October 1st – 7th, 2012

This first week of October is jam packed with various changes, starts and stops, and a real shift in attitude. A few years back, there was an advertising campaign for milk consumption that asked the question: ‘Got milk?’ This week’s energy could have a slogan of a different sort: ‘Got attitude?’

In deed, many people may have attitude this week thanks to some dramatic shifts and changes going on. To offer a synopsis in order of delivery: Venus exits Leo to enter Virgo, Jupiter turns retrograde, Mercury exits Libra to enter Scorpio, Saturn exits Libra to enter Scorpio, and Mars exits Scorpio to enter Sagittarius. Talk about engaging the old Abbot and Costello routine of: “Who’s on first, What’s on second, I Don’t Know is on third.”

Yes, this week is a time when we might seek equanimity and serenity amidst cacophony and dissonance.

On a personal level, I found out today that I’m flying into Denver on the day of the first of this year’s presidential debate to be held at the University of Denver, which I am to visit and tour the following day with today’s email from DU advising me that the campus will be in some form of limited access [I hope not a lockdown] even the day after the debate when I have a scheduled 8:00 AM visit and tour of the campus. And on Wednesday when I fly into Denver and intend to go up to Boulder and down to Fort Collins before settling into Denver for the NACAC convention, the interstate highway might be closed for the expedited arrival of the two major party presidential contenders.

While my own personal travels may have some unintended twists and turns, the most momentous movement of the week is the Saturn Sign change with Saturn ending its two plus year transit of Libra and now entering Scorpio for a two plus year transit.

As those of us who have strong Cardinal Sign [Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn] influences know, the Saturn transit impacting our planets by conjunction, squares and opposition can be one where we experience delays, frustrations and restrictions with often a pull back into past issues, past matters, even those affairs we may have thought resolved that still demand reflection at the very least. The Saturn transit is like a walk down Memory Lane, although not so much a garden path as a brambled rocky terrain. The Saturn transit influence is akin to the recapitulation phase discussed in Carlos Castaneda’s last book, The Active Side of Infinity. Sometimes we need to go back in order to move forward.

For those with planets in the Fixed Signs [Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius], the Saturn Scorpio transit will ask of you, even demand, that you look back and deal with past issues and outstanding matters before moving ahead. The Saturn transit can be frustrating and can suck our energy, but with Saturn we are doing a great deal of internal work. And there is an understanding that whatever we gain from Saturn we have definitely earned.

The week begins with us being slightly impish. We may want to do our own thing, take time to enjoy ourselves and even play a little hooky from our regular responsibilities. Perhaps we are still recuperating from the weekend and what might have been a fairly intense Full Moon over the weekend when there could have been various indications of banging and crashing going on with people acting out and a strong impetuousness impelling us in all sorts of directions.

The early part of the week can allow us to catch up with friends and connections that we just have not had time to deal with. We may want to tie up loose ends, bring certain matters to completion, all with a sense that something else is forthcoming, even if we do not know what it might be. We are all familiar by now with the volatility of these times, when circumstances can change in a nanosecond, without warning, without a chance even to catch our breath. Welcome to this week.

The mid-part of the week could have us juggling any number of activities, but unfortunately we might not be particularly adept at all the juggling we have to do and might easily gloss over some issues and drop the ball with other situations. If we could slow things down, look at other options and devise a best practices approach, then we could get by with a little help from our friends.

As we end the week, the energy ratchets up. Certainly, things may get far more intense and even downright nasty. Attitude can be in large supply with people being hypercritical and with a disposition towards seeing the half glass of water as half empty rather than half full.

Resourcefulness is called for and the end of the week and over the weekend might be a prime time to divest ourselves of extraneous stuff, stuff that gets in our way, stuff that demands maintenance and stuff that we really don’t need or use. Autumn cleanup?, anyone, anyone?

