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Welcome October 2019


"Between the heavens and the earth
The way now opens to bring forth
The Hosts of those who went on before;
Hail! We see them now come through the Open Door.
Now the veils of worlds are thin;
To move out you must move in.
Let the Balefires now be made,
Mine the spark within them laid.
Move beyond the fiery screen,
Between the seen and the unseen;
Shed your anger and your fear,
Live anew in a new year!"
- Lore of the Door 

 
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 Tarot Guidance for October 2019

The Great Transformer - Death





 








 

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Many of my clients, upon seeing the Death card being drawn, will gasp and think the worst. But Death should not be a card to be feared. Death is the great transformer. When it appears it points out that something in your life is no longer working in your own best interest. Something, some aspect of your life has died away and now is the time to release it, let it go, and create a space for something new and better to replace it.

We don't always see these changes in our lives as wonderful things occurring. That is because we often get so attached to a certain outcome or situation that it hurts too much to let that dream go and embrace the new, the unknown..

But in that first moment of letting go we feel a sense of liberation. Liberation turns into a new perspective. And a new perspective turns into those first few steps onto a new path.

So when you encounter Death in a reading don't run in fear or fight the changes that it brings. Embrace that it is time for you to grow and transform some aspect of yourself or your life and rejoice in this time of transformation.

Celtic Tree Month October 2019

September 30th thru October 27th begins the Celtic Tree Month of Gort (Ivy) - This is a time of reconciliation and settlement (karma). The ivy is a powerful evergreen species, and often outlasts the tree upon which it grows. It therefore represents strength, support, and endurance. Ivy also relates to matters of death, the immortality and resurrection of the spirit, intoxication, and the knowledge of things that are hidden and mysterious. It is also the symbol of undying love.

Ivy characters have great personal stamina and abundant talents that can bring personal honors and public recognition. People born under this sign generally are colorful individuals with a unique style of their own. New moon people born during the first two weeks are quite radical thinkers, akin to the rowan tree character, but they have a more artistic temperament. They are, however, inclined to be rather indecisive and their success rate tends to swing between two extremes that will set the pattern of life accordingly. Full moon people radiate a successful image all the time despite suffering a reverse of fortunes. They are generous providers, but shrewd investors regarding their financial resources and income. They are also extremely manipulative people who tend to use their position or power quite ruthlessly. As a result they often become involved in disputes and litigations.
 
Astro - Days to watch for your sign - October 2019

Aries
Rewarding Days: 12, 13, 14
Challenging Days: 26, 27

Taurus
Rewarding Days: 15, 16
Challenging Days: 1, 2, 28, 29

Gemini
Rewarding Days:  17, 18
Challenging Days: 3, 4, 30, 31

Cancer
Rewarding Days: 19, 20, 21
Challenging Days: 5, 6

Leo
Rewarding Days: 22, 23
Challenging Days:  7, 8, 9

Virgo
Rewarding Days: 24, 25
Challenging Days: 10, 11

Libra
Rewarding Days: 26, 27
Challenging Days: 12, 13, 14

Scorpio
Rewarding Days: 1, 2, 28, 29 
Challenging Days: 15, 16

Sagittarius
Rewarding Days: 3, 4, 30, 31
Challenging Days: 17, 18

Capricorn
Rewarding Days: 5, 6,
Challenging Days: 19, 20, 21

Aquarius
Rewarding Days: 7, 8, 9
Challenging Days: 22, 23

Pisces  
Rewarding Days:  10, 11 
Challenging Days: 24, 25
Void of Course Moon Schedule for October 2019

It is said that when the Moon is void of a course it can cause delays, false starts and unexpected hassles. When the Moon is void of course it means that it is in the process of moving between two signs and is not quite sure how it feels yet. And since the Moon rules our emotions, we don't know how we feel either! The effects can last from a few seconds to a day or two. Energy can feel off balance and this is not a good time for making major decisions, signing contracts, or doing anything based on emotional decisions because our perceptions are a bit out of whack. The Void Moon begins at 27 degrees in one sign and ends at 3 degrees in the next sign.  Times given are for GMT.
Date Void Begins Date Void Ends
October 2nd 10:46 October 2nd 12:44 Sagittarius
October 4th 08:34 October 4th 18:43 Capricorn
October 7th 00:25 October 7th 04:42 Aquarius
October 8th 19:27 October 9th 17:05 Pisces
October 11th 10:55 October 12th 05:46 Aries
October 13th 22:59 October 14th 17:24 Taurus
October 16th 09:37 October 17th 03:30 Gemini
October 19th 03:14 October 19th 11:43 Cancer
October 21st 13:39 October 21st 17:29 Leo
October 23rd 10:14 October 23rd 20:30 Virgo
October 25th 14:00 October 25th 21:20 Libra
October 27th 09:22 October 27th 21:29 Scorpio
October 29th 17:34 October 29th 21:58 Sagittarius
October 31st 14:59 November 1st 02:38 Capricorn
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Happy October all! We are now officially heading into Autumn and Winter. The nights draw closer, days seem shorter, and our focus is on harvesting all that we have worked so hard on this year. I love this time of year! We celebrate Halloween, or Samhain, which is the Pagan New Year this month. We also turn the clocks back one hour around this time too. UK's Daylight Savings is on October 27th, the US's is November 3th and October 6th for Australia.    

Let's see what tricks and treats I have for you this month! I have our favourite Samhain New Year reading and the Trick or Treat reading. The Afterlife Communication reading is a good way to connect with our ancestors as the veil lifts this month. These readings, and a few other specials can be found in the  Monthly Specials section. So be sure to stop by and have a look at this month's Specials! You can have a browse through the many specialized readings I offer on the  Tarot Readings page.  Tarot's Life Path & Personal Growth section is a good place to start!  Or take a wander through the various Oracle readings on my site, like Rune, Angel, Faery and Animal Totem readings.  All of these categories can be found on the main Reading Room page.  Don't forget to check out the other areas on the Readings page, like the Oracles, Rune and Animal Medicine Cards sections.

