October 2016

“Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” ~Confucius (BC 551-BC 479)

New Moon: Sep 30th in LIBRA 8 degrees
Full Moon: Oct 16th in ARIES 23 degrees (Uranus close by!)
New Moon: Oct 30th in SCORPIO 7 degrees

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Thankfully, we are now in OCTOBER. September was not a favorite month for the majority of people. With two eclipses, Mercury Retrograde, etc., there was just too much energy going in different directions. Most of us will find October to be calmer and easier to accomplish goals/tasks. And, the month begins with an action oriented New Moon in LIBRA! There are a number of supporting energies making the first few days of October full of positive energy that can be used to move forward. With MARS in CAPRICORN all month, there will be increased energy and activity. Much of it will be impatient, strong, rash, maybe even feel pushy. There will still be a push/pull energy that seems to involve restrictions or limitations around fantasies/dreams with responsibilities/burdens. This could be associated with water, gases or liquids as examples. Be careful around the full moon – a few days either side – as the planet of unpredictability will be joining the moon. Emotional outbursts could be one thing that is evident.


Oct 01 – Yesterday we had a new moon. The moon continues now in the “seeking balance” sign of LIBRA. The pace is set for the next two weeks. Control the desire to constantly think. : ) Instead try capturing what it is you are feeling and understanding it. Music and creative work receives a does of energy. Great energy for air signs: AQUARIUS, GEMINI and LIBRA.

Oct 02 - The moon moved to VOID early morning at 1:43amET and will be VOID ALL DAY until 3:43pmET when it moves into the introspective sign of SCORPIO. There could be changes in plans, even cancellations and interrruptions or delays. It may be hard to get going in the early morning. This is an easier day by simply kicking back and enjoying. Always expect the unexpected when the moon is VOID.

Oct 03 - The moon is in SCORPIO and the day feels intense but quiet. Everyone withdraws bit. Headlines may involve secrets being uncovered. This is a highly intuitive energy day so pay attention to your intuition. Listen more, talk less. Feel more, think less. Passions are stirred.

Oct 04 - The moon still in SCORPIO until tonight at 9:04pmET when it enters VOID until early tomorrow morning. Midday the focus is on management/bosses/leaders. A tug of war energy between seeking the limelight and handling responsibilities is evident. Stay disciplined and take care of the tasks at hand.

Oct 05 - The moon shifts into travel loving SAGITTARIUS at 4:26am ET. The thoughts turn to adventure and spiritual pursuits. This is an excellent energy for taking a course or going to a retreat. On the one hand optimism is abundant and then comes a reality check. Perhaps balancing the two will work best!

Oct 6 - The moon continues in SAGITTARIUS and promotes the desire for fair practices, justice, truth in matters, especially legal. This is an excellent day for meditation or simply being alone and quiet. Higher education is highlighted.

Oct 7 – The moon shifted into VOID at 2:20am and then moved into CAPRICORN at 4:40pm. MERCURY enters LIBRA. Today could be a difficult day to avoid power struggles, but it is possible! The energy is intense and will need careful handling to avoid arguments. Work alone if possible!

Oct 8 – The moon is in CAPRICORN and brings us back to reality. This is a day for taking care of business. It is a good day to have dental work. If you work out, be unusually careful using the machines to avoid injury. This is an excellent day to make a commitment to a new health regime or even a work situation.

Oct 9 – The moon is in CAPRICORN until 12:51pm when it enters VOID for the rest of the day. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED this afternoon. Delays are likely. Financial dealings (banking, etc) are apt to be in the news starting today and into tomorrow.

Oct 10 – The moon is VOID until it enters AQUARIUS at 2:33am. Today is Columbus Day and many banks, etc may be closed. It is also Thanksgiving Day in Canada. Although a rather calm day, there appears to be something disruptive in the atmosphere. This could be disruptive and cause issues for mechanical things including airplanes and electronic equipment. This will continue into tomorrow.

Oct 11 – The moon continues in friendly AQUARIUS. The imagination runs wild today. There is hope for a bright future. The right information pays off. Knowledge is the key. The moon enters VOID at 7:49pmET until tomorrow morning. Have a fun lunch with friends/family or maybe enjoy a gathering after work.

