Transits for the Libra-Scorpio Lunation

The deep rhythms of Mars square the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium continue to sound the bass notes of this next lunation cycle that unfolds in the heart of autumn. As the cycle begins with the Libra New Moon, Mercury is already retrograde, traversing through the sign of Scorpio. Mercury retrograde reminds us to slow down, be mindful in our speech, not to try to rush ahead with plans and ideas but to contemplate what we may have missed and how we can be more conscious in the ways we use our voice.

Two Full Moons grace the month of October, with the Full Moon in Taurus aligning with Halloween and leading towards the Day of the Dead. The ancestors may feel especially present on this most potent Full Moon, as the night hours are brightly illuminated and shadows sway in a mysterious flickering dance.

These transit updates are meant to be both a guide to dancing with the archetypal energies and a poetic homage to the iridescent array of their manifestations. They can be used when you plan your day or your week ahead, or they can be drawn upon for retrospective reflection as you review how your week or month has unfolded. They can be seeds to inspire small ritual actions, or they can simply give you a moment to pause and reflect on how your soul is interwoven in the great archetypal warp and weft of the cosmic loom.

Transits of the Libra-Scorpio Lunation

*October 16 @ 12:31 pm PT* The New Moon aligns in Libra, still carrying the dynamic energies of the T-square with Mars and the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium. Seeds need darkness to germinate and take root, and although the night may feel long and foreboding, the dawn always comes at last.

*October 18 @ 6:58 am PT* The Sun in late Libra squares Saturn in Capricorn, while Venus in Virgo opposes Neptune in Pisces. The dreamy, romantic fantasy conflicts with the focus on hard, practical realities, perhaps leading to a sense of dissonance and the desire for exquisite escapism.

*October 19 @ 12:35 am PT* A potent sequence of astrological events unfolds as retrograde Mars in Aries squares Jupiter in Capricorn for the second time since August; Venus in Virgo trines Jupiter; and retrograde Mercury in Scorpio makes its second opposition to Uranus in Taurus. Exuberant, heated, and potentially explosive energies and a frazzled, easily distracted, erratic mind may need some kind of luxurious indulgence to smooth off the edges. Imagine a thick slice of cake at the end of a work day in which tempers flared with every technological glitch and miscommunication…

*October 20 @ 8:38 pm PT* The waxing crescent Moon in late Sagittarius forms its opening sextile to the Sun, while also forming a T-square with Venus opposite Neptune and a trine to Mars. Perhaps put the heated energies to use by scrubbing clean your home, before allowing yourself to dissolve in a rose petal bath and drift into an array of unrealistic fantasies…

*October 21 @ 2:42 pm PT* Venus in Virgo forms a trine to Pluto, deepening sensual desire, dressing the dangerous in gorgeous guise, and flirting with the edges of the taboo underworld. For whom would you willingly tear out a piece of your heart?

*October 22 @ 4:00 pm PT* The Sun ingresses into the watery realm of Scorpio, autumn’s fixed sign, and our attention is invited to dwell below the surface and explore that which often chooses to hide or remain obscured. The days continue to darken, the air to chill, and the veiled denizens of the otherworld begin to wander among the shadows of the trees.

*October 23 @ 6:23 am PT* The waxing quarter Moon in early Aquarius makes its opening square to the Sun in Scorpio, potentially leading to embodied tensions, internal conflict, or a sense of being at odds with oneself or one’s community.

*October 24 @ 8:41 am PT* Venus in late Virgo trines Saturn in Capricorn, bringing order and precision to beauty, and an appreciation for the old and antique, the precious object that has endured through time. The heart may ache softly with remembrance of shattered loves.

*October 25 @ 11:23 am PT* The Sun in Scorpio conjoins Mercury retrograde while the Moon in Pisces forms a trine to both celestial bodies. Speak subtle words in metaphor and poetry, as direct communication may be futile. The emotional body is more attuned to the whispering winds of the world.

