New Moon in Libra – A Sudden Flash Of Divine Insight

Every New Moon is special, but this particular New Moon in Libra is truly special. Why that? Because it is EXACTLY opposite Uranus, the planet of revolutions, surprises, the planet of being true to one’s self.

More exactly, the New Moon in Libra takes place on October 19th at 26°35’ in Libra, while Uranus is at 26°31’in Aries. The opposition between the New Moon and Uranus is within an orb of 0°04’. Very rarely we have such a close configuration occurring at the same time with a New Moon.

Uranus New Moon

What does it mean exactly to have a New Moon in Libra in an opposition to Uranus?

Firstly, what is a New Moon? A new Moon occurs at the magic moment when the Sun, the divine masculine, aligns with the Moon, the divine Feminine, to start a new cycle of creation.

We have a New Moon every month, one New Moon in each of the 12 zodiac signs. The New Moon is that time of the year when we have a new beginning related to the themes of the sign where it takes place.

Last month we had a new Moon in Virgo, and in November we are going to have a new Moon in Scorpio.

This month we have a New Moon in Libra, meaning that we are going to experience new beginnings related to Libra: relationships, partnerships of any kind, beauty, harmony, peace, justice.

If in the first six signs, from Aries to Virgo, we relate to the world based on our own personal experiences,  in Libra we realize that we don’t have all the answers, and we start to look for answers outside ourselves.

That’s why Libra rules relationships – because it is in the sign of Libra when the soul does not want to be alone anymore, and wants to merge with another instead.

According to the Greek mythology, at the beginning of times humans originated in pairs, bound in one body, with one soul. But Zeus started to fear their power, and he split them in two.

Because they could not bear their loneliness,  the ‘halves’ started to wander the Earth in search of their lost soul mate, to reunite and become whole again.

This is the myth of the soulmate – each time we have a New Moon in Libra, we crave to unite with whatever it is that is missing from our lives.

“Love is born into every human being; it calls back the halves of our original nature together; it tries to make one out of two and heal the wound of human nature.” ― Plato, The Symposium

What it is that is missing from your life? It does not have to be a partner, we all have Libra in different parts of our chart – look in which house you have Libra to get more clues of what you need to reunite with on October 19th.

New Moons are not at all straightforward. At the time of the New Moon, the Moon is completely invisible, disappearing from the sky into the Sun’s glare. This is a time of insight, this is a time to design a new blueprint. Few days later, when the Moon becomes visible again, we can actually go into the world to manifest the intention.

Starting something new at the time of the New Moon does not mean you have to literally do something, manifest something material – it simply means a new insight will come into your awareness.

And here comes Uranus.

In this dark mysterious place, where a new genesis begins, here comes Uranus, like a lightning, to say “I’ve come here to liberate you”.

In that space, where everything is possible, here it comes, the God of the sky, bringing you the divine insight, bringing you the fire stolen from the Gods to light your way.

Uranus is the ultimate rebel – whether you like his ways or not, Uranus comes to liberate you, to show you that there is a higher plan for you.

On October 19th, Uranus will bring you one insight that will turn your life upside down, but will also set you on the path of your true purpose and liberation.

Because Uranus is still retrograde, the insight will come from the realm of the unconscious.

The insight will come out of the sudden. Uranus is the God of the sky, the planet of higher intellect and higher wisdom – the message will come like a flash of lightning. You will have a sudden awareness of what you need to do.

Don’t expect anything like a Mercury insight. Mercury makes sense of the world through the 5 senses: sight, sound, smell, touch, or taste. Uranus is the 6th sense, has nothing to do with the world as we know it.

So if we put everything together, what does it mean to have a New Moon in Libra opposite the Great Awakener, Uranus?

It means that one insight will come and bring balance in your life, and will make you feel whole again.

With the New Moon in Libra opposite Uranus, you will find harmony by embracing the truth. The truth will first shake you, and then it will set you free.

Sometimes we work so hard, and nothing goes our way. And then out of the sudden, in the blink of a second our life is changed forever.

Uranus aspecting the New Moon will ask you to invite possibilities in your life. If you are not getting anywhere on your current path, maybe the time has come to change course, to do something completely different.

Because Uranus is in Aries, the sign farthest away from Libra, you might need to do something completely different indeed.

What are you in denial about? Uranus will come to expose any blind spot, and will make you see things from a completely different perspective.

Maybe what you think you want is not really what you need. Maybe you need something completely different to feel whole again.

The Sabian for the New Moon in Libra is “An Airplane Sails, High In The Clear Sky”. What a beautiful metaphor for Uranus, the God of the sky.  A new path is open, with new possibilities and new adventures.

You can finally find the freedom from the limitations of human consciousness, freedom from separation. You have never been half of a whole. You are whole; that is your true nature.

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Jupiter In Scorpio 2017-2018 – How It Is Going To Affect You

Did you feel the energy shift?

Jupiter just changed signs and entered Scorpio to stay there until November 8th 2018.

Jupiter has a 12-year cycle, meaning that it spends approximately one year in each sign. That’s why Jupiter changing signs is the astrological event of the year.

Maybe you already felt the shift in one area of your life. When Jupiter changes signs, it moves from one house of your natal chart to the next.

If you are a Libra ascendant, Jupiter moved from your 1st house to the 2nd house. If you are a Scorpio Ascendant, Jupiter moved from your 12th house to your 1st house.

Jupiter moving into Scorpio basically means that the energy of Jupiter will start activating a different part of your chart.