Oct 12 – The moon VOID from overnight enters PISCES at 8:43amET. The mood shifts to quiet, shy, and highly intuitive. This is a great day for anything creative, imaginative or childlike. Be cautious around water/liquids of all kinds!

Oct 13 – The moon is still in PISCES. It is a busy radio/TV/film day… perhaps even headline news. There is something in the wind about bridges/overpasses. Perhaps doublechecking the route you normally travel would be wise. Pay attention to your intuition!

Oct 14 – The moon moved to VOID early at 3:13amET for a few hours. It enters ARIES at 11:08amET. The brief VOID timeframe will probably have appointments delayed or cancelled and if it is the time you travel to work, you may be late! Once in ARIES, everything is kicked up a notch with mid afternoon becoming a challenge. Traffic? Headaches? Communication breakdowns or mishaps? Use the energy to get projects off the ground and moving forward.

Oct 15 – With a FULL MOON tonight in ARIES – just a few minutes after midnight - please stay calm, count to ten and be careful. The energy will be quite high. Please be very careful handling anything flammable, weapons, sharp instruments or anything fire related. Take precautions riding bicycles, etc. Protect your head from head injuries. Explosions and domestic violence are more common when the moon is in ARIES and this one is a FULL MOON energy. Walk away if conversations become heated. Stay away from angry crowds. URANUS, the planet of unpredictable happenings, will be close to this moon. Be prepared for unexpected events. This “togetherness” folds into tomorrow also.

Oct 16 – FULL MOON in ARIES at 23 degrees – the full moon occurred overnight right after midnight and immediately went VOID. It remains VOID until 11:04amET when it enters the sensual and grounded sign of TAURUS. This is a FULL MOON day and the energy continues to unfold today even after the moon moves into TAURUS. The afternoon is great for preparing a great meal or even eating out. Visit an art museum or perhaps go to a concert.

Oct 17 – The moon continues is in TAURUS only until 10:46amET when it enters VOID for the rest of the day. Double check travel plans, dinner plans and all appointments. It would be wise to also check your credit card balances today. Make sure everything is as it should be!

Oct 18 – The moon is VOID until 10:08amET when it enters the youthful and fun sign of GEMINI. Conversations increase. Communications in general, increase. VENUS moves into SAGITTARIUS increasing the desire for travel and exploration. Everything related to law/legal will flow into the news and into conversations today.

Oct 19 – The moon conntinues in GEMINI. The morning is cranky and requires action. This is one of those days where it is best to set an early alarm, get up and get moving – accomplish as much as you can especially where communications are concerned. The afternoon will ease the tension.

Oct 20 – The moon goes VOID at 7:16am until 11:28amET when it slides into the sensitve sign of CANCER. Unexpect unexpected news. This could be personal or worldly. Once the morning gets going, everything will settle down and bring the day to a peaceful close.

Oct 21 – The moon still in CANCER brings out the nurturing side of people. This can make some feel uncomfortable. Go with the flow today. Give to a charity. Volunteer your time. Call family members just to say hello. Enjoy a home cooked meal. Be with the people you love and care about.

Oct 22 – The moon in CANCER is joined by the SUN entering SCORPIO. Be aware that it will be easy to hurt someone’s feeling today so tread lightly. Intuition is enhanced. Schedule a massage or maybe just go for a long walk. If you can walk near water that would be perfect! At 3:34pmET the moon shifts into romantic LEO.

Oct 23 – The moon in LEO loves to play, to be on stage, and just simply to be at the top where all the lights are! This is a good day to have fun, watch sports, play with children or pets.. just a feel good to be happy day.

Oct 24 – The moon opens the day still in LEO but quickly moves into VOID at 8:21amET for the rest of the day until tonight at 11:16pmET. It will then enter the analytical sign of VIRGO. MERCURY enters SCORPIO bringing a deep insight into play. The intuition is sharp now and this will continue through the end of th emonth. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED TODAY! Delays are likely so doublecheck travel plans/reservations.

Oct 25 – The moon in VIRGO wants to serve! This is a wonderful day to help someone out who is being challenged for some reason. Pay attention to the little things but be careful of being too critical. The first part of the day is good for accomplishing tasks. The afternoon can become a bit too critical and edgy. Be watchful of this!

Oct 26 – The moon still in VIRGO will enter VOID at 2:33pmET for the REST OF THE DAY. Remember, when the moon is VOID plans usually change or they are delayed. Work hard in the AM and play in the PM! That is a good plan for today.

