Intensity rising! Solar Eclipse New Moon in Libra 2023

Intensity rising!  Solar Eclipse New Moon in Libra 2023

Solar Eclipse New Moon in Libra  Sun 15 Oct 2023 at 3.55am AEST at 21 Libra (eclipse exact at 3.59am)

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Skywatching 
Venus is visible before dawn as a twinkling Morning Star, at its brightest on 23 Oct.
Saturn can be seen high in the sky at sunset.. 
Jupiter rises in the late evening and is still visible in the west before sunrise. 
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October Lunar Phases & Moon Planting Guide ☘️🍃🎋

 

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Huge times!  As if the climate emergency wasn’t enough to contend with …

In this pressure-cooker lead-up to the eclipses, with Pluto stationary and Mars square Pluto, the situation in Gaza-Israel has erupted.  I wrote in last month’s newsletter that Pluto going stationary/direct is a time when deeply-buried issues may finally rise to the surface, and this is certainly happening on both sides of this 75-year-long tragic conflict and dispossession.

Long-buried issues are rearing their head in Australia too in the lead-up to the referendum. We go to the polls on the eve of the eclipse – a solar eclipse always brings the potential for a new start, and as a South Node eclipse it’s about releasing the old, whatever no longer works. I’ll admit I’m an eternal optimist, and I really hope we can redress – or begin to redress – the appalling injustices that have been inflicted on our indigenous peoples.

On a brighter note, make sure you check out Venus as a twinkling Morning Star before sunrise!!!  She is stunningly beautiful and worth getting up early to see!!!  (I know, some of you early birds are always up at that time!)

Take extra care in this eclipse season!

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The Libra New Moon on Sun 15 Oct 2023 AEST (the previous day in Europe and the Americas) is an annular solar eclipse, intensifying the new beginnings that always come with a New Moon.

An annular solar eclipse has the force of a total solar eclipse, it’s just that the Moon, which is blocking out the Sun’s light, is further away from the Earth than usual, so it doesn’t completely cover the disc of the Sun.  Instead it allows a ring of light (“Ring of Fire”) to be visible around the eclipsed Sun (the word ‘annular’ comes from the Latin, meaning a ring).  In terms of its astrological effects though, it’s as strong as a total eclipse.  Lasting over five minutes, this eclipse will have a strong intensifying effect on this New Moon.  The Ring of Fire eclipse is visible across North, Central, and South America.
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An eclipsed New Moon in Libra brings the opportunity to start a significant new cycle in your relationships and connections with others.

Libra is the sign of the born diplomat, the mediator who can always see both sides of any issue and wants the result to be harmonious. The symbol for Libra is after all the scales, where things can be weighed and balanced. This eclipsed New Moon in Libra is an excellent time to focus on restoring balance in your life, consolidating the theme of the Equinox last month, by implementing whatever changes are required to bring your life back into balance and harmony.

Libra is an Air sign, sociable and communicative, with a huge need for fairness.  It’s also one of the leadership signs, but its point of difference is that it doesn’t need to be out front – quite the contrary. The leadership style of Libra is inclusive and co-operative, making Libra an excellent leader.  The challenge however for Libra is decision-making!  They are so good at seeing all sides of the question that reaching a final decision can be agony for them, especially when they’re trying to keep everyone happy.  Because they hate disharmony, people-pleasing is often one of their main issues, not helped by their reluctance to confront and tackle any problems.  Embracing more of the assertiveness of their opposite sign Aries can be really helpful.

If your birthday is close to this Solar Eclipse New Moon, this marks the beginning of a highly significant new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.

If you have planets at 21 degrees of Libra, this marks the beginning of a very significant new cycle in whatever that planet symbolises (eg responsibility for Saturn).

Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of this New Moon.  They’ll be especially powerful with the effect of the eclipse.  The eclipsed New Moon is exact at 3.55am Queensland time (AEST) at 21 degrees Libra.

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Friday 13th – a day sacred to the Goddess!

Friday 13th – a day sacred to the Goddess!

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GoddessThere are several reasons why Friday 13th is a day sacred to the Goddess.
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The number 13 has always been associated with the Goddess – there are 13 lunar months in the year, as opposed to 12 solar months. 
 
