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Astrology Horoscope: October Full Moon
On October 16, at 12:23 pm, the Moon and the Sun will conjoin at 23 degrees Libra. Not only will the Sun and Moon be transiting Libra, but Venus and Mercury will as well. Seven out of the ten planets will be in air signs, signifying that this is a time for heightened communication and a time to examine our relationships and our role in the community. On a more world wide level, this is also when the U.S. will have to examine how it interrelates with foreign governments and how it can best go about maintaining a coalition of nations in this time of war.

Libra Moon, Mirror Moon

One of the profound aspects of a New Moon in Libra is that this when others will reflect back what we are projecting. For example, if we are feeling angry and cynical, we will attract energy that is similar. The types of people we will meet and the tone of our relationships will reflect internal emotional states. If you have ever heard some one say "You're projecting" this is what they mean. Projecting is an psychological word that means that we are seeing in others what we ourselves are feeling and holding. Sometimes you may feel the reverse effect. If you are in a room where someone is very depressed, you may take on their mood. This may be hard to discern at first until you talk to someone else who is not depressed at all. Suddenly your mood lifts and you may not even know why.

It is important at this time to differentiate yourself from the mood and disposition of others. This may be hard at times. Some people have very powerful, domineering dispositions that readily affect everyone else. Part of the work that you can do during this time is to own what you project and to acknowledge and separate yourself from what others project. If you are feeling angry and frustrated and you notice yourself taking it out on others, take a moment to breathe and acknowledge this. Take a moment to pull in and see that this is not a healthy way to operate. Anger and frustration can be taken out in other ways such as painting, writing in a journal or through athletics. Deeper frustrations can be processed through the help of a counselor.

If there are people in your life who seem to affect your mood in a negative way, then you may want to distance yourself from them. Many people have grown up in dysfunctional and unhealthy home environments where family members played a disproportionately larger power role. Often these people make choices to avoid spending much time, if any, with their family members. This is actually a smart and healthy decision to make. For others, we may have one or two people who affect our mood negatively on a continual and regular basis. If this is a boss or a partner, this may be a time to separate from their influence.

Communicating the Key to Healthy Relationships

During this time the air element is powerful in the skies. Air has to do with communication, relationships and community. Navigating this realm means learning how to express ourselves and listen effectively. If we take an inventory of ourselves, we may find that we tend to talk better than we listen, or vice versa. Libra is about balancing the scales, finding balance in our relationships, in our work and in how we communicate. Now is a perfect time to focus on the area in which we have most difficulty. If we have a hard time listening, it may be helpful to create an internal stopwatch where we try and limit our flow of words and then actively try to listen to what others say. Active listening is the process of truly trying to hear what someone has to say and instead of just waiting for your turn to talk, acknowledge and affirm what others are saying. Sometimes just restating what has said to you can make someone feel heard and appreciated. Actively listening helps create bonds of trust and acceptance that strengthens all of our relationships.

Alternatively, if we have a hard time expressing ourselves and saying what we want and what we need, this may be a very helpful time to activate this underused quality. Sometimes it can be difficult to be assertive, especially if we have feelings of low self-esteem. During these times it can be helpful to take up activities that are life affirming and energy activating. Aerobic exercise and martial arts are two powerful ways of developing internal energy that is helpful for expressing oneself verbally. It can also be helpful to find friends who ask questions and try to draw one out.

During this Libra New Moon, it is helpful to learn to balance our need to express ourselves with the need to listen effectively. In doing so, we can insure healthier and better connections and relationships. Good health to you!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jonathan Keyes, B.S., is an astrologer, herbalist and plant spirit medicine practitioner. His writing has appeared in The Mountain Astrologer and in numerous Llewellyn almanacs. Jon has written a book entitled 'Guide to Natural Health, The Horoscope as a key to Ancient Healing Practices'. Jon is available for readings and can be contacted at jon_keyes@msn.com. Go to Jon's web site at jonkeyes.com

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Other StarIQ articles by Jonathan Keyes:

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  • Lunar Health Cycles   7/18/2001
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  • Pluto, Your Health and Herbs   4/30/2001
  • Pluto and Your Psyche   4/16/2001
  • Your Health and Neptune Part 2   3/12/2001
  • Your Health and Saturn Part 2   11/13/2000
  • Your Health and Saturn   10/30/2000
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  • Animals and Astrology Part Two   7/3/2000
  • Animals and Astrology   6/12/2000
  • The Astrology of Stones Part 2   5/15/2000
  • Astrology and Stones   5/1/2000

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