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Until October 2017, Jupiter has been in Libra, expanding Libra themes: relationships, beauty, fairness, justice. In Scorpio, Jupiter will expand Scorpio themes: transformation, shared resources, intimacy, psychology, power, healing.

Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, is almost like a second Sun. Thanks to its massive size and strong magnetic field, Jupiter has protected the Earth from asteroid impacts that would have destroyed us otherwise.

We wouldn’t be here without Jupiter! No wonder that in any school or tradition of Astrology, Jupiter is seen as the great benefactor, the luckiest and most benevolent planet.

Jupiter or Zeus, the king of God, is the all mighty, unquestionable force of the universe which always works in your favor. Whatever Jupiter touches, it makes it grow.

But what happens when Scorpio is put under the magnifying glass of Jupiter? Think about some people you know with strong Scorpionic energy. Jupiter transiting in Scorpio will be like a Scorpio on steroids.

For Scorpio, everything is “all or nothing”, black or white, death or alive, love or hate – no in betweens. Scorpio wants you to transform yourself so you can become more resilient and grow into the next version of yourself.

In the process, Scorpio cuts the cords of the past, sheds the old, purges, releases toxins, explores the taboo, confronts psychological daemons – does whatever it takes so you can heal and grow.

And Jupiter in Scorpio? Jupiter in Scorpio will do even more of that. In the coming 13 months, every day, every encounter, everything will serve as an opportunity for transformation.

Are you afraid? Jupiter in Scorpio is not. Whatever your greatest fear is, Jupiter is going to make you explore it in the coming year. If you resist the process, you are going to suffer. If you go with it, you are going to be a different person at the end of the transit. Once you heal the ‘dark side’ it no longer has any power over you.

Jupiter is the natural ruler of Sagittarius, and in Scorpio, Jupiter is in its natural 12th house and therefore has a ‘Piscean’ flavour. Scorpio is the sign where Jupiter sheds his skin before it starts a new cycle in November next year.

Is Scorpio, Jupiter retreats from the world and is less gregarious than we used to know him. In Scorpio, Jupiter wants to take his time to reflect and – yes – heal himself.

Jupiter is Scorpio will therefore bring deep healing for all of us. This is the year when you can get insights from the darkest corners of your psyche – Jupiter will bring them to the surface so healing can happen.

So far, it doesn’t sound like the best transit out there.

Now the good news.

Jupiter in Scorpio is going to be a great transit.

If in Libra, Jupiter received challenging aspects from Pluto (3 squares) and from Uranus (3 oppositions, we are still recovering from the last one) – in Scorpio, Jupiter is going to make mainly positive aspects.

One of the most beautiful transits we can get in a lifetime is Jupiter trine Neptune. The planet of luck and abundance in perfect alignment with the planet of God and higher beauty. And yes, we are going to have 3 such beautiful transits in the coming months.

Jupiter will trine Neptune on:

  • December 3rd 2017 – Jupiter direct 11° in Scorpio trine Neptune direct 11° in Pisces
  • May 25th 2018 – Jupiter retrograde at 16° Scorpio trine Neptune direct at 16° Pisces
  • August 19th 2018 – Jupiter direct at 15° Scorpio trine Neptune retrograde at 15° Pisces

If you have planets between 10° and 17° in Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces, you are going to have an amazing time in the coming months.

Moreover, Jupiter will also sextile Pluto three times – between January and September 2018, a great transit for intimacy and healing.

Jupiter makes mainly positive aspects in the coming year, and this is a blessing. You needed this after a turbulent Jupiter in Libra. Jupiter in Scorpio will bring the long-awaited healing and will restore your faith in life.

If you still haven’t found what you are looking for in life, Jupiter in Scorpio will ask you to stop looking, and simply surrender and have faith that the universe will guide you the way. If you do that, you might just well find it.

If you want to find out in more detail how Jupiter in Scorpio is going to affect you, check out the Astro Butterfly reports for your Ascendant sign.

The 3-page report costs $ 4.99 and has six sections:

  • The role Jupiter plays in your chart
  • The role Scorpio plays in your chart
  • The deeper meaning of Jupiter in your horoscope
  • How Jupiter transit in Scorpio is going to affect you
  • Key dates of the Jupiter transit: October 2017 to November 2018
  • Affirmation for Jupiter in Scorpio

When you click the “Buy Now – $4.99” button, a pop up box will appear asking you for your email and payment information. After you finalize the purchase, you can download the report from a link with your order confirmation; you will also receive an email containing a link to the report.

Alternatively, if you are an Etsy fan, you can find the same reports on my Etsy store – you can access them by clicking the link corresponding to your ascendant sign.

Aries Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 8th house

Taurus Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 7th house

Gemini Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 6th house

Cancer Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 5th house

Leo Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 4th house

Virgo Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 3rd house

Libra Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 2nd house

Scorpio Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 1st house

Sagittarius Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 12th house

Capricorn Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 11th house

Aquarius Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 10th house

Pisces Ascendant – Jupiter will transit your 9th house

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Venus Conjunct Mars – The Cosmic Lovers Meet, A New Relationship Cycle Begins

Venus is conjunct Mars at 19° Virgo and a new relationship cycle begins.

Venus and Mars meet up in the sky on October 5th, exactly at the time of the Full Moon in Aries.  Last time we had a Venus Mars conjunction was in November 2015 and the next one will take place in August 2019.

A Venus Mars conjunction happens once every 2 years and marks a new beginning in relationships and partnerships of any kind. Like a New Moon, new planetary cycles offer a fresh beginning.

