Low-Down Archives October 2003

The Low-Down on the Far-Out

Planetary Transits

October 31, to December 22, 2003

Samhain to Yule/Winter Solstice


Oct. 31 - SAMHAIN

Nov. 2 - Venus enters Sagittarius (until Nov. 26)

In relationships and material abundance, you will now �teach best what you need most to learn.� Expand these areas by taking a more philosophical or spiritual approach, take a higher perspective or cultivate a greater understanding.

Nov. 8, 8:13 PM EST - Full Moon Eclipse in Taurus (Sun in Scorpio)

A Lunar Eclipse is a Full Moon is like a supercharged Full Moon, aligned so precisely that the Moon passes through Earth�s shadow cast by the Sun. There is always a Solar Eclipse right before or after, and the 2 weeks between eclipses can be energetically dense. This eclipse polarises issues about control versus containment, power versus substance and quality versus quantity. Aspect configurations occurring now will pump up energy potential to unusually high levels, making it possible to move large amounts of energy that were begun at the New Moon on Oct. 25. Be sure whatever you do is for the higher good of all.

Nov. 8 - Uranus Direct Station (in Aquarius)

Uranus is the Awakener! For up to a week before and after the Station (when a planet changes direction) life may feel a little chaotic, erratic, unpredictable, liberating or exciting. Good time to break old habits.

Nov. 12 - Mercury enters Sagittarius (until Dec. 2; Dec 30 � Jan 14)

Communication, ideas, thoughts and perceptual spark will expand in Sagittarius, bringing a philosophical, spiritual outlook and inspire us to seek a higher perspective. Use this time to learn something new that expands your horizons.


Nov. 17 - Venus conjunct Pluto (in Sagittarius)

All�s fair in love and money, but be sure it�s for a higher purpose. For a few days before and after this conjunction, you have the chance to turn power struggles in relationships into an opportunity to develop a deeper connection, and transform issues about material abundance into a quest for hidden resources.

Nov. 22 � Sun enters Sagittarius (until Dec. 22)

Sagittarius inspires us into philosophy, spirituality, religion, higher learning and encounters with foreign lands, languages and cultures.

Nov. 23, 5:58 PM - New Moon Eclipse in Sagittarius

A Solar Eclipse is like a supercharged New Moon aligned so that the Moon casts a shadow on the Earth from the Sun�s light. Astrologically this sets the tone for higher growth over the next 6 months. Beginning in this lunar cycle, we have opportunities for spiritual healing through learning to channel and contain stress and anger within a circle of optimism and creativity. The trick is to let a positive outlook support your conflict or pain, not hide, suppress or convert it into dogma.

Nov. 24 - Mercury conjunct Pluto (in Sagittarius)

This conjunction will colour the whole New Moon cycle. Communication could be damaging or healing; speak to the bigger picture. Transform your perceptions by stepping back and taking a broader view.

Nov. 26 - Venus enters Capricorn (until Dec. 21)

Relationships and material abundance take on a more serious tone now. It may be time to make commitments in these areas, and maybe some hard decisions about what works and must be systemised versus what doesn�t work and must be let go.


Dec. 2 - Mercury enters Capricorn (until Feb. 6)

Communication, ideas and awareness become serious, structured, grounded and manifest now, provided you don�t let them become suppressed or censored. Keep commitments flexible.

Dec. 8, 3:36 PM - Full Moon in Gemini (Sun in Sagittarius)

It might feel like conflict and challenge are everywhere right now, but if you�ve been practicing your ability to contain and channel your energy into a higher octave (since the New Moon), you can now use stress to push against and propel yourself to higher levels of healing and love. Let the little details form the greater structure that inspires and lifts you toward a higher perspective.

Dec. 10 - Venus conjunct Chiron

This could be a time of wounding or healing, possibly one morphing into the other. This is a fusion of principles: relationships, love, interaction and abundance with bringing discordant sides together in creative and unprecedented ways.

Dec. 12 - Sun conjunct Pluto

For a few days before and after, this can be a range of effects, from power struggles over authority issues to deep excavation of the inner psychological landscape. Empowerment is the key - power from within.

Dec. 15 - Mars enters Aries (until Feb. 3)

After Mars retrograded through diffuse Pisces for what seemed like forever (since June 15), it finally reaches its own sign where it brings energy, enthusiasm, excitement, directness and a pioneering spirit. Get out and enjoy the season, start a new project, let loose and strengthen your courage.

Dec. 17 � Mercury Retrograde in Capricorn and Sagittarius (until Jan. 6)

Mercury�s retrograde energy has been gradually building since Nov. 30, and now it enters 3 weeks of miscommunication, stop-start energy and confused thoughts. Add to this the need to deal with others� expectations, authority figures and concrete realities, requiring firm decisions while events are still in flux. Try to keep any commitments and decisions flexible and tentative during this time, as new information will likely come forward after Jan. 6, when Mercury goes direct. Your hard work will start to manifest then on a large scale, so make room for far reaching implications as you go through this process.

Dec. 21 - Venus enters Aquarius (until Jan. 14)

Relationships, material abundance and values take a step back to gain perspective, detachment and room to breathe in freedom. A good time to experiment or try new things, network with groups of people, and take an objective view.

Dec. 22, 2:03 AM - YULE - Sun enters Capricorn (until Jan. 20)

Happy Winter Solstice!


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� 2003 Wendy Guy. Originally published in Cauldron and Quill Magazine, and The Burning Times Newsletter, Samhain 2003 Issues.


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Nov. 2 - Venus in Sagittarius

Nov. 8 - Full Moon Eclipse in Taurus

Nov. 8 - Uranus Direct Station

Nov. 12 - Mercury in Sagittarius

Nov. 17 - Venus CNJ Pluto

Nov. 22 � Sun in Sagittarius

Nov. 23 - New Moon Eclipse in Sag

Nov. 24 - Mercury CNJ Pluto

Nov. 26 - Venus in Capricorn

Dec. 2 - Mercury in Capricorn

Dec. 8 - Full Moon in Gemini

Dec. 10 - Venus CNJ Chiron

Dec. 12 - Sun CNJ Pluto

Dec. 15 - Mars in Aries

Dec. 17 � Mercury Retrograde

Dec. 21 - Venus in Aquarius

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