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October brings us the second set of eclipses for 2014. During April we had the grand cardinal cross pattern with a Sun in Aries, Moon in Libra, lunar eclipse and a Sun Moon Solar eclipse in Taurus. On a personal level there were shifts and changes required, as attention was drawn to the nature of our relationships. During the intervening months we will have had to balance the desire for partnership with our needs as an individual.
This month the lunar eclipse gives the reverse positions with a Libra Sun and Aries Moon. Expect further opportunity to resolve any ‘us verses them’ issues and balance personal drives with those of others. There is also a very strong theme being created during the first week of the month, as a grand fire trine pattern develops between Uranus in Aries, Mars in Sagittarius and Jupiter in Leo. This is an exciting combination of action, freedom and inspirational energies working well together. Although it could be a volatile mix, the trend will be towards breaking away from restrictions that limit freedom of self-expression. The autonomous nature of Uranus is joined with the Moon during the Lunar eclipse. Along with the Sun, Mars and Jupiter this forms a dynamic kite pattern. The instinctual urge could mean a final shift away from negative patterns so that the joys of a greater, more soulful connection can be experienced.
Whilst a lunar eclipse affects people most strongly on a personal level we can also expect some unusual or disruptive events to occur on a world level. Events around this time will somehow divert what seemed like an inevitable outcome or effectively change the course of history in some way.
The second eclipse of October is the Solar event in Scorpio on October 23, which follows on from the Taurus Solar eclipse of last April. With the Sun, Moon and Venus all entering Scorpio together just hours beforehand there is added energy behind this eclipse. The very intense and focused force of this sign can bring whatever has been concealed out of the shadows where it has previously been able to lurk and fester and cause potential harm. With Venus in the mix there is a positive and beneficial consequence to be experienced here. But because she is in her sign of detriment and not easily able to express her loving and sociable nature, we may have to work extra hard at finding a constructive response during any unfolding dramas in the coming weeks.
The great gift that will come out of this time is the ability to find the best in each other rather than allow a defensiveness or distrust to overshadow basic human goodness. There may well be an important choice to make later this month. Either let fear or negative suggestions from others (or our internal dialogue) influence the next step or move to a level of clarity and goodwill, rise above the drama and act from a place of revived strength.
The next Full Moon is at 15° Aries on the October 8, at 11:51am with the New Moon at 1° Scorpio on October 23, at 10:58pm
Aries: During this month’s Full Moon phase you are concerned with your own needs and personal security. The emphasis is on putting the stamp of your individuality on everything you do. Domestic, family and property matters are likely to occupy your mind now and what’s important is how these areas of your life are impacting on and your lifestyle and self-expression. You are especially sensitive to environmental conditions and your own moods. Getting a glimpse of your unique personality in action gives you a better sense of who you are.
Taurus: This Full Moon phase finds you concerned with your material and financial security. Impulse buying, or conversely, stinginess might be a problem now depending on how you feel about the state of your resources. This is a good time to consider if you are making the best of your natural skills and talents. You might be underestimating yourself or not yet utilising all the tools in your bag for your greater benefit. Actual money isn’t the only source of wealth and you may find you have abundance in another form.
Gemini: There may be increasing contact with your neighbours and involvement in community activities during this Full Moon phase. You have the urge to get out and about and make connections. You may feel restless if you don’t find activities that stimulate your mind. A lot of energy may be used up in trivial or lighthearted conversation but going deep isn’t the mood of the moment. Seek out more information and alternatives to what you already know. This is a good time to catch up on correspondences or to do some writing.
Cancer: Home and family matters occupy your thinking during this Full Moon. Putting your energy into ventures that give you some sense of security and wellbeing will feel important now. You may just feel like staying home and building up your reserves so you have plenty spare for later. Sticking with familiar surroundings and intimate company takes the stress out of socialising and you need that freedom to nurture what’s really important. This is a good time to try and complete unfinished projects and don’t expect to get started on anything new just yet.
Leo: During this Full Moon period your imaginative powers are strong and you could enjoy artistic successes if you have creative talents. Whatever you do, it needs to give scope to your originality and get you noticed. You want to have fun and taking chances might pay off. Not taking yourself too seriously will also reap benefits and you may surprise yourself at what you come up with by just playing around. Your feelings for loved ones are more intense now and children may take an important role in your life at this time.
Virgo: This is a good time to organise your work environment and make it more efficient. You are prepared to do the tedious work and the necessary tasks that don’t reap obvious rewards. You’re not likely to feel at peak performance level so take a slow and measured pace and be surprised at how much can be achieved. Also, don't take your health for granted; keep an eye on what you eat and pay attention to what you do physically during the Full Moon phase. You’ll benefit from making adjustments especially if you’ve been overdoing it lately.
Libra: This Full Moon is a good opportunity for dealing with any relationship issues. Personal and professional partnerships need your attention now. You are aware of how much you have to give but guard against taking others for granted; they won't appreciate it if you do. You’ll be at your best when you can get things into a healthy balance so finding a win-win situation for everyone has to be your goal. Interesting and stimulating people may come into your life now and you’ll want to find time for intimate encounters or shared experiences.
Scorpio: This Full Moon might be a trying period; you may feel anxious and worried about things. Your attention is being drawn to the patterns that create life’s ups and downs. During this phase you may be focused on the negative side of a cycle at the expense of the positive. This might be a slow growth point but it’s a necessary pause during which you can consider what is truly worth keeping and what you can dispense with. It’s a great time to clear out what doesn’t work well in your life in preparation for the next phase.
Sagittarius: During this Full Moon travel, higher learning, study and spiritual matters can occupy your mind. Not content with anything ‘hum drum’, you’re likely to want the freedom to explore new ground or invite new experiences into your life. This is a great time to think big and make the most of opportunities that come your way. An overseas contact may get in touch or new information provides the chance to break out from any restricting routines to try something different. Be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and lifestyles.
Capricorn: Vocational concerns are likely to dominate your thinking. If you’re not already striking out to fulfill your ambitions then now is the time to make plans for your future. Getting yourself some recognition for what you do well takes on extra significance during this Full Moon. Self-acknowledgement only takes you so far and for now you need some approval from those you respect. If you want to launch your career or go a step further then make the moves. But remember to balance the demands of your work or public life and the needs of your family.
Aquarius: During this period it’s who you know rather than what you know that matters now. This is a good time to crank up your social life and meet people; the benefits will soon follow. This Full Moon highlights your position within your community, in group ventures, or projects, which involve others of like mind. The phrase ‘what you put in is what you get out’ holds very true for you now. You can see that what you have to offer is appreciated by those concerned and this is a time of reaping the rewards form your past contributions.
Pisces: During this Full Moon phase your inclination is to shun the limelight and keep pretty much to yourself. You can be very productive throughout this period by just quietly working away behind-the-scenes in seclusion. Taking time out to relax, daydream or meditate regenerates the spirit and brings you closer to your creativity. Reconnecting with your inner world is important for your sense of equilibrium. Valuable insights and breakthroughs are possible. Enjoy the quiet ‘alone time’ whilst you can, as the demands of your outer world will encroach again soon enough.