Venus Mars cycles repeat themselves every 32 years – we had nearly the same conjunction on the same day 32 years back, on October 5th 1985. Try to remember what happened back then, as this conjunction will have a similar energy.

Venus and Mars are the cosmic lovers and in astrology they describe attraction, love and relationships. Mars rules Aries and Venus rules Libra – Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, ruling the Ascendant and the 1st house, Mars is “I”. Venus is the 7th sign of the zodiac and rules the 7th house, or the descendant, and stands for the “The Other”

Even people who are not very familiar with astrology know that Venus stands for the feminine, and Mars, for the masculine. The astrological symbols for Venus and Mars are identical to those used in biology to identify sexes.

One of the most famous books of all time, “Men are from Mars, women are from Venus” shows the polarity of the two energies – Mars, the assertive, masculine energy, and Venus, the feminine, receptive energy.

Venus Mars

If you look in the sky, it makes sense that Venus and Mars are all about relating. Venus is the next planet inward from Earth, and Mars is the next planet outward. As in astrology we take the Earth as the centre, Venus and Mars are two planets on the right and on the left.

While Mars relates to the world by taking the lead, acting, doing, Venus relates to the world by sending subtle messages and choosing what she likes, and rejecting what she doesn’t. Mars rules war, Venus rules the law of attraction.

It is not that Venus does not take the lead. In fact, Venus is the one that chooses, and invites Mars to get closer. In courtship, it is Venus who sends the courtship signals, makes eye contact and smiles to Mars. And only then Mars is “allowed” to approach Venus.

When Mars comes to Venus without being invited, he might get some success, but all research and studies show that this “success” is short lived. It takes two to tango.

To have long lasting attraction, Venus and Mars need to express their role in a natural way. Venus sends the signal, Mars approaches, Venus chooses and the courtship goes on.

Venus and Mars are planets of polarity, irrespective of one’s gender or sexual orientation. In homosexual couples usually one of the partners takes the Venus role, and the other the Mars role.

It is so important that polarity exists in relationships, that life cannot be created without it. We won’t be here without Mars and Venus. Is it the passion between Venus and Mars, the “secret mix” between the two, that allows creation to take place.

Without a “chemical reaction” between Venus and Mars, we cannot create anything. The world around us is made out of polarities, we have yin and yang, 0 and 1, the North Pole and the South Pole.

The opposite poles of two magnets attract each other, but their similar poles repel each other. That’s why we need both Venus and Mars to create a “magnetic field”.

And as no magnet has only one pole, we both have a Venus and a Mars inside us.

Most creative people in the world tend to have Venus Mars aspects in their natal chart, especially the conjunction.

Van Gogh, Hitler, Mahatma Gandhi, Bette Davis, Al Pacino, Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Bruce Lee, Joaquin Phoenix, Bruno Mars – they all have the Venus conjunct Mars signature.

In Astrology, Venus-Mars conjunctions are a great time to start new relationships, especially when Venus and Mars rise in the morning sky as they do now.

When Venus and Mars rise before the Sun, they have not been “burned by the Sun”, they have not got into the “Ego zone” yet, and can express their qualities freely.

This does not mean evening conjunctions are not benefic, but they express different planetary qualities. For new beginnings, morning rise planets are the best.

The Venus Mars conjunction on Thursday, October 5th has the Sabian symbol “A Caravan of Cars headed to the West Coast”, symbolizing a group of people journeying together in order to reach a common purpose.

Venus is the Divine Feminine and Mars is the Divine Masculine, so when these two planets meet, they express a special energy that we can all benefit from.

When we master the Divine Feminine, when we master the Divine Masculine, when we allow them to blend into one another, this is when we become “one” with the divine consciousness.

The conjunction of  Mars and Venus will ask us to balance our masculine and feminine energy.  When the masculine and the feminine energies are in balance, we experience a state of easiness, flow and great vitality.

If you feel tired or unmotivated it could well be because there is an imbalance in the expression of the Mars energy, of the Venus energy, or both.

You can balance your Mars energy by surrounding yourself with good masculine role models, by watching hero movies or reading hero books, by asserting yourself when you are taken for granted.

You can balance your Venus energy by spending time with good Venusian role models, by discussing about relationships with people you trust, by developing compassion and appreciation.

Look at where Venus and Mars are in your chart. Is Venus in a feminine sign or in a masculine sign? What about Mars?

Venus and Mars are also crucial in synastry when you want to assess the potential of a romantic relationship.

There are many indicators which describe compatibility, such as Sun and Moon, but if you want to understand the potential for intimacy, passion and sexual chemistry in a relationship, look at your Mars and Venus placement and at your partner’s Mars and Venus placements.

If you are a woman or take the feminine role in a relationship, and your Venus or your Mars are in feminine signs (Yin), a good match for you is a partner who has Venus and Mars in masculine signs (Yang).

If your Venus and Mars are in masculine signs (Yang), again, you are still better off with a partner who also has Venus and Mars in masculine signs, especially Mars.

When a woman is Yin, she needs a stronger men, with more masculine energy. When a woman is Yang, she needs an even stronger men.

If you are a man or take the masculine role in a relationship, and your Venus or your Mars are in feminine signs (Yin), look for a partner who has their Venus and Mars in feminine signs (Yin). If your Venus or Mars are in masculine signs (Yang), both partners with feminine or masculine Venus and Mars are a good match.

When a man is Yang, he needs a softer partner, with more feminine energy. When a man is Yin, he needs an even softer partner.

