- The Moon is in Scorpio.
- The Moon is waxing and in its New phase.
- The New Moon occurred yesterday in the sign of Libra, and a First Quarter Moon will occur on October 27th.
With the Moon in your intense solar eighth house all day (and until Sunday morning), dear Aries, you’re looking for more meaning or connection to a person or project. You’re less interested in what’s working or not working on the surface of things and more concerned with what everything means to you. More powerful emotions can be stirred up now. Today’s energies are a little tentative, however, as Mars, your ruler, is nearing the end of its transit of a sign and forms a contra-parallel with Venus. You can experience competitive feelings, but you’re not yet sure what to do with them, which can be frustrating. However, the day is excellent for business thinking and strategy, so if you can focus on being productive, you’re in great shape now.
Even though yesterday’s New Moon launched a work- and health-focused cycle for you, dear Taurus, you’re in a more sociable frame of mind today and tomorrow. In fact, easing up just a little on your new initiatives makes some sense now as it allows you to return to your work and health goals later more refreshed and with a fresher perspective. As well, on Sunday, Mars will move into your work sector for a seven-week stay, pushing you to get going on self-improvement efforts. Today is great for conversations with a trusted friend or partner. You can find it exciting to make long-term plans and goals with that person, or simply to enjoy their point of view. Conversations tend to go deep today.
The promise of more fun, romance, or creativity in your life that came with yesterday’s New Moon still stands, dear Gemini, but today’s Moon encourages a focus on work and health. You’ll do well to take care of some business, particularly related to getting your daily routines and affairs in order. This not only takes the pressure off new initiatives, but it also frees up your schedule (and conscience) for enjoying more leisure time in the coming weeks. Interplays with others can be a tad competitive today, but you’re likely to make the most of this energy instead of allowing it to drag you down. In fact, you’re in particularly good shape for coming to a new understanding of a person or situation that’s been confusing you in the recent past.
Yesterday’s New Moon launched a vital cycle for extra attention to family and home life, dear Cancer. While this theme still stands and will stick with you for a month, today’s Moon encourages you to come out of your shell, make contact, and express more of yourself to others or through creative activities. You’re in great shape for conversations with a good friend, partner, or a lover now. In fact, what you come up with now can lead to a breakthrough in a relationship. The morning’s competitive energy can turn out well as the day advances and you learn from differences.
Yesterday’s New Moon launched an especially busy cycle for you, Leo, and while this theme is active for a month, today’s Moon encourages you to slow down and catch your breath. This sounds like a contradiction but is more about a natural ebb and flow of the lunar cycle that helps you pace yourself, get in touch with your intuition, and gain perspective. The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your home and family sector. Keep in mind that you’ll be paying a lot of attention to these things in coming weeks, even as you juggle a busy schedule. Give particular attention to new ideas and plans revolving around the home, family, and your personal life emerging today, as you’re in a fabulous headspace for making breakthroughs along these lines.
Your thinking is brilliant for improvements to your comfort, home, security, and family life today, dear Virgo. It’s just as strong for creative ideas and projects. You can readily gain the cooperation of others and perhaps even a following for your ideas and insights now. The Moon spends today and tomorrow in your communications sector, inspiring you to reach out and connect or seek out the information you need. It’s also a time for branching out and exploring diverse interests. Yesterday’s New Moon encouraged a focused, patient approach to your life, and this still stands, but you need some mental refreshment before you get back to the work at hand!
Fresh on the heels of a New Moon in your sign today, dear Libra, you’re in an energetic, enterprising, and take-charge mood. The Moon has moved out of your sign and into your resources sector, and this can serve to settle emotions, however, improving productivity. Your mind is sharp for inspired ideas for making money or sorting out personal matters — and making them work in the real world, as well. Working on home and family related efforts may figure strongly now. You’re likely to feel more independent than usual but also a tad irritated by others’ disruptions or interference today. An independent pace, therefore, makes sense, but keep in mind that people may be motivating you, even if it feels a bit aggravating. You stand to gain from a bit of competition now. You’ll feel more raring to go once Mars enters your sign on Sunday for a seven-week invigorating stay.