Oct 27 – The moon still VOID starting the day. It enters LIBRA at 9:51amET. The SUN and MERCURY are having a party today and everyone is invited. Be forewarned though that SECRETS will be exposed! If you have a lot of skeletons in your closet, you might want to stay home!

Oct 28 – The moon continues in the mentally active sign of LIBRA. Finding balance and compromise will be the focus today. It will be easier in the AM that late afternoon. No overthinking issues today! If you do, you will just tire yourself out. Listen to music. Buy something nice for yourself!

Oct 29 – The moon moves out of LIBRA at 6:06amET and remains VOID ALL DAY until 10:01pmET when it slides into SCORPIO. This is one of those days when having everything move a little slower is welcomed. Be prepared for changes or delays but otherwise, today might be the day to just relax. The energy in the morning is a bit testy but then things improve. Take it easy today as the energy will be high tomorrow!

Oct 30 - NEW MOON in SCORPIO at 7 degrees - at 1:38pmET. The energy is intense and digs deep to find answers to problems. This moon sets the pace for the next four weeks. It is just in time for Halloween tomorrow. If you are celebrating tonight be careful and check and recheck your treats.

Oct 31 – HAPPY HALLOWEEN! The moon in SCORPIO is perfect for costumes and being someone you are not. Be very careful out and about trick or treating as the energy is quite high still from the New Moon yesterday. There are no harsh aspects so enjoy the evening if you are tonight. Looking back at October, see if you find something that will give you a clue as to what is in store for you next year! October is a preview month!!

Noon Cycles including Void of Course Moons (VOC or VOID)

New Moon: A new moon initiates energy that is very strong for four weeks or one lunar cycle but influences the year until another new moon occurs in that same sign - usually a year later. What that energy involves is indicated by the sign in which the new moon occurs and personally, which house/aspects etc are activated in your astrological chart. If the new moon is an eclipse the energy is tripled.

Full Moon: The full moon that follows two weeks after the new moon brings the energy of the new moon out into the open, or to a peak. It continues to unfold energy for two more weeks until the next new moon when the cycle begins all over again highlighting a different area of our lives. Those emotional influences can last a year.

Void Moon: When the transiting moon makes no aspect to a transiting planet, it is considered to be VOID. During these void periods - which can last a few minutes or a few days - it is best to avoid signing sign contracts, interviewing for jobs, or setting important appointments. Why? Because appointments are usually delayed or rescheduled altogether or they do not turn out as expected. Contracts have delays or have to be re-negotiated, etc. Job interviews turn out to be non-productive or empty promises are made. If, for instance, a first interview does occur and appears positive, you may be asked to start ASAP or have to interview with additional people. Individually, if you are under excellent aspects from transiting planets, this will then be a good time to proceed even though the moon is void.

I find that during void moon energy, solutions to problems can be found. Therefore, it is an excellent time for lawyers to find loopholes in cases or uncover evidence that will turn a case in their favor. Lost items are found or returned during this energy at a higher percentage than when the moon is not void. Any computer glitches that have evaded solution can suddenly be resolved. You can be lucky and win a lottery or raffle. Keep in mind that during a VOID MOON, any activities undertaken usually take TWICE as long to accomplish!!! There is an element of LUCK associated with VOID energy. Use it wisely! :-)

One thing is for certain -- always expect the unexpected during the time of a VOID of COURSE MOON -- good and bad -- and be prepared for delays or cancellations.

Eclipses in 2016

Sep 1st SOLAR eclipse: in Virgo at 9 deg 21 min
Sep 16th LUNAR eclipse: in Pisces at 24 deg 20 min

Retrograde Planets in 2016

When a planet is retrograde, its energy is weakened, misunderstood or projected in an unclear manner. The sun signs, industries, activities and so forth ruled by the retrograde planet, will feel held back, restricted, misunderstood or weakened. This is also a time when you are given an opportunity to re-do, re-evaluate these areas. Many times it brings about a better solution or happier direction.

