The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.) are thrilled once again to have our good friend and guest blogger Steve Nelson return to share his wisdom. Steve is an astrologer who follows a Jungian mythological tradition. He was raised by a part Cherokee shaman Aunt Maude who learned much of her lore from Molly Runningwolf, the mother of Amanita Sequoyah, the last Cherokee medicine man officially recognized by the Eastern Tribe. Steve’s Indian name is Steven Red Wolf, his lineage is of the wolf clan, one of the 7 tribal groups of the Cherokee. Steve follows many of the Cherokee traditions especially as these relate to celebrations, the use of ritual fire and star lore. For more information about Steve Nelson see www.GaiaAstrology.com
October 2011 begins with a fiery Grand Trine featuring a fun filled Sagittarius Moon in dynamic dance with energetic Leo Mars and revolutionary Aries Uranus. As in the beginning so in the end, this month begins and ends with celestial fireworks. Meanwhile there’s work to do to realize our dreams and the cosmic field is powering us on our way. October 1’s Grand Trine finds creative expression through a challenging and opportune square to expansive Jupiter the king of planets. Also in play this month is a long term (through March 2012!) trine between Jupiter and potent Pluto. This aspect is key to global renaissance as Pluto and his dwarf planet partner Eris / Persephone preside over the transformation of the King and the order of things. While Jupiter is retrograde running backwards in Taurus (until Dec 25), the false king shows his face and old order shadows come to light to be transformed. Energy set free from old world patterns breaking becomes a source of power for the new creation flowering through 2012.
While the Sun continues through Libra, the sign of the Egyptian goddess Maat, balance is being restored within and all that makes the heart heavy is let go so it becomes as light as the Feather of Maat. All deemed worthy by Libra’s Goddess of Truth becomes empowered during the 10 Holy Day / 9 Night celebration culminating Oct 8-9. By tradition, this 7th Moon period of the zodiacal year is when the world was created and is recreated again each year. During these 9 Nights (Navaratri) Kali is welcomed into homes to consume the old year’s discord. Energetic clearing and re-creation in spirit prepares way for the New Year 2012 to be. The Sun in Libra “Atohuna” Full Moon brings significant new friendships and romantic unions that will be of benefit to the world. All fortunes turn on the tide of this 7th Moon. Psychic shadows are broken freeing energy for new creation following the Scorpio New Moon Oct 26. There will be much to celebrate by the close of this magical month.
Say ‘White Rabbit’ first thing today for luck this month. Rabbit is magic, psychic alchemy and the Moon. #1 days are symbolized by the Magician card in Tarot, this is when the magician pulls another rabbit from his hat.
Going Out of the Signs Oct 1-9 – Out with the Old, Opening to the New
The best time to break addictions or eliminate attachments is when the Moon wave moves down beyond vital organs from Sagittarius (thighs) through Pisces (feet). Now we can more easily let go outmoded patterns and eliminate toxins physical, emotional and psychic.
1st Quarter Moon, Oct 2-4 (11:15 pm 10/3) – Time to Choose
This Moon is like a scythe cutting across the sky, it’s a time to cut free from trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Sacred to the Druids, this Moon phase is pivotal in the cycle of creation. Choices made now are likely the right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down to clear shadows and power dreams.
Atohuna / Kali Victory Day, Oct 8-9 – Mystical Union
This is the Hindu Dasha-Hara when Kali slays the demon bull ending the reign of evil in the world. Heaven and earth are united. The Cherokee call this day Atohuna, the Friends Made Ceremony when two are joined together as one. A New Fire is kindled and vows of eternal friendship are made. This celebration continues until the Full Moon on Oct 11.
Moon at the Equator, Oct 9 4:10 am – 2:32 pm – Imagine!
Lunar 0 Points are cosmic balance times for creative imagination. Moon at the Equator going North is time to envision what we wish for the future.
Sun in Libra Full Moon, Oct 10-12 (exact 10:06 pm 10/11) – Illumination!
This is Atohuna, the Cherokee Friends Made Moon, when two are joined as one in the presence of Yowa. Libra rules partnership. Each Full Moon brings revelation and opportunities for healing body, mind and soul. The Full Moon is a pitcher that pours out a magic elixir, we just raise our cups to receive. Cosmic energies flow for 3 days following Full Moon. Meditation, deep breathing, music and dancing help open to receive. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters and flashes of inspiration. Stay tuned!
Gate of Inspiration, Oct 13-14 (1:00 pm – 1:00 pm) – Open to Receive
A Muse Gate opens every 40 days, 9 each year. The witch queen Cerridwen stirs her caldron for a year and day to brew the magic “greal” of inspiration. 9 maidens alternate their breaths to keep her fire burning. Whatever blocks flow comes before the Gate to be let go. It’s time to release body tensions that hold outmoded ways of thinking and feeling. Breathe deeply and move freely (dance!) to shed old ways and open to inspirations for the new time. To find out more about The Nine Gates of Inspiration, see the post ‘The Nine Gates of Inspiration- Access to Interdimensional Portals’
3rd Quarter Moon, Oct 18-20 (exact 11:30 pm 10/19) – Realizing Dreams
This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. 3rd Quarter integrates new ideas into creative expression; it’s time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.
Moon at the Equator, Oct 23 (12:17 – 8:46 pm) – Meditate
Lunar Zero Points are cosmic balance times ideal for creative imagination. 0 Point South is like Autumn Equinox in the year, this is a time to connect with the greater whole and scry our place in the world.
Balsamic Moon, Oct 22-24 – Make a Wish!
The Balsamic Moon is the Wishing Moon: a time to put wishes on the air. Also called Witches Moon, this is a time to bring others to mind for healing. Feeling invokes healing, as we feel we heal. Needs felt now invoke magic from the new lunar cycle.
Dark of Moon/New Moon, Oct 25-27 – Time to Go Within
The day before New Moon until Sunset a day after is ideal for inner work to seed the new cycle, outer activity is favored after the crescent appears. The New Moon (3:56 pm 10/26) is a cosmic spring that flows freely as we slow down. Nostradamus calls this “the day of Diana, a time for silent rest.” New Moon is a psychic black hole like Alice’s rabbit hole. Many great wonders await our going within. Here we can know what is and realize how to shape what can be.
Crescent New Moon, Oct 28-30 – Time to Sow
It’s time to bring forward what we wish be realized. Farmers plant seeds when the crescent appears, seeds are fertile on every level. This time favors all new beginnings. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this Moon and the New Year to be.
Halloween / All Hallow’s Eve – Oct 31 Gather with Friends and Celebrate!
The astral veil thins as the Celtic New Year begins. New energies flow through bringing blessings. Spectral phantasms may be seen dancing around caldron and candle. Shades of the past are conjured and cleared opening way for that yet to be. Stroke your crystal ball and look within to forecast what the future will bring. Happy Halloween!
Steve Nelson (Mythic Astrologer) with The Shift Doctors (Tracy Latz, M.D. & Marion Ross, Ph.D.)
**Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. Find out more about Steve and his services at http://www.gaiaastrology.com/gaia-offerings/
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