The Moon is w a xing this week and is generally considered favorable for new beginnings, with exceptions. See Best Time to Start a Business for more details. See also: Astrology of Today — an overview of the day this takes you to my other site, Astrology Cafe. This Week in Astrology Calendar: October 6 to 12, Mercury opposition Uranus. We are distracted. Our communications get lost, are interrupted, or are misunderstood. Disagreements with others are quite possible. Sun square Saturn. As we face obstacles to our goals, we begin to see the tools with which we have to overcome them.
A heavy dose of realism seems forced upon us under this influence, but our efforts to measure up to expectations can ultimately increase our confidence in our ability to be responsible for ourselves. This influence is a somber one. Mars opposition Chiron. We are unlikely to be clear about how to go about getting what we want directly under this influence.
We may be defensive and touchy, and resentments or frustrations can surface now. Watch for self-righteous, superior, or rebellious attitudes when a gentler approach would work best. Venus sesquiquadrate Neptune. Happiness is addictive under this influence. We tend to see what we want to see. Glossing over the more realistic points, details, and flaws of circumstances and of people provides us with instant gratification. Take care with legal, financial, and social involvements, contracts, or formal agreements under this dreamy influence.
Sun quincunx Neptune. It can be difficult to concentrate and to formulate clear goals just now. Misconceptions abound. Fear of being ineffective can undermine our confidence when it comes to making clear or definite decisions, and for doing new things. Venus quincunx Chiron. Mars quincunx Uranus. Making adjustments to our goals may be necessary now, and this can temporarily drain our energy or make us feel restless and impatient. Venus semi-square Jupiter.
We might take great strides to get noticed. Avoid impulsive buying. Avoid hasty or haughty! We might overstate our feelings or promise more than we can deliver, and the tendency to overdo is strong. Venus opposition Uranus. Sudden attractions that may not last come under this influence. Similarly, impulsive attractions to material items that later prove to be unappealing occur now. This is not a good time to start a new relationship nor for any significant financial undertaking. Values and tastes may clash, and group activities may suffer as a result.
Impulsive attractions to both people and material goods can lead us astray. Avoid impulse buys at this time. Some instability, restlessness, and rebelliousness are probable in romantic relationships. We may not see eye to eye, and we might be taken off guard by unexpected events. This is not a favorable aspect for beauty treatments because they could have unexpected results.
We may struggle with freedom versus intimacy issues at this time. However, if we can separate rebellion from a sincere need for change, we might open ourselves up to new ways of dealing with others. See below for day-by-day forecasts and planets in signs. See also Transit to Transit aspects. See also: Astrology of Today — an overview of the day — Astrology Cafe.
See the Transits for Here and Now chart wheel. The Astrology of — Overview page is in the works. See also the new Astrology Trends Calendar that includes these daily trends overviews and other astrological events such as ingresses, stations, and lunations. With Mercury and Uranus heading toward an opposition exact early tomorrow , there can be some mental tension, miscommunication, or changes of mind or plans, and resistance to ideas today.
We can be confrontational or controversial now. It may not be the best time to present an argument or an important idea, but friction stimulated can challenge us to learn more about our minds and opinions. Epiphanies and unusual insights can occur now.
We may face obstacles to our goals, but through them, we can more clearly see the tools with which we have to overcome them. We need to consider the reality or practical side of a situation and may need to assume more responsibility now. We may be facing reality on a matter, and our efforts to measure up to expectations can ultimately boost our confidence in our ability to be responsible for ourselves.
There is good energy with us for a team effort, and some emotional detachment can be refreshing now. However, Venus enters Scorpio today for a stay until November 1st. Deeply passionate relations are the focus with this Venus transit. This is a highly emotional and passionate position for Venus. We look for projects, pleasures, and relationships that consume us. Fears of being too vulnerable or of giving up our power to others are intense.
We can be defensive and touchy, and resentments or frustrations can surface now. Watch for self-righteous, superior, or rebellious attitudes when a gentler approach is preferable. The Moon continues its transit of Aquarius until PM, after which it moves into the sign of Pisces. Both the Sun and Venus are in minor challenging aspect with Neptune today, suggesting some adjustments to our expectations needed.
Glossing over the more realistic points, details, and flaws of circumstances and people can provide us with instant gratification. These influences call for some slowing down. There can be second-guessing or trouble effectively accessing our intuition now. It can be difficult to concentrate and to formulate clear goals, but there can be important reminders to connect with our needs for more imagination in our lives.
The Moon spends the day in the sign of Pisces and is a gentle, creative, and compassionate transit. This is a time for winding down and taking a break from the usual pace. The Pisces Moon understands that taking some downtime ultimately helps us to be more productive. Emotional or mental refreshment is useful for gaining perspective now.