The Moon entered your sign last night and will spend today and tomorrow in Scorpio as well, putting you at the top of a new lunar cycle. The need for some anonymity, rest, and holding back still stands after yesterday’s New Moon, dear Scorpio, but you’re feeling particularly alive on an emotional level today. You can experience some discontent or ambivalence today, as you feel like you want results but you don’t know where to put your energies just for now. Whether to take a step forward or not can be a question. Tensions with friends may be involved, and others’ input, in general, can irritate you more than usual. However, overall, today is powerful for ideas, communications, projects, and inspiration. Make some connections and get inspired today, but take time for yourself to think, too.
While yesterday’s New Moon kicked off a new cycle of increased social contact for you, dear Sagittarius, the Moon has moved into your privacy sector, and until Sunday morning, you need a bit of time to rest and compose yourself! In fact, on Sunday, Mars will enter your friendship sector and generate a lot of activity and desire for new goals and options. For now and until then, do yourself a favor and get a little extra time to yourself away from overly competitive or demanding situations so that you can replenish your energy and spirit. This morning, people around you may grate on your nerves, but tense interactions may very well lead to food for thought and even some inspiration, so don’t be quick to dismiss things. Draw up some personal boundaries if necessary, but your best bet now is to make your own way quietly.
While yesterday’s New Moon launched a theme of performance, work, and business, dear Capricorn, today is about catching your breath and enjoying less pressured activities, friendships, and aspirations. Even so, there can be some tension among people around you this morning, and this can arouse some competitive feelings, after which you more naturally fall into an easygoing approach to the day. Your idea of relaxation may be more intense than others now, but becoming engrossed in a book, idea, or project may be just the thing that centers you now. There is excellent energy with you for generating ideas and plans that inspire you.
While yesterday’s New Moon launched a power cycle for bringing more adventure and spirit into your life, Aquarius, the Moon is now up at the top of your solar chart, turning your attention to responsibilities. You’re in the frame of mind for taking care of business. Dividing your time makes sense now, and getting on top of at least one important area of your life makes sense now for feeling comfortable about yourself and your life now. In fact, with the Sun moving into your career sector and Mars into your adventure sector this week, you’ll be doing a lot of this kind of juggling in the weeks ahead. This is a time for working hard but also learning and doing new things that feed your spirit. Creative solutions to problems and ideas for the future are easier to come by today than usual.
Until Sunday morning, the Moon moves through your spirit sector, dear Pisces, encouraging you to come out of your shell, experience new things, and enjoy a more optimistic perspective on your life. Doing things outside of your routine or neighborhood can be energizing now. This seems to contradict the energy of yesterday’s New Moon, but a brief change of pace is right for you. In the coming weeks, you’re likely to feel just as compelled to pull into yourself as you are to come out of your shell, and the best way to deal with this is to divide your time – go deep but make time for getting out and about, as well. Today is excellent for strategizing and focusing on good ideas and plans.
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Astrology of Today – The Details:
If you’re astrologically inclined and interested in the details of the Astrology of today, here are some of the factors considered in the forecasts (for the astrology of the week, see This Week in Astrology):
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 0:00 am
Event: Moon in Scorpio
Description: The Moon in Scorpio
Contemplate the deeper things in life. Avoid unnecessary conflict, but if it’s going to improve your life, go ahead and make waves. Tune in to your intuition. This is a good time for investigations, looking into a matter further, doing research, connecting to others with a shared passion, solving a mystery, and devising a strategy. When the Moon in Scorpio is strained, we may take our passions too far.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 1:40 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Jup
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Jupiter
We want to do good and to honor our inner code. We are generous with our energy, time, and money. Our feelings expand or are magnified, for better or for worse. It’s generally a good time to teach, learn, write, express ourselves, reach out, travel, publish, and promote. We may go over the top.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 3:19 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Neptune
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 7:23 am
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cnj Mer
Description: Transiting Moon Conjunction Transiting Mercury
Ideas flow freely and surface spontaneously. We express feelings and thoughts with clarity. We are busy, alert, curious, and communicative. This can be an excellent time for cooperative projects.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 1:34 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Opp Pal
Description: Transiting Moon Opposition Transiting Pallas
We can be at odds with one another over a mental or intellectual matter, belief, or idea now. It takes extra effort to understand one another.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 1:44 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Cpl Ura
Description: Transiting Moon ContraParallel Transiting Uranus
