Star Signs

Posted on: 5th October, 2017

Category: Star Signs

Contributor: West Cork People

Kate Arbon is an astrologer and spiritual teacher. Living in West Cork, she gives personal consultations and teaches astrology and intuitive guidance classes. email

The first days of October have a mixed message to bring and it may be hard to find the good moments amongst the many challenges.  This is a time when personal connections may need to be fully negotiated. It may seem like agreement or resolution are just about to be met and then it goes out of balance again leaving new conditions to be considered.  Even though this swing and flow can be frustrating and exhausting it is really just a chance to attend to the details of the situation.

The Moon is Full in the sign of Aries whilst the Sun is opposite in Libra on October 5. The ruling planet of Libra is Venus and the ruler of Aries is Mars. This planetary pair are known to be associated with love and relationships, as well as passion, action and assertion. Venus wants to socially connect and indulge in the lovely stuff of life, food, comfort, beauty, money and all that it can buy. Mars is always checking out what may oppose it and prepares for battle. He is the driving energy to get things done without much care for the who else is involved. With the Full Moon highlighting their energy, it is super accentuated by Venus and Mars in Virgo conjoining on the same day. The urge is to sort out the relationship issues, get the business trading done and experience the benefits. The difficult undercurrents and insistence on practicalities are due to a strong and challenging aspect from restrictive Saturn and power hungry Pluto.

There is a strong emphasis on Pluto energy this month, which means that there may well be power struggles, with compelling and extreme behaviour. Bringing it all out into the open for things to be put in their rightful place is a theme echoed again when Mercury joins with the Sun on October 8 with Pluto coming in from a difficult angle. Watch as secrets come to the surface or research uncovers things that have been hidden. Be aware that your suspicions and intuition may blend together and lead you into believing something, which isn’t really true, but has you convinced at a gut level. Probably best to let a few days pass before acting on anything to see if it still holds true when the tension has lifted.

On October 10, Jupiter, the bringer of the best in life moves into the sign Scorpio and will travel through this sign for about a year. During this time the planet of expansion, greater truth and opportunity will take us through the experience of learning from the shadow of ourselves by recognising that many fears are worse than the reality, the bad in us and others is part of being human and that taboo subjects can be explored. This all helps to bring us to a place of deeper understanding and greater acceptance. This theme is highlighted when Jupiter is joined by the Sun in Scorpio on October 26.

The mid week of the month brings Mercury into Scorpio to join with Jupiter in Scorpio, which suggests a phase of big ideas and new thoughts coming up from the depths. On October 19, the New Moon in Libra occurs directly opposite Uranus in Aries providing a time of new beginnings and fresh starts combined with the unexpected and sudden re-routing nature of the eccentric planet. Uranus may spin us off into making a break from existing plans or getting a true ‘eureka’ moment where the idea or insight just comes in from nowhere in a flash of inspiration. By the time we reach the later weeks of the month the sense that we have moved into a new phase will be stronger and we begin to experience greater balance and stability in all areas of our lives.

Full Moon is at 13° Aries on October 5 at 7.40pm and New Moon is at 27° Libra on October 19 at 6.12pm

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. What’s important is how these areas of your life are impacting on 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: 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.

Gemini: 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 from your past contributions.

Cancer: 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.

Leo: 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, so try something different. Be prepared to open your mind to new ideas and lifestyles.

Virgo: 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.

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 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.

Sagittarius: During this Full Moon period your imaginative powers are strong and you could enjoy an artistic success 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.

Capricorn: 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.

Aquarius: There may be increased 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 can be used up in trivial or light-hearted 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 correspondence or to do some writing.

Pisces: 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.

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