A quincunx forms between Venus and Chiron today, however, and insecurity might make it awkward for us to express our affections naturally or flowingly. The Moon spends another day in the sign of Pisces, stimulating the need to wind down or mellow out. This transit can serve to heighten our awareness of our spiritual nature and needs. We can also be evasive, or we might shy away from conflict, especially confrontation. Making adjustments to our goals may be necessary now. We become aware of the need for structure and planning ahead.
We also instinctively are aware of the limitations of time. We are motivated by a desire for success. Achievement and manifestation are most important to us now. We are resourceful and don't want to waste time, energy, or resources. This can be a very sober influence--even a depressing one. However, it can also be a productive time when we look reality in the eye. The Moon in Capricorn generally favors the following activities: Long-term activities that yield slow but steady results, practical undertakings, career issues, making a business plan, practical investments.
Attraction to all that is new and unusual, and an instinctive need for improvement, characterize the Moon in Aquarius. Reactions are more intellectual than emotional, and interactions are more impersonal than personal, under this influence.
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This is a time that promotes social gatherings, dealing with group ideals and goals for the future, brainstorming, new ideas, and progressive changes. We are open to new methods of doing things and we have our eye on the future. It can be hard to stick to schedules now, as personal freedom is most important to us. The Moon in Aquarius generally favors the following activities: Unusual or radical undertakings, social pursuits, group projects, trying something new, joining a group.
We may not want to face reality while the Moon is in dreamy, impressionable Pisces. It can be a wistful, sensitive, intuitive, and compassionate time. We are especially imaginative, and our intuition reigns under this influence. Boundaries and walls come down, as Pisces energy merges and blends. It's a time when details are overlooked and feelings defy description. The Moon in Pisces generally favors the following activities: Imaginative undertakings, mystical or spiritual pursuits, inner development, music and drama, going on a retreat, activities involving water.
We're motivated by a strong desire to start fresh. A gut instinct to start something new is with us now, as well as the gumption to do so. Our pioneering impulses are strong, and we feel energetic, spontaneous, and enthusiastic. We may also be tactless and impulsive now. Excess energy is best channeled into physical activity.
The Moon in Aries generally favors the following activities: Quick actions that yield immediate results. Undertakings that involve the self and the personality. Staying power may be lacking. Self-assertion, taking on challenges, beginning short-term projects. Sun in Libra Meeting yourself in another person is the keynote of a new cycle that begins for you now.
Relationships — romantic, business, social — are the arena where this drama is played out.
In coming to know the other person, forging ties that bind two people, you come to a better understanding of yourself. Your mind is on cutting through the nonessentials and penetrating to the core is where your mind is at now; you want to know who or what pulls the strings. Venus in Libra As this new cycle takes hold in your life, romance and social interaction take on greater importance for you.
Jupiter in Sagittarius Faith, optimism, and a yearning to explore all kinds of new horizons: these are some of the focal points in your life at this time. Travel, education, and other ways to stretch your horizons open new doors of opportunity. Religious, philosophical, and cultural matters are likely to have special appeal for you now; transmitting ideas on a broader scale brings gain.
Saturn in Capricorn Responsibility, hard work, ambition, and achievement: these are the foundations you need to build on now, as a new cycle dawns in your life. And yet, there is a tendency to be a little too hard, perhaps a bit cold, in your approach to these things. Taking innovative concepts and making them real and practical is your strong suit; getting stuck in the mud is to be avoided at all costs.
Financial savvy, inventiveness, worldly genius. The fine arts and all manner of fantasies assume a larger-than-life importance. Surrendering to fate, karma, and other powers greater than merely mortal may be seen as the ultimate liberation. If all is Maya illusion , what is the reality that gives rise to the world of appearances? Ambition, responsibility, a place for everyone and everyone in their place….
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And in the meantime, here are the zodiac signs, listed in order along with what they mean, and some interesting facts associated with their respective constellations:. Aries is associated with Fire, and the ruling celestial body of Aries is Mars. It appears to be a red dwarf, a class of low temperature and low luminosity stars.
For those with telescopes, several galaxies can be spotted within the Aries constellation as well. NGC is another, which is faint at magnitude 12 and part of a galaxy group. Aries is also home to several meteor showers, such as the May Arietids. This daylight meteor shower begins between May 4th and June 6th with maximum activity happening on May 16th. The Epsilon Arietids are also a daylight occurrence, and are active between April 25th to May 27th with peak activity on May 9th.