A Yang Woman with a Yin man is the most difficult combination, but it can be overcome with awareness and acceptance. Physical chemistry is not a “make or break” element anymore in an enlightened, mature relationship.

You will feel the energy of the Venus Mars conjunction stronger if you have Aries, Taurus, Libra, Scorpio ascendant or if you have personal planets or angles around 19° Virgo.

The Astrology Of October – Jupiter Moves Into Scorpio And INTENSE Full Moon In Aries

Good news! October is a much better month than September. The energy shifts from Virgo, to Libra and Scorpio, and we will have less volatility, and more focus.

October will be such a relief after a confusing September! Because we have a shift from Mutable, to Cardinal and Fixed energy, we will finally be able to leave the past behind and move on with our life.

Jupiter moves into Scorpio on October 10th/ October 11th, depending where you live. Jupiter in Scorpio is not only the most important astrological event of the month, but also one of the most important astrological events of the year.

Jupiter only changes signs once a year – bringing a complete shift of energy in the area of your life ruled by Jupiter.

We also have an extremely intense Full Moon in Aries on October 5th – and in the same day, Venus and Mars, the two celestial lovers meet in the morning sky in a conjunction.

A new romantic cycle is about to start. Many people can experience new beginnings in relationships or reach a culmination point in existing relationships.

October is very good for intimacy, having truthful conversations, being honest about our needs, and in the same time being receptive to other people’s needs. We’re all in this together.

Let’s have a look at the major aspects of the month:

October

The month starts with a bang! Mars, the God of war trines Pluto, the God of the underworld on October 1st. Today we can get in touch with our deepest motivations and passions. This is a highly intense transit, even if it is a trine, because of Pluto. Even a tiny sextile to Pluto can set someone on fire!

The trine will give you a “taste” of what you really, really want. Later on, when Mars will actually square Pluto, you will be ready to set yourself into action.

On October 3rd is Venus’ turn to trine Pluto, bringing even more intensity, even more passion, but this time the passion will be experienced in a less assertive, masculine way, and in a more receptive, feminine way.

The trine of Venus and Pluto can bring deep longings and desires to the surface and make us crave deep love and intimacy.

On October 5th we have probably the most intense Full Moons of the year. This Full Moon is all about relationships, because it takes place on the Aries/ Libra relationship axis. Moreover,  in the same day Venus, the ruler of the Sun in Libra, is conjunct Mars, the ruler of the Full Moon, at 19° Virgo.

The two lovers meet. Venus and Mars are still stirred with desire from the Pluto transits, but the two lovers are also approaching a square to Saturn. This configuration will ask you some profound questions about your relationships. Are you really supposed to do what you want, and fully embrace your deepest longings? If so, are you willing to take the consequences?

On October 8th Mercury is conjunct Sun and we are in the middle of the Mercury cycle. Mercury and Sun are at 15°, in the middle of Libra, and Libra stands for being in the middle, for finding the balance. So do that! Strive to find that point of perfect equilibrium, align your mind with your spirit.

October 9th is a VERY intense day as both Mercury and Sun square Pluto. These transits are a call for authenticity, and will force us to be more honest about who we really are. Jupiter is now in the last degree of Libra asking us to “sort out” the area of our life ruled by Libra.

October 10th is the big day. Jupiter enters Scorpio. This is great news for everyone, because, let’s be honest, Jupiter did not have such a peaceful time in Libra.

Remember the three squares to Pluto and the three oppositions to Uranus?  Jupiter will feel much better  in Scorpio because it will make some very positive transits to Neptune and Pluto.

Jupiter will trine Neptune, a very positive transit that will make all our dreams come true. Neptune stands for dreams and Jupiter stands for faith. No more limiting beliefs, no more self-doubt. Jupiter will make it easy for all of us.

Jupiter will also sextile Pluto, allowing us to use our personal power in a positive, transcendental way.

Of course, Scorpio is all about transformation, so Jupiter in Scorpio will indeed take you to the dark corners of yourself, to show you that very thing you are afraid of, and will bring it to the  surface so you can completely transform your life. For good. Jupiter in Scorpio will make you feel alive again.

On October 11th Mars is square Saturn. This is a challenging aspect because Mars wants to act, and Saturn wants to be cautious and avoid risks.

Imagine you are in your car, driving.  Mars is the accelerator, and Saturn is the brake. All is well when you push the accelerator when you’re on the highway and there’s no traffic, and all is well also when you push the brake if you want to slow down.

But what happens if you want to accelerate, you are in rush, but you are caught in traffic? Or, on contrary, it’s raining outside and you have the worst visibility, you would like to take it easy, but you need to be at an important meeting and is getting late. You push the accelerator even if you don’t feel comfortable.

This was a long introduction for what Mars square Saturn stands for. You get the message. The aspect is likely to get you out of your comfort zone, but this is where the silver lining is: by stepping out of your comfort zone you grow into an adult. You know what you want, and you also know that to get what you want you need to develop certain skills, and you need to have patience.

You will feel this transit especially if you have Aries or Capricorn ascendant, or if you have personal planets or angles around 22° in mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces).

On October 14th Venus enters her domicile, Libra and your life will become a little bit more beautiful. Venus feels good and elegant in Libra.

Venus in Libra means that we can enjoy what Venus stands for in a more easy going, straightforward way: relationships become smother, the food tastes better, and life flows more naturally.

You will especially benefit from this transit if you are a Libra or if you have Libra ascendant.

