of consciousness square in the almost two year cycle of these two. Whenever Uranus is involved, expect the unexpected. Mars is still out-of-bounds and won’t necessarily play by the rules so it’s up to you to keep yourself in check. Don’t take any unnecessary risks. With Venus also out-of-bounds, Mr. or Miss “right” may turn out to be totally wrong! There is safety in numbers, but only if you know them so keep your friends close. If they are the “right one” then they won’t mind hanging with your friends. Don’t over-indulge; better yet, you may want to be the designated driver.
10/29/16 – 3:09 am – Moon goes Void-of-Course
It may be the wee hours of Saturday morning and the early weekend but void-of-course doesn’t care about the calendar. This one will last sixteen hours which is almost all day. If you haven’t, finished your Halloween costume or plans for the big party best get to it. It is not a good time to start a new costume now or change your plans and go to a new party. Stick with plans already made, with family and friends as the energy of last night’s Mars square retrograde Uranus is still with us.
10/29/16 – 5:45 pm – Venus conjunct Saturn
As Saturday night approaches it’s time to get serious about love and desire. If you are having second thoughts about that “blind date” or going with someone new or someplace you aren’t familiar with, it may be best to cancel and stick with family and friends. Trust your intuition and instincts.
10/29/16 – 7:01 pm – Moon enters Scorpio
The void-of-course is over and the Moon begins Her monthly journey through intense Scorpio, a sign in which She is not a happy camper. Trust your intuition and instincts. If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. Make a polite, but quick and safe exit.
10/30/16 – 3:15 am – Mars returns In Bounds
While most were sleeping, Mars 22 Capricorn 51 returned in bounds and should now be ready to “play by the rules,” at least until the next time. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “Two awards for bravery in war.” Someone may surprise you and recognize you for your efforts and accomplishments during the Mars out-of-bounds time. If so, be humble and gracious. You know you couldn’t have done it alone. You may feel less like a “super hero” and more like yourself now. Containing or controlling your energy or anger may be easier as well. The holidays will be coming in full force now so you may need to pace yourself. Don’t over-extend or over indulge yourself.
10/30/16 – 5:58 am – Mercury trine retrograde Neptune
It’s the wee hours of Sunday morning. Did you wake early from a dream? Record everything about it. Theme, sounds, colors, characters, setting, time, no detail is too small. Record first, analyze later.
10/30/16 – 10:38 am – New Moon conjunct Sun
This is the Scorpio new Moon. This conjunction occurs at 7 Scorpio 43. The Sabian symbol for this degree is “The Moon shining across a lake.” New Moon’s mark new beginnings. Take advantage of this energy and “reflect” on the past month, the past eighteen months and consider are you where you want or expected to be? If not, then where? Why aren’t you where you expected or wanted to be? Consider what your first steps should be to get back on track and move towards whom and where you want to be. Make a plan to get there and let today be the day you take the first step towards achieving that goal.
10/31/16 – 7:44 pm – Moon goes Void-of-Course
This is the last astrological event of October. It’s Halloween and as the veil between our reality and parallel realities is at its thinnest and begins to lift, the Moon, our instincts and emotions is undistracted by the pull of the other planets or points. Allow yourself to look into these parallel realities. To see who you are and who you can be. Pick the one you want most and see how it was you got there. Now you know what you need to do to bring that reality into this reality, the one you are most aware of. Don’t close the curtain to that reality, but keep it at least slightly open so you can more easily reconnect with it to help guide you on your journey to materialize it in this reality.
Looking ahead to November, we find it begins with Venus out-of-bounds and the Moon void-of-course. The first exact aspect will be the Sun trining retrograde Neptune and then the Moon moving into optimistic Sagittarius. Mercury will join Venus out-of-bounds and they will both carry that into December. There will be several days with five aspects so in typical holiday fashion, emotions may run high or just be a bit all over the place. Neptune will finally go direct leaving Uranus as our only retrograde planet. More about November coming soon.