Mercury: December 19th 2016 - January 8th 2017

When Mercury is retrograde communications, electronics, transportation all hit a snag. Satellites go down, electronics breakdown, emails/texts etc are erroneously sent, weak relationships break up (business and personal), trains/airplanes are challenged or in the news and… the flow of money stalls or slows down. That means that “check in the mail” probably will not arrive until after Mercury goes direct! Watch the stock markets. Be cautious in all money dealings. If you have electronic equipment that has been showing signs of needing to be replaced, it will probably break down during the retrograde. This is NOT the time to initiate anything new, especially personal relationships. The retrograde period should focus on OLD business/relationships or projects already in motion before the retrograde cycle began. Many times the Mercury retrograde period allows for resolution of problems. Agreements can be finalized, etc. Just be careful with any of the “numbers” in the paperwork. If possible delay the signing of a contract until after Mercury is direct to avoid complications. Never make a major purchase under Mercury retrograde unless you have overwhelmingly good aspects!

I believe the week prior to Mercury stationing retrograde is when all the crazy stuff seems to happen! Be watchful!

Jupiter: June 13 - November 19th
Jupiter is a great example of optimistic energy. It highlights legal activities, foreign policies, foreign countries, higher education, military activities, and the higher mind. Jupiter rules the sign of Sagittarius. When it is retrograde, it pulls back some of its energy. It is still powerful but the retrograde makes if feel weaker. In SEP it will help the Sun, then help Venus and then Mars, different times but this will neutralize some of the very strong energy happening in SEP. LIBRA sun signs should welcome this wonderful protective and expansive energy as it will be with you for a year! Remember the expansive part can include weight gain and more money out if you overextend yourself. A word to the wise should be sufficient…

Uranus: July 29 - December 29th

Uranus rules the sign of Aquarius, electricity, automobiles, assassination attempts, earthquakes, radio and TV, astrology, Bohemian, and Russia to name a few. When it is retrograde, Uranus gives the topics and also countries that it rules, time for review, reconsideration. It also holds back some of its strength in order to allow for this. It’s like slowing down as you approach an intersection to give you time to make sure you know in which direction you want to go. With Uranus in Aries (unexpected, impulsive), this is actually a good thing as it pulls the energy back to a more manageable level.

Transiting Planets in 2016

If a slower moving planet connects with one of your personal planets such as your Sun, Venus, Mercury or Mars, it will initiate a reaction or event regarding the planet that is touched. Example: transiting Jupiter connects with your Venus. You could simply have a wonderful couple of "feeling good" days while this is active or maybe win a lottery, fall in love with someone or something, have a face-lift, settle a legal case, or set up a new banking account. It is helpful to know if this will be happening so you can plan better and be prepared to make it a good "connection". Here are the slower moving planets and the signs they will be travelling through in 2016:

Jupiter in VIRGO until September 9 when it enters the sign of LIBRA. Jupiter is the fastest moving of the slower planets, staying approximately one year in each sign. It takes approximately 12 years for Jupiter to travel through all 12 signs. Virgo sun signs can enjoy Jupiter in their sign until it leave and moves into LIBRA in September. This transit of Jupiter is a helpful energy for VIRGO sun signs. Keep your critical eye in check, though or you could be a little too much for people around you!! Keeping in mind the legal influence, you can also attract a legal situation if you use this energy in a negative way. For instance, receiving a speeding ticket, filing a lawsuit or being involved in one, or perhaps an inheritance/will etc. While Jupiter transits the sign of VIRGO there will be a focus worldwide on things ruled by VIRGO: Iraq, Army, chemists, dairy farmers, the Congo, Jerusalem, Los Angeles CA, chickens, doctors in general, Switzerland... to name just a few things influenced by this transit.

In September when it enters LIBRA, the Libra sun signs will have this “guardian angel” with them until October 2017. The last few months of 2016 will find Jupiter giving positive energy to the arts, music, relationships, agreements, and even make-overs. Because LIBRA is a cardinal sign, those born under the sign of Capricorn, Aries and Cancer or who have planets in these signs, will experience the effects of this transit at some point as Jupiter contacts your sun sign.