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In the Reiki/Energy Work section you can find reiki and energy work to help give you a bit of a boost. You can find Reiki sessions, Chakra Healing and Attunements, Violet Flame healing, and the Avalon Crown of Success healing. Reiki is great for flushing out the old energies that may be lingering both in our own energetic bodies and the environment around us.

If Astrology is your cup of tea be sure to stop by my Astrology section where you can order some insightful Natal charts, Compatibility reports and Transit reports to see what will be affecting you in the months ahead. Each persons Birth Chart can show how the positions of the planets and stars at the exact time of their birth can influence their life. Learn how each planetary position has determined your physical, personal, psychic and spiritual characteristics! These charts are a great gift for birthdays or just as a special way to treat someone to a bit of astrological insight.

Come and check out my Blog that at http://earthspirittarot.com/wp/   I hope to be writing on a variety of topics from Tarot to general spirituality topics once we get into the New Year.  But for now you can catch my weekly Astrology updates there. 

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And now to announce the September 2019 raffle winners:

P. Moeller and A. Douglas

Congratulations to you both! I'll be sending you two an email to tell you how to claim your prize shortly! For those who haven't entered the raffle yet, each month I select 2 random people from entries submitted to win a reading of your choice worth up to £15.00 from any area of my site. For more details, and to enter August's raffle, stop by and visit the Raffle Entry page! Good luck!

"What Costume Are You Wearing? 
Halloween is bearing down upon us. Traditionally this is a time when the veil between the worlds is the thinnest, and those fearing visitations from unwanted spirits would dress up in costumes, so as not to be recognised. However, most of us wear a disguise every day, and we probably don't even realise it.

We start wearing these different masks from a very early age. Before we can even walk, we learn that if we smile and coo at people, they make a fuss of us, so we smile and coo more because we like the attention. Later, we learn at school that if we behave in one way, we get positive attention from our teachers and our peers; but if we behave another way, we get into trouble, or we are discarded. We soon learn to put on different suits to please different people.

As we mature, we start to examine who we really are. We look at the disguises that we have donned to make other people accept us. We look at the suits we wear so that we fit into a particular niche. What happens, though, when those suits start to become uncomfortable? We question who we are, and what we are doing. Those around us tell us that our suit looks beautiful, though, and it is made to fit us so very well. We start to ask if this is all there is to life.

There's a Buddhist concept that to become nobody we first have to become somebody. In order to transcend ego, we first have to establish our ego. We put on the suits to please different people, and then one day we awaken to the fact that these suits are not who we really are. We want to remove them, but we are frightened of who we might find when we remove the suits and look at our naked self.

This time of year is an excellent time for doing just that type of self-undressing. We live in a society that constantly tells us who we are supposed to be; live here, drive this car, drink this pop. It is only when we dare to follow the calling of our own spirit that we can truly find our authentic empowerment -- and our greatest joy. The veil between the worlds is the thinnest at Halloween, and if we call upon the ancestors to assist us in our journey of self-exploration, they will answer.

The journey to self-awareness is one that very few dare to make, but those who do are the ones whom we remember. It sets us apart from those who pick up their disguises and wear them like a suit of armour. As my friend once put it, "When you're different and you don't have the self-assurance to be different, you're just weird; but when you're different and you have that confidence, you're not weird, you're cool." Let's make Halloween this year the time when we dare to remove the disguise, rather than don it, and stand out from the crowd the way that the Universe intended.
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October 2019 Celebrations


Daylight Savings

Daylight Savings AUSTRALIA - October 6th

Daylight Savings UK - October 27th

Daylight Savings US - November 6th


Today, Daylight Saving Time (DST) is used to save energy and make better use of daylight. The idea has been suggested in ancient times and later by famous scientists.

DST is a change in the standard time with the purpose of making better use of daylight and conserving energy. Clocks are set ahead one hour when DST starts. This means that the sunrise and sunset will be one hour later, on the clock, than the day before.

To learn more about Daylight Savings and its historical origins click here - Daylight Savings    Daylight Savings 



October 31st - Halloween/Samhain/All Souls Night

Catch a falling leaf
This tradition originated in England. It is said that if you catch a falling leaf on Samhain, before it touches the ground, it will bring you good luck and health for the coming winter season. Another superstition claims that if you bring dead leaves into your house it will bring you bad luck.
 
Samhain. All Hallows. All Hallow's Eve. Hallow E'en. Halloween. The most magical night of the year. Exactly opposite Beltane on the wheel of the year, Halloween is Beltane's dark twin. A night of glowing jack-o'-lanterns, bobbing for apples, tricks or treats, and dressing in costume. A night of ghost stories and séances, tarot card readings and scrying with mirrors. A night of power, when the veil that separates our world from the Otherworld is at its thinnest. A "spirit night", as they say in Wales

All Hallow's Eve is the eve of All Hallow's Day (November 1). And for once, even popular tradition remembers that the eve is more important than the day itself, the traditional celebration focusing on October 31, beginning at sundown. And this seems only fitting for the great Celtic New Year's festival. Not that the holiday was Celtic only. In fact, it is startling how many ancient and unconnected cultures (the Egyptians and pre-Spanish Mexicans, for example) celebrated this as a festival of the dead. But the majority of our modern traditions can be traced to the British Isles

The Celts called it Samhain, which means "summer's end", according to their ancient two-fold division of the year, when summer ran from Beltane to Samhain and winter ran from Samhain to Beltane. (Some modern covens echo this structure by letting the high priest "rule" the coven beginning on Samhain, with rulership returned to the high priestess at Beltane.) According to the later four-fold division of the year, Samhain is seen as "autumn's end" and the beginning of winter. Samhain is pronounced (depending on where you're from) as "sow-in" (in Ireland), or "sow-een" (in Wales), or "sav-en" (in Scotland), or (inevitably) "sam-hane" (in the U.S., where we don’t speak Gaelic).


