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Regaining our Equilibrium: New Moon in Libra

Posted by Lauren on October 12, 2017 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

October 13th ~ 20th

Don’t you understand, what I’m trying to say?

And can’t you feel the fears I’m feeling today?

If the button is pushed, there’s no running away,

There’ll be no one to save with the world in a grave,

Take a look around you, boy, it’s bound to scare you, boy,

And you tell me over and over and over again my friend,

Ah, you don’t believe we’re on the even of destruction.

~ P. F. Sloan

As I write this, one of the worst natural disasters in the history of California has been taking place, in the beautiful Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties, where thousands of acres have been consumed by a series of uncontrollable raging hell fires. This new normal, is far from normal, as people gather their most precious belongings, prioritizing the elements of their lives, and stepping out into unknown territory. This disaster only just followed the unimaginable massacre in Las Vegas, the series of humungous hurricanes in the Caribbean and Southern states, and the 2 deadly earthquakes in Mexico. As we stand at the threshold of chaos and catastrophe, it is difficult to even know which way to turn, far less to make any sense of it all. One may ask, Is this what the end times look like?

Although it may not be the end, the disturbing thought is that these are all signs of what the new normal is going to be. Sometimes it takes a series of surprising events that allow you to see that things are not what you previously thought they were. And that a serious problem can no longer be ignored. We are winding down a lengthy period of revolutionary, and catastrophic astrological weather that began with a devastating drought in Syria in 2006-2010 which then contributed to the uprisings that destabilized the Middle East beginning in 2011. The revolutionary Uranus/Pluto square is currently separating, however it was also brought back into relief over the past year due to Jupiter traveling in Libra, opposing Uranus and square Pluto several times. Jupiter has this way of exaggerating and making things even larger, for the good and the ill. And that's what it did.

Jupiter just entered Scorpio last week, but the upcoming New Moon in Libra (Thursday, October 19th) is bringing all the forces together once again, as it will be exactly opposite unpredictable and erratic Uranus in the incendiary sign of Aries, while widely conjunct Jupiter, even though it is out of sign. Libra is normally a sign of peace and equilibrium. It is a sign of diplomacy and partnership. Jupiter is said to elevate and promote those things of the sign it travels through. But because of these hard aspects to Uranus and Pluto we have instead seen disequilibrium over the past year, divisiveness, and unprecedented events that are leaving everyone in a state of shock and awe. The scales of justice and equilibrium are in desperate need of repair, as we stand here waiting for the other shoe to drop. That’s what the New Moon opposing Uranus kind of feels like.

New Moons are about sowing new beginnings, and with the Moon pointing directly to Uranus, we are being asked to look at our current state of affairs with greater clarity and awareness. This is the New Normal, and we cannot ignore it any longer. Uranus implies that new conditions call for new strategies and new solutions. Saturn, which is also coming into the picture here, is closing in on its final trine to Uranus over the next 6 weeks. These times of uncertainty call for creative and alternative solutions, and Saturn/Uranus is about adapting in the best ways we can. The keywords for this transit are creative but practical innovations.

There are breakthroughs that can happen in these windows. Breakthroughs in technology. Breakthroughs in understanding. But more importantly these can also mark breakthroughs in the evolution of our society. And that means bringing our personal goals and strategies more in alignment with our ideals, especially where it benefits a greater cause, whether that be humanity, civil rights, the environment, equality, justice, or just coming to terms with our interconnection with and dependence on each other, and this, our home, our Mother Earth.

New Moons are times to sow intentions and affirmations. They are times of new beginnings. Therefore with the New Moon in Libra on Thursday, October 19th:

  • Even in the midst of chaos and unpredictability, sow the intention to be a center of calm and equanimity.
  • When others seek to sow divisiveness, seek to sow harmony by looking for points of agreement and mutual understanding.
  • Before making judgments, look at the situation from another person’s perspective.
  • Know what it is like to walk in another person’s moccasins.
  • Have the audacity to speak up when perceiving injustice, but also do so from a place of love.
  • Mobilizing and gathering the forces for a cause near and dear to your heart.
  • May we all become an instrument for positive change, while also always acting from a place of harmony and peace.

