October 21 to 28, 2010
Visible Planets: Morning: none Evening: Mars and Saturn
Metaphysical Magic and the October Hunters Moon
Last week I made the journey over the Continental Divide to the Eastern Slope – the place of my birth – and all along the way I was treated to a veritable feast of color, texture and light. Mid-October in Colorado is painted in brilliant yellow, luscious peach, crimson red, pumpkin orange and mouth-watering shades of green. From the time I left home to the moment of my return, my eyes danced with the morphing landscape and the transformational beauty of the Mother Earth. Our tawny blonde mesa was streaked with threads of gold and burnished auburn. Blue-green sage and forest pinon watched as I drove down our country highway, the deep blues of the La Sals in Utah standing like a sentry to the slick rock canyonlands beyond. Further west, immersed in the pink-red walls of Gateway Canyon, blazing cottonwoods lined the slow-moving, mud-colored Dolores River, their yellow-orange leaves a Halloween contrast to the gnarly, black charcoal trunks below. Then came the Unaweep – the territory between Gateway and Grand Junction – a place of granite spires and sweeping valleys, miles of red-orange oak and grazing horses, homestead cabins and working ranches. Stunning and magnificent, it literally took my breath away.
And now, back home, I greet the fruition of the Hunters Moon – the second full Moon following Autumn Equinox – and the mystical, metaphysical power of October. The zodiac month of Libra draws to a close in the early morning hours of Oct. 23rd – the full Moon takes place at 7:37 pm MDT on October 22nd at 29º32' Libra/Aries – and the Scorpio magic begins. Spirits fly and days grow short. Fires are kindled and snow falls. Instinctively we go inward. There is something primal and private, soulful and deeply moving about this time of year. Surrounded by the final blaze of autumn, we face the Great Mystery of life and death.
For all of us, the Oct. 22nd full Moon illuminates our most poignant and powerful issues of sharing and pairing. We are presented with the reflecting pool of relationship and asked to identify our roles and the parts we play in them all. So as you gaze in to the reflective mirror of your relationships, see the beauty and bounty in you. Be the best you can be, open your heart and love the world. Peace and blessings. Happy Hunters Moon!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19)
The Oct. 22nd full Hunters Moon takes place in the last degree of Aries/Libra, making this lunation one of great importance and fruition for the Ram. The part you play and have played in your most significant relationships is fully illuminated. Embrace the gift of clarity as you focus on self-love, self-nurturing and self-awareness. Balance and peace are allies.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20)
Venus, Mercury and Vesta in Scorpio fuel inner fires and favor enlightened love regarding women, hearth and home. There is something sacred about fire and its warmth. A period of awakening regarding self-responsibility and self-improvement is coming to fruition. Nurture your own basic goodness as well as the good in others and the world.
Gemini (May 21-June 21)
Recognition is a powerful force. Look for the best inside and out, focus on what’s right rather what’s wrong, and stay in the solution. A full and grateful heart finds little room for fear, self-pity, anger or resentment. Count your blessings and remain open and compassionate to others. You are being asked to stay calm and steady in the storm. Lead by example.
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Wisdom comes through trial and error, ups and downs, joy and sorrow. Knowing that no feeling is final and change is the only constant, embrace the day, one day at a time. Strong forces are at work regarding home, family, career and social standing. You may feel as if the rug has been pulled out from under you. If so, make it a magic carpet and ride the tide.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22)
Libra’s essential teaching is that everyone and everything is a mirror, an opportunity to see and develop another aspect of ourselves. This week’s full Moon at the final degree of Libra/Aries challenges us to understand and care about others while remaining true to heart and soul. The spiritual warrior walks a path of love, truth and equality. Walk the path.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22)
Asteroid Juno in Virgo sextiles Venus, Mercury and Vesta in Scorpio as the Moon grows full. This translates as a fortuitous time for sharing some of your deepest, darkest secrets, strongest fears and most powerful desires with a spiritual advisor or professional therapist. The cosmos favor courageous acts of compassionate, loving-kindness. Be gentle with you.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct.22)
Feel the powerful pull of cosmic forces as the Hunters Moon comes to fruition on Oct. 22nd. Your zodiac birth month draws to a close as this lunation illuminates the evolution of another revolution around the Sun. Your annual personal rebirth is complete. Bow your head, kneel in prayer or take the appropriate action of humility and gratitude. God bless.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22)
The opposition aspect of the Sun and Moon in the final degree of Aries/Libra shimmers moonbeams of rebirth and regeneration upon sensual Scorpions. Open your heart to the magic and mystery of the Universe. Trust in divine forces, erase expectations and let go of attachments to outcomes. Focus on heartfelt love and live in kindness.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20)
High aspirations and inspiration in general intensifies as the Moon grows full. Spirituality glimmers and glows upon the proverbial horizon, glistening with promises of enlightenment and freedom. Remember that illusions of grandeur are often crafted in the most innocent and naïve ways. Focus on daily tasks rather than outrageous dreams – be here now.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19)
A rather challenging and yet promising week presents itself as a long-coming, ongoing and potentially life-changing situation comes to a head regarding family status and relationships. Partners and mates, children and parents are players, while material wealth and financial security are at issue. Be fair, remain calm and negotiate with grace. Do the right thing.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18)
Neptune and Chiron together in your sign contin
ue to dance the healing, helping dance of awakening and enlightenment regarding health, happiness and overall well-being. Feel your pain and utilize it as a guide. Pay attention to what hurts. Seek solutions and discover new paths via physical therapy and spiritual practice – day by day, one step at a time.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20)
You may have been quick to ignite or lost in your own opinions and experiences as others walk and talk in and out of your life. Remember the inherent gift of Pisces: compassion. Lunar light illuminates what you can do and what you can say to help others and the world. Share your wisdom via gentle acts and kind words. Criticism rarely helps.
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living in the high mountain desert of the American Southwest. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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