Friday is the day of Venus, the sensuous feminine aspect of the Goddess. You can see the connection in Romance languages like French (Vendredi in French, Venerdi in Italian) – in English the word Friday comes from the day of Freya (Frija), the Teutonic equivalent of Venus.
 
So Friday 13th is a day doubly sacred to the Goddess ❤️  My father always said it was a lucky day for him.
 
It became “unlucky” for many reasons – when the patriarchy suppressed the old Goddess religions, 13 was rebranded as unlucky. That to me is the most obvious and ancient answer!  Then there’s the Last Supper – with Judas seen as the 13th person there (12 disciplines plus Jesus = 13, so Judas was known as the 13th).  Then too in the persecution of the Knights Templar, their Grand Master Jacques de Molay and 60 knights were arrested on Friday 13 October 1307, a day which became infamous.  They were later executed, most of them burned at the stake.
 
So remember Friday 13th is a day doubly sacred to the Goddess ❤️
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Lunar Phases & Moon Planting October 2023

Lunar Phases & Moon Planting – October 2023

phases of the moon

 

 

 

Last Quarter:  Fri 6 Oct 2023 at 11.47pm AEST at 13 Cancer

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

Solar Eclipse New Moon:  Sun 15 Oct 2023 at 3.55am AEST at 21 Libra  

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts, intensified by the eclipse.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

First Quarter:  Sun 22 Oct 2023 at 1.29pm at 28 Capricorn

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

Lunar Eclipse Full Moon:  Sun 29 Oct 2023 at 6.24am AEST at 5 Taurus

A high energy time when things come to fruition or events come to a head, intensified by the eclipse.

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops.

 

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Pluto goes direct 2023

pluto symbolPluto goes direct 2023

 

 

Pluto goes direct on Wed 11 Oct, having been pretty much stationary for the past month.

This is a time now when deeply-buried issues may finally rise to the surface, particularly if you’ve become more aware of them bubbling away in the last six months.  In fact they’re most likely to rise to the surface at this month’s Full Moon in Aries, see my previous post.

Plutonian issues usually concern disempowerment and powerlessness, where the issues run deep. Plutonian issues can also manifest as misuses or even abuses of power. This time is well-suited to inner work, shifting these deep-seated issues so that you can at last move forward. The key to moving through this is to become as aware as possible of your feelings and reactions, becoming conscious of how, on the one hand, we may give away our power, and on the other, how we may manipulate others to get our own way. It can operate at really subtle levels, so to paraphrase Socrates, know thyself – and stay in the light!

If you have chart points at 27-28 degrees of Capricorn (or any of the other cardinal signs: Aries, Cancer, Libra) or your birthday is around 18 Jan, you’ll be picking up on this intense transformational energy at a very personal level – in fact it’s been going on for the last year or two.  The good news is that it is finally easing for you as Pluto leaves this degree behind. Hopefully you have faced the demons and can now move forward from a place of empowerment.

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Last SuperMoon of this year – Full Moon in Aries 2023

SuperMoonSuperMoon Full Moon in Aries 

The last SuperMoon of this year

 

SuperMoon Full Moon in Aries   Fri 29 Sept 2023 at 7.57pm AEST at 6 Aries

 

Also heads up that with this Full Moon, we head into eclipse season, a time to be particularly careful. The eclipses start with next month’s New Moon solar eclipse. Pluto will be adding to the intensity by stationing direct just a few days before the eclipse.

 

The last of this year’s SuperMoonsthe Full Moon in Aries– falls on Fri 29 Sept. As always with a SuperMoon, the Full Moon is closer to Earth than usual and so appears larger and brighter in the night sky. The SuperMoon  has a much stronger-than-usual effect on us, heightening emotional dramas, overstretching emergency workers, and bringing higher tides and extreme weather events.

This Full Moon in Aries highlights our ability to be assertive and take action.  It requires us to be able to stand up for ourselves by being sufficiently assertive (Aries) while also being able to maintain harmony (Libra).  It calls for us to find a balance between our need for independence (Aries) and the need for co-operation with others (Libra).  The Full Moon is always about finding that balance between the opposing signs.

Full Moons often bring situations to a head, so be prepared for issues (whether at the personal or collective level) to reach some kind of crisis point where resolution becomes imperative. Any crisis happening now will of course be heightened by the SuperMoon.