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 2:11 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon SSq Sat
Description: Transiting Moon SemiSquare Transiting Saturn
We could feel burdened, restricted, or limited during this brief influence. We could be feeling a little down on ourselves, excluded, or lonely. There can be some awkwardness or stiffness and difficulty showing affection and feelings. Patience is a virtue right now; otherwise we might succumb to feelings of frustration and sadness. All good things come to those who wait.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 2:14 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqr Cer
Description: Transiting Moon Square Transiting Ceres
There can be conflicts with loved ones, or we could be feeling unsupported. People could seem insensitive or uncaring, or our own needs seem to be at odds with the needs of family and friends.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 5:15 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sqq Chi
Description: Transiting Moon SesquiSquare Transiting Chiron
Hurt feelings may be opportunities for healing. Now is the time for building bridges, not burning them.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 6:17 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Sxt Jun
Description: Transiting Moon Sextile Transiting Juno
We can gain strength through others or through our relationships, and we are especially comfortable in one-on-one situations.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 8:14 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Tri Nep
Description: Transiting Moon Trine Transiting Neptune
This is a feel-good time if we allow ourselves to relax and tune into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We absorb things easily, our senses are in good form, and we more naturally accept things and people as they are. There is no need to look for definite answers right now.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 8:37 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mon Pll Sun
Description: Transiting Moon Parallel Transiting Sun
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 12:25 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Mer Pll Jun
Description: Transiting Mercury Parallel Transiting Juno
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 9:38 am
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Cpl Mar
Description: Transiting Venus ContraParallel Transiting Mars
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 2:32 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Cpl Chi
Description: Transiting Venus ContraParallel Transiting Chiron
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 8:52 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Ven Qnx Pal
Description: Transiting Venus Quincunx Transiting Pallas
We might experience a moral dilemma now, or find it difficult to find a way to interact peacefully and fairly with one another. It may seem impossible to arrive at a suitable compromise.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 11:03 am
Event: Tr-Tr Sat Sqq Cer
Description: Transiting Saturn SesquiSquare Transiting Ceres
There can be the need to organize, structure, or limit our family activities, emotions, or care of others at this time, and this can feel like a burden to some degree. Or, there can be a strong sense of duty associated with loved ones or caring for people in our lives, perhaps without a feeling that we are appreciated for our efforts. Decisions about family, health, or nutrition may need to be made now.
Date & Time: Oct 20 2017 8:21 pm
Event: Tr-Tr Plu Pll Pal
Description: Transiting Pluto Parallel Transiting Pallas
Strong Signs, Elements, Modes
BALANCE OF SIGNS
Even-handed, harmonious, artistic, diplomatic, balancing, strong sense of fairness. Can be over- compromising, appeasing, judgmental.
Intense, magnetic, penetrating perception, power to confront. Can be destructive, vengeful, jealous, overly dramatic.
BALANCE OF ELEMENTS
We are not very goal-oriented right now, or motivation to pursue our goals may be waning/lacking. Changes feel overwhelming. Enthusiasm may be low, we argue less, and we think more than we take action.
We are more compassionate, emotional, and intuitive than usual, and we may react emotionally to situations, possibly at the expense of logic or practicality.
BALANCE OF MODES
The modes are balanced.
LUNAR PHASE: NEW MOON
Moon 0 to 45 degrees ahead of the Sun.
This is an energetic, impulsive, and subjective period of time. We are looking for new projects and opportunities.
The following aspects (major only) and positions are at noon (EDT) on October 20th:
Note that when an aspect is applying, it has not yet happened but is within orb – it’s pending. When an aspect is separating, it has already happened/perfected and is moving away from the aspect. Depending on the speed of the planet/body involved, the aspect will have perfected–or will perfect–in a matter of hours (often the case with the Moon), days, months, and possibly years in the case of the very slow-moving outer planets and bodies.
Note that the Moon moves at a rate of approximately one degree every 2 hours so that if an aspect involving the Moon is applying and has an orb of 5 degrees, the aspect will perfect (be exact) in about 10 hours. If the Moon is separating from an aspect with an orb of 2 degrees, it has already formed said aspect approximately 4 hours ago (since the following are positions at noon today, then it would have occurred at about 8 AM today).
**I suggest paying close attention to applying aspects. The energy of the aspect builds as it gets closer to exact. Once an aspect involving inner planets has happened, it’s over. Separating aspects are good to know for context, but in terms of energy that is with us today, applying aspects are most important. (This is the case for daily astrology influences involving inner planets, which pass quickly, and not natal astrology aspects, which are with us for a lifetime).
