Posted on October 14, 2012
Photo: Spectacular auroras on October 10 over Kvaløya, Tromsø, Norway (photo by Marianne Bergli)
WE START THE NEW WEEK with a New Moon that encourages us to
take new risks and also to take a leap of faith. The Sabian symbol for
the 23rd degree of Libra, where the Sun and Moon are located for the
lunation, provides a visual image we can carry with us for inspiration
throughout the coming lunar cycle:
“The chanticleer’s voice heralds sunrise: A creative and joyous response to life processes.”
Here is additional interpretation of that image, adapted from Dane Rudhyar’s An Astrological Mandala:
“The cock that crows as the first coloring of dawn appears at the
eastern horizon is a beautiful symbol of the ability, demonstrated by
all pioneers and cosmically attuned individuals, to give voice to what
is as yet unmanifested, but is on the way to manifestation. What is at
stake here is the individual’s capacity of response to life’s renewals —
renewals which are cyclic, predictable, yet always new, always
THE THEME OF RENEWAL is echoed by the invigorating Uranus-Mars
trine that is also exact on Monday. The energy of this trine aspect
will be a part of the next four weeks, as the Moon waxes, becomes full
on October 29, and then wanes.
Uranus encourages us to break free from old definitions of self and
purpose, while Mars represents our ability to take action in pursuit of
our desires. As these two planets work together, we will have their
support in making choices that until now have been beyond our comfort
THE CAUTION with any New Moon is to remember that since we are
just at the beginning of the lunar cycle on Monday, the Moon is at its
darkest and may not reveal all that we will need to know before taking
action. It may be a good idea to temper the Uranus-Mars enthusiasm with
some patience, and allow a day or two for the Moon to shed a bit more
light on the trail before we fully commit to a course of action.
The good news in this regard is that this New Moon is in Libra,
easily one of the most conservative signs when it comes to making
decisions. Libra, represented by the Scales of Balance, is able to see
both sides of any issue, and so can delay action at any choice point,
based on perceiving the positives and negatives of both options.
This can be problematic, of course, if taken to an extreme (as any
Libra who has problems making decisions can tell you!). But given the
proactive and sometimes rash nature of the Uranus-Mars trine, Libra’s
usual careful weighing of all options may be very helpful this week as a
SATURN AND JUPITER add their influence to this lunar cycle,
through a sesquisquare aspect between the two planets, also exact on
Monday. This aspect indicates some conflict between the values held by
Saturn in Scorpio and those held by Jupiter in Gemini.
Saturn in watery Scorpio respects emotional commitment and intensity,
and rewards acting responsibly in accordance with our instinctive
knowing of truth. Jupiter in airy Gemini supports our gathering facts,
considering all options, and processing decisions intellectually. In
other words, these two planets are not currently seeing eye-to-eye on
the best way to proceed.
So, it appears that as we make decisions this week, and perhaps
throughout this four-week lunar cycle (which includes election day in
the U.S.), we’ll be trying to figure out whether to rely more on our
gut instinct or our reasoning minds for guidance.
ANOTHER INTERESTING feature about Monday’s New Moon is
that the Sun and Moon are within one degree of the red star Arcturus.
Vivian Robson, in her book Fixed Stars and Constellations in Astrology, writes that when Arcturus is aligned:
- With the Sun: Success through slow and patient plodding, friends among clergy, favorable for gain and for dealing with the public and lawyers
- With the Moon: New friends, business success, good judgment, domestic harmony
I’m especially pleased to see “good judgment” and “favorable for
gain” among the qualities of this alignment, since decision-making seems
to a theme for this lunar cycle.
THE SUN AND MOON are also closely aligned with the
supermassive star Eta Carinae at the time of the New Moon. This star has
already been in the news in 2012, as scientists consider clues that
indicate it could soon explode as a supernova.
Astrologer Mary Elizabeth Jochmans writes that Eta Carinae brings us
the lesson of “learning what to keep and what to release from past
experience, in both present and past lifetimes. This prevents the past
from being projected on the present or the future, which would cause the
person to recreate unproductive life situations.”
Yet another confirmation of this lunar cycle being a time of
decision-making — and of the importance of using both our wisdom and our
intellect as we consider what to keep and what to leave behind as we go
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