2016-10 W44: Forecasts for Week 44 of 2016
WEEK 44 (W44) / (EUROPEAN WEEK 43 / W43)
This is the last full week of October, it contains the weekend before Halloween, and the Sunday that follows contains the second New Moon of October, called a “Black Moon” by some.
Jim Shawvan identifies a long “opportunity period” from Saturday afternoon until when the Moon goes void early Monday morning. Mercury is void from early Saturday morning (as part of an annoying or “motivating” series of lunar squares) until it enters Scorpio about 4 PM Monday and is “too early to tell” (an horary term but we adopt it for predictions) until near the end of the week, about Friday or Saturday.
Sunday is simply difficult, and we face difficult decisions that just do not provide any really good outcomes. Monday is double void: Moon and Mercury and best for cleanout and cleanup. Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days this week for getting things done, but be wary of things that “look too good to be true.” Wednesday adds a cascade of small but important insights; capture them. Thursday Mercury joins the Sun favoring writers and drives and others involved with communication and transportation but Mars sextile Chiron raises issues involving healthcare, education, or both. Friday is good early morning into afternoon but then turns dangerous in late afternoon and evening with Mars square Uranus. People, places, and things can go “boom.” Saturday is a bit odd with Venus conjunct Saturn and practical matters are favored over anything exotic. A Scorpio New Moon follows on Sunday (next week, W45).
Sunday is curiously unpleasant for a number of people. Jupiter in Libra is inconjunct (quincunx) Neptune in Pisces. Jupiter is in a strong position in Libra, and Neptune is in its home, Pisces. Neither one wants to yield ground, and both lay claim to a number of overlapping topics but have distinctly different “opinions.” In the old (traditional) approach, Jupiter ruled both Sagittarius and Pisces. In modern astrology, Neptune rules Pisces (and Jupiter continues to be Sagittarian). Both wish to be “polite,” and both are engaging in subtle warfare against the other. Nobody wins.
And, I would like to do like so many astrologers and say that this affects “today.” But this is BIG, really BIG. We wrote about it here in 2014. If you have a diary, any kind of notes, photographs, or old emails from August / September of 2014, then it would profit you greatly to look back at what was going on then and what decisions you made. Chances are good that you will find certain ones critical to where you are now, and what path you should choose now. And we will revisit this again in (April and) May of 2017. Frankly, it continues with us also into June and July of 2017 as well.
Jupiter in Libra is the scholar, college professor, and maybe lawyer who has traveled extensively and wants to be “fair.” Neptune is the fallen criminal and the risen savior who appeals to the insights held in our deepest spiritual needs but might deceive us. Each has compelling arguments for picking their side. You can pick one or the other on this particular day, but will not be completely satisfied knowing that the other path might be the “right” one.
Moon (Leo) and Jupiter (Libra) favor each other and are in agreement, but Moon has a similar (to Jupiter) disagreement with Neptune and Mars / Pluto (Capricorn). In that case, we see a very loose “yod” and you must decide between “authority” (Mars / Pluto) and higher spiritual values (Neptune). Again, it is a frustrating day and you must make at least one decision of some kind that you will likely not be totally satisfied with. It is a bit like choosing between two mutually distasteful political candidates in an important contest.
Mercury has been void since early Saturday morning, so you can expect a certain amount of “re-do” anyway.
Your birthday today:
This is a strange year in which you can be an important decision maker in critically important decisions but often feel you do not have enough information. You can count on be disappointed with the results no matter how hard you try, so remember to pause, give yourself a break, and take time to both “replenish the well” and “stop and smell the roses.”
Some of yesterday spills over into today. Astrological events are not cut up into nice 24 hour / 7 day week bite size chunks like we might hope. The cosmic clock runs on its on schedule, and it does not necessarily fit with our man-made one. That said, some of you may face important decisions as early as Saturday of last week or as late as today.
Mercury has been void since Saturday morning. The Moon turns void slightly past 7 AM CDT and remains void until slightly past 10 PM CDT. You might make a decision, but expect to revisit it at a later point this week or next, possibly after the New Moon on the 30th.
We like this day for cleaning out and cleaning up and preparing for the Halloween and the Autumn period that continues until the Winter Solstice in December.
Your birthday this year:
Take a vacation. Travel. See the world. You are not getting any younger. Clean out all the old junk and make room for something new in your life. Most of it does not matter anyway. But the pictures you take and stories you tell from your adventures will be priceless.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the best days of the week for “getting things done.” We bet you can find some remarkable buys today, but do keep in mind that Venus (Sagittarius) squares Neptune (Pisces) giving us a bit too rosy of a picture and some false hopes regarding people, places, and things. A very loose mutable T-Square is present also.
