First Quarter Moon on Sunday, October 21st, 2012, at 11:32 PM EDT.
Sunday night, a First Quarter Moon occurs when the Sun in Scorpio forms a square with the Aquarius Moon. There is a crisis theme surrounding any quarter Moon phase, as we feel compelled to take action. Shortly after, we are made aware of how our actions affect those close to us, perhaps through trial and error. Whatever project or initiative we began around the New Moon on October 15th is now off the ground, and it may face its first obstacles.
This phase of the Moon occurs at 29 degrees and 9 minutes of Libra and Capricorn, affecting people born with personal planets and points at approximately 27 to 30 degrees of the Cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) and approximately 0 to 2 degrees of the Fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius) most significantly.
Oct 15, 2012 8:03 AM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
Oct 21, 2012 11:32 PM Sun Square Moon (First Quarter Moon)
Oct 29, 2012 3:49 PM Sun Opposition Moon (Full Moon)
Nov 6, 2012 7:36 PM Sun Square Moon (Last Quarter Moon)
Nov 13, 2012 5:08 PM Sun Conjunct Moon (New Moon)
(Times are Eastern Time)
The Sun is in Libra until October 22nd, when it enters Scorpio; Mercury is in Scorpio; Venus is in Virgo; Mars is in Sagittarius.
The Sun is in Libra from September 22-October 22. Libra rules 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.
The Sun is in Scorpio from October 22-November 21. The guiding principle of Scorpio is “I desire”. Scorpio is the sign of depth, intimacy, and extremes of feeling. Superficiality simply will not do with the Sun in Scorpio. We have the desire to get to the bottom of matters. Mediocrity does not satisfy either. All that is hidden, taboo, secret, or suppressed interests us. In Libra, we strived towards equality and fairness. Scorpio, however, instinctively believes that life simply isn’t fair. Scorpio’s energy is provocative, usually in a quiet way, as well as passionate, strong-willed, and intense. It can be an immensely healing and transformative energy. Jealousy, vindictiveness, beating a dead horse, and manipulative are some of the more negative expressions of Scorpio.
Mercury is in Scorpio from October 5-29. When Mercury is in Scorpio, our thoughts and communications are more probing and intense. While Mercury in Libra urged us to find balance and to arrive at fair solutions, Mercury in Scorpio instinctively knows that life simply isn’t fair. Mercury in Scorpio seeks truths in all that is hidden and undercover. We tend to probe, observe, and focus our thoughts under this influence. Looking for motivations–the more deeply buried the better–satisfies an intellectual need now. Our thoughts are profound. We throw away superficial manners of communicating in favor of deep conversations. Scorpio is extremely sharp, profound, and analytical. Thinking is inclined to be one-track minded, focused, and even obsessive.
Venus is in Virgo from October 3-28. This is a time when we express our love through practical means and gestures–running errands, doing detail work, or just being there for our lovers. Love needs to make sense and have a purpose with Venus in Virgo. Virgo is an Earth sign, which is sensual but also quite practical. Besides our romantic natures, what we decide to buy and the types of entertainment we enjoy during this cycle is ruled by whether or not things make sense. We could easily feel guilty if we are too self-indulgent at this time. Rendering services to others can fill a need, and can be an expression of love. The shadow side of this position is being overly critical of our partners, picky, or worrisome.
Mars in Sagittarius from October 6-November 16. With a Sagittarius Mars, our actions are motivated by our ideals. We are bothered by routine, quickly becoming restless if we feel confined. We have a love of adventure, and of conquest–this is the position of wanderlust. We start projects or challenges with gusto, although we may tend to abandon them rather quickly. This may be because we set our sights too high!
Saturn entered Scorpio on October 5, 2012 and will transit the sign until 2015. Read about Saturn’s transit through Scorpio here.
Jupiter is in Gemini from June 11th, 2012 to June, 2013. Read about Jupiter’s transit through Gemini here.
Uranus entered Aries on March 11th, 2011. 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 with Uranus in Aries.
