With the nights growing longer, those of us in the northern hemisphere are forced to adjust to a diminishing duration of sunlight duration with each passing day. And since this week begins with a waning quarter moon, we're also being asked to adjust to dwindling moonlight. A waning quarter moon happens at the midway point between the full moon and the new moon, and this week's happens Monday, October 21 at 8:39 a.m. EST.
This waning quarter moon is about tying up loose ends—specifically those connected to projects started and intentions set during the new moon at zero degrees of Leo on July 23, 2017. While sometimes, new-moon intentions immediately reveal themselves, often, they need a lot longer to come to fruition. Waning quarter moons sometimes culminate cycles that were set into motion 27 months prior.
So, think back to July and August of 2017: What projects did you begin then that are coming into fruition now?
Connecting where you are today to where you were during the summer of 2017 can help you see what’s developed in your life during the current lunar-phase family. That's because intentions set with new moons need time to percolate, gestate, and develop before they blossom in connection with lunar-phase families. So, reflect on what you put into motion during that time that’s coming into culmination now.
The water trine from Venus to Neptune combined with the waning quarter moon brings forth a welcome sense of things falling into place.
Beyond the waning quarter moon, other cosmic happenings are happening this week: Also on Monday, Venus, the planet of love and beauty, trines Neptune, the planet of dreams and spirituality. This water trine from Venus to Neptune, combined with the waning quarter moon, brings forth a welcome sense of things falling into place.
On Wednesday, the sun exits Libra and enters into Scorpio. The sun in Scorpio brings way different vibes than balanced, harmonious Libra because Scorpio just wants the truth. That means now is a time for honest reflection. Be open to transformation instead of sticking with that status quo if doing so feels more real and authentic. On a lighter note, Scorpio season also brings out the sexy, so consider tapping into your erotic being now as well.
Come Friday, the sun forms an inconjunct (or a quincunx) to Chiron. This combination of the sun in Scorpio forming an awkward angle to Chiron (the wounded healer) in Aries reminds us all that we have wounds that contribute to who we are. While we can’t undo all aspects of our past, we can take the lessons we’ve learned and offer them up as wisdom for the benefit of others.
As the week closes out, if you're feeling the feels, ask yourself this: How can I leverage what I'm learning to support someone else? How can I elevate the lives of those around me based on what I have experienced? How can I best be of service? To support this inquiry, Venus in Scorpio makes a helpful sextile to Pluto, a combination that expands your power.
Over the weekend, Mars in Libra forms a cardinal square to Pluto in Capricorn, and the angle provokes power struggles and can bring dynamics to the surface that need to handling. Don't shy away from feeling and processing your anger: It’s there to inspire, uplift, and motivate you toward change. And if you find workouts to be a cathartic emotional release, just be mindful to not overexert yourself: Mars square Pluto can create challenges, so listen to your body, and don’t overdo it.
And since the weekend ahead may boast parties (Halloween is on the horizon, after all), be sure to enjoy yourself—especially given that on Halloween, Mercury, the planet of communication, stations retrograde.
Halloween ushers us into some of the darkest and most mystical days of the year, and learning how to be with darkness now will help you to leverage it to your advantage over the next few months. After all, it’s often in the dark where we hear our most sincere needs, wants and desires. This sacred time of year invites you to connect deeply with your intuition.
Jennifer Racioppi is the creator of Lunar Logic—a philosophy that integrates the deep wisdom of both science and spirituality, and blends her expertise in astrology, positive psychology, and women’s health—to coach high-achieving female entrepreneurs to reach their next level of success.
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