For more information on Samhain, click here   Samhain

To learn about the many traditions of Halloween, click here - Halloween 


 
Star Transits For October 2019

SUN TRANSITS

The Sun has been in Libra since September 21st    

Libra symbolizes relationships with others as mirrors of ourselves. Meeting others halfway, compromise, and negotiation come under the rule of Libra. The focus is now on balance--finding balance and harmony through relationships with others and through art. Libra is the sign of the peacemaker. However, life is not always peaceful with Libra in its attempt to restore balance. Decision-making can be more challenging while the Sun is in Libra. Libra weighs both sides of any situation, and sometimes this process seems endless! In Libra, the Sun is concerned about not rocking the boat and not rubbing others the wrong way. Tactfulness, style, tolerance, and sociability are some of the keywords for Libra. On the shadow side, Libra can be self-serving, indecisive, passive-aggressive, and superficial. Libra, the scales, represents that perfect balance between day and night that comes with the equinox. It brings an awareness of where we stand within ourselves and with others. So this can greatly affect relationships of all kinds.

When the Sun is in Libra, don't expect decisions to be finalized. Libra Suns mark a time of deliberation, of hemming-and-hawing, of going over and over your options with a fine-toothed comb, weighing the pros and cons. The symbol of Libra is, of course, the Balance. This celestial situation bestows upon us a natural diplomacy and a sense of fairness, and yet we're never really quite sure if we're making the right choice. We'll be in the research stage, so to speak, investigating the possibilities and potentialities. While you're puzzling over a conclusion, you'll also be very persuasively arguing the side you most support. Libra is just as convincing as it is indecisive and tactful and cautious. With this inclination toward harmony, Libra Sun also turns our thoughts to aesthetic beauty and the wonder of interpersonal relationships. This Air Sign desires companionship -- especially romantic love bonds! Anticipate charming suitors and appeasing partners.

The Sun in Libra is a good time for:

  • Visiting art museums or bookstores
  • Making your personal relationships and partnerships top priority
  • Romance

The Sun then moves into Scorpio on October 23rd  

Happy Solar return to all of you Scorpio natives out there! The Sun in Scorpio begins the season of Halloween when the veils between the worlds are thinnest. This is a time when we assess what we have harvested and how we can apply it during the cold winter months. Reviewing individual assets to determine if they’re being applied efficiently is a good move at this time. Holding onto what has lost its value becomes very costly, making this a time to eliminate objects, aspirations, behaviour and people that we can no longer afford. What initially feels like a loss, which some will resist with all their might, can turn into a gain when we make way for better things to come.

When the Sun is in Scorpio, think of the old saying about still waters running deep when you think of this passionate Water Sign. The mood will be intense -- and that mood hangs over everything from careers to cuddling -- but it is a smouldering, devious sort of intense. A slow burn. While the Sun visits this Sign, anticipate probing gazes and profound concentration. Scorpio wants nothing more than for us to be passionately engaged in activities that are significant and meaningful to us. No boredom is allowed, no busy or slog work (save that for Virgo or Taurus times) -- this is when you get to the heart of matters, when you find out what's behind masks, what lies beneath motivations. Careful to direct your energies, though, because if boredom does strike, talents are wasted and negative emotions come to the fore. Passions will be high, and physical love becomes engrossing, exciting, forceful and possessive. Watch for jealousy and vengeful whims. Scorpio stings when threatened.

This is a period where we get a chance to explore our passions and delve into the depths of our secrets. Scorpio brings a certain intensity that challenges us to really look more closely at how this intensity is manifesting in our lives. Scorpio asks “What are you passionate about? What lights that fire in you?” Look at the events in your life that have thrown you to the bottom as well as those which helped you to turn the tides and allow a new start. Look at the events, people, and causes in your life that mean everything to you. Take a deeper look at the secrets you hold within, even from your own self at times. But be very careful! We also run the risk of become too obsessed with our passions at this time, so much so that we may neglect what is practical and real. We could get stuck in our shadow self, the darker side of letting go and transforming, and not finish the cycle of death and rebirth. This is a time for celebrating the endings in your life, to honour the challenges and hard times, and to be passionate about the things that helped to pull you out of ruts and routines so that you could once again feel alive.

A good time for:
* Solving riddles and mysteries, delving into scientific issues
* Profoundly investigating topics that interest you
* Exploring sexual pleasure


MOON TRANSITS

On October 13th we have an Aries Full Moon  

The Full Moon is the best time for doing work on letting go of the old and releasing the negative. When the Moon is in Aries we're motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channelled into physical activity.

We now enter a phase of emotional directness and impulsiveness, one marked by forceful and powerful feelings. Emotional beginnings, a fresh start, perhaps the establishment of new habit patterns - make sure they're good ones, because they'll set the tone for you for quite some time to come!

An Aries Moon tends to bring conflict more than most times, with emotional tensions growing, people becoming short-tempered and impulsive. Some may show a rediness and fearlessness to act in an extreme situation. Even the sweetest tempered person can become a bit mean under this moon. However, it becomes easier to shake old problem and the weight of tiresome responsibility. We want to free ourselves from everything that bothers us and makes our lives feel uneasy.

An Aries Moon can bring emotional vitality and the drive to act on our feelings. With the Moon in Aries we're motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. We get this gut instinct to start something new, as well as the motivation to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong as well under this influence, and we tend to feel more energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic.

We do run the risk of being tactless and impulsive however, so we need to think before we speak. Many also feel restless during an Aries Moon, finding it hard to settle at night, being unable to sleep, or feeling like we can’t just sit for too long. Excess energy is best channelled into physical activity. The Moon in Aries speeds up instinctual reactions, and might put us in an edgy, punchy mood. We're restless to start something! It's a good time for firsts that mean facing your fears. That butterflies in the stomach feeling let's you know you've stepped outside of your own comfort zone.

As we enter this phase of emotional directness and impulsiveness, one marked by forceful and powerful feelings, we tend to gravitate towards emotional beginnings, a fresh start, perhaps the establishment of new habit patterns – so make sure they're good ones, because they'll set the tone for you for quite some time to come!

