New Moon Astrology on Columbus Day
October 12, 2015
By Dikki-Jo Mullen
Columbus sailed the Ocean Blue, back in 1492
This rhyme, learned long ago in grade school, unexpectedly echoed in my thoughts while thinking of the New Moon this month. It coincides with Columbus Day on Monday, October 12, 2015. The New Moon is exact at 8:06 pm EDT. This is the first New Moon of autumn and the first lunation following Septembers turbulent eclipses. The mood suggests adventure and freshness. The metaphor is that of a new beginning, reflecting an important journey. Think of life as an adventure, perhaps meditating on Columbus and the wide blue sea. Where do you want to sail next? Somehow an old chapter is complete and closed, while the book of life in the future is blank, open, receptive and filled with potentials. Its a cool autumn morning, looking out at my garden, Central Florida is like a paradise as the Sun rises. The foliage looks fresher, shaking the dusty heat of days past and tiny orange Ixora flowers peak, like tiny pumpkins, from among the greenery.
This New Moon falls in Libra, so if one is writing a New Moon wish list at some point during the 8 hours just after the lunation focus on questions of law and justice as well as relationships, partnerships and creativity. It sets the pace for the next 4 weeks. The lunation is at 19 degrees 20 minutes in the Venus-Uranus ruled 2nd decanate of the sign of The Scales. It is also oppose Uranus which is retrograde at 19 degrees of Aries. Unexpected events are unfolding, others can be unpredictable. Flexibility and maintaining a Columbus like sense of adventure as your inspiration will be helpful in making the best of this continuing cycle of personal and planetary change. The Sabian Symbol for Uranus reads A Magic Carpet, encouraging making the most of serendipitous opportunities and perhaps a bit of ritual and affirmation to smooth ones path as All Hallows nears. The fixed star Baten Kaitos is near the degree of Uranus at the New Moon. It is a topaz star twinkling in the underbelly of the Whale constellation. This star underscores immigrants, refugees, travel by sea and rescues. There are some serious situations. Baten Kaitos is traditionally affected by solemn Saturn.
Mercury is in Libra, showing some vacillation and indecision for many. There is a desire to look at all options and angles of situations. Mercury is in mutual reception with Venus in Virgo. This favors making and breaking commitments in the most positive way. This benevolent mutual reception also encourages eloquent speaking and writing. Keep an eye on the politicians and entertainers. New publications which come out on the market this month can be very influential.
There is a stellium of planets in Virgo including Mars and Jupiter as well as Venus and the Moons N. Node. The Virgo placements trine Pluto in Capricorn, and evoke a heavy Earth sign energy. Ecology, healing herbs and the use of crystals can be helpful to many. Sapphires, citrine, jasper and carnelian are good crystals to experiment with. Virgo also rules small animals so the companionship and well being of cats as well as other household pets can come to the fore.
Favorable fragrances for aromatherapy right now include coconut and lime for love and attraction, respectively. Try marigolds (for friendship) or chrysanthemums (for longevity and luck) as altar flowers to create a positive and spiritual atmosphere.
The strong influences with Venus and Uranus combined with the Earth sign influence makes me think of earthy handicrafts and the strange and exotic autumn vegetables. Try looking at Clemons Market on Curry Ford Road in Orlando. Various gourds, pumpkins, squash, mushrooms and foliage can be collected to assemble natural Halloween decorations. This year I selected a white ghost pumpkin and a twisted warty yellow and green gourd. One year I wrote a ballad about a mysterious blue pumpkin I purchased and sent a photo of it along with the poem in my Halloween cards. Here is an excerpt from that long ago October reverie:
The Great Night, Halloween, approaches.The great Blue Pumpkin is here!
I was wandering around at a local produce market,
one of my favorite places to reflect and regroup.
It’s right here in the (downtown Orlando)
neighborhood and features all sorts of
unusual fresh fruits and vegetables.
Among the exotic squashes and gourds
I saw a display of mysterious blue (
yes truly blue) pumpkins. One found its way into my cart and now sits proudly near
the front door, a reminder of the autumn holidays to come.
Exotic and fey it watches and waits. Does it want to become a pumpkin soup? Jack O Lantern?
Allowed to dry as keepsake gourd rattle? Is it friendly or sinister?
Astrology Birth Sign Trends – Predictions
For October, 2015
(Aries, Leo, Sagittarius) An opposition between the Sun and Uranus brings unexpected choices and actions from others. Allow family members and business associates plenty of freedom. Smile at their eccentric actions and get some exercise, perhaps biking or hiking. Bring the focus to the future, forget and release past set backs or disappointments.
(Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn) The celestial benefics, Venus and Jupiter, are both smiling on you. Love and money are equally promising. Consider a risky venture, enjoy a break from work, enter a contest. Appreciate cultural events and purchase new finery for an out of this world Halloween costume. Enter a costume contest, you might win the grand prize. The good times peak at the Full Moon in Taurus on October 27.
(Libra, Gemini, Aquarius) The New Moon enhances your health and vitality, explore analyzing and being true to your own nature. Create a good first impression with a friendly smile and good grooming. Leadership, reaching out, being assertive carries you far. Focus on topics and projects which come easily. Slide along the slope of least resistance. Take photos, assemble a keepsake album or frame some prints of important moments to display in your office. Update electronics.
(Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) With watery, elusive Neptune in Pisces affecting you, dream work is accented. Start a dream journal. Remember the old phrase Sleep on it upon drifting into sleep. Valuable guidance comes in your dreams, record impressions upon awakening and the answers will be there. Walk near a waterfall, river or the seacoast to collect shells, stones and driftwood talismans. Prepare a favorite family recipe, perhaps including apples, pears or vegetables. When the Sun enters Scorpio on October 23 the pace perks up.