October 9 to 16, 2014 Visible planets: Morning: Jupiter Evening: Mars, Saturn
Hunting Spirit on the Hunters Moon
Life is a winding road of ups and downs, hills, plateaus, peaks and valleys. We encounter raging rivers, bubbling brooks, swirling eddies and quiet pools. The weather constantly changes, and we have to adjust to whatever comes our way. Magnificent sunsets, brilliant rainbows, sparkling stars, crescent Moons and days of magical grace are also found along the trail. How incredible to be on the journey, traveling through space upon our home Mother-Earth-ship, at one with the cosmos, experiencing and embracing it all.
Last week, life on planet Earth was treated to a fabulous total lunar eclipse, visible in most of North America. And here in southwestern Colorado, we were lucky to see a truly special sidelight of that eclipse. In the late afternoon and early evening hours of Tuesday, October 7th, the Sun was surrounded by a complete solar halo, or sundog, a celestial phenomena named by Native American Indians and caused by the prismatic effect of the Sun’s rays shining through atmospheric ice crystals.
Sundogs are seen mostly in winter, and more often in the Earth’s northern latitudes. Like rainbows, they are refracted, reflected solar light. With rainbows, the Sun is always behind the rainbow, shining through hydrogen-rich atmosphere. In other words, when we see a rainbow, we are always looking away from the Sun – it is behind rather in front of us. With sundogs, we are looking toward the Sun, and solar rays are shining out and through frozen water crystals in the atmosphere or sky–space surrounding the Sun.
And then, there are moondogs, another lovely celestial treat seen in autumn and winter night skies. A moondog is just like a sundog, but instead of solar rays, lunar rays refract and reflect through the atmosphere’s crystalline ice, surrounding the Moon with a circle of pastel, rainbow-like light. October 7th gifted us with both. And then, in the predawn morning hours of October 8th, the Earth eclipsed the Sun’s light upon the full Hunters Moon and we experienced a blood-red total lunar eclipse.
Hunting spirit on a Hunters Moon, I found exactly what I wanted; spirit in all its mystery and magnificence. The stars in all their beauty, the recurring dance of the Sun, Moon and our Mother Earth; sundogs and moondogs…on the long and winding road of life. Forever and ever…again and again. Blessings and peace. May we walk in beauty.
Aries (Mar. 20-Apr. 19) The first full week of Mercury retrograde may have you reliving or remembering the history of your most significant relationships. Family, friends, partners and paramours dance through your mind and heart. Lessons learned are precious and are the key to self-improvement via personal change. Understanding how we create suffering for others and ourselves is the most valuable tool of all. Use lessons as tools.
Taurus (Apr. 19-May 20) As the Aries-Libra eclipse window remains open to relationship review and retrofit, you may find yourself repeating patterns and examining the value of those patterns. A partner or mate may need assistance or return to a state of health that requires care. Helping others through difficult times is greatly appreciated and, if nothing else, a path of grace and goodness. Just be sure to take good care of yourself along the way.
Gemini (May 20-June 20) If you are feeling romantic or creative, take advantage of the feeling and pursue your heart’s desires. Whether it’s love or art, recreation or Mother Nature’s pleasures, get out and see the beauty and bounty of your miraculous life. Energy is catchy and happiness generates more happiness. Love and laughter are tonics for suffering and pain. You need not go far to find golden treasure. Seek and you shall find.
Cancer (June 20-July 22) Relationships top your list of priority and attention this week as Aries-Libra eclipse energy, love-loving Venus and it’s-on-my-mind Mercury retrograde in Libra – sign of partnership and marriage – have you thinking about commitment and considering whether or not you’re ready. No worries, you need not make a decision yet. Discussions suffice at present. Take your time, consider options and enjoy the present.
Leo (July 22-Aug. 22) The brilliant light of jovial Jupiter illuminates your path with hope and optimism as colors change and autumn glistens. Embrace it all with good faith and good will. Others see you as lucky now, and you are, but you also know just how much hard work and perseverance it has taken to get you where you are today. Nothing is permanent and no feeling is final. Enjoy the joy and count your blessings. Stay on the path.
Virgo (Aug. 22-Sep. 22) Good feelings and happy hearts come via the practice of self-improvement. Whether it’s diet, exercise, yoga, mediation, prayer or other types of pro-active action, it is imperative that you stick with the program and maintain it. Structure is essential to Virgo health and while you are a master of flexibility, recognize your inherent need for a consistency and commitment. Open your heart to others, but put self-care first.
Libra (Sep. 22-Oct. 22) This is a big, big time for Libras of all stripes and colors. Not only is it your birthday month, but these weeks also happen to be magnificently charged with powerful ecliptic energies of awakening, transformation and change. Breathe deep and see the beauty and bounty all around you. Feel the grace of gratitude and count your blessings. Embrace the goodness of spirit, invoke the angels and follow the light.
Scorpio (Oct. 22-Nov. 21) Mental Mercury jumps ship this week and retrogrades from early Scorpio into late Libra, leaving you with a glimmer of things to come. Good news is that you are being given another golden opportunity to ask your angels, connect with spirit and practice the arts of meditation and prayer. It’s actually a time of great personal resource and realignment regarding desire. Get plenty of rest and do your best.
Sagittarius (Nov. 21-Dec. 20) You may find yourself reviewing hopes and dreams, reconnecting with people who have supported and inspired you, as well as retrofitting the shape of things to come. Flexibility and mobility are inherent impulses for the Archer while travel and exploration are tonics for the soul. Knowing self is the key to happiness. Responsibility is the key to freedom and acceptance is the key to peace.
Capricorn (Dec. 20-Jan. 19) The winds of change blow wild and free as the Aries-Libra window opens on the depth and breadth of your most committed and intimate relationships. The power of love can be daunting and even scary at times, so it’s imperative to recognize the pitfalls of expectation. Accept others as they are and focus on what you can do to make your life better, rather than theirs. If you want a cat, don’t go get a dog.
Aquarius (Jan. 19-Feb. 18) Pressure lessens a bit this week, but the race continues as you wind up one phase and begin another. You can apply what you found out, the information you now have and the metamorphic process of transformation to your current place and position. Everyone loves a winner, and you are loved. Just don’t let it go to your head and distort your sense of reality. After all, you are only human. Enjoy your life on planet Earth.
Pisces (Feb. 18-Mar. 20) Your personal place and space is emphasized as you see the value of self-motivated action and resource. Others may want you to play, work or relax with them, and it’s all about balance. Make sure you are taking care of the things you want to get done or do; otherwise you may find yourself feeling crabby or resentful. And, as far as getting them to help you, it might be happier just doing it yourself. Good luck!
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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