And then there are the Daytime Arietids, which occur from May 22nd to July 2nd with a maximum rate of one a minute on June 8th. To top it off, the Aries constellation contains several stars with extrasolar planets. For example, HIP , a G5 type star, is orbited by three confirmed exoplanets, all of them giant planets all Super-Earths. HD , also a G-type main sequence star, has two orbiting planets which appear to be Super-Jupiters. And HD , a G0 type star, has one orbiting gas giant that roughly the same size as Jupiter. The ruling celestial body of Taurus is Venus.
There is one major annual meteor shower associated with the constellation of Taurus: the annual Taurids, which peak on or about November 5th of each year and have a duration period of about 45 days. The maximum fall rate for this meteor shower is about 10 meteors per hour, with many bright fireballs often occurring when the parent comet — Encke — has passed near perihelion.
And speaking of Pleiades aka. Messier 45 , The Seven Sisters this cluster of stars is located perpendicular to Aldebaran in the night sky, and is visible to the unaided eye. Although it is made up of over confirmed stars, this object is identifiable by its seven particularly bright blue stars though as many as 14 up can be seen with the naked eye depending on local observing conditions. These are based on the Dioscuri of Greek mythology, two mortals that were granted shared godhood after death.
Gemini is part of the Third House, traditionally named Fratres Brothers and currently known as the House of Communications. The associated element for Geminis is Air, and the ruling celestial body is Mercury. Pollux is the brighter of the two, an orange-hued giant star of magnitude 1. Pollux has an extrasolar planet revolving around it, as do two other stars in Gemini, a super-Jupiter which was confirmed in There are two annual meteor showers associated with the constellation of Gemini.
The first is the March Geminids, which peaks on or around March 22nd. The average fall rate is generally about 40 per hour but this varies and the meteors appear to be very slow, entering our atmosphere unhurriedly and leaving lasting trails. The second meteor shower are the Geminids themselves, which peak on or near the date of December 14th, with activity beginning up to two weeks prior and lasting for several days. The Geminids are one of the most beautiful and mysterious showers, with a rate of about per hour during a moonless night. The Gemini constellation is also associated with Messier 35 , a galactic open star cluster that is easily spotted with the naked eye.
The star cluster is quite young, having formed some million years ago, and is quite bright due to it having blown away most of its leftover material i. Other open clusters in Gemini include NGC , which lies directly southwest of M35 in the night sky. In terms of the elements, Cancers are characterized by the element of Water, and the ruling celestial body of Cancer is The Moon. This 3. This system is also home to a confirmed exoplanet, beta Cancri b, which is a Super-Jupiter with an orbital period of over days. In terms of deep-sky objects, Cancer is best known as being the home of Messier Object 44 aka.
Praesepe, or the Beehive Cluster , an open cluster located in the center of the constellation. Located light-years from Earth, it is one of the nearest open clusters to our Solar System.
M44 contains about 50 stars, the brightest of which are of the sixth magnitude. The smaller, denser open cluster of Messier Object 67 can also be found in Cancer, which is light-years from Earth and contains approximately stars. The active galaxy OJ is also found in the Cancer constellation. Located 3. There is only one meteor shower associated with the constellation of Cancer, which is the Delta Cancrids. The peak date for this shower is on or about January 16t, and has been known to average only about 4 comets per hour and the meteors are very swift.
The sign of Leo is also associated with the element of Fire and the ruling celestial body of Leo is The Sun. There are five annual meteor showers associated with the constellation Leo. The first is the Delta Leonid meteor stream, which begins between February 5th through March 19th every year. The activity peaks in late February, and the maximum amount of meteors averages around 5 per hour.
The next is the Sigma Leonid meteor shower, which begins on April 17th. This is a very weak shower, with activity rates no higher than 1 to 2 per hour. The next is the November Leonids, the largest and most dependable meteor shower associated with the Leo constellation. The peak date is November 17th, but activity occurs around 2 days on either side of the date.
The radiant is near Regulus and this is the most spectacular of modern showers. The shower is made more spectacular by the appearance of the Temple-Tuttle comet, which adds fresh material to the stream when it is at perihelion. The last is the Leo Minorids, which peak on or about December 14th, which is believed to produce around 10 faint meteors per hour. Leo is also home to some of the largest structures in the observable universe. This includes many bright galaxies, which includes the Leo Triplet aka. The Triplet is at a distance of 37 million light-years from Earth and has a somewhat distorted shape due to gravitational interactions with the other members of the Triplet, which are pulling stars away from M Both M65 and M66 are visible in large binoculars or small telescopes, but seeing them in all of their elongated glory requires a telescope.