This can be an emotionally cathartic few days. Instead of sidling up to a problem, you can attack it head on. If you've been bottling up righteous anger, this Moon gives you the courage to let the truth fly. It brings out the "fight" in everybody. Getting into it with others is always risky, but it provokes change, and sometimes for the better.

It's a great time to have an opening for an art show, a business, or to sell your house. It supports you if you've got to be dynamic, for a job interview or on a date. You can go ahead and start that project or try to sell your idea to others. Quick short activities are favored, rather than doing any tedious footwork. You can encourage a friend, work on self-promotion materials, or throw a party.

There's urgency with this Moon that can lead to impulsive acts. You might do some soul searching on what you'd do if you could do anything. Aries is an invincible energy that has an innocent belief that anything is possible.

Things to do under an Aries Moon: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. (Staying power may be lacking). Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects. .

On October 28th we have a Scorpio New Moon

NNew Moons are perfect for new beginnings. To say that emotions will be running high under this New Moon is an understatement! Intensity is what the Moon in Scorpio is all about. Whether it's passion, elation, sorrow, or desire, emotions are felt on a deeply personal level. We are motivated by the desire to get to the bottom of things, and we instinctively read between the lines. Superficiality won't work for us now. The Moon in Scorpio urges us to uncover our own power, and it's an excellent time to rid ourselves of old fears and limiting habits. It can be an intimate and passionate time. Avoid manipulative tactics, brooding, and suspiciousness.

Sex, power, and money are compelling aphrodisiacs now. Secrets, taboos, and mysteries appeal to a deep instinctive yearning. Learning what makes people tick turns you on. Your instinctive orientation at this time is toward getting down to brass tacks and starting over from scratch - healing comes from destroying the roots of a disturbance.

Things to do under a Scorpio Moon: Taxes, accounting, intimacy issues, psychological examinations, research, self-examination, getting rid of old things.

 

PLANETARY TRANSITS

October 1st - Venus square Pluto (Venus in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn)
Under this transit we may find that our relationships and interactions tend to be a bit deeper, more intense and transformative. Other things that are affected are our sense of beauty, and any dealings around finances and material resources. We tend to find that there is a need to delve beneath the surface of situations in these areas to discover the truth where we are faced with a challenge or obstacle. This means we could encounter the darker shadows of our desires, the unconscious, secret or obscure hungers that we tend to hide away from most people.

These are challenges that we need to resolve and it could bring out any conflict that is rooted in jealousy or envy, more so if we find that someone has something we desire. Some of us may feel prompted to delve deeper down on a soul level in order to connect with our own inner beauty and sense of values.
Mainly, this transit can shed light on those problem areas in our lives that need to go through a bit of a transformative process in order to heal.

October 3rd - Mercury enters Scorpio
Cerebral Mercury’s shift into this scrutinizing sign helps us read between the lines. We’re not skimming the surface seeking quick answers, but are willing to wade through the dark waters of uncertainty and secrets to ferret out the information we need. Conversations are heavy with intensity that leaves less room for frivolity. While some may be tempted to only see negatives with their x-ray vision, Mercury in Scorpio’s higher purpose is learning how to resolve core issues to transform failure into success.

Mercury can really get down to the depths whenever it's in Scorpio. The mind melds with emotions, descending into the body, into the past and into life's mysteries. This can be a very powerful period for talking about difficult issues regarding relationships, money and mortality. Psychological awareness is more acute now, as perceptions take us under the covers of the obvious, seeking hidden meaning and motivations.

The dark side of Mercury in Scorpio is represented by the mistrusting mind, one that holds secrets and fears them at the same time. Communication becomes a means of control, rather than connection. However, seeing our fears doesn't mean that we have to perpetuate them. The opportunities are ripe for discussing heretofore forbidden subjects, resulting in greater degrees of trust and intimacy.

October 3rd - Pluto Stationary goes Direct (In Capricorn)
Today Pluto changes its retrograde direction and begins to move forward. For about a week before and after today, we may experience energy that is intense, compelling and transformative. If you've been going through some deep, cathartic changes in your life over these past 6 to 12 months, you may find that things shift in regards to how you are able to approach and act on those changes. This might be a time when we feel the weight of power struggles or loss in our lives, but it can also galvanize empowering strength in ourselves that we didn't realize weu had. Above all, it is a time when our deepest, most authentic Self can start to emerge and be reborn anew.

October 4th - Mars enters Libra
Mars moves into Libra today, which means that anger, aggression, and approaching things in an overly direct manner become a bit more softer around the edges. We instead choose a gentler, more diplomatic approach. In truth, Libra is not all that comfy for poor Warrior Mars because his sharp and forceful nature become blunted.

When these two energies come together in a positive way, we see a passion towards fighting for what is right, for justice, and for the underdog. We fight for fairness and balance. In doing so we tend to use charm as a means to an end. We don’t want to look like the “bad guy” so choose not to force our hand. Instead, we attempt to win arguments with style. We are indirect in approach and inclined towards engaging in mental debates, yet we also attempt to make the opposition comfortable!

Passive-aggressiveness is the shadow side of this energy however, where we feel restricted in not being able to use that aggression, force, and bluntness making it hard to respond in a decisive manner. We can see many sides of a situation and this can cause us to be indecisive and vacillating about how to approach things. What we need to do in these cases is rely more on our wits rather than our impulses in order to create a situation where all people win.

Mars will remain in Libra for 8 months because it will go retrograde in March 2014 in the same sign. This gives us plenty of time to get used to this energy and find ways to use it in a positive way.

October 6th - Sun square North Lunar Node (Sun in Libra, North Node in Cancer)
Today brings a challenging square between the Sun and the North Lunar Node. What’s a Lunar Node you ask? Nodes aren’t physical objects in the skies like the planets. We have two; the North Node and South Node. They mark those intersecting areas where the Moon and Sun cross paths. They represent sensitive points in our natal chart. The North Node represent the point in our life that is forward moving and our overall life lessons. Some even say that it represents our destiny. The South Node is that point in our life where we push off from and shows where we have been and what in our lives needs to be released.

