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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sandy, a Full Moon and Halloween All in One Week

Guest Blogger; Stephanie Austin M.A. is a professional astrologer specializing in life purpose, career, and relationship readings since 1986. She also teaches astrology and writes the New and Full Moon column for the Mountain Astrologer Magazine. Her background includes a bachelor's degree in Psychology, a master's in Consciousness Studies, and a lifelong involvement with meditation, Nature, and healing. For more information on her astrology readings, eBooks, tutorials, and forecasts, please visit
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Dear Friends,

Have you been feeling “off” lately, and/or noticing others around you acting strangely? Once again solar activity has been high; an X-Class flare (the strongest category, which can trigger planet-wide radio blackouts and long-lasting radiation storms) and coronal mass ejection peaked a few days ago, on October 23. One of the clearest explanations I’ve come across of how space weather affects everyone on Earth comes from Lisa Renee: 

“The best way to understand what is happening to the lower mental bodies on the planet is to apply the context of a computer hard drive file storage system that requires a file maintenance defragmentation. This “defrag” process scans to find all broken links, fragmented or corrupt files, and organizes them in the most efficient way to recover and retrieve the hard data into usable formats. If the internal data is not repairable or usable (i.e. appropriate for the next stages of the evolution journey) it may be effectively deleted. This changes our life in a radical way, as things that were supporting the use of those old file systems, may no longer be there or available for continued use. This forces our transformation whether we like it or not.

When great fragmentation occurs, as it has within these human collective lower mental body fields, the accumulation does not allocate enough “space” to store a complete “mental file”, but puts large gaps (holes) in between these mental body “file” units. (Otherwise compared to memories) Essentially what this means in the individual experience is people in 3D start to “lose their thought-forms”, or lose coherency in their thought patterns.  If they do not know how to retrain how they think and process multidimensional reality, they can revert to more infantile or primitive behavior.” Read the full article at Sign up for free notices on solar activity at and a more detailed newsletter at

Equinoxes, solstices, and their midpoints are important turning points in the yearly cycle. We’re approaching the midpoint between fall and winter in the northern hemisphere, a transition long commemorated by many cultures. Halloween and All Saints Day stem from of pre-Christian rites; bobbing for apples was a form of divination, while costumes were originally animal skins donned as a way of shape shifting. To the ancient Celts, this was Samhain, a time of taking stock, assessing what's needed for the future, and honoring the ancestors, when the veils between the worlds appear the thinnest. The ritual of the Dumb Supper, a meal held in silent communion with those who have passed, remains a powerful healing ritual for many. At this time: “The gates of Life and Death are opened: the Sun Child is conceived; the dead walk and to the living is revealed the Mystery: that every ending is but a new beginning. We meet in time out of time, everywhere and nowhere, here and there, to greet the Lord of Death who is Lord of Life, and the Triple Goddess who is the circle of rebirth.” (From The Spiral Dance by Starhawk)

The brighter the light, the darker the shadow. As solar flares and outer planetary alignments intensify, as the Earth ascends in vibration, everything that has been held in the unconscious, everything that has been denied or projected, surfaces for integration and transmutation. We can run, but no longer hide, from the evolutionary forces of change. The full moon which peaks on Monday, October 29 at 12:49 PM PDT show us how far we have come, and what we must deal with now. It shows us the limits we need to respect, and the limitations we must transcend. 

Scorpio forces us to confront our fears or addictions, and release what we have outgrown—stifling jobs, relationships, lifestyles, institutions -- whatever is oppressive and unsustainable. Letting go is not inherently painful; it's the holding on that causes suffering. What is dead or dying in your life? What is crying to be born? Taurus’ spiritual task is to develop and live in alignment with one’s core values. This includes our attitudes toward money and security, enjoyment and self-esteem. The global economic crisis, which began in 2008 when Pluto (the modern ruler of Scorpio) entered Capricorn, continues to galvanize worldwide movements for financial reform, as well the creation of alternative currencies and collaborative consumption. The upside of the downturn has been increased creativity and connection; millions now use online communities such as,, and, demonstrating that renting, sharing, or bartering are not only viable but also superior options to single ownership. For more on this, visit; watch a wonderful video on money and how we can transition to an economy based on people sharing their gifts, as well as access to Charles Eisenstein’s revolutionary book, Sacred Economics at 

Saturn’s conjunction with the Sun in Scorpio emphasizes that this is a time of reckoning, reconciliation, and restitution, of honoring our responsibilities and interdependence. Scorpio deals with shared resources and power, and with Saturn and Pluto in mutual reception (each transiting the other’s sign) for the next three years, plus Uranus-Pluto squaring each other through 2015, this Full Moon highlights where we have been duped and dominated, urging each of us to do our part by owning our power and thinking out of the box. 

This full moon also highlights where we need to transform our personal relationships. Saturn’s grand trine with Ceres in Cancer and Neptune and Chiron in Pisces summons forth the intuitive, nurturing, compassionate power of the feminine to show the way. The Moon’s trine to Pluto, along with Mars’ opposition to Jupiter and conjunction to the Great Attractor at 14º Sagittarius, makes it easier to see and take our next step. Our solar system, along with our entire Milky Way galaxy, and its stellar neighborhood of another 40 galaxies, each with their billions of stars, are all moving towards an even greater gravitational mass called the Great Attractor. Gravity bends light; light encodes information, so any cosmic body aligning with these super powerful transmitting sources opens up a wormhole -- a shortcut in time and space -- enabling us to grasp things ordinarily hidden or beyond our field of awareness.

Venus in Libra opposes Uranus at 5$ Aries and squares Pluto at 7$ Capricorn from November 1 to 3, generating a potent cardinal T-square, emphasizing the need for cooperation, ingenuity, and integrity. November 3, the Moon enters Cancer, forming a dynamic cardinal grand cross with Venus, Uranus, and Pluto, sparking radical insights and actions. November 6 Mercury stations retrograde (4$ Sagittarius), bringing its trickster element to the fore; the only other time Mercury has stationed on a US Presidential Election day was in the 2000 Bush - Gore race, which was rife with contentions of miscounts, disenfranchisement of minority voters, and rigged voting machines. Mercury, because of its retrograde phase (November 6 to November 26), will make three squares to Neptune (October 29, November 13, and December 11; all at 1º Sagittarius-Pisces) forcing us to double check "the facts", and also use our intuition to find out what’s really true. 

Use the light of this full moon to see and take the next big step on your path, and remember: “Now is the time to not only hold your own power, but to help bring it out in every single person you touch. Every time you pass someone in the street, every time you say hello, shake a hand, give a hug, this is the time, dear ones. This is not a practice run.” (The Group, channeled by Steve Rother)

Stephanie Austin

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