Romance & Relationships
Venus is in Virgo from October 3-28. This is a time when we express our love through practical means and gestures–running errands, doing detail work, or just “being there” for our lovers. Essentially, we fuss over our partners, sometimes a little too much! Our availability and accessibility is a sign of love. Love needs to make sense and have a purpose with Venus in Virgo. Virgo is an Earth sign, which is sensual but also quite practical. We could easily feel guilty if we are too self-indulgent during this cycle. We can be a little shy and prone to worry. We pick up on many different cues, attempting to analyze every detail of our lovers’ reactions and responses. We could worry ourselves sick agonizing over details! In the process, we can miss out on the bigger and perhaps more meaningful cues. As well, Virgo is a sign that can live very much in the mind in the middle of an experience, failing to enjoy the moment. Self-consciousness can get in the way of enjoyment. Rendering services to others can fill a need, and can be an expression of love. The shadow side of this position is being overly critical of our partners, picky, or worrisome.
This week: Wednesday and Thursday are good days for expressing affection, verbalizing feelings, talking about relationships, and reaching out to others socially. This is a time when promises, pledges, and clarifications (usually very positive!) are made in love relationships.
Venus, the Goddess of Love: Highlights in the Coming Week:
Venus in Virgo October 3-28. If it makes sense you love it, and if it doesn’t you feel guilty about it: that’s what it’s like now. A loving attention to details and a sense of satisfaction in doing what is right (especially with respect to your health) are some of the qualities that come to the fore at a time like this.
Venus sextile Mercury October 24-25. Favors playfulness in love and enhanced communication between partners. Romantic overtures, expressions of love and affection, making new social contacts. This is a time when promises, pledges, and clarifications (usually very positive!) are made in love relationships.
Venus parallel Uranus October 27-29. We embrace all that is new, unusual, and out-of-the-ordinary with regards to romantic involvements. We lose our fear of taking risks at this time. We are ready to experiment, but not necessarily ready to commit. Peculiar, sudden, or avant garde attractions. This is an exciting but unstable energy. Friendship in love relationships becomes more important.
Venus quincunx Neptune October 28. Idealism and disappointments in love. Avoid becoming blinded by what you want to see, rather than what really is. Doubts about love.
The Moon & Timing
The Void-of-Course Moon this Week:
Void-of-course Moon on Sunday, October 21st, from 11:33 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to the Sun), until the Moon enters Aquarius the next day, Monday, October 22nd, at 1:03 AM EDT.
VOC Moon on Tuesday, October 23rd, from 9:28 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Mercury), until the Moon enters Pisces the next day, Wednesday, October 24th, at 7:01 AM EDT.
VOC Moon on Friday, October 26th, from 11:05 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Venus), until the Moon enters Aries at 3:32 PM EDT.
VOC Moon on Saturday, October 27th, from 9:33 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Jupiter), until the Moon enters Taurus on Monday, October 29th, at 2:16 AM EDT.
Void of Course Moon Table for October 2012:
Timing with the Moon – Better Periods this Week for Electing New Initiatives
The Moon is waxing — a period that is generally considered favorable for new beginnings, with some exceptions. (See Best Time to Start a Business for more details).
A window of opportunity occurs this week on Saturday, October 27th, from approximately 7 AM to 9:30 PM EDT, while the Moon is in Aries.
Planetary Stations & Sign Ingresses:
Sep 16th: Mercury enters Libra 7:22 PM
Sep 18th: Pluto Direct 1:06 AM
Sep 22nd: Sun enters Libra 10:49 AM
Oct 3rd: Venus enters Virgo 2:59 AM
Oct 4th: Jupiter Retrograde 9:18 AM
Oct 5th: Mercury enters Scorpio 6:35 AM
Oct 5th: Saturn enters Scorpio 4:34 PM
Oct 6th: Mars enters Sagittarius 11:21 PM
Oct 22nd: Sun enters Scorpio 8:14 PM
Oct 28th: Venus enters Libra 9:04 AM
Oct 29th: Mercury enters Sagittarius 2:18 AM
Nov 6th: Mercury Retrograde 6:04 PM
Nov 11th: Neptune Direct 2:53 AM
Nov 14th: Mercury Retrograde enters Scorpio 2:42 AM
See also: The Astrology of 2012 – Overview.