THE MOON IN SCORPIO
You have an emotional intensity, and a strong need for drama. Under stress you will create drama and intensity in your life. You may have been born at a time when your mother experienced a crisis, or your birth may have been traumatic. Your mother may have been possessive and intense.
8TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Scrotum, left Fallopian tube
Sabian Symbol: The moon shining across a lake.
ASPECTS OF THE MOON
CONJUNCTION MERCURY Orb 2°05′ Separating
We are speaking with feeling or intellectualizing our feelings. We express feelings and thoughts with clarity. We are busy, alert, curious, and communicative. This can be an excellent time for cooperative projects. Ideas flow freely and surface spontaneously.
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 5°17′ Separating
We want to honor our inner code. We are generous with our energy, time, and money. Our feelings expand or are magnified, for better or for worse. It’s generally a good time to teach, learn, write, express ourselves, reach out, travel, publish, and promote. We may go over the top, however.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 4°16′ Applying
We are turning into the subtle aspects of life – art, nature, beauty, dreams, and spiritual realms. We more naturally accept situations and people as they are. Sensitivity, compassion.
THE SUN IN LIBRA
You are diplomatic, and have a strong need for peace and harmony. Beauty is important to you, and you could be vain.
28TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Bladder
Sabian Symbol: A man in deep gloom. Unnoticed, angels come to his help.
ASPECTS OF THE SUN
CONJUNCTION MERCURY Orb 7°56′ Separating
Thoughts and communications about ourselves and our goals. We are expressing ourselves confidently, directly, and clearly.
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 4°44′ Applying
We are feeling especially vital, confident, generous, and enthusiastic. This is a good time to take steps to grow something–our business, our significant relationships, and so forth.
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 0°58′ Separating
We may want to break free from restrictions or responsibilities, but if we aren’t in touch with this, we could cause some problems. There could be restlessness and rebellious feelings. We don’t want to be told what to do. Exercising some restraint can help us to make needed changes.
MERCURY IN SCORPIO
You use resources well. You have a tendency to delve into the core of matters, preferring this to superficial knowledge. You may also be a worrier. Communications with you are intense.
6TH DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Right epididymus, uterine cavity
Sabian Symbol: A gold rush.
ASPECTS OF MERCURY
CONJUNCTION JUPITER Orb 3°11′ Separating
You are talkative and have a thirst for knowledge. You have big ideas and plans. Education will feature largely in your life.
TRINE NEPTUNE Orb 6°22′ Applying
Our words and thoughts can be more imaginative and colorful, subtle or creative. We can experience a sense of knowing and understanding with minimal explanation or instruction. Intuition is highlighted or awakened.
VENUS IN LIBRA
You have a strong need for relationships. You will also require your relationships to be harmonious, peaceful, and creative. You enjoy having beautiful possessions.
8TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Nerve supply to kidney and renal pelvis
Sabian Symbol: A blazing fireplace in a deserted home.
MARS IN VIRGO
You will pursue your personal desires in a practical and methodical manner. You may be critical if opposed.
29TH DEGREE OF VIRGO
Part of Body: Quadrate lobe of liver
Sabian Symbol: A man gaining secret knowledge from an ancient scroll he is Reading.
ASPECTS OF MARS
OPPOSITION CHIRON Orb 3°26′ Separating
We can be quite touchy and easily aggravated at this time if we are not dealing with the source of our anger issues and frustrations. With these emerging, we can more easily see what’s tripping us up. Physical activity might also help release stress now.
JUPITER IN SCORPIO
You are on an intense search for the truth. You have strong desires for sexual union and joint enterprises. You could be a transformative teacher.
3RD DEGREE OF SCORPIO
Part of Body: Prostate, uterus
Sabian Symbol: A house-raising.
ASPECTS OF JUPITER
OPPOSITION URANUS Orb 5°42′ Separating
You are keen to change things in this world as you see no reason to continue with the old traditions. You speak out against injustice, but may lack the patience and persistence to see through the changes.
SATURN IN SAGITTARIUS
Saturn in Sagittarius asks us to take on the responsibility of living according to our personal truths and principles — and to be loyal to these. This is a time for turning a critical eye to those beliefs and principles that don’t accurately reflect our authentic selves. (December 23, 2014, to June 14, 2015, then September 17, 2015, to December 20, 2017)
24TH DEGREE OF SAGITTARIUS
Part of Body: Popliteal fossa
Sabian Symbol: A bluebird standing at the door of the house.
