Full Moon in Taurus November 2019 – Earthed

The Full Moon occurs at 13:34 (UT) on November 12, 2019 at 19°Ta51′

The peak of the lunar cycle lands in the fixed earth sign of Taurus opposing the Sun in the fixed water sign of Scorpio. Practical issues connected to security, money and resources are challenged by deep emotional issues connected to fear, control, power and change. Taurus is about LIFE, Scorpio about DEATH – how do we comfort ourselves in the dark? How do we invest time, money, energy into the world, knowing that in the end, we will leave as we came, with nothing? Somehow, it’s about making peace with what is, being in the present, loving the now. Taurus is connected to nature. It’s spring flourishing, trees laden with fruit, lazing in a field on a summer’s day. Taurus asks us to slow down, focus on the basics, allow ourselves time to smell the flowers. It doesn’t matter what’s going to happen tomorrow, next week, next year, says Taurus. Be here, be now. Life is good.

The Full Moon is tightly conjunct asteroid Vesta. Vesta is currently retrograde in Taurus, asking us to pay special attention to any self-esteem issues as well as tightening our focus on our resources. As Taurus rules possessions and Vesta is a priestess, we may want to go through our belongings so we can release what no longer serves us to leave space to honour those items that we hold sacred. Honouring the body too, the vessel of the soul, is also important. Take time to languish in a bath, wrap yourself in soft fabrics, light candles, eat a favourite meal, spend time with a lover – don’t forget Taurus is ruled by love Goddess Venus.

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Venus herself is in Sagittarius where she asks for freedom to roam and follow her heart. The challenge is that Venus is also square to Neptune which introduces a desire to escape the bad old world. In the background, Mars and Pluto are still square one another indicating frustration over power games, inequality and lack of control. Mercury is still psychological demon hunting whilst retrograde in Scorpio and of course Saturn and Pluto grow ever closer to their meeting in January. The background atmosphere is grave and intense so yes maybe skipping off to lala land seems like a reasonable response to everything that is happening! The problem however is that Venus square Neptune can over-romanticise and is easily disappointed. Chasing rainbows is not going to get the real gold that Taurus can hold in its hands or feel in its heart.

The Full Moon opposes Mercury suggesting that there is a split between what we think (Mercury) and what we feel (the Moon). We need to bring the two together, something that Mercury is already working on whilst deep-diving in Scorpio. What we have working strongly in our favour though is that the Moon is trine both Saturn and Pluto. These aspects empower and fortify us and give us a rock to lean on when push comes to shove. Saturn and Pluto tell us that we can use the wisdom of our experience to reshape our world. We have much more power than we think we do.

The Full Moon is on the Sabian symbol :-

Wisps Of Wing-like Clouds Streaming Across The Sky

Yes, we need to be grounded but we also need to look up. Gaze into the vast sky and know that there is a greater pattern, a bigger plan. Scry the clouds for messages from above. Trust that angels and divine beings are present in these tough times.

Painting – ‘Wheat Fields with Stacks’ by Vincent van Gogh

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November 2019 Astrology Forecast

sagittarius-1907We begin the month with Mercury retrograde, having started its backtrack on Hallowe’en in scary Scorpio. During this Mercury retrograde period, it’s necessary for us to dig deep into our fears and shadows and explore issues with intimacy, sharing and shared resources, endings and change in our relationships with others. This is a transit that drives us to search for truth – but we must be mindful of where we are obsessing over details that don’t matter. Trust issues too are likely to be brought to the foreground. Straight conversation with a willingness to be honest will plunder the riches that this Mercury retrograde offers.

Venus enters Sagittarius on November 1, giving us some bounce and vigour when it comes to our relationships. After the intensity of Venus in Scorpio, now we need a free rein and room to explore. Relationships benefit from adventures into new places; trying out a new restaurant; a quick weekend away; next year’s holiday planning. The downside is that Venus in Sagittarius prefers to be footloose and fancy free, so if we’re too clingy it can put the fire out. Still, this is a creative time and it does invite us to open our hearts to new experiences.

The First Quarter Moon on November 4 emphasises the need for space as the Moon in friendly but detached Aquarius squares the sexy, sultry Scorpio Sun. Yes, we desire intimacy, truth, deep bonding but emotionally we are at a turning point in the lunar cycle and the emphasis is on freedom and breaking old habits.

As both Scorpio’s rulers, Mars and Pluto, square one another on November 5, we could find that any bid for freedom or focus on change is likely to meet with tough resistance – either from others or from within ourselves. Mars square Pluto is heated, impulsive, confrontational and we’re tempted to try to force a point. Mars’s natural desire to be number 1, first, a winner, a leader is intensified by Pluto, but this competitiveness can become destructive, especially if manipulative tactics are used. The more we allow anger to get the better of us, the less control we have. Positively, Mars square Pluto contains huge reserves of energy, perfect for tackling difficult tasks and working on our personal goals.

