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October 1, 2020


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Full Moon
in: Aries 9°
October 1, 2020 @ 9:05 p.m. GMT
October 1, 2020 @ 2:05 p.m. PDT -7
Sun is Libra, 9° 08'
Moon is Aries, 9° 08'

Thank you everyone for your patience and understanding last month. The fires in the area are somewhat contained, but they are not totally out. We have more weather conditions that might push the fires past the current lines of containment. Prayers to all who lost their homes, their lives, and their loved ones. We are still cleaning up the residual ash, and are thankful that was all the (minimal) damage we endured this time.

This is the Harvest Full Moon and what is unique about this one (the full moon closest to the equinox) is that there will be a second full moon in the month of October. Cool. Too bad that we won't get to enjoy the full impact of having a blue moon on Halloween with all the witches and goblins running from door to door under the lighting of the full moon, as we would hope.

The Sun is the only placement in Libra, which, in some ways puts the spotlight on the Libra tendencies with nothing else there to absorb the influence. We are wanting peace and harmony. Are we getting that? Probably not, but that's what we are striving for. The only major aspect to the Sun is from the Moon in Aries. Emotionally, we are likely to have hot-tempers and emotional outbursts that may feel very out of character. Our reactions may be out of character, but our feelings are sincerely where our "gut" is at in the moment.

The Moon transited out of bounds (OOB) late in the day on September 23 until early on September 26 in the signs of Sagittarius and Capricorn. The moon's OOB transit keeps getting a bit longer and each event is pushing farther out of bounds. The main news of the last OOB transit was the mourning of the US Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the president claiming he would not transition his role if he loses the election without Supreme Court intervention, for which he is nominating a new justice immediately. The next OOB of the moon will be October 8 through October 10 transiting through Gemini and Cancer. What we tend to experience during OOB moon transits are feelings of frustration, helplessness, and/or inability. The best way to counteract these feelings is to be prepared and push through with determination and proactive actions.

Let's take a moment to look out to the future, well beyond this full moon. Mercury in Scorpio is preparing for another retrograde motion starting October 14, two days before the new moon in Libra. Prepare for communication frustrations. For the US, the retrograde motion is ending on November 3, which is election day in the United States. Plus the moon will start transiting OOB on November 4. Nothing like a good transiting mix-up and dust-up to end this year's presidential election. Those voting in this election should be prepared for anything. If voting in person, try to vote as early as possible. If possible, take the day off from work, bring snacks, a chair, umbrella, etc. Whatever is needed to be able to vote. If voting by mail, make certain to return the ballot extra early with enough postage and having followed all the rules expected/explained for the vote to be counted for the election. Scorpio has a way of accentuating some hidden agendas or motives in our (or others') actions and thought processes. The retrograde motion can uncover those actions but not always in a very tactful way. By the end of October, Mercury will be moving back into Libra, and then stationing in Libra on November 3, which has the "It's Not Fair" trait that gets us even more frustrated.

Returning to this full moon's transits, Mercury is opposing Uranus retrograde in Taurus. Reflecting on changes of our situations is being spotlighted for the day. Mercury is waxing into this aspect, so it will be with us for more than the day, but our thoughts may be fleeting, failing to recognize our own roles within our personal situations. The key is to actually reflect. If we choose to ignore the "warnings" we are likely to end up hurt (emotionally or physically).

Venus in Leo is trine to Mars retrograde in Aries. This aspect is also connecting Venus, via Mars, to Saturn and Pluto retrograde in Capricorn with a square aspect. Venus' transit through Leo tends to bring out our creative and talented side. The connection to Mars retrograde can bring in our sensual feelings as well as our sensory (smell, taste, touch, etc.) Finding ways to connect this with positivity has the potential for a moment of fame, or at the least, being noticed by our peers.

Of course, Mars retrograde in Aries, which started on September 9, will continue to challenge us to rethink our typical activities. Our usual actions may not produce the intended release that we expect. The old way may no longer be useful, at least until the middle of November. Be open to exploring other (safe) physical releases to get the desired results. Of course, the square to Saturn and Pluto retrograde in Capricorn has a tendency to activate our temper in non-productive ways. Use that anger to get into "good trouble" rather than harmful activities.

Jupiter's direct motion in Capricorn has it pushing back into the conjunction with Pluto retrograde. It is also sextile to Neptune retrograde in Pisces. Expansion is the main approach of Jupiter, in our lives, and while usually that's a good thing, it can just as easily expand on facets that are unproductive or unhealthy, especially while interacting with retrograde planets. Keep an open mind and heart. Re-evaluate old ideas that didn't work in the past to see if there is some insight that can be brought to the surface at this point in time.

Saturn's retrograde in Capricorn ended on September 29th. That will start moving Saturn out of the current conjunction with Pluto retrograde. The Saturn/Pluto conjunction will end around the first of December and by mid December, Saturn will be back into Aquarius for the next two years. This seemingly never-ending struggle between self and others that feels like an Us versus Them will never fully go away, but will feel less intense in December. It feels difficult mostly because both sides are entrenched in an effort to gain traction. The "winning side" rarely ever really wins unless there is the willingness to strike a compromise. The agreement, and the willingness to adhere to the agreement is what removes (or reduces) the feelings of division. Saturn's gifts are rarely appreciated with the respect they deserve.

Neptune's retrograde in Pisces sextile to Pluto is also another complex connection. Pluto is preparing to station on October 4, to end its retrograde transit for a few months (until April). Some things to think about. Neptune's current transit in Pisces is in the area of Pisces that is considered to be gloomy and vulnerable. Not that all Neptune will naturally bring out the gloom and doom, but that our introspections are not always the most pleasant activities, regardless. The best way to counteract this transit is to be productive and involved in the community in ways that help others. This helps to build bonds and improve our overall health.

Pluto, as mentioned, will end the retrograde motion on October 4, but we are not likely to notice much difference in this transition. Seems like Pluto is always pounding on us, regardless of its direction. Similar to Saturn, Pluto's mission seems to be about "Life Lessons" and karmic impacts. Unlike Saturn, we may never truly understand Pluto's message.

With this full moon, the majority of planetary placements are in Earth and Water elements, making this chart heavier in faminine receptives. We sometimes forget the strengths of estrogen ladened ideals. Where we struggle is with feeling confounded by events that we have no control over. What we are lacking is flexibility and adaptability. Bouts of depression are likely with this full moon. Don't wallow in those feelings for too long. However, a good cry can help to allow our body to get back on track when the endorphins are released. We can use those endorphins to calm down our fears and begin to explore better options. If we stay stuck in the rage, we never get those productive chemicals (endorphins) but instead are overwhelmed with stress hormones that ultimately do more harm than good.

Meditation for the October 1st Full Moon
When two parties are trapped in a situation, and one is incapable of thought or decision, the other must decide for both of them.

© J. McCaul - Lunar Living Astrology, 2020 (All Rights Reserved)

1) Goldschneider, G.  1994, The secret language of birthdays, New York, NY; London, Engl.: Victoria, Austr.: Auckland, NZ., Penguin Studio Books.

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