Oc­to­ber Stargazer

Living Now - - Contents - by Stella Woods

Char­ac­ter is des­tiny – Aus­tralia’s new Prime Min­is­ter Jupiter & Saturn – new spring wardrobe Oc­to­ber plan­e­tary shifts Oc­to­ber new moon – new ways of em­brac­ing old tra­di­tions Oc­to­ber full moon – turn­ing dreams into re­al­ity Oc­to­ber moon cal­en­dar

Char­ac­ter is des­tiny – Aus­tralia’s new Prime Min­is­ter

Ev­ery­where man blames na­ture and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his char­ac­ter and pas­sions, his mis­takes and weak­nesses. [Dem­ocri­tus, 5th Cen­tury BCE]

Last month’s so­lar eclipse in clin­i­cal Virgo de­liv­ered a fa­tal blow to Tony Ab­bott – he lost his job the fol­low­ing day, due to an in­ter­nal re­volt in the Lib­eral party – but this short-term ten­ure had long been pre­dicted by as­trologers and jour­nal­ists if not by his own char­ac­ter.

In Jan­uary last year, astrologer Ed Tam­plin wrote: “Ab­bott was sworn in as Prime Min­is­ter on Septem­ber 18th 2013 at 10.29 am in Can­berra. This horo­scope, with se­cre­tive Nep­tune op­pos­ing the lead­er­ship Mid­heaven, and the Sun in hard as­pect to both Mars and Saturn, sug­gests a short, or one term, ten­ure.” More re­cently, jour­nal­ist Peter Brent from The Aus­tralian (6/8/15) wrote: “If fed­eral par­lia­ment goes the full term, Tony Ab­bott is un­likely to be prime min­is­ter at the next elec­tion… Ab­bott is a spe­cial kind of prime min­is­ter, so un­pop­u­lar so quickly, so clearly out of his depth and so stub­bornly un­able to change his ways.”

Tony Ab­bott was born 4/11/57 at 4 am in Lon­don with the sun in Scorpio and moon in Aries, both ruled by war­rior planet Mars. There’s no doubt that Ab­bott is a war­rior – uber-mas­cu­line; cham­pion boxer; Iron Man; ag­gres­sive and te­na­cious op­po­nent; but war­riors do not nec­es­sar­ily make great politi­cians – they are lone run­ners, not team play­ers.

The Septem­ber so­lar eclipse fell in Ab­bott’s 12th house, the house of end­ings. In late July the tran­sit­ing south node (also rep­re­sent­ing end­ings) con­juncted his moon, an event that hap­pens only once ev­ery 19 years, while, in late Au­gust, his sec­ondary pro­gressed moon (a tim­ing in­di­ca­tor) hit his own south node, rep­re­sent­ing more end­ings. But Ab­bott’s rapid demise

was not sim­ply the fall of a politi­cian – Aus­tralia is now far more lib­eral and cos­mopoli­tan than dur­ing the Howard years and Ab­bott was sim­ply out of touch with mod­ern-day val­ues and con­cerns.

But what of the new, or not so new, kid on the block?

Meet Mal­colm Turnbull, Aus­tralia’s 29th Prime Min­is­ter and for­mer leader of the Lib­eral party, be­fore he lost his lead­er­ship to Tony Ab­bott in 2009 over the Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme. Turnbull has promised to de­liver a new style of cre­ative and con­sul­ta­tive lead­er­ship that ‘re­spects the peo­ple’s in­tel­li­gence’. Turnbull, like Ab­bott, is a Scorpio born 24/10/54 in Syd­ney and both have Mer­cury in Scorpio. How­ever, depend­ing on his time of birth, Turnbull’s moon is in ei­ther ser­vice-ori­ented Virgo or charm­ing and diplo­matic Libra, both more suited to ‘con­sul­ta­tive lead­er­ship’ than Ab­bott’s moon in fiery, in­de­pen­dent Aries. With ret­ro­grade Mer­cury in Scorpio con­junct prac­ti­cal Saturn, Turnbull is a strate­gic and clever com­mu­ni­ca­tor, ad­mired for his in­tel­lect – his back­ground is in law and in­vest­ment bank­ing.

Turnbull has Mars in cre­ative and for­ward-think­ing Aquarius, mak­ing him well placed to come up with new so­lu­tions to old prob­lems. If char­ac­ter is des­tiny, Turnbull’s track record would seem to prom­ise a brighter fu­ture for the Lib­eral Party.

Jupiter & Saturn – new spring wardrobe

In case you hadn’t no­ticed, Jupiter and Saturn, plan­e­tary barom­e­ters of so­cial mores and po­lit­i­cal opin­ion, are sport­ing new out­fits. Jupiter is clothed in earthy Virgo while Saturn is dressed in colour­ful Sagittarius and that’s what they’ll be wear­ing for the next 12 months. Jupiter would be far more com­fort­able in Sagittarius and Saturn in Virgo, but they’re not al­lowed to swap shirts, at least not this year!