Jupiter semi-sextile the Node gives us a taste of “fate” today, but we must work to obtain that rosy vision we see. I encourage you to do just that.
Your birthday today:
You can, and should, “get things done” this year. We are not saying that all your time needs to be spent “nose to the grindstone,” but you can make important progress if you work at it. If you are single this year then you might meet that “special person” but remember that they are human.
Noviles abound on Wednesday. Messages and insights are subtle, very subtle, and you must keep a notepad to capture them by writing them down, drawing them or whatever works best. In some cases a voice recorder or camera works better. Do what works best!
Venus squares the Node, and some of us encounter “fate” regarding health, beauty, art, music, or finances. This could somehow involve religion, spirituality, churches or some similar organization.
Moon goes void about 1:30 PM CDT, so use the time after this for housekeeping, cleaning, planning, and organization rather than decisive actions or important purchases.
Your birthday today:
This is a year of powerful insights. Take pictures, make drawings, and write notes. Some of your best ideas may come this year, and if you are the kind of person who can do this sort of think then you might obtain important patents or copyrights on your work and ideas. Value your insights; sometimes they are all you really have.
Moon enters Libra about 9 AM CDT, and we begin the “Dark of the Moon” period tonight but especially Friday and Saturday. Some have said “the Veil” (between this world and the other one) is thinnest at this time, and the same is often said to be true of Halloween / All Souls / Samhain.
Mercury conjoins the Sun and begins to move ahead for a Mercury retrograde later in December. You should continue to receive important ideas and messages at this time. Again, write them down, capture them in Evernote, OneNote, or a similar tool, or do whatever you need to do to capture them for later review and use. This is another good day for writers to begin their preparations (character sketches and outlines) for Nanowrimo.
Mars is sextile Chiron, and some of us must face issues involving health, education, or both. We highly recommend that you “take care of business.” Juno (trust issues, wives, sisters, daughters) is quincunx (false hopes and miscommunications) Ceres (prosperity in general but especially food and diet). Disagreements about holiday plans arise, and you may not have complete agreement on those today.
Your birthday today:
Some of you can, and should, think about going back to school. Others can finally write that book they have been meaning to write. Skip disagreements that are a waste of time and focus on completing that important work.
This is mostly a benevolent day, and the morning is especially good for job hunting, applying to educational programs (college and grad school), sending out resumes, and similar tasks. This is a short window, so do it now or wait for a different opportunity. Take what you have learned the past few days and put it to use this morning (afternoon in EU / UK).
Afternoon squares annoy us and cause problems and certainly send the message to wrap up the activities from the morning if we have not done so already.
Uranus is quadrinovile Hygeia, and we receive utterly brilliant ideas in the form of fleeting insights about health and healthcare. Again, do whatever it takes to capture these important insight.
Mars squares Uranus circa 11 PM CDT and this evening and early Saturday morning is associated with people, places, and things that go “boom.” It is a rather dangerous Friday night / Saturday morning, and we advise that you “party” on another evening if you are into that kind of thing. This energy CAN be harnessed to “get things done,” but safety is paramount. Regarding safety: take the “belt and suspenders” approach and do whatever it takes to stay safe. Do that, and today can be a very good day.
Your birthday today:
Have fun this year but stay safe. Unless you are a “martian” (police, military, athlete), anger will not serve you well. (And it might be bad if you are a martian, also.) You can make amazing improvements in your health and fitness. Your insights and intuitions can be very important.
The Moon is a bit quirky today making just about every variety of aspect and difficult to describe. You will have ups and downs. Venus joins Saturn, both in Sagittarius, and today is all about practical matters. This can be an excellent day for “May / December” romances if you are interested in pursuit of such. If you are a younger woman and like an older man, this might be the day to let him know you are interested. You can take a risk and speak explicitly. He might be too shy and timid to know you are truly interested.
Others of us focus, successfully, on practical matters. Money and finances are best reviewed today and unnecessary items and services disposed of to eliminate unnecessary expenses thus effectively expanding our overall budget. Housecleaning is in order, including a financial review.
Mercury is void as of this morning, so communications and transportations glitches can happen. Do not take too seriously anything you hear.
The “veil” is thinnest tonight for this lunar cycle and possibly for the year. Connections to the past and the future become more likely and more clear than usual. If you have a spiritual or psychological practice that facilitates such connections, tonight is a good night to engage in them.
This week in general, and Saturday in particular, represents a “turning point.” We receive news that makes us re-evaluate our position and our direction, but the news is incomplete and we will not have the full picture until the 30th at the earliest, and more likely into November.
Your birthday today:
Many things will be uncertain this year, but your intuitions will be remarkably powerful, perhaps the most powerful ever in your life. Use them to guide you when the rest fails. To borrow a well-worn phrase from a classic movie: “Luke, use The Force.”