OCT. 17th to 27th, 2013
THURSDAY OCTOBER 17th 2013
On Thursday keep a sharp look-out on the romantic horizon when anything-goes Uranus is in a trine with ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD for a classic "love at first sight" scenario.
FRIDAY/SATURDAY OCTOBER 18th/19th 2013
Overnight Friday/Saturday a partial Lunar Eclipse during the ARIES FULL MOON reminds you that the calendar may say it is autumn, but you can still sow some wild oats! But be careful: In Antinous Moon Magic we call this the LIGHTNING MOON for the bolt of lightning which nearly killed Hadrian and Antinous atop Mount Cassius in autumn of the year 129 AD. The LIGHTNING MOON is the most impetuous and accident-prone moon of the year. Things are exacerbated by the Uranus/Pluto power struggle that has been going on for months. Uranus or Ouranus is the ancient God of the Heavens and Pluto/Hades is the Classical God of the Underworld. And they are now in conflict at right angles to each other. They have been moving into and out of this square aspect for months, and will continue to do so. The result is turmoil on all levels. Earthquakes, political and financial tremors, and even rumblings in your own personal life. The feverish rioting and bloodshed in the Mideast and the equally turbulent turmoil on global financial and economic markets are expressions of the clash of these two Gods.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 20th 2013
On Sunday you will want to watch out for hidden or secret enemies when Mars has a dangerous showdown with sneaky Neptune. The two mighty planets are in opposition to each other. So be wary of sneak-thieves and rivals. Remember, of course, that we are not only talking about human enemies, but also about alcohol, drugs and recklessness ... keep your eye on the road!.
MONDAY OCTOBER 21st 2013
On Monday the work week gets off to a sluggish start without any major astrological aspects to speak of aside from the fact that Mercury is standing still in space (as seen from Earth) and is poised to "go backwards" for the third and final time during 2013. You might want to sign contracts and make major monetary expenditures and travel reservations on Monday before Mercury goes Retrograde — because you the next three weeks will be an inopportune time for Mercury-related enterprices involving communications, commerce and travel.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 22nd 2013
RETROGRADE MERCURY begins on Tuesday. About three times each year, Mercury the communications wizard turns into Mercury the fast-talking con man. This is the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, and it lasts about three weeks. So RETROGRADE MERCURY will be serving up glitches and snafus in the Scorpio-related areas of passions, secret agreements, independence and dependability. If you are buying a new mobile phone, be sure to read the fine print about hidden costs. Planning to move into a new apartment? Check the kitchen and bathroom for tell-tale signs of mold before signing the lease. Remember over the next three weeks that MERCURY wants you to play his sly game to win — not to be a whining victim. Make him proud of the way you play his game!
But this is not all bad. I read just the other day that one acclaimed astrologer says that this is the best time to buy a USED car or second-hand garment or old TV set. The idea behind that is that RETROGRADE MERCURY is a bad time to undertake NEW projects or acquisitions, but that you can splurge on RETRO things. It's a Collectibles Queen's dream, I tell you!
If they are having a close-out sale on end-of-the-line big-screen TVs — this may be the best time to buy one. And if you completed all the pre-signing details on a new house or a new job prior to the RETROGRADE MERCURY phase, then you can go ahead and sign on the dotted line. If you applied for a job two months ago and the boss calls you up now as says you've got it, then you got it under the pre-Retrograde conditions!
Or perhaps not. Astrologers are never entirely certain about such things. As the Empress Livia (wife of Augustus) said about her astrologer Thrasyllus: "Every good astrologer lies about the present. He tells the truth about the future, but lies about the present."
I'm telling you the truth about the fact that the next month or so will be difficult. But if you buy a crappy old used TV set today that turns out to be junk — well, I certainly wouldn't do that, not during RETROGRADE MERCURY, I don't care what any "expert" says.
I'm joking, of course. I'm trying not to scare you. People hear of RETROGRADE MERCURY and they want to put off all major decisions and hide under the bed for a month or so. As Emperor Hadrian knew, astrology is not intended to scare people. Hadrian was obsessed with astrology. He knew that astrology is intended to serve as a monitoring system or an early-warning system.
An astrological warning is like seeing a "Sharp Curve Ahead" sign on a dark roadway. Antinous-Mercury doesn't expect you to slam on the brakes and stop in the middle of the road and break down into sobs of fear at the steeing wheel. No, he wants you to proceed with due caution, using the experience and skill you possess as a driver.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23rd 2013
On Wednesday the Sun leaves even-handed Libra and plunges into the dark and moody waters of Scorpio for four weeks. On the global level you can expect more whistleblowing revelations from computer hackers who are aided by the Scorpio Sun's love of airing out dark secrets. On the personal level, this is a good time to probe your inner darkest secrets, and perhaps also dare to explore some secret sexual fantasies.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 24th 2013
On Thursday we come to the most pleasant day of the week when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD forms fortuitous aspects with the Sun, Neptune and Mars to energize and inspire you to fulfill your dreams.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 25th 2013
On Friday the work week ends on an ambitious note when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD teams up with Saturn, Pluto and lucky Jupiter to make sure you clean your desk top of unfinished business in time to go out and party.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY OCTOBER 26th/27th 2013
Overnight Saturday/Sunday we come to the Leo Third Quarter Moon, which is called the BACCHANALIA MOON in Antinous Moon Magic. This Lunar Phase usually occurs close to the ancient festivals of Samhain, Halloween, All Souls Day, Dia de los Muertos and All Saints Day. This Lunar Phase reflects those festivals of peering into other worlds and states of being. In magical rituals, oracles and meditations, the keywords for this Magical Lunar Phase are: Gaiety. Revelry. Joy. Fun. Frivolity. Partying. Playing. Acting. Performing. Dancing. Theater and the Arts. All the world is a stage ... There is no end to the performance and nobody actually dies for real. We just undergo a costume change and take on a new role.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between October 28th and November 3rd when we come to the SCORPIO NEW MOON which in Antinous Moon Magic is called the ZELUS MOON of triumph over fear. More details next time ....