On October 15th Mercury is opposite Uranus and some weird ideas can come to you seemingly out of nowhere. Yes, it is ok to tell share them with others, but try not to offend anyone.   Because Jupiter and Sun are close by, the confrontational energy can build up.

On a positive note, you can have some big breakthroughs and revelations today – some things can finally start making sense now, especially if you have planets or angles around 26° in Libra or Aries.

On October 17th Mercury enters Scorpio and our communication, our thoughts, our ideas become more profound and intimate.

The next 3 weeks are a good time to do any type of introspection and psychological work. Mercury in Scorpio is a good time to understand some big truths, some fundamental things in life, but this time, you will make sense of them in your own terms.

Mercury in Scorpio stands for personal truths, not universal truths. You will have time to explore universal truths when Mercury moves into Sagittarius in November.

On October 18th Mercury is conjunct Jupiter in the 1st degree of Scorpio. If you are born at the beginning of the sign, or if you have personal planets round 1° of Scorpio, this is a great day to communicate your vision to the world.

Mercury conjunct Jupiter is a good time to deliver an inspirational speech, or if you are looking for funding, this is a good time to give a presentation to investors. You can be very articulate and authentic and convince anyone about your big opportunity.

On October 19th we have a radical, freedom seeking New Moon in Libra in an EXACT opposition to Uranus. Something completely unpredictable can turn your life upside down. Now you can make some decisions that can change your life completely.

Because the New Moon is in Libra, the freedom you are seeking right now is not about being on your own, or doing what you want. Libra is about relationships, is about the other.

You can discover new ways to improve your relationship, by allowing yourself and your partner more freedom. Maybe you always feared being in relationships because you like to travel, and you thought a relationship will restrict your freedom of movement.

But it does not have to be that way. Maybe you can travel the world and be in a relationship in the same time. You can have it all, if you keep your mind open.

On October 22nd Mars enters Libra and our desire to assert ourselves slows down. During its stay in Libra, Mars will direct its assertive energy in the field of relationships.

Mars is in fall in Libra – being assertive, being bold, being a fighter, being a warrior, would suit an Aries, a Scorpio, but not a Libra. Libra is too concerned about the others to care that much about asserting herself.

But it all depends on what you are fighting for. Who says you only have to fight for yourself? If instead of fighting for your own interest, you fight for other people’s interests, you can benefit greatly from the transit of Mars in Libra.

There’s no secret that the best lawyers, best generals in the army are Libras. This is because they know how to direct the Martian energy into what Libra stands for: the others.

In the next 6 weeks, if you chose to fight for justice and fairness, your arguments can be very strong and persuasive. Now is a good time to stand up for a colleague, or for your partner.

On October 23rd Sun enters Scorpio. Happy birthday to all Scorpios out there, in the coming month you will have both Sun and Jupiter in your sign, so make sure you make the best out of this very positive energy. October and November are going to be great months for you.

On October 24th Mercury is trine Neptune. Both Mercury and Neptune are in water signs, so today you will be unusually empathetic. It is a good time to talk about your emotions with your partner or with a friend in need. You will be unusually open to their point of view, and so will them – have that conversation, something very beautiful and healing can happen.

We have the annual Sun Jupiter conjunction on October 26th. This is one of the most upbeat and positive transits in the year which will give us a taste of Jupiter’s stay in Scorpio. This is a good transit to start a new project, especially a project related to Scorpio matters.

October ends on the same intense tone it has started, with a square between Venus and Pluto on October 28th.

Remember how October started, with a trine from Venus and Mars to Pluto? After all has been said and done, you are now ready to act, to move in the direction of your deepest desires.

You will feel this transit stronger if you have Taurus, Libra or Scorpio ascendant or if you have planets or angles around 17° in Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn).

How To Read Transits In Your Natal Chart – Step By Step Instructions

Astrology can be confusing and overwhelming. You may or may be not familiar with the word “transit” – astrologers tend to use this term a lot because it is a very important part of astrology, and it is especially important in predictive astrology.

Maybe you are not familiar with the term “transit” but you read that “Jupiter moves into Scorpio” or “Venus switches signs and is now in Virgo” – these are in fact, planetary transits.

But most important, you want to know how a transit is going to affect you. What does it mean for you that Jupiter moves into Scorpio? What does it mean for you that Venus is now in Virgo?

If an astrologer says “look at where you have 28° Leo in your natal chart to see how the Eclipse is going to affect you” – how do you know where you have 28° Leo?

To understand how the planetary transits are going to affect you, let’s firstly try to explain what a transit is.

Every day the sky is changing. In Astrology, the movements of the planets in the sky relative to the Earth are called ‘Transits’.

When the Sun moves across the sky, and rises a little bit east or west than it did the day before, that is a transit. The transit of the Sun.

When the Moon is Full and shines bright in the night sky, or when the Moon is a tiny sliver of a crescent waxing moon, that is a transit. The transit of the Moon.

In the same way, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, rise and set in a different place in the sky every day. These are also transits.

Let’s look at the definition of the word “transit” – “the act or fact of passing across or through; passage from one place to another”.

We now understand that a “transit” is only relative to something. When you want to know how a planetary transit is going to affect you, you are in fact looking at your natal chart, transited by the planets in a specific moment in time.

A transit chart is always a comparison between the sky at the moment of your birth with the sky at a specific moment in time.

Let’s say your birthday is January 1st 1070. This is your natal chart, and it never changes. However, a transit can be in any moment in time. You can look for transits on June 5th 1998, or October 10th 2017, basically any moment in time, in the past of future.