From here though, the month starts to straighten out. Saturn forms its final sextile to Neptune on November 9. All year we have been confronted with impossible dreams through Jupiter’s wishful square to Neptune, but Saturn has urged us to focus on those dreams that are workable in the real world. Perhaps now is the time when we begin to see the manifestation of what we imagined, the dream becoming a reality. It may not be as advanced, adventurous or as big as what we originally wanted, but still something is taking shape and maybe, just maybe, it will give our poor world-weary hearts a cause for celebration.

We reach the midway point in the Mercury retrograde cycle on November 11 as Mercury meets the Sun. This year, Mercury will show his face, transiting across the face of the Sun for all budding astronomers (and astrologers!) to see. So, this year, we can physically witness tiny Mercury seated on the giant throne of the Sun, scorched yet not burned. Often it is around this time when we receive information, inspiration, an idea or illumination that brings clarity.

The Full Moon in Taurus occurs on November 12, opposing the Sun-Mercury conjunction. Perhaps whatever it is we discovered requires us to change. But Taurus prefers everything to stay the same. We must weigh up what we keep and what we release, where we invest and where we cut our losses. A Mars-Jupiter sextile however also occurs on this date, at least boosting energy and courage to face any difficult decisions brought by this lunation.

Mars then enters home sign Scorpio (using traditional rulership) on November 19. We’re motivated to get real in relationships. Desires surge. After having to watch his step in Libra, this placement feels familiar, warm, welcoming, easier. Now we’re willing to stare those scary stories we tell ourselves in the face because Mars in Scorpio is brave and can turn fear to fuel. During this period, we can get clear about what is driving us. Mars pushes us to get underneath surface wants and explore what we really desire deep down. As Scorpio is a fixed sign, once we begin a path, mission or goal under this influence, we tend to pursue relentlessly. This can be a positive or negative depending on the situation! We also have the Last Quarter Moon on this date too, a complicated scenario with the Moon in regal Leo and the Sun in shadowy Scorpio. It could prompt dramatic scenes if we feel ignored or unseen. It’s best that we don’t get too caught up in perceived snubs and instead stay playful with life.

Mercury stations direct on November 20, releasing us from slow-downs and snarl-ups. But we do need to give Mercury time to get back on his feet (or rather to resurface!) as the station direct itself can manifest as unpredictable events.

The Sun then enters Sagittarius on November 22 and after so much emphasis on Scorpio recently, it’s possible we could feel like a dog let off its lead. Hope returns or we’re searching for inspiration, looking in places we’ve never explored before. Sagittarius loves an adventure and to travel so we too might want to do the same. But this is also a very philosophical sign. After all the deep diving in Scorpio’s waters, perhaps now our views have changed, or we need to consider how our beliefs support or scupper our personal mission. During Sagittarius season, it’s also important to reconnect to what brings us joy. Re-ignite your spark.

The Lesser and Greater Benefics, Venus and Jupiter meet in the heavens on November 24, also in Sagittarius, There is potential for some wild fun and a surge of excitement as hearts burst wide open. This is a generous aspect that reminds us of all the abundance that is in our lives. Complicating matters somewhat however is that Mars opposes Uranus on the same date. This is a highly unpredictable aspect, where sudden action or decisions may take us a long way from where we anticipated. Certainly, it’s exciting but it’s important we stay on the high side. Resist impulsiveness and confrontational behaviour, especially over differing viewpoints. Keep the Venus-Jupiter conjunction near to hand. If you’re stuck, ask yourself, is this a response from the heart?

Venus then enters sensible Capricorn on November 26 where the love Goddess prefers to focus on commitment more than adventure. Love takes work under this transit, but a mature, practical approach can bring relationships the stable foundation they need. In all matters of love and money, we may run into issues around limitation and lack, fear and caution. This is the time to work on our practice of self-love, respect ourselves enough to say no – or yes, depending on the situation! Capricorn is an ambitious sign that works hard to bring out the best in us. This is about bringing out the best of what is in our hearts, standing by our personal values and appreciating responsibility.

Right on the heels of Venus’s ingress into Capricorn, we have a new Moon in Sagittarius, so even if Venus has got her poker face on, we haven’t yet left behind the enthusiasm of the Archer. A new start around this time asks us to aim our arrow high and aim for the truth. The Moon’s trine to Chiron promises that a new beginning is seeded with healing energy. As Sagittarius drives us to broaden our experience, this is the perfect time to make a vision board of all the places you want to visit, write a list of books you want to read, sign up for a class or read the writings of a teacher or mentor.

The month ends with Neptune’s station direct on November 27. The changing of the tide can bring a moment of uncertainty – are we coming or going, lost or found? What’s real and what’s illusion? We need to use our intuition as a compass to navigate the waves. Soon new dreams to pursue will emerge from the depths of our unconscious.

