Moonletter October – November 2020

By Ben Belinsky

Welcome to the Moonletter for the forthcoming mooncycle beginning on 16th October 2020 with the new moon in Libra, and spanning the full moon in Taurus on 31st October 2020.

New Moon in Libra – 16 October

For the last 6 months, three heavy planets, Jupiter, Pluto and Saturn have been running retrograde in Capricorn. While things are going retrograde it’s a time to look back and see how you got to where you are. When it’s Jupiter, you revise what you have learnt, for Jupiter is the teacher who encourages you to grow. When it’s Saturn, you accept responsibility for what you’ve created in your life. When it’s Pluto, you marvel that you have survived and realise that you have in fact come out stronger than you were before.

And now that they’re moving direct again, you can start to look at a way forward. You may even feel that some areas in your life are starting to ease up – which area depends on where Capricorn is in your chart. But I still don’t feel it’s time to make big changes (apart from what is absolutely necessary). We’ve still got the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius coming in December (more on that soon) and then there’s the move into the year of the Ox next February …

The new moon in Libra also takes an opposition from Mars in Aries. Mars is in its home territory – the just-do-it sign of Aries. And it’s under major stress from the heavy mob in Capricorn. But the problem is also the key! Mars’ influence is physical (not metaphysical) so, the solution to the tension is to get active and get on with everything that needs doing. Physical stuff, whether it’s exercising, doing sports, rearranging furniture, cleaning, cooking, gardening, decluttering, dancing, walking … but it’s got to be physical. This is a tense angle and you may find you need to do stuff to burn up all that energy and tire out the body.

But there’s a balance point we have to be aware of. The planetary setup of three sides of a square, with nothing on the fourth side. This is the point that needs balancing. It’s in Cancer, the sign of home, family, protection and also in the wider sense, the environment. These are the areas that really need our care and attention.

Meanwhile a comment on the Sabian symbol for the degree of the new moon from astrologer Ellias Lonsdale.

A tremendous boulder hovering over the ocean.
Collective cycles are everything here. You are caught between worlds, part of many, belonging to none. Changes are imminent. The air is buzzing with future currents. No rest, no quiet, no continuity. You verge on astounding things; held poised at the edge. You feel propelled by destiny to obsess upon where we all are now, where we came from, and especially, where we are going. Gathering impressions toward the harvest, staying tuned for further developments. And knowing it’s gonna come any moment now, “I can feel it rising up.”

Full Moon in Taurus – 31 October – Hallowe’en

A full moon at Hallowe’en! The newspapers will be full of it. The shops will be brimming with seasonally branded goods. But beneath the commercial glitz there’s a deeper meaning. Hallowe’en has its origins in the Celtic festival of Samhain, one of the cross-quarter days, halfway between the autumnal equinox and the winter solstice. In the old days, it was a time when the cattle were brought down from the summer pastures and some were slaughtered for the winter. It was also a time of connection with the world of fairy and the spirits of the dead; when the veil between the worlds was thin. The spirit world had to be propitiated with symbolic gifts to ensure survival for the winter. (Maybe something to ward off flu and virus might be an idea…) There were rituals to divine the destinies of those who were gathered. Fires were built to purify and destroy harmful influences. Maybe it’s not the right year to gather around fires but I’m sure you can think of a way to deal with the odd harmful influence, especially given the imminence of the American election.

Under Christian influence, November 1st became All Saints’ Day, and October 31st was All Saints’ Eve. This was also known as All Hallows’ Eve, hence Hallowe’en, the pagan elements of which were preserved by the Scots and Irish and exported across the pond then re-exported to become what we know today with trick-or-treat and pumpkins and cobwebs and so forth.

Samhain, Festival of Fires, Ireland

Plus, in astrological terms there is an exact conjunction of the moon and Uranus in Taurus. Taurus deals with finance and the store of value. This will be more to the fore in 2021 but we might get a foretaste of changes around this time. Uranus is the planet of prediction whose actions cannot be predicted, and this could be a good time for some divinatory activity.

Go well and stay well



Key Dates this month:

14-OctMercury turns retrograde in Scorpio
16-OctNew Moon in Libra19:32
19-OctMars in Aries squares Jupiter in Capricorn
22-OctSun enters Scorpio23:01
25-OctDaylight Savings Time ends in UK and Europe. Clocks go back one hour.
31-OctFull moon in Taurus14:50
01-NovChristians celebrate All Saints’ Day
Pagans and Wiccans celebrate Samhain
Daylight Savings Time ends in USA and Canada
04-NovMercury turns direct in Libra
12-NovJupiter conjunct Pluto in Capricorn
14-NovMars turns direct in Aries
Hindus, Jains and Sikhs celebrate Diwali
15-NovNew Moon in Scorpio05:08
21-NovSun enters Sagittarius20:41

All Key Date times are GMT




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