The weekend we might want to spend some time around the home fires, but it would be wise for us to avoid burning down the house. The liability to accidents could increase over the weekend and especially if we are impulsive and rushing around without a clear itinerary or focused direction.

This is certainly a highly active week, with twists, turns, switches and changes. The week may call for us to be flexible and adaptable but we have already had some preconditioning and preparatory exercises in that regard.

For many of us, life has become a daily regimen of bungee jumping. The thrill is in fully engaging and fully living in the moment.

Monday, October 1st – Doing My Thing – Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Neptune. Monday is the first day of October. While it might not give us license to take the day off and do whatever we choose to do, we might choose to take license anyway and concentrate on our personal interests. The Aries Moon today opposes both Mercury and Saturn and the Moon trines Venus. We may be looking at enjoying ourselves, even to the point of blowing off plans with other people or participating in activities that offend someone. No matter, for this day is a day when we may want to stretch our wings, explore new interests and expand our realm of involvements. We may be looking for fun, good times, and if we are a little naughty or slightly irresponsible, then there is always tomorrow to play catch up, make nice, and deal with what needs to be done. There are times when we need to air out, catch our breath and reinvigorate ourselves. This Monday could be one of those days, especially if we found the weekend to be far from relaxing. Later in the day, the Moon moves into Taurus where the Moon sextiles Neptune. Even if we didn’t do what we were supposed to do during the day, we can make our plans and strategize how we can play catch-up over the next two days.

Tuesday, October 2nd – Expeditious Ways and Old Friends – Pluto, Venus, Saturn. Tuesday can be a highly productive day, and one of those days when we can virtually squeeze blood from a stone. We can engage a best practices approach and win supporters to our cause. The Taurus Moon today trines Pluto, and Venus sextiles Saturn. We can accomplish a lot today by focusing and cutting to the core. We are not interested in the superficial or extraneous today. We want to concentrate on the truly meaningful and move things along in a diligent but swift manner. This is also a day when we could find ourselves reaching out, both to old friends with whom we might have had little contact and also to those people who may be in a position to approve and / or appreciate our creative style. We may be operating on all cylinders today and not wasting any gas in the process. This is a day not to while away but rather a day to attend to friends, loved ones and our important connections, all the while that we are moving our projects along with greased wheels and few impediments in the way. Days like this don’t always come along so let’s make the most of it. We can deal with our responsibilities and our intended goals, all the while that we are making nice with other people and gaining support for our projects. We can find some real bargains today for we have a laser-like ability to scout out quality items at a cut rate price.

Wednesday, October 3rd – Critical Skepticism – Venus, Neptune, Venus Virgo. While yesterday could have had a certain element of a mutual admiration society going on with our interactions with other people, this Wednesday is a totally different day. Venus moves out of Leo and enters Virgo, where Venus is not especially comfortable. Venus also opposes Neptune today. While the past few weeks might have had us ‘putting on the Ritz’ and being very personable and sociable in our interchanges with other people, we are entering into a time when we might be far more critical and exacting in our standards. We could be holding people up to expectations but looking more at their flaws than their attributes. We might be highly sensitive to misunderstandings and unintended slights, for we could be feeling a little out of sorts, insecure in our social interactions and even hypercritical both of other people and even of ourselves. This is a day when we have to be wary of the trickster and buying into appearances and images without maintaining a healthy skepticism and even critical evaluation. People may appear one way, the reality being something totally different. First impressions may not be accurate. We could still get hoodwinked if we buy into the presentation and the image without considering the content and the substance. We also have to watch that we are not too guarded and willing to take anything in a negative or pejorative way. There is a great deal of change going on, and we might find it difficult to find and maintain our footing. Let’s take things slowly and not jump to any conclusions.

