October 10 to 17, 2013 Visible Planets: Morning: Mars, Jupiter Evening: Venus
Chilling frosts and a deep freeze announced the end of our yearly growing season. Gardening on the high mountain mesas of southwestern Colorado is always challenging. Every year and season brings a different set of factors to the horticultural equation, and it’s an eternal learning curve.
Tomatoes, peppers, garlic and basil, plus a variety of green vegetables and herbs, made it all worthwhile. I’m waiting now for a freshly harvested batch of seed garlic to show up at my post office box so I can plant cloves for next year. Of course, first I have to pull the leftover weeds from this year, add compost and nutrients to the soil and then turn it all over and under. Always plenty of work, but it’s good work and I’m grateful.
The stars in early October are stunning. I love to walk out at night, fill my lungs with cool, crisp evening air and watch the first constellations of autumn rise above the eastern horizon. The Milky Way’s River of Souls sparkles and shimmers a path to the lands beyond, as both Venus and Saturn shine brightly in the western Maxfield Parrish sky.
This week we will see the Moon grow bigger and brighter each night, as it moves toward the exact opposition aspect of a Libra/Aries lunar eclipse on October 18th @ 4:38 pm MDT. Autumn has arrived in full force, the spirits are ascending and descending. It’s time to keep our eyes on the skies and watch out for witches!
Good luck, happy harvest and may the mysterious, metaphysical, magical forces of the season be with you!
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr.19) The Moon waxes and energy builds as we approach the last lunar eclipse of 2013. Taking place in the late Aires/Libra polarity, you may feel and finally understand the magnitude of your personal influence upon your own life and relationships. It’s easy to blame problems on others, but after all, you are the creator. Embrace the freedom of responsibility.
Taurus (Apr. 20-May 20) Communication and interaction with others is a theme this week as Mercury in your solar 7th house of longterm relationships stimulates talk, discussion and thought. Venus now in Sag softens the heart and opens the door to intimate sharing. Joint business ventures and shared investments prove rewarding. Good time to clean, weed and discard.
Gemini (May 21-June 21) If you find yourself stuck at work or chained to a project, make a concerted effort to get unstuck and unchained. The world is transforming outside your door and it’s high time you got out and about to see the magnificence. The autumn gold, peach and crimson is something you must not miss; it feeds your soul and uplifts your spirit. Happy trails!
Cancer (June 21-July 22) Love planet Venus enters Scorpio – your solar 5th house of love, creativity and romance – so put on your sweetest smile and prettiest outfit. The magnificence of autumn; cool nights and crisp mornings paired with brilliant Indian Summer days stirs your heart and awakens spirit. Get creative and express your inner magic. Cuddle up, enjoy inner warmth.
Leo (July 23-Aug.22) Motivational Mars moves through the last degrees of Leo this week, providing a boost of energy and shot in the arm regarding personal agendas, desires and goals. Do what you can to get it all done, but refrain from over-exertion and exhaustion. Balance equations and act accordingly. Sometimes overdoing it leads to breakdown; sometimes not.
Virgo (Aug. 23-Sep.22) Home is where the heart is, and this week you feel it strongly. Recent sojourns and time away from your own space may have taken its toll. Indulge yourself in evenings of rest and relaxation, nurture body and soul with hot baths, comfy couches and crackling fires. Daytime translates as action. Mars now in Virgo motivates and excites you. Do the next right thing.
Libra (Sep. 23-Oct. 22) Happy Birthdays continue as you celebrate another revolution around the Sun. Count your blessings as you experience the miracle of life. A full and grateful heart leaves little room for fear and doubt. See the magic, explore the beauty as Mother Nature paints an opus magnus of brilliant gold and crimson. How did you get so lucky? Karma? Enjoy it now, it’s all we have.
Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 22) Voluptuous Venus moves from Scorpio into Sagittarius this week, ending a month long stay in your sign. Whatever has come to pass recently in romance and finance, know that it is – now and/or later – good stuff. Relax in the comfort of your own soul, bend with the breeze and change with the weather. You’re in the driver’s seat, chart your course, stay on the path.
Sagittarius (Nov. 23-Dec. 20) With Venus now in Sagittarius and Mars moving into Virgo, brace yourself for a sweet, rather exciting battle of wills and desires. Other people, places and things may challenge your position or ask you to change your course. It may feel like a crisis, but it’s really a magnificent opportunity dressed in disguise. Attempt to see beneath the veil and move with the groove.
Capricorn (Dec. 21-Jan. 19) The upcoming cardinal lunar eclipse is bound to get your attention and challenge core realities. Now is the time to clean your closet and dump your trash. Take a searching and moral inventory of yourself and your life. Release attachment and judgment as much as possible so you can move into a place of balance and equilibrium. Rediscover soul and spirit.
Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Friends show up with happy faces and good vibrations. Recent trials and tribulations mellow in the fire of camaraderie. It’s easy to get caught up in ego agendas, personality conflicts and battles of will. Remember that you are right for you and only you. If you are employing others, make sure they are willing to do what you ask. Lighten your load, live and let go.
Pisces (Feb. 19-Mar. 20) Good things come to those who work overtime here and there in the effort of goal accomplishment. And don’t be surprised when others show up to help and assist you. But, for some reason, you are enjoying the process. It feels so good to get ‘er done! Infuse your abundant creativity in your projects for even more satisfaction and reward. It’s autumn, enjoy!
Cynthia is a third generation astrologer living on a high mountain mesa 40 miles west of Telluride. Visit her website @ www.alacazem.com.
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