Today’s aspect between the Sun and North Node can bring feelings of conflict between our sense of identity and purpose with the lessons we are needing to learn in our lives. It can manifest through situations where we feel we are being forced off course or forced to take a detour that is not as direct as our chosen road. That tends to make people feel uncomfortable but there is usually more to those detours than we realize. If we were to stop panicking over the detour and take some time to really look beneath the surface (whether presently or in retrospect) we will probably discover that this detour is actually assisting our sense of Self. It can bring benefits our way that we would have otherwise passed up or missed had we not taken that detour.

Some may find themselves confronted by dilemmas and conflicts at this time that cause stress and these are situations that we may normally resist. However, by bot fighting these situations, we can gain a deeper understanding of our feelings and experiences if we let ourselves explore the situation a bit. When you stop for a moment and take a good hard look at your reaction to this kind of situation, what do you find behind it; resentment? Fear? Maybe a bit of rebellious defiance? Well this is your chance now to take a new perspective on the situation and try responding to it in a different way, a way that will allow you to move through the situation at hand rather than feeling blocked by it.

We may feel the effects of this Sun/Node transit for about a week and a half prior to, and a week and a half after this date. It can cause those areas that the Moon covers, such as our intuition, sensitivity and inner feelings, to feel unstable or out of balance.

October 7th - Mercury opposite Uranus (Mercury in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus)
This is a day where we need to be flexible because it can be filled with unexpected occurrences that upset or change our plans. If we fight against this right now, it will just make things all the more difficult to cope and move things forward. If you are someone who is a natural at thinking on your feet, you should get through this just fine.

This is also a transit where our minds can feel really restless or we where we go actively looking for excitement. Just be careful what you look for here! It can be hard to keep up with this hectic pace brought on by this transit and it’s not really the best time for sitting in one place or trying to focus for long periods of time. Our body wants to be moving and we need to find good outlets for draining off all of that nervous energy in a constructive way. This can also make some of us more prone to clumsiness. And be careful when driving around because this energy can cause others to speed and be reckless with their driving.

October 7th - Sun square Saturn (Sun in Libra, Saturn in Capricorn)
The Sun's transits to planets in a person’s natal chart represents brief influences that usually last around a day. So today we have the Sun making a square with Saturn which will highlight those areas where we need to accept our own limitations, boundaries, and expectations. We may find ourselves faced with the consequences of avoiding some task or obligation, or at least receive a warning of what could happen should we continue to avoid them. Another possibility could be having to accept a situation that means accepting responsibility that we don’t want, or that restricts our freedom in some way.

There are positives with this transit too, if we take the time to understand the nature of the situation. For example, an area of our lives may be pruned back in order to keep things under better control, or as a way to make room for something new to grow. How stressful this feels to you will depend on how well you deal with hard work, restrictive limits, responsibility, and authority. Those who have issues with authority for example could find themselves butting heads with someone who is in charge.

We are also challenged, at this time, to take some action or make that decision that revolves around taking more responsibility on. We are faced with having to find better ways in dealing with our own personal boundaries either by accepting the boundaries of others or learning how to assert our own boundaries. The best way to get through this day long transit is to find constructive ways to work with this energy rather than trying to throw ourselves against it. This is the kind of day/transit that usually has a very important lesson for us to learn about ourselves.

October 8th - Mars opposite Chiron (Mars in Libra, Chiron in Aries)
With Mars in opposition to Chiron we may be exposed to confrontation, aggression, and feelings of anger that are more intense than we are comfortable with. Some may prefer to avoid dealing with this dilemma in a direct or therapeutic manner. We may show a resistance to our own healing path, to counselling and to non-traditional alternatives in health care. We may be quite outspoken in opposition of alternative healing methods and/or the philosophy on which they rest. But our passive-aggressive or indirect ways of expressing our feelings work against our best interest. Eventually, we will most likely seek (perhaps within relationships) resolution of this dichotomy, because it complicates our life and undermines our personal communications and interactions. Our seeking guides us into uncharted territory and uncovers valuable keys which, once found, can be shared with others. 

October 8th - Venus enters Scorpio
The love planet dives into the steamy waters of Scorpio today. They say that the planet of love is not so comfy in steamy Scorpio. Scorpio likes to plunge to the depth of the inner workings of our partnerships and is not interested in the pretty and sweater side of love. Jealousy and mistrust are downsides of this transit, yet a more honest examination of what we need and what we’re willing to give in exchange adds maturity to personal interactions. Reviving failing personal and professional unions or recognizing when it’s time to end them reflects the range of this powerful process.

But Venus can strut her stuff through Scorpio with attitude as well! As a result, we may experience sensuality, sexuality, and intimacy in a more intense, in-your-face kind of way. You might feel the need to establish a better balance of power with others that is pleasant and even-handed on the surface but also deals with the more gritty or intense energy that tends to lurk under the surface. It may be easier to attract what (or who) you want now, by focusing your intent and interest on the object of your affection and desire. However, there can also be a danger of becoming manipulative, controlling or devious to get what you want. Strive to become centred in your deepest heart's desire through steadfast self-honesty. Aim to avoid becoming obsessed with power, wealth or lust so that you lose sight of your true light inside. This is a good transit to take joy in your instinctive nature.

There can be this tendency, under this transit, to be overly aware of loss. This can increase unwarranted jealousy and economic uncertainty. This can also create a danger of becoming manipulative, controlling or devious to get what we want. The whole point of this transit is to find balance though, so if we can keep this in mind, we can make the best of this transits energy.

October 11th - Mercury enters its Shadow (In Scorpio until December 7th)
Mercury enters its Shadow today until December 7th. The Shadow is where Mercury will later go retrograde, about two and a half weeks from now. During Mercury’s retrograde cycle it travels through the same span of zodiac signs 3 times (the shadow). The first time Mercury passes through it is direct, or moving forward. Then it appears to move backward, or retrograde, before finally going direct again.