Below I will take you step by step through the process of reading transits, so that you learn how exactly the planetary transits are going to affect you.

Of course, you can follow the process with other people’s natal charts, and will be able to find out how the transits are going to affect them.

Let’s start.

Firstly, you will create your natal chart. There are several websites where you can generate your chart – we will use astro.com

Go to www.astro.com

1. On the astro.com landing page you click on “Free horoscopes”

1 How to read transits Astro Butterfly

2. You will then be prompted to the page below. Click on “Extended chart selection”

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3. Go to the “guest user” section and click on “click here to go to the data entry page”. (later if you wish you can also create and account on astro.com to store your data)

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4. You will know create your guest profile to generate your natal chart. Put your name down and the birth details: birthday, time of birth, country, and birth town as shown below:

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5. Almost there! You now go to “Chart type” and scroll down until you find “Natal chart and transits”. Then you select “Natal chart and transits”

You then go to “Start date for charts marked with*” and you put the date for the transit you are interested in. If you are interested in the transits for today, you leave it as it is, because the current date is set by default.

If you are interested in let’s say the date when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, which is October 10th, you then put this date “10 Oct 2017”

Lastly, go to “House system” and select “whole signs”

That’s it!

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6. Your chart and the planetary transits for October 10th 2017 are generated! All the planets inside the wheel, colored black, represent the position of the planets at the time of your birth. This is your natal chart. The planets outside the circle, colored green, represent the transits, i.e. the position of the planets in the sky on October 10th

When you read transits, what you really do, is to compare the position of the planets at the time when you were born, with the position of the planets for the date you want to forecast.

Now you know that “transit” in astrology means a comparison – between the sky at the time when you were born, with the sky at a given date. Imagine someone took a photo of the sky when you were born, and then they take a photo of the sky right now.

If you compare the two photos, you will see where the planets are positioned in the sky right now relative to where they were positioned when you were born. This is what a transit is.

In our example – let’s say you want to see how Jupiter’s move into Scorpio will affect you.

For this, you look where Jupiter is found outside the circle (if you want to see where Jupiter was positioned at the time of your birth, you would look inside the circle  – remember inside the circle is your natal chart, outside the circle, is the transit)

Planet Jupiter is highlighted in red – can you see it? This is the Jupiter transit.

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You now want to see how the Jupiter transit is going to affect you. For this, you need to look inside the circle, and find the corresponding number (from 1 to 12). The numbers from 1 to 12 are called houses. When a planet inside the circle is in a certain house, you call it a natal placement. When a planet outside the circle is in a certain house, you call it a transit.

In Jupiter inside the circle is in your 12th house, you say “my natal Jupiter is in my 12th house”. If Jupiter outside the circle is in your 12th house, you say “Jupiter currently transits my 12th house”

The planets inside the circle never change. Your natal chart never change. But the planets outside the circle always change.

This is how you read a transit. You look at the planets outside the circle and which houses they pass. In the example below, Jupiter will transit your 12th house.

7. Let’s take another example. In the same chart, you now want to check the Moon. You want to find out which house in your natal chart is transited by the Moon.

In the example below, Moon transits the 7th house.

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8. Now let’s take a different example, a little more difficult. Let’s say you read that the Solar Eclipse in Leo falls at 28° Leo, and you want to find out which part of your chart will be affected.

In the example below, 28° Leo is in the 9th house. Although you don’t see the 28°, you can see a small grid – the sign of Leo is split into 30 small lines, each one representing one zodiacal degree. Therefore, 28° Leo is where you count the 28th line inside the sign of Leo.

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This is how you find out how a transit is going to affect you.

You now know that for someone born on January 1st 1970 at 5:32 AM in LA, California, Jupiter is going to transit their 12th house, so matters related to the 12th house will come into focus from October 10th, when Jupiter moves into Scorpio, until November 9th, 2018.

Astrology is a bit more complex than that, there are different ways to calculate the houses (you may be more familiar with Placidus house system for example) – but the whole signs, the system we just used, is a very good start if you are just starting with astrology.

Also, although houses are the most important things to look at when you want to interpret transits, they are not the only thing to look at. Planets also transit signs (Aries, Taurus, Gemini etc.) and make aspects to your natal planets (conjunction, trine, square, opposition etc.)

But I will write more about these in next articles.

Now is time to practice. You can play around with your chart, choose a few dates you want to check transits for, and see how the planets transit the houses of your natal chart.

Equinox 2017 – Half Way Through

On September 22nd is the Equinox day – the  Autumn Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere.

Equinox literally means “equal night”.

No matter where you live on earth, today the day is equal to the night. The Sun and the Moon share the sky as equals.

The nature achieves the perfect equilibrium between light and darkness, male and female, yin and yang.

With the Equinox, Libra season starts. The symbol of Libra is the scales. The scales of Justice has been, and it’s still used as a symbol of the democratic legal system. The scales are associated with judgement, balance, and the Truth.

The Equinox is about finding balance – inside and out. Now is the best time to ponder in which area of your life you need to have more balance.

Balance is a somewhat abstract concept. We always aim to achieve balance, just to get out of balance in the very next moment.

The Equinox is similar to the concept of “zero” on the number line. Zero is a balanced number which has equal amount of positives and negatives. On the other hand, infinity is the point of extreme chaos.

At the Autumn Equinox, the Sun is on the zero line, setting on the other side of the horizon. From there, the Sun has a panoramic view.