November 2019 Major Aspects

01-Nov-19 Venus enters Sagittarius 20:24:33
02-Nov-19 Mercury conjunct Pallas 09:33:12
03-Nov-19 Sun trine North Node 01:10:15
03-Nov-19 Venus trine Chiron 13:19:49
04-Nov-19 Juno enters Libra 02:28:12
04-Nov-19 First Quarter Moon in Aquarius 10:22:57
05-Nov-19 Mars square Pluto 10:27:56
07-Nov-19 Pluto trine Vesta 12:08:48
08-Nov-19 Pallas enters Sagittarius 10:15:49
08-Nov-19 Sun sextile Saturn 17:06:03
08-Nov-19 Sun trine Neptune 17:56:11
09-Nov-19 Saturn sextile Neptune 02:45:19
09-Nov-19 Chiron opposite Juno 10:09:21
10-Nov-19 Mercury sextile Pluto 02:09:01
10-Nov-19 Mercury opposite Vesta 18:33:04
11-Nov-19 Sun conjunct Mercury 15:21:34
12-Nov-19 Sun opposite Vesta 08:56:10
12-Nov-19 Full Moon in Taurus 13:34:17
12-Nov-19 Chiron trine Pallas 17:35:34
12-Nov-19 Mars sextile Jupiter 18:20:35
13-Nov-19 Mercury sextile Saturn 14:34:37
13-Nov-19 Sun sextile Pluto 18:00:17
13-Nov-19 Mercury trine Neptune 22:34:09
14-Nov-19 Venus square Neptune 17:06:18
16-Nov-19 Ceres enters Capricorn 04:33:40
19-Nov-19 Mars enters Scorpio 07:40:07
19-Nov-19 Last Quarter Moon in Leo 21:10:49
20-Nov-19 Chiron square Ceres 14:14:29
20-Nov-19 Mercury stations direct 19:11:32
22-Nov-19 Saturn trine Vesta 06:14:35
22-Nov-19 Sun enters Sagittarius 14:58:49
23-Nov-19 Mars sextile Ceres 13:47:07
24-Nov-19 Sun trine Chiron 04:54:46
24-Nov-19 Venus conjunct Jupiter 13:33:21
24-Nov-19 Mars opposite Uranus 16:50:41
25-Nov-19 Uranus trine Ceres 10:44:03
26-Nov-19 Venus enters Capricorn 00:28:20
26-Nov-19 Pallas sextile Juno 14:03:47
26-Nov-19 New Moon in Sagittarius 15:05:28
27-Nov-19 Venus square Chiron 06:27:46
27-Nov-19 Neptune sextile Vesta 10:48:53
27-Nov-19 Neptune stations Direct 12:32:07
28-Nov-19 Mercury opposite Vesta 05:39:57
28-Nov-19 Mercury trine Neptune 09:50:56
28-Nov-19 Venus trine Uranus 18:27:21
29-Nov-19 Juno square North Node 04:51:31
30-Nov-19 Mercury sextile Saturn 06:12:28
30-Nov-19 Venus conjunct Ceres 09:36:30

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Ghost in the Chart – Astrological Signatures of Spirit Communication

My Grandmother was a reluctant medium. She heard and saw spirit and could foretell the future by the movements of the birds and other strange happenings. It didn’t sit easily with her as she was a strong Christian but still, that was the way things were. And back through her family, she had other ghostly tales to tell, like the time a painting fell off the wall in her grandmother’s house, heralding the death of a family member. Then there was the story of her husband, my Grandfather, steered away from potential tragedy by a ghost during a blackout in the war. The face of the man who helped my Grandfather stared out of the newspaper the following day – he was dead before my Grandfather spoke to him.

Then there were glasses that flew up in the kitchen at my other Grandmother’s house, bringing screams and tears. That was the sign that my great aunt had died. Then there was me, travelling on a train back home late at night. An owl crashed into the window beside me, killing it instantly. I got home to the news another aunt had died.

As for me, I’ve had ghostly experiences all my life. It began when I was five years old. It was Christmas and I was reading a Rupert the Bear annual in bed. Suddenly I felt someone stood beside me and I froze. Glancing to my right, too terrified to look up, I saw a pale and ghostly hand resting on the side of the bed. I screamed the house down and brought my mother running. I never saw spirits clearly with my eyes after that aside from one occasion in the 1990’s when I watched a man walk through a wall and another where I saw my old dog laying in her favourite spot 12 years after she died. Seeing, really seeing, seemed to have been filtered out in my five-year-old terror. But sometimes I still see light and a flurry of sparks like an interdimensional firework.

However, I hear Spirit clearly and they drop pictures in my mind. They whisper snippets of conversation to me or call my name. In my early 20’s there was a nun who insisted I learned the Hail Mary even though I’m Pagan (!) not Catholic. To my knowledge, no one else in my family was Catholic either. Every morning, I would hear her as I woke up, saying the Hail Mary and in my mind’s eye I could see the bottom of her habit. Once I finally learned the Hail Mary (I actually went to the library as this was pre-internet!), she went away, never to return.