The Full Moon is at 6 degrees Aries, so wherever this point falls in your chart is the area of your life that will be under the spotlight now.

The Full Moon is exact at 7.57pm Queensland time (AEST).

Expect feelings to run high more so than usual with a Full Moon, remember it’s a SuperMoon!

NOTE:  This Full Moon ushers in the eclipse season, the six-week period around the eclipses when we need to be extra careful.  The next New Moon, two weeks after this Full Moon, is a solar eclipse.  Stay conscious in this two-week period leading up to the solar eclipse, and of course for the following four weeks.  Take extra care – accidents are much more likely to happen around the time of eclipses.

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Sept Equinox 2023 – What’s out of balance in your life?

EquinoxSolsticeSept Equinox 2023: Libra ingress

What’s out of balance in your life?

 

The Equinox falls on Sat 23 Sept, exact at 4.49pm AEST.  The theme of the Equinox is always about balance.

This is the time of year when day and night are of equal length (equi-nox means ‘equal night’ in Latin), the Sun rises due east wherever you are in the world, and the seasons come to a point of balance.

LibraThe Sept Equinox is marked by the Sun moving into the zodiac sign of Libra, the sign associated with harmony, balance and fairness.  This is where astronomy and astrology align!

In the Southern hemisphere this is the Spring Equinox, a time of rejoicing that winter is over and celebrating the birth of new life.  Echoing the Virgo New Moon, this is an excellent time for a Spring Cleanse! 

The seasons are reversed in the Northern hemisphere of course, where this is the Autumn Equinox, a time of harvest celebration, giving thanks for the crops produced by the summer months.

Whether you are celebrating Spring or Autumn Equinox, this is a perfect time to reflect on your own life, explore what might be out of balance there and find a way to restore balance, whether it’s in your relationships, your work or any other aspect of your life.

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Mercury goes direct Sept 2023

Screen Shot 2021-10-08 at 12.05.40 pmMercury goes direct Sept 2023

 

We can all heave a sigh of relief as Mercury goes direct after three weeks of its usual communication challenges, delays and frustrations.

Mercury goes direct on Sat 16 Sept, stationing at 8 Virgo after its recent retrograde period.

The frustrations of the last three weeks will now ease and communications become a lot smoother again.

In the days leading up to Mercury going direct, continue to double-check appointment times, that you have your keys with you, and that messages get through OK.

Remember that confusion and misunderstandings occur much more easily at this time.

Try to delay any major purchases or contract-signing till at least a week after Mercury’s gone direct.

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🌟 New Moon in Virgo 2023 🌟 Time to detox and spring-clean! 🌟

New Moon in Virgo 2023

Time for a cleanse & spring-clean

 

New Moon in Virgo   Fri 15 Sept 2023 at 11.39am AEST at 21 Virgo
Supermoon Full Moon in Aries   Fri 29 Sept 2023 at 7.57pm AEST at 6 Aries

Skywatching 
Venus is now a bright Morning Star, with Mercury also visible low in the pre-dawn sky, brightest on 22 Sept.
Mars can be seen at sunset just above the setting sun, aligned with the Moon on 16 & 17 Sept.
Saturn rises just before sunset, and is visible all night.  Jupiter rises in the late evening.

Sept Lunar Phases & Moon Planting Guide ☘️🍃🎋

 

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The New Moon in Virgo on Fri 15 Sept is likely to introduce changes to the way we approach our everyday life. This is an excellent time to start a new health regime, go on a diet or go on a cleanse.

The energy flow with a Virgo New Moon is to do anything that brings a new sense of order into your life. If you’re thinking of de-cluttering your house, this New Moon provides perfect timing, and may even demand it of you!!  You may feel it’s time to start a cleanse, detoxifying now that we’re into Spring in the southern hemisphere (Virgo loves purity!). If you’re feeling an unusually strong urge to spring-clean and tidy up the place, you won’t be alone. Virgo loves order more than anything, a place for everything and everything in its place.

