Oct 2018 News


Oct 8 2018 was a new Moon in Libra that sets the tone for October. Air sign Libra rules the 7th house of partnership and marriage, and is symbolized by the scales of justice. This lunar month is time to focus on fairness in relationships. Libra is ruled by Venus to easily appreciate art and beauty.

Venus is retrograde for six weeks every one and a half years. Venus is retrograde from Oct 5 to Nov 16. From Oct 5 to Oct 30, Venus is retrograde in Scorpio. Deep-feeling Water sign Scorpio can bring emotional awareness. Oct 31 to Nov 16, Venus is in Libra bringing a need for balanced reciprocity in all interactions. Relationships with weak bonds might be tumultuous or become less important. Should you require my services regarding relationships, contact me for a tarot card reading.

The new Moon and Sun in Libra trined Mars in Aquarius adding strength, stamina, and new inspiration. This lunar cycle is a good time to work collectively, and to complete projects. The new Moon and Sun squared Pluto in Capricorn to let go of old patterns, especially in relationships.



This new Moon began the lunar month of the Dog in the year of the Dog, making this a double Dog month! Dog correlates to the Western sign Libra because both signs are concerned with honesty, fairness, and the importance of behaving with integrity.

This is the month of the sensitive Water Dog, in the year of the practical Earth Dog 2018. The truth is told, and emotional intimacy deepens. Dog loves the pack so a lunar month to be social, support others, and fight for the underdog. Luck is strongest for Air signs Libra, Aquarius, and Gemini and those born in Dog, Tiger, Rabbit, and Horse years.



Oct 24 is a full Moon in Earth sign Taurus, an astrology sign ruled by Venus. This is a special full Moon because the Moon is exalted in Taurus, meaning it is the best astrology sign for the Moon.  And this adds some peace and harmony to relationships during Venus retrograde. Time to enjoy the sensuality of earthly Taurus with good food, beautiful material things, and all activities ruled by Venus such as sex, dancing, and enjoying all arts.

The Moon conjuncts Uranus in Taurus so time for some change. But fixed Earth sign Taurus does not like change. Still, Uranus can bring swift or sudden change due to impatience with routine or normal activities. So if people do make a sweeping change, it’s because it’s so important that they must. But under the influence of Taurus, just don’t expect it to happen again! 



October 31 marks the solar point between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice. Halloween is the most popular pagan holiday, and celebrated as the Celtic festival of Samhain. It’s the eve of Hallomas on November 1. Mexican Día de los Muertos and Catholic All Souls’ Day are on November 2.

So in many traditions it’s time to celebrate the life of those who died this year, ancestors, and the Crone aspect of the Goddess. This is the 3rd and final harvest festival after Lammas and Autumn Equinox. 



Traditionally in astrology, Mercury retrograde is a time of miscommunication, technology problems, and items lost or misplaced. But in this Earth Dog year, Mercury retrograde can be a time to follow through, keep your word, and complete projects. Communication planet Mercury is retrograde for three weeks.

There is one more Mercury retrograde cycle in 2018 from Nov 16 – Dec 6 in Sagittarius and Scorpio:

Nov 16 – 30 Mercury is 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.

Dec 1 – 6 Mercury is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio  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 Dec 6, the exact day Mercury goes direct, that begins a new lunar cycle and Wood Rat month. 


Looking ahead to 2019 MERCURY RETROGRADES

March 5 – 28 2019  in Water sign Pisces
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Pisces is when communication is nuanced and subtle. People communicate more through emotions than rational thought. Read body language to interpret real meaning. If feelings are hurt, wait out the Mercury retrograde cycle to talk about it. 

July 7 – 31  in Fire sign Leo and Water sign Cancer
Mercury retrograde in Fire sign Leo is when communication is direct, and you can cover much ground. For some, it is time to roar! But watch out if people become bossy or demanding. 
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Cancer is when emotions come to the surface, with care about home and family.

Oct 31 – Nov 20  Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio
Mercury retrograde in Water sign Scorpio is when emotions are strong, with new intimacy in relationships. Under the influence of Scorpio, secrets can be revealed.



Jupiter is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio March 8 – July 10.
Time to refine your Dog year plans. Launch plans after the July 25 Mercury retrograde ends on August 18. 

Saturn is retrograde in Earth sign Capricorn April 17 – Sept 6
We slow down anyway during an Earth year after 2 Fire years — 2016 Fire Monkey and 2017 Fire Phoenix (Rooster). Take care of health and tend to practical matters.

Mars is retrograde in Air sign Aquarius June 28 – Aug 28
Best to work collectively, with group consensus, under the influence of Aquarius and in a Dog year.

Venus is retrograde in Water sign Scorpio and Air sign Libra Oct 5 – Nov 16.
Deep-feeling Scorpio and Libra are both excellent signs for love planet Venus, especially Libra because Venus rules Libra and Taurus.


2018 LUNAR MONTHS in Earth Dog Year

New Moon in Libra October 8 starts Water Dog month. Dog month in Dog year.

New Moon in Scorpio November 7 starts Water Pig month.

New Moon in Sagittarius December 6 starts Wood Rat month.

New Moon SOLAR ECLIPSE in Capricorn January 5 2019 starts Wood Ox month.


2019 LUNAR MONTHS in Earth Pig Year

New Moon in Aquarius February 4 2019 starts Fire Tiger month and year of the Earth Pig.

New Moon in Pisces March 6 starts Fire Rabbit month.

New Moon in Aries April 5 starts Earth Dragon month.

New Moon in Taurus May 4 starts Earth Snake month.

New Moon in Gemini June 3 starts Metal Horse month.

New Moon in Cancer July 2 starts Metal Sheep month. Total Solar Eclipse.

New Moon in Leo July 31 starts Water Monkey month.

New Moon in Virgo August 30 starts Water Phoenix (Rooster) month.

New Moon in Libra September 28 starts Wood Dog month. 

New Moon in Scorpio October 27 starts Wood Pig month. Pig month in Pig year.

New Moon in Sagittarius November 26 starts Fire Rat month.

New Moon in Capricorn December 25 2019 starts Fire Ox month. Annular Solar Eclipse.

New Moon in Aquarius January 26 2020 starts Earth Tiger month and year of the Metal Rat.



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

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

Jan 5 2019 New Moon partial solar eclipse in 15 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. This new Moon also starts Ox month to apply energy to completing projects and attention to practical matters.

Jan 20 Full Moon total lunar eclipse in 0 degrees Fire sign Leo. This eclipse focus is art and self expression, so find and develop hidden talents to let them shine.

July 2 New Moon total solar eclipse in 10 degrees Water sign Cancer. Family, friends, and home life take center stage. Broken ties can be mended.

July 16 Full Moon partial lunar eclipse in 24 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. Focus on financial matters, work, and health. A good lunar cycle to get grounded mid year.

Dec 25 New Moon annular solar eclipse in 4 degrees Earth sign Capricorn. Again in Capricorn to focus on material matters, but also the holidays of Pig year to eat, drink, and be merry! 


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