They come sometimes when I give readings, insistent on making themselves known, interrupting loudly until I listen. I’ve never advertised as a medium because that’s not my calling and it doesn’t happen all the time but still, sometimes they come. Many years back, when I began working on a tarot line, I felt the presence of a child beside me – a sweet little thing who was very insistent that his mother was going to call. I asked him his name and he told me it was David* and he was five years old. After several calls, I felt the equivalent of a prod in my side and after my caller had asked her question, I tentatively asked her if she could place the little boy. After some discussion, it turned out that this lady had had a miscarriage 5 years previously and had baby gone full term, they would have called him David. Then there was a lovely client who came on the phone telling me that I must get in touch with her dead father. I refused saying ‘I’m not a medium’ but she insisted I was the right person. Her energy was electric, vibrant and light. Within a few moments I had a vision of a friendly looking elderly man who opened a giant bible in front of me then ran his finger down the page to the name ‘Jacob*’. I had to admit to being a little stunned and squeaked, can you place ‘Jacob’? She laughed and said of course, that’s my Dad!

But sometimes being sensitive to Spirit is not so easy – such as when a man was murdered opposite my home and he came to give me information, shock reverberating through his aura. Or the time when another murdered man jumped right into my body, turning my lips blue as I struggled to breathe, choking out the name of his killer. I burst into tears after that and a very kind, elderly medium mopped me up. I was still young and learning and to be honest, it scared me silly.

But for all that fear, my natural ability to connect with the other side has also been one of my greatest blessings. Through dreams, meditation and sometimes just in a random moment, spirits have brought me valuable messages and sometimes just popped their head through the veil to say hello. My mother’s perfume floated through the air at her funeral. My grandmother showed me one of the healing gardens in Spirit. My friend revealed a glorious landscape behind her just after she passed over. On the last night I had with my dog, a column of light appeared in the room and moved softly towards my girl. She was fast asleep, terminally ill with cancer. I was crying, as I had been for hours. As the light moved towards her, she woke up, looked up and thumped her tail happily at whoever it was that stood over her. Then a rush of loving energy filled the room and my heart. To this day, I don’t know who it was but on one of the worst nights of my life, there was someone there, holding my hand. When death is present in our lives, Spirit is always very close.

So, where do we look to in the astrological chart for ghosts and sensitivity to otherworldly communication?

In my natal chart, I have a yod with Uranus and Neptune at the base and Mercury at the apex in the visionary 9th house. I have found that Mercury-Neptune aspects in a chart can lend themselves to hearing the voice (Mercury) of spirit (Neptune). Neptune alone in aspect to personal planets or angles seems to speak loudly of spiritual connection. It stands to reason then that a strong Pisces signature can also be relevant.

The water houses are also places to explore, especially the 8th house and 12th house. Generally speaking, if you want to know more about your spiritual life, look to the 12th house first.  Explore the planets in the 12th house and the condition of your 12th house ruler as this will describe your spirituality and connection to the unseen worlds. But the 8th house too talks of the mysteries of life and death and the afterlife and seems a common denominator in looking at sensitivity to ghosts and the unseen.

Like artistic or musical ability, there can be many different ways psychic sensitivity is shown through the chart. I have spoken to mediums who have a strong Neptune or Jupiter placement in the 12th (like an angel on their shoulder) or the Moon in the 8th. Whilst a strong Scorpio signature can also indicate an uncanny ability to know information through psychic means, generally, I have seen Pisces/Neptune more often for direct spirit contact but of course there are always exceptions.

Another strong player in spirit connection and communication seems to be Uranus. As this planet is connected to high frequencies and higher (universal) mind, it comes as no surprise in many ways. Uranus is also quite descriptive of the shock factor at seeing a ghost!

Another possible player is Black Moon Lilith who herself was a wraith, a being with no physical form. In my own chart, BML is directly conjunct my Sun. I find that I see her more in transits when people have seen ghosts or dreamed of a loved one who has passed (the latter can also manifest with strong Neptune transits too). Again, it will always depend on other aspects but it’s been enough times for me to take notice.

Here are some chart examples :-

Sylvia Brown
Psychic medium
Mercury quincunx Uranus
The Moon square Neptune (8th house)
Neptune is on the Sabian symbol ‘An Ouija Board’!

Edgar Cayce
‘The Sleeping Prophet’
Sun in Pisces (possibly 8th house)
Moon conjunct Neptune.
Although there is some question over time of birth, I thought it interesting to note that using the time on astro-databank gives Uranus in the 12th house conjunct the Ascendant.

Alistair Crowley
Occultist. Ceremonial Magician who communed with supernatural entities
Moon in Pisces 8th house.
Sun sextile Uranus
Note – time used is 10:50 p.m. – the time Crowley himself uses in Equinox of the Gods – source astrodatabank 

Kübler-Ross, Elisabeth
Swiss psychiatrist who worked with the dying who came to have a firm belief in the spirit world.
Pisces Rising.
Sun conjunct Pluto.
Anaretic Uranus in Pisces 1st house

John Edward
Medium
Scorpio Rising with Neptune conjunct the Ascendant from the 12th house

Darryl Anka
Mystic who channels a being of extra-terrestrial consciousness
Uranus (alien!) in the 12th house conjunct Ascendant.
Moon in Pisces conjunct MC.
Mercury, Sun, Neptune triple conjunction
BML (1st house) trine MC

Dolores Ashcroft-Nowicki
Esoteric practitioner. Occult author. 3rd Generation Psychic
Scorpio rising. Triple conjunction in the 8th house Sun-Mercury-Vesta (Priestess). Moon trine Uranus

Allison DuBois
Medium (whose work is the basis for the TV show Medium).
Uranus (1st house) conjunct Ascendant tightly square Mercury (4th house)
Moon in 8th house
Sun (4th house) trine Pluto (12th house)

Sting
Uranus in the 12th house
Neptune conjunct natal Moon (in the 3rd house of communication).
Sting saw a figure of a ghostly mother and child one night at home.