*October 27 @ 6:33 pm PT* Within minutes of each other Venus ingresses into the beginning of Libra while retrograde Mercury traverses back into the end of the same sign, the two innermost planets drawing closer to one another once more. Venus is home in her rulership and Mercury becomes her guest for a spell, sweetening the tongue with honeyed words and graceful locutions.

*October 31 @ 7:55 am PT* On the night when spirits freely walk the world, the Full Moon conjunct Uranus in Taurus waxes in opposition to the Sun in Scorpio. The unexpected surprise, the spark of brilliant insight, the embodied awakening—the precocious trickster steals fire from the heavens to bring new consciousness to humanity.

*November 1 @ 11:06 am PT* Mercury in late Libra squares Saturn in Capricorn once more, passing back over the tracks it laid in late September. Think over decisions carefully, weighing all options, balancing negative opinions with tangible facts. Think each detail through to the end.

*November 3 @ 9:50 am PT* Mercury stations direct in Libra, although do not expect communications, decisions, ideas, or plans to move forward smoothly yet. Mercury will take some time to pick up speed, and its hesitancy is reiterated by its close proximity in square to Saturn.

*November 6 @ 1:12 am PT* Mercury in Libra makes its final exact square to Saturn in Capricorn, having lingered within orb of the senex planet during the length of its slowing and stationing. Rethinking, reviewing, mulling over, checking for mistakes, revisioning, heavy conclusions and hard concepts are all weighed in the balance.  

*November 8 @ 5:46 am PT* The waning quarter Moon in Leo makes its closing square to the Sun in Scorpio, emphasizing the tension between the desire to take up space with one’s feelings and the impulse to obscure one’s light in the shadows.

*November 9 @ 8:08 am PT* Venus in Libra opposes Mars in Aries, the opposition amplifying the polarity of rulerships between these two cardinal signs. Fire and air, the lover and the beloved, Venus allures while Mars leaps, aggression and passion enflaming both anger and desire.

*November 10 @ 1:55 pm PT* Mercury ingresses back into Scorpio, while the balsamic Moon in Virgo forms an opposition to Neptune, and the Sun in Scorpio trines the ethereal planet. Emotional and relational edges may be blurred, feelings permeating the soul in an alchemical osmosis. Soak the imagination in a bath of luminescence, and watch the mind spiral down the drain’s whirlpool.

*November 12 @ 1:39 pm PT* Jupiter and Pluto makes their third and final conjunction in Capricorn, an alignment that has defined 2020 with its high drama, moral polarization, and the globalized amplification of destruction. The scales of justice weigh heaven and hell in the balance.

*November 13 @ 4:36 pm PT* Mars at long last stations direct in mid-Aries, although it now has one more slow journey in a square to Jupiter, Saturn, and Pluto to traverse. Archetypal echoes of this spring and early fall resound once more as the warrior steps forward with sword in hand. Which way will the sword swing? How deep will be the cut? And who is called to wield the blade?

*November 14 @ 9:07 pm PT* The New Moon in Scorpio forms a sextile to the Jupiter-Pluto conjunction, highlighting great ambitions, the impulse to strive for excellence, for high achievement, for power and influence. Seeds planted in such rich soil may grow to extraordinary heights, but growth without integrity will ultimately lead to an untimely withering and a fall of the crowning flower. Strive for the sunlight, but stay connected to the deep roots that nourish as well.

Libra New Moon Workshop

Ouroboros Monthly Forecast

Continuing with the Libra New Moon, I am offering the next monthly astrology workshop through Ouroboros, our local Nevada City magical arts studio. The workshop will be held online, and all who wish to attend are welcome to join! We will focus on the astrological transits for the month ahead, as we move further through the autumn season.

For those who would like to review the transits from last month, the recording of the previous workshop is available here: Virgo New Moon Workshop.