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Right in the middle, having passed half of the zodiac, and having ahead in sight the other half, the Sun is in a position to judge in an unbiased way. He can see both perspectives.

Imagine you enter a restaurant and pick the last table in the corner. You can see everyone, yet not everyone can see you.

At the Autumn Equinox, the Sun has already been though half of the zodiac. From there, the Sun can see what he left behind, but he can also look forward, toward the path in sight.

When it sets, the Sun has both perspectives. Just like the Sun, now is the time to ponder on what you have done in the first half of the year (from March 21st until now) and adjust your plans for the 2nd half of the astrological year (from September 22nd 2017 until March 21st 2018).

The goals and intentions you planted during that time of the Spring Equinox will now reach their fruition. If you’ve been trying hard and doing your best, your efforts are very likely to pay off now.

The Equinox is a significant time for relationships. Now is the best time to get clear about what you want out of life and out of your relationships, and then make the necessary adjustments.

Libra is the sign of relationships, and that’s because a relationship represents that point of balance, where both partners give and take equal amounts of value. Any relationship that is not build on fairness, balance, equality, is not a real relationship.

It is nothing wrong with going for romance, having an affair, but when we mean relationships we mean two partners coming together, cooperating, and adjusting to each other’s needs.

When one partner starts giving more than the other, the relationships usually breaks.

Right now, you know better who you are and what you want. If at the beginning of a romantic relationship we tend to give everything, to be overly generous, to hide some parts of ourselves, the Equinox is that point in our development when we get honest about who we are and what we want.

Now it’s time to get things straight – this is what you have to offer and this is what you expect in return.

That’s why Libra is the sign of negotiations. “I’ll give you this, if you give me that – so we can both win”.

If some people in your life got used to take advantage of you, now is time to take action and claim what you deserve.

On the other hand, if you have not been giving your best and tried to understand the other, the Equinox is the point where you need to bring things to balance. If you are prone to jump to conclusions, now you may want to slow down and give people more chances.

If your partner is upset that they are always cooking dinner and you never do it, now is the time for you to start cooking the dinner, and “do your part”.

It is very important to strike a balance right now and adjust to what you have learned – you don’t want to live the 2nd half of the year in remorse.

The Equinox take place at the 0° of the cardinal sign of Libra. The cardinal 0° is VERY powerful and is associated with action and new beginnings – we only have 0° Cardinal in the first day of Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn.

September 22nd is one of the 4 times in a year when is best to take action. If in the spring, action is about starting something new, now in the autumn, action is about setting things straight.

Half of the year is already over. Now you have the chance to ponder over what you’ve done – and reap what you’ve sown. And later in the dark winter months, you can finally take the time to reflect on what is really important for you and prepare yourself for the next Spring.

The Autumn Equinox is a time to embrace the paradox of duality. The truth has many facets and your truth might not be the other person’s truth.

The Autumn Equinox is also the best time to make objective judgements.

Right now you may feel that “you can’t hide any longer” the truth of who you are. Face what you have to face and let it go so that you can move on. Make that decision. This decision will shape the 2nd half of the year and next chapter of your life.

In the process of letting go to make space for the new, some regrets may arise. Wounds from the past that you never had the chance to heal, things you cannot forget and forgive, remorse, bad habits you don’t have the courage to break – they will all come back to you now.

We have a natural tendency to focus on what could have been, what might have been, what should have been, the truth is, we have absolutely no idea what the outcome of that would have been!

Our assumption is that would have been different in a sense that would have been better, but we simply don’t know that. And without knowing, we cannot really say that what would have happened. We don’t know!

We tend to assume that things would have been better. The truth is that things could have been worse too.

Now take a pen and a piece of paper and make a list of your regrets – big and small. Everything you wanted to achieve in the last 6 months but you didn’t.

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Go through them one by one, and spend only 30 seconds for each one. Once you’ve reflected on it, put a line through it and cross it from the list.

Well done!

Now you are set for the Equinox, you are set to allow the 2nd half of the year unfold, beyond regrets, wiser and a lot more prepared.

New Moon in Virgo – The Final Call

The New Moon in Virgo takes place on September 19th or September 20th, depending on where in the world you live, at 27° Virgo.

New Moons are times of new beginnings, so every year we have the chance to start something new related to the sign where the lunation occurs.

September’s New Moon is in Virgo, therefore the Virgoan themes are surfacing: service, work, hearth, analysis, day-to-day rituals, purifying the body, mind and spirit, self-development, bringing order into chaos.

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Virgo stands for the highest expression of the individual self, is where we seek to be of service, is where we keep our commitments, is where we seek to perfect ourselves and stick to the Path, no matter how tough the going gets.

Virgo is a transitional sign, bringing the death of the Summer and the start of the Fall, that time of the year when we contemplate the earth’s annual cycle of light and darkness.

The new Moon takes place at 27° Virgo, in the last degrees of the sign. The last degrees of Virgo are very transformative, concluding the mission of the 1st half of the zodiac, the perfecting of the self. The first part of the zodiac (from Aries to Virgo) is the journey within.

With Libra, we explore the outer side of the zodiac wheel, we learn about other people (Libra to Sagittarius) and about society as a whole (Capricorn to Pisces).

Virgo is therefore the last chance to make it right, to become the person we want to be, to achieve the highest expression of the individual self.

Virgo is traditionally associated with work, diets, sports, healthy lifestyle, details and planning – with all the things that are good for you, but not necessarily pleasant or easy.