Cher
Uranus and Venus in the 12th house
Neptune square Ascendant and Descendant
Cher says she believes that her ex-husband Sonny comes to her from spirit, turning the chandelier lights on and off.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Author of the Sherlock Holmes books
Sun conjunct Uranus 12th house
Mercury (voice) conjunct Pluto (dead).
Moon in the 8th house
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was fascinated by the supernatural and had several ghostly encounters including one during an episode of sleep paralysis.

Keanu Reeves
Sun, Mercury, Uranus, Pluto quadruple conjunction in the 12th house (all conjunct ASC).
Keanu Reeves saw a ghost when he was around six or seven years old.
Note that this is a rectified chart but Keanu himself has apparently mentioned having Virgo rising putting his Sun in the 12th house

Sources
Celebrity ghost encounters

Astrodatabank – Chart Sources

**Names have been changed

You may like to read an older article Ghost in the Deck where I talk about spirit communication through the tarot.

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Painting – Spirit of the Forest by Odilon Redon

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New Moon in Scorpio October 2019 – Exorcism

The New Moon in Scorpio occurs at 03:38 (UT) on October 28, 2019 at 04°Sc25′.

The lights meet in the depths of Scorpio’s waters. Scorpio relates to death, change, closure, endings, intimacy, trust, truth, power and control. As this is the beginning of a new lunar cycle, there is the potential for a fresh start yet at the same time, this beginning is also the signal of an ending. For a door to open, another must close.

Emotions are intense. We cannot escape feelings that bubble up from deep within the psyche. Desires, wants, needs – they feel raw, visceral, real. What is required now is absolute honesty both with ourselves and with others. The more transparent we are, the closer we become, the more we feel empowered.

The Moon and Sun are in a tight opposition to Uranus. Uranus is the lightning bolt that shocks us awake in the middle of the night. Maybe there are literal surprises or shocks that force us to see where change is needed. In some place in our lives, we have been too stuck for too long and Uranus is having none of it.

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“Wake up” he cries as we roll out of bed on the heels of a nightmare, sweating. shaking, not knowing what woke us, nerves skittering. But then there’s a giggle from Spirit, a jingle of cosmic court jester bells and we laugh because we realise that we’ve spent all this energy holding onto what was already gone.

Yes, Uranus has a strange sense of humour and he’s not adverse to pointing out where are fears too are ridiculous.

As the New Moon is trine the North Node in Cancer, this is a time of spiritual awakening and powerful shifts of perspective. It’s also a time of sharp contrasts – light and shadow, having and letting go, all or nothing.  Sudden changes around this period are like a blast of wind stripping the leaves from the trees. It’s time to get naked. We need to strip away what isn’t working for us, reveal our true selves, stop hiding beneath secrets and shame.

The rulers of this lunation, Mars and Pluto, are square one another and Mars is also square to Saturn. The complication is that we want things to move faster than they can. We’re tempted to fight immovable obstacles, force our will, MAKE IT HAPPEN NOW. We could find ourselves getting angry about the wrong things or fired up without an outlet to channel our energies. We need to know when to push and when to hold back, when to move forwards, when to wait. Sometimes there are rules for a reason. Instead of fighting everything out there, we need to turn our attention within. Reach down into the core of yourself. Explore your motivations and desires. Ask hard questions. Probe the depths of your consciousness. Face your fears.

The Sabian symbol for the New Moon is: –

A Massive Rocky Shore Resists The Pounding Of The Sea

Sometimes it is important to stand firm in the face of adversity. Sometimes we must hold out despite the pressure. But then there are also times when we must recognise that change is inevitable. The land will yield to the sea just as our lives will be shaped by the emotional content that lies beyond the surface of our awareness.

So, dive deep into your psyche during this lunation. Let the nightmares come and look beyond their scary masks. Exorcise the ghosts. Embrace your shadows. Regenerate. The veil between the worlds is thin as we move into sacred Samhain. Trust that Spirit is on your side. Know that you have enormous reserves of power at your disposal. You will rise and rise again.

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Painting – ‘Ghosts on a Tree’ by Franz Sedlacek

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October 2019 Astrology Forecast

This is an intense month with plenty of Pluto/Scorpio energy prevailing. Pluto stations direct on October 3 after a five-month retrograde period. Pluto represents regeneration, transformation, truth, power, control, fear, so these issues become more acute during this time. Pluto often applies pressure to force us to face our demons so the best thing we can do is to look directly into the eyes of our shadow self. The more willing we are to deal with our demons, the greater our potential for profound change. Mercury’s entry into Pluto ruled Scorpio also on October 3 should help us to mentally tune into this transit. Under this influence we become more perceptive; more willing to think the unthinkable; more able to express deep emotions.