Thursday, October 4th – In a Spin But Not Loving the Spin We’re In – Mars, Lunar T-Square, Neptune, Venus, Uranus, Jupiter Retrograde. This Thursday could start off with us having something of a chip on our shoulder. The Taurus Moon opposes Mars. We may feel that we do not have the resources to get what we want, and that could flavor the day with people having something of an edge on. Although we might be champing at the bit as we start the day, feeling frustrated but wanting to get on with it, the day shifts quickly and the energy ratchets up significantly. The Moon moves into Gemini and creates today a Mutable Sign T-Square as the Moon squares Venus in Virgo and the Moon squares Neptune in Pisces. The Moon also sextiles Uranus later in the day. This Thursday also has Jupiter turning retrograde which may not be such a bad thing. Jupiter is transiting Gemini, a Sign of its Detriment, where Jupiter is not comfortable. Instead of the depth of understanding and the searching for the truth of the Sagittarian qualities, Jupiter in Gemini exacerbates the tendency to take on more and ever more without considering what we are taking on, the ramifications of our involvements or the collateral aspects from the law of unintended consequences. Talk may be plentiful and cheap but we shall now have the opportunity of going back over areas where we might have been flippant, glib and neglected due diligence. We may feel that from the slow start of the day things have spun out of control. Suddenly, we may be juggling any number of things, not only dealing with our tasks at hand but possibly picking up the pieces that other people have dropped. With so much going on, we may feel as though we can hardly keep up with things. Let’s not get caught up in the whirlwind, for if we do, we could find ourselves moving into a most dysfunctional time when we might be dealing with a great number of things but not doing so effectively. The old saying ‘haste makes waste’ could prove true today if we do not get a grip and slow things down and address matters in a focused and concentrated way. We may be playing the xylophone rather than the one note Samba today, but let’s be sure that we are hitting the right notes. Later in the day, we may find new formats for us to explore that can also release us from the whirlwind of frenetic activity.

Friday, October 5th – Time of the Season – Mercury, Saturn, Sun, Jupiter, Moon Void-of-Course, Neptune, Mercury Scorpio, Saturn Scorpio. Friday continues with the Moon in Gemini, and today the Moon trines the Sun and conjuncts Jupiter. The frenetic activity we might have experienced yesterday shifts dramatically on this Friday. Mercury conjuncts Saturn, both in Libra and just before both move into Scorpio today. We may have some catch-up to do with that special someone in our lives. We may have greater clarity regarding our significant relationships. For some of us, there may be completions and closures. For others of us, there may be a greater consolidation and appreciation of the significant relationships in our lives. A sense of future possibilities and commitments to the important people in our lives can solidify our plans and give confidence to our intentions. From a fairly lighthearted quality, the day shifts dramatically with the Sign changes of both Mercury and Saturn. Mercury enters Scorpio, which it does on an annual basis but more importantly on this day Saturn exits Libra ending its two and a half year cycle of the Cardinal Air Sign to enter Scorpio. Saturn in the Fixed Water Sign for the next two and a half years can emphasize the need for resourcefulness. Finances may tighten, especially in light of the fact that governments may be looking for more tax revenue. No matter who wins elections with Saturn in Scorpio, we may discover that the taxman wins either way with a greater bite from our disposable incomes. Past issues of financial miscalculations or excesses may be called to account, and the potential for problems in banking, the decorative arts and food supplies could be aggravated over the next two plus years. Resourcefulness is called for with the recognition, and hopefully realization, of the truth to the wise saying that ‘we never get more than we can handle.’ While there have been calls for greater transparency in the ways of the world and mundane affairs, Saturn in Scorpio may have a great deal more going on behind the scenes, in secretive ways, without full disclosure. Our psychic sense will have to be further developed and grow strong for us to be able to strip away the ornamentals, cut to the core and figure out what is truly going on. Although we are on the threshold of the dawning of a brand new day, a new world order, we may have to look through our old baggage, do an inventory, see what we need in order to proceed and that which we need to let go in order not to be thwarted in our days ahead. As Mercury moves into Scorpio, Mercury trines Neptune on this Friday. Our intuitive sense may be highly accentuated. No matter what is being presented by way of the media, the hypesters and the spinmeisters, we can see through the mirage. As if we have laser-like vision, we can see beyond the words, the images and appearances, and realize what is truly going on. We may also strategize a best practices approach to deal with any foreboding sense of contraction and make our contingency plans to be as resourceful as we possibly can. This Friday is a major turning point and calls for us to engage those two essential keywords of these times: awareness and mindfulness. In the latter part of the day, the Moon goes Void-of-Course for over twenty-seven and a half hours making no further connections to the planets as it finishes its transit of Gemini and before entering Cancer late on Saturday, early Sunday. We may have time to contemplate and reflect upon the significant shift occurring and consider how we can best move forward.