For the upcoming week’s horoscopes, click below:


Horoscopes: October 13th thru 20th

Posted by Lauren on October 12, 2017 at 9:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For the week of October 13th thru the 20th, be sure to read your Rising Sign as well:


This has been a harrowing and exhausting week for some. If you managed to pace yourself, you may have been able to avoid the dreaded plague, or some other debilitating condition, but there will be few who are not feeling even a bit overwhelmed. If you were hoping for some rest and recuperation over the week ahead, don’t be too sure. The weather is so changeable and excitable straight through the New Moon next Thursday, there’s no telling what will be coming around the next corner. Aries usually prefers something of a quick pace, but the constant changes and hurdles you’ll be expected to leap over, could even fray your last nerve. The best way to handle this weather, is by being as flexible as possible over the coming week. The New Moon in Libra is a good time to reconsider a relationship or partnership. You might want to ask yourself, How can you arrive at an understanding with others that still affords you the freedom to maintain your independence and personal lifestyle?


Your ruling planet, Venus, moves into Libra this weekend, which benefits Taurus in significant ways. Some of these ways have to do with your inter-relationships with others, both in your daily life, as well as within the workspace. You may find yourself actively cooperating and working with co-workers in order to create a more pleasant working environment. One thing that both Taurus and Libra have in common is a love of all things beautiful and serene, and hopefully Venus’ presence here will also help to promote these. The New Moon next Thursday is also in the sign of Libra, which is an ideal time to create initiatives either at work, or concerning your general health and well-being. One thing that you may be considering, is how you can make adjustments in your routine or on the job, that will either allow you greater freedom, or more creative self-expression.


Make the most of whatever time you have this weekend to get yourself organized. There still may be quite a few distractions and changes in plans. Nonetheless, it will be easier for you to juggle your time in the earlier part of the week, than it will be later. One thing that will be in your favor, is that on Tuesday, Mercury, your ruling planet, moves into focused and determined Scorpio, which may help to keep you from becoming overly distracted. Even so, it will still be easy to become over-extended over the course of the week, forcing you to apply your juggling skills as well. One thing that could also occur, is that in the wake of certain changes, you are going to want to look at the larger picture, trying to make decisions that would be in the best interest of all parties concerned. The New Moon next Thursday is an opportunity for Gemini to reacquaint themselves with their creative side, or connect with those people or things that make your heart sing. Be willing to step out of your conventional ways of doing things and welcome with joy the changes that are unfolding.


As we approach the New Moon next week, this dark side of the Moon would normally be a good time to withdraw, reflect, purify and release. However, with all of the crazy and unpredictable weather we continue to have, there’s no telling where we will be, or what we are going to be doing from day to day. Even the New Moon itself is about creating change, being open to change, or adjusting to new paradigms that have been emerging. Perhaps the key for the week, is to be as flexible as possible, in order to make room for any unforeseen changes of plans, schedules or decisions. All New Moons are good times to think in terms of recharging our intentions, and the New Moon next Thursday is particularly charged. For Cancer, this New Moon has you reflecting on how radical changes in either your career, or changes in your status have affected your personal life: and vice versa. Make the intention to find that calm center, where you can find peace and tranquility even under the most stressful of circumstances and changes.


Take advantage of the weekend to organize your life and get all of your ducks in a row, for you may not get a chance to do so later on in the week. It’s not necessarily that you will be busier later on It’s that there are liable to be a few changes in plans, schedules and decisions, and it will be all you can do to know whether you are coming or going. Therefore take care of business before things get too crazy, and unexpected events or situations cause to have to take an about face. You may be asked to do something outside of your usual and customary ways of doing things. Sometimes that is a good thing. In fact you might want to make that one of your intentions for the upcoming New Moon on Thursday. Dare to explore new places, new ideas, or a new territory. There’s no telling what you will be able to discover.


