October 2017 Astrology Update

METAL DOG MONTH 

October 19 2017 is a new Moon in Libra. Air sign Libra rules the 7th house of marriage and partnership, so time for balance in relationships. The Sun, new Moon, Mercury, and Jupiter are all together in a stellium bringing Jupiter’s luck, plus the mercurial abilities to communicate well, plan perceptively, and see the big picture during this lunar cycle.

The Sun, new Moon, and Jupiter are opposite Uranus. People could be restless or impatient about goals and life direction. Emotional reactions can show what needs to be healed, or can indicate if an obligation is fulfilled. Contact me for your tarot, astrology, or feng shui consultation for relationship clarity.

This new Moon begins the month of the Metal Dog when honesty, integrity, and loyalty are key. The Metal Dog is especially strong, and not afraid of a fight! Controversial issues are given attention, oppression is exposed, and there’s a general sense of identifying with and fighting for the underdog.

Everyone can benefit from Dog’s pragmatic reasoning and sense of fair play. Luck is strongest this lunar month for those born in DogTigerHorse, and Rabbit years and Air signs Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini.

 

HALLOWEEN and DAY OF THE DEAD

Oct 31 – Nov 2 are celebrations that honor the dead, and completion of the growing season until next spring. This time marks the solar point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. 

 

 ECLIPSES DEFINED

lunar eclipse occurs on a full Moon
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth, Sun and Moon align in space, with Earth in between the Sun and Moon. At this time, Earth’s shadow falls on the full Moon, creating a lunar eclipse.

solar eclipse occurs on a new Moon.
A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth. At this time, the Moon’s shadow falls on the Sun, creating a solar eclipse.

 

MERCURY RETROGRADES 2018

Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But during the final Mercury retrograde of this Fire Phoenix year from Dec 19 2017 – Jan 8 2018 can be an excellent time to focus on detailed tasks and catch up on financial matters.

Our Boy MercuryCommunication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

December 2 – 22 2017 
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius to move quickly and complete tasks. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on January 16 2018 that begins a new lunar cycle. 

March 22 – April 15 2018  
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Aries for strong communication and taking immediate action. Fire brings energy to complete projects, but impulsive or snap decisions can be corrected at a later time. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on April 15, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle.

July 25 – August 18 2018
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo when communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. If there are ego disputes, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle. We still feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on September 9 that begins a new lunar cycle.

November 16 – December 6 2018
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Sagittarius Nov 16 – 30 to move quickly and complete tasks. Time to separate truth from fiction. Use caution to not speak so directly that conflict is created and viewpoints are polarized.
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio Dec 1 – 6 when emotions come to the surface, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed. We feel the Mercury retrograde influence until the new Moon on December 6, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle. 

 

phoenix-beautyLUNAR MONTHS in 2017 Phoenix Year

There will be two Phoenix months in Phoenix year, both Earth Phoenixes. In Western astrology, there will be two new Moons in Leo on July 23 and August 21.

New Moon in Aquarius January 27 starts Water Tiger month and year of the Fire Phoenix.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Pisces February 26 starts Water Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries March 27 starts Wood Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus April 26 starts Wood Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini May 25 starts Fire Horse month.

New Moon in Cancer June 23 starts Fire Sheep month.

New Moon in Leo July 23 starts Earth Monkey month.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo August 21 starts Earth Phoenix month.

New Moon in Virgo September 19 starts second Earth Phoenix month.

New Moon in Libra October 19 starts Metal Dog month.

New Moon in Scorpio November 18 starts Metal Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 17 starts Water Rat month.

New Moon in Capricorn January 16 2018 starts Water Ox month.

New Moon Solar Eclipse in Aquarius February 15 2018 starts Wood Tiger month and year of the Earth Dog.

 

OUTER PLANETS IN TRANSIT

The farther from the Sun, the slower the transit:

URANUS IN ARIES

Uranus, planet of radical change and revolution, is in the leadership sign Aries until May 2018. Uranus is the planet of rebellion, the urge to break away and be free, especially when expressed through the pioneering spirit of Fire sign Aries. Aries correlates to the powerful Dragon so anticipate fast change, revolution, and evolution all over the world. Uranus is known for erratic mercurial activity with flashes of insight and genius. Uranus is a higher vibration of Mercury.

 NEPTUNE IN PISCES

Pisces tribeNeptune, planet of inspiration and dreams, is in watery sensitive Pisces until spring 2025. This is a perfect pairing of the ocean god Neptune who is naturally most comfortable in any of the Water signs Pisces, Cancer, or Scorpio. Neptune in Pisces brings creativity, intuition, and spiritual connections. This sets the tone for an entire generation, the new Piscean Neptunians.

I do not agree with internet postings that suggest Neptune in Pisces is bad and means drug addiction, illusion, and fantasy. Instead, bring on the new wave of creativity and inspiration from spirit, dreams, and inner worlds. Neptune is a higher vibration of Venus.

 PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

Pluto, planet of transformation, death, and rebirth but also wealth and riches, is in practical earthy Capricorn until spring 2023. Pluto is named after the Roman god of the underworld, a god of wealth because the riches of the Earth are in his domain: gold, silver, oil, diamonds, minerals, and precious gems. The world plutocracy, governments run by wealthy men (plutocrats), can now be transformed. Pluto is a higher vibration of Mars.

 

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