In addition, it is also home to the famous objects Messier 95 , Messier 96 , and Messier These are spiral galaxies, in the case of M95 and M96 with M95 being a barred spiral , while Messier is an elliptical galaxy which is known to have a supermassive black hole at its center. Then there is the Leo Ring aka. Cosmic Horseshoe a cloud of hydrogen and helium gas, that orbits two galaxies found within this constellation. Based on Astraea from Greek mythology, the maiden was the last immortal to abandon Earth at the end of the Silver Age, when the gods fled to Olympus. They are also associated with the element of Earth and the ruling celestial body of Virgo is Mercury.
The brightest star in the Virgo constellation is Spica , a binary and rotating ellipsoidal variable — which means the two stars are so close together that they are egg-shaped instead of spherical — located between and light years from Earth. The primary is a blue giant and a variable star of the Beta Cephei type. The star 70 Virginis was one of the first planetary systems to have a confirmed exoplanet discovered orbiting it, which is 7.
The star Chi Virginis has one of the most massive planets ever detected, at a mass of The sun-like star 61 Virginis has three planets: one is a super-Earth and two are Neptune-mass planets. It is represented by the symbol of The Scales, which is based on the Scales of Justice held by Themis, the Greek personification of divine law and custom and the inspiration for modern depictions of Lady Justice.
Libra is part of the Seventh House — Uxor Spouse or House of Partnership, are associated with the element of Air, and the ruling celestial body is Venus. Alpha Libae is a double star consisting of an A3 primary star with a slight blue tinge and a fainter type F4 companion, both of which are located approximately 77 light years from our Sun. Beta Librae is the brighter of the two, and the brightest star in the Virgo constellation.
This is a blue star of spectral type B8 but which appears somewhat greenish which is located roughly light years from Earth. It is an orange giant of magnitude 3. Libra is home to the star Gliese , which has a planetary system consisting of at least 6 planets. Both Gliese d and Gliese g are considered to be some of the most promising candidates for life. All of these exoplanets are of significance for establishing the likelihood of life outside of the Solar System. Libra is also home to one bright globular cluster, NGC It is a fairly large and loose cluster, has an integrated magnitude of 9, and is located 40, light-years from Earth.
Scorpio is represented by The Scorpion, which is based on Scorpius — a giant scorpion in Greek mythology sent by Gaia to kill Orion. Scorpio is part of the Eighth House — Mors Death , known today as the House of Reincarnation — and is associated with the element of Water. Traditionally, the ruling celestial body of Scorpio was Mars, but has since become Pluto. The Scorpius constellations includes many bright stars, the brightest being Alpha Scorpii aka. The Scorpius constellation, due to its position within the Milky Way , contains many deep-sky objects.
The constellation is also where the Alpha Scorpiids and Omega Scorpiids meteor showers take place. The Alphas begin on or about April 16th and end around May 9th, with a peak date of most activity on or about May 3rd. The second meteor shower, the Omega or June Scorpiids peaks on or about June 5th of each year. The radiant for this particular shower is closer to the Ophiuchus border and the activity rate on the peak date is high — with an average of about 20 meteors per hour and many reported fireballs.
This symbol is based on the centaur Chiron, who according to Greek mythology mentored Achilles in the art of archery.
Nunki is the oldest star name currently in use, having been assigned by the ancient Babylonians, and thought to represent the sacred Babylonian city of Eridu. This is actually two star systems that share the same name, and both stars are actually discernible to the naked eye.
The Milky Way is at its densest near Sagittarius, since this is the direction in which the galactic center lies. Consequently, Sagittarius contains many star clusters and nebulae. This includes Messier 8 the Lagoon Nebula , an emission red nebula located 5, light years from Earth which measures by 60 light years. Though it appears grey to the unaided eye, it is fairly pink when viewed through a telescope and quite bright magnitude 3.
The central area of the Lagoon Nebula is also known as the Hourglass Nebula, so named for its distinctive shape. This nebula is fairly bright magnitude 6. NGC , a star forming region, is also associated with Sagittarius, located about light-years from Earth and showing both emission and reflection regions blue and red. This sign is based on Enki, the Sumerian primordial god of wisdom and waters who has the head and upper body of a mountain goat, and the lower body and tail of a fish. Capricorns are associated with the element Earth, and the ruling body body is Saturn.
Deneb Algedi is a eclipsing binary star with a magnitude of 2. Its primary is a yellow-hued giant star of magnitude 3. Another visible star is Gamma Capricorni aka. Several galaxies and star clusters are contained within Capricornus. This includes Messier 30 NGC a centrally-condensed globular cluster of magnitude 7. Located approximately 30, light-years from our Sun, it cannot be seen with the naked eye, but has chains of stars extending to the north that can be seen with a telescope. And then there is the galaxy group known as HCG 87 , a group of at least three galaxies located million light-years from Earth.
It contains a large elliptical galaxy, a face-on spiral galaxy, and an edge-on spiral galaxy.