ASPECTS OF SATURN
TRINE URANUS Orb 2°52′ Applying
You have a talent for investigation. You look at new ideas and are able then to put them into action. In business you achieve much in your own independent way.
SQUARE CHIRON Orb 1°36′ Applying
There can be fears now of not being competent or effective enough to meet our responsibilities, or we could find it hard to strike out on a unique path, again due to fears or insecurities. The desire to break from the status quo is strong, but we may not have the necessary confidence to do so. We may have difficulties empathizing with others and understanding ourselves.
URANUS IN ARIES
The urge to start fresh, to break free from restrictive attitudes or circumstances, to totally redesign an area of our lives (or even our personalities), and to gain freedom through independence is strong during this cycle. (May 27, 2010, to August 13, 2010, then March 11th, 2011, to May 15, 2018, then November 6, 2018, to March 6, 2019).
27TH DEGREE OF ARIES
Part of Body: Fornix/frontal bone
Sabian Symbol: Through imagination, a lost opportunity is regained.
NEPTUNE IN PISCES
A long-term influence in which fantasy, imagination, compassion, and spirituality are in stronger focus. (April 4, 2011, to August 4, 2011, then February 3, 2012, to March 30, 2025, then October 22, 2025, to January 26, 2026)
12TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar artery of right foot
Sabian Symbol: An examination of initiates.
PLUTO IN CAPRICORN
Tests of our boundaries; breaking down and rebuilding structures and rules. (From January 25, 2008, to June 14, 2008, then November 26, 2008, to March 23, 2023, then June 11, 2023, to January 20, 2024, then September 1, 2024, to November 19, 2024).
17TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Condyle of left tibia
Sabian Symbol: A person surreptitiously bathing in the nude.
Chiron, Major Asteroids, and Moon’s Nodes: in Sign and in Aspect
CHIRON IN PISCES
Strong awareness of our own vulnerabilities and humanity stimulates compassion for others. (April 20 to July 20, 2010, then February 8, 2011, to April 17, 2018, then September 25, 2018, to February 18, 2019).
26TH DEGREE OF PISCES
Part of Body: Plantar nerves
Sabian Symbol: A new moon that divides its influences.
VESTA IN LIBRA
You prefer to work with other people, rather than on your own. You like to share work resources and yet need to watch that you don’t become too competitive. You want to be recognized as an equal.
17TH DEGREE OF LIBRA
Part of Body: Suprarenal arteries
Sabian Symbol: A retired sea captain.
PALLAS IN TAURUS
You have the ability to see the beauty in nature and the arts. You have much common sense and wisdom. You may become involved in either healing with your hands or healing the earth through environmental movements.
9TH DEGREE OF TAURUS
Part of Body: Jugular veins
Sabian Symbol: A christmas tree decorated.
JUNO IN CAPRICORN
You want a partner who you can respect, and who respects you. You seek long-term commitment and may marry later in life.
11TH DEGREE OF CAPRICORN
Part of Body: Left cruciate ligaments
Sabian Symbol: Pheasants display their brilliant colors on a vast lawn.
CERES IN LEO
You feel cared for when other people play with you and praise you. You like to show others you care for them by encouraging their creative talents and sense of fun.
9TH DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Superior vena cava
Sabian Symbol: Glass blowers shape with their breath glowing forms.
THE NORTH NODE
THE NORTH NODE IN LEO
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
22ND DEGREE OF LEO
Part of Body: Left auricle
Sabian Symbol: A carrier pigeon.
THE SOUTH NODE
THE SOUTH NODE IN AQUARIUS
This a quest to develop your inner strength. You may find that you experience times of loneliness. These times are part of your lesson to forge your own creative life in order to give generously to the world.
22ND DEGREE OF AQUARIUS
Part of Body: Right gastroscnemius muscle
Sabian Symbol: A rug placed on a floor for children to play on.
*** CONJUNCTIONS TO SELECT FIXED STARS ***
Transits 20 October 2017
Aspects to Sat 23°Sg36 -22°16′
Cnj 22°Sg41 RAS ALHAGUE The desire to heal a wound.
Aspects to Plu 16°Cp58 -21°47′
Cnj 16°Cp52 RUKBAT Steadiness and strength.
Aspects to Pal 08°Ta19 -21°41′
Cnj 07°Ta54 HAMAL To follow one’s own path
Cnj 08°Ta02 SCHEDIR The Queen, female power.