It will probably be a little easier early in the week to get yourself organized, and create some sort of a plan. Even so, you may find that after exploring and discussing ideas with others that you may decide to make a few creative adjustments. Virgo is usually pretty good at rolling with the punches, just realize that you may need a little more flexibility than usual this week, as situations are subject to change at the drop of a hat. One advantage Virgo has, is that your ruling planet, Mercury, will be moving into Scorpio on Tuesday, a sign that is usually focused and determined. You will find that you will leave no stone unturned for the 3 weeks that Mercury is here. With an eagle eye for detail, your aim is to investigate everything thoroughly before making major decisions. One thing that you might want to consider with the New Moon next Thursday, is devising some sort of financial plan that you know you can live with, and getting your priorities in order. In light of any recent changes this should prove to be a good idea!


This is a week for tweaking your wardrobe, your hair, or your appearance, so that it is a more authentic expression of who you are, what you like, and what you feel comfortable with. This is what is on the table with next week’s New Moon in Libra on Thursday. All the more so with your ruling planet, Venus, coming home to Libra this weekend! It’s not even about impressing others (though there is always an element of that with Libra), it’s really about what is right for you. It’s not just about your appearance, it is also about your attitude, and your sense of self. Make the intention with next week’s New Moon to be true to your new emerging identity over the year ahead. And to also be open to any changes that have been unfolding over the past year that are allowing you to be a truer, more authentic, expression of yourself, in all of your beauty, grace, harmony and serenity of which Libra is especially renowned.


As you are dragging yourself through this world filled with suffering, aging, sickness, catastrophe after catastrophe, and the whole 9 yards, if you are not moved to compassion, no one is. The problem is what can be done about all this? You may not be able to save the whole world, but you can begin with what is right in front of you right now, today. Focus on the things that you can do something about, and accept the things that you cannot do anything about. And as Mercury enters your sign on Tuesday, many of the things that you’ve been thinking about and mulling over for some time, may just need to be said. There is no stone left unturned, no subject considered taboo, when Mercury enters your sign. It could also be, that you are being asked to look at the bigger picture this week, now that Jupiter is also in your sign. Part of that bigger picture is recognizing what you need to let go, in order to embrace the future.


You may find yourself dragging around a bit. There are only so many walls you can bang your head against, before you realize it does not achieve very much. But once you just let some things go, you might find that things go a little bit more smoothly. You might want to consider some creative alternatives to your accustomed ways of doing things, in order to adjust to any new paradigms that are emerging, or will be occurring in the next few months. Now that your ruler has moved into Scorpio, you may be thinking of winding some things down, and reserving some of that indefatigable energy you all have. For Sagittarius, the New Moon in Libra is a good time to think about what changes you might want to make, or that are emerging, that will make your dream for the future a closer reality. This is your wishing Moon, therefore connect with those hopes and wishes that you would like to see realized this year, and then toss them out to the universe. There’s no telling what they will bring back.


There are times in life that are just rife with frustration. If you find yourself mulling over the misery in the world, and feeling hopeless about what you cannot do: Focus on those things that you can do something about, and learn to accept those things that you don’t have any control over. At least for now. If you wish to get some sort of organization accomplished in your life, you might find it easier to do so earlier in the week, although the week as a whole is rife with changing plans and schedules. It’s enough to drive a Capricorn mad. The key for a good part of this week, is to remain as flexible as possible, so that you will be ready. We are all being asked to think in terms of moving outside of our usual ways of doing things with the upcoming New Moon any way. For Capricorn this may be in terms of what adjustments you need or want to make in order to improve, or promote your reputation or what you do. You don’t make changes lightly, but with this Moon you are being asked to think in terms of that possibility.


It will be important to be flexible this week, for there is no telling what could happen day to day. Plans change, things get shifted around, and you really won’t be in the mood for it. It just may be that things are moving so quickly, that you can’t quite keep up, or that either you or someone else just keeps changing their minds. Be cautious though, it is never fun when things are flying all about in this crazy and haphazard way. Later in the week, there is a New Moon in the sign of Libra. For Aquarius this presents an opportunity to open your mind to alternative possibilities for the future. Dare to think outside of your usual ways of doing things. There is something quite compelling here about exploring new ideas, and new horizons, that would not only benefit you, but could also benefit others as well.