Virgo is an Earth sign, cautious and practical, taking its time to create the order which it loves. It has a tendency towards perfectionism and is excellent at attention to detail.  The challenge for Virgo is not to get lost in the details and then lose sight of the overall vision, the classic state of “can’t see the wood (forest) for the trees”.  It’s great to be on top of the details, but remember to keep them in context.

If your birthday is close to this New Moon, this marks the beginning of a new cycle in your life in terms of your identity and your sense of purpose.

Remember to set your New Moon intentions within 24 hours of the New Moon. The New Moon is exact at 11.39am Queensland time (AEST) on Fri 15 Sept at 21 degrees Virgo.

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Jupiter turns retro 2023

Jupiter canstockphotoJupiter turns retro 2023

 

Jupiter goes retrograde on Tues 5 Sept 2023 AEST (4 Sept in Europe and the Americas) at 15 Taurus.

 

Jupiter influences social, moral and ethical issues.  With Jupiter currently in Taurus it’s been very illuminating to see the recent successful lawsuit brought by young people in Montana USA against their government for failing to act sufficiently to protect them (and their futures) from the ravages of the climate emergency – a failure of duty of care and a breach of their constitutional and human rights.  https://www.ohchr.org/en/stories/2023/08/about-our-human-rights-us-youths-win-landmark-climate-case

 

Jupiter retro periods often bring changes in the law around matters associated with the sign Jupiter is in.  Here in Taurus, Jupiter is asking us to re-examine Taurean themes: how we treat Mother Earth, how we treat the environment, how we grow our food.  One example is the destructive practice of logging native forests, whether that’s in Tasmania or the Brazilian rainforest, which is not only a disaster ecologically but all adds to the climate emergency.   I recently came across a new term (new to me anyway) ‘necrocapitalism’ which I think sums it up perfectly, as our over-consumption leads us down the path to environmental disaster.

 

So in this Jupiter retro period, we can hope to see changes to laws regarding how we treat the environment.  More and more countries are recognising how destructive our current practices are, and making ecocide a recognised crime.  With Jupiter in its retrograde phase, existing laws can be re-examined and reassessed in the light of what is best for society, for us as a species.

 

Taurus is also associated with finance and wealth through its Venus rulership, and this Jupiter retro period could see a major reassessment of wealth distribution, laws around finance, tax havens, even cryptocurrency.

 

In broader terms, the Jupiter retro period is a time when reviews of injustice and other legal matters are more likely to take place.  I’m always hopeful that Jupiter retro may see a resolution to Julian Assange’s case.

 

At a personal level, Jupiter retro can bring a sense of restraint and apparent lack of progress – you might feel that hope and optimism are harder to come by.  Trust issues are likely to resurface, coming up for another opportunity for healing and transformation.  You may find yourself questioning your beliefs or dealing with issues of faith in the next four months.

 

Jupiter is retro until 31 Dec 2023 when it goes direct once more at 5 Taurus.

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Lunar Phases & Moon Planting – Sept 2023

phases of the moonLunar Phases & Moon Planting – Sept 2023

 

Times are given in Queensland time AEST.

 

This month sees the last of the SuperMoons this year which intensify the Full Moon energy. 

Expect feelings to run high with a stronger-than-usual emotional charge.  Tides will be higher than usual and extreme weather patterns like storms and flooding are more likely.

 

 

Last Quarter:  Thurs 7 Sept 2023 at 8.21am AEST at 14 Gemini

A time of reorientation as the light of the Moon decreases, eventually going into the low-energy time of Old Moon just before the cycle begins again with the next New Moon.

Moon planting: The last week of the Moon cycle is the best time for weeding and composting.

 

New Moon:  Fri 15 Sept 2023 at 11.39am AEST at 21 Virgo        

A time of renewed energy as a new cycle starts.

Moon planting: The week following the New Moon is the best time for planting leafy greens.

 

First Quarter:  Sat 23 Sept 2023 at 5.31am at 29 Sagittarius

A time to take decisive action with unfolding events as the light of the Moon continues to grow.

Moon planting: The week following First Quarter Moon is ideal for planting fruiting vegetables.

 

SuperMoon Full Moon:  Fri 29 Sept 2023 at 7.57pm AEST at 6 Aries

A high energy time when things come to fruition or events come to a head, intensified by the SuperMoon

Moon planting: The week following Full Moon is the best time for planting root crops

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