This whole cycle creates an extensive process of development and change for those things that Mercury influences such as, thoughts, ideas, mental focus and our frame of mind. It affects the exchange of ideas, how we analyse information, the way we collect it and how we organize that info. All forms of communication tend to be affected like talking, the internet, mail, social media, regular mail and media, magazines, books, neighbourhoods and all means of public transportation.

We may see unexpected discoveries that will need further research over the next couple of months. Changes in our plans, disrupted communication and new info can come into our lives now that doesn’t quite fit into our plans. This is why it’s a good idea to leave room in our schedules and be patient with any disruptions during this cycle.

October 12th - Mercury trine North Lunar Node (Mercury in Scorpio, North Node in Cancer)
Today we have Mercury in a trine with the North Lunar Node and the Moon will also be Void of Course later this afternoon. For those who are not sure what a Lunar Node is; There are two, the North and South. They are the points where the paths of the Moon and Sun meet or intersect. The North Node is said to represent that which we are moving towards, the path we are currently walking in our lives, and the direction of our growth. Some refer to it as our path of Destiny. The South Node is our starting or pushing off point showing where we have been and what we need to release.

When we have a Solar or Lunar eclipse, this is the Full or New Moon taking place very close to one of the Nodes. The Nodes themselves are not physical objects like the planets and asteroids, they are considered sensitive points in our Natal charts.

Ok, back to Mercury and the North Lunar Node. This aspect brings us a fresher awareness as well as a better ability to communicate that awareness. It is a beneficial resource which can help us to take a few more steps closer towards our life purpose. Just bear in mind that we also need to take action too. We will need to, at some juncture, take into account what we have observed and do something with this.

October 12th - Venus opposite Uranus (Venus in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus)
Our interactions with others may be full of surprises under this transit. Very sudden changes in agreements can happen or we may see erratic actions from those involved in a project. This can make us feel unwilling to just follow along with the crowd however, choosing to stand out and get noticed for the distinctive individuals that we are. We tend to crave excitement and want to break free from our everyday routines. Be careful around financial situations under this transit because they can be more erratic and unstable at the moment. if at all possible, put off any serious agreements and decisions for a few days, or until this energy passes. it's too easy to attract unstable financial partners and compromising can be quite difficult.

With the right people, however, this is a time of sharing unusual experiences that can open us up to a new perspective-one we would not ordinarily consider. Seeking pleasure is often a risk worth taking. What you attract and what you like can appear different than your typical preferences.

October 13th - Sun sextile Jupiter (Sun in Libra, Jupiter in Sagittarius)

Under this transit, our ideas and plans become infused with clarity and optimism. We can better understand the “Big Picture” and what our place is in the big grand scheme of it all. This can result in our self-esteem and confidence getting a boost. We may find that our insights to the world around us, to life itself, become more inspired, optimistic, and bright under this transit.

We are more able to project our long term goals and the potential our plans have. We can the possibilities and new opportunities much more clearly. For some, this can give a feeling of being “lucky”. It truly is a feel good energy that we get from this mingling between the Sun and Jupiter. Because our sense of Self feels much freer, we are able to expand. Our conversations may turn to educational or philosophical subject, and sharing ideas and opinion because easier as we are more open to hearing the other person's side of things.

Some may find that they can now take those next steps in a project, expand current projects, or take action that will really show progress. We seem to get a burst of faith in ourselves and what we are able to achieve, knowing in our hearts that the outcome will be a good one. For some, it will bring a feeling of being spiritually connected.

Some may feel a bit restless under this brief transit but finding activities to satisfy our wandering minds shouldn’t be too hard. We do need to be careful however that our boosted feelings of self assuredness and just “knowing” doesn’t backfire on us because we overestimated how much we thought we knew. We could also underestimate the reaction of those we share with too. We may become a bit self indulgent with this transits energy so the best advice here is to make sure you don’t over do it or go overboard. Other than that, this is a transit we should all tap into and enjoy!

October 14th - Mercury sextile Saturn (Mercury in Scorpio, Saturn in Capricorn)
This is a supportive transit that can help us to bring mental and disciplinary influences together to create a balanced atmosphere for working together. Our focus is on bettering situations around us so it makes a good time for taking stock of what needs to be corrected or adjusted in our lives. Saturn's discipline to thinking gives that gentle nudge needed to focus on and work on the small details rather than just looking at the big picture. It's a good time to focus our energy on completing those difficult tasks we may have been putting aside till now. You may just find that those blocked situations can now be resolved more easily.

Under this transit we may finds it easier to take that practical, logical approach towards decisions and solving problems. mental duties can be more precise, more accurate, and we become a bit more cautious when new information comes through. This is a good time for making plans and working out the small details of how you will get from point A to point B where our ambitions are concerned. Some may find that finished goals can be brought to a close.

This is a transit that brings us a feeling of mental stability which can help us to see things in a more realistic and grounded way. We may find that our communication has a more serious tome to it than usual. We do need to be careful that we don’t get too caught up in too many details or start worrying about trivial things. Make sure to take breaks if you feel a bit overwhelmed and try to make a bit more time for everything.
 

October 14th - Sun square Pluto (Sun in Libra, Pluto in Capricorn)
Today will call upon our inner strength as we find our desires clashing with our current circumstances and the demands of others. It can definitely be a time of challenge, feeling our sense of purpose, direction, and identity blocked in this way. We may feel that we are being overpowered by the powers that be and everything seems out of our hands.
Some of us may find ourselves faces with difficult people and situations that mean we have to muster our strength and stand up for what we truly believe in. The trick here is to become centred in our own empowerment rather than in power alone.

October 15th - Mercury trine Neptune (Mercury in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces)
Imagination and intuition run high when these two planets meet. We may find that we are in the right place at the right time, or that we get the information we want almost "magically". Our minds open up more to dreams, imagination, and compassion. A highly creative time, this transit can make us feel as if our thoughts and ideas are flowing like magic through our heads.