Mars enters Libra on October 4 where it will remain until November 19. As Libra is opposite to Mars’s ruling sign Aries, this is considered a difficult placement – technically said to be in detriment. And we can see why, after all, Mars is gung-ho, not concerned with social niceties, plays it to win and wants to be first. Libra is all about cooperation, being polite, thinking of others and compromise. Working at its best, Mars in Libra is motivated to find a win-win situation for all. During this transit we can make allies if we let go of competitiveness. At its worst, this transit can manifest as playing nice to get our own way – an iron fist in a velvet glove so to speak. Positively however, this is the perfect time to stand up and be heard when it comes to issues of equality and fairness. If relationships are free of conflict, this transit can also see some displays of passion – even if cooled somewhat by Libra’s elegant air.

On October 5, we have the First Quarter Moon in Capricorn squaring the Sun in Libra. As the Moon is also conjunct the South Node and Saturn, we may feel stuck, inclined to put up walls or aware of our limitations. We need to take care that our perceived problems don’t get in the way of our relationships.

Venus enters Scorpio on October 8 and as Scorpio’s co-ruler Mars in still in Libra, the cosmic couple are now in mutual reception. Both planets are in signs that they find naturally difficult but there’s a line of communication between them that eases the tension. It’s like staying at your neighbour’s house and not knowing how to work the TV remote. Instead of getting frustrated, all you need to do is get them on the phone. Venus and Mars can ease each other’s troubles by always being on call for one another during this time. If we feel frustrated, we need to drop into our hearts and be honest with ourselves. If we feel envious or jealous, we need to put our energies into finding our balance and forging better relationships with others. Generally, Venus in Scorpio has the potential to deepen our relationships and increase intimacy – as long as we avoid power games and manipulation to get our way.

We may feel more vulnerable than we would like when Mars opposes Chiron on October 9. Our inner warrior could feel wounded or our courage is lacking. We could also feel worn down by having to balance our wants and desires with those of other people. This challenge increases in intensity as we reach the Full Moon in Aries on October 13. We need to make a decision or come to a conclusion and our emotions are on a hair trigger – not least because the Full Moon is tightly square Pluto. We must face those fears and get to the core truth. The trine from the Moon to Jupiter however promises that despite intense pressure, there is potential for beneficial developments around this time, particularly if we’ve been feeling uninspired. Note that Mercury has now moved into the shadow zone of its upcoming retrograde. Some conversations we are having now may need to be reviewed, rethought or talked over again.

October 21 is the next turn of the lunar cycle as we have the Last Quarter Moon in Cancer on this date. The Moon is widely opposite Pluto so yes the same issues continue to reverberate. The Moon in Cancer may want to retreat but the Sun in Libra tries to keep us engaged. We can’t stop talking to one another, can’t stop caring, even if the issues we face are scary. As if he’s heard us, Mars then squares the Nodal axis, also on October 21. This tells us that we must be brave because the actions we take now are connected with the evolution of the soul. We can’t stay stuck in the past. We must move forwards. Sometimes we have to lead by example.

The Sun then enters Scorpio on October 23. It’s the light in the dark; the illumination of all the stuff we normally try to hide away. What is in the spotlight now is the need for change, closure, endings. Issues of personal power come up during this period. We are more powerful when we have nothing to hide. Expose your secrets.

Mars square Saturn brings us up short on October 27. Expect roadworks, blocks, the boss being in a bad mood, feeling frustrated that you can’t do what you want to do. The greatest trouble we have when these two get together is that we keep pushing until something breaks. Patience is key! Still, this transit can be extremely useful for learning the art of fortitude. Hard work is the best way we can channel any frustration that arises.

The end of the month sees the New Moon in Scorpio on October 28 directly opposite Uranus in Taurus. New starts around this time may be characterised by unexpected events or sudden awakening. Fixed sign Scorpio doesn’t much care for things being unpredictable though as it likes to keep everything under tight control. We may feel uncomfortable but with Uranus involved, we could receive radical new insight that changes our perspective. All that said, Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio on October 31 suggesting that we need to look more deeply at our fears and explore our unconscious motivations. It’s perfect for Halloween which is naturally a time when we playfully expose our deepest fears of death and inner darkness. Mercury however isn’t playing. Mercury wants us to really think about this stuff. Yes, it’s deep but it’s time for an emotional clear out.