Jupiter and Saturn are the cos­mic good and bad cops, or, as Ed­ward de Bono would say, the yel­low vs. black hat ap­proach. Jupiter en­cour­ages us to push for­ward, have faith, ex­pand, take risks, grow, pros­per and reach out. He is wealthy, self-in­dul­gent, re­gal and en­er­getic. But in Virgo he is forced to be hum­ble and of­fer his ex­pan­sive gifts to serve and heal hu­man­ity. Saturn rep­re­sents lim­i­ta­tions, re­stric­tions, con­trac­tion, au­thor­ity and the il­lu­sion of struc­ture. He is the great teacher and lord of karma. Saturn tells us to save our money, re­search ev­ery­thing, trust no-one and ex­pect the worse. Saturn is lean, mean, re­served and cau­tious and he knows how to tighten the belt. But this year his teach­ings are coloured by Sagittarius, the most re­bel­lious, ad­ven­tur­ous and free-think­ing of all zo­diac signs.

On a sim­plis­tic level we could say that Vir­gos will ex­pe­ri­ence good luck and growth this com­ing year, while Sagit­tar­i­ans will be forced to rein in all that op­ti­mism and do the hard yards. On a so­ci­etal scale, how­ever, these two plan­ets have a large bear­ing on public opin­ion and po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions. Jupiter in Virgo of­fers com­pas­sion for those less for­tu­nate, while Saturn in Sagittarius prom­ises struc­tured change on a global level.

And the good news about Virgo and Sagittarius is that they are both mu­ta­ble (flex­i­ble) signs and both con­nected with the cre­ative power of the mind. Sagittarius deals with con­cepts and big pic­ture, while Virgo fo­cuses on de­tails and prac­ti­cal im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Last month we looked at how Ce­cil the Lion’s un­timely and cruel death led to a flurry of new leg­is­la­tion de­signed to pro­tect wildlife. More re­cently, we’ve seen our Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s sur­prise move to welcome 12,000 Syr­ian refugees – de­ci­sion-mak­ing that show­cases Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius at their joint best – a growth in public aware­ness and com­pas­sion leads to a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion to an in­ter­na­tional cri­sis. Hope­fully we’ll be see­ing more of this kind of con­struc­tive prob­lem solv­ing over the next year as these two giants work to­gether, keep­ing us all on the path of cre­ative and com­pas­sion­ate so­ci­etal change.

Oc­to­ber plan­e­tary shifts

Re­la­tion­ship planet Venus en­ters prac­ti­cal Virgo on 9th Oc­to­ber, join­ing soul­mate Mars who has been in Virgo since 25th Septem­ber. Oc­to­ber is a month for get­ting clear on where you stand and what you want in re­la­tion­ships as Venus and Mars move to­wards con­junc­tion in early Novem­ber. Avoid crit­i­cis­ing your part­ner and try to see things from their point of view.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion planet Mer­cury goes di­rect 10th Oc­to­ber af­ter a three­week ret­ro­grade stint. The mind can now op­er­ate in a ra­tio­nal, log­i­cal and or­gan­ised man­ner, in­cor­po­rat­ing in­sights gained over the past few weeks.

Oc­to­ber new moon – new ways of em­brac­ing old tra­di­tions

The Oc­to­ber new moon falls on the 13th in air sign Libra (19-20°) with the Sabian sym­bol for the new moon show­ing a rabbi per­form­ing his du­ties, rep­re­sent­ing the power of in­her­ited wis­dom and rit­ual. The sun and moon in Libra op­pose Uranus in Aries in­tro­duc­ing a touch of ex­cite­ment and un­pre­dictabil­ity. This new moon en­cour­ages us to em­brace tra­di­tional wis­dom in our own unique man­ner.

Oc­to­ber full moon – turn­ing dreams into re­al­ity

The Oc­to­ber full moon falls on the 27th in earth sign Taurus (3-4°). Its Sabian sym­bol shows a pot of gold at the end of the rain­bow, rep­re­sent­ing the riches that come from build­ing bridges be­tween the earthly and the di­vine. The sun and moon are both beau­ti­fully as­pected by ro­man­tic Nep­tune, in­spir­ing us to reach for the heav­ens and turn our dreams into re­al­ity. A chal­leng­ing an­gle be­tween the moon and Saturn re­minds us that dream man­i­fes­ta­tion re­quires hard work and a per­sis­tent ap­proach.

Oc­to­ber moon cal­en­dar Launch projects at the new moon, bring them to com­ple­tion in the pe­riod from just be­fore the full moon to the third quar­ter phase and wind them down and re­flect on de­vel­op­ments in the week be­fore the next new moon. Im­por­tant events such as par­ties, con­fer­ences and wed­dings are best held close to the full moon or when the moon is in the same sign as your sun (or star) sign. n Stella Woods is an astrology teacher and con­sul­tant based in St Kilda, Mel­bourne. Con­tact Stella for pri­vate read­ings and course de­tails on 03 9534 5021 or stella@stel­las­tar­woman.com or www.stel­las­tar­woman.com or www.face­book.com/stel­las­tar­woman Visit www.liv­ing­now.com.au/col­umn/ astrology-stel­lar-stuff for Stella’s online col­umn.

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