One thing to watch out for though is that it can be all too easy to allow ourselves to get caught up in fantasizing and yearning about our deepest, hidden wishes. We can use this energy to channel into a more creative expression. We find it easier to be attentive to others as well as showing sympathy to their issues. In turn, we may also find we are getting a more compassionate response to our own problems and needs.

Drawing clear and firm boundaries can be a bit harder under this transit because we are so much more susceptible to their emotional gravity. While this is mostly a time for being optimistic, creative, intuitive, and hopeful it is also a smart move to keep at lease one foot on terra firma.

October 19th - Mercury sextile Pluto (Mercury in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn)
Under this transit we may find that we possess more insight and psychological understanding than usual. Passionate communication along with penetrating insight are easier to come by and we become more willing to look beyond the surface of things and investigate matters in more depth. We do need to be careful that our words don’t come out with more force than intended however, especially in situations that require a bit of delicacy.

Perhaps more importantly, we are more patient and strategic in our decision-making processes. It's a time for introspection and conversation can reveal some insight that brings on one of those "Aha!" moments. Another thing to be wary of is becoming obsessed as a result of our mental concentration flowing so easily now. We tend to be able to pick up on the undercurrents of what is going on around us now. And we find we are able to let go of and leave behind those perceptions and ways of communicating that are worn out and no longer fit us.

October 20th - Venus sextile Saturn (Venus in Scorpio, Saturn in Capricorn)
This is a day for romantic yearnings, fantasies and longings. It makes the perfect time to ask yourself if there is a dream of yours, perhaps one you had to shelve for awhile, that you can now take down, blow off the dust, and make it come true.

Our interactions with others become more serious under this transit’s energy and we feel more able to solve problems by working through the details. It is also possible to find stability in both our finances and relationships now, especially those where we feel more inclined to negotiate realistically and fairly. We find that structured and committed approach (Capricorn) comes easier than taking risks.

Where our funds are concerned we have a stronger ability to use discipline regarding our spending habits and our budgeting system. Some may even decide to work a bit of overtime or a bit harder to increase their earnings and make things work in the best way possible. This transit gives us that ability to really grasp the true and solid facts needed to choose investments wisely and to interact with others where relationships of all kinds are concerned.

Another aspect of ourselves that this transit effects is our self worth, which can really benefit now because we are less likely to let ourselves give in to mood swings. However, for those of us who suffer from depression, we may want to take a bit of extra care that we don’t let ourselves become so stable and grounded that we totally lose touch with our sense of hope and potential.

This really is a good time for making solid progress though in matters that Venus rules; love, harmony, beauty, balance, finances, values, and material things. The blend of these Capricorn and Scorpio energies lets us get under the surface and to the deeper issues as well as lets us be more responsible and productive in fixing things.

Many of us may feel less than social at this time and steer away from conversations that seem frivolous or gossipy. But discussing financial matters and relationship responsibilities can go well under this transit. We tend to be more concerned at this time with the practical side of any creative ventures. We may not feel a great deal of inspiration right now but we will feel more organized which will allow us to manage those little details involved in projects. To get the most of this transit, try keeping your pleasures humble and simple.

October 21st - Venus trine Neptune (Venus in Scorpio, Neptune in Pisces)

The love and money planet, Venus, is trine Neptune today which can bring about a time of romance, creativity, and feeling a sense of oneness with the beauty of nature. This can be great socially and intimately because things tend to run more smoothly as well as adding a touch of magic to the pot. It’s important however to be very clear about what we truly want!
With romance planet Venus mingling with Neptune, we find that we are more intuitive when it comes to dealing with others around us now. It's like we can instinctively read the mood of an individual or a situation, which can help us to detect any signs of dishonesty. We also tend to feel more inclined to think about the welfare of others more, putting friends and loved ones first when they need some comfort.

Where money and material things are concerned, this can be a time of abundance and blessings for many. Opportunities could seem to come from nowhere (Ace Of Pentacles comes to mind with the hand coming from out of the clouds). Since Venus rules over love and money, our intuition could pay off in making decisions in these areas too, although those of us who are more idealistic could get pulled into projects that seem worthwhile, sound great, but promise unrealistic or impractical rewards. It may be a good idea to get a second opinion if you feel uncertain. Many see this as a time of abundant blessings and resources may seem to come out of nowhere. BUT…yes there is always a but….it can also be a time of over indulging and over spending then leaving us to ponder where the money went. So try to keep it balanced! Its ok to treat yourself to something nice but don’t go on a wild spending spree.

Our creativity gets a boost as well with this transit, allowing it to flow freely. This can make it hard to focus on those technical details right now though. It's a good transit for letting go of worries and allowing ourselves to really feel the connections we have to life and to others. Its a transit that makes happiness infectious-especially with people we enjoy being around.

Being a time of creativity, romance, and a sense of our oneness with the natural beauty we find all around us can make this a very positive time for social and intimate times.  Another positive aspect of this transit is that it allows our natural and unique beauty to shine through. So go on and take a peek from behind that façade of mystery and illusion you may have created. This is a time when we can see the very best in others, and they in you as well. It’s a great time for negotiations, interactions, attractions which all seem to flow effortlessly.

October 21st - Mars square North Lunar Node (Mars in Libra, North Node in Cancer)
This is a transit that we can feel for a couple of weeks. It may seem as if the actions that we are taking to deal with our current situations and circumstances is at cross purposes to what we perceive as our higher purpose or our best direction on our life’s path. We may feel as though we are at odds with those around us now, or feel as if we are just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

There can be some good in this though. Being forced to take a minor detour off the path we have chosen can often present us with opportunities to gather new information, resources and insights that could very well help us out in the long run, as opposed to just sticking to the main path. What we do need to ask ourselves, when faced with that detour, is whether moving off our main path is an excuse for avoiding something we really need to face. Or have you been resisting stepping off the main path even though you know the detour will bring you those added resources and a fresher perspective? The best way to deal with this is to try to balance our passions and impulse with a bit of mindful awareness.