In this weather, events could transpire that open old wounds and force you to face some dreaded fears. On the other hand, any fears, wounds and obstacles emerging now could be just the sort of catalyst that propels you into action, knowing that by doing so, you can make some sort of difference. Pisces is rarely one to stand on the sidelines, when their heart is telling them to engage in action. Especially when you are looking at the larger picture and its consequences. Your ideals trump any fears or doubts that may arise. In fact, the New Moon in Libra next week is an excellent time to put aside any old habits or fears that have been holding you back from taking chances. Make the intention to make the best choices that will bring greater balance and clarity into your life, and create the sort of emotional and psychological freedom that allows you to reach for the stars.

Jupiter enters Scorpio

Posted by Lauren on October 5, 2017 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)

October 6th ~ 13th

All that is gold does not glitter,

Not all those who wander are lost;

The old that is strong does not wither,

Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,

A light from the shadows shall spring;

Renewed shall be blade that was broken,

The crownless again shall be king.

~ J.R.R. Tolkien

Jupiter enters Scorpio on Tuesday, October 10th, where it will remain until November 2018. Jupiter in Scorpio has the capacity to make that which simmers beneath the surface, that which we shamefully hide away and pretend does not exist, conscious and visible. We are all going to be compelled to sit with, and be comfortable with ourselves, our conscience, our motives. All of us: the good, the bad, the shameful and the ugly. Positively this is probably one of the better times to address all the scorpions that lie beneath, and honestly face what needs to be fixed within society as well as in our own souls. From the powerful, with governments, large corporations, the collective powers that be, the ugly stuff in society, down to the individual, all will need to be addressed. And through healing, acceptance, purification and profound renewal, we can heal and grow through the power of Jupiter in Scorpio.

Jupiter can heal, but it also expands and exaggerates the qualities of the sign it i traveling in. In Scorpio this can include the expansion of the darkness, of death, murder, war and mayhem, and all the not as wonderful things this sign has a reputation for. Sometimes we need to come face to face with our darkness in order to remedy it, in order to make sense of it, and in order to learn a better way of doing things. As Jupiter travels through Scorpio it will be supported by Neptune and Chiron, as well as Scorpio modern ruler, Pluto. With these, we get the sense of transforming, of growing and evolving through understanding. And through this process deep occult and hidden truths can also be revealed.

Jupiter brings the things of Scorpio to the foreground of our lives; whether it’s birth, death and rebirth; power and wealth; sexuality; the redistribution of resources; and renewable energy. These are all subjects that we are going to be talking about. Jupiter can benefit the sign it travels through. And in Scorpio this includes on the one hand shared resources and investments; loans; on the other anything to do with the deep recesses of the psyche and instinct. Scorpio is the sign in which we entomb all those things that we prefer not to deal with or talk about, things that we consider to be shameful: sex, mental illness, addiction, death, the underworld, all that is taboo. What Jupiter in Scorpio can do is heal through understanding. Even death, as the after-death states become a new world to explore when Jupiter travels here.

Jupiter in Scorpio is about discovering buried treasure, literally and figuratively. Discoveries in general are made, ancient archeological digs reveal secrets, talents are appreciated, and that which was previously considered worthless is seen as valuable. Scorpio is about investing in renewable energy and resources; it is about recycling and reusing. It is about scavenger hunts, thrift stores, and sunken ships. Jupiter in Scorpio sees value where others fail to. Scorpio represents all things that are hidden and just waiting to be discovered. Galileos said that “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

So it is with all discoveries and realizations. They are just waiting for someone to come and figure it all out. There are so many things to discover within the Scorpio domain, while Jupiter, the explorer, is traveling here: occult knowledge, magic, tantric knowledge, secret or hidden talents, buried treasure, hidden artifacts. Scorpio is a sign of deep transformation and profound change, and can also be associated with renewable energy and resources, recycling and reusing; purification, healing and rehabilitation. It is the sign of the detective, the puzzle solver, the occultist and the Magician. The more perplexing and challenging the problem, the better! But once a discovery is made, we will never be able to see things quite the same way again. So may we all come to see the light next year, through our combined exploration of the subterranean depths of Scorpio.

For the upcoming week’s horoscopes, click below: