Weekly Cosmic Tides – Astrology for the 3rd – 9th October 2011

Monday 3rd October
The week begins with a challenging square between Mars and Jupiter. Both are in fixed signs and as I look at the chart, I see a bull scraping the ground with his foot, blowing steam and getting ready to charge!

Bull-headed tactics seem to be the order of the day with everyone trying to get their own way. Be prepared for some foot-stamping, road rage and a battle of wills when it comes to who believes what about whom. Mars in Leo is normally go-getting and confident, Jupiter in Taurus relaxed and affable. But force these two together in a square and they both stick their hooves firmly in the mud. Either that or over-react, big style.

Meanwhile the Sun is conjunct Vindemiatrix. Robson uses the word ‘unpopular’ to describe this aspect. The Leo energy of Mars really just wants to take centre stage, but he may get more than he bargained for. Those who have got too big for their boots may find themselves with a nose full of dirt. The higher you climb, the further you have to fall.

But it’s not all bad. Mars and Jupiter bring tremendous energy with the square. If you stay focused, you might find you can achieve a huge amount. Whilst you may not feel like it, a little bit of flexibility may be all that is necessary to ease any anger. The midpoint of the square is activated by the Moon in Sagittarius. Hold your vision of the future but make sure you have all the information you need before proceeding. Going off half-cocked is the last thing you need.

Tuesday 4th October
The first quarter Moon sits on the Sabian “A Large Group Of Pheasant On A Private Estate“. The Sun sits on Gienah in the constellation of Corvus, the Raven.

The Sabian evokes images of a country manor, fat birds ready for shooting. In times gone by we hunted for food and shared our catches with the rest of our community. These days, food is commercially produced with little regard for the spirit of the animal or the chemicals sloshed over our fresh produce. Food has become a private affair, our waistlines have increased as our neighbours in other countries slowly starve to death.

In mythology Corvus was instructed by Apollo to bring a cup of water to the feast he’d laid on for Apollo. But the raven spotted a fig tree along the way and gorged himself on the ripe figs. Conscious that Apollo might be angry, Corvus picked up a snake and carried it back to Apollo with an excuse of why he couldn’t get the water.

The energy of the day is concerned with greed and the excuses we make to keep what we have all to ourselves. Make a conscious effort to reflect upon your wants and needs. What desires have become so all encompassing you simply feel you haven’t got enough? What are you so afraid of losing? What is the gap that you cannot fill? With the Moon in Capricorn and the Sun in Libra, it’s time to balance your ambition. Do you really want to be the only one to see the beautiful view from the top of the mountain?

He who buys what he does not need steals from himself ~ Anonymous

Wednesday 5th October
Pluto, the planet of transformation and God of Hades conjuncts asteroid Siva. Named after the Hindu God Shiva, these two potent figures are seeking to clear the way. There cannot be creation without destruction. Each is a force to be reckoned with and neither will put up with any insolence. The Sun is conjunct Minkar, still in the constellation of the Raven. A wily foe has his nose to the ground. Watch for further issues connecting to worldwide economic downturns. Things on Wall Street could get ugly.

On a personal level, Mercury is sextile to the North Node. Your inner voice is linked to the cosmic pattern. Don’t hesitate to release what the universe shows you to be unnecessary. Trust that there is a better plan ahead.

Thursday 6th October
A Moon-Mars-Jupiter t-square may have you feeling a little emotionally jumpy. Try not to act on what you believe to be true. With Mercury conjunct Saturn. It’s time to do some serious thinking and get down to the nitty-gritty. Tough conversations regarding relationships may be hard work, but they bring everyone onto the same page.

Writers amongst you or those who have volumes of written work to prepare are likely to find this an excellent day as powers of concentration are high. You may not think it’s good enough but don’t allow Saturn to knock your confidence. Use his energy to master what you doing and teach yourself better techniques for learning.

Friday 7th October
A delightful trine between Venus and Neptune is like someone striking a tuning fork, lifting your vibration and opening your eyes to the beauty in the world. It’s a treat for the ending of the working week. Venus and Neptune in a trine may gloss over more unsavoury aspects of life, but every now and then it’s nice to wear a pair of cosmic rose-coloured spectacles. Venus even sits on the fixed star Izar on the loins of Bootes and given the name ‘beautiful one’.

Venus and Neptune function to remind you of what is good and holy, what is happiness, what is sacred. You can use their energy to treat your lover, write a poem, watch a love story or dance at your favourite band’s gig. Alternatively honour your inner temple – meditate, bathe with candles, visit a church or sacred space of  your choosing. Unconditional love is served up on a platter of gratitude.

Saturday 8th October
Moon in Pisces, Mercury opposite Eris. This odd energy may play out in one of two ways. With the Moon in Pisces and the waning Venus trine to Neptune, it may be all sweetness and light, hearts and roses. It’s a gentle energy which functions well in peace and quiet.

But Mercury in opposition to Eris may evoke lies, deception or subtle manipulation. If things get off balance, people’s egos may get in the way and rudely disturb the calm. Eris finds it difficult to just sit in silence, after all her nature is one of discord.

The best way to use this energy is to be alert to subtle waves. If you find your downtime abruptly interrupted, send out loving vibes to whoever transgressed. Peace starts from within.

Sunday 9th October
Venus slinks into Scorpio wearing her most seductive dress and in less than an hour she’s already flirting a trine to Eros. But surprisingly, sex in not the be all and end all of this placement!

Venus is Scorpio is looking for profound connection, deep love, eternity in a moment.

On a personal level, each time Venus enters Scorpio, we learn to love our own shadows a little better. Now is the time to accept parts of yourself that you try to ignore. Venus in Scorpio isn’t afraid to look at the little things we’ve said and done that we aren’t proud of. She will still say “I love myself, even when I’m not perfect’. Because none of us are perfect. We all have the capacity to be vindictive, jealous or spiteful – even if it’s only in our thoughts. But we can use these distasteful emotions to find out what we really need and show us where we have given away our power. Venus embraces her power, knows it, revels in it.

With Venus in Scorpio, relationships are intensified. To get up close and personal, you have to reveal yourself – and that doesn’t just mean stripping down to your bare essentials. It means being prepared to bare your soul. It means that you have to be honest and you’re likely to expect nothing less of your partner. Scorpio is all or nothing. Open up, dig deeper. There are profound experiences to be had.