October 2014 newsletter

  Dear Friends




Kindly note that the days and times given below are in PDT (Pacific Daylight Saving Time). For Rocky Mountain Time (except AZ which is in the summer on the same time zone as CA) add 1 hour. For Central Time, add 2 hours. For Eastern Time, add 3 hours. For Alaskan Time, subtract 1 hour. For Hawaii-Aleutian Time, subtract 2 hours. For Greenwich, add 8 hours. For Central European time (CET) add 9 hours. For Eastern European time (EET), add 10 hours.









RUNE OF THE MONTH: Gebo, “a gift”. This Rune has no reverse. It symbolizes perfect, unobstructed union. It is when we generously offer something that we either love or that another will cherish, that a true soul connection is made. As we give, so do we receive. October is a month to freely give of ourselves, be present moment to moment and centered in our hearts.


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This is an eclipse month. A month of major, no return changes that lift us to a whole new level in our lives.




The Lunar eclipse (Full Moon) will happen on Wednesday 10/8 at 3:51 AM  at 15º05’ Aries. This degree is symbolized by “Brownies dancing in the setting sun”. In Hindu lore, Brownies refer to good natured spirits performing important services around the house at night, such as sweeping, cooking or cleaning. We free ourselves from the past suddenly and unexpectedly. A new chapter is opened in our lives encouraging us to recreate ourselves in harmony, peace and beauty. In our daily environment, we see beyond the visible and connect deeply with the esoteric laws of the universe. Our mind is serious and committed to the truth. As our subconscious opens, enriching our conscious mind, profound healings of our relationships occur.




The Solar Eclipse (New Moon) occurs on Thursday 10/23 at 2:57 PM at 0º25’ Scorpio. The image associated with this degree is: “A sight seeing bus filled with tourists”. This eclipse points to major transformations of consciousness much akin to what happens when we visit a foreign country and discover all sorts of new ways of being. A profound death and rebirth is occurring within ourselves. A need for depth of emotion and harmony in communication. A profound ability to see into the unknown and the invisible enhances our compassion and understanding of the interconnectedness of all life.




Mercury turns retrograde on Saturday Oct 4 until Saturday October 25 between 2º17’ Scorpio and 16º49’ Libra. Its shadow period continues until November 10. Mercury retrograde periods are not very popular in regard to anything mechanical, yet they are wonderful for reconnecting with long lost friends, revisiting places we haven’t seen in a while and remembering projects that had been collecting dust.  This particularly retrogration could bring back a long lost romance, giving us the chance to reconsider it in a different light and remove any remaining blocks to true intimacy.




Uranus remains retrograde this whole month until Dec 21st. The shadow (the period in time needed for it to return to the exact same degree it started its retrogration on) lasts until April 8, 2015.  It travels this month from 14º47’ to 13º36’ Aries These 2 degrees are represented in the Sabian Symbols by: “An Indian weaving a blanket” and “a serpent coiling near a man and a woman”. Our individuation this month happens through our connection to the sacredness of Mother Earth. Performing ceremonies honoring Nature helps us understand more deeply the balance, complementarity and harmony of the masculine and the feminine within and thus, without. It is when our inner marriage is established and that we feel complete within ourselves, that the partner who matches us in heart, mind, body and spirit can be magnetized to us.




Neptune remains retrograde this whole month until November 15. The degrees it travels this month (5º21’-4º52’ Pisces) are symbolized by: “A parade of army officers in full dress” and “A church bazar”. Nothing is as it seems. A time to embrace our compassion. Our sensivity in heightened. We could become more aware of higher realms of consciousness through dreams and meditation. A wonderful month for artistic inspiration and connecting consciously to the sacred in our daily reality.




