“The new moon of Oct 16th energizes spiritual warriors and all those who seek clarity, courage, and freedom from fear. This new moon will expand the healing power of the goddess. The 9 waxing moon nights to follow are celebrated as Navaratri, when the fierce and nurturing Goddess Durga descends onto Earth.
The new moon is in the area of the sky called Chitra, an auspicious star of truth and clarity. Chitra is symbolized by a shining jewel that’s formed under the weight of tremendous pressure and heat. This new moon can give insight and new opportunity, even under the pressure of crisis and tragedy.
The new moon is opposed a dramatically brilliant and willful Mars, the red warrior planet. Mars is retrograde and closer and brighter than it will be until 2035. This courageous, but combative influence will continue to enflame conflict and debate for weeks to come. Use this time to clarify your needs, boundaries, and cultivate a sense of strength and self-reliance.
In these precarious times it’s more important to stay grounded and connected with the earth, and what is sacred to you. With the nourishing power of the goddess emerging on this new moon, there’s a radical opportunity for healing and spiritual growth ahead. The fierce, loving, sword-wielding goddess Durga is well-known for slaying demons of worldly greed, ignorance and fear. Use these empowering nights to come to connect with the light of compassion and clarity that shines within.”
~Kari Field, excerpt from AnandaShree Astrology
Art by Christian Schloe
~ John Lennon
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“This Full Moon in Pisces is a potent dreamer. Supported by the many innovative and grounding astrological setups that Virgo Season is amplifying, this lunation is positioned to help us imagine the solutions to our many complicated situations. Conjunct Neptune, the Full Moon comes in like a flood. Overwhelm is common under these conditions but so too is the inspiration that finds us when we remember we are part of a vast network of changemakers.
This lunation reminds us that when the levees break it’s time to rethink how we’ve constructed our lives.
Pisces knows the power of restful roaming, even amidst all the unrest. The imagination must have places where it can be free to visualize new worlds to grow into. Systems of suppression want us to forgo rest, reject reflection, and refuse our systems’ need for balance. Rest restores our ability to think, feel, and know ourselves. Rest brings answers. Capitalism fetishizes the kind of numbness that is required to labor for the very thing that keeps us from accessing our power.
Full Moons give us insight into what our personal and collective movements have added up to over time. Uprisings don’t occur in an instance. They are waves in an ocean of them. Endlessly wearing down the infrastructure that breeds systemic violence.
If Pisces can teach us anything, it’s the need to stay fluid to best serve the situation. Dream in motion. Imagining a world that doesn’t function on supremacy is the greatest departure from this reality we can make and the only one that will help us survive this crisis of consciousness we are in. Dictators and their supporters believe that they can do anything. Be in office indefinitely. Be as corrupt as possible. Be above reproach. If they don’t have a problem buying into their own fantasies, as radical as they are, why shouldn’t we buy into ours?”
Art by Steve Dininno
“With the New Moon falling in the feminine and watery sign of Cancer, it asks us not to make spreadsheets and set goals, but rather to focus on aligning ourselves.
When we align with our highest truth, our highest self, and our highest power, we need not worry about what unfolds next.
When we are in this state of Divine alignment, we trust that whatever is meant to find us will find us, and the next perfect step will always be revealed to us.
When we live life from this place of surrender, rather than trying to control, we can tune in and connect with our own guiding star, with our own true north, and even when we feel lost, we can hold this sense of hope in our heart that all is well and all is as it should be.
All of us have experienced great change this year, and change can always be challenging and even upsetting.
But this is our life. And we have to find a way to make it work for us. We have to take the mess, the chaos, the pain, and find a way to make it work for us.
The Cancer New Moon reminds us that this process is not about struggling or “hard work”. Instead, it is about aligning. It is about putting your hands up and surrendering to the Divine intelligence that lives inside of you.
It is also a good time to think about creating a more peaceful and soothing environment.
All of us are spending far more time at home these days, so put some attention into filling your space with positive energy and things that make you feel good.
Overall, the Cancer New Moon helps us to start a new cycle. While we may feel a little restless and in need of grounding at first, eventually we will start feeling more at peace with our surroundings and more at home within ourselves.”
~Tanaaz, excerpt from Forever Conscious
Artist: Daria Hlazatova /