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Stellar Stuff – 1st – 15th October 2015

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Last month’s solar eclipse in clinical Virgo delivered a fatal blow to Tony Abbott – he lost his job the following day, due to an internal revolt in the Liberal party – but this short term tenure had long been predicted by astrologers and journalists if not by his own character.

Character is Destiny – Australia’s New Prime Minister

Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses. Democritus (5th Century BCE)

Last month’s solar eclipse in clinical Virgo delivered a fatal blow to Tony Abbott – he lost his job the following day, due to an internal revolt in the Liberal party – but this short term tenure had long been predicted by astrologers and journalists if not by his own character.

In January last year, Sydney astrologer Ed Tamplin wrote: “Abbott was sworn in as Prime Minister on September 18th 2013 at 10.29 am in Canberra. This horoscope, with secretive Neptune opposing the leadership Midheaven, and the Sun in hard aspect to both Mars and Saturn, suggests a short, or one term, tenure.” More recently, journalist Peter Brent from The Australian (6/8/15) wrote: “If federal parliament goes the full term, Tony Abbott is unlikely to be prime minister at the next election…Abbott is a special kind of prime minister, so unpopular so quickly, so clearly out of his depth and so stubbornly unable to change his ways.”

Tony Abbott was born 4/11/57 at 4 am in London with the Sun in Scorpio and Moon in Aries, both ruled by warrior planet Mars. There’s no doubt that Abbott is a warrior – uber-masculine; champion boxer; Iron Man; aggressive and tenacious opponent; but warriors do not necessarily make great politicians – they are lone runners, not team players. The September solar eclipse fell in Abbott’s 12th house, the house of endings. In late July the transiting South Node (also representing endings) conjuncted his moon, an event that happens only once every 19 years, while in late August, his secondary progressed moon (a timing indicator) hit his own South Node, representing more endings. But Abbott’s rapid demise was not simply the fall of a politician – Australia is now far more liberal and cosmopolitan than during the Howard years and Abbott was simply out of touch with modern day values and concerns.

But what of the new, or not so new, kid on the block? Meet Malcolm Turnbull, Australia’s 29th Prime Minister and former leader of the Liberal party, before he lost his leadership to Tony Abbott in 2009 over the Emissions Trading Scheme. Turnbull has promised to deliver a new style of creative and consultative leadership that ‘respects the people’s intelligence’. Turnbull, like Abbott, is a Scorpio born 24/10/54 in Sydney and both have Mercury in Scorpio. However, depending on his time of birth, Turnbull’s Moon is in either service-oriented Virgo or charming and diplomatic Libra, both more suited to ‘consultative leadership’ than Abbott’s Moon in fiery, independent Aries. With retrograde Mercury in Scorpio conjunct practical Saturn, Turnbull is a strategic and clever communicator, admired for his intellect – his background is in law and investment banking. Turnbull has Mars in creative and forward-thinking Aquarius, making him well placed to come up with new solutions to old problems. If character is destiny, Turnbull’s track record would seem to promise a brighter future for the Liberal Party.

October Planetary Shifts

Relationship planet Venus will enter practical Virgo on the 9th joining soulmate Mars who has been in Virgo since 25th September. 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 goes direct 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 while Mercury has been retrograde.

October New Moon – New Ways of Embracing Old Traditions

The October new moon falls on the 13th in air sign Libra (19-20°) with the Sabian Symbol for the new moon showing a rabbi performing his duties, representing the power of inherited wisdom and ritual. The Sun and Moon in Libra oppose Uranus in Aries introducing a touch of excitement and unpredictability. This new moon encourages us to embrace traditional wisdom in our own unique manner.

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.

 

Date

Sign

Element

Moon Phase

1st-2nd

Taurus

       Earth

2nd-4th

Gemini

Air

4th-6th

Cancer

Water

Third Quarter

6th-9th

Leo

Fire

9th-11th

Virgo

Earth

11th-14th

Libra

Air

New Moon 13th

14th-16th

Scorpio

Water

 

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

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