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The Moon will be Void of Course (V/O –forming no major aspect with any planet before entering the following sign-):


  • From Thursday 10/2 at 9:18 AM till Friday 10/3 at 1:00 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
  • From Saturday 10/4 at 11:32 AM till Sunday 10/5 at 2:24 AM: when the Moon enters Pisces.
  • From Monday 10/6 at 12:38 PM till Tuesday 10/7 at 3:07 AM :when the Moon enters Aries.
  • From Wednesday 10/8 at 7:20 AM till Thursday 10/9 at 4:44 AM: when the Moon enters Taurus.
  • From Friday 10/10 at 5:49 PM till Saturday 10/11 at 8:51 PM: when the Moon enters Gemini.
  • On Monday 10/13 between 10:58 AM and 4:30 PM: when the Moon enters Cancer.
  • From Wednesday 10/15 at 4:27 PM till Thursday 10/16 at 3:29 AM: when the Moon enters Leo.
  • On Saturday 10/18 between 6:10 AM and 4:08 PM: when the Moon enters Virgo.
  • From Monday 10/20 at 8:30 PM till Tuesday 10/21 at 4:12 AM: when the Moon enters Libra.
  • On Thursday 10/23 between 10:22 AM and 2:10 PM: when the Moon enters Scorpio.
  • On Saturday 10/25 between 9:11 AM and 9:40 PM: when the Moon enters Sagittarius.
  • From Monday 10/27 at 9:18 AM till Tuesday 10/28 at 3:03 AM: when the Moon enters Capricorn.
  • From Wednesday 10/29 at 8:01 PM till Thursday 10/30 at 6:52 AM: when the Moon enters Aquarius.
  • From 10/31 at 11:22 PM till Saturday 111 at 9:37 AM: when the Moon enters Pisces.




Mark these periods in red in your calendar and avoid scheduling anything of importance during these times as they would amount to… NO thing!


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Scheduling our activities using the zodiacal position of the Moon:




Moon in Capricorn until Thursday 10/2 at 0:59 AM + between Tuesday 10/28 at 3:03 AM and Thursday 10/30 at 6:51 AM: Good for furthering our ambitions, asking for a promotion, enlisting the support of people in positions of authority, making a good impression, re-structuring our business and redefining our long-term goals…




Moon in Aquarius between Friday 10/3 at 1:00 AM and Sunday 10/5 at 2:23 AM + between Thursday 10/30 at 6:51 AM and Saturday 11/1 at 9:36 AM: Perfect for philanthropic activities, charitable organizations, meeting with friends, making new acquaintances. Good also for inventions, far out, progressive ideas, inter-dimensional and time travel, anything related to UFOs, computers and technology in general….




Moon in Pisces between Sunday 10/5 at 2:24 AM and Tuesday 10/7 at 3:06 AM: Great for meditating, sitting by the ocean, anything related to the sacred, dancing, painting, swimming, dreaming, music, photography, film, sleeping, channeling, connecting with the mystical, the magic and the oneness of all that is…




Moon in Aries between Tuesday 10/7 at 3:07 AM and Thursday 10/9 at 4:43 AM: Perfect for intense physical activities, anything requiring forceful, direct action and self-assertion. Good also for leadership, spontaneity, good will, being a way shower, initiating new projects or bringing our car to the mechanic….




Moon in Taurus between Thursday 10/9 at 4:44 AM and Saturday 10/11 at 8:50 AM: Perfect for any financial matter: paying our bills/debts, asking for the money that is owed to us, investing in real estate, buying and selling. Perfect also for a stroll in the park, going to the countryside, connecting with our Mother the Earth… Good also for gardening, pottery, sculpting, as well as bodywork…




Moon in Gemini between Saturday 10/11 at 8:51 AM and Monday 10/13 at 4:29 PM: Excellent for multi-tasking, curiosity, any form of communication, exchanging information, sending e-mails, calling friends and acquaintances. Great also for social activities, attending conferences, reading a book, watching a documentary, gathering data on various topics, connecting with new people….




Moon in Cancer between Monday 10/13 at 4:30 PM and Thursday 10/16 at 3:28 AM: Perfect for family activities, especially those involving children. Good for spending more time at home, cooking, nurturing ourselves and those we love, inviting the people we cherish over for dinner. Excellent also for drawing, creative writing, humor and anything requiring imagination and a touch of craziness….




Moon in Leo between Thursday 10/16 at 3:29 AM and Saturday 10/18 at 4:07 PM: Excellent for anything glamorous, dramatic performances, being in the public’s eye, throwing or attending an elegant party, playing with children, romance and creativity in general…




Moon in Virgo between Saturday 10/18 at 4:08 PM and Tuesday 10/21 at 4:11 AM: Excellent for starting a new fitness program, learning, healthy nutrition, fasting, clearing our closets, cleaning our home, reorganizing our drawers…. Perfect also for detailed work, the focused use of our intelligence, and taking care of small pets….




Moon in Libra between Tuesday 10/21 at 4:12 AM and Thursday 10/23 at 2:09 PM: Great for relationships, associations, diplomatic exchanges with others, anything related to beauty (a haircut, buying new clothes, a make-over…), art (especially painting and decorating…), a pleasant social event (concert, art exhibition…).




Moon in Scorpio between Thursday 10/23 at 2:10 PM and Saturday 10/25 at 9:39 PM: Perfect for scientific research, esoteric studies, self-transformation, shamanism, dealing with the mysteries of life, death, and sexuality, as well as insurances and issues involving personal power.




Moon in Sagittarius between Saturday 10/25 at 9:40 PM and Tuesday 10/28 at 3:02 AM: Perfect for traveling, religious and/or philosophical activities or matters related to higher education and the law. Excellent for lecturing, learning, perfecting a foreign language, exploring other cultures… Perfect also for athletic training and tending to large animals (horses….)




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Kindly note that because it coincides with 2 eclipses, this month’s intentional mediation is particularly powerful. It begins on Wednesday 10/8. Take out as many blank sheets as you will have intentions, and place them out (on a balcony, near a window or in a garden) to be charged by the Lunar Eclipse (Full Moon) in Aries at exactly 3:51 AM. Once that moment has passed, gather your sheets and place them in a folder until the next Solar Eclipse (New Moon) in Scorpio on Thursday 10/23. Same procedure as above, take out your blank full moon charged papers and write on each a concise, positive intention. Place them on a balcony, in a garden or near a window at exactly 2:57 PM. Once that moment has passed, staple them together and put them away in a folder expecting the manifestation of all your dreams…


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Saturday 10/4: Sun Square Pluto (1:03 AM), Mercury turns retrograde (10:02 AM), Mars Trine Uranus (9:18 PM)


Regarding Mercury retrograde, please refer to the opening paragraph. Power games should be avoided at all costs. Ultimatums will bring us nowhere. Important to negotiate to reach solutions that are positive for all involved. Let us exercise more caution than usual while operating a motor vehicle or sharp objects.




Tuesday 10/7: Sun Opposition Uranus (1:57 PM)


Expect the unexpected. Rash behavior, impulsive reactions could lead to sudden estrangement. A day when seeking the excitement of the unknown and connecting to our uniqueness is more attractive than settling down.




Wednesday 10/8: Lunar Eclipse in Aries (3:51 AM), Venus Square Pluto (10:31 AM), Mars Trine Jupiter (1:43 PM)


Regarding the Lunar Eclipse, kindly refer to the opening paragraph. Today, more specifically, passions are likely to run high. Hidden aspects of our relationships could emerge and possible blocks to deeper intimacy could become apparent. Adventure could feel particularly attractive. A wonderful day for physical exercise and long distance traveling. Our energy is high and positive.




Friday 10/10: Mercury enters Libra (10:27 AM till November 8), Sun Sextile Jupiter (4:18 PM)


During the next month, there is a marked need to express ourselves with balance and in harmony. We could feel more diplomatic than usual and more aware of how others are receiving what we have to tell them. We are also more social as well as attracted to beauty and peace. Today, specifically, we are likely to feel particularly positive and enthusiastic with a propensity to expansion and exuberance. Let us not embrace more than we can handle or promise more than we can deliver. If however, we remain wise in our financial expenditures and interactions with others, this could be one of the best days of the year.




Saturday 10/11: Venus Opposition Uranus (2:10 AM)


Coming together and separating could occur suddenly and expectedly. We are drawn to unusual people today and could become close to a previously total stranger. Our need to remain ourselves, or an exaggerated need for independence, could create an estrangement leading quickly to an impulsive separation. Important to remain in our hearts to smooth out this exciting but aggressive transit.




Tuesday 10/14: Venus Sextile Jupiter (1:33 AM)


A beautiful day for a pleasant social gathering, an expansive love relationship and a culturally enlightening trip. Wonderful for visiting an art gallery, attending a concert or going to a nice, elegant party. We could feel particularly attractive and extraverted. Money could be spent more freely than usual. Let us however remain wise financially and not be too overly confident.




Wednesday 10/15: Sun Sextile Mars (0:19 AM)


A very dynamic day. Forward movement is enhanced. New projects are favored. We are direct and active. A great day to open new positive pathways in our lives.



Thursday 10/16: Sun Conjunct Mercury (1:40 PM), Mercury Sextile Mars (6:49 PM)


A day to speak our truth directly and clearly. We are able to express ourselves in a way that leads to positive action and moves our lives ahead forcefully. Wonderful for new initiatives and dynamic projects.




Friday 10/17: Mercury Conjunct Venus (10:56 AM)


Communication is pleasant, harmonious and balanced today. We seek beauty and peace in our interactions with others.




Sunday 10/19: Venus Sextile Mars (10:19 PM)


The masculine and the feminine are very much in balance within us. We are more than ever able to understand the opposite sex. This transit enhances our relationships and encourages intimacy.




Monday 10/20: Mercury Sextile Jupiter (1:38 PM)


A great day to speak our truth with integrity and enthusiasm. Our positive energy, our faith in life and our self-confidence open many exciting doors. Great for a long distance trip or for taking an interest in a foreign culture.




Thursday 10/23: Sun enters Scorpio (4:57 AM till November 22), Venus enters Scorpio (1:52 PM till November 16), Solar Eclipse in Scorpio (2:57 PM)


During the next month, things feel very black or white with not much in between. We are passionate about our life, we are committed to our relationships, there is a great need for intensity in all areas of our lives. Regarding today’s solar eclipse, kindly refer to the opening paragraph.




Saturday 10/25: Sun Conjunct Venus (0:41 AM), Mercury turns direct (12:17 PM)


A pleasant day when things feel smooth and harmonious. There could still be a few strange occurrences, but by tomorrow, communication and everything connected to electronics will have returned to normal.




Sunday 10/26: Mars enters Capricorn (3:43 AM till December 4)


During the next 5 weeks, Capricorn natives are empowered. Our actions are disciplined, focused and grounded. We seek to simplify our lives and are happy with very little.




Monday 10/27: Venus Trine Neptune (11:48 AM)


Enchantment in romance stems from a deep soul connection. We are more sensitive than usual to grace, beauty and elegance. Our compassion is enhanced. A wonderful day to possibly meet the person of our dreams. Inspired artistic creation is very much favored.




Tuesday 10/28: Sun Trine Neptune (4:10 AM)


We could feel somewhat dreamy and unfocused. A great day to meditate, rest and be creative. The veil between dimensions is very thin, allowing us access to magical dimensions. Our dreams weave our reality, yet it is important to be aware not to drift into spiritual imagination. But if we remain realistic, amazing worlds could reveal themselves to us.




Wishing you all a magical month of October.




In Loving Light.




Michelle Karén, M.A., D.F.Astrol.S.


Astrologer, shaman, international conference speaker


Author of Astrology for Enlightenment (Atria Books, Simon & Schuster)






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