October 25th - Venus sextile Pluto (Venus in Scorpio, Pluto in Capricorn)
This is a subtly powerful and uplifting time for romantic/sexual relationships because our sense of attraction is very strong. The focus is on those close, one to one relationships which means these can benefit from moving to a deeper level. The key is to creatively blend deep connections with balanced harmony. New insights into relationships and love can come to us that could help improve a current relationship or help us to improve how we view relationships of all kinds.

Our feelings become impassioned but not in an offensive or unpleasant way. We feel more focused and confident and can appreciate authenticity and the depth of feeling in our dealings with those around us. Because there is a feeling of openness at this time, we may just discovering something new and relevant about a partner (or about our own romantic nature). Venus rules money and love so we this can be a good time for either (or both) if the opportunity arises.

We do need to be cautious however that bonding and intimacy don’t flow overboard into domination and obsession. Establishing a balance of power is important so we will need to be sure we are not trying to suppress, overpower, or control the interests of the people we wish to gain a deeper bond with. This can also be a time for financial profit as opportunities with institutions such as banks, the tax man, insurance, or anything that deals with collective funds open up for us.

October 27th - Mars square Saturn (Mars in Libra, Saturn in Capricorn)
When action planet Mars meets serious Saturn, it brings a time when we face obstacles, blockages, or opposition to our sense of freedom, our drive, and our ambitions. Excessive or wasteful endeavours and personality traits may need to be tempered now, and we may become more cautious or feel a temporary loss of enthusiasm, or even face setbacks that make us doubt our ability to win in life. It creates a sense of friction that can cause us to feel frustrated, conflicted, stressed out, and argumentative.

It’s hard to feel upbeat and positive when our efforts seem to be thwarted or blocked at every turn. We become a bit more sensitive towards anyone or anything that seems to be not cooperating with us, especially authority figures.

It’s all about finding a balance between our youthful and free spirit, and the responsible, cautious adult side of us that wants us to be more serious. It’s easy for a bit of a power struggle to emerge between these two sides of our spirit. If we allow one side to win or gain complete control, we risk feeling depressed and guilty, or obsessed and rebellious.

We may need to learn to live life in moderation for the moment, but it may be frustrating at first as we face tests, rejections, or trials that remind us that pushing too hard or too fast doesn't always yield the results we are after. That means that now is the time to slow down a little, catch our breath, experience some defeats, all in order to come back stronger, more controlled, directed, and mature in our expectations and approach to the world.

We are not entirely without power under this transit however! We can put some of that friction to use in productive ways. It allows us to manifest our goals, desire, and energy in a more concrete way. The obstacles we face now can work to strengthen us if we choose to work with them rather than struggle against them. We may even find that the detour we have been forced to take works out much better in the end than our original planed route.

October 28th - Sun opposite Uranus (Sun in Scorpio, Uranus in Taurus)
This is a transit that is like a wakeup call for us. We may experience this awakening moment as an outside scenario, or another person who comes along and shakes us out of our usual routines. We may feel pushed to try and test some new approaches to ongoing situations. Life will definitely be a bit unpredictable at this time which means we need to be on our toes and flexible! Responding in innovative, spontaneous, and independent ways is what is needed! Some may feel very stressed out by this energy where others will feel inspired and excited. This transit is like a sudden spotlight on a darkened path that reveals a new path altogether for us. 

We may feel a bit shaken up, startled, even caught off guard or confused and uncertain about what we should do next. When this happens it is best to take a step back, centre yourself and then look at the situation again to see what that light is shining on for us. This is the chance for shedding old "skins", habits, and ways of living that are keeping us stuck. Be like the calm eye in the centre of a hurricane! It's a great time for those "Aha!" moments and experiencing revelations, all which could open up new doors of opportunity to us. 

In some instances we may feel as if he have little choice but to take a new path. Usually this happens when we have fought off necessary changes though. For some, it could result in a bit of rebelliousness, trying to break away from anything that we feel is restricting our freedom. The best thing to do at this time is to check in with your own inner motives, your feelings, and assumptions before just dismissing something straight away. 

October 30th - Mercury conjunct Venus (Both in Scorpio)
This is a transit that is marked by receptive awareness, positive social connections, and diplomatic communication. That means having to negotiate any contracts, agreements, or mutual plans will go a lot more smoothly because all parties are focused on mutual balance to achieve an outcome that benefits all. Our words comfort and appease those around us (as do their words to us), and communication at this time is lighter and more pleasurable. Our communication is in sync and in harmony with those around us.

We also feel more drawn to things of beauty and pleasure, preferring to reflect on the beauty that is in our world and all around us. The areas of music, art, drama…anything that provides us with a pleasant diversion will draw our attention. We tend to shy away from any harsh situations or environments under this transit. Some may feel a desire to travel to a place of beauty or visit someone close to their hearts.

For our more analytical brothers and sisters out there, we can use this time to assess our current happiness and start planning some new ways to increase joy in our lives. It’s also an opportune time to discuss money or initiate a financial plan or agreement.

Some downsides to be aware of for this transit; Our desire to be in the company of others and socializing can make it hard to work or be alone right now. Or, because we are experiencing such an easy flow of communication, we may be tempted to only say what we think others want to hear, so as not to disturb that harmonious balance.

What to watch for in November 2019!

November bringsMercury retrograde in Scorpio until the 20th, making it a good time to communicate deeper emotions and look at our financial plan as the communications planet moves backwards in the sign of sex, death and taxes. We also have relationship planet Venus moving into “I’m ready for a party” Sagittarius until the 25th. Plan to mix private time with public time this month!   

Well my darlings, this wraps up our October newsletter!  Hope you all enjoyed this month's newsletter! Pass it on to anyone who may be interested! And feedback is most welcome so if there are ideas or things you would like to see in my future newsletters, let me know!

Blessings!
Sherry - Earth Spirit Tarot

http://earthspirittarot.com.