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Stellar Stuff – 16th – 31st October 2015

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October is a month for getting clear on where you stand and what you want in relationships as Venus and Mars move towards conjunction in early November. Avoid criticising your partner and try to see things from their point of view.

Jupiter & Saturn – New Spring Wardrobe

In case you hadn’t noticed, Jupiter and Saturn, planetary barometers of social mores and political opinion, are sporting new outfits. Jupiter is clothed in earthy Virgo while Saturn is dressed in colourful Sagittarius and that’s what they’ll be wearing for the next 12 months. Jupiter would be far more comfortable in Sagittarius and Saturn in Virgo, but they’re not allowed to swap shirts, at least not this year!

Jupiter and Saturn are the cosmic good and bad cops, or as Edward de Bono would say, the yellow vs. black hat approach. Jupiter encourages us to push forward, have faith, expand, take risks, grow, prosper and reach out. He is wealthy, self-indulgent, regal and energetic. But in Virgo he is forced to be humble and offer his expansive gifts to serve and heal humanity. Saturn represents limitations, restrictions, contraction, authority and the illusion of structure. He is the great teacher and lord of karma. Saturn tells us to save our money, research everything, trust no-one and expect the worse. Saturn is lean, mean, reserved and cautious and he knows how to tighten the belt. But this year his teachings are coloured by Sagittarius, the most rebellious, adventurous and free-thinking of all zodiac signs.

On a simplistic level we could say that Virgos will experience good luck and growth this coming year, while Sagittarians will be forced to rein in all that optimism and do the hard yards. On a societal scale however, these two planets have a large bearing on public opinion and political decisions. Jupiter in Virgo offers compassion for those less fortunate, while Saturn in Sagittarius promises structured change on a global level. And the good news about Virgo and Sagittarius is that they are both mutable (flexible) signs and both connected with the creative power of the mind. Sagittarius deals with concepts and big picture, while Virgo focuses on details and practical implementation.

Last month we looked at how Cecil the Lion’s untimely and cruel death led to a flurry of new legislation designed to protect wildlife. More recently, we’ve seen our Federal Government’s surprise move to welcome 12,000 Syrian refugees – decision-making that showcases Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius at their joint best – a growth in public awareness and compassion leads to a practical solution to an international crisis. Hopefully we’ll be seeing more of this kind of constructive problem solving over the next year as these two giants work together, keeping us all on the path of creative and compassionate societal change.

October Planetary Shifts

October is a month for getting clear on where you stand and what you want in relationships as Venus and Mars move towards conjunction in early November. Avoid criticising your partner and try to see things from their point of view.

Communication planet Mercury turned direct on the 10th October after a three week retrograde stint. The mind can now operate in a rational, logical and organised manner, incorporating insights gained over the past few weeks.

Featured Sign – Libra

The Sun travels through air sign Libra from 23rd September until 24th October this year. Libra is the seventh sign of the zodiac with keywords “I balance” and “I seek my other half”. Those born under the sign of the Scales promote love and harmony and teach us about the importance of give and take. They adore relationships, are often cultured or artistic and are experts in charm, diplomacy and negotiation. Negatively, Librans can be superficial, indecisive, manipulative or dependent and because they hate unpleasantness or disagreement, they often avoid conflict and bury their heads in the sand. In medical astrology, Libra rules the kidneys, lumbar region and skin, so when Librans are out of balance they tend to suffer from lower back pain, kidney problems, urinary tract problems and skin diseases such as eczema. The Libra colours are ivory, pink, turquoise and blue. Libra’s greatest lesson is to learn to develop their ‘inner partner’ and become whole rather than seek an outer partner to feel complete.

October Full Moon – Turning Dreams Into Reality

The October full moon falls on the 27th in earth sign Taurus (3-4°). Its Sabian Symbol shows a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, representing the riches that come from building bridges between the earthly and the divine. The Sun and Moon are both beautifully aspected by romantic Neptune, inspiring us to reach for the heavens and turn our dreams into reality. A challenging angle between the Moon and Saturn reminds us that dream manifestation requires hard work and a persistent approach.

October Moon Calendar

Launch projects at the New Moon, bring them to completion in the period from just before the Full Moon to the Third Quarter phase and wind them down and reflect on developments in the week before the next New Moon. Important events such as parties, conferences and weddings are best held close to the Full Moon or when the Moon is in the same sign as your Sun (or Star) sign.





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Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and consultant based in St Kilda, Melbourne.

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