October 7th New Moon
This New Moon makes a sesquiquadrate to Neptune and Chiron, which are conjunct in Aquarius with less than a degree separating them. Neptune brings his starry-eyed idealism to the picture, only slightly complicated by the presence of Chiron, the Wounded Healer. We must watch ourselves that we do not over indulge in idealistic fantasy. Fortunately, at this time also, Mercury conjoins Saturn in Libra, near the Sun and Moon, which does help to put a damper on things. Venus and Mars are also conjunct in Scorpio, and Venus makes a sesquiquadrate aspect to Uranus, which is sure to bring surprises, perhaps in the area of our close interpersonal relationships. The next day Venus retrogrades and we will find ourselves more introspective than usual, particularly regarding the important relationships in our lives.
October 14th First Quarter Moon
This is traditionally a time when the rubber meets the road in making sure that the impulse of the previous New Moon sees its way through the difficulties that arise at this time of relative stress and trial. In this case, the Libra Sun is directly across the zodiac from the new planet Eris, also squared by the Moon. Eris represents feminine warrior energy, so that we might be greatly enjoined to take a stand for what truly believe in, and fight to the death if necessary to support our beliefs.
October 22nd Full Moon
This Full Moon is an interesting one, taking place in the last degree of Libra and Aries, rather than the beginning of the next sign. When the Sun enters Scorpio the following morning the next phase can be said to truly begin. Saturn's sesquiquadrate aspect with Neptune is quite close now, so that the cynicism arising from this combination, and the push-pull of idealism versus practicality, is strongly present.
October 30th Last Quarter Moon
This Last Quarter Moon is traditionally known as a "crisis of consciousness" when we must realize the difficulties inherent in what we have been trying to accomplish lately, and the limitations of our approach. This time the Sun is conjuncted by the retrograde of Venus, which has been active for the last couple of days, making for an even more reflective attitude. We will continue over the remaining weeks of Venus in retrograde, or even into late December, up to the Winter Solstice on December 21st, to mull over our possibilities and attempt to better integrate our energy for change with the conservative thrust to maintain the existing status quo. The real truth of our situation lies, as usual, somewhere in between.