Painting – ‘Ships in the stillness of the night’ by Ivan Aivazovsky

MAJOR ASPECTS OCTOBER 2019

01-Oct-19 Venus square Pluto 05:17:41 BST 20°Li38′ D 20°Cp38′ R
01-Oct-19 Neptune opposite Juno 13:07:56 BST 16°Pi44′ R 16°Vi44′ D
01-Oct-19 Saturn sextile Pallas 13:51:42 BST 14°Cp03′ D 14°Sc03′ D
03-Oct-19 Pluto stations Direct 07:38:56 BST 20°Cp38′ D
03-Oct-19 Mercury enters Scorpio 09:14:08 BST 00°Sc00′ D 00°Sc00′ D
04-Oct-19 Mars enters Libra 05:21:53 BST 00°Li00′ D 00°Li00′ D
05-Oct-19 First Quarter Moon in Capricorn 17:46:59 BST 12°Cp09′ D 12°Li09′ D
06-Oct-19 Sun square North Node 19:28:50 BST 13°Li12′ D 13°Cn12′ R
07-Oct-19 Jupiter square Juno 03:59:54 BST 19°Sg03′ D 19°Vi03′ D
07-Oct-19 Mercury opposite Uranus 07:16:53 BST 05°Sc26′ D 05°Ta26′ R
07-Oct-19 Neptune trine Pallas 17:56:46 BST 16°Pi35′ R 16°Sc35′ D
07-Oct-19 Sun square Saturn 20:06:49 BST 14°Li13′ D 14°Cp13′ D
08-Oct-19 Venus enters Scorpio 18:05:49 BST 00°Sc00′ D 00°Sc00′ D
09-Oct-19 Mars opposite Chiron 01:33:13 BST 03°Li07′ D 03°Ar07′ R
09-Oct-19 Neptune square Ceres 03:24:41 BST 16°Pi33′ R 16°Sg33′ D
10-Oct-19 Sun sextile Ceres 17:31:13 BST 17°Li04′ D 17°Sg04′ D
11-Oct-19 Pluto trine Juno 01:18:44 BST 20°Cp38′ D 20°Vi38′ D
12-Oct-19 Mercury trine North Node 16:49:06 BST 12°Sc28′ D 12°Cn28′ R
12-Oct-19 Venus opposite Uranus 23:06:41 BST 05°Sc13′ D 05°Ta13′ R
13-Oct-19 Sun sextile Jupiter 19:01:32 BST 20°Li06′ D 20°Sg06′ D
13-Oct-19 Full Moon in Aries 22:07:45 BST 20°Ar13′ D 20°Li13′ D
14-Oct-19 Jupiter sesquiquadrate Uranus 06:25:32 BST 20°Sg10′ D 05°Ta10′ R
14-Oct-19 Mercury sextile Saturn 07:55:54 BST 14°Sc27′ D 14°Cp27′ D
14-Oct-19 Sun square Pluto 08:37:42 BST 20°Li39′ D 20°Cp39′ D
15-Oct-19 Mercury trine Neptune 23:44:25 BST 16°Sc24′ D 16°Pi24′ R
17-Oct-19 Jupiter semi-sextile Pluto 06:44:32 BST 20°Sg40′ D 20°Cp40′ D
17-Oct-19 Pluto sextile Pallas 13:25:30 BST 20°Cp41′ D 20°Sc41′ D
17-Oct-19 Venus trine North Node 23:50:07 BST 11°Sc28′ D 11°Cn28′ R
19-Oct-19 Mercury sextile Pluto 23:20:53 BST 20°Sc42′ D 20°Cp42′ D
20-Oct-19 Venus sextile Saturn 14:58:19 BST 14°Sc45′ D 14°Cp45′ D
21-Oct-19 Last Quarter Moon in Cancer 13:39:11 BST 27°Cn48′ D 27°Li48′ D
21-Oct-19 Mercury conjunct Pallas 20:25:32 BST 22°Sc29′ D 22°Sc29′ D
21-Oct-19 Venus trine Neptune 20:39:47 BST 16°Sc17′ D 16°Pi17′ R
21-Oct-19 Mars square North Node 21:18:01 BST 11°Li24′ D 11°Cn24′ R
23-Oct-19 Sun enters Scorpio 18:19:37 BST 00°Sc00′ D 00°Sc00′ D
24-Oct-19 Mercury opposite Vesta 02:45:41 BST 24°Sc23′ D 24°Ta23′ R
25-Oct-19 Venus sextile Pluto 10:52:16 BST 20°Sc45′ D 20°Cp45′ D
25-Oct-19 Jupiter conjunct Ceres 18:32:02 BST 22°Sg10′ D 22°Sg10′ D
27-Oct-19 Mars square Saturn 14:30:44 UT 15°Li08′ D 15°Cp08′ D
27-Oct-19 Venus opposite Vesta 16:47:00 UT 23°Sc35′ D 23°Ta35′ R
28-Oct-19 New Moon in Scorpio 03:38:21 UT 04°Sc25′ D 04°Sc25′ D
28-Oct-19 Sun opposite Uranus 08:15:09 UT 04°Sc36′ D 04°Ta36′ R
29-Oct-19 Venus conjunct Pallas 09:37:43 UT 25°Sc42′ D 25°Sc42′ D
30-Oct-19 Mercury conjunct Venus 22:04:56 UT 27°Sc36′ D 27°Sc36′ D
31-Oct-19 Mercury stations Retrograde 15:41:20 UT 27°Sc38′ R
31-Oct-19 Venus sextile Juno 21:18:31 UT 28°Sc48′ D 28°Vi48′ D

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New Moon in Libra September 2019 – Justice

The New Moon occurs at 19:26 (BST) on September 28, 2019 at 05°Li20′.

