The new Moon of October 15 is at 22º Libra, on the brilliant fixed star Spica in constellation Virgo and opposite dare-devil Eris. With this Moon we find a brave new method of addressing the issues brought up at the September “Hope & Glory” full Moon. That last moon, although optimistically titled, was actually pretty challenging since it was igniting the extremely flammable Uranus square Pluto. We still have the soothing Ceres/Saturn/Neptune trine for protection, but instead of that harsh Moon aspect to the Uranus square Pluto, we now have a harmonious trine from Mars.
Mars gives a kick up the arse to potentially complacent trines, which should bring determination to resolve any matters that the hope medicine of the Ceres/Saturn/Neptune grand trine may have overlooked. Grand trines can be a buffer, but can also make things so comfy that one may inadvertently become complicit in so called “evil deeds” simply through inertia and turning a blind eye. You have to look at the planets involved. Yes, positively these planets can be sweet hopes and dreams. But Neptune can be an escapist lush, Ceres indulgent and Saturn slow as snails. Leave all three lumps in front of a cinema flat screen with a vat of beer and we can wave bye-bye to the Uranus square Pluto revolution. So I am very glad to see that energetic Mars trine Uranus, but most of all I am frothing at the bit for this new Moon opposite Eris!
New Moon Horoscope
There is a theme of taking things up to the next level now. The last new moon was conjunct Persephone and this one is opposite Eris. Eris has outer planet clout and works like a turbo charged Proserpina (The post “rape”, wiser and less naive version of the Greek Persephone/Kore). Like Pluto, Eris is a resurrection goddess. The dwarf planets all have a theme of cyclical evolution and transformation. With Eris we sometimes have to address and purge real nasty stuff from the past before we can move forward. We are forced into a dark night of the soul. Mars trine Uranus gives us the courage and daring to deal with it once and for all. South node is on Algol by just 01’, so we cannot ignore those skeletons in the closet. The collective’s demons are busting the doors down with this moon, ready to leap out at the pre-halloween full Moon on October 29.
So, if you don’t want a nightmare festival of ghouls turning up at your doorstep in two weeks time, do your spiritual housework. Clean out the cupboards and don’t allow any grime and clutter to build up for the demons to hide and fester behind. Shine a torch over every single area of your life and throw out any useless surplus onto Eris’s bonfire. New Moons are always a great opportunity to start over.
New Moon On Spica
Enough of the “dark” now, what about the “star!” The New moon is on Spica, one of the brightest stars in the sky and said to give brilliance and talent. According to Robson “It gives success, renown, riches, a sweet disposition, love of art and science, unscrupulousness, unfruitfulness and injustice to innocence.” With the moon “Gain through inventions, success, wealth and honor from Mercury, Venus or Jupiter people.” Spica is actually on the ear of wheat held by the Virgin. “spicifera est Virgo Cereris” — “The Virgin with her sheaf belongs to Ceres”. . I think that the star Spica does have a lot of the same qualities of the dwarf Planet Ceres. The area of the sky Virgo to Scorpio covers the transition from Northern Autumn to Winter, harvest to barrenness, the Persephone myth.
Diana K Rosenberg says of Spica “One or both parents might be cold, indifferent absent or die young; they may have few or no children” But goes on to say more positively “The fertility of Spica is, apparently, to be channelled into the mind and spirit” . So we get the Virgin Mother or Ceres distanced by opposition to her daughter Eris/Persephone. There is light here, but only after going into our darkness. We perhaps have to experience a certain amount of pain in facing some skeletons in our ancestry (Algol on South Node) in order to dig out Spica’s special creative gifts. The last full Moon could’ve have brought up some challenges and sorrow related to this since the south node had started to close in on Algol, but I think this moon has the potential to turn the darkness back to the light again pretty swiftly.
The Sabian symbol for this Moon is “The chanticleer’s voice heralds the rising sun with enthusiastic tones”. The chanticleer, is that annoying cock that rudely wakes you up prematurely. But it could equally be someone who gives a stirring speech that motivates one into action. Like Eris, this is someone not afraid to speak up even if it makes them unpopular. Sometimes you really do have to get the foghorn out to wake certain people! (See lazy, beer-swilling, TV-trance grand trine.). This may well be a time where a public figure emerges, who may speak controversially, but necessarily jerks people out of their statis, prompting them to make a brave new start.
New Moon Keywords
The early bird catches the worm, wake-up calls, resurrecting, alarms, kicks up the arses, speaking up, coming out of the closet, playing devils advocate, a new dawn, stirring things up, being inspired, finding ones gifts, feeling brilliant, realizations, taking action, being daring, breaking the cycle, spanner in the works, purging, clearing out clutter, cleaning the windows to let the light in, addressing the grime, getting your hands dirty, cleansing, shining a torch in the dark.
1. Astronomica, Manilius, 1st century AD, p.117
2. Secrets of The Ancient Skies. Diana K Roseberg. Pg 114.
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