Saturn in Sagittarius until December 2017. The last time Saturn was in Sagittarius was late 1985 into early 1988. It takes about 2.5 years to transit one sign. Scorpio sun signs are quite relieved as it finally exited Scorpio. It WILL return once again to Scorpio but only for very brief stay this summer and only effects 28 and 29 degrees of Scorpio. It is now Sagittarius' turn to feel the structuring, disciplining and in some cases restricting energy of this transit. Saturn's energy helps us better manage our talents and urges. It can bring unexpected responsibilities or even a health issue that requires discipline and focus to overcome. Commitments made during a transit of Saturn to a personal planet have endurance energy/longevity. Negatively, they can feel like heavy responsibilities! But it is not a bad energy for a good marriage or business partnership if all other aspects are supportive. This is the time to stay current with your medical exams especially if you are born under the sign of Sagittarius, OR have a personal planet in Sagittarius, OR have Sagittarius rising OR have Sagittarius on your house of health (6th house). If you have planets in the sign of Gemini, Saturn will, at some point, create an opposing energy. This can bring limitations (including medical conditions) or simply push you to organize and discipline your activities. It CAN feel really burdensome - even depressing - having Saturn in your sun sign (or opposing it), but you do not have to feel that way. With the ability to focus and accomplish, use Saturn's positive side to finish up projects or goals that have been set aside. Take on any added responsibilities as a learning experience that will benefit you. Hard work is usually required when Saturn is in your sign so be prepared to work hard and be rewarded accordingly. Remember, work smarter not harder.

Uranus, in Aries until 2018, will continue transiting the sign of Aries moving from 16 degrees to 24 degrees Aries but retrogrades back to 20 degrees by the end of 2016. If you have a planet in your astro chart at 16-24 degrees Aries, Libra, Cancer or Capricorn, Uranus will energize that planet sometime in 2016. Libra sun signs born Oct 9 -19 will feel this energy as an opposing force. It is challenging but not as aggressively challenging as those born in the sign of Aries will feel. You could suddenly want to quit a job, seek a divorce, change your hair style, or even relocate when this happens. The energy of freedom loving Uranus is not predictable except to say it is unpredictable. Sudden changes, accidents, changes in beliefs, strong desire to be free, etc can all be part of this energy. Be careful in your desire to feel free, to break the rules, to make radical changes, especially if you are aged 41-43. Remember, once the transit completes, you will be living with the consequences of your actions and decisions! Uranus is sending kind vibes to Aquarius and Gemini but challenges Libra, Cancer, Capricorn, and of course, Aries.

Neptune, in Pisces until 2025, will move from 7 degrees to 12 degrees Pisces but during the year it retrogrades ending 2016 direct at 9 degrees. It is very slow moving. Be cautious in business dealings and LOVE as Neptune energy can be evasive and deceiving you before you know it. Neptune has a strong spiritual side and connects to the higher realms. It also rules all liquids and the oceans, water, floods, drugs, hospitals, jails, bodily fluids including perspiration! Perhaps if your planets are contacted by this transiting Neptune, you will find yourself returning to church, restoring your faith, being drawn to the beach, or finding that true love! Watch out, though! Make sure you remove your rose colored glasses before making major decisions. Virgo sun signs may find themselves working with Pisces sun signs or changing careers to work in a Pisces industry i.e., oil, ink, ocean liners, entertainment, singing, children, any music or acting, etc. Virgo sun signs will feel the opposing energy creating feelings of vagueness and mystery. Enjoy this opportunity to not only dream but to also see your dreams come true.

Pluto, in Capricorn, will transit 14, 15, 16 and 17 degrees of Capricorn in 2016. Those born Jan 4-9, Apr 3-8, Jul 5-9 and Oct 6-11 will most likely feel this transit more directly. In an astrological chart if you have personal planets at 14-17 degrees of Capricorn, Aries, Cancer or Libra, you will feel the transformative power of Pluto as it interacts with that planet. It can involve corruption, drugs, sexual desires, skin and teeth issues, government planning, the disciplining parent, deaths, and big business to name a few. Pluto in Capricorn helps define economic changes that will be beneficial and strong. Capricorn rules big business and government and government officials. In 2016, Pluto in Capricorn will provide the impetus to release or destroy anything that has served its purpose in our lives. The changes being made will be long lasting ones as Capricorn is cautious, practical and very responsible. A positive use of the energy would be to take the initiate and change areas of your life that need improvement – before it is done for you! Emotionally you could embark on a new way of looking at life. A word to the wise should be sufficient. Virgo and Taurus – fellow earth signs of Capricorn – should find the transformations and changes, very positive and easier to integrate than other sun signs.

May the force be with you... always. ~ General Dodonna