Note: Times given ET.
This Week’s Calendar
Mercury semi-square Pluto. “Suspicious minds” characterize this transit, although if we harness the energy, we can develop strategies to get to the bottom of any matter. Mistrust, investigations. Some level of mental stress and pressure. A troubled mind.
Sun trine Neptune. We’re at the right place at the right time, probably because our hunches are more likely to be correct and we are “tuned in”. We are inspired, and charitable acts now will serve to lift our spirits like no drug can. A good time for self-improvement programs or efforts. Instinctual judgment is enhanced under this influence. We are able to see matters, and people, from a different perspective–one that allows for, and even finds beauty in, differences.
Sun sesquiquadrate Jupiter. We may feel vague restlessness and discontent with life as it is. We want more, but perhaps too much. Overestimation, wastefulness, and exaggeration. Elevated moods, but unstable ones, as they may not be based on reality.
Sun conjunct Saturn. This is a time when we are called upon to “get real”. We feel the constraints of time and are motivated by the desire to manifest tangible results. It’s “nose to the grindstone” time. We may feel overworked; alternatively, we welcome some discipline into our lives. Avoid launching new projects, particularly financial ones. Instead, work on a new plan for creating order in your life, or on an old project that requires a new commitment. Emotional energy is not enough to fuel us for the time being; thus we could feel sapped on a physical level. However, making new commitments to old goals, shouldering responsibilities, and making careful use of our resources could feed our need for structure and order in our lives.
Mercury sextile Venus. It’s easy to make social connections under this influence. This transit favors diplomacy, charm, social graces, negotiations, presentation of ideas, romantic overtures, teaching, business deals, publishing, commerce, public relations, and joint ventures or partnerships. It is often a time when promises and clarifications are made in love relationships.
Sun trine Chiron. A sense of purpose or a “mission” is with us now, increasing our confidence. The desire to learn and grow through experiences and through others is strong. Problem solving is favored.
Note: Times given in the table/calendar above are Eastern Time (ET).
See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs.
What’s In Store By the Stars – Daily Astrology Trends
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The Moon is in practical, industrious Capricorn all day. Mercury semi-squares Pluto this afternoon, and we can feel pressured or we could look for hidden agendas. Positively, we can develop strategies to get to the bottom of a matter. Tonight, a First Quarter Moon occurs when the Sun in Scorpio forms a square with the Aquarius Moon. There is a crisis theme surrounding any quarter Moon phase, as we feel compelled to take action. Shortly after, we are made aware of how our actions affect those close to us, perhaps through trial and error. Whatever project or initiative we began around the New Moon on October 15th is now off the ground, and it may face its first obstacles.
A void of course Moon occurs from 11:33 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to the Sun), until the Moon enters Aquarius tomorrow, Monday, October 22nd, at 1:03 AM EDT.
The Moon leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius at 1:03 AM EDT. With the Moon in Aquarius, we thrive on intellectual stimulation, change, and unusual or unconventional experiences. We tend to be a little detached emotionally under this influence. The Sun begins its transit of Scorpio today, where it will transit until November 21st. Scorpio is the sign of depth, intimacy, and extremes of feeling. We have the desire to get to the bottom of matters. Mediocrity does not satisfy; all that is hidden, taboo, secret, or suppressed interests us. Scorpio’s energy is provocative, usually in a quiet way, as well as passionate, strong-willed, and intense. It can be an immensely healing and transformative energy. Jealousy, vindictiveness, beating a dead horse, and manipulation are some of the more negative expressions of Scorpio.
The Moon ends its void period at 1:03 AM EDT, when the Moon enters Aquarius.