Friday, October 16th, 5:00–6:30 pm Pacific time

This monthly workshop with archetypal astrologer Becca Tarnas offers an astrological forecast of the lunation cycle ahead, continuing with the New Moon in Libra. Learn the meanings of the planets, aspects, and zodiacal signs, and how to navigate the archetypal energies of the month ahead. Participants will gain a basic foundation in archetypal astrology, and leave with an understanding of the astrological conditions of the next month, and how best to integrate this knowledge into their everyday lives. All levels of astrological knowledge are welcome!

For those unable to attend live the video is now available of the workshop!

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Transits for the Virgo-Libra Lunation

The world is an interplay of illumination and shadow, and the intermingling of darkness with light creates the dazzling spectrum of colors we know. As the seasons turn, the balance of day and night are equal, showing us the value and necessity of both diurnal and nocturnal consciousness.

The next lunation cycle begins with the Virgo New Moon, before the Sun enters the sign of Libra and the cycle continues through the cardinal signs. The dominant alignment through the entire month is Mars retrograde in a square to the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium, which will be highlighted at hard angles by both Mercury and the Sun as the weeks progress. There is no denying the times are difficult and filled with uncertainty, and finding grace and equilibrium in the midst of the turmoil and heaviness can be challenging. Libra is a Venus-ruled sign, and if we find ourselves struggling or down-hearted, it can be important to remember our connections with loved ones and community.

Transits of the Virgo-Libra Lunation

*September 17 @ 4:00 am PT* The New Moon in Virgo offers a fertile, mutable soil in which to plant the new seeds of intention. Mercury in Libra aligns in a square to Jupiter in Capricorn, calling forth grand ideas, inflated thoughts, philosophical musings, and an optimistic perspective on the growing potential of the newly seeded intentions. Plant kernels of hope in abundance now, for although not all may come to flower, some of these ambitious ideas may grow to great heights.

*September 21 @ 11:13 am PT* As the Moon in late Scorpio forms a sextile with the Sun in Virgo, Mercury in Libra squares Pluto in Capricorn. Gossip and intrigue, paranoia and slander can taint and corrupt the thinking mind. Who pulls the strings of our thought patterns, and do we have the power to think for ourselves?

*September 22 @ 6:31 am PT* The Sun enters Libra with the autumnal equinox, marking the shift of seasons and the fading of light. A Venus-ruled air sign, Libra oversees the fall winds scattering many-colored leaves in complex patterns across the dappled ground. The elves are on the road in autumn, and some may hear the call to adventure echoing in their hearts.

*September 23 @ 6:55 pm PT* The waxing quarter Moon in Capricorn squares Libra Sun, while Mercury simultaneously squares Saturn. Hard problems, difficult conversation, misperceptions and miscommunications can make nuanced communication challenging. Saturn negates the voice, calling for silence and quiet contemplation instead.

*September 24 @ 3:53 am PT* As Mercury still lingers in Saturn’s and Pluto’s rays, it perfects an opposition to Mars in Aries, bringing heightened tempers and argumentative debate into an already frustrating communicative environment. Instead of getting caught in a shouting match, writing a rage-filled letter and burning it to ashes may help to release and redirect the fiery energies.

*September 25 @ 12:11 am PT* The Moon in Capricorn spends the entirety of the day traversing the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto conjunction, and forming a T-square with both Mercury and Mars. If it all feels like too much and your emotions boil over and break down, know that you may be feeling not only your own emotional whirlpool but that of the collective as well.

*September 26 @ 6:30 am PT* The Gibbous Moon in early Aquarius forms an airy trine with the Libra Sun, which may offer some breathing room and a little perspective on the previous day’s emotional turmoil—although the Moon’s simultaneous square to Uranus may still lead to unexpected and erratic emotional outbursts and sensations.

*September 27 @ 12:41 am PT* Mercury descends into the underwater grotto of Scorpio, the sign in which it will turn retrograde in a fortnight. What hidden and obscured information and ideas have been secreted away within these caves of the mind, and what is the measure of your impassioned desire to know?

