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Moon Magic: Astrological Timing for Success - October 2013

Oct 01, 2013 02:45PM

by Steve NelsonHarvestMoon

The great cosmic events this month include the ringed giant Saturn moving beyond its retrograde shadow loop Oct 3 (out of darkness into light), the recreate-the-world 7th Moon lunar cycle beginning Oct 5, the Erato Muse Gate of Inspiration Oct 13 and the Atohuna Full Moon Oct 18.

Saturn is known as the Lord of Karma and this has been in evidence since Saturn went retrograde Feb 18. Since this time, all past karma, personal and global, has come to light to be transformed. Old world belief patterns that have impeded spiritual awakening have been brought to awareness to be eliminated in this time. As old patterns break, energy is set free for new creation. The September Full Moon was the Harvest Moon, October’s Full Moon is the Cherokee Atohuna, the Friends Made Moon when two are joined as one in the presence of Yowa, the Great Spirit. Last month was the karmic harvest as past shadows were transformed, this month a new world is born in spirit that will flower in the outer world in Spring.

The appearance of the lunar crescent on Oct 5 begins a 10-day / 9-night celebration time when the world is created anew according to the Cherokee, ancient Chinese, Hindu and Greek mystery school traditions. During these 9 Nights Kali, Goddess of Endings and Beginnings, is welcomed back into homes and given a place at the table. Kali consumes the old year’s discord so the world can start over in harmony and peace. The Cherokee celebrate “Nuetiegwa” the Big Medicine Moon and Cherokee women dance from the time the crescent appears until the Moon sets to help the world be reborn. All that is worthy of the new creation is empowered through this 10-day celebration.

As the sun moves through Libra, sign of the Goddess Maat, everything is weighed on the cosmic scale and balance is restored in the world. Maat is seen standing on the western horizon at every sunset. In her left hand Maat holds a scale with a Heart on one side, and on the other the Feather of Truth. Maat can feel what makes the heart heavy for each individual and the world. In her right hand she holds an instrument with which she can eliminate what makes the heart heavy so it becomes light as the Feather of Truth. Hearts are healed, truth and justice are realized through the liberating power of Libra / Maat.

Libra also rules economic justice and Saturn out of shadow is a great help in this. The big October surprise this year is a much stronger than expected improvement in the U.S. and global economy with rising stock prices and rising real wages that bring increasing consumer confidence and hope for the future of the world.


Oct 1-3 – New Magic Is Afoot, Make a Wish! Balsamic Moon

The Wishing Moon is time to put wishes on the air. Shadows before New Moon are transformed through deep breathing with attention to the light within. Moon shadows are old life patterns come up to be let go on the waning tide. As shadows dissolve in the cosmic sea, chi is set free to power hopes and dreams.

Oct 3-5 Go Within Renew Dark of Moon / New Moon

The day before New Moon until Sunset the day after is ideal for inner work to dispel shadows past and seed the new lunar cycle; outer activity is well favored when the new crescent appears. Old Moon shadows give way as we connect with the light and breathe. The New Moon (8:34 pm Oct 4) is a magic spring that flows freely as we slow down.

Oct 5-10 A Time to Sow 7th Moon / Nuetiegwa Crescent New Moon

It’s time to bring forward what we wish to be realized. Libra Moon with Evening Star Venus brings blessings of love, peace and abundance. Meditation now opens doorways, wishes take wing, prayers bring blessings for this Moon and the New Year to be. This is Cherokee Nuetiegwa or Big Medicine Moon when women dance to help the world be reborn.

Oct 11-14 Time to Choose (exact 7:02 pm Oct 11) 1st Quarter Moon

This Moon is a scythe cutting across the sky, it’s time to cut free from the trappings of the past and affirm our purpose moving forward. Choices made now are likely to be the right ones. Breathing deeply through the light of the crown frees energy flow up and down the spine to clear away astral shadows and power our dreams.

Oct 13-14 Dance, Be Free (6:30 am - 6:30 am) Erato Muse Gate of Inspiration

Muse Gates open every 40 days, 9 each year. The witch queen Cerridwen stirs her caldron for a year and day to brew her “greal” of Inspiration. Whatever is blocking creative energy flow comes before the Gate to be let go. Breathe deeply and move freely (dance!) to shed the old and open to the special magic of this new time.

Oct 17-21 Divine Union (exact 7:38 pm Oct 18) Atohuna Full Moon

This is Atohuna, the Cherokee Friends Made Moon when two are joined together as one in the presence of Yowa. From this inner marriage and union of souls the new creation comes. As two agree in union with Yowa it will come to be. The Full Moon is a cosmic pitcher pouring out a healing elixir we raise our cups to receive. Divine energies flow for 3 days following the Full Moon. Revelations come in dreams, chance encounters, and flashes of inspiration.

Oct 26-29 Realize Dreams (exact 7:40 pm Oct 26) 3rd Quarter Moon

This Moon cuts away all that distracts from putting dreams into action. The 3rd Quarter Moon integrates new ideas into creative expression; it’s time to follow our bliss and do what feels good in concert with the whole.

Oct 31 – Broom Out the Old, Bring in the New Halloween / All Hallow’s Eve

The astral veil grows thin as the Celtic New Year begins, psyches are unfettered and fantasy reigns. With a stirring of shadow and primal nature, shades of the past are conjured and cleared opening way for what’s to be. Stroke your crystal ball and look within to see what your future will bring. Happy Halloween!


Steve Nelson is a professional astrologer who uses Tarot, name analysis, and traditional astrology to help clients understand personal myths and realize natural abilities. He can be reached at 704-375-3759 or [email protected] Info:

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