You can of course stay at the Leo stage of development, do only what it feels right, what makes you feel alive, what is fun…but you know that this is not sustainable. You also need to do the work, to put rituals in place, to create systems in your life to assist you in your goals.

The New Moon in Virgo in the final degrees of Virgo is your last chance to become the highest expression of yourself, to turn the self into a harmonious whole  – body, mind and spirit – all in balance.

The New Moon in Virgo is about consequences. If you’ve done the inner work, then the New Moon will come to “wrap up” everything,  so you can confidently say “This is me, a human being, I’m perfect in my imperfections, strong in my weaknesses and beautiful in my own way because I’m me”.

But if you’ve tried to skip steps, or if you remained stuck in the previous stages of development, then this New Moon can be quite confusing and disturbing.

As disturbing as it may feel, the New Moon will give you a 2nd chance. You still have the opportunity  to make it right, if you are brave enough to swim through the chaos, to open your heart and surrender to the higher guidance and wisdom.

The New Moon in Virgo makes me think of the Judgment card of the Tarot because of its proximity to the equinox point. In tarot, the “Judgement” shows up at that time in your life when you review and evaluate your past experiences and draw the conclusions. All the pieces of the puzzle are finally coming together to form one, integrated picture.

And although traditionally the New Moons are times of new beginnings, while the Full Moons are times of exposures and endings, this particular New Moon is a little bit of both.

You cannot start something new unless you leave the past behind. New beginning never come “out of nowhere” – it is when you make a conscious decision to leave the past behind, when you make space for the new.

You are now being “called” and asked to take action. Something that was lying dormant in you is finally being awakened and brought into light.

The New Moon is making an exact quincunx Uranus, the planet of sudden insight and awakenings and an opposition to Chiron, the planet of the integration of the self.

The New Moon opposition to Chiron will expose your wounds, those dark corners of your soul you feel ashamed of. Of course this will make you feel vulnerable. But ignoring some parts of yourself, while putting ahead only what is desirable  doesn’t make you perfect. Being in denial about the truth of who you are doesn’t make you invincible.

We are all made of broken parts and until we learn to integrate them we cannot live a wholesome life, in full integrity. The opposition to Chiron will expose all these broken parts of yourself but will also give you the chance to integrate all the deep wounds, all those shadows you are afraid to bring to the surface.

It is when you acknowledge them, when you accept they are part of you, when they don’t have any power over you. They are still there, as a reminder of what has happened to you and what they taught you about life, but they no longer haunt you.

The New Moon in Virgo opposite Chiron on Pisces will make you confront these unfinished business and accept the truth of who you are.

The New Moon in Virgo quincunx to Uranus can bring initially some bizarre, disturbing energy. A quincunx energy can be quite distracting but if you let it flow, you can manifest its positive, creative side.

Uranus and Chiron aspecting the New Moon are the wakeup call, the  ‘awakening’ you needed to “wake up” and live your life in a different way, in order to be true to yourself and to your needs.

The ruler of the New Moon, Mercury is exactly opposite Neptune, brining confusion, fogginess and inner chaos. Communication may be misinterpreted and taken out of context.

You may hear some news, or read something, just to find that the source is not quite trustworthy, or you can have some strong intuitions but you may not know if it is really your inner guidance or simply some longings or desires that make you not think straight.

With Mercury opposite Neptune we can lose ourselves into the abstract world, into a fantasy world where we can avoid the harsh reality. Paradoxically, this does not mean we are lost. There is some truth in Neptune, there is some truth in dissolving our perceptions.

The borders to what we call “reality” are not always so strictly drawn. With Mercury opposite Neptune nothing is quite as it seems, everything is “Half-truth, half lie”.

Mercury opposite Neptune is not a bad aspect per se. As with every transpersonal planet and as with every opposition, we need to be careful though. Neptune represents the “higher order” which is difficult to comprehend with our limited mind.

If you are the scientific type of person you may find this energy quite difficult, because it will shake your beliefs and make you doubt everything you thought you knew.

Our knowledge can be limited. For example, our knowledge of other people is limited to what they reveal to us. We then try to make sense of this information by making comparisons to ourselves.

But they are distinct people, with distinct personalities – they are not us. We don’t know what they truly think and feel – in fact, what we think we know of them is based on lots of assumptions.

That’s why Mercury opposition Neptune, which is the trademark of the New Moon in Virgo, can be a good thing. It can help us understand that we don’t know everything, and that we don’t need to know everything. Sometimes we just need to let things be. The world will survive without our judgments.

The New Moon in Virgo is also a good time to re-evaluate your routines and daily rituals. Neptune wants to dissolve any outdated habit that does not help you in your current path any longer. If you don’t find the motivation to go to the gym or to keep with the diet is maybe because you need to find a higher order, a better reason to keep you going.

Pluto is also slowing down and is preparing to change direction. We had many planets retrograde in the past months, so Pluto’s change in direction is good news. Things WILL get better!

You can benefit from this New Moon in you are an artist, a writer, a photographer, a musician. Neptune, Mercury and Uranus will make you more sensitive to your inner emotions as well as to outside inspiration.

The New Moon in Virgo is also a good time to start a detox diet, a herbal diet or homeopathy. Any type of activity that will declutter, remove stagnation, cleanse your body and your soul is favored now. Offering your service to the world, even when you don’t receive praise, will set your soul on the right path.

If you have Gemini or Virgo risings, or if you have natal planets or angles around 27° in Mutable signs – Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, Pisces – you will feel the energy of the New Moon in Virgo stronger.