*September 28 @ 6:01 pm PT* Venus in Leo forms a fire trine with Mars in Aries, taking the next steps in the erotic dance initiated just three weeks prior when these two planets formed a dynamic square. Perhaps this relational dance can express a greater harmony, a balancing between the allurement of Venus and the initiatory desire of Mars.

*September 29 @ 2:50 pm PT* Mars in Aries perfects its square to Saturn for the second time, just hours after Saturn stations direct. These stubborn, frictional energies are pulling in opposite directions, grinding action to a halt and enforcing patience with an aggressive hand. If no forward motion is possible, how instead will you plan for the long game?

*October 1 @ 2:05 pm PT* The Full Moon in Aries opposes the Sun in Libra, culminating the lunar cycle initiated with the Virgo New Moon. This highly activated Full Moon in Mars’s home sign reflects the agitated state of the world, currently dominated by the archetypal principles of the red planet. How to cultivate Libran balance and harmony when so much needs to be done?

*October 2 @ 1:48 pm PT* Venus steps into the earthy realm of Virgo, bringing a logical and measured approach to love and aesthetic sensibilities. Everything has its right place, and all that is beautiful must also be practical, while all that is practical ought to be aesthetically pleasing as well. As a Mercury-ruled sign, Venus in Virgo desires to be expressed through carefully chosen words. What words would you choose to write a love letter to your own heart?

*October 7 @ 2:18 am PT* The Disseminating Moon in Gemini forms a trine with the Sun in Libra, while Mercury in Scorpio opposes Uranus in Taurus. Mental activity may accelerate, taking on an electrified, frenetic pace that can at times disturb sleep as sparks fly off of new insights and realizations.

*October 9 @ 5:40 pm PT* The waning quarter Moon in Cancer forms its closing square to the Sun, as Mars perfects its second square to Pluto. Volcanic intensity drives the instincts, and simmering tempers may ignite over pools of shame and rage. The power to take action resides within, but directing this ferocious warrior energy takes self-awareness of unconscious tendencies.

*October 10 @ 4:08 pm PT* Venus in Virgo forms an earth trine to Uranus in Taurus, bringing forth unusual desires and unique aesthetic tastes, sparking unexpected heart connections, friendships, and love.

*October 11 @ 6:34 am PT* The Sun in Libra squares Jupiter in Capricorn, beginning its angular sweep across the Capricorn stellium. While the focus may be on the need for growth, expansion, and the cultivation of joy, the problematic sides of Jupiter may also be highlighted: grandiosity, arrogance, and an inflated sense of one’s egoic identity.

*October 12 @ 9:39 am PT* Jupiter in Capricorn makes its third and final sextile of the year to Neptune, while Mercury perfects its own sextile to Venus for the second time since they came into this configuration in late August. In the midst of this season’s intensified turmoil, these alignments may offer a diplomatic perspective and capacity to perceive a broader, unified vision.

*October 13 @ 4:26 pm PT* The Sun in Libra opposes Mars in Aries, the same day as Mercury stations retrograde in Scorpio. The flow of information slows into quagmires of confusion, bringing the need to review and reflect critically. With the Sun highlighting retrograde Mars, encounters with misinformation may inflame the frustrations and ignite the temper.

*October 15 @ 3:15 am PT* The Sun continues its angular journey to the Capricorn stellium, squaring Pluto next and intensifying the awareness of the shadowy underworld dynamics of power and corruption. Following the path of descent can bring profound regeneration and rebirth, but only after the outworn ways of being have been dismembered and composted.

*October 16 @ 12:31 pm PT* The New Moon aligns in Libra, still carrying the dynamic energies of the T-square with Mars and the Jupiter-Saturn-Pluto stellium. Seeds need darkness to germinate and take root, and although the night may feel long and foreboding, the dawn always comes at last.