OCTOBER 1 to 12, 2014
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 1, 2014
On Wednesday you should reflect on business and career opportunities during the CAPRICORN FIRST QUARTER MOON. In Antinous Moon Magic, we call this the MERCHANT MOON which offers you an opportunity to reap the benefits of your hard work — and find new opportunities for material advancement.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 2, 2014
On Thursday surprise is in the air when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD squares off against bumptious Aries Uranus. Whether the surprises are good or bad will depend primarily on whether you can roll with the punches and rebound on your feet.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 3, 2014
On Friday the work week ends on an ominous note when the Sun squares off against Pluto, as it does twice a year for a couple of days of tension. Sun Square Pluto means: extremes, zealotry, anxiety. Maybe you will experience something that will shake your self-confidence. Current conditions may cause a minor crisis or a twist. Avoid thoughtlessness and the radical solutions, you could harm yourself. Someone who has some power over you tries to crack the whip a bit too sternly.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 4, 2014
On Saturday Mercury does an about-face and goes "backwards" as seen from Earth until October 25th. This RETROGRADE MERCURY phase is a time of confusion in communications and commerce. 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 steering wheel. No, he wants you to proceed with due caution, using the experience and skill you possess as a driver.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 5, 2014
On Sunday adventure is the key word when bold Sagittarius Mars forms a trine aspect with rambunctious Aries Uranus and both are in a near-perfect trine with Leo Jupiter. All three planets are in Fire Signs, which give this positive energy a fiery boost. This Mars/Uranus/Jupiter aspect goads you into being more adventurous, into taking a few risks. You feel sexy and virile and you are ready to make your move.
MONDAY OCTOBER 6, 2014
On Monday it's the calm before the storm when ANTINOUS THE MOOON GOD makes constructive and even soothing aspects with Pluto and Saturn while adding a little spice by squaring off to Mars. Listen to your intuition because you will needs its insights in the tense days to come.
TUESDAY OCTOBER 7, 2014
On Tuesday agitation, unrest and impatience rule the world when the Sun is in 180-degree opposition to Uranus ... an event which occurs only once a year. This means a couple of days of rebellious impulses and make-or-break situations.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 8, 2014
On Wednesday incredibly powerful celestial energies are at work which can be both positive and negative. To start with, we have a Total Eclipse of the Moon which will be visible from Eastern Australia across the Pacific to the west coast of the Americas. This TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE coincides with the ARIES FULL MOON. 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.
In addition, there is a cosmic configuration called a GRAND CARDINAL KITE which is a trapezoidal configuration involving the Sun, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter and Mars ... splayed out across the Zodiac like the spar braces of a kite. This kite formation unleashes generally fortuitous energies which help us collectively to soar aloft from earthly problems — and helps you on a personal level to soar above your petty everyday problems, giving you the elevation and altitude to see solutions to those problems from another angle.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 9, 2014
On Thursday pay special attention to your dreams (and even to your daydreams) when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD is in opposition to incisive Scorpio Mercury and also in a dream-inducing sextile with Neptune.
FRIDAY OCTOBER 10, 2014
On Friday Retrograde Mercury slips "backwards" out of Scorpio and re-enters Libra, which it left only days ago. This is a good opportunity to "go back" and smooth ruffled feathers and make amends with Libran diplomacy ... after having said some unkind things while Mercury was in naughty Scorpio.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 11, 2014
On Saturday you may turn down the wrong street and enter the wrong door of the wrong club ... and find Mr. Right waiting for you. That is because the most unusual twists of luck can occur when the Sun forms a lucky sextile aspect with Jupiter even as Venus is in opposition with surprised-filled Uranus. This is all part of an ongoing cosmic configuration called a GRAND CARDINAL KITE which is a trapezoidal configuration involving the Sun, Uranus, Venus, Jupiter and Mars ... splayed out across the Zodiac like the spar braces of a kite. This kite formation unleashes generally fortuitous energies which help us collectively to soar aloft from earthly problems — and helps you on a personal level to soar above your petty everyday problems, giving you the elevation and altitude to see solutions to those problems from another angle ... and possibly find Mr. Right.
SUNDAY OCTOBER 12, 2014
On Sunday you (and Mr. Right from last night) will be looking for fun and adventure when ANTINOUS THE MOON GOD joins in the kite-flying fun of the GRAND CARDINAL KITE configuration by squaring off against Neptune and making positive aspect to Venus and Uranus. And if you did not find Mr. Right last night ... maybe you will tonight.
SNEAK PREVIEW OF NEXT WEEK:
Another exciting week lies ahead between October 13 and 19 when we come to the Cancer Third Quarter Moon, which is the "Discordia Moon" in Antinous Moon Magic ... The goddess Discordia can be a powerful friend ... or deadly foe. Many gay men have assertiveness problems. On a gay spiritual level, the Discordia Moon shines its light on problem areas where you need to stand up and assert yourself. Anger is one of the most cathartic emotions, and it can also be a very effective cleanser of the emotional system. However, when it becomes a habit, it actually loses its power to transform and becomes an obstacle to growth. Meditations and rituals during the Discordia Moon can help you in identifying the role anger plays in your life and restoring it to its proper function so that it can bring new energy and expansiveness to your emotional life. More details next time ....