Samhain / Halloween nears along with the Scorpionic lessons about death, rebirth, and transformation. Mars conjunct Pluto has been building since early October, and perfected on October 19th, and we continue to feel it as it heralds then entry of the Sun into Scorpio followed a week later by the Scorpio New Moon on October 30th, the day before Halloween.
We are living in a window of time dominated by the Moon / Jupiter / Neptune Yod of October 23rd, an aspect whose influence reaches at least until the New Moon of October 30th and more likely until Samhain on November 7th / 8th. (I am speaking of the original astrological Samhain, not the holiday of Halloween based on Samhain.)
Big, life-changing decisions will be made at this time. Choose well.
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2016-10 W44: Forecasts for Week 44 of 2016
WEEK 44 (W44) / (EUROPEAN WEEK 43 / W43)
This is the last full week of October, it contains the weekend before Halloween, and precedes the Sunday that follows contains the second New Moon of October, called a “Black Moon” by some. (October 30th.)
Jim Shawvan identifies a long “opportunity period” from Saturday afternoon (October.22nd) until when the Moon goes void early Monday morning. Mercury is void from early Saturday morning (as part of an annoying or “motivating” series of lunar squares) until it enters Scorpio about 4 PM Monday and is “too early to tell” (an horary term but we adopt it for predictions) until near the end of the week, about Friday or Saturday.
Expect glitches in communications and transportation this week. And, let’s face it, Scorpio is not a great place for Mercury. Mercury is all about talking and chatter and Scorpio is typically about power by means of silence. It is a terrific conflict, and only the most important communications make it through, and often they are not quite clear.
Sunday is simply difficult, and we face difficult BIG decisions that just do not provide any really good outcomes. It is a BIG thing, and you might want to compare it to a similar period in 2014. Monday is double void: Moon and Mercury are both void and Monday is best for clean out and cleanup. (Scorpio also achieves power by elimination. It rules the bowels!) Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days this week for getting things done, but be wary of things that “look too good to be true.” Wednesday adds a cascade of small but important insights; capture them.
Thursday Mercury joins the Sun favoring writers and drives and others involved with communication and transportation but Mars sextile Chiron raises issues involving healthcare, education, or both. Friday is good early morning into afternoon but then turns dangerous in late afternoon and evening with Mars square Uranus. People, places, and things can go “boom.” Saturday is a bit odd with Venus conjunct Saturn and practical matters are favored over anything exotic. A Scorpio New Moon follows on Sunday (next week, W45).
Noviles abound on Wednesday. Messages and insights are subtle, very subtle, and you must keep a notepad to capture them by writing them down, drawing them or whatever works best. In some cases a voice recorder or camera works better. Do what works best!
Venus squares the Node, and some of us encounter “fate” regarding health, beauty, art, music, or finances. This could somehow involve religion, spirituality, churches or some similar organization.
Moon goes void about 1:30 PM CDT, so use the time after this for housekeeping, cleaning, planning, and organization rather than decisive actions or important purchases.
Your birthday today:
This is a year of powerful insights. Take pictures, make drawings, and write notes. Some of your best ideas may come this year, and if you are the kind of person who can do this sort of think then you might obtain important patents or copyrights on your work and ideas. Value your insights; sometimes they are all you really have.
Moon enters Libra about 9 AM CDT, and we begin the “Dark of the Moon” period tonight but especially Friday and Saturday. Some have said “the Veil” (between this world and the other one) is thinnest at this time, and the same is often said to be true of Halloween / All Souls / Samhain.
Mercury conjoins the Sun and begins to move ahead for a Mercury retrograde later in December. You should continue to receive important ideas and messages at this time. Again, write them down, capture them in Evernote, OneNote, or a similar tool, or do whatever you need to do to capture them for later review and use. This is another good day for writers to begin their preparations (character sketches and outlines) for Nanowrimo.
Mars is sextile Chiron, and some of us must face issues involving health, education, or both. We highly recommend that you “take care of business.” Juno (trust issues, wives, sisters, daughters) is quincunx (false hopes and miscommunications) Ceres (prosperity in general but especially food and diet). Disagreements about holiday plans arise, and you may not have complete agreement on those today.
Your birthday today:
Some of you can, and should, think about going back to school. Others can finally write that book they have been meaning to write. Skip disagreements that are a waste of time and focus on completing that important work.
This is mostly a benevolent day, and the morning is especially good for job hunting, applying to educational programs (college and grad school), sending out resumes, and similar tasks. This is a short window, so do it now or wait for a different opportunity. Take what you have learned the past few days and put it to use this morning (afternoon in EU / UK).
Afternoon squares annoy us and cause problems and certainly send the message to wrap up the activities from the morning if we have not done so already.
Uranus is quadrinovile Hygeia, and we receive utterly brilliant ideas in the form of fleeting insights about health and healthcare. Again, do whatever it takes to capture these important insight.
Mars squares Uranus circa 11 PM CDT and this evening and early Saturday morning is associated with people, places, and things that go “boom.” It is a rather dangerous Friday night / Saturday morning, and we advise that you “party” on another evening if you are into that kind of thing. This energy CAN be harnessed to “get things done,” but safety is paramount. Regarding safety: take the “belt and suspenders” approach and do whatever it takes to stay safe. Do that, and today can be a very good day.
Your birthday today:
Have fun this year but stay safe. Unless you are a “martian” (police, military, athlete), anger will not serve you well. (And it might be bad if you are a martian, also.) You can make amazing improvements in your health and fitness. Your insights and intuitions can be very important.
The Moon is a bit quirky today making just about every variety of aspect and difficult to describe. You will have ups and downs. Venus joins Saturn, both in Sagittarius, and today is all about practical matters. This can be an excellent day for “May / December” romances if you are interested in pursuit of such. If you are a younger woman and like an older man, this might be the day to let him know you are interested. You can take a risk and speak explicitly. He might be too shy and timid to know you are truly interested.
Others of us focus, successfully, on practical matters. Money and finances are best reviewed today and unnecessary items and services disposed of to eliminate unnecessary expenses thus effectively expanding our overall budget. Housecleaning is in order, including a financial review.
Mercury is void as of this morning, so communications and transportations glitches can happen. Do not take too seriously anything you hear.
The “veil” is thinnest tonight for this lunar cycle and possibly for the year. Connections to the past and the future become more likely and more clear than usual. If you have a spiritual or psychological practice that facilitates such connections, tonight is a good night to engage in them.
This week in general, and Saturday in particular, represents a “turning point.” We receive news that makes us re-evaluate our position and our direction, but the news is incomplete and we will not have the full picture until the 30th at the earliest, and more likely into November.
Your birthday today:
Many things will be uncertain this year, but your intuitions will be remarkably powerful, perhaps the most powerful ever in your life. Use them to guide you when the rest fails. To borrow a well-worn phrase from a classic movie: “Luke, use The Force.”
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New Moons, Full Moons, and 2016 in General
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Other Interesting and Useful Pages
- Election Day 2016 (USA)
- An analysis of Election Day 2016 by Clarissa / Viva Combusta
- 2016 Overview (contains the next few links)
- 2016 Change of Seasons and Cross Quarter Days
- 2016 Full Moons
- 2016 New Moons
- 2016 Mercury Ingresses and Stations
- Politicians of Interest (2015 and 2016)
- SUMO (Strategic Use of Multiple Oracles)
- Long Term Forecasts
- Neptune Sextile Pluto (1800 to 2050)
- Void Of Course Moon Periods
- Today’s Transits (external site)
- A list of upcoming transits (exte
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