Saturday, October 6th – Home Fires Burning – Moon Void-of-Course, Lunar Grand Trine, Saturn, Neptune, Mars Sagittarius. Whether we are fully aware of the significant shift in energy that occurred yesterday and that will influence us into 2015 or we felt that yesterday was just another day in the wild kaleidoscope of bizarre events during these volatile times, this Saturday allows us to mull over where we are and what we need to do both to extricate ourselves from those situations that are holding us back and to focus our energies in a most resourceful manner where we can be more effective with less expenditure of energy. For much of this day, the Moon is Void-of-Course making no connections to the planets as the Moon finishes its transit of Gemini and before entering Cancer late in the day, early Sunday, where the Moon in Cancer then creates a Grand Trine in the Water Element with the Cancer Moon trine Saturn in Scorpio and the Moon trine Neptune in Pisces. We may have the home fires burning, spend time reflecting on the true beauties in our lives and savor with gratitude all the blessings that our lives hold. The world may seem to be going to ‘hell in a hand basket’, but we do not have to traipse along. On the contrary, we can separate from the collective mind and accentuate our individuality and in so doing draw upon the essence of our being, the resources of our talents and capabilities and truly express the concept that the true art in life is the art of truly living. Mars tonight and early Sunday exits Scorpio to enter Sagittarius. In our contemplations, we can visualize wondrous opportunities. The means to achieve our dreams are irrelevant, the importance being trust and faith, even blind faith, that dreams can come true. While these times can be upsetting to the semblance of security and ‘normalcy’, these volatile times also open the door to non-linear, asequential reality where what we define as magic and miracles become a daily, even ordinary, reality. Our confidence and optimism can be enhanced, with the belief and understanding that no matter what comes our way we cannot merely survive it but can thrive from it.

Sunday, October 7th – Rushing Ahead – Mercury, Venus, Lunar T-Square, Uranus, Pluto, Mars, Neptune. Sunday starts off pleasantly enough. The Cancer Moon continues to feel the influence of last evening’s Lunar Grand Trine with yesterday’s Moon trine Saturn and Moon trine Neptune. And we have a feel good quality thanks to Mars now being in Sagittarius. The Moon today trines Mercury and sextiles Venus. We can be enjoying the comforts of home, possibly doing some autumnal clearing up and cleaning out, straightening things up and just enjoying some down time. Nice sentiments, great pleasures but like life right now, things can change quickly and swiftly and so they may on this Sunday. For the Moon then creates a Cardinal Sign T-square triggering the Uranus Pluto square by the Moon square Uranus and the Moon opposed Pluto. Our plans may shift suddenly as a result of unanticipated situations arising. We may be back on the fast track, but it would be wise for us to give thought regarding what we are doing, why we are doing it and how we are doing it. For the Sagittarius Mars also squares Neptune today. We could run off in various directions without having map in hand or itinerary in mind. We may be looking far afield, interested in foreign situations and wanting to expand our realm of operations. We just have to be wary regarding where we place our energy. We may have gotten a burst of energy, a second wind, but it would be wise for us to focus our energy and not dissipate our energy by following castles in the air, those situations that seem appealing but have no real substance to them.