These are intense times.  The proroguing of the UK government has been ruled as unlawful, pulling the Queen herself into a messy position. Currently our sovereign has Pluto conjunct her Ascendant so between Boris Johnson’s attempts to deceive her over proroguing, David Cameron’s blabbing over personal conversations, not to mention her son’s involvement with the infamous Epstein, Her Majesty certainly seems to be feeling the weight of the Lord of the Underworld. In an extremely rare admission of emotion, the Queen has mentioned she is ‘displeased’ (this was in connection to David Cameron). Privately, I imagine she is raging with the whole darn lot of them.

With the final conjunction this year between the South Node and Saturn also taking place on the same day as the New Moon, the beginning of this lunar cycle is overshadowed by Saturn’s demands that we deal with important karmic business. Collectively we are all facing the results of past decisions, experiencing consequences, moving into a state of realisation as to where we need to take responsibility. It may be hard work but it’s necessary as we are clearing the way before the powerful Saturn-Pluto conjunction in January. But for some, these aspects may feel harder if they have been trying to dodge karma and consequence. Boris Johnson now must face an angry parliament and Trump is about to face impeachment proceedings.

I’m noting that in the UK it was a female judge, Lady Hale, who decided the prorogation of parliament had been unlawful. And, in the US, it was another woman, Nancy Pelosi, who has begun the impeachment enquiry on Trump. Meanwhile, Greta Thunberg gave all the politicians a good and thorough scolding. Her rallying cry and furious glares said everything many of us have been wanting to say for a long time! All these shifts express the energies of the North Node in Cancer which can symbolise women and children. It’s their voices that are challenging the Capricorn patriarchy, the system, conservatism. The Climate Strike poster that said ‘You know it’s time for change when your children act like leaders and your leaders act like children’ is like a direct channel of the Nodal placements right now.

The Sabian symbol for the South Node-Saturn conjunction is ‘An Ancient Bas-Relief Carved In Granite Remains A Witness To A Long-Forgotten Culture’. Interesting considering how fossil fuels are the topic of debate in the climate crisis. This symbol also points to historic moments in time and reminds us that great empires (the long-forgotten cultures) can indeed fall. Note too that minor planet Ceres is now out of bounds and therefore Mother Earth and her followers are no longer playing by the common rules.

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So, the Saturn-South Node conjunction ticks loudly in the New Moon chart. The New Moon itself is in the sign of Libra. Most often we talk about relationships when we think of Libra and yes, this is the time of year when how well we work together emotionally and professionally is in the spotlight. But given the current circumstances, it would be remiss to leave out how Libra is also connected to justice, equality, fairness for all. With stern Saturn not letting anyone shirk their responsibilities, the New Moon feels tinged with legalities. It feels like Justice herself is presiding over our affairs and she doesn’t miss a trick. No one can pull the wool over anyone’s eyes under these influences. We can’t come to an agreement – either with ourselves or with another, until we have acknowledged and dealt with the past. We must see things as they are, not how we would like them to be. Some serious objectivity is required.

The New Moon is opposite Chiron, so it feels painful. We must address where compromises are needed. We need to look at what is broken. There’s got to be some give and take. A quincunx to Uranus brings anxiety but the potential for new perspectives if we can get past the hurt and fear.

There’s also an interesting asteroid duo conjunct the New Moon namely, Humpty Dumpty (Yes really!) and Isis. Isis had to piece her husband together again after he was torn limb from limb and his parts spread across the planet by his jealous brother. So, we have something broken that can’t be put back together again and someone who insists on trying anyway. We can see then where we may have a problem trying to fix something that can no longer be fixed. With the New Moon in Libra, we are drawn to keep the peace, to be polite, smile sweetly and say, “yes dear, it’s all fine”. But Chiron opposite is yelling in pain and we can’t just stick a band aid over his mouth. We need to acknowledge our pain – our own and each other’s.

The Sabian symbol of the New Moon is: –

A Man Watches His Ideals Taking A Concrete Form Before His Inner Vision

The symbol reminds us of the power of the mind. It’s time to get clear about our intentions, especially with Saturn’s powerful presence in this chart. It’s like the skies are saying, no more bullsh*t! Get crystal clear about what is happening in your life and in the world. With Venus, ruler of this New Moon chart, square to the Nodes, Saturn and Pluto, it may seem as though there are some compelling reasons why we should stick with what we know, show caution, be diplomatic. But the Queen of Heaven is in her palace in Libra. When we drop into our hearts, there we will find the truth. Now is the time to act with the highest integrity. Focus on what is most important and honour your values. Create healing alliances. Through this, we can right the scales of justice and find our equilibrium.

Asteroid Isis 42
Asteroid Humpty Dumpty 17627

Painting – from a fresco in the Sala di Costantino, Raphael Rooms by Raphael

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