The Moon is in Aquarius all day, and we tend to be attracted to the unusual, extraordinary, and unconventional. Independence, equality, and freedom are vital to feeling emotionally satisfied with this position of the Moon. This morning, the Sun trines Neptune. We might find ourselves at the right place at the right time, probably because our hunches are more likely to be correct and we are “tuned in”. We are inspired, and charitable acts now will serve to lift our spirits. Instinctual judgment is enhanced under this influence. We are able to see matters, and people, from a different perspective–one that allows for, and even finds beauty in, differences. This afternoon, a Sun-Jupiter hard aspect can stimulate a feeling of restlessness or discontent, and we desire more experiences, meaning, or drama in our lives.
A void of course Moon occurs from 9:28 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a square to Mercury), until the Moon enters Pisces tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24th, at 7:01 AM EDT.
The void period of the Moon ends today at 7:01 AM EDT, when the Moon enters Pisces.
A void of course Moon occurs from 11:05 AM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (an opposition to Venus), until the Moon enters Aries at 3:32 PM EDT.
A void of course Moon occurs from 9:33 PM EDT, with the Moon’s last aspect before changing signs (a sextile to Jupiter), until the Moon enters Taurus on Monday, October 29th, at 2:16 AM EDT.
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Moon Signs This Week:
When the Moon is in Capricorn
We become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead. We also instinctively are aware of the limitations of time. We are motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are most important to us now. We are resourceful and don’t want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a very sober influence–even a depressing one. However, it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye.
The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.
When the Moon is in Aquarius
Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence. This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us.
The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.
When the Moon is in Pisces
We are not inclined to want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It’s a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description.
The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.
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 channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: 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.
Sun in Scorpio Who owes what, who owns what, and who decides these things: these are some of the major issues for you at the dawn of the cycle that now begins in your life. The only thing we really own is our consciousness; the only master who is never overthrown is oneself. These are lessons best learned early in this cycle. Master them, and you master everything. Dodge these issues, and the great strength that could be yours will remain just out of reach. Understanding inner motivations, seeing through to the core: that’s your real path of power and enlightenment now.
Mercury in Scorpio A pronounced curiosity about taboos and mysteries plays a greater part in your life now. Your mind is on cutting through the nonessentials and penetrating to the core is where your mind is at now; you want to know who (or what) pulls the strings. Sex, taxes, investments, and others of life’s most compelling phenomena may captivate your interest more than ever before.
Venus in Virgo If it makes sense you love it, and if it doesn’t you feel guilty about it: that’s what it’s like now. A loving attention to details and a sense of satisfaction in doing what is right (especially with respect to your health) are some of the qualities that come to the fore at a time like this.
Mars in Sagittarius Ideology is a keynote of the new phase you have begun – the power of ideas and the power they wield over people. Religious, cultural, or philosophical controversies and crusades have a way of stirring your blood. Travel and adventure are compelling temptations as you dare to test your mettle and stretch your horizons.
Jupiter in Gemini Facilitating the transfer of ideas and information takes on a special priority for you now. Writing, studying, and communicating play a bigger role in your life as a result. The belief that well-informed people will make the right decisions becomes an article of faith. Just remember: sometimes people know the right thing to do and STILL do something different!
Saturn in Scorpio This new cycle signals a need to recognize that there are powers beyond your control, that things are not what they seem on the surface. Trying to stay in control and on top only sets you up for a fall. There is a need for the resources of others. Failure to recognize this and deal with it can stop you in your tracks.
Uranus in Aries A clean break with the past in some respects is signaled by the cycle you have just begun. What YOU need, YOUR freedom and independence, shattering old molds: these are the things that energize you and take priority in your life. Uniqueness and originality set you apart.
Neptune in Pisces Things spiritual and psychic take the driver’s seat of your imagination as you begin a new cycle. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is maya (illusion), what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances?
Pluto in Capricorn As this new phase dawns for you, the pursuit of social/political power and status has a way of seeming necessary and inevitable – and let nothing stand in its way. It starts out small, but has bigger consequences than you’d think. Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place…
The interpretations in this box are from the Day Watch software.